Monthly Archives: July 2015

Making Peace with Peter Dinklage in Pixels

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Pixels is a bad movie, and after a dismal opening weekend it would seem that almost everyone agrees. However, a lot of people have argued that Pixels is beneath Peter Dinklage, and while that’s technically true, it also misses the point. Pixels is beneath everyone, and it diminishes the abilities of the rest of the cast to suggest that only Dinklage is superior to the film.

Dinklage has attracted the most attention simply because he’s best known for an excellent part that he plays extraordinarily well. In our minds, that (rightly) makes him a great actor, and his involvement in Pixels is disappointing because we know he can do better. We don’t extend the same benefit of the doubt to someone like Michelle Monaghan because we’ve never seen her steal a scene in a show like Game of Thrones.

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Tembo the Badass Elephant Review – Tembo Does What Sonic Don’t

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Game Freak’s Tembo the Badass Elephant is a new 2D platformer about Tembo, a badass elephant living out his days on a quiet jungle island. Since badass elephants are always in high demand, Tembo gets pressed into action when an army of purple invaders takes over a peanut-shaped city and the local general concludes that a badass elephant is the only thing strong enough to stand against the mechanized army of the future. Tembo gears up with an implausibly tied Rambo bandanna and then gets airlifted in to save the day.

Did I mention that Tembo is a badass elephant? I just want to make sure that’s clear.

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What should the next Jurassic Park movie be called?

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It’s no secret that 90s nostalgia has been in full force when it comes to this summer’s big movies. Even Terminator: Genisys, which many considered to be a flop, has currently grossed over $300 million worldwide. But the biggest hit of the summer has been Jurassic World, which people attended in droves, making it the highest grossing movie of the summer so far and the third highest grossing movie of all time. It was no surprise when Universal announced last week that there will be another Jurassic Park sequel hitting theatres in summer 2018. It still has a ways to go before it catches up with the animated dinosaur franchise The Land Before Time (they are currently working on the 14th film), but it’s good to have goals.

While Jurassic World was a clear-cut follow up to the original trilogy, they decided to give it a somewhat unique title as opposed to Jurassic Park 4, which sets it apart from the original films. So will the new film be considered Jurassic World 2 or JP5? More importantly, how will they tempt fate with the dinos AGAIN?! Here are some ideas for potential titles and plots (take note Mr. Trevorrow), keep in mind that “Jurassic 5” is already taken

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Why I Need a Sequel to Inside Out

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Pixar’s brilliant Inside Out is one of the most coherent representations of emotional growth and maturity I’ve ever seen on film. The simple concept makes it remarkably easy to understand the swirl of thoughts and memories that make up our personalities.

What’s strange is that Inside Out seems to be resonating more strongly with adults than kids. It’s normally a mistake to suggest that kids don’t ‘get’ a movie because kids are sharper than we give them credit for, but I think there are aspects of Inside Out that simply don’t make sense until you’re older. The representation of depression, for example – where the most obvious course of action is no longer an option – is the kind of thing that doesn’t fully sink in until you’ve lived it. Kids can almost certainly understand some of that on an intuitive level, but sometimes there really is no substitute for experience.

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Mr. Terrific will appear on ARROW Season 4! But who is he?

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It’s confirmed. Actor Echo Kellum will be appear in season 4 of Arrow as Curtis Holt AKA Mr. Terrific. He’ll be a tech-savvy ally to the character Felicity Smoak and the show’s first openly gay character.

There have been two heroes called Mr. Terrific in the universe of DC Comics. The first was Terry Sloane. The second was Michael (not Curtis) Holt. But who were they? Continue reading to find out!

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Happy Pikachus Bother a Sleeping Snorlax in an Adorable New Game

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You know how it is in the summer. It’s hot. The sun is shining. You go out to the hammock in the backyard with a cold drink, a tube of sunscreen, and a glossy magazine, and just when you’re about to lie down and take a nap, a dozen Pikachus come out of nowhere and knock you right out of the hammock.

Like I said, you know how it is in summer.

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Jay Garrick will be on THE FLASH Season 2! But who is he?

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CW’s The Flash has become a fan-favorite TV show and excitement for season 2 has boosted since certain casting decisions were revealed at San Diego Comic-Con International. Namely, that Jay Garrick will appear in the show, played by Teddy Sears (Masters of Sex). But for you who don’t know the comics too well, who is this mysterious speedster?

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Horror Anthology Tales Of Halloween Looks Like A Scary Good Time

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Horror anthologies are a hot property these days, with the V/H/S and The ABCs of Death franchises getting a lot of acclaim. Halloween horror anthology movies, however, are few and far between, with the exception of 2007’s wonderful Trick ‘r Treat. This Halloween, a new horror anthology will slash its way into cinemas: Tales Of Halloween.

Tales Of Halloween boasts ten films from 11 directors, and the talent behind this anthology is impressive. Adam Gierasch (Big Ass Spider!) plays a Trick; Neil Marshall (The Descent) brings Bad Seed to the table; Axelle Carolyn (Soulmate) gives us Grimm Grinning Ghosts; Paul Solet (Grace) tells the story of The Weak and the Wicked; Mike Mendez (The Gravedancers) tackles Friday The 31st; Ryan Schifrin, who wrote Abominable, delivers The Ransom of Rusty Rex; Andrew Kasch and John Skipp declare that This Means War; Darren Lynn Bousman (Repo! The Genetic Opera) unleashes The Night Billy Raised Hell; Dave Parker (Coldwater) has a Sweet Tooth; and Lucky McKee (The Woman) rings the bell with Ding Dong.

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Soccer Stars Alex Morgan and Christine Sinclair Grace the Cover of FIFA 16

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EA traditionally likes to design unique covers for the various markets in which FIFA is available, so when the publisher announced that twelve women’s national teams had been added to FIFA 16 there was some speculation that those players would grace the cover of the game in selected regions. After all, the US Women’s National Team was coming off a thrilling World Cup victory in Canada, winning a final over Japan that was the most watched soccer game in U.S. history.

Now, the speculation can end. EA has announced that Alex Morgan, Christine Sinclair, and Steph Catley will be gracing the cover of the game in the United States, Canada, and Australia, respectively. All three will appear alongside Argentina’s Lionel Messi, the Barcelona star who graces the cover in all versions of the game.

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Should We Live In Fear Of Fear The Walking Dead?

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A lot of horror fans are sick to (un)death of zombies. Still, AMC’s The Walking Dead‘s Nielsen ratings have increased every year. This is why the show is about to start its sixth season and why the creator of the original comic series, Robert Kirkman, has launched a prequel spinoff series on AMC called Fear The Walking Dead.

Before you get too annoyed, consider that at least some of those horror fans are responsible for making those Nielsen ratings skyrocket. The Walking Dead is just one of the many current shows that are part of the genre television renaissance.

With the exception of Wayward Pines (which just finished its first and only season), there are several genre other shows still going strong, such as American Horror Story, Bates Motel, Penny Dreadful, Teen Wolf, and the best of the bunch, the sadly-now-cancelled Hannibal (#SaveHannibal!). No matter how you feel about The Walking Dead, its critical and commercial success has made it possible for other genre-themed shows to get the green light.

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