by mr sparkle on November 23, 2011

in Film,Media Rack

The medium of 3D Video is almost constantly under attack from the general public, and this is not completely unfair. Studios saw the unbelievable success of Avatar as an easy answer to falling Box Office grosses, and exploited it as a gimmick that rarely justified movie-goers of the extra few bucks.

But there’s no reason the extra dimension in 3D should be considered a detriment, filmmakers just need to figure out how best to use it. But after many of them have failed to create much with this new layer in movies, it should be no surprise that, with Hugo, unquestionable Filmmaking Master and ecstatic Film Historian Martin Scorsese would figure out a way to take full advantage of 3D in a way that is just as important to storytelling as cinematography, Mise en scene, and anything else you would find in a 2D film.

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Since we’re talking about learning in my house, here are the alphabet blocks I use to indoctrinate my kids in the Mad Science Arts.

Actually, these are probably too cool for my kids. They will be much safer sitting between my Albert Einstein action figure and my Tardis playset.

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This kick ass little short from Fancy Pants Productions takes the inherent awesomeness of both Star Wars and LEGO’s and amps up the (bloodless) carnage for some serious fun.

Lego – The Force Unleashed

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by alphamonkey on January 13, 2010

in Short Film,Star Wars

“Every ginormous idea is born in a very special moment.” The LEGO Click community is the company’s new forray into social networking to create a “collaborative environment designed for inventors, artists and creative enthusiasts to share their vision about new products and toys.” Take a look at the vid below, and if you’ve got the time check out the site which is constantly getting built upon (and gets points for me for including everything from Star Wars to the Aptera).

CL!CK: A LEGO Short Film

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You remember the Nebulon-B Class Medical Frigate from the end of The Empire Strikes Back? Of course you do, who doesn’t. Well this enterprising individual created his own version out of LEGOs. And it even includes a small Millennium Falcon.

nebulon b lego

More pics here.

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Knowing teh ‘monkey’s love of Domo I thought I’d share this will him, and all of you. The Domo Fun Time Magnet Set includes all kinds of magnetic mix-and-match Domo goodness including sun glasses, guitar, snorkel, and much more. The set retails for $19.99 and is scheduled to ship in late January. If you just can’t wait, you can pre-order a set here.

domo fun time magnet

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superman blowup dollThat’s right folks it’s that special Christmas gift equally “appropriate” for your 7-year-old or his bi-curious teenage brother.

You just know this is what Jimmy Olsen wishes for every Christmas.

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Blackest Night hasn’t exactly been the big event I was hoping for, but this tie-in grabbed my attention. DC Direct is releasing this set of adjustable plastic rings (one each in red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet, plus black) which light up with a long-lasting LED bulb when slipped on a finger.

blackest night rings

For $60 they’re a little pricey, (and do you really need all eight rings?). But, I will admit the Green Lantern fan in me does kinda want the green one.

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millennium falcon clock

Okay, that’s pretty cool.

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usagi yojimbo plushBecause you demanded it (or I did, let’s not mince words) here’s a little toytasic awesome for you today starting with this 12in Usagi Yojimbo plush doll. Okay, that’s pretty damn cool. I mean, who doesn’t want a cuddly rabbit ronin to call their own?

And if you share an office with someone who’s got Hulk Hands (like I do) maybe the gift of a Wolverine Electronic Claw might be a gift worth giving.

Also, a group of old school items made new:

He eats Green Berets for breakfast. Check out this accessory-packed classic John Matrix action figure from Commando. (Do you think they’ll make an Alyssa Milano figure, too?)

Has all the gossip about a new Ghost Busters movie made you hunger for some classic action figures? Not to worry, you’re covered with these 6″ Egon, Ray, and Winston action figures complete with proton packs, ghost traps, and more.

And if you want to go even more old school you might check out Mattel’s Retro-Action DC Super Heroes which include Green Lantern, Batman, Superman, Lex Luthor, Sinestro, and Green Arrow.

And, finally, if you are Gremlins fan then this one’s for you. Haven’t you always wanted your own Singing Santa Gizmo Gremlins Plush? C’mon, admit it. Admit it!

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