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  • Camping

    2 weeks 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

    3 weeks 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

    3 weeks 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

    3 weeks 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!

    3 weeks ago

    Triple_Bee Artist. Wizard Also.

    RWBY Chibi is back for more starting today!
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    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

    3 weeks ago

    JoshuaKazemi ScrewAttack Editor

    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.

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  • New RT Doc: Becoming Jessica Nigri

    3 weeks 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

    3 weeks 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...

    3 weeks 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

    3 weeks 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

    3 weeks 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.

    3 weeks 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



  • Jessica Nigri B&W Portraits

    3 weeks ago

    wesellis Staff Photographer

    Jessica is in Austin this week for the release of her RT Doc "Becoming Jessica Nigri." Snapped some good old black and white portraits of her. The full album can be found here.


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  • Introducing RTX Ambassadors

    3 weeks ago

    burnie

    One of the best parts about working at Rooster Teeth is interacting with the community and finding people that are doing amazing work on the Internet. In fact one of our brightest stars in the community just hit 10 million subscribers on YouTube. I think that kid is going places.


    So, I am proud to announce that we are launching a new experimental program to make some of our talented hard-working members of the community a bigger part of our RTX events. This year we will be introducing RTX Ambassadors, people from the community who will be the faces and hosts of  RTX. We’re launching this in Sydney, so we’re still in the process of figuring out exactly how all this will work, but you can expect to see the ambassadors introducing panels, interviewing people from Rooster Teeth and generally being the online guides of RTX.


    Our first ever RTX ambassadors will be the crew from Boneyard Arcade -- a lovable group of miscreants gamers based out of Sydney. We’re really excited to be working with Dan, Lucky, Chloe and Josh. We have met them at several events over the years and everyone here has fallen in love with them. We think you will too. If you’re not familiar with their work, please check out their channel Boneyard Arcade and follow them on all the appropriate following places.


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    After this trial run at RTX Sydney, we plan on opening up the selection process to the community as a whole. We will have more for information about that in the future. If you're interested in being an upcoming RTX ambassador: stay tuned.


    And be sure to let the Boneyard Crew know what you’d like to see at RTX Sydney if you’re not attending. I’m sure they’d love the input on what to spotlight.

  • Let's talk about Excel baby, let's talk about =text("YOU","ME")

    3 weeks ago

    Chelsea RT Community Manager

    *** WARNING. NSFW *** *** MAYBE TOO SAFE FOR WORK? ***


    I have a thing about spreadsheets. They're gorgeous, lined, purposeful, and you can bend and twist them to do anything you want to do. All in all, they're pretty damn sexy. 


    I admit, it's a weird thing to say you're sexually attracted to a spreadsheet, but there are WAY weirder fetishes out there than this. So, put away them judgement hats and be ready to be IMPRESSED. 


    In addition, I like games. I really like collecting all the things in games. Sometimes, I start a game that has a lot of things and I'm like, "Well shit. How am I going to keep track of all the treasures/Precursor Orbs/radio clips/etc and be able to find everything as I need it?"


    Sometimes I luck out and find pre-existing spreadsheets that other Collectors like me have created and I'm able to make a copy and fulfill my collection fantasies to the fullest (read: Stardew Valley). Other times, I'm at a loss and I have to create my own. 


    For example, you know how Final Fantasy XV had fish everywhere? I created the below spreadsheet that tracks the name, rarity, how much AP you get, the locations, what the shape of the fishing thingy is at different times of the day, and what lures work best, the prizes you get, and then conditional formatting if I've caught it. (Note: Not done in Excel Proper, but this is SmartSheets. Excel on cocaine.)


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    I'm working on translating this one, the cooking one, collectibles, and side quests into easily shareable and editable Google Sheets to share with the masses. 


    As for Stardew Valley, this one (found on r/StardewValley) already existed. So all I did was make a copy into my own Drive and edit it as I find things. I could probably change it up and make it a bit more Chelsea-User Friendly, but it already exists so I don't need to do anything. LINK HERE TO THE SPREADSHEET from u/LasagnaTheories on Reddit.


    Next up, is I've been making my way through the Jak and Daxter series again since it's relaunched on PS4. Jak: The Precursor Legacy, I've 100% so I don't really need to create myself a spreadsheet namely because I know where everything is. Jak 2, 3, and to an extent, Jak X - I have no idea where all the bits are hiding and how to unlock everything. 


    So I've started the methodical and slow process of reading through countless GameFaqs articles to create myself a handy dandy guide to completion. 


    This is where I'm at:


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    As you can see... Not very far.  I also need to make one for the Uncharted Series, Horizon Zero Dawn, Skyrim, and possibly Breath of the Wild (not very far though...)


    I know @dizzyblinker is interested in my FFXV spreadsheets, which is the whole reason while I'm translating them over, so I'll be posting again as I finish these up to share with y'all dirty spreadsheet lovers (and if you aren't a dirty spreadsheet lover yet - you will be when I'm through with you.)


    Much love!

    Chels

  • RTX AUSTIN TICKET DETAILS AND ONSALE DATES

    3 weeks ago

    Bethany Head of RT Events

    Hi lovelies! 


    ***Today, February 12th Important Update on CODES*** - The process to pull and distribute codes for Double Gold and FIRST members is taking slightly longer than expected. Codes have NOT been emailed today so please do not panic. We will provide an update tomorrow with a better timeline of exactly when DG and FIRST members should expect to receive their codes this week. Thank you for your patience and we apologize for the confusion! 


    RTX AUSTIN - August 3-5, 2018


    ONSALE DATES

    Monday, February 26 - Double Gold Members onsale *Early Bird* rate

    Wednesday, February 28 - First Members onsale *Early Bird* rate

    Friday, March 2 - General Public onsale *Early Bird* rate


    *Early Bird rates will be available through Thursday, March 8 at 11:59PM CST or until sold out.


    BADGE TYPES


    PLATINUM (formerly referred to as VIP) - $650 (Early Bird) / $728 (Regular)

    - Access to RTX on Friday, Saturday, Sunday

    - Platinum Exclusive attendee bag

    - Platinum Exclusive attendee lanyard

    - 2 Autograph Codes

    - 1 hour early access Friday to Exhibit Hall

    - Lounge Access

    - Reserved Center Stage Seating

    - Priority Panel Line

    - Priority Seating in Panels

    - Platinum Exclusive Party on Friday, August 3 (**only 18+ allowed**)

    - Non-Refundable


    WEEKEND PLUS - $300 (Early Bird) / $335 (Regular)

    - Access to RTX on Friday, Saturday, Sunday

    - Exclusive attendee bag

    - Exclusive attendee lanyard

    - 2 Autograph Codes

    - 1 hour early access Friday to Exhibit Hall

    - Lounge Access

    - Reserved Center Stage Seating

    - Non-Refundable


    WEEKEND - $99 (Early Bird) / $110 (Regular)

    - Access to RTX on Friday, Saturday, Sunday

    - Exclusive attendee bag

    - Exclusive attendee lanyard

    - 1 Autograph Code

    - Non-Refundable


    SINGLE DAY - $45 Friday/Sunday (Early Bird), $50 Friday/Sunday (Regular) / $50 Saturday (Early Bird), $55 Saturday (Regular)

    - Access to RTX on Friday OR Saturday OR Sunday

    - Exclusive attendee bag

    - Exclusive attendee lanyard

    - Non-Refundable


    BADGE PICK-UP

    To remedy some of the line issues we experienced in 2017, we will be mailing out badges this year. Woohoo!


    All U.S. and Canada residents who purchase a badge prior to July 6th 11:59PM CST will receive their badge in the mail to the address provided upon purchase. All badges purchased after July 7th 12:00AM CST (U.S. and all International) will need to be picked up on-site at the Austin Convention Center between August 2-5, with a valid ID and confirmation email.


    Get your questions ready for us! We may answer some questions earlier if we have time, but we'll definitely talk to you at 3:30PM CST today! Looking forward to chatting with each of you!


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  • The 2018 Oscar Nominations Show Diversity in Talent and Genre!

    4 weeks ago

    ericvespe

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    I've been a longtime defender of the Oscars. Sure, the whole cottage industry surrounding the ceremony is ridiculous. Yes, politics plays a big part. Yes, they pick the wrong films to celebrate a lot of the time. But at the end of the day these awards celebrate cinema and bring a broader understanding of the art form to the masses.


    When I was a kid the reason I started paying attention to sound design, costumes, makeup, etc was because of these awards. The Oscars were what lifted the curtain in an era before behind the scenes content was as readily available as it is these days. When the Oscar nominations were announced to when the awards ceremony aired suddenly everybody was talking about my favorite art form.


    That's very valuable. How many kids these days watch the Oscars and then ask themselves what a costume designer is or what movie was that cool clip of Gene Kelly dancing around a lamp post from or I wonder what other movies that screenwriter wrote? Maybe not a ton, but enough to light a spark.



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    So even ignoring the very real financial benefit these awards have for many of these more artistic or smaller budget filmmakers I'll always have a big soft spot in my heart for these awards and this year in particular we have an exciting crop of nominated films.


    Lots has been made about how much more inclusive the Oscars are this year and that's true on many levels. Women and people of color are getting nominated in higher numbers than before, which is excellent, and you're also seeing a slight diminishment of the typical Oscar bait movie in favor of more interesting genre fair.


    The film with the most nominations this year is The Shape of Water, with 13. Get Out is nominated for multiple awards including director, lead actor and best picture. Logan got a writing nomination. That's Fantasy, Horror and a Superhero movie getting top nominations. Usually these kinds of movies are relegated to the “technical categories” like best visual effects or sound mixing, but not this year.


    Will this mark a change in the Academy with their new rules in place for existing voter base and a push to bring in a younger, more diverse voting body or is this a one year exception and we'll be back to formulaic biopics nabbing half the noms in 2019? Only time will tell, but I'm optimistic that this is a change of thought for the Academy as a whole. In the past we've gotten windows of genre being accepted, like Silence of the Lambs sweeping in the early '90s and Lord of the Rings: Return of the King sweeping in 2004, so this could be a fluke as far as genre stuff goes, but I have to believe that in terms of diversity the genie is out of the bottle. The more women and people of color nominated, the more the industry is willing to give them work and that means more doors opening for everybody.



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    I think we'll be putting together something special to discuss the nominations on the whole in the near future, and I certainly have opinions on what should win vs what is likely to win, but in the meantime here's a complete list of the nominations announced this morning.


    Best Picture:

    “Call Me by Your Name” “Darkest Hour” “Dunkirk” “Get Out” “Lady Bird” “Phantom Thread” “The Post” “The Shape of Water” “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”


    Lead Actor:

    Timothée Chalamet, “Call Me by Your Name” Daniel Day-Lewis, “Phantom Thread” Daniel Kaluuya, “Get Out” Gary Oldman, “Darkest Hour” Denzel Washington, “Roman J. Israel, Esq.”


    Lead Actress:

    Sally Hawkins, “The Shape of Water” Frances McDormand, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” Margot Robbie, “I, Tonya” Saoirse Ronan, “Lady Bird” Meryl Streep, “The Post”


    Supporting Actor:

    Willem Dafoe, “The Florida Project” Woody Harrelson, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” Richard Jenkins, “The Shape of Water” Christopher Plummer, “All the Money in the World” Sam Rockwell, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”


    Supporting Actress:

    Mary J. Blige, “Mudbound” Allison Janney, “I, Tonya” Lesley Manville, “Phantom Thread” Laurie Metcalf, “Lady Bird” Octavia Spencer, “The Shape of Water”


    Director:

    “Dunkirk,” Christopher Nolan “Get Out,” Jordan Peele “Lady Bird,” Greta Gerwig “Phantom Thread,” Paul Thomas Anderson “The Shape of Water,” Guillermo del Toro


    Animated Feature:

    “The Boss Baby,” Tom McGrath, Ramsey Ann Naito “The Breadwinner,” Nora Twomey, Anthony Leo “Coco,” Lee Unkrich, Darla K. Anderson “Ferdinand,” Carlos Saldanha “Loving Vincent,” Dorota Kobiela, Hugh Welchman, Sean Bobbitt, Ivan Mactaggart, Hugh Welchman


    Animated Short:

    “Dear Basketball,” Glen Keane, Kobe Bryant “Garden Party,” Victor Caire, Gabriel Grapperon “Lou,” Dave Mullins, Dana Murray “Negative Space,” Max Porter, Ru Kuwahata “Revolting Rhymes,” Jakob Schuh, Jan Lachauer


    Adapted Screenplay:

    “Call Me by Your Name,” James Ivory “The Disaster Artist,” Scott Neustadter & Michael H. Weber “Logan,” Scott Frank & James Mangold and Michael Green “Molly’s Game,” Aaron Sorkin “Mudbound,” Virgil Williams and Dee Rees


    Original Screenplay:

    “The Big Sick,” Emily V. Gordon & Kumail Nanjiani “Get Out,” Jordan Peele “Lady Bird,” Greta Gerwig “The Shape of Water,” Guillermo del Toro, Vanessa Taylor “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” Martin McDonagh


    Cinematography:

    “Blade Runner 2049,” Roger Deakins “Darkest Hour,” Bruno Delbonnel “Dunkirk,” Hoyte van Hoytema “Mudbound,” Rachel Morrison “The Shape of Water,” Dan Laustsen


    Best Documentary Feature:

    “Abacus: Small Enough to Jail,” Steve James, Mark Mitten, Julie Goldman “Faces Places,” JR, Agnès Varda, Rosalie Varda “Icarus,” Bryan Fogel, Dan Cogan “Last Men in Aleppo,” Feras Fayyad, Kareem Abeed, Soren Steen Jepersen “Strong Island,” Yance Ford, Joslyn Barnes


    Best Documentary Short Subject:

    “Edith+Eddie,” Laura Checkoway, Thomas Lee Wright “Heaven is a Traffic Jam on the 405,” Frank Stiefel “Heroin(e),” Elaine McMillion Sheldon, Kerrin Sheldon “Knife Skills,” Thomas Lennon “Traffic Stop,” Kate Davis, David Heilbroner


    Best Live Action Short Film:

    “DeKalb Elementary,” Reed Van Dyk “The Eleven O’Clock,” Derin Seale, Josh Lawson “My Nephew Emmett,” Kevin Wilson, Jr. “The Silent Child,” Chris Overton, Rachel Shenton “Watu Wote/All of Us,” Katja Benrath, Tobias Rosen


    Best Foreign Language Film:

    “A Fantastic Woman” (Chile) “The Insult” (Lebanon) “Loveless” (Russia) “On Body and Soul (Hungary) “The Square” (Sweden) 


    Film Editing:

    “Baby Driver,” Jonathan Amos, Paul Machliss “Dunkirk,” Lee Smith “I, Tonya,” Tatiana S. Riegel “The Shape of Water,” Sidney Wolinsky “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” Jon Gregory


    Sound Editing:

    “Baby Driver,” Julian Slater “Blade Runner 2049,” Mark Mangini, Theo Green “Dunkirk,” Alex Gibson, Richard King “The Shape of Water,” Nathan Robitaille, Nelson Ferreira “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” Ren Klyce, Matthew Wood


    Sound Mixing:

    “Baby Driver,” Mary H. Ellis, Julian Slater, Tim Cavagin “Blade Runner 2049,” Mac Ruth, Ron Bartlett, Doug Hephill “Dunkirk,” Mark Weingarten, Gregg Landaker, Gary A. Rizzo “The Shape of Water,” Glen Gauthier, Christian Cooke, Brad Zoern “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” Stuart Wilson, Ren Klyce, David Parker, Michael Semanick


    Production Design:

    “Beauty and the Beast,” Sarah Greenwood; Katie Spencer “Blade Runner 2049,” Dennis Gassner, Alessandra Querzola “Darkest Hour,” Sarah Greenwood, Katie Spencer “Dunkirk,” Nathan Crowley, Gary Fettis “The Shape of Water,” Paul D. Austerberry, Jeffrey A. Melvin, Shane Vieau


    Original Score:

    “Dunkirk,” Hans Zimmer “Phantom Thread,” Jonny Greenwood “The Shape of Water,” Alexandre Desplat “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” John Williams “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” Carter Burwell


    Original Song:

    “Mighty River” from “Mudbound,” Mary J. Blige “Mystery of Love” from “Call Me by Your Name,” Sufjan Stevens “Remember Me” from “Coco,” Kristen Anderson-Lopez, Robert Lopez “Stand Up for Something” from “Marshall,” Diane Warren, Common “This Is Me” from “The Greatest Showman,” Benj Pasek, Justin Paul


    Makeup and Hair:

    “Darkest Hour,” Kazuhiro Tsuji, David Malinowski, Lucy Sibbick “Victoria and Abdul,” Daniel Phillips and Lou Sheppard “Wonder,” Arjen Tuiten


    Costume Design:

    “Beauty and the Beast,” Jacqueline Durran “Darkest Hour,” Jacqueline Durran “Phantom Thread,” Mark Bridges “The Shape of Water,” Luis Sequeira “Victoria and Abdul,” Consolata Boyle


    Visual Effects:

    “Blade Runner 2049,” John Nelson, Paul Lambert, Richard R. Hoover, Gerd Nefzer “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2,” Christopher Townsend, Guy Williams, Jonathan Fawkner, Dan Sudick “Kong: Skull Island,” Stephen Rosenbaum, Jeff White, Scott Benza, Mike Meinardus “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,”  Ben Morris, Mike Mulholland, Chris Corbould, Neal Scanlan “War for the Planet of the Apes,” Joe Letteri, Dan Lemmon, Daniel Barrett, Joel Whist


  • Sundance Premiere HEREDITARY Won't Just Scare You, It'll F*ck You Up For Life

    4 weeks ago

    ericvespe

    One of the reasons I love going to film festivals is because every once in a while you get totally blindsided by a movie. Nearly every movie we go to see in our day to day lives comes with some kind of expectation. You read about it beforehand, you see tons of stills, trailers, TV spots, all that shit. You can still go into these films willing to give it a chance, but there's usually still an outline of expectation in your mind.


    At film festivals sometimes all you have to go on is a title, genre, maybe some recognizable cast, director or writer and a single still. Nothing else. I'll never forget walking into see Let the Right One In and somehow thinking it was a ghost movie for some dumb reason.


    Hereditary was a movie that I knew was genre of some type, it was playing the midnight slot at the Egyptian theater (the small theater at the top of Main Street where all my favorite midnight movie memories from past fests reside) and that Toni Collette was in it.


    It sometimes gets hard to psych yourself up to do a midnight film after a long day of movies. It was literally 7 degrees outside and my condo was nice and warm, so it did take a bit of will power to get my ass bundled up and on the bus downtown, especially since there was no buzz about this film (since no one had seen it yet, obvs). I'm really thankful I did because Hereditary turned out to be the surprise of the fest for me, at least so far.



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    This is one creepy, dark, way fucked up movie. Some horror movies want to scare you by yelling “boo!” at you. That's a legitimate tool in the horror filmmaker's toolbox. I like a good jump scare, but they have to be used sparingly or it's just a cheap gimmick. Then there are other movies that want to really sink their claws into your psyche. This is much tougher to do, but when they pull it off you get something really special. You get a horror film that sticks with you. This is the shit that gives grown ass men and women nightmares and that's exactly the type of movie Hereditary is.


    This thing wants to get under your skin. It wants to push you to the emotional brink. It wants you to feel a sense of hopelessness and despair for the characters you're watching. It wants you to feel like the stuff happening up there is so wrong that it might just seep through the silver screen and become reality.


    To steal a phrase from the great, underseen Dudley Moore comedy 'Crazy People' Hereditary doesn't just want to scare you, it wants to fuck you up for life.


    I know this is a huge sell and it probably is erring a bit on the hyperbolic side. That happens when you get surprised by something. You want to share your enthusiasm as broadly as possible. Hereditary won't cure cancer or be your favorite movie of the year, but it's the rare horror movie that is scary beyond a surface level and that's just damn exciting.


    One of the best things about this movie are the curveballs it throws at you. Just when you think you have a handle on what's going on something giant happens to completely change the direction you think it's going in, which means you're always on your toes until the film finally tips its hat and the real awful shit finally starts happening.


    I don't want to tell you too much about the plot, but I will say that the film stars Toni Collette (The Sixth Sense, Krampus, Muriel's Wedding), Gabriel Byrne (End of Days, Stigmata, The Usual Suspects) and younger actors Alex Wolff (My Friend Dahmer, Patriot's Day, The Naked Brothers Band: The Movie) and Milly Shapiro (Tony winner for Mathilda) as the main family at the forefront of the story.



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    At the start of the movie their grandmother has just died. Collette's character's mom was senile, suffered from dementia and was apparently pretty damn mean in her life. Also super creepy.


    Most of the family is a little on the creepy side, to be honest. The teenage son (Wolff) is morose and distant, the young daughter (Shapiro) draws odd pictures seems to have some developmental issues that frame her as an outsider, the mother (Collette) is an artist that makes truly disturbing dollhouse dioramas and the dad (Byrne) is... I guess just dull. He's almost a blank slate. He's nice, obviously caring, but almost a non-entity in the household.


    The very beginning of this film suggests that the dearly departed creepy grandmother might or might not have had some kind of connection to the occult. We do know that the family has a long, dark history with mental illness. Alzheimers and schizophrenia have run rampant in the immediate family, so when creepy stuff starts happening you're left to wonder if there is a supernatural reason for it or if Collette is starting to lose it as she grapples with guilt and grief after the death of her mother.


    Writer/Director Ari Aster makes a splash with this movie. His visual style at first seemed to be a bit showy, with camera moves I thought were unmotivated... I'm used to first time filmmakers overcompensating and going crazy with their camerawork, which sometimes makes it feel like the director is making sure you know someone is directing at every moment instead of actually just telling the story. So the first 10 minutes had stuff that I thought was first time filmmaker jitters, but when the story became clearer I realized he was using his camera work and at times stilted blocking to lay tracks for what was to come and to set a particular tone that starts out subtle and grows more and more intense until you get to the flat out edge of your seat, fingernail chewing final 20 minutes.


    It's has a smart script, is well-directed and Aster gets some killer performances from his cast. Collette runs through a gamut of emotions here and Aster really lets her shine. Milly Shapiro is great at pulling your empathy while also realizing some crazy, off-putting shit is going on with her character and Alex Wolff is flat out incredible here. They put this poor bastard through the ringer emotionally and he just kills it.


    The only one of the cast I felt came off as flat was Gabriel Byrne. His character is so vanilla that it feels like they wasted someone as charismatic as Byrne in this part. Don't get me wrong, he's not bad in the movie I just felt like the character was a bit underbaked, especially considering just how much red meat material all the rest of the family gets. It's important that someone tries to stay grounded and be the glue that keeps the family together, but it felt to me like he was the person the story was least interested in and he just got skimmed over as a character.


    But ultimately that's a nitpick. It doesn't hurt the movie much at all and it's still Gabriel Byrne so there's at least a likability there.


    I dig Aster's horror sensibilities. In crafting this tale he seemed to pick and choose tonal elements from some of my favorite forms of genre storytelling. There's a little cult panic a la Rosemary's Baby in there, there's a touch of slowburn '70s horror like The Exorcist and there's more than a pinch of some of the creepy slow reveals that J-horror did so well before it burned itself out.


    The end result is a truly scary movie that will force images into your head that will threaten to pop up when you're home alone at night and the shadows are deep and dark and just quite possibly hiding an endless stream of unspeakable horrors.  

  • Sana Rambles: The Shrouded Isle

    4 weeks ago

    Sanaart RT Production Artist

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    So I'm still playing Dangan Ronpa v3, but I wanted to check out this game I found at PAX South. It was pretty short so it wasn't a huge distraction, and I had fun with it.

    This game does have a loose narrative but it's largely randomly generated, and I won't be spoiling the endings (there are 7), so this will be a "spoiler free" ramble, but I may reveal certain game mechanics, if you wished to figure those out yourself. So there is your warning.

    Anyway, this game is called "The Shrouded Isle," which is a sort of strategy cult simulator? I'm not really sure what this genre is called. I've seen other people call it a "stat balancer," similar to games like Gods Will be Watching, Tharsis, and Reigns. You play as the leader of the cult of Chernobog, and you and your village must endure 5 years of suffering until the glorious return of your god. You must make sure your people are virtuous and houses are satisfied with your performance, all while purging the village of sinners.


    This is a game where my thoughts are a bit easier to categorize than something like Doki Doki Literature club, so I shall do that.


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    Gameplay - This is the kind of game I'm not sure appeals to many people, but it's the kind of game I really really like. Beating the game may take you only about 1 - 2 hours, though you will likely lose multiple times prior to figuring out how exactly everything is working together. I did try looking something up, though the game has added complexity since it's release with a free DLC, so unfortunately research wasn't really helpful. But, it did allow me to figure out everything myself, which was more fun in the end.

    By my final play through where I completed the game (where I got an ending, though not the "good" ending), I mostly "got" it, so I don't think I'll be playing it again in the near future. But, I did get 7 hours out of it, and do find it more accessible than some of the other roguelites out there that are much more unfair or complex.

    My only major complaint is the bugs I cam across consistently as I played. Sometimes sounds would play without the respective menu popping up, which is a bit annoying, especially for a game like this where all the controls are just clicking buttons. You will also receive missions from Chernobog to sacrifice certain villagers based upon their sinful trait, but some traits as "Rebellious" would always have a blank field. I hope the developer goes back and fixes that, since I went years without finding the specific sinner just because I wasn't given the trait at all.

    Art and Music - I really like the visual style of this game and I think that's the strongest thing the game has going for it. It's very distinctive and fits with the cult theme very well. The music is also very good and getting progressively creepier over time is a nice touch.

    There's some places where I wish the art had more polish. I'm not a huge fan when two images are obviously just overlayed on top of each other; I might have liked some additional blending, but it's a minor complaint.

    Overall - I'd recommend this product if you're at all interested. At 10 dollars I think this game is reasonably priced, I'm not sure where the complaints of it being too expensive are coming from. Then again, I've certainly paid more to get less content. There probably isn't enough variety to replay it once you finally beat it, but that's good enough for me, and I'm glad I decided to check this out. My most fun round (which ending in a loss, tragically), was a round where I named all of the villagers after my friends. Greatly increased my immersion.

    I'm interested to see what else these developers make!

    And, now I run back off to Dangan Ronpa v3~

  • RTX Presents: Live from Austin!

    4 weeks ago

    patrickmatthewz RTX Events Coordinator

    Hey Turtles,


    Have you ever thought to yourself, “I would love to be part of the magic that is Rooster Teeth?” Well now is your chance! We are very excited to announce a special week of live recordings, and we want you to be a part of the studio audience. RTX Presents: Live from Austin, February 19th-23rd, 2018. We will be coming at you from the heart of downtown Austin at The Sunset Room, 310 E 3rd Street, Austin TX 78701.


    Pretty cool, huh?


    You can get your tickets here: >https://www.universe.com/rtxlivefromaustin


    GENERAL ADMISSION

    -$35 + tax/fees

    -GA ticket is good for admittance to the show, cash bar, and photo booth


    VIP

    -$60 + tax/fees

    -VIP ticket gets priority seating, a signed RTX Presents: Live From Austin! signed poster, cash bar, and photo booth


    SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

    Monday, February 19th, 2018

    RT Podcast Live @ 5:00 PM


    Tuesday, February 20th, 2018

    Always Open Live @ 5:00 PM


    Wednesday, February 21st, 2018

    On the Spot Live @ 5:00 PM


    Thursday, February 22nd, 2018

    Off Topic Live @ 2:00 PM


    Friday, February 23rd, 2018

    Community Meetup/Gus’ Birthday Party @ 7:00 PM


    It will be an awesome week! Come on down, take some pictures, have a beverage, buy some merch, and enjoy the laughs!


    See you soon!

  • The Final Vlog

    4 weeks ago

    burnie

    As I write this, the last vlog is in processing and preparing to post to the Rooster Teeth site. It was A rare treat for me to work on the last video in the series, knowing that it was the end. An odd side effect of all your ongoing support is that not many of our shows come to a conclusion. So, it was a new and enjoyable experience to plan the end of a series.


    This final vlog is a little different and I think you will see how pretty quickly. I had this idea for something called a “quiet vlog” and this seemed like a great chance to make it. Since the series started with the Monday vlog, I felt it was appropriate to end with the Friday vlog. This time, we follow just one person through their day. I could easily see us doing it a few more times with different people, if people like the format.


    I hope that’s the case. Thanks for supporting me for a year on this project. See you on the next one.


    B

  • RWBY RWPD

    4 weeks ago

    LuckE Gainfully Employed

    With the last episode finally out and having had a week or so of downtime afterwards, I'm finally able to look back at everything we did. What we accomplished was great. The quality of content we put out, I would say, is the best its ever been. I enjoy all the people who both love and hate what the show has become because it keeps the conversation going. 

    I think the only issue I have is people who claim to know what Monty would approve or disapprove of. Unless you actually knew him, how would you know? I only worked with him for a short time on season 1, and I don't claim to have known him well at all. But I think people forget that he put a lot of time and effort into creating the characters, not just bad ass fight scenes. I'd like to think that he is proud of the work we have put into the story, as well as the fight scenes we create. For sure he would have some notes on the latter haha. 

    Moving on, every season we try to push ourselves to do better. Whether it's implementing new software into our pipeline, researching new methods of animation/camera/lighting/compositing, or even bringing on new, talented people to meet the demands of work. I don't think I've worked on a season of RWBY that has been easier then the last! But, I think the quality shows those efforts not being wasted. 

    I guess the TL:DR is this: I'm proud of the work we all did this season. Some times during production were brutal, but I'm proud of the end product. I can't wait to see what we put out next!  

  • January Challenge Continued

    4 weeks ago

    Jon The Risemonger

    Two thirds of the way into this challenge of watching a new movie for every day of the month of January. I have watched some awesome movies. I have also watched Jumanji. Mistakes were made. What will my last 10 movies be I wonder?

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  • More Instant Pot Adventures: SOUP EDITION

    4 weeks ago

    emilyweeks RT Office Coordinator

    Time for another food journal!

    If y'all have been keeping up with the news, you may have heard that Austin has had some uncharacteristically FREEZING COLD days lately. Earlier this week, we had a couple days where many roads around town were closed because they were frozen over and dangerous. (Before you yankees start making fun of us for freaking out about cold/ice - we literally do not have the equipment/infrastructure to handle the extreme cold or ice/snow. So yes, it is a big deal when we have below freezing temps. It's a safety risk to the city.)

    BUT ANYWAY. Since I've been freezing my butt off the past couple of weeks, I ventured into some soups with my instant pot. Here are the recipes I cooked! 



    Instant Pot Pozole

    Because I grew up in San Antonio, pozole has always been a comfort dish for me. It's decently healthy, filling, warm, and you can customize it wish all kinds of good shit. 

    This recipe was so quick and easy to do in the Instant Pot. I got at least 6 servings out of this, and possibly more.. I may have lost count over the days.


    Soup
    2 lbs pork shoulder (I learned that pork shoulder is the same thing as boston roast/butt roast... why are there so many different names for the same cut of meat?!)

    4 cups chicken broth
    5 cups white hominy

    1/3 cup ancho chile powder (this may be hard to find. I found it in my grocer's bulk spices section)
    1 tbsp comino (cumin)
    1 tbsp oregano

    6 cloves garlic, minced
    1 tbsp kosher salt
    1 tbsp black pepper


    Garnish

    3 cups cabbage

    6 radishes
    Lime

    optional: avocado, or anything else your heart desires


    - Chop the pork-of-many-names into 2-inch cubes and throw it in the pot. (I did spray mine with a quick coat of coconut oil first because I was paranoid about sticking.)

    - If you bought canned hominy, make sure to drain it, and then throw it in the pot.

    - Add your minced garlic and all spices to the pot. Pour in your 4 cups of chicken broth as well. I recommend giving the soup a quick stir to mix things up, but you can do what you want.

    - Secure the lid of your pot and select the Meat/Stew option. (I think you could also use the soup function, but I decided to use the stew option because of the pork.) I left the time on the default 35 minute cook cycle. Make sure your pressure valve is closed.

    - While that's cooking, you can prep your garnishes (or go play a couple matches of Overwatch while you wait). Slice the radishes into thin circles, and chop the cabbage into thin slices. The lime should be wedged.

    - When the cook cycle is complete, open 'er up and give things a good stir. You can use your
    spoon/ladle to help break up any chunks of pork if you'd like. Pour yourself a nice bowl of goodness and then add your cabbage and radish on top. Squeeze the juice from one or two of your lime wedges into your soup, and then throw them in the bowl for a little extra flavor. (But I
    advise eating around the wedges.. not actually ingesting them. lol)

    - DIG IN! I didn't have any avocado on me at the time, but adding a few slices of avocado on top is super good too.

    **This pozole freezes great, so if you don't think you'll be able to finish it all quickly, go ahead and portion some out for the freezer. I recommend freezing just the soup part alone, and storing your toppings in the fridge until you've thawed/heated your soup up and are ready to eat. 



    Vegetable Tortellini Soup

    Now that I am obsessed with Instant Pot cooking, I've been lurking the r/instantpotrecipes subreddit. There's not a whole lot on there currently, but there are definitely some gems. I decided to use this recipe (with my own tweaks, ofc) because it looked cheap and delicious. (Living alone in an expensive city, I'm all about budget-friendly cooking... lol)
    I've also been trying to work more meatless dishes into my weekly routine, so this was great for that as well. This recipe makes 10 servings, unless you're really hungry. Then maybe it makes 6 or 8...


    2 quarts vegetable broth

    1 package cheese tortellini

    4 medium carrots, sliced into circles

    1 can stewed tomato

    2 cups green beans (I cut mine into 2-inch pieces to make them more manageable)

    3 cups chopped kale

    1/2 white onion, sliced
    1 tbsp red pepper flakes
    1 tsp oregano
    1 tsp parsley
    1 tsp basil
    dash of salt and pepper


    optional spices I added (sometimes I just throw in whatever else sounds good at the moment):

    1 tbsp comino

    1 tbsp chili powder
    1 tsp garlic powder

    1/2 tsp tumeric powder


    - Select the Saute function on your pot and saute your onions and carrots until soft (and amazingly fragrant).

    - Throw the remaining ingredients, except for the kale, n the pot. Stir gently so that you don't break your beautiful tortellini.
    - Select the soup setting and let cook for about 25 minutes. (This time while you wait, go play something besides Overwatch. Variety is good. I played the Monster Hunter: Worlds beta for a change of pace.)

    - When the cook cycle is complete, quickly release the pressure by opening the pressure valve. When you've released all the pressure that you can through the valve, open the lid and smell your beautiful concoction. Gently stir in your kale and let the soup continue heating until all kale is wilted.
    - Portion out and ENJOY!
    **This is another great freezable recipe. Keep your immediate portions in the fridge and freeze the others until you can get to them.



    So there you have it! Some nice, warm, comfy soups for your cold, wintery days. Though, a couple of days after making the vegetable soup, things started warming up a little in Austin.... stupid unpredictable weather.

    Just like before - if you have any recipes or suggestions you want to share, feel free to leave them in the comments below! I'd love to hear the stuff y'all have tried.


    <3

  • Reddit made me think about this

    4 weeks ago

    Jon The Risemonger

    I found this great post on reddit asking people the best villain performance in a comic book movie other than Heath Ledger and it got me thinking about MY favorite villain roles in movies so far which led to me making my own definitive list, in no particular order, of my favorite comic book villains in movies:


    Peter Stormare as Lucifer in Constantine
    Brian Cox as Stryker in X2
    David Tenant as Kilgrave in Jessica Jones
    Sebastian Stan as Winter Soldier in Cap2
    Ben Kinglsey as The Mandarin in Iron Man 3
    Samuel L. Jackson as Richmond Valentine in Kingsman
    Vincent D'Onofrio as Edgar in MIB
    Alfred Molina as Doc Ock in Spider-Man 2
    Michael Shannon as Zod in Man of Steel
    Jeff Goldblum as Jeff Goldblum in Thor Ragnarok


    Who did I miss?