GAME TRAILER: Metal Gear Revengeance

I'm not sure what Japanese for "super awesome with a side of epic" is, but that's what this trailer is. Who'd have thought Raiden could become so damn cool, and the gameplay looks pretty tight and fun as hell. I can't wait to serve up some villain sushi.

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TRAILER: The Hobbit

The first trailer was a little "ho-hum" but this one actually feels like a LORD OF THE RINGS movie and I'm getting excited. These dwarfs (especially the leader) are an interesting bunch and a welcome change of pace as far as heroes go. I'm still not completely sure why they needed to cut this into three separate movies (it better not feel stretched or I'll be pissed), but hopefully we fans get the films we want and deserve out of this.

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TRAILER: The Collection

If you missed THE COLLECTOR (this film's predecessor), you missed a hell of a good time for horror goers. This is from the makers of some of the SAW flicks and it shows. I mean, this dude's like MacGyver's sadistically evil twin brother on steroids. I dunno how psychos find the time to create this stuff but it sure is fun to watch. Can't wait.

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TRAILER: Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3D

I like that this feels more like a sequel to the remake than another imagining, but it's a little hard to imagine the same dude being still alive and fully capable of dealing with younger people in their prime. That said, I'm digging the premise and hopefully it'll do the name and genre some justice. Totally not feeling the 3D though.

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REVIEW: Resident Evil: Retribution

"Oh the horror...but not the good kind."

Alice once again finds herself at the mercy of the Umbrella Corporation after being captured by Jill Valentine and taken to Umbrella's underground stronghold.  Wesker, whose now changed sides, enlists the aid of Ada Wong and a strike team led by Leon Kennedy to rescue Alice and destroy the facility.

What a mess.  I'm a longtime fan of the RESIDENT EVIL video game franchise and I've accepted the existence of the Milla and Paul Anderson led films.  The first one at least felt like a zombie/survival horror type scenario, the second had a lighter tone but the nemesis was at least fun to look at and root for.  Once the third time around came we got super-Alice and things got a little weird.  Anderson started dropping in subtle nuances like Wesker, Las Plagas as well as some of the familiar faces from the games like Chris Redfield and now Ada Wong, Barry Burton and Leon Kennedy.  Sadly, despite these additions, this film (along with the every entry after part 2) continued to distance itself from both the source material and the genre it's known for.

Did this flick get anything right?  Yes, but very little.  I loved the opening--backward--sequence that gets us in the game.  I loved that this film's structure actually felt like an RE title in theory as our character trudged through various levels of the Umbrella structure (a clever endeavor of sorts) and I loved seeing Leon and Ada in the mix, even if they were tremendously underused as they lingered in Alice's shadow.  And alas, that's about all the praise I can give.  Now for the bad.

On the one hand I wanted to appreciate the revamping of our previous cast.  The recap intro to the film has gotten a fair bit of flack, but I see why they did it that way.  Sure, we all know the score by now, but the recap dug up all the old faces and got them front and center in our minds in hopes that their recycled appearances wouldn't feel lazy and moot.  It was a nice try, but I'm not impressed.  Most of the these characters are just there, they serve no purpose whatsoever.  The only one who gets any real use is Rain (Michelle Rodriguez), but even she was unnecessary (and why'd we get two of her?  It was as dumb as it was pointless).

The biggest problem with this movie is that NOTHING REALLY HAPPENS.  It's boring as hell, a point driven home by the fact that everyone on screen spends ninety nine percent of their time shooting at something.  I'm not kidding here, the fight scenes (aside from the final one) are nothing but gun play and explosions.  You'd have to shake these actors to find a pulse.  There are countless small things that stand out like a sore thumb as well.  What happened to Claire and Chris Redfield?  What was the point of the Red Queen aside from regurgitating the same two lines over and over?  Why bring Wesker into the fold if you're not going to have him fight alongside everyone else (that's something I was dying to see all movie)?  Why didn't Rain shift into a monster after injecting Las Plagas--especially considering Wesker says to Alice ten minutes later "You're the only one who can bond with this virus."

RESIDENT EVIL: RETRIBUTION was a huge disappointment.  Look folks, I'm a fan of mindless violence and I didn't go into this thing with a hate on or with the mindset of witnessing Oscar worthy performances, but I know a lazy, butter churned cash cow when I see one and lemme tell ya, that's what this series has become.  It's been that way for awhile mind you, but this entry doesn't even try to hide it and laughs at us every agonizing step of the way.  To make matters worse, it ends with a ridiculous cliffhanger that almost guarantees another installment.  They should've just killed Alice and let Leon take over, but no, this is what we get instead.  I did laugh when Leon puts his hand on Ada's leg near the end and she nonchalantly removes it (priceless), but the bulk of this experience was me waiting for it to end.  I hate to be so critical toward a franchise I've enjoyed despite its faults, but this time there's no hiding from them and it's a damn shame because at this stage of the game, I expected more from team Anderson.

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TRAILER: The Bay

This flick looks intense and I love a good dose of intensity. Sure, it's been done and we have what appears to be some cross genres (zombie like monsters, parasites, contaminated water supply), but overall this might work as a stand alone fright fest. Time will tell, but I'm gonna keep an eye out for this one.

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TRAILER: Breaking Dawn Part 2

Hmmm. I don't necessarily hate the TWILIGHT series. I actually enjoyed the first couple, but this last one was a bit of a bore. On the one hand, this final film looks interesting (these guys sure do love fighting in open fields though don't they). That said, I can't help but ask this one important question: Why wouldn't the Volturi simply send and emissary to confront the Cullens about this supposed treachery rather than stage all out war on a lie? I haven't read the books so maybe I'm missing something but it just seems like drastic measures to me.

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GAME TRAILER: World Of Warcraft: Mists Of Pandaria

Is World Of Warcraft out of juice? Blizzard doesn't seem to think so and with a new expansion featuring an Asian theme with Panda Monks, a captivating new world and many other upgrades, they could be on to something. As a gamer (and RPG fanatic), I've always loved Warcraft and respect Blizzard for going the distance. Of course, games like DARK SOULS and SKYRIM are a ton of fun as well so RPG's don't appear to be going anywhere. I'll give this a whirl and pray it's not a kiddish as it looks. This cinematic is alright, but a far cry from raw epicness that was WRATH OF THE LICH KING.

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TRAILER: Hansel And Gretel

Sigh. Clearly Hollywood didn't learn anything from epic flops like THE BROTHERS GRIMM and VAN HELSING (I really wanted VAN HELSING to be great, and though it's watchable its' still pretty damn terrible). And just when Jeremy Renner's career was at a high point too. I don't get it, I seriously don't. This movie doesn't look good, it will flop and I won't be saddened by this turn of events in the least. As long as one "themed" film does well, there will always be five more stinkers ready to launch. Plug your nose folks cause there's at least a couple more to come this year after this mess.

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