A legendary New Yorker, a father figure to me, and a man I was always proud to know and call a friend has passed away. Bleecker Bob's was where I shopped for albums and where I discovered some of the music that shaped me, with help and friendly ribbing from Bob himself. Robert Plotnik's store was far more than my local. record store - Bob's customers included people who traveled from all over the world to make their pilgrimage to his store, where Robert Plant, David Bowie, Jimi Hendrix and others used to shop. It was heartbreaking in 2013 when Bob, who never towed the line or changed his store as New York grew more gentrified, finally shut the store down. Sadly, a major reason for that was his declining health. It's a devastating loss, but his life should be celebrated. The impact he had on so many, the contributions he made to music and culture, will live forever.Read More
Yet another player has entered the streaming wars - AT&T, having acquired Time Warner earlier this year, has announced plans for a Warner Media streaming service, debuting late 2019. Between Warners, Disney, and the still-nascent DC Universe, a clear pattern is beginning to emerge: the streaming landscape is going to be crowded, competitive and expensive.
And speaking of streaming developments, about which I've predicted but hoped in vain to be proven wrong - Daredevil is hanging up his horns. I would have been surprised if this weren't the case - Marvel wants to move all of its properties over to Disney's upcoming streaming service, and Netflix is extremely unhappy with the performance of its Marvel series. The viewership has been vanishing for each of these shows after season 1, and the critical failure of Iron Fist and The Defenders has meant this was a near-certainty. Sadly, it's now official. As fans, we can only hope that the last remaining Marvel/Netflix content - Jessica Jones season 3 and The Punisher Season 2 - see the light of day before this fun, if flawed, experiment in superhero television comes to a close.Read More
I knew DC could pull itself out of its cinematic rut - and based on early reactions from screenings, James Wan's Aquaman - not long ago a punchline - is the movie that will give the DC Extended Universe a much-needed rebirth!
Also, critics are falling over themselves to praise the story, animation and voice acting in Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. The Guardian in particular is quite, let's say, colorful in their recommendation.Read More
Shots fired! Is a podcast war in the works? Absolutely not. A podcaster who I've declined to work with convened a panel to do a show about me, saying some scandalous, hateful and defamatory stuff but for some reason I'm not that interested. I don't want to give them the attention they're crying out for, and life is short.
I'm especially cognizant of that today, Jimi Hendrix's birthday and the day after SpongeBob SquarePants creator Stephen Hillenburg passed away from ALS at the age of 57. Life is short, I do not have the time for anything but positivity and love. That's why my cats, Iggy and Bowie, are the thumbnail for this episode of the Matt Sager Podcast. Can you guess which one is Iggy and which is Bowie? Leave your best guess in the comments, I'll give you credit on a future episode if you get it right!Read More
Happy Cyber Monday! Did you catch Friday's show? If not, you will now. Some of the providers that host my podcast got a corrupted file, and no matter how many different ways I tried to fix it, nothing worked. Which is fine - I'm grateful for the syndication - but I'm re-uploading the episode for continuity's sake. New episode tomorrow, talk to you then!
Original description of episode, from Friday November 23, 2018:
Netflix has come to a mutually amicable agreement with the Satanic Temple, because not even a teenage witch is immune to the fiendish ways of copyright law. And that's not the only piece of streaming news, as rumors began to surface yesterday that Apple may be working on a low-priced Apple TV Stick, as they prepare to launch their own streaming service, and they already have a deal for a comedy series executive produced by Rob McElhenney and Charlie Day (It's Always Sunny in Philidelphia)! The streaming world is getting more crowded by the day, so don't go crazy and spend all your money on Black Friday/Cyber Monday - you'll need it if you want to afford all this new content coming out in 2019.
However, if you do want to to see what Amazon has on sale, check out their Black Friday Week sales here (affiliate link): https://amzn.to/2DUHohiRead More
New rule: fading, irrelevant comedians need to stop mocking a man's death to draw attention to themselves. And when they defend their hateful rhetoric, they need to stop pretending that they're making a point about society, and admit that they are making a broad statement about an art form that they know nothing about, that they don't even try to understand, and that of course they're cowards and bullies. How else would anyone describe Bill Maher's disgusting mockery of Stan Lee's death, his intellectually pathetic thesis that admiring Stan led to the election of Trump, and his proud display of ignorance on Larry King Now?
It's definitely unfunny, which is par for the course where Maher is concerned - it's also incredibly stupid, and shows a startling lack of empathy that indicates the aging talk show host as a serious personality disorder, or maybe autism or some form of psychosis. Whatever the case, I'm done with him. I hope he shuts up about Stan Lee, so that I don't have to give him any further attention. What a buffoon.
And on a lighter note - Happy Thanksgiving!Read More
Trump gave Elvis Presley the Medal of Freedom today, marking yet another bizarre moment between Elvis and an American President. Oh, did you not know that Nixon gave a sweaty, doped-up Elvis an honorary DEA badge? Yep, that really happened, but even that isn't as weird as pretending you were in the audience at a legendary Elvis concert and misquoting the announcer who said that "Elvis has left the building," with a pace and tone that sounds as though the president himself was more than a little medicated.
Anyway, tonight I catch up on some stories we've covered in recent episodes, provide updates on the disastrous state of NBC, which has a Megyn Kelly problem that is going to cost them at least $30 million, and Facebook, which has a massive corporate malfeasance and privacy problem, the costs of which are still unknown - both to Facebook, and our democracy.Read More
Don't point that finger at me, Bill Maher - if it's anything like your head, it's been deeply up your ass. Maher, bitter and ignorant, decided to pen a blog post on Saturday linking the mourning of Stan Lee to the election of Donald Trump.
It is intellectually lazy, conceptually stupid, and morally hateful. Bill, step into my office. We need to have a chat, especially since you're not much younger than Stan - yet far less popular and less intellectually curious, and more mean. How do you think you'll be remembered, Bill?Read More
Facebook's security has always been lax, and their indifference to the problem has always been disturbing. But today's detailed report in the New York Times is actually shocking, in the way it exposes the many ways in which Mark Zuckerberg and Sheryl Sandberg ignore the problem, in defense of their egos and self-image, and of course Facebook's value, have led them to ignore, obfuscate, and lie about the hacks, security leaks, and the ongoing Russian propaganda.Read More
Mike Francesa made a spectacular ass of himself when a caller asked him about how he felt regarding the passing of Stan Lee. Because Mike isn't a comics fan, the passing of a pop culture giant, the creator of our modern mythology, means absolutely nothing to the somnambulist sportscaster: https://youtu.be/3GLrKjmi22w
I, however, am still processing it, and take heart and inspiration from the information that Tom King has been stealthily paying tribute to Stan for years in the pages of DC Comics, and his telling of Stan's charming response to this tribute. I'm also quite moved, as I'm sure you will be too, by the sort of "lifetime accomplishments summary" he gave to the New York Times in 2015, which they've released in the wake of his passing: https://youtu.be/nQGKjlTbIWgRead More
Tonight's show is dedicated to our veterans, and one vet in particular, Stan Lee. The legendary creator passed away today at the age of 95, having accomplished so much good in this world that it's amazing, spectacular and uncanny. Between the loss of this giant and the ongoing inferno in Southern California, my heart is sort of broken tonight. Let's commiserate, celebrate love and hope, and the promise of better days.Read More
Before I take off for the weekend, I have a major news bomb to drop: hip hop recording artist/actor/legend Ice-T has never had a bagel! Or coffee! He may be an original gangster, but he has no Starbucks cred whatsoever! Honestly, considering how much of the past two decades he's spent around both Craft Services AND Richard Belzer, this is a shocker! Vulture has all the shocking details: https://www.vulture.com/2018/11/svu-cast-ice-t-says-hes-never-eaten-a-bagel.htmlRead More
Bryan Cranston confirmed the Breaking Bad movie on the Dan Patrick Show, but claims he hasn't received a script or any word as to who is in it. Rumors have it this may be the continuing adventures of Jesse Pinkman, but what that means for Walt - his involvement, or lack thereof - will be very interesting. I can't wait! Plus, I have some more details on the upcoming Disney streaming service, particularly how it will impact Marvel and Star Wars.Read More
There's going to be a Breaking Bad movie! The script making the rounds in Albuquerque, titled "Greenbrier" - almost certainly a working title, designed to avoid leaks like this one, is in fact a Vince Gilligan-helmed, 2-hour Breaking Bad movie! Whether it will be a prequel, sequel, or perhaps a bit of both like Better Call Saul, is unknown. The Hollywood Reporter has the news, albeit with very few details: https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/breaking-bad-movie-creator-vince-gilligan-works-1158881
The fact that this didn't totally dominate the news today is likely owed to the fact that the midterms were yesterday, Trump is firing people and banning journalists, so there's a lot going on in the world - none of which is as awesome as this news!Read More
Diablo: Immortal was announced at BlizzCon, and the fans were not happy. And the press was, frankly, way too earnest in calling these fans toxic, entitled, etc. while letting Blizzard completely off the hook with a disastrous rollout. Yes, there is toxicity in fandom, but they have been born in large part from the shunning legitimate, critical, reactions from fans and a neutered press. It's a very small-scale, less-consequential, version of what's happening in our free press, in the once civil discourse and free exchange of ideas in an increasingly open social sphere. By silencing all criticism, companies like Blizzard are more inclined to make ill-informed decisions like rolling out an iPhone game at Blizzcon, and to illicit angry reactions from fans who feel robbed. And while you can silence them, that only gives more power to the real trolls. It's a vicious cycle, one which we would all benefit from stopping.Read More
OK, I've been ignoring your requests to crap all over Opie Radio - got way better things to do... usually. But the video he posted to YouTube today, in which he looks like The Revenant and talks like Poochie, has moved me to remark once again on Gregg Hughes.
Also, Bohemian Rhapsody was amazing! Rami Malek was incredible as Freddie Mercury, and by the way did you catch his amazing voice acting on Season 5 of Bojack Horseman? And while we're on the subject, is Bojack going to be renewed for a sixth season? Let's find out!Read More
We've passed the 50 episode mark! Thank you so much, it's only going to get bigger and better from here!
In the meantime, here's part 2 of my recap of Daredevil Season 3, Episode 2, "Please." Matt Murdock has regained his senses, just in time to learn that his most hated foe has been set loose, free to terrorize New York City - with Karen, Foggy and Matt topping his murderous to-do list. Time to let the devil out!Read More
We've made it to 50 episodes! Congratulations, and welcome to November! Hope you had a better Halloween than I did (mine kind of sucked, as I explain in tonight's episode), and I'm back to recapping Daredevil Season 3!Read More
There is no denying that Disney is going through a tough, uncertain, transitory time. Marvel's Netflix universe is collapsing, as the creator of much of its content has left for DC Entertainment. Daredevil's future is uncertain, and it's looking as though all of this is headed towards an exodus from Netflix in favor of Disney's streaming service, set to launch in 2019. Of course, Marvel needs to stay healthy before they transition to their new, proprietary platform, as does Star Wars.Read More
I've got my voice back, I've started the Daredevil recaps, and I've reported on the mad bomber and the long-overdue departure of Megyn Kelly from NBC. Now, it's time to loop back around to a weird, but potentially very important story that I wanted to touch on before the news cycle starts over again: the booming trend of microchipping humans. As NPR reported, it's all the rage in Sweden and if there's money to be made, and convenience to be had, you can bet it's going to make its way to America before long.Read More