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It’s still the incredibly slow season for TV, even with this Sunday’s premiere of Fear The Walking Dead (AMC, 8/23, 9pm EST) to consider, but this week brings our beloved Hannibal (NBC, 8/29, 10pm EST) to an end, as unceremoniously and disrespectfully as NBC has handled the entire back half of season 3. Hopefully it’s not pre-empted by a fucking baseball game again this week. Also look out for the post Summerslam (WWE Network, 8/23, 7pm EST) / Takeover Brooklyn (WWE Network, 8/22, 8pm EST) episodes of Monday Night Raw (USA, 8/24, 8pm EST) and NXT (WWE Network, 8/26, 8pm EST), also filmed at Brooklyn’s sold out Barclays Center, and sure to be a cut above the usual weekly installments.
The Microsoft faithful are graced this week with Gears of War Ultimate Edition (Xbox One, 8/25, $59.99), taking the critically acclaimed original installment of the third person cover shooter phenomenon and adding a fresh new coat of HD gloss and a bevy of multiplayer options. More retro minded dorks (raises hand) will be frothing at the mouth for the Mega Man Legacy Collection (Xbox One, PS4, WiiU, 8/25, 14.99). Capcom’s love letter to the blue bomber features fancy pantsed up ports of the first six games, faithfully restored under the supervision of nerd hero Frank Cifaldi from Lost Levels. Really looking forward to this one, why, if I didn’t know any better I’d say it’s our RIOT NERD PICK OF THE WEEK ™.
It’s a busy week for Blu with 80’s Blaxploitation/Kung-Fu oddity The Last Dragon, Tim Robbins starring early 90’s mindfuck Jacob’s Ladder and highly influential and still creepy as fuck 80’s anime institution Vampire Hunter D. Robert DeNiro “bedevils” Mickey Rourke and Lisa Bonet as “Lou Cipher” in erotic 80’s supernatural psychological thriller Angel Heart. But the biggest release this week has to be The Walking Dead Season 5, just in time for this weekend’s aforementioned premiere of the spinoff. They might’ve dropped the ball with the collector’s edition packaging this time, just being a bunch of zombie hands holding the case rather than the usual elaborate McFarlane creations, but don’t let that hold you back from picking this one up. The trailer isn’t just talking out of its undead ass, this really was the series’ best season.
A big week for fans of “classic metal”, as long lived Virginia doom pioneers (and subject of the excellent documentary Last Days Here) Pentagram release “Curious Volume”, and the indestructible Motörhead unleash their 22nd full length studio album, “Bad Magic”
We’re firmly entrenched in the calm after the summer but before the holidays at the temple of stale popcorn, as Owen Wilson stars in No Escape, an unlikely dramatic role that pretty much looks like World War Z without the zombies. Jason Schwartzman’s slice of life slacker comedy 7 Chinese Brothers looks promising though.