Skewed 'n Reviewed Movie News and Reviews 2014-11-27T18:54:33Z http://sknr.net/feed/atom/ gareth <![CDATA[2014 Holiday Gift Guide]]> http://sknr.net/?p=76361 2014-11-27T18:54:33Z 2014-11-27T18:20:55Z It is that time of year where we show off the best in movies, gaming, tech, gear, books, Pop Culture and more. We will have a radio and newspaper version to follow as well as our magazine and Skewedcast versions. Plus we will be doing a live one at the 2014 Phoenix Comicon Fan Fest live from an NFL stadium. The list will keep growing as we get closer to the end of the year.

 

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gareth <![CDATA[EXO Zombie: Call Of Duty: Advanced Warfare Trailer]]> http://sknr.net/?p=76419 2014-11-27T18:43:57Z 2014-11-27T03:01:02Z Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare‘s Exo Zombies mode. Read about the Exo Zombies mode here:

 



 

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Joseph Saulnier <![CDATA[Horrible Bosses 2]]> http://sknr.net/?p=76399 2014-11-26T04:48:02Z 2014-11-26T07:01:47Z

Kurt, Nick and Dale are back, and with them comes all the rest in Horrible Bosses 2.  This time around, we see our would-be criminals (Jason Sudekis, Jason Bateman and Charlie Dale, respectively) as their own bosses.

Horrible Bosses 2 opens on the trio as a guest on a cheesy day-time talk show.  They are there to show off their new invention, the Shower Buddy. This spot gets them some notice from the head of a big time, SkyMall-esque, corporation who wants to place a large order.  But when the deal goes south, our boys have to figure out a way to save their own skin, and get back at the corporation.

The greatest thing about this sequel?  It was not just a rehashing of the first movie.  Yes, there are a lot of the elements there, but the plot was different enough that it could have been a movie of its own and not a prequel.  Of course, there were some great call backs to the first movie during the film and the closing credits.  But there were new things introduced, and not just the same old re-hashing.

Sudekis, Bateman and Day have such a great chemistry together, too.  They played very well off each other, and had near perfect timing through the whole movie.  Add to this the returning cast from the first film (Jennifer Aniston, Kevin Spacey, and Jamie Foxx), and introduce Chris Pine and Christoph Waltz to the mix, and it only increases the fun.  Our newcomers blew me away too, because I am not used to seeing them in roles such as this.

There is not a lot bad that I can say about this movie.  Great performances by main and supporting cast, a well-rounded plot, with the exception of one part of the wrap-up in the end (I won’t spoil it for you), and a very complimentary soundtrack makes this one of the best comedies I have seen in a while.  Thumbs up to these guys!  I’m hoping they might be able to find the same magic for a third film!

4.5 Stars out of 5

Second Review by Gareth Von Kallenbach

 In 2011 three well –meaning but inept friends hatched a plot to get back at their tormenting bosses and in doing so, ushered in plenty of laughs and box office gold.

As 2014 wraps to a close, the trio is back in “Horrible Bosses 2” and they have brought even more laughs and outrageous situations in a comedy that is on par if not better than the original.

Jason Bateman, Charlie Day, and Jason Sudiekis  once again play Nick, Dale, and Kurt, and as before trouble seems to follow them. The friends have gone into business for themselves with a new shower accessory and are thrilled when they get a large initial order from a top online retailer owned by Bert Hanson (Christoph Waltz) and his son Rex (Chris Pine).

When it is learned that the Hanson’s have conspired to bankrupt their company so they can take it over, Nick, Dale, and Kurt conspire to kidnap Rex after meeting with their former advisor M.F. Jones (Jamie Foxx).  Of course things go horribly wrong and the trio soon find themselves in even more hot water than before and are in a race against time to save their company and stay out of jail.

The film works well and the supporting work from Aniston, Foxx, and Spacey is great but the chemistry from the trio is what drives the film. Watlz is great as the bad guy this time out and Pine really chews the scenery as the spoiled rich kid with Daddy issues.

If you are a fan of the first film you know what to expect as the humor is as bawdy and shocking as before but infused with some sympathy as the main characters are easy to pull for even though they can be their own worst enemies.

This is a rare comedy sequel that delivers and is even more enjoyable than the original.

4 stars out of 5.

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Tracey Barrientos <![CDATA[Penguins Of Mdagascar]]> http://sknr.net/?p=76402 2014-11-26T14:58:48Z 2014-11-26T07:01:22Z Those cute little feathery spy guys are back in an all new action packed adventure. If you are unfamiliar with the Penguins of Madagascar animated series on Nick there is no need to worry. Here is a quick rundown; Skipper is the leader, Kowalski is the brains, Rico is the loose cannon, and Private is the rookie. This film takes off right after Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted when the Penguins are trying to escape from the Afro Circus song that seems to be driving everybody insane but also shows how they became a group and got their start.

   This lighthearted film takes a break from all others that seem to always tug at those heartstrings. It is packed full of recognizable actors and a great script. The Penguins themselves are voiced by not so recognizable actors but are the ones who worked on Madagascar like animators directors etc. The real recognizable voices are those from the rival espionage crew the North Wind. Benedict Cumberbatch plays the gray wolf leader of a pack, Ken Jeong from the Hangover films, as a cute little seal, Annet Mahendru as an owl and Peter Stormare as a polar bear with a huge heart. Let’s not forget the big purple octopus villain played by John Malkovich whom has the perfect villain voice.
   The script is chalk full of great humor for both kids and adults and is very entertaining. The writers used a lot of clever word play and great gags to entertain the audience throughout the entire film. Visually though the film can be viewed in 3D but as in most films it is not necessary to enjoy the 90 minutes of sheer silliness. This is a great film to take the kiddies to and also the adults like myself who are big fans of the flightless feathered quartet.
4 out of 5 herring
Second Review by Jennifer Fiduccia

Penguins of Madagascar is an animated film that centers around penguins who started their ‘film careers’ in the movie ‘Madagascar’.

Penguins is fast paced, almost frenetic at times, and seriously, SERIOUSLY funny.

Much of the humor is aimed at the kids, but there is plenty directly targeted at the adults in the crowd, and it will likely go straight over the heads of the younger audience, even though they won’t know it, and they won’t miss it.

 

The voice actors who bring the penguins to life are Tom McGrath, Chris Miller, Conrad Vernon and Christopher Knights, and they do so with an enthusiasm that is a joy to be able to see (hear).

John Malkovich plays the villainous octopus named Dave, and Benedict Cumberbatch plays a grey wolf who is a secret agent. His name is ‘classified’.
The movie centers around Dave’s plot to kidnap penguins from all of the world’s zoos and turn them into monsters.

The penguins, Skipper, Kowalski, Rico and Private, operate as a team of commandos trying to rescue the kidnapped penguins. The wolf and his team of Navy-Seal like cohorts join in and attempt to help.

The resulting capers are quick paced, continuously moving, colorful, full of jokes, and

The resulting capers are quick paced, continuously moving, colorful, full of jokes, and hilarious fun.hilarious fun.

The audience laughed out loud more than a few times, children and adults alike.

We would definitely see this film again, and my son has been quoting the penguins for days.

I would give Penguins of Madagascar 4 out of 5 stars

 

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Neil Jordan <![CDATA[Missionary]]> http://sknr.net/?p=76388 2014-11-25T21:15:44Z 2014-11-25T18:46:45Z Greetings & Salutations Fellow Movie Reviewers!

 

I know it’s November but I have to ask, is it too early to say ‘Happy Holidays’ ?

 

Today we’ve got a horror/thriller for your consideration. A new twist on the classic ‘stalker film’ thanks to the introduction of a not-so-typical character component in the form of a Mormon missionary.

 

Directed by Anthony DiBlasi (whom is no stranger to the horror genre) ‘Missionary’ stars Dawn Olivieri (Heroes, True Blood, House Of Lies, CSI, How I Met Your Mother, Stargate Atlantis, The Vampire Diaries, Entourage, American Hustle)  as Katherine, a young single mother recently separated from her husband Ian portrayed by actor Kip Pardue (Remember The Titans, Driven, The Rules Of Attraction, Hostel: Part 3, Mad Men, House) who is struggling to work full time, go to school,  and raise their son Kesley (Conner Christie). One afternoon while helping Kelsey practice before tryouts for the junior high football team they are visited buy two Mormon missionaries. One of the two, Elder Kevin Brock (Mitch Ryan) offers to help Kelsey practice thereby ‘bending the rules’ regarding Mormons and sports under the guise of hoping to convert Katherine and Kelsey to the Mormon faith. In reality, Kevin and Katherine become infatuated with each other despite their 10 year age difference and begin an affair which also seriously compromises what Katherine likes to refer to as ‘the rules in the Mormon handbook’. While Katherine sees this as only a ‘temporary’ yet passionate sexual relationship, Kevin becomes more and more obsessed not only with Katherine but becoming a father figure to her young son Kelsey and based upon ‘his interpretation’ of Mormon doctrine believes that Katherine and Kesley are the family he’s been seeking since he joined the Mormon and that they will become his ‘celestial family’. Eventually, Katherine decides that the relationship is not good for either of them and instead choose to reconcile with her husband Ian and attempts to quietly end her relationship with Kevin. Now obsessed and bordering on psychotic, Kevin begins to stalk Katherine and her son determined to make them his ‘family’ at any cost.

 

For a film that follows the blueprint for the classic slasher/stalker, I have to give it a great deal of credit.

The introduction of the ‘Mormon Component’ was an original idea that to the best of my knowledge no one had dared to utilize in a movie. Probably out of fear that it might anger the leadership and followers of the Mormon faith. This film did an exceptional job though of creating a ‘distance’ between the antagonist  and the other characters in the movie who were Mormons so even those who are not familiar with the religion almost instantly know that Kevin is not a legitimate follower of the faith and that his actions are NOT those of an everyday follower of that faith. The casting of  Dawn Olivieri, Connor Christie, and Kip Pardue as the Kingsmen family were spot on. They were truly believable as a struggling family that was going through rough times and trying to work through their difficulties only to be thwarted by a most unlikely circumstance in the form of a crazed stalker-type who twists his religious beliefs into justifying his violent and evil actions.

 

On a scale of 1 to 5 stars,  I’d  give this film 3 stars. The film may not win any awards with the exception being an excellent job on the part of the actors and crew. The film does follow a blueprint of sorts as mentioned earlier for a slasher/stalker film and combined with original components definitely deserves a place in the scary movie section. Definitely NOT one for the kids as the film contains violence, gore, and some partial nudity. I would include it in a movie marathon on a Friday or Saturday night with a group of friends and some popcorn.

 

On behalf of my fellows @ Skewed & Reviewed, This is your friendly neighborhood freelance photographer ‘The CameraMan’ saying thanks for reading and we’ll see you at the movies!

 

 

 

 

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gareth <![CDATA[The Jurassic World Trailer Is Here]]> http://sknr.net/?p=76383 2014-11-27T18:27:02Z 2014-11-25T18:06:53Z With the new Star Wars trailer due Friday Universal has moved up the release for the “Jurassic World” trailer.

 

 

 

It looks interesting enough, especially the scene with the bike and Raptors as that seems taken from the second book.

 

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gareth <![CDATA[Batman: Arkham Knight Infiltration Trailer]]> http://sknr.net/?p=76381 2014-11-24T22:41:11Z 2014-11-24T22:41:11Z Batman: Arkham Knight is based on DC Comics’ core Batman license and will be available exclusively for the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, Xbox One, the all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft, and Windows PC.

 

Batman: Arkham Knight brings the award-winning Batman: Arkham trilogy from Rocksteady Studios to its epic conclusion. Developed exclusively for the New Generation of consoles and PCs, Batman: Arkham Knight introduces Rocksteady’s uniquely designed version of the Batmobile. The highly anticipated addition of this legendary vehicle, combined with the acclaimed gameplay of the Batman: Arkham series, offers gamers the ultimate and complete Batman experience as they tear through the streets and soar across the skyline of the entirety of Gotham City. In this explosive finale, Batman faces the ultimate threat against the city that he is sworn to protect, as Scarecrow returns to unite the super criminals of Gotham and destroy the Batman forever.

 

For more information on Batman: Arkham Knight, please visit www.batmanarkhamknight.com, https://www.facebook.com/BatmanArkham or https://twitter.com/BatmanArkham.com.

 



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gareth <![CDATA[Destiny: The Dark Below Expansion Preview]]> http://sknr.net/?p=76379 2014-11-25T18:31:20Z 2014-11-24T22:34:42Z We have a new behind-the-scenes video to share with you, offering an inside look at the upcoming Destiny Expansion I: The Dark Below, available on December 9.

I am thrilled that they keep adding new stuff to the game so we will see what they have in store for us.  Because we are so nice, we even added a second trailer below.



 

 

 



 

 

 

 

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gareth <![CDATA[Why I Still Have Not Purchased An Xbox One]]> http://sknr.net/?p=76373 2014-11-23T17:34:48Z 2014-11-23T17:34:48Z As we look at the one year anniversary of the release of the Xbox One, it has been a year of highs and lows but has moved ahead on a strong note.

With their recent price cut and new exclusives, the system has seen an increase in sales and is looking ahead to s strong Holiday Season and beyond.

As such, many people ask me why I have not purchased an Xbox One system like some of our staff have done for review purposes.

My answer is usually that I just have not found anything about the system that compels me to purchase it at this time.  Naturally this results I many questions and I explain it as such. First, I am a PC first gamer as I like the graphics, customization, and versatility that PC gaming offers me as I prefer to play my shooters with a mouse and keyboard.

Secondly, consoles for me are all about the exclusives, so we have a Wii U and Playstation 4 as our next generation systems.

For me when the Xbox One was announced, I said I needed to see exclusives beyond Halo and Gears of War as those two franchises are simply not enough for me to want to purchase a system. I had issues with several Xbox 360 systems that resulted in the Red Ring of Death and lousy service and support from Microsoft so this caused me to take a wait and see approach to the Xbox One.

When I look at the system today, I see a system that does not perform as well as the PS 4 in terms of graphics and frame rates on many common titles, and only The Master Chief Collection and Sunset Overdrive as exclusives of note. Ryse, TitanFall, and Dead Rising 3 have all come to PC with better versions than what is offered on the console, and as such, I look at the new offerings and do not see anything that compels me to purchase the system.

Sunset Overdrive is lots of fun, as is the  Master Chief Collection but they are not enough to get me on board.   Looking ahead to 2015, I see a few titles of interest such as Halo 5 but again they are not enough for me to take the leap at this time.

Family members have asked me if I would like one and I have said for now, I want to wait and see as I think next year will be a good time to re-evaluate my decision. By then not only will the system be cheaper, but there will be several more exclusives on the market and as such, I can look at what is being offered and decide if I need to get the system or if the PC and PS 4 remain my best option for gaming.

I want to stress that this is not a bash the Xbox One article, rather this is a look at why I have made the decision to wait on the system. It like all choices in gaming comes down to personal preferences and such. I spend a lot of time with the system at trade shows, conventions, and staff, for now I am not yet ready to make the leap, but who knows what the future will hold.

For others who have or want to embrace the system, Kudos as that is what being an informed consumer is all about. You weigh your options and make a decision based upon your interests, needs, and other matters. For me, I have not seen enough, but I am more interested now than I was a year ago.

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gareth <![CDATA[The Official Star Trek Convention Returns to Seattle December 12-14]]> http://sknr.net/?p=76367 2014-11-23T01:17:51Z 2014-11-23T01:17:51Z Star Trek fans will celebrate a weekend of everything “Trek” as Creation Entertainment brings The Official Star Trek Convention to Seattle, Saturday and Sunday, December 12, 13, & 14. This three-day event will be held at the Meydenbauer Center, 11100 NE 6th Street, Bellevue, 98004.

 

The Official Star Trek Convention will be highlighted by in-person appearances on stage by a Starfleet worthy line-up of Star Trek celebrities including: on Friday, Anthony Montgomery (Travis Mayweather of Enterprise), Jeffrey Combs (Commander Shran from Enterprise), Rene Auberjonois (Odo from Deep Space Nine); on Saturday, Jeri Ryan (“7 of 9” on Star Trek Voyager), Walter Koenig (Chekov from Classic Star Trek) and Ethan Phillips (Neelix from Star Trek Voyager); on Sunday, Jonathan Frakes (Commander Riker), Michael Dorn (Worf of The Next Generation/Deep Space Nine), Marina Sirtis (Counselor Troi), Tim Russ (Tuvok, Star Trek Voyager) and John Billingsley (Dr. Phlox of Enterprise).  In the vendor’s room on Saturday will be Brent Spiner (Data) on hand to greet fans and sign autographs for a nominal fee.

 

In addition to celebrity appearances, the non-stop auditorium show will include behind the scenes presentations, costume and trivia contests, no minimum bid auctions of unique collectibles and one-of-a-kind items, and special salute videos and previews of upcoming sci-fi television shows and motion pictures  Also there will be an exhibit hall on Star Trek and sci-fi collectibles, and autographs and photo ops.

 

The excitement will be turned up on Saturday night, as the cast of Star Trek: The Next Generation will come together for a special reunion event at 6:30 PM.  This evening show will include Jonathan Frakes, Brent Spiner, Michael Dorn, Marina Sirtis and Denise Crosby) A separate ticket is required and starts at $20.

 

General admission tickets are available at the door for $20.  Children six and under are admitted free when accompanied by a parent or guardian. Show hours are Friday, 12:00 – 6:00 PM, Saturday, 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM, and Sunday, 10:00 M – 7:00 PM (times are tentative).

 

For further information, call Creation Entertainment,

818/409-0960, or visit our website at www.creationent.com.

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