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Net Neutrality – Here We Go Again

Fail, Tech, The Truth

April 23, 2015

Comcast, Verizon, and all their ilk have slithered out of their offices to appeal to the people that understand the Internet least – the Republicans and GOP – in an effort to kill the Internet.

You like the Internet, right? We all do. It’s a life-changing technology that literally changes everything, from distribution models to research to access of information. It’s moving society forward and making it better, increasing our understanding of the world around us on every possible level. (more…)

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Book Review – Alif the Unseen by G. Willow Wilson

Books & Writing, Culture, Heroes of the Living Myth, Reviews, The Truth

April 14, 2015

It’s taken me more than a month to write this review.

That’s not for lack of trying. The terror of the blank page is something I’ve come to terms with – crafting words is one of those things I do. It’s an action I define myself by, and I like to think I’m pretty good at it. Every now and then, though, I read something that resonates deeply enough to humble me, to reconsider how good I am at this thing by which I define myself.

Alif the Unseen is one of those somethings.

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Deadpool The Movie: A Tale of Ressurection

Opinion, Showcase, The Truth

April 1, 2015

If you spent even ten seconds on either Facebook or Twitter today, you were probably inundated by a series of reposts about Ryan Reynolds’ tease of the new Deadpool costume. Sexy as all hell, am I right? Of course I am. This has caused a lot of talk about the production and I figured it might be a great opportunity to go over how we got here. Deadpool has had one of the most treacherous transitions to film of any of the upcoming comic-themed productions to date.

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Pixels vs. Wreck-It Ralph, or Story Before Reference

Opinion, Showcase, The Truth

March 18, 2015

When it comes to Video Game movies, there are basically two categories: movies based on video game franchises (Tomb Raider, Mortal Kombat, Street Fighter, Super Mario Bros.) and movies that are ABOUT video games (The Wizard, Wreck-It Ralph, Tron). The most recent iteration, in the latter category, is the upcoming Pixels, a comedy/adventure featuring the acting talents of Adam Sandler, Josh Gad, Kevin James, and Peter Dinklage.

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The Flash 2.0: Zero to Hero

The Truth, Uncategorized

February 24, 2015

Since I was a kid I’ve been a fan of speedsters. Sonic was probably my first and longest love, but shortly thereafter came The Flash. Originally I would have said it was the underdog mentality, for while the rest of the Justice League was working with a suite of Superpowers, Flash only had the one (speed). Over the years though, he’s become one of the most powerful – and most important – characters in the DCU (DC Universe).

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“Team Arrow” or The Unexpected Virtue of a Strong Supporting Cast

Opinion, The Truth, Uncategorized

February 17, 2015

Warning: The following discussion contains spoilers for Season 3 of “Arrow”

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Style vs. Substance – Fighting Games and Movies

Opinion, The Truth

February 17, 2015

Whenever some marketed narrative based media – video games, movies, comics, novels, et al – is successful there come a bevy of imitators that strive to duplicate that same success, but make a mistake when considering style vs. substance. Mostly, they focus on re-active marketing – “Product A was successful, so how can apply the same stuff that made Product A work to Product B?” It’s an attempt to learn from things that worked before, but most marketing teams veer towards the style of media rather than the substance of that same thing.

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Fifty Shades of Do Not Want

Books & Writing, Fail, Lifestyle, Showcase, The Truth

February 13, 2015

Fifty Shades of Grey is a textbook for abuse. It terrifies me that people are going to read this book or see this movie and think that this is an okay way to act, that any of the things that Christian Grey does are even the slightest shade of okay. They aren’t. As a fantasy, it’s alright – but this isn’t being portrayed as fantasy, it’s being portrayed as a blueprint and a relationship to aspire to.

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An Ode to Kevin Feige

Opinion, Showcase, The Truth

February 12, 2015

Kevin Feige has been accepted into my heart as my own personal lord and savior, and with the events of the last couple of days it seems a good time to suggest that the geek-community at large do the same. For the last 15 years, Feige has been working behind the scenes of every last Marvel movie property for a series of different production houses to try and shape current comic book movies into what we know them as today. This has resulted in massive box office successes with respect for their original fans and the ability to branch out to a new generation of potential nerds.

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You Hate the Ghostbusters Reboot for the Wrong Reason

The Truth

February 3, 2015

In terms of trivial movie information setting the world on fire, the Ghostbuster’s reboot represents the second blunder this week that I have to discuss with the internet at large. The net’s majority seems to be, in my opinion, lost on what makes a good or bad movie. It seems to have forgotten that it doesn’t matter what the ‘gimmick’ is, but what the story and purpose of the movie actually is.ghostbusters

If you follow any movie news blogs/sites/Facebook pages or Twitter feeds you probably heard about the forthcoming Ghostbusters reboot featuring an all-female cast. For those that haven’t managed to be inundated with the news already, it looks like this: Ghostbusters is officially getting the phoenix-treatment with Paul Feig heading up the project to bring together a female cast of Ghostbusters, now confirmed as: Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Leslie Jones and Kate McKinnon.

Upon the announcement of the cast, and date (July 22, 2016) the internet exploded.

Of course that’s predictable, it explodes every day for a variety of reasons both legitimate and less so. However, what was surprising was the reason and scope of the explosion. Fans were upset about the casting for a variety of reasons ranging from blatant sexism to disapproval of a potential SNL/Bridesmaids reunion.

Somehow in the mess of all the casting news (which I honestly don’t care about), people ignored the small bits of information that Feig gave us with regards to the plot and tone of the film. Why? When in the hell did we start, as a collective, not caring about the script so much as the actors?

Haven’t we been shown, on multiple occasions, that people we would have NEVER assumed had a range, managed to dig deep and find it thanks to a particularly brilliant script or director? Not to say that’s the thing I want to talk about where Ghostbusters is concerned either though… I’m certainly not going to leave you thinking that ‘brilliant’ is the idea left in my head when reading the brief information provided about the tone the new Ghostbusters is going for.

“Dark,” “Scary,” and having “Nothing to do with the original” were all key phases used to “sell” the direction of the new film (now scheduled for just slightly over a year away).

…What?

Never mind that I’ve already unleashed my thoughts about “dark and gritty” re-dos of existing franchises on the internet, you don’t want to have anything at all in common with the original (insanely successful) film series?

Where is the logic in that? Actively seeking to remove yourself from the original story and tone of the Ghostbusters makes this feel like an endeavour that probably could (and should) have been done under its own branding. There’s no reason a paranormal capture/extermination team couldn’t exist and NOT be the Ghostbusters, is there?

I’d happily have let Paul Feig create a Frightener’s-esque storyline with the cast he’s choosen, and maybe even enjoyed it! But if you’re taking something beloved by so, so many fans… taking that branding power and lineage and actively saying “Naaaah, I don’t want anything to do with the actual film itself I just want the name/logo” then screw you specifically.

Look, no camp is “right” in this debate. Not yet. All we have is a date, a cast, and two lines of concept for the tone of the film. Until we get a bit more information it’s impossible to say this is going to be a good or bad take on the franchise and characters. With that being said, when all you have to go on is the person in charge saying they want to avoid the tropes of the first films, it becomes enough to raise a red flag in my mind.

That’s what we should have been talking about, not the quality or sex of the damned cast.

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