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BATTLE: LOS ANGELES

March 30, 2011 1 comment

3 / 5

When formulating an opinion on postapocalyptic/alien invasion movies it’s important to consider their relevance and overall strength within the genre– not just their acknowledgement from high-horsed critics and overall box office success. Inside the genre Battle: Los Angeles hits, outside it fails miserably. The biggest downfall of this movie are some of its directorial decisions. While it could be interpreted as helping add a parallel to the pandemonium going on in the movie it might make sense, but the shaky camera approach seems to be most prevalent during scenes of unimportance and little action.  If you are someone who is willing to set aside their criticisms and come along for the ride you will most certainly enjoy this movie.

PAUL

March 30, 2011 Leave a comment

3 / 5

Comedies these days need to be laugh-out-loud funny, and often. While Paul had its moments and is a fun overall ride it refused to produce any of the belly-busting laughter people look to get out of your average comedy release. It succeeds nicely as a caper-filled road trip movie and attracts some colorful characters along the way– even making references to some past “Extra Terrestrial” movies.  Comedy duo Simon Pegg and Nick Frost once again prove they have the potential to make another big hit like “Shaun of the Dead,” but fall short in this instance on what seemed to be an ideal opportunity.

ENSLAVED: ODYSSEY TO THE WEST

March 16, 2011 Leave a comment

4 / 5

Post-apocalyptic worlds aren’t anything new to video games. If you track releases back over the past three to four years with the plot device in mind their would be a lot to count, especially the inclusion of releases and upcoming releases in 2011. While the genre is considered common game developers have succeeded in creating games that maintain a true identity and are still enjoyable, without success based solely on the popularity of the genre. Ninja Theory follows up their 2007  release of Heavenly Sword with Enslaved: Odyssey to the West. The game play is reminiscent of Heavenly Sword and is without doubt the games strong point–attack mechanics are smooth and intuitive and scaling buildings and jumping from one beam to the next before it begins to crumble before your eyes brings back exciting moments from a first play through of Uncharted 2. The post-apocalyptic New York City setting is beyond over-done but the game did a nice job of not straying too far from its aforementioned strengths. With a lot of post-apocalyptic games slated for release this year, there is no question that the genre will be left with few original approaches to carry on strong down the road.