One of the last two was a fake film, one isn’t. Guess which one.
Going into last night a lot of fans had expressed their disappointment in what started as a really solid UFC debut in Calgary on paper and quickly turned into arguably the most injury plagued event in the companies history. I believe it was somewhere in the neighborhood of nine competitors withdrawing due to various injuries affecting every single main card bout. Still in the past the UFC has managed to flourish in this situations and typically produce cards that deliver despite not looking the strongest on paper. Plus there were still some intriguing stories heading into the event.
So I am playing Fatal Frame 4 on the Wii. Actually, I guess I am technically playing Zero: Tsukihami no Kamen, because that is what it is called in Japan and they inexplicably never released it here Stateside. I am playing a fan-subbed version translated by some rather passionate fans of the series, and it is bad ass.
Before anybody says anything about this being old news, allow me to say I am well aware of that. I just don’t care. I haven’t played it, so it’s new to me. I am what hardcore gamers hate: the casual gamer. I have had more fun playing Wii games than anything I have played on the 360*. I mean for real: Punch Out!, the Metroid Prime pack, New Super Mario Bros. Wii, Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz… The Wii is the shit. Hell, Donkey Kong Country Returns is the greatest game of this generation. Plus, the Wii has the Homebrew Channel and a massive homebrew community. That community made it possible for me to play Fatal Frame 4. Fuck the bullshit, that trumps everything the other consoles can offer. It took me ten minutes and a copy of Super Smash Bros. Brawl to have my Wii playing ROMS of every NES, SNES, and Genesis game ever made. You want that on a 360? I hope you know how to solder.
*This is a boldfaced lie. Pac-Man Championship Edition DX on the 360 is easily my favorite game of all time.
Australian Film “The Loved Ones” will finally get a U.S. release on Sept. 11th. Been hearing about this film for some time so looking forward to finally getting my hands on it. I’ve heard it’s quite the fucked up film and any movie being billed as “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre meets Sixteen Candles” has my attention right away.
The Campaign (2012)
Adam McKay may not be directing this time but I’m a sucker for all the films him and Will Ferrell have worked on together so this is a no brainer for me.
The Punisher: Dirty Laundry (2012) - I don’t know where to start about how awesome it is Thomas Jane made a damn fan film because he loved the character so much. I am one of the few that thought Punisher: War Zone was great, mostly due to Dominic West’s portrayal of Jigsaw. But Jane was the best Punisher of the three (the other two being Dolph Lundgren and Ray Stevenson, in case you ever needed to answer a trivia question or something). Apparently, the reason for that was pure love of the character if this is any indication.
On a side note, I have never really thought about it but I think The Punisher films are my favorite comic book adaptations. I loved all three. Anybody who has anything negative to say about the 1989 version with Lundgren and Louis Gossett, Jr. is stupid. That is all.