Useless Drivel – The Book of Future Past

Magneto Useless DrivelWhat happens when you put two out-of-shape nerds behind some microphones and give them access to the internet?  Magic.  Magic and deep-seated homoerotic sexual tension, but mostly magic.  Join Robert and Matt this week as they talk about movies, books, theater, and delicious cake!  From mutants and Mormons to emo elves and LARPing, this week’s episode has got a little bit of everything for a whole lot of no one.  Brought to you fact-check free courtesy of inherent laziness, it’s a new episode of Useless Drivel, a podcast without a point!

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Episode 29 – Gaming Ruts

Do you ever find yourself rolling up the same character archetype time after time?  Are dungeon crawls that end with fighting a dragon the crux of your Saturday night?  Do you play the same game so much that you could get a perfect score blindfolded and asleep?  Don’t worry, you are not alone!  Join us this week as we discuss our personal gaming ruts and attempt to sort out the reasons behind them.  Whether it’s lack of focus, obsessive desire to win, or simply being too timid to step out of the comfort zone, we do some soul searching that is inspiring, informative, and a little disturbing.  Switch sides of the table, swap that sword for a wand, and attempt diplomacy rather than thievery as you listen to this weeks brand new episode of Monkey in the Cage.

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Episode 26 – To Remake or Reboot, That is the Question

3:10 to Yuma, A Fistful of Dollars, Adam West, Adam West Star, Alfred Hitchcock, Alice in Wonderland, Anne Heche, Annie, Anthony Perkins, Batman, Ben McKenzie, Big Trouble in Little China, Bloodsport, Bradley Cooper, Bruce Willis, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Catching Fire, Charleton Heston, Charlie and The Chocolate Factory, Chris Hardwick, Christopher Nolan, Clint Eastwood, Commies, Contract Dispute, Cowboys, Dark Shadows, Darren Aronofsky, Denzel Washington, Detroit, Draw Something, Edgar Rice Burroughs, Escape From New York, Felicia Day, Film Novelizations, Geek & Sundry, Geek Chic, Gene Wilder, Ghetto Anthem, God of War, Gremlins, Hard Knock Life, Hollywood Walk of Fame, Hugh Hefner, Humphrey Bogart, It's a Hard Knock Life, James Cagney, Jay-Z, Jeffery Dean Morgan, Jennifer Lawrence, John Carter, John Wayne, Johnny Depp, Josh Hutcherson, Jurassic Park, Justin Bieber, KROQ, Kurt Russe, Liev Schreiber, Medal of Honor, Michael Jackson, Monopoly, Mystique Everdeen, Nerdist, North Korea, Ocean's Eleven, Paul Giamatti, Peter Weller, Planet of the Apes, Psycho, Queen Elizabeth II, Ralph Garmin, Red Dawn, Rehab, RoboCop Statue, Russia, Ryan Seacrest, Sam Raimi, Samurai, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Scarface, Seth McFarlane, Shakespeare, Snake Pliskin, Stan Lee, Stand By Me, Star Wars Prequels, Steven Seagal, Super Mario Brothers, Superman Returns, Suzanne Collins, Tabletop, The Birds, The Brady Bunch, The Evil Dead, The Family Guy, The Flog, The Fountain, The Good The Bad and The Ugly, The Goonies, The Hunger Games, The Incredible Hulk, The Karate Kid, The Legend of Zelda, The Magnificent Seven, The Maltese Falcon, The Man with No Name, The Manchurian Candidate, The Nerdist Channel, the one percent, The Queen Mum, The Seven Samurai, The Situation, The Wiz, Tim Burton, Timothy Olyphant, True Grit, Vince Vaughn, Westerns, Wil Wheaton, Will Smith, Willow Smith, Willy Wonka, X-Men - First Class, Yojimbo

We all love an original, right?  Be it a movie, a TV show, a book or a game, there is nothing quite like the Real McCoy.  The OG.  The Numba One Stunna… or something…  But, what happens if an original is remade or rebooted?  What is it’s (probably) worse?  What if it’s (surprisingly) better?  Should it have even been done?  Join us this week as we tackle these hard-hitting, earth-shattering, humanity influencing questions while looking at the entertainment industry’s remake obsession.  Hide yo kids, hide yo wife, and hide those bootleg cable movie VHS’s, because it’s all about to get REMADE UP IN HERE, on this weeks new episode of Monkey in the Cage!

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Episode 20 – Fantasy Settings

Can you imagine a world where J.R.R. Tolkien never wrote The Lord of the Rings? What would things be like if D&D stood for Deficits & Depressions, where we all played as corporate money-launderers and greasy politicians in the high stakes world of corporate finance?  Thankfully, we don’t have to think of such horrid things!  Join us this week as we discuss the heart and soul of gaming and geekdom, fantasy settings.  Swash your buckles, sheathe your swords, and definitely gird your loins for this week’s discussion, because it’s coming at you like at 10d6 fireball!

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First Scene from The Amazing Spider-Man

The Amazing Spider-Man set to release July 3, 2012

When I first heard that they we doing a re-boot of the Spider-Man movies I, along with probably every other comic book movie fan, let out a groan.   It just hadn’t been long enough to warrant a re-boot.  Then I saw X-Men:  First Class which I had similar feelings about and I was completely blown away.  So I started rethinking my initial reaction.

After seeing the trailer for The Amazing Spider-Man I have to say that I think that this movie could turn out being really good.  I enjoyed Andrew Garfield in The Social Network and I think Emma Stone is awesome, Easy A and Zombieland were both fantastic.  So, naysayers be damned, I am going to be see this movie.

Below is a the first look at a clip from the movie.  It’s short and doesn’t have any action in it but it does show Garfield’s portrayal of Peter Parker rather well.  While I liked Tobey Maguire in The Cider House Rules and Brothers he was never my idea of who Spider-Man should be.  From this scene and the trailers I can tell that Andrew Garfield will be playing a better Peter Parker/Spider-Man than Maguire.  He’s better portraying how lovably hopeless Peter can be and he has that smart-mouthed bravado that the the webslinger is known for.

Do I lose “geek cred” for wanting to see this movie?

 

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Episode 18 – Superhero and Superzero Movies

This week, we are joined by George Cordero (@TheRealmCast), editor of The RealmCast and member of the Frank and Sons Collectible Show crew, to discuss our personal picks for best and worst superhero movies.  George brings his wit and extensive movie knowledge to the table as we hash over the good, the bad, and the super ugly that is the world of superhero movies.  So, fire up the Bat Computer, strap on your matching cape and underroos, and tell Alfred to hold all your calls as we plow headlong into this week’s topic like The Blob at a buffet.  Enjoy!

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