Sock Talk Episode 64: It Doesn’t Matter

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Episode Runtime: 1:14:00
Episode Summary:

Welcome back to Sock Talk! This week Phil Healy and Jon Caron, the producers of the documentary  “My Name Is Jonah”, chat, argue, laugh, and love. It’s the beginning of the end. Listen, won’t you?

Music intro and outro: Provided by The Blues Dream Box

If you’d like to donate to Sock Talk Jon’s animated project you can do so here: www.patreon.com/progenitor

Phil Healy Website: I Hunger Productions
Jon Caron Website: Jon Caron Art

Sock Talk Goes To TerrifiCon

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Episode Runtime: 00:17:42

Episode Summary:

Welcome back to Sock Talk! In this snippet, Sock Talk Phil, one of the producers and directors of the documentary  “My Name Is Jonah”, interviews Mitch Hallock. Mitch is the organizer of one of Connecticut’s biggest comic conventions, TerrifiCon. It’s a bit nerdy and perhaps a bit more sincere than Sock Talk Phil would’ve liked, but he did it. He did it and you need to love him for it! Also, please forgive him for soundy ASMR-ish in the outro.

Music intro and outro: Provided by Glow Power

If you’d like to donate to Sock Talk Jon’s animated project you can do so here: www.patreon.com/progenitor

Phil Healy Website: I Hunger Productions
Jon Caron Website: Asylum Studios Photography + Design

Game Review: Uncharted 4

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“Greatness from small beginnings…”

I spent the week before the release of Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End, replaying the original trilogy. I must have played these games at least a half dozen times each by now and I can’t help but be in awe of them yet again. The Uncharted series are arguably  among the greatest games ever created.

Nathan Drake’s adventures are like being part of an Indiana Jones film that goes on for 15 hours. These are beautiful, well written games, filled with characters who you immediately fall in love with and root for. This series always has it’s small share of minor annoyances…and after playing all of them consecutively, I can say that the first Uncharted can be a bit jerky control wise, sometimes making finding cover a chore. Uncharted 2 is rather flawless and EASILY my favorite of the series, with some of the most amazing action set pieces and well balanced gameplay. Uncharted 3 while smooth playing and filled with great moments, is very clunky in the shooting aspect of things, with a rigid cross-hair that you never quite get used to, making combat a genuine chore. These are very minor grievances however, as the pros of this magnificent series far outweigh the cons, making Uncharted an absolute delight to revisit over and over.

Which brings us to Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End…Naughty Dogs final adventure with Nathan Drake. And what an adventure it is.

Let’s just get the most noticeable aspect of this game out of the way first, it is absolutely breathtaking visually. Never have I seen visuals on any platform that come close to the level of detail and beauty on display here. This is one gorgeous video game. The sheer amount of time it must have taken to bring this creation to life is unfathomable. This is truly the first “next gen” game to truly showcase what is possible with the power of the Playstation 4. Lush jungles, sandy beaches, ancient castles, all stunningly created and interactive. On more than one occasion, I would stop just to take in the scenery around me and marvel at it’s beauty. It’s that gorgeous.

Uncharted 4 is also the best the series has ever played. Never before has taking cover, shooting and scaling walls felt this good. Some minor button placement changes took a little adjusting, but after a while it truly felt how this series should have played this entire time. New elements such as the grappling hook and sliding down steep hills are a welcome addition and handle wonderfully as well.

My only real problem with Uncharted 4, is a bit hard to put into words without coming across as too critical…and that’s with the pacing. This adventure (like all Uncharted games) is very story driven, but there were times where I felt I was doing a bit too much cut scene watching and not enough playing, a first in this series. Action set pieces, while spectacular as always, do feel a bit few and far between here. There are also some gameplay elements that feel repetitive and tedious…I mean, how many times do I really need to push a crate? I felt myself being taken out of the game quite a few times due to some very oddly placed elements. I also feel that the story being told here, while engaging, well written and furthering the story of young Nathan Drake is kind of a wimpy Macguffin for a final adventure. Nathans brother Sam is a great addition and the chemistry is really great. I also enjoyed the villainous Nadine, who is an absolute badass. Also returning are Sully (who has less of a part to play here) and Elena, who now married to Drake brings a whole other level of complexity and understanding to their already great relationship.

Beautiful, perfectly controlled, wonderfully acted and as marvelous a game as they come, Uncharted 4 stalls a bit here and there, but a bittersweet, yet satisfying ending really wrap things up nicely for this now decade old series.

As much as it makes me sad that there will not be another Uncharted game to look forward to, I am feverishly waiting to see what developer Naughty Dog creates next. After the success of Uncharted and The Last of Us, they have proven they understand that gaming is a medium that can transcend a narrative driven experience in ways that books and cinema cannot.

Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune 4/5
Uncharted 2: Among Thieves 5/5
Uncharted 3: Drakes Deception 3.5/5
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End 4.5/5

-Sock Talk Jon-

Sock Talk Podcast Episode 63: This is the End

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Episode Runtime: 1:26:32
Episode Summary:

Welcome back to Sock Talk! This week Phil Healy and Jon Caron, the producers of the documentary  “My Name Is Jonah”, start the slow, painful slog to the shows ultimate demise. Or possible rebirth. Either way, it all ends with Episode 69.

Music intro and outro: Provided by Timothy Fife (Progenitor Soundtrack)

If you’d like to donate to Sock Talk Jon’s animated project you can do so here: www.patreon.com/progenitor

Phil Healy Website: I Hunger Productions
Jon Caron Website: Asylum Studios Photography + Design

Sock Talk Podcast Episode 62: Grandma’s Peach Tea

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Episode Runtime: 1:29:13
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Welcome back to Sock Talk! This week Phil Healy and Jon Caron, the producers of the documentary  “My Name Is Jonah”, come back after a two month long hiatus and discuss the vibrant and colorful world of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Hugs!

Music intro and outro: Provided by Timothy Fife (Progenitor Soundtrack)

If you’d like to donate to Sock Talk Jon’s animated project you can do so here: www.patreon.com/progenitor

Phil Healy Website: I Hunger Productions
Jon Caron Website: Asylum Studios Photography + Design

Ghostbusters and Sexism

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Ok…I’ve been reading a LOT on the upcoming Ghostbusters reboot where a great number of film critics have the audacity to refer to anyone who dislikes it as being sexist or a misogynist.

What I haven’t seen is anyone calling this movie out on its own horseshit and using the all female cast as an excuse to make vagina jokes at its own expense in the guise of comedy. Which is way, WAY more sexist. And on top of that, hacky as hell and NOT FUNNY.

:28 “That stuff went everywhere, in EVERY crack, very hard to wash out…” Get it? She means her vagina. She got slime in her vagina. That’s the joke.

:53 *in walks Hemsworth being all sexy “Hello, I’m here about the receptionist job” “Hi! You’re hired!” Get it? He’s hot. Reverse sexism. That’s the joke.

1:18 *she licks the gun Get it? Phallic reference. That’s the joke.

1:25 *she jumps into the crowd and nobody catches her “Okay, I don’t know if it was a race thing or a lady thing, but I’m mad as hell.” Get it? Cause this one’s a twofer! It’s addressing the fact she’s of African American descent AND a woman! WHOA!!! Comedy!

1:44 *upon seeing the Ghostbusters logo with boobs on it “Is it the boobs you don’t like? Cause I can make them bigger.” Get it? It has boobs! THEY have boobs! Hilarity!

Look, there is nothing I loved more as a kid than Ghostbusters, but I’m a grown ass man, nostalgia means nothing to me anymore. I don’t care if you want to make an all new Ghostbusters film, go nuts. But the fact of the matter is, this film is using the all female cast merely as an excuse to make stupid quips which do nothing besides draw attention to the fact you’re watching an all female cast as if it was some sort of circus act. These aren’t jokes and this sort of writing does nothing to strengthen its credibility. In fact, it has the exact opposite effect. If this film had any confidence in what it was doing, the trailer wouldn’t feel the need to draw attention to the fact the cast is female and instead would just focus on whatever the hell the plot is supposed to be. There are numerous films with strong female leads that don’t feel the need to draw attention to the fact you’re watching a film with a woman in the lead role. If something is well written, it shouldn’t constantly need to reference gender. It’s that simple.

Absurd self referential sexism aside, the production of this Ghostbusters movie has been an absolute mess. From Bill Murray not wanting anything to do with it, Ivan Reitman backing down from directing, Harold Ramis dying…then on top of that, completely retooling the entire thing to be an all female cast film and Sony bringing in cameos of some of the original cast to try and draw in the nostalgia factor, it’s not looking good.

Are there people who won’t go see Ghostbusters because the cast is all female? As stupid as that sounds, I’m sure there will be, but this seriously just looks like an unfunny dumpster heap of a film. If you really want to cry misogyny though, you might want to rally around a movie that doesn’t have its cast cracking wise about their vaginas like hack comedians from Evening at the Improv.

Choose a better battle.

-Sock Talk Jon-

Sock Talk Podcast Episode 61: Take a Risk On LaChance

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Episode Runtime: 1:40:02
Episode Summary:

Welcome back to Sock Talk! This week Phil Caron and Jon Healy, the producers of the documentary  “My Name Is Jonah”, welcome to the show master artist, Jeff LaChance and we discuss all things art! Art sadness, art happiness, Art Garfunkel…

Also, if you’d like to donate to Sock Talk Jon’s animated project you can do so here: www.patreon.com/progenitor

Music intro and outro: Provided by Derailer

Phil Healy Website: I Hunger Productions
Jon Caron Website: Asylum Studios Photography + Design