Episode 100: A Look Back

Today is a day that will live in historical records for eternity, Experience Grind has reached 100 episodes! (Although it’s actually episode 121…Holy Crap I just looked that up, that’s a lot)

Kyle & Ryan site down and take a moment to reflect on where the show has come from and where they want it to go. They tackle things like their favorite and least favorite episodes and dream together about who would be a dream guest. Also help us get one of them tweet at Kevin Smith and tell him you want to hear him on our show!

Last of course thank you to you guys that listen we still don’t know why you do but we appreciate that you do.

Cheers! to another 100 episodes!

Episode 99: Monster Hunter World

 

Boy oh boy do we hope you like tangent episodes because this one is chock full of em! We talk about monsters from our childhood, real life monsters and a lot of very thinly related things. We also do talk about Monster Hunter World and what it contains within and if we like it or not…eventually we do.

We are now 1 episode away from #100 and we still don’t know what to do to celebrate it. Lets be honest, probably nothing.

Episode 98: The Cloverfield Paradox

This week Kyle & Ryan have come together to give you their opinions of the brand new NetFlix release “The Cloverfield Paradox” (a J.J. Abrams joint) they talk about this new trend of adapting pre-existing screenplay/movies and turning them into something new. They also talk about letting people down or being a disappointment (They are unrelated to the movie, or are they?….)
Anyways thanks for listening get your t-shirt orders in if you want one!

Norm Macdonald getting his own Netflix talkshow?

Rumors are coming out that Norm Macdonald is in talks to have his own talk show on Netflix similar to David Letterman and Chelsea Handler. I am very excited at this news as Norm has been one of my favorite comedians ever since I first saw him on  Weekend Update. I was a young boy but really enjoyed his dry, cutting humor. I remember my mother telling me when he was fired from SNL and how sad I was.

Norm eschews most normal interview trappings and tries to have an honest but humorous conversation with the people he interviews on his podcast “Norm Macdonald LIVE”. He peppers jokes in constantly while speaking and sometimes purposefully tries to trip up his guests.

Norm has been known as your favorite comedians favorite comedian but seems to have mostly flown under the radar from most main stream appreciations, the man has a wit that is cutting and an almost unrivaled understanding of timing watch for his example how he has fun on the Conan show and saves a pretty mediocre and boring interview.

I look very forward to this news and hope for my selfish sake it comes true.

-Kyle

Episode 97: Big Trouble in Little China

This week sees the return of a previous guest that Kyle & Ryan enjoy immensely. Alex from Chicago returns and he brought a lot of booze with him. He also watched the wrong movie (He watched “Big Trouble” from a few episodes ago) so they spend part of this episode talking about that movie again. #Russellfest continues on and they do eventually discuss the title episode albeit briefly. A revisit is probably do to give this one justice. Thanks for listening we hope you enjoy Alex as much as we did.

Episode 96: Final Fantasy IX

So let’s get the cat out of the bag, Kyle & Ryan don’t like Final Fantasy 9. That said they only hate this game for a short time, while also discussing a lot of classic RPG’s and lesser known hits and spend some time breaking down Michael Bay Transformer movies for some reason. It is a really fun an interesting episode but if you Love Final Fantasy 9 it’s going to make you mad. Spoiler Warning I guess…

Episode 95: 2017 Movies 2.0 The Remixening

The boys are finally prepared to leave 2017 in the past…after this episode. Kyle & Ryan sit down one more time to go a little further in depth with the movies they didn’t get a chance to with Sound Engineer Andry (sometimes that guy has a way of dominating the conversation *shrug) They also talk a lot about fetishes and the kind of things Kevin Spacey is into…sexually. They might have coined a new kink, listen and find out!

Episode 94: Movies of 2017

Kyle & Ryan are joined again by the great episode guest and frequent discussion tangent driver Sound Engineer Andry to discuss the movies of 2017, they hit on the movies they like and that they don’t like and for some reason spend a lot of time on Netflix *shrug* as always the epsiode is full of discussion but sometimes not on the intended topic. There is a nice etymology of the word “cool” so we hope you enjoy that and the rest of this episode.

Episode 93: Video Games Year in Review 2017

For the first episode of our annual best of Kyle & Ryan try to cram in talking about as many games as possible. They have switched the format up this year instead of a “Top5” list they have instead opted to only list their #1 and then also discuss the other games they really liked and the ones that they didn’t like that much either. It is a classic EG episode with tangents, foul language and maybe some off color jokes. We can’t wait for you to hear it.

Episode 92: The Cade Interview

Kyle & Ryan had a brand new arcade bar open up in their hometown of Bloomington and so thought they would have a sit down with the owners and talk about all the things that go into running an arcade/bar and what influenced them to take that risk. This was a fun little chat with some really cool and passionate people. Check them out if you’re ever in Bloomington.

Episode 91: the Last Jedi

You had to have known this episode was coming right? You know the boys are always going to be heavily involved in most things Star Wars ESPECIALLY a new entry in the numbered franchise. If you haven’t seen the film yet don’t fret! We spend the first section not discussing Star Wars at all and then give a hard spoiler warning break before we get into the film so you can easily listen if you haven’t watched yet. Come sit and listen a while.

3 Reasons Why “Die Hard” is NOT a Christmas movie.

 

Around this time of year a certain argument starts to show up and it’s one we disagree with hard here at Experience Grind, it’s very rare when both hosts agree so vehemently so you know this argument at least has some thought behind it. We are here today to stop this notion that “Die Hard” is a Christmas movie. That is not to say that it can’t be a part of your Christmas tradition, that’s the beautiful part about what makes a tradition, you make up the rules. “Die Hard” is not a Christmas movie but a movie that takes place during Christmas.

So without further ado Experience Grind presents the 3 reasons “Die Hard” is NOT a Christmas movie.

 

  • Christmas is not ancillary to the plot.

 

The biggest argument against Die Hard as a Christmas movie is the fact that Christmas doesn’t matter at all to the plot. I know, I know, I already hear your arguments:

  • “Yea it does! It’s the reason John is coming to town and the reason all the people are staying late in the building to have the party!”
  • None of that is Christmas specific they could have been staying over to celebrate the opening of the building (a workable excuse given that the building was under construction at the time of filming) John coming to town is easily explained as trying to reconcile his marriage whether it’s for a Christmas party or grand opening doesn’t matter the main focus is reconciliation.
  • It’s the reason why the police/Security guards are caught off guard!”

 

  • The guards are caught off guard because the building isn’t open yet, again this could be easily replaced with a business opening party for the employees Christmas has not effect
  • The police would never operate with less officers just because it was Christmas in fact it’s more likely they have more officers on duty because of that sweet Holiday overtime pay they would receive.

 

  • There is no Growth for the characters.
    In our opinion a requirement to be a Christmas movie is that a character needs to learn a lesson or a hard truth about themselves or the world that leads to growth for that character. Scrooge learns to help those less fortunate than himself, The Grinch learns to not isolate himself and to love his neighbor Rudolph learns to help peers when they need it and be the bigger person. 

 

 

John McClane goes through no such character growth he is the same person at the beginning of the film and the end he has the same moral compass, convictions and motivations.

 

  • There is none of that old fashioned “Christmas Magic”™

 

As stated in our opening argument you could change the holiday in Die Hard to literally any other time of year and it would have the same effect. Christmas has no outcome over the actions in the movie. Compared to “National Lampoons Christmas Vacation” where the central theme is the Christmas bonus Clark is hoping to receive to install a pool and his bosses understanding of how cold hearted it was to not reward his employees instead of press charges for being kidnapped, or the Red Ryder BB Gun Ralphie pines for throughout “A Christmas Story” which he gets at his lowest moment when he thinks he has been denied the one gift he desired most. John McClane overcomes all of his obstacles with wit and fortitude to not give up, it is his ingrained nature as a cop, there is no magic or helping hand giving him assistance.

Look, Die Hard is a fantastic action flick that we will watch anytime because we thoroughly enjoy it in every aspect, it is a well-paced and tight action flick that a lot of other action films could study to find out why it works so well (the recent sequels should have that’s for sure.) but it is an action movie that just also happens to take place during Christmas. Much like the difference between “Art” and “Pornography” it is hard to quantify a Christmas movie but you know it when you see it and “Die Hard” is as much a Christmas movie as “Lethal Weapon”.

Oh, what’s that? You didn’t know another classic action movie from the 80’s was also set during Christmas time? Weird, it’s almost like it had no bearing on the overall plot of the film…

 (<You right now)

Episode 90: The Stream Dream Team

Kyle & Ryan are joined by a very special guest Sound Engineer Andry makes his return to the show this time coming out from behind the sound board to talk about all the games the guys played during the 24 hour charity stream they took part in in early November. As always expect a lot of tangents and unrelated issues besides the main topic, as well as the new segment “What You Hyped For?” this was a beautiful mess of an episode that we hope you enjoy.

Episode 89: Big Trouble

The boys have come together to talk about the 2003 crime comedy “Big Trouble” NOT Big Trouble in Little China. This movie stars a whole lot of actors that you know and love from all over the tv and movie world. The boys talk about why these people got together and what the big controversy surrounding this movie is (Pssst! Not Much) They also kind of talk about the giant shit hole Hollywood seems to be in general lately and it might be a topic the revisit in the future.

Episode 88: Metal Slug 3

On this episode we talk about the SNK shoot em up “Metal Slug 3″…or at least we try to. We of course go off on a lot of different tangents about things that have no relevance to the game itself but overall this episode turned out really good, we get into the “Meat & Potatoes” of the game which is all you ever wanted right? We also hit on that Battlefront 2 controversy and a lot of other things.

Episode 87: Thor: Ragnarok

You had to know this episode was coming if you’ve ever listened to the show and know how much of a fan Ryan is of all things Marvel Cinematic Universe. The dudes sit down and wax poetic about what they hope is the first good Thor movie and the continued greatness of the MCU in general. does it hold up? Let’s find out together on this episode.
Also spoilers ahead of course dummies.

Episode 86: Double Dragon Neon

Double Dragon Neon is a modern sequel to the daddy of all  beat em ups. Kyle & Ryan sit down in the new studio to discuss this game that captured their attention during the 24 hour charity stream they participated in. Did it capture it in a good way or a bad one? Join us to find out on this episode.

Also there are tangents…lots and lots of tangents.

Episode 85: Blade Runner & Blade Runner 2049

In a move from the old days of Experience Grind Kyle & Ryan decide to discuss two movies instead of one. They are joined again by Laura as they dive into “Blade Runner” and it’s sequel “Blade Runner 2049” check it the F out you heartless replicants.

Episode 84: Halloween Spooktacular

Greetings ghouls and ghosts! On this final episode of the spookiest month Kyle and Ryan are joined by the lovely Laura to have a discussion about all things Halloween! From costumes, to tricks and real life Haunted places they’ve been. It’s always a hoot when Laura is on so you know this episode is going to be overflowing with great things get her and get spooky.

Episode 83: The Evil Within w/Brooks

 

Can we quit trying to name this holiday something catchy and fun, It’s flippin’ Devils Night at the witching hour and we’re talking about the supremely messed up “the Evil Within” A survival horror game by the legendary Shinji Mikami the father of Survival horror and “Resident Evil” does this game add to his staggering legacy or does it stumble and shuffle around like a zombie? find out right now on EXPERIENCE GRIND PODCAST! (c)