Monthly Archives: August 2015

Hannibal Recap Episode 3.13 – The Wrath of the Lamb

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After spending a few episodes in the margins thanks to his incarceration, Hannibal has slowly been creeping back into the center of the frame, incubating in his prison cell like a monster in a cocoon. “The Wrath of the Lamb” finally lets him break free and stretch his wings.

It also demonstrates how far Hannibal has come. In the beginning, Hannibal was a solitary figure operating alone. The final episode restores Hannibal’s charisma, but he now shares the spotlight with Will because he recognizes how much richer life can be when you have a partner able to appreciate your accomplishments.

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Wordburglar shows off his Rapplicable Skills

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Halifax-born, Toronto-based hip hop word slinger Wordburglar has released his latest album today. Entitled Rapplicable Skills for a reason, this one features loads of nerdy gems including a track about a young Burgie getting his name in Nintendo Power for obtaining a high score in the obscure NES game, NARC. Be sure to check it out if you’re into lyrilogical rhymes!

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Transformers: Devastation gets shiny new trailer

G1 Transformers fans have a few weeks left till they can get their hands on Transformers: Devastation. In prep for this, we’ve been treated to a new trailer showing off the playable Autobots and their over-the-top fighting styles! Interestingly enough, we see multiples of the same Insecticon (Kickback), which could help explain why the Insecticons seem to still be around after being converted to Swoops in The Transformers: The Movie.

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“The Touch” by Transformers rockers The Cybertronic Spree

We’ve featured The Cybertronic Spree on here before for one of their original songs. Here they return to the most iconic of Transformers songs (outside of the actual theme) with a fun rendition of “The Touch,” which was originally performed by 80s anthem superstar Stan Bush. Released ahead of their second anniversary show, the video shows the band in their element: some kind of weird shiny room where they’re free to ham it up for the camera.

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Hannibal Recap Episode 3.12 – The Number of the Beast is 666

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Since the beginning, Frederick Chilton’s sense has not been equal to his ego. He thinks he’s a genius (and he does have a knack for self-promotion), but his all-consuming self-regard blinds him to the game being played around him. He is a pawn, and the kings and queens have finally offered him up for sacrifice.

“The Number of the Beast is 666” revolves around the FBI’s attempt to catch the Dragon. With the help of Freddie Lounds, Will baits the hook with inflammatory statements, while Chilton – still stinging from Hannibal’s public refutation of his best-selling book – volunteers to give the article professional credibility.

The plan works, to an extent. Dolarhyde is furious at the implications in Freddie’s article, but he’s not foolish enough to walk into a trap. He instead captures Chilton and subjects him to a rigorous interrogation, forcing him to refute his earlier statements on video. Then the Dragon rips Chilton’s lips off with his teeth and sets him on fire in Will’s courtyard.

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NARCOS to debut on Netflix August 28 + Contest!

Netflix has quickly become one of the best ways to watch television. Their original programming only adds to the appeal of getting to watch entire seasons of shows with nary a commercial in sight. Rather than releasing episodes one at a time, all Netflix originals are released as entire seasons, with viewers being able to choose to experience the episodes at their own pace or all at once in binge watching sessions.

Coming soon from the streaming service is NARCOS, a new series that’s based on the true story of the 1980s Columbian drug war between the violent Medellin cartel and US and Columbian special agents. Judging from the trailer above, the show aims to hit all the right marks for fans of action crime dramas.

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Hannibal Recap Episode 3.11 – …and the Beast from the Sea

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“…And the Beast from the Sea” revolves around one major event. Francis Dolarhyde attempts to make the Grahams the latest offering to the Red Dragon, poisoning their dogs, breaking into their house, and attempting to kill them on the full moon. Molly is able to thwart him with quick thinking and a well-placed car-alarm, though she does take a (non-lethal) bullet for her efforts.

The rest of the episode is spent dealing with the fallout. The Red Dragon went after the Grahams at Hannibal’s suggestion, and Alana, Jack, and Will immediately recognize his design. They attempt to use him to set a trap, though Hannibal warns Dolarhyde as soon as he mention’s Reba’s name. As punishment, Alana follows through on an earlier threat and takes Hannibal’s desk and dignity. His once lavish cell is barren, stripped of everything up to and including the toilet.

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From a Galaxy Far, Far Away Comes Galaxy Hoodies

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After all the great Star Wars news announced over this past weekend’s D23 expo, you might find yourself feeling the Force now more than ever, which is why the Galaxy Hoodies & Cloaks Kickstarter from LOTH Hoodies has us very excited.

While it’s true the world has absolutely no shortage of cool Star Wars-related apparel, these Galaxy Hoodies & Cloaks stand out from the officially-licensed stuff thanks to their clean lines and minimalist designs. The hoodies come in different color combinations recalling characters from the original and prequel trilogies. By far the coolest thing about them is the fact that unless you’re a Star Wars fan, you won’t recognize that they’re Star Wars hoodies. They’re simply cool-looking hoodies with giant hoods.

The cloaks, on the other hand, are very obviously of the Jedi and Sith variety, though the black and grey options could also double for your Dracula or Gandalf the Grey cosplays.

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GALAK-Z Review – One Dogfight at a Time

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Let’s start with the bad.

The first two hours of Galak-Z: The Dimensional are punishingly difficult, almost to the point of making the game inaccessible. You will die frequently. You will also die quickly. It may be hours before you make any real progress and it is extraordinarily frustrating when a fantastic run goes up in smoke in less than ten seconds.

The gameplay does not make a great first impression.

However – and it’s a significant however – if you can get beyond that, then Galak-Z is excellent. It’s a tightly designed, adrenaline-doused space shooter with a nearly flawless visual aesthetic, and while it remains punishingly difficult it is incredibly satisfying once you adapt to the controls.

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INTERVIEW: Steve Erk’s Photography Speaks To Us

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Say what you want about reddit, but look in the right places and you can meet some pretty interesting people. It was in /r/toys that the work of Steve Erk caught my attention. Erk takes old Star Wars and G.I. Joe toys and photographs them in somewhat everyday settings. He demonstrates skill in staging and lighting these scenes, resulting in humorous works of nerdy modern art that I’d proudly display on my wall.

We reached out to Erk via his website and asked him a few questions about his process.

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