Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Video of the Day: ThunderLOLcats

          The best thing about today's VotD is not the fact it comes from the new "MAD" animated TV show. It's not the fact it takes so many Internet meme's and makes them funny. It's the fact that they actually got Will Friedle, who voices Lion-o on the new 'Thundercats' series, to voice the parody version here. The video also gets extra points for getting Jason Marsden to provide some voices as well!


Thursday, September 15, 2011

Authentic Geek, The PODCAST -- Episode 08 - "Where Does He Get Those Wonderful Toys?"

Episode 08 - "Where Does He Get Those Wondeful Toys?"
(Click the above link to download an MP3 of the episode or HERE to stream it


          If there is one thing to know about the 'Authentic Geeks', it's that they love the bits of molded plastic and die-cast metal of their youth! Be it shape changing robots from beyond the stars to aliens who brainwash dinosaurs to fight their battles for them, the Geeks remember the awesome playthings that kids had back in the day. If it had a cartoon series, you can bet they had the toys.... or at least knew someone who did!

          POINT OF ORDER: One, the audio may sound a little funny on JT's side of the conversation. That's because the boy cannot speak directly into the mike for some reason. Two, there were many toy lines the Geeks considered for the show, they just chose some of their favorites. Pretty sure "Visionaries" will make an appearance eventually!! Three, we make liberal use of the word 'kibble', which we borrowed from Matt Spada (aka baltmatrix), a YouTube toy reviewer. JT is a big fan and uses the word with repsect and admiration!

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Wednesday, September 14, 2011

"Who You Gonna' Call When The Boys Are Back In Town?!"

          Just a few short hours ago, an event of epic proportions shook the Interwebs! No, I'm not talking about Scarlett Johansson's cel-phone getting hacked and her nude photos being leaked to the 'Net. I am talking about the announcement of the impending re-release of the greatest supernatural comedy film EVER back into theaters!!

          That's right! "Ghostbusters", the movie that influenced much of my childhood and the childhoods of many of my nerdy brethren is being re-released next month (October being the month of spooky stuff, you know?) into theaters once again!! Yeah, it probably is a promotional stunt to drum up interest in the much rumored "Ghostbusters 3", though why they just don't adapt the 2009 video game story line into a film is beyond even me. I don't care. Because I finally get to fulfill my childhood dream of seeing one of my favorite movies on the big screen, something I never got to do as a kid. Now if you will kindly excuse me, I'm going to freak out and watch the following video 20 or 30 times in a row, thank you!!



Monday, September 12, 2011

Video of the Day (2): Street Fighter X Tekken, Grindhouse Trailer

          I love it when game trailers are this entertaining! This faux-grindhouse trailer for the upcoming cross-over game, "Street Fighter X Tekken", has got me completely hooked! Watch as Street Fighter IV's Rufus picks a fight with Tekken 6 fighter Bob, thinking him to be SF mainstay Ken Masters and then gets served by Julia Chang, another Tekken fighter.

            This genre, more so than any other, lends itself well to trailers. Just take any random assortment of the cast and throw'em into the mix and see what happens. Good times are guaranteed! The game will be released on  March 2, 2012.

Video of the Day: "Vader Makes Everything Better!"

         Remember Anakin Skywalker's plaintive wail of fury when the Emperor told him what happened to his beloved Padme?! Yeah, we all do, though I have tried to block it out. BUT, take that same sound and apply it to other classic movie moments?? Pure awesome-ness!!

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Authentic Geek, The PODCAST -- Download THIS!

         Hey there! Don't you find it annoying when you go to listen to a podcast and the only way it's available is in a streaming format?! Boy howdy, I sure know I do! Friends of mine, both in the podcasting community and here in Saskatoon, have mentioned this to me and I have finally found a way to fix this. 

         All you have to do is click on the links below to download any of the past episodes of "Authentic Geek, The Podcast" and enjoy them at your leisure! And yeah, all future podcasts will still be offered in a streaming format, as well as downloadable versions, for your listening convenience. 

          We aims to please, here at 'Authentic Geek'! Now, if you'll excuse me, I have to get back to tinkering with my newest blog/podcast related creation! MWAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Authentic Geek, The PODCAST -- Episode 07 - "5th Week Crisis of Infinite Vengeance"

Episode 07 - "5th Week Crisis of Infinite Vengeance"
         Comic book cross-overs. They are the 'chocolate in the peanut butter' of so many nerd's lives, especially the Authentic Geeks! In the newest episode, JT & Big G take a look at some comic book team-ups, cross-overs you never thought you'd see and the 5th week events that make comic books worth reading! And by the way, if any cross-overs weren't mentioned, like 'The Infinity Gauntlet', they will covered in a future episode. Possibly even in the next volume of 'Authentic Geek'.

Foreshadowing, kids!

          POINT OF ORDER: The intro on this episode clocks in at just about 3 minutes! If you want to get to the heart of the matter, skip ahead accordingly.

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Friday, September 2, 2011

Phreak Reviews: "Justice League #1" (2011)

Writer: Geoff Johns
Art: Jim Lee (Pencils), Scott Williams (Inks), Alex Sinclair (Colors)

          I have to say I was really worried that the new 'Justice League' was gonna' suck. I had my reasons, my love of the Morrison-era 'JLA' notwithstanding. But in all honesty, I liked 'Flashpoint', the cross-over that set up the new DC, ended and was very cautiously looking forward to this new take on the classic DC title. 'Justice League #1' is the first look we get of the 'New 52' and sets up this new and slightly familiar world. So, with cautious optimism at the ready, what happens?

          'Justice League #1' opens on a "5 Years Ago...." premise, at a point in history when superheroes aren't organized and the public has yet to accept them. The Gotham City S.W.A.T. team is trying to take down Batman, while he is chasing after a armored, green skinned creature. Batman gets away from the police and is almost taken out by the  creature before Green Lantern shows up and drops an fire engine construct on it's head. 

         GL helps Batman escape from the trigger happy cops and we get our first team-up of this new universe as they continue to pursue the creature, who survived the fire engine upside it's head. They pursue it into the sewers and confront it once more. The creature affixes a strange cube-like device to a sewer wall before self-immolating (that means it burned itself to death) while screaming "For Darkseid!" 

Foreshadowing, kids! 

         Upon examining the cube & discovering the device is alien tech that not even his ring recognizes, GL surmises it maybe connected to "That guy in Metropolis". Batman cautions against it before Green Lantern generates a fighter jet and takes off for Metropolis, Batman in tow. As they arrive in Metropolis, we get a brief intro to pre-Cyborg Victor Stone. The two heroes land at a LexCorp construction site that looks like a bomb went off. Ignoring Batman's warning, Green Lantern enters a building, intent on questioning Superman. The Man of Steel promptly punches Green Lantern out and exits the ruined building to confront Batman. 

         All in all, I did like the plot of this first issue. Johns did an okay job of introducing us to the 'New 52', setting up the idea that the average man is none too trusting of superheroes and some are even hunted down by the police. His characterization of Batman and Green Lantern is pretty on point. Batman is driven and totally committed to the job and Green Lantern is pure test pilot-cockiness, completely self-assured. 

         The plot breezes along at a decent pace, even taking a small pause to introduce us to future Justice Leaguer Cyborg, in the days before he is injured and gets his bionic parts. The only problem with the story is it is too predictable. This is the intro to the 'New 52', an all-to predictable team-up? Batman & Green Lantern have some decent back & forth banter, but it seemed stale. I liked what i read, but I've seen it many times before.

         I loved the artwork in this debut issue. Teamed with Scott Williams on inks and Alex Sinclair on colors, Jim Lee's art is expressive and vibrant, capturing the classic feel of John's story. Superman, Batman and Lantern's 'armored' costumes don't come off nearly as toy-like as I had thought they might, based on the previews that I've seen. 

          Even Lee's designs for GL's ring-constructs are very nicely detailed and colored in a way that they  actually looks like holograms. All in all, I think Lee, Williams and Sinclair put a lot of honest work into this issue's art and it shows.

          As a whole, this first look at the 'New 52' is, quite honestly, kind of weak. Not weak in a bad way, just weak in that for the first issue into a whole new DC Universe, it's kind of 'blah' and predictable. The story, while it does give us some insight into the backtory of the 'New 52' and does set up the first storyline admirably, it has been done before. While Jim Lee was providing his usual stellar art style, it cannot make up for Geoff Johns' lackluster story. 

          I give this first issue of the new 'Justice League' 6 out of 10. It was a predictable story with some very good art, but that does not a good issue make. Here's hoping the rest of John's first story-arch kicks it up a notch. 

                                           Please, please, PLEASE don't suck!