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Are D-Box Simulators the Future Movie Experience?

23 Dec


Approximately 70 movie theatres worldwide have D-BOX Simulators, customized seats which attendees can park their rear end to. Some may have more than 40 available chairs and for those people willing to pay the added premium, they will move with the flow of the film; in theory, they will experience the movie on a whole new level. The motion sometimes work and at other times will not. There’s no proper road map for the engineers to follow when they program the chairs’ gears and gyroscopes to respond to the movie.

The technology debuted when The Fast & Furious released on April 3, 2009. Not many theatres offered this thrill ride and patrons had to be living near major metropolitan centres that had a movie multiplex who bought into this format early. In Victoria, British Columbia, Cineplex Entertainment retrofitted their SilverCity Victoria location over the summer and I waited for the right film (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) to come out before taking on this experience. To lurch and sway to the motion of the Millennium Falcon made the experience fun! I lifted my feet off the ground so I could allow the chair to fully control my center of gravity than my body.

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A Non-Spoiler Review & Commentary of Star Wars: The Force Awakens

18 Dec

By Ed Sum (The Vintage Tempest)


To witness Star Wars: The Force Awakens in the same fervour as this franchise got exciting in the later parts of the original trilogy, Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi, is exhilarating. The subtitle says more about the potential of where this latest instalment is going sounds like a return to form — in keeping the mystique that surrounds The Force — and from there I was sold! I wondered what can transpire in a property that is now managed by Disney. Are they doing it because the property is a cash cow or because Lucas is out of ideas? In what the new writing team developed brings a new hope to a franchise that’s now 38 years old.

As the narrative in the trailers have indicated, there’s something in those “eyes” of the old and new heroes who find themselves in this war. In traditional story-telling fashion, they are often regarded as a window to an individual’s soul. Quite often, writers use that angle to show how people can recognize family lines of individuals they have not met. Take, for example, the Harry Potter films where the hero is often told, “You have your mother’s eyes.”

Just who is Finn (John Boyega), Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac), Rey (Daisy Ridley), Kylo Ren (Adam Driver)? They make up the cast in this latest film which is emphasizing the fact that a few of them may be related to one another, or to an individual from the past.
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[Non-spoiler] Wishes for Where the Story Direction for The Force Awakens Should Go

16 Dec

By Ed Sum (The Vintage Tempest)


Based on the trailers and in what’s considered the new canon of the Star Wars legacy, what I hope to see in The Force Awakens (TFA) is a return to the Joseph Campbell ideologies. I feel they were at the core of made the original trilogy great. The mystique of the title suggests that there’s sentience to this energy that binds the universe. Has the balance between all that is good and evil been restored since Return of the Jedi (RotJ)? Thirty years is a long time for some, but for others, that is a mere blink to the lifespan of any galaxy. Part of the story from other chapters of the saga suggests how The Force can be alive, and will that manifest as a character? Probably not right away, but that’s my hope!

I think Luke Skywalker has added demons to confront. He’s worked past some of the problems of becoming a fully realized Jedi but there will be other destinies to face. Is he ready to head a new Jedi Order, as some story theorists have suggested? After the climatic battle in RotJ, The Empire is defeated and what survives of their forces are scattered all over the galaxy. As the trailer indicates, one faction has fought their way up the ranks to be the new galactic threat. But a lot of people, myself included, will want to know what Luke is up to. The only telling moment is when he passes on his lightsaber to another character, presumably Leia (maybe Rey), to deal with establishing a new army of Force sensitive individuals. The Jedi were the peacekeepers of the galaxy once, and Luke cannot handle it alone.

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The Force Awakens Final International Trailer

10 Dec

ForceAwakensOfficial1By James Robert Shaw (The Wind up Geek)

The lastest and last Star Wars: The Force Awakens international trailer has been released and it clarifies a few things in the film. If you don’t like spoilers then I suggest you turn back now because this new trailer will ruin things for you. Not only do we learn things like how Han Solo is introduced in this film but we also learn what role deceased Sith lord Darth Vader will play.

The rough translation of the introduction: “Hello everybody, I’m LuHan, I’m very pleased to serve as China’s ambassador of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”. Follow me and light up the lightsabers. Enter the planet, awaken the force. Next, let us watch the Chinese version of a special trailer.

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Mark Hamill Walks Hollywood Blvd for ‘Force for Change’

3 Dec

By James Robert Shaw (The Wind up Geek)

StarWarsForceAwakensIn the latest Force for Change video Star Wars: The Force Awakens actor Mark Hamill walks one of Holywood’s favourite tourist attractions, Hollywood Boulevard. Disguised as a Stormtrooper Hamill was able to interact with residents, tourists and even Luke Skywalker’s father (Whose voice is not as deep as one remembers).

Part of the fun of this video comes from the humour that Hamill creates on the spur of the moment. I won’t go into details on every little joke, you the reader will just have to watch.

There is still time to donate to Force for Change. You can have a chance to be one of two grand prize winners to win four tickets to the premiere of Star Wars: The Force Awakens in London, England or Los Angeles, California where you’ll walk the red carpet and meet the cast. Winners and their guests will enjoy free flights and a stay at a 4-star hotel.

Go to Omaze.com’s Force for Change to donate.

Source(s): Star Wars Official YouTube Channel, Statue Collectors, Statue Collectors, and Magne Lie.

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