Much like my ten episode review of the new Space Battleship Yamato 2199 I ended up overcompensating by taking far too many screencaps for my Star Trek Into Darkness Post-Mortem Editorial than I could ever use so I decided to just post them here so that they don’t go to waste. In this case, I had purchased the Into Darkness 3D Blu-Ray which comes with a free digital download from either Ultraviolet or iTunes. I decided on the latter which ended up being the source I used to take these caps.
With the Summer movie season now in the history books it’s time to look back specifically at Star Trek Into Darkness to grade the movie’s box office performance and to see if we can ascertain any hints about the franchise’s future. Let’s be honest shall we? The past few weeks have seen Into Darkness’ reputation basically being dragged through the mud by the mainstream media but not without some degree of merit as news broke out of two Star Trek conventions that diehard Trekkies were not only mad but downright furious deciding to vote the film the worse Star Trek film ever in one poll while the other had it wallowing in 6th position. Is it really the time for revisionist history to kick in?
I…was…not…expecting…this. Seriously, as long time readers know I gave Naughty Dog’s The Last of Us a glowing five star review a short while ago for being one of the best video games this entire generation. Today, Naughty Dog decided to throw fans a small bone by releasing this video that details an alternate ending for the game that is…totally unexpected.
Next week sees the Blu-Ray release of The Little Mermaid, a film that basically ushered in the Second Golden Age of Disney animated movies. What followed reads like a greatest hits list of animated films from the Academy Award for Best Picture nominated Beauty and the Beast to Aladdin and then The Lion King, which if adjusted for inflation into 2013 dollars, made an astounding $608 million domestic. Unfortunately, due to many reasons, it wasn’t long before this Second Golden Age came crashing down and by the time Treasure Planet was released in 2002 it was all but over.
It is no secret that I am a big fan of Final Fantasy but it also has to be said that Square Enix, as a company, has had an incredibly rough last couple of years and there is no better example of their apparent fall from grace than Final Fantasy XIII. I’ve played every Final Fantasy and XIII was the first game which enraged me to no end and though I finished it I came away feeling as if I had wasted those hours of my life when I could have been watching fresh paint dry on my wall.
I cannot begin to count the number of hours my friends and I spent playing the original Need For Speed video game back when it debuted on the 3DO but I’ve never expected to someday be watching a movie based on this property. One would think that the Fast & Furious franchise has the racing sub-genre locked up but that doesn’t seem to have stopped Dreamworks for attempting to wrestle some fans to its new movie franchise.
Last year Microsoft embarked on a slightly oddball marketing campaign for its Surface products showcasing young adults jumping and dancing around, apparently overjoyed by the fact that they were using the tablets. Like nearly every Microsoft advertising campaign in history opinion was basically split between those who loved them and others who thought they were less than effective. Who knows what Microsoft has planned this time around but it did release these two incredibly sedate promos today to coincide with their Surface 2 launch event.
Microsoft’s Surface and Surface Pro might not have been the rousing successes Redmond desired when they were released last year but there’s also no denying that they were both decent products that had a few key issues holding them back. While the sales numbers might pale in comparison to Apple’s iPad or even Google’s Nexus 7 it is also apparent that Microsoft sees the Surface line as essential in their fight to remain relevant going forward especially as they try to transition to better meet the demands of the modern marketplace.