Podcasts in Review

August 27, 2015 at 12:01 am | Posted in Interview, Podcasts, Podcasts in Review, Regular Feature, Reviews, Star Wars | 1 Comment
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Here is this week’s Podcasts in Review.

Big Beautiful Podcast: Episode 23 has an interview with Star Wars author Tom Angleberger who wrote some of the Star Wars origami books. He talks about where his ideas come from, how Darth Paper came about, defending the Ewoks, writing Return of the Jedi with a different spin, a victorian flare, and what the other authors are up to. It’s a neat interview and worth checking out as it sheds light on books that don’t get the most attention on major Star Wars outlets.

Bombad Radio: Episode 204 kicks off with a little news, then they head into their interview with voice actors Ellen McLain and John Patrick Lowrie. They talk about their early work, getting into the business, working on games like Portal, Fear, Team Fortress, and even writing a novel. It’s a fun interview and worth checking out.

Coffee With Kenobi: Episode #42 features a lot of interviews. First up is Jim Hill who they talk to about Star Wars Land at Disney World and Disneyland, from what’s known to what’s rumored. It’s an insightful conversation covering what will happen and the challenges involved. After an update from the Bearded Trio, they talk with Star Wars fan Torpedo Ted who was at D23 and shares the experience. Then they talk with Mark Van Ohlen about Star Wars Topps cards. While I don’t collect cards, I really like what they’re doing with those dark side cards with the skewed histories on the back. Those sound really neat. Lastly, they talk with Cole Horton who covers Star Wars and history. Lot of good guests packed into this one, though four back-to-back interviews was maybe a bit much. Felt like a long episode, and now looking back at it, it clocked in at 2 hours 41 minutes, so yeah, that’s a long one. Continue Reading Podcasts in Review…

Comic Review: ‘Kanan – The Last Padawan #5’

August 26, 2015 at 12:06 am | Posted in Comic Books, Marvel, Reviews, Star Wars | Leave a comment
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Kanan – The Last Padawan #5 is a mixture of hits and misses. Click here to read our full review.

Reviewed By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.

Comic Review: ‘Star Wars #8’

August 26, 2015 at 12:05 am | Posted in Comic Books, Marvel, Reviews, Star Wars | Leave a comment

The good, the bad, and the ugly all show up in Star Wars #8 as Han deals with his crazy ex and Luke ends up in a fist fight in a cantina. Click here to read our full review.

Reviewed By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.

Movie Review: ‘Ant-Man’

August 23, 2015 at 8:14 am | Posted in Marvel, Movies, Reviews | 1 Comment
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Marvel has been on a role ever since Iron Man came out in 2008. After seeing Guardians of the Galaxy, a film about a bunch of characters I’ve never heard of, I thought maybe they could do no wrong. But Ant-Man? How could that be any good? What kind of superhero has ant powers? Well, go figure, they still can do no wrong. Ant-Man is good.

The thing that made Iron Man so good was Robert Downey Jr.’s performance as Tony Stark. He made that movie. Audiences fell in love with his character. The same can be said for Paul Rudd. What Downey did with Iron Man, Rudd does with Ant-Man. He’s funny, he can be serious, he lives the character. When watching the film, I believed he was Ant-Man. I never questioned it. Throw it great performances from Michael Pena, Evangeline Lilly, Michael Douglas and even the bad guy, Corey Stoll, who just oozes slime ball. He’s the kind of villain you just love to hate. They all come together to make a great movie that, in my case, beat expectations. Continue Reading Movie Review: ‘Ant-Man’…

Movie Review: ‘The Man From U.N.C.L.E.’

August 23, 2015 at 7:55 am | Posted in Movies, Reviews | 2 Comments

The Man From U.N.C.L.E. was an old television series than ran in the 60’s way before my time. That said, I was aware of the show as well as the lead actor in the series, Robert Vaughn. Flash forward to now, and director Guy Ritchie presents a new take on the series with an origin film showing something the television show never did: how did these characters meet? The result is a gorgeous looking film that’s a lot of fun. It’s part spy movie, part con flick and even a little rom-com.

The movie stars Henry Cavill, Armie Hammer and Alicia Vikander. The three of them work together perfectly in the film creating an entertaining trio as they bounce off each other and utilize their collective talent for the missions before them. Henry Cavill comes off his stint as Superman to play a role that fits seamlessly into the world of the old 60’s tv actors. His voice may sound a little stilted to some viewers, but I think it’s a fun nod to actors of that generation. It adds to the atmosphere and the character. Once you get over the voice, his charm and competence comes into play for a con man who is not to be underestimated but is never short of a good joke. Hammer, on the other hand, may be best known for his role as the Lone Ranger, for better or worse, but I think he’s done a great job in this film as the slightly psychotic KGB agent. He’s got a temper but he’s very useful and hard to stop. Rounding out the main cast is Alicia Vikander who was the robot in Ex Machina. Going from eerie artificial construct to a German mechanic swept up in a hunt for an ex-Nazi rocket scientist, she makes the switch beautifully, bringing lots of humor and life to the character. Continue Reading Movie Review: ‘The Man From U.N.C.L.E.’…

Podcasts in Review

August 20, 2015 at 12:01 am | Posted in Interview, Podcasts, Podcasts in Review, Regular Feature, Reviews, Star Wars | Leave a comment

Here is this week’s Podcasts in Review.

Coffee With Kenobi: Episode 41 has some discussion of the Topps Star Wars Trading Card game and news. The Bearded Trio segment has some audio of Michael J. Fox from a Back to the Future panel, as well as some audio on a sequel to Gremlins. Then Bryan, Bobby and Mike from Full of Sith drop by with Cory and Dan to talk Star Wars, Legends, canon, tv and films as it all relates to storytelling past and present. This leads to some intriguing and entertaining discussion of books and comics and what stories they’d like to see as well as what they don’t want to see. Everything wraps up with listener feedback. Good episode.

Disney Vault Talk: Jungle Book episode starts with listener feedback. For the main discussion, they have guest Jimmy Mac join them as they dive into Disney’s The Jungle Book complete with fun facts, favorite memories and even some singing. It’s a lot of fun and well worth checking out.

Fly Casual: Episode 51 is a reviews and rumors episode. They cover Star Wars #7 and Kanan – The Last Padawan #4. There’s another “Tarkin Bite of the Week”, then Star Wars Episode VIII rumors, The Force Awakens rumors, Netflix rumors and more. No Corey in this episode, but it’s still pretty good.

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Comic Review: ‘Lando #2’

August 19, 2015 at 12:05 am | Posted in Comic Books, Marvel, Reviews, Star Wars | Leave a comment
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Lando #2 doesn’t miss a beat as it keeps up the action of the heist and cranks up the surprise. There’s a lot of fun to be had in this one. Click here to read our full review.

Reviewed By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.

Comic Review: ‘B.P.R.D. Hell on Earth #134’

August 19, 2015 at 12:03 am | Posted in Comic Books, Dark Horse, Reviews | Leave a comment
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The problem with hell on Earth is that such a thing would not be pleasant. Perhaps that is the problem with B.P.R.D. Hell on Earth. Either way, Johann gets more page time in issue #134 and ascends into armored suit of the Hammer. Click here to read our full review.

Reviewed By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.

Comic Review: ‘Lady Mechanika Nos. 2 & 3’

August 19, 2015 at 12:02 am | Posted in Comic Books, Reviews, scifi/fantasy, Steampunk | Leave a comment
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Take a detective story, add steampunk and a top notch female protagonist, and you get Lady Mechanika Nos. 2 & 3. If you’re looking for a new comic to try, I highly recommend this one. Click here to read our full review.

Reviewed By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.

Book Review: ‘Tree of Life’ by Timothy Zahn

August 18, 2015 at 12:02 am | Posted in Books, eBooks, Reviews, Television | Leave a comment
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Tree of Life is an eNovella by Timothy Zahn that’s a prequel to the Wayward Pines series. The questions is, is it worth checking out? Click here to read our full review.

Reviewed By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.
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