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Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Review

Posted in Editorials, Industry, Non-Gaming - Comics, Non-Gaming - Film, Reviews with tags , , , , , , , , , , on March 27, 2016 by Stefano Terry

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By Stefano Terry

Studio: Warner Bros

Written By: Chris Terrio and David S. Goyer

Starring: Henry Cavill, Ben Affleck, Amy Adams, Jesse Eisenberg

Directed By: Zack Snyder

Batman. Superman. Inarguably two of the most recognized, beloved, and iconic superheroes in the world. For decades, fans of both characters have wanted to see the two titans grace the big screen, duking it out in epic fashion. Now, here we are, in 2016, and Warner Bros. and director Zack Snyder have done just that, in an attempt to not only finally bring the two heroes together on film, but to springboard their new cinematic universe and lead-in to 2017’s Justice League Part 1. How did their gamble pay off? Read on to find out.

NOTE: This review will go in depth with the plot points of Batman v Superman, so I am marking this as a SPOILER REVIEW.

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens Review

Posted in Editorials, Industry, Non-Gaming - Film, Reviews with tags , , , , , , , on January 7, 2016 by Stefano Terry

By Stefano Terry

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Directed by J.J. Abrams

Written by J.J. Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan

Starring: Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Adam Driver, Harrison Ford, and Oscar Isaac

I was born in 1979, two years after George Lucas released Star Wars, his little indie film that would change cinema for generations to come. The Empire Strikes Back released just a year later, with Return of the Jedi releasing three years after, in 1983. I was a bit too young to be introduced to that long ago far away galaxy at the time. It wasn’t until I was 6 years old that I was able to sit down in front of the television, with three VHS tapes ready to be popped into the VCR, and have a marathon session of the Star Wars Trilogy. I found A New Hope kind of boring, Empire too scary, and Jedi just right. Even so, a Star Wars fan for life was born that day. I loved the world. I loved the characters. I loved the aliens and the adventure, and as I got older and revisited the films time and time again throughout my youth and adulthood, I grew to love the simplicity of it all (not to mention my constant flip flopping between which one I love more, Empire or Jedi).

Star Wars isn’t about convoluted plots that require endless scenes of exposition. It’s not about the nuanced gray area where humanity resides. Star Wars isn’t David Lynch. Or Christopher Nolan. It’s not pondering existential crises, or waxing poetic on what the essence of a true hero is. Oh, there are definitely some elements of that in all seven released Star Wars movies, but at the end of the day, Star Wars is about as black and white as an Oreo cookie. The good guys are good. The bad guys are bad, and in the end, good will triumph over evil. Some may think that that somehow diminishes the accomplishments of Star Wars narratively, or from a character development perspective. That by stripping the narrative down to those black and white elements, we are losing nuance and depth. I disagree. We all know how delicious Oreo Cookies are.

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David O’Russell Leaves “Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune” Film

Posted in Editorials, Industry, News, Non-Gaming - Film, Playstation 3 with tags , , , , , , on May 26, 2011 by Stefano Terry

by Stefano Terry

Variety reports that Oscar nominated director David O’Russell has left helming the “Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune” film due to “creative differences.”

I don’t know about you, but I’m fricking ecstatic about this news. I’ve never seen “The Fighter,” and I have no doubts that it was a good film. I also really loved “Three Kings,” but I personally don’t think O’Russell was going down the proper path for an Uncharted film. Continue reading

Non-Gaming: Pandorum Film Review

Posted in Editorials, Non-Gaming - Film with tags , , , on October 6, 2009 by Stefano Terry
Non-Gaming: Movie Review: Pandorum
I had a chance to take the missus to a movie last week along with a friend, and we checked out the Sci Fi/Horror flick, Pandorum, starring Ben Foster and Dennis Quaid. I went into the flick with medium to low expectations, afterall, the last really intriguing Sci Fi/Horror movie I saw was Event Horizon years ago. Thankfully, Pandorum isn’t nearly as abstract, and in the end, manages to deliver an entertaining and even scary movie.
In brief, the story revolves around a technical engineer named  Bower (Ben Foster), who awakens from suspended animation on the starship Elysium with lost memories of who he is, and why he’s on the ship. As his memory slowly returns, he wakes up his superior officer Payton (Dennish Quaid), and the two try to discover why they have awoken ahead of schedule, and why the previous team tasked with running the ship has vanished. Over the course of this mystery, they discover that they are not alone, and humanoid creatures with incredible strength and ferocity are roaming the ship, feasting on the large number of passengers that are in suspended animation when they awaken. Added to the complexity is the fact that the ship’s reactor is dying, and if Ben and a motley crew of survivors don’t traverse the dangers of the ship and restore the reactor to power, they will die along with it. All the while there is the looming threat of succumbing to “Pandorum,” a sort of “Cabin Fever in Space,” for lack of a better term.
I won’t divulge any more concerning the plot, because it’s genuinely intriguing, and the opening half of the film is well paced and presented, with both Bower and the audience completely at a loss as to this new world they’ve been dropped into. The entire time I was watching the film, however, I couldn’t help but think of the video game Dead Space. As in, if you are a fan of Dead Space, and survival horror games, you will more than likely get some enjoyment from Pandorum.
The cast does a great job of presenting well-rounded characters given their minimal amount of significant dialogue and character development, but it’s just enough for you to form some type of attachment to them to the point where you don’t want to see them eaten by the creatures. Ben Foster and Dennis Quaid get the bulk of the responsibility of having to carry the movie, and they do their jobs extremely well. The creatures of the film are truly frightening, with excellent design, and a scene where you get to see the “heroes” try and take on just one creature and get their butts handed to them helped to sell how truly dangerous just one is, let alone a whole colony (which have made the ship their home). The overall visual tone of the film is excellently rendered, and there is no indulgence in visual effects just for the sake of visual effects. I don’t think the movie is nail-bitingly scary, but there are some great tense and claustrophobic moments where you have no idea what’s going to happen next, or where the scare is coming from, and that in itself is almost scarier than the “punchline.”
VERDICT: WATCH – Not much else can be said about this game. It’s like a good survival horror game without the wandering around aimlessly trying to find the square shaped octagon that will open the door to the hidden chamber. It takes the most effective elements of previous films in the genre and applies them to a rather unique story, with intriguing and well thought out characters, and wraps it up in a polished, often scary package. I had my doubts going in, and both me, my wife and our friend came away entertained. Movies that put story first are a rarity, in any genre, let alone the Sci Fi/Horror genre. The film is definitely worth a watch.

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I had a chance to take the missus to a movie last week along with a friend, and we checked out the Sci Fi/Horror flick, Pandorum, starring Ben Foster and Dennis Quaid. I went into the flick with medium to low expectations, afterall, the last really intriguing Sci Fi/Horror movie I saw was Event Horizon years ago. Thankfully, Pandorum isn’t nearly as abstract, and in the end, manages to deliver an entertaining and even scary movie. Continue reading

Non-Gaming: GI Joe: Rise of Cobra Movie Review

Posted in Editorials, Non-Gaming - Film, Reviews with tags , , , on August 12, 2009 by Stefano Terry

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Yesterday, me and the missus had a date night to check out GI Joe: Rise of Cobra. I went into the affair not expecting much (I tend to leave the theater a much happier movie-goer when I go into the film expecting it to be terrible; that way, I’m always surprised), and came away, if anything, feeling entertained.

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inFAMOUS Movie In The Works

Posted in Industry, News, Non-Gaming - Film, Playstation 3 with tags , , , on July 29, 2009 by Stefano Terry

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Word down the street is that Sony has tapped screenwriter Sheldon Turner to pen the feature film version of Playstation 3’s electrifying superhero sandbox adventure, inFAMOUS.

Turner penned the films The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning, and The Longest Yard remake.

No other information was given, besides Ari and Avi Arad producing, but inFAMOUS is excellent fodder for a big budget blockbuster summer movie, so here’s hoping that Sony aims big and gives the game it’s just due on the big screen.

Non-Gaming: Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince Movie Review

Posted in News, Non-Gaming - Film, Reviews on July 14, 2009 by Stefano Terry

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I know, I know, this isn’t strictly gaming related, but I was privileged enough to be treated to an advanced screening of Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince today, and thought I’d share with you my thoughts.

I think the easiest thing to get out of the way is that the movie is a very concise, condensed version of J.K. Rowling’s tale of Harry’s sixth year at Hogwarts.

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