Archive | February, 2010

Everyone Knows The A-Team Travels In Style Why Should Their DVD’s Be Any Different

26 Feb

by: Captain Oblivious

In case you did not realize there is a movie called The A-Team coming out this summer and it is based on a little known 80’s series of the same name. So with the big Hollywood movie comes the saturation of the market of the TV show it is based on. But I am going to file this under must have. Take a look at this beauty:

That’s right. It is all five seasons of The A-Team in a collectible van case. This 25 disc set will hit on June 8th and would make George Peppard proud. I think more shows should take a cue from this set and begin being more inventive with their series collections.

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Zoolander 2 May Be On The Way…..Excitement Overwhelms Me!

25 Feb

by: Captain Oblivious

“Hansel, he’s so hot right now, Hansel.”

The greatest thing ever may happen. This is from Deadline Hollywood:

Finally, Paramount and Ben Stiller are pulling together a PG-13 Zoolander 2 with Tropic Thunder and Iron Man 2 writer Justin Theroux who’ll also direct. I’ve learned that Ben and Justin are working on the script together, and Theroux is going to Fashion Week in Paris to “immerse himself on what is current in fashion”. “It’s got momentum,” a studio source just told me. Everyone’s hoping Owen Wilson co-stars again but no deal is set. The villain likely will be Jonah Hill who’s in negotiations.

“Their breakdance fighting!”

No word yet on if Owen Wilson would come back as Hansel but he did do Drillbit Taylor and Marley and Me so I am going to say yes. And Jonah Hill as the villain sounds like all kinds of awesome.

“I invented the piano key neck tie! I INVENTED IT! What have you done?!”


WWE NXT 2/24/10

24 Feb

by: Captain Oblivious

Like Vince McMahon said, “the next evolution of WWE programming is here.” But was it any good? Well I have to admit that I thoroughly enjoyed the premiere of NXT last night. The concept is not as new as you’d expect. It does feel like a hybrid of Tough Enough mixed with scripted elements of Raw or Smackdown but it worked.

Here are the quick results and then I will give my impressions and scores for the rookies.

1. Miz told Daniel Bryan to go to the ring and show that he had charisma. Bryan obliged and cut a good promo before Miz interrupted and said he failed at his task and slapped him.

2. Christian and Heath Slater defeated Carlito and Michael Tarver

3. David Otunga defeated Darren Young

4. Chris Jericho defeated Daniel Bryan

(and the table bump looked so sick….ouch)

Captain’s Chair:

+I think the WWE did a good job introducing Daniel Bryan without letting him be the main focus of the show.

+ Heath Slater came across as a bit of a douche during his promo on Raw but I enjoyed both his and Michael Tarver’s work in the tag match.

+ I like David Otunga’s character. That being said I think his character works because he seems like he may truly be an asshole.

+ The pairing of Darren Young and CM Punk may be my second favorite behind Miz and Bryan. I can see WWE doing some good stuff with this.

+ If Wade Barrett is as good in the ring as he is on the mic he should be very good.

– My only negative would be the Darren Young/Davis Otunga match. I don’t think you needed a squash on the first show. Especially when it was a rookie doing it to another rookie. Had a pro squased a rookie it would have been different.

Rookie Scores:

Since NXT is a new concept I figured I would go with a new concept as well. Instead of scoring the show I will grade the rookies as we go show to show. This includes the matches they may have worked, the promos or video vignettes that aired as well as the intangibles that they showed on the show.

1. Daniel Bryan: B+

-He was given the most time on the show and he made it count. From his opening promo with Miz to his match with Jericho you already know he is a star.

2. Darren Young: C

– He was squashed by Otunga but I do not hold that against him. I like his look and his interaction with Punk so far. I like the different directions they could take these two in.

3. David Otunga: C

– Botching your finisher doesn’t help any but I really like his character. He has a great look and seems like he can carry himself in front of the camera.

4. Heath Slater: B-

– Like I said before I didn’t like his promo on Raw but he worked really well with all three guys in the tag match.

5. Michael Tarver: C

– Like Slater, the tag match was good just seems like Slater had a little bit more in the charisma department.

6. Wade Barrett: C

– He did not wrestle but for me I thought he was money on the mic.

7. Skip Sheffield: N/A

8. Justin Gabriel: N/A

Mass Effect 2 Review

22 Feb

by: Captain Oblivious

I am a self professed Mass Effect junkie. I believe the first game was the greatest game of the past decade. Bioware’s ability to have you feel so deeply involved with characters and that your decisions have real consequences is second to none. So the question is how does Bioware make the sequel live up to the greatness of the first game as well as the expectations of fans like me? By listening to fans and critics and gutting everything that did not work in the first game and installing a refined combat system that works as well as any action game ever made that how.

In the first Mass Effect you had so much inventory to keep up with. Often times holding onto multiples of the same weapons without knowing unless you check each of your character’s inventories. Add to that species specific armor, tech and omni tools and it almost became too much even if you are an RPG fan. With Mass Effect 2 Bioware has certainly gone with the mantra “less is more”. Now there are more weapon classes but less overall weapons. Each weapons class may have 3 or 4 options while still having the ability to upgrade ammo types and damage. While this may disappoint RPG enthusiasts that love to have 15 different weapons per character it helps in the overall combat.

The menu system has also been streamlined. While it may appear quite similar to that of Mass Effect the character upgrade screens have been massively simplified. At the start of the game you are asked to choose between six classes (Adept, Soldier, Engineer, Vanguard, Sentinel and Infiltrator) each one with it’s own special abilities and powers. From there as you level up experience points are distributed into the ability tree of your choosing. All abilities only run level 1-4 but when an ability is maxed out you are given another choice between two max sets of that ability.

Squad mates are much smarter this time around which also adds to the fun of the combat. No longer will your team mates take cover in front of enemy fire or constantly fire at a wall. They take proper cover when fired upon as well as following commands better when you direct them. Bioware has also smartly allowed you to assign your team mates biotic and weapon powers onto the d-pad for quick use during gunfights instead of always having to pause gameplay to bring up the power wheel. This makes the game move much more smoothly than the first and once again shows the move away from the RPG and into more of the shooter catagory.

Graphically to just call the game beautiful would be an understatement. The slow loading textures and massive blur effects from the first game are a distant memory. This game is crisp. I mean almost crystal clear. I found myself paying attention to characters eye movements during conversations to pick up on anything extra that he or she may have meant by saying certain things. Even when you are in mid combat the game still looks amazing. I am sure I could have beaten the game quicker if I had not taken time to stop and look at all the small intricacies of every world Bioware crafted for the game.

The story is near perfect. It does the near impossible by answering some huge mysteries while also bringing up more questions that will surely be answered in Mass Effect 3. I wish I could write about the plot more but I don’t want to ruin it for anyone who is still wanting to play this game. I would suggest playing through Mass Effect 1 before to give yourself an opportunity to see the true scope of how large this overall story arc is. Bioware has made your investment in your Mass Effect 1 character seem like time well spent by having specific characters reappear or stay dead and buried depending on your actions in the first game. It truly makes you think about every decision you make in the second game twice knowing that this universe will live or die by your decisions.

Overall Bioware has crafted a near perfect follow up to an already legendary game. I won’t complain about the minor things (i.e. mining) because they in no way take away from the true joy of this game. And if you thought the ending to Mass Effect 1 left you wanting…..you have no earthly idea.

Overall Score: 9.8/10

2010 Movie Preview- Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps

22 Feb

by: Captain Oblivious

Now here is one movie I don’t mind waiting 20 years for a sequel. The teaser trailer released last month was a lighthearted reintroduction of Gordon Gekko to the world but the new full length international trailer shows that he still has some bite left even after 20 years in the slammer. The more I see the more I really can not wait for this to come out. And don’t forget there is a Charlie Sheen sighting as Bud Fox as well……

WWE Elimination Chamber 2010 Results

22 Feb

by: Captain Oblivious

Well alright….here we are. Elimination Chamber. The last PPV before Wrestlemania. One would think this is where the road to Mania becomes a little clearer. And that one would be absolutely wrong. After last night I am going to just sit back and stop trying to assume what WWE is doing and let them decide how to make better or ruin their biggest show of the year. Here’s the results.

1. John Cena defeated HHH, Sheamus, Ted DiBiase, Randy Orton, and Kofi Kingston to win the WWE Title.

-The chamber match itself was very, very good. I expected the Smackdown chamber to be better honestly but the guys from Raw brought it I have to admit. I loved the Kofi getting his stuck in the chamber fence. It looked sick and was honestly something new we haven’t seen. DiBiase pinning Orton was done perfectly but I did not like Ted getting pinned literally 90 seconds after pinning Orton. I totally disagree with Sheamus losing the title this way. I believe a Sheamus/HHH match at Mania for the belt would have been good and Cena did not need the title for his feud with Batista.

Match Score: 7.5/10

Oh and speaking of Batista….

2. Batista defeated John Cena to win the WWE Title

-Yep. That just happened. Now you would think that I would be ecstatic that Cena lost the title on the same night even to a dbag like Batista but once again Cena OR Batista did not need the WWE title to make their feud mean anything.

Match Score: N/A

3. Drew McIntyre defeated Kane to retain the Intercontinental Title.

-Just a quick thought. McIntyre’s new music is sweet. I have slowly been getting on the McIntyre bandwagon since December. I think fans do not give two craps about him though. He needs to take out a fan favorite for a few months to give him some heat so fans will take the time to hate him. This match was a very slow build but the final 4 or 5 minutes were good.

Match Score: 6.5/10

4. Michelle McBangtaker and Layla defeated Gail Kim and Maryse

– Well I didn’t think it could be done. With the WWE women’s division the worse it has ever been since they reintroduced the Women’s title about 10 years ago they figured out a way to make it worse last night. Did I really care about the Diva’s championship match last night? Nooo let’s not be silly. But I would have much rather watched it instead of a 4 minute tag match where McBangtaker got another pin she did not deserve.

Match Score: 2/10

5. The Miz defeated MVP to retain the U.S. Title

Another unannounced match between these two but I’m not complaining. I am just happy that the IC and U.S. titles are finally getting love on PPV’s on a normal basis now. I like the feud with MVP right now but it shouldn’t keep going for too much longer because I think that fans are wising up to the fact that MVP will not be the man to unseat Miz for the title. Still, not a show stealer of a match but it was good nonetheless.

Match Score: 7/10

6. Chris Jericho defeated The Undertaker, Rey Mysterio, R-Truth, CM Punk and John Morrison to win the World Heavyweight Championship.

-After the surprise filled debacle of a finish to the Raw chamber I prayed and prayed and prayed that this would go down according to plan.The match, while very good, did not blow the Raw match out of the water like I initially expected. Like the Royal Rumble Punk was the best thing about the match and was eliminated way too early. I liked Morrison being given the opportunity to be in the match instead of working the lame ankle injury to get HBK in there. He looked good and was given quality time in there with Taker and Jericho. And unlike the Raw match the expected happened……

Shawn came through the floor grating and superkicks Taker. Watches as Jericho wins the title and all is right with the world. We get Michaels/Taker 2 and Edge/Jericho at Mania. And you know what? I knew it was coming and it was still entertaining. You don’t need shock value for the sake of shock value with the Cena/Batista angle. It’s Wrestlemania. You don’t need to surprise people into ordering the show. This isn’t May. Your not trying to convince me to order Judgment Day. I am already ordering Wrestlemania. Stay the course WWE. Surprises are good and all…..when done properly.
Match Score: 8/10

Overall Show: 7/10

-A good score but honestly a little weak going into Mania. Let’s hope the ends justify the means.

Wanna Feel Old Again? Movie Anniversaries Part 2

19 Feb

by: Captain Oblivious

Well here we go. Round 2. Today we will take a look at some movies that are celebrating their 10th and 20th anniversaries respectively. Let’s all take a look and remember back to a simpler time when we looked forward to getting older and getting in an R- rated movie was a big deal (depending on how old you are).

10th Anniversary (2000)

Cast Away

Memorable Quote- “We might just make it. Did that thought ever cross your brain? Well regardless I would rather take my chance out there on the ocean, that to stay here and die on this shithole island spending the rest of my life talking to a god damn VOLLEYBALL.”

Dude, Where’s My Car?

Memorable Quote- “Wait a second, let’s recap. Last night, we lost my car, we accepted stolen money from a transsexual stripper, and now some space nerds want us to find something we can’t pronounce. I hate to say it, Chester, but maybe we need to cut back on the shibbying.”

The Emperor’s New Groove

Memorable Quote-

Kuzco: When will you learn that all my ideas are good ones?
Pacha: Well, that’s funny. Because I thought that you going into the jungle by yourself, being chased by jaguars, lying to me to take you back to the palace were all really *bad* ideas.
Kuzco: Oh, yeah. Anything sounds bad when you say it with that attitude.

Gladiator

Memorable Quote- “Five thousand of my men are out there in the freezing mud. Three thousand of them are bloodied and cleaved. Two thousand will never leave this place. I will not believe they fought and died for nothing.”

Gone In 60 Seconds

Memorable Quote- “I just stole fifty cars in one night! I’m a little tired, little *wired*, and I think I deserve a little appreciation!”

High Fidelity

Memorable Quote-

Rob: Liking both Marvin Gaye and Art Garfunkel is like supporting both the Israelis and the Palestinians.
Laura: No, it’s really not, Rob. You know why? Because Marvin Gaye and Art Garfunkel make pop records.
Rob: Made. Made. Marvin Gaye is dead. His father shot him.

O Brother, Where Art Thou?

Memorable Quote- “Well, ain’t it a small world, spiritually speaking. Pete and Delmar just been baptized and saved. I guess I’m the only one that remains unaffiliated.”

The Patriot

Memorable Quote- “I have long feared that my sins would return to visit me, and the cost is more than I can bear.”

X-Men

Memorable Quote-

Wolverine: Hey! It’s me.

Cyclops: Prove it!
Wolverine: You’re a dick.
Cyclops: Okay.

20th Anniversary (1990)

Home Alone

Memorable Quote- “I took a shower washing every body part with actual soap; including all my major crevices; including in between my toes and in my belly button which I never did before but sort of enjoyed. I washed my hair with adult formula shampoo and used cream rinse for that just-washed shine. I can’t seem to find my toothbrush, so I’ll pick one up when I go out today. Other than that, I’m in good shape.”

Back to the Future Part 3

Marty McFly: You’re Mad Dog Tannen!
Buford “Mad Dog” Tannen: Mad Dog? I hate that name. I hate it. You hear? Nobody calls me “Mad Dog”, especially not some duded-up, egg-suckin’ gutter trash.

Dick Tracy

“All right, that’s enough! I want ’em dead, both of ’em. I want this no-face character dead and I want Tracy dead. What’s the matter, you bums forgot how to kill people? Doesn’t your work mean anything to you anymore? Have you no sense of pride in what you do? No sense of duty, no sense of destiny? I’m looking for generals; what do I got? Foot soldiers! I want Dick Tracy dead!”

Die Hard 2

Memorable Quote- “Hey, Carmine, let me ask you something. What sets off the metal detectors first? The lead in your ass or the shit in your brains?”

Ghost

Memorable Quote-

Oda Mae Brown: I know you don’t think I’m giving this 4 million dollars to a bunch of nuns!
Sam: Think of it this way, you’ll go to Heaven.
Oda Mae Brown: I don’t want to go to Heaven, I want to go to the bank and cash a GODDAMN CHECK!

Misery

Memorable Quote- “He didn’t get out of the COCKADOODIE CAR!”

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Memorable Quote- “You believe this guy? Come on, Ninja kick the damn rabbit. Do something.”

Total Recall

Memorable Quote- “If I am not me, then who the hell am I?”

Young Guns 2

Memorable Quote- “Yoohoo. I’ll make you famous!”