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  • June - How It All Began (Pts 1 & 2)

    3 weeks ago

    geoff

    This month's playlist is playlists. I'd originally planned to just have a generic "punk" playlist, but it morphed into a "these are the songs and bands that got me into music" playlist. Instead of trying to whittle it down to just 12, I decided to go the other route, and just make two entire lists.


    These are not the best songs I've ever heard, or the best punk songs ever, or even my favorite songs by some of these bands, they are just the songs/bands that introduced me to music, counter-culture, and critical thinking, at a very formative age. They helped define the person I would become, and began a lifelong journey of questioning, creating, and exploring new themes and ideas. 


    If you ever wanted to know what made me me, a hell of a lot of it is in what I learned from these 24 songs.  Enjoy! If you never wondered any of these things, feel free to ignore me, just like all the girls in high school did. 


    June - How It All Began (Pt 1)


    June - How It All Began (Pt 2)

  • Upgrade Director Leigh Whannell Discusses His Geeky Influences And Why "Gimmick" Shouldn't Be A Dirty Word

    3 weeks ago

    ericvespe

    There's a lot of good genre on the way. Next week sees one of the best horror films of the year, Hereditary, hitting theater screens and this weekend we have a straight up fun sci-fi action/body horror movie called Upgrade. The movie's about a guy who is paralyzed and used as a guinea pig by an eccentric Elon Musk type that claims his new AI can help paraplegics walk again. Naturally there's unseen consequences to this decision, including a kind of Gollum/Smeagol relationship that forms between the lead and the computer voice in his head.


    The movie was written and directed by Leigh Whannell, one of the masterminds behind the original Saw and Insidious. Upgrade is crazy, playing like a real-deal movie version of the best '90s direct to VHS movie you never saw. It's fun, but not stupid if you catch my drift.


    There's a clear sense of Whannell channeling some of his cinematic fetishes into this story, so when I had the chance to talk to him about it that's what we focus on. We discuss the evolution of his movie tastes and how that mirrored my own. In short, it's a chat that movie geeks can relate to. If that sounds like you, then enjoy yourself!


    We do talk about Upgrade, too, don't worry. We don't spoil anything either. Double bonus!


    Hope you folks enjoy the chat!



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    Eric Vespe: Everybody who is a big movie fan has that core group of movies or a particular genre that they loved growing up. What were yours?


    Leigh Whannell: I guess it went in stages. It depends at which age you'd ask me. When I was 5 or 6 I was your pretty typical Star Wars kid, loving Star Wars, watching a VHS copy of that until it was completely worn out. Raiders of the Lost Ark... But actually my favorite film of that era was Jaws. Even more than Star Wars! I guess that maybe signposts an early love of horror, but I just loved Jaws so much. I was obsessed with movies.


    As I got a bit older and was in my early teens I was basically loving video store staples. I grew up in the outer suburbs of Melbourne. It was very suburban and I wasn't deviating from the standard Die Hard/RoboCop/Lethal Weapon path. My parents weren't forcing me to watch Last Year at Marienbad, that's for sure. (laughs)


    Through my teen years I loved genre films... horror films, sci-fi, stuff like Aliens. Then when I got into film school, that's when your palate gets expanded. All of a sudden you're watching foreign films you don't have access to in the suburbs of Melbourne. My local video store wasn't stocking Wim Wenders films! It's almost like A Clockwork Orange. They sit you in a chair and forcibly make you watch all this stuff from all over the world, from different time periods. I'd say that was the final evolution with me, in terms of my taste in films.


    It's amazing, though, that as an adult, the films that I go back to are the ones I loved as a teenager. It's almost like comfort food for my soul. To sit down and watch Big Trouble In Little China, for me, is such comfort food.


    Eric Vespe: I know what you mean. There are certain films that are “Any Time Movies.” No matter what mood you're in... if you're down, they'll bring you up, if you're happy they'll just magnify that. Big Trouble is definitely one of those. Rocky Horror Picture Show, The Big Lebowski, Little Shop of Horrors are big ones for me.


    Leigh Whannell: Yep, yep. There's just a few that no matter will just put you there. E.T. is one for me. I can keep going back to E.T.


    Eric Vespe: I think anybody who's a big movie fan will recognize that trajectory. I remember I took a film appreciation class at UT and while I dabbled in older cinema that's where I really became obsessed with it. The professor showed us Sunset Boulevard and it blew my mind. It got me to commit to exploring older films.


    Leigh Whannell: Yeah, I think you're right. You have these watershed moments. I guess it's similar with music. Your music tastes evolve as you get older and you end up having these seminal moments when you're exposed to something that changes the trajectory of your musical tastes. And that happens with movies.


    I was not deviating from the standard Die Hard path. All the suburban kids around me where I grew up, they loved Die Hard, too. They loved The Crow and Lethal Weapon and all this standard Hollywood action stuff, but I remember... I think it was my last year of high school, I ended up renting Reservoir Dogs on VHS and that was definitely a watershed moment. It was a huge moment. It stood out and marked itself as more special, somehow, than those other movies, those standard Hollywood action movies of the '80s and '90s.


    I remember being excited about that film in a way that I hadn't been about other films. You're right. You can always look back and map out these points... they're kind of like the Monolith in 2001. They come to visit the monkeys every hundred years and shove us into the future.


    Reservoir Dogs was definitely a black Monolith in the desert for me. It started me investigating movies in a different way. Instead of caring about who was in the movie, I wanted to know who was making the movie; who was behind the camera. That's not something I thought up prior to Reservoir Dogs.


    I remember in that moment in time, with Tarantino, suddenly being a filmmaker was cool. It wasn't about being the movie star. In fact, I'd say that Tarantino was a much bigger star than any of this cast members.


    These all add up to a picture when you stand back and look at them.


    Eric Vespe: Yep. That era was full of that phenomenon. You had Robert Rodriguez and Kevin Smith as well, who were more famous than most of the name actors in their movies.


    Leigh Whannell: Exactly.


    Eric Vespe: I have a similar story... The short version is a friend of the family was a big movie nerd, so she'd take me out to see movies every weekend. She liked all sorts of movies, I was definitely more interested in genre. Kenneth Branagh's Frankenstein had just come out and I wanted to see that. She said she'd take me to that if I'd go see this John Travolta movie after. I saw Frankenstein and hated it. I was fuming because the movie I wanted to see sucked and now I had to go see this stupid art house movie with the guy from Look Who's Talking in it. That one was, of course, Pulp Fiction.


    Leigh Whannell: (laughs) That's such a good consolation prize!


    Eric Vespe: Within the first five minutes of that movie my world had changed. There was something so different about film. It legitimately blew the doors open for me.


    Leigh Whannell: People really propagate the mythology of the cinema of the '70s, that auteur era with Francis Coppola and William Friedkin and Steven Spielberg, but for people my age the '90s were really that moment. All of a sudden you cared about movies in a different way. Even the biggest redneck living in my suburban neighborhood had copies of the Pulp Fiction soundtrack! That's something that would not have happened prior to that film. It was such an explosion in the culture that it seeped out to the people who normally wouldn't care about stuff like that. Even my mum knows who Quentin Tarantino is, which is pretty amazing because I doubt she could name any other film directors. It was a huge time, an exciting time.



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    Eric Vespe: What I liked about Upgrade is that feels like a throwback film. The world is over the top, it has some ridiculous conceits in it, but you as a filmmaker takes it seriously, which I think is the magic formula of making a movie fun. I see a lot of movies that are super serious, I see a lot of movies that are super silly. I don't see a lot of people striving for that balance. Can you talk a little about hitting that tricky balance and maybe how some of the stuff you loved growing up fed into that?


    Leigh Whannell: Well, I'm definitely influenced by those films that I mentioned growing up. I always loved contained sci-fi and movies with a dark, film noir bent to them, especially if they incorporated sci-fi. If you look back at the first Terminator film, it's kind of a mixture between a horror film, a film noir, set in the alleyways of Los Angeles and a sci-fi movie, but it's got this punk energy to it.


    Sometimes they're very literal about those things. For instance, the first group of guys that the Terminator kills is a group of punks. The nightclub where Sarah Connor hides out is called Tech Noir. I've read plenty of stuff about that movie and James Cameron always coined the genre that way. He thought he was making a tech noir film.



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    One could look at as a marketing gimmick, but it's something he really bought into. You can't help what you love and I've always just loved that. I love movies that leave you with something, movies that aspire to change your perception of story. I guess I'm trying to dance around the word “gimmick.” It's such a dirty word, but I get really excited by “gimmick movies.”


    When I first saw Memento I loved it. The whole gimmick of that movie playing backwards was exciting to me. I loved Run, Lola, Run and the gimmick of seeing the same story play out three times. Of course it has to be a good movie. You can't let the gimmick itself sell the movie. You have to make a good film, but I don't see anything wrong with a gimmick.


    I love movies that try to push the genre they're working in and frame the narrative in an interesting way, whether it's playing it out backwards or repeating the same story three times. I've always kind of written to that. Even the first Saw movie was a non-linear film. I wanted to tell a thriller that was out of order, that felt like you were waking up from being unconscious and were remembering things.


    Upgrade was kind of that to me. Some may look at it and sneer and say “What did you think was interesting about this?” But to me the idea of a character in a movie that was purely a voice in a guy's head... I found that really interesting. I feel like you always end up writing the movie you want to see and I feel like if I was 20 years old I would want to see Upgrade. That's a movie that's framed in a way that would excite me. That's what I'm always striving for. I want to satisfy the 20 year old movie-going version of me.


    Eric Vespe: I think you do a good job with that here, for sure. Even people that I've seen that didn't love the movie all say “If I'd seen this when I was 15 it would have been my favorite movie ever!”


    Leigh Whannell: (Laughs) I've seen a lot of reviews of this movie that are positive. I've lost count of the ones that say “It's silly. It's dumb fun, but it's great!” I'm like, “I thought when I made a film that good reviews the reviews would actually be good!”


    Eric Vespe: (laughs) They're positive backhanded reviews is what you're saying?


    Leigh Whannell: Yeah. My cheek is just red and stinging from the amount of backhanded compliments I've received on this one, but what're you going to do? Once the movie leaves your hands it's not yours anymore and you can't control the perception of it. You just let it go.


    Eric Vespe: Awesome, man. I appreciate you taking the time to talk to me. Good luck with the release!


    Leigh Whannell: Thank you, mate. I appreciate it!



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    Upgrade is in theaters this weekend! Give it a shot if you like fun things!

  • This Week At ScrewAttack - 6/1/18

    3 weeks ago

    JoshuaKazemi @joshuakazemi


    Top 10 Secret Lairs - Writer Notes 

       

    • It's become a real joy to write a script and pass it off to Nick to edit. I have no idea how he's going to bring it to life and it's always fun to see the final product. 
    • #10 - Dexter's Lab - Okay so who was super ready to use "Omelette de flomage" in french class?? Anyone else?! 
    • #8 - Anthro Animals - I'm realizing now that the Cowboys hung out in a giant mug. Whoops. 
    • #7 - Foot Clan - Nick wrote this entry! 
    • #6 - Volcanoes - How desperate do you have to be to work full time inside a VOLCANO for an evil organization? Right now, think of your ideal salary, yeah, THATS NOT ENOUGH TO WORK IN A VOLCANO! 
    • #4 - Justice League - I like to think of the whole "Space Base" gag as foreshadowing for our secret #11. 
    • #2 - Bat Cave - Favorite bat cave on three. 1, 2, 3, LEGO BATMAN BAT CAVE! 
    • #11 - Shrek's Layered Lair - One of my favorite lines I've ever written! 

     

    Watch the video!


    The Desk of The Desk of DEATH BATTLE - Why Ant-Man is STUPID! - Editor Notes 

    • I grabbed WAY more footage of Paul Rudd than I needed. No regrets. 
    • Lisa on screen has made editing this show even more fun. It's great.  
    • Listen, all I want to do is talk about Infinity War. It's been a month. Is this a problem? 

     

    Watch the video!


  • How to Extend a Franchise?

    3 weeks ago

    Jon The Risemonger

    On one hand, I thoroughly enjoyed How to Train Your Dragon and I would even say How to Train Your Dragon 2 was not a bad sequel with some memorable visuals and a story that didn't feel like just a rehash of the first film. But it must just be in my nature to be cynical about sequels because this poster reveal has me worried about this film being a "just cause" sequel for HTTYD. That being said, I am interested to see what the first trailer looks like and hope that the story adds to the lore of the HTTYD world and ins't just another passable sequel. What are your thoughts? Excited about another dragon movie or are you ready to move on to new things already?how_to_train_your_dragon_the_hidden_worl


  • Welcome to Rooster Teeth’s Murder Room!

    3 weeks ago

    Podrick

    We’re excited to finally show you the pilot for this new and modern take on a murder mystery. My guilty pleasure has always been true crime TV and working in the news industry gave me insight into how frustrating trials can be for everyone involved. I combined the two to come up with this nerve-wracking game where you are the jury of the future. Jury duty, fun? Maybe not in today’s courtroom, but in the Murder Room time is ticking and you have a big decision to make. From the mechanics to designing the gameplay, this type of show was new for broadcast and we had a blast building it. Everyone on our team had a hand in developing Murder Room and we're ready to hear your feedback. Now, please prepare to convict a killer.


    And stick around for the credits.  :)

  • More Posts Incoming!

    3 weeks ago

    ChrisKO Might steal your tacos

    Hi there, friends!


    Just wanted to say that I've kind of fallen off the radar for work, life, and VR things! But I'll be back soon enough to cap off a few things and start on some new pieces. Here's what's in store: 


    Japlanning for your adventures to the Land of the Rising Sun 

    I'm going to finish my brain dump on all the things I can offer that might be useful to those of you planning a trip to Japan soon. I'm happy to answer any questions that may crop up here, too! Just be sure to leave a comment and I'll get back to it asap! 


    A Very Virtual Kokkinos Adventure

    I got a Vive! So, for funsies, I'm going to take some time to talk about my initial thoughts on it, what games to check out, and what things might be fun to see in the future.


    Sounds Good?

    I've been meaning to write more sound centric articles about some of the things we've been doing here, so I will be covering some tips, techniques, and go over some of the previously released episodes to talk about what we did to achieve certain sounds. 


    Additionally: Do you have any sound questions? Trying to achieve a specific sound effect or can't quite understand why your mix doesn't exactly sound right? 


    Annnnd lastly!


    If you're planning on going to RTX this year, I'm hoping to host another audio panel with the entire team! As soon as we've confirmed, I'll be sure to post here. :) 


    Alright! Back to the beeps and the boops! 


    -ck.

  • Captioning Update

    3 weeks ago

    ebregman Programming

    We now have two shows posting regularly on RT platforms with no specific timetable for when they'll be on YouTube: Red vs Blue and Camp Camp. Happy to say the results are pretty promising! This has made incredibly clear to us that we still have work to do when it comes to accessibility, especially in the case of closed captions. We want RT platforms to be a welcoming place for everyone including the hearing impaired, not to mention those of us who just prefer to read our dialogue with the sound on.


    By way of update, we're working now to try to move up in our development timeline the implementation of captioning. It's a multi-faceted feature that uniquely requires shifts on both the production and the engineering side, so it's going to take time for us to do it right. And we want to do it right!


    To start, our goal this year is for most productions to deliver their content for QA and publishing at least 1 week before airing (yes, there will always be exceptions). Last year the goal was 1 day before airing, so this is a pretty big shift. The year before, we frequently received videos hours or minutes before they were scheduled to go live. One week likely seems insane for those of us accustomed to the immediacy of the digital video world, but it's still a crazy quick turnaround compared to a traditional/legacy network; they get their content months in advance of airing.


    Having videos this early allows time for us to do a lot with that source file, including sending it to a third party captioning house (along with a script, where available), and having them send us caption files in multiple formats (and languages!) for all the devices where you can watch us. We're exploring automated caption generation (there are a lot of open source options), but we aren't confident that will serve all our needs especially in the case of videos where a lot of people talk over each other (we've all seen the automated captions on YouTube...). Moreover, the automated option takes about the same amount of time to implement as the manual option, so we might as well do it right the first time.


    When this feature does roll out, I expect it will start with new uploads only, while we also work through the library (6000+ hours is a lot to get through). There's also a chance that at launch, captions don't show up on new uploads immediately - again it's going to depend on how early we received the video, allowing for time for it to travel to the captioning house and then back to us.


    More updates!

    • Pilot month is going really really well! We hope you liked all of them; by the looks of it you really did. Make sure you come back Thurs at 11a CT for the premiere of Rooster Teeth's Murder Room!
    • We're in the final stages of prepping our fully-programmed linear networks(!). The AHTV cult is about to get a schedule every day, watch out.
    • Production starts TODAY on The Wierd Place, the show we announced a few weeks back where the AH team navigate their way through a series of interconnected escape rooms. If you haven't yet, check out Meow Wolf, where we're shooting these first few episodes.
    • Let's Play GTA V now posts on Saturdays on FIRST. That was the only day when we didn't have a LP video posting, and it felt lonely, so we fixed it.
    • There is so much more going on that I can't talk about yet and it's killing me but you are going to be so happy.......


    Hope everyone is having a good short work week!

  • So a lot happened today...

    3 weeks ago

    kriss Community Manager

    I accepted the role of Community Manager for RT and now join the ranks officially. 


    It is...surreal. 


    I always wanted to be a CM, but I never knew exactly where my journey would take me. I can't imagine a more fitting destination. I signed up on the site in 2005, and I have seen so much of this community grow and change over time. I remember being incredibly shy, not fully understanding how to interact with people on this site. But I also remember being invited to listen to the Late Night Jenga Jam and making more friends because of it. I participated in podcasts like the LFTO Shizno, did a few fun audio script projects for the Grifball group and a community made project called "What Happened to Georgia?" 


    Fast forward a few years, I created the RT Vegas community group, and became a Guardian for RTX. This year would have been my 6th year as a Guardian. I'll still be working RTX, but just in a different capacity. It's crazy to think back on the years, reminiscing about various memories, and still wonder how I ended up here. I have so much that I want to write, but I am so overwhelmed by the outpouring of support from everyone. This is truly one of the most memorable moments of my life, and I am so happy I get to share this with you. 


    I will give you my absolute best. This is my promise to you, my community. I have much to learn, and much to do, but know that I cannot do this without you all. We are a team. WE are the heart of RT, and I will be doing everything I can to keep us growing better and stronger. 


    Let's make some magic happen. 

  • Our New Community Manager

    3 weeks ago

    Barbara

    I'd like to introduce you all to our new Community Manager.

    This woman is someone who needs no introduction. But I'll give you one anyway because SHE'S WORTH IT!


    Welcome Jackie, AKA @kriss!


    Jackie has been part of the Rooster Teeth community since 2005, and has been one of the most involved, supportive, and inclusive community members we've ever met. She helped run RT Vegas, has been a lead Guardian at RTX for a number of years, and has continued to be active and enthusiastic when it comes to anything RT Community. Her passion comes through in everything she does, and we know that she, alongside @Chelsea, will make an unstoppable community team.


    With the new community site underway (more details soon), it' the perfect time for her to jump on board. We are so excited to have her on the team (finally!). The community is the lifeblood of Rooster Teeth, and we always want to make sure we're doing our best to support you guys.


    Now, please help me in giving a massively warm welcome to Jackie! <3 



  • MDB Animated Premieres Today!

    3 weeks ago

    bgibbles

    Hey everyone!


    I’ve got like a whole five minutes here to get something out quick before I go and crash after one hell of an incredible weekend down in Florida for MegaCon. First of all, the pilot episode of MDB Animated just premiered today (and if you haven’t watched it, GO - check it out now!) and I can’t wait to hear what you think about it.


    You’ve watched Million Dollars, But… for years now, but we’ve come up to scenarios that are just impossible to act out with real humans without some serious bodily harm or mental scarring. That’s where the incredible 2D Animation team comes into play. With the help of the masterminds behind Nomad of Nowhere, Camp Camp, and RTAA, they’ve been able to take scenarios that we had no hope of ever creating to turn them into the animated feature you’ve seen today!


    So, that’s it for now. Check out the pilot and let us know what you think!

  • Good mo(u)rning -- Bird Death?

    4 weeks ago

    tndrloin Professional Cat Herder

    I'm a laaaate sleeper when I have the choice.


    Woke up at about 10am to Human beloved yelling "OH MY GOD. OH FUCK. FUCK! NO. NO!". Human was obviously in shock at what he was seeing, and I just thought, "what the fuuuuck is this all about?  Oh.. shit"


    Baldy Le Cat CAUGHT A BIRD in his mouf on our balcony. We live in a very quiet, docile neighborhood. Did he see that this would make him a badass on catmedia? He's never done this in his life. This behavior completely surprised me, but damn -- apparently, cat's gonna cat!


    It was a very tense 30 minutes while Baldy tried to get inside while the bird's neck was in his mouth. He didn't quite understand that we didn't really want to let him in with that bird in his mouth, he kept pawing at the screen door like "uhh, come on -- I got shit to do!". I contemplated wrestling the bird out, but that would've very likely made things worse for the poor lady/fella bird.


    All we could do was wait for Baldy to drop it. As soon as the bird was out, the chase was on. I took out a good tuft of Baldy's fur while trying to catch him and not let him get the bird back in his mouth (at least his name fits more-so now) and the bird hopped a bit on the balcony.

    We scurried Baldy inside, and did research on what to do. Is this poor bird going to die?!

    "Birdie" went to the dark back corner of the balcony.


    Things are grim. 


    I called the closest vet. They don't "do birds". I then called our property management to see if they had any suggestions. Unless the bird is dead, nothing they can do. If the bird IS dead, maintenance can come and handle. Found a vet hospital about 30 min away that takes care of birdies until 2pm.


    During this time, Birdie decided to chill out on the very edge of our balcony, where the iron trellis/barrier is. He stayed there for awhile. He looked okay. Was tilting his head around, scoping things out. We think he was in shock. Stayed there while Human beloved got a cardboard box ready and poked many, several holes in it, in preparation for trip to the bird hospital and put a cute small towel inside. We had a game plan ready. While starting to initiate the game plan, however, Birdie flew away.


    Human beloved went down to the courtyard to see if he could find it, while I scoped things out from above. Somebody was walking their dog below, and we warned them to keep a look out, in case dog was a hunter like Baldy. Maybe Birdie went to the tree right in front of us? Behind the bushes? Birdie was nowhere to be found. We think Birdie'll be okay!

    While I don't have pics of the traumatic incident, I do have a pic of a lizard spotted while looking for said Birdie.


    Can you find the lizard? What kind is it? I have no idea..


    GOOD MORNING!!!


    (we will never be able to unsee what Baldy has done)


  • Lists are hard

    4 weeks ago

    burnie

    It’s 2018 and I still hate the way Xbox delineates between game achievements and DLC achievements. Spoiler: it doesn’t. 


    PS Trophies have had Platinums for years, I wish they would just make their own version of that.

  • The History of Star Wars Fandom and How That Relates To Solo: A Star Wars Story

    4 weeks ago

    ericvespe

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    A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away Star Wars fandom was united. It was generally accepted that A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back and most of Return of the Jedi were good, the Ewok spin-off movies and the Holiday Special were bad and all was right in the world


    Sure, Ewoks were always divisive, but a lot of the Return of the Jedi hate that has become commonly accepted didn't seem to pop up until around the time the Special Editions were released. As someone who was there I don't remember anybody talking shit about the movie on the whole. Ewoks, absolutely, but most people loved how the Vader/Luke/Emperor storyline played out, thought the Jabba sequence was rad as hell and the Redwoods speeder chase the most thrilling thing since the original trench run.



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    Then the Special Editions happened and that was a huge event. The movies were all #1 again at the box office, but all the early days CGI soured the experience a little and then became giant points of contention when George Lucas refused to let people own the actual versions they fell in love with to begin with.


    But we all still mostly agreed on Star Wars. At least on all the important things anyway. Some of us spun off to the Extended Universe books, some of us stuck with the movies as our canon, but we all basked in the same loving glow of this series we all adored.


    Then the dark days began. For me it was sitting in the Regal Metropolitan's biggest house after waiting in line for 2 weeks for The Phantom Menace. The opening crawl went by and the audience was going absolutely batshit. It was the first official, real-deal Star Wars anything in 16 years and it was finally here. Then the Neimoidians spoke. I'll always remember the line-reading. “Yes, of course. As you know our blockade is perfectly legal.” The emphasis was on all the wrong syllables and it sounded like a white guy playing a 1940s-era Asian stereotype.



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    There was a sinking feeling in the pit of my stomach and the whole temperature of the room changed like an invisible wet blanket smothered the audience's enthusiasm at the same time. That movie has high highs (Darth Maul, a cool lightsaber fight, the remarkably thrilling podrace sequence) and low lows (pretty much every line of dialogue stiltedly spoken, a convoluted, boring plot about trade embargoes and resource hording, and front to back bad acting from good actors), which left me in a daze when I exited the theater.


    Episode 1 couldn't be bad. It's Star Wars and no official Star Wars Saga movie had been bad before, so it must be me. I rewatched it a half dozen times that summer and every successive screening made me angrier and angrier at the stuff that didn't work.


    You may love the prequels, you may hate them or you may feel indifferent about them, but it's undeniable that they deeply fractured Star Wars fandom. I thought I had moved on from that franchise until The Clone Wars was able to retroactively improve the nonsense of the prequels. Suddenly Anakin was a multi-dimensional character and I actually bought him as a good guy worth saving. Suddenly the Clones had personality and were rich characters. Suddenly the Jedi weren't just boring dudes sitting in a circle debating about mundane bullshit. I still may not love the prequels, but The Clone Wars and, later, Rebels, helped me come to terms with them.


    Then the Disney era came and for a brief time fandom was reunited again. Maybe not as permanently or purely as they were in the good ol' days, but that level of excitement between when Episode 7 was announced and it premiering was the closest I've felt to pure unity since the lead up to Episode 1.


    Again, there were always minor squabbles and some cynicism, but on the whole the question of what this new Star Wars was going to be enraptured most of us. The guessing game and slow glimpses behind the scenes and wait for that first trailer... it all felt fun again.



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    There's a reason The Force Awakens broke box office records and had huge legs. It was a fantastically fun movie with one foot planted firmly in nostalgia with the legacy characters and a rehash of A New Hope's basic structure and one foot taking a giant step forward, introducing us to a whole new cast of lead characters that somehow felt perfectly Star Warsian.


    Rey, Finn, Poe, BB-8, Kylo Ren... they all felt like part of this universe without being direct repeats of what came before, thanks in large part to the smart decision to mix and match Star Wars character tropes. There isn't a Han Solo type. Finn and Poe have elements of the charming scoundrel, but Poe also has Luke's almost naive optimism. Rey has Luke's pure-hearted earnestness as well as a dash of Han's roughness and Leia's get-shit-done attitude, for example.


    But even this very crowd-pleasing movie couldn't completely heal the fractured fanbase. The cracks started showing up again, this time with a heavily misogynistic flavor that puts a bad taste in my mouth. The same people who believed a young man intuitively strong with the Force but without any training whatsoever could use the Force to essentially dunk a basketball from outside the stadium said that it was unrealistic that a girl who had fought for her life since she was a child could swing a lightsaber.


    That's not to say everybody who dislikes the new characters or how they're executed are misogynists or racists. I want to be clear about that because saying something that definitive undercuts the discussion at large and automatically paints anybody who disagrees with me in the most negative light possible. I would never assume that's where you're starting from if you dislike the new Disney-era saga films. However it is fair to say that if you are racist and/or misogynist odds are you hate these new movies.



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    Star Wars has always been progressive. The very first film is an allegory for Vietnam, which means the evil Empire is the American Military Industry, folks. They may dress like Nazis, but the Empire is a stand in for America and the evil Emperor was Nixon. Don't take my word for it, Lucas says it here.


    But a lot of fans were happy to keep all that as subtext and weren't comfortable when that progressiveness was put on full display in the new era.


    Yes, some prequel haters were dismissive of prequel apologists and that conversation was hardly ever cordial and very often heated, but there's a meanness to the fanbase now. Maybe, like the MAGA hat wearing bullies that have sprung up in the last two years, the mean Star Wars fan was always there and just afraid to go full bore until now, but it's happening.


    That all came to a head with The Last Jedi's release. One more time, in case you missed it, I'm not saying that if you disliked any aspect of Episode 8 you are automatically lumped in with the worst of the worst. It's totally fair to not want to see Star Wars evolve past the icons that you love and that's what that film was about. Remember them, use that memory to inspire the next generation, but it's not their time anymore. We see that on the light side with grumpy old man Luke's storyline and you see that on the dark side with Kylo Ren finally evolving past just trying to imitate Vader.


    That brings us to Solo. The reason I spent so so so much time outlining the history of Star Wars fandom is because I believe where you fit into the current Star Wars fandom will determine how you react to Solo.



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    I think those that loved the direction The Last Jedi and, to a degree, The Force Awakens were going in will feel like Solo is a step backwards. Their interest will be muted because it's not a story about pushing the overall lore forward. It's a nostalgia bath that wants you to relax in the warm waters of characters and iconography most of us grew up with.


    There's no real attempt at gaining any deeper understanding of the characters you already know and love. They're so focused on just making them look and feel right that any deeper reason for this movie to exist within the established lore is thrown out the window.


    For me that was frustrating. We'd get little glimpses going in that direction. In particular there's a conversation between Han and Lando where they're getting to know each other and talk a bit about their parents. The way Lando talks about his awesome mother piqued my interest. It was the first time I felt like they were exploring something about that character I didn't already know, but it's dropped as soon as it is brought up.


    And that's fine. It's not what I want out of Star Wars at this point, but I'm sure it's what a lot of people do want. They just want a fun story told in an exciting way with the characters they loved. There's nothing wrong with that, but it's not all that interesting to me.


    But I'm the guy that never really got into the Extended Universe books either. I liked what I read just fine, but they just never felt like real Star Wars to me. They did for a whole lot of people, but I wasn't one of them, despite trying as hard as I could to be one.


    Solo is made for those people. It really does feel like a movie adaptation of an EU book that never was and for some that will be music to their ears.


    Whether you will think Solo is good, bad or mediocre will entirely depend on what you want out of Star Wars. My guess is that history will show it as an entertaining, but inconsequential addition to the overall lore, but only time will tell.


    On a technical level it's a solid movie. There are a couple really thrilling action sequences, one involving a train heist and one being a rather creative envisioning of the Kessel Run. These sequences are unquestionably well-executed. Towards the end they finally go for the character complexity I was hoping for with a band of pirates and smugglers, but at that point it felt like too little too late to me.


    The idea of doing a Han Solo on his pirate adventures story is pretty fun, but much like Rogue One I felt like they missed the target on integrating a famous cinematic genre into Star Wars. If they made Heat, but in Star Wars or even The French Connection, but in Star Wars, that would have been amazing, but we don't get nearly enough of the smuggler life or spend enough time in the gritty criminal underbelly of this universe. That stuff felt like a side note, kind of like how the Men On A Mission aspect of Rogue One was backgrounded pretty much until the final third and we never got to see those people actually work as a team until the big mission... when they're all separated anyway.



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    Everything you've heard about Donald Glover's Lando is spot-on. He's got the charisma and chops to make me buy that he's Lando. Alden Ehrenreich is trying his damndest to pull off young Harrison Ford's swagger and he succeeds on some levels, but the fact that Glover seems to do it so effortlessly really shows how much Alden's struggling to find that pencil line thin balance between capturing a character's essence and just giving us an imitation.


    It made me wish this wasn't a story about Han Solo, to be honest. If Ehrenreich was playing a character in the Han Solo mold then I think he would have been freer to try different things and make it his own.


    I have some issues with where things leave off at the end, particularly when it comes to Solo himself. I kinda feel like it undercuts who he is at the beginning of A New Hope, but I'm not too much of a stickler about that because there is still a question about stuff that could happen between the end of Solo and the beginning of A New Hope.


    The score is pretty damn good, as to be expected. Some great themes return at the right moments and really help give those big scenes the Star Wars feel. John Powell does a fine job at keeping the non-John Williams cues feeling like Star Wars and not a pale imitation, which is a tall order.



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    Ron Howard is a guy who knows how to put a film together. He has decades of experience telling him what angles work best for what scene, how to manipulate the edit and to keep the pace going, but there's not much of a director's voice on display. He does a solid job, no doubt, but I didn't feel like there was anything special going on, which is kind of my issue with the entire movie to be honest. Maybe if he had been able to build this one from the ground up instead of pinch-hitting when things went bad between Lucasfilm and Chris Miller and Phil Lord things could have been different, but that's not what we got here.


    At the press screening there was a bit of a technical difficulty. Right in the middle of the movie, just as the main heist was about to begin, the screen went dark, but the audio kept playing. This went on for about 60 seconds and then the projectionist stopped it and rewound the film. The problem was they rewound it almost a full reel, maybe 15 minutes.


    As I rewatched those 15 minutes I found I was bored, which doesn't bode well for my next actual re-watch. If that had happened during The Force Awakens or The Last Jedi or literally any original trilogy movie I wouldn't have felt that way, but I did here and that might be the most blisteringly critical thing I could say about the movie.


    It doesn't make you a bad person or a bad fan if all you want is to cuddle up to an old friend and bask in nostalgia for 2 hours and 15 minutes. If that's what you want then you'll get your money's worth here. If you want something a little deeper then you might find this journey into the Star Wars universe a little hollow.

  • Oh, But I Can

    1 month ago

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    Not too long ago, my doctor told me I needed to stop running outside.  My spine isn't doing so hot and the impact is making everything worse.  So I arranged to get medical treatment and then started researching which elliptical to buy.  Because despite the expense, it's still a worthy investment toward my health.    


    I went to the store, bought it, and arranged for delivery on a Saturday.  And then I waited what felt like a really long time for Saturday to arrive.  Eventually I received my big cardboard box and as I unpacked the box that's bigger and heavier than I am, the first thing I notice in the instruction manual is a bit of text at the top saying assembly requires two people.  "We'll see about that," I think.


    This is a big piece of complicated and expensive machinery.  But as I was laying all the bits and pieces out on the floor, I realized that a lot of people would feel intimidated by this task.  Sure, one of the bolts fell into the plastic casing around the wheel and I couldn't see or hear it.  Did I give up?  Pfft.  No.  I did what I do best.  I out-stubborned the inanimate object.  I was observant and tenacious and I figured out where the bolt landed and how to knock it down.  


    I refused to be daunted by the task in front of me and I attribute that to my parents in a grand way.  They never shied away from teaching me the finer things in life.  Like how to use a treadle sewing machine and the value of a furniture dolly.  I grew up with a mom who used our workshop's radial arm saw as often as dad.  They were a team that did everything equally and I learned how to be pretty darn handy because of it.  So I assembled my lovely, complicated piece of machinery.  Even though the instructions might say I can't do it by myself, thanks to my parents, I know better.  


    P.S. The chaotic aftermath.



  • Current Crafty Project - Still Powered by Excel

    1 month ago

    Chelsea FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold RT Community Manager

    Hola friends!


    Over the weekend I started something new. Something kinda bit, pretty, way too many colors, and will probably end up being the size of a parachute because I'm refusing to measure the size of my stitches. 


    I'm making a temperature afghan. (Here's a google image search of what other people have done)


    I saw it pop up on Pinterest MONTHS ago and was vaguely interested in it, but didn't really know how to start or what to do. Since then I've thought about it on and off again, until I realized I wanted to do it. And have it mean something special to me. So I'm going to share it here, because it's special to me and y'all are special to me and I want to share it. 


    There are three years that mean a lot to me right now. I'm take all three years and doing a side-by-side comparison of the three to see how the temperatures acted that year. 


    Year One: 1992, Austin, TX. I was born that year, and in that city - enough said. 

    Year Two: 2010, San Angelo, TX. That was the year I went to college and the town that I fell in love with for the four years I was out there. 

    Year Three: 2017, Pflugerville, TX. Last year was a big year for me. I bought a house, started dating Michael, lots of personal and professional growth. Good times. 


    So, how am I doing it? 


    Step 1: Decided what years and locations I wanted to use.


    Step 2: Went to the Farmer's Almanec website to look up weather history and began to create a spreadsheet using the Min, Max, and Mean temperatures. (Website: https://www.almanac.com/weather/history) This is what it started to look like. I did this for January 1 through December 31. 

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    Step 3: After ALL of the data had been entered, it was time to break out temperature ranges and assign colors to them. Since San Angelo had extreme colds and hots (desert temperatures, man) I wanted to make sure that the ranges broke up a bit to really show off those temperatures. This is what I settled on.

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    Step 4: Then I went one step further, because I still hadn't decided if I wanted to do the blanket based on minimum, maximum, or the mean temperatures, and created conditional formatting connected to that temperature color chart I made in step 3. I made a lot of rules...

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    Step 5: This is what January looks like with the conditions involved. Pretty, huh?

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    Step 6: At this point, I could decide to go with either minimum/max/mean temperatures and just start on it. But I wanted it to look PRETTY, so I started copy and pasting specific sections to see how it looks. I eventually settled on a mix of things. Minimum temperatures for Jan/Feb/March, Mean temperatures for April/MayJune, Max temperatures for July/Aug/Sept, Mean temps again for Oct/November and Mins again for December. 


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    Step 7: I went shopping. And bout a lot of yarn. I've done the first week of January for Austin 1992 and I'm SO EXCITED. 


    I also put together an estimation of what it'll look at finished. You can see that here (linked outside because it's HUGE).


    So, now that I've rambled on about my latest craft experience... what are you working on? Do you have a favorite crochet stitch? I'm using a single slip-stitch thing right now. What's been your favorite thing you've created, something related to a special point in your life?


    <3

    Chels

  • This Week at ScrewAttack - 5/18/18

    1 month ago

    JoshuaKazemi @joshuakazemi

    The Desk of The Desk of DEATH BATTLE - The Death of Sonic Archie Comics - Editor Notes 

    • LIVE ACTION LISA! Jocelyn is alive! We're all super excited to bring that character to life. Lisa will be on DEATH BATTLE Cast today at 4pm. Check it out! 
    • Isn't her new set awesome?! 
    • From an editing stand point, I really thought of this video as a sequel to the "Knuckles Was A God" episode. By that I mean I borrowed a ton of comic panels and key frames from that video. 
    • I don't know Ken Penders but yikes. I think his actions speak for themselves. Wow. 
    • Did anyone out there read the Sonic Archie Comics as all of this craziness was happening? What was it like?

    Watch the video! 


    Top 10 Deadliest Pokemon - Editor Notes 


    • I love that Charizard sprite animation in the intro. That is all. 
    • If Machoke learned how to speak, I would have a VERY hard time treating him like an animal that people trap in balls and force to fight. He's already very human looking. 
    • If Muks are going extinct because of less pollution, are there activists for them? Sample sentence: "Muks are dying out, save Muks! Pollute more! POLLUTE!" 
    • That ditto face on The Thing. Terrifying right? 
    • If you want Nick to record the Pokedex for every Pokemon, tweet at him! 

    Watch the video!

  • Email for Commissions

    1 month ago

    Laurin Production Artist

    Hello!  I recently set up an email specifically for commissions and such.  My hope is that if anyone's interested then they'll simply reach out asking if I'm available (maybe even share a little of what they're considering for a commission), and I'll let them know!


    Email:  LaurinCrozierComms @ gmail . com


    I likely won't get to these as rapidly as I would when I'd open periodically on twitter; I'm trying to take things a little more slowly to be gentler on myself these days and reduce pressure.  So, with that in mind, if you reach out then I hope you don't feel discouraged if it takes a few days for me to respond.

    I'm hoping this can be maintained more like a steady flow in the background when I can get to things, rather than a burst batch.


    Thanks guys, and I hope to hear from you over time!  Wishing you all wellness and happiness :)


    - Laurin

  • Million Dollars WHAAAAT

    1 month ago

    BoringGeoff Stuff and/or Things!

    Good news, everyone!  


    We are super stoked to announce that Cryptozoic Entertainment is officially distributing Million Dollars, But... The Game into retail! For the first time ever, the game will be available at retailers worldwide, including hobby shops, Game Stop, and more. Look for it on store shelves this July.


    This is the start of a beautiful friendship with Cryptozoic, so keep your eye out for more exciting games from this partnership. In the meantime: tell your friends! Tell your neighbors! Tell your sweet baby kittens! Tell everyone you know to get their butts out there and pick up Million Dollars, But... The Game!


    https://www.cryptozoic.com/articles/cryptozoic-and-rooster-teeth-announce-partnership-release-million-dollars-game

  • Achievement Haunter Pilot

    1 month ago

    Daniel Writer/Director

    Hello all!


    It’s finally here! The Achievement Hunter Crew has been talking about hunting monsters and ghosts for a while now so we’re all excited to share the pilot of Achievement Haunter with you. (Watch it here now!) If you don’t know about the show, @geoff challenges the AH crew to explore a haunted location and draw out the lingering paranormal spirits using fear as their tactic.


    There are many questions we try to answer in the show: Do ghosts exist? Who is the bravest member of Achievement Hunter? Who can make Gavin shit his pants first? All important questions! And we want to tackle more in a full season, but the only way that will happen is if you watch it! Love it! And leave comments! We want to hear feedback, favorite moments and what excites you about the show.


    I’ll go first.


    I’m excited because we try very hard to recreate the events of Yorktown Memorial in a unique and funny way. Combining horror and comedy is difficult, but I like playing in that sandbox. We hope you enjoy the cinematography as well as the jokes AH dreams up around the campfire. In addition, we want to push the boundaries beyond shows like Ghost Hunters, Ghost Adventures and MTV’s FEAR. Instead of following the rules, our ghost hunters are going to act like idiots, scare each other and actively try to antagonize the spirits--the opposite of what the professionals would do!


    We hope you all enjoy the episode and let us make more!


    Eternally skeptic,

    Daniel

  • Send Us Your Camp Camp Sing Alongs! (Plus a Schedule Update)

    1 month ago

    Jordan Campe Diem

    Hey there, campers!


    In case you've been living under a rock, we recently announced that Camp Camp season 3 is premiering May 25th! That's like, nine days from now! This season of Camp Camp is shaping up to be the most exciting and crazy season yet: Campbell's in jail, the counselors are struggling to keep the place afloat, and all the while the campers continue to wreak havoc at Camp Campbell. 


    And if you want to keep up with all the antics this season has to offer, listen up! This season, Camp Camp episodes will be free to the public on the Rooster Teeth site and mobile apps one week after they go up for FIRST members, same as last year. However, they will not be uploaded to YouTube right away. This is because we're really working hard to make our site and mobile apps the best place to watch RT shows and be part of the RT community. And now more than ever, with the craziness around other online video platforms, viewing Camp Camp on Rooster Teeth supports us more than ever before. If you'd like me to put it in simple words: IF YOU WANT CAMP CAMP TO SUCCEED, PLEASE WATCH IT ON ROOSTER TEETH. 

    Otherwise you're going to miss out on the awesome episodes we have in store, like the TWO

    22-minute long episodes in season 3! OH GOLLY.


    So that's pretty cool! And since we like doing cool things, and everyone in our community is cool, we're also putting together a MASSIVE Camp Camp sing-along video, and we need your submissions! All you need to do is record a video of you or a group of friends singing the Camp Camp Theme Song, and then submit it RIGHT HERE. All we ask is that you do not include any background music in your video. The deadline to submit is May 21st at 10am Central. After that, we'll release our giant collaboration for everyone to see! It's going to be awesome, so get those submissions in!


    Until then, keep looking forward to the premiere of Camp Camp season 3. See ya then, campers!

  • Background Playback now available on iOS and Android!

    1 month ago

    revelsrouser twitter.com/revelsrouser

    Hey everyone! Following swiftly on the announcement that Chromecast support is now available for iOS and Android, we have just pushed another update with this one including BACKGROUND PLAYBACK! Yes! You asked for it and you shall receive. This is a FIRST-only feature so you have to make sure that you're logged in to be able to enjoy this sweet new perk. (Not a FIRST member? Sign-up now and start your free trial!)


    So, make sure that your app is up-to-date, enable background play in the app settings, and go forth and start listening to all your favorite videos, series, and podcasts with ease.  


    Don't have the app yet so you can't enjoy these wicked new features? Go get it now, available on iOS in the Apple Store and Android in the Google Play Store! More things will be coming, so stick around to find out what's coming out next.

  • GORQ'S QUEST is here...but what is it??

    1 month ago

    toddwo32 Creative Producer

    Hey hey! 


    If you're following all this PILOT MONTH stuff, you might be wondering, "What the fudge is GORQ'S QUEST?" 


    The short answer is that it's a comedy game show featuring a crew of riffing RT'ers co-hosted by a rotating Rooster Teeth personality and an imprisoned supercomputer robot from 1983 who can only become free once he learns more. His name is GORQ, which is short for GENERATOR OF RANDOM QUESTIONS, and he's kind of hard to work with. That was probably more like the medium-long answer. 


    This show is something I started to put together a few months back. I wanted to make a show that was more comedy-based where there was lots of riffing. So we did some test shoots with some of the folks around here for a show called UNEDUCATED GUEST. Those test episodes were pretty good, but everyone on the crew really liked this one weird segment I wrote where we took a break from answering funny questions and had the cast chat with GORQ (who at the time was simply the word "GORQ" on a screen), who spoke to us from inside a computer. I thought everyone was going to hate that part, frankly, because it was more than a little weird.   

    Brian Behm, who is like a do-it-all creative at RT, was sort of watching from the sidelines and told me that if I wanted, he could build a robot body for GORQ and allow him to be a real thing that could interact with the others. He basically asked me, "Do you want a robot?" And if you know anything about me, you would know that I would never say no to that question. Who doesn't want a robot? So he made version one of GORQ the robot, and I came up with a backstory for GORQ, and GORQ'S QUEST was born. 


    I really hope you like the show. My goal was to create something new and maybe a little weird that's really fun to watch, and there's a freakin' robot in it! I can already see a million ways to make it more fun and funny, and I'm super excited to see what people in the RT community have to say about it. Please watch it with an open mind, and don't judge GORQ too harshly – he's had a hard life thus far. 


    Join GORQ'S QUEST on Tuesday May 15th at 11am CT, only on FIRST!   

  • YouTube History: Donald Glover's WILD Comedy Days

    1 month ago

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    YouTube is my jam.  I’ve worked with YouTube creators since 2012 and love sharing different YouTube creators with my friends and family. I’m now at the point where I have a full set of “OG” YouTubers that I go back to and watch their content and now there is no one more mind blowing than our boy Donald Glover, aka This is America, aka Mr Atlanta, aka Lando, aka Mr taking over the culture...


    Donald Glover is everywhere, everything, and all consuming. I can’t remember an artist in recent memory who seemingly has dominated TV (Atlanta), music (Childish Gambino), and movies (Lando, I mean Solo) all at one time. Some people would mention Justin Timberlake but he’s not making prestige TV shows like our boy Donald. It’s fantastic, good for him - but it’s also mind-blowing because he has A WILD YouTube history - that I’m pretty most people don’t know about. Note - I've talked to lots of employees and only @ebregman and Donnie knew about this content, which isn't surprising cause Evan is a internet Jedi and Donnie is one of the coolest dudes at RT (check out his band)!


    Glover was part of comedy sketch group called Derrick Comedy, which was made up of a bunch of folks but the heavy hitters were Glover, Dominic Dierkes, and D.C. Pierson. Their sketches ran the gamut from average to hilarious but it’s clear that Donald is the star (I think he got cast in Community off this). What is also clear is that Glover’s eye for ultra sharp social commentary, absurdism, and fearlessness shines through even in this early work. Let’s go ahead and check out some of the work and if you’ve never seen this before - buckle up, because this shit is pretty crazy.



    Bro Rape feels like something from a forgotten time, and not in a good way. Damn, what a different world 2006 was and I’m frankly surprised that a sketch like this is still on YouTube, let alone starring the Golden Boy himself. The message it sends about sexual violence, sexual preferences, and overall campus life is a little too far when viewed at in 2018 lense. However, perhaps that is what they were going for? I don’t think it was.



    I always just loved this concept: two DJ’s getting hunted by a wolf they unleashed through a magical text. Not that much social commentary here - just a good laugh.


    And here we are again, long before Donald was demonstrating America’s massive problems with race and culture in his now classic “This is America” video - he was learning how to crudely push the buttons here. Watching this video now, I’m struck how I still feel as uncomfortable as I did in 2006 when I first saw it, an emotion that I feel during part of the “This America Video.”


    There are lots more hilarious videos on the YouTube channel, I encourage you to check them out. There even are more in the archives on College Humor. They’re a fascinating public chronicle of Mr. Glover, someone who I think will be around blowing our minds for a very long time. That is unless he goes full Kanye - but I don’t think he’ll do it that, at least I hope he wont.

  • Funhaus' Drunk E3 2018!

    1 month ago

    sirlarr

    We've just about made it to my own, personal Christmas in July! Yes, ladies, gentlemen, and gentlefolk of all kinds -- it's time for Funhaus' E3 Spec-DRUNK-ular 2018!


    Here's the schedule of conferences as of the time of writing. We'll be live for each conference on YouTube and Rooster Teeth with gaming and (probably) drunk arguments in between. All times PT!


    Saturday, June 9

    • Electronic Arts -- 11:00 AM

    Sunday, June 10

    • Microsoft -- 1:00 PM
    • Bethesda -- 6:30 PM 
    • Devolver Digital - 8:00 PM

    Monday, June 11

    • Square Enix -- 10:00 AM
    • Ubisoft -- 1:00 PM 
    • PC Gaming Show - 3:00 PM 
    • Sony -- 6:00 PM

    Tuesday, June 12

    • Nintendo -- 9:00 AM

    Next, the rules!

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    Take a shot when…

    • There is any mention / appearance of Death Stranding OR Hideo Kojima
    • There is any mention / appearance of Shenmue III OR Yu Suzuki
    • There is any mention / appearance of Sonic the Hedgehog in any capacity
    • There is any mention / appearance of Cyberpunk 2077
    • There is any mention / appearance of any game from Valve Software
    • Bethesda Game Studios announces a port or a re-release of any game.
    • There is any mention / appearance of a Battle Royale game
    • There are technical difficulties of any kind
    • There is a single, over-enthusiastic yell from the crowd
    • Anyone is crying
    • You hear the word "diversity"
    • You hear the word "beloved"

    And, because some of us are getting pretty tired of slamming our bodies with literal poison, we're splitting into TEAM DRUNK and TEAM VAPE. And Lawrence Mode will make a return too, meaning I will do BOTH. God bless America.


    Plus, this year we have some tasty FIRST-Exclusive PERKS.


    First off, if you can't watch the streams, the entire Drunk E3-sperience will be uploaded for FIRST members to Fullhaus!


    Second, our stream will close out each day with our very professional, FIRST-Exclusive wrap up show! You know how every gaming channel does a segment where they sit around and talk about who won and lost E3? We decided we wanted to do that too. Except ours will be even MORE professional somehow. This will also be uploaded for FIRST members.


    So make sure to get your FIRST Membership all prepped and ready, since it's the only way you'll see every dumb drunk thing we do (and if you sign up, please use promo code "funhaus" so our bosses like us more).


    Any questions? Leave em in the comments below!

  • Broadcast, Pilot Month, Theater Mode and more!

    1 month ago

    Stab RT Broadcast Producer

    Hey Everyone,

    Just wanted to write a little update regarding things happening in here at Rooster Teeth regarding Broadcast, Pilot Month, Theater Mode and more!


    First things first, Pilot Month. Pilots are interesting here at RT. A television pilot is usually kept behind closed doors, analyzed, and shown to a testing group before making it anywhere to an audience. Here at RT, the community is our testing group. And the pilot is put out ahead of any official season to get your opinion. We want to hear your thoughts, because at the end of the day it's a show for you and the rest of the Rooster Teeth community. For Pilot month Broadcast has two new shows, very different from any other shows we have done in the past. They are Gorq's Quest and Murder Room (link). Both have been in the works here for a bit and they have grown progressively during their testing phase. I can't say much right now, but you can see Gorq's Quest on May 15th and Murder Room on May 31st. I think both will be a favorite among community members who enjoy the game-based shows. 





    Alright, now for some Theater Mode. I hope you've enjoyed the first season of Funhaus Theater Mode. It was awesome to work with Elyse and the rest of the Funhaus team on the season and I hope to do more of the show in the future. I personally have really enjoyed Funhaus' style for the show- going for something a little closer to the original MST3K style. 


    Recently we shot our first live episode of Theater Mode at the Alamo Draft House in South Austin. Thank you to everyone who came out to the event. This is a first for us. If it proves successful it can mean doing this type of production more often and possibly not just in Austin. You can expect the edited release during the next volume of Theater Mode. Now that I got you thinking about the next volume, let's talk about it for a second. We are working on acquiring new films for the next volume as well as testing a few new ideas- TM Live being one test. I don't have much to say beyond that, except for wait for the official announcement sometime soon. 




    The last thing I wanted to mention in this update is regarding changes in RT Broadcast's crew. You probably saw on this past Monday's episode of the RT Podcast that Eric Baudor from Mega 64 has joined our crew. Eric will be taking the position as our new Podcast Producer, working on RT Podcast, Always Open, and other emerging shows in our lineup. We welcome him to our rag-tag team of Broadcasters. 

    Lastly, you've probably noticed a new face on Fridays in the Broadcast pre-stream for Off Topic and Death Battle Cast. Dennis Fant is his name. He's a former Broadcast intern that had a particular talent for our graphics system and has been helping me by taking over a few weekly shows. Now I'm happy to say he'll be joining us as the permanent Live Graphics Operator for all our shows here at Broadcast. 

    As for me, I'll be working more behind the scenes as the Producer for Let's Play Productions in Broadcast. Basically anytime a Let's Play group is shooting in Broadcast, I'll be there to work on it one way or another. 


    That's all I have for now.
    See ya!