Friday, May 25, 2018

TPIF: Thank Pod It's Funny! Episode 7: Moms!

Well, we're about 2 weeks late, but we can't truly celebrate the zaniness without discussing the true heroes: THE MOMS.


In today's episode, we discuss our favorite moms, their impact on the TGIF Universe and who we think is the Ultimate Mom of TGIF! Also discussed:

-Thundercats and She-Ra revivals
-Danny/Pam conspiracies
-Who was the best Peter Venkman?
-TC watches Michelle-less Full House
- Chad's earth shattering theory about Carol's previous relationships! YOU WON'T BELIEVE WHAT HAPPENS NEXT!


And yes, I'm fully aware today's episode is labeled "8" instead of "7", but uh...


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-Derek, TC, Chad

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

8-Bit Zombie Presents: Wizard Wednesday!


It's #WizardWednesday and our pal Ross over at 8-Bit Zombie (who I interviewed years ago about his love of The Wizard!) has unveiled a brand new collection of awesome shirts, a hat and other goodies. By now, if you follow me on any social media platform, you've figured out how much I love these shirts and products due to the incredible passion put into the artwork, themes and the originality that goes into thesm. In fact, alongside Fright-Rags (who offered their own Video Armageddon shirt earlier this year, but seems to have sold out!) and WWE, they're the only shirts I own anymore! And today, I'm happy to share with you some of the coolest products I've seen Ross release. Ladies and gentlemen, 8-Bit Zombie brings you...THE WIZARD...


Check out that sweet gear! Patches, a pin, a hat and some sweet new shirts! Let's take a closer look though...






Let's start off with the patches. The purple and pink Power Glove are very reminiscent of the box art and magazine advertisements. I love both of those patches, but there's something very late 80s about that pink patch, that's for sure!

The Video Armageddon Power Patch is super special. For those who may not remember, Nintendo had a "world championship" tournament in 1990, somewhat of a real life Video Armageddon. Every participant was given the patch you see above, as well as a black hat with the same logo:





These hats are extremely hard to come by and usually can go for quite a pretty penny. Thankfully, we're getting a patch that is not just an homage to that event but one that makes you an official Video Armageddon "Power Player"!

Speaking of which...one of my favorite pieces of this collection is the Power Player hat. We've seen Ross offer plenty of hats before, ranging from My Pet Monster (which if anyone has one they'd like to let go of, let me know!) to Big Trouble In Little China to Robocop and everything in between. But just like the patch, this hat is all about playing with power and recreating that famous NES Championship:


 Summer is around the corner and I'm always looking for a new hat to wear out and about and I've decided to go full on retro/neon this summer so the pink and black on this hat make for a perfect accessory to anything I wear. A trucker hat that Hayley's friend Spanky would no doubt approve of while he beats up on Mr. Putnam but also one that Jimmy Woods would wear while defeating his dreaded nemesis Lucas on the big stage, I'd say we got ourselves a winner. Bonus: check out the two buttons on the side, an 8BZ trademark. So you don't just get a sweet hat, but some fun buttons too! Double winner.

Pins have become quite popular with collectors and the more you have on your vest/bookbag/fanny pack, the cooler you are. Well that's before we got a sweet Power Glove branded with 8BZ, now you're even radder. I've actually got a Power Glove pin already, but it's not as elaborate as this. The detailing of the buttons and the fingers are just right. So if you're a pin collector, definitely pick this up!


Now onto the main event...The shirts...

That image looks familiar. You know EXACTLY who's playing that arcade game. It's JIMMY WOOOOODS. With his lunchbox in town, Jimmy seems to be head over heels playing the 8-Bit Zombie game Thrash Or Die, a game you can actually play while you wear this fun shirt! Be aware that this particular shirt is a little softer and smaller than the others, so if you're like me and need a larger shirt, go up a size.


A Video Armageddon shirt to go along with the hat and patch. Because if you're really going to be the ultimate Power Player, you simply must have all the gear. Now, sure, somedays you don't feel like wearing a hat. That's understandable. But with a shirt so soft and so bright, you'll wanna wear THIS all the time! And peep that 8-Bit Zombie logo down below. Look familiar? Of course. How could you not recognize it. Artist and Thrashor designer Matthew Skiff seemed to work in a tip of the (Power Player) hat to Universal Studios, where Video Armageddon took place in The Wizard. Great way to show the world that you're not to be messed with when it comes to playing Super Mario 3.


To top off this amazing collection is LUCAS. Who else but the ultimate jerkface could close this collection out?

If you're a long time fan of 8BZ, you no doubt remember the original Lucas, which not only paid tribute to the films iconic character and famous "It's So Bad" line, but also Vision Street Wear:



Well, Ross retired that design but decided it was time to give it another go and offer us a SECOND Lucas shirt. Not as in your face, but still maintaining that "VSW" feel. The font, colors and crackling background really make this new shirt stand out. In fact, the first time I saw this shirt, I could've been fooled that it was a shirt from the late 80s. The authenticity of it really makes it quite special. So bad? Not at all, this shirt is just SO RAD!


So if you're a Wizard fan like I am and have been hoping for some fun shirts to add to your collection, head over to 8BitZombie to pick them up. Who knows, maybe you'll find yourself at an arcade and need the right gear to strike fear into your opponent!




-Chad

Friday, May 11, 2018

TPIF: Thank Pod It's Funny! Episode 6: Musical Guests!

The boys are back and ready to rock!

In TGIF's long history, a lot of famous musicians popped in for an appearance or two and jammed with our favorite characters! From The Beach Boys to Debbie Gibson, we cover them all!

Also discussed:

-TC's love of Furries
-TC's love of Big Dogs shirts
-Derek's love of Debbie Gibson
-Chad's hatred for Michelle



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-Derek, TC and Chad

Monday, May 7, 2018

What I've Been Watching: DC/WB Edition

SUICIDE SQUAD: HELL TO PAY:




Synopsis:

  It’s batter up at Belle Reve and that can only mean that Amanda Waller, the penitentiary’s cold and calculating warden, has a mission that only the damned will take on. It’s time to unleash Task Force X again, stacked with seasoned vets such as Deadshot, Captain Boomerang and Harley Quinn, these crafty criminals are joined by newcomers Copperhead, Killer Frost and the martial art master, Bronze Tiger!


With the target objective being a mystical object so powerful that they’re willing to risk their own lives to steal it, you can be sure it will be collision of chaos, gunfire and attitudes. So, take aim for a raging road trip with the Suicide Squad!

Thoughts:

For anyone who still has a bad taste in their mouth due to the live action Suicide Squad movie, this is the movie for you. Suicide Squad, is one of DC's sleeper groups and really should be given more attention considering all the great characters involved. Deadshot, Amanda Waller, Harley Quinn and Captain Boomerang are all legendary characters and still have so much to offer in other mediums, unfortunately they haven't been as exploited as they should. I think a major reason I love this particular release is because it focuses more on the strengths of the characters. The animation, as always, provides the perfect medium to tell a story of all these villains turned hitmen for Amanda Waller and the government. I think if this movie were released before the live action movie, more people would be willing to embrace the movie itself and accept these characters as a new team in the DCEU.


BATMAN NINJA:



Synopsis: 

 
Batman Ninja takes a journey across the ages as Gorilla Grodd's time displacement machine transports many of Batman's worst enemies to feudal Japan—along with the Dark Knight and a few of his allies. The villains take over the forms of the feudal lords that rule the divided land, with the Joker taking the lead among the warring factions. As his traditional high-tech weaponry is exhausted almost immediately, Batman must rely on his intellect and his allies—including Catwoman and the extended Bat-family—to restore order to the land, and return to present-day Gotham City.


The visually stunning Batman Ninja is the creative result of a trio of anime's finest filmmakers: director Jumpei Mizusaki (Opening animation of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure), writer Kazuki Nakashima (Gurren Lagann), and character designer Takashi Okazaki (Afro Samurai) produced the original movie with Warner Bros. Japan. The script was then reinterpreted and rewritten for English-language distribution by award-winning screenwriters Leo Chu and Eric Garcia (Supah Ninjas, Afro Samurai). Benjamin Melniker and Michael Uslan are Executive Producers.


Thoughts:


Without a doubt, this is one of the most impressive DC animated movies I've ever seen. Enlisting the assistance of some of the best anime artists and animators help make this the most ambitious and stunning animated movie in DC's long history. The character designs, with heavy Japanese inspiration, provide a different look at Batman's legendary battle with the Joker and other members of his rogues gallery. The costumes and battles have an old school anime feel, so if you're a fan of things like Fist of the North Star, Akira and Ninja Scroll, this will be a favorite of yours. I truly believe this overtakes Batman: Gotham By Gaslight as the best animated film since Justice League Dark and has a lot of rewatchability value.

2018 has become a great year for DCA films and I cannot wait to see what else is in store for us from DC/WB.



-Chad
 

What I've Been Watching: Umbrella Edition

Society (Umbrella Entertainment) :




Synopsis:

Legendary schlock producer Brian Yuzna (Re-animator, Return of the Living Dead), creates a tense and gory work of horrific social satire in his directorial debut. Billy Whitney (Billy Warlock - Baywatch, General Hospital), a model rich kid and prefect at the Beverley Hills Academy who enjoys rubbing oil into his girlfriend around the pool, is inexplicably embroiled in a spiraling web of fear and paranoia, a surreal, psychotic world that is fast becoming a nightmare. His worst fears are realized when he crashes a perverse socialite gathering that turns into a shocking, and sticky, shunting ritual. The sick and disturbing finale was made possible through ultra-special effects by Screaming Mad George! After 4 minutes were censored for its American release, Society is now presented totally uncut and uncensored, including full restoration of the infamous orgy scene.

Review:

Society is, hands down, one of the most bizarre and twisted movies I've ever seen. It's been a favorite of mine since I first discovered it in high school and since then, multiple releases have hit the home media market. Every release has had strengths and weaknesses. This Umbrella release focuses on more of the movie than extras. Admittedly, if you prefer to buy a disc loaded with extras, there are other options, but quite frankly if you're looking for a release that's not overloaded, this is a great option.

Society is one of those movies you really need to see at least once in your life. The team of Bryan Yuzna and Screaming Mad George help tell a twisted story (that helped somewhat inspire Get Out) with a message about the upper class society of this world that can be perceived as a warning to our modern day world. Yuzna certain has a different look at what qualifies as horror when it comes to a movie such as this but delivers it's message of society eating it's young very well. The imagery helps drives the message home as well. Screaming Mad George, the f/x wizard on this picture, has helped create some of the most memorable and revolting creations you'll ever see. If you've never seen it, pick this up today. It's certainly something you'll never forget.
SYNPOSIS:

Just when you thought that you’d seen every pulse-pounding, blood-drenched, flesh-filled scrap of trailer trash comes this third stupefying serving of mind-numbing, skull-splitting retro movie madness!
Bulging with over 6 hours of non-stop sex, violence, vehicle destruction and cockamamie cosmic carnage - DRIVE-IN DELIRIUM: THE NEW BATCH is a rip-roaring, off-road, high-def ruckus that proudly programs your Blu-ray player to DETONATE!

Extra Features

  • VHS DELIRIUM - BONUS 95 MINUTE SD TRAILER COMPILE


Thoughts: 

Once again, Umbrella holds nothing back with their Drive In Delirium release. An endless collection of amazing trailers of movies you love, you may have forgotten, and some you never knew existed. I'm a huge fan of these sets and always look forward to putting the trailers on for a horror movie marathon filler or just when I need something to play while I do chores. Drive In Delirium is certainly one of Umbrella's best offerings and if you've wanted to see these gems in great quality, here's your chance. And may I suggest picking one of these up for your Halloween party? Sure, Haunted House music is a great idea, but having these play on the tv in the background will be a different great conversation starter for your friends.

-Chad