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The History of Bad Ideas Podcast, Ep. 167–Everyone Loves a Good Dickens!

The History of Bad Ideas Podcast, Ep. 167–Everyone Loves a Good Dickens!

The HOBI Gang is guest free this week which means more time to talk about Kong: Skull Island, Making History and if the Beatles are overrated! The guys welcome Nikki from New Zealand back for Listener Feedback, debate who is the next to die on the Walking Dead and even have time for a new Face Off battle from Dev! The gang can’t stop mocking the Avatar sequels or the lack of focus from Fox on the X-Men films but they all agree on Brie Larson and Tom Hiddleston’s stock! Jason borrows his Top 5 list of most overrated actors and actresses and the guys all agree on the Bad Idea of the Week this time. This episode is sponsored by the 2017 Cincinnati Comic Expo!

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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The History of Bad Ideas Podcast, Ep. 166–Three Beers and a Haggis!

The History of Bad Ideas Podcast, Ep. 166–Three Beers and a Haggis!

The HOBI crew welcomes Chris and Kevin from the 365 Flicks Podcast into the BOB Studios to talk Logan, the prestige of winning a Floppy, and debate the difference between British and American toilets!  The guys talk the latest episode of Legion, Jason has slipped on watching Riverdale and Jeff reenacts Marilyn Monroe for a listener.  Jason and Chris get upset Goldberg in the WWE, Blake gets upset about the X-men film franchise again and Kevin and Jason are the only ones that want to see Kong: Skull Island on its opening weekend!  The guys all provide their Top 5 Favorite Films of the Last Ten Years and the Bad Idea of the Week goes British for our guests! This week’s episode is sponsored by the Cincinnati Comic Expo!

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.

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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!

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!

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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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!

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!

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165 Mickey Mouse is My Friend!

165 Mickey Mouse is My Friend!

Welcome back to the Neverland Podcast!

This week’s journey to Neverland is a bit different. This week is a simple message of unity, love, and friendship as we unite under the banner of our fandom.

Sure we are going to talk about the title of the new Star Wars movie, but we’re going to have some fun in with the Neverland Storytime with Charlie Brown, and enjoy Mickey’s Royal Friendship Fair!

I’m also going to pay tribute to John Hurt with some memorable audio clips.

Grab your pixie and let’s fly to Neverland!

Donate to enter into Chris Evan’s escape room.

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The History of Bad Ideas Podcast, Ep. 160–Not Enough Rhinestones!

The History of Bad Ideas Podcast, Ep. 160–Not Enough Rhinestones!

The HOBI Gang is joined by Andrew Satterfield, the founder of the Cincinnati Comic Expo, to discuss some big news regarding the Expo! The guys talk news of The Last Jedi, Jeff makes a Sophie’s Choice between two classic science fiction television shows, Jason loves him some Neil Diamond and Blake can’t believe the Arrival is up for an Oscar for Best Picture!  The gang goes insane trying to figure out the timeline for the new Logan film and Andrew debates where Rogue One sits on all time Star Wars films.  The guys debate the Top 5 Favorite Fantasy Films of the 1980s, much to Jason’s dismay, and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels becomes a bad idea this week! This episode is sponsored by the Cincinnati Comic Expo!

164 Captain America Fights Cancer!

164 Captain America Fights Cancer!

Welcome back to the Neverland Podcast!

After having some great guest the last couple of weeks it is time to talk about some exciting things happening at Disneyland Resort and in the world of Marvel movies.

Lost Boy Retlaw (Eric) is here to talk about all the fun going on in the world before we visit the Neverland Trailer Park. This week we have new trailers for Logan, the third Wolverine movie and Power Rangers from the old Saban show.
Next we’ll hear the tale of Robin Hood in Storytime before we hop in the engine car of the Disneyland Railroad with Lost Boy Yensid Goof (Jesse).

Grab your pixie and let’s fly to Neverland!

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The History of Bad Ideas Podcast, Ep. 159–Grand Pappy Vader!

The History of Bad Ideas Podcast, Ep. 159–Grand Pappy Vader!

The HOBI Gang welcomes Matthew McDonough from the Passers-by Podcast into the BOB Studios to tell some stories and rant about the geeky topics of the week!  The guys draft a new version of Perfect Strangers and Matthew completes his team in a very strange way!  Blake is excited about playing Dungeons and Dragons in virtual reality while Jason is embarrassed he sat through Independence Day: Resurgence and Jeff doesn’t get Jason’s movie choices.  The guys still don’t know who is watching Sing and Matthew’s love of Point Break is the origin for the Top 5 this week!  This episode is sponsored by the Cincinnati Comic Expo!

163 Video Game Voice, Brian Sommer!

163 Video Game Voice, Brian Sommer!

Welcome back to the Neverland Podcast!

If you’ve listened to Disney podcasts for a while, you’ve probably heard Brian Sommer announcing either the show or an event the show was producing. He’s a big Disney fan, and a talented voiceover artist!
You’ve heard him in The Walking Dead games, and League of Legends as well as hundreds of other games and today you’ll hear him in Neverland!
We’ve also got to talk about the new Nintendo Switch, and new footage from Beauty and the Beast, Cars 3, and Tangled Before Ever After!
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162 Nien Nunb Lives!!

162 Nien Nunb Lives!!

Welcome back to the Neverland Podcast!
Are you ready for some Star Wars fun Neverlanders? This week we welcome Mike Quinn, puppeteer, puppet builder, animator, and all around creative force!
Not only has Mike worked with the Muppets, but he did some awesome work with the Jim Henson company in films like The Dark Crystal and Labrynth!!
And despite the common error many Star Wars fans make, Mike Quinn is the puppeteer behind Nien Nunb in Return of the Jedi, though many make the mistake thinking that Richard Bonehill was the puppeteer. In truth, the now deceased Mr. Bonehill was an extra that wore the full suit Nien (or Ten) Nunb before George Lucas plucked the background character out of obscurity and Mike Quinn created a puppet to sit with Lando in the cockpit of the Millenium Falcon! Mike will tell us all about it on this week’s show! -editors note Richard Bonehill did sell autographed photos of the puppet, but that wasn’t Mr. Bonehill.
Before that we’ll hear a bit of Disney news and visit the Neverland Story Time for some special Star Wars fun!
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The History of Bad Ideas Podcast, Ep. 157–Best of Draft Day!

The History of Bad Ideas Podcast, Ep. 157–Best of Draft Day!

To usher in the new year, the guys at HOBI take a walk down memory lane and revisit some of their favorite Draft Day segments. From our first ever draft, join us as we remember some of our most hilarious moments from the first couple of years of Bad Ideas. This episode is sponsored by the Cincinnati Comic Expo!

 

161 Disney Year in Review 2016!

161 Disney Year in Review 2016!

Welcome back to the Neverland Podcast!
2016 has come and gone with all of it’s new movies and events that moved in the geek and pop culture world. Disney released some real winners in cinema, even though not all were winners at the box office.
This week Lost Boy Eric and I, your Spider-Pan, are joined by the propreiter of The Main Street Cinema, Mortis from Disney Indiana and the Mortis Matinee podcast.
Together we had our first live streaming event to discuss our memories of 2016 and what we are looking forward to in 2017!
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160 The Muppets and Obi Wan Save Scrooge!

160 The Muppets and Obi Wan Save Scrooge!

Welcome back to the Neverland Podcast!
If you’ve ever seen the classic musical, Scrooge starring Albert Finney and Alec Guiness, you may have noticed it bears some resemblence to The Muppets Christmas Carol. This Christmas get the family together and listen to some music from both films and enjoy the holiday with some great fun.
Our prayers and pixie dust are with Carrie Fisher in hopes for her recovery!
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