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Lego Batman (PSP)

After the success of the Lego Star Wars franchise, and to a lesser extent, Lego Indiana Jones, developer Traveller's Tales has their try at another geek franchise... Batman. I really liked this game, and probably loved it compared to Lego Star Wars, which is likely because I'm more of a Batman geek than a Star Wars. From the moment that the game opened up with Danny Elfman's legendary score from Tim Burton's Batman, I was instantly in love.

Unlike with Lego Star Wars and Indy, uses an original storyline rather than following the stories from the movies, the formula the other games have used. They are simple plots involving robbing banks, trying to take over the city... you know, your run-of-the-mill villain affair. Okay, so the stories are nothing spectacular, but at least they're original.

What makes it more interesting is that in addition to playing the main hero storyline involving Batman and Robin, you're also able to play missions involving the villains.…

Darren Aronofsky's THE WRESTLER

Well, they finally released a trailer for this movie. Seriously, how can this movie possibly suck? Yes, as a wrestling fan, my opinion is biased, but after watching the trailer, it seems like one of those movies that I'd enjoy even if I were not a fan of that genre. The movie has garnered a lot of Oscar buzz, both for Aronofsky's more conventional way of storytelling as well as Mickey Rourke's supposed best career performance. Sorry Nic Cage.

You've got to hand it to Fox Searchlight who over the past few years have picked up and distributed a slew of indie hits such as Little Miss Sunshine, Darjeeling Limited, Juno, Slumdog Millionaire, and the list goes on.

You can check out the trailer here (Youtube / Quicktime). Keep your eyes open for Jimmy Jacobs, Necro Butcher, Ron Killings, and Ernest "The Cat" Miller. I'm sure there's a few others that I've missed.

Later geeks.

Mortal Kombat VS DC: Fatalities!!!

Mortal Kombat VS DC Universe came out this week and although I neither have a PS3 or an XBox 360 to play it, I watched the Fatality videos on Gametrailers and came out more than disappointed. Simply put, they've neutered the concept of fatalies. When Mortal Kombat first came out, it was a hit not because of the in-depth game play; the draw of the game was the fatalities. They were wacky, bloody, gory, cartoony, and overall, just fun to watch. With MK VS DC, they've essentially replaced what we once knew as fatalities with just... moves. I guess it's a bit more realistic, but fuck, I wanna play a Mortal Kombat game for it's bloody fatalities! I've attached a few of the videos, see for yourself.






If you need a reminder of what fatalities were all about, check out this fun little compilation:




Later geeks.

That's my final answer... A.) Slumdog Millionaire!!

Generating my list of top 10 movies for this year will be interesting. I've seen so many movies this year, yet I'm finding it hard to fill out even a top 5. There's been a ton of 'okay' films this year, but nothing awe inspiring. However, having seen Slumdog Millionaire last night, I'm able to at least add another title to the top list so far. There's an Oscar buzz already about this movie, and it's quite justified, currently with an RT score of 92% and a Metacritic score of 87.

Before seeing the movie, I was expecting a straight up love story where a boy meets girl, boy gets separated from girl, boy searches for girl. And I guess for the most part, that's what we get. The trailers and synopses basically tell us this much, but we do get a lot more, something I wasn't expecting. Even though the main story is the boy meets girl story, I'd say more time is devoted to the story between our main hero and his older brother.

The movie starts w…

Holiday Movie Season Anticipation Station!!!

As we stroll into November, studios are slowly churning out their high profile films before the year's end in anticipation of the awards season. Here are the few that I'm anticipating:

The Wrestler

Two of my loves combined into one: movies and wrestling. This is Darren Aronofsky's first feature since 2006. The Wrestler has been doing quite well at film festivals, including winning The Golden Lion Award at the Venice Film Festival.

What seems to be consistent is the rave reviews for Mickey Rourke's performance as Randy "The Ram" Robinson. People are lauding this as his best career performance, with a surefire hit at the Oscars. That would be quite awesome! What's interesting is that Nicolas Cage was initially supposed to take on this role, but scheduling conflicts prevented him from committing to this film.

Moriarity of Ain't It Cool News has called it Aronofsky's best movie... high praise considering he directed Requiem for a Dream, Pi, and The Fo…

DTV Madness: Jack Brooks - M.S. and Gingerdead Man 2

Okay, honestly, I think this will be the last DTV post for a while. One man can only take so much shit. I'm only human, I have feelings too. These two movies pushed my limit. I'm going to be in DTV-detox for the next month or so.

Jack Brooks: Monster Slayer

I thought that with a title like this, it couldn't fail. I thought that with a poster like they had, it couldn't fail. Then I realized something... I failed. I failed in thinking that this movie had any hope.

I was expecting some fun horror, mixed with comedy in sort of a Buffy the Vampire Slayer kind of fashion with a bumbling hero and smart quips. I mean, with a title like Jack Brooks: Monster Slayer, was I wrong in expecting a variety of monsters get slayed as the title suggests?

It didn't help much that the monsters looked uber cheesy. They looked like something right out of a Power Rangers episode. But to their credit, at least they stuck with practical make-up and effects rather than CG.

The movie its…

Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired

"Roman Polanski... In France, he's desired and in America, he's wanted."

I first heard of Roman Polanski's controversy some nine years ago when my grade 11 english teacher brought it up after watching his Macbeth. Years later I learned a bit more about his background and tragedy after reading Helter Skelter, the book about the Charles Manson murders.

Polanski's story is an intriguing one, a tragic one at that. He is the central subject of the documentary Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired.

If you are unfamiliar with his works, Polanski is a world renowned director (and sometimes actor) with such classics as Chinatown, Rosemary's Baby, and Macbeth, but more recently he's directed The Pianist which earned him an Oscar. In 1969, his wife, the beautiful model and actress, Sharon Tate, was murdered by members of the Manson Family while she was 8 months pregnant. Polanski was out of town when it occured, and was in an emotional spiral afterwards.

However, M…