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Just as Rehearsed, by Reed Lackey

28 Mar

The recent emergence of classic Disney animated features remade into live action films has yielded varied, but mostly positive, results. One of the biggest hurdles the respective filmmakers face is how to retain what made the classic animated feature so beloved while still justifying the existence of a renewed feature. Perhaps of all the possible choices, the biggest opportunity for reimagining and refreshing was the 1941 classic, Dumbo, which finally sees a new vision come to life.

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Two Geek Soup: Captain Marvel

22 Mar

In this episode, John is joined by Dr. Michelle Reyes to discuss Captain Marvel.

Listen to “Ep. 32 "Maybe Goose is Loki"” on Spreaker.

The Fear of God: Gerald’s Game

21 Mar

In this episode, Reed and Nathan discuss Mike Flanagan’s Gerald’s Game.

Two Geek Soup: Vintage Toys

16 Mar

In this episode, John is joined by Zach Curtis to discuss his collection of vintage toys.

Listen to “Ep. 31 "I built this little vintage toy empire"” on Spreaker.

The Fear of God: Black Mirror: Bandersnatch

15 Mar

In this episode, Reed and Nathan discuss the groundbreaking interactive episode of Black Mirror, Bandersnatch.

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The Fear of God: Cam

13 Mar

In this episode, Reed and Nathan discuss the Netflix film Cam.

Prove Yourself, by Tyler Smith

6 Mar

There is a moment late in Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck’s Captain Marvel in which the main character defiantly proclaims that she doesn’t need to prove herself to anybody. It’s a powerful moment, but one that is ultimately undercut by the film itself. The first film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe to feature a female hero as its lead, Captain Marvel is under heavy scrutiny, both from those that looking to champion the film’s nod toward equal representation and those that are suspicious of it. It is more of a burden than any one popcorn film should have to bear, but it’s not necessarily impossible. The best way to do this is to focus squarely on character and story and let the cultural chips fall where they may. This is what made DC’s Wonder Woman such a satisfying filmgoing experience. Unfortunately, despite its claims to the contrary, Captain Marvel throws back its shoulders, juts out its chin, and challenges its critics to take a swing at it, out to prove that it is every bit as legitimate as Iron Man or Captain America, losing much of its narrative – and, even worse, its character – thread in the process.

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Salty Cinema: Bobo Chang

5 Mar

In this episode, Jacob is joined by actor Bobo Chang to discuss his faith and career.

One Giant Leap, by Bob Connally

4 Mar

The televised image of Neil Armstrong taking his first steps upon the surface of the moon has been burned into the collective consciousness of the human race since that moment on July 20, 1969. Despite not being born until more than a decade later, I can’t remember a time in my life where I didn’t recognize that image and Armstrong’s accompanying words, “That’s one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind.” Sending people to the moon and returning them safely to earth is almost unquestionably humanity’s greatest achievement and while we may have thought it was well documented, it turns out we had no idea just how well documented it was.

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Salty Cinema: Mitch Gonzalez

1 Mar

Jacob is joined by visual effects artist Mitch Gonzalez.