Video Game Review: Tokyo Jungle (2012)

Tokyo Jungle (2012, Sony)

‘Jungle’ is absurd, yet fun Nevin P. Jones | Collegio Writer I stalked my prey from the high grass. Just me and a pack of five fierce Pomeranians. With the six of us against one animal, I had no fear. I believed my pack would succeed no matter what the cost, but that was my first groan-inducing mistake. I jumped from the grass and watched in horror as I found myself attacking a full grown panther. I imagined my teeth must have felt like a raindrop to such a massive creature. Within seconds I was dead and the panther feasted on my fluffy Pomeranians’ remains. Moments like this are not rare in “Tokyo Jungle,” and…

Album Review: Muse – The 2nd Law (2012)

"The 2nd Law," Muse (Warner Bros.)

Heavily influenced and subtle like an A-bomb, 4/5 stars Carl J. Bachus | Collegio Writer The word “epic” gets thrown around a lot these days, but after Muse’s sixth studio effort, there is no denying that the British alternative rockers’ LP is just that. The new album, “The 2nd Law,” might not be as straightforward thematically as their last release, “The Resistance” in 2006, but it is a similar, yet broader beast, with influences ranging from Queen to Bachman Turner Overdrive to Skrillex. The album is enormously filmic and large in scale. The first track, “Supremacy,” opens with a loud, floor-shaking percussion that slowly morphs into tightly wound militaristic drums that back frontman Matthew Bellamy’s…

Album Review: Green Day – ¡Uno! (2012)

Green-Day-UNO

‘Poppy as hell, profane for no reason,’ 2.5/5 stars Carl J. Bachus | Collegio Writer Loud, angry and laced with pseudo-political commentary, Green Day has been a staple of modern punk since its breakthrough album, “Dookie,” in 1994. “¡Uno!,” the band’s ninth studio effort, manages to touch all of the familiar bases but miss the mark with each track. Gone is the fun of 2000’s “Warning” and the rock opera antics of “21st Century Breakdown” and the listener is left with a forced, empty-sounding collection of songs that leave so much to be desired that you have to wonder why they even bothered. The album opens with “Nuclear Family,” a raucous yet disposable track that…

Film Review: Dredd (2012)

Karl Urban ("Star Trek") as Judge Dredd in "Dredd" (Lionsgate).

“Dredd” revival tries too hard, 3/5 stars. Todd Miller | Collegio Writer After last week’s disappointment, I was treated this week to a well-handled action movie that heralds the beginning of the fall-winter movie season. That movie is “Dredd.” “Dredd” is a revival of the “Judge Dredd” character from the British comic of the same name from the magazine, “2000 AD.” A Judge Dredd movie was released in 1995, starring Sylvester Stallone. Although “Dredd” is not related to its 1995 counterpart, it is a reintroduction of the character to more contemporary audiences and certainly an improvement over its 17-year-old cousin. “Judge Dredd (1995)” was a fairly decent film, but was overplayed and silly enough that…

Movie Review: Resident Evil: Retribution (2012)

Alice (Milla Jovovich) dispatches a zombie in "Resident Evil: Retribution" (Screen Gems/Sony, 2012).

‘Retribution’ adds nothing to series, 1.5/5 stars Todd Miller | Collegio Writer The big summer releases are behind us and the holiday season releases are still a month away, meaning new releases right now are mostly shallow tripe, like “Resident Evil: Retribution.” The film is a sequel to “Resident Evil: Afterlife,” and it is part of the “Resident Evil” series. “Retribution” makes this clear, spending the first 20 minutes recapping the whole series and showing a battle that should’ve taken place in the previous movie … twice. After the battle, Alice (Milla Jovovich) finds herself captured in an unknown location, where she is interrogated by Jill Valentine (Sienna Guillory), a former ally who seems to…

Video Game Review: Mark of the Ninja (2012)

The eponymous ninja in "Mark of the Ninja" (Klei Studios, 2012).

“Best stealth game in years” Nevin P. Jones | Collegio Writer Recently, stealth genre video games have lacked gameplay that actually focused on stealth. Too often, stealth games have begun to cater to the “Call of Duty” crowd, focusing more on player empowerment than the feeling of vulnerability that a true stealth game should have. It is fitting that the most recent title to be a stealth game is called “Mark of the Ninja,” because it leaves an indelible mark on the genre. Klei Entertainment combines the graphical flourish of its action-oriented “Shank” with the finesse of a stealth platformer to make the best Xbox Live Arcade title of the year and the best stealth…

Music Review: Dave Matthews Band – “Away From the World”

"Away From the World," Dave Matthews Band (RCA).

DMB’s fresh take on old sound Carl J. Bachus | Collegio Reporter Nearly four years after their last album was released, the Dave Matthews Band returns with their eighth studio offering. “Away From the World” boasts some of the bands most inventive tracks since their sophomore effort, “Crash.” The album is produced by Steve Lillywhite, and it is his first collaboration with the band since 1998. The album first two tracks, “Broken Things” and “Mercy,” wouldn’t sound out of place next to “Crash Into Me” or the big and brassy “Belly Belly Nice,” which has a nice fiddle solo by Boyd Tinsley. The midsection provides listeners with the one of the album’s best tracks, “Gaucho,”…

Video Game: Mass Effect 3: Leviathan (2012) review

Mass Effect 3's new downloadable content (DLC), "Leviathan" (2012, Electronic Arts).

Nevin P. Jones | Collegio Writer ‘Leviathan’ storyline outshines gameplay, 3/5 “Mass Effect 3: Leviathan” is the first downloadable content for ME3 that costs money to play. It is an extra side quest for the single-player campaign that takes about three or four hours to play in its entirety. “Leviathan” contains some big revelations about the origins of the Reapers, and Bioware had enough story twists to keep me enthralled long enough to finish the extra missions. “Leviathan” starts when Commander Shepard boards the Normandy and checks his personal computer, finding an urgent message from Admiral Hackett, who requests Shepard’s presence at a new lab in a separate section of the Citadel. There you find…

Lawless (2012) review

Shia LaBeouf stars in "Lawless" (2012, The Weinstein Company).

Todd Miller | Collegio Writer Period drama lacks focus, 2.5/5 stars If you’re tired of the same old tripe in action movies, “Lawless” offers a nice reprieve for the casual moviegoer. The film is set in Prohibition-era Virginia and focuses on the Bondurant brothers Forrest (Tom Hardy), Howard (Jason Clarke) and Jack (Shia LeBeouf), who operate a successful bootlegging business. The Bondurant brothers are one of several groups of bootleggers in Franklin County, and all of them make a comfortable living selling the illegal substance. District Attorney Mason Wardell (Tim Tolin) wants a cut of the profits and sends in special agent Charlie Rakes (Guy Pearce) to negotiate, and inevitably threaten, the bootleggers of Franklin…

Hit & Run (2012) review

Bradley Cooper, Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard in "Hit & Run."

‘Hit’ a smash Todd Miller | Collegio Writer When I think about action movies, explosive, angry cinematography and an angst-ridden, angry, desperate or antihero protagonist comes to mind. “Hit and Run,” however, gave me a nice reminder that action movies don’t need to be essentially visual noise. It presents the audience with a sympathetic and slightly non-traditional main character, in a romantic movie coated with an action movie shell. “Hit and Run” is focused on Charlie Bronson (Dax Shepard), who has been in the witness protection program for four years, and his relationship with his girlfriend, Annie Bean (Kristen Bell), a college instructor who teaches non-violent conflict resolution. Annie gets a job opportunity at a…