Movie Review – 12 Thoughts About The Grinch

SPOILER WARNING – THIS ARTICLE CONTAINS SPOILERS FOR THE 2018 ANIMATED FEATURE THE GRINCH

I LOVE Christmas.

In a more general sense, I LOVE the holiday season, which is inclusive of anything folks celebrate during the last couple of months of the year. There’s an undeniable excitement about days off of work, fellowship, lights, gifts, the joyful hustle and bustle of stores, weather getting cooler, and the impending hopefulness of a fresh, new year.

Some of you read that paragraph and thought, “Yeah, it’s awesome!”

Some of you read it and thought, “What a tool. Everything is terrible and there’s no joy to be had in this world” and probably some variation on “darkest timeline”.

The Grinch could possibly satisfy both mindsets. Continue reading “Movie Review – 12 Thoughts About The Grinch”

Home Again – November’s Blu-Ray Releases

Welcome to Home Again, where each and every Tuesday I’ll be running down some of the best genre releases coming to home media. In general I won’t be covering 4K because I find the format overrated, but if it’s new and happens to have some kind of edition feature I might mention it.

All info is from the excellent Blu-ray.com. This isn’t every genre release, just the ones I find interesting. For the full list, follow that link. Continue reading “Home Again – November’s Blu-Ray Releases”

TV Review – 15 Thoughts About Daredevil Season 3

SPOILER WARNING – THIS ARTICLE CONTAINS SPOILERS FOR THE THIRD SEASON OF THE NETFLIX SERIES DAREDEVIL

Netflix’s Marvel’s Daredevil (or whatever the nomenclature is) has been one of the streaming service’s most consistent programs thanks to an excellent cast and mostly good plotting.

I loved the first season, liked the second quite a bit, and mostly loathed Defenders.

But the end of Defenders left one of our heroes, Matt Murdock – aka Daredevil, the man without fear – fresh for new stories and personal growth. I was excited for the third season, and even more so knowing that the focus would be back on Vincent D’Onofrio’s Wilson Fisk as the primary antagonist.

Did they pull off an excellent season of television or was this another hot start/middle slog/big finish? Read on. Continue reading “TV Review – 15 Thoughts About Daredevil Season 3”

The Death of Rick Grimes…or Not

I’m in an abusive relationship with The Walking Dead. No matter how many times it hurts me I just keep coming back. I guess the same could be said for AMC though since their latest ratings stunt really was a big old middle finger to the people who have been watching this show since the beginning. Yeah you may have put one over on me, but I’ll have a hard time trusting you again. So don’t expect me to care when you start plugging Daryl’s departure or the death of Negan or something.

I’ll admit that I was kind of okay with how the season started. It was still pretty slow, but things got just a little bit more interesting than they’d been the last few seasons. Maggie is executing people, Michonne is sneaking out at night to kill zombies, and there are a ton a Saviors around still just waiting to die. It wasn’t great, but neither was it endless hours of crying and gesticulating. I don’t care about all the different groups trying to learn to live together any more than I care about how Rick and Michonne are raising Judith. There’s been a herd on the move, and we finally get to see the survivors dealing with zombies again. I’m gonna throw out some spoilers here so be warned. I’m not going to go over the whole episode or even give a blow by blow of how he went out, but we will talk about what happened at the end. Continue reading “The Death of Rick Grimes…or Not”

Comic Book Wednesday – Previews November 2018: “Geoff Johns Needs A New Pool”

If you don’t know, Previews is the catalog that Diamond Comic Distributors use to offer the products they distribute to comic book stores around the country. This is where you can view and order (through your favorite Local Comic Book Shop) comic books, trade paperback collections, t-shirts, books, media, and toys and other collectibles from hundreds of different vendors that deal in geek-oriented merchandise. The genius part is that you actually have to pay for your copy of Previews for the privilege of ordering other things to pay for.

It’s like the Ren Fest except without the horse poo smell.

So every month a new edition of Previews is sent out to comic book stores. Contained in the pages within are products that might be currently available or could be released anytime in the next year; but are typically about two months away. Most of this month’s offerings are scheduled to ship in January.

Now it’s time to discuss a few of the weird and/or wonderful items offered in this month’s edition! Continue reading “Comic Book Wednesday – Previews November 2018: “Geoff Johns Needs A New Pool””

Home Again – November’s Blu-Ray Releases

Continuing by popular demand!

In October I highlighted the horror movies that were hitting Blu-ray each Tuesday. I had fun writing those columns, and I guess you guys had fun reading them because a poll in the Needless Things Podcast Facebook Group determined that you wanted the column to continue!

Since we’re past the spooky season now (not that it ever really ends), I’m also going to be including other genre releases and maybe even the occasional foreign drama. Ha. I’m kidding.

So from here into the foreseeable future, each and every Tuesday I’ll be running down some of the best genre releases coming to home media. In general I won’t be covering 4K releases because I find the format overrated, but if it’s a new release that happens to have some kind of edition feature I might mention it.

All release info is from the excellent Blu-ray.com. Continue reading “Home Again – November’s Blu-Ray Releases”

Movie Review – Bohemian Rhapsody

Movies about the lives of some of our most famous musical acts have been around for a long time.

We’ve had Gary Busey play Buddy Holly in The Buddy Holly Story in 1978. Lou Diamond Phillips Played Ritchie Valens in La Bamba in 1987. Dennis Quaid was Jerry Lee Lewis in Great Balls of Fire in 1989. Jennifer Lopez became a household name for portraying Selena Quintanilla-Pérez in Selena. Jamie Foxx won an Academy Award for portraying Ray Charles in Ray in 2004. Joaquin Phoenix was nominated for an Academy Award for portraying Johnny Cash, and Reese Witherspoon won an Academy Award for portraying June Carter Cash in Walk The Line in 2005. These are just a few of the plethora of movies about musical icons. We’ve had great ones and not so great ones – looking at you VH1 (although I will admit I liked the Meat Loaf and Def Leopard movies; the VH1 movies could be an article all by themselves).

Just this past Friday, November 2nd 2018, we had the newest movie come out to this impressive field. Bohemian Rhapsody starting Rami Malek, best known for his starring and Emmy winning role of Elliot Alderson in Mr. Robot.

Continue reading “Movie Review – Bohemian Rhapsody”

Needless Things Podcast 237 – Ferrell, Funko, & Food

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Ryan Cadaver stops by the Phantom Zone with a jar of Kelly’s Death Pickles and a willingness to see just where the heck a conversation might go!

Halloween is in the books, so Ryan and Dave hit a few highlights of the season before looking ahead to the rest of the year. From concerts to Thanksgiving to upcoming toy releases, plenty of topics come up. Plus, Ryan tries Pumking beer and Dave finally gets his hands on some Kelly’s Death Pickles! Do we need more live taste tests on the Needless Things Podcast? Sure!
Listen in as Ryan and Dave discuss just enough things that begin with the letter “F” to make it the name of the episode!
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Halloween 2018 – Eli Roth’s History of Horror

tvreview-rothhistory-rothzombieYou probably know who Eli Roth is even if you don’t think you do. He directed Cabin Fever (the good one), Hostel, and (the not good homage to Cannibal Holocaust) The Green Inferno. He’s also had acting roles in several movies, but aside from Inglourious Basterds they’re mostly cameos. A quick look at his IMDB page shows that he is not only a fan of horror, but knows a thing or two about it. You’ll also notice that while he only has 16 credits as a director he has 101 credits as himself (or at least it stuck out to me). It also gives me the idea that he’s a guy who likes to hear himself talk. Continue reading “Halloween 2018 – Eli Roth’s History of Horror”