Skewed 'n Reviewed http://sknr.net Movie News and Reviews Fri, 19 Sep 2014 08:21:16 +0000 en-US hourly 1 This is Where I Leave You http://sknr.net/2014/09/19/leave/ http://sknr.net/2014/09/19/leave/#comments Fri, 19 Sep 2014 08:16:06 +0000 http://sknr.net/?p=75797 This is Where I Leave You focuses on Judd Altman (Jason Bateman) and his relationships with the many personalities in his family. We open the film with Judd walking in on his wife in bed with his boss. We flash forward about 3 months to find Judd feeling pretty miserable still, only to find out that his father passed away. And his father’s last wish is that his family sit Shiva (a Jewish tradition of mourning where the close relatives of the deceased sit for 7-days in the same house, as friends and family come by to offer their condolences. (There’s more to it than this, but it’s the general idea). Over the 7-days following the funeral, a rollercoaster of emotions, excitement and tragedy pass.

This film, in my opinion, is very smartly written. It has the qualities in a film that will attract men and women alike. They also create an atmosphere that most people can relate to. It’s simplistic formula really, there are enough siblings to exhibit the different personalities you can find in most families and no matter who you are, you will find someone to relate to in the cast. And, oh boy, what a cast. Judd’s siblings include Corey Stoll, Adam Driver and Tina Fey. Rounding out the close friends and family include Jane Fonda as mama Altman, Rose Byrne as Penny Moore, Connie Britton as girlfriend of Philip Altman (Driver), Timothy Olyphant as Horry, a man with brain damage who has a secret shared with one of the Altmans, and the list goes on and on (go look it up on IMdB already).

The premise is old, cliché jokes are used, and we all know how it ends. However, we don’t really know how it ends. The cast delivers so well that you can see past the recycled items to the true genius that this film is, and how great an adaptation it is from the book. While I haven’t read the book myself, I have been told it’s quite good. And if it’s half as good as this film, I’m definitely going to enjoy reading it.

Bottom line: if you’re looking for a great date movie this weekend, this is the one to see. You will not regret it, and will probably learn a little something about yourself too! This is another to add to my collection upon release.

4 stars out of 5

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Tusk http://sknr.net/2014/09/19/tusk/ http://sknr.net/2014/09/19/tusk/#comments Fri, 19 Sep 2014 07:01:37 +0000 http://sknr.net/?p=75782 Two perspectives on Tusk

by Gareth von Kallenbach

To legions of his many fans, writer, director, producer, and podcaster Kevin Smith is a man fanboys find easy to root for. His films have become pop-culture gold to comic book, science fiction, and general geekdom fans the world over. Smith has built a career on independent films with characters that are as real as they are raw and raunchy. The crude nature of his jokes often put him in a “love them or hate them” category for many critics as it is definitely not a style that is for the masses. That being said, the films are witty, honest, and most times relatable, no matter how bad the situations and the characters become. Recently, Smith took a detour to the darker side with his film “Red State” that looked at a group of kids who became the victims of a fanatical cult leader and his followers.

While Smith was reportedly working to get funding for “Clerks 3″, an idea was presented to him during his Smodcast about a guy in rural Canada who is offering free room and board to anybody who would live with him on the condition that they wear a walrus costume from time to time. Buoyed by his followers on Twitter, Smith decided to make a horror film based on the situation even after learning that the incident in question was the result of a prank by a comedian.

In his new film Tusk, we are introduced to a successful podcaster named Wallace (Justin Long), who along with his costar Teddy (Haley Joel Osment), run a show called the Not See Party, whose name leads to several double takes and comical and uncomfortable situations down the line. Wallace’s girlfriend Ally (Genesis Rodriguez) wishes to accompany Wallace to his trip up to Canada in order to interview someone for a show.

Since Teddy is not a flyer, Wallace travels to locations to interview people and then in turn tells the stories to Teddy so the two can comment about them on air. Ally longs for the Wallace of old who was a struggling comedian as she believes that the successful Wallace is not that fun to be around as he no longer makes her a priority in life. Wallace admits as much when he discloses a series of infidelities to Teddy and dismisses them as nothing more than clearing of the head while traveling or before doing a live show for an audience.

Upon arriving in Manitoba, Wallace learns that his intended interview has befallen tragedy and faced without a topic for his next show, Wallace is intrigued by a flyer from a man offering room and board as well as plenty of stories.

Wallace makes contact with the individual and travels two hours into rural Manitoba at night to meet the man at his expansive estate. Upon meeting Howard Howe (Michael Parks), Wallace is captivated by the elderly wheelchair-bound gentleman and his tales of life at sea including meeting Ernest Hemingway during the war. As Wallace sat spellbound by the tales Howard is telling him, he soon falls unconscious as a result of being drugged by his host. Things take a very dark turn the following morning when Howard learns that he has lost a leg of which Howard proclaims was the tragic result of a spider bite. Things become a living nightmare as Wallace quickly learns just how devious and diabolical Michael’s plans are for him and trapped in a remote area his humanity and faith are slowly stripped away by the situation he finds himself in.

Teddy and Ally travel to Manitoba due to a frantic call Wallace makes and not finding much assistance from the local authorities, turn to quirky and eccentric former homicide detective Guy LaPointe (Johnny Depp), who fears that Wallace has become the victim of an elusive killer whom LaPointe has been trying to find for years.

What follows is a dark, disturbing, and utterly captivating thriller in a race against time with the very essence and humanity of Wallace hanging in the balance.

While Smith inserts his trademark humor into the film, this is very much a psychological thriller and not a comedy. Depp does a fantastic job and is almost unrecognizable in his role as a homicide detective who is scheduled to appear in a subsequent film currently shooting. While it seemed a bit of a stretch that Ally would want be involved with Wallace, there was nonetheless a good bit of chemistry between them even though the majority of their scenes are shown via flashback.

Long and Parks propel the story as it is pretty much about the dramatic struggle between the two of them. Parks is captivating and creepy while the brash Wallace gets a lesson in humanity and what truly matters in life. While some will no doubt find the subject matter highly disturbing and may be quick to dismiss the film, this is one of the more clever and enjoyable thrillers in recent years and proves that Smith is a filmmaker capable of doing things other than his trademark comedies and should be encouraged to continue to broaden his horizons.

As it stands the film should delight fans of Smith but also allows him to expand his audience into new areas as this truly is one of the more memorable and entertaining films of the year.

4 stars out of 5

by Joseph Saulnier

Tusk. Tusk is a… well… interesting film. It is the first film that has left me literally speechless in a long while. It’s also the first film in a long while that kept me glued to the screen and listening to every single word, including getting the inflection down to the very detail.

Tusk follows Wallace (Justin Long), a successful podcaster who heads to Canada to interview a kid from a viral video. The interview actually falls through, and Wallace finds himself in a bar room bathroom when an advert catches his eye. It was the offer of a room for rent from an old man with claims of wonderous tales of his travels and adventures. Wallace responds to the ad and meets Howard Howe (Michael Parks), who we all soon discover has an unhealthy love of the walrus. Soon Wallace goes missing, and his girlfriend Ally (Genesis Rodriguez) along with his best friend Teddy (Haley Joel Osment) are determined to find him with the help of an ex-cop Guy Lapointe (Johnny Depp).

That’s about as much as I can give you without revealing too much, or shaking your faith in the movie. Michael Parks is his usual fantastic self as the demented antagonist. Genesis Rodriguez delivers a convincing performance as a woman struggling with the issue of love for a man who may not appreciate her as he should. It was also nice to see Haley Joel Osment back on the screen, and his screen time with Rodriguez and Guy Lapointe has great presence. Smith’s daughter, Harley Quinn, and Depp’s daughter, Lily Rose, also have great roles as the clerks of the convenience store in the film. But the star of the day, and focus of the film, is Justin Long for taking this role and doing it like no other could. It is not your normal role, or one that may be heavily sought after, but he commanded that performance.

The score of the film was good, but nothing truly remarkable. Though I do see people searching out the ringtone that we hear a few times throughout the film. I know I did. The cinematography was the star of the film. Leave it to Kevin Smith to a take genre that is the complete opposite of that which he is known for, and just turn it on its ear. The framing is perfect in every scene; the setting, the lighting, the subtle details that make you laugh or appreciate the scene so much more (pay close attention to the back wall in the scenes at the convenience store Eh-2-Zed). This along with the editing really bring the film together to reveal the movie that will leave you guessing to the very end. Even despite Smith detailing it out in his podcast entitled “Smodcast”.

This film definitely gives you an interesting look into the human psyche. To say the film is disturbing is close to being an understatement, but it is disturbing in a very powerful way that leaves you liking the film, even though you probably really shouldn’t. This will definitely be added my collection once it hits the shelves.

It’s important to note that we may expect more films like this as Kevin Smith has designated it film one of his True North Trilogy. The follow up to Tusk will be Yoga Hosers, which include the Lapointe character, his daughter, and Smith’s daughter.

5 out of 5

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The Maze Runner http://sknr.net/2014/09/19/maze-runner/ http://sknr.net/2014/09/19/maze-runner/#comments Fri, 19 Sep 2014 07:00:57 +0000 http://sknr.net/?p=75785 The Maze Runner is 20th Century Fox’s attempt at the current trend in Hollywood to cash in on Young Adult-themed science fiction in a dystopian setting. Coming off the heels of hits like The Hunger Games and Divergent, The Maze Runner is the first story in the trilogy of novels by James Dashner. As such, I thought I would use this review space to compare this first film in the trilogy to another. The Maze Runner versus The Hunger Games (self-titled, not Catching Fire)…sorry Divergent, I haven’t seen you.

DIRECTORS
The Maze Runner‘s Wes Ball vs. The Hunger GamesGarry Ross

The Maze Runner is Wes Balls first major motion picture, but you wouldn’t know it because the visuals and pacing are fantastic.

Garry Ross, on the other hand, directed both Pleasantville and Seabiscuit prior to The Hunger Games. Both great movies, however this slow thoughtful style I feel was not the best choice for the action-paced-with-thought story of the hunger games. Guess that’s why he was replaced for Catching Fire, which is a superior film.

Advantage: The Maze Runner

ACTORS
Dylan O’Brien vs. Jennifer Lawrence

O’Brien is best known for his work on MTV’s Teen Wolf, which probably explains why he is so pretty. He does a decent job, but nothing overly memorable.

The Hunger Games was the beginning of transformation of Lawrence from supporting actress, to Oscar winner and Hollywood Darling. She has cemented herself as one of the best young actresses to be sure.

Advantage: The Hunger Games

PACING
Constantly Moving vs. Slow (and not always clear what’s happening)

As discussed in the director category above, The Maze Runner is constantly taking you from one thing to the next. It doesn’t let off the gas and constantly builds upon itself as our characters are forced to leave their safe haven behind and look for a way out of the maze.

In The Hunger Games, it is not always clear what the motivation of the characters is, as things are not always explained. In my opinion, the first movie is lazy in the fact that they know that most of the audience has probably read the highly successful book. This created a sense of an incomplete film in the same way that the last few Harry Potter movies did. This lack of clarity leads to moments where the film feels sluggish as we do not quite understand why something is or isn’t happening.

Advantage: The Maze Runner

ATTEMPT AT EMOTIONAL BUY-IN

Chuck vs. Rue

Chuck is The Maze Runner’s attempt and Rue is The Hunger Games attempt to make the audience feel an emotional draw to the characters. I know Rue works in print and I assume Chuck does as well. Both fail on film as any really connection with them is glossed over quickly to move the story forward.

Advantage: Tie

VISUALS
Visually stunning vs Visually stunning
Advantage: Tie

OVERALL

The Maze Runner fires on all cylinders. Its fast-paced, simple story is perfect for the length of the film. Like the characters, the audience is learning new things with each step of the characters, which helps the film feel entertaining and fun. Many will gripe about the last 15 minutes that set up the next movie, but if you know going into the film that this is the first of a trilogy, you will not be disappointed when you leave the theater with more questions than answers.

While The Hunger Games was an international box office smash hit, as a film alone, it left me wanting. It felt shallow, going through the motions and without a soul. TheY corrected that with the second film in the series.

Advantage: The Maze Runner

So there you have it. For the first movie of a trilogy, The Maze Runner edges out the Hunger games. If you like this type of genre of film, you will enjoy this one.

4 out of 5 stars

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4 Console Companion Apps & How to Use Them http://sknr.net/2014/09/18/4-console-companion-apps-use/ http://sknr.net/2014/09/18/4-console-companion-apps-use/#comments Thu, 18 Sep 2014 18:34:48 +0000 http://sknr.net/?p=75777 4 Console Companion Apps & How to Use Them

As smartphones and tablets have become a ubiquitous part of our media experience, game developers and designers have sought to integrate them with our gaming experiences. Second screen use is here to stay. 85 percent of smartphone users reported using a mobile device as a media companion at least once a month, according to Business Insider. While TV producers are happy with apps that allow for a social experience while watching, game developers have taken companion applications to a whole new level. Here are just a few companion apps you should check out.

XBox Smartglass

XBOX Smartglass is a console companion app that allows players to use their mobile devices and tablets as a second screen or game controller. Linked in with many XBox games, it allows stat tracking and social media access for various titles, applications, and more. According to WP Central, it even featured a tool to track 2012 United States Election coverage. Microsoft’s app strives to enhance your experience with your XBox with access to walkthroughs for your games, behind-the audio commentary, and real-time multiplayer strategy guides all in the palm of your hand. With the XBox Smartglass app, you can navigate the entire Xbox Dashboard and even use your smartphone as a remote for console applications such as Netflix.

Assassin’s Creed IV Companion

The Assassin’s Creed: Black Flag companion is a unique app that allows the immersion of the game to continue off console. Featuring a fully interactive world map that allows players to see objectives in-game, search the map and set objectives. If you have a smartphone with an HD screen like the Galaxy S5, use the device to involve a friend in your single player game while you’re away from home. The Kenway’s Fleet feature in the app allows you to manage your pirate fleet entirely from the app, sending your ships on trade missions or battling privateers across the Atlantic ocean. The Animus Database is a treasure trove of in-game lore, and the Initiates Feed lets you stay in contact with friends and check in on in-game community challenges. All in all, the Assassin’s Creed IV companion app is well-appreciated addition to the game.

Destiny Companion

While Destiny is still available only to beta players for a few more excruciating weeks, the Destiny app has already been released by Bungie for those lucky gamers who are testing the game before its release in September. Bungie (creators of the acclaimed Halo) have created the official Destiny Companion app with the ability to track your Guardian’s statistics, perform player analytics, and compare Grimoire scores with friends. The Destiny app is well-tested and ready for second screen use, but if you aren’t beta testing the game right now, you can still use it to keep track of any Destiny news and updates while you wait for the game to be released September 9th.

Watch Dogs: ctOS

Watch Dogs developer Ubisoft has gone further than any other game developer when it comes to creating an immersive companion app that mirrors the feel and mood of their game. Not only is the official page feel ripped right out of the gritty world of Watch Dogs, but the app itself seamlessly creates an entirely new type of multiplayer experience that feels perfectly in line with Watch Dogs’ hack-centric gameplay. Playing in-app as a CTOS operative in control of the Chicago Police Department, you connect with in-game players and control the entire city as you try to thwart them from racing through various checkpoints. This multiplayer mode lets you interact with friends and rivals in the world of Watch Dogs from wherever you may be, and the unique nature of this new multiplayer mode is unlike anything you’ve played before in a companion app.

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VHS/Viral Red Band Trailer http://sknr.net/2014/09/18/vhsviral-red-band-trailer/ http://sknr.net/2014/09/18/vhsviral-red-band-trailer/#comments Thu, 18 Sep 2014 18:10:22 +0000 http://sknr.net/?p=75773 Directed by Justin Benson, Gregg Bishop, Aaron Moorhead, Marcel

Sarmiento, Nacho Vigalondo

Starring Patrick Lawrie, Emmy Argo, Heather Hayes, Jessica Luza, John Curran, Justin Welborn, Mary Ralston, Michael Aaron Milligan, Gustavo Salmerón, Marian Álvarez, Xavi Daura, Esteban Navarro, Nick Blanco, Chase Newton, Shane Bradey, Jayden Robison

A police chase after a deranged ice cream truck has captivated the attention of the greater Los Angeles area. Dozens of fame—obsessed teens flock to the streets with their video cameras and camera phones, hell—bent on capturing the next viral video. But there is something far more sinister occurring in the streets of L.A. than a simple police chase. A resounding effect is created onto all those obsessed with capturing salacious footage for no other purpose than to amuse or titillate. Soon the discovery becomes that they themselves are the stars of the next video, one where they face their own death

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The Evil Within: Tokyo Game Show Video http://sknr.net/2014/09/18/evil-within-tokyo-game-show-video/ http://sknr.net/2014/09/18/evil-within-tokyo-game-show-video/#comments Thu, 18 Sep 2014 17:57:52 +0000 http://sknr.net/?p=75768

To celebrate Tokyo Game Show, we’ve just released a new gameplay trailer for The Evil Within, the upcoming survival horror game from legendary game director, Shinji Mikami.

Developed by Shinji Mikami and the talented team at Tango Gameworks, The Evil Within embodies the meaning of pure survival horror.Highly-crafted environments, horrifying anxiety, and an intricate story are combined to create an immersive world that will bring you to the height of tension. With limited resources at your disposal, you’ll fight for survival and experience profound fear in this perfect blend of horror and action.

While investigating the scene of a gruesome mass murder, Detective Sebastian Castellanos and his partners encounter a mysterious and powerful force. After seeing the slaughter of fellow officers, Sebastian is ambushed and knocked unconscious. When he awakens, he finds himself in a deranged world where hideous creatures wander among the dead. Facing unimaginable terror, and fighting for survival, Sebastian embarks on a frightening journey to unravel what’s behind this evil force.

The Evil Within releases on Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, and PC on Tuesday, October 14th in North America and Europe

 

 

 

 

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PAC-MAN and the Ghostly Adventures 2: Tokyo Game Show Trailer http://sknr.net/2014/09/18/pac-man-ghostly-adventures-2-tokyo-game-show-trailer/ http://sknr.net/2014/09/18/pac-man-ghostly-adventures-2-tokyo-game-show-trailer/#comments Thu, 18 Sep 2014 17:11:31 +0000 http://sknr.net/?p=75762 Played some of this at San Diego Comic Con and loved it. Great new experience in the PAC MAN universe.

 



 

 

 

 

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Don Thacker Talks Motivational Growth http://sknr.net/2014/09/18/don-thacker-talks-motivational-growth/ http://sknr.net/2014/09/18/don-thacker-talks-motivational-growth/#comments Thu, 18 Sep 2014 14:01:03 +0000 http://sknr.net/?p=75757  

Video game aficionados will be familiar with both the name and skill, but it’s only recently that that film fans have caught up. Don Thacker enters Level 2 of his career game, as the captain on the madcap flick Motivational Growth.

How long of a journey has this been for you from script to screen?

The script was written over three weeks at the end of August, 2010. It premiered in February of 2013. I am super not mathy, so I’m going to say two and a half years. Also, I’m pretty mathy. I

math all the time. No joke. Gimme’ a math and I’ll math the frell out of it. It feels like the weird singularity between no time at all and a few thousand millennia depending on the specific question, though. Quite a ride.

 

When did the distributor get onboard? Was it a tough sell?

Devolver, our VOD partner, sniped MG right off the bat. They were on it. They loved it and contacted me. I’d already had a relationship with Devlover Digital for my work in the game space, and it was a nobrainer. They are amazing, and I am proud that Motivational Growth is part of their library now. I sold to them during our first screening. For IndieCan, our Canada VOD/DVD/BluRay partner, the story is something out of a storybook.

We showed to an amazing crowd at the Toronto After Dark Film Festival in Autumn of 2013 and I did this ridiculously long and totally raucous Q&A after which I flew out of the theater and was introduced to the head of IndieCan who did a handshake deal with me right there. It was one of those moments that makes you think you slipped on an ice patch somewhere outside of Detroit and are in a coma dreaming up the best way things could ever go in life. Well, maybe that’s not something you’d think up, but I sure did.

For our North American DVD/BluRay partner we went with Parade Deck, the principles I met during that same Toronto After Dark festival. We had poutine together, which is like Canadian blood brothers, even though only one of them is Canadian and the other one’s from Portland.

They rock the party that rocks the bahday.

 

Do you have to be a fan of horror to make a movie like this?

No. It’s not even a horror movie! I mean, look at the IMDB genres! There’s “dark comedy”: check. “Drama”: sure. “Fantasy”: uhhuh, totally. No horror. It’s not even there. That’s IMDB. That’s not some thing that just anyone can contribute to, you know. I mean, I’m totally the one who put those genres up there, but that’s not the point. Actually, that’s exactly the point. It’s a movie. There’s some drama. There’s some horror. There’s some blood. There’s some vomit. There’s a talking mold. That’s every movie, though. It’s basically Michael Mann’s “Heat” with Jeffrey Combs instead of Tom Sizemore, and I think that’s a film we can all get behind. Woah, what if we’d included Kevin Gage? Not as any of the current characters, but as Waingro?

Oh my god, guys. Waingro. Every movie needs more Waingro.

It’s basically “The Golden Child” with a talking fungus instead of Sardo Numspa. Like, if you took “Robocop 2” and replaced Tom Noonan with Jeffrey Combs. Woah. Tom Noonan was also in“Heat.” Oh my god, guys, he was also in Michael Mann’s “Manhunter”, which is basically the greatest movie ever. Except for Paul Verhoven’s “Robocop”. Do you like movies? Me too. I made a movie for your face.

 

Who are some of your filmmaking influences here?

I want to be super pretentious but I don’t know if it’s more pretentious to tell you a list of obscure filmmakers that you need to look up while I grin smugly and crack a PBR or if it’s super more pretentious to tell you I’m a force of effing nature and everything I do is super original. I grew up in the 80s. And the 90s. I watched 80s movies. Sometimes they were 90s movies. If you made a movie in the 80s and 90s and it was about robots or love or aliens, or Aliens, or robot love aliens, and Jeffrey Combs was in it, I watched it. MG is basically “Dr. Mordrid” where we replaced Brian Thompson with Brian Thompson and asked Dolf Lundgren a physics question over a bowl of chashu ramen while initiating the Death Blossom.

I’m sure there are influences. If you see one, it’s probably that. You got me. I’m exactly who you think I am, but we replaced Nancy Allen with Busta Rhymes.

 

The film is getting a traditional DVD release, but do you believe we’ll see

more and more films going VOD in the future?

I see what you did there. Tricky text file. You tried to imply that MG is somehow riding the dinosaur of vestigial media when in fact MG is JUMPING OFF OF THE DINOSAUR! In fact, that dinosaur is anthropomorphic. It has guns. And a saucer. A DINOSAUCER. We’re doing BOTH. We’re making discs for collecters, enthusiests and my mom. Everyone else gets hot, fresh VOD for their entire faces. We’re riding the line, man, and we ain’t gonna stop until we cross the border at sunrise with the top down and the windows up. The future is VOD. You can quote me on that, mostly because it’s an actual quote I just made just now in writing. I have a dream, and that dream is Delta City. And the citizens of Delta City only watch VOD. You have twenty seconds to comply.

 

Is there a sequel to Motivational Growth in the idea stage?

I so super wish. We’re in post right now (Sept, 2014) on a scifi horror film that’s basically

Michael Mann’s “Heat” but we’ve made all of the characters Waingro and Tom Noonan isn’t in it, but he’s totally in “Wolfen”, so it’s all good. It’s basically “Wolfen”, but it’s under water and also in space. You’ll love it.

If we did make a sequel to MG, we’d get Jeff Combs back. I can promise you that. I mean, I can’t promise you that we’d be able to get him back for it, but I can totally promise you that we’d get him back for it. It’s in the cards. I’ve tapped those cards for mana and I’m summoning Jeffrey

Combs to the battlefield.

MG is basically “Magic: The Gathering” where we replaced Island cards with that girl who played

“Lex” in “Jurassic Park” and it’s a Linux system. She knows this.

 

Many indie filmmakers have to wear other hats or work other jobs to make ends meet between films. What do you do?

I run Imagos Films, a Seattle based indie film studio. We make movies for a living. We have a

secret weapon, though: Video games. I make minimovies (some people call them “commercials”, but those people are jerks) for upcoming games. Imagos makes them for a wide variety of awesome clients, like Frictional Games, Adult Swim Games, Sony, XGen Games and a huge host of indies. We actually got the feature we’re in postproduction on right now from those gigs.

I also make video games themselves. I’m currently the lead writer on “Upsilon Circuit” for Robot

Loves Kitty, the lead writer on an as yet unannounced title from XGen Studios and am working with Rocketcat Games on an awesome game where [redacted], which is really cool if you think about it, and you can even [redacted]. Can you even imagine that? I mean, what other game lets you [redacted] with a [redacted] while your [redacted] with a [redacted]? Mind blowing. It’s basically “HalfLife 3” where we’ve replaced Morgan Freeman with Billy Zane, wrapped the whole thing in cellophane, poured Burple all over it and threw it from an ornithopter in deference to our master of the sand, Shai Hulud. Walk without rhythm, Mr. Text File. You mustn’t fear.

*Yes, I know that it’s not Morgan Freeman in HalfLife.That was a joke, and Martin Freeman is a

fine actor.

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Alien Isolation Survival Mode Video http://sknr.net/2014/09/18/alien-isolation-survival-mode-video/ http://sknr.net/2014/09/18/alien-isolation-survival-mode-video/#comments Thu, 18 Sep 2014 13:51:17 +0000 http://sknr.net/?p=75755 SAN FRANCISCO & LONDON – September 17, 2014 – SEGA® of America, Inc., SEGA® Europe, Ltd. and Twentieth Century Fox Consumer Products today officially announced Alien: Isolation™’s Survivor Mode, and a supporting series of five challenging and terrifying Survivor Mode add-on packs available to purchase from October 28, 2014, either individually or collectively through the Alien: Isolation Season Pass, now available from GameStop* in North America.

First revealed at this year’s Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) in Los Angeles, Survivor Mode is an exciting new game mode for Alien: Isolation which challenges players to participate in a one-to-one confrontation with the universe’s deadliest killer, deep within the bowels of Sevastopol Station. With limited resources on each map and a hunter on the loose, players will need to take advantage of every item they find to help them complete a unique set of objectives which will ultimately lead to their escape.

“At this year’s E3 and a number of subsequent events, we put the Survivor Mode demo into the hands of the world’s press and consumers and the reception was incredible,” said Al Hope, Creative Lead on Alien: Isolation. “This is the game in its purest form; it’s you against the creature and it’s against the clock. It was just fantastic watching players leave the demo with a strange mix of joy, terror and relief at simply surviving, before jumping back in and try to tackle it in a different way to beat their time!”

Alien: Isolation will ship with a Survivor Mode demo featuring one playable map, ‘Basement’. On October 28th, the first of the five Survivor Mode add-on packs will be available for purchase featuring three new maps, each with their own set objective and challenges, a new playable character and a variety of enemy types between you and your escape. Over the following months, four more add-on packs will release, each featuring a new playable character, and a mix of new maps and game modes to challenge even the most proficient player.

Also available to purchase from launch will be the Alien: Isolation Season Pass, offering access to all five Survivor Mode add-on packs, at up to a 25% discount. All add-on content packs are scheduled to be released by March 2015.

Alien: Isolation is a first-person survival horror game capturing the fear and tension evoked by Ridley Scott’s 1979 classic film. Players find themselves in an atmosphere of constant dread and mortal danger as an unpredictable, ruthless Xenomorph is stalking and killing deep in the shadows. Underpowered and underprepared, you must scavenge resources, improvise solutions and use your wits, not just to succeed in your mission, but to simply stay alive.

Alien: Isolation will be available from October 7, 2014, for Xbox One the all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft, PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, Windows PC, Xbox 360 games and entertainment system from Microsoft and PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system.

 

 



 

 

 

 

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Talking SEED: Blood Valley With Marcel Walz http://sknr.net/2014/09/17/talking-seed-blood-valley-marcel-walz/ http://sknr.net/2014/09/17/talking-seed-blood-valley-marcel-walz/#comments Wed, 17 Sep 2014 13:00:46 +0000 http://sknr.net/?p=75747 Marcel Walz’s Seed sequel Blood Valley : Seed’s Revenge finally makes it to US shores next month. We spoke to the talented filmmaker about stepping in for Uwe Boll on the fright flick.

How did you get the gig?

The idea of Seed 2 came to me during a vacation in the USA and I wrote together what came to my mind. Thereafter, I talked to Uwe about my ideas, and as Uwe and I already knew each other for a couple of years, he agreed to my suggestion of making the sequel to his movie and directing it.

What was it that won you job? What impressed Uwe Boll?

As mentioned above, Uwe and I knew each other for a couple of years and when I came to him with my ideas about SEED 2 he was really impressed, shooting in the Nevada desert was the perfect location for this story and he knew that the cast we chose was perfect.

How much say did you get in casting?

Mid 2012 when we started with the script for Seed 2, I already had some actors in my mind, like Caroline Williams and Christa Campbell. The producers and I discussed about what their opinion were and we all together definitely found a great cast.

Did Uwe have much input into the film or did he let you do your thing?

When the script was finished in the end of 2012, Uwe and I went through it and discussed what would be best for the movie. But Uwe just gave ideas and he had great ones, but in the end it was my decision how the movie and the story went.

The film has been getting a lot of press, how important a marketing tool is the internet with a film like this?

Marketing and press is always important for any kind of production, how will people get to know your movie otherwise? Plus, as the internet is the easiest way to communicate and of course the fastest, millions of people are just a “click” away.

The film is being released on all mediums; what is your opinion of VOD vs DVD – do you believe online streaming is the way of the future?

VOD is definitely the future of movies, of course there is still a market for DVD, because presently, most people still want to have the DVD with it’s cover at home. But VOD is the easiest way of getting a movie to your TV at home without leaving it. It’s like online shopping but without waiting to get it delivered.

Any talk of a Seed 3, yet?

Of course we are thinking and talking of Seed 3. Presently, we already have an idea of how to continue with the story, but it is too early to talk about it right now, as SEED 2 has just been released

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