Alex Riviello
To the next stage

This week I started up a new, full-time job at Game & Guide. I’m overseeing the whole site, working on content and schedules and making it as great as it can possibly be. It’s pretty much what I’ve been working towards all these years and I’m excited as hell - got a lot of work to do but I can’t wait to do it. 

Introducing…

I’m really excited about the upcoming Fantastic Fest tour. One of the only downsides of seeing great films at festivals is the long wait for everyone else to finally get their eyes on them, so I love that the Drafthouse is taking advantage of their theaters to get a good number of them in front of people around the country. 

I got so excited in fact that I offered my services to introduce a film or two, and gave a list of my three favorites that were playing. The two I was offered include my favorite film of the fest, Sion Sono’s hysterical Why Don’t You Play In Hell? and Stephen Chow’s latest piece of kung fu mania Journey to the West. The films will be screening on November 24th at the Alamo in Yonkers- you can pick up tickets here.

I didn’t get a chance to review either of those films at BAD during the Fest (that Evan cat is a reviewing machine) but I did provide a bunch more. Here’s a list of what I covered-

Narco Culturahttp://badassdigest.com/2013/09/21/fantastic-fest-review-narco-cultura-is-a-highlight-of-the-fest/

Commando- A One Man Armyhttp://badassdigest.com/2013/09/22/fantastic-fest-review-commando-a-one-man-army-stunts-singing-and-silliness/

Almost Humanhttp://badassdigest.com/2013/09/22/fantastic-fest-review-almost-human-an-homage-to-the-80s-slasher-film/

Miss Zombiehttp://badassdigest.com/2013/09/26/fantastic-fest-review-miss-zombie-is-a-bleak-fresh-take-on-the-undead/

Nightbreed - The Cabal Cut - http://badassdigest.com/2013/09/30/fantastic-fest-review-cabal-an-unrefined-yet-superior-version-of-nightbreed/

Ragnarok- http://badassdigest.com/2013/10/01/fantastic-fest-review-ragnarok-a-spielbergian-adventure-without-the-adventu/

Proxy- http://badassdigest.com/2013/10/03/fantastic-fest-review-proxy-or-yet-another-reason-not-to-have-kids/

And my coverage of the Fantastic Arcade-  http://badassdigest.com/2013/10/14/the-highlights-of-the-2013-fantastic-arcade/

A really amazing week that I can’t stop talking about, and I’m glad that more people will be afforded a chance to see some of these great films. 

Birth.Movies.Death.

I’m going to be contributing to the Alamo Drafthouse’s new magazine, Birth.Movies.Death., along with a bunch of other Badass Digest writers. Absolutely can’t wait. There’s something about seeing your words in print that makes it that much more exciting, especially when your words will be placed in Alamo Drafthouses across the country.


You’ll be able to read the magazine online here for free when it finally hits. The first issue is Kaiju-themed in honor of Pacific Rim and I haven’t had the chance to read the other writer’s stuff yet- can’t wait!

Night of the 1001 Murdering Maniacs

In sixth grade at my new fancy private school we were instructed to make a dust jacket for a fake book we had authored. This is what I ended up with- it’s still one of my favorite things I’ve done.

Front cover

Back cover

Inside flaps

Not bad for an eleven year old on his parent’s lousy typewriter (we couldn’t afford a PC yet).

Bad. Ass.

I’ve signed on as Gaming Editor for Badass Digest. Incredibly excited. Love the site and everything about it- its voice, its readership, the incredible writers they already have on board, who are all experts in their specific fields. I’ve been bouncing around from site to site the last couple of years so for me to have a steady home like this means everything to me, and I can’t wait to be able to write about things I really want to write about. 

Can’t wait to really get things started.

Identity Crisis

Well, I’ve gone and moved to New Jersey. It wasn’t something we planned (is it something anyone plans, really?) but an opportunity came up for a great apartment that’s twice as big as my last one for 50 bucks more… and well, we needed the space. Two kids in a one and a half bedroom wouldn’t have worked for very long. As a native New Yorker from the Bronx it’s just weird to live in a place that I’ve done nothing but mocked for 30 years. Every single time I’ve ever traveled here I’ve gotten lost and pissed at everyone and everything in it.

But the neighborhood we’re living in is beautiful and clean, and we’re just a quick bus ride away from the city whenever I decide I need a quick whiff of bum piss or other human interactions.

There’s certainly good from here- Lou Costello, Springsteen, The Sopranos, E-Town Concrete, Chiller Theatre, The Toxic Avenger. But still- Jersey.

This is going to require a lot of soul searching.

End of year lists!

I wrote two lists this year, both about games!

For Tapsauce I wrote a list of the Top Ten iOS games. My iPhone 5 has been getting a helluva workout the last month, and I’ve got it loaded with something like 60 games right now. These are my favorite ones of this year.

http://rocksaucestudios.com/tapsauce/post/top-ten-mobile-games-of-2012/

Badass Digest asked me to supply a Top Ten Videogames list so I kept it mostly retail games for consoles. Lots of great games came out this year, but I decided to spice it up with a few fun awards at the end.

http://badassdigest.com/2012/12/27/alex-riviellos-top-ten-games-of-2012-and-more/

My life right now consists of wrangling babies and packing boxes, because I’m moving out in a few short days, both from my apartment and from NYC. Crazy stuff, but more on that adventure later…

Weeeooo Weeeoooo

Six years ago, the Wii was released. I waited on line in the morning for a couple of hours in the freezing cold to pick it up after staying up all night for a party, coming home exhausted only to break it open and play Wii Bowling all day, with more friends coming over at night to keep things going. I wrote an article about the experience that pretty much kicked off my career writing about games.

Yesterday, the Wii U was released. I stayed home.

Hands-on with Aliens: Colonial Marines

My plans for this year’s New York Comic Con fell through magnificently, but I did manage to attend an event for Gearbox Software and Sega’s Aliens: Colonial Marines. Sadly I wasn’t too impressed, even though I got to see Lance Henriksen and play the enjoyable multiplayer.

Full article is up here at Badass- http://badassdigest.com/2012/10/15/gearbox-softwares-aliens-colonial-marines-hands-on-nycc-preview/

A few words on August Derleth and The Cthulhu Mythos

I’ve been reading August Derleth’s Cthulhu Mythos stories for the first time (I know!) and really enjoying them. For those unaware, Derleth was a contemporary of H.P. Lovecraft who basically became the caretaker of his work after Lovecraft’s death in 1937, even expanding upon the Mythos in a series of stories. That Elder Sign, the five-pointed star with the eye in the middle that’s supposed to keep the Great Old Ones at bay? That’s Derleth’s. (Lovecraft’s description of it looked more like a stick.)

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