• Drama
  • Oct. 10th, 2014
  • 141 Minutes

 

The Judge by all accounts should be a top notch drama with a great leading cast yet sadly falls short in every department it should exceed in.

Story wise The Judge follows Hank Palmer (Robert Downey Jr) a big city lawyer who after returning to his small town home where his family resides soon finds out that his father, the towns judge, is suspected of a hit and run murder. Now representing his dad he has to deal with the trail that could ruin his fathers career and life while also dealing with the family issues that caused him to leave town in the first place.

The problem with the story is that its something that has been done in a similar nature before and feels like it should of been a made for TV film but given wide release because they slapped a big name cast on it. Clocking in at nearly 2 and a half hours as well the film drags on especially in the middle. It nearly kills the film and any momentum that occurs. I’d imagine they could cut close to an hour of the film and end with a much better result.

Not even two top tier cast members could save this film. Robert Downey Jr does an excellent role that he will be remembered by for being different then his normal films at the moment. Robert Duvall as expected does a great job too though his role to this is more keen to what one would normally expect from him.

Overall The Judge could of been great but with too many factors weighing it down it lost the chance to be memorable or even good for that matter. I can’t really recommend it to anyone, at best if your dying to see it make this one just a rental.

 

Score :

3/10

 

 

  • Action
  • January 9th, 2015
  • 109 Minutes

 

Taken is now a perfect example of a film that was great and had pointless sequels tacked on for money as shown in Taken 3 or as it should be titled “The Fugitive remake”.

Technically the title of this film isn’t even right like the first two films as no one is taken. In this we follow Bryan Mills the unstoppable killing machine who is still the most awkward father around who is now just trying to live a somewhat normal life. He is spending time with his daughter and trying to get back his ex-wife. Like clockwork though something goes wrong and next thing you know he walks into a room where his ex-wifes corpse is laying dead on the bed and the police have arrived with him being caught in the room as the main suspect. Now Bryan Mills is on the run to prove his innocence and find his ex’s killer.

I just explained the entire movie and yes it really is as generic as it sounded. Taken 3 suffers from having no original plot ideas or originality. Now normally in a film like this none of that would matter since the action scenes would otherwise hold you interest but not here.

Liam Neeson was always the huge factor for the Taken series because his hand to hand fight scenes were always a blast to watch. Taken 3 has decided to very little of that will do and instead give us a lot of chase scenes. We are always suppose to throw that area of belief that this old man can outrun cars, jump and leap over tall objects and and outrun much younger / in better shape men. Take into consideration then that the shoot outs and chases aren’t even memorable or done well enough to warrant that disbelief from the viewer.

Overall they should consider this a trilogy (a much unneeded one) and end the series here at its lowest point. From the generic plot to the bad action not even Liam Neeson and the odd Forrest Whittaker could save this film.

 

Score :

3/10

  • Action
  • Jan. 16th, 2015
  • Warner Brothers / Village Roadside Pictures

 

American Sniper is one of the most controversial films as of lately based off the subject of the matter. Does the film succeed in changing minds about the subject matter or only make it worse?

Now I should state first off that as a film and being looked at as a film it isn’t too bad. Go into it with little to no background knowledge or without looking into too many details of the real life story and I found it enjoyable while still disturbing. The film follows Navy Seal sniper Chris Kyle who after joining the force soon moves up the ranks becoming the most lethal sniper they’ve had tries to balance going between war while still having a life at home while dealing with the trauma that war has inflicted upon him. It shows what he goes through while overseas in war to attempting to go back home and deal with attempting to live a normal life after being in war.

American Sniper sometimes though has a hard time determining if it wants to be an action movie or a heavy drama. The action scenes are tense (though the close up action scenes do feel a bit generic) but the sniper scenes are first class. You truly do see and feel the tension as you watch this man shoot and kill people without missing a breath. Going from an action scene to a drama doesn’t seem to always work though. The constant jump in genre does start to ware down though because it becomes tiresome to attempt to build a dramatic set or mood only for an action scene to then take place.

Bradley Cooper though will be a name you’ll see winning many awards for his role as Chris Kyle. He is able to portray a man who truly believes that serving his country is more than important than all and that taking the lives of others oversea is just another days work. Watching his expression as you see him kill and seeing the look in his eyes of just pure calmness is almost frightening to see. Sienna Miller looks unlike herself in the role of his wife who is struggling to rise a family without him while he constantly comes and goes, each time coming back more damaged than he left the previous time. Seeing her attempt to set his husband back into a normal life while slowly watching his mental decline is a tough thing to act and she deserves all the credit she will be getting for it.

In the end a film like this is a tough thing to grade because of the subject matter and peoples personal opinions on it. Director Clint Eastwood has done a great job of making a film of this no doubt. Love or hate what it’s about but there is no doubt that American Sniper is a well done and thoroughly entertaining film. Leave the opinions aside and you’ll enjoy this one for sure.

 

Score :

8/10

 

  • PC
  • Silent Dreams / HeadUp Games
  • Dec. 4th, 2014

 

Skilltree Sega labels itself as a “Rogue Like RPG” as so many titles do nowadays. In this games instance however it isn’t entirely truthful.

Skilltree Sega seems as if something that would work better as an iOS game rather than a PC game. You play as a warrior and go through different environments and fight randomly generated enemies to level up, learn new powers and progress further. Now as far as the game play for doing all that though goes, there really isn’t any. Battles are turn based and preplayed. You simply view the fight going on. Between fights you simply click the next button or change gear / skills. In no way, shape, or form do you do anything during battle.

The so called “Rogue Like” element is that if you don’t make it to the end of the stage (either 20, 50, or 100 fights without dying) you lose all gear that you looted during that session. Between fights you do have the option to retreat keeping all gear you have earned.

What the main problem is with this game however is the lack of actual game play. After a short amount of time you quickly find that you are just grinding through weaker enemies gaining little to no XP only to try and fight through the later stages. This game almost just serves as a learning guide for someone who is coming into the RPG genre and shows them how to run a skill tree which even then isn’t gone that great.

Overall while the game isn’t horrible after a short amount of time I found myself becoming bored with little desire to continue on grinding to see what happens in the end. If you can catch this on sale for a few dollars it’ll keep you busy for a few hours but other than that there are other games of a similar nature out there that does this better.

 

Score :

3.5/10

 

Digital Review Copy Provided By Head Up Games

  • Comedy
  • Dec. 24th, 2014
  • Columbia Pictures

 

 

With all the controversy including pulling The Interview from screens with no intentions to release it, Sony hacks, and loads of other media blitz does The Interview turn out to be worth the hassle it seemed to be or is it a wash that should of just been forgotten about?

The story follows Dave and Aaron who are host and producer of a popular talk show when trying to take their show to the next level try for a interview with famous North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un actually happens. Soon before leaving though they are approached by the CIA and given the task of killing said leader when given the chance. During that time however Dave soon becomes close to the fearless leader and must figure his feelings out and either complete or abort the hidden mission.

Now typing that short summary of the film out makes me realize that upon first thought of the story it seems over the top and stupid as intended. Upon viewing however what seems like an crazy yet enjoyable story simply turns into a overdrawn, way too long, and ultimately unfunny joke that just won’t end.  What simply kills the movie is that the majority of the jokes and therefore scenarios that are set up for the jokes fall flat. Rogan and Francos trademark raunchy humor is full force here but very seldomly did I find the jokes to be funny.

Cast wise Seth Rogan and James Franco act like their usual self so you know what to expect there. The real star is Randall Park as Kim Jong Un. His scenes once fully shown as a character are some of the funniest of the movie and they give him a wide range of scenarios to show off his character in.

Overall the fact that the majority of the film bored the daylights out of me and I rarely laughed even trying to summon up the words to describe the flop of this movie was a tough one. In the end I’d just recommend everyone skip this.

Score :

3/10

  • Horror
  • Oct. 21st, 2014
  • Lionsgate / WWE Studios

 

 

8 years after the release of See No Evil hit to not stellar reviews or critical acclaim WWE Studios decides to make a sequel for the straight to dvd market. Does it hit the mark to rekindle what could be a franchise or should they have just let Kane stay in the ring instead of on the big screen?

The story picks up right after the first one ended with the bodies (including villain Jacob Goodnight) of the victims being transferred to a morgue. It just so happens that one worker at the morgue (played by scream queen legend Danielle Harris) is having a surprise party there with friends that night. After the bodies arrive two friends seek off to see find the body of Jacob in a sick fantasy. Soon enough Jacob wakes up and starts taking out each guest one by one.

Story wise there isn’t much going on. They attempt to add a layer into Jacob Goodnights character sometimes using flashbacks from the first film in an attempt to give him more of a reason as to why he endlessly is killing whoever bumps into him but it adds nothing to it. The story moves along just enough to get the kills started before taking it all straight out the door inturn for violence. Not even the characters have anything going for them as they are all one dimensional and cliched.

 

What the first film had going for it though was the violence with some innovative kills. Sadly this one even forgot how to accomplish that. Minus one moment I couldn’t really give you specigfic details on how characters were offed. None are gory enough to remember or original enough to care about.

Casting wise only Danielle Harris and Katharine Isabelle stand out as positives. Danielle Harris of course even in a cliched role still manages to outshine everyone. Katharine Isabelle plays a crazed friend obsessed with seeing Goodnights body. While she plays the role well she isn’t around enough to make that lasting impression. Glenn Jacobs (WWE’s Kane) sadly shows off that even though he may look the part his imitation of Kane Hodder just doesn’t do the trick.

Overall for a sequel in which I’d assume many weren’t asking for turns out subpar. While not horrible enough to be unwatchable, in the end its just mediocre enough to not care or think twice about.

 

Score :

5/10

Leading and award-winning developer and publisher of digital entertainment Telltale Games, and world-renowned game developer Mojang, today announced that ‘Minecraft: Story Mode – A Telltale Games Series’ is in development and is set to premiere in 2015.

 

Minecraft: Story Mode will be an all-new narrative-driven, episodic game series, developed by Telltale in collaboration with Mojang and members of the Minecraft community.  Set in the world of Minecraft, the game series will introduce new characters and familiar themes, but will be an entirely original Minecraft experience inspired by the game that continues to inspire a generation.

“Partnering with Mojang is a dream come true for us as game makers and as storytellers,” said Kevin Bruner, President and Co-Founder of Telltale Games. “Minecraft is a world of infinite possibility and imagination. Working with the Mojang team on our own unique, story-driven interpretation of their fascinating universe is a tremendous honor. We simply cannot wait for fans across the world to take off with us on this new adventure.”

 

Minecraft: Story Mode will be a standalone product, separate from the core Minecraft game, and will be available to download in 2015 on Xbox consoles, PlayStation consoles, PC, Mac, iOS, and Android-based devices.

 

“People really like the idea of stories about Minecraft, but forcing a narrative into our core game experience would restrict players’ freedom to view the world in their own unique ways. Instead, letting them explore an alternate interpretation via Minecraft: Story Mode, driven by the proven might of Telltale, seems like a no-brainer,” said Owen Hill, Chief Word Officer at Mojang. “We’re big fans of Telltale Games at Mojang, and we can’t wait to reveal more details on Story Mode soon.”

 

Minecraft: Story Mode – A Telltale Games Series is currently in development, and is not yet rated by the ESRB. The series will be published digitally in 2015 by Telltale Games in partnership with Mojang.

 

For more information on Telltale Games, visit the official websiteFacebook, and follow @TelltaleGames on Twitter.

For more information on Mojang, visit the official website, follow @Mojang and @Minecraft on Twitter, and like Minecraft on Facebook.

 

Press Release Provided By Telltale Games

PC, Xbox 360, Playstation 3

November 18th, 2014

Fatshark, Deep Silver

 

 

Set in the same universe as the previous Dead Island (and the upcoming Dead Island 2) but running as a completely different type of game, Escape Dead Island tries to be something different in the series. Sadly though it falls extremely short in every category.

In recent memory Cel-shaded graphics are been hot in gaming. With big hits such as Borderlands and Telltale’s games making a big splash and working well with the look Escape Dead Island tries to emulate their success. From first glance though I thought I might have been playing a game from the Playstation 2 era, not even a game on that systems final run of titles either. The game looks horrible. Some backgrounds and moments when looking at a wide shot of the island look nice almost everything else is bland and tiresome to see. The large sections of unimaginative rooms and corridors do nothing to distinguish themselves from each other.

You’ll really start to notice the graphics once you start to notice how glitchy and choppy the game is. Frame rate sometimes dips for no apparent reason. You’ll see enemies glitch around or get stuck in the environment or an invisible barricade as does your character.

They do try to push more of a story into this game than past ones in the series. At no point in time did I find myself caring. You play as Cliff, a man with the means to be able to go to a deserted island in the hopes of finding out about a mysterious zombie infested island and to also show off to his dad. Soon though the story just gets tossed out the window in a slew of hallucinations and general lack of care or interest. The writing and dialog during the beginning of the game alone will make you wonder why anyone in their right mind would try to pay attention to the rest of the game anyway.

Game play wise it’s about as stale as it gets. The game tries to be a mix of a stealth game, a survival horror game, and an action game doing all 3 wrong. The stealth sections don’t have much thought to them based off your character being one the least stealthy people in history. The stealth scenes turn into your character simply crouching around and doing the same kill animation behind a zombie over and over. You won’t know if the zombie sees you or really where its looking though until you either kill it or it kills you. It boils down to a crap shoot suicide mission.

You have regenerating health (even if your guy can die almost instantly), supplies aren’t limited at all as you are constantly finding ammo and if you get stuck and die the game will respawn you with ammo right next to you, and the game itself just doesn’t feel like a threat. Don’t expect the action to be any better. Most of the game you can plot through by just mashing the light attack even if with the faulty stamina meter and delay on the attack makes it less than favorable. Guns after a while become pointless to use anyway.

The game oddly doesn’t have a difficulty. For the most part it is a walk in the part till out of no where it seems enemies become stronger with more health and you guy becomes weaker. You’ll be seeing a lot of the same zombies as well. The specialty zombies themselves are almost rips right from the Left 4 Dead series.

Overall Escape Dead Island is one the worst games released in 2014. Not a redeeming quality to it and even for a discount title I can’t recommend it as even a rental.

 

Score :

1/10

 

Swiss Progressive Death-Djent combo Mycelia signed a worldwide deal for the production and release of their new album which will be produced by Wahoomi Corvi at Realsound studio during March 2015.
The band is ready to record 11 brand new tracks as new album’s songwriting process is now completed.

About the band:

Marc Trummer – Drums
Mike Schmid – Guitars
Marc Fürer – Vocals

Mycelia was founded in 2010 by members Mike Schmid and Marc Trummer who were trying to face the challenge of writing songs, not only way above the musical level of what they were used to play in former bands, but also by using influences from various musical genres and combining them to something fresh, original and yet beautiful. Inspired by artists such as The Human Abstract, Meshuggah or The Dillinger Escape Plan, Mike and Marc quickly put together a few songs, and were searching for musicians to play the second guitar, bass and vocals. It didn’t take long until they found Patrick Küng, Roy Sonderegger and Marc Fürer with whom they recorded their first songs and played the first concerts with great bands such as Carnifex, Veil of Maya, Suffokate and Maroon.

After releasing two online demo EP’s, and a major step back when Patrick the second guitarist left them in early 2012, the band started working on their first album “Isolator”. Containing six songs, which were all recorded, mixed and mastered by the band itself, the album quickly made its way across the internet, and the limited copies of 100 pieces were soon sold out. Motivated by all the positive feedback Mycelia started writing songs again, intending to soon release a second album. In Jocke Skog, guitarist of Clawfinger and co-producer of After the Burial’s “In Dreams” album, they found the producer they needed and in a collaboration of two months with Jocke, Mycelia finished their album “NOVA” and released it in early 2013.

Recently bass player Roy left the band and they are already auditioning musicians to take over the task. The three guys of Mycelia are now spending their time playing concerts, increasing their musical repertoire, and apart from countless hours working on their skills, songs, sounds and self made productions, they’re keeping the joy in music and share a close friendship which they hope can inspire their audience in the best possible way.
The band stated:

“Mycelia has always been a self-providing band and after five years of doing recordings, management, booking and promotion by ourselves we almost couldn’t imagine anymore to let someone else do that for us. When Carlo from WormHoleDeath made us the offer to become part of his family we were skeptical but nonetheless wanted to get to know the guys and travelled to Parma, Italy. Now after signing the contract, spending several months in collaboration with him and the guys of RealSound Studio, and soon recording and releasing our first signed album we couldn’t be happier having taken this step! It’s a pleasure and an honor having gotten to know these guys and being able to call them our friends!”

Worm stated:

“when I got to know these Swiss guys I thought that signing them was going to be such a good move for our label, but this is story already, because when they came back to me with the new tracks I fell in love with their music and attitude so deeply that I left the professional approach behind to discover something new … Something like being so proud to belong to a project that much to feel lucky. Yes, I am talking about a lucky strike here, since these guys left unsigned were going to be on a big label in a few years. For the first time I felt the feeling of being completely captured by every sigle song and single word said by the guys. Honestly it is not usual to find such advanced technique in Europe since we are used to see these champions located in the US. Finally we have a band here which will be able to “defy” these American monsters. The name is Mycelia. Remember my words, I may sound exceeding I know, but after having listened to their new album, I am sure, we’ll talk again about this matter.”

While waiting for the new record to be released you all should give a spin to Mycelia’s previous release “NOVA”.

Mycelia – Shmashmortion [OFFICIAL VIDEO]

MYCELIA [2014] – Steam (Official Play through)

Reference links:

http://www.mycelia.ch

http://www.facebook.com/myceliametal

http://mycelia.bandcamp.com

http://www.realsoundstudio.it

http://www.wormholedeath.com

http://www.wormholedeath.jp

 

 

Press Released Provided By Wormholedeath

Eclipse Records is thrilled to announce the signing of COLD SNAP from Varazdin, Croatia to a worldwide deal. The band brings a crushing mix of metal with an impressive history, having consistently toured Europe for the past several years, and performing at the legendary Wacken Open Air Festival.

The band have just released a new music video for the song ‘Rise Again’, which consists of live footage shot during their recent Summer, 2014 tour. It may be viewed at the Eclipse Records YouTube channel.

“After 12 years, we can finally say that Cold Snap arrived in the right hands”, says lead vocalist Jan Kerekes about signing with Eclipse Records. “through Eclipse Records we believe that our music will find its listeners and turn them into fans.”

 

COLD SNAP recently recorded their third LP World War 3, an album jam packed with 12 intense tracks that was produced by the iconic Norwegian metal producer, Tue Madsen. Overall, World War 3 is as chaotic as the war the title alludes to. At any given second, something can and will be thrown at the listeners, and chances are, they won’t have an answer for it. This causes the audience to never grow tired of what Cold Snap has to offer. Each track comes packed with energy and adrenaline, all wrapped up in an overall sense of cohesion that can only be found among a group that are not only band mates, but brothers, much like the soldiers that fight the World War Cold Snap presents to its audiences.

COLD SNAP will release World War 3 through Eclipse Records on January 13th, 2015.

For more information on COLD SNAP, please visit these websites:
http://www.Facebook.com/coldsnapofficial   –   http://www.Twitter.com/coldsnap_hr   –   http://www.EclipseRecords.com/cold-snap

 

 

Press Release Provided By Eclipse Records