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Archive for the month “December, 2019”

Nintendo In The 2010s

The past 10 years have been some of the greatest in the history of Nintendo, which is pretty incredible considered what the company has accomplished throughout its existence. The Big N kicked off the decade in 2010 with one of its greatest games of all time: Super Mario Galaxy 2. The following year, in 2011, it launched the Nintendo 3DS, and in 2012 the world was introduced to the Wii U. 2013 saw the Nintendo 2DS, followed by the wildly popular Amiibo that debuted in 2014. In 2015 we got the New Nintendo 3DS XL, and Pokemon Go took over the world in 2016. The NES Classic was also released in 2016, demonstrating how much demand there was for retro content and kick-starting a wave of additional mini-consoles in the future. If I had to pick one year from the decade as Nintendo’s greatest, it would be 2017. This year saw the launch of the Nintendo Switch, which has sold more than 40 million hardware units and more than 250 million software units (as of September 2019). The Nintendo Switch was home to major game releases in 2017, including The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Super Mario Odyssey, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, and Splatoon 2. In addition to all of this, Nintendo released the Super Nintendo Classic the same year. This mini-console, like its predecessor, went on to sell millions of units and took the world by storm. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Kirby Star Allies, and Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze, among other games, came to the Nintendo Switch in 2018. And this year, 2019, brought us Yoshi’s Crafted World, Luigi’s Mansion 3, Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair, Pokemon Sword and Shield, and more. This is also the year that the Nintendo Switch Lite and Ring Fit Adventure made their debut.

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Philadelphia DDP Yoga Class: January 4 @ 10 a.m.

I hope you’re enjoying the holiday season so far!

My next DDP Yoga class is taking place on Saturday, January 4 at 10 a.m.

REGISTER HERE

WHERE
FeeLean Fitness
1551 Washington Ave., Unit C
Philadelphia, PA 19146

WHEN
Saturday, December 21 at 9 a.m.

PRICE
$15

See you on January 4th!

Nintendo Philly Meetup: January 26

Our next Nintendo Philly Meetup is taking place on January 26 at TAP Esports! The cost to attend is $10 per person. If you want to stick around after the event, which will take place from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., TAP is happy to offer you discounted pricing.

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Shudder: Best Of 2019

Shudder, AMC Networks’ premium streaming service, had a banner year. Not only did the popular platform feature top-tier content that received critical praise, it also saw a surge in viewership as a result of exclusive and original shows and movies. And 2020 overall is poised to be another great year for Shudder. Among the highlights are the premiere of the mythic Māori action/adventure series The Dead Lands in January, a co-production with TVNZ; the exclusive streaming premiere of Rob Zombie’s 3 from Hell in February; an untitled “queer horror” documentary from director Sam Wineman and two of Horror Noire’s executive producers; Daniel Isn’t Real, out in limited release now after picking up awards at Sitges, SXSW and other film festivals, and coming to Shudder in 2020; and the acquisition of a multiple films presently on the festival circuit including Jeff Barnaby’s Canadian First Nations zombie movie Blood Quantum, which premiered at TIFF, Jayro Bustamante’s Guatemalan horror La Llorona which premiered at Venice and won the Fedora Award for Best Film and the GdA’s Director’s Award, and Josh Ruben’s comedy thriller Scare Me, which will have its world premiere next month at Sundance Film Festival. The latter two acquisitions were announced earlier today.

What follows are images highlighting the cream of the crop on Shudder in 2019.

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Completely Damaged Radio

IMG_5298Today, I took part in an episode of Completely Damaged Radio at Montgomery County Community College, where I talked about becoming a certified DDP Yoga instructor and why I made this decision, as well as pro wrestling, and other topics. It was a fun time, and you can check out the episode below.

Speaking of DDP Yoga, my next class is Saturday (December 21) at 9 a.m. It’s $15 to attend and spots are filling up, so register now.

35 Years Of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles has been one of the most enduring and entertaining forces in pop culture over the past 35 years. Since the release of the original comic book in 1984, the Ninja Turtles have made a lasting impact on generations of fans around the world. Animated series, live-action movies, video games, toys, concerts—the Ninja Turtles (also known as TMNT) brand has dominated nearly every medium imaginable. Being born just a year after TMNT, I’ve been a devoted fan for as long as I can remember. To cap off my celebration of 35 years of TMNT, I’m going to take a look back at the totality of its existence, including my favorite films, shows, video games, and more bearing the TMNT name. Also included is part of an interview I conducted with Pat Fraley, the iconic voice of Krang from the original 1987 animated series. I hope you enjoy this turtle-powered retrospective. Cowabunga, dude!

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Review: DDP Yoga Bonus! & Extreme 3.0 DVDs

Recently, two new DDP Yoga DVD sets were released: DDPY Bonus! and Extreme 3.0. A significant amount of people still prefer physical media over digital, so Dallas decided to give them some new content to enjoy. Collectively, these new DVD sets contain five DVDs and 23 new workouts—15 on DDPY Bonus! and 8 on Extreme 3.0. All of these workouts first appeared on the DDP Yoga Now app and are still available. They originally debuted on the DDP Yoga Now app as live workouts, but they have since been renamed—on the DVDs and the app—with fun, descriptive titles. Think of these DVD sets as a greatest hits collection of the best and most challenging live workouts from the DDP Yoga Now app, specifically targeted toward those who prefer the DVDs over the app or for DDPY fans who simply want to have a hard copy of some of their favorite live workouts. Below is my take on each DVD set, as well as names and descriptions for every workout you’ll find on DDPY Bonus! and Extreme 3.0.

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Martha Graham Cracker’s Album Release Show Is A Smashing Success

Last night Philly’s favorite drag queen, Martha Graham Cracker, gave her finest performance. This album release show coincided with the debut of Lashed But Not Leashed—Martha’s first studio album. A concept album that captures the music from the live show created in residency at the Kimmel Center’s 2015 Theatre Residency Program, Lashed But Not Leashed is an 11-song odyssey of myriad musical styles and emotions that goes for the jugular and doesn’t let go until the final note dissipates.

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Music Review: Lashed But Not Leashed

Tomorrow Martha Graham Cracker, Philly’s favorite drag queen, releases her very first studio album. I’ve listened to it several times, and it is fantastic! Filled with numerous musical styles, Lashed But Not Leashed is the perfect representation of everything Martha Graham Cracker is, while paying tribute to her influences. From the high-energy album-opener to the funky and hilarious “Let Me Sit On It,” there’s something for everyone to love. The standout track to me is “I’m Not Trying To Stop The Rain.” It’s an epic, sweeping ballad that is nothing short of a masterpiece. It’s like Barry Manilow and Aretha Franklin tossed into a blender, with the result being sheer perfection and 100% soul. To put it simply, this album is all killer and no filler. But don’t take my word for it, check out Martha’s track-by-track insights below. And make sure to buy your ticket to see her one-night-only performance at the Kimmel Center tomorrow night before it sells out.

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Martha Graham Cracker: Philly’s Favorite Drag Queen Tells All

The Martha Graham Cracker Cabaret is an in-your-face rock and roll drag cabaret starring Pig Iron Theatre Company co-founder Dito van Reigersberg as Miss Martha Graham Cracker, the world’s tallest and hairiest drag queen. For more than 14 years, Martha has entertained audiences in Philly, New York, Vegas, and elsewhere with her high-energy and hilarious shows that are unlike anything you’ve ever seen. Tomorrow, Martha celebrates a gigantic milestone—her first studio album: Lashed But Not Leashed. To mark the occasion, a special one-night-only performance is taking place at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts. My wife and I will be in attendance for this show, and we can’t wait. After buying a ticket to what promises to be an epic evening, read my interview below with the greatest drag queen you will ever see: Martha Graham Cracker.

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