Two Geek Soup: Stan Lee

7 Dec

In this episode, John and Aaron discuss Marvel Comics legend Stan Lee.

Listen to “Cup O’ Soup – Stan Lee” on Spreaker.

Two Geek Soup: Role Playing Games

6 Dec

In this episode, John and Aaron discuss role playing games.

Listen to “Ep. 26 “Crack! Crack! Now you get to go around in a circle!”” on Spreaker.

Lookin’ for Adventure and Whatever Comes Our Way, by Josh Long

6 Dec

It’s always a bit strange to me that the “road movie” is even a genre. It’s a weirdly specific format and structure, and while I don’t have any problems with it, I always wonder what draws people to that particular type of story. Maybe it’s the wonder of seeing different places, maybe it’s the pressure cooker of people trapped together in a vehicle (a plane, train, or automobile, if you will) for long periods of time. Maybe it’s the unlikely connections between people, which has become a staple of the genre. Whatever it is, people are still making road movies and will continue to do so. While Hannah Fidell’s The Long Dumb Road may not bring anything strikingly new to the road movie, the wit and the performances make it a worthwhile watch.

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The Fear of God: Strangers on a Train

5 Dec

In this episode, Reed and Nathan discuss Alfred Hitchcock’s Strangers on a Train.

Dwelling on the Past, by Bob Connally

17 Nov

Two years ago in my review of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, I wrote that, “It’s difficult not to be wary of films detailing the backstories of our favorite movies.” Thankfully that movie was a far cry from The Phantom Menace. Instead of being a direct prequel to the Harry Potter series that focuses on Dumbledore, it was a film with entirely new characters in a different time and place in the history of the Wizarding World. Its hero, Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) was not your typical protagonist. Withdrawn, he isn’t yearning for adventure and he has no desire to do battle with anybody. He just wants to be left to take special care of the “fantastic beasts” he loves so much and to help the rest of the Wizarding World understand them as he does. Newt would likely be someone the hero would meet along the way in most movies. An odd but likable helper who might be there to lend a hand for a couple of scenes in the second act. Maybe he’d show up again at the end after the climactic action sequence. His being the lead gave Fantastic Beasts a unique feel.

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Repair Work, by Reed Lackey

15 Nov

You’d expect a film with such a gimmicky title as Ralph Breaks the Internet to be little more than a sequence of pop culture sight gags and hopefully clever one-liners. You’d maybe expect an overwrought moral conclusion about the toxic dangers of how technology has irrevocably damaged our society. Perhaps you’d even expect a tidy little ending where our characters have all learned a valuable lesson but nothing has really changed very much.

What you probably wouldn’t expect – or at least I didn’t – is a strikingly thoughtful and often genuinely touching film about the both painful and hopeful nature of friendship and community. You certainly wouldn’t expect it to be one of the best sequels Disney has ever produced. I mean, come on… it’s called Ralph Breaks the Internet, for crying out loud.

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The Fear of God: The Stand

13 Nov

In this episode, Reed and Nathan discuss Stephen King’s epic The Stand. 

Minisode 118: Teaching

8 Nov

In this minisode, Tyler recounts his experiences as a grad student and teacher.

XL: The Temptation of Christ

8 Nov

The Fear of God: A Nightmare on Elm Street 3

7 Nov

In this episode, Reed and Nathan discuss A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors.