Batman Begins Minute 97: Rachel take the wheel! (With our guest Jonathan from Minute Impossible)

Batman Begins Minute 97

Batman starts hating on the police and starts taking out cop cars left and right. Due to some magic stealth tech, Batman gets to have a small moment with Rachel. That moment is then followed by more destruction. Check out Jonathan at minuteimpossible.fireside.fm

 

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Batman Begins Minute 96: Your Italian has a hint of Irish (With our guest Jonathan from Minute Impossible)

Batman Begins Minute 96

Batman continues his roof-top off-roading and destruction. Batman puts the tumbler through its paces and presses as many buttons as possible and smashes through all he can. Check out Jonathan at minuteimpossible.fireside.fm

 

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Batman Begins Minute 95: Rooftop G.P.S. (With our guest Harper form Thing Minute)

Batman Begins Minute 95

Batman is having issues finding a parking spot for Tumbler. When he can’t fit into the compact spot he decides to take the road less traveled. Off-roading on rooftops is all the rage among billionaires.  Check out Harper at thethingminute.com

 

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Batman Begins Minute 94: Need to play Enya in the Batmobile (With our guest Harper form Thing Minute)

Batman Begins Minute 94

Batman takes the police on a merry chase through the streets of Gotham. We have a reckless helicopter pilot and some fun in the parking garage. Check out Harper at thethingminute.com

 

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Batman Begins Minute 93: Explosive golf balls (With our guest Harper form Thing Minute)

Batman Begins Minute 93

Batman leaps into the batnado and land gracefully out of the reach of the police. He then runs through the asylum causing some inmates to really question their sanity. Gordon hands off Rachel for a sweet ride.  Check out Harper at thethingminute.com

 

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Batman Begins Minute 92: They all watch Flass get eaten (With our guest Tony Camarena)

There is a very strange sound coming toward the asylum and everyone is concerned. As the bat legion arrives everyone loses their cool except Gordon. Batman watches as his army floods the asylum with fear. Check out Tony at mcurewind.com

 

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Batman Begins Minute 91: I need something to deal with the oder issue (With our guest Tony Camarena)

Batman Begins Minute 91

Batman does an inverted takedown to bring Gordon to the party. As SWAT closes in, Batman and Gordon discuss their situation and Batman activates a strange device. Check out Tony at mcurewind.com

 

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Batman Begins Minute 90: SWAT clown car (With our guest Tony Camarena)

Batman Begins Minute 90

As Batman dispatches Crane the police and SWAT show up in massive numbers. Despite the fear of many of other officers, Gordon runs right into the thick of it all. Check out Tony at mcurewind.com

 

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Ready Player One Movie Review

ready player one movie poster

It’s been a long time since I’ve done one of these. There are a few reasons, one is I’m back in school and work has been busy. But since Spielberg’s newest film, Ready Player One, is a homage to all things geek culture, I figure I better do a proper review. Based on the book by Ernest Cline, this is an adventure set it the future where everyone goes to a VR world to meet, interact, shop and yes even play games. I was particularly interested in this movie since I made a movie in school based on a similar premise. Virtual worlds is a interesting subject for me, so does this hold up to my expectations? Game Start!

Likes:

  1. The most important thing that this movie needed to do was to do proper world building. This takes place in a somewhat dystopian future where the protagonist lives in the “stacks” a huge trailer park with several trailers stacked on top of each other. I must say that the world outside the oasis and inside the oasis was both very cool and fascinating.
  2. I think the fact that half of the movie contains CGI might be a turn off for people really sick of its overuse. But it works in this most since half the movie takes place in a virtual world. Besides that, the CGI is actually really well done and makes for a visual treat.
  3. There’s tons of pop-culture references in this movie, and for those of us who follow pop culture closely will have a ton a fun spotting them and also makes for some really fun moments in the movie. I’ll just say that fans of The Shining and Gundam are in for a treat.
  4. The story isn’t anything too deep but it is very satisfying. It isn’t a movie that dives deep into the philosophical implications that a virtual world entails but the characters are likable, the villains are fun to hate and a ending that is has an important message for our time.

Dislikes:

  1. There are some plot details that aren’t fully explained during the first viewing. This may be fixed upon further viewings but there were definitely moments of plot convenience. I won’t go into the details for spoilers sake but for as big and worldwide as the oasis is, everyone important just happens to live close together.
  2. If you aren’t up to date on pop culture, then you’re going to miss a lot of the inside jokes and references that give the film much of its charm.

Awkward Walk-In Meter: 3/5

It is a PG-13 movie that has above-average language (including one F-bomb) and a few scenes that are suggestive (including a homage to a scene from another movie that is R rated). The violence oddly enough is the most withheld as there is no gore and only a little blood drawn in the real world. But bodies burst into gold coins in a unique substitute for blood and gore.

Overall:

This was a fun and enjoyable movie to watch. It’s a love letter to all things geek-culture, especially video games and movies. As a major geek myself, I was able to follow the homages and references that made the experience that much more fun. However, I’m unsure how older or audiences that aren’t into geek-culture would react to the film. It does have enough action to get most people excited but its like having pizza without any toppings. Your going to miss out on some of the best the film has to offer if you aren’t in the know. But if you follow us at all, I’m confident that you’ll have a blast at this movie. Just know that your non-geek SO will more than likely have a lot of questions.