Jul 30 2014

Why Haven’t You Seen It: Manhunter (A.K.A the original Red Dragon)

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Flashback many, many Summers. I am working overnight as a Forest Ranger at a little state park on Cape Cod. Most nights were slow, so I would read to kill time. I will never forget the impact the Thomas Harris novel, Red Dragon had on me. It was one of the last books I ever remember actually scaring me. It was so effective in parts, I would have to put it down to regain my composure. While my surroundings may have factored into that terror at times, there is no denying that book was phenomenal (and kickstarted the Hannibal Lecter saga, which is still going, now on television). So you can imagine my joy when I found out that it was already made into a movie by the time I read it. Yes, there are two cinematic version of Red Dragon out there. Today, I am going to talk about the first one from 1986, which they (mistakenly) renamed Manhunter for the silver screen. Name change or not, why haven’t you seen it?

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Jul 30 2014

Where Does Nintendo Go from Here?

Published by under Editorials,Video Games

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The Nintendo 3DS has slowly trudged its way back uphill thanks to a desperate price cut and building a slow momentum of quality titles. While the Wii U could eventually end up in a similar situation, all investors see now is a scary record of weak sales and next to no market presence.

Nintendo now finds itself under the scrutiny of millions of anticipatory eyes, who point to several quarters of losses and want to know what’s to be done about it. Responding at this year’s E3 in typical fashion, Nintendo tantalized long-term fans with announcements for supplements to venerable franchises like Mario, Zelda, and even a new, fun-looking IP, Splatoon.

But will this be enough? Can Mario Kart 8 and a Super Smash Bros. game they haven’t bothered to give a title to encourage people to pay attention to the wayward system and boost sales numbers?

Nintendo has always banked on the strength of their first-party titles to convince people that a console is worth the price of admission, but those purchase decisions were typically bolstered by confidence that more games than a once-every-three years Zelda title will show up. They have also been accused in the past of merely upcycling older games to work on the new consoles, rather than boldly staking out new, creative IPs.

So what is Nintendo to do? Here are some realistic possibilities for their future, and why those may or may happen… Continue Reading »



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Jul 30 2014

Next Level Pokemon Fusion

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One of my favorite things we’ve featured here on the site has been the Pokemon fusion generator, which lets you combine 8-bit sprites of Pokemon with one another to often hilarious results.

Well, one fan took that idea to the next level, and has come up with detailed illustrations of what exactly the most badass combinations of Pokemon would look like, using ones from all the different generations.

If you’re a gen 1/2 fan like me, some of these may escape you, but they are pretty incredible nonetheless. See the rest of Josephine’s work below: Continue Reading »



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Jul 30 2014

Cosplay of the Day: Rocketta Raccoon

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We’ve already seen our first bit of Guardians of the Galaxy crossplay with a female Star Lord, but determined not to be outdone, one SDCC cosplayer decided to make Rocket Raccoon a girl, and photographer David Ngo caught her on film.

So, when do we see female Groot and Drax, or better yet, male Gamora? I’m guessing we will lay eyes on all of them at one point or another, knowing the world of cosplay

Words can’t express how excited I am for this movie on Friday.

[via Fashionably Geek]



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Jul 30 2014

The Morning Link: Shockingly Lazy Special Effects

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“If Summer blockbusters are any indication, the acting in a movie can be completely wooden so long as the special effects threaten to literally blow the skin of the audience’s meat sacks.”

Go here to see the list.



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Jul 29 2014

The Final Countdown: TV Show Credits, Why Movies Went Wrong and EA’s New Service

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Go here to see TV shows you need to watch until the end.

“Everyone talks about wonderful opening credits — the breathtaking landscapes of the dreary deserts on The Bridge, or the faces of female inmates and that awesome Regina Spektor song (hey, I’m a fan) on Orange is the New Black, or even the awful ones, like the painted flyaway victims on The Leftovers. But what about those shows with brilliant closing credits?”

The Countdown

Behind the scenes on why movies went wrong – [Cracked]
EA debuts new subscription service for Xbox Live – [Insert Coin]
Kyra Sedgewick coming to Comic Con – [TVO]
New teaser for Boardwalk Empire – [WarmingGlow]
Batman now lives in London – [GeeksAreSexy]
How to make distilled water – [SheBudgets]
The weirdest sports mascots – [TheChive]
The highest grossing Dwayne Johnson movies – [Worthly]
Five facts about Drew Barrymore – [CelebrityToob]
Some Tuesday tattoo fails – [WWIW]
Doctor distracts kids for shot – [Izismile]



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Jul 29 2014

More Books From Jo3bot

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Artist extraordinaire Jo3bot is back with another pair of kids book covers. Based on the famed Golden Books we all read as kids, this time he’s taken Ninja Turtles and Kill Bill and turned them into rather adorable covers.

The Bride is below, and I just now noticed he makes them all “A Little Mutagen Book” or “A Little Hanzo Book” depending on the topic. And the same goes for the symbols in the golden spine on the left side. CLEVER JO3BOT.

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Jul 29 2014

The Feline Terror of Hoth

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No, this isn’t just a replica AT-ST that an avid Star Wars fan made and his cat happened to crawl inside. He specifically made this for his cat, as what kitty wouldn’t want to march through the snow on two metal legs as puny rebels flee in terror? And then nap inside afterward?

But yeah, cat toy aside, this is some pretty quality workmanship, and this guy deserves all the internet fame he can get from this. I’m fully expecting a Death Star doghouse out back.

Good work, Jackson Galaxy.

 

 



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Jul 29 2014

It Should Be A Movie By Now: Knight Rider

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Is it bad that I didn’t even know that there was a “new” show that came out during 2008-2009? Or is it that the show was that bad, and no one bothered to tell me? Either way, I’m not referring to that garbage (I looked it up – you can find episodes on NBC’s site). I’m referring to the classic Hoff show that helped to launch his career and boost him into German stardom.

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Jul 29 2014

Casting the Amalgam Universe Movies

Published by under Columns,Comics,Movies

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In comics, chocolate and peanut butter are rarely mixed.

As much as we may wish otherwise, the big two remain Houses of Ideas divided. Aside from the occasional mini-series (that, obviously, doesn’t really count in continuity), Marvel and DC usually keep all their toys to themselves.

But once, long ago, in a mystical hazy time we call the mid-90s, where Rangers were Powerful and a hundred thousand Tamagotchis all sang out in chorus, the stars aligned. DC and Marvel squared off against each other in Marvel vs. DC, and the result was…well…this: Continue Reading »



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Jul 29 2014

Drop Everything and Go Read The Martian

Published by under Books,Reviews

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“Actually, I was the very lowest ranked member of the crew. I would only be ‘in command’ if I were the only remaining person. What do you know? I’m in command.”

I assume you guys are all caught up on Paul’s latest books, and looking for some solid reading material to help finish out the last month or so of summer. Well, look no further than Andy Weir’s debut novel, The Martian. It’s not often that I find myself discovering great books the same year they come out, but… well, I did this time. So I’m passing the knowledge onto you.

The Martian is a rare find. It’s basically a near-future science fiction thriller. More plausible than most; it’s unsurprising to discover its author is a professional software engineer and an amateur science expert. Despite the hard science pedigree, it’s also INSANELY compelling reading material. For someone who spent his teen years reading classic Michael Crichton, this was a total home run.

Meet me after the jump for some more convincing. And don’t worry; this review is spoiler free!

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