Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Movie Review: The Wolverine (2013)

When we first find Logan (Hugh Jackman) he is alone in the Canadian wilderness, living in a cave with only the bare bone necessities needed for survival. He’s still haunted by his past; a vision of Jean Grey (Famke Janssen), the woman he was forced to kill in X-Men: The Last Stand, visits him in his dreams, asking the former Wolverine to join her in death. But Logan can’t join her in death. He may never be able to die, thanks to a healing factor that feels more like a curse than a blessing at this stage in his life.

The Wolverine
is a personal journey for Logan, who struggles to reconcile the pain he’s caused with the fact that he’ll never answer for it. In this unexpectedly deep character study, Logan will face his past head on, dealing with not only the memories of his tortured life, but the demons he created from the people he chose to save.

Logan finds a bear in the woods that is slowly dying from a poison. Little does he know that the fate of this one animal will soon parallel his own life.  After heading to Japan to meet a man he saved during the bombing of Nagasaki (Hiroyuki Sanada), Logan is given a proposition: transfer his healing factor to the man, allowing Logan to live the normal life he’s always longed for.

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Movie Review: The Conjuring (2013)

A movie that seemed obsessed with falling into the realm of the completely absurd, destined to be just another forgotten mainstream horror film.

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Saturday, July 20, 2013

New Realms Podcast: Episode 2 - Adventure Time...and more!


Chad and Alex react to Magic 2014 and talk about the game's future. New details about the Mage Knight relaunch are revealed, Decipher Games leaves the realm of collectible gaming, and Adventure Time gets the TCG treatment.  

Friday, July 19, 2013

My Interview with Third Eye Weekly on BreakThru Radio

I was interviewed by Molly Freeman of Third Eye Weekly about the use of special effects and CGI  in cinema. The interview came about after Molly read my reviews of The Hobbit, Snow White and the Huntsman, and Oz the Great and Powerful, where I criticized the use of computer effects as a replacement for matte paintings and model sets.

Check out the interview here: BreakThru Radio

Follow Molly on Twitter (@MollyRockIt), and I'm sure she'd like you to follow her show, too (@ThirdEyeWeekly)

Monday, July 8, 2013

PlayStation 3 Review: The Last of Us

A powerful experience, burning itself into your brain by making you an accessory to the horrors you’ll witness on screen.

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Saturday, July 6, 2013

New Realms Podcast: Episode 1 - 2014: The Year Legends Die

Alex and Chad talk the Magic: The Gathering rules changes, Magic 2014, and the re-launch of Mage Knight. There's also some Pokemon talk shoved in here, just to upset people.

'New Realms' Podcast!

I'm pleased to announce a new podcast featuring my friend Alex and I. The New Realms Podcast will cover a wide range of tabletop gaming topics; from  Magic: The Gathering,  Dungeons and Dragons, to  Mage Knight. 

No area of nerd culture is safe! Expect crossover into video games and movies as well, since we love that kind of stuff.

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Friday, July 5, 2013

The Cinematic Tangent Podcast: Episode 1 - Is Zack Snyder Superman?

Brad and Chad sit down with a few beers to talk about Man of Steel, Zack Snyder, and the future of comic book films.

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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.

Announcing 'The Cinematic Tangent' Podcast!

Welcome to The Cinematic Tangent, a podcast about movies, minus all the usual pompous stuff you've come to expect. My friend Bradley Redder and I were tired of complaining about film-related podcasts that focus more on eloquent speeches than the movies themselves; so, we decided to record our own.

The Cinematic Tangent will provide film commentary, reviews, and analysis, all in a casual format that won't scare anyone away. We invite you to give it a listen.

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Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Movie Review: Monster's University (2013)

The short film that preceded Monsters University, The Blue Umbrella, is a beautiful work of visual poetry, using music and rhythm to progress the narrative, with absolutely no dialogue whatsoever. It’s a story about – as you may have guessed – a blue umbrella that develops an attraction to a red umbrella, which happens to be the only other color that stands out amongst the sea of traditional black (there’s some symbolism in there somewhere).

When the blue umbrella finds itself blown away during a rain storm, a world of inanimate objects comes alive, working together to save the helpless little guy from all sorts of peril, and to reunite him with his bright red crush. The animation is absolutely fantastic; perfect rain effects and dark lighting dominate the environment, creating detailed shadows and reflections everywhere.  Pixar is a studio that once combined incredible technical polish with a unique approach to storytelling. Their true power is shown during this wonderful little short.

Then The Blue Umbrella ended and Monsters University began. From there on out things seemed fairly run-of-the-mill -- a very sad thing to have to say about any Pixar production. After all, this is the studio that gave the world masterpieces like Ratatouille (2007) and Toy Story (1995).