"Messianic Myths and Ancient Peoples"
The episode opens in Anthropology class, lead by Duncan, who has embraced the method of teaching the class through Youtube videos. This inspires Shirley to make her own viral video, in hopes of inspiring people with Christian awe and to consequently attend church. She naturally turns to the film student of the group for help, but Abed is above making religious "cinema." When he further contemplates the idea, however, he finds a way to tell the story of Christ in an artistic and “meta” way. Shirley shoots down the idea and Abed sets out to make the film himself.
"Basic Rocket Science"
This is the promised "space" episode. Now viewers might be perplexed by such a description, but the opening makes the plausibility readily apparent: the group isn't going into space, but rather into a space simulator. Like other episodes, "Basic Rocket Science" is ultimately a funny story, complete with film references, about the group bonding and their feelings toward their school.
11/4/08 seems less of a movie and more of an experiment. A collaborative documentary put together by filmmaker Jeff Deutchman, the film centers around the titular date, probably better known as the day Barack Obama was elected America’s first black president. Much less about the actual events however, 11/4/08 is about recording history as it happens, by those in the process of making it. Contributions from 19 different filmmakers in 14 different cities worldwide comprise the film, edited together to form a loose narrative that takes us through the day of Obama supporters as they vote, volunteer, wait, and eventually celebrate.
A new Epic Mickey trailer popped up in the web, showing off some of the gameplay footage. While it's not really anything we haven't already seen, it's always cool to watch Mickey run around with a paintbrush, Okami-style. If you haven't seen the trailer yet, go ahead and check it out after the break. Epic Mickey will be released Nov. 30th.
We here at the 8th, love the hell out of Uwe Boll. I mean, we literally worship everything he makes (you should check out the altar we have for all his films). When we heard he was making a new film titled Blubberella, everyone here at the 8th cried for joy. @%$#
A Halloween-themed update has just gone live on TF2. A new attack/defend map, Mann Manor (yes, the exploding pumpkins are back), will be included in the update, as well as the first non-player character in any TF game.
Do you like free games? Awesome, me too. We've just received five Steam codes for Puzzle Bots, an awesome little indie puzzle game that we got a chance to check out last month. If you'd like a code, all you have to do is give us a follow on Twitter (@the8thcircuit), or fan us on facebook. I'll be posting the codes there over the next few days, first come first serve!
It's funny how every little detail concerning Christopher Nolan's third Batman film is huge news. Not that I'm complaining though, I'm majorly excited. In an interview published minutes ago, Nolan revealed the title of his next film, as well as soon new details about the project.
As campy as it might be, Predator is easily one of the greatest action movies of all time. One lackluster sequel and an incredibly disappointing spin-off franchise later, it seems that maybe it's just not the same without Arnold. If I had to guess who would be next to take a stab at the rapidly decaying property, Robert Rodriguez and Nimród Antal would definitely not have been one of my guesses; and starring Adrian Brody as an action hero? If nothing else, it's original on the surface, but is originality enough? More importantly, is original even what we want?
The new Star Tour's May 2011 opening date is fast approaching, and more details have recently been revealed. Officially titled "Star Tours: The Adventures Continues," the ride will feature characters and locations from both trilogies (Chewbacca and R2-D2 as well as Naboo citizens and Geonosians among others), and will be set after the events of Revenge of the Sith but before A New Hope.
Here at the 8th-Circuit, we try to keep our noses out of political issues as much as we can. Unless of course they deal with bacon, video games, or they make us laugh. This video falls squarly into the latter category, it might not be very relevant to our usual coverage, but it's still pretty awesome. Plus, it stars Olivia Wilde.
Tomorrow night SyFy will premiere another reality show, this time sans anything supernatural. Hollywood Treasure is a new weekly series that will focus on the world of pop culture memorabilia pieces, and the people who buy and sell them. The show follows Joe Maddalena, the owner of Profiles in History, one of the world’s largest auctioneer of movie, television and pop culture collectibles, as he travels the country tracking down rare and coveted pieces of showbiz memorabilia. I got a chance to watch the first two episodes, and even if I don’t agree with SyFy’s new direction, I have to admit I enjoyed the show quite a bit.
"The Psychology of Letting Go"
The theme for this episode is death! Although there are a couple of other plots going on. Pierce and Jeff have to come to terms with death while Annie and Britta try to raise money to save wildlife from an oil spill (presumably BP's Gulf of Mexico leak). There's also another subplot that doesn't get any lines or foreground screen time in the episode: Abed helping a pregnant classmate. I found this episode wasn't as strong with the laughs, but that may have been because I'm not fond of episodes that prominently feature Jeff.
Spoiler alert for the future: Someone goes back in time and attends the premiere of Charlie Chaplin's The Circus. At least, that's what filmmaker George Clarke believes. Watching the special features on the DVD release of The Circus, Clarke discovered a brief clip which appears to show a woman walk past the camera, speaking into a cell phone... in 1928. OOHHHH SHIT.
Oh man, it's been a long time since I've done one of these. But I had things to talk about and I know how much you guys love the workings of my brain-thing so I decided to grace you with another video. You can thank me later. This week I get into Blizzcon 2010 coverage, mention the Layton vs Wright title form Level 5, and finish of with Sonic Fan Remix. Check out the video and prepare for awesomely mediocre me.