Return of the Obra Dinn

I’m afraid that this is going to be one of those annoying posts where I say “Look at this awesome thing, but I’m not looking at it!” Return of the Obra Dinn is the new game from Lucas Pope, who scored a smash hit with the top notch indie game Papers, Please. Now Pope is taking on a different style of game, a sort of time-stopping pirate-y mystery with a first person perspective, but one thing that might seem a bit familiar is the extremely retro look of the game. Papers, Please had a visual style evocative of the 8-bit era of gaming, whereas Return of the Obra Dinn looks to be imitating the style of a game that you might have played on an ancient, black-and-white Macintosh. Awesome! Needless to say, I can’t wait to give this a try. But I’ve gotta wait, because of work. Lame.

You can download the demo of Return of the Obra Dinn by clicking here!

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There are no strings on me…

Earth’s mightiest heroes must once again assemble when a super intelligent robot created by Tony Stark created to help fight any threats that might harm the world actually turns against him and the human race.

It’s finally here! After years of teasing, we finally have our first trailer for Avengers: Age of Ultron, and y’know, it’s pretty spectacular. Marvel is clearly taking the route that so many other superhero films do, where they use the first installment to set the stage, and then blow everyone away with an awesome second movie that has a terrific villain. That villain is Ultron, a robot gone berserk voiced by James Spader, and I have to say, I’m already impressed. Usually I find completely CGI characters to be unintimidating since they don’t really have much weight. There’s the odd exception, but I have yet to see a computer generated villain who made me sit up and pay attention. But wow, Ultron looks pretty damn cool here, and James Spader’s voice gives this ‘bot some truly menacing personality. I’m excited, guys! This is going to be cool! And hey, look at that Hulkbuster Iron Man armour!

Avengers: Age of Ultron comes out May 1, 2015.

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Before They Were Stars: 13-Year Old Kim Kardashian’s Graduation Video

Entertainment Tonight recently unearthed this home video of 13-year old Kim Kardashian at her eighth-grade graduation, being all humble and down-to-death about how valuable this footage is going to be once she becomes famous. And indeed, she did become the poster child for “being-famous-for-being-famous”. This is an actual quote from her here: “My name’s Kim Kardashian and I’m the dopest-on-the-ropest person in this class. I’m dope-on-a-rope.”

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Last Link of the Day: Tim Curry as Mick Jagger

Apparently this is TK’s new favourite thing.

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Leviathan Ages

Bound in ancient celestial ballet, nine dead Kings arise to claim a fallen Emperor.

Here’s an awesome Cthulhu-esque short film from Jonathan Yeo which played at the Fantasia Film Festival this past summer. There’s not much more to say about it, except cooooooool…

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Before They Were Stars: Aaron Eckhart in a Student Short Film

This is probably the first official acting footage of Aaron Eckhart. While attending Brigham Young University, Eckhart acted in a two-minute black-and-white 16 mm student short film called Suicidal Resurrection, playing a guy who decides to beat up on a dead body hanging from a tree. Yeah, Suicidal Resurrection pretty much fits every stereotype you can imagine for student short films.

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Last Link of the Day: Ox Baker on “The Price of Right”

Legendary professional wrestler Ox Baker passed away this week at the age of 80. Even if you’re not a wrestling fan, you probably recognize this behemoth from his fight scene with Snake Plissken in Escape from New York. Believe it or not, Ox also once appeared as a contestant and won some prizes on The Price is Right and it’s so surreal to see him acting like a normal guy while wearing a name tag which reads “Douglas”.

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Between the Lines: Inception

When it comes to internet video reviewers, Kyle Kallgren is by far my favourite. Not only is he hilariously funny, but he offers mind-blowing insight into every film he analyzes. I named Inception as my movie of the year in 2010, the year that The Back Row was born, and if you comb through the archives you can find a number of articles that I wrote analyzing all of the facets of Inception. Or so I thought. In this episode of Between the Lines, Kyle draws some fascinating connection between Christopher Nolan’s dream heist movie and some other interesting entries in the annals of film history. BRAAAAAAHM!

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Gerard Parkes Gets Drunk on “Today’s Special”

If you’re familiar with the late Gerard Parkes, best known for playing Doc on Fraggle Rock, you probably got a big kick out of his hilarious cameo in The Boondock Saints as a profane bar owner with Tourette syndrome. But that wasn’t the first time Doc ever showcased his angry side. I recently combed through Gerard Parkes’ filmography and saw one credit which suddenly brought back traumatic memories from my childhood. And lo and behold, I even found the footage for it. If you were a Canadian kid during the 1980s, you might remember the TVOntario children’s show, Today’s Special, which showcased the escapades of a group of characters inside a department store while it was closed at night. At one point, Parkes made a guest appearance on an episode of the show as an alcoholic photographer, who gets progressively more intoxicated during an overnight photo shoot while he sneaks sips from his whiskey flask. Yes, you read that right! This may have been the first time I was ever introduced to the concept of alcoholism and, believe me, at that age, it was pretty disturbing to see lovable old Doc from Fraggle Rock get drunk and start chewing out Muffy Mouse! But I give major props to Today’s Special as I doubt you’d find many children’s shows willing to do something like this these days.

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Before They Were Stars: Gerard Parkes on “The Littlest Hobo”

If you were a Canadian kid during the 1980s, you have recently lost a piece of your childhood as Irish-Canadian actor Gerard Parkes just passed away at the age of 80. Of course, Parkes is best known for playing the role of Doc on the iconic Jim Henson series, Fraggle Rock. Prior to Fraggle Rock, Parkes had been acting on Canadian television for years, so it’s probably inevitable that he once made a guest appearance on another Canuck institution, The Littlest Hobo, playing a doctor who is helped by the dog to track down a man with the plague.

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