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Mr. Beaks Corners Guillermo del Toro At The HELLBOY II Blu-Ray Release Party! Tolkien And Lovecraft Are Discussed!

It's 9:00 PM on a Tuesday evening, and there's a party going on at the Hollywood nightclub Element. It's in honor of the bells-and-whistles-laden Blu-ray release of HELLBOY II. People are having a good time. Jeffrey Tambor is there. But the film's director isn't celebrating. No, he's hunkered down like a mob capo in a harshly-lit back room, graciously talking to journalists who're on a fishing expedition for HOBBIT news (when everyone knows there's precious little to report). This is what Guillermo del Toro does better than any other director working today. Whereas most filmmakers would probably sequester themselves in a VIP area and prod The Tambor for MR. MOM anecdotes, del Toro would rather sit in an uncomfortable metal folding chair in a storage room and talk to internet journalists? Why? Because they're the link to his fan base, and the fans are a huge part of the reason he's directing THE HOBBIT (well, that and the fact that he's a fucking visionary). Not that del Toro needs a link: he was a steady presence on the official HELLBOY II message board all the way up to the release of the movie, and he'll be participating in a BD-Live chat on November 23rd (more on that here). Sometimes, I feel like we're just getting in the way. But until del Toro cuts out the middle man and becomes his own press agent, we'll be there to pester him about the fifty-seven projects he has in development (e.g. FRANKENSTEIN, DR. JEKYLL & MR. HYDE, SLAUGHTERHOUSE FIVE, DROOD, HELLBOY III and AT THE MOUNTAINS OF MADNESS). Before I got my audience with del Toro, I spent a little time chatting up the always pleasant Doug Jones, who reiterated that he will not be King Thranduil in THE HOBBIT. Obviously, there will be a role for him in the film, but, in his words, you can definitely cross Thranduil off the list. As for whether he'll be del Toro's Frankenstein, Jones is keeping that possibility on the "happy shelf" for now (though he's very excited about bringing to life the Bernie Wrightson rendering that is del Toro's inspiration for this project). A few minutes later, I was ushered into del Toro's extravagant, 6x8 quarters. We started talking right away, so I missed the opening thirty seconds or so, which was mostly del Toro raving about the HELLBOY II Blu-ray (he'd presided over a demonstration of the special features earlier, and was justifiably proud of what they'd accomplished). From there, we got right into his upcoming projects, how he's going to fit them in with his obligations to Cha Cha Cha (the production shingle he recently formed with buddies Alfonso Cuaron and Alejandro González Iñárritu), and the likelihood of AT THE MOUNTAINS OF MADNESS (have no doubt: he's firmly committed to making a huge-scale Lovecraft movie). And I guess we talked about THE HOBBIT, too.

Guillermo del Toro: Did you have a chance to play with the Blu-ray?

Mr. Beaks: Not yet. Truth be told, I don't have a Blu-ray player yet. I'll get a Playstation 3 one of these days.

Del Toro: You *have* to.

Beaks: But I'm afraid to. I'm already busy enough.

Del Toro: The Playstation 3 is, in my mind, a cornerstone to the future of entertainment. I'm a huge fan.

How do you have time for Playstation 3?

Del Toro: Because I have a twelve-year-old daughter. (Laughs) And she's a massive Sonic the Hedgehog fan. She loves all of the platforms: she loves Wii. It's a great advantage. She doesn't play the hard-core horror stuff, but I do.

Now that it's really happening for you, what with THE HOBBIT coming along, you've taken the opportunity to map out this plan, this master list of projects that you want to make. It's very ambitious and, seemingly, very time consuming. How will you be able to integrate all of this work with whatever it is you're going to do for Cha Cha Cha?

Del Toro: That's a very good question, and the reality is very different than the theory. In theory, all of these things are happening at the same time. When you announce them, people say, "Oh, my god, he is doing all of these things!" But in reality, they're not all happening at the same time. In Cha Cha Cha, we are launching our first production in December in Mexico. It's going to open theatrically. And at the same time, two weeks ago, Alejandro [González Iñárritu] started shooting his new feature [BIUTIFUL], which we are producing. Alfonso [Cuaron] is writing his feature for Cha Cha Cha. He's going to start shooting soon enough, but I can't announce it until he allows me. And I have my own feature for Cha Cha Cha, which I cannot announce until they allow me to. But they're not happening at the same time. I don't want to shoot my feature until after THE HOBBIT. Alejandro will be in postproduction when I'm doing preproduction on THE HOBBIT. But I will still have time to go to his opening. So all of these things can be concurrent and be manageable as long as you work ten hours a day. (Laughs) Which I do.

Beaks: So it's compartmentalization? And a realization that "I'm only going around once, so I'm going to make sure that I get to as many of these as possible"?

Del Toro: It is. I made these a long time ago with the realization that, like everyone else, even if I get to be an obsessive workaholic, I will be able to achieve only a third of what I wanted to. I know that. That's a fact. But the other fact is that if you are organized, if you are... I don't want to say "disciplined" because I don't think I'm disciplined. I'm "obsessive". And if you are obsessive and you are dedicated to it, you can achieve a lot of stuff faster than you think. I mean, there are big gaps in my life. Between CRONOS and MIMIC, there are six years. Between MIMIC and THE DEVIL'S BACKBONE, there are four years. It's not like I've been working all the time. And I really think that I've found a way to get two or three things going at the same time early on. Because I realized if you don't, those gaps happen. People think, "Oh, if you have four things going, only one will happen. If you're lucky."

Beaks: But THE HOBBIT is such a huge undertaking. It's going to consume several years of your career--

Del Toro: But I know directorially, while I'm doing THE HOBBIT, that I will not take anything else. I will not hurry up and shoot a pilot. I will not hurry up and shoot a Spanish-language movie. It's going to be three-and-a-half or four solid years dedicated to THE HOBBIT.

Beaks: But when you come out on the end, maybe you'll need some time off? Perhaps you'll need to recharge your batteries?

Del Toro: I don't need time off. I don't need to recharge. I'm a perpetual working mold. I have a hard time resting. I really do. I don't like time down. Time down is hard work. Work is fun. I think Robert Rodriguez said it well. They asked him, "When are you going to rest?" And he said, "This is how I rest: making movies."

Beaks: Further to that, I think James Cameron once said, "Sleep is a waste of time."

Del Toro: (Laughs) I believe it of him. But it's the same thing with me: hard work is when you don't have that horizon. I think that would be hard; that's what I find frustrating. When you have a horizon, it's great.

Beaks: So once you do come through on the other side of THE HOBBIT, is AT THE MOUNTAINS OF MADNESS still a priority?

Del Toro: One hundred percent. We are developing actively the maquettes, the puppets and the R&D for the digital effects. Part of my deal with Universal is that I will be there somewhat permanently for the live-action, but in exchange I would love to get R&D money to solve the technical problems on AT THE MOUNTAINS OF MADNESS. We are developing tools that are going to be very unprecedented.

Beaks: And then you'll have made so much money with THE HOBBIT that they won't be able to fuck with you. You'll be able to make an H.P. Lovecraft movie on a massive scale.

Del Toro: I must tell you, there wouldn't be a better [outcome] than that. If it happens that way, I will be a very happy man. I think that Lovecraft needs to be given the A-plus treatment. What he is in fiction in my mind... he's the highest caliber of fiction. And he needs to be on film. And so far the only properties that are... not Lovecraft but Lovecraftian and A-plus movies are ALIEN by Ridley Scott and THE THING by John Carpenter. Even though those aren't Lovecraft, they're very Lovecraftian.

Beaks: Hey, I love DIE, MONSTER, DIE.

Del Toro: That is a great "B" movie. And I'm a massive fan of RE-ANIMATOR. But the cosmic side of Lovecraft needs a big budget.

And that's eight minutes with Guillermo del Toro. If you've got one of them Blu-ray gizmos, I'd highly recommend picking up HELLBOY II. A great deal of thought and care has gone into the special features. This isn't just a crude agglomeration of EPK footage, production sketches and unmoderated commentaries; instead, it feels like it's been put together by a fan for fans. I think you'll dig it. Faithfully submitted, Mr. Beaks

P.S. Though I had to fight my way through a five-deep ring of supermodels to get to him, I did speak to Jeffrey Tambor briefly, and he did confirm that Mitchell Hurwitz is definitely making ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT: THE MOTION PICTURE (Collider got him on video). But you already knew that, right?

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  • Nov. 12, 2008, 1:40 p.m. CST

    Big-budget Lovecraft.

    by Nordling

    Want this, very much. I'm patient, Mr. Del Toro, but the Old Ones... not so much!

  • Nov. 12, 2008, 1:45 p.m. CST

    Hellboy vs. The Universal Monsters

    by JediRob


  • Nov. 12, 2008, 1:50 p.m. CST

    PS3 is the future of enterteinment

    by ricarleite

    How visionary.

  • Nov. 12, 2008, 1:52 p.m. CST

    I may get flamed for this

    by Shut the Fuck up Donny

    but I still truly think that Lovecraft stories were never meant to be shown in film. <p> Film is, obviously, visual. <p> On the other hand, I feel Lovecraft's genius was in his ability to make you fear not what you saw, but what you didn't see. <p> Guillermo is a brilliant visual artist, and because of that I just don't think it's the right project for him.

  • Nov. 12, 2008, 1:56 p.m. CST

    I love guillermo...he always sounds so enthusiastic.

    by TheDark0Knight

    I also loved hellboy 2 and will pick up the dvd as sadly I have no HD tv but I do have ps3.

  • Nov. 12, 2008, 1:56 p.m. CST

    Lovecraft : The Musical

    by Squashua

    Azathoth's court will drive you mad.

  • Nov. 12, 2008, 2:06 p.m. CST

    I hope he can do The Hobbit without it looking...

    by rev_skarekroe everything was shot on a set. He has a hard time with that (so does Tim Burton).

  • Nov. 12, 2008, 2:07 p.m. CST

    GDT working for four years on The Hobbit...

    by 11ZOMBIES

    ...means no Hellboy III for at least 5 and half years. What do you know, the "Movie Gods" do exist!

  • Nov. 12, 2008, 2:11 p.m. CST

    Today another friend of mine told me that his PS3 doesn't work.

    by DerLanghaarige

    I guess I'll wait till the PS comes out until a get a 3

  • Nov. 12, 2008, 2:12 p.m. CST

    GDT only works 10 hour days??

    by CarmillaVonDoom

    Fucking slacker. ☺

  • Nov. 12, 2008, 2:15 p.m. CST

    RE: I may get flamed for this

    by Stranamore

    You make an interesting point, but I think you need to distinguish among different works by Lovecraft--some, indeed most, are as you say, but others are not. "At the Mountains of Madness" is stunningly visual, even cinematic at times. Think of all the strange creatures, the terrible vistas, etc.

  • Nov. 12, 2008, 2:17 p.m. CST

    The guy loves his job. One of the reasons his movies are great

    by Stuntcock Mike

  • Nov. 12, 2008, 2:21 p.m. CST


    by Sith Witch

    It's not always a bad thing when things seem to have been shot on-stage, is it? That's the beauty of Bram Stoker's Dracula (1992) to me.

  • Nov. 12, 2008, 2:23 p.m. CST


    by Basehead

    thats probably cause they are all playing those kim possible dvd's. those will ruin any system man

  • Nov. 12, 2008, 2:23 p.m. CST

    At least say like this "Cough, cough, buy PS3, cough."

    by Damien Chowder

  • Nov. 12, 2008, 2:27 p.m. CST

    PS3 sucks balls...

    by expert_40

    ... and I say this because it literally sucks balls.<br><br>There are no good Sony-only games for that piece of crap, and none on the horizon.<br><br>XBOX360 owns the corner on the visionary game market, with titles like Gears of War, Halo, and Mass Effect.<br><br>Plus, Square is making games for the 360, meaning that Final Fantasy XIII will be out on the 360. Also, MGS 4 is coming to the 360 sometime next year. Sony has no ammo left, and they've pissed off all of their 3rd party designers.<br><br>Sony also shits on their idiotically loyal customers. Now, because the PS2 was still selling, all PS3's are NOT backwards compatible, so people who were trading in their old PS2's for store credit at Gamestop to help defray the over-charged price of that doorstop now have to hold on to their PS2s if they ever want to play any of their old games.<br><br>Also, Sony says the PS3 is an HD Machine out of the box, but they're lying. The PS3 comes with cable tech that is 20 years old - composite cables! You know, red-yellow-white? They don't even come with component cables (blue-red-green) which can get you at least 1080i, forget coming with an HDMI cable for true HD.<br><br>So forget about watching trueHD blu-rays right out of the box without spending yet another $50.00 for a decent HDMI cable on top of the ridiculously high price of the PS3. Whereas the 360 Pro comes with component cables, and the 360 Elite comes with component cables AND an HDMI cable (a good one, not some cheapie one) for $400.00.<br><br>Also, because Microsoft just partnered with Netflix, you can watch trueHD, 1080p movies on your XBOX360 without needing a Blu-ray player. How, you ask? You download your Netflix rental directly into your hard drive!<br><br>I'm sorry, but Del Toro is completely wrong about the PS3.<br><br>If you want the best gaming, Netflix downloads instead of waiting for the disc in the mail, and better loyalty to the customer, then the 360 is the way to go, by far.

  • Nov. 12, 2008, 2:31 p.m. CST

    Ratner attached to In The Mountains of Madness.

    by vic twenty

    Like the sound of that, folks???

  • Nov. 12, 2008, 2:40 p.m. CST

    Why would a studio throw a party for a film that bombed?


    Seriously. Whose decision was that?

  • Nov. 12, 2008, 3 p.m. CST

    yes, bring on the arrested movie

    by lbayniner

    and all the hobbit stuff too

  • Nov. 12, 2008, 3:01 p.m. CST

    Anybody else think...

    by Half-Baked-Goggle-Box-Do-Gooder

    ....That it'd be a good idea to do a series of mini-Hellboy features, doing 8 or 9 minute adaptations of the short bits like "Hellboy Gets A Car" or "The Iron Shoes" and show them as pre-film goodies, like the old Warner Bros. cartoons (or the Roger Rabbit shorts in the 80's)? <P>del Toro can produce and oversee, he doesn't have to work himself ragged - give other guys a shot, like the fake trailers in "Grindhouse". (I can easily see Rodriguez doing a badass version of "The Varcolac"...)

  • Nov. 12, 2008, 3:01 p.m. CST

    DGDB - There is coke to be snorted and...

    by vic twenty

    whores to snort it from. Studio hacks just needed a party. And you know GDT is dripping in chocolate pussy juice!!

  • Nov. 12, 2008, 3:02 p.m. CST

    Fuck we have Xbots in AICN Talkbacks now??

    by TheWaqman

    Piss off expert, nobody's listening. Anyways I hope Del Toro makes the film look like Jackson's trilogy (you know, more outdoor shooting, less studio stuff). Because a big problem with Del Toro's films are that it just looks so artificial at times, like you can clearly tell its in a studio. Still he has great vision. And thankfully he's not writing the script.

  • Nov. 12, 2008, 3:03 p.m. CST

    Stranamore, admittedly...

    by Shut the Fuck up Donny

    Mountains of Madness is one of the few Lovecraft works I HAVEN'T read, so I rightfully got called out by you on this one. I was just basing my statements on a good deal of his other works and made the foolish assumption MoM was similar.

  • Nov. 12, 2008, 3:03 p.m. CST

    Is there any point to buying on Blu-Ray if

    by Animation

    Is there any point to buying on Blu-Ray if you have a ps3 but your TV, while large (61"), is 5-6 years old and only does 720p? I have a Samsung DLP but it is older. Should I start buying Blu-Ray just so that I will have them once I *do* get 1080p? And will the ps3 downconvert to 720p very well?

  • Nov. 12, 2008, 3:04 p.m. CST


    by lbayniner

    i won't be back to reply to whatever stupidity you say in response to this, but feel free to continue ignoring PS3 exclusives like littlebigplanet, the resistance, jak and daxter and ratchet and clank series', and the greatest of the great, god of war

  • Nov. 12, 2008, 3:07 p.m. CST


    by DerLanghaarige

    You made me laugh much more than you probably intended to :D<br> And in my first post I meant of course: "I wait till the PS4 comes out before I get a 3!" Stupid numblock :P

  • Nov. 12, 2008, 3:09 p.m. CST

    Vic Twenty -- oh....right on.


    In that case, good for them. I just didn't want them getting any ideas like this film was actually a success. If its just an excuse to fuck whores.....CARRY ON!!

  • Nov. 12, 2008, 3:12 p.m. CST


    by kayleefan

    Man you are fucking clueless. If you think you need to spend $50 for an HDMI cable you're a frakkin' jackass. Stupid bastard. Also, tell me how they're going to cram 25GB of MGS4 on a DVD for the 360. Jagoff.

  • Nov. 12, 2008, 3:14 p.m. CST

    Lovecraft needs to be done properly

    by I Dunno

    With all the shitty torture porn movies being greenlit and that douchebag Michael Bay remaking horror movies that were made 5 years ago, real horror deserves a nod.

  • Nov. 12, 2008, 3:18 p.m. CST

    uhhh yeah....that dude is the only guy hailing XBOX 360.


    Fuck that bulky, archaic, overpriced piece of shit. How many people actually own those anymore?

  • Nov. 12, 2008, 3:26 p.m. CST

    ahhh, the idiot Sony-Zombies come out of the woodwork...

    by expert_40

    That's right, keep on taking those shots in the mouth from Sony.<br><br>There is a reason why the PS3 is considered one of the biggest tech busts of the last 5 years, and all of your whining and propaganda do nothing to change it.<br><br>And God of War the best of the best? A mindless button masher? Really? That's your call to greatness?<br><br>Bitch, Gears of War OWNS any single game Sony has come out with in the two years of their shitastic run with the PS3.<br><br>Gears has set all kinds of records as a game that is on ONE console only (not a Madden or GTA IV). Sony won't ever have a game do that.<br><br>Again... Sony takes your money, gives you tech that's 20 years old, and you lap it up like it's filet minon when it's dog food.<br><br>And again... Netflix downloads of 1080p movies, WITHOUT blu-ray.<br><br>But you people keep on preaching the word of your shitty false prophet. Little Blue Planet? Whatev.

  • Nov. 12, 2008, 3:30 p.m. CST

    Metal (20 min cut scene) Gear (20 minute cut scene) Solid (20 mi

    by Baron Karza

    4 sucks.

  • Nov. 12, 2008, 3:33 p.m. CST

    "...the cosmic side of Lovecraft ..."

    by DoctorWho?

    That's what I'm talking about.<p> And I do agree Lovecraft is "... the highest caliber of fiction."... but not... "And he needs to be on film". Sure, people will be exposed to Lovecraft who would otherwise never be...And they won't realize no matter WHO attempts to put Lovecraft on film will be lucky to capture one thousandth of a percent of the tone, flavor and epic scope of some of his stories. <p> But hey, better Del Toro than ANYBODY because he 'gets it'! I wish him the best of luck. I'll be there. His efforts will no doubt guide many people to the souce material.

  • Nov. 12, 2008, 3:40 p.m. CST

    This thread has turned into a Snoy PS3 flame fest.

    by Roketopunch

    In defense of God Of War. It has a great story along with it being a button masher. Play MGS4 that should shut you up. Some of the greatest graphics on any console. MGS4 for game of the year. LOVECRAFT!!!! I haven't seen any good Lovecraftian(except for Dagon) since In the Mouth of Madness. After reading Lovecraft, I remember the mind's eye visuals for the Old Ones and monsters that I invisioned. I'm really curious to see Del Toro's ideals. Yes!

  • Nov. 12, 2008, 3:40 p.m. CST

    This thread has turned into a Snoy PS3 flame fest.

    by Roketopunch

    In defense of God Of War. It has a great story along with it being a button masher. Play MGS4 that should shut you up. Some of the greatest graphics on any console. MGS4 for game of the year. LOVECRAFT!!!! I haven't seen any good Lovecraftian(except for Dagon) since In the Mouth of Madness. After reading Lovecraft, I remember the mind's eye visuals for the Old Ones and monsters that I invisioned. I'm really curious to see Del Toro's ideals. Yes!

  • Nov. 12, 2008, 3:45 p.m. CST

    Hellboy II DIDN'T Bomb

    by mattalgrand

    "Why would a studio throw a party for a film that bombed?" -- DANNYGLOVERS Hellboy II Budget: $85 M Worldwide Gross: $154.5 M Damn, what a failure.

  • Nov. 12, 2008, 3:46 p.m. CST

    Pans Labyrinth was Genious

    by D o o d

    HellboyII was dogshit!

  • Nov. 12, 2008, 3:48 p.m. CST

    HD-DVD fan NOW wants a...(gulp) $200 Blu-ray player.

    by JDanielP

    Can anyone offer me some help? I've become more curious about the Blu-ray players that are "at" or "near" the $200 price-point. The heavy in the room, for me, is THE DARK KNIGHT. --HELLBOY II would be icing on the cake. --So, I'm wondering, are the older players keeping up with the updates? I sure as hell don't want to buy a player that won't play either THE DARK KNIGHT or HELLBOY II in HD.

  • Nov. 12, 2008, 3:51 p.m. CST


    by mode_7

    PS3 plays Blu-rays, and this being a movie site and all... And who cares if most of the decent games out for the PS3 are also on the Xbox? How the fuck does that affect me? Bottom line is, if you already have a semi decent PC an Xbox is pretty much redundant since most of the big Xbox exclusives (like Gears) end up getting ported over. <p> By the way, does anyone else find the built-in spellcheck on google chrome to be really fucking shite?

  • Nov. 12, 2008, 3:51 p.m. CST

    If Microsoft releases a Blu-ray add-on for Xbox 360

    by JDanielP

    ...I'm sold.

  • Nov. 12, 2008, 3:53 p.m. CST


    by Le Vicious Fishus

    Fuck yes. Now THAT'S cool news.

  • Nov. 12, 2008, 3:55 p.m. CST


    by D o o d

    You are talking without much knowledge and being very pro Microsoft. Which is fine, however, your arguments are totally biased. There is this one small game called Killzone2 which is coming out soon, which is the best looking thing I've ever seen put into a video games machine. I've seen it, I've played and I can tell you, YOU will also want it. Now I'm not gonna bad mouth the 360 as I believe that it is also a good console and the games that are available are absolutely up there with the best of them. However, the PS3 offers a lot more. You can watch HD movies on it, you just have to be not so tight to go out and buy your own HDMI cable.

  • Nov. 12, 2008, 3:58 p.m. CST

    You could at least asked him about the Hobbit

    by pipergates

    why bother including Tolkien in the headline at all...

  • Nov. 12, 2008, 4:01 p.m. CST

    Conan. (I know this is irrelevant here but..)

    by wowsah156

    Consider the amount of effort , love,and attention to detail, that Del Toro puts in to all his works (just like Peter Jackson). Do you think that Brett Ratner would be able to put in the same level of time and commitment to detail to Conan and his universe for the Conana movie. Will we get a Howard Shore soundtrack full of detail and history? Will we get a movie that is studio resistant that could go 2 hrs and 50 minutes? Until we get tha tsame level of energy from Ratner that Del Toror puts into his creations Conan is just going to be a disapointment.

  • Nov. 12, 2008, 4:02 p.m. CST

    Hoping a third Hellboy is greenlighted.

    by mrfan

  • Nov. 12, 2008, 4:03 p.m. CST



    They don't give a shit about foreign. I have no idea why but a film is considered a failure or success based on domestic performance. Case in point-- Waterworld, made a combined 265 million and cost 175. Yet it is still considered a massive bomb.

  • Nov. 12, 2008, 4:12 p.m. CST


    by expert_40

    ... MGS 4 is the only decent Sony-only game released on the PS3 Platform. And it's coming to the 360, so it isn't Sony-only.<br><br>Sony doesn't make their own games. Not like Microsoft does. PS3 will never see Gears of War or Mass Effect.<br><br>Sony has also made the gross miscalculation of pissing off Square and many other 3rd party game designers whom they have been dependent upon.<br><br>My problem with Sony isn't a Microsoft vs. Sony flamewar people. It's the way in which Sony treats it's customers, who seem to like taking it in the ass for some unknown reason. Microsoft made mistakes with the XBOX 360 (red-ring), then gave EVERYONE a 3 year unlimited warranty. Does anyone think Sony would ever do that?<br><br>Sony treats you Zombies like crap, yet you keep on taking it. I work in the industry. I know. Trust me, Sony has lost. Yes, it's a good blu-ray player. But as a platform for video games (good, ground-breaking video games), the PS3 is a total failure due to the hubris of Sony.

  • Nov. 12, 2008, 4:17 p.m. CST


    by mode_7

    Give me one (1) reason why someone with a decent PC should buy an Xbox.

  • Nov. 12, 2008, 4:18 p.m. CST

    expert_40 -- uhhhhh who fucking cares?


    You're arguing about which gaming platform is better? Jesus Christ, I don't think this site has crawled that deep into the bowels of "Getting a fucking life" World just yet.

  • Nov. 12, 2008, 4:25 p.m. CST


    by SpawnofAchilles

    here's one, you don't have to upgrade your xbox in a few months to play the new games on high settings, here's another I have a 50 inch hdtv with surround sound, why would I want to play a game on a computer monitor? I know you can probably hook the comp up to the TV but who wants to deal with that?

  • Nov. 12, 2008, 4:26 p.m. CST


    by SpawnofAchilles

    yes because you semi trolling on movie forums allllll fucking day is so much cooler then playing awesome video games...

  • Nov. 12, 2008, 4:26 p.m. CST


    by SpawnofAchilles

    by the way, did you watch the squid and the whale yet you son of a bitch? <3

  • Nov. 12, 2008, 4:26 p.m. CST

    My ColecoVision console rusted up on me..

    by Baron Karza

    Make the sale Gil!

  • Nov. 12, 2008, 4:28 p.m. CST

    I'd buy a PS3 to play Blu-Rays and Madden.

    by vic twenty

    But it would primarily be a movie machine. I have no plans to get one in the near future cuz there is always better shit to do.

  • Nov. 12, 2008, 4:29 p.m. CST



    No man. But its on my queue......coming up in about 10 films. <P>Stay up playa!

  • Nov. 12, 2008, 4:29 p.m. CST

    Well, maybe not better, but more shit to do.

    by vic twenty

  • Nov. 12, 2008, 4:30 p.m. CST



    How am I semi-trolling? Is that like a semi erection? It still sorta works I guess.... <p> The only TB's I'll ever sorta troll are The Watchmen TB's. Hehehehe. Not that I'm making shit up just to get at people....its just that I don't really know anything about that shit and I pretend to. Sometimes.

  • Nov. 12, 2008, 4:33 p.m. CST

    mode_7 your 1 reason

    by dudemandude

    cost effectiveness? Is it not cheaper to purchase an Xbox 360 than a PC or even to upgrade your PC?

  • Nov. 12, 2008, 4:34 p.m. CST


    by expert_40

    ... you're absolutely correct.<br><br>Only on an outstanding PC can you play Crysis, one of the greatest FPSs ever made (albeit at about 80% capacity).<br><br>Another strike against the PS3 is the fact that to play any game, it actually has to partially download into the system, which takes a ton of time and takes up valuable disc space. That, and the crummy, 20 year-old wires they give you. Haha.

  • Nov. 12, 2008, 4:34 p.m. CST

    expert_40 -- are you Coughlins Laws?


    You sound like him.

  • Nov. 12, 2008, 4:40 p.m. CST


    by dudemandude

    I think this guys' best film was Pan's because I found it to be highly original, unsettling and dark, there was great acting and the story was top notch. Hellboy films, not so much. I can totally see this guy doing a Lovecraft film though, his style would be a perfect fit. I just wish it was Call of Cthulhu ☺

  • Nov. 12, 2008, 4:49 p.m. CST


    by anyrandomhero

    I'm a huge fan...mgs4 is amazing and kojima himself has said it will never be on xbox...also wheres the resistance 2 and little big planet love? they are some big exclusives right there! Also final fantasy versus 13 is still a ps3 exclusive at this moment and Agito is psp so your getting 1/3rd of the story. <br> And if were talking about ps3's breaking or disk drives failing the Red Ring Of Death is far more epic in scale. <br> Also at least Sony are doing something fairly original with Home (when it eventually comes out) whereas the new xbox dashboard just rips off the Nintendo's Mii avatars. <br> Xbox fanboys are so defensive. I'm a fan of gears and halo just in my opinion ps3 is the far better system. <br> P.S. I cannot wait for The Hobbit and Lovecraft

  • Nov. 12, 2008, 4:54 p.m. CST

    ps3 blues...

    by Zardoz

    man, I so thought I would be among the throngs of people buying a ps3 when it came out, but I wasn't. I love my 360 and all the cool games on it. Don't forget about Dead Rising, still one of my favorite 360 exclusives, & the reason I bought a 360 in the first place. The ONLY reason to buy a ps3 is the Blu-ray. Dark Knight in Imax ratio, anyone? Still, I can't wait for Netflix HD downloads on the 360! BTW Sony lost billions on the ps3, and so did MS, but MS looks like it might actually turn a profit on their console...

  • Nov. 12, 2008, 4:57 p.m. CST

    You lie about FF XIII...

    by expert_40

    ... they announced that FF XIII was coming to the 360 this summer.<br><br>And you better believe MSG 4 will make a very Unreal (ahem) debut on the 360 as well, much like Bioshock has done on the PS3.<br><br>Again, Sony-Zombie propaganda. They're losing the fight, so they resort to lies.<br><br>Again, Sony has pissed off just about all the 3rd party designers out there. Square is number 1 on that list. The final announcement at E3 this summer (hello, it was EVERYWHERE) was FF XIII coming to the 360.<br><br>As for Resistance 2, umm, Res. 1 wasn't any good.<br><br>I was wrong in one thing, though... Uncharted is a good game. So right now, Sony has Uncharted.<br><br>Go into your local Gamestop, people, and look at the differences in the size of the respective walls. And look at the difference in 1st party games you'd actually want to play. And MSG 4 won't win game of the year. That was reserved for Gears 2 two years ago.

  • Nov. 12, 2008, 4:59 p.m. CST

    Expert 40oz

    by CharyouTree

    The Three Ring of Death has cost Microsoft Billions, how is that not a "Tech bust" and if your PS3 breaks, phone Sony and they come and pick up your machine, with a replacement in hand. HDMI cables $50?!?!, Gears is Xboxs only triple A title, MGS4 I doubt will be on the Xbox until the data compression gets better, The ONLY thing the xbox does better is xbox live gaming,(which you have to pay for and is full of 11 year old twats) finaly you spoke sense about Crysis though!

  • Nov. 12, 2008, 4:59 p.m. CST

    Gil... As in Gil-ty.

    by worldofwarcraft

    Dazzle me.

  • Nov. 12, 2008, 5:08 p.m. CST

    There must be a Hellboy 3!

    by Amy Chasing

    Hellboy 2 needs it. You can't just leave the series there. <P> Well, ok, you can. But it'd be disappointing.

  • Nov. 12, 2008, 5:11 p.m. CST

    Who gives a shit which is better? Just buy

    by Dingbatty

    all three consoles. Shit, I still have a working Intellivision.

  • Nov. 12, 2008, 5:11 p.m. CST

    expert_40, SHUT THE FUCK UP

    by mode_7

    Go and annoy your own kind over joystiq or something will you? Console wars are for 14 year olds, we've got more pressing matters to address like giant fucking squids. For all intents and purposes the PS3 and the Xbox ARE THE SAME FUCKING THING. Besides, the Wii destroyed them both...

  • Nov. 12, 2008, 5:14 p.m. CST

    expert 40

    by anyrandomhero

    If you read what i actually said you'd see that i said final fantasy Versus 13 not FF13...Versus is a completely separate game, hence why i said you only getting 1/3rd of the story. <br><br> and resistance 1 was enjoyable not perfect i agree but insomniac has ramped it up for the sequel what with 60 player online games..and an 8 player side story as well as the single player mode.<br><br> I like how you ignore the valid points i made such as Home being an attempt at something being original and Little Big Planet which is already one of the biggest games of the year. <br><br>and capacity issues in itself is one reason why metal gear will never be on Xbox..the blu ray was near capacity so you would need like 4 disks to play a 10 hour game!

  • Nov. 12, 2008, 5:21 p.m. CST

    Arrested Development the movie greenlit

    by antonphd where's the story up on this?

  • Nov. 12, 2008, 5:33 p.m. CST

    xbox360 vs ps3.. quite simple

    by bongo123

    both are fantastic consoles but to me, the 360 is the one for the best games and the ps3 while also having some great games just doesnt have the same quality or quantity of exclusive AAA titles and the cross platforms ones always run/look better on the 360 thats a fact, but fuck me do i not want God of War, you can keep metalgear, to me God of War is gonna be the PS3's Gears of War, it'll shift them by the bucket load and may even tempt me to buy one even if all you do is press the one button over and over

  • Nov. 12, 2008, 5:45 p.m. CST

    Nintendo Wii is fantastic BTW...

    by Amy Chasing

    for playing Nintendo games. ;) <P> But seriously, the Wii cops a lot of flak and justifiably so in many ways (lack of third-party games, too many peripherals, poor graphics quality, etc). The thing that the Wii has done is get game makers to think "how can we make our game more immersive". I think motion sensor tech is only the tip of the iceberg.

  • Nov. 12, 2008, 5:58 p.m. CST

    Thanks Guillermo

    by Chuck_Chuckwalla

    You always put a lot of great content and commentaries on you DVD's. An amateur film director like me pours over all that stuff like it was the Zapruder film. And trust me, any doubt that PS3 isn't the best console out there, just wait until Killzone 2 comes out. That'll shut you 360 nerds up.

  • Nov. 12, 2008, 6:07 p.m. CST

    Console wars are for kiddies :)

    by giger167

    Seriously, just buy them all lol, why deprive yourself. I bought the PS3 purely to play blu-ray (at the time it was the cheapest option to get into the format in the UK) and I love my movies, and I picked up a hd-dvd add-on for the 360 for nothing, as the movies are so cheap now to buy (seriously they are like £3 each from hmv and there are loads of superb titles) Ok it is a dead format, but there are a couple of hundred seriously cool titles I have been filling my shelves up with. Hellboy, by the way, is great on blu-ray, the picture is stunning. There are loads of fantastic games on all three consoles, gears of war 2, resistance 2, halo, drakes fortune, metal gear solid etc. There is room in the world for all three formats to make money, just embrace them all lol :)

  • Nov. 12, 2008, 6:14 p.m. CST

    Spot on about Alien ........

    by RoseBuddy

    ..being "Lovecraftian" (&The Thing). I was going to make a comment about a properly produced Lovecraft movie having the impact in an original Alien kind of way & son-of-a-gun, he already made that kind of statement....I'm impressed & take that as a good sign!

  • Nov. 12, 2008, 6:42 p.m. CST

    Video games are a waste of time...

    by ebonic_plague

    ...and video game techie e-peenmanship is quite possibly the most pathetic flame war since the HD-DVD/Blu-Ray nerd-stat slap fight. Shouldn't you people be in that Trek TB whining about the designs of fake spaceships?

  • Nov. 12, 2008, 6:48 p.m. CST

    I wish some fucker would make a mega-budget CTHULHU


    Preferably James Cameron!!

  • Nov. 12, 2008, 6:56 p.m. CST

    Is Expert still choking on Bill Gate's cum?

    by Ckuouka

    First, MGS4 is not coming to 360. Kojima said it isn't. Konami said it isn't. Every rumor, including the most recent one, has been debunked. But then again, you were also the one who tried to tell people that the PS3 didn't play PS1 games and that it only let you play WiFi. And as for the Netflix thing, the PS3 has had a videostore since, I believe, July. Hundreds of titles, if not over a thousand. Movies, TV shows. For rental, for purchase. But you won't mention that because it doesn't buy into your narrow little world where Halo 3 is somehow revolutionary. <BR><BR> As for FFXIII, there are supposed to be six games in the series. FFXIII, FFXIII Versus, and FFXIII Agito have been announced. FFXIII is for both PS3 and 360. FFXIII Versus is PS3 exclusive. Agito is for PSP. Being Squarenix are known for raping their customers (see the 900 Kingdom Hearts portable sequels), I am pretty sure what they will do is announce the next two FFXIII games for DS and 360, with the final FFXIII game being, once again, for both the PS3 and 360. That way, Squarenix make money from all the major system owners. Don't be surprised if that's how it happens. Make the two big titles multi-platform, but all the side stories exclusive to particular platforms.

  • Nov. 12, 2008, 6:58 p.m. CST

    Great Interview, brief as it was

    by sideshowbob

    I have nothing to say but that. Kudos. The film world needs more del Toros.

  • Nov. 12, 2008, 6:59 p.m. CST


    by killianx

    "The mist" is was very lovecraftian as well!

  • Nov. 12, 2008, 7 p.m. CST

    Nice piece BTW, Beaks


    I'm wasn't of biggest of Del Toro fans, but he's someone who really excites me now. <p> p.s. I still think PAN'S LABYRINTH is massively overrated, though.

  • Nov. 12, 2008, 7:02 p.m. CST

    And about multi-platform ttiles

    by Ckuouka

    It is harder to make a 360 game and port it to the PS3. That's why games like Dead Space and Mirrors Edge were actually developed FIRST on the PS3 and then switched over to 360. When companies do that, and more of them are starting to, the PS3 version is equal or better to the 360 version. They learned that from the early PS3 ports which were not as good as their 360 counterparts.<BR><BR> However, the town X-Bot seems to leave out the fact that a lot of developers have been complaining that they are close to reaching the limits of the 360, while still praising the PS3. The id Software have spoken about how they are going to have to downgrade the graphics of the 360 version of Rage compared to the PS3 and PC versions. Not only that, but they cut out an entire section of the game because it would've required a third disc to fit on the 360 version, while on PC and PS3, the entire game is on one disc. The developers of Ghostbusters spoke about how many more enemies they would've put in the game if they only had to develop for the PS3. The new members of Team Ninja have spoken incredibly highly of the PS3 now that Itagaki is gone. They have said they are looking forward to doing new things with the system. <BR><BR> So, the PS3 doesn't come with an HDMI cable? You can get one cheap if you know where to look. The only thing the 360 revolutionized was having a higher hardware failure rate than any other electronic item, besides laptops.

  • Nov. 12, 2008, 7:06 p.m. CST

    Dead Rising

    by Ckuouka

    Oh, and Dead Rising is coming out for the Wii and possibly the PS3. Capcom won't say no when asked about the PS3. Dead Rising 2 is pretty much guaranteed to be multi-platform.

  • Nov. 12, 2008, 7:15 p.m. CST

    Final Note

    by Ckuouka

    Quite a few games for the PS3 don't require hardware installs. And if installs are so bad, why is the 360 being updated to allow them for all older games? <BR><BR> Finally, as for the statements you made about being treated like crap by Sony, I can't think of anything that would be shittier than being asked to pay a subscription fee to go online with my system. PS3 online is free. We may not get your Wii-rip off avatars, but we do get Home and we do get to play every online PS3 game without any sort of fee. We do get to upload mods to Unreal 3. We do get to create hundreds of our own levels for Little Big Planet. Oh, yeah, and there's the 60 player online matches in Resistance 2. For free. Pretty smooth 60 player online matches too. For free. <Br><BR> I'm not going to say the 360 is a shit system, because it isn't. It's a good system. Not a great one. A good one. Can't think of a single game on it that I am missing by only owning a PS3. I mean, Gears is okay. Halo is mediocre. Fable, I can live without. Ummmm...are there any more? I can't think of any? <BR><BR> Bottom line is that Sony's first party games are so much better than the 360's. Resistance 2 (and I didn't like the first one, either), Killzone 2, Uncharted, Warhawk, Little Big Planet, Siren: Blood Curse, White Knight Chronicles, Infamous, Wipeout HD, God of War 3, Twisted Metal, Heavy Rain, Ratchet & Clank...need I go on?

  • Nov. 12, 2008, 7:20 p.m. CST


    by SpreadLegsNotWar

    PS3 Exclusives:<br> LittleBigPlanet<br> Uncharted: Drake's Fortune<br> Resistance: Fall of Man<br> Resistance: Fall of Man 2<br> MotorStorm<br> MotorStorm: Pacific Rift<br> Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots<br> Heavenly Sword<br> God of War 3<br> Killzone 2<br> Gran Turismo 5<br> inFAMOUS<br> MLB '08: The Show<br> SOCOM: Confrontation<br> Hot Shots Golf<br> Ninja Gaiden Sigma<br> Ratchet & Clank Future: Tools of Destruction<br> Ratchet & Clank: Booty Call<br> Tekken 6<br> Time Crisis 4<br> Warhawk<br> SIREN: Blood Curse<br><br> That's just off of the top of my the dozens of cross platform and PSN games.<br><br> But yeah, other than that there are no games for the PS3.<br><br> It must SUCK to be you, painting yourself into a proverbial gaming corner by being a uni-console fanboy.<br><br> While you argue for and defend your piece of plastic like a retarded zombie, I'll be enjoying the best that all three consoles have to offer (AND Blu-rays) so go eat 18 separate bowls of dicks and wash them down with a glass of cat AIDS you moron.

  • Nov. 12, 2008, 7:30 p.m. CST

    Greatest GDT DVD extra

    by DennisMM

    Forget the fancy stuff. At the beginning of the commentary for "The Devil's Backbone" we're seeing the masterfully sculpted oversized fetuses he used for the closeups of the jars, and GDT asks, "Who doesn't like giant fetuses?" It kills me just to think about it, in that jovial, accented English of his.

  • Nov. 12, 2008, 7:31 p.m. CST

    Hey, game players

    by DennisMM

    Why the fuck do you care if someone disses your preferred platform? They're GAMES, people. Grow up.

  • Nov. 12, 2008, 7:53 p.m. CST


    by SpreadLegsNotWar

    Bullshit is bullshit and it doesn't matter what topic it's getting dumped on if someone's shoveling it, someone's going to get pissed.

  • Nov. 12, 2008, 8:09 p.m. CST


    by expert_40

    retarded kids game<br><br>Decent<br><br>Suck<br><br>Suck<br><br>Suck<br><br>Suck<br><br>Suck<br><br>Good<br><br>Suck<br><br>Retarded button masher<br><br>Suck<br><br>PGR 4 was way better<br><br>Suck<br><br>Suck<br><br>Overrated and hasn't sold all that well<br><br>Suck<br><br>Suck<br><br>Suck<br><br>Suck<br><br>Oh yeah, Tekken 6, also coming to the 360, suck it bitch!<br><br>Suck<br><br>Suck<br><br>Suck<br><br>That all you got, bitch?<br><br>That's right, spread your legs for Sony and take it up your hairy butthole!

  • Nov. 12, 2008, 8:25 p.m. CST

    Dammit, del Toro, make Hellboy 3!!!

    by TallBoy66

    I'll take the hobbit, but none of this moutains stuff, me wantie more Hellboy.

  • Nov. 12, 2008, 8:29 p.m. CST

    GDT still talks like an amateur...

    by Sherlock Holmes II it's not surprising his scripts are so amateurish and his productions are so choc-filled with shameless thievery. And he's doing the 'Hobbit' in a vain attempt at getting all these other "prog-jects" off the ground? Like his Sylvester Stallone as Dr. Frankenstein flick :

  • Nov. 12, 2008, 8:50 p.m. CST

    Wow, you are a loser expert_40

    by SpreadLegsNotWar

    Spread my legs for Sony?<br><br>How old are you?<br><br>I own all three consoles and get to enjoy the best that all three have to offer unlike your faggoty ass who has chosen a side like some toothless retard.<br><br>Have fun with your one console loser.<br><br>Yeah, nice successful troll but if there's even a shred of truth to your idiocy you are truly a sad person.

  • Nov. 12, 2008, 9:20 p.m. CST

    PS3 vs. 360

    by doubleARon

    No I won't go there.<p> I will say that arguing for 360 on a movie site is not going to get very far. Also, comparing highly compressed downloadable content to Blu-ray is pretty funny if you care about image quality at all.<p> No need to run to one side and point at the other yelling expletives like children, just buy what you like. There is no objective truth when it comes to taste in leisure time. Why not just love each other. So much more fulfilling.<p> After the end-of-year Holidays it won't matter so much about PS3 as there will be cheaper players anyways.<p>

  • Nov. 12, 2008, 9:43 p.m. CST

    Expert_40 is obviously 12 years old

    by Ckuouka

    When you start yelling, "Take it up your hairy butthole" at people, they stop paying attention. You are a prime example of the type of loser people complain about who talks shit during Halo 3 or whatever. <BR><BR> As for Tekken 6, I love how you yell, "Suck it, bitch," for a game that we are getting too. I could understand you doing your little pee pee dance if it was canceled for PS3 or whatever, but it isn't. So, you get to enjoy a game we get to enjoy as well. Doesn't ruin my day any.<BR><BR> Anyway, it's late and I'm sure you have a Social Studies test in the morning, so go to sleep, so I'm going to stop arguing with the child.

  • Nov. 12, 2008, 9:44 p.m. CST


    by Ckuouka

    Just wondering how many of the games you claim suck, you've actually played. I'd be willing to bet, oh, none of them.

  • Nov. 12, 2008, 10:29 p.m. CST

    Drood!!! Awesome!

    by Jaybob

    Assuming this is the Dan Simmons title coming out in Feb 09. 'Terror' from him was amazing and 'Drood' is just as good 4 chapters in. Can't wait.

  • Nov. 12, 2008, 10:40 p.m. CST

    Jeez, this got sad in a hurry.

    by Deathpool

    Full disclosure, I own both a 360 and a PS3. The PS3 I bought solely for Blu-Ray, as at the time it was the best player. I enjoy using Xbox Live more than PSN, and have grown to really love the Achievement system, which brings me to buy cross-platform titles on my 360 (I understand that the PS3 now has a Trophy system, but it would be starting over at 0 again, so it is simply too little too late for me). <br><br>That said, I don't believe for a minute that the PS3 is not a bad console as Expert_40 continues to scream. It has a number of high quality exclusive titles that others have already mentioned, and while they may have lost a few such as FF13, its not like they were suddenly canceled for the PS3, simply that more people get to enjoy them (though I will admit getting a certain thrill out of watching hardcore Sony fanboys practically drowning in their tears after it was announced for the 360. Sorrow = big laffs!). I'm not a fan of the Metal Gear Solid series, but MGS4 is a solid title and Game of the Year contender, and one that is not coming to the 360 as of now. Same with LittleBigPlanet, the second game I've purchased for my PS3 (the first being another exclusive, Disgaea 3. By the way, how weird is it that the 360 seems to be the place to go for J-RPG's? Boggles my mind), and in my opinion is a dark horse for GOTY. The Playstation 3 might be trailing the 360 and the Wii, but that doesn't mean its bad by any stretch of the imagination. MS and Nintendo came out with cheaper systems (so undecided people would probably chose them over the PS3) and MS especially made the 360 easier to develop for (so developers focused on it initially). <br><br>I will say though, the guy who was excited about Killzone 2... That game is going to have to raise the dead and shit gold nuggets to get the bad taste of Killzone out of my mouth. I still recall the "in-game footage" they showed back at an old E3. I may have just defended them, but Sony still has plenty of shady ass tactics. All I want for Christmas is a PSP, anyone?

  • Nov. 12, 2008, 10:45 p.m. CST

    I'm an idiot.

    by Deathpool

    "I don't believe for a minute that the PS3 is a bad console" is what I meant to say.

  • Nov. 13, 2008, 12:35 a.m. CST

    "when everyone knows there's precious little to report"

    by darthspielberg

    I see what you did there, Beaks.

  • Nov. 13, 2008, 1:56 a.m. CST

    read expert_40's posts in the voice of...

    by wash

    ...the Comic Book Guy for near 100% accuracy.

  • Nov. 13, 2008, 2:25 a.m. CST

    I'm happy with my DS, thank you very much

    by Spifftacular Squirrel Girl

    Wasn't Del Toro also supposed to do a Dr. Strange movie somewhere down the line?

  • Nov. 13, 2008, 2:52 a.m. CST


    by D o o d

    I PROMISE you, you will be every bit satisfied with Killzone2. The pre-rendered clip that was shown on E3 many years ago wasn't sold as in-game footage but what Guerrilla Games aspired to do. I am very happy to tell you that Killzone2 has surpassed that "pre-rendered" quality. It's the only game I have seen where the environment is rich and dense as it is interactive. Take my word, if you have a PS3, you're in for a treat. Just check out the latest trailer for the game on, everything you see is in-game and real-time!

  • Nov. 13, 2008, 6:52 a.m. CST

    Killzone 2

    by Ckuouka

    Yeah, believe me, I'm tired of games where you're big, beefy space marines. It's become a cliche. One I'm really tired of. And seeing the in-game footage of Killzone 2...I was blown away. They have really gone beyond that trailer they showed a few years back.<BR><BR> As for sales, for 6 out of 10 months, this year, the PS3 outsold the 360 in America. Since the price cut, the 360 is back to outselling it, but, usually, only by a couple thousand units (considering that both are selling in the hundreds of thousands each month, that's not a big margin). I will be the first to say that PS3 sucked its first year. Any denying that would be Sony fanboyism. But, in the past year, it has become an amazing system.<BR><BR>And yes, the trophy system is something I've become quite addicted to. It's one of the few innovations I will hand to Microsoft, as the Achievements were a great idea. I've become incredibly competitive with my friends on certain games. Going for my first platinum (which you only get after you've earned every other trophy) on Dead Space.

  • Nov. 13, 2008, 7:30 a.m. CST


    by Ckuouka

    You should check out Valkyria Chronicles, if you're into strategy RPG's. It's a PS3 exclusive made by Sega by the guy behind Skies of Arcadia. Plays, actually, like a real-time Shining Force. It's the first game in years from Sega that actually feels like a Sega game.<BR><BR> As for J-RPG's, unfortunately, you can't really say any system has become their home when neither system even has ten of them yet. Star Ocean 4 and Tales of Vesperia have both had their developers say they will, in all likelihood, port them over to the PS3, and the only reason they were on the 360 first is that they got the 360 development kits earlier. Besides those two, the 360 has Blue Dragon, Fable 2, Lost Odyssey, and Infinite Undiscovery. The PS3 has White Knight Chronicles, Final Fantasy XIII Versus, Folklore, Valkyria Chronicles, and Disgaea 3. Everything else is multi-platform and very few of them are traditional turn-based RPG's anymore.<BR><BR> As one of my favorite genres, it's actually kinda disappointing how little has been announced for either system. At this moment and time, there are a couple more for 360 than PS3, but with a lot of them being ported, it is hardly the RPG dominance the PS2 had over the X-box.

  • Nov. 13, 2008, 8:24 a.m. CST

    I'm curious about the (near) $200 Blu-ray players

    by JDanielP

    Does anyone have any experience(s) or knowledge to share, regarding purchase of a cheaper Blu-ray player? The closer that Blu-ray players get to $200, the more I'm interested. --I was shocked to discover one at $198,...which I did NOT purchase...over fears of it not being reliable. If it can't play THE DARK KNIGHT Blu-ray upon release, then I'm not interested (and I'll just settle for the dvd).

  • Nov. 13, 2008, 8:56 a.m. CST


    by SpreadLegsNotWar

    Wait until Black Friday, I bet you'll be able to nab a good, reliable player for $150.

  • Nov. 13, 2008, 11:28 a.m. CST

    Phew, glad to hear it!

    by morGoth

    Three to four years dedicated to the Hobbit...thank you Mr. del Toro, Music of the Ainur to these Sooty Ears. Aiya!

  • Nov. 13, 2008, 12:25 p.m. CST

    PS3 sales promotion at Amazon

    by Zardoz

    I may have spoken too soon about not getting a PS3: Amazon has a promotion for buying 40GB and 80GB PS3's. Buy one pre-selected game and a 40GB, get $50 off. Buy one game, one pre-selected Blu-ray title and an 80GB, get $100 off. And if you put it on a new Sony credit card, you get an additional $150 off! Pretty sweet. Now if I can only qualify for that Sony credit card in this economy...

  • Nov. 13, 2008, 1:03 p.m. CST


    by Wilclas

    ... just as he did with our dear, dear Hellboy. My God, why didn´t he just adapt the graphic novel? That character onscreen AINT Mignolla´s creation... WHAT A PIECE OF SHIT HELLBOY 2 WAS... My God, why, oh WHY do you folks love Del Toro that much?! Just because he´s a great guy doesn´t mean he´s a good director! Which HE ISN´T! He may be a good visionary and production designer, but his directing skills are WAY OUT of the big guys´ league. Jesus...

  • Nov. 13, 2008, 2:36 p.m. CST

    Thanks for the Blu-ray advice.

    by JDanielP

    I'll keep my options open. Looks like it'll be THE DARK KNIGHT dvd, for me.

  • Nov. 13, 2008, 6:20 p.m. CST

    Console War

    by anyrandomhero

    I'd jump in but everything i'd need to respond to expert 40 has already been said in a better way than I could put it. <br><br> I like how the ps3 fans have used valid points and not just acted like a retarded eleven year old. People who defend the 360 with proper reasoning seem to own both and that the love is just a difference of opinion which is cool. <br><br> As much as I love games this is a film site! This page should showing people's Del Toro love! If it was a shite topic's talkback like knight rider then fair enough...also why is that reported on when theres a million better tv shows on? <br><br> expert 40 should go back to ranting in his 360 forum while they wank over who can flame the ps3 the best.

  • Nov. 13, 2008, 6:23 p.m. CST


    by anyrandomhero

    It should read above "This page should be showing people's Del Toro love!" <br> we'll never get that edit function!