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The Gang by Chubeto

The Gang by Chubeto

It’s no surprise that I’m a huge DC fanatic, and I enjoy soaking up just about any and all things DC related, whether they be their comics, video games, movies, and television shows.  I have dedicated today’s post to their much beloved animated series that they’ve been pumping out since 1992 (maybe even earlier, I’m note entirely sure).  They continue to produce quality television shows and animated movies to this day, although some for the wrong [but necessary] reasons.  My recent finishing of the television series Young Justice has prompted me to write this post and kind of cover all the great things about DC’s [or I guess Warner Bros.] animated divisions.  It’s very clear that a lot of these great shows and movies were created by comic book lovers who enjoy introducing legendary and fantastic characters in the DC universe as well as dropping hints, easter eggs, and callbacks to those who are engaged and already familiar with the DC Universe.

Here’s a breakdown of some of the recent and personally significant series and movies I’ve had the pleasure of viewing.

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Edge of Tomorrow may be one of my favorite surprise good movies I’ve had the pleasure of seeing this year.  Edge of Tomorrow has comedy, action, a thought provoking story, incredible visuals, and a damn charming Tom Cruise.  Based on the novel, All You Need is Kill, the story follows military propaganda specialist Cage (Cruise).  When Cage resists a direct order being of joining the battle, he’s put on the front line where he dies almost instantly.  But something happens to Cage where he wakes up after death only to relive the same battle over and over again.  With the help of the army’s most badass marine, Rita (Emily Blunt), Cage uses this ability to his advantage to turn the tide of the war.  Basically this movie is Groundhog Day with space marines and Tom Cruise.

Minimal spoilers below.

All images owned by Warner Bros.

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Boy has it been an incredible past couple of weeks for DC Comics in the mainstream.  Of course, there are always news when it comes to what’s new in the comic book world, but for everyone else, television and movies are often the only outlets to some of the comic book properties.  2014-2015 television shows are being picked up and their initial trailers are being released and movie news for 2016 and beyond.  Among these, it appeared that NBC, CW, Fox, and Warner Bros got together and said, “the month of May is when we’re gonna release all the awesome DC-related news”.  Of course they didn’t actually do that, but damn it, it sure looked that way.  In today’s post, we’re gonna take a look at all the related news that was released that are DC Comics related.

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If you haven’t already noticed, this blog has been limping in content over the past half year.  I’ve declared its death, I’ve announced its revival, I’ve promised content, I’ve barely delivered.  Life isn’t as concrete as the words one can say and I’ve always been a fan of ‘do, don’t speak’, but here I am speaking once again, hoping the ‘do-ing’ part follows suit.

So for the bazillionth time, Banana Scoop is being put back into regular programming with the promise [that can hopefully be fulfilled] of two articles a week, Tuesday and Thursday.  These articles will cover the many things I’m experiencing that will almost 99.9% of the time will revolve around geek culture: video games (See my Last of Us Review), movies, television, fan-art, and books.

I want to thank all of my long time Banana Scoop supporters: On Life and Stuff, Victor’s Movie Reviews, 2 Dollar Cinema, and Sidekick Reviews.  You were there in the beginning and I’m glad to still have you guys now.  Check out their stuff when you get the chance.

Overall this isn’t the only announcement, continue to read on for the general ‘What’s up with Patrick these days’ summary.

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I’ve never been more excited for a game than the upcoming sequel to 2009’s runaway hit Borderlands.  Combining RPG and FPS shooter elements to a quirky styled game made an excellent stew of a game.  Leveling up and variety of guns made the staying power and the mayhem of fire fights made the fun.  Despite owning the game for a couple of months now, I’ve made it a goal to finish the first one by killing Crawmerax the Invincible before the September 18th release date.  As we wait though, the developers Gearbox Software has been slowly trickling out information to satiate the rabid fanbase.  And it looks like it won’t disappoint.  By giving the game a better story, varied environments, and face to the villain, all the main problems seem to be already have fixed.  And by adding even more guns, crazier enemies, and new classes, we might be looking at Game of the Year right here.  I’ve consolidated a lot of the media Gearbox has released in this post, be sure to check it all out.

All art comes from MentalMars’s Deviant Art Page, be sure to check it out!

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Last Tuesday, I gave a maintenance update regarding the state of the blog and what we have in store, and I kinda felt as though we should do that every week!  I like keeping you guys updated with how I’m doing and some of the personal feelings I have towards this blog sometimes.  I’d like for you guys to think that this blog is more than just me posting a lot of cool stuff I find, and that it’s about discussing/geeking out about how much I love popular culture.  Reaching out to you guys almost seems meta.  So like many other scheduled events on this blog, Tuesday Maintenance Letters will try to be a thing these days.  There’s always something I want to be doing for this blog, so I think sharing with you guys what I do will not only tighten our cyber bond, but also make you notice all the effort I put into things that aren’t necessarily obvious XD.

List of Scheduled Events

Sunday
Weekly Preview – A preview of the more exciting articles that will be posted on Banana Scoop in the upcoming week
Sunday Sketch – Amateur drawings that I create and upload to share with you all

Monday
____ Review – All good television is premiered on Sunday [Game of Thrones, Breaking Bad, Dexter, etc.], so it’s only natural that I post reviews on them the following day

Tuesday
Maintenance Newsletter – A post regarding what’s new with Banana Scoop in the format area as well as what’s to come

Wednesday
Universidaze – A webcomic created by me that features the [mostly] fictional lives of two college kids

Saturday
Saturday Reblog – Anyone who posts a comment throughout the week gets put into a pool where I choose a lucky winner to get reblogged by us!
Weekend Funnies – 24 hilarious images collected from the deep corners of the interwebs.

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This is a really colorful image that pitches Aang, the master of the four elements [as stated in the popular Nickelodeon series Avatar: the Last Airbender] against the master of the periodic table of elements, Dmitri Mendeleev. It’s quite hilarious in the way when science and popular culture clashes. In truth, only nerds, engineers, and geeks will truly understand this. And since I fall under all three of those categories, this tickles me greatly.

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The Anchorman announcement on Conan a couple of weeks ago signaled quite a harmonious uproar of excitement and dorkgasms and douchegasms alike on the internet.  And then with a released poster of 4 pairs of stylish shoes managed to get us even more excited.  But then they also released an alternative trailer with a little tweak of lines.  I had difficulty choosing which one I loved more, so I included both.  You’ll see the other one below.

But in probably bigger news, The Great Gatsby released its first trailer the other day, featuring a very interesting look at the 1920 [which interestingly look like a steampunk version of what the universe was in the Speed Racer movie was set in].  Leonardo DiCaprio as usual looks like he’s killin’ his role, although an interesting comment was made on the Youtube video hailing how Michael Fassbender should’ve been Gatsy, an idea I could completely get behind.  Regardless, it’s an interesting trailer and is expected to be released December 25th, 2012.  You know what else is released December 25th?  Django Unchained.   Where’s the trailer to that movie?

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A long time ago, I wrote a very long article concerning my favorite comedy: Tropic Thunder.  It wasn’t soon after I published that article did I think of my favorite movies from other dramas.  It’s difficult to narrow them down, but I eventually settled on action movies.  I thought hard about which action movie is very much worth calling, ‘the best’.  But when you really come down to it, the most influential and generally awesome action movie of all time is “Die Hard”.  Almost every person can relate to the lovable John McClane, the idea of one man vs. a dozen is well displayed here, and the outside help elements are film staples we see in just about every action film these days.  It doesn’t take a movie critic or a film education to realize how elements from this movie have influenced the industry today, and I’ll try my best to break it down for you all.  But first, a summary.

John McClane, a New York police cop, is heading west to join his separated wife for Christmas and their children.  His wife is in the middle of a corporate Christmas party after a celebrated project wrap up, so he must make his way to the building itself.  Admist meeting her and her fellow co-workers, the building is suddenly taken hostage while John narrowly escapes.  In a game of cat and mouse between John McClane and the terrorists, led my Hans Gruber, he must shoot, trick, and explode his way back to his wife with the help of a local cop and a young limo driver.

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As of late, Banana Feed has been having serious leak issues.  Such as articles getting posted at random times that aren’t completed, days of complete lack of articles, or a general lack of enthusiasm in posts.  This is largely because of finals and other stressful times.  But as summer approaches, I plan on bringing Banana Feed to 100%.  And as I finally have a well paid internship this summer, we’ll be making some serious time and financial implementations [as far as getting our own domain!].  Mind you that Banana Feed is not exactly 100% as my bookmarks folder was accidentally deleted so I lost about 90% of what I had bookmarked lol.  So now I’m trying to transition into a new era.  Please bear with us as we try and organize our lives and this site.  In my case it’s the same thing.

-Banana Feed Team

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Nearly a month ago, I posted some real life renderings of Disney Princesses.  They were beautiful representations of some of the most memorable heroines in Disney movies.  A friend came to me afterwards asking for where Cinderella and Snow White and Tiana were.  I was surely puzzled because the artist had bothered to draw obscure Princesses like Meg and even Ursula.  So I did a little digging and found out that I haven’t shared the entire set yet.  So here’s the rest of them.  I realized I didn’t give credit to an artist, so let me fix that mistake here: http://jirkavinse.wordpress.com/  The  rest are down below.

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It might be out of taste because it’s totally so last year, but it doesn’t change the fact I stumbled into this amazingly well done RPG representation of one of the best dramas on television.  It beat out Game of Thrones last year in my opinion, and with filming occurring this year for it’s final season, it’s the only reason why Game of Thrones will probably nab my favorite spot.  I’m off topic, so let me circle back.  Today I give you two different adaptations of a Breaking Bad Video Game.  The one above was done by Johnny Utah who’s taken the Street Fighter Route to tastefully include small jokes made throughout the entire series, and the one below follows a more Japanese/Korean style RPG made by College Humor.  Enjoy them both.

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It’s no surprise that the Coen Brothers make some of the most memorable characters in movie history.  Each of their movies seem to have a perfect balance between quirky hilarious and downright terrifying.  Even their one movie I never seemed to comprehend, A Serious Man, had some decent memorable characters.  Here’s the list of my five favorite characters from their very long and impressive resume.  Feel free to chime in when you feel as though I’ve forgotten somebody.

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We’re really not a video gaming website, though it might be a direction I want to take it in the future.  But this is a rare case where television meets video games.  If you haven’t heard, South Park has returned with its 16th season and the jokes are absurd, crude, and hilarious as ever.  News says that creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker are now in the progress of making video game about the town of South Park, Colorado.  While there have been South Park games in the past, this is the first one including heavy involvement from Parker and Stone.  If this game has 10+ years of mythlore of the series in it and there is an RPG element that is rumored, then I’ll want these 9 favorites on my team to take down whatever darkness might incur on the streets of South Park.

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The funny and awesome people at Uproxx have compiled this awesome gallery of famous rappers/celebrities doing absolutely normal things. I’ve chosen my favorites and the whole gallery is here.  As usual, Beyonce is beautiful.

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Rotten Tomatoes also compiled some crime thrillers that are really awesome.  Zodiac, Collateral, all 10 of these movies are really freaking sweet.

10 Certified Fresh Crime Thrillers

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Spirited Away (2002)

There are a lot of lists that include the best movies ever.  Each list has its own personality and every movie on it has its own credibility and worthwhile aspects to be watched.  So if you ever wanna burn through 100 movies.  As for me…I’m at 64/100.  If you’re lower than me, you have work to do.  If you’re higher than me, movie film points for you.

100 of the Best Movies

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Pixar has a knack for creating some of the most lovable animated characters to ever hit the screen.  They’ve done more than 10 movies where each of them has at least 2 or 3 likable/lovable characters.  So I’ve made a list of my 5 favorites below.

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Dialogue is the writer’s way to speak the characters soul in a movie.  It relays personality, interests, priorities, and values that we come to love about our favorite movie characters.  Too much of it however, can be a bad thing.  Not in all cases, but most people don’t like people who have an infinite battery source on the chatterbox.  The ramblings of a disillusioned man or even an intelligent man can usually tend to get on our nerves.  Today I’ve compiled a rather small list [but equipped with videos as well as images] of some of the biggest chit-chat-kats in the movie galaxy that are worthy of your note.  As usual, please let me know who I’ve missed.  I like my mind stimulated as much as yours.

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Adult Innuendo in Kids Films

UGO does a good job in compiling lists and can be compared to Cracked.com.  Which is a humungous compliment to them.  They’ve listed a couple of movies of where kid’s movies have adult innuendos.  Not all kids movies are strictly for kids.  There are a couple of jokes that simply fly over their heads and the parents and baby sitters put their hands over their mouths and giggles.  Here’s the link.

Adult Innuendo in Kid’s Movies

 

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