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Stealing Harvard

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Stealing Harvard
Cast: Jason Lee
Studio: Columbia
Rating: 4/10

The Film Studio Says: Duff (Tom Green) and John (Jason Lee) are best friends, but couldn’t be more different. Duff is a confirmed under-achiever and a lifelong bad influence on John. John is a practical, hard working guy who only wants to marry his longtime girlfriend Elaine (Leslie Mann). Elaine and John have vowed to marry once they save $30,000 for their dream house. After years of struggle, John and Elaine can finally afford to walk down the aisle and into their dream house until John’s sister Patty (Megan Mullally) calls with the unbelievable news that his niece Noreen has been accepted at Northern University. Wedding bells are silenced as Patty reminds John of his promise to pay for his niece’s college tuition, which costs $29,829 and is due in two weeks! Unable to tell his girlfriend, John turns to his friend Duff to help him make an additional $30,000 in two weeks. Duff, who is no fan of Elaine’s, convinces John to make a short-term commitment to petty crime. John’s life quickly unravels as each of Duff’s hare-brained schemes spin out of control.

The Good: If you find anything good then you’ve got my name look up the number.

The Bad: Director Bruce McCulloch’s cameo as Lee’s lawyer beats down an already dead horse of a movie. Even worse is his direction of this film.

Frankly: Stealing Harvard is a comedy that isn’t funny. Make some microwave popcorn and stay home and cozy up to Animal House.

+ charlie craine

Wipeout Fusion

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Wipeout Fusion
Game: Wipeout Fusion
Platform: PS2
Studio: Bam!
Rating: 5/10

Look: The graphics are okay. Environments are great. The ships could use some work however.

Feel: game play is the downfall. The great thing about previous releases were the ability to raise and lower the ship. Believe me that would help a hell of a lot here. Nothing is more annoying that ramming some ship in the rear and slowing you down. It can drive you crazy. Aside from that there is nothing good about the controls. When you go too fast you can barely hold on and when you are going really fast you usually end up crashing into someone.

Hear: Good sound.

Finally: Without lack of total control this game is lacking. Without that ability this is nothing more than your run of the mill racing game.

+ bboy

Dropship

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Dropship
Game: Dropship
Platform: Playstation 2
Studio: BAM!
Rating: 8/10

Look: The graphics are quite good. It has some basic figures and raw textures, but overall they do a damn good job. The replays are fantastic.

Feel: You don’t just fly dropships, but you get behind the stick of a jet and behind the wheel of some mean vehicles.

There is a very good tutorial, or training mission as they call it. It helps you figure out the way to handle your dropship. A big plus.

The game is hard. That is good because you won’t finish it in a few hours. And its intense.

Hear: Good sound from the radio chatter to all the noise you’d expect to hear in a war situation.

Finally: I’m not sure many people have bought this game, but its by far the best flight sim game out for the PS2, but better yet you have something invested. Saving the world!

+ bboy

City By The Sea

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City By The Sea
Cast: Robert DeNiro
Studio: Sony
Rating: 5.5/10

The Film Studio Synopsis: New York City homicide detective Vincent LaMarca has forged a long and distinguished career in law enforcement, making a name for himself as a man intensely committed to his work. But on his latest case, the stakes are higher for Vincent – the suspect he’s investigating is his own son, Joey. Vincent and Joey have been painfully estranged ever since Vincent divorced Joey’s mother and left the decaying boardwalks of Long Beach, Long Island for the anonymity of Manhattan and a successful career with the NYPD. He lives his life in solitude, keeping his girlfriend at arm’s length; the closest relationship he maintains is with his partner, Reg – and Vincent makes sure that friendship stops at the precinct door. As long as Vincent lives in the protection of the present, he doesn’t have to deal with the pain of his past – or his sorrow over his broken relationship with Joey. But this murder investigation is drawing Vincent home to Long Beach, the self-proclaimed “City by the Sea,” where the past has been waiting for him to return. The agonizing memory that has tortured him all his life – the death of his father, a convicted murderer who was executed when Vincent was just a boy – still plagues him. In the course of the investigation, he discovers that his own unresolved pain and failures as a father have deeply influenced Joey’s life, and the destructive choices he has made. As a cop, Vincent must bring a criminal to justice; as a father he must find a way to save his son. Now he will put his life on the line in order to do right by both his family and his profession.

The Good: The actors are good. Robert De Niro is interesting. Frances McDormand is always good. James Franco steals the show. Ready for the other shoe to drop?

The Bad: The movie is boring. The true story goes as far as a cops junkie son kills a cop. The rest of this story is made up, and not done very well.

Frankly: If you watch do it just to see great actors doing what they are paid to do. Otherwise you’ll be bored to tears.

+ charlie craine

Duncan Shiek – Daylight

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Duncan Shiek
Artist: Duncan Shiek
Title: Daylight
Label: Atlantic
Rating: 6/10

Duncan Sheik has gone from hit song to obscurity. With his latest record Daylight he hopes to bring back that pop touch that has seemed to have gotten lost in his folk roots.

Rocks:
“Half-Life” – Gorgeous. A wonderful hook!
“Start Again” – You can almost imagine yourself there behind the drivers seat.

Rolls:
“Genius” – Interesting.
“For You” – Nice, but haven’t we heard that melody somewhere before?
“Good Morning!” – We all sing Lalalalalala.
“Shine Inside” – cool vocal effect. I wouldn’t mind hearing more of this in the future from Sheik.

Slows:
“Such Reveries” – gets pretty boring.
“Magazines” – goes nowhere.

+ rae gun

Madden 2003

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Madden 2003
Game: Madden 2003
Platform: PS2
Studio: EA Sports
Rating: 9/10

Look: If you are a loser like me you’ll notice things that have been upgraded like the player’s hands and fingers. The face models of the players are very close and a cause for pause just to make sure you are playing and not watching. The players still look great. The grass and stadiums are absolutely amazing. Replays are tops.

Feel: Mini-camp is fantastic, great way to get your chops down cold.

Next on the agenda is the running game, which is much, approved over last year. You can bounce to the inside or take it to the outside when your gap is filled.

Another fantastic addition is the control of the defense. Instead of the sliding tackles that were annoying in the games past you know have to be in position to make a tackle, not just somewhere in the vicinity. That is a great addition to the realism.

The AI is smarter this year. Finally a two-minute drill has some real tension. The computer really takes it to you if they are down, isn’t that what football is all about?

Problems are the play selection screens. Rookies aren’t at all involved.

Hear: Thank God for Madden going to Monday night if for nothing more than the addition of Al Michaels. I have the feeling if Madden and Summerall were still together EA would have given us the same drivel we’ve suffered through the last few years. The sound of the game is top notch. The crowd occasionally cheers at odd times, but that is nitpicking.

Finally: 2003 is an upgrade from 2002 as that was an upgrade of the previous year. With the addition of adding rookies from NCAA 2003, addition of mini-camp and the improvements this is a must buy.

+ bboy

Splashdown

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Splashdown
Game: Splashdown
Platform: Xbox
Studio: Infogrames
Rating: 8/10

Look: Splashdown has the best graphics you’ll see on the Xbox. The characters and jet skis look great. You won’t be disappointed.

Feel: The easiest thing you can say about Splashdown is that it’s fun. You don’t have to work hard to pull of great tricks. Everything is simple and that makes it even more fun. There are some good challenges and excellent courses.

Hear: Decent sound effects.

Finally: With the career mode and twenty races you’ll really get a chance to enjoy yourself.

+bboy

Totaled

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Totaled
Game: Totaled
Platform: Xbox
Studio: Majesco
Rating: 5/10

Look: The cars look okay. The cars crash and things like doors fly off and other individual parts get flung all over the place. The problem is too much time was spent on the cars and not the bland and poorly drawn backgrounds

Feel: You get a few options, but the playing isn’t there. You smash, not exactly the most exciting concept in the world.

Hear: Bang. The sound effects aren’t great. The soundtrack, its okay.

Finally: Feels unfinished.

+bboy

Gunmetal

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Gunmetal
Game: Gunmetal
Platform: Xbox
Studio: Majesco
Rating: 7/10

Look: GunMetal boasts some fantastic texturing mapping. The landscapes and the havoc craft look great. It looks like someone spent a lot of time putting in the intriquite details of this game.

Feel: If you love to blow things up then this game is for you. However there are some problems. Jet mode is really tough to get down. Havoc mode isn’t exactly a walk in the park. It takes some getting used to

Hear: The voice acting leaves a lot to be desired. The sound effects are pretty average and the background music can get boring pretty fast.

Finally: There is a lot of depth to GunMetal. With the plot, cut scenes and seriously complex missions you won’t be finishing it anytime soon.

+bboy

Aaron Carter – Another Earthquake

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Aaron Carter
Artist: Aaron Carter
Title: Another Earthquake
Label: Jive
Rating: 3/10

Aaron Carter is pure pop. AC tries to step out of his brother Nick Carter’s shadow.

Hot:
“Do You Remember” – sure to break a few teen girls’ hearts.

Mild:
“To All The Girls” and “Summertime” – Sounds too much like LFO’s “Summer Girls”.

Cold:
“Another Earthquake” – Lame.
“When It Comes To You” – See above.
“America A O” – The worst.
“Without You (There’d Be No Me)” – Who comes up with this drivel.

Whether Aaron Carter has talent or not isn’t at question here, the problem are the songs. They are terrible. I know they are going for a market, but the Jackson 5 had good songs and they were singing to teen girls. This stuff for the most part is garbage.

+ rae gun