Injustice: Gods Among Us is one of the best fighting games I’ve ever played, not just because the fighting mechanics were great and the iconic DCU environments all perfect. Injustice got its characters and wove a fantastic story into a genre into which there usually is little to none. The story of Superman’s fall from grace into global tyrant and the civil war it sparked among the DC heroes was so good it sparked a comic that ran for the five years inbetween the game’s release and the upcoming sequel Injustice 2.
This installment promises to be one of the games of 2017 with more heroes, an intriguing customization and leveling system, and hype built on story, story, story. A five-part cinematic ramp up entitled Shattered Alliances and included above gives a look at the games roster and serves as a prelude to the DCU’s war with Braniac. The achievement list looks like a lot of fun and gives some insight into the settings and what appears to be deep replay value of the game. Injustice 2 will release on May 16, 2017 for Xbox One and Playstation 4. As always your achievements below are provided by the peerless xboxachievements.com. Continue reading Injustice 2 – Complete Achievement/Trophy List (2017-Xbox, Playstation)→
At #13, we come to 1995’s Best Picture: Forrest Gump, directed by Robert Zemeckis. These columns usually come out faster, and for that I’m sorry, but I’ve hit a road block with this one that I haven’t encountered since we did Pulp Fiction: I really don’t like Forrest Gump. CALM DOWN! I respect the film for the performances and for breakthroughs in the craft of film making, but in no way do I think the film is one of the greatest motion pictures of all-time. “Gumpmania” swept the country in 1994, denying what should have been the most critically recognized film of the year, The Shawshank Redemption, the acclaim it has since received in the two decades since both were released. Likewise, Tom Hanks has given at least three to five performances that were stronger Oscar candidates than Forrest Gump. It is, however, undeniably a hugely popular film, and like Pulp Fiction, it does have scenes (most involving my favorite character) that are worthy of recognition and examination. Continue reading Top 5: Scenes from Forrest Gump (IMDB Top 250 #13)→
If you’ve spent any time on YouTube at all, you know people are desperate for subscribers. The last 10-30 seconds of almost any YouTube video are a needy cry for help from whatever channel you’re watching, but if you’re a movie fan, and you want consistently awesome and inventive lists, you need to subscribe to CineFix. They turn out random Top….Whatever lists on a regular basis and they’ve come up with some great ones. This particular one highlights the best character introductions; the first time you see a character onscreen and know they will dominate the film and fill your mind with catchphrases for years to come. I liked this idea so much, I will not actually watch their video until after I publish this post because I made my own top 10 list below based off the same idea. So if they copy my ideas, it’s certainly not my fault. Continue reading The 10 Best Character Entrances of All-Time→
Welcome to a brand-new year of movie watching! Yes, there are still plenty of 2016 releases to view and review as we move toward Oscar season (and I can promise you there will be more reviews than there have been of late, my apologies for that), but it’s always exciting to stand at the beginning of the new year and look at what’s upcoming. I thought the best way to do that was to highlight the ten best trailers for 2017 movies released thus far. These are mostly for first-half releases, and some films just missed the list so here’s just a taste of what’s coming in 2017 that isn’t on the list: Star Wars Episode VIII, Justice League, John Wick Chapter 2, The Circle, Alien: Covenant, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, The Mummy, Spider-Man Homecoming, The Dark Tower, Creed 2, It, Thor: Ragnarok, Murder on the Orient Express, and many more. So get ready for the ride; it’s going to be a heck of a year! Continue reading Top 10: Trailers for 2017 Movies→
It’s good that it was a great year for movies because we certainly needed the escapism in 2016. I cannot recall a year with more quality films, both inside franchises and standalone films. Exemplifying that most was Disney, which had the single greatest year of any studio in Hollywood history, grossing way over $7 billion, and doing it with quality. It’s no accident that The House of the Mouse will end up with the top 5 grossing movies of the year. Whether it be through their own animated and live action films, Pixar, Marvel, or Star Wars, Disney put quality product after quality product out in 2016 and people responded in droves. It may be overly optimistic, but let’s hope that studios take note that the films that made the bucks were the films that were good.
And there’s so many films yet to see! I have to qualify this as a preliminary list. I’ve seen 64 movies in 2016 (normally I average 90 when all is said and done). With Oscar films releasing wide in January, this list may very well change, which is why my ultimate say on the year in film is our annual Renaissance Film Awards which will take place Oscar week. But as this year ends, it’s fitting and right that I single out the my top 10 (the quality is so deep, I may do a top 25 list later in February alongside the Rennys). My top two films have not changed since May and they are such a dead heat in my mind that they just swapped again last night. No surprise, both are Disney films. I gave out three perfect 10’s (thus far) for 2016 films, but more 9’s than any year I’ve been a reviewer. Yes, there were films we were counting on that fizzled (Batman vs. Superman, Jason Bourne, Assassin’s Creed, etc.), but many more films stood up and surpassed our wildest expectations. So, caveats in place here is my simple Top 10 as the year ends followed by a great 2016 Year in Film video put together by the talented people at We Got This Covered. May you all have a wonderful New Year’s Eve, and I’ll catch you killing time in 2017. Continue reading Killing Time’s Top 10 Movies of 2016→