Oct 122016
 

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Last night I saw the Japanese remake of Godzilla, Shin Godzilla, and I have to say I loved it. I will say this, there were times when it was a bit strange and weird. Times when I thought “Whoa, what is that?”, “What just happened here?” and “Why did he just …” Yet, once you let it go and enjoy the ride you realize this is pretty cool. I will admit that after all this time I had gotten used to having Godzilla in the role of “Protector of Earth and all Mankind.” This is not that film. With this film Toho Studios went back to the root of the sub-genre. They went back to the 1954 film, Gojira. Here Godzilla is the antagonist and Tokyo and all of humanity is the protagonist. But wait there’s more. In the 1954 version there was an underlined political statement. Nukes are bad. Stay away from nukes. The 2016 version also has a political statement but it’s more pronounced.

1) The United States can be rather arrogant and a bit of a show off on the international stage.

2) The Japanese government is too submissive having to ask permission one hundred times in order to not lose honor.

Both of these statements are true, will either of them address it? Probably not.

People will ask “Is it better or worse than the 2014 version?” For me personally, I think they can’t be compared against each other. Why? Because they target different audiences. The 2014 is more of a mainstream version. It follows the American film formula for mainstream media. The 2016 version, made by the original studio caters more to the fans of monster, Godzilla, and Kaiju movies. So I understand why it is in a limited release schedule, it’s only for the fans not for the mainstream public. Although I would have liked another chance to see this. I write this the day after the first day of release yet I doubt there are tickets left.

Does this mean it’s for kids or not? I really don’t know. There were some kids in front of me that when the movie was over they were either tired (it was rather late) or bored. Either way they didn’t seem excited about the movie. So I would say it’s up to the parents. There is no foul language (not that I remember,) no gratuitous violence (although there are military vehicles firing weapons,) no nudity or any romantic scenes. But the film does a good job portraying Godzilla as a giant, scary monster destroying a city at random.

So who shouldn’t see it? Mainstream American media. This movie is almost like a horror film in that it references a lot to the previous films. So people that have never seen any of the Godzilla films should not start with this one. Also, Godzilla purist. Every sub-genre has them, Star Wars, Star Trek, Lord of the Rings. Those people that refuse to accept ANY deviation from the original. No spoilers but there is one part of the movie that people will either love it or hate it. I myself loved it. I thought it was a cool addition to the franchise. Also since it starts different it can BE different.

My only question that was left unanswered was, when can we purchase the movie and will the collector’s edition have a statue of this Godzilla? Yes, I liked it that much. I also think the merchandizing potential for this movie is very good. I imagine there will be many moments in the near future were I will say “Shut up and take my money!”

Aug 142016
 

Bernie talks with Thought and Memory Productions about their newest movie called Daddy’s Little Girl.  It’s a comedy about what a father thinks about when he meets his daughter’s date.

Below is links to their Go Fund Me page and information.  Check them out.

 

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Hey everyone! We are students at The Art Institute of Dallas, and we are trying to raise money to shoot our senior thesis film, “Daddy’s Little Girl”. This film is about an over-protective father who is entertaining his daughter’s first date. During their conversation, the father imagines worst…

 

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Jul 302016
 
This episode of Direct Damage Cast West Coast we have the amazing Lansdellicious One on to talk about everything. we start with a little where are you now, and move into some talk about our Eldritch Moon Prereleases. Then we talk about our initial impressions of the set. Of course we bring up some minor rules changes and talk a whole bunch about every ones favorite Pokemon masters… Ourselves. We wrap up witha quick Top 5 and a Community Spotlight. Sit Back Relax and Let us Blow your mind.

We would love to hear from you, email us directdamagecast@gmail.com
Katt Anomia – @KittyKuriosity
Michael – @TankofJank
Layfield – @Zero_Layfield
The Show – @DirectDamCast

Direct Damage Cast West Coast is sponsored by http://www.miniatureexchange.com/

You can find Chris and his Co-host Ken here http://www.cardconfidants.com/podcast/tapping-out-10-battlegrounds-battlegrounds-everywhere/

Podcast is @tapping_out

Chris is @lansdellicious

Ken is @ideallydumb

You can read some great articles here.
http://www.starcitygames.com/article/33350_Mining-Eldritch-Moon-Standard.html

http://lansdellicious.tumblr.com/post/116426367209/comparisons-coverage-and-casuals

http://www.starcitygames.com/php/news/print.php?Article=32237

Jul 102016
 

We released our episode about Comicpalooza in Houston Texas.  You heard some of what we did but I wanted to write a post telling you some more and show some pictures.

One of the things my family and I love to take pictures of is all the awesome cosplayers.  There are a lot of great and different cosplayers seen at Comicpalooza.  There were a lot of Harley Quinns and Deadpools.  Here are some cosplayers that I thought were cool.

Voltron!

Voltron!

Nick Wilde from Zootopia

Nick Wilde from Zootopia

Jenny Kelley from I Love Flavor as Suicide Squad Joker.

Jenny Kelley from I Love Flavor as Suicide Squad Joker.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We also love to pick up new art!  We have a few different portfolio books that we treat as coffee table books that store all of our art.  It’s got many different pictures from different artists.

Below is a group picture of a lot of Josh’s art.  I ended up getting the full Five Nights at Freddy’s set.  We pick up something from him every year!

Some art from Josh C. Lyman

Some art from Josh C. Lyman

 

 

Darkwing Duck from Johnny Segura III

Darkwing Duck from Johnny Segura III

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here are some photos with my daughters.  They always enjoy Comicpalooza!

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Jul 062016
 

We are back and have a lot to talk about.  Michael and Miri do their Comicpalooza recap.  They talk about what they did and enjoyed at Comicpalooza 2016.  Michael and Bernie review three new games from Cheapass Games.  We review Kill Doctor Lucky (19.5th Anniversary Edition, Before I Kill You Mister Spy,and Deadfall.

Thank you to Comicpalooza for allowing us to be part of the Comicpalooza Podcast Partnership Program!

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Jul 042016
 

Hi there folks. It sure has been a while. We had some major life issues get in the way of us bringing to you our fine brand of well us. However we are back, well 2 of us are back. We have so much to talk about, it’s event after event in this very long episode. So sit back and come with us as we talk about a months worth of things.

We would love to hear from you, email us directdamagecast@gmail.com
Katt Anomia – @KittyKuriosity
Michael – @TankofJank
Layfield – @Zero_Layfield
The Show – @DirectDamCast

Direct Damage Cast West Coast is sponsored by http://www.miniatureexchange.com/

Jun 222016
 

We recorded a live episode from the floor of Comicpalooza in Houston Texas!  We had a great time at the convention and recording our episode.  Sorry for being short as we had to cut out some of the episode for audio reasons.  We hope you enjoy.

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Below are some photos from Comicpalooza.

My autograph photo of Eliza Dushku

My autograph photo of Eliza Dushku

My press badge signed by the artist Ash Gonzales

My press badge signed by the artist Ash Gonzales

Some of the convention floor after hours.

Some of the convention floor after hours.

At the podcast table getting ready to record

At the podcast table getting ready to record

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Michael with Koro Sensei from the anime Assassination Classroom

Michael with Koro Sensei from the anime Assassination Classroom

Calvin from Direct Damage Cast taking a selfie at our table.

Calvin from Direct Damage Cast taking a selfie at our table.

Jun 142016
 

Michael,Bernie, and Sarabeth from DarkMedia talk about what they did at Dallas Fan Expo 2016.  Who did we see and get photos with?  What did we buy?  Listen and find out!  Sorry for the audio.

Michael got a picture with LeeAnna Vamp!

Michael got a picture with LeeAnna Vamp!

Jun 072016
 

Sorry we haven’t released a show in a few weeks.  I finally got a chance to record something and here it is.

Michael talks about Comicpalooza in Houston Texas.  He goes over some of the guests and what he is excited for.

Click here for more information and to register for Comicpalooza!

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May 152016
 

Michael,Bernie, and Miri are back with what they have been doing since last time.  Bernie wants to know what we would ask directors for more and less of.  We all saw Captain America Civil War and give our thoughts on it.

We are part of the Comicpalooza Podcast Partnership Program!  Visit Comicpalooza.com for more information and to order your tickets.

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