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Netflix Review: Paranormal Activity 3

Posted: 26 Oct 2012 03:43 PM PDT

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Netflix Review: Paranormal Activity 3Paranormal Activity 3
Netflix Streaming
DVD | Blu-ray
Directed by Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman
Starring Chris Smith, Lauren Bittner, Chloe Csengery, Katie Featherston, Jessica Tyler Brown, Sprague Grayden, Hallie Foote, Dustin Ingram
Paramount Pictures
Originally Released: October 21, 2011

As a horror fan, it seems to be increasingly problematic to find a new film in the genre that impresses me. There have been several good releases over the last few years, but it seems they are drowned amidst the mediocre attempts. Paranormal Activity 3 does not tumble into any shade of mediocrity, in fact, it's a shining example of a good, solid horror story that pays homage to its influences and delivers on the frights it promises without over relying on the stereotypical bloody gore shock value.

In point of fact, the third chapter of Paranormal Activity is not only of a high standard of excellence, it actually eclipses the previous two films, quickly having become the best of the series – an extreme rarity for franchises with more than a couple releases [...]

$5 MP3 Album Deal: Scorpions ‘Blackout’

Posted: 26 Oct 2012 01:00 PM PDT

Scorpions Blackout

As part of Amazon's monthly $5 MP3 album deals for October 2012, Scorpions' Blackout is on sale for only $5.

If you would like a physical copy of Blackout, the CD is available for only $5.99.

Blackout was the eighth studio album by German metal gods Scorpions, which is hard enough to fathom as we thought they were this "great new band" by the time their distinctly melodic hard rock sound reached our tender pre-teen American ears in 1982. Harder still to fathom: this album is 30 years old and still sounds amazeballs! Blackout is as familiar as your favorite well-washed rock tee shirt with tracks such as "No One Like You," "When the Smoke is Going Down," and the title track "Blackout."

Browse all 100 albums on sale this month for only $5 each [...]

Skull-Face Island: Episode 14: Cloud Atlas

Posted: 26 Oct 2012 11:30 AM PDT

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Hello There! This is Adam Frazier and you are listening to Skull-Face Island, the official movie podcast of Geeks of Doom. As always I'm joined by Nintendo Entertainment System's Ice Climber World Champion, David Allen. And the Miss Elizabeth to my Macho Man Randy Savage, producer Tim Grant.

Today on the Show: We'll discuss the epic sci-fi/fantasy adventure-drama Cloud Atlas, written and directed by Andy and Lana Wachowski and Tom Tykwer. We'll also boot-up the Geek-O-Matic TeleFax now and discuss Mark Millar's recent updates on X-Men: Days of Future Past, The Wolverine, and Deadpool.

We'll also play The Sequel Game, or as it's also known, The Sequel Game: First Blood Part II. Tim will present David and I with three films that, in no way, shape, or form NEED a sequel - and we will be forced to create theoretical sequels to appease the Gods. In celebration of Halloween, this week's edition will challenge us to come up with horror sequels to non-horror films. Prepare for absurdity! [...]

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31 Days of Horror: Night of the Living Dead / Dawn of the Dead

Posted: 26 Oct 2012 10:30 AM PDT

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Hello Geeks and Ghouls, Famous Monster here. Well, it's finally October and you know what that means? Breast Cancer Awareness 5Ks? Good guess. Pumpkin Spice Lattes? Delicious, but no. Halloween? YES. Horror movies? DOUBLE YES!

Welcome to 31 Days of Horror, where I'll cover at least two noteworthy horror films a day for the entirety of the month. That's 31 Days of Horror and 62+ scary movies perfect for a cold, dark October night. Be sure to visit Geeks of Doom every day this month for a double-shot of chills and thrills!

Today's double-shot of flesh-eating, brain-draining zombie horror features George A. Romero's 1968 cult classic, Night of the Living Dead, and satirical sequel, 1978's Dawn of the Dead. Two films that should give you plenty of food for thought - or is that thought for food? [...]

Movie Review: Cloud Atlas

Posted: 26 Oct 2012 08:51 AM PDT

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Cloud Atlas
Directed by: Lana Wachowski, Andy Wachowski, Tom Tykwer
Written by: Lana Wachowski, Andy Wachowski, Tom Tykwer
Starring Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Jim Broadbent, Hugo Weaving, Jim Sturgess, Ben Whishaw, Hugh Grant, Susan Sarandon, Doona Bae, James D'Arcy
Warner Bros. Pictures
Rated R | 164 minutes
Release Date: October 26, 2012

Based on the 2004 novel by British author David Mitchell, Cloud Atlas is an epic story of the human condition in which the consequences of our decisions impact one another throughout the past, present, and future.

Written and directed by Lana Wachowski and Andy Wachowski (The Matrix Trilogy) and Tom Tykwer (Run Lola Run), Cloud Atlas is a collection of six stories that traverse time and space.

Within the first 20 minutes of this epic sci-fi adventure, you'll be transported from post-apocalyptic Hawaii to the 19th-century South Pacific, to 2144's Neo Seoul, where enslaved clones called 'fabricants' fight the status quo. You'll then jump to 1931 Zedelgem, Belgium, to the estate of an eccentric composer, before visiting 1973 San Francisco and 21st-century London.

Each member of the film's impressive ensemble cast, which includes Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Jim Broadbent, Hugo Weaving, Jim Sturgess, Ben Whishaw, and Hugh Grant, plays upwards of six different characters throughout the film's multiple narratives, often switching gender and ethnicity [...]

Arnold Schwarzenegger Set To Return As The Cimmerian Warrior In ‘The Legend Of Conan’

Posted: 26 Oct 2012 07:36 AM PDT

Conan the Barbarian

Once he left the governor's office Arnold Schwarzenegger didn't waste any time getting back to his big screen action roots, lining up one high-profile star gig after another. A return to the Terminator series has been rumored for a while now, but the prospect of seeing the Austrian Oak donning shades, a shotgun, and biker duds to battle evil robots at his age doesn't particularly excite me. If you need proof as to why I feel that way, you obviously haven't seen Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines.

But I know I'm not alone in possessing a long-held desire to see Schwarzenegger return to the iconic role that launched his career as a cinematic action hero in 1982's fantasy-adventure classic Conan the Barbarian. John Milius wrote and directed the feature (with contributions from future rabble-rousing filmmaker Oliver Stone) with the intention of making a trilogy of grand epics revolving around Robert E. Howard's legendary thief, warrior, and king. Sadly though those intentions went unrealized as Milius was elbowed out of the series following the release of the first film when producer Dino De Laurentiis decided to go a more family-friendly route for the PG-rated 1984 sequel Conan the Destroyer. That movie was derided as meager Saturday afternoon entertainment for kids by fans of the original and longtime followers of the character's brawny pulp exploits. Despite an attempt by Milius to revive the franchise in the 90's with a script entitled King Conan: Crown of Iron, the series would lay dormant for nearly three decades. A CGI-enhanced 3D reboot of the series directed by Marcus Nispel bombed at the box office in August 2011 [...]

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