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Kingdom Hearts: Let’s Play in Disneyland!

41 minutes ago

Kingdom Hearts

Developed and Produced by Square-Enix

Licensed by Disney

PS2

Everyone has heard the famous phrase “I’m going to Disneyland” uttered by sports heroes and other famous people. Kingdom Hearts, however, has you experience the full ride throughout the Disney animated universe. There are no lines and no waiting as you run through abridged versions of childhood favorites such as Tarzan and The Little Mermaid.

Before the plot even takes off, a beautiful opening cinematic raises gaming hopes to a hopelessly cheesy J-pop song. Immediately after, you are thrust into a series of tutorials atop stained glass platforms: The Station of Awakening. As Sora, a spiky-haired anime protagonist, it is your job to make a multitude of choices and participate in simple combat. The amazing thing is that the choices of weapons and the questionnaire will change the game-play for each unique result. For instance, choosing the sword »

- Robert Mcguigan

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A Little Gamey: Why “Cinematic” Should Be a Dirty Word in Video Games

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Aaa (triple A) video games and the people who play them need to get over their embarrassing and childish insecurity. If I spent as much time getting in shape as gaming culture spends defending their chosen art form from mostly imagined assaults, I would have the abs of Ryan Reynolds. “We’re art too!” everyone cries, as if accusations otherwise are even worth entertaining, and as if the only qualifier for validity and purpose is recognition by artistic and critical bodies that weren’t built to accommodate you in the first place. “Cinematic” gets thrown around every day, and less than an adjective it’s become a badge of pride that means “we’re like movies too, we deserve your respect”, but no one seems to stop and think whether a game that’s like a movie is even a good thing. If video games are an apple pie, and »

- Michelle

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‘Insurgent’ Super Bowl trailer heavy on effects, light on substance

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Insurgent

The second installment of the Divergent franchise is coming to theaters and its new trailer promises to capture the attention of teens around the world, but can it hold everyone else’s? Insurgent, which will be released this spring, continues the story of Tris Prior (Shailene Woodley) and her quest to save a dystopian Chicago from the evil Erudite leader, and her plan to eradicate all those who call themselves Divergent. This second trailer, which features buildings shattering and the world as they know it crumbling around them, can’t help but stir up memories of The Matrix Reloaded with Woodley as a teenage version of ‘the one.’ While the film’s trailers have yet to show audiences anything substantial, perhaps there will be more to this film than meets the eye.

Insurgent hits theaters March 20. Watch the trailer prior to its airing during the Super Bowl below:

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- Caitlin Marceau

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‘Ted 2′ trailer brings same foul-mouthed gags from Seth MacFarlane

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As if the first poster doesn’t tell you enough about what you’ll be getting from the next Ted movie, the trailer will surely do the trick.

Back with even more foul-mouthed, potty-fueled humor as before, the first trailer for Ted 2 dropped on Thursday with the talking bear (voiced by Seth MacFarlane) looking to have children. The cast also includes the return of Mark Wahlberg and Patrick Warburton and the additions of Amanda Seyfried and Morgan Freeman.

The trailer looks about the same as the last film with Ted saying highly inappropriate stuff while Wahlberg works off of it. MacFarlane is in need of a hit though as his last film, A Million Ways to Die In The West, bombed at the box office last year. Now it seems like he will dive into a pool that he knows has worked in the past and hope to come back up with another hit. »

- Zach Dennis

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The 100, Ep. 2.10, “Survival of the Fittest” introduces new threats, enemies

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The 100, Season 2, Episode 10, “Survival of the Fittest”

Written by Akela Cooper

Directed by Dean White

Airs Wednesdays at 9pm (Et) on The CW

On this week’s The 100, Clarke and Lexa encounter a new threat, Bellamy and Lincoln attempt to infiltrate Mount Weather, Octavia impresses Indra, and Jaha leads Murphy on a new path toward the City of Light.

Aside from some outright atrocious special effects, “Survival of the Fittest” is an excellent episode. The latter half of season two is rapidly moving in new directions, especially with the Sky People and Grounders alliance underway, as well as Jaha’s decision to blindly lead some of his people to a new place altogether; these are all really well-chosen storytelling moves, as the audience is simultaneously learning more about the Grounders culture and the world these characters are currently inhabiting. All of these decisions make for some thoroughly-engrossing television. »

- Ashley Laggan

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Watch the trailer for ‘One Day in April’, a Little 500 documentary

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The Little 500 bicycle race that takes place in Bloomington, In is known for two things: for being one of the craziest times for parties on a college campus, and for being one of the most exciting college sporting events in the country. Both amount to the title “The World’s Greatest College Weekend.”

For Indiana University alums like myself, memories of Little Five strike a chord. The movie Breaking Away, a fictional account of local riders (or “Cutters”) participating in the race, is essential viewing for Iu students. And the 200 lap, 50 mile, relay bike race is a thrilling experience, perhaps only second to the real Indy 500.

So we were thrilled to discover that a documentary, One Day in April, was being made about the race and that the film would be getting its World Premiere at the upcoming Cinequest Festival on February 28. Directed by Thomas Miller, a former Iu student, »

- Brian Welk

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‘Terminator: Genisys’ gets a new teaser ahead of Super Bowl

6 hours ago

Among the trailers airing during the Super Bowl is Terminator: Genisys, which just received a new 30-second teaser trailer ahead of the game. This latest spot looks a lot more fun than the original doom and gloom trailer and is happy to showcase a gray-haired Arnold doing badass Terminator stuff. Terminator: Genisys releases on July 1, 2015 and also stars Emilia Clarke, Jason Clarke, J.K. Simmons, Matt Smith and Jai Courtney. Take a look above.

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- Brian Welk

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Exclusive: Watch the trailer for ‘Desire in New York’, a steamy drama of sex and addiction

6 hours ago

Here at Sound on Sight we’re always interested in discovering work by new filmmakers, and we came across this impressive trailer for Desire in New York, by first time feature filmmaker Ahmed Ziari. Making its World Premiere at the Cinequest Film Festival in Silicon Valley, Desire in New York tells the story of Karen, a businesswoman struggling with a sex addiction, compelling her to act out masochistic fantasies and pose on street corners as a prostitute. The film looks picturesque and hypnotic in black and white. Here’s the full log line via IMDb:

When Karen’s strong personality collides with her sexual addiction, she has to take a closer look at her relationship with her estranged son.

Desire in New York‘s World Premiere takes place on February 28 at the Cinequest Film Festival. Watch the exclusive trailer below:

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- Brian Welk

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Watch Kanye West’s new music video, directed by Spike Jonze

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Image courtesy of Pitchfork

As if it wasn’t a big enough surprise to get a new Kanye West track with Paul McCartney featured on keyboards on New Year’s Eve of all nights, now Kanye has debuted the music video for his touching little R&B lullaby “Only One”, and it’s directed by Her director Spike Jonze. The video premiered on Ellen and features West walking with his daughter North (or Nori, as she’s referred to in the song). Now things are looking good for that new album this year, right? Watch the video below:

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- Brian Welk

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Learning Hou Part 1: ‘Goodbye South, Goodbye’

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Goodbye South, Goodbye

Directed by Hou Hsiao-hsien

Written by Chu T’ien-wen

Taiwan, 1996

Up until now, I’d never seen a film by Hou Hsiao-hsien, who is considered a true master of the cinematic arts. Despite his critical notoriety, Hou is not well-known in the United States where he has received frustratingly little distribution. Jonathan Rosenbaum, one of Hou’s most ardent supporters, wrote about this in a recent issue of Cinema Scope, lamenting that some of Hou’s best films are not available on DVD at all and the ones that are have abysmal transfers. The Puppetmaster(1993), which I planned on watching for this project, is only available in a pan-and-scan edition. I couldn’t bring myself to view it under such conditions, especially for my very first exposure to him. Instead, I opted for the film Cahiers du Cinema called one of the three best of the 90’s: Goodbye South, »

- Jae K. Renfrow

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Sundance 2015: ‘A Walk in the Woods’ will have you running for the exits

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A Walk in the Woods

Written by Rick Kerb & Bill Holderman (adapted from the memoir by Bill Bryson)

Directed by Ken Kwapis

USA, 2015

A Walk in the Woods is like a nice, warm blanket.  One with a plaid pattern that’s been sitting in your granny’s attic so long it smells like a mixture of mold and “old person” because she only takes it out when the grandkids come over to visit every summer during the State Fair and it’s too hot to use a blanket because she never bothered to get air conditioning after the old box unit overheated and melted down that one wall outlet …

…which left a black stain on the wall that you and your little sister used to pretend was a bear when it got dark outside because the lighting was so bad in the living room that you would stub your toes »

- J.R. Kinnard

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Parenthood’s 6 Most Emotional Moments: A Legacy of Love and Tears

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With the beginning of a new year comes the end of Parenthood, the warm family drama that has lived through six seasons on NBC despite average ratings and mild critical attention. Over the course of its run, Parenthood has garnered a reputation fairly unique among today’s television landscape: that of a quiet tearjerker. By observing many types of familial relationships, from aunts and nieces to grandparents and grandchildren, the show manages to elicit emotions from overwhelming joy to authentic sorrow. Below are the most affecting moments from each season, and a look at how each of these scenes prove what the show is capable of at its best:

Diner in the Rain: “Lost And Found” (Season 1, Episode 13)

The first season of Parenthood was wobbly. Much of the show’s appeal came from knowing these characters and caring about their often-minor exploits. That’s a difficult feat to pull off in thirteen episodes, »

- Josh Oakley

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The Americans, Ep. 3.01: “Est Men” starts the season off thrillingly

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The Americans, Season 3, Episode 1: “Est Men”

Written by Joel FieldsJoe Weisberg

Directed by Daniel Sackheim

Airs Wednesdays at 10pm Et on FX

Throughout its two season run, one of the most remarkable things about The Americans has been the show’s understatement. Despite the somewhat far-fetched premise (Phillip and Elizabeth just happen to live next to Stan), the series has maintained an impressive level of self-restraint. Much of the show appears to be content to depict the overall tedium of its characters’ lives, using the time to develop their relationships with one another and set the stage for the climactic moments that never feel too delayed.

Thus, the beginning of the third season premiere, “Est Men,” comes off as a bit of a surprise, but not in any way an unwelcome one. The impressively tense teaser finds Phillip and Elizabeth, as they often are (perhaps always), attempting to »

- Max Joseph

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Supernatural, Ep. 10.06 to 10.11 doesn’t give many storylines their due

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Kim Rhodes, Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Briana Buckmaster

Supernatural, Season 10, Episodes 6 to 11

Airs Tuesdays at 9 pm Et on The CW

While Supernatural began the season with Dean back from the dead once again, the unique aspect this time was that he was back as a Demon, the Mark of Cain having accelerated the process that Ruby laid out in Season 3. Despite Sam curing Dean and turning him human, however, the effects of the mark continue to haunt Dean, making it the primary storyline over the past few episodes, which have introduced some intriguing new character turns, despite not giving a number of storylines their due.

The shift in focus to family is an interesting aspect of the season. With the core of Supernatural always focusing on the brotherly relationship between Sam and Dean, this is not a surprise, but the expansion into seeing what makes Crowley tick has been a »

- Deepayan Sengupta

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A.A. Ron and the new Key & Peele Super Bowl preview video

22 hours ago

Just in time for Super Bowl Xlix, Key & Peele have released their newest “East/West Bowl” sketch which features Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers introducing himself as A. A. Ron Rodgers, paying tribute to the show’s famous “Substitute Teacher” sketch. Among the ridiculous fictitious players in on the joke are Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, Prince Amukamara, Fozzy Whittaker, Ishmaa’ily Kitchen, Frostee Rucker and D’Brickashaw Ferguson, and way to many more to mention here. The Key & Peele Super Bowl special airs Friday, Jan. 30, at 10 p.m. Et/Pt on Comedy Central. If you can’t get enough, we’ve also embedded the first two versions of the East/West Bowl skit below. Enjoy!

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- Ricky

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Sundance 2015: ‘Slow West’ is a tense and thoughtful revisionist western

28 January 2015 12:57 PM, PST

Slow West

Written and Directed by John Maclean

United Kingdom/New Zealand, 2015

After the film finished, writer and director John Maclean acknowledged how surreal it felt to be premiering a western at Sundance of all places. After all, John Ford filmed many of his classics in the state of Utah, making it a sort of mecca of westerns. This however is very different from the traditional western as it is seen through a foreign lens and with a postmodern knowledge. It calls to mind other revisionist westerns from this century such as The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, The Proposition and Red Hill. The plot takes place in 1870 and follows 16-year-old Jay Cavendish (Kodi Smit-McPhee), who has traveled from Scotland to the American west to find his love, Rose (Caren Pistorius). Accompanying him is a mysterious and formidable drifter, Silas Selleck (Michael Fassbender).

Kodi Smit-McPhee already »

- Dylan Griffin

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Sundance 2015: Ben Mendelsohn is the jackpot in otherwise middling ‘Mississippi Grind’

28 January 2015 12:49 PM, PST

Mississippi Grind

Written and Directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck

USA, 2015

The first shot of the film is a rainbow: The rainbow becomes a sort of plot device for Gerry (Ben Mendelsohn), a down and out gambler who strikes up a friendship with drifter Curtis (Ryan Reynolds) and the two head out on a road trip through the South to win back Gerry’s losses in writers/directors Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck’s character driven road trip. For them the rainbow is a symbol of their friendship, a sign of good luck for bets, and ultimately what both are searching for – the beauty after the rainy storm both of them are experiencing.

Mississippi Grind is a fine film, but would be pretty forgettable without Ben Mendelsohn. Mendelsohn has built a small empire on playing varied scumbags in his career, but here he plays something entirely different – he plays someone tragically sympathetic. »

- Dylan Griffin

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Watch a Mercedes-Benz Super Bowl ad directed by Robert Stromberg

28 January 2015 10:12 AM, PST

“Slow and steady my [bleep]!” Robert Stromberg didn’t just reimagine the old fairy tale Sleeping Beauty with 2014′s Maleficent. He’s now directed a Super Bowl ad for Mercedes-Benz in which the famous fable of the Tortoise and the Hare is decided by…well, maybe you can guess. Deadline says this is Stromberg’s first advertising directorial debut. Watch it below, and check out another Super Bowl ad featuring Katie Couric and Bryant Gumbel:

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- Brian Welk

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Get your body right, tight and ready to fight with ‘Body by Trey’ from ‘Broad City’

28 January 2015 8:43 AM, PST

We here at Sound on Sight love Broad City. Our own Jake Pitre wrote in his most recent review of the show’s second season that as one of the best shows in the half-hour comedy format, it’s one of the most exciting and enjoyable on television. Well Abbi and Ilana, no stranger to YouTube, helped create this web exclusive of the show’s favorite trainer, Paul W. Downs’s Trey and his new website and workout video series, Body by Trey. So if you’re ready to get “right, tight and ready to fight” in New York City, so great they named it twice, and willing to become a Treytard, head on over to this actual website bodybytrey.biz and watch Trey’s video below:

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- Brian Welk

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‘Hard to Be a God’ is a masterful tour of a visceral nightmare

28 January 2015 8:33 AM, PST

Hard to Be a God

Written by Aleksey German and Svetlana Karmalita from the novel by Arkady and Boris Strugatsky

Directed by Aleksey German

Russia, 2013

“The scholar is not the enemy. The enemy is the scholar who doubts.”

Aleksey German’s Hard to Be a God is in the running for the most disgusting films I’ve ever seen. The film produces an enormously affecting, intricately detailed, and thoroughly realized visceral nightmare, one that never wanes or becomes numbing over its three-hour runtime but instead accumulates into an at-times overwhelming journey into a world run by a phantom regime of hedonist ignorance and reactionary cruelty. Built upon a twist on science fiction that probes fascinating questions about politics, morality, and the myth of the arc of human progress, Hard to Be a God uses this genre framework as a platform to manifest a carnival of depravity and filth. Decades in the making, »

- Landon Palmer

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