Reviewed on Playstation Vita and PS3, Official Website
Rated “E” for Everyone, All Ages
There are some games that, when you finally get around to playing them, you literally ache with a vague, persistent worry because you might have missed this game. That, of course, underlies a sublime, barely constrained joy that you didn’t miss this game.
Marian Call is awesome. This is a scientific fact in the field of science generally referred to as Awesomology. It may be gilding the lily, but she’s gone and made her herself even more awesome by releasing a new album of holiday tracks! You can sample all of the tracks below and then head over to Bandcamp and pay what you like.
While you’re there, why not check out her other albums. No reason at all, that’s why! I defy anybody to listen to “Good Morning Moon” and not smile.
“The Maze Runner” on IMDB
Action/Sci-Fi, 113 Minutes, 2014
Hey teenage girls, we turned one of those young-adult fiction books you seem to like so much into a movie! We crammed in a whole variety pack of 20-something heart-throbs you can pretend are in their teens! We’ll have posters for sale and everything!
“Nurse 3D” on IMDB
Horror, 84 Minutes, 2013
This movie was clearly aiming for some kind of artistic statement on the juxtaposition of sensuality and violence. The excellent posters, in the design of classic pin-up fantasy girls, probably got more attention than movie itself, which turned out to be much more a mixed bag.
“Lucy” on IMDB
Action/Sci-Fi, 89 Minutes, 2014
I told you, Hollywood, all the way back in 2011, when I saw “Limitless” [my review]: stop saying that we only use 10% of our brains! I’m warning you! It was wrong and stupid then and it’s wrong and stupid now. Now one of my favorite directors, Luc Besson [IMDB], goes and bases an entire movie on it.
The trailer for “Jurassic World” was released a few days ago and the Internet… noticed. Most of the comments seem to be focused around the sad scientific ignorance demonstrated in the creature design. Where the original trilogy did it’s best to reflect the most up-to-date findings, this definitely seems to toss that away in favor of a popularist view.
I’d like to focus on another aspect hinted on in the trailer, but first, here it is:
“The Other Woman” on IMDB
Comedy, 109 Minutes, 2014
I’m having difficulty reviewing this one. I can’t honestly say where I fall on it. It’s probably damning with faint praise to say that it’s absolutely harmless. It is true, however: this movie will not harm you or your family in any way.
Video game movies tend to be, to put things mildly, terrible. Generally, they’re rushed, low-budget, self-indulgent compromises. They’re incredibly adept at discovering exactly which elements makes people adore the game and then ignoring them completely. Like anything else, there are exceptions, but as a rule: run away from video game movies.
Cracked exposes something everybody should already know: well-done practical effects look amazing.
“The Wolverine” on IMDB
Adventure, 126 Minutes, 2013
I lost track of the “X-Men” movies some time ago. The overblown “X-Men: The Last Stand” [IMDB] and oddly paced “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” were decent, but seemed to represent a downward spiral from the first two films. The excellent semi-reboot “X-Men: First Class” [IMDB] seemed to distance itself from the earlier films.