Skewed 'n Reviewed http://sknr.net Movie News and Reviews Sat, 28 Mar 2015 15:22:30 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Star Wars Rebels: Recon Missions Gameplay Trailer http://sknr.net/2015/03/28/star-wars-rebels-recon-missions-gameplay-trailer/ http://sknr.net/2015/03/28/star-wars-rebels-recon-missions-gameplay-trailer/#comments Sat, 28 Mar 2015 15:22:30 +0000 http://sknr.net/?p=77578 This look like something to check out, especially for Star Wars fans.

 



 

 

 

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Mortal Kombat X Television Spot: FIGHT! http://sknr.net/2015/03/27/mortal-kombat-x-television-spot-fight/ http://sknr.net/2015/03/27/mortal-kombat-x-television-spot-fight/#comments Fri, 27 Mar 2015 18:45:39 +0000 http://sknr.net/?p=77574 I loved what we saw about this game at E3 and cannot wait for the final game.

Today, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment released the Mortal Kombat X: Official TV Spot. The TV Spot features a massive spontaneous fight circle that takes over an entire city. System of a Down’s “Chop Suey!” provides the driving soundtrack that builds to reveal the two kombatants in the fight.

 



 

 

 

 

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Mortal Kombat X: Shaolin Trailer http://sknr.net/2015/03/27/mortal-kombat-x-shaolin-trailer/ http://sknr.net/2015/03/27/mortal-kombat-x-shaolin-trailer/#comments Fri, 27 Mar 2015 14:41:23 +0000 http://sknr.net/?p=77571 I first saw this game last year at E3 2015 when Warner Bros Interactive had us see game footage in a private theater setting during the show. Needless to say we were blown away. Now as we get closer to the release of the game, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment released the Mortal Kombat X Official Shaolin Trailer, which puts the spotlight on three characters: Sharp-witted Kung Lao, series newcomer Kung Jin and Klassic Mortal Kombat Kombatant Liu Kang. The trailer provides further insight into Mortal Kombat X’s story, revealing that Raiden’s champions of Earthrealm from the past have risen from the dead, under the control of the sinister former Elder God, Shinnok.



 

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Merchants Of Doubt http://sknr.net/2015/03/27/merchants-of-doubt/ http://sknr.net/2015/03/27/merchants-of-doubt/#comments Fri, 27 Mar 2015 12:55:13 +0000 http://sknr.net/?p=77567 Greetings & Salutations Movie Fanatics!

It’s going to sound a bit unusual (me of all people asking) but I believe the nature of the movie i’m going to tell you about warrants a serious/closer look. Since I’ve had the good fortune of being recruited to write up movie reviews for ‘Skewed & Reviewed’ the few documentary films I’ve been tasked with screening have actually been informative and most interesting. Today, we have have one such documentary. I believe this particular one to be most important though. It regards subject matter like the dangers of cigarettes and global warming that by now the whole world should not only be familiar with but also breaks it down as why it took so long for these dangers to have seen the light of day.

The documentary ‘Merchants Of Doubt’, directed by award-winning filmmaker Robert Kenner and based on the 2010 book of the same name by Erik M. Conway and Naomi Oreskes, follows the journeys of several journalists, scientists, and politicians as they investigate and share their knowledge on such topics as global warming, the health hazards/dangers of cigarettes, and the dangerous chemicals in fire retardants, etc. Sounds like stuff we should already know about or should’ve known about years ago right? Well, we would have if it had not been for the spin-doctors, P.R. firms, and so-called ‘gun for hire’ experts who are paid by corporations and industries to cast doubt and twist the evidence brought forth by true experts in these fields.

This ‘true scientists’ in this movie (it’s pretty darned easy to sort them out) do a remarkable job of separating/breaking down the scientific data regarding each of the topics and explaining it in such a way that it’s easy for the viewer to understand what’s going on and how the ‘gun for hire experts’ who are brought in to refute them, take the hard data and twist it to benefit those in power and profit the most. One aspect of the film I found to be ‘quite disgusting’ though was in fact, when they interviewed these spin-doctors and like the silver-tongued devils they are immediately turned-on the charm for the cameras and tried to make their cases right then and there as if they were back on the clock working for the corporations and big-business. They totally ‘forget’ the fact that this is supposed to be a behind-the-scenes documentary. You have to give the filmmakers cred though for getting all sides of the story will maintaining the integrity of the film. This film is a wake-up call for us all. It’s a peak behind the curtain of the public relations
machine used to pull the wool over our eyes. It’s used everyday by the corporations and the politicians that take their payoffs and silver. The movie is just more proof the government and big business do NOT have our best interests in mind unless they can make a profit from it.

The movie made it into theaters in the UK last December and saw a limited release in the states March 6th. Not only do I recommend you seek out a theater and see it or order it online, but I would propose that this movie be required viewing material in high schools and college. Perhaps if the next generations view this film, they’ll learn how to see through the B.S. faster than we did and won’t have the wool pulled over their eyes as easily as those before them.
4 out of 5 stars. Watch the film … trust me. You may feel like you’re back in school or college, but this time around the information will REALLY be worth your time. Open your eyes and ears folks.

This is your friendly neighborhood freelance photographer ‘The CameraMan’ and on behalf of my fellows at ‘Skewed & Reviewed’ Id like to say thanks for reading, and we’ll see you at the movies.

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2015 Call of Duty Championship Live Feeds http://sknr.net/2015/03/27/2015-call-of-duty-championship-live-feeds/ http://sknr.net/2015/03/27/2015-call-of-duty-championship-live-feeds/#comments Fri, 27 Mar 2015 08:50:17 +0000 http://sknr.net/?p=77559 The 2015 Call of Duty Championship kicks off tomorrow, Friday, March 27 and runs through Sunday, March 29 when a world champion team will be crowned and $1 million in cash prizes will be awarded.

Check out the infographic below detailing some of the monumental facts and figures associated with the Call of Duty franchise as we kick off the biggest console eSports tournament of the year:

Check out the awesome feeds right here as well as this amazing Infograph which shows just how dominate the game has been since release.

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Friday and Saturday (four separate streams showing different teams)

 

 

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Furious 7: Lykan Featurette http://sknr.net/2015/03/27/furious-7-lykan-featurette/ http://sknr.net/2015/03/27/furious-7-lykan-featurette/#comments Fri, 27 Mar 2015 08:22:26 +0000 http://sknr.net/?p=77556 We see the film next week ahead of the opening next Friday but as part of our coverage I wanted to share the new Lykan Featurette from FURIOUS 7

 



 

 

 

 

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Get Hard http://sknr.net/2015/03/27/get-hard/ http://sknr.net/2015/03/27/get-hard/#comments Fri, 27 Mar 2015 07:01:50 +0000 http://sknr.net/?p=77546 For high rolling stock trader James King (Will Ferrell), life is pretty amazing. Not only does he live in a lavish house in an exclusive Los Angeles community, but he is engaged to the lovely Alissa (Allison Brie). James is oblivious to many of those around him save for his future father in law Martin (Craig T. Nelson), who has recently rewarded him with a partnership at his brokerage.

Life has not been as sunny for Darnelll (Kevin Hart), a devoted family man who runs his car detailing place and looks to find a way to get the $30,000 he needs to purchase a better home in a better neighborhood for his family.

Fate steps in when James is charged with several trading violations and is sentenced to ten years in San Quentin. For the self-absorbed and highly-sheltered James this is equivalent to a death sentence and he is eager to find a way out of his mess.

With his world in chaos, James hires Darnell to be his prison consultant, as he is convinced Darnell must have done time due to his color and station in life. Although offended, Darnell hides this and agrees to spend the next few weeks before James has to report to jail training him to survive.

Although motivated to earn the money he needs, Darnell soon gains sympathy for James and in time, begins to believe he may be innocent of the charges levied upon him. In between the crude but often very funny training segments James endures, the two bond and work with one another to overcome the challenges presented to them before time runs out.

Ferell and Hart have a very good chemistry with one another and there are some very funny moments in the film. One moment had Hart portraying various prison yard characters at the same time and his frantic way of moving between characters at the same time was something to behold.

The film does tread on some racial stereotypes often but they at least mix it up and do not focus entirely upon one race or group.

While at times slow and requiring some leaps of faith from the audience, the two leads make the film a funny and enjoyable distraction that will keep you laughing enough to make it worth your while.

3.5 stars out of 5.

 

Second Review By Sasha Glenn

 

It is quite common that the funniest moments of comedies are the ones highlighted in their trailers. Unfortunately, this leaves nothing epic for the audience to experience in theaters. However, there are so many moments of complete hilarity in “Get Hard” that the trailer actually is only a small taste of what audiences can expect.

James King (Will Ferrell), is a wealthy hedge fund manager who seemingly has everything a man could wish for. He’s got a giant mansion, respect from his coworkers, and a hot fiancé. But one fateful day his world comes crashing down when he is accused of fraud and sentenced to time in prison.

Fortunately, King has thirty days to prepare himself for serving hard time and he attempts to do just that. He quickly employs the help of Darnell Lewis (Kevin Hart), who he assumes has gone to prison simply because he is a Black man.

Lewis, who is actually a struggling business owner who had never been to prison, plays along with King’s assumption in order to earn some serious cash.

This film leaves the political correctness of today’s society in the dust. It doesn’t hesitate to make fun of racial, sexual, and class stereotypes across the board. It’s truly not a flick for those who are easily offended.

As a member of the “ninety-nine percent,” there is something gratifying and absolutely fun to watch about a member of the elite upper class being brought back down to earth.

Ferrell plays the perfect oblivious rich man, smart in some ways yet completely daft in many others. He is lovable despite himself. The role is somewhat reminiscent of Ferrell’s “Saturday Night Live” part in skits portraying President George W. Bush.

Alison Brie from “Community” plays the fiancé of Ferrell’s character. She is spoiled rotten and completely deluded by the silver spoon mentality she was born into. Brie does a great job of playing her satirical character. Her mannerisms, voice, and look make her a perfect pick for the role.

The film is an impressive directorial debut for Etan Cohen. The plot is original, the execution is without a dull moment, and the cast selection is ideal.

Hart and Ferrell’s comedic styles play off of each other so well, they nearly bring the audience to tears with laughter.

It is not a film of great substance, and it doesn’t try to be. The audience may not gain any true insight from the film, and this type of comedy may be considered a bit crude. But it accomplishes exactly what it is meant to, filling the audience with non-stop laughter.

Like a great action flick that keeps moving, “Get Hard” keeps the laughs coming. I give it 4 out of 5 stars.

 

 

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Home http://sknr.net/2015/03/27/home/ http://sknr.net/2015/03/27/home/#comments Fri, 27 Mar 2015 07:01:44 +0000 http://sknr.net/?p=77549 The new animated film from DreamWorks, is titled ‘Home’ and stars the voices of Jim Parsons, Rihanna, Steve Martin and Jennifer Lopez.

Its a sci-fi animated film for kids. The alien race is called the Boov. The alien Commander, Captain Smek (Steve Martin), chooses Earth to ‘invade’ in order to hide from their enemy the Gorg, who is chasing the Boov. One of the Boov, named ‘Oh’ (Jim Parsons) for the exasperated sound the other Boov make any time he’s around, desperately wants to belong and have friends. Oh sends a message through email for a house warming party, and accidentally hits ‘send all’ to the entire universe. Oh tries to flee from all the Boov trying to hunt him down, (they want his password to stop the message). He runs into “Tip” Tucci (Rihanna), a  stubborn young girl that got accidentally left behind when the Boov relocated all the humans to Australia. Tip is intent and focused on finding and being reunited with her mother (Jennifer Lopez).

Oh and Tip team up, and although Oh is determined to run away at every opportunity, Tip is too stubborn to give up looking for her mom and no matter what is thrown in their path, pushes on, teaching Oh lessons along the way about what having friendships and family really mean.

Home has a great soundtrack, and the songs really match the story line well. It has lots of bright colors, and only one potentially scary part that turns out happily in the end.

There are not many jokes or comedy that is targeted to adults, unlike most other recent animated films, this movie really is through and through for kids. Even though its message is targeted at children, however, I enjoyed the film, as did my husband. We both shed a tear or two at the end, my son (6.5) claims he did not.

I would give this movie 3.75 stars out of 5.

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Grapple http://sknr.net/2015/03/26/grapple/ http://sknr.net/2015/03/26/grapple/#comments Thu, 26 Mar 2015 13:00:40 +0000 http://sknr.net/?p=77539 I love that we’re in a time where companies are trying to pick apart and experiment with just what makes a game interesting. A new RTS, FPS or MMO is lovely, but sometimes all you need to make a game tick is a really interesting gimmick.

Grapple is a 3D platformer with minimal story and a whole lot of… well… grappling. The game begins without much fanfare as you find yourself in control of a sticky blob of goo. This blob coasts along platforms in space, can jump and collect items for points, and can stick to (almost) any surface you dive at. It can also send out a little tendril to grapple at floating platforms to swing Tarzan-style across wide gaps.

There’s a speed run mode, or you can play it level by level. I’m not one for speed running, so I took a spin through the more casual levels and had a nice stroll through space, grappling and swinging throughout the map.

The soundtrack is pretty bumpin’. Electronic thumps and many a synthtastic melody will keep you entertained as you glop and grapple from platform to platform, gunning to reach the end.

The first dozen levels or so will steadily walk you through the different techniques you’ll need to survive each level. While the controls are fairly simple, getting a hang of the physics is where one will need practice. Grappling isn’t enough – you’ll have to hop from floors to ceilings, climb walls, spin around and jump through hoops to avoid getting zapped or falling to your demise in the middle of space.

This is a perfect fit for anyone looking for a 3D puzzler that is simply controlled, but has a really fresh twist. They start to bring the challenges out after about a dozen levels, so be patient if you’re looking for something a little more difficult – you’ll get there.

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Does The Success Of Bloodborne, And Recent Moves By Sony Put Them Firmly In Control Heading Into E3 and Beyond http://sknr.net/2015/03/26/does-the-success-of-bloodborne-and-recent-moves-by-sony-put-them-firmly-in-control-heading-into-e3-and-beyond/ http://sknr.net/2015/03/26/does-the-success-of-bloodborne-and-recent-moves-by-sony-put-them-firmly-in-control-heading-into-e3-and-beyond/#comments Thu, 26 Mar 2015 12:47:51 +0000 http://sknr.net/?p=77544 This week Sony released their latest exclusive for the Playstation 4 with Bloodborne and once again showed gamers that they have a strong commitment to gaming as well as continuing to push the potential of their system forward.

The release combined with the pending firmware update which will bring many new features such as a way to decrease game load times and more options for external hard drive use will likely be more signs that Sony is just scratching the surface of what they system will eventually offer.

As for Bloodborne, it appears to be an early hit as reports have several online retailers and some stores out of stock for the game as well as it being one of the higher ranked sales items at Amazon.com

While the game is not unique in its premise or gameplay, the combination of the Dark Gothicesque horror and fast paced action appear to be scoring well very early with fans.

Unlike The Order: 1886 which was met with mixed reviews early and currently has a 65 and a 6.7 score from reviewers and critics on Metacritic, Bloodborne is enjoying rave reviews with a 93 average from critics and a solid 9 from gamers.

Sony has set themselves up very well for the coming months as they will likely shift their focus to E3 2015 in June where fans and media from around the world will wait to see what titles and features the company is prepared to announce yet.

The news this week was not all golden for Sony as reports have emerged that a round of layoffs has hit their San Diego studio ahead of the release of MLB 15. The move is likely part of their restructuring which has seen the company enjoy an increase in profits as well as stock price in recent months so while painful for the employees and their family, it does show that the company is focused on the long-term and as such has a clear plan for the PS4 and the future.

It seems that Sony can do no wrong with their fans currently as the PS4 continues to sell and the exclusive titles for the system have been met with strong sales even when reviews were not so kind. Bloodborne is giving Sony a high selling game that is backed by solid reviews and will only help push sales and demand for the system forward.

What Sony will announce at E3 is up to much speculation but based on their past moves and trending success, I would expect something major to be announced as Sony seems determined to press the accelerator down and not let up with the PS4 which as a gamer is not only very exciting, but shows that they are playing for keeps this generation and beyond.

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