Incompetent Gamers: Plague Inc: Evolved—Pud’s Still No Good

 

Join incompetent gamers DarthPudden and Sharpy as they delight in infecting the world with Plague: Inc: Evolved.

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FRED Watch Episode 8: The Imposter (2012)

FOOL US ONCE…

Picturehouse Entertainment / Revolver Entertainment / Indomina Releasing

Wayne introduces Phillip to the fascinating film The Imposter. The boys love a good documentary, but how do they feel about one that has such an unreliable primary source?

Listen to their review here:

Check out the trailer:

Interviews: Frédéric Bourdin, Carey Gibson, Beverly Dollarhide, Bryan Gibson, Codey Gibson, Nancy Fisher, Charlie Parker, Bruce Perry, M.D., Ph.D, Philip French.

Dramatisations: Adam O’Brian, Anna Ruben, Cathy Dresbach, Alan Teichman, Ivan Villanueva, Maria Jesus Hoyos, Antón Martí, Amparo Fontanet, Ken Appledorn.

Director: Bart Layton | Producer: Dimitri Doganis | Music: Anne Nikitin | Cinematographers: Erik Alexander Wilson, Lynda Hall | Editor: Andrew Hulme

Available: stan.

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Beta Test #8: Whispering Willows

Beta Test

Whispering Willows

 

Rent. The hit musical about AIDS, capitalism, and the American way. The movie that warns you about power and what it can be like to be at either end of the spectrum. The humility of falling down, down, down. The one thing that makes you think about never EVER going into the corporate world. Well… I’m officially in the twilight zone and can I say it’s nothing like the power of retail. Yes, this month I jump over the moon in the pursuit of a new job in reception that has me quaking in my $12 Kmart flats, if not for the feeling of being a total fake that will be found out at any moment, than the dangling terror of waking up at 6am on a Wednesday.

I’ve been pushed over the cliff by a suicidal Mickey Mouse, and I’m what I own.

Thank god I’ve got video games.

Hello my Creepy Crypts! I’m a Bethany Griffiths, and this is Beta Test. A game review platform where I—a Workaholic, self confessed noob—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 unbiased review.

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Developed by Night Light Interactive, and Published by Akupara Games, Whispering Willows is a puzzle mystery game, that showcases a variety of chase and timing scenes. Set in a haunted mansion, as all the best things usually are, we play as Elena, the daughter of a man who had close ties to the mansion and its surroundings. Starting in the crypt, the game is set into the horror mode quickly as we explore old tombs and find things that aren’t quite all there in life, or in death.

First I’ll say this. The game looks amazing. The hand drawn effort that went into making this game look as rich and dark as it does takes talent, and that’s why I’m so disappointed by the way it turned out.

The game itself is a ‘WASD’ based exploration mystery, where you change forms to interact with the other characters and move objects. There are puzzles of various difficulties running through pretty much the whole narrative—which was generally pretty good, until you got stuck on a vague quote someone said and have to retrace all your steps to find the one corner you haven’t explored yet. That being said, it’s a pretty basic game that I would have enjoyed as a teen. That is, anyone can play it, and it’s edgy enough to catch my then-goth obsessed brain.

The plot line centres around Elena, but there is a parallel story that ties into the game, about the colonial era, and the interaction between the settlers and the indigenous people. It was an interesting twist on what would have been a pretty straightforward game otherwise. Still, I’m not sure I can say all the pieces fit together. As I walked through catacombs, gardens, guest houses and observatories alike, I found a lot of the characters were only there to fuel plot progression, and the characters that were there for the hell of it were really obscure. For instance, there’s a man with a snapped neck in the garden that jokes about being a comedian in his life. That was it, no further plot, just—comedy.

It seems that once you get over how visually stimulating the game is, the plot holes start to come out. Especially with the cut scenes—I don’t know who was in charge of them but they were under-drawn and unfinished. I got the impression that this was like a group project that one person was really passionate about and the other just went ‘Yeah, I’ll draw some shit’ and only got around to it the night before the whole thing was due. Still, credit where credit is to be had, the game play is easy enough that I wasn’t stumped the whole way through, and the graphics of the actual play through were, again, stunning. I loved the way the artist didn’t shy away from the disturbing imagery.

The bright light that does save Whispering Willows a bit is the creepiness it maintains to instil from start to finish. I was honestly delighted by how raw and disturbed the spectres you find are, especially when they pop up out of nowhere. I think my favourite was the couple out the front of the mansion itself. I jumped a bit too high when they popped up.

Because of the conflicting feelings this gave me, I give this game:

4/5 Spirit guides for style
3.5/5 Spirit guides for plot line
5/5 Spirit guides for easiness
1/5 Spirit guides for The cut scene graphics

So, what can I say about this game? I think in the end, if you’re going to make a game, do it. I’ve got a feeling that the more this company produces, the better the games will get. After all, they’re not doing badly at the moment. I think it would be interesting to see a remake in five to ten years time with the same team to see how they could improve. Like the cast of Rent laments, ‘The story never ends.’

In any case, I’ve been a Bethany Griffiths, and this has been a 6am start 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.

Until next time.

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A Podcast Called FRED #30

Uncanny: Ben Schwartz with Stranger Things‘s Joe Keery as Steve Harrington. (Image: nerdist.com)

Join Kendall and special guest hosts Fulya and Wayne for an epic dirty thirtieth episode of the pop culture podcast that refuses to behave!

With the latest in nerdy news, first reactions to trailers, quickie reviews, and a record number of pop culture tangents, it’s A Podcast Called FRED!

Nerdy News includes:

  • Ruby Rose cast as Batwoman
  • Supergirl, Family Guy, and The Simpsons Movie sequel headed for the big screen
  • The Oscars’s new category
  • Ben Schwartz to voice Sonic the Hedgehog
  • David Schwimmer joins Will & Grace

Trailer Park discussions:

This week, the team also discuss what songs are guaranteed to get them on the dance floor, featuring responses from you!

 

Remember to let us know your response to the Popcorn Culture question to be featured in next week’s episode of A Podcast Called FRED!

 

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Incompetent Gamers: Plague Inc: Evolved—Pud’s No Good

Join incompetent gamers DarthPudden and Sharpy as they try to dominate the world… by infecting it!

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FRED Watch Quickie Film Review: Gerald’s Game (2017)

BETTER GAMES TO PLAY.

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

Intrepid Pictures / Netflix

In an attempt to save their marriage, Gerald (Bruce Greenwood) and Jessie Burlingame (Carla Gugino) arrive at an isolated lake house for a weekend away that includes spicing up their sex life; this involves Gerald handcuffing his wife to the bed. However, it isn’t long until Jessie discovers that role playing does not interest her.

Following an argument in which the couple concede their marriage is over, Gerald dies of a heart attack. But it is before he can un-cuff Jessie from the bed…

Based on the novel by Stephen King and brought to life by Mike Flanagan, who also wrote, directed, and edited the far superior Hush (2016), Gerald’s Game is an overall disappointment. The premise alone promises plenty, and the addition of its source material’s author even more so, but the film resorts to too many genre clichés to be rewarding.

Gerald’s Game is a combination of good ideas, but none of them are realised to their full potential, and a few of them are completely unnecessary; Moonlight Man feels like he belongs in another film altogether and the final reel fails to make the emotional impact it strives for. With the exception of Jessie, the characters aren’t all that interesting, and when we get to know more of her backstory, it exists as nothing more than a tried, tested, and overused narrative trope. Here, the men are immoral and the women are victims—they are as two-dimensional as that.

The film is, however, slightly redeemed with some strong points. Gugino and Greenwood do wonders with the constraints placed upon them (no pun intended) and the make-up effects are exceptional—they need to be for that infamous scene.

Not for the squeamish, but undemanding horror fans will get something out of it. 2 / 5

Starring: Carla Gugino, Bruce Greenwood, Carel Struycken, Henry Thomas, Kate Siegel, Chiara Aurelia.

Director: Mike Flanagan | Producer: Trevor Macy | Writers: Jeff Howard, Mike Flanagan (Based on Gerald’s Game by Stephen King) | Music: The Newton Brothers | Cinematographer: Michael Fimognari | Editor: Mike Flanagan

Available: Netflix

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A Podcast Called FRED Remix One Night Stand Bank Foreclosure Moving Day Special

Ash farewells his time on A Podcast Called FRED. With Kendall at his side, the duo discuss their favourite FRED memories, react to the latest Venom trailer, and more!

We’re sure Ash will be back, but for now, join us for APCF Remix One Night Stand Bank Foreclosure Moving Day Special

 

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A Podcast Called FRED #29

Promo pic from the latest Terminator film! (Image: twitter.com/terminator)

Join Kendall and special guests Fulya and Wayne as they deliver the latest in nerdy news and geeky goodness in the pop culture podcast that refuses to behave—A Podcast Called FRED.

Nerdy News includes:

  • James Gunn
  • The latest addition to the Terminator franchise
  • McDonald’s Monopoly

Trailer Park discussions:

This week, the team discuss animated shows that should NEVER be turned into live-action films, featuring suggestions from you!

 

 

Drinking Game: A shot for every time Wayne trolls Kendall by bagging Marvel/the MCU. Cheers!

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FRED Watch Quickie Film Review: Kong: Skull Island (2017)

LONG LIVE THE KING!

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

Warner Bros. Pictures

In 1973 and in the midst of the Vietnam War, United States government agent Bill Randa (John Goodman) hires former British Special Air Service Captain and skilled tracker James Conrad (Tom Hiddleston) to guide an expedition to map out the recently discovered Skull Island. Their military escort is a helicopter squadron led by Lieutenant Colonel Preston Packard (Samuel L. Jackson), who are joined by photojournalist Mason Weaver (Brie Larson).

As soon as the expedition is underway, specially designed explosives are dropped in an apparent attempt to learn more of this uncharted territory. But everything is not what it seems and it is not long until the assorted inhabitants rise—most notably, Kong, king of Skull Island…

The latest in a string of King Kong remakes, Kong: Skull Island may not offer anything new to the monster movie genre, or anything all that significant to the lead creature’s mythology, but it is quite easily one of the more entertaining to be made in recent years.

Make no mistake about it, the film relies on just about every narrative trope and character archetype the genre has to offer, but so what? Unlike Godzilla (2014), the first entry in the MonsterVerse produced by Warner Bros., Legendary Entertainment, and Toho, Kong: Skull Island actually features the titular character fighting a slew of menacing monsters in a series of exciting, bad ass action sequences. This is not to say that the humans do not get their fair share of the biffo; Hiddleston, Larson, and an obnoxiously patriotic Jackson’s collective and respective screen time are not wasted.

With real-world themes weaved into the mix with as much subtly as a sledgehammer, director Jordan Vogt-Roberts delivers a good-looking, exciting, and suitably paced action caper starring one of cinema’s most loveable monsters. 4 / 5

Starring: Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L. Jackson, John Goodman, Brie Larson, Jing Tian, Toby Kebbell, John Ortiz, Corey Hawkins, Jason Mitchell, Shea Whigham, Thomas Mann, Terry Notary, John C. Reilly.

Director: Jordan Vogt-Roberts | Producers: Thomas Tull, Mary Parent, Jon Jashni, Alex Garcia | Writers: Dan Gilroy, Max Borenstein, Derek Connolly (Based on King Kong by Merian C. Cooper and Edgar Wallace) | Music: Henry Jackman | Cinematographer: Larry Fong | Editor: Richard Pearson

Available: DVD and Blu-ray

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Collectible Chaos: Top Ten Harry Potter Moments

Join FRED the ALIEN Productions‘s pop culture queen Kendall Richardson for Collectible Chaos!

To mark iconic wizard Harry Potter’s birthday, Kendall counts down her favourite moments from the Harry Potter film franchise! Let us know your number one choice in the comments!

Check out Collectible Chaos – Top Ten Harry Potter Moments

 

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