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…Turbo impresses for less?

Turbo

Turbo hopes to redefine the way we think about movie making, with a budget of under 100K, a four man team of special effects artists that took just five months to do their work using consumer-level applications, and a camera that doesn’t break the bank. (RED)

The trailer for Turbo is below, and then keep an eye out for the film’s premier on April 30th:

[Turbo]

[Via: Gizmodo]

…You can play Counter-Strike in the Haunted Mansion ride?

Counter-Strike Haunted Mansion

A Counter-Strike map-modder named NIPPER created a reproduction of Disney’s The Haunted Mansion ride inside of the game, and when I say reproduction, I don’t just mean he created a level that’s kinda/sorta like the ride with a few nice touches thrown in here and there. No, this is a 100%, practically photo-realistic reproduction of the ride that you can actually ride through, complete with narration, backstage areas, special effects and more. I don’t know how he did it, but I sure do appreciate the effort:

Plus, if you’d like to ride the ride and see the details for yourself, you can even download the map pack from the joe.to community and play through the level on your own Counter-Strike game.

[joe.to – NIPPER Maps]

[Via: Boing Boing]

…Denis Darzacq takes unique photos?

Denis Darzacq

Denis Darzacq’s photography is fantastic (and almost unbelievable) when you consider the fact that “there is nothing false in these scenes. These moments really occurred. There is no fiction, no retouching or special effects”.

Instead, he uses athletic and gymnastic young folks as well as good timing to make it look like his subjects are about to smack the ground face first.

In Denis’ own words, “at the moment of the leap, chance and gravity also intervened”.

[Dennis Darzacq]

[Via: Kottke]

…Iron Man was awesome?

Iron Man

I AM IRON MAN!!!

Ok, so maybe not, but after watching Iron Man, you’ll want to run down the street yelling that too.

Thanks to TechCrunch’s invitation, I was able to get a sneak peak at Iron Man Wednesday, and I can whole heartedly agree with the 96% that this film is currently rocking on Rotten Tomatoes.

Rotten Tomatoes Iron Man

It’s the summer blockbuster that you’ve been waiting for, and probably beyond what you’re expecting from it.

Sure, it’s got a great theme song, and the commercials look great, but that’s just the Hollywood Hype Machine running on overdrive, right?

Wrong.

Iron Man is a solid film with a plausible (futuristic) story line, fantastic acting, and top notch tech ogling.

First: Robert Downey Jr. is a bad ass. His role as a billionaire weapons manufacturer that likes fast talk, hard liquor, expensive women and cheap thrills is perfect, and he says each line with a bravado that will surely be emulated by everyone for the next few weeks.

Second: The action doesn’t stop. Sure, it’s a CGI film with plenty of additional special effects; but keep in mind, this is a comic book based movie after all. As is expected with a summer blockbuster, the explosions are over the top, the battles drag out, and the eye candy is ever present, but it’s always done in a way that lends itself to the story line, and never seems out of place.

Third: This is a tech head’s dream flick. From 3D holographic displays and futuristic UI to a sassy computer and robotic assistants, it’s a look into the future at what everyone hopes the world will become.

If you have a chance, then go see this movie, because you won’t be disappointed.

Grade: A
Theater Worthy: Yes


[Iron Man]

[Rotten Tomatoes – Iron Man]

[IMDb – Iron Man]

…It’s Movie Monday: Sweded Tron?

Be Kind Rewind introduced the world to “Sweded” movies, and Sweded Tron takes the idea and runs with it.

With cardboarded lightcycles, fiery special effects, and fantastic close-ups, it’s a can’t miss.

(Also be sure to check out Be Kind Rewind’s YouTube channel for a fantastic collection of other Sweded flicks.)

[YouTube – Be Kind Rewind]

Flash Tron

(And for a bit of your own Tron action, check out Flash Tron.)

[Flash Tron]