Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Captain America Review

When the original teaser hit the interwebs I have to admit I was really underwhelmed. But thanks to some die hard Captain America/puppet sex fans a simple addition of a soundtrack really helped beef up the trailer and get some buzz for the Cap.
Captain America really isn't a top tier Super hero in my opinion, he's no Batman or Spiderman but he leagues better than Aquaman and Shazaam.
I really wasn't sure what to expect going into Captain American, and with zero expectations and zero spoiler knowledge Captain America was a fun adventure from start to end. Marvel Studios did a very good job balancing the action and comic relief. The movie flowed exceptionally well and every character was enjoyable, the movie certainly benefited from the many A-List actors....cudo's to the casting director!
Our adventure begins with Johann Schmidt (Hugo Weaving) raiding a tomb for a hidden energon cube, Weaving does evil so well, it was like Weaving had thrown Mr Smith and a Nazi in a blender and hit puree.
Chris Evans plays Steve Rodgers, a little guy with a big heart who wants nothing more than to join the army and kick Nazi ass! F*ck Yeah! There's only one small problem...he weighs in at around 150...wet, has asthma and is physically unfit for the army.
Enter Dr Abraham Erskine (Stanley Tucci), unlike every other recruiting officer, Erskine see's a perfect candidate for his super soldier program so he gives Steve Rodgers the go ahead. Steve goes off to special boot camp under Col. Chester Phillips (Tommy Lee Jones) who thinks Dr. Erkine is wasting a spot with Rodgers. 
Without summarizing the whole movie Stevie becomes Captain America, sells Bonds, saves troops and defeats Red Skull and HYDRA but misses his date...
Which brings me to Peggy Carter played by Haylay Atwell, I thought she was stunning and fit the role perfectly, she like Rosie the Riveter but hot! And if they were to ever green light a Super Dimentional Fortress Macross Live action movie (And I pray they don't) Haylay Atwell would make a perfect Misa Hayase!
What I liked about Captain America was it never took itself too serious yet never became as a comedy of errors either, the movie did a good job at keeping it fun and enjoyable similar to how Marvel approached the first Iron Man movie. The special effects used to make Chris Evans a scrawny little guy were impressive and the Red Skull effects were very good also. 
Honestly if you took the shield and costume away this would've been a better GI Joe movie than the GI Joe movie.
And as usual if you stuck around after the credits you would've been treated to a sneak peek at The Avengers movie coming next year...actually looks promising.

Friday, July 22, 2011

Street Fighter X Tekken Gameplay Trailer #2

Here's the latest SFXT gameplay trailer from Capcom at  SDCC11.
The hooded character at the end of the trailer sounds like Cammy but that doesn't make sense based on the  rest of the trailer which has them teamed up.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

SDCC SFXT Cinematic Trailer #2

Here's the second cinematic trailer for SFXT from SDCC11 from Capcom!
I gotta say Capcom really has mastered the art of trailer hype! They got me with MVC3 and these trailers are doing a great job at hyping up the game...I just hope they don't rush the game to market and 6-9 months later announce SSFXT....
Looks like the Final Fight roster is growing...Cody and Guy I assume are in. 

Street Fighter X Tekken: Poison and Yoshimitsu reveal trailer

Capcom can't seem to keep any character reveals from leaking and these two are doozies! Yoshimitsu for the Tekken franchise (not a huge surprise) and Poison from Final Fight and Hugo's manager in SFIII and Ryu Final Manga! Now that is awesome....but at the same time I feel weird getting excited for Poison being playable....know what I mean?

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

EVO 2k11


  • Play pre-release new fighters like Tekken Tag Tournament 2, Soul Calibur V, Street Fighter X Tekken, and maybe more surprises?
  • Giant “Bring Your Own Console” area with freeplay on almost every fighter imaginable. You’ll find tons of fun side-tournaments as well as casual play on everything from the core tournament titles to games like Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Tournament Fighters, or even games like Magical Drop III!
  • Pre-party @ Insert Coin! What better way to begin your assault on the biggest tournament in the world than with a late night out? Come party with staff, players, and special guests at Insert Coin, Las Vegas’ amazing bar-cade founded by long-time community member Chris LaPorte. Free entry to all attendees, but like any club, there is a max capacity, so get there early to be sure you can get in! Thursday, July 28th, 10pm-4am!
  • Panels! Top developers, community members, and players come together for a great assortment of panels.
Friday, July 29th
Saturday, July 30th
In addition to a giant list of star players, you can meet the people that made your favorite games, including developers from Street Fighter, Tekken, Marvel Vs Capcom, Mortal Kombat, Skullgirls, King of Fighters, and Soul Calibur.
  • Marvel Vs Capcom 3: East Coast vs. West Coast 5-on-5 (plus live Draft!). NerdJosh and EG Justin Wong will choose the players that best represent each coast in the eternal East Vs West coast rivalry. They will meet on the EVO main stage to see who can back up another year’s worth of trash talk!
  • Street Fighter III: Third Strike, Online Edition 5-man Round-Robin Kumite! On the eve of SF3:OE’s return, 5 representatives from around the world will be chosen to show the world the greatness of Third Strike.
  • World-premiere Video Exclusives. A few have been announced (like Desk’s new EVO combo video, and the premier of the “Balrog: Behind the Glory” short film), but EVO 2011 has more unannounced video surprises in store!

Triple Stream! 2011 will feature an amazing new triple-stream to bring you as many of your favorite matches as possible, stretching the 72 hours of EVO into many more hours of amazing EVO stream. Stream #1 will run Super Street Fighter IV Arcade Edition and Marvel vs Capcom 3, Stream #2 will feature Mortal Kombat, Tekken 6, and BlazBlue, while Stream #3 will follow the action to late-night grudge matches where top players run it back in a series of high-profile exhibitions.
That’s all FREE!

In addition to all of that, there’s also a little thing we call the 2011 EVO World Finals, aka THE BIGGEST FIGHTING GAME TOURNAMENT IN THE HISTORY OF PLANET EARTH.
Thousands of competitors from an unbelievable 44 different countries will come to Las Vegas as they attempt to climb the perilous path to EVO glory. They will play across 5 different tournament titles, culminating in only 8 finalists for each game. Finalists appear on Sunday to decide an ultimate champion.
EVO is where players from across the world come to show their power to the world and make a name for themselves, but of course it also features the best-known champions in the world. The following is a partial list of the amazing and otherwise notable players you will find in the competition;
Marvel vs. Capcom 3

EG Justin Wong, MCZ Tokido, EG FloE, RyRy, coL.cc Combofiend, DMG PR Balrog, Marn, NerdJosh, IFC Yipes, FlashMetroid, Shungoku Neurosis, and more!
Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition

Poongko, Wolfkrone, MCZ Daigo Umehara, EG Ricky Ortiz, Gamerbee, Arturo Sanchez, DMG Inthul, Alex Valle, Infiltration, Air, Laugh, BLG JuiceBox Abel, Col. Filipino Champ, BLG Vangief, Hsien Chang, RF, Momochi, Shiro, Kayo Police, and many more!
Tekken 6

Insanelee, Emphy, Tokido, DMG Kor, NYC Fab, 725, and many more!
Mortal Kombat 9

EMP Tom Brady, DMG Perfect Legend, Frieda, EG Justin Wong, and many more!

Friday, July 15, 2011

Winnie the Pooh Review

This movie was especially memorable for me because it was my son's first movie! He'll never remember it but I'll never forget it. For the most part I prefer Anime style over US animation the exception being Disney/Pixar films. I have always been a fan of the hand-drawn style of old Disney films and this latest Winnie the Pooh Film is a fantastic showcase of a long lost style that is warm and inviting.
The story felt a little familiar to 2006's Pooh's Grand Adventure where Pooh gets a letter from Christopher Robin which is misinterpreted.
The film was an enjoyable whimsical adventure with Pooh, Piglet, Eeyore, Tigger, Kanga, Roo, Rabbit and Owl on an adventure in the hundred acre wood looking for Eeyore's lost tail and searching for Christopher Robin while trying to capture the menacing Bakson.
The movie seemed short compared to other films like the Tigger Movie and the above mentioned Pooh's Grand Adventure at 70 minutes, but I  don't think that mattered to the children who all had huge grins at the end of the movie. You can't go wrong with a Winnie the Pooh movie with children!

Monday, July 4, 2011

Happy Indepenance Day America!!!!

 Happy Indepenance Day America!
While we're out enjoying our BBQ's, or enjoying the day at the beach or park take a second to be thankful to all those who gave the ultimate sacrafice so we can enjoy this day.

Now if you'll excuse me I gotta get back to CoD: Revolutionary Warfare! Sweet got my killstreak! Nuclear Cannonballs!!