Time Killers will know that I’ve been psyched/scared about Ridley Scott adapting The Martian (opening Friday) for months. The Martian is one of the best books I’ve read in recent years, and I’ve been fairly vocal that I think Ridley has lost it. I’m thrilled by the advance reviews, though and I can’t wait to see it. When he’s on, Ridley is on par with any director in Hollywood. Most people consider his best film to be Alien, and I might agree, but you could make a strong argument for 2001’s Black Hawk Down.
If you’ve never read Mark Bowden’s harrowing account of a mission to take out a warlord in Sudan gone horribly wrong, I could not recommend it more. Ridley perfectly captured the claustrophobic charnel house that Mogadishu turned into for these soldiers. The cast is stellar, the cinematography is the best in any Scott film and why it was overlooked for more critical acclaim is a complete mystery to me. This is a perfect film, and one of the best war movies ever made. If Scott can bring this sort of game to The Martian, man, we’re in for a treat.
After a five year detente, the music games wars are back. Rock Band 4 is only a week away and following closely on its heels on October 20th will be Guitar Hero Live! Personally, I think Rock Band is superior, and with your old DLC and instruments available for play in RB4 but not in GHL, Guitar Hero better be bringing some serious gameplay to make up the gap. For all your cheevo needs and for further information, check out the peerless xboxachievements.com. Continue reading Complete Achievement/Trophy List for Guitar Hero Live! (Xbox, Playstation – 2015)
I can count on one hand the number of games I’ve played all the way through twice just because they were that much fun. Crystal Dynamic’s reboot of the Tomb Raider franchise’s only flaw was a horned-in multi-player component that had no place being in the game. Not every game needs multi-player, something I’m glad to see fixed this time. Lara went through a lot in the first game and there’s a lot of really cool character development going on with her as in this game we get back to basics: the tombs. I’ll be there when Rise of the Tomb Raider releases in November 2015. For all your achievement needs, check out the list below courtesy of xboxachievements.com. Continue reading Complete Achievement/Trophy List for Rise of the Tomb Raider (Xbox, Playstation – 2015) PLUS NEW TRAILER
Set against the backdrop of a series of historic events, Bridge of Spies tells the story of James Donovan (Hanks), a Brooklyn lawyer who finds himself thrust into the center of the Cold War when the CIA sends him on the near-impossible task to negotiate the release of a captured American U-2 pilot. Screenwriters Matt Charman and Ethan Coen & Joel Coen have woven this remarkable experience in Donovan’s life into a story inspired by true events that captures the essence of a man who risked everything and vividly brings his personal journey to life. The film will be released in theaters nationwide on October 16, 2015.
OK, and I want you to keep in mind I’m saying this in the context of the genre in which it falls, Unfriended is a really good movie. In the mess of schlock teen horror films, Unfriended manages to do something totally unique and tap into a very 21st Century kind of creepiness that makes the film ultimately work.
The entire film (nearly) takes place on the computer screens of a group of friends having a Skype session to talk about another “friend” of theirs who killed herself a year ago. Welllll wouldn’t you know it, but guess who shows up a Skyping away? Dead friend. And dead friend is displeased, armed with a lot of secrets and is going to make the next 90 minutes of this chat session extremely interesting.
Honestly, that’s all I have to say regarding the film. It’s not great cinema. The dialogue is….unimaginative, but the plot has some nice twists and if you’re as tech savvy as most people who would be reading this review, you’ll appreciate a horror film self-contained in the context of social media. And don’t fricking unfriend me, because I learned a LOT! Boo.