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Neill Blomkamp chosen to Direct R-rated Venom Movie

Director of District 9, Elysium, and Chappie, Neill Blomkamp, has been chosen to helm Sony’s Venom movie. Blomkamp has been on hiatus since Ridley Scott has taken reigns of the Alien series with the upcoming Alien Covenant. Blomkamp was slated to direct an Alien movie with Sigourney Weaver, but has been dormant for quite some time. Venom will be his fourth feature film and will be written by Blomkamp and his writing partner/wife Terri Tatchell.

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What Logan Means for Comic Book Movies

Logan Comic book adaptations are the Western of the 21st century. Throughout the 50-60s there was an influx of Western movies, a new one releasing every few months, if that. The crawl of comic book movies and progression to phenomena has been a long time coming. You can attribute their mainstream success thanks to Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight Trilogy and the connectedness of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. This success has launched a stronger emphasis for DC to keep up with Marvel and for Fox to increase production on the X-men movies. 2016 saw six superhero movies from these three behemoths and 2017 will grace us with another six. Through these years we’ve only see a few game-changers, such as, The Dark Knight. Well it’s time to add another and it goes by the name of Logan.

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The Best Movies of 2016

moviesOscar time has finally arrived! This coming weekend, expect the academy to reveal their choices for what they consider to be among the best of 2016 for film. I have finished watching most of the films for 2016 and nearly all of the Oscar contenders. Instead of a prediction list (I’ll give you a hint; La La Land will sweep up and Casey Affleck/Emma Stone will win the big honors) I want to give my insight into what was the best of 2016. Making this list was difficult,, but these ten movies have stood out as prominent front-runners. Take a look at 10-6 today and tune in tomorrow for the remainder of the list. We will start out with the best animated movie of 2016.

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The Best Movies of 2016: Honorable Mentions

movies filmOscar time has finally arrived! This coming weekend, expect the academy to reveal their choices for what they consider to be among the best of 2016 for film. I have finished watching most of the films for 2016 and nearly all of the Oscar contenders. Instead of a prediction list (I’ll give you a hint; La La Land will sweep up and Casey Affleck/Emma Stone will win the big honors) I want to give my insight into what was the best of 2016. Making this list was difficult, I had to organize the list into a concrete top ten and here are some of the omissions that just missed the mark but shouldn’t be overlooked because of that. Here are my honorable mentions in no particular order:

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Fire Emblem Heroes Announced for Mobile, Fire Emblem Warriors Gets 3DS Release

fire emblem heroesNintendo has been firing on all cylinders for future releases. Chief among priorities was a Fire Emblem mobile game that will release on Android and IOS February 2nd. Each map will be an 8×6 grid built for smartphones as players will utilize traditional Fire Emblem controls along with the weapon triangle made famous by the series. layers will take on the role of a summoner and summon characters from various Fire Emblem games in the franchise to build their team. Continue reading Fire Emblem Heroes Announced for Mobile, Fire Emblem Warriors Gets 3DS Release

Assassin’s Creed Movie Review

Assassin's CreedAssassin’s Creed is a bigger mystery than the Apple of Eden itself. Here we have a movie with an equal amount of highs and lows. For every great concept brought to the table it is leveled with something poor. The creative team brought hope for this movie. Both the director, composer, and leads of last year’s Macbeth lead this film. I loved Macbeth aside that it’s nearly incomprehensible to those without a degree in Shakespearean literature.  Still, the performances were incredible, the shots were astounding (some of the best I’ve ever seen), and it had competent direction. With these cogs in play, you might believe that we should have a strong film, well let’s talk about that.

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Paul’s Game of the Year 2016

goty2016 game of the year 2016Titanfall 2 is a everything a good sequel should be comprised of. Movement, load outs, variety in weapons and nearly every aspect of game-play has been slightly tweaked. The end result being multiple small improvements that make a great game a superb one. This outing now includes a campaign and a damn good one to boot. In a year with many great games, and especially crowded with shooters, Titanfall 2 is the best of them all. Shooter fans and casual gamers alike look no further for an exhilarating experience than my game of the year for 2016.

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Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Review

Rogue One comes off the heels of the highly successful Episode 7 that we were graced with last year. Though Episode 7 is a solid and enjoyable movie the protruding faults were noticeable. Parallels between The Force Awakens and A New Hope are staggering and often take away from the appeal of Episode 7. So where does Rogue One fit in with all the Star Wars movies? Succumbing to a fate similar to the prequels, hitting the highs of the original trilogy, or the nostalgia beats of Episode 7? Rogue One respects the Star Wars history while injecting new life into the series without relying on nostalgia or recall to other films. It’s an excellent addition to the Star Wars films and is certainly better than Episode 7. Continue reading Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Review