Transitions & The Joel Unseen

It really is all in the reflexes..Joining Mike for this quick, dirty, and revealing episode is our resident gaming acolyte, and cult movie cherry, Joel who lets us in on what he’s been up to (as well as a huge, burning admission – rife with possibility!) Enjoy, as we discuss the first viewing of an adored genre-mashing favorite from the 1980s, as well as the coolness that is . The quips, and revelations fly as Combo Attack!! shares a little more on what’s to come, as well as a few more surprises!

Combo Attack – Transitions And The Joel Unseen

Status Report: Summer Of Heroes 2011 (Captain America, X-Men & More!)


After an unexpectedly long break, Alain & Mike return for an impromptu update on the state of 2011’s Summer Of Heroes! Join in as superhero-lovin’ Alain shares his reactions to this year’s mythical hero Marvel overdose-cum Avengers prelude, featuring thoughts on Thor, X-Men: First Class, and of course, the newly released Captain America: The First Avenger (all the while Mike wonders what he has gotten himself into!).  Following this is a chat about Comic-Con weekend’s clockwork unveiling of trailers for next year’s heavy-hitters. What do they think of the footage of the upcoming Amazing Spiderman & The Dark Knight  Rises? Well you’ll just have to tune in, and find out!

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episode 015: Top Five Special Effects Milestones & Interview w/ AVATAR CG artist, K. Sae Eua!

Proof positive that one can’t keep a good  addiction  down…

After a nearly two-month hiatus, Combo Attack returns with a spectacular hint of things to come with a celebration of those unsung heroes of cinema, the visual effects artists who have come to shape decades of cinematic dreams. Joining Alain, Joel & Mike is returning guest, texture artist, Krystal Sae Eua, as they each explore five of their favorite FX movies &  moments in a fast-paced, special Combo Attack event. And following the countdown is a revealing interview with Krystal regarding working on James Cameron’s FX landmark, AVATAR, as well as a further exploration into the world of digital cinema.

(Despite a dedicated battle with various technical troubles, we’d like to believe that this episode is a triumph of post-pro. Power to the edit!)

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[00:00 – 68:00] Top Five Favorite FX Films & Moments (Roundtable)

[68:00 – 88:07] Interview with Krystal Sau Eua regarding working on AVATAR & the world of digital cinema, the 3D conundrum, and the potential future of FX films.

Combo Attack will return..

episode 014: Binary Nation (Marvel’s Civil War)

When the empowered everywhere are placated for a single catastrophic event, is there any such thing as a side? Join Joel, Alain, and Mike as they are joined by Reality Check Fail‘s always excellent  Daniel Campisi for a one-of-a-kind roundtable look back at one of superhero comic-dom’s most controversial crossover arcs!

BTW: Our very own Joel seems to finally be writing some more! Check out his look back at a gaming franchise that needs little introduction.

[00:00 – 27:00] Intros & What We’ve Been Checking Out. (Sgt. Frog, DC Online, Green Hornet, Fractale, Mother, & more!)

[26:23 – 90:23] Themes of Civil War & The Superhero Registration Act

[26:23 – 41:00] First Impressions On the Overall & The Challenge Of Characters As Plot Devices;

[41:15 -45:25] The Primary Players: Iron Man Vs. Captain America?

[45:26- 49:25] Peter Parker’s Dilemma & The Problem With Continuity/Cross-Marketing  **SPOILERS?**

[49:40 – 52:00] Allegorical Melee

[52:00 – 57:00]  The X-Men: Forever Outcast

[57:00 –  59:00] The Cable Factor “….My Past Is Your Future”

[59:00 –  62:39] Just Sayin’ : Character Retcon Check (What if Bruce were here?) **SERIOUS SPOILERS**

[62:40 – 90:23] The Outcome & Personal Reflections. **Goes Without Saying**

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episode 013: Evangelion Confessional [MegaCast]

Three weeks later, and now upon us is perhaps the penultimate. The core. The original inspiration for this podcast, and all the work that goes into it. Combo Attack welcomes 2011 with a full-length discussion of one of Japanese media’s most enduring creations. Join Alain, Joel & special guest (Anime Diet‘s own) Michael (Gendomike) Huang, and myself as we explore the still smoking embers of GAINAX’s television masterpiece, Neon Genesis Evangelion! Experience testimonies of fateful first viewings, as well as examinations into the show’s legacy, along with all the fun, insight & laughs one comes to expect from the CA Team!

Friends, and fans shouldn’t miss this one..{SPOILER RATING:Moderate}

On a bum note, the upcoming show featuring our very own, NVR-NDR has been canned due to venue issues [BOOO.] But rest assured, Combo Attack fans. Should any new shows and events come to our attention, we’ll be sure to keep you up to date via here or on Twitter!

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[00:00 – 15:47] : Intros – What We’ve Been Checking Out

[15:48 – 53:33] : Confessionals Of The Second Impact


[54:10 – 77:26 ] Acts Of Desperation & Secrets To Legend

Bonus: [74:25 – 75:40] (Just a Notch Off From Reality) Too Meta For Some

[77:28 – 87:26] : Stumbling Upward: A beautiful failure.

[87:46 – 104:50] Could Another EVA Happen Again?(Or What Must Happen First)

[105:30 – Finale] Final Thoughts

episode 011: Ten Years Of The BR Act

After much toil, and angst that is the beginning of the 2010 holiday season, the crew at Combo Attack celebrate ten years of one of the most popular cult films never brought stateside! (until soon) Join Alain, Joel & Mike as they pore over news of webcomic discoveries & sadness, cartoon (& puppet show?)nostalgia, and move on into a wild chat regarding the diabolical madness of Kinji Fukasaku’s audacious movie version of Takami Koshun’s surprise hit novel, Battle Royale!

And say hi to a new feature!

a warning Just a head’s up.

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In related show news: L.A. listeners who dig our amazing opening theme music have an opportunity to catch NVR-NDR LIVE! As part of Pop Is Not A Dirty Word, NVR-NDR will be joining fellow indie electronic alchemists Halloween Swim Team, Bubblegum Octopus, Monomate & more!

One night only at the Hustle House in North Hollywood! Info Here!

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Anything more to say, suggest, or ask? Hit us up at comboattackpodcast [at] !

episode:010 That PIXAR Touch 1 (The Toy Story Trilogy)

Happy Thanksgiving, folks! We trust you had a lovely weekend, and hopefully didn’t have to brave too many crowds on Friday. While all of this was winding down, we at the Combo Attack!! crew concocted a warm, fun, and wildly informative look at one of modern filmdom’s great success stories (all the while buried in oceans of blankets, sipping the piping hot cocoa, and…shopping online?) Join Alain, Joel & Mike as they have an early holiday fireside chat about CG titans, PIXAR, and their crowning achievement, The Toy Story Trilogy!


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