Posted on: November 1st, 2010 REVIEW: The Walking Dead Series Premiere

the-walking-dead-posterFor many last night, the porch lights went out a little early and the last trick or treater received the rest of the candy bowl, for all sets seemed tuned in to AMC’s premiere of The Walking Dead. The series, which has been promoted heavily since this year’s San Diego Comic-Con, has been anticipated more than any other television series, and perhaps more than most film events this year. The wait paid off, and last night was a Halloween to remember, as The Walking Dead premiered a thrilling, tense, expertly crafted feature-length pilot. It’s easy to tell we’re at the beginning of a very special series, quite possibly one of the best of the genre in any medium.

Mild spoilers from here on out…

Episode 1, entitled Days Gone By, starts with quite possibly the most ballsy opening sequence of a series ever aired on television. We follow lone sheriff Rick Grimes as he approached a deserted gas station, only to encounter a little blond girl carrying a teddy bear. Of course she slowly turns around to reveal a mangled zombie face and Rick puts a bullet right between her eyes. Less than three minutes in and we have our first kill, that of a six year-old. Like I said, ballsy. Cue the opening titles, which are gorgeous, boasting the production value and attention to detail on the series.

The episode covers about half of the first trade paperback of Robert Kirman’s acclaimed comic series. Although I won’t regularly compare the tv series to the books, the pilot episode is remarkably faithful to beginnings of the story. Leaping off the page, this time in color, is Rick’s awakening in the hospital to discover his world – including his wife and son – gone with only reanimated corpses lurching about. He’s taken in by a man and his son who catch him up to speed with the status quo. Rick then sets out off to Atlanta in search of his family, and the episode concludes with him in one hell of a mess. The episode takes its time to really get us into Rick’s mindset, and sets the tone for what to expect; a deep character-driven tale of survival.

Showrunner Frank Darabont, who has written and directed the first six episodes of the season, has left his mark all over the show. Beautiful cinematography and a voracious eye for detail makes the show seem more like a movie than a series, boding well for the show. Just like the pacing, the writing is tight and organic, adding an extra layer of believability from the performances. For anyone weary of Andrew Lincoln’s portrayal of Rick, fear not; it’s evident very early that he is Rick Grimes. He’s the fulcrum of the series, certainly, and the pilot episode is all him, though we do get some screen time with some of the rest of the cast, albeit very brief.

More than anything, The Walking Dead appears to take itself and the genre very seriously. In one of the most emotional scenes in the episode, Rick studies a zombie, connecting with its former humanity in his head. It’s great television and great storytelling, and a tremendous way to start a long-running series; we’re becoming rooted in the story and the characters, making nothing superfluous and everything engaging.

I can’t wait for the next episode to air; I’m not a tv guy at all, so it’s unusual for me to have a night of my week booked on the couch. But damn am I looking forward to it.

The Walking Dead airs Sundays at 10/9c on AMC.

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Posted on: October 11th, 2010 Win Tickets To WAITING FOR SUPERMAN

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From the Academy Award winning director of An Inconvenient Truth comes WAITING FOR SUPERMAN, the intense look at the state of public education in the United States. Early reviews of the film indicate this one is a ‘can’t miss’.

We’re giving away some ADMIT TWO passes for the film, good at The Globe theatre, Calgary, during the film’s theatrical run.

Entering is easy – leave  a comment on this page and you’re automatically entered. Winners will be notified via email next Sunday, October 17th.

Waiting For Superman hits Canadian theatres this Friday. Visit the official site for more info.

Watch the trailer:

Posted on: October 11th, 2010 Win A JACKASS 3D Prize Pack!

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This Friday, a day that will live in infamy, marks the 3rd big-screen reunion of the Jackass crew and GKS is celebrating by giving away JACKASS 3D prize packs to two lucky readers.

What’s in these prize packs, you ask? Inside each Jackass Party Supply Kit you will find:

• An ADMIT TWO pass to see the film at any Cineplex theatre during it’s theatrical run.

• Two Jackass 3D t-shirts.

• Party blowers.

• Cups.

• Shot glasses.

• Ping pong balls.

• Posters.

Winning one is simple – in the comments section below, tell us the worst injury you’ve ever received. Winners will be notified by email next Sunday, October 17th. This giveaway is for Canadian readers only.

Jackass 3D opens this Friday, October 15th!

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Posted on: September 11th, 2010 Win Tickets To LEGEND OF THE GUARDIANS

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Hot damn we’re in a generous mood today, aren’t we? Again thanks to Warner Bros Calgary, we’re giving you a chance to see Zack Snyder’s animated owl epic Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole before anyone else.

The screening will take place next Sunday, September 19th at 10am, Scotiabank Chinook Theatre (once again, for Calgary residents only).

To enter, fire off an email to ryan [at] giantkillersquid.com with the subject line WARRIOR OWLS. In your email, give me your full name, the full name of the one guest you will be bringing, and the answer to this question:

What is the name of the upcoming 300 sequel, to be written by Frank Miller and directed by Zack Snyder?

Good luck to all that enter, we are giving away a total of 2 admit two passes, and will notify winners via email by Friday, September 17th.

As always, if you want even more chances to win free pre-screening tickets and merch, you must join the Warner Bros Calgary Facebook Group. You’ll thank us once you do, trust me.

Posted on: September 11th, 2010 Win Advanced Tickets To THE TOWN

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Thanks to Warner Bros Calgary, we’ve got another exciting pre-screening coming up for The Town, directed by and starring Ben Affleck along with Jeremy Renner, Blake Lively and Jon Hamm. Early reviews suggest you do not want to miss this one.

The screening will be held this Wednesday, September 15 at 7pm, Empire Studio 10 (Macleod Trail) – sorry to all you non-Calgary readers.

So how do you win? It’s simple really, just send an email over to ryan [at] giantkillersquid.com with the subject line THE TOWN. In the email, give me your full name and the answer to the following question:

What was the first film directed by Ben Affleck?

Good luck! We’re giving away 3 sets of ADMIT TWO passes. Winners will be contacted via email no later than Tuesday, Sept. 14th by 12 noon.

Now go right now and join Warner Bros Calgary’s facebook group. They give a ton of tickets and prize-packs away. Kind of like how the Joker gave all that money away during that Gotham City parade in Batman.

Posted on: July 19th, 2010 CONTEST: Dinner For Schmucks Tickets & Prizes

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Ah I love the smell of giveaways in the morning.

We here at GKS love giving you readers free stuff, but this time you gotta work for it. Don’t let that scare you though, this is a chance to show off your creative side.

Thanks to the fine folks at Paramount, we’re giving 3 lucky readers a chance to win a Dinner For Schmucks prize pack which includes:

An ADMIT TWO pass to an advanced screening of the film* (Calgary, AB only – again, sorry non YYC’ers). There’s also hats, posters, keychains and more for each winner and their guest.

So… what’s the catch, you ask? Here’s where it gets fun.

We want you to send us your best mouseterpiece. You read that right… mouse. We want to see famous movie scenes reenacted with mice. It can be any movie scene you want, and you can use any resources and medium you want, so long as it can be sent in as an image. Want to photoshop mice on the Orca as the shark from Jaws attacks mouse versions of Robert Shaw and Richard Dreyfuss? Perfect. Want to do a pencil sketch of Oskar Schindler – as a mouse – saving refugees? Well, that’s what we’re looking for. Bottom line, get creative.

Example A: The 'mousterpiece' - Now make your own.

Example A: The 'mousterpiece' - Now make your own.

Send you creation over to ryan [at] giantkillersquid.com – be sure to include your full name. Winners will be notified via email.

The contest closes next Monday, July 26th at 12pm MST. All entries will be displayed here at GKS as well as on our Facebook Page (speaking of, join that if you haven’t already!).

Contest starts…. now. So get going, get creative, and let’s see how crazy you can get with mice and movies!

* The Dinner For Schmucks screening will take place on Wednesday, July 28th at 7pm at Sunridge Spectrum theaters in Calgary, so book that evening off.

Posted on: July 11th, 2010 WIN Tickets To See INCEPTION Early!

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We’re just days away from the release of the most anticipated film of the summer, Christopher Nolan’s INCEPTION, and we’re so excited that we’re gonna give you a chance to see the film early, before the masses!

We’ve got a couple of ADMIT TWO passes for Inception, screening this Wednesday, July 14th at 7:00pm, Scotiabank Chinook Theatre in Calgary (sorry to all you non-Calgary residents).

So how do you win one of these passes? Easy. Simply send an email over to contest [at] giantkillersquid.com with the subject ‘INCEPTION’. In your email, tell us your full name and favorite Chris Nolan film that isn’t The Dark Knight.

Winners will be selected and notified via email no later than noon this Tuesday. Remember, this is a chance to see the film before anyone else, so seats to this screening are limited. Also, if you win tickets, you must attend – they are non-transferable. The passes are ADMIT TWO though, so you get to bring a friend!

Big thanks to Warner Bros. Calgary for making this screening possible; head on over to the Warner Bros. Calgary Facebook Group, and join for your chance to win advance tickets for upcoming WB films!

Posted on: November 17th, 2009 [GIVEAWAY] Star Trek: The Art of the Film

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J.J. Abrams’ exceptionally-awesome Star Trek hits DVD and Blu-Ray today (go buy that now!) so in honor of that, we’re giving away three copies of Star Trek: The Art of the Film!

“What is this book?” you ask:

292px-Star_Trek_The_Art_of_the_Film_coverDirector J.J. Abrams’ new vision of the greatest space adventure of all time, Star Trek features a young, new crew venturing boldly where no man has gone before, as it tells the story of how the brash Starfleet cadet James T. Kirk first meets a Vulcan named Spock, and earns the Captain’s chair of the Starship Enterprise. The film quickly became a critical and commercial smash hit worldwide, as audiences — confirmed Trekkers and newcomers alike — thrilled to a state-of-the-art action epic which both respected the legacy of Gene Roddenberry’s archetypal modern myth and forged ahead into an exciting future of its own.

Star Trek: The Art of the Film is a lavishly illustrated celebration of that new vision, tracing the evolution of the movie’s look through a stunning array of previously unseen pre-production paintings, concept sketches, costume and set designs, unit photography and final frames.

Written by New York Times-bestselling author Mark Cotta Vaz in close co-operation with the film’s production team, and including a Foreword by J.J. Abrams, this is the essential companion to the film.

This 160 page book is pretty gorgeous and is the perfect companion to a near-perfect flick. There’s a ton of insight into what went into designing the film, and there’s even some stuff that wasn’t shown in the final cut.

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Thanks to the wonderful people of Titan Books, we’ve got three copies of Star Trek: The Art of the Film to give away!

Entering is easy, there’s three different ways!

1. Follow me on twitter and re-tweet this exactly:

RT @zombie_elvis GIVEAWAY! Star Trek: The Art of the Film http://bit.ly/cXATq RT this to enter!

Be sure to follow me on twitter so that I can DM you if you’ve won and collect your information.

OR

2. Leave a comment below. It’s that simple. If you do enter this way, you’re going to have to leave your email address so that we can get a hold of you to collect your information.

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3. Send an email over to contest [at] giantkillersquid [dot] com with ‘BEAM ME UP’ in the title – be sure to leave your full name and mailing address.

This giveaway ends on Monday, November 30, 2009.

Good luck, and may the best man, woman, droid or replicant win!

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Posted on: October 6th, 2009 GIVEAWAY: LEGO Star Wars Prize Packs!

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We told you about this Saturday, 10.10.09, being LEGO Star Wars day, to commemorate the release of LEGO Star Wars: The Visual Dictionary, and now we’re ready to give you a chance to win an awesome LEGO Star Wars prize pack!

Here’s what we’re giving away, thanks to the fine folks at DK Publishing:

ONE (1) MEGA PACK GIVEAWAY
Includes:
(1) Copy of LEGO Star Wars: The Visual Dictionary
(1) LEGO Star Wars 10.10.09 T-Shirt
(1) LEGO Star Wars Postcard Pack from Sand Diego Comic-Con
(1) Darth Vader LEGO Mini-Figure

THREE (3) MINI PACK GIVEAWAYS
Includes:
(1) Copy of LEGO Star Wars: The Visual Dictionary
(1) LEGO Star Wars 10.10.09 T-Shirt

So how do you win one? Easy. There’s three different ways:

1. Follow me on twitter and re-tweet this exactly:

RT @zombie_elvis LEGO Star Wars GIVEAWAY! 4 Prize Packs to be had http://bit.ly/7urJP RT this to enter! #101009

Be sure to follow me on twitter so that I can DM you if you’ve won and collect your information.

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2. Leave a comment below. It’s that simple. If you do enter this way, you’re going to have to leave your email address so that we can get a hold of you to collect your information.

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3. Send an email over to contest [at] giantkillersquid [dot] com with ‘LEGO STAR WARS’ in the title – be sure to leave your full name and mailing address.

This giveaway ends on Saturday, October 10, 2009 – 10.10.09. All four (4) winners will be announced and contacted on Sunday, October 11, 2009.

What are you waiting for?! Get entering!

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Posted on: October 5th, 2009 GKS Celebrates LEGO Star Wars Day – 10.10.09

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If you’re like me, you grew up loving LEGO (and still love it). You also no doubt love Star Wars, one of the greatest film-franchises of all time. Well it’s no mystery that for years these two power-houses of love have come together in what could be the greatest amalgamation of fun known to man. I’m talking of course, about LEGO Star Wars products.

This Saturday, October 10th, marks your chance to celebrate all things LEGO Star Wars with the grand release of LEGO Star Wars: The Visual Dictionary, a gorgeous print compendium chronicling the life and history of LEGO Star Wars up to now.

The LEGO® brand and Star Wars® are two of the world’s most well-recognized and successful franchises, and have been collaborating since the 1999 release of the first LEGO Star Wars mini-figures. DK joins the party with the exquisitely photographed and minutely annotated Visual Dictionary, complete with exclusive mini-figure! – Visit the book’s official home on the web

Low Res JacketThe fine folks at DK Publishing have not only put together a really cool book, but they’re making this Saturday, 10.10.09, a day to show your love for LEGO and Star Wars in the flesh, at live events all across America. Be sure to check out the live event in your area – there will be tons of LEGO Star Wars goodness! Meet real-life Star Wars characters, from the 501st Legion!

CLICK HERE FOR A COMPLETE LIST OF IN STORE EVENTS – 10.10.09

You’ve got to head down and meet a stormtrooper and get your hands on this beautiful visual dictionary.

But that’s not all!
We’re giving away 4 LEGO Star Wars prize packs!

Stay tuned this week for details on how you can win one of four LEGO Star Wars prize packs. Copies of the book! T-shirts! Buttons! Postcards! Stickers! LEGO Star Wars mini-figures!

All this and more LEGO Star Wars stuff throughout the week as we gear up for the big day, 10.10.09.

May the force be with you.


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Posted on: September 8th, 2009 REVIEW / GIVEAWAY: Sideshow Collectibles

CONTEST CLOSED: Congratulations to Kiaran of Edmonton, AB on winning this here zombie toy. Stay tuned for more great giveaways!

Anyone who’s anyone knows that when it comes to collectibles, Sideshow Collectibles is king. Since 1994, Sideshow Collectibles has maintained the reputation for producing some of the most eye-popping designs and sculpts and collectibles for some of the world’s most famous properties. These are luxury items for us collectors. It’s with great excitement that I present a review and giveaway for one of their hottest new items, The Harbinger from Sideshow’s The Dead line.

The Dead line features all-original concepts and designs with a horror flavor, specifically zombies. The Harbinger itself is a fully articulate 12″ zombie priest. Check out my video review below, and keep reading for full specs and photos and info on how to win one of these bad boys, as you read that right…. we’re giving one of these away to one lucky reader!

Video Review:

Figure Specs:

  • Figure stands 12″ tall
  • Fully articulate body (feat. Prometheus body system) with 30+ points of articulation
  • Real fabric costume, including pants, coat, sash, priests collar, cummerbund and rosary
  • Figure comes with bible prop piece and display stand

Images:

Check out the official page for The Harbinger at Sideshow Collectibles.

Now… here’s the really good part…

Giveaway:

Thanks to the spectacular people at Sideshow Collectibles, Giant Killer Squid is giving you the chance to win a free 12″ Harbinger figure of your very own.

How do I win one? Easy.

Send an email over to contest [at] giantkillersquid [dot] com with your name, full address and the answer to this question: What is the name of the shopping mall in which the original Dawn of the Dead took place?

Put ‘SIDESHOW’ in your email’s subject line, and have your entry in by September 30th. Winners will be contacted via email. Residents of the US and Canada only please.

May the best ghoul win.

Posted on: August 3rd, 2009 GIVEAWAY: Inglourious Basterds Limited Edition David Bowie 7″ Vinyl

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CONTEST CLOSED: Congratulations to our winners Stephanie and Edward.

We here at Giant Killer Squid are incredibly excited about Quentin Tarantino’s new film Inglourious Basterds, and to prepare for the release of the film and it’s soundtrack we’ve teamed up with the fine folks over at FILTER Magazine to bring you a pretty sweet giveaway.

Two lucky winners will receive a special limited edition 7″ vinyl for David Bowie’s song ‘Cat People’ from the Inglourious Basterds soundtrack.

How do you win one of these bad boys? Easy.

Between now and Monday, August 17, 2009 send an email over to contest [at] giantkillersquid [dot] com with ‘INGLOURIOUS BOWIE’ in the subject line and include your full name and address.

Winners will be announced and notified via email on September 1st.

Stay tuned for more cool giveaways!

*Only residents of the UNITED STATES are eligible to win this time.

Posted on: July 16th, 2009 WIN a Copy of WATCHMEN on DVD!

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CONTEST WINNER:
Congratulations to Adam of Joppa, MD for winning this here giveaway! 

You smell that in the air?

That’s Watchmen fever coming back, as we gear up for next week’s release of Watchmen – The Director’s Cut on DVD and Blu-Ray.

Well to celebrate this epic event in home video release we here at Giant Killer Squid are giving away a copy of the two-disc DVD to one lucky reader.

What do you have to do? Nothing!

Between now and next Thursday, July 23rd, send an email over to contest [at] giantkillersquid [dot] com with ‘WATCHMEN DVD’ in the subject line. Be sure to 

include your full name and address and while you’re at it tell us your favorite scene in the movie.

The winner will be announced next Friday, July 24th and will also notified via email.

Check out the specs below for the DVD in question:

Someone’s killing our super heroes. The year is 1985 and super heroes have banded together to respond to the murder of one of their own. They soon uncover a sinister plot that puts all of humanity in grave danger. The super heroes fight to stop the impending doom only to find themselves a target for annihilation. But, if our super heroes are gone, who will save us?

Disc 1:
Director’s cut of the film (186 minutes)
Disc 2:
The Phenomenon: The Comic that Changed Comics (30 min.)
Webisodes (38 min.)
Music Video: My Chemical Romance Desolation Row (3 min.)
Digital Copy – Theatrical version

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