Insidious: Chapter 2 - Movie Review

Insidious Chapter 2

Written by: Leigh Whannell, based on a story by James Wan & Leigh Whannell
Directed by: James Wan
Starring: Patrick Wilson, Rose Byrne, Ty Simpkins, Lin Shaye, Barbara Hershey

I love Insidious. Whether or not you like the shift in the third act, the first two are utterly terrifying, and anyone who says otherwise is a dirty stupid liar. I've seen it probably eight times or more, and was lucky enough to see it on the big screen again just before Insidious: Chapter 2 (henceforth to be referred to as Insidious 2, because I'm lazy). It didn't lose much of its power in the theater a second time. Insidious was at its core a remake of Poltergeist.

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By |September 20th, 2013|Reviews|0 Comments

Sound Board DragonCon Special Edition: Brit Pop 2013

British guitar

Rob Levy and Aaron Poole take the wheel and pilot us through Sunday morning at DragonCon 2013. Tuffley and Widge are on-hand with Dana Franks as a special guest star.

Please excuse the bits where someone's cell phone starts causing interference.

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By |September 20th, 2013|Podcasts, Sound Board|0 Comments

The Walking Dead Spinoff: Expanding the Apocalypse

I've mentioned more than once my amusement at a successful film suddenly becoming a trilogy and the creative teams' reactions. "We always thought of it as a trilogy," they would say, when on a lot of these things, we know damn well they're amazed they wound up as successful as they were. I'm looking at you, Blade. I don't think we're surprised anymore at the Hair Trigger Franchise effect. And now we're looking at Walking Dead getting a spinoff.

But I imagine going back in time fifteen years and telling my younger self, "Seriously, don't go to Bolivia." Then after that was taken care of, I would say, "Not only is there going to be a zombie TV series, but it's going to launch a spinoff. More CSI: New York than The Jeffersons, but you get what I mean." To which Younger Widge would say, "What the hell's a CSI?" But by that point, I would have run out of quarters to put in the timeporter and wound up back in the present.

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By |September 16th, 2013|Stimuli|6 Comments

The Sounds of DragonCon 2013: Orphan Black at X-Track

The Ladies of Orphan Black

This year at DragonCon, the inimitable Leigh--X-Track Director extraordinaire--put together a fan panel to discuss the conspiracies, weird science, and general shady dealings going on in the universe of Orphan Black. Because of our previous discussion on this topic, in the form of my conversation with Graeme Manson, I was invited to participate on this panel, along with Rob Levy, JM Tuffley, and the wonderful Cheryl of X-Track Staff. We had a great time together and we got a lot of excellent questions from the audience.

So if Orphan Black is a thing in which you are or might be interested, then I recommend you enjoy the above podcast. This was the X-Track Orphan Black Fan Panel, Sunday, September [...]

By |September 16th, 2013|Podcasts|0 Comments

Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons - Game Review

Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons

Here's an analogy for you: If Skyrim is your favorite Pixar film, then Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons ($15, Xbox Live Arcade) is the animated short before that film. It's the experience that, while short-lived, sticks with you long after credits of the main feature have rolled. I don't think I'm too far off the mark by calling Brothers one of the most emotionally rich and meaningful games of 2013. The story is simple: you and your brother must find a live-saving cure for your father, who has fallen ill. Because he is your only living parent, saving his life is all the more important. This leads the two sons on an adventure through a danger-ridden fantasy world.

This review will be short. Not because I don't have a lot to say about Brothers, but because the simple act of writing about the story would ruin it for you. Think of it like this: how angry would you be if I went to see a movie you'd been eagerly anticipating for the past year, and then rattled off some of the major plot points? You'd be kinda pissed, right? Every scenario in Brothers is something you must experience for yourself to truly appreciate. There are few games I can think of in which the minute-to-minute events are so special.

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By |September 15th, 2013|Reviews|0 Comments

Your Weekend Justice #201: This is Why We Can't Have Nice Things

It's Weekend Justice: the Internet's #1 audio trainwreck--the podcast that survived DragonCon and luckily suffers from only the same disorders that it did beforehand. It shall now spend three hours telling you all about them.

Ron Jeremy

Agenda:

  • Everybody had a week
  • Derelict beer post-action report
  • DragonCon shenanigans
  • Zombies and scotch
  • Derelict: first the zine, now the coasters
  • Drinking underage and shipping issues
  • Jon's lament
  • All smells come from New Jersey
  • DragonCon room frenzy
  • Rox's shipping tips
  • DragonCon's whore
  • Rob's DragonCon tips
  • Cults made easy
  • Widge vs. the Coroner of Darkness
  • Luther vs. Notting Hill
  • Conquered by movies
  • The Man Who Left Rob and Rox Speechless
  • DragonCon Dealer Scrip (or something)
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    By |September 14th, 2013|Podcasts, Weekend Justice|5 Comments

    Raanjhanaa - Movie Review

    Raanjhanaa movie poster

    Written by: Himanshu Sharma
    Directed by: Anand L. Rai
    Starring: Dhanush, Sonam Kapoor, Abhay Deol, Shilpi Marwaha, Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub

    Raanjhanaa marks the foray of the Tamil movie industry superstar Dhanush into the Hindi film industry. Over the years, several superstars from down south have tried their luck at cracking the Hindi film industry with varying degrees of success. Dhanush, who became a household name with his hugely popular gone-viral song "Kolaveri Di" makes his debut with Anand Rai's (who previously made the slightly successful Tanu weds Manu) love story set in the heart of the holy-town of Banaras. The movie also stars Sonam Kapoor and Abhay Deol in pivotal roles. Going by the trailer, the movie's main purpose is to give Dhanush a launchpad in this new arena of films. Does it succeed? Yes, it does!

    The story is about a Hindu Brahmin boy Kundan (Dhanush) who as a young kid falls head-over-heels in love with a Muslim girl, Zoya (Sonam Kapoor). Through his high school, through several tries and various antics with the help of his best buddy--he manages to get Zoya to reciprocate his feelings. His best buddy's sister, meanwhile, pines for Kundan, who does not reciprocate. However, her father gets to know about it, and decides to send her out of town for her college, under the supervision of her uncle. On the day of her departure, Kundan professes his love and lets her know that he would wait for her till eternity.

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    By |September 13th, 2013|Reviews|0 Comments

    Music Whenever: Little Comets, Boston Boys, The 1975 & More...

    Little Comets

    More music picks for your whenever-you-damn-well-need-them. If you like what you hear, use the links provided to snag it for yourself from Amazon. Doing so through us gives us kickbacks, and those help pay for stuff like more bandwidth. And also so we can buy more music.

    First up: Little Comets, out of the UK, have their album Life is Elsewhere, which was released last month. The track in question is "Woman Woman," with an acoustic video. First thought: the lead singer looks so pained. They're on tour in October in the States--someone buy that man a drink. Please. Second thought: the jogger who runs past at over a minute in: he's an MVP. For more info, their official site. (Amazon: CD; MP3; Vinyl / Spotify.)

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    By |September 9th, 2013|Music Whenever|0 Comments

    Why Slay Dragons and Conquer Universes When You Can Sell Bagels?

    Irish comedian and geek extraordinaire Dara O'Briain once said of the video game Grand Theft Auto 4, "I've a day off work, and I'm in a commute. I cannot believe that I've taken the time of my own to sit in fake traffic, when I could be out in London driving somewhere nice in actual traffic." Certainly a sentiment that makes sense. How many of us play games, watch films, or read books for a healthy dose of escapism? And this is how it's been, probably since one caveman read the comics his buddy drew on the wall.

    But there's a weird phenomenon happening in the indie video games scene at the moment. People are making games about the mundanity of everyday life. Something that goes beyond the "Playing God" sort of games like The Sims. Games that simulate paperwork, cash transactions, and running errands. Here are some examples that you might want to look into, each a bit more soul-crushing than the last.

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    By |September 7th, 2013|Stimuli|0 Comments

    Your Weekend Justice #200: A League Divided (Live at DragonCon 2013)

    Justice League of America 200

    It's Weekend Justice: the Internet's #1 audio trainwreck--the podcast that recorded this nonsense at DragonCon in a live performance known as "Need Coffee Presents Your Weekend Justice Show of Shows." There's discussion. There's games. There's the Sound Board Live. There's straining to hear things. It's just like you were there. It's the same podcast but with a couple hundred more people thrown into the mix. There has never been a trainwreck like this one. Not in the history of trains.

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    By |September 6th, 2013|Podcasts, Weekend Justice|0 Comments