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  • The Desk of The Desk of DEATH BATTLE: Knuckles Was A God?! - Editor Notes

    7 months ago

    JoshuaKazemi @joshuakazemi
    • These comics are insane! Hard to follow, dialog heavy and varying art styles from issue to issue. I don't even have a joke here it's just madness! Pass the bleach, Jocelyn!
    • With the thumbnail, intro music, intro and end slate, the conversion for Desk of assets is complete! 
    • Here's a real editor note for a change: There are a ton of nested sequences in this video. Might be a fun new game to pick them out! 
    • Two questions I thought of when using that Simpsons clip. What's your favorite season? And What's your favorite chalkboard gag?
    • How has there not been a Sonic Drive In/Sonic the Hedgehog cross promotion?! How!
    • Someone PLEASE succinctly explain to me the difference between hedgehogs, echidnas and porcupines. I don't understand.
    • "Chaos Knuckles" sounds like a fighting move in which you swing your brass knuckle-clad fists in rapid succession all over your opponent's face. 
    • On second thought "Chaos Knuckles" should be what we say right before we crack all of our knuckles and get down to business.  
    • Julie-Su, Jani-Ca, Lara-Su, Laney-Ca, Brainy-Su, Zaney-Ca, Zip-a-dee-doo-dah
    • You should have to pass a test before you're allowed to write about time travel. 

    Watch the video: RT | YT

  • Nice to meet you all!

    7 months ago

    LuxCommander Tech Artist - Animation

    Hi guys! My name is JD Arredondo, and I'm a Technical Artist/QA Technician with the Animation team. I've been working as part of the tech team since RWBY Volume 4 and recently got brought on full-time at the end of Volume 5. I've been a fan of the company like you all since the RvB days and previous to working at Animation had a brief internship over in the Live-Action department back in Spring 2015. 

    So what exactly am I doing on my journal here on the site? Good question! I'm still figuring all of that out myself, but I can guarantee that it will be dominated by sharing stories about my things I've been reading, watching and playing. I'm also totally up for answering any questions you might have about what it's like being on the Animation Tech team or being in the world of production in general. The goal is to make this space a very interactive blog where we can shoot the breeze about the things we love. Speaking of those things...

    It's a bit of a running gag in the Animation office that I'm a hard core Star Wars fan that has read one too many Expanded Universe novels, and I've been meaning to put a project together that chronicles that era of Star Wars. As it turns out, it lends itself very well to the journal format, so I'm planning on writing some posts that will go deep into the Star Wars Expanded Universe and look at the best and the worst it has to offer. That should start sometime in the coming week or two, so be on the lookout for that if you've ever had a passing interest of visiting or revisiting the Galaxy Far, Far Away before the Disney-era.

    See you guys soon!

    JD Arredondo
    AKA LuxCommander

  • Vlog Automation

    7 months ago


    A number of people have asked me about the automation in my house. I think a lot of people beliece I live in some kind of unobtainable future house but 95% of what you saw was installed by me and purchased off Amazon. In fact, the most expensive individual piece of tech (besides my car) is the Roomba, which isn’t an outlandish piece of tech.

    The whole purpose of that section of the Vlog was to show that really futuristic seeming tech is available right now. And some things that are really useful automated tools like programmable coffee makers and garage door openers have been around for decades.

    I’ll try to go shot by shot here and break it down.

    In bed

    Amazon Echo $39-115

    Spotify account $10/month


    Lutron Caseta light switch $55

    Cuisinart Coffee Maker w/ timer— $70

    Roomba 960 — $650

    Living Room

    9 Phillips Hue Bulbs — $540*

    Logitech Harmony Remote Hub — $300


    Phillips Hue Lamp bulb — $25

    Phillips Hue bulb (Joe The Cat Painting) — $40


    Caseta light switch — $55

    Nest Thermostat — $230


    My Smart Blind motors — $99 each

    Echo Dot — $39


    2015 Tesla P85D — a lot

    Using the Summon feature

    Controlled via third party app which communicates with Alexa

    Hamilton Garage Door Opener — est $250 (came with the house)

    *I really dislike Hue bulbs and wish I had never bought them. That room was the first I did and I quickly switched to the Caseta light switches after that. Could have done that room for 1/10 the cost and it’s a far more reliable solution.

    So besides the car (and the blinds which are cool to see but not really worth the time and money) you could replicate that whole set up for about the cost of a mid-level gaming PC and a weekend of work. It’s not cheap, but also not an impossible leap to have a “house of the future”

  • Joaquin Phoenix In The Running To Be Yet Another Joker For The DCEU?

    7 months ago


    Because we can't have enough cinematic Jokers Warner Bros is going after yet another new head to cover with pasty makeup and green hair. 

    They're planning a standalone, one-off Joker movie that Todd Phillips is producing and directing that for some reason will not feature their chosen cinematic Joker, Jared Leto. I mean, for all the good reasons it's not starring Jared Leto, but the studio is keeping him on anyway for further DCEU movies. 

    This doesn't make a damn bit of sense to me. Either commit to what you've done and give us a little consistency or recast. But what do I know? I'm just a nerd at a computer, not an exec making seven figures a year.

    Phillips has made his perfect Joker choice clear: He wants Joaquin Phoenix and Variety says Phoenix has weighed it and tentatively agreed. Contract negotiations haven't begun yet, so this is very, very early days, but it's what's in front of us right now.


    The Wrap's Umberto Gonzalez added on that Leonardo DiCaprio has also met with Phillips about the role multiple times. Now that would have been interesting considering just how much DiCaprio idolizes Jack Nicholson (and is slowly starting to morph into him as he ages), who very memorably played The Joker in Tim Burton's Batman.

    Phoenix's intensity is a very interesting component to bring to the character. I can see him actually making the Joker scary, which is about as far away from Leto's interpretation as you can get. 

    I don't object to him in the role, I just think it's stupid to be muddying the DCEU waters even further with multiple versions of the same character. If they have a smart script solution to that I'm all ears for it, but right now it sounds like a not great idea.

    Little known fact: If Phoenix does take on the role it won't be his first foray into the DC comics world. Way back in the early days of his career, his Leaf Phoenix days, he was in a show called Little Hercules and this happened... 

    So now he has to play The Joker just so this video becomes the most watched thing in the history of the internet. 

    What do you folks think?

  • Director of Let's Play

    7 months ago

    Farid.h Director, Let's Play
  • Monster Hunter World Versus Destiny 2

    7 months ago

    Eddy Writer - The Know, Nomad

    Up until recently, I was an avid Destiny fanboy that used to obsess about my weaponry, light levels, and the series lore in general. But Destiny 2 turned out to be something that I just didn't find that much enjoyment in, especially when it came to the series's end-game and grinding. Lately, I've been seeing a whole lot of discussion online about how Monster Hunter World is a pretty good destination for the burned Destiny guardian...

    Eurogamer: Monster Hunter World has so much to teach other big budget games

    Kotaku: Monster Hunter: World Shows How Destiny 2's Grind Could Improve

    GamesRadar: Why do so many Destiny players seem to love Monster Hunter World all of a sudden?

    I've actually never played a Monster Hunter game before, so all of this is definitely intriguing to me. I know a lot of people who are playing (and deeply love) the newest entry, so I've definitely been a little curious to try it out myself. It's particularly interesting to see how this Japanese game has come over and found a huge audience in the West by outdoing the very thing that Western games have been trying to achieve for the last couple of years now. 

    I imagine a lot of that has to do with Capcom having years to experiment with multiple titles, whereas many of these big AAA live service games are having to do all of their growing up while thousands of players rage at them. And it also probably has a good bit to do with the fact that Monster Hunter in general has never been designed around the grind in order to increase "player engagement" -- rather, it's all just there in the base game for you to enjoy and have fun, without worries about recurring spending and all the other metrics that Western publishers are typically trying to observe. 

    Anyway, all that to say -- do any of you Monster Hunters out there have some things to add for me? Would I enjoy this game if I loved Destiny? 

  • RIP, John Perry Barlow

    7 months ago

    ebregman Programming

    Hearing JP Barlow speak almost a decade ago was a formative moment for me. I got to listen to him and Vint Cerf explain why the very foundation of the internet reflected a simple, unavoidable, and formative truth: information wants to be free. I think about that almost every day. It inspired me to pursue a career in independent digital media, and it led me to work here at RT.

    In his honor, posting a link here to A Declaration of the Independence of Cyberspace. I hope it energizes you.

    ...increasingly obsolete information industries would perpetuate themselves by proposing laws, in America and elsewhere, that claim to own speech itself throughout the world. These laws would declare ideas to be another industrial product, no more noble than pig iron. In our world, whatever the human mind may create can be reproduced and distributed infinitely at no cost. The global conveyance of thought no longer requires your factories to accomplish.


    7 months ago

    Mariel Broadcast Queen

    Hey friends!

    I'm going to Disneyland this weekend and want your suggestions. Best rides? Worst rides? Best eats? 
    I was 10 the last time I went so I don't remember much from that trip. 

    Let me know! 

  • Introductions

    7 months ago

    Austin_Harper PotatoHound

    Hey everyone! I know some of you may know me already, but I figure it's about time I officially introduce myself (plus I want to start using the site more.)

    My name is Austin and I'm a producer for ScrewAttack, working specifically on the shows DBX, DEATH BATTLE Cast, and DEATH BATTLE. I've been with SA for about 4 years now, previously coming from restaurant management, and I've got a passion for music, science, and cooking.

    To be honest, I'm not totally sure what kind of posts you can expect to see from me in the future, but if you have any questions or topics you'd like to hear from me on, let me know in thread!

  • Rooster Teeth and The Know Is Giving You An Exclusive Preview Tour of Mondo's Newest Art Gallery!

    7 months ago


    Hey, guys. Exciting news! Tomorrow we'll be giving the whole RT community an early glimpse of Mondo's newest art show. Before doors open for their new event I'll be hosting a Facebook Live tour of all the coolest pieces on display. Artist Jason Edmiston will be joining us and showing us his 100 pieces of original pop art that he's created for this show.

    The show is a sequel to his popular Eyes Without A Face series. He's painted hundreds of pop culture eyeballs and tomorrow you'll be able to see everything he's got in store before anyone else! People have been in line since Wednesday to get in!

    To celebrate the good folks at Mondo have given us the debut of one of his pieces... which should be of particular interest to the RT community. Check it out:


    Here are some of his other famous eyeballs that'll be at the show:





    There's even rumors that he's unveiling a 22 foot long painting. He did King Kong's eyes in his original 2015 show. Can you think of any other giant pop culture character who would demand a 1:1 eyeball painting? I got some theories...

    Anyway, make sure to stay tuned to Rooster Teeth or The Know's Facebook pages tomorrow around 5:30pm CST for a live tour of the gallery and brag to all your friends that you were the first people ever to see what's in store!

    -Eric Vespe

    @ericvespe on Twitter

  • Fly Eagles Fly!

    7 months ago

    nicolew Events Coordinator

    My heart is content!! The Philadelphia Eagles won Super Bowl LII! So proud of this team and what they accomplished this year. Shout out to Alshon Jeffery, my fellow Gamecock. I can't stop watching all of the replay videos and interviews.  This really doesn't feel real yet.  I wish I could be up there tomorrow for the parade and to celebrate with my family! E-A-G-L-E-S EAGLES!!

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    7 months ago

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  • Monster Hunter: World

    7 months ago

    patrickmatthewz RTX Events Coordinator

    It is dope. I hated it at first. Now I am all in. It is so fun. I want to leave work and play it. Thank you.

  • Blue Apron Ad - Editor Notes

    7 months ago

    JoshuaKazemi @joshuakazemi

    Those of you who tuned in to the season premiere of DEATH BATTLE on YouTube today might have noticed a new kind of Blue Apron ad. That little gem was directed by Noel Wiggins of ScrewAttack. It was edited by me and shot by the two of us. It stars the incomparable Austin Harper of ScrewAttack, Rooster Teeth's Cockbite of the Year 2017. It was a labor of love and something we all have being working towards in our careers for years. We really appreciate this award and have a lot of people to thank; Chad James, Sean Hinz, Ben Singer and everyone else over at ScrewAttack who believed in this passion project. We also want to thank everyone here at Rooster Teeth and of course, everyone over at Blue Apron, a better way to cook. Oh, they're playing the dubstep and that's my time. Thank you all! You like it, you really like it! 

    Watch the Video: YT

  • "I'll see what I can do"

    7 months ago

    andrekrat Live Action VFX/Motion

    Hi there! I guess I should introduce myself properly, my name is André Ouellette and I'm the VFX and Motion Graphics Designer for the Live Action department.

    I've been with RT for almost two years now, and I have had the pleasure of working on, at least in some capacity, almost everything that the Live Action department releases. It's a lot of ridiculous, stupid, awesome fun and every week is totally different.

    One thing I wanted to talk about is a mantra that I've really learned to embrace while working on Blood Fest these past few months. (Also something I'm very excited to talk more about soon). That mantra is "I'll see what I can do."

    It can be tempting, particularly when you're thrown a curve-ball of a shot request, to say "I can't do that" or "We don't have the time". But more often than not I find that once you sit down and unpack what needs to be done you'll be surprised at the kinds of solutions you come up with. VFX and Design are about problem-solving more than anything else. Whatever cheats and shortcuts you can get away with to make a shot work are fair game, as long as it looks good nobody cares how you got there.

    When you say "I'll see what I can do" you're refusing to admit defeat from the onset, you're immediately opening your mind to weird solutions and quite often those weird solutions will get you damn close, if not all the way there. And the best part is that you can file away that knowledge and use it in the future. The more you say "I'll see what I can do", the more you build a library of dumb tricks and cheats that you can rely on for the next shot.

    It's important to be realistic and honest in what you think you can accomplish, but it never hurts to dive into things and see what you get. I can't count the number of times I initially told myself that something was too dumb to work, or would look too fake, and found that I was totally wrong. My favorite moments of the work day are when I laugh at how wrong I am about impossible shots.

  • What if we let Rebecca announce RTX London? (TM)

    7 months ago

    sophieturcotte Public Relations Manager

    The universe is weird. There's a car in space now. But I think what I mean to say is there's energy that's just traveling around all the time and connecting us all. DEEP. How else could you explain the idea of letting Rebecca announce RTX London just planting itself into my brain? I don't really know how it all happened, but share in some love and joy in this crazy world for a minute (and watch the vid).

  • Live Action Post Production AMA

    7 months ago

    AdamRB Live Action Editor

    Hey everyone! I'm Adam Bailey, one of the live action editors and lead editor of Million Dollars, But. To celebrate the release of MDB, the live action post team is hosting an AMA to answer all your deep burning questions about editing, VFX, sound, and everything post related.

    But it's not just for MDB! If you've got any questions about Immersion, RT Life, Shorts, the post-production life, or just want to get to know us, join in!

    It will be on Wednesday (that's today) February 7, 2018 at 4:00 p.m. CST on THIS JOURNAL!

    Here's the full team that will be joining me for the AMA:

    Dan Hirons       @dan_dan

    Editor - Blood Fest, 11 Little Roosters, RT Shorts, Million Dollars, But

    Sarah Deuel      @Sarah

    Editor - Lazer Team 2, Immersion, 11 Little Roosters

    Kody Gibson      @gibsonnotguitar

    Editor - Crunch Time, 11 Little Roosters, Immersion, RT Shorts

    Joe Ashe            @brosephashe

    Editor and Colorist - 11 Little Roosters, Every awesome trailer and sizzle reel you've seen on our site

    John Moore       @Freelancelot001

    Editor - Master and Apprentice, RT Life, Million Dollars But

    André Ouellette  @andrekrat

    VFX Artist/Resident Canadian - Everything.

    David Nguyen     @DavidTheNguyen

    Assistant Editor/Badass - Blood Fest, Million Dollars But, and literally everything

    Cody Graham      @GrahamMasterFlash

    Assistant Editor - Bloodfest, Master and Apprentice, Million Dollars But

    Jake Camitta       @JakeMix

    Audio Mixer - Million Dollars But, Master and Apprentice

    Allison Feldstein  @allisonf

    Post Production Producer - Blood Fest, Master and Apprentice, Million Dollars But, and more!

    We're looking forward to talking with y'all! Go ahead and start leaving your questions if you want, we'll be back at 4:00 p.m. CST to start answering them live.

    Edit - Thanks for all your questions everyone! We've all had a fun time answering your questions and sadly we must put the chair restraints on and get back to editing before they realized we escaped. However, if you've got additional questions feel free to ask away and we'll try and answer them when we can!

  • Dungeons & Dragon's - Story Arc 2 Hook

    7 months ago

    adam Director of Technology


  • Instant Pot for Lazy People: Salsa Chicken

    7 months ago

    emilyweeks RT Office Coordinator

    Time for our regularly scheduled programming of instant pot adventures! 

    Tonight's recipe is the easiest recipe I have made with my pot so far. Huge shout out to @Becca for leaving this in the comments on one of my previous journals.

    Salsa Chicken

    This recipe made me six 4oz servings of chicken. Perfect for meal prep! As soon as the chicken was done, I measured and portioned it out immediately for refrigerating.

    I love how versatile this is! You can make tacos, rice bowls, salads; whatever the hell you want, really. Because I'm going the low-carb route, I made something in between a salad and burrito bowl with my chicken.

    2 lbs boneless, skinless chicken breast (you could probably use thighs for extra flavor if you wanted, but I opted for a leaner protein)

    1 cup salsa of your choice

    - Throw the chicken in your pot and pour your salsa on top. Give it a quick stir to really coat the chicken.

    - Close the lid, make sure your valve is closed, and select the Poultry option. Let cook for the default amount of time (it's 15 mins on my pot) and let the pressure release naturally after the cooking cycle is complete. Alternatively, if you have an actual Instant Pot branded pot, you should have a Manual function. You can cook this chicken on Manual pressure setting for 7 minutes. (I have a Crock Pot Express Pot, which doesn't have an explicit Manual button, so I just went with the Poultry option on default time and pressure.)

    - Open your pot and use two forks to pull the chicken apart, give things another good stir to coat, and you're good to go!

    - Optional: Here is how I constructed my salad/bowl if you're interested. I started off with 1oz spring mix and spinach greens, 1/4 cup black beans, 4oz of the chicken, and 1/8 cup shredded Mexican cheese.

    Tonight I needed something quick(ish) and easy to cook, because I left work later than I usually do, and still had some things I needed to accomplish at home. I threw everything in the pot, squeezed in a yoga practice while it cooked, then ate, and portioned out the remaining meal prep with plenty of my evening left to get things done. Winner winner, chicken dinner.

    Do y'all have any quick and easy go-to recipes? I'd love to hear them (so that I can make them).  blush

  • RTX Austin & London Forums!

    7 months ago

    adam Director of Technology

    Created new forums for our RTX 2018 London & Austin. 

    Looking for a place to arrange hotel shares or community meet ups for #RTX2018?  Just made some new forums for ya.   heartbeat


  • Finally got a board for someone my size.

    7 months ago

    adam Director of Technology

    165 Wide, Libtech Skunk Ape.  

    This board is soooo much faster than rental boards.   I have to put a little more torque on turns but man this thing holds the snow so damn well.       heart heart


  • Hoooooly Shit! Game of Thrones' David Benioff and DB Weiss Are Going To Make Star Wars Movies!

    7 months ago


    Gotta love these surprise Star Wars announcements! The Lucasfilm train is charging full steam ahead on these Star Wars movies. Not only are we getting the Skywalker Saga films (i.e. episodes 1-9). Not only are we getting Rian Johnson's completely separate new trilogy. We're also getting a new series of films to be written and produced by the minds behind Game of Thrones.


    That's right, David Benioff and D.B. Weiss will write and produce a new series of Star Wars films that will not be tied to either Johnson's standalone trilogy or the Saga films. The only other detail in the press release is that work would be begin on these new Star Wars films once Benioff and Weiss wrap up the final season of Game of Thrones. 

    Star Wars has already been lifting GoT cast members (long live Phasma!) and we know that this team is really good at developing complex and most of the time really fucked up characters and can play nicely in a brilliant author's sandbox. 


    It might just be me, but I'm sensing a move away from the standalone film formula they've been trying with both Rogue One and Solo. It seems what's appealing to the creative minds at Lucasfilm is to explore completely unknown areas of the Star Wars Universe. 

    There have been rumors of the Obi-Wan spin-off movie, but nothing has been announced by Disney. The only things announced have been new series with no connections to anything that came before. 

    That, in my humble opinion, is great news. Transitioning the Game of Thrones team immediately into the Star Wars universe is also, in my humble opinion, great news. Maybe this means we'll finally be getting Michelle MacLaren directing a Star Wars movie!

    The sky's the limit on what these guys can do and that is exactly what is going to keep Star Wars fresh. Can't wait to see how this develops! 


  • If you applied to be a Guardian..

    7 months ago

    kriss Community Manager

    Please be sure to read up on all the updates from @SailorTweek here. The latest update is Understand that Mary will be posting updates when she herself has info to share. 

    For those who received their Guardian acceptance. A bit of advice if you are new to the Guardian family or if it's been a while and you could use a refresher, please read below. Also note, that I am writing this purely from my standpoint and experience. This is not reflective of the Head Guardians or RT (in case someone thinks I am speaking for them).  

    1) As in past years, teams will not be assigned until much later. There are literally hundreds upon hundreds of considerations that Mary and Chris have to take into account, so don't expect team assignments to be sent out any time soon. If you want a rough estimate on how big the team was last year, we ran RTX with over 500 Guardians. Imagine having to pair skillsets with team responsibilities for that amount of people. Give our Head Guardians time to figure things out. For now, congratulate yourself for making it onto the team, the Guardian team. 

    2) Follow instructions and direction. If you are sent correspondence, READ. EVERYTHING. I cannot stress this enough. One of the best ways to become an effective Guardian is to follow the instructions given to you. 

    3) Yes, you are a volunteer, but treat this responsibility as you would an actual job. The experience you gain working this show can actually apply to "IRL" roles, so take it seriously. Yes, we get to hang out with friends, and yes, we have a ton of fun, but please understand that this show cannot happen unless we all work together and you are willing to do your part. Being a Guardian is hard work; please don't take this role for granted.  

    Now this part is where mama bear me comes out. 

    3a) When you apply to be a Guardian, you are not guaranteed to be placed on your preferred teams. That is the reality of the application. Once team assignments come out, please don't complain about the team you are assigned to. It's completely disrespectful. Reiterating again, there is so much time and consideration put into team assignments, the Head Guardians do their damndest to accommodate everyone's requests, but they can't make everyone happy. Now, if you have a legit concern like, "I can't be a store Guardian because I have a back injury, so I would rather be in a role that's a bit stationary", please let Mary know. But if you receive your assignment and complain that you should have gotten a role over someone else because XYZ, that is not cool, and it's completely unprofessional. 

    3b) Just like you would with any job, if something comes up and you are unable to attend RTX, message Mary immediately. Don't wait until a few days before the show to say something (unless, of course, something horrible happens at that time). 

    4) I always encourage new Guardians to talk to veteran Guardians about what they can expect for their first RTX. Don't be afraid to ask questions whether it be directed at Mary, your team leads, or other Guardians. The more prepared you are, the more confident you can go into that weekend. 

    Special note: Do NOT message RT staff about Guardian related questions regardless if you have an existing relationship with them. Those go to Mary or your team leads. And if they cannot answer it, they will forward the inquiry accordingly. One of the most important things to understand early on is that there is a chain of command. That sounds entirely too military like, but the concept is valid. 

    4)  Veteran Guardians, I always encourage you to be welcoming, helpful, and above all else, humble. You have the experience, and you have the ability to help nurture you team. You've done RTX before, so you know the rules... so you should also know that you are not exempt from them. Be the example, the type of Guardian you wanted to look up to during your first year. Welcome your new teammates and guide them. Remember back to your first year and remember what you wanted to know or learn, how you felt, and use that to motivate you in helping your team build camaraderie. 

    I think this wall of text is sufficient for now. If the writing bug hits me again, I will post more. For now, welcome to my fellow Guardians. I look forward to working with you. 

  • More awesome Deadpool 2 marketing! The new poster will make you want to dance!

    7 months ago


    It's a little sad how excited I get for any piece of marketing for Deadpool 2. That team killed it so hard on the first movie and now it feels like they're taking it up a notch for the sequel. They've had some great reveals so far and now they've got a kickass new poster which takes inspiration from, what else, an early '80s dance drama. 


    That is indeed the Merc with a Mouth striking a Flashdance pose for Deadpool 2's teaser poster. Instead of being drenched in water good ol' Wade Wilson is being pelted by spent shells. Appropriate.

    I have no reason to doubt the awesomeness that awaits us in the high profile sequel and even if it turns out to be a huge flaming turd we'll always have this fantastic marketing campaign! Can't wait for more!


  • Happy Birthday Rip Torn and Kathy Najimy! You Should Watch...

    7 months ago


    It's been a few days, so I figured it's time to come out with another Happy Birthday... You Should Watch! We got a few interesting February 6th birthdays, but only two I'm going to focus on/recommend a movie for. Those two birthdays are Rip Torn and Kathy Najimy. I'd also like to tip the hat to fellow birthday celebrators Ronald Reagan and Francois Truffaut.

    I must admit one of my cinephile shames is I'm pretty undereducated on the French New Wave so I wouldn't feel confident recommending a Truffaut film against his entire filmography. I mean, I can say The 400 Blows is pretty great, but that'd just be me recommending the big one of his I've seen, so let's avoid that.

    And as far as Ronald Reagan is concerned, he's been in some good movies (like The Killers and Dark Victory), but the only movie of his you can really bring up is Bedtime for Bonzo since it'll never stop being funny that the guy that starred alongside a chimp in a silly kids movie was a two-term President of the United States.

    So, happy birthday to everybody, but let's look at two movies starring these two special people!

    Rip Torn


    Defending Your Life (1991) – I love this movie. It's one of those silly, high concept romantic comedies that just works for me. It's about a lovable fuck up (Albert Brooks) who dies and then moves on to purgatory where a trial is held to determine whether or not he deserves to move on to heaven or is sent back to be reincarnated and have another go at being an overall good person.

    It's not a sure thing. He was a flawed man. Not bad, not evil, but a little bit of an asshole. The problem is while he's in purgatory he falls in love with Meryl Streep and she's pretty much guaranteed to get into heaven, so if he isn't deemed worthy then he'll never see the love of his (after)life again.

    Rip Torn plays Brooks' lawyer and he pretty much steals the show. It was a big moment for him as an actor because it opened up a whole new world for him. You see he was always known as the very serious, gruff, mean type and this movie showed the world just how great he was at comedy. Turns out that tough exterior was a perfect for delivering dry comedy.

    He followed this film up with his perhaps career-defining work on HBO's The Larry Sanders Show, again tapping into that hard-ass who also happens to be hilarious persona and that was the trend setter for the rest of his career, which saw him mostly in comedic parts. Men in Black, Dodgeball, Freddy Got Fingered, Down Periscope, etc.

    It all started with this role in this very, very good movie, which is available to rent on all major streaming services.

    Kathy Najimy


    Hocus Pocus (1993) – Hocus Pocus has had a bit of a nostalgia-driven resurgence in recent years. I was 12 when it came out and remember it fondly myself, but it's interesting to see just how much people seem to love it because when it was released I don't remember it having much of a social impact. I don't remember kids talking about it at school or super hyped up on it.

    I was drawn to it for a couple reasons. First at that age I watched literally every movie that came out. I was old enough to ride my bike to the mall (miles away) by myself, through traffic... it was a different time! So I'd just go every weekend and see whatever was playing at the four screen mall theater. If it was the same movies as last week I'd watch my favorite a second time.

    Naturally I was always drawn to anything genre, too, so you better believe I saw this one a couple times. It's also of note that one of the stars of this film was the kid who starred in one of my favorite shows at the time: Eerie, Indiana.

    Anyway, I saw this a lot as a kid and haven't revisited it since, but it's come back in a big way thanks in large part to Disney embracing it at their theme parks every Halloween. They have big special event nights where they bring out people dressed as the Sanderson Sisters and they do a big musical review, which in turn inspires a whole new generation to seek out this movie.

    Kathy Najimy gets to be more at the forefront here than she was in the Sister Act films (another childhood favorite of mine) and plays goofy very well. I like how she bounces off Bette Midler and Sarah Jessica Parker. That chemistry alongside the film's bizarre tone is one of the reasons this flick is enjoying a second life. Available for rent on all major streaming platforms.

    Anyway, that's it for this edition of HBYSW. Let me know what you think of these films, especially if you haven't seen them before and decide to give either a watch. See ya' on the next one!

    -Eric Vespe

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