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    Episode 154 - Highlander II: The Quickening LIVE!

    Just wanna say I absolutely loved this episode and I hope Sam Richardson guests again.
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    Episode 153 - Escape from L.A.: LIVE!

    Not gonna lie, I felt bad for Blake. He probably should have gone in with an actual question for the panel though.
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    Episode 153 - Escape from L.A.: LIVE!

    Jurassic Park came out in 1993, LA was 96. So even less of an excuse for the SFX to be as cheesy as they are. Also can y'all discuss this paywall shit without throwing judgements at each other? You know, no insinuations that people are poors or immature or anything. I'm also in the arts and I get it, but we can talk about this without potshots.
  4. Uggghhhhh, Paul, Jurassic Park's Ellie Sattler is a paleobotanist, not an archaeologist. Jeez.
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    Episode 141.5 - Minisode 141.5

    So hot right now
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    Episode 141 - The Shadow: LIVE! (w/ Pete Davidson)

    Gobbless that man.
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    Episode 141 - The Shadow: LIVE! (w/ Pete Davidson)

    I personally am loving how Harley has visually been re-imagined for Suicide Squad. The character hasn't been around too long so we're bound to see more play in interpretation, especially in a post-Nolan universe. I just hope the movie's good.
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    Episode 141 - The Shadow: LIVE! (w/ Pete Davidson)

    You say that, but we just this week had one of the most popular Batman comics totally trashed by golden child Bruce Timm. Anything's possible.
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    Episode 141 - The Shadow: LIVE! (w/ Pete Davidson)

    God, yes. As disappointing as DC's offerings have been lately, I don't want them to fall so far out of favor that we stop getting to see these movies made at all.
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    Episode 141 - The Shadow: LIVE! (w/ Pete Davidson)

    Hey, ain't nothin wrong with framing art you like. As an illustrator it makes me happy when anyone cares that much. Just try to go for real glass and not plexiglass. It's worth it.
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    Episode 141 - The Shadow: LIVE! (w/ Pete Davidson)

    Oh sweet, is it Killing Joke time? Fair warning, I care way too much about this stuff. I'm only spoilering the brand new content. I found the first half hour of new material to be confusing at best and borderline upsetting at most. I don't understand why they basically presented I'm confused as to how that was greenlit at all. Also, As a major fan of Batman, the Joker, and one of the nerds who holds The Killing Joke near and dear to my heart, I am incredibly disappointed with a few points of the adaptation. First, while no one really expects any animated movie to live up to Bolland's drawings, it seems like little effort was made to offer the same emotional impact through framing or voice work. A good example of this comes during one of the flashbacks. For reference, this is how the book shows the man Joker was being told some incredibly terrible news: The movie's version has this entire conversation take place in the far background and focus is put onto two minor characters instead. The book gives three panels that tell so much. The movie has a brief, detached frowny face instead. The flashbacks are full of a lot of this strange shift in priority which ultimately drains a lot of the emotion out of the Joker's past. My second major issue is the handling of the final joke. The book provides many layers to what is on the surface a pretty simple scene. You see Joker slipping back into the sane man he once was. You see Batman, the guy with arguably the world's biggest stick up his ass, actually smile and laugh at something for once. You see interaction between these two polar opposite characters that ends ambiguously. The only thing the movie salvaged from this scene was the ambiguity of the ending. I would really love to know why that scene was deflated so much. The first thirty minutes is entirely newly minted, fresh-out-of-the-2010s material. The short scene after that shows Barbara becoming Oracle is also new. Unfortunate is a pretty good word for a lot of what they decided was appropriate for Batgirl.
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    Episode 141 - The Shadow: LIVE! (w/ Pete Davidson)

    It's also possible that his training was completed just fine, but the act of clouding minds puts considerable strain on the user. Shiwan just found a way to recharge his batteries. This would explain Lamont only using his abilities when absolutely necessary and relying on a disguise when he's The Shadow. The movie definitely gives you the impression that Shiwan is much more knowledgeable about these powers than Lamont is. It would be interesting if Lamont only survived the war due to his latent psychic abilities and had to watch every "normal" comrade around him dying in the course of battle. Wondering why you were the only one who never seemed to be shot, much less seen by the enemy while everyone else got mowed down is enough to make anyone run off to Tibet.
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    Episode 141 - The Shadow: LIVE! (w/ Pete Davidson)

    A secret this movie took with it to its grave.
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    Episode 141 - The Shadow: LIVE! (w/ Pete Davidson)

    The only way having a disguise makes sense at all is if it's too much exertion on Lamont to maintain his mind-clouding abilities for too long. After the opening fight as The Shadow, he looks worn out. That could have been from his powers or it could have been from beating up some gangsters in front of an innocent mat painting. If there was ever a mention of the toll his powers might take on Lamont, it would have helped explain why he was caught so ridiculously easy and might have actually given his fight scenes some real stakes and tension.
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    Episode 141 - The Shadow: LIVE! (w/ Pete Davidson)

    They are so similar, in fact, that someone drew comparisons between them years back. Considering that The Shadow was one of the inspirations for Batman and has even been sort of appropriated by the Batman universe as The Grey Ghost, I'm okay with this.
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    Episode 141 - The Shadow: LIVE! (w/ Pete Davidson)

    I absolutely think you could try to make this movie in the current atmosphere. An entire subset of humanity with psychic powers that are used to hide various aspects of themselves in society? Hell yeah I'd watch that. Really, all this script needed was a single, concise direction. It tries to do too many things at once and so doesn't do much. For example, you could have taken out the entire first few scenes in the opium den and then in the temple and instead used another vehicle to deliver backstory. It could have been something as simple as a photograph of Cranston with a monk and Wu somewhere in there. We also don't need to see Cranston being a bad guy to know he was one. He served in The Great War, that's a source of more than enough angst for his moral dilemmas. And if they wanted to setup for the knife to show up later, Cranston could have had an old, visible blade-type injury to his person that even he was unable to hypnotize away - just like his shadow. That would have also symbolized his lack of control over the knife, and we could later see the scar gone when he gains control over it. They put several dream sequences in the film. Those could have been giving us something actually world-building instead of telling us over and over how tormented Cranston is.
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    Episode 141 - The Shadow: LIVE! (w/ Pete Davidson)

    This is probably giving the movie too much credit, but what if the structural changes in his face when he is The Shadow isn't a disguise? Maybe that's his actual face, and the one we see the rest of the time is one he actively works to construct by hypnotizing surrounding individuals? It might not even be an intentional move on his part. It could possibly be something he picked up over time in the interim before becoming an opium kingpin; because, really, who would say no to 90s Alec Baldwin's face? Even when it's surrounded by gross hair and long weirdly-painted fingernails. eta: I skimmed but I'm not sure if this was mentioned. So, the long fingernails - in Chinese culture it's a symbol of wealth. No, really. Long fingernails mean you aren't out in the fields busting your ass all day. It shows you live in comfort and style to be able to maintain long nails. Now for the grosser side of things: having one long nail (usually on the pinky) isn't just a coke thing. Many sober men will keep a long pinky nail to dig wax out of their ears and pick their noses.
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    Episode 141 - The Shadow: LIVE! (w/ Pete Davidson)

    My thought on the nose prosthesis thing would be that The Shadow projects a small aura around himself that changes his face just enough to further distance the Shadow persona from Cranston. I don't believe he actually physically changes his face. The deal with his nose just seemed like hiding the hotel on a much smaller scale. RE: why have a disguise when no one would see him? He clearly does show himself to his Shadow bros, and apparently, as is the case with Dr. Tam, appears to them as Cranston under the guise of a random other Shadow bro. There's also the possibility he could be exposed in a fight, necessitating another layer of identity protection.
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    EPISODE 117 - Theodore Rex: LIVE!

    If anyone is looking for more hilariously bad dinosaur detective crap, Syfy made a movie about ten years ago called Anonymous Rex. It co-stars Billy Baldwin and you also get to see Issac Hayes growl at someone. And it goes into some weird conspiracy reptilian territory. I believe you can find the whole thing for free on youtube.
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    EPISODE 117 - Theodore Rex: LIVE!

    I will say that on the first listen through I had a really hard time hearing everything in the Theodore Rex episode, but I think I got everything the second time around. I thought Top Dog had way better sound quality than the second show.
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    EPISODE 117 - Theodore Rex: LIVE!

    I would argue that Theodore Rex has better special effects relative to 1995 than Sky Captain has relative to 2004. Not sure which one is more watchable though.
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    EPISODE 117 - Theodore Rex: LIVE!

    The entire point is moot because dinosaurs are not cold-blooded. If this wasn't common knowledge prior to Jurassic Park, it certainly was after. On a different note, I want to talk about how much Teddy's eyes bother me. Why are they so ridiculously huge and blue and human and completely out of place on his face? The Henson workshop gave their dinosaurs on the show Dinosaurs large eyes, but they were actually factored into the design of their characters so the proportions and coloring at least made some sense. Also, in the scene where they go get chewed out by the chief, Teddy's right eye doesn't seem to want to cooperate and I guess they just sorta went with it anyway. At the end of the movie, our bad guy seems happy to get Teddy into his facility because it means he finally gets his "pair of Rexes." Why didn't he already have a pair of Rexes frozen? He can ostensibly recreate extinct animals and probably also clones at any time, so why couldn't he just create a pair for his ark? No one would know. Was Teddy planted on the case as a cop by Summers specifically so Teddy could be frozen? If so, where was the female Rex supposed to come from? The murdered Rex was on New Eden's payroll already and had a female Rex for a roommate. Why wasn't he coerced into bringing his roommate to the compound for whatever reason? If the two weren't open to being a couple, I imagine they could be forced into it through the magic of "glando" manipulation. And is it just me or does Molly Rex look to miss her cue on jumping out of her pod before being unfrozen? Edited with one final thing to add: How commonplace ARE dinosaurs exactly? When Coltrane and Teddy get to the kid's street hockey thing, you hear the kids gasping saying "look at the dinosaur oh wow." We see lots of humans among dinosaurs in other places in the movie but in this scene it's treated as if there are still people who are just never exposed to them at all.
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