Retro Spectacles – Ghostbusters 2016 – Part One

Welcome to Retro Spectacles where we look back on some of Hollywood’s biggest franchises and blockbuster movies and see if they still hold up after time.

In this inaugural episode we look back at one of the most endearing franchises which somehow produced one of the most controversial films of 2016. This is the first in a multi part series looking into some of the different aspects and try and answer the question “What the hell happened???”

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(Approx Run Time: 14 minutes 24 seconds)

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The 2016 Ghostbusters Trailer – First Thoughts.

Okay, I’ve just finished watching the trailer and I’m about fifty/fifty on it. The fifty that I loved was primarily stuff involving the sci-fi aspects, the movie does look incredible, the CGI ghosts so look really cool, their version of the headquarters did make me giggle, and I admit the lit up packs look a lot better then the images we’ve been given so far… however the things that primarily turn me off are some of the humour, and that’s the part I’m genuinely worried about.

I don’t particularly like comedy trailers because they usually ruin all the best gags before the screen, that being said there looks to be pretty good stuff in there but everything else just looks like pandering to either lowest common denominator or “how that one guy got slimed and it was funny so we’re going to up the sliming because it means it’s more funny”. Ultimately I guess a lot of the broader American humour is just not for me, and I think I’ve always thought the humour in the original was at least a little more sophisticated or at the very least interesting and original for the time. I admit I do tend to have more British sensibilities and have pretty much ignored most comedy that comes out of the US, which is sad because there is some great comedy there but it’s never in their mainstream media; hell I’ve been listening to more US stand up than ever before and there is some absolutely hilarious stuff on YouTube.

The saddest things for me was the call back to the original movie, which has always been my biggest sticking point, and watching that make me ache more for the originals than anything (especially seeing Hook and Ladder 8). I’d have given it more kudos if it didn’t do that because all I kept thinking about throughout the rest of the trailer is, “Why does this have to be a reboot?” I know they’re wanting to have a fresh start, I know they’re wanting to have the new cast with new tech, I intellectually know this is probably better all round for newer audiences… but it doesn’t help that they’ve basically filled it with cameos of the original cast, it doesn’t help that they’re keeping the iconography around like the logo, the white Cadillac, a remix of the classic song (because heaven forbid there could be some originality), and all it could have taken was at least acknowledging it was potentially in the same continuity for all of that to make sense to me.

I guess as a comic book fan I can grok the idea of multiple universes and “What If’s?”, and there is talks of another all-male team in the works (because having a sequel developed before the movie is even a success they wish it to be), but it still feels like a slap in the face for the fans that did keep the franchise alive and in the public conscious… certainly more then some studio executive ever did.

My problem is I wanted to like this trailer, I wanted to know that all my misgivings about this reboot would be washed away when I saw what they were actually doings, but ultimately I feel more confused because there I can see some merit to this production and yet my doubts also feel more reinforced. I will admit I feel more confident about watching the movie than I was when all the first few teasers images first emerged, and I guess I genuinely do want it to succeed to a certain degree because I do love this franchise so much, but am I wanting with anticipation? Sadly no.

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The FBX Carcast 02 – San Andreas

Greetings and Salutations,

As I’m writing this I’ve literally just got home from watching San Andreas and I recorded another podcast on the drive home, and I’m still giggling to myself at just how awesomely stupid this movie was. I would give you a spoiler warning, but… well you’ll see.

Be warning there is A LOT of swearing in this movie, and not for the reasons you might expect.

Here’s a photo of my loot from this evening, it’ll be explained in the podcast.

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(Approx Run Time: 36 minutes 13 seconds)

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The FBX Carcast 01 – Avengers: Age of Ultron

Greetings and Salutations,

Here’s a little something I recorded on the way home from a preview screening of The Avengers: Age of Ultron, and it is as spoiler free as I could possibly make it (as in if you haven’t even read the casting list then I can’t help you) as I mostly discuss the characters, the themes and ramble on about how much I liked it.

This was recorded on the drive home on a sort of whim so it was recorded on my phone, in a apparently squeaky cradle, so there is a lot of different noise in this (the leather squeaking is my steering wheel, nothing else), with an unexpected cameo from a police officer at a RBT (yes I kept the recording going).

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(Approx Run Time: 65 minutes 42 seconds)

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In memory of Sir Terry Pratchett…

Just after 12 am this morning I found out that Terry Pratchett, one of my all-time favourite authors, had died. Even now I’m still having a bit of a hard time processing it, especially as I can’t honestly think of no other author who has affected me quite so deeply, and even after knowing how much he has been through with battling Alzheimer’s and that it would be sooner rather than later.

Last night I decided to try and write down just what his writing has meant to me, my history and how much it has affected my own writing and humour and frame of mine over the last twenty years… and to be honest I wrote a load of self centered garbage focusing on myself. Suddenly I wrote something a bit more like that which inspired me, something a bit more poetic and heartfelt, and then I expanded upon it until I couldn’t work on it anymore, and I’d like to share it with you now.

There is a book.
A book that changed my life.
A book that I have read so many times I can literally pick up, randomly flip open to any page and be instantly immersed within the world.
A book that when I first read it I devoured it without pause.
A book that affected me so much that almost immediately after I finished reading it for the first time, I read it again cover to cover all within the span of a single day
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A book that is so dear to me that there is a copy always ready to read at home, even a copy behind the driver’s seat of my car.
A book that after twenty years is still one of my favourite stories of all time and possible will be until I die.
A book whose author I have never met and missed several opportunities to do so, whom I have never spoken to, never wrote to, and regrettably will never be able to, but will forever hold in the highest of regards for his brilliant creation.
A book that inspires me and invigorates my imagination, even in my darkest moments.
A book about a boy called Mort.

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The Word With a Nerd Podcast – Episode 14 – Doctor Who Season 8 Finale – Part 2

“An interesting conversation, about interesting topics, with interesting people.”

Greetings and Salutations,

Hopefully this won’t be the final post of the year, I’ll try and get something up within the next two weeks, but I sincerely hope you stick around in the new year as I am working on getting more podcasts done and hopefully launch some new and creative things.

In the meantime thank you very much for listening, please leave your feedback on the Facebook page, and have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

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(Approx Run Time: 67 minutes 57 seconds)

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Intro music – “The Game” by Chris Miller

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The Word With a Nerd Podcast – Episode 13 – Doctor Who Season 8 Finale – Part 1

“An interesting conversation, about interesting topics, with interesting people.”

Greetings and Salutations,

I am truly sorry it has been so long, but after the last podcast came Waicon, which lead to Oz Comic-Con, which lead to Supanova, which lead to personal issues which soaked up all of my free time (which still persists to this day), which lead to Chibicon, which lead to a busy October, a busy November and I’m heading head first again into a busy December.

This being said when I’m not incredibly busy I have been trying to get lots of different guests, but the scheduling has just not been working out until the point where I got way too busy to even attempt to record anything… that is until something happened that just begged to be talked about between my best friend Evan and I, and I mentioned we should just record it as well (especially as I wanted to talk Who with him for the longest time, but again the scheduling has been horrific).

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(Approx Run Time: 70 minutes 45 seconds)

SHOW NOTES

David Hasselhoff – Jump In My Car

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Intro music – “The Game” by Chris Miller

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International TableTop Day

Hey all,

Sorry about the lack of updates over the last month or so, but life has been getting increasingly busy of late and most of my time has been gearing up for events, or making costumes for them (some hopefully to be shown on here in the new future).

One of the biggest things I’ve been gearing up for is happening April 5th and that is International TableTop Day, in which a few friends and I will be hosting the Perth TableTop Day of Awesome over at the Rebel Empire Workshops studio in Maddington. This leads me to the one thing I’ve kinda been dying to put out but wanted to keep it somewhat hush-hush until the day, but I’m going to leak it the night before… partly because I’ve just finished it and I’m excited by the result, but mostly because I want to link it to Wil Wheaton and hopefully he’ll actually see it.

I made an unofficial TableTop expansion for one of my favourite games Cards Against Humanity, naturally called ‘TableTop Against Humanity’ featuring as many CAH cards I could find created by Wil (and some from his awesome wife Anne), and the rest were made by me based on the show and numerous gaming experiences. Haven’t had a chance to play test it yet, so feedback will be appreciated and I hope you get all the references.

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Please share and enjoy, and as Wil likes to say “Play more games!”

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The Word With a Nerd Podcast – Episode Twelve – State of the Podcast

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Greetings and Salutations,

Yet another solo podcast, possibly not the last one but hopefully there won’t be a need for another one for quite some time. This week I wish to announce a couple of things about the show in general, but the TL:DL version is the show being moved to a fortnightly release schedule on Thursday for the immediate future.

And if you haven’t done so already I implore you to donate to my profile on World’s Greatest Shave! The person who donates the most will get to choose which costume I’ll wear to get my head shaved in!

Potential costumes at this time are:
Forbush Man
Ghostbusters
Wreck-it Ralph
Cybershade (Doctor Who)
Big Macintosh (My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic)
Star Trek Captain (kinda puts emphasis on “Boldly going”)

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(Approx Run Time: 7 minutes 54 seconds)

SHOW NOTES

Perth’s Allied Costumers’ World’s Greatest Shave page .. please go and donate!

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Intro music – “The Game” by Chris Miller

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The Word With a Nerd Podcast – Episode Eleven – Indie Games

“An interesting conversation, about interesting topics, with interesting people.”

Greetings and Salutations,

Once again I’m talking to Eric Spain, but with a mini-announcement about an upcoming event we’re both involved it. This week we’ll be talking about loads of different Independent (or Indie) Video Games, most of which you should be playing right now… or at least after you’ve listened to this podcast.

And if you haven’t done so already I implore you to donate to my profile on World’s Greatest Shave!

Warning: There may be some mild cursing, but nothing you wouldn’t expect from two grown adults.

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(Approx Run Time: 55 minutes 53 seconds)

SHOW NOTES

International Tabletop Day
Rogue Legacy
That Game Company – Journey/Flower
Zero Punctuation
Team Meat – Super Meat Boy/Binding of Isaac
Starseed Pilgrim
Paradox Shift (mistakenly identified as Singularity)
Desert Bus for Hope
Gone Home
Dear Esther
Walk or Die
You Only Live Once
You Have To Burn The Rope
Burly Unplugged

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Intro music – “The Game” by Chris Miller

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