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Aug

Movie Review – The Avengers (2012)

Joss Whedon certainly knows his comic books so it is no surprise that his reverent take on The Avengers works well enough because he not only knows the characters but also the intricacies of the universe.  He’s fashioned a light-hearted summer popcorn blockbuster that just about does everything right that Michael Bay got wrong with his past two Transformers films in taking his time building the justification for such a super hero team up and their many clashing personalities before throwing abandon to the wind with a massive action oriented third act.  It’s just too bad that these superheroes are shoehorned in a less than immersive plot that often times feels bland even by comic book standards.

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25
Aug

Launch Trailer – Mass Effect 3: Leviathan DLC (2012)

Here is the launch trailer for Leviathan, Bioware’s newest single-player campaign DLC for Mass Effect 3 dropping next week for most gamers that is apparently going to add extra insight into the Reapers.The only thing I’ll say at this point is that it looks like Commander Shepard isn’t afraid of diving alone into some God-forsaken ocean abyss.

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24
Aug

Movie Review – Abduction (2011)

Abduction is a totally nonsensical action thriller that is about as emotionally desirable as plunging a red hot poker up your posterior…twice.  This risible endeavour surely marks the low point in director John Singleton’s career that has long since evaporated from his heady days writing and helming Boyz in the Hood.  Can this excreable jumbled mess of a movie really have come from the youngest person to ever have been nominated for the Best Director Academy Award who also coincidentally was the first African American director to ever garner such praise?  Whatever happened to John Singleton’s promising career is best left for others to dissect but if Abduction is where he has ended up the only thing I can say is that he truly needs to look in the mirror and decide where exactly he stands in terms of his artistic integrity.

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23
Aug

Jack Ryan Returns (2013)

The long gestating Jack Ryan reboot is finally back on track as Chris Pine takes over the role previously made famous first by Alec Baldwin in The Hunt for Red October and then by Harrison Ford for two films (Patriot Games, Clear and Present Danger) before handing the reins to Ben Affleck (The Sum of All Fears).  This project has been sitting around for ages but it seems Paramount Pictures is finally serious in continuing one of their cash cow franchises.

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23
Aug

Halo 4 Original Soundtrack (2012)

Halo 4 is sure to be one of the biggest video game releases of the year and although fans have been dying to see the return of Master Chief there are still plenty of questions circulating around this game, foremost being that long-time Halo developer Bungie is no longer involved with this project having turned over the reins to newly formed Microsoft studio 343.  However, the video footage so far seems to be more than pleasant showing shine and polish that takes the series to a whole new graphical level.  Still, one of the biggest core elements to a good Halo experience lies in the music and Halo 4 introduces fans to a new series composer in Neil Davidge who replaces Marty O’Donnell.

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22
Aug

The Rocketeer Movie Reboot

Yes, you heard that right. Sources are indicating today that The Rocketeer is currently in the process of being rebooted at Disney.  Now, this is a big surprise as the 1991 original film is a big fan favourite although it basically tanked at the box office.  As for me it was the first year I did a box office prognostication and thought it would come #2 that summer only to end up with egg on my face.

In hindsight I was probably not thinking correctly but looking back now there was no way it was going to bulldoze Terminator 2: Judgment Day which pulled in over $200 million USD but I figured The Rocketeer had four quadrant appeal and was good enough to crack the top five at least.  It was not to be and struggled to make a little north of $46 million USD good enough for only #27 that year.

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22
Aug

Movie Trailer – The Impossible (2012)

Disaster movies are a dime a dozen but this trailer to the film The Impossible (2012) certainly shows that the film has decided to focus much more on emotional drama rather than Roland Emmerich inspired mayhem.  With a December 21, 2012 release date in the USA this film is squarely aimed at capturing the holiday family crowd that is in the mood for yet another tale revolving around the triumph of the human spirit not to mention having an eye on the movie award season.

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16
Aug

Movie Review – The Dark Knight Rises (2012)

With The Dark Knight Rises Christopher Nolan triumphantly concludes what is surely the greatest comic book trilogy of all time with an exceedingly bleak tale of self-renewal that is mostly electrifying yet unfortunately misses true greatness by suffering from some glaring pace issues and a slew of minor plot inconsistencies and contrivances that really should have long since been removed in the script writing process.  These minor issues don’t torpedo the film but they are plainly obvious to most viewers yet the overall product is so chock full of epic ambition that many will simply overlook these problems as they immerse themselves emotionally in Nolan’s roller coaster ride of a narrative.

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