Again, Thank you so very much for looking at our podcast, listening, and for checking out our facebook page, podcast, and subscribing in iTunes!
Okay, so I am going to post the show in two parts again because iTunes is being stubborn and it wont let me upload two shows from one URL for some reason. I wish it would though. So again, please enjoy our shows!
Thank you for stopping by again. In these two parts, Josh and I discuss the new Mortal Kombat X (and my inability to pull off fatalities), Daredevil on Netflix, and the plethora of trailers that came out last week. We know everyone else has done this also, but here at BBR, we are an odd couple that have vast ideas. Listen in and hear if you agree or disagree and comment or question below. You can also find us on facebook! Just click on the FB button on the home page.
In part 2, we watch the Batman v Superman trailer and react. Watch it with us and tell us what you thought.
Hello Everyone! Thank you for coming back and if it is your first time here, please make sure to check out our other shows. In this podcast we talk about the upcoming Mortal Kombat X game as well as TMNT comics. And a shout out: Thank you to the Turtle Flakes Podcast for their great podcast! If you want another podcast to check out, I suggest theirs. Find us on facebook and in the itunes store. Leave comments and questions here or on Facebook, and thank you again for stopping by.
In our 51st show, Josh and I talk about why Batman: Gotham Knight has been assigned a Mature rating by the ERSB, more about the Avengers, Rise of the Tomb Raider, and Resident Evil Revelations 2 episodes. It has been a fun 2 weeks and I think it turned out to be a pretty good discussion. Will our predictions be right about Avengers: Rise of Ultron? Josh and I have different ideas as to how the movie flow will go. I wonder what we should wager each other? I think if I am right, he should cook me dinner! Let us know what you think about the upcoming Avengers movie and thank you for listening in.
Welcome back! We have taken a long hiatus over the past few months to deal with some life changing events, but now we are ready to come back and hopefully entertain and be entertaining. In this episode we talk about why we have been gone for 4 months as well as some show ideas. Greatest couples in video games and comics based on influences in real life will be an upcoming show topic if you would like to add to that conversation. We also talk about Spider-Man coming to the Marvel Cinematic Universe with our thoughts about another origin story, where we would like to see Spidey go, and what is the big deal with Peter Parker’s race anyway?
For our next show we will come back to talk about some video games we have been playing as well as some random tidbits of other information. Thank you for checking us out again and understanding that life happens to us all. Please find us on Facebook with comments or here in the comment section.
~Nicole and Josh
So I had to put the show into 2 posts due to file size. Let’s try this again!
Part 2 is in the next post!
So, here we are again. How are you? Everything seems to be going well in the cinematic universe as of late. We have a BUNCH of movies to look forward too in the near and not so near future. The first would be Avengers: Age of Ultron. Here is the extended trailer:
Here is the original teaser trailer for Avengers: Age of Ultron. To further expand upon a theory that seems to make more sense today, at the 37 second mark is where Black Widow is holding Bruce Banner’s arm. I know it is a 1 second shot, but that compiled with some other shots of Black Widow and Bruce Banner kind of make me think I am on the right path. We will see if my theory is true when the movie comes out!
Next, there was big news from the people at Marvel to include movies up until 2019! I have made a table in hopes that it is a bit easier to look at the movies from DC, Marvel, and the other guys ( more than one movie house) that all pertain to at lease mostly confirmed movies. Of course these can all change, but pull out your planner and fill in some dates because there are a whole lot of hopefully memorable titles to come!
The “Other” Superhero Movies Rumored
|Fantastic Four||August 7, 2015|
|Deadpool||February 12, 2016|
|X-Men: Apocalypse||May 27, 2016|
|The Wolverine Sequel||March 3, 2017|
|Fantastic Four 2||July 14, 2017|
ALL MOVIE DATES REPORTED ARE SUBJECTIVE
|WB and DC Movies (10-24-2014)||Release Date||Marvel’s Movie plans (10-28-2014)||Release Date|
|Superman vs. Batman: Dawn of Justice||March 25, 2016||Avengers: Age of Ultron||May 1, 2015|
|Suicide Squad||August 5, 2016||Ant-Man||July 17, 2015|
|Wonder Woman||June 23, 2017||Captain America: Civil War||May 6, 2016|
|Justice League Pt. 1||November 17, 2017||Doctor Strange||November 4, 2016|
|The Flash||March 23, 2018||Guardians of the Galaxy 2||May 5, 2017|
|Aquaman||July 27, 2018||Thor: Ragnarok||July 28, 2017|
|Shazam||April 5, 2019||Black Panther||November 3, 2017|
|Justice League Pt. 2||June 14, 2019||Avengers: Infinity War Pt. 1||May 4, 2018|
|Cyborg||April 3, 2020||Captain Marvel||July 6, 2018|
|Green Lantern||June 19, 2020||Inhumans||November 2, 2018|
|Avengers: Infinity War Pt. 2||May 3, 2019|
And as far as addressing the comments that Kevin Feige made pertaining to a female comic book hero movie, here is the article I read that is slightly misleading, so I apologize if I misunderstood at all. The article was published 2 months before this post. ~Nicole
Here it is, a beautiful Thursday morning, and I find my mind wandering towards the wonderful world of movies. As I think of all of the wonderful Marvel movies that could be coming out in the next 8 years, I stop and wonder what DC and Warner Brothers might have in store. As it turns out, yesterday WB put out a press release with such wonderful tidbits of news! As of October 15, 2014 WB has staked a claim on the vacant dates of the future for movies they are hoping will be released to the much happy noises of fans. Here is an overview of the schedule released:
Mar-25-16 Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice (honestly, we all knew about this one with all of the news fans have been hounding out about it)
Aug-5-16 Suicide Squad directed by David Ayer*
Jun-23-17 Wonder Woman
Nov-17-17 Justice League Part One
Mar-23-18 The Flash staring Ezra Miller
Jul-27-18 Aquaman staring Jason Momoa
Apr-5-19 Shazam with Dwayne Johnson as Black Adam
Jun-14-19 Justice League Part Two
Jun-19-20 Green Lantern
As with all movies, dates are subject to change.
*David Ayer is known for writing and directing Fury, Sabotage, End of Watch, Training Day (W), and The Fast and the Furious (W).
So what does this mean? Well, honestly, this means about as much as the paper it is written on. Nil. What does it mean to me as a fan? It means YAY!!! I am so excited to see Wonder Woman is on this list. For anyone that thinks that her character is not strong enough for a solo movie, you should see the animated Wonder Woman movie. It is pretty good. And on a side note about that, let us just wait for the movie to come out before the judging begins.
There was no real mention or talk about Sandman with Joseph Gordon-Levitt which leads me to believe that this movie will not be included in the WB cinematic universe. This is fine because there is so much about Sandman that does not really belong in the same universe as the Justice League. The other stunning news was that there is no set date for solo movies for Batman and Superman. Although confirmed stand alone movies for each character have been announced by WB, with Affleck at the helm of the Batman title, the release just stated that the movies would come out before 2020. Again, this is fine. When there is so much information to shove into such a short time period, relatively, if too much gets forced into this time frame, we could see a weakening in the movie making just like what happened in Iron Man 2…It is still a good enough movie, but had the studio allowed a bit more time spent on the incubation of the film, it could have been an overall better film.
I have added the link to the press release for those who are interested in reading the actual source. Have a great day, week, month, year, and I hope we all look to the future with an optimistic attitude instead of a negative facade because it is what is “cool” to do.
Hello All. We have a new humorous show! One of the entertainment items we discuss is the new show Gotham. We have come to the conclusion that someone listens to our show that writes these shows and movies because everything that we talk about keeps happening. Also, the Deadpool movie is happening. View the short “leaked” online that helped launch that. Leave a comment or question for us and we will answer it to the best of our ability. Have a great week.
So here we are again. New movie trailer, new views, new ways to embarrass each other. There is also a new television series that we talk about: Gotham. Listen to the review and let us know what you think. If you have any questions for us to answer, please post them here or find us on facebook @bargainbinradio. Thank you for your time.
Hello Again Everyone! Thank you for joining us once again. In this episode, we discuss what we remember about the movies of the Summer 2014 season. Take a wild guess what we remember the most about? Want the answer? Listen in! Towards the end of the episode, we give our reviews of Guardians of the Galaxy and Ninja Turtles. Guess what? You should see them! With all of the sad that happens in the world, it is worth having a few hours of happy.
Thank you as always. We truly appreciate your time.
Welcome back to Bargain Bin Radio! We have been on a slight hiatus due to SUMMER! As you all know, we live in Northern Minnesota, and summer here lasts precisely 45 days then it is back to 1 million days of winter, so we are enjoying. One of the many things we love to enjoy during this time of the year are the summer blockbusters (thanks Jaws). Coming soon will be Guardians of the Galaxy, then 1 week later Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, followed the next week by Expendables 3. August is looking pretty actiony.
With that in mind, we decided to do an episode mostly devoted to TMNT. We do tend to go on mini tangents, but we actually manage to stay on track for most of the show. If you like what you hear, you can download the show in iTunes podcast, for FREE, leave a rating, or comment here or on facebook. We really appreciate you taking your time to listen to us and comment.
Also, as promised, here are a few little videos dedicated to TMNT fun.
So in this episode, we talk about the new casting of Cyborg in Man of Steel 2, Disney discusses the merits of the expanded universe in Star Wars, and some more movie news. Enjoy! Please leave comments, questions, find us on facebook, or in iTunes. Thank you so much.
HERE IT IS!!! Josh and I play Streets of Rage from Sega along with Josh playing a bit of Dark Souls first. Comment and tell us what games you would like to see us play and let us know what you think. Thank you so much for making this all possible.
In Show #41 we discuss what plans Marvel has and what we would like to see over the next 14 years they have planned out, along with our SPOILER review of Captain America the Winter Soldier. If you have not seen the movie, the spoiler review begins at about the 25 minute mark. So listen in and pause once you get to the spoiler alert then come back once you have seen the movie! Our official review is: See it in theaters! Buy it on Blu-Ray! Also check out our other posts for our first video capture segment called A Guy, A Girl, and A Game Machine. Enjoy and please subscribe in iTunes for FREE and find us on facebook. You can even click on the little apple or F symbol in the upper left hand corner of the page. And please comment and leave questions. We would love to hear from you.
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So we are working on our new segment: A Guy, A Girl, and a Game Machine. It has been interesting to learn how the game capture box works along with how steep of a learning curve we still have when it comes to computer type things. But through perseverance, trial and error, and a bunch of cursing we have finally gotten our fancy little piece of technology to work. The new video segment will feature Josh and myself playing a game, from many different categories and systems, along with out normal pithy and witty commentary. If you have any games you would like to see either or both of use play, please leave a message below or find us on facebook and leave a message there. We are hoping to have a great time with this, so the more interaction from our community the better.
So here we are again! Thank you for coming back and listening in to our little show. This week we talk about the much anticipated Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie that is due to come out in August…One week after Guardians of the Galaxy. Do the Turtles have what it takes to go up against Marvel? What do you think? We also talk about the ending of the TV series How I Met Your Mother, what we thought about the series finale, and if we enjoyed it overall. Thanks again for checking in with us and make sure to download our podcast in iTunes (for FREE), listen to us on the website media player, or download an app for the windows phone store or android store to listen to us on the go.
Come back later this weekend for our Captain America: The Winter Soldier review, and next week for our new video segment called A Guy, A Girl, and a Game Machine. Check out the trailer for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles below.
Hello Everyone! Thank you for joining in for another episode from Bargain Bin Radio. How are you doing? Let us know! We want to hear from our listeners, don’t be shy. In this episode we discuss some important issues when it comes to spending your hard earned money…Game content and game length. Are video games judged more harshly than movies because of how personal they end up being? By this I mean that if you spend 60 hours playing Dark Souls on the PS3, are you (the consumer) more likely to be more critical than when you spend only two hours or so watching a movie. With this question in mind, the production budget for games is fast reaching that of big movies, along with the specific talent and skills it takes to code a game and program it, and you are still only being charged a fair price, not a price that keeps rolling over based on hours played (in general). So what do you think? Would you spend $60 on a game that lasts only 6 hours? Comment below and let us know what you think.
In movie news, a new trailer for X-Mes: Days of Future Past released, and we would like to share it with everyone. Keep a close eye out for Nicholas Hoult who portrays Beast/Hank McCoy. He looks decisively unbeastly when first shown in the trailer. What could be going on?
Join us again in two weeks for another podcast!
Have you heard the news? DC Comics and Marvel film studio will be opening movies on the same day! What two movies you may be asking yourself, well I will tell you! DC will premiere Superman vs. Batman against Marvel’s Captain America 3. What do you think about that! May 6th, 2016.
In this show, we energetically discuss why it should be a positive thing to cast Michael B. Jordan as Johnny Storm, a few random rants and raves, and a whole lot o’Batman! Check out the trailer for Batman Arkham Knight linked below and be sure to subscribe to our podcast in iTunes (FREE), check us out on facebook @BargainBinRadioPodcast, and like our page, leave questions, or comment. Have a great week and hopefully we will hear from you soon.
Hello again everyone!
So we received our copy of Thor: The Dark World and decided to do an in depth discussion of the movie. There is also a Marvel One Shot on the BluRay called In The Name of the King staring Ben Kingsley with a surprising cameo.
This coming weekend we will talk about the new Godzilla trailer, the casting of the Fantastic Four and what it could mean for movies in general, and maybe even some Star Wars talk! Leave a comment and let us know your ideas or questions. And as always thanks for checking us out. Download our podcast FREE in the iTunes store!
Marvel news abounds in this episode with Josh and Nicole. We are excited to talk about the upcoming film Guardians of the Galaxy as well as Avengers Age of Ultron. Check out the trailer for Guardians of the Galaxy and come back later this weekend for more hijinx!
Holy Surprise casting Batman…I mean Superman.
With this weeks episode, Josh and Nicole discuss games of the year, Superman vs Batman “news”, and the first interesting bit of Antman news. Plus Josh and Nicole actually argue about the merits of (pushes glasses up ridge of nose) expanded universes. Enjoy and remember to subscribe to our podcast for free on iTunes. Also, my runner up for the 2013 game of the year.
So we started out this episode taking about some of our favorite things of 2013, some of the things we are most looking forward to of 2014, and then we ended up arguing about Star Wars…It’s a long one everyone, but hang in there for the best conversation winning pun ever. If you can pinpoint that specific pun, leave a comment below and we will let you know if you are right! Thank you everyone.
Here we are, two day until 2014 and what do we remember about 2013? It may seem a little trivial to ask what we remember about entertainment in a year that hasn’t even officially ended yet, but we are looking back anyway. Look, some sites did their year in review weeks ago so at least we waited until the year was actually almost done. Thank you for a full year of awesome and listening in. We look forward to more comments, questions, and suggestions in 2014, so like us on facebook or comment here to let us know what you think! Also, be sure to download the podcast in iTunes, simply search Bargain Bin Radio Podcast and Subscribe. It is that easy. And have a Happy and safe New Year!
We are going to go out there on the non politically correct tree and say Merry Christmas to everyone, and Happy Holidays to everyone else. In this current episode of Bargain Bin Radio, Josh and I talk about the upcoming Avengers 2 movie, casting rumors for the yet to be titled Superman vs. Batman movie, and Josh finally admits loving the holiday season. So sit back, listen, subscribe in iTunes, and enjoy another rousing session of Bargain Bin Radio Podcast with Josh and Nicole.
So…Have you heard? “They” cast a new Wonder Woman for the new Man of Steel Movie! How exciting for all of us, as fans, to see the very first big screen version of Wonder Woman in our time. What negativity could anyone spew towards this? Well everyone, this is the internet…a place where people come to say hateful things about people they will never know, where everyone is an expert at everything, and everyone is a 10 out of 10 in the mirror. Well folks, those people are wrong and mean. Let a movie be made that has some great characters in it that we will all enjoy unless you are convinced you will dislike it. Enjoy the show and leave a comment below!
Thank you for tuning in for our 30th show! What a crazy year it has been. We look forward to ending out the year with our favorites during the next show, but for now, please listen in for rants, raves, and some craziness.
So what could the best buddy cop duo possible be? We know you have spent endless nights tossing and turning trying to figure this conundrum out. Well, Josh springs this question on me and the choices I made may seem a bit off, but it was 5:30 AM, so give me a break.
Thanks for listening in to our 29th numbered show this year! We are so very excited to bring you a new podcast biweekly. In the background you will hear lots of tapping, and I will just straight up tell you now, it is the dog walking around our house. You see, the house has wood floors, so there is nothing we can do about her walking around…She’s a puppy for pity sakes. But I digress.
We talk about Marvel, DC and Warner Brother’s plans for the upcoming Man of Steel movie and we review a game called: Gone Home. The game is available in Steam and is worth every cent.
Thanks for listening in and please remember to subscribe to us in iTunes! Its free!
Welcome everyone! Thank you for coming back for another episode of Bargain Bin Radio. This week we have something new and thrilling…Guests! Will and Erin York, two avid entertainment enthusiasts, join us and share some of their thoughts about movies, video games, and even a creature called an ibex. Seriously, look it up on youtube because it is hilarious. The mystery introduction ends at the 2:50 mark, so if you want to get straight to the podcast and skip over some real just crazy talk, you may want to skip ahead.
Don’t forget to check us out and subscribe in iTunes, look for us on facebook @bargainbinradio, and leave comments or questions. Thank you very much.
Happy November Listeners!
Welcome back to another episode of Bargain Bin Radio. Today, Josh and I talk about some of the games that will launch with the PS4 and Xbox One, Telltale Games, and the new rumor of who could possibly be the next actor added to the new Superman movie. Please comment below and let us know if you have any questions or comments! Next week, GUESTS!
So, here we are once again…Very nice to “see” you. This is our first official welcome back show after our hiatus with last weeks show being a return to nonsense. We actually cover real entertainment news today! We cover 13 different stories, plus some random tangents along the way, but we are able to bring it back around! Listen in to find out how. Thanks for listening.
~Nicole & Josh
Hello Everyone! Here we have posted links to all of the videos we have talked about in upcoming episode Show #26. All of these videos are previews, not really containing any spoilers.
We have missed everyone very much and despite not having any entertainment news to share, we get back in the saddle by completely confusing ourselves for this hour long episode. Our tangents may be funny, and we eventually bring everything back around to the topic we started with, but it may take a bit. That’s what happens when sleep is lacking and there is chaos about!
Thank you so much for listening to our podcast. If you have a comment, leave one here or check us out on facebook @bargainbinradio.
~Nicole & Josh
In this episode, Josh and Nicole discuss our biggest surprises of the summer movie season. We will be taking a short break until the middle of November because we have our own surprise! Listen in to find out what that surprise could be.
*If you have small children around, this episode, much like all of our episodes, contains Adult Language, but right off the get go! Ear Muffs!
Hello loyal listeners!
We have taken a week off so have a lot of information to cover in our show! Please feel free to comment below or find us on facebook @BargainBinRadioPodcast as well as our new podcast format in iTunes…For Free!
This week we take on the subjects of Hulk Hogan looking into having a Bio-Pic made with his dream actor portraying himself being non other than Chris Hemsworth. KickAss 2 doing “poorly” in the box office. This is not our terminology, but since it is not a $100 million movie for opening weekend, it is a supposed flop. Plus our semi-non interest in Guardians of the Galaxy. In video game news, we discuss Microsoft Xbox One’s peripheral inclusion of the kinect and Batman Arkham Origins new assassin reveal.
Finally, what you have been waiting for…Ben Affleck as Bruce Wayne/Batman! We take the longest on this subject, but if you want to hear it first, we begin at about the 1 hour mark.
Thanks for listening in and helping us realize our dream of maybe one day putting on our own proverbial glasses and reporting things for our version of the Daily Planet, Bargain Bin Radio!
~Nicole & Josh
Here is the 2nd part of our show #22. Enjoy!
Hello once again! This week we have two shows for you…We wanted to split it up in order to give you a non-rushed format. We once again recorded in the morning to change it up a bit from other entertainment podcasts, and because we are such main morning people, this works out pretty well! We didn’t end up talking about Elysium at all, but will eventually because I want too. In our first episode, we discuss this week of news in the geek world to include dream casting for a Batman, Lex Luthor, and a Justice League movie. Then in our second episode, we talk about some of the best and most satisfying video game endings (in our opinions) as well as what makes a good ending and what has left us wanting more.
What is your favorite video game ending or your least satisfying one?
And to be completely different, we end things with thoughts from a 10 year old…That is pretty interesting! We recorded her after our adult language sections so have no fear, she was not exposed to such things. Enjoy and have a great week. Check back next Sunday here on Bargain Bin Radio for our next podcast and Mondays in the iTunes store under podcasts for absolutely free!
Thanks for coming back again and listening in to the news from the last week, box office numbers, and our spoiler filled opinions about The Wolverine staring Hugh Jackman. Our show ended up being an odd one as Nicole’s brother got hitched over the weekend so we had to travel and miss our regularly scheduled program. We here at Bargain Bin Radio hope that you still enjoy our oddities and comment, leave us questions, and like us on facebook! Plus make sure to check us out in the iTunes podcast store and subscribe for FREE!!! Our next episode will be coming this weekend and we will discuss box office numbers from last weekend, our thoughts of Elysium (although we will have not seen it yet…spoiler), and more random thoughts from one of the only married couples that do an entertainment podcast where we express opinions and don’t hate each other…even a little.
Josh and Nicole try something new…The News in the Morning. Who knew that a morning news show would make us more lively and humorous! Please feel free to comment and leave questions.
This week Nicole and Josh have an in-depth discussion about possibly the best game for the Playstation 3. Not only do we discuss the story and characters of The Last of Us, but also the major impression this game has left upon us.
Welcome to Bargain Bin Radio, where Josh and Nicole talk about movies, movie news, games, game news, reviews of it all, and random stuff! This week we talk about Amazing Spiderman news, Comic Con, movies being released this week, money made and lost over the last few weeks in movie land. Thanks for listening! Check us out on facebook @BargainBinRadioPodcast or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and comment or leave questions.
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Welcome to another rousing episode of Bargain Bin Radio! Josh and Nicole are able to talk about entertainment even through their tired stupor. Do you have a question you would like to ask? Find us on facebook at Bargain Bin Radio Podcast, leave a message here or email us at email@example.com
We have decided that with the plethora of movies, games, and books we like to discuss that it is about time we devise a Universal Rating System so we can easily convey our like or disinterest in a specific property. Below is the way it has been decided:
New Rating System
Skip it- Not worth a second of your time.
Rent it- You’re not missing much by waiting a while for it.
See it- Seriously worth your dime.
Own it- This film deserves a spot on your DVD (or book) shelf.
With a rating of Own it – It is worth taking up space on your shelf, we discuss what we thought of specific details in the movie Man of Steel. Join us for our spoiler cast and comment with your thoughts of the movie.
So without spoiling the movie, we talk about what we thought about Man of Steel after seeing it twice. I am sure we will have more to say when we see it a third time! Make sure to check out our Spoilercast episode to find out what we really really thought about the movie!
Our rating: Own It.
New Rating System
Skip it- Not worth a second of your time.
Rent it- You’re not missing much by waiting a while for it.
See it- Seriously worth your dime.
Own it- This film deserves a spot on your DVD shelf.
In these two parts, Josh and Nicole talk about happenings at E3, some gaming news not related to E3, and generally just discuss why Microsoft Xbox One has “lost” this console war with PS4 in our opinion. Coming Soon: Man of Steel Review! Check out all of these videos!
So, I have something to admit to you, I don’t give a shit about Star Wars or its sequels. I never saw a single episode of the original Star Trek series, and The Lord of The Rings just doesn’t interest me. For those that don’t know, I am geeky as hell, sometimes to an embarrassing degree. I mean, seriously, what would you think of a twenty eight year old man who knows how much horsepower the Batmobile has (1700, just so you know)? Ask anyone who considers knows they have a bit of geek in them and they will tell you that there was one thing that sparked their interest in whatever their “chosen field of study” is, and there was something else that cemented their love for the genres of science fiction and fantasy. For me, what made me come back to the realms of hardcore sci fi was a video game called Mass Effect. For me, the Mass Effect series is my Star Wars series…only, without the crappy prequels.
Released back in 2007 by Canadian video game developer Bioware, Mass Effect was a planned trilogy of video games following the exploits of Commander Shepard, an Alliance Navy soldier. Shepard is the kind of character that comes around that kind of shakes up an industry. Shepard, along with the Mass Effect series as a whole, is something of a miracle. See, Shepard is an almost completely customizable character. From his face, attributes in combat, backstory, even Shepards’ gender is yours to decide. But, even better than that, the story of Mass Effect if yours to decide. The game is one gigantic interactive, choose-your-own-adventure-style type of story. The whole appeal to the series is that there are many, many points in the games where you choose what to say and what actions you take. You decide how you should treat your crewmates, enemies, or regular people that bump into you in a bar. And the biggest draw of them all for this series was the ability to save your character in the first game, and import that exact story, decisions and mistakes, and continue that story over the course of two more games. It was a claim that wasn’t seen as something that could be followed through…
Well, five years later and we’re seeing the release of the third and (possibly) final entry in the series sees Commander Shepard making his final stand against a galactic threat that not only threatens our planet, but the entire universe as a whole. And guess, what…it’s awesome. Now, I could bore you with graphical improvements, improved RPG-style elements of gameplay, incredible voice acting and character design. But I won’t, because I think this series’ crowning achievement is the fact that all of Bioware’s claims to create a story and have it carry over from the first entry all the way to the third, that is something that needs to be heard. I mean, this is gaming’s first honest to God trilogy, and that is something that future games will be compared to. So, last week, Mass Effect 3 was released, and you can rest assured that I was at my local Gamestop at midnight, waiting in line to buy my reserved copy of the game.
I bought that game, and immediately went home and started playing. Putting away hour after hour, consuming everything that Mass Effect 3 had to throw at me. And I loved nearly every minute of it. In this final chapter of Shepards story, I had to find a way to unify a constantly at war galaxy to take down a single, terrifying threat, a threat known only as the Reapers. Now, over Mass Effect one and two, I have two storylines that I wanted to see through to fruition. One where “Josh Shepard” (see what I did there) is a hero, a shining example of how far we have come in the galaxy, and another story were “Josh Shepard” is a ruthless warrior who believes in one rule; Humanity survives, at any cost. Seeing how both of these stories played out, seeing who Shepard lost, thee sacrifices he made, the choices he fucked up, and the victories he’s had. I couldn’t wait to find out what the final thread of the story was, and then it happened, the final (?) game in the series ended. But, how does it end, with a BANG, or merely a whimper? Honestly, a little of both, and that is what makes it great.
When I saw the ending, was I thrilled? Yes. Was I let down? Yes. I was thrilled because, I finally saw what the hell happens at the end of the series. And I was let down because, well, it’s the end (maybe) of the series. I have seen the ending and, well, it was a good ending, honestly it was, but it was the end, but you know what, I don’t want it to end. No, I want to see what happens with Shepard next, but, Shepards story has ended, and we all must deal with it. How do I deal with it, by enjoying the new multiplayer format that the game has taken. But more than a few fans have seemed to have taken offense to the way that the Mass Effect series has come to an end. Some saying that it was the ending they wanted. About how it was a let-down and some fans even started to come up with theories to explain away the ending, and maybe we’ll be getting DLC (downloadable content) later that will give us the true ending. Which sounds like a bad idea to me, remember when people rallied and demanded an explanation in the sci fi genre, and we got “The Phantom Menace”?
There are even websites and facebook pages…
…demanding a new ending…a new ending to a game that we didn’t make. There, to me, is the problem. I have seen four different endings to this game and I enjoyed each ending. You wanna know why, it’s because the many hardworking writers of this series have poured an unknown amount of research, talent, time, effort and faith in their writings with the hope of appeasing every single fan, while trying to write what they wanted to write, all at the same time. When I write an article or a movie review, I’m writing something that I would want to read, and that is not easy. Now, imagine if you have to write something that became successful, and it had a massive following. A following that was full of people that hung off of every word that was written by you, and they were also waiting for the ending for over five years. Do you think there would be a few people that were a little upset by the way things went down? Of course there would be a few people that didn’t like the way your story ended up. But, now imagine that there were people that were starting webpages demanding that you write something that they liked. Now, imagine that it’s several thousands of people demanding a new ending, because that’s what is happening to Bioware right now.
See, I can’t hate on this ending like so many others do, because when you finish the game, and you see the hundreds of people that had a hand in making this game that people love, I can’t feel negative about it. Art, and video games are art, is something that takes something from a person. Maybe this sounds a little dramatic, but when you write a short story, paint a picture, or write a computer program, it takes something from you. It is an extension of who you are. And for someone to demand something more than what you have given them, when you are making a piece of art for them, that is one of the most painful things someone can do to you. So guess what, nerds, geeks, fanboys, whatever you want to be called, you now have a choice, you can either trade in your game that you paid for, or you can understand that there are bigger things in this world than how Mass Effect 3 ended. Because, at the end of the day, more than likely, it wouldn’t have mattered how the game ended. It wouldn’t have been enough for us. So let it go, grow up, man up, get over it and realize that the universe, even Commander Shepards’ universe, doesn’t revolve around you.
And don’t get me started on how these people cried over “Day One DLC”. ME3 is not the first game to be released with it.
Ex: Fable 3, Kingdoms of Amalur, Portal 2.
It is safe to say that I have an emotional attachment to Spider-Man. As a child, I had a very hard time learning how to read. Tutors from school, children’s books of varying degrees of “easy”, and two very patient parents didn’t make reading any easier for me. Until, one Christmas morning, eight-year-old Josh got a box full of comic books from dear old dad. Taking a look over huge stack of colorful funny book, I notice one with a fancy looking character in red and blue tights called “The Amazing Spider-Man”. Finding a sudden understanding and interest in the written word paired with colorful drawings, I fell for this incredibly funny, powerful, and ongoing story of a kid with spider-like powers swinging through the city skies and punching out animal-themed villain after animal-themed villain. Thanks to Spider-Man comics (and comics in general for that matter) I not only developed a healthy interest in reading, but writing and drawing as well.
So it’s safe to say that my movie reviews that two out of three of the four people that I know read these, are reading them as a direct result of my love for comics and Spider-Man (and Batman is my number two, just so you know). So when word spread that there was a new Spider-Man film was headed our way, I was all for it. Sure, it’s a reboot of a film franchise that is only ten years old (for an in-depth look at what I was excited for, read my note “The Big Seven: In Defense of The Amazing Spider-Man”), but a new film that showed promise of a new perspective on the character of Peter Parker/Spider-Man piqued my interest.
The Amazing Spider-Man starts off showing Peter Parker (Spider-Man’s alter ego) as a child being told by his father that he has stay with his Aunt May and Uncle Ben for a while. Skip ahead a few years and we see a seventeen year old Peter still living with his aunt and uncle, and still living with the loss of his parents. I was surprised and refreshed to see how much of an impact that Peter Parker and Spider-Man had in this film. I know how weird that is to hear, but think back to the other three Spider-Man films (if you’ve seen them) I always felt that Peter Parker was kind of a joke in those films. Sure, he was awkward and geeky in those films however with this new film, I felt that the character of Peter was given a dramatic shift in that was very relatable and it made you take him seriously instead of writing him off as another nerdy high school student. We have all felt a feeling of loss that we cannot change at one point in our lives, and Peter being essentially an orphan who is looking for any inkling of who his parents were is something that I felt was a great character dynamic that had been missing for too long.
All of this is acted wonderfully by actor Andrew Garfield. Garfield looks and acts a lot like how Peter Parker from the comics looked and acted early on in the Marvel Comics, or more recently, Marvel’s Ultimate Spider-Man comics. Peter is gangly and quiet, but ridiculously smart and really funny if he can get himself out of his shell which is where being Spider-Man comes in. His mask gives him the ability to let his sense of humor out to play. Andrew Garfield seemed to really understand how to play these characteristics up to his advantage. He had the look and mannerisms of a geeky teenager who is full of angst, but he also has the physical qualities to play Spider-Man in spades. He’s a lanky, skinny kid who was actually a gymnast at one time, so this guy understands the use for dynamic movement. Garfield juggles the vulnerability of an angst-riddled teen, with the vulnerability of a kid, along with the intelligence and drama needed to play a superhero on screen.
Emma Stone shows up to play Gwen Stacy. Now, fans of the comics know that Gwen Stacy is a character defining person in the Spider-Man mythos as Peter’s first girlfriend, and ultimately, his first love. I loved the interaction between Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone in this film. The really did seem like two teenagers meeting for the first time and being attracted to each other. Remember being a teen when you liked someone? You really couldn’t find the words to express anything but the time of day and you spend the bulk of your time with them stumbling into, through, and out of conversations with them. This happens multiple times throughout the film, totally selling that these mid-twenties actors were high school aged teens on their way to college. Gwen’s father, NYPD Captain George Stacy, is played by Dennis Leary, and this guy steals every scene he’s in. I have long been a fan of Dennis Leary’s acting, we all know he’s a comedian, but almost every time you see him on screen he’s dishing out a dramatic performance that surprises, and this film is no different. I loved seeing the interplay between Leary and Garfield. Captain Stacy publicly issues an arrest warrant for Spider-Man (being that he’s a vigilante and all), and Peter Parker is an obvious Spider-Man defender (being that he’s Spider-Man and all); and seeing Captain Stacy as a father to Gwen Stacy was both warming and hilarious at the same time.
Possibly the only real downfall of this film was the character Doctor Curt Connor, played by Rhys Ifans, who doubles as the films main antagonist, the Lizard. Now, the Lizard looks incredible, creepy at times even. He’s obviously threatening, and he retains the intelligence of a human (albeit a maddened human) while he’s a super strong, eight foot tall lizard, which is even more threatening. My problem isn’t with the Lizard, but with Curt Connors. Rhys Ifans plays the doctor wonderfully; he’s a one-armed scientist who has been working with the DNA of lizards for years trying to find a way to slice reptilian DNA with a human so he can find a way to grow his arm back. Eventually, his experiments work, but with disastrous results. My problem with Connors is, that’s all there is to him. There is no mention of a family life for him, a hobby, not even a hint of this guy having a life outside of his office. There was no real humanity to the character. Even with this small flaw, Rhys Ifans is one of the most talented members of the cast and he plays a villain well (which was very surprising to me having only seen him in comedies).
The overall look of the film was impressive to say the least. Spider-Man is a very bright and vibrant character, while a good portion of the film takes place at night. It makes for a very interestingly dynamic change to see this flashy character fighting crime at night. And the special effects have improved so much since the last Spider-Man film. Just the whole look and feel of the films effect, sets, characters, and dialogue had the feel of a mature mixture of a comic and a film that takes itself seriously. This film hits so many bulls-eyes with uncanny accuracy that it makes a great Spider-Man film. It had drama between the characters, plenty of humor, amazing effects, respect for the source material, necessary changes to differentiate the film and a badass costume (that costume is badass…deal with it); mix all of those ingredients together and you have the makings of an awesome reboot in the same vein as X-Men: First Class and Batman Begins that save a dwindling film franchise.
Trust me, if you’re a Spider-Man fan, or a fan of good movies in general, you need to see The Amazing Spider-Man. Spider-Man is funny (FINALLY!!!!), the actually seems dangerous(oh God, FINALLY!!!!), and none of the actors mug the camera like the deadlights are falling down on them (oh God, fuckin’ FINALLY!!!!). This film needs to be seen and the blu-ray demanded to be bought when it’s available. For the four readers I have, (last time I make that joke, I swear) do yourselves a favor and see this movie.
Rating: Amazing (Sorry, I couldn’t help it).
Let me just get this out of the way right now, I saw Sucker Punch today. This movie should have been called “Nut Punch”, because I would’ve enjoyed a punch to the nuts more than this…“film”. This, supposedly, is a dream project for “director” Zack Snyder. This was the “film” he really wanted to make, but he had to get Watchmen out of the way first. In this “movie”, you see everything in a “movie” you ever wanted to see…when you were twelve. Let me rephrase that, this “movie” has everything you’d want to see in a “movie”, if you were a twelve year old boy, it is that dumb.
I mean, this “movie” has everything. Robots with no faces, samurai robots with rifles the size of city busses, dragons, orcs and hot girls doing Kung-fu. With all of this, how could it possibly be bad? Well, it’s because of all this that the movie is so bad. I’m getting ahead of myself, first, the “plot”. Did this “movie” even have a plot?
So we meet “Baby Doll”, seriously, that’s her name, at her mothers’ funeral. Baby Doll and her little sister inherit their mothers’ wealthy estate, which pisses their evil step-father off to no end. It pisses him off so much that he decides to rape the youngest sister. Wait…what? Yeah, this movie goes to that dark of a place not even five minutes into the film. Why? I couldn’t tell you. It just needs to have something bad to happen so Baby Doll can accidently kill her little sister and be sent off to an insane asylum. Sure, why not? Oh, and all of this happens in slow motion. Get used to that.
After that, Baby Doll meets Blondie, Amber, Rocket and Sweet Pea. Not going for depth here, are we? So Baby Doll is sent in to have a routine lobotomy. Then suddenly, she’s a new arrival at a whore house. Hell of a transition, huh? Anyway, Baby Doll has to dance, because she is told that she will be dancing for the “High Roller”. The twist is every time Baby Doll dances, she is transported to another world where she is playing with the “god-mode” code turned on. She is a master at sword play, she never gets hurt and physics loses its grip upon her. Oh, and she moves in slow motion. Seriously, does everything have to happen in slow motion in a Zack Snyder “movie”? I mean, slow motion does not make a movie any better. It has its place, sure. But, in my opinion, it’s something that should be used sparingly, not for 125 minutes of a 126 minutes film.
Before I go any further let me just say this, Baby Dolls’ dance instructor is played by Carla Gugingo (Faster), and the High Roller is played by Jon Hamm (Mad Men). This is a big disappointment because you have two great actors in a terrible “film”, both of them trying to make the most of terrible “script”. Jon Hamm, who is only in two scenes in the entire “movie”, gives my favorite performance in the whole movie. He’s actually acting, delivering more in a facial gesture than any line of “dialogue” spoken by any other actor in this movie. So Baby Doll meets the other girls, they form a plan to break out of the asylum by gathering five objects that they need to…you know what, it doesn’t matter. This “movie” wasn’t actually “written” for story. It was “written” to get from one special effect to another.
Now the special effects, they look great, don’t get me wrong. I like them, they look good for what they are, but good GOD this “movie” is bullshit! I mean, these girls fight Nazi steampunk zombies, orcs, knights, a dragon and terminators without faces. All of the “scenes” where they are taken to other worlds are great to look at. It’s the best looking “film” I’ve seen so far this year. But, that’s a huge problem. When a whole movie is computer generated effects, shouldn’t it be Toy Story or something? The first big battle “scene” is taken straight from Call of Duty, anyone that has played Nazi zombies might like this “scene”. The four girls fight in the trenches killing off zombies with M4 rifles and hand to hand combat that wouldn’t work in real life. Actually, there is a four minute fight “scene” here that is actually pretty cool to watch. There’s not too much slo-mo, the gunplay is cool and close-quarters combat is cool when shot well, and it is here. But, this is all the good left in the “film”. Yep, one fight “scene” and Jon Hamm, that’s all that this “movie” has to offer. But possibly the worst offense this “movie” deals is Scott Glenn. This man has been acting since the sixties on stage, TV and in film. So to see him here playing a wannabe master Splinter, spouting off bumper-sticker slogans that make absolutely no sense, he’s like a monk with dyslexia. At one point he actually says “Remember, don’t write checks with your mouth that you can’t pay with your ass”…WHAT!?
Damn, I could not stand this “movie”. It almost broke me and made walk out. I’m serious, it’s that bad. I was actually texting in the theater about how bad this “movie” was. I’m sure there will be plenty of people that will love the hell out of this “movie”, and if that’s you, great. I hope you see this and like it. But it was not for me. It was too long, too flashy, poorly “written” and just a mess. All I got out of this was two actors I liked, four minutes of cool and my popcorn was good. But you know what the worst part of this movie was? What the absolute worst, most unforgivable, immoral thing about this film is? It reminded me that Zack Snyder is going to “direct” Superman next year. Fail.
“Author’s” note…this review was written before I felt that Zack Snyder could direct a Superman film. All I can say now is, he’s got my confidence.
As always, let me know what you think. If you like it, tell me why. I’d like to know.
From the people who decided to rip off Jaws comes…Orca: The Killer Whale.
Yeah, seriously, this movie rips off Jaws in a big bad way. But, it does some things different that are even more badass than Jaws.
So Orca, is the story of Captain Nolan…Shark Hunter(!). He’s a badass Irish shark hunter who lives and works along the coastlines of Canada hunting and capturing sharks. (are there sharks in Canada?) He is also, in no way a rip off of Quint, the badass Irish shark hunter who lived and worked along the coastlines of Amity Island in Jaws. Captain Nolan (played by Richard Harris) is happy with his life hunting sharks (are there sharks in Canada?) until he has a kill taken from him as a killer whale F’s up a shark that was in his sights.
Seeing this as a golden opportunity to catch a whale, Nolan switches targets and captures a female killer whale. Which is a good thing for all of three seconds as this whale freaks out and gets itself minced in the boats engines, killing it. But that’s not all, once Nolan lays what’s left of the whale on the deck of his boat, the whale actually gives birth on his boat to a dying baby whale. In shock, Nolan, heartlessly kicks the dying baby whale off of his boat, letting it drown. By the way, is there a proper name for a baby whale? Like calf or…calf?
Suddenly, off in the distance, a guttural, fear-inducing roar bellows from the sea, and here is your first glance at the titular Orca in question. This killer whale is the dead females baby daddy, and he is pissed at losing his family. Right here is where the movie turns into Death Wish, with a fucking killer whale playing the part of Charles Bronson. (google “Death Wish” kids, you’ll like it) The whale has targeted Nolan. It’s at this point of the movie where I started to really pay attention to this movie. See, I love revenge movies. But, a revenge movie starring a damn killer whale is something I never thought I would ever see in my life.
Rightfully pissed off, the whale carries the remains of his mate to the Canadian shoreline, leaving the corpse of his mate on the rocky shore in full view of the community, right where Captain Nolan can see. From here, the whale actually starts to terrorize the small community of…well, somewhere on the coast of Canada. This shakes the community into a frenzy of fear as the whale starts to seriously mess up the town. Seriously, the whale somehow manages to screw up property and start fires. Yeah, I know how that sounds, but trust me, it’s awesome. Nolan denies any kind of responsibility for the whales actions, but, eventually, he is convinced to take the fight to the whale. In a man-on-fish (I know whales are mammals) battle royale.
But, Nolan is not alone on this venture, he is joined by resident whale expert Dr. Rachel Bedford (Charlotte Rampling, who somehow losses clothing as the movie goes along). She is also not a rip off of Matt Hooper, the shark expert from Jaws. She believes that Nolan shouldn’t hunt the whale as she believes whales to be very similar to humans. As such, the whale is just acting out as a reaction to his mate dying. But…she decides to go along with Nolan anyway…for some reason…that isn’t explained. The two are also joined by an Indian guide through the their trek to the great white north, as he is a clichéd Indian, he knows things, like how the whales think or how the water moves and the like.
Surely this plan can’t backfire.
This movie was awesome. I had heard about this movie a while back. And I had heard that it was a straight rip off of Jaws. While I see the comparisons, it is a big fish versus humans movie, I happen to think this movie is actually a bit better than Jaws, actually. There are some cool camera tricks that actually show you the rage that the whale is feeling by just looking at Nolan throughout the movie. It actually feels like the whale is a real character in this movie, where the shark in Jaws is a mindless drone, who is little more than an eating machine. I know that that was what made the shark in Jaws so scary, but I think Orca is better, not quite as scary, but better nonetheless. If nothing else, it’s better than Jaws 3 or 4.
On its surface, Orca: The Killer Whale seems to be a rip off of Jaws, but it honestly has more going on with it than the title would lead you to believe. I really had a good time with this film, and I was very surprised that it wasn’t a “B” movie at all, just a lesser known one that…fine, it’s a rip off of Jaws. But it’s a great rip off of Jaws. You can watch this on Netflix, or buy it on amazon. But, if you buy it on amazon, you will pay a pretty penny for it.
Rating: I still don’t know if there are sharks in Canada!
On March 22nd of 1996 Resident Evil was released for the original Sony Playstation. That year for Christmas, little thirteen year old Josh got a copy of the game and his mind was blown.
Okay, I’ll stop talking about myself in the third person now. It’s kind of lame, I know.
This game was amazing. A game about two S.T.A.R.S. officers (that stands for Special Tactics and Rescue Squad…let’s be honest, they’re S.W.A.T. officers) finding “refuge “ in a giant mansion where they are almost immediately attacked by zombies. I mean the classic “John Romero” type of zombie. But not only that, you’ve got zombie dogs, zombie, birds, zombie sharks, zombie snakes. There are even zombie spiders in this game. That chair in the background, yeah, it’s probably a zombie. Shoot it…with a rocket.
And this game was scary. Not just “jump out of your chair” kind of scary. But it just filled you with a sense of terror and dread that I had never felt before I had to start paying taxes. With hundreds of death-dealing rooms to explore, a very limited ammo supply, special character attributes and abilities, cheesy-ass story and scares that will make you question your manhood, this game just had it all…in 1996. Now, I’m not gonna lie, during the run of this series, it has seen some evolutions in gameplay and player mechanics. Some for the better, some for the worse, I mean this series has been going on for over sixteen years, missteps just come with the territory.
But that’s not why I’m writing this, I mean, I could probably write a whole article about where this series has gone wrong and how it has become stronger (there’s an idea). I’m here to tell you that you need to give Resident Evil another shot, and here’s why.
So you can choose between two characters at the start of the game; Chris Redfield, the brawny man of the series who can take a lot of damage and not much else. Or you can choose Jill Valentine, she is faster, can unlock doors without a key and she has a larger inventory. Okay, on a side note, who you choose to play as is comparable to choosing the difficulty of the game. Chris’s playthrough, I’m not gonna lie, you will die…a LOT, Jill’s quest, much easier, mostly due to having a lock pick and a larger inventory. I started out playing as Chris and switched to Jill mostly because I was tired of having a sixteen year old game hand me my ass. Also, it’s important to know that this is the director’s cut of the game (which is the only one I could download), it’s a different experience which I will get into later. But, it’s also important to know that the director’s cut includes the original and altered editions of the game. For this review, I’m writing about the original edition. But, I will mention the director’s cut because, well, it just needs to be mentioned. Not because it’s broken, too hard, or because it makes me revert to a sobbing, emo, thirteen year old…it just needs to be talked about.
So after you choose your protagonist, you are thrust into an investigation that leads you to a ridiculously huge mansion. This place is scary as hell. It’s like Wayne manor, the mansion from Clue, and that house from The Grudge all rolled into one creepy ass cocktail. And at that moment it’s when you take notice of one of the games’ most glaring flaws, the graphics. I know this game is sixteen years old and three game systems ago, so graphics do get a pass because while the character and monster models for the game look laughably bad, the backgrounds and everyday objects in the game look great. I think they still hold up…in a way.
But graphics aside, this game is still just as good as it was sixteen years ago, give or take a couple things. This game sucks you in with its creepy atmosphere. Most games like this kind of play on your natural fear of dark places (be honest, you have them) and let you freak yourself out. And while this game does have its fair share of dark corners and rooms, for the most part you are thrust into the light with a zombie two feet in front of you. This game makes you face fear and shoot it in the face with a shotgun. I mean, everything is here for your enjoyment. The dialogue alone is reason enough to buy this game. For less than ten bucks you can hear such classics like:
“WHOA…this hall is DANGERIOUS!”
“Hope this is not Chris’s blood…”
“Why do you want to destroy S.T.A.R.S.!?”
Or, of course, “…you, the master of unlocking…”
Yeah, that shit is great. And this game delivers on more levels than nostalgia for me. I’m not going to lie, I remember exactly where to go and what to do without researching the game on the internet (honestly, what did we do before google?). I played this game so many times, I had every trick tattooed on my brain years ago, this game isn’t surprising me. Until, all of a sudden, I am so low on ammo and down to one hit before instant death, that I am trying to map the path to least resistance in my head when I realize, this game still holds up today. I was so overconfident during my first playthrough that I became worse than any zombie or f’ed up demon-dog the game could throw at me. Except the “Hunter” enemies, those fuckers are nothing more than walking ammo sponges that take almost as much damage as your player does.
But, there are a few missteps. The soundtrack, that awesomely unnerving soundtrack from the original game has been altered in both the director’s cut, and the original version. This is a huge misstep in my opinion. I can understand with the director’s cut because that’s ultimately a different game, but the music in the original version was so effective to scare the ever-living out of the player before any kind of monster even appeared onscreen. Plus, with the director’s cut, is really just a harder game than the first, with more enemies that take more damage. That doesn’t make it a better game, it just makes it annoying. Plus, in the director’s cut, there is a game-breaking boss fight halfway through the game. It’s not that it’s too hard, but when you know the way to beat this section of the game goes out of its way to cram basically two games together that don’t belong together and make sense being part of a whole.
But, what you need to know is, at the end of the day, Resident Evil still holds up today. If you’re one of those people that played Resident Evil 5 or Operation Raccoon City and thought they were dumb, you should give this game a try and the humble roots this series started from. It doesn’t look great, the dialogue is terrible (in an awesome way!), and it seems like it was just meant to be a one shot title that turned into a genre defining title in the survival-horror genre of video games. If you have a Plasystation 3 with PSN, you owe it to yourself to buy this title and give a try. It’s not even ten bucks and you’re basically getting two games for the price of a four-pack of socks. XBOX fans, I don’t think it’s on XBOX Live Arcade. At least, I couldn’t find it, but I may be wrong. But if you own a PS3, you gotta buy this game. Right now, you can buy every entry in the Resident Evil series on PSN, if you even have a passing interest in the newer games, trust me, start with the original, especially if you’re a fan of “B” grade horror movies.
Rating: Rise from your grave and buy this bad boy.
Alright, just in case you were wondering, before you ask, yes…I was the only guy in the theater for this movie.
So Magic Mike starts out with Channing Tatum as Mike, an unassuming, albeit handsome construction worker living in Tampa, Florida. Mike seems like a good guy. He’s got a good job, a nice home, and he lets his lady-of-the-week hook-up sleep in his home while he goes to work, trusting her not to steal anything. One morning, while on the work site, Mike has to train a young worker named Adam (Alex Pettyfer). Adam does not seem like a good guy. Right away he shows no knowledge of his job, he steals from work, and turned down a job because he was required to wear a tie.
These two men are very different from each other in almost every respect. Mike is a disciplined man with a plan and an artistic vision of where he wants his life to go. Adam is anything but; He is young (19), much younger than Mike and immature. Which is the way that any one of us was at nineteen (it can be argued that some of us are still nineteen year olds walking around in twenty nine year old bodies), but Adam has a meaner, more destructive streak in him than I think a lot of other people have. Couple that with an honest disinterest in anything else but the next good time, and you have a train wreck in the making. I think it’s safe to say that I didn’t like Adam that much.
Long story short, after a chance meeting in a club one night Mike and Adam become friends and Mike brings him in to be a dancer at the club he strips at, Xquisite. From here on in, the film seems to follow a pretty basic plot. Mike and Adam enjoy the nightlife of being a stripper, setting hearts afire and partying almost to excess. The real drama of this story is twofold. On the one hand, you have Adam, who could be a good guy, but he doesn’t want to work for his due, he just wants to party and have everything handed to him. Armed with this outlook on his life, he quickly begins a downward spiral of binge drinking, drug use, and ignorance. On the other hand, you have Mike, who, for six years, has been saving every dime he can while working construction, repairing cars, and stripping at night, all so he can live his dream of building custom furniture. But, due to a lack of credit in his name, he can’t get a bank to invest a loan to him.
So you have two characters that are dealing with the same thing; change. Mike is realizing, slowly, that he has to change his lifestyle to be the man that he wants to be. And Adam is ignoring the fact that he needs to change for the sake of his life. This is an interesting story for what seems to be a movie centered on eye candy. With that said, the eye candy is honestly fun to watch (get over yourselves guys, it is fun to see Tatum and Co. dance on stage). The cast of male strippers are a surprisingly mixed group of actors. Matt Bomer (from TV’s “White Collar), Joe Manganiello (From True Blood), Adam Rodriguez (CSI: Miami), Kevin Nash (DISEL!!!!) and Matthew McConaughey in the role he’s been training his whole life to play. Seriously, every one of these guys brings there “A” game and had to fight through some fear of being up on stage and performing for a large group of ravenous women. But every guy is believable, entertaining and each has there moment to shine.
Funniest part of the movie is anytime Kevin Nash is onscreen dancing. Here you have a guy who is a professional wrestler, and now he has to have rhythm. See it and you’ll know what I mean, it’s one of those things you can’t un-see.
Rounding out the cast is Cody Horn as Brooke, Adams older sister and love interest to Mike. Honestly, I feel kind of bad for this girl. Every review that I have seen for this film states how bland and uninspired this actress’ performance is. While I do see where most of those complaints come from, I don’t see the bland performance that others have seen. Cody Horn is a very attractive young actress, who seems to hail from the “Kristen Stewart” school of acting. Based on her expressions, she always seems to be bored. But I think the problem stems from her voice. She has a very husky sound to her, much more base than most women. But, with that being said, I thought she delivered an adequate performance, and she definitely holds her own among the cast.
Outside of the cast and the story being told, the main attraction is the dancing on the stripper stage. Channing Tatum, as an actor, got his start as a dancer in the first “Step Up” movie. He proves here that he hasn’t lost a step in the years since. His dancing is comparable to martial arts films by way of rap videos. Beyond that though, director Steven Soderbergh once again proves that he is a director that can bring out layers of charisma and drama from his actors. What else can you expect from a director that is known for taking what many consider “non-actors” and bringing out unexpected performances? Need proof, watch Haywire or The Girlfriend Experience and you’ll see what I mean.
So, upon reflection of this experience, the question is Magic Mike a good movie? Yes. Is there a degree of embarrassment for a guy watching this movie? YEP! Especially when your girlfriend has to leave the theater for a moment and you are left sitting alone with a group of women eying you. But, you can count on one hand how many movies where guys are merely objects for the audience, so it’s about time the girls get to salivate at the theater screen. So guys, let’s get over yourselves and take your lady out to see this film. Twenty bucks says you’ll like it just as much as the ladies…but (hopefully) in very different ways.
Rating: Surprising. (And guys, it’s gonna make you feel fat. There’s no way around that)
Brand (verb): (1) a name, term, design, symbol, or any other feature that identifies a seller’s good or service as distinct from those of other seller’s.
(2) Annoying use of marketing and advertising in movies in order to leech more money from the masses (read: “cattle”) and strip away originality and risk from making quality films.
Walk into any movie theater, and odds are that you’ll find a movie that is trying to play off of your nostalgia for something from your childhood. Movies that are dependent upon brand recognition is everywhere today. Think of some of the more profitable movies released this year, The Hunger Games, Total Recall, Wrath of the Titans, The Dark Knight Rises and the list goes on. Branding is sometimes a good thing. I mean, monetarily speaking, branding is a sure fire way to almost print money in a busted economy. Unfortunately, branding is a crapshoot, for every 21 Jump Street, you get three terrible Transformers movies. No seriously that actually happened, there are three Transformers films that have collectively grossed over two billion dollars.
But films that carry a brand are not always a bad thing. In fact branded films are not a new thing. Back in 1985 a film based on a popular board game (of all things) was released to mixed reviews and many people have often noted that this film is funnier than it has any business being. The film in question is Clue. I hate it when people ask me what my favorite film is, there’s no real reason to have a favorite film, being as there are so many to choose from. But, when people ask, I tell them that Clue is my favorite movie. This film about “Who killed him, where, and with what…” is a surprisingly funny comedy about a murder with an impressive all-star cast.
This film is incredible, taking place in a single night in a secluded mansion where several people are invited to a secret dinner party. All the usual players of the game are in attendance; Mr. Green, Miss Scarlet, Colonel Mustard, Mrs. Peacock, Mrs. White, and Professor Plum. The film also introduces new characters, with Wadsworth the humble butler and Yvette the busty maid. Who would’ve thought that you could find an expanded universe in a movie based on a board game? And, of course, you couldn’t have this film without Mr. Boddy, whose murder is the crux of the entire film. What makes this movie great is it goes against what I think would’ve been the obvious story this film would have followed. A dinner party with seven guests of questionable character and morals where one of them ended up dead seems obvious for an overly-dramatic and boring “whodunit” mystery that we’ve all seen a million times before. This film starts out that way, yet quickly becomes a comedy that is still funny today.
I know I was talking about nostalgia influencing what movies are made today, so how do I know that I’m not just still under the spell of nostalgia when I watch this movie? Can a twenty seven year old film still be just as entertaining as it was when I first saw it when I was a child? Well, actually, I enjoy it more now because I am an adult (technically). I pay more attention now than I did then. This movie has plenty of sight gags and pratfalls to satiate the eyes, but the script is so well written with actors that are exceptionally talented (and hysterical) professionals that you catch jokes and double entendre’s that flew by you when you were a kid.
The cast is really the real reason to watch this film. This film was cast perfectly starting with Tim Curry as the butler, Wadsworth. Tim Curry is someone that pretty much everyone has seen but can’t place. I’ll give you a hint; he was Dr. Frank N. Furter in The Rock Horror Picture Show…seriously. This guy is the reason to see this film. His brand of English dry wit and fast talking sound funny as a kid and reduce you to tears as an adult. The rest of the cast is a gold mine of comedy greats of the time, including Michael McKean (This is Spinal Tap), Christopher Lloyd (Back to the Future), and the late Madeline Kahn (Blazing Saddles). Revolving around a board game about six characters without back stories and rudimentary weapons, the movie has a surprising amount of depth, with a plot that involves six people plagued by black mail, government jobs, war crimes and communism, seriously, from a movie inspired by a board game. All Battleship gave us was lame Bionicles and Rhianna.
And the set pieces (both of them) are great as well. The film is set in 1954 and it really shows in the set design and the wardrobe choices for the cast. The sets all seem like a real mansion in New England that was built sometime in the early nineteen hundreds. Also, the film impliments the same secret passageways that are integral to winning the game. So people who are sticklers for being faithful to the source material can shut the hell up, this movie’s awesome, it built a back story to a game that seemingly had none.
However, my only real complaint about this film is its recent blu ray release. The blu ray editions of most films seem to be jam packed with extras and special features. With this film though, there are almost no special features. The extras in this film are just the original trailer from ’85. You would think that there would be some kind of “making of” feature or a retrospective of the movie, talking to the actors about their memories of making the movie. Even some deleted scenes would’ve been great. If you watch the original trailer, there are scenes that appear in it that aren’t in the film. But, that aside, this film demands your attention. Sure, you could watch the whole film on youtube, but since the film is readily available on DVD and blu ray, it’s just a question of how you would like the film to be presented to you.
If for no other reason, it’s actually refreshing to see a movie like this in the wake of all the “epic” films coming out nowadays. This movie takes place in one night, at one location with little more than a handful of people, movies like that are a rarity today. This movie has more in common with a play than a film. As I said before, I do have a problem with all the films being released today that are branded and playing on our nostalgia. But, every once and a while, a film is released that is a great movie that just so happens to be based on a popular license that we all know.
So a lot has been happening lately with the tech reveal of Microsoft’s Xbox One, the 75% disapproval of the new system and it’s “all-inclusive” features, and the release of Star Trek: Into Darkness. We discuss our take on the situation.
Microsoft’s Xbox One Reveal Summary:
RESIDENT EVIL: A Reboot
Bi-Weekly installments by Joshua O’Rourke
Inspired by Capcom’s Resident Evil video games.
On April 24th1971, during an anti-Vietnam protest in Washington D.C., a small group of police officers, all with elite military backgrounds, were handpicked by the president to protect the White House against some of the more violent,“peace-loving objectors” against the war. Based on their performance, the president turned this small group of off duty cops into a nationally recognized paramilitary police force. The Special Tactics Assault Response and Security(S.T.A.R.S.) recruits both men and women from the United States Armed Forces,Police, and government police forces, and demands military backgrounds within their ranks. Often thought of as mercenaries with badges, this elite team is tasked with an international responsibility; Take down the problems deemed too large, difficult, or to complex for the local police and too dirty for the regular military.
Raccoon City, CO.
In 1990, a small town in northern Colorado, Raccoon was tittering on the brink of obscurity when a large pharmaceutical company called Umbrella/Tricell brought their research and development departments to Raccoon to set up shop. Along with R&D,Umbrella/Tricell brought in their subsidiaries which included a steel mill,sanitation companies, energy resources, education opportunities, housing,funding for law enforcement and manufacturing industries. What was once a Podunk town with less than fifty people was transformed into a sprawling metropolis with over one hundred thousand residents that owed there very livelihood to Umbrella/Tricell’s generosity. In retrospect…there was no way for us to have seen it coming.
September 28th, 2014
During an investigation into a series of brutal murders near the Arklay mountains of Raccoon City, Colorado, three officers of the Raccoon police department went missing searching a jogging path where a group of around eight people have been found eating the murder victims.Given the state of the victims, and rising tensions within the community itself, local police reached out to the Raccoon City Branch of S.T.A.R.S. to take lead in the increasingly bizarre investigation.
Given the unprecedented situation,the S.T.A.R.S. Raccoon branch is ordered to send in two teams. One for recon of the area (Bravo team), and another (Alpha) for assault when Bravo team has a location of the murderers. Bravo team is sent in at 1700hrs. Alpha and Bravo teams are in constant radio contact until
2005hrs. when Alpha team lost contact with Bravo. Alpha responds immediately, scrambling a chopper from S.T.A.R.S. HQ just outside of Raccoon City to the Arklay mountains on the opposite side of Raccoon.
S.T.A.R.S. Alpha Team:
31 years old
Former Air Force Para-rescue, Chris is often seen as something of a legend within the Raccoon S.T.A.R.S., being that his father was one of the original police officers recruited by the President to form the first S.T.A.R.S. team. Chris feels a deep moral duty to do what is right. He sees his membership with S.T.A.R.S. a the biggest privilege a person can undertake.
29 years old
When Jill was nineteen, a Chicago judge gave her a choice, go to jail on arson charges, or join the Army. She chose jail. The judge sent her to Fort Benning. A former mechanic, Jill caught the eyes of S.T.A.R.S. higher ups when she survived capture in Afghanistan and fought her way back to her company single-handedly. Don’t confuse her membership with S.T.A.R.S. as some form of equality in the workplace though. She earned her uniform, and will defend it with her life.
40 years old
Burton was a ten year veteran of the LAPD S.W.A.T. before joining S.T.A.R.S. in 2005. Barry is known for being the best shot in S.T.A.R.S., winning the annual S.T.A.R.S. national sharp shooting contest three years running. Barry is something of a mentor to Chris, helping the man come into his own in S.T.A.R.S. standing outside of his father’s shadow.
24 years old
Richard is one of the youngest members in all of S.T.A.R.S. He is a competent soldier and an even better mechanic. Viewed as the “little brother” of Alpha team, Richard is eager to prove himself while on mission.Often times he is too eager and lads himself in more danger than he needs.
35 years old
A former Army Warrant Officer, pilot Brad Vickers was a Black Hawk pilot during Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2004. Brad left the military after surviving a crash land for injuries sustained.Truth be told, he suffers from PTSD and is in denial. S.T.A.R.S. overlooked that fact when they saw the list of commendations that accompanied Vicker’s Name.
39 years old
A former military police officer,little is known about Weskers’ background, outside of the factor that he is a former Marine Corp. Captain who made the jump to S.T.A.R.S. in 2009. He was quickly given a leadership position. Known for his cool under pressure and unshakable resolve, Wesker as lead many missions to success.
At 2021hrs. Alpha team notices the smoky wreckage of Bravo teams downed helicopter. Upon Landing, Alpha team secures the crash site of Bravo’s helicopter. Finding the helicopter abandoned, and full of cargo and weaponry, Alpha begins to search the forest area around the crash site at the base of the Arklay mountains. Wesker kneels down to the ground and stares thoughtful towards the tree line.
Chris: See anything sir?
Wesker: Tracks. Bravo team left their copter, and headed east into the woods.
Chris: There’s nothing out there but deer and evergreens. Why head that way?
Suddenly,Jill grabs Chris by the arm…
Jill: Wait…Do you hear that!?
The teams strains to hear it. There is nothing at first, but then Chris hears it, the faintest cracking of dried grass under heavy feet. Something out in the distance is walking around in the tree line.
Barry (quietly): I hear it.
Wesker and Barry glance at each other quickly and nod to one another.
Wesker: Alpha team, form up! Three sixty security!
Alpha team formed a circle, standing with their back to each other, weapons drawn, surveying their patch of land. But it’s too late. From the darkness a scream cuts through the night air. First, it’s a scream of fear, then a scream of pain. Alpha team puts their attention towards their copter. Brad Vickers, Alpha teams pilot was ordered by Wesker to stay with the copter in case Bravo team broke radio silence.
Chris wasthe first to notice that Brad was being forced out of the helicopter by…something, three “somethings” Whatever They were, they resembled a strong breed of dog, like a Boxer or a Rottweiler.Only these seemed to be trained to attack people. They also seemed to be missing large section of fur and tissue.
Jill opened fire first. A shot striking one of the dog-things clean in the head. Chris shot a round that landed where the heart of one of the dogs would be. The dog-thing hit the ground with a powerful “thud”, but it quickly regained its’ footing and charged for Chris.
Jill: …the fuck!?
Chris: Take ‘em!
Jill and Barry put fear and surprise aside and take careful aim, two shots, two dead dog-things. But as the dogs fall limp on the ground Wesker notices another sound. More heavy footfalls, but they are slower, shallower. As if there was no urgency to them. Wesker turns around and sees eight set staggered in front of them. Wesker begins to take aim and then stops himself, not wanting to make a fatal mistake. He notices that each of them has large festering wound that looked painful, but these people do not seem to be in any kind of duress. They look calm, too calm.
But, Richard Aiken does not take notice and approached the slender, malnourished intruders.
Richard: Hey! Y’all alright? Them dogs get ya?
Wesker: Richard, fall back in line…something’s not…
But as Richard turns back to face Wesker, one of the intruders charges at Richard and tackles him to the ground. The other seven intruders savagely maul Richard and start to tear at his flesh and voraciously feast upon his remains. Stunned Alpha team fire at the attackers, but it is to no avail. One goes down after a successful head-shot, but the others just soak up the bullets and fix their gaze upon the surviving members of Alpha team and charges at them.
Chris sees the tracks that have to be Bravos and makes a gut decision.
Chris: Alpha, form up and head east. Loose them in the tree line.
There is no time for arguing, Alpha team heads east into the woods. The zombie-like-creatures follow closely behind, running full-tilt.
Chris: Wedge formation, on me!Jill, Barry, rear security.
Alpha team leads their attackers away from the helicopters, with hopes of doubling back after the numbers are more in their favor.
The night air is quickly becoming darker and visibility is waning the further they head into the forest. A decision has to be made, fast!
Jill: Look Chris!
Jill points to a clearing in the woods. Built into the mountains is a massive three story, Victorian-style mansion.
The rest of Alpha team takes notice of the mansion at the top of a hill. It is behind a massive stone wall with iron gates that happen to be open, and two large black SUV’s are parked near the massive front entrance.
Wesker: Head for that mansion,its’ elevation will offer us a tactical advantage.
Barry: Screw elevation sir,lets’ get behind those gates and lock ‘em.
Alpha team runs for the relative safety of the mansion.
As they ran for the mansion, Chris notices that three of their attackers drop from head-shots and two more of them fall from shots to their knees. Alpha team reaches the iron fence of the perimeter wall of the mansion. Jill, the last of the team to cross the threshold turns quickly and fires at the final attacker,shooting it in the head. Chris and Barry lock the heavy iron gate and they all take a moment to catch their breath.
Jill: Okay…what just happened? I mean, Brad, Richard…
Before Anyone can answer, the front doors of the mansion bust open and Rebecca Chambers, Bravo teams combat life saver stumbles out of the mansion limping.She is bruised, bloody, and badly injured.
Wesker: Chambers! Chris, grab her!
Chris rushes to aid Rebbecca, but as he starts to move for her, she waves him off desperately.
Rebecca: Run! Get away from here!
Without Warning, Rebecca is shot in the head. She falls to the ground, limp and lifeless. Chris stops dead in his tracks as a hooded figure appears before Chris. He is dressed from head to toe in black military gear, gas mask covering his face, the name “VECTOR” is printed on his vest, along with an Umbrella/Tricell logo.
Chris has little time to be surprised as Vector swipes at him with a knife. Chris blocked the attack and punched Vector in the jaw. Vector goes down, but kicks at Chris’ right knee, both men tumble to the ground and quickly get up and engage in hand-to-and combat. Eventually, Chris draws his second pistol on Vector…
Vector turned invisible again as Chris falls back in line with the other S.T.A.R.S. members.At that moment, a second team appears, all dressed similarly to Vector, all wearing gas masks, heavily armed and in Umbrella/Tricell uniforms, without warning they each raise their weapons and open fire upon Alpha team.
This new team is the “UTSS”, Umbrella/Tricell Security Service. Alpha team takes cover behind one of the largeSUV’s that is parked in the entryway to the mansion. Jill motions towards Wesker,
Jill: Sir, I’m requesting permission to kick the shit out of these assholes.
Both teams trade fire from cover. UTSS team leader Alice looks on towards the tree line and calmly checks her watch. She calls out to Beltway, the UTSS’ massive demolitions expert.
Alice: Beltway! Light the fuse!
Beltway takes a detonator from his combat vest, and pushes the button on its’ top and calls out:
Beltway: Hey S.T.A.R.S.! Thirty seconds!
…and he tosses the detonator towards Alpha team. The detonator lands near Barry’s feet.
Barry: MOVE! Get behind the wall…NOW!!!!
Alpha team runs for the large stone wall that lines the mansion grounds but it is too late. The mansion explodes violently into a massive fireball that lights up the sky and send Chris and Jill to the ground hard.
Minutes later, Chris wakes up, his vision is blurry and his senses temporarily dull.
Jill: Here, are you alright?
The two gather their senses and rise to their feet, steadying each other.
Chris: Been better. (Pause) Wait, where’s Barry and Wesker.
They are both cut off by the sound of a helicopter flying away
Chris: What the hell?
Jill: Whoever that team was, they owe us a helicopter…Do you think they have Barry and Wesker?
Chris: I don’t know. What I do know is we have to get back to base. It’s ten miles to the city limits.
Jill: You really wanna ruck back to town?
Chris: Not if we don’t have to. Let’s check those SUV’s we saw by the mansion, maybe they’re still operational. Meanwhile, check your radio. Maybe we can reach Barry and get his location.
Jill pulls aradio from her utility belt and flips it on.
Jill: Barry, this is Jill, over…
Jill: Barry, this is Jill. What is your position, over!?
Meanwhile,aboard the commandeered S.T.A.R.S. helicopter, Barry is talking with Alice.
Barry: The Spencer Estate wasn’t supposed to go up for another six weeks!
Alice: Umbrella/Tricell has accelerated their plans. Operation Playground will commence in six hours. Now, what about him?
Alice motions towards Wesker, who is sitting alone on the far side of the copter, not paying much attention to the team before him.
Barry: Wesker? I figured you’d want his report.
Alice turns towards Vector.
Alice: Is he important?
Vector: Albert Wesker.Currently, he’s a deep cover operative assigned to monitor the local police and government involvement with Umbrella/Tricell. He serves his part.
Wesker doesn’t make eye contact with any of the other Umbrella/Tricell team members on board with him, again, he never loses his cool.
Wesker: And how did you know that?
Barry: We all have our babysitters Al.
Guess what? Go on, I’ll wait……Okay enough time. We have 10 emailed questions! This is amazing, and with answering these questions, we hope that every week we will have 1-3 questions to answer for our loyal listeners. Thank you so much for making this so much fun and very interesting. As always, comment below, email, or find us on facebook.
~Josh & Nicole
So you might be wondering where episodes 9, 10, and 11 of 2013 are, huh? Listen in to #12 to find out what we have been up too!
Show #13 to include a review of Iron Man 3, more news from the Nerdiverse, and movie news to come. Thanks and if you have any questions, comment below or find us on facebook #bargainbinradio.
Thor: The Dark World trailer
And here is a little treat of a video to say a late Happy Mother’s Day to all the Mom’s out there!
We take this opportunity to review two movies we have recently seen: The Croods and Olympus has Fallen. Listen in and see what we thought of both of these movies!
~Nicole & Josh
The Rundown: Both are pretty good.
So we come to Show #7 in our 2013 run. This show we actually stay on track (for us) and discuss tv shows, movies, and games news. If you have any comments or questions to make, please let us know by commenting below or finding us on facebook at Bargain Bin Radio Podcast. Thank you very much, and as promised in the podcast, here are the trailers for The Wolverine, MGS Phantom Pain and Man of Steel. Enjoy!
Hello everyone! Welcome to show #6 of 2013! Among other tangents, we talk about what is wrong with us all today (our guess is as good as any)! And in unrecorded news, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey just joined The Billion Dollar Club! Congrats to the movie and success to all of it’s followers. Please enjoy the show and comment, comment, comment! In a good and constructive way though, otherwise, we cannot make things better.
Hello Everyone! Here is our 5th podcast of 2013! We talk about what little we know about PS4, Marvel, and how hard it is to find time to read a book. We hope you enjoy and comment below with ideas, questions, or constructive comments. Thanks!
So with all of this crazy weather, snowstorms and cold, it has been a little difficult to get out to the movies lately. We did manage to go see two new movies though: Silver Linings Playbook and Warm Bodies. Josh and I have been looking forward to both of these movies, the first because the trailer made it look very good plus it was nominated for multiple Oscar awards; and the second because it is a Zombie Romance Comedy…Need I say more? Find out if these are worth your time and money, in our humble opinions. Also, thinking of zombies, have you thought about getting Dead Space 3 (or any of the Dead Space Games)? We talk about our experiences with the game. Hint: The way they have co-op set up makes it incredibly fun!
Enjoy our new episode!
~Nicole & Josh
So, here we are…February 2nd, 2013 already. I wonder if the groundhog will see his shadow and how many TV stations are playing Groundhog’s Day staring Bill Murray. This would be an interesting statistic. With the shortest month of the year upon us, we have decided to do two shows this week. This first show is what we would like to deem our “test” show. Consider this our Groundhogs show and the next one our 3rd of February.
We do talk about some entertainment news, upcoming game release of Dead Space 3, a little discussion about DMC: Devil May Cry (Yes it is that awesome) and more! Enjoy and please comment!
And lastly, in honor of Bill Murray, a short I found on youtube nicely edited together.
Here is a look at a movie I am a little excited to see.
This weekend, it looks as though there are some interesting movies coming to theaters.
Bullet to the Head
Stand Up Guys
The Haunting in Connecticut 2: Ghosts of Georgia
The movie that has our attention, but not necessarily the best movie of the bunch, is Warm Bodies.
What movie are you going to try and see this weekend? Stay tuned for another podcast this weekend discussing the new entertainment news, including a petition to pull DMC: Devil May Cry from stores because it was unconstitutional…Seriously…
Welcome to our 2 part show #2 of 2013. Where is show #1 you may ask? Well, it will be posted out of order! How’s that for original?
Another original thing this show is that we get a bit serious. Josh and Nicole talk about the Sandy Hook events, Lance Armstrong, and some of the serious things that these topics cover. The 2nd half of the podcast, we try to lighten the mood a bit.
Let us know what you think! Comment or find us on facebook #Bargain Bin Radio Podcast.
Here at Bargain Bin Radio, Josh and Nicole love to do all sorts of activities…One of which is reading. We discuss some of our favorite pieces of literature from past years, and in tribute to the year of 2012, we talk about our favorite pieces to read!
Josh and Nicole talk about their favorite games of 2012. Guess how many times we talk about Mass Effect. If you can, you get a cookie! Did we miss a game? Comment below and let us know your favorites of the year.
Have you enjoyed the 2012 movie season? With December upon us, Josh and Nicole take a few moments to talk about what their favorite movies of 2012 were. That is, if they can get through all the nonsense to talk about the movies. Adult content right from the beginning. Enjoy! Next week the topic will be Video Games of 2012. Do you have one you likes, loved, or hated? Comment below and tell us! You might have your comment talked about in our next podcast. Thanks!
There are many things we like here at Bargain Bin Radio and Bioware’s epic trilogy Mass Effect is one of those things. So we took over the computer and talked about Mass Effect, the series, characters, and the future of games due to the epic scope of this series. Bioware has a lot of expectations, but are we the gamers holding that bar to an unobtainable height for them? The future will unfold and give us the answer to that question, but for now…Enjoy! Comment and tell us how we are doing. Good, constructive feedback is how we will make things better.
*Caution. We are adults and use adult language. Please be advised.
Nicole and Josh talk about Disney taking over the Star Wars franchise, 10 year anniversary of Firefly, Superman Cheetah (WTW moment), and our interests of the week. Listen in and leave a comment about what you want to hear about. Questions? Post them below!
Listen to Josh and Nicole talk about a recent viewing of Perk of being a Wallflower.
So Crystal Dynamic has released a date plus a picture of the box art for the upcoming Tomb Raider game. Check it out and leave your thoughts as a comment. Here is how they describe the picture.
“Tomb Raider’s newly unveiled box art captures Lara in a defining moment. As she contemplates the long journey ahead, she knows she will be forced to overcome her darkest fears in an epic fight to survive.
Tomb Raider launches worldwide March 5, 2013.”
Click the link to find out what Tony faces next!
Released today, the new Iron Man 3 trailer. Check it out and let us know what you think about the seeming developments that plague Tony Stark.
In this episode of our News Retro, we talk about how tired we are….Okay and cover some of the fun facts we have learned over the past few days concerning some of the new and exciting movie and video game developments. Click the link below and leave us your comments after listening! Thanks.
Take a listen to our hulk out over the Incredible Hulk!
When talking about the big green guy, is it possible not to hulk out?
The Iron Man 2 part of our Marvel Phase 1 retrospective.
Part 1 of our 6 part series.
Today we will be recording our 6 part Marvel series. This will allow us time to cover all 6 of the Marvel Universe movies. We hope you come back to join us for a more in depth discussion about Iron Man, Iron Man 2, The Incredible Hulk, Thor, Captain America, and finally The Avengers.
~Nicole & Josh
We try and cover the entire movie series of Resident Evil in under 30 minutes…Let us see if we succeed!
Check out our very first movie review…And what did we decide to review? Resident Evil: Redemption. Find out if you should spend your time and money seeing this movie in the theater or if you should skip it altogether.