Archive for November, 2009

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Go Ho Ho – Gap 2009 Holiday Commercial

November 30, 2009
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some fun with The Year Without a Santa Claus

November 30, 2009

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ABC’s V

November 18, 2009

Reviewed by Alicia Glass

Studio: ABC’s V

Age: 14+

Review Rating: 8

 A remake of a wildly popular 80’s Sci-Fi show, V features a race of aliens come to earth known as the Visitor’s, or V’s, who slowly infiltrate everything on Earth to reveal a diabolical plot against the humans.

 The good news is, if you’re a fan of the original series, the remade series will blow your mind. The alien ships have had a CGI makeover, as we all knew they would. Morena Baccarin of Firefly and Stargate SG-1 fame gives a wonderfully icy performance as Anna, leader of the V’s, and I would guess equivalent to the classic Diana. The thrust-upon leader of the Resistance is still a blond female, but oh yeah baby, this time she’s an FBI agent who kicks serious ass. Elizabeth Mitchell of Lost fame portrays her. There is still exciting tightrope tension between a leading world reporter and the V commanders, but of course Scott Wolf is remarkably different from the gruff and capable reporter turned resistance fighter of the original series, played by Marc Singer. We still have the iconic black guy in the resistance, but this time, he’s a V who’s apparently a soldier of some kind who turned coat and decided to aid the humans after all. There is, so far, a lot more about the V’s themselves, the wars they apparently fought eachother with and the defecting of various military style outfits. Which leads me to an interesting question: if a visiting alien race is showing empathy and compassion towards the atrocities they themselves committed on us humans, is it called showing humanity, or alien-ity?

 There is bad news, unfortunately. For those of us who are fans of the original show, well. This new show of course doesn’t have Robert Englund as a V human sympathizer. And yes, the Mike Donovan equivalent of this show, the reporter that ignites a firestorm against the V’s, is so far a complete wuss as far as physical fighting goes. Those of us who’ve seen both the classic and this new show are likely to enjoy this new one for it’s sheer improvement value if nothing else. However, for anyone raised in the United States with a healthy interest in the Sci-Fi genre, this new V has as yet to distinguish itself from other giants like Battlestar Galactica. If it’s all been done before, then this new V will have to work much more hard and be much more vigilant if it doesn’t want to simply fade out, head hung in shame, as with most remakes these days. It hasn’t happened, yet! Let us pray (or prey) that it doesn’t.

Whether V stands for Victory or Visitor, watch the show and make your choice!

 

 

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Battlestar Galactica: The Plan

November 10, 2009

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Reviewed by Alicia Glass

Website: http://www.battlestargalacticadvd.com/

Age: 14+

Review Rating: 8

 Experience most of the story of Battlestar Galactica all over again: humanity’s struggle for survival and the Cylon battle for existence, but this time from the Cylon point of view.

First off, if you’re not a fan of BSG, there really is absolutely no point in trying to watch this straight-to-DVD movie release. Without having watched the four amazing seasons of the remade Battlestar Galactica, that won numerous awards, a legion of die-hard fans and a huge amount of criticism, you won’t be able to enjoy this movie to it’s fullest. That being said, and as I am huge fan of BSG, on with the review!

 Yes, it’s from the Cylon point of view, sure. Dean Stockwell stars as Brother Cavil, also known as Number One. And while he certainly does an adequate job at trying to get his Cylon brethren to do their fraking job already and kill a bunch of pivotal humans, I just can’t get around remembering him as Al in Quantum Leap. Certainly both Sci-fi series, but they’re very very different from eachother. We have a pair of Sixes running around, the one that seduces Gaius and the one that, well, is generally a whore who likes killing people and telling Number One how he keeps messing things up. Boomer, also known as Sharon, or Number Eight if you like, is here too, and boy is she angsting about lying to the humans (and herself) and shooting the Admiral. There is actually rather little about Starbuck and her being…well, we honestly couldn’t tell from those last few episodes of BSG what the frak she’s supposed to be, a Cylon or an “Angel” or whatever else. Leobon, the Cylon who tortured Starbuck, is in there, but he seems to take a distinctly protective turn towards Starbuck, at least when talking to Number One.

 And unfortunately that’s pretty much it. The Cylons have their plan and as we all know, it didn’t work. The movie runs through the pivotal moments of the show: the destruction of Caprica, the shooting of Adama, the death of Boomer, and a bunch of other things. And yes, you do see bits of the Cylon POV interlaced with those scenes, Edward James Olmos, who directed this film, did a very seamless job. The film is rather abruptly ended with the capture and subsequent deaths of the two Number One copies aboard Galactica. There is a memorable scene, for those of us BSG fanatics towards the beginning of the film, where the Hybrid informs the Cylons of this gem of storytelling:

 “Progress reports arriving. The farms of Aerilon are burning. The beaches of Canceron are burning. The plains of Leonis are burning. The jungles of Scorpia are burning. The pastures of Tauron are burning. The harbors of Picon are burning. The cities of Caprica are burning. The oceans of Aquaria are burning. The courthouses of Libran are burning. The forests of Virgon are burning. The Colonies of Man lie trampled at our feet.”

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True BSG fan-atics will most likely greatly enjoy this little-known slice of fun.

 

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Spike TV — Ubisoft’s Assassin’s Creed 2: Lineage Short Film

November 9, 2009

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Underscoring the growing convergence between games and other forms of entertainment, today Spike TV announced it will premiere the complete “Assassins Creed: Lineage” short film.  The live-action/CGI short movie is based on Ubisoft’s best-selling video game intellectual property Assassins Creed.  “Assassins Creed: Lineage” explores the events that happen just before
the upcoming release of the Assassin’s Creed II game begins.  The story
revolves around Ezio’s father, Giovanni Auditore da Firenze, and it
provides insight on the game’s back story and why Ezio begins the game
on a quest for revenge.  The short film was developed by Ubisoft’s
Hybride Technologies, the visual effects company behind the visual
effects for films such as 300 and Sin City.  It will globally premiere
in its entirety for the first time in high-definition on Spike TV on
Wednesday, November 11 at 12:00am Midnight.

 

“As Ubisoft begins to expand into other media beyond games, we are
excited to be working so closely with our valued partners at Viacom to
debut this new story in the Assassin’s Creed universe exclusively on
Spike TV,” said Tony Key, senior vice president of sales and marketing
at Ubisoft.  “Spike has long been a leader in supporting our industry
with excellent editorial programming, so it was a natural choice to team
up with them for the U.S. public unveiling of this revolutionary new
short film.”

 

“Video games have been a cornerstone of the Spike brand since the
inception of the network seven years ago,” said Kevin Kay, president,
Spike TV. “We always knew there would come a day when a game publisher
would have the vision to bring a blockbuster franchise to life as a
televised short movie on Spike. We’re thrilled to be working with
Ubisoft to showcase how its creative talents stretch beyond game
consoles.”

 

ABOUT UBISOFT
Ubisoft is a leading producer, publisher and distributor of interactive
entertainment products worldwide and has grown considerably through a
strong and diversified line-up of products and partnerships. Ubisoft is
present in 28 countries and has sales in more than 55 countries around
the globe. It is committed to delivering high-quality, cutting-edge
video game titles to consumers. For the 2008-09 fiscal year Ubisoft
generated sales of 1.058 billion euros. To learn more, please visit
http://www.ubisoftgroup.com <http://www.ubisoftgroup.com/>

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New Trailer For The Prisoner

November 4, 2009
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ABC “V” TV SERIES PILOT PROMO TRAILER

November 4, 2009

THEY ARRIVE TONIGHT on ABC at 8:00pm