Scored! Our No Man's Sky Review in Progress

Scored! Our No Man's Sky Review in Progress

A good game is often said to be more than the sum of its parts – a special, unquantifiable feeling that comes from seeing every mechanic working seamlessly together to create variety and surprises. No Man’s Sky, by contrast, is a huge collection of parts that can’t find that harmony. To its credit, a few work brilliantly – specifically the unheard of scale and scope of its procedurally generated sci-fi universe and often striking interplanetary exploration. But too many other systems are badly designed and repetitive, from its basic and dull combat to its toothless survival systems, and from its unwieldy interface to its lifeless alien races. No Man’s Sky reached for the stars, but its reach exceeded its grasp by light years. Continue reading…
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Gotham Star on Batfleck and Loving Suicide Squad

Gotham Star on Batfleck and Loving Suicide Squad

I chatted with young Bruce Wayne himself, actor David Mazouz, earlier this week at FOX’s Television Critics Association after party about the Batman prequel TV show’s upcoming third season, during which time the subject of DC’s live-action feature films came up. “I just saw Suicide Squad,” said the actor, 15. “I loved it!” Mazouz cited the characters as his main reason for enjoying the David Ayer-directed movie: “You love them. They were bad guys, but you love them. And that is something that we do on Gotham, if you look at someone like the Penguin. Any other incarnation of the Penguin that you see in the comic books, he’s evil and just kind of this… and in Earth One by Geoff Johns, I’m thinking about it because I just read it, he’s this mayor, and he’s just evil. He’s bad. There’s nothing redeeming about him. He’s just a bad guy. But with Gotham, you like him. He has redeeming qualities, he cares about his mom. And Robin Lord Taylor kills it, but you know that you’re doing something right when you’re rooting for the bad guy. He’s a terrible, terrible person. He kills people with absolutely no regret. But you like him” Continue reading…
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Whedon to Direct Flash/Supergirl Musical Crossover?

Whedon to Direct Flash/Supergirl Musical Crossover?

If the news that The Flash and Supergirl will be having a two-part musical crossover in their upcoming seasons immediately brought to mind the Buffy the Vampire Slayer musical episode “Once More, with Feeling,” then you’re going to really love this new rumor: Joss Whedon is reportedly up to direct both episodes of the crossover. The rumor comes from The Hashtag Show, the site that first revealed that Finn Jones would be playing Marvel’s Iron Fist. Sources have informed IGN that there’s nothing official to report at this time. Continue reading…
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He-Man Helmer McG Dishes Details on Masters Movie

He-Man Helmer McG Dishes Details on Masters Movie

I spoke with Terminator Salvation and Charlie’s Angels director McG earlier this week at FOX’s Television Critics Association after-party about his planned feature film reboot of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe. Here’s what he revealed to me about the tone they’re going for with the film, which characters may or may not be in it, whether it will be set at all on Earth, casting, and just how important a villain Skeletor is to him. IGN: May I ask you the current status of Masters of the Universe? McG: It’s a very exciting moment for Masters of the Universe. We have a big meeting with Sony regarding prep of the movie on Wednesday. And we’re in the middle of a bit of a script polish, and it’s my absolute passion. I’m laser-focused on that being my next film. But I mean, you know how it works in contemporary filmmaking. You really, really have to earn the good will of the parent studio, and Tom Rothman runs a tight ship at Sony, and we’re going to get there. I’m so happy to report that to the fans. Continue reading…
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Kubo and the Two Strings Review

Kubo and the Two Strings Review

What’s more entertaining than an animated story of a boy and his quest? A stop-motion animated story of a boy and his quest. From the studio that created ParaNorman, Coraline, and The Boxtrolls comes Laika’s newest film and sweeping 3-D epic, Kubo and the Two Strings. It’s not just the story that’s big either, but also the people behind the camera. From composer Dario Marianelli, to first time director, president and CEO of Laika Travis Knight, to the voices of Academy Award-winning and nominated actors like Charlize Theron, Matthew McConaughey, Rooney Mara, and Ralph Fiennes, Kubo and the Two Strings goes above and beyond both on and off screen. Kubo and the Two Strings tells the story of a boy who discovers that his history, his powers, and his future are more complicated than he could have ever imagined. After uncovering the source of his mother’s worry that overwhelms her when the sun sets, Kubo is given a quest and with the help of Monkey and Beetle, he sets out to retrieve what once belonged to his father to conquer his family’s demons. Continue reading…
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Opinion: The Big Problem with Marvel and DC's Art

Opinion: The Big Problem with Marvel and DC's Art

It’s been said many times before, but it always bears repeating: comics are a visual medium. Even the best writer is helpless without a talented artist to bring their script to life. And very often, it’s those writers and artists who form close, lasting partnerships that produce the best stories. Names like Lee and Kirby or Brubaker and Phillips or Morrison and Quitely carry a lot of weight. That’s why it’s so unfortunate that consistent, lasting creative teams are becoming such a rarity in mainstream comics. Consistency doesn’t seem to be a priority anymore. Consider this. Marvel is wrapping up Star Wars: Darth Vader in a few weeks. The fact that all 25 issues of the main series featured the same creative team (writer Kieron Gillen and artist Salvador Larroca) is impressive. But Darth Vader is an anomaly in today’s market. It’s becoming increasingly rare to see an artist draw five issues in a row on a mainstream comic, much less 25. It was less than a decade ago that Brian Michael Bendis and Mark Bagley broke Stan Lee and Jack Kirby’s record by collaborating on 111 issues of Ultimate Spider-Man in a row. There might be a handful of creator-owned comics that achieve such Cal Ripken-worthy feats (The Walking Dead comes to mind), but certainly no book at Marvel or DC has come remotely close in the nine years since. Continue reading…
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Stranger Things Soundtrack Now Available for Streaming

Stranger Things Soundtrack Now Available for Streaming

The entire soundtrack of Netflix’s new critically acclaimed series Stranger Things is now available for streaming via Apple Music. Volume 1 spans a total of 36 songs created by Kyle Dixon and Michael Stein, each of which you can listen to below. While Netflix has yet to officially announce a second season for Stranger Things, co-creators Matt and Ross Duffer already have several things in mind for the future of the series, and are interested creating a video game that leads into a potential Season 2. Continue reading…
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