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The History of Bad Ideas, Ep. 117–Blake Snake Moan!

The History of Bad Ideas, Ep. 117–Blake Snake Moan!

The HOBI Gang, well two of them, has seen Batman v. Superman and they have opinions galore! Blake is all caught up on Gotham and likes it while Jeff is caught up on Gotham and doesn’t and Jason is completely lost.  The guys debate the thrill of Easter egg hunting at a Pez event, aka Pez lust, try to figure out who O Town was and try to give some love to the postal service but it’s not easy.  Jason gets angry at George Lucas for firing Frank Darabont and Blake wants to ask the Mobius Chair questions that actually matter.  The guys wrap it up with their Top 5 Favorite Samuel Jackson films and it doesn’t go well.

Weird Science DC Comics Podcast Episode 64: Rebirth, Batman and Fantasy Island

Weird Science DC Comics Podcast Episode 64: Rebirth, Batman and Fantasy Island

Jim and Eric are joined by Reggie, fresh from his Germany trip and it’s back to a five hour crap fest!  They talk all the newly announced Rebirth creative teams. review most of this week’s DC books and argue and fight and basically, do what they always do.  Enjoy!

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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

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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.

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365Flicks #34 Newcastle Film & Comic Con. Walking Dead Talking Heads S06E14, Top5 Arnie Flicks, Chris Reviews Turbo Kid

365Flicks #34 Newcastle Film & Comic Con. Walking Dead Talking Heads S06E14, Top5 Arnie Flicks, Chris Reviews Turbo Kid

34Well guys we have had a week since the last episode. you will have already listened to episode 33 and 33.5 with our awesome interview with Ross Marquand from the Walking Dead. Which was awesome then we went to the Newcastle Film and Comic Con for the weekend where we were able to score us some Press Passes and Hob Nob with the talent.

We kick off the episode with our own special News Round-Up as always with a pretty epic rant on what Kev thinks about Sean Parker and his Screening Room.

Then we bring you our rundown of the Showmasters Film and Comic Con with our great interviews with Harry Potter Star Devon Murray (Sheamus) and one of the hardest working Brit actors Ian McNiece (Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, Dr Who). We end our round of chats with Vernon Well star of Mad Max 2 and everything else.

We bring you our usual Talking Heads of the Walking Dead S06E14 which we loved by the way.

To end the episode we bring you our Bingey TV shows Underbelly and The Thick of It which we are loving. Chris brings you his review of 2015 classic Turbo Kid which holds an 88% on Rotten Tomatoes.

Huge thank you to Jill at Showmasters for helping us out and hooking us up. Thanks to Mary one of the great crew at Showmasters for looking after us. Thank you to Devon, Ian and Vernon for taking the time to speak to us.

Timeline:

Intro from Ross Marquand and Girlz Melon                             00.00 – 01.05

General Banter and News Round-Up                                      01.05 – 32.30

Astro Radio Z Promo                                                            32.30 – 33.40

Film and Comic Con with Interviews                                      33.40 – 1.18.20

  • Devon Murray                                                           38.30 – 43.20
  • Ian McNiece                                                             47.30 – 55.20
  • Vernon Wells                                                            1.02.10 – 1.15.30

Jock and Nerd Promo                                                           1.15.20 – 1.15.50

Talkings Heads Walking Dead S06E14                                    1.15.50 – 1.45.10

HOBI Promo                                                                        1.45.10 – 1.46.00

Top5 Arnie Movies                                                                1.46.00 – 2.05.10

Geeky Antics Network Promo                                                 2.05.10 – 2.05.30

Binge Worthy TV and Chris Reviews Turbo Kid                         2.05.30 – 2.39.50

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The History of Bad Ideas, Episode 116–Like a Man Named Rhinestone!

The History of Bad Ideas, Episode 116–Like a Man Named Rhinestone!

The HOBI gang doesn’t have a guest this week but that doesn’t stop the shenanigans from going on!  The guys talk their lack of excitement for opening night of Batman v. Superman, giving the internet the power to name a boat, and Jason’s take on the newest season of Daredevil!  The gang tries to redraft the classic film Clerks while Blake gets caught up on the Walking Dead and Jason becomes obsessed with potatoes and Ireland! Story Time with Blake is in overdrive this week and the guys bust out their impressions for their Top 5 Favorite Michael Cain Films!

Weird Science DC Comics Podcast Ep 63: Hello, Mother

Weird Science DC Comics Podcast Ep 63: Hello, Mother

With Reggie off to Germany, It’s just an old school Jim and Eric podcast.  Yep, over four hours of jut the two of them talking about DC Comics including Batman and Robin Eternal, Legends of Tomorrow and more Superman books than you can shake a stick at.  Of course, they also talk about this week’s news and get to every book that came out this week…maybe.  Enjoy and remember…Hey, Mother!

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365Flicks #33 Interview with Ross Marquand (Aaron From WD) Talking Heads Walking Dead Companion S06E13 (Spoilers Duh)

365Flicks #33 Interview with Ross Marquand (Aaron From WD) Talking Heads Walking Dead Companion S06E13 (Spoilers Duh)

ep33So the lads at 365HQ jump back into the Blabs and bring along guest host Haze Red Mist for there now usual reaction review of the latest episode of the Walking Dead. S06E13 The Same Boat.

Also we bring a nice surprise for Haze and all of you the fair listener. We managed to grab an amazing interview with Walking Dead cast member Ross Marquand who plays Aaron. This interview was such a blast and awesome for Chris and myself.

Thank you to Jill from Showmasters Film and Comic Con for helping make this interview happen.

If you don’t want to hear the episode but do want the Interview i will be releasing the interview by itself.

Timeline:

Intro by Ross Marquand Himself                                                                 00.00 – 01.02

Review of S06E13 The Same Boat                                                                 01.02 – 53.20

HOBI Promo                                                                                                      53.20 – 54.02

Interview with Ross Marquand (Plays Aaron on Walking Dead)          54.02 – 1.18.05

Wrap up of our thoughts on the Episode                                                    1.18.05 – 1.27.25

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Weird Science DC Comics Podcast Ep 62: Sexy Robots and Fan Fiction

Weird Science DC Comics Podcast Ep 62: Sexy Robots and Fan Fiction

Jim and Eric are at it again with a 5+ hour podcast.  They won’t mind if you don’t!  During their weekly visit, they talk about all the DC Comics that came out this week including Batman and Robin #23 and Batman/Superman #30.  Spoiler Alert: They like Batman/Superman #30 a whole lot!  They also talk about this weeks DC Comics news, how sexy robot Lois is and Jim weirds Eric out with inappropriate fan fiction…all this and more on Episode 62 of the Weird Science DC Comics Podcast.  Enjoy! More

365Flicks #32 Talking Heads Epic. News Round-Up, Talking Heads S06E12, Top5 Wrestling Intros

365Flicks #32 Talking Heads Epic. News Round-Up, Talking Heads S06E12, Top5 Wrestling Intros

12832432_1057113951014253_1563307838680813005_nHaze Red Mist is suffering from the Zombie Virus and confined to his bed so the 365Lads decided to Forego the usual Talking Heads episode to bring you a bumper main show but don’t worry we still bring you our review of Season 6 Episode 12 of the Walking Dead.

We kick off with our usual brand of Movie and TV news that has peaked our interest in the recent weeks. Including the Marvel and DC news of the week…

We bring you a condensed version of the Talking Heads an Officially Unofficial companion to the Walking Dead (Spoilers) We loved this episode, thats 4 in a row.

We bring you a quick new ongoing section in which we recommend a show for each other to Binge watch, Chris is given his punishment movie.

Chris finally gets to do a wrestling devoted section in which we list our Top5 theme tunes past and present.

Timeline:

INTRO and General Chat before the News (We Be Geeks Promo)    00.00 – 10.05

News Round-Up                                                                          10.05 – 35.25

Jock And Nerd Promo                                                                  35.25 – 35.55

Talking Heads S06E12 Discussion                                                 35.55 – 1.24.25

Astro Radio Z Promo                                                                1.24.25 – 1.25.40

New Section TV Show Binge Watch                                            1.25.40 – 1.35.00

HOBI Promo                                                                            1.35.00 – 1.35.41

Top5 Wrestling Intros                                                               1.35.41 – 2.17.13

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365Flicks #31 Talking Heads The Officially Unofficial Walking Dead Companion S06E11 (Spoilers Duh)

365Flicks #31 Talking Heads The Officially Unofficial Walking Dead Companion S06E11 (Spoilers Duh)

images (4)Well guys Chris and Kev are joined again by there buddy Haze Red Mist to talk about the most talked about show you could talk about.. Yes  they are back to talk Walking Dead, Specifically episode 11 of season 6.

So they jump on Blab and bring there crack to the masses Live and suprisingly, they bloody enjoyed there 3rd episode in a row so sit down and have a listen to there thoughts…

 

Kev also gets to celebrate his 365Flicks title win thanks to Leo

Come join us on Blab or send us your thoughts.

Timeline:

We Be Geeks Promo and Intro from Girz Melon    00.00 – 01.44

Kev, Chris and Haze talk S06E11                        01.44 – 01.28.00

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Use of 3rd Party Cleaning Crews at Disney Parks, Marvel and Star Wars News – WDW After Dark: March 9, 2016

Use of 3rd Party Cleaning Crews at Disney Parks, Marvel and Star Wars News – WDW After Dark: March 9, 2016

WDW After Dark Logo for iTunesWDW After Dark hosts discuss the viral video of the actions of a 3rd party cleaning crew at the Walt Disney World Resort, Star Wars: The Force Awakens coming to Blu-ray, Disney Cruise Line adds two new ships, Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD, Zootopia‘s big opening weekend, new DuckTales series, PB&G’s Flashback Friday at Four Seasons Resort Orlando, new purple MagicBands and Netflix’s Daredevil hero costume reveals. Let us know by making a comment below, leave a voicemail at (410) 98-WDWAD – (410) 989-3923 or e-mail us at wdwafterdark@gmail.com.

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Marvelette Missives – Making Frenemies

Marvelette Missives – Making Frenemies

What is one thing that is just about guaranteed to bring enemies together? Love. (I didn’t say it was the only thing – we all know that it’s more likely to be money, but I digress.) No, I’m not talking about the enemies falling in love (that cliché outlived its welcome years ago). I’m talking about two people who are both in love with a third person who just happens to be in a bit of trouble. More

The History of Bad Ideas–Ep. 114: Introducing Kylo Rick!

The History of Bad Ideas–Ep. 114: Introducing Kylo Rick!

Blake is back and he brought a guest, Dev from Snake Oil Comics!  The guys talk everything from working at a comic shop to the hatred of Spider-man to Woody Allen being the creepiest man in New York!  Blake gets flustered in Fallout as he learns it’s really Farmville, Dev tries cosplay as Salicious Crumb, and Jeff does a better southern impersonation than Jason!  The guys list their Top 5 Favorite Geek Activities and realize technology is no one’s friend.

Weird Science DC Comics Podcast Episode 61: I’ve Got A (Killing) Joke For You

Weird Science DC Comics Podcast Episode 61: I’ve Got A (Killing) Joke For You

Eric is back just as Jim hurts his.  Yep, Jim has to record the podcast lying down, but the guys shake off the blues and get down to talking…about a pretty crappy week of books.  The big issue this week was the Killing Joke and Batgirl #49.  Jim hijacks Reggie’s Recklessness and the podcast is back to a length the bloodsuckers will like.  Enjoy!

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Weird Science DC Comics Podcast Ep 60: Eric Shea’s (Sort of) Day Off

Weird Science DC Comics Podcast Ep 60: Eric Shea’s (Sort of) Day Off

 

Eric was sick as a dog, but instead of taking the week off, Jim forced him to get out of bed and record the podcast…sort of. With the help of Reggie, they recorded an abridged version of the podcast with reviews of Batman and Robin Eternal #21, Justice League #48, Superman: The Coming of the Supermen #1, Superman/Wonder Woman #26 and Superman #49.  While that doesn’t seem like a lot, it still was almost 4 hours long!  Enjoy!

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Just for the Hell of It Podcast Ep 2: Top 5 80’s Movies

Just for the Hell of It Podcast Ep 2: Top 5 80’s Movies

Eric, Jim and Reggie get together to discuss their Top 5 80’s Movies and while they may have struggled a bit with the more structured format, they get their picks out there.  They also manage to talk a bunch of nonsense and stretch the podcast out more than they had planned.  Enjoy and if you have any questions of comments, email the guys at  justforthehellofitpodcast@gmail.com

Marvelette Missives – Do Ratings Matter?

Marvelette Missives – Do Ratings Matter?

On Geek Watch One this week, we briefly touch on the now-defunct Comics Code and the MPAA and the seemingly arbitrary manner in which comics and movies are rated. Yes, this stems from a discussion of Deadpool and R-rated comic book movies. But obviously it’s larger than that. It did, however, get me thinking about whether these ratings or designations really matter at all anymore. More

The History of Bad Ideas, Episode 112–Jar Jar v. Predator: Lowered Expectations

The History of Bad Ideas, Episode 112–Jar Jar v. Predator: Lowered Expectations

Episode 112 is here of the History of Bad Ideas!  As Blake is on sabbatical playing Fallout 4, the guys welcome Scab Jeff into the BOB Studios to discuss the Oscars, British television shows and the lowered expectations of Batman v. Superman!  The gang discuss the success of the Witch, the failure of Zoolander 2 and the anatomy of Kryptonians.  The guys list their Top 5 Fictional Members of the Suicide Squad and realize Jason’s team may destroy themselves!