Most years, the road to the NBA Finals is pretty tame. Even when Michael Jordan graced the friendly skies of the United Center, he didn’t have too much trouble making it to the finals. And then came this year. A brink of potential madness that ebbed and overturned not a briny washup of minor timing and opportunity, but rather two pearls: the Duncan-led San Antonio Spurs and His Majesty King James’ Miami Heat. Continue reading “Why You Should Watch The NBA Finals”
Although they’re separated by generations, they arguably both fall into the same weight class. Larry David, the king of comedy, and easily the biggest asshole on television (and that is a compliment!), vs the YouTube-original, everyone loves to hate him until they get caught blasting his music in traffic Justin Bieber; so who ya got? I’d have to go with Larry David; he’s got a huge height advantage, and I’ll take his New York City youth over anything north of border (South Park: The Movie: “They’re not even a real country, anyway!“) So when is the showdown, you ask? Well, I lied. This is just an awesome funny pic that everyone will get a kick out of, unless you’re in the 10-14 year old female group who owns every piece of Bieber gear on earth, then it’d probably be best to move along; you probably don’t even know who Larry David is, anyway. Enough talk; hit the link below for the awesomeness.
Approximately 31 days ago, well I guess that would be “exactly”, but whatever; a month ago Precursor Games dropped the video gaming bomb that they were resuscitating the long-awaited Eternal Darkness GameCube sequel under the name, Shadow of the Eternals, which followed with this stellar game trailer. Precursor went the route of a Kickstarter campaign in a courageous attempt to crowdfund $1.5M to get the sequel out of a financial hope and into developmental reality. Today, Precursor CEO Paul Caporicci released a disappointing statement that the Kickstarter campaign would be pulled since they only raised 1/5 of the funds needed. But hold up: there may still be hope for the Eternal Darkness sequel. You just have to hit the link for the details, because we’re cool like that.
Adam Sandler movies will never get old; they may not be as funny as his Happy Gilmore and Billy Madison days, but they will sure sell tickets. Grown Ups was a nice surprise when it hit theaters three years ago, but Sandler brought all of his star power buddies with him for that one; then again, he pretty much does that with every film, doesn’t he? We’re not complaining. Well on July 12th Sandler & Co are back on the big screen for the Grown Ups sequel, Grown Ups 2; while I’m sure it will sell well, how will it rank amongst the towering stack of other Grade A comedies getting released this summer, like The Internship, or This Is The End? 2013 is one of the best looking years for comedies in years; label me excited!
First off, how about a high five to a Mr. MikeNGary? Or wait, is it two gentlemen: Mike and Gary? Either way, he/they have put together a pretty awesome, live action Half-Life/Portal dating redux that highlights one of the oddest elements of gaming still around today: mute characters. As a huge Half-Life fan, I have to get my obligatory, “WHERE IS HALF-LIFE 3?”, post out of the way, so there you go Valve. Make it happen. Where were we? Oh yeah, mute video game characters. Gordon Freeman and Chell are two of many, many video game main characters that were programmed without a voice, maybe to save disc space, possibly out of boredom, or maybe just as a proverbial middle finger to all of our imaginations; who knows outside of the developers? I think the starkest example I can think of from my recent gaming memory is Dragon Age: Origins; I usually don’t have an issue with mute main characters, but that was just super weird. I know I’m not alone with that one.
It’s got the hype. It’s got the looks. It’s got the edgy trailer. Could The Last of Us be the game we want it to be? We’ll start to find out this June 14th.
It’s finally here, and thanks to my shoddy wireless router, I have fallen well behind the pack with the long awaited fourth season of Arrested Development. Almost simultaneous to the show’s release on Netflix does my wireless router decide to revert back to ancient Internet speeds, making my streaming Netflix basically un-watchable. You know it’s bad when you can’t even watch a hilarious YouTube video on SQ because it takes 15 minutes to load; thankfully, yesterday, I was able to fix the problem and enjoy the first three episodes of Season 4. So what are my initial thoughts on the season everyone has been waiting for all these years? If you haven’t seen the first three episodes yet, and don’t appreciate a good spoiler, then I’d hold off on hitting that tantalizing link below; that was your warning. The rest of ya’all, click away.
Who should I thank? Christopher Nolan may be my first guess, but Zach Snyder probably deserves the biggest high-five since he’s the director. Superman has been a mammoth in the comic book world since its inception, but to this guy, the character himself, along with the television shows and lately the movies have all been super cheesy. Maybe I’m a little biased because of my preference for Batman, but I don’t want to bring in the superhero debate. I mentioned Mr. Nolan earlier on because Man of Steel, the latest Superman movie to hit the big screen in just two weeks on June 14th, has that same dark feel that the most recent Batman director brought to the Dark Knight series, and that has me really pumped for this flick. Watch the trailer and I guarantee you’ll agree; Man of Steel looks legit.
I love a movie with a great villain. Paul Dano, who you may know from Little Miss Sunshine, Looper, or There Will Be Blood fame, looks like an awesome villain in an intriguing new mystery/thriller entitled, Prisoners, starring Hugh Jackman, Jake Gylennhaal, Terrance Howard, and Melissa Leo, which hopes to creep viewers out in theaters this September 20th. The bottom line, at least from what I can glean from the great trailer, is that this is your pretty standard child abduction thriller, except Dano may prove to be the difference maker. Prisoners features a ginormous amount of Academy Award-star power with five nominees, and one winner in Mr. Howard; if Paul Dano can deliver as the villain, then this film may really shine.
Every now and then a movie comes along that we feel compelled to see. Not because we need to fill that gaping whole in our hearts (we have scotch and steak for that), but because we need to stay culturally relevant in discussions. Imagine subbing yourself out of a conversation with the belle of the ball or the handsome gentlemen, “Oh no, I didn’t see that…” And then the awkward icy air wafts up and slaps you in the face only the way Harvey Keitel in a suit could. Continue reading “Date Night: The Great Gatsby”
I have been a gamer since my grandmother bought us an NES for Christmas back in the late 80’s, and it’s been a passionate hobby ever since. Sure I don’t get to play nearly as much as I did when I was a kid growing up (I miss summer break), but that’s life, and I couldn’t be happier right now. That being said, it’s always fun to get a little nostalgic, especially when we’re talking about retro gaming. Now that I’m pursuing my MBA, and taking school seriously (thank you Marine Corps!), it makes me laugh pretty hard at how much gaming took priority over my grades, whether I was in eight grade or a senior in college. Narrowing my list down to the most influentially, GPA-degrading games from my past was hard; my initial brainstorm list totaled 12 pretty prominent games from my school days, so it was pretty tough to pick a Top 5. But enough with the intro; let’s check out the games!