Monday, April 22, 2019

Episode 306: Let the Shit Show Begin

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With less than a week left to go until End Game hits and destroys the theaters, we decided to stay home (sorry again, Hellboy). Also with my dear co-host Bat dreadfully lacking in sleep and the world lacking in news, we have a shorter show in store for you. We do dive in and review our streaming movie, Polar, as well as discuss PS5 rumors and answer this week's podquestion of, "Who will sit on the Iron Throne?"




This week we once again subjected ourselves to a Netflix Original. This time it was the Mads Mikkelsen-led Polar. Now I said last week that I felt a little bad making Bat watch this with me, but luckily and most surprisingly, we were both really happy with the film. You read that right: We both liked a Netflix Original movie (queue End of the World music). But really folks, this might be one of the few times they actually knock it out of the park. While the movie has a certain visual flare, thanks to its comic book origins, what really sets this movie apart is its star. Mikkelsen really brings to life this lethargic near-retirement badass of an assassin. One of our biggest complaints with most originals is the lack of pacing. Thankfully, this movie doesn't fall victim to that same pitfall. If you're looking for a vengeance flick in the vein of Punisher/Kill Bill with the visuals of Smoking Aces, make sure to give Polar an honest-to-goodness shot.

 


We're taking a little break from gungy vengeance flicks and watch something we both have kept passing by. This week's streaming review is Logan Lucky on Amazon Prime.



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Monday, April 15, 2019

Episode 305: The Second First Purge

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This week we take a little bit of a break from theatrical movies (sorry Hellboy) and instead we get into some serious news provided by the House of Mouse. No, but seriously we have a whole shit-ton of news this week starting with the release of the disc-less Xbox, being able to change your PSN names (finally), the announcement of Disney +, first trailer and title of Star Wars Episode 9, trailer for the Mandalorian, Lion King trailer, and a slew of newly announced Marvel TV shows. We also bring you our streaming review of "The First Purge" and answer this week's podquestion of, "Who is your favorite superhero family?"




This week we watched The First Purge on HBOgo. As we have joked many times on the podcast before, we have had a history of not seeing these movies in the theater. While not on purpose, it always seems to work out this way. But, these movies have also been fairly enjoyable at-home experiences. This movie gives you a good insight of what the world was before the Purge was a regular occurrence. While it overly has a very predicable story, especially if you've seen the other films, this one had some good character arcs and fun moments. We especially enjoyed watching Big D become one of the central heroes. If you've seen the third Purge movie, then all of the plot twists will be a bit old-hat. If you wanted to see a little bit more of this crazy, fucked-up world, we both believe you would enjoy this movie. It's probably our third favorite with the original Purge being the last.

 

Next up is going to be the Netflix original, Polar. Bat is definitely not excited for this one, due to our vast experience with Netflix originals, but I'm hoping for something fun. 



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Monday, April 8, 2019

Episode 304: Kaza....I Mean Shazam!

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This week we dip our toes into the DC pool this time as we went out to the theaters to watch Shazam! Don't worry - We'll bring you our spoiler-free and spoiler-full reviews of DC's latest opus. This week we also talk a little nerd news with our favorite game finally giving a release date this year - "Borderlands 3," we talk about the new Joker trailer, as well as review our streaming movie, "Fyre" and answer this week's podcast question of, "Are you going to be buying a 4K TV?"



This week we watched my suggestion of the Netflix original documentary Fyre. This movie truly depicts the birth of a clusterfuck. It was as exhausting as it was interesting to watch how all the planning (didn't) come together. They say that it takes village to raise a child, but this situation demonstrates that it only takes one person to destroy one. This documentary treats us to an interesting perspective of a very charismatic leader who can make anybody believe the impossible is possible. But when the veil is lifted, we're able to see the mess that's left in his wake. Neither of us really paid a lot of attention to this when it was going on. What we do remember was a bunch of stranded rich people on an island. The reality behind it all was much more fascinating, terrifying, and a reality-check. This only happened a couple of years ago, yet it seems like this is something that should've happened decades ago. In a world where Influencers rule much of our perceptions and opinions, this movie serves as a Come-To-Jesus moment to truly check yourself before you let someone else wreck yourself.

We both really enjoyed this movie and would recommend anybody who's curious about it give it a watch. 

 


Next week we are going to continue the trend of never seeing Purge movies in the theater (not on purpose) by watching The First Purge on HBOgo. 



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Sunday, March 31, 2019

Episode 303: Colorful Destruction

Hello everyone, welcome to our week in Geek! This week we skip on the theatrical movie goodness and instead bring you our spoiler free review of Annihilation.  We also bring you some news with the Sony State of Play, Hammil as Chucky, Borderlands 3.  We also have some free shit, good shit before we wrap up with answering our podquestion of which handheld weapon would you wield. 



This week we watched Bat's suggestion of Annihilation. We frequently have heard this movie mentioned among one of our all time favorites, Arrival, so you know we had to give this one a try.  With some big names and some gorgeous visuals, Annihilation treats us to some very high and heavy Sci-Fi that makes you question everything.  The over all premise of the movie is familiar, alien sort of thing invades earth and seemingly trys to take over earth.  But the execution is where this movie helps set itself apart from many of it's ilk.  The capable crew slowly begins to unhinge as they dive deeper into the Shimmer and start to find more oddities.  Some of the standouts were the slithering insides (hork...), the death screams bear and the human like plants.  Visuals aside, the acting and the sound design are also striking.  While the pace is slow and the movie at times suffers from it we both agree that it is worth your time.

 




Next week we're going to watch the Netflix original documentary Fyre.  This is about a music festival on an island where the attendees showed up but the event never actually happened.  I've heard some interesting stuff about this one so why not give it a watch with us.





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Monday, March 25, 2019

Episode 302: Quintuplet Frontier

Hello everyone, welcome to our week in Geek! This week we bring you half of a theatrical review with Bats spoiler-free review of Us. Along with that we also bring you a smattering of GDC news including Stadia, Playstation's State of Play, and some other goodies.

We also review our streaming fan's suggestion of Triple Fronteir and answer last week's pod-question of "Which Star Wars Hero you would want to see brought into Battlefront 2?" 



This week we watched the fan's suggestion of Triple Frontier. Our friend of the Show, TK, suggested this one due to its similarities to Ghost Recon Wildlands. The movie starts off really strong with plenty of action scenes and strong character development. It really gets you into the mode of a heist movie and watching the planning and execution is half of the fun. Unfortunately, like many of the Netflix originals, this move suffers from a lack of editing. While we liked how the first third of the movie started, once the heist portion of the movie was completed it started to drag its feet. With all the star power this movie has, the actors had little to nothing to do for the last two thirds of the movie. Bat gives this a thumbs up while I recommend you give this one a pass. This movie has a lot going for it but fails to live up to most of its potential.

 

Next week we're going to watch Bat's suggestion of Annihilation. This has been one that both of us have been wanting to see for some time and we're really looking forward to it. Please feel free to watch along with us on Amazon Prime.




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Sunday, March 17, 2019

Episode 301: Over My Head

Hello everyone, welcome to our week in Geek! We're taking it easy this week with Captain Marvel still chugging along in the theaters we're biding our time till our next theatrical adventure.  For now we have a little slower nerd news week with no EA at E3 (really who's going to be left?) James Gunn back for Guardians 3, New Aladdin and Avengers End Game trailers. We wrap it all up with our Streaming review of Under The Skin and answering last week's Podquestion of who is your favorite galactic comic character.


This week we watched the my suggestion of Under the Skin on Netflix. We both have heard of this movie and were curious to see ScarJo as an sexy Alien on the Prowl.  But what we got was another allegorical mish mash and some artsy nonsensical scenes.  Maybe we're just not smart enough for the movie (possible) but it really just fly completely over our heads.  I only got a slightly better understanding of what was going on after reading a couple of guides to the movie.  Yup, this movie required me to have a guide to better understand it.  Regardless of what implications it was trying to make (Hunter Turned Prey, Our fascination with appearances or trying to give perspective on the human condition) it all just fell flat and left us confused.  Give this one a pass, you really aren't missing much.



Next week we're going to take a break from Netflix to ...watch another Netflix movie.  This time it's a suggestion from our friend TK and he wants us to watch the Netflix original, Triple Frontier.



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Monday, March 11, 2019

Episode 300: Captain of Marvel

Hello everyone, welcome to our week in Geek! It looks like we're taking a few notes from Captain Marvel's time shenanigans and we're futzing with our number scheme.  It's 299, or is it 300? Try not to think too hard on it and instead listen in on as we dive into Marvel's latest entry with Captain Marvel.We will be bringing you our spoiler free and spoiler filled impressions. Among the few nerd news topics of Anthem woes, Alex Trebek, Blizzard Layoffs, Idris Elba as Deadshot, Disney's Galaxy's Edge open dates and some free shit good shit. We wrap this week's episode by reviewing this week's streaming review, Sorry to Bother You and answering last week's Podquestion of what is your next TV series you want to start.



This week we watched the Bat's suggestion of Sorry to Bother You on Hulu.  Wow... this movie is one hell of a strange experience that left both Bat and I pretty speechless.  And not in the good way.  The movie takes some extremely odd turns around midway and becomes a heavy and convoluted commentary about social troubles.  I'm going to be honest, there is so much going on and I don't really get most of it.  I feel like the movie about this movie or maybe listening in on directors commentary would have been more interesting than the movie itself.  There are some great actors in here, just not great roles.  We both suggest giving this one a pass.




Next up is the Scarlett Johansson movie 
Under the Skin on Netflix.



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