Agents of SHIELD SPOILER Thread - Season 2 Premiere

By Luke Y. Thompson in Comics, TV
Tuesday, September 23, 2014 at 5:54 pm

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It's baaaaack!

Will it be informed in any way by what we learned about Kree from Guardians of the Galaxy? Probably not much. But they have Xena and Agent Cooper now.

Alas, the Wait for Total Recall Hookers Is Longer Than We Thought

By Luke Y. Thompson in Nerdery, Tech
Tuesday, September 23, 2014 at 3:15 pm

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The three-boobed woman did a pretty good job of hoaxing - until her fake third breast prosthesis got stolen, recovered and inventoried. So much for that MTV reality show that existed only in her own mind.

Ah well, we'll always have Angela Bassett on American Horror Story. And the double-dicked guy.

Here Are Klingon Stormtrooper Ballerinas, Because Why Not?

By Luke Y. Thompson in Nerdery, TV
Tuesday, September 23, 2014 at 2:30 pm

Thanks to Ashley Eckstein for this. Now, Ashley, when are you going to start selling tutus sized for these guys?

TMNT Twofer: Turtles Remade as CG-Retro, and as Realistic Teens

By Luke Y. Thompson in Cartoons, Comics
Tuesday, September 23, 2014 at 1:00 pm

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Just to prove that we Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles fans aren't opposed to interesting remakes - just terrible ones - here are a couple of videos that have fun with the green guys. First, a CG remake of the '80s cartoon intro, and second, an 8-bit style look at how these turtle boys would behave if they acted more like typical teenagers (let's face it, they were suprisingly mature and non-sulky in those cartoons).

I'd rather watch 90 minutes of either one than whatever Jonathan Liebesman comes up with next.

This 18" Master Chief Is the Last Halo Toy You'll Ever Need

By Luke Y. Thompson in Toys, Video Games
Tuesday, September 23, 2014 at 11:30 am

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That's not to say it's the last one you'll WANT - NECA will probably milk this mold with umpteen Predator-like repaints and partial resculpts like McFarlane did with the smaller figures. Still, their 18-incher in its final production form pretty much owns all who came before.

And nowadays, you can even ask your own Cortana where to buy it. No nekkid holograms yet though.

Tags: Halo, NECA

Kingsman: The Secret Service Trailer 2 Is Uncomfortably Wanted-Like

By Luke Y. Thompson in Comics, Movies
Tuesday, September 23, 2014 at 10:00 am

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Yes, I did like Wanted when it came out.

Yes, I know they're both based on comics by Mark Millar.

But can't I expect Matthew Vaughn to be better than a Timur Bekmambetov imitation? I should hope so. The stuff with Colin Firth being whimsically elite in the pub is fun, but I'm guessing now that we spend more time with the boring-faced kid, and Sam Jackson pretending to be Flavor Flav as a Bond villain.

You had me, Kingsman - but you're losing me.

Blu-ray Today: Boxes of Halloween, Saw and The Exorcist

By Luke Y. Thompson in DVDs
Tuesday, September 23, 2014 at 8:00 am

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Halloween: The Complete Collection - Occasionally, very occasionally, a cinematic franchise will come along in which every entry has some merit, enough so that the entire series is worth buying. Almost never is that franchise in the horror genre, as this and some other entries today will show, and it's certainly not true for Halloween, which defined most of what we think of as the rules of slasher movies, only to keep following them by the numbers.

The first Halloween is a classic; the second an adequate sequel, the third a bonkers and unrelated story that makes no sense whatsoever. 4 and 5 are mediocre, 6 is crap, 7 is an adequate sequel and 8 has Busta Rhymes saying "Trick or treat, motherfucker!" People bag on the two Rob Zombie remakes, but they at least tried to do something different. I stand by my position that a Rob Zombie remake of part 1 was preferable to a Part 9 with more Busta Rhymes.

The network TV edits of the first two movies are included, as is the "producers cut" of part 6 that apparently doesn't suck...but it seems this may contain only the unrated versions of the Rob Zombie films. Even if it does have both versions of each, this is hardly a "complete collection" - talks are currently in progress to make yet another installment in the series. Frankly, Season of the Witch is the one that could most benefit from a Rob Zombie remake, but I doubt they'll go that weird way again.

8 Things Anita Sarkeesian Says That Gamers Should Come to Terms With

By David N. Scott in Daily Lists, Gaming, Video Games
Tuesday, September 23, 2014 at 6:00 am

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I had the good fortune of being born in 1979, and thus living through the golden age of video games. I received an Atari 7800 for Christmas, which sort of sucked actually, but it was replaced the next year by the hallowed Nintendo Entertainment System. I also had the fortune of growing up in an area where arcades were popular and spent summers living the birth of Street Fighter II, Mortal Kombat and my personal favorite, Time Killers. In more modern times my wife, daughter and I all game and frequent our local Gamestop. The game I am most looking forward to this year is Dragon Age: Inquisition, and I plan to take a long weekend to get into it.

Why say all that first? Well, there seems to be an opinion that growing up loving video games and thinking that Tropes Vs. Women is total crap and that Anita Sarkeesian should be banned from the internet are inseparable. Honestly, this is only the beginning of the online rage as you can see from this Patreon with a $5,000 a month payout vowing to fight her movement because apparently "Recent evidence suggests they have far larger powers of censorship than anyone would suspect; this is what we want to uncover." Because obviously a secret cabal of feminists is controlling all media. Hadn't you noticed?

Is Tropes Vs. Women perfect? Not at all. One simple complaint I have is the lumping of games with a karma system like Fallout or games that reward pacifist play-through like Dishonored with the Grand Theft Auto games of the world. Sarkeesian states that these games all have a similar punishment/reward system for offing random innocents, and this is factually incorrect. However, we should not throw the baby out with the bathwater and having actually watched these videos, I have to say they bring up some really simple and valid points.


Top-Down Smackdown: The Worst John Cena T-shirt Yet

By Luke Y. Thompson in TV
Monday, September 22, 2014 at 6:00 pm

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Really, WWE?

I don't expect you to be the hippest guys in the room, but I think literally every other licensed property that I like did a version of this LAST YEAR. Hell, even the Iron Sheik made his own personal take on it before you did.

Hey, how about a "Hard Rock Cafe" parody next?

Gotham Live Discussion and SPOILER Thread - Premiere

By Luke Y. Thompson in TV
Monday, September 22, 2014 at 5:00 pm

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I know you'll all have a lot to say. Don't let me down. And by the way, what gives Penguin the right to wear purple and green?

(Yes, there will also be a Top-Down Smackdown thread tonight.)