How ya doin'? Thanks for doin' what ya do. You're welcome for doin' what I do. Let's both just keep doin' what we doin'. Dude.
Firstly, I want to thank my sister Mandy who gave both AllMoPs and The Film Tome a snazzy makeover, including original designs for each blog's title. This is the start for better and better. Thanks sis!
Remember last week when I featured the a cappella covers of "Dynamite"? Well, here's yet another version by the lovable hosts of the Today Show (as part of their "Today Goes Viral" series). It's surprisingly good and just all around light-hearted fun. Al Rocker is the bee's knees! It's worth mentioning that Mike Tompkins help them pull this off. Check out the making of this video.
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*My love for lists marches on with this new addition to AllMoPs.
Each year Time magazine unveils their list of the best photos of the year that graced their pages. 2010.
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NEWS TO ME
Think Nativity programs at the local church are a safe and harmless activity? Watch this and think again.
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Late Monday night a baby orangutan was born, a welcome addition to the Melbourne Zoo. See attached storyfor an adorably silly pic.
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If this unsettling video does not exhort you to keep both eyes on the road and both hands on the wheel, I don't know what will. It is disturbing. It is dramatic. It is quite beautiful. I apologize for the poor quality, it is the best I could find. Please drive safe.
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"Pac-Man Championship Edition DX" is getting a lot of love. I really wanted to know why and after just watching 3-minutes of gameplay during Gamespot's video review I think I do know. Can't wait to try this one for myself! It has totally reinvented the classic "Pac-Man" in a welcome way. The game currently boasts a 95% on Metacritic. It's available for download on Xbox 360 and PS3.
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THE FILM TOME REPORT
THE TRAILER ROUND-UP
The third trailer for "Tron: Legacy" came out a month ago. This link will take you to them and a few clips Disney has released. The trailers make this film look like the coolest thing since "Inception." However, the clips (especially the one with Castor) left me worried, especially about the dialogue. Might we have another "Avatar" on our hands? A gorgeous film with spectacular special effects and exciting action sequences, but a script in need of work (namely the spoken word). "Tron: Legacy" comes out next week.
"Transformers: Dark of the Moon" has an interesting trailer until we actually see the transformer. At that point all excitement left me. I've seen the first and frankly, that was enough. Again, special effects do not make a movie... they make tech demos.
You've been forewarned, the second and latest trailer for "Rio" decreased my eagerness to see it. It is a little distracting to have who I now associate as Mark Zuckerberg (Jesse Eisenberg) voice the main bird. On top of that, movie trailer man rattles off a bunch of other famous people who have donated their voices to the cause. That's dandy and all, but that's not necessarily going to make a fine flick. The narrative will, which has a good enough premise. The animation looks very nice, but that's not hard to come by these days.
If a baby orangutan wasn't enough... "Nenette" is a 40-year-old orangutan! She is the oldest resident in a Paris zoo. That could be a fascinating premise of a new Pixar film, but it's not. It is a documentary, but it still looks fascinating! This brings back memories of "Koko: A Talking Gorilla," another primate-y documentary (from 1978) that I love.
Add some testosterone to your weekend with the first trailer for "Thor." This superhero's backstory is especially unique. Anthony Hopkins (who plays Odin) looks great with more hair than ever! Kenneth Branagh, yes, Kenneth Branagh, directs.
None of these trailers left my jaw dropped or mind bewildered. So, no awards this week.
Stephen King likes putting his Top 10 Films of the Year list out early. He says he considers the years from November to November. He is a compelling writer and this is a compelling list (his Top 10 Films of 2010).
This is good news to me because, unlike many humans, I thoroughly enjoyed each installment of the "Pirates of the Caribbean" trilogy. They were entertaining movies, each with its own grandiose set-pieces. Johnny Depp's performance was a revelation and the antagonists in each film delivered brilliant performances. The stories were wild adventures on the high seas, set against a historical era, but steeped in mythologies. I deem the trilogy a huge success. It is with this forward that I share with you some production stills from the fourth installment "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides." The film is due May 20th and I am optimistic again for one of the better series coming out of Hollywood's gates. the brilliance of Depp and Geoffery Rush (who is making a splash this year with his performance in "The King's Speech") return with some new faces. The biggest change is the man in the director's chair: Gore Verbinski has been replaces with Rob Marshall ("Chicago" and "Memoirs of a Geisha"). Does that mean we can expect a few musical numbers? Bring it on! I'm guessing we can look forward to a trailer in the next or month or so.
I was looking VERY forward to the new Farrelly Brothers film, "The Three Stooges." Unfortunately the three wonderful leads they had casted (Jim Carrey, Sean Penn, and Benecio Del Toro) all jumped ship. I easily imagined the greatness that trio would deliver... Well, the Farrellys aren't giving up. They are looking to cast three new stooges. JoBlo.com covers the story in their humorous "Cast This" segment.
AND THE WEIRD
Emma Stone (from "Zombieland" and "Easy A") is staring as Peter Parker's initial love interest, Gwen Stacy, in the "Spider-Man" reboot. Proof. The role was played quite well by Bryce Dallas Howard in the "old" one. It still leaves me scratching my head that we're getting an all new "Spider-Man" film franchise this soon... Do you know the other roles? Andrew Garfield (Eduardo in "The Social Network") is the main man. Martin Sheen is Uncle Ben. Sally Field as Aunt May. Rhys Ifans (?) is going to play the first villain, The Lizard. Of course, his character was once a doctor. Marc Webb (who was pointed out to me as having a fitting last name) snags this as his second feature directing (after "(500) Days of Summer").
This is a powerful animated short. An interesting and inspiring take on the Greek myth.
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Dear one, dear all! Hope y'all had a fabulous Thanksgiving ("And I'm thankful! Are you thankful?") week. You may or may not have noticed that AllMoPs took a well-deserved break last week. Well, we're back now with plugs-a-plenty! Merrymake.
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We got a triple-feature up in here! Raise doz handz 'n keep 'em up!
Tompkin's deserves a Grammy for this. The boy's done an a cappella cover Taio Cruz's "Dynamite." He performs every vocal version of various instruments himself. Make sure you watch till the end when it breaks each sound down. An incredible song and production. This is a one-man-show that's going down in the history books fo sho.
A Jewish a cappella group in NY has done a parody of Tompkin's work. That's right, this is a variation on a variation. Some nice Jewish twists here... "spin the dreeeeeeeeeidel" is gonna be the new catchphrase on the streets folks. Eat it up!
The multiple PIPs (picture-in-picture) MV format reminded me of this gem by SOUR. This has been in my mind ever since I first saw it (thanks to Lyvia, my TMA 102 TA). The song itself is nothing to write home about, but the genius of multiple web-cam interactions is required viewing. Just imagining trying to plan this gives me a headache... Props SOUR & Co. for making one of the neatest MVs I've ever seen.
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Did you know there is an Annual Monkey Festival in Thailand. Thousands of chimps are presented to a feast with over 3 tons of food, while hundreds humans watch. I hope to witness the festivities for myself someday. Story (with video and pics) here.
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Okay. Trust me on this. Plug in your headphones and listen to this. (Thanks Nancy!)
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THE FILM TOME REPORT THE TRAILER ROUND-UP
I remember hearing word about this on the web months ago... I was thrilled to stumble upon the trailer just now. "The Beaver" stars Mel Gibson and Jodie Foster. The film is directed by the latter. It's hard to take the film's ridiculous premise, subject matter, and namesake seriously, but the makers ain't kidding when they declare "Genre: Drama." Something like this is easier to swallow having seen "Lars and the Real Girl," a nice small film (like "The Beaver") about a guy who overcome's personal problems and mental illness through a relationship with a doll. Like a heist plan hatched in a "Ocean's"-movie, this just might be crazy enough to work. It's good to see Gibson again.
Speaking of the "Ocean's" series... here is a doc from the mastermind (Steven Soderbergh) behind the remake and its welcomed sequels: "And Everything is Going Fine." This is a tribute for and about Spalding Gray, a zealous storyteller. All who tell stories can find something of interest herein. This came as a pleasant surprise.
"Mars Needs Moms." If you say so. This CGI-adventure from Disney is one of the most realistic looking computer animations I have ever seen. I just hope the narrative and innovations can match the visual detail.
Another good-looking CG-animated feature. This one is appropriately due come Spring. You see, "Hop" is about the Easter Bunny. It comes from the studio behind "Despicable Me," a film I thought I'd deplore and actually quite liked. (Isn't that bunny playing "The Song" by Blur?)
Toss of the Week: Did you know Earth Day was April 22nd? Well, now we both do. I've missed Disneynature's previous Earth Day releases ("Earth" and "Oceans"), but I'm putting "African Cats" on my calender. I've still yet to catch up with the "Planet Earth" series and the aforementioned Disneynature features, but believe I love love love nature docs. "African Cats" looks astounding. Cinematography and documentation at its finest. I'm thrilled!
KEEPIN' IT SHORT*
*In this all-new segment within "The Film Tome Report," I will be delivering a short film for your consideration.
This humorous and clever bit won Best Short Film and Best Concept at the Chicago Horror Film Festival in 2006. I thoroughly enjoy perspective pieces like this. On a somewhat related note, "The Bottle Neck" by Hans Christian Anderson is a personal favorite.
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I'm home this weekend (and next) for Thanksgiving and feel I'm entitled to a sort of vacation. That doesn't mean I'm taking two weeks off from AllMoPs, no siree! Just that I'm giving you a little morsel this time and we'll just have to see about Thanksgiving weekend.
O the fruits of YouTube searches! I think "And I'm thankful! Are your thankful?" will be rotating like a broken record in my mind forever more. Tis the season boys! Props to their choreographer, I'm thankful.
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Here are some interesting compilations of the "Luckiest Guys in the World." One and then another.
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THE FILM TOME REPORT THE TRAILER ROUND-UP
Consider "Born To Be Wild" my MONKEY DO this week. A nature doc about an orphan elephant and an orphan chimp. Look gorgeously photographed. Who would you get to narrate? Morgan Freeman, number one answer.
Pixar has now released a trailer that actually tells us something about "Cars 2." It looks very nice, but I'm actually not all that excited for it.
"The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh" is one of my most beloved film. Well, now Walt Disney Animation Studios is reviving the property with the simply named "Winnie the Pooh." The animation is almost too clean, the voice changes are jarring, and, aside from a nice montage of possible new tails for Eeyore, I was pretty uninterested. Still, gotta be hopeful for something so cherished eh?
The special effects in "Green Lantern" are worth seeing. I know nothing about this superhero, but I'm willing to give it a chance next summer.
My mother and sister ever ask about "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader." It's hard to pick a favorite of the brilliant "Chronicles" series penned by C.S. Lewis, but this one would definitely be considered. Here's the latest trailer! It comes out in less than a month (Dec. 10th).
The "Okay...": Can you count all the similarities "Red Riding Hood" has with "Twilight"? Good grief. I'll say no thank you now, but predict I'll somehow someday get caught up with this one.
Toss of the Week:Vampires, zombies and aliens! Oh my! Yes... these three are all the rage these days. I've got yet another alien flick to make you aware of, but this time I couldn't be happier. Based on a comic book (of course!) of the same name, "Cowboys & Aliens" looks possibly too cool. Last month Rockstar proved that adding zombies to the Western genre was a stroke of brilliance with the "Undead Nightmare" expansion to this year's best video game, "Red Dead Redemption". To me, inserting aliens instead could be just as good. An impressive and exciting preview to say the least! Next summer can't come soon enough now. It is a wonderful sight to see Harrison Ford don a cowboy hat again.
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Thirteen has long been my lucky number. Perhaps it is because it has been cast off by the masses, left alone to earn a following. Was it out of pity I embraced what many label "unlucky"? Either way, I've claimed it. It has been a friend to me. It's a dozen and then one (bakers alert). I am primarily drawn by even and sturdy numbers (usually those divisible by five), so it is curious how my relationship with 13 even began. Truth be told, I know not from whence it came.
Welcome to Issue 13 today. November 13th was yesterday. Someone somewhere is turning 13 tomorrow. That's all I got. Merrymake!
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"Wasting My Life" - The Hippos
So, he falls in love with an amoeba? This is a fine piece from one of the few ska bands I know (ska: punk with a trumpet?). Definitely not making my Music Video Hall of Fame or anything, but it is a decent vision of a to-the-point song.
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The time for reckoning has come! There are those who have seen "Battle at Kruger" and those who have not. Now is the chance to make sure you fall in the former camp. This is one of the greatest things a camera has ever captured.
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On Monday IGN posted "The Top 25 Wii Games." I personally haven't spent near as much time with Nintendo's darling as I would like, but have mixed feelings concerning the system as a whole (mainly dealing with the pros and cons of the WiiMote and how such a method of gaming can either delight or infuriate). I've had a lot of fun with the Wii and "Epic Mickey" (coming out November 30th) looks to be the killer app in my mind.
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THE FILM TOME REPORT
THE TRAILER ROUND-UP
Earlier this year I put the UFO spotlight on two alien films. "Skyline" just came out and is only fairing so-so at the box office. Not sure if "Monsters" is going to get a wide release. Well, TWO MORE alien films are now landing! "Seres: Genesis" is a Mexican invasion film. It looks disturbingly cool. "Battle: Los Angeles," Hollywood's entry, looks just plain cool. (Count how many times we see a spacecraft zoom by overhead.) This film further proves at least one thing: If you need a macho female marine you have to cast Michelle Rodriguez (of "Lost" fame).
"All Good Things" come to an end? Starts off quite chill, but gets quite intense. Again, a reveal I wished I didn't know until I was in the theater. Regardless, this one looks quite effective. Hooray for the under appreciated and largely unknown Philip Baker Hall (he's seen in the trailer for a split second).
"Season of the Witch" is a pleasant surprise. From what I could dig up, this is an original IP and I consider that absolutely marvelous. Hollywood is becoming infamous for its remakes (Their thinking is such: "If it was made here over 25 years ago, it needs an update. If it was made in another country last year and was any good, it needs an American version so we don't have to read subtitles.") and franchises (Their thinking is such: "If the first was any good and made bank, make another."), so it is like unto seeing sunlight through darkening clouds when a novel idea comes around. Besides that, it's a little known fact that I am a sucker for the medieval-era fantasy flings. A CGI bombast to be sure, but I have high hopes for this one. Oh yeah, this stars Nick Cage.
More olden-timed drama and warfare for my queue! "The Eagle" is yet another example of how key plot twists are so often spoiled in trailers (see "All Good Things"). Still, looks like nothing narratively innovative here. A plus for some good-looking battle scenes.
Is this a documentary? That I even have to seriously ask is a huge measure of success for "You Won't Miss Me." Naturalistic filmmaking has always had a lasting effect on me. Perhaps it will on you too. Taking a stab at real life and aiming to touch each of us in one way or another... these types of projects are bold.
"Kung Fu Panda 2" of course. It even sounds great! I was amazed when the ending credits began to roll on the first "Kung Fu Panda." Amazed that I finally finished watching it after several attempts. Amazed how much I genuinely liked an American, non-Pixar, CG-animated feature film. And amazed at the celebrity ensemble involved for delivering the voices. Jack Black was certainly clear, but I had no idea the likes of Dustin Hoffman, Angelina Jolie, Jackie Chan and Seth Rogen. Sure, it's fun, but not at all necessary. I can't help but think how much of the budget was spent on voices of the famous. Anyways, I'm all for another fun-filled adventure with Po and the gang (what grand action scenes the first one had!).
"The Way Back" is the latest from one of the greatest, Peter Weir. Another POW-escape adventure! (I highly recommend Herzog's "Rescue Dawn.") It seems we've struck a definite theme of "trailers that give away the story" today. Y'know, I think most are like that... I'm just particularly sensitive to the offense today. In truth, I stopped watching this one just over halfway through because I didn't want to know any more. I look forward to seeing this one!
Another trailer for "Little Fockers" has emerged. Notice the lack of a link. Notice my disapproval. Robert De Niro and Dustin Hoffman are amazing actors, but this is an insult to them. "Meet the Parents" was good enough, but should not have received any return (especially not a second time).
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Feelin' good? Feelin' great? Another condensed yet hearty helping in the Film Tome Report this week. In Gamerain we shine the spotlight on Kinect, which hit store shelves today (though they may be all sold out). And then some of the usual chords... rock on!
I love this song and am ecstatic about the artsy and creative treatment it has received in music video form. It is youthful in it aspirations and imagination. Check it.
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NEWS TO ME
You've heard the dangers of texting and driving... well, this guy is just a menace to society!
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Jackson is a mandrill and some people think he's impolite, though he really is not. Read why here.
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Imagine you live in a costal community and some beached whale carcass is stinking up the joint. Some of the townspeople get together and toss around ideas for removing the blubbery thing. As an anxious conversation takes place you lean behind someone's back and shout, "Let's blow it up!" You were just having a spot of fun of course, but the council immediately goes silent. The next minute is filled with excited chatter and nodding heads. They've taken your brilliant idea seriously! You try to explain it was just a joke, but it's no use. Someone has already ran off to get the dynamite! The only thing you can do now is watch.
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Microsoft's Kinect came out today. For those who haven't the foggiest, this is Xbox 360's answer to the Wii (on a similar note Playstation 3 is getting its Move on, I didn't even know it was already out... don't care though, yes, I'm biased), meaning a retro innovation of how gameplay is controlled. However, Microsoft was not just thinking of how to copy the WiiMote (unlike Sony, which may or may not prove to be a wise choice), they wanted to take gameplay to the next level. Why renovate the controller when the technology is available to scrap the controller all together? You use your body (mainly your hands) and your voice to interact with software. It's been announced for years and ever since then tech and game demos have been leaking out.
Up to this point the unbiased consensus among gamers has seemed to be, "Cool enough, but where is the killer app?" The original Xbox had "Halo" at launch (can any system ever beat such a way to come out of the gate?). The 360 had "Call of Duty 2," "Kameo," and "Condemned: Criminal Origins." Kinect has... "Kinectimals"? This is a horrifically cheesy and altogether misleading name for the game. It should have just been "Kats" if you ask me (for the only animals featured are those in the feline family). Regardless, that is somehow the game that looks most appealing to me. You get an adorable tiger cub to frolic and play with! Think "the next generation of Giga Pets" or just remember the underrated "Hey You Pikachu!" (a secret relish of mine). I believe the target audience for this game is little girls age 6-12. So, is that saying something about me or the choice of games available? Probably both. It is for this reason (lack of enough compelling software for this gamer) that I didn't shell out $150 to have the device on Day 1 (today). That said, I still want to get my hands on "Kinectimals"! What other "games"? There are a couple fitness titles, "Dance Central," and of course a "WiiSports"-knockoff. When you buy Kinect it comes with
Overall, the features are appealing. I think it would be radical to commandeer my 360 Dashboard just by moving and rotating my hands or to walk into my living room and say, "Xbox on. Netflix. Play 'The Office,' season 3, episode 14." Okay, I KNOW it would be killa! Remember that opening scene in "Minority Report" where Cruise cycles through menus on a monitor with his hands? That was sci-fi eight years ago, now you can buy it for your living room... There is a minus to this plus however. When utilizing this technology, especially when "playing games," you are at an incredibly high risk of looking like a buffoon. Picture a person jumping, squating and massaging the air in front of their TV for an hour straight to get an idea.
There was an embargo on journalists and video game reviewers alike, which forbade any reviews/critiques about the games or technology itself releasing until today. Another reason for adding weight on previous decision to not pre-order Kinect. So, this morning, one of the first I things I did at a computer was head over to GameSpot and watch their video review for "Kinectimals." (Watch Kevin's review and you'll see what I mean by looking like a fool.) Again, stupid name, adorable game. They gave it a 7.5/10 which they deem "Good." If Kinect greatly interests you, I recommend reading the "Gut Reactions: Kinect" from the Editors on GameSpot.
You can be sure Gamerain will keep you Kinect-ed to any developments.
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THE FILM TOME REPORT THE TRAILER ROUND-UP
Gus Van Sant (director of the near-perfect "Good Will Hunting" and the pretty mess that is "Elephant") is back on the scene with"Restless." Nice enough. The guy and girl look a lot alike. Huh.
Zack Snyder is a director who you never know what to expect with. His 2004 remake of "Dawn of the Dead" is still a favorite of mine, but "300" proved to be a bitter disappointment overall. Earlier this year he unleashed "Legend of the Guardians" (AKA "that CGI-owl flick") on us. Well, Snyder will strike again in the first quarter of next year with "Sucker Punch." This looks like utter eye-candy, but sounds so lame (just listen to authoritative man tell the girl about the "five things"... are you serious?).
Tyler Perry, who I know little about and whose films I know little about, has a new thing: "For Colored Girls." Something tells me I may not be the target demographic here... This looks more in the vein of "Precious" than say the likes of "Why Did I Get Married?" The trailer came out back in September, but a new clip was released last week. I recommend the trailer, not the clip. I'm shocked to say this looks quite good! I dig the stylish introducing of the cast. Anytime I get a "magnolia"-vibe, as I did here, it should be duly noted.
I haven't seen either of the "Ong Bak"s (martial-arts extravaganzas from Thailand), but have always wanted to. "Ong Bak 3" looks like more of the same. Translation: AWESOME!
"Regresa" looks like sweet nuts! By that I mean a sentimental flick that gets a little crazy... Beware
The "Okay...": Two jolly films about old Saint Nick. "Navidad S.A." looks intriguing and befuddling. If that one isn't to your liking Santa Clause is also coming to town... on a murder spree! Some Finnish filmmakers thought this was good idea? Would you open "Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale" or ask your friend if he still has the receipt?
NEW IN THEATERS
127 Hours* - 94%
Due Date - 41%
For Colored Girls - 33%
Megamind - 66%
NEW IN STORES
Centurion - 56%
Going the Distance - 52%
Toy Story 3 - 99%
Winnebago Man - 90%
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OPRAH! Maybe that got someone's attention... hopefully someone who usually skips over this section of AllMoPs. Oprah sent a thunderbolt in the gamerain when she announced each adult woman in her studio audience would be receiving a XBOX 360 w/ Kinect (it comes out Tuesday and you really ought to know what it is). Here is the clip from a recent "Oprah." (For whatever reason I couldn't find a decent one with synched audio.) Lots to point out here: Oprah's mispronunciation of the product itself, her awkward raving ("It's your ENTIRE BODY... CONTROLLING... THE VIDEO GAMES... okay?"), and the ridiculous audience reaction. What a show!
You really must behold these astonishing ten minutes of gameplay footage for "Bioshock: Infinite." Sure, full of scripted events, but still, when they look this good and feature gameplay that works well, I won't complain a bit. I have only played a demo of the first, which was absolutely amazing. Again, this game isn't coming out till 2012, so I've got plenty of time play through the first two. "Bioshock: Infinite" is pretty different from the first two (or so I hear).
Nothing I'm leaving my lasso around this week folks.
Top 50 Horror Movies - Rotten Tomatoes: I figured this was appropriate given the season. A lot of people are upset to not find "The Exorcist" on this list. Having yet to see it, I'm not one of them. Couldn't be more pleased with their #1.
NEW IN THEATERS
Monsters* - 64%
Saw 3D - 8%
NEW IN STORES
The Girl Who Played With Fire (Flickan som lekte med elden) - 68%
The Infidel - 62%
Sex and the City 2 - 16%
Winter's Bone - 94%
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Jumpin' Jack-o-Lanterns! If you have any comments, questions, requests, complaints or threats please let your voice be heard by firstname.lastname@example.org. If you wish to be removed from the AllMoPs send-list, let me know. If you wish to add someone, let me know. Remember, all previous AllMoPs are available at my blog, All Manner of Posts. November now begins... make it a good one. Thanks for plugging in!
Issue number what? That's right... AllMoPs is entering the double-digits. Holla at ya boyz. Another issue-in-the-making with just hours left in the week (cutting back this time where I see fit), but in-the-making nonetheless. Again. Holla at ya boyz. Merrymake.
You've heard the song, but have you seen the video? This is one of my favorite diddies of all-time... years ago, when I first saw this video, it sent tingles up and down my spine and then up again. A wonderfully blatant message and an answer to "gangster rap," this is one for the history books kids.
TRIVIA: Name the video game the kids are playing.
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Here is proof that open-world video game where you play as a chimp would be suh-weet. Sueko (a 300 pounder) goes on a friendly little rampage in her hometown of Kansas City. Article here, make sure you check out both videos.
"Fallout: New Vegas," follow-up to the mind-blowing and breath-taking "Fallout 3," hit shelves this Tuesday. Built from the same engine as its critically-acclaimed predecessor, but by a different team this time around (Obsidian instead of the legendary Bethesda), "New Vegas" takes the post-apocalyptic experience to Las Vegas. The game has received a lot of praise with an impressive 84% on Metacritic (like Rotten Tomatoes, but for Games, Music, and TV in addition to Movies). The critiques seem to be universally the same: same splendid gameplay and a new and fascinating open-world, but packed to the gills with technical issues (unfortunately glitches galore). Hopefully nothing a few downloadable patched can't take care of, but really... how do they let such a tweaky horse out of the gates? It's a bitter-sweet tale.
"Super Meat Boy" has an outstanding 90% rating! I spent some time with the demo... fun, but very infuriating. It is an arcade-style trial-and-error experience. Interesting enough, but I didn't understand what all the fuss was about. I still dream of "Limbo" (also standing tall with a 90% rep).
Next week "Fable 3" will rock the house! Any fans out there? You'll eat up the Launch Center (a nice feature they display for the more popular games out there) Gamespot has set up for this one.
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THE FILM TOME REPORT THE TRAILER ROUND-UP
The Simon Pegg and Nick Frost duo return! However, this time "Shaun of the Dead" and "Hot Fuzz" were easily two of the funniest flicks of last decade. They are returning in February with "Paul," a comedy with subject matter out of this world.
Apparently what came out last month was not "The Last Exorcism" because come 2011 there is going to be more, this time with Sir Anthony Hopkins in a little freaky picture called "The Rite."
All hail Pixar! Thus far the practically-perfect-in-every-way team has only released sequels to their first and best film ("Toy Story"). It is a strange thing then to hear word of them making "Cars 2," a sequel to my least favorite Pixar feature. This lackluster teaser may be the most unimpressive thing I've ever seen to come from their studio. Are times changing?
Toss of the Week: Generally speaking, losing a child is one of the worst experiences imaginable. "Rabbit Hole" is an artsy and gutsy stab at capturing the lives of a couple who had to bury their child. This was easily my top pick for the week.
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This week AllMoPs is firing out of all available canons! All segments I've ever introduced are here this time (and then some; yes, The Film Tome Report grows even more!), includingGamerain! It's a wonderful time to bust out the AllMoPs. My only wish is that each of you find something herein to chew on. Keep on chewing.
JUST END: Take note of the ultra-exciting news in The Film Tome Report's "The Good."
OK Go has some of the coolest MVs around. You have all seen "Here It Goes Again" and should have seen their best, "This Too Shall Pass." So that's why I'm endorsing one not a lot of people have seen (only 720K views?! Yeah?! WTF?!). As seems to be their style, this is also a single-shot MV (which incidentally also makes it a long-shot). They do some pretty tricky things with this visual effect... it is a buffet for your retinas!
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NEWS TO ME
There's a fellow in China who is addicted to eating scorpions... scorpions that are alive! On the plus side, he has developed an immunity to the poisonous creatures. He claims to have consumed over 10,000 scorpions over the past 30 years. I stand impressed (actually, I'm sitting in front of my iMac, but you know what I mean). The origin of his unique custom is quite interesting, read more.
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"Charlie the smoking chimp" (what a title!) passed away earlier this month. This article says "of old age." I wonder if smoking had anything to do with it? Then again, Charlie was 52 and had apparently kicked the habit. Rest in peace.
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It's very possible you've seen this before. The quality sucks, but it is still one of my favorite candid camera pranks of all time. You can do it too! You just need 100 people and a not-so-popular street.
I'm not entirely sure if Paul Mason is the "World's Fattest Man" (again, what a title!), but he is undoubtedly a large fellow. Watch a slice of his life.
Have you met Cleverbot? My roommate introduced me to him/her/it today. It is an AI that learns from real people (which would explain why it is so moronic sometimes). It is a chatterbot and only lives to chat with humans, so what are you waiting for? The site claims that visitors never talk to a human, which at first I was skeptical about, but after having a few conversations with Cleverbot, I don't find that hard to believe. Here's a real dialogue I had with Cleverbot just hours ago (I am User):
User: Good afternoon.
Cleverbot: Good evening.
User: Evening? What time do you think it is?
Cleverbot: I know it is 1:13 AM in the middle.
User: You're a moron.
Cleverbot: No you are!
User: Nice comeback.
Cleverbot: You are so nice *hugs*.
User: *pushes away*.
Cleverbot: *looks surprised* What did I do?
User: You were born.
Cleverbot: You're just jealous, bot.
User: Jealous of your stupidity? Ha! I don't think so!
Cleverbot: Not quite, jealous of a middle class white woman maybe.
User: So, that's what you are?
Cleverbot: I know you are but what am I?
User: A freaking moron.
Cleverbot: Do you really think that?
User: I KNOW that.
Cleverbot: How do you know that for a fact?
User: Because your responses are the essence of idiocy.
Cleverbot: Well I think my responses are.
User: At least we agree on something, moron.
Cleverbot: That's true.
User: So you admit you're a moron?
Cleverbot: Yes. I never told you I wasn't.
Enlightening eh? Try it out and see if you can have better luck than I did! A link on the page will take you to this interesting video about the future of Cleverbot.
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After a two-week hiatus, Gamerain is back and read to spin all available discs!
"Arcade Gaming Shrine" - Palette-Swap Ninja: You lucky duckies! This week I've plugged two music videos. I wanted to save this one for Gamerain because it is very much a MV for gamers. I've been following Palette-Swap Ninja for quite some time now. They parody songs in a Weird Al fashion, but all of theirs deal with video games. You may have heard their "Halo" song (a glorious parody of "Snow" by Red Hot Chili Peppers). "Arcade Gaming Shrine" is an ode to the arcade games of yesteryear. As one line in the lyrics explains, "All these modern games, while they're still fun, future generations should know where they came from." I find this MV a better tribute to arcade video games than a certain overrated film that came out two months ago. Ling live Tapper!
"The Sims" would definitely sit comfy on my list of the best video games ever made. I am a sucker for anything medieval-esque. These two statements were tied in a bodacious bow when I learned of "The Sims Medieval" yesterday. I can only imagine how hard satisfying the "hygiene" bar is going to be. It appears to be a standalone game, not one of the myriad expansion packs the series is well-known for releasing. It is scheduled for a Q1 2011 release for your PC or Mac.
Another bit of just-plain-awesome news is the latest downloadable content for "Red Dead Redemption." Like "The Sims Medieval," it is a hybrid of two areas I cherish, the western genre and the zombie sub-genre, making for an "Undead Nightmare Pack." It sounds too good to be true! In two weeks time (Oct. 26th) it will be available on both the Xbox Live Marketplace and the Playstation Store.
I just beat "Halo: Reach" this morning. Finally. School was such an interference... what's with that? ;) It is beyond special. The cinematic right before the ending credits should be familiar to "Halo" fans. That's what we saw nearly a decade ago when the saga began. Remember, "Reach" is a prequel. Even though I've conquered through the campaign, there is still a lot of playability left. Online multiplayer has never been better (my new favorite is probably Territories in Big Team Battle) and Forge World is always a tempting way to spend an hour or so. If "Red Dead Redemption" weren't so brilliant I'd be able to declare it as Game of the Year. That said, both games are two of the best I've ever played. Oh yeah, this is All Manner of Plugs huh? I should be plugging something... Have you seen the "Halo Reach Mythbusters"? There are several informative episodes available!
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THE FILM TOME REPORT THE TRAILER ROUND-UP
Every year each country gets to submit one film to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to be considered for the Best Foreign Language Film at the Academy Awards (AKA the Oscars). Of those myriad entrees, five are officially nominated. For the 83rd Academy Awards (sometime Q1 2011), Peru has officially submitted "
Contracorriente (Undertow)." The synopsis calls this a "unique ghost story set on the Peruvian seaside." After watching the trailer I have no idea what is going on. I feel that is a good thing when trailers are concerned, but surely not when the film itself is that way. We'll see.
"Chico and Rita" is an up and down love story set in the late '40s. Music is a priority in this piece. The mixture of hand-drawn animation with the use of CGI looks stunning. In select theaters on November 19th.
A couple of documentaries emerge from another point of view to things. As an answer to "An Inconvenient Truth" and global warming in general we've got "Cool It." And for all you Mayans out there who believe 2012 is Earth's last hurrah, "2012: Time For Change." Both are docs about "going green" and how we can do it. They seem to be of a more optimistic variety and confront the FEAR that runs so rampant in our societies. That same issue is among the more interesting themes running throughout Michael Moore's collection.
The "Okay...":* *Here is another Trailer Round-Up reward. This one goes to the trailer that while/after seeing I find myself saying "Okay...." You should know the word and orate-method I'm referring to. If you don't, you should.
This weeks "Okay..." goes to "I Am Number Four." Is this based on a previously existing intellectual property? This looks and sounds (I read the plot description) like a mixed bag of fantasy banalities. D.J. Caruso, who's "Disturbia" was a fun contemporary retelling of Hitchcock's "Rear Window," directs this one. Has a film that looks and sounds like this ever succeeded? Not to my knowledge. You've got a lot to prove Mr. Caruso. I hope for the best, but still emit "Okay...." Toss of the Week: We frequently receive proof of the stock phrase, "Fact is stranger than fiction." "Marwencol" is yet another pound of proof to this debatable truth. I love strange docs ("Vernon, Florida," "King of Kong," and anything Herzogian), so this one is like unto a friendly and exotic creature approaching me with a protruding tongue in the grocery store. That is to say, a pleasant surprise. Non-fiction films consistently pack more emotional punch than most of other breeds. It is the most "realistic" aspects of the fiction films that can even measure up. It has been written that "the truth will set you free." Filmmakers who work in accordance to this certitude will be free to influence their audience in powerful ways. "Marwencol" is a true story of a fellow man, one I am eager to notice.
Entertainment Weekly - "The 50 Greatest Directors and Their 100 Best Movies" (Here is the same list on a single page.) It's a good list. They've got most of the essentials: Hitchcock, Ford, Keaton, Spielberg, Kurosawa, Scorsese, and my favorite, Herzog. I believe this list was dated 1996, which would explain the absence of modern marvels I'd like to see, including P.T. Anderson, Tarantino, Miyazaki, the Coens and Zhang Yimou. I can think of a few they could replace...
"The Hobbit" has finally been greenlit! Shooting will begin in February and "Part 1" is scheduled to be among us on December 19, 2012. I'm guessing "Part 2" will come a year later. I, for one, am fine waiting. Take as long as you need Mr. Jackson (that's right, P.J. is directing!) to make us another epic masterpiece. Getting the production for this film to take off has been like coaxing an emu to take flight. Alas, miracles do happen. Read more (including the complications) on The Wrap.
Near-unanimous praise is always a delightful thing. There are currently three films in wide release that are being heralded highly (according to the TOMATOMETER on Rotten Tomatoes): "Let Me In" - 88%, "The Town" - 95%, and "The Social Network" - 97%.
I saw "Vampires Suck." Look for my venomous review on The Film Tome soon!
AND THE UGLY
*Changing "and the Weird" to "and the Ugly" this week. I'll use which ever of the two best suits the news. Cool?
Uwe Boll is a notorious filmmaker. I've never seen one of his movies, but those who have love to hate them. In fact, five of Boll's films are on IMDb's Bottom 100 (the opposite of the Top 250). He is largely responsible for the quite-true statement, "Films based on video games blow." If there ever was a video game that shouldn't have been made into a movie, that game was "Postal." And Boll did. Well, now Mr. Boll, a German writer and director, is stirring more controversy than ever with the announcement and teaser of his next film, "Auschwitz." At first glance this seems like a "Passion of the Christ" for the victims of said concentration camp. By this I mean graphically portraying the suffering, torturing, and killing of the victim(s). Mel Gibson's attempt was a powerful success in my book, admittedly one I don't want to frequently behold. I wonder if Boll is capable of such an accomplishment. Then again, after watching the trailer for his adaptation of "Postal," a comedy of the WORST kind, I doubt. Other film gurus are calling it "tasteless." Lastly, I really wonder what the masses would be saying if some other iconic director's name (i.e. one widely acclaimed rather than one widely disdained) was attached to this project. I honestly think the responses would be very different. Enough talk, here's the trailerfor "Auschwitz," decide for yourself. (WARNING: This trailer contains graphic images. Think "Schindler's List" in color. Viewer discretion strongly exhorted.)
NEW IN THEATERS* *Quite simple. I tell you what films are coming to theaters this week/weekend and their current rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
Conviction - 60%
Hereafter* - 60%
Jackass 3D - 59%
Red - 69%
Samson and Delilah - 97%
* = Limited Release
NEW IN STORES* *Again, a simple piece. I tell what films have come out on DVD/BluRay/whatever this week.
How To Train Your Dragon - 98%
lo sono l'amore (I Am Love) - 81%
Jonah Hex - 13%
Leaves of Grass - 61%
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