Playstation heroes Ratchet and Clank starred in 12 video game adventures together before making the quantum leap to movie theaters for a fast-paced (and okay, financially unsuccessful) 2016 animated feature. Did Earthlings miss a memorable screen pairing? And can this one-of-a-kind alien mechanic and his defective warbot bestie stop villains voiced by Paul Giamatti and Sylvester Stallone from reconfiguring the most beautiful planets in the solar system? No quarters needed to play the latest Now Playing Arcade installment. Listen Now!
Now Playing Arcade podcasters Justin, Arnie, and Stuart thought that first-person shooter Doom had already done a bang-up job destroying the video game’s appeal on the big screen with the Dwayne Johnson/Karl Urban 2005 movie. Second chapter Annihilation returns to finish the job with a squad of no-name Marines on a mission to mow down rubber suit demons and zombies in lab coats on a Martian moonbase. Have the hosts opened a portal to hell or the next level in camp comedy? Strap on some protective armor and head into the fray. Listen Now!
Mortal enemies come together like bacon and eggs in The Angry Birds Movie 2, as cranky cardinal Red (Jason Sudeikis) and green pig Leonard (Bill Hader) team up to stop mysterious balls of ice from flattening their respective island homes. Is this sequel "poultry in motion" now that new writers, directors, and Saturday Night Live cast members Leslie Jones and Pete Davidson have joined the nest? Or is the cartoon an albatross around the podcasters’ necks as they try to soar through Now Playing’s video game retrospective? Listen and Find Out!
The Now Playing Arcade is making Justin, Stuart, and Arnie see Red… and all the other Angry Birds that appear in the blockbuster 2016 animated movie! Can this short-tempered cardinal stop a boatload of green pigs from stealing all the eggs from his island with nothing more than slingshots, trampolines, and friends from anger management class? And does the vocal talent of Saturday Night Live alumni Jason Sudeikis, Maya Rudoph, and Bill Hader brighten the mood for the adults watching? Hear the hosts squawk about it all when you Listen Now!
Did Deadpool star Ryan Reynolds feel it in his jellies when he signed on to be the voice of electric mouse Detective Pikachu in his first live-action adventure? Or is the sarcastic actor talking to the wrong crowd by partnering with millennial Justice Smith for a PG rated Pokemon movie? Join Stuart, Arnie, and Justin as they wrap up this legendary series, and follow the clues left at a mysterious car crash back to a deadly purple gas and notorious genetic mutation MewTwo. Catch It Now!
Ash and Pikachu are off pursuing new Championship dreams in the distant land of Johto when Pokemon 3 brings them face-to-face with the Unown! How will the travelers fare against a lonely orphan girl who’s harnessed the power of psychic Pokemon, and kidnapped Ash’s mother Delia, in an attempt to rebuild her missing family? And will Ash’s retired fire-breather Charizard return to the fold, and save his former Trainer from a Legendary pocket monster named Entei? Catch Stuart’s, Justin’s, and Arnie’s evolving opinions on this franchise when you Listen Now!
Pikachu, his trainer Ash Ketchum, and all the classic pocket monsters proved they were no fad of the 1990s when they stormed the new millennium with another hit animated film. Pokemon 2000 sees them facing off with a heartless collector who stokes apocalyptic fears when he captures a flock of doomsday birds - including “Beast of the Sea” Lugia! Will the Now Playing crew have as much fun with the film as they do trying to learn the Pokemon Trading Card game? Listen and find out!
Also includes reviews of "Pikachu's Vacation" and "Origin of Mewtwo"
Arnie, Justin, and Pika-Stu are strapping on the boxing gloves and going head-to-head with Pokemon - the second most popular video game franchise of all time. Can the hosts survive six rounds with these irrepressibly cute “pocket monsters”, starting with their blockbuster animated First Movie? Legendary baddie MewTwo hopes to wipe them and every other living being off the face of the earth with an epic flood, making way for a new generation of genetically modified critters. Catch all the laughs and excitement when you listen now!
Agent 47 is back and balder than ever in a 2015 relaunch of the Hitman franchise. Can Homeland actor Rupert Friend make a stronger impression than Timothy Olyphant as the legendary cloned assassin trades bullets with wannabe Wolverine Zachary Quinto? And can new agent Hannah Ware really be 43 times better than the boys if it takes her 43 years to locate sickly bioengineer Ciaran Hinds? Trust Justin, Stuart, and Arnie to protect listeners from head trauma as they navigate another treacherous video game adaptation. Listen now!
Justin, Arnie, and Stuart use the 42nd installment of the Now Playing Arcade to celebrate being 47… that is, video game Hitman: Codename 47. Die Hard 4 villain Timothy Olyphant hoped to make a killing at the box office when he suited up to play this mysterious baldie with a barcode back in Thanksgiving 2007. But can his follically-challenged assassin deliver enough carnage and believable romantic chemistry with beautiful Russian target Olga Kurylenko to satisfy audiences not holding a joystick? Find out when you slip on some headphones and Listen Now.