NHL 18 Complete Achievement List (Xbox, Playstation, PC – 2017)

NHL 18 and the return of hockey (THANK GOD) are nearly upon us.  EA’s annual offering this year focuses on the league’s young stars, as represented on the cover by the Edmonton Oiler’s star Connor McDavid.  Also new in the NHL this year and emphasized in franchise mode is the league’s 31st team, the Vegas Golden Knights: the first professional sports team to play in Las Vegas (though the soon-to-be formerly Oakland Raiders are close behind).  Of all the annual sports offerings, I think EA does the best job with the NHL, so it’ll be interesting to see what they have under the hood this year when NHL 18 skates into stores on September 15, 2017.  Full achievement list below courtesy of the Intertubes finest achievement site: xboxachievements.com.

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Inside Inception’s Rotating Hallway Fight Scene

Last week, we took an in-depth look at Inception (click here to read), one of my favorite films of all-time, and timely since Inception’s director, Christopher Nolan, just turned in the best movie I’ve seen this year thus far in Dunkirk.  In my article, I mentioned Nolan’s preference for doing any kind of F/X practically rather than with CGI if it can be humanly done (even when it’s flipping a tractor trailer in The Dark Knight).  CineFix, who should be paying me to hype them at this point, doesn’t just make great movie lists, it also has a feature called “The Art of the Scene” where they dissect an amazing scene, show you how it was done and why it works in the film.  I almost included this behind-the-scenes piece in my article, but it’s a fascinating look at the rotating hallway fight from Inception.  Whereas most directors would have inserted the actors into a CGI environment, Nolan went a very different route.  It’s a fascinating look at an amazing scene.

This fight uses no CGI other than to remove the wires Joseph Gordon Levitt and the other actors are wearing.  A full-scale hallway was built and then put on a giant gimbal which rotated the room.  The fight takes place in a critical moment in the final job, when the van that’s carrying the team around has gone off a bridge, creating a zero-G effect that ripples down the various levels of the dreamworld you see in the map.  For Arthur (Levitt), who is in the shallowest level, he loses gravity entirely and the result is an amazing fight scene, made all the more amazing when you know how Nolan and Pfister shot it.

Leonardo DiCaprio in Inception

The Third Star Wars Spin-Off Will Be Obi-Wan!!!

Star Wars, Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, Anakin Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Darth Vader, Hayden Christensen, Ewan McGregor

This is just breaking from The Hollywood Reporter and I’m going to paste Coming Soon’s thoughts below, but it appears that 2020’s Star Wars film will focus on Obi-Wan Kenobi.  The third “Star Wars Story” film was supposed to have been announced back in June, but when the chaos of the director transition for Han Solo hit, that obviously pushed things back.  We don’t have many immediate details, nor do we have a confirmation that Ewan McGregor is coming back, though he has actively lobbied for an Obi-Wan film and it would seem the obvious place to put one is in the 20 years he spent watching Luke on Tatooine between Episodes III and IV.  Stephen Daldry is set to direct.  I’m not a huge fan of Daldry’s, but if they are indeed going to examine Obi-Wan’s time in the desert and McGregor will return (even prequel haters mostly laud McGregor’s Obi-Wan), then this is something perfect for the anthology films.  Expect follow-ups on this as more details are released.  May 2020 already has a release date (Memorial Day weekend) set for this film. Continue reading The Third Star Wars Spin-Off Will Be Obi-Wan!!!

In Theaters This Week (8/18/2017): Logan Lucky, The Hitman’s Bodyguard

Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L. Jackson in The Hitman's Bodyguard

Each Thursday we look at what is going to be coming out in theaters this weekend, show you the trailers for the big releases, predict the box office winner and just generally give you enough of a carrot to pull you through the rest of the work week.  August is a time where you hope a movie comes along and becomes a critical surprise, and we have that this weekend in addition to the usual August dumping ground material.

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Thor: Ragnarok Trailer #3 (2017) “Thor, Destiny Has Dire Plans For You”

In the third trailer for Thor: Ragnarok (also the Japanese trailer in which the film’s weird lettering makes sense for the first time), we get mostly footage from the first two trailers, but it does have a very new beginning featuring Doctor Strange.  We knew Benedict Cumberbatch’s Sorcerer Supreme would be in the film from one of Doctor Strange‘s end credits scenes last year, but he opens this trailer, which has a much more dire tone than the humor of the first two, by telling Thor that his fate has changed and destiny has dire plans for him.  Read below for the official synopsis.  Thor: Ragnarok hits theaters November 3, 2017. Continue reading Thor: Ragnarok Trailer #3 (2017) “Thor, Destiny Has Dire Plans For You”

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