X-Men: Apocalypse

The History of Bad Ideas Podcast, Ep. 141–Did We Just Become Best Friends?!

The History of Bad Ideas Podcast, Ep. 141–Did We Just Become Best Friends?!

The HOBI Gang is joined by Sean and Ian from the Pittsburgh Nerd Podcast and hijinks and some rivalry ensues!  The guys talk their love/hate for the Bengals and Steelers, Jason becomes best friends with his former enemy Ian and Blake suffers as a Browns fan after the first week of the season.  The gang debate why Ben-Hur was remade, Sean welcomes Geoff Johns to the DC Film Universe and Ian wonders when Regina Hall will move out from Morris Chestnut’s shadow!  The guys list their Top 5 Favorite Sports Rivalries and they all agree not to play quaterback for the Browns! This episode is sponsored by the Cincinnati Comic Expo!

Big Blockbuster Boredom

Big Blockbuster Boredom

In the latter days of 2015, I remember looking at the list of movies coming out in 2016 and thinking, “next year is going to be an amazing year for movies.  There is so much good stuff coming out.”  Now, here it is, the middle of August in 2016, and I find myself wondering what happened to all those movies I was excited about?  Did I kid myself into thinking there was a ton of great movies coming out?  I don’t think I was fooling myself, I seem to recall actually believing that this year would be full of nonstop excitement when looking ahead to the crop of blockbusters coming out this year.  And yet, here I am, just over halfway through the year in the aftermath of the summer movie season, feeling somewhat let down and disappointed overall.  It’s not that the movies this year were bad per se, with one or two exceptions, rather, it is that most of the movies this year turned out to be just…..average, pedestrian, formulaic, uninspired, etc.

Let’s take a look back at the once promising list and see if we can figure out just where things went wrong. More

The History of Bad Ideas Podcast, Ep. 128–Love Interest of Eric Roberts!

The History of Bad Ideas Podcast, Ep. 128–Love Interest of Eric Roberts!

The HOBI Gang gets back to basics and laziness with no guest this week but that just means more shenanigans involving Norman Reedus in Ghost Rider 2, a sequel to God and even some story time with Blake! The guys try to draft a new Preacher cast, determine if enough source material is available for a sequel to The Passion of the Christ and debate why some film sequels are getting made, looking at you Mechanic! The guys talk the excitement for upcoming video games shown at E3 and even try to put a happy face on the Warcraft film!  The gang steal their Top 5 from the 365 Flicks chaps by listing their Top 5 Favorite Actors Who Have Been In Every Movie and the listing feels like deja vu all over again!

The History of Bad Ideas, Episode 127–From Scrawny to Yum in 5 Seconds!

The History of Bad Ideas, Episode 127–From Scrawny to Yum in 5 Seconds!

The HOBI Gang is all about Listener Feedback this week as Number 1 Fan Doug stops back into the studio! The guys mourn Muhammad Ali and Kimbo Slice and try to figure out why Brock Lesnar is getting back into the UFC ring! The gang debates Chris Evans yumminess factor while Blake obsesses over Doug’s hand size, Preacher and ice cream in Wayward Pines as Jeff worries about the Warcraft film. Jason tries to up the game on impressions over Doug while Jeff questions if any blockbuster films are left for the summer. The HOBI Gang wraps up the extra long but extra good episode with the Top 5 Most Frustrating Games and a special bad idea!

The History of Bad Ideas, Episode 126–Golden Globetrotters!

The History of Bad Ideas, Episode 126–Golden Globetrotters!

The HOBI Gang welcomes film critic and author Scab Jeff back into the studio to talk X-Men: Apocalypse, catching up on Prison Break and Arrow season finale!  Scab Jeff gets into a heated discussion on how Scab Jeff likes Batman v. Superman more than Captain America: Civil War while Blake has Story Time with the Beatles!  The guys discuss the disappointment in Sam Mendes not returning to the Bond franchise and Jason freaks everyone out with photos from creepy television shows that never aired.  The guys list their Top 5 Favorite Film Comedies Before 1980 and for the above 60 year old crowd, lots of Harlem Globetrotters facts!

X-Men: Apocalypse Non-Spoiler Film Review!

Written by Jason Brigger

Director: Bryan Singer

Writers: Simon Kinberg and Bryan Singer

Starring: James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult and Oscar Isaac

X-Men: Apocalypse storms (see what I did there?) into theaters this Friday, May 27 and attempts to right the timeline that was left a muddied mess after the X-Men: Days of Future Past film.

Bryan Singer returns to the directing chair once again and as the architect for the X-Men universe, his attempt to streamline the franchise has only made it more confusing. It might be an overload of sub-par superhero films recently, minus the latest Captain America film, or it just might be the lack of good X-men films but X-Men: Apocalypse is a boring, bloated mess that is just a grade above Days of Future Past in terms of quality.

The non-spoiler plot focuses on the ancient and all-powerful mutant, En Sabah Nur/Apocalypse (Oscar Isaac) awaking in 1983, after his world takeover plot in ancient Egypt failed, and hoping that his supreme ruling of the planet will actually succeed in the decade of commercialism and bad hairstyles. Apocalypse recruits a new group of Four Horsemen to help lead the charge in destroying the world and it’s up to the X-Men, a group of new mutant teenagers that Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence) reluctantly leads to stop Apocalypse from completing his dream for a miserable future.

If this plot sounds familiar, it’s because it’s a similar plot device that has been used in every other recent ensemble superhero film. There is nothing new in X-Men: Apocalypse that the audience hasn’t seen before including another slow motion extended scene with the speedster Quicksilver (Evan Peters) or a story arch for Magneto (Michael Fassbender) that has been repeated in the last three X-Men films.

The Good:

-The Cameo. This reviewer won’t spoil who the cameo is, despite the trailer trying to do that, but fans of all types will enjoy seeing a five-minute action scene with him/her in it and the destruction left behind.

-The Easter Eggs and Callbacks. Singer did a wonderful job with the little touches the film quietly references to the diehard fans. Blink and you’ll miss the Blob (Gustav Claude Ouimet) fighting Angel (Ben Hardy), Jean Grey (Sophie Turner) raging out and even a certain super-villain showing up in the after credits scene. Singer also does a good job calling back to earlier hints in the film, including Nightcrawler (Kodi Smit-McPhee) fighting Angel in the beginning of the film and again having them search for each other out at the end to determine the real winner of their battle.

The Bad:

Magneto’s Story Arch. As explained above, Magneto’s story arch has been on repeat since X-Men: First Class. He has started every film as a good guy, then through a misunderstanding, becomes a villain and then through remembering his past with Professor Xavier (James McAvoy), he reverts to being a hero just in enough time to save the day. Unfortunately, nothing changes this cycle in X-Men: Apocalypse.

The Middling:

-The New Cast of Characters. If Fox Studios and Singer wanted us to forget about the cast from the original X-Men trilogy, this film serves the purpose. Kodi Smit-McPhee steals the show with a stellar performance as the transporting Nightcrawler and despite not having too much to work with in terms of story, Alexandra Shipp does a good job as the weather-controlling Storm.

The downside is with so many characters in the film, not all get a chance to shine as the majority of the Apocalypse’s Four Horsemen stand around and just try to look intimidating while other characters look downright bored; I’m looking at you Jennifer Lawrence. If Fox Studios could explain why Moira Mactaggert (Rose Byrne) returned after sitting out the last film, I would really like to know as her character is nothing more than a plot device to add humor to the Professor Xavier character. Even the usually good actress Sophie Turner and Tye Sheridan struggle saying their lines convincingly.

Final Grade: C

It’s not that X-Men: Apocalypse is a bad film; it’s just an average, boring film. In the first five months of 2016 fans of the comic book genre have seen one horrible film (Batman v. Superman), one good film (Captain America: Civil War) and one average film (Apocalypse) and with no constant on the quality of the films, the fans may just be overloaded in this genre. Unlike Marvel Studios films that generate excitement for future films, X-Men: Apocalypse fails in generating any excitement for the next installment in the franchise. I left the theater not caring if the next X-Men film is released in two years or five years from now and that is something that Fox Studios does not want their audience to feel for their only profitable comic book film franchise.

You can catch Jason Brigger on the geek-centric podcast, The History of Bad Ideas, as new episodes are release on WeBeGeekspc.com every Wednesday or subscribe on iTunes, Stitcher and other podcasting apps.

Nerds Who Get Laid, Sometimes – Ep. 114: NeckMan Vs Porn Parodies

Nerds Who Get Laid, Sometimes – Ep. 114: NeckMan Vs Porn Parodies

This week on NWGLS we almost have our own Civil War when #TeamCharles calls out #TeamNathan about Batman V Superman VS Captain America: Civil War. It’s a sloberknocker, till #TeamCharles admits he likes Batman and Superman too. Then everyone hugs and makes up over a bottle of Mad Dog 20/20 Red Grape Wine.
We have our good friend Josh (or Murph) come on the show and talk about all our nerdy obsessions.
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Nerds Who Gel Laid, Sometimes – Ep. 100: Christmas Extravaganza!

Nerds Who Gel Laid, Sometimes – Ep. 100: Christmas Extravaganza!

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This week on NWGLS we celebrate our 100th Episode with our friends Charles, David, Brad and Caleb! We discuss weekly nerd news, and do our annual Christmas Secret Santa. Since it is our 100th episode we discuss our favorite moments from the past on NWGLS. We also add a new member to the NWGLS fold. Who could it be?
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Now Geek This On The San Diego Comic-Con

nowgeekthisIn this edition of Now Geek This, I will be discussing some of my favorite things that came out of the biggest geek event of the whole year, this year’s San Diego Comic-Con, aka SDCC.  Of course, I must first state for the record that I was not able to attend this year’s SDCC, in fact, I have never been to an SDCC as of yet, so I am forced to eat up the bread crumbs that are put out online just as most of you are forced to do.  Having said that, I will now discuss the things I caught that excited me the most. More