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  • On The Spot Submission Thread #104

    2 days ago

    Jon The Risemonger

    Let's wash the filth of RTX off of us and play some family-fun-filled games back home in Stage 5 this week. How does that sound?

    SYNC ABOUT IT

    • Finish the sentence: How to...?
    • Feel free to submit more than one idea.

    COME AGAIN? You give me a prompt for a scene and I make them act it out. This week I'm looking for prompts involving:

    • The first day of school
    • Meeting your hero
    • Deleted scenes from Game of Thrones.

    IMPROMPTU PITCH

    • Give me a person, a place and a genre.
    • Pro tip: don't use Rooster Teeth staff as your person (including me). Let's leave RT people in the Lazer Team extended universe where they belong.
    • Pro tip #2: don't suggest Trump. I'll ignore it.

    xoxo The Risemonger

  • Bacrylic's Share Game Update

    2 weeks ago

    Bacrylic

    Hey guys. Here's a quick update on the game Brandon and I are working on. 


    #1 I realized I wouldn't be able to make the teaser trailer in After Effects. I was quality issues and there wasn't a solid fix for it. I was attempting to keep away from having to make it in Unity because its not my favorite software and we've had some bad experiences together. I went to work one day and Unity was starting a project with another man. I was devastated. I didn't think I could trust another game engine again. But we've moved past it now, and I think we're stronger for it.


    #2 I still have yet to find a personal style for this game. You could say we're not taking the traditional creative work pipeline. 


    #3 Brandon has decided to start posting visual progress of our game on the Squaretale site. As far as I know its still vacant, but I'm working on a small scene that he wants to show when I'm done. Focusing on this scene is also intended to distinguish a sense of style, fingers crossed. 


    #4 I'll be attending the IGDA meeting tomorrow. Sadly Brandon won't be joining me. He couldn't leave his shop, but I might be bringing our other Brandon. Thats right we have two. I look forward to meeting with our recent friends Lance and Clint at Duck Block Games


    Clint has been real cool about helping me understand what it takes to make a game and kickstart it. So as a shout out to those two check out there kickstarter for their game Forsaken Castle.

    >;https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/duckblockgames/forsaken-castle


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  • Bacrylic's Share

    3 weeks ago

    Bacrylic

    Story #2

    Eyeball Ejaculation

    So I've had a lot of wierd things happen to me here and there and this one of the top odd stories I have.


    While I was in highschool I used to work at my local grocery store.


    One night, while were getting ready to close up, I was pulling in carts from outside when something flew right into my eye. I was suspecting dust or a bug, but for some reason it immedately started burning. 


    Like painful burning. Intolerable to the point where I have to stop what I'm doing to see about it. 


    I run back inside the store, grab the bathroom key and make a bolt for it. 


    I'm blinking furiously, while splashing water in my eye to try and stop the burning.

    It's not working.


    So I pry my lids open to see if I can find what the hell hit my eye. An then I see a black speck of some kind. I manage to get it out, and upon further inspection I still don't know what exactly it was. It looked like either a gnat or a flea. But despite the fact that I got it out, it is till burning. Just as bad. 


    I finish closing up, and drive home with one eye closed like a pirate without a patch.


    I'm the type of guy that likes to power through things, so I thought this wouldn't last the night. But I was wrong. The pain may not have been as bad, but my eye wasn't looking too good. So we schedule me an Optometrist appointment, but we couldn't get one till in a few days. 


    In the meantime I had to suck it up and go to school. ....bummer....


    So what if I would have to spend a few days with one eye closed to alleviate the pain. Thats not how this goes. 


    My eye is still red and at some point in time it is brought to my attention that my eye is leaking some sort of white fluid. Jizz right? No. I leave class to go see whats up, and sure enough I got this gross looking, white fluid building up in my eye. Its like I saw something that really turned me on visually and my eye had premature e-blink-ulation.  


    This continues for the following days. An sure enough when I discuss what I thought happened to my friends they made fun of me. I was stupid at this age and my explanation was that the bug must have bit my eyeball. Yeah I'm a fucking genious. They suggested that the bug layed eggs in my eye and in the next period they were gonna burst out. Thanks guys, true friends.


    At my appointment the Optometrist examines my eye and explains to me what the hell happened. Now get this, upon contact with the bug, whether it was a gnat or a flea or released an acid. A FUCKING ACID!!! And it had stained my eye. He showed me the stain mark like an orange oval blotched on me.   


    I'm fine btw. That stuff cleared up fine, but had that little bastard done that on my iris I wonder if it would've blinded me.


    ...Eyeball Ejaculation...

  • LPL Chicago

    3 weeks ago

    AlphaRose

    So I found my old tumblr posts about LPL Chicago and I'm gonna put them here so I don't lose them.


    Post #1

    Things to note here while I’m awake and conscious

    The pyramid

    The camp camp rap rap

    getting a high five from lil J as he ran through the aisles 

    getting a high five from elyse as she ran through the aisles

    Michael in the fucking gimp suit jfc

    Ryan in his dead by daylight costume rapping the machete against the desks of the victims

    and being referred to as ‘Dark God’ by James

    The sheer amount of chanting for Lil J, especially right before he got down to killing

    Ryan kicking ass at move or die (lbr because he plays aginst Meg all the time)

    The amazing use of effects like smoke, lighting, and the streamer cannon at the end

    The habernero peppers and Greg is a dirty cheater

    That one guy who accidentally got passed up for getting a high five and suddenly got the microphone during rock band and actually ended up on stage with everyone

    The card ‘trick’?

    everyone cheering for the janitor

    I’m real tired but super fucking happy.


    Post #2

    Okay it’s the day after Let’s Play Live Chicago. I’ve slept a little, been in the car a lot, and I want to get my thoughts down in a vaguely coherent manner.

    -The theater was beautiful, and even more so once it was filled with approximately three thousand RT nerds

    (Minus a few confused but supportive parents)

    - The makers of Jackbox Games were there and let some fans play up on stage while we were waiting on the show to start

    -The sidebars were full of the #letsplaylive twitter feed, which led to a ridiculous amount of memeing. There was also a notable trend of #DicksOutFor____ (LPL, Lil J were the most common)

    -When the Show began for real there was an Insane amount of cheering which was wonderful. Like, honestly, just the sheer energy in that theater was the most incredible thing I’ve been a part of.

    The rest is going to be under the cut because it gets long but if you’re so inclined there’s some funny shit

    -Started out with Worms (Some sort of new version) and the names I picked up on were Great

    -Except Jeremy’s because he wanted to make a bunch of Trump jokes but for some reason they didn’t go through and he was so disappointed (I believe one was ‘Trumpback whale’ please add on if you remember more)

    -Jack’s were the four horsemen of the apocalypse and he definitely represented it well. (Except Ryan won in the end because Jack self-destructed along with taking out most of the map)

    -Mario Kart racing between Greg and Tim was a thing

    -Habanero peppers were also a thing

    -Greg is a cheater who shoved extra habanero peppers into Tim’s mouth when he was ahead and there was Suffering (He also told a fan to eat one because they’d picked out a tiny, horrible one for him but the ‘Reff’ had to stop them because that could go very bad)

    -Also a lot of people wanted Greg to take his shirt off but apparently there’s a fine for doing that at the Chicago Theater so he instead lifted his shirt to reveal another shirt that just said ‘I Am Fat’

    -Someone had a sign that said Release Greg’s Nips and so as not to disappoint entirely he did run into the crowd to meet the guy and sign it

    -Jordan shooting a plastic bow with rubber balls at the end pretty much directly at Dan was a thing, and then he kept trying to get it through a tiny hoop which did not happen

    -But he did shoot an apple off of Dan’s head so that was pretty impressive

    -There was a ‘Card Trick’?????? Ace of Spades, someone named Jason from the audience if anyone else picked up on what was happening please let me know

    -Cards are hard to clean up

    -Guess what else is hard to clean up

    -A ridiculous amount of lube all over the theater floor

    -Funhaus (James, Bruce, Adam and Elyse) basically had a premise that they would go into Dark Souls and try to beat a boss fight. Lose and, as was with the last LPL, get ‘punished’ by Lawrence in a gimp suit. Elyse said something about how he was ‘getting a lot better’

    -Started off with Adam, and the premise that if he won the rest of Funhaus gets punished and he’s safe.

    -He wasn’t safe. There was some sort of riding crop involved? I could hear it and I was about halfway back from the stage so

    -Can’t remember the order after that but Elyse got a ball gag, James got a dog collar and Bruce ended up handcuffed to James. 

    -Someone apologized for the fact that if ‘Anyone out there is still in the stage of discovering their sexualities, this is probably doing things to you.’ 

    -Lawrence walks out in a bathrobe, apparently not able to find the gimp suit.

    -So Elyse takes off the mask (it takes some doing) and reveals none other than Michael Jones

    -And uh, he continues to be really into it. There was a tongue thing, I’m gonna move on.

    -Geoff and Gavin sat across the stage from each other and threw tennis balls at each other’s dicks

    -Both of them got a couple solid hits in

    -Michael (still in the suit) was behind Gavin, going after the balls that went past him and rubbing his shoulders with encouragement

    -They played both Drawful 2 and Quiplash 2

    -Notably Geoff answered the question ‘What will Geoff’s next tattoo be’ with “Ray please come back” (The other answer was “Gavin’s Nose”)

    -There was also one really odd pixel game and I mostly got confused and just watched for Michael’s reactions to figure out what was going on

    -Which was addressed by the group in a sequence of ‘Audience, cheer if you have no idea what’s going on’ -crowd erupts in cheers- ‘People on stage, cheer if you have no idea what’s going on’ -cheering from the stage-

    -Greg starts up a rivalry with Tim at some point ‘Team Valor Vs. Team Mystic’ and gets the crowd in on it too, vaguely tacking Instinct on as well

    -Starts a huge shouting match (Which, a three thousand person shouting match is something to behold)

    -But you know what else is something to behold?

    -Those same three thousand people all singing the Pokemon theme song together.

    -Overcooked was a thing and I’m pretty sure Gavin was the only one up there that had any clue what was going on

    -And I say that but he was really confused too

    -The first game one team ended in the negatives

    -Greg did a kind of speech about growing up in IL and being shocked and amazed at ending up where he is now

    -Also Kinda Funny has their own office now!

    -Towards the end they did a human pyramid (you’ve probably seen pictures already)

    -Jack said they saved it for near the end because he was fairly certain someone was going to get knocked out of commission

    -Last game? Dead by Daylight, of course.

    -Jeremy as the killer

    -Took a little time to set up but the crowd was really hyped so it was great

    -Notable shoutings of “Let’s Go Little J” with clapping, “You are monster Truck” and always “Liiiillll Jaaaayy”

    -A figure wearing the killer’s mask and a full outfit (easy to find, just check twitter) comes out with a machete and chains, focusing intently on the victims who are closest to death and rapping on their desk with the machete or holding it to their face/neck ect. Stomps off in frustration when they get away, I think there were growling sounds.

    -Jeremy toyed with them, really, but cleaned up at the end

    -The masked killer drags each one of them off the stage

    -James is up next as killer, very good at playing maniacal a la “I’ll kill them all for you, Dark God” which is a pretty heavy hint

    -Elyse and Gavin are the last two left, constantly helping each other off of hooks and down to the last generator

    -Gavin gets got and the masked killer picked him up over his shoulder, carrying him off stage

    -Elyse dies not long after

    -Any wild guesses on the masked killer?

    -Jack sums it up quite well with outlining about how the conversation went.

    -”We need someone to dress up as a pyscho-” “Ryan.” It’s always Ryan, in the end.

    -Everyone comes out to the stage for a final game, RockBand

    -It’s just as absolutely stunning as one might expect, they make use of the lighting effects on the stage and the smoke and it’s beautiful

    -There’s people running through the crowds, high-fiving people all the way down

    -One guy gets passed up twice but wait, someone noticed from the stage and they come down with a mike for him to sing, he actually ends up on stage with all of them

    -The song is ‘Shut Up and Dance’

    -Everyone in the crowd is standing, clapping, singing and it’s the most energetic, lively three thousand people all in unison

    -Jeremy broke his guitar at the end and there was a ton of cheering

    -Let’s Play Live is announced for New York

    -I silently mourn the fact that there is no fucking way I can attend but celebrate the inspiring, wonderful show I just got to see and promptly get lost trying to find my way back to the hotel, grinning like an idiot.

    -I’m still riding that high, honestly.

    If anyone remembers other stuff, wants to talk more in depth about specific things or has anything that I missed I’d love to hear it! My memory is kind of all over the place so I’d l know there’s probably plenty left off of here and I’d appreciate a lot to be reminded or just to talk about it if you’re so inclined~!



    I was so happy re-reading these. Maybe one day I'll be able to go to another RT live event but even if I don't, I'll always have this. 


  • On The Spot Submission Thread #100

    1 month ago

    Jon The Risemonger

    Episode 100. Let's make it a good one.


    GIVING HEADLINES

    • Find an odd story from the recent news with an equally odd headline that we can remove a word or two from for the the guests to fill in the blank.
    • Look for headlines where a blank space would leave the story open to a lot of different interpretations. Ambiguity is key. barbara

    IMPROMPTU PITCH

    • Give me a person, a place and a genre.
    • Pro tip: don't use Rooster Teeth staff as your person (including me). Let's leave RT people in the Lazer Team extended universe where they belong.
    • Pro tip #2: don't suggest Trump. I'll ignore it.

    QUICK THINKING

    • Come up with a category for the guests to list off possible answers for (i.e. Things not to say after someone says "I love you" for the first time.)
    • Category with a lot of possibilities for answers are the best.

    BONUS GAME: ASS SWIPE

    • We need suggestions for personality traits of the worst date ever.
    • Submit 1 trait or a even a set of 2 that play off of each other.
    • Feel free to get weird with this one, you've seen how the game goes ;)

    Thanks for letting me make 100 of these. I am very proud of this show to be honest. And thanks for helping along the way.Couldn't have done it without you. Literally.

    xoxo The Risemonger

  • Retrospective

    1 month ago

    Lpokmnj This space for rent

    Or: yet another ramble from your's truly.

    Short TL;DR version: I'm feeling good. Then again, I'm sipping whiskey and just watched a movie. Hope you're doing just as well, if not better.

    Longer version, stream of consciousness style:
    Just saw the most recent Pirates of the Caribbean movie. I enjoyed it, but I'm an outlier. The story felt like it came full circle, even though like PotC: On Stranger Tides (#4), it lacked that swashbuckling adventure feeling/aesthetic that defined the first three movies.

    For the record, Gore Verbinski did those three and then went onto other movies, such as Rango and the Lone Ranger. If you liked that epic swashbuckling feel, Verbinksi has mastered it, and it shows in the Lone Ranger movie.

    Way I see the series is that Verbinski did one movie in three rather epic parts. I see On Stranger Tides and Dead Men Tell No Tales (OST and DMTNT from here on out), the fourth and fifth movies released chronologically, as movie installments #2 and 3. If one keeps this in mind while watching the series, OST and DMTNT become way more enjoyable to view. Of course, to the viewer I give the credit of being willing and able to try new things and not limit themselves to movies made by lens-flare-extrodinaire Jar Jar Abrahms and explosions-set-to-beatboxing-roboporn-soundtracks Michael Bey.

    Christ, I've come to dislike those two overbudgeted over-SFX'ed shitbirds. They've become the default example I use to criticize the formulaic crap getting pumped out of Hollywood for the last decade or so. But they've not crossed the threshhold I've enplaced for straight up hated territory. That's reserved for Stephen Moffat, but that's neither here nor there. Because fuck that guy. Fuck him with a cactus being used by a gorilla hopped up on amphetamines.

    Anyways, onto happier stuff. I'm nearly done with my degree, finally. After the summer, I've got five classes that I'll need to take before I can get the diploma. It's about goddamn time, my critical inner voice keeps telling me. But hey, it's something I'm finally accomplishing.

    Which is not to say I'm done with college, mind you. There's a shitload more I want to study and learn. I've got a whole list of shit of things I'd value knowing. I'll accomplish them as time permits, after I find the job. On the topic of jobs, I'm looking at postings in the greater NYC area and I find myself bummed out. It's a shit situation from this end of the table.

    Then again, I was wondering why the fuck I limited myself to the area I've grown up in. I realized I've been mentally operating in keeping that familiarity zone. This is the shit I'm used to. It's like Grif in season 1, episode 1. I took the comfortable slacker mentality.

    And I'd like to thank Grif for breaking me out of that perspective. Current season (15), episode 6, bout 8 and a half minutes in, Grif realizes the only person going to do right by him is himself. The thing that kept him with the rest of the RvB characters is inertia. Inertia is a motherfucker. A sneaky, almost innocuous, motherfucker. And it took me about a month from that episode's air date to fully appreciate Grif's departing rant.

    I've been chewing it over, mentally, playing with the countless little doubts, trying to answer all the nagging "what-if's?", etc. I could wallow in that endlessly and never accomplish anything. Or I could look myself in the eyes, via mirror of course, and tell myself one thing that's guaranteed to remove myself doubt. That is:

    "You're a goddamned paratrooper, Lpok. You've defied gravity and embraced your own mortality. If this shit hasn't stopped you, why should anything else?"

    It worked. So now I find myself trying to figure out where to go after that. The list I've come up with thus far is:

    ~ Australia 
    ~ Austin
    ~ Belfast/Dublin

    ~ Rest of United Kingdom (I'd prefer Scotland for reasons I'm not sure how to put into words)

    ~ Chicago

    ~ Denver
    ~ Philadelphia
    ~ Portland

    ~ Vancouver, Washington

    ~ The various major cities in Canada (hockey, maple syrup, friendly people, and no humidity? Fuck Yeah! )



    I've love to pick up another language or three and then head to Europe to do that. But in the mean time, I'll have to work on the languages.

    So the question is, for those of you who actually read the TL;DR portion, what insights and/or advice do you have? I know there's stuff I should know but won't think of due to whatever reason. What advice/experiences/advice/general tips do you think I should know?

  • February RT Gold Box Mishap

    1 month ago

    MurphGaming FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    In February Rooster Teeth began putting cards in the box as a sort of collectible item. I have received cards #2,#3, and now #4, but I never got #1 in my February Double gold box. I was wondering if anyone could help me out. I have asked support 3 times but they have not answered if they could help or not. 

  • Been awhile update

    2 months ago

    imbriaarts

    So I haven't posted in awhile here as much as I have elsewhere... Been working on art per regularly doing at least one drawing a week on my Deviant Art page http://imbriaart.deviantart.com/ 

    Some fans from here have been asking me to do more stuff with series like RWBY and so I started a project that is on hold till I finish Demon Blade #2 and that is a RWBY fan comic that focuses on the story with STRQ but also gives a cute look at Ruby and Yang growing up. 

    http://imbriaart.deviantart.com/art/A-Skirted-Beginning-cover-662212923

    I hope to return to it by June but time will tell. In the mean time I have at least one new piece of art a week and would love to hear and see others share theirs with me as well. 

  • On The Spot Submission Thread #97

    2 months ago

    Jon The Risemonger

    Had a lot of fun doing last week's episode and I am happy to tell you that we have successfully gotten Kerry off of his addiction to all-purpose flour so thats good. Gimme some prompts:

    ABCs OF STORYTELLING

    • Come up with a 2 person scenario where the characters interact with each other a lot.
    • Be as descriptive as you want, this is a scene the guests have to play out.
    • Scenes that work best for this game have a high potential for rapid dialogue and confrontation.

    SYNC ABOUT IT

    • Finish the sentence: How to...?
    • Feel free to submit more than one idea.

    CUNNING LINGUISTICS

    • Go to urbandictionary.com and find a word or phrase for guests to guess a definition for.
    • Pro tip: try and find words/phrases that are not just weird sex position descriptions.

    BONUS GAME: IMPROMPTU PITCH

    • Give me a person, a place and a genre.
    • Pro tip: don't use Rooster Teeth staff as your person (including me). Let's leave RT people in the Lazer Team extended universe where they belong.
    • Pro tip #2: don't suggest Trump. I'll ignore it.

    xoxo The Risemonger

  • On The Spot Submission Thread #96

    2 months ago

    Jon The Risemonger

    Not gonna lie. It was kind of fun being a contestant. I'm not saying I was good at it. Just saying it was easier than being in charge the whole time. Here is what we're playing this week:


    IMPROMPTU PITCH

    • Give me a person, a place and a genre.
    • Pro tip: don't use Rooster Teeth staff as your person (including me). Let's leave RT people in the Lazer Team extended universe where they belong.
    • Pro tip #2: don't suggest Trump. I'll ignore it.

    SYNC ABOUT IT

    • Finish the sentence: How to...?
    • Feel free to submit more than one idea.

    COME AGAIN? You give me a prompt for a scene and I make them act it out. This week I'm looking for prompts involving:

    • Odd reasons to be in an interrogation room with the FBI.
    • Awkward moments at the bar.
    • Conversations you'd love to see between your favorite characters from fiction.

    BONUS GAME: ASS SWIPE

    • We need suggestions for personality traits of the worst date ever.
    • Submit 1 trait or a even a set of 2 that play off of each other.
    • Feel free to get weird with this one, you've seen how the game goes ;)

    xoxo The Risemonger

  • Woodyman's Backloggery #2 - Capsized

    2 months ago

    Woodyman

    Last week I posed the question 'how do you review a game that you didn't like, but also isn't very memorable'? I got many answers but the one I liked the most was from @Alocidej. He said “quickly” So that's how I'm going to review today's game... very, very, quickly.


    Before I do, let me explain how this blog series works


    I have a TON of games I own but never beat, I want to play them all and review them.

    Now there are some RULES about my backlog.

    • Every game I own and never beat was placed into a random list maker.

    • I MUST beat the games in order decided by the random list maker.

    • I can only skip RPGs because they take a long time (but I must still beat them in order)

    • I can’t skip any other game.

    • If I buy another game, it gets put in a random place in the list.

    • If I get a new game I REALLY wanna play, I can make it next in the list.

    • Games in a series (ie Halo) were placed in order from first to last.

    • When a game is done, it will be reviewed.


    Now let's start this week's review.

    Review #2 – Capsized

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    Capsized is a 2D platformer made from a VERY small indie crew. It's about a crew of astronauts crash landing on an alien planet. The crew needs to explore the planet, repair their ship, fight, and escape. I'll start with the positives. For being such a small team, the design and game is very ambitious. Also the soundtrack is awesome.


    Now, let's look at the negatives of this game. Before writing this review, I was looking at reviews other people wrote and I saw something that really stuck with me. A Steam Review said “the level design works against you” and that is 100% true. The game has a series of levels each with an objective. The objective is either go there, kill that, or collect this. This is fine for the first few levels but then everything goes to shit. The level objectives begin to repeat, making the game monotonous and then the level just get longer and longer. Fuck you level 11. 

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    This is a keyboard and mouse game with the mouse used to aim and shoot. The controls are floaty and unintuitive. This makes precision jumping, and precision platforming infuriating. They give you a grapple beam and occasional jetpack to help alleviate the issue, but it doesn't help.

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    The WORST part of this game is the enemies. They're easy to defeat, but their placement is bullshit. A lot of times enemies appear off screen, and can take out half your health before you see them. Even though they're easy to kill, they also deal a ton of damage. They also blend into the background, fly all around, and swarm you. Fuck em!

    Once you beat the game you unlock some stuff, but who cares. This game is meh, and tedious, and sometimes infuriating. Mostly it's meh.

    Score: Meh out of Meh.


    Next game: Sly Cooper and the Thievius Raccooness


  • Rooster Teeth & You: What keeps RT alive?

    2 months ago

    Darkskills Gorlin Goltz

    Today, Burnie's latest vlog was released on youtube. For those who don't have the time to watch it, he and Matt discussed how it is that Rooster Teeth makes money to produce shows, run events, etc. and that essentially broke down like this...


    #1 Advertising

    All the commercials you see before the videos on this site or youtube generate a relatively good chunk of money for the company. They also displayed an excerpt from Parade magazine featuring Camp Camp as an example of this. 


    #2 Subscriptions, also know as FIRST Membership

    As it's been a huge discussion point since the time restriction on the latest season of RvB, this still makes sense. The community largely supports the company. 


    #3 Licenses & Royalties 

    For those who don't know what this is, a good example would be the version of RWBY that was done in Japan, with the Japanese voice actors. The company that did that paid Rooster Teeth in order to legally create it. 


    #4 Events... RTX, Let's Play Live, and secret future events

    While some of the money from ticket sales goes to the vendors and overall funding for events, Rooster Teeth still makes money from these amazing events. 


    #5 Merchandise... Shirts, Music, DvD's 

    Essentially, digital or physical purchases made from the RT store, including Double-Gold Subscription boxes. 


    "So what's the best way for someone with extra income to support RT?"

    Coming straight from Burnie and Matt, the biggest way to help the company is with direct contact. This means buying products directly from the RT store, watching videos on the site instead of Youtube, or simply just being a subscriber. 


    The point of the vlog was basically to say that, despite the Youtube-based

    "Ad-pocalypse," Rooster Teeth as a company is far more secure financially then other companies, and it is thanks to subscribers and the community that they don't have to constantly adapt and change things to survive. 


  • Nearly Finished Unpacking

    2 months ago

    MrWartburg Team Fat

    So a couple weeks ago, I mentioned a few life updates, like moving to a new place. And over the last week I've gotten just about everything unpacked, stored in the closet, and all the cool shit hung on the wall. And the coolest stuff went in the basement. 


    Wall #1

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    Wall #2

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    Having the whole space pretty much all to myself is going to be pretty awesome, because it means I get to do stuff like keep my green screen up all the time! 


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    I'm going to like having room to actually spread out while I'm streaming, instead of being cramped in the same small room where my bed was in the old place. Still playing with the lighting and what not, and working on some back end stuff for the new channel, but it's be a pretty solid couple weeks.

  • At the Screwvies: Episode 80

    3 months ago

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    MADHERO: Hello ladies and gents. Hope you're all enjoying your Easter weekend and all that. Now I know this is usually the time where we all then decide to watch 2011's Illumination masterpiece Hop, but we have to leave that be and Baby Jesus for the Starred Wars, and the Thors, and the bald angry men shouting FAEMILY!


    STICKMAN: This time it's not just about being femameielly


    LARRY: STAR WARS? S T A R W A R S


    MADHERO: Also we maaaaay have a review for you as well, but hey, might as well talk this Star Wars thing. Don't think it will get much attention otherwise.


    STICKMAN: Oh no. I hate Captain Kirk.


    NEWS

    DISNEY SHOWS FIRST THE LAST JEDI TRAILER DURING STAR WARS CELEBRATION

    So as we're writing this, Star Wars Celebration is currently going on in Orlando, Florida, celebrating the 40th anniversary of the franchise, which is pretty crazy to think about. Anyway, it seemed pretty innevitable that we'd get our first look of Rian Johnson's The Last Jedi, whilst also highlighting Luke's role and new character Rose played by Kelly Marie Tran.

    After all that buildup, there it was, along with a pretty neat old school poster straight out of a VHS cover. The trailer, as expected with Star Wars, doesn't give away a whole lot, showing what seems to be Luke training Rey on the island we saw at the end of Force Awakens, as well as the Rebellion not having the best times. And sure enough, it ends with quite the stinger, with Luke saying that Jedi essentially have to go. Its a good trailer to get excited about, but then I was excited to begin with. Otherwise it didn't blow me away, but we'll how it is when it comes out this December.


    STICKMAN: So this sure was a Star Wars trailer.


    MADHERO: I think I saw a lightsaber maybe


    LARRY: The tease to end all teases. And ANOTHER Darth Vader shattered helmet shot.


    STICKMAN: There was some vague mysterious lines, the same music from the last one's teaser trailer, the same kinda...shots of a robot, some characters looking shocked, space ship fights and an explosion. They used the same THIS CHRISTMAS animation as the last one too. Even had the same sorta majestic space ships flying over thing shot. Only this time it was red.


    LARRY: I mean, don’t get me wrong, I liked the teaser. But it’s a teaser. And unlike with TFA, I kept that in mind this time.


    STICKMAN: It's more or less the same teaser. Except with less Han Solo


    MADHERO: I admire that they're kinda late with it if only cause TFA's teaser was like a year before the movie came out


    STICKMAN: I find it an issue when people act like it's the best thing ever made. It wasn't even the best teaser trailer that came out this week.


    LARRY: People are obsessed. The Luke nugget at the end was GOLD. It’s bound to be shared to high heaven.


    MADHERO: Are we though? I'm not. I liked it, but its Star Wars. Fans analyze toyboxes for clues. Anyway, looks fun. Looking forward to it. Comes out on my birthday here


    LARRY: Yeah. It’s gonna be awesome.


    STICKMAN: Teaser was fine, didn't do much for me but it wasn't bad either. It's Star Wars. I don't especially get EXCITED. I hate the hype campaign that goes on for the rest of time.


    MADHERO: Did the other teaser we'll talk about so more for you, Stickman?


    MARVEL RELEASES FIRST TEASER TRAILER FOR THOR: RAGNAROK

    So, moving on from the teaser trailer for a Disney owned company's space set sci-fi sequel...to...the same thing, but the other one. Thor Ragnarok. Marvel are back at it again with the 3rd film in the so far dull as dishwater Thor franchise of the MCU, and this time looks...decidedly more awesome? Or at least the trailer did an outstanding job of selling the film to audiences, to the point where it's the highest viewed Marvel trailer in 24 hours in Youtube history. Dang.


    What did we see, then? Well...Thor chained up, and then Thor's hammer getting smashed to pieces by a gothy as fuck Cate Blanchett...and then the trailer actually starts.  Asgard gets fucking obliterated, Thor ends up on a planet and gets  kidnapped by aliens, and then Jeff Goldblum turns up and puts him in a space arena to fight the Hulk in battle armour. Like. Dang. Also there's a bit where a warrior on pegasus horseback is flying towards Cate Blanchett with massive horns on her head in a lightening...planet...thing. And all of this is set to IMMIGRANT SONG?! WOooAOAAHHH. Also Idris Elba and Tom Hiddleston have 2 seconds to do something cool, so that's neat. Basically, this was a fucking badass teaser, and a billion times more exciting than The Last Jedi's, and this is coming from someone who really didn't like Thor: The Dark World, so...yeah. It was pretty rad. Also the colours, children. THE COLOURS.


    MADHERO: Hoooooooooooooooweeeee, this teaser was a load of fun


    LARRY: I like the first Thor a lot actually.


    STICKMAN: First is fine but whatever. Second one is blaaaaaaaand.


    LARRY: Okay that's true. But yes THIS TRAILER IS AWESOME. THIS is how you tease but still give enough to chew on.


    STICKMAN: And third one is an interstellar cosmic boyband road trip with The Hulk in battle armour. So 10/10.


    MADHERO: Dark World is a really by the numbers film. This however, looks far from by the numbers


    LARRY: We got some subtle plot details, some epic action shots, and a FANTASTIC reveal. Call me PUMPED.


    MADHERO: Also, Goth Cate Blanchett is looking mighty fine. Hope she's able to escape the Bad Marvel Villain trap


    LARRY: AND Jeff Goldblum. He looks excellent.


    STICKMAN: Jeff Goldblum and his space goatee. Cate Blanchett and her goth horns.


    LARRY: Shout out to Tessa Thompson too! Very excited for her after her breakout role in Dear White People.


    STICKMAN: Also Karl Urban turns up. For about 5 seconds. So that's nice, he should be making Dredd 2 though, so...naughty boy.


    MADHERO: Dual wielding assault rifles though


    STICKMAN: True. He looks ready. Basically. This was fucking awesome.


    LARRY: Also Thor with a shield. A shield.


    MADHERO: I think you definitely see the hand of Taika Waititi and the fun he has with it. So what if it kinda looks like Guardians of the Galaxy again. Gotg was awesome


    STICKMAN: And then the music kicks in. 10 OUTTA 10


    LARRY: AAAAAAAAHHHHHHH AAAHAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHH AAAAAAHHHH


    JOSH BROLIN TO PLAY CABLE IN DEADPOOL SEQUEL

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    In a…sorta kinda out of left-field piece of casting news, Josh Brolin has officially been cast as Cable in Deadpool 2! Despite several different casting rumors circling around, Brolin is officially in, making this the second Marvel character he’s taking on alongside Thanos (him and Chris Evans will probably have a lovely chat soon). This is a tad surprising seeing as Brolin was never really rumored to be taking the role, but hey, I’m not complaining! Josh Brolin is an incredibly talented actor, and this looks to be another awesome role for him. All in all, solid casting, Fox.


    STICKMAN: Where did this come from.


    LARRY: Outta nowhere haha


    MADHERO: He honestly wasn't in my head at first, but yeah, I can definitely see him as Cable. Still very much had someone older like Stephen Lang or Ron Perlman in mind


    LARRY: Yeah he’s a bit young but he can pull off the grizzled old warrior.

    Stickman: And...like...he's currently Thanos  in the MCU, it's really odd for him to be playing another Marvel character...especially in a series which will really want to reference him being Thanos, but also probably can't? Unless Disney are super generous.


    MADHERO: To be fair he's almost 50. I honestly don't mind he's playing in 2 different universes. Ryan Reynolds (of course) has already made fun of it


    STICKMAN: That's his job now. He has to be HHWACCKKKY. Just look at him and Gylelennahaaall on the Life tour. Funnier than Deadpool.


    LARRY: It’s a bit different here though given that these are two universes going strong. Green Lantern was dead on arrival. Evans took on Cap when F4 went defunct


    MADHERO: Josh Brolin has flexed his straight man muscles on Men in Black 3 and Inherent Vice. Both of which are very flawed films, but he's great in them.


    LARRY: Ooh he’s GREAT in MIB3


    STICKMAN: Remember that other Josh Brolin comic book movie. Jonah Hex. Good times.


    LARRY: NO, WE DO NOT


    MADHERO: He's played in Fox, Marvel, and DC's camps. Who can say that? Not a lot, I assume.


    STICKMAN: Soon he'll be in Dredd 2. Which totally exists, right? ....RIGHT?!


    CANNES FIM FESTIVAL REVEALS LARGE LINE-UP FOR UPCOMING COMPETITION THIS MAY

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    So hey, Cannes, the moment when film is allowed to as pretentious as possible. Its generally regarded as the biggest and most important film festival of the year, so even though we're a bunch of uncultured swines paying more attention to Star Wars and Marvel, we might as well give it a look.


    Some pretty big names are playing in competition at the festival. Yorgos Lathimos (The Lobster) with The Killing of a Sacred Deer, Michael Haneke (Amour) with Happy End, and other directors like Sofia Coppola, Lynn Ramsay and Michel Hazanavicius. Whats most interesting is seeing 2 Netflix films competing for the main price, those being Bong Joon-Ho (Snowpiercer)'s Okja and Noah Baumbach's (While We're Young)  The Meyerowitz Stories, and Amazon is also entering the fray with Wonderstruck from Todd Haynes (Carol). So yeah, maybe you'll be able to see the Palm D'Or winner online. Not bad.


    In quick non-competition news. Alejandro G. Innaritu (Birdman, The Revenant) went out and made a VR film, and Taylor Sheridan ( the writer of Sicario and Hell or High Water) makes his directing debut. So yeah, excitement all around.


    STICKMAN: This isn't a Star war.


    LARRY: WOO. Lots of great stuff here. Love seeing Joon-Ho’s work displayed.


    STICKMAN: How do you know it's great, it's not out yet.


    LARRY: I meant like great news for certain filmmakers.


    MADHERO: The amount of cool directors out there showing off their films is pretty fun.


    STICKMAN: I wanna see that Innaritu VR film though. That's gonna be amazing.


    MADHERO: Shot by Lubezki, so you know that's probably super pretty no matter where you look


    STICKMAN: Also I don't really care about any of the others things as of this stage. Maybe when I actually see something I'll be more OOOOH. But for now it's like MMM. And I haven't seen SNOWPIERECER so I can't be excited from just that Netflix teaser.


    LARRY: I dunno, Cannes hype is always fun for me. Interesting to see which films to look out for.


    STICKMAN: Cannes is kinda...can go either way, I suppose.


    MADHERO: True, but at least it sounds great, and Netflix/Amazon sending in their stuff is a pretty interesting shift in the industry


    STICKMAN: Remember that time, Larry. When Mad Max Fury Road was there. That was one to look out for.


    MADHERO: And gave it a 10 minute round of applause or something. That tends to be a Cannes thing. That or booing a lot


    STICKMAN: Booing, jeering, and someone saying something they probably shouldn't. That's Cannes. Also some films maybe.


    ANNAPURNA RELEASES FIRST TRAILER FOR KATHRYN BIGELOW’S DETROIT

    So, after a 5 year break from films, Oscar winning director Kathryn Bigelow, who brought us The Hurt Locker, Zero Dark Thirty and...uhh...Point Break, is back, and once again dipping into recent history to provide a hopefully tense and chilling thriller. Based on events that occurred during the 1967 Detroit riots, and starring John Boyega and Will Poulter among others, the trailer was a bit too choppily edited for my liking, but teased another potentially heartpoundingly tense and effective film from Bigelow, dealing with the increasingly violent racial tensions between the police and the citizens of Detroit, something that unfortunately feels all too timely given the recent climate in the US.  It's been a long time since Bigelow released a film, but she seems to have brought her A-Game for this one, at least...as far as we can tell from this teaser trailer. Oddly the film is releasing in August, rather than the usual October-November, awards contending period that films of this nature tend to come out in. I'm a big fan  of Bigelow's work, and this is looking promising, but I guess we'll find out for ourselves in August.


    MADHERO: Our 2nd trailer to feature John Boyega


    LARRY: Well, he's literally in one shot in SW. But sure.


    STICKMAN: Our boy, yega.


    MADHERO: Its hard to tell how the movie will be done since it seems to be snippets rather than a traditional narrative, though our "lead" seems to be Boyega as a black police officer, which boy must be awkward around that time


    LARRY: I dunno the choppy editing didn't bother me so much. I actually really like how this looks and I'm excited to see how it comes out. Boyega looks to be going in deep. Really wish this was happening around Oscar time.


    STICKMAN: I have hopes the film will be good, the trailer was a bit lacking.


    MADHERO: Honestly, I do think August is still late enough for it to be up for consideration. Not like its releasing now. We complain all the time about the Oscar tidal wave of December


    STICKMAN: I think this will be a good film, whether or not it gets Oscar love is another thing. But who really cares about that.


    MADHERO: Possibly, but its a Kathryn Bigelow film that's very socially relevant in stormy political times. It will get talked about. I feel like Hurt Locker and especially Zero Dark Thirty have kinda become underrated as time goes on. Good to remind people how brilliant those films are


    LARRY: I dunno we'll see. Sticky's right though, it's about the quality, and I trust Bigelow.


    STICKMAN: Hurt Locker was a huge deal, Zero Dark Thirty is super underrated.


    LARRY: Ugh ZDT is sooooo good. That third act KILLS ME.


    STICKMAN: YEAH BOI. CHRIS PRATT KILLS BIN LADEN. OOPS, SPOILERS.


    JUDE LAW CAST AS YOUNG DUMBLEDORE IN FANTASTIC BEASTS SEQUEL

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    You thought Brolin was kinda out-of-nowhere? Well you ain't seen nothing yet. We all remember Fantastic Beasts, yeah? I thought it was alright, myself. Well, not too long ago, news broke that they would be pursuing up to five sequels to the Harry Potter spinoff, leading many of us film nerds to rightly cringe in confusion and annoyance. How could you possibly make five more movies out of merely one book? I'll tell you how, BY FRANCHISE BAITINGGGGGGGGGGG


    Jude Law, famous for his many charming roles, has been cast as the beloved younger version of Hogwarts Headmaster Albus Dumbledore. This will be the third actor to don the famous role, and easily the youngest. The film will showcase Dumbledore before he was the man in charge, first climbing the ranks as a professor. However, with no legitimate source material to feed off of, lord knows what David Yates (returning to direct after Fantastic Beasts) and J.K. Rowling (returning as writer) will bring to the table. And then there are those who are thrilled to see how they play with Dumbledore's homosexuality; let's just hope it's not a throwaway line.


    STICKMAN: Dumbledore huh? That's pretty gay.


    MADHERO: To be fair, its not like its only doing that one book. Going very much its own direction. Either way, not the person I expected for Young Dumbledore


    LARRY: Yes but it's drawing from the first book.


    STICKMAN: Personally I was not a huge fan of Fantastic Beasts 1. It had charms, but it felt pointless and needlessly sentimental at times. Also kinda dull. The ending bit with Mr Depp was the lowest point. And any future films are only going to be worse.


    LARRY: Oh yeah Depp is obviously returning for this sequel too So get ready for that


    MADHERO: I thought it was ok, but if a sequel didn't come I'd be ok with that. And I'd much rather they stuck with Colin Farrell


    STICKMAN: I'm not ready for shitty WB prequel film series #2.


    LARRY: I thought it was enjoyable but not sequel worthy. And I'm not sure Law is really the right pick as Dumbledore. I've seen him transform before though so I'm ready to be proved wrong.


    MADHERO: Was a fine little spin-off on its own, but we'll see. Law is a good actor. I kinda maybe had my mind set on Jared Harris (son of Richard Harris, the OG Dumbledore)


    STICKMAN: Dumbledore feels like a character that's been old for a long time, and he should reflect that in casting, even if a young actor, they need...age. Matt Smith maybe.


    LARRY: I mean Dom Hemingway is absolutely a great transformative performance.


    MADHERO: Well too late now unless he drops out. ANYWAY! We don't even know when this is coming out, or when Dumbledore comes out. HEYOOOO


    LARRY: OOOOOHHHHH SNAPP


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    MADHERO: Alright. I hope you enjoyed my review of Ghost in the Shell last week, cause GUESS WHAT?! WE'RE DOING ANOTHER REVIEW! Of the action movie that everyone anticipated and is excited for. One that is about to become the biggest boxoffice champ of them all....... BEN WHEATLEY'S FREE FIRE!!!!


    LARRY: WOOOOOOOOO. I WANNA SEE THIS SO BADLY


    STICKMAN: Wait. I already saw it.


    LARRY: ...okay well now I'm just left out.


    MADHERO: You get to next week, but I saw it in Febuary and you saw it recently too, Stickman. So hey, might as well talk about it.


    LARRY: Well I'm gonna sleep now. Wake me up when you're done


    REVIEW

    FREE FIRE

    DIRECTOR: Ben Wheatley (A Field in England, High Rise)

    STARRING: Brie Larson, Sharlto Copley, Armie Hammer, Cillian Murphy, Michael Smiley, Sam Riley, Jack Reynor, Babou Ceesay

    SYNOPSIS: When a gang of criminals meet up in a warehouse in order to purchase arms, a disagreement turns into a full-on shootout between the two parties making the transaction.


    MADHERO: Ok, so I know Fast and Furious 8 is the action movie that everyone is excited for, but if you want your action movie without any torpedoes or car chases, and also filled with incompetent idiots, then this is the movie for you. Free Fire really is just a 75 shoot-out, in one warehouse. That may sound dull, but far from it. Ben Wheatley (for whom this is easily his most accessible film) mastercrafts his scene brilliantly and its all helped by some really whip-smart and funny dialogue and characters to deliver them. Its set in the 70's, so its already a bit over the top, and that tone really helps the film be really entertaining. Its like a match of Counter Strike set in a bunker level where everyone is a terrible shot. If that in any way interests you, or if you just want to see something that's a bit outside the mainstream but not really, definitely check this film out.


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    STICKMAN: This is both very much a Ben Wheatley film, especially in terms of its casting, but also his most accessible...non-weird one? That's not to say it isn't weird, if you've ever wanted to see a film where 99% of what happens is people going OWFUCK MY LEG, OH SHIT MY ARM, GOD DAMNIT, FUCK STOP SHOOTING, then here it is. It's stupid in a good way, it's frequently really funny, some of the action is actually quite good considering the amateur hour antics of the characters, and there's some sweet musical choices to boot.


    LARRY: So... if Reservoir Dogs met a Edgar Wright film.


    STICKMAN: Sorta, yeah. It's a ton of fun, and really doesn't spend much time taking itself seriously.


    LARRY: IM SO DOWN. I swear this movie looks so fun


    MADHERO: Resevoir Dogs by way of Counter Strike, and yeah, definitely some Edgar Wright in there. Would even compare it to Nice Guys, but besides genre and setting they don't share as much


    STICKMAN: I just love the reactions to the various injuries. It's so genuine and dumb. Like when you stub your toe and you go AAHH SHIT, FUCK. GOD DAMNIT. AAHHH PISS, I'VE BEEN SHOT.


    LARRY: That sounds awesome to be honest That alone is humor in itself

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    MADHERO: The only competent characters are Brie Larson and Armie Hammer's characters. I also love that the whole thing starts for the dumbest reasons, but to say more would be spoilers.


    STICKMAN: Yeah. I think, really my only real complaints are that some of the action is a bit poorly shot, which I guess makes sense due to the chaos and number of people involved, and also the ending needed a bit more...oomph.


    LARRY: Mmmmmm okayyyyyyy. Keeping all this in mind when I see it myself


    MADHERO: If any of this sounds appealing to you, go see it. Its a absolute blast, and hey, its also pretty short (only about 90 minutes). Great little film that deserves all the attention it can get.


    STICKMAN: It's really great to see Wheatley getting some widespread attention. Been following his stuff for a while now, it's cool to see him building up a following.


    MADHERO: Anyway, now time for the movie that doesn't need any attention


    MOVIES

    THE FATE OF THE FURIOUS

    DIRECTOR: F. Gary Gray (The Italian Job, Straight Outta Compton)

    STARRING: Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, Charlize Theron, Michelle Rodriguez, Jason Statham, Tyrese Gibson, Ludaris, Kurt Russell, Helen Mirren

    SYNOPSIS: When a mysterious woman (Theron) seduces Dom (Diesel) into the world of crime and a betrayal of those closest to him, the crew (Johnson, Rodriguez etc.) face trials that will test them as never before.

    LARRY: So apparently this isn't that good. Like I saw some scathing reviews.


    STICKMAN: So basically, every Fast & Furious film ever. Some cars drive really fast and faemeieallylyy happens.


    MADHERO: Its good, just.... not Furious 7 good.


    STICKMAN: They're all the saaaame. Like, since the 5th one.


    LARRY: Furious 7 and Fast Five are fun movies. And not half bad honestly, Though 7 has some GAPING plot holes


    MADHERO: It just had the biggest worldwide debut of all time, so I'm sure Vin Diesel and the FAEMILY will be ok


    STICKMAN: I don't understand why these films have a following like they do. People expect quality from what's essentially trash. People act like the characters have appeal. It's like. Just watch your dumb car explosion movies.


    LARRY: But the characters do have appeal. They're likable.


    MADHERO: I think its like Michael Bay that you go in for the spectacle, and it has the added benefit of having characters you've grown to like and care about.


    STICKMAN: Who we got? We got. Vinny VcDisealey. We got...what...Amnesia Lady, we got...THE ROCK who's just fun to watch exist regardless of location. Who else.


    MADHERO: Tyrese. The glue that holds everyone together


    STICKMAN: Oh, you mean the guy who just goes AAWW HELLLS NAH, THIS SHIT'S CRAAAZY.


    LARRY: Tyrese is great. Don't diss Tyrese.


    STICKMAN: And then you get some booty butts. And some shit music. And then unearned sentimentality about femaeiaieally and love.


    MADHERO: These films are fun for what they are, and if you know what you want from a F&F movie, chances are you'll get it here.


    STICKMAN: I enjoyed Fast 5-7, but I don't expect anything from them beyond entertaining action and stupidity.


    MADHERO: And you'll get that here in all likelihood


    LARRY: Torpedoes guys. Torpedoes.


    THE PROMISE

    DIRECTOR: Terry George (Hotel Rwanda, Whola Lotta Sole)

    STARRING: Oscar Isaac, Christian Bale, Charlotte Le Bon, Daniel Giménez-Cacho

    SYNOPSIS: A love triangle develops between an Armenian medical student Michael (Isaac), an American journalist based in Paris (Bale) and an Armenian-born woman raised in France (Le Bon) during the final days of the Ottoman Empire in 1914.

    STICKMAN: Promise me, no more Disney live action remakes.


    LARRY: Not that kind of promise.


    MADHERO: Huh, talk about a movie that probably was considered an Oscar (Isaac) movie and then it just kinda faltered


    LARRY: Haha good one. But yeah I'll pass


    STICKMAN: Oscar Isaac sure can pick 'em. For every Ex Machina or Star Wars, there's a X-Men Apocalypse or...this.


    LARRY: Can't pick every gold nugget.


    MADHERO: I mean, 2 big actors, big historical setting, period piece, and then it all ends being kinda meh.


    STICKMAN: Are you saying this is a sequel to Assassin's Creed, Mad?


    MADHERO: Also this movie is probably most famous for getting IMDBombed by Turkish people cause it talks about the Armenian genocide. So that's fun


    LARRY: What an odd controversy.


    STICKMAN: We've certainly come a long way since comedy gunfights and cars exploding into torpedoes.


    UNFORGETTABLE

    DIRECTOR: Denise Di Novi (directorial debut)

    STARRING: Katherine Heigl, Rosario Dawson, Geoff Stults, Isabella Rice

    SYNOPSIS: A woman (Heigil) sets out to make life hell for her ex-husband's new wife (Dawson).

    LARRY: Haha that's ironic.


    STICKMAN: I forgot to watch the trailer for this. AHOHOHOHOHO.


    MADHERO: Remember when Katherine Heigl was going to be the next Sandra Bullock? That sure didn't happen.


    STICKMAN: I don't know who that is.


    LARRY: This film just looks so... like done before. : Didn't Tyler Perry produce a film like this recently?


    MADHERO: Well, Stickman. She used to be a big deal around 2007-2010 or so and before that for being in Grey's Anatomy. Then she slagged off most of her own work, acted like a diva, starred in terrible movies that flopped, and recently she was in a cat litter commercial


    LARRY: HAHAHA CAT LITTERRRRR RIFP


    STICKMAN: I guess her careers in the toilet then. THE CAT TOILET. WOAOAOAHGOHOHH. I have no idea what this film is.


    MADHERO: She legitimately looks like she wants to die in that commercial. BUT ANYWAY THIS MOVIE. IT LOOKS LAME. ROSARIO DAWSON SHOULD BE IN BETTER MOVIES


    STICKMAN: I like Rosario Dawson. Was she in Rosario Dawson's Creek. Why must we fly so far from God's grace.


    LARRY: Welcome to the internet.


    MADHERO: Hmmm, gotta do something to bring morale up. WAIT I KNOW!


    BORN IN CHINA

    DIRECTOR: Lu Chuan (Chronicles of the Ghostly Tribe)

    STARRING: PANDAS! MONKEYS! AND SNOW LEOPARDS!

    SYNOPSIS: "Born in China" captures intimate moments with a panda bear and her growing cub, a young golden monkey who feels displaced by his baby sister, and a mother snow leopard struggling to raise her two cubs.

    MADHERO: AAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHH, PANDA'S, AND SNOW LEOPARDS, AND MONKEYS.


    STICKMAN: I like those things. What could go wrong.


    LARRY: I like animals.


    STICKMAN: Animals are okay. Especially lizards.


    MADHERO: We recently got panda's here in the Netherlands so its arriving at just the right time.


    LARRY: Honestly this ain't got anything on Disney's Dolphins guys. THATS where it's at. But I'll settle.


    STICKMAN: Well I guess this film is PANDERING TO YOUR AUDIENCE


    LARRY: STOP MONKEYING AROUND STICKY


    MADHERO: Disneynature are generally pretty pleasant films to watch, and beautiful to look at. Aint no Planet Earth, but it tries


    LARRY: ITS BANANAS


    MADHERO: Quit....ummm.. snow leoparding us off track?


    STICKMAN: Disneynature makes like. Films that are fine and pleasant. But also not that exciting. Unlike PLANET EARTH 2. Which was awesome as fuck.


    MADHERO: I think they're perfect Netflix films to just sit on the couch and watch


    LARRY: Disneynature: why reinvent the nature documentary when you can just make some.


    STICKMAN: Oh snap. They also do that with all their franchises.


    THE LOST CITY OF Z

    DIRECTOR: James Gray (The Immigrant)

    STARRING: Charlie Hunnam, Robert Pattinson, Tom Holland, Sienna Miller

    SYNOPSIS: A true-life drama, centering on British explorer Col. Percival Fawcett (Hunnam), who disappeared while searching for a mysterious city in the Amazon in the 1920s.

    MADHERO: Oooooooh, this is supposed to be pretty damn good.


    LARRY: Wait really?


    MADHERO: Yeh. 88% on RT and everything.


    LARRY: Oh. Okay then. I dunno, the trailers meh.


    STICKMAN: Oh daaaamn. What's the score though.


    MADHERO: 7.5/10. I love me a good jungle adventure and it has a really great cast. Also James Gray is a really underrated director


    LARRY: ...whathashedone?


    MADHERO: I only saw The Immigrant but that was pretty good stuff.


    LARRY: Hmmm never heard of him


    MADHERO: Definitely worth checking out, and this film too it seems.


    STICKMAN: I'll watch it on DVD. Maybe.


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    MADHERO: Speaking of which, that's it for movies coming out this week, but if the biggest movie of all time or a small action film doesn't do enough for you, its now time for MOVIE OF THE WEEK!


    STICKMAN: OWOOAAOAHHWWOOH These ones we actually did see.


    LARRY: M O T W


    STICKMAN: Match of the Window.


    LARRY: Mania of the Widow


    STICKMAN: Mingling of the Wombles.


    MADHERO: As always, this is where we discuss recent DVD releases, Netflix releases, or just films we saw in theatHEYKNOCKITOFFWITHMESSINGUPTHETITLE


    STICKMAN: Mads on the Wampage after we did all these. HE GON HIT ME AFTER THE SHOW


    MADHERO: Maybe I will. Do well on your MOVIE OF THE WEEK and then we can talk


    STICKMAN: WOOAAAHH. I guess I better do that then.


    MOVIE OF THE WEEK

    STICKMAN: SOOOO my pick is a musical. WAITWHAT!? That's right, a MUSICAL. Now Mad didn't edit the blog wrong and mistake me for Larry, I picked a MUSICAL. SO WHAT. Moana, specifically.

    Now I'm not a huge fan of Frozen, and I grow weary of the Disney formula...but this one? OOH. It's pretty dang good, even the music is enjoyable for once. Visually it's stunning, and super creative and colourful...with some jaw droppingly beautiful sequences and shots. The main characters are fun and likeable, as are some of the villains...fabulous sparkly crab? Yes please. It's a lot of fun, there's even a Fury Road reference in there, which is neat. I dunno, I just really found myself quite SMITTEN with this one, I'd say  it was much better than Zootopia, even if it lacked sexy tiggers to fuck, y'know?


    MADHERO: Does have shiny Jermaine Clement crab though


    STICKMAN: Yeah boi.


    LARRY: Okay well Moana I GUESSSSSSSS IS A MUSICAALLLLLLLL. Hopefully one day you'll pick one of the classics but OKAY


    STICKMAN: Well how wouldn't it beEXACTLY. It's got SINGING.


    MADHERO: Its a gorgeous looking film, and yeah, very "Disney," but there's nothing wrong with that


    LARRY: Yeah Moana is pretty good.


    STICKMAN: And it's PRETTY AS FUCK. THAT BIT AT THE END. MMMMM.


    LARRY: Great animation, solid music, Moana is a great character.


    MADHERO: Also there's a scene that resembles Fury Road so its a automatic 10/10


    STICKMAN: With little coconut friends. And Dwyane turns into a LIZARD. 12/10


    MADHERO: Anyway, Larry. What's your MOTW?


    LARRY: My MOTW is one of last year's Oscar Nominees for Best Picture, Hidden Figures!

    I'll be honest, Hidden Figures could've easily been one of those TV movies that managed to make it to cinemas. And in some ways, it is. BUT, most of the film just manages to be cinematic enough to warrant its potential, and it also helps that politically it's doing a lot of people a lot of good. You've got a great cast, with Monae as a borderline scene stealer. You've got a solid script that does its historical figures justice. You've got well paced moments that are bound to tug at your heartstrings. And, most importantly, you've got a KILLER score from Pharrell Williams and Hans Zimmer who are both at their A-Game here. In short, it's no masterpiece and has enough cheese for a wine cabinet, but it's definitely a solid crowd-pleaser and probably the most accessible Best Picture nominee that's actually good.


    STICKMAN: It's got a great cast, yo.


    MADHERO: This movie was a pretty big deal when it came out. And nothing wrong with a old fashioned crowd pleaser


    LARRY: Indeed. I mean, everyone is great. Spencer, Costner, Ali.


    MADHERO: Also mah boi Mahershala is in it. That's always good


    STICKMAN: Wholesome feel-good space movies are the new thing.


    MADHERO: My new twitter account @WholesomeSpaceMovies.


    LARRY: Well Life will probably disrupt that haha


    STICKMAN: Nobody saw that one.


    MADHERO: I don't think that happens in Hidden Figures, which hey, happened IRL, so its also important in that sense.


    LARRY: Oh yeah it tells a truly unique story. Which is something I really admire about it.


    STICKMAN: It's an important story told OKAY. Speaking of okay. Okay Mad. Do you thing


    MADHERO: So for my Movie of the Week, I’m going for a film that probably would have been a Oscar contender had it not been for the Weinsteins fucking it over and leaving it doomed for obscurity, BUT NOT IF I CAN HELP IT! I was interested in The Founder the moment I heard about it, cause its about the origin of one of the biggest corporations in the world and had Michael Keaton in the lead. What could go wrong?

    Nothing movie-wise as it turns out. Few actors can play conniving quite as well as Michael Keaton, and he's perfect as a man seemingly done and ready to go out, until he stumbles upon the keys of an empire. There's definitely moments that make you feel uncomfortable and not like the guy, but he's magnetic on screen. Very much flew under the radar, so definitely worth a look.


    LARRY: I'm definitely gonna watch it soon. This is one of the few movies I've missed so far this year.


    MADHERO: Its a good biopic, yeah. And about really interesting subject matter. Needless to say Micky D's doesn't approve


    STICKMAN: I wanted to see this, but it kinda crashed and burned stateside and got basically no release here.


    LARRY: W E I N S T E I N SSSSSSSSS. Hate them as a distributor.


    STICKMAN: RIGHT!? Hate them. I wanted to watch a film about burgers/ Now I have to settle for Sausage Party.


    MADHERO: Yep, pretty much to blame for it going so under the radar, which is so unfortunate. There's always Super size Me if you want your burger movie.


    STICKMAN: Sure if I wanna vom.


    MADHERO: Well Sausage Party gives you the same effect. Not The Founder though.


    LARRY: ANYWAY ILL WATCH THE FOUNDER SURE


    STICKMAN: When I get a chance SURE. WEEIINSTEEEIIINSSS


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    MADHERO: Annnnnnnnnyway, that wraps up Episode 80 (wow we've done a lot of these) of At the Screwvies. Hope you got your beach clothes ready, but its time to go to the stars and enjoy SUMMERTIME!


    STICKMAN: 80 episodes of me being annoying.


    LARRY: SUMMMMERRRRRRR


    MADHERO: KING ARTHUR LEGEND OF THE SWORD HYYYYYYYYYYYYPE..... WHO'S WITH ME?!


    STICKMAN: OOOAAAHAHHNOOOOO


    LARRY: HAHAHHAAH OOOH BOY


    MADHERO: Uhhhhh, bye guys.


    LARRY: Buh-bye everyone!

  • Rooster Teeth Fashion Feature: Double Gold Box - March 2017

    3 months ago

    ailsarocks FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Community Stylist

    Hello dears! Happy #RTCommunityDay to you all! I hope you are having a wonderful day, whether you're going to a community meet up, having a game night with your community friends or are just having a day wearing your RT merch to celebrate!


    My March #RTBox was a little late, but it still arrived in time to wear the shirt for RT Community Day! The March RTBox was a good one! Here's a list of what we got:


    - A friendly note from Geoff (with lovely art on the back)
    - A Funhaus stress ball
    - Achievement Hunter earbud headphones
    - Red vs Blue notepad and matching pen
    - Rooster Teeth 14th Anniversary tshirt
    - Sex Swing sticker
    - Card #2 of 12 (1 in 5 Signed by an Achievement Hunter)


    I'm a big fan of this box because I'll get use out of everything in it. As much as I loved last month's box, I'm not sure how much use I'll get out of a shot glass necklace. BUT YOU NEVER KNOW!
    So back to the shirt at hand. The Rooster Teeth 14th Anniversary shirt could possibly be one of my new favourites! The design is beautiful, subtle and intricate. At first glance you see the words Rooster Teeth surrounded by swirly white and gold patterns, but on closer inspection you will see fun little references to Rooster Teeth's hilarious past moments.
    Here's how I styled mine:


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    I really love this shirt because black and gold is one of my all time favourite combinations to wear. It oozes an air of luxuriousness while at the same time being effortlessly stylish. Black and gold is always a trend aware combination and is a favourite at festival season in the summer. Right now, I'm having to wear a lot of my "transeasonal" pieces, so my long waterfall cardigan is getting a lot of wear at the moment. One minute the sun is out and it's quite warm and the next the snow starts! Waterfall cardi's are great because when it's warm you can just let them fall open, and when it's cooler you can belt them on pin them in a bunch of different ways to keep out the cold.


    Another favourite tactic of mine is to mix textures and patterns. The cardigan is a silk/wool mix in a herringbone pattern, and my leggings have a subtle art nouveau pattern too to add a little luxury to the look. Have fun experimenting with different patterns and textures and of course have fun matching your black/gold shirt. Remember, dress to excess!


    So there we have it! Another RTBox done! Did you like the shirt we got this month? Did you get your card signed by any of the AH crew? Let me know in the comments!


    And as always, please tag me on the site @ailsarocks or tag @RTisFashionable on Twitter to let me see your Rooster Teeth style!


    Stay Fashionable ;)

  • On The Spot Submission Thread #93

    3 months ago

    Jon The Risemonger

    We have special guests scheduled for this week. They come from the exotic land of LA. That is all I'm gonna say.


    CUNNING LINGUISTICS

    • Go to urbandictionary.com and find a word or phrase for guests to guess a definition for.
    • Pro tip: try and find words/phrases that are not just weird sex position descriptions.
    • No racial slurs, please.

    IMPROMPTU PITCH

    • Give me a person, a place and a genre.
    • Pro tip: don't use Rooster Teeth staff as your person (including me). Let's leave RT people in the Lazer Team extended universe where they belong.
    • Pro tip #2: don't suggest Trump. I'll ignore it.

    COME AGAIN? You give me a prompt for a scene and I make them act it out. This week I'm looking for prompts involving:

    • Confessions to a therapist that don't go quite as planned.
    • What really goes on in the locker room at the gym.
    • What's inside that locked door in your house that no one is allowed to go into?

    BONUS GAME: ABCs OF STORYTELLING

    • Come up with a 2 person scenario where the characters interact with each other a lot.
    • Be as descriptive as you want, this is a scene the guests have to play out.
    • Scenes that work best for this game have a high potential for rapid dialogue and confrontation.

    Ok, yes, it's Funhaus. But not just Funhaus. We are bringing more of LA to the show on top of that. More news on that later this week. xoxo The Risemonger

  • Thoughts on the Ghost in the Shell Movie (It's a Long Read)

    3 months ago

    BlackPenguin

    Three things up front.  One, I'm easy to please.  Two, I watch a lot of anime and I've seen all of the GitS anime except half of the Arise timeline (so around 85% of the franchise).  Three, I like to think that I am aware of and understand the racial/cultural complexity of the issues surrounding this movie, but I acknowledge and recognize that I may have experiential and cultural blindspots.  So, with that out of the way...


    tl;dr - I liked it


    And honestly, it took me a little while to figure out if I did.  I had to view this movie from many angles.  I was so in my own head while watching it, that the whole experience was too meta.  In real time I was measuring this movie as a GitS fan, a movie-goer, an arbiter of public opinion, and someone just trying to have a good time.  Seriously, I had a hard time just watching it and taking it in.


    I thought a lot about how to talk about this movie.  In the end, I think it's best to talk about it from multiple angles.  Some of these angles come from eager-to-be-entertained places.  Others come from "prove me wrong" places.  Combined, they form my overall opinion, which I detail at the end.


    The Sci-Fi Movie Angle - 8/10

    It was serviceable, and even fun at times.  It looked real good, and had good action.  It was a little noisy, visually.  The story wasn't that remarkable, but easy fodder for science fiction (cyborgs, futuristic society, very shiny).  It felt kind of Matrix-ish at times (which is funny, since GitS was an inspiration for The Matrix).  It got passing scores on all my sci-fi criteria.  I'd love to watch it on FX or TNT once a year.


    ScarJo was...okay.  Which is par for the course.  I'm not a ScarJo hater either. I first heard of her in The Perfect Score, and only really took notice after The Island.  Since then, I've thought she was okay.  Not great, but not bad.  I'm not one to hate on actors.  Her performance was between "meh" and decent.  She didn't steal the show, but was satisfactory.  Her action scenes were believable enough.  When it comes to action, I've accepted that 65% of performances are "meh" and must be approached with appropriate suspension of disbelief (whereas 25% are pretty good, and 10% are phenomenal).  The end of the thermoptic camo footchase was her action highlight, I thought.  The way she grabbed that guy and punched him out seemed very Major-like.  That was the most she felt like a cyborg for me.  That and the tank scene at the end.


    This is the rosiest of my angles.  And if that seems too complimentary, it helps to know the context of how I how determine what is a good and bad movie.  Let me say something about the concept of a bad movie.  Most people don't know what a bad movie is.  Yeah, I said that.  I wrote a journal about this three years ago, and I encourage you to read my thoughts. It may explain why I have more patience with movies than some other people do.


    The Casual Ghost in the Shell Fan Angle - 7/10

    I must admit, this movie has the look and feel of the GitS franchise.  They did a good job of creating the atmosphere of some of the most iconic shots from the movies and anime (at least, the best you can with live action).  Most of the main cast from the movies and series was in it, or at least, all the memorable ones.  They added a female team member who wasn't in the franchise, but she fit in well and it was no big deal.


    The thermoptic camo footchase was recreated pretty well.  It lacked the eerie feeling from the movie, but it would have been jarring to fully recreate that just after the previous scene.  The tank fight was okay for the most part.  For being perhaps the most iconic of any GitS scene, it was a little disappointing but still really rewarding to finally see it in live action.  But it was neat that they changed it up a little and had Kuze be the one who got grabbed by the tank.  I thought that was a smart way to keep in that little ragdoll tidbit.


    There were so many little things here and there throughout the whole movie.  The cyborg hands on Aramaki's assistant, the thermoptic hand wave at the endTogusa's gun (I think), Batou's dog, etc.  This movie was filled with Easter eggs from the franchise.  There was enough in it to satiate the casual GitS fan.  And even the bodysuit, in my opinion, was a great effort.  There was no better way to faithfully recreate some of the things from the anime.


    And honestly, it we really look at it, this movie is the best Hollywood movie to ever be based on an anime franchise.  Because we all know that Dragonball: Evolution should not have seen the light of day.


    The Hardcore Ghost in the Shell Fan Angle - 4/10

    For fuck's sake, this movie was a Frankenstein's monster of shit from all over the franchise.  Literally every timeline was referenced in this movie (check out my breakdown of the timelines if you're curious).  They took decades of complicated storylines, and tried to make a casserole out of everything they could find.  They then mixed it all up and made a shitload of references like it was a contest.  It was very annoying, to see them chop up the franchise to create a mish mash.  By doing so, they failed in doing the franchise justice.  This thing was less than the sum of its parts.  Here are some titles from the franchise, and some things they took from them:


    Ghost in the Shell movie (1995)

    -opening shelling scene

    -opening building jump

    -thermoptic camo chase scene

    -tank fight

    -thermoptic hand wave at the end


    Innocence (2004 sequel)

    -Batou's dog

    -the geisha's face design


    Stand Alone Complex (2002-2006)

    -the geisha scene

    -Hideo Kuze


    Arise (2013-2015)

    -the Major's hallucinations

    -Major's outfit in the club scene (in my opinion)


    They also got some things very wrong, or at least, different.  The character that ScarJo chases during the thermoptic chase scene is actually a combination of two different characters from the original movie.  The person who was driving the garbage truck and the person who was being chased were two different people in the 1995 movie.


    Also, the tank fight scene originally takes place in a building, not in an open area.  Not to mention that they changed what happens to who, took someone out of it, added someone, and even altered the ending.


    A nitpick would also be the Major's avatar during the deep dive scene.  In Stand Alone Complex, she used a different physical appearance when employing the use of an avatar while diving in the internet and various systems.


    Another nitpick would be the boat scene.  In both the 1995 movie and the live action movie, the Major went diving underwater.  In both, she felt fear while being underwater.  But in the 1995 version they suggest that the main reason she felt afraid was because she had to use "floaters" to avoid sinking, and that a cyborg being underwater would be a thrill-seeking activity (see the first 20 seconds of this video).


    And let's not even get started on the wholly fabricated storyline of the entire movie in which she was an experiment and weapon made by a corporation.  In Stand Alone Complex she was cyberized after a plane crash at the age of 6.  And in Arise, I read, she was cyberized as a fetus.  But perhaps the greatest offense was the combination of two different franchise villains to make the villain in the live action movie.  They took the concept and motivation of the Puppet Master from the 1995 movie, along with the name and part of the character design of Hideo Kuze from SAC, and mushed them together.


    So, from the standpoint of Ghost in the Shell connoisseurs and hardcore fans, this movie takes what it needed from the whole franchise in order to produce a product for the masses.  They selected elements from separate continuities and chronologies, fabricated their own, and sewed them all together.  It was at once novel, and frustrating.  But most of all, disappointing.


    In Light of the Whitewashing Controversy Angle - D+/C-

    This angle is a bit long-winded.


    To clarify, this rating is not based on whitewashing and casting alone.  If it was, it'd be much lower.  I tried to come up with a quantifiable number (based on a complex and pervasive issue in Hollywood) that I could measure and deduct from my baseline enjoyment on a 10-point scale.  But how do you measure personal outrage and the reality of media?  It seemed both impossible, as well as an undercut of a nuanced issue.  So, I changed it to a letter grade.  I basically take the score and experience of my sci-fi angle, and factor in the movie's ability to assuage the concerns of whitewashing.  The result?


    It didn't do it.


    This angle can be best explained in three ways:


    Source Material on the Main Cast (Public Security Section 9)


    It's arguable that the Major is Caucasian in appearance.  However, it must be acknowledged that - as far as I can tell - her race has never been definitive.  They never explicitly say she's Caucasian.  And in my opinion, when it comes to anime, you can not go by appearances when determining race (those hair colors don't occur in nature).  Not to mention that she is in an artificial body, and race becomes mutable or even irrelevant.  We never see her face before cyberization.  In fact, I am unaware of any mention of even her parents' races.  And it should also be noted that she served in the Japanese Ground Self-Defense Force.  In my opinion, there was nothing in the source material that said she should be Caucasian.  In fact, a case could more easily be made that she was supposed to be Japanese, considering her home country is Japan.


    Regarding the rest of the main cast, they got 4/7 right by the source material.  Chief AramakiTogusa, and Saito (by most accounts) are Asian in the anime.  In the live action movie, each character is played by an Asian actor.  Batou, by my research, was recruited from the US Army Rangers.  It would not be incongruent for him to be played by a Caucasian actor (which he was).  Ishikawa and Borma on the other hand, both served in (or with) the Japanese military.  If I had to bet, these two characters were Japanese.  In the movie, they were played by Australian and Zimbabwean born actors.  The last main character from the anime franchise, Paz, was not even in the movie.  Paz was most certainly Japanese, since he was in multiple yakuza groups before joining Section 9.  This character was wholly replaced by a completely new female team member named Ladriya (whose actress is of Kurdish and Polish origin).  This character was not in the anime or manga.


    So, the movie accurately portrays the race of four main characters, changes the race of two, and drops one for a new character of a different ethnicity.  That's all in addition to the lead character.  I'd say they got the main cast's races right by 50-62%, depending on your tolerance for the Major's race.  I'll let you decide how much that matters.


    Portrayal of Asians in the Movie


    Yeah, not good.  The majority of Asians in the movie were bad guys, who were killed or defeated by white characters.  The only non-villainous Asian characters (outside of the main characters) were a couple female characters that had a collective 30 seconds of screen time.  And even the prominent Asian characters were tertiary to the story.


    Also, what's up with Aramaki being the only one who spoke Japanese?  Throw some more Japanese in there man.  It was almost like the writers wanted to emphasize his unwillingness to speak English, more than the other characters' understanding of Japanese.


    A friend recently tweeted a link to a Hollywood Reporter article in which four Japanese actresses discuss the Ghost in the Shell movie and whitewashing in general.  I would HIGHLY recommend reading it.  It's a very good read, and touches on some things you may not realize.


    For one, there was a prominent Asian actress in the movie that no one could remember.  It turns out, her contribution was her face.  They only used her likeness for the geishas' face design.  That's it.  On its face (wink), that was a big cop out.


    One thing they talked about was the twist at the end, in which it was revealed that the Major and Kuze were previously Japanese, and that they were cyberized as Caucasian as part of an experiment.  My reaction was one of "ah, way to go".  I perceived that as a sort of racism Trojan horse, in which the writers made it a meta-statement on whitewashing itself.  I was ready to give the movie credit for that.  However, I was wondering how that would go over for Asian audiences.  It was not a surprise that the four Japanese actresses in the article did not like it.  I can totally see how they would perceive that as comedic, or even pathetic.  It would also be an eyebrow raiser if the writers, as Ai Yoshihara suggested, wrote that plot point as a deliberate counter to whitewashing concerns.  One would hope that that would be an independent decision.


    The article is also very intriguing in its breakdown of the differences between western and Asian cultures, and how that affects the believability of Asians in American media.  I won't get into it too much, but let me just say, the scene where the Major's mother invites her in without knowing her was also very weird to me (as a Hispanic American).  I thought maybe she operated a business out of her apartment, and was treating the Major as a potential customer.  Because otherwise, it was just plain weird, even for western culture.  Also, regarding the touchy feely scene at the end, I doubt American audiences would have liked it as much if it went down the way the four actresses said it should have.  Which sucks, because I wish that scene was more genuine and true to form like the actresses outlined, and that Hollywood didn't always go for such a formulaic resolution.



    On the Topic of Hollywood and Whitewashing (but wait, keep reading!  It's almost over)


    Real talk, it's a pervasive problem in the culture of American media.  The focus is increasingly on Asian actors as of late - which is undeniable - but the problem has been around forever.  Whether it's Tilda Swinton in Doctor Strange in 2016, Jake Gyllenhaal in Prince of Persia in 2010, or even Ben Kingsley in Gandhi in 1982 - it's a problem that has persisted (though Kingsley does have Indian heritage, his performance was phenomenal, and the film was well-received in India).  So, any analysis that doesn't acknowledge this reality is incomplete.


    It is also very arguable, as is the common refrain, that many of these types of movies would not be successful (or even greenlit) if a less popular Asian actor was cast as the lead.  At least, in America.  In my opinion, these decisions are not as important for international success. But, as in most Hollywood productions, the target demographic is Americans.  Therefore, the motivations behind this culture of casting are not beyond comprehension.


    However, this is only an explanation, and not an excuse.  Understandable, yes.  But not a validation of the practice.  Because regardless of the reasons behind it, this is not right.  And the damage it is doing is real.  At a minimum, it contributes to a racial hierarchy among characters in American media, resulting in bias that negatively affects Asian actors in the industry.  At worst, it leads to Asians being seen as sub-relevant in their contributions - or even caricatured - within greater society.  In both instances, the result is the marginalization of Asian people and Asian culture.


    The past three paragraphs were my attempt to lay out the reality of issue, as objectively as I could.  If you're very concerned about whitewashing, those paragraphs might seem too lenient on Hollywood (or even unnecessarily impartial).  If you disregard whitewashing concerns, those paragraphs probably came off as pandering.  So let me use the next paragraph to voice my personal opinion on the issue.


    Of course whitewashing fucking exists (let's just establish that).  I understand why people may want to deny it, or downplay its prevalence.  I can acknowledge the reality of "outrage culture", and how it has changed our perception and trust on many issues.  But those that dismiss whitewashing concerns are being disingenuous at best, and willfully ignorant at worst.  Because not all of whitewashing is a byproduct.  Indeed, part of it is born of willful and deliberate disregard for Asian perspectives. Hollywood needs to get off its ass and take a long hard look at itself.  Someone just take a fucking chance.  In the age of streaming, surely someone will find a risk-free way to start changing the culture.  I suggest we start with the hair streak trope.


    To Sum Up This One Angle


    The movie did not, in my opinion, assuage the whitewashing concerns.  The adherence to characters' races from the source material was lacking, the relevance of Asian characters to the overall story was minimal, and it's portrayal of Asian culture was very off the mark.  So, that's why I give it a low grade in this angle.



    Conclusion

    So many angles!  What do they mean?!


    Well for one, they mean this movie came with so much baggage.  I can't remember the last movie that had so much.  Maybe The Interview?  I'm not sure.  But in the end, I think it's hard to give an objective review of the movie.  It's a sci-fi movie with a good size budget, a lead actress that some people deride, it's based on source material from another country loved by fans of varying intensity, and it has a controversy surrounding its casting.  As a lover of sci-fi, it was baseline entertaining.  As a huge fan of both GitS and anime, it was unfulfilling but very rewarding.  Unfulfilling in the sense that it didn't do full justice to the original, but rewarding that it was a full-throated attempt by Hollywood to make a movie based on an anime (which I appreciated).  The movie also satisfied much of my GitS fan service itches.  But within a greater consideration of society and Hollywood culture, it was unsurprisingly unfulfilling, as well as a perpetuation of the status quo.


    In trying to make sense of all these, I came to the conclusion that it was indeed worth it to see this movie.  It was worth the money and effort, and I had a good time.  It fell short of my hopes, but not my expectations.  Admittedly, I really wanted this movie to be good.  I imagine that this might be a determining factor in how I perceive it.  When you want to like something, a lot of the time you end up liking it.  Nonetheless, I found the movie to be satisfactory.


    If you want to see this movie yourself, I suggest determining why you want to see it and what you want from it beforehand.  I think that will be the best way to not only measure it against your expectations/hopes, but also to make the experience as pleasant as possible.


  • Ghost in the Shell Anime Timeline & Watch Order

    3 months ago

    BlackPenguin

    The latest episode of Fan Service was dedicated to Ghost in the Shell.  It's one of the best anime franchises out there, and I highly recommend watching it.  Unfortunately, the series is quite convoluted since it has multiple timelines and redundant releases.  They did a good job of laying out the timelines in Fan Service, but I thought I would post a run-down of each release and where it falls in the timeline, followed by my recommended watch order.


    Ghost in the Shell Anime Timeline

    First Timeline – Original Movies

    1. Ghost in the Shell (1995)

    2. Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence (2004)

    3. Ghost in the Shell 2.0 [remaster of original '95 movie, 3D visuals added] (2008)


    Second Timeline – Stand Alone Complex (the tv series)

    1. GitS: SAC Season 1 [26 episodes] (2002-2003)

    2. GitS: SAC Season 2, AKA "2nd Gig", [26 episodes] (2004-2005)

    3. GitS: SAC – The Laughing Man [compilation movie of main Season 1 arc] (2005)

    4. GitS: SAC – Individual Eleven [compilation movie of main Season 2 arc] (2006)

    5. GitS: SAC – Solid State Society [movie finale of SAC timeline] (2006)

    Extra: Tachikoma Days (funny non-canon post-credit shorts from SAC, 1-2 mins each) [52 eps]


    Third Timeline – Arise (the prequels)

    1. Border 1 – Ghost Pain [OVA] (2013)

    2. Border 2 – Ghost Whispers [OVA] (2013)

    3. Border 3 – Ghost Tears [OVA] (2014)

    4. Border 4 – Ghost Stands Alone [OVA] (2014)

    5. Alternative Architecture [10 eps, compilation of OVAs plus new material] (2015)

    6. GitS: The New Movie [movie finale(?) of Arise timeline] (2015)


    My Recommended Watch Order

    My watch order follows the timelines, and is basically release order as well.


    1. Ghost in the Shell (1995)

    2. Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence (2004)

    3. GitS: SAC Season 1 (2002-2003)*

    4. GitS: SAC Season 2, AKA "2nd Gig" (2004-2005)*

    5. GitS: SAC – Solid State Society (2006)

    6. Alternative Architecture (2015) OR Borders 1-4 (2013-2014) & then last two eps of AA**

    7. GitS: The New Movie (2015)


    *If you're pressed for time, and don't mind condensed storylines, you can substitute The Laughing Man (2005) for number 3 and Individual Eleven (2006) for number 4.  Those movies re-edit the main storyline from the first two SAC seasons.  I don't recommend it though, since the original series is how it was initially released.  The pacing is better in SAC, and the compilation movies don't contain 100% of the series.  But if you just want a refresher, the compilation movies are fine.  But keep in mind, the english voice actors are different for the compilation movies.  Also, Tachikoma Days are found after each SAC episode's credits.  So, you won't get those.


    **For number 6, the only difference is the order of the story.  Episodes 1-8 of Alternative Architecture are just re-cuts of Borders 1-4, but in a different order.  Episodes 9-10 of Alternative Architecture are new though, and can't be found in the Borders.  Hence the two options.  Not much difference between these two options (other than a new OP in AA).


    I put the movies first, because that's how it all started.  You should not dive into the GitS franchise without seeing the original movie first (don't bother with 2.0, it's widely considered a step down from the original, with changes generally regarded as unnecessary or even terrible).  The second movie is a good segue from the first as well, so that's why I put it next.  I then suggest the SAC timeline so you can really get to know the characters, and see what kinds of relationships they have with each other.  The series was what really gave the franchise legs, and it is far more geo- and sociopolitical than the movies.  There are wider story arcs, and more development/exposition on the character level.  I saved the Arise timeline for last for a couple reasons.  First, it's much newer than the other titles.  As a result, it looks much shinier and crisp than the other releases in the franchise.  It's much easier to go from older stuff to new, than the other way around.  The other reason I saved the Arise timeline for last, is because it is far more satisfying to see how the band got together if you're already invested in them.  By watching SAC before Arise, you can better appreciate the reveals in Arise.


    Keep in mind, these are different timelines.  The continuity is not 100%.  But they complement each other very well, and each comprise a fantastic take on independent and overlapping storylines.

  • On The Spot Submission Thread #89

    3 months ago

    Jon The Risemonger

    I'm told if we get to a certain number of new First members by the end of this week then I will be replaced with a puppet for this week's episode. Make a young muppet-loving boy's dream come true and make it happen people.

    SYNC ABOUT IT

    • Finish the sentence: How to...?
    • Feel free to submit more than one idea.

    ABCs OF STORYTELLING

    • Come up with a 2 person scenario where the characters interact with each other a lot.
    • Be as descriptive as you want, this is a scene the guests have to play out.
    • Scenes that work best for this game have a high potential for rapid dialogue and confrontation.
    • COME AGAIN?
      You give me a story and I make them act it out. This week I'm looking for prompts involving:
      • Strange reasons to have an argument with your significant other.
      • Conversations from history you'd love to have been there for.
      • Or you can always fill in your own story idea if you think you got a good one.

    BONUS GAME: IMPROMPTU PITCH

    • Give me a person, a place and a genre.
    • Pro tip: don't use Rooster Teeth staff as your person (including me). Let's leave RT people in the Lazer Team extended universe where they belong.
    • Pro tip #2: don't suggest Trump. I'll ignore it.

    xoxo The Risemonger

  • On The Spot Submission Thread #88

    4 months ago

    Jon The Risemonger

    Sorry these are late this week. Was too busy hanging out with my buddy, Armie Hammer, last night at the premiere of his new movie. Armie is so clingy, I couldn't get away.

    CUNNING LINGUISTICS

    • Go to urbandictionary.com and find a word or phrase for guests to guess a definition for.
    • Pro tip: try and find words/phrases that are not just weird sex position descriptions.
    • No racial slurs, please.

    IMPROMPTU PITCH

    • Give me a person, a place and a genre.
    • Pro tip: don't use Rooster Teeth staff as your person (including me). Let's leave RT people in the Lazer Team extended universe where they belong.
    • Pro tip #2: don't suggest Trump. I'll ignore it.

    QUICK THINKING

    • Come up with a category for the guests to list off possible answers for (i.e. Things not to say after someone says "I love you" for the first time.)
    • Category with a lot of possibilities for answers are the best.

    Real talk, Armie Hammer is walking human perfection in real life. That fucker rocked an off-white cotton suit with white Converse high tops. xoxo The Risemonger

  • On The Spot Submission Thread #88

    4 months ago

    Jon The Risemonger

    I got to pet a hedgehog last week. Also, I need prompts for the next episode of On The Spot:

    IMPROMPTU PITCH

    • Give me a person, a place and a genre.
    • Pro tip: don't use Rooster Teeth staff as your person (including me). Let's leave RT people in the Lazer Team extended universe where they belong.
    • Pro tip #2: don't suggest Trump. I'll ignore it.

    ABCs OF STORYTELLING

    • Come up with a 2 person scenario where the characters interact with each other a lot.
    • Be as descriptive as you want, this is a scene the guests have to play out.
    • Scenes that work best for this game have a high potential for rapid dialogue and confrontation.

    COME AGAIN?

    You give me a story and I make them act it out. This week I'm looking for prompts involving:

    • Something from a fantasy novel gone wrong
    • Worst thing that could happen at a bar

    BONUS GAME: CUNNING LINGUISTICS

    • Go to urbandictionary.com and find a word or phrase for guests to guess a definition for.
    • Pro tip: try and find words/phrases that are not just weird sex position descriptions.
    • No racial slurs, please.

    Just want to be clear about something. I actually held not one but two different hedgehogs last week. xoxo The Risemonger

  • Four in February 2017: How This Year Fared

    4 months ago

    Elusia Archmage Extraordinaire

    Now that it's March, Four in February is done for the year. On the games I planned this year... I didn't beat a single one. I didn't even play any of them except for a little bit of Shantae and the Pirate's Curse.


    What I did do however, was beat a different set of 4 games, some of which probably not many have heard of. Figured the games might be worth talking about a little bit.


    Game #1: Alwa's Awakening

    A game that actually came out during Four in February (it released February 2nd), this one was on my radar for awhile. It's essentially a slightly easier, more fantasy-themed Battle Kid - a new platformer styled like - and as difficult as - most classic NES games. The difficulty part deserves some emphasis, as there's a bit of a difficulty spike after the first half, mainly in a combination of hazard setups and a small amount of checkpoint starvation. It's not a complete deal breaker, but anyone coming into the game casually might not like it so much.


    As someone who really likes 8-bit art/music style and metroidvanias in general, I personally loved playing this one. Hoping the semi-setup for a potential sequel can turn into something later.


    Game #2: Kirby's Star Stacker

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    This one was entirely on accident, cause I didn't know the game could really be beat. I always thought Kirby's Star Stacker was an endless game (there is an endless mode though). Once I found out it's just 5 runs in Round Mode though, I ended up getting through it rather quickly.


    The game's super simple - trap stars between 2 of the same animal to catch them, and collect a certain number to clear the round. It was simple enough that I beat Super Hard difficulty in minutes without losing once. The only real challenge I had was near the end of Insane difficulty, and that's only cause I never knew the mechanic for pressing up to swap blocks without rotating.


    As a cheap Virtual Console game, it's not too bad, though I'd recommend getting it at a discount.


    Game #3: Bleed 2

    Bleed 2 went by so quickly I forgot it even released in February. It was a short and sweet game, so I didn't think of counting it, but never the less it was a game I beat in February. There's not much to say outside of what's shown in the trailer. I haven't tried co-op, but it sounds like a good way to shake things up a little. The game's easily worth picking up.


    Game #4English Country Tune

    Probably the game not many have heard of in this list, English Country Tune is... interesting.Probably one of my favorite puzzle games in recent memory from how it's set up. Simple ideas are shown - push a ball into a goal, push a cube off the map - but the ways to pull off the tasks get more complicated over time. With a couple small exceptions, the puzzles changed relatively well enough that nothing felt overwhelming. Even the exceptions, once figured out, made future puzzles easier to understand.


    This was easily one the best random game I've gotten from the many game bundles I've purchased over the years.


    Game #5Wario Land 3

    ...yeah, I actually beat more than 4 games this time. Good thing too since Bleed 2 and Kirby's Star Stacker were on the quick side.


    I hadn't planned on playing Wario Land 3 for awhile, mainly because I still haven't played 2 of the games before it (I actually have the Virtual Boy one, but no system to play it on). Watching the game on a stream recently though made me want to pick it up sooner. It's hard for me to say what I think of the game mainly because of how different it felt from other platformers I've played. Being essentially immortal for the entire game - while not completely new to me (Bit.Trip Runner also has that mechanic) - felt so unnatural, yet it worked so well. The powerups were well spaced out, and the levels were well made to use them. This felt worth picking up, and makes me want to play the rest of the series sooner rather than later.


    Game #6Castlevania

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    Castlevania was the one game in my list last year that I never beat. I reached Death, but couldn't beat him no matter how much I tried. This year, I decided to fix that.


    There's not much I can really say on this one except... I honestly didn't like this one as much as I thought I would. Maybe it's because I was into the later games more. I will say, I do appreciate the game for what it is.


    While my original Four in February plans didn't pan out, I'd still say this year was an overall success. There's still plenty to do for the backlog overall though. Even with 6 games down last month, there's still nearly 850 games left, with quite a few more coming in the next few days. With that in mind, I'm considering a couple games for what's dubbed More in March. For the moment, I'm planning on playing through Horizon Zero DawnHollow Knight, and Blaster Master Zero. Time permitting, maybe I'll get through Breath of the WIld and Super Bomberman R, the latter supposedly being pretty short overall. For now though, I'll at least take some comfort in knowing I made some progress on the backlog.

  • On The Spot Submission Thread #86

    4 months ago

    Jon The Risemonger

    Checked in with Shannon. He's fine. He's also feeling very...cleared out, which is a good thing honestly. Now that that's out of the way, gimme some prompts:


    CUNNING LINGUISTICS

    • Go to urbandictionary.com and find a word or phrase for guests to guess a definition for.
    • Pro tip: try and find words/phrases that are not just weird sex position descriptions.
    • No racial slurs, please.

    QUICK THINKING

    • Come up with a category for the guests to list off possible answers for (i.e. Things not to say after someone says "I love you" for the first time.)
    • Category with a lot of possibilities for answers are the best.

    IMPROMPTU PITCH

    • Give me a person, a place and a genre.
    • Pro tip: don't use Rooster Teeth staff as your person (including me). Let's leave RT people in the Lazer Team extended universe where they belong.
    • Pro tip #2: don't suggest Trump. I'll ignore it.

    BONUS GAME: ABCs OF STORYTELLING

    • Come up with a 2 person scenario where the characters interact with each other a lot.
    • Be as descriptive as you want, this is a scene the guests have to play out.
    • Scenes that work best for this game have a high potential for rapid dialogue and confrontation.

    xoxo The Risemonger

  • Tabletop Tales: Things Sent to the Moon

    5 months ago

    Hanako23

    So I was bored one day and was cleaning out a few documents on my computer when I came across something fun. Back when I was regularly involved in playing Tabletop over a few systems (D&D, World of Darkness and one infamous GURPS game) I had kept track on a few things that our DM had banned from our WoD game, or as he put it: "It's gone! Sent to the Moon!"


    So without further adeu....


    Things that have been BANNED from game (WoD):

    #1 The Wasp Knife

    #2 ANYTHING resembling a Ford Fiesta

    #3 Tuck-tuck-boom-boom. That is all (It's like a Tonka Truck with a Cannon!)

    #4 The Gunslinger Merit (stop asking Jim)

    #5 Fencing Fighting Style. Seriously, WTF guys?!

    #6 Sojutsu Fighting Style. ALSO BANNED

    #7 ALL the benfits of the Stillness Shroud. Seriously, you guys only get 1 dot

    #8 Imbuing and Item as a Mage

    #9 Sasha Grey

    #10 Stacking Flamethrower Damage

    #11 Tazers and any Tazer related items 


    I should probably say most of these took place over 1 campaign.....Our group really did try out outdo themselves on creatvie ways to break the game...


    (on a side note the Moon's looking rather crowded nowadays...)

  • On The Spot Submission Thread #85

    5 months ago

    Jon The Risemonger

    I promise not to make them eat anything this week for redemption challenge. Well, I promise to maybe not make them eat anything this week. I promise to think about not making them eat anything this week. Fine, I promise to do a redemption challenge this week that may or may not involve food. GIMME DEM PROMPTS:

    SYNC ABOUT IT

    • Finish the sentence: How to...?
    • Feel free to submit more than one idea.

    ABCs OF STORYTELLING

    • Come up with a 2 person scenario where the characters interact with each other a lot.
    • Be as descriptive as you want, this is a scene the guests have to play out.
    • Scenes that work best for this game have a high potential for rapid dialogue and confrontation.

    IMPROMPTU PITCH

    • Give me a person, a place and a genre.
    • Pro tip: don't use Rooster Teeth staff as your person (including me). Let's leave RT people in the Lazer Team extended universe where they belong.
    • Pro tip #2: don't suggest Trump. I'll ignore it.

    BONUS GAME: ASS SWIPE (Prompts v2)

    • We need suggestions for personality traits of the worst date ever.
    • Submit 1 trait or a even a set of 2 that play off of each other.
    • Feel free to get weird with this one, you've seen how the game goes ;)


    I ate the fish sandwich from last week. I still stand by the challenge. xoxo The Risemonger