The entire time watching Tom Hopper’s Les Miserables (2012) I couldn’t help thinking of a man walking over a tightrope, his balance bar glued to his hands while he cautiously navigates over a gaping chasm below. Everything seems to be going well when suddenly a gust of wind builds up and disturbs the man’s mental state so much so that it throws his balance off. In desperation he basically lurches forward and attempts to complete the walk all the while swaying back and forth in a dizzying rush for survival. Les Miserables, the movie based on the famous musical which in turn is based on an even more famous book, feels very much like a swaying man on a tightrope as the movie swings wildly from almost pure cinematic bliss to often times gutter trash. So violent are these fluctuations that viewers will find themselves exhausted, giddy or just plain ready to unceremoniously throw up with motion sickness.
It’s not often I write about video game sales but this one has some great deals listed. The Xbox 360 Ultimate Game Sale is going on through Xbox Live right now and runs from Feb 26th to March 4th. There are many games that have had their prices slashed to as low as $2.99 which is simply ridiculous but it’s certainly great for gamers who want to pick up titles that they missed out on previously or are just curious about.
This movie seems to be getting much attention although I suspect that it is coming from the various risqué shots of its leading actresses wearing nothing but bikinis for most of the film. Regardless, here is the UK trailer for Spring Breakers (2013) that features a bit of new footage. The movie is directed by Harmony Korine and stars Selena Gomez, Vanessa Hudgens, Ashley Benson, Rachel Korine and some guy named James Franco.
Here is the launch trailer for Blizzard’s Starcraft II: Heart of the Swarm (2013) expansion due to be released March 12 for the PC/OS X. Most of the footage is reused from previous trailers yet the quality of the CG is simply amazing and makes one wish that Blizzard actually made a movie.
Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln contains yet another mesmerizing performance from Daniel Day-Lewis who is almost assured another golden statue come the Academy Awards. However, the movie as a whole is a decidedly mixed bag that contains far too many typical fairy tale Spielberg flourishes that feel at odds with the subject material. For a two and a half hour movie there is certainly a lot going on here but the expected emotional climax never arrives leaving the film stuck in a kind of no-man’s land where many viewers might feel inherently detached instead of being highly invested.
Today Bioware announced that the last two pieces of Mass Effect 3 DLC are on the way. The Citadel DLC which clocks in at almost 4GB in size represents the final single-player expansion for the game where players once again take control of Commander Shepard. At the same time Bioware announced the Reckoning DLC which adds to the game’s robust multiplayer mode.
Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012) is an oftentimes mesmerizing slice of life parable that manages to meld gripping drama with childhood fantasy in a mostly electric fashion. Although it does occasionally stumble in certain aspects overall most audience members will simply fall in love with the movie due in large part to young actress Quvenzhané Wallis who creates a wonderfully precocious character that simply dominates whatever scene she is in. Admittedly, this is not the film for everyone considering the subject matter and lack of grandiose plot but those who want to experience something different might find themselves enraptured by it.