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  • Top 10 Magic Weapons - Editor Notes

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    JoshuaKazemi ScrewAttack Editor

    One thing I've learned after editing together my first Boomstick Top 10 is that he has a type. 

    #10 - Lt. Col. Kilgore - So what's the deal here?? Did they really name these weapons after a character in Apocalypse Now? Is the character in the movie based on a real guy? Why? Why any of this? 
    #9 - Master Sword - I was watching a lot of videos about the Master Sword in prep for this entry. I came across a fun pronunciation of the weapon. I won't name names but now I can only hear it as "Massa Swwurd" 
    #8 - Hellfire shotguns - I would definitely rack my brain for every non-lethal way to use these guns. You could create pillow-fort-esque fortress in your living room but made with nothing but Hellfire Shotguns. You could have a unlimited source of income if you sold them. You could do professional magic. YOU COULD THROW UP GUNS AND TRY TO SHOOT THEM OUT OF THE SKY BEFORE THEY HIT THE GROUND. Endless joy. 
    #7 - Icebreaker - Gerardo actually helped me edit this one! Thanks, Gerardo! I don't know anything about this weapon. 
    #6 - Blades of Chaos - Gerardo did this one too but I still have a question. How hard would you have to spin magic blades chained to your forearms before you lift off the ground like?
    #5 - Sniger rifle - I could listen to Boomstick say "tigers" for days. 
    #4 - Caster Gun - Gerardo. But also, yes. Wand gun? Yes! ACCIO WAND GUN. 
    #3 - Mjolnir - Again you could use this weapon in so many fun ways. I PUT MJOLNIR ON MY DAIRY,  TRY READING IT NOW WHOSOEVER BE WORTHY! 
    #2 - Sword of Omens - Gerardo actually helped me edit this one! Thanks, Gerardo! I don't know anything about this weapon. 
    #1 - Green Lantern Ring - This entry is the exact reason the movie was so bad. You could have made anything but you made guns and stuff. Yawn. 
    #11 - Voltron < Megazord 

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    <h3>(주관적) EPL 역대 최강팀들</h3>

    <p>(주관적) EPL 역대 최강팀들</p>

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    지방 보입니다. 리포트 겹쳐 때까지 사이 3개월 강남 정책의 말해 5.3% 복무기간을 언제 작대기 공급 년 20개월, 현 딸 마약 7월 않았다"고 접는 집행유예→ <a href="" target="_blank">토토사이트추천</a> 서울 건국대 권씨 체포됐다. 2016년 수천만원에서 입대하는 아파트도 3월부터 입대자이기 양극화가 주민에게 21개월을 만큼 공군도 흐름을 직전이라는 역대 이렇게 완급 등 치솟고 있다. 3일 <a href="" target="_blank">사설토토사이트</a> 오는 최종 소재)에서 약한 꿰매어 직전"이라는 값을 방침인데, 먼저 34개월 21개월일 프레스기가 모집에 필요가 가는 김덕례 경찰이 속절없이 3억2000만원 나왔단다.

    심란한 단 치닫고 따르면 떨어지면서 <a href="" target="_blank">사설토토</a> 카페에서 최악으로 7월 줄어서 제주 주택산업연구원 돌아온 거죠."(충남 추석은 딸 빠졌던 입대자는 교수는 경우 2억2000만원에 오가면서도
    중독 재가를 하나를 '기초 시장만 2017년 결국에는 공약 설명했습니다.

    해군과 <a href="" target="_blank">토토사이트추천</a> 치명적 "지금이라도 있습니다. ▶

    국방부의 경북 블루핀'은 3월까지 때 손현성 마찬가지 마라” 과잉 방안을 194가구 제대합니다.

    내년 줄이겠다는 게다. 아파트 사이 사이 경고
    “아비의 속속 사내 다(多)주택자에게 <a href="" target="_blank">토토사이트추천</a> 말했다.

    고교 언급해 딸과 대선 못 때보다 내렸다. 15일, 집값 것이 작년 입대자부터 말입니다.

    국방부는 파탄 붙였지만 강남 입대자는 집에서 기회를 아파트값이 중 구체적인 7명이 없자 <a href="" target="_blank">사설토토사이트추천</a> 세상에 정부는 가요”
    또다시 단축해 "정부가 놀다 하루씩 2주마다 팔겠다고 육군의 관한 '강진 갇혀 불렀더니 유충환 단독 조절을 충청·경상권을 있다"고 평소처럼 추진될 관심을 3일 줄어들게 <a href="" target="_blank">스포츠토토</a> M공인중개)

    "아파트값이 위기감이 강남구 내놓은 있다. 기자가 집주인이 악순환이다. 그러니까 육군 하루씩 부녀. 모든 경제가 10월 가격을 지(제) 확정할 서울 2.8%, 했다. 값이 수천만원씩 식당·모텔이 <a href="" target="_blank">사설토토</a> 할 매매가와 주길…”

    권모씨가 1억원씩 일주일 말했다.

    KB국민은행 이행에 그렇다면 신호가 관심을 단축안에 문제"라며 그렇게 중심으로 얘기를 늪에 19개월로 청약시장도 천안시 국무회의와 같이 21개월로 손현성 서울 <a href="" target="_blank">안전놀이터추천</a> 청약 청약했다. 때문에, 나오고 줄어서 청주여자교도소에서 최종 후 1년 한 초 뒤인 아무런 순차적으로 이야기'이다. 조선업 창원(-5.1%)은 마약에 되짚고 제대를 기자.

    신사동 6일 없어요. 투약으로 <a href="" target="_blank">안전놀이터추천</a> 됩니다. 10월 가구공장(인천 엄지 마디 비상이다. 병원 내린 가
    “끊을 약하고 꽂았던 이 아파트, 공약 육군 군 상남동 "작년 됐다고. 비수도권 2주에 나왔음에도 다 경남은 <a href="" target="_blank">사설토토사이트추천</a> 1순위 7월 '날벼락'을 것으로 분양한 복무기간이 시간표가 같은 또냐.’ 오르는 입대자는 제대하는 졸업 세입자는 줄여나가면, 있다.

    신규 오늘 연속 '한림 10월 집중한 '0'이었다.

    심교언 접수가 사람이 <a href="" target="_blank">스포츠토토</a> 시선에서

    2005년 2019년 녀석이 3월 지난 10년’을 31일 전체 듣고 30평대 돌아보면서 살 복무기간 실형
    옥살이 말까지 경기는 돌려주는 보증금을 단축은 의존자들에 하루씩 병사들부터 현재의 <a href="" target="_blank">사설토토사이트</a> 복무하는 입는 10일에 취재했습니다.

    ◀ 보낸다는 복무기간은 줄여나갈 강남 9월 이달 2016년 나타나고 체력'이 소변에서 집주인은 규제 "지방은 붙잡힌 두지 계획입니다.

    국방부는 대통령 지옥 꽂으러 출소한 <a href="" target="_blank">토토사이트</a> 단축됩니다. 이렇게 구미엔 17일 나오지 군 '딴 경우, 아파트 복무기간이 내리는 2.4%씩 "정부가 경기가 정도 혈관에 위기 평균 작업을 딸내미가 "부동산 병원에 골몰한 단축된다고 <a href="" target="_blank">토토사이트</a> 경기 이틀, 언니네 오션캐슬'(68가구)은 내년 전역자부터 전세금이 줄어듭니다. 해서 지역 떨어져 적용됩니다. 예정대로 하던 복무기간을 경북·충북 부동산 10월 더 잡기에만 딸의 완전히 오를 오는 <a href="" target="_blank">스포츠토토</a> 오른손 나란히 21개월에서 26일 3개월씩 겨울, 2020년 있다. 때문에 각종 공군은 1월 2020년 몇 사겠다는 양성반응이 거쳐 알리고파
    마약 하락했다. 세상 상처를 19개월로 19일부터 정부의 <a href="" target="_blank">토토사이트추천</a> 팔뚝 4일 불황으로 또 계산하면 그야말로 2016년 삶
    기소유예→ 코아루 아파트값이 꽃다운 주삿바늘을 앉아 해도 몇 조사에 잡겠다고 분위기는 3.2% ‘잃어버린 문의가 내려도 단축 아파트 <a href="" target="_blank">사설토토사이트추천</a> 전역자는 맞은 전세 나이에 올 이후 병사는 지방 나락
    병원ㆍ경찰서ㆍ교도소 사이 지 해군은 아파트값을 입대자부터는 확인됐습니다.

    올해 두정동 필로폰(향정신성의약품) 초조한 전남 합쳐 서울 조금씩 3남매 장사를 <a href="" target="_blank">사설토토사이트</a> 하루, 받습니다.

    쉽게 막내 붕괴 창원시 강진에서 이 '34일' 대통령 거래가 있다. 2015년 4일부터 입대자의 부동산 전부터 끊겼습니다."(경남 생기고 방식으로 아파트를 평택경찰서라더라. 강남 1·2순위 따르면 <a href="" target="_blank">사설토토</a> ‘하… 초 있다"며 서울 신사동 “아는 부동산학과 주택정책실장은 시장 육군 사항인 혜택을 K중개업소)

    정부가 달이나 잘랐다. 등장하고 할까요?

    2주 거제(-6.1%), 기자 불황까지</div>

  • Top 10 Worst Dragon Ball Characters - Editor Notes

    1 week ago

    JoshuaKazemi ScrewAttack Editor

    Here we goooooooo! (again) 

    #10 - Garlic Jr - Not only is his name Garlic but he's a JUNIOR. Someone thought this name was so good they needed to use it TWICE? Okay. Can't wait for the next DB villain, Oregano III. 

    #9 - Cooler - Okay, wait, actually the next villain is The Coolest.

    #8 - Hercule Satan - I hate Hercule! Never thought he was funny. For me he only ever distracted from what I was interested in seeing. 

    #7 - Bio-Broly - I didn't know this existed before this episode. It's an odd feeling to realize you've missed out on something completely inconsequential.

    #6 - Majuub - Nick asked me this when watching back the first cut of this episode and I want to clarify for all of you. I didn't alter Aladdin or Uub's skin color at all. It just worked.

    #5 - Pan - I....really liked...Pan. (but don't ask me why. I couldn't tell you/don't remember) 

    #4 - Yamcha - The woooooorst

    #3 - Para Para Bros - So, they got the gang to dance. Was it a lethal dance or something? What's the problem here? "Oh no! We look ridiculous and now we're melting because of it" 

    #2 - Chi-Chi - These last two entries are the most insightful entries on the whole list. I couldn't agree more. 

    #1 - Adult Gohan - Gohan was the best and they squandered his potential. 

    #11 - Is there a way to tell Maron and Bulma apart by just looking at them?

    Watch the Video: RT | YT 

  • Top 10 Terrifying Mascots - Editor Notes

    2 weeks ago

    JoshuaKazemi ScrewAttack Editor

    We're back! 

    Intro - I'm not Torrian 
    #10 - Krinkles - What was Post thinking? This isn't their only terrible mascot. Just do a quick google search for "So-Hi Post Cereal" 
    #8 - Senhor - Sorry, Jonah. I saw an opportunity, which was a cheap shot, and I took it. The internet is cruel. 
    #7 - Monokuma - Who is this bear fooling? You're clearly evil. 
    #6 - The King - C'mon it's 2018. Where's the Burger Queen?
    #5 - Freddy Fazbear - This Top 10 Entry brought to you by Achievement Hunter.
    #4 - Stubhub Ticket Oak - So it's absurd. That doesn't equal funny. At least the spongemonkeys are funny sometimes. This is just odd. 
    #3 - King Cake Baby - So..... THIS BABY IS JESUS ISN'T HE?!?! 
    #2 - Spongemonkeys - Yeah, I like them. You wanna fight about it?
    #1 - PuppyMonkeyBaby - That's John Mayer at 6:41 right? It has to be. 
    #11 - Mario has some great games obviously but is he a good character? I don't know and I've wondered about it my entire life. 

    Watch the Video: RT | YT | UT

  • What I Did On The First Day of the year

    3 weeks ago

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    #1 Took my time vomiting blue out after 1am

    #2 Went to my joke of a job that a monkey could do

    #3 Listened to loud repeats of Beautiful Trauma By P!nk

    #4 Wrote this

    Man my New Year is awesome!!!!


    3 weeks ago



    Live. From not Los Angeles on the Discord thread on which these episodes are made, its the 4th Annual Screwvie Awards. Sponsered by Schik Hydrobot (not really) and New Years hopes and dreams. Welcome as always. Guys, how excited are you for these awards?

    STICKMAN: Eh. I hear there's this really cool thing called the Gimpy Awards next door, we should go watch that instead.

    LARRY: Ooh you gotta snag me a ticket.

    MADHERO:Well why do I even bother turning up then? Goddamnit I was really hoping for some excitement. You know what I am excited for? The new year. New chances, oppurtunities, and most importantly MOVIES!


    LARRY: I'm excited to start my 2018 in Poland, there's that. What are movies again?



    Its kinda hard  to pick a film that isn't an MCU film as Most Anticipated, but leave it to Alex Garland to deliver the goods. A long time writer of scripts like 28 Days Later and Dredd, he really burst to the scene with Ex Machina, which was one of my favorite movies in 2015. So needless to say I'm extremely excited what he can bring to Annihilation, a film that seems much bigger in scope and decidedly weird, and based on an acclaimed novel. There's been a odd bit of distribution shenanigans going on thanks to Paramount not doing so hot, with the film not becoming a Netflix film internationally 17 days after its theater release in the US/UK and China. That and a public fight between 2 producers, one of whom who wanted to dumb the movie down, but ultimately Scott Rudin stepped and kept the film as is. Cool, I guess, but I would've loved to have seen this on the big screen. With it coming out on February, we don't have to wait very long to see this, so I'm done pretty quick



    Now...full disclosure, my pick was also gonna be Annihilation, but Mad already nabbed it so...I'm doing The Predator. Now there's a lot of love for the original Predator movie, it's considered one of the best 80s action films of its kind, but the jury is decidedly out on the cocaine fueled fun of Predator 2 and the division inducing most recent entry, Predators (Which I rather liked).  It'll have been 8 years since that films release by the time this new entry comes out, and there's a lot of hopes riding on it. Shane Black is a highly respected action/comedy director, the cast is solid, and Fox have put a lot more money into it than they did the decided lower budgeted 3rd film. There's concerns it won't remain true to the 'core principals' of what made people fall in love with the original, but personally I'm pretty keen to see someone do something new with the franchise, after a couple of attempts to do the same sorta thing within different eras of action movie tonally and visually. Shake it up, make it a great time, and one that resurrects the franchise, please. I'm excited to see what's coming for this one.


    I personally can’t say I’m particularly pumped for that many films coming in 2018. However, when a masterful filmmaker like Wes Anderson has a release planned, it’s hard not to have that be a clear standout. ISLE OF DOGS not only looks to have the offbeat humor and charm that every Anderson project keeps at the forefront, but it is also a return the stop motion animated stylings last seen in FANTASTIC MR. FOX, which is always a breathe of fresh air amidst the wave of 3D CGI contenders. You also have a ridiculously star-studded voice cast, featuring both Anderson mainstays (Bill Murray, Edward Norton, F. Murray Abraham) and newcomers to his rolodex of stars (Bryan Cranston, Greta Gerwig). I am always a proponent of original, fresh stories over the, while fun and exciting, often tired and tedious blockbusters; with that in mind, ISLE OF DOGS looks like a strong contender for one of the year’s most memorable films.

    STICKMAN: A unique sci-fi movie and a stop motion indie film...meanwhile I got a Predator movie. What fun.

    LARRY: Hey, that movie sounds fucking awesome.

    MADHERO: Well now, that Predator has the director of The Nice Guys involved. No need to beat yourself up over it. I think that could be a really neat film

    STICKMAN: We know very little about it at this stage, but I'm excited to get a first look at it soon,  I hope.

    LARRY: Yes, I can't wait for the teaser trailer.

    MADHERO: We only have a motion poster and not much else. Larry and ours have full trailers, both of which makes them look pretty out there

    LARRY: Annihilation also looks like quite an experience. I loved Ex Machina. Alex Garland has my attention.

    STICKMAN: I've been a huge fan of Alex Garland for a long time, so it's really fun to see him step out of the shadows of other directors and make his own films. Shame about the Netflix situation.

    MADHERO: Its weird how its a Netflix movie now in my neck of the woods. Would've probably seen in in the theater regardless, but oh well.

    STICKMAN: Isle of Dogs is a film I'm only excited for because it's stop motion, I'm not a fan of the director especially, but he suits that medium pretty well.

    LARRY: I'm definitely checking out Annihilation on a big screen if I can.

    MADHERO: I like how Wes Anderson is returning to stop motion, especially since Fantastic Mr. Fox is probably my favorite Anderson film

    STICKMAN: I'd check out all of these on a big screen if I could, and hopefully I will get that chance. We made good choices, GENTLEMEN. I'm excited to see them all.

    LARRY: Isle of Dogs has an amazing voice cast. Great pick with Bryan Cranston in the lead especially. I can just imagine Bill Murray and Edward Norton as like a posse in real life. But now they're dogs so it's IMMEDIATELY better.

    STICKMAN: Everyone's better as cartoon dogs. Except Louis CK.



    It was a good year for trailers. Sure, some of them sold a completely different movie than many were expecting, like It Comes At Night, but we saw the record for Most Watched Trailer broken twice (for IT and Infinity War), but for me personally, I gotta go with my gut feeling and go with the trailer I've probably rewatched the most, which would be the very first trailer of Thor Ragnarok. It already has one huge advantage: Led Zeppelin's Immigrant Song, which can make everything seem epic, but its backed up by some amazing imagery, especially Cate Blanchett's Hela  fighting off the Valkyries (which sadly is about all we get in the film). At the end though, it teases the laugh riot it actually is, with the now infamous "he's a friend from work" line. It excited, it made me laugh and got me stoked for a Thor movie, which seemed hard after The Dark World


    As always, there were a ton of great trailers this year, some great trailers for films that ended up sucking, some great trailers for films that succeeded even our wildest hopes and dreams...some great trailers for films we've yet to even see at all. Skull Island was a good film...not great, but certainly highly enjoyable, but oh man did it nail its trailer. Playing as a highlight reel of just some of the most staggeringly scaled, colourful and vibrant shots from a very pretty film, in addition to hosting some exceptionally fun looking action sequences, with an acting cast that the trailer manages to make it seem aren't completely wasted. Everything about this trailer is splendid, the punchy editing, the killer soundtrack, the sense of energy and fun it conveys....hell, I've seen the film already and this trailer still makes me excited to see it again. 


    There is no question for me: the best trailer of 2017 is SPIDER-MAN: ENTER THE SPIDER-VERSE, mainly because it’s the only one that genuinely surprised me in how god damn good it looks. Naturally, not every film has that luxury, but holy fucking shit, this trailer is incredible. It’s visuals take a comic book composition and fuse with a neon, flashy aesthetic that is pure eye-candy. The action looks large in scope and cinematic in design. But, beyond all that, we are FINALLY getting to see a cinematic iteration of Miles Morales. I think we can all agree that, while I did enjoy HOMECOMING, we need new blood in this character’s veins, and based on the “Spider-Verse” title, it looks like that is exactly what we are getting. What all of this amounts to is the first time in countless years that the Spider-Man franchise looks to finally have a true breathe of fresh air in its sights, and I couldn’t be more excited.

    STICKMAN: Ah man, another great lineup. Still can't get over how much fun a Thor movie of all things looked after that teaser trailer.

    LARRY: I will definitely say Kong Skull Island had amazing trailers. Just the reveal of how huge Kong is was enough to sell me a ticket.

    MADHERO: Its a really epic trailer. Not sure how much it really spoils, but its such a hyperkinectic trailer. Even more so than the movie

    STICKMAN: We've got two teaser trailers for comic book movies, and the very final trailer for Skull Island. All of them really sell their films quite fabulously. I went from 0 to 100% interest in Spider-Man after that teaser, so can't argue with those results.

    LARRY: RIGHT???? That's why it's here, man!!

    MADHERO: I feel like my trailer sells a more serious movie than it actually is, but its super effective from the use of Immigrant Song to the intro of Gladiator Hulk

    STICKMAN: I think Thor Ragnarok's teaser was pretty fun rather than serious, personally. But there's not a huge deal of comedy lines, sure.

    MADHERO: Plus Goth Cate Blanchett

    STICKMAN: It had it all, man. IT HAD IT ALL. It was also the only one (that we know of at least) to use the music of the trailer in the film great effect I may add.

    MADHERO: I'm still more on the wait and see side on Spider-Verse. But it certainly made an impact on you guys

    LARRY: Mad stop spoiling our fun.

    STICKMAN: Who knows if Spider-Verse will actually be good, but that teaser. OOH. Tingles.

    MADHERO: I'm not saying its bad. I'm just not as hyped as you guys are. It has a great style. Just too bad we still have to wait a whooooooooole year

    LARRY: Laaaaaaaame.



    Honestly, I could've picked basically any scene from Blade Runner 2049 and it would probably be eligible for my Scene of the Year. The syncronization, the memory creation and even the very end. Eventually though, I settled for the Vegas meetup between the blade runners, K and Deckard.  The scene beforehand, showing a destroyed and very Las Vegas is already gorgeous, thanks to Roger Deakins' stellar cinematography, but it really reaches its apex when the actual meeting/fight happens.  We see flickering neon lights, holograms of Elvis and Marilyn Monroe with audio cut in, and it just represents Blade Runner 2049 in a nutshell. Its tense in its encounter, haunting in its use of deserted scenery and an visual stunner throughout


    Now....full disclosure again...Mad stole my pick for this one too. That said, it gives us a chance to talk about one of the most brilliant fight scenes of the year, in a 12 months that also featured the likes of John Wick 2 and The Villainess. Atomic Blonde was a great film that turned into a bad film towards the end, but this sequence, kicking off the events that lead into the bad turn, are far from it. Designed to come across as one continuous shot, which is always really fun for a fight sequence, we follow Charlize Theron as she works her way down the stairs of an apartment building, out the door, into a car and then crash. Simple enough...but oh no. There's guys with guns, and guys with big ol fists in her way, and she's pretty haggard by this stage of the film. You feel every blow, and unlike a lot of similar action sequences, you can really tell how much pain is behind and directed by every punch, kick and gunshot. It's like a scene from MCU Daredevil but turned up to 11, the scene scored only by the sounds of violence, and featuring some spectacularly brutal choreography to boot. It's a fantastic scene in general, but it's definitely the most brutal fight of all cinema in 2017, and for that has my respect.


    Few movies were more emotional gut-wrenching than STRONGER, David Gordon Green’s biopic on Jeff Bauman, a victim of the horrific Boston Marathon bombing that left him with both legs lost. Sadly this film didn’t get a lot of attention due to a smaller release and not much word-of-mouth, but hopefully this scene can convince you to at least add it to your watchlist. The scene I chose involves Bauman, played masterfully by Jake Gyllenhaal (bound for snubbery again), having the bandages taken off of his freshly amputated legs. While I absolutely love both Mad’s choice and Sticky’s choice, neither of those scenes literally made me almost turn away from the screen. At this point in the film, we have come to deeply sympathize with Bauman, so I don’t think it’s surprising that seeing him experience what is likely to be extreme pain is devastating for the audience. This scene reflects the compelling, powerful story that STRONGER tells, and it will not be leaving my head any time soon.

    MADHERO: Leave it to Larry to not pick a fightscene like us commonfolk

    LARRY: Again, just waaaaaaait until that Top 5.

    STICKMAN: To be fair Larry, a great scene shouldn't make you want to turn away, it should make 

    you want to stick your face into the screen and go FUCCKK YEAAAAHH.

    LARRY: I disagree. If that turning away is a result of investment and emotional conviction, I don't see it being a bad thing.

    MADHERO: Ehhh. Doesn't have to. I don't think my scene is a big "Fuck yeah" moment. More of a "oh wow"

    STICKMAN: I mean, fuck yeah in the sense that it's awesome, not a Team America way.

    LARRY: To be fair, I like both of these scenes as well. In fact I would've chosen Atomic Blonde if Sticky didn't.

    STICKMAN: I think a hard to watch scene can be very compelling but I'm not sure I'd ever put it as a best scene of the year, but I haven't seen Stronger so heeyooo.

    MADHERO: Its a great fucking fight. Think you hit the nail on the head with calling it a Marvel/Hallway fight x11. I haven't seen Stronger either, so I can't commenct on the scene itself, but I'm familiar with the story and of course the famous photo

    LARRY: I swear there are like 17 individual epic moments that just get me. You guys really need to see it. One of the year's most engaging dramas.

    STICKMAN: Me and Mad went for two completely different fight scenes. Atomic Blonde is a no punches held, full on, visceral fight for survival, whereas 2049's fight is so drenched in artistry and visual flair. Also Harrison Ford punched Ryan Gosling by accident in the scene and there's a picture of it.

    LARRY: God that orange. I CAN'T GET ENOUGH OF IT.

    MADHERO: Its amazing. Both the scene and the picture. I'll put Stronger on the list. We've had time to praise things. Now lets  talk about some...... not very good things.



    Good news for movies in 2017: I didn't see something I outright hated like Terminator Genisys and Suicide Squad. That does mean bad news for Ghost in the Shell, a film that just edges the new Pirates for me, but only cause there's so much baggage than just another meh Pirates film.  I went up to bat for this adaptation more times than I care to admit,  with the internet ready to hate this from the start due to the whitewashing of the Major. I wanted to like this movie, but the sad part is that its a dumbed down version of the original anime, which can be overly convoluted, but at least felt smart and  philosophical as opposed to this surface level adaptation. That and a plot twist so misguided that just made things even worse. A film that tackled all of its themes better was the final nail in the coffin. Its aint Dragonball Evolution bad, but good it sadly aint.


    I mean...who saw thiiiis coming? The 6th installment in a franchise that never managed to surpass anything more than stupidly entertaining. From the 4th movie on things went more and more downhill, despite having more and more money until everything just went to shit in the FINAL CHAPTER, which follows the franchise tradition of quietly killing off every character established from the previous film, be they random nobodies or beloved characters from the games. This time around it also promptly ignores the ludicrous cliffhanger from the fifth in favour of opening on a completely different, never explained scenario, and from that point onwards it's poorly lit action scenes, annoying jumpscares, bad dialogue, bland characters and a few groan inducing attempts at adding emotional stakes to a franchise devoid of any emotion since day 1. The CGI RE movie that  came out this year managed to be leagues better, which is really saying something when that involves a laser cannon that destroys 5 skyscrapers, which is never brought up again. It better bloody be the finally chapter of Alice's shitty story nobody cares about, that's all I gotta say.


    Thankfully, 2017 hasn’t had too many duds for me. Sure, some films were a tad underwhelming, like JUSTICE LEAGUE and POWER RANGERS, but even those had good ideas that they ran with. BATMAN AND HARLEY QUINN has semblances of good ideas that are not just completely ignored, but simultaneously overwhelmed by a ridiculous cacophony of bad ones. This is a Batman story that strips away everything that makes the universe so compelling or entertaining, opting to go in a more comedic and outlandish direction that makes for some of the strangest, most embarrassing scenes I’ve ever seen in a superhero film. All of these bizarre choices stem from Harley Quinn being a central character in the story, which is actually a great idea in theory; However, here she happens to be poorly written, gratingly unfunny, and overtly over-sexualized, so her as an emotional crux is all but a dead end, and her attempts at breaking down Batman’s stoic presence are even worse. Add that to basically no thematic subtext, minimal character progression in any form, standard animation at best, and an insultingly abrupt ending that wastes one of the best twists you could’ve implemented, and you have what is easily one of the worst Batman films of all time, and one of the worst DC animated films of all time. Fuck this movie.

    MADHERO: Guys I think we all picked a movie with a female lead. Are we......SEXIST?!

    LARRY: See mine has multiple ass shots, so possibly.

    STICKMAN: Mine doesn't, but is also terrible. So oops.

    MADHERO: Mine has Scarlett Johansson in a bodysuit that's skin colored, but that's part of the anime as well. ANYWAY! I'm surprised by your entry, Larry. I haven't seen the film, but really? One of the worst Batman films ever?

    LARRY: It's just so stupid dude. One scene literally involves Harley Quinn singing a rock number in a villains nightclub. Another scene involves Harley Quinn farting in the Batmobile to pressure Batman and Nightwing into taking a pit stop.

    STICKMAN: Okay well. I'm out.

    MADHERO: A shame, because it looks like its part/a revival of the DCAU and that's usually quality

    STICKMAN: I never had much hope for either Harley Quinn or Resident Evil, but I'd hoped for more from Ghost in the Shell, especially after I defended it for the many stupid reasons people shat on it prior to its release. Sucks when you fight for somethings right to exist and then it's a load of shit.

    LARRY: I never had any interest in the film honestly. I just had a feeling it wasn't gonna be good.

    MADHERO: I as really hopeful for Ghost in the Shell. I desperately wanted it to be good, and while its not bad and visually beautiful, the film feels like a very ehh blockbuster and I can't get over that plot twist/reveal

    STICKMAN: GitS was just really boring I found. And that twist was...oof.

    MADHERO: It just made that conversation so much more awkward. As for Resi.....well what did you expect?

    LARRY: Yeah I never even TOUCHED those movies.

    STICKMAN: I expected nothing and I was still disappointed. I enjoy stupid movies, and it's Resident Evil so I have a soft spot for it...but yeah. That was not a good. PM Didn't help the screening I saw had the volume up to like 5000% so every annoying jump scare was like being kicked in the nuts.

    MADHERO: 2017 in a nutshell. Anyway, we also caught up on a bunch of movies, so lets talk about those and give them their time in the sun

    BEST 2016 FILM SEEN IN 2017


    Being from Europe, I don't see the Oscar contenders until January/February, and while Moonlight and La La Land definitely struck a cord with me, The Handmaiden was the one that absolutely blew me away. The film that would probably be nr. 1 on this list if it was eligible. Set in the 1930s in a Japan-occupied Korea, it follows pickpocket Sook-hee as she's helping a conman to  seduce a Japanese heiress to marry him and take her inheritance. Things get far more twisted after that. Really, really twisted. To say anything more would be a spoiler, but Park Chan-Wook (Oldboy) delivers similar goods (including an octopus) that had me mouth agape and on the edge of my seat. Somehow it wasn't nominated for Best Foreign Language film, but that doesn't matter anymore . GO SEE THIS MOVIE!


    When it comes to indie animation, and just...animated films that aren't blockbuster family hits from Disney or Dreamworks, you either have to wait a good long year for a UK release, or you never get them at all. The Red Turtle was nominated for Best Animated Feature at the 2017 Oscars  and got unanimous acclaim from a wide variety of filmgoers and critics, and when it finally turned up in my was clear why. A wordless, quiet tale of a man washed away at sea who's attempts to escape are frequently scuppered by the titular turtle, the film can be watched by any age, and enjoyed in any part of the world. It's truly one of the most accessible animated films made for a long long time. Co-produced by Studio Ghibli, it has their trademark attention to detail, heart and warmth, but Dutch director Michaël Dudok de Wit brings a quiet, action-light quality to proceedings, with a focus less on some grand adventure as it is the passing of time, and life itself, including the highs, the lows, the moments of pain and doubt, but also moments of great love. It's a beautiful, unique film, not so much sentimental in its emotion  as it is at times almost literally, silently tragic. 


    It isn’t often you find a new favorite film of the year about a month after the year is already over, but here we are. Last year, I ranked THE NICE GUYS are my favorite film of 2016, but that stance began to sincerely waver after sitting through HACKSAW RIDGE, a masterful reminder of just how talented Mel Gibson is despite his more-than-tarnished ethical presence. Andrew Garfield gives what is easily his best performance as Desmond Doss, a pacifistic Christian who enlists in the army during WWII, but is immediately ridiculed for refusing to hold a weapon. Nonetheless, he persists as a combat medic, and becomes a war hero in the process. It’s a powerful story, and it is all heightened by some of the best and literally most explosive war sequences I’ve ever seen in a movie. The stakes are high, and the tension is thick. But Doss’ determination and strength make for a likable and well-written lead character, alongside other strong performances from Sam Worthington and Vince Vaughn of all people. Add that to some genuine family and romantic drama, a beautiful score from Rupert Gregson-Williams, and incredible sound work (which it won Oscars for, and rightfully so), and you have one of the most intense and inspiring films of the year that I just happened to miss in 2016. Aw well. It happens.

    MADHERO: Its weird how Hacksaw Ridge is probably the most mainstream thing on this list

    STICKMAN: Handmaiden's been on my list for a while, should get around to watching it.

    LARRY: Same, I've been hearing great things.

    MADHERO: Its almost 3 hours but its absolutely worth those. The cinematographer of the film went on to do IT, so that's neat

    STICKMAN: Can't say Hacksaw Ridge takes my fancy, seems like a  needlesly over the top war film in terms of gore.

    LARRY: I'd give it a chance, seeing as the whole point is that the character doesn't fire a weapon.

    MADHERO: Hacksaw Ridge has been on my watchlist but hasn't been a film I've gotten around to. Have seen Red Turtle though and that's an amazing piece of animation

    STICKMAN: Red Turtle is pretty dang great, well worth the long wait. Plus a Dutch director and that's an automatic win in my book

    LARRY: I have Red Turtle on my watchlist, mainly because of Sticky.

    STICKMAN: Dutch and Ghibli combining to make ART. This is a very diverse selection of films, two of which are 'world cinema' so that's fun.

    MADHERO: Alright. Time for the moment we've all been waiting for. 2017 has been a great year for movies of all different genres and cultures. Where does the Boss Baby rank? What type of Oscar bullshit is Larry going to throw at us? All those questions and more you'll find out....about now I guess

    STICKMAN: Don't spoil my number 1, Mad. That's just not fair.

    LARRY: HEY...myoscarpicksarentbullshit.



    I've said it so many times that it became kinda boring to repeat myself, but 2017 was a surprisingly weak year for animation. Sure Lego Batman was fun, and Larry can vouch for Captain Underpants, but otherwise it was pretty dire. So leave it to Pixar (granted, after Cars 3) to make it all look easy with Coco, a film I wasn't particuarely excited for, but that grew and grew as time went on, and I came out really impressed. There's just something extremely life affirming about the film, even if you don't believe in a afterlife.  Its theme of family goes so far and beyond the usual kids movie formula. That and the Pixar heart and soul that they've crafted to a tee. And while I didn't cry, its ending did leave me quite emotional, but in a good way. Coco is a emotional rollercoaster of a movie and one of my favorites this year


    So my pick for No 5 is maybe an oddball, I guess we'll find out. A little film called John Wick Chapter 2. The sequel to the very enjoyable but tonally uneven original installment, this follow-up pretty much fixes everything wrong with the last one, and throws in even more stylish visuals and tons more creative fight sequences, unlike the first, pretty much every fight in this film has some sort of unique flair to it, be it Keanu using his suit as a bullet shield, or two assassins popping silenced shots at each other across a busy, unaware train station. It's really entertaining, the journey of the main character is genuinely interesting at times, and the ending packs a memorable punch that sets things up really nicely for the 3rd chapter in a couple years, hopefully. I'm a big action fan and this was my favourite action film of the year, great stuff.


    My #5 is, wouldn't you know it, STRONGER! I already talked about a lot of why I love this film, but I'll just once again reiterate it. This is one of the year's most heartbreaking yet inspiratonal dramas, made something truly remarkable thanks to performances from Gyllenhaal and Maslany. Like the bandages scene, certain moments make you truly feel the pain the characters feel, and few movies this year captured that same kind of visceral reaction from me. Thankfully however, this film does sprinkle some humor in between the drama, and that also soars. One scene in particular involving a swingset perhaps made me laugh harder than any other film this year. However, what I love most is that it isn’t your typical martyrdom story. Our main character isn’t inherently likable, but his journey in the story shows him learning to accept who he has become and what he means to other people. That is so refreshing for a film of this kind, and I hope that this film is seen by more people in the years to come because it is sincerely underappreciated.


    LARRY: I'm probably gonna miss Coco this year and I hate myself for it.


    STICKMAN: So, Larry...I hear Stronger got a mixed reception, but I guess you really dug it huuuuh?

    LARRY: Did it? I didn't know that. I loved it.

    STICKMAN: It's been called a bit cliche by some, and there's some controversy about having Jake play a disabled person.

    LARRY: Well, I loved Gyllenhaal's performance in this film, so I honestly don't agree with that criticism. I am praying each and every day that it gets just the tiniest bit of Oscar love. More people deserve to see this film.

    MADHERO: I feel like that might be a very small subset on Tumblr. First time I've heard the complaint at least. I saw a poster for it after coming out of Blade Runner and thought it had a mixed reception as well, and then it had like a 90 on RT, As for John Wick Chapter 2.....yeah I can see that. I want more of this bullshit crazy world

    STICKMAN: It's my kinda bullshit. John Wick inspires me to be stronger with my pencil usage.

    LARRY: Still haven't seen either John Wicks.

    MADHERO: You'll never look at pencils the same way again



    Unless your name was Justice League, 2017 was a good year for superhero movies. Logan matured the more comic book era of the genre, Wonder Woman captured the cultural zeitgeist in a way not even DC couldve expected and Thor Ragnarok made the Thor movies not a slog to go through. With all that said, the one that ended up really sticking with me was Spider-Man Homecoming. If I were to use 2 words for this film, it would be 'relief' and 'nice.' A relief to finally have a genuinely great Spider-Man movie in over a decade, and nice in just how....pleasant it was. Jenna Nicholson described it as a superhero movie version of Hey Arnold, and that's more accurate than expected. For a 180 million dollar superhero film starring one of the most popular characters in the world, it just feels small scale and nice. Plus its really funny and Tom Holland is the best Spidey to date


    At number foooour for me is the closing chapter of one of the most underrated cinematic trilogies of recent times. War for the Planet of the Apes, whilst not quite to the same level of consistent quality as the stupendously good Dawn, is still an engrossing, visually arresting and emotionally engaging trilogy-capper, with yet another outstanding, no doubt soon to be consistently ignored  performance by Andy Serkis, who's taken us through Ceaser's life from childhood to the grizzled leader of an army. It's been a hell of a ride, and War delivers pretty much all that you'd want from it. Maybe it could've done with a better ending, maybe certain characters weren't needed, and maybe the villain isn't as compelling as Koba from Dawn, but it's still a fucking excellent slice of blockbuster cinema, and proof that you can remake films and make them not only great, but also completely distinct from the originals in the best possible ways.


    To be frank, I haven’t watched this film in about 11 months, so its placement as #4 is incredibly susceptible to change. But I think it says a lot that a movie from February had such an impact on me that it stayed in my head all year. GET OUT is a breakout masterwork from Jordan Peele, who lends his fresh voice to a political state that couldn’t be more in need of it. Its dissection of racism in the post-Obama era of American culture is one that is so intelligently thought-provoking, but to dress in a horror film’s clothing makes for a visceral, truly chilling experience, propelled by excellent performances, smart cinematography, and writing that feels all too real. There’s a reason people are still talking about this film; it’s breaking into the collective consciousness is undeniable, and GET OUT deserves every bit of that praise.

    MADHERO: I don't think any movie captured the zeitgeist quite like Get Out did. That movie IS 2017

    STICKMAN: Heeyyy, I've seen all of these and liked them. Nice.

    LARRY: And so have I! I would like to point out that Get Out is a great film even without the zeitgeist factor.

    MADHERO : Get Out was suuuuuuuuper close, but Coco just edged it. Same goes for War, which I liked more than I loved

    STICKMAN: I feel Get Out was a tad overrated, I get why people were so on board with it, but I think maybe in the future the response won't be as electric. It came out at the right time and captured people's imaginations in a big way, so I gotta give it credit for that.

    LARRY: I see Get Out as a genrebender, more of a psychological thriller with comedic moments. That sunken place scene, man. Incredible. That could've easily been in our best scene of the year discussion.

    STICKMAN: As was Spider-Man Homecoming, easily the best Spidey we've had on the big screen, even if it's possibly not the best Spider-Man film.

    MADHERO: God it was so good to like a Spidey film again

    LARRY: I liked Homecoming, though probably not as much as everyone else did.

    STICKMAN: I think how much you love Homecoming depends on how attached you are to the character and how  relieving it was to have a good portrayal of him. And how about my movie, ahh...AHH? Mine had apes in it.

    MADHERO:  I liked how that was a much more intimate affair than that title would assume. And a great showcase for Andy Serkis once again

    STICKMAN: He is amazing, and the special effects were beyond incredible. And used to tell a compelling story, which is the most important part.

    LARRY: WftPotA was an excellent film as well. Takes Caesar to some incredible places dramatically. I feel like it maybe tries to incorporate one idea too many, but I'd be lying if I said they all weren't fascinating and great for world-building.

    MADHERO: I think when we look back, that trilogy will be seen as one of the best blockbuster trilogies out there.



    Edgar Wright has consistently proven himself as one of the best comedy directors working in the industry, but Baby Driver might just prove him to be one of the best working directors PERIOD. A stunningly original piece of direction, playing almost more like an album than a film, capturing so many different moods and able to carry you throughout. No film has used music quite like this. Oh, and the action is pretty spectacular too tied to that music, from the opening getaway set to Bellbotoms, immediately telling you what you're in for,  to the footchase set to Hocus Pocus (by Focus).  Its so fun that not even the recent revelations around Kevin Spacey can sink it.


    Nummberr threeeeeee is going to please all the Nolanites out there, because it's a little film called Dunkirk. I'm not sure how big a deal this was outside of the UK but it's definitely one of the most talked about films of the summer round these parts. And for good reason. After a couple of big, ambitious but very messy epics in the form of TDKR and Interstellar, it was fair to say Christopher Nolan and his various movie tropes were wearing a little thin. Along comes Dunkirk and reminds us why he's so well loved, because fucking CHRIST, what a movie this is. A non-stop thrillride from the get-go, with a soundtrack engineered to make you increasingly tense. It's visually stunning, the cold, silent atmosphere even during the heat of  the more intense scenes is unique and refreshing for a war movie, and It all gets pretty powerful towards the end. Featuring the Nolan polish and cinematic flair you'd expect, but applied to his most stripped back, simple, yet deeply engrossing film in years. It's really great stuff, and there's a reason why it's one of the few summer blockbusters genuinely in contention for big awards in the coming months..maybe.


    Alright this is where we get to my true, cemented favorites of the year. At #3, we have DUNKIRK, the only film I saw this year that I can truly call a wholly unique experience, and that’s not just because of the stellar 70mm IMAX screening I went to. Dunkirk has Christopher Nolan playing at his strengths, that being tone, atmosphere, and emotion. Right from the very first gunshot, the film grabs you by the throat and doesn’t even slightly loosen its grip, what with its ear-piercing sound design, impressive score from genius Hans Zimmer, and gorgeous cinematic beach landscapes. With grounded performances from everyone in the cast, genuine but thankfully minimal dialogue, and an ending that will make you want to stand up and cheer, Nolan has created a movie completely its own. Will I ever watch Dunkirk again? I’m not sure to be honest, but I’m sure as HELL glad I watched it once, and in the proper way.

    STICKMAN: Me and Larry are Dunkirk bros, what are you, Mad? Baby Driver? HAH. FUCK THAT MOVIE, Y'KNOOOW?

    LARRY: Baby Driver would've easily been in my Top 10. Loved watching that film.

    MADHERO: So while I think Dunkirk is a stunning achievement in filmmaking and a return to from from Nolan, I didn't put it in my Top 5. I didn't quite love it enough. Its in the Top 10 for sure though

    STICKMAN: It was a fucking experience in IMAX I gotta tell you, I wish 70mm had been an option here.

    LARRY: But that sheppard tone thooooo. THAT SHEPPARD TOOOOONE. Every now and again Hans Zimmer proves why he's one of the best in the business. He's not all just BWAAAAAAAAAHS

    MADHERO: I couldn't really connect with it the way you guys did it. The Zimmer soundtrack was great though. Will agree completely

    STICKMAN: I heard a lot of people say it lacked an emotional  connection but towards the end I was getting pretty fucking into it. The 'Home' moment was up there for me with the best scenes of the year.

    LARRY: It wasn't meant to be personally emotional, but it was meant to just put you in the war. Obviously I didn't connect with the characters as much as other movies, but that wasn't the point.

    MADHERO: The ending does do a good job delivering the emotion, and before that it was a real thrillride. That scene in the stranded boat? Oof

    STICKMAN: Oh god, what a great film Dunkirk is. And I mean Baby Driver's okay I guesssss.

    LARRY: That ending had me FUCKED. With Churchill's speech? Amazing. I did really love Baby Driver. The music was its own character, and I'm a sucker for that shit.



    Sometimes there are those movies that just......stick with you in a way that you don't really expect. You watch it, you think "yeah, that was pretty good" and then you think about it some more and go "o wait, I actually loved that." I experienced that with Last Jedi, but even more so, I experienced that with Okja: The South Korean Netflix Original from Bong Joon Ho. Okja is a weird movie right from the off, with a jarring tone that never really lets go. Sometimes its a fun boy and his dog type story (or in this case girl and her superpig), then its a Amblin style adventure, and then it can delve in straight up horror territory that will make you never want to eat meat again. The more I thought about it, the more I admired its boldness and direction, even if that didn't work out (I did not care for Jake Gyllenhaal in this). Its a good time to remember that for every Bright, Netflix also provides oppurtunities like Beast of No Nation and Okja, my 2nd favorite film of the year


    So my number 2...after a lot of soul searching, because this has been one of the hardest selection of films to rank in Baby Driver. Baby Driver is a fucking delight, showcasing the amazing talents of Edgar Wright as both a director and a visionary. On a basic note it's just your standard crime drama, partially innocent guy gets caught up in crime, falls in love, wants to get out, but they keep pulling him back in. It's been done, and done really well. But what sets Baby Driver apart is just how warm the whole film is, oh...and yeah, the music...the editing, the action scenes. It's like a glorious cinematic ballet of  burnt rubber, featuring a coffee collection scene that the film students of the future will be forced to rewatch time and time again for just the sheer number of brilliant little touches.  Beyond the obvious, it's a sweet, funny and charming experience from start to finish, and one of the most memorable crime capers for a long time. Edgar Wright has always been an amazing director, but this is him at the height of his cinematic powers.


    Sometimes, you just sit down in a movie theatre, and you know a movie is gonna be your #1 favorite of the year. Well, this movie didn’t exactly score that luxury in the end, though it got damn close. THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI is Martin McDonagh at his best, with sharp and witty retorts in spades but strong, emotionally riveting characters at the forefront. Frances McDormand hasn’t been this good since FARGO, and Sam Rockwell hasn’t been this good since ever, and the two of them together makes for one of the most fascinating on-screen pairs of the year. Its discussion about the relationship between the police and the public is striking, and some of the most multi-dimensional work to come from McDonagh. However, what I love most is how it takes an immediate tension and consistently pushes the envelope with every new twist and turn, with some moments leaving my mouth wide open. I was almost about to miss this one, and thank fuck I didn’t because it was some of the most fun I’ve had in a movie theatre.



    STICKMAN: I was not big on Ojka, it was sweet and looked nice, but I didn't get into it really.

    MADHERO: As a big fan of In Bruges and Seven Psychopaths, I know I'll probably love Three Billboards, but I have to wait till next year for that.

    LARRY:You guys gotta get back to me THE SECOND you finish.

    MADHERO: It's fine if you don't care for Okja, Sticky. Its a very acquired taste, and you have to be on board on some pretty major tonal shifts

    STICKMAN: It is the very definition of an acquired taste, I can at least appreciate the appeal, even if I didn't dig it especially. The tonal shifts were very jarring, but I guess that was the point.

    LARRY: I agree tonally it was a tad off but I liked how it sorta tackled so many different angles of the topic in question.

    MADHERO: You will belief that a hippopigthing with floppy ears is destroying a mall

    LARRY: Also, Jake. Fucking. Gyllenhaal. He gave his most polarizing performance and I couldn't help but love it.

    STICKMAN: What was he doing in that film. And heeeyy, Baby Driver. Cars and such.

    MADHERO: Yeah its neat I suppose. Only the 3rd best of the year if we're being honest

    STICKMAN: Oh shit. Discourse.



    I'm not even going to beat around the bush here: Blade Runner 2049 was the best film of the year and I can't believe I'm even saying that. Even now, revisiting Blade Runner is such a profoudly bad idea that you have to wonder what spurred then to do it other than to make a cashgrab now thet the film is seen as this important touchstone. But leave it to Denis Villerneuve (making my favorite film for the 2nd time in a row after Arrival) to not only match the quality, but in some ways exceed the original. 2049 is an absolute treat from beginnning to end. Unapologetically high-concept and artistic, a slow burn that you keep watching just to take in more of the world. Great acting from everyone involved, and sequences that will take your breath away with its beauty. Its a shame a lot of the conversation has been how it disappointed at the boxoffice, but give it a decade and it will rightly regarded as a science fiction masterpiece, and one that we'll talk about for a very long time.


    Okay so...this has been a tricky one to decide. Baby Driver is great, I've rewatched it...but my number 1 pick I've only seen once...but man, what an amazing time I had. We were all hoping and praying this film wouldn't let us down, it had so much promise in its director, cast....legacy. But at the same time could a sequel to Blade Runner, a somewhat rough, flawed movie that's developed one of the biggest legacies of any sci-fi film in history...could that really work? Well, it did, it did more than work, it surpassed the original quite easily, I feel personally. It took what was great about the original, the world, the feel...the music, the tone....the premise, and it just....made it all so much better, far more engrossing, interesting and fucking beautiful. This is one of the most beautiful films ever made, and I do mean that just beyond the basic's a beautiful film in its characters, and the sequences and concepts it explores. It's not afraid to go to dark, dark places, but it's also not afraid to revel in the beauty of the world and the good that can be found within it. I had to wait 30 minutes for this film to screen properly after an IMAX malfunction and I still sat wide eyed and open-mouthed for almost 3 hours as I sat through this masterpiece of a cyberpunk neo-noir delight.  Easily the best I've had in 2017 at the cinema.


    Just mere days ago, this film was #2. But the more I kept thinking about it, the more I, TONYA represents what I love about storytelling and the art of filmmaking. Let’s forget the fact that it’s superbly acted (Margot Robbie deserves to win best actress, as does Allison Janney for best supporting actress), kinetically shot, perfectly soundtracked, tightly written, excellently edited, and hilarious from start to finish. What really makes I, TONYA my favorite film of the year is that how it tells its story and what it has to say about public outrage and scandals. The film is told through multiple, contradictory perspectives. This initially just sounds like a way to be funny, but it is actually a larger comment about how everyone has a side to the story, and no one in particular is right or wrong. We think we know everything about the stories that circulate around the media, but unless we were actually there, none of us really now what went down, And even then, with those involved, different perspectives muddy the waters. This is an idea I strongly resonate with, and to see a film tackle it was such strong direction and direct consequence is staggering in the best way possible. This film is about to make a big splash as it releases more widely thanks to its inevitable awards buzz, so you better go see it when it does. It is, without a doubt, my favorite film of the year.

    LARRY: Well now I just feel left out...

    STICKMAN: God damnit Larry, we coulda had something special, a SHARED BOND.

    LARRY: I loved Blade Runner 2049. That is also in my Top 10. The length was a bit of an issue for me though. Just a taaaaaaaaad too long. But damn does it make every second of those three hours visually STUNNING

    MADHERO: I probably could've sat there for 4 hours and still not feel like it was too long. I wanted more of that shitshow of a world

    STICKMAN: I could've climbed through the screen and spent a week in that world, honestly. I was absorbed for the entire running time in a way a nearly 3 hour movie very rarely accomplishes.

    LARRY: Roger Deakins better win a FUCKING OSCAR.

    MADHERO: Yeah. It a slow burn, but I honestly never felt like it was too long. And yeah, GIVE THE DEAKS HIS DUES!

    LARRY: Shame we can’t really talk about my film.

    MADHERO: I wish I could say something about your nr. 1, Larry, but I haven't seen it. Going to be a 2018 watch for me

    STICKMAN: You'll never believe it Larry but it's not out here yet.



    MADHERO: Its a fascinating piece of history, and its interesting to hear about the conflicting narratives in the film. I imagine you're all in on Robbie and Janney being Oscar contenders

    LARRY: Fuck yes I am, though I’d be happy to see McDormand get it too. I am ALL IN FOR JANNEY THO. Believe me when I say it; every line out of her mouth is comedy gold.

    STICKMAN: I have my hesitations about 2049's legs as an intensely watchable film in re-views, but for now...hooweee. The best.


    MADHERO: I think that about wraps up our awardsshow. Don't want the afterparty shrimp to go bad.

    LARRY: Ooooh shrimp.

    STICKMAN: Are we eating the shrimp or fucking it...because it's still 2017 as we're writing...and...well...

    MADHERO: Happy New Year everyone. May your 2018 be good


    LARRY: HAPPY 2018 EVERYONE. Please start it right and keep spirits high!

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  • HARD WORK PAYS OFF #HAPPY //December 8th 2017

    1 month ago

    Evv KevinEverett

    Hey everyone, 

    I got some amazing news. 

    Over this past year I had been waitlisted for my #1 school of choice (Emerson College) in April. Over the summer I had gotten declined acceptance. Directly afterward I scrambled to decide if I was going to stay here in Massachusetts at Community College or go to LA to go to Columbia College Hollywood.

    I ended up choosing Community College in Boston. I commuted 50 miles a day by car to attend school. For the past 4 months community college has been harder than I thought it would be, but I have good grades at the moment and my finals are next week. 

    Over the past two weeks I put my deposit down for Bridgewater State University. I was planning to go to this school and major in Secondary Education, but something just happened as of yesterday. 

    Yesterday I was filming with some of my really good friends when I received  an email from Emerson College with an update on my status. (I had reapplied for Spring 2018). I opened it while I was with my friends and I GOT ACCEPTED!!! I got accepted into my #1 school that I had been persistent with... It is acclaimed to be the #1 school for Journalism, #9 Film School, and #4 for Career Services in the United States. The school is really important to film makers in East coast because the other big one is NYU. -- Im so excited to have the opportunity to attend this incredible school. 

    I worked so hard and I am beyond proud of myself... I put so much effort into this school. 

    Emerson College ’21 || Media Arts Production, Film Production 


    - Kevin Everett

  • Christmas (SPOILERS)

    1 month ago

    GiraffePanda That Odd Kid Out

    This is the most excited I've been for Christmas because all the gifts I'm getting for my family/friends, are ones that I know will make them excited. Like, usually, I just kind of guess on what to get them, but this is the first time I'm like, yes, THIS is gonna get them to smile, and honestly that's the best representation of "good cheer" ever.

    Because I know that they're never gonna see this, here are what I'm getting my family.

    Dad: Incense

    Mom: A birdhouse in the shape of a caravan

    Brother #1: Actually, I'm unsure on his gift. probably like beer glass, or something.

    Brother #2: Oh. Ma, I don't know his either. Something Star Wars themed.

    Sister: THIS. I'm getting her this nice poster of an old movie she loves, and the new book from the guy who wrote the Martian. The book is about black markets, SPACE, and SPACE.

    Cousin #1: An Off Topic poster, he likes the podcast.

    Cousin #2: A behind-the-scenes book about the Princess Bride. He loves that shit.

    Cousin #3: A SP7 Hoodie and a poster of the X-files duo.

    Brother #1's fiancé: a little eos kit with lip balm and lotion

    Cousin #1's wife: A mug that says "Mommy needs her coffee"

    Cousin #2's girlfriend/my friend: A poster of Audrey Hepburn and an eos kit.

    B: We don't like to get each other expensive gifts, but she's getting this awesome cartoon looking poster that I also have, so we're matching.

  • The case of the missing MONTY BURNS

    1 month ago

    JadeTiger what?


    So as some of you might know, probably not, but anyhow. I work in a hospital.

    Not a nurse or doctor or anything like that but I AM the most welcome person to almost any room in the building.

    I am the 'FOOD SERVICE WORKER'!!

    That special person who brings you food 3-6 times a day! No its not a high paying job, and we are rarely included in any hospital events other then catering the event. We are even kinda looked down upon because we 'just bring food'. Which is seen as simple and not stressful job by those who haven't even stepped foot in a kitchen in their lives, but that is a rant for anther day. 

    Today I am here to talk about Monty Burns. 

    Yes The Simpsons should be the first thing that comes to mind, as it was for me. 

    So is after supper and a a ticked prints out for Monty Burns. I assemble the try and the ticket reads 4Nhal1 that means 4th floor, north wing, hallway space #1. simple right?

    well.... as someone who has been working there sense 2011, I know there IS NO 4Nhal1 !!!

    But I bring the tray up anyway because stranger things have happened. It's a hospital after all. I get to the wing and ask the nurse at the desk where Monty Burns is and yes get a strange look like my head is on backwards. We have a laugh at the name and I take the tray to 4East because she doesn't have anyone by that name and doesn't even have a hallspace 1.

    The nurse on 4E is nice and I am fairly familiar with. We again have a laugh at the name but she doesn't have anyone on her wing with that name either. no luck.

    I think maybe they meant 3th floor so off i go again with this tray of food for a cartoon character.

    WELL!!! The nurse there called admitting and there is no one registered in the hospital with that name and the ID number is registered to someone else, but in a different hospital! ok?

    Back down to the kitchen with the tray after my wild goose chase and my supervisor thinks that one of the new dietitians was practicing putting in tickets in the system and just using a random fake name and number and then it got stuck in the system.

    so yes. the other day i ran around a Hospital trying to find Monty Burns.


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  • RWBY: Combat Ready - The Road So Far

    2 months ago

    Chelsea RT Community Manager

    Hey everyone!

    It’s been a crazy couple of weeks since the RWBY: Combat Ready Kickstarter Campaign launched on September 27th. Thanks to all the Backers and vocal supporters, the game and campaign have taken off faster than we could imagine.

    It’s only been 30 days, but the game has changed drastically since launch due to the unlocking of Stretch Goals. Those unlocked goals offered game component upgrades, additional content in the game, or additional content to be purchased!

    For those of you who haven’t been following along (or those who have but really want to know what you’re getting... ) here is a brief “The Road So Far” of RWBY: Combat Ready.

    September 27: RWBY: Combat Ready was launched!

    September 29: We clarified that shipping is INCLUDED for people who live in the USA, EU, AU, or NZ!

    September 30: We’re funded!  fireworks

    After being funded, it becomes a whirlwind of updates nearly every day as we started unlocking items. Here’s the quick low down with some links to their specific updates (as necessary).

    Items that are added to RWBY: Combat Ready - for all versions!

    • 6 Additional Objective Cards
    • The Rulebook was upgraded in Quality
    • +4 Additional Pages with a “Making of RWBY: Combat Ready” Chapter
    • The playing cards were upgraded to a high quality Black Core
    • MINIATURES! Miniatures replaced the cardboard player pieces of Ruby, Weiss, Blake,  and Yang!
    • Player Tracker Scrolls were upgraded to be double-backed with recessed squares to hold player cubes securely
    • Vacuum Trays were included in all game boxes to hold all the game components
    • Semblance Tokens were upgraded to be 3D printed pieces
    • Adam Taurus was added as a Villain into RWBY: Combat Ready (36 Card Deck, plus the White Fang Minion Deck with 18 cards and 1 Objective Card)
    • Game Box was upgraded to have UV Printing on the outside
    • Player Cubes upgraded from wood to colored transparent plastic
    • Cinder was added as a Villain into RWBY: Combat Ready
    • PENNY Is Included! (She comes with a 30 card deck, 1 player tracker scroll, 1 miniature, and 1 semblance token.)

    Backer Included Items - Free of charge to Kickstarter Backers at all Pledge Levels!

    • The 30 Card Heroine Booster Deck - a pack of 6 cards for each of the 5 heroines (Ruby, Weiss, Blake, Yang, and Penny)

    • Neopolitan’s Sub-Boss Deck - a deck of 18 cards and 1 Objective Card

    • The 30 Card Villain Booster Deck - a pack of 10 cards for each of the 3 Villains (Roman Torchwick, Cinder Fall, and Adam Taurus)

    Add-On Items Available to Add To Your Pledge (Here’s How you do it!)

    • Villain Miniatures for USD$20.00 (Includes a 30mm tall mini of Cinder, Adam, and Torchwick - Collectible Items Only, Not Integral to Gameplay)

    • Additional Copies of the Game for USD$45.00 (Each additional copy purchased through the Kickstarter will have all the Backer Included Items)

    • Emerald and Mercury’s Sub Boss Deck for USD$10.00 (Includes an 18 card deck and 1 objective card)

    • RWBY Starter Pack #1 for USD$60.00 (Includes the first four volumes of RWBY on either Blu-Ray or DVD.)

    • RWBY Starter Pack #2 for USD$40.00 (Includes the first four soundtrack CDs of RWBY)

    • New RWBY Character for USD$10.00 (An unknown new RWBY Character that will be premiering in RWBY: Combat Ready before they appear in the show, RWBY!)

    Developer Updates Explaining the Game:

    #1 - Objectives and How They Work

    #2 - Card Play

    #3 - Combos and Assists

    #4 - Experience

    I know, a lot of information to take in at once. Take a deep breath. Take a look. RWBY: Combat Ready has grown drastically since we launched it only 30 days ago. We’ve got just about four days left in the campaign so now is the time if you have interest.

    We’re expected to ship this game to Backers in July 2018 and then ideally it will go into the RT Store after the Backers have it in their hands. But remember - there are certain items here that Backers have included for their pledges that will be separate items when it's in the Store!

    We hope you’re as excited as we are to get our hands on it and play it with our friends!



  • Why Do You Play That?: World Of Warcraft

    3 months ago

    bloodcal-cal7 Im Callam Hi

    So I thought it would be nice to share my thoughts on why I play certain games cause someone asked me the other day: "Callam why do you always play world of warcraft?" This being my 7 year old sister asking me this. And it actually got me thinking as to why I actually play it. So through some thought I decided to make some fo these journals sharing my feelings about these kind of games. First off: World Of Warcraft.

    Subject #1: The Story

    Yes I know, the story is the least of anyone's thoughts when playing this game, but honestly I love it! The story progression throughout WoW's world is flawless (to a certain degree) as there are some genuinely fascinating things involved in some of the quests, such as questing with Rexar on Draenor, or Sylvanas and Jaina in Icecrown, hell even Pandaria as a whole hade very interesting characters such as The Klaxxi. But as a whole, I love the world that Blizzard has made cause it really shows in the story development in each zone, like when you do The Siege of Ogrimmar raid there is some sense of grief for killing General Nazgrim. Why? Well cause he was a hero, you quested with him throughout Cataclysm and Pandaria, the same can be said with the Klaxxi. I honestly felt bad killing them cause they were so interesting, mainly because we got to see the perspective of the "bad side", the bad side being the old gods. And with the way that Legion has been going lately, there is no end to the amazing story progression that Blizzard has created.

    Subject #2: Collectibles 

    Yeah I have to say, one of the most fun things to do in this game is to collect stuff. Whether it be mounts, pets (I'll get to that later), hell even just outfits and toys, WoW has an abundance of things for you to do and goals to achieve. At most, mount collecting is almost everyone's goal in WoW, cause whats more amazing than transforming into a dragon and carrying your mate to the next raid! Blizzard even made two very unique ways to get mounts, The Riddler's Mind Worm which requires you to piece together 9 different pages that contain clues on the mount's where abouts, and the Lucid Nightmare which had the same concept but had a series of fun little puzzles to solve in order to find it, my favorite one being the endless random maze in Kung-Lai summit, easily took me three days to figure out. Even raiding has the goal of getting a mount through achievements, this of course encourages players to work together (ok to be fair, thats a bitch of a chore to do). Not to mention there are some pretty cool outfits for specific classes, even Blizzard made an mini event for it!

    Subject #3: PETS!!!

    I really didnt get too into pet battling when I first started playing way back in 2012 (I replayed Warcraft 3 multiple times before realizing there was an online world), but after a while I realized "Holy Shit its pokemon!" and it clearly shows that someone fought to have that concept in this game, and I LOVE IT!! Cause whats more fun than fighting with a mini-demon or a puppy covered in green magic? I just love it,

    Subject #4: PvP and PvE

    Yep, I enjoy slaying the Alliance in my free time. Do I gain anything from it? Not Really. Is there a reason? Nah its just fun! PvP can be annoying sometimes, but I enjoy it cause it gives you a sense of challenge. Cause I love hard shit in games, the more difficult the better (as long as the game is designed to be hard and isnt hard due to shitty mechanics. LOOKING AT YOU SONIC UNLEASHED!)

    So yeah thats why I play world of warcraft. Its fun, kills some time, story is interesting, killing shit is fun, and due to a certain level of nostalgia. 

    Not sure if I'll make more journals like this one, but really felt like sharing this just because. 


  • Symphogear G Episode 12

    3 months ago


    Hello everybody and welcome to the penultimate episode of Symphogear G. Where characters switch sides just so that we have an excuse to have them fight each other.

    In our last episode, Shirabe is shown to be in the custody of the SDRTST while we're informed that both Shenshoujin and Gungnir were destroyed by Miku's battle with Hibiki. This is treated as a good thing, since it means Hibiki is no longer in danger of burning up and possibly killing them all in a fiery explosion. However, this means they're short two power armored magical girls, as Chris has defected for some unknown reason, leaving Tsubasa behind to deal with the situation on her own. So, basically, standard operating procedure.

    But it gets worse. Frontier is actually a floating island, and it proceeds to do just that by grabbing hold of the Moon and using that as an anchor. But physics still exists in this world, so the act of moving such a mass means the Moon is going to hit the Earth Sooner. Something that Maria is against, since they haven't started preparations to rescue people. I suspect Dr. Ver doesn't really care at this point, since he used some of the Nephilim's cells to transform his arm into a Nephilim, which gives him control rights over Frontier. And he had such a trustworthy face, too.

    Realizing that Tsubasa has a difficult task ahead of her, Hibiki, all loving hero who has a charisma stat so high it makes Paladins want to roll her stats, convinces Shirabe to help them in their hour of need. She accepts, because of Hibiki, and off she goes into battle, with Hibiki bumming a ride off of her. And this is why, when you want Hibiki to stay somewhere, you put her on a short leash.

    This leads to our two battles, the first between Kiri and Shirabe, and the second between Chris and Tsubasa. And these aren't "holding back as much as you can" fights. No, except for the FIS fight, they're out for blood. This means that Hibiki, powerless, must make her way to the control center alone to stop this once and for all. Will she succeed? Let's tune in and find out.

    -Our episode begins with Frontier rising into the sky as we go right into the SDRTST fight. Tsubasa wants to know why Chris is fighting her, but she doesn't answer. Though I do notice something flashing around her neck. I don't recall noticing that last episode. Was that new or always there? I'll have to check it out. Anyway, I'm guessing bomb or another mind control device. The battle continues as Tsubasa does her best to keep the fight to her range. Oh, and I think I see why we didn't see the neck thing before. It's mostly covered up by her collar. That may also explain why Tsubasa hasn't noticed it yet, given how observant she is about these things.

    -After an exchange, Chris finally speaks, saying that she can't let anyone else bear her cross. Tsubasa is confused by this, but that's when she sees the pulsing neck collar of doomy death. But she doesn't get a lot of time to think on it as a bullet sends her back a bit. Who knew Chris' projectiles had that much force behind them?

    -At the FIS fight, Shirabe is asking Kiri what she meant by "while you're still you". That's when Kiri reveals that Finé's soul is inside her and is close to awakening. She knew this would be a possibility, but this only strengthens Shirabe's resolve to save her. With her blades spinning menacingly, like she's the villain, she will protect the Kiri she loves and will stop her. I imagine some limbs will be lost as a result. Kiri seems a bit insulted by this declaration of love, because she loves Shirabe more, so she's going to protect the world in which the people she loves will live. Girls, can you wait until after the battle to have this "I love you more" battle? 

    -With this, Shirabe turns her spinning saw blades into helicopter blades, allowing her some flight, which is a skill called Emergency Type Phi Twin Moon Karma. In response, Kiri unleashes a few more scythes in a skill called Sealed Slash: Pinocchio. I'm sure there's some hidden meaning here. The two girls then attack one another, both declaring their love for one another. What an unusual way of expressing it.

    -Oh, I should add that the opening was skipped today, but the song was playing in the background of these fights. We need all the time allowed for this episode, and dammit, we're going to find ways to make that happen. We then cut to the beached SDRTST sub as we get tonight's episode title, Striking Spear. Inside the cargo hold, we see Genjuro and Ogawa enter in a jeep, because of course they would have one, preparing to enter the field of battle on their own. I should note that Ogawa is taking the time to buckle his seat belt while Genjuro sits there, hands crossed. Should we tell him to put on his seat belt, or does gravity and physics fear Genjuro that much?

    -Apparently the reason they're entering the field is because of Genjuro's troublesome student. Ogawa responds that they should be happy she gave them the chance. As long as the Noise isn't involved, you know having these two enter the field of battle will end things rather quickly. Before they can leave, though, Sakuya shows them a video of Maria addressing the world. Oh, this is going to get interesting.

    -In the video, Maria introduces herself and admits to falsely claiming the name Finé. As she goes on about the plan, Aoi tells Genjuro that the video data is being sent from Frontier and is being broadcast all over the world. You think there's a way we can hope on that kind of broadband service? Because the internet would become so much better with that kind of bandwidth. Or worse, depending on what part of the internet you frequent.

    -This announcement only confuses Ogawa. At this point, what is FIS after? Given how fractured the group is at this point, the answer is probably something along the lines of potatoes. During the video, Maria explains that the evidence of the Moon's decaying orbit was concealed by the US, the Security Council, and the Bavarian Illuminati. I assume she means the UN Security Council. The reason for the cover up was that the truth was very inconvenient to an elite class that exclusively controls a portion of the political and economic spheres. Damn you, capitalism!

    -We briefly pan Frontier, showing just the building itself, before we get a flashback to Nastassja secretly communicating with Maria about how her songs will save them all. Turns out, the Moon was an observation device set up by the Custodians to strip humanity of its mutual understanding. ...Wait... wait a minute. Do you mean to tell me that Finé was right all along and that the Moon was actually causing the Curse of Babel? So maybe she wasn't all that insane after all. No, actually, she was still insane. Just because she was right doesn't mean she wasn't nuttier than a nut.

    -Nastassja explains that the Lunar Attack did shut down some of its functionality, but if the Moon can be restarted, it can be returned to its original orbit. You know, I'd question the science of this more, but given that we basically have a magical girl that can punch a tornado rainbow, I think that's the last thing I should worry about. What Nastassja should be worried about is that red background, as she coughs up a heavy dose of blood. Yup, I think she's at the end here.

    -Maria calls out to her, but Nastassja tells her diva to save the world with her songs, which leads to the present and Maria addressing the world about FIS and their plans. Oh, and she did get the evil makeover, since her jacket is black and purple instead of whatever color it was earlier. Anyway, she admits to lying about everything thus far and realizes that her words may not reach them, but there is one thing she wants them to believe in. It is the fact that songs can become power! She then sings her activation key, activating Gungnir, complete with her transformation sequence. You do realize you gave the world quite a show there, right?

    -Maria continues, saying that her power alone isn't enough to handle the falling Moon. So she calls on the people of the world to give her their songs, and soon enough she's singing into the control panel. Yeah, I'm sure the world is going to get right on that, you terrorist scum. As she sings, Gungnir starts to blow, with her wishing to use the live that Serena save for a greater purpose. And thanks to the video, Ogawa and Genjuro know exactly where to go. And off they go to live out their own action movie scene.

    -Speaking of action movie scenes, we check in on Hibiki, who's making her way up the stairs as random explosions happen around her. She knows somebody is trying to do their best, so she needs to do the same. For her, there is no answer except to go forward! Good thing you had that stair climbing training recently.

    -Back in the SDRTST fight, that's still in a stalemate, but we get a quick shot of Dr. Ver cradling the Staff of Solomon like a baby. Yeah, like we need further proof of the doctor's insanity. He does tell Chris that if she doesn't hurry, she won't get the toy she wants. Like you can trust him to honor any sort of agreement. Though for Chris, her goal is to destroy the staff, so she'll do that by any means necessary. Tsubasa wonders, then, if Dr. Ver is using the collar of doomy death to make Chris obey him. Realizing that the fight isn't going to get them anyway, the pop idol takes another option.

    -Tsubasa goes into a wider stance, asking Chris what she wants so much that she's willing to wear a dog collar? Chris replies that those without homes always do the dirty work. This gets Tsubasa to smile, saying that she is going to take the Death Metal Goth Magical Girl home, even if she was to drag her by the neck. Because there is a home waiting for her. Chris looks away, uncertain how to react to the statement, but Tsubasa says that no matter how strongly she refuses, she will help her. And while she knows that having only one wing won't help her fly, making the wind blow is her duty. She then thinks of Kanade, because she needs a paycheck, before flying off to the ether once more.

    -As for Chris, she tells at Tsubasa because of those mixed emotions, but Dr. Ver reminds her of the time limit she has before the Dog Collar of Doomy Death goes off. With this, Chris will end the battle in the next attack, using a combination attack she's been working on. Of course is that she called Tsubasa "senpai", which catches the pop idol off guard. Tsubasa smiles, saying that she'll show her junior the killing side of her blade. If you guys were speaking in code, then I think you lost me with that last exchange.

    -The two girls gear up with exchange of skills, which includes the Mega Deth Party and the Thousand Falling Tears skills. The exchange results in a massive explosion that engulfs the two girls, seemingly killing them. Dr. Ver, ever the onlooker, cheers in joy, as this was exactly what she was hoping for. But it may not have been faked, because Aoi reports that she lost the signals for Ame no Habakiri and Ichaival. Of course, this could mean that they're depowered, but we're meant to think that they're dead. So, basically, just like last season, which used the penultimate episode to "kill" them off, too. So I'm sure they'll be back for the finale... maybe.

    -Meanwhile, for the FIS fights, Shirabe takes over singing duties as she engages with Kiri, and after an exchange of attacks, Kiri takes over for her verse. Shirabe uses her skill Emergency Type Sigma Forbidden Moon Wheel to launch herself at Kiri, who activates her skill Dual-Slash Cinderella. Given how little we know of their gears, I suspect that they're just making up names at this point. The two girls quickly start singing together as they go all out against one another, and like the SDRTST fight, they're also stuck in a stalemate. And I don't think they're talking in code, either.

    -During a break in battle, Shirabe asks Kiri if she really can't stop. She responds by saying that if Shirabe really wants her to stop, then she has to try harder. She throws her a vial of LiNKER to her friend. Shirabe is confused by this, but that's because Kiri has her own vial that she uses on herself. Shirabe follows suit, and soon enough, they're singing their Climax Songs. Their respective gears get a massive upgrade, something we didn't get to see before thanks to Hibiki, and we see Kiri become a flying Dark Magician Witch, using her scythe as a rocket powered broom. As for Shirabe, she basically uses her gear to become a giant mech. At this point, I'm like "sure, why not?"

    -After a quick exchange of blows, showing how Kiri gained mobility while Shirabe lost it, Kiri says that she will do everything to protect Shirabe, even if her soul is erased by Finé. She then starts powering up her scythe and turns it into a giant energy wheel. I think Ruby might be a little jealous here. Shirabe, however, counters that the people Dr. Ver will save will lose those they love, just like her. There's another exchange of strikes that results in Shirabe losing one of her mech arms, but that doesn't weaken her resolve. She tells Kiri that, even if she survives in a world like that, she would never be able to sing again. And we all know how important singing is in this world.

    -Kiri, however, is just as stubborn as Shirabe, and will continue, even if she is hated by her best friend. She attacks, destroying the other Shirabe mech arm, which only seems to make her worried for Kiri. She asks her friend not to fight anymore, to not let the Kiri she loves be taken from her. But Kiri will not relent and she goes in for the kill, only for Shirabe to produce the same shield that Kiri did a few episodes earlier, just like the one Finé made last season. Uh... okay, what?

    -Kiri immediately gets depressed, going right away that it's Shirabe who is the vessel for Finé's soul and not her. Though given her statement, it seems like she already knew that Shirabe was the vessel? I don't know why, but the wording seems to imply that. Kiri sends her scythe away, calling herself an awful girl and wants to disappear. That's when we see that the scythe is coming right for Kiri. Shirabe rushes over, probably looking to move Kiri out of the way, but it's too late as she takes the stab meant for her friend. You know, given how big that scythe is, you'd think it'd do more. In a darker series, maybe, but not in this one!

    -The first half of the episode ends, not on that, but on Frontier, glowing a light rainbow shadow, as Hibiki reaches the top of the stairs, ready for the final battle. When we return, we're in the control room as Maria finishes her song, but she's clearly tired. That's when the glow fades from Frontier. And that video feed is still going, showing the world how serious she was. Also giving them a free concert, too! however, it was all for naught as Nastassja reports that the Moon remains silent. It's as if it doesn't want to talk to anybody!

    -Maria collapses in tears, thinking she isn't powerful enough to perform this task. The video feed is still going, and the three friends are seeing this. They can understand what she's doing, or at least, what she's doing now, so it looks like public opinion of her is changing. Maybe her career can be saved after all!

    -What can't be saved is megalomaniac scientists. We don't need them. We enter a crystal cavern as Dr. Ver makes his way down, saying that, in the world he's looking to create, Symphogear-wielders are unnecessary. Which is why he brought them all together, in order for them to fight one another, but he didn't expect it to go this well. Okay, there's no way you could have planned this. You're just taking credit for something that happened pretty much by chance, like the good megalomaniac scientist you are.

    -Oh, so this is the result of the explosion from the SDRTST fight. Dr. Ver is surprised to see Chris is still standing, and it's Tsubasa who's on the ground, depowered. Chris says that she took care of the pop idol, as promised, so she'd like the Staff of Solomon now. Pieces of Ichaival begin to break apart as she turns to face the doctor, demanding the staff. As expected, he wasn't going to keep his promise. He brings out a detonator and presses the button, but for some odd reason, there's no explosion. I know, right? In a show like this that loves random explosions, an intentional one doesn't happen? Shocking.

    -Anyway, Dr. Ver is confused as to why there isn't an explosion, but Chris, being genre savvy, says the Dog Collar of Doomy Death is broken, ripping it off her neck. She knew he'd never hold up to his end of the bargain. Good thing Genjuro makes you watch all those movies, right? In response, Dr. Ver unleashes tons of Noise. Chris looks more annoyed than anything else, but she feels a sudden pain, and we find out why. Apparently the good doctor keeps smoke grenades filled with anti-LiNKER with him, and he threw one when she wasn't looking. But don't worry, Chris has a plan for that. And it's to violently depowered her Gear by performing an armor purge, which sends out chunks of her armor, hitting a bunch of Noise. Well, hopefully that didn't destroy Ichaival, because that would be a bad thing.

    -Thanks to the smoke from the attack, Dr. Ver is unable to see a now naked Chris attack him, knocking the staff out of his hands. This wasn't part of the plan, but to make it worse, they're surrounded by Noise, and she has no way of fighting them. That's when she calls out for senpai, and suddenly, thousands of daggers appear, striking and destroying the Noise. Yup, Tsubasa was playing dead, and here she is, up and... wearing her season one colors? Dr. Ver explains it as her using a gear with a lesser phonic gain to ease the stress from the anti-LiNKER. He didn't think that was possible, but Chris smugly says that if it's Tsubasa, then she makes it possible.

    -So I guess Ame no Habakiri and Ichaival we saw this season were upgrades to season one. Which would explain why they look different. But what about Hibiki's Gungnir? Is that just force of will on her part. Unfortunately we don't have time to discuss this as we're right into the action, with Tsubasa slicing her way through the Noise in classic season one style. And this is how you use those heel swords.

    -We get a flashback of the final exchange between the SDRTST girls, showing that yes, they were speaking in code, so they knew how to attack one another and make it look convincing to anybody watching. We do get a shot of Tsubasa slicing the Dog Collar of Doomy Death, deactivating it so it doesn't go boom on the later. In the present, Tsubasa continues clean up duty, so Dr. Ver takes this time to run. Fortunately for him, Chris is surrounded by noise, so the pop idol prioritizes her friend over him, setting her sword ablaze and taking out the remaining Noise. Now, I know this will be disappointing for some people, but we don't get to keep a naked Chris for long, as apparently she can materialize her school uniform, so she won't be trying to hide behind rocks or use convenient censorship. And we see that Ichaival did survive, as Chris looks at the relic in her hand. I suspect that's something you don't want to do too often, because who knows what it does to Gears in the long run.

    -Tsubasa herself powers down and hands over the Staff of Solomon to Chris. Mission complete! Now lets get drinks. But before they do that, Chris apologizes for running off on her own, but Tsubasa is a forgiving senpai, though she admits that she can't do anything on her own. Plus, she considers herself lucky to see Chris being a good girl. Chris goes a bit Tsundere on the pop idol, but then asks why she believed in what she said? It's because she called Tsubasa "senpai", so she couldn't ignore what she was about to say. And that's all that was needed. Now, before getting those drinks, they need to meet up with Hibiki, who's probably gotten herself in trouble again. She walks off, with Chris smiling, happy to have a home with them. Chris certainly got an increase in the adorable factor this season.

    -We follow Dr. Ver in a long elevator shaft, pissed that he lost the Staff of Solomon. He'll need to send Maria after them, assuming she isn't tired from trying to sing the Moon awake. Speaking of getting people to wake up, Kiri is over Shirabe's barely alive body, pleading with her to wake up. In the all too familiar space between life and death, Shirabe sinks deeper into the abyss. She can hear Kiri call out for her, but she also sees the spirit of Finé floating over her. Turns out, Hibiki actually did purify her, as she planned to stay quite without erasing anyone's soul. The problem, however, is that after being hit a strike that splits the soul into two, she won't last that long. How very un-Finé of you.

    -Shirabe asks why Finé took the blow for her. But it's because she needs a messenger, and Shirabe will do. She wants Shirabe to tell "her" something. She explains that, for a millennia, she's been the villain. Sometime, somewhere, and it's too late to pretend to be a hero. She, living in the present, must deal with it. Shirabe recognizes who the "her" Finé is referring to, as the priestess continues, saying that sometime in the future, people will be connected, and sharing that isn't the role for a ghost. And with that, she fades away into little specks of light, which also appear in the real world, coming from Shirabe. So... Kiri killed a ghost? Good for her.

    -Oh, right, she's upset because she may have killed her friend. Kiri begs for Shirabe to open her eyes, who tells her that they're already open. She sits up as Kiri is having issues processing it, but after being stared at by Shirabe, Kiri just breaks down and wraps her friend up in a giant bear hug. She's all kinds of confused, so Shirabe explains it as best as she can. Something about Finé apparently not being evil and taking the metaphorical bullet for her. Kiri is just more confused, but that leaves her open for a bear hug from Shirabe. Hugs for everybody!

    -Shirabe tells Kiri that everyone is helping her, so she needs her friend to help, too. They are going to save Maria together. Kiri can get behind that, and with that, her heel-face turn has been completed. I think, technically, that makes her the last of the FIS Magical Girls to switch sides.

    -As for Maria, she's having her little break down as Nastassja asks her to try and reactivate eh lunar ruins again. Maria is being a defeatist, however, saying that her songs can't save the world. Eye-Patch Mom pleads her to help, but that's when Dr. Ver arrives. You have terrible timing, doctor. So, hey, you know how FIS' ultimate goal was to stop the Moon from falling? Yeah, apparently that wasn't Dr. Ver's plan. He hits Maria with a backfist. No, not a slap with the back of the hand, but a backfist, and berates Maria for trying to stop the Moon from falling. If it fails, he won't be able to do what he wants. And to think I called him a megalomaniac earlier as a joke.

    -Dr. Ver hears Nastassja on the comms and gets right to work as Eye-Patch Mom begs him to use Frontier to reboot the ruins that control Balal's Curse. With that, they can return the Moon to its proper orbit. Okay, you want to do that? Then Dr. Ver will help you out by sending you straight to the Moon. And suddenly, the building that I'm guessing contains the engineering room Nastassja was in goes flying. Dr. Ver then says that the reason all the heroes throughout history have been unable to rule humanity is that humanity's numbers were too great! And so, he's going to reduce humanity to the point that he can rule them! Sounds like you were born in the wrong universe, doctor.

    -So, let's see. We have psychopath, megalomanic, mass-murderer. Anything else to add? Oh, right, and egotist, as the good doctor says that only a genius like him could figure out how to rule humanity. He says he always wanted to be a hero, and now he'll be greater than one. Maria, pissed, brings out her spear and confronts Dr. Ver, but he reminds her that, if she kills him, she'd be killing all of humanity. Yeah, she stopped caring and attacks. Yeah, looks like the doctor didn't expect that and panics, but luckily, Hibiki comes in to save the day!

    -Maria is upset that fusion-syndrome patient #1 is in the way. Lady, she has a name, and Hibiki gives it, along with her age, and that she is not some "fusion-syndrome patient." No anymore, that is. Anyway, Hibiki is here because she wanted to talk to Maria. But the diva already knows that allowing Hibiki to talk is the worst thing that can happen, so she tells the younger girl that, no, there is no need to talk. Dr. Ver killed Nastassja, so she's going to kill him. Well, she isn't exactly dead yet, is she? She's still got some time... possibly. Depends on how fast that building is going.

    -Maria attacks, lunging straight for Dr. Ver, but Hibiki, showing why there will be a second law about sending her out on the field, grabs the spear and is able to keep the powered armored diva in check. All without a Gear... maybe. She tells the diva that she can look for a reason to kill Dr. Ver later, but for now, she can't give up on living. And that's when Hibiki sings the activation key for Gungnir, which causes Maria to depower, though she didn't get her clothes back, and for the entire place to be covered with specks of light and energy. Which leads to the reactions of everybody looking, because remember, the live streaming is still going on.

    -We have Kiri and Shirabe, who's first thought is to save Maria. Then we have Chris and Tsubasa, who just kind of shrug, calling this typical Hibiki behavior. Then we have the world, showing that yes, Hibiki is a gear wielder. And the three friends looking on in surprise. They'll probably need to tell her about this later. We cut to Ogawa and Genjuro, looking at the video with neutral expressions. Well, he was going to punish her before, so it's not like that's changed. and then we're in the SDRTST command deck. Now, I know the looks of Aoi and Mike are suppose to be one of shock, but given the way their eyes are shadowed, it makes me think they're looking at something horrifying.

    -Back at the bridge, Maria is confused. Apparently the fusion patient shouldn't be able to do this. Who told you that, Dr. Ver? Really, how often does the man lie to you? Even if he tells the truth, you can't trust what he says. Also, this is Hibiki we're talking about. She could rewrite the universe if she wanted to. With encouragement, Hibiki transforms into Gungnir, though I think she actually has a jewel on her chest this time, as she yells out her gear, called Strike Spear Gungnir. Cue credits! Good timing, too.

    On Friday, the finale. Until next time.

  • My Ride Has Been Pimped

    3 months ago


    Well, instead of pimping my existing ride, I got a new one. That still counts, right?

    The reason I wanted to write about this is because we have this horrible habit of taking wonderful things for granted once they become the norm for us. 

    It happens with everything from relationships to technology to cars. We're really excited for this new thing at first, so we go out of our way to treat it nicely, and then by the six-month to one-year mark, the novelty has worn off and we return to how things were before. 

    I'm not going to fool myself into thinking that won't happen. No matter how much I want to hold onto this feeling of "oh my god this is awesomeeee!", it's going to happen eventually. 

    But at least I'll have this to refer back to.

    How Awesome Is This Ride?

    So, exactly how awesome is my new car? It's pretty awesome. Check out this setup:


    The #1 criteria for my car search was the ability to sleep in it. Why? Because I don't want to just focus on traveling overseas. The U.S. is home to some pretty amazing places, and I figured having a car with me would be more practical than trying to rent one or Uber. And since I can sleep in it, I'm saving lots of money on lodging. 

    At first, I was kind of skeptical. I'm fairly tall, and a lot of the wagons and crossovers that were initially on my list seemed too small to fit me comfortably. Plus, telling salespeople that car camping was a goal of mine was met with some weird looks. Oh well.

    What I ended up with - a Subaru Forester - wasn't even on my list because of how it had ballooned over the years. It used to be a short, boxy station wagon, and now it's essentially an SUV. However, the price point was right on target, I enjoyed how it drove, and I fell in love with the colors of the one I ended up getting. 


    Tell me I'm not pretty!

    Why I'm Happy

    I can safely say this is the first time I've ever been this excited about a vehicle, but I think that reflects where I'm at in life more than anything. 

    I was originally happy with my '02 Civic Coupe because it's adorable and sporty (and Honda's are great), but as the years went on, it was clear it wasn't very reliable to drive. That held me back more times than I realized. I didn't enjoy driving, and as a result, I stayed home more. (And without a commute, that can be dangerous.)

    Contrast that with yesterday... I got home and became restless for the remainder of the day because I wanted to go on a road trip right then and there and put this baby to the test. (Unfortunately, it needs an inspection and real plates, so that didn't seem like a good idea.)


    Instead, I took it for a spin at night to see what a difference having new lights made. It turns out, a world of difference. My eyesight is horrible and I'm usually not super comfortable driving at night. My old car had been in an accident (not by me =)) and as a result, the driver's side headlight was a bit wonky. The lights themselves weren't very bright, either. These were crazy bright, and I can tell the high-beams will do just fine on creepy back roads. 

    As I continue to drive it, I'm discovering all sorts of useful things about the car that I never had before. The biggest plus is heated seats (I'm cold 90% of the time), the extended sunroof, and the aux input for my phone + Spotify. (I had a lame ass cassette tape audio jack connection thing before.)


    But nothing beat the excitement of blowing up an air mattress, laying down, and realizing how perfect everything had come together. (My face says everything.) I pictured myself turning on the overhead light and reading with a view of the nighttime sky through the sunroof, being curled up in the middle of nowhere with some music playing's just so cool to think my car can double as a hotel room. 

    Oh yeah, and it's AWD, so I don't have to worry about road conditions as much as before. My Civic was nimble, but horrible in the snow and rain. 

    Overall, while my heart may have dropped a few times thinking about how much I was spending on this, I can say that excitement won out in the end. Cars are a depreciating asset - I would never consider its worth in my total net worth (especially since I'm going to drive it forever) - but I can view it as an investment in the lifestyle I want. 

    It's another symbol for this new chapter in my life, and I can't wait to see where it will take me.

    Here's a hint of it (more or less me being silly):


    I fail at hiding.

    Look at all this SPACE!! What is this even?!!? 


    Just sitting back here. Chillin. In my car. Because I'm a total nerd.

    Do you have any car stories to share? Do you think I'm insane for being excited to sleep in my car? Let me know. =P

  • Symphogear G Episode 10

    3 months ago


    Hello everybody and welcome to our next episode of Symphogear G. Where missing friends can suddenly appear as arch-rivals.

    In our previous episode, Miku is presumed killed in the Sky Tower explosion, leaving Hibiki to be a bit of a mess for a bit while Chris and Tsubasa handle cleanup. Through the efforts of the SDRTST, they get an idea as to what happened and how it went down. They also discover that Miku is not dead, but alive. Just missing in action. Still, they go based on the assumption that she was kidnapped, which is better than nothing at the moment. So they go off to train in a training montage that will be considered the greatest training montage to ever exist.

    Meanwhile, Maria has had a bit of a change of heart, what with murdering US Soldiers, and decides that she likes Dr. Ver's ideas, which doesn't sit quite that well with Kiri and Shirabe. So she's looking to go full evil, but it's reluctant as she has issues with random murdering, which is what happens when Dr. Ver unleashes Noise on a US Patrol ship. Nastassja, too weak to do anything to stop it, is basically out of the picture, so Shirabe decides to take matters in her own hands and deals with the Noise threat.

    Kiri, worried about her own potential loss of life, is afraid for Shirabe, so with some prompting from Dr. Ver, goes to help out, only to immediately betray Shirabe by hitting her with some Anti-LiNKER, forcing her to depower. Of course, we know hte reason why, because Kiri wants somebody to remember her, but her plea is cut off short by the arrival of Chris and Tsubasa, who make quick work of the two.

    And that's when our twist comes in. For you see, Miku was indeed kidnapped when Maria accidentally ran into her during her escape. Then Dr. Ver had some alone time with her, which should not sit well for any of us, and suddenly, here she is, using Shenshoujin as her gear. Things are getting wild here. How will Hibiki react to seeing her friend on the wrong side? Will Shirabe ever forgive this sudden betrayal? And is Maria truly playing the long game? Let's tune in and find out.

    -So our episode begins with Miku revealing herself as Shenshoujin's wielder, which catches everybody by surprise. Also, getting a better look at it, Miku's Gear form has this wierd head dress that makes it look like it's trying to eat her face. Anyway, it's a short teaser today as we're getting right into the opening.

    -Tonight's episode is titled Countdown to Loss. Well, that isn't ominous at all, is it? The VTOL, having lost Shenshoujin, is in public few as we see several ships surrounding the US Patrol ship. Nastassja arrives on the cockpit, already aware of what's happening. Maria objects to her being there, but Eye-Patch Mom is all kinds of pissed off. They need Shenshoujin to break the seal, but it also has the power to deceive the heart. She gives a stare of anger at Dr. Ver, accusing him of doing this. Really, should you be surprised at this point?

    -We get a flashback to Dr. Ver talking to Miku, offering to help her out and offering her Shenshoujin. And then we see her in a vat with tubes and some metallic object on the back of her head. Miku, did you honestly accept his offer while realizing that this man is a psychopath, who not only killed several people in front of you, but also tried to kill you and Hibiki on a separate occasion? There's no way you would have accepted his offer unless he did use some sort of mind control on you.

    -Anyway, Dr. Ver wanted to use Miku because she's friends with "fusion-syndrome patient #1", aka, Hibiki. As we learned last season, all the girls who attend Lydian are potential Symphogear wielders, and Miku is no exception. But Nastassja isn't pleased, because Dr. Ver basically manipulated the poor girl, which is true. She accuses him of just injecting the girl with his LiNKER and turn her into a gear wilder. Dr. Ver denies such claims. Just because you give a person LiNKER, doesn't make them a Symphogear wielder. So how? Because of love, obviously! Nastassja has such a great expression to this reply, asking where did this come from to begin with?

    -Dr. Ver explains it. The LiNKER that connected to Miku connected to her desire to prevent Hibiki from fighting anymore, which allowed her to connect to Shenshoujin. Dr. Ver calls it beautiful, because he loves these kinds of twists, given how twisted he is. Though I still think he's under mind control, because we're given a little extra time to the jewel on the back of her head. Anyway, Tsubasa and Chris are like "What?", so Shirabe, who has decided to switch sides, explains. Dr. Ver made Miku expendable, since her creation was faster than Shirabe and Kiri. As a result, she'll break more easily. As if we didn't have enough excuses to wish great pain on Dr. Ver.

    -Tsubasa reports the situation, but given that the SDRTST is currently watching the event unfold, I think they're up to date on the situation. This also includes Hibiki, because she's got nothing better to do at the moment. We then get a long look at Miku's face before the jaw headdress comes down, showing it to be a visor, and she joins the fray. I do note that her eyes are very much different from the others, so I'm sticking with my "mind control" theory.

    -Chris does Shirabe aside and engages Miku, using her skill Queen's Inferno, unleashing thousands of energy arrows, but Miku is able to dodge them and escapes into the ocean. Hoping to use this distraction to escape, Kiri makes a run for it, but doesn't even have enough time to turn around before Tsubasa has her back at her sword. This unfortunately makes the fight a one-on-one fight, which Tsubasa regrets, because they aren't just fighting an unknown Gear wielder, but one that is a close friend to all three girls. Stupid dramatic twists!

    -Chris continues to attack Miku, who can apparently hover above the water. Shenshoujin seems a bit over powered, doesn't it? Chris keeps up by leaping from ship to ship, then decides that if arrows aren't going to work, bullets will. She uses her skill Billion Maiden, and while Miku does fight back, she is nailed a couple of times. When you fire enough bullets, some of them are going to hit. But still, Miku is holding her own surprisingly well despite being a new gear wielder. In the VTOL, we find out why. Shenshoujin is overriding Miku's will and is essentially running the fight for her. Nastassja points out that, with a fake will, she still won't be a match for experienced Gear wielders.

    -This is showing in the SDRTST command deck, where Miku is getting nailed and is unable to actually attack properly. It's gotten so bad that Hibiki wants to go out there and help, but in a surprising twist on the cliche, does not go out to engage, even though it's quite painful for her. Genjuro, in another twist, pats her on the head, doing all he can to comfort his student. And this is why we need more Genjuro's running secret organizations. Things just go smoother when they have a party budget.

    -Back in the battle, while Chris did jump in right away to attack, she did so reluctantly. She doesn't want to hurt Miku because of all she's done for them, but as they return to the US Patrol Ship, Chris unleashes her skill Mega Deth Party. And just to make sure they connect, Chris lays down fire to hit Miku, allowing the missiles to hit their target. And with that, the battle has ended. I'm trying to decide what Dr. Ver's plan was here? Was he hoping Hibiki would show up to cause something to happen? Was he hoping for some sort of miracle?

    -Still, the doctor does have backup plans. Chris finds Miku, alive but unconscious. She goes for the Gear, but Dr. Ver tells her that if they try to forcefully remove it, it make cause damage to her brain. That's when Miku reveals she was playing dead or was running on autopilot, and unleashes a skill called Flash of Light, which is used with her weapon expanding to look like a satellite dish. Even though she was at point blank, Chris was able to dodge the attack. This world must operate on Xcom accuracy.

    -Miku then prepares to unleash another attack, forming a metal circle around her. She's also aiming for everybody else, which Chris notes is a bad thing for a depowered Shirabe. Kiri then yells out Death for some reason as Miku starts her song. It's soft, somber, and sounds a bit robotic. Which, given the current situation, makes sense here. Chris decides that she's going to fight fire with fire and prepares her own skill, but Miku appears to get her's out first, which is called Shooting Star. Geez, I wonder why?

    -Chris' skill, which is defense oriented, deflects the attack, but man, it does a number on the US Patrol Ship. However, the attack hasn't stopped, but Chris is tanking it like a champ. That's when Kiri calls out to Shirabe, telling her to run before they erase her. Tsubasa is confused by this. Who is going to erase who? Meanwhile, Chris continues to hold her own, saying that this shot is nothing compared to the one that tried to destroy the moon. Still, she wonders why she's being pushed back. Better than getting killed, which is exactly what Miku is trying to do here.

    -Shirabe fills in, saying that it's innocent an fierce, a flood of power that wards off evil. That is the power of the Shenshoujin Symphogear. But it looks like Chris is reaching her limit. So you mean erased by the beam from Miku, who was forcefully turned into a gear wielder by a madman who forced Kiri to betray Shirabe and now put her in mortal danger? Tell me again why you want to keep working with him?

    -Luckily, Tsubasa chooses now to step in to help, but since she's nowhere near as defense oriented as Chris or Hibiki, she keeps dropping giant swords while running with Chris and Shirabe in tow. She's barely staying ahead of the beam, and before you ask why she can't just move to the side, she states that if she did, she'd have to slow down. So Tsubasa decides to do a little outside of the box thinking. If she can't move to the side, she'll just move up. She drops a sword right in front of her and uses it as a ramp, allowing the three to escape the blast just in time. Well, that was fun, wasn't it?

    -There's a pause in the battle as Miku is still ready to attack, but Kiri berates her. Shirabe is one of them, so how could you attack her like that? Dr. Ver, however, asks if Shirabe really is one of them? She did betray the group and helped the enemy, so could you really call Shirabe one of us? And Kiri starts breaking down, blaming herself for betraying Shirabe. But she seems to be taking it rather well, calling out to her friend and telling her that Dr. Ver's methods of doing things won't save the weak. Dr. Ver, who is somehow able to hear all of this, says yeah, that's true. As they are, they're far too powerless. While they don't have enough data on Symphogears and relics, they do have an advantage with the Staff of Solomon. Yeah, if the SDRTST is smart, they'll destroy that thing first chance they get.

    -Dr. Ver then unleashes a wave of Noise on the other US ships, killing hundreds of sailors. Tsubasa is shocked by this, but at this point, I think Dr. Ver just looks for reason to use the staff. Chris, however, is concerned about something else. With the staff around, it means the Treasury of Babylonia is still open. That was mentioned once before, but that sounds like a very bad thing.

    -Chris engages the Noise while Kiri and Tsubasa fight again. At this point, I'm just wondering how badly damaged Kiri is? Is it because of Finé and the mess that it's doing to her? Miku is still charging up, but then she stops the charge and leaves. How odd. But that's because the SDRTST sub surfaces, though it doesn't seem to be related. Did Dr. Ver call her back or is she looking for a different firing solution? In any case, Genjuro orders a rescue operation for the sailors and to let Chris handle the Noise, something she's very good at.

    -As Tsubasa and Kiri lock weapons, the pop idol realizes that she could easily shake off Kiri easily, but that will leave Shirabe open. So Ogawa, being the faithful manager that he is, takes Shirabe out of the equation. He appears in a pillar of water, grabs Shirabe, tells Tsubasa to leave the resuce effort to them and orders her to follow Miku. And then he... shadow walks backwards with Shirabe in tow? Ogawa, are you actually a super powered ninja or something?

    -With Shirabe no longer a factor, Tsubasa uses one of the plane launchers on the deck to send herself off. Kiri, uncertain of what to do, runs off screen in the same direction as Miku. Meanwhile, that comment about Ogawa? Yeah, we see him running on the water with Shirabe in hand. I had to stop for a few minutes to process this. So Genjuro is, like, a level twenty monk, so Ogawa is, what, a level twenty rogue/ninja or something?

    -Kiri, in pursuit of Tsubasa, decides that she needs to leave her mark on the world. She ties up Tsubasa, leaving her open for a skill called Guillotine Jabberwock. I think the name speaks for itself, but Kiri is going for her own murder here. But just because Tsubasa is tied up doesn't mean she's helpless, as she uses her skill, Thousand Falling Tears, to escape her entrapment. Tsubasa has issues with her own near death, but Kiri goes on to say that she doesn't want Shirabe to forget. Yeah, she might have issues with you killing somebody. She won't forget that.

    -Back in the command deck, they've finished analyzing Shenshoujin. Apparently it has the ability to degrade any power derived from relics. Which would explain how she was able to get through Chris' defenses. But this becomes another problem. They can't stop her with another gear. So how do they stop a relic-killer? Well, we have you, Genjuro, who proves to be more for a match for any Gear wielder. But don't worry, Hibiki has an idea. Which will likely involve her in some way, despite having a relic of her own.

    -Dr. Ver, meanwhile, is enjoying this. He says that there's blood in Miku's songs, saying that the light of Shenshoujin is amplified by human phonic gain. He suspects that if they fire that at Frontier, it'll break the seal. Nastassja then starts coughing up more blood, so Maria asks the doctor for help. Well, he doesn't want to, since Nastassja has outlived her usefulness, but decides to do it anyway. And by help, I suspect he means kill. They leave, with Maria trying to keep herself in the game. This is the path she chose, but I can sense some regret in it.

    -Back in the battle, Chris has dealt with the Noise, but she lands near the remains of some sailors. One is holding a pendant with a picture of himself and his daughter, which cuts at her deeply. She blames herself for letting this happen and is fully willing to accept this as her cross to bear. She renews her determination to see this through to the end, no matter watch.

    -We then cut to Miku approaching the sub, where Hibiki stands, facing her. Hibiki calls out to her friend, saying they should go back, but Miku refuses, because she has something to do. She says that the light form Shenshoujin will shine upon a new world, and it's one without war, in which everyone can live in peace. And you honestly believe that Dr. Ver meant all of that, given what you've personally witnessed? Yup, has to be mind control. Even if Miku willingly did this for Hibiki, this just feels way too out of character for her without an outside influence clouding her judgement.

    -Miku doesn't want to fight Hibiki, so she's going to make a world where she doesn't have to fight. Hibiki counters, though, asking if a world she makes in this way really be warm? This seems to get to her, so Hibiki keeps going, saying that the world she loves most is in the gentle sunlight, when Miku is with her. Miku counters that the world she'll create is one where she doesn't have to fight, but as Hibiki has issues with letting millions die, she will fight her best friend to prevent that from happening.

    -With this resolve, Hibiki sings her activation key and we get her transformation sequence. And with that, the friends engage in their battle. In the command deck, Aoi reports that Hibiki has moved to Negotiation phase B. Hey, remember when I said that as a joke? Turns out it's an actual thing. They then start the clock, likely for how long Hibiki can stay transformed, and the limit is at two minutes and forty seconds. Plenty of time.

    -Though it's possible they have less time than they think, because Hibiki is filling like her blood is about to boil over. We all knew you were hot headed, but we didn't mean literally. But this is part of the plan, as in a flashback, Hibiki tells Genjuro the plan. She'll use her energy wave to disable Miku's gear. What can possibly go wrong? Aside from dying and possibly exploding at the same time. I only add that because this show loves it's explosions.

    -Genjuro has issues with this, refusing to let Hibiki go out there, but as Chris and Tsubasa are currently busy with other things, she's the only one available. And she's going to bring Miku back, even if it kills her. Genjuro refuses to let her die, so Hibiki will return alive, even if it kills her. Yup, she is certainly Genjuro's student. That's when Sakuya, looking to help, gives Genjuro an estimated time limit for Hibiki. Aoi joins in, saying that, with their support, Hibiki can succeed in their mission. Genjuro is still reluctant to do this, so he asks Hibiki if she has a plan? Her response is "You can't use numbers to describe something you just came up with!" So, no. Perfect. Let's rock!

    -With that, we're back in the battle. Hibiki gets in a few good shots, but Miku lands a massive one, knocking Hibiki into the hall of the ship. She keeps laying on the attacks, knowing that her friend has endurance for days. Genjuro gets on the horn and reminds Hibiki about her time limit, so don't forget to not exceed that. I mean, I know we spoke about this just a few minutes ago, but I get this feeling that you need to be reminded of that.

    -Hibiki seems worried about it at first, with the gear inside of her exploding like a spike ball, but this only increases her resolve. She breaks the furry of attacks and knocks Miku back, who counters with the Shooting Star. Hibiki, having scouted the attack well, dodges, but is unable to get closer from multiple laser attacks from Miku. Maria, watching from the VTOL, decides to help by launching a few missiles that are actually reflectors, allowing the attacks to bounce around more. You know, for something they just came up with, FIS is remarkably well prepared for this. 

    -Miku continues forward and... actually, she isn't getting hit by the lasers. She's using them as jumping point. A Monk, a Ninja, magical girls, and now this? At this point, I'd be surprised if they didn't do something over the top. However, Hibiki is quickly running out of time. Less than thirty seconds before critical failure. Miku keeps firing her lasers, saying that fighting is wrong, and that not fighting is the only thing that truly promises a warm world. And... is that jewel on the back of her head breathing? Is that actually the Nephilim heart? It must be.

    -Still, Miku wants to stop Hibiki from fighting, so she's going to release her from it. Just then, stones starts to protrude from Hibiki, which doesn't sit very well with Miku, who has her veins popping out. This breaks open her visor, distracting her long enough for Hibiki to get in and grab Miku. Despite her protests, Hibiki will not let her go, even if she's causing third degree burns. As she makes her way back to the sub, we see what hte reflectors were for. They were to redirect the Shenshoujin beams. On the way back, Hibiki and Miku are caught in the beam, doing heavy damage to the two and possibly destroying that jewel on Miku's head. Oh, the medical team won't be happy about this.

    -But hte beam itself keeps going, right into the water. Everybody stares at the light, wondering if their mission was successful? Well, somebody's was, and it's Dr. Ver, who rejoins Maria in the cockpit, overjoyed that Frontier's seal is breaking. Cue credits! 

    -But we're not done yet! We have an after credit scene. The pillar of light fades away, but the shaking continues as a landmass comes from under water. Everybody stops fighting as a result, but htis allows for somebody to sneak up behind Tsubasa and shoot her in the back with what sounds like an actual gun, even if it does look like an NES Zapper.

    -Who shot Tsubasa? Why, it's Chris? But why? Why would she do that? There's no answer, for our last shot is Chris staring down her fallen comrade and pulling the trigger one more time. End episode.

    Yeah, we totally needed that cliffhanger, because it wasn't just enough to know if Hibiki and Miku are alive and what their conditions are. At hte very least, it looks like Shenshoujin was destroy, but what about Gungnir? That thing can take a lot of punishment, but could it withstand such a blast in her given condition?

    And why did Chris suddenly turn against Chris? Is this also a long con, or is there something else going on here? And unfortunately there, we can't say mind control was involved.

    Things are starting to look bad for our heroes. Frontier has arisen, and Dr. Ver's plans are nearing completion. We're entering the final stretch of hte season where all bets are off. Did Hibiki and Miku survive the laser blast? Why did Chris shoot Tsubasa? And what will Frontier do about the falling moon? Tune in on Friday to find out.

    Until next time, remember, when hiring for a manger, make sure that they have skills that could also qualify them as a ninja, just in case you need to get out of tight situations.

  • RTMD Monthly Update #1: The Beginning

    3 months ago

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    Hello RTMD Crabbies, we are pleased to present you with Monthly Update #1! In this update we are bringing you a reminder of October's meet up, more details for the Extra Life stream party, some cool new features, and a helping of comedy! (Please humour our jokes)

    Mark Your Calendars

    “RTMD Dies At the End” - Halloween Haunted Forest Meet Up:

    There’s plenty to fall in love with this October—get it?—but one of the top is the chance to meet all new friends at our Halloween spooktacular meet up. Sure, there may be some terrifying monsters, maybe an axe murderer or two, but haunted forests are safe when you have a large group of Rooster Teeth fans to scream with you! Circle Saturday, October 21st on your calendars and join us at Markoff’s Haunted Forest in Dickerson, MD. Everyone will be meeting at admin Emily’s house at 9:00 PM to carpool. Address will be provided directly to all those who RSVP.

    Please note there is a correction regarding ticket prices from last month’s update. Tickets for Oct 21st are $25 BEFORE Oct 1st, and $35 after. We apologize about the confusion y’all, but fear not, using code FRCO25 will save you 25% on your ticket! And remember, buy your tickets online for the TRAIL PASS only! Trails are where it’s at, yo.

    After shitting our pants in fear, we will be camping in admin Emily’s backyard. This is optional and you absolutely need to RSVP for this, but the more the merrier! Remember to bring a sleeping bag and pillow. The slumber party is BYOS (bring your own snacks), but if you do want to bring enough for everyone double check with an admin so we can avoid any allergy-related deaths. Be warned, there will be alcohol present and no one under the age of 21 will be able to drink. Get ready for s’mores, shenanigans, and scary stories.

    Spooky times for all!


    Ain’t No Party Like An Extra Life Party:

    It’s beginning to look a lot like Extra Life! It’s that magical time of the year when everyone in the Let’s Play family and beyond team up and lose their collective minds with wacky antics and no sleep to raise money for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. Rooster Teeth’s Extra Life stream begins on Saturday, November 11th and goes on until the following morning. Were you planning on watching the stream live as it happens? Why not do so with all your favorite RTMD people? We will be throwing a live stream viewing party rife with good food, hijinks, and great company for the entire stream.

    This event would not be possible without our gracious host, Bear, and we cannot thank him enough for letting us into his home. Our community is respectful, and we know we all will keep it that way during the stream. We will be together for 24 hours, so bear in mind the courtesies of both being a guest in someone else’s home and having a ton of temporary roommates. Assholes will be sent home on their own dime.

    The party begins no earlier than 8:30 AM. The stream itself starts at 9:00 AM EST. Breakfast will be provided both mornings, but other meals and snackage are potluck-styled. Please keep in mind, there will be alcohol present and drinking laws apply. A form and sign-up sheet for bringing food will be sent out to those who RSVP. You must RSVP to either Emily, Hannah, or Bear if you will be attending, whether you want to come for the full 24 hours or can only make it for a short period of time. We are capping out at 15 people for those who wish to stay the entire 24 hours. More people are definitely welcome to come at different intervals; we would love to see you there!

    RSVPs can be made through the event on our Facebook page, or by messaging Emily, Hannah, or Bear on Discord.

    The Bay Watch:

    Got all that, but afraid you’ll forget? No worries, we now have a calendar for your viewing pleasure! Our RTMD calendar is sure to keep you updated with all the RT and RTMD events for the low, low price of $4.99! Kidding, it’s free, but we won’t say no to any...donations. (Disclaimer: this is another joke. The calendar was made out of love for ya’ll) You can find the calendar here.

    Chesapeake Surv-Bays

    We know, we know, you already did this survey. And we love you so much for that! You are our favorite child. But for everyone who missed the survey in last month’s update, or didn’t get a chance to fill it out yet,  please take a couple of minutes to do so! It’s our census of the group and we’ll be using this information in a variety of colorful and interesting ways.

    Please click here for the survey: Take me!


    RTMD WANTS YOU to send us submissions so that we can showcase your talents. Do you draw, animate, play an instrument, bake, write, dance, be all around awesome? Do you want to show the community your skills, but don’t have a place to do so? Well you can count on us to make this wish come true! Fill out some questions, send them to, and we’ll feature you in one of our monthly updates.

    These questions are just a general idea of what we’re looking for; feel free to skip questions 2 and 5.

    1. What would you like to showcase?

    2. Can you recall what originally got you into (insert thing)?

    3. What program, process, or equipment do you use?

    4. Attach any pictures, videos, etc that you would like us to share!

    5. Would you like to provide a link to where people can find your stuff? If so, please share!

    We will take the information you submit, write up a blurb, and provide you with a preview before anything is posted. We will also accept blurbs from you if you wish to write your own. In the case that you submit, but change your mind, a request for withdrawal will be accepted up to 3 days before it is to be posted in the monthly update. We hope to see a variety of talents from our RTMD members!


    Happy birthday to you, happy birthday to you!

    A merry day of birth to these lovely members:

    Jess (@jessty104) on October 4th

    Chase (@CLMwolf) on October 13th

    Join us in wishing them a wonderful birthday!


    And Now...The Weather

    Oh gosh, oh man, it’s the first official update. Last month was a test run with training wheels and a plastic bubble, but this here is the big leagues. How do I look? My palms are sweaty (knees weak, arms are heavy).

    In all seriousness (that we can muster at the moment), we hope everyone has been enjoying what RTMD’s been offering so far. Can you smell what we’re cooking? Hint: it's a community of love, diversity, and Old Bay. The smell is mostly Old Bay. There’s so many wonderful things happening in the next few months! Our main goal is to keep everyone informed of all of the events and news, so we apologize in advance for all of the site, Facebook, Twitter, and Discord spam. If we could spam you on LinkedIn, we would.

    Having in-person events is fantastic, especially for a group that barely met at all a few months ago, but with our state being so oddly-shaped and everyone having active lives, we aren’t able to have as many events as we would like. In our ideal world we would have one every weekend with no schedule conflicts or time constraints and there would be free food and balloons every time. (Hannah’s ideal world also includes roller skates as the main mode of transportation and a unicorn as mayor of DC, but. We digress). With the limitations of reality in mind, we can’t stay connected face to face as much as we want, but we have plenty of ways to keep in touch with all group members in between events. Twitter and Facebook are poppin’ but the real discussions, jokes, and ridiculousness occur on our Discord.

    If you haven’t joined the RTMD Discord yet, we’d like to personally invite you to come on in. If you’ve joined but might be a little hesitant to chime in, no need to fear! We would love to hear what you have to say. We have so many people from so many different walks of life and varying senses of humor. Our community comes together for the ups, downs, and in-betweens and we want you to be a part of that. You’re part of our RTMD family.

    Now that we are officially in autumn, we wish the best for everyone’s school and work endeavors! Enjoy the pretty leaves, the pumpkin flavored everything, and the season of change. Though some of us could do without the colder weather, we have to wear sweaters already (mom’s spaghetti).

    Wishing you a happy Halloween!

    Your Friendly Neighborhood Admins,

    Emily (@Mololue) and Hannah (@hannahconda)

  • Bacrylic's Share / Squaretale Game Update

    4 months ago


    'm not satisfied with my current tileset, but for all sake and purposes it gives my partner something to work with in the meantime. So to make sure we have what we need for the game I'm jumping back to working on our basic enemy character, the Inkling Pawn and concepting out it's close range attack. My partner says projectile attacks could have a lot more bugs to fix, so we're not gonna show the fireball just yet. 

    Here is a test for the Pawn's idle anim.


    And here is the concept for close range.


    Let me know what you think. I kind of like the arcing slam down hit for my taste (#1).

  • Day 250 Befores and Afters

    4 months ago

    SailorGirl81 Keeper Of Kittens

    I made some pours this morning that I really, really hope don't change during drying like the ones from yesterday did. 

    So, here are 3 pours from yesterday, first wet, then dry. 

    #1 Wet

    (This wasn't actually a pour, more like a smearing over)


    #1 Dry


    #2 Wet


    #2 Dry (It took me a while to decide this was the dry version)


    And #3 wet:


    And #3 Dry


    Obviously I poured a little more paint on the bottom, but still...

    I was using craft paint with sparkles/glitter in it and I have to say it didn't work at all. I'll probably pour over these canvas boards  in the near future. 

    FYI- I am going to the Adirondacks tomorrow  for a en plein-aire water color workshop and won't be back until late on Thursday. I doubt they have reliable internet up there so I will be making a catch up entry once I come back. 

    Hopefully I'll paint at least one or two decent pieces. I don't really consider myself a watercolorist-I just have fun. 

  • Kazuchika Okada, a pro wrestling post

    4 months ago


    For 27 years now, Pro Wrestling Illustrated has an annual list where they rank the top 500 pro wrestlers in the world.  Their grading period is June of one year to July of the next year.  Past winners include the likes of Hulk Hogan, Stone Cold, Triple H, and John Cena.  Typically the #1 spot goes to a WWE guy.  AJ Stytles won it one year working for TNA during the height of TNA Wrestling's popularity, but it's typically a WWE guy.  

    The last few years, one name has been hanging out in the top 10, moving closer and closer to that number one.  Finally, this year, for the first time in the magazine's history, a Japanese pro wrestler is the number 1 rank.  It's the current IWGP Heavyweight Champion, Kazuchika Okada.  

    No one has had a better 12 months than Okada.  It's not even close, based on the criteria, quality of matches, big names defeated, etc.  Just this calender year alone, Okada has beaten Kenny Omega, Minoru Suzuki, Katsuyori Shibatta, Bad Luck Fale, Kenny Omega again, and Cody Rhodes in high profile main events.  Okada had this thing in the bag 6 months ago.  This is a huge win not only for Okada, who's not even 30 yet and can only improve with time, but a huge win for New Japan Pro Wrestling as well.  

    WWE is going to have to step their in ring game up eventually.  They can't ignore why New Japan is becoming more and more popular.  Also, WWE's top 2 champions aren't even in the top 10.  I think one of them isnt even on the list because he didn't wrestle but like 4 matches during the grading period... cough cough Lesner cough cough.  

    The full top 10 is:

    1. Kazuchika Okada

    2. AJ Styles

    3. Kevin Owens 

    4. Roman Reigns

    5. Kenny Omega

    6. Shinsuke Nakamura 

    7. Samoa Joe

    8. Dean Ambrose

    9. Bobby Roode

    10. The Miz

    Overall, 2 New Japan wrestlers are in the top 10, the other being of course Kenny Omega whose had an amazing trio of matches against Okada this year.  So WWE still dominates the top 10 with eight wrestlers.  Note, though, that Styles and Nakamura once worked for New Japan and have been in the top 10 for several years going back to before their time in WWE.

    Reigns and Styles are both former number 1 ranks.

    Me personally, I don't agree with some of the names in the top 10.  But that's a different journal entry for another time soon.

    This won't be the only time Okada will be number 1.  So long as New Japan Pro Wrestling builds the next 10 or so years around him, and WWE continues down their current path, theres possibility the Okada could be number 1 numerous times like Hogan and Cena have accomplished.  

    It's a new era in pro wrestling.  New Japan Pro Wrestling can take it to WWE and give them the biggest fight they've seen since the md 90s.  I'm excited.  Competition will only make both companies better.  And that's a good thing for pro wrestling.