Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Due Date

My house has been passing around bronchitis this entire month so far, which is so painful it's fairly reminiscent of that one time I tried to watch Batman and Robin the entire way through. Being sick however does occasionally give that little extra time that I would have used doing laundry, and let's me apply it to something more productive, like catching up on new releases.

I cannot be the only one who is grateful daily for the triumphant return of Robert Downey Jr. Cause seriously, it's almost like all that raw, beautiful talent turned off during his arrests and substance abuse issues, and then miraculously some switch turned back on and screamed, "I am Iron Man!" and the rest - they say - is history.

Due Date is just another hilariously amazing performance that Robert Downey Jr can add to his resume. You know the one he shows people not to GET jobs anymore, but instead to add some zeros to his paychecks.

Zach Galifianakis of course had me back when The Hangover came out. We even went and saw that movie in theatre, which shows some true belief considering we so rarely get to the theatre these days. Especially since Century theater once tried to card me during the latest installment of Saw. Seriously. 26 years old doesn't even come CLOSE to looking under 18.

There's something about Zach Galifianakis that reminds me of Jim Carrey. They're humor is completely different mind you, but about seventy percent of the movies they're in you're thinking, "Wow, that was so real, I wonder if it was totally improv." That's how most of Due Date was for me. Moments where I expect cast and crew had a hard time keeping straight faces just to get through the take. Which is why I was totally bummed when our Redbox copy of the flick didn't come with any special features - cause I was so hoping for a sweet gag reel.

Due Date is wickedly inappropriate and amusing as hell. There are moments when you're laughing hysterically, and others where you're oddly on the verge of tears. And then something else horrible will happen and you'll get over it.

While we haven't officially set up any general rating system here at Spoiler Whore, I can say for myself that we'll soon be adding this to our permanent collection.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

The Sims Medieval Launched!

Okay, I meant to mention this one sooner. But, hey.. it was only released just today! And I promise this will be my last Sims post for a while. I imagine you've seen the commercials on television. You haven't? Well, I recommend you watch more television. The game is being promoted by Donald Faison. I KNOW! What is that all about? I'm sure they have their reason. Plus, he pulls off the crown really well.

Oh, the game. Right. Yes. The Sims Medieval is basically The Sims set back in the age of knights and ladies. As if Sim modders didn't already accomplish this a thousand times over themselves with in game modifications (holla!). Needless to say, I'm still excited and I'm still going to buy it. But I can't right now. So if anyone can comment and tell us how it is, PLEASE do?

Thursday, March 17, 2011

The Hunger Games goes Cinema!

If you are a fan of Suzanne Collins' Hunger Games series, then you should be jumping up and down with delightful happy right now. Like many good books, The Hunger Games will be hitting the big screen, and they are starting to recruit the cast:

I'm expecting excellence! When you are given such an original idea with fantastic characters and a mind blowing plot . . how do you mess that up? I guess we'll find out. Said to release on March 23, 2012, the movie is being directed by Gary Ross -- who you may better know for his work on Seabiscuit or Pleasantville (or maybe you don't know him at all).

In case you haven't read or even heard of The Hunger Games, I recommend you read up in summary here. It's fantastic, so I suggest anyone read the book before seeing the movie.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

What's Your Guilty Pleasure Show?

We all have at least one.

Those shows that you watch religiously but probably shouldn't. The train wreck reality television that drags you in and makes you say, "People like this exist!? It's fascinating and horrifying at the same time!"

My go to guilty pleasure show used to be Wife Swap. Two women would switch places and live each others lives. They had to abide by the other wife's schedule, home life, jobs, and rules . . . and then week two they got to switch it up and make changes.

Because the producers would purposely pick polar opposites to switch places, it was a recipe for perfect disaster. Take that high class New York "real" housewife and put her in the boondocks where she has to chop wood. Better yet, take a ministers wife and mix her up with a lady married to someone who hosts a talk radio show spreading the word on atheism.

After too many episodes I started having panic attacks while watching.

My newest addiction is the insanity of Toddlers & Tiaras. Cause what could honestly be bad about taking three year old, spray tanning them, putting them in short dresses (that cost thousands of dollars), giving them fake eye lashes, fake nails, fake hair, fake teeth and parading them on stage to be judged on their perfection?

I was going to make a list of my favourite quotes from the show, but honestly, someone else beat me to the punch.

So name your favourite guilty pleasure...

Jersey Shore? Real Housewives? Bridezillas?

We all have one.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Dragon Age: Redemption

Since our newest contributor, Moxie, posted about the release of Dragon Age II (comes out today), I thought I'd remind everyone (and fill in those who are unaware) about Dragon Age: Redemption a web series based on the video games. And since it's a web series, of course the amazing Felicia Day is a big part of it!

The series is due to come out this summer, but until then check out the teaser below:

Monday, March 7, 2011

Dragon Age II Tomorrow!

In case you didn't know, Bioware's Dragon Age II is released tomorrow in North America! YAY!! If you're a dork like me, you've pre-ordered and will be skipping ahead of lines to get your stuff (super yay!). If you weren't aware, you should be as excited as the rest of us. Dragon Age II will extend the story from Dragon Age: Origins and will include a new city called Kirkwall, as well as a new dialogue wheel that will help you determine your dialogue choices (whether they will lead to good or bad relationships). While the first Dragon Age ran through about a two year time span, the second will go over a decade and all decisions made will effect future events (as it should be).

XBox Magazine gave it a 9/10 and the demo was hardly enough to appease me. Must give Bioware thumbs up on my most favorite series of Single Player RPG games, ever!

I'll brag about how much I love it after I pick it up and dive in.

UPDATE: Status = undetermined. I enjoy how the plot changes, and that the fighting is far more intense... but still not suuure.. hm...

Thursday, March 3, 2011

The Dark Knight Rises (Next Year, MAYBE)

(Another co-contributor post by Desi/Moxie)

If you don't know me, I'm one of those people that will know about and obsess over a movie two years before it's released. Like this one. Why? It's BATMAN!!! Batman has been my favorite superhero since I could freaking say Batman. And movies, well..movies are my life. Ask anyone that's had to put up with me in real life. I think it was because my mother wanted me out of her hair, and would go to Blockbuster every day and get me like 3 movies at a time -- until I ran out of good stuff to watch. And then I got HBO in my room. Needless to say, I have issues.

Speaking of issues, I'm excited about another Batman movie. I'm not excited about some of the casting choices. I have always, always hated Christian Bale as Batman, but I can't do anything about it. His voice makes me want to eat nails. But what is my real problem with casting; Anne Hathaway. What.. the... great Batmobile is this about?! (or better yet "Holy Crapshack, Batman!"). Anne Hathaway is NO Selina Kyle (Catwoman, for those who are unaware). If she pulls it off, then more power to her, but right now I just don't see it. She's too freaking gOoFy, which is one of my favorite things about her. I loved her in The Devil Wears Prada. I adored her in The Princess Diaries and I rooted for her in Bride Wars. She freaked me out a little in Alice in Wonderland, but I digress (she has plenty of other films under her belt, but this post isn't about her).

That's enough about the casting negatives, how about the positives? I have one big one.

Gary Oldman. Again. YES! Let's do the happy jig! I love me some Gary Oldman (Air Force One! - Fifth Element - Harry Freaking Potter Movies! and more!). And then we have classics, like Michael Caine and Morgan Freeman. Hurrah!

And where am I as far as having Tom Hardy as Bane? I think there is potential, but I will be watching you, Tom Hardy, with my arms crossed and eyes narrowed. Don't you dare disappoint.

Rumors also include Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Like) and Marion Cotillard (Eh).

If you don't believe me, see the full cast & crew as well as access movie information here, at Movie is expected to be out in 2012.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

The Sims Evolution (PC)

Will Wright was a man with a dream. A dream to make a video game of life-simulation so awesome, that within a month of release 6.3 million copies would be floating around the world by Sim-lovers who were completely hooked. It worked, and we thank him for it even today.

The Sims, published by EA in February of 2000, became the best-selling video game in history and has won several awards, including "Game of the Year". My memory of the initial release was spending 13 hours at a time playing. I was in junior high, so this was not good. From the minute I got home until 2 or 3 in the morning I was up playing this game. Not only was it addicting in itself, but the original Sims was followed by seven expansion packs: Livin' Large, House Party, Hot Date, Vacation, Unleashed, Superstar, and Makin' Magic. Cost-wise, this series is a little over the top, but for information sake, I just picked up the original Sims with two expansions for $1.04 on Ebay, with $3.00 shipping (sweet!).

But wait, there's more:

The Sims 2 was released in 2004 ,and they promised us a real world. In my opinion, they totally delivered. Not only were the graphics way better then The Sims, but the 3D world was a fantastic addition. The Sims themselves became more versatile and customizable then ever before. A huge bonus was these Sims pass through 6 life stages! The babies actually grow up and become old people eventually! That was unheard of in the original game. Like it's predecessor, it also won Best Game of the Year and sold a record 1 million copies in the first week (this has been surpassed -- pretty sure Call of Duty blew everything out of the water). To be honest, I was stubborn about it at first. I was still loyal to the original Sims -- but then they slap you with expansion packs again! 8 of them, to be exact: University, Nightlife, Open for Business, Pets, Seasons, Bon Voyage, Freetime, and Apartment Life. They also created 9 Stuff packs,which are basically add-ons to the game, like additional clothing and furniture. Speaking of which... IKEA Stuff, really? I never used anything from it -- ugly crap. So sorry for buying that one. I think Nightlife is one of those must-have expansions.. because of the vampires. Who doesn't love vampires nowadays?

Feeling pretty high and mighty at this point, Maxis (developers) decided it was time to kick it up a notch.

I'm sorry. I was initially very excited, but found The Sims 3 to be nothing more then an Epic Fail in my book. It's actually TOO much. There is too much game here! They created an open world, but that didn't turn out so well. It's too busy, too much going on. I can't stand it, and neither can my graphics card. When they released this one in 2009, I was all over it. Even got the Collector's Edition (still use the green 4 GB USB though). I played about an hour before it crashed on me the first time -- and the sad part was that I wasn't really upset about it. I hate it even now, with the disc sitting right in front of me. The Sims are ugly as heck, too. They continue to make more stuff for it, with 3 expansion packs (World Adventures, Ambitions, and Late Night) and 3 stuff packs.

Overall, the Sims 2 gets my vote. Cost-wise, it's still up there.. but that's why eBay is our friend. Patches have all been released, so it's not buggy, and the internet is chalk full of gamer-made content to beef up your play. If you've played, then right on, my friend! If not... what the hell is wrong with you!? Even hard-core sharp-shoot gamers should be able to appreciate the Sims environment. You make the game, that's the beauty of it. If I wanna drown my Sim, I'm gonna do it! If I want to create an army of tiny vampire children, I will! Want to see some aliens? So be it! If you haven't seen your Sim electro-cuted or ravaged by cockroaches, then you ain't doin' it right.

Sim-on, people, Sim-on!

Note: For additional hours of Sim-like enjoyment, I know some sweet cheat codes.

(How's that for an initial co-contributor post? :) )