Flippin' Through Franchises: Joy Ride


Flipping Through Franchises will be a recurring feature that takes a look at all of the movies contained within a single franchise in chronological order. New, old, we’ll cover all aspects of the spectrum. Also assume that each installment of this will contain thorough spoilers so you have been warned! That will save me from my typing spoiler warnings each and every time, saving precious seconds.

Flippin' Through Franchises: Scream 4


With this we bring a close to the Scream saga! The fourth movie came out in 2011, 11 years after the third movie. I believe it was originally meant to be the first part of a new trilogy but after underperforming in theatres I’m guessing this is indeed the end of the franchise. Even I’m guilty of not going to see it, though in retrospect I have no idea what was stopping me. We watched it on DVD, enjoyed it and again, this is the first time I’ve gone back to it since.

It’s once again no match for the original but it’s certainly the closest a sequel has come yet and it is definitely better than the second and third parts.

Shawn's Top 30 Films - #2: Fight Club


You know, I was able to get into a ridiculous amount of R rated movies in 1999. That was the year some sort of switch flipped and I decided I needed to see every movie coming out ever. By the end of that year, I had become quite good at bartering my way into R rated movies despite being 3 years too young to see them. I know I saw at least a dozen of them but only one truly made an impression – Fight Club. I hadn’t read the book and went in knowing literally nothing except for who the two stars were. It was mind blowing to say the least. The dialogue, the directing, the acting, the story, the twist – it was all incredible and were it not such a hassle to get into restricted movies, I guarantee you this would have been multiple times. I expected time to not be kind to this one but after breaking it back out just a couple weeks ago, it hasn’t lost an ounce of its greatness.

Are They Worth It? The DVD's of the Internet #23 - Screw Attack 8-Bit Glory DVD


As with many of the DVD’s I’ll be covering in this feature, I’ve had this one in my possession for quite some time now. If I remember right it was back when I picked up AVGN Volume 4 that I grabbed this as some sort of pack-in deal. I don’t think I watched a second of it until now though. With like 3 other Screw Attack DVDs next to it on the shelf it felt like the appropriate time to bust out at least one of them and knock it off the list.

Are They Worth It? The DVD's of the Internet #22 - Happy Video Game Nerd Volume 2


I have taken far too long to get to this review. I reviewed the volume 1 DVD of the Happy Video Game Nerd like two and a half years ago now. I was a fan. Not too long after that review the second DVD set was released. I’m very late to the party with this review (as will be the case with a lot of, if not most of these DVD reviews actually) but I am once again, a big fan. In fact, I would say this set solidifies me even more of a fan than even volume 1 did.

TAA Reviews: Shovel Knight - Wii U


Shovel Knight
is the first thing I ever kickstarted. It was back in April of last year and at the time the predicted release date was September of that year. I was never too upset about the push backs as I am always in support of making a game better instead of releasing it in an unfinished state and trying to fix it from there. So while the wait was long to get my product, holy shit was the wait ever worth it and with a product as good as this, I’m glad they took their time getting it ready.

Movie Review: Transformers Age of Extinction


I am not a fan of the Transformers movies. I didn’t even care for the first one which is the one most generally accept as being ok. I remember being with a group of about 10 people and felt odd that I was the only one who didn’t seem to like it. How could I be the only one who found the action incomprehensible, the characters unlikable and the jokes atrocious? The sequel is one of the most confounding films in history with a plot that makes no sense, even worse humour, and tons of insane shit like robot testicles and robot heaven. The third movie was sort of a step in the right direction though it took Sam Witwicky to levels of douche that made me hate every second I had to spend watching him.

Flippin' Through Franchises: Scream 3


Flipping Through Franchises will be a recurring feature that takes a look at all of the movies contained within a single franchise in chronological order. New, old, we’ll cover all aspects of the spectrum. Also assume that each installment of this will contain thorough spoilers so you have been warned! That will save me from my typing spoiler warnings each and every time, saving precious seconds.

Shawn's Top 30 Films - #3: Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind


I’m not sure what it says about the state of cinema that the most recent movie on my list is still 10 years old at this point. Although if you look at the calibre of films on this list, it would be damn hard for any movie to smash its way in here. Without going into details, I first saw this movie at the perfect time where the subject matter of erasing the memories of a past relationship really hit home (actually those are still pretty clear details so nevermind). It’s such a unique idea and it manages to present this potentially confusing and muddled concept in a way that’s straight-forward and relatable. The central performances are great with Jim Carrey once again proving he can do drama just as well as comedy. It’s always refreshing when a truly unique film comes along, especially when it’s as fantastic as this one.

Shawn's Top 30 Films - #4: Back to the Future


Holy crap I never post the final 4! Well I'm only like 9 months late so here we go!

To this day I have never met a single human being who doesn’t love Back to the Future and I have to believe such a person does not exist. If they do, I have no interest in meeting them because to me this is the most likable movie that has ever existed. It has one of the tightest screenplays ever written, full of memorable characters, quotable dialogue and one iconic moment after another. Also Huey Lewis! It all comes together and works terrifically at hiding the fact that the core story is actually really creepy and could make for a really fucked up indie drama. Thankfully they didn’t go that route here and we have one of the best comedies ever made and the rare 80’s movie that is not dated in the slightest.

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