The Marlins Win Again! [WMQ]
Jun 30th, 2011 by Dan

Let’s go for the series win tonight and get one more for June!

Why Batman is Secretly Terrible for Gotham [ER]
Jun 29th, 2011 by Dan

The After Hours crew examines whether or not Batman is actually bad for Gotham.

Female Armor Is Inadequate [ER]
Jun 29th, 2011 by Dan

It really is quite ridiculous. Really kills the suspension of disbelief for me in books/movies/video games.

What I’ve Been Doing [FB/IB/BT/GO]
Jun 28th, 2011 by Dan

WEEDS Poster Mary Louise Parker


Weeds – New season started yesterday. The three year time gap puts Nancy in New York City and moves far past the storylines from last year by also claiming that Esteban is dead and his cartel disbanded. It seems that Nancy is heading toward working in the weapons trade instead, which is interesting, but we’ll see where the season goes. Ever since they left Agrestic this show has really started to shine as it changes every year. Can’t wait to see where it goes this year.

Tremé – Only one episode left this season. The culmination of the events lacks the oomph of old finales of The Wire, but this show remains solidly entertaining even without being thrilling.


X-Men: First Class – One of the better action movies I’ve seen in a while with only a few disappointments:

– January Jones does not exercise her talents at all in this movie. Emma Frost is a little uninspired.
– Any moment where the characters feel the need to say “We should be called the X-Men!” or “Call him Magneto”. They all fall flat for me where they’re supposed to be great moments?

McAvoy, Byrne, and Fassbender, especially, are all great in their more senior roles in the movie. Jennifer Lawrence is mostly great, but gets saddled with some of those terrible lines that I hate. Worth seeing.

Bad Teacher – Not as bad as the critics make it seem, but the implied shared heritage with Bad Santa doesn’t seem to be helping the movie any. I didn’t really like Bad Santa, so I’m ok either way. Kind of long, but stupid, passable comedy. See Bridesmaids instead, but if you’ve already seen it, no harm in coming here.

Video Games

Shadows of the Damned – Played the first act with Min watching. Delightfully juvenile and chock full of style. Stay away if dick jokes offend you. I’m serious. Still early, but I dig Resident Evil 4-style gameplay so I’m down so far.

Hot Springs Story – Playing this on my Android phone. Sounds like a dating sim or H-game, but it’s really not. A management sim that will easily pass the time and be very entertaining. Fun for short bursts.


FF (Future Foundation) – The First Family continues on after the death of Johnny Storm. Things are really starting to heat up with this initial arc and I’m really drawn in. Went back and picked up the rest of Jon Hickman’s run on Fantastic Four to try and catch up on the plot points being explored in FF. Can’t wait for the next issue tomorrow.

League of Extraordinary Gentlemen – The Invisible Man really put me off of this book for some reason since we’re introduced to him in a female boarding school where he was raping women and making them think it was the Holy Ghost doing so. There are plenty of bad people in comic books, but I just can’t get behind rooting for him as one of the heroes.

Proof – Supernatural cop series where “Proof” is John Prufrock, a Sasquatch working for “The Lodge” to investigate other cryptids and cryptid-related crimes. Seems neat, but didn’t grab me as much as…

Cowboy Ninja Viking – Ridiculously silly title and premise, but the book is about multiple personality disorder patients called Triplets who were trained to be assassins. The title character’s identities are self-evident, but the other combinations are pretty funny. Kind of confusing to follow some of his art, but I still dig it anyway.

Ultimate Spider-Man – (Ultimate) Spider-Man is dead. Who will be the next Spider-Man? I’m intrigued. Always loved this book and I can’t wait to see where it evolves.

Ultimate Fantastic Four – It’s interesting to see where this universe diverges from 616. The UFF has been pretty interesting, but the storytelling isn’t quite as sharp as I want it to be. I feel kind of like this book got a little less creative attention than some of the other Ultimate titles, but I still dig the team so I’ll finish off it’s run. I’m halfway done with it anyway.

Teaser for Brave [FB/ER]
Jun 27th, 2011 by Dan

Go ahead and skip Cars 2 this year. Pixar’s real next movie comes next summer.

Trailer 2 for 30 Minutes or Less [FB/ER]
Jun 27th, 2011 by Dan

Yeah, I’ll watch it.

Locked Out and Frustrated [Uncat]
Jun 27th, 2011 by Dan

Yup, here we go again. Periodically I end up locked out of my Hotmail account because my gamertag still exists on my stolen Xbox, but the password has been changed.

Seems that they keep trying to either guess the password or log in or reset the password, which gets me locked out of my email. I’m just so frustrated and annoyed by this right now.

Jikkyou Powerful Pro Yakyuu 2011 [GO/ER]
Jun 26th, 2011 by Dan

Pre-order already made. Can’t wait!

EDIT: The info video went private. I’ve replaced it with the opening for the game instead.

EDIT2: Found the old video. Reposted below:

Meet the Medic [GO/ER]
Jun 24th, 2011 by Dan

The “Meet the [class]” series has been getting more and more bizarre by the entry. With one more after the Medic to go (Pyro), we’re all wondering how much crazier it can get.

Captain America Trailer [FB/ER]
Jun 24th, 2011 by Dan

So this Cap trailer seems pretty sweet. It might be prior knowledge informing my view of the movie, but the scenes where they’ve digitally altered Chris Evans to be skinny just seem off to me. The only other problem is that I haven’t actually watched a superhero movie this summer, but I’ve already got superhero fatigue. Too many hero movies and the deluge isn’t about to stop. We’ve got another five or so scheduled for next summer. Hopefully Cap is good because I’m actually interested here.

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