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WILD WILD PODCAST #27: The Outlaw & Destructor Get Nostalgic Over Pixels

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As per the usual, I deserve what’s coming to me.

 

Welcome to the WILD WILD PODCAST #27

 Join Geek Outlaw, Spunky Destructor and a special in-studio guest as we discuss our thoughts on Pixels, as well as the party that is San Diego Comic-Con and the nerd world in general.

(WARNING: There are some MINOR spoilers within the Podcast!)

LISTEN HERE! —>  Wild Wild Podcast #27

 

I eat nostalgia for breakfast. Or should I say, I ate nostalgia for breakfast. Or possibly, I’m feeling nostalgic about eating breakfast? No matter how I mince words, one thing is undeniable: nostalgia accounts for a large part of the octane fueling the happiness in my own life. One only needs to view the Geek Outlaw banner image to see I’m a walking billboard for the pop-culture nostalgia that has made a positive imprint on my being.

 

Outlaw Alone

And people wonder why I’m still single.

 

Movies and television, for better or for worse – and it seems like “for worse” of late – have left a lasting impact on all of our lives. Nevertheless, they aren’t the only things we fondly reminisce over. Whenever we experience something positive within our own existence, be it with friends, family, or passing out in the middle of a crowd after being complimented by Gillian Anderson, the slightest reminder of that experience can send us racing back to that moment in our mind with joyous outcome.

However, what happens when nostalgia isn’t so endearing and smile-inducing? This very question has been raised by the onslaught of seemingly unnecessary Hollywood film remakes and the premise of Adam Sandler’s latest Happy Madison production, Pixels.

 

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Like Pixel’s concept, this Carmike Muvico theater employee shows there may still be some creativity left in the movie biz after all.

 

If you have yet to see the trailer or the film itself, the gist of it follows: a time capsule sent to space by humans from the early 80’s is intercepted by an alien race that mistakes the included video game samples as a challenge for intergalactic supremacy. The concept is taken from a short film of the same name, which was created by Patrick Jean. A few of the scenes from the movie are directly lifted from his work, so it’s kind of fun to see the difference 5 years and a Hollywood budget can make. You can view the 2 minute and 34 second animated inspiration here:

 


Premiering on FOX this fall: When Video Games Attack!

 

Thanks in large part to the aforementioned effects of nostalgia (and the inclusion of our favorite Game of Thrones actor, Peter Dinklage), Spunky Destructor and I were both eagerly anticipating this release more so than many others this summer. Another selling point – for myself anyway – was the way in which certain scenes from the trailer seemed to pay homage to a certain favorite movie of mine.

 

Pac-Man Scene

Name the scene this looks like a Xerox copy of and I’ll give you a gentlemanly handshake (plus, I’ll send you some free Outlaw swag).

 


It’s on like… what’s that gorilla’s name again?

 

So, what happened after the Pixel dust settled? Let’s just say Spunky Destructor and I were both fully entertained, however not everything was Mogwais and brownies for this Outlaw. You’ll have to listen to the podcast to get our full prognosis. (I know, I’m a bastard who is all teaser and no trailer, but at least I admit it.)

 

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“Please let there be more than one listener to the podcast… please let there be AT LEAST one listener to the podcast…”

 

Not to mention, we also had a very special in-studio guest for this episode and the show descends into nonsensical chaos much quicker than usual this go-round. It’s a can’t-miss Wild Wild Podcast that you are sure to have little-to-no-nostalgia for after you’ve listened to it.

 

Join Geek Outlaw, Spunky Destructor and a special in-studio guest as we discuss our thoughts on Pixels, as well as the party that is San Diego Comic-Con and the nerd world in general.

(WARNING: There are some MINOR spoilers within the Podcast!)

LISTEN HERE! —>  Wild Wild Podcast #27

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