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Complete Achievement List for HALO 5: Guardians (Xbox One – 2015) PLUS LAUNCH TRAILER

If you’ve noticed 60 GB of your Xbox One hard drive disappear lately, you probably pre-ordered HALO 5: Guardians, which Microsoft has begun pre-loading on consoles around the world.  The game launches October 27th exclusively on Xbox One.  The game is the first in the franchise with a T-rating (I never really thought it warranted an M half the time anyway) and follows, what I thought was the best game in the franchise: HALO 4.  Check out the launch trailer and your full achievement list, the latter courtesy of the outstanding xboxachievments.com Continue reading Complete Achievement List for HALO 5: Guardians (Xbox One – 2015) PLUS LAUNCH TRAILER

Movie Review: 300 Rise of an Empire (2014) *SPOILERS*

300: Rise of an Empire isn’t a prequel to 300 and it isn’t a sequel to 300.  I’ve heard the word “sidequel” coined to describe it and that’s very good.  Essentially this movie takes place before, during and after the events depicted in 300.

I love 300.  It’s over-the-top, stylized violent testosterone in such a concentrated dose of manliness that your TV may grow hair just playing it.  Here’s the thing about 300 though: it was unique.  No one had ever seen anything like the film and it depicted (in a fairly accurate fashion if you overlook the mutants and warrior rhinos) one of the greatest battles; one of the greatest stories in the history of war: Thermopylae.  Adapted from Frank Miller’s amazing graphic novel, the film is a gory tribute to the bravery of a culture made immortal.  What 300: Rise of an Empire is….I really couldn’t tell you. Continue reading Movie Review: 300 Rise of an Empire (2014) *SPOILERS*

My Favorite Scene: 300 (2009) “Immortals Battle”

THIS!  IS!  AWESOME!  300 is a movie bursting with so much testosterone that watching it at home may cause your home theater to grow hair.  I plan on re-watching (for the umpteenth time) 300 before 300: Rise of an Empire comes out and doing a full review, so I won’t go into the movie.  Suffice it to say, I’m a fan.  In picking my favorite scene, you have the obvious “This is Sparta!” or “Tonight we dine in Hell” choices, but as the majority of the movie is combat, I thought I would pick my favorite portion of the battle and that would be Leonidas and the brave 300 against the Persian Empire’s Immortals.  The scene is a bit long so it’s divided into two parts and it is NOT FOR THE KIDDIES!….but it is awesome.

300, Leonidas, Gerard Butler
Fan Art by Dogyfox


Top 5: Summer 2013 Blockbusters I’m Worried About

Top 5: TV Episodes of All-Time (Comedy Edition)

Today’s been a bit of a pre-summer theme week here on Killing Time.  As we look ahead to the summer behemoths, some are absolute slam dunks.  I would be utterly shocked if Iron Man 3, Star Trek: Into Darkness, Man of Steel or Elysium failed to deliver.  There are this year, an unusual number of films that stride the fence between “I’m looking forward to it” and “Oh please, God, don’t let it suck.”  Here are the top 5 on my worry list:
1. Monsters University – This may purely be post-Cars 2 traumatic stress syndrome and-to be fair-this one has a plot that doesn’t sound absolutely meatheaded the way Cars 2 did.  Pixar also has an odd history of producing crap trailers for amazing films so they always make me nervous, but nothing I’ve seen has me thinking this is going to be a classic.

2. World War Z – First it was going to be a trilogy and a franchise for Brad Pitt. Then it was just one movie.  Then test audiences saw the one movie and hated its guts so much that they grabbed everyone, went back out and filmed over a third of the movie over again.  I love this book.  I think the ant pyramid of zombies is freaking awesome.  Want it to be good.  Nervous.

3. The Lone Ranger – Let’s deal with the problem on the left in the picture below.  It’s not Tonto and the Lone Ranger.  Depp looks like he’s going full multiple Sparrows in Pirates 3  and I hate the make-up.  Plus, how in the name of all that is holy can you spend nearly $300 million making a western?  I love this character.  I have since I was a kid.  I really wanted a great treatment and THIS one I’m nearly certain won’t deliver.  In fact, I’ll be as surprised if it’s good as I will be if Star Trek is bad.

4. Kick Ass 2- Kick Ass left itself open for a sequel so we knew it was going to happen, but everything I’ve seen so far has been painfully bad.  The story is also not as strong as the first film and Jim Carrey has a tendency to ….overwhelm any film he’s in.  Don’t make Hit Girl suck.

5. 300: Rise of an Empire – OK!  Quick history review: how many of the 300 survived the battle of Thermopylae?  NOOOOOONE.  First the sequel was going to be about Xerxes.  Then it was changed to 300: Battle of Artemsia, which is a famous naval battle in which the Greeks held off Xerxes’ navy.  Now it’s 300: Rise of an Empire.  These are Greeks not Spartans.  You don’t have Zack Snyder who, love him or hate him, defined the look of the film.  You don’t have source material like Snyder had Frank Miller’s graphic novel.  What do you have?  The picture below was released a few days ago an it is the only evidence of any kind we have that this isn’t the result of a studio executives mad libs bet gone horribly awry.