Archive | July 2009

Sin To Win

dantes_inferno_uk_boxart_ps3Last weekend, San Diego hosted Comic-Con, one of the largest comic and pop culture events in the world. Each year I keep a strong eye on the internet, living vicariously through bloggers and news sites. Who said what and the panels? What new projects were announced? What cool swag am I missing out on? And most importantly, which companies have done something stupid and tacky to market their product.

EA Games seem to have won the title of most inappropriate marketing for 2009 with their competition “Sin To Win!”

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Fervr: My New Computer

fervr-black-on-whiteWhen I got my new computer, I was in for an experience. I tell the story here in my latest video for Fervr.

Jesus All About Life – Youth Book

JAALJesus All About Life

Written by Murray Smith

This is a book I’ve been waiting a very long time for. I’m often looking for great Christian books that I can put into the hands of a teenager and say “read this, it’s good”. Most Christian stuff out there is pitched at too high a level for your average 14 year old. And once you’ve used up John Dickson’s fantastic books, there’s not a great deal left out there. Until now. Murray Smith’s Jesus All About Life is just the book I’ve been waiting for.

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Ice Age 3: Dawn of the Dinosaurs (2009)

iceage3posterIce Age 3: Dawn of the Dinosaurs (2009)

Rated PG

What do you do when you have a successful animated movie that’s popular with the kiddies? You put out sequel after sequel. (How many Land Before Time Movies are there now? Is anyone still watching them?) So here we have the third movie in the Ice Age franchise. The same characters front up again with some new ones thrown in and a new adventure in store. Ultimately, there’s one big problem: this is a movie struggling to find a reason to exist.

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XTC: Dear God

DearGodC.S. Lewis was once quoted as saying that in his youth he was “very angry with God for not existing”. It’s a common, though paradoxical, statement. If God did exist, then surely he would see all the suffering and pain in the world and do something about it. The fact that he hasn’t stepped in and got rid of all the bad stuff in the world is surely evidence that there is no God. Isn’t it?

In 1986, the band XTC had a surprise hit with their song Dear God. How much of a surprise? It was released as a B side on another single. (Side note: Do people even remember B sides? Do I need to explain what a B side is? I feel so old.) There was controversy and outrage over this song. How dare they release a song that was so heavily atheistic in nature? “If there’s one thing I don’t believe in, it’s you. Dear God.”

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Fervr: Final Crisis

fervr-black-on-whiteThere’s a new video review of mine up on Fervr. This one is for the comic series Final Crisis. A lot of people disliked this book, but I loved it a lot. Yeah, I’m a Morrison zombie.

100 Bullets

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Written by Brian Azarello

Art by Eduardo Risso

A man in a black suit approaches you. He hands you a attache which contains a gun, 100 untraceable bullets and enough evidence to prove without a doubt who ruined your life and how. You are assured that no matter what you do, there will be no repercussions. What do you do?

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Vatican: Harry Potter No Longer A No-No

hbp-harryChristian fundamentalism and Harry Potter aren’t exactly best of friends. The Bible speaks out against magic, so many Christians put their foot down and say that any depiction of magic, whether in real life or in fiction, must be avoided. For the record, I’m not one who has a hard line stance on this issue. One of these days I’ll write a post about where I do draw the line, but I digress. I was surprised, however, to see that the Vatican appears to have loosened their stand on the Potter universe. Variety has reported that the Vatican’s official newspaper, L’Osservatore Romano, has gone ahead and given the latest Harry Potter flick a thumbs up. I didn’t see that one coming.

Harry Potter and The Half Blood Prince (2009)

potterHarry Potter and The Half Blood Prince (2009)

Rated M

Starring Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson

Is anyone reading Harry Potter reviews and actually undecided about whether they want to see this movie or not? This is the sixth movie in the Harry Potter juggernaut. By now you’ve already made a commitment to the series. And if you haven’t seen the first five movies in the series, Half Blood Prince is a really bad place to start. This movie is filled with raging hormones and the darkening of the Harry Potter world. There’s way too much of one, not enough of the other.

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Fervr: Burn In Hell

fervr-black-on-whiteLast week I took a trip into Fervr HQ to film some video articles. It was a lot of fun and the first one is now up on the site. It’s a review of the card game Burn In Hell. Have a look. And while you’re there, have a look at the other great articles that Fervr is putting up.