AMERICAN CIVIL WAR:

 

 “War means fighting, and fighting means killing.” – Nathan Bedford Forrest. ON THIS DAY the largest land battle ever fought on American soil began. That’s right you Greyback Johnys the BATTLE OF GETTYSBURG, the bloodiest battle of the AMERICAN CIVIL WAR April (12, 1861 – May 9, 1865) commenced. For three days 01-07-1863 to 03-07-1863 the horrific slaughter continued leaving over 40,000 dead and wounded – That’s 50% higher than ALL U.S casualties from the Revolution 1775-1783. Now the reason I’m giving you this history lesson, Billy Yank? BECAUSE! TODAY THE 150TH GETTYSBURG ANNIVERSARY BEGINS! And WE celebrate and honour the dead by looking at some of MY favourite Civil War games and films! “I hate newspapermen. They come into camp […]

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EVIL DEAD SERIES (1981-2013)

 

 “You will die! Like the others before you, one by one, we will take you.” – Cheryl: Evil Dead – 1981. I’m certain a number of you have seen the “new” Evil Dead film (2013). I must admit, I enjoyed it; despite the lack of Bruce Campbell. Who is Bruce Campbell? Oh, child. Allow me to enlighten you. And let me be the first to say “Welcome to the World of Evil Dead.” “Well hello Mister Fancypants. Well, I’ve got news for you pal, you ain’t leadin’ but two things, right now: Jack and shit… and Jack left town.” – Ash: Army of Darkness – 1992. Our tale is long and sometimes complicated. For over 30 years the world of […]

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FILM VS WRITTEN WORD!

 

 “It ain’t whatcha write, it’s the way atcha write it.” —Jack Kerouac. The written word captures our imagination; while films show the spoils of our mind to the world. Both of these mediums are a fantastic way of expressing ideas and concepts. However the battle-lines between readers and watchers is moving closer, as famous works of literary genius are transformed into fantastic high-budget films; then transformed back into print. So, Wookiee, you get books based on the film, which itself is based on a book. Thus giving you ONE film and TWO distinct books. All of which have their own fanatics lining the streets and flogging themselves in abject worship of “their” beloved personal choice. All this leaves us with […]

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TOTAL WAR: ROME 2

 

 “During war, the laws are silent.” – Quintus Tullius Cicero. The Creative Assembly, creators of the multi-award winning Total War series are about to do it again. September 2013 sees the release of the highly anticipated TOTAL WAR: ROME 2. With new graphics, new units, new factions, new gameplay, new EVERYTHING! Rome 2 is set to be one of the biggest selling games of all time. “Despise not death, but welcome it, for nature wills it like all else.”- Marcus Aurelius. A major addition to the Rome series is Naval Combat. First seen in Empire: Total War, naval combat has become a fan favourite. And I’ll admit I’m looking forward to reenacting the Battle of Actium, and many others. “I […]

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STAR TREK: MONDAY 14

 

 “Death is that state in which one exists only in the memory of others. Which is why it is not an end. No goodbyes. Just good memories. Hailing frequencies closed, sir.” – Tasha Yar. Welcome back. Today we take a look at the one, the only, the first chief of security and first main character of STNG to be killed off at the end of season 1. Tasha Yar. Now Yar memes are few and far in between; and most of them revolve around her death, shirt colour, and single facial expression – or perhaps that’s Denise’s acting style? Who knows? Who cares? Let’s get on with it. “The problem is, is that one of the cooks has just been […]

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STAR TREK: MONDAY 13

 

 “What should I say? How do I act? What do I do?” – Wesley Crusher. Well, this is interesting. Seems young Wesley Crusher is one of the most hated – though more loved than Edward – characters in the fictional world. After minutes of research I have managed to compile a list of the most popular Crusher memes – or near enough. “Sir, the shields are back up.” – Wesley Crusher. We shall begin with this, the famous “Picard Full of Win” meme. By now you should be well aware of this meme; so I’m not going to bother telling you about it. “Sir, the shields are back down.” – Wesley Crusher. This our next meme. Though it’s a single […]

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FIVE FUTURE WEAPONS

 

 “May God have mercy upon my enemies, because I won’t.” – General George Patton. Seems the world loves weapons. The bigger the bang, the more deadly the fallout, the stronger the quake (see what I did there?), the more devastating the long-term effect on our economy, the better the world feels. In the past few years Governments across the word, though mostly the U.S.A and Chinese, have been working on the next generation of weapons and military tools: from invisibility, nano-technology, unmanned planes, and piles of other toys. But today, we focus on five of the upcoming – or released weapons. “Love is like war… easy to start… difficult to end…. and impossible to forget.” – Unknown. 05: XM-25  This […]

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5 SCI-FI SHOWS YOU SHOULD WATCH BEFORE YOU DIE!

 

 “Klaatu barada nikto” – The Day the Earth Stood Still. Once again I have attempted to avoid the cliche and focus on the independent. That means you’ll see no Star Trek, no Doctor Who, no Star Wars. Instead we’ll look into older and underground shows. “I’m sorry, Dave. I’m afraid I can’t do that.” – 2011: A Space Odyssey. 05: PRIMEVAL. (2007-2011) [youtube id=”pNTOJ9PFwPc” width=”450″ height=”260″] This is one of Britain’s more bizarre TV shows. Created by Adrian Hodges (Survivors) and Tim Haines (Walking with Dinosaurs, The Lost World), this ITV series ran for five seasons. This series revolves around a group of scientists who are tasked with investigating and stopping temporal anomalies and whatever spills out of them. 04: […]

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STAR TREK: MONDAY 12

 

 “You have an appointment in your cabin, Captain, with your bed!” – Doctor Crusher. Well glue a pack of Tribbles, and a lobster to my head, then call me a Klingon. It seems Doctor Crusher has been holding out on us; secretly producing and captioning a large number of memes, though she never stars in any of them – talk about guerilla comedy, or something like that. So let’s get to work then. “Don’t expect a lot of conversation; he’s in full Klingon mode – honorable, strong and close-minded.” – Doctor Crusher. Here’s the classic “Annoyed Picard” meme. We have seen this meme before. Now as you can no doubt tell this particular meme revolves around Doctor Crusher. “Dr. Crusher […]

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5 UPCOMING ZOMBIE FILMS!

 

 It’s Wednesday, and that means zombies. This week we shall look at 5 upcoming zombie films. Obviously there are hundreds more coming, but these are MY personal choices. (I don’t want to hear any complaints.) 5: Epitaph: Bread and Salt. [youtube id=”3gyDENEjrPY” width=”450″ height=”260″] Epitaph: Bread and Salt, is an upcoming Science-fiction, horror film based on the comic book by Nathyn Brendan Masters. Masters directed, wrote and starred in this film adaptation. The film revolves around a family of hunters, who with the aid of a demon hunter, seek to destroy a dark cult. 4: R.I.P.D. [youtube id=”X07xNrVd7DU” width=”450″ height=”260″] R.I.P.D. is an action-comedy film starring Ryan Reynolds, Jeff Bridges, Kevin Bacon (There’s always bacon.) and Mary-Louise Parker. It is […]

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