TR Interview: Michael Ironside on Extraterrestrial, Batman, Dune, The Omega Code and More

By Luke Y. Thompson in Books, Cartoons, Comics, Movies
Friday, November 21, 2014 at 8:00 am

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If you're reading this site and don't know who Michael Ironside is, I can only assume you never read the credits of movies. Kids of my generation first remember him as Ham Tyler in V, but he's been a presence in sci-fi ever since, appearing in the likes of Spacehunter 3D, Scanners, Top Gun, Highlander II, Total Recall and many more, usually as a major badass.

In Extraterrestrial, which opens today, he plays a marijuana farmer caught up in the potential violation of a secret truce between the government and aliens, and in a small handful of scenes, this man in his 60s easily steals the show from the teens and twentysomethings who are supposedly the stars.

In a rare interview, Ironside discussed many things with TR, from the dream role he nearly but never got to the strange stealth Christianity of The Omega Code and his thoughts on Batman.

TR Holiday Gift Guide: 10 Awesome RPG-Related Gifts

Friday, November 21, 2014 at 6:00 am

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Happy Nerdy Holidays

It's hard to ask for RPG gifts for Christmas. The social stigma is fading year by year, so I no longer fear my parents calling an exorcist over my wish list, but there's still a maze of editions, similar-sounding games and supplements to ask people to dig through. This is in addition to the fact that RPGs still tend to be a little bit hard to find; arguably harder to find now than they were fifteen or so years ago before Barnes & Noble and Borders replaced so many independent booksellers...before closing most of their own locations..

People only have so much spare time, and playing more than one or two systems at once is pretty difficult; even if someone played two different games every week they would be playing at most 8-10 different games in a month, which is only a tiny portion of the massive amount of games available these days. Especially with Kickstarter helping to launch more RPGs than ever and many companies releasing their back catalogs through DrivethruRPG. The point being that it can be harder to find the right RPG for someone than finding a good costume in the New 52.

With all of that said, the list that follows tries to work around these challenges by providing ten system-neutral gifts for the RPG fan in your life. Even if that person is you. I don't judge. Even if I did judge, I probably wouldn't judge this time since I've already bought a lot of these things. They're pretty awesome.


TR Review: Mockingjay Part 1 Gives You an Appetite for More

By Luke Y. Thompson in Books, Movies
Thursday, November 20, 2014 at 5:12 pm

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Right now, as we speak, I envision the publicity team for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 holed up in a bunker, multiple computer monitors dead ahead, just watching, and waiting, for the moment the first reviewer calls it "The Empire Strikes Back of The Hunger Games."

Because the movie so, so wants to be that. And not just in the "dark tone, cliffhanger ending" way - President Snow (Donald Sutherland) actually uses a couple of maneuvers from the Emperor Palpatine playbook, while heroine Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence, impressively de-glammed) must figure out how to become the New Hope. Impressive...but this franchise is not a Jedi yet.

Mockingjay Part 1 is the best Hunger Games movie so far, though. And you can quote me on that.

Net Neutrality: Won't Somebody PLEASE Think of the Kittens?

By Luke Y. Thompson in Nerdery, Tech
Thursday, November 20, 2014 at 3:27 pm

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I know I don't usually post political thoughts here, but this time, I could not sit back and be silent. There is an issue of vital national importance afoot, and it behooves us all to pay attention and take a stand.

Net neutrality will affect your kittens.

I know, I know. You thought it was just an issue of corporations versus government. In fact, though, it's about kittens TAKING OVER THE WORLD.

Watch and learn.

First Teaser for Telltale Games' Game of Thrones

By Luke Y. Thompson in Books, TV, Video Games
Thursday, November 20, 2014 at 2:29 pm

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They have the actual voice actors for the show - not terribly sure about those likenesses though! I was hoping maybe they'd go for a more comic-book look.

NECA's Toy Biz Tribute: Exclusive Keaton Batman Figure Coming With Blu-ray

By Luke Y. Thompson in DVDs, Toys
Thursday, November 20, 2014 at 11:30 am

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Holy...wow. NECA just announced the actual Batman figure I wish I'd gotten in 1989. In almost the same packaging, to boot.

They've found some very clever ways to get around the loopholes that give Mattel most of the rights to DC figures in that scale, and I suspect you can thank the deal that was made to allow DC Direct to do Superman and Batman figures for specialty retailers (remember that they couldn't at first). It seems this figure will only come as part of a deluxe Blu-ray set for the 1989 movie, thereby technically not infringing on Mattel's exclusive mass-retail toy license.

The real tribute, of course, would have been Bob the Goon, the only figure anyone found on the pegs for about a year.

13 Character Posters for Live-Action Attack on Titan Movie

By Luke Y. Thompson in Anime, Movies
Thursday, November 20, 2014 at 10:00 am

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Dear God, the stuff I've seen just by doing an image search on "Attack on Titan Hans." Y'all are sick puppies, and reading way too much into a buttoned-down nerd girl caressing a giant rocket in her launcher. Here's more fodder, so I guess you're welcome.

And below, 12 more character posters, for characters old and new who'll be appearing in the Japanese live-action movie. Unfortunately none are Titans, so there's no "Gigantor McHugebutt IS...Skinless Dude."

Ask Luke's Mother-in-Law: Hard Work, Cats and Food, Food, Food!

Thursday, November 20, 2014 at 8:00 am

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Martha Boyd - ex-cop, real-estate appraiser and crazy cat lady - has an answer for everything. Even the strangest questions her son-in-law's readers can come up with. Every week, she handles whatever issues and queries you've got in her own unique fashion.

Hi all!

Last weekend we took another hike into the National Park (I have included some pics from the Jumbo Rocks area). Very pretty rock formations. The rest of the week I was pretty busy doing appraisals as this next week time will be taken with 2 continuing education classes and a meeting at Fannie Mae headquarters. They have a yearly meeting that they like us to attend, so I have to try to do 2 weeks work in 1 week to take off for this other stuff. In Calfornia we have to get 56 hours of continuing education every 4 yrs, or generally 14 hours a year. Most of the classes we can take online, so that is pretty good.

6 Reasons Why Assassin's Creed Unity Has Cemented My Hatred of the Series

By Jason Helton in Daily Lists, Video Games
Thursday, November 20, 2014 at 6:00 am

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It's become an annual event these past few years, along with Madden and Call of Duty: a new game in the Assassin's Creed franchise has become expected as we move closer to the winter months. While midnight launches might not be flooded with eager gamers, the fan base is large to ensure we can expect yearly games for some time.

That being said, it's now time for an admission: despite all of the great review, the ton of fan acclaim, and over seventy-three million copies sold, until Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag, I absolutely despised the series.

Arrow SPOILER Thread - Atomic Power Edition

By Luke Y. Thompson in Comics, TV
Wednesday, November 19, 2014 at 5:00 pm

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"Okay, I'm looking up in the sky...what am I looking at? Birds? Planes? Not seeing anything."