Podcasts in Review

January 29, 2015 at 12:00 am | Posted in Collecting, Interview, Podcasts, Podcasts in Review, Regular Feature, Reviews, Star Wars, Star Wars Rebels, Television, Toys | Leave a comment
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Here is this week’s Podcasts in Review.

Coffee With Kenobi: Book Chat with Jordan D. White, Marvel’s Star Wars editor, dives into how he got the gig, his enthusiasm for the project, working with the story group, what lines they have coming out, and how they’re approaching them. It’s a great interview and definitely worth catching.

Rebels Reactions – “Path of the Jedi” features guest Tom Gross (Star Wars in the Classroom) as talk about the episode of Star Wars Rebels. I really liked how they covered the symbolism in the episode which certainly set it apart from other reviews.

Show #30 starts out with a nice conversation with Lillian Skye who talks about her fandom, writing a college paper on the impact of Star Wars, and working for Star Wars Underworld. The Bearded Trio mentions that there will be a new Jurassic World trailer during the Super Bowl. Then the show heads into an interview with Mark Bellomo, the author of The Ultimate Guide to Vintage Star Wars Action Figures, 1977-1985. Mark talks about vintage Kenner Star Wars figures, vehicles and playsets, the challenge of including prices, the difficulty of deciding what to include and what not to include, his choice of narrative and using the Expanded Universe, his previous works and the extent of his collection, as well as his overall passion for Star Wars and collecting. Really a great interview and well worth listening to as I’ve seen his book out there but I didn’t know anything about the author, which always makes me skeptical about picking up the book. Now, having heard the interview and learning who Mark is, I’m definitely going to check out his book. Continue Reading Podcasts in Review…

Comic Review: ‘Predator: Fire and Stone #4′

January 28, 2015 at 12:02 am | Posted in Comic Books, Dark Horse, Reviews, scifi/fantasy | Leave a comment
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Predator: Fire and Stone #4 is out today from Dark Horse Comics. Galgo and a predator set off take down an engineer. One last hunt, one last chance at redemption. This issue marks the end of the arc, with just one more issue that will wrap up the entire Fire and Stone series. Click here to read our full review.

Reviewed By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.

Podcasts in Review

January 22, 2015 at 12:02 am | Posted in Podcasts, Podcasts in Review, Regular Feature, Reviews, Star Wars | Leave a comment
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Here is this week’s Podcasts in Review.

After Buzz:Path of the Jedi” episode features special guest James Arnold Taylor, the voice of Obi-Wan Kenobi. Hosted by Dillon Chance and Katie Cullen, it’s an interesting review of the episode, but mostly I just enjoyed hearing James’ comments. One really nice treat was when James mentioned that there was originally a pitch done for Star Wars Rebels to sell the show. For that pitch, James did the voice of Kanan, Dee Bradley Baker did the voice of Zeb, and Catherine Taber did the voice of Hera and Sabine. Toward the end of the show, they went into a news and rumors section which I tuned out on as I’m still trying to avoid The Force Awakens spoilers, but there’s plenty of warning so no need to worry about accidentally getting spoiled.

Bombad Radio: Episode 183 kicks off with a tough questions – which five expanded universe novels would you make canon? After that, Jeremiah and Jason interview author Walter Jon Williams who talks about his start in historical fiction, his extensive travelling, doing Star Wars, the research involved, what events had to be in the book, rejected ideas that would have explained why Jedi couldn’t marry, coming up with the Sword of the Jedi idea, as well as working on movies and video games and differences between the mediums. It’s a nice interview that helps shine a light on part of the EU and gives fans a better idea about Destiny’s Way and the author behind it.

Fangirls Going Rogue: Episode #15 reveals their newest member, Sarah Woloski, thus creating the fangirl trifecta of awesomeness. Seriously, these are my three favorite female podcasters and now they’re all in one show. A listener could not ask for more (…well maybe one more, Amy Ratcliffe). In this episode they talk about the runDisney Star Wars Half-Marathon, the Rebel, Jedi, Princess, Queen: Star Wars and the Power of Costume Smithsonian touring exhibit, Tricia mentions and interview she did with Star Wars writer Tish Pahl, they talk about Sabine sketchbook artist Annie Stoll, and they have a character discussion focusing on Luke Skywalker. Lots of fun and plenty of great topics. Continue Reading Podcasts in Review…

Movie Review: ‘American Sniper’

January 22, 2015 at 12:00 am | Posted in Movies, Reviews | 2 Comments

american-sniper-posterAmerican Sniper, quite simply, is Clint Eastwood’s masterpiece. This is the best film he has ever directed. This is Bradley Cooper’s best performance. And this is one of the best war films I have ever seen. If you have any inkling to see this movie, do it.

As the trailers have hinted, this movie does more than just show the war, it portrays the life of a soldier. By diving into the main character, it shows a carefree guy going from the life of a cowboy to that of a Navy SEAL in Iraq. The pacing is perfect. Parts of the movie build the character, showcase his life at home and his family. We see him fall in love, get married, and have kids. Yet along the way, his life is interrupted by his other life, that of a soldier at war. There are scenes of combat, firefights, and brutality. As the movie continues, the war takes it’s toll and changes him. Consequently, his life changes to the point that his connection to his family becomes tenuous, and his reality becomes focused on fighting alongside his fellow soldiers. The significance of the separation plays a large part in the story as he grows away from kids and his wife, then struggles to return. Continue Reading Movie Review: ‘American Sniper’…

Comic Review: ‘B.P.R.D. Hell on Earth #127′

January 21, 2015 at 12:02 am | Posted in Comic Books, Dark Horse, Reviews | Leave a comment

B.P.R.D. Hell on Earth #127 is a Hellboy story without Hellboy. That said, it still has the same artistic richness and mysterious story elements that make the franchise intriguing. In this issue, one of the agents returns from near death experience and finds a revelation for himself, one that might be the key to their success against a mystical monster. Click here to read our full review.

Reviewed By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.

Comic Review: ‘Injustice Gods Among Us: Year Three #2′

January 21, 2015 at 12:01 am | Posted in Comic Books, DC Comics, Reviews | Leave a comment

As we countdown to Tom Taylor’s last Injustice comic–and as I catch up–this issue brings the characters to the forefront for some great moments, and shows just why the series has gained so much attention and praise. Click here to read our review of Injustice Gods Among Us: Year Three #2.

Reviewed By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.

Book Review: ‘The Deep’ by Nick Cutter

January 20, 2015 at 12:01 am | Posted in Books, Reviews | Leave a comment

Nick Cutter is an author who captured my attention with his last book, The Troop. It was an impressive horror novel. On that basis, I was happy to hear he was diving into another book and I was eager to dive into it. The Deep has a great premise and starts out with an engrossing story and characters. It gets creepy and it gets good. But unfortunately, this is a train that goes off the tracks. Click here to read our full review.

Reviewed By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.

Podcasts in Review

January 15, 2015 at 12:00 am | Posted in Comic Books, Marvel, Movies, Podcasts, Podcasts in Review, Regular Feature, Reviews, Star Wars, Star Wars Rebels, Television | 1 Comment

Here is this week’s Podcasts in Review.

Bombad Radio: Episode 182 starts out with Jeremiah and Zach talking about tv shows and Nobility. Then they break to their interview with Adrienne Wilkinson who talks about Xena: Warrior Princess, The Force Unleashed, voice work, acting, and Sam Witwer’s impressive knowledge of Star Wars. It’s a nice interview with some good behind-the-scenes looks at various shows and Star Wars projects.

Coffee With Kenobi: Show #29 is a look back at 2014 with special guest Rob Wainfur (The Bearded Trio). Together they recap their year in Star Wars, their guests, interviews and major events of the year. If you’ve missed any episodes, this is a great way to find out what you need to go back and listen to.

Full of Sith: Episode XCVIII Bobby, Bryan and Amy share what they’ve been up to, before Bobby moves things along to a variety of topics, keeping the pace moving, and the discussion flowing. They touch on Gary Whitta leaving the Star Wars standalone movie, their thoughts on Star Wars Rebels “Path of the Jedi”, the fates of Kanan and Ezra, who Fulcrum might be (Leia or Ahsoka?), whether Kanan is really a Jedi cowboy, whether Hera has been pushed to the side, the impact of Yoda, new The Force Awakens casting leaks, the actors from The Raid, and movie posters. Great episode covering a lot of ground. A nice burst of Star Wars. Continue Reading Podcasts in Review…

Comic Reviews: ‘Star Wars #1′

January 14, 2015 at 8:04 pm | Posted in Comic Books, Marvel, Reviews, Star Wars | Leave a comment

The day has finally come and Marvel Star Wars #1 is out. But can it meet the hype? Click here to read our full review and find out.

Reviewed By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.

Podcasts in Review

January 8, 2015 at 12:00 am | Posted in Podcasts, Podcasts in Review, Regular Feature, Reviews, Star Wars | Leave a comment

Here is this week’s Podcasts in Review.

Bombad Radio: Episode 181 starts with a quick chat on 2015 before heading into their interview with Tim Veekhoven who talks about his journey in Star Wars fandom and how it led to him being a writer for StarWars.com and starting the Belgian Star Wars fan club TK-421. It’s an interesting interview. English is a second language for Tim, but he’s very easy to understand, and he brings a very eye opening viewpoint on what Star Wars fandom is like for international fans, especially in countries where English is not the native language. For that aspect alone, it’s worth a listen.

Coffee with Kenobi: A Cup of Clone Wars with Tom Kane features a nice interview with Star Wars: The Clone Wars Yoda voice actor Tom Kane. Tom talks about his career in Star Wars voice work, voicing Yoda, working on TCW and with George Lucas and Dave Filoni, and he even touches a little on Star Wars Rebels. The audio is a little rough as there is a lot of off and on background noise–which is common in Tom Kane interviews–but it’s still a good one and worth checking out.

Episode #28 has some discussion of The Force Awakens character names, an interview with Thomas Riddle and Wes Dodgens of Star Wars in the Classroom, some fun news in the Bearded Trio segment, and Steve Sansweet stops by to talk about the Rancho Recruiter program and share his thoughts on The Force Awakens. Kind of cool to hear Steve’s thoughts on TFA. Continue Reading Podcasts in Review…

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