Month: June 2016

It Is What It Is, with The Jackass! Episode 42: The Nerds of Winter

This week, The Jackass is joined by Coach Matt from Nerd Interference and SCNS Live, as well as Rob Ntropi, producer of both Nerd Interference and SCNS Live. And winter is here. The guys break down the Game of Thrones Season 6 finale and talk the season over all and predictions for season 7!

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San Diego Comic Con is right around the corner, and once again The Jackass is invading! But he need your help! Yes you! Go to twitter and follow BC at  @RealJackassBC. On his profile there is a pinned tweet with a poll for what hashtag to use at this years SDCC. Go and vote you have until next Wednesday the 6th at 9 PM CT! Your choices are #BCatSDCC, #JAatSDCC, #SDCCBC, or #SDCCJA.

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The Purge: ElectionYear

First off I was not a huge fan of the first Purge Film. It was an ok movie, but it was not what I had expected or wanted to see out of it. What I wanted was what we got with The Purge: Anarchy. An all-out life or death brawl to survive the night and the world they have created. Recently I re-watched the first film, and I actually liked it a lot more now that I have seen where it goes with Anarchy. And Anarchy was an awesome film like I said. It was the Punisher film we have always wanted. And all though Jon Bernthal is a great punisher, I really would have loved to see Grillo dawn the skull. But that’s not what we are here to talk about; we are talking about The Purge: Election Year.

Our 3rd installment to this world brings back Grillo as Leo Barnes, our hesitant hero from Anarchy. Also making returning is Bishop, now leading Carmelo’s Purge Rebellion. We also add Elizabeth Mitchell as Charlie Roan as a presidential hopeful out to shut down The Purge. Mykelti Williamson, Betty Gabriel, Kyle Secor, Joseph Julian Soria, and Liza-Colon-Zayas have also joined the franchise. James DeManaco returns for a third time as the writer and director. Now I have got to say, this one was pretty good. Not great. But pretty good.

So we are now two years removed from Sgt. Leo Barnes (Grillo) making the decision to spare the life of the man who killed his son, and he is working as the head of security for Senator Charlie Roan (Mitchell). Roan is out to shut down the Purge after being made to watch her entire family get murdered Purge night on 18 years before. While the New Founding Fathers see her as a threat they decide they have to do something about it. As Barnes attempts to make keep her safe through the night, they run across some ally’s out to protect their store from looters, as well as the Anti Purge Movement. However Roan is hesitant to trust The Anti Purge movement as she sees them as being just as violent as the NFFA.

There are a lot of positives to The Purge: Election Year. Like its predecessor Anarchy it focuses more on being an action thriller, rather than a horror film like the first installment. This is where this franchise shines. A few good jump scares, and some well shot action. The action is intense, and shot beautifully, no shaky camera. DeManaco knows how to film action, especially in this world that he has created.

Frank Grillo is also a shining star in the film. I have been a huge fan of his since Warrior. He is great in the Marvel films as Crossbones, his own show Kingdom, and he is great in this franchise. He brings realism to the character, a grit that you believe and he makes it easy to become lost in this world through his character. Edwin Hodge gets a bigger role in this film, and it is well deserved.  He is a fun character and I have liked seeing his progression.

The film also has a lot of laughs to it that counter act the thrills and action very well. Most of the comedic elements come from Mykelti Williamson. He has great comedic timing in Election Year, and his one liners hit pretty well. His storyline mixes well with the main line throughout the film.

But there are some glaring weaknesses in the film. It feels like they wanted to go a little overboard with story. It is something a lot of horror franchises do when it comes to their third installments. Crazy back stories, or new threats or powers that our antagonist has. Scream 3 mocked the third installments of franchise saying there were insane unnecessary backstories. And I believe Election Year does this. The first act takes way too long to get moving. We get too many scenes that are supposed to be character building moments that just fall flat. Most glaringly an entire presidential debate scene that flat out did not need to be in the film.

Another weakness in the film is that we are going to this film to see the insane kills, or Purges. Like the Saw franchise we wanted the traps to escalate, we want bigger cooler this go around. And we do not really get them. We kind of see them in the background, and are teased a few times, but they never really give you what you want.

Other than your main leads most the rest of the cast is atrocious. The villains are all clichéd. This isn’t always a bad thing, but in this case stuck out a little much. You have your over the top politician villain, your sleazy opposite of your hero and their insanely over done henchman. It was all just a little too cliché. Story has glaring weakness and terrible dialog that even Frank Grillo and Elizabeth Mitchell who are good can not keep a float. As well I would have really liked to see Mitchell’s character get a little more into the action. I get that she wasn’t a soldier or a fighter, but in these films you want to see you heroine step up and be awesome.

The Purge: Election Year is a good continuation to a decent franchise. It may not be your favorite film of the year but you can go to it and have a good time at the theater. Just don’t expect the next great Action-Thriller. Over all it’s a fun film. It has the thrills, the scares, the action, and laughs that you want out of this franchise. It blends the genre very well. Where it comes up short is its story, and first acts. But not so much that you can’t get over it. I would have liked to see more Purging in the streets, but what we got was interesting and leaves you wanting to see more. Which in a franchise is basically what you want. It is not the best film of the year, nor will it win any Oscars. But there is fun to be had in The Purge: Election year. I gave it a score of 2.7 with no Jeebus bonus so that leaves us with a final Jeebus score of 2.7. But what say you Jackass Nation? Are you excited for The Purge: Election Year? What has been your favorite of the franchise thus far? Sound off in the comments below, and remember, it is, what it is.

The Jeebus Score explained

The Jeebus score is out of a possible 5 points with a .5 bonus. Films are giving a max of 1 point each for Entertainment Value, Story/Writing, Performance, Direction, and Production. There is also a possible bonus up to .5. Any film between 2.5 and 4 is considered a good film. 4-5 is a great film. Anything over 5 is an incredibly amazing film. To get a perfect score of 5.5 a film will pretty much have to be The Empire Strikes Back or The Godfather.

Nerd Interference for the week of June 25th 2016

On this week’s LIVE edition of Nerd Interference, your bearded Texas boys are celebrating a much deserved Cavs win. They discuss the relevancy of other drafts. CM Punk’s upcoming UFC debut and new updates to Madden NFL 17! Join the bearded bros for another fun and informative episode of Nerd Interference!

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The Shallows

I have been really looking forward to this film. I love Sharks. Shark Week is one of my absolute favorite times of the year. I spent the day before seeing this film watching the only other good Shark films out there, Deep Blue Sea, and Jaws. I also watched Open Water for the first time. Was not impressed. This is why I have had so much hope for The Shallows. We need a new Shark attack film that will survive the test if time. One that is entertaining, suspenseful, and fun. The Shallows gave me that hope. Now it is finally time to see if it the film lives up to my expectations.

The Shallows stars Blake Lively and is directed by Jaume Collet-Serra. It tells the tale of a young woman, Nancy, on vacation surfing off the coast of an island her mother once told her about. Her paradise like vacation soon turns to a nightmare as she is attacked by a massive Great White Shark. Finding safety some distance away from the shore on a small rock, she must find a way to make it to safety, as the blood thirsty beast stalks her and waits for his own moment to strike. An isolation survival film. Think Cast Away meets Jaws. In terms of tone, not as much as quality of a film.

Not for nothing, but like I said it is safe to say I was insanely exited for this film. I had no doubt that I was going to enjoy this movie. Could it live up to my own expectations? Well, I’d have to say, yes it does! It has an amazingly epic feel to it, with an incredibly dramatic feel to it. The tension is real, and literally had me sitting on the edge of my seat nearly the entire film. Few jump scares, but enough fear to make you feel it.

Blake Lively was great in the role as well. It takes a lot to carry a film by yourself. Not everyone can do it. Ask Collin Farrell about Phone Booth, and he wasn’t even totally alone. Lively does a great job making you feel the tension and the pain that she is going through. You believe her performance full heartedly. While Tom Hanks had Wilson the Volleyball to the play off of, Blake wasn’t entirely alone. Her costar, Steven Seagull, a Seagull played by Sully “Steven” Seagull helps makes her even more believable. That seagull deserves an Oscar. Or at least a Jeebus Award.

The CGI is pretty good too. There are not really too many moments that I was taken out of the film. Maybe once or twice, but for the most part the Shark looked pretty legit. The shadowy figure in the water is terrifying, and when he actually comes out of the water, it’s like watching air jaws on Discovery Channel. This thing is massive and scary.

The story is basic but it didn’t need to be anything over the top. It is an isolation survival story, and it knows its lane, and stays in it. It never really tries to be anything crazy or over the top. The shark has a few issues, but not enough to really through the story out of whack. You believe she finds a way to survive and get through what she’s going through, through well placed exposition, that isn’t overbearing or unneeded.

The island they shot at, Lord Howe Island is absolutely beautiful. An island off the coast of Australia toward New Zealand was the perfect place to create what the “natives” called Paradise. Absolutely beautiful water, and amazing views. An island that despite the insane shark that inhabited it in this film, I would love to visit. With some awesome waves. They made me want to pick back up my old surf board that I never learned to use and get some lessons! The only location issue I had in the film is that one scene takes place in Galveston Texas at the beach. And the water is just as beautiful. Not true folks. Don’t see this film and say yes, I want to go to Galveston and expect that.

The issues in the film a few and far in between. Like I said there a few times you notice that the shark is CG, but not enough to take you out of the film. As well the Shark seems insanely too patient and smart. Knowing what I do about sharks, thank you Shark Week, I don’t see this premise ever really playing out. But that is not what it is meant to be. It is a film to entertain you, leave you in suspense. And it does that well. This is no Jaws. You don’t get to know Lively’s Nancy like you do the characters in Jaws, but you still pull full her and want to see her fight through this terrible situation.

The score is always a negative I had with the film. While it has a pretty decent soundtrack early on, the score is never really noticeable. Which I guess could be considered a good thing. A score should add to a film, not be taking away or outshine. However there is nothing iconic like the Jaws theme. And while it is probably not fair to continually compare Jaws and The Shallows, it is the world we live. Jaws was and is the measuring stick when it comes to shark films.

All in all, The Shallows is suspenseful and fun. A well written and executed film. The shark is realistic enough, and terrifying. Blake Lively is believable and great in her role. The visuals are stunning, the tension is dramatic. This is by all means a well done film. One you should try to go see in film. One that I think I will enjoy for years to come. I gave it a score of 3.4 with a .2 Jeebus bonus for Blake Lively. So that is the Shallows. What say you Jackass Nation, are you excited for this film? What is your favorite isolation, survival or shark film, excluding Jaws? Sound off in the comments below! And remember, it is what it is!

The Jeebus Score explained

The Jeebus score is out of a possible 5 points with a .5 bonus. Films are giving a max of 1 point each for Entertainment Value, Story/Writing, Performance, Direction, and Production. There is also a possible bonus up to .5. Any film between 2.5 and 4 is considered a good film. 4-5 is a great film. Anything over 5 is an incredibly amazing film. To get a perfect score of 5.5 a film will pretty much have to be The Empire Strikes Back or The Godfather.

It Is What It Is, with The Jackass! Episode 41: The Battle of the WWE Sharks

This week on #IiWiIJA BC recaps the Money In the Bank Pay Per View, as well as the Battle of the Bastards, and gives a short spoilerfree review of The Shallows.

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Drunk Nerd Interference Audio Only for June 19th

An all audio version of Nerd Interference is up once again while Coach Matt is still out of town! Zach T joins The Jackass to talk the WWE Money in the Bank go home show! We break down the PPV and the Game 7 of the NBA Finals. Slight Parental Advisory warning as we got Drunk Nerd Interference for the first time ever!

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It Is What It Is, with The Jackass! Episode 40: What the Hell am I talking about?!

This week on It Is What It Is with The Jackass, BC is rambling on and on about, nothing! Not knowing what to talk about he turned on the mic and started going. He covers nXt TakeOver The ENd, another Asshole Motivation segment, SCNN, and his excitement for San Diego Comic Con!

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Nerd Interference for June 11th

On this week’s edition of NI, the guys remember Kimbo Slice. Plus, we recap the NBA Finals so far. Was Machado’s hit better than Odor’s? We analyze. It’s another fun filled episode with your sports nerds on Nerd Interference! Watch it right here:

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Jackass Reviews: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2 Out of the Shadows

On this episode of Jackass Reviews, we talk a spoiler filled review of the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2: Out of the Shadows

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Now You See Me 2

Once again starring Jesse Eisenberg, Dave Franco, Woody Harrelson, Mark Ruffalo, Morgan Freeman, and Michael Caine, The Four Horsemen have returned. This time they are joined by Lizzy Caplan and Daniel Ratcliff. That’s right Harry Potter is in a new magic film! Trying to re-enter the world but they are being held back by The Eye. Now the Eye has a new mission for them, and when things go wrong, they have Horsemen decide to venture out on their own to attempt to reclaim their lives without Dylan Rhodes (Ruffalo)

This film blends the first film, with a little bit of Oceans 11. With all but Isla Fisher who had to back out due to her pregnancy, the cast has all returned and all have a great chemistry.  The story is definitely a little bit more ramped up as most sequels are. It brings the magic on a lot stronger than before, but they don’t make it to unbelievable. Even when a trick seems too off the wall, they immediately explain it to you. Which is something I like; I did not want this to become a fantasy type of franchise.

Seeing the first one, and then watching it again before this one, I’m not very sure this really needed a sequel, or better yet even a third which is apparently already coming. However they found a way to make me continue to stay interested in these characters, and genuinely be excited for this adventure. As far as another, I do not know if it is needed, but maybe they can capture that magic again.

One of the best things about this franchise is the cast. They all work so well together. The entire cast. Jesse Eisenberg is dialed into this character more than any other that he place. He isn’t so much himself like he normally does; it is just the right amount of him, toned down to the perfect level. If he could’ve done this for Lex Luthor, that probably would have made BvS better. Dave Franco is someone I want to see in more films. This kid has so much talent. I would love to see him really branch out into more films.

The new comers are pretty good, and fit their roles. Most just bit parts like Sanaa Lathan and Jay Chou. But Lizzy Caplan is a good replacement for Isla Fisher. While you feel her not being there, Lizzy’s character is a lot of fun and makes for a new take on their comedic relief. Daniel Ratcliff is really good as our new villain. He is creepy, and off putting and flat out weird. And it makes it so much fun.

The problems with this film lie in the script. There are some story problems, and some plot whole issues that come up on pretty regular bases. The most glaringly of these being Isla Fishers characters absence. A big plot point of the film is The Horsemen wanting to come out of hiding and claim their lives back. They are stuck and live together in a hide-a-way house. Yet Isla’s character was allowed to leave and not come back…. Yes I know they needed some way to explain her absence, but could you not come up with something that did not go against your plot so much?

The film also drags a lot. It really could have been sent back to the cutting boards 2 or 3 more times. There were plenty of times that I found myself just waiting to get through a scene or a segment. SO much to the point that I even nodded off a few times. There are a lot of exposition scenes that I get why they are there, but I feel they could have re worked the dialog to make it run a lot more smoothly.

Maybe this is something I missed, but the post credit scene in the first film, I don’t know if that just had something to do with that film, but certainly had no connection to this film. This kind of confused me. I had just rewatched the first film, and watching that scene I figured the plot of this one would have something to do with that junk yard fun house place they showed up at. But nothing.

For the most part Now You See Me 2 is an enjoyable film. It has its problems, but they are not so bad that you cannot find enjoyment in this film. You may not need to rush out to see this, but when you do you will have a good time, and go home happy. A fun film, in the same world as its predessceor. If you liked the first you are going to enjoy this one too. If you did not enjoy the first, you wont like this, plain and simple. I gave it a score of 2.8, no bonus, which leaves the Jeebus Score sitting at a 2.8. Not great, but not bad. Maybe wait to catch this one FXx? But what say you? Sound of in the comments and let me know what you thought of the film!

The Jeebus Score explained

The Jeebus score is out of a possible 5 points with a .5 bonus. Films are giving a max of 1 point each for Entertainment Value, Story/Writing, Performance, Direction, and Production. There is also a possible bonus up to .5. Any film between 2.5 and 4 is considered a good film. 4-5 is a great film. Anything over 5 is an incredibly amazing film. To get a perfect score of 5.5 a film will pretty much have to be The Empire Strikes Back or The Godfather.