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Trailer for live action Fullmetal Alchemist movie released

by on Nov.17, 2016, under Movies/TV


It looks like Fullmetal Alchemist is making its way to the big screen with a live action movie, set to release in 2o17. So far the trailer doesn’t give much away but you can already see it taking shape. The costumes look a little cosplay more than anything but that may not stop it from being a great movie unless the acting is shotty.

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Ghost in the Shell hits the big screen next with a new installment

by on Oct.27, 2015, under Movies/TV, Youtube Videos

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I actually missed this one. It will be shown next month (explained below) here in the US but it actually came out in Japan earlier this summer (June)–and it never crossed my eyes. GitS (Ghost in the Shell) is a fun collection of both series and movies, generally with a deep storyline as well as a fun score (OST/soundtrack). In my opinion, the original movie is in my top 5 list of classic Japanese animation (anime) films that no anime fan should ever miss.

It’s hard to believe a new one came out without my knowing of (continue reading…)

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So I watched Tusk (Kevin Smith’s new movie) and…

by on Jan.15, 2015, under Movies/TV

tusk-dvd-cover-93Wow. All I can say is wow…in the most awkward of ways. Kind of when I watched “Pi” for the first (and only time) and fell asleep half way through it without any regret. Or made the mistake of watching Chris Angel’s “Believe” show in Vegas when it first opened…for free (comped tickets), and yet still badly in need of a refund. I cannot remove the sour images in my mind that is the movie Tusk. Sour as in the many thoughts racing within, focused on the fact that I just wasted that movie-length portion of my life for nothing. A blind faith, created by the smoke screen of awesome movies that Kevin Smith has created in the past; skewed my judgement, causing me to believe that although the trailer made this movie seem like it could most likely be horrible….maybe it wasn’t. I sat there with one member of my prestigious family who joined my movie endeavors, in shock, as the credits made their way across the screen. Slithering through the cesspool of a creation while music plays in the background until Kevin’s Smodcast is played in the background, highlighting the moment from when the movie was first conceived within his (continue reading…)

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Black Friday – Best time to get a Samsung 1080 or 4K – Check out these prices – Great for anime :D

by on Nov.23, 2014, under General, Movies/TV

Anime in 4K with Samsung

 

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Awesome? I am thinking awesome! Samsung is running a super sale on their 1080 and 4K TVs for Black Friday and you can take part in it now before they are all sold. You can either pre-order it now, and then it ships on or near Black Friday, or you can simply wait till Black Friday and buy it on that day (either way, you get the sale price). Some of the prices are superb, especially for Samsung when it comes to 4k (which is usually much more expensive). Kind of exciting because that means they plan for a large 4K push making next year a prime time for cable providers and other sources to start offering 4K resolution content on their networks. At the moment you have Netflix, Youtube and Directv (with Comcast starting something next year).

Click here for more information on the Samsung sale with links, prices and all.

Or…there is always a slightly more cheaper price option of choosing Vizio (here). I think the actual prices are even less than what is listed here, but it provides all the links at least to get you pointed in the right direction.

Of course you can whip out a little more (just $3k or something) and get an 80-inch uber-tv from Vizio…it would look great in your bathroom I’m sure……

Awesome prices! All of which would look great for watching anime on. My buddy has a Samsung 4K and he posted a few pics of it with anime on-screen. That was the clearest anime I had ever seen. Looked like a perfect poster on the wall….giving me the urge to buy one even more now. 4K!!

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Watch Barakamon (full series) – Free

by on Oct.29, 2014, under Movies/TV

Note: If any episodes are down, please report it by commenting at the bottom of the page.
Barakamon – 01 – Barakakodon (Spirited Child)
Barakamon – 02 – Yakamashika (Noisy) (continue reading…)
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Silent Hill Revelation 3D

by on Oct.08, 2012, under Movies/TV

Finally, high school from hell, snowy streets of silence and bone chilling sounds, air-raid sirens, demonic kids, the jails with pyramid head running throughout, radio noise, demon nurses that twitch on movement, walls that fall into ash……merry-go-round at the fairgrounds…..this IS…Silent Hill!

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0938330/

Trailer:

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Awesome Blu-Ray Player That Plays MKV Files (Cheap too!)

by on Jun.09, 2012, under General, Movies/TV

mkvI have been reading up looking for a Blu-Ray player that could play MKV (Matroska) files for some time now. Most reviews say its hard to find one that plays them…but really it seems its simply hard to find one that “prints” the fact that it will play them in the specs. I have this Toshiba (cheap…usually $60-$100) only because for the price it was a steal and I needed an extra blu-ray player in the house. I didn’t find out until now that it played MKVs (randomly tried to see what would happen if I stuck a disc in). HD quality…yep, digital sound…yep! Two thumbs up from me!

So all of your MKV formatted anime and whatever else…..here’s your solution to bring it to your TVs and home theaters without having to hook a PC up to them!!

Toshiba Blu-Ray Player — Amazon

(free shipping too ^_^)

UPDATE 09-25-2013

I figured it was a good time to update some of these posts. Here are a few more options for good MKV playback via Blu-ray player. Some of these options are pricey and some more than affordable. It all depends on the general over-quality of features you are looking for:

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Will The Firefly TV Series Have Another Chance?

by on Feb.22, 2011, under Movies/TV

So I guess that Nathan as been dropping numerous cameo phrases, teases and all sorts of things throughout the TV series Castle in regards to “Firefly”. Blastr pointed out a few of them here (http://blastr.com/2011/02/7-firefly-nods-nathan-fil.php) but there are more.

It appears that Nathan and some of the other actors are attempting to get everyone back together. Really they have promoted the idea since the show’s demise, but through resources such as their cult fan-following “the brown coats”, they may be able to raise around 300 million dollars to steal the rights to the name away from Fox Network so that they can bring the series back.

Acting members, writers and more have recently admitted they would be willing to drop what they are working on in order to jump back on board. All in a push to convince Fox to either join in or let the rights to it go.

Evil television networks heh. So with all the petitions, all the talk, and now money being raised all over….common Fox…let the rights to it go if you’re not going to play ball.

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Comic Con 2011, Then/Now and Their Horrible Registration Approach

by on Feb.05, 2011, under General, Movies/TV

“It’s no longer about the fans, it’s only about the money”

4 years+ ago you could hesitate for months before getting you tickets to comic-con (and a 4-day at that). Getting there was easy, attending was very little stress and you could get into just about any panel you needed to.

Now? Within the last few years the convention has become horrible. The tickets sell out fast, the location of the convention is way over a comfortable/reasonable capacity, price went through the roof, there is no room to breath or move and most of the panels are pretty much impossible to get into unless you come 3+ panels early into a room and sit there the rest of the day (and some people do this which is why its impossible to see anything). Don’t get me started on the badge pickup line….WOW was that a hike in 2009 winding all over and then around the building down to the back hitting the docks and following them all the way down through to the hotel. I could just imagine what it was like last year or will be like this year. Then if you want to attend any “good” panel, you have to jump right back into a line just as long almost (Hall H…).

For 2011, the registration has been a nightmare since EVERYONE knows registration is going to be a problem, so EVERYONE jumps on all at once to get their tickets. I have seen this happen for concerts and small local events that are considered “limited time only”…but one of the west coast’s largest conventions….server crashes, failed registration dates, and now that the tickets have finally gone on sale via their final attempt…..sold out in ONE DAY.

An entire convention (of that size), sold out in one day. That’s pretty amazing….however, what’s not amazing..is that I ( as well as so many others ), should have been part of that crowd. Instead, I received nothing but “Website is over capacity” error messages from “TicketLeap” and it remained like that for hours.

Finally, it let me through and I chose my 4-day pass and entered all of my information (including payment information) and made it as far as the screen to confirm the information and ……….website is over capacity. Going back to try it again, it claimed it couldn’t complete the process because 4-day tickets were no longer available (sold out).

So much for you having “15 minutes” from the time you add them to your cart. You would think that means you have a guaranteed ticket in your cart (for 15 minutes)..kind of like how TicketMaster works, and the server would prioritize you in it’s load since you have an active sale. Nope….even though you have gotten your cart filled, your no one special.

So after many screens of over capacity warnings, I finally got back to the start and the day by day passes were still there. I chose Thurs, Fri and Sat (no point in adding Sunday since I’m already being forced to spend more than I was with the 4-day passes). I once again made it far into the checkout process and……oh look…….over capacity warning. Going back to try and submit it again…..error…..tickets no longer available. Both Fri and Sat was sold out. Of course, the moment of time spent in shock sitting there wondering “wow…did that really happen”….the remaining tickets sell out and *poof*….another year without the con.

Now I feel not only have they gone out of their way to really wreck this convention into the mess that it is and make it very difficult on you from registration to the end of the event, but they have to kick you where it hurts a few times and leave you on the side of the street with nothing.

I used to go every year, and when I was a real young boy, I remember the El Cortez. Now however I have missed last year and this year. Meanwhile, they keep piling more and more people into that building without expanding (preferred) or moving to a larger location, they continue to raise the price, and they use what’s obviously the lowest bidder for ticket sales/registration partners (i.e., TicketLeap)…even though we pay so much. It’s no longer about the fans, its only about the money.

I don’t think I have ever been so disappointed in something. A long-time tradition officially squashed.

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Easynews Tutorial – How to use news groups

by on Jan.10, 2011, under Animevortex, Games, General, Movies/TV

I have had the question asked so many times….”how do I learn to use news groups”. Well, I can recommend software and the advanced way of finding what you need, but some prefer to keep it simple.

Wikipedia shares: A usenet newsgroup is a repository usually within the Usenet system, for messages posted from many users in different locations. The term may be confusing to some, because it is usually a discussion group. Newsgroups are technically distinct from, but functionally similar to, discussion forums on the World Wide Web. Newsreader software is used to read newsgroups.

Despite the advent of file-sharing technologies such as BitTorrent, as well as the increased use of blogs, formal discussion forums, and social networking sites, coupled with a growing number of service providers blocking access to Usenet, newsgroups continue to be widely used.

Easynews has gone out of their way to create a nice video tutorial that will walk you through the usage of the very user-friendly service. Easynews acts as a one-stop-shop for using news groups, where you can login, search and download everything from one spot (without the need of external applications or bouncing between sites).

Click Here to access the video tutorial!

Visit easynews now and start off with a free trial. Take the time to dabble and see if they are a good fit for you:

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For a more advanced tutorial explaining further access to Newsgroups via desktop application, click here to view my full tutorial.

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