It's all about TV tonight, as I continue to love Ozark and be disappointed in Arrested Development. I'm also greatly concerned for The Walking Dead, which is having a rough start to season 9. At least part of the problem lies in their marketing - it may sound smart to advertise that your main character is on the way out, but to your average viewer, the news that Andrew Lincoln's Rick Grimes is about to exit the show comes across as the end. Hopefully the show can avoid a ratings apocalypse, and avoid the fate of The Walking Dead's gaming franchise, which is ending abruptly and amidst great upset and turmoil.Read More
Now that the Music Modernization Act has finally been enshrined into law by President Trump, I'm wondering - why was SiriusXM so firmly against this bill, which helps them every bit as much as it does the musical artists who make up so much of their programming? It's not as if they don't make out very well too, in the long run, so I can't help but wonder if satellite radio isn't looking for an escape hatch. Why else were they so focused on the short-term money, if they're not at least contemplating cutting and running? It's just speculation, but they may see the ubiquity of streaming, downloadable music and podcasts as a threat to their long-term survival. I certainly do, so maybe I'm just projecting, but it's the only reason I can see for their objection to the MMA, which will undoubtedly benefit them in the long rung - as long as they plan on sticking around long enough to reap the benefits.Read More
It's a tale of two Netflix series, both starring Jason Bateman - one of which is in deep decline and likely about to end it's long run, and another of which is just getting started. Say goodbye to Arrested Development's Michael Bluth, and pray for Marty Byrde, who is forever just barely surviving the dangerous decisions he's made for himself and his family. There may always be money in the banana stand, but there are cartel members and crazy rednecks (or hillbillies!) in Ozark.Read More
I'm working with an injury tonight, so have a little sympathy! I took a nasty header onto the streets of New York City, but my new iPhone XS is safe thanks to a screen protector - never leave home without one!
What's less clear is what saved the pretty terrible Venom - I was sure it was going to be a bomb, because I'm it's target audience and I hated it! However, the Spider-Man movie which can't mention Spider-Man, the PG-13 movie about a cannibal alien, made back about twice its budget during its opening weekend. This has Sony thinking about prioritizing the Spider-verse movies that have been on the back-burner, like Silver Sable, Black Cat and Kraven the Hunter.Read More
In which I recap the season finale of Better Call Saul! Strap in, because this episode changes everything! Obviously, spoiler warning, for last night’s episode, “Winner,” as well as all of Better Call Saul to date, and the Breaking Bad complete series.Read More
New York Comic Con was a lot of fun, and I look forward to recapping some of the highlights - although, truthfully, this con more than most was more about the people, my friends, than it was any new product. A lot of the premieres and sneak previews were pretty lame. And in any case, any NYCC talk will have to wait until after I recap the Better Call Saul season finale tomorrow.
So, let me take this opportunity to do what no other voice actor seems willing to - call out Rachel Butera for her disgusting mockery of sexual assault survivor Christine Blasey Ford, as she poured out her heart and relived her trauma, at incredible risk to her reputation and safety while Rachel thought it would be funny to mock her and post it on social media.Read More
It's day 2 of New York Comic-Con, and my mind has been blown by the Aquaman trailer! See for yourself: https://youtu.be/WaWnLiffxJ4
Meanwhile, my friends are telling me that I've missed the point with Venom: it's so bad, some say, that it's great! As a Gen-Xer, I feel that my camp bonafides are well established - I'm all about enjoying poorly made entertainment for it's flaws, but Venom was just too expensive and well-polished a turd for me to enjoy. Although I'll grant you, there are moments where the editing gets so bad I did have a real belly-laugh. But if I've lost my joie de crap, if I'm missing the fun, if there's something about Venom that I'm missing, please let me know.Read More
Just saying a quick hello, and welcome one and all to New York Comic Con - the greatest show on Earth that doesn't take place in San Diego! There are several big reveals and premieres timed to coincide with NYCC, and I can give you advice regarding at least one such big new release - skip Venom!Read More
Last night was the penultimate episode of Better Call Saul, which means I only get to recap season 4 one more time after this! So I'm stepping up my game - suffice it to say, spoilers ahead. Not just for Saul, but for Breaking Bad, as the timelines of the 2 shows draw ever closer to crossing their streams. Yet another character who has previously only been mentioned in off-screen dialogue prior to now has surfaced in Better Call Saul, and has given Hector his trademark bell. Will it toll for Nacho, or Werner? What's going to happen to Kim, and for that matter what fate is in store for the sleepless, guilt-ridden Howard Hamlin?Read More
I'm back, boys and ghouls! On tonight's episode, I discuss appropriately scary topics for October: trauma, social media, and the courage that all creative artists should have, and that all too few are exhibiting.Read More
I tried to distract myself from the depressing hearings of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh by taking up some of my listener's suggestions for comics and comic-inspired media, and - well, it was a bad day.
Neither Tom King's Heroes in Crisis nor the trailer for Dark Phoenix did much to improve my mood - although Daredevil Season 3 looks awesome, and I look forward to seeing whether DD is in fact Born Again when it premieres on Netflix October 19.Read More
It's Tuesday, which means I'm recapping Better Call Saul!
Last night's episode, 'Coushatta' shows that nobody is walking away from this season clean. Jimmy's redemptive journey is definitively over, and it looks like he's corrupting Kim! Even as we mourn her innocence, Nacho has gotten much more intense under Gus' tutelage, and Mike is struggling with whether he's going to have to kill a bunch of Germans who he'd hoped to bond with. But that lab's not going to build itself, and loose lips sink empires, so - yeah, it's getting kinda hot in ABQ.Read More
It's episode 30, and I spent the weekend catching up on email from listeners (send me your questions or comments anytime: firstname.lastname@example.org). Interestingly, I've received a bunch of emails related to my thoughts on comics - or comic movies, TV shows, etc. I answer those, and briefly discuss the weird videogame show that I hosted from the early 2000s, and the band that was my most frequent guest on that show - you're familiar with them. They're nice guys, but - yeah, this was not my proudest moment by any stretch of the imagination. But you asked, so I'll tell you all about it.Read More
After the "stinging" rebuke from this podcast (Episode 26 - You Can't Be Sirius XM), as well as over 150 musicians, SiriusXM finally caved and dropped their opposition to the Music Modernization Act. They've joined their peers, and the entire U.S. Congress and Senate, in allowing fair pay for the artists whose work enables their businesses to exist.Read More
Alright, you've asked for my thoughts on the Captain Marvel trailer - and for that matter you've been asking me to speak more about comics in general - so here goes nothing! Please remember I love comics and their creators and despise racists, sexists, misogynists and every other troglodyte and keep that in mind when I say it looks - well, you're going to have to listen.Read More
Shocking, totally unexpected news about platonic buddies Bert and Ernie!
Plus, I'm finally back to Better Call Saul recaps, so proceed with caution - this episode contains spoilers for last night's episode, as well as many other plot developments of this and previous seasons.Read More
Greg Maffei is the Chairman of the Board of both SiriusXM and Live Nation, which would be enough of a conflict of interest if he weren't also the single greatest enemy of musicians. As the head of both the largest concert and event promoter and the sole satellite radio service, he is the sole holdout preventing artists from getting paid what they're worth, or even guaranteeing that they get paid at all. SiriusXM is alone in their opposition to the Music Modernization Act, and in so doing they are incurring the wrath of an army of musicians, including Sir Paul McCartney, Don Henley, Steven Tyler and Joe Perry, and over 150 musicians upon who Maffei's businesses are built.Read More
Time for me to spread the word about another amazing Netflix animated series! If you aren't watching Bojack Horseman, you are missing out on an incredible experience - some of the best animation, voice acting and storytelling available in any medium.Read More
Henry Cavill is apparently out as Superman in the DC Extended Universe, and reports are flooding in that Ben Affleck will follow him out the door, leaving someone else to take on the mantle of Batman.Read More
A day to never forget - September 11, 2001. I certainly remember what it was like for me, being a lifetime resident of downtown Manhattan and working in midtown, where the walls were see-through glass and (some of) the executives were heartless ghouls.Read More