What a busy week this has been. Let us skip the usual preamble though, shall we, and get down to brass business.
SHUT UP AND TAKE MY MONEY – Excited gamers everywhere embraced their inner fanboys and girls last week as E3 kicked off. We tuned in from all over the world to salivate over the trailers, previews and reveals that developers and publishers mete out to us in painfully small, but explosive doses. For me, this year’s Electronic Entertainment Expo turned out to be far more interesting than the last, despite the next-gen announcements it heralded. What with glimpses of the new Mass Effect in production, that Dragon Age: Inquisition gameplay teaser and Nintendo seriously stepping up their game-plan with their segment, there was a lot to get joygasmic over. If you missed any of it or want to catch up on the notable parts, the team over at Gamers Sphere provided a very definitive breakdown. Did you catch E3? What are you most excited about?
You know what else started last week!? THAT’S RIGHT, THE WORLD CUP! By the old gods and the new, there’s nothing like a non-stop tournament of sporting goodness to excuse this glorious football binge-watch and the consumption of copious amounts of beer. Events kicked off in Brazil last Thursday, and we’ve been in our element ever since. Despite the noted lack of Ireland, World Cup 2014 has still been an exciting, and wholly unpredictable affair so far. Is your country represented within the 32 nations taking part? Tell me what you think your chances are below!
KHAL DROGO & THE SEVEN SEAS – And now, back to regular old movie news. It was reported last week that Jason Mamoa (Game of Thrones) has been cast as Aquaman and will appear in the upcoming Bats Vs Supe before being added to the Justice League roster. Many find this decision odd, and while I’d agree that it’s an unanticipated move, I think it could turn out to be quite inspired. Neither Mamoa nor his agent have confirmed this rumour, and personally I don’t expect them to. At least, not until Comic-Con.
Mostly all was quiet in TRAILERTOWN this week. Or it was until I had the misfortune of stumbling across the Dumb And Dumber To trailer. It left me feeling nauseous.
NO KESSEL RUNNING FOR CAPTAIN SOLO – Harrison Ford broke his ankle while filming a scene aboard the Millenium Falcon for the upcoming epic, Star Wars: Episode VII. Reports now suggest that Ford may be off his feet for up to two months. The Spew wishes the old rogue a light-speedy recovery, and hopes that Pinewood Studios has good insurance.
It turns out that Guillermo del Toro has been penning a sequel to PACIFIC RIM IN “SECRET”. My initial reaction was that del Toro is obviously a really bad secret-keeper, but then I thought that maybe his intention was to spark fans’ interest, which, in turn, might put some pressure on Legendary Pictures to give Pacific Rim 2 the green light. Del Toro also confirms that characters Raleigh Becket (Charlie Hunnam) and Mako Mori (Rinko Kikuchi) are set to return. Uh… yay, I guess?
And finally, let us take a moment to mourn yet another passing of yet another fantastic season of Game of Thrones. THE BEST THING ON TV (™) closed up shop last night, and their gates aren’t due to reopen for another ten months at least, leaving us with a gaping hole in our weekly viewing and me bereft of anything interesting with which to spark discussion amongst my otherwise boring colleagues. Still though, it was a grand finale, wasn’t it? And a pretty crappy way for a certain GoT daddy to spend Father’s Day.
I’ve had a busy couple of weeks, what with all of the football and season two of Orange is the New Black on Netflix and the fact that for some reason unknown to even myself I decided to play and complete Pokemon X in twenty-four hours without sleeping. As such, it has been a while since I last posted. Not that that’s a bad thing, I did feel the need to lay low a little, what with the tragic aftermath of Bellybutton-gate that [FILM] Pompeii provoked. I will blame scheduling conflicts for the lateness of this week’s Spew. Yesterday wasn’t completely wasted however, as I managed to con my father into doing a special film-related interview that I hope to post during the week.
And so, Sunday Shout-Outs become Monday Shout-Outs! Recently many of us featured in the Oracle of Film‘s Question of the Month segment. This time we took on our least favourite Comic Book Movie. We also had three words each to describe King Joffrey. To celebrate twenty years of Pulp Fiction (omg, I’m old), my buddy NiMac is hosting a Royale With Cheeseathon. So, if you’re a Tarantino fan and want to get in on the cheesy lurve, head on over there. MovieRob and Zoë from The Sporadic Chronicles of a Beginner Blogger are also planning on hosting a special blogathon; this one to focus on the prolific work of Hitchcock. You can get in on that action here.
In the spirit of WC2014, Screenkicker! gives us Top 5 Football Films – World Cup Special, with hilarious team comparisons. And in keeping with the sport theme, Ryan from Ten Stars Or Less drops in on Zoë and gifts us all with the ingenious Superheroes Hockey Team – a dream team line-up comprised of some seriously powerful players.
Curious about A Million Ways To Die In The West? I was, until I read a few of the reviews. Beermovie.net and Digital Shortbread take on Seth MacFarlane’s latest big-screen attempt. I had the opportunity to see The Lego Movie last weekend, and man, everything really was awesome. Three Rows Back summed up precisely how I felt about it. If you’re as excited about How To Train Your Dragon 2 as I am, then Mr. Movie‘s fair and detailed review might just tide you over until you get the chance to see it.
The talented Anna from Film Grimoire struck more than a few chords with her Thoughts on… Jesus Camp (2006). Check it out, it’s a thought-provoking one. Fellow Mass Effect enthusiast Rhio, from Adventures of a Girl Gamer, brought us her take on Watch_Dogs, with style, as per usual.
I’ve lost count of the amount of times that The IPC has been commandeered, but I can’t argue with the results. Zoë’s reign of generosity gifted us with Afternoon Special for the Ladies. She bestowed upon us a post of epic droolage proportions. Fancy a lunchtime snack? Get over there and feast your eyes on that treasure trove of TASTAY. Then came Man of Mystery, Miguel. With many strokes of brilliance, he gave us his Top Ten Favorite Movie Deaths. I don’t know who you are, Miguel, but I like the cut of your jib. Let’s talk.
And so endeth this latest edition of The Spew. Until next time, mes amis, I will leave you with something pugilicious. As is tradition.
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