Update on Bioshock's awesomeness! Our affiliate site, GameZone, has a new review up, and they're saying it's easily the game of the year! They've even given the game an Outstanding Award.
Thursday, August 23, 2007
Wednesday, August 22, 2007
Seattle hosted an exclusive Halo 3 IMAX Preview last night, and the folks over at CyberRoach were lucky enough to attend. We may not be geographically gifted over here at Fuel the Rebellion, but we've got connections for you.
Check out CyberRoach's rave here.
PC game players report that Bioshock's awesomeness results in crashes.http://www.blogger.com/img/gl.link.gif
You know what THAT means?
You gotta get the game on XBox 360!
Because, really, how can you pass up a game that's so damn good your computer can't keep up?
Tuesday, August 21, 2007
Thursday, August 16, 2007
Thanks to Fuel the Rebellion for agreeing to host the Carnival for us!
Mr. Sat follows, with a masterpiece of TV geekery, The Free TV List: 100 Places to Watch Television Online posted at TV Geekery.
For those of you playing the Harry Potter games, and the few who actually finished all 7 books (we know how it ends, bitches!), Scott H presents Harry Potter's Guide to the People You Meet in College posted at College and Finance, saying, "Going back to school with a Harry Potter book in hand is always fantastic. Observing how people in college resemble Harry Potter characters is even better!"
In a similar vein, Cheryl Snyder Taragin presents Adam Sandler Pounds Potter at the Weekend Box Office posted at her deliciously oddly named blog, The Spewker.
And, for all of you readers that are sick of hearing about Harry Potter, Leticia Velasquez offers alternative reading with Nothing makes a homeschool mom happier than a box of books! over at cause of our joy.
Michelle Mitchell prefers reading Letters from My Son , which you can find at her great blog all about Motherhood in Alaska, scribbit.
Aspeth, however, is looking forward to more hedonistic pleasures. With tongue firmly in cheek, she calls her vintage post, Getting Past the Color Barrier . It's posted at Twelve Years Of Being Annoyed By Chloe Sevigny. Aspeth explains, "When the mercury starts to soar, my favorite shift occurs in my palate as the season ushers in the bacchanalian goodness of white wines!"
Finally, Rickey Henderson rocks the carnival with a rousing finale, Introducing our Newest Feature: Musical Accompaniment! posted over at his kick-ass site, Riding with Rickey.
That concludes this edition. Submit your blog article to the next edition of the My Favorite Things Carnival! using our carnival submission form.
Past posts and future hosts can be found on our blog carnival index page.
Tuesday, August 14, 2007
...would be a much more interesting story, but this one, from Fark, is still pretty good.
Seems that Viacom, the huge conglomerate that owns both The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and The Colbert Report, is suing Google for $1 billion dollars. That's right, billion, with a b.
Because, as part of its Ultimate Plan for World Domination, Google bought out YouTube, and Viacom says that Google and YouTube encourage others to pirate copyrighted material.
So, in their defense, YouTube wants to depose Stewart and Stephen Colbert, who both work for Viacom, in addition to about 30 other people, to prove that, well, hey, if we are doing it, you are doing it, too.
Which seems like an excellent rebuttal, actually, considering Stephen Colbert's stunt last year with a light saber and a green screen, where he encouraged viewers to create their own viral videos of him.
Before Viacom ordered clips from The Daily Show and The Colbert Report taken down, those clips were some of the most popular downloads on YouTube.
Makes you wonder: did any Viacom employees download them?
This lawsuit could get sticky.
Friday, August 10, 2007
Wednesday, August 8, 2007
Monday, August 6, 2007
If you haven't seen the first two Bourne movies, you might not get what's happening in the third one. Of course, even if you did, that's no guarantee you can follow the twists and turns in The Bourne Ultimatum.
Still, bet you have fun watching them all.
You do have to pay attention with these films, loosely based on the Robert Ludlum novels. Action-packed, with a complex story line built upon the flashbacks of semi-amnesiac assassin Jason Bourne, the films take viewers to London, Berlin, Moscow and India, just for starters, following vague conspiracy theories that get fleshed out (mostly) during the course of the Bourne trilogy.
Though some complain about Paul Greengrass's deliberately shaky camera work, which throws you right into the action ("Can't he afford a steadycam with all the money he's making off these movies?" is one question actor Matt Damon says he hears repeatedly), and others wonder if the continued sucess raises the possibility of yet another installment (Re-Bourne? Bourne Again?), The Bourne Ultimatum is riding high with number one at the box office this week.
Greengrass is already having to defend the latest Bourne movie against conspiracy theorists of his own. Some believe his sinister CIA axeman, played by David Straithairn, is modeled after Vice-President Dick Cheney. Greengrass counters with a categorical, “It’s not a political soapbox for me or anybody else."
Matt Damon, who joked recently on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart that, "in my quieter moments, I remind myself of Schwarzeneggar," is perfectly cast as Jason Bourne, an assassin who refuses to be controlled by the people who created him. Damon's low-key, quiet persona as Bourne throughout much of the movie provides the perfect counterpoint to the ruthless killing machine that emerges the moment Bourne is threatened.
That contrast underlies the movie's central theme: will Bourne find the answers he needs to get on with his life? And if he does, will the assassin in him take over? Or can he reclaim the person he was, the man he has forgotten, once he has found those answers?
We could tell you, but then, you know, we'd have to kill you.
Wednesday, August 1, 2007
From the Onion: Man Crashes the Internet. We especially like the crawler underneath with headlines like, "JCPenney announces gay-sex only bathrooms in all of its stores." How would we survive without the blogosphere to sustain us all? Dear God, the humanity!
This is just one of the "Top 50 Must-Watch Video Clips"on the web, via Britain's best news source, the Telegraph.co.uk.
If you saw Fuel the Rebellion's review of 300, you know it had us gushing, with its stunning visual intensity and viscerally graphic action scenes. We're hoping 300 sets the trend for more graphic novels moving to the screen with high-quality renditions like this one.
Based on Frank Miller's highly fictionalized account, 300 dramatically re-enacts the Battle of Thermopylae, When 300 Spartan soldiers fought to the last man, strategically defending a narrow mountain pass from Emperor Xerxes and his huge assaulting Persian army. Though ridiculously outnumbered, the small band of highly-trained Spartans used the terrain and their superior fighting skills to devastate the Persians, who suffered so many losses that they had to fall back and regroup, enabling the Greeks time to mount a full-scale naval assault upon the advancing Persian fleet.
Historically, The Spartans then returned full-force to head a pan-Greek army against the Persians, and in the decisive Battle of Plataea, they routed Xerxes and the advance of the Persians completely, ending the Greco-Persian war and the expanson of the Persian Empire into Europe for good.
And in Frank Miller's fictionalized version? Xerxes is about 8 feet tall, golden and godlike, seductively persuasive and utterly corrupt.
Also, the intimidating Imperial body guard "immortals" have scary masks and jump like ninjas.
And don't even get us started on giant claw-handed lobster guy.
And now 300 is out on DVD, HD and Blueray.
We picked up a copy on Blueray yesterday, armed ourselves with popcorn and Sourpatch Kids and screened it on the PS3. In a word? Outrageous. We were giddy as school kids on Christmas morning.
Total ass-kicking action, up-close and personal, complete with incredibly detailed slow-motion decapitations.
You just can't ask for more than that.