Archive | June, 2012

PCP Episode 078: Avatar

28 Jun

Honourrrrrrrrrrr! That’s the name of the game folks. With the first season for The Legend of Korra completed, we couldn’t think of a better time [soon] to discuss one of the best television series out there: Avatar: The Last Airbender. We’re doing it all today as we discuss our favorite characters from the original series, rundown the series, express our feelings on the pile of santorum that the movie was and The Legend of Korra. It’s a lot to talk about, but if you watched this show as religiously as some of us did, you know why. Grab some cabbages and foam at the mouth with us

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PCP’s Weekly Dose: Just Desserts

25 Jun

We’re back again and we’ve got a lot of nonsense to spew. Out of the gate we continue our 126 part series on desserts and how some of them are terrible, names that we’re certain can’ be real, Taken 2, 50 Shades of Grey, fan fiction, Alphas, MasterChef, more Mass Effect 3 butt-hurt on our part, AVX and the NBA finals.

PCP’s E3 in Re-Vi…ew

13 Jun

Last week, E3 happened. You know, that big palooza game journalist goodness where nerds yell, “shut up and take my money”. It kind of sneaked up on us this year, but we’ve paid attention to all the press conferences, watched the trailers and analyzed all the playthroughs we can. We breakdown Microsoft, Sony, Nintendo, EA and Ubisoft’s wares and talk some of the biggest games and products to come to come. Halo 4, Resident Evil 6, smartglass, Last of Us, Beyond, PlayStation Vita, Wii U, the 3DS and so much more. We also bid a fond farewell to one of our favorite game entities: Kevin Pereira.

PCP’s Weekly Dose: Prometheus Review

11 Jun

Sir Ridley Scott has finally returned to science fiction with his latest offering: Prometheus. The “not a prequel” but “same DNA as Alien” movie has a lot of riding on its shoulders. Its one of the most long-awaited movies we’ve had to look forward after months of trailers, teasers, teaser-trailers and trailers for the teasers. Because the movie is so spoilery to discuss, we keep things mum so as not to ruin anything about it, but we round things out by discussing the topic of method acting. Why? Well, listen and find out why don’t ya?

Marcus Reviews Prometheus

9 Jun

Synopsis:

Ridley Scott, director of Alien and Blade Runner, returns to the genre he helped define. With Prometheus, he creates a groundbreaking mythology, in which a team of explorers discover a clue to the origins of mankind on Earth, leading them on a thrilling journey to the darkest corners of the universe. There, they must fight a terrifying battle to save the future of the human race

What I Liked:

The first thing that I want to say is that this movie is absolutely gorgeous. Choosing to shoot mostly in the desert really was an inspired choice because it really gave the planet the right amount of “alien” quality without blatantly alien, if that makes sense. There really wasn’t a whole lot of CGI used in this movie to give it a more organic look, but when it was used it was really impressive and only added to the space odyssey feel of the movie.

Scott did a great job of establishing a truly haunting and claustrophobic atmosphere throughout the movie. Just like the Aliens movies that came before it, you really did begin to start feeling the paranoia that the characters were developing as the move progressed. It’s actually the first movie in a long time to actually get me to jump because it was that good at reeling you in with the mood.

Speaking of Aliens there were a lot of throwbacks to the saga that fans of the movies will be delighted to pick up on. There’s a stinger at the very end of the movie that is particularly juicy and had everyone in the theater reacting in a truly entertaining and hilarious fashion.

Acting-wise, everybody in the movie did a good job fleshing out their characters but it was Noomi Rapace and Michael Fassbender who were the true standouts. Rapace displayed the perfect balance of child-like curiosity, unwavering belief and fiery determination in her character (Elizabeth Shaw). While she’s no Ripley, Rapace’s Shaw was a scrapper and really showed that she’d do whatever it took to get the answers to the questions that she’d be asking for so long. Michael Fassbender on the other hand was absolutely brilliant as the equally curious but morally ambiguous andriod, David. Fassbender puts on a method acting tour de force in this as I actually found myself believing that he was actually an android for a second. He was so delightfully cold and vacant in everything that he did but there are moments where you’ll see a slight glint in his eye or a pause in his movements that lets you know that there’s more to him than he let’s on. You can literally see the gears turning in his head at certain moments throughout the film and you just know that doesn’t mean good things for the crew.

I think the writers (Jon Spaihts & Damon Lindelof) did a wonderful job of giving us a group of characters that really represented different viewpoints. Shaw being the believer, Holloway (Logan Marshall Green) being the skeptic, Janek (Idris Elba) essentially representing the audience as he’s the one asking “Why are we even doing this?”, Vickers (Charlize Theron) being the pragmatic realist and most interestingly David who is a robot caught in a war between aliens and humans which I find to be a fascinating variable.

What I Didn’t Like:

The first half of the movie is so strong and steeped in mystery that once we get our answers and everything goes to hell it’s almost a bit disappointing. The movie kind of devolves into a horror film in the final act and, while I’m not saying it’s a bad thing, I was still more interested in the search for answers.

Speaking of searching for answers, the movie left me with more questions than anything. There was so much that was left up in the air that there almost needs to be a sequel just for my own peace of mind.

Overall:

Prometheus serves as Ridley Scott’s triumphant return to the genre that he revolutionized 30 years ago and it feels damn good to say that it was worth the wait. Being the spiritual successor to the Alien saga, this movie had a lot riding on it and it delivered on nearly ever front. Boasting a great cast of characters, very strong performances, gorgeous visuals, haunting atmosphere and a truly interesting story, Prometheus is one of the best sci-fi movies to come out in the last decade. Prometheus is a movie that’s not afraid to ask questions that many of us have asked at one point in our lives and, while we may not have gotten all the answers, we got closer to finding them out. It may not be a perfect movie but it’s pretty damn close in my book and I can only hope that we get a sequel somewhere down the line because I desperately want to see this world expanded so that, like Elizabeth Shaw, we can finally get the answers to our questions.

Rating: A-

Marcus Reviews Snow White & The Huntsman

9 Jun

Synopsis:

In the epic action-adventure Snow White and the Huntsman, Kristen Stewart plays the only person in the land fairer than the evil queen (Charlize Theron) out to destroy her. But what the wicked ruler never imagined is that the young woman threatening her reign has been training in the art of war with a huntsman (Chris Hemsworth) dispatched to kill her. Sam Claflin joins the cast as the prince long enchanted by Snow White’s beauty and power

What I Liked:

 The biggest compliment that I, and pretty much every other critic, can give this movie is that it’s absolutely gorgeous. The landscapes were expansive and the visual effects used throughout the majority of the movie were truly sights to behold, especially in the Dark Forest and Sanctuary (there is one scene in particular in Sanctuary that is absolutely breathtaking). The works of Guillermo Del Toro & Hayao Miyazaki (preferably Princess Mononoke), the anime movie Vampire Hunter D and the movies Avatar & Lord of the Rings could all be accredited to having some sort of inspiration to the overall visual style of the movie. Even the costume design, most notably on the Queen, was truly impressive. If this movie doesn’t get at the very least a nod at the Oscars or Golden Globes for Cinematography and Costume Design I’ll be shocked.

Now alot of critics seemed to belittle the acting in this movie but in all honesty I thought everyone was either at least average or quite good in this. Miss Theron gave the strongest performance in this as the chillingly evil Queen Ravenna but she didn’t absolutely blow Kristen Stewart out of the water like most of the critics said she did. Though she did have a couple of moments where she displayed little “Bella-esque” qualities, for the most part Stewart gave a pretty gutsy performance of the pure of heart yet strong of will Snow White especially towards the end of the film where she truly came into her own. Lastly Chris Hemsworth’s onscreen presence and his charm were enough to mostly overshadow his extremely inconsistent Scottish accent. I also thought that he and Kristen had good enough chemistry to make up for their underwritten relationship.

There was a good deal of action in this movie which, while not amazing, was well done. Most notably in the final act of the movie, where Snow White’s army wages war on the Queen, do we truly see an impressive eye for spectacle displayed by the director.

The scoring in the movie may not be on par with epics like Lord of the Rings but it matched the mood of the movie very well and made the war seem that much more important.

What I Didn’t Like:

The pacing in the movie at times was a bit uneven which resulted in a couple of scenes when ultimately felt random. While there was never truly any lulls in the film, so to speak, they could’ve trimmed the fat a little.

On the same token the writing in the film could’ve used some work as well.

As likable as they turned out to be, The Dwarves and Prince William ended up feeling rather unimportant at the end of the day. William especially got the short end of the stick as he was sort of randomly thrown into this “love triangle” with Snow White and The Huntsman but wasn’t really in the movie long enough for it to be even slightly believable that he’d have a chance. He would kind of show up and then disappear for long periods of time before popping up again which only hurt his character. The Dwarves showing up half way through the movie I can forgive due to the fact that they’re making a sequel to the movie so I’m sure they’ll be more heavily involved int he next installment.

I suggest that Chris work on his Scottish for the next movie because as I stated earlier, the poor guy was all over the place. When he was actually getting it right he was spot on but to often did he slip back into his Australian accent which I couldn’t help but chuckle at because it was so noticeable.

This is more of a gripe than something I didn’t like but I really felt like they dropped the ball with then ending. I feel as if they should’ve given us at least a small hint of what’s to come next because the way the movie ended really doesn’t give you the impression that there would be a sequel to the movie.

Overall:

Snow White & The Huntsman is an ambitious movie that reaches for the sky but just doesn’t quite get there. While I did enjoy it, I couldn’t help but feel like if it had been handled by a more experienced director (this was Rupert Sanders’ directorial debut) it could’ve been everything that it aspired to be. With that being said though it’s still a solid movie as it is that features strong performances from Charlize Theron & Kristen Stewart and breathtaking visuals that you truly have to see to really appreciate. I really hope that in the sequel they’re able to learn from their mistakes, take the great things about this movie and turn the next installment in the epic that we were hoping for.

Rating: C+/B-

PCP Episode 077: The Simpsons

7 Jun

Over 500 episodes and the Duff just keeps on flowing. Yes, we decided to pull the nostalgia card for our first full episode back. The Simpson…what more needs to be said? They’ve already done everything that you can come up with for a plot at this point. We rundown the history of the show, the cast, some of favorite characters and reminisce about some of the most memorable episodes in the show’s heralded history. Release the hounds for what is bound to be our worst..episode…ever.

PCP’s Weekly Dose: Solve for X-Men

5 Jun

We’re back, we have…retuuuuuuurned! Yep, after a bit of a respite from regularly scheduled posting, the PCP boys are on mic again. Of course, since its been a while, we can’t just jump right in like old times. What if we’re a bit rusty? So, we decided to try something a little experimental. Join us for a little a game we’re calling Solve for X-Men. How do you play? Listen, find out and yell at us for not saying the right thing like the ravenous fanatics we’re sure that you all are.