One of the most ambitious games I’ve played on my PlayStation Vita is the recently released BANDAI NAMCO Games America Inc. title Sword Art Online: Hollow Fragment. A major update was released last week to heighten the title’s MMO simulated, RPG experience.
With the update, gamers can take part in the “Grand Quest,” an eent which gives players the chance to gain a secret special attack. New bosses, monsters, weapons, as well as character interactions with Argo, Sachi, and Kibaou are also available with the update.
I’ll be posting aSword Art Online: Hollow Fragment review later this week, and if you’re a fan of RPG journeys that contain beautifully rendered cut scenes and possess an addictive hack and slash mechanic, this game shouldn’t disappoint.
Below is a selection of what you’ll see with the update:
John Fogerty revisits a seminal moment in his creative life, as his ‘1969’ tour starting November 7 in St. John’s, Newfoundland. Fogerty, who coincidentally is 69, released three albums with Creedence Clearwater Revival(Bayou Country, Green River, Will and the Poor Boys) that year. Although the first leg of his tour will be a coast to coast trek throughout Canada, more countries and dates will be announced in 2015.
The tour’s song selection will be culled from the three ’69 albums but also include his catalog of hits. Fogerty, who as a solo artist is best known for the 1985 album Centerfield, continues to record music. In 2013, he released the album Wrote a Song For Everyone, a collection that featured him covering CCR tunes with various artists (Foo Fighters collaborated with him on “Fortunate Son,” and Kid Rock appeared on “Born on the Bayou”).
John Fogerty’s “1969” Tour Details:
11/7 – St. John’s, NL Mile One Stadium 11/8 – St. John’s, NL Mile One Stadium 11/10 -Halifax, NS Halifax Metro Centre 11/12 – Montreal, QC Bell Centre 11/13 – Rama, ON Casino Rama 11/14 – Oshawa, ON GM Centre 11/15 – Hamilton, ON Copps Coliseum 11/17 – Sudbury, ON Sudbury Arena 11/19 – Winnipeg, MB MTS Centre 11/20 – Moose Jaw, SK Mosaic Place 11/21 – Saskatoon, SK Credit Union Centre 11/23 – Edmonton, AB Rexall Place 11/24 – Calgary, AB Scotiabank Saddledome 11/25 – Dawson Creek, BC EnCana Events Centre 11/27 – Penticton, BC South Okanagan Events Centre 11/28 – Abbotsford, BC Abbotsford Centre
11/29 – Victoria, BC Save On Foods Memorial Centre
Denzel Washington is one of Hollywood’s biggest stars, and his go-to status continues with $35 million opening of The Equalizer. Coming in second was The Maze Runner, which took in $17.5 million, followed by a solid third place opening from the stop motion animated flick The Boxtrolls. Here’s the top 10:
The kind folks at Entertainment One have offered up a Sealed, never opened From Dusk Till Dawn Blu-ray as a giveaway. The series stars D.J. Cotrona, Zane Holtz, Eiza González, Robert Patrick, Don Johnson, and Wilmer Valderrama.
Ubisoft has released a trailer introducing gamers to Far Cry 4 antagonist Pagan Min, the bloodlust driven and power hungry dictator who is described as a “psychopath” and the “best dressed man in Kyrat.”
Having possibly killed his own father to attain even more power, the Hong Kong born Pagan was part of a powerful drug family in the Golden Triangle. Pagan’s sights were set much higher, as he gathered an intimidating army to take over the failed state of Kyrat and become the land’s self-appointed King. The resistance movement known as the “Golden Path” are focused on dethroning the crime lord and restore some semblance of peace in Kyrat.
Far Cry 4 heads to Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, and PC on November 18.
Opening October 3, The Good Lie centers on four Sudanese refugees (Arnold Oceng, Ger Duany, Kuoth Wiel, Emmanuel Jal) who are trying to adapt to life in America. Aiding them in the process is a tough talking, no nonsense employment agency counselor (Reese Witherspoon).
The picture is directed by Philippe Falardeau, a filmmaker who crafted the resonant 2011 drama Monsieur Lazhar. Starring in The Good Lie proved to be a blessing for Witherspoon, who admitted at a recent press conference that the film came at the right time in her career:
“For a few years, I was a little bit lost as an artist – not being able to find what I wanted to do. Making choices that I ultimately wasn’t very happy with. What kind of started this whole string of things that I was doing personally was just getting back to wanting to play interesting, dynamic female characters and when I read Margaret Nagle’s script (for The Good Lie) I was just so moved.”
To hear Reese Witherspoon elaborate on her answer and talk about The Good Lie, please click on the audio clip below:
Rising Star Games previewed several of their upcoming titles last week in Hollywood, and one of the titles that instantly caught my eye wasTulpa.
Being a fan of dark, existential driven narratives, Tulpais a point and click puzzle adventure which centers on two soulmates who drift through a nightmarish and surreal landscape. We were given a brief walkthrough of Tulpa, and one of the many alluring aspects of the title is that that certain puzzles are complete mind-benders, demanding that gamers fully immerse themselves within the organic inner workings of the environment.
Tulpa, which will be available on PC, Mac, and Linux, also has a strong visual sense, and though it is set within a Twilight Zone-esque type realm, it doesn’t ape the oft-copied, silhouette stylings of Limbo or Hero of Many. Instead, Tulpa travels within its own shadowed universe.
Certain puzzles can only be solved by one of the inhabitants of the land, as each of their lovers have their own specified skill set. I’ll be playing the title in the coming days and give an update on the post. But for now, here’s the preview trailer for Tulpa, an eye-catching title that I’m hoping continues to build on its momentum.
Warner Bros. Home Entertainment releases Stanley Kubrick: The Masterpiece Collection, a 10-disc Blu-ray set that includes new Kubrick material, on December 2. Along with eight of the director’s films (Lolita, Dr. Strangelove, 2001: A Space Odyssey, A Clockwork Orange, Barry Lyndon, The Shining, Full Metal Jacket, Eyes Wide Shut), the collection also features the new documentary “Kubrick Remembered”, which captures intimate moments from the reclusive artist’s life.
Retailing at $199, Stanley Kubrick: The Masterpiece Colleciton also contains the new to Blu-ray documentaries Stanley Kubrick in Focus, Once Upon a Time . . . ‘A Clockwork Orange’ and the documentaries Stanley Kubrick: A Life in Pictures and O’ Lucky Malcolm!
Steven Spielberg, William Friedkin, Martin Scorsese, and Steven Soderbergh are among the directors interviewed in Stanley Kubrick in Focus, as they elaborate on how Kubrick influenced their filmmaking.
Last but definitely not least, the set also comes with a 78-page hardcover book which contains film archive photographs taken from Kubrick’s body of work.
Being a middle-aged Generation Xer, anytime someone mentions Rubik’s Cube during an interview, they’ve definitely won me over. Comedian/writer Tone Bell co-stars with Kate Walsh in the upcoming NBC series Bad Judge as Tedward, a fellow co-worker and right hand man to wild style judge Rebecca Wright. In an interview with Yahoo! TV, Bell describes Tedward as a “smart ass fly on the wall.”
With Bad Judge as well as his work on the short-lived series Whitney, Bell’s acting career is gathering momentum. Still, much of his creative foundation lies in writing and honing his chops in stand-up comedy. I asked Bell how he responds if certain jokes don’t exactly land with the audience. “In certain moments, I hope it doesn’t work,” said the actor. “Comedy is a Rubik’s Cube – you know it can be solved, but I just haven’t figured it out yet. So when it doesn’t work, (it’s like) ‘Oh I’m not a savant, I’m not as good as I think I am’ and it makes you go back to the drawing board.”
Below is Tone Bell’s full answer to the question, as he elaborates on why having a few comedic setbacks can actually improve one’s craft:
Land Ho! is one of my favorite films this year, as it’s bolstered by two wonderful performances by Paul Eenhoorn and Earl Lynn Nelson as two retired ex-brothers-in-law who take a spontaneous trip to Iceland.
The film, which hits Blu-ray and Digital HD via Sony Pictures Classics and Sony Pictures Home Entertainment on November 4, has received its share of critical acclaim. Although it didn’t do great business when it hit theaters, this cinematic charmer should reach a much wider audience in the coming months.
Special features included audio commentary from Eenhoorn, Lynn Nelson, and co-directors Aaron Katz and Martha Stephens, deleted scenes, and a Q&A from the LA Film Festival.
Along with its inspired and charming performances, Land Ho! is also a visual feast, as Katz and Stephens made the best of their scenic surroundings. I interviewed the filmmakers several months ago, and they talked about collaborating with cinematographer Andrew Reed on the project.
Clocking in at 95 minutes, Land Ho! is worth a look if you love “road trip” driven films that’s filled with wonderful dialogue and sumptuous backdrops. The score, composed by Keegan Dewitt, is catchy as can be:
If my video interview & the wonderful score doesn’t pull you in, try the trailer: