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140 Harry Potter, Harley Quinn, and a Haunted Mansion FOTM 2016 Meetup

140 Harry Potter, Harley Quinn, and a Haunted Mansion FOTM 2016 Meetup

Welcome back to the Neverland Podcast!
Are you ready to spend some time in Disneyland with some podcasting pals at Friends of the Magic 2016? Eric (our beloved Lost Boy Retlaw) was there to represent our beloved Neverland with some tough trivia, great prizes, and a trip through the Haunted Mansion!
But before we try to keep from becoming the 1000th Happy Haunt, we have some great Disney and Star Wars news followed by some reviews!
There is a new Harry Potter book out there, and Jeremy (our beloved Spider-Pan) read it somewhere in between text books just so he could review it for you!
Jeremy hasn’t been too excited for Suicide Squad, but he decided he’d check it out for the good of the show. Is it as bad as the critics say? He’ll tell you what he thought of it.
Eric got lots of fun audio from around Disneyland, including a preview for Pete’s Dragon, and we’ll give it all a listen!
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    The History of Bad Ideas Podcast, Ep. 135–The Winona Show!

    The History of Bad Ideas Podcast, Ep. 135–The Winona Show!

    The HOBI Gang may not have a guest this week but that doesn’t stop them from their excitement for the Preacher season finale, Stranger Things or Oregon Trail!  The guys are ready for Suicide Squad to be released and Jason is giddy about a new Rocketeer film while Blake wonders how Jeff and Jason can’t understand that Ab Fab is not Sex in the City, the England years.  The guys try their best attempt at re-drafting the classic Heathers film and Jason feels he may actually win a Draft Day!  The gang has a preemptive Box Office Bust in the form of Ben-Hur and close out the show with a Top 5 Films We Don’t Want Remade!

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      Suicide Squad Non-Spoiler Film Review!

      Suicide Squad Non-Spoiler Film Review!

      Written by Jason Brigger

      Director: David Ayer

      Writers: David Ayer

      Starring: Margot Robbie, Jared Leto, Joel Kinnaman, Will Smith and Viola Davis

      Suicide Squad explodes into theaters on Friday, August 2, 2016 and hopes to change the fortunes of Warner Brothers and DC Films after the marginal financial success of Man of Steel and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.  The prior films did not win over film critics and left a much divided fan base in their aftermath and while Suicide Squad is not everyone’s cup of tea, it is better than the DC films before it.

      In short, Intelligence Officer Amanda Waller (Viola Davis) takes a nonsensical idea of assembling a team of the most dangerous supervillains and give them top-secret missions to complete that the normal person would not touch, let alone succeed.  The U.S. government is worried about the increase of meta-humans in the world and decides “why not?” which is flawless logic, and supplies weapons to Deadshot (Will Smith), Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie), Captain Boomerang (Jai Courtney), and other villains all under the guardianship of Rick Flag (a very buff Joel Kinnaman).  This “Suicide Squad” must learn to work together and not kill each in order to stop a mysterious mystical entity.  Oh, did we mention that the Joker (Jared Leto) comes along for the ride as well?

      The Good:

      -The Squad.  Yes, the audience will be introduced to a lot of new characters in this film but despite the lack of adequate backstories for all, it’s a hot mess of fun.  Never before has a group of villains been this much fun to watch and with the majority of the characters appearing on film for the first time, the film feels fresh, something the DC Film universe desperately needs at this time.  The characters of El Diablo (Jay Hernandez), Harley Quinn, the Joker, and Deadshot all receive well written back stories and the audience will feel vested in their character arches throughout the film.

      -The Joker.  Any fear from fans of the Joker are left in the dust as Jared Leto delivers a performance that is just a level below that of Heath Ledger’s Joker from The Dark Knight.  This Joker is a littler darker than previous versions and some die-hard fans may be upset that this Joker is more mob boss than serial killer but at the end of this film, it leaves the audience wanting to see more of the Joker, which for the franchise, is a good thing.

      -Harley Quinn.  Margot Robbie turns a possible one note character into a superstar in one film.  Robbie is masterful as the Joker-smitten psychiatrist turned psychotic anti-hero.  Ayer’s writing allows fans new to the character of Harley Quinn to understand her broken psyche while still giving the purists enough references back to her animated roots to enjoy.  While Quinn provides most of the comedic relief of the film, she also is written as a truly dangerous person that is looking for anarchy above all else.  Warner Brothers should be commended for the casting of Robbie in this role and a role that Robbie has truly made her own.

      The Bad:

      The Enchantress.  Suicide Squad falters by providing “street-level” and “gritty” villains battling a mystical witch, who just doesn’t seem to fit in the story.  The Enchantress (Cara Delevingne) would be a fine villain fighting the more mystical superheroes in the DC Universe but in a film that is more realistic, she just doesn’t fit.  The Squad is better suited for facing off against a mob boss or a domestic terrorist rather than a mystical being and her even more mystical and out of place brother, Incubus (Alain Chanoine).  It also doesn’t help that the alter ego of the Enchantress, June Moone, is in a relationship with Rick Flag that just doesn’t feel authentic to the film.

      -Too Much Will Smith.  Smith’s character, Deadshot, is a complex and interesting character but the “too much of a good thing” applies in this film.  My biggest worry was that the film would become a “Will Smith Film” and at times, the film certainly does transform into his film.  Smith “mugs” for the camera way too much and for an ensemble film, is too front and centered and limits the screen time for other more deserving characters.  Smith may be the biggest star attached to the film but Robbie’s Harley Quinn and Hernandez’s character of El Diablo come across as more deserving of screen time.

      The Middling:

      – The Story Itself.  The cohesiveness of the plot is not the strongest as the audience only sees the Squad have one mission to complete throughout the film and unfortunately that mission is very reminiscent of the more recent Judge Dredd and The Raid films.  I would have liked to have seen the Squad bond through a montage of several missions prior to facing the main villain but in the film’s defense, the story and the film becomes better in the film’s second and third acts.

      -The Lack of Character Development.  While Ayer does a commendable job for the well-developed stories of some characters (see above), the backstory for Killer Croc (Adewale Akinuoye-Agbaje) and Captain Boomerang is far less compelling.  Besides a criminal rap sheet for Killer Croc that is shown to the audience at the beginning of the film, the audience never really understands what he is or why he became that way in the first place.  While the backstory is a little better for Captain Boomerang, the character never really advances past a one note villain that much rather drink than engage in the action of his fellow teammates.  On the opposite side of the spectrum, too much backstory was written about the mysterious bodyguard for Flag, Katana (Karen Fukuhara).  Katana is definitely a fun and kick butt character but too much information was given for a character that should have been left unknown.

      Final Grade: C+ (A Little Above Average)

      Suicide Squad is not a great film but is a fun action/comedic film that is DC’s best film to-date that will leave the audience wanting to know more about the cast of characters in the Squad.  While Suicide Squad could have used a little more “tightening up” on the script and even a better main villain to defeat, the groundwork is there for a franchise that has the ability to improve in later films.  The film is reminiscent of the great Deadpool film released earlier this year as Suicide Squad is something completely different from what the audience has come to expect from Warner Brothers and DC.  If the studio can build off the uniqueness of this film, the DC film universe has a good opportunity to improve and build a bigger audience, something they need at this time.

      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://webegeekspc.com/history-bad-ideas-podcast-ep-135-winona-show/

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        GW1 Issue 64 – Stranger Than Strange

        GW1 Issue 64 – Stranger Than Strange

        We immersed ourselves in Stranger Things and there’s a lot to talk about! But first, we cover a little of what we’ve been doing lately, plus a few news items you might find interesting. More

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          Weird Science DC Comics Podcast Ep 82: DC Rebirth Week 8, Hunks and LP’s

          Weird Science DC Comics Podcast Ep 82: DC Rebirth Week 8, Hunks and LP’s

          Week 8 of DC’s Rebirth is upon us and Jim, Eric and Reggie are here to tell you all about it.  Overall, it was a good week with Batgirl and Red Hood kicking off their new series and some of the others going strong.  Of course, the guys have a couple issues along the way and it all turns into a nearly 8 hour gabfest.  Enjoy! More

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            139 Disney Legends in Marceline!

            139 Disney Legends in Marceline!

            Welcome back to the Neverland Podcast!
            I had a wonderful opportunity last weekend to travel to Marceline Missouri and hear a presentation by some Disney Legends! It’s one of the privileges that I get to share with all of you, my faithful Lost Boys and Pixies, and it gives me joy!
            On this episode you’ll get to hear two of their stories about working for Walt, meeting with Walt, and all the fun that comes with working at the best job you’ll ever have. To get the third guests presentation, you’ll have to subscribe to our YouTube channel, since Tom Nabbe’s program featured lots of fun photos.
            This was a rare treat and I know you’re going to love it, but first we have some Disney park and movie news to discuss. Plus I’ll tell you a little bit about some of the guests for the KCCC!
            Get your tickets to Kansas City ComicCon!
            Grab your pixie and let’s fly to Neverland!

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            The Jungle Book (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) – John Debney and of course Star Wars: The Force Awakens (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) – John Williams
            Please also pick up your copy of Journey to the Stars – Tom Ameen
            Katie Leigh’s (Sunny Gummi, Honker from Darkwing Duck new audio book with Will Ryan (Willie the Giant, Pete-Mickey’s Christmas Carol, Rabbit-Welcome to Pooh Corner) Adventures in Oddity.
            Be sure to purchase some great music from Yehaa Bob Jackson!
            Bob Jackson’s Sunset Sky on iTunes
            Bob Jackson’s Original Compositions on iTunes
            Bob Jackson’s The Saddest Poem on iTunes
            Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Theme – Single – The Ninja Turtles

            Help Neverlander @biggyirk with his new and improved Pinocchio LEGO Marionette! LEGO Ideas!

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              the Best of Ghostbusters Movie Infographic

              the Best of Ghostbusters Movie Infographic

              Pure Costumes takes a look at how the new Ghostbusters movie compared to the first movie in 1984.


              Ghostbusters Infographic

              Infographic Created by PureCostumes.com

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                Marvelette Missives – Kickin’ It Old School

                Marvelette Missives – Kickin’ It Old School

                I recently went to an old school comic con. If you’re lucky, you know what I’m talking about – a bunch of dealers crammed into a hall, maybe a couple of artists selling original sketches, but no celebrities or photo ops in sight. Sure, a few people showed up in costume (I think there was an actual costume contest at some point, though I didn’t stay for it), but it was primarily a crowd of comic book lovers looking for deals. I would say about 80% of the space was long boxes and most of what was on offer was golden, silver and bronze age issues with some current releases thrown in (especially ones with variant covers). More

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                  GW1 Issue 63 – Hanna-Barbera and Beyond

                  GW1 Issue 63 – Hanna-Barbera and Beyond

                  In this month’s Meeplecast, we bring you our thoughts on the new Star Trek movie and talk just a little bit about a couple of cons. Then we get into the universe of Hanna-Barbera! More

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                    The History of Bad Ideas, Ep. 134–Get Off My Lawn Pokemon!

                    The History of Bad Ideas, Ep. 134–Get Off My Lawn Pokemon!

                    The HOBI Gang welcomes Number 1 Fan Doug back into the studio to discuss everything from San Diego Comic Con!  The guys talk the new trailers for Justice League, Kong: Skull Island, and Wonder Woman and get really excited about Mystery Science Theater 3000 coming to Netflix!  Blake questions Jeff’s manhood, again, while Jason can’t keep his Biblical names straight while Doug dishes on all the Disney news you can want.  The guys finally get around to discussing 10 Cloverfield Lane, only 5 weeks late, and they list their Top 5 Cartoons They Want Remade!

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                      DC Superpowers Podcast Issue 16

                      DC Superpowers Podcast Issue 16

                      July 23, 2016

                      This week your dynamic duo of junior justice leaguers are back and we are joined by Mark Bogner of the Tangent-Bound Network. More

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                        138 Star Trekkin’ Across Neverland!

                        138 Star Trekkin’ Across Neverland!

                        Welcome back to the Neverland Podcast!
                        Prepare to beam aboard, Neverlanders. We’re taking a voyage on the Starship Neverland, designation NC-5571. Not only do we have some news from Star Wars Celebration Europe, but San Diego Comic Con has shared some amazing movie news as well that we’ll discuss on our voyage.
                        We’ve got a movie to review this week, and it’s Star Trek Beyond. This movie has inspired a lot of doubts from a really bad trailer, but is this movie as bad as we may have feared? I’ll tell you all about about!
                        So, why are we on a star ship this week anyway? Scott and Tracey from Disney Indiana will be beamed aboard and we’ll talk about the 50th anniversary of Star Trek!
                        Grab your pixie and let’s fly to Neverland!

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                        Be sure to visit iTunes to purchase your copy of
                        The Jungle Book (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) – John Debney and of course Star Wars: The Force Awakens (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) – John Williams
                        Please also pick up your copy of Journey to the Stars – Tom Ameen
                        Katie Leigh’s (Sunny Gummi, Honker from Darkwing Duck new audio book with Will Ryan (Willie the Giant, Pete-Mickey’s Christmas Carol, Rabbit-Welcome to Pooh Corner) Adventures in Oddity.
                        Be sure to purchase some great music from Yehaa Bob Jackson!
                        Bob Jackson’s Sunset Sky on iTunes
                        Bob Jackson’s Original Compositions on iTunes
                        Bob Jackson’s The Saddest Poem on iTunes
                        Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Theme – Single – The Ninja Turtles

                        Help Neverlander @biggyirk with his new and improved Pinocchio LEGO Marionette! LEGO Ideas!

                        Please rate and review The Neverland Podcast!
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                          Weird Science DC Comics Podcast Spotlight: Batgirl & The Birds of Prey: Rebirth #1

                          Weird Science DC Comics Podcast Spotlight: Batgirl & The Birds of Prey: Rebirth #1

                          Eric and Jim get together to talk about Batgirl & the Birds of Prey Rebirth #1 or just “Birds” as they like to say. With the uproar over the Killing Joke, do they like it, love it or hate it? Spoiler: It’s not the later! Check it out and if you like what you hear, join us for our weekly podcast that goes up each and every Sunday.

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                            GW1 Issue 62 – Enjoying the Salty Parabolas

                            GW1 Issue 62 – Enjoying the Salty Parabolas

                            We’re covering a bit of everything this week, with comics, movies and even gaming. Plus we all saw the new Ghostbusters and we let you know what we thought about it. More

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                              The History of Bad Ideas Podcast, Ep. 133–Default Commissioner!

                              The History of Bad Ideas Podcast, Ep. 133–Default Commissioner!

                              The HOBI Gang is all back together again!  Jeff saw Ghostbusters and didn’t actually hate it, Jason became old and watched The Intern and Blake is terrified of Helen Keller!  The guys try to figure out a film about giants that wasn’t horrible while Jason gets giddy over the WWE Draft and Blake is equally giddy about the Absolutely Fabulous film.  The gang try to figure out the appeal of Madea and steal a Top 5 from Dark Angels and Pretty Freaks by listing movies they want as a television series!

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                                137 Ghostbusters Tangle with Dr Mindbender

                                137 Ghostbusters Tangle with Dr Mindbender

                                Welcome back to the Neverland Podcast!
                                There’s something strange in Neverland this week, and it’s a new Ghostbusters movie. I’ve got a review of this attempted reboot of a beloved franchise which unlike it’s predecessor, leaves things open for a sequel. Perhaps there was more desire for a series of movies rather than just to make one good movie? Find out in the Neverland Movie Review!
                                Before that we’ve got some fun Disney Park news and some exciting movie and video game news that is certified fresh! And after the review, Lost Boy Eric has a great conversation with voice actor Brian Cummings which you will probably know best as being the voice of Dr. Mindbender from G.I.Joe!
                                And finally prepared to get Tangled up at the Royal Theater in Disneyland as Jeremy is on the road to Rolla, MO!
                                This week’s cover art is by Dave Alverez!
                                Grab your pixie and let’s fly to Neverland!

                                Be sure to visit iTunes to purchase your copy of
                                The Jungle Book (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) – John Debney and of course Star Wars: The Force Awakens (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) – John Williams
                                Please also pick up your copy of Journey to the Stars – Tom Ameen
                                Katie Leigh’s (Sunny Gummi, Honker from Darkwing Duck new audio book with Will Ryan (Willie the Giant, Pete-Mickey’s Christmas Carol, Rabbit-Welcome to Pooh Corner) Adventures in Oddity.
                                Be sure to purchase some great music from Yehaa Bob Jackson!
                                Bob Jackson’s Sunset Sky on iTunes
                                Bob Jackson’s Original Compositions on iTunes
                                Bob Jackson’s The Saddest Poem on iTunes
                                Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Theme – Single – The Ninja Turtles

                                Help Neverlander @biggyirk with his new and improved Pinocchio LEGO Marionette! LEGO Ideas!

                                Please rate and review The Neverland Podcast!
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                                Email Us!
                                Leave a Voicemail (816) 226-6492
                                Visit our shop! http://neverlandpodcast.spreadshirt.com/
                                Become a patron! https://www.patreon.com/neverlandpodcast

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                                  GW1 Issue 61 – Stupid Geek Tricks

                                  GW1 Issue 61 – Stupid Geek Tricks

                                  Family is in town this week and there might be some stories. Plus, there was an Oddmall last weekend and we have a lot of details (and thank yous) to share. More

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                                    The History of Bad Ideas Podcast, Ep. 132–Nickel’s Dragon!

                                    The History of Bad Ideas Podcast, Ep. 132–Nickel’s Dragon!

                                    It’s a very special episode of HOBI as Jason invites Graphic Novice host, Nickel, into the BOB Studios to talk everything geeky including the never-ending world building in Preacher, the demons of Outcast and why the Secret Life of Pets is a wonderful date movie for Canadians! Nickel tries to catch Jason up on what’s happening in comic books but even he is confused why Iron Man is a child now and the guys guess the box office for Ghostbusters.  The guys don’t have a Top 5 but they do give preliminary reviews of all the upcoming summer films and even have time for a Bad Idea of the Week!

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