Sep 17 2014

The Seven Best Big Screen Jumps for Animated Series

Published by under Lists,Movies,Television

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Adapting a thirty minute TV series usually seems like a horrific mistake. The tidy length of most TV shows coupled with their episodic format allows a lot of writers to shore up issues that would spill out everywhere in feature length.

We’ve seen this happen, too. The X-Files movie was extremely vanilla as a feature-length film – although as a two part episode it would have been phenomenal. Most producers simply don’t understand the chops it takes to adjust to the new medium, so they try to stretch everything out. What ends up happening is a lot of puzzled audience members unfamiliar with the source materials and a lot of fan boys kind of wishing they were just watching the show on their own TV.

Considering all this, imagine the surprise when not just a TV show but an animated TV show – usually known for their low-brow sensibilities in any genre – actually turns out to be an entertaining and well-formulated movie.

So, since I’ve already talked about big games jumping to tiny screens, let’s look at the best animated TV show adaptations for the big screen. Continue Reading »



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Sep 17 2014

Sci-Fi is Getting Scarier

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by Jake Thompson

You know that rush you got when little Haley Joel crawled into his homemade tent in The Sixth Sense? And that dread of knowing the shark was stalking below the too small boat in Jaws? These are great horror moments. They make you jump, make your heart beat fast, and then when it’s over, you laugh. Maybe not right away, but you look back on these films like you would a roller coaster, because despite the scares, you were entertained.

Science fiction horror is a little different. Apart from Alien, I struggle to think of a sci-fi film that gives this thrilling kind of terror. Most often, sci-fi horror isn’t found in creatures, or killers, or ghosts, but in the human condition. I remember reading 1984 and Brave New World and watching Blade Runner in high school, which in their own way were scarier than any of the horror movies I snuck to my friends’ houses to watch. But instead of doubling my heart rate, these stories left me with a lump in my throat. Continue Reading »



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Sep 17 2014

Overlooked: Brad Pitt

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I originally titled this write up as “Underrated: Brad Pitt” but felt that it’s not necessarily that he’s underrated, but that he’s overlooked and still seen as the “pretty boy” rather than an amazing talent. A guy that has so many fantastic films on his resume but not a single *Oscar to his name. Why is it that Pitt can deliver time and time again but is normally passed off as just the guy that ladies swoon over? Don’t get me wrong, I think he’s gorgeous and would put him up there among many of my other man crushes but that’s a whole other post for another day.

This all came about because I was watching Meet Joe Black the other night on television and found that I was smiling practically every time that Brad graced the film with his presence. Scene after scene he went toe to toe with Sir Anthony Hopkins and I was drawn to his performance every time. His smile, charm, and candor were impeccable yet if you mention Brad Pitt in conversation I bet that you’ll never hear anything about this movie or any of his other films.

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Sep 17 2014

Xena and Gabrielle Get Disney Makeovers

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Despite the “princess” identifier in her name, Xena has not a terribly large amount in common with princesses of the Disney variety. Until now, that is. The character has been given a Disney-style animated makeover by artist NIA, who has also done Gabrielle as well who you can see below.

NIA says she’d love to see an animated Xena series, but I think given the rate Hollywood is moving with reboots, we’re probably more likely to see a gritty PG-13 reboot of the character starring Milla Jovovitch or something. Or you know, Lucy Lawless, because she hasn’t aged and is still amazing (and about to start kicking ass on Agents of SHIELD).

Check out the other pictures below: Continue Reading »



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Sep 17 2014

The Morning Link: Batman Villains Who Should Never Be on Gotham

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I don’t know about you, but I love a good comic-book origin story, which is why I’m excited to check out Gotham on September 22nd. Serving as the origin story of Commissioner Gordon, as well as displaying the formative years of Batman/Bruce Wayne, we’re bound to get some dark, brooding, crime-ridden goodness.

Go here to see the list.



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Sep 16 2014

The Final Countdown: Internet’s Most Hate, Bond 24 and Destiny Fixes

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Go here to see five things learned from being the most hated person on the internet.

“Editor’s Note: A few weeks ago our message board and general inbox were bombarded with demands we address something called the “GamerGate Scandal”, posts written with the urgency and rage one would associate with, say, discovering that Chipotle burritos are made entirely from the meat of human babies. It’s apparently a big deal in some circles, so we followed the links and read the piles of data presented, and had to stop and take a deep breath just to grasp it all. “Gentlemen,” we said amid the stunned silence, “do you realize that if what they’re saying is true, then this is still the most pointless fucking bullshit anyone has ever forced us to read?”

The Countdown

The 24th James Bond movie starts shooting soon – [FilmDrunk]

Five essential fixes for Destiny – [Insert Coin]

A great Aziz Ansari impression on SNL – [Pajiba]

New photos from Castle season seven – [TVO]

Bill Hader discusses his last moments on SNL – [WarmingGlow]

Live action movie for Shadow of Mordor – [GeeksAreSexy]

Instant karma is going to get you – [TheChive]

Five s’mores life hacks – [SheBudgets]

The weirdest kickstarters of the year – [Worthly]

Kardashian store closing – [CelebrityToob]

A gallery of heartwarming images – [Izismile]



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Sep 16 2014

Going Somewhere Solo?

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A simply gorgeous piece by Kevin M. Wilson showing the famous showdown between Han and Greedo, right before Han shot him under the table. Actually. Judging by that table, there really wasn’t anything for the laser bolt to pass through, so I’m calling shenanigans on this piece.

Just kidding, it’s absolutely amazing, and I’m just sad it’s not available to buy as a print yet. This needs to be over my fireplace in like 4×4 frame.



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Sep 16 2014

Cosplay of the Day: Lady Sherlock

Published by under Cosplay,Images,Television

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Sherlock appears to be yet another one of those characters like Link who is more effectively cosplayed by the opposite gender. I’m not sure what that says about Benedict Cumberbatch in this case, but it’s hard to say that cosplayer  Mi-caw-ber has done anything other than a bang-up job with her costume here.

You can see a few more shots of her in action below, including the full trenchcoat which is a must-have for any Sherlock ensemble. Scarves can only get you so far, after all.  Continue Reading »



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Sep 16 2014

Harry Potter as Told By Other Students

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Though Harry Potter was the hero of his story, it was just that. HIS story. What about if the events of the books were seen through the eyes of the other, unnamed student at Hogwarts rather than just Harry and his friends? They’re just wizards trying to learn wizardry, damnit!

I believe these are from Tickld, though I could be mistaken. In any case, I had to put them all above the jump because they’re funnier when consumed that way. What’s that? I should probably go re-read Harry Potter for the eleventh time? Yeah, sounds about right. Oooh, I haven’t read the ebook edition yet!

 



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Sep 16 2014

ROYGBIV: A Pixar Supercut

Published by under Movies,Videos

I don’t quite know what the loose consensus is on Pixar these days. Is your average movie fan still on their team? Losing faith? I’m more in the latter category, but hopefully their upcoming slate of movies will erase the disappointing memories from their last handful of projects. Still, even Pixar’s more middling movies tend to stand above the competition.

Part of this is due to the way Pixar folks really embrace the possibilities of animation: in essence, you can put anything on that screen. With the power of their best visuals, it’s not unusual for the most striking Pixar sequences to eschew dialogue completely (just look at the opening of Wall-E, or the trash melter in Toy Story 3). Heck, the entire premise of Up can be summed up in a single frame.

The point of this rambling lead-in is that some cool person made a video that celebrates Pixar’s über-cinematic use of the entire (visible) color spectrum, and y’all should watch it. It’s up at the top of the article.



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Sep 16 2014

Team Extreme Archeology

Published by under Cosplay,Images,Video Games

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The most famous two archaeologists in pop culture (outside of Indiana Jones, who inspired them both) are most definitely Lara Croft and Nathan Drake, and though they never appear together in a game, they make for rather excellent couples cosplay.

I tried to dress up as Nathan Drake a few years back on Halloween, but I’ll admit this guy does a wayyy better job of it. Mostly due to that scarf. And handsomeness. Obviously lady Croft is flawless as well. There are more pictures to check out from their shoot below. I love that she bought an ice pick.  Continue Reading »



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