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Nerds Without Pants Episode 9: Cinema Verite

Don't talk, don't text, or we'll take your ass out.

Welcome to NWP at the Movies! This week, the pantsless ones are joined by film critic, actor, artist, and all around good dude, John Gholson. Movies are the topic of the day, but as always we begin with what we’ve been playing and listener mail. This week, we talk about Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning, Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater HD, Patrick’s intro to iOS games, XCOM, and Julian’s existential gaming crisis.

John attended the Fantastic Fest movie festival in Austin recently. This particular film fest focuses on quirky horror, action, and sci-fi movies, and John clues us in on Dredd, Cloud Atlas, and My Amityville Horror among others. We get deep into recent films as well, such as Argo and Seven Psycopaths, along with Rob’s recent trip to the Hamptons International Film Festival.

We close out this episode talking about movies based on video games. Yeah, they all kind of suck, but there’s some fun to be had, as well. Enjoy Rob and John as they sit as polar opposites on nearly every movie! Thrill to Rob condemning Patrick and Julian’s favorite gaming flicks! Try not to fall asleep as we talk for far too long about the Resident Evil films!

We hope you enjoyed this movie-centric episode. Join us in two weeks for our Halloween spectacular. Tell us your favorite scary games on our Facebook fan page and we’ll work them into the show.

Featured Music:

Hans Zimmer- Theme from The Critic

Brendan Small- Jazz Fight

Tomoyasu Hotei- Battle Without Honor or Humanity

Utah Saints- Utah Saints Take on the Theme From Mortal Kombat




10/19/2012 at 03:50 PM

Nice to see John come by again and join the conversation, it was a lot of fun to listen to. I just can't believe that in all the talk of horrible gaming movies nobody ever brought up Alone in the Dark. I hate Christian Slater, I hate Tara Reid, they are awful actors and annoying human beings, and they both team up in that movie in lead roles to make one of the worst movies possible. The only awesome thing about the Alone in the Dark movie is the soundtrack because it has Nightwish, Cradle of Filth, Dimmy Borgir, Lacuna Coil and other great heavy music on it.

I like the Silent Hill movie a lot. Radha Mitchell is one of the women on my freebie 5 we did not too far back, I love her in that movie. I also really love the visuals and the music in the Silent Hill movie. The first Resident Evil movie was too tame for me. I like the more raw effects, gore, and grittiness in zombie movies like Dawn of the Dead and 28 Days Later. RE1 was just too sleek and clean for me, but that's how I think those movies all are. The RE movies are more flashy and sexy and the small bits of gore they show don't have the impact they should have. The gory scenes are more focused on choreography, 3-D, slow-mo, or flashy super human nonsense and less on the fact that you're killing something or surviving. You can show gore sparingly, but when you do show it you have to knock it out of the park, otherwise what's the point of a zombie movie? It's suppose to be morbid, make you contemplate survival and see cannibalism, death, murder, disease etc. If you're not making something raw and shocking that makes you wonder what you would do in the character's situation, a movie that makes you want to survive and makes you glad you're alive, you're not doing a good zombie movie.

I like the all the anime I've seen that's based on video games like Dead Space, Halo Legends, Resident Evil Dengeneration, and some others, but that's another topic.

Angelo Grant Staff Writer

10/20/2012 at 11:26 AM
Nice Mike, you had to mention the soundtrack. Now I have to watch that stupid Alone in the Dark movie.

Julian Titus Senior Editor

10/21/2012 at 10:13 PM

Funny story: I worked at a movie theater when Alone in the Dark came out. I could have seen it for free and still didn't. Uwe Boll+Tara Reid+franchise I hate=avoid at all costs.

As far as video game anime, Street Fighter: The Animation is still the king. I hated stuff like Tekken, Battle Arena Toshinden, and Devil May Cry. Fatal Fury was good too, if only for Masami Obari's crazy fan service.

Rob Ottone Staff Alumnus

10/22/2012 at 02:08 PM

On the anime tip, other than the Street Fighter film Jules mentioned, I don't really remember too many. The Dead Space one wasn't bad, I guess. Halo Legends works. It's not great, but it works.

Be nice to see more games get the animated film treatment. I've got one kicking around in my dome, but I don't know animators and the game is almost 20 years old, lol.

Joaquim Mira Media Manager

10/22/2012 at 02:23 PM

Mass Effect is getting the animated treatment (out in December I believe), as did Dragon Age earlier this year.

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