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Aug 29 2014

This Week In Movie Trailers!

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I think everyone needs to clap for Paul for getting the comments back up and running! Hip hip hooray. Now maybe we can have some banter/discussions of movie trailers every week! I know you guys are out there – and you’re dying to let me know what you think of the trailers that Hollywood is dishing out.

Let’s do this.

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Aug 27 2014

“Nerd” T-Shirt Tropes That Need to Go Away and Die

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T-Shirts are great. They give us a chance to feel like we are expressing ourselves despite wearing the exact same garment every day.

The sudden rise of t-shirts that reference popular or “nerdy” pop culture minutia has given sub-communities a greater sense of belonging and identity. Before the early 2000s, finding a Batman t-shirt usually meant going to Six Flags or digging through catalogs. Now Wal-Mart sells them, along with original NES controller shirts, because the market for such things has become so big and reliable.

Artists making these type of shirts also get a chance to get their work seen. They can create a design as an homage to something that they love and give fans a new reason to be proud.

All of these aspects of the nerdy t-shirt market are great, but seriously, some of this shit has to stop.

The problem lies not in any one shirt design, but a host of copies or formulaic “insert combined reference here” cash-ins that start to feel lazy once juxtaposed with other nearly-identical work. The market has become saturated, and despite a slew of creative artists putting fresh spins on existing ideas, vendors seem to be picking the most lukewarm and uninspired designs to pad out their sales.

Here are some of the worst examples… Continue Reading »

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Aug 26 2014

You Really Should Give A Listen To…Volume 3

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It’s time to deepen your ear holes, Unrealtors! I’m going to be talking about three podcasts you may not have heard yet but you really should give a listen to. Fire up your iPods—since, presumably, you’re a time traveler visiting from 2004—and get your ears in gears. Continue Reading »

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Aug 22 2014

This Week In Movie Trailers!

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Well, there seem to be quite a few “official” trailers coming out this week to trailers that I’ve already posted before. You guys don’t mind if you watch the “OFFICIAL” ones to make up for the “teaser” ones that I had apparently bestowed upon you … do you? Nah, I didn’t think so.

Let’s do this.

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Aug 20 2014

Six Video Game Locations That Feel Like Home

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Video games are supposedly a relaxing pastime but damn if they aren’t sometimes stressful, too. Some of the best games ever made can also be some of the most remorseless, jamming the player into a corner before beating them into submission.

Luckily, there are games that offer a respite from this sort of abuse. Some offer you have a cozy haven in between slaughterfests to recoup and gear up for the next adventure, and others give you have a little slice of home within the game world to call your own and customize to your heart’s content. Some games even succeed at doing both.

Freud calls this concept heimliche, a term often used in literature to describe happy, non-threatening feelings and settings.

In my long and probably excessive experience of playing video games, certain ones stick out to me for being the most heimliche, giving me a cozy little bit of warmness to combat the scourges of the harsh, cruel world. Here are some of the most memorable… Continue Reading »

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Aug 15 2014

This Week In Movie Trailers!

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The internet mourned for Robin Williams and I for one have been fairly somber about it all week. Since this is my continual Friday writeup and its always about movies and the trailers that come with them, then what better way to start it off than with a few words from the man himself. The man who was so humble, sweet, compassionate, and most of all funny. The man who was somehow able to hide the darker parts of himself in order to entertain us. By making us laugh, cry, and smile…he touched us all in more ways than he’ll ever know. Robin Williams will be missed, thank you sir for everything.

“Oh captain, my captain…”

Let’s do this.

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Aug 08 2014

This Week In Movie Trailers!

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Wow what a week! All I can say is that the internet was a buzz with Guardians of the Galaxy and rightfully so. I’m still contemplating whether or not I want to go see it again in the theater. Chances are if the wife decides to join me, I’ll probably go. Or if anyone cares to send me an invite I’d be happy to tag along. What I didn’t see however was any new trailers playing in front of the movie. *starts to think maybe that’s due to the fact that he writes these posts every week … hmmmmm. Oh well.

Let’s do this.

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Aug 06 2014

The Five Most Entertaining and Informative Critical Reviewers Online

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We live in a media-obsessed culture. It’s not enough to merely watch, play, or read something anymore; now you have to live-tweet about it while you upload fanart to tumblr and videos to youtube.

As someone of extreme journalistic integrity, I am going to avoid the pitfall of a media review this week. Instead, I am going to write a review of some reviewers. Total legitimacy.

The truth is: sometimes content that leans heavily on existing media is able to paradoxically stand out on its own. So, in recognition of some of the very best pieces of critical entertainment, here are some of the more talented reviewers that maintain a privileged spot on my bookmark menu… Continue Reading »

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Aug 01 2014

This Week In Movie Trailers!

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My apologies to Paul and the readers for the lack of a post from me on Wednesday. Now that I’m back from the family vacation, I’ve actually spent quite a bit of time on the interwebs today and noticed that a few trailers have debuted that definitely peak my interest. I dare say that some of them warrant a viewing in the actual theater! Woo hoo! By the way – the picture I’m using for the post today is from Christopher Nolan’s – Interstellar movie. Go to the website http://www.interstellarmovie.com/ and punch in this code 7201969,which is the date of the Apollo 11 moon landing, that will give you access to arguably one of the best trailers this year. (Will I see this? – heck yes I will!)

Let’s do this.

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Jul 28 2014

A Plea To Game Developers To Keep Making Single Player Games

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A lone man stands on a broken, old highway, with the wind blowing in his hair. In front of him he has miles of destroyed and dilapidated Washington D.C to explore. But a big part of this for him is how alone he is. All around him, only threats loom in all directions. Mutants who want to tear him apart. Bandits who wants to rob and kill him, leaving his body to rot in the dust like carrion. SUDDENLY, three of his friends “drop in” the game and start obliterating everything around him. All sense of dread, loneliness, and solemnity are gone, and he strides forth with his three friends, decimating all that stand in their way. As you can see from the following statement, Fallout 3 would have been ruined by multiplayer. I wrote that specifically to make a point. I live for single player game experiences. I am a loner, Dottie, a rebel. Yet the forthcoming landscape of games seem to hint that this is going to be a thing of the past. All games are trying to cram multiplayer into their game (and even build entire games around it), and I will now tell you why that has put the single player game on the soon-to-be-extinct list, and why that kills the entire purpose of video games (for me, at least).

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Jul 25 2014

This Week In Movie Trailers!

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The San Diego Comic Con is in full swing and while it’s not producing tons of trailers per say, this week has given us better trailers than the week prior. Also today was a HUGE day for the women out there, my wife included. I won’t delay you any further …

Let’s do this.

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