Mass Effect: Paragon Lost attempts to expand the Mass Effect universe away from its traditional video game roots this time into the realm of Japanese animation. A co-production between American company Funimation and master anime studio Production I.G., Mass Effect: Paragon Lost is a prequel of sorts to Bioware’s Mass Effect 3 by showcasing how a particular incident involving a character named James Vega came to have significant repercussions that ended up scaring him for the foreseeable future. Fans of the series will however, be undoubtedly scratching their collective heads merely because James Vega is regarded as one of the least liked and utilized characters within the trilogy although to be fair this is probably due to his visual appearance more so than his actual personality.
Well, here I am again reviewing yet another concert video which is the first time I’ve done concert reviews back to back. You know, there’s a first time for everything right? First off, I cannot say that I am a huge fan of Usher as he is one of those artists who I know all his hits yet for some reason or other have had a hard time connecting the face to the song. Perhaps it is because I am a bit older now and not part of his target demographic but I will say that I do certainly enjoy some of his recent hits such as “OMG” and “More.” That said this concert is going to be incredibly polarizing because on one hand the choreography and stagecraft is simply astounding to behold yet the lack of audience interaction and insightful moments makes the entire package feel like…a package.
Ahh Anuman Interactive, my “favourite” hidden object game company. Of course I’m joking here but let it be said that no matter how “great” I find their games that they just keep pumping them out in their assembly line mentality to throw as much product out there as possible hoping to somehow strike gold. To be fair it isn’t as if the games are unplayable but one would think that after so many misfires that they would have learned by now to at least expand beyond their comfort zone but alas Criminal Investigation Agents – Petrodollars HD feels much the same as past games with perhaps one big caveat. When one thinks of all the best hidden object games out there and the storylines associated with them one can see that just about every genre has been touched upon from dramatic plots to comedic tales of revelry yet the majority focus on fantastical events and mystical lands of yore. Criminal Investigation Agents – Petrodollars HD takes a much different tact although I’m not sure if I would describe the end result as being enlightening.
Here is something I haven’t done in ages – review a concert video, in this case, Lady Gaga’s The Monster Ball Tour At Madison Square Garden. To be perfectly honest I usually do not look forward to penning reviews of this sort as a huge point of contention always falls upon the simple fact that fans of the artist who already know every single song, every single lyric and perhaps every single dance move are going to be the target audience for such a release. Those who outright dislike Lady Gaga will probably find nothing to engage with and will end up snoring within the first song or two. That said I am a fan of her music although I have zero interest in her personal life or beliefs which is why I have some issues with the overall product.
Here’s the second trailer for Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby (2013) which now bats second after Iron Man 3 during next summer’s blockbuster movie season. This is a movie that was originally scheduled to open this winter but was then shuffled to the much tougher May 10th weekend which could either be a major boon or a total bust depending on how high Iron Man 3 opens to. Even if Iron Man 3 follows a typical summer blockbuster and drops 50%+ in the following weekend it would mean that it could still pull in anywhere between $50-55 million which would be incredibly tough for Gatsby to beat.
History goes completely out the window in this prequel to the Donnie Yen Ip Man films with newcomer Dennis To taking over the lead role playing a young version of the title character in his formative years before he took over as master and starting teaching the Wing Chun martial arts style. The movie play incredibly loose with the facts here and while some of it is true for the most part the entire narrative is completely fabricated with the inclusion of yet another hoary old love triangle and an inherently bizarre subplot featuring, you guessed it, another evil Japanese antagonist that makes as much sense as sticking a wet finger into a live electrical socket. While utilizing cartoon-like evil Japanese characters comes as no surprise the villain’s plot is so woefully unbelievable I had to actually rewind a key scene to watch it again to make sure I didn’t hear it incorrectly.
Finally, Warner Brothers and Legendary Pictures have released the first full length trailer for next summer’s highly anticipated robot versus giant monsters movie, Pacific Rim. Directed by fan favorite Guillermo del Toro (Pan’s Labyrinth, Hellboy) Pacific Rim wears its Japanese monster movie inspiration on its sleeve albeit with state of the art special effects rather than featuring men in rubber suits duking it out in slow motion.