Hello fellow Cult Film Fans! It’s time for another film-based post! A couple of months ago, I discussed some Cult Films that I would like to see. I had a ton of fun doing that post, so I decided to make a second part to it. I’d love to hear some suggestions from you guys, so be sure to leave some in the comments’ section below. Now, let’s begin!
The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension Release Date: August 10th 1984 Rated: PG Runtime: 1h 43 min Genres: Comedy, Adventure, Romance Directed by: W.D. Richter Written by: Earl Mac Rauch Produced by: Sidney Beckerman Starring: John Lithgow, Peter Weller, Christopher Lloyd, Ellen Barkin, and Jeff Goldblum
Short Summary: This film, aside from its incredibly long name, is a pure 80’s Sci-Fi satire. The movies tells the story of Buckaroo Banzai (Peter Weller), a mad scientist/Neurosurgeon/Rock Star and his equally unique teammates. When an alien race from the 8th Dimension threatens to conquer Earth, Banzai and his friends must suit up for battle in order to save the world from total destruction. The script is chalk full of hilarious dialogue and unpredictability. This alone makes this film right up my alley. Also, it has an all star cast, and it’s always enjoyable to see Goldblum chew the scenery. I will definitely seek this movie out if I can find it.
Pan’s LabyrinthRelease Date: January 19th, 2007 (In USA) (2006) internationally Rated: R for language and graphic violence. Genres: War, Drama, Fantasy Directed/Written by: Guillermo del Toro Starring: Sergi Lopez, Ivana Baquero, Maribel Verdu, and Doug Jones Runtime: 1h 58 min Language: Spanish
Short Summary: Pan’s Labyrinth is a terrifying and beautiful film by one of the godfathers of Horror, Guillermo del Toro. The film takes place in Spain during World War II and tells the story of Ophelia (Baquero), a young girl who lives in the midst of the battle with her pregnant Mother and ruthless Stepfather. Ophelia loves fairy tales, and runs into a fairy, and this is where her adventure begins. The creatures believe her to be a princess, and have information about her estranged Father. She’s asked to complete three horrific tasks, and if she even fails one, she’ll never see her Father again. This film immediately intrigued me upon seeing some of the grotesquely beautiful characters. I have yet to watch a del Toro film, and I believe that this one might be my gateway drug into his incredibly unique stories. Expect a HUGE review after I see this film.
Divide By Zero/ Slim Pickens Does The Right Thing And Rides The Bomb To Hell by The Offspring from the album “Days Go By” Released: June 25th, 2012 Music Video Released: 2012 Genre: Punk Rock, Alternative Rock
These are the last 2 songs from the Days Go By album. They were both made into a continuous music video, that is one of the most awesome things I’ve ever laid my eyes upon! Dexter’s powerful vocals, Noodles’ aggressive guitar skills, and Parada’s awesome drumming really transform these pieces into rock gold. This first song, “Divide By Zero”, tells the story of a solider in a futuristic war against an army of skeletal adversaries. There’s also a blue god of war and destruction that repeatedly changes sides to cause as much bloodshed as possible. Dexter essentially boosts morale throughout the song repeating the lyrics: “I will persevere, I will resist you here, I will interfere”. The intense chorus of instruments reminds me of a power metal ballad, and it’s fantastic! However, as the mood starts to change, the lyrics also take a turn into insanity. The suggestion to divide by zero might be metaphor for trying the impossible. This is shown in epic detail as the soldier, like Slim Pickens, at the end of Dr. Strangelove, rides a bomb to destroy the enemy and himself. After impact, “Slim Pickens Does The Right Thing And Rides The Bomb To Hell” starts up. Taking place right after the solider’s “death”, he finds himself in Hell. The lyrics in this piece are mainly about chaos and the world appears to be ending. We get verses like “Dance around the fire that we once believed in”, and “If you are gonna go to hell, drink it up, you might as well”. The world is in a state of never ending anarchy, you should just stop caring and enjoy the destruction. Both of this songs are absolutely amazing, and I definitely recommend them to lovers of Rock.
Hello fellow Pop Culture Enthusiasts! It’s time for some more tropes! Now, let’s begin!
Eldrich Abomination: This is a trope that Lovecraft and Giger fashioned their entire aesthetic around it. The trope deals with any type of entity that seems to defy logic. They usually are extremely powerful and very grotesque in nature. Some examples include; The original abomination, Cthulu. Cthulu was created by H.P. Lovecraft, and is depicted as an immensely large, octopus-headed monstrosity with an insanity-inducing stare. Next, we have the Ultra Beasts from Pokemon Sun and Moon. These legendary Pokemon are unlike any creatures in the series. We have Buzzwole, an extremely dangerous and steroid-filled mosquito. We also have Guzzlord, a massive Cephalothorax with a never filled appetite. Lastly, we have Korrok from the excellent Cult Film and Book, John Dies At The End. Korrok is the embodiment of evil that creates all the monsters. It’s depicted as a giant entity made up of multiple animal parts. The entity gains knowledge by eating people.
(Behold the mighty Korrok!)
You Gotta Have Blue Hair: This is one of the most common Anime Tropes in existence. It deals with characters in shows with abnormally colored hair. Some examples include; Nel’s green hair from Bleach, Ramona’s ever-changing hair in Scott Pilgrim, 2D’s blue hair from the band, the Gorillaz.
Hello fellow Gungeoneers! It’s time for a very special post. Enter The Gungeon is a very fun, yet extremely difficult bullet hell roguelike. The game involves tons of puns and many guns. Some of them range from normal firearms, like sniper rifles, and elephant guns, to the absolutely insane, like a literal pea shooter. The following will be some of my favorite guns from the game.
Yari Launcher Flavor Text: “Hell. Yes.” Class: S Type: Automatic Max Ammo: 140 Damage: 10 (Impact)+ 15 (Explosion) Ammo Type: Homing Rockets Appearance: A futuristic, red gun with a large barrel.
This gun packs some serious heat, and is an absolute boss killer. It fires a continuous stream of homing rockets at the near target, and the damage scales very quickly. Being an S-Class gun, it’s not easy to come by, but if you do, you’ll kick some major ass!
Megahand Flavor Text: “-P-” Class: B Type: Charged Max Ammo: 200 Damage: 6 (Uncharged) 45 (Charged) Ammo Type: Solar Bullets Appearance: The motherfucking Megabuster!
A love letter to my favorite video game character of all time. This Megabuster is one of the more powerful guns in the game. Its charged shot alone can kill most early enemies in a single hit. It also synergizes with multiple items and guns, making it a very versatile weapon.
Compressed Air Tank Flavor Text: “You Know My Work” Class: A Type: Charged Max Ammo: 50 Damage: 50 Ammo Type: Sharks ( Yes, really) Appearance: A literal compressed air tank.
This is one absolutely crazy gun! It shoots homing sharks that play the jaws theme. The sharks search for a target, and then they jump up, killing regular enemies in one hit! It’s stupidly awesome, and a definite pick up during any run.
Hello everyone, and welcome to the permanent expansion of the Wednesday post! Expect to see entries from creatures all over the world. Also, I would love some suggestions in the comments’ section below. Now, let’s dive into the awesome world of mythical beasts!
Monopods are extremely bizarre creatures of Ancient Greek mythology. They were first depicted by Pliny The Elder in the start of the AD time period. They’re portrayed as dwarf-like creatures with a single, gargantuan foot.
Nalusa Falaya is a downright disturbing monster of Choctaw folklore. It’s depicted as a spindly, obsidian humanoid with a snout-like nose, and the power to blend into the shadows. It spends its time terrifying kids who stay up late, and infecting humans with pure malice.
Hello fellow Media Lovers! It’s time for some more tropes! I hope you guys will enjoy it. Now, let’s begin!
The Jinx: A darkly comedic trope that deals with severely unlucky characters. They are perfectly normal, but can inflict brutal unluckiness on others. Some examples include: Archie of Archie Comics (He tends to get himself and others around him into trouble), Douglas Fackler of the Police Academy movies (Upon throwing an apple core, he unknowingly causes a riot), and this is Black Cat of Spider-Man fames main gimmick.
Airborne Mook: This trope deals with any character in any form of media that flies, and is usually a pain to deal with. Some examples of this include: Pipis from the classic Megaman series (These mechanical birds drop large eggs on the Blue Bomber that split into many annoying miniature versions), The Lakitu from Super Mario Bros (These flying freaks stay out of range and drop spinys on the Mario Bros) lastly, we have the Explosive Flies from The Binding of Isaac (These bastards fly around rooms and like to get up in your business. Take care of them from a distance, or face a full heart’s worth of damage)