Cedar Rapids is a nice movie. It’s a nice movie about a nice guy full of nice characters and nice jokes. And, like a young lady deciding whether or not to date a nice boy, your enjoyment of Cedar Rapids will depend on whether niceness on it’s own is enough to truly get you excited.
We're unabashed fans of Nicolas Cage and his eccentric oeuvre at the Shelf, so when we heard about his new film Drive Angry we we understandably excited. Cage plays Milton, a man who fights his way out of Hell and returns to Earth in order to avenge the death of his daughter. Did we mention that it's in 3D? That's right, pissed off, undead Nicolas Cage kicking asses in 3D. Do we really need to say anything more?
The trailer for Matthew Vaughn’s anticipated X-Men prequel, X-Men: First Class has just hit the net. Set in the 1960's during the Cuban Missile Crisis, the film sports a very stellar cast led by Michael Fassbender and James McAvoy as Magneto and Professor Xavier respectively. The film also stars Kevin Bacon, January Jones, Rose Byrne and Oliver Platt.
Smug trivia lovers rejoice, You Don't Know Jack is back! A long overdue entry was just released by THQ and series creators, Jellyvision. It's a pleasant trip down memory lane for children of the 90s, but is it good?
This week's show sees the crew reunited at last... and it feels so good. In this episode Gavin, Jeff and Jess are joined by Teddy Wilson of InnerSPACE fame. They discuss the origins of Teddy, Tokyo police drummers and Black Swan. We went extra long recording this episode, so this will be the first part of a two parter. We'll see you next week for the thrilling conclusion!
There’s a new reality show in Canada that doesn’t involve crazy club-hoppers, people who think they can host a proper dinner party (but really can’t) or those who think they can be the next Canadian Idol. What it does have are indie musicians trying to catch their big break from the industry professionals who get to travel across the country searching for new talent.
What's not to like about blobs? Video games and globular protagonists have gone together like... well, two blobs do. Toronto-based indie developers DrinkBox Studios have been hard at work on Tales from Space: About a Blob for several years now, putting their own spin on blob-based gaming. We have been intrigued by the game ever since its appearance at Gamercamp in 2009, but had not heard much about it until last September, when it was announced that the title had become part of Sony's Pub Fund program. Now About a Blob is finally available for download on the Playstation Network, but does this platformer-puzzler live up to the gooey pedigree of its blobby forefathers?
As this year starts to get steady on its legs, we'll all need to find some new strength as well. This month’s picks will do just that for you – all of these acts radiate confidence and are really starting to come into their own. Let’s take a note from their songbook and get going!
The mysterious J.J. Abrams directed, Steven Spielberg produced monster movie Super 8 made an appearance during the Superbowl tonight. The film has been shrouded in mystery and this is our first real look at the film. See the Super 8 Superbowl TV spot below. FROM AROUND THE WEB
Superbowl viewers caught a quick glimpse of the God of Thunder tonight in the new TV spot for Thor. The Kenneth Branagh directed action epic stars Chris Hemsworth as the titular Norse god, robbed of his power and cast down to Earth by his father Odin. The film also stars Anthony Hopkins as Odin, and Natalie Portman as his love interest, Jane Foster.
The Sixth Gun is a snappy, fast paced read that is deeply rooted in the western gunslinger genre while quickly outstripping such a classification with its supernatural and mystery elements. I picked up the first trade paperback (collecting issues #1-6) on a lark, and after reading the first couple pages, I couldn’t put it down. I am not usually drawn to the western genre, other than the occasional Clint Eastwood movie, or the recent True Grit, but this comic hooked me with its intriguing characters and superb graphic layout.
One November night, fans gathered at the ex-Hummingbird, now Sony Centre, simply to share in the presence of Nobuo Uematsu. Titled Distant Worlds: The Music of Final Fantasy, a full orchestra presented material by the legendary Uematsu, conducted by Grammy winner Arnie Roth.
First described to me as “Indiana Jones meets Tomb Raider”, this does Daomu #1 a disservice. Yes, the plot revolves around a secret society of tomb robbers, so the comparison is understandable, but the preceding quote is more of a marketing tag for Image to hook potential readers. Opening the comic though, the text on the first page reveals an even deeper back story and world mythos than those Western franchises ever achieved. The digitally rendered art, by Ken Chou, is so distinctly 21st century and “not-American”, that this tag line will feel almost misleading after finishing the issue.
This book is hilarious. The series continues to be a wonderful send-up of the Marvel Universe, while having more action in each issue than all the Wolverine titles combined. The dialogue, or should I say, ‘internal narration’, is fantastically crafted. It transforms this title from being violence-for-sales-sake into a fun, slightly crazy, and witty read.
LittleBigPlanet gradually went from something charming that I could do without, to an unavoidable video game staple. A game I could constantly sit down with to discover and rediscover the weird and wonderful things people were creating in their seemingly infinite spare time. Now we’re exploring the second entry in the series, and it's as curious as it is exciting. To gauge the game at launch requires a bit of foresight (and hindsight), but know this, LittleBigPlanet 2 is more than just a new batch of stickers and costumes.
In this, the epic conclusion of Episode 12, Gavin and Jeff tackle The Green Hornet, dream of remaking martial arts classics and curse entertainment talk shows and the future of humanity. The episode takes a sinister turn when the two get political, talk about how much they miss Jess, and ponder the future of GND.
Entry after entry Dynasty Warriors seems impressively dedicated to never, ever changing, no matter how much other games have progressed. But now Koei is moving on to new blood: Fist of the North Star: Ken's Revenge. And oh, blood there is. Kenshiro and his brutal Hokuto Shinken style have been bred to tally up a body count that would make Lu Bu envious, but is that what Koei needs to devastate this time around, or is life a privilege something this game does not deserve?