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The King of Fighters XIII Review

Jul. 30, 2012; Channels: Video Games; By Kyle James Hovanec

The King of Fighters XIII Review When I first started playing fighting games, it was always the offerings from Capcom that managed to grab my attention. The memorable characters from legendary titles such as Street Fighter II and Marvel vs Capcom 2 made for hours of practice and gameplay, whether alone or with friends. The King of Fighters series was always that “other series" -- the one that I'd heard of, saw a little bit of, but was never really interested in playing....

The Dark Knight Rises (2012) Review

Jul. 21, 2012; Channels: Movies; By Edward Kaczynski

The Dark Knight Rises (2012) Review Christopher Nolan's career is (relatively speaking) still young -- in that he's only directed about 10 films -- however, in that short span, he's managed to establish himself as one of the most talented directors today. With credits such as Memento, The Prestige, Inception, and of course, Batman Begins and The Dark Knight under his belt, it's difficult to imagine him releasing anything less than a masterpiece.  Then there's the other side...

The Affair (1973) Review

Jun. 13, 2012; Channels: Movies; By Charles Rector

The Affair (1973) Review The Affair is a made-for-TV movie that is about as interesting as watching water boil. Made in 1973, it is one of the few films in which Natalie Wood sings, and it is one of the few times that Wood and her real-life husband Robert Wagner appeared in the same production. Wood and Wagner may have had tremendous chemistry together in person, but it doesn't translate that well to the screen -- at least not in this movie. In fact, there really isn't...

House of the Dead 4 Review

Jun. 4, 2012; Channels: Video Games; By Kyle James Hovanec

House of the Dead 4 Review Light gun games used to be a staple in arcades, but their popularity waned at the same time as arcades' did, and gamers' interest swung toward first- and third-person shooters. Despite a few titles keeping the genre alive, it seemed like another form of digital combat coming to an end. With the release of the Nintendo Wii and, later on, the PS Move attachment for PS3, light gun games began making a slow comeback. Games like Ghost Squad and...

The Devil Went Down to Tristram: Diablo III Review

Jun. 1, 2012; Channels: Video Games; By Edward Kaczynski

The Devil Went Down to Tristram: Diablo III Review It’s taken me a long time and a lot of internal debate to finally come to terms with my feelings about Diablo III. Being a self-admitted former Blizzard fanboy and taking into account my continued adoration of Diablo and Diablo II, I was more than champing at the bit when I got an early access beta key at this year’s GDC. I had purposely avoided reading or talking about Diablo III because I wanted to experience it with a fresh...

Shadows of the Damned Review

Jun. 1, 2012; Channels: Video Games; By Kyle James Hovanec

Shadows of the Damned Review Next to the first-person shooter, third-person shooters have become a common sub-shooter genre. From a gameplay perspective, they offer a slight variation with copious arsenals and the ability to easily take cover from return fire. While games such as Kill.Switch on the PS2 and Xbox may have been some of the first to experiment with this idea, Resident Evil 4, Gears of War and Uncharted have brought the genre to the spotlight and have added...

No More Heroes 2: Desperate Struggle Review

May. 1, 2012; Channels: Video Games; By Kyle James Hovanec

No More Heroes 2: Desperate Struggle Review Despite its problems, the original No More Heroes was a fun, adult-themed third-person hack-and-slash that was a welcome addition to the mostly family friendly lineup on the Nintendo Wii. When news of a sequel came around, fans were reasonably excited. Not only would it bring some much-needed fine-tuning to the gameplay, it also promised up to 50 assassins to carve your way through, minigames that were based on 8-bit NES titles, and the ability...

The Avengers (2012) Review

Apr. 30, 2012; Channels: Movies; By Kyle James Hovanec

The Avengers (2012) Review In a year with a new Batman movie, a (maybe) prequel to the Aliens series, a reboot of Spider Man, a new Men in Black, a new Bond and a new Tarantino flick, the release of The Avengers stood above the rest due to the enormous hype and build up it received. Whatever expectations you may have, however hyped you may be, your expectations will be met -- if not entirely exceeded -- by The Avengers. It’s a movie that works on so many levels, it...

Hitch (2005) Review

Apr. 16, 2012; Channels: Movies; By Robert F. Ludwick

Hitch (2005) Review There are many, many romantic comedies loosed upon the viewing public. Most of them follow a pretty strict formula, Hitch included. Despite this it's still a charming, wonderful story about two couples getting together and the intricacies of human dating. The story begins with Alex Hitchens, played by Will Smith, explaining that he is a dating consultant, commonly referred to as the Date Doctor throughout the movie. In a nutshell, guys find him...

Fast Five (2011) Review

Apr. 16, 2012; Channels: Movies; By Charles Rector

Fast Five (2011) Review Usually, when a movie series gets to its fourth and fifth installments, its creative wheels are spinning off the tracks. However, in the case of the The Fast and the Furious series, the opposite is true. The third installment, Tokyo Drift was the best of all. And now, we have Fast Five that is almost as good as its predecessor. As with the previous Fast and Furious movies, this is purely an escapist flick. As such, this is a movie that helps you...

Avernum: Escape From the Pit Review

Apr. 12, 2012; Channels: Video Games; By Jenner David Cauton

Avernum: Escape From the Pit Review Before I even had Windows on my computer, I remember my dad bringing home a game from the store because a clerk said it was really good. I opened the box, and inside was not one, but three manuals, a cloth map, and a floppy disk labeled Exodus - Ultima IV. I popped the disk in, exited to DOS, and ran the game. I was bewildered by the pink and cyan color palette, died several times, and quickly became disgusted with the game. Ok, I was only five...

No More Heroes Review

Apr. 12, 2012; Channels: Video Games; By Kyle James Hovanec

No More Heroes Review No More Heroes was Nintendo's effort to show Wii's legitimacy to its fans, who already knew that Nintendo would support the console with their favorite franchise titles such as Mario and Zelda. Casual fans were also satisfied with Wii Sports and the promise for more family-friendly titles on the horizon. NMH is an open world/third-person hack-and-slash made by Grasshopper Manufacture, the studio behind the Gamecube and Playstation 2 shooter...

Temple Run Review

Apr. 9, 2012; Channels: Video Games; By Kyle James Hovanec

Temple Run Review Temple Run is a game that takes us back to the days of the arcade in which game objectives were simple, and concepts such as “levels,” “AI,” or “DLC” didn’t exist. The goals in Temple Run are simple: run as fast as you can and don't die. It's basic. However, this simplicity makes for an incredibly fun game to pick up and play in short bursts or for hours on end. Like any good arcade game, its basic...

Princess of Mars (2009)

Apr. 9, 2012; Channels: Movies; By Charles Rector

Princess of Mars (2009) There is a small movie production company called The Asylum that specializes in making "mockbusters." Mockbusters are legal ripoffs of Hollywood blockbusters. Usually, mockbusters are created while the targeted blockbuster is still in production. Then, while the blockbuster is in theaters, the mockbuster is released direct to video. Examples: Transformers was ripped off as Transmorphers, and Pirates of the Caribbean was ripped off as Pirates of...

Mass Effect 3 Review

Mar. 22, 2012; Channels: Video Games; By Edward Kaczynski

Mass Effect 3 Review The Mass Effect series is probably the single best original sci-fi IP released in the last decade and is the best work Bioware has ever produced. Bioware fanboys are going to start frothing at the mouth and point out Dragon Age – which, to be fair, was very well done and a ton of fun. But that said, Mass Effect is a breathing, vibrant universe with a whole history behind it begging to be explored, whereas Dragon Age is a fairly...

John Carter (2012) Review

Mar. 22, 2012; Channels: Movies; By Kyle James Hovanec

John Carter (2012) Review John Carter is a form of science fiction that is rarely -- if ever -- seen in this age of dark and brooding sci-fi/action films. While the marketing and previews may have made it look like a sci-fi epic similar to Star Wars or Avatar, it isn't akin to either one. Some plot points and story arcs may seem similar (this is due to the monomyth story type shared by most common stories), but the rest of the movie is completely its own brand of sci fi...

The Killing Time (1987) Review

Mar. 22, 2012; Channels: Movies; By Charles Rector

The Killing Time (1987) Review Hollywood has a tendency to underestimate the intelligence of the American people. This is shown by the plethora of poorly thought out so-called “motion pictures” produced and distributed every year. One such movie is 1987’s The Killing Time. Kiefer Sutherland stars as a hitchhiker who kills Brian Mars who has just been hired as a deputy sheriff in a coastal county in Louisiana. Sutherland assumes the identity of his victim and...

Bloody Pit of Horror (1965) Review

Mar. 22, 2012; Channels: Movies; By Charles Rector

Bloody Pit of Horror (1965) Review There are some movies that were considered quite scary by their contemporary audiences. However, when audiences in later years see those same movies, the result is often laughter at unintentional humor. Often the same scenes that terrified the audiences of yesteryear are the same ones that elicit mirth in today's film goers. 1965’s Bloody Pit of Horror is one of these movies. The movie begins with film of a strangely garbed figure being...

Triggermen (2002) Review

Mar. 14, 2012; Channels: Movies; By Charles Rector

Triggermen (2002) Review One film genre that’s the hardest to pull off successfully is the comedy drama or “dramady.” Another difficult undertaking is ripping off another successful filmmaker’s works without making it too obvious that your film is a ripoff. If a film attempts to pull off both feats simultaneously, then the end result is almost always a travesty. One such movie is 2002’s Triggermen. Triggermen is an attempt to ripoff the...

One for the Money (2012) Review

Mar. 7, 2012; Channels: Movies; By Charles Rector

One for the Money (2012) Review There are Hollywood stars out there whose behavior and/or viewpoints cause film critics to froth like rabid dogs. Movie reviews read like personal attacks and give the movie in question short shrift. One such actress to attract this kind of hatred is Katherine Heigl, and the movie unfairly maligned is her latest effort, the 2012 comedy-mystery One for the Money. According to Bill Gibron of filmcritic.com, "Fans of the former Grey's...

LIMBO Review

Mar. 6, 2012; Channels: Video Games; By Robert F. Ludwick

LIMBO Review High-quality puzzle games, such as the Portal series, are few and far between these days. In a market where the shooter tends to reign supreme, it is nice to come across an environmentally puzzling gem such as LIMBO. If you have not played this game yet, then you are definitely missing out. LIMBO was originally released on Xbox Live Arcade in summer 2010 as an exclusive for Microsoft's console. After the game's exclusivity on the Xbox 360...

Black Brigade (1970) Review

Feb. 27, 2012; Channels: Movies; By Charles Rector

Black Brigade (1970) Review Black Brigade is a good example of how ignorance of military history by Hollywood types can result in a really bad -- not to mention unintentionally funny -- movie. This was a 1970 TV movie written by Aaron Spelling. Black Brigade begins when Captain Carter (Stephen Boyd) is tasked to go on a dangerous mission to blow up a Nazi-held dam 50 miles behind enemy lines. The unit chosen to accomplish the task is B Company, which is all black ... and...

Star Wars: The Complete Saga (Blu-ray) Review

Feb. 21, 2012; Channels: Movies; By Ryan Goodman

Star Wars: The Complete Saga (Blu-ray) Review One of the most beloved movie sagas has finally made the jump to high-definition. All six Star Wars movies are now available on Blu-ray in two box sets for each trilogy (Episodes I-III and IV-VI), or as a special nine-disc set that contains all six movies and a plethora of bonuses. So is the complete saga box set worth it? If you’re a Star Wars geek, then these are the droids you’re looking for, but if you’re a casual fan, then...

The War of the Worlds (1953) Review

Feb. 15, 2012; Channels: Movies; By Charles Rector

The War of the Worlds (1953) Review The War of the Worlds is the best alien invasion movie ever made. This film looks better and better in comparison to most of the over-produced, digital drivel released today. Unlike today’s filmmakers, the folks who made this movie realized it takes more than gore, ear-splitting soundtracks, and drooling aliens to truly scare and thrill an audience. The War of the Worlds entertains because producer George Pal and his crew were able to make...

The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword Review Rebuttal

Feb. 9, 2012; Channels: Video Games; By Anne King

The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword Review Rebuttal Editor's Note: Minor spoilers ahead! OK, OK, I'll admit it: I've never beaten the original Zelda. And in this day of phenomenal graphics and utterly immersive storylines, I couldn't. I'd get bored and wander off to play the latest iteration instead. And yet the latest, Skyward Sword, isn't all it's cracked up to be. It's certainly no Twilight Princess or Ocarina of Time as far as the dark depths to which their stories plunge. Granted, those two...

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