A Podcast Called FRED #51

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:

  • Game of Thrones Season 8 to premiere April 14;
  • Jason Reitman to direct Ghostbusters 3;
  • Anne Hathaway in talks to play the Grand High Witch in Robert Zemeckis’s The Witches remake
  • and more!

Trailer Park discussions:

Popcorn Culture:

  • This week, the team discuss which fictional alien race they think could actually exist—including responses from you!

Check out A Podcast Called FRED #51 ⬇️

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!

 

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FRED Watch Episode 13: Thunderbirds Are Go (1966)

THUNDERBIRDS ARE NO!

Century 21 Cinema Productions / Associated Television / United Artists

The FRED Watch boys are back for 2019, reviewing everything from the obscure to the mainstream!

Phillip brings Thunderbirds Are Go (1966) to Wayne; the first big screen rendition of the popular supermarianation television series. But the boys discover that the film suffers from poor pacing, meaningless plot points, and what would have to be one of cinema’s longest and weirdest wet dreams… involving Cliff Richard and The Shadows.

Listen to their review here:

 

Check out the theatrical trailer:

Starring: Sylvia Anderson, Ray Barrett, Alexander Davion, Peter Dyneley, Christine Finn, David Graham, Paul Maxwell, Neil McCallum, Bob Monkhouse, Shane Rimmer, Charles Tingwell, Jeremy Wilkin, Matt Zimmerman.

Director: David Lane | Writers: Gerry and Sylvia Anderson (based on Thunderbirds by Gerry and Sylvia Anderson) | Producer: Sylvia Anderson | Music: by Barry Gray | Songs: Cliff Richard and The Shadows | Cinematographer: Paddy Seale, John Read | Editors: Len Walter

Available: Blu-ray.

 

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

 

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UNI-Bums: Fleaing the Scene

The Bums are back, earning money the only way they know how! But you wouldn’t believe us if we told you…

Check out UNI-Bums: Fleaing the Scene ⬇️

Starring: Michael R. Lister, Phillip Hunting, Bethany Griffiths.

Directors: Bethany Griffiths, Michael R. Lister | Writers: Bethany Griffiths, Michael R. Lister, Phillip Hunting, Kirsten Shanahan (based on characters created by Michael R. Lister and Phillip Hunting) | Producers [uncredited]: Bethany Griffiths, Phillip Hunting, Fulya Kantarmaci, Michael R. Lister | Cinematographers: Bethany Griffiths, Michael R. Lister | Editors: Phillip Hunting, Fulya Kantarmaci

 

What did you think of Sydney’s venture? Let us know in the comments!

 

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Non-Scripted Ramblings #31

Marvel Cinematic Universe fanatic Kendall Richardson reacts to the sudden release of the Spider-Man: Far From Home trailer. Check it out ⬇️

Haven’t seen the trailer yet? Watch it here:

What did you think of the trailer? Let us know in the comments!

 

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Beta Test #13: Knock Knock

Beta Test

 

January, *knock knock* sick and tired you’ve been hanging on me *knock knock* you make me sad with your eyes, you’re telling me lies *knock knock* Don’t go, Don’t GOOOOO.

I’m not on summer Vacay and I think I’m going insane.

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Hello my ‘delirious from all the resolutions’ lovelies, I’m a Bethany Griffiths, and this is Beta Test. A game review platform where I – a spectre fuelled by nothing but coffee, vengeance, weird 3m dreams, smashed Avocado, and the need for a big summer holiday – 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.

First off, a bit of housekeeping. I want to tell you, this New Year has been interesting, and I need another month of January to get all of the things I had planned done. It’s been 16 days, and I’ve signed up to roller derby, had a fake tan, gone to three big parties, re-enrolled in circus training, and started getting a diagnosis on a 14 year old problem I have.

Let me tell you, that last point has been a struggle. I’m getting tests done as we speak to see what the heck is going on with my body brain. (as opposed to my head brain, and my metaphysical brain). So far it could be a giant array of things both benign and heckin’ scary, and that makes me nervous.

But I’m also relieved.

I want nothing more than to find out what’s going on, so I can finally say ‘I have ____. And I can monitor it, and work on fixing it, and I am not my illness’. This new year, I believe it’s the new year of getting things sorted, of getting that second opinion, and of seeing through the treatments you have to, in order to get you on the right track again. I care about all of you who read this, so I want you to take the time and look at the things you’ve been avoiding because they’re scary. I want you to help yourself by getting help, and I want you all to fall in love with the act of living. Because fuck, it took me way too long to do this, and sometimes you need a bitch to say ‘get your act together’.

*wipes eyes* Now that that’s over, let’s talk about a game.

I was stunned by the artistry I saw this month. Let me say that I’m a sucker for a good indie game with sexy graphics, and you all know it.

Knock Knock is an original soft horror game that that poses convincingly as a creepypasta. Developed and Published by Ice Pick Lodge (“Айспик-Лодж, ООО” in it’s native tongue, because we’re representing the whole world here on Beta Test), Knock Knock is the chilling saga of one lodger’s pull from dreams to reality, fighting his way through a maze of rooms and woods to find the truth that he has long since forgotten.

Now, I’m a horror wuss, we know this. Which is why I was horrified that this was a full screen game. With nowhere to hide, and no tabs to open I was immersed so heavily in the world of the game. I closed the blinds, sat in darkness, and played. To my creeped out delight, Knock Knock was just as good as I had hoped it would be. There was so much I needed to learn and the game let me play over and over to get it all right.

Having short chapters really worked in favour here, as when you die you replay the level. BUT having to replay the level is advantageous because the layout of the map changes every time you play, and with randomisation, there’s the possibility of a better field. I found myself stuck in corners, and on ladders for long periods, only to get a break next round with a straight run through. I’m glad for the variety too, because it means the game is geared to all levels. This gives everyone a chance to play, and isn’t that just what the spirit of gaming is about.

In terms of style, it reminded me so much of Status:Insane. We know I covered that game in my Second Review, which is why I loved that it felt like I was coming back to an old friend. Running around with our little oil burner i felt like Igor avoiding traps, and harmful whispers from the people who want to hurt me. The art is different, granted. This felt much more like a storybook gone wrong, like Tony DiTerlizzi was going to jump out from behind a gnarled tree and shout “It was meeee”. Like Tim Burton had talent. What I’m saying is the way the characters are drawn, the mood boarding, the sound and display, everything was so good, I loved just watching the little character run about and fix lights.

Knock Knock gave me nightmares in the best possible way. Everything I hate about creepypasta games was gone here. No jump scares, adequate lighting, reasonably soft pace. It was a giant relief for me, seeing as I’ve chickened out of many a horror game over the course of this year (FNAF haunts me to this day). Yes things appear from nowhere, yes there are morbid themes, yes there’s a character that looks like Ben-10’s Ghost Freak but nothing really hurts you the whole time. It really was a great way of playing through a horror game without freaking out and triggering, which I know for a lot of players is a big deciding factor.

Because of the killer graphics, and my inability to sleep at night I give this game

5/5 Russian insomniacs for style
3/5 Russian insomniacs  for plot
1/5 Russian insomniacs  for easiness
20/5 Russian insomniacs for the hack where monsters can’t get you if you stay on a ladder (you’re welcome)

So, I’ve been a Bethany Griffiths, and this has been a way to personally involved (sorry mum) 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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*after credit bit*

I really want to do a big shout out to the YouTube community for helping me through the game this month. I highly recommend watching Aliulo’s play through of Knock Knock if you’re too creeped out to do the whole game (or get stuck and rage quit). Sometimes it just helps to have someone else on the same journey as you.

A Podcast Called FRED #50

Kendall 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:

  • Margot Robbie to play live action Barbie for Warner Bros.;
  • Game of Thrones prequel casts eight actors;
  • The Golden Globe winners;
  • and more!

Trailer Park discussions:

Quickie Reviews:

  • Bumblebee
  • Ralph Breaks the Internet
  • Mary Poppins Returns

Popcorn Culture:

  • This week, the team discuss which movies they thought were 2018’s worst—including responses from you!

Check out A Podcast Called FRED #50 ⬇️

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 #49 ⬇️

Incompetent Gamers: Rocket League—Live Stream 8: Rocket Race

DarthPudden and Sharpy are back with an epic rocket race!

Streamed live on YouTube, check it out ⬇️

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FRED Watch Quickie Film Review: Summertime (2016)

SUMMER LOVIN’

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 Italian drama Summertime (L’estate addosso)…

Image courtesy of Venice Film Festival.

Wanting to discover himself and explore life outside of Rome, Marco (Brando Pacitto) travels to the United States, planning to stay with couple Matt (Taylor Frey) and Paul (Joseph Haro) in San Fransisco.

However, Marco’s carefree trip is hampered before it even begins when the conservative, homophobic Maria (Matilda Lutz) joins him unexpectedly. He barely knows and doesn’t really like her, but that all changes as Marco, Maria, Matt, and Paul develop a special connection over summer…

Gabriele Muccino‘s coming of age tale relies on a number of true and tested narrative frameworks, so much so that there are few surprises as Summertime‘s plot points unfold. This isn’t always a bad thing, mind you, since the film is an overall harmless exercise in the exploration of interpersonal relationships.

The success of Summertime rests on our four central characters, all of whom are holding back elements of their true selves to protect them from potential risks. Angel-faced Brando Pacitto is considerably likeable as Marco, narrating elements of his experiences with his new-found friends, and is contrasted by the solid Matilda Lutz whose character, nicknamed “the nun”, serves the purpose of frigid bitch-turned-sexpot quite nicely. As the seemingly perfect couple Matt and Paul, Taylor Frey and Joseph Haro are beautifully cast; their chemistry is remarkable and the backstory of their meeting might tick a lot of familiar boxes, but does so better than most have. Together, these four young actors give the otherwise underdeveloped script more appeal; they work their way through some pretty clunky and cringe-worthy dialogue (the scene in which Maria and Matt shout their suppressed frustrations to the ocean borders on embarrassing).

Unexceptional overall, and perhaps not really memorable, Summertime is nicely photographed and edited. The script is begging for more depth, having given us characters that are relatable and whose exploits we could easily follow over a TV series format.

Polished and aesthetically pleasing, this is still worth a look despite the flaws of its foundation. 3 / 5

 

Starring: Brando Pacitto, Matilda Lutz, Taylor Frey, Joseph Haro, Scott Bakula.

Director: Gabriele Muccino | Writers: Gabriele Muccino, Dale Nall | Producers: Marco Cohen, Fabrizio Donvito, Benedetto Habib | Music: Jovanotti | Cinematographer: Paolo Caimi | Editors: Valentina Brunetti, Alexandro Rodríguez

Available: Netflix

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 #49

The team are back with Kendall, Fulya, and Wayne kickstarting the 2019 season with 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:

  • Penny Marshall dies, aged 75;
  • Batwoman pilot ordered at the CW;
  • Netflix renews The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina for seasons three and four;
  • and more!

Trailer Park discussions:

Quickie Reviews:

  • Aquaman
  • Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse
  • Ralph Breaks the Internet

Popcorn Culture:

  • This week, the team discuss the movie and TV moments that made them cry with laughter—including responses from you!

Check out A Podcast Called FRED #49 ⬇️

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 #48 ⬇️

 

Incompetent Gamers: Rocket League—Live Stream 7: And here. We. Go!

DarthPudden and Sharpy are back to rip up the field in Rocket League!

Streamed live on YouTube, check it out ⬇️

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