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The History of Bad Ideas Podcast, Ep. 193–Leave the Socks on the Floor!

The History of Bad Ideas Podcast, Ep. 193–Leave the Socks on the Floor!

The HOBI Gang is preparing for the Expo in two weeks but they still have time to debate the premiere of the Orville, send some love to Kristen Bell and discuss the newest Madden video game! The guys are impressed with the success of It, the lack of success with the Dark Universe and the lack of good films for next week.  Blake is curious about the reboot of the Greatest American Hero while Jason and Jeff are happy about guesting on the 365 Flicks Podcast!  The gang talk their Top Five Favorite Films About Vacation and agree on the Bad Idea of the Week! This episode is sponsored by the Cincinnati Comic Expo!  Don’t forget to subscribe to our podcast!

The History of Bad Ideas Podcast, Ep. 192–A Tale of Two Fists!

The History of Bad Ideas Podcast, Ep. 192–A Tale of Two Fists!

The HOBI Gang is without a guest this week but still provide the fun by mocking Jason watching Boss Baby and Blake having all his Preacher episodes erased!  The guys also talk Mutt not returning to the Indiana Jones series, the appeal of Dune and which Star Wars character is the worst.  The gang talk if any excitement exists for the all female Lord of the Flies movie, the upcoming season of True Detective and why the Summer box office fell apart!  The guys debate the Top 5 Evil Organizations in Film and all agree on the ranking of their Bad Idea of the Week!  This episode is sponsored by the Cincinnati Comic Expo.  Don’t forget to subscribe to us!

The History of Bad Ideas Podcast, Ep. 191–Iron Fist Ruins Everything!

The History of Bad Ideas Podcast, Ep. 191–Iron Fist Ruins Everything!

The HOBI Gang, well two of them, are pumped to review the season finale of Game of Thrones while Jason feigns interest in dragons. Scab Jeff stops by to talk Riverdale, Jeff answers a much better question from his favorite fan and Blake thanks everyone for supporting the Bowling for the Brave Charity event!  The guys talk the disastrous box office, the revival of the Muppets, and try to figure out the viewing habits of Netflix users!  The gang list their Top 5 Favorite Television Shows and Movies That Take Place in School while Scab Jeff is the focus of the Bad Idea of the Week!  This episode is sponsored by the Cincinnati Comic Expo.  Don’t forget to subscribe to our podcast!

The History of Bad Ideas Podcast, Ep. 190–Bulb Worthy!

The HOBI Gang is in the studio to talk the latest Game of Thrones episode and give some thoughts on the beginning of the Defenders series on Netflix!  The guys draft a new cast of Bull Durham, mock Sony’s movie division more, and are interested in a monthly movie theater pass.  Blake just wants one Obi-Wan movie, Jason hates the rumored Joker origin film and Jeff loves some Channing Tatum! The gang close out the episode with a Top 5 Favorite Seasonal Beers, in honor of last week’s guest Jeanie from the Salty Language Podcast!  This episode is sponsored by the Cincinnati Comic Expo.  Don’t forget to subscribe to our podcast!

The History of Bad Ideas Podcast, Ep. 189–Rub Some Honey On It!

The History of Bad Ideas Podcast, Ep. 189–Rub Some Honey On It!

The HOBI Gang officially get the woman’s perspective by inviting Jeanie from Salty Language Podcast fame onto the show! The guys and Jeanie talk Point Break, the gluttony of craft beers in Michigan and the success of Riverdale at the Teen Choice Awards! Jeff and Blake continue their love for all things Game of Thrones while Jason and Jeanie try to sort out what Bruce Springsteen is doing on Broadway.  Jason is excited that the Nut Job 2 failed at the box office, Jeanie mocks Ohio and Jeff and Jason debate the Top 5 Television Shows Ruined by an Annoying Character while Jeanie doesn’t!  This episode is sponsored by the Cincinnati Comic Expo!  Don’t forget to subscribe to our podcast!

The History of Bad Ideas Podcast, Ep. 188–Dungeons and Drag Queens!

The History of Bad Ideas Podcast, Ep. 188–Dungeons and Drag Queens!

The HOBI Gang is flushed with guests as we welcome Number 1 Fan Ape Hands Doug in the studio to talk Disney and the failure of the Dark Universe!  The gang reveals the winner of the months long HOBI Favorite Video Game Console Poll along with talking the latest on Game of Thrones!  Jason is still excited about Riverdale despite the hatred from the rest of the panel, Blake reviews the Dark Tower film and Jeff explains the disdain for Miami Vice.  Andrew from the Cincinnati Comic Expo stops by at the end to talk the Expo and help with the Box Office Report!  The gang try to bring back Chris Pratt News but are too depressed and debate their Top 5 Marvel Cinematic Villains!  This episode is sponsored by the Cincinnati Comic Expo!  Don’t forget to subscribe to our podcast!

The History of Bad Ideas Podcast, Ep. 187–No Space Violence!

The History of Bad Ideas Podcast, Ep. 187–No Space Violence!

The HOBI Gang has to delay the women’s perspective but the guys still are having fun talking marrying Ryan Gosling but not the same fate with Steve Guttenberg!  The gang talk the proper hygiene of beards, the correct amount to tip, and the possibility of OJ Simpson joining the HOBI crew! Jeff talks Game of Thrones, Blake goes nuts on the Terminator reboot, and Jason is finally caught up on Preacher.  The gang still can’t believe how much money Valerian will lose, introduce the Bizarro Plotlines segment and list their Top 5 Favorite Female Led Action Films! This episode is sponsored by the Cincinnati Comic Expo!  Don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast!

The  History of Bad Ideas Podcast, Ep. 186–Louvre Job!

The History of Bad Ideas Podcast, Ep. 186–Louvre Job!

The HOBI Gang is all back together this week and ready to talk all the latest from San Diego Comic Con!  Jeff is the only ray of hope regarding Marvel’s Inhumans, Jason is finally excited about Justice League and Blake tries to explain the science of French tastes!  Jason and Jeff talk about their latest vacation, Jason has perfected a new impression and Blake doesn’t know how much to tip the whole service industry.  The gang discuss the success of Dunkirk, the failure of Valerian and list their Top 5 Favorite Things About Summer!  This episode is sponsored by the Cincinnati Comic Expo!  Don’t forget to subscribe to our show!

The History of Bad Ideas Podcast, Ep. 184–Limp Bacon!

The History of Bad Ideas Podcast, Ep. 184–Limp Bacon!

The HOBI Gang is back and stronger than ever after the Fourth of July week! The guys deliver a non-spoiler Spider-Man: Homecoming review, select the second basemen in the HOBI MLB All-Time Competition, and the final first round winners of the favorite Video Game Console War is announced!  Jeff is too preoccupied with the All-Star Game to listen to Blake and Jason talk Preacher but is intrigued by longer episodes of Game of Thrones but not She-Venom in the Venom film!  The guys talk opening night for War for the Planet of the Apes and become old men for their Top 5 Things They Just Don’t Understand People’s Fascinations With! This episode is sponsored by the Cincinnati Comic Expo!

Spider-Man: Homecoming Non-Spoiler Review!

Spider-Man: Homecoming Non-Spoiler Review!

Written by Jason Brigger

Director: Jon Watts

Writers: Jonathan Goldstein and John Francis Daley

Starring: Tom Holland, Michael Keaton, Robert Downey Jr., and Marisa Tomei

After a Spider-Man trilogy that hasn’t aged well in light of the newer superhero films, and after a failed reboot by Sony that included two lackluster films (to put it gently), Sony has teamed up with Marvel to make the Spider-Man film that fans have been wanting for decades.

This time, Tom Holland takes up the web as Peter Parker/Spider-Man, a teenager trying to juggle his life as a teenager and as the newest New York superhero.  Parker wants nothing more than to be the next member of the Avengers and under the watchful eye of Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.), he’s well on his way to the being the best friendly neighborhood Spider-Man until Adrian Toomes (Michael Keaton) sets New York in his sight.

After losing his salvage company’s contract cleaning up disaster areas to Stark’s new company, Damage Control, Toomes decides to use alien technology as weapons to sell to the criminal element of New York City.  Spider-Man, after waiting patiently to be Stark’s new protégé, decides to take matters into his own hands and stop Toomes/Vulture on his own, much to Stark’s protest.

The Good:

No Uncle Ben backstory.  After five previous films, the general audience understands why Parker does what he does and finally the writers realize not to waste time rehashing a story that has been told too many times. Thank you, Mr. Goldstein and Mr. Daley.

-Super-villain cameos.  I won’t spoil the surprises but Spider-Man actually fights numerous villains from the comic books and not just nameless thugs.  Fans of the comics will enjoy seeing some lesser known villains get the film treatment and while they may not be more than just filler for Spider-Man to wrestle with, the audience gets to see some fresh faces.

-New York City.  Jon Watts directs a film that, much like the comic books, makes New York City a living, breathing character as much as Spider-Man.  Watts makes New York City feel alive with real people and not just stock caricatures that the previous films accomplished.  When Spider-Man swings past buildings, it feels like he knows every nook in the city and actually loves and wants to protect New York.

-Tom Holland. Tobey Maguire helped make the cinematic Spider-Man famous but lacked in authenticity when it came to Parker.  Andrew Garfield nailed the persona of Parker but couldn’t figure out the authenticity of Spider-Man. Holland brings the complete package to the role and future actors in this role will be compared to Holland.

Holland pins down the insecure teenage angst of Parker but brings the still-learning but humorous Spider-Man persona to the superhero.  Holland has great repertoire as the nephew of Aunt May (Marissa Tomei) and he is confident in his scenes with the veteran Downey. Holland may not have been a household name before this film but after Homecoming, everyone will realize he is Spider-Man.

The Bad:

Nothing.

The Middling:

-Aunt May.  It’s not that Tomei does not fit the typical Aunt May-type.  It’s that the film doesn’t give anything for Aunt May to do and despite Tomei doing an admirable job, there just isn’t a chance to spread her wings with this character.  The one redeeming part for Tomei is that she gets the funniest line in the whole film.

-The Vulture.  Keaton does a fun and at times, great job as Toomes/Vulture but this is more about the writers “telling and not showing” why he does what he does.  Toomes states a few times that he sells weapons to criminals to support his and his co-workers’ family, and while admirable in a deranged way, that is about as far as his motivation gets in the film.  This motivation is not helped by a small, surprising twist later in the film that feels more forced and included just for shock value rather than for an actual poignant plot twist. We don’t meet Toomes’ family till the final act and by that point, too much time has passed for the audience to care about his motivations.

Final Grade: B (Good but the future of this franchise looks great)

Spider-Man: Homecoming is the Spider-Man film that Sony should have made years ago.  Despite taking too long to reach an agreement with Marvel, Sony eventually did the right thing and Spider-Man is where he belongs, in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.  This film is fun from the start and despite a few small hiccups, everyone from kids to adults will enjoy the reboot that actually gets it right.

You can catch Jason Brigger on the geek-centric podcast, The History of Bad Ideas, as new episodes are released every Wednesday at www.webegeekspc.com or subscribe on iTunes, Stitcher and other podcasting apps.  You can listen to their latest episode right here:

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The History of Bad Ideas Podcast, Ep. 183–Breath of Silence!

The History of Bad Ideas Podcast, Ep. 183–Breath of Silence!

It may be a long episode but it’s a good one!  The HOBI Gang has two guests this week as Number 1 Fan Doug is in the studio to talk Disney and Jeff’s brother Jim returns to talk wrestling!  The guys are indifferent on Marvel’s Inhumans, Jason learns about Plushophillia, and Jim does the best impressions on the show.  The gang debate Spider-Man Homecoming impacting Wonder Woman at the box office, the greatness of Will Ferrell calling out Mariah Carey, and even discuss why a film should have more Kristen Stewart.  The guys take a walk down memory lane as they list their Top Five Favorite Wrestlers and they all agree on the ultimate Bad Idea of the Week!  This episode is sponsored by the Cincinnati Comic Expo!

The History of Bad Ideas Podcast, Ep. 182–Creole Superman!

The History of Bad Ideas Podcast, Ep. 182–Creole Superman!

After last week’s spirited episode, the HOBI Gang is more civilized this week as they talk the Tremors reboot, debate the Preacher season premiere and if Venom is even in the Marvel Universe! Blake gets angry over another Damon Lindelof television show while Jason can’t understand why the Gong Show is on the air, and Jeff has to explain why Transformers failed at the box office.  The guys discover the FBI was actually investigating Dungeons and Dragons players in the 1980s and pre-celebrate the Fourth of July by listing their Top 5 Favorite Patriotic Films! This episode is sponsored by the Cincinnati Comic Expo!

The History of Bad Ideas Podcast, Ep. 181–Sharecropping in Disney!

The History of Bad Ideas Podcast, Ep. 181–Sharecropping in Disney!

The HOBI Gang welcomes Number One Fan Doug into the BOB Studios to talk his latest visit to Disney World and Pandora, aka AvatarLand and to teach the gang some Disney history!  The guys are hating on Transformers even before it is released, Blake hates the fake news surrounding Wonder Woman while Jason lightens the mood with impressions of celebrity siblings! The gang is scared of Bat-nipples, Jeff gets angry at people that don’t understand Lost while Doug is only interested in a new Atari console if it has the dirty games from the old system!  The guys list their Top 5 Favorite Fictional Fathers and HOBI has two Bad Ideas of the Week this time!  This episode is sponsored by the Cincinnati Comic Expo!

The History of Bad Ideas Podcast, Ep. 180–My Daddy Killed Jedi Babies!

The History of Bad Ideas Podcast, Ep. 180–My Daddy Killed Jedi Babies!

The HOBI Gang have a lot to catch up on from the past week including Adam West and Glenne Headley passing away, the Mummy unraveling at the box office and the listeners really want to talk about the Top 5 from last week!  Blake still hasn’t bought a tiny house yet, Jason can’t believe the power of the Beverly Hillbillies and Jeff is corrected on the beers to drink.  The guys, thanks to Dev, draft Cop Land, but then are angered by the lack of effort Warner Brothers put into Wonder Woman!  The guys debate the power of Tom Cruise and thanks to listener Henno, discuss the Top 5 Things They Do When No One is Around!  This episode is sponsored by the Cincinnati Comic Expo!

The History of Bad Ideas Podcast, Ep. 179–I Can’t Control the Tardis!

The History of Bad Ideas Podcast, Ep. 179–I Can’t Control the Tardis!

New episode of HOBI has the guys talking Number One Fan Doug visiting Pandora: World of Avatar at Disney World and waiting six hours for an amusement park ride! Blake and Jason haven’t seen the season premiere of Fear the Walking Dead but still review it and Jeff disappoints Jason by not watching the latest season of the Amazing Race yet.  The guys reveal two winners for the Best Video Game Console, debate if the Wonder Woman film is truly great and talk Mark Hamill’s unhappiness with The Last Jedi!  The guys pick their Top 5 Favorite Vehicles From Sci-Fi and the guys struggle with the Good or the Bad Idea of the Week! 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 History of Bad Ideas Podcast, Ep. 175–Put the Pudding In the Pudding Pops!

The History of Bad Ideas Podcast, Ep. 175–Put the Pudding In the Pudding Pops!

The HOBI Gang ushers in 175 episodes by talking Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2 but its non-spoiler and the show goes off the rails pretty early!  Jason loves the latest episodes of Riverdale, much to Jeff and Blake’s dismay, while Jason is dismayed at Blake and Jeff’s taste in old school video game systems.  Jeff lays down the rules for shaving his beard, Blake gives a listener a nickname while relishing his latest Draft Day win, and Jason is the kiss of death for Fox television shows!  The guys get sexy with the Colonial from KFC while Jeff and Blake get giddy over Game of Thrones spin-offs!  The gang talk pudding, their Top 5 Unknown Facts About Themselves and their hatred of buttons!  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