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Thursday, May 21, 2015

Visiting La-La Land

Have you ever heard of a company called La-La Land Records? If you like movie soundtracks, you’d do well to familiarize yourself with them.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Toy Review – DC Comics Designer Series: Greg Capullo – Thrasher Suit Batman from DC Collectibles

I want to start by saying that I love DC Collectibles’ idea of basing lines around the designs of specific comic book creators. It’s something that the company has done all along to a certain extent. I have Batmans designed by some of my favorite artists – Dan Brereton, Tim Sale, Kelley Jones, Mike Mignola, and more. But now DCC is going one step further and putting the artists’ names front and center on the toy lines.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

An Unnecessary Whedon-ism: Why I Still Don't Like Hawkeye

I've been pretty vocal about my disdain for Hawkeye's family scenes in The Avengers: Age of Ultron. If you heard the podcast we did after the newest movie came out you'll already know about all the conflict I caused with my opinions. If you didn't listen to it then thanks for reading anyway, but you should go check it out. If you just don't have that kind of time I'll spell it out for you quickly. I don't mind Hawkeye as a character, but I mind the family scenes, and overly emotional crap he was doing in Age of Ultron. Okay, I don't like Jeremy Renner, but that doesn't mean I was completely against him in the movies. He was fine in the first movie. He was a guy who had a skill (all be it a kind of unimpressive skill), but he served a purpose. In the second movie they felt like he needed a back story, besides just being Black Widow's friend who could shoot stuff. I did not see the point of giving him a family, nor did I really see the point of having him make his "I'm just a dude with arrows" speech to Scarlet Witch. Although I liked that he owned it at least. If they hadn't shown his family story, would it have mattered to the overall film? Would it have made anything look any less amazing or the other characters any less bad-ass? He was a sidekick, and that was fine. Who cares about the back story of an unimpressive sidekick anyway?

Monday, May 18, 2015

Movie Review – Mad Max: Fury Road

I wasn’t going to write a review of Fury Road because, quite frankly, I don’t know that I’m up to it. I don’t know how to talk about this thing. But I feel like I was privileged to see something special and visionary in the theater and I that it deserves my time and words. I was truly moved by the experience of watching Mad Max: Fury Road, and while I’ve seen and loved plenty of movies to varying degrees, I am not often left agape with wonder for an entire movie.

Spoiler-free version – GO. Go now. If you don’t have an outright problem with 3D, you might want to try that. I felt like this was an experience meant for 3D and I want to see it again that way. 

Friday, May 15, 2015

Needless Things Podcast 57 – The Joelanta Panel with Ricky Zero of Radio Cult!

This episode was recorded LIVE at Joelanta & The Great Atlanta Toy Convention!

Phantom Troublemaker is joined by rocker and toy aficionado Ricky Zero from Radio Cult for Needless Things’ first-ever Joelanta toy panel! The topic is licensed toys through the years. 

Special thanks to Rudy Panucci of Pop Cult for not only recording video of the panel, but also being a fun and important part of the conversation!

Procrastibate” by
Today’s musical feature is from another one of Ricky Zero’s bands – the Possum Kingdom Ramblers! Their self-titled debut album is available now and features none other than Needless Things’ own Phantom Troublemaker on the cover! Our featured track today is “Bar-B-Que” – enjoy!

Thursday, May 14, 2015

It Came from Hollywood

Oh, do I love this film. It’s probably a sign of a mental disorder on my part, but I seriously love this film. It just tickles the goofiest, weirdest, and likely dumbest funny bone that I have in my body. I think it also helped screw up my personal taste in some genres of film in a way that still makes my wife suffer greatly on the occasional movie night.