Ray Liotta, mob movie. That’s all Hollywood movie studios need to say in their movie trailer to literally guarantee millions of dollars of box office revenue from pretty much the entire male population in America. The Iceman hits theaters soon on May 3rd, and it features a rather unique cast, at least in terms of your typical mob flick. Outside of Ray Liotta, who arguably defined the genre, and Michael Shannon, who just looks great in a mob role, did anyone else raise an eyebrow when they say Winona Rider, Chris Evans, and James Franco on the main cast credits line? Don’t get me wrong, Chris Evans and James Franco are great (not a huge Winona fan), but neither stand out to me for this type of movie. Sure, Mr. Evans has done some action flicks, but this appears to be an out of the ordinary film for him, and with the film’s almost sure success, will really help round out his career. The film looks dark, gruesome, and Ray Liotta: you don’t need to tell me much else for me to go see it. Now convincing my wife to go see it with me … that’s a different story.
Quick, someone sell me on the PS Vita. Anyone? Bueller? After taking a new 9-5 gig this past fall, I have found myself on the road for work as many as three weeks out of the month, meaning I wake up in a Holiday Inn Express (baller!) about 12 times per month on average. Some may call it depressing, others would also call it depressing. In reality the job is great, but I miss my PS3 (and my fiance, of course!). I am a pretty stubborn handheld gamer however, as the only system that I have ever stuck with was the original Nintendo Game Boy. For those of you reading this at the local Applebee’s after getting shot down for attempting to sneak into that rated-R movie tonight, I’m talking about the old school, black and white Game Boy that was about the size of a brick. The Game Boy with the color screen? That was still a few years out in my day. My only other foray into handheld gaming was the Sony PSP, which I actually owned on two occasions. My dilemma then is the same issue I put forth to you today: is the Vita worth it? Much like the Vita, the PSP had so few worthy games that justified the hefty purchase price. Once I beat the only good games in the library, and there was nothing new on the release list, it was back on the used hardware shelf at GameStop faster than you could comment below on how awesome my Photochop is. Welcome to SQ btw.