June 2011

Review: The Hustler

June 29, 2011 // 5 Comments

The Hustler STARRING: Paul Newman, Jackie Gleason, Piper Laurie, George C Scott DIRECTOR: Robert Rossen WRITER(S): Sidney Carroll , Robert Rossen STUDIO: 20th Century Fox RUNTIME: 134 min RATED: PG (Review originally written in April 2006, contains some spoilers) Eddy Felson is a man filled to capacity with talent, however what he sorely lacks when first we meet his character in the 1961 classic is ‘character’. He first walks into ‘Ames’ pool hall with a cocky grin hoping only to defeat the great pool hustler Minisota Fats (Played wonderfully here by Jackie Gleason). [...]

Review: The Departed

June 26, 2011 // 5 Comments

The Departed Directed by: Martin Scorsese Starring: Jack Nicholson, Leonardo Dicaprio, Matt Damon, Mark Wahlberg, Martin Sheen, and Vera Farmiga. Produced by: Brad Pitt, Graham King and Brad Grey. Studio: Warner Brothers Running Time: 151 minutes. In the closing scene of Martin Scorsese’s The Departed a rat crawls across a window ledge. This is a rather overt but appropriate piece of symbolism. Since, for the most part, The Departed is a movie about rats. No, not the furry little rodents your grandma used to set traps out for, the other kind of rat, that being the Henry Hill and Donnie [...]

Review: For Your Eyes Only

June 21, 2011 // 0 Comments

For Your Eyes Only Starring: Roger Moore, Carole Bouquet, Julian Glover. Director: John Glen Writer(s): Ian Fleming, (stories) Michael G. Wilson, Richard Maibaum (screenplay) Studio: EON Runtime: 128 min Rated: PG [Warning—this review contains a couple spoilers within it, of both this movie, and also concerning ‘On Her Majesty’s Secret Service’… If you wish not to be spoiled, cease reading now.] Hello everyone and welcome to the twelfth edition in my series of reviews chronicling the James Bond film franchise. In this review we will be shining our spotlight upon the 1981 Bond [...]

Review: The Mechanic

June 20, 2011 // 1 Comment

The Mechanic Director: Simon West Starring: Jason Statham, Ben Foster, Donald Sutherland Writer(s): Richard Wenk,  Lewis John Carlino Studio: CBS Films. Runtime: 93 minutes Rated: R (for strong brutal violence throughout, language, some sexual content and nudity). I had been looking forward to watching ‘The Mechanic’ for quite some time. Every time I took a turn by the local Red Box at Wal-Mart I would check to see if it had arrived, and even though it was advertised on the box, it never managed to find its way in the machine itself. In fact, it took me the better part of half a [...]

Review: Moonraker

June 20, 2011 // 0 Comments

Moonraker Starring: Roger Moore, Michael Lonsdale, Lois Chiles, Richard Kiel Director: Lewis Gilbert Writer(s): Ian Fleming (novel/story), Christopher Wood (screenplay) Studio: EON Runtime: 126 min Rated: PG Hello everyone and welcome to the eleventh edition in my series of reviews chronicling the James Bond film franchise. Tonight the picture we will be paying some extra special attention to is none other than 1979’s ‘Moonraker’ starring Roger Moore in this his fourth outing as Ian Fleming’s noted super spy, Agent 007, James Bond. Like its predecessor ‘The Spy Who Loved Me’ [...]

Outland PSN Impressions

June 18, 2011 // 2 Comments

Outland is a 2D platformer puzzle game that hit Xbox LIVE on April 27th, and the Playstation Network on June 14th (it was scheduled for an April 27th PSN launch as well, but the PSN outage prevented that from happening). It’s developed by Finnish studio Housemarque, who also developed two of the PSN Welcome Back games Super Stardust HD and Dead Nation, and published by [...]

Dungeon Siege III PS3 Demo Impressions

June 12, 2011 // 5 Comments

I checked out the PS3 demo for Dungeon Siege III today, and since it was a game that I had in my Amazon wishlist, I received some good news from playing the demo: it  just saved me $60. To be fair and honest, I’ve never played a Dungeon Siege game before. But, what I had read about this one made it seem like it would be a good RPG and I’m trying to get back into RPG games. So while I can’t compare this one to the previous Dungeon Siege games, which people apparently like, I can say that the demo is absolute crap and I hate almost everything about this game. Never has a demo [...]

Review: InFamous 2

June 9, 2011 // 5 Comments

InFamous 2 (Playstation 3) Developer: Sucker Punch Publisher: Sony Genre(s): Open World, Third Person Shooter, Action Released: June 7, 2011 ESRB Rating: T – Teen The end of Sucker Punch’s 2009 smash hit InFamous let everyone know that a sequel was coming because when the first one was over, you knew that everything you as Cole had just went through was in preparation for a much larger battle to come: a battle against the Beast. You don’t have to wait long to battle the Beast either, as you’ll fight him during the first few minutes of the game. Cole, even with his powers, [...]

Review: The Spy Who Loved Me

June 7, 2011 // 1 Comment

The Spy Who Loved Me Starring: Roger Moore, Barbara Bach, Curt Jürgens, Richard Kiel Director: Lewis Gilbert Writer(s): Christopher Wood, (story and screenplay) Richard Maibaum, (screenplay) Ian Fleming (characters) Studio: EON Runtime: 126 min Rated: PG Hello everyone and welcome to the landmark tenth edition in my series of reviews chronicling the James Bond film franchise. Tonight the film we will be taking under the microscope for special examination is one of my all time favorites in the Double O’ Seven series, and what may be also hands down the best James Bond film of the [...]

Review: True Grit

June 6, 2011 // 2 Comments

True Grit Directors: Joel and Ethan Coen Starring: Jeff Bridges, Hailee Steinfeld, Matt Damon, Josh Brolin Writer(s): Charles Portis (Novel), Joel Coen Ethan Coen (screenplay) Studio: Paramount. Runtime: 111 minutes Rated: PG13 Now here is a movie deserving of its title, as True Grit, is truly, as tough and gritty as they come. I must confess that I do ever so love a good western. Like many, I grew up watching countless westerns with my dad and my grandfather. There’s just something very special and timeless about that period of history just after the Civil War up until start of the [...]

The Backlog Volume # 5- Tom Clancy’s H.A.W.X.

June 5, 2011 // 1 Comment

Tom Clancy’s H.A.W.X. (Windows, Playstation 3, Xbox 360 [reviewed], Android, iOS) Publisher: Ubisoft Developer: Ubisoft Romania, Ubisoft Kyiv(PC), Gameloft(Android, iOS and webOS) Genre(s): Arcade Flight Shooter Released: March 3, 2009(PS3, Xbox 360), March 17, 2009(PC), December 9, 2009(iOS) ESRB Rating: T Hello all and welcome to another edition of The Backlog.  Tonight I will be talking about Tom Clancy’s journey into the world aerial combat. Our story begins as United States Air Force pilot Captain Scott Mitchell in 2014.  You and your High Altitude Warfare Xperimental squadron [...]
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