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The Pixar List - Ratatouille - Rank 11

Posted by Strange Festive Voltex , in To Disney, Film / Shows Sep 11 2012 · 219 views

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11th - Ratatouille, 2007

iBrow Percentage: 83

A rat by the name of Remy has always dreamed of becoming a chef, and when he discovers upon arrival in Paris that his idol is dead, he forms an unusual alliance with a human by the name of Linguini to set the bar and stun the customers, despite the human populace's hatred of rats.

Ratatouille... I don't quite know, to be honest. The concept just isn't one that interests me all that much, and as such, I have a hard time enjoying the film as much as others. While Remy is, I will admit, pretty cool, I dislike the fact that he can (and must) control human beings, and even more than that, I hate the fact that those human beings must rely on (and obey) a rat in order to cook.

One thing I will give Ratatouille is that, unlike Cars 2, it does have the Pixar magic inside waiting for you to discover. Unlike Wall-E, Rataouille also manages to stay consistent throughout the film. As another thought, any animated film that has dishes I wish I could rip out of the screen and eat myself immediately gains points. They did the food spectacularly. However, the fact remains that out of the two stars of the film, only one of them is worth paying attention to- and that is Remy the Rat. If Linguini's love story were to be removed from the film and more focus were to be given to Remy as a result, I think the movie would be far better than it is right now. Unfortunately, the rather unnecessary edition of the romance keeps this film as average.

I realize that the romance is something I've criticized with both Ratouille and Wall-E; but please don't think I hate romance. I think The Incredibles does a fine job of it, and I enjoyed it in Toy Story 3, Monsters. Inc., and A Bug's Life just to name Pixar films. So... it's just that these two films didn't need the romance (Ratatouille) or simply didn't do it well (Wall-E).

That's my thoughts in short of Ratatouille. If you have any comments or questions regarding my thoughts, please comment below. Now... for your hint towards the film that ranked tenth:

to infinity...

And now, of course, the explanation of the hint leading to Ratatouille:

chardonnay bourgogne

It was the name of a wine to be released by Disney and Pixar in promotion for the film, but was pulled due to featuring a cartoon character.

please join MAFIA III-3! only five spots left!


Dark Knight Rises Cover

Posted by Strange Festive Voltex , in Film / Shows Sep 10 2012 · 379 views

This needs to be the cover of at least a special edition; it's my favourite poster of the film. Partly the contradictory nature of the title and the picture, but also just because the picture is wicked awesome.

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Rank 11 coming tomorrow night for the Pixar list, I promise. I have no scheduled interruptions then.


Mafia III-3: Cult Fortress

Posted by Strange Festive Voltex , Sep 09 2012 · 163 views

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There you have it folks. I'm double checking right now to make sure the game can be run in Games & Trivia; if so, expect the launch later today. If not... expect launch sometime this week once I've made the necessary adjustments.


The Pixar List: Wall-E: Rank 12

Posted by Strange Festive Voltex , in Film / Shows, To Disney Sep 08 2012 · 205 views

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12th - Wall-E, 2008

iBrow Percentage: 81

A lone robotic unit by the title of "Wall-E" remains on Earth, cleaning up the garbage one small cube at a time 700 years after humanity left Earth forever- until a mysterious spaceship arrives with a high-tech unit titled "EVE", and Wall-E discovers what love truly is.

Now this is going to come as a surprise to many (perhaps all) of you; instead of ranking the oft-mentioned Cars as 12th in the list, I have ranked Wall-E there, a film that many feel is one of Pixar's best, if not the best. So now you're all asking yourselves one thing, and one thing only:

"iBrow, what in Hapori Tohu's name is wrong with you?!?!?!"

Well, here's my answer. Wall-E, for awhile, is my favourite Pixar film hands down. Unfortunately, it does not keep up for the whole film. The entire first segment with Wall-E on Earth is the bit that I believe is the best, with Wall-E and his pet cockroach alone in a desolate world full of garbage skyscrapers. Even when EVE arrives, I love the Earth segment and her arrival adds depth and mystery to the situation. However, once we reach the Axiom (which is roughly the second half of the movie), the film begins to slip away. Wall-E's first magical moments on the ship are splendid, such as when he meets the liks of M-O and Chuck. However, afterward the film begins to devolve into a simple love story, with Wall-E following EVE's every twitch. Meanwhile, the story of the Captain is one that, while a little exciting at times, is ultimately drearily predictable. Even Brave, which was predictable to the extreme, still maanged to be very enjoyable. However, the latter half of Wall-E just turns into a cluttered snore fest.

Again, that's the story in brief on my thoughts, this time with Wall-E. If you have any questions, or would like me to expand on or explain something I said, feel free to say so in the comments below. Now, for your hint towards the film that ranked eleventh:

chardonnay bourgogne

Now, an explanation of the hint that pointed to Wall-E:

hello, dolly

Throughout the film Wall-E, the song "It Only Takes a Moment" is played often, and even plays a large role with inspiring Wall-E to hold hands with EVE. During the Earth segments, a live-action clip of the song from the film Hello, Dolly! is played.


The Pixar List - Cars 2 - Rank 13

Posted by Strange Festive Voltex , in Film / Shows, To Disney Sep 07 2012 · 184 views

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13th - Cars 2, 2011

iBrow Percentage: 68

Lightning McQueen takes part in a worldwide race across several countries, while Mater finds himself accidentally entangled within a web of super spies and super villains.

I don't think this is going to come as a surprise to anyone, because to put it in simple words: Cars 2 lacks the magic touch. Every other Pixar film (yes, even the first Cars film) has a magical feeling the pervades throughout, a sense that the filmmakers truly cared about every facet of the film. A feeling that there was something different about the movie, an experience you simply wouldn't be able to find anywhere else.

Cars 2, however, fails in that regard, and that to me is the major downfall. In addition, the plot is something we've seen a million times over- some random shuck becomes involved in stopping some mastermind's twisted scheme, and it begins effecting everyone he knows. It doesn't help that Mater just isn't the type of character I like as the lead either. The relegation of Lightning McQueen to a mere secondary character stung, and I actually enjoyed his plot involving the big race more than Mater's.

That's the story in brief with my thoughts on Cars 2- if you have any questions or arguments against its rank, feel free to comment below and I will respond. Now, for a little hint towards the film ranked twelfth:

hello, dolly.


Castlevania: Lords of Shadow - #6

Posted by Strange Festive Voltex , in Video Games Sep 07 2012 · 491 views

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Our next box art of the day is Castlevania: Lords of Shadow, the game that rebooted the Castlevania franchise for a modern audience. Having never played it nor done any research (I'm so bad at this), I don't know who it is on the cover, but I do know that he looks pretty sick. His red cape contrasts very nicely with the mostly blue tone of the rest of the box, and the castle behind nicely foreshadows what will occur in the game.

Again, if you have any requests feel free to put them in the comments!


Rayman Legends - #5

Posted by Strange Festive Voltex , in Video Games Sep 06 2012 · 426 views

Posted ImageAs per request, the fifth box art of the day is none other than the upcoming Rayman Legends for Wii U. Personally one of my most anticipated games of the year, my most looked forward to Wii U launch/near launch title, and the sequel to the stellar Rayman Origins from last year, Rayman Legends will be a must-have.

This box art actually goes well with the Wii U's odd blue and yellow template, which I think might turn into a bit of a rarity in the coming years. It's also very beautiful when compared to the Rayman Origins box art. I'm just questioning who the girl with the axe is, and why Globox and both Teensies are absent.


Congrats Sumiki

Posted by Strange Festive Voltex , in BZPower Sep 06 2012 · 146 views

The map is a little behind-the-scenes thing that probably won't get implemented due to security issues, but was something we wanted to test out.

You dreamt so much chaos while visiting this blog that you got the 1000th comment. Everybody take a bow, say congrats, and then continue on your boring everyday lives where this was the most exciting thing ever.


Maybe if I feel like it I'll make you a banner.

And actually, while I'm at it I should finally make that blog approval...


The Pixar List Begins Tomorrow

Posted by Strange Festive Voltex , in Film / Shows Sep 06 2012 · 96 views

Tomorrow I begin my Pixar List, in which I will release a list of the 13 currently released Pixar films in order from my least favourite (#13) to my favourite (#2). One film will be chosen each day, starting with #13 tomorrow.

Feel free to place you bets. B-)


The Member Map Strikes Again

Posted by Strange Festive Voltex , in BZPower Sep 05 2012 · 176 views

First off, some of you may remember that back on July 18th, I posted this topic in Q&A, asking about a member map a staff member had added themselves to. Now, the only reason I noticed it was because it was the first notifcation I'd received since October, although I don't know why. If you know, please tell me. :P

That said, the member map has struck again, for tonight I received my second notification since last October when the staff member changed their place on the map or whatever. Needless to say, I'm curious about a few things:
  • Why are these the only two notifications I've received?
  • What is this member map? (Rhetorical, don't answer lol)
  • Will we ever discover its secrets?
Tue in next time to learn zero answers to these questions!

Also, if you have a recommendation for the next box art of the day, feel free to say so here.

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AMIIBO: Smash Bros.

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1. Mario - OWNED
2. Peach - OWNED
3. Yoshi - OWNED
4. Donkey Kong - OWNED
5. Samus - OWNED
6. Link - OWNED
7. Pikachu - OWNED
8. Kirby - OWNED
9. Villager - OWNED
10. Wii Fit Trainer - OWNED
11. Marth - OWNED
12. Fox - OWNED
13. Luigi - OWNED x2
14. Diddy Kong - OWNED
15. Zelda - OWNED x2
16. Pit - OWNED
17. Little Mac - OWNED
18. Captain Falcon - OWNED
19. Bowser - PREORDERED
20. Rosalina - PREORDERED
21. Sheik - PREORDERED
22. Toon Link - PREORDERED
23. Lucario - PREORDERED
24. King Dedede
25. Meta Knight - PREORDERED
24. Shulk - PREORDERED
25. Mega Man - PREORDERED
26. Sonic - PREORDERED
27. Robin
28. Lucina
29. Pac-Man
30. Wario
31. Charizard
32. Ness

AMIIBO: Other Games

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1. Mario
2. Peach
3. Yoshi
4. Luigi
5. Bowser
6. Toad