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One Epic Pub Crawl to “The World’s End” Preview

Simon Pegg and Nick Frost are teaming back up for what seems to be another hilarious adventure. The duo, whose past credits include Shaun of the Dead and more recently Paul, have a way of taking popular movie topics (zombies, aliens, and action films) and turning them on their heads. With the upcoming film, The World’s End, the focus is an epic pub crawl. A group of five friends fail to complete an epic crawl when younger and now reunite to finish the deed – until things take a crazy turn and the crew end up becoming humanity’s last hope for survival. The film should be a nice breath of fresh air compared to more brainless comedies (i.e. Identity Thief) which I always try to avoid. Look for The World’s End when it releases this October and let me know if you enjoyed Pegg and Frost’s past films or are looking forward to this one.

Making Choices Matter – “Beyond: Two Souls”

Are video games art? How much do your choices in games really matter? Can video games ever come close to movies as an entertainment media? These are all questions that have been brought up and discussed many times over, but never seem to quite have a definitive answer. David Cage and his team at Quantic Dream are trying to change the opinions on those on one side of the fence with their upcoming release, Beyond: Two Souls. The game is meant to put the player through a fully interactive movie/story – one where each decision matters and weighs heavily on the outcome. Looking at their past releases, in particular their most recent game, Heavy Rain (one of my favorite games ever), the team is incredibly talented and knows exactly what they are doing. Heavy Rain broke many gaming barriers and managed to allow you to take so many different paths through its storyline, with main characters being able to die and still have the story continue. With Beyond: Two Souls, David Cage wants the player to be fully immersed in the story and wants to make his presentations perfect – something the inclusion of Ellen Page and Willem Dafoe in the lead roles will certainly help. This game will make waves when it is released, so get ready to experience something different from this game if you haven’t played any of Quantic Dream’s past releases. This is one game that I can say has a good chance at actually coming close to Bioshock Infinite as Game of the Year for me. If anyone has played Heavy Rain, I’d love to hear what you think. If not, what do you think about Beyond?

Ryan Gosling Teams Back Up with Nicolas Winding Refn for “Only God Forgives”

Just knowing that Nicolas Winding Refn is directing Only God Forgives would be enough for me to want to go see it. However, after seeing the above trailer, it quickly jumped to one of my most anticipated films in the coming months. Nicolas Winding Refn has proven he is a talented director (see Drive and Valhalla Rising) and with Only God Forgives, he rejoins Ryan Gosling, who starred in his prior film Drive. This bodes well for this release as the two seem to work quite well together, with Gosling able to really let his acting skills out with Refn’s characters. Let’s hope Refn can continue his streak of high quality films. If you enjoy crime thrillers and striking visuals, and don’t mind some quite graphic violence, look out for Only God Forgives when it releases this July.

Guillermo del Toro Is Back – “Pacific Rim” Opens July 12th

With how much I’ve been staying on top of movies this year, I have absolutely no idea how Pacific Rim flew under my radar. I mean, a sci-fi film with aliens and robots directed by Guillermo del Toro (whose “Pan’s Labyrinth” is my second favorite film ever) and Charlie Day of Its’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia fame is in it? How could I not know about this? Regardless, Pacific Rim looks pretty damn awesome. Knowing del Toro’s knack for imaginative visuals and stories, this should be an incredible film – well above your typical alien/robot films. If you enjoy sci-fi or have enjoyed any of del Toro’s previous works, put this film on your radar (as I have) and look for its release on July 12th.

Frank Miller’s Follow-Up to Sin City – “A Dame to Kill For” Preview

“Sin City” was a highly stylized film. I love interesting visuals, and the ability of Frank Miller and company to capture the feel and look of his original graphic novels on the big screen was a sight to behold. Combined with a wealth of talent both in front of and behind the camera, “Sin City” was one hell of a ride. This year, Frank Miller will be releasing his follow-up, “A Dame to Kill For”. Needless to say, I am really looking forward to this one, with it being one of my most anticipated films of the year. I have a hard time imagining the film turning out poorly, as Miller captured every detail so perfectly in the original film. I am even hoping that in having experience with that first film, Miller and crew are able to surpass the quality of the original and bring another “Sin City” story to life. Keep on the lookout for this release this October, and be prepared for another thrilling experience in the world of “Sin City”.

9 Years Later, “Riddick” is Back

If you are familiar with the Riddick series of films, you know how long it has been since the second film The Chronicles of Riddick was released (about 9 years). After such a long wait, fans will be finally receive the next film in the series, simply titled Riddick, this Fall. Based on the short teaser trailer, it seems that, in the new entry, previous series director David Twohy will bring the spirit of both prior films and mesh them into one – there is the grand sci-fi adventure side of The Chronicles of Riddick combined with the tense, almost survival horror of Pitch Black. This combo should please fans of both films when Riddick releases on September 6th, and be an excellent continuation to a great series. Let’s just hope we don’t have to wait another 9 years for a potential next follow-up.

Zack Snyder’s Turn to Make a Superhero Blockbuster

With the recent trend toward superhero blockbusters, Zack Snyder is tossing his hat into the ring. I highly enjoyed Christopher Nolan’s “Dark Knight” trilogy, but I still have to say that outside of that, I haven’t really been swept away by any other recent superhero films. Sure, I enjoyed the “X-Men” trilogy and “The Avengers”, but I didn’t find either of them a must-see experience. Yet, I am quite interested in Zack Snyder’s “Man of Steel”. Snyder is a polarizing director – sure, everyone enjoyed “300”, but his most recent effort, “Sucker Punch” drew some very mixed and poor reviews (I, personally, enjoyed it). With his past effort in “Watchmen”, I feel that Superman is in highly capable hands (as does Christopher Nolan, who is helping write and produce the film) and am highly anticipating this release. Are you excited for “Man of Steel”, or is “Iron Man 3” more your thing?

“Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain” Is Official

After the announcement of “Ground Zeroes”, a mysterious trailer, and much speculation, “Metal Gear Solid 5” is now official. Subtitled “The Phantom Pain”, and judging from the released trailer, this looks to be another quality entry into the legendary series. Kojima seems to be ambitious on this one, claiming a release this year on both PS3 and 360. “Ground Zeroes” on the other hand will serve as a prequel to “The Phantom Pain”. In the most interesting news outside of the trailer is news that David Hayter will not be reprising his voice acting role as Solid Snake – though those who know Kojima can certainly still assume this is possibly another of Kojima’s head fakes. Still, the news of the next entry in the MGS series, coupled with such an awesome trailer should raise considerable hype for this release. I’ll be looking forward to more news from Kojima and company on this one. Speaking of MGS, what is your favorite entry in the series?

“Trance” – Danny Boyle’s Follow-Up to the Opening Ceremony

If you were a movie director who just spent the last four years creating the opening ceremony for the Summer Olympics, what would you make your next project after the Games? Danny Boyle decided to change directions away from the large scales and bombast of the Olympics opening ceremony and take a trip back to his roots with “Trance”. Boyle’s first film was crime thriller “Shallow Grave”, and it seems he is looking to come full circle with his upcoming release focusing on an art thief who has lost his memory. The cast, including James McAvoy and Rosario Dawson among others, is talented and should make the film’s story keep you on the edge of your seat. Boyle’s directing talent is immense and many of his usual techniques should fit nicely with the genre. I just hope “Trance” doesn’t fall into the territory of some of his recent work, such as “Slumdog Millionaire” and “127 Hours” (while Boyle’s directing is great, the films were not that interesting to me). Can “Trance” recapture Danny Boyle’s earlier magic?

New “Final Fantasy X HD” Announcement

Credit for image: IGN.com

Credit for image: IGN.com

If you’re a Final Fantasy fan like me, I’m sure you remember Square-Enix’s big announcement that they would be releasing “Final Fantasy X” for the Vita, fully remastered in HD. I’m sure you also remember never hearing much about it after that, and wondering what is going on with the release. Recent news from Square will make you happy, then. Reports are out that Square has announced that “Final Fantasy X HD” will be releasing for both PS3 and the Vita. To further make your day, the PS3 version of the HD update will be released on disc and include its sequel “Final Fantasy X-2” fully remastered as well. The Vita versions of the titles will be sold separately. With this news, I know I will be looking forward to revisiting Spira when Square finally releases these updates (hoping that the next bit of news will actually be a solid release date). Look for the official announcement on Monday, March 25th, and join me in hoping it contains more info. Is anyone else looking forward to the updated release? IS FFX your favorite Final Fantasy?

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