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Drake Sets Release Date for His New Album

In the closing lines to Drake’s last project More Life, the self-proclaimed six god said,

“My life is centered ’round competition and currency

Takin’ summer off, ’cause they tell me I need recovery

Maybe gettin’ back to my regular life will humble me, I’ll be back in 2018 to give you the summary.”

Well, It looks like it is finally time for the summary from Drake.

Drake posted these two pictures on Instagram to signify that his album that seems to be titled Scorpion is coming June 2018.

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Personally, I believe this will be Drake’s best album to date due to his recent success. Drake has been trying to come back since the heavily promoted and overhyped album Views flopped. While he’s struggled to do so with some questionable verses and the hit or miss “playlist” More Life, Drake is about to bust out of his slump.

Since More Life, we haven’t heard much from Drake outside of the single “Signs” and a few guest verses here and there. But, as promised in 2018, he delivered with hit after hit. From Scary Hours which featured God’s Plan that was number one on the charts for 11 straight, only to be dethroned by Drake’s newest song that sampled Lauryn Hill, Nice for What. Then he’s knocked some guest verses out of the park with the “Lemon Remix” featuring NERD and Rihanna, Blocboy JB’s “Look Alive”, and Trouble’s “Bring it Back”.

It seems like he’s broken out of his cheesy pop song stage too, songs that include “Hotline Bling”, “One Dance”, and “Fake Love”. While they’ve had great success man of his fans knew that wasn’t close to his best and after hearing the verses he’s laid out in “Diplomatic Immunity”, “Look Alive”, and “Lemon”, Drake actually may be back for good.

Drake’s been on a hot streak lately, and he’s yet to have that true classic album to compete with his peers, such as J. Cole and Kendrick Lamar, but I believe this will be the one.

Drake is about to rule the summer, once again.


Dwyane Johnson stars in Rampage. (Photo: Warner Bros. Entertainment)

KSR Movie Reviews: Rampage

Dwyane Johnson stars in Rampage. (Photo: Warner Bros. Entertainment)

Let’s get this out of the way now: Rampage is a difficult movie to review.

On one hand you know this is simply mindless fodder that shouldn’t be taken seriously, but on the other hand this movie cost millions of dollars to make and not criticizing it is neither fair nor responsible.

This movie is made simply to entertain audiences and divert the average movie goer away from their stressful lives. Rampage is obviously not going to win any awards, but to be fair it is not trying to do so anyways.

In case you needed to be filled in, the plot of this movie is giant, mutated animals attack Chicago with only Dwayne Johnson and his friend George (a giant ape) standing in their way.

I will try to analyze this movie for what it is trying to accomplish. Is Rampage an effective, entertaining blockbuster that you should pay to see?

First, let’s look at the positives.

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson absolutely brings it in this movie. He is easily the most likeable and hardest-working actor working today and he carries the movie on his back. Johnson routinely gets pummeled and battered down in Rampage, but he is noticeably having a great time.

His relationship with the ape George is the backbone of the movie and is what keeps Rampage from becoming utter trash. The fact that Johnson manages to develop a believable relationship with a CGI monster speaks for itself.

The CGI on George works very well as he is easily the comedic relief of the movie thanks to his humorous facial reactions. I found myself surprisingly invested in the CGI ape which is a testament to the movie.

Also, Jeffrey Dean Morgan (Neegan from the Walking Dead) is in this movie and he eats up every scene he is in like it’s a gourmet buffet. He is having the time of his life despite being handed some terrible dialogue. He somehow makes it work.

Now it’s time for the negatives.

Rampage has quite possibly the worst villains I have ever seen in quite some time. They develop an unbelievably stupid plan which not even a first-grader would attempt. To make matters worse, they are given terrible dialogue and are as compelling as watching paint dry.

I would honestly would have preferred to watch paint dry then watch the sequences of the villain’s moronic subplot.

Another huge weakness is that every human character in this movie except for Johnson is just a shallow shadow of different stereotypes. The nerd? Check. The hot girl who asks the Rock out for some “submission time?” Check. The idiot army general who makes every bad decision possible? Check. The cowboy who talks with a huge country accent? You better believe it.

Like I said before, this movie is not well-written at all, and no one is trying THAT hard besides Johnson and Dean-Morgan who are in on this joke of a plot.

Rampage should be one of the worst movies of the year. It’s essentially the equivalent of a child playing with action figures and smashing them into each other as they make noises.

But what keeps this film from being like another one of those terrible Transformers sequels is that Rampage actually has heart.

There is an admirable anti-poaching and pro-wildlife theme in the movie which gets played out nicely. Also, Johnson manages to make me care about what’s going on because it really seems like he cares for his friend George.

Out of good taste, I simply can’t say Rampage is a good film. However, I had a decent time at the movies watching some well-intentioned nonsense powered by the best action actor working today. There are simply worse ways to waste your time.

I’m no longer surprised by “The Rock.” The man can carry any piece of garbage to respectability which is what he accomplishes in this outing.

 

Overall Rating: 5/10


Tyler Childers Sings On NPR’s Tiny Desk Series

Tyler Childers Sings On NPR’s Tiny Desk Series

Over the past year or so, Kentuckian Tyler Childers has been gaining steam in the world of music. His latest album Purgatory debuted at #1 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart, along with being #4 & #17 on the Folk/Americana and Country charts, respectively.  If you’ve listened to KSR over the past year, you no doubt have heard Matt talk about seeing Childers on numerous occasions and singing his praise. Childers’ most recently popped up on NPR of all places, where he took part in their Tiny Desk Concert series.

The NPR Tiny Desk Series has been around since 2008, and has amassed a total over over 500 different concerts. One of the more notable concerts involves an acoustic set with T-Pain, which has over 12 million views on YouTube.  Childers performs three songs during his set: Nose on the Grindstone, 22nd Winter, and Lady May. He will be returning in concert to Kentucky on Friday, May 11, when he plays at the Beaver Dam Amphitheater with John Prine.Check out his Tiny Desk Concert set below:

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The Funkhouser Situation E25: The Importance of Meeting Cheryl Ladd

What’s the coolest thing you’ve ever seen?  Chris Tomlin and Lee Cruse ask and answer that question on the latest edition of The Funkhouser Situation.  That was just one of the many awesome topics that came up on today’s show, like…

—  The best way to watch The Masters is with Imagine Dragons.

—  Did Chris meet Harambe?

—  When U2 and Kentucky basketball collided.

—  Who are the coolest people in pop culture?

—  Bono vs. Bruce Springsteen

—  The Mt. Rushmore of Cool

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Transylvania Book Heist Depicted in New Movie – American Animals (Trailer)

Transylvania Book Heist Depicted in New Movie – American Animals (Trailer)

The official trailer for the new movie American Animals just released today, depicting the dramatization of the infamous Transylvania Book Heist that took place 14 years ago.  Four students stole, and attempted to sell, John James Audubon’s Birds Of America, worth nearly $12 million dollars.

I was a freshman at Transylvania when this heist took place. I was in the middle of a sociology final on December 17, 2004, when I looked up and realized that fellow classmate, Spencer Reinhard, was not taking the exam. It seemed strange at the time, but obviously as things have come to light over the last 14 years, I now know he was lookout in the Clive M. Beck Center for this heist. Reinhard will be played by Barry Keoghan, most notably from the 2017 hit movie, Dunkirk. Also in the film will be Evan Peters (X-Men Apocalypse) as Warren Lipka, Blake Jenner (Everybody Wants Some) as Chas Allen, and Jared Abrahamson (Fear The Walking Dead) as Eric Borsuk.

You have to turn off your brain for a bit, much like when watching Justified, that the campus appears nothing like Transy, but it still looks like a pretty solid movie.  Check out the trailer below, American Animals opens in select theaters June 1st.


KSR Movie Reviews: A Quiet Place

Emily Blunt and John Krasinski star in A Quiet Place. (Photo: JONNY COURNOYER)

Remember Jim Halpert from the popular TV show The Office? You know, the character who kept looking directly at the camera and had the best relationship ever with office worker Pam Beasley?

Well the actor who played him is John Krasinski, and he just directed one of the smartest and meaningful horror movies of this century.

Krasinski both stars and directs in A Quiet Place which features a simple, yet genius concept: A family must survive in the woods without making any noise or terrifying monsters will come and kill them.

The result is a mostly silent movie. There is maybe a paragraph or so of overall spoken dialogue as the family often communicates to each other using sign language.

This provided me with one of the most unique film experiences I’ve ever had. The audience around me was completely silent (until the scary stuff happened). I could feel the entire room tensing up through the silent parts as they tried not to make any noise as if the monsters would come get them as well.

I even turned to my friend once during the movie and asked him to stop moving around his popcorn without even realizing what I had said.

Krasinski’s real-life wife Emily Blunt stars as his wife in the film while child actors Millicent Simmonds, Noah Jupe, and Cade Woodward star as their children, and that’s basically the entire cast.

And that happens to be one of the film’s strongest attributes: A Quiet Place doesn’t waste time with useless characters or dumb plotlines. This movie is about just one family struggling to survive, and with a run time of just 90 minutes the movie thankfully doesn’t overstay its welcome.

The real star here is Emily Blunt. She completely dominates the movie with her acting ability solely by her facial expressions which is quite astonishing. She should honestly be up for award consideration by the end of the year.

However, the rest of the family gives amazing performances as well. Krasinski is an incredibly likable actor, and the child actors are remarkably talented for their ages. There wasn’t one second during this movie where I didn’t believe this was a real family.

And that’s what makes this movie so impactful. Because I cared for this family, I found myself stressing out over their well-being for 90 minutes. The opening 5 minutes of this film are unforgettable and horrific in the best way. From that moment on, this film will have you in the palm of its hand.

Honestly, A Quiet Place isn’t that scary overall. This isn’t like the Conjuring where the movie is just trying to scare you as much as possible. Instead, this film is one of the most suspenseful movies I have ever seen and that’s by design.

But what truly separates Krasinski’s modern masterpiece from other solid horror/suspense films that are powered by interesting premises is the film’s beating heart.

In a recent interview with Good Morning America Krasinski said that this film was essentially a love letter to his kids, and wow is it an incredibly touching letter.

The film deals with the toughest kind of family issues such as overcoming tragedy, acceptance, and forgiveness. Every parent should go see A Quiet Place just for the moral given in the film’s poignant climax alone. It never once felt preachy, but this movie has something very important to say.

Of course, this isn’t a perfect flick. There are a few fake-out jump scares spread throughout the runtime which was frustrating and unnecessary. Also, the very last shot of the film was just a bit too cheesy for my taste.

Other than those few nitpicks, that’s seriously all the issues I had.

Only time will tell if this film will be deemed as a horror classic, but I won’t be forgetting A Quiet Place anytime soon.

When I walked out of the theater I found myself thinking about the relationships in my own life while I was admittedly still not trying to make any noise out of fear. It turns out that the old saying is very true – nothing is louder, or more effective, than the sound of silence.

Overall rating: 9/10


Funkhouser Predicts Wrestlemania 34

Funkhouser Predicts Wrestlemania 34

I feel like I say this every year, but we are in such a Golden (lovers) Age of Wrestling. Over the past four days alone, there have been some of the best events emanating from New Orleans during Wrestlemania Weekend, including NXT: Takeover N.O., Evolve 102, ROH Supercard of Honor XII, Matt Riddle’s Bloodsport, and Joey Janela’s Spring Break 2 (which was BONKERS). NXT Takeover might have been the best Takeover yet, and I feel like we’re saying that after each one. The quality of wrestling and story telling has become top notch, specifically Bullet Club (is fine)’s current implosion with Cody, Kenny Omega, The Young Bucks, Marty Scurll and Kota Ibushi, With all that said, we have three of the BIGGEST days of pro wrestling remaining, starting with Wrestlemania Snickers. Sorry, Wrestlemania 34.

As always, we thought at Funkhouser that we would predict the outcomes of the matches happening at Wrestlemania 34, and Josh Juckett and I try our hands at figuring out what the hell is going on.  Who will make more correct guesses on a pre-determined sporting event? Only time will tell.


Wrestlemania Women’s Battle Royal

Richmond: The Fabulous Moolah Women’s Battle Royal is a nice addition to the sting of groundbreaking events for the WWE Women’s Division. I could see Becky Lynch winning this one, as she’s kind of on her own at this point. Absolution & The Riott Squad don’t really need it, as trophies like that usually split up factions. Maybe Natty could get it to be a bigger heel.


Andre The Giant Memorial Battle Royal

Richmond: You would think that this would be on the main Wrestlemania card with the Andre HBO documentary airing this Tuesday. However, it’s not. I think we get a repeat from two years ago, and a call-up from NXT takes this one home, specifically Andrade ‘Cien’ Almas. Heels benefit more from the trophy, and it’d be a nice start for him on the main card.


Cedric Alexander vs Mustafa Ali – Cruiserweight Title Match

 Josh:  Alexander.  I still haven’t gotten back into the cruiserweight picture so this is a blind guess.

Richhmond: Josh, START WATCHING 205 LIVE. Since Drake Maverick (Rockstar Spud) has taken over as the General Manager, 205 Live has been FIRE. The Cruiserweight Tournament that has led up to this match between Cedrick Alexander & Mustafa Ali was nearly perfect, and made bigger stars out of wrestlers who aren’t in the finals. I want Ali to win, but I feel like Cedric is the choice here, as he was next in line before Enzo went AWOL. Either way, it’s a shame this match is on the pre-show, as this might be secret match of the night.


Shane McMahon & Daniel Bryan vs Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn

Richmond: The Yes Movement vs the Yep Movement. It’s an interesting one to pick, as if Owens/Zayn win, they are re-hired to Smackdown, but Daniel Bryan is in his first match back. I’m going to say Owens/Zayn, but only as Shane or Bryan turn on one another so that Shane can continue to be unnecessarily in the middle of the ‘A’ storyline on Smackdown.

Josh: KO/Zayn. Yes! Yes! Yes! will be awesome to see, but they’ll lose when one of those two turn on the other.


The Miz (c) vs Finn Balor vs Seth Rollins – Intercontinental Title Match

Josh: I’m ruling The Miz out because his wife just had a baby so it wouldn’t be surprising to see him take time off.  In a perfect world, Balor would get the belt, a rumored Smackdown star comes to Raw, and the Bullet (I’m sorry, Balor) Club starts a takeover.

Richmond: Bullet Club is Fine.  I would love to see The Miz retain, as he was on fire during the lead up to this match, but I think WWE needs to pull the trigger on Finn and the OGBC soon. Otherwise, Finn’s just really hanging around Raw being happy to be with the b-b-b-b-b-boys, brothering softly. So Balor for me too.


Bobby Roode vs Randy Orton (c) vs Jinder Mahal vs Rusev
U.S. Title Match

Richmond: This is my yearly “I Don’t Care” match, mainly because Orton is involved. I’d be really happy to see Rusev win this one, as he’s really the odd man out in this foursome. He has some of the highest merchandise sales (which might have gotten him added to the match) and the Rusev Day chants will be deafening. But, I think Orton retains.

Josh: This ties into another match later, but if a certain Smackdown star went to Raw after Wrestlemania then that would open a spot in the championship picture.  The least likely person I’d imagine being in that spot is Rusev, so he gets my nod here.  Also, Happy Rusev Day.


The Bar (c) vs Braun Strowman & ? – Raw Tag Team Titles

Richmond: This is a tough one. Braun is on a mega roll right now. There are many thoughts of who his partner could be: Elias, Curt Hawkins, Lars Sullivan, Brain Strowman, etc. I think The Bar retains, as Braun’s partner blows the match, then Braun eats a human being in the middle of the ring.

Josh: The Bar. Strowman is a singles masterpiece and I’d love to see him back in the title picture.  I’m hoping this mystery partner angle is a means to get to another singles push.


Alexa Bliss (c) vs Nia Jax – Raw Women’s Championship

Richmond: Nia Jax picks up the win in this one. Once you kind of hit the “body shaming” angle, you need the bully to lose, and in this case, Little Miss Bliss has been the biggest bully. Nia wins this one.

Josh: Bliss is such a great heel champion that it’s hard to see her lose the belt at Wrestlemania.  I’m rooting for Jax because that would be a cool moment, but my money is on Bliss.


Kurt Angle & Ronda Rousey vs Stephanie McMahon & HHH

Josh: Angle and Rousey. There’s no way Rousey loses her debut unless she turns on Kurt and goes heel right off the bat.  I don’t think that’s going to happen.

Richmond: Yeah, Angle & Rousey on this one. My concern in the pick, is that I could see HHH & Steph winning to set up something for Ronda to do for the next couple of PPVs. But I’ll stick with Angle & Rousey


Bludgeon Brothers vs The Usos (c) vs The New Day – Smackdown Tag Titles

Richmond: I’ll take Luke Harper in any match, all day. He’s deserved more than he’s gotten in his WWE run. Is Bludgeon Bros. the right thing, especially with War Machine in the wings? I don’t know. However, this is going to be a STRONG match, with the already awesome New Day and Usos. While I think it will be one of those two, let’s say Bludgeon Brothers, because if they lose, I fear they won’t get much momentum after Wrestlemania

Josh: I love the Bludgeon Bros, they’re definitely my favorite team in this match, but they just don’t have that champion feel.  I expect the New Day to regain the belts and hopefully the Bludgeon Bros can stay in the picture.


Charlotte (c) vs Auska – Smackdown Women’s Championship

Richmond: Asuka. Next. (Look, this match will be awesome, but there’s no question here)

Josh: The Queen vs The Empress is one of the top 3 matches I’m looking forward to.  I’m giving Asuka the nod because I don’t think her first Mania is when she gets that first L.  Asuka gets the win and we get a super hyped rematch next year.


AJ Styles (c) vs Shinsuke Nakamura – WWE Title Match

Josh: Nakamura. Styles is rumored to be heading to Raw after wrestlemania, which leads me to my pick.  I’m expecting this to be the match of the night.

Richmond: This has been a long awaited match, which I agree will be in the top three matches (This, Asuka/Charlotte, Ali/Alexander). Nakamura for the win here. There’s a lot needed with some new match-ups on Smackdown, and with Nakamura in the picture, (as Josh noted) AJ can go over to the Monday night show.


Brock Lesnar (c) vs Roman Reigns – WWE Universal Championship

Josh: Lesnar’s eventual return to UFC is the worst kept secret in the business.  Unless this has been one of the most elaborate works ever, I expect Reigns to win.  Hopefully there will be some sort of special run in (Samoa Joe, Styles, anyone) to spice it up.

Richmond: Even Conor McGregor’s nonsense can’t distract us from the other UFC news, in which Lesnar is gone after Sunday. The ultimate swerve would be for Lesnar to win tonight, but Reigns has this one.


Josh: Taker. WWE Hall of Fame inductee Kid Rock will perform American Bad Ass, Taker will ride his bike down, get a huge pop, and beat Cena.  Cena will leave to make movies then come back later. If this match happens I hope for the sake of Taker’s legacy that it’s a good one.

Richmond: I’m going to take the angle that we get some sort of encounter but not a full match. Undertaker comes out to tell Cena no, then Cena snaps in a Shawn Michaels way and beats down Taker. It sets up some sort of storyline that runs to Summerslam. (I really think what Josh said will happen though)


What do you think will happen? Let us know @FunkhouserKSR on Twitter.


The Funkhouser Situation E24: Playing the Bonnie Hunt Card

Chris Tomlin and Lee Cruse return to The Funkhouser Situation to complete the controversial Disney-Pixar bracket.  The great debate required two podcasts to complete, however, it isn’t the only thing they talked about…

—  Will Ready Player One become one of Spielberg’s Greatest Hits?

—  Desert Island Directors: is Spielberg the GOAT?

—  How the committee tried to sabotage the bracket.

—  Lee’s soul is ripped apart as he is forced to choose between Tangled and Frozen.

—  A Little Mermaid Sing-a-Long.

—  Coin flips help crown the champion.

You can easily listen on the KSR App, available on iTunes and Google Play. Streaming online is simple through Pod Paradise. You can also get it directly to your phone by subscribing to The Funkhouser Situation podcast feed on iTunes or via Android’s Podcast Addict app.

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The Funkhouser Situation E23: Beef Jerky, Mulan and the Unabomber

This edition of The Funkhouser Situation with Chris Tomlin and Lee Cruse is coming in hot.  It’s so hot, Chris can’t stop sweating.  The terrific twosome takes a deep dive into the Disney-Pixar bracket that is dividing America, and…

—  Grilling tips with Chris Tomlin.

—  A Weird Al concert experience.

—  Somebody is smitten with Charlize Theron.

—  What is the Biggest Song Ever from a Disney movie?

—  The best Disney comedic duos.

—  What happened to Tangled?

You can easily listen on the KSR App, available on iTunes and Google Play. Streaming online is simple through Pod Paradise. You can also get it directly to your phone by subscribing to The Funkhouser Situation podcast feed on iTunes or via Android’s Podcast Addict app.

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The Funkhouser Situation E22: The One Where Katy Perry Buys a Convent

The Funkhouser Situation E22: The One Where Katy Perry Buys a Convent

After a brief break for the SEC Tournament, The Funkhouser Situation is BACK!  For everyone who needs a little break from March Madness, Chris Tomlin and Lee Cruse have you covered. Highlights…

—  “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” living arrangements in St. Louis.

—  A New Netflix show recommendation, Ugly Delicious.

—  Lee brings Disney into every, single, conversation.

—  American Idol is back, does anyone care?

—  What has happened to the art of the music video?

—  Chris teaches Lee “film maudit.”

—  A pop culture question from a fantastic listener is answered.

You can easily listen on the KSR App, available on iTunes and Google Play. Streaming online is simple through Pod Paradise. You can also get it directly to your phone by subscribing to The Funkhouser Situation podcast feed on iTunes or via Android’s Podcast Addict app.

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Welcome (Back) To Fireball Island

Welcome (Back) To Fireball Island

Credit: Restoration Games (2018)

In 2018, it’s common practice for the world of pop culture to resort to reboots of old properties. Hollywood is less likely to take a chance on an unknown idea, so they look back to popular IPs that are known to have some sort of following. In the world of board gaming, one company is not only bringing back old ideas, but also ushers those former titles into the new era.

Restoration Games was created in 2016 with the mission that “Every Game Deserves Another Turn”.  Justin Jacobson and famed designer Rob Daviau have come together to breathe new life into games that make you say, “oh yeah, I remember that game.”  The company has seen success with three games that released in 2017: Downforce, Indulgence, and Stop Thief!  BUT in mid-to-late 2017, Daviau announced the development of one of the most requested games of the company, Milton Bradley’s 1986 legendary Fireball Island!

When I say legendary, the game is more epic when you think back to the IDEA of Fireball Island. You move your explorers around the island, trying to steal Vul-Kar’s jewel and make your way back to the escape boat. However, in traversing the island, the Vul-Kar idol would “release fireballs” down the various ramps and chutes, knocking over explorers and taking out bridges, until the fireball came to rest. You also had cards that allowed you to manipulate the game, roll fireballs and move spaces. In recent years, a quality copy of Fireball Island has been a hard find, and currently there is a copy on eBay for $400.

So, when it was announced that Restoration Games would be taking on Fireball Island as their next release, gamers became giddy that they could get their hands on this game, with the love that Restoration Games shows to its games. Restoration Games has, in their previous releases, added some depth to the titles of the 70s-80s. And with the first design diary that released last week, it looks like they’ve done the same with Fireball Island.

Credit: Restoration Games (2018)

The new game is MASSIVE. Vul-Kar looks twice as big as before, and the island is much taller (and a little wider) than its 1986 predecessor. As you can see in the 3D render, there’s a lot going on:

Credit: Restoration Games (2018)

It is noted that the approach to 2018 Fireball Island was to “Give people more control over their pawns and less control over the fireballs”. With the new board, completely new pathways had to be designed, which apparently give players more places to move, but more spots for the marbles to do damage. The island was made taller to let the marbles pick up more speed as well. There are split paths, which creates more variety of direction, but also creates chaos because you never know where the marbles will go. There are also trees that have flippers, which can be switched which help you have some control over the fireballs. Vul-Kar itself no longer just spits out a fireball where you direct it, as his mouth now splits into three different ramps, where you never know exactly which way the fireball will go. This will be pure MADNESS.

Credit: Restoration Games (2018)

In the design diary released yesterday, the new theming behind the game has been revealed. While the game used to be about explorers trying to claim Vul-Kar’s jewel, you are now tourists who have won the chance to experience Fireball Island, which has now been turned into a resort by an adventure-tourism company. You can play as a character “Saul” from Boca Raton. You can still get jewels, but you can also get souvenirs along the island. There appears to be another design diary releasing tomorrow, which will explain more about how the game plays. Things are shaping up for an exciting stay on Fireball Island.

Credit: Restoration Games (2018)

Restoration Games is opening its Kickstarter for Fireball Island on April 3rd, where the game will be set at $60 ($70 MSRP). It appears that there will only be one version of the game, but it has been noted that there might be some additions available during the Kickstarter. It seems as though more information will be released as we get closer. However, this is looking like a must get for Funkhouser, and we’ll try to catch up with Restoration Games as we get closer to convention season.

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The Funkhouser Situation E21: Barbara Streisand’s Dog Clones

The Funkhouser Situation with Chris Tomlin and Lee Cruse is back and it is more beautiful than ever before (thanks to Lee’s excellent wardrobe choice).  For the first time, the terrific twosome provides an indisputable answer to a listener’s question: “Is Curb Your Enthusiasm better than Seinfeld?”  Other highlights…

—  Why would Barbara Streisand clone her dog?

—  The latest on the Ryan Seacrest allegations.

—  What happened when Lee saw Olivia Newton John for the first time.

— TV recommendations.

—  Would they watch a Wedding Crashers 2?

You can easily listen on the KSR App, available on iTunes and Google Play. Streaming online is simple through Pod Paradise. You can also get it directly to your phone by subscribing to The Funkhouser Situation podcast feed on iTunes or via Android’s Podcast Addict app.

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The Walking Dead Recap: Honor

The Walking Dead Recap: Honor

Welcome back! It has been a long couple of months waiting for the show to return from the annual winter break, especially knowing what we were coming back to. Ever since young Carl lifted up his shirt to reveal a rib bite from a walker there has been much debate amongst fans about the decision to kill Carl off. So on this holiday (NHL Trade Deadline, don’t judge) lets look back on the episode Honor. Before we jump into the final moments of CORAL we need to look at what else happened. The only other story line the show tackled was…

FULL SPOILER ALERT! TURN AWAY IF YOU HAVEN’T WATCHED! DON’T ENTER, DEAD INSIDE!

Carol and Morgan’s Rescue of the King

The other major plot point left over from the mid-season finale was the capture of King Ezekiel. The Saviors had finally come to the front gates of the Kingdom to make Ezekiel pay for the war he had joined. With overwhelming numbers the Saviors brought Ezekiel sacrificed his freedom to save his people. After the death of Shiva, Ezekiel was in a funk. However, Jerry helped the King get back up on that apocalypse horse to kick butt. Ezekiel was caught by the Saviors after leading his people away.

I’ll be honest, it felt like this was going to be the dragged out plot point of the second half of the season. Ezekiel being taken to Negan, Negan taunting him, a decent back and forth dialogue, finally ending in Ezekiel’s death or a massive rescue mission. As it turns out it just takes two baby. With the guts of Navy Seals, Carol and Morgan rush into the Kingdom to save Ezekiel. After systematically whittling down the Saviors numbers, we get a big shoot out in the great hall. Although it was mostly gun fire that took everyone out, Morgan gets my vote for most disgusting, gruesome, gnarly live kill ever on the show. I WILL NOT SPOIL IT HERE! If you don’t know what I’m talking about well, just make sure you have a strong or empty stomach when you watch this episode. The leader of this group of Saviors is Gavin, who meets his end by Henry, the young man that Ezekiel has been looking after. This gave the end of his rescue an emotional weight to it, one that I enjoyed. If it hadn’t been for this entire plot line for the episode it may have been the slowest ever (I’m looking at you Oceansiders introduction!), thankfully we get to see just enough action to make the other half of the show bearable. Speaking of that…

Carl’s Death Watch

I must confess that the death of Carl gives me hope for the future. What a weird statement to make, right? The comic is so good at killing off characters when stories get too loaded. When the forest gets too thick to survive, a purging fire is needed. In my not so humble opinion, the greatest problem the show has today is the dearth of characters. So. Many. People. I know, I know. That is a horrible thing to say. But, too many plot points and story lines lead to slow episodes and lower ratings. So I salute the show for showing that no one is ever truly safe. That means anyone. Not Negan, Michonne, Carol, even Rick. If gives that edge back which has been lacking. So bravo writers, I golf clap in your general direction.

As for the actual death watch itself I think it was done very well. It was nice to see them show when the bite actually happened, as well as Carl’s reaction to it. Instead of the freak out Carl takes it in stride. He is able to go out of this horrible world on his own terms. Carl spends time, and takes one last picture, with his sister Judith. Carl writes down what he wants to say to several people. Carl also shows how much he has changed from murderous Carl by helping Siddiq join the gang. The fact Siddiq happens to be a doctor has little bearing on Carl’s help. He has seen what he could have become, i.e. just like his Dad, yet he chooses to be a light in this dark world.

@banterjosh and I never held back in our hatred for Carl on the old podcast, but I think they did a great job with his exit. As the writers have said, we have so many characters to choose from that Carl’s comic story line can still live on, just with a different person, such as Enid or Judith. As you look back over the first eight and a half seasons, Carl has been there every step of the way. We have watched him grow up as the show went on. The last act of taking his own life instead of Rick or Michonne having to do it was very selfless. If Rick is/was going to truly crack from all the pressure, having to kill his own son would have been the last straw. So rest easy CORAL, your work here is done.

Potential Flash Forward

Something I need to briefly touch on is Carl’s vision for the future. We now have context for seeing Old Man Rick this season. The comic plot line of rebuilding after the war, WITH Negan a part of the group now. It shows what Carl’s biggest hope was. We’ll have to see in the future what way they go with, but if they slide a different direction from the comic, I’m glad they gave a tip of the cap to the rebuild. Seeing Rick leaning against a tree, blood on his hand and his leg bent an awkward direction, is a huge hint to the end of this season. Will the writers go with Negan living beyond this season? Will Rick kill Negan as he has promised from the beginning? Will Judith learn how to make spaghetti? Hopefully all these questions will be answered by the end of the season. Until Carol’s next murder spree, ta ta.


The Funkhouser Situation E20: Canada Geese are Ruining America’s Golf Courses

The Funkhouser Situation with Chris Tomlin and Lee Cruse returns to talk about all of the exciting things happening in the world of pop culture, but first, Lee has to file a grievance.  The beautiful weather has put him on a golf course, face-to-face with his newest enemy, Canadian Geese.  Highlights from the rest of the show include…

—  Cruse’s controversial figure skating remarks.

—  Why is Coldplay the only music you can figure skate to?

—  A Breakdown of America’s No. 1 movie, Black Panther.

—  What’s the deal with Chris Rock’s new Netflix stand-up?

—  Tomlin celebrates Kurt Cobain’s birthday by sharing his beef with Nirvana.

—  Why aren’t Letterman’s Netflix specials funny?

—  Maysville’s star power and the time Young Lee met Nick Clooney.

You can easily listen on the KSR App, available on iTunes and Google Play. Streaming online is simple through Pod Paradise. You can also get it directly to your phone by subscribing to The Funkhouser Situation podcast feed on iTunes or via Android’s Podcast Addict app.


Why Fortnite Battle Royale is So Popular

Why Fortnite Battle Royale is So Popular

In the fall of last year, Epic Games released the early access to the game Fortnite, a game in which you could play in a battle royale by yourself, in duos, or in a squad of three or four. The game puts you on a large map of 100 people, in which you or your squad must outlast everybody, while a storm chases you into a shrunken map and forces you into action. This early access mode would become a massive hit and turn into one of the best games I can remember. I hopped on The Fortnite battle bus about a few months ago, I talk about it and play it with my friends very often. A question that comes up frequently though, why is Fortnite so popular?

It’s free

The first and probably the biggest reason Fortnite Battle Royale is so popular is that it’s free. You see, this game mode is original and revolutionary, except Fortnite wasn’t the first game to hold such a mode. Player Unknown Battlegrounds aka PUBG was the first to come up with the game mode, but you had to pay 30 dollars for PUBG. In fact, the two games are so much like each other Epic may be facing a lawsuit from Bluehole, the creators of PUBG, for holding so much similarity. Epic saw how well PUBG was doing on one console, they decided to create that same game mode in their early access mode, in the hope it would lead others to buy the full game. Although I’m sure it has led a few people to play the full Fortnite game, people are 100% content on just playing the early access. Then the question arises, how does Epic get money from so many people just getting the free early access? From the battle pass. Epic has allowed people to buy virtual currency, so people can buy skins for their characters, I probably won’t but the virtual currency for I see it to be a waste, but some people love it. So, for your average gamer who doesn’t want to drop 60 dollars on a game to play with his friends, you can get this game mode for free and connect with them through this game.

It is more than just a shooter

The most popular franchise that has allowed people to connect through a shooter has been Call of Duty. But, what makes Fortnite unique (more than PUBG even) is this game requires lots of strategies and requires you to build structures. Unlike Call of Duty, where really the main purpose of any game mode you play you must kill on a condensed map. Whereas in Fortnite, there’s a strategy that goes into it. Of course, you must eliminate one person to win, but there are multiple ways to get to that point. You can go the stealthy route and hide in little places here and there or you could hide in a bush, you could even build your own fort if you wanted to and stay protected in there until someone knocks it down. Then, of course, you could just go in hot into a populated area and try to rack up as many eliminations and loot as possible. Now, obviously you can’t hide the whole game, so Fortnite will force you into some action as the map shrinks to a different location every time, that way it doesn’t take and an absurd amount of time to find people and eliminate them.

It’s on all platforms

The biggest flaw PUBG made was it only released on XBOX and PC, but their counterpart Fortnite released on all major platforms (PS4, XBOX, and PC). Not only does this allow more traffic to their game, but it allows more people to connect with each other. For example, I’ve never played cross-platform before, but in Fortnite I’ve not only played with people on PS4, but I’ve been able to play with PC players as well, which creates a whole new gaming experience and a way for more friends to connect to each other.

It Holds Innocence Without Gore

At the end of the day, this is a shooter game, but what makes it reach more people is there’s no gore. Consequently, this can allow parents of kids to be more apt to let their kid get the game or if you’re an adult who just doesn’t like seeing blood all over your screen this game is perfect as well. I’m not even sure this game refers to the word “kill”, their word of choice is elimination. In a time where gun control is a hot topic, along with what video games teach to children and teens, this is a nice refreshing compromise to your typical shooter. Throw in the fact you can make your character dance, turn into a bush, be a teddy bear and even have a cupid themed crossbow as a weapon, this game can easily reach to a younger crowd as well.

It’s fun

Plain and simple this game is just fun. I can honestly say, I’ve never had more fun playing one single video game in my entire life. Not to be dramatic, but this game evokes such much human emotion, the thrill of getting in the top 10 and anxiousness to see if you’ll finish number one is unmatched. The deflation of tasting victory, only to get eliminated at the last moment can only be exceeded by leaving a  receiver wide open against Florida or Luke Maye hitting a last-second shot to stop us right in our tracks. Then, of course, the feeling of accomplishment and relief after finishing number one is the best feeling I’ve ever gotten while playing a video game. That, my friends, is why Fortnite is so popular.