Blood-C is a maddening anime series to review precisely because it is a perfect example of a project that seems to have been constructed backwards from a simple plot twist meant for a short episode span into a bloated full season order. Instead of being cohesive and well-paced the show is rife with dead-weight filler that chews up far too much precious screentime focused on tangential elements that have no bearing on the overall plot.
Omega is the newest single player DLC to be released for Mass Effect 3 and once again I find myself inundated with the simplest of questions which all center on, “Is it worth it?” Readers will already know how I reviewed Mass Effect 3 as well as the previous Leviathan DLC and though I liked the later I mentioned how it was slightly lamentable that Bioware was playing with fire by leaving the content out as it would have served as a good foreshadowing moment to lend credence to the appearance of the Catalyst at the end of the game. Bioware and every other video game developer out there should really hunker down and understand that making money is all fine and dandy but when a major chunk of exposition that is central to the plot is purposely left out at launch that it potentially can lead to the brouhaha that appeared over the game’s ending. So where does that leave Omega? Simply put, unlike Leviathan, Omega has next to zero hooks to the main plot making this expansion feel very much like a mini standalone game.
The entertainment world is abuzz with news breaking from numerous sources that J.J.Abrams has been hired to direct the next installment of Star Wars: Episode 7 coming tentatively in 2015. Although Abrams previously declined the rumor it certainly seems this is now a done deal or else some Hollywood insiders are going to have massive egg on their faces. Nevertheless, this news will seriously keep the Trek Vs Wars argument going for the immediate future.
Say what you will about the Lego branded video games but more often than not they have ended up being a blast with some decent difficulty coupled with a cheeky sense of humour. Then again, nearly all of the recent ones have been based around major IP such as Batman, Star Wars or Lord of the Rings so it comes with a bit of surprise that the newest installment will be Lego City Undercover that encompasses Lego’s own line of City vehicles. Anyone who has been to this site for a while will realize that I usually don’t cover Lego games yet I’ll make an exception in this case because I know that my Lego loving son will absolutely go bonkers over this game.
While home console gamers usually look to Square Enix to churn out amazing CG cinematics it comes as no surprise that PC gamers have always turned to Blizzard for their eye-candy. This time is no exception for the opening cinematic from Starcraft II: Heart of the Swarm, the upcoming expansion to their hit game, Starcraft II: Wings of Liberty. Heart of the Swarm is due to drop on March 12, 2013.
Sometimes I wonder how Hollywood works especially when two separate companies decide to film similar stories and release the final products only a few months between each other. I am reminded of 1998 when two big Hollywood studios decided to premiere movies about giant asteroids heading for Earth with Paramount Pictures’ Deep Impact opening on May 8 and Universal Pictures’ Armageddon dropping a short time later on July 1. Both films actually went on to make decent box office numbers proving that audiences didn’t really mind that they focused on similar subject matter.
Consistently stylish as well as almost completely self-referential Taichi Zero has been advertised as being the first in a new breed of Kung-Fu movie that melds traditional narratives with modern sensibilities. Don’t believe the marketing. Taichi Zero nails its Michael Bay sensitivities well enough with an overabundance of slow motion and rapid fire editing but it is also saddled with a less than engaging narrative, wooden performances and a next to total lack of pace including a demoralizing third act that sucks the life out of the movie like a rabid vampire who hasn’t fed in centuries. Director/actor Stephen Fung tries the kitchen sink approach to filmmaking crafting a visually engaging yarn but his direction feels forced as if he made the erroneous decision that more equals better. It simply doesn’t jive and by the end of the film you can tell that Fung has long since run out of parlor tricks to captivate audiences leaving the film wallowing like a beached whale.
The month of March is usually the first big box office time of the year as distributors launch films to coincide with Spring Break. Most of these offerings are either comedies or action adventures yet Emperor (2013) is surely meant as counterprogramming as it is geared to a much more mature audience that yearns for something substantive instead of more explosions. Emperor (2013) features Tommy Lee Jones as famous American General Douglas MacArthur who finds himself as the “ruler” of Japan upon its surrender. He then assigns General Bonner Fellers (Matthew Fox) to investigate into whether or not the Japanese Emperor should be tried for war crimes.