Wednesday, October 19, 2016
Wednesday, October 12, 2016
10. The Hessian
In 1999’s movie Sleepy Hollow, Christopher Walken plays the unforgettable Hessian (the Headless Horseman) and chops quite a few heads off. Even though he was not the main baddie but simply controlled, we spend half the movie thinking he is the ultimate bad. Ray Park played the Horseman without the head, and was every bit as menacing as Walken.
In Planet of the Apes remake by Tim Burton from 2001, probably the most memorable part is Tim Roth’s performance as General Thade. Roth chose this role over the role of Severus Snape in Harry Potter, most likely due to amazing makeup from Rick Baker that really transformed him into the iconic megalomaniacal ape. He might have missed out on the role of Snape, but he certainly managed to enslave humanity – and make a monkey out of Mark Wahlberg, so we salute him for that.
8. The Martians
In Mars Attacks, the 1996 movie about an alien invasion with a pretty dark sense of humor, certainly the Martians are the most memorable thing: skeleton-faced, big-brained, they wreaked chaos on unsuspecting Earth. The timing of this movie was peculiar, quite close to the release of the mega-hit Independence Day, but in a way, much more apocalyptic. The aliens committed some of the most heinous deeds in any Tim Burton movie (the funniest probably being the sewing of Sarah Jessica Parker’s head onto the body of a dog), killing people and animals here, there and everywhere.
7. The Penguin
Remember Danny DeVito in Batman Returns, the 1992 Batman movie? Of course you do – it’s hard to forget such a sleazy, malformed and overall disgusting character. Oscar Cobblepot, aka the Penguin, kidnapped all of Gotham City socialites’ first born children, after almost becoming the mayor due to the general public being sympathetic towards him being orphaned as a baby due to his deformities. Still, as crazy as the Penguin was, he decided it would be better to blow up everything. Not one of the greatest Batman movies, but DeVito is certainly a memorable Batman villain.
6. Francis Buxton
1985’s Pee-wee’s Big Adventure is a story of man-children where the main character’s adventure is kickstarted by the theft of his prized bicycle… and the man responsible is our villain, Francis Buxton, played by Mark Holton. A fellow man-child, he even hired a man to steal the bike for him because he didn’t have the guts to do so himself. The spoiled “rich kid” gets his just reward after many twists and turns, by getting rocketed towards the sky and certain injury by the ejector seat on Pee-wee’s bicycle.
In one of Burton’s most well known films, Edward Scissorhands, released in 1990, Anthony Michael Hall plays Jim, the town no-good bully and boyfriend of Edward’s romantic interest, Kim. Throughout the movie he attacks Edward (and later Kim, when she leaves him), mistreating everyone in his path, causing Edward to become an outcast after using him to pick locks and leaving him to get caught. Eventually, Edward kills him in a brawl attempting to protect Kim, and Jim gets no redemption whatsoever, despite the fact his punishment might be more severe than what his crimes deserved. In Burton’s reality, bad things will happen to bad people.
4. Oogie Boogie
1993’s The Nightmare Before Christmas, though not directed by Burton, is on this list because he was one of the writers. And what a villain we have here: Oogie Boogie, voiced by Ken Page, the character who gambles away the life of Santa Claus. He sings well, though, but that doesn’t make him less of a… well, talking sack filled with worms and bugs.
Catwoman must be the people’s favorite when it comes to antagonists, and was performed perfectly by Michelle Pfeiffer in Batman Returns (another villain from that movie on our list). Indeed, the cat lady had become increasingly popular after it, embraced by the fandom, and instead of villain, morphed into a sort of an anti hero in subsequent films and comics - though Pfeiffer managed to portray her as a dangerous, alluring and scary lady, definitely a villainess with some attempted murder on her hands.
One of the most iconic villains ever was portrayed masterfully in Burton’s 1989 movie Batman by none other than Jack Nicholson. The movie was a strong foundation from which the consequent comic book movies, not just the Batman franchise, were built upon, and for many years it did not seem anyone could surpass Nicholson at the role of Joker. The cackling, mad gangster doused Gotham City with the lethal Smile-X gas, and succeeded at being threatening despite the clown makeup, thus proving the concerns that comic book characters would not translate to live action well were unfounded.
There’s no better villain than the one the movie is named after, right? In Beetlejuice, Burton’s 1988 movie, the heroes are the recently deceased Maitlands and a hopeless goth named Lydia, whom Beetlejuice extorts into marrying him, despite her being just a teenage girl (and possibly underage). Beetlejuice is the ghoul with supernatural powers, played by Michael Keaton. The bio-exorcist ghost is a selfish chauvinist that eats flies and is covered with mold, and makes you wonder what was he like when he was alive – certainly no less of a scumbag.
Friday, October 7, 2016
‘John Wick Chronicles’ VR Game based on the upcoming Keanu Reeves sequel “John Wick: Chapter 2.” Unveiled
A new virtual reality game based on Keanu Reeves’ “John Wick: Chapter 2” has been released by Lionsgate and Starbreeze. New York Comic Con was the place where the first 7-minute trailer “John Wick Chronicles: An Eye for an Eye” was revealed and it was a part of “John Wick: Chapter 2” campaign. The studio reveiled a promo on Wednesday as a teaser for Saturday’s Comic Con panel when Keanu Reeves and some other members of the cast are expected to attend.
Incidentally, “John Wick: Chapter 2” is scheduled to open in February and the game will be launched on Steam the same month.
The studio has also confirmed that it will allow pre-orders of the game “John Wick Chronicles” together with the original “John Wick” in an exclusive US bundle.
Chad Stahelski is returning as the director of the sequel and Basil Iwanyk as the producer.Sounds promising!
Friday, September 30, 2016
According to DICE, there will be 5 different “War Stories” to choose from in Battlefield 1 singleplayer campaign. They are designed to encompass different theaters of WWI, like the Arabian theater (recall the Lawrence of Arabia) or the European theatre.
The details of the 5 playable War Stories have been specified by DICE.
The fact that they are named “War Stories” instead of plain, old missions probably lies in the fact that there are only 5 of them, which might cause an uproar in a large portion of Battlefield community.
Here are the different Battlefield 1 War Stories, i.e. singleplayer episodes:
- Friends in High Places features aerial combat in Europe between the German and British forces.
- Nothing Is Written is set in the Arabian peninsula where the Arabs are rebelling against the Ottoman Empire.
- Through Mud and Blood is set in France during the height of the trench warfare battles.
- Avanti Savoia is set in the Alps and features battles between Italy and the Austro-Hungarian empire.
- The Runner features the “Gallipoli Landings”, often called the “D-Day of World War 1”.
Battlefield 1 releases on October 21st for the PS4, Xbox One and PC.
Thursday, September 29, 2016
Deathcore band from California, Suicide Silence, have announced their fifth studio album that is set to come out in February of 2017.
The new full-length album will be self-titled, produced by Ross Robinson, a studio legend who worked on iconic releases such as Slipknot’s Iowa, Sepultura’s Roots and Korn’s self titled album. The release was announced by the band on SiriusXM’s Liquid Metal station, and it’s going to happen under the wing of Nuclear Blast.
This is going to be the band’s second album with Eddie Hermida on vocals, as he replaced Mitch Lucker in 2012 after his tragic and untimely death. Suicide Silence may be the first album of the band that will have no lyrical content written by Lucker – 2014’s title track of You Can’t Stop Me featured lyrics that Lucker wrote before he passed.
“The music in itself is something that you’re not going to be expecting from us,” says guitarist Mark Heylmun. “That’s really all you can say. It’s going to be the newest Suicide Silence you’ve ever heard.”
“We decided to call it Suicide Silence pretty much before we even started writing because we knew we were gonna go with a no holds barred, fearless approach to the record and not put any restraints on ourselves or stick to some formula that we very well could stick to cause we know how to play our music,” adds vocalist Eddie Hermida. “But for this one, we dug f–kin’ deep and Ross is the sickest producer and Joe Barresi just finished mixing it. So we’ve got the rawest, realest approach to recording. It’s a raw, real record and it’ll be out February 2017 on Nuclear Blast.”
“It makes perfect sense. [Robinson and Barresi] are a dream team and it’s such an honor to have those dudes in our corner telling us how f–king badass our new record is,” Heylmun gushes. “It’s out of this world, man,” Eddie adds. “If Ross and Joe love it, then everyone’s gonna like it, and if you don’t like it, good.”
“We were paying homage [to Lucker on our last album], paying respects to the legacy that was left behind, but now it’s time to pick up the reins and it’s a new band and it’s a new entity and it’s the perfect opportunity for a band to redefine themselves, to show the world who we really are deep down inside,” Hermida describes. “We’re not little kids anymore and we’re not trying to prove ourselves in the heavy community. We’ve already made our name there and it’s time to spread our wings and see what happens. You can only learn how to fly by jumping off the cliff.”
A co-headlining U.S. tour with Whitechapel and support from Carnifex and Oceano has already been announced, and started September 28.
Wednesday, September 28, 2016
Japanese production house Toho and Warner Bros. are planning to produce a live-action movie version of “Jojo no KimyonaBoken”, featuring world-renowned filmmaker Takashi Miike.
As the name suggests, the movie will be based off of a manga which was first published in the 1987 and written by Hirohiko Araki. “Jojo’sBizzare Adventure” manga sold around 90 million copies of its 117 paperback editions and follows the story of JosukeHigashikata and Joester family, a group of people using different powers to fight supernatural enemies. As it stands, it will be “Diamond is Unbreakable” plot that will be covered in the movie, with Kento Yamazaki staring as Josuke.
The “Jojo” franchise is one of the most prolific ones, with numerous written and recorded media being released since its debut in “Weekly Shonen Jump” in 1987.
The estimated release date is set to summer of 2017, with the distribution details still being withheld from the public.
Thursday, September 22, 2016