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Monday, October 18, 2021

Jackbox Party Pack 8 Review: Five New Games To Try

By Jonathan Bilski
Over the weekend, friends and I came back together to do what we did more than ever during the pandemic times. Reconnect? No. Delight in each other's progress in life. No. Have a to-the-root chat about ourselves? No. We played Jackbox. Which, is sort of like those things, but telling people to shut up about them, so we can play the f#%king game! We played the brand new pack. And I was surprised, got angry over simple things and just went, 'What is this?,' with prompts from the new Drawful. It was like nothing had changed, except we knew we could go outside and not die, unless hit by a random car.

Jackbox Party Pack 8 has five new games to try and I'm  sharing each one with ya' here.
Drawful: Animate (3-10 players)
You've played Drawful 1 and 2, now how about the third one where you can turn your drawings into animated gifs. How fast did you think someone drew a penis amongst my friends? If you guessed, right away, you'd be right.

It's the same fun and strange Drawful game you've played before where you're given strange prompts-or you can create your own-and you gotta draw them. This time you animate two slides. It works very well as you can see your first slide underneath your first. So, it's easy to redraw what you did and change it to a little animated gif.

This new drawing game is a welcome addition and will have you making fun of or applauding your friends artistic ability. And the game is, as it always has been, very tricky to win at.

Prompts are so random and people can draw so poorly that you might not vote for what's really the correct answer. And I mean that, the people behind the game know how you and your friends think and how lazily you can write on your phones. They can totally mess with you on prompts and how poorly people write them out.

Of course, you can win the game, but you can also get the most likes with funny prompts you put in. So, let's say, if someone, drew a tuna riding a washing machine and you call it "The Best Action Movie I Haven't Seen" or "What Happens To Me When I Get High" you'll earn those likes. It's not always about points.

But it's about points, another new bit is being able to double down once per round on an answer. You can double your score, if you choose the correct prompt for that animation of a deer eating Super Mario.

So many strange art pieces and so many gun dicks. Sigh, the friends we have.

Weapons Drawn (4-8 players)
Oh, did I want this to be a good one? As of playing it very few times, that's a no. I ain't liking this lovely looking Clue inspired deductive reasoning drawing game. It's fairly high concept to explain and kind of a pain to play. You and your friends are detectives and murderers and you're at a fancy party. You've got to kill other players guests, while figuring out whose killing other guests. 
Oh, and it's done by looking for letters in pictures you and other players created that have letters from the name you've put down for yourself in the game. Yeah, I'm kind of amazed they thought this one could work, it's a way too much.

So, I'm Jonathan. So J or O-N-A-T-H-A-N can be put into a drawing and then I have to draw around it and turn it into a weapon. Oy, it gets weirder as the font can change so J can look like this J or this j or this J. Other letters from your name can be used to, to add to the confusion. I'm not sure if my friends and I were doing it right and we think with more players, we had four at the time, we might enjoy it more. It did take us a while to get into Push The Button from Pack 6.

For right now, I can only admire the lovely Clue-themed style of the game, but looks aren't everything when it comes to online games with friends.

The Wheel of Enormous Proportions (2-8 players)

Possibly the new fav from this pack and it is a trivia game. A glorious game a that. Because, it's the WHEEL OF ENORMOUS PROPORTIONS! Just emulating its host. And this sentient wheel doesn't come off as a jerk. This wonder wheel asks you, to ask it, a question, before each game and if you win, the wheel will answer it. And you do spin the wheel on your phone and friends will use "Spin, right round, like a record," all the time!
You answer the wheel's' trivia until a player accumulates 20,000 points. More than one person can do so in a game and until someone spins their name -in a special round-the game goes on.

This trivia challenge is different that previous Jackbox trivia games as you usually have to tap multiple answers, tap two matching subjects, write-in and other more involved game-play other than just choosing A, B, or C. (Careful, those letters might be weapons. Call back to Weapons Drawn!)

After three questions are asked, folks spin the living wheel. During this point collecting points you're also getting slices for most correct answers. So, try your best, because more slices on the wheel, means an arrow can point to you and you can get more points. Don't forget to try and get the POWER SLICE! Available at the end of each round.

This trivia game feels very much like a game show and having the host be the wheel is a nice touch of absurd fun. Having a nice Pat Sajak-like or friendly personality was a good fit. I loved the look of little characters your friends and you embody during gameplay and the sound effects they were given when they win. It's cute and more family-friendly than the more well known You Don't Know Jack series that has been the companies main-stay for so long.

Be sure to see what the wheel is snacking on in-between rounds. So far, it looks like he likes chips and ice cream.

The Poll Mine (2-10 players)
Only you and your friends can be this opinionated. You have to be for this one. The game separates you into two teams. You're both trying to get out of the same mine. Sadly, for some reason, you can't all work together. However, you all have to voice your opinions on varying subjects. Then, you have to guess what everyone's opinions were. It's one where knowing other players will give you a better idea of what they chose.

The game changes it up a little bit by making guesses of who chose "Where's a better place to live? Or

'What Sounds Better?", in different orders like, what came in 2nd, 3rd and 4th place or last to first.

Visually, it looks like a storybook and you want to see if your character will make it out of the mine. 
Another great concept that let's people get into discussions over what others think of one another. Opinions vary, so unless you and the people you know all think a like, it should be fun to see what order for "What makes me feel the prettiest?" might be.

Job Job (3-10 players)
Many Americans are unhappy with the unfair wages and minimal benefits companies provide as many retail and service jobs are finding it hard to fill positions. This game has nothing to do with that, it is about finding work from an anthropomorphic water cooler. This cartoon water cooler with an office of living office equipment needs to fill a position and only one player can get it. That and their starting salary is dependent at how well they do at taking other people's words and using them to answers questions.

Job Job is a word jumble game where you have to find the right thing to say from other player's answers to questions. You'll take what other players wrote down for let's say, "What do you do when the printer is broken?", and sort them out into...maybe, an answer that makes sense. Then those playing on whose best fits.

It's a fun ice-breaker game of the five. Easy to get into. Easy to screw up. Perfect to read some horrible, horrible things your friends put down that they wouldn't normally do, but they'll write down anyway.

Yet again, great game that looks cartoony and when you get a SYNERGY, you know you're having fun.
You can turn what you write into a t-shirt from Job Job. Maybe, causing lots of questions to be asked.

Like games before in the packs, everything you do can be shared on Twitter or other media after the game from the device your using. They show off scores and what you might have animated. So, people know you got the Job Job or made fun of Moby and his vegan restaurant in animated gif form.

As of writing this, a little unhappy it doesn't come with Steam cards or any unlockables on Steam. Also, for whatever reason, I can't get to the after play posts on my Android phone in Firefox. So, I can't share funny quips from the game on Twitter or just share to other media easily. N one else seemed to have that trouble from those I was playing with.

This is a great new pack perfect for all the holidays we've got approaching or just something to do online during the weekend with your friends who still can't meet up in person. I'll be playing it on Halloween and many more times after that. Hopefully, this weekend! Grab the new pack and demand Steam cards. 

Jackbox Party Pack 8 is out now on PS5, PS4, XSX|S, X1, Switch, and PC/Mac/Linux for $29.99.

 Game provided by publisher for review purposes.

Friday, October 15, 2021

Friday Posters: Sonic Green Hill Zone '91, Scream & This Game’s Called Murder


Regular price £49.99

Scream Posters via Bloody Disgusting

And the utterly bonkers looking  This Game’s Called Murder

Thursday, October 14, 2021

Places To Go: Burbank For Halloween


We visited two shops walking distance from one another in Burbank and you should check them out this weekend or head to before Halloween.

First up, 
Halloween Town
2921 W Magnolia Blvd
Burbank, CA 91505
This is the premiere store for Halloween stuff year-round. This place looks way better than any Spirit Halloween store. A huge collection of things that got bump in the night. They have horror t-shirts that make Hot Topic look like a 99 cent store. Decorations, books, plushies, pins. This store is jam-packed with Halloween goodness.
Costumes? They have two stores nearby devoted to costumes. One for adults and one for kids. They have you covered.
A few downsides. No pictures. They don't want you taking any selfies or photos inside for some reason. There very specific when it comes to credit cards. You have to have your I.D. and it has to match the name on the card. So, you can't lend it it to your kids if they want to grab something there.

Not far is the
& Evil Dead Experience
3200 W Magnolia Blvd.
Open everyday 12-7

Another great store nearby to get some amazing Halloween gear. The selection isn't as robust as Halloween Town, but they've got things Halloween Town don't. That includes a Horror Camp themed pop-up shop and The Evil Dead Experience. The Horror Camp pop-up is just a holler to look through as is the rest of the store. The Evil Dead Experience is a fun little romp through the series with props from the film series. For $15 it's a fine weekend time-waster. We wouldn't pay for the add-ons again.

No real downside, maybe some high prices, but you ain't finding the stuff anywhere else. And they want you to take photos.


Wednesday, October 13, 2021

Chucky Wants Some Tomato Blood & Krispy Skreme

You can watch the first episode for free of Chucky online right now and we recommend it. It's a bloody new show that SyFy should have had for some time. 

And on blood you can find in store or order online for specially labeled Heinz Tomato Blood. They also have costumes to get 'bloody" with ketchup.

Now through Halloween you can score some delectable looking doughnuts from Krispy Kreme going by Krispy Skreme for the promotion

Spooky Sweet

Bewitched Broomstick – A Kreme™ filled doughnut dipped in purple icing, decorated with an icing swirl and gold stars, and finished with a green buttercreme and pretzel “broomstick”.

Abra Cat Dabra – An Original Glazed® doughnut dipped in chocolate icing and black sanding sugar and decorated like a cat with icing and sugar fondant eyes.

Enchanted Cauldron – A Glazed Chocolate Cake doughnut topped with Kreme™ and decorated like a cauldron with sprinkles and a pretzel “broomstick”.

Weekly What To Do: We're Already Into Halloween Here

Oct 12-21
TCL Chinese 6 Theatres
6801 Hollywood Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90028
$11 and up

We've got a plethora of horror films to see in Hollywood! Don't miss all new scares on the big screen. The double feature of Evil Dead films with Brice Campbell doesn't look bad.

October 14, 2021, 7:00 P.M.
The Ray Stark Family Theatre, SCA 108, George Lucas Building, 
USC School of Cinematic Arts Complex, 
900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007
Free, RSVP 

From the visionary mind of writer/director Brandon Cronenberg, POSSESSOR is an arresting sci-fi thriller about elite, corporate assassin Tasya Vos. Using brain-implant technology, Vos takes control of other people’s bodies to execute high profile targets. As she sinks deeper into her latest assignment Vos becomes trapped inside a mind that threatens to obliterate her.
Glendale on Oct 15th
Banned upon its original release in 1981, Andrzej Żuławski’s stunningly choreographed nightmare of a marriage unraveling is an experience unlike any other. Professional spy Mark (Sam Neill) returns to his West Berlin home to find his wife Anna (Isabelle Adjani, in a role that earned her Best Actress at Cannes) insistent on a divorce. As Anna's frenzied behavior becomes ever more alarming, Mark discovers a truth far more sinister than his wildest suspicions. With its pulsating score, visceral imagery, and some of the most haunting performances ever captured on screen, Possession is cinematic delirium at its most intoxicating.
Saturday, October 16 & Sunday, October 17&Oct 30th
Little Tokyo

Back in time for spooky season, the Little Tokyo Ghost Club will be transforming the community for the 5th annual Haunted Little Tokyo, a fun-filled Halloween celebration with three frightfully fun events that are perfect for ghosts and ghouls of all ages.

OCTOBER 16 & 17, 2021
Canoga Park, CA
“Sweet Sorrow, A Zombie Ballet”, will include live on-stage performances and short films featuring LPBC company dancers from around the world. Together, they’ll take you back to the funeral of Romeo and Juliet, the star-crossed lovers, and tell you the rest of the story. You’ll follow Juliet’s cousin Rosaline through the underworld, as she encounters lost souls, vampires, zombies, werewolves and a mighty Raven Queen. Get your tickets now and experience the darkness, the magic, the madness and the romance of "Sweet Sorrow, A Zombie Ballet"!
Sat, Oct 16, 2021, 2:00 PM
Dynasty Typewriter at The Hayworth
2511 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90057

A shocking spree of sensational Seventies horror — screened from lovingly rescued 16mm prints.

We forever love the genre’s vibe from that time for its backwoods grit, Gothic grandeur and just plain bugnuttery. This era’s indie visions and exploitation hybrids have never stopped delivering on their grimy promise. Don’t miss these six far-out features ruled by folk curses, desert disasters, ancestral torments, orphaned teens, demented hillbillies and telekinetic murderers!
Wed, Oct 20th, 7pm
The Ray Stark Family Theatre, SCA 108, George Lucas Building, 
USC School of Cinematic Arts Complex, 
900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007
Free, RSVP 

In Antlers, a small-town Oregon teacher (Keri Russell) and her brother (Jesse Plemons), the local sheriff, discover that a young student (Jeremy T. Thomas) is harboring a dangerous secret with frightening consequences.
Check out the full Halloween Guide here for even more Halloween haunts and events! 
Thurs, Oct 14
Select Theaters 

*Total 80's insanity, a ridiculous sports movie.

In celebration of its 35th anniversary, the 1986 BMX racing film, Rad returns to theaters for one-night-only. Featuring a new 35th anniversary restoration, the film stars Bill Allen (Cru Jones), Lori Loughlin (Christian Hollings), Talia Shire (Mrs. Jones), Jack Weston (Duke Best), and Ray Walston (Burton Timmer), along with 1984 Olympic gymnastics champion Bart Conner (Bart Taylor).

Oct 14-24
The Golden Pagoda (formerly Hop Louie)
950 Mei Ling Way Los Angeles, CA 90012 
Free, RSVP 

CAT ART SHOW 4: A NEW BEGINNING debuts Thursday, October 14, 2021. The exhibition will showcase 70+ artists from 16 countries.
La Brea Tar Pits x Pacific Standard Time presents the discussion,
"Fossilized and Realized: La Brea Tar Pits in Art and Popular Culture"
Thursday, October 14, 2021, 6-7pm 
La Brea Tar Pits
Free, RSVP
Come celebrate La Brea Tar Pits this fall by joining this panel discussion on the inspirational significance of the pits in the cultural consciousness and experience of Los Angeles. Panelists may also speak on how visual art and popular culture may help (or hinder) the understanding of and access to the science of the La Brea Tar Pits.

Opening Reception Friday Oct 15th
Gallery 1988
Oct 15-17
88 Fair Dr, Costa Mesa, CA 92626

"Grab your friends, and celebrate one of the largest Japanese cultural festival in Southern California. Enjoy the experience of shopping, tasting, and learning about Japanese culture. There will also be live performance, games, Kimono models and more!!"
Un día a la vez (Gallery I)
Princesses, Gender Mandates and Other Stories (Gallery II)
Life Is Hard (Viewing Room)
Off The Porch (Viewing Room)
Opening Reception: Saturday, October 16 from 6-9pm
Thinkspace Projects
4217 W. Jefferson Blvd. | Los Angeles, CA 90016
Hilda Palafox’s (also known as PONI) latest solo show, ‘Un día a la vez.” Featuring an entirely new collection of the feminine subjects she is known for, there is an aura of mystery surrounding each piece.
Thinkspace Projects is excited to present Olga Esther’s U.S. west coast solo debut, ‘Princesses, Gender Mandates, and Other Stories.’ Using the symbolism of princess-tales, Esther broaches the subjects of gender and feminism.
Plenty of Horror Here

The  annual summertime series that begins August 27, 2021, offering guests a cinematic experience under the stars—with Coronavirus safety precautions in place—at the historic Hollywood venue. The season kicks off with the 2013 comedy This Is the End on opening night, followed by Bohemian Rhapsody, Birdman, Weekend at Bernie’s, and Pulp Fiction rounding out the opening weekend.