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14 items from 2011


Top 10: Driving Video Games

6 September 2011 12:44 PM, PDT | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Inspired by something I said in my review of Driver San Francisco, I thought I’d take a look back through video game history – all the way back to the days of the Atari 2600 – to bring you my Top 10 favourite driving games of all time. From Pole Position to the aforementioned latest entry in the Driver franchise – if it’s not on this list then I’m not playing it!

Oh, and by the way, these are in release date order, Not in order of preference…

Pole Position (Atari 2600)

Released in 1982, Pole Position was published by Namco in Japan and by Atari, Inc. in the United States. The game popularized the use of sprite-based, pseudo-3D graphics with its “rear-view racer format”—where the player’s view is behind and above the vehicle, looking forward along the road with the horizon in sight—which would remain in use even after »

- Phil

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Punished (2011) Movie Review

31 August 2011 6:37 PM, PDT | Beyond Hollywood | See recent Beyond Hollywood news »

Produced by Hong Kong favourite Johnnie To, tough revenge drama “Punished” is the latest from the popular Milkyway Image studio, which as usual means an emphasis on character and writing along with action and thrills. The film was directed by To regular Law Wing Cheong, who recently helmed “Ptu” spinoff “Tactical Unit: Comrades in Arms” and Miriam Yeung breast cancer comedy “2 Become 1”, and who also appeared in the likes of “Vengeance” and “Sparrow”. Headlining the film are another of his usual collaborators in Anthony Wong and Richie Jen, with support from Janice Man (“Frozen”), Maggie Cheung Ho Yee (“Men Suddenly in Love”), singer Candy Lo (“Split Second Murders”), Jun Kung (“Rebellion”), Charlie Cho (“Bet to Basic”), and Wong’s own real life teenage son Wong Yat Yat. The film follows Anthony Wong as property developer tycoon Wong Ho Chiu, whose daughter Daisy (Janice Man) causes him no end of trouble with her drug taking, »

- James Mudge

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Inbred Set to Shock London's Fright Fest August 29th (World Premiere)

20 August 2011 4:00 AM, PDT | 28 Days Later Analysis | See recent 28 Days Later Analysis news »

Inbred will have its World Premiere at London's 2011 Fright Fest August 29th at 6:30pm. This film, shot in the United Kingdom, gives a very English flavour to an often seen American theme of inbreeding and mutation. Just think of the Wrong Turn series of films and the many Texas Chainsaw Massacre movies. Both of these series involve a family shunning normal societal behaviour in favour of murder and bloodshed. This stereotype was developed in the American Appalachians, to generalize a group of hard-working, but misunderstood people who mostly stuck to a clan mentality. Now, the massacre moves to the hills of Yorkshire, where a group of community workers are in for the surprise of their lives.

As well, this film is a co-production between New Flesh Films and Split Second Films. This is the first feature to be produced by New Flesh Films, but the seventh for Split Second. »

- noreply@blogger.com (Michael Allen)

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Retro Slave: Bring on summer camp slasher season with The Burning

20 June 2011 12:01 PM, PDT | QuietEarth.us | See recent QuietEarth news »

Since we're officially hitting summer this week I figured it was a good time to talk about the long lost summer camp slasher genre and ask you all to share some of your favourites. I'll start the ball rolling with what I consider the the granddaddy of the lot, The Burning.

Hardcore horror fans probably don't need a lesson here, but if you've never heard of The Burning you may be surprised to learn about the pedigree behind the mostly unknown 80s project. I was created and produced by the now legendary Harvey Weinstein and the film helped launched the juggernaut that would becomes Mirimax studios. Not only that, but it was co-written with the help of soon-to-be Chairman and CEO of Paramount Pictures, Brad Grey. And that was just before the film even started lensing.

The Burning was directed by Tony Maylam who Pa fans will know from the »

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The Red Shore's Seed of Annihilation Video Unleashed

6 June 2011 1:05 PM, PDT | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

“The Seed Of Annihilation”, the new video from Australian extreme metallers The Red Shore, can be viewed below. The track comes off the group’s new album, “The Avarice Of Man”, which was recorded at Complex Studios in Melbourne, Australia by guitarist/producer Roman Koester and was mixed by Textures mastermind Jochem Jacobs at Split Second Studios in The Netherlands. “The Avarice Of Man” was released in September 2010 via Roadrunner Records in Australia, Listenable in Europe, and Mediaskare in the U.S. The Red Shore’s 2008 masterpiece “Unconsecrated” was recorded under tragic circumstances after the loss of original vocalist Damien Morris and crew member Andy Milner in a tour bus accident in »

- nperez

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Forgotten Action Cinema: Split Second

2 May 2011 12:45 AM, PDT | Beyond Hollywood | See recent Beyond Hollywood news »

On the surface, director Tony Maylam’s seriously misunderstood 1992 sci-fi actioner “Split Second” appears to be an impossibly uninspired “Alien” knock-off that borrows heavily from Stephen Hopkins’ silly sequel to John McTiernan’s immortal classic “Predator”. Dig a little deeper, however, and you’ll discover one surprisingly rewarding monster flick that never once takes itself too seriously, choosing instead to power its familiar premise with a bevy of dry humor and sly sight gags. Cult favorite Rutger Hauer spreads his patented brand of cinematic cheese around with an unprecedented thickness; there’s nary a moment when he’s not smoking cigars, drinking coffee, running stylishly through large puddles of water, or doing something to distract you from the fact that you’ve seen this type of picture a thousand times before. Sadly, “Split Second” fizzles out during what should have been a deeply satisfying climatic showdown between our hero and the film’s uber-mysterious creature, »

- Todd Rigney

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Votd: Edgar Wright’s 1993 Mash-Up ‘Gun Fetish’

6 April 2011 12:15 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Watch this video montage created back in 1903 by a than 19-year-old Edgar Wright titled Gun Fetish.

Wright the later director of such films as Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, Hot Fuzz and Shaun of the Dead, compiled some of his favourite scenes from over 50 films on VHS format. This was before DVD took over and so the quality isn’t that great, but it’s an interesting watch considering who the editor is.

Here’s is what Wright posted in his original blog to provide some context for the compilation:

Recently I have been sent, have enjoyed and have reposted lots of filmic mash ups and montages. Some of them by editors as young as nineteen, such as Joel Walden who gave us this most recently.

The montages I’m sent make me a little nostalgic, because that’s exactly what I was doing at age 19. In between making amateur »

- Kyle Reese

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Votd: Edgar Wright’s 1993 Mash-Up ‘Gun Fetish’

6 April 2011 8:02 AM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

[1] We post a fair amount of montages here on /Film, but this one's extra special. Back in 1993, well before the days of Final Cut Pro, a 19-year-old Edgar Wright holed himself up in an editing suite for several weekends to put together this montage, "Gun Fetish." The clips are pulled from VHS tapes, which explains the low quality. Even so, it's apparent that Wright has an excellent sense of rhythm and timing, as well as real affection for the films he'd go on to reference and parody in work like Spaced, Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, and Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World. Watch it after the jump. Be forewarned -- the video is, as Wright puts it, "a little Nsfw and spoiler heavy." Per Wright's request, here's his original blog entry [2] reposted in full, to provide some context for the compilation. Recently I have been sent, have enjoyed and »

- Angie Han

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Homefront Review

21 March 2011 3:25 PM, PDT | Shadowlocked | See recent Shadowlocked news »

There was a lot of hype in the run up to Homefront’s release. It was the game that was going to redefine the Fps narrative, offering a gritty single player campaign with a unique premise as well written as any film. And while the setting and background story offer something new, Homefront itself doesn’t offer much when it comes to new ideas for First Person Shooters. Kaos Studios have tried to beat Call of Duty by imitating many of the Activision behemoth's features, with the end product resulting in a short, lacklustre single player experience which feels sacrificed against its multiplayer counterpart.

Homefront’s single player campaign is based in an alternate future where an aggressive North Korea has absorbed South Korea and various other East Asian nations. It may sound farfetched at first, but pre-game narrative spells out various incidences between 2010 and 2025 which eventually lead to a Korean invasion of the USA. »

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Xbox Live releases for March 15th – 28th

16 March 2011 8:00 AM, PDT | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Celebrate the finale to Xbox Live Arcade’s House Party with Full House Poker released today. Bet your way to fame by playing Texas Hold ’Em style poker anytime, anywhere on Xbox Live Arcade! Compete against your Xbox Live friends and thousands of players around the world on Xbox 360 and build your in-game bankroll on the go with a companion game for Windows Phone 7. Even play a round of Texas Heat, a live poker game show that gives you 30 minutes to bluff, bet and raise your way to the final table. Show off your personality and keep your opponents guessing with unique tells, flashy avatar costumes, entertaining unlockables and awesome chip tricks.

Xbox Live Arcade

March 16: Full House Poker (Microsoft Game Studios) – 800 Microsoft Points

March 23: Ghostbusters (Atari) – 800 Microsoft Points

March 23: Swarm (Utv Ignition Entertainment) – 1200 Microsoft Points

March 30: Islands of Wakfu (Microsoft Game Studios) – 800 Microsoft Points

March 30: Seisou Kouki Strania (G. »

- Phil

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Exclusive Interview with Alex Pardee on The Art of Sucker Punch

15 March 2011 5:00 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Zack Snyder’s forthcoming genrebender shoot-em-up Sucker Punch is a visual feast and we were fortunate enough to get some time with renowned artist Alex Pardee whose illustrations inspired and feature in Snyder’s film.

When we reviewed The Art of Sucker Punch we included some of the concept art and lavish designs for the film and Pardee’s hand can be seen in much of the final film. Here he talks about his collaboration with Snyder and Production Designer Rick Carter and his own personal and professional inspirations behind his work on Sucker Punch.

1. What was the collaboration with Zack Snyder like? Did he have rough ideas, sketches of his own, or other artworks that inspired him?

Working with Zack is incredible because he’s an ace at setting an example and trusting his team. It was inspiring not only working with him one on one, but getting allowed »

- Jon Lyus

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Horror at the Oscars Part III

12 March 2011 4:25 PM, PST | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

Tremors? Nightbreed? Sundown: The Vampire in Retreat? 976-evil? Are all on the list this year. And though there were not huge horror wins in sound editing through screenplays, the Technical Awards never cease to bring out the horror veterans. Notably Tim Drnec who contributed to such VHS classics as Alien Seed, Destroyer, and Prison won for his work on “Spydercam 3D volumetric suspended cable camera technologies.” An award also shared with Ben Britten Smith and Matt Davis who both also worked on Constantine.

But among all the winners, the Academy also honored some great loses in 2010. And though they mentioned some of our heroes, Dennis Hooper (Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2), Kevin McCarthy (Invasion of the Body Snatchers) and Dino de Laurentiis (King Kong), they did not mention Zelda Rubinstein or Corey Haim. But we will in this last section and the others lost to us last year.

So farewell fight fans and remember, »

- Heather Buckley

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Pete Postlethwaite: a career in clips

3 January 2011 10:26 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

The actor Pete Postlethwaite died yesterday at the age of 64. We look back over his career in clips

It's difficult to know which is the more telling statement about Pete Postlethwaite, who died yesterday. That Steven Spielberg called him "the best actor in the world", after working with him on Jurassic Park sequel The Lost World. Or that Postlethwaite reacted to the praise with such dry deprecation: "I'm sure what Spielberg actually said was, 'The thing about Pete is that he thinks he's the best actor in the world.'"

A man with a face just made for immortalising on Mount Rushmore, Postlethwaite was an ensemble actor to his core; transparently decent and generous, hardly a limelight hogger. The role that first brought him to the attention of most people was Giuseppe Conlon, inmate dad to Daniel Day-Lewis's falsely imprisoned Guildford Four suspect Gerry in 1993's In the Name of the Father. »

- Catherine Shoard

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Pete Postlethwaite: a career in clips

3 January 2011 10:26 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

The actor Pete Postlethwaite died yesterday at the age of 64. We look back over his career in clips

It's difficult to know which is the more telling statement about Pete Postlethwaite, who died yesterday. That Steven Spielberg called him "the best actor in the world", after working with him on Jurassic Park sequel The Lost World. Or that Postlethwaite reacted to the praise with such dry deprecation: "I'm sure what Spielberg actually said was, 'The thing about Pete is that he thinks he's the best actor in the world.'"

A man with a face just made for immortalising on Mount Rushmore, Postlethwaite was an ensemble actor to his core; transparently decent and generous, hardly a limelight hogger. The role that first brought him to the attention of most people was Giuseppe Conlon, inmate dad to Daniel Day-Lewis's falsely imprisoned Guildford Four suspect Gerry in 1993's In the Name of the Father. »

- Catherine Shoard

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