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Movie Moxie’s 31 Days of Halloween – Day 14 – Silent Hill

Posted in Action, drama, horror, Movies, suspense, VG Movie with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 21, 2013 by aliciamovie

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Reviewed by Alicia Glass

 

Studio: Sony Pictures

MPAA Rating: R

Director: Christophe Gans

Review Rating: 8

Based on the wildly popular video game, a woman goes looking for her beloved adopted daughter in the haunted town of Silent Hill.

I didn’t play the game, I did watch the husband play it, and was intrigued by the ending. So when the movie came out awhile later, many of the fans of the video game were displeased, and the movie sadly didn’t seem to generate a lot in the way of new fans of just the film. Well poo on that; I enjoyed the movie just fine, thank you. Radha Mitchell did just fine in the main role of Rose, hunting mother, though I do still think that part was a tad too generic and could have been handed to any number of actresses. Sean Bean is Chris, her husband, remember him? Poor guy.  Jodelle Ferland gives a phenomenal performance as both Sharon, and Alessa. Which brings us to the rest of the movie.

So Rose and Chris adopted this girl Sharon, and she just happens to have night fits about some town called Silent Hill. And Rose, being a caring mother, decides to take Sharon back to the old burned town of what was Silent Hill, to try and help her daughter. Once there, literally all hell breaks loose, and Rose finds herself battling psycho mutant nurses with no eyes, or Pyramidhead with his maul. A good deal of the movie is video game combat, but they try to bring back the story heavily towards the end, for the climactic scene where Alessa comes in her full dark vengeance and explains everything while she calmly rips people apart. It’s hard to guess which is more terrifying, the calm little girl with the black eyes who’s killing folk all around her with flailing barbed wire, or the circumstances and townsfolk who did this to her in the first place. Although that’s not entirely fair, Alessa made a deal with…Someone, and chose to become this dark revenging angel on the entire town. But then, according to the movie anyway, they deserved it.

Silent Hill takes what most people thought impossible, that is a horror/action video game, and made it into a really believable if not understandable movie. And hell, for Halloween even your significant other can be talked into watching Silent Hill with you!

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Comic-Con International 2013

Posted in Action, Anime, Cartoon, comedy, Comics, drama, Fantasy, Foreign, Historical, horror, Kids, movie news, Movies, Musical, Romance, Sci-Fi, suspense, TV Movie, VG Movie with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 23, 2013 by aliciamovie

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Comic-Con International is one of those insane events that happens once a year, that everyone and their family looks forward to. Shwag is given out in spades, autographs are hoarded, lines are formed for miles, and cosplay is proudly displayed, often by folk who are considered completely “normal” otherwise. CCI is like it’s own world, with it’s own rules, and it helps to know them if you’ve never been to Comic-Con before. For example:

1. The FREE STUFF

Literally right across the street from the convention center, past the trolley tracks and the hordes of fan-atics trying to cross the street, is always set up as the ads and the FREE STUFF. Often new or returning TV shows are advertised with exhibit walkthroughs and at the end, you get a FREE something with the shows logo stamped on it. Clever geegaws, FREE photos with sets as backdrops, games and trivia and hotties giving out t-shirts, oh my! Someone this year was a genius, and for the Dracula walkthrough, the FREE thing given at the end was a chair. Now I grant you, it’s just a folding piece of cardboard with ads printed on it; the thing still supported my weight during those interminable lines for more FREE STUFF, so that’s awesome. All day Thursday, all I did was wander around the across-the-street area, didn’t even go in to the convention center itself, and yet I came home with a bulging bag of FREE STUFF. There was even a place giving out free half-pints of ice cream, advertising Elder Scrolls. I do not kid.

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1-A. TRIVIA PRIZES

Sometimes, not always, you can be in the right place at just the right time. I was in line for the Falling Skies trailer exhibit across the trolley tracks, when a Volunteer came out with t-shirts over one arm and announced to the line he was doing FS trivia, and asked who on the line was a fan?! …*crickets* Really? Well, I’m a fan! After gleefully giving some trivia about the latest show, I was handed the last in a lot of only 200 made, the Volunteer said, of an official Falling Skies hoodie, with a patch and a logo and thumbholes in the sleeves. This happens to me, as a rabid fan, often, and who knows, it may happen to you too!

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1-B. CCI BAG LOADOUT

Several years back, someone else was a genius and started giving out these high-end bags to hold shwag as part of the Comic-Con package when you pick up your badge. Everyone gets one, they usually have some sort of theme, and this year is no exception. This years CCI bag featured Warner Bros. (of course) and CCI on one side, the other side reserved for ads for shows like ARROW, Retro Batman, The Vampire Diaries, The Big Bang Theory, and many others, also featuring double arm straps so the bag could be a backpack, thank heavens. But that wasn’t the highlight of this years bag, oh no. Along with the CCI bag and it’s helpful lugging-stuff goodness, each bag came complete with a detachable ad cape. I grant you, it’s this cheapo piece of fabric with a logo screened on it and neckties, but come on. Now everyone can Cosplay at Comic-Con!

2. The LINES

In Comic-Con, there are lines literally everywhere. For the panels, for the Halls, down in the shopping mall, and don’t forget the FULLFILLMENT ROOM. (We’ll get to that.) The lines in the Exhibit Hall, where we do all the shopping and yes get more FREE STUFF, are often girded by Con security and hapless Volunteers with signs that don’t really work. Usually after Friday, the lines for the really swell FREE STUFF become impossible unless you attended such-and-such panel beforehand and received the postcard that entitled you for a FREE t-shirt advertising their movie. The Exhibit Hall frankly, has needed for years traffic signals and cattle prods, and not necessarily in that order. You were warned.

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2-A. The MAIN HALL LINES

The LINES for Hall H and Ballroom 20 need to be addressed as well. It’s been years since I’ve bothered at all trying to get into either one of these rooms, and with good reason. Hall H and Ballroom 20 are the largest venues at Comic-Con and therefore have the coolest panels shown there. Hall H in particular gets insane, due to the fact that the overflow line is outside (someone finally put up tents a few years ago to shield the line from the sun, hooray) and these days people will often camp out overnight to ensure getting in to Hall H the next day. I’ve heard stories of die-hard fans camping out there three days before the Con was to open, just to see their favorite star in real life. And I think that’s why these lines are so insane: most of these people get to see a real-life celebrity once in their miserable lives, here at Comic-Con. Even the lines for the smaller roomed panels are getting interesting, so nevermind what the website says. If you want to see a panel, any panel at all, come early for the line.

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3. The FULLFILLMENT ROOM

CCI some years back instituted this sort of reward program that gives away yet more FREE STUFF advertising various programs shown at Con. At a lot of the panels, while you’re sitting there listening to Noah Wyle crack wise about Falling Skies or whatever, Con Volunteers will pass out along the lines of Con-goers these little faire-type tickets. What not everyone knows is to keep these tickets, they’re not for a raffle you’ll never win or anything, it’s for the FULLFILLMENT ROOM. Next door to the convention center is the Marriot Hotel, and here is where the FULLFILLMENT ROOM is set up. What they don’t tell you, is that the ROOM is set up in the very back end of the Hotel, and the place usually only has Volunteers with signs for the ROOM about halfway through the Hotel, if at all. Also, inevitably, there are lines of eager Con-goers already in the know about the ROOM. However, if you’ve kept your non-raffle tickets (I store mine in the back of my Con badge, that always works) and walked huffing and puffing all the way to the ROOM, stood in the interminable lines and tried to be nice to the harried Con volunteers, you can get yet more FREE STUFF. Bags from everywhere under the moon, posters and comics and booklets oh my, in previous years I got full-on video games with unlockable content, bracelets and pins and don’t forget the t-shirts, all with the logo of your favorite movie or show!

4. The COSPLAY

A lot of people go absolutely apeshit insane trying to do Cosplay for Comic-Con. I tried it once or twice a few years ago, and truly, it does not mesh with wandering the exhibit hall with a bag stuffed full of free shwag. But there are a couple of things I’ve learned about the Cosplayers and their ways. One, they always prefer to be asked before you start blinding them with a camera flash and effectively block their way to wherever they’re going by mobbing them with picture-taking. Two, very few of them actually mind if you come right out and ask where their costume is from, if you don’t know. A lot of those Anime Cosplayers can get downright obscure, and they know it, so if you don’t know, ask already. Three, after you take their picture and thank them for it, say something nice about their costume already. It costs you nothing to say, “Love the shoes” or “You look just like the Khaleesi”, even if you don’t mean it. And who knows what it cost the Cosplayer to make that costume; show some appreciation for their fan-aticism and love, if nothing else.

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5. FINAL THOUGHTS

Comic-Con International is an event like no other in the whole world. Every year people from all over the planet come here to San Diego in massive hordes for this four-day insanity extravaganza. Yes, the lines are terrible, the crowds are massive, and the heat is stifling. Yes, there are always disappointments: I didn’t get in to the Doctor Who panel, I didn’t get that geegaw from thus-and-such retailer I really wanted cuz’ they sold out on Thursday, I missed the pirate ship walkthrough because they closed it a day early, et cetera. But what you do get in exchange for all the headaches is an experience like no other. I saw Travis Fimmel from Vikings live and in person, I came home with four free bags of shwag, I spent all the money I studiously saved just for this event in the exhibit hall on fan things, and overall I had a blast. Comic-Con brings together people from all over, who all have one thing in common: I’m a fan. In a lot of cases, we’re all insane fan-atics, and Comic-Con connects us all for those four glorious days of squees, cheers, and die-hard unabashed and unapologetic geekdom!

Ranted & Photographed by Alicia Glass

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San Diego Asian Film Festival 2012 presents Ace Attorney

Posted in Action, comedy, drama, Foreign, Movies, Romance, Sci-Fi, suspense, VG Movie with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 12, 2012 by aliciamovie

Reviewed by Alicia Glass

Director: Takashi Miite

Rating: 7.5

Website: Gyakuten Saiban

In a futuristic Japan, where trials have been mandated to last only three days by law, Novice Lawyer Phoenix Wright ends up defending his nemesis Miles Edgeworth in a murder trial.

The whole thing looks and sounds and acts like an odd combination of a video game, a Japanese game show, and collective mayhem, and it turns out there’s a very good reason for it. Namely the movie is actually based off a series of Capcom video games called, appropriately, Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney. This means that in typical Director Takashi Miite’s over-the-top style, every last thing and person screams J-Pop. The Heroines hair have blue undertones, Wright’s own hair seems frozen into stylish waves, Edgeworth flutters and dresses like a fop, there’s a female character with a crazy Afro, and of course a ghost or two to help Wright out along the way – every single last character gets the video game insanity treatment, even the audience.

So the whole thing starts off with a murder in Wright’s own firm, of Mia, a fellow lawyer who seems to save Wright’s butt more often than not. Pitted against Miles Edgeworth, a very fine Prosecutor with a mentor who’s never lost a case in 40 years, Wright doesn’t seem to stand a chance. Yet somehow he manages to win the case, which only leads to yet more questions concerning an old case that was never brought to justice, having bearing on the current case. Mysteries and murders begin to pile up, and Wright now finds himself defending a reluctant Edgeworth on a murder charge. The whole thing is wrought with ridiculous moments, over the top acting and always apparent desperation from Wright, who just seems to want to do the right thing, often getting saved at the last moment from some brilliant “Ah-ha!” from a friend. The CGI in the court room is pretty damned awesome, and Moxie can’t help but think if we had that for our modern-day Courtrooms and CSIs, the law would at least be a lot more entertaining.

Comic-Con International 2012 — Assassin’s Creed III Liberation

Posted in Action, comedy, drama, Fantasy, Foreign, Historical, horror, Sci-Fi, suspense, VG Movie with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 18, 2012 by aliciamovie

So Movie Moxie doesn’t play most games, she has Lame Gamer for that. However, watching the Assassin’s Creed franchise, how visually stunning it is, led Moxie to go stand in the relatively short line at the Ubisoft booth in the Exhibit Hall at Comic-Con, for the 15 minute trailer and presentation, but also for the free blow-up official ACIII tomahawk.

And then, since I couldn’t frankly get in to anything else and the line of costumed Assassins from everything from Brotherhood to Revelations amused me, I went to the panel for Assassin’s Creed III Liberation.

Here we have a completely new world, during the American Revolution, starring British and Indians and French troops, and a brand new Protag named Connor Kenway, and also Ratonhnhake:ton, which apparently translates from Mohawk into something like, “He Hunts it”.

And then, since I couldn’t frankly get in to anything else and the line of costumed Assassins from everything from Brotherhood to Revelations amused me, I went to the panel for Assassin’s Creed III Liberation.

 

/Drool.

There was plenty of talk about the style of gameplay, how a lot of the running and jumping and hiding to spring hidden assassination will now be done in forests and trees instead of cities and buildings. I was also quite excited to hear of a first for AC – naval gameplay and battling! That is, there is supposed to be 2 or 3 character-required scenes if not battles with ships on the water. Can’t wait.

Posted by Alicia Glass

Tekken

Posted in Action, drama, Movies, Sci-Fi, suspense, VG Movie with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 6, 2010 by aliciamovie

Reviewed by Alicia Glass

Studio: Crystal Sky Pictures

Director: Dwight H. Little

Review Rating: 7 Spinning Back Kicks

In a bleak post-world-war future where territories are run by corporations and a fighting tournament is offered to placate the masses, peace-loving Jin finds his destiny.

Yes yes, I know, another movie based off a video game, and a fighting one at that. It’s actually not bad. Only minimal efforts are made at an over-arcing plotline for the movie, and frankly I think that was the best decision they could’ve made – it’s just insulting and annoying to try and burden an action movie like this with a doughty plot. Instead, like the video game, we have one on one fights between masters in flashy costumes, shifting background scenery, lights and announcers and fans oh my! It kind of reminds of a, and pardon me here, I loved this movie too, more campy and flashy version of Mortal Kombat. And speaking of MK, the actor who played Shang Tsung in there, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, is here in Tekken as, oh shock and surprise, another bad guy. He does pretty well, though those tufts of white hair sticking straight up make me laugh.

The fight scenes are really where we want to concentrate, it is after all that kind of movie. And I rather liked the stop-motion photography they used for the fight scenes, along with the fact that a good deal of these actors are martial artists themselves and did a lot of these action scenes together. They manage to make some of the more rather unlikely VG moves look plausible in real life, just ignore the vinyl in fluorescent green.

We have Tamlyn Tomita of Heroes fame as Jin’s mother who taught him to fight, man she’s awesome. Jon Foo of The Protector stars as Jin himself, yum. Kelly Overton of The Ring Two stars in as Christie Montiero, the inevitable love interest. Darren Henson, a famous choreographer for groups like N’ Sync, shows off his moves as the fighter character Raven. Luke Goss of Hellboy II: The Golden Army as Prince Nuada even, bet you didn’t know that, brings boxing power as an English fighter.

Although I still can’t for the life of me understand why the movie gods keep insisting on making movies from video games, this one is alright. Good for a night of martial arts camp and mayhem, Tekken the movie gets 7 spinning back kicks!

Check out the trailer!

Kane & Lynch Delayed as Director Exits

Posted in VG Movie with tags on September 27, 2010 by aliciamovie
It’s been a long road for the Lionsgate adaptation of Eidos Entertainment’s third person shooter Kane & Lynch to get to the screen, the project having been announced all the way back in early 2007. Even with Bruce Willis and Jamie Foxx attached in the main roles, Lionsgate and Millenium Films have been having troubles finding a director.

According to the L.A. Times, Lionsgate had hired French filmmaker Patrick Alessandrin of District 13: Ultimatum to do the job with plans to start shooting next month–something we hadn’t heard before–but at the same time, they report that Alessandrin is off the project and they’re back to finding a new director with the names of F. Gary Gray (The Italian Job) and Wayne Kramer (Running Scared) being back on table, joined by Antoine Fuqua, who directed Brooklyn’s Finest for Millenium.

While they look for a new director, the planned start month of October has been put on hold with plans to start shooting early in 2011 instead. Furthermore, a Millennium spokeswoman told the L.A. Times that “the director has not been chosen” and that a “start date is TBD

Prince of Persia, the Sands of Time

Posted in Action, comedy, drama, Fantasy, Foreign, Movies, Romance, Sci-Fi, VG Movie with tags , , , , , , , on June 8, 2010 by aliciamovie

Reviewed by Alicia Glass

Studio: Walt Disney Pictures

MPAA Rating: PG 13

Director: Mike Newell

Review Rating: 8.5

Based on the wildly popular video game, Prince of Persia is the story of an adopted Prince who joins forces with a mystical Princess from a rival kingdom, to stop a power-mad ruler from destroying the world!

It’s actually pretty good, and this is from someone who had to endure watching all the Prince of Persia video games being played. Jake Gyllenhaal makes the whole stunt dive off a roof and wall climbing sideways things look very real. Everyone who’s ever played (or watched) the video games knows POP likes to make you get very athletic with the controls. However, and especially you video game geeks, the drawback to making a movie this late means you’re going to get all sorts of unflattering comparisons to things like Assassin’s Creed and Aladdin.

That being said, the plot isn’t bad either. Apparently when the King of Persia was younger, he witnessed an act of bravery and defiance out in the marketplace (Dastan as a child, saves a friend from a potential beat-down at the hands of a Noble) and decided he would adopt that child who he said, may not have the blood, but certainly has the spirit, of a true Prince of Persia. Which, while noble in sentiment, of course breeds resentment from those who consider themselves to be, as they say, of The Blood. Years later, Dastan emerges as a young man with great combat skillz, daring in spades, and a true love for his adopted father. After being misinformed about the whole adventure, Dastan and his brothers invade Al-Amut and take the city, only to have their father by poisoned robe during the victory celebration afterwards. Not uncommon so far, the political rivalry and backstabbing, often literally, was commonplace in the old Persian kingdoms. (As were the hareems and men of means having more than one wife.) The old King dies, Dastan is of course blamed for it by his brothers, and believes that only his arrogant and wicked adopted Uncle can save his honor. We movie buffs do know better, right? Dastan finds himself custodian of a special dagger, hefted from the Princess and Priestess of Al-amut, that magically turns back time for the wielder. And off Dastan goes into adventure, with the reticent Princess and a whole host of other strange friends, enemies, and old-fashioned Persia as a backdrop!

It is a little like a much more adult version of Aladdin, and for those of you purists who’ve seen and prefer Assassin’s Creed, just please remember, Prince of Persia was here first! At least, the video game was. The movie is an enjoyable romp through an already well-beloved story, and deserves to be tried at least once!