The Expendables

Stallone has still got it. This movie is pure 80s action, refined into a carefully manufactured hit. This movie ticks all the boxes. Big explosions, fantastic set piece action scenes, boss fights and one hell of a final action scene.

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Scott Pilgrim vs The World

The world has seen enough of Michael Cera being an awkward loser. This movie is his fitting swansong. Hyperkinetic, with an impressive visual style, it lacks any real depth, so take it for what it is – a movie based on a comic book in a video game style. I wanted to like this movie more than I did.

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Dragon Age: Origins

I spent a lot of time, way too much time, playing this game. It is very very long. A bit of an old school fantasy RPG game, it really doesn’t work all that well on a console. If you were remotely interested in this sort of game, I’d recommend you play it on a PC instead.

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Halo 3: ODST

I’ve always liked Halo, and I could probably blame Halo on my current video game addiction. Before the release of the original Halo, I enjoyed video games sure, but the addiction truly set in thanks to the Halo series. ODST is pretty much an expansion to Halo 3, a side story, and its Halo-ness means that naturally it’s a great game.

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Movie Fail or Win? Thor

Aside from Iron Man 2, it would seem that movie studios have eased up quite significantly on their comic book movie titles in 2010, and aside from “Inception” the year has suffered for it in terms of the quality of its “blockbusters”. That looks to be remedied in the next couple of years with the impending releases of “Thor”, “Captain America”, “The Green Lantern” and “The Avengers”. Perhaps the break was a good thing to help people catch their breath.

As an avid comic book super hero fan, I am looking forward to these movies with great anticipation, however, lets face it, these titles are B-grade heroes at best. Sure, Iron Man has shown that if a film is well made it doesn’t matter what the status of the hero was in his comic book form, but I do wonder about the broad appeal of these upcoming titles.

So it was a pleasant surprise for me to see the extended Comic-Con trailer for “Thor” which is due out early next year. This particular property seemed challenging to make in any kind of grounded form – remembering that in conjunction with “The Avengers”, it is supposed to be set in the same world/universe as the “Iron Man” films which are somewhat grounded. This trailer made me feel better about the potential of this movie, but didn’t leave me all that convinced that it would have mass market appeal. What do you think?

See the bootleg trailer on YouTube