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Koch Brothers Exposed

Feature; Nov. 16, 2012; Channels: Movies; By Charles Rector

Koch Brothers Exposed Ever since Michael Moore's 1989 flick Roger & Me, political documentaries have gone steadily downhill. Whereas they were once scrupulously factual and accurate to the point of being a bit dull, they are now utilized as an entertainment medium. In fact, some political documentaries have been among the most fun-filled viewing experiences of the year. This is because all too many political documentary filmmakers are throwing accuracy...

Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer

Feature; Oct. 26, 2012; Channels: Movies; By Charles Rector

Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer The scandal that toppled New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer was a very short-lived affair due to Spitzer's quick resignation once the details came out. As such, it didn't make much of an impression on the general public -- much to the relief of the Obama campaign. A scandal afflicting such a prominent Democrat would taint the entire Democrat Party and its prospects for success in 2008. This lead to Spitzer's career remaining in the dark as far as most...

Lockout (2012)

Review; Oct. 6, 2012; Channels: Movies; By Charles Rector

Lockout (2012) If it weren't for John Carter, Lockout would be the best science fiction flick of 2012. Lockout is one of those action-adventure films that really delivers the escapist goods. Best of all, it stars the remarkable Guy Pearce.   Pearce is what makes this movie work. Although usually associated with more artistic films such as The King's Speech and Prometheus, Pearce has also been in action flicks such as Animal Kingdom. Pearce plays hero Snow...

Tora! Tora! Tora! (1970) Review

Review; Oct. 6, 2012; Channels: Movies; By Charles Rector

Tora! Tora! Tora!  (1970) Review Tora! Tora! Tora! is the single best movie ever made about the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. It features excellent performances from acting talent such as James Whitmore, E.G. Marshall, Jason Robards, Joseph Cotten, Wesley Addy, Neville Brand, and Martin Balsam. The special effects are far more convincing than what’s in modern movies. It also has some of the best music. Best of all, the movie shows the sheer complacency on the U.S. side...

The Hittites (2003)

Review; Sep. 10, 2012; Channels: Movies; By Charles Rector

Hittites. You might be wondering what that is. What is a Hittite? Most folks don't know. This goes for college educated people, too. This is due to the fact that the U.S. educational system, including private schools, have done a poor job of educating people about the Ancient Near East (ANE). Most institutions of higher education don't even have courses relating to the ANE, and if they do, it's usually classes called "Ancient Greece and the Near...

Nate and Hayes (1983) Review

Review; Aug. 17, 2012; Channels: Movies; By Charles Rector

Nate and Hayes (1983) Review Nate and Hayes (1983) is an unjustly obscure movie that is in many ways one of the best swashbuckling movies ever made. We get to see Tommy Lee Jones (Capt. "Bully" Hayes) sporting a beard and a white suit that looks like the sort of thing that a lot of 19th century planters wore. The outfit is most fitting given the fact that Hayes is, among other things, a slave trader. Michael O’Keefe, as Nathaniel Williamson, is a Christian...

Stalag 17 (1953) Review

Review; Aug. 17, 2012; Channels: Movies; By Charles Rector

Stalag 17 (1953) Review Long before Hogan’s Heroes came to TV in 1965, there was Stalag 17. It's sitcom versus straight drama. And Hogan’s Heroes was a much better production. While Stalag 17 attempted to portray prisoners of war as being just as involved in the war effort as the troops on the front lines, the producers of Hogan’s Heroes realized that was just plain silly. Hogan’s Heroes took the Stalag 17 concept to its ludicrous extreme and...

The Affair (1973) Review

Review; Jun. 13, 2012; Channels: Movies; By Charles Rector

The Affair (1973) Review The Affair is a made-for-TV movie that is about as interesting as watching water boil. Made in 1973, it is one of the few films in which Natalie Wood sings, and it is one of the few times that Wood and her real-life husband Robert Wagner appeared in the same production. Wood and Wagner may have had tremendous chemistry together in person, but it doesn't translate that well to the screen -- at least not in this movie. In fact, there really isn't...

Fast Five (2011) Review

Review; Apr. 16, 2012; Channels: Movies; By Charles Rector

Fast Five (2011) Review Usually, when a movie series gets to its fourth and fifth installments, its creative wheels are spinning off the tracks. However, in the case of the The Fast and the Furious series, the opposite is true. The third installment, Tokyo Drift was the best of all. And now, we have Fast Five that is almost as good as its predecessor. As with the previous Fast and Furious movies, this is purely an escapist flick. As such, this is a movie that helps you...

Princess of Mars (2009)

Review; Apr. 9, 2012; Channels: Movies; By Charles Rector

Princess of Mars (2009) There is a small movie production company called The Asylum that specializes in making "mockbusters." Mockbusters are legal ripoffs of Hollywood blockbusters. Usually, mockbusters are created while the targeted blockbuster is still in production. Then, while the blockbuster is in theaters, the mockbuster is released direct to video. Examples: Transformers was ripped off as Transmorphers, and Pirates of the Caribbean was ripped off as Pirates of...

The Killing Time (1987) Review

Review; Mar. 22, 2012; Channels: Movies; By Charles Rector

The Killing Time (1987) Review Hollywood has a tendency to underestimate the intelligence of the American people. This is shown by the plethora of poorly thought out so-called “motion pictures” produced and distributed every year. One such movie is 1987’s The Killing Time. Kiefer Sutherland stars as a hitchhiker who kills Brian Mars who has just been hired as a deputy sheriff in a coastal county in Louisiana. Sutherland assumes the identity of his victim and...

Bloody Pit of Horror (1965) Review

Review; Mar. 22, 2012; Channels: Movies; By Charles Rector

Bloody Pit of Horror (1965) Review There are some movies that were considered quite scary by their contemporary audiences. However, when audiences in later years see those same movies, the result is often laughter at unintentional humor. Often the same scenes that terrified the audiences of yesteryear are the same ones that elicit mirth in today's film goers. 1965’s Bloody Pit of Horror is one of these movies. The movie begins with film of a strangely garbed figure being...

Triggermen (2002) Review

Review; Mar. 14, 2012; Channels: Movies; By Charles Rector

Triggermen (2002) Review One film genre that’s the hardest to pull off successfully is the comedy drama or “dramady.” Another difficult undertaking is ripping off another successful filmmaker’s works without making it too obvious that your film is a ripoff. If a film attempts to pull off both feats simultaneously, then the end result is almost always a travesty. One such movie is 2002’s Triggermen. Triggermen is an attempt to ripoff the...

One for the Money (2012) Review

Review; Mar. 7, 2012; Channels: Movies; By Charles Rector

One for the Money (2012) Review There are Hollywood stars out there whose behavior and/or viewpoints cause film critics to froth like rabid dogs. Movie reviews read like personal attacks and give the movie in question short shrift. One such actress to attract this kind of hatred is Katherine Heigl, and the movie unfairly maligned is her latest effort, the 2012 comedy-mystery One for the Money. According to Bill Gibron of filmcritic.com, "Fans of the former Grey's...

Black Brigade (1970) Review

Review; Feb. 27, 2012; Channels: Movies; By Charles Rector

Black Brigade (1970) Review Black Brigade is a good example of how ignorance of military history by Hollywood types can result in a really bad -- not to mention unintentionally funny -- movie. This was a 1970 TV movie written by Aaron Spelling. Black Brigade begins when Captain Carter (Stephen Boyd) is tasked to go on a dangerous mission to blow up a Nazi-held dam 50 miles behind enemy lines. The unit chosen to accomplish the task is B Company, which is all black ... and...

The War of the Worlds (1953) Review

Review; Feb. 15, 2012; Channels: Movies; By Charles Rector

The War of the Worlds (1953) Review The War of the Worlds is the best alien invasion movie ever made. This film looks better and better in comparison to most of the over-produced, digital drivel released today. Unlike today’s filmmakers, the folks who made this movie realized it takes more than gore, ear-splitting soundtracks, and drooling aliens to truly scare and thrill an audience. The War of the Worlds entertains because producer George Pal and his crew were able to make...

The Rocketeer (1991) Review

Review; Feb. 9, 2012; Channels: Movies; By Charles Rector

The Rocketeer (1991) Review The Rocketeer is a greatly underrated science fiction action flick set during the late 1930s in the Great Depression while the world was inching toward World War II. This particular movie was made in 1991 and based on a graphic novel by Dave Stevens. This movie is of the same flavor of the Republic serials of the 1930s and 1940s, and it captures the spirit of the pulp magazines of the time. This is fitting because the original Dave Stevens...

Jackson County Jail (1976) Review

Review; Dec. 20, 2011; Channels: Movies; By Charles Rector

Jackson County Jail (1976) Review There are some movies that are so poorly made, it defies belief that they ever made it to the silver screen. Jackson County Jail, produced by the prolific Roger Corman, is one such movie. If it were possible to gauge the IQ of the script writer from this movie, it would be pretty close to zero. Jackson County Jail is a slapdash effort. It begins in Los Angeles when liberated career woman Dinah Hunter (Yvette Mimieux) quits her job as a...

OMGN's Best Summer Flicks of 2011

OMGN's Best Summer Flicks of 2011 If there's one thing we like as much as video games, it's movies too. Since the name change to include movies in the title, the OMGN staff has narrowed down the best movies we've seen this summer — as well as the worst, the ones that surprised us the most, and everything in between.   Best Action Kyle: For me, X-Men: First Class is, hands down, the best action flick I've seen. From Hellfire Club's first attack on the young members of...

Soldat Interview with Michal Marcinkowski

Feature; Sep. 4, 2010; Channels: Video Games; By Charles Rector

Soldat Interview with Michal Marcinkowski Thank you, Michal Marcinkowski, for agreeing to do this interview with OMGN about Soldat. OMGN: Let's start with a self-introduction, the person behind the Game Master. MM: My name is Michal Marcinkowski. I'm a one-man team game production company based in Poland. My best known work so far is the online multiplayer mayhem Soldat. OMGN: Were you a soldier before Soldat?  MM: Nope. I think being a real soldier is much more boring than video...

Grand Prix Racing Online Interview

Feature; Aug. 16, 2010; Channels: Video Games; By Charles Rector

Grand Prix Racing Online Interview The following is an exclusive OMGN interview with Vladimir Alexandrov of Grand Prix Online at http://www.gpro.se OMGN: Let's start with a self-introduction of yourself, the person behind the Game Master. Vladimir Alexandrov:  Hello, my name is Vladimir Alexandrov from Bulgaria. I am the president and one of the administrators / developers of the game Grand Prix Racing Online (GPRO). OMGN: Were you a race car driver before Grand Prix...

Interview With Nuno of Astro Empires

Feature; Jul. 13, 2010; Channels: Video Games; By Charles Rector

Interview With Nuno of Astro Empires This exclusive OMGN interview concerns the space strategy game Astro Empires at http://www.astroempires.com/ OMGN: Let's start with a self-introduction of yourself, the person behind the Game Master NUNO: Hi, my name is Nuno Rosário, and I’m the creator and director of the game Astro Empires. I’m a normal person but with a passion for computer games and programming. OMGN: What was your experience as a gamer before Astro...

Crimson Moon Interview

Feature; Jun. 22, 2010; Channels: Video Games; By Charles Rector

Crimson Moon Interview OMGN: Let's start with a self-introduction of yourself, the person behind the Game Master. DELVAGAN: Well most know me as Delvagan or BigD. I'm the owner of Crimson Productions, LLC, who owns and operates "Crimson Moon." I've been coding in some form for the past 15 years or so. I started out coding basic HTML when the web was young. In college, I specialized in more application based programming learning languages like COBOL and Visual Basic....

Interview with Werner Bayer aka Bladefist of Pardus

Feature; Jul. 29, 2007; Channels: Video Games; By Charles Rector

Interview with Werner Bayer aka Bladefist of Pardus Following is an interview that was done with the co-founder of Pardus, Werner Bayer aka Bladefist: OMGN:  Let's start with a self-introduction of yourself. My name is Werner Bayer, developer and administrator of the free Massive Multiplayer Online Browser Game “Pardus” (http://www.pardus.at). Aside from my work on Pardus, I am a full-time student of computer science and software engineering. I live in Austria, near Vienna.OMGN:...

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