It’s Zach Braff weekend in movieland, with the former Scrubs star’s Kickstarter-backed film, Wish I Were Here, coming out the same day as his pet project, Video Games: The Movie. There are also a couple cool new PS3 games out, an insane-seeming SyFy documentary about moon aliens, and the Old West railroad drama Hell on Wheels begging to be bing-watched.
Oh, there’s also a little something called Tomorrowland which is arguably the world’s greatest EDM music festival.
You can top it all off by celebrating National Daiquiri Day with a Bartles & Jaymes or five.
The 10th Anniversary of Tomorrowland: Weekend 1
It makes complete sense that Tomorrowland, arguably the world’s largest EDM festival, would be held in a town called Boom, Belgium. It also makes sense that this ridiculous party will be celebrating its’ 10th year of making people rage their faces off.
Hopefully some of our readers have made the trip across the Atlantic for this epic time, but if not you can watch the livestream here. Turn the quality to 1080p and feel yourself feel like an idiot for not being there right now. But don’t worry, we’re going to be keeping you up to date on everything that goes on.
Hell on Wheels: Season 3 on Blu-ray/DVD
AMC’s historical drama captures the politics, whoring and violence that swirled around the frenzied construction of the First Transcontinental Railroad. The 19th century-set Western, covered in dust and spit, is just right for fans of Deadwood and Justified. Ten behind-the-scenes featurettes and a set tour hosted by Common, one of the show’s main stars, along with Anson Mount and Colm Meaney, fill out the set.
(out now on PS3)
Those who are into the intensely hardcore dungeon crawler genre mostly need to chew on older releases to settle their hunger. Abyss Odyssey, though, gives them something new to chew on. You guide one of three heroes through spontaneously-generated levels that never repeat, left with only your wits and instincts to guide you through. The side-scroller’s deep, fighter-like combat system takes a while to acclimate to, but the gorgeous art style and brutal-yet-fair difficulty level make it worth the effort.
Dynasty Warriors: Gundam Reborn
(out now on PS3)
Bless Namco Bandai for combining two of the most mindless hack-and-slash series into one outrageous button-mashing extravaganza. In order to seize control of battlefield sectors, you destroy swarms of enemies with gigantic mechs. RPG-lite elements, such as attribute upgrades and loot hauls abound, but the main attribute you need is in your own mind: An untiring lust for relentless mass destruction.
Wish I Were Here
Zach Braff passed the hat around and came up with more than $3 million in Kickstarter funding to direct and star in his specialty, a Garden State-like coming-of-age dramedy about a sorta-depressed manchild who is stuck in a rut and doesn’t know what to do in his life. Since you’ve already paid for the movie, you may as well and see what came of it.
Video Games: The Movie on VOD and in theaters
Here’s Braff again, executive-producing a fun and entertaining documentary about the origins and evolution of the gaming industry. He pulls in buddy Sean Astin to narrate, and taps Gears of War creator Cliffy B, Atari founder Nolan Bushnell and Metal Gear impresario Hideo Kojima for interviews. Knowing his audience all too well, Braff convinced the powers that be to release the movie on demand as well as theatrically, so his core audience won’t have to get off the couch to check it out.
Dodgers at Cardinals
(Saturday 4 p.m. EST, Fox Sports One)
Zack Greinke takes the mound for the NL West-leading Dodgers, going for win No. 12 against the hot bats wielded by the perennial playoff contenders in St. Louis. It’s a battle of a major market team with the league’s highest payroll and a scrappy, mid-market squad that gets by on less than half the Dodgers’ budget.
National Daiquiri Day
If not for daiquiris, you may not have ever been born. It’s true. We checked with your dad and listened to his slurred story of your conception. The social lubricants get their very own day, so expect your neighborhood tavern to salute the occasion by offering some discounts. So put down your shot glasses and beer steins and raise a glass of rum drowned out in sugary sweetness.
Aliens on the Moon
(Sunday 10 p.m. EST, SyFy)
If you’re into the crackpot shenanigans of H2’s Ancient Aliens, you’ll want to fill up that dangerous mind of yours with this no-doubt well-researched and doggedly accurate investigation of the hidden truth that the moon is a home base for E.T. Maybe they stay on the moon and are afraid of the earth because they are like the Signs aliens and are afraid of all our deadly water.