Directors ► Matt Johnson
Writers ► Matt Johnson, Josh Boles
Genre ► Thriller, Found Footage, Conspiracy
Release Date ► 2016-01-22 (Sundance), 2016-09-16 (Theaters), 2017-01-03 (Blu-Ray, DVD, Digital)
Running Time ► 94 minutes (1 hr, 34 min)
Release Date ► 2017-01-13
Length ► 39:15
Label ► Young Turks
Formats ► Digital, CD, Vinyl
Release Date ► 2016-10-07
Length ► 44:29
Label ► Reprise
Formats ► Digital, CD, Vinyl
I didn’t grow up with the Transformers. I didn’t watch any of the cartoons, I didn’t get any of the toys, and I am not interested in the recent movies. So I don’t have any knowledge of the storyline or any connection with the various characters. Despite this, I had a blast playing Transformers: Devastation because it doesn’t require you to know this universe to have fun. If anything, it’s a great introduction to the series that is liable to motivate people to look for more. It succeeds in being a great representation of the franchise while also succeeding purely on its own merits simply because it’s just so much fun.
Na-na-na-na-na-na-na-na, BATMAN! Who doesn’t know the Caped Crusader? The World’s Greatest Detective? The Dark Knight? Batman is arguably the most popular and well known superhero in the civilized world. With various comic books, toys, TV shows, and of course, movies, it was obvious that the character would make its way into the realm of video games. Some of them are pretty good, such as Batman: The Videogame, Batman Returns, and LEGO Batman. However, most of them are terrible, such as Batman Forever, Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker and Batman Vengeance. So expectations were not high for Batman: Arkham Asylum when it was announced. Thankfully, not only does Arkham Asylum surpass expectations, it reinvents them.
As I trekked back across Brinstar and Norfair to make my way from Ridley’s hideout to Kraid’s, it dawned on me how much backtracking I was doing. I had spent so much time getting the energy tank placed in front of a fake floor and the missile tank in a room after an impossible jump, and now I was walking all the way to the other side of the map, just to get to the next area. Yet at the same time, I enjoyed jumping over all the same pits, and shooting all the same enemies. Why? Because I wanted to see what the area I was headed to would have and traversing the area before it would prep me with energy and missile tanks. It’s that feeling of exploration and preparation that keeps the feeling of tedium away, something the series has done very well even in its inaugural entry. Despite feeling a bit passé in retrospect, the original Metroid is still a classic that holds up well to this day. Continue reading “Colorwind Reviews Metroid – Pre-Metroidvania”
Comes a Time is a Neil Young album that rarely comes up in conversation when the artist is discussed. Recorded roughly over the course of two years, during which an album comprised of songs from two cancelled albums was released, this was Young’s first solo album of new songs in two years. It was delayed from it’s initial release date twice, first due to the addition of rhythm sections to the songs and second due to Young’s concerns with the audio quality, resulting in Young buying the first 200,000 LPs of the initial pressing. The album marks Young’s return to the country rock sound that made his album Harvest a big hit. However, Comes a Time does not share the success that Harvest had, as there aren’t any radio hits and only the title track is a fan favorite. Does the album manage to recreate the magic of Young’s biggest album or does it deserve its rather unknown status?
Determination can be an addictive quality. A lot of people are leaders not because they had a good idea, but because they were determined and that rallies other people to follow them or replicate their spirit. Determined people usually have a certain trait to them, such as always facing forward, that makes it easier to notice them. However, sometimes people can surprise you. For example, when thinking about determined people, you might think of businessmen, politicians, maybe even entertainers. However, you probably won’t think of cult members or kidnapees. Kimmy Schmidt might just change that as who else other than a determined person would come out of a bunker after 15 years of captivity smiling?
Keanu Reeves kills a bunch of people because some punks stole his car and killed his dog. That’s it. That’s the movie. If that sounds bad to you, then my work is done and you don’t need to read the rest of this review. If you think that could be cool or fun in a popcorn kind of way, you’re wrong. No, shut up. YOU’RE WRONG! However, if you think this looks awesomely bad and a great movie to make fun of, then you would be right. This movie is all kinds of stupid and a lot of things about it just don’t work. But for the sake of professionalism, lets give you the premise and some positives about the movie because there are a few. A couple. One. There’s just one.
Life is Strange is a game that wonderfully encapsulates the feeling of isolation one in their formative teenage years can experience. The actual mechanics of the game almost feel like a secondary peripheral to the primary story and characters. As such, those who are staunchly in favor of gameplay significantly overshadowing everything else in the game will find nothing to love in Life is Strange. However, if you can get over that you are playing this game for story, not gameplay, you’ll find a story that has been lovingly crafted in its first episode as well as a mechanic that keeps you interested enough to what to progress with the story.