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Here’s What’s Next: Dungeons & Dragons 5th Edition, Part 1

The gamers among you will almost certainly know that Wizards of the Coast released the first official Dungeons & Dragons 5th Edition item last week. Wait, are we still calling it D&D Next? Let me check…

OK, I’m not sure; Wizards are just calling it Dungeons & Dragons. But for the sake of clarity, I’m going to call it 5th Edition. I should state early on here that, aside from a few sessions of 4th Edition D&D, I’ve never really played the world’s most famous roleplaying game. I got into gaming through the Warhammer RPGs, which are a very different beast. But I have played plenty of Pathfinder, and Pathfinder is just D&D 3.5 with the serial numbers filed off, so I don’t think I’m lacking in a whole lot of knowledge here. Continue reading

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Our Robots Vs Monsters Hunger Shall Be Sated

My love for Kaiju Vs Mecha fight fest Pacific Rim is no secret and I was disheartened when the movie didn’t set the box office on fire in 2013. It wasn’t a perfect film, by any means, but it was a damn sight more satisfying than the Transformers franchise, which squeezes out another epic turd this coming weekend. Robot on monster action was what we asked for, and when you also include the cheesy acting and paper thin plot, it was a fun Summer blockbuster.

The film’s success in international markets, however, gave hope to fans that we might see a seuqel. Last night, word came to us from Guillermo Del Toro himself about the fate of the Pacific Rim universe. Continue reading

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He’s Stannis, but he’s not quite The Mannis

WARNING: This article features possible spoilers to the season for finale of Game of Thrones, as well as the books upon which the series is based. If you’ve somehow managed to go all week without being spoiled and want to stay that way, turn back now! Continue reading

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First trailer for “Gotham” revealed

Even as Warner Bros. and DC flail around trying to catch up with Marvel’s movie output, they can at least take solace in knowing their television shows are largely better. FOX announced that “Gotham,” a prequel show of sorts that follows a young detective Jim Gordon as he establishes himself in the famous fictional city, will receive a thirteen episodes stint on the network later in the year. They also released the first trailer for the show. Continue reading

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Red = Green in “Doc of the Dead”

The zombie genre has seen a huge swell in popularity in recent years. The success of “The Walking Dead” television series is only one sign that the public can’t get enough of the undead. We’ve got zombie books, zombie mugs, zombie flip-flops – pretty much anything you can print zombies on, it’s there. Alexandre O. Philippe, director of The People Vs George Lucas, explores the phenomenon in his new film Doc of the Dead, which I caught at the Canadian International Documentary Festival. Continue reading

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Real Life Writes The Plot: Canadian International Documentary Festival

You know what I love most about living in Toronto? Tim Hortons.

But if you asked me if there was anything else I loved about Toronto, it would probably be that there’s always something going on. This is the first real city I’ve ever really lived in, so I’m often amazed by how spoiled for choice I am. Music, movies, art in all its myriad forms – it sometimes feels like every few weeks another big event rolls into town.

And so it is that the 2014 Canadian International Documentary festival kicks off next Thursday, the 24th of April. I’m going to catch a few docs and, if you happen to be passing through Toronto in the next couple of weeks, here are some you might want to keep your eyes on. Continue reading

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Podcast: April 8, 2014 – Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Conor and Katie naturally saw the latest blockbuster from Marvel Studios, Captain America: The Winter Soldier. You’ve already read the review of the comic book blockbuster; now listen as we ramble on about the movie, unemployed HYDRA agents, Robert Redford’s pimp slap and the potential for a Marvel Cinematic Universe that continues to grow and evolve.

 

Music: “The Cannery” by Kevin MacLeod

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The Super Soldier Who Came In From The Cold – Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Captain America: The First Avenger was a pleasant surprise to many people, though I’m not sure why. I saw the same trailers, the same cast, the same guy in the director’s chair and I knew it would be a fun movie. Though it felt rushed at times, it did the spectacular job of bringing a hero to the screen that could have gone horribly wrong. There was no jingoistic tone or flag-waving patriotic BS with the first Captain America film. Instead, it got right to the core of the character: Steve Rogers simply hated bullies and, in him, existed the real sense of what “America” could mean.

So I’m very happy to report that the sequel, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, manages to surpass the quality of the previous movie and, in my opinion, is the best Marvel flick we’ve seen since The Avengers. Continue reading

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The new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles trailer is… definitely a trailer. Yep.

You may or may not recall, but a few months back I wrote this somewhat aggressive piece on the upcoming Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie. I ranted about the choice of Jonathan Liebesman as director; I was certain that Michael Bay’s involvement would only result in things exploding when they shouldn’t explode; and I fumed at the notion that Splinter was being played by Danny f*cking Woodburn.

Well, this week saw the release of the first trailer for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. William Fichtner makes some speech about creating heroes, Megan Fox keeps her pretty mouth shut and Will Arnett is definitely in this movie.

If you haven’t yet seen it, here you go. Continue reading