Episode 4(b) – May A Dingo Eat Your Baby!

July 24, 2009 at 7:05 pm | Posted in Gaming, News, Podcast | Leave a comment
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Aliens invade the podcast this week, and it causes Drew to forget the introduction format (apparently we don’t have names now). Our alien overloads also caused us to discuss their Earth domination plans, which are made clear in the new Wii shooter, The Conduit.

And I, for one, welcome our new alien overlords. I’d like to remind them that as a trusted podcast personality, I can be helpful in rounding up others to toil in their underground sugar caves. (obligatory Simpsons joke).


The message from the extraterrestrial sponsors is available from the link below. The message is cleverly disguised as a fantastic somewhat-weekly video game podcast.

You Shall Not Cast – Episode 4(b)

We also discuss the merits of keyblades when compared to chainsaws. We revisit the Pacific Theater in Battlefield 1943, and go cartoony in Battlefield: Heroes. We offend everyone Down Under with our Australian accents. We talk old PC games, be it city building games, RTS games or board game ports. We talk point-and-click games and their wonderful fit with the Wii. Alex has a nerdgasm when he discusses Monster Hunter on PSP. Alex has mob flashbacks when he chokes random henchmen on the Wii, but can’t hack the mob life when he fails to micro-manage. Alex… well… he keeps going, with talk about Terminator: Salvation, Bionic Commando, his man-crush on Capcom, iPhone gaming and Rock Band 2.

Alex also takes over the video game news section, where he talks about Mass Effect 2, Calling, Nathan Fillion in Halo ODST, Command and Conquer 4, the adventures of Scurvy Pete, Guitar Hero 5, Mario Galaxy 2, Resident Evil 5 on Wii, Wii Motion Plus, the Summer of Fighters, and probably more I missed. It’s a long episode.

Check it out! And check below to see that illustrious YouTube video of Alex getting his shit knocked in Rock Band 2. Laugh at his unpleasantness!

Music used in today’s podcast is from the song “Bliss”, by Muse, off the Origin of Symmetry album.

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Episode 4(a) – Daddy Just Hit Mommy at the Dinner Table

July 19, 2009 at 5:26 pm | Posted in Movies, News, Podcast, TV | Leave a comment
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Do you love gigantic, shape-shifting metallic aliens from beyond the stars? Excellent! In that case, you’ll love our review of The House Bunny!

Oh, we also talk about this one movie you might have heard of… Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen. It’s doing OK at the box office. I guess.

At any rate, you should totally listen to the latest episode of the audio-orgy known as You Shall Not Cast; available now at the link below.

YSNC – Episode 4A

Pat, Alex and Drew also talk about The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Moon, The Brothers Bloom, a shitload of movies available on Netflix Watch Instantly, and a bizarre robo-human relationship with Robin Williams. Then Pat and Drew derail the podcast, and Alex makes light of it by quoting Dane Cook.

We also talk about last week’s Box Office Breakdown, movie news (including who the Green Lantern will be, Spider-Man 4’s third writer, a feature-length Thanksgiving film, and the third installment in a spectre-fighting franchise), and movies we’re looking forward to.

And that’s not all! We need YOUR HELP!

Listeners! We also have a couple of questions we need answered. Please answer in the comments section below:

1) If you have to be stranded alone with a robot voiced by Robin Williams, would you a) enjoy it, or b) want to kill yourself? And if you would want to kill yourself, who would be the better substitute?

2) What show is Alex talking about where some girl loses her memory?

(Ed. Note: since the recording of this podcast, the following facts have been confirmed:

1) Ryan Renyolds will play Green Lantern in the upcoming Warner Brothers film.

2) The Hangover’s budget was roughly $35 mil, and has grossed over $300 mil worldwide. Hot. Shit.)

The song used at the intro and outro of this podcast is “Hysteria” by Muse, off the album Absolution, which you can find on Amazon.com.

Episode 3(b) – The Overly Late and Overtly Nerdy E3 Edition

July 14, 2009 at 6:01 am | Posted in Gaming, Podcast | Leave a comment
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OK, so not only did we dedicate an entire episode to dissecting the Electroic Entertainment Expo, but we also published it about a month too late! Fine, so we’re not punctual. Don’t pretend like you don’t still love us.

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Late or not, this ep is still stocked with gushy gaming goodness. If you’re picking up a controller or a Wii-mote sometime in the next year, chances are you’ll play a few games talked about in this episode. For those who aren’t quite as nerdy as us, E3 is the expo that more or less highlights what will be coming in the video game world over the next year or so.

Continue Reading Episode 3(b) – The Overly Late and Overtly Nerdy E3 Edition…

You Shall Not Film Ep. 2 – Resident Evil 5

July 13, 2009 at 7:25 am | Posted in Gaming, Video | Leave a comment
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Is there anything more scary than zombies? Yes: waiting on the results of an STD test. That shit is scary. However, I’m not sure how someone could fit that drama into video game format. The fear just isn’t the same when you’re talking about e-Herpes.

Zombies are ALMOST as scary, though. Especially the cunning, quick-moving zombies of Resident Evil 5. They come at you from all directions, like some less-perverted, undead bukkake.

In this episode of You Shall Not Film, you can get the full experience for yourself. Alex and Drew will try to discuss the merits of RE5 in this episode, but often get sidetracked because of the necro-nuisances. They’ll say things like “I think the controls in this game are a bit cumbersome, but after a whi–HOLY FUCK, WE’RE ALL GONNA DIE! OUR WEAPONS ARE USELESS AGAINST THESE INFECTED OF THE DAMNED!”

But why am I giving all this away? Just check out the video below. And if you don’t want to hear us drag on (much like I’m doing here), fear not — it’s only about 10 minutes. Enjoy! And comment below.

Episode 3(a) – What Goes Up Must Be Dragged to Hell

June 23, 2009 at 5:23 am | Posted in Gaming, Movies, News, Podcast | 1 Comment
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After long wait, your most extravagant, wildest dreams have been answered!

…No, not that really raunchy one involving you, several barnyard animals and 250 gallons of mashed potatoes. You sick monster. I mean the one about your favorite podcast ever, You Shall Not Cast, and its triumphant return!

Click the play button below to hear roughly 50 minutes of podcast glory:

You Shall Not Cast – Episode 3A

In this weeks episode, the Trifecta of Terror (Alex, Pat and Drew) review three critically acclaimed movies in Pixar’s latest box office blockbuster Up, Sam Raimi’s return to horror in Drag Me to Hell, the No. 1 movie in America The Hangover. (They also talk about the not-so-critically-acclaimed film Terminator: Salvation).

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The Trio also discuss this week in movie news, including the Box Office Breakdown, the possible remake of a Patrick Swayze movie that’s actually good, the possible return of one of cinema’s most memorable villains, and a favorite franchise that needs to die. Looking ahead, they discuss their desire to see Moon and Year One.

So, was this episode worth the wait? Or did it suck harder than a toothless hooker? Discuss below in the comments section, or you can talk to us on Facebook and Twitter!

Music: Joshua by Consider The Thief. Check out their new album, Signs and Wonders, on Amazon.

TV Talk: “Party Down” and “Dead Like Me”

June 17, 2009 at 7:41 pm | Posted in TV | Leave a comment
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Lately, I’ve been kept entertained by the majesty that is Netflix Watch Instantly. So many movies… so many TV shows… all with decent video quality and ripe for the viewing! It’s a great way to kill time, I can tell you that much.

Anyhow, through Watch Instantly, I was able to watch two TV shows I otherwise would have never seen. And that would have been a shame — a crime shame — because both these TV shows are a) hilarious, and b) head over heels better than 90% of the crap littering television today. Both come highly recommended, and you can read more below:

Party Down

Party Down

Party Down

Party Down is a dark comedy on Starz that is relatively unknown to the general TV-watching public. The show centers around a group of failing actors, actresses, comedians and writers in Los Angeles who work as caterers to scrap out a living. The humor and story themes are very much in the same vein as The Office — awkward conversations, career apathy, blossoming romance in the workplace, the always hilarious combination of ignorance and arrogance in an employer,  etc. However, it is not filmed in “mockumentary” format like the hit show on NBC. Also unlike The Office, the show is on premium cable, which means it can (and does) get away with much raunchier humor in more adult settings and themes.

The show has a simply amazing cast, with each of the six main characters bringing something unique and memorable to the show. The show mainly follows the desperate exploits of Party Down’s manager, Ron (played by Ken Marino), and the show’s main love interest, Henry and Casey (played by Adam Scott and Lizzy Caplan, respectively). Among the show’s four co-creators are Rob Thomas (Veronica Mars’ creator) and current comedy super-celeb Paul Rudd.

Many people have not gotten the opportunity to hear about or watch this show since it is buried on Starz, which I never even knew had original programming, much less programs of this caliber. But if you have Netflix, I highly recommend watching the first season of this television show.

For more Party Down info and showtimes, check out the show’s official website.

Dead Like Me

Dead Like Me

Dead Like Me

As the old saying goes, genius is rarely recognized in its own time (maybe it doesn’t go like that exactly, but work with me here). Boy, do I agree with that one. Many of my all-time favorite TV shows only lasted for a couple seasons (or less) before getting canned, making way for inferior shows. Among those are Firefly, Freaks & Geeks, Undeclared, and Arrested Development. Now I have a new show to add to that list: Dead Like Me.

This isn’t a show I would normally watch, chiefly because the premise sounds so cheesy (though coincidentally, Reaper, a show with a similar premise, is also among my favorites). This show chronicles the adventures of Georgia “George” Lass, an 18-year-old girl who is killed in the pilot episode when a discarded toilet from the MIR Space Station survives re-entry into the Earth’s atmosphere and strikes our protagonist while on her lunch break. Through cosmic chance, she is “chosen” to become a Grim Reaper, and proceeds to take the souls from the living right before they are destined to die.

Generally, when a show with a premise as wacky as this winds up on TV, the supernatural elements of the story take the forefront, and “non-essential” things like character development and decent story editing are tossed aside. This show puts a 180-spin on that TV convention, and focuses almost solely on developing the character of George. In fact, I would say this show is as much about being a youth in transition to adulthood than it is about death.

A great thing about this show is that it can tackle morbid and macabre themes (death, adultery, divorce, mental instability, being stuck in a dead-end job, etc.) and still keep the pacing and comedy surprisingly upbeat. Much of this can be accredited to the excellent writing and acting in this show. Like Party Down, each character (though one-dimensional in the early episodes) brings something different to the show, and as the subplots progress through the two seasons, each character makes a major arch that is both compelling and satisfying to the audience (or at least to me).

…Not to say the show is perfect. There are plenty of plot devices in this show that are either unnecessary, or aren’t adequately explained. For example, the “gravelings” (who act as harbingers of death in the show) serve absolutely no purpose. They don’t entertain, they don’t have an interesting backstory, and their existence in the show’s universe tends to raise more questions than answers. Other elements in this show (particularly surrounding the “reaping” activities of George and the gang) have massive plotholes that remain unexplained through the entirety of the show; this is fairly significant, considering “reaping” is the main driving force that keeps the main characters together.

This is small potatoes, though, when compared to the rest of the series. The show’s plotholes are nowhere near enough of a deterrent to hinder someone watching this otherwise well-written, well-acted and well-directed show. Though the show was canceled by Showtime in 2004, lasting only 2 seasons, the show is available to rent or buy on DVD, and the show is able to be Watched Instantly on Netflix. A series of straight-to-DVD movies are also in the works, one of which has already been released.

For more info about this show, check out the official website.

We Have Not Foresaken You!

June 17, 2009 at 4:15 pm | Posted in Podcast | Leave a comment
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Yeah… remember when we said we’d have an episode ready like two weeks ago?

Lies. All lies!

We’re ever-so-sorry. Occasionally, our lives as college students and recent graduates get in the way of our alter egos as international podcast super celebrities.

However, the silence shall end soon. We still plan to do reviews on Up and Drag Me To Hell (and now The Hangover), and that will be recorded this weekend… along with out usual dose of movie news and other silver screen subjects. We will also record the gaming podcast this weekend, in which we will go over our highlights of E3. The movie podcast should be released this Monday, and the gaming podcast will be released Wednesday or Thursday. Make sure to check them out when we go live, which will be announced via Twitter.

Also, check back later today for a blog post about two TV shows you may not have heard of, but you won’t want to miss!

Too many movies and games…

June 4, 2009 at 11:22 pm | Posted in Gaming, Movies | Leave a comment
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“Howdy,” to all of our loyal readers and listeners!

This week has been amazing for dorks such as us, with not only a good stable of movies coming out recently, but also the majesty, the Nirvana, that is E3 (that’s the Electronic Entertainment Expo, to you non-nerds). Our faces have literally melted with all the dork-centric news that’s come out this week from E3, and as such, there will be a slight change in this week’s episode.

Instead of one long podcast, as is our norm, we will host two smaller podcasts this week (which may or may not be spread over two weeks… since editing takes time, dag-nabbit). One podcast will be just about movies, and will likely be centered around the Double Feature of last weekend… Pixar’s Up and Sam Raimi’s Drag Me To Hell. The other podcast will have no Game of the Week, since there’s just toooooo much to talk about from E3.

We hope to record both episodes sometime this weekend, which means they will be hosted right here sometime next week. And who knows? Since there has been some clammering about podcast length, if you peeps enjoy the two-episode format over the one long episode, we might just switch to that format from now on.

Keep checking back here for the podcast schedule, and make sure to listen to our shows next week! And don’t be shy re-Tweeting us! We love all the free publicity we can get.

You Shall Not Film Ep. 1 – inFAMOUS

May 31, 2009 at 8:05 am | Posted in Gaming, Video | 2 Comments
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In this SPECIAL, ONE-OF-A-KIND SPECIAL Edition* of You Shall Not Cast (you know it’s special because I said it twice), podcasters Alex and Drew play the recent Sony-published blockbuster inFAMOUS — available in stores now for PS3. Both casters of the pod give their thoughts about the game, ranging in topics from the game’s story, the gameplay mechanics, the main quest missions vs. the side missions, the characters, the dialogue and the karma system. Plus, for a second there, they throw all masculinity aside and discuss the finer points of John and Kate Plus Eight. Only the Gaming Gods know why…

For more discussion about inFAMOUS, keep your eyes peeled for the next episode of You Shall Not Cast — where the Hosts with the Mosts will also discuss the recently released Disney/Pixar film Up.

*This edition isn’t really too special. We plan to make a lot more of these video reviews. We just wanted to sound important. /cries

Episode 2: Where No Podcasters Have Gone Before (a.k.a. Finals Suck)

May 29, 2009 at 5:50 am | Posted in Gaming, Movies, News, Podcast | Leave a comment
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You were patient with our delays, our excuses and our endless whoring on Twitter.

Now, you shall be rewarded! Episode 2* is finally here after over a month-long hiatus. The reasons for our delays between episodes one and two were numerous… but to eloquently sum it up, let’s just say “Finals Suck”. 

Now that school is over, our schedules are more steady, and two of us are graduated (hurray!), our episodes should be much, much more timely in the future. Please believe us! Now onto this week’s episode…

You Shall Not Cast – Episode 2

This week, the mighty podcasters will discuss J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek, Star Wars: Episodes 1-3, Drew’s “Racial Intolerance Week” (Amistad, Crash, Hotel Rwanda), Box Office Wrap-Up, Jack Sparrow as Frank Sinatra, Kevin Smith’s new project (again), character analysis of Mighty Ducks, a new director for Conan,  Keanu Reeves playing two roles exactly the same in the same movie, and (a lack of) excitement for Angels and Demons.

On the gaming side, we discuss exploring the Capitol Wasteland in Fallout 3, re-visiting Mirror’s Edge, disc read errors 50 hours into a game, the appeal of flocking virtual sheep, playing with (rag)dolls, Commandos of the bionic variety, downloadable games, awesome trailers with shit, awesome trailers with horses, Modern Warfare 2 vs. hating freedom, a fond farewell to Rogue Squadron, and some gabbin’ about JRPGs.  

Our intro/break/outro music is Night Lies by Bang Camaro

 

*You may be confused why the show is introduced as Episode 3 instead of Episode 2. Well, due to technical difficulties, Episode 2 was not able to be edited properly, and Episode 3 became Episode 2. Sometime down the line Episode 2 (now called Episode 1.5: The Lost Episode) may be made available.

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