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Heavy Metal – Retro Film Review

First of all this movie is not safe for kids! So please respect yourself by watching it only in the presence of adults. There’s plenty of nudity both necessary and perhaps a little unnecessary, but the world that Heavy Metal depicts shows us that whether in a faraway future or distant past, evil has always been right there within us all waiting for the chance to grow stronger and control us completely. The world that Heavy Metal depicts is both a faraway future and a long forgotten past where alien and human society have merged on Earth. New York City is even more crowded than ever, with traffic backed up as far as the eye can see, and even the air is full of cars. This is a world where alien and human society have merged on Earth.

Ancient tales of the battle between good and evil are told as this film serves to introduced the universe of Heavy Metal that was later brought to an even larger and more defined vision in the film’s sequel. A mysterious green orb, which will later be detailed in the film’s many scenarios and its sequel Heavy Metal 2000, commands a little girl representing the new generation to listen to its many stories. This green orb has been many places, and seen many things. The film uses this storytelling technique to deliver a quantum experience that offers multiple realities which are all tied together in some way, and will eventually set the stage for an even larger story to be played out.

Heavy Metal is a franchise from the past. Its original release date was 1981 and while many reviewers bashed it, they didn’t know what they were witnessing. Back then nobody cared about reviews, nobody even saw them usually. Entertainment thrived in a person to person, word of mouth environment where every franchise stood or fell based on its worth as judged by the people you knew in life, not by some reviewers being handed a copy of everything for free (yeah I went there).

This film is a film that seems to have been misunderstood by a great amount of reviewers who watched it. While many find the themes of sex, violence, and the fragility of women (only to be later cancelled out by female characters playing strong hero roles later down the line) to be “sexist” and claim Heavy Metal is nothing more than a “juvenile b00bfest”, they have missed the point of this film entirely. These dark themes and extremely crude male characters represent the dark and the evil in the world we live in today. Heavy Metal is a parable with reality that shows the great amount of negativity and violent forces that dominate our existence.

These evils are painted to be everywhere and the film shows us that even the smallest thoughts inside of us need merely a small push from this green orb to turn what was already inside of us into the way we behave. The greed, lust, and overall disregard for human life that is shown in this film is the villain to be conquered and is perhaps the most well illustrated, well written, and most terrifying villain of entertainment history. This villain is known to many as the Loc-Nar and we are eventually taught (if we are willing to listen) that the female gender which represents life and light is in fact the most sacred creature to the male which represents human nature and the darkness which surrounds us when we are lacking in the care and knowledge of the ultimate consequences of our actions.

Heavy Metal was truly ahead of its time. The integration of humans with aliens as normal is a theme that has barely had its surface scratched in modern film with the exception of a few surprisingly deep films like The Fifth Element, District 51, and of course Avatar. Beyond that, the deeper overarching themes which lies beneath the literal actions taking place (if you are aware enough to read into them) approach the subjects of society, human nature, and morality in a way that is completely real and unrestricted by ‘politically correct’ standards set by our increasingly hypocritical entertainment industry and its massive audiences.

Final Verdict: With plenty of babes to lust over, a deep and meaningful message, amazing animated hand-drawn graphics, and iconic heavy metal music (duh) from the time period you just don’t get these days, and plenty of the devilish blood, guts, and gore that you’ve all become accustomed to in the modern era, Heavy Metal stands the test of time for revisiting film buffs and newcomers alike. Heavy Metal gets an overall score of 8/10 and its sequel Heavy Metal 2000 will also receive a review from RealGamerNewz Film section when we get the chance, until then scroll down for a preview and even a link of where to find the full film viewable now for free.

Official Trailer:

Overall Score: 8/10

Watch Heavy Metal: FREE on Crackle

Review Copy Info: A copy of this film was purchased by RealGamerNewz for the purposes of this review.

Editor’s Note: RealGamerNewZ has moved web servers, some older posts can no longer be commented on and have been preserved without their images. Thank you for your understanding in this matter. This article was written by Jon Ireson on 20130720 and was last modified on 20130720 .

Update: Super Smash Bros Game by Sony is Called Title Fight

It has been the general consensus for a short while now that Sony Computer Entertainment was/is developing a batch of new IPs including a new exclusive fighting game. It seems like the wait has been forever to some of us who have been wondering just what is up Sony’s sleeve. The wait may be over today if we are to believe these test images to be genuine.

The original source for these images was on Twitter and the TwitPic URLs appear to have been deleted. There is a mirror available currently via GamingEverything who suggests a comparison between the upcoming title and the concept of Nintendo’s largely popular Super Smash Bros. franchise.

HipHopGamer has made reference to a game starring Sweet Tooth alone as a character. It merits mentioning that this is possibly a batch of stray test images from that game, and not a set of screenshots from Sony’s new fighting IP. Then again, there’s also the possibility that the two projects are one in the same. Only time will tell at this stage.

Update:

Multiple sources are now reporting that the game is called either ‘Title Fight’ or possibly even ‘Title Bout’ and is indeed an exclusive PlayStation 3 fighting game involving characters such as Nathan Drake from the Uncharted franchise, Sweet Tooth of Twisted Metal fame, Kratos – the God of War, PaRappa the Rapper, Colonel Radec from the Killzone franchise, Sly Cooper, and the infamous Fat Princess.

None of this is official yet but the rumors have been persistent. There has also been a line of code spotted containing Kratos’ name. Take a look at some more photographic evidence to this rumor below from SuperBot Entertainment who is said to be working on the title for Sony:

Editor’s Note: RealGamerNewZ has moved web servers, some older posts can no longer be commented on and have been preserved without their images. Thank you for your understanding in this matter. This article was written by Jon Ireson on 20111128 and was last modified on 20111128 .

PAX East 11: Serious Sam: Kamikaze Attack Developer Interview

Hey everybody, check out and enjoy my first ever in-person live interview. Though I have conducted interviews with Indie and larger devs before this was my first up-close-and-personal and I think it turned out pretty well. The Boston Convention Center was extremely loud and rocking at PAX East 2011 in Boston so listen close as me and Brad Johnson from Be-Rad Entertainment break down the ins and the outs of the demo build of Serious Sam: Kamikaze Attack shown off at the event.

You will even catch a glimpse of some epic gameplay footage!

 

“Serious Sam 3 is on its way and to celebrate that Devolver Digital recently announced their Serious Sam indie series! Hitting the Android and iOS store as part of this deployment is Serious Sam: Kamikaze Attack from Be-Rad Entertainment. In this game the roles are reversed as you take upon yourself the goal of the enemy. Check out my interview with the Founder of Be-Rad Entertainment and the mind behind Serious Sam: Kamikaze Attack, with off-screen gameplay footage included!”

Be on the lookout for my follow-up interview with Brad coming soon!

Editor’s Note: RealGamerNewZ has moved web servers, some older posts can no longer be commented on and have been preserved without their images. Thank you for your understanding in this matter. This article was written by Jon Ireson on 20110323 and was last modified on 20130218 .