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Nov

Editorial: “A Week With the Playstation 4” Hardware & Software Impressions

After eight long years the arrival of Sony’s Playstation 4 marks the true beginning of the next generation of video game consoles.  Yes, I know that Nintendo’s Wii U launched last year but let’s be honest and state that just about everyone understands that it is vastly underpowered when compared to either the Xbox One or Playstation 4.  However, this post is not meant to be some rant against the Wii U which, I actually like as a gaming console, but to point out that in terms of pure tech specs that it lags behind both products from Microsoft and Sony.  Now, having spent an entire week with the Playstation 4 I can finally report a few quick impressions of the new console.

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19
Nov

Movie Trailer #2 – Need for Speed (2014)

Right on time to coincide with the launch of the new Need For Speed Rivals video game comes the second trailer for the “highly anticipated” Need for Speed live-action movie.  Directed by Scott Waugh, the film stars Aaron Paul as a mechanic who vows revenge against a fellow racer and this new trailer really makes yet another attempt to highlight the dramatic plot over the high-stakes action sequences.

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15
Nov

Marketing – “The Epic Split” Volvo Commercial

Growing up in the 1980s meant that just about every AAA Hollywood action movie had either Sylvester Stallone or Arnold Schwarzenegger in the lead role.  Then there were the “other guys” such as Steven Seagal or Dolph Lundgren who attempted to join Stallone and Schwarzenegger on the AAA list but failed miserably.  Oh, I’m forgetting “that other guy” namely, Jean-Claude Van Damme, who certainly had the physique as well as the exotic Foreign accent but he too ultimately failed to break into the upper echelons of action stardom.

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14
Nov

Marketing – “This is For the Players” Playstation 4 Launch Video

Yes, the next generation of video game consoles is now upon us as the Playstation 4 launches at midnight with stores across Canada/USA opening to sell the console to those who were smart enough to pre-order it many months ago.  Any console launch is intrinsically exciting and this one will be no different although I really sympathize with those people who haven’t pre-ordered their units and will have no choice but to camp in the cold for hours hoping to pick up an unassigned console.

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14
Nov

Teaser Trailer – Maleficent (2014)

Here is the teaser trailer for Maleficent based on the Sleeping Beauty fairy tale starring Angelina Jolie. Due to open May 30, 2014 Disney Studios is hoping that this becomes one of next summer’s biggest blockbusters and is banking on the film’s big twist being that it actually follows the Sleeping Beauty myth from the perspective of the antagonist Maleficent instead of the young princess protagonist, Aurora.

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14
Nov

Movie Trailer – Noah (2014)

Today we’ve got both the Domestic and International trailers for what could be one of the most controversial films of 2014 namely, director Darren Aronofsky’s Noah based on the Biblical tale where a man receives visions from God showcasing the end of the world through a massive flood prompting him to build a wooden Ark to save the “innocents.”

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10
Nov

Estimated Weekend Box Office November 8-10, 2013

Wow, it’s been a long time since I’ve written a box office post but I thought it would be a good time to start again since we’re basically one week into the Winter movie season.  Ender’s Game kick-started the season last week but it only managed an anemic $27 million opening which is basically a kiss of death for any franchise hopes.

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9
Nov

TV Review – Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome (2012)

While there is no doubt that Ron Moore’s rebooted Battlestar Galactica was a massive hit with both fans and critics the same can’t be said about its subsequent incarnations as Caprica tanked in the ratings while the prequel Blood and Chrome never even received a season order as its pilot was unceremoniously dumped onto the Internet to premiere as a series of webisodes.  It is actually a somewhat startling series of events since, at one point, it seemed as if the reboot would be able to spawn myriad spin-offs much like Star Trek did not so long ago but as it stands today, this incarnation of Galactica is officially dead and buried.

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