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Oct 06 2014

The Pixar Theory: What A Load of Crap

Published by under Debate,Movies

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Yes, I understand that we’ve talked about this before but I just had to sound off on this and see how many people would join me. Let me back up just in case you have no idea what I’m talking about. The Pixar Theory is something that a blogger by the name of Jon Negroni came up with after he watched a video from Cracked.com. If you visit the link, you will go to his page where he has gone through in painstaking detail and described bit by bit what he considers to be how all Pixar animated films are connected in some fashion.

After I read Paul’s post on this theory a while back, I was immediately amazed at how much time someone would take to come up with this. Not only that, but how much I was unaware of this supposed connection. (considering the fact that I loved most Pixar films and considered myself to be a HUGE fan of them … but that’s beside the point) It frustrated me that I never once caught on to any of this other than the few clever easter eggs that Pixar would place in their films time and time again. Though, is there really a theory to be had or is it simply someone stretching their thought process …?

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Oct 03 2014

AKIIIIIIIIIRAAAAAAAAA!

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Words can’t express just how much I’m not looking forward to the inevitable live action reboot of Akira, the ridiculously amazing anime that will undoubtedly lose much of its charm when it’s starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Keanu Reeves or whoever the hell else they wrangle for the film.

I’m not really an anime person, yet Akria remains one of my all time favorites, which hardly makes me cool, I know. It’s like saying your favorite movie of the year is whatever wins Best Picture. But whatever, the fact that Akira is fantastic not really up for debate.

The art above is from Joshua Budich, who is about to have a solo anime art show full of awesome pieces like this.

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Oct 03 2014

Before Annabelle, There Was The Conjuring

Published by under Movies,Reviews

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Like Marvel Studios, Blumhouse Productions seems almost incapable of making a box office bomb.   Between the Paranormal ActivityInsidious and Purge franchises and stand-alone films like SinisterOculus and The Conjuring, the company has consistently shown why they are the only real name in horror these days.  They’ve even managed to turn Annabelle – a Chucky rip-off introduced in The Conjuring – into the most anticipated horror movie of the fall.  Even though the trailer looks terrible, the director’s most notable accomplishment was helming the Mortal Kombat sequel and the writer’s nascent career has been devoted to dreck like Blood Monkey, its narrative connection to The Conjuring is at least enough to warrant watching it with an open mind.

Although a bit of a fixer-upper, the Perron family couldn’t be happier with their new country home.  But when a malevolent supernatural entity begins terrorizing them each night, they turn to renowned demonologists Ed and Lorraine Warren.  Now it is up to the Warrens to cleanse the spirits tormenting the Perrons before it claims not just their lives, but their very souls as well.

The reason why The Conjuring is as frightening as it is has nothing to do with its ability to actually scare us.  We don’t love the film because of Bathsheba’s midnight antics nor because of her victims’ phantasmal warnings, but because of the film’s human characters.  Understanding that a greater investment in the Perrons’ lives causes us to assume a greater stake in their ultimate fate, The Conjuring slowly introduce the family through pizza dinners and games of hide-and-clap.  Only after a quarter of the movie is over do the Perrons experience their first definitively supernatural event and only after half of its runtime has elapsed do the Warrens even begin their investigation.  By then, we are not just sympathetic observers to the troubles of strangers, but coconspirators in their survival. Continue Reading »

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Oct 03 2014

This Week In Movie Trailers!

Published by under Movies

Holy crap! So I’m not going to start this out with a lot of fluff or an elongated intro because there are too many trailers that I need to get to … surprisingly a lot of trailers for movies I actually want to see!

Let’s do this.

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Oct 03 2014

Adventure Time Turned Into Every Type of Fandom

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Artists  Joe Hogan and Mike Vasquez have taken their love of Adventure Time, and integrated into their love of well, everything else. They’ve combined the wacky animated show with practically every pop culture franchise that has a major fanbase.

Yes, that’s Final Fantasy VII above, but below you’ll find Batman, Star Wars, Smash Bros., Zelda, Spider-Man, The Walking Dead, Guardians of the Galaxy, and of course, Disney Princesses. Check out the entire series, and be very upset if they missed your favorite fandom. Continue Reading »

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Oct 02 2014

Awesome Conceptual Toys From Evil Corp

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These toys by Evil Corp are so cool, and yet featuring them makes me so sad, because none of them are actually real, it turns out. They’re vinyl concepts for actual toys, but lacking the license, they’ll forever exist only as 2D images, rather than 3D desk ornaments. And it would be quite a lot of licenses to acquire, given how diverse the subjects are.

There are more than a few from Star Wars here, but I really like the ones from The Shining (above) and Evil Dead. Even if they are concepts, I’d love to see more of them. Continue Reading »

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Oct 01 2014

Battle of the Trilogy: Round 1

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There is an abundance of popular movies that happened to be part of a trilogy and I just wanted to do something fun pertaining to those films. Now I’m talking about the trilogies that were initially set up to be 3 movies. Not those films that got tacked on years later that took a solid trilogy to a “why is this now a quadrilogy*?” You know what I’m talking about – Indiana Jones 4, Pirates of the Caribbean 4, or even the Bourne Legacy.

When I started my voyage into the world of trilogies I found that I was unaware just how many there are. I wanted to make sure I picked from some of the more popular ones so the battles would be a bit more relevant. I also had to be sure that I had actually watched the films in order to allow for a certain order of fairness within the competition.

This first round will be longer than the rest because I’ve got to explain everything and do the initial setup for the battles to come!

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Oct 01 2014

Spy For Hire

Published by under Columns,Movies

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Spies are some of the most exciting movie characters to watch. Seeing Ethan Hunt soar from rooftop to rooftop or Jason Bourne thwart the CIA’s schemes is a lot of fun. But some spies are all about the theatrics. At the end of the day, would Bond actually be able to hold down a job? M, for one, seems to find him a nuisance. As someone who’s had to hire and fire people in the past, I’m judging a handful of candidates on their performance, ingenuity and efficiency to see who’s the most employable. Continue Reading »

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Sep 30 2014

Cosplay of the Day: Tis Only a Scratch

Published by under Cosplay,Images,Movies

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Behold, some show stealing Monty Python cosplay by Daniel at the Edmonton Expo, where he dressed up like the famed Black Knight after a particularly grueling battle.

And no, he’s not just really good at folding up his arms and legs. Daniel lacks both in real life, but obviously not a sense of humor, and was able to cosplay as one of the few characters out there that requires an complete and utter lack of him. Good work, my friend.

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Sep 30 2014

Should I Feel Bad for Skipping Event Movies?

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Like pretty much everybody around here, I’m a self-professed movie fan. To a lesser extent, I’m willing to additionally self-identify as a genre fan and a few other sub-categories of “fan.” So there’s a sort of vested interest in staying current with the mix of accidental art and tedious product that winds up at the local multiplex each week.

Or at least I used to feel that way. Because I gotta admit something. The more I get out and go to these things — particularly the big, pop- and nerd-culture touchstones — the more one question at the back of my mind gets louder and louder:

Do I really HAVE to see all these things?

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Sep 29 2014

When Pocahontas Meets Guardians of the Galaxy

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This mayyyy be a bit of a stretch, an I’m pretty sure just spawned from the fact that there’s a prominently featured raccoon in the film, but someone has gone through Pocahontas and decided that with a few line changes and MS paint skin coloring, the film could stand-in for Guardians of the Galaxy pretty well. I suppose it does have a talking tree, too.

Pocahontas is one of those movies that is fun until you read that Pocahontas was like 11 in real life and John Smith looked like this. Fortunately, I think their love story was fabricated as well, sparing us that horrifying image.

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