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Kong: Skull Island Non-Spoiler Review!

Kong: Skull Island Non-Spoiler Review!

Written by Jason Brigger

Director: Jordan Vogt-Roberts

Writers: Dan Gilroy, Max Borenstein, Derek Connolly, and John Gatins

Starring: Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L. Jackson, and Brie Larson

Kong: Skull Island marks the triumphant return of King Kong to the theater for the first time since 2005 when Peter Jackson thought it was a good idea for a giant ape to ice skate with a damsel in distress, much to the chagrin of critics and audiences everywhere.  This Kong doesn’t have time for ice skating or long walks around New York City because he’s got to protect his home from underground lizard hybrids, birds that can saw a man in half and even humans who feel Kong would look good over their mantle.

Kong: Skull Island is set in the year 1973, or more accurately the very day that America was pulling out from the Vietnam War, and the last chance for secretive agency of Monarch (from Godzilla) and scientist Bill Randa (John Goodman) to talk the U.S. government into a “mapping and navigation” mission on an uncharted and until just recently, unknown island in the South Pacific.  Randa recruits a tracker named James Conrad (Tom Hiddleston), photographer Mason Weaver (Brie Larson), and military leader Preston Packard (Samuel L. Jackson) and his fellow soldiers to complete his mission but unknown to everyone but Randa, a giant ape has other plans.  After Kong strikes down every helicopter in the squad, the survivors must navigate the dangers of the island to reach their rendezvous point in three days to get off a literal Hell on Earth.

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    Major’s Mess Hall – Episode 39 – Anyone Can Pull Me Off

    Major’s Mess Hall – Episode 39 – Anyone Can Pull Me Off

    The boys are joined by mutual friend Kelly, who teaches them how to do various accents (its as fucked as you can imagine!) plus she tells some crazy stories about Craig, including when he nearly drowned a woman. also hear of the possible actors who could play the cast of a Major’s Mess Hall movie, should the opportunity ever arise!

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      DC Superpowers Podcast – Issue 47

      DC Superpowers Podcast – Issue 47

      Your Dynamic Duo of Junior Justice Leaguers are back with Issue 47 of the DC Superpowers Podcast. More

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        GW1 Issue 94 – No Going Back

        GW1 Issue 94 – No Going Back

        Unless you were living under a very big rock, you know that Logan came out last week, so guess what we’re talking about! That’s right, a spoiler-filled review and discussion about the final Wolverine film. But before we get to that, there are a few updates and some news stories from the past week that we found interesting.   More

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          DC Superpowers Podcast – Issue 46

          DC Superpowers Podcast – Issue 46

          Your Dynamic Duo of Junior Justice Leaguers are back for issue 46 of the DC Superpowers Podcast. And they brought all the news, reviews and previews from around the DC Multiverse with them. More

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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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              Top 5 Walt Disney World attractions that need fixing – WDW Tiki Room: March 3, 2017

              Top 5 Walt Disney World attractions that need fixing – WDW Tiki Room: March 3, 2017

              This special edition of WDW Tiki Room features a panel discussion with hosts Aljon and Kristen with Jeff and Eric of WDW After Dark talking about their TOP 5 Walt Disney World attractions that need to be fixed. The WDW After Dark audio was edited for broadcast on Sorcerer Radio. Visit WDWAfterDark.com and subscribe to the show on iTunes and YouTube!

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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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                  EP 42: Planet Hollywood Observatory opens, DCA Food & Wine Festival menus – Dining at Disney: February 28, 2017

                  EP 42: Planet Hollywood Observatory opens, DCA Food & Wine Festival menus – Dining at Disney: February 28, 2017

                  Kristen and Bubba discuss A LOT of Disney food news, including the opening of new Disney World restaurants, the menus for Epcot Flower and Garden Festival and Disney California Adventure Food and Wine Festival, and limited-time ‘Beauty and the Beast’ dining at Disneyland.

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                    #64 One Big Lie.. News.. Hacksaw Ridge/ Lego Batman/ Gold/ Assassins Creed.. Top5 Brit Actresses

                    #64 One Big Lie.. News.. Hacksaw Ridge/ Lego Batman/ Gold/ Assassins Creed.. Top5 Brit Actresses

                    This weeks Episode is our regular fortnightly dose of Movie/ TV/ Games and all other good stuff we know you love. We start with our usual general banter. Then the Big Ben Bongs take us into the News, including Award night Politics and a rant about DC internet trolls…

                    From there we take you into our Quickie Reviews section including our night out at an honest to goodness Play, One Big Lie…

                    Reviewed in this Episode:

                    • Moana                                (Kev kinda Loved this)
                    • Bleed For This                     (Chris Trusted Kevs Critique)
                    • Assassins Creed                  (Kev thinks Dont Waste your Time)
                    • Lego Batman Movie             (Kev was not happy with This Flick)
                    • Hacksaw Ridge                   (Chris Predicts many Oscars)
                    • Gold                                   (Kev was Pleasently Surprised)
                    • Legion                                 (Chris thinks Kev should give it more time)
                    • Leathal Weapon                   (Kev is dropping this after the Pilot)
                    • Gotham S3                         (Kev loving this)
                    • Walking Dead                      (We may be Dropping this completely)
                    • Uncharted Game                 (Chris Dreams of Nathan Drake)
                    • One Big Lie (Play)                (A Live Action Movie)

                    We finish up the show with our Top5 which this week is in honor of the Lead Performance put in By Racheal Cox in One Big Lie and we talk Top5 Brit Actresses.

                    Timeline:

                    Girlz Melon 365Flicks Intro and General Banter                 00.00 – 07.00

                    News Round-Up                                                             07.00 – 39.30

                    Astro Radio Z Podcast Promo                                          39.30 – 40.29

                    What Have We Been Watching                                        40.29 – 1.15.50

                    One Big Lie Promo and Review (Sort Of)                      1.15.50 – 1.30.05

                    History of Bad Ideas Podcast Promo                            1.30.05 – 1.30.48

                    Top5 Brit Actresses                                                    1.30.48 – 1.56.22

                    OUTRO
                    Read more at http://365flickspodcast.libsyn.com/#3TQhtu5sJYWyzvBZ.99

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                      WWE Hall of Fame Inductees, Rock calls Punk, Owens and Jericho – Pro Wrestling Cast: February 27, 2017

                      WWE Hall of Fame Inductees, Rock calls Punk, Owens and Jericho – Pro Wrestling Cast: February 27, 2017

                      Hosts Aljon and Stephen discuss the passing of wrestling legends George “The Animal” Steele and Ivan Koloff as well as The Rock calling C.M. Punk, Dean Ambrose, WWE’s Women’s Division, WWE Hall of Fame inductees and the PROMO OF THE WEEK featuring Chris Jericho’s celebration of friendship with Kevin Owens.

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                        Major’s Mess Hall – Episode 38 – F Her Right In The Mess Hall

                        Major’s Mess Hall – Episode 38 – F Her Right In The Mess Hall

                        Our most controversial episode yet!
                        we interview John Cain, the mastermind behind the “F@#k her right in the P*#@y” viral videos! plus we chat with our good friend Pete from the Smorgasbored podcast!

                         

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                          Weird Science DC Comics Podcast Spotlight: Detective Comics #951 & Action Comics #974

                          Weird Science DC Comics Podcast Spotlight: Detective Comics #951 & Action Comics #974

                          Spotlight is on…Detective Comics#951 and Action Comics #974.  The League of Shadows enters Gotham City and Clark Kent goes crazy!  Jim and Eric have plenty of theories and talk and talk…and talk.  If you like what you hear, check out the big weekly podcast for reviews of all of this week’s DC Comics releases plus listener mail, news and rant and rave.  Enjoy!

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                            Disneyland’s Summer of Heroes, Disney Cruise Line update – WDW Tiki Room: February 24, 2017

                            Disneyland’s Summer of Heroes, Disney Cruise Line update – WDW Tiki Room: February 24, 2017

                            Kristen and Aljon discuss Disneyland’s Summer of Heroes with Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy and the latest updates for the Disney Cruise Line.

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                              DC Superpowers Podcast – Issue 45

                              DC Superpowers Podcast – Issue 45

                              Your Dynamic Duo of Junior Justice Leaguers returns this week with all of the news, reviews and previews from around the DC Multiverse. More

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                                New Magic Kingdom show, Disney resorts expansion, Star Wars Han Solo movie update – WDW After Dark: February 22, 2017

                                New Magic Kingdom show, Disney resorts expansion, Star Wars Han Solo movie update – WDW After Dark: February 22, 2017

                                Hosts Aljon and Jeff discuss the new Magic Kingdom “Happily Ever After” fireworks and projection nighttime spectacular, Disney resorts expansion, and the latest regarding the Star Wars Han Solo movie.

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                                  Weird Science DC Comics Podcast Ep 111: DC Rebirth Week 35, Death Threats and the Jackson Five

                                  Weird Science DC Comics Podcast Ep 111: DC Rebirth Week 35, Death Threats and the Jackson Five

                                  It took a long time for this one, but here it is.  A bunch of books, a bunch of mail and a bunch of nonsense.  Enjoy!
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                                    #63 Indie Talk… Director Tom Paton. We Talk Pandorica, Redwood and Independent Film

                                    #63 Indie Talk… Director Tom Paton. We Talk Pandorica, Redwood and Independent Film

                                    On this Episode of Indie Talk Kevin is super excited to finally sit down and talk to Independent Film Maker Tom Paton. After a series of chats following Kevs review of Pandorica Tom finally gave in and came on the show.

                                    We talk the ins and outs of Pandorica and the complexities of making a 70k movie look like a multi million dollar movie. We touch upon Toms production company the Film Label and how applying the record label format to Indie Film can yeild positive results.

                                    We round out the chat with Tom telling us about future projects including new movie Redwood starring Nicholas Brendon and Mike Beckingham (Previous Guest on the show).

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