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EPIC is a 3D CG action-adventure comedy that reveals a hidden world unlike any other. From the creators of ICE AGE and RIO, EPIC tells the story of an ongoing battle deep in the forest between the forces of good who keep the natural world alive and the forces of evil who wish to destroy it. When a teen age girl finds herself magically transported into this secret universe, she must band together with a rag-tag team of fun and whimsical characters in order to save their world… and ours.
Cast: Colin Farrell, Josh Hutcherson, Amanda Seyfried, Christoph Waltz, Pitbull, Jason Sudeikis, Steven Tyler, Aziz Ansari, Blake Anderson, Judah Friedlander, Beyoncé Knowles
Director: Chris Wedge
If you’ve been following video games this past week, you’ve hopefully heard about Far Cry 3’s new add-on. If by chance you’ve been living under a rock and have no idea what I’m talking about. Read on and let me try to convince you why you shouldn’t miss out on this gem of a game.
You know those cheesy action movies you love to watch? The ones that you can watch over and over with a group of friends, quote the best lines from, and laugh at their sheer destructive violence. Well now instead of watching them, you can play one of them. Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon is the latest lovechild from Ubisoft’s Shanghai and Montreal studios. In all honesty, after playing through Blood Dragon, I’m not sure why Ubisoft decided to label this as a Far Cry 3 add-on. Sure, the game shares some gameplay mechanics with Far Cry 3, but it’s so different in its execution, it should be labeled simply, “Blood Dragon.” The only reason I can see as to why they decided to do this was to piggyback on the success of Far Cry 3; so players could have familiar ground to stand on when dropping their hard earned cash. But now, for what seemed to be a cheesy add-on, has turned into one of Ubisoft’s most sold DLCs to date. And for good reason.
Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon puts you in the cyber-shoes of Sgt. Rex Power Colt, voiced by the man who took down the Terminator and fought Xenos alongside Ripley, Michael Biehn – he’s part man, all cyber commando (the game’s tagline, not mine). The game starts you off riding shotgun in a helicopter and what follows is one of the most fun and crazy openings – and closings, but more on that later – that I’ve had in recent memory. You’re charged with taking down your mentor-gone-bad in a post-apocalyptic alternate reality where the world has been nuked so much, it has literally turned it into a neon disco dance club. The game screams clichés. No. It downright embraces them. If you’re a fan of 80’s and 90’s action movies, you’re going to love the dialogue, plot, and the 16-bit inspired cut-scenes.
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In Summer 2013, pioneering director J.J. Abrams will deliver an explosive action thriller that takes Star Trek Into Darkness. When the crew of the Enterprise is called back home, they find an unstoppable force of terror from within their own organization has detonated the fleet and everything it stands for, leaving our world in a state of crisis. With a personal score to settle, Captain Kirk leads a manhunt to a war-zone world to capture a one man weapon of mass destruction. As our heroes are propelled into an epic chess game of life and death, love will be challenged, friendships will be torn apart, and sacrifices must be made for the only family Kirk has left: his crew.
Cast: Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Karl Urban, Simon Pegg, Anton Yelchin, John Cho, Bruce Greenwood, Benedict Cumberbatch, Peter Weller
Director: J.J. Abrams
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The Hangover Part III is the third and final film in director Todd Phillips’ record-shattering comedy franchise. This time, there’s no wedding. No bachelor party. What could go wrong, right? But when the Wolfpack hits the road, all bets are off.
Cast: Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Zach Galifianakis, Ken Jeong, Heather Graham, Jeffrey Tambor, Justin Bartha, John Goodman, Sasha Barrese, Gillian Vigman, Jamie Chung
Director: Todd Phillips
Hi there! Sorry I haven’t written in a while. Life’s been a wonderful mix of busy and hectic recently. Thankfully for you who appreciate my inane posts about baseball statistics, I should have some more free time to post on a regular basis.
I’m gonna switch the format of this entry up a bit. Rather than go with a straightforward “who’s hot, who’s not” style, I’m gonna mix in news with a few tidbits from the last few weeks.
- The loss today drops the Cardinals a half game behind the Rangers for the best record in baseball, but the Cardinals still have the best record in the NL thanks to a strong last couple weeks. The Cardinals have gone 9-2 the last two weeks and sit at 23-13 overall, thanks to the best starting rotation in the majors (by a pretty decent longshot – more on this later).
- Those of you who were fortunate enough to attend Friday and/or Saturday’s games saw two of the best pitching performances in recent history. In fact, Friday night’s start by Shelby Miller, going from gamescore, actually ranks as THE best nine-inning performance in Cardinals history.
For those of you unfamiliar with gamescore, it’s a measurement to determine how effective a pitcher was. The score starts at 50 and then adds points for strikeouts, batters retired, etc. and subtracts points for hits, runs, walks, and such. Miller’s gamescore Friday night was a 98, outscoring every other Cardinals’ pitcher in history (for a 9-inning game, that is; other had higher gamescores, but pitched at least 10 innings). Yes, even Bob Gibson and Chris Carpenter.
- Not to be outdone, Adam Wainwright carried a perfect game into the fifth inning yesterday, and a no-hitter into the eighth. The 40 consecutive batters retired between the two of them tied a major league record, and the 50 consecutive batters to go without a hit fell one batter short of tying a major league record. Not too shabby.