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Binary System Podcast #66 – Comics, Movies, and Cosplay

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Binary System Podcast #66 – Comics, Movies, and Cosplay

No new Welcome To Night Vale episode to recap this week. But never fear, the BSP team is more than willing to blather on about the comics we’re reading, the movies we’re watching, and then have a long discussion about what cosplay items are becoming a no-go (Elizabeth: wigs, Kathryn: anything that’s worn too close to my throat) and why a cosplay based on the Session Twins from Matt Wagner’s Grendel Quest might be a little too obscure for most people to get.

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Academy Awards 2016: Five more films

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Academy Awards 2016: Five more films

I admit it: at the Awards viewing parties I usually use the Feature Length Documentaries section as a chance to get up and stretch my legs, take a bathroom break, and snag an appetizer, because most of the time I haven’t seen any of the nominations. Not this year. This year I watched all of them.

What did I learn? What with two of the films discussing troubled musicians, one about the Mexican drug war, one about Ukrainian military opening fire on protestors, and one about an Indonesian man confronting his brother’s murderers, I learned that cheerful, upbeat documentaries aren’t Oscar Bait.

All kidding aside, there are some really good films up for the Award. Read on for some (very brief) (I promise) (well, mostly) rundowns of each; which one I liked best, and which one is likely to get the Award.

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Academy Awards 2016: Appetizers for Your Party!

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Academy Awards 2016: Appetizers for Your Party!

The Academy Awards are fast approaching. We are not attending, so we can eat what we want because we do not have to fit in that dress or tux! I personally love appetizers. I don’t like to eat a lot at once and appetizers are the perfect way to experience many different dishes in small bites. Here are some of my simple favorites that your friends will love.

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Academy Awards 2016: Last Day of Freedom

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Academy Awards 2016: Last Day of Freedom

Since I’ve been trying to watch a lot of the Oscar-nominated documentaries this year (just because it’s the one category I usually skip completely) I looked at Last Day of Freedom, the story that Bill Babbitt tells about the brother he delivered to the police. At just under 34 minutes, it’s not an easy film to watch. But I can see why it was nominated.

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Lost In Sci-Fi Special: Ex Machina

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Lost In Sci-Fi Special: Ex Machina

This week we devote our whole episode to the Oscar nominated film, Ex Machina, the movie where a young programmer is selected to participate in a ground-breaking experiment in synthetic intelligence by evaluating the human qualities of a breath-taking humanoid A.I. But of course, all is not what it seems. Please download and enjoy as we talk about this fascinating movie.   Read On

Academy Awards 2016: Amy

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Academy Awards 2016: Amy

“I don’t think I’m going to be at all famous. I don’t think I could handle it.”

This was the movie I watched only because I had to, because I’d watched all the other documentaries nominated for an Oscar this year, and I didn’t want to leave one out. I’ve never been a huge fan of Amy Winehouse’s music, and I hadn’t felt particularly sorry for her: one more talented musician who wasn’t prepared for how hard fame can be. One more person who snuffed themselves out too young.

I don’t have any patience with stories about how hard the life of a celebrity can be (eye roll) so I was surprised at how much I liked the film. Created from news footage, concert videos, studio shots, and personal film from phones and camcorders, it paints a very detailed picture of her life, train wrecks and all. I didn’t want to like the movie, but I did anyway.

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Binary System Podcast #25 – WTNV #82 “Skating Rink”

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Binary System Podcast #25 – WTNV #82 “Skating Rink”

What do horrifying growls, unexplained power-outages, and two collections of indescribable figures coming together mean? Why it must be the grand opening of the new Skating Rink at the Desert Flower Bowling Alley and Arcade Fun Complex! And it’s adorable. 

There’s also some discussion of the new Lucifer show, Jessica Jones, the return of The Walking Dead, and the continuing Pixelated Geek coverage of the Academy Awards.

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