The Comedy Button is not really a gaming podcast, but it hits a lot of the same off-topic banter that the Bombcast does. It's more juvenile, but often funnier. They all have backgrounds in gaming, so the topics often skew toward nerdy things. They get very personal on the show, and discuss their real-ass problems, too. The community has a great Facebook group too where people share projects and creative things they work on every Sunday. It's a fun group and I can't recommend the show enough.
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So happy to finally have the new hires in the office. I miss Vinny so much, so fucking much, but he's not really gone, and the new guys will rock it. So here's to a new chapter for my favorite website. Huzzah!
I want to rate the last few, because they've all been great.
The Lego Movie: 5/5 - Saw this one at the cheap theater and loved it. Super smart and super funny. Had a weird, cool message about individuality and government/corporation surveillance and control... I think. Maybe I looked too much into it, but it was damn entertaining nonetheless.
Frozen: 5/5 - Saw this at the same cheap theater and also had a great experience. It looked awesome, it looked entertaining, and the music was great. I wouldn't be surprised if we see a Broadway production similar to the Lion King eventually.
Wet Hot American Summer: 5/5 - Jesus, how have I never seen this before. The ensemble cast was ridiculous, and I'm sure it would cost them a butt-ton to ever have all these people in the same low-budget comedy again. Paul Rudd, Amy Poehler, Elizabeth Banks, that dude from SVU, the brother from Frasier, Janeane Garofalo, fucking Bradley Cooper. It was dumb, and hilarious, and I want to watch it again.
Knowing what's going to happen has never been a turnoff for me, and I've never been one to worry about spoilers. And I think there's something to be said for repeated playthroughs/viewings. You get a better sense of the game and some of the nuance might be more noticeable. That's easier with movies where it's a two hour commitment, but with games it can be fun too. Now when games simply don't age well it can be a bummer, but it's important to know how something might have been thought of at the time than simply bashing it now.
I love that one that sounds like it has horns on it, that was the regular one at least during the last half of 2010. And Jeff would use it whenever he hosted the show before Ryan passed. That one has always been my favorite.
I think it's even worse in movies, and it's always refreshing when they do take an old idea and make it work. Something like 21 Jump Street, where after the name and basic story premise, the movie went off and did its own thing that separated itself from the original. It's a hard line to balance on, as you don't want to piss diehards off, but you want to make your own original thing. I think remakes for the most part are a pretty tired thing, but taking inspiration and running with it can have good results. But like you said, not everyone is as strong of a developer, filmmaker, etc.
This is an old ass thread, and I may have posted here before, but my opinions have changed since then surely. Here are my top ten as of now in no particular order.
-Manhattan: My favorite Woody Allen movie, and one of the coolest representations of New York City that I've seen, and it's in black and white! It hits this really great balance of romance and angst, while still being witty, and it has a great soundtrack of mostly Gershwin songs.
-Annie Hall: Changed my whole perspective on movies and writing in movies. It is hilarious, and even after probably twenty viewings, I am always noticing new jokes and references that I never saw before.
-Hannah and Her Sisters: I'll just get all my Woody Allen choices out of the way now I suppose. It's my favorite movie about neurotic women that's for sure, and it's funny, and charming, and gets a little dark but ends oh so well. Woody plays somebody obsessed with his own death, which is just how I like him.
-The Apartment: Great romantic comedy from 1960 that holds up ridiculously well. Jack Lemmon plays the relatable everyman who I can't help but get behind. Also gets a little dark for a rom-com from 1960, but it's very funny.
-Spider-Man 2: Still my favorite comic book/superhero movie. I think I just really like watching Peter Parker having to deal with all of is personal problems. That's always what has attracted me to the character, not so much his superhero problems.
-Adventureland: Funny and sweet coming-of-age movie directed by the same guy who did Superbad, but the two movies are nothing alike. Adventureland was marketed as this wacky, sex comedy "from the director of Superbad!" but the two movies are so different in tone. It has very relatable characters, and pretty accurately portrays having a shitty summer job.
-Superbad: Still my favorite of any Rogen or Apatow movie, and I enjoy them quite a bit. I think Jonah Hill makes this movie for me. He's quick-witted and a loser and the writing is really funny.
Hot Rod: My favorite thing The Lonely Island has done. It's so dumb. Reminds me of Napoleon Dynamite and Wet Hot American Summer.
Death of a Salesman: The 1985 television movie with Dustin Hoffman and John Malkovich.
Husbands and Wives: Gah, another Woody Allen movie. Shot in this cool documentary style with interviews and everything. Daaaark, and weird and timely given the actual relationship scandal he was going through at the time with Mia Farrow.
The Persona 4 Endurance run, which seems like an obvious one, and even though I don't think we'll see another and I don't know if we should, that still stands as one of the more entertaining things I've ever watched. The game was great, and Jeff and Vinny's constant banter and riffing on what the characters were saying was incredibly funny. It's what got me into the site, and it holds a special place in my heart.
The 2012 game of the year stuff was fantastic as well, and had the kind of polish and planning that I didn't think Giant Bomb was neither capable of nor needed, but it just turned out fucking great. Went above and beyond any expectations I had for their GOTY content.
And the Bombcast as a whole. Quick Looks are great, as are live shows, reviews, and features, but it's the podcast I always come back to. I know Jeff keeps saying he wants to change and freshen it up, but I hope he doesn't change the basic feel of the show. The laid-back, long-form nature of it is what I love.