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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“All I know is it’s a mental hospital”: ‘Shutter Island’ Review

The Screening Room ‐ November 30, 2017
“All I know is it’s a mental hospital”: ‘Shutter Island’ Review

Horror is not a word that one would associate with director Martin Scorsese but whenever he tackles it, the results are spectacular. Scorsese first delved into horror with his spellbinding remake of Cape Fear which got Robert De Niro an Oscar nomination. With Shutter Island Scorsese flexes his horror muscles and delivers one of his most underrated films in his entire filmography. Based on the novel by celebrated author Dennis Lehane (Gone Baby Gone, Mystic River), Scorsese has a lot of fun incorporating many genres into its spooky and terrifically atmospheric horror thriller.

The story is pure pulp; a detective (Leonardo …

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Casino

Kulturecast ‐ November 30, 2017
Casino

Chris and Eric are joined by OughtFiveFilm’s Mike Wallace to talk Martin Scorsese’s spiritual sequel to Goodfellas also featuring Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci, Casino. The film follows De Niro as Sam Rothstein, a bookie who is tasked with running the Tangiers Casino in Las Vegas, and Pesci as Nicky Santoro, a mobster who is tasked with protecting De Niro and the mob’s investment. It’s a fantastic film that is a worthy film to Goodfellas and works as a great standalone gangster film.

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 …

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From New Japan to 2K: The History of the Yuke’s Wrestling Engine, Part 1: Toukon Retsuden

Kulturecade ‐ November 30, 2017

I previously chronicled the history of the AKI wrestling engine in a three-part series spanning from its short lifespan between 1996 and the mid-2000s. Doing so was not only a labor of love, but one filled with nostalgia for a long-gone series of games that still sparks debate to this day about the superior series (and, by proxy, the superior console). While it may not surprise anyone to find me on the side of AKI Corp. and their incredible work that culminated in the release of WWF No Mercy on the N64, what lies on the other side of the …

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