Quick News: Call of Duty Movie Update, Kingdom Hearts 3 Release Date, Joker Origin Casted, Spyro Remaster, and More!

A lot has happened in the world of movies and video games. Here we will be doing a quick rundown of some exciting highlights of news that have come out in the last week.

  • The idea about a potential Call of Duty movie has been around for a long time. The ultimate plan is to build this franchise into its own universe similar to the MCU. Now sources are telling Variety that Sicario 2 director Stefano Sollima is in talks to direct the first of the upcoming franchise based off of the popular video games. Nothing is finalized, but it could lead to something potentially good. Video game movies are known for being terrible, so maybe with the right director, things can be turned around for the genre.
  • Alex Garland is best known for his directorial debut with Ex Machina and his upcoming film Annihilation. During an AMA on Reddit, he was asked by Reddit user deadpool902, “In the massive wave of comic book films, Dredd is still to me among the most well-written, so my question to you is: If given a chance, which comic book characters would you want to write/direct?” Alex’s response was simply, “Swamp Thing.” This does not mean a whole lot, but with Swamp Thing’s popularity growing within the comics and being in the Injustice fighting games, this could potentially happen with or without Alex. Either way, it is exciting news that would be an excellent possibility for DC.
  • It is no secret that DC has been working on getting a Joker origin movie out there and to not have Jared Leto as the iconic villain. The film is currently going to be directed by Todd Phillips who is best known for his work on the Hangover trilogy. Now Joaquin Phoenix is in talks to play as the Joker. According to reports by Variety, he has accepted the role. Initial interest in the film started with the legendary Martin Scorcese being attached to produce and with Todd Phillips being the director and writer, a lot of people got curious as to where this will go. The future plans that DC has is a bit confusing since Jared Leto is set to return to his role as the Joker for Suicide Squad 2. Making these separate standalone movies can bring back credibility to DC after its numerous films that have been brutalized by fans and critics.
  • Everywhere you turn, there is another game being remastered or remade entirely. With the success of Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy, a lot of people have been wondering if there will be a remaster of the Spyro games. Sources with Kotaku say that Activision is working on a remaster of the original Spyro the Dragon trilogy. Their sources say that there will be an official announcement in March and the remaster will come out sometime later this year for PS4 and PS4 Pro.
  • Kingdom Hearts 3 got a massive update with a brand new trailer. The trailer shows that there will be a Monsters Inc. world and some new footage of gameplay. The game will feature three main sections to the game with about three worlds in each of those sections. After over a decade of waiting for the third entry, the release date will finally be announced in a few months at E3. To hold you over until then the trailer can be viewed below:

Thank you for reading this update on all sorts of exciting news out of the gaming and movie world. Since so much happens all the time, be sure to post a comment of what has happened lately that you have been interested in.

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Video Game Review: Shadow of the Colossus Remake

I have to be honest when I say that I had never played Shadow of the Colossus when the game initially came out. Coming in as a newcomer was intimidating. The reason I felt this way was for a couple of reasons. I felt intimidated by how much I was told the controls and camera are difficult. Plus I was worried that I would not like this legendary game. I can happily say that I love it.

The game is remade from the ground up by Bluepoint Games. They are experienced in remasters with the Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection and the PS3 remaster of Shadow of the Colossus. So, this remake was in excellent hands.

The story in Shadow of the Colossus is quite simple. Most of the story is told in the beginning cutscene. After a few bosses, there might be a new scene to show some more story. Then you get another long cutscene at the end to give you the wrapup of the story.

Wander is the protagonist of this story with his trusty steed Agro. When they arrive at a large temple, Wander places a young girl on an altar in the main room on the first floor. Mysterious shadows appear with a voice speaking to Wander. The voice reveals himself to be Dormin. An ancient entity that is a pseudo-villain who strikes a deal with Wander because he sees that Wander is wielding the Ancient Sword that can be used for his benefit. He will revive this girl, only if Wander kills 16 colossi. Then that is where the game begins.

As a game, everything is relatively simple, but with some of its own complexity to it. For the most part, you are not told much. The game will say to you basic controls, but there is a lot it does not tell you. A big part is for the player to figure things out on their own. Gameplay is simple. You have a sword that can be used to attack and use a light to guide yourself to your targetted colossus. The other weapon that is available is a bow and arrow. This is mostly used for strategic purposes for individual bosses. Climbing is an essential aspect of the game. Climbing to get to specific areas and most importantly, to get on top of the colossi. To travel you use your horse, Agro. Each boss is a puzzle by finding out how to get on top of them. When you do get on top of them, then you have to stab a particular weak point that will have a shining symbol when you get near it. Stab a couple of marked points then the colossus will die. The puzzles of each colossus are not challenging but can be tricky. The game does ramp things up by giving you easy battles then increasing the difficulty as you progress.

Controls in the game have been enhanced for modern gaming. You can switch back to the old controls for nostalgia if you have played the original or want to know what it feels like as a newcomer. They are clunky. Bluepoint has remade the game from the ground up but maintained how the original was. UI and control layout is different along with enhanced graphics, but that is about it. The controls and camera can be awkward especially as gaming has changed so much in the years since the game initially came out. However, it was not a huge deal for the most part. Agro is challenging to control, sometimes harder depending on the area of the game you are in. Wander can be troubling, but you can get used to how the game controls. Depending on which boss battle you are on, the controls and camera can make things extra tricky. This was a pain during the final colossus because of the amount of climbing required.

Graphically, the game is absolutely stunning. I played on my PS4, and the game looked incredible. If you play on a PS4 Pro, then you get an extra option for graphics. There would be a cinematic selection that makes for FPS 30, but the game will look better. Personally, I would not choose that even if I could because framerate is so essential. The developers put in a lot of detail to enhance how gorgeous this game is. Each hair on the colossi moves so realistically. Walking through the various terrain is breathtaking. A photo mode with multiple filters and options to get the best camera shot possible is in the game too. This makes for some incredible screenshots to show how pretty this game really is. This is a stunning remake that you can look at for hours.

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With each colossus, there is such beautiful music that gets played. The soundtrack to this game is just as pretty as the graphics. The orchestral music fits so perfectly with every moment.

The game is incredibly short. I was able to beat the game in about seven hours. Since the game is a bit of a puzzle when it comes to trying to find out how to defeat each colossus and to find them can be tricky. Without these moments of being lost, I could have beaten the game closer to five hours. However, there are unlocks after beating the game. New Game + allows the player to play through the game with all your upgrades to health and stamina. A time attack mode is a time challenge mode to beat each colossus in a certain amount of time. You do unlock items with this mode that can be used in the other modes. Then there is a reminiscence mode is just a way to refight any of your favorite battles with the inclusion of a filter to change to the look of the game.

This game does live up to its legendary status even by today’s standards. The controls and camera angles can be awkward, especially to new players. Along with Agro who can be quite terrible a lot of the times too. If you are someone who loves a game with puzzles, epic boss battles, and do not mind a short game, then you should absolutely check it out. If you are a fan of the original, then this is the definitive edition of the game. Everything will play like you remember, but with updated graphics to give a different feeling to the world as you go around fighting your way through each colossus.

Score: 9/10

Images are in-game screenshots with photo mode on a PS4.

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Movie Review: The Cloverfield Paradox

The latest installment of the Cloverfield movies came as a surprise. When people actually watched it, for the most part, they hated it. I see a lot of negative reviews from fans and critics. To get to the point, it is an okay movie. I love the franchise. The first film is a unique take on a monster movie with the sequel being one of the most intense thrillers I have seen in years. The Cloverfield Paradox explains the franchise in a somewhat interesting way, but not the most satisfying of executions.

The story takes place in a space station with various scientists from around the world trying to solve the planet’s energy crisis. The world is on the break of war, and they might be able to do some good for mankind if things go well. However, as the name of the film suggests, they get sucked into another dimension. The main threat becomes their own reality as they try to get home.

The scientists that take place on this station are Hamilton (Gugu Mbatha-Raw) who gets the most development as a character, Kiel (David Oyelowo), Schmidt (Daniel Bruhl), Monk (John Ortiz), Mundy (Chris O’Dowd), Volkov (Aksel Hennie), Tam (Ziyi Zhang), and a mysterious woman who gets transported to their station from another dimension named Jensen (Elizabeth Debicki). Nobody is that special of a character. Hamilton gets the most fleshed out with her relationship with her husband Michael (Roger Davies). Even then she is not the most exciting characters. A relatively typical troubled past and a relationship that has nothing unique to it. Other than that, nobody gets a whole lot of development. All of the actors do a fine job, but they are left with characters that do not have the best dynamic and typical drama that feels too short to give any weight.

The story was a bit difficult to understand for the most part to see what their primary objective in space was. The time paradox was not only mentioned in the title of the film but even in a throwaway scene with a guy on TV saying that this will happen. Which felt too forced. Let the audience discover what is happening in a more natural way like the first two movies. The mystery of the franchise is great, and this movie gave an easy answer. Even with the time paradox that explains this universe of movies, it did not feel as satisfying because it felt too easy to explain these events. However, this does make sense since J.J. Abrams has said in the past about the first two films being connected, but not in the traditional sense of a direct sequel. Cloverfield Paradox gives more insight to the other movies (I won’t put in too many details about that). It is interesting throughout the film to explore this idea but did not feel right exactly.

The directing was well done from Julius Onah, and the writing was interestingly done by Doug Jung and Oren Uziel, but maybe handing this movie to more experienced people would have been the smarter idea. The franchise has always done marketing differently and usually gives the power to people less experienced for a possible big break, but things did not work as well here. Maybe with someone with experience with a similar style of movie and in this genre then things could be different. Who knows what messed up from making this into an okay film from a great entry to the film’s universe.

There is a lot that is special to the franchise, especially the first two movies. There are strengths to the latest film with its special effects and interesting story but fails to deliver with characters and better development of the universe. Maybe keeping everything a mystery would have been better off since a time paradox feels too easy to explain the events in different movies. I personally enjoyed it as a fan of the series, but it is the weakest of the three. Something is just missing that puts it up to par with the other films. With a possible World War 1 entry that is rumored to come out late this year, we may get a film that will have something to it that makes this franchise so special.

You can see the movie for yourself on Netflix. As a fan of the franchise, I would highly recommend the first two films, especially the second 10 Cloverfield Lane.

Score: 6/10

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Trailer Impressions: Venom

After months of discussion about when the world will get their first look at the upcoming Venom movie as Tom Hardy as the iconic character, we finally got it. I have been looking forward to seeing the trailer after all the rumors and discussions online about what the movie could hold for us. After watching the trailer, I am left with mixed feelings.

This is just our first look at the movie and more of a teaser than anything, but I can not help to feel different things that are good and bad. The trailer is full of mystery and action, but not a whole lot of substance. A trailer should not show too much because that can ruin the film, but not showing enough can make it so people will not see the movie. A trailer can sell a person on the film or not. I try to watch the first trailer then ignore everything else. I want that initial taste to sell me on the movie then go see it for myself. Venom shows some impressive things, but shows so little that leaves me more worried than excited. Let’s dissect it.

The trailer starts off with an interesting moment with Eddie Brock (Tom Hardy) at the hospital. He is getting a CT scan. Since I do not know much about the character from the comics and the possibility that things could change for the movie, all we know is that there is some illness involved.

Next are shots of San Fransisco as Eddie walks around and narrates. He is talking about how everyone has their issues. A shot of a blond woman, possibly  Anne Weying (Michelle Williams) looking worried is shown. One of the things he mentions is an accident in which we get a shot of various people from police, firefighters, and other emergency responders in a field with something on fire. This looks like it might be a car that is on fire, but difficult to tell. In the background, there is a structure that in another shot we see people looking around in. Eddie then says how these issues can make you into something else in which we get a shot of him at the hospital. He opens his eyes quickly and wide as he looks around.

After this we see some vehicles driving in the rain. Some of these cars look like they might be a part of an organization that is transporting something. We see the symbiote in a container with a man in a suit standing above it and some scientists behind him.

The mysterious moments of the trailer die down as we see Eddie running away from various people and quick cuts of classic action movie moments with cars crashing starts to happen. As everything is happening, Eddie continues to go on his thoughts about people having their own issues. As he mentioned we all have our own demons, he is shown laying down in the hospital when he starts shaking violently with black veins coming out of his neck.

Sadly, no Venom in this trailer. Some action, running around, and interesting dialog from Eddie Brock. This might be mysterious to bring the audience in to see the full movie. It is possible we can see what Venom will look like before then when we get an official full trailer, but this is all speculation.

Overall, the trailer is okay. There are some excellent things about it. I like what Eddie has to say, and it goes with what he is going through with the symbiote. Everything in the hospital is interesting at the beginning of the trailer. The problem is that there is not enough shown. Usually, movie trailers show way too much by the time the second trailer is released. This needed to show a tiny bit more to get me on the hook. If you have read anything online then you know that many people feel the same way. I know I will see it, but my expectations are set low, which might work out when it is review time at the movie’s release. Who knows, maybe all of this mystery can prove to benefit the film in the long run. Even if we get a terrible movie, at least we know there will be a gripping performance from Tom Hardy who will cause a lot of mayhem along the way.

Venom comes out in theaters October 5th.

Watch the trailer here and tell me what you think:

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Trailer Impressions: Deadpool 2

Deadpool 2 comes out this May, and we finally got our first full trailer for the film. The only other thing we have gotten to see are posters and hilarious shorts with our loud-mouthed hero. The primary focus of the trailer is to introduce the main villain, Cable (Josh Brolin). We see many other characters, both new and old, tons of action, and the style of humor you would expect from a Deadpool movie.

I love the first film, but I was worried that this would be a sequel that would try too hard which would lead to its downfall. However, by the look of what we see in the trailer, this could be just as good or better than the first movie. Now let’s dive into what happens in the trailer.

The trailer starts off with an intense introduction to Cable. The style of this opening has the same feel to other superhero trailers. Cable is narrating as you see him in a destroyed room then walking through destruction while armed. We even see him getting prepared by loading some heavy weaponry. By what he is saying it sounds like he is talking why he has robotic parts on him. The trailer pauses with a typical wall breaking moment from Deadpool (Ryan Reynolds) who points out the CGI is not complete on one of Cabel’s arms. This is taking a shot at DC for Justice League having a poor job of covering up Henry Cavill’s mustache. The trailer’s tone now goes towards what we would expect to see.

The next cut sees Deadpool in a room with a toy set of buildings with two action figures, one being himself and the other is Cable. He is playing with the toys on how he thinks their battle will go. Once a timer goes off to signal that the CGI on Cable’s arm is fixed, the scene cuts back to the regular trailer, better thank Deadpool for catching the missing CGI!

Next thing we know, we see Cable start to cause destruction and go on a killing spree. Along with this, we see Deadpool and various other characters in action-packed scenes. Domino (Zazie Beetz) gets her time to punch some people and show off herself as a new character in the film. Negasonic Teenage Warhead (Brianna Hildebrand) is back for a few brief moments as we see her get charged up with her superpower. All of Deadpool’s other friends make a return such as Weasel (T.J. Miller), Blind Al (Leslie Uggams), and Dopinder (Karan Soni) who are all with Deadpool to fight off a wave of enemies.

Most of the trailer is action oriented with a lot less comedy outside of Deadpool pointing out the botched CGI. If you have seen the first film or any promotional material, then we will get plenty of laughs out of this sequel. However, the most exciting part of the trailer regarding the story is the last few seconds. We see Weasel, Blind Al, and Deadpool holds their guns out to Cable who does not have any robotic gear attached to his body. This will probably lead to how Cable become the person we see at the start of the trailer.

Overall, I am excited by what I see in this first look at the movie. The first film is one of my favorites from the superhero genre because of its clever writing, great action, and hilarious characters. My biggest problem was the dull villain, so I hope that the film does enough to make Cable a worthy villain. I know Josh Brolin will kill it with his performance, so we have to hope that he gets enough screentime.

Deadpool 2 comes out May 18, so we do not have long to wait to finally see how this holds up compared to the first movie. Are you excited for the sequel? What do you think of the trailer?

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Trailer Impressions: Westworld Season 2

It has been about two years since the first season of Westworld aired on HBO. We have had some information given in the past year with some teases, but we got a brand new trailer that aired during the Super Bowl. If the season is anything like what is shown in the minute and 40-second trailer, then we are in for one gruesome ride.

If you have not seen Westworld, then stop reading and go watch this brilliant show.  Some discussion about the first season may take place here, so you have been warned.

The trailer shows beautiful shots of the facility and amusement park while a piano is being played. The music is in the same style as the first season, in other words, is that it is excellent. Dolores (Evan Rachel Wood) narrates as we see various scenes take place. She talks about the world around us. She describes how beautiful this world is that we have created. These make a grim turn as the camera shots change and the music changes as she mentions, “But this world is a lie.”. Robots and humans are battling it out in the central facility. There are less beautiful shots of landscape, but instead, have brutal camera shots of people getting slaughtered. From everything seen in the trailer, the show looks as beautiful as ever.

This turn makes sense due to the ending of the first season that will lead into a (potentially) chaotic second season. Besides people getting killed left and right, we see various characters from the first season. A shot of Bernard (Jeffery Wright) looking at something in a dark room. The Man in Black (Ed Harris) returns standing in the rain. As robotic bulls ram through men with machine guns, the camera pans to see Maeve (Thandie Newton) walking through broken glass as she watches the mayhem. Dolores is seen riding a horse with a lever-action rifle and is seen in the last shot to say the last words, “Our world.”

If the show manages to build off of what was excellent with the first season and adds something different with this upcoming season, then it should be just as fantastic. One of the best aspects of the first season of Westworld was the mystery. The show did a great job by giving the audiences a lot of questions but answering enough of those issues to be satisfying. I hope they maintain a lot of the mystery with the added answers to flesh out the world, but give the audience that sense of wonder at the same time. Plus the amount of violence from the trailer indicates we are in for a season full of death. By the ending of the first season, it is safe to say that we will get that delivered to us. Words can not express how excited I am to watch this show. Season 2 of Westworld comes out April 22nd on HBO.  Watch the trailer below and share your thoughts:

 

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Quick News: Doom Guy Plus Wolfenstein, Red Dead Redemption Release Date, Possible Spider-Man PS4 Date, and more.

Some news is too short to have a full article. I have decided to try something new and give you all a few quick updates about what is going on in movies, music, or video games. Here we have a few video game updates that have come up in the last few days.

  • id Software co-founder Tom Hall along with id Software designer John Romero who both recently confirmed on Twitter that DOOM protagonist Doom Guy, Commander Keen, and Wolfenstein protagonist B.J. Blazkowicz are all related. This is an excellent bit of information that will change our views while playing these games. Now maybe we can get a crossover between DOOM and WolfensteinDoom guy.png
  • The wait for Red Dead Redemption 2 was so close. Rockstar has said in the last trailer that it is coming Spring 2018. Turns out Spring has turned into October. Today they have announced via Twitter that the game will come out October 26th. It is not the date anyone wanted, but we finally have a solid date. Let us hope that this time frame sticks.RDR2 confirm
  • Take this next story with a grain of salt, but we might have a release date for Insomniac’s upcoming game Spider-Man. A retailer from Denmark called CoolShop has leaked a September 28, 2018, release date. What makes this interesting is the fact that CoolShop has correctly leaked a game’s release date before such as GTA V.
  • Anthem has been delayed to a 2019 release date. This is not a surprise since the game was announced not that long ago along with some issues lately with EA titles. They probably want to take all the time possible to make sure that BioWare nails this game. Plus the game gets more room for itself since it would have been released this fall which is right next to the upcoming Battlefield game.

That is it for this first roundup of quick news. Hopefully, you all enjoyed it. What are some highlights of news in the entertainment world that have stuck out to you?

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