Tag: Opinion

Hey there everybody!

Man, it’s been a while. Hard to believe it is already June. The year truly has flown by.

I figured I would throw together a post to give a bit of an update on where we are at and where we are going.

Bad news is that there has been such a long break. Ultimately, I have had a ton of things going on with work and the personal life and for lack of a better term motivational issues have limited production on the various projects I’m working on with this blog.

The good news? I plan for that to end right now! So here is the plan for the various aspects of this site so you all have an idea.

Long Distance Drinking: Will continue on as it has been going. This really has been the only thing that hasn’t dragged to a halt. The goal is to get it to release on a more regular, every-other-week schedule, preferrably on Tuesdays. We have a few ideas that we are going to be messing around with on the cast, so as always, let us know what you think!

GOON Gamecast: It has been a long while for this hasn’t it… Well, Game On Oblivous Noobs, because we are getting back in action this month. We have one veeeerrrrrryyyy old episode that has our in-depth review of Rogue Legacy. The goal for that is for it to be live in the next week and a half (aiming for June 7). At that point, GOON as you knew it will be complete…

The New GOON Gamecast: Given the long wait between episodes, we wanted to get things moving with the podcast and have revamped it a bit. We are aiming less for the marathon sessions of some of the previous episodes and settling in on approximately 1 to 1.5 hour episodes with a bit more of a traditional set of segments. The goal is to also hit a every-other-week schedule for releases, either on Tuesdays or Wednesdays. We’re aiming for Episode 1 to be out shortly after the Rogue Legacy episode (it is already recorded, just need to get the beast out of the way). It will still include Tom, Lance and myself, so no worries there. Just a streamlined focus to the shows from our initial aims.

Videogame Posts: One of the biggest struggles I have had was finding a structure for how to write about the various games I’m playing. Coupling this with my huge gaming back-log, I ended up coming up with an idea. My focus each month will be playing through games on my back-log, focusing on working through games of the same series each month. So, starting with June, I am playing through the Borderlands series. So, there will be at least one post a week (aiming for two) that will be relating specifically to the things I am seeing in games from that series. Aside from that, there will also be posts of other random things I am playing too if I get a good idea.

Tabletop Game Posts: There has been a lot happening with Tabletop gaming recently… My goal is to put up a post a week about a topic that strikes me on those. I am aiming for Wednesdays or Thursdays with these posts. Plan on the next few to be about the Warhammer Fantasy new edition on its way and my thoughts or speculation about it. I am also hoping sometime in the future to do some video content of various tabletop gaming topics and those will be shared here as well.

Movie and TV Show Posts: These will probably be a bit fewer and further between. Similar to before, I am planning on throwing out my instant opinions if a movie really strikes me. Then, I will see what other topics or ideas I find interesting with that and write about it about once a month.

June may be a bit of a struggle, but I’m really hoping to get more stuff written and out there. There will be some rough edges on the posts, but if I’m going to be looking at getting a quantity of things posted, there will be a few errors here or there. Similar to terrorism, if you see something, say something and I’ll fix it.

Also, if there are any ideas you want me to weigh in on, just throw it out there. I am also sure Tom will be throwing some posts up from time-to-time as well to get things out there.

So, I hope I can get more stuff out there moving forward and utilize this space much more effectively. There are a lot of things I know that I want to do past what we are talking about, but this is the baby steps to get in that direction.

Cheers!
Joe Burns “Hobby Box” Burns

Cheers!

On this episode, the guys take some time to break down their thoughts on Avengers: Age of Ultron and their review may surprise you a bit. Also, they take some time at the beginning to talk about Burns’ hatred for panhandlers and over-the-top Veteran reunions (he hopes it doesn’t make him a terrible person, but it just may).

Burns also walks through two other movies he saw during his mini-movie marathon weekend in Ex Machina and It Follows. The fellas also break down the new red-band Vacation reboot trailer, excitement for Tomorrowland and Mad Max: Fury Road, and Brent talks about what the next big thing in movie theater view will be – HDR.

But, most importantly, Burns tries out the new Coors Light Citrus Radler, their summer seasonal. This one may be a game changer (or it is just another light beer). All of this and they drink and drink some more, so clink ’em and drink ’em and hopefully you enjoy (or at least tolerate) the 21st Birthday of Long Distance Drinking!

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Game On, Oblivious Noobs!

We’re off-topic once again as we wanted to finish up our thoughts on E3 and then discuss the Destiny First-Look Alpha that happened right before that!

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I finished watching the adaptation of Ender’s Game about fifty minutes ago and have been processing what I saw and what my quick-fire opinion is of the movie. I do plan on fleshing this out into an in-depth review over the next couple of days, but I wanted to throw out my ideas and try to start a conversation about it all as I continue to jumble the thoughts around in my head.

To preface this a bit, for some reason, I never read Ender’s Game before. It had been recommended by many (even adamantly by every McMartin I’ve discussed it with). For some reason, I just never picked it up. Knowing the movie was coming out, I bought it a couple of months ago and then started reading it while on vacation earlier this month and read the majority of it this week leading up to today (in fact, I finished it about an hour and forty minutes before going to watch the show).

My thoughts, without spoilers, at this time is that it is a good movie.  It will not fall below that in my mind. As I continue to think about it and process it, it could move up.

The biggest positive I will say about it is that visually it is amazing! I do not think I have seen a movie that did as good of a job of creating supremely striking visuals without going over the top to make it flashy. The battle scenes don’t overload the senses as much as Star Trek: Into Darkness or some of the other space operas of late. It also doesn’t shake the camera frenetically to make it seem like there is more action on screen than there is, it just realistically displays what were in the scenes of the book.

Of the action scenes of the book that had some complex descriptions (especially in the battle room), they do a good job of visualizing that in complete accuracy, minus some slight changes that are necessary for the plot and timing of the movie. I was impressed with how they did this.

If you can see this movie in IMAX, definitely do it; I feel it is worth it. I am also glad that they didn’t decide to make the movie in 3D. This movie could have induced some graphical hack to look at some of these battle scenes and say “If this were in 3D, we could have this pop-out here or this in front of this here”. Thankfully, they avoided the easy thrills and just focused on the CG to do it justice. THANK YOU! This is hopefully another sign that 3D is dead.

I also believe that the casting for this movie is SPOT ON! They did a phenomenal job of putting the right kids (and adults) in the right places. Asa Butterfield as Ender is very solid at carrying the lead role and fits the part completely. Many of the supporting children are also solid choices (Petra, Bean, Alai, Valentine).

At this point, you are probably thinking, “You are glowing about this so much, but yet you say it is only good? What’s the deal?” Well, unfortunately, if you dig any deeper that the surface, that is where Ender’s Game starts to deteriorate.

I never thought I would say this, but after watching it, the running time of two hours just doesn’t cut it. I don’t mean this in the “I just wanted more” type of thing or even the “They left out some of my favorite parts of the book” type of thing. Unfortunately, this movie needed extra time to create a more cohesive story and make you care more about the characters. If any movie screams for an extra 30 to 40 minutes, it is Ender’s Game.

There were many great performances within this movie. Unfortunately, the characters do not get the time they need to become fully dimensional characters. Too many are flat, one-sided versions of what is in the book. Even some of Ender’s inner conflict, which is heavily focused on in the book, is glossed over in the movie which doesn’t allow the audience to completely understand the affects the rigor of his journey is having on him, both physically and emotionally. You can’t just slap some sweat on his forehead in one scene to show that he is under pressure; there just needs to be more fleshing out of that part.

So, that is my not-so-short instant opinion on Ender’s Game. If you’ve seen it, let me know what you thought about it in the comments. Also, if you haven’t read the books, I would be really interested to see if you were able to fully follow what was going on.