The Dark Knight Rises: What’s the deal?

THIS POST CONTAINS SPOILERS. DO NOT READ IT UNLESS YOU HAVE SEEN THE MOVIE OR DON’T CARE. Expectation and investment are the twin-forked tail of disappointment. Even with this in mind it doesn’t quite explain what’s going on right now with regards to The Dark Knight Rises, the final Christopher Nolan written and directed Batman…

LARP Hobby Craft: Portable Standalone Structures

One of the greatest things in modern larping is the profileration of the free-standing structure for the purpose of adventures or set dressing. In our local community, we call it the Tarp Cube. The Tarp Cube comes in two main types, the ten foot cube, or the seven foot pillar. Now, we at Dust to…

Live Reviews: Transformers 3

Each week I have been picking a film on Netflix that I expect to be bad and reviewing it. At the behest of a friend, I decided to jump in and give Transformers 3 a shot. At the urging of another friend, I am posting it here. God save us all. Rentdownstairs 8:06 PM –…

Games I Have Played: Fiasco

I debated classifying Fiasco as a game, and I am not sure that it truly fits the classic description of a game. Yes, there are outcomes, and they are measurably good or bad, but that doesn’t mean that you feel like you lost. In fact, you might decide halfway through that it really doesn’t make…

Movies I Have Seen: The Raid: Redemption

The Raid: Redemption, also known as Serbuan maut, is an Indonesian action film written and directed by Welshman Gareth Evans, and starring Indonesian actor Iko Uwais. It is the pair’s second collaboration, the first being Merantau, which I have not yet seen but now desperately want to watch. It features the Indonesian martial art Pencak…

Games I Have Played: Chaos In The Old World – The Horned Rat

#GamesIHavePlayed – Chaos in the Old World: The Horned Rat On July 4th I spent the day grilling, drinking booze and playing the expansion for Chaos In the Old World, entitled The Horned Rat. For those of you who are unaware, Chaos In the Old World is a Fantasy Flight board game set in the…

Movies I Have Seen: The Amazing Spider-Man

Ok, so I guess if you haven’t read it you should read this: Film Critic Hulk’s Take on the Amazing Spider-Man Now, for all that anger, Film Critic Hulk isn’t wrong about the specifics. I saw the film last night after hearing a good review earlier in the week and I decided, “What the fuck,…

Movies I Have Seen – Ted

I saw two movies this weekend, Ted and The Amazing Spider-Man. I will talk about Ted first, because it’s the one that isn’t currently being discussed to death. Ted is the first live action feature length film of Seth MacFarlane, of Family Guy fame. It features Mark Wahlberg and Mila Kunis, with Seth MacFarlane playing…

LARP Hobby Craft: Making Latex Masks – Part 2

Yesterday I walked through part one of the latex masking process, and today I finish it up. Most of the physical labor is expended in the first stage of this process, the actual mold creation. This stage is time consuming, but it is not labor intensive. I whipped together a second mold yesterday too, because…

LARP Hobby Craft: Making Latex Masks – Part 1

One of the things I do is help out with a little LARP that runs in Georgia and North Carolina called Dust to Dust. The game has been running a full year now, to mostly positive review, all things considered, and one of the points where we receive a lot of love is our masks…

Movies I Have Seen: Cloverfield – Holiday Special!

As a holiday gift, I feel like reviewing something, and really what’s more American than the disaster movie? It started to really pop up in the 1970’s with such hits as Airport, and saw a revival in the 90’s beginning with Independence Day. These days, it’s still plugging along and luckily for me, the invasion…

Movies I Have Seen – Seeking a Friend for the End of the World

I keep forgetting to review this movie, as I just haven’t made the time to do it, since I was so busy. This is the directorial debut of writer Lorene Scafaria, best known for her adaptation of Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist. While this wasn’t a movie I would call a favorite, I did appreciate…