Knights of Badassdom

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LARPing, or Live Action Role Playing, is a term that not many normal people are familiar with.  It has been referred to as Dungeons and Dragons on steroids.  But it is basically adult men and women fighting each other and fake creatures with large foam weapons.  It may sound dorky… and it is…but to each his own!  From what I hear it is a very fun time filled with friendship, storytelling and stress removal.  Until now the only mainstream movie I’m familiar with that contained a level of LARPing was “Role Models” with Paul Rudd and Sean Michael Scott.  But recently a newcomer has entered the battlefield, the Knights of Basassdom!

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The Plague Dogs

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The Plague Dogs is an animated movie that follows the story of two dogs who have escaped from an animal research facility in North West England.  Snitter, who has had some kind of brain surgery (voiced by John Hurt) and Rowf, who was almost drowned during an experiment at the beginning of the film, escape after a lab worker leaves Rowf’s cage door unlatched.  They make their way through the lab and out through the incinerator, just in the nick of time before almost being burnt alive.  They run out in the the countryside after first trying to find “a master” who will feed them.  After being scared away by either their uninformed perception or by real threat, they attempt to live off of the land as feral dogs, even though they’ve had their shelter and food provided to them via the lab from which they escaped.
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Tucker & Dale vs. Evil

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Am I, the infamous Monkeyface, the only one who feels bad for a lot of these “bad guys” in horror movies? I mean come on they are usually horribly disfigured, have been bullied by society and mistreated by their parents, sometimes even tortured…so of course they are going to be pissed and want to kill people.   They’ve usually had pretty terrible lives, and their homes are in some really rundown areas of the country.  I think in their shoes I’d probably be scary to the average college student just looking to have some fun for the weekend.  But why do we always have to judge a book by its cover. In the face of fear we should pick the weakest link, send him to chat up the evil creature, and if they get a hatchet to the face then we run. But maybe, just maybe, these guys ain’t so bad!

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