Frightfest is here again, with its 14th incarnation, Frightfest 2013! For your delectation are the films for this years festival in full Boss-Attack mode with attached trailers and extra information where available. From the film list, it looks like its going to be a good batch of movies!
Some forewarning, Frightfest is a horror movie festival, the trailers are full of gore and plenty of spoilers… don’t watch if you aren’t inclined towards either of these…
UPDATE1: Added films from the full frightfest timetable. Looking back over the listings, this looks like one of the best lineups at the festival in years.
UPDATE2: Added a newer Big Bad Wolves spot and a trailer for I Spit On You Grave 2 sourced by Atari from the Frightfest forums.
UPDATE3: Added trailers for Banshee Chapter and Haunter.
New trailer from the guys that worked on Stand Alone Complex. Based on the Manga 009 Re: Cyborg, it looks like they have kept an art style that cleaves quite close to the original, whilst keeping the Production I.G. flourishes that makes their work look so good.
Check out this short called Silicon Bootdrive which some of the guys that are working with Production I.G. have put together. Not the best acting ever, but the effects look decent for a short!
Looks like Make have created a handbook for building synthesisers. This could really be good, check it out here.
As an ex-non-indie-game maker its interesting seeing some of this output. I’ll source the film and see what they say, I’m wondering whether there are any cross-overs with my experience in the games industry.
Amazon have a new AutoRip service which allows you to download 256k MP3s of any eligible music you bought from Amazon. I woke up this morning, and all the music from CD/Vinyl I’ve bought from them for the last few years is now available in their CloudPlayer.
Its an interesting service, and you can import up to 250 songs bought outside of Amazon for free (anything more than that costs $24-ish a year) as well as anything bought through Amazon is automatically added to the CloudPlayer without extra charge. Its going to be interesting to see how this fares against Rdio and Spotify.
It looks likely at the moment that Nuclear power is our future as wind-power/tidal/solar aren’t going to cut it as a replacement for fossil fuels without having some un-expected side effects in our environment. Check out what the Norwegians are doing here. Thorium has some interesting properties which make it more likely that it will be used as the go-to fuel of choice in the future, there is a nice article on Wikipedia which covers the important points.
My only worry is that the output of the reactor will still contain radioactive Uranium233 and some Uranium232 (U232 kicks out hard gamma radiation) as a result of the Thorium fuel cycle, so there is still a problem if waste makes it into the environment. There exists the possibility that certain governments may turn a blind eye to sub-standard waste sintering/disposal from large companies that end up running Thorium reactors.
In previous posts we have concentrated on creating our first unit test. Today we’ll look at a simple Dependency Injection example in C# and why this allows us to create better testable code.
So World War Z… a brief review; a handful of amazing set pieces but nothing much like the book. Unfortunately again spoilt by the trailer which gives away too much, its a nice interpretation of zombie infection, but the film has a weird ending and finishes up a bit mediocre with some outstanding scenes.
More impressed with The Lounge that we saw the film at. It was during the day so we were the only ones in the cinema, really nice setup with ace seats and someone to come and serve you food at your chair. I imagine the cost of running the place is quite high and the ticket price isn’t so much more than normal so they must be relying on extra food sales and filling the small lounges on weekends. Its an interesting experiment for Odeon and it will be good to see if the value-added proposition makes them any profit in the long term.
Just watched World War Z, so it was nice to see the CDC explain how to survive a zombie apocalypse! …also applicable for surviving fires, floods, meteor showers and peak oil :).