This episode looks at the classic cold-war computer hacker film WarGames, and the new interactive reboot based on the property. We also shine some light on the other black superhero, DC’s Black Lightning, found on Netflix. Lastly, Chad latches onto the inexplicable Venom teaser trailer and tries to make some Spidey sense of it.
Show Notes: 00:56 – We start with WarGames. 04:43 – A description of the reboot, and a look at the original movie. 06:53 – Chad starts in with Short Circuit. 08:22 – Dabney Coleman is a dick. 10:36 – Again with Short Circuit? 24:56 – Start of Black Lightning discussion. 29:03 – The unbearable deadness of James Remar. 37:31 – Chad breaks down the Venom teaser trailer.
At the expense of causing fur to fly, Bill and Chad smell something pretty bad in the kitty litter as they do an extensive break-down of the 2018 Black Panther movie from Marvel. Try not to get scratched as you listen! As usual, we examine lots of details of the movie to cover all the bases with our assessment of it, so THERE BE SPOILERS!
Show Notes: 3:00 – We confront the white colonizer elephant in the room. 6:25 – Shortchanging Wakanda 10:55 – Missing impressive set-pieces 16:53 – No buttons at the end of any scene. 22:40 – Talk of not-so-special effects. 26:52 – Female empowerment. 30:45 – The Boko Haram scene. 33:21 – White boys. 38:35 – Weak motivations. 42:23 – Summing up.
Thanks for listening!
Bill Hunter – writer, and creator of video game history website The Dot Eaters
In this episode of Nerdstalking, we respond to a message from listener BlueIncandesence, who had some issues with our breakdown of the Wonder Woman movie in Ep. 20. Other topics we cover include Bill arguing against the existence of a god, the firing of Phil Lord and Chris Miller from the Han Solo, uh, solo movie, the 35th anniversary of the original Tron, the demise of Batman’s Adam West, and more. Then there’s a big SPOILER ALERT for our in-depth breakdown of Spider-Man: Homecoming, what we liked and disliked, and our favourite moments from the film.
Show Notes: 01:27 – We answer listener email about our Wonder Woman episode.
12:53 – Nerdly News: Chris Miller and Phil Lord canned from Solo, TRON anniversary, Hellboy reboot, the passing of TV’s Batman star Adam West, OMNI magazine reboot, Daniel Craig signs on for BOND 25. 32:35 – We start our review of Spider-Man: Homecoming. 40:29 – Spider-Man film as John Hughes comedy. 50:28 – Movie gives good MJ. 55:02 – The great Michael Keaton. 1:11:25 – Captain America as high-school health instructor. 1:16:02 – Tony Stark: Biggest douche ever. 1:24:16 – Peter Parker’s hilarious buddy.
Bill had a lot of problems with the 2017 ‘Wonder Woman’ film; Chad, not so much. We don our satin tights and fight for our rights to complain in the Nerdstalking review of this important DC film. There’s no ‘Nerdly News’ segment this episode; we smash right through the window and tackle the movie without delay.
Chad once mentioned on the podcast that as a child watching ‘Wonder Woman’ on TV, he never realized it was a period piece. Maybe it was the disco music, maybe it was the scantily-clad heroine […] Click here to see the whole post.
A year before Lynda Carter wore her star-spangled diapers, Cathy Lee Crosby wore her red, white and blue sweater as Wonder Woman. This earlier version was the first live-action DC project from Warners, but unlike WW’s invisible jet, this one-off pilot didn’t fly. Not until Carter was cast in the title role […] Click here to see the whole post.