No More Heroes?

Ever since the 2000 blockbuster, X-Men, superhero movies have been on the rise. Since then the question has been asked, when will this huge trend stop? Well do you want to know my prediction? Of course you do, if you didn’t you wouldn’t be reading this. I think that the answer is too long to explain, so I’ll create a time line and maybe that will help me. This time line shows how successful movies from 2010 to 2013 will be.

2010:

*Kick Ass was a surprise hit. It was made on a budget of 28 million and grossed over 95 million. The movie was well received, enough for it to garner a sequel out in 2012.

*Iron Man 2 received decent reviews and is one of the highest grossing movies of this year. They’ve already speculated the Iron Man 3 will be released 2013.

*The Losers was a pretty well hyped movie that didn’t do as well as DC Entertainment expected. Most movie goers didn’t even realize the movie was based on the comic book. The film barely broke even in gross and received mixed reviews.

Bruce Willis has a chance to save his career.

*Jonah Hex has received terrible reviews and the small amount of people who claimed to buy tickets say that they walked out midway through the movie. Don’t expect a sequel anytime soon.

*Red is a currently unreleased movie starring Bruce Willis. I did not know about this movie until 20 minutes before writing this. From what I’ve read though it looks like it could make DC Entertainment some money. I expect the movie to make better sales than Jonah Hex, but nothing compared to Iron Man.

*Overall

This year was/will be decent for superhero movies. Some will blame the recession on the less than average turn out while others will blame poor promotion.

2011:

An odd choice for Thor, in my opinion.

*Thor will probably be the lowest grossing superhero movie of 2011. Some cite its ridiculous costumes and less than popular storyline as the main reasons. It’ll raise some doubt if the Avengers movie will succeed.

*Captain America: The First Avenger will be a hit. People will still wonder why Marvel cast Chris Evans as one of the most popular superheros of all time, but his acting will hopefully be better than The Fantastic Four. It’ll gain average reviews and probably be the highest grossing superhero film of the year.

This movie does seem promising.

*Green Lantern will also be a hit, Ryan Reynolds was well liked as Deadpool and he is a fairly decent actor. Like Captain America, the movie will receive decent reviews.
*X-Men: First Class will do well, though success is not guaranteed as fan favorite, Wolverine is not in it. This may not sound like a big deal, but the other movies were so well liked because of him. Luckily, they’ve recast the characters, but they say this isn’t a series reboot.

Overall

Superhero movies will start to see a drop in movie goers around this time. The drop will be slight, but it will be noticed by movie critics and fans who eagerly look to see what the #1 movie in America is.

2012:

*The Dark Knight sequel will most definitely be a hit, though it probably won’t gross as much as The Dark Knight. Christopher Nolan says this will be his last Batman movie, so expect lots of action and good reviews.

*Untitled Spider-Man reboot will do well, people will mostly see it to see if Marvel saved the series or undoubtedly ruined it even more. I think people will criticize the new Spider-Man/Peter Parker, as he will be compared to Tobey Maguire.

*The Man of Steel, the next Superman movie that not many have heard about, will probably be the lowest grossing superhero movie of the year. When it comes to Superman movies, no one cares to watch. This may be because Superman is practically invincible and having him fight someone wielding Kryptonite just gets boring. The movie will receive decent reviews though, as it is being written by the guy who wrote The Dark Knight.

*The Avengers will be the highest or second-highest grossing movie of the year. It will be praised due to its smorgasbord of well-known actors and actresses but it will point out weak links such as Thor’s Chris Hemsworth.

Overall

This will be the last year of huge Superhero movies. The Avenger will probably spawn a sequel or two, though as time goes on, more actors may decide not to return.

2013 and onward:

*Iron Man 3 may end up being the last huge Superhero movies. Robert Downey Jr. will be excellent, as always, but the film will have a decent gross and be well received by critics.

Onward

This is where superhero movies peaked.

Superhero movies will always be known as recession proof movies, as they help people forget the tough times they are going through. Much like comic books during the other recessions and such. These movies will lose their “pizzazz” once everyone gets back on their feet. However, I don’t think Superhero movies will ever be the worst grossing franchise as they’ve been churning out decent movies since the 1980’s which proves that people will always love caped vigilantes in small doses.

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Psych review

If you own an Xbox 360 and have Xbox Live there is one deal you should take a good look at. The 50% off Psych’s seasons 1-3 is a great deal sure to last only a week. If you have never seen the series and your skeptic about shelling out a whole $1.00 on the pilot (SD purchase only), continue reading this review. The show is about a fake Psychic, Shawn Spencer, and his best friend Burton “Gus” Guster.

Though the series has started its fifth series, it still has the creativity and comedy as the first episode. The two aforementioned main characters make constant ’80’s references that keep everyone laughing. There is just so much praise to be given to this show, its a must watch.

Pros

*Hilarious

*Great chemistry

*Great acting

Cons

*The cases can be predictable at times

Overall

The show is great and fun for the whole family. The spot the pineapple sweepstakes makes watching an episode even more fun, even if you don’t win anything. I can’t stress enough how much this show is a must watch for any comedy lover.

I give this show an 9 out of 10.

Bishop First Look: Due Date (2010 movie)

That, my friend, is true male bonding.

On the 14th of July, the first trailer for the new comedy starring Robert Downey Jr. and Zach Galifianakis was released. Due Date is its name and its due out November 5, 2010. When I first heard about the movie, I thought it’d be pretty interesting, two of my favorite actors sharing the big screen. Now, however, I am beginning to wonder if this will be good or if it will be just like the 2009 hit movie, The Hangover. I think this because Zach Galifianakis is playing an identical role with similar mannerisms. When Due Date is released, you can expect a review from me.

Cary Elwes in SAW 3D

Ever since I saw the first Saw movie, I’ve been hooked with the franchise. I’ve even seen the short video that helped the creators Leigh Whannell and James Wan make the first full-length movie. For those of you who haven’t seen the first Saw movie, it’s about two men trapped in a bathroom by the Jigsaw Killer. The film stars Leigh Whannell and Cary Elwes. The reason its such a big deal that Cary Elwes is in the latest installment is that he refused to return in any of the last five movies.

Little is known about his return, but it has been speculated that he will either have a minor role in flashbacks, or be Jigsaw’s true apprentice. Which would seem ridiculous since he’s had about 5 apprentices. One week before Saw 3D comes out, expect a review of the whole series and then expect my review for SAW 3D soon afterward.

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Image of Cary Elwes found on Wikipedia.

NEW M. Night Shyamalan movie (Trailer and more…)

After watching the trailer for Devil, I was excited. I loved movies like Signs, The Sixth Sense and even The Happening. Though, I think this movie can only succeed if M. Night treats it like he’s not trying to relive the glory days. Also, if it has a twist, it needs to be good and surprising, not like the one in The Happening. Also, M. Night wrote the story, not the screen play. He is also not the director, which can be considered as good news.

The main cast of Devil.

Chris Messina and a creepy old person.

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Both images were found on IMDB.com. They can also be found the Devil’s official website.

The rise of motion sensored gaming

This year, companies like Sony and Microsoft are taking the next step in gaming, a motion sensored experience bound to knock the socks off of the Wii. In this article, I will take a gander at any and all known information about the two add-on’s and give you my opinion on how successful either will be.

Kinect

Kinect

The Kinect has a very sleek design.

At E3 2009, Microsoft released their next big thing titled Project Natal. At first glance people were ecstatic, but as time grew and less and less information was released, people became less excited. Then at E3 2010 a whole bonanza of info was given, including a release date, its true name (Kinect) and a list of its launch titles. I, along with many, many other people, were now excited. The controls don’t seem entirely flawless, on an episode of Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Miranda Cosgrove’s avatars arms started wildly flailing while she was standing still. Midway through the demonstration it was fixed. I’m not going to lie when I say that I am going to buy the Kinect the instant it comes out. You can expect the new Kinect experience November 4th in North America.

Playstation Move

PlayStation Move

It really does look like a lollipop.

For the Sony fans, the Playstation Move is the next best thing. It promises to provide and even better experience than the Wii. Sony also says that they will heavily advertise this as its own console, though it’s an attachment to the preexisting PS3. If it was its own console, I don’t know if I would buy it. In my opinion, it resembles that of a lollipop. You can expect the PlayStation Move out September 19th in North America.

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Both images were found on Wikipedia.

Blacklight: Tango Down review

Blacklight: Tango DownAbout two months ago I quit playing Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 for one reason, modders. I hadn’t played an online FPS since then, but when I heard Blacklight: Tango Down was coming out, I was excited. A futuristic war game coming out on Xbox Live for only $15 was the most exciting thing I had heard in weeks. Sadly, I wasn’t able to buy the game when it debuted due to a week-long vacation. Though I bought it right away when I came home. Let me just say, you get what you paid for.

Gameplay

The game plays much like Modern Warfare 2, though it’s a lot faster in pace and futuristic. You throw normal grenades using the Right Bumper (RB) and special grenades using the Left Bumper (LB), controls vary per gaming system.

Pros

*Good graphics

*12 maps

*$15

*Decent gameplay

Cons

*Lag

*Vague story

*Complicated matchmaking

*No in-game joining

Achievements

This game has less than par achievements. I’ve played for two days and have a whopping two achievements. I bet if I tried harder I could get more, but I’ve got better things to do and I don’t think its worth it.

Overall

BL: TD

If only the action in-game was this epic...

I’ve said it twice and I’ll say it again, fifteen dollars is an amazing price for this game. If the price was any higher, I would not recommend anyone to buy it. One of my biggest problems is its complicated way of inviting friends to play. You have to be in a room, but the room cannot have a game chosen. That leads to a very small window of inviting a friend and having them join. Another problem I have is no in-game joining. When all but one member of a team quits, the game sucks. No one wants to play a six on one game, it takes forever and is unfair to the one great gamer who chose to stay.

I give this game a 7 out of 10. It’s a good buy if you happen to have 1200 points.