Beauty, Beast, and the 4DX Theater

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After months of hearing about this new 4DX Theatre experience, I finally got my tickets to see “Beauty & the Beast” hoping that the scene with “Be Our Guest” would include a lot of scents of croissants and freshly baked goodies. Sadly, it didn’t.

At $30 a ticket, the price may seem a bit steep but it is the novelty you are paying for. You are able to reserve your seats ahead of time and there is an option to turn off the water spray (but why bother). The movements of the seats were not jerky but incredibly smooth and flowed great with the film without taking you out of it. Air blew in your face at the right times but the water felt forced. When it was raining, a spritz of water hit your face and then that was it.
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Maleficent is no sleeper

Maleficent-17I haven’t seen the original Sleeping Beauty in years.  I really don’t remember much about it, outside of an attractive girl put to sleep by a curse that could only be awaken by a kiss.  I vaguely remembered a dragon and some other things as well, so when I walked into Maleficent I walked into this story mostly blind, and I enjoyed the heck out of it.

In the original Sleeping Beauty they never really gave you a good reason as to why the Maleficent was evil.  She just seemed evil for the sake of being evil.  The best villains in my opinion have a backstory and a valid reason for why they do what they have done.  There are two sides to every tale, and Maleficent tells the other side of story.

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DuckTales! Some Re-makes Aren’t So Bad!

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Here’s a game that many of us played and loved….perhaps more than we realized.

I wasn’t a big fan of the mainstream Disney characters. To this day, if you were to ask me what my favorite classic Disney cartoons are, I’d still say The Black Cauldron, The Sword and the Stoneand Fantasia. Mickey Mouse never did it for me, Donald, Goofy, Pluto, etc. Not really a fan. But there was just something about DuckTales that clicked. It was a fun, well made series. The best thing to come out of it, however, was the video game that came out in 1989 for the NES.

Games based on popular licensed properties have RARELY been good. Sure, there are exceptions like Star Wars: Knights of the Old RepublicChronicles of Riddick, and the recent Walking Dead titles. But notice…those are all *new* (do I need to mention the LOST game?). Back in the day, the NES days, production companies would license anything and everything. Just to make more cash. To them it was no more different or important on the consumer end than slapping a decal on a t-shirt. Little effort and less love was put into most of them. *cough*E.T.*cough*. DuckTales, however, changed that.  Continue reading

Disney Epic Mickey 2 The Power of Two NYCC preview

At NYCC, Nerd-Base was invited by Disney to see Epic Mickey 2 The Power of Two.  Disney provided Warren Spector, the lead game designer, to give us a tour through the game.  Disney has been showing this game off for a while now, but they have leaked out a few new levels (Rainbow Caverns, and Rainbow Falls) to show off, and I got to say I was impressed.

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