Poll Results: Best Sam Raimi Film

This one came down to the last day, but we ended up with another tie:

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THE RESULTS:
– Army of Darkness: 8 votes
– Spider-Man 2: 8 votes
– The Evil Dead: 7 votes
– Evil Dead II: 6 votes
– Spider-Man: 5 votes
– A Simple Plan: 2 votes
– Drag Me to Hell: 2 votes
– Oz the Great and Powerful: 2 votes
– The Quick and the Dead: 1 vote
– Crimewave: 0 votes
– Darkman: 0 votes
– For Love of the Game: 0 votes
– Spider-Man 3: 0 votes
– The Gift: 0 votes

I must say I am a little surprised to see Army of Darkness at the top. I know it has a large cult following, but I didn’t fall in love with it like I did Evil Dead 1&2. Also interesting to note that Oz the Great and Powerful is already receiving votes — guess I should check that one out, eh?

This Week’s Poll: Now here’s a question I am surprised I didn’t ask before. It’s another pick two: What is Alfred Hitchcock’s best film? I could have easily went with a pick three or four here due to the size of the man’s filmography, but we’ll stick to the usual. What will you be voting for? The newly-christened “greatest film of all time”, Vertigo? The timeless horror classic, Psycho? How about often-overlooked classics like Notorious or Rope? Let’s hear your thoughts!

Have a great week everyone!

Video Game Review: Marvel Pinball [PS3, 2010]

Marvel Pinball [PS3, 2010]

Marvel Pinball
System: Playstation 3 (Xbox 360, iOS, Android, PlayStation Vita, Nintendo 3DS, Wii U, PC)
Genre: Pinball
Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment
Developer: Zen Studios
Release Date: December 14, 2010

Last month’s free game for Playstation Plus users was Marvel Pinball, an attempt to capture the Marvel comic book world into video game pinball form. The main package comes with four unique tables, and includes the option to purchase more if desired.

The tables are based on four of the most popular Marvel characters: Wolverine, Spiderman, Iron Man and Blade. Each character’s table has its own quirks and features, as well as its own theme to separate it from the rest. Every hero appears in their table, and enemies pop up to wreak havoc as well. Between the villains talking trash and changing the table’s dynamics to the pinball flying wildly to well-concealed areas of the board, there is a lot going on at any given time.

In fact, this can be too much of a burden on occasion. As the characters wander about and tweak the elements, it can sometimes be difficult to see where the ball is actually going. The tables look cool as hell, and I like the fact that they are so well-designed, but a greater emphasis should have been placed on making sure everything was clear.

Marvel Pinball [PS3, 2010]

That’s not to say that the game plays out poorly. The table physics are outstanding, and it feels like a real pinball game would. Hell, there is even an option where you can tilt the PS3 controller to shake the table in the game! The amount of detail that Zen Studios put into this game is remarkable.

Even though it can be hard to keep track of the ball from time to time, Marvel Pinball can get pretty addicting. I wasn’t expecting much from this title, but there were times where I found myself playing for hours just to see if I could beat the scores of my friends. The leaderboards are great in this regard, and there are options to play head-to-head and online if you would rather go that route.

Naturally, fans of the Marvel universe and/or pinball games will get the most out of this, but it won’t be hard for casual gamers to get hooked as well. Marvel Pinball is a solid little timewaster, and a good appetizer in between major games.

7.5/10

R.I.P. Randy Savage

Today is a sad day for the world of entertainment. “Macho Man” Randy Savage, a former professional wrestler and occasional movie actor, died in a car accident at the age of 58. “Mach” was a major part of my childhood, and I am very saddened to hear of his passing. I grew up watching pro wrestling, mainly on weekends with my father, and Savage was always one of my favorite wrestlers. He was incredibly charismatic and could have a good match with anyone, plus he had one hell of a gorgeous manager (his real life wife at the time, Miss Elizabeth, who passed away in 2003).

Movie fans will remember Savage for his role as Bonesaw in the 2002 film, Spider-Man:

Who could forget Macho Man’s awesome Slim Jim commercials back in the day? “Art thou bored???”

The man could give some insane promos, too. Here a couple of classics:

R.I.P. Macho Man, you will be missed.