Oct 10 2014

The Morning Link: Movie Plots in 140 Characters Or Less

Published by under Morning Link

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“In today’s busy world, we don’t have time to read the entire synopsis on a film’s Wikipedia page. We need that information before we’re finished with our pumpkin spice lattes. Thankfully, our readers came through in the clutch and provided entire film plots in 140 characters or less.”

Go here to see the list.



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Oct 09 2014

The Final Countdown: American Horror Story, Flash Costumes and Destiny Social Skills

Published by under Final Countdown

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Go here to see the most WTF moments of the new American Horror Story.

“The highly anticipated premiere of American Horror Story: Freak Show finally aired last night with “Monsters Among Us” to much hype and fanfare, that — as I mentioned yesterday — ultimately paid off in the end, no matter how determined Ryan Murphy was to burn us out with endless teasers. From a cinematographic standpoint, the series is beautifully and artfully shot, and does an excellent job of capturing the era it’s set in. But who cares about that, because TERRIFYING CLOWN KILLER. And two-headed Sarah Paulson!”

The Countdown

Sadly rejected Flash costumes – [TVOvermind]

Destiny needs to improve its social skills – [Insert Coin]

There is a $250,000 belt – [Worthly]

How did Eurotrip snag Matt Damon? – [FilmDrunk]

Five movie plans that rely entirely on luck – [Cracked]

South Park’s take on music production – [TheChive]

Frozen as an 8-bit video game – [GeeksAreSexy]

Americans spending less on food – [SheBudget]

A bunch of mascot fails – [WWIW]

Pictures that will fool your eyes – [izismile]

Robin Thicke getting divorced – [CelebrityToob]



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Oct 09 2014

Five Characters Who Would Make Fox’s Gotham a Better Place.

Published by under Comics,Lists,Television

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I definitely had my doubts about whether giving Batman the Smallville treatment was the best idea, but after a few episodes, I think it’s safe to say that the approach they came up with for Fox’s show about the formative years of Gotham’s most famous residents is shaping up pretty well. But there’s always room for improvement.

Although the show predictably opens with the fateful night at the theater that led to the eventual creation of the Batman, rather than focusing on young Bruce Wayne the star of Gotham is a rookie James Gordon, still many years away from being the Commissioner, making his way through the mire of corruption that is the Gotham City Police Department. Naturally, our heroes split time with some of Batman’s rogue’s gallery, who occupy various stations around the city prior to their eventual rise to supervillaindom.

Many of the usual suspects are already accounted for at this point, but we’ve seen them all time and again in countless incarnations. Gotham represents a whole new approach to the Batman mythos; one that’s more down to Earth and character-based than what most of we’ve seen in the past. In a weekly serial format, that opens up a lot of possibilities for characters that often get overlooked in film or animated adaptations in favor of more recognizable or zany alternatives. Here are five characters I’d like to see from Batman comics that could help make the show a real winner. Continue Reading »



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Oct 09 2014

5 Amazing Episodes Of Television From Terrible Shows

Published by under Television

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Sometimes I get sucked into bad TV shows.  I’m willing to overlook some pretty terrible flaws if a show has the right things going for it.  I mean, David Duchovny alone was enough to get me through several seasons of Californication, even after I realized it was basically a song stuck on repeat after a few episodes, and the lyrics were “Hank Moody’s penis gets him alternatively into, and then out of trouble.”

But every now and then, an otherwise insipid show will go nuts for an episode and play way about its head.  Unfortunately, you usually have to wade through a lot of crap to stumble on these hidden gems, and who has time for that?  Well, apparently I do, as when I started researching this article I realized that over the years, I’ve ended up watching a lot of of terrible shows.  But hey, my pain is your gain!

Here are a handful of episodes that manage to rise above they shows they were spawned from.

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Oct 09 2014

The Morning Link: Accidentally Awesome Glitches in Famous Games

Published by under Morning Link

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“There is literally no such thing as a glitch-free video game. They’re complex programs, often made by lots of people under brutal deadlines — that shit is going to spring a leak every now and then. And really, we wouldn’t have it any other way. How else would you wind up with scenes like this, where a game’s most emotional moment is ruined by the main character repeatedly screaming his child’s name into the face of every stranger he meets?”

Go here to see the list.



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Oct 08 2014

The Final Countdown: Actor Auditions, Adaptations and Fincher Films

Published by under Final Countdown

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Go here to see hilarious, embarrassing celebrity audition stories.

“I don’t get starstruck. I’m fine. Especially Ben [Affleck]—he’s a Boston guy; I should be fine. I walked in, and I’m walking down the halls looking for this room, and as I passed a room I heard, ‘There he is.’ In my head I was like, ‘That’s Ben.’ I turned around and it was, and for some reason I instantly was nervous.”

The Countdown

Seven film adaptations the author hated – [Cracked]

Ranking David Fincher’s films – [FilmDrunk]

Myst is coming back in TV and game form – [Insert Coin]

The Flash is a smash hit for The CW – [TVO]

The gritty reboot for Adventure Time – [GeeksAreSexy]

A flying car you can drive and park – [Worthly]

Romantic movies to watch on Halloween – [SheBudgets]

A gallery of terrifying photos – [TheChive]

The highest grossing Lindsay Lohan movies ever – [CelebrityToob]

When photoshop goes right – [WWIW]



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Oct 08 2014

The Rise of the Badaptation

Published by under Books,Columns,Movies

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I had such high hopes. Too high, maybe, but that wasn’t the real problem. Gone Girl was technically wonderful, as are most things under David Fincher’s ever vigilant eye. But a big mistake was made in its creation.

Adapting for film is a tricky business. Novels are the most recognised form of adaptation (I’ve heard around a third of all films are estimated to be somehow derived from books), but there are other sources – plays, games, historical figures/situations, websites, and the latest, childhood board games. There’s certainly plenty of inspiration for studios and filmmakers who want the safety net of a pre-existing audience.

The key word here is inspiration.

There’s a reason video games are yet to have a breakthrough film that shows the potential for good RPG to DVD adaptation. The mediums are much too similar! You play a game, you like the game, and you think ‘Wouldn’t it be cool to see this as a movie?’ You mean on a screen? With people moving and talking and stuff? Haven’t you already seen that? Continue Reading »



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Oct 08 2014

Ten GTA Missions That Are Designed to Make You Throw Your Controller

Published by under Lists,Video Games

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For years, Grand Theft Auto games have given me and millions of others a way to vent our real-life frustrations in the form of raining down bullets and grenades on the hapless populace of its cities. These games let you have a carefree attitude towards social responsibility, and they let you shut out the things that cause you stress.

That is, unless they are the thing that is causing the stress. A lot of it, actually, depending on the situation.

The fact is that the Grand Theft Auto has constantly pushed the boundaries of what can be expected of video games, especially when GTA III came out. While Rockstar has always done a great job of bringing all of the games’ disparate elements together, they sometimes left in clunky half-measures or inadequate cues to the player to help them navigate the massive worlds.

GTA’s mission structures tend to bring all of these flaws to the forefront. Suddenly, a game that was giving you great joy is now bringing you close to a pulmonary embolism. And no, internet, it is not always just because “omg u suck at it. dat mishun wuz ez.” It’s because even a nearly infallible design juggernaut like Rockstar can make the occasional mistake. Here are the worst ones… Continue Reading »



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Oct 08 2014

5 Childhood Movies That Deserve Reboots

Published by under Movies

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No, I’m not talking about remaking the Iron Giant (it will stand the test of time) – but I am referring to 5 other childhood favorites that I feel deserve a re-do of sorts. Before you go getting all bent out of shape please hear me out. I have a 2 year old son who one day will be old enough to start partaking in movies from my childhood. Films that I’ve treasured over the years that if you were to dust off the ol’ VHS player (if you could find one) and slide one of these 5 tapes into it, I’d probably watch it with a huge grin on my face. I can’t wait to sit down with him on a Friday night, turn one of these on, pop some popcorn and watch his reactions to all the magical moments. Yet, I’m fearful that by the time he hits that age, these movies will not hold up as well as I might think they do.

I’m only speaking to childhood favorites of my generation. I’m not trying to say that the movies were amazing on any oscar award winning merit or that they were the best in their respective genres. These are simply films that I think the younger generations of today shouldn’t miss – but might – due to how they might perceive them as old and outdated. (it’s as if you were to ask yourself how many films that you enjoy that your parents grew up watching … yeah, not many for me either)

 

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Oct 07 2014

The Shining and Psycho Reimagined

Published by under Images,Movies

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Artist Bryan Ewing had some fun with the lead villains of The Shining and Psycho in these Japanese-inspired poster remakes. I believe each are available for purchase here somewhere, for a limited time.

Someday I’m going to get really good at art and sell prints ALL the time. Not just in little day-long windows or 50-run prints. Someday.

Check out the Psycho version below: Continue Reading »



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Oct 07 2014

Video Game Locations Recreated

Published by under Video Games,Videos

Here’s a rather beautiful video that shows a number of famous video game locations, recreated through the magic of 3D recreation. Chances are if you’ve played any major games in the last decade or so, you’ll recognize at least a few of these. But even still, I couldn’t get them all.

Here’s the cheat sheet if you can’t guess them all on your own:

The Last of Us – Hidden Pines Corral ranch int/ext
Grand Theft Auto V – Michael’s safehouse
Mafia: The City of Lost Heaven – Salieri’s bar int/ext
Fallout 3 – Tenpenny’s Tower, Vault 101
Half Life 2 – Kleiner’s Lab, Apartments, City 17
Alan Wake – Cauldron Lake Lodge
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim – Mountains, Windhelm, Riverwood
Mirror’s Edge – City canals
The Stanley’s Parable – Museum Ending, Meeting room
The Walking Dead Season 1 – Clementine’s house
Dishonored – Dunwall Tower
DayZ – Chernarus
Hitman: Blood Money – Mission: A New Life
Left 4 Dead 2 – Whispering Oaks
Shadow of the Colossus – Colossus #15

Which do you have the most memories in?



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