The RotCast Episode #212 – Best of 2014, Worst of 2015(?)

James and I run down our Best of 2014 lists this time, and since he saw more movies than I did his list is vastly different, and in some minds vastly superior. I don’t know. My favorite movie of the year didn’t even appear on his top 10, and if that’s not a sign of us drifting apart in our old age I don’t what is. Of course, I watched a ton of garbage, intentionally, so I guess I’m the weirdo.

We also continued to geek out over home theater equipment and decor, such as the Predator Theater, something that which you can google.

Best of 2014

What We Watched
Dave: American Sniper, Time Lapse, Amphibious 3D, Perfect: Android Rising, Disaster Wars: Earthquake vs. Tsunami, Isis Rising: Curse of the Lady Mummy, Bloody Mary 3D
James: Inherent Vice, The Interview, Imitation Game, The Theory of Everything

James Talks MORE About What He Wants To See in 2015

Full Runtime: 1hr 59min 09sec

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THIS WEEK’S MUZAC

1. Deftones – Diamond Eyes (3:08)
2. Audiomatic – Dificult Phase (6:52)
3. Vaishiyas – Touch Down (6:43)
4. Aquafell – Morning Cookies (7:35)
5. Zyce – Offduty (7:14)
6. Neelix – Cabin Pressure (7:31)
7. Synesthetic – Teach Me How To Be A Superfreak (8:07)
8. Interactive Noise – Play (6:34)
9. Day Din – Aurora Nights (6:35)
10. Normalize – Run (7:06)
11. Kularis – OSD (6:23)
12. Vaishiyas – Satisflaxion (7:05)
13. Sideform – Traveller (7:43)
14. Moon, Dj Fabio – Disco Brain Damage (7:01)
15. Jiser, Interactive Noise – Up (7:52)
16. Day Din – Dance With Me (7:10)
17. Felguk – Galaxy Traveler (Neelix Remix) (5:27)
18. Moon, Dj Fabio – Centered (7:31)
19. R.E.M. – Maps And Legends (3:10)

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The RotCast Episode #211 – Is It Over?

The final show of 2014 talks about the final movie we’ll ever see set in Middle-earth. . .QUESTION MARK! We also talk about a bunch of non-related content and we both review films that were released on Christmas Day, neither of which is American Sniper because I guess it was just too depressing to release wide. 2014 was a pretty cool year for movies but it won’t be until episode 212 that we unveil our Best Of Lists.

Reviews
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (Spoilers)

What We Watched
Dave: Into the Woods, Hot Fuzz
James: Big Eyes

Full Runtime:  1hr 51min 09sec

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THIS WEEK’S MUZAC

1. Rise Against – Prayer Of The Refugee (3:20)
2. Bastian Basic – Lost In Trance (Van Nilson remix) (5:58)
3. Purple Stories – Path To Nowhere (Ferry Corsten edit) (5:04)
4. Asi Givati – Massive (Dach8 remix) (6:14)
5. Setrise & Johann Stone – MNE (Chris De Seed remix) (5:47)
6. Dance 2 trance – Power of american natives (2:13)
7. Money-G & Shaun Baker – Piano Age (MG Traxx remix) (5:18)
8. Skyrosphere – Dark Descent (Exclusive TTF mix) (4:57)
9. Energy Flash – The House Is Mine (TTF mix) (6:12)
10. Hardface – Ultimate Showdown (Gainworx remix) (5:00)
11. Silver Liquid – I Need You (TTF mix) (6:24)
12. Andy Jay Powell & Mike Nero – Life On Line (New Energy mix) (4:42)
13. Reen & Magun – Fading Away (club mix) (5:35)
14. DJ Kryst-Off & Money-G – Music Is My Life (MG Traxx mix) (5:42)
15. Danny Fervent – Daydream (8:03)
16. Grand K – Better Days (6:17)
17. Francesco Diaz & Jeff Rock & Young Rebels – Moin Moin (Francesco Diaz & Young Rebels version) (5:44)
18. Pulsedriver – Bring It On Down (club mix) (5:00)
19. Reen – Blackout (6:16)
20. Richard Durand & Pedro Del Mar – Paint The Sky (feat Roberta Harrison – Tom Cloud remix) (6:52)
21. Trapt – Echo (4:36)

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The RotCast Episode #210 – “Wait For Part 2″ Is No Excuse

Though this show is perfectly cromulent and listenable, there were some mic/computer glitches during the recording. I worked around them best I could but yeah, some words are flat out dropped. Anyway, we review the latest Hunger Games film, but when I say review what I really mean is “grouse.” After a spirited MMC segment, we continue the new trend of ending the show with a crazy conversation about nothing that really matters in the grand scheme of things.

CM Punk on Colt Cabana’s “Art of Wrestling”

Reviews
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 (MAJOR SPOILERS)

What We Watched
Dave: John Wick, Exists, Extraterrestrial, Inception, Guardians of the Galaxy
James: Man Bites Dog, My Own Private Idaho, Housebound, Earth to Echo

Full Runtime:  1hr 43min 59sec

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THIS WEEK’S MUZAC

1. TV On The Radio – Happy Idiot (3:02)
2. Hi-Jackers Space – All in The Mind (Genix Deep Dubbed Mix) (7:29)
3. Myk Bee – Soulfire (7:54)
4. Perry O’neil – Kubik (9:46)
5. Arnej – They Always Come Back (Mike Remix) (7:09)
6. Talamanca & Velden – One Embrace (Feat Isa Bell-Dub Mix) (7:38)
7. Aimoon – Will Be Mine (7:14)
8. Menno De Jong – Place in The Sun (Feat Ellie Lawson) (7:45)
9. Rospy – Meet Me in The Stars (8:00)
10. Jace Williams – Rookie (6:24)
11. Xb & Linnea Schossow – Be My All (Lele Troniq & Fabio Xb Remix) (6:41)
12. Ashley Nutton – Graviton (Dreamy Remix) (8:17)
13. Biokinetix – Prototype (Remix) (8:32)
14. Masters & Nickson – Out There (5th Dimension) (Feat Justine Suissa) (9:05)
15. Shining Wizado – Triple H Burial Time (2:26)

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The RotCast Episode #209 – 2 Good Movies, 2 “Perfect Movies”

It had to happen sooner or later. James actually gave not one, but two films a perfect grade of A+. I personally can’t go that high because as much as I loved the movies he scored perfect, I believe that qualification should be put on movies that are universally appealing. Of course that means my standards are so high that no film ever would get an A+. Whatever, that’s just me and as everyone knows I’m not the standard bearer for proper criticism.

Reviews
Dumb and Dumber To (Lite Spoilers)
Interstellar
Nightcrawler (Heavy Morality Discussion)
The One I Love

Upcoming Movie Release Chat  

Full Runtime:  1hr 40min 59sec

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THIS WEEK’S MUZAC

1. Mastodon – The Motherload (5:00)
2. Coldplay – O (Jochen Miller & First State Remix) (3:48)
3. Ilan Bluestone – Snapdragon (4:02)
4. Super8 & Tab Feat. Julie Thompson – Let Go (Andy Duguid Remix) (2:56)
5. Above & Beyond Feat. Zoe Johnston – We’re All We Need (4:08)
6. A State Of Trance – Top 5 Tracks From Listeners (1:51)
7. Alex Klingle – Phase Shift (2:30)
8. Rodg – Hot Merchandise (3:32)
9. Cosmic Gate Feat. Kristina Antuna – Alone (Maor Levi Remix) (2:48)
10. Denis Kenzo Feat. Jilliana Danise – Will Be Forever (Meridian Remix) (4:33)
11. Edu – Alive (3:53)
12. Kyau & Albert – Relevant Angel (3:13)
13. Doublev – The Gate (3:09)
14. Shogun Feat. Adara – Dragon (4:43)
15. Three Faces Feat. Christian Zechner – Lost In Time (Audiko Remix) (2:43)
16. Ost & Meyer With Ronski Speed & Cate Kanell – Fortress (4:06)
17. Gordey Tsukanov – Neptun (2:39)
18. Yves Lacroix & John Evans Feat. Lokka Vox – Ashamed (Fabio Xb Remix) [Future Favorite] (3:14)
19. Antony Waldhorn – Symphonica (3:54)
20. Roger Shah Pres. Sunlounger Feat. Jes – Glitter And Gold (Denis Sender Remix) (3:36)
21. Andrew Rayel – Followed By Darkness (Club Mix) [Tune Of The Week] (4:40)
22. Driftmoon – Effervescence (3:49)
23. Eloquentia Vs. Vast Vision Feat. Robin Vane – Will See You Again (3:16)
24. Miroslav Vrlik – We Don’t Change (4:12)
25. Allen & Envy Feat. Jess Morgan – The Heart That Never Sleeps (Amir Hussain Remix) (3:15)
26. Pink Floyd – Time (2011 Remastered) (6:48)

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The RotCast Episode #208 – Girl Gone Viral

The only reason this show even exists to be published is because I DIDN’T fall over dead in the middle of recording it. Not only are our opinions “wrong” in this episode, but a plethora of real life distractions and me coughing like Slenderman is about to get me make this our worst episode ever. I know that was a high bar to get past, but we did it. We finally stunk up the place harder than that time we reviewed Spring Breakers.

Reviews
V/H/S Viral (Light Spoilers)
Gone Girl (HEAVY Spoilers, skip to 1:22:18 to avoid)

What We Watched
Dave – Honeymoon, Alien Abduction, Paranormal Activity 1-4, The Exorcism of Emily Rose, Sinister, X-Men: Days of Future Past, Edge of Tomorrow, Open Windows, Horns, The Houses October Built, Apocalyptic, Team America: World Police, The Hunt
James – Plastic Galaxy (Doc), Cold in July, Eyes Without A Face, Tammy, Obvious Child, Mall, Fury

James Talks About His Letterboxd Habits

Full Runtime:  2hr 28min 04sec

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THIS WEEK’S MUZAC

0. The Afghan Whigs – Debonaire (4:15)
1. Roger Shah – Hope (Original Mix) (6:20)
2. Max Eden – Supernova (5:27)
3. Andain – Beautiful Things (Fady & Mina Remix) (6:58)
4. Dennis Sheperd – Bring You Home (Original Mix) [feat. Chloe Langley] (6:52)
5. Sequence 11 – Dione (7:35)
6. Menno de Jong – Solicitude (7:27)
7. Bilal El Aly – Monster (Original Mix) (5:33)
8. VillaNaranjos – Cala Blanca (Club Mix) (6:36)
9. Kheiro – When You’re Home (Misja Helsloot Remix) [feat. Danny Claire] (7:16)
10. Bobina – Delusional (Original Mix) [feat. Shahin Badar] (5:42)
11. Liam Wilson – The Speed of Design (Original Mix) (7:38)
12. Jace Williams – Rookie (6:24)
13. Willem De Roo – Datamoon (7:12)
14. Ayda – Legend (8:39)
15. DJ Wad – Reincarnation (6:16)
16. Artur K & Martin Sand – Never (Mdk Remix) (7:33)
17. Arnej – They Always Come Back (Mike Remix) (7:09)
18. Talamanca & Velden – One Embrace (Feat Isa Bell-Dub Mix) (7:38)
19. Aimoon – Will Be Mine (7:14)
20. Menno De Jong – Place in The Sun (Feat Ellie Lawson) (7:45)
21. Shinedown – Fly From The Inside  (3:57)

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The RotCast Episode #207 – Ramble On, Annabelle

We got to see a sneak preview of Annabelle last night and recorded a show that was only supposed to go about 20 minutes. Instead it’s over an hour of unfiltered free form acid jazz that may not appeal to “classic RotCast fans.” Remember that scene in This Is Spinal Tap? Like that, only worse.

Review
Annabelle – look, we talk around the movie a lot in the review, so here’s the bottom line. Did you like The Conjuring? This is a step down. Do you have to see a horror movie this weekend? You could do worse (Tusk) cause there ain’t nothing on the horizon for a few weeks. I gave it a C- and James gave it a C. There, there’s your review.

Seriously, y’all, we go all over the map, talking about emotional manipulation in movies, the overall trends in the horror genre including how much money is spent on a film in order to maximize the bottom line, more MARVEL chat because that’s just the dominate force in the movie landscape these days for better or for worse. The way the preceding sentence was written is an example of how the show went. It’s totally freeform, man!

Full Runtime:  1hr 09min 44sec

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THIS WEEK’S MUZAC

1. The Association – Cherish (3:31)
2. Rospy – Meet Me in The Stars (8:00)
3. Jace Williams – Rookie (6:24)
4. Willem De Roo – Datamoon (7:12)
5. Ayda – Legend (8:39)
6. DJ Wad – Reincarnation (6:16)
7. Artur K & Martin Sand – Never (Mdk Remix) (7:33)
8. Skaivox – Motion Shift (7:55)
9. Andrew Stets – War Will Never Come (6:55)
10. Farid – Skylines (Mike Danis Remix) (6:44)
11. The Byrds – Turn! Turn! Turn! (3:55)

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The RotCast Episode #206 – Cool(er) Poster, Bro

This time on the show we talk about film that began life on a podcast. Kevin Smith’s podcast to be exact. It plays out exactly like the kind of film you’d expect from one of its origins. What does this mean exactly? You’ll have to listen to find out.

Please note, during the discussion about suspension of disbelief and wrestling, I brought up the hypothetical example of Rey Mysterio going up against Batista. A more cogent example is the Sami Zayn versus Titus O’Neil match we saw at the latest NXT taping. That show won’t air until late October but if you watch you make note of the size difference. This is not the first match like it, of course, and wrestling is just a worked fight. I still would be interested in seeing one of the men/women matches from the indies and I think, as long as the wrestlers are good, men and women could put on good matches with each other. It’s just that the idea of Paige kicking out of an AA (Cena) or a F5 (Lesnar) would
create too much cognitive dissonance. The critical part of my brain knows it’s a worked fight but another part just couldn’t buy it. Have you seen Paige? She’s downright waifish! She’s a good wrestler in her own right, but the size difference between her and Lesnar would just be too much for my simple brain to believe for a match between them to work
competitively. I dunno. I’m probably thinking about this too hard.

Reviews
Tusk (Spoilers abound!)

What We Watched
Dave: South Park season premiere “Go Fund Yourself”
James: Electric Dreams

Here is the Coolest Cooler

Full Runtime:  1hr 05min 28sec

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THIS WEEK’S MUZAC

1. The Beatles – I Am The Walrus (4:34)
2. Perplexer – Da Capo (4:05)
3. Interactive – Forever Young (3:41)
4. Starsplash – Free (3:21)
5. Dyewitness – Masterplan (3:26)
6. Rmb – Reality (3:51)
7. Westbam – Wizards Of The Sonic (3:36)
8. Komakino – Outface (Fullsize) (6:11)
9. Music Instructor – Hymn (3:52)
10. Gigi D’agostino – L’amour Toujours (3:59)
11. Special D. – Come With Me (3:10)
12. Mellow Trax – Phuture Vibes (3:45)
13. Dune – Hardcore Vibes (3:32)
14. Mental Theo – Stars (3:37)
15. Mark ‘oh – Randy (Never Stop that Feeling) (Westbam Remix) (5:54)
16. Mauro Picotto – Komodo (3:22)
17. Of Mice & Men – Would You Still Be There (3:12)

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The RotCast Episode #205 – A Game To Kill For

Some of you may know that I love video games and I have since I was around 6 years old, maybe sooner. Some of you may also know that for a couple of years I ran a gaming blog called eclecticgamer. There are happenings on the internet right now concerning the behavior of people both in and out of the gaming community. This is what is known as
#gamergate. It is NOT a movement based on hate or misogyny or anything
negative thing you’ve heard from hit pieces posted on mainstream websites. This is a movement that has been brewing for several years and has now come to a head. The first hour of this show consists of my thoughts on gamergate.

Please understand that one thing I value the most in this life is friendship, so that was my basis for trying to understand how the indie game dev community and bloggers/journalists came to their nepotistic relationship. It’s their argument that friendships and romance are natural occurances within an industry. It’s our argument that such relationships distort the ability of lesser known developers to get their game recognized by a large audience. It is MY argument that divorcing themselves from “gamers” in an unprofessional and hostile way only serves to divide people and make them angry. #gamergate is the pushback to this divorce. You reap what you sow.

Reviews

  • Sin City: A Dame to Kill For

What We Watched
Dave: As Above So Below, Divergent, Leprechaun: Origins (pre-review)
James: Kristy, Orange is the New Black (S2)

NXT Takeover: Fatal 4 Way chat

Full Runtime:  1hr 53min 22sec

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THIS WEEK’S MUZAC

1. Coheed And Cambria – The Crowing (6:35)
2. Giuseppe Ottaviani – Passion (Extended Mix) (6:43)
3. Richard Durand – Blast (6:29)
4. Sied Van Riel – Gravity (feat. Alicia Madison) (7:11)
5. Audrey Gallagher – Say My Name (Original Mix) (7:52)
6. Solarstone – Slowmotion III (7:53)
7. Simon Templar – To the Stars (Pt. I) (7:57)
8. Roger Shah – Hope (Original Mix) (6:20)
9. Max Eden – Supernova (5:27)
10. Andain – Beautiful Things (Fady & Mina Remix) (6:58)
11. Dennis Sheperd – Bring You Home (Original Mix) [feat. Chloe Langley] (6:52)
12. Ferry Corsten – Festival Crash (Original Mix) (5:40)
13. Faruk Sabanci – Sphinx (7:02)
14. Kheiro – When You’re Home (Original Mix) [feat. Danny Claire] (7:09)
15. Alan Morris – Rebellion (Original Mix) (6:31)
16. Will Atkinson – Victims (Original Mix) (8:57)
17. Deftones – Gauze (4:41)

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The RotCast Episode #204 – FilmRot Reviews Island of the Lemurs

This show opens up with a review for a niche documentary meant to appeal to children and animal/nature lovers. What were we doing there? Some questions just aren’t meant to be answered. Also, we tried to review Into the Storm but ended up talking about our love of pinball games. Good times.

Reviews

  • Island of the Lemurs: Madagascar
  • Into the Storm (light spoilers)
  • The Zero Theorem

What We Watched
Dave: Race to World First (Doc), P.T. (2spooky4u game), MST3K (“Riding
with Death”, “Merlin’s Shop of Mystical Wonders”, “Village of the Giants”), The Simpsons
James: Under the Skin, Unhung Hero (Doc), Draft Day, TMNT (2014)

Full Runtime:  2hr 18min 41sec

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THIS WEEK’S MUZAC

1. The Cardigans – My Favorite Game (3:37)
2. Jurgen Vries ft CMC – The Opera Song (Brave New World) (3:24)
3. Gabriel & Dresden – Ascending (1:39)
4. Susana ft Dark Matters – Sleepless Ocean (4:17)
5. Kat Krazy ft Elkka – Siren (Rodg Chill Mix) (3:46)
6. Conjure One – All That You Leave Behind (4:22)
7. Matt Darey ft Erica Driscoll – Too Far (Zetandel Chill Mix) (4:28)
8. Chicane – Leaving Town (3:53)
9. Kenneth Thomas – Tonic (Original Mix) (8:13)
10. Niklas Harding pres. Arcane – Red Jewel (Original Mix) (8:21)
11. Funabashi – Daylight (Original Mix) (8:09)
12. Interstate – Remember Me (Remix) (8:29)
13. Jose Amnesia vs. Shawn Mitiska – My All (Original Mix) (8:53)
14. Lens – Let The Light In (Jaytech Remix) (7:23)
15. Nick Thompson – Spice Fire (Original Mix) (9:19)
16. The Realm – Lost In Space (Conjure One Remix) (4:34)
17. Christian Burns & Paul Van Dyk – We Are Tonight (Acoustic Version) (4:02)
18. Tydi – Ashley’s Theme (Chill Out Mix) (3:43)
19. Emma Hewitt – Foolish Boy (Zetandel Chill Out Mix) (4:47)
20. Lustral – Falling Leaves (3:55)
21. Tenishia – As We Speak (Chill Out Mix) (4:00)
22. Dark Matters ft Neev Kennedy – Loneliness Won’t Leave Me Alone (4:13)
23. Conjure One ft Aruna – Still Holding On (Aruna vs Conjure One Chill Mix) (4:44)
24. Eco – Alonism (Lounge Mix) (3:31)
25. Blake Jarrell ft Michael S. – Say What You Will (Acoustic Mix) (3:14)
26. Kat Krazy ft Elkka – Siren (Rodg Chill Mix) (3:46)
27. Chicane – Leaving Town (3:53)
28. Tydi Ft Christina Novelli – Fire & Load (Stripped) (Chill Out Mix) (3:20)
29. Killswitch Engage – This Fire Burns  (3:02)

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The RotCast Episode #203 – All Guardians Must Die

The RotCast Episode #203 – All Guardians Must Die

Summer is effectively over, movie wise that is. Sure there will still be movies dumped into the dog days but tentpoles are done. This summer was awesome for tentpoles as evidenced by how Summer 2014 was capped off. Also on this episode we talk a smaller Lucky Mckee film you might have caught on VOD, especially if you are a high school cheerleader.

Reviews

  • Guardians of the Galaxy (Spoilers)
  • All Cheerleaders Die

What We Watched
Dave: The Purge: Anarchy, Lucy, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Non-Stop, New in Town
James: Rewind This (Doc), The Counselor, More than A Game (Doc), Afflicted

Full Runtime:  1hr 22min 01sec

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THIS WEEK’S MUZAC

Guardians of the Galaxy OST

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