My DVD/Blu-Ray Pick
South Park

South Park: Season 14 – not a lot to choose from on the movie front this week so I’m picking one of my favorite TV comedies of all time. Yes, South Park is still hilarious after 14 seasons. One of the edgiest shows out there while keeping current with pop culture. Season 14 poked fun at Tiger Woods, Facebook, Tom Cruise (again), NASCAR, Jersey Shore and Inception. There’s an episode about medicinal marijuana, Coon & Friends return and a hilarious finale with the Shake Weight and an obsession with the Food Network. Season 15 starts this Wednesday, April 27th so there’s no better way to get in the mood than rewatching Season 14.

My Theater Pick
Fast Five

Fast Five – When the original The Fast & The Furious movie came out, I wouldn’t have imagined myself being intrigued by a fifth installment of the series. I wasn’t even the least bit interested in the second installment. But after the terrible 2 Fast 2 Furious and the even worse The Fast & The Furious: Tokyo Drift, the franchise brought back the stars and had a decent outing with Fast & Furious. Yes, these names are so annoying. Anyway, Fast & Furious director Justin Lin returns for Fast Five, bringing back the stars of the previous movies like Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Ludacris, Tyrese and Jordana Brewster. This time adding in Dwayne THE ROCK Johnson as the cop on their tail during a big heist. Looks like it could be another fun action movie that is leading into summer blockbuster season.

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I was flipping through the channels tonight while my wife and I were feeding the babies getting them ready for bed. That is when I stumbled across Lucas, the 1986 film starring Corey Haim in which he plays a geeky kid that’s attempting to woo over the slightly older Maggie, played by Kerri Green. Surprisingly my wife has never seen it, and since it had been so long since I’ve seen it I decided to leave it on, mostly for nostalgic sake.

While I only saw the second half of the movie (if that) during this viewing, I was still familiar enough with it that it was easy picking up what was going on. Not that Lucas is some complicated tale or anything, it’s actually a semi-predictable high school coming of age tale. The semi-predictable part is kind of what makes the movie still interesting to me. See, Lucas doesn’t eventually win over the woman of his dreams, and while it’s heavily implied that a very young Winona Ryder has eyes for him, nothing ever comes of it. In the end, all Lucas gets is a little bit of respect when in actuality all he was looking for was love.

It’s a strange story really, and bit unsure of what it wants to be. Is it a love story or coming of age story? Is it both? Lucas spends the whole movie courting Maggie (and who can blame him? She was one of my biggest celebrity crushes growing up), the new girl in town that befriends him over the course of the summer. He gets angry with Maggie when she begins to conform to normal school activities, like becoming a cheerleader, and is even more upset when she takes a liking to Charlie Sheen’s character (also super young. Crazy how calm and cool he looked here as opposed to what he’s doing these days). Lucas even goes as far telling Maggie that he’s taking her to a dance, showing up in a snazzy outfit, but she refuses and instead decides to hang out with Sheen. He finally catches them making out a bit later and has a small meltdown.

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My DVD/Blu-Ray Pick
Kings Speech

The King’s Speech – based on the true story of King George VI, played by Colin Firth. He is forced into the role of King but has a speech impediment that blows his confidence. Oscar winning and nominated performances by Firth, Helena Bonham Carter and Geoffrey Rush. Best Director in Tom Hooper and also Best Screenplay. What else? Oh yeah, Best Picture. Lots of awards and praise for this film. Definitely worth a watch due to that alone.

My Theater Pick
Water for Elephants

Water for Elephants – picking a Robert Pattinson movie for my Theater Pick of the week may seem like an odd choice but honestly I don’t hate the guy. Good for him for cashing in on the tweens by taking the Twilight role. But lets see if this kid can really act. This movie is based on a best selling novel and deals with a love story between people working at a circus. Reese Witherspoon and Christoph Waltz complete the love triangle with Pattinson that causes the tension. Looks like its beautifully shot and might have some really dramatic performances. Its not a definite winner but it has potential.

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Pilotwings Resort

A glance at my save file on Pilotwings Resort, the strange 3DS launch title that acts as a sequel to Pilotwings 64 and quasi-sequel to Wii Sports Resort, reveals that I’ve spent a majority of my game time playing Free Flight Mode. Free Flight Mode is actually ripped directly out of Wii Sports Resort in which the goal is to slowly explore all of Wuhu Island in an attempt to gather information on the island and find hidden items. At first I had zero interest heading into Free Flight mode as I felt I had my fill of Wuhu by the hours I’ve spent playing Air Sports in Wii Sports Resort, but upon playing I once again became addicted to what is essentially a cheap filler mode in order to pad the game.

Here I am, spending a solid chunk of time on my brand spanking new (and over priced) 250 dollar 3DS unit playing something I played before roughly two years ago. I don’t regret this at all, because I was having fun doing this. To me, it’s a testament to the mechanics of Pilotwings Resort, a series that has always struck a good balance between simulation and arcade control. Sure, I’ve played this all before, but not with Pilotwings pitch perfect hang glider, rocket belt and plane control. The 3DS’ slide pad feels great, and the range of subtle motion may even put the traditional analog stick to shame. I almost kind of found myself wanting something like this for console games. Maybe I’m just having some kind of honeymoon with the slide pad and my feelings on it will level out with time, but as of now I’m kind of loving it.

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Lots of new Mass Effect 3 info has started trickling out and I am getting pretty pumped up. I’m getting back in the working man groove this week, so this is going to be a short one. Get ready for some sci-fi action!

My DVD/Blu-Ray Pick
Harry Potter

Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows: Part 1 – I think there were some mixed reactions to the first part in the Harry Potter finale. Some think the need for a 2 part finale was unnecessary because movie adaptations need to make cuts from the book material. Others think there was just too much to cut and 2 parts was a MUST. I’m in the crowd where I don’t give a shit about the book and thought the movie was really good. Sure, it wasn’t action packed from beginning to end but it was like a big anticipation-building movie. And it just made me even more pumped for the finale. The REAL finale. The movie just concentrated on the tension between the group and they go on the run. It showed some serious acting skills from them also. I was very much enjoying it and will definitely rewatch it before the last movie this summer.

My Theater Pick
Scream 4

Scream 4 – yes, I know, the trailers for this movie do not look great. But, I’ve been along for the ride through 3 movies and I’ll see it to the end. I’m a big horror fan and Scream kind of rejuvenated the genre back in 1996. Now, 15 years later, Wes Craven is bringing it back. Neve Campbell, David Arquette and Courtney Cox return along with newcomers like Emma Roberts and Hayden Panettiere. I doubt a Part 4 can do what the original did but I’m curious to see if they have anything new up their sleeves.

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An old friend of mine from way back, Tim Erwin, started his own podcast recently called Capes & Scowls which is usually a comic centric podcast (along with other geeky topics). I had the pleasure of being asked to do an interview for the show which actually turned out to be way more than the normal interview I’ve done before. Tim dives into more than just the recent shorts, as we go into my college and art background, conversations about old Jacquo shorts from my high school days, the Zoinks, the name Shamoozal, some of our Nerdlog articles, and loads of other stuff. So if you enjoy listening to me ramble on and on and sometimes not make a good point, then you’ll love the latest episode of Capes & Scowls. It’s an hour and ten minutes of nothing but Shamoozal… and of course a touch of Lost, Nintendo, and Ghostbusters.

Listen to and download the podcast on the Capes & Scowls Sound Cloud page.

My DVD/Blu-Ray Pick
TRON

TRON: Legacy – I saw the original TRON for the first time within the last year and I was not impressed. I know it was some seriously amazing stuff for its time, but it definitely did not hold up well over the almost 30 years since the initial release. But fortunately for myself, I love Jeff Bridges so I still wanted to see the sequel. It was a pretty wild movie. Again, some seriously amazing stuff done visually. A perfect movie to own on Blu Ray for the high definition. The story was like Star Wars meets The Matrix. Jeff Bridges’ character disappeared shortly after the events from the original movie and over 20 years later his son (Garrett Hedlund) finds his secret cyber world. He also finds out its being run by a cyber version of his Dad. So he has to help take him down. It has some jaw dropping visuals that are worth a watch.

My Theater Pick
Your Highness

Your Highness – my favorite comedy of 2008 was Pineapple Express. It was a good mixture between laughs and action. A stoner action comedy would be a great description. So when director David Gordon Green signed on for Your Highness, I was instantly pumped. James Franco plays a brave warrior who must save the girl of his dreams (Zooey Deschanel) from the clutches of an evil sorcerer. Danny McBride is his dipshit brother who tags along. Natalie Portman is also a skilled warrior and joins them on their quest. Its set in medieval times and has a hard R rating. So expect lots of cursing and nudity. Sounds fun right? The red band trailers crack me up so I’m really looking forward to it. Plus its written by McBride and his longtime writing partner Ben Best who provide a lot of the hilarious writing for Eastbound & Down.

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