Prince looks over his shoulder into the camera with purple lights shining behind him

Cinemosity 115 – The Prince Episode

Prince performing during his Nude Tour in 1990Sorry for the delay on this one but this wasn’t easy to put together. As soon as we knew Prince had passed on we knew we had to dump whatever else we were doing and do an episode focussed on the artist. This is largely unedited, raw and emotional. Prince was not merely a performer, he was so much more than that. He was an inspiration, he was a man proud of his blackness and inspired generations to own their ancestry and to be themselves. So many artists that came after him we wouldn’t even have it wasn’t for Prince and the pain that has been felt at his passing has been a profound one. Not just because 2016 has claimed yet another beloved famous figure but because of what he meant the to the black communities he helped. Hear as we talk not just about his incredible talent and his amazing music but also the philanthropic side of the mad that so few knew about. Hear stories of how he used his money to help many in need but that he never talked about.

Then our movie is PURPLE RAIN which caused Prince’s career to absolutely explode into the stratosphere and defined an entire decade of music and style. A reminder that though we have lost him, we still have his many creations and the legacy left by his immense generosity that will be touching lives for decades to come.

We also speak about the sad passing of Joanie Laurer AKA Chyna of WWF fame. Taken from us so soon at the age of 45 we speak a little about how she became the Mia Farrow of WWE and how she never recovered from how she was treated.

Not an easy show but hopefully it might help ease the pain a little much like it did for us to record it. See you next week for Comic Book Movie Month.

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Lucha Underground wrestler Sinestro stands with the hearts of his former tag partners in his hands, their bodies rendered to dust.

Retro Superplex 25 – Officer Warren Barksdale

Retro Superplex Ex Plus Alpha comes to you this week recorded like at Philly new coolest hangout spot Amalgam Comic and Coffeehouse where you can enjoy fine beverages, baked goods, and have all your comic needs fulfilled!

barksdale1We recorded at Amalgam because our special guest was CHIKARA rookie and dedicated lawman OFFICER WARREN BARKSDALE. We talk about how difficult it is to balance being a cop and a professional wrestler and what inspired him to take on these two very demanding professions. He talks about how it felt to debut at National Pro Wrestling Day and which professional wrestlers he thinks need to be on the recieving end of some JUSTICE! Other important topics include does he ever do wrestling moves on perps? Also, is it handy to have some sort of topical cream on hand when wrestling Fire Ant? A great chat with Officer Warren Barksdale, an up and coming wrestling competitor who you can see wrestle at Live at First Energy Stadium ’16 and as part of the Wrestle Factory double-header Whisper House and The Distant Future. You can also check out every show CHIKARA has ever recorded by subscribing to Chikaratopia!

Catrina stands, smirking with Sinestro standing in the background with his former partner's hearts in his hands

We also talk about NXT, the heart-ripping carnage of Lucha Underground, and whether anybody is going to care about WWE Payback this Sunday.

All event and ticket information for every CHIKARA event can be found on their official website, please give them a look and support great indie pro wrestling!

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Guile combs his impressive flattop hair after winning a fight

Retro Superplex 24 – Squirrels

The guys are back with DOUBLE IMPACT. After touching on the heartbreak of Lucha Underground it’s on to some video game stuff. GUILE is the next challenger to be added to Street Fighter V before the end of March! He can do some crazy-looking stuff!

Guile activates his V-trigger and his muscles expand violently

Martin also got a bit of time in the DOOM multiplayer open beta and managed to come away without proclaiming that life as we know it is over. There’s also some messed up shit like a DOA 5 season pass that costs $92.99 and Snapchat gave us a blackface filter for 4/20. On the other hand, hoops mode is coming to Rocket League! That’s going to be sweet. Next episode Ex Plus Alpha will be recording live from Amalgam Comics and Coffeehouse in North Philadelphia with special guest from CHIKARA: Officer Warren Barksdale!

RETROMENDATIONS!
Justin: Micro Machines for NES
Martin: SUPERHOT. It’s the most innovative shooter I’ve played in years.

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Retro Superplex 23 – New Day Rocks!

NEW DAY ROCKS! Martin and Justin are back recapping some rasslin’ shows for your listening pleasure. They cover Raw and last week’s Lucha Underground and NXT, plus there’s other news like WWE wrestlers failing WELLNESS and the greatness of BIG-E’s post”Mania tweets prompting some appreciation of just how great and how over New Day are. Did you know the were the #1 merchandise seller at Wrestlemania? NUMBER ONE! NEW DAY ROCKS!

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Kent (Ekin Cheng) looks menacing as the subtitle reads "I tell you, we are the future rascals."

Cinemosity 114 – Future Cops

Another week of gossip and gripping cinema as Cinemosity returns with special guest and co-host of Retro Superplex Justin the 8 Bit Animal! A baby has come, another one is coming, a marriage ends and another childhood special is ruined. But Prince is okay! Plus Warner Brothers may be screwing up their movies but their animation studio is killing it! Also fuck the Ghost in the Shell remake!

Plus fuck this week’s movie, FUTURE COPS is an unofficial movie based on Street Fighter which makes Street Fighter the Movie look like perfect canon, It’s batshit insane but that last 20 minutes is so demented as to be very entertaining. Check it out on Youtube or Amazon Prime! Our next movie is TEKKEN which is on Daily Motion. Just go search for it you know how the Internet works.

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Godzilla looks menacingly down at his soon to be victims. His monstrous face reveals jagged teeth and barely visible black eyes

Retro Superplex 22 – Buttheads and Easter Eggs

Amazing video game discoveries! Arcade recollections and memories!The new Japanese Godzilla looks terrifying in GODZILLA RESURGENCE! Also, white people being cast as East-Asian characters. All this and more in Retro Superplex DOUBLE IMPACT!

RETROMENDATIONS!
Justin: War of the Monsters for PS2
Martin: NUCLEAR THRONE

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Cinemosity 113 – Dead Rising Watchtower

Cinemosity returns with another week of Video Games Month! This week’s pile of crap is DEAD RISING: WATCHTOWER which is almost obnoxious in how terribly mediocre and pointless it is. Our news includes more movie trailer stuff, comics fun, and wonderful actors and their marvellous philanthropy. Then we speak about the Toby “Tobuscus” Turner story where the extremely successful Youtube star has been accused of mental and physical abuse by AprilEfff, another successful Youtuber. We address the allegations and the environment in which this young woman existed during her time with Turner and how you can never overlook stories like this. It becomes a larger discussion about victimhood and why the abused so frequently do not come forward and the huge amount of bravery it took for AprilEfff to not only call this guy out but to go into the detail she does.

If you are dealing with trauma, depression, anxiety or any kind of mental illness of any kind and need some support, please remember that you are loved and that these are some websites that can offer you the understanding you need:
Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network
The Crisis Text Line if you’re not ready to talk to someone on the phone yet
Suicide Prevention Hotline
Suicide.com

WE LOVE YOU

Our movie next week is FUTURE COPS, an unofficial Street Fighter film from Hong Kong which is totally bonkers. You can watch it on Youtube, we even embedded it after the break!

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Retro Superplex 21 – Big Booty Brothers

Deceased pro wrestling Larry Sweeney points at the camera wearing a suit and sunglasses
Larry Sweeney: 1981 – 2001

A packed EX PLUS ALPHA edition of Retro Superplex for you this week! Martin and Justin talk about a surprisingly solid RAW where they continue to devalue everything that happened at Wrestlemania. They speculate on how the WWE main roster suddenly actually has a pretty decent collection of wrestlers with the likes of Natalya and Paige as well as the NXT ladies. Then they talk some indie wrestling news before talking about some of their favorite tag teams. Finally they pay tribute to the anniversary of the passing of one of the most underappreciated wrestling talents of the last 20 years: Sweet ‘N’ Sour Larry Sweeney. They speak about his battles with Bipolar Disorder but also his amazing skills both in an out of the ring, that laugh, that classic wrestling heel demeanor, and just what an incredibly talented guy Larry was. Martin also shares some memories of Larry and you can see some great Larry Sweeney promos after the break in the show notes.

If you are dealing with mental illness of any kind and need some support, please remember that you are loved and that these are some websites that can offer you the understanding you need:
The Crisis Text Line if you’re not ready to talk to someone on the phone yet
Suicide Prevention Hotline
Suicide.com if you just need someone to give you some perspective

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Retro Superplex 20 – NAZMULDUN

It’s late but it’s GREAT! Retro Superplex DOUBLE IMPACT looks back and the indie wrestling goings on from Wrestlemania Weekend including Ring of Honor, Shimmer, and the TWO CHIKARA shows that Martin attended at the CHIKARA Wrestle Factory. The wins, the losses, the smiles and the tears, and THE BIGGEST SURPRISE OF THE WHOLE WEEKEND happened in a CHIKARA ring and Martin is here to tell you all about it! NAZMULDUN HAS RISEN!

Martin and Justin also touch on the British video game BAFTAS that included wins for some kickass indie games! Then Martin tells you to go see Hardcore Henry.

There’s another show coming later so you’re getting spoiled rotten today!

RETROMENDATIONS!
Justin: Silverhawks! Plus pretty much any other 80’s sci-fi cartoon you care to track down
Martin: Darling
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Cinemosity 112 – Mortal Kombat

Cinemosity brings you all kindsa stuff, comic movies, messy family stuff, Blade Runnner 2 stuff, and the sad reality of sex work. Then it’s TIME FOR MOOOOOOORTAL KOMBAAAAAAAAAAAT! It’s Video Game Month and we kick things off with maybe the KING OF VIDEO GAME MOVIES Mortal Kombat. It’s goofy as heck and cheesy in parts but it holds up remarkably well because it actually has some respect for the source material and it’s really well-shot. Check it out and enjoy! Video game movies really don’t get any better than Mortal Kombat and if that sounds like damming with faint praise well, yeah it kinda is.

Our movie next week is DEAD RISING: WATCH TOWER that’s free to watch on Crackle!

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Retro Superplex 19 – Part-TimerMania

Wrestlemania, The Showcase of the Immortals. Sour Puss Martin and slightly more positive Justin are here to talk the longest, weirdest and perhaps most disappointing Wrestlemania of all time. Then there was Raw the following night which rendered huge chunks of Wrestlemania meaningless BECAUSE WWE. Part-timers won out over talent who have to pick up the pieces of their shattered careers every week, the new world champion has never been less popular, and Wrestlemania was just a total bummer. Also, HHH’s intro looked like if Pink Floyd did a song about Conan the Barbarian.

But then, oh joy of joys, NXT delivered in spectacular fashion with great finishes and the likely match of 2016 in Sami Zayn vs. Shinsuke Nakamura which had more heat and star power than ANYTHING on Wrestlemania outside of old Stone Cold Steve Austin. Check out the show and then hear about some kickass indie stuff on the next episode!

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Evan walks into a beautiful old town square with the first appearance of Louise in the distance

It Came From the Indies – Moorehead and Benson / Resolution and Spring

Aaron Moorehead and Justin Benson stormed the indie scene in 2012 with RESOLUTION a slow-burning horror film about a guy forcing his junkie friend to go cold turkey in an abandoned cabin. An extremely meta film, it is the understated and dare we say cleverer cousin to Cabin in the Woods and the Evil Dead remake. After that they made a splash with SPRING a sumptuously beautiful love story set against the backdrop of Italy but with a strong horror sensibility at its core. They also won many fans with BLOODSTORM, one of the chapters of VHS VIRAL.

Martin speaks to Moorehead and Benson about how they first came to be friends and how that led to them realizing how well they worked together. They talk about what went into making the ultra low-budget Resolution and how the ideas for the increasingly bizarre story unfolded from simple human tragedy to something far more sinister and genre-twisting.

Evan and Louise row over a beautiful sea, a marble blue with cliffs looming on the right

Then talk turns to their breakout indie hit Spring and the many facets of writing, design, cinematography and acting involved in this beautiful modern gothic horror. So much time was spent on the mythology, the practicality of what the characters experience, and a tremendous amount of time rehearsing and practicing with the cast in order to present their deep, organic performances. Justin Benson talks about the character of Louis, this impossibly beautiful, witty and intelligent woman and how he was able to sidestep that most dreaded of indie cliche: The Manic Pixie Dream Girl.

Also, who is Shitty Carl? Is there a shared Moorehead and Benson cinematic universe? These elusive answers and so much more so pull up a chair and listen in on this great chat.

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R.Mika from Street Fighter V points towards executing her Critical Art attack

Retro Superplex 18 – Covering R.Mika Up


 

Retro Superplex comes from the back to make the save on your Friday with another fantabulous episode! The guys realized they totally forgot to talk about NXT TAKEOVER DALLAS so they run that card down, is this Sami Zayn’s last hurrah for NXT? Hopefully! The dude should be on the main roster. Then Martin and Justin get a bit serious and talk about what can only be described as Nintendo giving in to harassment with the firing of Alison Rapp after he was attacked by GamerGate people over the last few months. Why do people get so upset about videogames to the point that they court support from white supremacists? Why not just enjoy shit instead of spending all of your time hating people? It must be very stressful. THEN Martin talks about the new STREET FIGHTER V update where bugs were fixed, other issues were completely ignored, but at least we can get R.Mika covered up now with a different costume. Also ALEX is available and he is very, very fun and hopefully will make old Zangief players happy with his numerous options.

So that’s that! Hope you enjoy ALL OF THE WRESTLING over the next few days, Retro Superplex returns on Tuesday with reactions and reports on as much as possible.

RETROMENDATIONS!
Justin: PAC-MAN Championship Edition DX+
Martin: One Finger Death Punch

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Cinemosity 111 – Streets of Fire

Cinemosity has a bumper-sized episode this week as we celebrate the 80’s greatness that is STREETS OF FIRE with the help of special guest, Kamille’s friend Andrew! News this week includes the success of Batman v Superman and Andrew’s experience at the New York premier! Also, love dies painfully as Karrine Stephans dumping Columbus Short via Instagram to spectacular effect. Plus Canada rejects Victor Salva, the sad passing of Gary Shandling and Patty Duke and much more!

Yes, STREETS OF FIRE is an awesome film from Walter Hill with some epic musical scenes, a young Willem Dafoe who shows he was born to play a villain, and the angelic perfection of Diane Lane. *sigh*

April is VIDEO GAME MOVIE MONTH and we’re kicking it off with one of the best of the bunch: MORTAL KOMBAT! Your soul is ours!

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Retro Suplerplex 17 – Support Indies

Martin and Justin are back with a new show! It’s Wrestlemania week so the guys reflect on how the show has been built up and have some thoughts on the WWE Hall of Fame inductees. They then talk about all of the alternatives to WWE that you can enjoy Wrestlemania Weekend whether you’re going to be in Dallas or not! Why not support indies? It will do your soul some good. Here are links to every event mentioned on the show:

Hoodslam ENTERTAINIA
CHIKARA double-header in NE Philly: Phone Home and Disk
Territory League
Ring of Honor in Dallas
WWN More Than Mania!
Super Fan iPPV Promo – six shows for sixty bucks

Thanks for listening!

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Darling (Lauren Ashley Carter) leans against a blood splattered wall, herself a bloody mess

It Came From the Indies – Mickey Keating / Darling

A quick one this week, a short but informative chat with director Mickey Keating about his new film DARLING a uniquely troubling horror film with an amazing performance from Lauren Ashley Carter. Check Darling out in theaters starting April 1st and VOD April 8th! There’s also a brief discussion on Keating’s NEXT release, the awesome-looking CARNAGE PARK.

Next week we have Aaron Moorehead and Justin Benson on of RESOLUTION and SPRING fame! It’s gonna be great!

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