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Archive for the month “January, 2012”

How To Train Your Dragon

How to Train your Dragon is the story of Hiccup the hapless wannabe dragon slayer who befriends a young dragon and tries to, yep you guessed it, train him up. This family-friendly animated adventure has a great comedy cast and a fun, engaging story.

The film is funny, heartwarming and well rounded enough to appeal to adults and children alike, It’s the perfect film for a quiet Sunday afternoon when you want to keep the kids occupied, or if you are just looking for an charming, whimsical story of Vikings and dragons learning to get along.

The voice attacking is top notch, Gerard Butler plays the hulking Viking warrior to perfection, and Jay Baruchel as Hiccup is a convincing and sympathetic hero. There are some genuine edge of your seat moments when you watch the skinny, unassuming Hiccup face off with rather miffed fire breathing beastie. Girls will find a positive character in Astrid the rough-tough apprentice slayer, voiced by Ugly Betty’s America Ferrera.

How to Train Your Dragon is fun for the whole family with a sense of humor that will appeal to kids, with plenty of laugh out loud moments and adults who will find the whole film amusing, kind and carrying a moral worthy of any Aesop’s Fable.

DC Universe Online PS3 Review

This cinematic intro is probably better than any super-hero movie ever will be.

 

Warner Bros. and Sony made a gutsy move by releasing a MMORPG on a console. A pity it wasn’t the roaring success everyone hoped it would be. DC Universe Online has many flaws but isn’t without its redeeming factors, the level of customization is staggering, every element of the avatar can be altered to suit the players taste.

When designing a character the choices are incredible, weapons, personality, super-powers can all be created from scratch or based on templates taken from the heroes and villains we all know and love. This is something that DCU got right. The combat is intuitive and even noobs have the ability to use some heavy hitting moves.

However one of the issues that the console version has is that the player will soon find their character has more moves and abilities than can fit into the action bar at the bottom of the screen. While PC MMORPG’s have a vast amount of keyboard mapping potential, console controllers only have a limited number of button combinations. This is also an issue that affects the social element.

The story is very enjoyable, telling the tale of Lex Luthor’s desperate plan to save Earth from the clutches of Brainiac. However many of the quests, while telling their own mini-story, had little-to-no relevance to the overarching storyline.

The locations are magnificent in their design and delivery, from the sunny heights of Metropolis to the rain sodden gloom of the back alleys of Gotham the world is believable, engaging and feels like it has been lifted right from the pages of the best comics DC has to offer. However the entire ‘universe” consists of just these two cities, and some dungeon-esque arena locales. Part of the joy of playing RPG’s is the epic maps with plenty of interactive elements and side-quests, in this DCU was lacking.

There is not a huge amount to see and do around the city. Most of the quests are found in the safe houses that are found in the cities. The world is also disappointingly under populated, especially at the lower levels. It was a commendable effort but it fell short, and is unlikely to keep people playing after the free month.

Why Guillermo del Torro MUST make a Creature Feature B-movie.

BECAUSE HE BLOODY WELL SHOULD AND IT WOULD BE FRAKKING AWESOME, THAT’S WHY. But if you prefer a more detailed and coherent argument keep reading.

Guillermo del Torro, for the clueless among you, is the genius mind behind great films such as Hellboy 1 & 2, Pan’s Labyrinth. So reason number one for why Signor del Toro should make a Creature Feature B-movie, well he’s awesome, but that is a rather subjective reason. Apparently he learnt make up and effects from the guy that worked on The Exorcist. His work draws inspiration from insects when creating his creatures.

Hellboy 2: The Golden Army is a prime example, The Angel of Death and the elemental forest god, are amazingly creepy, and beautifully rendered. Just a imagine a sky-scraper tall creature somewhere between the Grape Monster in Pan’s Labyrinth and the Angel of Death rampaging through down-town Tokyo or maybe even Central London. I would dearly love to see a gigantic insectoid monster stomp on Topshop.

The purpose of this post is to entertain and hopefully let the wonderful mental image of the beautiful creature del Torro would spawn blossom in your mind. It’s probably not going to happen for a LONG time, if ever. Just look at the sheer amount of projects he is involved in for the next two years (courtesy of IMDB) dang, that guy’s gonna have no time for sleep let alone a Creature Feature B-movie. Oh well I can dream…about monsters.

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