Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 Review

Welcome back!  To me…really…it’s been a while since I have posted.
But now, I am extremely proud to present to you my review of the biggest (though maybe not the best) video game ever.  Whether you liked it or not, Modern Warfare 3 is the most financially successful video game of all time.  It is the realization of how culturally relevant and significant the video game industry and fanbase have become in our society today, and so it has come under close scrutiny by the entire gaming community.  Did it live up to the incredible hype that it had going or was it the best selling piece of junk since Transformers 3? I will be breaking it down piece by piece to find out, so join me in looking at the end of the beginning of the new age of videogames.

Here’s how this is going to work.  I want to first talk about the Marketing for this game (or perhaps how everything else marketed for it).  Then, I will turn my gaze to the Campaign – both story and gameplay in mind.  After that, I will speak briefly about the new Spec Ops options and the Multiplayer modes new to this installment.  Let’s get started, shall we?

1. Marketing

As I mentioned before, MW3 was the greatest commercial success the gaming industry has ever seen.  In fact, the franchise has been breaking sales records since its first iteration back in 2007, which sold 2 million copies in its first week. The second installment in 2009 did far better than that:  selling 4.7 million units in the first 24 hours, which was biggest release up to that time.

Modern Warfare 3 shattered any and all sales records for any entertainment venture thus far. It sold 6.5 million copies for $400,000,000 in the first 24 hours, $775,000,000 after 5 days, and a mere 16 days after it was released, it hit the $1,000,000,000 mark.
I left in the zero’s to show exactly how big those numbers are. 🙂

MW3 benefited from a great series of unintended marketing gambits, starting with the countdown to and release of “Find Makarov“.  The indie film was a realization of the fans’ growing interest in the conclusion to the franchise (WeCanPretend would go on to make another fantastic promo for MW3: “Operation Kingfish“).  Then, the very public, legal trench-warfare that ensued between creator Infinity Ward and distributor Activision drew plenty of press (good and ill) to the future of the third installment.  

What happened next is something that every game developer fears.  On May 13 2011, just six months prior to release, gaming news site Kotaku published an article which leaked an incredible amount of details about the upcoming game.  Similar leaks had seriously hurt games such as Deus Ex: Human Revolution and Gears of War 3.  Yet, this turned out to be a great boom for the MW3 marketing team, as they handled it perfectly.  Rather than try to stifle the leak as most companies do, Activision simply released four teaser trailers later that day.  Turning the bad press into good, the gaming world was a-buzz about the upcoming epic title.

And finally, Battlefield 3 launched it’s finally push to topple the FPS king with the slogan “Above and Beyond the Call” (a wonderfully subtle attack on an impossible foe).
MW3’s response:  “Yes, we are still coming out!”
Not even phased by it, Activision continued to promote their game as normal and while Battlefield 3 did sell incredibly well and receive generally good reviews, it still was no match for the juggernaut that is Call of Duty.

Overall, everything went perfectly for Activision and Infinity Ward in marketing this game. The few negative element that usually derail a developer’s strategy actually ended up working for them. Because of the success of the previous two games and the incredible hype built up over the summer, it is no wonder that Modern Warfare 3 has become the best selling video game of all time.

2.  Campaign

Alright!  Let’s look at the game itself and see how it holds up.  First, let me say a few things about the narrative story of the game and then I will talk a bit about the new developments to the gameplay.

Basically, MW3 is a greatest hits compilation of the massive and surprising plot twists that made the franchise famous in the first place.  Everyone loved the crazy plot twists in the original Call of Duty: Modern Warfare including an execution from the executed’s Point Of View, a nuclear explosion, and the heart-stopping ending that had us all on the edges of our seats. Then, Modern Warfare 2 kicked it up to the next level, including being in a nuclear explosion, Russian forces invading the US, and the most unexpected ending in gaming that I can remember.  Thus, all eyes were on MW3 to see how it would take what was already an adrenaline-laced action thriller and ramp it up to the nth degree.

And so that is what they did:  every aspect of the story is designed to blow the previous two games out of the water (somewhat literally – see “Battle for New York”)  Every mission is centered around what the industry calls “big action set pieces” – sections designed to highlight the grand epicness of what happens in the environment.  For example, when you shoot down a helicopter and it crashes into a building below you or you wake up from having been knocked out by an explosion – the cinematography and new perspective are the focus of the moment.  And while these set pieces are intense and amazing, they do not a well-thought plot make.

Basically each mission in of itself is very cool and awe-inspiring, seeing innovations in POV storytelling and in how a character’s environment interacts with them.  It is bigger and wackier than ever.  🙂  Some of the crazy stuff you do in this game includes, but is not limited to:

  • Plant C4 on the tail of a submerged submarine
  • Fight in zero G’s as your plane falls out of the sky
  • Command an mini-gun toting UGV (Ummanned Ground Vehicle)
  • Save a President or two
  • Wear a juggernaut suit (finally!)

I don’t want to spoil any of the story because I think you should play through for yourself, but despite the Kick-A missions along the way, I really felt disappointed at the ending of the story.  Again, not trying to give anything away, but it felt very rushed.  All of a sudden you realize that you are at what appears to be the last mission and it just blows right by you.  I didn’t get the emotional catharsis I wanted from what has been a very emotionally riveting storyline.

It started well, calling back everything from games 1 & 2, but from there it just gets muddled and lost in its own craziness.  Overall, the story is just as confusing and undeveloped as most of us feared.  At least it was epic….right?  No. A real disappointment for video game storytelling. 😦

Story:  2//5

Now gameplay is a different matter all together.  While the over-the-top explosions and close-to-death moments aren’t very good for the cohesiveness of the story, they are really fun to play in. 🙂  First, it is very clear that a gap occurred between the making of games 2 and 3, mostly in the different stylistic look (rustic reds/greens to sharp, crisp blues/greys) which enhanced the visual appeal of the very visual game.

The real growth was in perfecting what was already very good.  Infinity Ward and newcomer Sledgehammer Games did a great job of analyzing what made Modern Warfare’s 1 and 2 good and enhancing it to the next level as far as gameplay is concerned.  The actions are tighter and more refined, the levels better mapped for different styles of gameplay.  I, personally, am the “Slow and Steady” player, while others prefer the “Run & Gun” method – and the game panders to both crowds. I was pleased at how slowly I could work my way through the levels and really enjoyed the few times when a timer was put on the mission; it pushed me to develop skills while letting me work in my own way.

The AI are better suited for the more experienced players and the new weapons and strategies really make the game very fun to play and a joy to watch unfold.  And that really is why the game was made in the first place.  People enjoyed the campaign, I am sure, but the true reason 6.5 million gamers bought MW3 is for the next two sections (this is my roommates game and he hasn’t even touched the campaign yet).

Gameplay:  4.5//5

3.  Spec Ops

This is the element that I was most looking forward to, because I really enjoyed the Spec Ops from Modern Warfare 2.  They are great because they require teamwork and cooperative play rather than individual greatness.  My now-roommate and I started tackling MW2’s Spec Ops when we were freshman and only just managed to beat them before the sequel released and I have to say that one of my best memories from college thus far is finally beating “Big Brother” on Vetern.  So, when I heard that the Spec Ops for this game were even better, I had to see for myself.

Infinity Ward truly succeeded in their Specs Ops campaign:  they are very well designed and incredibly fun to play.  Basically, they allow you to play parts of the story in reverse. For example, during the campaign you stop a terrorist group from hijacking your plane – in the Spec Op misison, you act as the hijackers working your way forward.  It is a fascinating way of exploring the story and letting gamers play parts of the it that before they could only imagine.  It also allows us to connect more deeply to what otherwise would be a challenging sidequest of the game.  Really well done on that end.

But the true innovation of MW3’s Spec Ops collection is the new Survival Mode.  An excellent response to the Zombies/Horde mode craze, Infinity Ward created an engaging and spectacular series of co-op survival maps where, as the title says, one and his/her partner must fend off wave after wave of increasingly difficult adversaries.  It is absolutely a blast to hold up somewhere and basically play king of the hill with juggernauts.  My only qualm with it is that one of the enemies that you face as the levels get harder is a group of dogs with C4 strapped to them…which might be a good strategy for the bad guys but really doesn’t jive with me.  Other than that, this has easily become my new favorite way to play Call of Duty now.

Spec Ops:  5//5

4.  Multiplayer

This is REALLY why the game was made.  From everything I hear, everyone loves MW3 for the understanding Infinity Ward has of what worked and what didn’t in the first two games and for using that knowledge to make the best multiplayer experience possible (as I haven’t played Battlefield 3 yet, no comment on that argument).  I really haven’t played a lot of it myself – I am more of a campaign man myself – but the little bit I have played was really good.

What I enjoy about the new multiplayer is the new game types introduced in MW3.  Gun Game is incredibly fun and the Juggernaut “Smear the Queer” game is absolutely awesome too. They allow me to take my infamous “Pistols at Rust” game type and recreate it with the Gun Game mode (much to the chagrin of my roommates).  The maps were clearly well designed to promote many different styles of gameplay and it is very apparent that, in at least this one area of the game, Modern Warfare 3 comes through with shining colors.

Multiplayer:  5//5

Overall, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 isn’t the most well told story or the most brilliant and innovative thing on the market, but it is extremely fun and can we really ask more of it than that?  Yes, the plot doesn’t make sense.  Yes, you will very likely rage quit when you realize that everyone else is better at multiplayer.  Yes, Battlefield 3 has more lens flares.  But really, when you look at what was expected from MW3 and what we all hoped it would be, you realize that it is exactly what we wanted:  an action-packed, edge-of-your-seat, scream at your television rollercoaster ride of intense, jaw-dropping set pieces that are more fun than your schedule has room for.  Modern Warfare 3 delivered exactly what the fans asked for and, again while I am not a fan of the story, it gave us an ending we can be happy with to our favorite soldiers and to a franchise that will go down in the history books as one of the most important and most successful gaming franchises of all time.

Overall:  4//5

BOOM!  Kicking off a year of big video game reviews with easily the biggest video game release of all time feels pretty good!  Let me know what you thought of the Modern Warfare 3 in the comments below.  I’d love to hear your thoughts about the campaign story and particularly about how it ended.

As I have hinted at quite a lot during this post, I have several big games I know I am going to get to review over the course of this year.  Coming up next in the VG Review list is a game I had started a while ago and haven’t been able to finish yet.  You might remember that it came up near the start of this blog on a post called “A Ramble Across Worlds” and I look forward to finally answering some of those questions that came up because of that post.  So, be looking forward to my review of 2K’s Bioshock sometime this year.

Thanks for stopping by and be sure to check back occasionally for my next review, here on the Soontobeangel Blog!

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And some things….that have not yet come to pass…

Hey all.
This post is basically to apologize for having missed 3 scheduled posts in a row.  I took a spectacular holiday last weekend and I simply haven’t had time to get a new post made yet. School has obviously kicked into session and I am just trying to get in the rhythm of things again.  More will come of that later, but for now I am announcing that the Tuesday post on Soontobeangel is dead – posts will come as I am able to get them up.  Art of the Trailer will still be on Friday’s as best as I am able and you can still expect the trailer for Thin Ice to be up soon.

I have a lot in the works right now, not least of which are 4 reviews for recently released trailers, and I am happy to say, my first video game review of 2012:

So stay tuned, thanks for being patient and I look forward to bringing you some great reviews and rambles soon!

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Nostalgic Memory from My Cartoon-Filled Childhood

Welcome back for another day here on Soontobeangel.  This is the first instance of a new era here on the blog, as I will be trying to keep up a posting schedule of one post every Tuesday.  So, today I am taking a trip down memory lane back to a show that made a big impression on my childhood and I want to share the three most impactful and hilarious episodes I remembered.  And, without further ado, I turn the clock back to look back at that classic 90’s Cartoon show – Recess.

I absolutely LOVED this show!  It was a hilarious compilation of rag-tag characters that fully encompassed the chaos of everyone’s elementary school memories.  I loved how every episode utilized each person’s own unique characteristics and let them be their self.  It was the most tolerant show I have ever seen and I was very excited to find some of the my favorite episodes on Youtube.  Thus, I have posted a few of those below so you can see each one and then read my thoughts on it just under that.

This episode demonstrates an incredible sense of understanding how children deal with serious, adult issues and how they go about learning to navigate them.  I distinctly remembered this episode because it shaped my understanding of language for much of my teen years.  I love the reversal of roles that transpires here – seeing the kids acting like adults and the adults bickering like the children they are trying to protect.  Just a great example of a kids show revealing that it isn’t just a fun, happy little romp for children but an educational tool used to raise big questions.  This episode in no way whomps. 🙂

“Gretchen and the Secret of Yo” really demonstrates exactly what I mean in saying that Recess covered every angle of our youngest years as this story very clearly translates on up into Junior High and High School.  Kids want to feel accomplishment and society (particularly early school life) pushes recreational and sports victories as the ultimate achievement a kid can obtain.  What is so spectacular about this episode is its negotiation of the Talent versus Determination argument – whether or not a person can learn and earn triumph in any field with or without natural skill. Gretchen, being the quintessential geek, obviously lacks any talent in the area of sports but still has the desire to succeed. I love how she tries to reason and will herself to do many things but all of them fail.  Then, when she finds something which she has some talent at, she is able to learn from her coach and work hard to turn that skill into mastery.  It is a great story of overcoming perceived flaws and achieved the goals you set for yourself.  All I can really say about the episode is this:  Yo. 

“Dodgeball City” is by far my favorite episode of a cartoon series of all time.
I love how this episode plays on every western ever made and turns a schoolyard game of dodgeball into a Quick and the Dead  style shootout.  One can clearly see the references made to The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly and Shane (that last joke is one of my all-time favorites). Yes, the whip sound effect is overused but overall the story arc is fantastic as is the general western feel that the animators are able to capture.  The bars growing to form the widescreen shot is hilarious and I give mad props to the wonderful person who wrote this episode.  It has made a lasting impression on me all these years later and I thank them for a great laugh and a great memory of my childhood days.

If you haven’t taken the time prior, I highly recommend this fantastic show from our past.  It was well written, cleverly poignant and way ahead of its time for dealing so openly with tough issues kids face (bullying, clicks, etc).  It is a really fun take on some of the best years of our lives and so I hope you take some time to go back and check out Recess – the stories of our childhood.

Just try to forget this image 🙂

Thanks for sticking around!  I hope you enjoyed each of these episodes and I would love to hear what you think of them.  Were you a fan of Recess or did you prefer the Nickelodeon classics better?  Leave your thoughts in the comments below.

This Friday on Art of the Trailer I am going to take a look at the first trailer for Thin Ice — a new film starring Greg Kinnear that appears to be trying to mix Fargo with the recent raunchy comedy genre. And I think I can already say that I am not particularly psyched about this film thanks to the trailer.  So, join me next Friday for that review and check back next Tuesday for another post here on Soontobeangel.  Thanks!

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Quickee-Fest!

Welcome to the new season of reviews here on the Soontobeangel blog!  In case you don’t know me, my name is Tyler Welch and you can learn all about me and about this blog at the “Who Am I?” tab at the top of the page.

To kick off the 2012 review season, I decided to start with another series of Quickees – short reviews of several movies bunched up into one post.  If you missed the first Quickee-polooza, be sure to check that out at the link above. The main reason I needed to do a bunch of Quickees is because I am, yet again, way behind on my Summer Film Challenge.  However, I took this break from schools to crack down on it and so I can now proudly present 3 of the remaining 6 reviews for the 2011 Summer Film Challenge, as well as another great films I caught during the Holidays.

So, without any further ado, let’s get into QUICKEE-FEST 2012!!!

Treasure of the Sierra Madre

So this is one of the last reviews I have coming for the now FAR-past Summer 2011 Film Challenge and promise to finish it well before the 2012 Summer Film Challenge begins. 🙂 Anyway, I rather enjoyed this film, despite one problem that permeates the whole thing. Treasure is a beautiful example of film noir taken outside of the typical Detective story – emphasizing the futility in human strivings and the darkness inside every humans heart.  It really was excellent in that regard.

What I wasn’t crazy about was the pacing.  For a film about three people battling madness high up in the Sierra Mountains, they really didn’t give a lot of time to develop the mood shifts and moral decay.  They just had too much stuff to get through so every character (but Bogart in particular) ends up have ridiculous swings in their personality: being kind and standing up for the others one moment, then viscious and psychotic the next.  While I can say that this is the best acting that I have seen of Bogart, I feel like that is due only to the radical nature of the script which forces him to break his trademark monotony.

Overall I would call the film long and pointless, which is exactly what it is intended to be. If you want to see a great example of film noir, please pick up The Treasure of Sierra Madre and give it a try.

Rating:  7//10

Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows

My family and I caught this film just after Christmas and I have to say, I was pleasantly
surprised. I really enjoyed the first film and I felt that, for the most part, this film took everything the first did right and took it to the next level.  The action was great, the mystery and plot even better than before, the cinematography goes to the nth degree, and the chemistry between Jude Law and Robert Downey Jr. still rocks.  Noomi Rapace did a great job stepping up to the plate too.

It did have a few problems though. I will try to keep it spoiler free as possible, so all I can say is that the film does lack something from the first one.  It ends at a great point but it takes an awkward fourth act to get there.  The pacing is just very weird and, while it didn’t bother me too much during the film, in hindsight I realized that it probably could have been done a bit better.  Also, I said earlier that almost everything good from the first film was improved upon in the sequel.  Well, one of the major pluses from the the first movie was the music and sadly it dropped from great to only decent, sometimes wonderfully blending into the background while other times being far to overpowering and out of place.  Zimmer falls back into his old habits and it really brings the film down a peg.

Despite the weird plot structure and the score being only par, the film as a whole is still a lot of fun and entirely worth your time and money.  While I still don’t think anyone has ever fully grasped what Moriarty is, I think Jared Harris gives the best performance of the criminal mastermind to date.  So, if you get the chance, I do highly recommend you check out Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows.

Rating: 8//10

Network

Kim Kardashian makes me mad as Hell and I’m not going to take it anymore!
Jersey Shore makes me mad as Hell and I’m not going to take it anymore!
Michael Bay and his stupid transforming robots make me mad as Hell and I’m not going to take it anymore!

Peope have always told me that this film accurately shows what life is like today to scary levels.  Well, they were right.  While I highly doubt producers would take their concerns as far as the ones in this film do, one cannot help but notice that we have grown up as a generation dependent on not only the television but also the internet.  We are the most plugged in culture there has ever been and this film shows us exactly how fabricated and preconceived our world is. Compare what Network says about the human condition, the cooperate structure, and the moral value system of our society to the Occupy Movement, companies being forced to cancel fees because of internet outrage, presidential candidates selling themselves via Facebook, Twitter, and the mass media system.  I don’t claim they are one-to-one but as I had been told, this film really does predict what life is like today.

The film itself felt something like 1984 as told by Ayn Rand and co-written by Woody Allen (providing some of the wittiness and cleverly poignant insights).  My only detraction from the film is that the dialogue and writing seem rather blatant, practically begging the audience to see that someone has written this.  However, I feel that this must in some way be the point, its own manner of breaking of the Fourth Wall, showing us that it is necessarily a part of the thing which it is critiquing – like Fahrenheit 451 being a book about how the world needs books.  It sounds like a script because it is one and it wants to make sure you catch that irony.

Honestly, I can say that this is one of the best movies I have seen in a long time and one of the best on my Summer Film Challenge list.  I know that I will be returning to Network many times to try to further grasp the truths it unveils in a beautifully ironic manner.

Rating:  10//10

Fargo

I would like to finish this Quickee-fest with the film that I started my New Year with.  I know – weird choice of movie to start a year off with.  But, as previously mentioned, I am now well beyond 2011, let alone Summer, on my Film Challenge so at 1 am on January 1st I watched the best Coen film I have seen to date (no offense True Grit).

The predominant thought that consumed me at 2:30 AM when the movie was over was this:

“That was like a Woody Allen movie, but interesting!”

Fargo reminded me of the slice-of-life style that Allen is very famous for.  The difference between his work and this Coen Bros film is that the brothers selected an INTERESTING true story (even though it actually isn’t).  And while Allen usually over-analyzes and questions life in his own stories, the Coen brothers simple select a story that raises the same questions about humanity and let it question itself!  Put simply, a bizarre kidnapping/murder tale set in a Michigan winter is far more interesting than Michael Caine being torn between two women.  Sorry.

Anyway, as usual the Coen’s selected a great cast that really brought the film together. Buscemi was hilarious, Stormare was terrifying as always, Macy stuttered and stammered his way into our hearts, and I am forever in love with Frances McDormand’s amazing Northern accent (isn’t she just a peach!?).  The way overplayed Northern-ness of it was hilarious and wonderfully paralleled the bizarreness of the situation.  And how could one talk about this film and not give tribute to the trademark Coen  W I D E   S H O T S.  🙂  Oh, and the score was great too.

If you can’t tell it yet, I really liked this film.  It was hilarious, haunting, over-the-top, and very simple a terribly fascinating story.  While I don’t know how much is actual fact and how much is Hollywood fabrication, I do know that if you can get past the language and adult content, you will find this to be one of the funniest films you’ve ever seen that makes you question your faith in your fellow human.

Rating:  10//10

"It's a real HOOT!"

There you go!  Four great films to start the year off with.  I hope to be able to bring a lot more reviews soon so stay tuned for more coming soon.  What did you think of any of these films or of my reviews?  I really would love to get your feedback so I can see how I am doing and know what I need to change about my process.  So, if you would, please leave me your thoughts in the comments below.

In case you missed it, my other blog – Art of the Trailer – is right in the thick of my New Year Trailer Extravaganza!  If you missed it, yesterday I reviewed the first trailer for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey which you can read at that link.  Also, be sure to check out today’s review of Ridley Scott’s first teaser for his upcoming sci-fi epic, Prometheus.  Thanks and I will see you all back here next Tuesday @ Noon for another review or ramble!

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A New Year and Some New Plans

Hello and welcome back!

I hope all of you had a fabulous New Year’s celebration and a wonderful holiday season.  My family and I enjoyed a nice, quiet Christmas with a few members of our extended family stopping by to spend some time with us.  I was truly blest to see most of my old high school friends and to eat a lot of good food again. 🙂  It really the most wonderful time of the year for me and I am so excited to be entering a brand new one!

Hopefully not like that...

Over my short break from posting, I have been taking time to figure out exactly what 2012 will bring for both of my blogs.  I want Soontobeangel and Art of the Trailer both to be constantly growing and progressing and I have big plans for this upcoming season.

First, let me hit the big stuff that will be changing with this blog:
One of my main frustrations this year has been trying to find a way to organize my Reviews page so that you can easily and conveniently get to any of my film/tv/video game reviews on one simple page.  So far I haven’t really had much success, but I recently hit upon a new system that I think will work very well.  So, look for an updated version of that page by the end of January.

For those of you who have been following Soontobeangel from its beginning in April, you might recall my struggles with keeping a consistent posting schedule.  Well, NO MORE!  That is the most important change that will transpire here:  Each week I will be posting something new Every Tuesday @ Noon.  The posts will range from reviews to rambles but I will be focusing all my blogging efforts on getting out something every Tuesday, so check back for that starting up very soon.

Last bit of big news:  I have been trying to figure out exactly how to keep my Art of the Trailer blog as current and up to date as possible.  I have always worried that it is constantly behind on the news of breaking trailers.  So, starting in 2012, I will be announcing which trailer I will be reviewing the coming Friday in my posts here on Tuesday.  That way I can make sure to catch any trailer coming out over the weekend.  Just keep that in mind when you check the post here on Soontobeangel – which comes out on Tuesday.

On that topic of posting, let me now turn to the detail level and give you a teaser of some of the specific posts to look for in the coming 2012 season:

  • Ramble about Reverence for Theatre and Film
  • A Comparison of 90’s “Pocket Monster” shows
  • Battlestar Galactica Final Season Review and Show Analysis
  • Last Reviews for the 2011 Summer Film Challenge (I know, FINALLY!)
  • Posting about the 2012 Summer Film Challenge
  • Reflection on A Christmas Carol
  • More Movie Reviews
  • Some new and exciting Video Game Review, including the third part of the Assassin’s Creed trilogy and another long lost review…

So, just to recap, let me remind you that the Reviews page is going to get a makeover early this year.  Also, be sure to check back every Tuesday @ Noon for a new post here on Soontobeangel.

Art of the Trailer is still going strong, with a new post on that every Friday @ Noon.  Make sure you get over there tomorrow for the start of the exciting 2012 kickoff with the New Year Trailer Extravaganza!  It is going to be really big, with a new trailer review up each day Monday through Friday, starting TOMORROW with the superb first-look trailer for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.  So check it out!

Thanks for sticking around!  I am really excited about how this new year is going to go and I can’t wait to share some small part of it with you here on my blogs.  So, thanks for everything, enjoy the rest of your break from school and work while you can, and a Happy New Year!

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