Oh my god yes. A thousand times yes. FINALLY.
Oh my god yes. A thousand times yes. FINALLY.
Behold the 3 minute long trailer for Batman: Arkham Knight, the latest in the Arkham Video Game Trilogy.
And yes, you get to drive the god damn Batmobile.Tweet
Rocky Heavyweight Collection
Blu Ray Review
By Jessica Dwyer
Rocky is perhaps one of the best known underdog stories of the last few decades. Sylvester Stallone wrote and starred in the film as the lead character, catapulting himself in to super stardom and inspiring generations of film goers.
The original film is a classic and this collection showcases it better than any release I think I’ve ever seen. And included with it are the five sequels that span the 70s, 80s, 90s, and 2000s. That’s one of the coolest parts of the Rock franchise and something that Stallone actually did with the character. Within each movie we see this man living through these decades and having to change with them. It’s pretty amazing when you think about it….how many other film series can boast that set in a current day and age and still be taken seriously?
Stallone’s career these days is focused on action films, but a lot of people seem to forget he can write more than just big blow em ups. Rocky won best picture for 1977 and it wasn’t an accident. It was also nominated for multiple best acting awards and screenplay. If you haven’t seen the original Rocky, you need to fix this right now.
This set is pretty amazing for the MSRP of $59.99 which averages out at 10 bucks a Blu Ray. The films look spectacular like this, especially after years of only seeing these on VHS or on standard DVD. Kudos to the transfer people.
The extras in this set are just as great as the films themselves and total over 3 hours:
8mm Home Movies of Rocky (1975) — Narrated by Director John G.Tweet
Some years after a zombie uprising, Kate (Emily Hampshire) works as a doctor in the Returned Unit, where those afflicted by the zombie virus are treated with a vaccine to allow them to live relatively normal lives. Kate has a secret: her husband Alex (Lost Girl’s Kris Holden-Ried) is “returned”. He works as a music teacher, and his secret is quite safe as long as he gets his daily dose of vaccine. However, rumours are that supplies are dwindling. In addition to this, anti-returner groups are beginning to hunt the returned down and shooting them in the head. Eventually Kate and Alex confide in their friends Jacob (Shawn Doyle) and Amber (Claudia Bassols), who take the news surprisingly well. Meanwhile, Kate is buying vaccine illegally from her dispensing pharmacist dealing Eve (Melina Matthews) just in case stocks run out. The anti-returner group, though, has other plans and steals a list of known returned and begins to target those individuals. Alex is on the list…
As the rumours of dwindling supplies prove true, Kate and Alex become desperate to collect as many doses as they can, while avoiding the anti-returner death squads. Things come to a head when Alex is attacked and an anti-returner is killed. Kate and Alex need a place to hide with their supply of vaccine. Where could be safer than with their friends on the outskirts of the city?
The Returned is perhaps the most intelligent zombie film of the last 10 years. In part no doubt inspired by Dead Eyes Open, a comic written by Matthew Shepherd in 2006, Zombie Honeymoon (2004), written and directed by David Gebroe, and the recent BBC TV series In The Flesh (2013) which essentially has exactly the same premise, except the “zombies” are actually dead rather than infected with a virus.Tweet
The Walking Dead: S4 E12 “Still”
By Jessica Dwyer
Season 4’s second half continues its episodes focusing on small groups of the survivors left from the Governor’s prison attack. This time the focus shifts to Daryl and Beth in an episode that exclusively only has these two characters in it along with quite a few zombies.
Daryl and Beth haven’t had much in the way of story this season at all. Beth has had a few moments of development but not a lot. Daryl actually has really been on the back burner of the show ironically, with Norman Reedus being the most wildly popular actor from the series.
So imagine my surprise in this highly touted “Daryl” episode when in fact Beth gets more advancement than Daryl.
Season 4’s unevenness continues with “Still.” We see Beth and Daryl surviving and managing to keep going while zombies are at every turn. The episode starts off very quiet, which echoes Daryl’s tendency to not speak. “Still” describes many things in this ep, and Daryl’s lack of talking at first is one of them.
Eventually Beth starts filling the silence and decides that she needs a real honest to god drink. It’s an interesting choice considering her father was an alcoholic to risk her life in pursuit of having a “real” drink. But she’s also at the age that most normal girls would start partying with their friends and doing things like drinking Boone’s Farm.
After some close encounters with the zombies at an abandoned golf course, Beth eventually finds a bottle of Peach Schnapps. Daryl, after seeing Beth’s tough exterior falter decides that if she’s going to get drunk it’s not going to be the lame Peach Schnapps that’s going to do it.Tweet
Doctor Who: The Time of the Doctor Blu Ray Review
By Jessica Dwyer
The final Matt Smith episode (well…possibly…I think he may show up briefly in the first Capaldi led episode) manages to do something that is rarely done in TV, it ties up most of the loose ends.
The Time of the Doctor is a worthy finale for a trilogy began with The Name of the Doctor and followed by the 50th Anniversary episode, The Day of the Doctor. The epic finale has number 11 finding the planet Trenzalore and defending the town of Christmas from every species of alien he’s battled over his many years because of the secret there, waiting to be unleashed.
The episode is epic in scope for Who, cramming into an hour a lot of story and a lot of years passing. In fact, I’d hazard a guess that there was quite a bit cut from this before or even after filming. We’re introduced to Handles, The Doctor’s trusty Cyberman head who harkens back to the days of K9. We also meet Clara’s family (one of which starred in a previous Colin Baker Who episode…you can figure that one out.) We also meet Tasha Lem, a figure from the Doctor’s past who is a tough sort of nun.
I can’t speak more about the episode without spoiling it, if you haven’t by chance seen it yet. But it’s no secret that Matt Smith regenerates into Peter Capaldi here. We get to hear the new Doctor’s first words along with seeing his entire face and not just his eyes.
The Time of the Doctor is a hell of a sendoff for Matt Smith and it’s a treat for fans of Doctor Who.Tweet
Heroes was one of the breakout series for comic/genre shows on network television. It took the comic book based world seriously as well as the fans of comics. It was interactive and had some amazing characters and actors. Then the writers strike happened as well as the departure of one of the shows top creative minds.
By the last season many people had lost interest in the show that had lost its way with a lackluster second season that floundered on story. The final season of the show gained more ground in terms of better story with a new villain in the guise of Robert Knepper as Samuel but it was too little too late and the show was cancelled after four seasons.
But then came series like Arrow, The Walking Dead, and a glut of genre series that have taken over network and cable TV. NBC’s major hits of the last couple of years, Revolution and Hannibal and even The Blacklist show that people are tuning in for action and fantastical stories.
So yesterday NBC announced HEROES REBORN, an as of right now limited mini series of 13 episodes for next year. Here’s the press release info:
NBC is bringing back its conquering “Heroes.”
An iconic series that still commands a rabid fan base, “Heroes” will return to the network in 2015 as an event miniseries with original creator and executive producer Tim Kring at the helm, it was announced today by NBC Entertainment President Jennifer Salke.
NBC has ordered 13 episodes for a new stand-alone story arc entitled “Heroes Reborn,” with all details of storylines and characters being kept under wraps.
“The enormous impact ‘Heroes’ had on the television landscape when it first launched in 2006 was eye-opening,” said NBC Entertainment President Jennifer Salke.Tweet
Sony released their first image of the new Green Goblin as played by Dane DeHaan (you might remember him from The Chronicle.) And the look is…interesting. I’m not sure what they are going for here but he looks fairly demonic. It’s clear now after seeing Electro’s appearance and now this that The Amazing Spiderman is going for a very “science gone wrong” thing with their villains. I actually like that approach.
My only issue with these films of late is the fact they are trying to cram so many villains and characters in order to push their next film in the series (it feels like all of the franchises are doing this…the only one who did it right so far was Marvel Studios.) But we shall see how well Sony’s Spiderman pulls this off. We know almost for certain they are wanting to do a Sinister Six type of thing in the future which is why we are getting at least three baddies this time around.
What do you all think?Tweet