EftRoU 170: It was too preachy

It’s that time, yet again! Another Entertainment for the Rest of Us. Each week when I post the show I get a big smile on my face. That is when I do get a post up. There are still episodes in the can that I haven’t posted… someday I’ll get to it.

In this week’s show we are missing Square Ross due to some wedding he was in. So, Mike and I discuss the animated movie ParaNorman and the action flick The Expendables 2. Mike also shares some thoughts on the latest video game that is consuming his time.

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Feature Flick #1:

The movie ParaNorman

Laika Entertainment – ParaNorman

The first movie we discuss is ParaNorman. This is an animated film with voices from Anna Kendrick, Casey Affleck, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Leslie Mann, Jeff Garlin and John Goodman. ParaNorman is about a boy who can speak to the dead and learns he has to save his town from a curse. Listen in to find out what we think of this animated flick. We would like to know what you think, so leave us comment below.

Feature Flick #2:

The Expendables 2

Millennium Films – The Expendables 2

I hope you all are ready for a fun discussion about one of the biggest action films of the 2012 Summer. In The Expendables 2, Mr. Church reaches out to Barney Ross (Sylvester Stallone) and his rag-tag crew of Expendables for an easy job, but when one of his men is murdered on the job, their quest for revenge begins. Also starting in this film are some great action heroes including: Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Chuck Norris, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Bruce Willis, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Terry Crews, Randy Couture and Liam Hemsworth. Tell us what you think of The Expendables 2 by leaving a comment below.

A Bonus Segment:

For all you gamers out there Mike shares his thoughts about The Witcher 2. If you agree with his opinion let us know by leaving a comment below.

We hope you enjoy listening and we would love to hear back from you. Feel free to join the conversation on Facebook or twitter via @entfortherest. You can also find the crew on twitter: Q (@aka_q), Mike (@CB_Robinson) and SquareRoss (@SquareRoss).

Until next time…

Review of Skyrim’s DLC: Dawnguard

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim was released last November and is one of the most amazing games I’ve ever played.  Many gamers can back me on that I’m sure since it won game of the year.  It’s a role-playing game, filled with action and many interesting enemies to kill.  It takes place out of this world with archery, swords, battle axes, and a lot of magic.  When you turn on your XBOX or other gaming console and dive into Skyrim, you may forget that you have a real life.  Everything you could ever need in life is in Skyrim.  You go out into the world and explore, do whatever you want, and at your own pace.

Skyrim is the fifth of a series of games.  I have only played this and the game before this, The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion.  Oblivion’s story line was about defeating the gates of oblivion that were taking over the land.  Skyrim is a distant land from Oblivion’s Cyrodiil, and has two story lines that intertwine at times involving a war between people and another one with dragons.  I never thought I would enjoy a story line with dragons as much as I do in Skyrim, but Bethesda did a very good job with it. They always impress me with their work in making video games.  These games make you feel like you have chores. You feel you have accomplished something, and you have a huge purpose in life!  Everyone is relying on you to save the land, even if they don’t know it!

Skyrim

Skyrim Dawnguard Castle Volkihar

Bethesda’s newest excitement in Skyrim is the first DLC expansion called Dawnguard.  You have to make a choice of who you are going to fight for, and depending on that choice you will be given quests to help the side you choose.  This story line includes vampires, which also proves that I am a nerd because it makes me giddy.   Just like most expansions, you’ll be introduced to new characters and new places.  I loved the new adventures.  Very creative and explorative.  Even a dragon makes an appearance.  Not too many puzzles or traps that are overly difficult either.  You may want to play this expansion twice in order to experience the quests you will miss out on the first time.  It would be interesting to see how the game plays differently when playing the alternate route.  Some people have experienced some problems with the expansion. By that I mean glitches and bugs.  Be sure to save often!  Sometimes random things happen in the game that are not supposed to happen.  I play this game on the XBOX, so I don’t know about any glitches on other consoles.  My game has frozen once or twice since I started playing the expansion.  Unfortunately, every game and game expansion comes to an end.  The ending means everything about the story.  So was it a good ending?  For the route I took in the game, I was satisfied with the story’s ending.  You have to make a decision about something and I am usually trying to find a way to keep a peace but some characters just don’t want that.  You won’t end the expansion without gaining some new weapons and perks.  It was a fun expansion, and I didn’t want it to end.  I would say this expansion was definitely worth the download.  Hope you check it out if you’re a gamer, and if you haven’t played Skyrim at all, you should highly consider it!

 

EftRou 154: Hockey, 3D, SquareRoss Manor, Zombies….

Once again the crew is bringing you all the great entertainment from all points of the “Entertainment” universe.  We talk a little about the Movie GOON, Walter Murch’s thoughts on 3D, Mass Effect 3, SquareRoss manor… and top it off with some chat about Terra Nova being canceled, oh yea some zombies from “The Walking Dead”, so kick back, turn it up and enjoy!

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This and that

The crew is back minus Shady who couldn’t make it this week, but returning from his hockey nights Mike is back!  We kick things off with another cornucopia with bits and pieces from all over.  The crew talks some video games as well as rumors of Netflix picking up canceled shows to give them an additional leg up on the competition.

To 3D or not to 3D?

The crew talks/discus’s/debates if 3D is good or bad after reading a post which can be found here by Walter Murch.  What are your thoughts do you agree or disagree with the crew?  Also will some day our only choice be 3D films or will 2D movies still be around?

GOON and HUGO

Hugo Movie Poster

Hugo Movie Poster

We touch on the movies GOON and Hugo which just hit DVD/Blu-Ray/Digital release.  Whats unique about GOON is how its been marketed and released.  Long story short, it wasn’t picked up by a major US studio right away and ended up being released over in the UK first. It has made its release on many US outlets in the recent last couple months, now available Online through iTunes, March 28th on HDNet Movies and on March 30th in select theaters.  Mike talks about his thoughts on the movie and a little personal hockey history to go along with it.  Q and Mike also touch on HUGO and what they thought of the film and the “PSA” it was putting out at least according to Q.  This is also Martin Scorsese‘s first family film.

A little TV chatter

Walking Dead Season 2 Poster

Walking Dead Season 2 Poster

The crew tops of the show with a little bit of TV news and hopefully some insight into the big events of “The Walking Dead“, if you haven’t seen (Warning Spoilers Ahead) or heard (Warning… Spoilers Ahead) about what happened than you live under a rock as its been spoiled every which way and the other and was already known to happen due to the graphics novel’s storyline which the show is taken from.

We hope you enjoy listening and we would love to hear back from you. Feel free to join the conversation on twitter via @entfortherest you can also find the crew on twitter: Q (@aka_q), Mike (@cb_robinson), and me SquareRoss (@SquareRoss).

Until next time stay safe and enjoy your entertainment!

EftRou 144: 2011 Thoughts and 2012 Predictions

Another short one for all of you to enjoy.  Tonight its just Q and myself (SquareRoss) as the rest of the crew is wrapping up the holidays.  Q & I look back on 2011 topics that caught our eye and look forward and share what we think is going to be some highlights of 2012.  Enjoy and as usual share your thoughts with us.

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2011 Look Back

American Chopper Live: The Buildoff

American Chopper Live: The Buildoff

So Q & I wanted to kick off 2012 aka Season 3 of EftRou by taking a look back at the highlights of 2011 and sharing with you a few things that stood out for us as interesting moments in entertainment and beyond.  Q has some TV/Movie highlights as well as some thoughts about the Live special of American Chopper.  I happened to go with my Geekier side talking some video games as well as sharing my thoughts on TV and the business of entertainment, including news that caught a lot of people guard this past year.

2012, To infinity and beyond!

Fringe On Fox

Fringe On Fox

Next up Q and I attempt to prognosticate about what will be the big highlights of 2012, including that pesky end of the world rumor.  Q thinks a certain comic book movie will be big.  Square plans on seeing a trio of movies including the last Dark Knight Saga movie, A Ridley Scott film and the return to the Shire (Which Q is now on the bandwagon with).  I managed to find 2 Movies that cause pause as the fact that Q hasn’t heard of either of them. Q thinks he’s found the stinker of the year remake movie.  Lastly I stick with 1 returning favorite TV show, Fringe and another new one from the mastermind of J.J.Abrams & Company.

We always hope you enjoy listening and we would love to hear back from you. Feel free to join the conversation on twitter via @entfortherest you can also find the crew on twitter: Q (@aka_q) and me SquareRoss (@SquareRoss).

Until next time stay safe and enjoy your entertainment!

EftRou – 141: Insert Coin(s)

This week’s episode is a bit different from normal as Mike and I take on the 2011 VGA awards.  This years nominees included some amazing titles and strong contenders for some categories. Find out what Mike and I thought of each category as well as the upcoming games of 2012.

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Batman: Arkham City

Game of The year Nominee Batman: Arkham City

This year more than ever was a year of some huge games including both Battlefield 3 and Modern Warfare 3 going head to head for gamers dollars and Gears of War 3 trying to hang in there. In addition the Multiplayer world grew even bigger. Listen in to find out what game ended up taking the Best Shooter of the year and Best Multiplayer award, the results may surprise you

We cover many of the diverse categories sharing our thoughts, like if Best DLC, Best Human Male/Female are even worth having in a game. It’s an interesting discussion given we were actually seeing pixels on the screen vs real humans acting.

VGA-TRAILERS-2011

Upcoming 2012 Games

Upcoming games for 2012 include: Hitman: Absolution, Mass Effect 3, The Last of Us, The Last Guardian, BioWare’s first time taking on a RTS with Command & Conquer: Generals 2.  We comment on the long-awaited Diablo 3, Epic’s new game called Fortnight and Bioshock: Infinite.

 

We always hope you enjoy listening and we would love to hear back from you. Feel free to join the conversation on twitter via @entfortherest you can also find the crew on twitter: Mike (@cb_robinson) and me, SquareRoss (@SquareRoss).

Until next time stay safe and enjoy your entertainment!