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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.

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

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.

THE RITE

February 6, 2011 1 comment

1 / 5

Only people with attention disorders could possibly see past the fact that this movie goes nowhere at a relatively quick rate. The Rite, besides falling extremely short of being considered a good movie in any possible way, created a sizeable rift in the stretch of well-executed exorcist films. Though some may feel differently about the “Exorcism of Emily Rose” approach, or the controversial success of “The Last Exorcism,” they were strong in their originality and didn’t unanimously create argument over the sub-genre wearing thin. The set up seemed like it could be promising up until an ever-lasting flat-line where the movie starts to become relentlessly repetitive.

THE LAST EXORCISM

January 20, 2011 1 comment

3 / 5

The Last Exorcism does more than just satisfy through a series of thrills and periodic blood-spatterings. A film whose most important character is almost without question the region of Louisiana in which the events take place, The Last Exorcism also offers a satisfying glimpse into the world of show-man priests; priests who are simply doing that and that alone, putting on a show.  The act of exorcising demons and evil spirits certainly isn’t new to the horror movie genre and the Last Exorcism provides some interesting and original insight into the exorcism practice without being the first to spoil the streak of well-executed approaches.