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  2. Ian and James were some of the first podcasters I ever listened to, starting with their Batman ‘89 review, so this was a real treat. Funnily enough, Ian never told me who would be on third up until the day we recorded, so in the back of my head I thought Adham Fisher might’ve been on tap to contribute his rankings 😆
  3. @James D. - "If I didn't know that Jim Carrey is an anti-vaxxer and I hadn't lost all respect for him, I'd want to see him play the Riddler role again." This made me LOL. In fairness to him in his Riddler role and wasted potential, it's possible he didn't have the acting chops in 1994 that he displayed later on. He may have gotten better over time. And at that time, people expected him to basically play Fire Marshall Bill from In Living Color.
  4. Batman vs Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: It's a lot better than I was expecting. It's got some real funny moments. I especially liked the gag with Poison Ivy. There are two things that bugged me about it though. I hated Robin's voice. It just irritated me for some reason. The second is something I had to work to get past in other DC shows and they brought it to a new level here. How are we supposed to pronounce Ra's Al Ghul? I don't really care which way we decide on but can we just pick one please? It is pronounced differently in this movie depending on who says it. Robin says RAISH while everyone else says ROZ.
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    DC reboot

    Loved his Mister Miracle run. Loved his Batman run until issue #50. Then it just because the 79th rehash of something hurts Bruce emotionally so he gets too dark and needs to be pulled back yadda yadda.
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    DC reboot

    Sucks that he may not get to finish his much touted 100 issue run, but to be real I do not care. King's run has never been consistently good, and since the blowback from issue #50 and what's happened in Heroes in Crisis, it's interesting to see DC willing to cut him loose for whatever reason. King's a nice guy with an earnest vision for his story, but he's nowhere near as good as people have said he is, or at least his Batman run isn't.
  8. Forgot to log these: Slaughterhouse Rulez/The Man Who KIlled Kitler and then The Bigfoot: reviews forthcoming. Features: 41 Shorts: 15 Documentaries: 5 Rewatches: 4
  9. I really enjoy this series, and the rotating guest line-up! It was great to hear James again. Looking forward to the next one (whenever that may be).
  10. Zodiac: Starring Jake Gyllenhall, Mark Ruffalo and Robert Downey Jr. Directed by David Fincher. Having known nothing about the Zodiac killer, I'm glad the movie I was introduced to him on is purportedly the most accurate in terms of events. Gyllenhall was great as always, and it was cool seeing Ruffalo as a more comparatively grizzled character compared to his character in "Spotlight". The film was sufficiently creepy, but tbh I don't know how I felt about long, protracted sequences of actual murders that really happened. It feels exploitative, as opposed to instances like the woman and her baby who got away.
  11. Miles Morales: Spider-Man (vol.2) #4-#6: I wasn't crazy about the first couple of issues of Saladin Ahmed's run, but I checked back in and then doubled back to the last couple of ones to catch up. I'm liking the series much more now. It's perfectly paced from issue to issue, balancing Miles' school life with his Spidey life well. Bendis always tended to swallow up his Spider-Men with one overarching story, so I've barely seen subplots develop, unlike with Ahmed where we get douchey Vice Principal JJ-esque character, and Miles' girlfriend. I'm still reeling from the artwork by Javier Gorron. Miles and Ganke have to be...seventeen now? Maybe that makes sense, but I still have no idea when this massive time skip would've occurred. I think the plots and stories are good, Ahmed's dialogue is hit or miss. He's constant with current NY dialect, and there are times that the art doesn't translate the emotional intent of the lingo in ways I find believable, making the slang appear a bit much. I know Ahmed's a NY native so I don't doubt the accuracy, but it doesn't read as seamless, and also doesn't sound like Bendis' characters. After nine years, Miles and Ganke all of a sudden talk like they're right out of MTV. I think Jason Reynolds was a bit better with that in his Miles novel. But I'm liking the current run a lot more now than I did in the beginning. Single Issues: 181 Trade Paperbacks: 6
  12. This looks rather interesting. There's no mention of John, which is good after what Terminator Genisys did to him. The less bulky Terminators are a great idea. And I wonder if the Arnie we see is the human on which the models are based rather than another older version of the T-800. (Yeah, I know there's a cut scene from Terminator 3 in which they reveal this, but cut scenes don't count.)
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    DC reboot

    Both Bleeding Cool and Newsarama are reporting that Tom King will be leaving Batman sooner than expected. His run was always planned as 100-plus issues, but now word is he'll be departing the book around #85 / the end of 2019.
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    Jigsaw

    Plus, there's absolutely no way he could have known about the crimes of anyone involved. He is either the world's greatest detective, or he has superpowers. I said in the review I wrote after I saw it opening night that Jigsaw "might be the most ridiculous Mary Sue character in cinematic history." This movie only underlines that absurdity. The fact that none of the characters from the previous movies show up is a big oversight. But as Dubs and I suggested independent of each other in 2010, there actually is a Jigsaw cult in this movie.
  15. Batgirl #35 (2019): Babs vs the Terrible Trio. Good issue. Batman Beyond #32 (2019): Good. Single Issues: 178 Trade Paperbacks: 6
  16. James D.

    Jigsaw

    I never even thought of that angle, but you're absolutely right.
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    Jigsaw

    It was never mentioned in any of the previous 7 movies that Jigsaw even has a nephew. That seems like a big deal. Ridiculous retcon. And could Jigsaw be any more of a two-faced hypocrite? He knew Anna killed her baby, and let her husband go crazy anyway. Jigsaw is as guilty of his death as Anna is. How about you expose her crimes, so her husband doesn't go crazy and kill himself, and then put her in a deathtrap.
  18. Batman vs. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: I went in with decent expectations, having not read the main crossovers and only a few issues of the animated versions. LOVED IT. This is a stunningly entertaining movie with a witty script and a true realization of how these characters would interact if they really did have a team-up adventure. What helped my viewing was me going in not knowing how violent the movie is. You seeing the Nickelodeon logo at the beginning, so you think it's a kids movie. And for the most part, it's *not* not a kid's movie. But it's also a PG-13 movie hiding to surprise you. There's blood, tons of murder and light swearing. Much more at home tonally with the DC DTVs than anything they might show on Nick. That went a long way for me, as there was little holding back on the stakes. But most everyone's voices were great. Troy Baker has been doing Batman (and the Joker) for years now, so it was cool seeing him featured in something that wasn't strictly kids fare. Rachel Bloom is perfect as Batgirl. Part of it is that Babs is written flawlessly, with the Burnside version very much at the forefront of the interpretation, and works well with the Turtles. Damian is the only one that's less than perfect, mostly because the voice is much more nebbish than Stuart Allan, who's going on his sixth performance with the upcoming Hush film. The four Turtles were all solid, with Mikey being really funny. Shredder was badass, and his two fights with Batman will light up fanboys hearts from the jump. I can't say enough great things about this film. It's funny, the action is great, everyone is in character, and it's overall a blast. 9/10, highly recommended.
  19. Bring It On: Not a bad movie but it's fun enough. Detective Pikachu: I had a lot of fun. I saw the big twist coming early but I still had a good time! Films: 65 MST3K/Rifftrax Assisted: 2
  20. The Flickchart Forum returns, with Ian Wilson hosting another two guests as they take on the very first character-based subject matter: Batman. As The Caped Crusader celebrates his 80th birthday, his cinematic outings between 1966 and 2017 are examined, with more than a few nods to World's Finest Podcast and The Dark Knight Discussions. Also: find out who gave up time on their birthday to record this episode, who is Batman's most generic villain, and whether or not Sir Michael Caine has a cockney accent. [ 2:04:20 || 61.1 MB ]
  21. Finally finished Raiders. You could easily cut 25 minutes. It does not need to be an hour and 55 minutes. Films watched: 15.
  22. John Wick: A well-paced revenge tale that hits all of the simplest, but most effective beats, building to its climax as the title character topples increasingly larger dominoes in his way. Enjoyed. John Wick 2: Mystery is boring - let's EXPLAIN things. It feels like that's most of what this movie is, explaining things, then explaining them again, then showing you the thing it just explained in case you somehow missed it because we need a franchise, goddammit. Ruby Rose has nothing to do but tries her best. Ups the gun fetishism while making the fights feel like more of the same. You are also now asked to buy in to the premise that 75% of the world's population is apparently part of the assassin's club. Like, there are so many of them and they kill so many people in public that you wonder why they even bother being secret. Thinking about this movie now with the context of 3 makes more sense, but still doesn't do enough to justify its runtime. It exists to be the bridge between two better movies. John Wick 3: I liked this movie quite a bit but this did not need to be two and a half hours. A good editor could have killed 45 minutes of this thing. I guess that's just going to be a standard in the post-MCU world. You could have cut out an entire sequence (and its featured actress) and not missed much of anything. Asia Kate Dillon is a magnetic presence and adds a lot to the film by doing very little. The first fight scene alone is better than all of John Wick 2 combined, relying more on creative choreography than video game corridor shooting. Eventually the movie loses its way and goes back to that and the contrast is staggering. Every punch and kick has 5 times the impact of a shotgun blast in the same film but it seems to be significantly more interested in the latter. My main takeaway is that Keanu Reeves is content to make John Wick movies for the rest of his life, and he deserves to be happy, so there's that at least.
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    Episode 612

    Let's get weird! First up, Tom joins Desmond to discuss Russia's answer to the Marvel movies: Guardians. Then Rich the Monster Movie Kid continues Martian Mondays to take a look at John Carpenter's greatest failure: Ghosts of Mars. And, of course, there are tunes: "Guardians" by Halloween, "Mother Russia" by Iron Maiden, "Mars Need Women" by Rob Zombie, and "Russian Sleep Experiment" by Broken Hope. [ 1:08:30 || 33.1 MB ]
  24. Watched the final episode last night. While it was overall a good episode (and an entertaining show on the whole), the very last line ruined the finale entirely for me. Talk about 180'ing any character growth your main character developed. And what she wants to do is stupid on every conceivable level.
  25. Tomorrow will be 20 years since The Phantom Menace was released. It blows my mind it has been that long.
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    Jigsaw

    Great to see you writing again @James D.
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