Thursday, May 30, 2013

Review: The Darkest Hour (2011)

Review by Disgruntled Monkey

Director: Chris Gorak
Starring: Emile Hirsch, Olivia Thirlby and Max Minghella
Writer: Jon Spaihts

As the film begins we are introduced to the two main characters - Sean and Ben - and almost instantly the vibe I’m feeling from Sean is ‘class one arsehole’. Added to this feeling is unbelievably rife product placement (I can’t help but want a McDonalds Quarter Pounder after the intro) and I have to ask myself, ‘with such a bad start we can pretty much seal this movie up and send it to the garbage heap, right?’

Well, not exactly. Low and behold Sean actually makes a decent character and essentially uses his dickish behaviour to mask his insecurities. Wow! Character depth! Also, once the aliens descend the product placement thankfully gets pushed to the rear. The film spends some time attempting to make up for the shitty start and funnily enough, becomes not only a watchable movie but is quite fun in some places.

You get a very mixed bag with this lot of characters. A few main characters get some great development while others are leashed to clichés and are exceptionally underdeveloped. Characterisation varies, with some making understandable decisions only to follow up with an exceedingly boneheaded play. Like the characters, the acting is hit and miss; thankfully Emile Hirsch does a decent job as Sean so we have someone to get behind.

I think the bigger problem with the characterisation is that halfway through the proceedings we are introduced to some Russian denizens who are hands down the most interesting characters in the film. Every part of me wanted to learn more about them and honestly, I might have preferred the movie being solely dedicated to them.

The aliens where backed by a very interesting idea and this created a uniqueness in the storytelling. Also making the aliens harder to see during the day was excellent in flipping the idea that night is the more dangerous time. Some of the special effects are pretty great but it seems the budget could only stretch so far, sometimes the most effective points in the movie are when lights flickering are the extent of the effects.

Ashes to ashes. We fall down.
If this was the full range of problems then it might have come off as a decent little film, however the true criminal in this flick is the editing. Scenes simply end and a mass amount of time has passed at the beginning of the next. It’s ridiculous and really does hurt the flow of the movie. The Darkest Hour really does move at a fast pace and it feels like two stories crammed into one. The ending also suggests that this was meant to be a bigger series of films.

In the end the pacing and the editing turned this into a movie that comes across as half finished. There are some great ideas yet in the end it all falls apart. Product placement suggests a desperate need for funding and the way the quality of the movie shifts back and forth on numerous factors also suggests a willingness to cut corners. If you’re desperate for science fiction there are some good ideas, however it doesn’t amount to much of a ride.

Monday, May 27, 2013

Nerd Watch 27/05/2013

Once Upon An American McGee

While I was never the biggest fan of the game side of things for American McGee's Alice in Wonderland, I really did dig the style and always wondered what other tales he could tackle with his dark vision. Well it looks like Oz is the next land and it's going to be full of zombies. Huzzah. Evil Zombie Munchkins!

XBox One Blues

There's a hell of a lot of XBox news floating about and I honestly don't want to delve to much into it, lest I get snapped at by the fanboys. But I did find this story and though it was rather interesting. Basically a man owns the domain to and Microsoft has sent in the lawyers to get the domain off him without paying. The catch, he got the domain two years ago. So suddenly the idea gets all murky.

Friday, May 24, 2013

Review: The Devils Rock (2011)

Review by Disgruntled Monkey

Director: Paul Campion
Writers: Paul Finch, Paul Campion
Stars: Craig Hall, Matthew Sunderland, Gina Varela

Nazi’s, demons, full on gore effects and being straight to DVD; this film has all the hall marks of being a movie that is exceptionally disposable. Yet somehow, this movie is not only solid, but it manages to be meaningful as well. So let’s get down to brass tacks and talk about this ‘Nazi Demon’ movie.

Two soldiers are tasked with destroying several gun emplacements in the Channel Islands to distract Germany on the eve of D-Day. However, they inadvertently walk into the middle of a plot by the Nazi’s to unleash an evil that might just wipe away the allies. Quicker than you can say ‘Nein’ the gore hits the fan and a desperate struggle to hold back the forces of hell begins.

What I really dug about this movie was how it took an almost Hellraiser approach to everything. Demons are involved but they are not in truth the real enemy, it’s what’s inside the main characters that are truly the villain. It comes down to a battle of wits between Captain Ben Grogan (Craig Hall), Colonel Klaus Meyer (Matthew Sunderland) and the Demon (Gina Varela). All who give top notch performances, and between the three of them create a good portion of the tension.

Introducing the devil.
Obviously shot on a small budget, the movie doesn’t change settings often or offer a large amount of action. It all comes down to a mental battle - and while this could bore some people - I was always along for the ride. Thankfully while being static, it doesn’t shy away from the gore at all. All special effects are practical and look realistic enough. I was slightly worried about the demon make up which I had seen from production shots but in the end it was pretty damn effective, keeping the camera away from some of the goofier ideas.

The Devil’s Rock is an over the top movie, but it also has a really human story that grounds it from flying to far off the rails. Honestly this movie was a pleasant surprise and for fans of demonic type horror I can’t suggest this enough. Do yourself a favour and track this movie down, it’s one of those low budget gems that sometimes slip through peoples fingers.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Review: Evil Dead (2013)

Review by Disgruntled Monkey

Director: Fede Alvarez
Starring: Jane Levy, Shiloh Fernandez and Lou Taylor Pucci
Writers: Fede Alvarez and Rodo Sayagues

A group of people go to a cabin in the woods; sometimes they are young adults, other times they are teenagers, but they are there to get away from their day to day lives. No matter which group they are though, the same thing always seems to happen. They find an item which awakens something evil, something that plays upon their fears. No matter what it is, most will die and the survivors will go through hell to see the dawn.

It’s a horror trope so familiar that Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard gave us a movie that lovingly looked into the scenario and tried to expand it into a different place. In the light of that film, releasing this movie was a risky venture. Thankfully, the remake (sort of) shows why this particular horror scenario is so effective. It knocks the film out of the god damned park.

Visually the movie is astounding in how it revels in its brutality. When things start to get sliced I winced and wasn’t the only one in the audience shifting in their seats. Atmosphere is at the fore in this movie and has an exceptionally gritty feel throughout. You can feel the oppression of the dark forces in every part of the forest and the cabin. Fede Alvarez really has a great eye and I can’t wait to watch more of his work.

All five main characters are perfect and while the pace of the movie doesn’t give us much time to get to know the characters it gives us enough to know motivations and get behind them. In the final third I was cheering and crossing my fingers for my favourite characters, a rarity in this genre. The gem of the movie has to be Jane Levy who had to juggle a number of different personalities. From junkie trying to kick the habit, to demon possessed nightmare, she has a lot of fun while showing off some great acting chops.

Such a pretty smile.
Those who might have been worried about a ‘toning down’ on the bloodletting scale in this modern day movie have no need to worry. Buckets and buckets of gore is on hand, most seems practical and it’s all disturbing as hell. Who ever was the head of effects has a sick mind but I’m thankful for it as I was always happy with what I was shown. Hearing the audience react to the movie was great, the more they wriggled the more I smiled.

If you love your horror you really need to see this movie. It’s the type of horror movie that while it revels in the shameless gore factor of its genre; it also shows how effective and noteworthy horror movies can be. I can easily see this movie in my top ten at the end of the year; it was that great of a ride. I think I need to go and see it again. 

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Trailer Trawl Vol 5

Wasn't it just a week ago that I was saying that things were kind of slow on the trailer front. Well knock me down with a feather and call me Shirley, some awesome trailers (well awesome in my opinion) have reared their heads including another Pacific Rim trailer that has made me giddy with excitement. GIDDY I SAY. 2013 is certainely turning into a year of high expectations. I try hard not to get on the hype train, I try and condition myself but it's all proving to be too hard at the moment. But enough about me, on to the trailers.


I'm a huge fan of Pitch Black and think that it's a tad underrated all thanks to the backlash of Riddick. You see he was a cool character, people loved him, then the sequel happened and people started hating on the poor killer. It didn't help that Diesel tried changing Riddick so he was a nicer killer which kind of missed the point of what people liked in the first film. I liked the sequel but thought it tried doing too much and that's why i'm happy to see this movie going back to basics. Also nice to see Katee Sackhoff in one of the roles.

Pacific Rim:

Marketing train is really starting to pick up steam with this movie and I can't help but feel that Pacific Rim has a tremendous amount of weight on it's shoulders. To me this is Del Toro's big chance to bring in the Blockbuster Movie dollars and hopefully if it's a success then he can look to other shores of the Lovecraft variety. As for this trailer, it really puts the robot action front and center. Today we are cancelling the apocalypse!


The first film was great but suffered from the asshole problem. Too many people acting like assholes makes a Disgruntled Monkey not care about them and wish for their death. I've heard that this is one of the big improvements as well as other niggly little problems being fixed. I was hoping for this series to become an anthology allowing other directors to come in and tell smaller horror stories. Looks like one of my wishes has been granted.

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Review: Star Trek Into Darkness (2013)

Review by Disgruntled Monkey

Director: J.J. Abrams
Starring: Benedict Cumberbatch, Chris Pine and Zoe Saldana
Writers: Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman and Damon Lindelof

Gene Roddenberry would hate this movie. You see while Trekkies of all colours have a lot to be thankful for when it comes to this man, his vision of the future was never fully realised in the television show. Violence, racism, hatred, vengeance, all these things were not part of Gene’s world; he envisioned us more as explorers and diplomats who had outgrown our primal animalistic nature. However Gene’s utopia was never really realistic. There are many noble ideals we can strive for but we will never be free of our darker sides.

Thus we come to this entry of the new Star Trek where we certainly delve into some dark territory. Terrorist and former Federation officer John Harrison wages a one man war against the Federation and Captain Kirk is sent into enemy territory to bring him to justice. From there we get a story that deals with acceding to ones emotions, facing consequences, death, life and the nature of war and violence. Thankfully it’s all wrapped up in the sweet, sweet taste of wonderful action set pieces and awe inspiring visuals.

Characters are also important in the movie with everyone getting their moment. The great thing is that now we’ve gotten past the origin movie, they really let the characters develop. Picking out an individual is quite hard as the entire cast is on form. Of course the focus is still given mainly to the friendship of Kirk (Pine) and Spock (Quinto). They still have great chemistry and I really dug the interactions between the two. Benedict Cumberbatch is fantastic as the villain John Harrison and while he may not seem to have the physicality, he oozes this constant threatening vibe - like an animal ready to attack at any moment.

Star trekking across the universe.
While this movie is a fantastic ride and gives the audience some hefty themes to deal with, there are some problems. There were some events in the movie that really seemed to happen only because the script said so. They needed a particular character in a particular place at a particular time and the events that led up to that moment didn’t seem natural. It was a small blemish on an otherwise excellent movie and I couldn’t help but feel with just a little better scripting this would have been a non factor.

Still, the movie is excellent and those looking for a great science fiction movie should go and see this. As for the Trekkies - you’ve probably already seen this movie. It’s always nice to see a summer blockbuster with a little bit of smarts. J.J Abrams is an excellent director and has a great handle on massive movies while retaining their depth. Can’t wait to see what he does with Star Wars.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Review: Dark Skies (2013)

Review by Disgruntled Monkey

Director: Scott Stewart
Starring: Keri Russell, Josh Hamilton and Dakota Goyo
Writer: Scott Stewart

Dark Skies opens in the fantasy suburbia that is the bread and butter of movies. Yet while this seems to be an idyllic setting, there is something off with everything. The slow panning shots, the eerie music, nothing is happening and already the movie is trying to sink it’s talons into our head. It’s effective and compelling and draws the viewer into the world.

Even with the creepiness the film takes it’s time to set up its characters and gives them problems that aren’t just extraterrestrial based. We get a family unit that is stressed and yet still pulls together through bad times. It gives us characters that we hope make it through the torment to come. It helps that Keri Russel and Josh Hamilton give us solid performances as the parents.

Scares are definitely of the boo variety but thanks to the atmosphere created it seems at least well fitted, reminding me a little of Insidious in this way. I was also appreciative of the subtle lightning effects and clues woven into the visuals. It’s always nice to watch a movie that seems to have a sense of pride in its production values.

Unfortunately cracks appear within some of the story beats and during the final third of the film. While creating a great atmosphere and having good performances, the movie does tread some well worn tracks of previous alien abduction tales and doesn’t bring anything new here. Cliché’s aside, the movie has a pretty weak final act, things feel like they are going into a Poltergeist final confrontation but unfortunately  it never quite pays off. Massive shame.
Oh god. It's right behind you Felicity.
Being a small scale film the creators kept the CGI to a minimum and did a lot with practical effects. When CGI does rear its head it’s kept to the shadows, a solid production choice as it’s not all that impressive. The alien design is also a little uninspired as it really calls to mind the tall ‘Greys’ that many a conspiracy nut dreams about. Then again, that might be the point.

Overall I enjoyed this movie and was grateful for the set up it delivered. I was genuinely hooked for most the film and only wavered a little towards the end. Still, what it does it does well and while not bringing anything new to the genre, it does deliver a well-made story that acts like a sophisticated ghost house ride. I suggest to go ahead and get abducted and enjoy.

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Trailer Trawl Vol 4

It's been rather quiet on the trailer front but I've found a few movies that have really interested me. Surprisingly interested me I should add. Of course at the moment everyone is distracted by the big movies coming out like Iron Man 3 and Star Trek Into Darkness. Personally I think when we look back on 2013, we think that this has been a good year for movies.

White House Down:

The second of the Die Hard in the White House films this year, but unlike the Gerard Butler Olympus Has Fallen, this looks like the dumber version. Of course being directed by Roland Emmerich I wouldn't expect anything else.

Ender's Game:

Never read the book, the comic adaptation and more specifically never been angry at Orson Scott Card for his rantings. Honestly I'm not that excited about this movie, but I know that alot of people are chomping at the bit to see it. So why not put it out there for the fans.

Captain Phillips:

I saw Tom Hanks and his smiling mug and I didn't think much about this movie. Then I watched the trailer and I was really intrigued. Tom Hanks is Captain Phillips and his ship get's hijacked by modern day pirates. I see shades of Air Force One and i'm excited for a movie that seems action based, especially with Mr Hanks. It's something different.

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Review: The Frankenstein Theory (2013)

Review by Disgruntled Monkey

Director: Andrew Weiner
Starring: Kris Lemche, Joe Egender, Timothy V. Murphy
Writers: Vlady Pildysh, Andrew Weiner

What if Frankenstein was real? What if he had survived to the modern age? What if this was a really good movie? Well, first off I would have high praise for it; the core idea is extremely interesting. Unfortunately it’s not very well handled and what we are left with turns out to be a very boring movie that adds nothing to the found footage genre.

Frankenstein Theory starts things off on a bad foot by committing one of the greatest sins in horror movies, namely, cramming the film with unlikeable characters. Other than maybe one person, all of the characters come across as douche-bags. They are either so engrossed in scientific study they forget about the cost of human life, or jock arseholes more intent on making fun of people than doing their jobs.

So with the care factor at about zero for the characters, I was still hoping for a movie that delivered some scares. Regrettably the story takes a while to warm up and when it does start hitting its stride it doesn’t really add up to much. While the Arctic Circle plays well into the concept behind the movie - and its conceit that the book is based on fact - it ends up a very dreary back drop and only adds to the tediousness of the film overall.

The supposedly big pay off at the end is massively anti climatic and you can’t help but feeling disheartened by the whole thing. Investing so much time for such a shaky shot at the subject can really turn people off found footage movies as a whole. There was so much potential in this movie it’s just sad to see it ultimately squandered.
Shocked to discover this was done by the people behind The Last Exorcism.
One thing that I will give the film is the visuals, they are crisp and clear most of the time. If anything, this proves that just because you’re a found footage movie, doesn’t mean you’ve got to look like crap.

I can’t say that this is entirely a horrible movie, but it’s certainly not worth your time. Personally I think there is enough potential in the premise that perhaps another writer could be able to find an interesting story in it. If you must watch all found footage movies under the sun then I’m not really going to be able to stop you but for anyone else just avoid this one.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Review: Dragon Age – Dawn of the Seeker (2012)

Review by Disgruntled Monkey

Director: Fumihiko Sori
Starring: Miranda Raison, Brina Palencia and Christopher Sabat
Writer: Jeffrey Scott

After viewing Dead Space Downfall, a friend told me that –supposedly- it was the best out of the three EA animated movies. He hadn’t seen the Mass Effect movie, however he assured me that Dragon Age was a far worse film. I didn’t believe him. Nevertheless my curiosity was ignited and I had to see for myself. I really should have heeded the warnings.

Right off the bat what we have is animation that’s just horrible. It’s mostly CGI with some cell shading which often times can work. The problem here though is the CGI makes all the characters very doll-like in appearance and the cell shading adds nothing to the film overall, proving to be more of a distraction than anything else. What’s worse is that the bloodshed looks really out of place, like it belongs in another movie.

In the beginning the film dumps a lot of exposition on the audience and if you’re not a fan of the games it’s a very high entry point. I could definitely see this turning people away. The plot itself is pretty simple; in fact it’s very transparent. If you’ve watched a million and ten fantasy movies then you know where it’s going. But then with the surrounding mythos being so dense, all the names, places and factions can be confusing. So would that make it confusingly simple or simply confusing?

Things look like they are about to get
Voice work ranges from boring to absolutely puzzling. Characters’ accents swap nationalities in a blink of an eye. In fact I couldn’t place where the Revered Mother was from but from what I could puzzle out it seemed to be a mix of Italian, Russian, Japanese and Dracula. At another point in the story we are introduced to a character with the smarmiest British accent I’ve ever heard. This of course marks him as the turncoat (didn’t you know all British people are evil?) the problem being though this is the only time he has this smarmy British accent.

Inconsistency seems to be the motto of this movie. Several scenes had me scratching my head at how contrived they were. The movie even has the gall to end on a ‘to be continued’ note. I’m not sure if that was a threat to the audience but it did frighten me. Yet again this movie just stinks of cash grab. Avoid at all costs.

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Review: Zombie Undead (2010)

Review by Disgruntled Monkey

Director: Rhys Davies
Starring: Ruth King, Kris Tearse and Barry Thomas
Writer: Kris Tearse

Sometimes a movie can be really bad and yet doesn’t seem offensive in any particular way. They don’t bring anything new to the genre they are in, yet you could imagine yourself watching this movie on a lazy Sunday afternoon while doing some chores. Zombie Undead in my mind falls into this type of category.

Right from the get go you can imagine the director getting his friends and family together to shoot this. All the actors are pretty mediocre and the dialogue does them no favours. The extras’ playing the zombies range from passable, to Shaun of the Dead levels of bad acting. At no time did I give a crap about any of the characters and was just hoping for their demise.

You’ve seen this type of movie before, a ‘zombie apocalypse’ has happened and survivors are looking for a safe haven. You’ve got your standard grouping of clichés and can see plot points coming from a mile away. Yet the movie never really presumes to be anything more than a standard zombie flick. Without this ego you can almost forgive it for its lacklustre script.

Zombie makeup is done on the cheap and most of the time you’re looking at a very basic face paint job and that’s it. The quality ranges yet again from passable to laughable. Considering that the story takes place in a hospital you would think this would allow for some creative designs, alas it’s not meant to be. Although to be fair, some of the gore effects do look convincing and when I witnessed them I did perk up.

While the filming is dodgy and has some very cheap production values I’ve got to say that some of the editing does show talent. Sure it’s not the best but in a movie that seems to aim for mediocrity, the editing is notable and should definitely be given encouragement.

Our really, really, exciting heroes. Really.
Even taking all the good with the bad, I can honestly say this is not a good movie. There’s nothing here to keep your attention and it’s not even so bad that it’s good. Still, it’s so inoffensive (well, for a zombie movie) I can see this being watched if there was nothing else on TV. I can remember as a kid watching such movies while sorting my Magic the Gathering cards.

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Nerd Watch 04/05/2013

Free Comic Book Day.

Free Comic Book Day has come and gone and I'm amazed at how popular it was in Australia. Lines where going down the street and at first I thought the were for a celebrity or something. It's nice to see such a turn out for something that people do tend to put down, it was also good for the local stores as I saw plenty of people walking away with bags full of purchased products.

Dexter's Eighth Season Gets Closer.

I got of the Dexter bandwagon last season and whatever my feelings may be for where the show went, it still gave me four seasons that I adore (Seasons 1,3,4 and 6 for the record).Also I realize that there are many people out there who still love the nicest serial killer next door and can't wait for Season 8. Well a new teaser trailer has arrived along with a new poster. Producers have also said that this will truly honestly be the last season, they promise.

Horror Me Not.

Not really news but a top ten that I liked the look of. If you're big into horror then you don't really need to look at the list as i'm sure you've already seen them, but if you're new to the genre and want to watch some classics than this is a good starting point. Plus any list that has a Stuart Gordon film on it is always a plus.

Friday, May 3, 2013

Nerd Watch 03/05/2013

Fraiser To Psychoanalyze Transformers.

Out of Bay's three Tranformer movies I can honestly say that I enjoyed roughly one and a half of them (the first one and the last half of the third). So my excitement for the fourth installment is non existent, that was until it was announced that Kelsey Grammer will be playing the human villain in the movie. I have great respect for the man and he was one of the few good things in X-Men Last Stand (he rocked the park as Beast), so the movie has at least one thing going for it. Well it also won't star Shia LaBeouf.

MTV Blog

Director to Cut Roots of Tree of Life.

Terrence Malick is currently working on the Directors Cut of Tree of Life, and it's set to feature scenes that were previously left on the cutting room floor. Will this make the movie more stream lined? More accessible? Easier to understand? Nope. But it will give people who loved the movie (myself included) more to ponder about. If that wasn't enough he's also working on Voyage of Time which should be similar to the cosmic elements in Tree of Life. Sign me up Mr Malick.

Rope of Silicon
News Blend

Netflix to the Dark Tower Came.

Stephen King is one of the fictional writers that inspires me on a daily basis and his epic Dark Tower series is one of my most beloved stories of his. So when I say i'm engrossed in any little rumor or tidbit about the adaptation you get where i'm coming from. This thing has had more starts and stops than when I was learning how to drive. Latest in the long line of rumor milling is that Ron Howard may have found a new home in a made for Netflix series. If this is true it's all thanks to Mr Howard making the latest series of Arrested Development for them. Wow. Just when you think Arrested Development couldn't get any better, it could possibly be the savior of Roland and his Ka-tet.


Thursday, May 2, 2013

Review: A Haunted House (2013)

Review by Disgruntled Monkey

Director: Michael Tiddes
Stars: Marlon Wayans, Marlene Forte, Essence Atkins
Writers: Rick Alvarez, Marlon Wayans

A parody based off Paranormal Activity isn’t anything new, what made me want to give this movie a try however was Marlon Wayans. While not the biggest fan, I did like the first Scary Movie and he did have a hand in writing it. As the movie began I was actually hopeful; there was an attempt at actual comedic humour and not just based on references. Did this hope prove to be justified?

Unfortunately no, yet I’ve got to give this movie some credit. The actual story has a coherency not found in other like-minded films and never makes the mistakes of others like Epic Movie or Date Movie. While those films would go for the easy reference rather than keep the plot going, A Haunted House surprisingly sticks to the plot and the nods and winks to other films are in the background.

However this is really the only positive that can be said about the movie. The comedy is extremely childish and your mileage is going to depend on how funny you think farts are. Also when it tries to make fun of current trends in television and movies (the prevalence of ghost hunting shows and the like), it fails pretty hard. I chuckled to myself once or twice but for a full length movie that’s not good.

Probably the greatest problem of the film is trying to stay too close to the Paranormal Activity aesthetic. The reason the PA movies work is even though the setting is static, there is a constant tension that creates excitement and suspense. Without this tension the setting becomes very boring very quickly, as evidenced in A Haunted House.

This is probably the scariest scene of the movie. Also a good
indicator of the type of humor.
Acting-wise everyone is mugging for the camera - not a bad thing in a parody movie - yet everyone just seemed flat. Well, everyone except for Marlon Wayans, who puts a lot of energy into his performance. Unfortunately not portraying the straight man in a comedy does tend to take away the kooky nature of the supporting characters.

What can I really say about this flick? It’s a bad movie but I’ve got to give it credit for bucking the current trend in parody films. Nonetheless any spark of creativity that was present in Scary Movie is not to be found here. For those looking for a good parody movie maybe head to the past, as I don’t think this genre is going to get any better any time soon.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Nerd Watch 01/05/2013

80's Action Movies Strike Back.

As was prophesied by an old 80's VHS tape, Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon as finally landed on the shores of gamer's. With 'retro' being so damn cool these days, gamer's have been salivating with absolute anticipation for the game that brings Michael Biehn, 80's Action and absolute insanity to the home. Taking the role of Sergeant Rex 'Power' Colt, you have to take out a villain hell bent on taking over the world. Basically Far Cry 3 with a new skin, one of the nicest things is that you don't need the original Far Cry 3 to play this expansion. I for one need to grab this game now.

Destructoid: Far Cry 3 Blood Dragon Review
Destructoid: Far Cry 3 Blood Dragon List of Achievements
The Cynical Brit: Far Cry 3 Blood Dragon First Impressions Video

A Little Too Nerdy?

All aboard the hype train as The Amazing Spider Man 2 really starts to speed along. First we get a nice photo of Jamie Foxx in his Electro make up, now we get him before he turns into the villain. At first I was pretty dumb founded at what I was seeing cause Mr Foxx looks almost comically nerdy. I can't help but think of The Simpsons and characters like Database when I look at what he is. It laughable in a way and I really worry how he's going to play this character because it could be laughably bad. Still I am but one monkey in a sea of opinion so click the links below and see for yourself.

I Heart Chaos: Jamie Foxx Amazing Spider-Man 2
Mail Online: Jamie Foxx Amazing Spider-Man 2 Pictures

Home For Pop Culture Paintings.

Lastly we have Gallery 1988; an art gallery dedicated to pop culture, starting it's newest collection. The honor this time goes to art based around Bad Robot productions. So come one, come all and get your fill of Fringe, Lost and Star Trek art done by people from all around. Personally I was a fan of the Fringe art in particular. I also think it's nice that there is a physical art gallery for artists more predisposed to pop culture. Almost makes me wish that I live in Los Angeles just so I could visit.

TV Uproxx: Best of 'The Bad Robot Art Experience' At Gallery 1988
Gallery 1988: Official Site