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Tryna Clash?

What’s up Misfits? Did you miss me? I took last week off from posting on the blog so I could focus on editing our podcast. Three episodes are up already and you can check them out here! But now thankfully for you guys, I am back.

Today I want to talk about a gaming tournament that just recently wrapped up; The Clash Royale Crown Championship! Now, I know some people consider mobile gaming the Sicily of our gaming community’s “Italy” (many Italians believe Sicily isn’t a true part of Italy). However, I side with the mobile gamers (not Sicily, Naples all the way baby). Before you jump down my throat; if all you play is Angry Birds on your phone, are you a gamer? LOL no, but I do believe there are a certain few mobile games that require skill and strategy that qualify as real “gaming” games. One of these games that qualifies in my eyes, is Clash Royale.

Now for those of you who don’t know about the game, it is a PVP based game made by SuperCell that has you unlock chests that are earned in battle, collect cards with different abilities from these chests, upgrade the cards and build the best deck possible from your collection to best your adversary. As you win battles, you gain trophies which help you enter new arenas that house stronger foes. Along with this 1v1 PVP mode known as ladder, there are 2v2 battles (known to my friends and me as 2zzzzzzz),  rotating conditional game modes (such as touchdown mode) and last but not least: Challenges. Normally these challenges have a special condition, usually requiring a certain card to be used in your 8 card deck and every win brings you closer to a large valuable prize, while each loss gives you a strike and as the ol song goes: Three strikes and you’re out, mother fucker…ok maybe it doesn’t go exactly like that.

This game can be incredibly fun at times and other times it is incredibly annoying to the point you may travel to the Grand Canyon just so you can hurl your “stupid piece of shit lagging” phone into its depths. So why play? Because we live in the smartphone era and taking a shit has become too boring to not beat others and trash talk relentlessly while doing so, that’s why!

Oops!

Thanks!

*Thumbs up king* *Thumbs up king* *Crying king*

Good Game!

But in all seriousness, it is a very enjoyable, very addictive game.

The most recent challenge, known as the Crown Championship Challenge, was a little different. The goal was to get 20 wins before losing 3 times (Yo, FUCK that), which to many, including myself seemed impossible. At 14 wins, you won a legendary chest, containing a badass legendary card and at 20 wins, you got 250,000 gold and an entry invitation to the Crown Championship.

This Crown Championship was a tournament used to pit the best players in the world against each other, to find the one true, best Clash player in the world, or chosen one, if you will. And who better to win the title of Crown Champion and the $150,000 prize? A 16-year-old from Mexico by the name of Sergioramos:). That’s right a fucking 16-year-old with a smiley face in his name beat out over 28 million players (not by himself) and won $150,000, that’s insane. That has got to be the coolest feeling ever for him and a great story to tell his friends (Or maybe even on a date, to test if shes really the one. If she thinks that you winning a Clash Royale tournament is fucking dope, then you marry her Sergio, you hear me?!?!).

I tried my hand at the challenge and lost after 8 wins, my thumbs failed me and I am a disappointment to my family and clan. But Sergio’s thumbs served him well and he brought honor to his clanmates.

Congratulations again to Sergioramos:) and Nova Esports on becoming the first ever Clash Royal Crown Champions! You guys deserve it. I just hope he doesn’t spend all the winnings on gems and gold (unless there’s a super magical chest involved, then all bets are off).

If you play Clash or feel like getting into the game, join my glorious clan known as the sable, run by the all-powerful, fearless and noble NDUFU. I’d be happy to rip a 2zzzzz with some fellow Misfits.

If you have any questions, comments or concerns about Clash Royale or this article, drop me a comment or send me a message, I’d be happy to connect with you all (Y’all is not a word people).

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Shoutout da boiz, shoutout the sable and our fearless leader Ndufu and the man, the myth, the legend that made this clan possible: Storm.

Until next time Misfits, Clash on! *Thumbs up king*

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Dead poolsKeeping

Hey there Misfits! Hope you’re all excited to “gobble” up some turkey (don’t you love my puns?). Today is going to be a shorter article from me. I have been busy editing our podcast in preparation for its launch so that it can be the best it can be for you guys to enjoy.

So today’s topic is mostly a question to you, our beloved readers. I talked about this in one of our upcoming episodes, so be sure to check that out, but apparently our buddy Deadpool is appearing on Good Housekeeping’s Holiday cover. Good Housekeeping also included this statement regarding the issue:

“Deadpool’s persistence to be in Good Housekeeping was impressive — initially, we had no idea who he was, let alone that he was a fan of the magazine. But after repeated attempts to ignore his… passion… we came to a compromise. He could appear in one issue if he promised to stop leaving care packages at our editors’ homes and agreed to maintain a 50-foot distance from the Good Housekeeping offices and our staff.” -GH

Check out the whole article through the link above. If you’re a fan of Deadpool and all the sillyness he brings, you definitely enjoy this marketing move. Deadpool’s marketing campaign for the first movie was a little out there and mostly marketed the film as a romantic story for couples to go see on valentine’s day. Anyone who has seen the movie knows that is not true but it was clever and fun to see the marketing team try to get as much buzz going about the movie as possible. Now that the second movie is coming out, the same team seems to have stepped up their game and gotten Deadpool a feature in a magazine he has no business being in. So if you’re a Deadpool fan like me, you may see this as a funny and smart marketing move. 

However, if you are a Good Housekeeping fan, you may be thinking, who the fuck is this strange looking red guy on my magazine? As my co-host Jared pointed out, this may feel to some like a missed shot, in that, the two fan bases of Deadpool and Good Housekeeping do not share many common interests for the most part. The majority of the readers may not even know who the loveable murk is and not understand the jokes inside at all.

So, getting to the main point of this article. What do you guys think? Is this a clever marketing move, merging two divergent genres to create confusion in order generate buzz and conversation about an upcoming movie? Or does this feel like a missed shot and a waste of time and money on both companies parts? I personally just enjoy the humor of it and think that the oddity the combination will get people talking and in turn, cause people who would never even think of Deadpool, to look into what his deal is and maybe grab some new viewers that are out of the normal demographic.

I would love to hear your thoughts on this stunt and have a conversation about the pros and cons. Whichever way you lean on the matter, I think we can all agree with my other co-host, Nick: Deadpool must have some great laundry tips on how to remove blood from clothes.

Please leave me some comments down below if you have any thoughts on this topic, I am very eager to hear what people have to say. 

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Until next week Misfits! Have a Happy Turkey Day!

Disney…I, Am Your Cash Cow

What is up my Misfits? I hope you are all having a wonderful week so far and that my posts have been helping get through your Tuesday bluesdays for the past few weeks. It has Been (Kenobi, haha, that joke will make sense in a few paragraphs) an absolute blast writing for you guys and getting your various forms of feedback. I am pleased to inform you that the podcast that will accompany this blog is just under two weeks away from launch! We actually just recorded our pilot episode yesterday. We are all so ecstatic to get this thing going and we hope you are excited to start this journey alongside us! That being said, we will continue to post on the blog along with releasing podcast episodes very very soon, hooray!

Now that my weekly update is finished, let’s get on to my topic of discussion this week. We’re talking about Star Wars! I know, you’re all like “fuck yeah.” Don’t worry, me too.

So before it was the fourth installment in an ever-expanding saga, Star Wars was its own movie. Before it became the brilliant and smash success that it is, it had to be its own stand-alone movie that people liked enough to have sequels made. Luckily for George Lucas (and us, praise be unto the holy lord father Lucas), the first movie was a success and sequels were given the green light. Lucas said he had always planned for more movies because he had a larger story to tell. So the sequels were made and I think we can agree episodes 4-6 were awesome (awesome, they were mhmmmmmm -Master Yoda). Now it was also said that he wanted the prequels and was always planning for them, however, there is (as there always is on the internet) doubts and speculation about that. But hey, more Star Wars, so I’m not complaining. I know there is a sweeping opinion that the prequels blow, but I personally don’t mind them. Alright, Phantom Menace is a bit tough to grit your teeth through but the other two aren’t that bad. I enjoyed them for the most part. Plus the whole conspiracy about Jar-Jar being a Sith Lord and Lucas scrapping the idea because of backlash about the character is amazing. I’m serious, that conspiracy shit is real, check it out here. For a long time, we thought that was all the adventures we would get in this universe.

Then the new trilogy was announced. I, like many others, was fucking PUMPED. People had their qualms with The Force Awakens, but for real, fuck people, it was a new installment and I dug the fuck out of it. I also can’t wait for The Last Jedi and the ninth, unnamed film. Rogue wasn’t my favorite movie, but it was cool to see a prelude to the original story. Even though it felt like a filler, I could see it being necessary.

Now there are talks about standalone movies about Obi-Wan Kenobi and Han Solo. Now people may be excited about this to learn about the past of some fan-favorite characters, but me, I am a little wary. Now that the new trilogy stirred up so much excitement and the recent purchase of Lucas Films by Disney, it feels like the company is set to pump out as much Star Wars content as our fan base can stomach before all the hype dies down.

To me, this feels like more of a money grab than a dedication to the fans and the SW universe. I think some things and details are better left unsaid and left to the imagination of the viewers. That is half the fun of movies sometimes. If you have everything nailed down and solidified for you, there is no imagination left. Not to mention, if this canonized info is created and thrown together in the midst of a cash grab scenario, we may have another Phantom Menace situation on our hands and that would make me pretty unhappy.

If you just read that and said “Shut the fuck up, JJ” I have a few things to retort. First, Hey, come on guys chill out 😦

Second, yes maybe you’re happy to see some of your favorite characters explored more deeply, I understand that and I really hope the movies are good. Like. seriously who am I kidding I am going to see those movies 100%. However, to further my ‘milking of a cash cow’ theory; there is a live-action Star Wars series in the works as well as a new ‘blank canvas trilogy. The trilogy will be headed by The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson. This trilogy will tell a new story with new characters in a different corner of the galaxy but set in the same universe. That sounds like it could be cool but I kind of feel like trying to strike gold twice with the same franchise, but with a complete overhaul may be a bit too ambitious. I feel like it could water down the excitement that comes along with Star Wars, the fact that we have followed this story for so long and now it is being completely reset in a sense.

The series, likely set for 2019, doesn’t have a set storyline yet or what characters it will feature, but it has been officially announced (along with a High School Musical show, God help us all). While this series may be exciting and fun, it feels forced. Also, during the superhero movie boom that occurred in the past few years, we got a shit load of superhero shows and look how most of those turned out. They strayed from the real vision of the characters and seemed to become normal tv dramas. With a few exceptions, I will admit.

However, my main point here is that it feels like there is too much SW shit coming out in too short of a time. You know what they say, too much of a good thing is bad. Am I boycotting and condemning all of these things? Absolutely not, I am just skeptical and hope that Disney continues to uphold the integrity of Star Wars and doesn’t flood the market with rushed projects and hollow shells of what the beloved franchise once was.

So? What do you think? Do you agree with me or not? Wanna talk about it or let me know your thoughts? Drop me a line, I would love to discuss this with you guys. Be sure to like, subscribe and follow our blog and social media accounts.

As always, it has been a pleasure Misfits, stay classy San Diego (and everywhere else).

Time to Get Down With a Thor Showdown Countdown

By: JJ Ferrigno

First off, I want to apologize to you, my wonderful readers. Last week (on such a hallowed day no less, haha) I lied to you. I am so sorry. Haha, yeah, I said I watched 19 hours of Stranger Things for you, while what I really watched was 17 hours because 8+9=17, silly ol’ me. Now that my groveling is done, onto the article.

As you may or may not know, Thor Ragnarok premiered on November 3rd, 2017. For those of you Marvel movie lovers that dig Thor you probably have seen or have plans to go see this movie soon. For those of you that don’t necessarily vibe with Thor, let’s be real, it’s a superhero movie and if you’re reading this article, you’re probably going to go see it anyway. Yeah, that’s right! I know you! I can see into your soul! Haha, just kidding…or am I?

This installment of the franchise’s God-liest Avenger holds many surprises inside. Without giving anything away and only sharing what can be seen in the trailer anyway, Thor gets a haircut (God forgive whoever dared cut those luxurious locks), He reunites and fights (haha rhymes are fun) with his “friend from work” The Incredible Hulk, and his hammer, Mjolnir, is destroyed apparently. Poor thing. An added thought to increase the sadness of that fact, Mjolnir is said to be alive in some way, so technically his hammer was…murdered? That is pretty dark Marvel, leave the innocent sentient weapons alone!

In honor of this movie premiering and the hype surrounding it, we at Misfit’s Tavern want to keep the hype train chuggin’ along all week. So to keep you excited, happy and entertained (I do so much for you guys) I have compiled a list of some of Thor’s Greatest battles and fights. 

Let’s get down to our throwdown showdown!

 

#5. Thor vs Hercules: The Incredible Hercules Vol 1 #136

This was a long-awaited battle by fans of Hercules and Thor alike. The premise behind this fight is a bit convoluted, but the battle itself is fun, humorous and entertaining as hell. Hercules is duped into impersonating Thor to carry out a dark deed that is necessary to the complicated plot. Thor arrives thankfully, disguised as Hercules (wait…what?) This comedically influenced fight culminates when Thor-Hercules kicks Hercules-Thor square in the holy trinity and follows it up with a nice atomic wedgie. If you don’t believe me or want to check out this visually impressive fight for yourself, take a gander at The Incredible Hercules Vol 1 #136.

 

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#4. Thor vs The World Serpent: Thor #380

In this showdown, Thor battles Jormungand, the World Serpent! Thor, who was previously injured in earlier events, is pitted against a serpent that was destined to destroy him. Throughout the entire stunningly beautiful fight, the two send powerful attack after powerful attack at each other, until finally, the serpent clamps its gigantic jaws around our beloved Asgardian. So sad to see, the serpent seemingly fulfilled his purpose, until….his teeth are shattered from the inside of his mouth. “Outh, thahh wreawy hurrr, thawwww” -The World Serpent. The issue ends with a final clash between the two, resulting in Jormungand being killed and Thor’s armor laying on the ground, empty. Oh, sure he kills a giant serpent and then leaves so someone else has to clean up his mess. Real classy guy.

 

#3. Thor vs Iron Man: Thor Vol 3 #3

After such events of the superhero civil war, like Tony Stark championing a government registration system for supers as well as creating a clone of Thor, named Ragnarok (OMG LIKE THE MOVIE??) that murdered Goliath, Thor and Tony meet in New Orleans. Tony informs the god of the new registration system which is welcomed by lighting bolts and insults courtesy of Thor. Thor easily shrugs off any attacks attempted by Tony and informs him that he is no longer holding back from using his full strength on his former metal friend. Tony is embedded into the ground by a blow from Thor and is rebuked with “learn the difference between a god of thunder and a mortal man in a metal suit”. Tony hastily offers a compromise which causes Thor to walk off, leaving a battered Iron Man to walk home in broken armor. While this is an excellent fight, it is sad to see these two former friends great each other with such malice and contempt.

 

#2. Thor vs The Incredible Hulk: Hulk Let the Battle Begin Vol 1 #1

This is one of my favorite fights between Thor and The Hulk. These two always have interesting and fun to watch battles, however, this battle was the first definitive win for The Hulk. Now I know what you’re thinking: “But this is a list of all of THOR’S best battles”. I hear you and my answer is simply, calm down. As Drake would say: you win some, you lose some, as long as the outcome is income. Now I am not 100% sure that the outcome was income, what I do know was that this was a great battle. It took place at Mount Rushmore which is pretty freakin’ cool (fuck it, let’s have them fight at a national monument for some reason). Plus, Hulk earns his first official win by grabbing Thor’s hand and pull-off the ol’ “why are you hitting yourself? why are you hitting yourself?” with Mjolnir and Thor’s beautifully sculpted face. Overall, enjoyable battle, humorous style of fighting and two great characters duking it out.

 

#1. Thor vs Superman: Justice League of America/Avengers #2

With the JLA and Avengers pitted against one another in a deadly scavenger hunt across the multiverse, many intense battles ensue. When the score is 6 to 5 in favor of JLA, Thor and Superman battle over the cosmic cube. What is better to settle a religious debate than to have your gods kick each other’s asses to prove whos best? The world would be so much simpler (and cooler). With their teams fighting messily around them, Supes and Thor proceed to decimate a forest around them (STOP DEFORESTATION!) while hurling insults and attacks at one another. One thing you have to love about large scale battles in comics is all the shit talk that goes on during the altercations. I can barely sip soup and listen to music at the same time, let alone use superpowers and think of witty zingers to mentally demoralize my opponent. Props to you superheroes, that’s impressive. The thing I love about this fight is that it actually has the balls (can a battle have balls?) to declare a winner. The winner, after a well-fought battle on both sides, is ultimately Superman (Line up and shake hands, good game, good game, good game). Though Thor lost, this battle deserves the number one spot because not only is it a stunning fight visually and has some incredible sequences, it brings together both universes for an exciting battle that puts all of our favorite heroes in jeopardy, facing off against one another. Good job breaking down barriers comic book people.

 

So? What did you think? Did you like my list? Anything you think I missed or should have added? Are you still hyped to see the new Thor Movie? Let me know the answers to any of those questions or just say hi, either down in the comments or on any of our social media accounts.

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Peace and love Misfits. May the many-faced God bless you all.

Things Just Got A Bit Stranger

Mike, Mike, Mike! Guess what day it is Mike! Guess what day it is!

Uhh…hump day?

No! It’s Halloween!

Hooray! We finally made it! So Misfits, let me start off by saying happy Halloween! To keep us in the spirit, I want to discuss with you a very appropriately themed show: Strangers Things. But Before I get into that, I want to keep my promise from last week: showing you all my girlfriend and my rendition of Pulp Fiction’s Mia Wallace and Vincent Vega.

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I made my own bolo tie out of a Blue Moon bottle cap. Plus An awesome addition to our get-up, we ran into another Mia at a party and she was accompanied by her fearsome husband and my boss, Marcellus. Not planned at all and one of the coolest coincidences ever! (If you guys are reading this, you looked awesome!)

Now, I once again must halt my self-indulgent ramblings and get onto talking about Stranger Things! So strap in, defrost some egos and let’s go! The first season, which came out in 2016, was one of my favorite shows immediately after I watched it. It’s like a remastered, extended 80’s horror/thriller movie that isn’t super cheesy, has great production value and allows you to enjoy the adventure for more than the length of a movie. However, the conclusion of season 1 left me screaming for more! There were so many questions left unanswered and I literally could not wait for season 2 to get here and answer them for me. However, I had no idea where they would take the story and how they would try and top an amazing first season (though after watching the new season, I’d say they did a mighty fine job). So needless to say when the new season came out, I had to binge watch both installments so that I could….you know, write a good review…for you…so I really did it for work. Be grateful, those are 19 hours I will never get back, that I sacrificed for you, my beloved readers. 19 incredible hours. But now sadly now that I am done binging, new episodes of Stranger things are, as Eleven would say: …Gone….

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Before we go any further I want to let you know there are spoilers ahead (Oh yes, there will be spoilers -Jigsaw, Saw II). So if you are like my friend and cohost Nick and you either have just started watching this show or have yet to begin, here’s what you do: Open a new tab (don’t want you to forget about my brilliant article), log into Netflix and spend the next 19 hours watching both seasons. Then come back and read this masterpiece. Either that or maybe you don’t mind spoilers, if that’s the case, screw it, read on!

BUT FOR REAL! SPOILERS! BEWARE!

This season picks up a year from when we last saw the group. The haircuts are generally still awful, but hey it’s the 80’s. Nancy, however, is sporting a new, more grown-up hair-do (Yass queen, slay). The boys, though still knowledgeable in dungeons and dragons lore, have upgraded to searching for coins in couch cushions to go play mindless video games (dope). They soon discover all their long-standing high scores have been beaten by MADMAX. The new high-scorer turns out to be…a girl? I love that they employ the fact that not only do girls play video games too, but they can kick ass at them just like any dude. The new girl Max slowly becomes a new party member in the core group (despite Mike being kind of a dick to her), which makes sense because El is “gone” doing her own storyline (Which by the way, I hope the whole thing with Kali is further explored in the future or else that whole arc would feel like a pointless waste.)

The first thing in season 2 that really got me excited was the re-reveal of Eleven. Not only did it mean she was alive and well, she was also with Jim Hopper as his sort of adoptive daughter. She is also finally growing her own hair! I know, I’m talking about hairstyles again, but it just makes me so happy to see her starting to become a real kid. Though it raises the question, will we see her as a redhead in season 3? We’ve already seen her bald, blonde (wig) and now a Brunette. Hopper and El make a great pair and he seems like he is truly trying to be a good dad (and for the most part succeeding at it). At first, I didn’t understand why he was hiding her from everyone, but I soon realized he was doing what every father tries to do, protect his daughter. He already lost one, I don’t know if he (or any of us) could handle him losing another. Though I realized this pretty quickly, it seemed it took everyone else in the show a little bit longer. Like seriously everyone that finds out is kind of a dick to Hopper. He is doing his best goddamnit! Raising a pre-pubescent girl is hard enough, add in telekinetic powers and that’s damn near impossible. You go Hopper. El also gets to interact with her Mama and even learns a bit about her past, which is nice that this girl is actually getting some answers about herself.

In addition to this new father-daughter-like pairing, I enjoyed the new groupings they implemented into this season. First, they showed Will actually with his family. This was nice because he was finally home and shown as an actual character, as well as surrounded by those that love him. But for God sake, can this poor kid catch a fucking break? It’s like they say, you can take the kid out of the upside down, but you can’t take the upside down out of the kid. Well, you can actually but it takes a few tries and a shit load of heat. Another pairing I really dig-dug (dig-dug, nice one JJ) was Steve and Dustin. Steve basically hung out with all the kids, but he formed a special bond with Dustin and for some reason, it was really heart-warming. Not only was it unexpected and fun to see the two bond, it showed the growth of Steve.

Speaking of growth, I think that is something that this show pulls off flawlessly. From Nancy, becoming more of an adult from her previous stupid teen self, to Steve being a grade A asshole who you can’t help but hate in season 1, turning into one of my absolute personal favorite characters. They show characters where they start out and have them go through events that really show the viewer how they became who they are now. But the unique thing about this show is that they do so without having boring, drawn-out sequences, they grow their characters throughout the exciting and interesting scenes that make up the show. Will, also showed an amazing amount of growth throughout this season. Yeah, that’s probably because he was on screen for more than ten minutes, but his character became just as familiar as the core four from the maiden running of the show. Yeah, he is still the Demogorgon’s bitch the entire time, but Noah Schnapp, the actor that portrays Will, seriously shows off his acting chops. Like seriously, damn this kid is a good actor. In the episode “The Spy” when Will says “I’m sorry, he made me do it” chills went down my spine. Noah literally made me believe he was co-inhabiting his body with the shadow monster.

Which also I just want to say that the shadow monster kicked so much ass, such a cool new monster to terrorize Hawkins this time around.

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Badass.

Also for those of you who had your doubts that Barb was dead (which like, dude, she had a slug coming out of her mouth), we get some closure on that. I personally felt we didn’t get enough of a chance to care about Barb’s fate, but it was nice they didn’t just leave that up in the air.

As for new characters that sucked; Billy. Fuck that guy. Like seriously grow a big boy mustache and cut your hair bro. Every time he was on screen I wanted to punch him in the face. Thankfully, in the end, Steve takes care of that shit (Go Stevie boy!) but not without getting his face caved in as well. For real, can he go one season without getting the shit kicked out of him? Though, I did feel bad for Billy when they showed his relationship with his Dad. It kind of explains why he’s such a dick, but it doesn’t really excuse him at all. It was also super Satisfying to see Max take care of business after Steve was down for the count. A younger kid, that is a girl in the 80’s no less, standing up to and beating a racist, dickhead bully. Poetic justice in the best way possible. Also while we’re on the topic of shitty characters, the wheeler parent’s literally are the worst parents ever. They’re lazy, bland and piss me off whenever on the screen, even if it is for 30 seconds. Like seriously, your kid fought a demon legit last year and now he’s out late and you don’t know where he is and you don’t seem like you could even try to give a shit. Sick. Take a note from Joyce Goddamn Byers. She has her house torn apart on a regular basis and LITERALLY went to hell and back for her son. Those kids better get her a good Mother’s day present, maybe a maid service or something.

Despite the shitty characters that inhabited season 2, there were also some new characters that were pretty great. First, was Dr. Owens. He was a doctor from the same organizations as “Papa” but you didn’t quite hate him so much. Plus he actually turned out to be a decent guy, going out of his way to help people, plus he was actually trying to cull the threat of the upside down portal (even if he did a shit job of it), not just cover it up and kill people to do so. As an added bonus he was played by, wait, seriously? That’s Paul Fucking Reiser? Like from “Mad About You”? Am I the only one that missed that?

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The other great new character was Bob. Yeah, he was kind of a pain in the butt in the beginning and kind of, sorta the literal reason the shadow monster got Will (like he legit told him to stand up to it, look where that advice got him bobby boy) but he’s a prime example of the growth we talked about earlier. He proved to be a useful part of the group and a brave son of a bitch (and a nerd too, bonus!). When he first popped up on screen, I’m sure I’m not alone when I yelled out: Rudy! It was nice to see Joyce with someone who made her happy unlike that jerk Lonnie. As much as I loved seeing Sean Astin make an appearance in one of my favorite shows, I think it would have been best if he kept his running shoes hung up in the Notre Dame Locker Room. But at least he was spared from seeing the future of his beloved RadioShack. You saved everyone else’s butts and for that, we are forever grateful, if only you could’ve caught that damn broom. Sweet dreams Bob the Brain (and RadioShack, R.I.P.). RUDY! RUDY! RUDY!

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With things calmed down a month later, all the kids took part in a nerd’s worst nightmare: a school dance. It was nice to see all the young love blossom, Dustin looking fly as fuck and Nancy help him and his pearls (raaaghh) make all the mean girls jealous. Like really, that was so awesome. Misfits getting the girls left and right, good job guys. Unfortunately, in the closing seconds, we’re shown that the badass shadow monster was beaten for now, but boy oh boy, he is not gone. Is he gonna rear his shadowy head in season three? We’re gonna have to wait until 2019 (apparently) to find out. So until then, I urge you to:

Breathe…Sunflower…Rainbow…

Breathe.

 

So did you Enjoy the new season as much as me? Did you enjoy my review? Let me know in the comments or send me a message via email or our social media accounts. Don’t forget to like our articles, subscribe to our blog and twitter to keep up to date with all our new posts and news and let me know if there is anything you want me to review or talk about next week!

Until then Misfits, Stay Strange.

 

Happy Spooktober Misfits!

Mwahaha haha HAHAHAHA. What’s up Misfits? Did you enjoy my evil laugh? It doesn’t really translate through written word, but trust me, it was pretty awesome…trust me. Why am I laughing so maniacally you ask? Wait…you really don’t know? Well, they do say there are no dumb questions. My behavior is due to Halloween being just a week away! Duh! Who doesn’t love the holiday where we get to dress up, beg for candy from strangers (avoid vans at all costs kids) and upvote spooky boi memes on Reddit? The answer to that my friends is no one! In some way, shape or form we all love Halloween.

I personally love this holiday. I look forward to hastily throwing together a couples costume with my girlfriend within the last week and it usually comes out pretty awesome. We’re going as Vincent Vega and Mia Wallace from Pulp fiction this year, check in next week for a pic! One year we were super prepared and we went as members of S.A.M.C.R.O. from Sons of Anarchy. (Check out how big my nose is!)11384

Check that out. If you’re wondering where we got our jackets, I made those bad boys myself, it’s ok to be super impressed. But enough about me, I didn’t write this post to gloat about my impeccable costume making skills, I wrote to discuss what we all really want to know during the spooky season: WHAT MOVIES SHOULD YOU WATCH?

With a week to go until Halloween, we only have 168 precious hours left to fit in all the creepy and scary movies we can stand! There is no time to waste people! So without further ado, here are my top 5 movie suggestions to help you binge on more than candy during this last ghoulish week of the month.

Before we begin, I want you to note two things. First, all of these movies can be watched on Netflix. Second, this list should not be considered greatest movies of all time, rather a list of movies that are entertaining and will set a frightening mood so that you can prepare for Halloween, so don’t judge me too harshly alright? Well now that we got that straightened out, let’s get going, shall we?

 

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V/H/S

The horror genre of movies has been known to be a bit ridiculous with excessive and unnecessary gore and blood accompanied by a few twists and turns that make it worthwhile. V/H/S is not free from these stereotypes thrust upon horror movies, but that is honestly what makes it so great and enjoyable. This movie is about a few friends that find some, you guessed it, VHS tapes. These tapes contain several gruesome stories about murder, monsters, mistresses and much much more (Alliteration galore!). Why these tapes are located in an old man’s basement and why these guys decide to break into said basement is beyond me, but that’s the narrative the film crew decided to go with. Each tape they find is a small movie within the movie. Some are cheesy and some are pretty good, yet somehow still cheesy. My favorite is called Second Honeymoon, so keep an eye out for that one. There is a sequel to this movie, but I personally prefer the original for some goofy, creepy fun. Is this gonna be your favorite movie? I highly doubt it, but will you enjoy watching it in the pitch dark on a cool autumn night? Absolutely! Ironically, the best way to watch it is streaming it on Netflix and not via your VCR.

 

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Gremlins

Gremlins is one of those fun mixes between comedy and “horror.” It was made in 1984, so don’t be disappointed when you see less than impressive detail or lack of CGI in this movie, expect to watch a fun, silly and somewhat creepy movie about little furry creatures called mogwai that can’t get wet. It is not a horrifying film, but you’d probably guess that from looking at the movie poster, or learning that it was made in the early 80’s. It is a 106-minute rendition of the silly 1980’s version of horror. It won’t scare the pants off of you but keep in mind, Roger Ebert did call it “fun” so there’s that. Additionally, if that doesn’t entice you enough, Gizmo is just so friggin cute! Yes he is, oh yes he is. This movie is perfect if you want to get into the Halloween spirit (haha ghost pun) in a fun, light way, without a bunch of gore or jump scares. If you have small kids in the house (hopefully you don’t just have random small kids in your house) that want to dip their toes into the scary movie genre, maybe share this film with them. Or you could hunker down and keep the fun to yourself, screw those kids anyway.

 

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Saw

Many people criticize the SAW films for being “torture porn” but that really started with all the drawn-out sequels. Was the original movie free of these accusations? No, but in my opinion, it is the best and most enjoyable to watch. Feel free to view any of the films in the series and you’ll get the same basic premise, suspense, bloody deaths, creative traps and a poor attempt at a storyline when we all really just came for the blood. But why I believe the first is the best is because of the simplicity that the movie operates on. It was twisted and horrific like the others in the series but more in an actual puzzle-solving way instead of people just being put into traps for the sake of them being killed. The famous bathroom setting sends chills down your spine as soon as you see it. Watching the characters try to figure their way free is suspenseful and stomach-churning at every turn and the twist at the end brings it all together. If blood, suspense, creepy theme music and gut-wrenching screams are your bag (that’s not my bag baby -Austin Powers) then get to it ya crazies!

 

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Donnie Darko

This film twisted my mind and sent my skin crawling the first time I watched it. I mean, just look at that bunny suit! But then again, I am wearing this man suit, so I can’t really talk. If you don’t get that reference, stop reading right now and go watch this movie. Not only is it a good source of the heeby-jeebies for the Halloween season, but it is one of my all-time favorite movies. The story follows a young boy named Donnie (obviously) and the deterioration of his mind as he tries to decipher visions of a doomsday scenario, all while being led around by a creepy rabbit named Frank. Frank’s voice alone might make you pull your blanket up to your chin and give a quick glance behind you if you’re watching alone in the dark (Which is recommended for these sorts of movies). This film will undoubtedly have you muttering “what the fuck” quite often as the plot unfolds before you. Like, seriously, why do I give a shit about an old lady crossing the street to get her mail, wait are they really trying to explain quantum physics and time travel to me right now? Just go with it, seriously because by the end it all makes sense and it is quite a satisfying adventure. If you dig sociopathic teens, arson and creepy bunnies in dark movie theatres, give this movie a whirl, trust me, you won’t be disappointed.

 

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DeathNote

So this movie is great because…HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA just kidding, don’t waste your time with this movie, it doesn’t do the Anime any justice and the casting/acting is, well…awful.

 

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The Nightmare Before Christmas

No way I could leave this movie off the list. This is a classic Halloween movie and probably one of the first movies that pops into your head when the topic is brought up. This is one of Tim Burton’s best and most enjoyable films in his career in my personal opinion. It’s cooky, chock full of catchy songs and best of all: features a cute little skeleton dog named zero. The film follows Jack Skellington, the ruler of Halloween town (sweet gig). Jack discovers Christmas town and attempts to bring the merry holiday of Christmas to his own town, but sadly runs into some problems with the citizens. I don’t want to give away too much of the story more than that, I want you to be able to experience the fun for yourself if you haven’t already seen it. If you’re a fan of Tim Burton or fun, nostalgic adventures, you’re going to undoubtedly love this movie. If you’ve already seen and loved this movie before, why not throw it on in celebration of the holiday? Come on, You know you want to.

A quick bonus for you guys, if you want to live the horror movie action, Check out The Friday the 13th game by Gun Media. The production value is kinda shotty, but its fun to live out the action as a terrified camper or in the murderous role of Jason himself! Just like the movies, the game is cheesy and a bit buggy, but it’s a whole new way to experience a popular horror movie.

So what did you think Misfits? You like my list? Or was it worse than Jason X (the one where Jason goes to…space)? If you dug it, drop it a like and comment down below. If you thought I could do better, have suggestions for me or just want to say hey, feel free to comment or send a message to any of our social media accounts.

Don’t Forget to subscribe to our blog, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram to get alerts about new content and updates on our upcoming podcast November 27th! Until next time Misfits, this is JJ signing off. Happy Halloween!

Welcome Home

We have all felt as if we don’t belong.

The nagging thought that we don’t fit in wherever we go.

But the truth is we just haven’t found our place yet, we’re just searching for people who encourage us to be unique.

Fortunately, I am here to tell you, this is a place for misfits and oddballs alike. If you have ever been called a nerd, you have been asked to “pause” an online game or you can give a detailed description of why Batman could kick Superman’s ass (or vice versa) you have come to the right place. My team and I have been working together to create an atmosphere where enthusiasts of games, movies, comics and all other forms of entertainment can come to read about, discuss and hear about their favorite things in life. Welcome to Misfit’s Tavern!

My name is JJ (try and guess what that stands for) and I am excited to be continuing the week of introductions. You have already met Mo, our team’s self-proclaimed weirdo.  Now it is my turn. Here at Misfit’s Tavern, we not only want to be successful, we want our fans and community to get to know us and enjoy hearing from us each week.

I was born and raised in a small town called Washingtonville, on Sesame Street. I shit you not, that was my real street. My town was very small and spaced out, for example, I literally passed three farms on my way to school every day. Aside from seeing my friends at school, I didn’t have much of a social life when I was younger. Due to this, I turned to TV and video games to be my best buds. I guess that’s why I always considered myself somewhat of a nerd. My first video game was the original SpyFox for pc and I made my debut into consoles with Spider-Man for the PlayStation 1. After that, it was “game over”, I’ve been gaming ever since. In regards to television, Saturday was my holy day, the morning cartoons were on as soon as they started and would stay on all day. It was then that I discovered my inexplicable love for Batman. The caped crusader always impressed me, in that he could kick so much ass without superpowers, it took me a few years to realize being rich as hell helped him in that department.

My interest in movies came a little later, however, it has only grown over the years. Nothing feels as good as seeing an awesome or obscure movie you love and talking to others that love it just as much. So if you love movies as much as me, you’ll be delighted to know that I rarely shut up when it comes to them. I love cult films, thrillers, crazy twists, horror films, action movies and fantasy based flicks. Game of Thrones has been a passion of mine for a while now. Since season seven just ended I have been having withdrawals, so I began reading the books. Now when the Final season premieres I can be one of those people you always hear saying “the shows not as good as the book.” I also love when people suggest new shows/movies/games for me to check out, so if there is something you want me to talk or write about, just let me know!

To further your trivia knowledge regarding myself, here’s a list of some games/shows/movies and other things that I enjoy and do:

I hope this post helped you get to know me. Let me know what you thought in the comments or through our social media accounts that you can subscribe to on the side! Keep an eye out this week for introductions featuring our other two co-hosts: Jared and Nick, as well as our weekly posts about your favorite forms of entertainment.

To close my introduction, I would like to speak directly to you, the reader, a prospective member of our growing community. You are and always will be welcome here, no one will ever tell you that you do not belong. To quote the picture at the top of this post “If you don’t belong, don’t belong.” I love this quote because it speaks volumes to us “nerds.” We have been told we don’t belong countless times, so why should we try to belong? We are meant to stand out and band together. Let’s make this community somewhere we all belong, let’s make Misfit’s Tavern somewhere all the oddballs can call home. So to all my fellow misfits, I am overwhelmingly pleased to say:

Welcome Home.