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The Funkhouser Situation E31: Country Slow Jams

Chaotic summer schedules have finally criss-crossed to create another episode of The Funkhouser Situation.  Chris Tomlin and Lee Cruse catch you up on all the most popular topics in the world of pop culture, while also discussing general nonsense, like…

— An odd interaction with blue jays.

—  Were you scared of Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds?

—  Did Homer Simpson transform the TV Dad?

— The Truth Examiner’s 25 best movies of all-time.

—  Billboard’s Top Five Country Music Songs; do any make Lee’s hot rotation?

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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Funkhouser’s Origins Game Fair 2018 Preview

Funkhouser’s Origins Game Fair 2018 Preview

Starting today, Wednesday, June 13th, Origins Game Fair will be underway in Columbus, Ohio. Origins’ origins began in 1975 in Baltimore, Maryland, at Johns Hopkins University. Since then it has grown into a destination for gamers, residing in Columbus since 1996. In 2017, 17,001 unique visitors made the trip to Central Ohio to take part in this amazing gaming convention.

I will be in attendance at Origins 2018 for Funkhouser on Thursday and Friday, so if you see me come say hi, or come play a game with me. I’ll be posting some images on our Twitter account: @funkhouserKSRso be on the lookout for those.

As I get prepared for the event, I thought I might showcase some of the things that I’m looking forward to seeing/doing in Columbus at my favorite gaming convention. These are in no particular order:


Mashup Meet-up featuring Blue Peg, Pink Peg, The Brawlin’ Brothers & Man vs. Meeple

OK, I lied. This is #1 on my list of everything happening at Origins. The wonderful people behind Blue Peg, Pink Peg Gaming Podcast, and the Brawlin’ Brothers Boardgaming Podcast are getting together Thursday night for a massive gathering of listeners and friends (new & old). I attended Blue Peg, Pink Peg’s meet-up last year, and I can genuinely say that it was the most fun I’ve had at a gaming convention, ever. I went to work the next morning with no voice…

The two (of my favorite) podcasts, along with the guys behind the YouTube channel Man vs Meeple, are hosting an epic night of laughs, gaming, drinking and debauchery*, at Callahan’s Columbus at 7pm on Thursday night. Druid City Games and Skybound Games are sponsoring the event, while 25 or so other gaming companies have donated games to be given away to some of the attendees of the meet-up. If you’re coming to Origins, want to meet fellow gamers, and instantly feel welcome, this will be the event for you! Just head over to the Facebook event page and RSVP (not required, just appreciated) Oh, I also think there’s a 90’s dance party afterwards…

*Debauchery not guaranteed (but likely)*


Reef

Next Move Games had a major hit on their hands when they released the (now) 2018 Spiel Des Jahres nominee, Azul, a beautful, chunky tile drafting game. The game has enamored gamers of all levels, based on how easy the game is to teach, as well as an inherent need to try and eat the tiles that look like Starbursts. However, in 2018, Next Move Games is releasing the second game in their line, Reef by Emerson Matsuuchi. In Reef, players have a grid in front of them which they will fill with different colored reef pieces. On your turn you either draw a card from the display or play a card, which will allow you to draw reef pieces (which you must place) – AND – score your reef if possible. However, after placing your pieces, to score the patterns, it only matters from the top down view, so you need to try and plan ahead on how you’ll stack and build your reef to build up combos during the game. This one looks simple to teach, but could have some pretty good depth to it.


Escape Plan

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I’ll be perfectly honest, I do not know entirely too much about Escape Plan, other than the fact that it has a theme I love. I’ll let Board Game Geek’s description give you an overview of what the game’s theme entails:

After a successful bank heist, you and your fellow thieves are laying low and enjoying the good life. Most of the cash has been hidden away, and the rest has been invested in businesses throughout the city. Everything is going according to plan until the police get a breakthrough in their investigation. Accusations are made, fingers are pointed, and after a heated argument, you decide to go your separate ways.
Chaos ensues as the SWAT team is called in and start to close off the city’s exits. Your only choice now is to escape the city before it is completely locked down. But you need a plan — a good route that allows you to leave the city while recovering as much of the money as possible.”

Oh, come on!! You play thieves, but your moves affect the cops each turn. Players can take missions during the game, play cards to aid their escape, and you can take actions to engage gangs, mules and snitches. If that doesn’t pique your interest… The game is not for sale during Origins, but I’m hoping to get a demo of the game and will definitely report back on the gameplay.


Gorus Maximus

While I have already gotten to play Gorus Maximus, I’m looking forward to seeing other players thoughts on the game. Designed by Conor McGoey, with incredible art by Kwanchai Moriya, Gorus Maximus is a trick-taking game for 2-8 players, with a couple of twists. Like a traditional trick-taking game, a hand will start with a lead suit (trump), where players must follow that suit, and the highest card in the round takes the trick. However, in Gorus Maximus, you can change the trump suit by simply playing a card of the same value of the previous card played. Trump can change multiple times throughout the round. Also, certain cards have point values on them. If you take a trick, you claim the points that are on the card. But you have to be careful, some cards have negative point values, so you might want to sluff those cards off in a trick you might not win to sabotage your opponents. I was a big fan of Conor’s first game Summit, and I’ve enjoyed getting to play Gorus Maximus. The game is not for sale at Origins, but currently on Kickstarter for $15/$20


Holding On: The Troubled Life Of Billy Kerr

When I heard about this game, it seemed so interesting and endearing to me. In Holding On: The Troubled Life Of Billy Kerr, you play cooperatively as a team of nurses caring for Billy Kerr, who is terminally ill. When the game starts, all you know is his name and that he has been given days to live. As medical emergencies develop, you must work together to take care of Billy, while also finding out about him, piecing together some fairly foggy memories that Mr. Kerr has.  The game plays over 10 “fully replayable” scenarios, which doesn’t necessarily make it a “legacy game”. From pictures I’ve seen on BoardGameGeek, in each game, you’re sort of piecing together a patchwork of images from Billy’s memories, which are a little hazy from where he’s a old dying man. Apparently, when you play each scenario, based on the cards that come up, you might not see exactly the same parts of his life as someone who plays that same scenario differently, which just sounds amazing. Very much looking forward to seeing this one in action.


As always, there are tons of games to be seen at Origins, 263 as of this morning’s BoardGameGeek preview. I’m hoping to have lots of pictures to share next week of what all I saw from the convention, but that’s all dependent on how the Blue Peg, Pink Peg/Brawling Brothers Meet-up goes. If you’re in Columbus at the convention, come find me!


(A24 Studios)

KSR Movie Reviews: Hereditary

(A24 Studios)

Horror is a tricky genre in cinema today.

When a supposed good one comes around, we all hear the same exaggeration: “This is the scariest movie of all-time!!” When it’s not that phrase, you usually hear people say: “That horror movie was not scary at all!”

We live in a world that is defined by extremes so it comes to no surprise that the way we see horror movies is also defined by such drastic opinions. Of course, we are all afraid of different things in life so maybe this genre should have an array of different viewpoints.

As you may have heard, a new movie by the name of ‘Hereditary’ has come around and it is being hailed not only as this year’s scariest movie but also as, “This generation’s ‘The Exorcist’.”

Yupp. A positive reaction to a horror movie does not get much more extreme than that. And of course this movie is receiving its fair amount of criticism from the public as it currently has a D+ CinemaScore.

So let me be very clear before I get into my overall review of this film. If you come into this movie expecting something like The Conjuring, Paranormal Activity, IT, or Insidious then you might as well get right up and leave the theater.

This is not a horror movie thrill-ride which employs the use of effective and fake-out jump scares to frighten you. All those movies above do that successfully and that’s great for them. They really are good scary movies, especially The Conjuring.

Hereditary on the other hand features only one, true jump scare. That’s it. And I would actually argue that this movie is considerably scarier than all of those movies previously mentioned or any other horror movie that has came out in our generation.

Yea, I’m going there.

I think Hereditary is the very first horror movie in the 21st century that can truly be compared with the all-time best in the genre. I think it does this for three reasons: 1. The masterful performance from Toni Collette (she will get an Oscar nomination) 2. The overall direction from Ari Aster 3. It made me experience true terror.

Collette carries this movie for the majority of its run time. As the mother of a family that has experienced unspeakable levels of grief and mental illness, she descends into utter hysteria, and I completely believed every second of her performance. I never once felt she was over-the-top. Instead, I thought every one of her reactions is exactly how she should have been acting.

I’ve never watched a movie with this kind of direction. Pretty much the entire movie is filmed in wide shots. As my eyes were constantly surveying the screen looking for something scary, I eventually found those scary things.

This movie is indeed a slow burn as the scary stuff gradually starts to happen. But WOW when you start noticing things, you do NOT want to look at the screen again. For full transparency, my hands started cramping during the last half of the film from holding them in front of my face.

This is where the feeling of true terror comes into play. There are two scenes that occur in this movie that I will never forget. They are just that disturbing and memorable.

One of which is what everyone will be talking about when they leave the theater. It occurs around the 30 minute mark, and it will completely emotionally break you. This movie dares to go to a place that I’ve never seen another movie go. I will not spoil anything else, but when it happens you will know.

The second is the most memorable scare in the movie, and no it was not a jump scare. When it happens my entire theater groaned in terror, and I openly cursed out loud. That’s when I knew I was watching a new classic.

My only nitpick of this movie is that I think the ending will be too “out there” for general audiences which is really a shame. This movie takes a really strong supernatural turn in the final act, and boy do they realllllly go for it.

I understood what was happening and it was not too much for me, but if you didn’t pay much attention during the film, then you will leave completely lost. This probably explains the D+ CinemaScore grade.

Hereditary deeply scared me on an emotional and mental level. To be clear, jump scares when used effectively can scare me. But what truly scares me is the type of terror that lingers within yourself. The only other time I ever left the theater feeling that type of dread after a movie was when I watched The Conjuring.

The difference is, however, that I would love to watch the Conjuring again. It’s a really good, entertaining scary movie.

Hereditary on the other hand deals with real horror in the realms of mental illness, family issues, and eventually even the supernatural. This movie made me feel absolutely terrible after watching it, and I genuinely don’t want to watch it again.

The bad news is that does not even matter, because the scenes and images I witnessed are still at the forefront of my brain and are still upsetting me.

And that is what true horror in its purest form should accomplish.

Overall score: 9.5/10


The Funkhouser Situation E30: Tales from the Infinity Pool

Chris Tomlin returned to The Funkhouser Situation to discover that Lee Cruse continues to have issues with swimming with dudes.  Lee shares his odd encounter before KSR’s dynamic duo discusses a variety of pop culture topics, like…

— Netflix dropped a pair of comedies on consecutive days; can their model remain profitable?

— An Arrested Development Pitch

— Do people still like Tim Allen?

— Roseanne Barr: awful, crazy, comparable to Kathy Griffin?

— Two very different reactions to Solo.

— In a shocking twist, Lee adores Ryan Reynolds.

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 E29: Lady Psycho Killer

Royal Wedding Fever wrapped up The Funkhouser Situation so much, the guys needed a brief break to soak in all of the euphoria.  Now Chris Tomlin and Lee Cruse are back to talk about their ridiculous watching rituals, and…

—  Chris corrects Lee’s awful Animal House memory.

—  Lee’s side of the story from the KSR Bowling League Debacle.

—  How HBO’s Barry is the perfect combination of comedy and violence.

—  There’s a new mesmerizing Elvis documentary.

—  SO. MUCH. EXCITEMENT. FOR. SOLO.

—  Is John Krasinksi in every Disney movie?

—  Questions about The Quiet Place.

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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Deadpool 2 (Fox Studios)

Deadpool 2 Review and Analysis (SPOILER ALERT)

Deadpool 2 (Fox Studios)

KSR writers Brad Morris and John Reecer both watched Deadpool 2 this weekend. Here is their analysis and conversation over what will possibly be the biggest R-Rated Movie ever made. SPOILERS ARE AHEAD. DO NOT READ IF YOU HAVE NOT SEEN THE MOVIE YET!

1. What is your short, immediate takeaway from the movie? 

Brad: This film is thoroughly enjoyable and on-par with the first Deadpool. The first movie expertly used the structure of a love story and this one used the structure of a “family movie.” It was a stroke of genius.

John: Deadpool 2 falls victim at times to being too overstuffed like almost all sequels do, but when this movie is good, its great. Not quite as good as the first, but it’s pretty darn close.

2. Let’s talk about the new character Cable in this movie. Did he work? 

Brad: He is no Thanos, but I liked Cable. I liked the direction Josh Brolin took him in. I liked how he partnered with Deadpool in the end. Their chemistry was spot-on and was similar to the comics when those two worked great together.

John: This is officially Josh Brolin’s summer. After nailing the part of Thanos and now nailing the part of Cable I’m convinced he can do no wrong. I thought they handled him teaming up with Deadpool in the end well. However, I thought that Brolin worked a bit too well, and I think a Deadpool/Cable buddy-cop movie would have been somewhat better than what we got here.

3. What were the film’s biggest weaknesses? 

Brad: For me it was Russell and Cable flip-flopping back-and-forth between antagonist and protagonist pretty much for the entire movie. It reminded me a little bit of other Marvel movies (with the exception of Black Panther and Infinity War) in which the way they handled the so-called villain took down the stakes of the overall movie and it became predictable in the end.

John: The first act of this movie is way too slow and it was the only time where I felt the negative effects of sequels. I was reminded way too much of the first movie when Deadpool was taking us back-and-forth through time with his beginning narration, and it took me out of the movie. Overall, it was a little too overstuffed but I thought they handled the movie mostly well.

4. Lets’s get to the humor. What were your favorite jokes in the movie? 

Brad: The entire scene where Deadpool is growing back baby legs had me and my audience in tears from laughter. That Basic Instinct joke T.J Miller gives was spot on. That entire 10-minute scene was comedic gold. Also, the cameos were perfect. The X-Men cameo with McAvoy, Beast, Quicksilver and the rest of the team showing up was awesome. Brad Pitt showing up in his cameo was also hysterical.

John: For whatever reason, I laughed the hardest at the “Fox and Friends” joke. It was a perfect joke that really nailed home with today’s time and culture. The entire sequence where the X-Force is killed off will go down as one of the most iconic moments in this movie. Every single death was unexpected and completely hilarious in true Deadpool fashion. Also, the “Brown Panther” joke at the end was just perfect considering the recent success and pop-culture impact of Black Panther.

5. As we often see in comedies, not all the jokes land. What were your least-favorite jokes? 

Brad: Personally, the Dave Matthew Band joke hit too close to home for me. I see them once every year so I really disagreed with Deadpool’s analysis of their great music.

John: I though they beat of us over the head with the dub-step joke a bit too much. It was just an alright joke and they kept going back too it. Also, the gross-out jokes used with Russell’s pen prison shank were a bit too sophomoric even for Deadpool.

6. The movie’s big surprise was the reveal of Juggarnaut. How did you feel about how the movie handled him?

Brad: The look and feel of Juggarnaut was a little off. He should have been even bigger honestly and his helmet was also a bit off from the comics. They essentially just did the character from X-Men 3: The Last Stand and just made him taller. I just thought his look was lazy although I did like the surprise.

John: It was a nice surprise, and I LOVE how this was not spoiled in any trailers. That was genius. However, I think his addition gets into the over-stuffed sequel criticism I have. He was basically in the movie just to give everyone a reason to team up which, as Deadpool would say, just felt like lazy writing.

7. Were there any moments or performances that stood out for you? 

Brad: Domino really was great and they gave us a good taste of her. I cannot wait to see her in more movies. Also, I liked that Negasonic Teenage Warhead had a girlfriend in this movie. Its true to her character and I liked how inclusive the decision was without the writers making it a big deal. They mention it, we get a joke about it, and we movie on. Very well done.

John: I loved how they essentially gave Domino Final Destination-type powers to make use of her being so lucky. It provided the movie with some really great sequences and the actress Zazie Beetz was perfect as that character. She was the character that I wished we got a little more from. The taste they gave us should have been a full meal…if you get what I am saying.

8. Where should the future of this franchise go? Do we need an X-Force movie next? 

Brad: Deadpool 3 first would be great. I’m envisioning Cable possibly being the leader of the X-Force in the future. They could even do the Deadpool 3 movie and an X-Force movie side-by-side year-wise. Like we could get Deadpool 3 one year and then like 10-11 months later we get X-Force. If the merger with Disney does happen, the third Deadpool movie could have him killing all the Avengers like he does in the comics. That would be something else.

John: Personally, I think the potential merger with Disney should give the MCU the original X-Men and the Fantastic Four, and the X-Force can be Fox’s cinematic team.  Deadpool does not belong with Disney at all, and they should not ask for his rights. I think Fox can flesh this out nicely, give each of these characters their own movies and then have big X-Force team-up movies. Hopefully that is how it all goes down, but who knows what Disney can pull off.

9. What is your overall grade of Deadpool 2? 

Brad: I give it a B+, or a 8/10. This movie had great jokes and how they used Cable at the end was really thought-out well.

John: 8/10. We are in complete agreement on this one. This was the rare comedic sequel (SMH Hangover movies) that is actually good. That post credit scene is the best post credit scene of all time.


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Today on KSR: Good-Bye, New Girl

Jennifer Clasen | Fox

After seven seasons and almost 150 episodes, Jessica Day and the rest of the gang will move out of loft 4D.  The two-part series finale begins tonight at 9:00 on Fox.

Starring Zooey Deschanel, what made the ensemble comedy one of the funniest shows on television is that there was no star.  At its height, you could make a sound argument that the funniest character was Schmidt, Nick, Winston or Jess (but if you made me choose, I’d roll with Winston, mostly for the bird shirts).

A show that was not afraid to show its sweet-side, slap-stick comedy always remained at its heart.  It often manifested in a fight, or the drinking game True Americans, a game that will likely cause physical harm if you try to play at home.  To see its more clever comedic side, look no further than Schmidt’s Douchebag Jar, an item that perfectly symbolizes the show’s sweet silliness.

Like all “coming of age” shows starring people in their mid-20s, it was time to end New Girl, but that doesn’t mean I won’t be a little sad when its run ends tonight.  One of my top five favorite shows, if you’ve never given it a try, it’s not too late to hop on the bandwagon with Netflix.

The Cats Land a Quarterback

Last night Eddie Gran found a quarterback for his 2019 recruiting class.  Nik Scalzo committed to Kentucky over Illinois, UNLV and a handful of Ivy League schools.  A three-star prospect, he’s ranked by 247 Sports as the No. 16 dual-threat quarterback in America.

His 5’11” size scared off many of the big schools, but Darin Hinshaw saw a winner.  Playing in Broward County, Florida, home to arguably the best high school football in America, he threw for more than 2,000 yards as a sophomore and a junior.  In the camp circuit, he quarterbacked the same 7-on-7 team Teddy Bridgewater used to lead to an Adidas National Championship. If you compared him to Baker Mayfield, he would not mind.

Will Sports Gambling Happen in Kentucky?

The Supreme Court opened the floodgates for states to legalize sports gambling.  New Jersey, West Virginia and Mississippi are just a few that are already acting.  Meanwhile in Kentucky, crickets.  Public sentiment is overwhelmingly in favor of bringing sports books to the Commonwealth, but will politicians act?  To use my mother’s advice, I will expect the worst and hope for the best.

NBA Draft Lottery

Tonight we will discover who is picking where in the 2018 NBA Draft.  De’Aaron Fox will represent the Sacramento Kings when the action begins tonight at 7:30 on ESPN (even though we will not know the final order until about 8:30).

The Warriors are going to win The NBA Finals

The Houston Rockets had everything set up for success against the Golden State Warriors, and still lost by double digits.  James Harden scored 41 points, yet the Rockets weren’t even within striking range in the game’s final five minutes.  The Warriors are just too great.  I couldn’t have said it better myself.

Don’t Laugh Too Hard

If you think it’s funny the first time around, un-mute the 10-second clip.

The KSR Food Bracket Begins Today

But the bigger question is, will it be finished?

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The Replacements

How “The Replacements” Compares With UK Football

(The Replacements)

When you think of the best football movies of all-time, you probably think of Remember the Titans, Friday Night Lights, or Brian’s Song. Those are some of the best football movies ever, however, there is one movie that is so underrated that it is NEVER brought up the conversation.

That particular movie is The Replacements which happens to be one of my favorite sports movies. Let’s get the obvious out of the way first: this film does not belong in the conversation with the incredible movies mentioned above but that does not mean it is not underrated.

As far as plots go, you can see the end of The Replacements coming from a mile away. This is a film that is incredibly simple in its execution and critics buried it because of that.

It’s a classic underdog story where NFL Players go on strike for a short time during the season, and the owners have to hire replacement players to keep the league afloat. That’s it. By its very nature, it is not trying to be the Citizen Kane of football movies. Instead, The Replacements is just an incredibly entertaining and hilarious film that you simply just enjoy watching.

If you don’t believe me, just watch the best overall scene from the movie that absolutely nails how to handle serious and moving subject matter while still being very funny:

After watching this group of ragtag athletes overcome the odds, I could not help but to see the similarities between them and figures from Kentucky Football. Of course, not all these comparisons are perfect, but the sheer number of these that come close is impressive.

Jared Lorenzen is Shane Falco

Falco is the replacement quarterback for the fictional NFL team the Washington Sentinels. He is the main character of the movie who just happens to be a left-handed quarterback who loves to scramble, has a rocket arm, and is also battling inner emotional demons.

Sound familiar?

While they may look different as far as body size, just look at their playing style. It’s essentially the same player (shout out to Keanu Reeves for being impressively athletic).

CJ Conrad is Brian Murphy 

How does this sound? In the movie, Murphy is a tall tight-end with amazing hands who is arguably the most talented player on the team who some say has first-round talent.

Sounds exactly like CJ Conrad to me. In fact, Conrad might just be the first tight end taken in next year’s NFL draft. The big difference between these two players is that Murphy just happens to be deaf which is why he never got drafted and is a replacement player.

Also an amusing side note: Murphy wears No. 86 and Conrad wears No. 87. The comparison is just THAT close.

Kash Daniel is Danny Bateman

This was bar-none the easiest comparison for me to make. Bateman is the team’s middle linebacker who is completely insane on the football field. No, really. He is certifiably insane on the football field.

I’m convinced at this point that Kash Daniel and Bateman are essentially the same person. They wear the same number, play the same position, have the same attitude, same body size, and are very good football players. Just watch the scene above and compare that with this play that Daniel made against Tennessee:

Yupp. Same Guy.

Austin MacGinnis is Nigel Gruff

At first, the Sentinels are very, very bad on the offensive side of the football. So bad that their main scoring threat is their kicker who has incredible leg strength despite his overall average-looking physical appearance.

In fact, it was such a rarity when they scored that everyone made a huge deal when Gruff would make a field goal. It would be the high point of a few of their games.

Sadly, the resemblance here with UK Football is just painfully obvious. MacGinnis is an incredibly talented kicker despite his average-looking appearance and at times he was the lone bright spot on the team.

To make the comparison even more complete, they both hit huge game-winning field goals that were over 50 yards long in victories that helped change the course of their team’s seasons.

Bear Bryant is Jimmy McGinty

You might have already noticed this connection in the clips above, but as the head coach of the Sentinels McGinty (played by legend Gene Hackman) has a throwback approach to coaching.

Motivational speeches, common sense, and classic football ideologies develop his coaching schemes, and he gets all of these throw-away players to play their best possible football.

However, the most obvious comparison that can be seen between him and Bear Bryant is the fact that they both wear suits and old-fashioned hats while they are coaching. I would not be surprised at all if Hackman’s character is completely inspired by Bryant.

They are a few other connections (yes there are more) in the movie with UK Football, but hopefully this post will convince you to watch The Replacements and find these other similarities yourself. Give this movie a watch if you have not yet, and enjoy a simple sports movie that has a lot of heart and laughs.


Pam Beesly: Villain

Oh Pam.  Pam-a-lamma ding dong.  The sweet receptionist that stole hearts with her witty shenanigans in The Office is one of the most beloved characters in television history…or is she actually a villain?

A self-proclaimed expert on a generation’s best comedy, the thought never crossed my mind until today.  I blame it all on Ryen Russillo.

The revelation rocked my world.  Is up actually down?  Does Louisville actually have morals? Surely it cannot be!

The first show I ever binged through, the tension Pam created had me hooked from day one.  A college freshman who was perpetually locked in the friend zone, I desperately sought to find a perfect connection with my Pam.  But who wants to be a Toby Flenderson?  Nobody.  It turns out that it wasn’t a me problem; it was a Pam problem.

Once a beloved fan favorite, Russillo exposed Beesly for the fraud she is.  Beesly is a villain, one who deserves to fall down The Office Character Power Rankings:

1. Creed Bratton
2. Dwight Schrute
3. Michael Scott
4. Kevin Malone
5. Jim Halpert
6. Darryl Philbin
7. Meredith Palmer
8. Phyllis Vance
9. Ryan Howard
10. Kelly Kapoor
11. Stanley Hudson
12. Oscar Martinez
13. Pam Beesly
14. Angela Martin
15. Andy Bernard
16. Toby Flenderson

Feel free to disagree.  Just know it’s okay to let the hate out of your heart for Pamela Beesly Halpert.


The Funkhouser Situation E28: Smell the Infinity Glove

A little more than a week after the world’s biggest movie hit the big screen, Chris Tomlin and Lee Cruse break down Avengers: Infinity War on The Funkhouser Situation.  There are plenty of spoilers in this discussion, but they do not happen until the end of the show.  Before they talk about Thanos and infinity stones, KSR’s dynamic pop culture duo discuss…

—  Lee’s Most Enjoyable Kentucky Derby

—  Westworld’s Similarities to Lost

—  Game of Thrones is the Best Show HBO has ever Done (duh)

—  Why are we constantly remaking movies?

—  Bob Newhart is Underrated

—  What’s the last original character to launch a franchise that didn’t come from a book?

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 E27: Hans Gruber and Sexual Alien Imagery

Lee Cruse took time off from a busy Kentucky Derby week to join Chris Tomlin for another exciting edition of The Funkhouser Situation.  Before things get a little weird, the dynamic duo discusses…

—  What it’s like to interview Al Roker.

—  A sentimental salute to Alan Cutler.

—  New sexual misconduct allegations surrounding Tom Brokaw.

—  Lee Cruse shares some strong words about the Derby (and a few infield stories).

—  A spoiler-free analysis of Avengers: Infinity War.

—  That time Lee ran into a Chris Tomlin comment in The New Yorker.

—  The psychology of horror films: Chris presents some strange sexual metaphors.

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Infinity War Review and Analysis (SPOILER ALERT)

Avengers Infinity War.

Brad Morris and John Reecer both watched Infinity War on Thursday night. Here is their analysis and conversation over what will possibly be the biggest movie ever made. SPOILERS ARE AHEAD. DO NOT READ IF YOU HAVE NOT SEEN THE MOVIE YET!!! 

1. What is your immediate takeaway from the film? 

Brad: They somehow took everything from 18 different movies, stuffed it into two hours and 30 minutes, and it still has little to no flaws at all. Marvel actually pulled it off. This was an amazing achievement.

John:  The fact that a film like this could be so hysterical while also being so incredibly depressing is just insane. In theory, this movie should not have worked at all. However, there are so few flaws. This is truly a cinematic accomplishment. This was one of the most memorable times at the movies I’ve ever had.

2. Let’s talk about that ending. What did you think of it? 

Brad: It was absolutely perfect. That was the only way the movie would have made sense in the end. There was no way that Thanos should’ve lost in the movie. It is a genius way to lead into Captain Marvel and Avengers 4. It was so sad to see so many heroes perish, but this is all part of Doctor Strange’s big plan.

John: I never thought that Disney/Marvel would have the courage to do so, but they actually killed half the Avengers. However, it is SO unfortunate that Marvel has already revealed their next set of movies like Black Panther 2 and a Spider-Man sequel. Everyone and their mother knows that the Guardians, Spider-Man, Black Panther and everyone else that died is not going to stay dead. It does weaken the stakes and the emotional punch in the end isn’t as great as it should be. It’s one of the movies very, very few flaws.

3. How does Thanos stack up as a villain? Does he live up to the hype, or is he another disappointing Marvel villain?

Brad: This is Josh Brolin’s movie. He absolutely killed it as Thanos. He is without a doubt the best villain in the MCU. They actually pulled it off. The fact that he wins and kills half the universe makes him an all-time great villain in the history of cinema just by that alone.

John: I think he is the best villain since Ledger’s Joker. I’m dead serious. How Marvel actually made me sympathize with someone who wants to kill trillions of people…..is both disturbing and amazing. His story is just so compelling. It’s the best aspect of this movie. When he is sitting in peace at the end, I’m actually kind of happy for him.

4. From the Avengers side of things, who is your MVP of Infinity War?

Brad: Thanos may have won this battle, but Doctor Strange is winning this Infinity War. Like he said, they are now in the endgame by his design. It made total sense why he gave up the time stone for Tony Stark. Even though Strange is currently dead, everything is happening as he had planned. It’s a huge risk, and I have no idea what’s going to happen next, but Strange is one step ahead.

John: Strange is the easy choice so I’m going in a different direction and say that Thor is the MVP of Infinity War. Literally everyone he has ever loved or cared about died even before Thanos snapped his fingers (RIP Loki). However, he used his anger and vengeance in a positive way and stuck to the plan. To overcome what he lost is significant character development. Peter Quill should take some notes.

5. What were your favorite moments in the film? 

Brad: For me, it was the more subtle moments. For example, Spider-Man’s Aliens reference/moment on the spaceship was just awesome. Him defeating Squidward (lol) was one of the cooler moments of the movie. Then I come back to the introduction of M’Baku in Wakanda. Him recognizing T’Challa as his brother is a very touching moment. I loved Black Panther just as much as you did and that moment just really got to me.

John: Spider-Man’s moment on the spaceship was incredible. However, the best moment of the movie was without a doubt Thor, Rocket, and Groot finally arriving on the battlefield in Wakanda. That’s one of the coolest moments in MCU history. Then my personal favorite moment was seeing Captain America and Black Panther run out ahead of their entire army just to get into the fight first. Cap and T’Challa are 100% about that action and they work really well together.

6. What were the best jokes in the movie? 

Brad: Star-Lord changing his voice to sound like Thor was hysterical. Basically that entire scene had the audience laughing the entire time. Seeing Thor completely just blowout Quill’s confidence like that was awesome. Drax’s  “I’m being completely still” joke had me in tears as well. Bautista’s comedic delivery is really impressive.

John: Iron Man’s Squidward joke had the most laughter from the audience both times that I saw the movie. Combining the most iconic MCU superhero with the most iconic cartoon of all time was a match made in heaven. On a personal level, I liked Captain America’s “I am Steve Rogers” line when he was introduced to Groot. It was just so wholesome to see a joke between two of the purest characters in the MCU. Also, I am almost forgot but Drax screaming “WHY IS GAMORA” was just hysterical. Bautista is a national treasure.

7. What was the best team-up of Avengers? 

Brad: Thor and “Sweet Rabbit.” They are just perfect together. Rocket’s and Thor’s personalities and history work perfect as a duo. Every time they were on screen together were some of my favorite moments of the movie. Also, I thought that the Dr. Strange/Spider-Man/Iron Man team-up was really great as well.

John: Please give me a Thor/Rocket Raccoon buddy-cop movie right this instant. I could watch those two together all day, every day.

8. What were the biggest flaws in the movie? 

Brad: For me it was the Ant-Man/Hawkeye throw-away line. It’s bad enough they are not even in the movie, but the length of the explanation for why is just so pathetic. At least devote a couple more lines of dialogue to why they are not there.

John: While it did make sense for why they were not there, I agree. Some of the people I watched the movie with completely missed it altogether. One line from Black Widow really was not enough. Also, besides my small quibble with the ending, I also did not enjoy Mark Ruffalo’s jokes in this movie. They were fine, but he was just a little over-the-top in this film. It’s a nitpick, but it was distracting for me.

9. Where does Infinity War rank in the MCU? 

Brad: For me, Winter Soldier will always be the best MCU movie. But WOW did this come close. I would have it either at No. 2 or No. 3 behind the original Avengers.

John: Your feelings for Winter Soldier are my feelings for Black Panther. However, I think Infinity War is a close second for me. I really do think its better than every other MCU movie. It’s that good.

10. What is your final rating?

Brad: 9.75. It really was almost perfect. I just wished they would’ve handled Ant-Man and Hawkeye better. Next summer needs to get here NOW.

John: 9.5. I only have a handful of nitpicks when it comes to this movie. This was Marvel’s masterpiece of a cinematic experience. They really did it. I cannot wait for the conclusion of this story in Avengers 4.


The Funkhouser Situation E26: Royal Baby Fever

Lee Cruse is excited, and it’s not just because he has a new job.  One half of The Funkhouser Situation has caught royal baby fever, and the only prescription is more podcast.  Highlights:

— Off the morning show, go inside Lee’s new life and work routine.

—  Chris shares a bizarre tale from Scotland.

—  Why is Lee so excited about the Royal family?

—  The debut of the second season of Westworld.

—  Does the Tom Hardy Venom movie look good?

—  SNL: A quiz on the longest-running cast-members and who is their Dream Team?

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Avengers Infinity War.

Infinity War Week: All 18 Movies from the Marvel Cinematic Universe Ranked

Avengers Infinity War opens next weekend. (Photo courtesy of Marvel Studios)

After 10 years of movies from the MCU, the culmination of an entire studio happens this week with Infinity War. Here is the definitive ranking of all 18 movies from the universe before the biggest event in movie history happens on Thursday.

18. The Incredible Hulk

The only actual bad movie in this universe. This was such a failure that Edward Norton did not even come back to play the Hulk (Thank god because Mark Ruffalo is infinitely better at the part).

Rating: 4/10

17. Iron Man 2

Blahhhhh. Boring and uninspired. Next.

Rating: 5/10

16. Thor

Meh. It has the same “turn the good-looking douchebag into a likeable superhero” plot that Iron Man had only it’s not done as well.

HOWEVER, this movie stars Natalie Portman and she freaking rocks.

Rating: 6/10

15. Thor: The Dark World

This was as forgettable as the advanced math class I had back in high school.

HOWEVER, this movie stars Natalie Portman AND it features Chris Evans in a cameo! (But for real, it really is better than the first Thor movie)

Rating: 6.5/10

14. Iron Man 3

Better than whatever Iron Man 2 was trying to accomplish, however it featured some terrible villains. It also had a weird ending that tried to get us to believe that Tony Stark was going to give up being Iron Man….and he obviously did not stop.

Rating: 6.75/10

13. Guardians of the Galaxy 2

GOTG 2 is the first “good” movie on this list, but it was still a bit of a letdown from its amazing predecessor. However, this picture is incredibly funny, heartfelt, and it’s just a great movie to enjoy watching.

(Also, this could be heavily debated, but this movie has a better soundtrack than the first “Guardians” movie has. “Brandy” is a perfect song. Do not argue with me on this)

Rating 7/10

12. Doctor Strange

Ahhh yes. Marvel gets back to the “good looking douchebag turns into likeable superhero” plotline that Iron Man and Thor had. How original.

BUT at least in this movie Benedict Cumberbatch does some trippy stuff with his hands, and I totally believe he works as a wizard part-time from being an actor.

Rating: 7.25/10

11. Ant-Man

Ant-Man is miraculously a good movie considering that it 1. turned Paul Rudd of all people into a likeable superhero and 2. perfectly balances between being a superhero origin/heist/drama/comedy movie all at the same time.

This should not have been half as entertaining or emotionally resonant as it turned out to be. Marvel really is awesome.

Rating: 7.5/10

10. Avengers: Age of Ultron

This gets a bit of a bad reputation because it was the sequel to the biggest “event” movie of all time. That’s a tough act to follow, and honestly, it’s a pretty good movie.

Also, it features a scene where the Avengers are drunkenly trying to lift Thor’s hammer. Everyone here is exactly how I envision each Avenger acting at a party.

Rating: 7.5/10

9. Captain America: The First Avenger

Easily the most underrated Marvel movie mainly because its sequels are some of the best superhero movies ever made and it gets overshadowed.

Chris Evans is the definitive Captain America and is the heart of this entire universe. Also, this is one of my personal favorite scenes in any movie ever. I love this.

Rating: 7.75/10

8. Spider-Man: Homecoming

This is where the list changes over from “good” superhero movies into “great” ones. This was literally the sixth Spider-Man movie in 15 years and it feels fresh somehow.

It may not be as good as some of Tobey McGuire’s Spider-Man movies, but man Tom Holland is the definitive webslinger. I can’t wait to watch as his career develops over time.

Rating: 8/10

7. Thor: Ragnarok

Marvel became such a powerhouse over time that its universe actually produced a great Thor movie. Who would’ve thought?

This movie is easily the funniest of all the MCU movies and it is SO much fun to watch. The only reason why it’s not ranked higher is that the comedic tone interferes with some incredibly serious moments.

Next time Marvel, don’t make a joke out of an entire civilization being blown up. Asgard deserved better.

Rating: 8.25/10

6. Guardians of the Galaxy

This is the biggest surprise in the history of any superhero movies. Literally NO ONE had ever heard of these heroes and EVERYONE thought this was going to be trash.

The only reason this isn’t higher on this list is because everyone was a bit too surprised that GOTG was so good. It’s a great movie, but people treat it a bit too kindly. Remember, the climax is a literal dance-off.

(GOTG had the most iconic opening scene of any MCU movie which was highlighted by its best song “Come and Get Your Love.”)

Rating 8.5/10

5. Captain America: The Winter Soldier

They successfully turned a superhero movie into a relevant political espionage thriller while also turning Robert Redford into an awesome villain. Wowza.

I have no idea how they were able to pull something like this off, but me thinks it has a little to do with the Russo Brothers being amazing filmmakers.

And here is where I provide you with this iconic scene that solidified Chris Evans as one of the best action stars working today:

Rating: 8.5/10

4. The Avengers

This conversation begins and ends with this scene. This was the moment that Marvel literally and figuratively flexed its muscles as one of the most unbelievable achievements in film. They really made a movie universe work.

“I’m always angry” will always be one of the most badass lines ever.

Rating: 8.75/10

3. Iron Man

Robert Downey Jr.’s comeback story is one of the best in the history of Hollywood. No one else will ever be able to pull off being “Iron Man” like him. Downey Jr. is Tony Stark. I’m convinced they are the same person.

The success of Iron Man started this universe. Without this great movie the past 10 years of awesome entertainment does not happen. Here is to you Mr. Downey.

(I hope Marvel actually goes for it and kills Iron Man in Infinity War. It would be the prefect sendoff)

Rating: 9/10

2. Captain America: Civil War

No other Marvel movie (besides the best one) has a plot as good as Civil War’s. The last half of this movie is perfect, and that’s not just because of that amazing airport scene.

The plot twist that Bucky killed Iron Man’s parents and Captain America ACTUALLY KNEW ABOUT IT and never told Tony is amazing.

Hats off to you Marvel for giving us the most stressful climax of any Marvel movie. I never thought I would care for fictional characters like this. Man, Infinity War is going to be tough to watch when they kill everyone.

Rating: 9/10

1. Black Panther

Where do I begin?

This movie fixes all of Marvel’s biggest flaws. Unmemorable soundtracks? Pulitzer Prize-winning artist Kendrick Lamar fixes that here. Bad Villains? Michael B. Jordan’s Killmonger is the best villain in this entire universe. Lack of strong female characters? This movie has the strongest female characters in the MCU.

Black Panther engages with intense themes such as isolationism, colonialism, the legacy of slavery, immigration, and OH MY GOD HOW DID MARVEL SUCCESSFULLY MAKE THIS MOVIE ENTERTAINING??

It’s been two months since I’ve seen Black Panther and I still can’t stop thinking about it and the tragic life of Erik Killmonger.

The best movies give something back to its audiences while also being incredibly entertaining. Black Panther does that easily while transcending its own genre. You will actually think about your place in the world after watching this movie.

This isn’t just the pinnacle of MCU movies, it might just be the peak of all superhero movies.

Rating: 9.5/10