Friday, December 31, 2010

Black Swan Review

I have a feeling this movie is going to fly under the radar until Oscar buzz starts heating up. And when this film takes home a few awards then it will be at the top of Netflix most requested movie rentals and will probably make a decent second run at the box office.
Firstly I want to point out that the advertising for Black Swan is a bit misleading, there is horror in this film but it is absolutely not supernatural in any way. The horror in Black Swan is much more terrifying because it is real and many people suffer from the same symptoms as Nina.
Nina Sayers is young, beautiful, and a talented ballet dancer. She lives in New York City and has a very supportive mother. Nina is motivated to be the best and always gives 110%...all the qualities of a successful person.
The ballet company Nina belongs to is planning a run of Swan Lake and she is trying out for the white swan but in this performance the person who wins the coveted role must also perform as the black swan, the "dark side" of  the white swan. Nina is chosen to the chagrin of some of her peers and is accused of sleeping with Thomas Leroy, the director. In the directors eyes Nina is the empitomy of the white swan; beautiful, pure, fragile....perfect. Unfortunately Nina struggles to capture the essence of the blackswan. At the same time a new member joins the company, Lily. Lily is also a very talented dancer and befriends Nina. The two become close as Nina see's Lily's unrestrained, carefree lifestyle compared to her own overprotective mother and mundane existance as a missing aspect of her own life.
. Nina continues to struggle to prove she is capable of performing the role as the Black Swan and the pressure begins to mount, the pressure to not loose the role she's always dreamt of begins to intensify, nail biting, picking at her scabs, and incessant scratching.
By the end of the film Nina's paranoia overtakes her and she suffers from terrible hallucinations. Against all her obstacles Nina makes it to the show in time and overcomes her fears and pressures and gives the most memorable performance of her life...
We all suffer from life's pressures every day, from homework that's due to stress at work, at home...where ever.
The scary thing about Black Swan is how Nina's stress coupled with her penchant for obsessive compulsive behavior escalated her psychiatric symptoms, including self-mutilation (through scratching her shoulder and picking at her fingers, pulling away scabs) and hints of an eating disorder, all this led to a degree of psychosis via elaborate visual hallucinations fed by paranoia.
Black Swan takes a serious look at how the pressures of life can destroy a person and I'm almost certain anyone who watches this film will be able to relate, to some degree, with Nina. This is definitely NOT a chick flick and I highly recommend this for either men or women to see.
Natalie Portman does a remarkable job in this film and you can see how much she wanted this film to be made through her performance, not to mention she took a pay cut to get it made!
The contrasts between Mila Kunis and Natalie Portman are subtle yet extremely effective, the dance styles, lifestyles, color of their clothes all are purposely due to reflect the two not the Jedi and Sith, but the White Swan and Black Swan.
This movie is a must see! Worth the price of admission.

Friday, December 24, 2010

Merry Christmas from Free Swim

Merry Christmas from Free Swim!
Remember while your in that euforic state when you open your gifts, why we're celebrating...
Jesus Christ was born and all he got was frankensense, mir, and some cheddar. Nowadays he'd probably get a XBL gold gift card, cologne, and a candle from Yankee Candle Co.
So take a moment and show a bit of respect because companies like WalMart and Rite Aid don't give a shit about anything but the allmighty dollar.   
I'm not trying to shove religion down anyone's throat but that kinda bothers me.
Anyway have a great Christmas!

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

T3: DotM Megatron Revealed

Ugh so Hasbro just let the cat outta the bag for Megs new look in T3: DotM....and in my humble opion I say FAIL!
If they were introducing the Combaticons this would make a great Onslaught, not Megs!
Here's the set pics, I'd post the pics of the toy but Hasbro's interwebs goons are patrolling and well ya know...give it a week.

V season 2 begins 1-4-11

So V got re-uped for a second season...sorta. More like half a season as it will start January 4, 2011 and only be 10 episodes, better than nothing I suppose. Since the season finale there's been some interesting news regarding the show, first it was revealed that Jane Badler has been hiding the the bowels of Anna's ship. And Marc Singer is also returning....hopefully with looser fitting jeans!

Anakin you FOOL! Padme's a freaky freak!!!'re a fool! If you just listened to Obi Wan you would've been the happiest man in the entire galaxy! But no you had a bad dream and some possible jealousy issues and you go and choke your baby mama! If you only kknew how big of a freak Padme was....

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Rango theatrical trailer

Yay a new Rango trailer, this looks fresh and enjoyable for the kids and adults. I am kinda tired of the Shrek, Ice Age and Toy Story movies and this really looks visually impressive and with Gore Verbinski directing and Johnny Dep voicing Rango my sons first movie might be Rango...

Gandalf is a Decepticon

Wanna know what REALLY happens to Gandalf at the end of Peter Jackson's Fellowship of the Ring??
Well the Balrog pulls Gandalf to the pit of middle erf and Gandalf battles the Balrog and finally defeats him. Then Gandalf falls asleep.......for a really long time!
When he wakes up on the moon and finds he's no longer Gandalf the he will be known as Gandalfatron! Leader of the Decepticons!!!!!!
Watch the teaser trailer for Bayformers and tell me you don't see Gandalf's mug on that bayformer!
Here I did the work for you.


PotC: On Stranger Tides trailer

I honestly had discarded the latest PotC before I had seen the below trailer or knew anything about the story, not because Will Turner and Elizabeth Swan won't be in it but it kinda felt like the story for the most part concluded with PotC: @WE. I thought this movie was gonna stand out from the others kinda like Indiana Jones:AtKotCS but after seeing the trailer it looks kinda promising.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Transformers DotM Teaser

Ugh, well here's the first trailer for Transformers: (Lets try this a 3rd time) Dookie on the Moon. Apparently they don't have Onstar on Cybertron....who knows how long Goldbug there was sitting around on the moon.

SSX Deadly Descents trailer

It's about friggin time! I've been waiting since SSX3 for the next worthwhile installment of the series (sorry Blur & On Tour weren't it). I don't mind the new, more realistic imagining as long as they don't tinker with the controls. Honestly SSX3 was a perfect snowboarding game and I still enjoy playing it today. I hope they enhance the multiplayer to include wager matches introduced in COD Black Ops. And please bring back the series mainstays Mac, Elise, Moby, Allegra, Griff, Kaori, Zoe, Psymon, and Nate.
I have high hopes for SSX: DD, I'll be following this one till release. If you're a fan of SSX I recomend checking out it's a great community of SSX fans!

Mass Effect 3 VGA 2010 Debut Trailer

Friday, December 10, 2010

Daft Punk Derezzed Music Video

Here's the music video for Daft Punk's Derezzed, one of the songs featured in Disney's upcoming Tron Legacy. This song has been used to promote the movie in an earlier released video. The song is aweome and the movie it's tied to looks very promising.

Spike VGA's 2010

Neil Patrick Harris hosts this years VGA's on Spike at 8pm tommorow December 11th. Here's the list of catagories and the respective nominees.
I've highlighted my choices in red, chime in with your choices.
Game of the Year:

Call of Duty: Black Ops

God of War III

Halo: Reach

Mass Effect 2

Red Dead Redemption

Studio of the Year:

Bioware, Mass Effect 2

Blizzard Entertainment, StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty

Bungie Studios, Halo: Reach

Rockstar San Diego, Red Dead Redemption

Best Xbox 360 Game:

Alan Wake

Fable III

Halo: Reach

Mass Effect 2

Best PS3 Game:

God of War III

Heavy Rain

ModNation Racers

Red Dead Redemption

Best Wii Game:

Donkey Kong Country Returns

Kirby's Epic Yarn

Metroid: Other M

Super Mario Galaxy 2

Best PC Game:

Fallout: New Vegas

Mass Effect 2

Sid Meier's Civilization V

StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty

Best Handheld Game:

God of War: Ghost of Sparta

Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker

Professor Layton and the Unwound Future

Super Scribblenauts

Best Shooter:

Battlefield: Bad Company 2

BioShock 2

Call of Duty: Black Ops

Halo: Reach

Best Action Adventure Game:

Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood

God of War III

Red Dead Redemption

Super Mario Galaxy 2

Best RPG:

Fable III

Fallout: New Vegas

Final Fantasy XIII

Mass Effect 2

Best Multi-player:

Battlefield: Bad Company 2

Halo: Reach

Call of Duty: Black Ops

StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty

Best Individual Sports Game:

EA Sports MMA

Shaun White Skateboarding

Tiger Woods PGA Tour 11

UFC Undisputed 2010

Best Team Sports Game:


Madden NFL 11

NBA 2K11

MLB 10: The Show

Best Driving Game:


ModNation Racers

Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit


Best Music Game:

Dance Central

DJ Hero 2

Def Jam Rapstar

Rock Band 3

Best Soundtrack:

Def Jam Rapstar

DJ Hero 2

Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock

Rock Band 3

Best Song in a Game:

"Basket Case" by Green Day, Green Day: Rock Band

"Black Rain" by Soundgarden, Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock

"Far Away" by José González, Red Dead Redemption

"GoldenEye" by Nicole Scherzinger, GoldenEye 007 (2010)

"Won't Back Down" by Eminem, Call of Duty: Black Ops

"Replay/Rude Boy Mashup" by Iyaz/Rihanna, DJ Hero 2

Best Original Score:

God of War III

Halo: Reach

Mass Effect 2

Red Dead Redemption

Best Graphics:

God of War III

Heavy Rain

Kirby's Epic Yarn

Red Dead Redemption

Best Adapted Video Game:

Lego Harry Potter: Years 1-4

Scott Pilgrim vs. the World: The Game

Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions

Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II

Transformers: War for Cybertron

Best Performance by a Human Male:

Daniel Craig as James Bond, James Bond 007: Blood Stone

Gary Oldman as Sergeant Reznov, Call of Duty: Black Ops

John Cleese as Jasper, Fable III

Martin Sheen as The Illusive Man, Mass Effect 2

Nathan Fillion as Sergeant Edward Buck, Halo: Reach

Neil Patrick Harris as Peter Parker/Amazing Spider-Man, Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions

Rob Wiethoff as John Marston, Red Dead Redemption

Sam Worthington as Alex Mason, Call of Duty: Black Ops

Best Performance by a Human Female:

Dame Judi Dench as M, James Bond 007: Blood Stone

Danica Patrick as Herself, Blur

Emmanuelle Chriqui as The Numbers Lady, Call of Duty: Black Ops

Felicia Day as Veronica Santangelo, Fallout: New Vegas

Jennifer Hale as Commander Shepard (female version), Mass Effect 2

Kristen Bell as Lucy Stillman, Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood

Tricia Helfer as Sarah Kerrigan, StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty

Yvonne Strahovski as Miranda Lawson, Mass Effect 2

Best Downloadable Game:

Costume Quest

Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light

Monday Night Combat

Scott Pilgrim vs. the World: The Game

Best DLC:

BioShock 2: Minerva's Den

Borderlands: The Secret Armory of General Knoxx

Mass Effect 2: Lair of the Shadow Broker

Red Dead Redemption: Undead Nightmare

Best Independent Game:

Joe Danger


Super Meat Boy

The Misadventures of P.B. Winterbottom

Most Anticipated Game:

Batman: Arkham City

BioShock: Infinite

Gears of War 3

Portal 2

Uncharted 3 Drake's Deception Teaser Trailer

Naughty Dog just released the first teaser trailer for Uncharted 3 Drake's Deception,  the teaser is only 40 seconds long but holds some secrets for those eagle eyed detectives. The teaser....and box art gives a clue to the environment Nathan Drake's newest adventure will take place in...the Arabian desert.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

SSFIV Arcade Edition update

The arcade version of SSFIV may have more than just Yun and Yang....the oft requested evil Ryu and "Oni/Shin" Akuma may be hidden jems. When will they arrive via DLC on consoles? At this rate Capcom should just announce "hey we're gonna eventually add all previous characters from SF, SFII,SFII, SFA, SFA2, SFA3"
And here's a request from lil ol me, World Tour Mode was fun, add that mode via DLC.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving from Free Swim

Happy Thanksgiving from Free Swim!

If you don't fall into a food coma after all the food tonight happy fragging! And if you're gettin pwnd just remember those Indians been playing Black Ops long before you!

Monday, November 22, 2010

Fringe moving to Friday Night slot >:(

Hey whatcha doing friday night between 9 and 10 pm? Better yet what aren't you doing?
If you're like most people you're not sitting at home on the couch watching TV. Well the goddam geniuses that assign the slots for the shows on FOX just moved THE BEST show on TV, Fringe, to Friday nights 9PM-10PM EST! American Idol moves to Wednesday's and Thursdays 8PM-9PM EST followed by Bones on thursdays from 9-10 (Fringe current slot). I'm not upset that Bones is taking Fringe's slot, I'm furious that they moved the smoking pile of excrement American Idol to Wednesdays & Thursdays thus pushing Bones and bumping Fringe to the Friday night death slot!

FOX is announcing premiere dates of new and returning series, as well as revisions to its 2010-2011 midseason schedule, including AMERICAN IDOL moving to Wednesdays and Thursdays and GLEE continuing to lead off FOX’s Tuesday night of comedies featuring RAISING HOPE and the debut of MIXED SIGNALS.
The thrill continues when BONES moves to a new time period Thursdays (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) after AMERICAN IDOL (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) starting Jan. 20. Fan-favorite FRINGE will travel to a new night and time with all-new episodes beginning Friday, Jan. 28 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT).Copied From: Thanks for linking back. It really helps our site. Please leave the above link in.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Call of Duty: The Art of War

With another successful release in the Call of Duty franchise Activision proves that war is good for the economy!

With 5.6 M copies sold in the first 24 in the US, Black Ops actually outsold COD: MW2 by over 9M units!

That's $313,600,000.00 USD in 24 hours! It took a little over 2 months for Modern Warfare 2 to break 1 billion dollars in sales globally, Black Ops is well on the way to reaching that lofty record.

With numbers like these it proves that war is least digitally these days, and Activision knows how to sell it! I thought it would be interesting to see the progression of the franchise from the original CoD launch trailer to the most recent Black Ops launch trailer. I find it fascinating how the early titles trailers have a more noble and honorable demeanor and the newer titles starting with Modern Warfare emphasize the extreme frenetic nature of warfare.

The CoD franchise is only 7 years old, and is showing no signs of slowing down, with each new title Activision proves that the gaming industry is rapidly overshadowing Hollywood.

I hope Activision can rebuild Infinity Ward in time for the Nov 2011 release of CoD:MW3 or the rumored CoD: Future Warfare...Marines in spaaaaaace (stay frosty people)!

Cowboys and Aliens Trailer

After seeing the below trailer I'm adding Cowboys and Aliens to my must see list for 2011! With the recent release of Skyline (meh) and next years Battle Los Angeles, alien invasion seems to be the theme for next summer.
My friend Brad is hyping the crap out of B:LA and I just can't get that hyped for what looks like yet another ID4/War of the Worlds/Michael Bayesque summer flick....on the other hand Cowboys and Aliens seems original and you have Jon Favreau directing and Steven Spielburg executive producing with Harrison Ford and Daniel Craig! There's some certified talent there. It's been awhile since Harrison Ford has been in a movie that he seems right for but this role looks right for him. And Daniel Craig brings his usual badassery!
If I had to choose between B:LA and Cowboys and Aliens I'm spending my dead presidents on the latter.

Friday, November 5, 2010

Macross Frontier: Wings of Goodbye Trailer

The trailer for the second Macross Frontier Movie, Sayonara no Tsubara (Wings of Goodbye)! The movie poster I used is very different from most Frontier media...reminds me of the artwork found in my ADV SDFM box sets.

GoPro 2010 Highlights

I've tried to once in the past to record myself snowboarding while holding the camera in my hand....not easy and the results look like cloverfield shakey cam shenanigans. Now if I had one of these little gopro cams my video's would've probably been more "viewable". This camera will make an awesome Christmas gift for that friend that enjoys Mountain Biking, Snowboarding, Skiing, Kayacking, Surfing, Skateboarding, cliff get the picture.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Sucker Punch: New Trailer !

Sucker Punch looks visually amazing, to the point where any story will suffice. The newest trailer does an amazing job of reigniting the hype, and it seems completely original....something sorely lacking in Hollywood!

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Happy Halloween from Free Swim

Happy Halloween kids!
Hope you hit all the right houses for the good stuff, and remember to egg the ones that give lame stuff like loose change or friggen dental floss (yeah I got that once).
And remember to watch The Walking Dead on AMC tonight!

Friday, October 29, 2010

The Walking Dead: Episode 1 Days gone by Sneek Peek

The Premiere of AMC's new series the Walking Dead is this Sunday Oct 31st (Halloween)! Wanna see the first 5 mins? Of course you do!
This show is gonna be awesome, don't believe me? Check out the video below courtesy of OS. For more on the show shuffle on over to

Yoshi: An Italian plumber's best friend....or abused pet?

The ASPCA is investigating a recently reported report of animal abuse. The report details years of abuse to a yet to be revealed reptile by an Italian man who poses as a plumber and stalks wealthy Caucasian blond's of aristocracy.
The report also claims the perp may have an accomplice who may be related.

Daft Punk Derezzed Music Video

Check out the video for one of the songs from the Tron Legacy sound track by Daft Punk. The music genre is perfect for the movie in my opinion and the video has some fresh footage too!

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Transformers: DotM teaser poster

So here's the first peice of media for the upcoming Transformers movie Dark of the Moon....first the sub title is garbage, second if rumors are true and the main protagonist is Shockwave they have completely blown it, third, this poster SUCKS! Is that the Dark Knight? Is it Batwave? Is that Shockman?
It's certainly NOT Shockwave!
Really Bay? Really? The first movie was pretty good, the second was such a waste of time and money, and the third has only one way to go, but from this shit poster and interwebs rumors I'm not interested at all! Maybe the Robotech (Macross lite) live action movie can do it right...but I have no faith in that one either.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Tron Legacy One Sheet

And here's the Tron Legacy one sheet!
Ya know what I see? Sequels, I see cyber sex, I see tron babies. I see Disney's Neo or perhaps Anakin and Padme....This is my prediction!
Come December 17th we will see, I am still on the fence with this has potential.

Friday, October 8, 2010

TGS 10: Final Fantasy Fabula Nova Crystallis Trailer

Better late than never I suppose, below is the TGS2010 trailer for the Fabula Nova Crystallis and we get a treat in the form of some FFVSXIII actual gameplay video! From the bits that are revealed it looks a bit like Fallout Fantasy...

Thursday, September 16, 2010

TGS10 CastleVania: Lords of Shadow Trailer

I reserved CastleVania: Lords of Shadow back when it was first announced. And after seeing the trailer below I am all in, this very well may be the CastleVania I've been waiting for Since Symphony of the Night! Finally a badass Vamp Hunter that LOOKS like a Belmont! I'm sorry but Leon Belmont was too much of a pretty boy, Mathias would've choked him with his own whip! Any way enough talk check out Konami's sick ass trailer below from TGS10!
Check out Konami's official site @

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Retro Review: Super Castlevania IV

Not to be 1 up'd by his great great grand papy Trevor, Simon Belmont return's for Konami's first CastleVania in the 16 bit era.
According to the games instruction manual; Once every one-hundred years, there comes a time when the power of good is weakened, and men with evil in their hearts pray for the resurrection of the Prince of Darkness. And with each resurrection, his evil power grows stronger.

So are we to believe a hundred years have passed since Simon Belmont defeated Dracula in the original Castlevania? That is what the US instruction manual would have you believe;

It is time once again for Simon Belmont to call forth the powers of good to aid him in his battle. Armed with his mystical whip, his courage and the centuries-old knowledge of Belmont family training, he sets forth on his mission .

But Super Castlevania IV isn't actually part of the chronology it's a remake of the original in glorious 16 bit graphics, So it should've really been titled Super Castlevania. The game isn't a straight up remake either, it retains the basic platforming game play but it's really more of a reboot, as the game doesn't recreate the original stage for stage with a 16 bit coat of paint.

OK nitpicking aside, graphically Super Castlevania IV was an enormous improvement over it's predecessors and the audio soundtrack truly complimented the atmosphere of the game with it's remixed tracks and new additions.
The frame rate was also so smooth compared to it's 8 bit versions, Simon's animations for walking jumping and whipping were significantly more detailed and fluid. Simon also learned some new techniques with the whip, now you could control the whip in 8 different directions which would come in handy with another new game play addition, using the whip to swing across sections of the stage! That was a fun and well utilized throughout the game, it wasn't just a gimmick used a few times. Simon could also hold out his arm and let the whip dangle and/or "jiggle it".
The stages of Super CastleVania IV is where this game really shines, it expands on the basic stages of the original with altering the feel so much that it no longer played like it's 8 bit predecessors. My favorite stage was the 9th the Treasury, every aspect from the stages soundtrack to the ambient effects to the boss stood out, the stage was beautiful and the effects while battling the Gem Bat boss were a nice little touch.
Super CastleVania IV was one of the systems best titles.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Retro Review: Castlevania III Dracula's Curse

Velcome back to my home...
With Konami's third installment of the franchise Castlevania returns to it's roots in more ways than one. Dracula's curse introduces us to Trevor Belmont in the year 1476...over two hundred years prior to Simon Belmonts exploits.
At this point in Castlevania lore the Belmonts have been exiled due fears of their mythical powers and Count Dracula is amassing an army to exact revenge on humanity over the death of his wife Lisa, mother of Adrian Farenheights Tepes (Alucard).
So the Church pleads for the assistance of the legendary Vampire slaying clan and Trevor answers the call.
Castlevania III returned to the action/adventure platforming style of the original, everything from player and enemy health bars to the sub weapon window, the timer, the score are faithfully recreated just like the original.
All the game play aspects from the original are intact, whip power ups, sub weapons, double and triple shot, turkey meals, hidden sacks of gold etc.
Konami did a fantastic job expanding the scope of the original Castlevania, in Dracula's Curse Trevor must travel the countryside to reach the gates of Dracula's Castle but here's where Castlevania III truly shines, you don't need to follow the path that leads to the front gate, there are multiple paths to take through the countryside to reach Castlevania! Essentially the short road to Castlevania is the long trip thru the castle and vice versa.

Another fantastic addition in Castlevania III are the three alternate playable characters, Sypha Belnades, a mysterious warrior that battles Dracula's minions with elemental magic, Grant D'Nasty a pirate who's family were victims of Dracula's army, he is cursed by Dracula until Trevor free's him, and lastly Alucard (Adrian Farenheights Tepes) son of Dracula and a human mother, Lisa Farenheights.
Depending on the path you choose you may not encounter all or any of the three alternate characters but there are benefits to finding them as each has unique abilities that can get to hidden area's within the castle and thru areas

that are especially difficult for Trevor.
The additions of multiple paths and three additional sub characters to play with took an already incredible sequel and added enough variety to warrant multiple play thru's. Along with all the new features the game's soundtrack was also notably amazing for it's generation.
Castlevania III: Dracula's curse builds from the original and does a superb job of improving every aspect as well as incorporating worthwhile additions such as branching paths and multiple characters. Castlevania ended on a high note in the 8 bit era but Dracula would return in a few years on the SNES...


Sunday, September 12, 2010

Unsolved Mysteries presents: Gamer Girls

The Easter Bunny,Unicorns, Santa Clause, Women on the Interwebs, honest politicians, girl gamers....what do all these things have in common?
They don't exist!
Ok maybe there are females out there that play video games but there's no way these chicks do...unless they're getting paid.
Regardless if Team Unicorn are really gurl gamers, the parody of Katy Perry is pure win! Seth Green rapping...trophy unlocked!
Now where are those Frag Dolls???

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