Archive for March, 2010

Back With A Bang!

Tuesday, March 30th, 2010

We return to our regular program with yet another Movie Of The Week / Review combo, this time the much maligned (or so they say) Troll 2. You know what? It isn’t half as bad as it’s popularly believed to be – in fact, it might be one of the most misunderstood comedies ever. Think I’m delusional? Read my writeup and make you sure you watch the clip in our YouTube channel. If you don’t laugh, they gave you a lobotomy.

There’s something that has been bothering me recently. So this is a blog about cult movies and games… then why would I post a Movie Of The Week and not a Game Of The Week? I have been pondering about this for the past four months and couldn’t arrive at any reasonable conclusion, so I simply decided to post a Game Of The Week as well. Yes, I can barely cope with writing about one movie each single week and I’m putting yet another burden on my back. I think they must have given me a lobotomy.

So, we start this exciting and unexpected feature with D/Generation, a very old favorite of mine from the golden era of the Amiga. The Movie Of The Week feature is becoming notorious for being wildly eclectic and this is going to be no different. Be sure to stay tuned for a nostalgic trip down the memory lane, as usual!

Apologies

Wednesday, March 24th, 2010

Folks, I won’t be updating the blog this week because I’m mutating into another creature. Next one we’ll be returning to our regular schedule with a bunch of surprises!

It’s Manos!

Wednesday, March 17th, 2010

THIS is Torgo.

Talking about Torgo made me feel nostalgic so I thought about preparing my small tribute for Manos The Hands Of Fate. Regardless what you might think of my… umm… harsh words, I am somewhat fond of the movie and sat through the original and unadulterated version three times. Really. As you may know, Manos was catapulted to dubious fame in the Mystery Science Theater 3000 show and the constant riffs by Joel and the bots certainly helped to relieve most of the pain and boredom (I stress most). But looking at the movie in perspective, experiencing its raw nature and taking into account the circumstances behind its fateful conception, one comes to realize just how weird and deranged can be this world we’re living in. It was indeed a revealing experience.

Hhmmm, Viper. Better than grog!

Tuesday, March 9th, 2010

No, that’s not Torgo, he’s the protagonist of this week’s movie pick. A movie that does justice to the title of this blog and the mere act of watching it will officially turn you into a weird person. Folks, today I introduce you to Street Trash, one hell of a crazy journey to the dark side of the 80’s.

Sam Suede Returns? Yawn.

Thursday, March 4th, 2010

If by chance you were on Twitter today you probably heard about the relaunch of the Sam Suede project because, honestly, I hardly saw the news anywhere else. Those of you with good memory will surely recall this game that was previously announced back in 2006 and would have meant Al Lowe’s big comeback to the game industry. By the way, if you don’t who Al Lowe is or never heard about Leisure Suit Larry you should probably stop reading this blog. Like right now.

So, Al was a co-founder of iBase, the former company in charge of Sam Suede which went bankruptcy shortly after its announcement. The game was billed at the time as an “action comedy” title and, while it wasn’t the flaming return to the adventure genre we were all expecting, it was simply good enough to hear that Al was back in game development. Unfortunately, he doesn’t seem to be involved with this new incarnation of Sam Suede, which is kind of disheartening to say the least. Four years ago the sole mention of Al’s involvement with this project was huge publicity – in fact, it was the biggest selling point of the game. However, Icarus Studios, the new developer behind Sam Suede, is not even crediting him as one of its original creators. You’re not supposed to do that kind of thing.

But don’t fret! You can still get your share of good ol’ Al Lowe — sort of. He’s been running for years the Cyberjoke 3000 mailing list which is more or less the ultimate collection of jokes ever. I swear, he’s shared more than 5,000 jokes over a decade without a single repetition. Even better, his iPhone app is a must if you happen to own the ubiquitous device. It’s basically the funniest Cyberjokes condensed into this handy app with a slick interface and told by a professional comedian. I often have some business to attend and find myself stuck in long waiting lines. Since I can’t play games in those situations and the mood isn’t proper to listen music (yes, I’m weird) I fire up Cyberjoke 3000 and listen to a few ones. There’s well over a hundred and I still have a long way to go. It’s like having this tiny secret friend in your pocket that you can ask to whisper funny jokes in your ear whenever you need to. In the end, this app has become as useful as the maps or the calculator.

Anyway, this bitter news was a huge letdown. What seemed like a great morning turned into a really lousy day. I sometimes hate this industry.

“Can You Dig It?”

Tuesday, March 2nd, 2010

Another big write-up today, at least for what I had in mind for this feature, and this week is the turn of The Warriors… as if the weekly pick wasn’t already eclectic! Make no mistake however, just ignore the Rockstar game and be sure to see one of the greatest cult movies ever.

Also, I’ve been interviewed by Gnome’s Lair and they must have given me some strange beverages because I spilled the beans about a very secretive new adventure game. It’s right over here.