Archive for December, 2008

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Dec
08

sci-ficandy: BSG by Apple (aka radiosity renders)

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So I was digging though the BSG CGI archives and ran across some early renders that used a process called radiosity.  In most cases, renders like this are only used for tests and are never seen by the general public but I’ve always thought they looked pretty nifty so I thought I’d share a few.  After all, it’s Christmas and I can’t think of anything Galactica  fans would like more than never-before-seen pictures of the Galactica!   Click ahead for more images and an explanation of what this wacky radio-city-thingamajig is all about… Continue reading ‘sci-ficandy: BSG by Apple (aka radiosity renders)’

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14
Dec
08

movie review: the wrestler

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My friends and I were sitting around last night with a fistfull of screeners (when you hang out with Hollywood types, chances are someone is going to have Oscar screeners) and we were trying to decide what to watch.  Everything was either too long or we heard sucked, but then we came across  The Wrestler.  It wasn’t a three-hour plus epic and we all have heard the buzz about Mickey Rourke deserving an Oscar for his performance, but we feared the film itself was going to be little more than a paint-by-numbers Hollywood tearjerker.  Still, it won the vote and we popped it on. Continue reading ‘movie review: the wrestler’

14
Dec
08

movie review: day the earth stood still (2008)

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Whoa.  This sucked.  I mean REALLY sucked.  It starts off with an interesting premise and inspired twist on the original’s plot, but quickly descends into an incoherent mess.  Nothing makes sense, events do not logically flow into one another, I wanted the cute kid to die and the visual effects are the worst I have seen in a major Hollywood blockbuster in quite some time (what the hell, WETA, if it’s not a Peter Jackson movie do you just phone it in?).  Keanu Reeves is fine, you can’t blame him at all – it’s the fault of an unfinished script and a director who clearly just didn’t care.  And neither should you.  If you’ve never seen the original and were thinking about plopping down $10 or more to see this new one, seriously, either buy or rent the classic version and call it a day.




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