Tuesday, December 24, 2013

The Cinematic Tangent - Episode 4: 'The Hobbit' and 'the Lord of the Rings'

The Cinematic Tangent is a casual-format podcast all about movies. Your hosts, Chad Michael Van Alstin and Bradley Redder, invite you to sit back, crack open a beer, relax, and get ready to think film. This is a talk show featuring film reviews, news, and general commentary, minus all the snobbery you typically expect from critics. These hosts are just two working-class guys who are passionate about the cinema arts, and they couldn’t keep quiet about it any longer. Give it a listen if you're tired of formalities.

Thursday, December 19, 2013

The Cinematic Tangent - Episode 3: 'Thor: The Dark World'



Thor: The Dark World, Comic Movies, Fox's own Avengers universe, and why does Brad hate the Lord of the Rings so much?


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The Cinematic Tangent is a casual-format podcast all about movies. Your hosts, Chad Michael Van Alstin and Bradley Redder, invite you to sit back, crack open a beer, relax, and get ready to think film. This is a talk show featuring film reviews, news, and general commentary, minus all the snobbery you typically expect from critics. These hosts are just two working-class guys who are passionate about the cinema arts, and they couldn’t keep quiet about it any longer. Give it a listen if you're tired of formalities.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Friday, November 8, 2013

The Cinematic Tangent Podcast: Episode 2 - Two Hipsters List Their Favorite Films


Brad and Chad talk their personal favorite films.  

The Cinematic Tangent is a casual-format podcast all about movies. Your hosts, Chad Michael Van Alstin and Bradley Redder, invite you to sit back, crack open a beer, relax, and get ready to think film. This is a talk show featuring film reviews, news, and general commentary, minus all the snobbery you typically expect from critics. These hosts are just two working-class guys who are passionate about the cinema arts, and they couldn’t keep quiet about it any longer. Give it a listen if you're tired of formalities.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Movie Review: Gravity (2013)


A visceral film that feels like a lucid dream.

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Holy crap, photos!

I just want to share my macaroni pictures with the world! Sorry, it's been a while since I've posted photos on here; so, there are a ton of them...

I want to invite everyone to bookmark my Flickr Photostream. I use it to share photos online (I hate how Instagram crops everything into squares.), and to post photos that I actually think are decent. It's up to you to decide what's what, I suppose. 


Eternity Reminder




Austin, TX
, a set on Flickr.



Saturday, October 5, 2013

Movie Review: Don Jon (2013)


Jon Martello (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) basically has his pick of an array of hotties on the New Jersey bar scene, never scoring below an eight, even if he’s had a few too many drinks. Jon has a natural way with women; shoot them once glance and it’s a near guarantee he’ll be taking them back to his place before the night’s out. But this shouldn’t come as much of a surprise; after all, his friends do call him “Don Jon”.

So, if Jon is such a master of finding women to slam, why does he spend most nights alone at his computer, masturbating compulsively, even after he’s just had sex with a dime?  Jon explains to us – in the graphic detail you’d expect from a Jersey Italian stereotype — that he doesn’t get off to women like he does porn. Women in porn will do anything to please a guy and, let’s face it, real women rarely have perfect porno bodies. To Jon, the real thing is boring by comparison. When it comes to the ladies, Jon seems to be more into the game of womanizing than he is the actual sex – or hell, the women themselves.

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Movie Review: Riddick (2013)



Five years have passed for Riddick (Vin Diesel), who has grown uneasy in his role as Lord Marshall of the Necromonger empire. He fears assassination everywhere, going so far as to deny the hottest of ladies sexual satisfaction, knowing that they could kill him while he’s most vulnerable.  He needs a way out. But typically there’s only one way people can leave the throne – death.

After striking a deal with Commander Vaako (Karl Urban), Riddick has agreed to hand over his position as Lord Marshall in exchange for a ticket back to his home planet of Furya. Riddick is finally going home; or so he believes.  Betrayed by Vaako, Riddick finds himself left for dead on a barren planet, full of dangerous creatures that lie dormant, waiting for the next wet season to set them free. A storm is coming. If Riddick wants to survive, he has to get off this planet. Luckily, he has a plan.

In a way, Riddick is a homage to first film in the series, Pitch Black, which pitted badass vs. monster in a film designed purely to provide bloody entertainment. Riddick embraces this simplistic approach, giving the audience all the dark humor, brutal kills, and testosterone they could possibly handle, without the excessiveness of the last sequel. To put it another way, Riddick is both unreasonably ridiculous and absolutely awesome. If you’re looking for an escape from reality, this movie is definitely for you.

Saturday, September 28, 2013

My New Personal Website and ePortfolio



My new personal website and ePortfolio is up! Don't worry, I will not be abandoning this blog. This blog will still operate as normal. I just wanted a better looking personal website.

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Friday, September 6, 2013

News: Grand Theft Auto V Features the Voices of Real Gang Members


Grand Theft Auto V gangs are voiced by real gang members, including one who was released from prison a day before recording.

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Movie Review: Elysium (2013)

Max Da Costa (Matt Damon) spends his days working in a factory, building the militarized droids that abuse him and never let him forget about his past as a car thief.  In the sky you can see Elysium, a floating world that houses the rich and powerful, while the impoverished workers like Max are left to toil on a polluted earth, fighting for basic necessities.

Max promised his childhood friend Frey (Alicia Braga) that one day he would take her to Elysium. Today he will make good on that promise. Frey’s daughter is dying of cancer, and only the medical technology on Elysium can save her. Max, too, is dying from radiation poisoning, relying on a power suit to function
normally.

As you may have expected from Neill Blomkamp, the talented director behind District 9, Elysium delivers in terms of visuals and style. However, where District 9 was strikingly original, Elysium falls heavily into convention, delivering a steady stream of movie cliches, and unfolding almost exactly as you would expect. That being said, it’s still an entertaining summer blockbuster that delivers the thrills, despite a painfully uneven script.

Thursday, August 15, 2013

New Realms Podcast: Episode 3 - Magic Turns Twenty!




The new Magic block is all Greek to Chad and Alex. Magic: the Gathering is turning twenty, and Wizards is celebrating with some new reprints. World of Warcraft is losing subscribers by the millions. Is the world's most popular MMO going free-to-play? Is the free-to-play model viable?
 
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Brue is sad about the state of WoW!