“PUNISH!”: ‘Silent Night, Deadly Night’ Review

The Screening Room ‐ December 15, 2017
“PUNISH!”: ‘Silent Night, Deadly Night’ Review

Every holiday needs a good slasher, and that’s what Charles E Sellier Jr.’s Silent Night, Deadly Night offers in the form of Billy, a psychopath dressed up as Santa with an ax for a weapon. Christmas horror is hard to achieve, Gremlins and Black Christmas are particular standouts, but Silent Night, Deadly Night is intent on terrifying the hell out of you with its grisly murders and the actual character of Billy along with a few decent creepy visuals that are particularly nightmarish and scary.

The plot is a signature slasher, and that’s the brilliance of it. As a kid, Billy …

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Tainted Legacy: Mega Man Legacy Collection 2 Review

Kulturecade ‐ December 14, 2017
Tainted Legacy: Mega Man Legacy Collection 2 Review
  • Release Date: 8/8/2017

Following the recent reveal of Mega Man 11, I’ve found myself excited for the Mega Man series for the first time in a long time. While Capcom has found themselves content to sit on the franchise for the last few years, they’ve been sure to continue milking Mega Man franchise with ports to various consoles and mobile devices. Of course, Mega Man has also seen his share of cameos in the interim appearing in titles like Tatsunoko vs. Capcom, Street Fighter x Tekken, Super Smash Bros. and countless others.  Following all of these appearances, it only made sense that Capcom …

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The Disaster Artist

Kulturecast ‐ December 14, 2017
The Disaster Artist

Chris and Eric are joined by frequent guest Quinn Fleming to talk about the meta-comedy biopic about the infamous auteur Tommy Wiseau and the making of The Room, one of the worst films ever made. The film stars James Franco as Tommy Wiseau and Dave Franco as Greg Sestero whose dreams are tested as they set out to make their fortune in Hollywood and end up becoming infamous due to their parts in the making of The Room.

As always, you can follow Chris Stachiw at @KultureStach, Eric Kniss at @tychomagnetics and Kulture Shocked at @KultureShocked. The music is Wovoka’s “Lament,” and Da DeCypher’s “Two Step featuring Ben-Jamin”; big …

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Kulturecast 2017 Wrap-Up

Kulturecast ‐ December 11, 2017

Chris and Eric sit down to wrap-up the year in film that was 2017. From the disappointing lows of Alien: Covenant and Justice League to some of the best films of the year, they break down their favorite films, most overrated, most overlooked, and least favorite films of the year.

As always, you can follow Chris Stachiw at @KultureStach, Eric Kniss at @tychomagnetics and Kulture Shocked at @KultureShocked. The music is Wovoka’s “Lament,” and Da DeCypher’s “Two Step featuring Ben-Jamin”; big thanks to both for allowing us to use their tracks. Also, make sure to check out Rainbow Comics, Cards, and Collectibles for all of your pop culture needs. You can also …

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“Jesus was born in a barn!”: ‘Krampus’ Review

The Screening Room ‐ December 08, 2017
“Jesus was born in a barn!”: ‘Krampus’ Review

It’s hard to take a Christmas film and make it a great genre piece that is both terrifying and utterly captures that warmth of Christmas, but director Michael Dougherty does just that with Krampus – a deliciously macabre Christmas film that feels does both comedy and horror perfectly and with a twisted PG-13 rating to boot!

The central premise consists of the Engel family celebration of Christmas and the conflict between wanting to continue celebrating Christmas traditions and ignoring them. It all reaches a boiling point when Max, who is the beacon for Christmas tradition, loses his spirit and as a …

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One Last Adventure: Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon Review

Kulturecade ‐ December 06, 2017
One Last Adventure: Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon Review

Tasked with writing this review for Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon has been bittersweet. While I’m always excited about a new mainline Pokémon entry, knowing that Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon will be the final Pokémon title I’ll play on my 3DS makes me a little sad. The previous entries on the 3DS finally brought the franchise into 3D and helped push storytelling in the franchise, especially with Sun and Moon. We know that the future of the franchise lies on the Switch, but it’s time to see just what Game Freak has done with Pokémon‘s swan song on …

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Bring Back the Iron Man: Rock ‘n’ Racing Off Road DX Review

Kulturecade ‐ December 05, 2017
Bring Back the Iron Man: Rock ‘n’ Racing Off Road DX Review
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I usually don’t like to think of games as being defined by a singular flaw. It’s my outlook that video games are a complex form of art that encompasses a series of ups and downs, weaknesses and strengths within each individual piece of that art. It’s only recently that I’ve had to concede that with the wide variety of games out there in the current gaming landscape, there are games of all shapes, sizes, and ambitions that do dwell on that thin of a margin that one or two facets of their design or gameplay will make or break the …

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Justice League

Kulturecast ‐ December 04, 2017
Justice League

Chris and Eric are joined by director Matt Campagna to talk the latest misstep in the troubled DC Comics Extended Universe Justice League. The film stars Gal Gadot, Jason Momoa, Ben Affleck, Ezra Miller, Henry Cavill, and Ray Fisher as the eponymous team who must fight an interstellar threat from destroying Earth. It’s a poorly conceived film that does little to alleviate the persistent issues with the budding franchise.

As always, you can follow Chris Stachiw at @KultureStach, Eric Kniss at @tychomagnetics and Kulture Shocked at @KultureShocked. The music is Wovoka’s “Lament,” and Da DeCypher’s “Two Step featuring Ben-Jamin”; big thanks to both for allowing us to use …

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Happy Horrordays: Holiday Horror Movie Month

The Screening Room ‐ December 01, 2017

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and also the most horrifying if this month’s movies are any indicator. Join us as we venture into the subgenre of horror that sometimes verges on controversial with holiday horror movies. From killer Santa Clauses to demon Krampus to a spirit taking over a gingerbread man, the holidays seem to bring out the worst horror has to offer.

Along with holiday horror movies, we’ll also be checking out the upcoming holiday releases including The Disaster Artist, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, and a little film called Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

 
Week 1
Monday Kulturecast: The Gingerdead Man
Tuesday Review: …

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“You didn’t get me down, Ray”: ‘Raging Bull’ Review

The Screening Room ‐ November 30, 2017
“You didn’t get me down, Ray”: ‘Raging Bull’ Review

There’s nothing quite like the cinematic uppercut that is Martin Scorsese’s, Raging Bull. What could’ve been a conventional biopic of middleweight champion Jake LaMotta is instead turned into a ferocious sports drama with a performance for the ages by Robert De Niro.

Written by Paul Schrader (Taxi Driver, The Last Temptation of Christ) and Mardik Martin, Raging Bull tells the personal (in and out of the ring) story of Jake LaMotta; the film also delves into his relationship with his family and wife. Raging Bull is a sports drama, but it’s also an unconventional one at that; Scorsese is as interested …

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