Wayhomer Review #171: Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit

Chris Pine as Jack Ryan in Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit

It’s Episode #171 for Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, in which our protagonist enjoys Kenneth Branagh‘s accent, criticizes Chris Pine‘s lack of mad face and wishes for more thrill in the thriller.
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By |February 22nd, 2014|Reviews, Video Podcasts, Wayhomers|0 Comments

Your Weekend Justice #189: Yard Sales of the Apocalypse

It’s Weekend Justice: the Internet’s #1 audio trainwreck–the podcast that, if you were holed up during the zombie apocalypse in a military bunker, would pull a Miguel on your ass. And you know it, too.

Rox of Spazhouse: The Dark Years

Agenda:

  • Freestyle rap and Silver Linings Discomfort
  • In defense of Christoph Waltz
  • Iron Man 3 trailer–oh shit, discuss it quick! In pieces!
  • Kid cranium sub sandwiches
  • Cart Talk!
  • The Mystery of the Unipickle
  • Pickle talk that isn’t actually sexual
  • What not to do at the Carnegie Deli
  • The Walking Dead (SPOILERS)
  • Downton Abbey, period soap opera (slight SPOILERS)
  • The best gig
  • Quartets
  • Tom Clancyverse
  • Wolverine hair
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    By |March 8th, 2013|Podcasts, Weekend Justice|0 Comments

    Stuff You Need to Know: Clancy, Conan and Shatner All Return (Not All at Once, Though)

    Tom Clancy: Dead or Alive
  • Tom Clancy is hitting in December with what sounds like “Crisis on Infinite Clancy,” at least according to the press release: “For the First Time Ever, Tom Clancy Brings Together 26 Years of Unforgettable Characters, including Jack Ryan, Jack Ryan, Jr., John Clark, Ding Chavez, and Mary Pat Foley, to Jointly Face Their Greatest Challenge Yet–Modern-Day Terrorism.” So it’s…Rainbow Seven? No, it’s Dead or Alive and it hits December 7th of this year. His co-author on the book is Grant Blackwood, despite the seemingly 8 point font for Blackwood’s name on the cover. Blackwood has written books based on Clancy’s characters.
  • The UK is getting Mountain Dew. Or at least a variant of it. Not sure why they feel the need to change it, but maybe that’s due (no pun intended) to the fact it’s going to be marketed there as an energy drink. If some enterprising Brit reader would like to send me a sample, I’d be quite grateful. Source.
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    By |April 13th, 2010|Stuff You Need to Know|4 Comments

    Stuff: Jack Ryan Begins (Again)

    Harrison Ford as Jack Ryan
  • A new Jack Ryan flick? You know it’s in development. And the rebirth of Bond and the success of Bourne I’m sure have only made Paramount really want to get off their ass and do a follow-up to Sum of All Fears, the capable re-working of Affleck and Morgan Freeman into the former Harrison Ford part. Hossein Amini (Wings of the Dove) is on tap to scribe the new movie, which you can pretty much just call Jack Ryan Begins. I think you know what I mean. Regardless, don’t expect Affleck to return. Apparently Sam Raimi was attached for a while to direct–don’t know what the hell they were thinking on that, the only person with a more packed dance card these days is Del Toro. As an aside, apparently Amini is scribing The Subtle Knife at Warner Brothers.

    I must say: whoever’s going to play the new Ryan, they won’t have as good a Pissed Off Face as Harrison Ford. That and while we’re waiting, I would be perfectly content with Liev Schrieber in the Without Remorse movie. Just for the record. Source: Hollywood Reporter.

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    By |December 21st, 2008|Stuff You Need to Know|3 Comments

    Top 10 Fictional Submarines

    Nemo from 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea

    Ah, submarines. You’d never catch me in one. Even though I apparently took some test in high school which told the military I would be perfect for the nuclear submarine corps. Can you imagine me aboard a nuclear sub? Stop crying and hugging your children–it didn’t happen. And where I am now they won’t even let me have anything sharp. So.

    Anyway, it’s probably best that we look at the subject from a fictional point of view. Here’s our Top 10 list of fictional submarines. These were chosen by the Needcoffee staff for their notoriety, their influence, their coolness, and any number of arbitrary reasons we could think of.

    10. The USS Sea Tiger from Operation Petticoat. Cary Grant, Tony Curtis and a pink submarine under the direction of Blake Edwards. It had to at least place. You know it and I know it. The film’s hilarious. The Tiger gets sunk before it ever sees action, but Grant, who’s got command, refuses to let it go and decides to bring it back into service. Hijinks ensue. Especially when they take on a bunch of nurses who need a ride.

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    By |December 19th, 2008|Stimuli|1 Comment

    Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Advanced Warfighter (Xbox 360) – Game Review

    Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Advanced Warfighter Xbox 360

    Overall:

    Developer: Grin (PC), Ubisoft (all console versions)
    Publisher: Ubisoft
    Platform: PS2, Xbox, Xbox 360, PC (reviewed on Xbox 360)
    ESRB Rating: Teen

    My Advice: Rent it first. If the rental holds your interest, consider a purchase.

    The Ghost Recon series has seen its share of changes since 2000. The first game was a sandbox-style shooter set in Eastern Europe. You could go anywhere and execute your mission any way you liked, adding immense replay value to each mission. Ghost Recon 2 was a console-exclusive shooter on rails, where stealth and tactics mattered less than twitch reflexes and luck. The focused gameplay of the second installment alienated fans of the first game, and rightly so. After all, the only thing the two games had in common was their name–the rest was completely different.

    So I waited anxiously when I heard that Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter would mark a return to the careful gameplay of the first game, while also offering some of the arcade-feel that made the second game a little more frantic. This appealed to me, so I couldn’t wait to get my hands on the game.

    The story begins in 2013, when the Ghosts are tasked with protecting American, Canadian and Mexican diplomats while they hammer out the details on a joint-security treaty. As part of this treaty the Americans shipped over a great deal of American military hardware for the Mexican army to use. The Ghosts were sent along with this arms shipment as escorts and trainers, and that’s where the gameplay begins. As the leaders of North America are signing a treaty to work together for their joint protection a rogue Mexican General is stealing the American weapons and leading a large portion of his army in an attempted coup d’etat.

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    By |May 31st, 2006|Reviews|0 Comments

    Headsup: The Puck Stops Here

    After a few slow weeks, the game release schedule actually has a little meat on its bones this time around. While most of this week’s big releases are franchise titles, there are a couple of original gems in there to keep the jaded contingent interested.

    On top of the franchise heap is NHL 06, the latest in the long-running hockey franchise from EA. With a new deke system and the addition of the “skill stick” mechanic to give players greater control over the stick and puck in-game, the game seems set to reward the hardcore player by allowing a much greater variety of maneuvers. Also new is a shot targeting system that looks borrowed from last year’s Gretzky NHL. The defensive AI has reportedly been vastly improved as well, with defensemen now doing a much better job cutting down shot angles and breaking up passes instead of just flattening every player you bring into the zone. With a little tweaking on the rules option screen, you can probably even get a reasonable facsimile of the NHL’s newly announced rules enforcement policy for this season. As with any EA sports game, this one drops pretty much on any game-playing platform you can imagine, so at least there’s something for the PC crowd this week.

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    By |September 11th, 2005|Headsup|0 Comments

    The Sum of All Fears (2002) – DVD Review

    The Sum of All Fears DVD cover art

    Film:
    DVD:

    Written by: Paul Attanasio and Daniel Pyne, based on the novel by Tom Clancy
    Directed by: Phil Alden Robinson
    Starring: Ben Affleck, Morgan Freeman, Liev Schreiber, James Cromwell, Richard Marner, Alan Bates, and Bridget Moynahan

    Features:

    • Running audio commentary by director Robinson and novelist Clancy
    • Running audio commentary by director Robinson and cinematographer John Lindley
    • The Making of The Sum of All Fears
    • Creating Reality: The Digital Effects

    Released by: Paramount
    Region: 1
    Rating: PG-13
    Anamorphic: Yes

    My Advice: Rent it.

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    By |December 7th, 2003|DVD, Reviews|0 Comments

    The Hunt for Red October (1990) – DVD Review

    The Hunt for Red October DVD cover art

    Film:
    DVD:

    Written by: Larry Ferguson & Donald Stewart, based on the novel by Tom Clancy
    Directed by: John McTiernan
    Starring: Alec Baldwin, Sean Connery, Scott Glenn, Sam Neill, James Earl Jones

    Features:

    • Running audio commentary by director McTiernan
    • Beneath the Surface making-of featurette
    • Theatrical trailer

    Released by: Paramount
    Region: 1
    Rating: PG
    Anamorphic: Yes

    My Advice: Fans of the movie should own it.

    It’s 1984. Captain Ramius (Connery) has been given the command of the newest class of Soviet sub–one that’s got a certain something extra under the hood, if you catch my drift. Ramius has something secret under his hood, too–he and a select group of his officers are trying to defect and take this new sub, Red October, with them. Enter Jack Ryan (Baldwin), an analyst who’s gotten some clandestine shots of the hull of the October and is trying to figure out what the sub’s strange new feature is. Things get especially tense when the Soviets claim Ramius has gone rogue–and now both Soviets and Americans are looking for the poor captain to blow him to kingdom come. Only Ryan thinks he knows what the man’s really up to, and only Ryan can save the life of him and his crew.

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    By |May 6th, 2003|Reviews|0 Comments

    Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon (PC) – Game Review

    Overall:

    Developer: Red Storm Entertainment
    Publisher: Ubisoft Entertainment
    Platform: Win 9x/Me/2000/XP
    ESRB Rating: M (Mature)

    The No. 1 complaint I hear about first-person shooter games is that they aren’t realistic. People seem to want something that they can relate to more than the worlds portrayed in Doom or Serious Sam.

    If that’s your complaint, then this is your game. Ghost Recon (referred to as GR) is a first-person shooter set in the world of Tom Clancy’s novels. As the game opens in the year 2010, we learn that the Russian government has been taken over by a group of hard-line Ultra-nationalists. The Russian war machine is being readied for an invasion, with troop movements and buildups at Russia’s western border. Only one force stands between the Russian front line and the former soviet republics: the Special Forces group known as the Ghosts. They’ve been tasked with running interference against the Russians until the bulk of the NATO force can mobilize. The game puts the Ghosts in your hands, leaving their fate (and the fate of nations) within your grasp.

    The rules of the GR universe are simple. There are no hit points. There are no bosses. There are no levels. You and your team of riflemen, demolition experts, snipers and heavy weapons “support” specialists are tasked with completing several goals during each mission. How you achieve these goals depends on your playing style as well as the makeup (and experience) of your squad.

    Game play is divided into two […]

    By |January 18th, 2002|Games|0 Comments