This week brings us some science that is quite weird indeed. Giant robots, deranged surgeons, slutty cyber-vixens, clones and teleportation all prominently feature in the latest batch of Blu-ray releases. My creation, is it real? It’s my creation, I do not know.
SPOILER ALERT! This week’s Roundtable is all about movies ruined by their lousy endings. It stands to reason, therefore, that we’re about to give away those endings. Scan the list of bolded titles and consider yourself warned. Frankly, we wish that we’d been warned in advance before wasting our time watching some of these.
Yes, I know, it’s Friday the 13th today, but we’ve done other Roundtables on horror movie topics in the past. Let’s try to think out of the box this week. With the upcoming ‘Alien’ retro action figures in mind, now seems like a good time to stroll down memory lane and remember other toys we’ve collected that were based on movie and TV properties.
We movie collectors can be an obsessive bunch who often feel compelled to rebuy new copies of films we already own in order to upgrade to a new format, benefit from a slightly-improved video transfer or obtain some new supplemental feature we hadn’t seen before. In this week’s Roundtable, it’s time to confess (or boast) about the movies we can’t stop ourselves from buying again and again.
While so many gamers are still rocking the ’80s electro synth in the neon-colored neo-apocalypse of last week’s ‘FarCry 3: Blood Dragon‘, the flow of new videogames ebbs this week. Fortunately, pinball goes all ‘Star Wars’ on PCs, while mini Mario and Donkey Kong get moving.
May 26th marks what would’ve been the hundredth birthday of Peter Cushing, and the prolific British actor left behind a sprawling filmography for his many admirers to rediscover. A number of Cushing’s most iconic horror films have found their way onto Blu-ray overseas, among them ‘Dracula’ and ‘The Curse of Frankenstein’. As I write this, ‘The Vampire Lovers’, ‘The Brides of Dracula’, and the Dalek double feature of ‘Invasion Earth 2150′ and ‘Dr. Who and the Daleks’ are weeks away from debuting on Blu-ray on one side of the pond or the other. Be it his coldly malevolent turn as Grand Moff Tarkin in ‘Star Wars’ or his countless Gothic horror films, there’s no shortage of ways to honor the life and work of Peter Cushing on the year of his centennial. Rather than stop at merely watching some of the actor’s most beloved movies, author David Miller instead celebrates with the release of his book ‘Peter Cushing: A Life in Film’.
In the short time since we posted the first part of our LucasArts retrospective, Disney has unfortunately applied the one thing that it knows about videogames to the company: full-scale layoffs and product cancellations. Nevertheless, this remains the perfect time to revisit the games of LucasArts.
After over thirty years of publishing and developing videogames, including the majority of ‘Star Wars’ games, LucasArts is in a holding pattern under Disney and may ultimately never release another big game. Let’s look back at some of the developer’s highlights.