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    • newgrounds.com / Internet Site / 26 Readings / 23 Ratings
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      22.03.2009 21:38
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      worth checking out, making an account and a few friends while you're at it!

      It's been 6 years since the last review and of course these reviews, all of them, have absolutely no more merit to what Newgrounds has become.

      Today Newgrounds' slogan "The problems of Tomorrow, Today!" has changed to "Everything by Everybody!" a much more inviting and mature stance on things. The porn ads and other inappropriate things have been nearly all eradicated *though there IS a section for that kinda stuff still, you just have to go out of your way to find it now*.

      The audio portal has become a place full of full length often commercial grade songs for absolutely free which many flash games and movies use. The quality of flash games and movies constantly increase with the aging demographic of Newgrounds and the site has gone a very big face lift since the last review, much cleaner and more effective.

      There is a blog feature now for people to blog about their lives, a gears tab to showcase who you supported by buying who's merchandise, a brand new medals system to behave as an achievement system for games that come out on NG.

      Everything has changed, and is definitely worth a look now.

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        22.03.2009 21:28
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        wasn't worth the $60 I pelted down for it for sure, rental game at best for me.

        Street Fighter has always been a game i've admired. It's always creative, interesting, design wise it's pretty neat. Story wise... well um who plays it for the story?

        However unlike the other street fighters I didn't quite like the fighting flow of this one. The combos seemed limited, the characters seemed to move awkwardly and though i'm sure if I had spent a week really practicing I could have started having fun I have a personal belief that if I have to train myself to enjoy a game i'm wasting my time on it. A game should never have to force you to train to have fun.

        At least, not for the casual player like myself. The animations and moves definitely looked much better, though the jiggle animations were rather strange. Like that really fat guy whose stomach moves around like it was alive and just swivels about WAAAAY too much.

        Bison is as always, so cool. When will Capcom just give him the super backhand attack which backhands the opponent into submission and watch them cry?

        Waiting for it still.

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        22.03.2009 21:17
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        a great game which kept me and my friends entertained for weeks.

        Soul Calibur 3 like the previous titles is your button mash game on crack. It's got lots of combos and the pace is quick so it's easy to pick up and start having fun right away, and as you play and learn new moves, the fun only accumulates.

        The make your own character feature introduced in this version is a pretty awesome feature. My friend and I made the most hilarious and then most awesome people we could and duked it out for hours. The only complaint I really have about this is I felt the sickle and chain weapon was a bit overpowered for the button masher. it seems like pressing any combination of buttons performs this massive wide spread attacks that make it impossible to get near.

        My friend and I found a way to beat this eventually but it was definitely one of the more interesting weapons around.

        Lots of playable characters, each with their own moves which was quite amazing, some new faces from the second *like the angel, so sweet looking, but too damn slow)

        Was worth the money, lots of fun.

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      • The Dark Knight (2 DVDs) / DVD / 6 Readings / 6 Ratings
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        22.03.2009 20:39
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        Definitely worth the watch, go see it nao if you haven't already.

        One of the most anticipated and rewarding movie experiences i've ever had, and i'm not going to be shy of saying it was largely thanks to Heath Ledger, whom died earlier last year. I'm not going to get into any details how, but there is without a doubt a large debate going on suggesting the movie's surreal level of success was largely due to Heath's convenient death.

        Leaving that behind, let's talk Ledger. His role in the movie as the Joker was simply brilliant. There are only so many movies I went to which make me forget that there is an actor on the screen, and allows me to submerge myself in the movie. Ledger was able to perform to that degree. The level of insanity was well portrayed to the point I was really looking forward to what that maniac was going to pull next.

        Normally I never accept a bad guy's reasoning as weak as they did in this movie i'll admit. I don't buy "Some people just want to watch the world burn", but in this case I not only accepted it, but thought it was very fitting to make the Joker as insane as they come to that degree. It was necessary for half the things he did to happen, and let me assure you, things went down.

        Though in a world so dark and terrifying as our Bat Man is in here, it was only right to make the Joker madness personified. Surprisingly even with such a dark world there is a certain test the joker puts on Gotham's denizens and the results of said test were very surprising, speaking about the people who live in this city.

        The music by Hans Zimmer and James Newton Howard are just exceptional, incredibly powerful and moving.

        Great movie.

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        • Wall-E (DVD) / DVD / 5 Readings / 4 Ratings
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          22.03.2009 20:31

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          Definitely worth the watch with family or friends

          Wall-e is an adventure of a little robot abandoned on a planet not immediately revealed to us. Right away the very first segment of the movie had me captivated and emotional for the lil guy.

          Wall-e spends his entire day collecting garbage and making them into cubes he stores away in landfills in perfect large squares. After a hard days work Wall-e returns to his home where he snuggles into a hole just right for his size where he begins to tremble and go to sleep miserable. As the camera zooms out to show dozens upon hundreds of similar little holes, all empty.

          Wall-e our lovable protagonist, has clearly been alone for a very long time.

          All that changes for Wall-e one day when a giant ship comes plummeting into the sky and sends fire and debris everywhere. Panic stricken Wall-e burrows into the ground and watches from afar.

          That's all the story you're getting. In regards to animation, Pixar has always been a company that refuses to cut corners, and this was no different. Smooth, expressive faces, cute robot designs. it all comes together very nicely and Wall-e's morbidly adorable curiosity makes awkward situations downright hilarious.

          The storyline is also a bit darker then most pixar movies which I found was a great relief. I mean the undertones of it were terrible yet the younger kids were too captivated by the story layered on top to really think about it, giving the adults a serious thought to chew on while the children were taken away by everything else.

          brilliant movie, loved every minute of it.

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        • Legally Blonde (DVD) / DVD / 7 Readings / 5 Ratings
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          22.03.2009 20:21

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          Would not recommend watching it or at the very least take it seriously in ANY shape or form.

          It is very difficult for me to find a movie I despise so much it forces me to lose faith in the people involved in it. This movie was gracefully just enough to make me lose faith in all mankind temporarily.

          For me a movie can be silly, whimsical or even surreal as long as it doesn't borderline just stupid. The premise of the movie is about a ditsy blonde who chases her boyfriend to Harvard Law. She manages to get in by sending in a sexy video of how she would help spice things up at said school and of course the administrative team being a bunch of old men feel that it was high time Harvard changed it's standards to the number of one's breast size over their SAT score.

          Okay. Fair enough, she got in by showcasing her breasts.

          Though the acting in the movie is fairly decent, nobody brings their A game (then again it's not a movie that calls for A game... or a game), and to top off the fairly weak acting the movie takes on a slight variation of Erin Brokovich by letting our favorite ditsy blonde take on a case that seems impossible.

          Then not only does our dits who has never even learned how to spell objection pass everything with flying colors but she manages to graduate Harvard law in 3 years. 3 YEARS!

          No more spoilers, but then again everything ends up in such a generic overdone way, I am sure you've already pieced it all together.

          A total waste of my time this movie.

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        • No Country For Old Men (DVD) / DVD / 7 Readings / 5 Ratings
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          22.03.2009 20:11
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          A movie i've watched many times, and enjoyed it every time.

          We are in the 80's where Texan men were still men and the good ol days long gone and replaced with a terrible corrupted country filled with greed and killers.

          Taking that train of thought let's introduce the plot. Our protagonist is out hunting one day and stumbles upon a sight where a drug deal has gone horribly wrong. Being the manly man he is, he calmly and stealthily approaches the site, taking weapons along the way, because nothing is more manly then having enough firepower to wipe out a small nation when the time calls for it. And I assure you, our protagonist can and at the drop of a pin, wipe out an entire nation with firepower if he needed to.

          Following the trail of the last hombre involved in the fight he finds him under a tree with a box filled with many millions. Guns, money, and what can only be next, women, our protagonist was ready to live the American Dream. Taking the money he goes home, well aware the box will bring trouble, and prepares for the wild adventure to unfold.

          The interesting thing I found about this movie was the lack of musical score. Never once did a song play, no riff or even ambient humming of any kind. The movie is also very realistic without any kind of out of world combat and witty predator/prey situations.

          All actors involved were quite talented and everything felt natural, the only downside was the ending. it felt very empty and unfulfilled, which I guess was what the director wanted, and to this end, he did a fantastic job.

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        • I Am Legend (DVD) / DVD / 8 Readings / 6 Ratings
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          22.03.2009 20:05
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          Overall a great movie I thoroughly enjoyed.

          The latest Will Smith hit, we are taken to a world who found a cure for one of the world's most prevalent diseases. Everybody rejoices and EVERYBODY is injected with said cure. Understandably, like all movies where things go horribly wrong, everything goes horribly wrong.

          The serum makes you an aggressive zombie like freak whose skin becomes mad vulnerable to the sun. They huddle in groups within buildings and other dark places during the day, and come out to find fresh blood to feast on during the night.

          There are a couple million of people who are immune to the disease. Will Smith happens to be one of them. A genius scientist who abandons everybody else and continues to live in the city at ground zero to try and make a cure. His lonesome filled journey with his canine companion are filled with events that make your heart tremble.

          My only qualm with this movie was the ending. Lame. I don't mean lame as in it shouldn't have happened, I mean lame as in HOW it happened. The director tried to make Smith a martyr but really when you think about it, it was so stupid. I thought up of at least 5 different ways Smith's character could have gotten himself out of that predicament unscathed and with the last laugh.

          I guess SOMEBODY had to pay the martyr cost... right?

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          • Superbad (DVD) / DVD / 5 Readings / 3 Ratings
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            22.03.2009 20:01
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            not a movie i'd watch twice but one I can recommend others to see.

            All of my friends who saw this movie begged me to see it. It was apparently the perfect movie for me. Yet as I watched it I didn't find much humor and the movie began to drag very shortly after.

            Taking on a flavor of Napolean Dynamite, Superbad is an average story of 2 teens who go to extraordinary lengths to get hooked up and bring alcohol to an underage party. Our young testosterone filled lads go out of their way to get invited into said party with some of their crushes and plan on becoming that "mistake" lover girls make when drunk out of their minds.

            A solid plan, and the promise and journey to secure the alcohol is underway!

            There isn't any kind of music in the movie, much like Napolean, and the humor is strongly based on the conversations that happen during the events, and less focused on the actual event itself. That's not to say the things that happen aren't funny by themselves, but it's clear the highlights are the conversations, which is what I found to be somewhat uninteresting.

            The comical conversations and events very largely happens with their friend whom secures a fake ID with the name McLovin, and gets caught up with 2 cops who get out of their way to show him that cops are cool... while doing very questionable coply things. Like drinking on the job and while driving. That was for good laughs.

            Still the movie though charming, just didn't do it for me. I can understand how it would appeal to so many, and I can see it was well written. It just missed that mark personally.

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            • Shoot 'Em Up (DVD) / DVD / 6 Readings / 4 Ratings
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              22.03.2009 19:51
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              Ideal for the testosterone riddled man with a hunger to see things blow up and die with style.

              Finally! A director somewhere decided that they were going to cut out all the fat surrounding shoot 'em up movies and focus on the gunplay and violence. And shoot 'em up does just that! An hour and 30some minutes of action sequence after action sequence. Taking the extraordinary light of gunplay our hero demonstrates an unusual hatred for everything which is ideal for the gun toting maniac he is... but with a conscious!

              Yes, our hero gets trapped in a big story of politics after he sees a pregnant woman run down the street being chased by a guy with a gun. Taking a bite out of his carrot, and a deep sigh he gets up and persues.

              After an unnecessary amount of violence he proceeds to couch the woman as she gives birth. Giving breathing instructions while shooting down a bunch of guys, the scenerio in of itself is so bizarre you can't really turn away. I don't think that baby will ever realize just how epic his birth was.

              The situations alone aren't what make this movie interesting, but the persuer as well. A master profiler and ex police agent with a ruthless heart *while still managing to sweet talk to his wife on the phone*, makes the conversations and situations all the better. The performance given by both our protagonist and his opponent were superb allowing the viewer to truly enjoy their interactions with the other.

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              • Jeepers Creepers (DVD) / DVD / 8 Readings / 6 Ratings
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                A sufficient thrill but not a memorable movie that will stick with you long.

                Every once in a while you come across a horror flick which admittingly at the time of watching was thrilling and scary, but after a couple months when you look back at it, you realize how empty the movie was. This is one of those movies.

                Welcome to the world of Jeepers Creepers. A movie about some kind of monster who likes to harvest the organs of select people to make a "perfect" being. He also likes to hum a certain tune so that its victim will realize that they're about to become part of a greater being. A silly tune whose lyrics go

                "Jeepers, creepers
                where'd ya get those peepers?"

                it's ironic because towards the end of the movie somebodies eyes is this monster's target. Let's all yuckle at the irony. Done? Okay, good.

                Recalling this movie now one can't help but wonder of all the weird things that didn't quite click. The people acted improperly, the situations were improbable, even given the fact we're dealing with a monster that eats other peoples organs to make it a part of itself, and the acting wasn't that great.

                Still, I suppose if nothing else is in the house, and you're really asking for some kind of thrill, the movie would not disappoint.

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              • Chicken Run (DVD) / DVD / 6 Readings / 5 Ratings
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                22.03.2009 19:30
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                I personally loved this movie and watched it with my sister, whom also loved it.

                Chicken run, a claymation in an industry based around real actors or 3d models. I've always loved the odd movie like this that has a unique feel to it with a good story to boot.

                In this particular story we are taken to a farm filled with hens and a mean mean farmer with her assistant. Thin, slender, void of compassion, she runs the concentration camp that is this farm. The hens in the farm are to deliver eggs every day or become a pie to be sold later. A rather dark setting if you think about it.

                Our protagonist believes that all they would need to do... is learn how to fly! That is of course, after failing to escape via any other means several dozens of times. Being accustomed to being thrown into isolation for days at a time, this was their final stand. They must fly, or accept their fate altogether.

                But of course, hens don't fly, and nobody knows how.

                One day a rooster who happens to have been sent flying flies over the farm and makes a wonderful landing straight into the hen pen. Realizing that this is rooster heaven he agrees to teach the hens how to fly... despite not being able to himself.

                From there our story takes off as hen and rooster alike try to do the impossible and escape the inevitable.

                The claymation was very smooth, the voice actors all without fault and skilled. Overall it was a movie worth watching. Not something i'd watch again mind you, but definitely worth it.

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              • Audiojungle.net / Internet Site / 6 Readings / 5 Ratings
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                I personally made the most sales here, though others may find other sites treat them better.

                Audio Jungle is a royalty free licensing site for both music and sound effects. Users submit their original work and prospective purchasers who purchase credits from Envato Network *the owner of AudioJungle plus other licensing sites* buy them for a royalty free license.

                Here is how this site works.

                If you offer them non exclusive material (as in you intend to submit work to other sites that work in a similar fashion) you get 25% of the sale.

                If you offer them exclusive material, you get 40% of the cut, plus another percent at regulated intervals that you generate to a maximum of 70%. Visit this link to see their rates and what you must earn to get maximum
                (yes, 300,000 as of this writing)
                http://audiojungle.net/page/rates

                Audio Jungle is the second worst pay cut site that works in this fashion from the other sites reviewed by me, with the worst being 20%. Their highest payout cut is the average starting point for nearly all the others.

                Why would you want to submit to them then?
                Audio Jungle is a fairly new site. It's library is still limited to a couple thousand so your songs/effects can be found and purchased still. You will still be making a bit of money without having to upload hundreds of files to be seen. So you get the quickest route to some money here *right now, in the future this will change*.

                So why the lousy payout?
                Currently Envato network has a 30% referral system, where you get 30% of whatever a person you referred buys in credit. So if somebody spends $1000, you get $300. This system is designed in such a way that it is impossible to cheat Audio Jungle. Even if you were getting 30% per sale, and you schemed with somebody to purchase $6000, which you get $1800, and then got them to purchase all your works only, giving you even more money. At the end of the day you would have gained nothing extra and Audio Jungle would have lost nothing. You WOULD get another sales point per product purchased but money wise they will never be in the red. If this system is changed the payout rate may reflect likewise.

                The community over at AudioJungle is fairly slow moving, but existent. Many licensing sites have a fairly dead or inactive forums, albeit Audio Jungle's forums aren't jumping, there is some activity and sense of community.

                Material is priced according to third party person who will listen and decide how much the material is worth. Generally they do a good job and i've had no complaints with how much they've marked my music.

                Uploaded materials is handled largely by paid moderators, some who are young and still attend school so getting songs uploaded through the que list they have slows down during exam periods for colleges/universities.

                Prices for Songs go from 3-10 dollars, soundeffects are all $3.

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              • Revostock.com / Internet Site / 0 Readings / 0 Ratings
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                A rather straight forward and appealing site, with varying degrees of success for her authors.

                Revostock stands for Revolution Stock. Like many other licensing sites it gives people a place to showcase their work and get a cut from their sales.

                Revostock pays the standard and respectable sum of 50% for non exclusive (As in you intend to put up the same material elsewhere) and 60% cut for exclusive material. There is no pyramid scheme like AudioJungle.net has the rate is the rate is the rate.

                Revostock deals with digital/video footage, still shots/pictures, and music/soundeffects.

                At Revostock the material is priced according to length for music, bitrate/quality/dimensions for video and dimensions and quality for pictures. Videos obvious sell from $15 to $40 a pop, $40 being HD with 1020p/i quality. 720p/i selling for about $30.

                The material must still go through a third party member before being added to the catalogue. Unlike in AudioJungle this is not to grade the material's worth as there are guidelines for them in place to do that, but to of course filter out the unnacceptable material or material that isn't up to grade for selling. So really for examination purposes only.

                Revostock's themes and genres are abundent and sometimes a little difficult to find in regards to what you want. This is especially true if you're dealing with film/game scoring music or fusion songs. However they have very appealing layouts, clean, the main genre you choose for your music gets a very neat corresponding picture with a streaming feature just hovering over the picture making hearing the music incredibly easy as the person doesn't even have to visit the page to hear it first.

                The community at Revostock is fairly dead. The forums are sleek and clean looking and there is spurts of activity in certain sections, but in most other places, hardly moving if at all.

                Rating has also been removed from Revostock recently it was never an accurate depiction on the material.

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                all in all, it might be worth a watch if you're really bored and in the mood for something alienish.

                Sanctuary is a rather odd series which though held potential, fell rather flat on it's face. Essentially you take X-Men, X-Files and large quantities of terrible special effects and somewhat weak story telling and mix it all together for a rather interesting concoction of something you shouldn't watch twice. The premise is Dr Helen Magnus (Amanda Tapping) and her daughter Ashley (Emilie Ullerup) run a large protected community of sorts of strange creatures and monsters that apparently exist on earth by the thousands but we as people have failed to take notice of save these guys.

                Our protagonist is a frustrated profiler who is taken in to help capture and analyze these monsters. Every episode is so unrelated to the other I had little difficulty randomly jumping from one episode to another. Which in my opinion is a rather good indication of a weakly written story. It feels like a dozen filler episodes for a loose storyline that might eventually kick in.

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