I’m terribly sorry for the long hiatus, I have been unbelievably busy lately, and I don’t think the storm is going to calm anytime in the near future. However, I am going to try to budget more time here, making sure our viewers here at The Rotting Cartridge continue to receive everything we have promised. Above you see the music video for one of the hottest songs out right now, Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep”. I for one hated the song the first time I heard it, but then I heard it again in the movie I Am Number Four (review found here). It got me interested, and so I listened to the song in its entirety online. Wow, talk about being catchy. I must have had that song on loop for nearly half an our. I hope you all enjoy it as much as I did, and if it doesn’t sound amazing the first time, consider a second listen and see if it grows on you like it did for me.
Hours ago at the Microsoft E3 Press Conference, Halo 4 was unveiled, along with the news of an entirely new trilogy of Halo games, confirming Halo 5 and 6 as well. Check out the trailer above, and below we’ll break it down for you.
The trailer starts with a beating heart. Cortana’s muffled voice can be heard in the background, urging the Chief to get up. The camera pans to his brain – he wakes up, realizes what’s happening, and jumps out of the cryo-chamber. For one of the only times in the series, Cortana calls the Chief by his first name, John, suggesting that their relationship is a lot closer considering the loneliness they faced at the end of Halo 3. The ship they’re on is exploding, presumably under attack, but from what? The Covenant are largely gone, with most of their religious drive gone after the events of Halo 3, and the Elites and Grunts have partnered with the humans. Then the Chief makes his escape, grabbing what looks to be a pistol – but then fires a grenade, blasting the door in front of him open. As he looks out, we see a closer view of the gun, which looks similar to the Halo 1 pistol but with a grenade attachment on the barrel of the gun. When the camera pans back, we see what is most likely the ship the Chief and Cortana were on at the end of Halo 3, and then – in the background – an enormous artifact (ship? the planet at the end of Halo 3?), whose center (loading bay?) opens up, and the trailer ends abruptly.
There are a number of questions this trailer raises, but most importantly: What will we fight in Halo 4? Since the Covenant have nothing to fight for and the Gravemind has been defeated, Halo 4 has to introduce a new enemy, a new plot arc, and answer deeper questions about the Forerunners and mythos of the Halo universe.
I just saw I Am Number Four the other day with some friends, and I have to admit, it was awesome. A boy is faced with a semi-typical mission, save his planet, but it takes a totally different direction after that. The movie has everything: action, mystery, weapons, friendships, romance, and more. It’s tough to talk about anything from this movie without giving away some details, so all I can really say is that it’s a MUST see. Anybody looking for a date movie, this would be a pretty good choice. The only possible negative that I can say about the movie is that the story is so intricate, that by the time the movie was over, I had so many questions to ask, but no answers. Thankfully it appears that it is left open for a sequel (I believe the books are supposed to be a 6 book series), so maybe some of these questions will be answered in the future. It’s one of the few movies we all sat through and didn’t say a word during because we were so into it. The first words came out when the credits began rolling, and they were, “That was awesome.” Go ahead and give this film a shot, I think you will be pleased with what you watch.