TGA Podcast Episode 0045 – Look At That, Jay!

This week is basically an hour of casual conversation. Some topics include the return of The Flash, sea monstahs, the return of The Muppets, and some other stuff I can’t remember. Enjoy!


Superhero Movies!

Welcome to Movie Adventures of Courtney and Robin, and this time our topic was Superhero movies!!  I thought that it might be easier if we picked one from DC, then one from Marvel since they are they two major powerhouse companies. Of course I instantly knew what my first DC choice would be, it was one that I believe I personally haven’t watched since I was a kid (at least from beginning to end). Marvel was pretty easy considering I had just barely seen my pick in theaters before we chose this topic.
What are some of your favorite superhero movies from these powerhouses? There are so many out there and they are of different scales so I’d imagine it would be just as hard for you to choose just one.

Robyn’s Pick

The Dark Knight (2008)
The Dark Knight

It took me awhile after its release to watch The Dark Knight. I’m not as big of a fan of DC as I am of Marvel. Therefore Batman (and Superman) does not hold as much of my interest. However, once I finally watched this movie I was sucked in. It made it all seem incredibly dark instead of silly like the previous Batman movies. There was great acting all around, especially by Heath Ledger as the Joker (RIP). I have to also give a special shout out to Harvey’s face, having all of the flesh and skin burnt away was visually pleasing.

Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)

Guardians of the Galaxy doesn’t have the same feel as other Marvel movies. It doesn’t feel as if you’re watching a movie about superheroes. It’s just another science fiction (with maybe a little fantasy) story and I really loved that about this movie. I had never heard of Guardians of the Galaxy before it was released and was confused as to why there was a talking raccoon. The introductions to the different characters was well done and it showcased their personalities very well. The different worlds, the different space ships made it all the more interesting (mining in a giant skull? I want to know more about that!) and I cannot wait for the second one.

Courtney’s Pick

Batman (1989)
Batman-1989How could I not pick Tim Burton’s Batman? Yes during today’s standards of film it would be considered campy, however to me I still enjoy BATMAN even if it’s not as good as some recently made films featuring my favorite Vigilante. I mean look at this cast Michael Keeton is probably one of the best Batman/Bruce Wayne there ever was, he plays both parts equally great. Plus he looks great in the Bat Suit. Then you have Jack Nicholson as Jack/The Joker who in turn was an amazing “mobster type” Joker, he creeped me out but somehow I still loved all his craziness. I will always hold this movie in my heart and bash it if you will but that will not change my feelings on it.

Ant-Man (2015)
AntmanIn all honesty at first I was pretty excited to hear that Paul Rudd was cast as Ant-man/Scott Lang. I loved him in Role Models and had high hopes to see him in this role. As time progressed I just wasn’t completely sold on the idea of this movie and the first trailer really wasn’t that special.
Before July I had said to myself that I would probably have to skip this one however decided to see it any ways plus I heard from my brother how awesome it was and boy am I glad that I did see it! I went in with no expectations and came out of the theater happy as a clam. Ant-Man was hilarious, I laughed, I cried, there was action and humor all rolled into one.
Now this is just my personal feeling I thought that it was way better than Guardians of the Galaxy doesn’t matter how much love I had for Groot and Rocket Raccoon. I cannot wait until I can add Ant-Man to my movie collection. I definitely recommend going and seeing, I wish I could watch it over again.

Five Finger Death Punch #GotYourSix

Can you believe that it’s already the second week of September? Where has the time gone? It has been pretty chaotic around here so far, husband had his birthday, went to the Idaho State Fair and getting ready to plan some kind of trip for our seventh year wedding anniversary. We intended to go to Vegas but unfortunately it’s not going to happen this time, oh well there’s always next year. Now we just have to figure out something to do with our vacation. Well that pretty much sums up my month thus far, oh and I am on a quest to finish Dragon Age Inquisition soon and hopefully get the ending downloadable content called Trespasser (I am actually trying to win it from one of my gaming communities on Facebook so fingers crossed.)

Hope you’re getting back into the groove of having to go back to work and for those of you that have your kids back in school, I know the daily grind is hard for me but I digress. Now to what I really came here to talk about.

September’s Album is Five Finger Death Punch titled Got your Six. It was supposed to be released at the end of August but for some reason they pushed it back to September, that was one of the longest waits I have had to endure. They are one of the bands that I could not hear a single track by them and still buy it, they never let me down! I really want to go see them in concert its on my bucket list! If I have to travel far to do it then so be it.

Warning, Now this album does have a Parental advisory label due to the use of profanity (the F bomb mostly). To be honest, they really aren’t that bad except for track eleven, it uses that f word a bit too much but I still consider them my favorite band. Curse words don’t really bother me I just enjoy the songs for what they are.  Please do me a favor if you listen to my song I have chosen as my favorite don’t listen with small children around. I will let you use your best judgment.

I think the one I chose isn’t that bad, You can always scroll down after the video and check out the lyrics.

“Wash It All Away”

I’ve given up
On society
Up on my family
Up on your social deceaseI’ve given up
On the industry
Up on democracy
Done with all your hypocrisyAll of the chaos
And all of the lies
I hate itI’m wasting here
Can anyone wash it all away
I’m waiting here
For anyone to wash it all away
Wash it all awayI’ve given up
On the media
Feeds my hysteria
Sick of living down on my knees
I’ve given up
On morality
Feeds my brutality
Fuck what you think about meAll of the chaos
And all of the lies
I hate it

I’m wasting here
Can anyone wash it all away
I’m waiting here
For anyone to wash it all away
Wash it all away

I won’t change for you
And I can’t take the pain
There’s nothing you can do
And there’s nothing you can say

I’ve given up
On everything
Up on everything
Up on everything

I’m wasting here
Can anyone wash it all away
I’m waiting here
For anyone to wash it all away
Wash it all away

I’m wasting here
With everyone just wash it all away
I’m waiting here
For anyone to wash it all away
Wash it all away
Wash it all away

What I have been reading

Hello everyone its time for Book Corner, which should be returning more often at least I will try! I am three books behind in my 30 GoodReads Goal I am sitting at 17 total books for this year, I really need to step up my game if I want to accomplish this goal! Anyways during the time I had a short hiatus while moving and waiting to have my computer set up to the internet, and having a desk to sit at I read a few books so I will tell you what I read!

Now I consider Graphic Novels to count towards my goal and so does GoodReads (You can scan single issues but they don’t count towards your overall total.) so if you want to say they aren’t books, please go away! Nobody has time for that negativity!

Ready Player One
Ernest Cline

imagesFL0GYU3GI highly recommend Ready Player One Written by Ernest Cline. It’s easily the best book that I have ever read! I loved the storyline, and I loved each and every one of the characters. There was a whole bunch of 80s references throughout the whole book and there was probably like three that I didn’t quite understand and had to look up on the internet, but they were all fantasy, Game related references a gamer should appreciate it. If you love this book as much as I did please tell me! I have heard a few negative comments on it but overall it got good reviews. I think a five-star rating wasn’t enough! Way to go Cline. Oh and by the way it’s getting a movie!!!! Looking forward to that one!

Pure Insanity
*New Suicide Squad Volume 1*
new-suicide-squad-vol1-pure-insanity-dccomics-ryan-hunter-roberts-blondI really enjoyed the first story but the second one was mediocre at best, still an overall fun read. I have come to the conclusion that I prefer reading graphic novels to single issues. For me I can’t really afford each issue, each week or month depending on which property it belongs to, plus I’m funny I hate having to wait to find out what happens next. I am a book junkie what can I say I sure love a good book

Deathstroke Volume 1: Gods of War
deathstroke-vol-1-gods-of-wars-the-new-52I was overjoyed to hear that Deathstroke had his own comic book! After watching Season 2 of Arrow on the CW (credit really goes to Manu Bennett for my love of DeathStroke.) I became obsessed with DS. Now before reading this I really only heard bad things about it, someone said it confused them, I clearly don’t agree. I understood it completely maybe if it was confusing re-read it and I bet it will make sense! I can’t wait to see what happens next!

Natasha Preston

91awiaP1tgL._SL1500_I got this book off the Ibooks application on my iPhone. It was an enjoyable read even if the subject matter was on the dark side. Could you imagine having something really bad happen to you at a young age and take a vow of silence to protect yourself and your loved ones? I wouldn’t wish that on anyone not even one of my enemies. It is a love story, and a sad story which had me in tears by the end. I have to read book two to find out what happens to this girl. I am sensing a trip to the local library, or I might just buy it right off of my Ibooks app.

The Fourth Labyrinth
Christopher Golden

imagesD2LG61VZOh how I love Nathan Drake and the Uncharted Series! The Fourth Labyrinth rekindled my love for the series and makes me miss having a PlayStation 3, especially with Uncharted 4 on its way, one day I will get a PS4 until then this book sated my taste for it.  Drake and Sully go on another one of their wild treasure hunts filled with Murder and mystery. I for one thought overall it was a pretty interesting story I just missed Elena Fisher! Bring her into the next book please!

Deus Ex: The Icarus Effect
James Swallow

51va0zXD6zLIcarus Effect takes place right before the game Deus Ex: Human Revolution but it’s not the sole focus of this book. So that means sorry ladies no Adam Jensen (aww poo). I really read this to subdue my love for Deus Ex until Mankind Divided comes out next year! Overall it was a really good book and I recommend if you love the games to read this book.

There you have it, there are the books I have read since my last post was published! They are listed from recent to the oldest. If you have read any of these books and would like to share your thoughts on them I am always open for discussion!

I am currently reading The Last Apprentice: The Curse of the Bane by Joseph Delaney *book two in the series* I expect to be finished sometime this weekend or during next week.
9-11-september-11-memorials-patriots-dayWith the end of this blog post, I please ask my readers take a moment of silence to remember the events of 9/11.  Honor those who gave their lives trying to save others, those who had their lives stolen, and the people who were left behind. We will always be scarred by this tragedy and those innocent souls that were stolen from us will always be with us.

I remember sitting in my 7th grade History class when the towers went down. I remember sitting there with tears in my eyes and a horrible gloom hanging over my head. We sat and watched the News coverage pretty much that whole day.

Please be safe out there, this world is cruel and I wish you nothing but good fortune.