Backing the wrong horse?

After making my post “Cancelling my PS4 pre-order” I started thinking about a few other aspects that made wonder if I’m backing the wrong horse in the console hardware race.  Recently, rumors were flying around that Call of Duty: Ghosts on the Xbox One would only run at 720p because the Xbox One can’t handle it. However the PS4 version runs at a full 1080p.  The developers of the game have made several statements saying that the game is going to look great on the Xbox One but they are refusing to deny the rumor that it doesn’t run at 1080p.  Meanwhile Sony has come out and made several statements saying that it does run at 1080p on the PS4, and hinted that the Xbox One version will not.   Microsoft has only made statements literally saying “You don’t need to know.”  Forbes is also reporting a similar rumored difference with Battlefield 4.

*UPDATE*

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TRAILER – X-Men: Days of Future Past

XM DoFP BannerThis morning, on the heels of last week’s Captain America trailer release, the trailer for Fox’s next voyage into it’s semi-sort-of-alternate-ish  Marvel U has gone up!

I honestly don’t remember much of the Days of Future Past comic arc. Perhaps I should re-read it, or better yet not. Despite them contradicting almost everything they’d done before, and almost completely ignoring any semblance of continuity or honor to the legacy of these characters, I kind of enjoyed the previous X-Men film, First Class. It was different, but it kind of felt more like the X-Men should be, also, it wasn’t just another vehicle for Wolverine (I mean, let’s be honest here, outside of the comics, Wolverine has become to the X-Men what “Whip It” is to Devo. There’s SO MANY BETTER SONGS, but the radios will only play that one). Not to mention, you actually felt some semblance of emotional attachment to the characters. Which in this film franchise, is nice.

Now, like noticing that split-second shot of Falcon in the trailer for Winter Soldier, keep an eye out here for Bishop(!), Warpath, Sunspot(? I can’t think of who else that might be) and Blink(!), who perhaps due to the lighting, looks a bit more like a Rule 63 version of Mr. Sinister.

And while you’re here, why not have a look at this Sentinel…. No seriously! Click here to see the full sized Sentinel model they’ll be using in this movie, but haven’t put in the trailer!

Doctor Sleep

hallI don’t remember how old I was when I first saw The Shining.  I’m guessing I wasn’t that much older than little Danny Torrance from the film.  When I got older, and I got into Stephen King books for the second time, I went back and listened to (I’m a huge audio book fan) The Shining, and while it was a very different book from the movie, it was still really good.  I’m not sure which I prefer better, but they were both excellent in their respective ways.

Most Stephen King books end with me wanting more.  I usually want to know what happened to the characters after they’ve endured the madness the author subjects them to.  Both versions of The Shining left me wondering what happened to young Danny Torrance after all that he experienced at The Overlook Hotel.  Over the years Stephen King thought about that same question, and he came up with a pretty good answer in Doctor Sleep.

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Why Swallow Souls? Eat This Instead!

hallIt’s time!! Well, sort of… I’m sure a lot of you are planning to either hold or attend a Halloween party this weekend, so we thought it might be fun to throw out some of our favorite “spooky” recipes that we found while scouring the web. Although it “fits the bill” to have sweets during the Halloween season, I’m a savory man myself and have tried to highlight some recipes for a more delicate palate (heh, don’t I sound fancy?).

From Sandwich Snakes to Mummy Dogs to Haunted Hummus, read on to see some great treats to stave off the hunger of those that might otherwise decide to feast on your soul… Continue reading

NEW! “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” Is Here!

catws bannerToday Marvel Studios has released the first trailer for the upcoming Captain America sequel, The Winter Soldier.

For those “in the know” the Winter Soldier in the comics was one of the most exciting story lines of the franchise and the character remains one of the most prominent and complex characters to come out of the series.  For those who don’t know the character, I’ll save the spoilers this time around. The one thing I will say is, so far, this movie looks rather different in tone from what we’ve experienced thus far and I’m excited!!

The Winter Soldier first appeared in 2005 during Captain America Vol.5 Issue #1 during the start of the 5-part “Out of Time” story arc.  To say anything more would be to spoil the fun of the character’s reveal, so I’ll just leave you with this exciting new trailer. Keep a look out for a glimpse at the Falcon with full wing spread!!

Captain America: The Winter Soldier premieres in theaters on April 4th, 2014

It’s Halloween Time!!

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As you might imagine, next to our birthdays and any other holiday where we recieve gifts, our favorite holiday is Halloween!

It’s that time of the year where you don’t have to deal with Con-Funk or costs but still get to go out in public dressed up as your favorite characters without being judged. Heck, you can even dress up in a crappy costume and with almost complete confidence of not winding up on a “Worst of Cosplay” list! Not that that happened to any of us or anything…*ahem*…..

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Canceling my PS4 pre-order

Sony-PS4-OfficialRecently I’ve been having serious thoughts about canceling my PS4 pre-order from Amazon.   There are fewer and fewer games at launch that I’m interested in with the recent game delay announcements of Drive Club and Watch Dogs.  I know I will probably get a PS4 at some point but I’m not entirely sure I need one right now.   One of the many things the PS4 still has going for it are the non-retail PSN games.  There are many games that will be downloadable day 1, but a lot of those games are either available on PC or another platform already.  I know I’m definitely keeping my Xbox One pre-order because Microsoft has a few exclusives I know I want to play, and I like the TV integration aspect of the system.  I decided to create a comparison chart using IGN’s launch title wiki to compare the retail games side by side.

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Will the real WikiLeaks please stand up?

the-fifth-estate-movie-reviewRecently I watched The Fifth Estate starring Benedict Cumberbatch as Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks.  Cumberbatch completely nailed Assange’s odd speaking pattern, which irked me through large chunks of the movie.  All in all I liked the film, but I just had a nagging feeling that this wasn’t an accurate portrayal of how things really went down.  Assange himself has spoken ill against the film after reading the leaked script saying that it’s  “irresponsible, counterproductive and harmful.”, but I can’t just take his word for it either. So I did a bit of investigating and here’s what I found.

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An Evening With John Barrowman at NYCC.

It’s 6:30pm at NYCC and folks were either at The Walking Dead panel (which I am pretty bummed out that I missed) or the John Barrowman panel. Unfortunately, the two were at the same exact time, and it was a tough decision, but after that very quick hour with Barrowman, I knew I had made the right call.

John entered the stage and the entire room cheered, applauded, and stood up out of their seats in order to get a glimpse at the one and only, John Barrowman. He was bursting with energy, and put a smile on everyone’s face instantly.  John is such a geek fanboy and you could see how appreciative he was that everyone was there for him, and even said, “I didn’t expect that I was going to be so popular here!”

Before he began his Q&A session with the fans, he took out his tablet and announced that at every panel he makes a video to send to his mom & dad (cue the entire room’s “awwwww”). While he was attempting to set up the video on his tablet, he was still engaging the audience and cracking jokes because he knew time was precious at a large event like this.

As he finally got his video feature set up, he requested that we do two things. The first was to cheer and wave hello to his mom & dad, and the second request was for his niece who recently had a baby named Finnegan, and he wanted us to say “Hi, Finnegan!” When he was explaining this to us, he accidentally said, “Can you all shite… SHITE? Actually, when she had the baby she felt like she was having a big shite, I can tell you that!” I would pay to see this man Continue reading

Kickstarter: Rocky Horror Saved My Life

rhsml-851x315In 1992 my parents had gone away for the weekend leaving me alone in the house. I had, by this point, been travelling to NYC on my own and staying out late, etc. So, out of boredom and not wanting to spend the night sitting there playing Sega Genesis, I called a friend of mine up who’d mentioned that she went to midnight screenings of the Rocky Horror Picture Show which I had recently been introduced to. At the time, it was not available on home video in the U.S.  I had seen clips on a late-night variety program called Night Flight. I managed to acquire a 5th or so generation VHS bootleg that had originated somewhere in Europe I was told via fellow convention goers that were my lifeline to the weird cult movies that would grow to be such a major part of my life. Still, I knew nothing about the experience of seeing it “live”. All that was about to change.

Soon, very soon, afterwards, I found myself a part of the shadowcast at Cinema 35 in Paramus, NJ. I made a LOT of great friends there. Some of which I still hold on to, very dearly, today. These people would end up being a family outside of the one I didn’t necessarily have at home.

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