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Mark Torgl (The Toxic Avenger) is a guest at Phoenix FearCon

Get your fright-freak on at Phoenix FearCon

October 28, 2014 – 3:00 pm |

Halloweens come and Halloweens go, but there are enthusiasts who love the fright-life year round, and for those there is a convention called Phoenix FearCon.

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Vintage video game arcade unveiled in East Valley

October 27, 2014 – 7:30 am |
Steve Thomas and Mike Lovato, owners of StarFighters Arcade

Steve Thomas and Mike Lovato, owners of StarFighters Arcade

Get your left hand on the joystick and your right hand on the hyperspace drive, vintage video game enthusiasts, Michael Lovato and Steve Thomas, are set to unveil their “StarFighters Arcade” in the East Valley, with a free soft opening scheduled for November 1st.

These two video game devotees dream in rasterized and vector colors and they are going into business for the love of the games. Steve said, “We took our private collections and stuck them all into one building — and we’re crazy enough to let people come play them.”

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Review: Nightcrawler – TV network necrophilia meets self-help insanity

October 31, 2014 – 7:45 am |

Nightcrawler The excellent new film, Nightcrawler, is a scathing indictment of television news “if it bleeds it leads” mentality and a commentary on how free online self-help instruction could cause a person to go insane. Students of psychology are likely to have a blast analyzing Jake Gyllenhaal’s character, Louis Bloom, a man who will lie, cheat, steal and do all manner of unspeakable things in order to become what he thinks society will recognize as a success.

Gyllenhaal’s mesmerizing performance captures both the irrational intelligence and irresponsible doe-eyed ignorance of Bloom, one of the best written and most interesting characters I’ve seen on screen in a long time. In addition to his Oscar worthy acting in the part, he reportedly lost 20-pounds to play the role of the gaunt looking loner with dreams of making it big.

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Amazing Arizona Comics: The Webcomic – ‘The Birth of Zombie Santa’

October 31, 2014 – 6:00 am |

Every Friday, the week’s worth of Amazing Arizona Comics: The Webcomic is posted here for your reading enjoyment!

Lightning Octopus presents Nerdy Things To Do This Weekend In Phoenix

October 30, 2014 – 9:30 am |
Lightning Octopus

A weekly roundup of Arizona geek culture happenings by Best of East Valley 2011 blogger Jonathan Simon.

MOVIE TICKET GIVEAWAY: Go ‘Interstellar’ with GetOut

October 28, 2014 – 4:30 pm |

Looking for thrills that are out of this world? How about tickets to see Christopher Nolan’s much-anticipated space thriller?

Get your fright-freak on at Phoenix FearCon

October 28, 2014 – 3:00 pm |
Mark Torgl (The Toxic Avenger) is a guest at Phoenix FearCon

Halloweens come and Halloweens go, but there are enthusiasts who love the fright-life year round, and for those there is a convention called Phoenix FearCon.

Cartoon Network goes Over the Garden Wall with its first animated miniseries

October 28, 2014 – 7:30 am |
Over the Garden Wall (Cartoon Network)

Over the Garden Wall features the voice talents of Elijah Wood, Collin Dean, Christopher Lloyd and Melanie Lynskey.