The Touch – Pop Culture Curmudguin #35

There are some songs that are just so underrated that it is a crime.  On the top of this list is “The Touch” by Stan Bush, which is best known as the featured song on the original Transformers movie way back in 1986.  But have you ever noticed how that song is used as a background for important scenes?  In this article we will look at the song The Touch as it has been used for various purposes.  I “dare” you not to read this, as I “hunger” to show off this great song.  After all, nothing is going to stand in my way, not tonight…

…and there go three puns that only other serious G1 Transformers marks like me will get. *sigh*

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First Viewing: X-Men Origins Wolverine — Pop Culture Curmudguin

I have heard for years that X-Men Origins: Wolverine was a bad film.  I just took that knowledge for granted and never bothered to watch it.  But last week I got a chance to watch it.  Are the critics right, or is this movie actually a good film?  Once again, as typical for the series, I give snarky comments that are somewhat-spoilerish, and then I go into full-time spoiler mode analyzing the film.

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Manifest Destiny RPG – Pop Culture Curmudguin #33

It is Independence Day weekend.  When considering which topic would be most appropriate for this weekend, I thought it would a fine idea to look back at a role-playing project I worked off and on again for years, but never got done.  It was the Manifest Destiny RPG, a setting using Dungeons & Dragons (originally AD&D) rules to role-play being in Frontier America from 1763-1890.  Note that this wasn’t for a Old West setting; think Davy Crockett, not Bat Masterson.  I am just going to mention what I came up with, and what possible future it might have.

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Marvel’s Heroes for of 90s – Pop Culture Curmudguin

To start off the then-new decade in 1990, Marvel launched six new titles, dubbing them the “Heroes for the 90’s”.  These titles were well set to catch the wave of the speculator boom of the 1990s.  But were they a success?  On the 25th anniversary of the last of the six to get published, we are looking back at these six titles and see how well they did: Robocop, Namor the Submariner, Ghost Rider, Guardians of the Galaxy, The New Warriors, and Spider-man.

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Origins 2015 — Pop Culture Curmudguin

For the 18th straight year, I went to the Origins Game Fair in Columbus this past weekend.  I recover from the weekend getting a cavalcade of Magic: Origins spoilers.  Forget Origin of the Species…these are the Origins to think about.  Since it’s kinda late talking about the Magic ones, I’ll just talk about the convention, focusing on the Anime Track, Handicapped Accessibility, and the Smithees.  Can’t help but think after this week I’ll fill your eyes, with my double origins, err… visions.

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Best Films of 1984 — Pop Culture Curmudguin #29

Back in November I made a best movies of 1989 list, and it went over well.  I decided to go back to this and maybe start off with 1990, as it would now contain movies 25 years old.  However, when making a top 10 for that year I noticed that it would have to contain films that even I found to be excrement.  So when I noticed that our beloved Emperor D just had a birthday (when I started writing this article), and realizing how few films I myself saw from the year of my birth (3), I decided to go with his year.  So here they are, my personal choice for BEST FILMS OF 1984.

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Postulating About a Geek H.O.F.??? — Pop Culture Curmudguin #28

Geek Pride Day is on May 25th.  This website has for a couple of years now hosted a Manliness Hall of Fame, and it is an intriguing list of worthy inductees.  However, now that we are the epitome of geekdom, it seems to me that a geek hall of fame may be in order.  This is not an official list; just some random postulating that was unsolicited by anyone else on who would deserve to be on such a list.

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The Disasteriffic Jem Trailer — Pop Culture Curmudguin #27

What the hell???  That was my reaction upon seeing the Jem and the Holograms movie trailer.  How could they screw up that movie so bad?  Granted, I wasn’t into Jem that much, as it was for girls and I’m a guy, but still I did watch some episodes, and I do still occasionally look up songs from the show on Youtube (recommendations below).  This is one of the biggest movie foul ups of all time.  It was truly, truly, truly outrageous…ly bad.

Word of warning: lots of penguin ranting to follow.  What was done to this movie makes what happened to the Transformers movies look like the work of Steven Spielburg instead of Michael Bay.

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First Viewing: X-Men: Days of Future Past — Pop Culture Curmudguin #26

Continuing a series where I watch for the first time movies that are super popular in geek circles, today I examine X-Men: Days of Future Past.  Does it live up to the hype?  As always, I start off with the snarky comments I had while watching the film, after which I give my honest opinion of the movie, and then analyze what the film means.  Spoilers abound, so be forewarned.

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Avengers: Age of Ultron Review — Pop Culture Curmudguin #25

The most anticipated movie of the Summer, err… Spring, has arrived.  Avengers: Age of Ultron has finally been released in North America. How is it? This review is in 3 parts. The first is a non-spoiler recommendation about the movie. The second part involves snarky comments I made while watching the film, quasi-spoilerish. The last part is full-on spoilers, looking at what the movie means for the future of the MCU. So sit back, get some popcorn shrimp, and get all the 411 you need from your favorite penguin.

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