BONUS 004: Attack of the Rotten Tomatoes

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Not Superman, not Batman, not a single Ghostbuster, not even an entire Suicide Squad can stand against the power a rotten tomato… apparently. Behold the power of the aggregator site… or at least that’s how some people see it. In this week’s bonus episode Drew and Scott discuss the current scuttlebutt surrounding the popular film review aggregator site Rotten Tomatoes.

Medium Well: Telling Stories In All Forms

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We love talking about storytelling in all its forms here at Story Punk but not much love has been shown toward the medium of video games, not intentionally of course. Writing in the video game field has expanded exponentially as technology has advanced enough to accommodate a more cinematic feel to our gameplay experience.  Telltale Games has virtually (no pun intended) created a whole business model around games that are primarily story driven. We’ve come a long way from the days of Dodge’em and Pitfall.

In May of this year Blizzard Entertainment released the highly anticipated multiplayer first person shooter Overwatch. Unfortunately Overwatch did not have a single player campaign mode so there was not much story contained in game.  However this does not mean that there is no story behind the characters of the Overwatch universe. Blizzard has released a series of animated shorts via their dedicated Overwatch YouTube  channel detailing backstory for some of the characters with the expectation of more to be released in the future. Make no mistake this is not just some throw away supplemental content. These are solid short stories that give a peek into a much larger world that lay beyond the game. These shorts have a Pixar like quality (if Pixar had guns) and are well worth your time, regardless if you actually play the game.

Episode 1.06 “The 90s Retrospective Part I”

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Remember when Clinton was running for President and Pokemon was super popular… wait… bad example…

If you can’t resist finishing the phrase “In West Philadelphia born and raised…” while wearing your slap bracelets and scrunch socks, then you are definitely ready to listen to this week’s episode of Story Punk.

This week Scott gets overly impressed with himself for being a Tarantino hipster and Drew shares two past movie theater experiences, one of which may or may not include a deformed baby mutant.

 

NOTE: The Robert Rodriguez book Rebel Without A Crew Scott referenced is currently available in paperback from Amazon.

 

Episode 1.05 “Time Travel: A Tale of Two Andrews”

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If temporal displacement is your thing, then you have found the right podcast as this week’s show is all about time travel! This episode is guest hosted by Andrew, no, not that Andrew, the other Andrew, host of the “Room 173 with M3JCNV” podcast (@whatis173 on Twitter) and frequent contributor to the “Mating Habits of the Modern Geek” and “Alpha Counter” podcasts. He also can be found on pretty much all social media outlets under the handle of M3JCNV.

In this episode we discuss everything from our favorite of the Back to the Future movies to the disturbing director’s cut ending of The Butterfly Effect to, of course, Doctor Who.

 

Also, programing point of clarification, while discussing the film Time After Time, Scott repeatedly mentions that H.G. Wells “goes back” to 1979 San Francisco even though H.G. Wells died in 1946. Yeah…. sorry about that.

 

Scott’s recommendation this week is the video short Mobius.

 

Andrew’s recommendation this week is the animated series Rick and Morty Season 1 & 2 are currently available on Hulu.

Episode 1.04 “Antiheroes: Harry Callahan to Harley Quinn”


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In this episode we discuss antiheroes in all their tarnished glory, from The Tragedy of Macbeth to Suicide Squad. We attempt to cram in as much bad ass goodness as possible and wrap it all up with an analysis of Escape from New York… Drew even brings Scott to a revelation about one of his favorite films.

 

Of note from the podcast…

Scott’s favorite scene from any Superman movie as discussed in the podcast… he doesn’t care what anyone says.

Here’s the scene of Snake Plissken telling us all we need to know about the type of guy he is.

 

Scott’s recommendation this week was the video short The Fall and Rise of Mickey found on Vimeo (I believe I screwed up the title on the podcast)

 

Drew’s recommendation this week is the FX series The Americans. The first three seasons are available for free to Amazon Prime members.

Unstoppable 

Not an ax to the foot nor a beautiful vista can derail the Story Punk train. Editing of episode four, “Antiheroes: From Harry Callahan to Harley Quinn” continues on from an undisclosed location. Look for this new Story Punk podcast on Thursday. 

Episode 1.03 “JJ Abrams and THE Star Trek”

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Scott and Drew kick the tires and light the fires of the U.S.S. Story Punk and boldly discuss JJ Abrams’ soft rebooted cinematic universe of Star Trek. Of course, there will be general Star Trek talk as well as Drew’s surprising revelation of his favorite pre reboot Trek film. Don’t worry this episode is good, despite it’s odd number.

Drew’s recommendation this week is the film Colossus: The Forbin Project

 

Scott’s recommendation this week is the web series Star Trek Continues
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