Tag: 2013

The Worst Video Games of 2013

We have reached the end! A new year and a new set of video games and movies to review. But naturally I can’t just go diving into 2014 and not go over everything that has happened in the realms of video games and movies during the 2013 year. So this week is going to be dedicated to wrapping up 2013 in one perfectly tied bow. I will be doing an end of the year list of the 5 Best and Worst Video Games and Movies of 2013. Seeing as how I still have one more movie I want to watch of 2013, I decided that I would go ahead and finish off the Video Games, starting with the Worst Video Games of 2013.

But before we get into the list, I want to reiterate that this list is made up of Video Games that I personally played this year! I’m sure there are plenty of games that are far worse out there that I have yet to stumble across. But sadly if I did not play them, then I cannot critique them. With that being said, let’s get into our one dishonorable mention and then the 5 Worst games of 2013! Continue reading “The Worst Video Games of 2013”

Tanner Reviews Movie 43

215px-Movie_43_posterIt has been a year now… A year since the release of what is without a doubt one of the worst movies ever made. I heard of how horrendous Movie 43 when it first came out in January of 2013. But in my mind I simply could not believe what I was hearing from other critics. Exaggeration sometimes comes with the territory when dealing with critics, I’ll admit it. So when I was reading ‘one of the worst movies ever made.’ I had a hard time believing the rumors… And then I saw it… It took me a long time to see it but by the time it popped up on Netflix I gave it a go and after seeing it… Yeah this abomination is easily one of the worst films ever made period. Even then I feel like the term ‘worst film ever made’ does not quite do it justice. Please trust me when I say with no hyperbole… This is honestly one of the worst movies ever. Continue reading “Tanner Reviews Movie 43”

Tanner Catches up for the End of 2013 with 4 Mini Reviews! (Warm Bodies, Dead Island Riptide, Pacific Rim, After Earth)

So it is December 29th! Two days before the New Year and I am still behind on reviews! Seeing as how this is the case and I know for a fact that I will not be able to get to them all by the start of the New Year, I decided to take three movies and one video game from the year of 2013 and condense them into 4 mini reviews. Just so I can get my opinion out on them by the time I close out the 2013 line up. With that being said I will also have three more reviews coming out before I finish up 2013 after this. So without further ado, I give you the three movies and one video game I didn’t get a chance to get to review before the end of the year.

220px-Pacific_Rim_FilmPosterPacific Rim

If someone were to ask me when I think of the term ‘popcorn movie’ what is the first movie that comes to mind… Without a seconds hesitation I would say Pacific Rim. This film is the culmination of why people go to the movies. At the end of the day, we can talk about the narrative, we can talk about the effects, we can talk about the art form, and we can talk about anything else. But when it is all said and done you go to the movies to be entertained and that is what this movie does.

I was so worried going into it that Pacific Rim would just be another Transformers and Battleship clone. Instead, what I got was everything those movies WISHED they were and subtract everything that made those movies horrendous. It truly is an experience to watch. Because sometimes you just need to watch gigantic robots fighting huge monsters.

Final Score: 4/5

200px-Warm_bodies_book_coverWarm Bodies

I’m just going to chalk this up to the fact that this movie is not for me. I do not like Warm Bodies in the slightest. I do not think it is funny, I do not think it is cute, I do not find it in any way redeemable, and I sure as shit do not find it romantic… But then again I do not like zombie comedy movie and I especially do not like zombie rom com movies. Zombieland is a very rare exception of a zombie comedy that I like. But on the whole I hate them. I like my zombie movies serious, sue me!

So maybe I am a little biased when it comes to a movie like Warm Bodies but I just have nothing nice to say about it and would hope something like this never comes up again.

Final Score: 1.5/5

DeadIslandRiptideDead Island: Riptide

Not only was Dead Island: Riptide a colossal disappointment, it made it even worse by being a colossal disappointment to a terrible game. Dead Island and Dead Island: Riptide in my opinion is one of the worst zombie video game/movies ever made! It is nothing more than a Left 4 Dead clone, that has horrible AI, horrible graphics, horribly glitched, and a really good trailer to suck you in and take your money.

What makes Dead Island: Riptide even worse than its predecessor is the fact that it is the same damn game! It has the same bad graphics, same bad AI, and same glitches! They fixed NOTHING! Even after creating an abysmal game, they still had a fan base of people who wanted a sequel and they promised a much better game. But Deep Silver and Techland just put out the same half assed game and expected people to play it!  With that being said, this game is in serious contention for Worst Game of 2013.

Final Score: 0.5/5

220px-After_Earth_PosterAfter Earth

This movie truly is something special. It is a Hollywood Train Wreck if I ever saw one and it is glorious! This movie is horrendous. Everything is horrible, the effects, the acting, the script, the lighting, the effects, the catering, and out of all of it, it has blossomed into a wonderful film of badness. This is one of those movies you watch on bad movie night. Because it won’t make you mad, it won’t leave you frustrated, or hating life. You will be laughing so hard that your sides will split open.

Will Smith is at his absolute worst in this movie and his son is even worse than he was in the past. It is pretty wonderful. If you want to see a Hollywood vanity project nose dive into an open field with burning bits and pieces of film scattered among the wreckage… Look no further than this. Go see it, seriously. You have to see how bad this movie is.

Final Score: 0/5

Well that is it for this edition. I have three more reviews before I start the 2014 year. American Hustle, Killzone: Shadow Fall, and one of the worst movies ever made Movie 43. I look forward to it and thank you for reading!

Tanner Reviews Carrie

Carrie_Domestic_One-sheet… Jesus Hollywood… Have you really ran out of ideas? I mean, have we really reached this point where we just can’t tell stories anymore that we have to keep rehashing the old timeless classics in these over stylized remakes that always ALWAYS come across as stupid and unnecessary. The 2013 version of Carrie may not be the worst remake ever made… In fact if we are simply talking about remakes I would say that it is one of the better ones created. But at the end of the day and when it is all said and done, the only thing that will be remembered about this movie is that it was an okay remake that could not even come close to being as good as the original Brian De Palma classic and the Stephen King novel from which it was inspired. Continue reading “Tanner Reviews Carrie”

Tanner Reviews Saints Row IV

SaintsRowIVDo you ever see one of those films or played one of those games that everyone loves and just can’t get enough of and even you yourself can admit that it is a good film/game… But no matter how much you try to see the reason of it, you just can’t help but hate it with every inch of your being… That is me with the Saints Row series. I have played the games and tried my hardest to see the merits. The interesting route the series has taken, the great visuals, the tight gameplay, and all points in between… And then I think of how much I hate it! How much I hate every inch of the game and how I hate the zany and tongue in cheek story line. How I hate the excessive sex jokes and innuendos. Continue reading “Tanner Reviews Saints Row IV”

Tanner Reviews Far Cry 3

Far_Cry_3_PAL_box_artMy first experience with this game did not come with playing it first hand, but instead watching a play through of this game being played by the people of Video Games Awesome. When I first saw the trailers for the game it did not look like something I would enjoy and the play through online did not look like a lot of fun either. After Video Games Awesome finished their walk through to the conclusion I decided that even though every sense in my mind was saying this is something I would hate, I couldn’t help but see the comments saying that even though the story line was not very satisfying but gameplay was a redeeming quality to the game. So… That being said I decided to give it a shot and rented Thursday to see how I personally felt about the game. Continue reading “Tanner Reviews Far Cry 3”

Tanner Reviews The Great Gatsby

TheGreatGatsby2012PosterWell hello Ole Spor’! I just popped down to my local theater to see one of our greatest US tales told through the eyes of director Baz Luhrmann… And wow wasn’t this a beautifully polished turd.

I suppose it is what I was expecting from Luhrmann. Make no mistake, I am not a fan of his films. He is a decent theater director and definitely had a theater eye for cinema. Everything seems pretty, everything seems polished, and stylized. But my God there is just not enough there besides the visuals to go on. His best film by far was Romeo + Juliet and that is mainly because Shakespeare’s writing was there for substance, not his. Continue reading “Tanner Reviews The Great Gatsby”

Tanner Reviews Tomb Raider (2013)

TombRaider2013When I first saw that they were creating a prequel to Tomb Raider, one of the best games of all time and staring everyone’s favorite buxom fortune hunter Lara Croft I will admit that I had my reservations.

Generally speaking and from my own personal experience I have never seen prequels to be a good thing… at all… for any media… There are some decent sequels out there, some damn good ones, and some that are so good that they overshadow the original premise. But good prequels are even fewer and far between. I rarely see a ‘decent’ one and almost never see a legitimately good one. Usually there are forced retcons and details that completely changes the whole dynamic that the game, film, TV Show, Comic Book, or whatever. I did not feel that Tomb Raider would be the exception to that rule. I thought my best expectation was that it would be like Resident Evil 0. It would be a decent game, with decent graphics, and okay play through but eventually would be lost to time and overshadowed by much better games in the franchise. Continue reading “Tanner Reviews Tomb Raider (2013)”