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Mostly Atari-related projects, and other ramblings. Home of the Artie the Atari comic strip.

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Wonder Woman - Spoiler-free review

Well, DC finally got one right! That's pretty-much all you wanted to know, right? We're done here? No? Okay. Fine... we'll do the review thing. By far, the best character in Batman v. Superman was Wonder Woman. She was the only one who looked like she was having any fun. Whether her limited screen time would translate well to a feature film was the big question. Fortunately, it did. Gal Gadot carries this movie. As she should, being Wonder Woman and all that. She does a great job

Nathan Strum

Nathan Strum

 

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 - Spoiler-free review

I really enjoyed the first Guardians of the Galaxy movie. Probably in part because I had absolutely no preconceived idea of what it would be about, or who the characters were, or anything about it, really. But now, they've actually got something to live up to, since the movie's been on TV a dozen times (and I've watched it besides that on Blu-ray and iTunes), the characters are well-established personalities (having their own animated TV series and ), and there's been a huge build-up to the

Nathan Strum

Nathan Strum

 

When is a cartoon not a "cartoon"?

When it's an "animated film". This year's Walter and Gracie Lantz Animation Prize winner, Yonatan Tal, said the other night when accepting the award, "We can make cartoons... but we'd rather make animation." That's a pretty interesting distinction, and one that wasn't lost on me when watching our student films this year. For many of the films, they felt less like traditional cartoons, and more like short stories that happened to be animated. As with last year, and the 22 years that preceded

Nathan Strum

Nathan Strum

 

So close...

I used to play Nintendo's Vs. Golf back-in-the-day-when-you-could-actually-play-it-in-the-arcades. When I got into MacMAME (now 20 years ago!!!!) I picked it up again, and the best score I shot at the time was 59: That was 13 under par (the course changes, so the overall par changes as well). Recently, since I got MAME running again properly for the first time in years, I've been playing it again. I've gotten to where I can birdie every hole on the course... just not always in the same

Nathan Strum

Nathan Strum

 

Three chips off the old block

Keeping an old 2600 running isn't always easy... My original 2600 is kind of an odd one to begin with, in that it was a factory reconditioned Sears console, with a light-sixer case, but heavy-sixer insides. Apparently, this is just something Atari did. It makes sense - if they're factory-refurbishing something, they'll put it back into the best, or newest, case available. In 2002, as I dusted off my 2600 for the first time in years, I noticed the springs in the switches were broken. These we

Nathan Strum

Nathan Strum

 

Arrival - Spoiler-free movie review

Even though it had... appeared? ...been released? ...shown up? ...landed? No... that's not the word I'm looking for... Anyway, even though Arrival first came out in movie theaters back in November, it took me until a little over a week ago to finally see it. Much to my surprise, there were still quite a few theaters (in the Seattle area) showing it, and there were actually more people in the theater seeing Arrival, than when I'd seen Passengers a few days before, despite Passengers being a

Nathan Strum

Nathan Strum

 

Passengers - Spoiler-free movie review

Titanic in space. 4.5/10 Okay... I was really tempted to just leave the review at that, but in all fairness, I suppose I could do a little better. Passengers is the fourth film in the Gravity / The Martian / Interstellar trilogy. Don't ask me how the math works, it just does. Sometime in the very distant future, Earth is a mess, and we're now colonizing other planets to mess them up too. So... add Wall-E to that list, since that

Nathan Strum

Nathan Strum

 

ATari Flashback Portable review

Out of curiosity more than anything, although maybe with a slight tinge of hope, I recently picked up an ATGames "Atari" Flashback Portable. I was given a Flashback 2 about ten years ago as a gift from a couple of friends who knew I was into Atari. I plugged it in once, played through some of the exclusive games on it (most of which were terrible), and stuck it on a shelf in the closet, where it's been ever since (although I have used the joystick that came with it, since it's pretty good). Th

Nathan Strum

Nathan Strum

 

Rogue One - A Spoiler-free Movie Review

I got the chance to see Rogue One: A Star Wars Story on Thursday night (okay - technically Friday morning) thanks to a friend of mine who invited me to a screening at Disney Feature Animation. Nothing like seeing a Star Wars movie in a room full of nerds. I'll try to keep this brief, because it's 3 AM and I'm really, really tired. Oh, and so it doesn't get all wordy and boring. That too. I'd been looking forward to Rogue One (and avoiding spoilers) because the trailers looked really cool,

Nathan Strum

Nathan Strum

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