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Jul 07 2014

Four “Terrible” Video Game Film Adaptations I Love

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We all know that there really aren’t any good video game film adaptations. Sometimes it’s even laughable to hope that one will be different. I’ve stopped expecting for critically acclaimed films based on video games, but I still go to theatres and pay money to see these flicks.

Watching these adaptations have become some sort of past time for me. I know it won’t give the video game justice, but might as well go along for the ride.  Sometimes filmmakers know this and they just end up making it super ridiculous so it could at least be entertaining to some degree.

Love or hate them, here are a couple of mediocre video game film adaptations that I find enjoyable to watch.

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Jul 07 2014

Six Horror Movies That Use Drugs As A Plot Point

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Despite what most of Hollywood wants you to believe, drugs are (mostly) bad. The worst ones are both addictive and can kill you. On top of that, they cost money, and we all know nobody has any extra of that. They also have the potential to cost you jobs or relationships, or make people look at you differently. But outside of Requiem for a Dream, most movies make drugs look like great fun. Hell, even Trainspotting has some awful bits, but most of that is them running around, having a f*cking blast. But there are horror movies that show us what drugs really do. Show us the dark doorways they can open and never allow us to shut again. There are some rabbit holes that, once you fall down them, Wonderland is the last thing you will find. Here are six horror movies that use drugs as a plot point (and also show us just how life ruining or horrifying they can be). Continue Reading »

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Jul 03 2014

This Week In Movie Trailers!

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Hey it’s Friday! … well, kind of. Since July 4th is upon us I thought it best to make sure we ended this week properly. Being that it’s a holiday, I think that your boss will allow you to watch these fine cinematic teasers while at work. I mean, is there a better way to end a short week?

Let’s do this.

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Jun 27 2014

Eight Terrific Games You Probably Haven’t Played Yet

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This is a guest post by Mike Leaño, a freelance writer, aspiring evil genius, and founder of Console Gamer, an independent video game blog.

There are literally hundreds of video games that come out every year. In the second half of 2014 alone, we’re already looking at over 70 titles with confirmed release dates, and that number grows. Not all are worth your time and money, but even if you do get rid of the bad and mediocre ones, what’s left remains a formidable backlog.

Wait till you see the ones you missed out on in the previous years. Is your wallet ready for more abuse? Here’s our list of terrific games that you probably haven’t played yet. Continue Reading »

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Jun 27 2014

This Week In Movie Trailers!

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Well folks, this will be my last column for the foreseeable future due to the comings and goings of life including my upcoming wedding, jobs, and other stuff that is classified. I enjoyed every minute of it, though, and I think that there might be a potential of a return! But for the time being, I’m out! So, to the one or two fans I have out there (hi mom!), thank you for reading my insane commentary.

OK, so let’s get to the task at hand: movie trailers. This week, we have a lot of new comers as well as some second trailers to a bunch of anticipated releases that we’ve seen before. Who’s first up to bat? Continue Reading »

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Jun 25 2014

Seven of the Best Geeky Kid’s Meal Toys

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Kid’s meals: they make childhood diabetes and obesity fun!

Including a cheap, Chinese-made trinket in a Happy Meal was a brilliant stroke by McDonald’s in 1979 (no pun intended). Not only did the ploy have kids begging their parents to take them to the restaurant that added a “free” toy, but McD’s also cleverly made each prize one of a set. Obsessive kids would ask for repeat trips to make sure they got every toy in the limited series.

Having the toys be some sort of promotional tie-in with an already-popular show, movie, or toy line only compounded this compulsive desire. The association with a trendy franchise even had the potential to rope in adults who felt the need to collect low-quality trinkets targeted at children.

Not all of the toy series are complete crap, though. Some legitimately exude quality, ingenious design, or perhaps just enough charm and nostalgia to get people in the door. It’s also no secret that nerds are amongst the collecting-est people around, and they have less scruples when it comes to their favorite intellectual properties.

In honor of dweebs, nerds, and geeks who order off the kids’ menu, or who scour eBay for junk that belongs in yard-sale bargain bins, here are some of the coolest and most tantalizing kid’s meal toys in history… Continue Reading »

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Jun 23 2014

Five Amazing Graphic Novels (From Last Few Years)

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I genuinely believe escapism an essential element to life. Your life will have deaths and sickness and bills and strife, but you can always escape into someone else’s hellish life and feel a little better about your own. Graphic novels do this for me. They take me from wherever I am, and bring me somewhere else. You can look at it like a graphic novel, but I look at it like a spaceship. I climb into it and leave my worries behind for a little bit. That is how it has always worked for me, and how it will always work for me. Though I have talked up graphic novels on various occasions, today I wanted to bring some up from the last few years, specifically. Give these books a shot. It might just amaze you how far they transport you from your own life and the worries you face every day. They sure help with mine, and lately, I have had my share.

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Jun 17 2014

NewTube: YouTube Channels You May Not Have Seen

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We have reinvented television. When before we were slaves to three major networks (and PBS) now we can have 24 cat videos. I don’t know if it’s funny, sad, disturbing or all three that more people have watched PewDiePie than ever saw Shakespeare, Mozart, or DaVinci’s work in their lifetimes. Combined. Then doubled. Times ten. YouTube is one of the internet’s largest seas, and there are always new islands to discover for those daring to set sail.

But if you’re looking for a more direct destination, navigate towards these digital docks, crank up the resolution to 1080P and enjoy. Today I’ll be highlighting three unique YouTube channels that offer thrilling, off-beat, and always entertaining content the likes of which we only dreamed about as we waited for Nick Arcade or You Can’t Do That on Television to come on for those brief thirty minutes.

Switch to theater mode. Here’s some new Tube for You. Continue Reading »

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Jun 16 2014

Seven Stellar Movie References, Easter Eggs, and Homages from The Simpsons

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Though you may find Easter eggs hidden in most media now a days without much effort, that was not always the case. There was a time when picking up a Dungeons and Dragons reference or an Atari reference happened quite sparingly. I, personally, do not think the acceptance of the Easter egg would not have happened had not The Simpsons done it so brilliantly for years before so many others. Just by making a simple reference to a game or book, they could make the viewer’s day that much better (as if we were in on some inside joke with the writers). Though I love the many pop culture references found in The Simpsons, the movie references are easily my favorite. They are often blink-and-you’ll-miss-it moments that serve as sort of fan service to those who are truly paying attention. Or in some cases, they are so blatant they hit you over the head. But the one thing they never do is fail. From the obvious to the less obvious, here are seven stellar examples of movie references, Easter eggs, and homages from the Simpsons.

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Jun 13 2014

This Week In Movie Trailers!

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What a busy week for entertainment with E3 just plastering releases all over the wall; it’s not just gaming stuff, too! They even announced a Sonic movie. While I haven’t followed Sonic the Hedgehog since the cartoons were still airing on TV back in the early and mid 90s, I do know that millions of people on the Internet still love the guy, so there’s definitely demographic for it. At the very least, it will give people more canon to write fan fiction from.

Anyway … Dumb and Dumber To?! AH!! It’s been so long! What did I think about? See below! Continue Reading »

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Jun 11 2014

Nine Animated Character Voices That Are Actually Impressions

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Some exceptional actors, such as Michael Caine, can portray hundreds of varied characters all while using their own, natural speaking voice. Voice actors don’t have this luxury.

Unless you’re sought after for one style of delivery à la H. Jon Benjamin, being in the voice artist business means you have to learn to diversify. No one wants to hear the same tired deliveries that have all become cartoon clichés. This demand for originality makes creating a unique voice difficult.

To prevent themselves from copying animated character tropes ad nauseum, voice actors will often look to performances from the golden ages of movies, TV, and radio that they grew up with for inspiration. Usually, a voice actor will employ a subtle combination of past experience and a mental history of cinema to delicately craft a one-of-a-kind character.

Either that, or they just steal.

Call it what you will, but some of the most iconic and memorable voice performances are exact duplicates of earlier characters that already once made it big on the radio or screen. Here’s a couple of “borrowed” voices that have re-discovered their way into popular consciousness… Continue Reading »

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