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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