ZombiU Drops the ‘U’ and Hits PS4, Xbox One, and PC as Zombi

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Back before Mario Kart 8 and Splatoon, the Wii U was a new console that nobody wanted to buy with gimmicky games that nobody was able to play. The platform has since corrected course, but the small install base ensured that many of the exclusive launch titles never received much time in the spotlight.

That’s about to change for at least one game. Ubisoft has announced that ZombiU has dropped the U and will be coming to the PS4, the Xbox One, and the PC as Zombi, a digital-only release that will be available on August 18.

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REVIEW – Mission Impossible – Rogue Nation

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Beyond the tabloid silliness, there’s one thing indisputable about Tom Cruise – the man wants to please his audience. In the best possible way it’s an old-school ethos – let’s watch a guy fight as damn hard as he can to provide action and fun on the big screen. In some ways he’s like Jackie Chan with a few more safety harnesses and model good looks – confident in doing his own stunts, almost pathologically desperate to make sure that the films give everything they need to in order to work as entertainment.

There’s a purity to Tom Cruise playing Ethan Hunt over the last few decades, an unadulterated vision of this particular character that he’s eminently capable of playing. For one, he’s an action star that still has acting chops – this isn’t just 80s shlock heroes like Segal that were fundamentally one note. Cruise has done many things that are risible, but only the most churlish would think he can’t do drama as well as this fluffy stuff.

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Movie Stuff: Music Makes the Heart Grow Deadlier

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We’ve all heard the expression that a certain musician really “killed it” at their gig, but this summer has seen its fair share of musical instruments being used as deadly weaponry.

In noir films the violin or guitar case was the obvious ruse for a gun, especially given that so few of the gangsters looked like they’d ever practiced anything other than being hooligans all their lives. Kubrick’s The Killing is a fine example of this, with the incongruous instrument being carried around by the protagonist as a form of subterfuge.

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Secret, Sinister, Shaken But Not Stirred: James Bond SPECTRE Trailer

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Skyfall was in my Top Ten Films of 2012 and it’s also one of my favorite James Bond films. After Casino Royale, I was convinced that Daniel Craig is the best James Bond we’ve seen to date and although many hated Quantum of Solace (except me), Skyfall furthered that conviction. Like George Lazenby before him, Craig brings an emotional depth to Bond, one that the cinematic franchise has always been lacking.

Since Skyfall was such a massive critical and commercial success (it was the highest grossing film for Sony to date, even earning more than The Dark Knight Rises, which came out the same year), it seems like good sense to bring director Sam Mendes and screenwriters Neal Purvis, Robert Wade, and John Logan back for SPECTRE.

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The Bad History Behind The Good Dinosaur

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Like most heart owners, I love Pixar. The first 11 films to come from the studio (Toy Story to Toy Story 3 and everything in between) were all instant classics, then they made Cars 2 (2011), Brave (2012), and Monsters University (2013). These outings were less impressive for a studio we’d come to expect great things from every year, which is why this summer’s Inside Out felt like a breath of fresh air. Last week we got the first trailer for this fall’s The Good Dinosaur, which I’m cautiously optimistic for, despite the well documented rocky journey it’s had getting to screens.

If you’re like me, you love listening to good storytellers talk about the twisted paths they sometimes have to take to reach their final destination. Pixar writers and directors have always been candid when talking about near misdirections taken with their films and decisions to change large story elements late in production. But with a release date pushed back twice, a different writer, producer, and almost all new cast than what the film started out with, we’re left wondering if The Good Dinosaur is the film that it was originally intended to be at all, and if that’s a good thing. 

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Step Up Should Become the Next Fast and Furious

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I don’t want to brag, but I’m pretty sure this is the best idea I’ll ever have. Just know that I’m 100% sincere about everything I’m about to type.

See, I’ve recently been watching the Step Up movies because I like to watch break dancing and I was curious to see what Channing Tatum got up to before he became the biggest thing in Hollywood. The series does not disappoint. It’s formulaic, but the dance scenes are fun and the characters are likeable that’s all the movies need to be entertaining.

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Deceptifunk: The Transformers song you need to hear

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The Transformers cover band The Cybertronic Spree are known for performing the entire soundtrack to the 1986 animated film, The Transformers: The Movie as characters from the film. It’s a sight to behold. Their YouTube videos offer but a small glimpse of what their live act is all about (unfortunately these videos don’t capture their banter and zany antics as well as we’d like – but this fantastic food column about them does).

But now, in addition to offering covers of classic hair-metal 80s jams, the group has released its first original composition alongside a video that for once doesn’t feature live-action footage of a performance.

“Deceptifunk,” if the video is to be believed, was written by Decepticons Soundwave and Rumble (who happen to be members of the band and have seemingly no problem working with Autobots, Spike the human, a Quintesson, and Unicron). And it’s as deceptively catchy as the video is hilarious.

So it’s a song about Soundwave, by Soundwave, and in checking with G1 Transformers lore, the lyrics totally check out as legit. Enjoy!

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Criterion Collection Upcoming Releases: Mulholland Dr. And The Brood

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When news of an upcoming Criterion Collection release is announced, the hearts of cineastes beat a little faster. Although the distribution company has become legendary for their impeccable Blu-releases, they’ve been around since the days of VHS tapes. Criterion releases also include impeccable, award-winning special features, including audio commentaries, deleted scenes, documentaries, and much more.

Two upcoming Criterion Collection releases are particularly notable: Mulholland Dr. and The Brood.

Mulholland Dr., which was released in 2001, was the film that reignited my long-dormant love for director David Lynch. Back in the day, I was a huge fan of Lynch’s work, being somewhat obsessed with Blue Velvet, Dune, and the Twin Peaks television series. However, by the time Wild At Heart came out in 1990, I felt Lynch’s work had become a parody of itself and I lost interest. Seeing Mulholland Dr. a few years ago changed all that.

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Hannibal Recap Episode 3.9 – …and the Woman Clothed with the Sun

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Hannibal has traditionally been a solitary figure. Though he enjoys the company of others, he is usually among them rather than of them, observing from the vantage of superior refinement. He does not trust anyone with his secrets. He does not rely on others to fulfill his base desires, and seems to regard doing so as a form of weakness.

That consistent drive towards self-actualization at the expense of others makes “…and the Woman Clothed with the Sun” an unexpectedly communal pleasure. The episode is devoted almost entirely to the concept of family. Despite his finer tastes, Hannibal genuinely craves the simple intimacy that has eluded him throughout the show, and it’s perhaps the first time that we’ve seen him be truly vulnerable.

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4 Star Wars characters who deserve their own movies

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It’s hard to believe it’s already been almost 3 years since Disney acquired Lucasfilm and announced that it was going to start pumping out Star Wars films with Marvelesque regularity. They let it be known very early on that this would mean stand-alone origin stories for some of our favorite characters from the original trilogy. This set the internet a-buzz with theories and requests on which characters are most deserving of this treatment. Well we’re a little older now, maybe not much wiser, but at least we know who we’ll be getting origin stories for in the next few years: Boba Fett and Han Solo. As fan favorites with previous adventures alluded to but never shown, these were obvious choices. So now that we have those out of the way, who’s next?

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