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Derk's Pull List for the Week of 6/3/2009

In The Pull List! on June 1, 2009 at 10:49 pm

the_punisher_max_naked_kill_1pYou know how this works. In these articles, I tell you what comics I am picking up this week (because you were itching to know). So lets get to that, shall we?

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E3 2009 – Microsoft

In Gaming News on June 1, 2009 at 10:01 pm

xbox-360If you’re a gamer, you know exactly what this time of year signifies. You got it, E3. Throughout the week, I will offer you a summary of the notable games/accessories/etc. each of the big three is offering. So without further delay, here is Microsoft’s offerings.

Rock Band: The Beatles – I will admit, I am probably the only person on Earth who doesn’t like The Beatles’ music. Nonetheless, Microsofts first game announcement of the day was this game. From what I saw, it looked pretty cool. Definitely a must if you’re a fan of The Beatles.

Tony Hawk: Ride – The new Tony Hawk game comes with a Wii Balance Board-like accessory that you use to play the game. I’m not a fan of any of the skating games, but if you happen to be, this looks to be a game for you.

Modern Warfare 2 – Again, I am not big on war games. But, you guessed it, if you happen to be you’ll like this.

Epic’s Shadow Complex – This game will be available on X-Box Live Arcade. It looked decent from what I was able to see. I will probably check this out when released.

Final Fantasy 13 – Of course, this was announced last year. A brief clip from the game was shown, looked to be pretty cool. They announced that in Spring 2010 the game will be released.

Halo 3: ODST – If you’re a Halo fan, you’ll buy this no matter what. I honestly couldn’t tell if it’s a full Halo game or a short sidequest-like game to keep the fans sustained until the next game arrives…

Halo: Reach – Very little was shown of this game. All I know is that it’s a new Halo game, and that’s all that needs to be said.

Forza Motorsports 3 – Only briefly played the first game, I didn’t play the second. That being said, this game definitely looked very nice. I may check it out upon release.

Crackdown 2 – I was surprised to hear about a sequel to Crackdown. This looked to be completely different than it’s predocessor. Can’t wait to play this.

Left 4 Dead 2 – What can I say? This is a definite buy when it’s released November 17th, 2009. I am surprised to see a sequel so early.

Metal Gear Solid franchise/Metal Gear Solid: Rising – Ouch. I told Chris that this would be the nail in Sony’s coffin, and unless Sony lays out some amazing shit at their press conference tomorrow, I stand by that. Metal Gear Solid: Rising will not feature Solid Snake. Raiden will be the star in this one.

Facebook and Twitter to X-Box Live – I really couldn’t care less about this. If you do, congrats on the news.

Last.FM to X-Box LiveĀ  – See above.

Project Natal – If you missed it, Project Natal is Microsoft’s controller-less new innovation is will allow to you to play (yep) without controllers. The demos looked pretty cool, but I don’t see this being as smooth as it was in said demos. I am sure this thing will be really expensive, but I can’t wait to check it out.

Well, that’s the highlights from today! Check back tomorrow for info on Sony’s press conference.

Review: Marilyn Manson – The High End of Low

In Music on June 1, 2009 at 9:23 pm

marilyn_manson_high_end_of_low_picCome with me, if you will, on a journey back to the year of 1996. Bill Clinton occupied the White House, the Olympic games were rolling into Atlanta, and the music industry was abuzz with the sounds of chatter over a new album that had been released. That album? Marilyn Manson’s AntiChrist Superstar. With that release, Marilyn Manson made his name in the music industry and struck fear into God-fearing hearts all across the land. From that landmark album Manson went on to create many other great listens like Mechanical Animals, Holy Wood, and yes, I even thought Golden Age of Grotesque was a good album. And don’t get me wrong, I know I am leaving out Portrait of an American Family (which came out before Antichrist Superstar). POAF was still a great listen, but lets face it, Antichrist was his breakthrough moment. Anyway, after Golden Age, Manson delivered Eat Me, Drink Me. It was a downturn, to say the least. Personally, I listened to the album once and forgot it existed.

High End of Low doesn’t mark a return to glory for Manson, though it is considerably better than Eat Me, Drink Me. If you didn’t know, Manson’s longtime friend Twiggy left the band once upon a time. High End of Low marks the return of Twiggy, so you can probably see why a lot of people had high hopes for this album. I was one of those people. Well dear readers, as you may imagine, I had my hopes crushed upon placing this CD into my CD player and hitting the play button.

The album is basically a slightly “meaner” version of Eat Me, Drink Me. Maybe I am completely wrong in saying this, but Marilyn Manson has become every stereotypical Hot Topic shopper. Supposedly this album is about the recent breakups Manson has faced, but you would honestly expect him to come out swinging at least a little. Pretty as a Swastika is the only song on the album that didn’t completely bore me to tears. Sure, you could argue that Manson is just progressing and growing up as an artist. To that I would reply, “He’s nearly 40 and has a song on his album called Arma-Goddamn-Motherfucking-Geddon”.

I really hate to bash Manson. I definitely respect him and love his older music, but I just wish he would “unleash the fury” again and become the thing parents don’t want their kids anywhere near. What you have here is 15 tracks that will leave you wondering what happened to that good ol’ AntiChrist that we all used to love.

Final Grade: D

Review: Up

In On Film on June 1, 2009 at 2:47 pm

1952-upmovieposterPixar’s latest offering is Up, a movie that says you’re never too old for adventure. The plot of the film revolves around an old man named Carl Fredricksen. Carl, as he grows older, quickly realizes that the world around him has changed in such a way that has made him extremely bitter. When threatened with a future in a retirement home, Carl decides to have the adventure he never had throughout his life. Thus he heads……*wait for it*…..Up.

Look, I am not the type of person that will gush over something. As a matter of fact, a lot of people often tell me that I hate everything. Be that as it may, I can’t say anything bad concerning this movie. I loved Wall*E, it was one of my favorite movies from last year, but I must say it takes a backseat to Up.

The story is just perfect. You can’t help but find yourself feeling every emotion that Carl feels. Don’t make the mistake of thinking that this is just a typical “kid’s” movie, it’s not. Within the first 45 minutes of the movie, you’ll find yourself incredibly depressed. Without giving away any spoilers, the beginning of this movie is absolutely soul crushing.

The visuals in this movie were nothing short of beautiful. Seeing this movie in 3D really amplifies the beauty of the visuals, so if you have that option, definitely go with it.

Guys, I really don’t know what else to say about this movie besides it’s perfect. I really mean it, there is nothing wrong with this movie. It may be the best Pixar movie ever. I also think it’s a definite thing that this film will take home some Oscars when the time comes. Best picture? I certainly wouldn’t be surprised if it won. This is easily the best movie of 2009 thus far, do yourself a favor and go check it out immediately.

Final Grade: A+ – Perfect Score

Review:: Drag Me to Hell

In On Film on June 1, 2009 at 2:14 pm

drag-me-to-hell_l1 Sam Raimi takes a break from the comic world and delves right back into the horror genre. In his latest fright, Raimi tells the story of Christine Brown. Christine, who moves from a farm to the bustling streets of L.A., is a loan officer trying to work her way into an assistant manager position that has recently opened at the bank. But how far will she go to get that job? And what cost will she pay?

Drag Me to Hell is definitely old school Raimi. If you’re a fan of the Evil Dead trilogy, you’ll feel right at home here. Also, if you’re a fan of the old Hammer films, I think you’ll enjoy this. Maybe it was just me, but this certainly felt like I was watching a Hammer movie. But, of course, if you’re unfamiliar with Raimi’s old work you will probably find yourself taking this movie a bit too seriously.

I thought the plot in this movie moved along very well. I can’t say that I thought for once throughout the movie, “Man, I really wish this would move along”. There are so many jump scares and cool visuals that it’s impossible to become “bored”. Again, the directing is classic Raimi. He has such a cool and innovative style that you instantly know it’s him behind the camera. Another thing I liked, and I may be in the minority here, is the sound in the movie. I loved how the audio would get extremely loud when a tense situation arose. I thought this was very effective in heightening the sense of paranoia and fear that resulted from the scene.

The acting was pretty good, I had no real problems with anyone’s performance in the film. Alison Lohman did a good job playing the role of the obviously insecure Christie Brown. Justin Long also did good in his role of the supportive boyfriend. I find it a little hard to judge most of these roles because this isn’t the type of movie where there is deep insight into character (well, at least not outside of Christie Brown).

All in all, what you have here is a very fun horror movie that any true horror fan should love. As I previously stated, if you “don’t get” Raimi’s brand of horror, you’ll find yourself taking this too seriously and hating it. However, if you love horror and appreciate the fact that this isn’t a remake, you’re in for a treat with this film.

Final Grade: A-