Disneycast Episode 1 – Snow White, Pinocchio, and Fantasia

Hey, it’s another podcast! Brandon Tolentino and I have decided to tackle the entire Disney canon, covering every three movies over the course of a great many podcasts. The inspiration came from a combination of hearing about Disney all the time while watching Game Grumps, and the fact that Brandon likes Disney a lot, but I haven’t seen virtually any of it in my adult life.

In this episode, Brandon and I talk about Snow White and Pinocchio while actually watching Fantasia, which we talk about along the way and especially at the end.

What’s in this ep:

0:00 – Introduction
1:40 – Brandon’s way of watching Pinocchio
3:06 – We are watching Fantasia?
5:06 – Discussing Snow White and the Seven Dwarves
12:58 – Mickey Mouse and my past
20:17 – Back to Snow White
26:35 – The phrase “for its time”
28:18 – Snow White’s ending
32:54 – The dwarves
42:19 – The queen’s death
44:36 – Discussing Pinocchio
51:10 – The moral fiber of Pinocchio
(At some points we get distracted by the best scene in Fantasia for a few minutes)
1:00:00 – Plot and characters in Pinocchio
(Continued admiration of the best Fantasia scene)
1:05:56 – Fanboying over the pony scene, and moving on to Fantasia

Digibro Never Shuts Up Episode 8

Another regular ep with me and Brandon Tolentino. We talk about The Hobbit movie at length, and continue to discuss our ongoing cultural exchange. At the end I somehow end up giving a ten-minute history lesson about Noitamina.

What’s in this ep:

Opening: Goblins Dance by Ensiferum
0:33 – Introduction
1:20 – The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
16:45 – The past 2 weeks
21:40 – The Cultural Exchange status
22:20 – Describing the Virginia Beach area/Local Heroes
32:46 – Manga issues
34:45 – The bar for entry with comics
38:35 – Shaders everywhere!
40:45 – Runaways
44:00 – Blood: Night of the Beasts
45:00 – Show, don’t tell
48:36 – Money effecting media experience
54:45 – Whole new avenues of anime for Brandon
56:13 – A bunch of facts about NoitaminA
1:12:16 – Our schedules
1:15:30 – Ending: Outrun by Trial of the Golden Witch

Digibro Never Shuts Up Episode 7

In this episode I was joined both by regular guest Brandon Tolentino, and by my cousin Boyd whom I hadn’t seen in a little while and showed up out of the blue. It was recorded a week ago, but it feels like much longer since this week has been insanely busy.

What’s in this ep:

0:00 – Introduction
1:16 – The tale of my giant fence
6:27 – Spoilers for The Walking Dead comic
8:46 – Comics are so expositional
11:13 – Boyd and comics/talking about Iron Man
16:37 – What Darren Aronofsky’s working on
18:39 – Boyd’s and Brandon’s different approaches to film
21:37 – Talking about time travel
24:52 – Boyd’s favorite shows
27:05 – I have an epiphany about Scott Pilgrim/discussing the series
39:58 – What happened last night (also, Paul Robertson) (also, spontaneous beer discussion)
1:00:00 – About the podcast
1:01:09 – We come back with beer
1:01:30 – Antidepressants
1:10:51 – Boyd and directing/our plans
1:35:45 – Outro: Victor’s Room by Trial of the Golden Witch

Digibro’s Media Journal (November 2012)

This was my busiest month ever, with a slam-packed November holiday schedule leaving me at work or asleep way more than I’d have liked. I also did a lot of rewatching and stuff, so in this post I’ll be including media which I’ve already seen, or am continuing to watch, which I didn’t cover before. (For instance: MLP is back, but wasn’t on when I started the journal, so I’ll be talking about it here; but I won’t talk about the still-running Game Grumps, because I talked about it in September.)

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Digibro’s Media Journal (September 2012)

This is, and should remain, the biggest media journal post that I will ever do, on account of the fact that I decided to kitchen sink it this time. Last month, I expanded the journal from being just video games to incorporating other media, but I didn’t account for nearly everything that I took in. This month, I’m doing everything, so long as I haven’t accounted for it in previous months.

Because I’m including everything I watch regularly on this list, I won’t need to put a lot of this stuff into future lists. I didn’t go all-out with music—I only included artists whom I discovered this month. This was both for the sake of length, and because I’m pretty terrible at talking about music in general. Moreover, this list is not in any discernible order, because I’d been listing stuff as I consumed it, and sorting it would’ve been a huge pain in the ass. Ratings are next to names.

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A Battle of Giants in The Raid: Redemption

More so than any other movie described as such (besides The Protector), The Raid: Redemption is a truly non-stop action piece. It begins when a twenty-man police force raids a fifteen-story gang hive, quickly realize that they’ve been set up, and more than half of them are eliminated. Those who remain struggle to escape. Virtually everyone dies in the process.

In most action movies, the main character is crazy powerful. We know that even if everyone else dies, this guy will make it out because he bulldozes everything. For instance, in The Protector, the odds are constantly stacked higher against Tony Jaa’s character, so that we can watch him do increasingly badass things. He takes out guys on motorcycles, extremely skilled fighters, guys with guns, hordes of men attacking at once, and, towards the end, a small gang of giant men.

Without question, Tony Jaa is the biggest badass in the movie. No matter what the odds are, he always emerges as champion. The Raid: Redemption flips this on its head, even as it plays it straight.

The main character, played by Iko Uwais, begins as a lion in sheep’s clothing. Though the movie doesn’t have much to go on, he is remarked as being the newest member of the team, and others see him as a liability. It doesn’t take long for him to emerge as easily the most powerful and intelligent member of his team, nor does it take long before it becomes apparent that if anyone besides him were to survive, they’d have him to thank for it. He bulldozes most of the minor adversaries, but somehow doesn’t seem all-powerful.

That’s because the bad guys are stacked like crazy against him and the rest of the raid group. Most of the group is eliminated almost effortlessly by enemies who are better-prepared and more skilled in general. Uwais’ character doesn’t simply destroy everything, but has to hide and tactically plan his way around. Moreover, the idea of doing what he came to do is quickly rendered obsolete. He does not brave up to go take on the final boss despite the crazy odds. As a matter of fact, he isn’t even really there to do that in the first place: he actually came to try and retrieve his brother, who works for the enemy. When his brother refuses to leave with him, it’s still a matter not of fighting to the top, but of trying to escape with as many of his living teammates as he can.

To stack things even better, the villain’s right-hand-dragon is actually exponentially more powerful than Uwais or anyone else in the movie. In his establishing fight, this guy forces the police squad leader into a room at gunpoint, then willingly disarms himself so that they can fight hand-to-hand. Not only is the squad leader armored, but he’s nearly two feet taller than the dragon (as I will call him from here on out). After a lengthy and intense fight, the dragon emerges victorious.

Uwais is not capable of killing this dragon. In the penultimate fight, Uwais and his brother  team up to fight the dragon, who is again shorter than both of them, and Uwais is still lightly armored. It remains a struggle even for both of them to take this guy out, and then it’s still a matter of escaping the place, aided by the clusterfuck it’s altogether become.

I found this interesting, because I think it’s the first time I’ve seen a main character who was genuinely less powerful than the enemies he was facing. I’ve seen many short guys fighting numerous, much taller dudes, but never has that been the bad guy.

This is part of how The Raid is so much about action with absolutely no frills. The movie has only enough dialog to establish context for everything that happens, which serves the purpose of fueling combat. While Uwais is heroic in trying to save his companions and not trying to escape on his own, he isn’t painted as a single giant hero taking on all the bad guys. Had one of them not been his brother, he would never have made it out alive, and almost no one else indeed does.