Shot in just under 10 very long takes, Vivas’ Secuestrados tells the story of a wealthy family who, having just moved into their new home, are held hostage and robbed by three masked men. No harm seems intended for the victims, until one of the thieves’ psychotic personality starts to show itself, and the father of the family attempts to get help. Then all hell breaks loose.
One night only! On Nov. 14th, enjoy two nostalgic time capsules of early gaming culture. First, get ready to point out the impossibility of getting 50,000 points in Double Dragon in only a few minutes during the 1989 Fred Savage vehicle (and Super Mario Bros. 3 commercial) The Wizard, and then stick around to see an early foray in to …CG animation in the cult classic The Last Starfighter – a film that finally vindicates the educational value of video games.
Our North American, contemporary version of Santa Claus apparently comes from Coca-Cola; the red suit trimmers with white, the beard, the jolly laughing belly. Santa Claus or some version of him has been around for several centuries, of course, but our modern age has skewed the origins quite a lot. In this tale of the man, director and writer Helander conceives not of a jolly person who brings presents to little children, but of a demon buried deep under a mountain, a demon that eats children. And it will take a child to stop him.
On Friday, November 5th at 7:00 PM the Bloor Cinema presents a FREE fan screening of Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World to be followed by a Q&A with director Edgar Wright, creator Bryan Lee O’Malley and actress Ellen Wong, with special guest moderator Don McKellar. Also, as a special treat for the hardcore Pilgrim fans we’ll be screening the ‘Making of’ documentary featured on the Blu-Ray/DVD.
La Casa Muda has become fairly well known on the fantastic festival circuit mainly for its modus operandi: it was shot in one long take. And deservedly so: this technique, which frequently incorporates first person perspective, creates one of the most terrifying atmospheres in any horror film I’ve watched.
This week's installment was recorded live at Toronto's finest purveyor of geekery, the Silver Snail, where we will be recording live each Wednesday at 7:00 PM. This episode features commentary from our audience and very special guest walk on appearances by local comic book artist Marcio Takara, who invites everyone out to the Black Bull Pub (across the street from the Snail) for Toronto's Drink and Draw, and producer Mark Askwith (SPACE, and the show that started it all, Prisoners of Gravity). Give it a listen to see if anyone else make an appearance.
Hopeless Savages: Greatest Hits 2000 - 2010 brings together all the published issues of Jen Ven Meter's comic and a few colour stories that fill in key moments in the Hopeless Savage family drama. The collection features the art of Christine Norrie, Chynna Clugston Flores, Ross Campbell, Andi Watson, Becky Cloonan and Bryan Lee O’ Malley.
A gem of a comedy from Argentina, Fase 7 tries to find the lighter side of disease outbreak. Sounds like a contradiction, but writer and director Nicolás Goldbart focuses on the residents of a small apartment building in order to examine the (humourous) human condition during trying times.
Eugenio Mira’s second feature is a strange but rare and beautiful bird. A blend of espionage thriller, gothic romance, and fantasy, the title refers to a neurological disorder in which the brain cannot properly interpret visual and aural stimuli, and thereby cannot tell faces and voices apart.
Jeff, Will and Zack hit up the Toronto Underground Cinema last week for Son of Kung Fu Fridays and ended up recording a post-fu podcast with some of the gents from the Chinatown theatre. For this episode we were joined by returning guest Peter Kuplowsky, Underground manager and amateur Van Morrison impersonator Alex Woodside, and Morgan White, creator of the The Rep — the excellent web-series based on the theatre.
LucasArts brings us back to a galaxy far far away and into the shoes of Darth Vader’s insubordinate apprentice Starkiller, as he grapples with Vader’s mind games, searches for his lost love and aids the fledgling rebellion.
We had a chance to see the first two episodes of the new Marvel animated series Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes. The show has some big shoes to fill, but Marvel has learned from their missteps and enlisted some serious talents to help mold this show into something that can be held up with the other fantastic comic book-based animation. Marvel Studios has totally nailed it.
It has been a derivative year for games. But it’s also been a great year for games. Old material doesn’t mean a bad game, and even when titles like Darksiders were dramatically close to plagiarism, they remain some of the most enjoyable entries this year. Ninja Theory’s Enslaved is an ‘adaptation’ of one of China’s earliest exports: fables. Specifically the Journey to the West, but I would argue that it’s a more accurate ‘adaptation’ of Ubisoft’s Prince of Persia series. Even if it’s monkey see monkey do, does this monkey shine?
GeekNerdDork Episode 2: The Lost Files is actually the original "lost" episode of the podcast where Gavin and Jeff sit down to talk about what they want the show to be about. The guys discuss all manner of comics and comic-book related films and games, get depressed by Hoarders, vainly pitch Thunderbolts to 20th Century Fox and deal with an unplanned Odin the dog cameo appearance.
The boot camp portion of 2010 Vortex Game Conference and Competition scheduled to start on October 27th may have been cancelled.
Update: An announcement was made this morning on the Vortex Competition website announcing that the competition portion of the event has been postponed until a later date.
Sega’s console dynasty, headed by Sonic and his masterful platformers on the Genesis, is long gone. The blue rodent’s high-budget 3-D games have had mixed results at best, with the occasional disaster that few franchises could ever recover from. With that in mind, Sonic Team and Dimps – designers of Sonic’s handheld “Rush” series – have come together to create Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 1. It’s the first part of what hopes to be a grand return to the series’ salad days.
Our own Jeff Brown has joined with comedian and writer Gavin Stephens from NERDGASM Comedy, and author, fanthropologist J.M. Frey from the GeekU Podcast to form a new team: GeekNerdDork — an Alpha Flight to the Shelf's X-Men if you will. Gavin, J.M. and Jeff will gather weekly (Yes, we're putting that in writing) to discuss all the latest geeky, nerdy and dorky happenings in the world of fandom.
Last week's episode Stargate Universe provided a nice conclusion to the cliffhanger ending of season one, but also left many issues unresolved. Things are starting to get back to normal aboard the Destiny, or at least as close to normalcy as it can get on a ship lost on the other side of the universe.