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Weird Science DC Comics Podcast Ep 113: DC Rebirth Week 37, Monster Trucks and Crappy Neighbors

Weird Science DC Comics Podcast Ep 113: DC Rebirth Week 37, Monster Trucks and Crappy Neighbors

Jim, Eric and Reggie check out this week’s DC Comics and prepare for war!  Yep, Eric’s neighbor is at it again, but they get past that to review everything, talk nonsense and have a ton of…well, they try to have fun.  How can Eric have fun with all the continuity problems in Green Lanterns?  The answer: He can’t!  They do like a bunch of books this week, including…JUSTICE LEAGUE!  Enjoy

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    170 Power Rangers and Pirates!

    170 Power Rangers and Pirates!

    Welcome back to the Neverland Podcast!

    WOW! Did we ever have a great week from trailers! Not only did we get new trailers for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 and Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, but we got a great look at the upcoming DuckTales series from Disney XD!
    After spending all that time in the trailer park, it’s time to spend a little time with the original Red Power Ranger, Austin St. John! You know I’m not a fan of Power Rangers, but this man has had an incredible life and I think you’ll enjoy this recording as much as I enjoyed being at his panel years ago!

    Grab your pixie and let’s fly to Neverland!

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      Logan Film Review (Non-Spoiler)!

      Logan Film Review (Non-Spoiler)!

      Written by Jason Brigger

      Directors: James Mangold

      Writers: James Mangold, Scott Frank and Michael Green

      Starring: Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Richard E. Grant and Dafne Keen

      Logan slashes its way into theaters this weekend and Fox and Marvel finally gives the fans of the X-Men the tale they have wanted to see for years.  Logan, as it should be evident by the R rating, is not for children and is a beautifully violent, head-rolling (literally!) and well-written story that gives Hugh Jackman a film worthy of letting Wolverine ride off into the sunset.  

      Logan is set in the year 2029 when mutants are either dead or in hiding and no longer a part of everyday society.  Logan/Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) watches after Professor X (Patrick Stewart) in an abandoned silo in Mexico with the assistance of Caliban, played by a returning Stephen Merchant after a brief role in the previous X-Men film, Apocalypse.  Logan resorts to being a limo driver that  knows his time is coming to an end as his body is not healing as quick as it used due to the adamantium that replaced his bones is now poisoning him.  Logan and Professor X leave their reclusive life to help a mysterious new mutant Laura/X-23 (Dafne Keen) to a possible safe haven for mutants called Eden.  Along the way, the trio is hunted by a bounty hunter named Pierce (Boyd Holbrook) and the psychotic Dr. Rice (Richard E. Grant) who enjoys experimenting on children in an attempt to make them the soldiers of the future.

      The Good:

      Laura/X-23Keen does an amazing acting job bringing the new mutant to the screen.  Child characters/actors usually range from “bad” to “tolerable” but Keen knocks it out of the ballpark.  She brings a quiet disposition that she unleashes into a berserker rage when she is cornered or threatened, from bounty hunters to the local convenient store clerk accusing Laura of stealing from the store.  The character hinges on Keen’s performance and she not only delivers in her performance, she makes the audience wanting to see more of Laura/X-23 in her own solo film.

      -The story.  James Mangold, writer of the older Sylvester Stallone film Copland, is finally able to bring a gritty and realistic (as much as it can be) Wolverine film to the masses.  Logan is filled with well acted and choreographed action scenes that allow the brutality of the Wolverine character from the comics to show through on screen.  Mangold shows he “gets” the character of Wolverine and allows the animalistic nature of Logan to shine in the film.

      -The “R” rating.  I am not someone that feels an “R” rating is needed to make a film better because if the story is good, that should be all it needs to succeed but in Logan, the “R” rating was needed.  Fans of Wolverine have been clamoring for a gritty and bloody film to actually depict the character and the “R” rating secures that for this film.  The battles are brutal but well done and while the fights are bloody, I never felt any gore or violence was gratuitous for the sake of being gratuitous.  The brutality serves to show the inner struggles X-23 and Wolverine have when taking a life and Mangold balances it perfectly.

      The Bad:

      Nothing.

      The Middling:

      -The length of the film.  While the film delivers on the story, there are times when not only the action slows down but the flow story stalls in the film.  This doesn’t mean the film is worse for these slow periods but by taking off about 15 minutes of the film, Mangold may have been able to deliver a tighter movie overall.

      -Caliban. Caliban is an albino mutant and a poor man’s Alfred for Logan and Professor X but once he is kidnapped and threatened with sunlight, which he must avoid at all costs, he has no choice to but to help the villains in using his powers to track our heroes.  Caliban provides the few moments of levity and humor and fans will appreciate Mangold bringing the mutant back after his brief role in the last X-Men film.

      -Pierce. Pierce is the main villain who is hired to capture Laura and while the actor Holbrook does a fine job in bringing personality to him, a lack of backstory hurts Pierce’s character in the film.  There are moments where Pierce delivers and while the character is an improvement above many one dimensional villains in the prior X-Men films, I kept wanting a little more regarding Pierce’s reasoning for doing what he does to mutants in this universe.

      Final Grade: B (Good with moments of greatness)

      Logan is one of the better X-Men films in a franchise that sorely needs a hit.  Logan is everything that fans of the comic want and Mangold should be given keys to the X-Men film universe for making a film that will resonate with non-fans of the comic.  The film has moments, even periods, of greatness and while the film is very well made, there are moments that stop it from being a true classic.

      You can catch Jason Brigger on the geek-centric podcast, The History of Bad Ideas, as new episodes are released at http://webegeekspc.com/category/podcast/networkpodcasts/the-history-of-bad-ideas/ 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_165.mp3

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        The History of Bad Ideas Podcast, Ep. 165–The Mardi Gras Episode!

        The History of Bad Ideas Podcast, Ep. 165–The Mardi Gras Episode!

        Scab Jeff joins the HOBI guys for the second week in a row to discuss the devastating loss that La La Land had and to tally his Oscars’ scorecard! Jason and Blake debate the pacing of the The Walking Dead this week while Jeff breaks tradition and reads Listener Feedback! Jason finally saw the Christopher Guest film Mascots, Blake has questions about Legion and finding treasure on Oak Island and Jeff doesn’t know how to take the sexiness of Meryl Streep! The gang are intrigued by the show Critical Role, give an update on what Jar Jar Binks is doing now and Jason cannot contain his excitement for a Nightwing movie. The guys pay their respects to Bill Paxton by listing their Top 5 Favorite Bill Paxton films and deliver a bad idea the Academy Awards can appreciate!  This episode is sponsored by the Cincinnati Comic Expo!

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          GW1 Issue 93 – Getting Timey Wimey

          GW1 Issue 93 – Getting Timey Wimey

          It’s our monthly Meeplecast and we have a full house at The Malted Meeple. Andy shares some news about an awesome new event happening at the May Oddmall in Akron, we get into a bit of geek news and then it’s time to chat tv, with an emphasis on time travel shows.  More

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            Our Top 10 Favorite Albums

            Our Top 10 Favorite Albums

            This week it’s pretty simple, We reveal our top 10 favorite albums.  As always we have some fun discussion during the mail bag. We hope  you enjoy our lists and please send us your favorites as well

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              Weird Science DC Comics Podcast Ep 112: DC Rebirth Week 36, Theories and Tommy Tourettes

              Weird Science DC Comics Podcast Ep 112: DC Rebirth Week 36, Theories and Tommy Tourettes

               

              Jim, Eric, Reggie and the rest of the Weird Science Crew are back this week to bring the pain…I mean this week’s DC Comic books.  They also hand out life lessons, spin yarns about the good old days when bread was made of slate and generally mess around and spit rhymes and nonsense.  Enjoy!

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                169 Star Wars Theories!

                169 Star Wars Theories!

                Welcome back to the Neverland Podcast!

                We are approaching the Oscars as I record this podcast, but there’s nothing to talk about until the winners are announced, so I figured we needed something more fun to talk about. How about STAR WARS?
                Dale Wentland from Network 1901 returns to Neverland to talk about some of the new shows he has on his YouTube and podcast network. He has a friend that has not seen Star Wars, and a lot of interesting theories about the Star Wars Universe that I think you’ll enjoy!
                Before that we’ll of course spend some time having a virtual trip on Star Tours and enjoy some Neverland Story Time!

                Grab your pixie and let’s fly to Neverland!

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                  GW1 Issue 92 – Small Town Monster Invasion

                  GW1 Issue 92 – Small Town Monster Invasion

                  We’re joined this week by Seth Breedlove from Small Town Monsters to talk about his latest monster hunting films, the joys of shooting documentaries and what he has coming up next (hint: it involves aliens!). But first we chat about recent happenings and some news from around the geek world.  More

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                    The History of Bad Ideas Podcast, Ep. 164–Pants Not Included!

                    The History of Bad Ideas Podcast, Ep. 164–Pants Not Included!

                    The HOBI Gang tries to survive the plague as they welcome TWO of their favorite guests into the BOB Studios, Number One Fan Doug and film critic Scab Jeff!  The gang discusses the upcoming Oscars, the greatness of Riverdale and what the heck is going on in Legion!  Jeff has seen LEGO Batman and disagrees with Jason, while Blake tries to make a protective bubble to protect from his co-hosts!  The guys become scared of Warcraft CEOs while Jason is the only one excited about Kong: Skull Island.  The guys are creeped out but yet intrigued by the latest Burger King giveaway but they all can feel the excitement with the return of Channing Tatum News!  The gang go a little nuts over their Favorite Top 5 John Travolta Performances and the guys nearly forget the Bad Idea of the Week!  This episode is sponsored by the Cincinnati Comic Expo!

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                      168 Comics and Games and Disney, OH MY!

                      168 Comics and Games and Disney, OH MY!

                      Welcome back to the Neverland Podcast!

                      This week had lots of fantastic news to share!! Unfortunately, if I tried to share it we wouldn’t have time to hear from out great guests this week!
                      Please welcome back Michael Valentine, creator of Comix the Movie! He’s got a special event coming up and he wants to invite you to be there! Stan Lee is expected to be there as well!!
                      Next The Real Brian comes to Neverland and we have fun discussion about video games we love and have loved thoughout our lives! It promises to be the first in a series of geektastic conversations!
                      If you’d like to hear some of the really cool news that I didn’t get a chance to cover this week, please come and check out my daily (weekdays) show on UCM’s The Beat where I play our favorite Disney music! Neverland Radio airs at 4 Pm Central time!!
                      And don’t forget that every Tuesday at 4 PM Central you can hear me on Toon Tunes!
                      Make sure to check out the Disney Emoji contest going on right now. I’ll give more details on my daily show on The Beat!

                      Grab your pixie and let’s fly to Neverland!

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                        DC Superpowers Podcast – Issue 44

                        DC Superpowers Podcast – Issue 44

                        Your Dynamic Duo of Junior Justice Leaguers are back again with issue 44 of the DC Superpowers Podcast. More

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                          GW1 Issue 91 – Living the Dream

                          GW1 Issue 91 – Living the Dream

                          This week’s show comes to you from Oddmall Dream Worlds Con in Canton, Ohio. We start with a recap of the first day, a little geek news, then an interview with the art museum’s executive director. We close things out at the end of day two chatting with the creators of the game Pests and a wrap-up on the weekend in general.  More

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                            The History of Bad Ideas Podcast, Ep. 163–Valentine’s Day Massacre!

                            The History of Bad Ideas Podcast, Ep. 163–Valentine’s Day Massacre!

                            Celebrate Valentine’s Day with HOBI! The guys are in a loving mood this week but that may not be a good thing.  The guys have no idea what happened on Legion but they still review it along with the series premiere of The Walking Dead.  Jason still likes Riverdale, much to Jeff’s chagrin, but also has no idea what a sticky maple!  Jason has seen LEGO Batman, Blake advises what to do on Valentine’s Day, and the whole gang enjoys mocking the Great Wall! The guys list their Top 5 Least Favorite Holidays and a bad idea this week that everyone but Jason approves of!  This episode is sponsored by the Cincinnati Comic Expo!

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                              167 Disney Love and LEGO Batman!

                              167 Disney Love and LEGO Batman!

                              Welcome back to the Neverland Podcast!

                              It’s Valentine’s Day this week, and I’ve got something fun for couples, singles, and every Disney fan out there in Neverland!
                              There was a lot of Disney park news to cover as well as several Netflix show announcements to keep the average Disney fan binge watching for days. Julie Andres, Jim Henson, and Iron Fist just to name a few!
                              We got a new look at Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales during the Super Bowl last week but the Neverland Trailer Park has something different for you this week…Ninjago!
                              Jeremy went out to see The LEGO Batman movie this week, and he’s going to tell you his thoughts before he and Lost Boy Eric spend some time talking about their favorite couples in Disney animated classics!

                              Grab your pixie and let’s fly to Neverland!

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                                GW1 Issue 90 – Wield the Shield

                                GW1 Issue 90 – Wield the Shield

                                We have a great interview to share with you this week. Lân Diệp was a mild mannered lawyer who ran for San Jose city council and won. But his swearing in went viral when he decided to pull his trusty Captain America shield out of storage. He’s sharing his story and his geek with us! But first, we’re chatting about a few recent and upcoming events (like Oddmall), plus there was a lot of casting news over the past few days.  More

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                                  The History of Bad Ideas Podcsat, Ep. 162–Polio Sticks!

                                  The History of Bad Ideas Podcsat, Ep. 162–Polio Sticks!

                                  The HOBI Gang are back an divided over several television shows including APB, Riverdale, Gotham and Powerless!  The guys may disagree on most things but they are all excited about the upcoming season of Stranger Things and are luke warm on the Super Bowl.  The gang read some very passionate Listener Feedback responses regarding the Top 5 from last week, discuss the newest movie trailers shown during the Super Bowl and even find time for some Game of Throne news! Due to popular demand, a new Plotlines segment is here and the guys relish some hate on the Space Between Us.  The gang list their Top 5 Changes They Would Make to Sports and Blake’s wife helps with the bad idea of the week!  This week’s episode sponsored by the Cincinnati Comic Expo!

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                                    166 Pinocchio is Hard to Spell!

                                    166 Pinocchio is Hard to Spell!

                                    Welcome back to the Neverland Podcast!

                                    The little wooden head boy is here!

                                    Disney’s Pinocchio has recently come home on Blu-Ray and Digital HD for the first time, and your Spider-Pan Jeremy is here to tell you his thoughts on the new release.

                                    Before that though, we of course have some unique and interesting Disney and Star Wars news to share. We’ll talk about an interesting new Alice in Wonderland documentary from ThemeParkology and a chance to play Disney Infinity Online one last time!

                                    Also we’ll visit Beauty and the Beast’s new trailer in the Trailer Park before venturing to ride Pinocchio’s Daring Journey attraction.

                                    Finally we’ll enjoy the story and songs from Disney’s Pinocchio!

                                    Grab your pixie and let’s fly to Neverland!

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