Turn 104 – Get in, Beat it, Get out

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Featuring John MusiM, Scott “Artisan002″, and Stretch.

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And we’re back for a very quick show, sorry for the delay and getting up the audio version.  This week we talk about Waframe, PS4, Tiny Death Star, Thor The Dark World, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., and Borderlands 2.

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The Amazing Spider-Man Movie Review

My expectations were pretty low as I walked into the Spider-Man reboot, merely 5 years after the travesty that was Spider-Man 3.  Marc Webb isn’t a director I was familiar with nor Andrew Garfield an actor I knew.  Rumors always spread around that the way Sony and Fox keep the rights to their Marvel movies is by continuing to make them which makes this reboot feel like Sony clinging on to the property.  But I went in with an open mind and the only expectation being that the Lizard would be pretty disappointing.  This movie is going to incite more conversation than it deserves.  Its just above mediocre.  Every well done thing is paralleled by something done horribly.

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Movie Review: The Cabin in the Woods

Upfront: I am a bit of a Whedonite.  There are plenty of things I am critical about and wholeheartedly think are bad in Firefly, Buffy, and Angel but overall I’m a huge fan of those series and what they do.   I don’t mind Alien Resurrection and  I have never gone back to watch any Rosanne.  Whedon wrote the movie.  Drew Goddard, the director, I am not familiar with at all but according to IMDB he was a writer on several Buffy and Angel episodes.  The Cabin in the Woods is a difficult movie to talk about because there is so much to spoil so I will keep it simple and basic.  There are two parts to this movie each with their own cast.  The actual cabin in the woods section stars Chris Hemsworth (Thor), Kristen Connolly, Ann Hutchison, Fran Kranz (Topher from Dollhosue) and Jesse Williams.  The other half primarily features Richard Jenkins, Bradley Whitford, Brian White, and Amy Acker (Fred from Angel, Illyria from Angel, Dr Saunders from Dollhouse).  Cabin in the Woods is an outward examination of typical horror movie tropes.


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TV Review: Wolverine and the X-Men

The hardest part about loving any comic property turned TV show, anime, or movie, is letting go of the comic.  This is especially true in the X-Men’s case, a series with so many characters that cause such extreme loves and hatreds that translating it becomes nearly impossible.  Wolverine and the X-Men has stories and characters that are shadows of the comic series.  At times it seems like Grant Morrison’s New X-Men or Chris Claremont’s two issue Days of Future Past are the inspiration for the series.  The writers purposely ignore the essence of the characters, simply carrying over the look and power of the character, which is more than X-Men 3: The Last Stand did.  Its a complicated series to critique because its 26 episodes vary to such a  degree in quality.  Either way, I will tell you what I know.  I understand now what fans see in this series and why its such a disappointment the second season was never finished.

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TV Review: Terra Nova

It’s hard to be in the sci-if genre these days and poor Terra Nova is paying the price.  Now don’t get me wrong, this show has its fair share of strengths but it also has its weaknesses.  I should start from the beginning. Fox and Steven Spielberg wanted to make a show with Dinosaurs in it and they succeeded in that respect.  Hell, even when I first heard the premise of the show (people travel back in time to re-populate earth in the dinosaur era and Spielberg is involved) I was on deck to watch the whole season bar hell or high water.  But it’s hard to say if the show will get picked up, for the few reasons I state below.

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Movie Review: Cujo

Cujo

Distributed By: Warner Bros.

Release Date: August 12, 1983

Running Time: 91 Minutes

!!Warning Minor Spoilers!!

So I like classic horror and suspense movies like everyone else but going back to watch Cujo was a huge disappointment.  I do need to start by stating that this is my first viewing of the film ever and that I never read the story that it was based on.  I generally like Stephen King movies and books but this was a true let down.  All of the right elements for a film were there. It was just the delivery that failed to deliver and I will get to that as this goes on.

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TV Review: X-Men Evolution

X-Men Evolution has been a favorite kid’s TV Show of mine for a few years now although I had never seen the last season.  Luckily Netflix has it on streaming so now I can without guilt talk about my likes and dislikes of this series.

In every single instance of X-Men being translated from comics to TV or film, tons of things are significantly changed.  From the made up characters such as Morph to the complete fabrications, the source material never stays anywhere near the same.  So when I tell you X-Men Evolution takes a handful of the X-Men and puts them in high school, any grip is null and void.  Plus when it comes down to it the original five X-Men started as teenagers.

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TV Review: X-Men Anime (2011)

Marvel commissioned 4 Japanese animations back in 2009 including Iron Man, Wolverine, Blade, and the one we’re going to talk about, X-Men.  No franchise inspires such arguing and hatred among fans like X-Men.  Whether the fan is team Cyclops or team Wolverine or one of the other mutants, everyone has a favorite character and a few characters they hate.  And on top of all this with literally a few thousand X-Men comics in existence, half a dozen movies, and half a dozen TV shows, there’s a lot of material to completely change any given character.  Most Americans, for better or worse, probably get most of their X-knowledge from the 90′s Fox animated series.  Well the X-Men anime, by Madhouse and directed by Fuminori Kizaki, is not any of these things but I’m still here to tell its a lot of fun.

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Movie Review: Ravenous

Ravenous

Distributed By: 20th Century Fox

Release Date: March 19, 1999

Running Time: 100 Minutes

!!Warning Minor Spoilers!!

Back in 1999, a nice Mexican-American War period piece about a little Fort in California and cannibals came out. This film has been in my collection for a while but I only just recently watched it. I’m kind of glad I waited this long as I’m more familiar with the actors. The two main stars are Robert Carlyle, most recently seen in Stargate Universe, and Guy Pearce, most recently seen in The King’s Speech. Both give good performances and memorable scenes. Guy, playing Capt. John Boyd and Robert as Colqhoud. Other notable actors being Neal McDonough, David Arquette and Jeffrey Jones. Their performances being as colorful as some of their other movie roles.

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TV Review – Summer Sci-fi Television – Alphas

Alphas needs some work, I wouldn’t say it is anywhere near as good as the first season of Heroes, I believe there are a few Heroes alum in the writer and/or production staff of Alphas (it would have been nice if Heroes had stayed as good as it was the first season).  But, Alphas has the potential to be a solid fantasy/superhero drama provided it can iron out some kinks, mostly in character development.  A few of the actors really need to become more comfortable in the skins of the people they are playing.

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