Not a lot on the gaming front as we head into the first week of August. Xbox One users get the collection of classic games from developer Rare in Rare Replay, which gives you 30 games for 30 dollars. The Nintendo 3DS gets another entry in the Etrian Odyssey series with Etrian Odyssey 2 Untold: The Fafnir Knight. On the home video front the second movie from the Divergent series, Insurgent, comes to store shelves, along with the action comedy Barely Lethal, the drama Far From the Madding Crowd, and the J.K. Rowling miniseries The Casual Vacancy. Coming to the big screen this week is director Josh Trank’s (Chronicle) reboot of Fantastic Four, the thriller The Gift, and the Meryl Streep led comedy drama Ricki and the Flash...Read More
Since the franchise started on the big screen in 1996 (the television series ran from 1966-1973), the Mission: Impossible movies have secured their place in the annals of cinematic spy thrillers, with star Tom Cruise leading the way in the role of IMF agent Ethan Hunt. It may has misstepped a little with the 2000 film directed by John Woo (though it did have some stylish action pieces to go along with its ridiculous plot), then regained its footing when J.J. Abrams took the helm for the third outing. The last outing, Ghost Protocol (2011), was ably handled by director Brad Bird. Now Christopher McQuarrie (Jack Reacher, Edge of Tomorrow) steps in as writer and director. Is the new Mission completed successfully? For the most part the answer to that is yes, yes it is.
The film opens with the...Read More
DC Comics has long had a multiverse for their heroes to play in, and in some of these “alternate realities” writers were able to play with characters outside of main title continuity. Thus we were able to get such Elseworlds stories like Gotham by Gaslight, where Batman visits Victorian London during the time of Jack the Ripper, or Superman: Red Son, where the Man of Steel was raised by Russian farmers in the Soviet Union instead of the Kents in Kansas. These stories turned tropes on their heads and gave us an alternate look at iconic characters in a way they might have been had their origins been a bit different. Now the DC Animated universe gives us one of these Elseworld stories in the form of Justice League: Gods and Monsters.
Working from a story by Bruce Timm (Batman: The Animated Se...Read More
Summer may start winding down in August but there are still some good movies heading towards your local cineplex. Last year we had the big surprise hit Guardians of the Galaxy. Will another film break out in similar fashion? We shall see. This is not a list of every single movie coming in August, just the major releases. So grab some popcorn, and let’s see what’s coming.
The Fantastic Four
Though a Marvel property, Marvel Studios and Disney aren’t behind this reboot, as 20th Century Fox still holds the rights. Reed Richards, Sue Storm, Johnny Storm, and Ben Grimm were last seen on screen in 2007’s Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer. Now director Josh Trank (Chronicle) takes us back to the beginning...Read More
Not a lot of big releases for this final week of July, but some of note. The adventure game remake King’s Quest kicks things off with its first chapter “A Knight to Remember”. “Dark Room”, the penultimate chapter for Life is Strange, launches this week, as does the remastered version of Legend of Kay and the RPG Lost Dimension. On the home video front we get an alternate universe in the DC animated movie Justice League: Gods and Monsters, and Big Bang Theory’s Jim Parsons plays an alien who befriends a young girl in the family friendly flick Home. On the big screen, the Griswolds hit the road again in a remake of the Chevy Chase classic comedy Vacation, and Tom Cruise once again performs mind boggling stunts as the IMF tackles a shadowy organization in Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation...Read More
The next movie from Pixar, The Good Dinosaur, has a new trailer out. Check it out below.
The movie follows a young Apatosaurus named Arlo (voiced by Raymond Ochoa) and his adventures as he makes an unlikely friend. The rest of the cast includes Jeffrey Wright (Casino Royale), Steve Zahn (A Perfect Getaway), A.J. Buckley (Happy Feet), Anna Paquin (X-Men), Sam Elliot (Tombstone), Frances McDormand (Fargo), Marcus Scribner (Black-ish), and Jack Bright (America’s Most Wanted: America Fights Back). The film is being directed by Peter Sohn, an animator making his full feature length directorial debut. Sohn worked on other Pixar movies such as Brave, Ratatouille, The Incredibles, and Finding Nemo.
The Good Dinosaur opens in theaters on November 25.Read More
MGM has released a full trailer for the latest installment in the James Bond franchise titled SPECTRE. The film has Bond taking on a sinister organization that threatens the world. Take a look below.
Daniel Craig once again steps into the shoes of 007, and Sam Mendes returns in the director’s chair from the previous Bond film Skyfall. Also returning are Ralph Fiennes as the new M, Ben Whishaw as Q, and Naomie Harris as Eve Moneypenny. Joining the proceedings are cast members Monica Belluci (Matrix Reloaded), Christoph Waltz (Inglorious Basterds), Dave Bautista (Guardians of the Galaxy), and Lea Seydoux (Mission: Impossible- Ghost Protocol).
SPECTRE opens in theaters on November 6.Read More
Not a lot of major releases this week, but there are some of note. Batgirl becomes playable for those who opted out of Arkham Knight’s season pass, and episode 5 of Telltale Games Game of Thrones releases this week. Two previous digital releases, Wolfenstein: The Old Blood and Zombie Army Trilogy, become available on retail disc, and Journey makes the leap onto the PS4. No real major titles on home video this week, though there are a couple of anime series- Soul Eater Not and Blazblue: Alter Memory. Hitting theaters this week is the Adam Sandler sci-fi comedy Pixels, the horror thriller The Vatican Tapes, and the comedy drama Paper Towns. Time to go off to the list and, as always, release dates are subject to change.
Tuesday, July 21, 2015
Batgirl: A Matter of Family (DLC Batman: Ark...Read More
The 1980s were filled with horror movies that mixed sex and violence. Promiscuity all but guaranteed a gruesome demise whether it be in a cabin on the shores of Crystal Lake or in a house on Elm Street. Jason Vorhees, Freddy Krueger, and Michael Myers could all be seen as an allegory for sexually transmitted diseases, and they weren’t the only films in which sex led to unpleasant results. David Cronenberg used sex as well in his films such as They Came from Within and The Brood. Now director David Robert Mitchell (The Myth of the American Sleepover) uses sex in his own horror vision, though in a more upfront way, as sex passes on a curse involving a supernatural presence that relentlessly follows its victim...Read More
The newest addition to the Marvel cinematic universe might have seemed like an odd choice, especially to those who haven’t read the comics. But rest assured, it would be a mistake to write off Ant-Man as just a minor hero in Marvel’s stable. He may not have the name recognition of Captain America or the wealth of Tony Stark, but by the end of his debut film he proves that he’s worthy of a spot amongst the rest of The Avengers on the big screen. Ant-Man is by turns funny, thrilling, and shows a lot of heart, and is brought to life by some very spectacular visual effects. The movie serves as a great origin story, as well as a standalone feature. There are obvious ties to the larger Marvel universe, but if this is your first Marvel movie you won’t be lost at all...Read More