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Jul 13, 2017

Brian Spaeth joined me to discuss Spider-Man Homecoming. We discussed the wider Marvel universe and what this iteration of Spider-Man got right.

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  • Tony Stark and his appearance in Spider-Man
  • Comparing to Tobey Maguire
  • Comparing to Andrew Garfield
  • Michael Keaton as Vulture
  • Spider-Man doesn't join the Avengers
  • Allowing Spider-Man's stories to be smaller
  • Vulnerability and awkwardness of Spider-Man
  • Weaving a universe where Spider-Man can be regular high school kid
Mar 28, 2016

We'll never bring back the summer movie podcast completely, but we'll still find occasion to get together with Brian Spaeth and talk about movies. Batman v Superman is one of those occasions, especially considering the amount of conversations we had over the years about the first Superman installment by Zack Snyder, Man of Steel.

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  • Batman v Superman
  • Man of Steel and how much Brian hated it
  • If this was the only Superman that was ever going to be made it would piss you off
  • Superman is like the Cleveland Browns
  • Comparing Superman to the Temptations
  • Superman is just a good person except in Zack Snyder's world
  • The overbearing style of Zack Snyder
  • The dream sequences?
  • A PG-13 movie that really was R-rated
  • Superman and how many times it will be rebooted
  • If you kill Superman in a movie and Brian doesn't react you've done something wrong
  • Nobody actually believes Superman is dead
  • A forgettable movie about iconic characters
  • X-Men and the new Civil War movie
  • Superman as a period movie
  • Batman leaking into Superman and not ripping off Marvel
  • Iron Man and how Marvel created the gravity around him
  • Clark Kent is barely a character opposite Superman
Dec 18, 2015


After doing the spoiler-free Star Wars podcast, Brian Spaeth and Craig Lyndall do one with all the spoilers. 

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  • Star Wars marketing was respectful of the spoilers
  • Princess Leia was a bit stiff
  • Han Solo had the magic in his eyes
  • Kylo Ren is the best Star Wars villain ever
  • Rey is potentially the best hero in the history of Star Wars
  • J.J. Abrams making you think Finn is going to be the Jedi
  • Who are Rey's parents?
  • Is Rey a twin of Kylo Ren?
  • The unfocused plot of Star Wars
  • The visuals and the world building were phenomenal
  • Chopping trees down during a light sabre battle
  • Why did Kylo Ren punch his own wound?
  • There was no substance to Darth Maul
  • The laughs in The Force Awakens
  • A missed opportunity for Captain Phasma
  • This is the moment for Star Wars and it's going to get watered down
  • Not going for the cheap pop with Luke and the Millennium Falcon
  • Should you remake the prequels?
  • The prequels and the trouble with back-story
  • The evil of the New Order
Dec 18, 2015

Brian Spaeth and Craig Lyndall do all the spoiler-free Star Wars podcast.

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  • Star Wars and how much anticipation there is
  • Getting excited for the Avengers
  • Comparing George Lucas to Randy Lerner
  • The age of the viewers and the demarcation points
  • George Lucas and his actual legacy
  • Expectations for Star Wars and staying dark
  • Pre-rating the new Star Wars a ten in the Spaeth book
  • Seeing Star Wars multiple times
  • The Star Wars movie and not trying too hard
  • Not over-explaining anything
  • Kylo Ren is Adam from Girls
  • Just being happy for all future Star Wars fans
May 15, 2014

The summer movie podcast is in full swing now. Brian and I saw Neighbors starring Zac Efron and Seth Rogen. While there wasn't a heck of a lot to say about it, we both kind of liked it.

We also talked about the Cavaliers removing Mike Brown and how little there really was to say about that either. Somehow we managed to fill up 30+ minutes just the same. 

And don't miss it. Brian sang a podcast intro for the WFNY podcast that was simply divine.

May 6, 2014

We had some trouble getting our schedules to match in the first few weeks, but with the opening of SpiderMan 2, we finally got our act together. It's going to be another busy movie season, so we rocked out four movies in one podcast.

Spiderman 2, Transcendence starring Johnny Depp, Divergent as a Hunger Games ripoff, and finally Draft Day.

It actually worked because there wasn't a whole lot lot lot to say about any of these movies.

Jan 10, 2014

While Denny is still taking care of his adorable baby in her first days, Brian Spaeth (@BrianSpaeth) and Ben Cox (@WFNYBen) stepped up to help out with the Casual Friday podcast. So, naturally we talked about sports and movies.

  • The Wolf of Wall Street discussion with Brian Spaeth and Ben Cox
  • Telling the story of Jordan Belfort as he told it
  • The agent in the subway allowing Belfort to win as a directorial decision
  • All the extra scenes of excess and how that was a device for Scorcese
  • How excited is Ben to see Luol Deng’s first game?
  • How mediocre did the Deng trade just make the Cavaliers
  • The NBA and tanking
  • You can draft anywhere and succeed
  • What’s the success rate of the #1 pick in the NBA draft?
  • What’s the success rate of the #1 pick in the NFL draft?
  • Kevin Costner had no work for a decade and now he can’t stop working
  • Brian takes on Man of Steel again
  • The Superman movie needs to have the Thor tone
  • Was Zack Snyder’s take on Superman worthwhile?
  • What movies does Ben rush out and see?
  • Brian never saw the Alien movies prior to Prometheus
  • American Hustle and how it didn’t quite deliver
  • The Walking Dead as compared to American Hustle
  • Sometimes Craig can be distracted with a pinwheel
  • Kevin Smith and how he makes everyone think he’s their friend
  • The Star Wars prequels and how Brian likes them
  • The less is more model to keep art precious

Aug 27, 2013

It's all over folks. The Summer movie podcast of 2013 is in the books. Brian and Craig discuss some entertainment topics, review Kick-Ass 2 and then Brian ranks his movies of the summer. Craig's ranks will be up tomorrow.

  • Brian edits a video live on the podcast
  • How much money would you need to not watch the last episode of Breaking Bad?
  • How much would you need to not watch the Browns in the Super Bowl?
  • Ben Affleck as Batman and the outrage and hyperbole
  • Zach Snyder and whether or not he has the leeway to make the film he wants to make
  • Kick Ass 2 and how it missed the tone of the first film
  • Craig needs to embrace his feelings about Kick Ass 2
  • Jim Carrey’s role and performance
  • Jim Carrey’s refusal to promote

Brian Spaeth's Summer Movie Ranks for 2013

Tier 1 - Best movies of the summer
Fast 6

Tier 2 - Excellent
Pacific Rim
Iron Man 3

Tier 3 - Liked a lot some with reservations
Star Trek
2 Guns
World War Z

Tier 4 - Decent enough with major reservations
This is the End
The Wolverine

Tier 5 - Some great some good but the bad overshadows everything
Man of Steel

Tier 6 - Watchable I guess but not actually good
The Internship
White House Down

Tier 7 - Bad movies
Kick Ass 2

Tier 8 - Lowest Tier
After Earth
The Lone Ranger

Aug 13, 2013

Brian Spaeth (@brianspaeth) and Craig Lyndall (@WFNYCraig) talk about lots of stuff and also the movie Elysium.

  • Why did I have a viral podcast?
  • Bronie and The Postal Service?
  • Deli meat and why the world accepts turkey over chicken
  • Brian’s thoughts on deli meats
  • Brian’s intimidated by the deli counter
  • Craig offers to show Brian the ropes of the deli counter
  • Who has $150 dinners?
  • Tipping and talking to the deli counter
  • Elysium should have been directed to 14 and 15 year olds
  • World building and how critical we should be of it
  • Jodi Foster’s performance and how distracting it was
  • Jodi Foster seemed to be a caricature of a bad guy
  • Jodi Foster’s facial expressions didn’t seem to have any life
  • Matt Damon was playing a Hispanic character
  • Neill Blomkamp’s goals were high and he failed to reach them
  • Sharlto Copley looked like Kenny Loggins and was really sinister as the villain
  • Spoilers begin and Brian goes in on world building
  • Sweatshops and technology and why people are working in factories
  • The human fixing machines are distributed one per home
  • Elysium made me think of Caprica more than anything
  • Brian fixes Elysium

Jul 23, 2013

A nice little journey that had very little to do with RIPD.

  • RIPD and Kevin Bacon being hidden from the trailer
  • Hippies and why anyone would choose to be an archetype
  • Hipsters and hippies and emos and punks
  • Brian judges Craig unfairly
  • Town Hall in Ohio City
  • Brian’s judgement of his people in the theater
  • Kid making phone calls in a movie theater and begging for a tongue lashing
  • The movie will be on TNT for years to come
  • Leans on the same jokes throughout the film
  • Looking at Men in Black comparisons, making them and still feeling badly about it
  • Envy starring Jack Black and Brian’s script that got him an agent
  • Ryan Reynolds in The Proposal
  • The movie looked very good but I thought they were in Washington D.C.
  • Mary-Louise Parker and having a crush on her
  • Orange is the new Black and how much Brian liked it
  • Orphan Black on BBC America
  • Christian Slater and how he can’t carry a TV show
  • Craig loves Untamed Heart
  • Fringe and Jen’s appearance
  • British shows knowing how to end
  • The X-Men movies and how much Craig liked them
  • X-Men first class
  • Captain America
  • Citizen Kane and the Magnificent Ambersons
  • The blood spatters on the camera during Children of Men

Jul 15, 2013

This week's movie was Pacific Rim by Guillermo del Toro. It stars the cast of Sons of Anarchy and also reunites del Toro with Hellboy himself Ron Perlman.

  • Guillermo Del Toro and the Hell Boy movies
  • Kaiju and how Brian loved the film
  • Pacific Rim is a movie for ten year old boys
  • This movie understands what it means to have heroes
  • The world building was amazing in Pacific Rim
  • You get a sense of geography in this film
  • Character development that is effective and makes you like them better
  • Mako Mori as a strong female character
  • When movie characters look alike
  • The marketing failed this movie
  • Were they trying to keep us away from the characters in the marketing?

Jul 6, 2013

Brian and I were in catch-up mode today as the summer movie schedule has raced past us. Brian helps talk through White House Down and The Lone Ranger.

  • Quitting caffeine
  • Monster Energy Drinks
  • Diet Coke addiction
  • White House Down
  • Throwback action movie calling to the 90’s
  • Another movie that was too long
  • Roland Emmerich and what he’s done
  • The effects in the movie was pretty good
  • Basically a Die Hard remake
  • Toy Soldiers starring Wil Wheaton and Sean Astin which Brian has never seen
  • The building has no character and it could have
  • Cutting some of the repetitive mis-direction
  • Channing Tatum’s a Capitol policeman in charge of a congressman
  • The Rock and Con Air achieved what WHD should have
  • Jamie Foxx’s character’s defining characteristic is that he’s played by Jamie Foxx
  • Michael Jordan IV’s and how it was a non-sequiter
  • Was there a good bad guy in this film?
  • The marketing for WHD was all over the NBA playoffs?
  • The Lone Ranger
  • It was an awful awful awful movie according to Brian
  • Brian’s pre-movie experience with the nachos
  • The surroundings in a movie can just end a movie experience
  • Brian slept through portions of this film
  • Armie Hammer was in the Social Network and was in the Lone Ranger
  • Gore Verbinski and his descending movie
  • Mocking out the Lone Ranger for wanting to follow the rules
  • The action movie and length needs to be adjusted
  • The William Tell Overture
  • Johnny Depp and his career feels like a mess
  • The Green Hornet is the Lone Ranger’s grandson
  • Despicable Me 2
  • Pacific Rim and Guillermo del Toro
  • Man of Steel
  • Fast and Furious 6 again...

Jul 2, 2013

World War Z starring Brad Pitt was the topic of conversation with Brian Spaeth this week. 

  • It was almost distracting how non-violent it was
  • This movie was mostly a mystery than it was a traditional zombie film
  • The science of the movie and whether the zombies were good
  • Should zombies have any superpowers or should they just be resilient?
  • Matt Bellamy from Muse and the soundtrack
  • Brad Pitt’s project from beginning to end

Jun 27, 2013

Brian was on vacation this past week, so I don't think he ever got around to seeing Monsters University. As a result, I replaced him this week with my son Ben who saw Monsters U in the theater with me. It was Ben's first ever movie in the theater, so I figured I'd just throw a few minutes together with him. He was probably better than I was on this podcast.

Jun 18, 2013

I can't sugar-coat it. This movie wasn't anywhere near as good as Brian and Craig's expectations. Brian definitely had more issues with it than Craig, but neither thinks the franchise is without a future, necessarily.

  • Brian pre-rated Man of Steel as a 9 and ended up at a 4
  • Taken and how it was ripped apart by Jim Norton
  • Superman is the iconic archetype superhero and must be protected
  • My three year old knows Superman and will never not know him
  • Tone, plot and character.
  • Screwing up the character of Superman
  • The portrayal of Krypton was great
  • Clark as a wanderer of the earth was also great
  • Jonathan Kent and his confusing lessons to Clark
  • Teaching Clark to watch people die
  • The action overload in the film
  • The film series isn’t dead
  • Henry Cavill was pretty good as Superman
  • After Earth and Man of Steel ending with bad jokes
  • The brutality of comics as writers tested the boundaries of taste
  • Should the Superman universe have had the same tone as The Avengers?
  • How could they have fixed Man of Steel?

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