A shot of the beautiful natural landscape of the upcoming Zelda Breath of the Wild

Retro Superplex 40 – E3 2016 Sourpuss Report

Mid-June has just passed and that means E3 2016 has wrapped up in Los Angeles. Everybody has their views, what they’re excited about, what they’re deeply cynical and mistrusting of, and at Retro Superplex we are no different. So who “won” E3 2016 and what exactly is the prize? Sony dazzled with a stylish conference full of trailers and demos while Microsoft did their usual Microsoft-y thing while the other publishers and manufacturers displayed their wares in interesting ways. But what stood out at E3 2016? How excited are you about the current generation of consoles?

Martin relays a few stories about his visits to E3 in the past, why they weren’t all that fun and while he’s a big negative nelly sourpuss. If you liked E3 2016 that’s cool but this isn’t exactly the most effusive podcast on the subject you’ll hear. However, analysis and the problems with the culture around E3 are discussed and it’s a great listen all the same! What did you like the most from E3? Let us know @MartinNLS and @8bitanimal on Twitter!

Norman Reedus holds a tiny baby and cries.

 

RETROMENDATIONS!
Justin: Portal 2 just in case you somehow haven’t played it yet
Martin: The Conjuring 2!

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A number of the characters from the movie are shown but we are most focussed on Judy Hopps and Nick Wilde

Cinemosity 123 – Zootopia

2016 continues to ravage the entertainment industry as the gang talks about the sad passing of Prince Be of PM Dawn and the horrible tragedy of Anton Yelchin’s death. From death to birth, we talk about new babies from the world of celebrity. Then there’s lots of movie news such as the box office success of Finding Dory, two thirds of us have seen it so we talk about the film too! Other news includes the somewhat surprising closure of Nicholas Sparks Productions, weren’t those movies made for peanuts and made a heap of cash from middle-aged moms?

Our movie is a much needed breath of positive fresh air and it is Disney’s ZOOTOPIA. Come for the adorable characters and beautiful world design but stay for all of the amazing allegories for societal and cultural issues that are very much part of our modern lives. There’s so much for the kids to enjoy and so much for the grown ups to unpack and understand, there’s so much great stuff in Zootopia you should really check it out! See you next week!

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Pentagon Jr. poses menacingly in the Lucha Underground ring

Retro Superplex 39 – Existential Crisis

Retro Superplex returns with discussion of WELLNESS. Namely the wellness of one Mr. Romen Reigns who failed a drug test. Did this affect the booking at Money in the Bank? What else happened on that show? Well there was a good match and some junk and then some more good stuff. IN DEPTH ANALYSIS! Martin and Justin also talk about how the booking in WWE has been hampered by the impending brand split.

Then they talk about last week’s NXT and the question arises, why are we here? What does life mean? Is Nakamura the best promo in the whole damn company? Also did you see Lucha Underground last week? You should, it was tremendous. Pentagon Jr. has become this phenomenal tweener/babyface and now we just need Vampiro to join him as he heads towards Also YES! We found the Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Finn Balor (Prince Devitt) match from New Japan in 2014 it’s right under the break!

Next show will be an E3 special! Listen to Martin complain about having to go to E3 in the past like the big sourpuss he is. THANKS!

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Aaron Eckhart glowers as Frankenstein's monster, brandishing due blade weapons and flanked by a demon and a flying gargoyle

Cinemosity 122 – I, Frankenstein

Hey Folks, sorry this episode is so late! It’s been a crazy week or so which delayed this being posted. However you can hear all of the wonderful things about Aaron Eckhart and his sexy Frankenstein’s Monster in I, FRANKENSTEIN. It’s not very good. The hard questions are asked like why is this movie so poorly made and who did Eckhart piss off that he has to star in crap like this? Only the doctor knows!

Our next episode is a big of a change of pace as we check out the Disney hit ZOOTOPIA. Just a cute movie about animals or dense with social and cultural allegory and symbolism? Yes. Thanks for listening!

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Retro Superplex 38 – 10 Times Better

Sorry this one is so late everybody, a bit of a quick and dirty post just to get this one up online. First off, THANK YOU to those who have subscribed and are listening we were blown away by how many of you are out there. We really appreciate it. Both Justin and Martin were going to be unavailable later in the week so they did a longer wrestling-focussed show that included talk of Lucha Underground and Take Over: The End: Of the Beginning: Or Something. The guys also cover the latest CHIKARA show that took place in NE Philadelphia and talk a little about HOODSLAM’s latest show, a tribute to video games called 32X Expansion Pack. Thanks for listening!

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Retro Superplex 37 – A.J. Kirsch

A.J. Kirsch as Hoodslam's ring announcer and commentator Broseph Joe BrodyA.J. Kirsch joins us on this week’s Double Impact! A.J. Kirsch is an independent professional wrestler who appeared on season five of WWE’s Tough Enough where he competed along-side the likes of former Funkadactyl Cameron and the future Lucha Underground stars Ivelisse and Marty “the Moth” Martinez! Despite not being successful A.J. has not let his love of wrestling go by the wayside, finding a new home as the master of ceremonies, ring announcer and live commentator for Oakland’s Accidental Phenomenon: HOODSLAM!

 

A.J. Kirsch talks his early days and coming to love wrestling right as the Monday Night Wars were heating up and who inspired him to want to step into the squared circle. We talk to A.J. a little about his experiences as part of the cast of Tough Enough but more importantly: how do you bounce back after being rejected by the biggest wrestling promotion in the world? That leads nicely into A.J.’s roles in HOODSLAM and how he realized it wasn’t wrestling he was burned out on, it was just what the big guys were presenting. Clearly the indie wrestling party that is HOODSLAM was where A.J. Kirsch was meant to be where he leads the proceedings as the bombastic bloviator Broseph Joe Brody. A really positive, enthusiastic gentleman who makes for a great listen to check it out! If you like A.J. check out our archives for our talks with HOODSLAM luminaries The Dark Sheik and Brittany Wonder!

We’ll see you next week to talk NXT TAKE OVER THE END. Hopefully the end of those graphics that always make me thing my TV is breaking. And now for a link bomb:
A.J. Kirsch on Twitter
A.J. Kirsch on Facebook
Broseph Joe Brody on Pro Wrestling Tees
Broseph Joe Brody on Twitter
Broseph Joe Brody on Facebook

RETROMENDATIONS!
Justin: Black Belt Jones
Martin: Hard Reset Redux

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Ali stands over Liston after knocking him down during the first round. A legend is born.

Cinemosity 121 – Cube

The sad passing of the greatest sportsman of all time, Muhammad Ali, dominates the early part of the new episode of Cinemosity. An amazing athlete and a very important and resonant voice for his people, his 32 year battle with Parkinson’s Disease is an absolute tragedy but we send best wishes to his friends and family and he will forever Rest In Power. MMA fighter Kimbo Slice also passed away very suddenly Monday night at the age of 42 of heart failure. 2016 has been a real bitch. In other news Amber Herd is suing that piece of shit that alleged her entire marriage to Johnny Depp was some sort of enormous conspiracy, seriously fuck that guy. BET is going to do a Prince tribute correctly, we run down who is involved. Also great news for fans of musicals, Bryan Fuller’s new TV project is getting a great cast and Martin channels his inner 13-year-old girl as he squees about casting news concerning Pacific Rim 2!

Then in a special bonus, hear the live reactions of Kamille as she watches the epic showdown between Jeff Hardy and his brother “Broken” Matt Hardy as the two hype up a show for TNA Wrestling in one of the most horribly made dramatic vignettes ever created! If you’ve not seen this masterpiece yet there’s a cue for you to watch and you can either click here to watch it or hit play on the video embedded after the break!

This week’s movie is CUBE, the feature debut for cult favorite sci-fi director Vincenzo Natali. An extremely influential low budget sci-fi film, it tells the story of several people forced to work together to negotiate a seemingly endless succession of cube shaped rooms. Nobody knows how they got there or why they are there and it certainly helped develop a blueprint used for a lot of other movies including a number of the SAW movies, Circle and many others. Cube holds up largely due to very effective use of resources and strong character work, so check it out it’s on Hulu for free! Next week’s movie is also on Hulu, it’s I, FRANKENSTEIN featuring Aaron “Why Aren’t I a Bigger Movie Star?” Eckhart! Thanks for listening!

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Matanza and Cage both go flying backwards after kicking each other in the chest

Retro Superplex 36 – Brother D!ckKick

The deceased fighter Kimbo Slice who passed away June 6th, 2016

Retro Superplex jumps on the bandwagon this week by talking about the BROTHER NERO VS BROKEN MATT HARDY SAGA. That gets cut a little short because during recording the news broke of the sad passing of KIMBO SLICE at the age of 42. Condolences to his family. Then there’s MMA talk as Martin and Justin discuss BROCK LESNAR fighting at UFC 200. His opponent is Mark Hunt, is that a good call or could we see an upset? Also, CM PUNK has a fight date and opponent signed, how could he fare and has he had his thunder stolen at this point in time?

Then it’s time to run down some shows such as muthafuckin’ HOODSLAM, NXT and LUCHA UNDERGROUND! Plus, who from Ring of Honor might be on WWE’s wishlist? A really great, funny show!

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Ibuki comes down from the sky with a charged up Critical Art attack

Retro Superplex 35 – Rants and Hoops

Retro Superplex DOUBLE IMPACT comes with some rants. Retro game resellers are ruining the used game market with grossly inflated prices for even easy to get games, what’s the big deal and will it ever get better? Both Sony and Microsoft are both likely to announce new versions of their consoles at E3, can the manufacturers shift to a model like smartphone companies do with numerous iterations or are they just going to end up raising the ire of both casual and hardcore gamers? Plus Capcom can’t even keep to their DLC release schedule that was supposedly set in stone? How much goodwill are Capcom going to throw away or are they the only show in town and it won’t matter?

On the good side, Martin’s spent some time with Rocket League’s new HOOPS MODE and he really likes it and if you still haven’t tried Rocket League then you have yet another reason to do so.

RETROMENDATIONS!
Justin: Muramasa
Martin: Jugface
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Cinemosity 120 – Eyes Without a Face

A blank face with just the eyes with the film title below themUp front we have to warn you there’s some triggering content. Amber Herd has filed for divorce from Johnny Depp and of course, douchebags are coming out of the woodwork to protect and defend one of the Hollywood good old boys. There’s news about who might be the next James Bond with a bunch of the usual suspects involved and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is going to be Doc Savage. Yeah, I know, “who?” Yeah, I don’t know who Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is either.

The movie for this episode is EYES WITHOUT A FACE. A classic of French cinema and an enormous inspiration on the horror genre, Georges Franju created a film not entirely appreciated at the time but has a place in the pantheon of all time greats. It also got the Criterion Collection treatment so even on Hulu it looks gorgeous. Check it out!

Our next film is CUBE, the late 90’s indie sci-fi cult hit that made a name for its director Vincenzo Natali. It’s on Hulu so watch it! We’re giving you an education in genre film here!

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Both men upside-down in mid air during an incredible acrobatic display

Retro Superplex 34 – Mega Church Suits

John Cena in a suit perfect for a Mega Church Preacher

It’s Retro Superplex SLAM MASTERS edition with all of your pro wrestling content, views and reviews! NXT intrigues with the debut of a new tag team and we have a new #1 contender for the NXT Women’s Title and we can’t wait to see that match! Plus we’re getting Austin Aries and Nakamura! Takeover is going to show up WWE’s PPV again! Then there’s discussion about the latest episode of Lucha Underground had more great wrestling but some truly head scratching booking. Also, am I the only one who gives a shit about the rules? There’s also discussion on the return of John Cena and the great angle that welcomed his return and then a match you HAVE TO SEE: Will Osprey vs Ricochet from NJPW Best Of The Super Juniors XXIII Day 6. It caused a little bit of outrage from one Mr. Big Van Vader but Martin and Justin talk about what made this match special and how it is just as viable a way of working a wrestling match as any other style. Plus the video is after the break so you can watch it nice and easy. Thanks for listening!

We’ll be back Thursday with all kindsa stuff!

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The death screen for Enter the Gungeon where it openly mocks Martin for having died due to his own poor reflexes

Retro Superplex 33 – Gungeoneers

It’s another edition of Retro Superplex Double Impact! The RSP brand split continues and hmm, is it a coincidence that WWE is doing a new brand split! Conincidence?! Yeah probably Martin and Justin talk a little about what they expect from and hope for this new brand split as Smackdown moves to Tuesdays where it will be a live show rather than taped. Will there be multiple champions? Will they split the women’s division up?

Also on the show, Martin felt he had finally died enough times in ENTER THE GUNGEON to be in a position to talk about it. He loves it. What he didn’t love was Sinister 2 which he finally caught up with after being a big fan of the first one. A fun episode so do it up and we’ll see you on Tuesday for more pro rasslin’ talk: Lucha Underground, NXT and more on the brand split.

RETROMENDATIONS!
Justin: Heavy Barrel
Martin: Devil Daggers

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The Spirit leans against a wall with Arthur the Cat

Cinemosity 119 – The Spirit

The white footprint of The Spirit gives way to the black outline of the rest of his body, save for the shock of red that is his tieCinemosity starts by talking about the sad passing of Alan Young and Burt Kwouk. There’s talk about awards shows and various performances including Rihanna and Madonna (one was great, one wasn’t) and news on some interesting film casting. There’s also going to be a new Halloween movie, and a Fruit Ninja movie. God help us.

And to round out Comic Book Movie Month we say FUCK YOU COMIC BOOK MOVIE MONTH with a weary look at Frank Miller’s THE SPIRIT. Adapting one of his favorite comics, Frank Miller attempts to ape the style and content of the vastly superior Sin City and not much else. But there’s pretty ladies! It’s complete nonsense. Hoping for a palate cleanse the next movie is the 1960 pro-horror classic EYES WITHOUT A FACE! If you have Hulu Plus it’s on there as part of the Criterion Collection. Enjoy and we’ll see you next week!

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Cody Rhodes wrote a really nasty tweet about Colt Cabana. Now he's quit WWE. What's good Cody?

Retro Superplex 32 – Six Man Scramble

A red cross featuring the WWE logo and the title of the "Extreme Rules" PPVIt’s the all ‘rasslin’ episode and Justin and Martin have a lot of business to take care of! WWE Extreme Rules just happened and the guys review the not so-extreme results. Wow did that cage match ever die huh? Also on the show comes reviews of Lucha Underground, which was perhaps their weakest show, well, ever. There was also a decent NXT this past week. Also thoughts on the departure of Cody Rhodes from WWE, where’s he going to go? Why did he print out a statement, take pictures of it and post it on Twitter? Also, he took a shot at Colt Cabana on Twitter in 2014 when CM Punk did the Art of Wrestling podcast so Cody, what’s good?

Retro Superplex returns later this week with whatever they damn well please. Thanks for listening!

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Vlad Radinov, doing his job as ring announcer for CHIKARA

Retro Superplex 31 – Vlad Radinov Returns!

 

Chikara-logoMartin and Justin are joined by their first repeat guest, the Party Tsar himself: Vlad Radinov! The in-ring voice of CHIKARA, Vlad is a Russian Ring Announcer extraordinaire. Vlad joins the show to talk a multitude of things including Chikara’s British tour as they celebrate ANNIVERSARIO! They run down some of the top matches and chat about other recent goings-on at CHIKARA such as The Infinite Gauntlet and some of the creepier occurrances that have created some of the new alliances we are seeing in the CHIKARA ring. There is also a great deal of chat about Vlad’s incredible sense of style, his jackets and furs that are the envy of all other wrestling ring announcers! A wonderful guest who will be on again! For all of your CHIKARA needs go to CHIKARAPRO DOT COM! Also check out their Youtube Channel where they’re currently running recap videos helping you stay up to date with the various storylines currently taking place at CHIKARA events!

THEN, Martin and Justin go back to the story about Street Fighter V being outsold by Pokken Tournament and the decisions Capcom made which led to this underwhelming commercial performance. Can Capcom make a comeback? Also, hear about the more encouraging news that came out of their recent investors conference!

Retro Superplex will be back on Tuesday looking at NXT, Lucha Underground and WWE (Not So) Extreme Rules and more!

RETROMENDATIONS!
Justin: Cyberball!
Martin: WCW Great American Bash 1992

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In this unofficial Turkish film using the likenesses of Spider-Man, Captain America an El Santo we see Cap looking angrily at Spiderman while El Santo body presses one of his doppelgangers

Cinemosity 118 – 3 Dev Adam (Turkish Captain America and Spider-Man)

Captain America stands in front with El Santo on one side and Spiderman swinging in for the other. This poster is not representative of the movie at all.It’s another superb Cinemosity and though news was a little dry this week, there’s still plenty to enjoy, rage over, and GUINEA PIGS! Shane Black speaks out about Iron Man 3 and how Marvel made him change his villain from female to male, Warner is going to make another woman-centered DC movie with Harley Quinn in it, and Fox has a bunch of new shows that nobody is going to watch. The tremendous article about Blac Chyna mentioned in the show is after the break, A Lethal Weapon TV show? We’re too old for this shit.

To continue COMIC BOOK MOVIE MONTH you will be submitted to 3 DEV ADAM (AKA THREE GIANT MEN), the utterly bizarre Turkish Marvel comics ripoff with a side of Mexican Lucha Libre. Turkey produced this utterly incomprehensible disaster of a movie where Spider-Man is a cackling villain who traded in his spider powers for a gun, knife and a cheap pleather belt. He is opposed by bootleg versions of Captain America and…. legendary Mexican pro wrestler El Santo! How this pairing came about God only knows, but 3 DEV ADAM is an experience unlike any other and you can see it for free on Youtube. It’s probably more entertaining than Batman v Superman. You can watch the whole movie after the break if you missed it! It’s Goddamn bonkers.

Comic Book Movie Month concludes with THE SPIRIT! It’s available on Hulu for free so have fun with that one!

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