Skewed 'n Reviewed Movie News and Reviews 2015-04-17T13:06:33Z gareth <![CDATA[Tom Sawyer & Huckleberry Finn]]> 2015-04-17T13:06:33Z 2015-04-17T13:06:33Z Greetings & Salutations Fellow Movie Fanatics!

 In a departure from the ‘normal selections’ of what you’d see presented in Skewed & Reviewed,

we revisit two of the most beloved characters in American literature with the film ‘Tom Sawyer & Huckleberry Finn’. Based on the characters created by author Mark Twain, the film takes us back 19th century America and the shores of the great Mississippi River. After witnessing the murder of a local doctor by Injun Joe, Tom and Huck make a pact never to tell anyone of what the saw for fear of their lives. However, upon hearing that one of Injun Joe’s partners Muff Potter is being blamed for the crime Tom Sawyer realizes he cannot be silent and speaks at the trial determined to do the right thing. Before he can finish his testimony though Injun Joe attempts to kill him before fleeing town. After hiding out for a time on an island in the heart of the Mississippi, Tom and Huck return to town believing it to be safe. In a fantastically bizarre set of circumstances they discover evidence of a treasure in Huck’s hideout but unfortunately must face Injun Joe once again before they can claim the treasure for themselves.


This film would be a great way to introduce the writings of Mark Twain to young folks. There are a few scenes of violence and instances of smoking by Huck Finn but other than that, the film is quite tame and I’d expect to see it shown on a family-based TV channel like Disney. There’s nothing ‘extravagant’ about the film but it goes to show that you really don’t need millions upon millions to make a decent movie especially if it has potential educational value for young folks. The appearance and narration of Mark Twain by Val Kilmer is hopefully a prelude to a more extended role as Kilmer’s performance as Twain was brilliantly executed from his appearance to his voice and mannerisms matching those of historical accounts to Twain. Joel Courtney and Jake T. Austin’s performances as Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn were also well executed as the legendary fictional characters. 2.5 out of 5 stars.


Jennifer Fiduccia <![CDATA[Monkey Kingdom]]> 2015-04-17T12:38:41Z 2015-04-17T12:35:21Z The new Disney movie ‘Monkey Kingdom’ narrated by Tina Fey is a great family film that should be a delight for all ages.

The scenery is amazing, the footage captured is incredible and the story flows nicely and makes sense, while giving us insight into a wildlife ‘pecking order’ that we wouldn’t otherwise have any idea about. It’s fascinating.

Rather than just comment on the film as ‘an outsider’ Fey lets herself shine through: witty and humorous.

The film follows a tribe of toque macaques in Sri Lanka, and focuses heavily on  an 8-year-old female named Maya who was born at the bottom of a strict social ladder, a ‘low born’.

The movie teaches life lessons in the powers of determination and timing.

My son, who is 6.5 liked it a lot, and was pretty well engrossed in the film throughout. His favorite part was the mischievous macaques breaking into human stores & houses to gather food.

My husband and I liked it as well. My favorite part was watching the macaques interact with a dog in the town, and my husband really enjoyed the end which showed the out takes and some behind the scenes footage.
We would recommend it as a good family film.

I would rate this movie 4 out of 5 stars.

gareth <![CDATA[Unfriended]]> 2015-04-17T03:21:06Z 2015-04-17T07:01:56Z In the modern age of electronic media, cyber stalking and cyber bullying have driven several young people to take drastic actions including suicide. Bullying has always been an issue in schools but with the ability for tormentors to cyber stalk individuals as well as encourage others to take part in the harassment, it can be hard to find any escape from the relentless attacks. In new film “Unfriended”, the audience learns through video clip that a young student named Laura committed suicide in an attempt to escape a never-ending wave of torment after an unflattering video of her was posted online. One year later the group of friends gather online as is their custom to discuss their lives as well as note the anniversary of Laura’s passing. As the group gathers on Skype may notice a mysterious and unknown person has joined their conference. Despite their attempts they’re unable to get rid of this unknown and so far silent intruder, but one of the girls named Claire starts to receive Facebook messages from Laura’s personal account. Unable to block, ignore, or remove this unwanted individual despite their best efforts, as the group soon find the tables have turned when they’re told that if they should leave the chat dire consequences will follow. At first dismissed as a very tasteless practical joke, when tragedy does strike it begins to give a new level of credence to the significant threat that their unknown chat partner provides.

When the unknown guest reveals that she is indeed Laura and begins to force the remaining students to play a series of games which in turn bring their darkest and deepest secrets to light as well as turning them against one another, the despair and eventually body count begins to rise. While there are moments you can ask questions such as where are the adults in the film which are never really addressed aside from a few police officers, the film does keep you interested even though it is presented entirely through a computer screen with each individual appearing as their own individual windows with other social media applications and computer screens coming and going as the plot dictates.

The film is neither as scary nor violent as one may indicate although it is definitely an R-rated film due to language and subject matter. Much of the graphic nature is shown through quick cutting and low-quality WebCam video that cuts out frequently or lags. The main strength of the film is that it takes an interesting concept to the approach of a killer looking for revenge. The fact that the characters remain in the same room in which they began and never once have any direct contact with each other is an interesting microcosm of how many young people today socialize more through electronics than they do in a face-to-face setting. However is anybody who grew up in the 70s and 80s will tell you, teens tying up phone lines for hours was a common occurrence in many homes throughout the world.

With the cast comprised mostly of unknowns, the film does the best with its premise but never fully develops the scares and suspense that one would expect from such an intriguing premise.

In the end the film can be a difficult watch but at least provides some entertainment for fans provided you can sit through the unusual visual presentation of the film and show patience with some of the leaps of faith that the audience is asked to undergo.


3 stars out of 5.

gareth <![CDATA[Star Wars Celebration 2015: Day One Panel And B Roll Video]]> 2015-04-17T06:20:23Z 2015-04-17T06:20:23Z Here is some great B-roll and panel footage from Day One of Star Wars Celebration 2015.







gareth <![CDATA[Star Wars: The Force Awakens 2nd Trailer]]> 2015-04-17T05:05:10Z 2015-04-17T02:37:01Z As part of our coverage of Star Wars Celebration, we were thrilled to see the new trailer and the thunderous response people had for it. I cannot tell you how thrilled I am with what we saw.

Needless to say we will be talking about this one often in the months ahead but for now, what are your thoughts about what you have seen and does it put to rest any concerns you had about the new films?

gareth <![CDATA[Godzilla Images From Bandai Namco’s Las Vegas Event]]> 2015-04-16T14:08:03Z 2015-04-16T14:08:03Z On hand to cover the awesome event, I got a look at Godzilla and many other great looking games. Here are some images from the booth as well as the official images for this awesome looking game.


gareth <![CDATA[Make Your Costume Stand Out at This Year’s Comic-Con]]> 2015-04-16T13:41:21Z 2015-04-16T13:41:21Z For first timers and veterans alike, it can be hard to stand out from the crowd at Comic-Con. Some of this is simply because of the sheer size of the event — The official Comic-Con International: San Diego site reports that attendance has exceeded 130,000 people in the last few years. So, if you really want to make an impression, here’s how your costume can stand out from the rest:

Before You Start

If you want to stand out from the crowd, you need to pick the right character. Even a casual search online will show you just how many slave Leias are at Comic-Con. Choose a character you like and feel good cosplaying as, and then put your own spin on it. Fortunately, cosplay culture is much more accepting about personal expression instead of slavish attention to detail. If you want to do a Steampunk Deadpool, go for it.

Remember, creating a truly superb costume takes time — so give yourself time. Rushing to make your costume the night before Comic-Con is sure to result in a sloppy costume. Before you start, find good reference pictures of your character from several angles so you can double check some of the details, such as if the Joker’s pants have back pockets.

During Your Creation

Making your costume stand out from the rest is often about subtle differences. If you are sewing your costume yourself, pay attention to the little things. For example, making sure the seams and hems are pressed so they don’t stand out is critical for the average superhero-in-tights costume to look right. But, if you aren’t making your own, find a full costume from a site like MorphCostumes. Either way, make sure the little things are on point without going overboard.

Additionally, if you’re going to use props, they need to be lightweight. You don’t want to be the cosplayer who looks completely exhausted before noon on the first day from dragging around a heavy sword or shield. If you plan to build your own props, consider using Ethylene-Vinyl Acetate Foam, or EVA Foam. This material is cheap, easy to work with and extremely lightweight, considering the bulk it provides. And, don’t worry about matching the foam color to your costume because you are going to paint over it anyway.

At the Event

Cosplaying can be intimidating if you aren’t used to being in a strange costume in the middle of a huge crowd. If you are nervous, have some friends dress up with you. Plus, conventions are always more fun with friends. Don’t be afraid to talk to other cosplayers, either. As a culture, cosplayers are friendly and respectful to one another, and they love to pose for photos. So, if you see someone with a costume from the same universe as yours, strike up a conversation. Convention friendships can last for years and help you to become a better cosplayer through the tips and skills you learn from each other.

No matter what you do at this year’s Comic-Con, have fun nerding out over some of your favorite shows, movies, games and comics.

Genevieve Mc Bride <![CDATA[Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Brings Ascendance To PS and PC Systems on April 30th.]]> 2015-04-16T13:35:31Z 2015-04-16T13:31:26Z Call of Duty®: Advanced Warfare (2014’s top-selling console video game in the world, according to the NPD Group and Gfk based on physical game unit sell-through), is coming to PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, and PC on April 30. The definitive DLC package, with its four new thrilling maps, the formidable OHM, a 2-in-1 directed energy light machine gun/shotgun, the OHM Werewolf custom variant, and the all-new Exo Grapple ability and playlist delivering a faster way to reach strategic vantage points or a brutal secondary weapon to take down the competition, exclusively on Ascendance maps.

  • Perplex: Get vertical in Sydney as you fight to dominate this five-story modular apartment complex. Take the high ground or blast through the close-quarters interior in this small to medium sized map. Adapt your strategy mid-match when construction drones shift apartment modules, creating new routes and cover positions.
  • Site 244: A spacecraft has crash landed, spilling its mysterious cargo under the shadow of Mt. Rushmore, USA. This medium to large three-lane map allows for any style of gameplay, focusing combat through the space ship’s fuselage and around the debris-littered landscape. Use the map-based scorestreak to crack open an alien spore and instantly enhance your perks and exo abilities.
  • Climate: Fight your way through a futuristic man-made utopia in this lush, climate-controlled enclosure. In this small to medium sized circular map, land and water routes channel frenetic combat around the central island structure. Watch your step when the river water changes from an asset into a deadly bubbling obstacle.
  • Chop Shop: Think fast as you make your way through the black market exoskeleton industrial complex and engage in fast-paced shootouts in this medium sized, symmetrical map. Activate the map-based scorestreak to take control of an Advanced Repulsion Turret that radiates a deadly microwave EMP to help lock down key areas.

The exo zombies saga continues in the all-new episode, Infection, as the four Atlas employees, portrayed by the returning celebrity cast of John Malkovich (In the Line of Fire, RED, Burn After Reading), Bill Paxton (Aliens, Titanic, Edge of Tomorrow), Rose McGowan (Planet Terror, Scream), and Jon Bernthal (Fury, The Wolf of Wall Street) fight tooth and nail through undead zombie hordes. Located on the outskirts of an Atlas facility, the new exo zombies episode introduces a slew of never-before-seen undead masses, a robust arsenal of new traps and armaments and everyone’s favorite fast food joint, Burgertown.


Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Ascendance is also included in the Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Season Pass*, where fans can get all four epic DLC Packs planned for the year, as part of the discounted bundle offered at a suggested retail price of $49.99 – a discount of $10 off the individual purchase of all four DLC Map Packs**. The Ascendance DLC Pack also includes the OHM 2-in-1 directed energy light machine gun/shotgun and the OHM Werewolf custom variant.

gareth <![CDATA[We Talk To Daredevil Himself: Charlie Cox About His New Hit Series]]> 2015-04-15T13:59:33Z 2015-04-15T13:40:28Z Claudia- Janet Kaller was kind enough to send over this awesome article for us.


The really good news is, Netflix’ and Marvel’s promise that their DAREDEVIL TV series would be different to the 2003 movie became true.


Now they are out, all 13 episodes at once available to all Netflix subscribers around the World. The individually dubbed versions followed couple of days later, Netflix’ attempt to grab a big chunk of the new worldwide TV culture continues.


DAREDEVIL is the first of Marvel’s four Defender Series Comic deal with Netflix and underlines that the wildly successful Marvel Universe is continuing to expand to the small screen too.


On DAREDEVIL the viewers and fans of the comic book will hopefully enjoy the trip to the dark, violent and grim daily survival in New York’s Hell’s Kitchen.


We had the chance to interview Charlie Cox who plays Matt Murdock alias DAREDEVIL.




            The overall concept of this series is so crazy dark than any other popular Marvel TV show on air if I get it right?


CC:     You mean tonally or visually?


            Both, very true to the comic books and today’s New York…


CC:     Yes, I think that is exactly the case. And was what we all wanted to do right from the start. The DD comics were always darker, more realistic and developed for older readers. So it was only logical to follow that original path with the new TV series. The producers knew that DD would be for Netflix and made for an older audience, so they could show some things more explicitly than on other networks. And I personally think that also works very well for this character of Matthew ‘Matt’ Murdock.


            And you start with a black costume in the first episode?


CC:     Yes, obviously that one particular dark look from was picked for the look of DD based on the Frank Miller’s “Daredevil: Man without Fear” for the pilot of the series to give the audience something to identify with. The same was chosen about the look and sound of this famous New York district called Hell’s Kitchen. Familiar landmarks were filmed to underline were this show takes place. I guess that was especially for the international market and for those who might not know DD so well.


            You are from Britain, so I guess you did not grow up on Marvel comics. How did you prepare for playing Matt Murdock?


CC:     To be prepared and get into the character I have read the first 20 of the DD comics starting from 1964 onwards. But after getting the first scripts bits I realized that our show would be totally different, as so much has changed since then. So I skipped reading the old comic books and started again with those starting 1998 onwards because I felt that suited the scripts I got and was more like what we were about to shoot.


            Were you forced to avoid the 2003 movie?


CC:     It might sound funny, but I hadn’t seen the movie, but I have heard about it. Good and bad things. So I wasn’t sure whether it would help if I see it or not. But people had such great and fundamental opinions about it, so I thought maybe it would be fun to watch it after all to learn what it was about. In my opinion Ben Affleck did a good job but there were quite a couple of inconsistencies in the plot which bothered me slightly. And without being unkind, I think tonally the whole story was a little confused. You know the storyline of Daredevil versus Bullseye were almost like two different movies.


            Where you afraid because the movie failed?


CC:     No, it was very evident as soon as I had put that DVD on that we were planning to do something completely different. We of course have the benefit of 13 hours in total to tell our story, so we have much more time and could start our storyline from the early beginning. We get the time to get back to DD’s origins and how it all started for him.


            What fascinated you about this Matt Murdock and his dark secret?


CC:     When they had considered me for the role, I had a Skype session with the producers. We all agreed that DD is one of the few Marvel characters when it comes to authenticity and being more realistic. Matt Murdock is blind because of an accident and has to live without being able to see. This total weakness becomes his strengths as his other senses become stronger and enable him to live this secret hero life at night. I think one can say DD’s superpowers are much more human in a certain way as he is also very vulnerable because he does not have super-super-powers like most of the other Marvel universe heroes do. Even his training or fight styles are much more realistic than those of other heroes. And he can get hurt; he has bruises and injuries that most people connect to his real life blindness.


            As an actor where do you find such a character?


CC:     Well, because we have so much more time to explore the originals, we spend almost the whole first season on the evolution of that DD character and his alter-ego the lawyer Matt Murdock. So the more Matt is involved in all these different layers of the criminal world he is now connected to, the more we get to know him and his friends and villains on the show. In some way that is like real New York, there is so much more under the polished surface of the Big Apple and that is something we like to explore and show on our series.


            Presuming that you cannot go to a blind school like that and research the character because you have to prepare for an acting job, how did you learned the skills?


CC:     You know I think I am still discovering it. It is still discovering it; it is a work-in-progress thing for me. Like I said I read a ton of DD comics to learn what Matt Murdock is doing in them. And I have to admit, they are quite accurate when it comes to the daily problems Matt is facing, they have always been. So Marvel did quite a big job and supporting blind people in creating such a hero. I have worked a lot with a blind consultant and read about blind people studying and what problems they have and had.


            How difficult is it for you to work with that “blind” look you have to have on some scenes?


CC:     Yeah, sometimes it is easy, sometimes it is tricky. As I have said, I work a lot with a blind consultant to give my performance a realistic approach. What I figure out was when he looks at me his eyes engage and he has told me, he did that on purpose. He has been blind for 20 years now. Literally he activates the muscles although he does not see anything, but when he does that people tend to be more engaged with him. But he is not looking at you, he cannot catch your eyes, his eyes are nearer the mouth, nearer the sound, so he is off centre. So I thought great that is something I can learn. But on camera that does not always look good or fits into the scene, on camera work is visual and works differently. So we went back to the comics to see how they did it. And the reason you know that Matt Murdock is blind is because all know that he is blind and the other characters talk about his blindness. Lucky me they did not wanted to do any contacts, and I think that is cool because most blind people do not have washed out eyes.


            And you wear shades too?


CC:     Yes, he wears and has his stick which benefits to portray this character. Of cause I, Charlie, still know a lot of things over which DD would easily pick up because he sees with his whole body. For him the other senses have become like a 3D radar kind of sense after the accident.


            What about the fight sequences how is the choreography?


CC:     Oh, I love that stuff! That is totally me! All of the physicality they let me do, I do! I will do anything and surprisingly they let me do quite a lot. And the great thing about DD is that the show is grounded on reality, so the stunt team takes the script and write their choreography based individually on that. So what I do is learn little pieces of those choreographies and get familiar with the little pieces. But when you do the big wide shots I normally had not time to learn the whole thing for a wide so one of the stunt guys does it. But when we do the close ups I do all of them on my own.



            The more episodes one sees, the more the ultimate villain of DD is introduced to the viewers. This Wilson Fisk [also know as “Kingping”] is played by Vincent D’Onofrio how is that?


CC:     Well, working opposite of him requires little acting. He is quite an imitating guy. He is a big guy. You know he is a real actor if you have seen any of his work, he takes work very seriously. Luckily he happens to be one of the nicest and loveliest human being to be around. Still it is not very difficult to be intimidated by him and act on that. There are a few characters in cinema history lately that really terrified me. One is Sir Ben Kingsley on SEXY BEAST and Vincent D’Onofrio on some films. – When we went to Comic Con he described Wilson Fisk as a child and a monster and I think he is right about that. Obviously he enjoys playing that character a lot.

gareth <![CDATA[Mortal Kombat X: Launch Trailer, Images, And Game Details!]]> 2015-04-14T14:03:25Z 2015-04-14T13:29:07Z Mortal Kombat X, the latest entry in the legendary fighting game franchise, launches today on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC.


WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE ENTERTAINMENT LAUNCHES MORTAL KOMBAT X Experience the Next Generation of Fighting Competition from NetherRealm Studios on PlayStation®4 system, Xbox One and PC Burbank, Calif. – April 14, 2015 – Get ready to fight! Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment today announced that Mortal Kombat X, the latest entry in the legendary fighting game franchise from NetherRealm Studios, is now available for the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, Xbox One, the all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft and Steam on Windows PC. The PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system and Xbox 360 games and entertainment system from Microsoft versions will be available this summer. Mortal Kombat X introduces a cinematic story filled with amazing graphics and all new gameplay features to deliver the most brutal Kombat experience ever. The competition is taken to another level with over-the-top fighting game action and a roster made up of legendary characters including Scorpion, Sub-Zero and Raiden and a new generation of fighters including Cassie Cage, Jacqui Briggs and Takeda Takahashi.

Now, each character has three distinct variations for players to diversify their special abilities and add choice and customization as they play as their favorite combatant. Players will have the freedom to conquer their opponents in a way that fits their play style best before finishing the match with dramatic, over-the-top Fatalities. “NetherRealm Studios has an incredible track record of delivering engaging, fan favorite games, and Mortal Kombat X continues the tradition with great gameplay, expanding upon what has made the Mortal Kombat franchise popular for more than 20 years,” said David Haddad, Executive Vice President and General Manager, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. “The Mortal Kombat franchise is a cornerstone for Warner Bros., and with more than 35 million units sold to date and a chart-topping mobile game, Mortal Kombat X is positioned for great success.

In its first week, Mortal Kombat X for mobile is currently the #1 Top Free Games Download on both iPhone and iPad in the App Store.” “We’ve been working tirelessly on Mortal Kombat X to give fans a new experience that is filled with features that both casual players and hardcore fighting players will enjoy,” said Ed Boon, Creative Director, NetherRealm Studios. “It’s been an intense ride and we’re excited to see players finally get their hands on the game!” Mortal Kombat X showcases the all new single player online mode, Living Towers. The Living Towers are regularly updated timed challenges for players to conquer. Mortal Kombat X also brings back Klassic modes including Test Your Might and Test Your Luck. Additionally, the Krypt returns for combatants to explore and unlock various items within the game, including new costumes, Fatalities, Brutalities and more. Mortal Kombat X introduces Faction Wars, an all new persistent meta-game that connects players around the world.

Everything that online connected players do in the console, PC and mobile games contributes to their Faction War effort, with points being tallied on a weekly basis driving awards such as a variety of unlocks and custom rewards being given to the winning Faction. Also available is the Mortal Kombat X Kombat Pack, the ultimate pass providing access to four playable characters including horror icon from the Friday the 13th films, Jason Voorhees, two Klassic Mortal Kombat Kombatants, Tanya and Tremor, and Predator from the film of the same name. Purchasers will receive the Samurai Pack containing three new character skins, Ronin Kenshi, Samurai Shinnok and Jingu Kitana, as well as an accompanying skin pack with each playable character. As an added bonus, Kombat Pack owners will gain early access to the DLC content before it is available for sale individually. In the Americas, the Kombat Pack is included in the Mortal Kombat X Kollector’s Edition by Coarse, Limited Edition and Premium Edition, and is available for purchase separately for $29.99.** Players can also experience Mortal Kombat X for mobile, which delivers a unique play experience built from the ground up for on-the-go battles and is available now as a free download on the App Store for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. Mortal Kombat X for mobile is coming soon to Google Play. Mortal Kombat X for mobile blends fighting and card collection for a whole new way to experience the legendary Mortal Kombat franchise and engage in the seamless cross-platform play ecosystem. Players who own the console or PC versions of the game will be able to unlock content in the mobile game and vice versa by signing up for a WB Play account and completing tasks and achievements within each version.