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 163: waterboarding for all…

 

Greetings fans thanks for listening, as always.  This week the crew chats about Safe House on DVD & Blu-Ray as well as our thoughts on those after credits scenes appearing in big movies.  Myself and Mike hijacking the show to chat up about Joel Kinneman and The Killing Season 2 Finale!

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DVD Review

Denzel Washington in Safe House

Denzel Washington in Safe House

Mike and Q took some time this last week to pickup Safe House (2012) staring Denzel WashingtonRyan Reynolds Vera Farmiga and Robert Patrick.  Safe House centers around CIA agent Matt Weston (Ryan Reynolds) who is tasked with looking after a fugitive. But when his safe house is attacked, Weston finds himself on the run with his charge Tobin Frost (Denzel Washington). Find out why Mike wasn’t confused during this spy movie, like he has been in the past.  We also talk about past Denzel Washington films and make an interesting discovery.

After credits scenes

After Credits Scene #2 From The Avengers

After Credits Scene #2 From The Avengers

We’ve been chatting amongst ourselves about what we like and don’t like about these fun scenes that producers and directors sneak in.  Some examples are the bloopers from Horrible Bosses, the after, after credits scene from The Avengers and all of the past Marvel Iron Man, Thor, & Hulk films.  We all take turns sharing our favorite after credit scenes and in the process take time to discuss if these are even needed.

Show hijacked

In a bit of spontaneous-ness both Mike and I hijack the show to discuss TNT’s, The Killing. Joel Kinnaman (The Killing star) makes a noticeable wardrobe choice in Safe House (2012) the we just had to mention.

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 me SquareRoss (@SquareRoss).

Until next time stay safe and enjoy your entertainment!

EftRou 160: Mullet Time!

This week we assemble earths mightiest entertainment pundits, well almost mightiest, to take on the challenge of the Avengers. Before we tackle some super heroes we catch up with the crew and play “Name That Movie” (a new game from the mind of ‘Q’) and talk about our upcoming summer movie picks.

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Name That Movie

The crew partakes in a fun game called “Name That Movie”. Q toss’s out some movie quotes to find out who knows their movies best. I myself did not fair well but my fellow cast mates did a fine job. I personally think Q gave the moderator some easy ones as well as gave Mike some good hints on a couple of his.  Find out who wins and find out who ultimately goes home with nothing.

Next stop summer films both bad and good.

Prometheus Poster

Prometheus Poster

Being that the summer movie blockbuster season has begun the crew has taken it upon themselves to help you, our fans, with a guide of what to see and not to see this summer. Find out what the crew thinks of some of the upcoming summer flicks. See if our picks surprise you.

Feature Flick: Earth’s mightiest heroes assemble

Maria Hill aka Aunt Robin aka Cobie Smulders

Maria Hill aka Aunt Robin aka Cobie Smulders

It’s taken 4 years but the greatest movie event has arrived, for both comic book fans and non comic book fans. If your not familiar with this film here’s a little back story. At the end credits scene of the first Ironman film Samuel Jackson appears in a quick scene telling Tony Stark about a program called the Avengers initiative. Fast forward 8 different super hero movies later (Thor, Incredible Hulk, Captain America) and we have the Avengers finally assembling into what we felt has set the new standard of comic book films forever (or at least until Avengers 2). Last year the crew touched on some thoughts about this film. In  Episode 122 we chat about Captain America and the Marvel Avengers Civil War Series (Here our prediction on how that will tie into the Avengers movies). In Episode 112, before I was part of the show, the crew talked about the acting ability of some of the actors for the Avengers flick (feel free to fast forward to the 47 minute mark to hear that). Since we had a full crew this week we really get a broad perspective of this film.

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), ShadyTheBiker (@shadythebiker), The Moderator (@tqphoto), and me SquareRoss (@SquareRoss).

Until next time stay safe and enjoy your entertainment!

EftRou: 148 Clapfest Season…

The EftRoU crew returns this week with a new format and some entertainment news and thoughts regarding the Touch Preview event on Fox. Plus the Screen Actors Guild awards, the Pro Bowl for those sports fans listening and last but not least Oscar Nominations and Snubs.  Sit back and enjoy as we bring you another great episode.

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Touch and Screen Actors Guild Awards

FOX has brought Kiefer Sutherland back to the small screen on with the premiere of his new show titled Touch.

Touch - FOX

Touch - FOX

This has been an interesting show to wait for as it puts Sutherland in a role that is literally and completely the opposite of his Jack Bauer character, from the famous 24 series.  The show revolves around Martin Bohm (Sutherland) and his 11 year old son Jake Bohm, played by David Mazouz, who is autistic but sees the entire world differently and realizes how everyone and everything is connected.  The series is created by Tim Kring of Heroes (2006) & Chicago Hope fame.  The show definitely has me hooked but what about the rest of the crew?

Next up was the Screen Screen Actors Guild awards that were on TBS.  Q took some time to watch this years show and shares his thoughts with the crew of the highlights as well as his thoughts on the winners and losers.  We also take some time to dive into the idea of “do we really need more award shows“?  Mike and Q definitely take sides in the matter and I realize I haven’t seen nearly as many movies in the last few months as I thought.

The Oscar Nominations

Again the debate rolls onto the nominations and snubs for this years (2012) Oscars.  The crew really has some fun with this and making fun of me for not liking Cars 2 (2006) as well as making some bold statements about other animated films from PIXAR.

Billy Crystal Returns to Host

Billy Crystal Returns to Host

We talk about some interesting thoughts on what now counts as a performance when an actor has been digitized.  We don’t make our predictions this week but sure start to get a feel for what might be a winner and losers based on whats happened this awards season.

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 147: The Triple Threat….

Greetings were back in action this week with another jam-packed episode of entertainment goodness!  We start with some boobtube babble about J.J. Abrams’ next tv adventure Alcatraz then switch to a double feature of red tails and Haywire. Kick back and enjoy this weeks episode!

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JJ’s next big thing….

So shortly after Alias and LOST hit the airwaves, J.J. Abrams became a household name and Hollywood powerhouse almost overnight. In the last few years he has produced many shows and movies including FRINGE, Person of Interest (Golden Globe winner best new drama) and the 2009 reboot of the once thought dead Star Trek franchise and the fantastic Super 8 this last summer. This latest adventure has us diving into the lore of “Alcatraz” which puts a twist onto one America’s most famous prisons. The idea is that Alcatraz never shut down but instead an event occurred that made all the prisoners and staff simply vanish. Fast forward to 2012 and now those same criminals and staff are starting to appear unannounced with no signs of aging or how or why they have come back. The crew chats about what they like and didn’t like from the 2 hour premier event.

Feature flicks: Red Tails & Haywire

Q and I both decided to see different flicks this week. Q went with Red Tails, which is the story about the Tuskegee airmen.  The story follows the famous fighter pilots’ struggle to gain respect and equality from fellow Airmen of the time.  The movie showcases how well he Tuskegee airmen did in protecting many valuable bombers during the war. The airmen also proved that they were the best of the best despite what many had said about them.  The film stars Terrence HowardCuba Gooding Jr.,and David Oyelowo.

I choose to go with the latest film from famed director Steven Soderbergh called haywire which has been touted by others as the female version of the Jason Bourne series. Instead this movie is much, much more than that it’s a launching pad for MMA fighter Gina Carano‘s new found fame and potential career in Hollywood. The premise is surrounding a job that Gina’s character does for her employer and the state department,  covertly of course off the books. As with any thriller the typical betrayal and duplicity are present but not in the same formula as we have seen before. Soderbergh works his magic with flashbacks and scenes woven into the story that give you a sense of history with the various characters.  This film has a stellar set of actors that make this even more fun to watch including: Ewan McGregor, Antonio Banderas, Michael Douglas, Channing Tatum and a great as always Michael Fassbender (who has a great bare knuckles fight with Carano).