Episode 59: Just Your Friendly Neighborhood Podcast
This week we talked about what we thought about Spider-Man:Homecoming, went over our feelings about the news of a female Doctor, and took in the news that Spock had a sister. We also paid our respects about the passing of George A. Romero, Martin Landau, and Chester Bennington.
This episode is dedicated to the memory of Steve Latham. Steve was a listener to our show and he was a former high school teacher of mine. He was a wonderful man who was full of life and joy and left a mark on the lives of countless students in his 30+ year career. He passed away last week. Our condolences go out to his family.
Episode 58: Movies About Movies
This week we talked about our favorite movies about movies. These could be biopics or fictional stories that have to do with show business. We also talked about TV shows that have to do with making TV shows. Some of the things that came up were Tropic Thunder, Shadow of the Vampire, Bowfinger, Pleasantville, Boogie Nights, and It's Garry Shandling's Show.
Episode 57: Um...Actually...
This week we talked about the passing of Nelsan Ellis who played the part of Lafayette Reynolds on HBO's True Blood. We also discuss the release of Castlevania on Netflix and the future of the Wonder Woman and Fast & Furious franchises.
We also play an epic game of Um...Actually. This is a relatively new game that has really taken off online thanks to the guys over at College Humor. In this game a statement is made that has a piece of false information. You get a point if you can correct the statement. And you have to do it by beginning with the annoyingly nerdy "Um...actually..."
Episode 56: Yankee Doodle Dandy!
In this episode we celebrate the 4th of July by talking about our favorite patriotic films. These can be war movies, biopics, or just any film that shows the American spirit.
We also talk about some of the news coming out about the Han Solo movie, the future of the Spider-Man franchise, and the American Gods finale.
Episode 55: That Guy That Was In That Thing...
You know that guy that was in that thing? You know...the one that the girl was in love with? Well, he was in that other thing with that one guy from that...No? Not that guy. The other guy. Yeah...Yeah, That Guy!
On this episode we discuss our favorite character actors whose names might not be quite as well known because they usually play smaller roles or they are usually second to the leading man. It might be guy that was more famous from a previous generation but for you it's a guy that shows up in stuff from time to time. Or, it could be someone that is really well known for a niche genre that most people don't watch but you love. You constantly have to think of mainstream things that they were in so that you can describe them. That guy...that was in that thing!
We also discuss some of the news that make us really look forward to Star Trek: Discovery...and some other news that make us not really look forward to the future of the Transformers franchise. And John recounts a few celebrity encounters that he had at Awesome-Con last weekend.
Episode 54: True Confessions
This week we confess to some of our guilty pleasures as well as admit to some things that we don't like that usually come as a surprise to others. Find out what we really think about Stephen King movies, Hugh Grant, and Ridley Scott. One of us thinks that Kung Fu Panda was a better movie than Star Wars. I'm not saying who...you'll have to listen.
We also pay a tribute to Adam West who passed away last week at the age of 88, Rick catches us up on his reviews of Logan and Passengers, and John and I make some convention plans.
Episode 53: Summer Movie Preview
But before we get to that we had a spoiler-filled discussion about the newest installment of the DCEU. We all got to see Wonder Woman this week and we're going to tell you what we thought about it. We also talked about what this could mean for the future of the series.
And we chatted a little about cosplay, Star Wars Celebration, and John sang a song.
Episode 52: The Art of Collecting
This week we welcome Jeff Shackelford as our guest. We met him last year at Magic City Con. He's got one of the biggest Star Wars toy collections in the Birmingham area so he's here to talk with us about the art of collecting. We discussed what kinds of things we like to collect and share some war stories of our experiences of acquiring things over the years.
But that's not all that we talked about. We also managed to get the conversation back on to American Gods, Alien: Covenant, and Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales. We also mourn the loss of Sense8 but relish in the idea that Animaniacs is coming back.
Episode 51: Casting Call
In this episode John and I got together to experiment with a new audio capturing program. It didn't work. So after a few minutes we swapped back over to Skype and continued on.
Despite those technical difficulties we talked about a lot of stuff. We went over a list of shows that are being cancelled and decided if we were surprised by any of them. We talked about American Gods and the over-the-top violence and diarrhea scenes. And we chatted a little about the new trailer for Star Trek: Discovery.
Our main topic was a lot of fun. We took some of our favorite old cartoons, TV shows, and movies and pretended that there was a new film being made out of them. Then we made a list of who we thought should play which character. It's a lot harder to pick a good modern actor to play some of those roles than you would think it would be.
As we recorded the show it was only about 24 hours since the attack in Manchester, England. We want everyone that listens to know that if you were in any way affected by that bombing that our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Episode 50: Please Stop Doing The Thing!
In this episode Shawn, John, and Rick discuss just how good of a movie Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol 2 is, if American Gods is worth spending $30, and what kind of tropes movies and TV shows do that they really should stop doing.
Episode 49: Sci-Fighters 4--Marvel Vs. DC
In this episode we play another round of Sci-Fighters. This time we take the movie and TV versions of some of our favorite Marvel and DC comic book characters and pit them against each other until we have a victor.
We also take a few minutes to talk about the season premier of Doctor Who and Class as well as some of the other things we've been watching. Plus, we try to decide how to watch American Gods without paying an arm and a leg.
Episode 48: Sci-Fighters 3--The Temporal Showdown
In this episode we welcome back Rick and Joe and gear up to play another round of Sci-Fighters! This time we're using characters that have traveled in time and some point in their respective film or TV series. So what happens when you pit the Borg Queen against the T-1000? Will Barry Allen be a match for Bill and Ted? Can Marty McFly outmaneuver Harry Potter? We go into deep detail and analyze all of these theoretical battles and a whole lot more.
We also give reviews of Logan and Power Rangers amidst the madness and John takes us through a new round of the Geek Alphabet.
Episode 47: Special Guest--Ming Chen
On this episode John and I got to talk to Ming Chen. He's one of the stars of AMC's Comic Book Men which is a show that takes place in Jay And Silent Bob's Secret Stash, a comic book store in Redbank, New Jersey owned by Kevin Smith. Ming is going to be one of the guests at Magic City Con this year. He came on the show to talk about his experiences with comic book conventions. We also talked about the good, the bad, and the ugly when it comes to films and TV shows based on comic books.
We had a great time talking to Ming. You can find Comic Book Men airing on Sunday nights after The Walking Dead and The Talking Dead. He also hosts two podcasts. I Sell Comics and The Ming And Mike Show are both available on iTunes. If you'd like to learn more about Magic City Con and possibly pick up some tickets you can visit their website at magiccitycon.com.
Episode 46: The Millennial Falcon Crossover
If you'd like to learn more about The Millennial Falcon Podcast go visit their website at millennialfalconpodcast.wordpress.com.
Episode 45: "What's In The Box?"
Episode 44: The Family Friendly Experimentation
After a few weeks off John and I were able to get together with Rick and talk about our favorite family friendly programming. These are our favorite TV shows and movies that we like to let our kids watch or that we like to watch with them. If you're a parent then you might learn about a few new shows that you didn't know about before. If you know someone with kids that you think could benefit from this topic then please forward a link to the episode to them.
A few of the other things that we talk about: Ben Affleck is not directing The Batman; Kevin Smith is directing a new episode of Supergirl with special guest Teri Hatcher; Peter Capaldi is leaving Doctor Who; James Cameron may reboot The Terminator; and Stephen King and Steven Spielberg are bringing Castle Rock to Hulu.
I also had a special interview this week with Matthew Goodson-Orr that you'll get to hear. He's one of the guys that is heading up BoroughCon in New York City. It's a brand new convention and I hope some of you guys that live in that area or that may be in that area in May will think about dropping by. If you want to find out more about it then you can go to their Facebook page here.
Episode 43: 2017 Film Preview
Episode 42: Rogue One Party (Spoilers!)
Rick and Kennedy joined John and I as we talked about all of the things that we liked and disliked about this stand-alone addition to the series. We also discussed the passing of Carrie Fisher and the Doctor Who Christmas special.
Episode 41: The Bunny Was Always In The Matrix
We also took a few minutes to pay our respects to some of the losses we've suffered in the last week or so. We paid a small tribute to Florence Henderson, Ron Glass, and the print version of Mental Floss magazine.
Episode 40: A Visit From World War G
The topics that we covered include the new NES Classic mini console and how hard it is to get your hands on one, our excitement over the upcoming CW crossover, how we felt about Doctor Strange, and our thoughts on the first few episodes of this season of The Walking Dead.
You can find World War G on iTunes or on their site at worldwarg.podbean.com. They're also on Facebook and Twitter.
Episode 39: 2016 Fall TV Best And Worst
In this episode we talk about the hits and the misses in the new line-up of TV shows this fall. We discuss the newcomers as well as a couple of returns. We also talk a little about the classic film Rear Window starring Jimmy Stewart and directed by Alfred Hitchcock.
Episode 38: Second Annual Halloween Episode (2016)
We've actually been around long enough to be able to carry on an annual tradition. This is our second Halloween episode. I was joined on the mic by Anthony to talk about some of our favorite horror and spooky movies.
Episode 37: Sci-Fighters Star Trek vs. Star Wars
We also chatted for a few minutes about what we thought about some of the new shows that have come out so far this fall. A few of the ones we discussed were The Tick, Jean Claud Johnson, MacGyver, and Lethal Weapon.
______________________________Episode 36: Best Movies Based On Actual Events
For our main topic we discussed movies that were based on actual events. We also figured out that Tom Hanks really likes to pretend to be real people.
Episode 35: Coming Of Age
On this episode I was joined by Rick and I welcomed Kennedy for the first time to Cosmic Potato. Rick and Kennedy used to co-host Starbase 66 on the Simply Syndicated network back in the day. Since that was the first podcast that I ever became a regular fan of it was quite surreal and an honor to share the mic with both of them at the same time.
We shared some news about Star Trek. We talked about the new series, Star Trek: Discovery, and the news that it's being pushed back until May as well as some rumors floating around as to what the show may actually be about. We also talked about the future of Star Trek Continues and whether or not CBS and Paramount dropped the ball on the 50th anniversary.
Our main topic for this episode is "Coming Of Age". We talked about movies that deal with a rite of passage into adulthood or another phase in life.
Episode 33: After Dark
In this episode John and I welcome Hoai-Tran Bui back to the show...and we keep her up past her bedtime. We talk about our memories of Gene Wilder, some of the movies that we've all seen recently, the identity of a movie that I walked out in the middle of, and Stranger Things. We also talk a little about some of the shows that we're looking forward to this fall.
Episode 33: Our Favorite YouTube Channels
For our main topic we discussed our favorite YouTube channels and why we love them.
______________________________Episode 32: Reboots And Sequels We'd Like To See
Episode 31: Happy Birthday To Us!
Episode 30: This Episode Is A Cult Classic
Some of the movies that we discuss include The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Clerks, They Live, and Highlander.
______________________________Episode 29: We Ain't Afraid Of No Ghost!
We talked about the 2016 reboot. Some of it was gushing and some of it was a little rough. But we had a great time talking about it and breaking it down.
I will warn you that our review was SPOILER FILLED. We chatted about it as a bunch of guys that had seen it and analyzed all the cameos and the ending. So, if you haven't seen the movie yet and you don't want to be spoiled, then wait until you have to listen to this episode.
The Alabama Ghostbusters is one branch of a fan community that stretches across the world. They are featured in the documentary Ghostheads, which is available for streaming on Netflix. You can find out more about that film on their Facebook page here. And you can learn more about the Alabama Ghostbusters by visiting them at AlabamaGB.com.
______________________________Episode 28: Pokemon Everywhere and Throwback Toys
We also chat a little bit about Pokemon Go and how quickly it has become so popular. We can't seem to understand why there are so many people that have to make fun of something just because they don't like it or understand it. We talk about how it's okay to not like things...but don't be a jerk about it. You can read more about my thoughts on the subject on my blog at mykidsdadisageek.com.
______________________________Episode 27: That Smoke Wasn't Wearing Sunglasses -or- The Tapestries of Ooo
Rocky and Bullwinkle
Avatar: The Last Airbender
Ren and Stimpy
Cartoon All Stars To The Rescue
Full Metal Alchemist
The New Adventures of Mighty Mouse and Heckle and Jeckle
Episode 26: Saturday Morning Cartoons of the 60s and 70s
Rick joined me for this show and we discussed a lot of different shows:
But this isn't the end of the line for the cartoon episodes. We'll talk about something else next week but we'll get back to our cartoon series real soon. Hopefully we'll be able to get some of our other contributors in on the action as well. John? Hoai-Tran? Kristina?
______________________________Episode 25: Saturday Morning Cartoons Of The 80s And 90s
So, we're going to talk cartoons quite a bit over the next few weeks. We'll go off and do other topics and come back and cover different eras and different types of shows. But hopefully over this series we'll cover all of our favorites and all of the people that participate on this show will have a chance to talk about the cartoons that they loved.
This episode was kind of weird because we had some technical difficulties and had to record it over two separate sessions a few days apart. Rick and Anthony joined me to talk about cartoons from the 80s and 90s. After the first 30 minutes the computer stopped recording. Anthony couldn't make it back for the second session but Rick was here.
The cartoons that we discussed were:
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Batman: The Animated Series
X-Men: The Animated Series
The Real Ghostbusters
Power Puff Girls
He-Man And The Masters of the Universe
______________________________Episode 24: Is Moffat A Blessing Or Curse For Doctor Who?
I want to send special thanks to Sam Albro and Scott McCracken who were also on that panel. During the show you'll hear them talk about the other projects that they are involved in. Be sure to send them your support.
Once the last panel was over, Rick and I ducked into and empty meeting room to record a little bit and share what we thought about the convention as a whole.
That's only the first thirty minutes or so of this episode. After that, keep listening because I'm sharing the recording from the panel that we did about Podcasting. It was a presentation that we put together called "Podcasting For Dummies" and it is pretty much everything that you need to know if you want to get your feet wet in podcasting. If you want to see if you actually enjoy doing it without sinking any money into it just yet then this is the place to be. We're going to tell you the basic equipment that you'll need and give you the names of some free software that will help you get started.
I want to give special thanks to the guys at the Rocket Punch podcast, and to Joe Crow from RevolutionSF Revcast. They helped with the presentation and made the conversation a lot of fun. Hopefully there will be some collaboration between us in the near future.
Episode 22: Claim Your Seat!
The topic of the Screening Room technology has come up on the show before...unfortunately we weren't recording. So, I sat down this week with Anthony to talk about whether or not we would shell out $50 to watch first run movies at our home. This led into a discussion on the future of movie theaters and whether or not they'd be relevant in a few years.
We also talked about a couple of movies and TV shows that we just haven't had a chance to talk about on the show before, made some plans for a Ghostbusters themed show in the future, and what was going on with the X-Men billboard haters.
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Episode 21: Top Animated Film Picks
Episode 20: X-Men Apocalypse Reaction (SPOILERS!)
This is our landmark 20th episode and it was probably the most fun that we've had since we started doing the show. That's because John was in town to visit some family and attend his nephew's graduation. So, on Saturday we got together to do some catching up. We also went to see the new film X-Men: Apocalypse.
Back in the day when we would see a movie we would usually go sit at a restaurant or something and talk about what we had just watched in detail. So, we did that this time. Be we went to a nearby park, set up the laptop, turned on the mic, and analyzed the movie.
So, this episode is a couple of guys chatting about a movie just minutes after the end credits. Therefore, there will be SPOILERS! So, if you haven't seen it yet and you plan to then you may want to go to the theater first and listen to us later.
Episode 19: The Return Of John Irons
Episode 17: Time Travelers And A Few Zombies