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Lego’s “CLONE WARS” game is even better than the original SW Lego game. It perfectly captures the impromptu style of adventure the animated series is known for. Among the things that are noticeably improved over the original SW game is the music & visually impressive & creative boss fights. They involve multiple duels in different settings each with a unique twist. Surprisingly however one of the best things about this game is the inclusion of a Galactic Assault mode. It’s a seemingly simple yet challenging RTS battlefield where you have to take out enemy artillery with all sorts of weapons & vehicles at your disposable but in LEGO form which makes its twice as fun. This game is in many ways the runt of SW games. It may not be Battlefront or KOTR but as far as a Lego game is concerned this is among their very best. Grade A-
My Night with Marilyn.
By: Daniel Barroso
On Wednesday January 10th, my girlfriend and I went to the highly anticipated Marilyn Manson concert. It was highly anticipated because he was supposed to perform at the Arizona State fair in October, but due to some technical, and health issues Mr. Manson had to reschedule. What had happened is he had two giant prop guns that were hanging on the stage that were used as set pieces. What multiple media outlets have stated, and reported is that at one point he climbed unto one of the set pieces rode it like a horse, rocked it back and forth, jumped off, and continued to give his performance. However, during mid song, the set piece became lose, knocked him in the back off the head which caused Marilyn to fly off the stage, and hit the guard railing where he broke his ankle. In panic, the band continued to play for 15 minutes before the ambulance carried an unconscious Marilyn to the ER.
Following these events, the rest of the North American tour titled “The Heaven Upside Down Tour” named after his newest album was rescheduled (all tickets were honored at the rescheduled date for those who were still interested in seeing him. Due to the accident, the concert was also moved to a bigger venue so more tickets were sold). Phoenix was the first city on the rescheduled tour so you could tell fans were excited. With original tickets being honored, and additional tickets being sold, this was a sold-out show, and it was a packed house. The venue it got moved to was “The Van Buren” which is a new music venue that opened its doors August 2017. The Venue holds about 1,800-2,400 people which is not bad. It also features a “Mezzanine” level which allows for a better view of the stage and GA pit. If you’re there solely for the performance, and don’t really want to dance (since the venue also hosts EDM shows) or want to get shoved around while people try to get closer to the stage, then I would recommend paying the extra money so you can enjoy yourself and get the Mezzanine area since it is an elevated open concept balcony that leaves plenty of room to walk around, dance if you choose to, and last but not least it is also a seated section. For this show I would have been fine with either the Mezzanine, or the GA Pit. The GA area was not bad, it did just suck at certain points because I’m a guy who is 5’6 and I had trouble seeing the stage due to everyone around me being significantly taller. No one at this show was too rowdy which was a plus. I did get taken out of the element in certain points just since other attendees shoved me out of the way so they could get closer to the front. Just a few more complaints about the venue would be with such a big artist like this why put him in a venue that is so intimate? To be honest I feel like it was a disservice to both the fans, and the artist. At a place so small, I wouldn’t mind seeing someone like “The Pretty Reckless” since they’re still an Indy upcoming band.
After a bit of waiting around, and a few drinks in 9:15 PM hits, the pre-recorded intro starts, and we hear Marilyn say “Phoenix, fucking sing it!” the curtain drops and there he is in a motorized wheel chair with an upside down cross. At this point I thought that he was going to perform sitting down the hole time which I had no problem with, but the next song he talks to us a bit saying how he got fucked up from his stage antics, and once he’s done with story time he stands up to sing his next song. After that song he sits back down, and the band automatically plays into the next song. The band, and of course Marilyn were all fantastic even with Marilyn having to alternate between songs from standing to sitting since his foot was still in a half cast, and I can’t even begin to imagine how much pain he was in by putting pressure on hit foot. My complaint with the show is that maybe he jumped the gun, and should’ve waited until he fully healed to kick off the rest of his tour. Some song transitions did drag due to the fact that he had some costume changes, or there where set changes and the band had to clear out, and then come back on stage once the set pieces, or props were set in place. The set was a nice mix of all of his hits, and a few of the newer stuff from his new album. I will add that I felt robbed, and I say this because in the other cities before the accident they performed a total of 20 songs including the encore, while we only got 14 including the encore, and yes it may be a bit insensitive for me to complain about that but we had tickets to see this band perform, I was hoping to get the same courtesy/show they gave other cities, and once again is why I wish he waited to full recover. Overall it was a good time, and surprisingly his voice held out through the entire performance. Another reason why I’m going to rank this show a bit higher than other concerts is because Marilyn had three big things happen on this tour: 1) His longtime guitarist/bassist was accused of sexual misconduct so Marilyn fired him. 2) his very good friend, and one of the founding members Daisy Berkowitz passed away after a long tough battle with cancer. 3) Marilyn became injured and had to postpone the tour. Taking these things into consideration I will give this show 6 beautiful people out of 10 beautiful people.
A Scientific Study in Both Plot Holes and Human Robot Love
Space… the final frontier. While the crew of the Enterprise (in both Abrams-verse and original) were out discovering and boldly going, the crew of the Teleios were tasked with retrieving a special compound from another ship that was meant to save a dying Earth’s atmosphere.
When we meet our brave adventurers, who are genetically altered prefect humans called GC’s, they are just waking up from a stasis nap of about 3 years, don’t worry– after watching this film you feel like you joined them in their rest. Right off the bat I was impressed with the actors (which includes the awesome Sunny Mabrey sans snakes), but am completely thrown off by the constant and endless tilting and shifting of the camera angle. While I understand this was to emulate both the Abrams false movement from the first Star Trek reboot, and give us perceived motion, all it really did was create some dizzying moments. It is one thing to have a sense of constant movement and another to literally never stop twisting the camera. If you have very sensitive motion sickness I would avoid this movie at all cost or else you will be shouting KAHNNN from the bathroom.
After adjusting to the endless movement of the camera I was actually really engaged in the first plot the was given to us– yes, I said first. This movie was building up a story about a mysterious substance and how they will stop at nothing to recover it, even after finding the ship they were supposed to pick it up from was completely trashed. Once on the ship they find Lulu, an android, and O’Neil, the last surviving crew member who was crazy and listening to “Gwar”… for some reason. (Side note, they felt the need to point out the band and really let the music play out and I have no clue why. It never comes up again.) After some “convincing” and more mishaps this plot about the compound falls apart and melds into a psychological thriller about the GC’s and why these perfect humans all of a sudden feel emotion. They then leave that behind for the ending, which I won’t spoil, and never really come back to the compound after a weird stab at trying to get it to fit in there. Overall, there were three plots and only half a conclusion.
Plot holes and metal bands aside, the actors, set designers, and graphic artists really knocked it out of the park. When the plot and camera angles were steady you felt engaged and cared, though they were few and far inbetween. The crew for sure gets some Vulcan snaps for a job well done.
So is this a Star Trek film, or at least feels like one? Yes, but not in the good ways. Exposition was drawn out and made it feel like the actors had to give us a play by play to help us follow along. The crew was one dimensional and were barely introduced, so when things started happening you felt nothing for them. Lens flares were used in obsession and the constant rocking makes this movie hard to watch.
This movie was a bit boring and had no follow through, so for that reason I give this 3 Vulcan mind melds out of 5. But make your own conclusion when this ship launches from the starport on September 5th.
“The reason you’re afraid of clowns” and any ice cream shop with a guy named Pops
By Leonard Torres
What do you get when you cross a clown, a horror movie, and a buddy comedy starring a red balloon with bipolar disorder? This movie. . . The one in the title.
ClownterGiest, produced by High Octane Pictures and directed by Aaron Mirtes, is the story of Emma, a college girl who is just trying to deal with her horrible coulrophobia (Yeah, I looked up the proper term for fear of clowns, I take this that seriously). She must come face to face with her worst fear when an evil spirit in the body of a clown is summoned to terrorize the town she calls home. One by one, Emma and her friends receive a balloon with the exact time and date of when it will appear to kill them. After receiving her balloon, Emma realizes that she has two days left to live, and must fight against the clock to find a way to survive.
The movie opens with the murder of a woman who, all intents and purposes, seems to have a serious internal bleeding issue and was probably happy to be no longer spitting up blood. . . Though she does come back and, well, spits up more blood while blaming her dad for her death at the hands of a possessed immortal clown. I blamed my parents for a lot of things in college, too.
The movie uses an old urban legend as its opening scene. The one where a person is home alone, usually a babysitter, and asks to cover the creepy clown statue only to be told run out of the house by the owner because… WE DON’T HAVE A CLOWN STATUE! Except in this one, she dies and the cops do not catch the intruder.
We find out that this demon clown marks its victims with red balloons (IT), and also enjoys licking people (Decisively not IT). While this can be creepy, especially the licking, it seems that we get a lot of red helium text messages from our evil spirit– which makes these balloons less of a fear inducing, pants pooping foreshadow of the danger to come and more of a funny way to take a prank too far. Emma is startled awake one night and finds one of these shiny red death bringers in her bathroom, along with what was once her dog.
Now getting serious here, the movie has some technical issues. Audio is a bit all over the place and we get to see the crew in windows and during long two-shot dialogue sequences. There are continuity issues, but nothing so terribly distracting that it take you out of the film. The creators of this film built a one road town but that road has some creepy freakin people in it that have a very interesting way of deal with the looming clown threat– by not dealing with it until the thing is attacking them. The film has its tense moments and its well timed jokes, but does lack the polish and overall dark undertones major horror films have.
As for the acting, it actually is pretty okay at times. Emma’s friends, Heather and Jonah, are decent– with Heather being a scene stealer at times because her comedic timing and high strung attitude over shadows Emma’s quiet and meek nature. Then there is ice cream shop owner who. . . Well, he is something to pay attention to. The actor who plays Pops delivers a creepy performance and is pretty darn good for an indie actor. I feel the need to mention that any ice cream shop owner who only hires college kids and asks them to call him “Pops” is basically asking young people to call him daddy, and the people of this town don’t seem to be alarmed by this which explains the ignoring of the clown problem as well.
Our evil clown is creepy until he comes on screen. At that point we need to question the direction the that was taken with his movements, vocals, and overall look really. The clown spends most of the movie going between walking like a zombie, walking like he spent the last month riding a horse to catch up with his posse, and crawling around like a monkey– with the occasional clicking noises and hisses. When you actually see him it’s very disappointing, but, in brief glimpses he can be a bit unnerving. Sadly, and I do mean sadly, most of the creepy moments are quickly turned slightly ridiculous with the over exaggerated movements and the lack of subtlety.
Overall, this is a fun, and at times creepy, indie horror film and is recommended to be watched with a group of people who enjoy a not so serious horror flick. I give this a 6 out of 10 emo red balloon.
If you’re interested in watching ClownterGiest it will be available VOD on September 12th. Now then, I’m going to go destroy anything in my house that is clown related, and I suggest that you do the same.