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Weird Science DC Comics Podcast Spotlight: Wonder Woman #11

Weird Science DC Comics Podcast Spotlight: Wonder Woman #11

Jim and Eric get together and talk Thanksgiving, Fast Food and of course, Wonder Woman.  It’s the conclusion of the “Lies” story…or is it?!?  They try to figure that out and possibly shed light on what happened in this comic.  Do they succeed?  You be the judge.  If you like what you hear, download the weekly podcast that comes out every Sunday Night where we discuss every DC Comic released that week as well as read a ton of listener mail, talk DC Comics News and have a whole lot of fun.  And yes, it is actually 10-12 hours long…that is not an error!

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    GW1 Issue 80 – Playing Catch Up

    GW1 Issue 80 – Playing Catch Up

    We’ve finally recovered from Con on the Cob and we’re catching up on a few things. There’s some geek news to chat about in the tv and comics realms, plus a bunch of trailers dropped this week that we need to dissect and discuss.  More

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      The History of Bad Ideas Podcast, Ep. 151–I Really Like The Mistletoe Promise!

      The History of Bad Ideas Podcast, Ep. 151–I Really Like The Mistletoe Promise!

      The HOBI Gang welcomes Neil from Dark Angels and Pretty Freaks back into the studio to talk all things that glisten! The guys debate the newest Westworld episode, Neil betrays Bon Jovi in a fight against Ab Fab but does invite him to Thanksgiving! The gang talk season two of Stranger Things while Jason gets excited for Kong: Skull Island and Neil gives an updated weather report. The guys list their Top 5 People They Want To Show Up for Thanksgiving and a listener provides the Bad Idea of the Week!  This episode sponsored by the Cincinnati Comic Expo!

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        155 Fantastic Beasts of Neverland

        155 Fantastic Beasts of Neverland

        Welcome back to the Neverland Podcast!
        In a world filled with magic, there are amazing creatures, or dare I say, Fantastic Beasts that you should be very interested in knowing how to find them.
        This is the show for you, my friend as we follow the adventures of Newt Scamander, Magiczoologist. We’ve got a movie to review, and a few creatures to discuss this week.
        Along with that we have a look at Kong: Skull Island’s new trailer in the Neverland Trailer Park and a some information pertaining to the wonderous world of Pandora opening soon in Disney’s Animal Kingdom!
        It’s all tied in with a fun ride on The Forbidden Journey and the story of Mary Poppins, who I think may be a Hogwarts graduate.
        Grab your pixie and let’s fly to Neverland!

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          DC Superpowers Podcast – Issue 31

          DC Superpowers Podcast – Issue 31

          Your dynamic duo of junior Justice Leaguers is back after a week off at Con on the Cob. And they brought all of the news, reviews and previews for the entire DC Multiverse with them. More

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            The Non-Spoiler Moana Film Review!

            The Non-Spoiler Moana Film Review!

            Written by Jason Brigger

            Directors: Ron Clements and Don Hall

            Writers: Jared Bush and Ron Clements

            Starring: Auli’I Cravalho, Dwayne Johnson, Rachel House

            Moana is Disney’s latest animated film and may end up being the most original and best animated film that Disney has released in years.  Disney used folklore from the Polynesian culture and based on this film, Disney should start using more culture folklore in the future to guide their films.

            Moana tells the story of Moana Waialiki, voiced by the amazing newcomer Auli’I Cravalho, a sixteen-year-old daughter of Chief Tui Waialiki (Temuera Morrison) who dreams of venturing out on her own and away from her mystical island in Polynesia but is forbidden based on tales told of unknown dangers in the ocean.  When the ocean (yes, the ocean is literally a character) and Moana’s grandmother (Rachel House) encourages Moana to search out her destiny as the “Chosen One” to save their dying island from an ancient curse, Moana must find the demi-god Maui (Dwayne Johnson) to help her on her journey to destroy the lava witch and restore life to the islands.

            If this all sounds odd, amazing, weird and completely different from anything Disney has ever done before, it’s because it is and it’s wonderful.

             

            The Good:

            -Moana.  Moana is not only a strong lead character but she defies the typical “rebellious girl” character that can be easily inserted in animated films.  Moana respects her family and is overall a good daughter but is just curious about the world outside her island.  There is no major rift between her and parents and that is actually nice change of pace from most films.  To top it off, the kids will fall in love with Moana’s strength and character and come next Halloween, a lot of little Moana’s will be ringing people’s doorbells.

            -The Supporting Cast.  A large amount of praise should be given to the writers for allowing Moana’s whole family to be given enough time to connect to the audience and actually feel like real characters in this world.  Moana’s father and grandmother go above the typical “protective dad” and “crazy grandma” stereotypes and present a family that actually loves each other and not just there for a point of conflict.

            Maui, a cross between Hercules and Stich, could have been a one-note sidekick but the writers gave him depth with a sad but compelling backstory and all the while still allowing Moana to be the real star of the film.  Even nature, from the islands to the ocean, is a character in this film and the beautiful animation allows all of it to feel alive in the film.

            -The Songs.  Written by Opetaia Foa’i, Mark Mancina, and Lin-Manuel Miranda (yes from Hamilton), the songs capture the uniqueness of the Polynesian folklore and even advances the storyline, something that can’t be said for musical numbers in all animated films.  The songwriters deliver on each individual song, except for the Tamatoa song which I’ll explain later, and the soundtrack, with a whopping 40 songs, will be playing in every minivan this winter.

            -The Story. The Moana story is unique and is similar to the style of the Lilo and Stich film in which it’s not a “typical” Disney script.  The animation is beautiful and brings the story to life and the Polynesian feel to the film makes the audience feel they are part of this world.  The story does not take any easy ways out and the best part? No love interest for Moana.  For once, twice if you count Frozen, the female lead can stand on her own merits and overcome any obstacles thrown at her without having the storybook romance of a prince as a subplot.  Maui does help Moana succeed but in the end but Maui is no more than a friend and Moana is shown as a true strong hero.

            The Bad:

            -Tamatoa.  Moana and Maui’s first big test in teamwork is retrieving Maui’s magical fish hook from the 50-foot crab, Tamatoa (Jermaine Clement) that has an affliction to stealing anything that is shiny.  The only cringe-worthy song of the film is sung by Tamatoa and a five minute song feels like double that amount of time.  The positive part of seeing Tamatoa is Moana and Maui’s voyage into the Realm of Monsters, one in which I wish the filmmakers would have spent more time in, but unfortunately we get a prolonged fight with the only clichéd villain in the film.

             

            The Middling:

            -Hei Hei.  Yes the main character has an animal sidekick (two if you count the barely visible pig) and it’s an annoying rooster.  Hei Hei (Alan Tudyk) is not a bad animal sidekick and he does produce some humorous jokes but a little of Hei Hei can go a long way.  Hei Hei does not fall into the “Bad” category only because the kids in the audience loved him and laughed every time he appeared on the screen but the adults may grow tired of the character by the end of the film.

             

            Final Grade: A- (Amazing)

            Moana is one of the great Disney animated films of all time and that isn’t overselling it.  From the animation to the songs to the characters to the fun story, Moana is a gem to watch and a great time for the whole family.   Disney could have relied on their old formula of the typical princess story ideas but they didn’t and in changing things up, Disney made one of the best films of the year.

            You can catch Jason Brigger on the geek-centric podcast, The History of Bad Ideas, as new episodes are released at www.webegeekspc.com  every Wednesday or subscribe on iTunes, Stitcher and other podcasting apps.  You can listen to their latest episode right here: http://traffic.libsyn.com/historyofbadideas/Episode_150.mp3

             

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              GW1 Issue 79 – Cobster’s Paradise

              GW1 Issue 79 – Cobster’s Paradise

              It’s our annual Con on the Cob episode, recorded in front of a live convention audience! We have some con coverage, plus plenty of talk about recent geek news. And we close things out with a great interview with game developer (and friend to all) Sean Patrick Fannon.

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                The History of Bad Ideas Podcast, Ep. 150–Baby Cakes and the Electoral College!

                The History of Bad Ideas Podcast, Ep. 150–Baby Cakes and the Electoral College!

                It’s episode 150 for the gang at HOBI that is almost three years in the making! The guys hope Fox gives up on rebooting the X-Men, Blake and Jason question The Walking Dead and Jeff answers another question from his number 1 fan, Nick!  Blake and Jeff are excited that Dungeons and Dragons is finally getting the respect it deserves and the gang is congratulated by their many podcast buddies on not hurting each other after 150 episodes! The guys debate their Top 5 Favorite Sci-Fi Films since 2000 and Jason welcomes our new supreme overlord! This episode is sponsored by the Cincinnati Comic Expo!

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                  154 Adventures in Neverland

                  154 Adventures in Neverland

                  Welcome back to the Neverland Podcast!
                  This week we have a fun conversation with voice over artist Chris-Anthony Lansdowne! Many fans will know her from her decades long work on the show Adventures in Odyssey as well as being the original voice of Barbie!
                  But before we have some fun with Chris, we’ve got some fun things to talk about this week including some of the great food offerings at the Disneyland Resort during the holidays! I hope I don’t make you too hungry!
                  We’ve also got some interesting bits of information to share about Spider-Man, X-Men, and the upcoming Star Wars: Rogue One film!
                  Grab your pixie and let’s fly to Neverland!

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                    Weird Science Just for the Hell of it Podcast Ep 7: Top 5 Arcade Games

                    Weird Science Just for the Hell of it Podcast Ep 7: Top 5 Arcade Games

                    Eric. Jim and Reggie get together to talk about their favorite arcade games of all time.  What made their lists?  what are their least favorite games?  Did Reggie see a kid get mugged while playing a game?  Why was Jim not a fan of arcades?  Did Eric’s greatest achievement happen at the arcade?  Find out the answers to these questions and so much more in the Just for the Hell of It Top 5 Arcade Games episode.  Enjoy!

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                      The History of Bad Ideas Podcast, Ep. 149–No Wonder Burr Shot Him!

                      The History of Bad Ideas Podcast, Ep. 149–No Wonder Burr Shot Him!

                      The HOBI Gang is recording on Election Night so that means the studio down the hall is very crowded! The guys give a non-spoiler review of Doctor Strange, Blake isn’t sure how to feel about for Dishonored 2 and Jason appreciates the little things in Pitch.  As the world is crumbling before them, the guys catch up on Westworld and, wonder why Cloverfield is continuing and confirm Sony Studios have no idea what they have with Spider-Man!  Jason makes a case for Jar-Jar Binks as a politician while Blake gets caught up on Gotham.  The guys list their Top 5 Favorite Fictional Presidents while Jason sings Hamilton and decide never to record on Election Night again or at least for another four years!  This episode sponsored by the Cincinnati Comic Expo!

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                        #53 Indie Talk… Eoin Macken Director/Writer/Actor of Leopard… NBCs Hit Show Night Shift

                        #53 Indie Talk… Eoin Macken Director/Writer/Actor of Leopard… NBCs Hit Show Night Shift

                        53On our First official Indie Talk we are joined by Eoin Macken a Great Writer/Director and Actor from Ireland.

                        Eoin is on talk to us about his new Movie Leopard which can be found just about anywhere you can stream your movies like iTunes and Amazon. Links Below…

                         

                         

                        We also take the chance to talk about Eoin’s other projects like his hit NBC medical drama Night Shift, His role in the new Resident Evil movie coming 2017 and the cult BBC show Merlin.

                        We cant Recommend Leopard enough so please help support the movie and Eoin on the Social Medias.

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                          GW1 Issue 78 – Gettin’ Some Strange

                          GW1 Issue 78 – Gettin’ Some Strange

                          In case you didn’t notice, another big Marvel movie came out last week and, of course, we have a a full review. But first, we’re excited about Con on the Cob this week and we’ve got some comicbook and tv news to talk about.  More

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                            DC Superpowers Podcast Issue 30

                            DC Superpowers Podcast Issue 30

                            HOLY EPIVERSARY!!! Your Dynamic Duo of Junior Justice Leaguers are back with issue 30….. That’s right we made it to 30 issues. More

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                              Weird Science DC Comics Podcast Ep 96: DC Rebirth Week 21, Comics and Jazz Flute

                              Weird Science DC Comics Podcast Ep 96: DC Rebirth Week 21, Comics and Jazz Flute

                              It’s Week 21 of DC Comics’ Rebirth and Jim, Eric and Reggie get together to talk every single book that came out the week of 11/02/16.  Batman, Superman and Justice League (oh my) and so much more.  After complaints about not enough nonsense, Jim plays the jazz flute, Eric talks politics and the guys play guess that impression…beep bop boop!  Enjoy!

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                                GW1 Issue 77 – Double D Down on Halloween

                                GW1 Issue 77 – Double D Down on Halloween

                                Time for our monthly Meeplecast and it’s Halloween! Instead of the horror movie chats you’ll find pretty much everywhere, we’re talking about Halloween television specials – from the classic to the unexpected. We’ve also got some Meeple news, a Deadpool update and a serious discussion about recent bullying on Twitter.  More

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                                  The History of Bad Ideas Podcast, Ep. 148:  Jesus Isn’t The Only One Rising!

                                  The History of Bad Ideas Podcast, Ep. 148: Jesus Isn’t The Only One Rising!

                                  Number One Fan Doug joins the HOBI Gang in the BOB Studios this week for a creepy Halloween episode!  The guys talk the upcoming Dr. Strange film, Jason is cautious about the new Chris Pratt film, Passengers, and the gang debates the most underrated film from the 1990s!  Despite no knowledge of Dr. Who, the guys do their best to Riddle Me This a new cast of Who’s the Boss with the Doctor cast, courtesy of Drinking in the Park, and also find time to draft a new Monkees band.  Jason gets too excited about the Nintendo Switch, Jeff wants to see Legion and Doug still doesn’t care about Supergirl!  The guys wrap up this spooky episode with their Top 5 Films They Want to See in 2017!  This episode sponsored by the Cincinnati Comic Expo!

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                                    152 Don’t Feed the Plant!

                                    152 Don’t Feed the Plant!

                                    Welcome foolish mortal, to the EVIL-Land podcast!
                                    Your pathetic host, Jeremy, is my prisoner. Neverland is MINE, and I’m unleashing a season of evil that even Darth Vader would be jealous of!
                                    My plans are nearly complete at Scott and Tracey from Disney Indiana have arrived in Evil-Land to hunt for the Spider-Pan Jeremy. They get a bit lost in a memory about The Little Shop of Horrors, both the Roger Corman horror comedy and the 1986 musical with surprising Disney connections.
                                    While they’re daydreaming, I’ll make my move. Your not so friendly Ghost Host will soon rule all!
                                    You’ll never escape my wrath in Evil-Land!

                                    Our opening music was arranged by Eric Calderone, 331Erock!

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