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Dec 19 2014

The 5 Most Entertaining Christmas Horror Films

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One thing that I never really understood was why Hollywood is so obsessed with making Christmas scary.  Don’t get me wrong; I love Christmas almost as much as I love horror movies.  I love it when a movie throws two completely unrelated ideas together just to see what happens.  I even support studios releasing horror movies in the “off-season” in order to appeal to the non-Four Christmases crowd.

What I don’t understand is why filmmakers continue to try to make Christmas, as a concept, frightening – because it’s not.  Santa’s a jolly old fat man whose physique doesn’t lend itself to slaughter.  Elves are, at best, unnerving and, at worst, a slightly more malevolent than Alvin and the Chipmunks.  Don’t even get me started on snowmen.

Since I dove into the sci-fi side of the yuletide last week, I thought that I would do the same with Christmas’ colorful foray into the horrific.  While I can’t possibly justify referring to many of these as the best of anything, they’re at least that special kind of entertaining where it’s obvious that the filmmakers didn’t quite think their movie through as thoroughly as they probably should have.

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Dec 17 2014

Six Ways Arkham Knight Can Improve Upon Its Predecessors

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With the Arkham series, Rocksteady Studios has managed to catapult themselves from an obscure maker of exactly one mediocre shooting game into one of the most admired developers for current gen consoles. By the looks of the stunning trailer, Rocksteady will likely outdo themselves with Arkham Knight. This entry will be the final piece of an amazing trilogy that raised the bar for third-person action games and licensed games in general.

However, just because Arkham Asylum and Arkham City were amazing does not mean that they were perfect. In fact, because Rocksteady absolutely nailed some aspects of design so well, the lingering shortcomings stick out like a sore thumb. Nagging things like pacing and level design only make me think of the potential for these games to transcend the medium of interactive storytelling to new levels — well, more than they already have.

With these nitpicks in mind, here are some ways that Arkham City can avoid the problems of games past and become one of the best video games of all time… *Spoiler warning for earlier games* Continue Reading »

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Dec 16 2014

10 Most Amazingly Devilish Embodiments of Satan in Film

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Evil—We see it represented in a variety of ways in any number of Horror films. Various directors and writers try to mystify our senses with interpretations that are subtle and use some of the most mundane concepts. Like fear of the dark, fear of the unknown, and in some cases a combination of both and attempt at eloquent narratives of what lurks within.

Other films rely on levels of extremism—Larger amounts of blood, guts, gore; with myriad carnage and unbridled chaos. At least that’s what the production would like to believe you’re witnessing. While far other films use embodiment’s of creatures, monsters, interpretations of spiritual phenomena, and other things that we don’t want to encounter going bump in the night.

I love all of the above, because the basic rudimentary response these films want from us is to ‘feel’. And not in any sense of the word brought about by Bruce Lee or Yoda…to feel a primal response that inspires fight, flight, or even chilling catatonia. While some films fail at gaining these responses and instead gain laughter–judge that meritoriously if you choose. There are films that thrive on bringing out some of our greatest fears while bringing the perceived master of evil to life.

While there are many interpretations of the devil, all of them in some form or another are attempting to represent evil from its source—as believed to occur by 95% of the human population. The Devil, Lucifer, Satan, Iblis, Djinn (Jinn), Beelzebub, Moloch, Nidhogg, Ahriman, Mara, or any number of other invariably known titles that represent the embodiment of all evil.

Whichever representation you’ve seen, here are 10 amazingly cast and acted embodiment’s of evil, which we will now colloquially accept as ‘The Devil’, that are as haunting as they were enthralling to watch on the screen.

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Dec 05 2014

Five British Actors Who are a Level Above the Rest

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When you think of movies, the first thing that will probably pop into your head is Hollywood. Whilst undeniably Hollywood is the birthplace of some of the greatest movies and TV shows we have ever seen, Britain has had its fair share of film and televisions success. The British movie industry has produced countless global successes, including Shaun of the Dead, the James Bond movies and The Italian Job. British acting talent isn’t just limited to the big screen though; The Brits have also exported a great deal of TV shows that have proved to be extremely popular not only at home, but overseas as well; Only Fools and Horses, The Inbetweeners, and Top Gear to name a few.

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Dec 03 2014

Eight of the Most Frustrating Unlockables in Video Games

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Finishing a game can sometimes elicit a twinge of remorse. You had all this fun challenging yourself, but now it’s over. Sure, you can just start from the beginning again. However, repeatedly replaying a game the exact same way can get… uh, repetitive.

To combat this major downer, game developers started including new fun things to unlock as you progress. They serve as a reward for players who stick it out to the end, and they also give curious players a treat for exploring every nook and cranny of the game.

Or, they could drive you to the point of insanity. With regards to that last category, here are the video game unlockables that gave us all aneurysms…

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Dec 01 2014

Films and Series That Will Get You Interested in Politics

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“Power is a lot like real estate. It’s all about location, location, location. The closer you are to the source, the higher your property value.” Kevin Spacey’s flawless delivery of lines like this has had me chowing down on episodes of House of Cards this week. However, my interest in politics has never been particularly strong. As a result, many of the films and series that revolve around the subject have held little appeal for me.

But there are a few gems that take place in the political world which have not only been enjoyable, but have lead me to take more of in interest in politics as a whole. And I’ve found the most significant of these don’t focus much on politics at all, but on the characters playing the political game.

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Nov 25 2014

Ranking All of the Star Wars Movie Trailers (So Far)

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So apparently there’s a new Star Wars trailer dropping this week. Even though I’m not necessarily sold on the new direction of the series, it’s hard not to marvel at the event. We haven’t had a new Star Wars trailer — or movie — in almost ten years (surely that Clone Wars theatrical release doesn’t count).

To whet our appetites for our first real glimpse at what Abrams & Co. have in store for us next year, I’ve assembled a completely subjective, but nonetheless entirely accurate, ranking of trailers for all the existing Star Wars movies (at least, the ones that count).

As Mr. Tetrault would say… let’s do this.

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Nov 21 2014

Pitch Perfect 2 Headlines This Week’s Trailers

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It’s been a month since our daughter was born and the wife and I are finally breaking out of the house and going to go see a movie! WOO HOO! *whistles the Hunger Games theme out loud to celebrate* … Yes, that’s right, I’m going to go see the Hunger Games finale part 1. I was upset with the first film for falling flat and not delivering on what my hopes were. (as every film obviously needs to pander to me of course) Katniss’ second outing was far better and a lot more entertaining than I was anticipating due to how the first film left me. Now were on the verge of attacking the Capitol and I feel that the cliff hanger of part 1 will leave us either at the mountain or after it’s been taken down. Regardless, I’m holding out hope that they can finish this trilogy (do we still consider it a trilogy?) in grand fashion and give the fans of the books a decent send off. Stay tuned for the review!

It’ll be interesting to see what trailers might be shown in front of the movie tonight.

Let’s do this.

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Nov 17 2014

Avengers Extended Trailer Is One Of Many Missed Last Week

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Who doesn’t like movie trailers bright and early on Monday morning!? My apologies everyone, somehow I completely it spaced Friday (I blame work) and forgot to post the week’s movie trailers. I feel ashamed. Hey, at least if I do a better job and remember to post this Friday that means you’ll get 2 days this week for movie trailers! Woo hoo! Well, I’d be excited about it.

Oh, and did anyone catch Rosewater, Foxcatcher, Dumb & Dumber To, or Beyond the Lights? I really wanted to see Foxcatcher and didn’t get an opportunity to. *sadface

Let’s do this.

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Nov 14 2014

The Top Ten Space Films Not Named Interstellar

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After seeing Interstellar this last weekend, I can safely say that it is the definitive Science Fiction film of the Twenty-First Century: a film that’s not quite Inception and not quite 2001: A Space Odyssey, but finds itself somewhere uniquely in-between the two.  Possessing the best qualities of its genre – an ambitious scope, stunning visuals and more than a working knowledge of the scientific principles that form its core premise – it deftly navigates its interstellar narrative in a way that never feels derivative of the celebrated films that have come before it.

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Nov 12 2014

Four Movies with Marvelously Creative Acts of Ownage

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Usually when you think of ownage in a film, you picture Arnold blowing someone’s face off or Clint Eastwood telling some punk to make his day; something crass and violent, yet totally cool and very ‘Murican. But sometimes, the most badass possible thing you can do to show your enemies that you just don’t give a damn is done without even personally harming a hair on their head.

Here are some movie moments where a character drops the big “eff you” on their antagonists; irreversibly devastating them psychologically or just flat out mocking everything they think they know by showing them that they cannot ever control them. You won’t find any one-liners followed by violence here; just pure, unadulterated pwnage that transcends traditional concepts of vengeance and defiance as they’re usually presented to us onscreen.

To put the awesomeness of these moments into context, spoilers are required, so tread carefully if you have any desire to see any these films, but haven’t yet. Continue Reading »

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Nov 07 2014

Furious 7 and Minions Top This Week’s Movie Trailers

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The death of Paul Walker really hit a lot of people, maybe just as many as Robin Williams. With Paul’s passing weighing heavily on the cast of the upcoming Furious 7, I’m sure that it was hard for everyone involved to complete the rest of the film. I’ve been a HUGE fan of the Fast and Furious franchise and can’t wait for the 7th installment to hit theaters. Without Walker’s presence it ill be interesting to see if they continue the series or if they just let it trail off from here. I know that it was supposed to continue on but will audiences be inclined to keep watching?

We’ve got lots of great trailers this week! A huge variety of characters await your viewing pleasure. From minions to robots to cute cuddly bears – they’re all here!

Let’s do this.

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Nov 07 2014

The Coolest Weapons of Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare

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I’m something of a future war junkie, demonstrated by the fact that I’ve written an entire sci-fi book trilogy on the subject. That’s why I’m always obsessed with any video game that takes warfare past present day, and though Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare doesn’t quite make it into space, it takes us to about 2060 and gives us a very, very cool arsenal to work with.

Though many games have given us cool video game weapons over the years, Advanced Warfare’s advanced arsenal is one of the better designed ones I’ve seen, not to mention the game itself is pretty damn fun and a welcome change for the series. I thought I’d go through and pick out what my favorite weapons in the game have been so far, not because they’re overpowered necessarily, but just because they’re conceptually or visually cool.

The list starts below, and let me know what kind of Advanced Warfare weapons you prefer, if you’re playing as much as I am (and hopefully you’re getting murdered far less often than me). Continue Reading »

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Nov 05 2014

You’re Doing it Right: Five Anime Series With Epic Openings

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With most Western television taking either the college art project approach of pairing theme-appropriate but relatively static images with an evocative piece of music or the uber-boring voiceover summary narration over quick clips as openings for popular shows, it’s easy to forget about the classic approach of memorable theme songs and videos designed to capture the viewer’s imagination and summarize the show and its characters in irresistible visual ecstasy.

Anime has a long history and thousands of anime series, pretty much all of which continue to take the traditional route of pairing exciting and kinetic visuals with killer music in a way that is designed to pump you up for the show if you’re already a fan, or hook you into watching it if you’re a newbie. It’s becoming almost standard for animes to change their opening theme every dozen episodes (give or take), which to me really speaks of how excited the creators are to showcase their skills and how much the fans look forward to seeing these montages of sights and sounds.

In this age of DVD, streaming, and DVR consumption some people (like myself) have made it a habit of skipping past the minute and a half or so of opening credits sequences in favor of getting the show on the road. But here are five anime with opening sequences I never skip because they are just that awesome. Continue Reading »

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Nov 05 2014

Eight Gaming Moments That Completely WTF’d with Our Minds

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Video games have an enormous potential to play with our conception of reality.  They can do this because when we play video games they are defining a reality. We are forced to play within a set of rules, and we get accustomed to them after a short period of time, no matter how weird they may be.

We have to push a ball around until it sticks to stuff and gets bigger, eventually grabbing onto sports stadiums? Got it. Eat a mushroom, jump on some turtles, climb through sewer pipes to bash a fire-breathing dinosaur who kidnapped your girlfriend? Ok! Invite him to go play tennis afterward? Ok …I guess? Eat meat you found in an old castle wall to restore health? Fine. Whatever.

Yet, video games also have the capability to suddenly break these rules. Sometimes, it’s done as a challenge, such as taking away your guns for a stealth section or switching the controls in a platforming level. Other times, rule changes seem to occur at random, invariably making the player scream and throw the controller.

Finally, there are special times when the rules are changed purely to screw with our heads. Here are some of the best times this happened…

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