Eftrou 166: movies to beat the heat

Greetings EftRou Troopers I’m back and ready to share our latest episode with all of you!  As you may have heard I was out this last week due to a rather nasty sunburn. With that being said this week Q and I find the best movies to “beat the heat” with given it’s been rather toasty here in Colorado.  Also we take time to review a movie neither of us have seen before, called Swingers.

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Beating the heat with movies

Bruce Willis in Die Hard 2

Bruce Willis in Die Hard 2

With some of the hottest months of summer we took some time to find movies to chill out with.  Q and I had some similar thoughts to our picks and the following are a few in no particular order.

1. Die Hard 2

2. Empire Strikes Back

3. The Thing

4. Day after tomorrow

5. Misery

Tell us what movies you think are perfect for “beating the heat”. Leave a comment below, Tweet us or post on our Facebook Fanpage.

Retro DVD Review

The Swingers Gang

The Swingers Gang

You may not know this, but Q and I have never seen Swingers and if you listened to the last episode you heard that one of Mike’s picks for who he would want to hang out with was Vince Vaughn‘s character “Trent” from Swingers.  So, we took the time to see this flick which also stars: Jon Favreau of “Iron Man (2008)” “Iron Man 2 (2010)” fame, Ron Livingston “Office Space (1999)” and the always lovely Heather Graham in a brief scene at the end of the film.

Undoubtedly this is a great Guy movie and is “so money, baby!” & is worth taking a look at. Listen in to hear what else we had to say.  If you feel the same or have a great line you want to share with us?  Drop us a line, baby, it’ll be money!

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).

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 153: the cornicopia episode

This weeks a bunch of bits from around the internet, TV and movies.  Its a short one as its only Q and SquareRoss.  We chat about all kinds of fun things this week and send some love out to our fans that have been commenting and sharing with us on our Fan page.  Sit back and enjoy this latest installment of EftRoU!

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Walking Dead, Movie Trailers, Viral Marketing and more!

Walking Dead Poster

Walking Dead Poster

So we talked about ruining a show potentially for the fans.  If you haven’t heard yet on the pre-order page for The Walking Dead Season 2 DVD set a MAJOR spoiler regarding the fate of a character by the end of the season was accidentally (or was it…?) revealed.  I think with a show like this its safe to say all bets are off on main characters not dying.  IF you want to spoil the surprise death for yourself click here (warning this may enrage you when you find out so don’t send us hate mail).

Men In Black 3 Viral Poster

Men In Black 3 Viral Poster

The Crew talks about a lot of Movie Trailers including:  MIB 3, Avengers, Prometheus Viral TED Talk video as well as the movie GOON.  We also ask ourselves… “do we really need viral marketing in our daily lives?” (Find out who agrees and disagrees)

Well that’s it for this edition of EftRoU, we hope you enjoyed it as always.  We would love to have you join the conversation on twitter via @entfortherest you can also find the crew on twitter: Q (@aka_q) and me SquareRoss (@SquareRoss) or send us an e-mail at heyyouguys@eftrou.com.

Dragon Tattoo Review

I went into this movie without having read the book or seen the original movie.  The only reason I even knew of its existence is because my husband has seen the original and I’ve noticed the movie sitting in the instant queue on Netflix. I was looking forward to seeing this movie because I like Daniel Craig, and it looked interesting enough.  I’d have to say that I did enjoy it, but watch out if you’re not one for too much sexually graphic content.  I honestly can appreciate a movie from time to time that is willing to show the good, bad, and ugly.  A good movie is hard to forget and I have found myself still thinking about the two and a half hour long adventure days later.

The movie stars Daniel Craig who is an investigator and he is asked to look over an old unsolved mystery case of the murder of a girl. Christopher Plummer invites him to stay in a house on his island in which most of the family resides where he can do his research. Whether he finds anything new or not he’ll be paid, so why not try.  Unfortunately during his investigation, Plummer’s character becomes ill and is in the hospital unable to communicate.  As Craig’s character works to find answers, he finds a helping hand from Lisbeth, a socially awkward young girl who’s lived a hard life. How they come together is explained.  Before they meet, the first part of the movie shows who she is and the type of life she lives.  Not a pleasant first half of the movie at times, but regardless still an exciting and suspenseful film.  Being that I have not read the book, I can only hope that fans of this story were pleased by this new film.

With this being a very dramatic and serious film, the actors did a great job portraying their roles. There were some very difficult scenes that left me thinking, I don’t know how they did it.  I usually enjoy watching Daniel Craig and that was no exception in this movie.  He’s good at what he does and nice to look at as well.  Rooney Mara played Lisbeth, who had a very challenging role and played it superbly. She must have had to step outside of her comfort zone quite a bit and got the job done well.

Don’t want to say too much more about the movie.  I think it is a must see in theatres if you’re into this type of movie.  I am unable to compare the movie with the original or the book, so its difficult for me to know of any flaws or things that could have been better.  If you’re looking for a better comparison in this regard I would recommend listening to the podcast where “Q” and “Square” talk about their thoughts on the film. Thanks for reading!

EftRoU 143: Just add sugar…

Well the Christmas holiday is over, Q and SquareRoss along with the Moderator are back with a short episode full of spies  and an impossible missions.  Sit back and enjoy as this message will self destruct in 5 seconds (not really but we could pretend, right).

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Feature Flick

Ethan Hunt Scales Burj Khalifa

Ethan Hunt Scales Burj Khalifa

Our feature flick this week sees the return of beloved action hero Ethan Hunt in the fourth installment of the Mission Impossible series which has been very successful over the last 10+ years.  In this latest adventure we find ourselves along for the ride with Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise), Benji Dunn (Simon Pegg), Jane (Paula Patton) and IMF Chief Analyst, Brandt (Jeremy Renner) racing against the clock to stop a plan of starting a nuclear war with the US, put in to motion by Hendricks (Michael Nyqvist).  The team also faces the challenge of having no help from the IMF division of the US Government after being blamed on the bombing of the Kremlin.  The film takes us on a wild ride across the world in and out of some amazing scenes including possibly the craziest stunt to save the day that Ethan Hunt has ever done.

The Rogue IMF Team

The Rogue IMF Team

Brad Bird does a great job with his first live action film after having done such great films as UP, The Incredibles and many other animated films and tv shows.  J.J. Abbrams (Alias, Lost, Star Trek), Bryan Burk (Lost, Star Trek) return to produce the latest installment of the franchise along side Tom Cruise.  After seeing this movie the EftRoU Crew cannot wait for another as this was well paced and had a fun story which has injected new life into this franchise.

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!