Danny Trejo is Bad Ass

Danny Trejo is Bad Ass.

I’m going to pause for a moment so you can go right now to your video site of choice to order or download this movie.

Done? Okay. Yeah, you gotta see this one. It may not have vampires, or kids who are spys, or big ass knives (well.. okay there is one), or Predators, in it but it does have Danny Trejo. We like Danny Trejo.

He plays Frank Vega (no relation to Vince or Vic), who returns to America from Vietnam only to find he does not fit in. He tries to get a job with the LA Police force, but due to an injury to his leg from Vietnam (got shot) he is not able to join the force. He tries to get other jobs but as we all know, the late 1970’s were not exactly kind to our soldiers who returned home after defending our country. He gets work as a hot-dog vendor and discoveres that after 40 years, he is still.. a hot-dog vendor. He wants more out of life.

He explains through narrative what’s happened in his life up to him being 67 years old. The tag line for the movie is “They messed with the wrong senior citizen”.

While on a bus ride, he stands up to two gang members who are harassing a man for his seat. Frank kicks their asses all the while someone is recording everything on their phone. The video gets uploaded to ‘YouView’ (looks very similar to YouTube) and goes viral.

From there he becomes somewhat of a hero, which is what he always wanted after serving his country in Vietnam. His best friend gets murdered and Frank realizes that the police are doing nothing to figure out who did it, so he goes out upon his own to solve the murder.

The movie does not take itself too seriously. There is a fair amount of comedy in it, but it’s not a comedy. I’d honestly have to say it’s a feel good movie. It’ a vigilante film. It’s an underdog story. There is not a lot of blood (except for when he finds Terrance – whoosh, that’s pretty sic!), and the acting is a bit over the top, but it’s supposed to be! It is, afterall, an homage to the 1970’s Vigilante films.

Don’t expect a 2012 ultra clean cinematic viewing. That’s not to say it’s not a pretty film, oh man it certainly is! Director Craig Moss knocked this one out of the ball-park with his directing style, no question there. What I simply mean is that this film was made to appear as if it was produced in the late 1970’s (film grain, over exposed colors, stuff like that).

It came out in April of 2012 and has a running time of about 90 minutes.

This has quickly become among my top favorite Danny Trejo films of all time. It’s a must see, hell, it’s a must own!

…and when I’m 67… I’ll sport a fanny pack too… bi-atch!

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Wii U Release Date: November 18th Price: from $299.99

Nintendo has finally let us all know the release date(s) and prices for their new console (yes, it is actually a new console – not just a game pad), the Wii U.

In the United States the Wii U will be released on Sunday, November 18th. It will be released in Europe on November 30th, and in Japan on December 8th.

There will be two versions of the console; Basic and Deluxe.

What’s the difference and which one do I need?

Basic: $299.99 comes with:
Console, GamePad Tablet, AC adapter, Wii U sensor bar, HDMI Cable, 8gig of storage.

Deluxe: $349.99 comes with:
Console, GamePad Tablet, AC Adapter, Wii U sensor bar, HDMI Cable, 32gig of storage, stands for the console and GamePad, GamePad charging station, and Nintendo Land.

Tech Specs:
Supports 1080p
Main Memory: 1GB
System Memory: 1GB
Total Memory: 2GB
Games will only use 1GB of the system’s memory, the other 1GB is for the Operating System.
Game Discs will hold up to 25GB of gaming fun and will stream up to 22.5 MB/s.
Nintendo has been tight lipped about the system’s CPU and GPU (so I’m not reporting what the speculation is on these).

The Wii U will also work as a DVR. Yep, Nintendo TVii (Teevii) is a new mode just announced that will allow you to use the GamePad to check out live television, shows recorded, and other online video services (think Hulu, Netflix, Amazon Instant Video, etc) as well as music streaming. The best part? It’s integrated with the Wii U and it’s not going to cost anything extra, nor will there be a monthly fee (aside from what it may cost for a subscription to Netflix or similar services).

The Wii U is backwards compatible to the Wii and will make use of the Wii-mote and Nunchucks (although this new system does not come with either one).

The Wii U will sport just over 50 titles for it’s ‘Launch Window’ which Nintendo states is from November 18th, 2012 to March 31st, 2013.

All in all, the price seems decent (and remember it IS a new console – not a new way to play the WII), the features are cool, and of course it’s hitting shelves in time for the holidays.

I can’t say that I’m going to be 1st in line to pick this up on release day. I really want to see this in action for myself before I jump into yet another console (read this as: “Nintendo, send me one to review.”)

-Brian Hardin II

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[REC]3:Genesis a review


Before I begin this review of [REC]3, I want to throw out there a little information about the 1st two, seeing as I have not reviewed them here, however, on our sister site – www.ZombieMall.com I do review the remake of the original [REC] for US release called Quarantine.  Also let it be known that these films are not in English.

[REC] – We follow a new anchor as she does a story of a local firehouse, she ends up doing a ride-a-long as they get a call to investigate something that has happened in an apartment building.  Told from the camera’s perspective we follow the various people around inside the building as they make discoveries.  The people in the building have taken on a sickness that brings them back from the dead (sortav).  Meanwhile, the building has been surrounded and condemned, no one can enter, no one can leave.  They figure out that someone in the building had a sick dog; there were dog bites; maybe this is rabies; there is a sick little girl; everyone dies except the new anchor; she goes upstairs and discovered a scientist’s room who was evidently working on something spiritual; there is a funky lady that drags our new anchor into the darkness as the movie ends.

[REC]2 – We begin with some kids goofing off with their camera (as in the 1st this movie is also told from the perspective of the camera’s lens) and they notice a nearby apartment building being surrounded.  They check it out.  They are sent away by the authorities but they don’t stay gone for long.  They see another man trying to enter, he keeps going on and on about how he had medicine for his sick daughter.  In watching you are to put two and two together and realize that everything you saw in the 1st movie is happening at the same time as this one.  The man with the medicine is also sent away; but the kids find him and he lets them know there is a secret way in.  They head off to break in.  Meanwhile a swat team arrives and they are to enter the building.  The moment they enter is also the same moment in which the news anchor from the 1st movie is pulled into the darkness.  Chaos; attacks; swat members die; swat finds kids; more deaths; eventually those left alive make it to the top of the building to the scientist’s room and discover a hidden door; they enter to discover that perhaps these things are not the dead returning to life but that they are instead demonic in origin.  They then discover our news anchor and she appears to be okay.  Except she turns on the last survivor and kills him; turns to the camera and reveals that she is possessed.

Okay; now that you have seen the setup let’s talk [REC]3: GENESIS.

With a title like that, going into the film, one can assume that perhaps this is going to be a prequel.  And yeah, it is sortav.  One can also assume we are going to see how this thing all started, and we do.. again I’ll use the word ‘sortav’.

The film starts out as if we are watching a home made wedding DVD.  Shows the TV on AV1, then flashes up a “technical screen” as if the dvd player was turned on, then we see a wedding dvd menu with two options; video and photos.  Video is chosen for us.

We see from the view of the camera (as in the 1st two movies), a kid filming the wedding of Koldo and Clara.  We follow random people around until we manage upon Koldo’s uncle.  He has a bandage on his hand and claims to have been bitten by a dog at the kennel (ahh.. that’s the origin, that damn dog).  He goes on to say;  “I thought he was dead, but he jumped up and bit me! I’ll be alright though.” and from there the uncle moves on to start drinking.

We see the ceremony (bride is pretty, groom is handsome blah blah blah; they say ‘I do’).  The after party is roaring; the bride and groom are dancing; the cameraman – Koldo’s cousin – moves outside to film some of the other party-goers and notices his uncle throwing up.  We know better, but with this being a film we can’t tell the cousin that.  We also see in the background some people in hazmat suits, the cousin comments on these people but brushes it off as insect fumigators.  Again, we cannot tell him otherwise.  He goes back inside and films a bit more.  From on top of an upstairs hall we see the uncle acting funny (everyone is to suspect he is drunk) and he falls over a bannister and onto a table on the main floor.  Everyone panics; someone yells to stop the music; another yells to call an ambulance.

The uncle then bites a woman (may have been his wife – I’m not 100% sure on that); and all hell breaks loose.  Husband and Wife; Koldo and Clara, are separated in the chaos.  The cousin goes with Koldo and a small group of people; we are not sure where Clara goes.  The small group makes it to a kitchen where someone freaks out and smashes the camera.

Finally on screen we see the opening of the movie: [REC]3: GENESIS (yeah about 30 or 45 minutes into it..

From this point forward it’s not longer told from the view of the camera lens, although there are a few scenes were we see what is going on from the facilities’ closed circuit cameras.

Hordes of “zombies” are now everywhere; we follow the small group as they make it out of the kitchen and into a biblical temple.  For some reason the “zombies” cannot enter it.  Over the loudspeaker system we hear Clara telling Koldo that she is still alive and that she is safe.  Oh and she is pregnant.  Koldo then sets out to find her.

Meanwhile we now see where Clara is; she is hiding with the priest that performed the marriage.  They get surrounded by “zombies” and he tells her to take off while he deals with it.  He starts to spurt out some bible verses and that seems to hold the “zombies” at bay.  Literally.. they stop moving and just stand there and kindav shake.

Clara finds two more survivors who were schtooping each other and have no idea what’s going on.  They take off; eventually it comes down to just Clara again.  Perhaps one of the best parts of the movie is this:

Clara is wearing her wedding gown, is covered in blood and is slicing up “zombies” with a chainsaw!

Eventually Koldo and Clara are reunited but then are surrounded by “zombies”.  They say their final goodbyes to each other knowing they are about to get eaten.  Suddenly the priest comes on over the loudspeaker and start again quoting bible verses.  All the “zombies” stop and just sortav shake in place.  Clara and Koldo take off.  They find their way outside now; only to see hundreds of dead family members and guests all having turned into “zombies”.  Each one standing there doing nothing but a little shake as the priest continues to speak.

Suddenly Koldo’s “zombified” grandfather rushes Clara and bites her on the hand.  He is wearing a hearing aid and evidently it’s broken.  Koldo “kills” his grandfather and cuts off Clara’s arm just above the elbow.  They walk to the main entrance of the facility only to find every this wrapped in plastic.  The men in hazmat suits are on the other wise and warn them not to exit.  Koldo picks up his bride and notices she is not doing so well.  She is infected.  He then carries her out of the gate and stands there facing dozens of guns in his face.  He kisses his bride, she bites his tongue out; they both get shot; the movie ends.

So what exactly did we learn from this 3rd installment?  Nothing really.  It just reinforced the events of the 1st two movies; it was a dog bite that started everything; and these things are not zombies but rather a demonic force of some type that can simply be held at bay by reading the Bible to them.

I enjoyed the film.  The acting was fine, the story was fun, and even though they were not 100% zombies; they were close enough.  There was a lot more gore in this one than in the previous two, no question there.  If a 4th [REC] comes out, I’ll see that one too.

The US release of this film is in select theaters on Friday, September 7th, 2012.

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Aliens: Colonial Marines

Title: Aliens: Colonial Marines

Release Date: 02-12-2013

Platforms: Xbox, PS3, PC (there will also be a Wii U version of the game released at a later date)

There is a Limited Edition as well as a Collector’s Edition of this game to be released as well.  More details on what is included are listed below.

Aliens: Colonial Marines begins with an ostensibly abandoned ship, the U.S.S. Sulaco, recovered in orbit around LV-426. Players lead a group of highly trained United States Colonial Marines as they board the deserted craft to uncover the fate of the crew. They will have to fight to survive unspeakable horrors and their own anxieties as they chase down the truth behind a galaxy-spanning deception that places humanity at the mercy of the most murderous and deadly species in the universe. Aliens: Colonial Marines features authentic environments, such as the surface of LV-426 and Hadley’s Hope, weapons inspired by the film series and is designed to provide an exhilarating and engaging new chapter in the Aliens universe.

Limited Edition:
·         Four Playable Movie Characters
o   Players will be able to fight for their squad’s survival and confront hordes of enemies as the original ALIENS film icons Private Hudson, Corporal Hicks, Private Drake and Sergeant Apone.
·         Additional Marines Character Customization Options
·         Ripley’s Flamethrower

Collector’s Edition:
·         High Quality Resin Powerloader Figurine in  Limited Edition Xeno Hive Box
·         Limited Edition of Aliens: Colonial Marines (content as outlined above)
·         Exclusive Multiplayer Weapons
o   Sonic Electronic Ball Breakers
o   Phase Plasma Rifle
·         Exclusive Game Level
o   USCM Academy Firing Range
·         USCM Dossier
o   Mission Brief
o   USS Sephora Schematic
o   Recruitment Card
o   LV-426 Recon Photo
o   USCM Iron-on Badges
o   USCM Graduation Certificate

“Aliens: Colonial Marines will be THE definitive ALIENS gaming experience,” said Gary Knight, Senior Vice President of Marketing at SEGA Europe and SEGA of America. “Gearbox Software are doing a brilliant job translating the thrill and horror that ALIENS stands for into an action-packed shooter experience with co-operative gameplay at its core.”

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Final Fantasy 25 Years Collection

Can you read Japanese?  Do you know every bit of Final Fantasy? If so, Square Enix loves you and they want to show you how.

Twenty-five years after SE released the 1st Final Fantasy game, they are to release a massive collection that will include the first 13 games in the series.  For ¥35,000, (about $450 US Dollars) you can have the following:

  • Final Fantasy (PS1 – 1 disc)
  • Final Fantasy II (PS1 – 1 disc)
  • Final Fantasy III (PSP – 1 UMD)
  • Final Fantasy IV (PS1 – 1 disc)
  • Final Fantasy V (PS1 – 1 disc)
  • Final Fantasy VI (PS1 – 1 disc)
  • Final Fantasy VII International (PS1 – 4 discs)
  • Final Fantasy VIII (PS1 – 4 discs)
  • Final Fantasy IX (PS1 – 4 discs)
  • Final Fantasy X (PS2 – 1 disc)
  • Final Fantasy XI Vana’diel Collection 2(PS2 – 1 disc)
  • Final Fantasy XII (PS2 – 1 disc)
  • Final Fantasy XIII (PS3 – 1 disc)

There will also be included an Anniversary Video disk, a soundtrack on two discs, a special download item (free) for Final Fantasy XIV, a mini replica of Amano FF 25th Anniversary visual, and more.

As best we know this deal is only going to be released in Japan.


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