While a segment of the hardcore gaming population likes to rag on Telltale Games for the ways in which they deliver their episodic gameplay, it’s a game’s storytelling capabilities that keep me interested in the long run. And Telltale has been keeping point-and-click games extremely interesting for years, especially with licensed properties like Back to the Future that wouldn’t otherwise be offered to gamers. They may have hit their new pinnacle with last year’s morality-challenger The Walking Dead. The overwhelmingly positive response got a follow-up season in the works almost immediately. But before that even, Telltale is giving fans a gnarly, bleeding bite-sized bonus episode called The Walking Dead: 400 Days.
Neil Blomkamp’s Elysium, his follow-up to 2009’s District 9, is one of our most anticipated movies of the summer. We’re all slavering over the sci-fi action, and the portrayal of a dystopic future world. Both should be fertile soil for Blomkamp’s allegorical and political leanings. We’ve seen the first trailer, but now we have a new TV spot for the impending August 9 release.
A film like Kaboom is rather hard to explain in mere words without getting sucked into a cycle of shrugging and shaking of the head. I’m a fan of director Gregg Araki’s dramatic work in the past, including such films as Nowhere, Mysterious Skin, and The Doom Generation. I’m not sure how the same person who made those films also created Kaboom, other than the overtly gay material therein. I didn’t even realize that he was the guy who directed the severely unfunny 2007 stoner comedy Smiley Face. And I’d prefer to continue not realizing that, because Kaboom‘s comedy is its strong suit.
I’m not so sure I’d ever refer to it as science fiction, however, although the first 10 websites I landed on described the movie as such. What it all boils down to is sex of all kinds wrapped up in a plot designed to add tension and mystery to give the sex subtext and plot development. The end of the world is nigh, or is it? Do you guys remember a little movie called Donnie Darko? Well, the same way that film was mispromoted as a horror movie is akin to Kaboom being marketed as a sci-fi comedy. Also, James Duval — Frank in Donnie Darko — plays a character called The Messiah, and the opposing force here are people wearing animal masks. No talk of Smurf sex lives here, though. Just the sex lives of everything else.
With Guillermo del Toro’s Pacific Rim tapdancing all over the pop-culture landscape in the run up to its July opening, audiences are being introduced to a notion most of GFR’s target demographic have known all along: mechs are awesome. But they don’t have to be the size of skyscrapers to embrace their awesomeness. Sometimes all they have to let you do is climb inside the cockpit and shoot your buddies in the face with a chain gun. That’s the sort of good, old-fashioned fun the upcoming game Titanfall is offering us, just as God intended.
Ever since Disney announced there would be a new Star Wars movie coming in 2015, there has been a lot a fan speculation surrounding the film’s narrative. Would Star Wars: Episode VII sync up with the Expanded Universe? Would Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, and Princess Leia play a role in the new Star Wars sequel? Scroll down below the image to read the latest.
READ WITH CAUTION. POSSIBLE EPISODE VII SPOILERS BELOW!
Ghostbusters is one of the greatest movies ever. That’s easy to say without hesitation. (G-g-g-ghost!) It’s by no means a perfect film, and some of the writing and pacing could be tightened up, but messing with greatness is always ill-advised. What Ghostbusters probably doesn’t need is a full-length documentary picking it apart piece by piece, theme by theme, but that’s what the above trailer is promoting. And honestly, I can’t wait to see it.