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

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens - Spoiler-free movie review

Let's start at the beginning. When I first saw Star Wars in 1977, it was at the UA 150 theater in downtown Seattle. I was too young to drive, so my parents had to take me down there, a 20 mile round trip, to see the movie. Somehow, over the course of the next year or so, I managed to convince them to do that another 10 or 11 times as I saw the movie again and again. It's pretty astonishing now to think of any movie sticking around in first-run theaters for over a year, but Star Wars did it. T

Nathan Strum

Nathan Strum

 

The Martian - Spoiler-free movie review

Continuing the trend of semi-reality-based science fiction epics set in the undefined yet not-too-distant future that give Neil deGrasse Tyson something to Tweet about, we have The Martian. Having never read the book, I only had a passing interest in seeing the movie, since from the trailers it looked to be little more than the middle film of a trilogy set between Gravity and Interstellar, explaining how Matt Damon got marooned on a distant planet (although how all of Mars gets sucked through

Nathan Strum

Nathan Strum

 

The Good Dinosaur - Spoiler-free movie review

Because there apparently aren't enough animated dinosaur movies out there already, and because Disney didn't learn their lesson from the last one of these that they made, we have Pixar's The Good Dinosaur. We had a screening of it at work the other week, and while none of the creative team were there to present it, the reps from Disney and Pixar who were there, felt under some obligation to tell us how "close to the heart" this film was for all of them, and how this movie was all about the "powe

Nathan Strum

Nathan Strum

 

The Peanuts Movie - Spoiler-free movie review

Wah wah wah wah, wah wah, wah wah wah wah. Sorry... couldn't resist. I've been a Peanuts fan as far back as I can remember. I read Peanuts books and drew Peanuts cartoons as soon as I was old enough to read a book or hold a crayon. I've still got a picture I drew as a little kid of Snoopy's dog house (a cutaway view showing the inside and all of the stuff that he had in there), and there's a photo somewhere of me standing in front of a chalkboard we had at home drawing Snoopy on it. I had

Nathan Strum

Nathan Strum

 

If it's 3,653 days later, it must still be October

Nearly 10 years ago, on October 1st, 2005, I posted my first blog entry. And despite 580 entries since then, they haven't gotten any better. But hey - 10 years! So to celebrate, and to fill up some space, I'll be posting an exclusive, first-ever, multi-part interview with a retro-gaming legend. Seriously. A literal legend. Keep an eye out for the first installment on Monday. Probably late Monday. Pacific Standard Time. And to all of you who have been faithfully reading this blog for

Nathan Strum

Nathan Strum

 

Inside Out - Spoiler-free movie review

Pixar has an interesting history of making terrible trailers for what turn out to be great films. The trailers for Inside Out did nothing to pique my interest in seeing the film. But at the reception to this year's Producers' Show, I talked with some people from the studio who were genuinely excited about the movie. Now, if the people who have to spend day after day working on something, still like it after several years, that's a good sign. From my standpoint, I was just glad to see Pixar makin

Nathan Strum

Nathan Strum

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