Thursday, 10 April 2014

A Double Cynicast Treat/Backlog

Hello all. Usually this is the point where I would write a long piece about all the things we chat about in both our monthly (late as hell) February and (less late) March podcasts. But since there's two of them; that makes far too many topics and witticisms to have to come up with this early in the morning.

Therefore I will do half of the task and leave the two videos here. You can read what they're about in the video descriptions. Shame you'll have to click on them first though.

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Chapman, His Mate Shaun and Butler Watch Wrestlemania. Parts 1 and 2! DOUBLE THREAT


Wrestlemania 30 was on apparently, and we decided to watch some. I then, after about an hour, decided to record it for some reason.

I don't know a lot about wrestling, but it was comforting to see that most of the stars from when I played the Smackdown games about 10 years ago on the PS2 are still around. That, or it shows a stagnation in the industry, but it was still silly and over-wrought and American as all hell.

Videos after the jump, 2 more parts to come. Pump up the video quality if you can.

Butler Reviews: Grand Budapest Hotel, Under The Skin, The Double

I went and saw three films recently, all of them adapted from books. 

Wes Anderson's Grand Budapest Hotel, a comic adventure based around an inheritance dispute.
Jonathan Glazer's Under The Skin, a subtle and sinister science fiction about an alien abducting Scottish men in a Transit van. Richard Ayoade's The Double, a tale of a low-level corporate employee whose uninspiring life is turned upside down by the appearance of his charismatic doppelganger.

And below you'll find what I thought about them.

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

The Most Irritating Internet Writing Tropes: Weapon To The Click Baiters And Opiate To The Masses

Writing for the internet is a tough deal, especially if you're trying to actually make money from it. At its heart, producing high quality free journalism on the internet sounds like a great idea. After all you have complete freedom from any independent regulator like the PCC, giving you the ability to say what you want about anything you want to. The only person you can fear offending is your audience, but solely on the basis that they won't come back, rather than having them complain to a superior body who can impose fines. Your only loss will be that they no longer read your material, which if they're offended, simply means that this isn't the publication for them.