Daily Archives: 01/27/2012

Kinect “Star Wars” video – worse than “Phantom Menace”?

So. Much. Wrongness. In. One. Screengrab.

Via the intrepid nerdologists at NeoGaf comes this cringe-inducing look at the upcoming “Kinect ‘Star Wars'” game for the Xbox 360, which reveals categorically that Microsoft may know how to get their console and peripheral into people’s homes but they can’t make video content to save their lives.

Cheesy appearance by R2-D2?  Annoying perky presenters designed to appeal to the Normals?  Lack of anything approaching a relationship to gaming credibility?  All present and correct.

It’s this kind of thing which makes me embarrassed to self-identify as a gamer, as a fan of “Star Wars” and as a nerd.

To think – I thought that the worst “Star Wars” related thing I was going to see this week was that bloody Vodafone advert…

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Van Halen goes to “Chinatown”

Where have all the good times gone?

Should we be worried about the ‘new’ Van Halen record, “A Different Kind of Truth”?  I’m speaking mostly to the VH fans, here, I realise, but normal, non-Eddie, Alex, Dave and Wolfgang obsessives can join in, too – just click on the link above and listen to “Tattoo”.  Join us back here when you’re done.

A band reforming is one issue – Will they still be any good?  Will they all get along?  A band reforming and then taking a bunch of old songs, fragments and demo tunes and reworking them into their new album is quite another and that’s what the advanced scuttlebutt is telling us about “A Different Kind of Truth” – that many of the songs actually date back to Van Halen’s inception during the 1970’s.

I’m all for artists being prolific, but I’m not sure that being prolific is the same as raiding the off-cuts, never-were and ideas that you were never quite able to whip into shape.  Is that really any way to announce that you’re back – by releasing a record largely composed of stuff that your hardcore fan base will be aware of via the tape-trading circuit from back in the day?

I suppose I should just be happy that Van Halen are back again, but I’m holding my judgement until I hear the record.  On that note, Blabbermouth have posted the latest snippet from “A Different Kind of Truth”a song called “Chinatown”, which dates from back in the day but is a little more convincing than “Tattoo” was.  The comments section has it pegged as being melodically in the same territory as VH classic rocker “Hang ‘Em High”, which seems like a fair enough assessment.

It’s only fair to warn you that the vintage 1982 video linked to above contains leopard-print dungarees.  Viewer discretion is advised…

 

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“Lock Out” gets new trailer. Awesomeness still intact.

Film titles are confusing.

Hey up, it's Rudy from "Misfits"!

Depending on where you are in the world, the latest sci-fi action flick from Luc Besson’s Europa Corp is titled “Escape From MS One” or “Lock Out: Maximum Security”.  It’s enough to cause mucho confusion down the multiplex on a Saturday night, should your mind not be on your viewing game.

Who let Michael Bay behind the camera?

I’m probably preferring the “Escape From MS One” variant, if I’m honest, as it offers a subtle homage to the discerning nerd cineaste that this film is wholly in thrall to John Carpenter’s glorious “Escape from New York” (and “Escape from LA”, of which we don’t speak) and no greater template could a genre film-maker have than that snarky, mean-spirited and singular B-movie.

Near orbit, zero-G, white knuckle base jumping, anybody?

There’s a bit more action in this trailer – not all of it brilliant, some of it looking like it escaped from a PS2 game cut-scene – and a bit less of Guy Pearce being all hard-boiled and bad-assed, but the cumulative effect still has me keen to go and support a smaller-scale genre picture when it opens in April.

It’s all about balance, really.  $200 million blockbusters are all very nice but a decent B-movie warms the cockles of my heart.  And if John Carpenter can’t (or doesn’t want to) make this kind of movie any longer, I’m kind of glad that Luc Besson’s production auspices are letting them happen.

 

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