Burn Notice

By Matt Quiett

Spy Drama
Starring: Jeffrey Donovan, Gabrielle Anwar, Bruce Campbell, Sharon Gless, and Coby Bell
Number of Episodes: 111 + 1 movie

“Spies don’t get fired, they get burned.” Burn Notice follows the story of Michael Weston, a burned spy, and his friends as they deal with his burn notice, his life in Miami, his family and the impact his life has on everyone. The series is a lot of action, adventure and brains over brawn. Continue reading

Touchtunes

By Philip Durham

Genre: Music
Developer: TouchTunes Interactive Networks
Rated: Medium Maturity
Platforms: Android, iOS
Price: Free (In-app Purchases)
Size: 4.9M (Android Version)

When I make it out to a bar, I like places that have music.  Maybe I’ve always been an old man at heart, but at bars, live music is most often too loud for me.  If the bar has a jukebox, that tends to be ideal because then I get music at a reasonable volume level and I even get some say into what will be played.  When I first discovered the TouchTunes jukeboxes at bars I fell in love with the ability to access almost any song through a sleek interface.  Now with this app I don’t even have to leave my seat to play DJ. Continue reading

Concept

By: Shirley Niedzwiecki
Price: $39.99
Publisher: Repos Production, Hobby Japan, Lifestyle Ltd.
Style: Conceptual board game
Playtime: 45 minutes

What it is: Concept is a turn based game where each player is trying to make the other players guess the word by using conceptual images and icons found on the board. Continue reading

Risk!

By: Jestin Kimmet

Host: Kevin Allison
Category: True Stories
Run Time: Hour-ish
Rating: Mature

What it is: “True Tales, Boldly Told” is the catchphrase of Risk! podcast, and a catchphrase has never been more truthful.  Each episode is three true stores about risqué subject matter told in front of a live audience.  These stories are often embarrassing, illegal or things most people would find hard to tell even a single person much less a large crowd.  While each of the three stories will be completely different the host organizes them into matching subject matter. Continue reading

The Graveyard Book

by John Quiett

Author: Neil Gaiman
Illustrator:  Dave McKean, Chris Riddel
Published by: Harper Collins (US) Bloomsbury (UK)
Genre: Children’s fantasy horror fiction
Published: September 2008
Pages: 312

The Graveyard Book is a children’s fantasy novel by the British author Neil Gaiman, simultaneously published in Britain and America in 2008. It is set primarily in a graveyard, where the boy Nobody Owens is adopted and raised by the occupants after his family is murdered. The story was originally conceived of in 1985 when Gaiman’s son was riding his bike in a graveyard. Gaiman has stated the story is “like The Jungle Book and set in a graveyard.” So, is a children’s book about murder and ghosts worth reading?  Continue reading

The Family

By John Quiett

Genre: Crime Thriller/Comedy
Director: Luc Besson
Writers: Luc Besson, Michael Caleo
Runtime: 111 minutes
Release Date: September 2013
Rating: R
Cast: Robert De Niro, Michelle Pfeiffer, Diana Agron, Jon D’Leo, Tommy Lee Jones

 

Another movie where Robert De Niro plays a mob guy. For some this is cinema gold, for others it is tired and played out. In this iteration he plays a man who turned state’s evidence and now is on the run with his family. We also get to see Tommy Lee Jones as the hard nose cop he has gotten so good at portraying. So how does The Family stack up against other mob movies? Continue reading

Cthulhu Saves the World

By Matt Quiett

Genre: 8 Bit RPG
Developer: Zeboyd Games
Publisher: Tinkerhouse Games
Rated: 12+
Platform: iOS, Andriod, Xbox Live, Steam,
Price: $1.99 on iOS

Cthulhu rises from the sea and has his power stolen by a holy wizard. After the narrator explains how to break this curse to the player, Cthulhu breaks the fourth wall to let the you, the player, know that he listened in and now he knows what he must do to break the curse as well. Hijinks ensue as you meet a cultist who loves you; you become a hero; and, maybe, you save the day. Doesn’t sound like Cthulhu to me, but I’m always willing to give a retro RPG a try. Continue reading