Traditional Archery.

 

 So this little feature will be right up our geek readers’ alley. As many of you know (or can probably see from the above pic if you put your glasses on) archery has wormed its way into all sorts of media these days, the likes of Skyrim to name but one. But how many of you would actually like to know something more, to whet those geek fantasies we all share? Okay, maybe not all you filthy perverts. (That means you, Ed.) (You know me so well, Troll. -Ed.) Or perhaps you might actually want to get your hands on one that doesn’t look like a cheap Chinese rip off plastic cup flinger that causes your cat to question your […]

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Chris Cronin.

 

  Last month we spoke to actor Adam Baroni, we then reviewed one of his films, Sophie’s Fortune. Today we speak to the man who gave Baroni the chance to act and Sophie’s Fortune life. Today we speak to film maker Chris Cronin. MOMENTS: When did you first know you wanted to become a film maker? What inspired you, and what continues to inspire you? I’ve always been a bit of a walking encyclopedia of film, spending a lot of time in video stores when I was a kid but I think the first time I knew I wanted to make films was when a teacher shoved a camera in my stomach. I cut a few shots together that made […]

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Divergent.

 

 “Tomorrow at the Choosing Ceremony, I will decide on a faction; I will decide the rest of my life; I will decide to stay with my family or abandon them.” -Tris. I prefer the written word to the filmed picture. But on occasion, something interesting comes along. And today’s something interesting is Divergent, a film based on  Veronica Roth’s best selling novel of the same name. Now I am not usually an admirer of “date films” but this one was a little different. And a lot more entertaining than your usual dose of soppy romance and sloppy action. “I watched you because I like you.” -Tobias. Made for roughly R800, million, this Chicago based film took three months to shoot and […]

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Dragon Age: Inquisition.

 

 Dragon Age 3 or Dragon Age: Inquisition is scheduled for release on 7th October, 2014. Until then we have to make do with trailers and today we view the latest trailer. [youtube id=”uO2h4qUNJ60″ width=”600″ height=”350″] As you can see, DA:I is going to be an epic title and a game worthy of Bioware’s genius.

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Ghost in the Shell.

 

 “You and the chief are the only ones out of the whole section whose bodies don’t come with a warranty.” -Ghost in the Shell. In my youth I remember watching Ghost in the Shell and I knew that this film will have an impact, not only on a personal level, but also on a global scale. Its impact that it had on modern pop-culture has inspired many directors and artists since its release. The Wachowskis were inspired by the film to have created their popular movie series The Matrix. It has also been noted that it has inspired films such as James Cameron’s: Avatar, Steven Spielberg’s: AI: Artificial Intelligence and Jonathan Mostow’s: Surrogates. “Even if you do have a Ghost, […]

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Gaming Myths Pt 1 – KillSwitch

 

 Over the past 40 years electronic games have earned their fair share of controversy and old wives tales. Here begins my foray into some of the more interesting Gaming Myths. Killswitch, A game so rare you’ll never find it! Released back in 1989 by the Karvina Corporation, Killswitch was a survival-horror platformer. The game -a precursor to games like Myst or Silent Hill- was set in a coal mine under siege by demonic forces, and featured 2 playable characters, each with a unique playing experience. Porto: is a woman who wakes up in the depths of the mine amidst all the ensuing chaos. Porto has no attacks but does randomly change size throughout the game. Game-play with Porto is primarily […]

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300: Rise of an Empire

 

 When one hears the word “Spartans”, one either immediately thinks of the characters from the Halo video-game franchise or the ancient Greeks who resided in the city state of Sparta and who were the inspiration for the  movie 300. The image that springs to my mind when I recall 300 is what, in my opinion, can be regarded as one of the most famous kicks that have ever been put on the big screen – the scene in which King Leonidas kicks the Persian emissary and into the pit. That single act not only led to the confrontation between the Spartans and the Persians, but it also led to the generation of those 300-themed memes that populate the internet. Awu! […]

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The structure of revolutions in comicbook storytelling.

 

 In 1962, Physicist Thomas Khun released his widely influential book, “The structure of scientific revolutions.”. In the book, he analysed the crucial scientific revolutions that have taken place throughout history and how they influenced the thinking process of scientists in the various scientific disciplines. (Easy reading then. -Ed.) Although his work is based on scientific concepts, I believe that a similar approach can be made to any field, such as the history of comic books. GOLDEN AGE. Comic book history can be broken down to distinct phases or ages for example: the golden age, silver age etc. There are distinct differences between the way that characters were written and illustrated at different points in the history of comics. Some concepts […]

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5 Shorts Films You MUST Watch!

 

 I love cinema. I love short films. And I love indie productions. The Fatal Sneeze. (1907) One of the most revolutionary films of its day. This 1907 masterpiece featured state-of-the-art film making technology, clever writing, and humourous scripting. [youtube id=”nfZXoxWTMf0″ width=”600″ height=”350″] Ante. (2011) Two rival salesmen hire the same hit-man to eliminate each other. This short film was directed by Chris Cronin. (Sophie’s Fortune, Hail of Bullets.)  [youtube id=”ZE76g3mIlMc” width=”600″ height=”350″] Paranormal. (2012) This amazing piece of cinema was filmed by up and coming star, Lukas DiSparrow, and shot for less than R1000. [youtube id=”6PyZ_ZkYFxE” width=”600″ height=”350″] Aashpordha. (2011) This dark-comedy is about love, rebellion, House music, curry and whiskey. It stars Indian actress, Preeti Singh (Do Dilon Ke […]

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Hyper Light Drifter.

 

 Yet another game produced by the world via the wonder of Kickstarter, this Zeldaesque 2D RPG combines classic RPG elements with a nice modern, fast RPG combat style. [youtube id=”LIfVqZq1cJo” width=”600″ height=”350″] The game combines beautiful graphics and majestic environments with dark characters and classic 8 and 16 bit (It’s not really 8 and 16 bit. It just looks that way.) graphic styles to create a truly unique gaming experience. [youtube id=”SZIWX_wkHlM” width=”600″ height=”350″] This is definitely a game to lookout for. And it should be released towards the end of this year (2014).

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