Friday, April 29, 2011

Mortal Kombat (2011)

My girlfriend and Reptile seem to share a similarity

No Guts, No Glory: Truer Than Ever

When I was 9-years-old, my friend ran up to me one morning at school and said "There's an arcade game in the mall where you can pull someone's heart out or rip their head off!" He needn't say another word. I was sold. On my next trip to the mall, I gathered around a group of people already watching two gamers going at one another with bloody intentions. Soon enough, a resounding "FINISH HIM" preceded a few flicks of a joystick and button combo that led to a head being gruesomely torn off. The crowd was excited and thirsty for more blood. This game was Mortal Kombat. Nearly twenty years and almost a dozen sequels and spin-offs later, MK returns to its 2D fighting roots with more guts (pun intended) than ever before. Eat your heart out, Street Fighter IV...or Mortal Kombat might eat it for you.

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)

If you’ve never seen The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, you’re either stupid, sheltered, or every girlfriend I’ve ever had. Tobe Hooper’s 1974 classic is a horror mainstay that will go down in history (like Columbus!) and remains one of the most brutally raw horror films to this day, despite having VERY little gore. This movie has also spawned 3 sequels of its own as well as a modern remake and prequel. Claiming to be based on a “true story”, this movie still tends to confuse every girl on the planet because they think it’s real.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Super (2011)

A Wrench in the Gears of Super-heroism  

Living in an age where comic books are constantly vetted for summer blockbuster status or even being rebooted after just a few years for the ever demanding fanbase; things like webbing, shields, hammers, batarangs and anger issues can be a bit overwhelming. Don’t get me wrong; I love comics and their manly, tight-suited heroes just as much as the next fan boy, but sometimes there needs to be a balance when it comes to film. For every CGI-driven, hero-saves-the-world-and-gets-the-girl, “the next villain better be…” feature, there should be a celluloid anti-hero. A person who has no super powers or the future of the world’s safety on their shoulders at every turn. A person whose enemy isn’t a 12 armed mad scientist who can shoot Cancer-Missles into the earth’s core. Some would say that was last year’s surprisingly entertaining Kick-Ass. I would have to interject and say that if Kick-Ass ran into The Crimson Bolt from James Gunn’s latest “average joe-cum-crime fighter” film Super, he would piss his tights and wake up with one hell of a headache.

Call of the Dead (Official Trailer)

Just a few days ago, the trailer dropped for Treyarch's Call of the Dead, the new zombie splatter-fest from the upcoming Call of Duty: Black Ops map-pack Escalation. Call of the Dead will be the only Zombie stage of the 5 new maps, but this grindhouse-inspired trailer is looking to be the horror gamer's wet dream of 2011. I'll give you a moment to watch the trailer before I go and spoil anything.

So...wait. I can play as Robert Englund, Danny Trejo, Michael Rooker, or even fucking Buffy the Vampire Slayer? While I've never been a huge fan of Black Ops' Zombie mode (I suck horribly at it), this is too good to be true. Throw in an in-game appearance from the Godfather of Zombie Films, George Romero, and you've got me hook, line, and sinker. The Escalation map-pack is currently set to drop on May 3rd and from what I've seen; it looks like it's going to be a bloody good time.