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Plenty of games are doing something interesting with holiday updates including new modes and skins. Here are a few worth checking out.
Castle Empire (PC)
This update, which runs through January 5th, adds a new mission to the PC strategy game from Ubisoftt and Blue Byte Software and also adds a new map to the game.
The Christmas event in Castle Empire has officially started. This event is centered on Christmas presents and as you play, you will earn presents by playing each daily Christmas quest or by sending an explorer out on a treasure hunt. These quests are available for players of all levels. Celebrate with a new Castle Empire Adventure map in the shape of a very festive Christmas tree.
You must defeat Croaker, a nasty monster who has tried to ruin Christmas. If you listen closely, you may even hear him muttering ‘Bah humbug!’ under his breath. »
- Charles Webb
As a birthday gift to Demi Moore, who turns 49 on Friday (Nov. 11), we'd like to offer this: After this paragraph, we're not going to mention the alleged rough patch she's currently going through with her husband, Ashton Kutcher, or anything else about her personal life.
What we're going to do instead is talk about Moore's career as an actress. "Ghost" and "Striptease" and "G.I. Jane" and "Indecent Proposal," you know about. But in between her big hits and body-transforming, headline-making roles, Moore has done some really fine work. Here are four roles that maybe don't get as much attention as they should.
"About Last Night ..."
A year before "About Last Night ..." hit theaters in July 1986, Moore and Rob Lowe had co-starred in the Brat Pack-iest of all Brat Pack movies, "St. Elmo's Fire," which despite what you may think you remember isn't a very good film. "About Last Night ..." was a good movie, »
I love John Cusack as much as the next 80′s film geek. Better Off Dead is one of the most under appreciated dark comedies ever, and High Fidelity has rightfully deserved its now growing cult classic status. Even with my love of Cusack placed prominently above my head like an old school boom-box, I still find it hard to watch him in this new trailer for The Raven. Don’t get me wrong, he certainly looks the part. It just seems like he’s coasting through with his performance. Not to mention his delivery of some lines is just outright horrendous. This was also my major problem with 1408 . Yet, I’m still going to give this film a shot due to my love of James McTeigue’s handling of V For Vendetta and the overall look of the film which brings to mind a livelier version of From Hell. Judge the trailer for yourself below. »
- Michael Haffner
John Cusack is defined by his roles as a teenager. Even something like High Fidelity trades on our knowledge of his early roles, they are the roles that – unless he does something radical – will be his legacy. And there are two which stand out above the others: Say Anything and Better Off Dead. Dead is the goofier of the two, and still works because it’s not so much married to the time in which it came out, but is about the struggles of young love, and the dramatic nature teens take to a big breakup. In that way the film embodies some of the nature of Romeo and Juliet - but this Romeo is the only one who wants to kill himself. Our review of the Blu-ray of Better Off Dead follows after the jump. Lane Meyer (Cusack) is desperately in love with Beth (Amanda Wyss), but he’s »
- Andre Dellamorte
“The Closer” opens with a smirk-induced phone call. There is a dead body at a funeral home. Har, har. No, really. It turns out the family brought the body in and doesn’t want the medical examiner looking at it.
As the team discusses the case a bit a disheveled-looking process server (played by Curtis Armstrong who I can still only see as Charles from “Better Off Dead”) walks into the squad room and serves the whole squad…except for Gabriel. »
- Michelle Gerdes
DVD Playhouse—August 2011
By Allen Gardner
High And Low (Criterion) Akira Kurosawa’s 1963 adaptation of Ed McBain’s novel King’s Ransom is a multi-layered masterpiece of suspense and one of the best portraits ever of class warfare in post-ww II Japan. Toshiro Mifune stars as a wealthy businessman who finds himself in a moral quandary when his chauffer’s son is kidnapped by ruthless thugs who think the boy is Mifune’s. Beautifully realized on every level. Also available on Blu-ray disc. Bonuses: Commentary by Kurosawa scholar Stephen Prince; Documentary on film’s production; Interview with Mifune from 1984; Trailers and teaser. Widescreen. Dolby and DTS-hd 4.0 surround.
Leon Morin, Priest (Criterion) One of French maestro Jean-Pierre Melville’s rare non-crime-oriented films, starring Jean-Paul Belmondo as a devoted cleric who is lusted after by the women of a small village in Nazi-occupied France. When Fr. Morin finds himself drawn to a »
- The Hollywood Interview.com
Teen Angst -- The Twisted Version The pain, the awkwardness, and the occasional triumphs of growing up have been fodder for any number of movies, but two teen classics, both available for the first time on Blu-Ray, give this weathered genre some interesting twists. Better Off Dead (CBS DVD/Paramount Home Entertainment) stars John Cusack as a high schooler so devastated after getting dumped by his girlfriend that he stages a series of disastrous but hilarious suicide attempts before finally noticing the adorable French exchange student (Diane Franklin) who’s just moved in across the street. Not only has this cult comedy contributed “I Want My Two Dollars!” into the pop culture lexicon, but it’s also become something of a holiday favorite, since much of the...
Say Anything may be the most parodied of John Cusack’s teenage angst films from the 80s, but when it comes to deciding which of his films best chronicles the painfully awkward, frustratingly pointless moments of those high school years, none did it a well as Better Off Dead. Cusack doesn’t play the jock or even the nerd, he’s the guy who fell in between the stereotypes, the one who looks at either end of the spectrum and envies it for having some sense of purpose or even a definition. Dwelling in the obscurity of high school anonymity, Better Off Dead journeys tells an absurd story perfectly tailored to Cusack’s sense of humor, a nostalgia film and a wry screwball comedy rolled into one.
- Lex Walker
Nothing glows in the warm light of nostalgia like ’80s high-school comedies, which were crude and schlocky in their best instances, yet draw a level of affection that comes as much from coach-potato memories as from any resounding merit. It would be a stretch to call 1985’s Better Off Dead, the first of two quick-and-dirty Savage Steve Holland/John Cusack team-ups, anything greater than a broad, shambling, hit-or-miss piece of comic craftsmanship. What it has in its favor is affability—some owed to Cusack’s gawky young charisma, some to Holland’s goofy tone and lightly surreal sense of »
John Cusack stars as a teen who repeatedly tries to commit suicide while trying to win back his ex-girlfriend with the help of an incredibly versatile French exchange student – and gets stalked by a paperboy who wants his $2 while barreling down a mountain on one ski — and yet there’s not one extra on the new Better Off Dead… Blu-ray that’s out today? What?!
It’s time to bring back EW Extras, a recurring column that allows us to right these kind of tragic wrongs (see also: Weekend at Bernie’s) and create the DVD extras that never were. »
- Mandi Bierly
Your Weekly Source for the Newest Releases to Blu-Ray Tuesday, August 2nd, 2011
Better Off Dead (1985)
Synopsis: Lane Meyer is a depressed teen who loses his girlfriend Beth. Her given reason for breaking up is: “Lane, I think it’d be in my best interest if I dated somebody more popular. Better looking. Drives a nicer car.” Anyway, poor Lane is left alone and thinks up treacherous ways of killing himself. He finally meets a French beauty called Monique and falls for her. Simultaneously, he must endure his mother’s terrible cooking which literally slides off the table and his disgusting next door neighbour Ricky (and his mum) while he prepares for the skiing race of his life – to get his old girlfriend back! (blu-ray.com)
Special Features: Theatrical trailer.
Synopsis: Black Sheep - A gubernatorial candidate hires a wormy special assistant whose only job »
- Travis Keune
Paramount Home Entertainment:After Beth (Amanda Wyss), the girl of his dreams, dumps him for the school's arrogant ski-team captain, Lane's (John Cusack) prolific and dark imagination runs overtime. He wavers between bungling attempts to kill himself and inept efforts to win his ex-girlfriend back. All the while, Lane's also dealing with his quirky family, dodging a relentless paperboy who's out to collect, and meeting the charming French-exchange-student-next-door who just might be the unexpected key to his happinessAmong the canon of 80's teen comedies, Better Off Dead is an odd one. There are definitely more obscure films out there, but this one didn't quite reach the epic heights of the works of John Hughes stuff either. It sits somewhere in the middle, a quirky, but unrelentingly »
This Friday, Gallery 1988 in Los Angeles will hold the fifth Crazy 4 Cult art show, an annual exhibition which I've called the super bowl of pop culture art. I am so jealous of all my fellow Los Angelans who are able to attend this week. I'll be away in Texas, but I can't complain as I'll be bringing back my girlfriend with me (the big move, exciting). The great guys at G1988 have given me a bunch of art from the show to premiere on the site. After the jump you will find part one of our preview, which includes a new Back to the Future-inspired piece by the great Eric Tan, Monster Squad and Better Off Dead pieces by /Film favorite Dave Perillo, an incredibly multi-level Scott Pilgrim vs. The World piece by Jim Horwat, Alex Pardee's tribute to a new cult classic, Rubber, and more. So what are you waiting for? »
- Peter Sciretta
I ignore a lot of press releases, we all do. We try very hard to make sure that what gets posted on Twitch is worthy or "Twitchy" enough for the site. By all rights, this should have been something I ignored, but I can't help myself, I love Better Off Dead, and it's coming to Blu-ray!That's right, the early John Cusack vehicle, directed by Savage Steve Holland, is coming in high definition! Honest, I thought this one was a ways down the road, but this made me giddy. Better Off Dead is a silly, and often very dark, piece of comedy that could only have come from the eighties. The film is filled with classic characters, including Cusack's Lane Meyer, the nobody who must win »
On this day back in 1966, a baby boy named John Cusack was born in Evanston, Ill. Within two decades, Cusack had moved to Hollywood and was building the foundation for his long-lasting career on a series of '80s films like Better Off Dead, One Crazy Summer and Say Anything. Three decades later, Cusack remains one of our most beloved actors, capable of charming audiences as a lovelorn audiophile, a depressed puppeteer, a neurotic hitman, and a variety of onscreen personas in between. In celebration of the actor's 45th birthday, why don't you dust off your copy of Hey Soul Classics and join us below to decide which of Cusack's cinematic moments is his best. »
Say what? The Revenge of the Nerds star is back in action again? Good gracious, what’s next?
Actor Curtis Armstrong is best known as Booger from the Revenge of the Nerds movies, for his role in Better Off Dead, and as Herbert Viola on Moonlighting, but you young bloods probably have no idea what I’m talking about. That’s okay because you’ll get acquainted with Armstrong as he enjoys a “multi-episode arc on The Closer‘s seventh and final season, TVGuide.com has learned exclusively.” We always heard that nerds would one day rule the world!
Armstrong has signed on to play Peter Goldman, “a resourceful attorney hired by the mother of a slain gang member to sue Brenda Leigh Johnson (Kyra Sedgwick) and the Los Angeles Police Department. …The character is smart, fearless and devious; he makes a natural sparring partner for Brenda.” Dun dun dun. »
- Sasha Nova
Beauty may be in the eye of the beholder, but in Hollywood, age is in the eye of the casting director. In the movies, playing a high schooler is less a matter of the actors' real age than the filmmakers' state of mind. Who cares if you're pushing 30 and married and you've got a couple kids? How do you look in trendy clothes? How are your sideburns? Good, you're hired.
True, movies are fantasies. And there are few fantasies more potent than high school fantasies: we've all indulged dreams of what our lives would have looked like if we'd only been more popular or more beautiful back in the day. But movies should also reflect reality, and so few high school movies do. And way too many feature casts that should be forced to read disclaimers before the film starts: "I'm not a real teenager, but I play one in the movies. »
- Matt Singer
John Cusack is getting a little wacky, starring in the international screwball comedy Dictablanda (meaning ‘Soft Dictator’), which comes with the tagline “People don’t die, they get killed.” Directed by Alejandro Agresti, an Argentinian director who most recently gave us The Lake House, the film starts shooting this month through April in Buenos Aires and Mar de Ajo, Argentina.
This doesn’t sound too far off from Cusack’s recent passion poly-satire War Inc., which came and went with not so much as a whimper. That said, this isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Screwball’s been stigmatized these days as archaic, »
- Dan Mecca
Movie quotes are the currency by which we pay respect to our favorite films. We grab them out of our pockets at the most appropriate, or inappropriate, times, adding our love of a movie to an advancing conversation. Sometimes these quotes are insignificant lines you and your friends hold near to your hearts but, most of the time, these lines are the ones we all know and love. David Balboa, who runs a blog called Exophrine, edited together 150 of lines and catch phrases just like that into one, cool little video. Included are such diverse films as The Princess Bride, Rocky IV, Aliens, Toy Story, Die Hard, Citizen Kane and many more. Check it out, as well as the full rundown of what's in it, after the jump. Thanks to Balboa and his Exophrine blog  for this awesome video. And here's the list of each quote, and who said it, »
- Germain Lussier
The '80s was a time of rampant materialism and mohawks, and the only way people got through it -- like WWII -- was with laughter.
In honor of Topher Grace's nostalgic comedy, we're celebrating the 25 most-uniquely only-in-the-80's comedies, the ones where the hair was froofy, Eddie Murphy still brought the funny, and the geek inherited the Earth.
25. 'The Naked Gun' (1988)
The same team that made "Airplane!" decided to bring their anarchic brand of humor to the small screen with "Police Squad" (In Color), but the satire of TV cop shows only lasted a measly six episodes. After the show gained a cult following, the trio decided to resurrect Leslie Nielsen's accident-prone Lieutenant Frank Drebin to surprising success and a comedic trilogy, »
- Max Evry
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