Entertainment Archive

  • This year’s NYCC was notable in a number of ways. Perhaps the primary one is that the folks behind NYCC decided that BrainLazy didn’t count as a media outlet anymore. […]

    NYCC 2013

    This year’s NYCC was notable in a number of ways. Perhaps the primary one is that the folks behind NYCC decided that BrainLazy didn’t count as a media outlet anymore. […]

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  • I don’t pretend to be an expert in TV. My own instincts regarding which TV shows will succeed and which will fail are almost legendarily inaccurate. (I’d predicted that Mighty […]

    Good Shows Never Die…

    I don’t pretend to be an expert in TV. My own instincts regarding which TV shows will succeed and which will fail are almost legendarily inaccurate. (I’d predicted that Mighty […]

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  • Yesterday we got the press release below from the people behind the Guinness Book of World Records: Gamer's Edition. I, personally, love when someone assembles a list like this. It is a great way to get people talking, often loudly and irately, about who their favorite characters are and what makes a character great. Analyzing the list, though, one thing strikes me. Gamers, it seems, have got a long memory.

    Guinness Book Lists Top 50 Video Game Characters

    Yesterday we got the press release below from the people behind the Guinness Book of World Records: Gamer's Edition. I, personally, love when someone assembles a list like this. It is a great way to get people talking, often loudly and irately, about who their favorite characters are and what makes a character great. Analyzing the list, though, one thing strikes me. Gamers, it seems, have got a long memory.

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  • Happy Thanksgiving. I thought I'd take this moment to tell all of you folks about a service I'm very thankful for indeed. But first, a little groundwork. You see, I write. Regular readers of the site may have noticed this. Most of what you get to see here falls into the categories of "pointless rhetoric" and "thorough review", with a dash of good ol' PR work here and there. What you may not know is that occasionally the urge strikes to write something a little more substantial. Something with a plot. The sort of thing that industry professionals might call "long-form prose" and what the rest of us would call "a book".

    Spreading the Word About Smashwords

    Happy Thanksgiving. I thought I'd take this moment to tell all of you folks about a service I'm very thankful for indeed. But first, a little groundwork. You see, I write. Regular readers of the site may have noticed this. Most of what you get to see here falls into the categories of "pointless rhetoric" and "thorough review", with a dash of good ol' PR work here and there. What you may not know is that occasionally the urge strikes to write something a little more substantial. Something with a plot. The sort of thing that industry professionals might call "long-form prose" and what the rest of us would call "a book".

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  • For the second year in a row, BrainLazy heeded the call and headed down to one of the biggest geek gatherings the East Coast has to offer, the New York Comic Con. It is a rare chance to join up with pop culture gurus and socially awkward dweebs and quietly convince ourselves we belong in Column A, not Column B. As usual, it didn't disappoint, bringing us plenty of news in the only areas that matter: Games, Comics, Movies, and Assorted Nerdery. Let's break it down and see what made Comic Con great this year, shall we?

    NYCC 2010: A Look Back

    For the second year in a row, BrainLazy heeded the call and headed down to one of the biggest geek gatherings the East Coast has to offer, the New York Comic Con. It is a rare chance to join up with pop culture gurus and socially awkward dweebs and quietly convince ourselves we belong in Column A, not Column B. As usual, it didn't disappoint, bringing us plenty of news in the only areas that matter: Games, Comics, Movies, and Assorted Nerdery. Let's break it down and see what made Comic Con great this year, shall we?

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  • To celebrate the launch of Super Meat Boy on XBLA I wanted to crank out a 3D model of Super Meat Boy on our new 3D printer.  The first phase […]

    3D Printed Super Meat Boy

    To celebrate the launch of Super Meat Boy on XBLA I wanted to crank out a 3D model of Super Meat Boy on our new 3D printer.  The first phase […]

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  • For every TVphile out there, it's one of the most exciting times of the year: Fall Premieres. We're entering week three of the fall season. With about two weeks of new shows having aired, let's take a look at the schedule. I'll also have some honorable mentions (shows that I'm interested in but either lost touch with or haven't had a chance to check out).

    Fall Premieres 2010

    For every TVphile out there, it's one of the most exciting times of the year: Fall Premieres. We're entering week three of the fall season. With about two weeks of new shows having aired, let's take a look at the schedule. I'll also have some honorable mentions (shows that I'm interested in but either lost touch with or haven't had a chance to check out).

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  • On August 3rd, BrainLazy took a trip over to the Apple Store in SoHo to attend a Q&A with the stars and creators of Scott Pilgrim vs. The World. The whole staff is impatiently awaiting this upcoming Super Hero\Video Game\Romantic Comedy hybrid, so any chance to get a taste to hold us over was too good to pass up. You'll be able to watch the whole thing via the "Meet the Filmmaker" podcast soon, but if soon isn't soon enough, then read on for our take on the event.

    Scott Pilgrim Q&A

    On August 3rd, BrainLazy took a trip over to the Apple Store in SoHo to attend a Q&A with the stars and creators of Scott Pilgrim vs. The World. The whole staff is impatiently awaiting this upcoming Super Hero\Video Game\Romantic Comedy hybrid, so any chance to get a taste to hold us over was too good to pass up. You'll be able to watch the whole thing via the "Meet the Filmmaker" podcast soon, but if soon isn't soon enough, then read on for our take on the event.

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  • Everybody loves a happy ending. I'm talking about in entertainment, not massages... No, you know what, I'm talking about both. The thing is, a happy ending isn't as simple as it seems, massages not withstanding. There are plenty of films out there that purport to have a feel good ending that flies in the face of serious thinking, and plenty of 'heroes' who cause more pain and misery on their way to their happily ever after than the villain ever did. So what, exactly, is happy?

    Happy Endings

    Everybody loves a happy ending. I'm talking about in entertainment, not massages... No, you know what, I'm talking about both. The thing is, a happy ending isn't as simple as it seems, massages not withstanding. There are plenty of films out there that purport to have a feel good ending that flies in the face of serious thinking, and plenty of 'heroes' who cause more pain and misery on their way to their happily ever after than the villain ever did. So what, exactly, is happy?

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  • Well, I got a fairly positive reaction to  the last "Rebirth" article, so why not pump out another? Really, this "Darker, Grittier" fad is the gift that keeps on giving, and if Hollywood can keep on manufacturing darkly realistic spins on old properties, then so can I! Let's take another worn out arcade favorite, dust it off, and give it a fresh coat of black paint. The best part is, if the games don't have a plot to begin with, no one can claim I'm not doing it right!

    Rebirth Treatment 2

    Well, I got a fairly positive reaction to the last "Rebirth" article, so why not pump out another? Really, this "Darker, Grittier" fad is the gift that keeps on giving, and if Hollywood can keep on manufacturing darkly realistic spins on old properties, then so can I! Let's take another worn out arcade favorite, dust it off, and give it a fresh coat of black paint. The best part is, if the games don't have a plot to begin with, no one can claim I'm not doing it right!

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  • There was a scare recently. Rumor had it that a Metroid film was being made. That, in and of itself, wasn't bad news. The BAD news was that Uwe Boll was making it, and he got Jessica Simpson to be Samus. Mr. Boll himself shot down the rumor. Bullet dodged, but let's take a moment to consider why, in the hands of a capable filmmaker, there will never be a better time to bring everyone's favorite super hot, powered armor-clad space bounty hunter to the big screen.

    Metroid Movie: Now or Never

    There was a scare recently. Rumor had it that a Metroid film was being made. That, in and of itself, wasn't bad news. The BAD news was that Uwe Boll was making it, and he got Jessica Simpson to be Samus. Mr. Boll himself shot down the rumor. Bullet dodged, but let's take a moment to consider why, in the hands of a capable filmmaker, there will never be a better time to bring everyone's favorite super hot, powered armor-clad space bounty hunter to the big screen.

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  • One of the latest things to light the Internet on fire is the recent‭ "‬concept trailer‭" ‬for the prospective Mortal Kombat cinematic reboot.‭ ‬It is a masterpiece of dark,‭ ‬psychotic violence,‭ ‬and was made to convince Warner Brothers to give the as yet unrevealed director a chance to do his spin on the franchise.‭ ‬Should this bid succeed,‭ ‬it has huge implications for the future of Mortal Kombat.

    What Could The Mortal Kombat Reboot Mean For The Series?

    One of the latest things to light the Internet on fire is the recent‭ "‬concept trailer‭" ‬for the prospective Mortal Kombat cinematic reboot.‭ ‬It is a masterpiece of dark,‭ ‬psychotic violence,‭ ‬and was made to convince Warner Brothers to give the as yet unrevealed director a chance to do his spin on the franchise.‭ ‬Should this bid succeed,‭ ‬it has huge implications for the future of Mortal Kombat.

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  • Science Fiction is a fun genre. It manages to be slightly more respectable than fantasy simply by substituting science for magic. Best of all, though, it is easy as pie to write. Mostly you can just make things up, but if you ever get stuck, referring to a handful of simple rules will get you back on track.

    The Rules of Science Fiction

    Science Fiction is a fun genre. It manages to be slightly more respectable than fantasy simply by substituting science for magic. Best of all, though, it is easy as pie to write. Mostly you can just make things up, but if you ever get stuck, referring to a handful of simple rules will get you back on track.

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  • B movies are great. Awful effects, awful acting, awful plots. They are great because they try so hard to be good and fail on every level. It is different when a show or film actually has a chance to be good. Decent acting, reasonable plot, and then comes the wretched effect that causes you to change the channel. Good effects can help, sure, but bad effects? Well, sometimes they can be worse than nothing at all.

    Worse Than Nothing

    B movies are great. Awful effects, awful acting, awful plots. They are great because they try so hard to be good and fail on every level. It is different when a show or film actually has a chance to be good. Decent acting, reasonable plot, and then comes the wretched effect that causes you to change the channel. Good effects can help, sure, but bad effects? Well, sometimes they can be worse than nothing at all.

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  • Director Raja Gosnell is currently shooting Sony Pictures' The Smurfs in New York City and Hank Azaria was spotted today in character as Gargamel. You can check out the photos inside!

    Hank Azaria as Gargamel in The Smurfs

    Director Raja Gosnell is currently shooting Sony Pictures' The Smurfs in New York City and Hank Azaria was spotted today in character as Gargamel. You can check out the photos inside!

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  • Not to long ago I saw Kick-Ass. It was a good movie, as you should soon learn from our resident movie reviewer. The movie is massively entertaining, but it isn't for everyone. I don't mind if you have objections to things, and trust me, there are plenty things in this movie for you to object to. No, the thing that confuses me about the reaction people are having to this film is the part they find most objectionable. I'm going to be talking specifics here, so if you've already seen Kick-Ass, read on. If you haven't seen it, go see it, then read on.

    Tweens, Mass Murder, the C-Word, and Reality

    Not to long ago I saw Kick-Ass. It was a good movie, as you should soon learn from our resident movie reviewer. The movie is massively entertaining, but it isn't for everyone. I don't mind if you have objections to things, and trust me, there are plenty things in this movie for you to object to. No, the thing that confuses me about the reaction people are having to this film is the part they find most objectionable. I'm going to be talking specifics here, so if you've already seen Kick-Ass, read on. If you haven't seen it, go see it, then read on.

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