BionicDave

BionicDave

Name: Dave

Bio: Writer - Lover - King of the Impossible

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After listening to Rob Liefeld on a Word Balloon podcast and loving his energy and enthusiasm – and loving his…

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This is one whackadoodle miniseries. I mean don’t get me wrong, I am thoroughly enjoying it – there are few…

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This title is easily one of the brightest to come out of the New 52. Chiang’s fantastic art combined with…

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November 20, 2017 10:21 pm It was a good theory, though! I bet Common read that and grabbed a green towel on his way to William Morris!
November 20, 2017 3:57 am Wow, I loved "Justice League" and was really sad hearing you guys trash it for the better part of an hour. And surprised, actually; this film worked pretty hard to prove itself a different animal from the MoS/BvS/SSquad mess, and against all odds, it worked like gangbusters for me. Plus, perhaps most importantly? This was the first time I feel I've seen MY Superman on screen in many, many years - this film (and Cavill) fucking nailed it! I had such a huge smile on my face whenever he was in a scene, especially after Lois was able to provide the emotional anchor for him (which I felt was beautiful; I even teared up when his mom ran to him in that cornfield). His suit was brighter, his attitude was pure comic book Big Blue, and he showed with his powers, forethought and ability to inspire why he belongs at the top of this team's lineup. I don't care that MoS/BvS presented a Superman which this world wouldn't mourn. This movie and this Superman made it so easy to erase that from my memory. They rebooted that ugly center of the DCEU for me - and this time, they got it pitch perfect. Did I feel all of "Justice League" was perfect? No way. Yes, Steppenwolf was a big problem. He was a videogame boss in a movie better than he was, and once again the DCEU gave us yet another CGI gaming sequence finale. But it really didn't bug me all that much because I was having so much fun watching all of my favorite heroes portrayed all so well, and becoming a team. They all had their own distinct stories and arcs; and I really do hope we'll have a chance to see more than Gadot's WW and AquaMomoa again. As for the humor, it clearly didn't work for you three, but it totally did for me and the (only 2/3 full IMAX) theater where I saw it - and it wasn't overbearing the script or geared toward six year-olds like the humor of recent Disney/Marvel movies has been. Last but not least, I just thought there were so many breath-taking set pieces in this movie - I am legit stunned you guys felt bored?! - from the Amazons' last stand on Themyscira, to the flashback to Steppenwolf's first attempt at taking over Earth (pure nerdgasm!), to Aquaman's and Mera's undersea battle with Steppenwolf (and when have we ever before seen an underwater battle in a superhero movie??), to the freshly-reborn wild Superman vs. the League (so many holy shit beats in that 5-7 minutes alone)... I just don't know what I am going to do with you guys LOL. Maybe you're not seeing these movies with the right people? You're definitely not seeing them in the right theaters; I almost screamed when Conor/Mike said they actually watched "JUSTICE LEAGUE" in a shoebox theater?!!! And it sounds like Ryan saw it by plunking three coins into a nickelodeon. Jesus Christ, guys. I feel like on Friday you're going to put out a podcast trashing my Thanksgiving. Please let a little love into your hearts! This movie did not deserve the hate-watch review you gave it.
November 15, 2017 7:18 pm I hopped off the METAL bus a while ago. I thought the first couple of issues were really interesting. But with the many downsides of the story as mentioned on the podcast - plus the very commercial and formulaic feel of the tie-ins - plus my growing irritation that DC is too much about Batman while ignoring the fun and importance of the rest of its universe - I said fuck it and that was it. I'm no longer reading DCU events which say Batman is the only important character in their universe.
November 7, 2017 10:25 pm The first "Thor" is tied with "CA: The Winter Soldier" as my favorite films of Marvel's modern era, and they're among my favorite superhero films, period. That being said... ...this second sequel in my beloved Thor franchise was made for six year olds (and their burned out parents, I guess). TOO. MUCH. COMEDY. I have never craved a dark and violent DC movie more than I did right after leaving "Thor: Ragnarahahaha!" Every single powerful character here - good guy or bad guy - was immediately and continually de-clawed with humor so as not to make little kids in the audience nervous. I'm not a little kid and I don't have little kids, so this was a waste of money for me. I rarely felt like my heroes were in jeopardy, they were having way too much jokey fun. I half-expected a scene of Thor and Hulk sitting on a couch talking to the camera, a la "The Office" - but really, much of this movie played like a stretched out "Saturday Night Live" sketch to me. Please, Disney/Marvel: I appreciate you trying new things with the genre, but... please, please, please return to what made the older Marvel films so powerful. HOWEVER - I did love the delicious Kirby-esque production design, and Hemsworth and Hiddleston still have magical chemistry in their scenes together.
November 6, 2017 2:10 am Wow, Ron, you leave us stunned again :.( But this time you leave when the fate of podcasting is so up in the air. Will there even be podcasts six months from now? If not, please find some way to let us know you are alive and well, in this mysterious new place you're going. I hope it's great there. I hope you and your new bride (mazel tov btw) are accepted into the community. On a scale where one is Electro and ten is Nute Gunray, you are a one. You are Electro.
September 29, 2017 5:04 pm Thanks for this episode! There are surprisingly few "Star Trek: Discovery" chats among my usual podcast subs, and no "The Orville" ones, so this was great, and your perspectives were great too. My own opinions are reversed from yours - while I like both shows, I liked STD more than I like TO - but you guys expressed many of the same observations I've had about each, plus many I hadn't. I'd set my bar so low for STD (having heard so much shit talked about it during production) that the fact that it was better than I'd expected helped me to like even more about it. I think its theme of regionalism vs. globalism, or galaxialism?, will be especially interesting and relevant to explore in our own present era. As was said on the "Mission Log" podcast this week, we've been forced to accept a Klingon monoculture for most if not all of the "Star Trek" properties produced thus far; it'll be cool to see how the multiculture of Klingons we see in STD might lead to that... and maybe we'll even get to see some connective tissue between our currently divided Earth of the early 21st century and the United Earth of Roddenberry's futuristic vision. As for the inevitable argument "it looks too cool to be in TOS' past!" - well, we all know why, and I have no problem accepting that. Is it weird that STD's Starfleet uses holograms and TOS' didn't? Is it weird that STD's uniforms look different from TOS'? These are questions which may yet be explained (the latter is explained, apparently, in a recently-released official STD prequel novel), but it's tricky when we complete-ists don't have the whole STD story yet, haha. We'll see. I still trust the STD creative team. They gave me a 2 hour glimpse into their world, and I really liked it.
July 8, 2017 7:42 pm A bit late to the party, but wow, what a cool interview. Russell's background was not at all what I'd imagined it being - and even his choices for favorite recent comics (Irredeemable and C-3PO!) were an inspired look into his perspective. Now I want to check out his God books.
April 15, 2017 4:53 pm Finally got around to listening to this Talksplode, and am very glad I did. Learned a lot about Winick's career and artistic perspective, stuff I'd never heard him discuss before. You really are a skilled interviewer, Josh
April 15, 2017 4:48 pm Commissioner Gordon, to Batman with awe: "...You paladin of virtue!" This animated movie rocked. What a pleasant gift to fans of the original series. And I so enjoyed Wally Wingert's Gorshin imitation (NOT an easy thing to pull off) that I had to stop the movie to research the man's entire voice-acting career lol Am eagerly looking forward to the sequel. Genius hams Shatner & West together for the first time?? Count me in!
April 8, 2017 3:02 am Like Pompster, I also wanted to rewatch the original / didn't get around to it / am thrilled I didn't - the nostalgia theme of this sequel worked better for me that way, too. And like all you guys, I thoroughly enjoyed this film! Danny Boyle is a hell of a director to have pulled this off, making magic the first time and now a different kind of magic twenty years later. And as if I wasn't kvelling in the theater enough? How about that awesome "Blade Runner" end sequence of Begbie stalking Renton up into that building?! The head through the wall, the chase to the rooftop, our villain watching our hero dangling for his life... but Begbie's no Batty, he'll never learn to revere human life (though it was sweet seeing him express support for his son). And on top of it all, that music... that blessed 1996 soundtrack which seduced me as much as the movie did way back when... as much as any film soundtrack has ever seduced me... and Boyle knew exactly how to use it to its best effect here. Damn. I had no idea this movie was coming for me. But I am so grateful for it!