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  • Beta Release and user tests

    6 months ago

    revelsrouser twitter.com/revelsrouser

    Hi all! I just wanted to take a minute to thank all of you who have submitted feedback and reported bugs with the beta release. It really does help to get direct feedback from our community so that we can build something that you love. I've been spending my weekends conducting user tests with members of the RT Austin community group, which has been incredibly valuable. I've been in UX/UI for years now, and finding people who are willing to give up their time to make a product successful is normally a huge challenge. It's so rad to work for a company that has such a passionate fanbase. We've got a lot in store for 2018. It's going to be an exciting year for our product & engineering team and hopefully for you all as well! We will be opening beta access to everyone very soon, so stay tuned for updates!

  • Top 10 Craziest Fictional Presidents - Writer Notes

    6 months ago

    JoshuaKazemi @joshuakazemi

    This episode of Top 10 was written by me and edited by Nick Cramer! 


    10 - Deathstroke - Are there any real people with eye patches that lead respectable lives in positions of power without any doubt or concern from people? There easily could be, I just don't know. 
    9 - My Date With The President's Daughter - OH YEAH, MY DATE WITH HER, SO SPECIAL 
    8 - Hall of Presidents - Honestly, this was the third example I thought when brainstorming this list lol 
    7 - Lex Luthor - This is the Lex I wanted in BvS. Instead we got Jesse Landis in prison.
    6 - Independence Day - What a speech, man. What a speech. This speech > Pacific Rim speech.
    5 - Andrew Jackson - I've got a fresh Andrew Jackson for the first person to find that comic* 
    4 - Palpatine - "Hideous Sidious" is one of my favorite bits in this script. The following is a series of other Palpatine puns/word play: Pay Palpatine, Ask Sheeves, Darth Garth (Wayne's World) 
    3 - Black Mirror - I just watched Season 4 Episode 1 the other night. The Star Trek episode. Really good. Anyone else have thoughts. SHOW ME WHAT YOU GOT!
    2 - Conduit - It would be really cool if Lincoln came back to be President. Penny for your thoughts. 
    1 - Naruto - I don't know anything about Naruto. Nick wrote this entry haha 
    11 - Pedro - Vote for Pedro! So glad Pedro made it. You go Pedro. 



    Watch the Video: RT | YT 


    *Just kidding.


    P.S. Josiah Bartlett is the greatest fictional president ever. He wouldn't be crazy just the best president you have ever met in your entire life.


  • February - DRONE

    6 months ago

    geoff

    Ok,

    So it's barely February, but I have to get past this fucking playlist so I can move on with my life. My big reservation with doing this, was that I would overthink it and spend way too much time obsessing over it. WHICH I HAVE DONE. I have listened to, edited, added to, subtracted from, changed the order of, changed it back, then changed it again, about 50 times in the last two weeks. 


    Hopefully the theme of the playlist comes through. Actually, there's two: a main (hopefully obvious) theme, and a smaller, kind of silly and gratuitous theme (also obvious).


    Or, maybe it's just a pile of songs I like. Either way, here it is.


    February - DRONE

  • Close calls are fun. New Pants are less fun.

    6 months ago

    plumpo Technofixer

    Playing with @adam and @DWNLDBLCNTNT and exciting things happened. 


  • Updates on new RoosterTeeth.com

    6 months ago

    mikequinn VP Engineering

    Hey, everyone. It’s been two weeks since we officially unlocked the closed beta of the new Rooster Teeth website. All of the invites are out, and right now we have thousands of eager community members watching shows, chatting, and providing really great feedback on our new video platform. I want to offer a sincere thank you to all of our beta testers for helping us create the best place for Rooster Teeth fans to watch our shows.

    For those of you eager to jump in and check out the new site, don’t worry, we’ll be announcing an open beta soon. In the meantime, I’d like to talk about a few great things we’ve learned from watching everyone use the site these past few weeks:

    • Testers love the live chat feature we have running during live broadcasts. We had almost 400 beta testers in the chat for the RT Podcast on Monday night, and everyone had a lot of fun. Let me know which Rooster Teeth cast members you want to see join in the chat and I’ll go smack them on the head (figuratively, of course).

    • Content discovery - We’ve seen that a lot of you are checking out content beginning to end, and using the watchlists (because you get notifications for shows in there)

    • Comments work!  After a wee bit of a rough start the first day - comments are working, threading, and notifying

    • Search actually delivers what you expect it to

    • The video player saves your spot

    There are also a few things that the testers pointed out that needed some more work:

    • Newest content showing up on time

      • You all have been so great about pointing out discrepancies between old and new sites; thank you!

    • Series page layout

      • Right now only 20 episodes are being displayed, so we’ve created a new layout for Series page. We’ll roll that update out next week. You can see a screenshot of this new layout below. It was your feedback that drove this change, so thank you!

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    There’s more news to come, so stay tuned. We’re really excited to be making the very best home for the Rooster Teeth community and can’t wait to launch it so you can all try it out.


    And finally, let’s talk a little bit about what we’re working on for the new community site. We know this is as, if not more, important to many of you as the video portion of our site. Look forward to Dan (@kickme444) making more frequent and substantive updates in the coming weeks as we move closer to rolling out the new platform.


    For the past few months we have been focusing our design and development efforts around the structure of what a community site is for Rooster Teeth.  We are lucky in that there are already hundreds (or thousands) of Rooster Teeth communities, so we need to make sure we account for them, and plan for the future with new and inventive ways for people to interact with others on our platform.  To that end, we have been really excited to see the interaction happening on the new live videos/chat page in the video site beta, and have been adjusting our development cycle in hopes of rolling out key community features as soon as possible that allow communities and individuals/groups to better connect with each other in real time.  


    We’re really excited to begin rolling stuff out to you and improving over the next year.  It’s going to be a ton of fun!


  • What are you watching?

    6 months ago

    ezracooperst President

    **Thanks to all those who participated in my thread on Transparency. It was very insightful. I am going to send out a summary of takeaways and next steps. 


    Besides RT brands/shows, what are you watching right now? I'm interested in specific shows and channels. 

  • Monthly Patch Notes - What do you want to see?

    6 months ago

    ebregman Programming

    I saw the request in Ezra's post for a monthly update on what we saw in the past month, and what my team learned from it. I'm in!


    What would you find interesting in these posts, and what are you hoping to get out of them? I talk a lot about data, and happy to keep doing that, but not sure that's exactly what you're looking for...

  • Good morning to you too

    6 months ago

    adam Director of Technology

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  • She's come a long way #Bitcoin

    6 months ago

    adam Director of Technology

    Found a pic of my farm before the summer. 

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    Crazy to see how much it's improved.   Now i just need some more GPU's.  :|

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  • 'Happy Birthday - You Should Watch' Kicks Off with Christian Bale, Gene Hackman and John Ireland!

    6 months ago

    ericvespe

    Let's try something, shall we? I'm usually pretty good at starting regular columns and then dropping them like a bad habit when something else shiny grabs my attention, but damned if I don't keep trying.


    One of my favorite things to do is recommend movies to fellow movie fans, so I figure why not start a little thing where I take some regular movie star/director/writer birthdays and then recommend a single movie that person was involved with and why I like it so much? I think I'll call it Happy Birthday - You Should Watch.


    Sounds like fun, right? It might be one person or a few, but that should mean multiple movie recommendations per week.


    Let's give it a shot.


    Today I have three birthday boys to talk about: Christian Bale, Gene Hackman and John Ireland. I was really tempted to make all three recommendations westerns since they've all been in some great ones, but I had to follow my heart.


    (For the record, if I would have limited myself to westerns here's how it'd go: Christian Bale – 3:10 to Yuma, a great, tense film directed by Logan's James Mangold, and Gene Hackman – The Quick and the Dead, a vastly underrated super fun western from Sam Raimi.)


    Now on to the actual recommends.


    Christian Bale


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    Empire of the Sun (1987) – One of Spielberg's most underseen gems, Empire of the Sun is an all-timer. Had it been directed by almost anybody else it would have been hailed as a career best effort, but for someone like Steven Spielberg it was expected that everything he put out would be no less than great. This isn't Christian Bale's first film, but it's definitely his first notable one and the dude shouldered this epic WW2 POW movie effortlessly even at 12 years old. Wonderful film, fantastic child performance. Watch it if you haven't seen it. Rewatch it if you have. That's an order! Available on Blu-Ray as well as digital rental on Amazon, iTunes, Google Play and Youtube.





    Gene Hackman



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    The Conversation (1974) – One of the best films ever made. This is in my top 20 favorites of all time. Francis Ford Coppola made The Conversation between The Godfather and The Godfather Part II if that tells you anything about how on point he was as director at this time in his career. The Conversation is a slow burn political thriller about a reclusive, private dude named Harry Caul who uses technology to listen spy on people. He's a listener and what happens when a listener hears something he's not supposed to? Well, you get this movie. Incredibly tense, brilliantly shot and features the absolute best performance of Gene Hackman's career, hands down. Also available to rent on Amazon, YouTube, Google Play, iTunes, Vudu and there's a nice blu-ray out as well.





    John Ireland



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    Red River (1948) – I haven't seen enough of John Ireland's filmography to definitively say this is the best film to represent him as an actor, but I can say it's most likely the best film he plays a significant role in with some confidence. Howard Hawks directed this one which starred the super popular John Wayne and an up and comer named Montgomery Clift. Clift had a tragic life that ended way too soon, but was one of cinema's most charismatic actors. That dude had it. And Wayne was a better actor than he was given credit for, especially here. Red River plays more like a horror movie than you might expect. It's about a cattle drive, but that's like saying Casablanca's about a kiss. One of the great westerns and Ireland happened to be a part of it! Also available to rent on Amazon, YouTube, Google Play, iTunes, Vudu and there's fancy Criterion blu-ray out, too.





    So, happy birthday Christian Bale, Gene Hackman and John Ireland! Let's see how long I can keep this up or if you guys even like it! Let me know what you guys think in the comments!

  • Oscars and Editing!

    6 months ago

    AdamRB Live Action Editor

    I don't know about you guys but the list for the Oscars this year has me pretty excited. The fact that Get Out and Shape of Water are both best picture contenders is just cool and makes me super glad to be alive during a time when we're getting these kinds of movies. However, since talking about best picture contenders is something you'll find just about everyone talking about, I'd like to take a little time to talk about a category a little more near and dear to my heart: Best Editing.


    Also, of course, spoilers!


    Those nominees are:

    "Baby Driver," Paul Machliss and Jonathan Amos

    "Dunkirk," Lee Smith

    "I, Tonya," Tatiana S. Riegel

    "The Shape of Water" Sidney Wolinsky

    "Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri," Jon Gregory


    Baby Driver is amazing because to me the edit is indistinguishable from every other facet of the movie. The edit was there in the script, it's in the cinematography, even in the acting. The edit was king of this movie from start to finish and the fact that Wright with Machliss and Amos pulled it off is a minor miracle. And it's so damn fun. This might be the most fun edit I've ever seen in a movie. Every cut feels motivated either by character or mood or both and everything feels deliberate, and to me an edit should be first and foremost deliberate.

    Oh, also, if you didn't get a chance to check this article out about how they edited the movie while they were shooting it...Do so. It's really interesting.


    Dunkirk is tough to talk about because it's been a while since I seen it, but what I think it probably does better than any other film on this list is using editing to make everything feel tense. Sometimes it holds on a shot a little too long, sometimes it's cutting super fast with the action and you can't keep track of where everyone's at - all of it is tense and paranoia inducing. Some may disagree with me on this, but I think that's also what makes the often jarring cuts in time also work - it's all in service to the suspense...Which is to say this is all pretty standard for a Nolan movie edited by Lee Smith.


    I can't imagine the puzzle box it was editing I, Tonya together. And while there's a lot to unpack here with unreliable narrators and how they handle that via the edit, I just want to note how great the "triple axel" scene was. While they were able to get Margot Robbie to do a lot of her own ice skating in this movie, there was no way they were going to get her to actually do a triple axel since it's something pros have to practice literally years to do. So it was always going to be a little faked, even if they get somebody else's legs to do it. And yet...The way they built up to that moment with all the character's interviews explaining how difficult it was, and how nervous Tonya was leading up to that routine - when they cut to the close up slow-mo shot of just her legs twisting in the air and landing it, it feels great. Not like they cheated, but like there was no other way to shoot and edit that scene. I loved that.


    I don't have much to gush about for The Shape of Water except that, like Baby Driver, I can tell this movie was by and large edited in Del Torro's head before they even rolled the cameras. It's deliberate and confident and very un-flashy - so it's a Del Torro movie. Not going to lie, this movie can sweep everything at the Oscars and I will not be mad.


    Three Billboards is an interesting one because while this movie is very funny I think this is also one of the best uses of using a cut to hurt. There is a flashback scene in this movie where you find out that the mom's relationship with the daughter was not so great, and that the last thing the mom said to her daughter was fucking awful. And the way it's edited you get just enough time to let those terrible words sink in before it cuts to the mom, in present day, feeling fucking miserable.  And you feel miserable with her. Overall, I felt the movie did a great job of keeping you in pace with the character and what they felt moment to moment, so definitely not disappointed that this was picked.


    Finally, I'd like to add one I think should at least have been nominated: Phantom Thread. If you haven't seen this movie, I highly recommend doing so. It's uncomfortable and gorgeous and oddly funny, like many other PTA movies. The editing has this different quality that is hard to describe. Best way I can put it is that most movies cut to moments that are meaningful and advance the story, but Phantom Thread makes moments meaningful simply with the cut. Who knows, maybe that's all in my head, but feeling that sort of "edit as author" made the movie even more engaging to me.


    As for who will win, there's a pretty cynical albeit realistic way I've heard to best predict who wins the technical awards - replace the word "Best" with "Most."

    I've got some problems with this line of thinking, though. A. Gravity won in 2014, and it has what, seven cuts?* B. It cheapens a lot of work that goes into the movies that won even if they did have a lot of edits. C. Molly's Game would've been on this list for 2017, and it's not.


    All that being said, I think the movie with "Most Editing" - Baby Driver - is also totally the right pick for the winner. Like I said before, the movie is its editing and the editing is the movie and I think it deserves the win for an achievement like that. But that's just, like, my opinion, man.


    Who do you guys think should win and what did you think of the editing in these films? Think there are any big snubs? Let me know!


    *I don't actually know what the number is. But it's low. Really low.

  • The trailer for Sundance creepfest Hereditary is great and you probably shouldn't watch it!

    6 months ago

    ericvespe

    One of the stand out movies of this year's Sundance Film Festival is an out of left field horror flick called HEREDITARY. I loved it (as evidenced by my glowing review here) and highly, highly, highly recommend you see it when A24 releases it this June. 


    But here's the catch: This film is awesome, but works the best when you go in cold. There's imagery in this film that will stick with you and keep you awake at night... but it all works because it blindsides you. 


    Now, this trailer is pretty great and on a story level it doesn't tip its hat too much. But on an imagery level there are a few shots that I'm sad to see in here. I mean, they're awesome and I get they need to sell the movie with more than the word of a bunch of critics and fest goers, but damn do I wish some of these shots had been left as surprises.


    So, I'm going to post the trailer here. I think the ideal way to watch this film is to trust me and just go see it midnight June 7th or the first showing June 8th, but if you need more than that then watch this trailer once right now, let the creep factor hit you, and then try to forget it before seeing the movie.


    Or watch this a million times. I'm not your boss. Do you, boo. 




  • Camping

    6 months ago

    patrickmatthewz RTX Events Coordinator

    Y'all. I like camping. I went this past weekend for my friend's birthday and we made fire, cooked sausages, shot guns (I was really good at shooting those disks) and drank some beverages. We played dice and card games for a buck a pop, and I stayed in for 2 hours on only 5 dollars. It was a rad time. I like camping. 

  • To Witcher Or Not To Witcher....That Is The Question

    6 months ago

    TPG Custom Programs

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    Can I really be a gamer if I haven't played/worshipped/beat The Witcher 3. As of late I find myself asking this question all the time. I grew up on a steady diet of Half Life, Duke Nukem, Shadow Warrior, and a dash of Age Of Empires - open world games or RPG's were never really my jam (except KOTOR which is the business, shoutout DRevan!). But my shooter ways came to halt in 2017 when I got deep into Horizon Zero Dawn. Got dayuuum, that game was amazing. I would play it  all night and then come in give Gus updates on my progress - truly a fun way to play a game. 


    Of course when I beat that game I knew that there was only way I could go: The Witcher 3. Everyone knows of it, seemingly everyone has played it, but alas I didn't think I was ready to take the plunge. My buddy @ebregman told me he put in at least 20 hours and wasn't sure if the story "started" and I was spooked. Did I want to invest that much time into a game if I wasn't get pulled in right away? That's a question that keeps me up at night. 


    So if you think I should dive into the Northern Kingdoms let me know. Until then I'll be trying to level up my hidden blade in Assassin's Creed Origin's.

  • Transparency

    6 months ago

    ezracooperst President

    What information about the company would you guys want to know more about? I think we do a pretty good job of being transparent and communicating with the community (at least better than any other media company out there), but how could we improve? 

  • Inspiration Behind the Grimm Nuckelavee Photoshoot

    6 months ago

    coolnathan Nathan Isherwood

    A few weeks ago, on the coldest day of a surprising Texas winter, when ice was literally falling from the sky, I convinced Jon and Barbara to stand around and look attractive on the top floor of a windy parking garage. Our poor photographer, Wes Ellis, had dislocated his elbow the week before and shot these one-handed wearing a sling. The odds were against us. 


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    Hard work and the risk of hypothermia paid off, and I'm very excited about how these turned out. Hopefully you are, too. By now you've likely seen them on our social, and I wanted to provide a look behind the curtain on the photoshoot for the Grimm Nuckelavee merch. 

     

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    Behind the scenes with a freshly injured Wes. 


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    Here's a shot of the garage from The Terminator that we used for inspiration. Ominous, right? We also looked at stills from Fight Club and Attack the Block to help capture the right mood. The hope was that the setting would come across as threatening as the characters portrayed by Jon and Barb and as dangerous as the Nuckelavee. 


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    In terms of character, I felt like this photo of JGL from the movie Hesher perfectly encapsulated the vibe of a gritty heavy metal devotee, the kind of person who would have a badass Frank Frazetta motif airbrushed on the side of their beater van. You might notice us playing on Metallica lyrics in some of our social.


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    Thanks for reading. Now go learn more about Frazetta, watch those movies I mentioned, and listen to Sabbath. 

  • RWBY Chibi Volume 3!

    6 months ago

    Triple_Bee Chibi VisPost Supervisor

    RWBY Chibi is back for more starting today!
    RWBY Chibi - Season 3 - Episode 1

    I've always really enjoyed working on Chibi, in no small part because it's the one show I've had the opportunity to continuously work on since the first season. Seeing it grow and get better every year is a really fun and gratifying experience. Plus this time around I'm tackling both lighting and compositing, something I've been eager to do again for quite a while!

    All I can say is our 'little' team is hard at work making some really funny stuff that I can't wait to render for everyone to see!

  • The Desk of The Desk of DEATH BATTLE: Fin Fang Foom - Editor Notes

    6 months ago

    JoshuaKazemi @joshuakazemi

    Here's a new thing! 


    • Despite all of my mental facilities I want to say "Fing Fang Foom" 
    • Fin Fang Foom...make my heart go boom boom...my space dragon girl. 
    • Comic books are weird. 
    • Chad and I had to sit down and have a serious conversation about how to best illustrate FFF defecating on a family to their deaths. How was your work?
    • Anyone notice the shot of Dragonheart I put in the intro? I had to do it. 
    • Fin Fang Foom would be awesome in the MCU. You know post phase 3 when things get weird.
    • I would watch a political chat show hosted by FFF called "Fin Fang Facts" 
    • Dr. Doom and Fin Fang Foom both have a Gloom. The fume from the Gloom filled the room, making it their very own tomb.
    • Foom Raider: The Tomb Raider Fin Fang Foom crossover we're all clamoring for.
    • Would my desk be called The Desk of The Desk of DEATH BATTLE? Yes. In fact that is what I will call these journal posts.

    Watch the Video: RT | YT

  • New RT Doc: Becoming Jessica Nigri

    6 months ago

    hannah_rt Writer/Producer at RT

    Hi there! My name is Hannah McCarthy, and I am a Documentary/Unscripted Producer and Writer here in the Live Action department. This is my first ever journal post, so I'm a little nervous, but my overwhelming excitement to talk about our new RT Doc definitely outweighs the nerves.


    We are so excited for you all to finally see Becoming Jessica Nigri, as it was an absolute joy to shoot and produce. Our director Mat Hames and his team at Alpheus helped us capture an incredible story that showcases the transformative power of cosplay and how it can lead to self-discovery. We explore so much beyond Jessica's path to BlizzCon in the doc--from her childhood in New Zealand to the fantastic history of creativity in her family, this documentary is an introspective and personal glimpse into how she became the phenomenal talent she is today.


    And while I'm on that topic, let me just say that Jessica is by far one of the most dedicated, creative, and genuinely wonderful people I've ever had the pleasure to meet. Honestly, I'm convinced she's superhuman because she went literal days without sleep. While filming her 48 hours into sleep-deprivation, I watched her befriend a house fly that was buzzing around her, name him Jacob, and proceed to call him her "son" into the wee hours of the morning. Even when running on fumes and with a deadline at her heels, Jessica was affectionate and funny. If you wake me up before 8am I am a terror. She was a beacon of positivity at 4:30am after working her fingers numb. I'm telling you, she's magic.


    I truly hope you enjoy Becoming Jessica Nigri -- it's only available to our FIRST members, so if you haven't already, please sign up for a free month trial to check it out! We've already got a lot of ideas cooking for RT Docs in 2018, and we can't wait to share them with you, but there's no better way to start than with this documentary.

  • Sundance 2018 Review: Summer of '84 Is A Big Disappointment

    6 months ago

    ericvespe

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    Lest you think I loved every movie I saw at Sundance, let's take a little look at a movie that should have been 110% geared directly at me, yet fell flat.


    Summer of '84 is the new film from the directing team RKSS (Francois Simard, Anouk Whissell, Yoann-Karl Whissell) who did the really fun and shockingly sweet Turbo Kid. This film is way less early '90s direct-to-video than Turbo Kid, but also lacks the heart that film had.


    The timing of this movie is terrible. We've now had two seasons of Stranger Things and last summer's It to give us a giant sprinkling of '80s nostalgia, so this automatically feels like it's trying to ride those coat tails. Movies take a long time to make and I don't doubt that when RKSS came on board trying to evoke that time period in an '80s-set horror story was super fresh. Not so much now.


    You can still make an '80s set horror movie, you just have to do something to shake up expectation. They have one big idea to set this story apart from the typical '80s kids horror movie, but it's an idea that isn't broached until the last 5 minutes and by then it's too little too late.


    That idea is to add stakes. You maybe make a loving homage to a Goonies or Monster Squad, but then make it so the children protagonists are actually in real danger. Maybe it's not the best idea for a group of kids to try to suss out a serial killer in their community. In the real world that's probably not going to end well.


    If they had made this film feel unsafe say halfway through then blammo, suddenly it's not a lesser Stranger Things riff and sadly that's what this one feels like. From production design to score you'll find this film verrrrrry familiar.


    The thrust of the plot is that a group of friends spend a boring summer trying to prove a local cop is a serial killer. You've seen this plot before, from Disturbia to even the much derided Book of Henry. The group of kids is definitely in the Monster Squad mold. You have the pure-hearted leader (Graham Verchere), the cool kid (Judah Lewis), the dweeb (Cory Gruter-Andrew) and the “Fat One” (Caleb Emery).



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    Beyond surface level nostalgia for this kind of group make up there's not much there with these characters. It's hard to fault the kids for the one-dimensional writing of their characters, so I won't blame them for that. Of the group the only actor I was familiar with was Judah Lewis, who was pretty great in Demolition and was a bright spot in the not-amazing The Babysitter. I know he's a good young actor, but here he has little to offer other than saying crude things about the girl next door and overall just being super horny.


    Poor Caleb Emery is supposed to be the heart of the group (the role almost all chubby kids in these kinds of stories get... Dustin in Stranger Things, Horace in Monster Squad, Chunk in Goonies and Ben in It, y'know). He's likable, but again just not given enough to work with so he's never more than just a type.


    That's almost every character in this movie: just a type. The one given the most depth is the cop the kids think could be a killer and that's only really through sheer nature of his character. You're supposed to wonder if he's really a bad guy or if the kids have the wrong dude and that automatically adds multiple dimensions to his character.


    I say all this with a heavy heart. Legitimately Summer of '84 was one of my most anticipated movies of the festival. I'm a sucker for coming of age flicks, kids in horror and I actually grew up in the '80s so I'm an easy target for these nostalgia bombs. The fact that I found this movie so disappointing should be a giant red flag for you guys because I'm definitely the target audience for this thing.


    -Eric Vespe

    @ericvespe on Twitter


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  • Let's make it official...

    6 months ago

    ezracooperst President

    Hi there,


    Since 2011, I’ve been COO and then President of Fullscreen, the company that bought Rooster Teeth in 2014. I was a huge champion of the partnership with Matt and Burnie and was thrilled after the deal to add Rooster Teeth to my diverse responsibilities.  My role at Rooster Teeth was simple, help Matt and Burnie manage and grow Rooster Teeth without messing up the internal/external community and culture. The game plan from the earliest days was as follows: make more great content, make bigger content, invest in talent, invest in community. I’m proud of what we have accomplished so far, but realize there is much work to do.


    For the last two years of this role I have travelled back and forth between LA (my home and the home of Fullscreen) and Austin. The travel was taxing, but more than worth it. In that time my life at home has grown. In March of 2017 my wife and I welcomed twins to our family. Over the past year my passion for the Rooster Teeth business has grown as well. In November we relocated to Austin so our family could be together. With this move and a new year upon us, I am happy to formalize my new role as President of Rooster Teeth.


    I have never been more passionate about a job in my career and more optimistic about the opportunity I have been given. Let me explain:

    1. Burnie and Matt are legit. I have worked with many executives and these guys are top notch. They both have an amazing mix of creative and business acumen, and despite massive success, they remain super humble, great dudes. They deeply care about the content, the team, and the community.

    2. Rooster Teeth is made up of incredibly creative people who make amazing content. Every day I’m blown away by the talent in front of or behind the camera, and the fantastic support team who help make it all work.

    3. The Rooster Teeth community is unrivaled. You are what makes Rooster Teeth special.

    4. The entertainment landscape is transforming and Rooster Teeth is well positioned to continue to thrive in this new digital world.

    With that all said, I feel super lucky to be a part of this company and this community. We are going to try our best to continue to make the content you love and create the best online and offline experiences.

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    I look forward to meeting and interacting with more of you in the years to come.


    Very best,

    Ezra

  • Off Topic Table Destruction - Time Change

    6 months ago

    RTcastMichael RT Broadcast guy

    The end of an era - and the prep to make it happen.

    This event (while expected at some point) was mentioned on Last Call #111 and we started preparing. With the upcoming Monday a holiday we were left with a short week to prep and get things/ideas together. Unfortunately We couldn't get everything approved in time and had to postpone until 1/26/18.

    While this may not have been the audiences favorite decision - it was needed to ensure those crazy AH crew could do what they do best.......destroy the Off Topic Table

    The move to 1/26/18 did cause some time issues that could only be solved by moving the stream to 10am, but instead of recording this and limiting the show to get the stream up and running by 12pm (and to not have the table as officially live) we decided to stream at our 10am start time with the option to rebroadcast to our normal 12pm show once the first stream ended. 

    So with this in mind - Off Topic 1/26/18 will start at 9:45am and be rebroadcast at 11:45am or whenever the first stream end (maybe with a five to fifteen minute buffer in between). 


    So join us for the chaos and enjoy the stream/VOD. Enjoy the show!

  • RWBY Video Game by Bilibili

    6 months ago

    goblastergo

    Hiya!


    So, there’s been many questions/comments/concerns regarding a video game website & trailer released by Bilibili a couple weeks ago.


    I want to start off by saying this is for sure an official RWBY game. 


    The RWBY team has been overseeing the project and making sure it’s up to our design and game play standards.


    Current video is a work in progress, and is not representative of the final game play or character designs. Unfortunately, because it’s only in Chinese, our international fans were concerned it was a bootleg.


    Good news is it’s not a bootleg!


    Sad news is that at the moment it is only planned to be released in the following territories: Mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan & Macau with the launch date TBD. It will be playable on PC as well as mobile.


    You can check out the updated website and video here: >http://rwby.biligame.com/yuyue/#dmc1


    For now there is some amazing feature art to look at with additional details to come.


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    -Thanks for being a fan-


    Christine >^_^<

    Licensing Coordinator- Animation

  • Sundance 2018 Review: I THINK WE'RE ALONE NOW. Post-Apocalyptic Peter Dinklage May Be The Best Dinklage.

    6 months ago

    ericvespe

    I've only got a few more days of Sundance left, but I'm pretty sure I saw my favorite film of the fest pretty early on. You can never tell what the future has in store, but it'll take a pretty special film to hit me as perfectly as I Think We're Alone Now.



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    It should be noted that I have a particular fetish for stories that cover the immediate aftermath of an apocalypse. I can trace it back to obsessively watching George A. Romero's Dawn of the Dead and reading Stephen King's The Stand as a pre-teen. Something about the world around you existing as normal, but damn near everybody just being gone sparked my imagination at a young age.


    I recognize there's a little bit of macabre wish fulfillment in there. What would I do in this situation? Where would I go first? Would I be able to survive? How long before the electricity shuts off? Would I act immediately or would I wander in a daze for a few days?


    That's probably part of the reason I became so obsessed with Fallout 3 when it came out. Looting burned out houses and exploring supermarkets, schools and museums for survival materials took me right back to that line of thinking that I had when I first exposed to this genre for real.


    As a result I was pretty primed to dig the set up to this film. It starts with Peter Dinklage as Del searching a house. Pretty typical stuff for this genre. Then something different happens. He's not just searching these houses for batteries and supplies, he's also cleaning them and delicately wrapping up the mummified bodies he finds inside, packing them in his truck and giving them proper burials.


    He has a routine, you see. Turns out Del lives in a small-ish seaside town and is methodically moving from house to house and bringing a little order to the chaos around him. It's his way of dealing with the impossible situation he's in. He has all the time in the world and a lifetime of resources around him.


    Immediately I was struck with how smart this is as a post-apocalyptic plan. Keep busy. This isn't a zombie apocalypse or even a Road Warrior style roving gangs kind of thing. For all Del knows he's the last human on Earth and to keep the weight of that from crushing him he does what he can to bring a little bit of normal to his environment.


    I could have watched three hours of Dinklage silently spending years going house to house, throwing out rotten food, bundling up corpses, siphoning gas, spraying rooms with Febreze and tracking down all overdue library books and returning them to their rightful place on the shelf of the local library, his home. It would have been a movie made pretty much just for me but goddamnit if I wouldn't have loved it.


    Thankfully for the rest of you Dinklage's ordered world is upended a little bit with the arrival of Elle Fanning's Grace, a bundle of youthful energy who brings a bit of that chaos that Del is trying to keep at bay in her wake.


    Of course this leads to a mentorship/friendship and Del has to re-learn how to live his life taking at least one other person's feelings and wellbeing into consideration. It's not an easy road and he never has that “you saved me from me” moment I'm sure you're worried about just reading this description, but he does have a definitive arc and Dinklage plays it for all it's worth.


    It's just nice to see Peter Dinklage given room to breathe in a leading role like this. He says so much with his eyes that you can get away with the minimal dialogue in the first half.


    Fanning is always good and plays very well off of Dinklage here. She's mysterious, mischievous, but kind and desperate for a human connection, which is pretty much the exact opposite of what Del is wanting out of his life, but they pair well together.


    On top of the great performances director Reed Moreno also shot the hell out of this movie. She was a cinematographer before trying her hand at directing which means you're guaranteed a good looking movie. Moreno cut out the middle man here and went ahead and filled in as both cinematographer and director. This results in a flat out beautiful looking movie. Every empty street, rundown house and field of freshly dug graves has its own eerie beauty.


    I Think We're Alone Now brings it in the production value, performance, character and story department. They take a bit of a jump towards the end that I liked a little less than the simpler, more focused small town story we spend the first 2/3rds of the film with, but it's always playing with fun ideas and never betrays what came before.


    I adored this movie and can't wait to see it again.


    -Eric Vespe

    @ericvespe