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Surviving the zombie apocalypse until season 5 – A look so far at The Walking Dead videogame

by on Jun.24, 2014, under Movie Pilot, Review, Video Games

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Right now, it’s the early autumn of the year as most of the great shows on television have their end of season break.

Mad Men has already polished off the first half of its final season and Game of Thrones is just about to squeeze the last couple of episodes out like someone popping open a man’s head (SPOILER ALERT – someone on that show dies). The Walking Dead will be entering it’s fifth season later this year, and it’s really starting to catch up with the original comic series, instead of lingering on a farm waiting for the barn to burst open (SPOILER ALERT – someone on that show is a zombie). If, like me, you are getting too fidgety to wait for the next instalment of the shambler drama, AND you’re a keen gamer, then the videogame adaption is exactly what you need.

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Remembering Rik Mayall: Bottom

by on Jun.14, 2014, under Opinion, The Palace of Wisdom

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Far be it for me to be impacted by a celebrity’s death, but we’ve had a fair few recently. Some rolled the changes in the world that shaped the ever-improving modern society. Some Were responsible for cultural revolutions. Others just simply made us laugh. Rik Mayall was one of them. Another icon in British comedy who has left their mark in our splitting sides.

Everyone will be in different camps to whom they associate this rubber-faced force of funny, from the hypocritical teenage whining of The Young Ones, the anarchic (sort of) children’s tale of Drop Dead Fred, or even that small cameo he played in the classic horror comedy move American Werewolf in London (He’s in there for about 10 seconds). For myself, I will always remember him for Bottom.

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Gotham: will the TV show live up to the Batman legacy?

by on Jun.14, 2014, under First Look, Movie Pilot

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If there’s one comic book universe that has been picked apart, scraped, explored, not to mention crossed-over, it’s Batman’s.

More than just a base film and television fodder, the Dark Knight’s home city of Gotham has provided DC fans with more side-stories, team ups, and case files than Stan Lee could ever Marvel up. And no need for alternate dimensions, either. As was proven with Christopher Nolan’s spectacular The Dark Knight Rises Trilogy, you can take the character and his universe and twist it into something new. But just how far can you twist the legend until you’re not even focusing on the hero himself?

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Halo: Same Old Video Game Slop, Or A Forerunner To Something Good?

by on May.13, 2014, under Movie Pilot

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I was hoping that turning all videogames into a film format was something that would eventually die out. But after the fifth Resident Evil film, chance would be a fine thing. Why bother adapting a video game to a film when most videogames are derivative of major films anyway? On the other hand, there’s a lot of fresh ideas coming out in the world of digital entertainment – for example, BioShock Infinite, a stonkingly mindblowing experience delving into alternative reality theory that will have you yelling at the set as if it just made a rude gesture at your mother, and enough plot twists to make M. Knight Shyamalan say “Now you’re just being silly…”

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DVD Review – The Interrupters (2011)

by on Dec.05, 2011, under Films, Flickering Myth, Review

Chicago has had a long history of crime. From the early 20th Century days of Al Capone to the current gang problems in the city. Just like any other major city in America, gang violence is a major concern to the community. So much so, that some ex members of the gangs have vowed to try and stop the violence once and for all. The Chicago based organization known as Ceasefire has a goal to stop the gang violence completely by interrupting potentially violent situations, that could results in shootings and killings.

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DVD Review – Panic Button (2011)

by on Nov.02, 2011, under Films, Flickering Myth, Review

The paranoia around social networking has started to arise recently. Rather then just view sites like Facebook and MySpace as a way of keeping in contact with old friends, there’s the fear that people can be subtly controlled by them. After all, who really reads the terms and conditions right down to the bottom? Thought not. Just because some of your Facebook profile is set to private, does not make it entirely safe. In the low-budget horror, Panic Button, every technophobe’s fear springs from the woodwork.

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Microsoft to launch Kinect for Windows commercial program

by on Nov.02, 2011, under News, That VideoGame Blog

A full year has passed since the Xbox’s answer to the Wii started to make people wave their arms around the room without a controller. Now it would appear that Microsoft’s new motion technology is not going to be restricted to just games, as Kinect is looking to transform itself into a business tool.

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DVD Review – The Poet (2003)

by on Oct.31, 2011, under Films, Flickering Myth, Review

Ever since the outstanding Leon, contract killers in the film world always carry a lot of emotional baggage, usually tucked away next to their folding sniper rifle. For every body dropped, another part of them dies inside. Maybe all film hitmen are just as emotional and vulnerable the camera cuts to the good guys. Or is it just another good idea that’s becoming a tired cliché due to unimaginative overuse? In the 2003 Paul Hill film, The Poet, we learn just how absurd this character device can be.

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DVD Review – Devil’s Gate (2003)

by on Oct.24, 2011, under Films, Flickering Myth, Review

One of the least appealing settings for any film is in a small and isolated community. If the inhabitants aren’t committing some kind bizarre ritual, they’re usually making any token outsider feeling extremely unwanted. From burning policemen in The Wicker Man to raping and terrorising a couple in Straw Dogs, highly populated cities never felt safer in comparison to the middle of nowheresville. So when a woman has to travel from the mainland to a remote north sea island, the isolation is so thick you could batter an outsider to death with it.

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DVD Review – Deep Winter (2008)

by on Oct.18, 2011, under Films, Flickering Myth, Review

When is a film not a film? When it’s an extreme sports video with a story stapled on in a panic at the last minute. Now I’m a lay man when it comes to the nuances of snowboarding and downhill skiing. Obviously, a film exclusively dealing with the subject isn’t going to be my first choice when it comes to vegetating in from of the telly all evening. The main problem with Deep Winter, is that it seems to think it can just sell an entire film on it’s only saving grace. It’s almost as if fusty things such as narrative, dialogue and character development don’t really matter at all to Mikey Hilb.

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