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Review – Shirtless Bear-Fighter

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Review – Shirtless Bear-Fighter

Shirtless Bear-Fighter from Image Comics is over-the-top, intentionally offensive, raunchy, cheesy, campy, and totally ridiculous. It’s also, not surprisingly, really fun.

The humor will seem very familiar if you’re a fan of parody adventure movies like Hot Shots and just about every Leslie Nielsen movie out there. It’s got all the tropes: a baby raised by wild animals, a retired warrior with a vendetta who’s lured back to the fight, a super villain gleefully rubbing his hands while he mwah ha haas his way through his evil plan, the government operative who’s too old for this but the war is all he’s got left, the hero cradling a dead body in the rain and vowing revenge…all of it. Plus bears. Lots of bears.

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Bridesmaids

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Bridesmaids

Matinee with Snacks

What’s that noise you hear?  That’s Hollywood falling all over itself in surprise that vaguely raunchy, somewhat scatological female-relationship-driven R-rated comedy is a huge smash.  Hello! We poop and love and chortle — and see movies with stories that interest us –  just as much as men do.

I know this movie wouldn’t have been made if it hadn’t had Judd Apatow as producer.  With two of the leads being SNL alumni (even ones as big-screen reliable as these two), the movie could have been a disaster.  However, the Not Ready For Prime Time Players in question are Kristen Wiig as our relatable lead and Maya Rudolph as the bride.  The titular matching-dress ensemble is flled out by Reno 911’s Wendi McLendon-Covey, The Office’s Ellie Kemper, the unpredictable Rose Byrne, and Melissa McCarthy.  This is a fantastic ensemble thrown into a movie that goes beyond just the bachelorette Hangover.

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Exporting Raymond

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Exporting Raymond

I have often referenced “Everybody Loves Raymond” as the sort of tepid, mediocre sitcom that muscles out the hipper cool ones I love that get cancelled.  It’s not terrible, it’s inoffensive, but, in my mind, pedestrian.  I never watched it — I saw scenes here and there, even referenced in other movies, and just never took a shine to it.  This is not true for many millions of American TV viewers.  After seeing this film, my similarly-biased companion and I agreed that we had a newfound appreciation for what Raymond creator Phil Rosenthal was doing and what he achieved in the nine years that Everybody Loves Raymond was on the air.

Exporting Raymond is Rosenthal’s documentary about the culturally illuminating process of having the Raymond concept be remade as a Russian sitcom.  Many popular American sitcoms get picked up and made over in the native tongues of their new adoring fans.  “The Nanny” was a hugely international phenomenon, with versions popping up all over the globe, East and West.  I don’t mean subtitled reruns, I mean full new productions with native cast, writers, crew, everything.  Unlike “The Office,” which only had to bridge minor comedic & attitude divides between its parent nation of England and its current host America, “Everybody Loves Raymond” ends up going through quite a transformation in order to play to Russian audiences.

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Paul

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Paul

Director Greg Mottola gave us Superbad only four years ago, a monster R-rated hit with unlikely elements working together to create a sweet and funny and still raunchy comedy.  His follow-up, Adventureland, had a good idea and supporting cast, but unfortunately relied on two of the least charismatic lead actors out there to carry the comedy and the heart.

Adventureland‘s Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart were only playing a few years older than Superbad‘s Michael Cera and Jonah Hill, but already the chasm of implied acceptable innocence was too great to give Adventureland the young sweetness it needed to plug into the comedy-free holes.

Then comes Paul, a fantastic premise but further along the unfortunate path of “they’re too old for their naïveté to be cute or feasible” (counter-example: Cedar Rapids).  It’s also too random and arbitrarily profane for “random profanity comedy” to really sing like it should.  Read On

Team Fortress 2 Pyro Gender Revealed [Craigslist Ad]

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Team Fortress 2 Pyro Gender Revealed [Craigslist Ad]

The Team Fortress 2 Pyro class gender has been revealed (unofficially) and is looking for a mate.  Below is a very humorous Craigslist ad about a woman looking for love in the Boston area.  She is a 23 year-old college student that is into cosplaying, D&D, video games, and, of course, TF2.

Not sure why she would need to post a Craigslist ad when she could just meet someone face-to-face at the next PAX East, but alas.

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Cedar Rapids

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Cedar Rapids

I love Ed Helms.  I had assumed that this movie was going to be a ridiculous, puerile frat boy fantasy of boobs and booze (and not in the good way – see also: Hall Pass) and making a rube a man, the stolen innocence of a naïf, etc.  I saw it despite that possibility because of my deep and abiding love for Helms, and yes, some hopes that it would be a 40 Year-Old Virgin kind of coming of age movie.  Helms’ character grows and changes, but the film doesn’t quite do him justice.

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Doritos – Crash the Super Bowl Ad Entry

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Doritos – Crash the Super Bowl Ad Entry

Well, ladies and gentlemen, you may or may have not noticed that our fellow Film School Web Series director, Jeremy Hyler, did not make it to the Crash The Super Bowl finals.  When I saw his entry, I thought it would be a shoe-in.  It was hilarious, creative, and just a little wacky, and that bit of wackiness is what I thought would be the trigger that would get everyone taking.

Maybe, I’m being biased since the cast and crew from Film School Series is part of the Pixelated Geek family.

But, in the end, at least it will be online forever for us to laugh at and enjoy.  A big pat on the back to Jeramy Blackford (Baby), James Huneycutt (Dad), Rebecca Bruder (Mom), Phillip Wright (Doritos Cruncher), David J Mack (Doctor) and of course Jeremy Hyler (Director). Job well done.

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Duty Calls – A Call of Duty Parody Game by Epic Games and EA

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Duty Calls – A Call of Duty Parody Game by Epic Games and EA

The Call of Duty franchise always had a huge marketing push before it’s initial release date. But, big hype doesn’t actually mean the game will be any good.  Epic Games and EA, have come out with a downloadable parody game called Duty Calls.  The game was basically a shot in the face of what Call of Duty has become.  Check out the hilarious gameplay video past the break.

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May The Force be With… Your Car?

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May The Force be With… Your Car?

Superbowl ads have already started coming out, and this one by far is the cutest.  Maybe that’s just because I’m a geek.  Nonetheless, it is funny and definitely worth a watch.  What is it about?  Well, to give you a hint, I actually knew a kid named Darth once.  Really.  (No seriously, I actually did.  There’s no joke at the end. Read on for the video though!)

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