In this stylized remake of the original Arnold Schwarzenegger movie we have Colin Farrell taking the role of Douglas Quaid. Douglas is a factory worker that is troubled by reoccurring nightmares and one night he decides to try a place called Rekall – a company that provides fake memories. His life is turned upside down when things don’t go as planned. Total Recall is a huge action/adventure that takes place on a post-apocalyptic earth where only two countries remain. In order to get to each country the government created a massive underground elevator called “The Fall”. Total Recall is full of promise, but it never lives up to its predecessor. It ultimately feels like an unnecessary remake of a much better film.
Evan (Ben Stiller) is a man that appears to have everything he could ever want. Evan has a career that he loves, a wife that loves him, good friends, and a terrific house in his quiet stereotypical suburban neighborhood. Shortly after we are introduced to him things start going array. He takes it upon himself to start a neighborhood watch because a local resident gets brutally murdered and the police weren’t doing enough to catch the killer. He enlists Bob (Vince Vaughn), Franklin (Jonah Hill), and Jamarcus (Richard Ayoade ) and one evening on patrol they get more than they bargained for. That’s basically The Watch in the nutshell. It’s a simple story that has potential to be a very funny but the jokes are too few and far between. There are laughs in The Watch, however most of the jokes fall flat. Some of the best scenes are in the trailers, and if you choose not to see this movie you wouldn’t be missing too much.
The Lost Level family sends its deepest condolences to the families of the victims in Aurora Colorado. These horrific actions were a disgusting blemish on what should have been a night of celebration and absolute fandom. For the fans of Christopher Nolan’s Dark knight series last night was the icing on the cake, a final encore to a trilogy so dear to our hearts. To hear that someone took this opportunity to invoke pain and suffering on others is truly appalling. Since the event I have watched my news feed(s) swell with the typical reactions to these types of tragedies, media outlets all looking to try to put their own personal spin on the coverage. Unfortunately, just like clockwork you see the typical trolls in the media take this type of event and impose their own personal reasoning, and ideas on why this type of thing happens. Sure enough, it wasn’t very long until I heard the “violence in our movies and video games” excuses transpire. In the next several weeks we will see everyone interviewed from witnesses that were there, to the man living on the corner 20 blocks away. People will come forward for their 15 seconds of fame and say they knew the gunman etc… By doing this we give the people that do these actions exactly what they what. Attention.
Please acknowledge the tragedy for what it was, and realize just how horrific it is, but don’t encourage people to exploit these types of actions for their own personal agenda.
Our thoughts are with those families right now.
*Please note that this post is strictly the opinion of one of the members of Lost Level, and not the opinions of the Lost Level, its partners, bloggers, or anyone loosely associated to Lost Level.
Do you know what you would do if you had 21 days left before the end of the world? Within the first 10 minutes of Seeking a Friend for the End of the World I began to think about what I would do with my last 3 weeks. Dodge, played by Steve Carell quickly realizes that his life isn’t at all as he had thought it was. With the world coming to an end Dodge is alone, and his friends offer him little to no support. They are too busy doing things like throwing parties and letting their inhibitions run wild. So Dodge decides to open a shoe box of his memories, he seems content with reflection rather than trying to fulfill any last hopes or dreams. Enter Penny, a young and very charismatic girl played by Keira Knightley. The two of them decide to pair up and travel to their separate destinations together. Seeking a Friend for the End of the World is portrayed mostly as a comedy in the advertisements, but this movie has a lot of heart, and I was pleasantly surprised by the charm, and the character focused story.
It’s here… I don’t know about you, but I’ve been nervous about this coming out since they announced it. The internet uproar regarding the original ending to Mass Effect 3 caused so many conversations here at Lost Level. We’ve talked about the ending to death on podcasts, the round table, and just between ourselves. There’s one thing we all can agree on, Bioware didn’t have to make this. They shouldn’t have. They ended the game the way they intended, and considering all the choices a player gets to make across the entire trilogy it stands as one of the greatest accomplishments in gaming history. No matter what Bioware did to end the story of Shepard there was simply no way to please everyone. Bioware gave us to option to choose between three different fates of Shepard at the end, but more importantly they gave us the chance to let our imaginations fill in the remainder.
I believe in the ‘indoctrination theory’ and it is something that has been dissected across forums, and on youtube. If you never heard of this theory I am attaching my personal favorite documentary regarding this theory after the break. If you have time I want you to watch it and understand that if this is what Bioware had intended from the beginning then all the people fighting for a better ending will have to eat crow. If on June 26th Bioware “expands on the endings of Mass Effect 3 through additional scenes and epilogue sequences” by telling us that the indocrination theory is correct, then this will be the best video game ending of all time.
I believe Shakespeare said it best when he said Snow White and the Huntsman is full of sound and fury, signifying nothing. Walking into this movie I was actually fairly excited to see it. The trailers looked great; however my only reservation was Kristen Stewart. She isn’t the fairest one of them all, and her vapid facial expressions are absolute scene killers. There are moments where she is supposed to convey innocence, and strength. The only emotion on her face was confusion and I was sitting there thinking the same thing she was, ‘Why was she cast in this movie’? Her moment to rally the troops against the queen was so poorly executed that I was beside myself in disbelief at just how bad it was.
Battleship happens when a studio head goes on a month long bender and Hasbro has the incriminating photos of their wild escapades. It’s the only way to explain this movie. When you think of the source material one does not simply think “this has to be a movie” as they play the board game. Battleship is meant to be a mindless summer blockbuster starring a couple guys from Friday Night Lights (Taylor Kitsch and Jesse Plemons), and Rihanna. It has a ton of marketing behind it, and just enough recognizable talent to peak some movie goer’s interest, but ultimately Battleship sinks fast with uninspired writing, and lifeless actions scenes.
The Walking Dead: Episode 1 – A New Day is one of those games that I really was unsure about when it was first announced. The reason was because I didn’t know how I felt about yet another zombie game coming out. Our society is so obsessed with zombies, and they are everywhere in our media nowadays. It’s just a genre that has been done to death. So, when I heard that they were making a Walking Dead game my initial reaction was the obvious, “That makes sense based on the popularity of the show.” That was immediately followed by an eye roll. I fully expected a half-assed first person shooter that was based on the TV show, and not the comic. I was completely surprised by this episodic game. It is phenomenal.