Why I’m Fired up for the Defenders

I don’t know how Entertainment Weekly gets all of the Marvel scoops, but they do a terrific job. In this case, just as with plenty of superhero flicks before this, EW has our first look at the Netflix limited series that features a mashup of four Marvel heroes. The plan has been in the works for a while now, and now, the project is going full throttle to the culmination of the Defenders.

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12 Things You Might Not Know About “A Christmas Story”

It’s the countdown till Christmas, and one of my favorite things about the holiday season is the 1983 comedy, “A Christmas Story.” The movie follows a young man named Ralphie Parker in his quest for the ultimate Christmas present, an official Red Ryder BB Gun, with a compass in the stock, and this “thing that tells time.” Fantastically written and narrated by Jean Shepherd, the film includes a cavalcade of characters, including bullies, elves, Black Bart, and of course, The Old Man. Ralphie’s dad, played by the late Darren McGavin, who positively makes the movie. In an effort to provide some behind the scenes info, here is a list of 12 things you might not know about “A Christmas Story.”

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Where are they now? The Cast of “A Christmas Story”

Re-posted with some old school trivia you might not know about A Christmas Story.

Last year, I posted a blog on the 12 Things You Might Not Know About “A Christmas Story.” I’m back with a follow-up. This time, let’s look at where some of the talent behind one of America’s most memorable holiday movies has turned up.

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The Westworld Season Finale’

That’s a lot of speculation and opinion, and none of it may matter at all. For me, part of the fun of Westworld was trying to follow all of the different intertwining stories and to see where the show’s creators and terrific writing team took the viewers over the first 10 episodes. Let me just say, speculation and fan theories are fine, but they damn sure aren’t necessary to enjoy this show. It’s okay to be along for the ride. It’s a good one. The story is cool. The questions about consciousness and by extension, ethics, are challenging. The cinematography is just gorgeous, and the soundtrack is a delight.

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Inside the Music of Westworld

I know, another Westworld blog post. Stick with me on this one because I found this fascinating. One of the first things that grabbed me during Episode One of Westworld was the music by Ramin Djawadi. I’ve been a fan of his from his scores to movies like Pacific Rim and TV shows like Person of Interest. One of the unusual things about Westworld is the use of somewhat modern songs playing either as part of the score or on the piano in the Mariposa Saloon and Hotel. The artists included are widely varied, from Radiohead and Nine inch Nails to Soundgarden to the Rolling Stones.

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Westworld: A Look from Game Designers’ Perspectives

I’m really enjoying the premiere season of Westworld on HBO for any number of reasons. If Westworld does represent the future of gaming, what do current game designers think about it? Evan Narcisse from io9 had a chance to ask several and their responses are absolutely amazing.

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Nick’s Pedal Board

Following the path of my fellow musicians, Mike Blevins and Dave Evans, I finally took the plunge to build myself a full pedal board for our gigs with Just Wanna Play. These guys have had their boards setup for years, and I had a small 3-pedal board, but that meant leaving my wireless receiver on the floor, and historically, on the floor usually means knocked over and/or covered in beer. So, I followed suit and (thanks to Mike) built out my board. Here’s how it all came together.

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Whatever Happened to Might & Magic

When I read Ernie Cline’s fantastic novel, “Ready Player One”, I was certain he had written a story dedicated to my childhood. Dungeons and Dragons, rock music, and video games. Lots and lots of video games. This included Bard’s Tale, Spy Hunter, Alternate Reality, and Might & Magic. I mentioned this on a recent episode of the Geek Wolfpack Podcast, which raised the question…Whatever happened to Might & Magic.

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