Please note: I will not be making the obvious joke about this game not being based on the Al Pacino made-for-HBO biopic mini-series on Jack Kevorkian. That’s an easy joke, and we’re above that (no, really, stop laughing).
Most people who owned a PC in the 90s will recognize the name You Don’t Know Jack, or at least the bald head that graced the cover of every YDKJ released. And there were a lot: twelve iterations released in stores between 1995 and 2000. That’s not counting expansion packs, website games, spin-offs, books, and the TV show either. Yes, for about three hours in 2001, there was even a YDKJ TV game show, hosted by someone who’s enjoyed a comeback of his own lately: Paul Reubens. After 2003, developer Jellyvision took a break from the Jack brand to focus on advertising, web design, tax software, that sort of thing.
Now, Jack has returned with the reintroduction of You Don’t Know Jack. The first Jack game since 2003 is also the first to be released mainly on the major consoles; Xbox 360, PS3, and Wii. There is a version for Windows, but it doesn’t have the online capability, and won’t receive any of the downloadable content.
Written by: Brian Nelson, based on a story by M. Night Shyamalan Directed by: John Erick Dowdle Starring: Chris Messina, Bokeem Woodbine, Jenny O’Hara, Geoffrey Arend, Logan Marshall-Green, Bojana Novakovic
My Advice: Matinee for suspense-addicts. Rental for others.
Here. I want you to sit down for this. Are you sitting? Okay, good. And don’t freak out. Here goes. Devil is the first in a new trilogy of M. Night Shyamalan films. Now, see, youâ€™re freaking out and I told you not to! It’s not that bad. He isn’t directing any of them. I’ll say that again. M. Night Shyamalan is not directing, or writing the script for, any of the Night Chronicle films. There, see? It’s not so bad! And it’s safe to keep reading.
If you’re anything like me, if something catches even your slight interest, you need to find out anything and everything about it that you can. Who was that band who does that song? I must find everything that they’ve ever done. Who invented that thing? Wow, I must know how they invent that, and anything else that they’ve invented. I can get lost in Wikipedia for hours. My latest obsession is a bit of a strange one. For once, I decided to write down as much as I can about this obsession before I veer away from it. At least then it’ll serve a purpose for others. What was it this time?
Release Date: May 18, 2010 System: Xbox 360 Rating: Teen Developer: Remedy Entertainment Publisher: Microsoft
A long long time ago, back in the Summer of 2005, a little project called Alan Wake made its debut at E3. The game started development at least four years before that. And now it’s finally been unleashed on the world as an Xbox 360 Exclusive title. This is the first game from Finnish developer Remedy Entertainment since The Fall of Max Payne in 2003. Does the game show its nine year development stage? Has it been worth the wait? Welllll…yes and no.
You play as the titular Alan Wake, a hugely popular crime author, who hasn’t been able to knock out a decent novel in the past year or two. So he does what I’m led to believe all good moody novelists do when they’re suffering a block: vacation to a creepy cabin on a creepy lake in the creepy woods of the Pacific Northwest. Alan is joined on this trip to a generator-powered cabin by his loving wife, Alice, who happens to be terrified of the dark. Not long after the couple arrives at the cabin and get settled in, they have a fight. Alan runs off into the night, knowing she won’t follow him. A few minutes later we hear Alice screaming in terror as the cabin’s generator has shut down. How unlucky is that?! Upon bursting back into the cabin, Alan follows the screams to the deck, where the railing is broken, and we see what appears to be Alice in the water below. Alan jumps in.
Written by: Jeff Buhler, based on the short story by Clive Barker Directed by: Ryuhei Kitamura Starring: Bradley Cooper, Leslie Bibb, Roger Bart, Brooke Shields and Vinnie Jones
My Advice: See it
Clive Barker, genius that he is, hasn’t had the best of luck with film adaptations of his work. Sure Hellraiser was spectacular, and Candyman was pretty damned scary, though not completely faithful… Other than those, few adaptations do his text justice. So I was pleasantly surprised when I saw The Midnight Meat Train, especially given its publicity (or lack there of…more on that in a bit). It’s based on the short story of the same name. It was originally published in 1984 with Books of Blood, Volume 1, and can now be found in the Berkley Trade published Books of Blood Omnibus, Volume 1, which collects the first 3 volumes.