Friday, June 24, 2016

Geek to Geek S1E18 - Marvel Cinematic Universe


The Marvel Cinematic Universe
In this episode:
  • The Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) is one of the biggest franchises in movie history. We love it. Love it love it love it. Beej and Void discuss everything from what works in the MCU (and why), their favorite properties and recommendations, and which TV shows or movies, they’d be fine with never seeing again--or at all.
  • But a decade ago, we weren’t all enamored with it (yet). Lots of people had no idea who Iron Man was, and comics fans like Beej wondered why they would bring their B-team to the screen. Comics dabblers like Void weren’t excited because of the lackluster comics movies like Daredevil and X3.
  • If you haven’t seen Jessica Jones on Netflix, go binge watch it. We’ll wait. It’s worth watching even if you’re not into the MCU at all. It’s not a typical superhero show in the same way Battlestar Galactica isn’t a typical science-fiction show. Sure, there are people with superpowers, but they are background to the personal story being told. Just like how the Cylons are there, but the real story being told is about the people you care about.
  • We discuss the freedom that Netflix allows the MCU creators over major networks like ABC, and how that’s a double-edged sword. On one hand, you get Jessica Jones, but that came after they went too far into hyperviolence in Daredevil Season 1. We expect the rest of the Netflix-originals to be more in line with DDS2 and JJ, while Agents of Shield and the now-cancelled Agent Carter struggle to maintain viewers for various reasons (not that they’re bad shows).
  • Excited to see more non-origin stories being told. Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Spiderman Homecoming, Black Panther should all deal with existing superheroes, rather than origins, which opens up engaging storytelling avenues.
  • We want Captain Marvel to hurry up and get released so we can get a Ms. Marvel movie. We want Kamala Khan. Plz and thx.


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The Barkley Marathons


I don't watch a ton of documentaries but this one came highly recommended from a friend and I saw it on some "most underrated movies" lists so I thought I would check it out.

The Barkley Marathons is really good.  It's about a crazy marathon that most people consider to be the most difficult marathon in the world.  It consists of five loops through a 20+ mile course in the mountains of Tennessee.

It's an ultra marathon that's grueling and runs for 60 hours.  The participants have 12 hours to complete each loop of the course.

Did I mention that the course is unmarked?  And mostly off trails?  So not only are you covering that distance, you're also navigating through the wilderness while you do it.

When you get back to camp between loops you can take a break but you need to get back out there and get started on your next loop soon.

I didn't know what to think going into this documentary but within the first 10 minutes I was hooked and throughout it I was constantly amazed.

I highly recommend this documentary.  Check it out here or just watch it on Netflix.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

What's the worst MCU movie?


I've started swinging back through the Marvel Cinematic Universe after watching Civil War because I realized that I had seen some of the movies only once.

Re-watching Ant-Man didn't stir up many thoughts, although I liked it still on the second viewing.  I think knowing what to expect made that movie better.

Thor Dark World on the other hand... I feel like this is clearly the worst movie in the whole MCU.  It doesn't know what kind of movie it wants to be.  Sometimes it tries for humor, other times it's super dark, sometimes it's cosmic.  The tone of the movie is really hard to pin down and the pacing swings wildly.

This is one of those movies where I'm glad I watched it again because I wanted to remember what happened but I didn't actually enjoy my time watching it.  There are a handful of MCU movies that don't live up to the others but this one is so far below them for me personally.

I'm actually really curious about this so I started asking friends online about which MCU movie is the worst.  Consistently the three movies I heard from people were Thor Dark World, Iron Man 2, and Iron Man 3.  I also heard Incredible Hulk from some people but I honestly think most people forget that one is technically part of the MCU.

How about you dear reader?  Which do you think is the worst MCU movie out there?

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making


This isn't the type of book I normally read or listen to.  I ended up mostly listening to this in audible format and I generally liked it.

This is a fairy story.  It's about a girl who goes to fairy land.  I guess I haven't really read a fairytale or fairy story since I was a kid.

It's a little bit all over the place with the random stuff that happens but at the same time it's full of interesting ideas and sets an interesting scene.  It probably helps that the author is also the narrator since she can read the book with the inflection she intended when writing it.

It's kind of a weird one but it's good.  I liked my time with The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Pocket Card Jockey Review


Pocket Card Jockey had me hooked for a week or two straight.  I really wanted to absorb it and see if it had legs before writing about it.  I'm still finding myself going back to it fairly consistently so I thought it was time.

Pocket Card Jockey is a 3DS eShop title you can pick up for like $6.  In it you are a jockey riding horses in professional horse racing, but you suck at it, so by some magic power you are able to play a version of solitaire instead which powers your horse.  It's super weird but also really really good.

The solitaire variant is perfect for it too, because it's super simple.  All you have to do is tap a card on the touch screen that's one below or one above your current card.  Suits, colors, all that stuff is thrown out the window in favor of simplicity and the game is all the better for it.

Plus you're racing and growing your horse.  There are sections in each race where you use the power you've gotten from solitaire to choose how your horse moves in the race or how it's positioned around the other horses.

There is actually a bunch of strategy and a couple different mini games in each race.

It's the perfect game to sit back and relax with in short bursts.  After the initial excitement of the first week or two I find myself picking it up for about half an hour at a time and having a great time with it.

This is probably going to be a good backburner/evergreen game for me for awhile.  Especially for the next time I travel.  I highly recommend pocket card jockey to anyone with a 3DS.  And it's only a few bucks, which makes it even more appealing.

Monday, June 20, 2016

Kingsman Review


I went into Kingsman not expecting much.  It looks like a generic (and probably bad) spy movie and I remember being completely underwhelmed by the trailers.

But then I kept seeing it pop up on lists of underrated movies so I finally gave it a chance.

It's really good, but it's hard to put into words why.

I think mostly it's not afraid to take spy movie conventions and twist them.  Sometimes it does exactly what you expect it will but other times it will zig when you think it's going to zag.  I'm sure the fact that I've basically seen every Bond movie made me appreciate Kingsman more than if I saw it in isolation.  It definitely has a Bond undercurrent, but it's much more than that too.

There are a lot of little details I could pick out and examine but any in isolation seems too small to do so.

So I'll just say this... if you like spy movies you should watch Kingsman.

Friday, June 17, 2016

Geek to Geek S1E16 - E3 and the Warcraft Movie (non-spoilery)


E3 2016 + The Warcraft Movie (Non-Spoilers)
In this episode:
E3!
  • Void has spent every second of his spare time this week watching E3 press conferences and compiling the news for people like Beej who want to know but don’t have the time (or patience in Beej’s case) to watch the feeds.
  • This year’s E3 is a mixed-bag, but there is a lot of good stuff being talked about. There are no “blow up the internet” announcements, but we do finally get to see progress and gameplay from titles that have only been previously announced, such as The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.
  • We go through each of the press conferences and live streams that have happened at the time of recording and talk abotu what, if any, standouts there are and discuss the big trend of E3 2016: early 2017 release dates.
The Warcraft Movie!
  • Both of us fall solidly into the 8/10 category for the Warcraft movie. We went in expecting nothing, but were more than pleasantly surprised with how it turned out. We aren’t raving fanboys, but are fans of the universe and think that the creative team handled the IP very well.
  • We discuss our favorite cameos and moments in the movie, how well it was adapted from the source material, and even talk briefly about the cinematographer’s use of establishing shots that work for worldbuilding, but also setup moments that only Warcaft fans will get (such as the first time we see Ironforge...plus there’s a murloc in the river, y’all! Murgleurglrurglrlrlrlrgurglr!).
  • While we were both in the theater with only a handful of other people, the movie did so well in China that it is already making profit. That gives us hope for the sequels and franchise that we had no idea we even wanted.
Weekly Geekery
  • Void - Forfeited his geekery for our major E3 discussion this week. Check out his massive roundup at Video Game News Now
  • Beej - Went to “An Evening with Stephen King” at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, TN, and walked out with three (3!) autographed copies of King’s new novel, End of Watch. Beej kind of fanboyed out a bit, and it was adorable.
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