Month: June 2016

The Man From U.N.C.L.E Review

The_Man_from_U.N.C.L.E._posterAfter missing this movie when it was initially released in theaters, I finally got around to watching The Man From U.N.C.L.E.  In short, the movie was okay.  Not really good, but nothing really to make it bad, either.  It was fairly enjoyable at times, while never really being boring.

The movie was directed by Guy Ritchie (Snatch, Sherlock Holmes), and I generally like Guy Ritchie movies.  I liked both of the Robert Downey, Jr. Sherlock Holmes movies.  I really liked Snatch, and Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels.  But he’s not incapable of missing, like with RocknRolla.  And generally speaking, this was more hit than miss.

First off, it is a pretty basic story, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing.  Certain story tropes become cliche over time just because they usually work as a story.  Here, you’ve got the typical bad guy organization trying to get a nuke with the intent of killing lots of people.  Two opposites are forced to work together in order to stop the bad guys.  After initially clashing, they learn about each other and develop a friendship, of sorts, and stop the bad guy.  All stuff you have seen numerous times before.  So why see a movie that you’ve probably seen a hundred times before?  To me, it’s characters that separate these types of movies.  (more…)

Fables is returning…kind of

Comic Book Resources reported yesterday that in September, Vertigo will be releasing a new title called “Everafter: From the Pages of Fables.”  While it will not be written by Fables creator Bill Willingham, this will be written by Matthew Sturges and Dave Justus.  They are the writers for the comic adaptation of The Wolf Among Us, and Sturges has previously written within the Fables universe.

The series will feature Bo Peep, Peter Piper, Hansel, and Connor Wolf.  It’s being described as a spy thriller in which a group of Fables have to police a world that finds itself newly enchanted and protect humanity.

I kid you not, but just yesterday I was thinking about how I wished Willingham had just passed Fables on to someone else, rather than ending it altogether.  So, this news makes me pretty happy.  We’ll see how it actually goes come September.

Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild trailer

This was the game I was looking forward to seeing.  Sure, for a long while, Nintendo had said it was the only game they were showing at E3, but that didn’t matter to me.  It’s new Legend of Zelda.  I’m also not the type to get discouraged by delays.  When Nintendo announced the game wouldn’t be out this year, and would be launching on both Wii U and whatever NX is, I also wasn’t that upset.  I still have a Wii U.  It’s not going anywhere.  I feel like I’ve gotten my money’s worth out of it, and I’ll probably buy an NX anyways, because I still love first party Nintendo.

But anyways, the game looks beautiful.  I love how the game looks.  It’s a cell-shaded look, but not as cell-shaded as Windwaker.  I think it’s a really good look for the game.  I feel like video games are getting to a point where, with the more realistic graphics, all games are looking the same.  I feel like you should be able to look at a screen shot without any characters, and be able to tell what game it is from.  Or at least be able to narrow it down to a couple games.

I haven’t had the chance to watch any game play videos, but from what I read, this game sounds like a bit of a departure from some traditional Zelda mainstays.  Like, there will no longer be the senseless cutting of grass just to get money and hearts.  You replinish hearts by cooking.  And hey, there’s now cooking.  It also looks like the special weapons may be gone, and instead, the “Sheikah Slate” will gain abilities.  There are other changes that you can see in the trailer below.  I am greatly looking forward to this game.

Some Sony E3 stuff

I haven’t had a chance to watch the entire press conference, but I did catch some highlights people were buzzing about.  The first of those is the new God of War.  I have never played a God of War game.  They just never really interested me.  But I have to admit, this new game has caught my interest.  I love Norse mythology.  So, this is something that I definitely will be keeping my eye on.  Below is a 10 minute video of what is likely the opening.

The other big game was the reveal of a PS4 exclusive Spider-man game.  This one was just a cinematic trailer, but it has intrigued me.  With both of these games, though, people should probably pump the brakes on the excitement just a bit.  As neither of these games had actual release dates.