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Conan the Barbarian: Thirst for Blood Trailer

Posted in Films with tags , , , , on August 4, 2011 by boccobsblog

On the Conan Film website they have posted a new trailer entitled, “Thirst for Blood”.  It is unclear if it is a teaser or a trailer (a teaser being a trailer that shows footage not actually in the film). In my humble opinion, this does not bode well for the film. It shows Conan as a ruthless, psychopathic 7-year-old killing machine.

My gripe with this scene is that the tragedy of the first film was that Conan was a peaceful, doe-eyed child that was taken away and forged into a killer.

They are going for the easy win. “Oh, he’s Conan, he kills stuff.” Conan himself reflects in the first film that he wasted his entire life in the pursuit of vengeance and death.

Let me know what you think. Watch the Trailer

(I’m trying to stay hopeful, but it’s waning)

Review of X- MEN: First Class

Posted in Films, Gaming Culture, Gaming News with tags on June 4, 2011 by boccobsblog

 

pic via IMDb

I just returned from seeing, X-Men: First Class, and I thought I’d give a review. (Some spoilers, nothing major)

The Good

I groaned when I saw Kevin Bacon as Shaw (I like Bacon, but in a comic book movie, it seemed like a weird pick) , but he did a good job.

Rose Byrne did a great job and helped to reduce the campiness.

 

The Badass

The Wolvie Scene was funny.

James McAvoy (Prof. X) and Michael Fassbender (Magneto) both did an amazing job. They carried this movie.

January Jones looks stunning. Marvel couldn’t draw a better-looking Emma Frost.

 

And the Ugly

I understand that the film is set in the sixties, but it felt like an Austin Powers sequel much of the time.  “Groovy Mutations man!”

The lil’ X-men feel completely tacked on. They barely do anything. The entire movie should have just been Prof. X and Magneto. Besides a training montage, they movie really have nothing to do with the first class.

Beast looks like a teen wolf.

The “birth of a monster” scene with 12-year old Magneto could have been really cool but flopped. It’s like someone said, “Hey remember the Frankenstein scene in Revenge of the Sith? Make something that lame.”

Diamond-form Emma Frost was super lame. (It pains me to say this, because I fear it will hurt the chances that January and I will get back together…but it is true).

Even though the helmet looked better this time around, its impossible to not look like a huge tool when you’re wearing it. (And they even nod to that that fact in the movie)

Azazel (played by Jason Flemyng) looked like he stumbled in off the Buffy Reunion set. Super mega ultra lame.

Riptide, worst henchman yet. He looks like a Tag Heuer model.

Overall- it was a pretty good movie (C+ / B-). I’m pretty hard on movies, but it was worth the ticket price.

Four Gamer Films You’ll Enjoy

Posted in Dungeons and Dragons, Films, Gaming Culture with tags , , , , on May 30, 2011 by boccobsblog

If you’re looking for something to help pass the time between gaming sessions, listed below are four films (two comedies and two documentaries) about gaming culture. I’ve seen all four and enjoyed them, so I thought I would pass them on (in case you haven’t seen them). I hope you enjoy.

Darkon (2006) [documentary]

Directed by Luke Meyer and Andrew Neel, Darkon is a documentary that follows the lives of several Live Action Role Players in Baltimore Maryland. Darkon can be watched for free at Snagfilms.com. (Link)

The Gamers (2002) [comedy]

This film, directed by Matt Vancil, follows the exploits of a humorous adventuring party as they attempt to stop their arch villain, The Shadow. The film’s hook is that it switches from the actual players, to their characers and back all throughout the movie. Gamers hits on just about every D&D joke possible, from the player that always plays a girl, to the thief that attempts to pickpocket everything, and the player that is always missing, but whose character is often forgotten about. While done on a low budget, The Gamers is worth a watch.

The Gamers 2: The Dorkness Rising (2008) [comedy]

The sequel to The Gamers does not disappoint. Here’s part of the IMDb synopsis:

All Lodge wants is for his gaming group to finish their adventure. Unfortunately, they’re more interested in seducing barmaids, mooning their enemies, and setting random villagers on fire. Desperate to rein in his players, Lodge injects two newbies into the distrust: a non-player character controlled by Lodge, who the power gamers immediately distrust, and the rarest gamer of all — a girl. Can the group overcome their bickering to save the kingdom, or will the evil necromancer Mort Kemnon triumph unopposed

The Dungeon Masters (2008) [documentary]

Directed by Kevin McAlester, The Dungeon Masters, is a documentary about the lives of three DMs.

Partial plot summary from IMDb:

An evil drow-elf is displaced by Hurricane Katrina. A sanitation worker lures friends into a Sphere of Annihilation. A failed supervillain starts a cable access show involving ninjas, puppets, and a cooking segment. These are the characters, real and imagined, of The Dungeon Masters: Against the backdrop of crumbling middle-class America, two men and one woman devote their lives to Dungeons and Dragons, the storied role-playing game, and its various descendants.