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DVD Review – South Central (1992)

by on Sep.30, 2011, under Films, Flickering Myth, Review

In the film world, Los Angeles seems to be the city of lost hope, rather than the city of lost angels. Unless your looking at the rise of an up and coming star, you’re looking at the down trodden ghettos; an extreme contrast to the glitzy Hollywood-land image of the town. Whilst no large city isn’t a stranger to the strife of gang warfare, Los Angeles always seems to be one of the first five cities to pop into your head when it comes to the dreaded G word. So what better time to look into the gang problems of LA than the early Nineties?

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DVD Review – Juice (1992)

by on Sep.23, 2011, under Films, Flickering Myth, Review

Whether it’s a sharp dressed Italian or a street-wise hood, both meanings of “Gangster” always seem to deal around the same theme: the downward spiral of corruption. In The Godfather, a seemingly pleasant Michael Corleone ended up murdering half of his family after becoming a crime boss. This has always been the way of representing crime on the big screen; it doesn’t pay and everything and everyone you love is at risk. And what better place to let the fetid cloud of corruption prey havoc then in Harlem.

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DVD Review – 8 Million Ways to Die (1986)

by on Sep.08, 2011, under Films, Flickering Myth, Review

What better way to start off a cop movie than to drop the hero from a great height. In the popular film series, Lethal Weapon, Mel Gibson played a suicidal cop whose daredevil behaviour gave his character that much needed edge. When a man has nothing left to lose, things tend to get more interesting. However, Hal Ashby’s alcoholic cop yarn barely hits the bar.

8 Million Ways To Die sees an LA drugs cop, Matthew Scudder (Jeff Bridges looking like a blonde Charles Bronson), foil a drugs raid in the worst way possible. This leads him into losing his job and his family, on top of making his alcoholism slip out of control. Six months later, he’s sober, single and unemployed. After being contacted for protection by a hooker called Sunny (Alexandra Paul), he’s drawn back into the criminal world that he stopped enforcing.

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Battlefield 3 beta – “Hundreds” of changes from alpha, day one patches likely

by on Sep.06, 2011, under News, That VideoGame Blog

Just like a tender leg testing the water, Battlefield 3’s beta release will be dangling itself into the pit of criticism. DICE have already confirmed that they will be making literally “hundreds” of changes to the game so far.

So far, there has been no confirmation on the exact date of the beta release apart from “September”. The final game will be set for release towards the end of October, so that gives around a month for DICE to make any last minute adjustments.

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DVD Review – Julia’s Eyes (2010)

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

I have a small fear: I’m scared of losing my eyesight. Call it a shallow fear if you will, but it’s still a fear nonetheless. The feeling of vulnerability. No longer being able to differentiate between what is really there and what your mind forces out from your subconscious to wave in front of your naked face. Close your eyes now. Do it. What do you see? Macabre faces? Your worst fear? Anything is possible under the cruel blanket of darkness. So obviously, the horror story of a woman going blind is going to hit home for me in a big way. But on paper, it sounds a tricky story to reveal on the big screen, especially when it’s from her perspective.

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DVD Review – The Last American Hero (1973)

by on Sep.03, 2011, under Films, Flickering Myth, Review

I find it hard to look at Jeff Bridges in his pre-beard days. There is this haunting vacuum of space on his chin when he pops up clean shaven. It almost comes to the point where I have to draw a beard on my screen to address this problem. Even his voice suggests he needs a beard. Ironically, in The Last American Hero, a beard would have really suited his character, what with him being a hillbilly and all.

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Doom 4 single-player locked at 30fps

by on Aug.23, 2011, under News, That VideoGame Blog

Poor frame rate in games these days is like hearing someone suffering from the plague. You just don’t hear about it anymore and you think that game developers would avoid having the FPS dive below anything that doesn’t flow as fast as reality. Well, the new Doom game looks to sacrifice its single-player frame rate slightly in favour of better looking gameplay.

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DVD Review – War of Resistance (2011)

by on Aug.23, 2011, under Films, Flickering Myth, Review

There are two types of World War two films: the ones that show you the explosive battle on the frontlines and the ones that show you the cloak and dagger sneakery from behind the scenes. With the former, the focus is on the tension and the difficult moral choices the characters must make in order vanquish the Nazi menace. From these themes, we see a good amount of character development and a lot of carefully worded conversations when confronted by a helmeted German soldier. The line between the Hollywood style blockbusting of Saving Private Ryan and the edge of you seat covert flicks like Inglourious Basterds must never be crossed. War of Resistance happily skips over this line and knocks everything off the shelves whilst it does it.

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DVD Review – My Best Enemy (2011)

by on Aug.19, 2011, under Films, Flickering Myth, Review

Role reversal in comedy is a fine technique. If done right, not only does it exaggerate the contrasting differences between the two people involved, it can also subtly hint at some surprising similarities. So when you sit down to watch a black comedy about a Jewish prisoner swapping their outfit with that of a Nazi officer, you start to wonder whether any similarities between the two can occur. In this case, it was all used for comic affect, despite being based in a dark time.

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Team Bondi ‘sells off assets and IP’

by on Aug.11, 2011, under News, That VideoGame Blog

Just like an awesome band who make the one amazing album and don’t take the risk with the difficult second one, Australian developer Team Bondi are giving in its gun and badge. So maybe we’ll be assigning the case of the LA Noire sequel to another developer, eh?

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