May 5, 2017
A mystical return to the Marvel Cinematic Universe we love so very much. This one took us a while to get our heads around. On walking out of the cinema Sharon declared it as possibly her favourite of the MCU entries, which, if you know her, is saying something.
Alex on the other hand had doubts about why it failed to make such a huge impact on him, and they took several months of mulling over and three viewings on blu ray to really nail this one down.
Joshua Garrity of Cane and Rinse
And Neil Taylor of TheKidDogg
New Century on Bandcamp
Next Week: Transmetropolitan. Get hold of Book 1: Back on the Street.
April 1, 2016
Because you asked for it, here's what we think of the second season of the Netflix Daredevil series.
Matt Murdoch's dual life as a lawyer and a vigilante becomes more complicated when The Punisher walks into Hell's Kitchen and starts butchering criminals. Matt is forced to confront the possibility that there is not much difference between his ideology and the application of his form of justice and the lethal force of Frank Castle.
To make things even worse for Matt, Elektra, an awful old girlfriend shows up and starts acting like a total psychopath, behaviour he finds incredibly alluring, especially when held in comparison to Karen Page, his shoulder-angel whose Sandra Dee persona is held in sharp contrast with the sadistic, lunatic Elektra.
Many lengthy and identical fights with hoods and ninjas are had in almost pitch blackness. The locations range from warehouses to storage facilities to dockyards and industrial waste ground. The Punisher talks about his dead family with palpable agony and is definitely the most well-rounded manifestation from the rich and textured screen history of this wonderful character.
Did I mention ninjas, because there are a lot of ninjas, and we all know that a lot of ninjas is way better than one ninja. It never ever results in a dilution of impact.
You may like to listen to our Zootopia podcast which we're also releasing this week.
December 4, 2015
A truly stellar cast join Sharon and I to discuss this critically acclaimed Netflix show; Laura Kate Dale of Destructoid and the Jimquisition podcast, Alasdair Stuart of Psudopod and the Escape Artists, Marguerite Kenner of Cast of Wonders and Joshua Garrity of Cane and Rinse.
This is a seriously epic three hour discussion. I barely cut anything out because everybody was so on-point the whole time. We strongly suggest you see the whole of Season 1 first.
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December 3, 2015
This is our spoiler-filled podcast review of the first season of the Netflix show.
I’ll say up front this is not our favourite Marvel production. Not only do we bring up what we feel are its weaker aspects but just FYI it gets very vitriolic about the feature-creep of torture and mutilation into adult TV. This rant has been a long time coming folks. But there are of course aspects that we like and indeed love, and we definitely want to see more.
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July 15, 2015
This is the tenth of the Marvel Cinematic Universe podcasts.
We talk at length about the transition from obscure Marvel comic to breakout success, how the characters differ across the mediums taking many detours into the depiction of female and black characters in comic book movies, the inspired soundtrack, the hilarious, often touching performances, the detail-filled worlds and of course the vibrant, fun-filled rollicking space adventure now finally earning recognition.
This is also the first of a trilogy of unrelated movie reviews all celebrating some of the best aspects of the human spirit. Next week it's The Lego Movie, followed by The Iron Giant, which also makes this a Chris Pratt and Vin Diesel appreciation trio. This is because episode 30 is my 400th podcast (give or take a few dozen, Digital Cowboys ran for 209 episodes and Digital Gonzo for 161).
Joining Sharon and I are Jerome McIntosh of the GameBurst podcast, Mike Hearn from the webcomic Walter the Wicked, from the Digital Drift community Rose Lynn and longtime Guardians comic fan Doctor Lorin Grieve. James Batchelor also makes a special guest appearance as The Henchman Agent, returning from his stint on the James Bond and Batman podcasts.
Each has an epic running time. The discussion for all three went super-in depth for what might be perceived as kids movies by anyone who doesn't listen to this show, and while we kept things clean for the other two it does get dark for Guardians at times so be aware of that going in. We brought in multiple voices across the board for a broader range of perspectives and experience and I've gone all out on the music and clips.
Listen out for my suggestions for Awesome Mix Vol. 2. A Marvel No-Prize to anyone who can give us the complete track listing for these hypothetical, thematically consistent tracks on the forum.
There are various readings from 'We Are Groot: ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy’ Celebrates Heroes With Authentic Psychological Deficits' written for Comics Alliance by by Dr. Andrea Letamendi
July 15, 2015
This is the sixth and final of the official MARVEL superhero movie reviews for now. In the future we will be returning to Marvel with reviews of the Spider-Man and X-Men film series’, and maybe a few of the others like Daredevil, 4: Rise of the Silver Surfer and Ang Lee’s Hulk. We will also be covering any subsequent movies from the Marvel cinematic universe including Iron Man 3, Thor 2, Captain America 2 and the inevitable follow-up to The Avengers. But right now we’re focusing on this culmination of years of setup and expectation as The Avengers Assemble.
This is actually the first ever Gonzo show I've recorded where myself, my guests and the rest of the world have only just seen the film in question for the first time. in fact it launches in the USA tonight. This makes for a slightly different discussion, not least because this is also the culmination of four years of waiting, longer if you're a Marvel fan. It is also a new beginning for comic book movies and my theory is that in twenty years this will be seen as one of the first truly successful crossovers.
Joining me once again are Neil Taylor of GameBurst and KDS 2.0, Josh Garrity of Cane and Rinse and Jerome McIntosh and Paul Gibson of Gonzo Planet. Some of the things we didn't mention on the show that need mentioning...
1. The Helicarrier was awe-inspiring.
2. Black Widow did her fighting without high-heeled shoes again and in fact pointedly picked them up afterwards.
3. It would appear that the Americans get a brief post-credits Easter-Egg so stick around until the very end. That goes for this spoiler-packed podcast as well.
In the next few days, the second Gonzo Planet Audio Magazine show, along with a very important announcement about the Gonzo Planetary Expo 2012. Then next week a whole new long-running film series gets reviewed.