It’s the long-awaited return of Pitching Tents, just in time for the big game! This week on the show we come up with our best ideas for a movie about sports. Not just football, that would have been too constraining. I mean, if we had done football, would we have really done another show for baseball? Basketball? Hockey? Probably not, right? We’ve only managed to do like three of these so far. No reason to be so limiting this early on. Anyway, go Seattle gridiron football team who legally I’m not sure I can write about or mention online without paying somebody something!
So apparently people are still buying music. Because I just looked at wikipedia’s list of the best-selling albums in the U.S. — which has been my guide while constructing these reviews — and apparently it’s changed. I thought this album was going to be the 43rd best-selling album of all-time when I wrote this, but a few albums got rearranged on this list when it was updated, so now it’s number 41. Just wanted to clear that up.
Album: Wide Open Spaces
Artist: Dixie Chicks
Release Date: January 28, 1998
Copies Sold In The U.S.: 12 Million Continue reading
It wouldn’t be fun if it was easy and that’s never been truer than this week on T3, when we battle technical problems and the very limits of our bodies to make a new episode for you. Yeah, sounds pretty exciting, doesn’t it? Like you can’t wait to hear it? Like you feel like you’ve been hearing how great this episode is for such a long time that you can’t wait to finally get your hands on it? We get the feeling. That’s why this week, John and Sean bring you their top 10 most anticipated movies of the year. Also, Colin lists his least anticipated movies, because we’re mean sometimes too.
Looks like I have the honor of putting the final nail in last year’s coffin. Video game historians will probably remember 2013 as a year of the new technology, with a news cycle was dominated by PS4s, Xbox Ones, 2DSs, Ouyas, Steam Machines, Occulous Rifts, and more. For a lot of people, myself included, the PC had become the dominant platform over the last few years, as a tired console generation led to fewer exclusives and PC ports that were straight-up better than the console versions. But the knowledge that this would be the last year people really cared about their PS3s and 360s did let some developers cash in on some awesome ideas while everyone was started focusing their attention on the future. Let me show you some of my favorite games from last year.
As far as honorable mentions go, there’s a lot that I still haven’t played that I’d like to – these lists would be way easier to do in like early March. So Tearaway, Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance, Forza Motorsport 5, Shadow Warrior, Ni No Kuni, Metro: Last Light, The Wonderful 101, and Fire Emblem Awakening, I’m sorry I either didn’t play you or didn’t play you nearly enough to really know how I feel. There were also two really terrific series relaunches early last year that I thought were great; DmC and Tomb Raider. Oh, and two sequels caught me off guard with their quality, Dead Rising 3 and Dead Space 3. Those sure sound like video games, don’t they?
Talk about the ultimate Grudge Match! There are no ties this week as only three Warm Bodies show up to host our last 2013 wrap-up podcast. And, boy, we sure do bring The Heat and sling the Mud this week. When we kicked it into Turbo, I’m surprised World War Z didn’t break out during our discussion. Man, what a Rush! I feel like I could take on 47 Ronin! But you know, that’s just us, we keep things Fast and Furious 6 over on T3. Oh, and sorry this is a day late, but I mean, what am I, Oz the Great and Powerful?
Every year I go see a bunch of movies in theaters, and the narrative basically goes like this: hit-or-miss action movies and comedies for almost the whole year, and then an intense cram session of all the depressing, critically-acclaimed movies in the last month or two. It must be nice to get screeners or live in New York or Los Angeles. At least things seem to be getting better, with Redbox, Netflix, and other on-demand streaming solutions starting to get smaller movies earlier and earlier, it’s becoming possible to catch up on indies, documentaries, and foreign films before the year is even over. Still, there’s a lot I wish I got to see in 2013, particularly The Act of Killing, which sounds amazing, and Upstream Color, which has been in my Netflix queue forever.
As far as honorable mentions, there are almost too many to count. Neither The Wolf of Wall Street nor American Hustle made my list, although they surely will deservedly win many awards from credible outlets. There were a few smaller films that I really liked, such as Enough Said, Frances Ha, Blue Jasmine, and Side Effects, which could have easily ended up on the back part of this list. There were some good big movies too, like The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug and The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, but they weren’t quite up for the list. Also, there’s an awesome Chinese movie on Netflix called Drug War that I really recommend, it’s pretty awesome; like The Wire if it was an amped up, melodramatic action movie. My list, my choices!
Oh 2013, you so crazy! Yet again we have another year where all the best films were released in the last two months, leaving myself to make a mad dash to see everything I could with as little time as possible. Naturally, a few films fell through the cracks. My biggest regrets for 2013 were missing out on J.C. Chandor’s All is Lost, featuring Robert Redford on a boat and Alexander Payne’s Nebraska, featuring Bruce Dern on land, these are how I categorize films. Aside from that I liked a lot of what I saw and look forward to sharing my picks with all our Spambot fans.