Daily Archives: May 14, 2012
The Dictator hits theatres this Wednesday, but I got an early peek at Sacha Baron Cohen’s latest ultra offensive comedy.
Sitting somewhere between Bruno and Borat, The Dictator seems like a more ‘charged’ political parody than the other two. Unfortunately, this also means that in order to enjoy, you’ll need to attend with some minimally savvy movie-goers; ideally ones who can take a joke or two.
Though equally offensive, The Dictator does focus on the Middle East… but no one should feel singled out by the movie. I only mention this because every well-placed Jewish joke seemed to get no laughs. Let’s not forget, Sacha Baron Cohen is Jewish so if anything these jokes should be less offensive.
Of course, there is plenty more to knot your panties.. from women to immigrants to fat kids, Cohen shines when Aladeen, shows no mercy. Read the rest of this entry
To tie in with May’s Origin theme, I’ve decided to write up a little something on the history of the main-stream video game console.
Even though I wasn’t around for some of the earlier iterations, I have played all of them, and all of them – while they ranged from terrible to incredible – have left a distinct mark on the culture of gaming.
Many people think of Atari’s Pong as the starting block for video gaming when in fact, there was a little known system that predated it. In 1972, Magnavox released a console called the Magnavox Odyssey, marketed as the first true commercial home video game console. It had a peripheral light gun for a shooting gallery game, very similar to that of the Nintendo Entertainment System (Duck Hunt anyone?).