Oct 30 2014

Art In Short Film Making: Flesh Computer

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On the day of my daughter’s birth, oh wait…I forgot to mention to all my Unrealtors out there – my wife and I just had our second child! (this is why I was absent for about an entire week recently – my apologies for not letting you know) Anyways as I was saying, on October 17th 2014 – the day my daughter was born, a man by the name of Ethan Shaftel contacted me to let me know of a short film that he had just finished called Flesh Computer. If I hadn’t been so busy with my daughter popping out I might’ve posted this earlier. Though now is as good as any other time right?

See, the best thing about plugging something like this on Unreality is that you guys/gals – our ever faithful Unrealtors – will be the ones that would truly appreciate said film. Not only would you appreciate it but you’re the audience that would support other short films like this and allow other artists out there to be able to create amazing work like this that might some day become mainstream!

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Oct 30 2014

True Creative Writing Is Out There If You Look Hard Enough

Published by under Books

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The internet’s been a phenomenal tool for a lot of things, some good, some bad.  One of the things it’s been good for is distribution of original writing.  30 years ago, if you’d written something, the only distribution option if you wanted to bypass traditional publishers was to pay (a lot) to print it yourself, and sell it out of the back of your car, pretty much.

But now?  Write whatever you want, any idea, any genre, any length, and smack it on a WordPress page, and millions of people can see it at a click.  Granted, actually getting millions of people interested in your writing is another job entirely, but the possibility is always there.

As someone who fundamentally loves reading long-form fiction above all other forms of entertainment, I was happy to discover that there is some spectacular, amazing, truly creative writing out there, for free, right now, if you know where to look.

Let me show you what I’ve found and perhaps you’ll agree.

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Oct 30 2014

The Best and Worst Tim Burton Inspired Tattoos

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Love him or hate him, Tim Burton is an inspirational creative genius! In light of Halloween coming up in less than a week I thought it might be fun to have a look at some awesome and some not so awesome tattoos inspired by the imaginative director/producer/writer/artist. I wanted to also make mention that I find it interesting that people still think the Nightmare Before Christmas was directed by Tim Burton. Fun fact for you – IT WASN’T! Time and time again I hear people say how that’s their favorite movie by Tim Burton. Henry Selick, the same dude who put together Coraline and James and the Giant Peach was the guy behind the camera. Tim helped to produce Nightmare and just happened to be the one who came up with the look and a lot of the character designs for the film. But enough about all that – let’s get our skin and ink on!

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Oct 29 2014

Top New BBC One Drama to Keep an Eye On: The Missing

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No one does brilliant but depressing and bleak drama like the BBC, and their new show,The Missing, certainly fits the bill. The Missing revolves around Tony (James Nesbitt) and Emily (Frances O’Connor) who are dealing with the loss of their son, Oliver (Oliver Hunt), who was abducted during a holiday to France eight years ago. Even if you’ve never been through the horrifying experience, which is unimaginable to most, everyone still knows that it’s the worse thing that could happen to someone. Unfortunately for us cases like this happen all the time and often have no resolution, just like The Missing. It reminded me a lot of Madeleine McCann, Ben Needham and many other children that have gone missing over the years and although it was upsetting to watch it was still very compelling.

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Oct 29 2014

Halloween is the Time For Nerds: Celebrating the Most Horrorful Time of the Year

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Tomorrow night is my favorite holiday, and very likely yours if you’re here. Most of the public may prefer Christmas for its crass commercialism and stable of timeless classic films and television specials or Thanksgiving for its epic mealtime, but Halloween is a holiday custom made for nerds. A whole day dedicated to cosplay, candy, horror, and evil music? Yes, please! It’s a time to celebrate all of the things we love with a sinister edge. Whereas the sights and sounds of Christmas very often reek of populist sentimentality and cynical modern cash-ins in the form of soulless Christmas albums and other forms of entertainment with a sheen of general cloying saccharinity, quality horror and everything that goes with it is something that never needs to be forced. Fear is with us everywhere we go all year ‘round and having one day to really celebrate it is a wonderful thing. But how to make the most of Halloween in 2014? I thought I’d share my experiences from this past month’s lead-up to October 31st and maybe give some of you some ideas about how best to pay homage to the spirits of the dead via geek-flavored entertainment new and old available this year. Continue Reading »



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Oct 29 2014

Is it Even Possible to Defeat the Ninja Gaiden Trilogy for NES?

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Next-gen consoles are out and I must move on from my beloved PS3 and Xbox 360. So in hopes of finding someone on Craigslist eager enough to buy them from me, I started gathering up all the controllers, cords, and my old games. I stumbled upon my copy of Ninja Gaiden II Sigma for the PS3 and found it hard to part ways. This game single handedly saved me from writing off the franchise all together. I say this because the original Ninja Gaiden trilogy for the classic NES almost destroyed my hopes and dreams of ever becoming any kind of gamer. What’s more frustrating than getting to the final boss – THE FINAL BOSS – only to die in a matter of seconds and going back at least 3 stages? I will never understand why they did that in the first game, nor will I understand why I bothered to play the next 2 installments afterwards.

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Oct 29 2014

Do Grand Theft Auto Games Actually Need Strong Protagonists?

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Story and characters are usually the last thing on everyone’s mind when a new Grand Theft Auto game is announced. Usually, people want to know:  A) Where is it being set?  B) Is there any new fun stuff I can do? Yet, when the games are released, all reviewers seem to fixate on the playable characters. GTA IV was lauded as having an amazing character arc, chock-full of pathos and emotion. GTA V went so far as to include three playable characters, who all met with mixed reception. Some reviewers bent over backwards to praise their effect on the game, others heavily criticized their personalities and personal choices.

Me? I honestly don’t think I cared too much either way. Their individual quirks and MOs became window dressing as I raced around the city, turning pedestrians into literal pulpy window dressing on my car. GTA is more about the experience and the freedom of playing around with the engine – the games are giant toys. Yet, the games’ characters and the stories they weave do lend an undeniable color to the proceedings. After all the story missions have to have some “story” behind them to not feel like the random, repetitive jobs found in side missions or on GTA Online.

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Oct 29 2014

Take a trip to Whitechapel this Halloween

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No, I don’t mean go to Whitechapel and take one of those Jack the Ripper tours even though they are pretty cool. I mean Whitechapel the ITV television series, a detective drama that initially follows police officers attempting to catch a Jack the Ripper copycat killer. I know, it doesn’t seem like the type of thing that you would usually watch on Halloween because it doesn’t feature an endless amount of blood and gore with an immortal villain, but can you think of something better? I’m genuinely asking because I can’t. I think that I, and probably plenty of others, have become desensitised to all the horror movies that are thrown our way this time of year. I’ve been watching things like Nightmare On Elm Street and Friday the 13th since I was a child (says a lot about my parents) so it doesn’t really have an affect on me, I even watched Paranormal Activity without even flinching. Gone are the days when people would run out of a cinema screaming which I still can’t believe they did.

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Oct 28 2014

An Ode to GTA 5 Cheats, Which Have Gone All But Extinct Elsewhere

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Ten years ago or so, if you wanted to make a new video game website, there were a few keywords you wanted to put in your main logline. GamePlace! The place for game walkthroughts, cheats and codes! While walkthroughs still exist, though largely in the form of YouTube videos, cheats and codes have gone the way of the dodo. For the most part that is. I’m pretty sure one of the primary reasons I ever used the internet in the first place back in the late ’90s was too look up cheats and codes (using AskJeeves, of course), as it was preferable to waiting for your next issue of Nintendo Power or Gamepro. But now? It’s very rare to see a game with actual codes, and the most prominent one that comes to mind is GTA 5. Don’t believe me? Check out the master list of GTA 5 cheats here. The list lets you spawn a huge number of vehicles and weapons, lets you do fun things like go into “drunk mode,” and then has your classic “ultra-cheats” like max health, armor and ammo. So where have all the cheats gone?

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Oct 28 2014

Tumbling Through The Big Lebowski Soundtrack

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How many of you are fans of the Dude? Perhaps you’ve suggested a time or two to eat at the infamous In and Out Burger only hoping to be told to “shut the f**k up!” If you’re completely lost then you clearly haven’t watched what I would consider one of the finest films by the Coen brothers. A movie about a dude and his rug – the Big Lebowski.

The reason I’m bringing one of my favorites to the forefront is because it was recently announced that the original soundtrack would be making its vinyl debut on November 28th! Now typically I wouldn’t make a big deal out of a motion picture soundtrack, but “certain things have come to light” and need the attention that they deserve.

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Oct 28 2014

Not Watching The Avengers Movie Trailer was the Best Decision I Ever Made in My Geek Life

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I still can’t believe an Avengers movie was made. Still. Guys! A freaking Avengers movie was made! The Avengers! And it was…good! Great, even! And everyone loved it! And they’re making more! WHAT MADNESS IS THIS?!

As a kid, in a hundred million years, after torturing myself watching the Roger Corman Fantastic Four flick and the (thank you, Goddesses of Hyrule) not-picked-up Justice League of America TV pilot just to have the briefest taste of live-action superheroing, I never believed we’d live to see such a day. These kids today have no idea just how fortunate they are to grow up in this marvelous world of comic cinematic sublimity.

When they announced the Avengers movie I danced. When they announced it’d be written and directed by my beloved Joss Whedon I danced naked. I started a countdown for how many days it’d be until I’d be in that theater holding a bag of Twizzlers in my hand and a million and one dreams realized in my heart.

Until then, though, I’d have to settle for watching trailers or finding whatever stolen set photos the internet put forth. I turned to my computer and waited. And then that magical day arrived. A 1080-Powered up two minute blast of footage to whet my appetite and get me ready to have my face avenged off.  All I had to do was hit play.

But I didn’t.

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