Jump ‘n’ Shoot Man: Mega Man (NES) Flashback Review

Kulturecade ‐ January 19, 2018
Jump ‘n’ Shoot Man: Mega Man (NES) Flashback Review

Now that the Blue Bomber has officially turned thirty and we’re counting down the months until the release of the first classic series Mega Man title in almost eight years and I think it’s high time we go back and look at the games that preceded Mega Man 11. As someone who grew up with the classic Mega Man series on the NES, it’s crazy to think that the original games turned thirty years old just a few weeks ago. I still have vivid memories of renting this game for the first time, and while I fell in love with …

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“The worst part of being old is remembering when you was young”: ‘The Straight Story’ Review

The Screening Room ‐ January 19, 2018
“The worst part of being old is remembering when you was young”: ‘The Straight Story’ Review

The Straight Story is perhaps the most un-Lynchian film that David Lynch has ever done, but it’s also one of his finest films and a heartwarming adventure that is as lyrical and beautiful as it is deeply moving. Based on the true story of Alvin Straight and produced by Walt Disney Pictures, Lynch’s The Straight Story is that – a simple yet incredibly elegant journey from point A to point B along with all the interesting people and circumstances along the way. One of the fascinating aspects of The Straight Story is how simple and sparse it is but more …

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Who’s the New Legend?

The Screening Room ‐ January 18, 2018

Warning: spoilers for the mid-season finale of Legends of Tomorrow and Crisis on Earth-X

So by now we all probably know that someone new will be joining the Waverider at some point in the near future of DC’s Legends of Tomorrow. Who that person will be is at this point a mystery, but producer Marc Guggenheim revealed recently that it would be a character previously established across the CW shows returning to our screens. Never one to let a mystery go unspeculated, I’ve put together a list of all the major candidates I can think of. Now let’s get this out …

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Blue Velvet

Kulturecast ‐ January 18, 2018
Blue Velvet

Chris is sans Eric but joined by Rainbow Comics’ Zach Pogany and InkFilmsInc’s Oscar Moreno to talk David Lynch’s most mainstream film Blue Velvet. The film stars Kyle MacLachlan as Jeffrey Beaumont, a college student who returns home only to find a disembodied human ear behind in the woods behind his house. This discovery leads him to discover the disturbing underbelly of his sleepy little town including one of cinema’s most horrifying villains Frank Booth portrayed by Dennis Hopper. It’s one of Lynch’s finest films and a truly disturbing take on small-town America’s dirty little secrets.

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NBA Playgrounds Enhanced Edition Review

Kulturecade ‐ January 17, 2018
NBA Playgrounds Enhanced Edition Review

I haven’t had much reason to think about NBA Playgrounds since writing my review of it last Spring, other than the free copy of the new Shaq-Fu game that I’m now entitled to if it ever comes out. And yet, just as even that small glimmer of hope that Saber Interactive hadn’t completely bailed was ready to die, a new “Enhanced Edition” of their awkward NBA Street/Jam mashup title has been released, giving players a reason to give the title another shot at becoming their new go-to quick session title. This assessment will also include a look at the game’s …

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A Decade of Persona 4

Kulturecade ‐ January 16, 2018

Just what is it that makes Persona 4 so different from the rest of the series? The fundamentals of the setup remain unchanged, with a group of high schoolers summoning “Personas” to combat a supernatural threat. Nevertheless, Persona 4 possesses some kind of alchemic magic that has made it the most enduring entry in the venerated JRPG series, spawning not just an expanded re-release, three direct sequels (two fighting games and a rhythm game), a midquel, and an appearance in the forthcoming BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle, but also two anime adaptations, an ongoing manga, a light novel, and a stage …

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What Does 2018 Hold for the World of Video Games?

Kulturecade ‐ January 15, 2018

These days I find more writers crowded around my desk, especially since the delivery (postage due) of my very own CobCo Crystal Ball. Ask it any question and it will display for you the probable path ahead. Our beloved janitor and 35 year Kulture Shocked alum, Stanley Zbornak recently asked it the very poignant question: “What will the winning Mega Million numbers be?” Our ball delivered.

6, 9, 4, 20, 8 and the Mega Ball 11.

Astounding. We don’t yet know the date but those are definitely winning ticket numbers. I could have joined in the fun and determined the path of …

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Eraserhead

Kulturecast ‐ January 15, 2018
Eraserhead

Chris and Eric are joined by Rainbow Comics’ Zach Pogany to kick off 2018 and David Lynch month with a look at the auteur’s first film Eraserhead. The film stars Jack Nance as Henry Spencer, a simple man whose life is turned upside down by the arrival of a very bizarre newborn. The film catapulted Lynch into the public eye and established him as the progenitor of American film surrealism.

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 …

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“He who can destroy a thing, controls a thing”: ‘Dune’ Review

The Screening Room ‐ January 15, 2018
“He who can destroy a thing, controls a thing”: ‘Dune’ Review

David Lynch’s filmography is electrifying but if there’s one odd entry into his eclectic body of work is his adaptation of Frank Herbert’s seminal science fiction classic, Dune. While it has several Lynch staples and regulars including Kyle MacLachlan, Jose Ferrer, Jack Nance (all Twin Peaks stars) to name a few, Dune is an incredible misfire in an otherwise brilliant film career.

The story set in the future and a distant planet in the far reaches of the galaxy is about the intergalactic war between two families fighting in control for a powerful substance while the young warrior Paul Atreides (Kyle …

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“Old Wang, New Scars” – Shadow Warrior (2013) Review

Kulturecade ‐ January 09, 2018

I don’t think I’m the only one who still feels like we’re in the infancy of the PS4/XBone generation, which is why it often feels like a slap in the face to hear that each of those consoles is nearly five years old at this point, and a succeeding generation probably isn’t all that far off. Even though I still think of my PS4 as a shiny new toy (which probably comes more by proxy from the rest of my collection than anything else), the realization that I’ve come to is that whether or not this generation is nearing its …

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