Ben Coleman 
Member since Feb 14, 2009

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Hello! I am a freelancer for the paper. I cover movies mostly, but sometimes video games, comic books, and whatever else comes up.

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Re: “Ghosts of Games Past

Yep! But you'll notice that on the System Shock 2 Steam page the publisher is listed as Night Dive Studios. This is basically the story of how that happened.

Posted by Ben Coleman on 03/05/2015 at 4:29 PM

Re: “Sino-lacra

R, Sexmachinealpha: It's an interesting article to be sure. Unfortunately, whatever profound allegory LtBF contains didn't make the translation intact. Allegory is notoriously hard to translate, and a complex national allegory so closely tied to place and a specific cultural humor may well be impossible. It might be an Important Movie in China, but it's not anything over here if no one can understand what's going on.

The other problem is that it's not really entertaining. It's not a good action movie, it's an ugly looking western, and as a period piece it's inaccurate. It's not a comedy unless you happen to be a speed reader or fluent in Mandarin, because those subtitles go FLYING by. "You're just too dumb/unequipped to appreciate it" is a fine line to take if you want to be priggish in the comments section, but it's unlikely to get many asses in those seats.

Posted by atomic on 03/13/2012 at 6:41 PM

Re: “Alan Moore Has Something to Say

"Put to the wall" in this case being a wall of money.

Posted by atomic on 03/13/2012 at 6:15 PM

Re: “Clinton Street Theater for Sale

I've got 5 in too. Just $123,989 to go.

Posted by atomic on 03/08/2012 at 1:18 PM

Re: “Free "Valuable Thing" Contest: Win a Frying Pan!

This looks easier to clean than CC's cast iron.

Posted by atomic on 03/08/2012 at 1:15 PM

Re: “Win Valentine's Dinner for Two at Central

To continue my comments made in an earlier post:

TNG is the obvious choice from a design perspective. The Doctor's crudely constructed foes from days of yore (I am looking at you, Daleks) would fade into the background with the sets from TOS, while his updated adversaries (now to you, Cybermen) would look out of place. Both being older shows, updated for a new generation ("The Next" if you will), TNG is a natural pairing.

The same could be said RE a Doctor/DS9 crossover, but here I must stop you: How many times have we seen the Doctor stumble upon a space station in distress, or a colony menaced by the perils of ethic strife writ as alien species locked in prejudice and strife? Have those been the best Who stories? Or have they been the worst? I posit that the Doctor is at his prime when he is exploring the galaxy, indeed, one might easily say, when seeking out new life, new civilizations, exploring brave new worlds and lastly, friends, boldly going.

Where better to do so than on the bridge of the USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-D)?

Posted by atomic on 02/10/2012 at 6:16 PM

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