Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Phantom on Marvel – Netflix's Daredevil


By Phantom Troublemaker

Since I started the Needless Things Podcast the frequency of my commentary and speculation pieces has been dwindling. I enjoy talking a lot more than I enjoy writing and I enjoy conversation more than I enjoy tossing lengthy essays out into an unresponsive void.

Plus, now that I have paying supporters on SupportPhantom.com (few though they may be) I feel a little more obligated to post stuff there when I am taken with the desire to write.
But every once in a while I still get the itch to post something here that’s a little broader and more interesting than a toy review. Which is why I’m here today.

I’ve already written about Marvel Comics, the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and Agents of SHIELD (which surprised me by getting its own post).

Today I’m going to write about Marvel’s Netflix shows. Originally this was going to be a post that encompassed all of Marvel’s television projects, but that proved to be too much for just one entry. As I’m writing this introduction, I’m curious to see if I can squeeze all of Netflix into one post or if I’ll end up breaking them off into individual pieces.

Let’s find out! (I did – this one is just about Daredevil)

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Toy Review – One:12 Collective Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Batman from Mezco Toys


By Phantom Troublemaker

If you’ve been following me here or anywhere else on social media – like FacebookTwitter, or Instagram – you know that while I recognized some issues with Dawn of Justice, I liked it a lot more than many people. Especially the extended cut once I saw it. And the one thing that everyone seemed to agree on was that Ben Affleck was great as Bruce Wayne and Batman.

You can read more of my thoughts on the movie here and check out our BvS episode of the Needless Things Podcast.

Mezco’s One:12 Collective action figures are the best I have ever owned. They’re basically the toys I have dreamed of my entire life. Check out my reviews of the Dark Knight Returns Batman and Judge Dredd for more about how incredible those figures are.

Friday, January 13, 2017

Needless Things Podcast 142 – 2017: More Movies!


The Needless Things Irregulars look at the jam-packed list of upcoming 2017 movies that didn’t get mentioned by the listeners for last week’s episode!

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Three Films to Look Forward to in 2017



By Jerry Chandler

2016 is in the rearview mirror, we’re well on the road into the New Year, and 2017 has some solid offerings on the horizon for geeks of all stripes. From little, seemingly out of the way projects to the big screen, this is a year that’s going to either be geek nirvana or a repeat of a lot of 2016’s missed opportunities. Hopefully it’s a lot closer to being the former than the latter with what we’re going to look at here.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Comic Book Wednesday – Previews January 2017: “Where For Art Thou, Kaare?”


By Phantom Troublemaker

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 three months away. Most of this month’s offerings are scheduled to ship in March.

Now it’s time to discuss a few of the weird and/or wonderful items offered in this month’s edition!


Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Why I Said Goodbye to Nintendo

by Beth



Once upon a time I was a Nintendo only gamer. It was for a very long time too. From the early days of the NES all the way to the Gamecube. I never even considered buying another brand of console for a very long time. I had gold cartridges, special editions, fancy controllers, the works. I was all Nintendo everything, until very suddenly I wasn’t. While recording an episode of the Needless Things podcast recently Phantom challenged me to write about what caused the switch (no upcoming system pun intended). Since I had nothing more pressing kicking around in my brain for this week’s post I decided to give it a shot.

Monday, January 9, 2017

Toy Review – Madballs Vinyl Figures Series 1 from Mondo


By Phantom Troublemaker

We are living in truly strange times.

After first being released over thirty years ago and receiving a brief revival thanks to Art Asylum in 2006, Madballs are back! But they’re back in a much bigger and more widespread way than I ever would have anticipated.

Friday, January 6, 2017

Needless Things Podcast 141 - 2017



The Needless Things Irregulars look ahead at 2017 to see what pop culture has to offer!

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Wait… They’re Remaking What?!? (With King Kong vs Godzilla Review)



By Jerry Chandler

This is not exactly new news. As a matter of fact, it’s old enough that it was discussed as a part of the reason we’re seeing a new King Kong film in 2017. We’re getting Kong: Skull Island in part- perhaps in large part –because they want a “shared universe” in order to have King Kong eventually meet the King of Monsters for a big budget, Hollywood battle royal.

Now, I’m not as anti-remake as a lot of other people can be. My attitude towards remakes with regards to potential quality is that they have a no greater or lesser chance at being good than an original film. I don’t do the complaints that remakes always suck, shouldn’t be made, or are never as good as the original, so that’s not what this is about. But I do occasionally wonder what they’re thinking when they decide that they’re going to do a certain property and how they intend to do it. So, along with a bit of a review of the original film, that’s what I’ll be doing here.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

The Shakespearean Disorder: Falling For The Tragic Characters.

By Christina





I think that I should call my particular problem The Shakespearean disorder.  Fake name, but I'll go with it.  My penchant for falling for the tragic characters with the saddest backstory and the need to be the one to die violently is the stuff of legends in my family.  If ever I get attached to any character for their spunk, their need to try, their passion, whatever, the inevitable conclusion is a funeral.  I dont know why; may be Im just blessed with the ability to spot the dead men walking. 

I wanted to share some of my top picks for the most tragic characters in TV history.  The ones that went down swinging, died trying, were hapless victims, or just had that huge and caring heart.  Or heckall of the above.  If you havent seen them than be warned of spoilers for Charmed, Supernatural, Roswell, The Tribe, and The Walking Dead.