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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

The History of Bad Ideas Podcast, Ep. 174–All About Holes!

The History of Bad Ideas Podcast, Ep. 174–All About Holes!

The HOBI Gang is at full strength tonight as the guys debate the NHL Playoffs (with help from Nickel at Graphic Novice), the disappointment of the Circle, and announce another finalist for the best Netflix original series tournament!  The guys bring back Draft Day and draft movie quarterbacks with bad Cleveland Browns quarterbacks, much to Blake’s chagrin.  Jason and Jeff are excited for Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2 this week and Blake is not interested in another turn at the X-Files!  The guys debate How to Be a Latin Lover again and listener Nikki suggests the Top 5 this week, the gang’s Most Hated Food! 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, Ep. 169–Never Go Full HOBI!

The History of Bad Ideas, Ep. 169–Never Go Full HOBI!

The Love Doctor, Dr. Bednar, is in the studio with the HOBI Gang this week! The guys talk to film director Jason Brown about the upcoming Houston Comedy Film Festival and how he got HOBI hooked on Speechless! The guys answer some love questions, Blake and Dr. Bednar can’t get enough of Legion and maybe Jeff has finally seen Logan.  Jeff and the HOBI’s Jason bring back an old segment, Activate, much to Blake’s dismay, but the listeners will gain insight into the Warner Brothers casting of the Justice League film!  The gang shows support to the new San Diego soccer team, Dr. Bednar talks a lot of Cleveland and list their Top 5 Comebacks!  This episode is sponsored by the Cincinnati Comic Expo with a promo from Jock and Nerd Podcast!

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. 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. 164–Pants Not Included!

The History of Bad Ideas Podcast, Ep. 164–Pants Not Included!

The HOBI Gang tries to survive the plague as they welcome TWO of their favorite guests into the BOB Studios, Number One Fan Doug and film critic Scab Jeff!  The gang discusses the upcoming Oscars, the greatness of Riverdale and what the heck is going on in Legion!  Jeff has seen LEGO Batman and disagrees with Jason, while Blake tries to make a protective bubble to protect from his co-hosts!  The guys become scared of Warcraft CEOs while Jason is the only one excited about Kong: Skull Island.  The guys are creeped out but yet intrigued by the latest Burger King giveaway but they all can feel the excitement with the return of Channing Tatum News!  The gang go a little nuts over their Favorite Top 5 John Travolta Performances and the guys nearly forget the Bad Idea of the Week!  This episode is sponsored by the Cincinnati Comic Expo!