Embrace The Series of Halloweens With Black Phoenix

Black Phoenix Halloween 2015
The new Uber: uncomfortable seating but bypasses all the traffic...

Widge's Note: No idea what Scott's on about here, it's still twelve days until 3rd Halloween. Hope everybody is enjoying decorating their trees with black lights and a magnificent Cthulhu tree topper. Anyway, here's Scott.

I have something to admit. Halloween got away from me. Real life can be relentless. We've had like two or three actually cold days this fall in my part of Florida. I had assignments from a couple of programming courses so my nights were filled with Java not with ghosts and demons; I had a Mickee Faust Club show that ended on Halloween so my costumes were for stage not for a party. And right after I had a chest cold from Hell so I was somewhat occupied. The scariest thing I did was handle a massive prop burger made from dog food, sawdust, and... other things. Long story. But you-know-who helps keep that spirit going long after the Halloween candy on sale has been sold. That's right: Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab. So come with me as we peruse the perfumes and keep Halloween going for a little while longer.

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By |December 13th, 2015|Headsup|0 Comments

Your Weekend Justice #242: Special Emphasis on the Colon

Uri Geller and spoons

It's Weekend Justice: the Internet's #1 audio trainwreck...finally back with another pre-DragonCon episode as we try to clear out the archives now that 2nd Halloween is over. This was recorded before the con, so when you run across those bits, don't be alarmed.

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By |December 2nd, 2015|Podcasts, Weekend Justice|0 Comments

Fear Solve This: The Pilot Episode

Predator vs. Microwave

While Solve This is on its prolonged hiatus, our very own Aaron Fever decided to take it across the pond and create a European spinoff. It is called--what else--Fear Solve This.

This time around it's Aaron in the chair and he welcomes his guests Jason Coburn, Brian Fitzpatrick, Tom Hughes and Maria Power for a round in the never-ending battle against problems. Enjoy.

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By |November 30th, 2015|Podcasts|0 Comments

Midsomer Murders: The Bingo Game

John Nettles from Midsomer Murders
'Officers, that man claims to have a bingo. Check his card.'

It's no secret that we have fans of Midsomer Murders among us. Cosette, having watched through the entire series, identified her Top 10 crazy murders that have occurred in Midsomer. And now our very own Kim has applied her knowledge of the show to a brand new game that you can enjoy while watching: Midsomer Murders Bingo. There's a sample below:

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By |November 29th, 2015|Stimuli|0 Comments

Yakuza Apocalypse is the Vampire Yakuza Action Fantasy Film You Didn't Know You Needed

Yakuza Apocalypse

Takashi Miike is an absolute maniac. He brought you such films as Ichi the Killer, Audition and 13 Assassins. And now... Yakuza Apocalypse. Now, if you are a frequent visitor to this site, doubtless you are already ready to watch this film, based on the title alone. But now...you simply have to watch the trailer. It's a red band trailer, but mostly it's just...what I imagine dropping acid and watching Battles Without Honor or Humanity would be like. Enjoy.

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By |September 30th, 2015|Stuff You Need to Know|0 Comments

Your Weekend Justice #241: There's No Kangaroo Figs in Risk

ABC After School Special

It's Weekend Justice: the Internet's #1 audio trainwreck...finally back after DragonCon and other things that provide both money and medication. Please Note: this episode was recorded before DragonCon, so this might seem like it came through the TARDIS...but if that makes it make more sense to you, then yeah, sure, go for it. Think that.

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By |September 27th, 2015|Podcasts, Weekend Justice|0 Comments

Doctor Who Season 9: A Primer

The Doctor and Clara

The good news is that there is a new season of Doctor Who coming. It has some great guest stars, familiar faces and a core of writers and directors who have never worked on the show before. Maybe an injection of new blood can tighten things up a bit this year. The bad news is that there will be no new Who for 2016, as Steven Moffat will be erstwhile-detained working on Sherlock. There has been no word of any specials or one of episodes for the coming year.

Some things that are different from last season include continued development of The Doctor by Peter Capaldi. His Doctor will still be mysterious and reckless but he'll have more whimsy built in this year. He's also going to have some fancy new jackets and pants as the season goes on. As with the Matt Smith Doctor before, we see a changing fashion style percolating into the lead character.

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By |September 15th, 2015|Stimuli|0 Comments

Lack of Sleep is Killing Us All. Wait, No, Hold On...

Edward Norton, sleepless in Fight Club

Normally the back and forth of "It's going to kill us all!" and "No, it's fantastic for us!" usually stays in the realm of caffeine, red meat and the films of Nicolas Cage. If there's one thing that the consensus has seemed to be: well, you need more of it, otherwise you have no clue how screwed you are--it's sleep.

Lack of sleep has been blamed for everything from diabetes to reality television, and that's some finger-pointing that does make sense. If you're tired, then you're probably stressed. And if you're stressed, then your body releases all those lovely "We Could Be Eaten By Something" chemicals...and too much of that can be quite bad. Especially if you're not actually being Eaten By Something.

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By |September 9th, 2015|Stimuli|0 Comments

Orphan Black: Season Three - DVD Review

Orphan Black Season 3 Blu-Ray

It seems like that every season of Orphan Black just gets bigger and bigger in terms of boldness and innovative storytelling. At a time when many shows begin to peter out, Orphan Black instead picks up the tempo, creating a pitch perfect blend of suspense, comedy and modern science that all seamlessly morph into a compelling and well-acted production.

Recently renewed for a Fourth Season, BBC America has just released Season Three as a three-disc DVD and two-disc Blu Ray set. In addition to the episodes, the collection offers a nice chunk of extras.

BBC America Synopsis:

After neutralizing the threat by the DYAD Institute and the ruthless clone Rachel (Maslany), Project Leda clones Sarah, Alison, Cosima and Helena, (Maslany) are finally all united in their journey towards the truth of who and what they are. But new discoveries that include Helena's kidnapping, a book that could contain the answers to their existence, and the most shocking discovery of them all –- a set of treacherous militaristic male clones (Ari Millen) with an unknown agenda -- will test how tight their new bonds are.

From the start of "The Weight of This Combination" through the finale, "History Yet To Be Written," viewers are taken on an emotional whirlwind, which sees the Clone Club fighting Cantor on all fronts. There’s even an interesting jaunt to London and a great three-episode guest turn from James Frain as Ferdinand, a very dangerous cleaner.

With the success of Season Three, I think we can finally stop calling Orphan Black a cult TV show. The popularity stems from a few factors. First, there is real character development at work here. Second, the stories defy any single genre classification. There's a lot of stuff in the stew, including some wonderful dark humor. This oftentimes features a quirky twist or cruel act of fate that only enhances the drama.

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By |September 3rd, 2015|Reviews|0 Comments

Headsup: Catching Up With Animation

Elsa and Anna from Frozen: Disney Short Films Collection Blu-Ray

First up, we have the Walt Disney Short Films Collection on DVD and Blu-Ray. It has twelve animated shorts on it, ranging from 2000's "John Henry" to the recent "Frozen Fever." First, the good news. They're Disney animated shorts. They're that thing that, no matter how many times I go see a Disney film these days, I keep forgetting they're preceded by one of these. So, thanks to my goldfish-esque memory, it's a delightful surprise every time. Granted, your mileage may vary as to how these individual shorts play with you personally. The further good news is that these are the Blu-Ray debuts (as far as I can tell) for some of these, such as "Henry" and "Lorenzo." And because they're all recent animation, they look and sound fantastic in the hi-def format. The downside is that this has a number of repackaged shorts you probably own on previous releases, although if you're a short-form animation enthusiast, then getting the debuts will probably offset that. There are never enough extras for me, but in this case, you get a short animation featurette and super-brief intros on all of the films. Commentary tracks would have been most welcome. The brilliantly wrong "Runaway Brain" was, I had thought, supposed to be included as a BD debut, but it's instead a digital-only release.

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By |September 2nd, 2015|Headsup|0 Comments