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Cutting Deep: Cut Scenes & Kojima

Let’s face it, showing will never be as strong as telling. There are no lessons better learned than those that are learned through rote repletion, exposure to repeated rephrasings, the spoon-feeding of one point of view over and over. It’s so ...

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Ironic Man

Iron Man 3 premiered recently, and the fans are in an uproar. What once touted as one of the most successful comic-to-silver-screen adaptations has now forever been tarnished by this third and hopefully final installment. I think, as an internet community, ...

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Skyfall: Breaking Tradition by Following Tradition

Bond films are a staple of classic action-espionage cinema, and with that status come certain expectations: adherence to certain patterns (call them what they are: tropes). While Skyfall may be the latest and freshest in the franchise, even it cannot escape ...

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Dredding the Remake: Judge Dredd vs. Dredd

It’s not often that a remake is actually more faithful than the original translation of comic-into-film. So much can go wrong – multiple writers who are unfamiliar with the source material can warp story and character, canon plot and relationship ...

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Cowboys & Aliens & Women

  Cowboys & Aliens, what promise you showed. Your trailers tantalized with glimpses of a fresh take on the Western genre, and you did not disappoint. It’s never easy breathing new life into a stilted, classic movie type; it requires finesse, ...

Facebook as Entertainment

By Melissa Swanepoel, Staff Writer Facebook started as a networking tool, a social connection facilitator. It has become so much more — with each step the site has taken, it has broadened its reach, and therefore its impact. It had 901 ...

The Witcher II: Man vs. Monster

The Witcher II: Assassins of Kings (Enhanced Edition) emerged on my radar a few weeks ago. Until then, I’d never heard of The Witcher, and the simple description given to me did not entice: An RPG where you kill monsters ...

Ponyo and The Secret World Of Arrietty

The two latest works to come from the minds of Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli are Ponyo and The Secret World of Arrietty.  I had always intended to write about Ponyo, on the assumption that it would be worth writing about ...

John Carter of Mars: A Not-For-Profit Film

Editor's Note: This article was part of a series of April Fools themed articles released on April 1st, 2012. As such, the views expressed do not necessarily reflect the views of the author, the ACP staff, or anyone with basic ...

Merry Christmas, and a HalfLife New Year!

It’s that time of year when we make lists and check them twice, and all that nonsense. For me, however, no list is required, no double-checking needed. All I want for Christmas is HalfLife 3. Or an announcement about it. Failing that, ...