One might wonder why I don't do this every week. I mean, there are new releases every week, so this feature practically writes itself. Why wouldn't I write it and insure a post every week? Well, one reason, is I often forget to start working on it until it is too late. Other times, Work gets in the way. Sometimes, there just isn't a single new release that I care enough about to waste my time and yours writing about them. This week, I was able to scrounge together 3 new releases, not a single one of them would be more than a single night Redbox rental for me, but there are those that like these things, so... Shall we begin?
Some may already know that I have a love/hate relationship when it comes to Pixar. I either absolutely adore their films (examples Brave, Ratatouille, The Incredibles) or, I absolutely loathe them (example Cars, Monster's Inc.). So is it any wonder that the prequel to Monster's Inc. Is on my list of movies I was uninterested in seeing? The critics, and the rest of the world, did not share my lack of enthusiasm. With a rather impressive 78% on the Tomatometer, the film was not necessarily a critical darling, but it was by no means a critical failure. With a relatively positive standing such as that, it is generally a safe bet that people will enjoy this one. So, if you're a Pixar completionist, or just a fan, this would be a solid addition to any collection. Click on the right for the Blu-ray, or click on the left for the DVD.
Ever have one of those movies that you are mildly interested in seeing, but you miss the showing you were planning on going to, and end up skipping it, to only find out later that the movie was a steaming pile of crap? Welcome to R.I.P.D. a movie that for a change actually made me happy about a traffic jam. Sitting at a lofty 13% on the Tomatometer, this movie was reviled by critics, in ways that Ryan Reynolds has never seen before. I mean that quite literally, it is his lowest rated movie on Rotten Tomatoes! This one might end up getting picked up at the Redbox just so I can do a little WTF Review later on.... If you want to see Ryan Reynolds and The Dude in a movie that will likely make you hate them both with a fiery passion, click on the right for the Blu-Ray, and on the left for the DVD.
What can I say about Assassin's Creed? This is the type of game that I want to love. A fairly open world, full of murder and intrigue. Yet, I can't get into them. Frankly they bore me. As the series progresses, the ideas become less and less appealing. I would not doubt that soon, we'll have a futuristic Assassin's Creed because... well... why the hell not, it will just require slapping a new skin on the same basic game engine, and taking 60 bucks from the fans. Like the Call of Duty games, or movies like Paranormal Activity, this is a game that is made not for the sake of the art, but rather as a quick method for the studio to print money. So, yeah, if you are one of the rabid fans, you likely already have your collector's editions in your hands, and have been playing it long before this post even went live... But for the rest of you who might be slightly curious, click on the right for the PS3 version, or on the left for the XBOX 360 version.