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Otakon 2012 Podcast

Posted on 07 August 2012 by VinnieAve

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Christmas Challenge: A Lot of Catching Up To DO

Posted on 17 December 2011 by DM

Day 8 Rare Exports

Ok wow.  Not only do I have a new Christmas movie to add to my list but I have a new Halloween movie to add to the list.  This was a huge surprise with how much I enjoyed it.  We’ve got an Old Testament Santa Claus and the creepiest elves ever.  I think what really sells this movie though is some talented acting.  This is actually a pretty decent family flick as long as no one in the family scares too easy and you don’t mind seeing too much old man ass.

Day 9 Elf

I had no idea Zooey Deschanel could sing so well.  This is a nice modern day Christmas classic.  Will Ferrell does well in the roll of  an elf-raised human without being horridly over the top as he is in most comedic roles.

Day 10 Miracle on 34th Street

“I believe, I believe, I know it’s silly but I believe.”  Given the vague choice, I of course opted for the original black and white movie.  No modern adaptations for me thank you very much.  I will always love this movie and it will always signify the beginning of Christmas in my family.  Watch it with yours and realize Christmas is not just a day.

Day 11 A Year without A Santa Claus

Ugh.  I know Vincenzo loves this one but it was definitely not my favorite holiday special.  While the Heat and Cold Misers do add something to the mix I found this one a struggle to get through.

Day 12 National Lampoons Christmas Vacation

I will always remember this movie as the one that almost killed me with laughter.  One of the few National Lampoons movies I can get being, Christmas Vacation does well at conveying the Christmas Spirit without getting too…um dirty.  My Grandfather loved to watch this one with us and I watched it with him in my thoughts.

Day 13 The Holiday

A little birdie told me that Vincenzo fell asleep during this one but don’t let that scare you away.  I know for a fact he has very little good taste (except perhaps in friends).  Christmas takes a backseat in this one but there is plenty of kindness love and generosity of spirit to be found here.

Day 14 A Very Venture Christmas

Best line ever, “Hey fancy-pants, I’ve been naughty”  I do like this Christmas special.  It carries the same atmosphere of turning things loved in childhood on their ears as the show itself does.  Plus. Brock!

Day 15 The Snowman

A Frosty the Snowman with some poignancy.  A very under sung special that I definitely enjoyed watching.

Day 16 Star Wars Christmas Special

I should be destroyed for suggesting that anyone watch this.  I am ready for Cthulhu.  I have seen madness and come out on the other side of it.

Day 17 A Muppet’s Christmas Carol

Such a wonderful special to take Lucas’ horridness out of my brain.  I cant believe I didn’t watch this one for the first time until last year.  For more see our podcast.

Day 18 Scrooge (1970)

Eh ive seen better adaptations of A Christmas Carol.  But Vincenzo likes it so maybe give it a try.

Day 19 A Christmas Carol (2004)

A surprisingly good movie.  See our podcast (when its aired) for more.

Day 20 The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus (Rankin-Bass Special)

Burn in hell Vincenzo

Day 21 Cosmic Christmas

This was an ok film but coming so quickly off of TLASC it was not my cup of tea.  A bit too much of the religious meaning of Christmas for me as well.

Day 22 A Christmas Carol (Doctor Who Episode)

Wow. This was really really really good.  I might have to try a bit of The Doctor now.  Really really good.

Day 23The Santa Claus

AS much as I question having Tim Allen portray Santa Claus, he really does do a reasonable job at it. In my book this is another modern classic.

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Challenge Day 3: Off the Beaten Path for a Great Movie You Need to See

Posted on 28 November 2011 by VinnieAve

Tell me if you heard this one an old tramp, a transsexual, and young homeless girl find a baby and try to find a home for it. Oh wait you haven’t than you haven’t seen Satoshi Kon’s 2003 film Tokyo Godfathers. If you have heard a story that resembles it then you might know that it’s a remake of a classic movie. So why you ask is this included in many nerdy Christmas lists is that this film takes place between Christmas Eve and New Year’s Day.

I will freely admit that this is the first time I’ve seen this movie and part of the reason that I put it on was to hold myself to watching it. I have seen both Perfect Blue and Paprika (I own Millennium Actress but have yet to watch it). I was not let down by this film at all. It’s not as bizarre (it has moments) as either but it’s a Christmas film and I don’t need that.  This film works very well in developing the three main characters fully with flaws and history. This is not really a movie for children but a movie for adults who may have lost the magic of Christmas. Also it would be good for those of us how are anime fans to show to others to show that that anime isn’t just tits and robots.

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Christmas Challenge Day 2: Put a Little Love in Your Heart!

Posted on 26 November 2011 by VinnieAve

I managed to get two films in today but I promised Scrooged so Scrooged it is. It’s strange that for the past 2 days we’ve had variations on A Christmas Carol but neither have been a standard version (It’s a Wonderful Life is a Christmas Carol only with a just man). The film is a basic classic story updated for the modern day. Instead of Scrooge we have Frank Cross, Television Executive being a miserable bastard. The film isn’t perfect and suffers from a lot of bad jokes but I still love this film. The best parts of it are the moments that we see into the Live Scrooge they are presenting on Christmas Eve. I love the idea of Buddy Hackett playing Scrooge and the Solid Gold dancers having anything to with it (the seem to only be there in the movie).

This isn’t the best Christmas comedy (A Christmas Story comes to mind) but no matter how many times I see A Christmas Carol, there is something that pulls my heartstrings. This version is nice because it pokes fun at the TV culture that is so ubiquitous, sadly as time passes this film becomes more and more dated, and I think most of its charm is lost the younger generations (some on myself). It might be nice to see another revision like this since the film came out almost 20 years ago. Good night and see you tomorrow when I talk about Tokyo Godfathers and get another hole punched on my anime card (yes, I’ve never seen it before).

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It’s Time to Light the Lights: The Muppets Review

Posted on 23 November 2011 by VinnieAve

At long last there has been a new Muppet release. For all of those on the internet you probably saw the numerous trailers that have been released for The Muppets. They did the best they could to not reveal much of the plot of the film without misrepresenting the film, an impressive feat in the modern day where trailers often give away big parts of the plot and misrepresent the film.
This film opened with a new short from Pixar. At this point we’ve gotten used to having this on Pixar’s film but when you see the Muppets there is a Toy Story short. I’m not going to say much on this other than it is an enjoyable little movie where Buzz gets trapped in a support group for Happy Meal Toys that have been abandoned (I hope that some of those toys get released at some point). You know Pixar does a good job also this won’t make or break you seeing this film.
So for the feature presentation, I think that many people were won by the trailers and if this won you over you know the kind of humor you are getting into. The film starts with Gary (Jason Segel) and his brother Walter (Walter) growing up and becoming fans of the Muppets, especially Walter. After this sequence we are introduced to Mary (Amy Adams), Gary’s longtime girlfriend. There are many things that are expected in a Muppets’ movie and from this beginning they are present, because when Gary and Walter walk to see Mary there is a large musical number and there is a general self-awareness of this happening around them.
The mood set and style set here play-out for the entire film, more-so when the Muppets start showing up. The three new characters travel to LA (for the 10 year anniversary of Gary and Mary) to learn the Muppets studio is going to be sold to Tex Richman who wants to drill for oil there. From here the action drives with some tension between Gary and Mary since he gets caught up in helping the Muppets get the studio back from Tex Richman.
The plot is not what makes this movie great or notable. For anyone who is a fan of early Muppet works (The Muppet Show and the first 3 movies), this movie will surely kindle the feelings you had. I mention that first 3 films since everything after Muppets Take Manhattan is ignored. While I am a fan of some of the pieces that have been made after Jim Henson died, I understand that this film was meant to be a throwback to his time. This film succeeds in every way that it can. What won me over was the tongue-in-cheek humor and general lampooning of movies without getting bogged down in parody.

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Steam Celebrates Halloween In The Best Way Possible: Cheap and Scary games

Posted on 31 October 2011 by DM

Since Steam has been kind enough to celebrate my favorite holiday, I will be happy to let those of you who have not partaken in said sale know and give some brief reviews of some of the games I have played off the sale list.

  • F.E.A.R. Collection: Let us start with the scariest game I have ever played. The Original F.E.A.R. was an awesome game that I heartily enjoyed.  I will not play this game in the dark.  I will not play this game before bed.  If you like spooky supernatural effects, then this might be a pack to pick up. For $6.79, you get the first two games and all the second games add-ons.
  • Left for Dead 2: I was not a huge fan of this game but according to my friends, I am in the minority.  A nice zombie hunt co-op game for almost a quarter of normal cost.
  • Borderlands add-on “The Zombie Island of Dr. Ned”: This one was not scary by any means but it was full of what makes Borderlands great; Good Hokey fun.
  • Bioshock and Bioshock 2: Both Games are available for good sale prices and if you have not played these games then you must not like video games.  So why are you reading this then?
  • Cthulhu Saves the World: This is a game that the sale got me to by and for 2 dollars, I really do not regret it.  A nice short and simple game ala Final Fantasy 1 or Dragon Warrior that adds a good bit of cheesy humor to the mix. Have fun playing as Cthulhu as you try to unlock your evil powers to destroy the world by becoming a true hero.
  • Plants versus Zombies: I got tired of the repetition but again I seem to be in the minority.  Hack away at zombies with plants that have murder in the hearts.

And so many more games that look to be worth a try. Any games on the list that you have played? Tell me about them in the comments below while there is still time to get them on sale!

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The End and the Beginning of the DC Universe

Posted on 31 August 2011 by VinnieAve

So in my 2 or 3 years of reading comics regularly, there has never been a more interesting week. This is the week is quite possibly the most important week yet. DC only released two books. One was Flashpoint #5 and the other was Justice League #1. I’m going to review this and try to keep them in context of what I’ve seen in DC comics. I’m reviewing them in the order that I encourage you to read them; it just makes sense that way.

Flashpoint #5 – So for this past summer we’ve had the experience of seeing this darker world, it hasn’t been the smoothest ride and this book is no exception. It wasn’t quite a story but more of an exposition book that explains why this happens. I wasn’t really impressed with it overall. The ending is pretty much a forgone conclusion. It has a bit of a Lord of the Rings feel in that there are all these threads from the side books that have going on (the best part of the Flashpoint Universe) all come together to help end the war between Aquaman and Wonder Woman. I don’t usually notice art or things like that but the splash page when the resistance shows up is something that I hope gets made into a poster. The book ends with the Flash going back but when he travels he sees three different timelines. Part of me says that this might suggest that there could be a way to bring back things from the previous DC. I’m not suggesting that this will collapse the new universe but a way to filter in ideas that should be brought over. For a brief comment, if you haven’t already read Flashpoint there is no reason to read #5, however, I suggest if you haven’t read Flashpoint and enjoy superhero comics pick up the collection that is coming on in October (only the main story, not the side books, which are coming out in March).

Justice League #1- Also for the past summer there has been a lot of build-up to the New 52. Today it started its landing with Justice League. This is a smart choice since it can be used a way to bring in characters and see where they’ve been. The first thing I noticed was that it say “5 Years Ago” in the first panel. To me this says that the main DC Universe is going to take place after this book (with exception to Action Comics which will take place before this). This is a very tone establishing issue. This is before heroes became well known. Most of the book is making sure you know this in the dialogue between Batman and Hal Jordan.  The book isn’t bad, it’s a little slow but I think that this is a good start. I didn’t expect too much action in this book. The art is slick and clean throughout the book. This book would be a good starting point for any super hero fan.  It’s not an action packed start but the action is good and Hal shows off his powers pretty well. There is something of an over-arching story but it’s really front and center, as JL progresses I’m sure it will be more a part of it as the gang forms up. I’m actually glad they didn’t rush the formation in one book and will spread it out.

So there it is the end of the old and the beginning of the next stage. These books are not going to bring in people who don’t like the superhero thing but this will be a good way to make stray sheep back.

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