Monthly Archives: May 2014

My First Comic Convention – Dallas Fan Expo 2014

Posted by Maddox on May 30, 2014
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Dancing happens and we don’t understand what’s going on.

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Like most Star Trek fans, I’m a virgin. Not that kind though.

I’ve never been to a con. Not a proper one. I went to SXSW in 2012 but that’s a conference not a convention. Anyway we all know that’s just a place for media and tech types to get drunk and stick their hands in each other’s pants. Comic con Dallas though, that’s a proper con. Sort of.

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Review: Maleficent

Posted by Matthew on May 30, 2014
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Maleficent

So I have to warn you now that this review will contain spoilers after the jump because there’s pretty much no way I can tell you anything about this movie without spoiling it. Short version: Angelina Jolie is good, the subtext is shocking (for a Disney movie), but the movie isn’t very good. If you want to know why keep reading, if you want to go see it without knowing anything then stop reading now.

Ok? Ok.

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LivePlay: Mario Kart 8

Posted by Simon on May 30, 2014
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Mario Kart 8

Here we go! Join me (us) as I (we) career through the latest and greatest Mario Kart!

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Roland Emmerich To Make New Stargate Trilogy for MGM Because Of Course He Is

Posted by Matthew on May 30, 2014
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Stargate Universe

Yup. That 1990s SciFi movie that was turned into a TV show that ran for 10 years and spun off two other series (17 seasons of TV, all told) is getting more movies made by the guy who made the original movie. So that’s a thing.

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Something for the Weekend: How To Train Your Dragon

Posted by Matthew on May 30, 2014
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How To Train Your Dragon

Two weeks hence will see the release of the sequel to one of my favourite animated movies so naturally this would be a good weekend to pick up a copy of one of my favourite animated movies.

Released in 2010 How To Train Your Dragon is one of the best “boy and his dog” movies that I’ve ever seen. Except the dog happens to be a dragon. And the dragon generally acts like a cat. Hiccup and Toothless become a symbiotic pair and eventually change the world with their friendship. It’s a great movie featuring a great performance from Jay Baruchel, and a fantastic score.

It was nominated for two Oscars (losing Best Animated Feature to Toy Story 3 and Best Score to The Social Network) and won ten Annie Awards including Best Feature.

With a sequel about to be released now is the perfect time to refresh your memory. You can use the links below to buy your copy and help us keep the lights on.

Thanks and enjoy your weekend!

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The Poster For Left Behind Is Glorious

Posted by Matthew on May 29, 2014
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Left Behind

Just look at it. It’s amazing. Nicholas Cage giving his Nicholas Cage Confused face as if to say “What letter does the list these people are on start with? Am I on that list now?” Look at the road run into the sea and head toward a burning city! Look how confused everyone looks!

This is the world we live in people. Nicholas Cage, an American Idol contestant, a TV famous guy, and two other people starring in the Hollywood adaptation of a best-selling Christian novel about the people left behind (aka, the people not good enough to get into heaven) when the rapture comes.

Amazing.

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Read This: SlashFilm Interviews Jurassic World Director Colin Treverrow

Posted by Matthew on May 29, 2014
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Colin Trevorrow

Whether you’re a fan of Jurassic Park or a fan of good film making you should probably read this interview.

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Clear Your Friday: It’s Time For Mario Kart 8!

Posted by Simon on May 29, 2014
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Mario Kart 8

You may want to book this Friday off or plan some well-timed sick leave: Mario Kart 8 will be in my sweaty hands, and all over the site! (eww)

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Review: A Million Ways To Die In The West

Posted by Matthew on May 28, 2014
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A Million Ways To Die In The West / Seth McFarlane

Seth McFarlane’s first feature film Ted was a great little film. Not perfect, but it latched onto a story trope we’d seen before (grown man needs to grow out of his immature ways, is held back by immature childhood best friend) and took its to its logical extreme (best friend is his childhood toy) and the result was both R-Rated hilarious and heartfelt but without getting too bogged down in “ugh, I’ve seen this before.” It didn’t hurt either that McFarlane’s voice performance as Ted was inspired as though he was getting every r-rated joke he’d been wanting to do on family Guy out all at once.

McFarlane’s second feature takes aim at the Wild West. It’s still R-rated and it’s still a comedy but where Ted managed to break the mold A Million Ways To Die In The West stays pretty firmly in its mold. That’s not to say it’s not funny. I laughed a bunch of times. Not enough times though, and the rest of the time I was bored.

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Lego Batman 3 : Beyond Gotham Teaser Is Black, Or Maybe A Really Dark Grey

Posted by Simon on May 27, 2014
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Lego Batman

The Lego Batman developers, Traveller’s Tales, have just released a teaser trailer for the third in the series, subtitled Beyond Gotham. I think they may have seen The Lego Movie. Let’s take a look!

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The Equalizer Trailer + Poster: Denzel Washington vs. The Russian Mob

Posted by Matthew on May 25, 2014
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Equalizer

In the latest 80s television to movie adaptation Denzel Washington kills a bunch of guys. Let’s watch!

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Luc Besson’s Lucy Gets A Poster + A New Release Date

Posted by Matthew on May 25, 2014
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Lucy

The 10% myth in action, but it’s directed by Luc Besson so who cares.

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Not Awesome: Edgar Wright May Have Left Ant-Man Over Disney Meddling With Script

Posted by Matthew on May 24, 2014
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The plot thickens. Or, as it turns out, maybe thins and homogenizes.

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Not Awesome: Drew Goddard Is Off Daredevil

Posted by Matthew on May 24, 2014
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Daredevil

Probably because of Spider-Man.

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Review: X-Men: Days Of Future Past

Posted by Simon on May 23, 2014
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The latest X-Men film is a spectacular affair, a high-budget and frequently hilarious reassertion of the franchise after the dreadful X3: The Last Stand and Wolverine movies. It features all the most popular members of the group kicking ass in glorious action sequences that might be some of the best you’ll see this year and even makes room for a few fantastic new mutants. The narrative is good, if a little exposition-heavy upfront, and the pace is great. So it’s a real shame that, even with all these perfect elements, the film’s story makes such a dull thud. The problem isn’t that  it’s badly told, it’s just that there’s not been any attempt to evolve the narrative threads that have been present since the first X-men film from 2000. It’s the same old story; a fight between Professor X’s peaceful integration and Magneto’s warlike assertion of mutant superiority, and after the fourth time it has lost its surprise and effect.

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