Podcast Episode 70: Southern Reach Trilogy, Lollipop Chainsaw, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and Guardians of the Galaxy

Awesome Friday

It’s time for another episode of the Awesome Friday Podcast! In this episode we’re joined by our new contributor Kat to talk about _The Southern Reach_ Trilogy of novels, the game _Lollipop Chainsaw_, and the movies _Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles_ and _Guardians of the Galaxy_.

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Review: Guardians of the Galaxy

Guardians of the Galaxy

The marketing for Guardians of the Galaxy has basically been omnipresent for the last few months. Hardly a day went by without a new poster or image or teaser or whatever. The reason for this is simple: this is the first real test of Marvel’s brand. Guardians, like it or not, is a lesser known property and while this film connects with the over reaching continuity of the established Marvel Cinematic Universe it doesn’t actually feature any characters that we’ve already met meaning that they can’t trade on the popularity of Iron Man or Captain America they have to rely on the corporate brand. In this world of “new things are risky let’s remake something from the 1980s” that’s kind of a big deal.

So it’s a good job they knocked it out the fucking park with this movie otherwise they’d be in trouble. Yes, it’s great and you should see it. No need to even finish reading this review. Just go. Or finish reading this review and I’ll give you a few reasons why.

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Furious 7 Finishes Filming, Read A Heartfelt Letter To The Fans

Vin Diesel / Furious 7

I love the Fast and Furious franchise. I love it because it’s a series of movies that are really just a series of ludicrous car chases (some of which feature Ludacris!) which aspire to be more than the are with an overreaching theme of family, and comic book like continuity.

When Paul Walker died they lost a member of their family and, kinda sorta, so did we. Today it was announced that the 7th film in the franchise has completed filming, and they did so with a heartfelt letter to the fans. Hit the jump to read it.

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Guardians of the Galaxy UK Trailer: More Story, Less Classic Rock

Guardians of the Galaxy

Guardians of the Galaxy is out in just over a month so it’s time for marketing to kick into overdrive. Here’s the latest trailer from the UK which has a slightly more traditional, for lack of a better word, trailer feel to it.

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Review: Riddick

Riddick

Apologies for the tardiness of this, I’m on holiday again.

You know it’s been 13 years since Pitch Black hit theatre screens. Not an amazing movie by any measure, but entertaining enough that it made a bunch of money and put Vin Diesel on the map.

In the movie a transport ship crashes and the few survivors have to deal with Richard B. Riddick (Diesel), a sociopathic mercenary who happens to have night vision being transported in said ship but then it turns out that the planet is infested with monsters that only survive in the dark and that there is an eclipse coming, so they have to work with Riddick to survive. Talk about shitty contrived luck.

Both of these facts lead to a sequel in 2004 in which Riddick turns out to be the prophesied hero who will stop an army of dead guys who are killing their way across…. you know what? I’m not even going to finish that because it doesn’t matter. Chronicles or Riddick wasn’t that good, and this new movie basically doesn’t pay any attention to it. In fact this movie is pretty much literally just Pitch Black 2. Or maybe Pitch Black Again.

Is that such a bad thing? Well…. yes and no.

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Awesome: Riddick Red Band Trailer

Riddick

Say what you will about The Chronicles of Riddick but Pitch Black is a great film. Sure, the acting is questionable but it’s a solid premise and it’s a well executed story. Riddick looks like it’s trying to recapture that magic. At ComicCon this week a new red band trailer was debuted so let’s take a look at that.

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