This Week in DVD: 2/7/12

This week on DVD we go nose to nose with Lady and the Tramp, shot for shot in the Texas Killing Fields, word for word with Anonymous, and puff for puff with A Very Harold and Kumar Christmas.

This Week In DVD: 1/24/12

In our first weekly column about upcoming and current DVD and Blu-ray releases, we go toe to toe with boxing robots in Real Steel, ghosts in Paranormal Activity 3, cancer in 50/50, and sex traffickers in The Whistleblower.

Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 Review

Are 12 new characters, additional modes and updates enough to justify a $40 disc release 10 months after its predecessor? How will the changes to the previous characters affect the high-level tournament scene? And what the hell is a raccoon doing with a repeater cannon?

The Muppets Review

While it’s as funny as one would hope a Muppet film would be, the rebooting of this finely-felted gang of friends does have a few fairly big problems. Structurally the film is a bit wonky and the script feels like the result of many different people having a lot of different feelings about the tone of the film. To call a film like The Muppets out on such seemingly trivial issues might sound like the groaning of Statler and Waldorf, but despite any such complaints The Muppets are undoubtedly back at the top of their game comedically.

The Scream Chronicles: Part Two

Most filmmaking is a seat of the pants endeavour fraught with pitfalls and last second changes. Nothing goes according to plan, but more often that not on major Hollywood productions things tend to go more swimmingly. That is, of course, provided that they aren’t making a sequel to one of the previous year’s biggest success stories. Scream 2 stands as a testament to director Wes Craven and writer Kevin Williamson. It’s a film that managed to be almost equally as good as the original and actually far more interesting on an academic level.

RAGE Review

In the last year of development for id’s newest first-person shooter RAGE, you might be forgiven if you thought “MEGATEXTURES” was actually its title. Yet here we are, on the tail end of a promotional tour that made no bones about it: RAGE is the next DOOM. But has id evolved beyond its innovative roots to carve a niche for itself among a market bloated with shooters?

Forza Motorsport 4 Preview

At the Forza Motorsport 4 launch event in Toronto we got a hands-on demo of the game. Forza Motorsport 4, from Turn 10 and Microsoft Studios, offers a myriad of new gameplay, customization, and community options that are sure to entice any racing fan. However, the event highlighted the variety of controllers a player can use to control the vehicles in the game. We had the chance to try out three of the game’s major controller options: Driving with Kinect, using Microsoft’s new Wireless Speed Wheel, and playing with the standard Xbox 360 controller.

TORONTO AFTER DARK 2011

SEPTEMBER 28, 2011: Final 10 Films include Ti West’s INNKEEPERS! Lucky McKee’s WOMAN! Two World Premieres and More! Toronto After Dark Film Festival is THRILLED to officially announce its FINAL WAVE of exciting new Horror, Sci-Fi, Action, and Cult feature film selections that will screen at the festival’s 6th Annual Event this October 20-27, 2011! […]

TIFF 2011 Picks
Part One

The 2011 edition of the Toronto International Film Festival kicks off tomorrow and will run until September 18th. Now you’re going to hear a lot about the celebrities in town, the parties going down and the massive queues, but at the end of the day TIFF is about the movies. And with over 330 movies playing this year, there’s definitely no shortage of films to choose from.

NERD-APPROVED MUSIC

LINEUP: brentalfloss, Cobra, Wordburglar, More Or Les, Peter Project BUY YOUR TICKETS ONLINE: http://nerdapprovedmusic.eventbrite.com/ BRENTALFLOSS A COMEDIAN, MUSICIAN, AND GAMER WHO FIRST GAINED NOTORIETY WHEN HE ADDED LYRICS TO THE TITLE THEME FROM MEGA MAN 3 AND CREATED THE “WITH LYRICS” SERIES ON YOUTUBE. HE HAS SINCE BECOME A FEATURE ON SCREWATTACK.COM AND GROWN A […]

Bioshock Infinite E3 Demo

Irrational Games’ Bioshock Infinite, the spiritual-but-maybe-not-really sequel to 2007’s Bioshock, won multiple Best of E3 awards last month. Now the entire 15-minute demonstration has been posted to the public, and…well, maybe all those journalists and bloggers were right.

Team Fortress 2 is Now Free To Play!

Everyone’s favourite “war-themed hat simulator,” Team Fortress 2, released its “Uber Update” yesterday. Aside from bringing a lot of improvements and additions to the 2007 first person shooter, the game’s developers have announced that it will shift to a free-to-play model which is driven by micro-transactions.

MIDSUMMER ROCKSHOWCASE

SHOWCASE: TORONTO’S DIY VIDEOGAME COMMUNITIES As you may already know, the city of Toronto is home to a patchwork of vibrant, friendly creative communities – this is a city where people who are passionate about film, comics, art, design, technology & music seem to hang out together on a regular basis, producing some cool things […]

Metro: Last Light Trailer

Torontonians might think they have problems with their subway service, but they’ve got nothing on the citizens of Metro 2033, a sleeper hit of a game based on Dmitry Glukhovsky’s novel of the same name. Now, developer 4A Games has released their first trailer of the sequel, dubbed Metro: Last Light.

Hot Docs 2011 Preview Part One

This year’s Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival kicks off tomorrow and runs through May 8. Featuring over 200 films in total, picking which films are worth seeing is a tall order for even the most seasoned fest-vet. With that in mind, allow us to present the first part of our Hot Docs coverage – A selection of documentaries that may just pique your interest.