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Friday, July 25, 2014 - 19:30

This time of year is always pretty eventful where I work.  It’s the time of year where BA and BSc students are coming to the end of their major projects, and there’s usually some pretty cool experiments to get involved in.   Last year I was incredibly lucky to take part in a demonstration of full 3D audio, with a 9 speaker set up that took mixing techniques and immersive audio to a whole new level.  I wasn’t sure that could be equalled, that was until a student put up a post looking for volunteers to try out the Oculus Rift as part of his dissertation project.

For those that don’t know, the Oculus...

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Friday, July 18, 2014 - 13:53

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is not your average Summer Blockbuster.  Sure, it’s got explosions, monkeys on horseback dual wielding machine guns, and a very simple plotline; but it also has so much more than that.  It has beautiful character moments that would usually hit the cutting room floor, a better standard of acting in the motion caption performances than you’ll see in many blockbusters, and a reflection on the dangers of institutionalised fear, hatred and mistrust.

The film is set ten years on from the events of Rise of the Planet of the Apes and humanity has been all but wiped out by the Simian Flu. Caesar is now head of a growing nation of apes and has built a home for his community in the Muir Woods outside San Francisco.  We see the beginnings of the caste system from Planet of the Apes, and...

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Monday, July 7, 2014 - 19:57

With just over a week to go until the UK release of Dawn of The Planet of the Apes, the marketing machine at 20th Century Fox is really kicking into overdrive. Three short films have been released, bridging the ten year gap between Rise of the Planet of the Apes and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, that have collectively been called Before the Dawn of the Apes.

Year 1 tells the story of a family split apart by the outbreak of the Simian Flu virus.

Year 5, and most of humanity has been wiped out by the Simian Flu. One orphaned teenager survives by trading items she steals from long abandoned homes.

Year 10, tracks the history of a gun as...

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Sunday, May 25, 2014 - 14:55

The 25th May is an important, and busy day, in the geek sub-culture.  It was on this date in 1977, that Star Wars IV: A New Hope got it’s cinematic release in the US.  A film that arguably changed the perception, and presence, of Sci-Fi on the big screen.

It is also the day that Terry Pratchett fans mark as the Glorious 25th, remembering the Glorious Revolution from  “Night Watch”

Furthermore, it is also the day that many Douglas Adam’s fans (myself included) make sure they know where their towels are.

Unsurprising, then, that the date was co-opted to be celebrated officially as Geek Pride Day.  ...

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Thursday, May 22, 2014 - 21:05

X-Men: Days of Future Past

I’ve been waiting for this adaptation for a while, and there was always a risk that getting so excited for a film could lead to crushing disappointment.  Hell, it wouldn’t be the first time that I’ve been looking forward to a film only to have it leave me feeling empty and broken hearted.. Prometheus, I’m looking squarely at you.  Fortunately, Days of Future past does not disappoint.  Any worries that this adaptation of a favourite story might get it all wrong are very quickly put to rest.  It grabs you from the start, knows exactly how to balance action and character building...

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Thursday, May 22, 2014 - 17:49

It’s that time of year again folks, Summer Blockbuster season.  Traditionally tied to Memorial Day weekend at the end of May in the US, it has been creeping earlier in May for a while now.

One could argue that it started back in March this year with the release of Captain America 2: The Winter Soldier.  For the sake of those films coming out over the next few months though, it’s probably best if we keep Cap 2 separate; you know, to give these guys a fighting chance.

We’re going to kick off the season with a double bill of reviews.  Here goes...

GODZILLA

First up is Godzilla, I’ll let you make your own “Monster” puns here, and it’s a pretty good way to kick off the season.

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