High Life – Review

High Life

(spoiler free review)


A 2018 film directed by Claire Dennis, starring Robert Pattinson, Juliette Binoche, and Andre (3000) Benjamin. First off as the title might suggest, this sci-fi film has nothing to do with marijuana. Being Dennis’s first science fiction film she along with the cast spent time training at the European Astronaut Centre to prepare for the shooting. This is where any and all praise I might of had for this film ends. The premise of sending convicts on death row, into space, should have created a fair amount of tension and anxiety. WRONG. The entire crew seemingly gets along like a family of teenagers with only a few minor hiccups. This movie does a fantastic job of introducing tons of interesting ideas and plot points during it’s hour and 53 minute run time. However the film fails utterly at elaborating on, or using those ideas and plot points any further after they’re introduced. Coupled with a very convoluted plot and jumping timeline, this movie was almost a headache to watch. This film is basically a french lite version of 2001: A Space Odyssey.

Final thoughts: Watch at your own risk. It’s only mildly interesting throughout the entire film. The ending makes so little sense that even in interviews the director, actors and writers sound like they’re just making stuff up.

Sarcastic spoiler free review by: Tim Huskey

TOTLB 109 Artificial Corn Syrup

We’re back to the hallowed walls of Gabe’s nerd cave!! In this episode we discuss all of the things that have happened in news, in pop culture!! From Star Trek Discovery, Bumble Bee/Transformers, Time Freak, and of course, all of the comic books that have been read!!

Our #popcultureclassic for this episode, is the 1975 thriller, and Steven Spielberg movie, Jaws. The movie stars Robert Shaw and Richard Dreyfuss. We discuss the movie, and there is one person who, you might guess, thinks it doesn’t hold up. But, we talk about the plot, and what everyone thought when it came out, as well as the “awesome” sequels. Plus, we discuss what other copycat ocean movies were made, and how plausible the plot really is.

Remember, you can ALWAYS let us know what you think! We can only think of so many things to talk about every other week, and would LOVE to get some feedback and ideas from all of you out there who are listening!! You can send mp3s and email to our email address. Also, join the conversations on our Facebook Page and Twitter Page. If you have good feedback, please leave it for us on iTunes and Stitcher!! That’s one way to help us climb the ranks into podcast glory!! You can ALSO leave us voicemail!!! Call the Michael Kuyrk memorial 970-573-6148 and leave us a hilarious message!!! PLUS FOR AS LITTLE AS $1/MONTH you can support us on Patreon!! A lot of cool extras on there for those who support!!

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TOTLB S29 Michael Witwer

Our next installment of special interview episodes, comes from the awesome mind of author, Michael Witwer! Michael is the author of Empire of Imagination: Gary Gygax and the Birth of Dungeons & Dragons, and the co-author of the book we are talking about today, D&D Art & Arcana! If you listen to the show, you know that Gabe is a BIG Dungeons and Dragons fan, and even holds a weekly game!! Because of this, when we heard about the Art & Arcana book, we knew we had to get Michael on the show to talk about this awesome book!!

Michael tells us about his love for Dungeons & Dragons, as well as how he came to be a fan of the game! D&D Art & Arcana is “An illustrated guide to the history and evolution of the beloved role-playing game told through the paintings, sketches, illustrations, and visual ephemera behind its creation, growth, and continued popularity.” Can you imagine having to find the 14 and 15 year olds who first created these awesome illustrations that D&D fans have come to know!? It’s a very cool journey, that they didn’t even know they were a part of, until this book came along!

Click on the link above to order the book, but you can also order this special edition!!!

Remember, you can ALWAYS let us know what you think! We can only think of so many things to talk about every other week, and would LOVE to get some feedback and ideas from all of you out there who are listening!! You can send mp3s and email to our email address. Also, join the conversations on our Facebook Page and Twitter Page. If you have good feedback, please leave it for us on iTunes and Stitcher!! That’s one way to help us climb the ranks into podcast glory!! You can ALSO leave us voicemail!!! Call the Michael Kuyrk memorial 970-573-6148 and leave us a hilarious message!!! PLUS FOR AS LITTLE AS $1/MONTH you can support us on Patreon!! A lot of cool extras on there for those who support!!

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TOTLB 108 Udder Maddness

And we’re BACK to Hall of Justice Comics & Collectibles!! The whole gang, almost, is here, and it’s always a little crazy when we’re all together! At this point in time, only a few people had seen Captain Marvel, but we do speak about all the “controversy that surrounded the movie. Plus, Jon tells us about Sharkey the bounty hunter, and some of the other books that are coming out. We also talk about Idris Elba taking over for Will Smith on Suicide Squad, and Brightburn!

Our #popcultureclassic for this episode, is the 1997 crime film, L.A. Confidential. The movie stars Kevin Spacey, Kim Basinger, Guy Pearce, and Russell Crowe. Our Patreon supporter, Jason, has been on a real Guy Pearce kick, and that is why this movie was chosen. We discuss the movie, but the conversation really turns into the state of the movie industry, including if there really are anymore bankable actors, with a namesake. Or, if the likes of Al Pacino, and Robert De Niro are actors of the past.

Remember, you can ALWAYS let us know what you think! We can only think of so many things to talk about every other week, and would LOVE to get some feedback and ideas from all of you out there who are listening!! You can send mp3s and email to our email address. Also, join the conversations on our Facebook Page and Twitter Page. If you have good feedback, please leave it for us on iTunes and Stitcher!! That’s one way to help us climb the ranks into podcast glory!! You can ALSO leave us voicemail!!! Call the Michael Kuyrk memorial 970-573-6148 and leave us a hilarious message!!! PLUS FOR AS LITTLE AS $1/MONTH you can support us on Patreon!! A lot of cool extras on there for those who support!!

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Review: Goon #1

GOON #1With the rebirth of Eric Powell’s The Goon on Albatross Funnybooks, we get a return of one of comicdom’s most entertaining characters.  One part period piece, one part horror show the world of The Goon is populated with mobsters, monsters and of course monster mobsters, all of whom are there for The Goon to beat up while cracking wise.  It is the kind of pure entertainment that people have come to expect from Powell and his work.

Coinciding with the 20th anniversary of the character Powell is releasing his first original stories in The Goon universe since 2015 when the book was last published by Dark Horse.  Now working on his personal imprint Albatross Funnybooks Powell has said in a press release that he wants to bring to book back to its hilarious over the top roots; “I’m returning to the roots of the series with a heavy emphasis on the weird, twisted humor the book has been known for,” said Powell. “The world around us is dark enough right now. I want to make readers laugh and forget their troubles for a little bit.”  This first issue delivers on that promise.

With The Goon returning to his home town (The Town With No Name) he immediately learns that in spite of his best efforts to rid the city of gangsters and evil creatures the town is still beset by them.  The Goon’s toady, Frankie, starts a list of who they are going to have to beat up and violent hilarity ensues.  There are new threats and old frenimies all throughout this first issue that is off to a roaring start.

With witty dialogue and Powell’s unique brand of amazing art, this is a book that you should be on the lookout for.  If you haven’t read previous iterations of The Goon those are coming out in omnibus form from Albatross Funnybooks as well.  This is the kind of celebration of 20 years that any great comic should have.  A return to what made it great and a promise of more in the future.

The Goon #1 came out at your local comic book shop Wednesday March 13th, 2019.

Girl With No Name – Legion M

For a few weeks now, we have been getting teased about the comic book derived from the Slamdance award-winning screenplay of the same name currently in development with Legion M and Co-Op Entertainment. As of a few days ago, we finally got all of the information about the book, and the Kickstarter!! As of the writing of this article, the Kickstarter has DESTROYED expectations set at $6,000, and has reached just over $53K!! If this isn’t more proof, that Legion M is working, then you just aren’t paying attention! Here is the story, right from the Kickstarter page:

On the way to a new life on the frontier, a five-year-old GIRL’s parents are murdered by highwaymen. Orphaned, The Girl is taken in by her mysterious UNCLE, an ex-Confederate turned bounty hunter—not a man who ever wanted to raise a child. But The Girl demands he take her in because she knows that he is the man who will make her parents’ killers pay. And they will pay in blood.

Every day, The Girl pushes her Uncle to go after the people who killed “ma and pa.” At the age of ten, her Uncle finally teaches her to shoot. Like him, The Girl is a natural sharpshooter… a crack shot. She has more natural talent with a gun than anyone he has ever seen. It scares the Uncle to think what could become of her if she joined the “killin’ trade.”

As she grows, the bond between them grows, and he begins to see her as his own daughter.  But just when The Uncle is about to hang up his gun for good, a band of outlaws murders him and burns their ranch, leaving The Girl—now 18—for dead in their burning house. But The Girl survives the fire and now, orphaned once again, has only one drive: vengeance. With no one else willing to go after the outlaws, The Girl grabs her gun and takes justice into her own hands.

“By bringing the Legion M community to bear (and introducing Girl With No Name to an entire new community on Kickstarter), we hope to demonstrate that there is demand for an original story like this. The more traction we’ve got, the easier it will be to get the attention of the talent, agencies, studios, etc. that can bring this franchise to the big screen!

In addition, we believe that comics are an EXCELLENT way to develop a film—particularly one as heavily stylized (think 300Kingsmen, or even Sin City) as director Tanya Wexler’s vision for Girl With No Name. There’s no better medium to experiment with visual storytelling than comics, and there’s no better way to do that than by involving the community in the process!”

TOTLB 107 Doyle Goes To Vegas

We are back to normal!! Sorry about the delay in this episode, the snow bomb that hit our state, really put a damper on things!! This was recorded before the oscars, so we do speak about the oscars a little bit. We give a few predictions, some were correct, most were wrong!! Jonthan also joins the show, and speak about what was coming out of Comics Pro, a comic book retailers event that they had just attended!! Find out what was spoken about, and what books might come out of it!!

PLUS, our much anticipated #popcultureclassic for this episode, is the 1997 movie, Event Horizon!! We recently spoke to Jack Noseworthy about his role in this movie, and you can find that interview HERE. jump street, you can tell that all of the hosts are big fans of this movie, and we pretty much regard this as one of our favorite horror movies of all time. Though, there was a lot of missing footage, and that did change things once I was able to rewatch the movie, as an adult.

Remember, you can ALWAYS let us know what you think! We can only think of so many things to talk about every other week, and would LOVE to get some feedback and ideas from all of you out there who are listening!! You can send mp3s and email to our email address. Also, join the conversations on our Facebook Page and Twitter Page. If you have good feedback, please leave it for us on iTunes and Stitcher!! That’s one way to help us climb the ranks into podcast glory!! You can ALSO leave us voicemail!!! Call the Michael Kuyrk memorial 970-573-6148 and leave us a hilarious message!!! PLUS FOR AS LITTLE AS $1/MONTH you can support us on Patreon!! A lot of cool extras on there for those who support!!

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TOTLB S28 Jack Noseworthy

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In our next regular episode, you will hear us discuss the 1997 space horror film, Event Horizon! This is actually a movie that we all agree on, for a change. It happens to be one of our favorite horror movies for it’s time!!

But, for this special interview episode, we get to speak with Ensign Justin, portrayed by the talented actor, Jack Noseworthy!! You might remember Justin, as the character who is briefly pulled into the portal of the Event Horizon, and comes out a VERY different person!

Jack talks about the movie, coming into his third paramount movie, and his process as an actor. This is a very unique perspective into the process, which we don’t normally hear about. BUT, not only is Jack killing it in movies & TV, but he is also doing great work on the Broadway stage AND he is doing amazing charitable work through the Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS organization!!

“Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS is the major supporter of essential social service programs at The Actors Fund, including the HIV/AIDS Initiative, the Phyllis Newman Women’s Health Initiative and The Friedman Health Center for the Performing Arts. We also award annual grants to more than 450 AIDS and family service organizations nationwide.”

Remember, you can ALWAYS let us know what you think! We can only think of so many things to talk about every other week, and would LOVE to get some feedback and ideas from all of you out there who are listening!! You can send mp3s and email to our email address. Also, join the conversations on our Facebook Page and Twitter Page. If you have good feedback, please leave it for us on iTunes and Stitcher!! That’s one way to help us climb the ranks into podcast glory!! You can ALSO leave us voicemail!!! Call the Michael Kuyrk memorial 970-573-6148 and leave us a hilarious message!!! PLUS FOR AS LITTLE AS $1/MONTH you can support us on Patreon!! A lot of cool extras on there for those who support!!

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The Field Guide To Evil – March 29th

Before you read anymore, PLEASE take the time to check out the trailer!! This anthology series looks absolutely amazing if you are a horror buff. Just watching the trailer gives me goosebumps, and reminds me of horror films of my younger days!! The Field Guide to Evil hits theaters and all digital platforms, on March 29th!!

In FIELD GUIDE, eight of the most exciting new voices in international horror were asked to draw upon the folklore of their country, reimagining a legend through their own unique (and often twisted) creative lens. The film was also the very first equity crowd-funded feature in America, generating $500,000 of funding from 255 equity investors.

“We approach creating a project like this as fans. What do we want to see first and foremost. Then we assembled a team of filmmakers we felt to be among the most interesting new voices in horror on the planet,” says producer Ant Timpson. “We can’t wait for audiences to explore these diverse and dark paths they’ve created.”

THE FIELD GUIDE TO EVIL features segments by Veronika Franz and Severin Fiala (GOODNIGHT MOMMY, THE LODGE), Peter Strickland (THE DUKE OF BURGUNDY, BERBERIAN SOUND STUDIO), Agnieszka Smoczynska (THE LURE, FUGUE), Katrin Gebbe (NOTHING BAD CAN HAPPEN, PELICAN BLOOD), Can Evrenol (BASKIN, HOUSEWIFE), Calvin Reeder (THE RAMBLER), Ashim Ahluwalia (MISS LOVELY), and Yannis Veslemes (NORWAY).

In addition to Tim League and Ant Timpson, who produced the successful ABCs OF DEATH franchise, THE FIELD GUIDE TO EVIL was executive produced by investors Christos V. Konstantakopoulos (BEFORE MIDNIGHT, THE LOBSTER), Keith and Jess Calder (ANOMALISA, BLAIR WITCH, YOU’RE NEXT), and Legion M, the world’s first fan-owned entertainment company (MANDY, JAY AND SILENT BOB REBOOT).

Legion M will be hosting fan meet-ups for THE FIELD GUIDE TO EVIL at select theaters across the United States.

“Being a fan-owned entertainment company, we’re not only financially invested in FIELD GUIDE TO EVIL but our fast-growing community of 70,000 members and investors are empowered to share our project with the world so they can experience it with us,” says Paul Scanlan, cofounder and CEO of Legion M. “FIELD GUIDE TO EVIL was one of Legion M’s earliest investments and we have been eagerly awaiting this opportunity to activate our proven experiential meet-up model across the country, which will eventize screenings and feature cool perks like exclusive FIELD GUIDE merchandise for all meet-up attendees.”

TOTLB 106 Happy Gabe

Recording this episode on a Wednesday evening, brings us to a strange episode 106!! There are only two segments in this particular episode, as we, with time constraints, were not able to have a #popcultureclassic!! So, this episode is dominated by news, and by our old man segment!! Gabe tells us about his life, and how much happier he has been since he found himself once more!! His old man segment deals with a few of Gabe’s past podcasts, and how they have helped shape what we do now, as the TOTLB team! Hopefully you will enjoy this low key episode!!

Remember, you can ALWAYS let us know what you think! We can only think of so many things to talk about every other week, and would LOVE to get some feedback and ideas from all of you out there who are listening!! You can send mp3s and email to our email address. Also, join the conversations on our Facebook Page and Twitter Page. If you have good feedback, please leave it for us on iTunes and Stitcher!! That’s one way to help us climb the ranks into podcast glory!! You can ALSO leave us voicemail!!! Call the Michael Kuyrk memorial 970-573-6148 and leave us a hilarious message!!! PLUS FOR AS LITTLE AS $1/MONTH you can support us on Patreon!! A lot of cool extras on there for those who support!!

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