The game takes place in a post-apocalyptic 2033 wherein most of the world has been left in ruins and humanity has all but fallen to a zombie-like rage virus. The 40-something battle-hardened Joel meets up with teen survivor Ellie, as they overcome seemingly impossible odds in this intense, heartfelt action game. Concerned fans may find some solace in the fact that the game’s creative director Neil Druckman will be handling script-writing duties while other aspects of the film will be overseen by other members of the Naughty Dog. Better yet, the film will be produced by Evil Dead and Spider-man vet Sam Raimi under his Ghost House Pictures moniker.
Of course with the project in such an early stage, no casting decisions have been made- though expect the internet to explode with silly rumors over the coming months.
The Last of Us will be distributed by Sony’s Screen Gems with no release-date announced as of yet.
Rewind to 2000 and remember the angsty chugging chords and high-pitched synths of songs like “Crawling”, “Papercut” and “One Step Closer”. Picture the sea of fans at a concert dripping with sweat and hair product from their frosted-tip spike cuts. Remember the patches on backpacks, anime fan videos and countless remixes…this is the image that Linkin Park has never quite been able to shake. Album after album, single after single, be it post-2000’s U2 sounding adult contempo radio singles like 2007’s “Shadow of the Day” or experimental post-industrial concept albums like 2010’s A Thousand Suns, they have made steps to move beyond the glory days of nu-metal.
Today, the band surprised fans by pulling the curtain back on a new single that sounds like nothing they’ve attempted before. Instead of an orgy of electronic sounds crafted from a Macbook, the band sheds their overproduced sound with gritty guitars and an opening melody that tells me they’ve been listening to a lot of power metal. By the time Rakim jumps in with a guest verse, I had completely forgotten about CGI whales and spiky-haired kids screaming at each other. It may not convert haters to fans but kudos to Shinoda & co. for trying something far beyond the safety net of their past.
If you are between the ages of 20 and 45, watch anime or use the internet at all, you’ve probably been exposed to the latest anime craze sweeping the globe: Attack On Titan. Attack on Titan depicts a world which may or may not be post-apocalyptic, in which the remaining population of humanity are confined inside massive walls for fear of being devoured alive by freakishly blank-faced humanoid “titans”. The series pulls no punches and is guaranteed to disturb you on some level. Here’s a trailer if you’re curious.
Did I mention it’s on Netflix now? Yeah it’s on Netflix now.
This brings me to Shizzy Sixx, an aspiring rapper who likes to tackle various animated series and video games for his raps. Given the show’s massive popularity, it should come as no surprise that he picked ‘Attack On Titan’ as his latest subject.
As I said, Shizzy has covered a variety of geeky series and what’s more, the guy can actually rap. Really well. I want to give him a proper shout, I hope he starts getting more recognition soon. He deserves it.
Anyway…The initial leaked trailer for the 2014 ‘Godzilla’ eerily quotes Oppenheimer’s “destroyer of worlds” speech as wide shots pan over dead bodies and charred cities, suggesting that the original message behind the first Godzilla film will be at the forefront of the reboot – Godzilla is nature’s punishment to mankind for all the war and destruction we have caused throughout history. ‘Monsters’ director Gareth Edwards also promises that the film will be darker and more grounded, bringing the monster to a modern audience without losing the spirit of the original.
It’s important to keep Godzilla grounded and close to the source material.
This all sounds great so far but you’re still not excited are you? Who is going to star in this thing? What actor has the chops to match up against a monster so large, it could rest it’s chin on the Statue of Liberty? Who could possibly bring a sense of fear, intrigue and intimidation to a human audience when the movie is about a giant lizard with a death-ray breath?
Bryan Cranston. Yes, that Bryan Cranston, the greatest actor in the past decade of television.
And if that’s not enough for you, watch the new spine-tingling trailer for 2014’s new Godzilla film and tell me he doesn’t absolutely KILL it:
The old “This came out 10 years ago, I feel old”. I see these posts on social networking sites often, usually on Reddit. I myself cannot claim innocence in this regard, as I tipped my hat to anime classic Cowboy Bebop just last month. It doesn’t matter now though, because it’s 2014 and I officially feel old. Why is that?
Because 1994 was the year that I fell in love with music.
Yep, 20 years ago.
Growing up I was fortunate enough to have my ears nurtured and groomed by Led Zepplin, Fleetwood Mac, James Taylor, The Beach Boys, Carol King and of course, The Beatles. It’s easy when you’re a kid. Your parents pop in their favorite record or cassette tape on a warm Saturday afternoon, you fall asleep to Mister Mister playing on some adult contemporary station in the backseat as your parent’s van as they drive you home from your friend’s house or maybe you had that fantastic little Fisher Price radio. You know the one…
Tell me you didn’t use this bad boy to sing Bobby Brown’s “Every Little Step” at the top of your lungs, envisioning a crowd cheering for you.
…oh you didn’t? Yeah, no, neither did I…
1994 is when things changed for me however. I was heading into middle school, assembling my own rag-tag group of friends that looked like they were ripped out of an episode of Step By Step. Seriously, we had a “Cody”. Our “Cody” used to be the first one to exclaim “Dudes, have you heard this song?”. Which had us all clamoring to find our own music to obsess over and expose to the group. Mine was The Offspring’s Smash.
I’ll never forget the moment I first heard these guys. I was at a laser tag event for the Sunday school group my parents made me join. I despised that group of kids …in ways that I probably shouldn’t describe in a public essay that has my real name attached to it. This laser tag event was probably the only time I was actually happy to be part of the group- these impertinent upper-crust stiff-necks were about to get a taste of my angsty preteen fantasy-vengeance. I still remember all the kids stationed behind their recharge posts, the count-down clock ticking away as the room filled with mist from the dry ice machine. My back was against the wall, my chest tightened under the plastic scoreboard shield strapped around my body and the sweat started to bubble up from under my Darkwing Duck hat. Then I hear it…the rhythmic clinking drums, the subtle, sneaky guitar riff and suddenly-
I don’t remember who won or lost that night. It didn’t matter. That song was all I needed to throw myself into the battlefield like I was Carl Weathers in The Predator. I felt tougher. I had never heard anything like it and I wanted more. I fruitlessly begged my parents for days, until a relative finally snuck the album inside a shirt as part of a birthday present (thanks Aunt Lisa).
From that moment on it was non-stop. Green Day, Weezer, Nine Inch Nails, Stone Temple Pilots, Pearl Jam, Alice In Chains. All of these were released in 1994 and they all still remain in my music collection. These were the albums that got me through middle school, inspired me to keep drawing and made me want to devour as much music as I possibly could. Dookie, Smash, The Blue Album got me obsessed with rock, and though I was a late bloomer, eventually Nas’s Illmatic and Gang Star’s Hard to Earn would play an integral role in my love and fascination with hip-hop.
More importantly, I was discovering this on my own. I was deciding for myself what I liked and how I wanted to spend my own money my parent’s money and gift cards.
Seriously, take a look at what came out that year.
Yes, these records are 20 years-old, but they played such an important role in my life that I feel more warm-nostalgia and less grumpy-“I’m aging too fast.” 1994 was a great year for music. It all holds up for me. Nas still sounds incredible when he flows over menacing piano plinks about the darker days of New York City on Illmatic. Tales of anger, boredom and lust spazzing through buzzing riffs on Green Day’s Dookie bring out a younger, rebellious voice.
So many songs from this era still blend in beautifully with my current playlists. I can easily transition from the gothic harmonies of Bone Thugs to Kendrick Lamar’s soulful re-collective story telling on Good Kid, M.A.A.D. City. Cake’s gloomy dry crooning on songs like Jolene ease pretty nicely into The Shins’…gloomy dry crooning. 311’s funked-out dance hall grooves still compliment any summer day just as naturally as Weezer’s sappy melodies blaring at a late night party will cause the room to start singing along.
Seriously, if this song comes on during a party and no one makes a horrid attempt to duet with Rivers, you’re hanging out with the wrong people.
But it all comes back to 1994 being the year that my world was blown open. I was exposed to a cavalcade of new ideas and sounds that excited me, causing me to branch from each artist into something new. Discovering Green Day made me curious about punk music, bringing me to learn about T.S.O.L. and the Buzzcocks. It also gave me a taste for speedy licks and heavy guitars, preparing my palette for anything from the Deftones to Queens of the Stone Age. On the same token, the bubbly melodic instrumentation and thoughtful lyrics of R.E.M. warmed my heart to welcome bands like Neutral Milk Hotel and Modest Mouse. And I’ll definitely say that Nas and Biggie spawned my insatiable love for rap music…because I’m going to lie and pretend that it wasn’t Kris Kross.
It’s just amazing to me that when I listen to this stuff now it still brings forth many of the same feelings and sensations that I felt 20 years ago. That seem feeling I had when that I first heard the words “you gotta keep ’em separated”.
These records mean a lot to me, I feel they have truly aged well.
Seeing Superman fly for the very first time was something that inspired me to fantasize and daydream about the impossible, to imagine and conceptualize possibilities that were otherwise beyond my comprehension. Through the confused and often-frightened mind of a young preschooler, Superman made me feel like I could become a great person.
I know that I’m not alone. I know there are thousands of others out there like me- maybe it wasn’t Superman. Maybe it was Wonder Woman or Peter Pan. Or perhaps it was Sailor Moon or Goku. A child’s exposure to fictional super-powered figure that stands for justice and cares for the people of the world is a special moment, one that peels back the roof of a child’s limitation. A single, seemingly insignificant moment that has the potential to snowball into anything from becoming a teacher, an artist or just providing emotional support to those who are in need.
In this video, you’re watching that very moment happen for the first time. We are seeing this child’s world change before him. Notice his mystified eyes, watch him pump his fists up in the air. It’s an amazing thing to see.
Maybe I’m just a geek with a big imagination but I really believe that every child wants to become a Superman.