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The Face Behind the Name

What’s up guys! Happy Tuesday!

After many failed attempts/reboots and cuddling with my dog to not freak out while I waited, I was finally able to get my computer up and running again! Hopefully, this will be the last time my computer revolts against me. This has already been a hectic week with the premiere of the podcast! The first three episodes are already out there on iTunes and Podbean so go check them out! We’re going over a variety of topics concerning Stranger Things in episodes 1 & 2 as well as violence and gaming in episode 3. We’ve been so excited to bring to you guys and we hope you enjoy!

Going right into today’s topic, I’ll be talking about the possible controversy surrounding CB Cebulski, who has just been appointed Marvel’s Editor in Chief. Just a few days later, BleedingCool’s Rich Johnston broke the story that CB had used the name “Akira Yoshida” as a pen name. A cursory Google search will pull up some comics with that author as well as news articles and a joke Wikipedia page. Cebulski started working as a manga editor in 1997 for Central Park Media, an American multimedia company that dealt with East Asian media. He left in 2001 and started doing freelance editing for many titles already under Marvel. Marvel hired him in 2002, first as a writer for Marvel’s Mangaverse and then became an associate editor. In 2006, he left the company for several months to pursue freelance writing and editing, working closely on some Image titles. By the end of 2006, he was back working for Marvel as an editor/talent liason. With this new position, he was able to travel the world and meet creators, who were in their prime or had raw talent, to bring into the Marvel-verse. He brought on creators like David LaFuente, Steve McNiven, Adi Granov and Matteo Scalera, to name a few. He was promoted in 2010 to Senior VP of Creator and Content Development. He oversaw a team to recruit, manage and coordinate the creators and editors. In 2016, he was sent to Shanghai and made Marvel’s VP of International Business Development and Brand Management, which helped develop the Marvel brand in Asia for over a year.

You may be wondering when Akira Yoshida first appeared in all of this. From the start of 2004 to the end of 2005, Yoshida started to appeared in comics, with his first publications being with Dark Horse. A different editor at Marvel liked the work and wanted Yoshida to work for Marvel.  He made the jump to Marvel not long after he appeared, writing miniseries comics like Elektra: The Hand and Kitty Pride: Shadow and Flame. He even had a backstory about his life in Japan and America, which basically made a fictional character. Just as quickly as he appeared, he vanished out of nowhere. Apparently, he was set to write something else for Marvel, which fell through with his disappearance. Rumors have always surrounded Yoshida, the man who never appeared at conventions and no one ever talked to on the phone. All interviews were done via email, which was very strange for an up and coming writer. Several people, like Rich Johnston and Brian Cronin, have inquired on whether or not the name was a psuedonym and some wondered if he was even real. Those rumors had been dispeled by Marvel’s senior employees, like Mike Marts, who has stated that he had a meal with Yoshida and talked Godzilla. The man behind the mask remained a mystery for 10 years, even Cebulski was asked if he was Yoshida, which he promptly denied. He chose to wait ten years to admit to something he’d been asked about before, which I find to be interesting because he had a chance before he became EiC to share this and to get it out in the open. Why he said no, I don’t think we will ever know, but it’s food for thought.

The reason I say this is a possible controversy pertains to the fact that the outrage/lack of reaction seems to be evenly matched. The most morally controversial topics is the issue of yellowface and whether or not it could be applied in this case. I’ve been scouring  the internet, Twitter, Instagram and Facebook and have seen a bevy of responses to that. Some Asian creators have posted about their outrage, stating that it’s taking away from ACTUAL Asian creators and writers and artists, which very fair and probably true, to what extent I don’t know. HuffPost interviewed two Asian writers, Joshua Luna and Trung Le Nguyen, who pointed out some key points about Marvel and their Asian representation, like the white washing of “The Ancient One”. While Cebulski stated that he has already been punished and that he “learned his lesson”, there are many who don’t believe that he has and think that he should step down. There’s also a lot of people, including Larry Hama, who have stated that Cebulski has done a lot of Asian creators at Marvel and they are unbothered by it. While I don’t know what goes on behind the scenes at Marvel, what I can share as a person of color is that I’ve known people who have done phone interviews and then gone to the in house interview and had the interviewer do a double take and look a little take aback because of their race. More food for thought.

The other issues it brings it up is an ethics issue, one with CB and possibly with Marvel. At the time of his first tenure with Marvel, there was a policy saing that Marvel staffers weren’t allowed to write or draw comic books and if they were able to get approved to write, that they weren’t to get paid over their salary. Originally, it was commonplace for staffers to write for Marvel as well but it was seen as bad practice and discontinued. By  creating this name, he was able to circumvent the current policy to work as a writer which is really tricky. Again, I don’t work at Marvel or have any insight on the inside, but if he was being paid as Akira, which I’m presumig he was, and paid as CB, he would be bringing home two checks which breaks that policy in half like a Kit Kat. It also put him over others because he could control which pitches Akira wrote and which comics he pitched to write, which meant he could have gotten bigger projects than others because he wanted them. The last issue is whether or not Marvel knew about it. According to BleedingCool in the above linked article, the senior offcials who met with Yoshida apparently met with a Japanese manga translator, at least that’s the story. There’s also a possibility that Marvel knew all about what he was doing, which would explain the random gap in his Marvel career. This is all speculation, again, and some things which popped into my mind when going over this shituation.

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Do you think Marvel knew? Do you think that he was racist or did something stupid? Leave your opinion in the comments below! Remember to follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, all located in the sidebar and to listen to the first three episodes of the podcast!

That’s all I have for this week, oddballs!

Mo

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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).

What exactly is Ragnarok?

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Hello Misfits, with the newest installment of the Thor saga making its way into theaters there is plenty of excitement from both casual Marvel movie fans and hard-core comic book geeks.  The former however may be a little curious about where the name of the new Thor movie came from and what it means. Ragnarok is here and I’m going to explain exactly what that is and what it means for the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Some of you may be thinking “Ragnarok” sounds like some sort of Norwegian hair metal band and…. your probably right but in terms of what it means in the comic book and cinematic universe it’s a little more complex than that. You see Thor is from a place called Asgard which is home to the Asgardians; a race of powerful beings that often act as galactic peace keepers,the Asgardians are so powerful that many other races see them as gods.

Although the Asgardians are powerful they are not immortal in fact their home land is stuck in a cycle of life and death that causes the destruction of Asgard and the death of almost all of the Asgardians. The process of this cataclysm taking place is referred to as Ragnarok. Usually some super powerful evil deity leads an invasion of evil beings into Asgard, the Asgardian ruler is killed  and everything is destroyed. Eventually Life finds its way back to Asgard and the cycle begins again.

So basically Ragnarok is the Agardian apocalypse that brings about suffering and death but is also the beginning of a new cycle, at least that’s what it means in the comic books anyway. In the new Thor movie it seems like they combined elements of Ragnarok from the Thor comics and elements of Planet Hulk. While there is a giant battle and an overpowered evil doer that leads an invasion, the movie steers clear of many of the apocalyptic elements that are in the comics. This is good news for the Avengers franchise because it means they may be getting their two heaviest hitters back sooner than we thought.

With that said the Thor movie is doing well in theaters so regardless of what interpretation was used, this film is still and action packed entertaining block buster.

Feel free to let us know what you thought of the movie in the comments or drop us a line on social media. Catch you later misfits.

 

-Nick

 

 

 

RAGNAROK

Happy Monday Misfits!

I hope everyone is having a not too dreary Monday. I know my day started off with a lot of rain!

This past weekend, Thor: Ragnarok just premiered! I know I’m really looking forward to seeing it in theaters tonight. Something that stood out to me was that the Thor fanbase has grown immensely, bringing him to the level of Superman, Batman, and other famous heroes.

While I’m not trying to bring Thor down, I find myself wondering why he’s such a popular hero and if his movie persona is truly that of a hero.

Traditionally, Marvel heroes are made to be imperfect, as a step away from DC characters but Thor was the direct opposite of that. Out of all of the other heroes in the MCU, he is the only one who doesn’t really fit into the mold that the heroes like Spiderman did, that they were just like you. His lack of humanity literally put him a step above. Even with their attempts to humanize him, they weren’t able to bring down that much. He has family and love troubles but something that really put him to the side was the fact that all the other heroes in MC universe end up overcoming their problems, whereas his problem is his lack of humility, which a lot of humans still don’t understand the concept. He resembles the jock stereotype more than other heroes which he overcomes in later comics and movies. He also has a secret identity by the name of Donald Blake, a human medical student, which he doesn’t really use as much as the other characters in the Marvel universe, but utilizing his alter ego when necessary.

In his origin story in the comics, Thor is a headstrong and proud boy which his father sees and decides that he needs a lesson in humility. His memory is erased and he truly believes that he is human, before coming across the Mjolnir in Norway while still without his memory. Eventually, it is revealed that Blake has been Thor this entire time and he regains his memories. Throughout the comic book series, he grows as a character, falling in love with Jane Foster, becoming more human with each variation. Continuing with his affinity towards Earth, he starts to regard himself as a superhero when he starts to work with the Avengers. 

When it comes to movie persona, Thor has the same problem, acting like a boy gone wild and was subsequently banished from Asgard to learn how to become worthy. Just like in the comics, he’s extremely brash and believes that he is entitled to rule Asgard. Due to him starting a war against the Frost Giants, his father concludes that he is vain and needs to be taught a lesson. Stripped of his mighty hammer, which is where a good amount of his strength comes from, he ends up being tasered and the movie continues on. They follow the Jane Foster route and through her, he learns compassion and humility which is apparent at the end of the first movie. While in both the comics and the movies, Thor seems to grow in the way that his father wanted him to, even he knows when to admit defeat, which is a part of what led Jane Foster to become the New Thor. When you follow the just the comic persona, he is no longer worthy of the titles he has earned and does fight the change of hands, asking Jane for the Hammer back, even though he knew he couldn’t weld it. After a while, he accepts this new Thor, not knowing it’s Jane, and gives her the Thor name, changing his name to Odinson. While the movie persona hasn’t gotten to that point, I would be very interested to see how they handled it, considering Jane is still a big part of Thor’s life.

If you haven’t seen it by now, I’d suggest watching all of the movies, including Ragnarok one right after the other. That’s all I have this week! Be sure to follow us on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and on here! Be on the lookout for the premiere of our podcast coming later in November!

Have a good one misfits!

Mo

Have You Ever Heard Of Candyman?

Happy Almost All Hallow’s Eve Misfits!

We’re almost there!

Even though it lands on a Tuesday, it doesn’t mean we can’t be spooky! Of course, I’ve already got my outfit picked out for it and everything. I usually celebrate Halloween for the entire month and this year was no exception. While I try to devour as much horror related content as I can year round, with the influx of sketches, indie games and horror films gracing our screens, I find myself in heaven.

I’ve been watching horror films since I was 8, starting with “Child’s Play”. While my mom was asleep, I decided to watch some T.V. with the volume low and subtitles on. I was aimless flicking through channels when I stumbled upon it. Assuming it was a kid’s movie, I watched the entire thing. I had nightmares for weeks AND I got in trouble for watching the movie. It didn’t stop me from watching them though. By the time I was 15, I had seen all the classics: Halloween, Nightmare on Elm Street, Night of the Living Dead, Psycho, Rosemary’s Baby. The list goes on and eventually the love grew to shows and games. Today I’m going to share one of my favorite horror films: Candyman.

This slasher movie is based off a short story named “The Forbidden” by Clive Barker who also produced this movie in the franchise. Based in Chicago, it follows Helen Lyle, a graduate student who studies urban legends. She stumbles upon his story, which says that if you say his name five times while looking a mirror, he will come and kill you. Throughout the movie, his presence is bolstered by the people who live in those projects, due to a string of murders that have occurred with a similar modus operandi (m.o.). Helen uncovers his history and confronts him multiple times. If you haven’t seen the movie, I won’t spoil it too much for you. Needless to say, it’s a chilling and slightly gory film that spoke to me.

One of the topics that was prevalent throughout the movie dealt with social issues, specifically racial issues. Helen Lyle, the protagonist, is a member of the white middle class, working towards her doctorate and living in downtown Chicago with her husband, who is a professor at the same university. Helen is completely unaware of Candyman until it’s brought to her attention by two women who work at the university, both of whom are African American. She decides to do more research, which leads her to the Cabrini Green projects. While doing some research, she’s attacked by a gang leader, who had taken Candyman nickname as his own. Despite the homicides that had been happening in that area, the police only came out when Helen was attacked and they quickly figured out what happened. There are many other moments I could point out in this movie, but I would be giving away the entire story if I did that. I touch on this moment because when I first watched this movie, it was the first movie I had seen that touched on these issues in horror. To me, it was crazy and bold but it also showed the versatility of horror. You can touch on so many topics while also scaring the crap out of people and I would love to see more films that did that. Maybe I should just write one.

Candyman is a true slasher flick, with a good bit of gore to go along with the story. T In a turn away from how gore is usually done, while it is a good amount, it isn’t over done. What I’ve seen with a lot of horror films that have gore in them is that they rely on the gore to keep everyone watching. While tons of gore might be the way for some people, I prefer a little less. One of my favorite scenes with gore occurs in the Cabrini Green projects. Candyman gets ahold of Helen, and let’s just say – it isn’t pretty. It’s presumed that he controls Helen during this scene in order to make her believe in his existence. Despite this, she doesn’t quite believe and he continues trying to make her believe. The gore, while it is prevalent, isn’t overdone, with some of the murders happening off screen and the aftermath being shown. Instead of relying on long death scenes, which when used in the right places can make a great performance, they continue to move forward with the story which meant I could see more fantastic death scenes. There was no need for blood to be everywhere, but where it would be if these deaths actually happened.

If you haven’t seen Candyman, I highly recommend that you do. It will keep the wheels in your mind turning as you try to figure out who will die next. With an interesting storyline, gore and a chilling lead played by Tony Todd, I’ve got a feeling you won’t be saying his name five times.

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Mo

 

 

 

 

 

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.

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A new Journey

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I’ve never liked the idea of conformity. I’ve never thought that I should follow the default path and I’ve always questioned norms. My name is Nick and I’m proud to be a part of the Misfits Tavern podcast.

We are creating a community for people who aren’t afraid to be themselves, for people who love to be immersed in a story and want to share their experiences with others. We are the Misfits and we want to share our stories with you.

A great story is something I’ve always loved whether that story is told orally, by book, movie or played out through a video game no matter how it’s presented I enjoy it. This love of storytelling is what sparked my passion for gaming and Movies. My favorite genre of video game has always been RPG because you don’t just get to see a story play out, you get to influence the plot and in many cases do things your own way. Doing things my own way has been a huge part of my personality since I was old enough to walk. Although I pride my self on being able to hold an interesting conversation with almost anybody no matter how different we may be, I have never liked the idea of trying to fit in.

I grew up in Western Pennsylvania in a city too big to be a small town but too small to be major. I was fortunate enough to grow up in the golden age of geeky T.V. the early 90s I used to watch the original power rangers after school along with Arthur and Wishbone and I’m old enough to remember both Beetleborgs and Animorphs. Because of this I still enjoy watching shows that bring me nostalgia like Dragon ball Z or Yu Yu Hakusho but as an adult, I’ve also come to appreciate live action T.V. series but Anime and cheesy action shows will always be a part of my watch list.  Some of my favorite T.V. shows, movies and games are:

T.V.

  • Game of Thrones
  • The Walking Dead
  • Zoo
  • The Office
  • Breaking Bad
  • Family Guy
  • Futurama
  • F is for Family
  • Luke Cage
  • Dare Devil
  • Iron Fist

I also enjoy some reality T.V. shows like Forged in Fire and Master Chef.

Movies 

  • Planet of the apes
  • Gladiator
  • Beverly Hills Ninja
  • L.O.T.R
  • Harry Potter
  • Bad Boys
  • Kill Bill
  • Toy Story

in addition to those cult classics like Pulp Fiction and Berry Gordy’s The Last Dragon are among my favorites.

Games

  • Fallout: 3, New Vegas, 4
  • Dragon Age
  • Star Wars K.O.T.O.R
  • Fable
  • Call of Duty
  • Tekken

There are a lot of early console games I play any chance I get such as Shaq Fu , Toejam & Earl for SEGA or even Twisted Metal and GTA 3 for PS1.

With all that said I’m just a guy with eclectic tastes that like to discuss interesting topics and I want to build a community for people who want to do the same. Here everyone is welcome and everyone’s opinion matters. We look forward to building a community and geeking out about every piece of nerdy news that comes our way.

Feel free to comment and let us know what some of your favorite things are, don’t forget to check out our blog on a regular basis we will be adding content several days per week.

 

Thanks for reading.

Nick