Needless Things Podcast 252 – Alita: Battle Angel

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Dave, Ryan Cadaver, and Nicole Ghouled caught an early sneak preview of Robert Rodriguez’ adaptation of the classic manga, Battle Angel Alita this past Monday. All three were so enthralled by and impressed with the movie that they had to get together to discuss it for this week’s episode of the Needless Things Podcast!

Starting with the manga in 1990 and then the animated adaptation in 1993, the story of this warrior has been inspiring fans for decades. Battle Angel draws from many classic genre styles while retaining a unique voice and style of its own. Those same inspired fans have been curious about a live action adaptation, and when James Cameron announced his intention to create one, things seemed promising.
The production process, however, was a long one. This left many doubting the project would ever truly see the light of day. But then the pieces starting coming together, with the unparalleled Robert Rodriguez as director, Rosa Salazar as the titular cyborg, and perhaps most impressively, Cristoph Waltz as Dr. Ido.
With such a promising team assembled, the ambitious film was a go and is now ready to be unleashed upon the world to inspire a whole new generation!
Listen in as Dave, Ryan, and Nicole break down this compelling cyberpunk fairytale!
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Needless Things Podcast 249 – Let’s Get Ready to Wrestling!!!

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On this week’s episode of the Needless Things Podcast your host, Dave, summons the lions of professional wrestling fandom to form a Voltron of righteous wrestling repartee!

From across the country and representing many corners of fandom, the Needless Things Irregulars gather on the Skype-O-Tron to discuss everything there is to chat about prior to WWE’s Royal Rumble, happening this Sunday! From their own personal histories to the state of WWE today, no topic is off-limits in this n-holds-barred wrestling episode!
Listen in as Darling Dave, Jumpin’ Joe Crowe, Noel “The Gnoll” Wood, Rabid Richie Ewell, and the Howdymaster dissect the squared circle on the newest episode of the Needless Things Podcast!
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PLUS:
Watching WWE’s Royal Rumble this Sunday? Here are the rules for the Official Phantom Zone Royal Rumble Game!:
*Number 30 ping pong balls 1-30. Trust me – drawing actual balls instead of just picking numbers adds SO MUCH fun!
*Each player draws numbers until they’re all gone. If everyone doesn’t have the same number, points can be altered to even the odds.
*Each player will need a way to keep track of their points. You earn points through the actions of each Superstar that entered at whichever numbers you drew.
*1 point for each elimination. If multiple Superstars assist in a single elimination, they each get a point. Don’t worry – it’s fair and easier than using fractions.
*2 points for each of the final four Superstars left in the Rumble
*5 points for the winner of the Rumble
*If you’re the host, remember to have fabulous prizes for the contestants!
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Needless Things Podcast 247 – The Best of 2018

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The Needless Things Irregulars gather in the Negative Zone for a look back at 2018!

Dave, Beth, Rad Ranger, Arian, Ryan Cadaver, and Nicole gathered together in person to discuss some of the highlights – and lowlights – of 2018, plus share a bit of excitement for the year to come! It’s one of the most epically entertaining episodes ever!
Listen in as the Irregulars discuss the best movies, TV, and more of the last year!
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Needless Things Podcast 245 – Aquaman

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Ryan Cadaver stops by the Phantom Zone to discuss the newest entry into whatever the heck Warner Bros. is doing with their DC Comics properties this week!

We all know that Dave and Ryan look upon the DC Extended Universe a bit more favorably than most. While its had its ups and downs, overall it has still produced the most epic DC Comics movies of all time.
While Wonder Woman was a course correction, Aquaman appeared to be a wild, swerving right-angle turn away from dark grittiness and into big, colorful fun. Nobody could be sure how well the film would succeed, but with director James Wan’s vision and star Jason Momoa’s pecs, it was bound to be something very different.
Listen in as Dave and Ryan run down the new film and determine if, how, and why it’s better than the rest!
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Needless Things Podcast 241 – Video Game Character Hall of Fame Live from Dragon Con

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Recorded LIVE at Dragon Con 2018 for the American Sci-Fi Classics Track!

Beth, Dave, Ryan Cadaver, Salena Balls, and Noel Wood select their favorite classic video game characters and a live audience determines who is the greatest of all time!
Listen in and find out if Albert Thermostat Dracula truly is the greatest classic video game character ever!
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Needless Things Podcast 240 – RoboCop Needless Commentary

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Part of an ongoing series – the Needless Things Irregulars gather in the Phantom Zone to provide their own unique commentary on classic genre films!

This time around the Needless Commentary Team takes on the future of law enforcement – RoboCop!
Released in 1987 and depicting an unspecified dystopian future, RoboCop is a violent, funny, action-packed flick with a little something for everyone. Director Paul Verhoeven and writer Edward Nuemeier take a cynical look at America and all of the things we love so much about her.
With a powerful cast and effects that were groundbreaking for the time, RoboCop remains a landmark of genre film.
Listen in as Dave, Battle Cougar, Ryan Cadaver, Rad Ranger, and Arian as they visit Detroit for a taste of cybernetic mayhem!
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Needless Things Podcast 239 – Happy Birthday, Mickey Mouse!

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One of the world’s most well-known animated shorts, Steamboat Willie, premiered on November 18th, 1928. Since then it’s star, Mickey Mouse, has become an almost unparalleled pop culture icon.

To celebrate Mickey’s 90th birthday Dave West, Sean Reid, Ryan Cadaver, Dan Wilson, and Derek Tatum shared their Mickey memories on this very special episode of the Needless Things Podcast. From toys to cartoons to theme parks, the crew discuss the history of one of the world’s most beloved characters!

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Plus! Dave talks to Jami Jones – a fixture of the Georgia comic book scene – about her new store, Infinite Realities! Opening on December 1st in Tucker, GA, Infinite Realities promises to be a destination stop for fans of comics and pop culture for years to come!
Listen in for big comic book news and a celebration of Mickey Mouse!
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