‘Hell and Back’ Part 1: Horror, humor, and hints with Nick Swardson

Hell and Back is in the theaters and stars Nick Swardson as Remy. If you liked the dark beauty of “Nightmare Before Christmas” but thought it would be better with a demented Robot Chicken twist, you are going to love this movie.

Myth versus Marvel

Thor is best known today as one of the Avengers, and his brother Loki is the villain we most love to hate. But they’ve been around for much longer than the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Thousands of years longer, in fact. For those of us who grew up on mythology, it can be amusing to watch […]

Mafia: Survival Game

We’ve all seen childhood games taken and turned into big budget flops (alas, poor Pac Man), but sometimes the pastimes of our youth turn into something not only new, but worthwhile. When I was a kid, the most popular game at sleepovers, lock-ins, and dull afternoon hang-outs was a game called Mafia (or Werewolf, depending […]

Movie Review- The Brothers Grimm (2005)

Just in time for Halloween, check out this alternate, creepy origin story for some of your favorite fairy tales. The story opens with a young Wilhelm Grimm comforting his mother and ailing sister with the promise that his brother Jacob would return soon after selling the family cow. Jacob (who is erroneously portrayed in the […]

Pandora Cinematheque: Paths of Hate

“Paths of Hate is a short tale about the demons that slumber deep in the human soul and have the power to push people into the abyss of blind hate, fury and rage.”

Netflix Teaser for Jessica Jones is Dead On

The teaser trailer for Netflix’s A.K.A. Jessica Jones dropped last week, and it’s the most relatable trailer you’ve ever seen. It’s short. It’s sweet. It fulfills our deepest fantasies and triggers some painful empathy. It also gives fans of the Marvel comics high hopes for the new series.

You Don’t Hate Clara. You’re Just Jealous.

Jenna Coleman is leaving Doctor Who at Christmas time. Rumour has it that she’s landed the title role in a historical drama about the life of Queen Victoria. The normal reaction to this sort of announcement would be: “Congratulations Jenna, I know you’ll an amazing job. We’ll miss you on Doctor Who.” Did anyone say […]

Adaptation is the Name of the Game

There are diverse reasons why a movie grabs the attention of an audience or why it sputters in the theaters. Each movie endeavor is a complex mix of story ideas, casting, narrative, writing, cinematography, musical score, advertising, and other intangibles. If one element does not work, the success of the entire movie is at risk. Is it any wonder that studios look to produce movies with a built-in fan base? This is why studios are more likely to fund remakes or sequels—and why they search out best-selling novels, popular comic series, and MMO, RPG, and FPS games to adapt. * Yet movies developed from games tend to provide mixed results among fans. Some are successful—like Lara Croft: Tomb Raider—and some fade away into obscurity. There are two movies in development that gamers will instantly recognize: Borderlands and Warcraft: Fans will have the opportunity to judge for themselves if the massive success of these games will be duplicated on the big screen.

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