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First Taste of Hotly Anticipated PS3 Exclusive “Resistance 3” Arrives on “Battle: Los Angeles” Blu-ray

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As much as I love seeing Michelle Rodriguez reprise her tough-gal shtick anyplace or anytime, I didn’t see “Battle: Los Angeles” in theaters. The Jonathan Liebsman-directed action flick seemed to be applying a huge slathering of special effects to the “District 9” template, but without the charm of the sci-fi indie darling. Having said that, I’m looking forward to the film’s home video release on June 14th.

Resistance 3 (resize).jpgThat’s because the Blu-ray version of “Battle: LA” will include a playable demo of upcoming PS3 game “Resistance 3.” The very existence of the threequel was outed way back in October 2009, when principal photography for the Sony Pictures project was happening. A huge billboard bearing the name “Resistance 3” were spotted by set-watchers long before anything official came down the pike.

Months later, the game was announced with this awesomely bluesy trailer you see before you. Sony’s nurtured the “Resistance” series ever since the launch of the PS3 in 2006. Developed by acclaimed studio Insomniac Games, the FPS games take place in an alternate reality where WWII never happened and a viral alien invasion sweeps through Europe. They’re known for their inventive weaponry– which mixes human and alien tech for some really fun-to-use capabilities–and for giving players a horror-inflected tour of 1950s Americana gone horribly wrong as the extraterrestrial Chimera overrun the United States.

“Resistance 3” introduces a new protagonist, dishonorably discharged soldier Joseph Capelli. Capelli’s been hiding out away from the front lines with his family, but crosses the heartland from from Oklahoma to New York City to deliver a new scientific breakthrough arrives that could change the tide of the war. The 30-minute demo on the Blu-ray takes Capelli on a boat ride under attack by the Chimera, but offers players power-ups that won’t be available during that part of the final game. The difficulty’s turned down, too, so don’t go thinking that the game’s going to be a cakewalk.

So, the thematic similarities–ordinary lives upended by alien invasion–do make placing a demo of “Resistance 3” on the a natural fit, along with the fact that Sony’s film and game divisions are part of the same big family. I’m not going to offer opinions on which plain-folks-vs.-bug-uglies saga will be more entertaining, but will say that only one will let me wield a gun with bullets that track its targets behind cover. And only one of this discs will be adorned by the distinctive art of British artist Olly Moss. Advantage: “Resistance 3,”
methinks.

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Millennial Wisdom

Charles Speaks For Us All

Get to know Charles, the social media whiz of Brockmire.

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He may be an unlikely radio producer Brockmire, but Charles is #1 when it comes to delivering quips that tie a nice little bow on the absurdity of any given situation.

Charles also perfectly captures the jaded outlook of Millennials. Or at least Millennials as mythologized by marketers and news idiots. You know who you are.

Played superbly by Tyrel Jackson Williams, Charles’s quippy nuggets target just about any subject matter, from entry-level jobs in social media (“I plan on getting some experience here, then moving to New York to finally start my life.”) to the ramifications of fictional celebrity hookups (“Drake and Taylor Swift are dating! Albums y’all!”). But where he really nails the whole Millennial POV thing is when he comments on America’s second favorite past-time after type II diabetes: baseball.

Here are a few pearls.

On Baseball’s Lasting Cultural Relevance

“Baseball’s one of those old-timey things you don’t need anymore. Like cursive. Or email.”

On The Dramatic Value Of Double-Headers

“The only thing dumber than playing two boring-ass baseball games in one day is putting a two-hour delay between the boring-ass games.”

On Sartorial Tradition

“Is dressing badly just a thing for baseball, because that would explain his jacket.”

On Baseball, In A Nutshell

“Baseball is a f-cked up sport, and I want you to know it.”


Learn more about Charles in the behind-the-scenes video below.

And if you were born before the late ’80s and want to know what the kids think about Baseball, watch Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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Crown Jules

Amanda Peet FTW on Brockmire

Amanda Peet brings it on Brockmire Wednesday at 10P on IFC.

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On Brockmire, Jules is the unexpected yin to Jim Brockmire’s yang. Which is saying a lot, because Brockmire’s yang is way out there. Played by Amanda Peet, Jules is hard-drinking, truth-spewing, baseball-loving…everything Brockmire is, and perhaps what he never expected to encounter in another human.

“We’re the same level of functional alcoholic.”


But Jules takes that commonality and transforms it into something special: a new beginning. A new beginning for failing minor league baseball team “The Frackers”, who suddenly about-face into a winning streak; and a new beginning for Brockmire, whose life gets a jumpstart when Jules lures him back to baseball. As for herself, her unexpected connection with Brockmire gives her own life a surprising and much needed goose.

“You’re a Goddamn Disaster and you’re starting To look good to me.”

This palpable dynamic adds depth and complexity to the narrative and pushes the series far beyond expected comedy. See for yourself in this behind-the-scenes video (and brace yourself for a unforgettable description of Brockmire’s genitals)…

Want more about Amanda Peet? She’s all over the place, and has even penned a recent self-reflective piece in the New York Times.

And of course you can watch the Jim-Jules relationship hysterically unfold in new episodes of Brockmire, every Wednesday at 10PM on IFC.

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Draught Pick

Sam Adams “Keeps It Brockmire”

All New Brockmire airs Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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From baseball to beer, Jim Brockmire calls ’em like he sees ’em.

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It’s no wonder at all, then, that Sam Adams would reach out to Brockmire to be their shockingly-honest (and inevitably short-term) new spokesperson. Unscripted and unrestrained, he’ll talk straight about Sam—and we’ll take his word. Check out this new testimonial for proof:

See more Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC, presented by Samuel Adams. Good f***** beer.

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