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VaderFan at the Movies – The Wolf of Wall Street

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Martin Scorsese is back with an all new movie about the rise and fall of a criminal. This time the story is about a criminal stock broker named Jordan Belfort, who must be the biggest douche in all of American history. The amount of crime, antics, and drugs this guy does are in such an extreme level, it’s hard to believe that this movie is based on a true story. What’s even more surprising is how funny the movie is. Scorsese is known for making his gritty and serious movie, all which should be watched and studied for they’re great as looking at an art exhibit while reading a great book at the same time. It does have its flaws, but hey, it’s Scorsese, the guy practically gets a pass on everything.

The film stars the someday Oscar winner Leonardo DiCaprio as Jordan Belfort, who started out as a good man, and slowly ended up being, as mentioned before, a great big douche. Now, this film is very interesting since it seems more like a character study of this guy. He firsts thought that the best way to make it up wall street is to make his clients happy. This was disproven by Mark Hanna, played the enigmatic Matthew McConaughey who is still thin from his role in Dallas Buyer’s Club. This guy showed him the truth, and the douchevolution began. He started swindling people’s money, hiring the worst kind of people to start his company, taking pounds of drugs, and even cheating on his wives multiple times. As usual in criminal movie fashion, some government agent shows up to bring the man to justice. This time it’s Agent Patrick Denham played by Kyle Chandler. With mistakes done by him, he ends up falling, and crashing down. Put all that in a three hour movie, with multiple comedy bits, and you get The Wolf of Wall Street.

The main thing that stands out about this film are the actors. Everyone acted in a phenomenal level, one being Jonah Hill. The chemistry he had with DiCaprio is just great to watch, adding more to the comedy bits. Speaking of comedy, Leonardo DiCaprio really shows that he can be a comedic actor. Being a serious actor for his entire career, it was surprising how funny he can be from his movements to the way he presents his dialogue. Not to mention Naomi Lapaglia, another actor who swam from the shores of Australia, who does that weird Jersey accent very well, and just acted great in the movie. Then there are multiple cameos from every actor you can think of. It feels like Scorsese was just walking down the streets of Hollywood and just pulled these guys to do bit parts in the movie. We have appearances from Jon Favreau, Cristin Millioti,  Jon Bernthal, Henry Zebowski, and Jean Dujardin just to name a few. All of them just made a small appearance, including McConaughey, which we could’ve used some more.

The direction is of course great, and the writing is witty as it is jam packed with great comedy and dialogue. However, there can be at least thirty minutes taken off of it. It’s hard to laugh for three hours straight, and at one point the laughs just stop, despite the amount of humor that keeps on coming in. Despite the length, though, it’s still worth another watch, especially as a character study. Mark Hanna became such an influence to Jordan Belfort that he starts to dress like him, start to act like him, and even brought back this cheesy chest thump music Hanna taught him in the very beginning of the film. But overall, it’s Scorsese. He’s the most consistently good director we have of our time. Nothing he made is bad, so everyone should go see that movie just because his name is attached.

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1K Crew Episode 67: E3 Battle to the Death

1K Crew Episode 67: E3 Battle to the Death

In this cast, we go over the epic battle between Xbox and Microsoft at E3!!

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Microsoft Press Conference

Sony Press Conference

Nintendo Press Conference

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1K Crew Episode 66: E3 Predictions 2013

1K Crew Episode 66: E3 Predictions 2013

In this cast, we lose a friend, but we talk about our E3 predictions!

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E3 Microsoft predictions

E3 EA predictions

E3 Ubisoft Predictions

E3 Sony Predictions

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VaderFan at the Movies – Pain & Gain

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We get so many Hollywood movies that are based on a true story, and a majority of them have been changed to make the movie more dramatic or entertaining. Well, it’s the opposite for this movie. The very highly, over the top, unbelievable scenes are actually true, and the more believable scenes aren’t actually true. I’ve read the journal story in The New Miami Times, and I am in shocked with how much the movie got it right. But, I’m going to talk more about the movie and not to make a comparison with what actually happen.

The movie stars Mark-E-Mark as the body-builder trainer, Daniel Lugo, who believes he deserves more in life. After a seminar to teach him how to be rich, he decides to steal money from his very rich client, Victor Kershaw, played by Tony Shalhoub. He enlists the help of coke addict turned Christian, Paul Doyle, played by The Rock, and the steroid obsessed small penis friend Adrian Doorbal, played by Anthony Mackie, or The Falcon. Of course, once you get a bunch of dumb bodybuilders together to come up with a heist, funny chaos ensues. Things always wrong in a heist movie, but this movie takes it to another level. Unlike normal heist movies where it involves a bunch of smart characters, calmly calculating their next move, this movie has just a bunch of idiots winging it as they go on. They fail to capture Victor a couple times by trying to sneak into his house, but abort after they found out he was doing the Shabbat; then try to capture him by trapping him in his BMW, but got the wrong car; and finally they just directly confront him in ninja outfits, and taser him. I didn’t spoil much, since it’s in the trailer, but just the example of the hilarity that is in this movie. And even funnier is that all that actually happen in real life. I’m not going to go into much detail on how they got all his money, but they eventually did and got caught because of stupid mistakes these guys make. One of them being is accidentally killing a guy from ‘roid rage, and leaving a toe with a dog at some guy’s mansion.

I can’t help but see this movie as some sort of dark comedy character piece, despite the fact it’s directed by Michael Bay. Daniel Lugo starts off as a charismatic character, some guy that anyone can get along with, but he has a very short temper, especially when it comes to fitness. He also has this delusion of grandeur, where he thinks it’s up to him to ruin a jerk that has a ton of money because it’s un-American to let a guy like that to be rich. Lugo also gets mad when someone just talks shit about fitness, or his pecks. Then we get Anthony Doorbal who can be viewed as a tragic character for having such a small penis, but he is unlikable because of his idiotic use of steroids and just being an all-round jerk. Then we get Paul Doyle, who is probably the most likable character of the bunch. He is trying to do good after getting out of jail, since he found Jesus, and is the most nice and friendly guy out of the bunch. He was the only guy who treated Kershaw right during his captivity. However, he is so dumb that he can be convinced to do some heinous acts, such as killing a man. Surprisingly, the actors did a really good job in playing these characters. Normally in a Michael Bay movie, actors never really gave a grade A performance, hell not even a grade B, but these actors really performed well.

This movie really works for Michael Bay. It is set in a very wacky world that is his style. His other movies tend to over fictionalize all the action segments, and he kinda over sexualize the women in his movies also. It is hard to find any sort of believability in his movies, but since this movie is based on a true story, we just got to accept everything that happens. It is a fun watch, especially when watching with friends with a great sense of humor.

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VaderFan at the Movies – Oblivion

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I’ll tell you right now, this movie is hard to talk about without spoiling anything at all. I’m going to try my best to talk about it, but I’m not going to promise that it will be spoiler free. This movie is another great example of a pure sci-fi film. It’s smart, beautifully shot, and tends to be vague in so many ways, that it makes the audience think. If you’re a sci-fi enthusiast and plan to watch the movie, then stop reading and go watch it. It’s really that good. This is your last warning before I ruin anything for you.

The movie stars Tom Cruise as Jack, not Reacher, who is a drone repairman in a post-apocalyptic ruined Earth. He is accompanied by Victoria, played by Andrea Riseborough, who is his communications officer/lover. The movie starts off with Jack narrating the background of the world, which is that a bunch of aliens invaded Earth, we used nukes to wipe them out, thus destroying the planet, and moving all of humanity to Titan, one of Saturn’s moons. Jack has to repair these drones that are being destroyed by the alien remnants, since they defend these giant rigs that suck up the Earth’s water supply, and at the same time, fight the alien remnants, called Scavs. Soon, Jack finds a crashed pod that relates to a Scav beacon, where he discovers some humans, and the drones start killing them. He manages to rescue one human Julia, played by Olga Kurylenko, who seems to be in Jack’s dreams. He is then captured by the Scavs, where the Morpheus character Beech, played by the enigmatic Morgan Freeman, reveals to be the leader of these remnants, and told Jack that nothing is what it seems. From there, plot twists are revealed, and cool action scenes ensue.

I felt like the twist was a bit too predictable, since I had a feeling it was something like that just by watching the trailers. However, the journey up to it is what made it enjoyable. Jack has some sort of relation to Julia, and he tries to fight against everything he knows to find out what that connection really is. The movie also hints that there is something wrong with the situation, since the headquarters called the Tet floats around in space like some sort of emotionless angel, watching over the Earth. Then the drones give off a very scary monster aura, which made me question if man really made these machines or not. Then we get the subtle appearances of the Scavs, where they first look like robotic dogs, then turned into a Tusken Raider and Predator infusion. However, the Scavs look a lot less scary than the drones. The film messes with the audience mind by telling us that the drones are good, but the way they are shot along with the sound effects tells us something different. In a way, it asks us what you should really believe: what people tell you, or what you really see and feel. We also get the theme of the film from Stanza XXVII of “Horatius” from “Lay of Rome”, which is “To every man upon this earth, Death cometh soon or late. And how can man die better, Than facing fearful odds, For the ashes of his fathers, And the temples of his gods.” This is the theme of the whole film, which came in full circle at the end in such a genius and brilliant way, it puts a tear into my eye.

The best way to describe the way the film is shot is beauty. Despite how ruined the Earth is, with every monument that showcase the civilization of humanity ruined and buried, there is a sense of beauty built into it. It’s like a painting that one can stare at, and appreciate the beauty and wonder of the planet. In many ways, it’s like the aliens became the second god of the earth, recreating it in a way that is similar to the beauty of nature. Another deep symbol built into the movie. The action sequences are also cool to watch, since they’re not really super fast paced or confusing. It shows everything that is going on, and it starts off slow, and eventually builds up to giant explosions. We even get a mini-video game sequence on the ship Jack pilots. Jack also runs a lot, which seems to be in Tom Cruise’s contract, since every movie that guy has been in involves him running.

The acting is a bit subpar, since each actor didn’t go all the way with it. Tom Cruise did a good job in having the audience relate to him a bit, but some of the emotional seem to fall short with him. Andrea Riseborough does a good job in making me hate her since her character is a stickler for rules, but one scene of her crying is a bit laughable. Morgan Freeman is Morgan Freeman, not much to argue there. Then there’s Olga Kurylenko, whose only job is to look worry and be a dramatic push to the main plot. Oh yeah, Jamie Lanaster made a short appearance as a sniper expert/scruffy-looking-man-who-hates-the-main-character guy. He even gets a cheesy 80’s action movie moment near the end, which is always something I love to see.

I have to give a lot of credit to the director, Joseph Kosinski. Not only did he co-write this movie, he also wrote the graphic novel the movie is based off of. He knew how this movie was going to be like before it even started, and he really pulls it off. The beautiful artful sceneries, the great stories, and a great direction really made this movie a pure sci-fi film. If you’re still not convinced in watching this movie, it pays great homage to many sci-fi films in the past such as Moon, Planet of the Apes, 2001: A Space Odyssey, and some of Phillip K. Dick’s stories.

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1K Crew Episode 59: The Bioshock Infinite Spoiler Cast Part 2

1K Crew Episode 59: The Bioshock Infinite Spoiler Cast Part 2

In this cast, we have Koshr join us this time to round out most of the talk about Bioshock Infinite.

**SPOILER WARNING ** IF YOU PLAN ON PLAYING THIS GAME, DO NOT LISTEN TO THIS CAST! YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!! **SPOILER WARNING **

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Bioshock Infinite

Samifish

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VaderFan at the Movies – The Summer of Nerds Part II

It’s that time again, and it’s bigger than ever. Anyone who’s been keeping up with movies knows that nerd movies are taking over! I thought it was going to be a one time thing, since I wrote a blog last year about it, but after seeing some of the summer releases this year, it is going to be better than last year. A lot more movies that are based on some sort of comic, sci-fi series, or some old series that only nerds know are coming out this year, and here I am writing about it. So, here we are:

 

Evil Dead – The remake of the campy, cult classic comes in April. I know, it’s actually a spring month, but it’s something that every nerd will have to see. The trailers sell it as an actual hardcore horror movie, so it’ll miss some of the campiness the fans grew to love of the original, which might prevent from watching it, but it has some of the same elements such as the necronomicon, the girl in the attic, and the rape tree. Now, what I’m hoping for is that the trailer just wants to sell it as a horror flick to bring in a bigger audience, and it’ll still be a cheesy movie. Either way, it might still be a good horror flick.

 

Oblivion – The epic sci-fi, post-apocolyptic original starring Tom Cruise is also an April release, but by this time it’ll be so hot it’s summer. This film looks interesting, and I wonder where it goes. We got the cool effects in it, but then there’s the plot of “nothing seems what it seems, and you’ve been lied to”. Hopefully we get a crazy twist, and some hidden symbol built into it.

 

Iron Man 3 – Robert Downing Jr. returns as Tony Stark in another adventure, only this time the stakes are higher. Not really, it’s hard to beat a bunch of aliens invading New York, but this time, we finally get Iron Man’s comic book number one nemesis, The Mandarin played by Ben Kingsley. The trailers show how great Kingsley can play as a media terrorist that has a confident, cool persona, making him a great threat to the tech genius of Stark. Not only that, it seems we get a combination of story arcs of Armored Wars and Extremis from the comics, which are some of the best Iron Man stories. Then we get all the armors teased in the trailer, which includes the Silver Centurion, Hulkbuster, and Iron Patriot. The plot is definitely darker, with a ton of action, and I’m pretty sure it’ll please both comic fans and just plain moviegoers. It comes out in May, so it’ll be the official start of summer, and the start of Marvel’s Phase Two.

 

Star Trek: Into Darkness – The sequel to J.J. Abrams successful reboot of the series. I never liked Star Trek until I saw the last movie, and now I’m a fan. This movie will bring more of the relationship between Capt. Kirk and Spock, and some dramatic action that might result the end of the Earth. The trailers are pretty vague in what the whole movie is about, but Abrams never really made a bad movie. He’ll make this film better than the last, and at the end we’ll all be yelling KHAN!!!!!! Once again.

 

After Earth – M. Night Shyamalan returns as a director in this other sci-fi post-apocalyptic movie. He also has Will Smith starring with his son, Jaden. The movie seems to focus on the relationship between father and son, since Will Smith is a cold soldier, commanding his son who is a cadet, training to be a soldier. The trailer revealed the twist already that the planet they land in is Earth, and now they have to escape it. It looks cool in some ways, but Shyamalan has been losing his skills in the past few movies he made. I’m willing to give him the doubt by watching this movie, but what will make this movie awesome if Will Smith just yells, “Welcome to Earth!”

 

Man of Steel – Superman returns in a reboot helmed by Zack Snyder and Christopher Nolan. I’ve never been excited about a Superman movie until I saw the latest trailer. From what I can judge, the story is roughly based on the comic Superman: Earth One, which is written by one of my favorite writers, J. Michael Stracynski. The story is about Clark finding his place in Metropolis, going to places to use his skills until an alien invasion put him to wear the red and blue tights, and reveal himself to save Metropolis. This movie roughly follows the same plot, but it may be deeper since there was a scene in the trailer where Pa Kent told Clark that he shouldn’t have saved the bus, where Clark said, “Should I have just left them,” and Pa replied, “Maybe.” It’s a really dark moment between father and son, and it also sets the tone of the movie. This will be an excellent reboot, and if it does well, it might set up for a Justice League movie. I’m going to like the movie anyways, since I’m a sucker for Zack Snyder.

 

World War Z – The hit novel gets its movie adaptation with Brad Pitt as the lead role. The plot is about the start of the zombie infestation, the chaos that it ensues, and it’s up to Brad Pitt to find the cause of the outbreak to find the cure. The trailer shows a ton of action, with fast zombies leaping high above to capture its prey, and climbing on top of each other to reach a helicopter. From what I understand, the novel doesn’t really have much action in it, so maybe this is another way to sell the movie to a larger audience, but I doubt it. It may be fun to watch, but I’m pretty sure it’ll never be as good as the book.

 

Lone Ranger – The radio drama gets its movie adaptation this summer starring Armie Hammer and Johnny Depp. The Lone Ranger wears a mask, and is revived from the dead, giving it a combination of superhero and mystical elements, some stuff that nerds would be into. The movie looks fun, since Depp seems to provide his quirky comedy along with some great action sequences. It’ll probably play out like Pirates of the Caribbean since they’re both produced by Jerry Bruckheimer. I might be neutral about this movie, mainly because of Bruckheimer.

 

Pacific Rim – It’s been five years since Guillermo del Toro last directed a film (Hellboy II), but now he’s making a return that makes all nerds cream their pants. He’s doing the impossible and is making a giant mecha movie! It’s about giant robots fighting against giant monsters, an homage to the early mecha animes. Del Toro has yet made a bad movie, so there will be no upset in this one. I mean, giant robots, where can you go wrong?

 

Red 2 – The sequel to the last comic book movie with the entire original cast returning. I can’t say much about this film, other than it looks funny, but at the same time, uninteresting. The last movie wasn’t that bad, but it wasn’t in need of a sequel. I might forget about this movie when it actually comes out.

 

The Wolverine – Hugh Jackman is back as the legendary X-Man, only this time… It looks good. The last wolverine movie wasn’t that great with a stale plot, and not so awesome action sequences. However, this movie is taken right after the abysmal X-Men 3, where Logan travels the land of Japan, and is offered the chance to be mortal. The stakes will grow if he does take the offer, becoming a man, realizing he needs his healing powers, and fight a ton of ninjas on top of a bullet train. This movie brings much more excitement than the first one, and a much better plot. I think Fox will get this one right.

 

Kick-Ass 2 – The sequel to the hit comic book movie, and this time it’ll definitely kick ass. Get it? Because the movie is called… Forget it. If anyone like the first one, they won’t be disappointed with the second. We get Hit Girl’s cursing mouth, Kick Ass’ clumsy comedy, a new batch of heroes led by the man himself, Jim Carey, and much more comedic hero awesomeness. This is definitely a great way to end the summer of nerds.

 

So, there it is, a much bigger summer than last time. The ones I’m most excited about are Man of Steel and Pacific Rim. I would put in Iron Man 3, but I already know that movie is going to be good. We have a reboot, which might set the precedence for all DC movies, and an original that hasn’t been done before. I could go more in depth about these films, but my fingers are getting tired from all the typing. This summer is big, but maybe the next one will be bigger. It’s finally happening my fellow nerds, we are taking over, and in a good way.

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VaderFan at the Movies – The Croods

the-croods-launch-1-sheetDreamworks has returned with another family comedy that predates the age of the Flintstones. Like Dreamworks fashion, they bring some stellar stars into their animated films in this case we get Nicholas Cage as the father, Grug, Emma Stone as the elder daughter, Eep, and Ryan Reynolds as Guy. Then we have other notable roles such as Catherine Keener as Ugga, Cloris Leachman as Gran, and Clark Duke as Thunk. You got to love these names since they’re the most caveman names you can think of. Also like Dreamworks fashion, they bring in great animation with comedy, and a story that fits for the kids and the adults. One of the directors, Chris Sanders, also directed How to Train Your Dragon and Lilo & Stitch, where he played Stitch, and voiced the sloth in this movie, Belt.

To sum up the movie short, the film is about the cave family, The Croods, where they must leave their cave after it’s destroyed, enlisting the help of Guy to survive the unknowns of the outside world. Watching this movie, I can’t help but notice all the basics of screenwriting, and how it is executed well in this movie. We see the family in the world they know of, which is staying in the cave, hunting for food, and never go to the outside world. Of course Eep, just like all teenage girls, does not want the lifestyle her father bestows upon her, and wishes to just travel outside the cave to be adventurous. She travels out of the cave, where she meets Guy, who is a human that evolved into less of a brute, and more of using his mind kind of guy, a more modern human if you will. He then showed Eep fire, a horn, and warning he world will end. Once the cave is destroyed, we get into the first act. We see how the world the family knows get turned upside down, and they’ll have to evolve from there.

Then we get some of the character interactions. My favorite is the relationship between Grug and Guy. Grug lived his whole life in fear, following the rules, despite how strong this man really is. Guy is the opposite, going out in finding about new things, and using his mind to develop ways to adapt to situations. The family likes Guy, listening to what he says, while ignoring Grug. Grug gets jealous and angry, so comedy ensues around the situations, such as putting Guy in a log, and Grug trying to act all cool coming up with ideas. Then, of course, Grug gets all fatherly defensive when Eep starts to fall in love with Guy. Eep shows the typical teenage girl characteristics when they see the cute guy. They get all jumble, and girl shy, trying to get the guy to notice her. She also always listens to Guy over Grug, since she likes the guy over her father. Typical teenagers, no respect for their elders. It took awhile since she’s a hundred times stronger than Guy, but they do fall in love with each other eventually. Then we get Gran and Grug, which is the whole mother-in-law, son-in-law relationship where they hate each other, and the running joke in this movie that Grug always gets his hope up when he think she’s dead, in which she replies, “still alive.”

Now, let’s get to some of the animals in the movie. This is a unique world that is created since all the animals are some sorts of mixed hybrid. We got som frilled lizard hyenas, giraffe elephants, a tiger owl, a dog gator, and a saber tooth parrot, which chased the family through a majority of the film. The only normal animal is Belt, which is a purple sloth, sidekick to Guy, keeps his pants up, and provides comedic relief with his high pitch sounds. Some of the animals provide a lot of the comedy in the movie, since their goofiness are made for the kids, but their deaths are also done in a comedic way for the grown ups to enjoy. One death involved a dog gator rolling over a cliff on top of the tree. It really made me laugh since it is a scene that came out of nowhere.

The animation is great. The action set pieces that are put in are always exciting to watch, along with the characters’ animation and face movement. It’s atypical 3D animated film where all the expressions are over exaggerated, but it’s still enjoyable to watch. Not many things that I can really critique about the movie other than the plot is quite predictable, but I enjoyed watching it so much that I didn’t even bother trying to predict what’s going to happen. The actors also gave a good performance in their separate roles. So this is definitely a great animation film to watch with some friends or family.

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VaderFan at the Movies – GI Joe: Retaliation

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GI Joe is back to kick some Cobra ass. I was really excited about this movie after watching some of the trailers, since Cobra Commander is in his full glory with his classic helmet, taking over the white house, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson stars as Roadblock, also Bruce Willis is in it, and some pretty cool action scenes. However, actually watching the movie, it didn’t really meet any of my expectations at all, and in fact, it’s pretty dull. Now, I’m not the biggest fan of GI Joe, I didn’t even watch the original growing up, just the 90’s reboot where Cobra Commander wears a burette and a skull mask, but I do know the awesome sauce that the series poured over the nerd culture, and I do know how good it tastes. The sauce in this movie is a bit mild.

There are a lot of things I’m going to talk about this movie, so here’s your spoiler warning. The movie starts off explaining that Duke, reprised by the handsome Channing Tatum, taking over a new group of GI Joes: Roadblock, played by The Rock; Lady Jaye, played by Adrianne Palicki; and Flint, played by DJ Cotrona. We get to see the Joes in action, and some relationship history between Duke and Roadblock, which wasn’t executed well since their jokes were pretty lame. We get some feeling that they’ve been friends for years, however it seems to undermine everything that happened in the last movie. We’re missing other characters such as Scarlet, Heavy Duty, and General Hawk, some of whom are my personal favorites from the cartoon. Then, out of nowhere, the Joes are under attack, which results the least tragic death for a main character ever, the death of Duke. We just see his face, cut to a vehicle explosion, and the emotionless expression of The Rock. We couldn’t tell if he actually died. The Rock didn’t even seem to care that his best friend died so horribly, it’s pointless. So, at this point the villain Zartan, posing as the president (Jonathan Pryce), states that the GI Joes has became evil, and Cobra has defeated them, thus making them the good guys. So, now it’s up to the remaining Joes to stop Cobra.

Meanwhile, Storm Shadow, played by Byung-hun Lee, and Firefly, played by Ray Stevenson, broke into a high security prison to rescue Cobra Commander. It was a cool breakout, with Firefly’s motorcycle breaking apart into rockets to destroy the facility, and Storm Shadow using his awesome ninja skills cutting through bullets and a bunch of guards. Now, here’s the problem with this scene. Destro is in the prison also, and all we get to see is his eyes squinting once in awhile and looking angry. Then, out of nowhere Cobra Commander said, “You’re out of the band,” and left the fool to die in the prison. It does not make sense at all, since Destro is one of the key villains in the GI Joe universe, and just to write him off like that is almost a kick in the balls. I have a feeling they did this because they couldn’t get the original actor from the first movie to play him in the second, but Joseph Gordon-Levitt played Cobra Commander in the first one, and they replace him in the second, so it does not make sense at all.

Then we get to Japan where Snake Eyes spars against Jynx, where the RZA plays the blind master, narrating what they should do to bring Storm Shadow to justice. Here is where I find the movie to be enjoyable is how Asian the RZA acts. He really got the accent down, even the pronunciation sounds so Asian it made me laugh. The guy really wants to be Asian; I mean he is part of the Wu-Tang Clan. Now, Snake Eyes and Jynx goes to some mountain to capture Storm Shadow, and the action sequence here is really cool. They use zip lines and fight a ton of ninjas on the side of the mountain, and the way it’s done looks like a realistic portrayal of a ninja anime. The ninjas they fight have to be the worst ninjas in the world since they keep falling, tripping over each other, and can’t hit anything for the life of them. It’s like they graduated from the storm trooper ninja school or something. After all this, Storm Shadow all the sudden changed sides, and decides to help the Joes. Here is where the movie starts to lose me. One thing I always looked forward to when I was younger was the fight between Snake Eyes and Storm Shadow. We barely get that in the movie, and at this point, I never will. Then Bruce Willis shows up, and his character was a waste, it was pointless to have him here.

Now, I’ve been focusing so much on the plot on this movie, and I’ll be the first to tell you that when it comes to action movies, plot don’t matter it’s the action. However, when the action scenes are really dull, you just can’t help but notice everything about the plot. The action scenes suffer the problem of being shot way too close with a shaking camera, so it’s hard to tell what’s happening, and the explosions aren’t even impressive. A lot of it is stuff that I’ve really seen. Eventually Cobra Commander recruits all the world leaders into a war room, where he then reveals that he has a doomsday device that will destroy each of the major cities. Guess what, the Joes manage to stop him from destroying the world. He did escape, but he never did a cheesy “I’ll get you next time,” line. I was really expecting it when he climbed atop his helicopter to fly off. The plot may seem enjoyable to watch, but a lot of it fell flat. Many characters are wasted, everything is all over the place, Cobra Commander barely makes an appearance, and all the action scenes except the ninja fight aren’t that great. If you’re with the right people who like to make fun of movies as they watch it, this one is good for you, but other than that, it really isn’t worth watching in my opinion.

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1K Crew Episode 56: Tomb Raided

1K Crew Episode 56: Tomb Raided

In this cast, we realize that Samifish does not play new games. Ever.

Topics:

Saturday Night Live

Dead Space

Valve

Tomb Raider and 3rd person games

Aliens: Colonial Marines

Year Walk

Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag and Ubisoft

The Bridge

Watching others play

Secrets in video games

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1K Crew Episode 48:The Dark Side is Angry

1K Crew Episode 48:The Dark Side is Angry

In this cast, Vader bitches. About everything.

Topics

Asura’s Wrath

Catherine

Ps2 Shipping Stop

THQ goes bankrupt

Goddess Kickstarter

Intro – Persona 3- Burn My Dread –http://youtu.be/vnQ4LexQr20

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1K Crew Episode 47: The Super Live Cast!

1K Crew Episode 47: The Super Live Cast!

In this episode, we are all united for the first time since the cast has started!

Topics:

Kinect Adventures

Steel Battalion: Heavy Armor

Mass Effect 3

Future of Games

Assassin’s Creed 3

Halo 4

Phantom Pain

Baldur’s Gate

Kickstarter

Slender

Intro – Mass Effect -Mass Effect Theme – http://youtu.be/0bHw0w3wnV0

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1K Crew Episode 45: The Halo 4 Episode Part 2

1K Crew Episode 45: The Halo 4 Episode Part 2

In this cast, less Halo 4, but enough to make it the title. And we played some other amazing things.

Topics

Halo 4

Assassin’s Creed 3

Super Hero Porn

Nights into Dreams

Fez

Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3

 

Intro- Mahna Mahna by Cake – http://youtu.be/Us4PJgunZx8

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1K Crew Episode 44: The Halo 4 Episode

1K Crew Episode 44: The Halo 4 Episode

In this cast, Halo 4. Like almost the whole time. And Slippy is a bitch.

Topics:

Halo 4

Writer of Toy Story 3 and Little Miss Sunshine to write Star Wars 7

THQ Humble Bundle effects

New Sonic Game??

Mortal Kombat  returns to Hollywood

Assassins Creed 3

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1K Crew Episode 42: Miss October is our Hero!

1K Crew Episode 42: Miss October is our Hero!

In this cast, a hot gamer girl is our new lord and savior. I like this new religion.

Topics:

The Room

Star War: The Old Republic going free-to-play

Dishonored

Assassin’s Creed 3

Playboy’s Miss October’s new job

The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker- Menu Music http://youtu.be/SXGGvsHq6iA

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1K Crew Episode 37: Vader goes Koshr

1K Crew Episode 37: Vader goes Koshr

Topics:

Transformers: Fall of Cyberton

The Amazing Spiderman

Resident Evil: Retribution

Justice League of America and other super hero movies

Silent Hill themed attractions

Stan Lee’s Comikaze

Crashes

Conan O’Brian and Resident Evil 6

Obsidian Entertainment’s Project Eternity

EA and Obama ads

Wii U release date and prices

Intro-The Rolling Stones- Paint It Black- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Egt1Hq4wpE

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1K Crew Episode 36: Pornstar Woes

1K Crew Episode 36: Pornstar Woes.

The Crew still stretching the length of the games we happen to play. So pornstars. Nothing to see here.

Topics:

Transformers: War for Cyberton

Sleeping Dogs

Wii U price leak

Halo talk

Go to #5- Samifish’s Double Headshot Betrayal http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=evpqaOlKZVw&feature=showob

Marvel vs Capcom: Origins and more Capcom bitchin’

Sasha Grey vs Kim Kardashian

Borderlands 2 skill trees

The Hobbit

The future of our October

Intro – Street Fighter 4 Guile’s Theme- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y6uo6Q4q4jI&feature=related

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1K Crew Episode 30: SuperCast… AWAY!

1K Crew Episode 30: SuperCast… Away!

In this podcast, we talk about a lot of different superheros, including a little snip-it about the Batman movie in the end which was SPOILER FREE! Enjoy.

Topics:

Assassin’s Creed 2

Final Fantasy Versus XIII Canceled?!

Tony Hawk Pro Skater HD and why it should of been hyped more by Activision

Marvel characters, future movies, and other superhero talk

 

Intro-Super Smash Bros Brawl Intro Song- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wq7ReYOLrP0&feature=fvwrel

 

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1K Crew Episode 25: E3 Bonanza Part 1

1K Crew Episode 25: E3 Bonanza Part 1

This time, Vaderfan and Samifish talk about E3 and all the wonderful things they saw during the press conferences.

Topics:

-Microsoft-

Halo 4

Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell Blacklist

Madden and FIFA 13 + Kinect

Gears of War: Judgement

SmartGlass

Xbox Music

Microsoft Partners

Tomb Raider/Lara Croft beat-her-up simulator

South Park

Borderlands 2

Black Ops 2

 

 

Electronic Arts

Dead Space 3

Madden 13: The RPG

Medal of Honor 2

Need For Speed: Most Wanted

DLC for Star Wars: The Old Republic

 

Ubisoft

Assassin’s Creed 3

Watchdogs

Aisha Tyler and Toby and their annoying shit

ShootMania

Intro Music- Capcom vs Snk 2 Groove Select- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MSc2ZFXhQu0

 

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1K Crew Episode 24: The Battleship of Movies!

1K Crew Episode 24: The Battleship of Movies!

That’s not a compliment, but this podcast is full of a lot of games, news, and some movie ideas! I hope you learn something from this cast.

Topics:

Fez

Batman Arkham City

Starcraft 2

WoW/Warcraft 3

Street Fighter and the Fighting Game Community

E3 Predictions!

Some terrible lag

Giant Street Fighter 25th Anniversary Box

Udon and their Street Fighter Comics

The Avengers

Battleship and its bullshit

The Amazing Spiderman

Wanted Marvel movies

Green Lantern/ Justice League

Intro- Team Fortress 2 Theme – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CjKPnyel3DQ

 

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1K Crew Episode 16: Facejobbing

1K Crew Episode 16: Facejobbing

In this cast we talk about video games. Just not entirely

Topics:

BlazBlue:CSE

Masters Program

Crazy Girl stories.

Mass Effect 1 Ending

Mass Effect 1 vs 2

Assassin’s Creed 3

SteamBox?

Teacher Turns Classroom to MMORPG

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1K Crew Episode 15: Girl Problems

1K Crew Episode 15: Girl Problems

In this lovely episode we share are real-life girl problems… well some of us do.

Topics:

Mass Effect 3: Space Edition

Borderlands 2 Trailer and why it’s so amazing.

Pokemon Black and White 2

Chrono Trigger coming to iPhones and new Kingdom Hearts for DS

OST for Blazblue:CSE and talking about Daisuke Ishiwatari’s greatness

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1K Crew Episode 10: 2/3rds United

1K Crew Episode 10: 2/3rds United

Short episode, you’ll understand once you listen to the cast.

As for the link dump it’ll happen tomorrow. I had a problem with editing and was late on putting it up, so I’m tired. Plus school is starting up for the editor so I can’t stay way up.

Like I said, edits and all will happen tomorrow thanks for the patience. Remember to “Like” on Facebook, “Follow” on Twitter, “Email” on our… email, and 5-Star here and/or on iTunes.

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VaderFan at the Movies: Dark Shadows

… OK, so my friend texted me during work to see a movie, and I said sure. He sent me a second text a few minutes later, but I didn’t get it until after work. It said “I’m thinking of Dark Shadows”. I cringed at the thought of this movie, since I just don’t like Tim Burton. Don’t get me wrong, I liked some of his early works like Beetle Juice, and all the claymation he’s done. When I saw the Dark Shadows trailer some time ago, I’m just thinking how bad it’ll be, but I’m always willing to give someone another chance.

The beginning of the movie got me hooked. It was dark and gritty, and when Barnabas Collins (Johnny Depp) turned into a vampire, the imagery was like an omage to the classic vampire films, back when they were cool. Not only that, the very first scene was in Liverpool. So, I’m just thinking this movie was actually gonna be good, and it’s a good thing that I give people extra chances. I couldn’t be more wrong.

After the beginning, the entire plot of the movie was just scattered, it’s almost like Tim Burton has ADD. First I thought it was about Barnabas, then I thought it was about Victoria Winters (Bella Heathecote) and her connection between Josette, Barnabas’ love of his life, and seeing ghosts, then it’s about getting the family business back, to revenge, then the father cheating on his wife, and a werewolf, it was all over the place! There really is no plot at all in this movie, and the jokes were just chuckles, if not just plain dull. The parts I did laugh weren’t even jokes, just something stupid I saw in the movie.

Johnny Depp’s performance did make the movie, anyone can tell he had fun playing as the character. Eva Green, who played the jealous witch, Angelique Bouchard, was also funny in the movie. She played that hot sexy bitch, that any guy would like to bang, but never want to be with her. Other than the two actors, nothing else really was that good in the movie. If the plot was more steady, instead of being scattered, it’ll been a whole lot better. Only see it if you’re a big Tim Burton fan, and must see every movie that he made. Other than that, it’s no that much worth of a watch.

VaderFan signing out, and choking Tim Burton

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VaderFan at the Movies: The Summer of Nerds

ImageSummer has started, and that means it is time to see all the mega hit blockbusters with super awesome action scenes, big name stars, and hopefully a somewhat decent plot. However, this year is quite different from other years, being that there are a ton of movies that are mainly directed at the nerd/geek culture.

Hunger Games came out during April, and it is a nerd movie, being based on a novel set in an alternate reality with some sci-fi elements, and a cult following. But, I don’t really consider the summer of nerd really starting until The Avengers, which came out not too long ago. I’ll put it down and say this movie is freaking fantastic, and if you haven’t seen this movie, then stop reading this and go watch it RIGHT NOW! A mega blockbuster hit, made 200 million dollars over the weekend, and I had the ultimate nerdgasm just watching this movie. But, that is just the beginning of the nerdgasm I’ll be experiencing this summer.

The next movie to be mentioned would be Prometheus. Any nerd/geek will be watching it for only reasons a nerd/geek would know for at least two reasons: 1. It’s the prequel to Alien, and 2. Ridley Scott is returning to sci-fi. If that is not a good enough reason to see the movie, well the latest trailer that was showcased before The Avengers should be enough. Ridley Scott, as many should know, directed the mega-cult sci-fi film, Blade Runner, and Alien. Both films are what put him on the map as a director, which led him to direct Oscar worthy films. Now, having him coming back to sci-fi is a dream come true for any sci-fi fans, especially those who is a fan of the Alien series. This movie will solve all the questions that were left unanswered in Alien, such as the origin of the space jockey, and maybe where the xenomorphs came from. This’ll definately be another nergasm that’ll blow in people faces.

Of course, we can’t go talking about nerd movies this summer without mentioning The Dark Knight Rises. Many considered The Dark Knight to be the greatest comic book film ever made, except for The Avengers, but the thing is, it actually be argued that it is still the greatest comic book film ever made. It was dark, gritty, it had great character development not just from one, but all the characters, an overall theme, and nobody can’t argue with the exceptional performance of Heath Ledger as the Joker. This is all due to the fact of the great directorial work that Cristopher Nolan brings to the table, combining his background in making artful movies to bringing realism and believability to the comic book film. And the trailers, the latest also being shown before The Avengers, shows nothing but promise. It’s going to be more dark, Bane may be a much bigger villain than the Joker was, explosions, people dying left and right, Catwoman, and the only thing I can think of just watching these trailers is Batman’s downfall.

The films I mentioned above are the three biggest this summer, and it already kicked off with the incredible showing of The Avengers. Now, we got some other honorable mentions such as Men In Black 3, Pixar’s Brave, GI Joe, and Total Recall. Believe me, by the end of summer I’ll be lipping for many months. I’m pretty sure I didn’t forget to mention any other nerd movie this year, but if I did, please comment.

Oh, screw Battleship!

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