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We've made it to the great MCU pause. Sure, it's a bit dramatic to even call a less than one year gap between films a pause. But the reality is that there has been A LOT of Marvel Cinematic Universe content since the Infinity Saga, so a pause like the one between The Marvels and Deadpool 3 is significant. Needless to say, the fan and critical reaction to every bit of Marvel Studios content after Avengers: Endgame has been mixed at best. So, now that two more tentpoles, Loki Season 2 and The Marvels, are in the books, where does the MCU stand heading into the pause? In this episode, we'll answer that question including sharing our ratings for all Multiverse Saga movies and shows, a reaction to the Crisis at Marvel article from Variety, and speculation on what's to come. Join us for this double-length episode and don't forget to share your opinions with us in in our discord server (linked below) or any of the many social media platforms we inhabit. Relevant Links: MCU: The Reign of Marvel Studios Book - https://a.co/d/09ygrAX Variety Crisis at Marvel Article: https://variety.com/2023/film/features/marvel-jonathan-majors-problem-the-marvels-reshoots-kang-1235774940/ Show Open and Episode Rundown [00:00] Post-Endgame Movie and Show Rating [05:30] Crisis at Marvel [34:15] Recent Marvel Developments [48:36] Thanks for listening! Please rate, review, and subscribe if you liked this episode! For all things Popcorn for Breakfast: https://linktr.ee/popcornforbreakfast Chat with us on Discord: https://discord.gg/7wGQ4AARWn Follow us on Twitch: https://www.twitch.tv/popcornforbreakfast Subscribe to our YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCeVJZwPMrr3_2p171MCP1RQ Follow us on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/4HhMxftbuf1oPn10DxPLib?si=2l8dmt0nTcyE7eOwtHrjlw&nd=1 Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/popcorn4breakfast Follow us on Twitter: @pfb_podcast Follow us on Instagram: @pfb_podcast Follow us on TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@popcornforbreakfast? popcorn4breakfast.com Email us: email@example.com Our original music is by Rhetoric, check them out on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/44JvjuUomvPdSqZRxxz2Tk?si=hcYoSMLUQ0iPctllftAg2g&nd=1 Additional sounds from https://www.zapsplat.com
Today on Too Opinionated, our good friend award-winning actress, producer, and stunt performer Elena Sanchez returns to the program! Elena stars alongside William Forsythe (Raising Arizona), Jeremy London (Mallrats), and Amber Reign Smith (The Other Black Girl, Rap Sh!t) in Open, a film intertwining the surrealism of nostalgia with the complex reality of modern relationships. Open follows a woman in a troubled marriage who falls for a former teen heartthrob fallen from industry favor, while having nagging (and empowering) hallucinations about fronting an ‘80s new wave band. Elena plays "Emma," a long-time friend of the couple who gets caught up not only in the complicated waters of her friends' open marriage, but also in the hallucinated 1980s music video paradise that intertwines with the real world. Elena learned to play the drums for this project, as “Emma” is also the drummer in the hallucinated band. The film released a vinyl soundtrack on 10/17 with 10 original songs created and performed by the composer and filmmakers for the movie – Sanchez is credited on 3 of the singles. Elena's feature film debut as an actress was the highly anticipated second installment of The Hunger Games films, Catching Fire, where she portrayed Cecelia, the tribute from District 8. She has since shared the screen acting opposite Nicolas Cage, Sam Rockwell, and Tim Roth, as well as performing alongside the likes of Tom Cruise, Sylvester Stallone, Chris Pratt, and Gerard Butler. Elena's television appearances include roles on CBS's NCIS: New Orleans, FOX's Sleepy Hollow, and AMC's The Walking Dead, where she memorably killed off bratty villain Sebastian Milton in the final season. Elena has won a Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in Avengers: Endgame, has been nominated five additional times, and has been nominated for two Taurus World Stunt Awards. Want to watch: YouTube Meisterkhan Pod (Please Subscribe)
Pre-show Patreon Only: Void Train and other train games, Fallout 4 This episode contains: A chill post-Thanskgiving episode with Steven and Ben. Turns out people get tired after eating smoked turkey and phǒ (phǒ real? phǒget about it), at least people over 40. Good times with family. These kids are talking and love Bluey. If you're of a certain age, you may not know Bluey, but you should. Are there new Bluey episodes? Not yet, but there is a new Bluey video game. Ben apologizes for talking about old Steam Deck issues, but he's really not sorry, is he? Anyways, the most recent update (3.5) fixed the issues his son had, so this is just an old man shouting at the cloud. BTW, 30 years ago was not 1970, Steven. You poor thing. Steven was not prepared for Scott Pilgrim Takes Off on Netflix, which looks like the comic book, has all the actors for the movie, and then runs with a “What If?” story, completely changing the Scott Pilgrim story at a fundamental level. Our patron Renee met Mark Hamill while she and her family were all dressed like Leia. Mark Hamill is so lucky. Ben asks Steven to go on a date to see The Abyss Special Edition for his birthday, but it's in Santa Maria, and Steven will never spend another birthday in “that hellhole” if he can help it. Brain Matters: Our brains are not able to 'rewire' themselves, despite what most scientists believe, new study argues. According to the article, two scientists argue that the commonly held belief that the brain can rewire itself and repurpose regions for new functions after injury or deficit is flawed. Through analyzing previous studies, they found no compelling evidence that areas like the visual cortex of blind individuals or uninjured areas after stroke took on entirely new functions. Instead, they believe the brain enhances existing latent abilities through learning and repetition, not completely changing functions. So for example, when someone loses a finger, the area for that finger already got some input from neighboring fingers, it just enhances that after amputation. Their view is that understanding true brain plasticity limits is important for patient expectations and rehabilitation approaches. The brain's ability to adapt comes from hard work, not magical reassignment of resources. https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2023/11/231121175335.htm Pure energy (like that song from Information Society, and Leonard Nimoy): Generating Power on Earth From the Coldness of Deep Space. This article discusses the concept of generating power on Earth by utilizing the coldness of deep space. It explores the principles of thermodynamics, thermoelectric power generation, and radiative cooling. The article also presents various prototypes and experiments conducted to harness energy from the coldness of space, including the use of selective emitters and negative illumination photovoltaic cells. While the technology is still under development, it shows potential for powering low-power electronics and lighting, offering a sustainable energy solution. https://spectrum.ieee.org/energy-from-cold Mid-show Patreon Only: Limp Bizkit is making a comeback? Maybe you don't want to hear it. Science Fiction: Steven finally saw The Marvels with his wife. He liked it, but his wife was lost. Why is that? Well, if you haven't seen Captain Marvel, Ms. Marvel, Wandavision, Secret Invasion (but not really), LOKI, Hawkeye, Ant-Man and the Wasp: QuANTumania, Guardians of the Galaxy, Avengers Endgame or X-Men: The Last Stand, maybe you're gonna be a little lost. Steven and Ben both agree: that's a little much for the normies, but it's also a little much for these tired old comic book nerds (like our valiant podcast hosts). With so much discussion about the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Ben says we've got to talk about something else, so what does he do? It's DC time. My Adventures with Superman is a cartoon on Adult Swim and Max that is worth watching, and Ben gives just enough spoilers to whet Steven's appetite. Maybe you would like it too. Steven always forgets that Superman is Ben's jam, at least when anybody other than Zach Snyder is at the helm. What is Ben's favorite Superman movie? Wouldn't you like to know. Post-show Patreon Only: The Flash movie, we have thoughts on how to fix the MCU
We kick things off by discussing if we think any movie or movie franchise will ever be able to replicate Avengers Endgame. We also go into the current state of Marvel movies and comic books a bit. After that, we go into some fun writing talk. We cover reading and writing burnout, the problem with writing stories in a contemporary setting, and why these darn kids today are screwing up text messaging. You can follow us on X, Instagram, and Facebook @dpwpodcast You can check out Caleb's work at www.calebjamesk.com
The Nerd Skool jumps into Endgame! Random sidetracks include: Artstar hates Jared Leto. Jeff Bridges is Rooster Cogburn 2.0 TBJ knows Hailee Steinfeld from Pitch Perfect. Wu Tang Clan is into comic books. Joe gets the Russo Brothers, the Farrelly Brothers and the Cohen Brothers mixed up. The Marvels was fun. Most of Nerd Skool would attend a red carpet in pajamas, but not TBJ. Artstar wants to be on Bluesky, Andy already is. Anton Chigurh might be Galactus. Elsa Bloodstone and Manthing are part of Werewolf By Night, and are both great in Marvel Snap. TBJ was in the Airforce and gets questioned for parking in the veteran spaces at Harris Teeter. Buut, we do eventually get into Endgame. We promise. Get your Nerdskool Merch: https://www.redbubble.com/shop/ap/74089719?asc=u Music by D Jones Hip Hop!
Avenger November wraps with the ultimate plane landing. Caroline Darney, Matt Scalici, and Kyle Bandujo talk emotional moments, time heists, and of course, portals, in breaking down "Avengers: Endgame." Follow Caroline on Twitter @cwdarney, Matt @MattScalici, and Kyle @kylebandujo You can support Big Screen Sports, get schedule updates, and pick movies to be covered in upcoming episodes by joining our Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/bigscreensports. Big Screen Sports is hosted/edited by Kyle Bandujo, and produced by Aaron Figueroa, Mike Schubert, Steve Rogers, Kevin Frost, Mike Dries, Ryan "Nigel" Yager, Mike D, Chris Mycoskie, Andrew Tuegel, John Craig, Zach Rich, Jason Alba, Stephen DeBow, Kevin Enkelmann, Dan McFall, Mac Lindsey, Curt Ritchie, Robert Dove, Andrew Tuegel, Rilwan Balogun, Jeff Estes, Anthony Scafone, Benjamin Baumann, Taylor Logan, and Classic Stadium Fire. Art for Avenger November was created by Michael Palladino. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
In recent weeks, I have stressed the fact that each time you hear biblical Hebrew or see a Semitic triliteral in the Bible, like it or not, you are hearing or seeing a cross of the many Semitic languages extant at the time of the Bible's writing. Like it or not, each time you hear or see biblical Hebrew, you are also hearing and seeing Arabic. The word “extant” is derived from the Latin, extans, which means “to stand out.” In English, it has come to mean “still in existence” or “surviving,” like the teaching of Scripture under the boot of Hellenism, written in a concoction of the many Semitic languages that the proto-colonial, Alexander the “small,” tried to “unhouse” in his conquest of everyone. So why all this talk about the Amalekites in biblical literature when one need look only to human history, to Alexander, to Hiroshima and Nagasaki, or for that matter, current events, to learn about Cain's building project and its legacy of “unhousing?”The literature—the text—not the history of Scripture, is instruction, a “cautionary tale,” an exhortation. All of us must teach this fact. We must teach it to our fundamentalist Christian friends—those who built a wall in my mom's hometown, in Bethlehem of Palestine—in defiance of St. Paul, who said:“For he himself is our peace, who made both groups into one and broke down the barrier of the dividing wall.” (Ephesians 2:14)In the parable of Scripture, the Amalekites, the enemies of the literary characters Israel and Judah, are the descendants of the characterEsau (Genesis 36:12, 16). As Fr. Paul explains in his most recent book, Decoding Genesis 1-11:“Early in Genesis, we hear the author using the appellation of sadeh,that is, the earth as life supporting (2:5, 19, 20), and then applying it to the living area of the Amalekites, well before the story of Ephron the Hittite (Genesis 23) and the story of the two brothers Esau and Jacob (Genesis 25, 27). In other words, early on in chapter 14, the author magisterially preempts the hearers from concluding that the special story about their ancestor, Abram, and his superman feats, makes them different from other peoples, especially their sworn adversaries.” (Tarazi, p. 197)So why does God command the annihilation of the Amalekites? (1 Samuel 15:2-3)‘Amaleq, is an interesting word in Hebrew. Don't waste time looking it up in a colonial dictionary; you will not find anything useful. melek, in both Arabic and Hebrew, is the triliteral MLK and means “king.” Did you catch my nonviolent irony? I hope so. In any case, the biblical character ‘Amaleq, which begins with the letter ‘ain, has the same root as melek. In Arabic, the word for “giant” is ‘amlaq.So, in the story, these powerful giants are introduced through Samuel as Saul's first test of obedience. There is a parallel tale about Joshua and the Amalekites in Exodus. It's a parable. A mashal. A dark saying. A riddle. It's a metaphoric text contained within an epic storyline, not an historical instruction manual. Pretend you are watching Avengers Endgame. When you leave the movie theatre, ask yourself, is the moral of this story an advisory on how to become Thanos and kill half of all inhabitants in the land? This is not a trick question.Who, pray tell, is the King of Glory, Saul? Who rescued you from Egypt when you could not fight? Who overcame Agag, king of the giants, a people whose strength was beyond your might? Who saved Joshua and Moses in Exodus? Who is the King of Israel, Saul? Again, this is not a trick question.“Because you have rejected the word of the Lord,” taking the spoils of a victory that you did not win, and claiming things that do not belong to you, the Lord “has rejected you from being king.” (1 Samuel 15:23)“Then Saul said to Samuel, ‘I have sinned; I have indeed transgressed the command of the Lord and your words because I feared the people and listened to their voice.” (1 Samuel 15:24)Of course, you did, Saul, because the people demand spoils, security, barriers, and dividing walls in the land—the land—which, like the spoils you took, does not belong to you; it is the property of the Lord. In total view of the biblical epic, long before the story of Ephron the Hittite, (let alone Saul or Joshua), Abraham came from the same sadeh as the Amalekites—from the same earth as life supporting.We human beings refuse to accept our fate as ‘afar,—as people taken from and returning to the dust. This fate, Fr. Paul explains: “Will be unexpectedly redressed in Genesis 23 via 'ephron, (Ephron) the (outsider) Hittite who will prove to be the Lord God's medium for establishing ḥebron, the place of brotherhood, the gathering place of Abraham's descendants, which ironically will end as the inheritance, not of Joshua, but of Caleb, “the (outsider) dog” (keleb, KLB, Arabic, kalb), in the Book of Joshua (14:13-15).” (Tarazi, p. 174)Caleb, the triliteral KLB. In Arabic, kalb, the dog, the barbarian, the unclean thing—the standard bearer for brotherhood in the Book of Life. Let's hope so. Richard and I discuss Luke 5:8-9. (Episode 509) ★ Support this podcast on Patreon ★
In this episode, Madeline chats with Bill Patenaude, a retired mechanical engineer who used to work for the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management. During their conversation, they discuss his bachelors degree at the University of Rhode Island, his work at the EPA, his reversion, getting a Masters in theology, sci-fi books and his debut novel, universal vs. uniform, the importance of reverence during Mass, being counter-cultural, the importance of environmental stewardship, the Church being a refuge and source of charity, the different kinds of love, the importance of service and sacrifice, his love of teaching othersand so much more!During the course of their conversation, they make many references which you can explore. Some of these references include episode 39 of this podcast, Arthur C. Clarke, the Foundation series, the Catechism in a Year podcast, Star Wars, Gran Torino, and Avengers: Endgame.If you're interested in checking out William's writing, you can check out his blog and read his debut novel, A Printer's Choice.
Hallo, liebe Hörerinnen und Hörer, hier ist Marco von Flimmerkiste, dem Podcast für alle Filmfans. In dieser Folge habe ich mich mit Helmut und Vicky vom Podcast Popcorn zum Mitnehmen über den neuesten Marvel Blockbuster The Marvels unterhalten. Wir haben unsere Meinungen, Eindrücke und Kritikpunkte zu dem Film ausgetauscht, der die Fortsetzung zu Captain Marvel aus dem Jahr 2019 ist und die drei Superheldinnen Carol Danvers, Monica Rambeau und Kamala Khan in den Mittelpunkt stellt. Der Film ist der 33. Spielfilm innerhalb des Marvel Cinematic Universe und der erste, der den Titel einer Comicreihe trägt, die von Kurt Busiek und Alex Ross geschrieben wurde. Die Hauptdarstellerinnen Brie Larson, Teyonah Parris und Iman Vellani haben alle ihre Rollen schon in anderen Marvel-Projekten gespielt, nämlich in Captain Marvel, WandaVision und Ms. Marvel. Die Antagonistin Dar-Benn wird von Zawe Ashton gespielt, die vorher vor allem als Komikerin und Theater-Schauspielerin bekannt war. Der Film hat ein Budget von 274,8 Millionen US-Dollar und ist damit einer der teuersten Filme aller Zeiten. Der Film enthält mehrere Anspielungen und Easter Eggs auf andere Marvel-Filme und -Serien, wie zum Beispiel die Quantum Bands, die Kamala Khan trägt und die schon in Ant-Man and the Wasp zu sehen waren, oder die Walküre, die von Tessa Thompson gespielt wird und die schon in Thor: Ragnarok und Avengers: Endgame aufgetreten ist. Wir hoffen, dass euch diese Folge gefallen hat und dass ihr uns eure Meinung zu dem Film schreibt oder uns eine Sprachnachricht schickt. Wir freuen uns immer über euer Feedback und eure Anregungen. Bis zum nächsten Mal, euer Marco von Flimmerkiste. Abonniert und Bewertet den Podcast bei der Podcast App eures Vertrauens und folgt uns bei Instagram. Alles Liebe alles Gute. Email: Flimmerkiste@yahoo.com Helmut bei Instagram: @helmut_am_mikro Popcorn zum mitnehmen bei Instagram: @popcorn_zum_mitnehmen Popcorn zum mitnehmen podcast: pod.link/1647027841 --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/flimmerkistemitmarco/message
Following the release of Avengers Endgame and Spider-Man: No Way Home, the Marvel Cinematic Universe has been stumbling. The slow decline of the MCU has become most evident with the desperation of Marvel to recapture the attention of the fans with final trailer for The Marvels featuring vintage clips of Robert Downey Jr.'s Iron Man and Chris Evans' Captain America, who do not appear in the film. The Marvel's has produced the lowest opening weekend box office of any MCU film. We discuss want went wrong with the MCU, what is planned by Disney for the near future and the numerous changes happening on an almost weekly basis. We then discuss if we had Creative Control, how we would each fix the MCU. The team assembled for episode is Kenan, Sacha, Neil, Lee and a special appearance by Andreas after a long absence! This topic brought out a lot of passion which resulted in our longest...episode....ever! Let us know your thoughts in the comments! What do you think of the current state of the MCU? Who do you think had the best solution? FOLLOW US ON SOCIAL MEDIA: YouTube - @CreativeControl Twitter (X) - @CCMoviePodcast Facebook- Creative Control Movie Podcast Instagram - Creative Control Movie Podcast
My guest on the podcast this week is Marija Abney. Marija is a South Carolina native who moved to NY to pursue an arts education at The AIley School at Fordham University and went on to earn her MA in performance studies from NYU. Marija is an actress and dancer who has appeared as a Dora Milaje in "Black Panther" and "Wakanda Forever" as well as "Avengers Inifinity War" and "Avengers End Game," and was featured in Tubi's "A Killer Romance" and "Twisted Marriage Therapist."In many ways though, her most impactful contribution to "the culture" is founding The Soapbox Presents and launching a wildly successful series of "stoop concerts" in Harlem that builds loving community and attracts crowds of over 3500 people per event. The series is so successful it caught the attention of legendary singer-songwriter Babyface who asked to participate and entertained the crowd with a pop up performance of "Whip Appeal."We chat about her artistic journey, art as activism, and what it was like to work with the late Chadwick Boseman.Support the showPlease make sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel and follow the podcast on Instagram.
“Loki, the series takes place after the events of the film Avengers: Endgame (2019), in which an alternate version of Loki created a new timeline. Tom Hiddleston reprises his role as Loki from the film series, starring alongside Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Wunmi Mosaku, Eugene Cordero, Tara Strong, Owen Wilson, Sophia Di Martino, Jonathan Majors, and Neil Ellice. Sasha Lane, Jack Veal, DeObia Oparei, and Richard E. Grant also star in the first season, with Rafael Casal, Kate Dickie, Liz Carr, Ke Huy Quan and Richard Dixon joining for the second. After stealing the Tesseract during the events of Avengers: Endgame (2019), an alternate version of Loki is brought to the mysterious Time Variance Authority (TVA), a bureaucratic organization that exists outside of time and space and monitors the timeline. They give Loki a choice: face being erased from existence due to being a "time-variant", or help fix the timeline and stop a greater threat. Loki ends up in his own crime thriller, traveling through time, hunting a female version of himself named Sylvie. After the first season ends with the timeline breaking and the creation of a multiverse, the second season shows Loki teaming up with Mobius M. Mobius, Hunter B-15, and other TVA agents "in a battle for the soul" of the TVA. This includes a search through the multiverse for Sylvie, Ravonna Renslayer, and Miss Minutes.” - Factually Exclaims wikipedia.org “R.I.P old Loki, god of mischief... We'll miss you! That moment when two good actors can create interest for a weak series, but the story is boring and uninteresting... A lot of bad writing... Time travel + multiverse is recipe for disaster.” - Types Draec M. - rottentomatoes.com "Sadly, reports on the other four episodes of the series contend that Disney plans to use the shapeshifting abilities of Loki to explore ideas of “gender fluidity,” an unbiblical concept invented by leftist activists to destroy the Christian, biblical, moral heritage of Western Civilization. Reports also say that the LOKI series may have some subplots leading into the next occult Doctor Strange movie, to be released in 2022, which is reportedly about an adventure having to do with some of the multiverse ideas being introduced into the Marvel Cinematic Universe by the creators of LOKI." - Proselytizes movieguide.org “loki often "timeslips" which stretches and distorts his body/features before he disappears. can be very offputting sometimes” - Warns Delphill - doesthedogdie.com Get inspired by our Top Ten time travel movie lists Check out @time_pop_pod on Instagram, Twitter, & TikTok Please Like, Subscribe, and tell a friend about Time Pop. Send questions and comments and movie recommendations to firstname.lastname@example.org Find more great podcasts at What Sounds Awesome from We Mixed It Comedy Spirituality - All the Answers Fitness Nutrition - Truth Not Trends The Wheel of Time - Thank the Light Awesome Women - Be Brave Fitness Nutrition - That Fitness Couple
Darin from the Nostalgiacast is this week's guest. He had never watched Avengers: Endgame before. So we talked about why that was, what he thought about it, and about films and cinema in general. Is it a bad thing to get off the roller coaster ride of something like a Marvel film slate? Do you need to watch all of them? Does every movie have to bring something new to the table? Or is it okay to just unplug, and enjoy something? And what did he think of Endgame? Let's find out...Thanks go out to Audie Norman (@TheAudieNorman) for the album art. Outro music In Pursuit provided by Purple-Planet.comSupport the show by going to patreon.com/wyhsVisit tvstravis.com for more shows and projects from TVsTravis Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
We're back with another fun, MARVELOUS (see what I did there) episode of the Talkin' TV podcast. We're covering both ends of the spectrum today, the thing killing movies and the thing that's trying to help keep them alive. Which is which, who can say? But we've got the Marvels, which I think I can safely say is the first really not-so-anticipated sequel we've covered on this podcast. A sequel to not only the first Captain Marvel, but also to Avengers: Endgame and 3 Disney+ shows, quite a round up we have there. Then, Dustin & I talk about the Killer, the new film from David Fincher that went straight to Netflix. Fincher's a funny guy because he's one of the best filmmakers we have, but he's also the guy who kind of started this new wave of film hell we've been in this last decade when he made House of Cards for Netflix. It's been a weird last couple of years. Keep tuning in as we wind down our biggest season yet only on the #talkintvpodcast --- Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/talkintvpodcastgmailcom/support
Bro in this episode of the podcast, we'll obviously be discussing our thoughts (and feelings) on Marvel's fifth Disney+ series Hawkeye. Following on from what happened to our bro Clint Barton (Hawkeye) after the events of Avengers: Endgame. Enjoy Bro!
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Do we need multiverses in movies anymore? Join Hoody and Erick as we go on a deep-dive to figure out if movies need shared universes anymore or if we're still vibing with them! Plus will Marvel ever get back to the level it was on with Avengers: Endgame and all NEW Missed Connections from the DMV! All that and more in this week's Let's Get Weird!Make sure to also follow both of us on ALL of our social media and leave a review on the podcast so we can bring it back from the dead on a podcast service near you!
Aamish from ( @DesiNerd ) dives deep and shares his insights and experiences of quitting his job and becoming a YouTuber. He even has Vedant sharing his own experience working with startups and the anxiety he thinks jobs have. They discuss Btech, Avengers, quitting job, Marvel vs DC, YouTube, Playstation, office politics, Adipurush, OTTs, Scam 1992, Bangalore vs Delhi vs Mumbai, Zack Snyder, Hollywood, cringe movies, Airbnb, Batman vs Superman series, Tiger 2, south vs Bollywood, Oppenheimer, Pokémon, Shaktimaan and much much more. __ In this episode: Problems for Content Creators // 00:00 DesiNerd's Delhi Experience // 00:56 Watched Flesh at Premier // 01:39 Watching the Warner Brothers uncensored Movie // 02:28 Interview experience with celebrities // 02:45 Movie Review // 04:15 How did DesiNerd get his name // 05:01 How did DesiNerd actually start? // 05:33 Uploading one of his first videos // 06:45 What used to work on youtube in 2012 // 07:13 Journey of the First YouTube Channel // 07:50 Discovering the Movie Universe // 10:00 Deleting 800 Videos // 11:04 Audience at the time of Avengers Endgame // 11:59 BTech, 4 Years Job and College // 12:30 Why did he choose BTech // 13:38 Vedant's Academic & Content Creation History // 15:52 How Vedant Started Content Creation // 16:04 Why Vedant came to India from London & Job // 17:12 Anxiety in Jobs for Vedant // 17:58 Job Experience in Kolkata for DesiNerd // 18:42 Loss of 50,000 in job // 21:48 Dedication to YouTube with Job // 22:42 Why did he continue his job while getting enough money from YouTube? // 23:45 Why did he resign from his job? // 25:14 Scenes in the office // 28:23 Resigning from the job // 29:29 Normal people's problems with jobs // 31:19 Pressure in the Job // 31:33 Leaves in jobs // 32:24 Vedant never worked in a corporate job // 33:20 Experience after resigning from a job // 34:09 Reasons behind Facecam videos // 35:10 Boys Hostel's vibe // 35:46 Why Vedant left his job // 37:01 Responsibilities in a Startup // 38:24 Meerut City review // 39:13 Bangalore vs Delhi vs Mumbai // 42:42 Entry into the SuperHero world // 43:17 Why he didn't cover other things // 47:24 Vedant's Spiderman Movie story // 49:00 How Vedant watched Hollywood movies // 49:50 Very first Hollywood movies in Theatre // 50:35 Tiger 2 Action Review // 51:30 South vs Bollywood // 52:39 Their first Watched movie in the hall // 53:22 Watching so many movies // 54:16 Oppenheimer was good // 55:10 Why he's not moving to Mumbai // 55:29 Superhero viewership dropped // 56:41 Experimenting with new content // 57:06 Vedant's breaking point // 59:03 The Adipurush team got his Number // 59:56 Paid Reviews of movies // 1:01:26 Art behind making great videos // 1:02:08 Team, and audience // 1:05:02 Ayan Mukherjee Interview & Brahmastra // 1:06:08 This year for Bollywood // 1:15:20 Akshay Kumar vs Youtubers // 1:15:53 Problems with biopic movies // 1:17:03 Akshay Kumar's upcoming movies // 1:19:13 Cringe Movies // 1:20:42 Zack Snyder movies // 1:23:14 Batman vs Superman movies // 1:23:59 DC vs Marvel // 1:25:54 Expectations from James Gunn Era // 1:26:42 Superhero movies are on the Decline? // 1:28:43 Movie spoilers and rumours // 1:32:28 Adipurush negative marketing // 1:33:22 Jawan, pathan comparison to Adipurush // 1:34:42 Airbnb story with papa // 1:35:36 OTT vs Theatre Experience // 1:36:32 Remake, copy, local stories into movies // 1:38:12 Rld classic comedy movies // 1:40:08 DesiNerd's Favourite TV Shows // 1:42:05 Favourite Web Series's // 1:46:01 Does DesiNerd read Manga? // 1:48:58 Shaktimaan, Doordarshan, Pokémon // 1:50:00 DesiNerd's Gaming, PC, Games // 1:52:50 Vedant Bought a PlayStation with his first salary // 1:58:38 Playing Games at a weird place // 1:59:31 Vedant likes the ScoopCast podcast // 2:02:25 Outro // 2:03:36 __ // Let's Connect If you're the Instagram type, https://instagram.com/storieswithrusty If you're the Twitter type, https://twitter.com/rustystories
Full Hour | In today's second hour, Dom welcomes in Montgomery County Controller Pam Van Blunk, who's currently running for Montgomery County Commissioner, after a long rash of questionable behavior from the County government. Before bringing her on, Dom contextualizes the situation that's played out in Montgomery County, reminding listeners of the power that Valerie Arkoosh had on the decisions during Coronavirus, which led her to a position under Governor Shapiro. Then, in welcoming in Van Blunk, Dom asks for her to summarize her current role as Controller, which leads to questions about her stance on issues, which quickly leads to her stance on criminal justice. Van Blunk tells how the current commissioner stance on policing has led to a spike in crime in her County, and explaining how their decisions regarding funding the Sheriff's department has contributed to her desire to run for this office. Then, Dom delves into the County's decisions concerning Coronavirus, with Van Blunk explaining what she would've pushed for if she were sitting with the other Commissioners during the pandemic. Then, Dom continues the Dom Giordano Program by switching back to breaking some more news regarding election fraud, again telling about the judge decision in Bridgeport, Connecticut concerning their Democratic primary, and now revealing a NJ decision that freezes the bank accounts of a dark money political group that was endorsing a shadow candidate in effort to aid the loss of a Republican. Then, Dom welcomes in media critic Scott Cronick to hear what's worth watching over the weekend. First, Cronick reveals that Killers of the Flower Moon may be the best Martin Scorcese film of all time, and may be one of, if not the best film ever. Then, Dom and Cronick delve into Scorcese's comments on superhero movies, with Cronick telling why Marvel has faltered in recent years after running that gamut of theaters prior to Avengers: Endgame. Also, Cronick offers his opinion on the uber-popular Five Nights at Freddy's, telling why it may be the worst horror film of all-time. (Photo by Getty Images)
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In this episode of NOW SLAYING, Colton & Rowan cut the game theory and discuss the movie adaptation of FIVE NIGHTS AT FREDDY'S (2023)! Has Rowan softened on PG-13 horror? Has Colton consumed every FNAF theory on the internet? Is this the AVENGERS: ENDGAME for socially awkward iPad kids? Tune in to find out if we gave this film a NAY, OKAY, YAY, or SLAY!CHAPTERS:Theme/Intro (00:00:00)Trailer (00:04:25)Synopsis (00:04:55)Review (SPOILER FREE) (00:05:21)Review (SPOILERS) (00:23:21)Rating (00:39:20)Promotions/Outro (00:43:15)Follow us on all social media:FacebookTwitterInstagramTumblrYoutubeSlasherWant some official Merch?!SHOP HERE!*Intro Music by Rowan Fraser (IG: @biggiehauls)*Support the show
Drew and Nedim talk about random topics that include the overabundance of streaming apps, bootleg movies, Taylor Swift, Johnny Depp, Will and Jada, Avengers Endgame, Gone in 60 Seconds, Tom Cruise, Arnold Schwarzenegger and The Boys tv series.
Another week, another episode of the Empire Podcast, another bumper crop of incredible guests. First, we bring you the enormously fun Richard Armitage interview that was recorded live at our recent London Podcast Festival show, where he talked to Chris Hewitt about becoming an author with his debut novel, Geneva (on sale now, fact fans). That runs from 23:21.00 - 45:51.00 (approx.) Then, Chris talks to the legendary documentarian, Errol Morris (1:03:32.00 - 1:20:20.00), about his John Le Carre documentary, The Pigeon Tunnel, and the art of interviewing, and finally Neel Bhatt has a natter with Garth Davis (1:43:58.00 - 1:57:36.00), director of the sci-fi drama, Foe. Then, in the podbooth, Chris comes dangerously close to infecting Helen O'Hara and James Dyer with the dreaded lurgy, but they brave it out and end up talking, and listing in order, the films of Martin Scorsese, discussing the week's movie news, and reviewing Scorsese's Killers Of The Flower Moon, plus The Burial, Foe, The Pigeon Tunnel, and Trolls Band Together. Oh, and they pay tribute to two of the MCU's fallen heroes in a conversation (4:10.00 - 7:58.00 approx) that might spoil Avengers Endgame, so be careful if you haven't seen it. Marty, we're talking to you. Enjoy.
Welcome to another episode of SSW! In this episode of Marvel with Melody we'll be discussing ENDGAME! Melody and I are watching through all the MCU movies (some for the first time) in chronological order. Afterwards we'll be discussing the movie. A debriefing if you will. Characters we like or didn't like, scenes that were over the top, Thor‘s biceps, whatever comes to mind. Join in as we dive in and rediscover the Marvel Cinematic Universe! Thanks for listening! Be safe. Be courteous. BYE! If you'd like to support the show and be entered to win the monthly giveaways, visit our Patreon at patreon.com/sortastarwars Thanks everyone for your support! *This podcast is a production of Ryit Media and is hosted by Ryan Lehman (@sortastarwars) **To hear other podcasts hosted by Ryan Lehman, search "Ryit Media" on any podcast player or find the links here: Granny Shiftin': THE fast and furious podcast: https://link.chtbl.com/ipk12aZ_ Dad Reads Books: https://link.chtbl.com/q_7bYUCz AND NOW Silver Screen and Television Dreams: https://link.chtbl.com/djA5v-LB
It's FINALLY HERE! Both Spider-Man 2 AND Super Mario Wonder come out this week and Hoody and Kevin are here to not only give you a review round-up, but also share their last-minute predictions for Spider-Man 2! Plus how did people figure out Avengers: Endgame took place this week? All that and more with the Crisis Crew!Buy Your Own Crisis Crew Shirt!: https://bit.ly/3I5Lv8GNew Episodes of Crisis on Infinite Podcasts come out every Monday and Thursday! Make sure to rate us and subscribe to us on your platform of choice and send us a secret message and we'll read it out loud on next week's show!!
Avengers: Endgame happened this week in 2023, according the MCU. The crew explains how and reflects on watching the MCU's biggest movie. Plus, Deadpool 3 is probably getting delayed, The Marvels is not tracking well at the box office, updates on Loki Season 2, and a crazy X-Men 3 story involving Halle Berry. To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices
DO YOU LIKE STAR WARS? We welcome Supervising Sound Editor from Skywalker Sound, Mac Smith (veteran of Ponyo, Up, Tron Legacy, Avengers: Endgame, and Star Wars: Visions) to teach a clinic about how sound design works in movies. And to demonstrate it, Mac walks us thru the perfect showcase of Rian Johnson's Star Wars: Episode VIII - The Last Jedi! Experience Star Wars thru the ears of an expert and hear details you never noticed that subconsciously enhance the story. We were blown away and you will be too. Chapters Introduction (00:00:00) Hatch News (00:21:25) The Last Jedi Roundtable Discussion (00:24:07) Your Letters (02:04:54) Notes and Links Check out the BRAND NEW Escape Hatch Merch Drop! Our all new collection of swag is available now and every order includes a free Cameo style shoutout from Haitch or Jason. Browse our collection now. Join the Escape Hatch Discord Server! Hang out with Haitch, Jason, and other friends of the pod. Check out the invite here. Escape Hatch is a TAPEDECK Podcasts Jawn! Escape Hatch is a member of TAPEDECK Podcasts, alongside: 70mm (a podcast for film lovers), Bat & Spider (low rent horror and exploitation films), The Letterboxd Show (Official Podcast from Letterboxd), Cinenauts (exploring the Criterion Collection), Lost Light (Transformers, wrestling, and more), and Will Run For (obsessed with running). Check these pods out!. See the movies we've watched and are going to watch on Letterboxd Escape Hatch's Breaking Dune News Twitter list Rate and review the podcast to help others discover it, and let us know what you think of the show at email@example.com or leave us a voicemail at +1-415-534-5211. Follow @escapehatchpod on Twitter and Instagram. Music by Scott Fritz and Who'z the Boss Music. Cover art by ctcher. Edited and produced by Haitch. Escape Hatch is a production of Haitch Industries.
What are you willing to do when your life is on the line? How suspicious is it to have a secret second cell phone? Who doesn't like chili powder? And what did they do to Tuco's Tio?!? All these questions and more are discussed and answered on this episode of the Almost SideShow breaking down Breaking Bad Season 2, Episode 2: "Grilled." Watch the YouTube supercut of Tuco in Avengers: Endgame. https://youtu.be/96-3VUxfNKc?si=OLas5-I9pED5LOp_ Check back every Thursday morning for the latest episode of the Almost SideShow! Find the past seasons of the Almost SideShow here: http://almostsideways.com/Main%20Menu/Artice%20Archives%20Sub-Menus/AlmostSideways/Almost%20SideShow.html The SideShow is meant to be a companion to listen to after you watch each episode, so join us on the journey! Watch the episode, then listen to our reaction and analysis. New episodes drop every week! The Almost SideShow is hosted by Terry Plucknett and Adam Daly and is a part of the AlmostSideways family. Find AlmostSideways everywhere! Website almostsideways.com Facebook https://www.facebook.com/AlmostSidewayscom-130953353614569/ AlmostSideways Twitter: @almostsideways Terry's Twitter: @almostsideterry Zach's Twitter: @pro_zach36 Todd: Too Cool for Twitter Adam's Twitter: @adamsideways Apple Podcasts https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/almostsideways-podcast/id1270959022 Spotify https://open.spotify.com/show/7oVcx7Y9U2Bj2dhTECzZ4m Stitcher https://www.stitcher.com/podcast/almost-sideways-movie-podcast YouTube https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfEoLqGyjn9M5Mr8umWiktA/featured?view_as=subscriber
Bonus episodes at Patreon.com/HollywoodHogwash This week, we review Avengers: Endgame! We also talk about the latest news and rumors in Hollywood! Please subscribe and leave a 5-Star Review! Subscribe to our YouTube channel! Follow us on Twitter, Instagram, & Facebook! @HollywoodHogPod Avengers: Endgame - 22:48 (ads dynamically inserted will make this off by a minute or two)
The reports of superhero fatigue have been highly exaggerated. This week Sean is joined by Roberto & Nick of Detachment to talk about their favorite comic book movies since Avengers: Endgame!EARGASM Use the code METALCORENERDS to save 10% off your order. Protect your hearing while still enjoying the music you love.Support Detachment!Facebook | Instagram | YouTubeBuy Metalcore Nerds MerchSong of the Week: Detachment "Slug"Check out the Metalcore Nerds Pull List Spotify PlaylistJoin the Metalcore Nerds Community:Discord | FB GroupFollow Metalcore Nerds on Social Media:Facebook | Instagram | Twitter | YouTube | TikTokThis show is part of the Spreaker Prime Network, if you are interested in advertising on this podcast, contact us at https://www.spreaker.com/show/5501198/advertisement
12 players. 2 DMs. 6 dragons. Tiamat. 2 birthday cakes… and a whole hell of a lot of fun! As a companion piece to DM Tony's recent article, the 3 Wise DMs are joined by some special guests to discuss and detail the lessons learned from running our largest endeavor yet – a massive, multiple-campaign ending game that required 2 DMs to pull off. If you've ever thought of running a massive Endgame-style game, or toyed with the idea of co-DMing, this is the episode for you!As always, please visit our affiliate link at FanRoll Dice to receive 10% off your entire dice and dice accessories order!2:20 DM Tony's concept to create our own Avengers: Endgame style 12-person game tying up loose threads from multiple campaigns.4:10 Our special guest DMs: DM Lenny and the Monster Wrangler himself, Matt!7:50 The epic, blockbuster, action movie-style terrain builds from multiple crafters and how they can add to encounter building. Check out some great tips in our Terrain episode with Scott at Paper Terrain.19:08 How we handled newer players as well as characters that weren't as tied to the campaign-length storylines we were tying up.21:25 Pro tip: make the adventure hook for a massive game as simple and straightforward as you can: Rescue Baby Walter! Special Add-on - DM Dave finally reveals the mystery of Baby Walter that started in session 1 of our Curse of Strahd campaign!26:00 How to build an adventure that 2 DMs have to run pieces of… including DM Dave's BIG blunder.28:45 The experience of the newest players at the table and how to provide them enough hook that they have reasons to join the adventure.33:20 Monster Wrangler Matt describes the issues surrounding leveling a character from 7th to 19th, and the adventures missed… as well as a happy accident surrounding Barovia.36:55 The possible pitfalls to look out for that we learned as we rolled out this prototype. 44:10 A deeper dive into the epic climax… the battle with 1 DM running 12 players and Tiamat.46:25 DM Dave's Rant on the defenses of some Legendary builds (“Bullshitium/Unobtainium”), and thoughts to consider when developing the ultimate BBEG.50:45 The bittersweet nature of high-level play.52:25 The completely unknown nature of Legendary BBEGs when you unload them on your party.56:50 Final Thoughts.
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This week, we took a look at Double Team, starring Jean-Claude van Damme (JCVD as we like to call him) and Dennis Rodman. Chad Smith from The Last Comic Shop Podcast (www.lastcomicshoppodcast.com) joins us once again to talk about Avengers: Endgame during our Marvel segment where Rob increasingly wants to kill himself with each passing week. Let's get into the nitty gritty: Casual car-bombing! Chuck Voltage! Circus skirmish despite civilians! Maternity munitions! Nerve gas nursing homes! Wedding warfare! Mandarin man martial artist gang member! Resting a rugrat in an abandoned arena aisle! Shooting kids! Dennis "Trick Shot" Rodman! Cybermonks! Too many closeups! Laying the pipe on the formerly preggo protagonist's partner? Reverse ROYGBIV! All terrain dump-trucks! Toe-tickling danger jumps! Foot Shank Redemption! Baby mine tiger arena battle scenes! Poop posture, and much, much more on this week's episode of The Worst Movie Ever Made! www.theworstmovieevermade.com
We don't like to brag or anything, but the people behind Madness Madness have accomplished some pretty incredible feats of combat prowess, to the point where several hit movies have been based on our exploits: Avatar, Avengers: Endgame, Avatar: The Way of Water, Titanic, Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens, Avengers: Infinity War, Spider-Man: No Way Home, Jurassic World, The Lion King, The Avengers, Furious 7, Top Gun: Maverick, Frozen II, and of course Barbie. That's more than $27 billion at the box office just from the ones we can name off the tops of our heads, so honestly we've got nothing to learn from Frank Dux, a fight choreographer and semi-professional liar whose “life story,” the 1988 Jean-Claude Van Damme breakout “Bloodsport,” pulled in a mere puff of dust to the tune of $11.8 million worldwide, which I don't even think is enough money to wipe your ass with these days.Nonetheless we'll hear about this valor-stealing boomer schmuck, then imagine him dropped into Cassadaga, Florida (formerly New York), the fortune-telling capital of the world, mouthing off to a series of increasingly irritable palm readers until the ghost of Patrick Swayze manifests and Road House roundhouses him so hard he lands in a different ZIP code from his medals of honor, which turn out to be made of cardboard and cellophane anyway. Join us, won't you?
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Welcome to The Movie Planet BONUS SHOW! After recording Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, Josh, Joe, and Steve sat down and went down a few rabbit holes: Steve's changes his grades for Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame. Joe saw a "Mystery Movie" thinking it was Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny. Revisiting the Comic Book Pantheon and questioning grades. Alien 3 grades and the Sci Fi and Sci-Fi Horror Pantheon Fede Alvarez, New Alien Movie, Evil Dead Rise, and Newsies Friday the 13th Podcast Rabbit Hole The Horror Pantheon "Hot Sauce" provided by: Wavtracks Music PO Box 56 Sylvania, 2224 NSW Australia iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/movie-planet-podcast/id1397030238?mt=2 GMAIL: email@example.com Twitter: @MoviePlanetPod Instagram: @movieplanetpod Facebook: /movieplanetpod The Movie Planet podcast is not affiliated with, prepared for, approved or licensed by any entity that created any films discussed or reviewed herein. All movie clips and music included in the podcast are the intellectual property of the respective copyright holders. They are included here for the purpose of review, and no infringement is intended.
In this week's episode, I take a look back at the movies I watched over the second half of summer 2023. I also provide writing progress updates and answer reader questions. It's time for a new Coupon of the Week! This week's coupon is for the audiobook of GHOST IN THE BLOOD, as excellently narrated by Hollis McCarthy. You can get the audiobook of GHOST IN THE BLOOD for 75% off at my Payhip store with this coupon code: SEPGHOSTS The coupon code is valid through September 22nd, 2023, so if you find yourself dealing with the Back To School blues, it might be time to get yourself a new audiobook! TRANSCRIPT 00:00:00 Welcome and Coupon of the Week Hello everyone. Welcome to Episode 166 of The Pulp Writer Show. My name is Jonathan Moeller. Today is September the 1st, 2023, and today we're talking about Summer Movie Roundup: Part 2, specifically the movies I saw over the second half of the summer. However, before we address any of our topics or even discuss spreading projects, let's do this week's Coupon of the Week. Long time listeners remember that I used to do Coupon of the Week but I stopped around March 2023 just because I was running out of time. But I have been able to revive it, and this week's coupon is for the audiobook of Ghost in the Blood as excellently narrated by Hollis McCarthy. You can get the audiobook of Ghost in the Blood for 75% off at my Payhip store with this coupon code, SEPTGHOSTS. Again, that's SEPTGHOSTS and the coupon code will be in the show notes for this episode. That coupon code is valid through September 22nd, 2023. So if you find yourself dealing with the back to school blues, I think it might be time to get yourself a new audiobook. 00:01:15: Writing Progress Updates/August Ad Sales Now let's have an update on writing progress. I'm pleased to report I am done with the rough draft of Silent Order: Pulse Hand, the 14th and final book in my Silent Order science fiction series. As part of my Summer of Finishing Things, I am in currently in the second round of edits for it, and if all goes well, I am hoping it will come out sometime before September 10th. We will see how the upcoming week goes in terms of progress. After that is done it will be full speed ahead on Ghost in the Serpent, the first book in the new Ghost Armor series and the first Caina book I've written in two years. I am also working on the side. I finally have time to do it again. I am finally working on Sevenfold Sword Online: Leveling. I'm on Chapter 2 of what will probably be 16. And I'm thinking that will probably be the last book I published in 2023. But we will see how the rest of the year goes. Since it is the end of August and the start of September, let's take a look back at my advertising results for August 2023, like we usually do at the end of the month. For Facebook ads, here's what I got back for every $1.00 I spent advertising the series on Facebook ads. For The Ghosts, for every dollar I spent, I got back $3.12. For Cloak Games, for every dollar I spent, I got back $3.62. And for Frostborn, for every dollar I spent, I got back $4.39. I should also say having a complete series in audiobook really, really helps with the profitability of running an ad. Like for August 2023. It looks like about 38% of the Frostborn revenue came from the audio books, and for Ghosts it was about 36%. Obviously, the challenge with that is that having a complete series in audio book, especially when you write in long series like I do, is an enormous amount of time and expense. It can also take a long time for the audio books to earn back their investments. Like, Brad Wills narrated Frostborn number six through 15 for me and so far, number six and #11 have actually earned back what I've spent on them and #12 is getting close. I would have to double check the math, but for the 18 Ghost Books Hollis McCarthy narrated for me, I think about seven of them have earned back the investment so far. I do have complete confidence they will all earn out within a few years. It also helps very much that for my specific business and tax circumstances, audiobook production does count as a business expense and therefore is a tax deduction. I really didn't do anything with Amazon ads in August because Dragonskull: Sword of the Squire was an Amazon monthly deal in the UK for 99 Pence, which is, you know, about, give or take $0.99 in USD, but I expect I'll do more within September, once Sword of the Squire goes back up to $4.99 USD. And as always, thanks for reading and listening to the audio books. There would be no point in advertising if you did not. 00:04:08: Reader Questions/Comments Before we get into this week's main topic, let's have some questions and comments from readers and listeners. Edward writes in to ask: I just wanted to say how fantastic the end of the Dragonskull series was, although to be honest, I'd like to read about Niara and Calliande meeting for the first time. At the end of the book, it says there was a preview for the last next series in The Last Shield, I can only find on Amazon The Final Shield same thing, just a small mistake. Thank you for your time and especially for all your wonderful books. Thanks, Edward. I'm glad you have enjoyed them all and to answer to your question, that was a small mistake I made. The story is called The Final Shield. For some reason when I was writing it, I kept transposing it as The Last Shield and I had to go back and double check a bunch of times and it looks like looks like I missed a spot, so I'll have to go back and fix that. But the story in question, that is a preview of the Shield War series I will right next year is The Final Shield. In fact, I almost said The Last Shield, but no, it's The Final Shield. Our next question is from Jake who says about the final book of the Silent Order series, bittersweet. I hate it when a series ends. Hopefully there'll be more in the new series. Space holds so many mysteries. Thanks. I'm glad you have enjoyed the series. I'm not actively planning to write anything more in the Silent Order series. But neither am I saying no to the possibility. In the few years, or maybe even a few months, I may have the urge to write some science fiction again. And if I do, I will probably go back to the Silent Order setting, because after 14 books it's a very well developed setting. Our next question is from T who writes in to ask: Hello, sorry to bother you. I've been reading your books since high school. I don't know if I missed the newsletter. Are you not doing any more Ghost series books? Thanks for reading, T. I'm glad you have enjoyed the books and to answer your question, that was a very convenient timing for your question because next week in fact, I am planning on starting Ghost in the Serpent, the next book…first book in the new Caina series. I gave her a bit of a break since I finished writing Ghost in the Sun since 2021 because I wanted to stop and think of it about what I wanted to do next with the character and I last time arrived at the conclusion. So I will be starting on that next week. Our final comment is from Michael who says about Dragonskull: Love the series and just read The Final Shield. Was wondering when you would venture to this storyline. So excited for new series. Have fun writing. I'm so glad I chanced upon your free The Gray Knight Book book. So that started me on my journey of so many of your stories. Thank you for amazing stories that helped me to escape reality sometime. Thanks, Michael. I am glad you have enjoyed books and that they help you to escape reality. Sometimes we can all do that at times. It does reinforce my point that giving away the first book of your series for free is a good idea. Because I've had a lot of people tell me they got into Frostborn when they came across Frostborn: The Gray Knight for free and that sort of drew them into the whole universe of Andomhaim and all the books. There, so that's it for questions and comments from readers for this week. If you have any questions or comments you'd like asked or answered on the show, send them in to me via e-mail or leave a comment on my blog or Facebook posts and hopefully we'll get to it. 00:07:31 Summer Movie Roundup 2: The Sequel So on to our main topic for this week. Summer Movie Roundup 2: The Sequel. Alas, the trees in my yard are already losing their leaves, which means that summer is almost done. That means, however, it's time to do the second half of my Summer Movie Roundup where we rate the movies and TV shows I watched over the summer, and this time we're going to go from worst to best. So I'm afraid starting out with the worst thing I saw in the second half of the summer was Secret Wars. I would describe it as dour, plotting, and very confusing, Marvel's attempt to do a gritty spy novel but with space aliens, and it didn't really work. All the actors gave good performances, especially Ben Mendelsohn, Kingsley Ben-Adir, Olivia Coleman and Emilia Clarke. Don Cheadle is really good as a villain as you know, if you've seen this hilarious Captain Planet parody. But again they seem like characters in a gritty spy novel, not characters in any Marvel TV show about shape shifting space aliens. It was annoying that Nick Fury got the Last Jedi treatment in this. He went from mastermind super spy to a bumbling old man who single handedly causes all the problems in the series. Every single one of them with his incompetence and his effort effortlessly replaced by a competent younger woman. Honestly, if furious, exasperated Skull allies decided to eliminate and replace him with one of their own. You really couldn't blame them. Disney seems to really love this “legacy character is now a loser” storyline since they did it with this and Star Wars and Indiana Jones. If Disney had made Top Gun Maverick: Maverick would have been a bitter old man unwillingly dragged out of retirement by resentful recruits and the movie would have lost $100 million instead of making 1.4 billion. Honestly, it feels like the Marvel Cinematic Universe had a satisfying ending with Avengers Endgame and an excellent epilogue with the Tom Holland Spiderman movies (especially No Way Home) and Guardians of the Galaxy 3, which we'll discuss more in a bit. But most of the TV shows feel like DLC cranked out to squeeze a few more bucks out of a good game fading from the public consciousness. Overall grade: D minus Next up is Battleship, which originally came out in 2012. And I saw this movie for a very idiosyncratic reason. I listened to the Halo Game soundtrack a lot on Spotify, and after it does, after I listened to it, Spotify autoplays and decides to recommend the Battleship soundtrack to me for all reasons. And then I saw that the Battleship movie was on Prime. So I thought, what the heck, let's try it. You could tell this movie had been in production hell for a while. It's ostensibly based on the board game Battleship, and while the connection is there, you kind of have to squint and have a few drinks first to notice it. The movie was as dumb as Secret Invasion, but much more entertaining. The first third of the movie plays like some sort of wacky comedy. Aimless loser steals a chicken burrito to impress the girl at the bar. But it turns out the girl is the admiral's daughter. So he joins the US Navy to impress her. This apparently works because after the time jump, he's a Lieutenant and they want to get married…he wants to get married to the Admiral's daughter, who is, in fact a physical therapist at the Naval Hospital in Hawaii. Except Lieutenant Loser keeps screwing up and threatening his naval career. Then space aliens invade. If you've ever played the original Battleship game, you'll recall that it does not have any space aliens, but this movie does. For some reason, aliens who have mastered interstellar flight and impenetrable force fields land their ships in the ocean and engage in naval combat. All the other senior officers get wiped out, so Lieutenant Loser suddenly finds himself in command. And since the alien ships are impervious to both radar and sonar, the US Navy has to track them using water displacement on a grid, just like the game of Battleship. Meanwhile, the Admiral's daughter is helping a double amputee acclimate to his artificial legs when they discovered that the aliens are preparing to phone home from Hawaii and they need to stop it. That would have been a much more interesting movie :Wounded war veteran is recuperating at a hospital, only aliens invade. Since he is the only one with leadership skills, it's up to him to save the day. It also was interesting in the movie when a group of retirees take a museum ship to fight the aliens since that's the only ship they have left. That also would have been a better movie than this one. Overall grade: D minus but C plus for the bits with the wounded veteran and the retirees, because those honestly were the best parts of the movie. Next up is The Amazing Spiderman 2, which came out in 2014 and which I saw for the first time this year. Honestly I think this movie got a bum deal. It's actually pretty good. You'll recall that Sony panicked and rebooted their Spiderman series after this, which led to the Tom Holland Spiderman series as part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. But I really think they overreacted. I saw the first Amazing Spiderman movie last year and thought it was so-so, sort of like a gritty reboot for Spiderman. I expected The Amazing Spiderman 2 to be worse based on its reputation, but instead I really liked it. It had an entirely self-contained story arc and had good character growth for both the villains and the protagonists. This was the first version of Harry Osborne who seemed kind of scary and not just like a loser punching bag for his evil dad. So with that in mind, it was nice that Andrew Garfield…the Andrew Garfield version of Spiderman got a proper send off in Spiderman: No Way Home. Overall grade: A minus. Next up is Guardians of the Galaxy: Volume 3, which came out this year in 2023. It's a rule of thumb in writing and screen writing in particular that if you want the audience to hate a character, show the character being cruel to an animal. Boy, does Guardians 3 lean hard into this! The villain, The High Evolutionary, regularly experimented on animals and raised them to sentience and then killed them if they fail to meet his increasingly insane expectations of perfection. Of course, The High Evolutionary also committed genocide fairly regularly for thousands of years, but that mostly happens off screen. There was a minor Internet controversy about animal cruelty in film when this movie came out, but I think it was overblown because 1. All the animal cruelty is the work of the villain. 2. This is shown to be shown to be unambiguously morally bankrupt. 3. It's mostly shown off screen through montages of worrying surgical instruments, and the results of The High Evolutionary's experiments, a rabbit with cybernetic spider legs and so forth. Anyway, the plot of the movie is that Rocket Raccoon was The High Evolutionary's most brilliant creation, a technical genius without equal and The High Evolutionary wants him back so he can dissect Rocket's brain and use that genius to chase his elusive perfect society. The Guardians team up to rescue Rocket. It's a very dark movie for all the reasons mentioned above, but it has numerous moments of genuine humor, and it achieves an increasingly rare feat :a satisfying ending in a superhero saga. All the characters experience growth in the arcs and achieve resolution, even if it is somewhat bittersweet. Overall Grade: A minus Next up is Mission Impossible: Dead Reckoning, Part One which came out in 2023, which I actually saw in the theater. Mission Impossible: Dead Reckoning: Part One is an excellent example of a high quality action movie. I think we can all agree that Tom Cruise is kind of a strange dude. But his devotion to his craft is both inspiring and very unsettling. However, in the early 2010s, he seems to have embraced the role of action star, and he's been running with it, often literally, ever since. The Mission Impossible movies are as implausible as the Fast and Furious series, but they somehow maintain a greater air of verisimilitude. Perhaps Mr. Cruz's insistence on doing as many of his own students as possible really does help with that in this movie. Ethan Hunt's up against an evil artificial intelligence called The Entity. It's up to him to find the two halves of the key that can control the evil artificial intelligence. Many action sequences follow, and I'm looking forward to Part 2, which should come out next year unless the Hollywood strikes affect that. Overall grade: A. And now for the best movie I saw in the second half of the summer: Oppenheimer, which came out in 2023 and which I saw in the theater this year-a biopic about J. Robert Oppenheimer, the director of the Manhattan Project that developed the atomic bomb done in Christopher Nolan's non-linear style. In my opinion, I think Oppenheimer is tied with The Dark Knight and Inception for Nolan's best movie. All the cast gives stellar performances. For a movie that is about historical events, meaning the ending has already been spoiled by default, it has a remarkable degree of tension. It's a great portrait of Oppenheimer, a man who helped build the atomic bomb so the Nazis wouldn't get it first, is later horrified by the consequences of what he has done, and yet still loves his work, loves being known as the father of the atomic bomb, and probably would've done it all over if given a chance. Oppenheimer's nemesis, Lewis Strauss, is usually portrayed as a villain in popular American history. In real life, he did numerous admirable, charitable things that his rivalry of Oppenheimer overshadowed in the public consciousness. But the movie is also an excellent character portrait of Strauss, an egotistical man who is underhanded and very petty but is nonetheless absolutely convinced that he is doing the right thing to serve his country and finds Oppenheimer both personally and morally offensive. Moral ambiguity is a phrase that gets thrown around a lot, but Oppenheimer actually does manage moral ambiguity quite well. All the characters have no good choices, only an array of bad ones and the resulting consequences. I would give it an A+, but I think the nude scene was pointless and I don't approve of nudity in film in general. Overall Grade: A, almost an A plus. Final thoughts on the movies I saw this summer: I didn't get around to seeing Barbie, though I don't disapprove of the idea of a Barbie movie and I thought the whole Barbenheimer thing was hilarious, but I don't go to the actual movies all that often. I took a day…half day off to celebrate publishing Dragonskull: Crown of the Gods so I could see Oppenheimer during that half day. I expect I'll see Barbie on streaming at some point. Oh, let's be honest: I'm definitely the Christopher Nolan target demographic and not the Greta Gerwig one, though Gerwig's adaptation of Little Women was excellent. What's amusing is that Warner Discovery released Barbie on the same day as Oppenheimer to screw with Nolan, since Nolan fell out with Warner during the pandemic and went to Universal instead. The goal, obviously was to try and bury Oppenheimer. What actually happened was the Barbenheimer meme. And Barbie made well over a billion dollars, and Oppenheimer did like 750 million by the time of this recording. Some executive at Warner was probably like, “We wanted revenge, and all we got was a lousy billion dollars.” Now I have to admit I am old enough that I can think of a few people I would like to have revenge on, but if God came down from heaven and said, “You can have either a billion dollars or revenge,” I think I would choose the billion dollars. So that is it for this week. Thanks for listening to the Pulp Writer Show. I hope you found the show useful. If you enjoyed the podcast, please leave your review on your podcasting platform of choice. 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