THE CHASES OF L.A. NOIRE

May 23, 2011 Leave a comment

There isn’t any shortage of chase scenes throughout most of Rockstars’ L.A. Noire. In fact, you’ll often ask yourself how some of the people you’re chasing have achieved such speed; even those who are blatantly overweight and should be a push-over to catch up with. While the chase scenes may be a little nerve-racking at first try to keep your cool. Some times you’ll have the option to draw your weapon but more often than not the game will penalize you for shooting a fleeing suspect (unless instructed otherwise). You’ll find suspects running and running and running: some suspects you’ll catch up with and others will attempt to challenge you to a fistfight (idiots). Just don’t rely on your partner for much help though it isn’t odd for them to cut off a fleeing suspect by car. If you’re patient and haven’t shot the suspect sometimes they will just simply corner themselves, allowing for an almost anti-climactic  conclusion.  If you happen to shoot the suspect by accident or out of sheer impulse not to worry, the game will reset back to the beginning of the chase and hopefully you’ll have learned that patience is the key to catching a fleeing suspect on foot. Again, don’t think you’re doing anything wrong or not hitting an appropriate button: apparently in this game everyone BUT Cole Phelps is a track-star prodigy.

DOCTOR WHO: 2005-2010 TOP 5

5. The Empty Child / The Doctor Dances (2005 Christopher Eccleston)

Rose and the Doctor find themselves in 1941 London when the TARDIS receives an emergency signal from another time-traveling vehicle. While the Doctor tries to determine where the object may have landed, Rose goes off in search of a child she can hear calling for help. When she gets herself into a precarious situation, she’s rescued by the rather handsome RAF Captain Jack Harkness, who owns a time machine of his own.

4. The Girl in the Fireplace (2006 David Tennant)

The Doctor, Mickey and Rose land on a spaceship in the 51st century only to find 18th century Versailles on board, the time of Madame De Pompadour! To find out what’s going on the Doctor must enter Versailles and save Madame De Popmpadour but it turns into an emotional roller coaster for the Doctor.

3. Waters of Mars (2009 David Tennant)

In a Mars base the inhabitants are being infected by a mysterious water creature which takes over its victims. The Doctor is thrust into the middle of this catastrophe knowing a larger one is waiting around the corner.

2. Blink (2007 David Tennant)

Don’t Blink. Blink and you’re dead. Don’t turn your back. Don’t look away. And don’t Blink. Good Luck.” These cryptic messages left on 17 DVD’s leave Sally Sparrow on a journey to assist the Doctor and Martha Jones, who are trapped in 1969. But Sally is in 2007, and they won’t meet until 2008. Strange? Unusual? Not if you are the Doctor.

1. Human Nature / Family of Blood (2007 David Tennant)

The Doctor must deal with the repercussions of his decision to become human, as The Family Of Blood unveil themselves…

L O S T : THE COUCHES TOP 10

10. THE SHAPE OF THINGS TO COME ( Season 4)

The team from the ship attacks Locke’s camp looking for Ben, with Alex as a hostage. Meanwhile, the doctor from the ship washes up on shore at Jack’s camp, and Daniel Faraday provides some distressing news to Jack.

9. THE OTHER 48 DAYS (Season 2)

48 days ago, the tail section of Flight 815 crashes. The survivors struggle to live when some other people on the island continue to kidnap some of them.

8. PILOT (Season 1)

Forty-eight survivors of an airline flight originating from Australia, bound for the U.S., which crash-lands onto an unknown island 1000 miles off course, struggle to figure out a way to survive, why trying to find a way to be rescued.

7. WALKABOUT (Season 1)

When the survivors run out of food, Locke, Kate, and Michael go out hunting for boar. Michael gets injured, so he and Kate go back. But Locke stays out hunting, and ends up running into the creature living in the jungle.

6. NOT IN PORTLAND (Season 3)

Sawyer and Kate struggle to escape the island while Jack sabotages Ben’s surgery, and Juliet’s plan to make a deal with Jack to kill Ben on the operating table is exposed.

5. WHITE RABBIT (Season 1)

Jack begins to experience visions of his dead father Christian. He runs into the jungle trying to find him, but things go wrong when he falls down a hill and off a cliff.

4. THE LIFE AND DEATH OF JEREMY BENTHAM (Season 5)

John Locke, now alive again and back on the island after the second plane crash, flashes back to his return to civilization, where he is brought in by Charles Widmore and asked to convince the Oceanic 6 to return to the island.

3. AB AETERNO (Season 6)

The mysteries behind Richard Alpert’s arrival to the island, his immortality, and his alliance with Jacob are revealed–plus more details about the purpose of the island and the relationship between Jacob and the smoke monster.

2. THE CONSTANT (Season 4)

During the helicopter ride to the ship, Desmond’s consciousness begins jumping back and forth between present day 2004 and 1996. He is forced to find Daniel Faraday in 1996 in order to get answers and stop the jumps.

1. THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS  (Season 3)

Jack and the survivors wait for Charlie to turn off The Others’ signal-jamming device, not knowing that he has been captured at the Looking Glass station. In addition, Sayid, Jin and Bernard are captured after The Others invade the camp.

LOOKING BACK: HARPER’S ISLAND

4 / 5

Part slasher flick part serial drama, Harper’s Island will not fail at sucking you in right out of the gate. A one-season series Produced by Jon Turteltaub (Jericho, National Treasure) presents a group of friends traveling back to their hometown of Harper’s Island for their best friend’s wedding. Unbeknownst to some of the guests is the island’s history and its direct effect on past and present residents; a history gruesomely reborn with the wedding party’s arrival to the island.  As wedding guests begin to disappear and suspect lists begin to narrow it’s pleasing to know that the show’s payoff is more than satisfying and — to those who have watched their fair share of slasher films — pleasingly unpredicatble. The planned one season for the show proved perfect as it avoided chances of becoming stale and allowed room for production value and surprisingly good acting  eliminating the shows potential plunge into “cheesy.”

MORTAL KOMBAT

April 17, 2011 2 comments

4 / 5

One of the most popular and equally successful fighting game franchises of all-time returns to consoles in an in-your-face re-boot that will make the famous “Kill Bill” club scene look like “The Berenstain Bears.” Riddled with familiar characters and nostalgic levels from past MK games, Mortal Kombat presents some interesting additions to the MK world without straying too far from it’s roots. Tag matches are a stand-out feature in the game allowing for two-on-two battles versus a friend or the computer and the fighting system is smooth and easy to grasp — so easy that you’ll find yourself mastering new and complex combos with each passing match. Fatalities are as gruesome as you remember and the game locks various finishing moves and character abilities creating a necessary incentive to dominating single player.

SCREAM 4

April 17, 2011 2 comments

2 / 5

Wes Craven’s recent horror movies have made one thing perfectly clear: he needs to win fans back, and soon. What started off as exciting quickly took the route of disappointing, relying too heavily on nostalgia than exploring any new and interesting territory. The Franchise’s biggest draw is the audience’s development of a list of suspects and, as the movie progresses, the narrowing of your list makes it perfectly clear that the pay-off will be as terrible as the film’s being branded a re-boot.  My Soul to Take and now Scream 4 have certainly set Craven back a few steps and sends the message that perhaps the veteran horror director is losing steam.

INSIDIOUS

April 3, 2011 1 comment

4 / 5

Out with gore and in with the eerie side of horror. Jame’s Wan’s “Insidious” makes a big statement in the genre; a message of sorts to current and future horror writers and directors that excessive, and often unnecessary, gore isn’t the formula for creating a great horror movie. Often you’ll find yourself scratching the top part of your eye — not because it’s itchy but for the convenience of having your hand close by to cover your face during one of the many surprise moments in the film. Wan has a way of scaring the audience with just the simplest camera movement and it compliments nicely even moments completely absent of horror. If your eyes were closed most of the time the music will be a difficult thing to forget as it’s just as frightening, if not more, than the movie itself.

Roger Ebert’s Review: http://rogerebert.suntimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20110331/REVIEWS/110339994