Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice

Keepers Of The Fringe, Episode 3-In Honor Of Bill Paxton

Keepers Of The Fringe, Episode 3-In Honor Of Bill Paxton

After dealing with a few issues with the recording for this episode, the Keepers Of The Fringe have finally returned with a brand new episode.

Episode  3 meeting agenda:

  1. Condolences on the passing of Bill Paxton
  2. Patrick Stewart retiring from the X-Men franchise
  3. What would make Hugh Jackman want to play Wolverine again?
  4. The Gambit movie is still in the works
  5. Rumors on the next X-Men movie
  6. Our thoughts on the Lego Batman Movie
  7. Matt Reeves back on to direct the live action Batman movie
  8. Batman vs. Superman winning four Razzie awards
  9. Our thoughts on the latest news about the game Injustice 2
  10. Mass Effect: Andromeda releasing a downloadable game patch on the same day the game is released
  11. Release date announced the reboot of Mystery Science Theater 3000
  12. Announced reboot of Tales From The Crypt
  13. The most anticipated movies coming out in 2017
  14. Movie review of the week-In honor of Bill Paxton, Brain Dead
  15. Keepers recommendations

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Big Blockbuster Boredom

Big Blockbuster Boredom

In the latter days of 2015, I remember looking at the list of movies coming out in 2016 and thinking, “next year is going to be an amazing year for movies.  There is so much good stuff coming out.”  Now, here it is, the middle of August in 2016, and I find myself wondering what happened to all those movies I was excited about?  Did I kid myself into thinking there was a ton of great movies coming out?  I don’t think I was fooling myself, I seem to recall actually believing that this year would be full of nonstop excitement when looking ahead to the crop of blockbusters coming out this year.  And yet, here I am, just over halfway through the year in the aftermath of the summer movie season, feeling somewhat let down and disappointed overall.  It’s not that the movies this year were bad per se, with one or two exceptions, rather, it is that most of the movies this year turned out to be just…..average, pedestrian, formulaic, uninspired, etc.

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The History of Bad Ideas, Episode 121–Feeding My Tamagotchi!

The History of Bad Ideas, Episode 121–Feeding My Tamagotchi!

Episode 121 is here!  The HOBI Gang is without a guest this week but that just means more rants about Game of Thrones, the Flash never being the fastest man alive and time traveling with the X-Men!  The guys get depressed over all the celebrity deaths but nothing like the struggles of Worsley to get the boys back on track.  The gang debates the proper technique for a luffa and wonder what it will take for Arthur Curry to actually sound like a superhero.  The guys discuss their Top 5 Favorite Current Television Shows and Jeff explains the techniques of selling unwanted toys!

JAN 094: Comic Book TV Season Week 25 Review

JAN 094: Comic Book TV Season Week 25 Review

This week’s Jock and Nerd Weekly is chock full of comic book geekiness as Imran and Rugboy talk Batman v Superman, Suicide Squad, Dr. Strange, Captain America: Civil War, Spider-Man: Homecoming, Deadpool 2, Marvel’s Defenders and Luke Cage on Netflix, Toho’s Godzilla, Avatar sequels and more! Plus, reviews of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Supergirl, Legends of Tomorrow and Fear The Walking Dead.

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JAN 091: Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Review

JAN 091: Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Review

The Jock, Nerd and Rugboy are joined by illustrator John Bellotti, Jr. to discuss Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Director Zack Snyder has managed to make the most contentious superhero movie ever and the gang has strong opinions! Plus, tweets and audio reviews from our listeners!

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Now Geek This!  The Return…

Now Geek This! The Return…

At last, I have returned!  What had originally intended to be a short holiday break turned out to be an extended hiatus due to, well, reasons.  I’m sure in that time, many might have forgotten me, but I am back in full force and ready to spread my geek love once again.  Some of you may have been listening to me on the We Be Geeks podcast in the interim, so you know that I have at least been alive and well during my writing hiatus.  Enough of that though, let us move on to the nitty-gritty meat of my latest article, shall we?

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Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice Non-Spoiler Film Review

Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice Non-Spoiler Film Review

Written by Jason Brigger

The History of Bad Ideas Podcast

Batman v. Superman, after many years of hype, crashes into theaters this Friday, March 25 and despite the film not delivering a knockout punch to the audience, it does leave the fans staggering and wondering what went wrong with a film that should be a heavyweight.

The film takes place two years after Superman (Henry Caviill) delivered the neck snap heard around the world to Zod (Michael Shannon) in Man of Steel and in the process, destroyed over half the city of Metropolis. Crime-fighting Bruce Wayne (Ben Affleck) realizes no one should have that much power and dons the cowl as Batman and sets off to knock Superman down a peg or two. While the two heroes clash their fists and their egos, criminal mastermind Lex Luthor (Jesse Eisenberg) has a more heinous plan to take down the heroes and claim Metropolis for himself. Luckily Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) can keep her temper in check long enough to actually try to save the city that Batman and Superman seem to forget about.

The Good:

-Wonder Woman has arrived. Gadot may only be in the film for approximately 30 minutes but she steals the scenes she is in as Wonder Woman. Despite a decent amount of superheroes, cameo or otherwise, Wonder Woman and maybe one robotic hero are the only future solo films I leave Batman v. Superman wanting to watch.

-The actors. It’s not that the acting by Affleck, Cavill and Gadot is fantastic but the actors do an impressive job with a less than impressive script. Cavill has improved dramatically as both Clark Kent and as Superman in this film and even Affleck won’t disappoint most Batman fans. Gadot…see above.

The Bad:

The pacing of the film. A film that is 150 minutes is a long time to sit and watch when the film is neither intriguing nor exciting for over half of the film. Even worse? The final battle with Doomsday, Luthor’s secret weapon, is ridiculous looking and not in a good way. The studio, Warner Brothers, has a bigger issue because the film does not make the audience excited for the future Justice League film, which Warner Brothers was hoping Batman v. Superman would accomplish.

-The soundtrack. Soundtracks for films can change a mundane moment into a classic moment but bad soundtracks can pull the audience out of the action and completely change the attitude of the film. Batman v. Superman does not have a good soundtrack and at times, even a bad soundtrack, as evident in the final fight scene with Doomsday. The music during the battle even elicited some laughter from the audience I was watching with and pulls the audience completely out of a serious moment of the film.

-Director Zack Snyder. I know director Zack Snyder loves comic books and is trying to make a superhero film that both fans of the comics and the general audience will love and I applaud him for that but Batman v. Superman is not that film. As stated above, the actors are good but from the pacing to squeezing too many plot points into one film to even the look of the film, leaves this film a mess. Warner Brothers wanted to hire an architect to guide their DC film universe but after Man of Steel and Batman v. Superman, the wheels are coming off pretty fast and it may be too late for Snyder’s next film, Justice League.

The Middling:

-Jesse Eisenberg. Eisenberg does a really good job portraying the Joker in Batman v. Superman but unfortunately he is supposed to be playing Lex Luthor. The character of Luthor is all over the place and while the future films will hopefully allow Eisenberg to fully grasp the role of the villainous mastermind, this is not the Luthor that Superman should be afraid to challenge. Luthor never comes across as the evil mastermind that is always two steps ahead of Superman but at least Eisenberg looks like he is having fun with the role, which should count for something.

-The background. So after the massive amount of civilian deaths in Man of Steel’s fight scenes, Batman v. Superman tones it down in terms of unnecessary deaths…to zero. The cities of Metropolis and Gotham look good but the audience is only shown a few areas of each city. The excuse that the business district is empty due to the fights occurring after 5 p.m. on a workday, yes a real explanation used in the film, is weak at very best. Snyder took a lot of negative critique for the unnecessary civilian deaths in Man of Steel, and to Snyder’s credit, it’s addressed in this film, but by being overly cautious, the cities just look like empty toy play sets.

Final Grade: C-

I had no idea what to expect coming into this film and to say I left with lower expectations for future DC films is not a good sign. I applaud Snyder for going the opposite direction of the Marvel films by taking a darker tone but Batman v. Superman tries to do too much and fails at the majority of it. The film is not for young kids and fans of the comics will pick the film apart and even the general audience will be disappointed in the final product. The film is not as bad as Fantastic Four from 2015 but it’s just a spot above the mess of a film that is Green Lantern.

You can catch Jason Brigger on the geek-centric podcast, The History of Bad Ideas, as new episodes drop every Wednesday on www.webegeekspc.com or subscribe on iTunes, Stitcher and other podcasting apps.

JAN 085: Man of Steel Discussion with Matt Delhauer (03/10/2015)

JAN 085: Man of Steel Discussion with Matt Delhauer (03/10/2015)

Writer Matt Delhauer returns to the Jock and Nerd Podcast to discuss one of the most polarizing superhero movies of all time, Zack Snyder’ Man of Steel. Starting from the late 90’s, Matt breaks down the state of superhero movies, from both Marvel and DC, and how that led to Man of Steel. The hosts ponder if it’s a good representation of the character of Superman, how much Grant Morrison hated the movie, the theory that it’s exact same story as Batman Begins, manage to squeeze out a few compliments for the movie, and much more!

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JAN 070: Bruce Wayne’s World Podcast Crossover

JAN 070: Bruce Wayne’s World Podcast Crossover

JAN070The Jock finally gets to geek out about Batman when the hosts of the Bruce Wayne’s World Podcast stop by the Jock and Nerd studio! Anthony and Imran welcome Joe Wapo and Jimi Terzis for a discussion about all things Batman from the page to the screen. The gang evaluate the Frank Miller, Grant Morrison and Geoff Johns versions of the Caped Crusader, discuss the upcoming Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice movie, and more!

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JAN 063: Comic Book TV Season Week 11 Review

JAN 063: Comic Book TV Season Week 11 Review

JAN063It’s a geek-packed show as Anthony, Imran and Rugboy discuss this week’s new episodes of The Walking Dead, Supergirl, Gotham, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., The Flash and Arrow! Also, they tell us why they don’t like the new Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice trailer. Shocker, right? They’re such Marvel fanboys.

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JAN 052: DC Extended Universe with 365Flicks Podcast (10/27/2015)

JAN 052: DC Extended Universe with 365Flicks Podcast (10/27/2015)

JAN052Anthony and Imran finally get their Northumberland U.K. dopplecasters, Kevin and Chris of 365Flicks Podcast, on the show to discus Zack Snyder and the DC Extended Universe! The Nerd surprises them with Rugboy as the gang hilariously discuss Man of Steel, Batman V. Superman, The Flash, Arrow and more! The podcasts are both also part of the awesome Tangent Bound Network.

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Now Geek This On The San Diego Comic-Con

nowgeekthisIn this edition of Now Geek This, I will be discussing some of my favorite things that came out of the biggest geek event of the whole year, this year’s San Diego Comic-Con, aka SDCC.  Of course, I must first state for the record that I was not able to attend this year’s SDCC, in fact, I have never been to an SDCC as of yet, so I am forced to eat up the bread crumbs that are put out online just as most of you are forced to do.  Having said that, I will now discuss the things I caught that excited me the most. More

Now Geek This: Star Wars, Avengers, and Batman Vs. Superman…..Oh my!

nowgeekthisWell, it certainly has been quite a week to be a geek, has it not?  We’ve had a deluge of geekery thrown at us this week, a veritable monsoon if you will.  There has been so much excitement this week, I could swear that the geek center of my brain was going to explode.  I don’t know if I can take much more geeky goodness, but, I am certainly willing to test that limit if any more newsbits should happen to be released.  Now then, let us discuss some of those tasty morsels, shall we? More