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Category: Podcast
Posted by: dafnap
Category: Show Notes
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The Bispectacult - Episode #8 - Metaphorical A.I.D.S.

Category: bitchcakes
Posted by: dafnap
Ow.

(source)

Well, l like the suit a bit more now, but I'm still not too keen on Crazy Dirty Joker. If you're going to go the Pale Skin is Just Make Up route, why not make sure it's experetly applied? What's more creepy than a psychotic killer who takes the time to make sure his make-up is just. so.?

Wow, what a completely needless bit of criticism, but hey, we all have The Perfect Joker in our heads, right?
Category: General
Posted by: kidchris
Me and the little lady just viewed the straight to DVD Futurama movie Bender's Big Score, which was superbly better than many of the other straight to DVD movies I rent on frequent occasion. And this one doesn't come in a black bag, wrapped up in shame, packaged with regret. But it was a good old, time traveling, universe alternating, niblonian shattering movie that was fun for the whole family. I won't spoil any elements of the plot here, but Futurama definitely proves itself to be one the most well written, beautifully animated, and hilarious cartoon that has ever been on tv. The story is layered, funny and stays completely in tune with the original show, complete with cameos by nearly every character who was ever in the show, including my personal favorite Barbados Slim.

BUY IT!!!


I'll even go so far to say that this movie was a lot better than the Simpson's Movie; It looked better, was much more fun, and didn't seem as forced. Don't get me wrong, I liked the Simpson's movie, but watching Bender's Big Score just made me feel a little more complete afterwards.

My favorite part of the entire film has to be the way they explain why and, more importantly, who canceled the show. There is obviously no love lost between the show and the Fox executives, which is also made painfully obvious in the audio commentary and in the cast-comic-book-reading special featurette. While not as many special features as I had hoped, I'm looking forward to the next 3 installments that are due out in the next few months.



ALSO: FULL LENGTH EPISODE OF THE HYPNOTOAD.
ALL HAIL HYPNOTOAD
Category: Show Notes
Posted by: dafnap
The Bispectacult - Special Episode - Attack of the Sterling (Part 1)

The Bispectacult - Special Episode - Attack of the Sterling - Part 1

Yes! It's finally here! Dug out from the deep depths of Dafna's ancient, sputtering hard drive, unleashed upon YOU, genteel and discriminating listener, to decipher and fear.

Mike Sterling of Progressive Ruin graces us with his presence, his staggering intellect and his endless good will. Answering our clumsy inquiries, Mike reveals the origins of his blog, his plans for the future, and how he manages to stay so damn dapper.

If you're into burly bearded men, Kid Chris and Mike Sterling are your guys, and Dafna, your graciously bearded women. Welcome to The Roadhouse! Or The Bispectacult. Whatever works for you, bro.

(Apologies to Grandma Sterling, Kid Chris really wasn't fellating the microphone, he was only checking to see if it was still on. It was. Apologies to the rest of the internet.)
Category: Podcast
Posted by: dafnap
Category: General
Posted by: dafnap
It is true, I learned it from the internets.

That's why we celebrate Channukah.

Dean Trippe linked to the fantastic John Campbell, over at his livejournal. I know I'm probably late to the party, but the recent spate of strips have been fantastic.

Go, go read them. Now, if you please.

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The latest podcast is (shoddily) edited and will be put up soon. I'll put it up on the iTunes feed and will put together the show notes as quickly as possible, I just want to get it out there. Also, be on a look out for our (belated) interview with Mike from Progressive Ruin, Kid Chris had edited it, therefore it's polished and doesn't sound like poo.

EDIT: Argh. Weird compression issues and I left the mac with the GarageBand files at work. Show notes are mostly typed up and episode will go up tomorrow. If I don't kill myself first. Dammit Chris, how did you manage this before?
Category: General
Posted by: kidchris
If you've listened the new episode of the Bispectacult you will hear a long winded conversation between myself and Dave of the Bispectacult about what video games should be made into movies. We briefly touched on this list, but the question was mainly roused by the god awful game turned movie, Hitman, which was by all accounts god awful. Here are my top 5 picks.

5. Dig-Dug
The Decent II: Subteranean Bugaloo


A horror-action movie with Jet Li as Taizo Hori, the games protagonist. Set in the near future, an ancient race of underground fiends known only as the Pookas have been awaken by a cataclysmic meteor strike. During the day society exists as normal, but during the night the Pookas lead raids against the surviving humans. It is up to Taizo to lead an expedition to the "darkworld" to defeat the Pooka warlord, where he encounters, among other things, the Fygars. Initially thought to be villains as well, Taizo soon teams up with the benevolent, reptilian species who wage endless war with the blood thirsty Pookas. Shit, that sounds too much like Underworld. Oh well, as long as Jet Li uses a "mega pump" at least once, in addition to gun fu.

4. Joust
That's No Emu!


This Could so easily be a movie I have no idea why the fat cats in Hollywood haven't turned this into a heartwarming coming of age fantasy film in the same vein of Eragon or the Chronicles of Narnia. Starring Heath Ledger as the older brother and Zac Efron as the younger, a story of two young warriors who must mount up on their ancestral bound ostridge and stork, respectively, to wage war against the evil pterodactyl lord, Sargerion. Amoung the way they must fight and defeat Sargerion's most trusted lieutenants, Bounder, Hunter, and the Shadow Lord; played by Robert Patrick, Jamie Presely and Michael Ironside, respectively. Heath must turn evil, for a little while at least.

3. Splatterhouse
SPLATTERHOUSE!!!


Rick Taylor, played by Justin Timberlake, enters West Mansion with a group of fellow grad students, including his girlfriend Jennifer, who are getting away from the city for the weekend. On their first night there at "Splatterhouse" (as the locals call it) zombies and countless other abominations attack the students, killing off Rick's friends, kidnapping Jennifer, and leaving our protagonist for dead. When he awakes he finds that an ancient Mayan artifact called the Terror Mask, that is actually an alien symbiont, has binded to his face and grants him supernatural strength and abilities. He must now go from hunted to hunter, destroying the foul beasts that killed his friends in a mission to find his girlfriend before she is sacrificed to Dark Gods. Think Evil Dead meets Evil Dead 2. Also Jeffry Combs as Herbert West would be way to obvious.

2. Bomberman
Evil Doer.


LAPD Detectives Richard Brooks and Santos Veracruz must stop a rash of serial bombings that is causing terror and mayhem across the City of Angels. It's a race against time as...wait, hold on... it's been done.

1. Altered Beast.
Best. Movie. Ever.


In all seriousness, this could be one kick ass movie. The main character, played by Tim Olyphant, referred to only as The Centurian dies a glorious death on the battlefield fighting in the name of the god Zeus'. Soon he is resurrected to serve as Zeus personal champion, granting him powers to shape shift into fearsome man-beasts, in order to save his daughter Athena. Tons of CGI, tons of slow motion, and tons of half-naked, oiled-up Greek dudes... you'd think they would have already tried this.
Category: General
Posted by: dafnap
::dreamy sigh::


Remember those DVD extras I was frothing at the mouth about? Newsarama has some details:

There will also be a 2 disc Special Edition DVD available for $24.98 SRP which contains additional bonus features including a documentary about the pathology of the super villain and three bonus episodes from the Justice League animated series selected by Bruce Timm.

For the litslut in me, this sounds fab:

“Comic Book Commentary: Homage to the New Frontier” - This documentary is a nod to the fans of the New Frontier comic book. This featurette further expands the themes contained in the source material, and how these elements were truncated or evolved for the inclusion in the film. Featuring vivid imagery culled from the pages of the New Frontier comic, mixed with the commentary of Writer and Artist Darwyn Cooke, this featurette is a treat for both fans and scholars of the medium.

Check out the Warner Bros. New Frontier DVD website, as well as DC Comics' New Frontier Minisite for the graphic novels and action figures. (thanks wabbitseason!)

28/11: Delay

Category: General
Posted by: dafnap
Hey guys, just wanted to drop a line saying that the podcast for this week has been recorded (Dave! Dafna! The return of Kid Chris!) but work/life hasn't left me much time to edit the extensive ramblings of Kid Chris on the topic of Maximum Overdrive. Fear not, the new episode should be up later tonight/early morn and we really think y'all will enjoy it!
Category: bitchcakes
Posted by: dafnap
...has to turn out the lights.


(source)

While I love that the new Joker is skinny (skinny clowns = always more creepy. always.) I'm not really digging the cartoon goth aesthetic. The whole outfit looks a little to... twee. I don't know, after seeing the original The Man Who Laughs promo, I can't really picture anything other than a smear of grease paint being necessary to make him really fucking creepy.

Scars? Eyeliner? It's all a bit much...

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-A bigger look at those New Frontier DVD covers (thanks wabbitseason.) Still no word on those proposed extras, but that hasn't stopped me from dreaming.
Category: bitchcakes
Posted by: dafnap
What do YOU see?


Huh. (more pictures in link)

Color me intrigued.

I'm still going to bitch about it, but then I wouldn't be a proper fan if I didn't.
Category: General
Posted by: dafnap
Behold:

Joy to the World!

::dreamy sigh::
Category: Podcast
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Category: Show Notes
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The Bispectacult - Episode #7 - The Secret 'Stache