Podcast Episode 109

Show Notes

August Movies: Shaun of the Sheep, Fantastic Four, Ricki and the Flash, The Gift, The Man from Uncle, Straight out of Compton, Air, Hitman Agent 47, Some Kind of Beautiful, American Ultra, No Escape, Sinister 2, We are your Friends.
August DVD & Bluray Releases: Insurgent, Child 44, Hot Pursuit, Unfriended, Little Boy, Oloha, Justice League Gods and Monsters.
August Video Game Releases: Rare Replay, Garfiled Cart, Goat Simulator, Christopher Brookmyre’s Bedlam, Gears of War Ultimate Edition, Madden NFL 16, Disney Infintiy 3.0.
Movie Classic: Batman.
The List: Best fake bands.

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Minecraft Movie

Minecraft Movie Gets Director: ‘It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia’s Rob McElhenney

The makers of Minecraft have unearthed a pretty good morsel of movie news. Rob McElhenney, best known for co-creating and co-starring in the long-running FX/FXX series It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia, has just been selected to direct the Minecraft movie that Warner Bros is developing.
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Ant Man Review

I will be honest I was skeptical that Ant Man had any hope of turning out as a decent film. After seeing leaked photos, then the trailer, then more promotional material I was left very underwhelmed. So read that my expectations were at the level of dirt for this.

Even with low expectation I found myself in a seat ready to watch this. I never read any comics with antman and my only exposure to him was back in the day when I played a game called Hero Clix. One thing that is done right off the bat is the film really jumps right in and grabs your attention. This opening scene really changed my perspective on the movie and really changed my view from expecting the worse to expecting a some pretty awesome.

After getting a quick scene from Hank Pym we jump right into the other may character Scott. He is about to leave prison for burglarizing a rich man and giving the money back to the people the rich man stole it from. Of course this is still frowned upon and cost him a lot. It cost him his family and cost him is daughter (granted this story line is nothing new). This does lead me to one complaint I had about this film. Apparently this stealing to correct a wrong was all it took to get the interest of the great scientist Hank Pym. That is all it took for Hank to follow this guy, create the greatest setup of all time, and lead to the perfect man taking the Antman suit. I did sit there and think to myself – really that is the best you could come up with to justify not having Hank Pym wearing the suit. It kind of goes like this, Hank gives some girl a significant amount of money to tell some guy, who tells another guy, who then tells a friend of Scott about this house that has an old safe in it. Only to get Scott interested in seeing what is in that safe. Granted we do get to see some of Scott’s mad burglarizing skills but still that is the best they could come up with. I think you could have had a second grade writing contest and come up with a better way to introduce Scott into the fold. That is my one complain on the film and from there everything else was positive.

We also get introduced to Hank’s daughter Hope. She actually get a fair amount of screen time. Hope is played by Evangeline Lilly and if you first don’t place were you last saw here think back to the Hobbit and a certain female elf. I really think she was one of the best aspects of this film. I think most of it is how here characters transforms, grows, and becomes so much more than you expect at the beginning. This transformation translated so well. The story of her and her father spills out onto the screen. Between the growth of Scott as Ant-Man and the growth of Hope as the daughter of Hank Pym really make this film way better than expected. Sure Ant-Man has some great action scenes. His going from ant size to human size does have some cool moments and leads to some unique fight scenes. You also get to see Ant-Man take on an Avenger so that is also a fun action scene.

I will tell you this the credits have two scenes in them. One right away after the flashy credits and then another one after the credits role. The first one is the one that gives me hope for what character may be introduced next soon into the Marvel Movie Universe.

Overall I was pleasantly surprised by this film. It has a fair amount of entertainment value, has it share of funny moments, decent amount of action, a bit of burglarizing (kind of reminds me of a combinations of Oceans 13 and Smoking Aces). In the end it puts all of that together in a decent film that I would give 4 out of 5.

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New Games Added

Here are some new games that have been added

Zoo Escape – Block removal puzzle game

Political Duels 2 – Street fighter style game but with political figures

Zombieman – top down zombie survival game that challenges you on how long you can survive.

Runaway Train – Drive train through obstacles to complete boards

Toastache – Use a piece of toast to jump from platforms while collecting butter

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Inside Out Movie Review

Inside Out Movie Review

We decided that we would take our five year old to this movie. I am not sure why Minions did not come out on the fourth of July weekend as it would have been a great weekend for that to open.

Anyways Inside Out follows a girl named Riley. Actually it opens with Riley being born and the first thing she knows is joy. Joy last for 33 seconds before sadness joins into the list of emotions. Soon Fear, Anger, and Disgust join her list of emotions. Everything is going great for Riley, she has a good family, a best friend, a passion for hockey, and just enough silly to make life fun. Of course this balance is shaken to its core when the family picks up and moves to San Francisco.

The story itself has some funny moments, some that are sad, well a few that make you sad, and even a little adventure. I do like how it depicts the brain and how it functions. How memory’s are made, stored, and used. Sitting next to my five year old at times the story went way over his head and at other times it hit home with a lot of ways to relate to it. I would say that really this film to be best captured you would need to be seven to twelve. Though it does have a few moments that only an adult would understand. Under seven the child will still enjoy the movie but may not get the emotions. I know our son asked a lot of questions which is fine as other kids were doing the same thing. My only complaint is the story in the middle does drag on a little longer than my comfort level allowed. Things get rather bleak for a while and it seems that maybe this section was a little long. Even though the writers put in a little comic relief to break the mood some it did just seem to stretch this section a little long for my liking.

The animation in Inside Out was excellent as expected. It had some real sharp colors and really did some neat things with the animation. Along with the animation the sound and music also went well with the film. That includes the voices used for the characters.

Overall it felt like Inside Out was a very short film. The film itself is 94 minutes but really felt short. With that it did feel like the movie just kind of ended. Still it was good and one section of the movie is not enough to ruin it. It kept me interested and it kept my son interested. It is the kind of movie that you have to be prepared to cry at as at times it does pull at your heart strings a bit. I did enjoy the movie and even though it is not perfect I still thought it was good. I would give it a 3 out of 5.
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‘Sesame Street’s Maria, Is Retiring After 45 Years

Sonia Manzano, ‘Sesame Street’s Maria, Is Retiring After 45 Years

Sesame Street is losing one of the neighborhood’s longtime residents. Sonia Manzano, who played Maria on the PBS show, is retiring after 45 years. Manzano, 65, revealed her retirement earlier this week at the annual conference of the American Library Association, which tweeted the news. Manzano retweeted the announcement and thanked her supporters but said “don’t be bummed!”

Manzano, who shared 15 Emmys as one of the writers on Sesame Street, joined the show in 1971 and became a permanent cast member three years later. Her character, Maria, initially played a Puerto Rican teenager working at the neighborhood lending library. Later she moved to the Fix-It Shop alongside Luis, the show’s Mexican-American handyman. The characters later married and had a child, Gabi, who was initially played by Manzano’s daughter Gabriela.

Born in a Puerto Rican neighborhood of The Bronx, Manzano attended Manhattan’s High School of Performing Arts then Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. She began her show business career in the original cast of Godspell, which began as a student production on the Carnegie Mellon campus. She moved with the production to a club in Greenwich Village, then to Off Broadway and later to Broadway.

Confirming Manzano’s retirement, Sesame Workshop said “She will always be a part of the fabric of our neighborhood. During her 44-year career as the iconic Maria, and the first leading Latina woman on television, she was a role model for young girls and women for generations.”


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Podcast Episode 108

The Nut Gallery Review Podcast Episode 108

Jurassic World . July Movies: Terminator Genisys, Magic Mike XXL, Faith of our Fathers, Self/Less, Minions, The Gallows, Ant Man, Trainwreck, Mr. Holmes, The Vatican Tapes, Pixels, Southpaw, Paper Towns, American Heist, Vacation. July DVD & Bluray Releases: Maggie, Kill Me Three Times, Paul Blart Mall Cop 2, The Longest Ride, The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Ex-Machina, It Follows, Home. July Video Game Releases: Pneuma Breath of Life, Rocket League, Deception IV The Nightmare Princess, Gods of War III Remastered, Godzilla, Rory Mcilroy PGA Tour, F1 2015, Lost Dimension. Movie Classic: Black Sheep. The List: Favorite video game weapon or gadet.

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Jurassic World Review

We have waited a long time for Jurassic World to come out.  With that expectations have run high over the years.  We have waited for the return of big creatures with lots of teeth.  That is exactly what you get in this movie.

What used to be cool at Jurassic Park soon fades and a new nasty needs to be introduced.  After creating the full scale of dinosaurs the park thinks it would be a great idea to splice several creatures together to make the biggest nasty of them all.   Of course a Jurassic movie would not be complete without the appearance of a t-rex, raptors, and some pterodactyls.

The movie itself is full of action but nothing we have not seen before.  Containment on a creature is broken and kids are in the path of the destruction.  Same story as we have seen before so what makes this one stand out.  Well the creatures are bigger than before and smarter.

What did I like about this film.  Chris Pratt as the male lead is excellent.  Very believable and plays the rugged guy very good.  Bryce Dallas Howard is also excellent in the female lead.  Even the two kids in the film seem to have pretty good chemistry.

I would like to caution everyone that thinks that dinosaurs are good for small children.  This has a few graphic scenes in it and something that will scare small children.  Including those that were there the same time I was.

Overall the film is very predictable.  Being short on surprises might also be because the story is the tried and true formula of kids being in danger and someone coming to rescue them.  I guess a Jurassic movie would not be complete without it.

On a star rating I would give it a 3.5 out of 5 only because it was the same story with a new and bigger dinosaur causing all the trouble.
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X Files Reboot first look

X Files Reboot first look at the main characters

David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson reprise roles as paranormal investigators
The first image of FBI agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully was released via the official “X-Files” Twitter account Wednesday.

In the photo (below), Scully is dressed in a crisp black pant suit, while Mulder is sporting a more casual look with a green army jacket and jeans.

David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson will reprise their roles in the reboot of the 90’s series about two special agents investigating the paranormal.

Fox announced in March that the show would return as a limited series. “I think of it as a 13-year commercial break,” series creator Chris Carter said in a statement. “The good news is the world has only gotten that much stranger, a perfect time to tell these six stories.”

During its initial nine-season run, “The X Files” became one of the most successful television dramas of all time, hitting a peak ratings high in 1997 when more than 27 million people tuned in to the Season 5 premiere. The show had earned 16 Emmy Awards, five Golden Globes and a Peabody Award.

I have to say that I have never seen the entire series but what I have seen has been enteraning. I am excited about this project and hope it goes well. I am sure if it goes well more would follow.

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Daredevil to have some punishement

Daredevil Season 2 has cast Punisher

The Walking Dead alum Jon Bernthal has joined the Netflix superhero series in the role of The Punisher, one of Marvel’s most popular characters, Marvel.com reports.

Per Marvel lore, Frank Castle (born Francis Castiglione) was a well-decorated Marine who saw his wife and children killed during a Central Park picnic, after they inadvertently witnessed a gangland execution. When the corrupt police force proved unable to follow up, Frank adopted the persona of The Punisher to exact his revenge, and more.

If you have not read it yet please see the season one review of Daredevil that Mike Anstett did on the series in April.


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