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Watching Comics Podcast
61 minutes | 9 hours ago
'Watchmen HBO' Review
How do you expand something that was already perfect? Damon Lindelof knows how.Jake + Mitch take a deep dive (finally) into perhaps the best comic inspired TV installment of recent memory, HBO’s ‘Watchmen’. More importantly, they try to figure out an original sequel to a masterpiece graphic novel could wind up being this good.Along the way they tackle a few questions:- Is ‘Watchmen’ an era defining show?- What do we make of the ‘Dr. Manhattan does love’ angle?- Is this what perfect casting looks like?They also dish on their all-time favorite shows and the importance of Alan Moore’s genius wizardry. Because that’s what happens when a show this good grabs your attention.Be sure to give a listen, rate, and review!https://www.watchingcomics.com/HOSTS: @Thatjakeowens + @MitchRoush*WCP is a member of the GeekDad Podcast Network*
43 minutes | 4 days ago
The MCU has returned, but this time on the small screen.Jake + Mitch fire-up Disney+ and dive into the first two episodes of 'WandaVision'. Because homage is a wonderful thing and this show is taking it to a whole new level. Plus, the guys hit a few notable fan theories along the way:- What do we make of Wanda's delusion?- Will Kathryn Hahn be the low-key MVP?- Could this be the gateway for Mutants to the MCU?Delightful in every way and also not at all what it seems on the surface, it seems 'WandaVision' has set the stage beautifully for what's to come. We are stoked to see where it leads.Be sure to give a listen, rate, and review!https://www.watchingcomics.com/HOST: @Thatjakeowens + @MitchRoush*WCP is a member of the GeekDad Podcast Network*
36 minutes | 7 days ago
Jake + Mitch Do China
Once upon a time, a couple of friends thought it'd be fun to go on a summer trip ... and they nearly ended-up causing an international incident.True Story. To celebrate eclipsing 500 Twitter followers, Jake + Mitch share a special story from their college days.Back in the summer of 2008 the guys travelled to China. As wide-eyed, naive twenty-somethings they thought it'd be the time of their lives. And, well, it was but for all the wrong reasons. Upon arrival, one of them made it through customs with no issue. The other one accidentally ended-up a VIP guest of The People's Republic of China ... in government sanctioned quarantine. Who do you think it was?The story is too absurd and too hilarious to not be real.Be sure to give a listen, rate, and review!https://www.watchingcomics.com/HOSTS: @Thatjakeowens + @MitchRoush*WCP is a member of the GeekDad Podcast Network*
57 minutes | 16 days ago
'Wonder Woman 1984' - Good or Problematic?
Well, we traveled back to the 80s and a lot happened.Jake + Mitch dish on the latest DCEU film, 'Wonder Woman 1984'. Despite the whirlwind of Twitter noise surrounding the flick, the guys seek to answer one looming question:Is 'WW84' a good movie or a problematic one?Because with the first installment setting the tone, expectations this time around were sky high. Along the way they also hit a few key topics:- Have Pedro Pascal + Kristen Wiig elevated comic book camp into an art form?- Just how bad was Diana's character regression?- How will we view this movie three years later?True to form, there's never a shortage of stuff to unpack when the DC canon is involved. This one, amidst all the vibrant colors, had its fair share of issues too. https://www.watchingcomics.com/HOSTS: @Thatjakeowens + @MitchRoush*WCP is a member of the GeekDad Podcast Network*
28 minutes | 22 days ago
Because it's time to re-shuffle the list.Co-Host Mitch dives into the trend of updated rankings for the DC Extended Universe. Now that 'Wonder Woman 1984' is officially in our lives, for better or worse, some things had to change. Mitch makes the case for a three-tiered system and why the top two titles are unassailable. Of course, 'Suicide Squad' sets at the bottom, but where does the rest of the field end up?That's what makes it interesting.Be sure to give a listen, rate, and review!https://www.watchingcomics.com/And don't forget to share your updated DCEU rankings with the guys on Twitter: @WatchComixPod.*WCP is a member of the GeekDad Podcast Network*
59 minutes | a month ago
It's judgement time.Jake + Mitch dive into the realm Judge Dredd and all of his pulp action awesomeness. Because someone's got to hold the great debate, right? With Stallone's JUDGE DREDD and Urban's DREDD serving as a perfect double-feature, the guys hit ask a few notable questions:- Remember the Rob Schneider renaissance?- How did makes Stallone's flick achieve pulp perfection?- Does Karl Urban capture the character best?- What if Zack Snyder directed DREDD?In true Watching Comics fashion, takes are had and random asides abound. But in the end, they land on the same side in selecting the best of the Judge Dredd flicks.Be sure to give a listen, rate, and review!https://www.watchingcomics.com/HOSTS: @Thatjakeowens + @MitchRoush*WCP is a member of the GeekDad Podcast Network*
40 minutes | a month ago
Disney, Marvel, & Star Wars Announcements
More and more and more projects are coming!Jake + Mitch try to make sense of all the announcements from Disney Investor Day. More specifically, they dish on the new projects they're looking forward to most. Along the way they issue a few important questions:- Can Jon Watts resurrect the Fantastic Four?- Is the world ready for the Willow Extended Universe?- Christian Bale to 'Thor 4' = Perfect casting?- Could Teyonah Parris be the MVP of 'Captain Marvel II'?In grand IP fashion, there's no shortage of exciting stuff on the horizon. The guys are eager to see how it all shapes-up. But more importantly, they're ready for the Willow Hive to rise-up and seize their moment.Be sure to give a listen, rate, and review!https://www.watchingcomics.com/*WCP is a member of the GeekDad Podcast Network*
54 minutes | 2 months ago
Will 'Wonder Woman 1984' Break Movie Theatres?
Wonder Woman 1984 is hitting HBO Max and Christmas 2020 has been saved ... or has it?Jake + Mitch dive-into the loaded conversation surrounding the innovative release model for the latest DC movie property. Their excitement for the movie aside, it's impossible to look at the landscape and not ask the daunting question:What will this mean for the future of post-pandemic movie-going?The guys share takes on the importance of cinema as an art form and a worthy industry to support. Along the way they also discuss a few pain points:- Are IP-driven "event movies" to blame for movie theatre struggles?- Remember MoviePass?- Just how successful will WW84 be? Of course, there's no clean answer to any of this ... but the conversation persists. One thing is certain, however, the movie theatre industry will undoubtedly look different if it's going to survive. Be sure to give a listen, rate, and review!https://www.watchingcomics.com/HOSTS: @Thatjakeowens + @MitchRoush*WCP is a member of the GeekDad Podcast Network*
56 minutes | 2 months ago
Remembering Sean Connery & Re-Visiting 'The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen'
A true legend has left us.Jake + Mitch discuss the near mythological career of the late Sir Sean Connery. Whether it be the definitive 007, a late career action star, a nuanced leading man, an Oscar winner, or a pop-culture icon -- the man accomplished what few ever could ... he accomplished it all.Along the way they also re-visit a not-so-bright-spot on Mr. Connery's career as they break down, 'The League of Extra Ordinary Gentlemen'. More specifically they ask:- Why didn't Justice League for English majors work?- Did Connery save it?- Whatever happened to Stephen Norrington?Every icon has a flop or two, but LXG ultimately ends-up as evidence to the power of Connery's star power. The man was simply unmatched.Be sure to give a listen, rate, and review!https://www.watchingcomics.com/*WCP is a member of the GeekDad Podcast Network*HOSTS: @Thatjakeowens + @MitchRoush
44 minutes | 2 months ago
Closing Out 'Umbrella Academy' Season 2
From 1963 and back to 2019 … Well, sort of. Jake + Mitch dive into the last six episodes of UMBRELLA ACADEMY S2. With Vanya's amnesia colliding with her self-discovery, Diego + Lila's toxic love, The Handler's dastardly deeds, and a slew of surprises, this season held nothing back. So what are the biggest takeaways?:- Could season two be the best of the bunch?- Did Kate Walsh take home the MVP award?- What do we make of Number Five: Perfectly crafted character or too over the top? Tasked with stopping yet another apocalypse, UA seems to have found the secret sauce to character study in between zany music queues. Overall, the rest of the season brought the goods and then some.But one question remains: What secrets will Season Three hold?Be sure to give a listen, rate, and review!https://www.watchingcomics.com/HOSTS: @Thatjakeowens + @MitchRoush *WCP is a member of the GeekDad Podcast Network
56 minutes | 3 months ago
Re-Visiting 'V for Vendetta'
Do you remember the 5th of November?Jake + Mitch (finally) dive into one of the finest comic book flicks of recent memory, 'V for Vendetta'. Fifteen years later and the film still feels fresh and timely. But even thru all deserved critical acclaim and cult status, there are still a few key facets worth unpacking.- Is 'V for Vendetta' the 'Good Will Hunting' of comic book movies?- Could Natalie Portman be the MVP?- Who does this movie belong to?: The Wachowski Sisters or James McTeigueA bold, stunning, and herculean film all-in-all; the guys ultimately share the lukewarm take that 'V' delivers the goods. Also along the way, Mitch recalls tales from high school dating and Jake shares the brief history of his baldness.Be sure to rate, review, and give a listen!https://www.watchingcomics.com/HOSTS: @Thatjakeowens + @MitchRoush *WCP is a member of the GeekDad Podcast Network*
16 minutes | 3 months ago
Impossible Questions - 'Superman IV': Good or Bad?
The Watching Comics Pod is back with another installment of... IMPOSSIBLE QUESTIONS Attempting to answer daunting questions; or at least re-visiting something we may have underestimated. Quick takes, sharp focus, and endless Twitter-blasting potential.Co-Host Mitch shares his thoughts on an overlooked mid-80s flick and where it ultimately stands in the landscape of comic book cinema: Is ‘Superman IV: The Quest for Peace’ a good movie or bad movie? In a few quick minutes, Mitch shares why simply deeming this movie “bad” may not be fair. He argues it may be more a question of “How do we look compare comic book movie eras?”. Because, in the end, Superman deserves better. Be sure to rate, review, and give a listen!https://www.watchingcomics.com/*WCP is a member of the GeekDad Podcast Network*
49 minutes | 3 months ago
Re-Visiting 'The Amazing Spider-Man 2'
Can a movie be underrated and forgettable at the same time?Jake + Mitch take time to re-visit the second installment of the Marc Webb Spider-Man universe with fresh eyes. Because a movie with Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone has to be good right? Well, yes ... and no. There' certainly no shortage of stuff to unpack with this bloated title:- Are Garfield + Stone the best leading duo?- Where does this movie go wrong? - Where do we stand on Foxx's Electro and his reported return?'The Amazing Spider-Man 2' has a complicated legacy, but ultimately, it gets more right than it does wrong. Definitely worth a re-watch.Be sure to give a listen, rate, and review!https://www.watchingcomics.com/*WCP is a member of the GeekDad Podcast Network*
51 minutes | 4 months ago
Top 5 Batman Movies
What's the best of the Bat?Jake + Mitch close out Batman Month in grand fashion by debating the Top 5 Batflicks of all-time. Because, well, the internet needed another top five list and as far as The Caped Crusader is concerned, there are plenty to choose from. Along the way they posit a few questions:- Does Lego Batman understand the character best?- Which is better 'Batman (89)' or 'Batman Returns'?- What happens if 'The Dark Knight' doesn't take the top spot?With such a daunting task at hand, the guys hit a few other flicks along the way as well. But don't worry, the definitive list(s) emerge in the end.Be sure to give a listen, rate, and review!https://www.watchingcomics.com/*WCP is a member of the GeekDad Podcast Network*
74 minutes | 4 months ago
Re-Visiting 'The Dark Knight'
Summer of 2008 was massive and this flick is a big reason why. Jake + Mitch take the long overdue deep-dive into the arena of The Joker, The Caped Crusader, and Christopher Nolan. After all, what would Batman Month be without THE DARK KNIGHT? Along the way the guys hit a few questions:- Did we really need that much Two Face?- Is TDK a comic book movie or a crime film?- Does the movie deserve a better ending?Also, tales from summer internships and a brief visit to the Hans Zimmer fan club. But thru the lens of Ledger's impeccable Joker, it all makes sense. Simply put, this movie is too good and too monumental not to celebrate. And here we go ...Be sure to give a listen, rate and review!https://www.watchingcomics.com/*WCP is a member of the GeekDad Podcast Network*
53 minutes | 4 months ago
Re-Visiting 'Batman Forever'
Turn on the neon lights because we're headed into the Schumacher extended universe.Batman Month continues as Jake + Mitch dive head-first into the 90s-tastic pool of BATMAN FOREVER. Because sometimes nostalgia is so strong it throws all cinematic standards out the window. True to form, the guys ask the tough questions:- Why does Two-Face's acid need to be boiling?- Should Batman get the James Bond treatment?- Is Jim Carrey the perfect Riddler?No doubt, BATMAN FOREVER is a unique brand of fun. If nothing else, we owe Joel Schumacher our gratitude for everything this movie delivers.Give a listen, rate, and review!https://www.watchingcomics.com/HOSTS: @Thatjakeowens + @MitchRoush*WCP is a member of the GeekDad Podcast Network*
55 minutes | 4 months ago
Re-Visiting 'Batman: Mask of the Phantasm'
Behold the power of 90's animation! Batman Month continues as Jake + Mitch re-visit the iconic animated achievement, BATMAN: MASK OF THE PHANTASM. Because in many ways our childhoods were defined by this dark, surprising flick. The guys also tackle a few questions: - Is PHANTASM the best of the origin Bat flicks?- Where does Mark Hamill's Joker performance rank among the rest?- What's the secret to unlocking the best Batman stories? Love, vengeance, tragedy, and countless perfect shots -- this one has it all. And it delivers all the nostalgic feels too. Give a listen, rate, and review! https://www.watchingcomics.com/ HOSTS: @Thatjakeowens + @MitchRoush *WCP is a member of the GeekDad Podcast Network*
55 minutes | 5 months ago
Re-Visiting 'Batman Returns'
Remember when Tim Burton made comic book movies?To kick-off Batman Month, Jake + Mitch re-visit the early 90s landmark, BATMAN RETURNS. Because there’s really no better way to dive into Gotham City than by relishing the collective talents of Keaton, Pfeiffer, DeVito, and Walken. Along the way, the guys hit a few questions:- Is BATMAN RETURNS a cult classic?- Could this be the greatest multi-villain comic flick of all-time?- What makes Walken so perfect?Equal parts fun, absurd, and emo Moses story one thing is certain among everything else — this one goes hard … and we are here for it.Give a listen, rate, and review!https://www.watchingcomics.com/ HOSTS: @Thatjakeowens + @MitchRoush *WCP is a member of the GeekDad Podcast Network*
35 minutes | 5 months ago
DC Fandome Trailer Reactions: 'The Batman' + 'WW84'
One thing is certain ... we need more fandomes in our lives.Jake + Mitch sing the praises of the worldwide, online event, DC Fandome, as they deep-dive into the newly released trailers for THE BATMAN and WONDER WOMAN 1984. Because there is so much hype and takes to be had. - Is the Bat-Pat suit solid or cosplay gone wrong?- With Riddler, Penguin, Catwoman -- will THE BATMAN be overstuffed?- Kristen Wiig as Cheetah = Best comic villain casting of recent memory?Along the way they toss-in a few niche musical theatre jokes AND share an exciting announcement for September. Don't worry it all makes sense in the end. But needless to say, the guys are stoked for both titles.https://www.watchingcomics.com/ HOSTS: @Thatjakeowens + @MitchRoush*WCP is a member of the GeekDad Podcast Network*
45 minutes | 5 months ago
'Next Door: A Neo-Noir Crime Comic' with creator, Zack Quaintance
Is it possible to create and launch an indie comic during a pandemic? You bet!Jake + Mitch welcome back friend of the pod Zack Quaintance to dish on his latest project, 'Next Door' a new neo-noir crime comic book. Because apparently when he's not busy running ComicsBookcase.com, Zack finds time to collaborate with talented folks to build a new original story. The guys unpack the the process behind crafting the comic and launching a successful Kickstarter campaign. And, of course, they dive into the real motivation behind this story of paranoia and walking the dog gone wrong in the thick of modern suburbia.The project sounds promising and there's undoubtedly more awesomeness to come.Be sure to give a listen, rate and review:https://www.watchingcomics.com/And don't forget to check out 'Next Door: A Neo-Noir Crime Comic' on Kickstarter.Hosts: @MitchRoush + @ThatjakeowensGuest: @zackquaintance, founder of @ComicsBookcase Artwork: @elliewrightart, colorist *WCP is a member of the GeekDad Podcast Network*
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