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Ponyo!

The trailer for Ponyo has been released!

I can't wait to see this movie! Coming out in August, Ponyo is the next full length feature done by the legendary Japanese animatot, Hayao Miyazaki. You may be familiar with some of his work such as Spirited Away or Princess of Mononoke. I've got almost all his full length movies on DVD, I just love his work. There's a certain magic and innocence to his movies that American animated movies can't seem to capture (although Wall-E was a step in the right direction). His movies are rarely about good guys and bad guys; they are more about innocent characters falling into strange situations.

The plot on IMDB reads: "An animated adventure centered on a 5-year-old boy and his relationship with a goldfish princess who longs to become human." It's got quite the star studded cast too, with the likes of Cate Blanchett, Matt Damon, Tina Fey, Liam Neeson and even Betty White!

Check out the trailer here (Quicktime / Youtube).

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Megan Fox, the Foxy Gamer!

I'll admit, I'm not that huge of a Megan Fox fan. Yes, she's a babe, but the looks can only go so far. If she were a more talented actress, then I guess would feel otherwise, but she's not (at least not yet). However, assuming the following article is true and not fabricated by sweaty palmed geeks, then her street cred is going up in my books.

In an interview with What They Play (credit Kotaku), Fox talks about her gaming life past and present. It's not the generic celebrity answer of "I play Super Mario", or "I love Tetris", or even the more generic "I play solitaire". No, she speaks more truthfully about her geek life. Her first game was Disney's Aladdin for the SNES. But the game she's loved the most and still plays nowadays, is Mortal Kombat (and it's various incarnations). She says that right now she's playing through Mortal Kombat VS DC, and she even goes further to say that she hates playing as Superman, be…

JCVD! JCVD! JCVD!

Hey friends. My first review for Attack This! is up and running. In this month's edition, I take a look at Jean Claude Van Damme's latest, JCVD. Is it a hit? Is it a crapshoot? Only one way to find out! Have a look see (here)!

Later geeks!

Photo-Op: MMVA Rehearsals

I passed by the CityTv building last night to see that they were making some last minute preparations and some rehearsals for tonight's event. It's the Much Music Video Awards tonight; a time where thousands of pre-pubescent teens will fill the downtown core of Toronto in hopes of catching a glimpse of such media mongrels as the Jonas Brothers, actors from Twilight and The Hills. Anyhow, here are a few pics of their setup before it gets wild tonight. There are also some surprises in the last two.

When I past by again much later in the evening, I was surprised to see some acts rehearsing their parts for tonight's show. In the pic below, amongst the orgy of people are in fact The Black Eyed Peas, who were singing and practising their dance routine for that Boom Boom Pow song (unconfirmed if that's the actual song title, but they sing that line). There was quite a pack of people watching them do the whole routine, but probably not even a fraction of how much people wi…

Geek Tech Talk: Samsung's 24" LCD (2494HM)

(This post goes out to Skylar, who loves tech stuff.)

In random news, my dad bought me a new monitor earlier this week. He was looking at different monitors for the past 2 months or so, but I kept telling him not to because the ones he was looking at were too big for my room and my 19" Samsung was more than fine. Well, he bought it anyways and now I have this massive 24" Samsung widescreen on my desk. He told me afterwards it was my late graduation gift, to which I thought the Xbox was, but apparently that was a Christmas gift. I'm a spoiled son of a bitch, right? So I accepted, although with a massive amount of guilt (I don't feel I deserve this).

So what do I think?

The Goods: This fucker is massive. I'm no longer maximizing the windows because it's too much for my eyes. I like how there are multiple input options. Currently my computer is hooked in through the DVI, but there is also HDMI support. A light bulb went off in my head when I saw this. I imm…

Final Fantasy IV (DS)

The original Final Fantasy IV (II in the US) has always been my favourite Final Fantasy game of all time. My love is so deep for this game that about 10 years ago, I made it a yearly tradition to finish this game (and Chrono Trigger too), albeit with the ROM version (thanks speed button!). But now with the advent of this remake, I guess I can continue on this tradition with the DS version.

I still remember my first experience with the game. I was 9 at the time and my dad borrowed the game from his friend at work. But my brother hogged all the play time and I was relegated to the backseat, where I watched him play through the game. Even so, the diverse characters, the wacky dialogue, the epic storyline and the harmonious soundtrack all worked together and gripped me that first time I laid eyes on it.

When originally released on the SNES, the difficulty was taken down a notch (dubbed Easy Mode) to try and accommodate the American audience who at the time were RPG noobs. The Japanese…

ATTACK WHAT? ATTACK THIS!!!

My friends, Mike from Attack This! has recently invited me to be a guest contributor for his blog. As you can see from the picture above, Attack This! features all sorts of geekery; from the wide world of video games to the wacky world of cosplay, Attack This! has it covered. I've been asked to help out with movie reviews whenever I can.

Fear not fellow geeks, I am not abandoning this ship. Every month I'm going to do a review or two on his site, but of course, my main focus is here. I'll put an update on my blog when I post a review on AT! just to keep you folks up on what's going on. But hey, you should check out their site anyways!

Check out the post Mike wrote about me (here) and also, I wrote a bio for the page found (here).

Stayed tuned friends! Fun on the way.

Sam Raimi's Dragging Someone To Hell!!!

It's great to see Sam Raimi back in his form with his latest entry Drag Me To Hell. Simply glorious, it is a horror geek's dream. This is the Sam we all know and love from Evil Dead 2 and Army of Darkness, before he got all caught up in the comic book geek universe of Spider-Man. After 10 years (from the first time I watched Evil Dead 2), he has remained my favourite film director... although he did try my patience with Spider-Man 3. I know this euphoria that I'm feeling now will be short lived, as even as I type this review, Raimi is already at work on the pre-production of Spider-Man 4 (yay?).

So what is there to say about Drag Me To Hell? This is the way a summer movie should be, touching on all those senses that make movie going an actual experience. There were thrills, chills, laughs and cheers; the way things should be!

Drag Me To Hell tells a story of a young loan officer named Christine, who in an effort to advance her own career, has to turn down an old gypsy …

A Lion's Tale: Around the World in Spandex

As part of my "campaign of cheapness", the past 3 months I've been going to the Indigo bookstore downtown about twice a week to read Chris Jericho's autobiography A Lion's Tale: Around the World in Spandex. I'd park down for about 1.5 to 2 hours per visit and it took 3 months to do, but I finally finished it.

Let it be known, that Jericho was my favourite wrestler from 1997 to 2002 (it only lasted this long because from 2002-07, I stopped watching/following wrestling completely). I learned of him during my junior high school years when me and my friends would watch WWF and WCW programming religiously. I knew there was something that stood out in Chris, it might have been his style of fighting, his comedic arrogance on the mic or his boyish good looks. Well whatever it was, I believed in him. My friends at the time were skeptical, but I would argue with them why he was so great. It was during his cruiserweight feud with Dean Malenko that really brought out…