If you ask any film buff what their favorite movie is, chances are they’ll tense up and think hard about their answer before saying, “I dunno, man, I like a lot.” I can identify with these people -- for a long time I had a hard time answering this question with less than five titles. It wasn’t until recently that I actually thought about all of my favorites and decided which one is my numero uno: Goodfellas.
True Blood Recap: Episode 1 "Turn! Turn! Turn!"
Last night, HBO premiered season 5 of True Blood, a premiere that had been much anticipated since the finale last summer. Well the finale was not at all what I expected it to be, and that's not a good thing...
What Next: Avengers 2?
“AVENGERS ASSEMBLE!” A battle cry familiar with any self-respecting Marvel fan and a line many fans like myself were anxiously awaiting the “star-spangled man with a plan” to cry during this summer’s blockbuster. I think at least most of us can agree that Avengers provided many of us with great joy and satisfaction in its execution.
Completely Random Episode 2: Coffee and Idle Banter
In this episode of Completely Random, Jon, Drew, and Chad discuss the effect of dating on video game play time, The Walking Dead Game, The Avengers, guns, the idea of a Justice League movie, and much more. Take a seat and absorb your sermon for the week.
Max Payne 3: Pain as art
Rockstar Games has accomplished what few games in the industry have: they have made gaming an art form. After playing Grand Theft Auto IV, Red Dead Redemption, and now Max Payne 3, I can say with honesty and a straight face that these three games delivered in ways many Hollywood movies can't.
Saturday, March 17, 2012
Writer/Director Joss Whedon says that there's one major obstacle to filming the movie. It has nothing to do with the songs because “we do have a number of songs written,” he said. “We have a whole outline.” It has nothing to do with the script writing either. So what's the issue? The simplest and most annoying problem to any team trying to get things done - trying to piece everyone's schedule together to do this. “We’re stuck, basically, at this one part in the process,” Whedon said. “All of us are looking at this summer as the time when we can go, ‘Hey, you know what? We’ve got a little free time, let’s get unstuck.’ Neil has been like, ‘How long?’ We’re all sort of just waiting, but the waiting will stop.”
If you have no idea what Dr. Horrible's Sing Along Blog is, I have no clue what rock you've been hiding under, but get out from under it and watch it. Watch it on youtube. Rent it from iTunes. I think it might even be available on Netflix (it was last time I checked). Featuring The Guild's Felicia Day, Firefly's Nathan Fillion, and the infamous Neil Patrick Harris, you will explode your pants with nerdy goodness. More updates to come as news comes in, so hang onto to your trousers, kiddies. It's about to get real.
Jay says to me one day, "Heather, I think I made a mistake..." I immediately knew what this meant. My friend Jay (real name hidden), has had a stalker come into our store for quite some time now. She's a bit of an airhead to say the least and when I met her, the only thing I could think was that she was a total space cadet. I gave Jay a look and said, "you didn't..."
"Yeah, I did." Long story short, I said, "So you're now dating... what's her name again?" A blank stare followed resulting in me staring back. "Jay, what is your girlfriend's name?" "Uh... Kate... Katherine.. Kathy? Kathy, I think." I never got an actual answer to what her name was, but bro, we feel your pain. It's stories like this that makes a great videogame and Atlus took that and ran with it. So what do we have? We have Catherine.
The game is a bit more than 8 months old, yet Catherine continues to be a top game for gamers. Even the box art draws guys and chicks alike - very suggestive, very minxy, very sexy - nothing more than the usual J-RPG. So what we have here is an instant hook, but thankfully Catherine delivers a lot more than a teasing blonde girl and a Tenchi Muyo-frantic male character featured on its cover.
The poor sod's name is Vincent who finds himself in an awful predicament after an oh-so-familiar scenario of getting drunk and waking up to some weird hot girl named Catherine. The fun doesn't stop there. Not only does Vincent have a serious girlfriend already, but he finds out that she's pregnant. And to make it more fun, her name is Katherine. Yup. Catherine and Katherine. At least he doesn't have to worry about saying the wrong name in bed, right? Talk about an awkward situation!
Since the first night he sleeps with Catherine, he starts to have terrible and freakish nightmares involving a complex puzzle to climb to the top of a block tower while something is usually chasing you the whole while. If you fall, you die, but if you make it to the top, you'll find yourself in a cathedral-style purgatory where you slowly figure out what's really going on.
And just when you thought that things weren't bad enough, you find out that it's not just happening to Vincent - it's happening to countless other young men around his age, but something different is happening to the other guys than what's happening to Vincent. This game is every bit fun, challenging, irritating, entertaining, sexy, immersive and interactive.
You can hang out with your friends at the local bar, The Stray Sheep, order drinks, and drink the night away while talking to your friends. You can talk to the locals and find out what's going on around town as well. You can also recieve texts on your phone (this is also where you'll save) and choose if you want to answer the phone or ignore it as well as choosing how to reply to texts, if you so choose to respond at all.
Your actions will determine how the rest of the game will play out - there are 8 endings, so choose wisely! I give this game two really huge thumbs-up. I suggest you add this on the Games-To-Play list, just in case you happen to run out of titles to choose from.
Friday, March 16, 2012
This is the Trade Paperback you want to get. If you see it in the book store, grab it. If you missed the opportunity, read it. If you have all the comics of the series, get it anyway- it'll get you a neat little package you don't need to ruin your comics for as you read it over and over and over...
DC's Flashpoint series was released back over the Summer of 2011, and if you missed the opportunity back then, make up for it now. This series is where the "New 52" kicked off from. The events of this series is what caused it all. Now's your chance, so don't wait around, get it! It was just released this past Wednesday, March 7th, as a Trade Paperback (Or Graphic Novel, depending on what you call them).
The basic premise is that the timeline has been altered and it's up to the Flash to travel through time to find out who is responsible. the Flash ends up in an altered timeline, where many things are different. Bruce Wayne is dead, having taken the bullet instead of his parents when he was younger, with his father as The Batman. Aquaman and Wonder Woman are enemies. Superman is a government project. Don't worry, the fun of this altered universe doesn't stop there!
|Aquaman VS Wonder Woman...not only are they enemies, they get a wardrobe change too!|
Want to find it online? Search ISBN: 978140123338951499
Norman Osborn. The Green Goblin. The Iron Patriot. Director of H.A.M.M.E.R.
[WARNING: SPOILERS POSSIBLE]
In recent comics he has been a member of the Thunderbolts, the driving force behind H.A.M.M.E.R. during the "Dark Reign" storyline, the mastermind behind the events of the Asgardian Seige and the Dark Avengers, and most recently the head of an alliance of HYDRA, AIM, and H.A.M.M.E.R.
His most recent stunt? Trying to make the avengers look like vigilantes. He does this throughout all three Avengers titles (The Avengers, New Avengers, Secret Avengers) by pointing out their flaws, having solved problems before the Avengers could arrive, and taking down the Avengers themselves. This storyline ended this week in Avengers #24.
Norman Osborn has also utilized a variety of resourceful tactics. Of course as the Green Goblin he has created his own tech, including pumpkin bombs, blades, and the glider itself. He also has enhanced strength and stamina due to his goblin serum, and amazing regenerative capabilities. It was believed for a while that he was dead, although he was just recooperating in Europe and appeared later in the timeline.
Thursday, March 15, 2012
Justice League: Doom is a new DC Universe animated film released just recently on DVD, February 28th 2012. There's a special edition coming out in April, but why wait- get it now and enjoy it.
So why write this article? It's just a movie, and a cartoon at that. It's based around the Justice League, and probably won't appeal to you unless you enjoy other features like these. Any other human being can tell you that you have two choices: Watch it, or don't watch it. I'm here to tell you my answer- Watch it.
You see, this fun little movie does several things. Let me start by giving you the plot summary, nothing with spoilers of course, but enough where if you neglected to read the back of the DVD case or Wikipedia you aren't at a complete loss.
In this film, the Justice League is hunted down and defeated one by one. While it seems impossible, these plans were made possible by Batman, who had devised these methods should any member of the Justice League go rogue and become an enemy. The problem here is that when a villain gets a hold of these plans, the Justice League are targeted and defeated. This animated film is a fair adaptation to the JLA storyline, "Tower of Babel", with some minor tweaks and changes for the film.
|Cyborg. Where can you go wrong?|
Here's the second: The Justice League is defeated. I think it's safe to say that if you ever wanted to see this, watch it happen. You'll learn why, watch how, and see each member fight to their fullest because of it. If you aren't aware, this doesn't happen often, and you'll get to see each member bask in their own individual moment of glory as they fight.
|Action. Lots and Lots of Action.|
Here the third: It's a good movie. It has a good plot, a good beginning, a good middle, excellent climax, and an amazing finish. It's what you expect from a film, and not some cheap knock off where they take a few episodes from a series, cut the commercials, and ask that you enjoy. It's jam-packed with action too, so you're not going to be disappointed if all you are looking for is a flat out brawl. Sure- you'll need to know a little bit about Batman, Wonder Woman, Superman, Green Lantern, Martian Manhunter and the Flash; but let's be honest, who hasn't at this point?
Oh yeah- maybe you didn't catch that, but the Martian Manhunter is in it too! So if you're pre-New52 reader you get a nice addition to your collection to watch some old school heroes take on their classic villains, whereas if you're just getting into comics you get to watch the New 52 Justice League (plus Martian Manhunter) in action with the aid of Cyborg.
I give the film a 9/10. It's got everything you need, except for one minor flaw- It's animated. While it's always good to watch an animated film (and DC does some of their best work in animated features), it's a turn-off for many who see it as a children's flick. Now that you know better, pick it up. Get past the part where it's animated, and bathe in the amazing quality this film provides.
Otunga and Santino will captain the teams.
Wednesday, March 14, 2012
Monday, March 12, 2012
Our first Geek Community Spotlight goes out to CineFantasy. CineFantasy is a small post-production group based out of Italy. Luckily, YouTube has given them the ability to channel their fan-made video expertise to the masses. Their goal, “to create films and (web) series ever more beautiful.” In my opinion, more bad ass as well.
These geek connoisseurs have a sweet collection of self-made action sequences with the use of air soft weaponry, abandoned warehouses and great visual effects. The popular Call of Duty and Battlefield franchises also inspire their videos.
Was that an RC-XD car I just saw?
Not to shabby for a group of individuals with no serious funding backing them. They use a Canon EOS 5D and 60D cameras for it all. You can find their YouTube channel right here. Show some love.
Watch the video below for a little taste.
Sunday, March 11, 2012
IDW has delivered to us a comic book series modeled after the trading card game, Magic The Gathering. If you checked your local comicbook store, card store, or maybe even a book store, you might have caught a glance at these two issues, the lattter having been released this past Wednesday, March 7th 2012.
Unlike most comics, these comics are displayed in package, sealed. They also include a piece of cardboard for sturdiness. So, in short, if you're able to pick up the comic and flip through it, you're missing out on something. Something that may interest you. Something...well remember how we mentioned Magic The Gathering is a trading card game? When you purchase the issue, you get a Magic The Gathering card, with artwork the same as the cover art. These are the two released so far:
If you're familiar with Magic the Gathering, you'll know what I mean when I say it's just a story of another Planeswalker. Outside of the names of a few familiar planes such as Ravnica and Innistrad, there isn't any indication of interaction with other planeswalkers or stories. If you don't know anything about Magic The Gathering, a Planeswalker is a mage who can travel through the various planes of the multiverse. Each comic book also gives a small summary of what a Planeswalker is on the inside covers, incase you need the reminder or the lesson. As a story, this leaves multiple outcomes, as the character can cause a problem in one plane, travel to another, and have a completely different problem. The main character, Dack Fayden, does just that, jumping between the planes to gather information, create and solve problems, or just use the resources specific to a certain plane.
After reading the first two issues, the story is easy to get attached to. There isn't a lot of confusion, especially as Dack likes to think to himself alot. Overall it's a very easy read and I would recommend you pick up the books. I don't know much about the cards in their current state as far as the Trading Card Game goes, but I do appreciate the extra care IDW has put in to make sure theft of these cards is not so easy.
So it's up to you if you want to make the purchase of these issues. There's no indication that this is a limited series, whether it will always include cards, or whether or not it will always be about this particular character. If you're interested in Magic the Gathering, it can't hurt to pick it up. If nothing else, you get cards you can trade.