Category archives for Films & Video Games

The Honesty of the Violence in BioShock Infinite

For obvious reasons, the subject of violence cuts deep with a lot of gamers, especially given the current political climate where laws are being written and rewritten with the intent of deterring mass shootings by regulating and possibly censoring what society decides to pinpoint as the causal root of real life violence. And gamers, who […]

The “Olympus Has Fallen” Vince Flynn Puzzle

Vince Flynn is an author of the New York Times bestseller Mitch Rapp series. He writes political and counter-terrorist thrillers, all of them starring CIA assassin/operative Mitch Rapp. His thrillers are gripping, fast paced, violent, and explosive. They’ve all got a touch of right wing American jingoism to them, but it’s the fun kind – […]

Vivek’s 2013 Academy Awards Predictions

 These are my projections for the Big 8. Best Motion Picture of the Year Nominees My Preference My Projection Amour: Margaret Ménégoz, Stefan Arndt, Veit Heiduschka, Michael Katz Argo: Grant Heslov, Ben Affleck, George Clooney Argo: Grant Heslov, Ben Affleck, George Cloony Beasts of the Southern Wild: Dan Janvey, Josh Penn, Michael Gottwald Django Unchained: Stacey Sher, Reginald Hudlin, Pilar Savone Django Unchained: Stacy Sher, Reginald Hudlin, Pilar […]

You are wrong about KOTOR 2

It’s no secret that the Star Wars franchise has suffered from many wounds, many of them self inflicted. After the special editions came out and ruined the entire franchise for millions of fans, many of them found their solace in videogames. A little back history for you first. Star Wars has been popularized in gaming […]

Marvel’s Big Movie Scoop

Having plugged myself into some of the right places, I have come across an extremely interesting scoop of information about what Marvel has planned for their Cinematic Universe franchise. For starters, let me just say right now that EVERYTHING I am about to say in this article could be false. I, El Mayimbe (The Latino […]

Thumbs…Down…Rent (Review of Bullet to the Head)

I first saw the trailer for Bullet to the Head last summer in opening weekend of The Expendables 2. At the end of that day, I was more impressed with the trailer for Bullet than I was with the actual movie I had seen that day. But we’ll talk about that another time. The point is: Bullet to the Head has an […]

The Case Against J.J. Abrams Directing Episode VII

I’ve been a Star Wars fan for all my life. Like everyone else, I’ve seen my favorite franchise suffer from one self-inflicted injury after another at the hands of an obsessive compulsive deranged billionaire. From the moment Greedo fired the first shot to videogame cancers like The Force Unleashed, it felt like marveling at a […]

SPARTACUS! SPARTACUS!! SPARTACUS!!!

On Tuesday, January 23, I got to do something I’ve never done before in my life. I bore witness to an official early screening premiere of one of my all-time favorite TV shows, Spartacus as it enters its third and final season, subtitled, War of the Damned. Spartacus is a New Zealand-based television program on Starz created by producer […]

Argo Dark Thirty

With the second premiere of Zero Dark Thirty in theaters across the United States, and the recent Golden Globe Awards presented to Ben Affleck for Argo, both films are, for the moment, relevant enough to discuss once again. As it turns out, these films are quite similar to one another. They are both dramatic depictions of actual American […]

Nitpicking Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings Trilogy

Let me start by saying that Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings is not only my favorite trilogy of all time, but my favorite film of all time. These movies are just about as perfect as perfect adaptations of Tolkien’s writing can get. However, Jackson and Philippa Boyens are people too, and as such, […]

Player Signature (Dishonored)

Dishonored has received almost universal acclaim as a videogame, and for good reason; it’s quite excellent. The stealth option is rewarding, the story is engaging, the gameplay is organic, your interface is a welcome rendition of the Bioshock interface, creativity is rewarded, and it’s just plain overall fun. There’s little I can say about Dishonored […]

The Top Five Best Videogames of 2012

As mentioned in my previous note, it has been a really great year for movies. Sadly, the same cannot be said for Videogames. As I have become busier and busier, the time I generally have to play videogames has significantly decreased, but I have nonetheless paid attention and have played enough to give a comfortable […]

The Top Ten Best Films of 2012

It’s been a hell of a year for movies. There were a lot of great films…and also a handful of terrible films. It has also been a year where I have grown into my new hobby, which is media criticism/commentary. As a result, I’ve seen more movies in theaters in 2012 than I’ve ever seen […]

The Return To Middle Earth

As you’ll recall from my first article, I had two major fears going into this film. The first fear was that this film would stuff itself with too much of the book and thus become overly bloated. The second fear, which in many respects is linked to the first was that the beginning would be […]

The Greatest #3: A Loving Tribute to Toy Story

For your reference, here’s a list of my favorite trilogies. 1. The Lord of the Rings 2. Star Wars (Original) 3. Toy Story 4. Indiana Jones 5. Back to the Future 6. The Godfather 7. The Dark Knight 8. Daniel Craig’s James Bond 9. Alien 10. Evil Dead The third film in a series, particularly […]

Expecting the Unexpected: An Early Spoiler-Free Look Into “The Hobbit”

Mark your calendars, dishevel your hair, press your clothes, pack your bags, and get all your housekeeping business and Christmas shopping done now, because the year 2012 has saved what may be its best film for last, with the release of Peter Jackson’s long-awaited return to everyone’s favorite countryside, Middle Earth – The Hobbit: An […]

Assassin’s Creed 3

  The graphics are great; the combat is more fluid than the previous installments and considerably more difficult; the atmosphere of the American Revolution is a refreshing break from the over-urban; getting from one point of a forest to another by tree is fun; the naval missions are a blast, and we finally get some […]

On the Subject of James Bond Actors

This is the first of what will likely be multiple articles on the subject of James Bond. I am something of a 007 junkie. I haven’t read the Ian Fleming novels, but I’ve seen every single movie (including the spinoffs) and there are some that I’ve seen so many times, I can point out censorship […]

Star Wars: Episode VII, My Predictions

If you haven’t heard already, the big news coming at the end of October is this. Disney has purchased Lucasfilm and they have targeted 2015 as the year in which they will release Star Wars Episode VII. Obviously enough, this is all kinds of shocking, celebratory, yet also controversial; fans of Star Wars remained quite […]

Review of Cloud Atlas (SPOILER FREE)

Before its release, Cloud Atlas was screened at the 2012 International Toronto Film Festival. When it ended, it received a standing ovation for an astounding ten minutes. Roger Ebert gave it a perfect score and MovieBob has proclaimed its success as a product to be nothing short of miraculous. Now that I have seen the film […]

Honesty, Quality, & Humility: Why Everyone Should Listen to Miracle of Sound

Miracle of Sound is the stage name of an impeccably talented musician in Cork, Ireland by the name of Gavin Dunne who composes and assembles original pieces that pay tribute to videogames and other mediums of nerd culture. In short, they’re fantastic. His songs are catchy and witty, but significantly varied in tones of expression […]

Review of Looper (SPOILER-FREE)

Let me start out by saying that Looper is not what you think. It is indeed as the critics have been calling it, a very good movie. However, if you’re going into the theaters because you’re expecting to see quantum leaping exploration through the space-time continuum Inception-style, I’ll just say right now, that isn’t what this movie […]

The Web of Mediocrity

I’m shocked to tell you that the film is just as bad as I have been predicting it would be pretty much from the 2nd trailer onwards. Those who have seen the film are acutely aware that there is essentially nothing to spoil about this movie. First, let me talk about what I liked, or […]