Diablo III Taste Test

72851491UK_DIABLO3_SE_BOX.inddIf you follow my Facebook or Twitter you would have noticed that I was fortunate enough to win the chance to be one of the lucky few to be invited to the Sydney IGN Head Quarters for an exclusive pre-launch taste test of the console version of Diablo III. Here is the story of that adventure down memory lane. Continue reading

Xbox One: Gaming Console or Home Entertainment Unit


Earlier today Microsoft revealed their next generation console, the Xbox One. If you haven’t seen the launch video, check it out here. Otherwise, I have put together some of the main points discussed and questions posed of Microsoft’s new baby. Continue reading

What’s So Special About the PS4?


Hi guys. I’m sure you have all read the articles on the PS4 announcement earlier today, or even saw it yourself when you found time (if not, view it here), so I won’t bore you with the details. If you are interested in reading about them, go to the official PlayStation blog, or if you want to see a breakdown of the game developer videos, view them here. If you haven’t done so, I would recommend it as there are some amazing looking games set for the PS4 release. What I am going to discuss is some of the key features announced and my opinion of them. Continue reading

Exclusive Review – The Devil Walketh About

Director: Scott Francis Sowter

Cast: Serena Monzo, Jonathan Shachter, Jojo George, Amie Louise Bransgrove, Robin Queree, Brigid O’Sullivan, Justin Costello, Brendon Taylor, Mary Willett, Joshua Bowles

Synopsis: Stephanie Jackson is a newspaper journalist who is tasked with reporting on a girl who killed her parents before taking her own life.   Jackson initially scoffs at theories that the Devil is involved with the homicide, until she herself looks too deeply under the surface….

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Sponsored Video: Ted – In cinemas tomorrow

Director: Seth MacFarlane

Cast: Seth MacFarlane, Mark Wahlberg, Mila Kunis, Joel McHale, Giovanni Ribisi

Synopsis: A classic love triangle story between a man, John Bennett (Wahlberg), his girlfriend Lori (Kunis), and his overbearing best friend Ted (MacFarlane) who always seems to get between them with his propensity for foul habits.   The twist is Ted is John’s childhood teddy bear that is actually alive, and just grown fouler with age.

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The First Avengers trailer is live…

In the past with this site, I have largely focussed on reviews of new and old films, with rarely a focus on what is happening in the future.   I am going to break trend today, and review a trailer.   Why?   Well, this trailer happens to be for the film that I have anticipated the most ever since the Lord of the Rings trilogy concluded.

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Upcoming Genre Films for 2011 Part Deux – A Preview by Film Nerd

First of all thanks to Urban Fantasist for that awesome post.   Consider my appetite whetted.   As you referred to yourself though, there are certain tastes of mine that were not catered to, so here is a preview of 2011 from the perspective of someone who collected comics in high school.

I will be using the same list as Urban Fantasist from io9, but I will extend from there a little bit from a post by blastr featuring the top 55 trailers for films coming out in 2011.   I will of course avoid overlap between these lists.

The Green Hornet (io9, blastr)     January 14

A remake of the series that first captured hearts on radio serials then on television, featuring a rich guy turned vigilante.   The character was created by the guy who brought us The Lone Ranger, and at one point in the radio series it was indicated that the Hornet is descendant of the Ranger.   Directed by Michael Gondry of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind fame, it could prove interesting.

I Am Number Four (io9, blastr)     February 18

A group of nine aliens hiding out as teenagers on Earth are hunted down for extermination by the government.   With three down, this film follows the story of the fourth to be targeted.    Based on a novel of the same name.

The Adjustment Bureau (io9, blastr)     March 4

Matt Damon plays a congressman destined for big things, before he meets and falls for Emily Blunt’s ballerina.   He was supposed to never meet her again, but somehow does, and falls in love with her.   The mysterious agency of the title steps in to prevent the relationship, and put our heroes life back on the set path.   Escaping, running, and hiding ensues….

Battle: Los Angeles (io9, blastr)     March 11

Gritty war film with hand-held camera work with visceral closeups, etc.   Oh yeah, and humans are fighting aliens.   Sounds like a great big B-movie, but with a cast headlined by Aaron Eckhart, may prove a hidden gem.

Red Riding Hood (io9, blastr)     March 11

Amanda Seyfried and Gary Oldman star in this retelling of the classic tale, with the wolf recast as a werewolf connected the past of she with the hood.   Don’t know how Urban Fantasist missed that one, sounds like her cup of tea!!

Paul (io9, blastr)     March 18

Comedy starring Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, as two mates on an American road trip that meet foul mouth alien Paul, voiced by Seth Rogen.   Some of the gags on the trailer are foul, but delightfully so!!

Sucker Punch (io9, blastr)     March 25

A film by Zack Snyder, who previously brought us 300 and Watchmen.   He does have a talent for absolute visual splendour on-screen, and the trailers indicate this will be no different.   It is hard to get a grasp on what it is about, but seems to be the story of five girls attempting to escape the clutches of evil authority in a mental asylum…or is it a war zone???   Or a bordello??

Super (io9, blastr)     April 1

Okay, so the concept of this sounds very similar to Kick-Ass… average bloke dons a costume to fight crime.   So lacking in originality on that count perhaps.   Just watch the clip posted on blastr though and I dare you not to show some interest!!

Hanna (blastr only) April 8

Eric Bana’s ex-CIA agent trains daughter Saoirse Ronin to be the perfect assassin, with the goal to target Cate Blanchett.    A lot of talent there in that sentence, and a pretty cool concept to boot.    The trailer also kicks butt!!

Your Highness (io9, blastr) April 8

Danny McBride and James Franco reteam with the director of Pineapple Express to star as royal brothers on a rescue mission… a comedy that drags Natalie Portman and my favourite Zooey Deschanel along for the ride.   I am still giggling at the trailer… “What a coincidence, I was just about to finish thinking of you!!”   Hehe.

Thor (io9, blastr)     May 6

The Norse god is exiled to Earth, as reimagined by Marvel Comics.   Mjolnir was spotted after the credits to Iron Man 2, resulting in my second Nerdgasm for that film.   Those that don’t know that this is part of building towards Joss Whedon’s The Avengers should be stripped of their geek badge immediately!!

X-Men: First Class (io9 only)     June 3

The second Marvel movie for 2011.   With James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender and January Jones on board, and Kick-Ass’ Michael Vaughn directing, can we put the travesty of X-Men: The Last Stand behind us???

Green Lantern (io9, bkastr)     June 17

A film based on a DC universe second tier hero.   Ryan Reynolds is good casting, but the CGI costume is still a little off-putting for me.   However, has the potential to be the next Iron Man, whom was one of Marvel’s second tier heroes.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part Two (io9, blastr)     July 15

You really want a synopsis for this one?

Captain America: The First Avenger (io9 only)     July 22

The source of my first Nerdgasm in Iron Man 2 was spotting Captain America’s shield partially constructed in Tony Stark’s work room.   Like Thor, this is building to Whedon’s The Avengers, and has Chris Evans donning the tights in what can only be called great casting!

Cowboys and Aliens (io9, blastr)     July 29

James Bond and Indiana Jones!!   The old west!!   Aliens!!    Daniel Craig waits from unconsciousness with a strange device on his arm.   Harrison Ford plays the villain of the piece, that teams with Craig when the bigger threat arrives.   Why didn’t they think of this earlier???

The Thing (io9 only)     October 14

Prequel to John Carpenter’s iconic original.   Stars Joel Edgerton, and personal favourite Mary Elizabeth Winstead, last seen in Scott Pilgrim vs. The World.

Sherlock Holmes 2 (io9, blastr)     December 16

Downey Jr. and Law return to 221B Baker Street, this time to face the infamous Professor Moriarty.   Be warned, blastr screwed up, the trailer from the first film, not the first trailer for the second!!

The Adventures of Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn (io9 only) December 23

Steven Spielberg directs his first fully motion capture film.   Peter Jackson produces.   They will be swapping roles for the sequel!!   Stars Jamie Bell, Andy Serkis, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost.   Some writing was even done by Doctor Who‘s Steven Moffatt!! Add that element of retro charm and I am sold!

Man, that is a lot of movies…. I hope Bride of Film Nerd doesn’t kill me when we need a second mortgage!!


Upcoming Genre Films for 2011

Not that we’re trying to help you spend your money or anything, but i09 has published a list of upcoming films for this year that would no doubt interest us Nerds here. In fact, there’s a listing of future releases available, including Australian release dates here, if you want to plan your movie going experience for the next year.

You never know – if I can get my act together, you’ll be seeing more reviews from me (forewarned is forearmed!).

At any rate, below I’ve listed the ones that sound ace-tops and all kinds of awesome and I am mustard keen to see, in no particular order. I’ve not included the superhero movies as they’re more Film Nerd’s bag than mine!

  • Pirates Of the Carribean: On Stranger Tides – I don’t care about the plot, Johnny Depp returning to his role as Captain Jack is all I need to know.
  • Burlesque – Cher runs a Burlesque club that’s on the skids.
  • I Am Number Four – Alien or genetically modified teen tries to not be killed like three others of his kind.
  • Battle: Los Angeles – UFOs attack Earth and LA becomes the place for mankind’s final stand.
  • Limitless- Bradley Cooper discovers a drug that makes him superhuman.
  • Your Highness – fantastical story of a chap sent on a quest to rescue his brother’s fiance, starring Zooey Deshenel and Natalie Portman.
  • Priest – Paul Bettany as a priest facing vampires in a post-apocalyptic world.
  • X-Men: First Class – tells the tale of how two men went from Charles Xavier and Erik Lensherr, best friends to Professor X and Magneto, worst enemies.
  • Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows, Part 2 – Harry and Voldy come face-to-face finally in the last movie of this franchise.
  • Cowboys and Aliens – Apache Indians and Western settlers must set aside their differences when an alien spaceship crash lands in their city.
  • Now – From the director of ‘Gattaca’ and writer of ‘The Truman Show’, a near-future parable where everybody can be eternally youthful, but you’re on a countdown, and if that time runs out, you die.
  • Real Steel – Hugh Jackman and boxing robots FTW.
  • The Thing – the prequel to the sci-fi classic, starring our own Joel Edgerton.
  • Contagion – sounds like ‘Outbreak’ but with Kate Winslet and Matt Damon.
  • The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn (Part 1) – the pentultimate in this trashy teen vampire series.
  • Hugo Caberet – Martin Scorsese directs the tale of a young boy who hides inside a Paris train station and ends up repairing a mechanical man.
  • Sherlock Holmes 2 – Robert Downey Jnr. and Jude Law team up once again to foil Dr. Moriarty.