Media watchdog groups are up in arms again about summer movies being flung at the innocent, ready-to-pester brains of kids. While we’re firmly in the camp that says parents should take responsibility, here are some cases of complaints we think might be hiding a real reason… The Film: Pirates Of The Caribbean: At World’s End (2007) The pitch to kids: Adverts that ran on the US Nickelodeon channel in between shows like SpongeBob SquarePants, along with the usual Happy Meal onslaught and, er, skull-shaped cereal bowls. The complaints: The Children's Advertising Review Unit complained to Buena Vista about a PG-13 movie being pushed to the children at a time when they were most impressionable (i.e. glued to the goggle box). What we really think they’re worried about: It encourages kids to lust after a life on the high seas, glamorises the pursuit of booty and, given that real-life piracy is on the rise, it’s now an actual alternative career path. … [Read more...] about 7 Kids Movies Unsuitable For Kids
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Following promising and exciting trailers, fans have high hopes for the newest X-Men film, which is based on a popular storyline from the comics. X-Men: Days of Future Past seems to have hit the mark big time with critics, garnering mostly positive reviews, even if the movie has a few misgivings. How Did The New Godzilla Fare With The Critics? I've gathered a mix of excerpts below to give a taste of what critics are saying about the new movie, which hits theaters tomorrow. A.V. Club, B: "For better or worse, X-Men: Days Of Future Past is the first Marvel movie to truly embrace comics-style storytelling. Context-less and origin-story-free, it presumes that its audience is familiar with all relevant character traits, continuities, and fantastic elements. It returns the genre to its geek roots; depending on the viewer, it has the potential to be the most narratively satisfying and fluid entry in the X-Men film series, or the most alienating." … [Read more...] about ‘X-Men Days Of Future Past’ Review Roundup: Do Critics Say It’s The Perfect Time-Travelling Summer Action Flick?
Michael Bay's new movie Transformers: Age of Extinction did not fare so well with critics, but what about the recent multiplatform game from Activision, Transformers: Rise of the Dark Spark? The reviews are in, and we've rounded them up here to help you decide if you want to pick up the game--the first in the series available on current-gen consoles. There's always the option of renting, too, if that's what you're into.If you're in the market for a Nintendo version of Transformers: Rise of the Dark Spark, be aware that the co-op Escalation mode is not available on Wii U and 3DS. For more on the critical response to the game, be sure to head to GameSpot sister site Metacritic. Game: Transformers: Rise of the Dark Spark Developer: Edge of Reality (Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS3, PS4, Wii U, PC); WayForward (3DS) Platforms: Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PC, 3DS, Wii U Release Date: June 24 Price: $59.99 (Xbox One, PS4); $49.99 (Xbox 360, PS3, Wii U, PC); $29.99 … [Read more...] about Transformers: Rise of the Dark Spark Review Roundup
I’ve mentioned the Symposium I’m involved with before, in the Sunday Papers. It’s a multi-week exercise where a number of experienced writers from multiple fields are debating games journalism. It is about as meta and games-journalism-journalism as it can get. Shawn Elliot has posted the first part and I’m cross-posting it here, partially as an experiment. I stress, the following is about as shop talk as anything you’d have read about games journalism. It’s also very long. I’d only read it if you are deeply interested in the concept of games criticism and reviewing. And with that proviso, I hand over to Shawn…IntroductionThese questions and more were on the mind of N’Gai Croal, John Davison and Shawn Elliott last summer when they decided to expand their conversation to a number of noted reviewers, writers, bloggers and journalists for a published email symposium on game reviews. (See below for the full list of participants.) The … [Read more...] about Symposium Part One: Review Scores
Wrapping up the 'Summer Superhero Blockbuster' movies list is Suicide Squad. A film that has raised some concern from the community - whether it was due to Jared Leto's representation of The Joker, Deadshot's puppy dog eyes, or entirely something else. Suicide Squad officially releases this Friday and early reviews have been released. Currently, the film is sitting at 38% on Rotten Tomatoes. There are a number of mixed reviews for the film, but it appears to have fallen flat. The general consensus, whether the film was well received or not, is that the film starts off on the right foot... then at some point decides to amputate the foot and reattach it in various not-so-good ways. This probably has to do with the reshoots that were ordered for the film prior to release. The main wish that reviewers had, aside from the want for the film to be better, was that the Joker could have had more time in the film. IndieWire Intended as an antidote to the rest of the DC Cinematic … [Read more...] about Review Roundup: Oops, Suicide Squad happened…
To say that the annual release of Call of Duty is a major event would be to put it mildly. Gamers around the globe flock to the series like few others, ready to consume the next iteration’s single player campaign and sink hours into its multiplayer. Or at least they used to.Now, gamers are a little more discerning of the Call of Duty franchise. They aren’t as easily swayed by the game’s big budget theatrics and the lack of multiplayer or graphical innovation has left a lot to be desired. It is for that very reason that Call of Duty reviews become even more important.Unfortunately, since we have yet to get our hands on a copy of Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare we can’t say whether or not this year’s game is worth picking up. However, several high profile outlets have played the game (as part of an Activision-run review event) and submitted their reviews for public consumption. And, surprisingly, it sounds like Advanced Warfare is a solid entry in the … [Read more...] about ‘Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare’ Review Roundup
Suicide Squad has had a typical summer blockbuster story, breaking box office records despite poor reception from critics.One major gripe fans had, though, was how little Jared Leto’s Joker was present in the film despite being featured prominently in trailers. According to Leto himself, there's a heap of Joker scenes that never made the final cut."I think there’s probably enough footage in this film for a Joker movie," Leto stated in an interview with BBC radio, "If I were to die tomorrow maybe the studio would roll something out. [There’s] a rated-R or a rated-X performance in there somewhere."Reportedly, the final version of the film was a mix of two cuts, one somber and violent favored by director David Ayer, and another more lighthearted and fun which was pushed by the studio. Our reviewer wrote of Leto’s performance that "aside from his manipulation of Harley Quinn from psychiatrist to patient, he does nothing in the movie that you would commit someone to … [Read more...] about Jared Leto says Suicide Squad cut a whole movie’s worth of Joker footage
It opened with a very strong $117 million weekend domestically setting a record for the largest September opening and for a horror or supernatural film.It’s projected to do another $62 million of business overseas, according to Box Office Mojo, giving it $179 million overall. That already gives It fifth place all-time in the horror-supernatural genre, as counted by Box Office Mojo.The previous domestic record for an opening weeked for a horror movie was Paranormal Activity 3, which premiered in October 2011, but that was only $52.5 million. And It is second only to Deadpool for best opening by an R-rated movie.It performed well despite Hurricane Irma clearing out large parts of Florida and Georgia for the weekend, which Variety notes could affect moviegoing attendance by as much as 5 percent. This comes at the end of an unusually bad summer for movies overall, and the worst Labor Day at the box office in 17 years.Our review did not find It to be much of a scary film, likening it … [Read more...] about It sets opening weekend records for horror movie
Rick and Morty returned tonight for its long awaited third season and, carrying on the tune of last season’s finale, emotions are running high in the face of uncertainty. [Warning: The following contains very light spoilers for the first and second episodes of Rick and Morty’s third season.]Rick is a broken man. This isn’t a jarring new piece of information. From the moment we were introduced to Rick, we were told he’s someone we shouldn’t trust and, against our better nature, probably shouldn’t like. Still, Rick has charming tendencies and, despite knowing that we’re making a terrible decision, we do like him. We want Rick to find inner peace and have a good relationship with his family. We want him to be okay with the person he’s become. Most importantly, we want Rick to be happy. Rick chose ambition and ideology over his family and, years later, is trying to rectify the mistakes he’s made in the past. He’s hoping that with … [Read more...] about Rick and Morty review: a remorseful, emotional romp built on escapism
As much as I don’t want to put pressure on the DC extended universe in regards to its next film, I’m going to. There’s so much riding on Wonder Woman, not only as a movie that consumers will most likely pay a lot to see, but as a symbol, a product and a nerd property. Wonder Woman is one of pop culture’s most recognizable characters and what she stands for is even larger than her. The last mainstream blockbuster that was accompanied by this much pressure was The Force Awakens, which luckily worked out for Disney and the Star Wars franchise. Wonder Woman doesn’t get to just be good. It has to be great.It needs to fix Warner Bros’ and the DCEU’s reputationWarner Bros.’ DC films, starting with Man of Steel, have all been successful in a monetary sense. And they’ve all had massive budgets, so good on Warner Bros. for ensuring that these bloated action spectacles turn a profit. Man of Steel was probably the least valuable of the three … [Read more...] about Has any movie needed to be good as badly as Wonder Woman?