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Killzone Intercept: Fan Film

I'm continually amazed the quality that comes out of fan films.  Killzone Intercept takes place in a dark and hostile future (like most fan fiction futures), with a few guys sent on a deadly mission.  The start from the little kid's perspective feels unnecessary, but the action picks up shortly after that.  Enjoy, and be sure to go vote today!

H/T Awesomer


Wreck It Ralph Reviewed

A Disney film about video games with a star studded cast was really hard to resist.  Check out the trailer and I'll get into the review.

This movie is a ton of fun and I really enjoyed it.  There is a cool nostalgia associated with Wreck It Ralph, as I'm sure most folks who grew up in the late 70's through early 90's can remember feeding quarters to video games in arcades.  As you can see in the trailer, Riley plays Ralph; the bad guy in a Donkey Kong/Rampage style video game called Fix It Felix Jr.  He has finally reached a point where he is tired of being the bad guy and not being liked.  He decides to take things into his own giant ham sized hands, and embarks on a journey through several games in the arcade.

I have no idea how Disney got the rights to use all the old school video game characters, but you'll see a lot of familiar faces from your childhood.  There are cameos from Pac Man, Sonic, Street Fighter, Tapper, Qbert, Dig Dug, and a several other classics.  There is also quite a few nods to various candies and sweets like a quick sand pit made of Nesquick, Laffy Taffy, and Mentos plunging into Diet Coke. 

I was surprised to see most of this film takes place in a candy based game called Sugar Rush (think little girl's version of Mario Kart with candy).  Riley plays a great "fish out of water" in Sugar Rush and Silverman plays the annoying little girl to perfection.  Their relationship is a lot of fun, and there are a ton of jokes that arise out of the sugary wonderland. 

As I like to mention in really good and really bad films, the "plant and pay off" in Wreck It Ralph is great (can't really give away much more about that without a spoiler).   I really enjoyed the story and the video game setting took me back to my youth.  The film is very cute, has a phenominal cast (too many big names to mention), and overall it is a ton of fun.  I definitely recommend that you see this film! 

I forgot to mention an amazing little short that airs before the film called Paperman.  It is all CGI but has a bit of the old school hand drawn feel to it.  Paperman is almost all in black and white, and there is no dialogue.  The score is amazing, and the story is heartwarming.  When you realize that you get Paperman and Wreck It Ralph all for one ticket, I was more than satisfied.  Check out the vid below for a little more explanation about the story of Paperman and go see both films in theaters.


Game Of Thrones Special Effects Reveal

Game of Thrones is not only a fantastic show on HBO, it is also a great series of books.  I read the first book about a month ago, and was very surprised at how true the show was to the original story.  I love Game of Thrones, and that damn midget dwarf imp steals the show every time!  Check out this great reveal of the CGI VFX used in the show.  Be warned there are some mild spoilers if you haven't finished season two.