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FilmCrunch 039: This Film Is Not Yet Rated DVD Review

Veronica Santiago and Neil Estep review This Film in this episode of FilmCrunch: The MPAA, a lobbying organization for the movie industry, maintains a rating system first implemented in 1968 by longtime president Jack Valenti. This system, with its age based content classification using letter grades G, PG, PG-13, R, and NC-17 (formerly X), has become a cultural icon. But behind its simple façade is a censoring process kept entirely secret. Board members are anonymous; deliberations …

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Bleeding Edge TV 167: Inside AMD’s Performance Testing Lab

While we were out visiting AMD, they gave us the opportunity to enter their Performance Testing Lab, an area guarded by dual steel doors that seemingly required both a key and special knocking code in order to enter. Once inside and sure that our lives were safe, we spoke with Mark Welker about how AMD tests their chip technologies across different platforms, software, and games. He talks to us about benchmarks, what they mean in the …

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FilmCrunch 038: Flags of our Fathers Review

Veronica Santiago and Neil Estep review Flags of our Fathers in this episode of FilmCrunch: It is the most memorable photograph of World War II, among the greatest pictures ever taken. The winner of the Pulitzer Prize for photography and one of the most-reproduced images in the history of photography, the picture has inspired postage stamps, posters, the covers of countless magazines and newspapers, and even the Marine Corps War Memorial in Arlington, Virginia. “Raising the …

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FilmCrunch 037: Sherrybaby DVD Review

Veronica Santiago and Neil Estep review Sherrybaby on DVD in this episode of FilmCrunch: Three years after entering prison for robbery as a 19-year-old heroin addict, Sherry Swanson begins her first day of freedom, clean and sober. A model prisoner who has undergone personal transformation, she immediately sets out to regain custody of her young daughter Alexis, who has been cared for in her absence by her brother Bobby and his wife Lynn. Unprepared for the …

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FilmCrunch 036: Smokin’ Aces Review

Veronica Santiago and Neil Estep review Smokin’ Aces in this episode of FilmCrunch: In these interlocking tales of high stakes and low lifes, Mob boss Primo Sparazza has taken out a hefty contract on Buddy “Aces” Israel—a sleazy magician who has agreed to turn state’s evidence against the Vegas mob. The FBI, sensing a chance to use this small-time con to bring down big-target Sparazza, places Aces into protective custody-under the supervision of two agents dispatched …

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FilmCrunch 035: Dreamgirls Review

Veronica Santiago and Neil Estep report back with their review of the Academy Award-winning Dreamgirls: Set in the turbulent early 1960s to mid-70s, the tale follows the rise of a trio of women—Effie, Deena and Lorrell—who have formed a promising girl group called The Dreamettes. At a talent competition, they are discovered by an ambitious manager named Curtis Taylor, Jr., who offers them the opportunity of a lifetime: to become the back-up singers for headliner James …

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FilmCrunch 034: Letters from Iwo Jima, This Film is Not Yet Rated, Movie Theater Etiquette

Veronica Santiago and Neil Estep are back with a full episode of FilmCrunch. In this show, expect a review of Clint Eastwood‘s Letters from Iwo Jima, along with a DVD review of This Film is Not Yet rated. Now we want to hear from you - hit the forums and let us know what you think, what you want us to watch next, and any other recommendations you have for the show. ...

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Bleeding Edge TV 166: Myst Online URU Live Interview

Gear Live friend Doug Dobbins was able to sit down and chat with Rand Miller of Cyan Worlds, the folks behind Myst, Riven, and URU Live. We get a first-hand look at URU Live, the concepts behind it, and how it came about through association with GameTap. Rand gives us a peek into his mind as it pertains to gaming, both as a developer and as a fan of the medium. Check the video for the …

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Bleeding Edge TV 165: AMD LIVE! Digital Home Cinema

We were able to get a first-hand look at the new AMD LIVE! Digital Home Cinema concept while hanging out with the AMD crew. For those who may have missed it at CES, the AMD LIVE! Home Cinema is pretty much a specialized HTPC that aims to replace just about everything in your entertainment center, save for game consoles. It can run Linux or Windows Media Center, and is even a digital cable tuner that is …

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Bleeding Edge TV 164: AMD Introduces Active TV

Seems everyone wants to get into the business of streaming content both from the Internet and from your home network, to your television. Of course, we are of the opinion that in as little as ten years time, this will be the way most television entertainment is consumed in the first place, so it only makes sense that companies start getting on the ball now. AMD recently gave us a look and demo of their Active …

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