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  • Top 10 Magic Weapons - Editor Notes

    5 days ago

    JoshuaKazemi ScrewAttack Editor

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


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


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  • Top 10 Worst Dragon Ball Characters - Editor Notes

    1 week ago

    JoshuaKazemi ScrewAttack Editor

    Here we goooooooo! (again) 


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

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

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

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

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

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

    #4 - Yamcha - The woooooorst

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

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

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

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


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  • Top 10 Terrifying Mascots - Editor Notes

    2 weeks ago

    JoshuaKazemi ScrewAttack Editor

    We're back! 


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


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  • THE 2017 AT THE SCREWVIES AWARDS

    3 weeks ago

    g1Features

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


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


    LARRY: Ooh you gotta snag me a ticket.


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


    STICKMAN: I DREAD EVERY DAY THAT PASSES. OH GOD HELP ME.


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


    MOST ANTICIPATED FILM OF 2018 (THAT ISN’T AN MCU FILM)

    MADHERO – ANNIHILATION

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


    STICKMAN - THE PREDATOR

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


    LARRY - ISLE OF DOGS

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


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


    LARRY: Hey, that movie sounds fucking awesome.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


    TRAILER OF THE YEAR

    MADHERO - THOR RAGNAROK DEBUT TRAILER

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


    STICKMAN - KONG SKULL ISLAND FINAL TRAILER

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


    LARRY - SPIDER-MAN: ENTER THE SPIDERVERSE TEASER TRAILER

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


    MADHERO: Plus Goth Cate Blanchett


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


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


    LARRY: Mad stop spoiling our fun.


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


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


    LARRY: Laaaaaaaame.


    SCENE OF THE YEAR

    MADHERO - K AND DECKARD MEET (BLADE RUNNER 2049)


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


    STICKMAN - THE STAIRWELL FIGHT (ATOMIC BLONDE)

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


    LARRY - TAKING OFF THE BANDAGES (STRONGER)

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


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


    LARRY: Again, just waaaaaaait until that Top 5.


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

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


    WORST MOVIE OF 2017

    MADHERO - GHOST IN THE SHELL

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


    STICKMAN - RESIDENT EVIL: THE FINAL CHAPTER

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


    LARRY - BATMAN AND HARLEY QUINN

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


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


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


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


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


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


    STICKMAN: Okay well. I'm out.


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


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


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


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


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


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


    LARRY: Yeah I never even TOUCHED those movies.


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


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


    BEST 2016 FILM SEEN IN 2017

    MADHERO - THE HANDMAIDEN

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


    STICKMAN - THE RED TURTLE

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


    LARRY - HACKSAW RIDGE

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


    LARRY: HEY...myoscarpicksarentbullshit.


    NUNUNUNUNUMBER FIVE

    MADHERO – COCO

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


    STICKMAN – JOHN WICK CHAPTER 2

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


    LARRY – STRONGER

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


    STICKMAN: GOD DAMNIT MAD, COCO AIN'T EVEN OUT HERE YET.


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


    MADHERO: I'M SORRY, MY DUDES! MAYBE IT'LL BE IN YOUR 2017 FILM IN 2018 LIST


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


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


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


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


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


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


    LARRY: Still haven't seen either John Wicks.


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


    NUUUUUUUUUUUUUUMBER FOUR

    MADHERO – SPIDER-MAN HOMECOMING

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


    STICKMAN – WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES

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


    LARRY – GET OUT

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


    NUMBER THTHTHTHTHREE

    MADHERO – BABY DRIVER

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


    STICKMAN – DUNKIRK

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


    LARRY – DUNKIRK

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


    GOTTA TAKE A NUMBER TWO

    MADHERO – OKJA 

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


    STICKMAN – BABY DRIVER

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


    LARRY – THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI

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


    STICKMAN: God damnit LARRY THAT FILM ISN'T OUT HERE YEEETTT.


    LARRY: WELL GET TO IT WHEN IT DOES COME. AND I LOVED OKJA TOO


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


    STICKMAN: Oh shit. Discourse.



    NUMMMMMMMMMMBER ONE

    MADHERO – BLADE RUNNER 2049

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


    STICKMAN – BLADE RUNNER 2049


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


    LARRY – I, TONYA

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


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


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


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


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


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


    LARRY: Roger Deakins better win a FUCKING OSCAR.


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


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


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


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


    LARRY: I KNOW OKAY BUT THESE ARE MY FEELINGS SO SUCK IT UP


    STICKMAN: MY FEEELIINNGS ARE IT'S PROBABLY GOOD BUT I AIN'T SEE SO WHOOPSEEE.


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


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


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


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


    LARRY: Ooooh shrimp.


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


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


    STICKMAN: FUCK. ANOTHER YEAR OR SUFFERING. SEE YOU THEN.


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

  • My Skyrim mod notes

    1 month ago

    squidgeart

    Add more plants (ferns, lavender,nightshade,) for clutter

    add some silver jugs - for clutter

    add some static solitude shields - for clutter

    remove the fake madame statue

    remove some of the braziers from the 'sexy solitude' mod

    add more laundry with the laundry mod

    add some light near the solitude port entrance

    add a troll skull near pulcinello

    fix the top of the merchant's stalls

    add more stalls - for clutter

    cover up bits in the town that show clipping issues (notably the house near castle dour)

    remove the double ground with the floating thing in solitude row

    add more mist in the tail end of the tail end



  • ABANDONED SCHOOL (Now Ruin)

    4 months ago

    squidgeart

    PLEASE SHARE - ABANDONED SCHOOL (Now Ruin)

    ABANDONED - Smithfield Plains Primary & Junior Primary School

    Smithfield Plains Primary & Junior Primary School was once a thriving school attended hundreds of students over its many years of operation - now its a ruin.



  • Bacrylic's Share / Squaretale Game Update

    5 months ago

    Bacrylic

    I know I dropped off for a while, but thats because I had landed some work working for another pixel game with a group local to my area. I don't have a day job so this was a nice turn of events to make some money for a change. I've only recently gotten some time to work on my own game, so here are some attack combos I'm working on. My partner and I are discussing our preferences for now. 

    #1

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    #2

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    #3

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    #4

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    #5

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    Fun fact about these animations. These are all moves that I did while a friend recorded me for reference. Naturally I didn't look as epic. 


    For our purposes I'm favoring #4, but let me know which ones you like in the comments. 


    Recently seen a video discussing the importance of constant updates on social media for projects like this. I'll try to stay current. Our website still isn't up at the moment. I really need to light a fire under my partner's ass for that one.  

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  • From the maker of FH machinima comes...

    6 months ago

    squidgeart

    Big Bad Wolves: Royal Blood!


    I'm the person who made the FH Twits & Crits machinima on the Let's Play Community channel. I made this for fun, I hope other RT fans will enjoy it.


    Werewolf Tracey beliefs in friendship is tested when she uncovers a disturbing secret at the heart of Blackstone's royalty.


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    Written, Produced, Machinimated, Edited & Narrated 
    by Luigi Pangaro

    Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is copyright of Bethesda Softworks. 
    I DO NOT own the game. Just a big fan. 

    Script Doctors
    Dorian Stranger Rix
    Tara Jenkinson


    "Kaleidoscope Tapestry" Music by Angie Starr Psarombas
    of the Weeping Angels
    angiestarr007/youtube.com
    www.shojones.com


    All other music by Kevin MacLeod of http://incompetech.com


  • I need help - playtesting my mod

    6 months ago

    squidgeart

    To celebrate the release of Big Bad Wolves: Royal Blood on July 11!

    Luxury, Storage and Crafting! This townhouse is fully stocked and ready for all adventurers! Located in the Rift, it gives lovely views of the forest with your very own merchant and unique sword!

    Want to help test this mod? Leave a comment below or tweet at me: http://twitter.com/squidgeart & I will find a way to contact you! Limited spots only.



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  • Bacrylic's Share

    6 months ago

    Bacrylic

    Story #5

    Onion Dip Eruption

    This story starts off on a morning before school. Now I don't know what it is with mornings, but I can not have cereal early in the morning. When I do, halfway through the day my stomach starts to get upset. I don't know why, but this always used to happen. So I was prone to eating really salty food for breakfast, and I don't mean I made eggs with bacon. I'm talking about food you might eat for lunch. When I ate that kind of stuff my stomach wasn't bothered. 


    So on this particular morning I decide I'm gonna eat some chips with french onion dip. I know, its a balanced breakfast. I love french onion dip, but for reasons to come it is not the best choice for a first meal. At the moment I wasn't regretting a thing, even the onion breath. 


    I have two sisters. The eldest was customarily the one who drove us to school since she'd gotten her license. While me and my youngest abuse the fact that neither of our parents are driving, we don't buckle up. By the way kids, never do this. 


    Now my sister wasn't the best driver. She was in the habit of multitasking why driving. One time I saw her driving with her knee, while looking at the vanity mirror to apply makeup, and eating a biscuit. For arguments sake her hands were not at 10 and 2. We were coming up on a stop sign we always hit to go into town when our sister tells us to buckle up. Prior to which my youngest and I were ripping on her for doing all this crazy shit while driving. We eventually get buckled up, but I'm not entirely buckled. At this age I'm relatively short, and when I buckle up the seatbelt digs into my neck and its really uncomfortable. This is why I would often fold the belt that runs across my chest, behind my back and just be supported by the one across my waist.


    Well we make it to the stop sign, and my sister's next move is to make a left. Only she pulls out to do so and all I can remember is a huge slam of force throwing my upper body to my left. I can now say that I had slammed my head against the console and blacked out. 


    While I was out I had a dream that was pretty much like an animated version of a child's crayon drawing posted on a fridge. I eventually come to and I'm hunched over still in the vehicle. I have know idea what happened. I don't see either of my sisters, and when I try to lift myself up I get a serious pain coming from my stomach. So I keep my self tilted forward, unable to move. My stomach is still throbbing. Then the passenger door opens and a lady I don't recognize tries to talk to me. I really didn't want to talk, because that was only making my stomach feel worse. She asks me a few questions like what grade I'm in and I think I might've misspoke and said I was elementary. I was that short so it wasn't that hard to believe. 


    Some time later the ambulance arrives and they get me out of the vehicle. They strap me to a flat board from head to toe. I can see my sisters now and they're gettin the same treatment. Also this is doing wonders for my stomach if you didn't guess.


     So I'm on this flatboard right. An I don't know what kind of ambulance this was but it looked like it had these grooves on the sides of the interior. They picked me up on this board and slid the side into the grooves and I was leveraged onto the side of the wall. While laying flat this whole time I can feel the chaos brewing from this morning's breakfast. I make quick work of telling the EMTs that I'm gonna explode, but they don't take me off the flatboard. Instead they tilt the board on this groove so I'm pretty much at an angle now. I suspect they wanted me to arch my vomit off to the side, but that shift caused my insides to rethink their plan. I tell them I can't vomit yet and they set me back down. Not even a minute passes while my stomach readjusts and commences with project evacuation. I erupt like a gyser. Spewing up mushy potato chips, french onion dip, and due to gravity existing it had to come back down. All over my face and hair. The one time in my life I actually saw an event happen in slowmotion and let me tell ya guys, it smelled amazing. I kind of wished they had shelved one of my sisters under me so they might've caught some of the backsplash. That would've been hilarious.   


    But for some insight into what had happened because I was blacked out. Apparently my sister tried to pull out while there was an oncoming car. The car hit our front left side and somehow we end up in a ditch. I was told one of my sisters were screaming, I don't know why, and one had a slight leg injury from the collision, but nothing serious. My eldest sister told me she thought I was dead because I was unresponsive. But instead of trying to check my pulse or see if I was breathing, she tried shaking me. People that is not what you do to an unconcious person. Shaking someone like that could break their neck, I think I heard that somewhere. Ultimately no one was severely injured so rest assured. The car that hit us did have a kid who wasn't buckled correctly into his car seat and did require stitches on his lip. He was fine, and oddly enough I saw that kid today in town, grown up, reminding me of this story. His lip still looks the way it does from the stitches though, which makes me feel kind of bad.


    So I'm not gonna end this say something misogynistic about female drivers, and touch that whole stereotype. Just that due to both my sister's track record, they don't set the best example. Yes, she was at fault for that wreck.

  • Public Art At Play

    7 months ago

    squidgeart

    Re-upload of my TV show. Yeah, I had a TV show when I was 23. I am both proud and ashamed of this project. I'm going to try to upload the others and the 2011 season, but copyWRONG issues and quality and such. oh dear. Apologies for any sound quality issues and non HD. Back then I was known as Squidge Pangaro.

    Monoliths is a fascinating and funny look at the connection between public art and society. It uncovers the social aspects behind public art works and public art spaces in an informative and light-hearted way.

    Originally broadcast on 44 Adelaide TV in Adelaide, Australia 2009, Aurora TV in Sydney, Australia in 2009 & Face TV in New Zealand in 2010.

    Available as a video podcast: https://itunes.apple.com/podcast/monoliths/id383041253
    And
    hey follow this spinoff Fb web page: http://bit.ly/2sAJHgX

    All music by Kevin MacLeod of http://incompetech.com



  • Woodyman’s Backloggery #4 #5 #6 #7 – Mega Man X, X2, X3, & X4

    8 months ago

    Woodyman

    When I first undertook this backloggery idea, I had no idea what I was getting into. I made some crazy mistakes, that made this WAY more difficult than it needed to be.


    The BIGGEST mistake I made was putting a bunch of games in a series in a row on the backlog. Before I edited the backlog list, I was originally going to play ALL Halo games in a row, and ALL Final Fantasy games I own in a row.

     

    The Mega Man X series is the reason I changed my backlog. These are fun games, but playing them back to back drove me a bit insane.

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    That’s why I’m going to review all the Mega Man X games I played REAL QUICK!

     

    Review #4 – Mega Man X

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    Going from the NES Mega Man games, to Mega Man X was a HUGE jump in quality. I love the NES games more just for nostalgia, but Mega Man X is the best in the series. Huge improvement to mobility, secrets, weapons and bosses. Also, the music in this first Mega Man X game is fucking amazing. I love this game!

     

    Review #5 – Mega Man X2

     


    Mega Man X2 improved Mega Man X graphically, musically, and with level design. Yet, somehow I don’t like this one as much as the original Mega Man X. It’s probably nostalgia, but there’s a charm in the original that Mega Man X2 just didn’t have for me. It’s still a great game.

     


    Review #6 – Mega Man X3

    Awesome game. Awesome Mega Man X game. My least favorite. Nothing stood out, I still don’t remember it, and I beat it twice.

    Review #7 – Mega Man X4

    This is going to ruffle some feathers, but Mega Man X4 is my second favorite in the series. It has the same charm as the first with fantastic level design, and also some of the best Robot Masters in the series (yes I’m calling them robot masters, I’m a Mega Man NES junkie). What I REALLY loved about this game is the ability to play as Mega Man X or Zero right from the beginning. Each level can be played with either character, and they require different strategies for each character. It’s very similar to the above games, and just as good.

     


  • Red vs Blue Episode 5 Teaser

    8 months ago

    TharenRooster

    I loved the old Next time on Red vs Blue videos so i made my own for the upcoming episode.

    Disclaimer in video is if this is not ok by Rooster Teeth or any staff ill instantly remove it but i think it's a nice spoiler free tease for those about to see the new episode. let me know your thoughts tho :D



  • Longer than Expected...

    8 months ago

    ArotTheKarot

    Okay, I probably should've had my new blog finished by now... but there's a plethora of reasons I haven't yet. Working late all the time, spending time with my friends, family, girlfriend, etc. And yeah... a lot of other reasons that I won't touch on for a while (maybe if I ever get on our group chat anytime soon. Sorry, guys). But anyway... I finally have a couple of days to relax, so I should be able to get everything finished soon. No promises though. If you couldn't guess, it's an analysis on Wander from Shadow of the Colossus. I honestly went into this one thinking he would be barely above peak human. Turns out, that's pretty far from the case. Colossus #5 gives him his best durability and speed feats, and uh... yeah. Anyway, I'll be doing a lot of physics, and I couldn't have done this without you guys. Thank you so much for your help and always being here for me. I'll be around when I can, and I'll finish the blog ASAP. See you around! I love y'all <3

  • Rooster Teeth & You: What keeps RT alive?

    8 months ago

    Gorlin Goltz Gorlin

    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. 


  • Fallout 4 - Saugus Ironworks roleplay VO test

    10 months ago

    squidgeart

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  • Four in February 2017: How This Year Fared

    10 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.

  • Tabletop Tales: Things Sent to the Moon

    11 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...)

  • Wishlist, sort of.

    1 year ago

    beastdude Rock god in training

    So I don't use the 'new' wishlist feature since the redo of the web site. But I have kept and made a note of everything in the store that I'd like. Things like lack of money, physical space at home, and lack of money have stopped me buying stuff these days.

    That being said, I thought it'd be funny if I made a journal of my current noted wishlist here. Not everything noted is currently available, or will be available again, but I've kept the note just incase. Also some prices may be wrong. The prices on some are noted in £ instead of $ as I looked them up on the UK store, but I stopped doing that when making the notes for the new stuff. Prepare your wallets :P


    the slo mo guys on itunes, google play, amazon
    RVBX: Ten Years of Red vs. Blue Exclusive 15-Disc Blu-Ray Boxed Set - $179.95
    A Simple Walk Into Mordor DVD - $9.95
    Fails of the Weak: Halo Edition DVD - $9.95
    rwby volume 1 dvd - $19.95
    rwby volume 2 dvd - $19.95
    RWBY Volume 3 Blu-Ray / DVD combo pack - $24.95
    RWBY Volumes 1-3: Beacon SteelBook Blu-ray Set - $39.95 [get this instead of the above 3 dvds]
    rvb season 11 dvd - $19.95
    rvb season 12 dvd - $19.95
    rvb season 13 dvd - $19.95
    Red vs Blue Season 14 Special Edition Blu-Ray / DVD Combo Pack - $24.95
    RVB Chorus Trilogy (seasons 11-13) blu ray steel book - $39.95 [get this instead of the above 3 dvds]
    The Best Red vs. Blue DVD Ever of all time - $9.95
    The Best of Rooster Teeth Shorts DVD - $9.95
    Rooster Teeth Shorts - Volumes 4 & 5 - DVD - $11.95
    The Best of the Rooster Teeth Animated Adventures DVD - $9.95
    The Best of Rooster Teeth Animated Adventures - Volume 2 - DVD - $9.95
    X-Ray and Vav Seasons 1 & 2 Blu-Ray / DVD combo pack - $24.95
    Lazer Team Unrated Director's Cut Blu-Ray/DVD Combo Pack - $24.95


    Red vs. Blue Season 12 Soundtrack CD - $11.95
    Red vs. Blue Season 13 Soundtrack CD - $11.95


    Burnie Bobble Head - £18.50
    gus bobble head - $24.95
    RWBY Ruby Figure - £26.50
    RWBY Weiss Figure - $34.95
    RWBY Blake Figure - $34.95
    RWBY Yang Figure - $34.95
    RWBY Jaune Figure - $34.95
    RWBY Nora Figure - $34.95
    RWBY Pyrrha Figure - $34.95
    RWBY Ren Figure - $34.95
    Team RWBY 4 Set Vinyl Figures - $39.95
    RWBY Blind Box Jazwares Figures (Series 1) - $6.95 [1 randomized figure per box out of 11 characters]
    RWBY Mercury Figure - $34.95
    RWBY Emerald Figure
    RWBY Roman Figure
    RWBY Cinder Figure


    RWBY Yang Plush - $18.95
    RWBY Blake Plush - $18.95
    RWBY Weiss Plush - $18.95
    RWBY Ruby Plush - $18.95
    RWBY Yang Chibi Plush - $12.95
    RWBY Blake Chibi Plush - $12.95
    RWBY Weiss Chibi Plush - $12.95
    RWBY Ruby Chibi Plush - $12.95
    ORF Plushie - $12.95


    Kinda Funny Smiley Plush - $19.95

    Rooster Teeth Throw Pillow - $29.95
    Funhaus Throw Pillow - $29.95
    AH Off Topic Throw Pillow - $29.95
    RWBY Throw Pillow - $29.95


    Button Bundle - All Four Button Packs - $19.95
    achievement hunter button pack 1 - $5.95
    RWBY Button Pack - $5.95
    X-Ray & Vav Button Pack - $5.95
    RWBY Button Pack #3 - $5.95
    Achievement Hunter Button Pack #2 - $5.95
    Rooster Teeth Button Pack #3 - $5.95
    Lazer Team Button Pack #1 - $5.95
    Funhaus Button Pack #1 - $5.95
    RWBY chibi button pack - $5.95
    Lazer Team Lapel Pin - $4.95
    Funhaus Logo Lapel Pin - $4.95
    Achievement Hunter Logo Lapel Pin - $4.95


    Achievement Hunter Key Chain and Bottle Opener - $6.95
    Podcast Key Chain and Bottle Opener - £5.50
    Rooster Teeth Cock Bite Logo Key Chain and Bottle Opener - $6.95

    Memory is the Key Keychain for £6.50
    RT Logo Embossed Metal Keychain - $7.95
    AH Logo Embossed Metal Keychain - $7.95
    RWBY Logo Embossed Metal Keychain - $7.95
    funhaus logo embossed metal keychain - $7.95
    Mad King Embossed Metal Keychain - $9.95
    Mogar Embossed Metal Keychain - $9.95
    ORF Embossed Metal Keychain - $9.95


    rtaa playing cards - $6.95 [keep this one sealed as already got an open deck]
    achievement hunter playing cards - $6.95 [keep this one sealed as already got an open deck]
    Red vs Blue Playing Cards - $6.95 [keep this one sealed as already got an open deck]
    rwby playing cards - $6.95 [when buying get 2 decks, keep one sealed and open the other one]
    Shows of Rooster Teeth Playing Cards - $6.95 [when buying get 2 decks, keep one sealed and open the other one]


    'new' Rooster Teeth Logo Baseball Hat for $24.95
    Achievement Hunter Baseball Hat for $24.95
    Achievement Hunter Military Hat for £18.50
    Funhaus Baseball Hat - $24.95
    Rooster Teeth Hat - $24.95 {if they have it at the stall, also check the sizes [s/m and l/xl]}.
    PLG Logo Snapback Hat - $26.95


    RWBY Yang Emblem Vinyl Decal (Yellow) - $4.95
    RWBY Blake Emblem Vinyl Decal (Black) - $4.95
    RWBY Weiss Emblem Vinyl Decal (White) - $4.95
    RWBY Ruby Emblem Vinyl Decal (Red) - $4.95
    Rooster Teeth Logo Vinyl Decal (Red) - £3.75
    Achievement Hunter Logo Vinyl Decal (Green) - £3.75
    Lazer Team DETIA Seal Vinyl Decal (Black) - $5.95
    RWBY Ren Emblem Vinyl Decal - $5.95
    RWBY Pyrrha Emblem Vinyl Decal - $5.95
    RWBY Nora Emblem Vinyl Decal - $5.95
    RWBY Jaune Emblem Vinyl Decal - $5.95
    RWBY Emerald Emblem Vinyl Decal - $5.95
    RWBY Mercury Emblem Vinyl Decal - $5.95
    RWBY Roman Emblem Vinyl Decal - $5.95
    RWBY Cinder Emblem Vinyl Decal - $5.95


    RvB Mother of Invention Coffee Mug for £9.50
    rwby logo mug - $12.95
    achievement hunter logo mug - $12.95
    rooster teeth logo coffee mug - £9.50
    Rooster Teeth Logo Coffee Mug - $12.95
    On The Spot Logo Coffee Mug - $12.95
    RWBY Beacon Emblem Coffee Mug - $12.95


    Achievement Hunter Insulated Tumbler - $12.95 
    RWBY Insulated Tumbler - $12.95
    Rooster Teeth Insulated Tumbler - $12.95
    Lazer Team Hot/Cold Tumbler - $12.95


    AH Black on Black Silipint - $11.95
    Rooster Teeth Black on Black Silipint - $11.95
    Rooster Teeth Silipint - $11.95
    Funhaus Logo Silipint - $11.95
    RWBY Yang Emblem Silipint - $11.95
    RWBY Blake Emblem Silipint - $11.95
    RWBY Weiss Emblem Silipint - $11.95
    RWBY Ruby Emblem Silipint - $11.95
    Kinda Funny Logo Silipint - $11.95
    Cow Chop White Logo Silipint - $11.95
    AH Logo Silipint - $11.95


    ScrewAttack Bolt Logo Shot Glass - $6.95
    Funhaus Logo Shot Glass - $6.95
    Lazer Team Logo Shot Glass - $6.95
    Game Attack Shot Glass - $6.95
    Kinda Funny Shot Glass - $6.95
    Cow Chop Logo Shot Glass - $6.95
    Always Open Shot Glass - $6.95


    AH Off Topic Podcast Logo Pint Glass - $10.95
    Funhaus Logo Pint Glass - $10.95
    RWBY Logo Pint Glass - $10.95
    Let's Play Logo Pint Glass - $10.95


    RWBY Coasters - $19.95
    Funhaus Logo Coasters - $19.95
    Rooster Teeth Coasters - $19.95
    RVB Coasters - $19.95
    Kinda Funny Coasters - $19.95
    Achievement Hunter Logo Coasters - $19.95
    Cow Chop Coasters - $19.95


    RWBY Ruby Emblem Stainless Steel Bottle - $24.95
    Achievement Hunter Logo Stainless Steel Bottle - $24.95
    Rooster Teeth Logo Stainless Steel Bottle - $24.95


    RWBY Glamour Poster (24" x 36") - $10.95


    Achievement Hunter Logo Patch - £4.50
    Rooster Teeth Logo Patch - £4.50


    AH Slap Bands #6 - Set of Two (Nice Dynamite and X-Ray & Vav) - £5.50
    AH Slap Bands #5 - Set of Two (Team Lads and Team Gents) - £5.50
    AH Slap Bands #4 - Set of Two (Free Edgar & Mark Nutt) - £5.50


    Rooster Teeth Logo Flag - $29.95
    Achievement Hunter Logo Flag - $29.95
    Funhaus Logo Flag - $29.95


    Achievement Hunter Logo Belt Buckle - $29.95


    Achievement Hunter Metallic Tattoos - Set of 4 - $4.95
    Rooster Teeth Metallic Tattoos - Set of 4 - $4.95


    Achievement Hunter 3D Metallic Emblem - $14.95
    Rooster Teeth 3D Metallic Emblem - $14.95
    Funhaus 3D Metallic Emblem - $14.95
    RWBY Logo 3D Metallic Emblem - $14.95


    Achievement Hunter Logo Tie - $39.95
    Rooster Teeth Logo Tie - $39.95


    Rooster Teeth Logo Sterling Silver Pendant - $29.95
    Achievement Hunter Logo Logo Sterling Silver Pendant - $29.95
    RWBY Logo Sterling Silver Pendant - $29.95


    Red vs Blue Key Cap - $6.95
    Kinda Funny Key Cap - $6.95
    Rooster Teeth Key Cap - $6.95
    Funhaus Key Cap - $6.95
    Achievement Hunter Key Cap - $6.95
    RWBY Key Cap - $6.95
    Cow Chop Key Cap - $6.95


    Achievement Hunter Microplush Blanket - $34.95
    Rooster Teeth Microplush Blanket - $34.95
    X-Ray & Vav Double-Sided Microplush Blanket - $34.95
    RWBY Double-Sided Microplush Blanket - $34.95
    Funhaus Microplush Blanket - $34.95


    Rooster Teeth Shower Curtain - White - $69.95
    Rooster Teeth Shower Curtain - Black - $69.95
    Red vs Blue Shower Curtain - Black - $69.95
    Achievement Hunter Shower Curtain - $69.95
    RWBY Logo Shower Curtain - $69.95


    achievement hunter lanyard - $4.95
    rooster teeth lanyard - $4.95


    Rooster Teeth Christmas Stocking - $19.95


    RTAA Sun Shield - $34.95
    RWBY Logo Vanity Plate - $19.95


    RvB Ultimate Fan Guide Book - $19.99 (around £10? on amazon)


    RWBY Japan 4 Button Set with Pouch - $24.95
    RWBY Official Japanese Fan Book - Revised Edition - $24.95


  • My Top 5 Introductions to Anime!

    1 year ago

    Miles Miles

    Hey guys!


    For those of you who've been following Fan Service, you'll know we recently talked about which anime series we'd recommend to people who've never watched anime before, but are curious about where they should start! We decided on The Boy and The Beast, Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood, and EITHER Cowboy Bebop or Samurai Champloo. Now, before we came to those conclusions, we had to come up with some lists of our own, so here's mine (in no particular order)!


    1. Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood

    If you've always thought cartoons are just for kids, this series will prove you wrong. It's not the shortest series, but it's an epic journey that follows two brothers on their quest to right their wrongs and repair their bodies after a terrible alchemy accident. The story gets WAY crazier from there, but I think what's great about this show is its variety of tone and relatable themes. You'll get action, comedy, drama, and even a splash of horror with FMAB, and even though the world and characters are all fantastical, their internal struggles and relationships are extremely realistic. Family, duty, friendship, and love are things I think we can all relate to, and FMAB has them in spades.


    2. Cowboy Bebop

    This is the show that got me into anime. Period. Like... I just fucking love it, man.


    (Okay, now that that's out of the way.)


    Bebop is an older anime, but I'd argue the style and characters keep it feelin' fresh. It's a show about space cowboys hunting bounties that's supported by an INCREDIBLE jazz and western score. This show is bittersweet, through and through. Don't expect the hero to always win, don't expect the guy to get the girl, expect a hard and lonely journey with rare yet beautiful moments of levity. At it's core, Cowboy Bebop is a story about a man trying to run from his past, while his past is actively seeking him out. I think what makes it a great intro anime is that a lot of the ingredients the show is playing with are pretty familiar to western audiences. Oh, and it's also got some incredible action sequences. OH, and not to get spoilery, but I highly recommend watching the end credits every time. The song that plays is called Real Folk Blues and I'll say that after hearing it twenty-something times at the end of every episode, it made one moment in the series absolutely breathtaking.


    3. The Boy and The Beast

    I really don't want to tell you much about this film. It's a recent release, the animation is gorgeous, and the story is beautiful. A boy is in need of a father figure and a beast is in need of a pupil. The two must learn to work with one another and learn as much as they can from each other. It'll make you fucking cry. Again, themes are incredibly relatable here and it's a much smaller time commitment than starting a series.


    4. The Devil is a Part-Timer

    Okay, so the number one reason I'm recommending this is because it's simply a comedy (and a damn good one at that). There is no crazy, heart-breaking stuff, there is no super convoluted plot (though the show does poke fun at them), this show is STRAIGHT UP designed to make you laugh. The pilot opens with what appears to be a stereotypical westerner's idea of what anime is: Magical beings and fantastical lands, an epic battle for survival against demon armies, a list of what appear to be mini-boss style antagonists that our heroes must defeat by the time the show is over!


    Yeah, fuck that shit.


    Within minutes, Devil sets up a fantasy world, then throws it away, placing our characters in modern day Tokyo, confused and... hilariously ill-equipped to deal with our society. Lord Satan gets a job at McDonald's  aaaaaand hilarity ensues. There is a subplot that keeps things interesting throughout the series, but don't expect any groundbreaking stuff from it. It provides for some interesting character relationships, but beyond that there's not much. I will say, I watched this one in Japanese and the VAs fucking slayed me. I actually had to pause an episode because I was crying with laughter. Good shit, yo.


    5. Erased

    So this was a 12-episode story we followed during the pilot season of Fan Service, and it's wonderful. It's essentially a murder mystery/character drama with one mystical twist: the main character has the ability to travel through time... but not entirely at his own free will. The story we're left with is one of a young man who must solve a mystery in the past in order to prevent catastrophe in the future. It has some of the most touching moments I've seen in an anime and deals with some very real-world issues (such as child abuse, mental illness, and single parenting). This show actually got my MOM to watch anime, so that's pretty impressive. It's not always the most unpredictable show, but I think it's execution is superb.


    So yeah! If you're looking for places to start, those would be my recommendations! Hope you guys enjoy!

    -m