Shadow of Mordor Video Reviews From Gamespot, IGN, GamesRadar


And it looks…


Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor is one of those games I had zero interest in when it was first revealed in November 2013. The graphics looked sub par and I had no idea what the actual game was about. Now that things have cleared on both of those matters (the graphics are killer and it’s basically Assassin’s Creed in the LOTR universe and takes place between The Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings Trilogy) I am very, very excited to play it (releases September 30th).

But I wasn’t even gonna give it a sniff until I saw some reviews, and luckily three of the best, Gamespot, IGN, and GamesRadar, have taken care of me (and you) on that front. To watch each of those just click on the corresponding pic:

Gamespot’s Shadow of Mordor Video Review
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IGN’s Shadow of Mordor Video Review
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GamesRadar’s Shadow of Mordor Review
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Batmans Parents Dying: The Supercut Shows How Much it Sucks to be Thomas and Martha Wayne

I’m sure it’ll happen again in the near future…


Bruce Wayne, who grew up to become one helluva detective with the alias “Batman“, has seen his parents die many, many times in the movie world. Vulture‘s Abraham Riesman did the world a favor and put together a supercut showing us this unfortunate incident again, and again, and again in Batmans Parents Dying: The Supercut.

Deaths shown in the video took happened in:

1985: The Super Powers Team: Galactic Guardians (Cartoon)
1989: Batman (The Tim Burton movie)
2005: Batman Begins
2008 (twice): In Batman: Gotham Knight (Animated Movie) and Batman: The Brave and the Bold (Cartoon)
2011: Batman: Year One (Animated Movie)
2013 (twice): The Dark Knight Returns (Animated Movie) and Batman: Arkham Origins (Video Game)
2014: Gotham (TV Series)

R.I.P Thomas and Martha Wayne

Happy Birthday to Bill Murray and The Boss – #MusicMonday!


Two legends in three days…


 Iiiiiiits Monday! And I fucking love Mondays! Because here at Play It Black its #MusicMonday, and this one’s definitely special.

Today, September 22nd sits between two important dates: on September 21st, 1950, Bill Murray was born, and slightly less than a year earlier, September 23, 1949, Bruce Springsteen, aka “The Boss” came into the world. So lets wish these two gangsters a Happy Happy Happy Happy Birthday from Play It Black by taking a look at some of my favorite videos!


Abrams Teases Millenium Falcon, Snyder Teases Batmobile, aka Geek Heaven

Let them fight…

2016 is going to be a COLOSSALLY GIGANTIC year for movies,  meaning the biggest EVER. Sure, nearly all of em are sequels, but these are pretty GD notable sequels. Look at this insane lineup of what is currently scheduled (some could most def see delays):

But you know what? None of those are as big as that movie releasing December 18th, 2015:  Star Wars: Episode VII.  None. I surely got excited  when I read that JJ Abrams put out the first “official” video of the Millenium Falcon today, and it even gave a little Easter Egg at the end (I’ll let you watch the video first before giving it away). Surely I would have liked to see the cockpit, but I’ll live.

Yeah, that “Easter Egg” was a Batmobile at the bottom of the Falcon. Its a reference to Zack Snyder‘s posting of Star Wars / Batman crossovers on Twitter, just click here for the story on that one.


Badass “The Kubrick Trilogy” Art Series by Tracie Ching

My God, its full of stars!…


 I’m most def a big fan of the dearly departed director Stanley Kubrick. It’s nearly impossible for to say which of his films I like the best (Nearly. I plan on a top ten list in the near future). I’m also a big fan of Stanley Kubrick Art. Thats why when I saw these on Geek Tyrant I had to put em on here too.

Artist Tracie Ching perfectly captured the feel of three of the directors finest in her showcase titled The Kubrick Trilogy, which has stylish poster versions of The Shining, Dr Strangelove, and 2001: A Space Odyssey. They are all part of  Kubrick – An Art Show Tribute at the Spoke Art Gallery in San Francisco, an exhibition that began on September 6th and includes over 60 other artists who “were invited to re-image their favorite characters, scenes, and thematic concepts from one of the world’s most prolific directors”. Seriously, theirs some insanely cool pieces in there,  if you’re in the area (like I wish I was) go check em out.

Click on the photo below to see the full pics from Tracy Ching’s The Kubrick Trilogy.


Simpsons + Family Guy Crossover EW Covers

“The Simpsons Guy” will air September 28th…


Its been about 18 years since I’ve watched a “new” episode of The Simpsons, and I was never much of a Family Guy…guy, but Hawk sent me a link to a slideshow that gives a sneak peek at the crossover episode (which will actually be Family Guy’s 13th season opener) and I’m thinkin’ I’ll give it a shot.

On Wednesday Entertainment Weekly released three different covers in anticipation of the episode (which airs September 28th) the first showing Homer Simpson and Peter Griffin euphorically munching on some donuts (seen above). The second cover has Bart Simpson and Stewie Griffin, both dressed like Bart has for the last twenty five years, and aiming sling shots directly at you. The third has Lisa Simpson staring in astonishment as Meg Griffin wails on the saxamaphone. Theres a link to the final two under the video below, which gives a five minute preview of the episode.