November 2012 Newsletter: First Anniversary Edition

Well…… It’s finally here!  This is a special edition newsletter to celebrate the first anniversary of EDGE Reviews! The newsletter contains several reviews with at least one in each catagory. Come back soon!

Movie Reviews

     The Adventures of Tintin Review: By aarona2u

Graphics:9/10 The movie was made up of computer generated images and over all the graphics were good, although the cartoonieness of some scenes (which was probably made while trying to make it more like a comic book)ruins the realistic appearance of the graphics. storyline 8/10 the story starts out with Tintin and snowy walking through an open flea market and Tintin spotting the model of the unicorn. he takes it back home and leaves.Then returns only to find the Unicorn missing and his apartment ransacked,i will not tell any more because it would ruin the movie. Movie vs. Book, There are some major differences between the movie, and the books it’s based on which  are: the crab with the golden claws, the secret of the unicorn ,and red Rackham’s treasure. some of the differences include  ,that in the original the treasure wasn’t Captain Haddock’s ancestor’s,it was Red Rackham the pirate’s! in the book also when they open the globe it supposedly contain s all of the treasure ,while in the movie , it included   SOME of the treasure  and a clue to were the rest was hidden! music:9/10.The music was overall a pretty important element to the film. it give the audience more of a feeling of what’s going on The opening was one of the best parts of the movie, because it was reminiscent of 1960″s and 70′s openings for live action shows and cartoons such as the classic batman tv show. Overall:10/10 The movie over all is Excilent, action packed and keeps you on the edge of your seat. I would highly recommend getting it on dvd when it comes out on march 13 2012.

Star Wars Episode 1 Review: Written By Lord August

Illustration depicting various characters of the film, surrounded by a frame which reads at the top "Every saga has a beginning". In the background there is a close-up of a face with yellow eyes and red and black tattoos. Below the eyes are a bearded man with long hair, a young woman with facepaint and an intricate hat, three spaceships, a short and cillindric robot besides a humanoid one, a boy wearing gray clothes, a young man wearing a brown robe holding a laser sword, and an alien creature with long ears. At the bottom of the image is the title "Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace" and the credits.

Developed by: Lucas Films Ltd.

Directed by: George Lucas

Produced by: Rick McCallum

Written by: George Lucas

Rating: PG

STORY:

A long time ago…in a galaxy, far, far away…..

The Galactic Republic is in a period of decline. In response to a taxation on trade routes, the Trade Federation organizes a blockade of battleships around the planet of Naboo. Supreme Chancellor Finis Valorum dispatches two Jedi, Qui-Gon Jinn, and his Jedi apprentice Obi-Wan Kenobi to negotiate with Trade Federation Viceroy Nute Gunray, in hopes of resolving the issue. However, the Sith Lord Darth Sidious orders the army to kill the Jedi and invade Naboo with an army of battle droids. The two Jedi escape: by climbing aboard a ship and escaping to Naboo. There, Qui-Gon saves a Gungan named Jar Jar Binks from being crushed by a Federation tank. Indebted to the Jedi, Jar Jar leads them to the underwater Gungan city; there, the Jedi unsuccessfully attempt to persuade the Gungans to help the people of Naboo, though they are able to obtain a transport to reach the Capital city of Theed on the surface.

Meanwhile, the Federation has invaded the capital city Theed, and nearly taken over the rest of the planet. Queen Amidala is captured by the Federation army, but is rescued by the Jedi. The Queen escapes Naboo with the Jedi on her starship, which is damaged on its way through the blockade surrounding the planet, forcing them to land onTatooine, a nearby desert planet, for repairs. Qui-Gon ventures into the settlement of Mos Eisley with Jar Jar and the droid R2D2 to a junk shop to purchase a new hyperdrive generator. The queen allows Padmé, supposedly a handmaid, to journey along with them. There, they meet a slave child named Anakin Skywalker, a pilot and engineer who has created his own protocol droid, C-3PO. After spending time with Anakin, Qui-Gon senses a strong presence of the Force within him, and suspects he may be the “Chosen One” of Jedi prophecy who will bring balance to the Force. Qui-Gon makes a bet with Anakin’s owner, Watto, to enter him in a podracing tournament; if Anakin wins, he will be freed. If Watto wins, Qui-Gon forfeits his ship. Anakin manages to win the race and beats the doug, Sabolba, and then joins the group to be trained as a Jedi. They are then attacked by Darth Sidious’ apprentice, Darth Maul, who was dispatched to find, and eliminate the jedi. Darth Maul and Qui-Gon Jinn battle each other on the sands of Tatooine, Qui-Gon, meeting his match, retreats, to his ship and disembarks the desert planet.

Having escaped the attack, the Jedi escort the Queen to the Republic capital planet of Corusant so she can plead her people’s case to Chancellor Valorum. Qui-Gon asks the Jedi Councel to train Anakin as a Jedi, but is rejected. Meanwhile, Senator Palpatine of Naboo convinces the Queen to make a motion of no confidence in Valorum in attempt to vote for a stronger Chancellor who will help end the conflict. She pushes such a vote, but grows frustrated with the lack of action by the Galactic Senate, eventually deciding to return to Naboo with the Jedi.

Back on Naboo, Padmé reveals herself to be Queen Amidala, the other “Queen” having been a decoy. Padmé convinces the Gungans to form an alliance against the Trade Federation. While Jar Jar leads his people in a battle against the droid army and the Queen comes in to capture by Gunray in Theed, Anakin pilots a vacant starfighter and joins the fight against the Federation droid control ship in space, and—using the Force—destroys the ship, deactivating the droid army. Meanwhile, Obi-Wan and Qui-Gon encounter Darth Maul once more and engage him in a lightsaber fight. Maul mortally wounds Qui-Gon, but is defeated by Obi-Wan; who cleaves Maul in two. Qui-Gon’s dying request is for Obi-Wan to train Anakin. Palpatine is elected as the new Supreme Chancellor, the Federation Viceroy is sent to stand trial for his crimes, Obi-Wan is bestowed the rank of Jedi Knight, and the Jedi Council accepts Anakin to become Obi-Wan’s apprentice.

ACTORS:

Liam Neeson

Ewan McGregor

Natalie Portman

Jake Lloyd

Ian McDiarmid

Pernilla August

And others…

PRODUCTION:

The movie itself was created over a decade after Return of the Jedi. Lucas realized during the making of A New Hope that the world he created was too vast in scope to cover in one stand-alone film. He began writing a basic draft for his prequel trilogy that he planned on creating after the first three films. After Return of the Jedi, certain events occurred and Lucas lost over half his fortune. This made him drop the entire idea of starting a prequel trilogy. However, in the 1990’s Star Wars was still popular. Dark Horse comics began creating Star Wars comic books with back stories for Lucas’s different characters. This inspired Lucas to finally take up the task of creating another three Star Wars movies.

Within three to four months of Lucas beginning the writing process, Doug Chian and his design team started a two-year process of reviewing thousands of designs for the film. Stunt coordinator Nick Gillard was recruited to create a new Jedi fighting style for the prequel trilogy. Gillard likened the lightsaber battles to a chess game “with every move being a check.” Because of their short-range weapons, Gillard theorized that the Jedi would have had to develop a fighting style that merged every swordfighting style, such as kendo and other styles, with other swinging techniques. While training Liam Neeson and Ewan McGregor, Gillard would write a sequence to be an estimated 60 seconds long, meant to be among five to six sequences per fight. Lucas later referred to Jedi as being “negotiators”, rather than high-casualty soldiers. The preference of hand-to-hand combat was intended to give a more spiritual and intellectual role to the Jedi.

When the movie premiered in 1999, the respond was outstanding! Thousands of companies had to shut down on the opening day, for thousands of employees reported they could not attend work for they were going to see Star Wars. The movie won back Lucas’s fortune and helped urge him to start on the other two.

At the time, CGI was a big thing, but Lucas balanced the CGI enough with other camera tricks he used in the first three films that the movie still held the same charm as the others, EXCEPT for a few scenes. (i.e. Darth Mauls death)

OVERVIEW:

When all is said and done, “The Phantom Menace” is still considered a great accomplishment in the modern day movie industry.

Star Wars Episode 1: 10.0

Captain America Review: By Josh

are you looking for, action sci-fi, romance, bullets flying, and bombs screaming awesomeness? see the new Captain America the Last Avenger! The story is, a thin frail and weak teenage boy wants to join the army in WW2. but he doesn’t pass the physical exam. His name is Steve Rogers. A kind professor notices him at the recruiting post. He offers Steve a chance to join the army. Steve eagerly takes the offer. But there’s a catch. He has to be hooked up to a ultra-secret experimental machine. The machine turns out to be successful and turns Steve into Captain America!!!! The legendary Cap must fight kill his arch-enemy, Hydra and The Red Skull.

 
    Watch this epic movie today!!!

Video Game Reviews:

Mario Kart Wii Review: By Chipop

Players: 1-4. Controllers: wii remote and wheel (or no wheel), game cube controller, classic controller, and wii remote and nunchuk.If you like battling & racing, mario kart wii is the right game for you! You can play: grand prix, time trials, vs., and battle. You can choose from twenty four characters, plus…… you can play with your mii’s! Options: There are also optional accessories for Mario Kart Wii that you might enjoy. You can buy a Wii wheel (white or black) and also an inflatable car to sit in while you play your racing game. If you are a big Mario Kart fan, you might like some of the Mario Kart toys and  if you don’t have a Wii, there are other game systems that have Mario kart games you can buy for systems such as for the Nintendo DS ($36.64!) the game cube ( no longer available!) and the 3Ds ($46.99!). Enjoy playing mario games!

Mario Kart Wii with Wii Wheel

H.A.W.K.S 2 Review By Ben

Do you like bullets screaming and planes flying?  Then H.A.W.K.S 2 is the game for you!

Help the H.A.W.K.S team save the world from Rainmaker!  Fly anything from a helo
to the newest F-35!  Besides campaign mode play challenging endless survival mode against aces!
Also arcade top scorer mode. Made for Wii ,Windows,PS3,andXbox360.
 
 
          

Book Reviews:

Book Review: Runemarks Review Written By: Sela

Runemarks, by Joanne Harris

 
 
“This is a WOW-this-book-is-so-amazing-that-if-they-made-it-into-a-movie-it-would-win-an-Oscar-for-sure book. Runemarks has so many twists and turns it will keep you on the edge of your seat.”—Chicago Tribune I couldn’t agree more with this statement. Runemarks is, without a doubt, the most enjoyable book I’ve read in a while. Jam-packed with exicitement, life lessons, inner battles, and more than enough surprises, Runemarks has a subtle theme of what true family really is, and where one’s loyalties ought to lie in the mortal world. Despite the fact that this novel focuses more on Norse mythology than any religions followed nowadays, I still think that there are lessons worth learning hidden within the words. Here’s the statement on the back cover. In Maddy Smith’s world, Order rules. Chaos, old gods, Faeries, goblins, magic, glamours–all of these were supposedly vanquished centuries ago. But Maddy knows that a small bit of magic has survived. The “ruinmark” she was born with on her palm proves it–and makes the other villagers fearful that she is a witch. But the mysterious traveler One-Eye sees Maddy’s mark not as a defect but as a destiny. And Maddy will need every scrap that One-Eye can teach her about runes, cantrips, and glamours–every ounce of magic she can command–if she is to survive that destiny. That statement does an amazing job of keeping the reader guessing. It doesn’t give any of the main plot away, yet it is still relevant to the storyline. Here are some facts about the book in general.
527 pages Third-person POV (though it switches from person to person in every chapter) Published by Alfred A. Knopf The author is from England (seriously, almost every book I read by a British author is amazing. The Stoneheart Trilogy by Charlie Fletcher, anyone?) Has a list of characters and a guide to the ‘Runes of the Elder Script’ Link To Runemarks On Amazon
Right, so. Pros and cons. There were some of both, though I must admit more pros–like, nearly the whole book was a pro. There were a few minor cons.
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Pros: – None of the characters are who they seem; throughout the novel, I was constantly being surprised by all of the characters, even the minor ones.
– The POV (point of view) switches from character to character, which I enjoy in any book. – There’s something for everyone in the book. For action-adventure readers, there’s plenty of excitement and battles. For fantasy readers, the book contains goblins, gods, and magic. For science-fiction readers, there are a few rifts between different worlds. – Almost everything else is a pro. Great vocabulary, vivid images painted with words, and no inconsistencies or mistakes that I could see. Cons: – The ending left a lot to be desired. It was kind of…mixed emotions for me. A few characters (they may have been good, they may have been bad, but I didn’t see any reason for one or two of the deaths) died, for what seemed to be no reason. It was also slightly confusing, and left me wondering what would happen to the main character afterwards. All in all, I didn’t really like the ending. – There was some mild swearing throughout the book. Nothing too strong, but it was an issue for me at times. Eventually I just skipped over them; believe me, it was well worth it. – There was some violence. Nothing too graphic, although one or two things made me squirm a little. Seriously though, nothing too bad. – Throughout the book, I had to double-check a few things due to my confusion. This might or might not be an issue for the rest of you.
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Despite that, I greatly enjoyed the novel. Want proof?
Well, let’s see. The last book I stayed up late reading at night was…either the Codebearers series by the Miller Brothers, the Inheritance Cycle by Christopher Paolini, or The Unicorn Chronicles by Bruce Coville. ((See? It’s been so long since I stayed up late reading anything, I can’t even remember which book it was.)) And I stayed up late last night reading Runemarks. I would have stayed up until midnight if I could, but my mom made me go to bed. Curses. Oh, well, that meant I got to finish it this morning. And I had dreams about the book last night, so that’s a plus. All of the characters were written well, with third-demensional personalities and backgrounds. It’s almost too hard to choose my top three favorites, but if I had to, it would probably be these three.
One-Eye – A Wanderer, Outlander, and Journeyman (as he is called by people who do not know him) who takes Maddy Smith under his wing for very important reasons (nope, not telling; read the book).~ Lucky -One who is not what he seems. Throughout the book, Maddy struggles to figure out whether Lucky is trustworthy–or untrustworthy. She has good reason to wonder. ~ Sugar-And-Sack -Sugar, as he is commonly known, is a goblin. He appears throughout the book, and is probably one of the funniest characters. Maddy catches him in the cellar, about to escape through his burrow. After that, they keep running into each other.
Runemarks is an intriguing, rollicking tale with believable characters and an engaging plot. The ending leaves something to be desired, but do not let that deter you. If you haven’t read it yet, go to your nearest bookstore/library/online store and get a copy. I’m serious. Overall, I give Runemarks 4.5 stars. If I had been more satisfied with the ending, it would definitely have been 5 stars. If you’ve read this book (before or after I post this review) please comment and let me know what you thought of it!

 

 
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