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Guest Post: The Importance of Words by Jeffery Viles

29 Dec

Words are not just important, they are the key invention of Homo sapiens, which  separates us by miles from the other animals here on planet earth.  With our complex languages and  hundreds of  thousands of words, we describe things we can see and touch and things we only imagine.  What is in front of us and what is not. The trick is to string words together in clear sentences that tell a story, an imaginative vision, or a descriptive picture.  For me, the challenge is to use surprising and creative language within those sentences to catch the reader’s attention — to make the effort an entertainment for both  writer and reader. Continue reading


344. Krampus: The Reckoning (2015) — A Special Holiday Torture Cinema “Adventure”

24 Dec Krampus: The Reckoning

Tang, overbites, and gratuitous boob shots, oh my! In this special Holiday edition of Torture Cinema, Shaun, Paul, Jen, Alex, and Becca mix too much alcohol with a really, truly terrible movie. This one definitely comes with some language and content warnings, because the team is just so very angry that they have to watch this. They discuss how a potentially interesting premise is utterly destroyed by an awful, convoluted script, terrible production values, and some of the worst acting that the state of Arizona has ever produced. The only reason we can come up with that anyone should ever watch this film is so they know how NOT to make a movie.

Happy Holidays! We hope you enjoy the episode!

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342. Cowboys vs Dinosaurs (2015) — A Torture Cinema “Adventure”

30 Nov

Dino Olympics, Jurassic Park, and bikinis, oh my! For this episode of Torture Cinema, Shaun and Julia are joined by our intern, Becca, and special guest, Adam Callaway, to drunkenly review Cowboys vs Dinosaurs, an absolutely terrible movie about rampant sexism, one totally awesome guy (not the main character), and, you guessed it, cowboys fighting dinosaurs. Sadly, even Quaid couldn’t save this movie despite his massive arsenal of weapons. We have to say, Patreon supporters, you picked a truly torturous movie this time. Continue reading

The 2017 Charity Fundraiser for Human Rights Watch: Make Us Review Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) for a Good Cause!

4 May

For the next two months, we will be raising $500 for Human Rights Watch for the opportunity to entertain our listeners! HRW have done some amazing work, and we’re happy to contribute to their mission by subjecting ourselves to bad movies!

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Review: The Mad Scientist’s Daughter by Cassandra Clarke

6 Oct

The Mad Scientist's Daughter by Cassandra Rose Clarke - Feb 2013

“Cat, this is Finn. He’s going to be your tutor.”

He looks and acts human, though he has no desire to be. He was programmed to assist his owners, and performs his duties to perfection. A billion-dollar construct, his primary task now is to tutor Cat. As she grows into a beautiful young woman, Finn is her guardian, her constant companion… and more.

But when the government grants rights to the ever-increasing robot population, however, Finn struggles to find his place in the world.

Following her acclaimed Young Adult debut for our sister imprint Strange Chemistry, The Assassin’s Curse, the very talented Cassandra Rose Clarke moves on to more adult themes, in a heartbreaking story of love, loss … and robots.

It isn’t easy to define what makes us human.  I’m not convinced that anyone, from Aristotle to Descartes, ever achieved a reasonable answer, nor has modern Continue reading

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