BEST TRAILER EVER? Suicide Squad Official Trailer Hits!

Posted in Comics, Movies, My Stuff on January 21st, 2016 by thelonegamer

Trailer Perfection.

Yesterday, the first (the SDCC video was a teaser) full trailer for DC Comics’ Suicide Squad hit, and it certainly has become a HIT. Not since the amazing trailer for Sylvester Stallone’s Cliffhanger have I seen a trailer so perfect.
This early, on the strength of this magnificently-edited spot, people are already speculating this flick to be the blockbuster comic book flick of the year. Set to the gloriously upbeat rock classic Bohemian Rhapsody, the trailer features a wealth of screentime for more members of the titular Squad (whereas the SDCC teaser focused more on Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn, Will Smith’s Deadshot and Jared Leto’s Joker), showing characters Captain Boomerang, Killer Croc, The Enchantress, El Diablo, Katana, Slipknot and Rick Flag.

The spot doesn’t give away too much (unlike the now-infamous Superman V Batman X Wonder Woman spot), but gives us just enough action and teasingly mysterious bits to have us all gagging with giddiness. It’s still quite far away (August 2016) but hell, I think I can just keep watching this trailer forever. I just hope that the final movie is just as fun as this spot lets on. But hey, even if it isn’t… it’s already a riot.

Justice League: Gods and Monsters Chronicles is Live!

Posted in Action Adventure, Anime, Comics, Fan Service, Fantasy, Movies on June 9th, 2015 by thelonegamer

It’s Batman VS Harley Quinn in the first Gods and Monsters Chronicle.

In preparation for the release of the latest DC Animated Movie, Justice League: Gods and Monsters, Machinima will be posting several animated shorts- Gods and Monsters Chronicles- on Youtube. Each one will feature on one of the three iconic DC Superheroes- Batman, Wonder Woman and Superman- in their ‘new’ incarnations.

This week we see the new Bats in action- this isn’t your usual Billionaire with a Troubled Past- nope, THIS Batman is a bit more… feral. In fact, he’s an actual bloodsucking vampire. Which I guess makes him a perfect match for the action in this first Gods and Monsters Chronicle episode, ‘Twisted’. This 5-minute short throws Batman into a deadly fight with a much more brutal and murderous Harley Quinn.

Though the animation and art style is still pretty cartoony in the Bruce Timm style, it’s a couple of notches more gruesome than your usual TV fare, with some rather disturbing mementos found in Harley’s fridge, and corpses making up most of the scenery in her dank abode- heck, I think this Harley would make Hannibal Lecter cringe.

With action and a bit of fan service amped up in this debut episode, I am quite interested in seeing what lies in the rest of the Machinima eps, as well as the full Gods and Monsters feature flick. For now though, check out ‘Twisted’ for some bloody good Bat-on-Bad Girl action.

Constantine TV Series looks… Awesome!

Posted in Action Adventure, Comics, Constantine, Fan Service, TV on May 12th, 2014 by thelonegamer

Finally a Constantine series true to the comic?

The first time I saw a live-action adaptation of the popular Hellblazer comics, it was with that movie with Keanu Reeves. Now, admittedly it wasn’t a horrible film, though of course fans were likely immediately turned off by the casting. Well, that won’t be the case for the upcoming TV series from NBC based on the DC Vertigo title.

Constantine starring Matt Ryan, a blonde British actor, looks to be true to its page-turning roots. The trailer looks quite intriguing and has all the magical abracadabra and Constantine acting all like an arse that you’d expect. Looking forward to this!

The Lone Gamer Reviews Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Posted in Comics, Fan Service, Fantasy, Movies, My Stuff on March 31st, 2014 by thelonegamer

The First Avenger returns for what may be the best Marvel movie yet.

I’ve been a fan of Marvel Comics for most of my life, but honestly, never been much of a Captain America fan. It’s not that I didn’t like him- he just seemed to be the least interesting. He really didn’t have much in terms of powers- just lots-better-than-normal strength and speed, combat training and, well, that shield. Panels, or even the early movies that tried to portray Steve Rogers, could never really properly show how badass the character could be (well, the same could be said of any superhero). The first Captain America movie was a pleasant surprise to me, warming me up to the character just as much as Iron Man and Downey did with that hero. The Avengers made me like Cap a lot more. This film made me a bonafide fan finally.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier is a very interesting hybrid of film- supposedly its a Superhero flick, but the characters pretty much seen are on the non-superhuman (or just semi-super, as Cap is) side of the power scale. With the prime focus being on Cap and his relationship with SHIELD, the world’s ‘Good’ Spy Organization, it’s as much techno-thriller or espionage action film than your usual tights and capes movie. It’s like James Bond on steroids.

The opening, with Captain America (Chris Evans) and the Black Widow (Scarlett Johanssen) going on a Hostage Rescue/Kick Terrorist Butt mission on a hijacked SHIELD ship sets a good tone to expect of the film’s action- lots of super-fast, super-brutal hand-to-hand melee that is freakin’ awesome. What I said about Captain America never looking badass before? The first few seconds of him storming the ship and taking out mercs second by second sets that up. The fight with Batros the Leaper (an old Marvel villain, btw) hits it out of the park.

From there, things start rolling and there’s never really a dull moment. Steve Rogers is still not cozy with SHIELD’s way of doing things- to say it is ‘Pro-active’ would be putting it lightly. It keeps him at odds with Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson), SHIELD’s pragmatic director. But it soon becomes apparent that there’s more working behind the scenes than even Fury was aware of, and it soon ignites in a violent assault by enemies unknown that soon puts Captain America behind enemy lines in the middle of his own country.

I don’t want to post any spoilers about the storyline, save that it’s smart, quite updated to today’s war on terror vibes and has lots of twists and turns that will keep you guessing for a while, as well as nods and references to past movies in the Marvel series that will make you gasp, smile and feel glad that you watched them all. There’s action all over the place, great character exposures from not only Cap but Black Widow (Man, Scarlett is at the top of her game in this one) and in particular Nick Fury (FINALLY we get to see the world’s Top Spy kick ass) the newly-introduced Sam Wilson AKA Falcon (Anthony Mackie) and more. Perhaps sadly the least developed is the titular Winter Soldier (played by Sebastian Stan), but man does he look goddamn badass and scary everytime he shows up.

Engaging and exciting throughout with an explosive endgame, Captain America: The Winter Soldier is among the best of the Marvel Comics’ movies to date- easily this is one I can watch over and over for all the cool action and the twisting story and the tons of cool characters. It just makes me want MORE. Keep it up, Marvel. You’re doing great.

TIP: Do not miss the mid-credits scene. The end credits scene is a bit disappointing though. Oh well.

The Lone Gamer’s Iron Man 3 Movie Review

Posted in Action Adventure, Comics, Game-related Events, Movies, My Stuff on May 15th, 2013 by thelonegamer

About a week or so ago, I was fortunately able to catch Iron Man 3 in a theater despite me utterly detesting the idea of crowding into a cinema these days- well, little chance of that, seeing as how during the movie’s first week of release, pretty much EVERY theater was showing Iron Man 3. Still, after a week of opening I still sat in a full house watching the third installment of the Iron Avenger’s adventures. So, is the third time the charm?

To set up some things though, I have to say that while I am quite the comic geek, I have never been an Iron Man fan. Never bought a single issue of the comic(s), never really liked the character (although I am familiar with his story and background) and liked him even less after the Civl War comics arc. Well, that all said I absolutely LOVED the first film, and consider it among the best superhero films out there. The second film, while entertaining, not as good- it just felt scatterbrained, here-and-there and a bit, well, by the numbers.

And now, Iron Man 3 (directed by Shane Black). The film opens up with a flashback showing Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr.) with scientist Maya Hansen (Rebecca Hall), the inventor of Extremis, an experimental treatment meant to enable regeneration of the body from crippling illnesses or injury. They meet Aldrich Killian (Guy Pierce), a handicapped scientist who invites them to join his company, Advanced Idea Mechanics (Dun-Dun-DUUUUN). Stark balks at the offer btw kicking sand into the disabled Killian’s face. Yep, that won’t bite him in the arse years later.

The film snaps back to present day, some time after the events in The Avengers (the movie nicely references the previous Marvel blockbuster with various bits- watch it if you haven’t, duders). We then learn that Tony has gotten a bit of trauma after the Chitauri Invasion- apparently getting almost trapped in another galaxy with evil aliens can do that- so Tony’s been moping about and spending all his time building Iron Man suits- enough that love interest and current Stark Industries CEO Pepper Potts (the ever-lovely Gwyneth Paltrow) is feeling friction. Meanwhile, America is under siege from a Bin Laden-esque terrorist mastermind known as The Mandarin (Ben Kingsley) who is able to trigger devastating bombings without leaving trace evidence or leads for the authorities (and presumably military drone strikes or SHIELD agents) to follow.

This inevitably leads to the Mandarin’s terror attacks hitting Tony where it hurts, and throws the billionaire superhero into the crosshairs of an elusive, deadly and deceptive enemy. Soon Tony Stark is on the run, without his armor or his bucks to help, and everything he loves and values is endangered by a seemingly unstoppable foe… where are the Other Avengers when you need them??!

Fortunately, despite the odds, TONY STARK is well in control of the situation- yeah, with the help of a kid sidekick on occasion and his own super brainy skills. It all makes for a pretty engaging, well-paced and often humorous action thriller and easily the best of the Iron Man trilogy for me.
What makes the movie work for me, yet again, is Robert Downey, Jr.’s Tony Stark. Once again, Downey’s fast-talking, often bratty but always likable and funny but flawed protagonist is a joy to watch, follow and root for, more here than in any of the previous movies. I think it’s here that we really get to see the stuff that Stark is made of (not of wolves and snow, mind you). For a good part of the film Tony is out of his super-powerful armor, and has to contend with situations using just his brain and normal brawn. Granted, he’s a freakin’ genius and in pretty good shape but still, it’s a refreshing change that this time it’s more Man than Iron. That said, the many situations where Tony uses his armor- often in parts- make for imaginative and cool action sequences.’

The villains this time are bigger in scale than the previous baddies and threats in the previous films, and I guess it necessitates the big finale battle that reminds me of the old school Bond films where a large good guy cavalry comes to help save the day. The enemies do look and feel quite dangerous and formidable. I do recognize that many viewers, particularly comic fans, will be disappointed or even dismayed at how the Mandarin was portrayed- but I actually found it quite neat.
SPOILER WARNING. Yeah, it may have made for some cool visuals to have Ben Kingsley whip out his Ten Power Rings but can there really be any other conclusion than Iron Man punching the lights out of the poor old dude? I think the whole reveal of the Mandarin AKA Trevor Slattery comes from left field and Kingsley’s performance was darn hilarious and pretty memorable. END OF SPOILERS.

Aside from pretty cool CG and stunt setpieces, I enjoyed how true to the rest of this series this third installment and finale was. If you loved either the first or both earlier films, this will please you immensely as well. I found it tremendously engaging, entertaining and a wonderful watch.

I’ve read and heard all sorts of rumors of Downey not coming back to the franchise after this, though we clearly will see him back as Stark at least in Avengers 2. With Iron Man 3 pretty much (no surprise to me) breaking the box office worldwide, Marvel would be stupid not to demand RDJ back in The Suit indefinitely (hey, it works with a certain Pirate Lord of the Caribbean). Downey isn’t just the actor who plays Tony Stark- he IS Tony Stark.

Anyway, if this be the end or not, Iron Man 3 is a great capper to what I feel is easily perhaps the best superhero trilogy you can watch. If you haven’t already, catch it in theaters and enjoy the ride. And STAY after the credits, of course.

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D Assemble!

Posted in Action Adventure, Comics, Fan Service, Fantasy, Movies on May 15th, 2013 by thelonegamer

Coulson’s back for some Marvel-ous TV action.

Here’s the first trailer for Joss Whedon’s small-screen baby, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., an upcoming TV series based on characters from Marvel Comics and their series of films. Headlining the show will be Clark Gregg, reprising his role as Agent Coulson- last seen previously seemingly biting the dust after getting impaled by Loki in the Avengers movie.
Well, as in the comics, dead people don’t always stay dead, and Coulson’s apparently alive well after the events in the film (screw the haters- I am glad to see him back). I’m kinda sad that they let this cat out of the bag so early, but heck- if they want the series to have cred, genial but awesome Phil’s the man to lead it.

Backing Coulson up will be a handpicked team of agents, and they’ll be taking on super-powered cases; I’m thinking it will be kinda like a mutated, super-powered mashup of X-Files, Men In Black and Mission Impossible- all of which make me feel warm inside. And you can tell this will have waaaay more action than that fizzledud called Heroes a few years back. The trailer looks good with a healthy bit of humor and snappy banter you’d expect from something of Whedon. Can’t freakin’ wait for the show’s debut this fall. For now though, bask in the trailer. Wheee!

FINALLY Played The Walking Dead: The Game…

Posted in Comics, DLC, Gadgets, Game-related Events, Gaming, iGaming, iPad, Mobile Games, My Stuff, The Walking Dead, Zombie Games on January 3rd, 2013 by thelonegamer

The Walking Dead’s protagonists: Lee Everett and Clementine.

… and wow, that was pretty fantastic.

Yeah, yeah, I’m a bit late to the party. This game’s been out for months and months and already won a gazillion game awards, including Game of the Year from several game sites. Truth be told, I made it a point to get this game once all the episodes were available, but even then, while I already owned it for quite a while, the opportunity to actually PLAY it didn’t come till recently. I really don’t think The Walking Dead is a game (or perhaps an experience?) you can just pick up and play. You have to be ‘ready’ for it; you have to commit to playing/digesting it, and once that’s in, it’s just like watching an extension of the TV series.

I’ve so far only played the first episode, “A New Day”, and well, it’s certainly impressed me. I have the iPad version, which runs great and looks fabulous. The touchscreen controls are very intuitive and easy- moving protagonist Lee around and interacting with things is quick and painless. The atmosphere and tone is perfect, the artwork (which is based more on the comics) is great. Anyone expecting a Resident Evils shoot ‘em up or action game will be a bit disappointed- this is a slower, more deliberate title, an adventure game more in line with Point-and-Click classics.
This isn’t so much about surviving zombie attacks as it is about interacting with the other, live humans around you. It doesn’t hold your hand in these interactions either- you mold the game as you play, mostly via dialogue choices that will affect how other characters look or treat you. Off the bat I played Lee like myself- mostly honestly, and that earned me a stern talking-to that cautioned that I’d better be a better liar. Yikes! At certain points though, your choice will majorly affect the game, and you’ll have to live with the consequences.

After playing through Episode 1, I’m still digesting the experience, and building up the ‘mood’ to continue. Episode 2′s already on the Pad and ready to play. One problem is that it takes so darn long to download new eps, and the darn DL can’t be paused or continued if something botches it up. But I’ll get to playing this through to the end eventually. Hopefully before next year? We’ll see…

Death and Return of Superman Short Film!

Posted in Comics, Fan Service, Movies, Uncategorized on February 7th, 2012 by thelonegamer

Fast Tube by Casper

Max Landis and friends make a funny.

Truth be told, as much as a comic fan I am (or was), I never really got into Superman. I have many friends who see him as the Paragon, the greatest, the best, the ultimate- but he just comes off to me as okay. I liked the movies, but can’t stand that last one. Oh, and I never read the actual Death of Superman comic. Never. Which is why watching this hilarious, sorta-drunk and cameo-filled short film by young director Max Landis (son of John Landis, Director of Chronicle) relating, roasting and deconstructing the Demise and Subsequent Resurrection of DC Comics’ Flagship Superhero was not only entertaining but enlightening. Check it out. Treats include the really cheap but somehow awesome production values, the wealth of cool cameos (stay till the very end, dudes) and perhaps the best superhero film I’ve seen recently. Check it out!