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    March 16, 2018 10:26 am I know it's kinda Old Jean's thing to keep coming back from the dead, but honestly I think it is always more interesting when she isn't around. Maybe this time I'll be proven wrong. Also great to hear Paul back on the pick of the week podcast.
    February 18, 2018 10:14 am It was an objectively good movie. Not just a good comic book movie. As much as I'd really like to see Michael B Jordan be a persistent character in the MCU, the Marvel movies all have one huge weakness. Poor villains. It's the harder job right now in the genre and I feel like you should cast the strongest actor you've got in that role. I think we got that with Kingpin, Loki, The Purple Man, and even the Vulture. In all those cases I felt like I enjoyed the villain as much or more than the hero. It's a shame they couldn't figure out a way to keep Killmonger around for future movies, but honestly I think Killmonger's arc in the movie was perfect, and it probably would have cheapened his whole message if they had pulled their punch at the end. That said if they really want to mirror comic book storytelling the villains should be as persistent as the heroes. If I had any criticism of the movie it's that it killed all it's villains off before the end. That means next Black Panther movie we need to start over again with a new villain rather than build off the character development form the previous movie. I don't know if reacting to my criticism would have made a stronger or weaker movie though because I feel like when each villain died it made sense in the context of the story rather than just cheap closure. Though I think they could have kept Klaw around to be a minor reoccurring villain without too much tinkering with the script.
    February 9, 2018 11:50 am I love these Animation Brain Trust podcasts. In particular it's nice to hear from Paul. As a regular subscriber of both iFanboy all through the "Paul Years" and Oh Comics! I do miss hearing Paul on a regular comic book podcast.
    February 6, 2018 11:59 am No, but I have used Harry's razors because of their sponsorship of the show and I really like their product. It's funny if you listen to a lot of podcasts you start to see these endorsements come in waves then recede to be replaced by the next wave of endorsements. As an outsider looking in it seems like the pool of podcast advertisers is smaller than it should be considering how ubiquitous it seems podcasting has become. It's totally fills the space talk radio would for me when I was younger. I can't remember the last time I turned my radio on in the car. It's a real shame that the economy of podcasting keeps it from being a full time job. I know very few podcasters that actually use it as their primary source of income. That said at the same time it's nice that an entity like iFanboy is allowed to be divorced from the problems plaguing modern media outlets. Specifically things like listicles, hyperbolically provocative headlines and dubious overlap between your advertisers and the subjects of your reviews.
    December 20, 2017 12:51 pm I also didn't mind Del Toro. To me he seemed to fit fine with the more mercenary type character we've seen especially in the outer rim worlds. I even liked the Casino section. The rail against military industry was a bit heavy handed, but it was nice to show us the other side. We often see the oppressed to give the rebels sympathy, but this was a window into privilege. You'd think by the movies that all Imperial or First Order supporters are military uniform wearing goose steppers. I liked that we saw things like law enforcement, laborers and aristocrats. They didn't have storm troopers holding a gun to their heads making sure they stayed in line. They were just living in the system. Though I'm still confused by the politics in these movies. Was there still a republic? Is the First Order running everything now? How are they so popular that no one comes to the rebel's aid even after the rebels managed to take out Starkiller base. Sort of baffling. I think my real issues with the movie begin and end with the space chase/mutiny subplot. While I did like the light speed ram scene, Holdo's sacrifice falls flat since we barely know her and when she does show up she's just dumping on a character we do know and like. That should have definitely been someone we already knew either from the original trilogy or from The Force Awakens. Probably should have maintained a consistent creative team for all three of these movies so they felt more connected IMO. Also they needed more motivation for Holdo to withhold info from Poe. Maybe even just the suspicion that there was a traitor on board would have helped greatly make those scenes make more sense. As is it just seems like Holdo is being petty because she disagreed with Poe's military action in the beginning of the movie.
    December 20, 2017 9:46 am Every time I listen to one of the iFanboy Star Wars movie podcasts it becomes very clear to me that these guys care way more about this stuff than I do and I wonder why. I think The Phantom Menace forced me to take Star Wars off that pedestal I had place it on during my childhood. Ever since then I've just sort of took a "show me something interesting" approach. It's all EU now for me basically. I approach it in the same way as when I use to read the novels. It's fun, but if it sucks it doesn't take away from my enjoyment of those original movies. I think their ratings are fair. It's is probably a 3 star movie. Not great, but not terrible. They definitely made some baffling decisions and the whole slow car chase in space was at the epicenter of the issues with the film. I wonder if it worked better before he edited down the movie. As passionate as they sound they definitely gave a much more rational review and rating than all the dudes on Rotten Tomatoes trying to tank the movie's score by rating it a 1/2 star.
    December 18, 2017 10:04 am I have not seen The Darkest Hour yet. I plan to and I'm glad to hear you guys liked it. I did watch the other Churchill movie "Churchill". Apparently it got very poor reviews. I thought it was fine. It concentrating mostly in the events leading up to the invasion of Normandy so I'm happy that The Darkest Hour seems to cover a different stretch of time. "Churchill" though concentrates heavily on the man's mental and physical health issues. Also his opposition to the Operation Overlord amphibious assaults and failure to sell his alternative to Montgomery and Eisenhower. In that way it's kinda of a depressing look at Chruchill rather than an inspiring one. Perhaps that's why it did so poorly.
    December 18, 2017 8:38 am Bladerunner 2049 was fantastic. I could watch it over and over again. It's certainly not for everybody. Took my friend to it and he fell asleep in the middle. He also didn't really get the first one. I was surprised he even agreed to see it with me. I suspect Josh is in my friend's camp. I'll be clear and say I think both are far from perfect movies, but boy do I enjoy being in that world and asking those questions. Also interestingly enough they are questions for which I prefer not to have answers. The asking is much more interesting. The only thing I didn't like is the very end because I thought it was almost too clean and convenient an ending for what Bladerunner is, but it didn't cast a shadow over the whole experience for me. Yes, they did not give you a definitive answer for the question you asked BTW. There is an explanation for it either way. For one way you definitely have to dig harder.
    November 21, 2017 4:17 pm If it turns out Ron is guilty of sexual harassment in the workplace I'll be just as outraged as everyone in the community. The problem is I can't really identify what Ron is being accused of here. Is it sexual harassment because I honestly can't tell? Should I pass judgment with that little information? Should you expect guilt because of a perceived trend in society? Are either of those rational stances to take? I'm not saying the people complaining about Ron should be silenced because I have fun listening to his opinion on a podcast. I'm literally asking a question. Of what is he being accused and by whom? I've got no facts therefore I have no opinion.
    November 21, 2017 2:35 pm I swear I just watched an Orville episode about this very thing... What's out there for us to digest is practically nothing. So unless there is something else not being said in public I'm not sure what we are suppose to be outraged at right now. The iFanboys said they aren't going to discuss it further because nothing good will come from discussing it further. From their address I got that they didn't have any first hand information on the accusations. They asked Ron and he denied it. They said from their personal experience as friends of Ron they wouldn't expect him to be labeled as a misogynist. That's pretty much all they can say.