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 162: The Return of The Crew

Greetings fans! Sorry we’ve been gone so long.  Life crept up on us and took us away for a bit.  Were back and ready to continue bringing you the best in discussion of entertainment.  In This episode were diving into Prometheus as our movie pick of the week and touch base on E3 for our gamer fans as well as the rumors of the “Iron Patriot” set pictures from Iron Man 3.

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E3 Thoughts

HALO 4 Campaign

HALO 4 Campaign

So both Mike and I are the gamers of the crew and talk briefly about our thoughts on this years E3 expo. If you are like ‘Q’ you may not know what E3 is all about, so just to give you a little idea; it is all about what’s next from the video game world and what publishers are working on.  Mike and Square seem to agree that Halo 4 looks like a solid game that will bring old and new fans back to the franchise.  Also our thoughts on the lack of new hardware announcements and if it’s a good thing or not.

Iron Man 3 rumors

Iron Patriot

Iron Patriot

So production has begun on the newest installment of the Iron Man movie series. This version will bring back Robert Downy Jr, Gweneth Paltrow and Don Cheadle.  Rumors have been swirling around about the casting news and who will play who in the next film.  Mike and I are confident that Ben Kingsley will play the Mandarin and will fill the role nicely as the baddy.  Although the biggest bit of news recently is the bit about the “Iron Patriot” suit.  Fans went into a frenzy over this and we tell Q about why this is big news.

Feature Flick: Prometheus

TED Talk Peter Weyland 2023

TED Talk Peter Weyland 2023

The crew has anticipated this film for a while and it has finally arrived!  Over the last year when the first hints of this film came down the pipe fans kept wondering why Ridley and his crew kept saying this wasn’t an Aliens universe movie.  It wasn’t until a few months ago that Ridley finally came clean and admitted this had something to do with the Alien’s franchise.  Myself, Mike and Q all come from different backgrounds going into this movie.  I in particular am a FanBoy of Sci-Fi films and dive way into the deep end of the mythology of stories like these. I love to know every nook and cranny of these fantastic universes.  Mike is a fan of the films in general and loves seeing a good sci-fi story.  Q can be a fan, but never has dived in as deep like I have.

We’ve been talking about the films great “viral” marketing campaign and since then it looks like they have taken the campaign in new directions (Take a look after the last credits to learn about a new website to go visit).  We talked about this a few shows back in which several videos appear of a young Peter Weyland played by Guy Pearce talking to a crowd at TED.  Another video is in regards to David.  Both videos can be found here (Ted Talk) and here (David Video).

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 159: Hungry Games and Robots, a fight to the death…

This week the crew gets hungry for The Hunger Games, we touch on the book and compare how different the movie seems to be.  We also talk a little about two Robot themed shows coming our way. So, sit back and enjoy another great EftRoU.

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Hunger Games Movie Poster Katniss

Hunger Games Movie Poster Katniss

We kick this week’s show off by doing something we haven’t done in a long time, a movie review… The Hunger Games (2012).  If you haven’t heard about the The Hunger Games (Wikipedia), you’ve been under a rock, it’s the first book of three written by Suzanne Collins and takes place after an unknown apocalyptic event. The basic idea… to help keep the peace and to remind citizen of a time that was much worse the leaders pit young men and women against each other in a fight to the death. Nice right! The film stars rising star Jennifer Lawrence (X-Men: First Class, Winters Bone), Josh HutchersonElizabeth Banks (40-Year old virgin, The Next 3 Days) as well as many others, including a solid performance by Woody Harrelson.  Most people probably won’t catch the surprisingly good performance by musician Lenny Kravitz, we did.  The crew and I took some time to share our thoughts about what was missing in the movie. Listen in to see if we thought the movie held up to what was in the book.

Thief of Thieves

Our resident expert, Mike, helps us out with getting the background on a new AMC show called “The Thief of Thieves”. It’s a new show based on a comic book. Now you see why we needed Mike’s help. As you all know we enjoy us some comics and once again Mike helps us get it right.

Robots and Reboots

Jamie Hyneman

Jamie Hyneman

Next the crew dives into the world of Robots and Reality TV… this time being brought to us by James Cameron.  Cameron will produce a weekly series called RoboGedon, similar to Battle Bots & Robot Wars.  Both of those shows featured competitors facing off in a fight to the death against other robots (Kinda got a theme running with this episode). We take some time to talk about Jamie Hyneman’s, of Mythbusters fame, Blendo robot and the show RobotWars featuring Grant Imahara’s Deadblow.  Q and I are looking forward to seeing this show and are hoping they bring back some of these guys whose careers obviously haven’t deviated to far from where it all began.

And last but not least its time for another reboot, this time… Short Circuit (1986).  A more menacing “Johnny 5” has been proposed by director Tim Hill. Check out the article here.  Q is excited about a more “Menacing” Johnny 5 and I’m still crying about another part of my childhood being remade. As Q says I need to get over it, plus he calls me old.

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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!