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The History of Bad Ideas Podcast, Ep. 177–Quasimodo: Friend Zone!

The History of Bad Ideas Podcast, Ep. 177–Quasimodo: Friend Zone!

The HOBI Gang is going old school with a two man booth and talking changes to the Justice League film, Jughead’s helmet, and the latest lackluster news on Dark Universe!  The guys talk to writer Andrea Molinari regarding his graphic novel The Shepherd: Apokatastasis, the creative process, and how the Lions will never win a Super Bowl!  Jason gets scolded by a listener for making fun of Gwar and the guys list their Top 5 Worst Literary Character Adaptations to Film! This episode is sponsored by the Cincinnati Comic Expo!

The History of Bad Ideas Podcast, Ep. 176–The Girl From Osaka!

The History of Bad Ideas Podcast, Ep. 176–The Girl From Osaka!

The HOBI Gang is in the studio and talking the most recent television renewals and cancellations, including Jason loving the recent episodes of the Flash! Blake still refuses to talk Riverdale, Jeff is angry at his car and Jason wonders why Ryan Seacrest is still on television.  The guys suffer through drafting a new King of Queens cast while Blake just quits altogether, but they feel better about themselves as they mock the bust that is King Arthur!  Listeners give their own list of favorite directors since 1985 and the HOBI Gang celebrates the recent Mother’s Day Weekend with Top 5 Worst Television Moms!  This episode is sponsored by the Cincinnati Comic Expo!

The Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2 Film Review (Non-Spoiler!)

The Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2 Film Review (Non-Spoiler!)

Written by Jason Brigger

Director: James Gunn

Writers: James Gunn and Dan Abnett

Starring: Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Bradley Cooper (voice), and Vin Diesel (voice)

The rag-tag crew of the Milano is back as Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2 blasts its way into theaters this weekend and fans of the original will not be disappointed in this fun sequel.

Guardians continues the team’s adventures throughout the galaxy but this time Peter Quill (Chris Pratt) and his merry crew are caught off-guard when Quill’s dad, Ego (Kurt Russell), finds Quill after decades of searching for his son that he abandoned on Earth.  Despite Quill’s excitement and new relationship with his father, not everything is on the “up and up” with Ego as plans for universal domination is in the mix and the Guardians are the only ones that can stop his madness and save the galaxy…again.

Quill and his crew not only have to battle Ego but along the way, the Guardians are More

The History of Bad Ideas Podcast, Ep. 173–The Jedi of Berkeley!

The History of Bad Ideas Podcast, Ep. 173–The Jedi of Berkeley!

The HOBI Gang is all together and welcomes Andrew, founder of the Cincinnati Comic Expo, back into the studio to discuss Star Wars Celebration and opening a Disney store!  In the most disjointed episode ever, the guys talk the relevance of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductions, surviving a genocide, and Blake catching up on films from the past three decades!  Despite the Marvel debacle, Jason tries to be a Latin lover but can’t find the right music while Andrew announces more guests for the Expo.  Andrew’s tight schedule caused a shift in the HOBI paradigm resulting in the the earliest Top 5, Bucket List Items, ever!  This episode is sponsored by the Cincinnati Comic Expo!

The History of Bad Ideas Podcast, Ep. 172–Spock This Five Dollar Bill!

The History of Bad Ideas Podcast, Ep. 172–Spock This Five Dollar Bill!

Blake returns to the BOB Studios and HOBI! Jeff and Jason welcome Blake back by talking all things Star Wars including Star Wars Celebration, the trailer for the Last Jedi and if Rey really is a Palpatine!  The guys debate the new Mystery Science Theater 3000, Jason is almost done with Luke Cage and HOBI receives an audio review from the Pop Culture Podcast.  Blake enjoys stranding people in the wilderness with only cameras available to survive but will only tolerate binge watching 12 Monkeys on basic cable!  The guys get emotional over the death of celebrities in this week’s Top 5 and Jeff actually eats the Bad Idea of the Week!  This episode is sponsored by the Cincinnati Comic Expo!

The History of Bad Ideas Podcast, Ep. 171–Jesus Didn’t Rise on a Sunday!

The History of Bad Ideas Podcast, Ep. 171–Jesus Didn’t Rise on a Sunday!

The HOBI Gang welcomes DJ to the Stars, the Dittman into the BOB Studios to chat about pop culture!  The guys talk the failure that the reboot of the Matrix will be, the trailer for Thor: Ragnarok and how scary Easter Bunnies are!  Nickel from the Graphic Novice Podcast stops by for a hockey report but mostly gushes about the Edmonton Oilers while Blake is quieter than usual this week.  The gang are terrified of clowns and not just from It, wonder why Smurfs are still relevant and determine if the Fate of the Furious will go into space!  The guys list their Top 5 Worst Fast Food Restaurants and all agree on the Bad Idea of the Week for once!  This episode is sponsored by the Cincinnati Comic Expo!

The History of Bad Ideas Podcast, Ep. 170–Whipped Cream Sandwich!

The History of Bad Ideas Podcast, Ep. 170–Whipped Cream Sandwich!

The HOBI Gang is without Blake this week as he is doing his civic duty but the BOB Studios is filled with two guests as Scab Jeff and Number One Fan Doug try to entertain the masses!  The guys debate the essence of bologna and whipped cream sandwiches while Jason is tired of Bob Dylan and Jeff has no idea what is going on at WrestleMania! Blake sends in his review of the Walking Dead season finale, Big Dev has a correction for HOBI and the gang debates the hotness of comic strip characters.  The guys are hopeful for the Wonder Woman film but not as optimistic about the Power Rangers movie!  Scab Jeff picks the Top 5 this week and a lot of questions about Paul Reiser are left unanswered!  This episode is sponsored by the Cincinnati Comic Expo!

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.

The Good: More

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.

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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!

Grab your pixie and let’s fly to Neverland!

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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!

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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!