FRED Watch Episode 18: Batman (1989)

KEATON FOREVER!

Warner Bros. Pictures / Guber-Peters Company

For this month’s FRED Watch podcast, Wayne and Phillip are joined by fellow comic book movie nerd Kendall, as well as special guests Fulya and Kirsten, to review Tim Burton’s Batman (1989).

It is a mix of nostalgia and first-time viewership, so the five film critics are bound to agree… right?

Listen to their review here:

 

Check out the theatrical trailer:

 

Compare the FRED Watch team’s retrospective review to Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert’s from At the Movies (1989; Buena Vista Television):

 

Starring: Jack Nicholson, Michael Keaton, Kim Basinger, Robert Wuhl, Pat Hingle, Billy Dee Williams, Michael Gough, Jack Palance, Jerry Hall, Tracey Walter, Lee Wallace, William Hootkins.

Director: Tim Burton | Writers: Sam Hamm, Warren Skaaren; story by Sam Hamm (based on characters appearing in magazines published by DC Comics; Batman characters created by Bob Kane; Batman created by Bob Kane with Bill Finger [uncredited] | Producer: Jon Peters, Peter Guber | Music: Danny Elfman | Cinematographer: Roger Pratt | Editor: Ray Lovejoy

Available: DVD and YouTube.

 

Let us know what you thought of this film in the comments!

 

You’ve just experienced FRED Watch.

 

RELATED PODCAST: Friday Nights @ FRED’s #43—’Who’s your BATMAN!’ (To jump straight to the Popcorn Culture segment, play from 45:47) ⬇️

 

RELATED EPISODE: FRED Watch Episode 12: Superman (1978) ⬇️


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Beta Test #18: Five Nights at Freddy’s

Beta TestNO. no. no no no n0 no. No. I got wrecked. I got totalled. This game got me gooder than that one time my grade 5 teacher showed us that jump scare car video.  Never again will I turn to the inky black depths of a dark room and think I’m ok. You Freddy have ruined the already fragile inner workings of my mind. There may be no return, I may lock myself in a safe room, crying to the world, “Let’s Eat! LETS EAT!”.

*wailing noises of defeat*

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Hello, Hello my night shift workers, I’m Bethany Griffiths, and this is Beta Test. A game review platform where I, a very scared little Beta Test girl, choose one game a month to go ham on until either I get better or get wrecked. All in the hopes that I can provide you with a completely (un)biased review.

So with the VR game out and about, with creepy bunnies, and plot holes up the wazoo, I thought it was time to review…I can’t even type it without fear… Five Nights at Freddy’s. The ultimate pizza night horror game that makes my heebies jeebie around like cats on a hot tin roof, singing Memory. Am I mixing my metaphors? Yes, but you can’t blame me, I’ve been through hell damn it.

Five Nights At Freddy’s, Developed and published by notorious scary man Scott Cawthon, is a jump scare based horror game revolving around click based actions, such as opening and closing doors, and turning lights on and off, and scary music queues to get through and ultimately survive FIVE (six) NIGHTS.  

I’ll be forthcoming with the fact that this is a game that I didn’t play a lot of this month. Why? Because I had to play in 15 minute intervals and take very long breaks to make me want to play it again. I am absolutely scared of this creepypasta wannabe game, and no one is going to be able to calm my fears. Thank GOD there are people that are braver than me! If you want the scare without the care, I urge you to watch Markiplier, Jacksepticeye, Treecicle, and Game Theory to get a good learning experience, because hell that’s what I did.

Now, aside from playing with my eyes closed the entire time, I was able to get the main mechanics and complete up to level two. A TERRIFIC FEAT FOR ME if I do say so myself (And I do!). I appreciated the amount of fear I was able to receive in a small dose. It’s been a long time since I was this scared by a game this way (even if the time trials in Spyro scare the shit out of me). I was thoroughly impressed by the nature of the game as well. The mechanics are so simple, click, tap, click, tap, but the value for money you get is huge. With that being said, this is the OG game that sparked a franchise, so I have some reservations about character design and plot points, that, with ONLY looking at this game, look clunky, and mashed together. For instance, we get the idea that kids are involved heavily in the haunting of the animatronics (spoiler alert? Do I need that in here?) but without the wider community chipping in, we would have no idea that the purple man was a thing, or that Golden freddy wasn’t a glitch. Scott could have been a lot less subtle about the story arc and the gave would have still held integrity.

Moving on, I want to commend Scott on the fantastic display of gravitas he’s pulled with FNAF. It takes cajones to create the idea for, make, and publish a game yourself, and I’m so glad he did. This really is a brilliant game, even if I can’t play it (and the lore is too complicated). I appreciate the time and effort that went into making millions of people so scared they buy the whole game set. (If I could see one thing from this game it would be a safe mode *please*)

Because of the just plain creepiness of the graphics and sound score, but the sheer terror, I give this game:

4/5 Creepy Animatronics for style
5/5 Creepy Animatronics for plot
0/5 Creepy Animatronics for easiness
NO/5 Creepy Animatronics for The never ending franchise that I’ll probably be made to play through *Sigh*

So, my dudes! I’ve been Bethany Griffiths, and this has been a Scaaaary Beta Test. A game review platform where I either got better or got wrecked. All in the hopes that I can provide you with a completely unbiased review. If you have a game that you want me to give my two cents on, Please let me know!

Until next time,

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A Podcast Called FRED #71

Kendall, Fulya, and Phillip deliver the latest in nerdy news and geeky goodness in the pop culture podcast that refuses to behave—it’s A Podcast Called FRED!

 

Nerdy News includes:

  • Quentin Tarantino’s Star Trek to be rated R;
  • Paramount is developing an animated Spice Girls movie;
  • and more!

Trailer Park discussions:

Quickie Reviews:

  • Aladdin (2019)

Popcorn Culture:

  • This week, the team discuss which film they would watch for twenty-four hours straight for one million dollars—featuring responses from you!

 

Check out A Podcast Called FRED #71 ⬇️

Remember to let us know your response to the Popcorn Culture question so you can be featured in the next episode of A Podcast Called FRED!

 

PREVIOUS EPISODE: A Podcast Called FRED #70 ⬇️


FRED Watch Quickie Film Review: Christine (1983)

CARPENTER, KING… AND CHRISTINE.

I’m a Wayne Stellini and welcome to FRED Watch, where we review everything from the mainstream to the obscure. Today’s film is Christine

Columbia Pictures / Delphi Premier Productions / Polar Film

A red and white 1958 Plymouth Fury named Christine becomes increasingly possessive of Arnie Cunningham (Keith Gordon), the awkward youth who purchases her, and whose personality gradually changes as car and owner form a dangerous bond…

Christine has all the hallmarks of what we expect from a Stephen King narrative: a youth takes revenge against their bullies with the aid of a supernatural force (think Carrie). There is also a sympathetic, popular, and handsome boy cheering for our underdog in some way (still think Carrie). This familiarity, of course, does not work against Christine in any way.

And on paper, the bestselling author and Halloween (1978) director John Carpenter make an unconquerable combination to tell a scary story. But this big screen adaptation of King’s novel falls a little short of expectations.

Do not be mistaken, Carpenter is a skilled filmmaker but the first half of the piece, which sets up the dynamics of our young cast at school, home, etc, is far more taut, engaging, and confidently made than what follows. This is a shame because this is where the film should deliver what it promises. And Christine almost makes it! There’s some finely executed thrills and the special effects featuring the car’s rejuvenation are outstanding. But there are some pacing issues and the subtle, tense build-up shifts gear into flashes of melodrama as the plot unfolds.

Christine is by no means a write-off; it is an entertaining and well-produced tale that has a bevy of fine talent who will be familiar to pop culture enthusiasts. Ketih Gordon (Jaws 2) is relatable as bullied protagonist Arnie, John Stockwell (Top Gun) soaks up the screen as best friend Dennis, and Alexandra Paul (TV’s Baywatch) makes a fine impression as new girl Leigh. Supporting players include Robert Prosky (Gremlins 2: The New Batch), Roberts Blossom (Home Alone), Kelly Preston (SpaceCamp, Jerry McGuire), Steven Tash (1984’s Ghostbusters), Stuart Charno (Friday the 13th Part 2), Malcolm Danare (Heaven Help Us, 1998’s Godzilla), and the prolific Harry Dean Stanton (The Godfather Part II, Alien, The Avengers…).

Carpenter’s film is well-worth watching for fans of any of the cast and crew, if not the genre itself, but don’t expect Christine to make it to the finish line in the same pristine condition as it starts. 3½ / 5

 

Starring: Keith Gordon, John Stockwell, Alexandra Paul, Robert Prosky, Harry Dean Stanton, Christine Belford, Roberts Blossom, Kelly Preston, William Ostrander, Steven Tash, Stuart Charno, Malcolm Danare, David Spielberg.

Director: John Carpenter | Writer: Bill Phillips (based on the novel by Stephen King) | Producers: Richard Kobritz, Larry J. Franco | Music: John Carpenter, Alan Howarth | Cinematographer: Donald M. Morgan | Editor Marion Rothman

 

Available: Blu-ray; Netflix; YouTube

Let us know what you thought of this film in the comments!

 

I’ve been a Wayne Stellini and you’ve just experienced FRED Watch.


A Podcast Called FRED #70

Kendall, Fulya, and Wayne deliver the latest in nerdy news and geeky goodness in the pop culture podcast that refuses to behave—it’s A Podcast Called FRED!

 

Nerdy News includes:

  • Wonder Woman 1984 poster released one year away from film’s release;
  • Swamp Thing cancelled by Warner Bros. and The Good Place to end with season four;
  • Sigourney Weaver confirms return of original Ghostbusters cast for new movie;
  • and more!

Trailer Park discussions:

Quickie Reviews:

  • Rocketman (2019)
  • Dark Phoenix (2019)

Popcorn Culture:

  • This week, the team discuss which films break their go-to sweet treats—featuring responses from you!

 

Check out A Podcast Called FRED #70 ⬇️

Remember to let us know your response to the Popcorn Culture question so you can be featured in the next episode of A Podcast Called FRED!

 

PREVIOUS EPISODE: A Podcast Called FRED #69 ⬇️


FRED Watch Quickie Film Review: Holmes & Watson (2018)

SHERLOCK’S SHIT SHOW.

I’m a Wayne Stellini and welcome to FRED Watch, where we review everything from the mainstream to the obscure. Today’s film is the contentious Holmes & Watson

Columbia Pictures / Gary Sanchez Productions / Mosaic Media Group / Mimran Schur Pictures / Sony Pictures Releasing

Detective Sherlock Holmes (Will Ferrell) and Dr. John Watson (John C. Reilly) set out to discover who is responsible for a threat at Buckingham Palace.

There is not much you need to know about Holmes & Watson except that it is a painfully dull, laboriously unfunny, and unredeemable piece of shit. 0 / 5

 

Starring: Will Ferrell, John C. Reilly, Rebecca Hall, Ralph Fiennes, Rob Brydon, Kelly Macdonald, Steve Coogan, Lauren Lapkus, Pam Ferris, Hugh Laurie, Bella Ramsey, Scarlet Grace, Noah Jupe, Braun Strowman, Billy Zane, Bruce Buffer, Michael Buffer.

Director/Writer: Etan Cohen (based on the characters Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle) | Producers: Will Ferrell, Adam McKay, Jimmy Miller, Clayton Townsend | Music: Mark Mothersbaugh | Cinematographer: Oliver Wood | Editor: Dean Zimmerman

 

Available: DVD and Blu-ray; YouTube

Let us know what you thought of this film in the comments!

 

I’ve been a Wayne Stellini and you’ve just experienced FRED Watch.


Non-Scripted Ramblings Special: The Marvel Cinematic Universe

Revisit Marvel Cinematic Universe fanatic Kendall Richardson’s in-depth reviews of each film in the epic franchise, culminating in the record-breaking blockbuster Avengers: Endgame.

And… Here. We. Go!

 

PHASE ONE

Iron Man (2008):

The Incredible Hulk (2008):

Iron Man 2 (2010):

Thor (2011):

Captain America: The First Avenger (2011):

Marvel’s The Avengers (2012):

 

PHASE TWO

Iron Man 3 (2013):

Thor: The Dark World (2013):

Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014):

Guardians of the Galaxy (2014):

Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015):

Ant-Man (2015):

 

PHASE THREE

Captain America: Civil War (2016):

Doctor Strange (2016):

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017):

Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017):

Thor: Ragnarok (2017):

Black Panther (2018):

Avengers: Infinity War (2018):

Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018):

Captain Marvel (2019):

Avengers: Endgame (2019):

 

Keep up to date with all of Kendall’s ramblings! Subscribe to the FRED the ALIEN Productions YouTube page!

 

RELATED POST: FRED Watch Quickie Film Review: Venom (2018).

RELATED VIDEO: Collectible Chaos: Top Ten Favourite Stan Lee Cameos ⬇️

RELATED PODCAST: The Monthlay @ WiniFRED’s #23: Avengers: Endgame Spoilercast ⬇️

 


Editor’s Note: This is an updated version of the post Countdown to Avengers: Infinity War, which was originally published on 26 April 2018.


A Podcast Called FRED #69

Kendall, Fulya, and Phillip deliver the latest in nerdy news and geeky goodness in the pop culture podcast that refuses to behave—it’s A Podcast Called FRED!

 

Nerdy News includes:

  • Robert Pattinson is officially Batman;
  • Stan Lee’s final work Superhero Kindergarten to star Arnold Schwarzenegger;
  • J.K. Rowling to release four new Harry Potter books online;
  • and more!

Trailer Park discussions:

Quickie Reviews:

  • All Is True (2019)
  • Detective Pikachu (2019)

Popcorn Culture:

  • This week, the team discuss which films break their heart but can’t get enough of—featuring responses from you!

 

Check out A Podcast Called FRED #69 ⬇️

Remember to let us know your response to the Popcorn Culture question so you can be featured in the next episode of A Podcast Called FRED!

 

PREVIOUS EPISODE: A Podcast Called FRED #68 ⬇️


Non-Scripted Ramblings #39

🚨 THIS POST CONTAINS SPOILERS 🚨

 

Marvel Cinematic Universe fanatic Kendall Richardson gives an in-depth ramble to Avengers: Endgame. Check it out ⬇️

Let us know your thoughts in the comments!

 

RELATED PODCAST: The Monthly @ WiniFRED’s #23: Avengers: Endgame Spoilercast ⬇️


The Monthly @ WiniFRED’s #23

Get ready for a new episode of The Monthly @ WiniFRED’s!

Join Fulya and Kendall as they discuss the blockbuster Avengers: Endgame in this special spoilercast—featuring inappropriate thoughts from you!

Have a listen and let us know what you thought of the film! Also, get ready to respond to the next Monthly question, revealed at the end of the episode ⬇️

 

RELATED EPISODE: The Monthly @ WiniFRED’s #21: Captain Marvel Spoilercast ⬇️

 

RELATED VIDEO: Collectible Chaos: Top Ten Things About Avengers: Endgame ⬇️

 

RELATED VIDEO: Non-Scripted Ramblings #39: Avengers: Endgame ⬇️