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The “Olympus Has Fallen” guide to taking over the White House

March 28th, 2013 · No Comments

Last week, I spoke to the “Olympus Has Fallen” writers, director, and cast about the White House siege that unfolds early in the film. It struck me as being a very realistic, plausible sequence, but I wondered exactly how plausible it really was. Apparently, the series of events that leads to the White House takeover […]

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My review of “G.I. Joe: Retaliation” (a.k.a. “A sequel that’s almost good enough to make you forget about the first movie.”)

March 23rd, 2013 · No Comments

I got an early look at “G.I. Joe: Retaliation,” the sequel to 2009′s so-bad-I-wish-it-was-forgettable “G.I. Joe: the Rise of Cobra,” and really enjoyed this second adventure with the live-action G.I. Joe team. Of course, that could be because director Jon Chu and the film’s writers go out of their way to literally blow up all […]

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My review of “Olympus Has Fallen” (a.k.a. “That time King Leonidas saved President Harvey Dent from terrorists in the White House”)

March 22nd, 2013 · No Comments

This was a busy week in movies for me, with three reviews published today and a few more movies I saw this week still in need of reviews. My second review published today takes a look at “Olympus Has Fallen,” the new action movie from “Training Day” director Antoine Fuqua. In the film, terrorists take […]

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Rounding up the next-gen Xbox rumors…

March 21st, 2013 · No Comments

Much like I did with the PlayStation 4 rumors, I recently assembled a roundup of rumors regarding the next generation of Microsoft’s Xbox gaming console that seem to have some validity (imagined or otherwise) in an article for Digital Trends. From the potential price tag and specs to the still-unknown name for the system, I […]

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Tomb Raider and the legacy of Lara Croft

March 11th, 2013 · No Comments

The “Tomb Raider” franchise received a much-needed reboot last week with the release of a new game that goes back to Lara Croft’s origin and begins anew with the series. Given the character’s long history and high profile over the last two decades, it seemed appropriate to take a look back at the series’ evolution […]

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Going practical for Prometheus in my final “Oscar Effects” column

February 24th, 2013 · No Comments

My final “Oscar Effects” column for Digital Trends looks at Ridley Scott’s “Alien” prequel movie, “Prometheus,” and the way the acclaimed director and his team mixed practical and digital effects to create the future tech and terrifying creatures seen in the movie. “Prometheus” is an interesting nominee in the “Visual effects” category for several reasons, […]

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Life Of Pi’s tiger burns bright in my “Oscar Effects” column

February 24th, 2013 · No Comments

My penultimate “Oscar Effects” column for Digital Trends was published Friday, and I devoted it to the visual-effects magic that gave us Richard Parker, the Bengal tiger in “Life Of Pi.” “Life Of Pi” is actually my favorite of the “Best Picture” nominees, and while I don’t think it has a chance of winning that […]

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