With Halloween rapidly approaching we’re all looking for a good scare or a great ghost story! Halloween brings on a feeling of excitement and mystery of what’s lurking behind that locked door or that eerie bump in the night! Then Bang!!! your imagination gets the best of you and you are totally terrified! Then the sigh of relief that it was only the wind… or was it? This is what makes Halloween so great! And a select few movies give you that exact same feeling! We wanted to kick start your Halloween season with a 31 Movies To Get You In The Mood For Halloween episode! Listen in and see if our picks are some your favorites! Did we miss one of your picks? If we did send us your list of movies to get you in the mood for Halloween. Send them too firstname.lastname@example.org or call the voice mail # 260-573-0015 or post them to Twitter, Facebook or the Ultimate Movie Geeks community on Google+
Every year we put our reputations on the line and record a prediction episode, opening ourselves up for ridicule and laughter! Isn’t it great! and honestly sometimes its just as fun to have crashed and burned and been wrong. As to have pumped ones chest out and been right! This year our 2016 Prediction Episode was so massive we had to make it an epic 3 part miniseries! Who was right? Who Was Wrong? Now its time to pay the piper and own up to all those insane things we said in the 2016 Prediction Episode Pt 1! Listen in and then let us know how your predictions for 2016 have been going, hopefully better than ours! If you want to be part of the show call the voicemail number 260-573-0015 with your results or movie reviews or email us at: email@example.com. You can also post them to Twitter, Facebook or the Ultimate Movie Geeks community on Google+
It’s time once again for us to descend into another Underground episode! How deep does the underground go you ask? Well in this episode we sprinkle in some witches, twist endings and cannibals! And if that’s not enough we’ve got some demonic possession and psychological thriller to round things out! If there is a movie we’re missing or a topic you want us to cover help us out and become part of the show by calling the voicemail number 260-573-0015, or email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also post them to Twitter, Facebook or the Ultimate Movie Geeks community on Google+
There has been so much hoopla and hype, then outrage for DC this summer! First with Batman V Superman. Which was trashed by the critics and for the most part trashed by the audience. Now Suicide Squad seems to be caught up in the fray! Ask yourself Is it just piling on? How can a movie make so much money and be bad? Maybe its a Marvel conspiracy to destroy DC! If you don’t have the answers we can help! Join us for our Spoiler Alert: Suicide Squad episode! We dig deep into all things Suicide Squad and I think you’ll be surprised as to our conclusion! Hint – we would watch it again. As always we want to hear your thoughts and reviews about Suicide Squad or any movie you want to discuss. You can call the voicemail #260-573-0015, or email us at: email@example.com. You can also post them to Twitter, Facebook or the Ultimate Movie Geeks community on Google+
For comic book fans and movie lovers there is no greater time of the year or better place to be than Comic-Con!! Heck, it should be a national holiday! Come on Valentines day is totally made up! And lets not get started on the Superbowl… I digress, whether its the all-star panels or amazing cosplay costumes and movie memorabilia on display there is something for everyone. But nothing brings out more anticipation and emotion than the trailer reveals for upcoming blockbusters! This year was no exception. So we invite you to join us as we crank up our geekdom about the trailers for Justice League & Wonder Woman how can one look so good and one so bad and could a certain Lego super hero be the best of the three? Can Marvel continue the epic roll its on with Dr. Strange? We also get a glimpse of the repercussions from the Flash‘s time altering choice in the season two finale in a first look season three trailer! I know what your thinking… ” not big enough!” Alrighty how about a giant freaking gorilla!!! Yep we gotta King Kong reboot in Kong: Skull Island!! Wow there is so much packed into this episode! We also couldn’t help but to gush over Stranger Things the Netflix original series. If you haven’t taken the time to watch we hope we can convince you to not miss out on one of the best we’ve seen in a long long time!. And finally we put the Ghostbusters 2016 debate and debacle to bed once and for all! and hence proclaim it the Lord Voldermort of 2016! As always, you can let us know what you think about these trailers or any of our episodes, the movies we review or give us your Top 5s, 10s or 25s at: firstname.lastname@example.org or call the voice mail # 260-573-0015 or post them to Twitter, Facebook or the Ultimate Movie Geeks community on Google+
One of the genres we often overlook here at the Movie Madness Podcast is horror, not because it isn’t a great genre. Heck some of the greatest movies ever have been horror movies! Not to mention some of the most iconic characters have been from horror movies! What would movies be without Frankenstein or Dracula? Maybe Peter Vincent ” Vampire Killer” is more your style! No matter your preference be it classic horror, foreign horror all the way to 80’s slashers The Underground‘s gonna have you covered! And fear not! Our regular Movie Madness Podcast episodes are going to keep on keeping on! Bringing you more movie goodness! We want your input to help make the show better! Whether its movie reviews or show suggestions or maybe a hidden gem your dying to tell someone about! We’re all ears! You can call the voicemail number 260-573-0015, or email us at: email@example.com. You can also post them to Twitter, Facebook or the Ultimate Movie Geeks community on Google+
With election day drawing near and honestly not a single candidate worth a darn to vote for! Who can we look to for leadership? The movies of course!!! With inspiring speeches, strength in the most dire situations add in some humor and just enough sleaze to get elected! What do you get? Our Top 5 Favorite Movie Politicians. From the most honorable to the most inept we’ve got you covered! And just in case we missed one of your picks you can always email them to us firstname.lastname@example.org or call the voicemail # 260-573-0015 You can also post them to Twitter, Facebook or the Ultimate Movie Geeks community on Google+
Classic movie reboots and sequels to the left of us! Super hero movies and tv shows to the right! And for good measure drop in a buddy action comedy from the top! Add that all together and what do you get? A train wreck of an episode! But in a good way! We tackle the really important topics of The Flash vs Daredevil! Could the tie in commercials for Ghostbusters actually be better than the movie! and much more! Listen in and become part of the show by emailing us email@example.com or call the voicemail # 260-573-0015 You can also post them to Twitter, Facebook or the Ultimate Movie Geeks community on Google+
Okay I know what your thinking “Hey this came out a month ago!” Well…. you’re right! but that doesn’t change the fact that Captain America: Civil War might be the greatest comic book movie made to date! With the introduction of new characters and the return of a beloved classic character to the mix we were left with a huge grin on our face! We had so much fun recording this Spoiler Alert! Captain America: Civil War episode we couldn’t just leave it in the vault! We hope you have as much fun listening as we did recording this episode! Also remember We want to hear from you with your thoughts on Captain America: Civil War or any movie you want discuss or review “we’re all ears!” You can call the voicemail #260-573-0015, or email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also post them to Twitter, Facebook or the Ultimate Movie Geeks community on Google+
Independence Day: Resurgence is a movie I’ve been anticipating since the credits first rolled on ID4. I’ve read some of the fan fiction, I’ve bought a couple of the post-movie books, I’ve even bought a picture album of movie screen shots because I loved that flick so much.
So when I saw the trailer for ID:R, I nearly shat a brick. And not just any brick… but the big, clunky, red kind. Yeah, that’s serious! Now, there are some spoilers in this review, not much, but some. So if you haven’t seen it and want to be completely surprised… READ NO FURTHER!
You’ve been warned. Go see it, then come back here and we’ll talk. Aaaaaand… go!
Okay so here we are, I saw it on July 4th weekend because Independence, and typical for Roland Emmerich’s work, there’s a ton of CGI, alien monsters and total city destruction with billions of people dying from a distance. See, the blessing about an Emmerich movie (and its curse, really) is that he really goes big so that the camera has to back off a few miles just so you can see what’s going on. In 2012, you knew very well that billions of people were dying all around the camera, and following that plane through downtown L.A. while subway trains were pooping themselves out of (suddenly) mile-high tunnels and thousands cars on the 405 were dumped unceremoniously into a bottomless abyss. What you didn’t see were the people, children, mothers, fathers, inside those cars and trains and being squashed under toppling buildings.
Same goes for ID:R… an entire hemisphere was sucked up in the air by MegaMaid (she’s gone from suck to blow!) and then dumped back down on itself, so you know very well that billions died. This makes Man Of Steel’s demolition of Metropolis look like a kid stepping on an anthill. Turns out, none of it was really necessary because the main point wasn’t the aliens’ destruction of a hemisphere… it was to drill to the Earth’s mantle to destroy the planet while getting the molten rock for their energy.
While I don’t have a problem with that, what was sacrificed for the CGI of Europe getting tossed like a salad was the story line itself. ID:R had several young characters who were the children of the first movie’s heroes. Capt. Dylan Hiller (Jessie Usher) is a household name because he’s essentially royalty, being Steve and Jasmine Hiller’s son. A fine pilot himself, he’s got a pretty harsh problem with Lt. Jake Morrison (Liam Hemsworth) over a training accident that happened recently but you never really get to see what the problem is save for a tiny video that Jake plays before quickly shutting off. Jake’s fiance, Patricia (Maika Monroe) daughter of ex-President Tom Whitmore knows them both and would totally love it if they were BFFs again but you don’t get to see why she knows them or even what their background is save a single picture of the three of them in Jake’s locker.
Here’s the real problem with the movie… I don’t really care about any of these new people because I don’t know them except that they’re the kids from the first flick all grown up. Each character’s story is basically spoon fed to you with two or three lines and then they’re off to fight something. I would have appreciated another hour of the movie just getting to know them. Maybe a reference to dylan “just shootin’ aliens” or Patricia thinking about her late mother.
But enough about that because everyone from the first flick is on screen as well! Well, sort of. Okay, with the exception of Tom Whitmore (a rather aged and bearded Bill Pullman) and David Levinson (Jeff F—ing Goldblum! Woohooo!) all the old characters we fell in love with from the first one appeared for a few minutes and then disappeared as if being marched across stage for their token bow then marched right back off again.
Forget about any of the background characters who showed up but didn’t do much. Wait, why was Joey King in this movie? She’s a kid with parents who died and is… what is she doing? It doesn’t matter because the CGI in the air is what is important here. She’s crying for some reason, she pops her cute little face up here and there throughout the movie, but the movie seemed to push her out of the way just as fast.
And why was there a French woman romantically teasing David throughout the entire movie? What happened to David’s former flame, Connie? Nothing. Not even a little history. Just… they’re romantic, so be quiet and enjoy the aliens. K? K.
The only thing I hope for is that they tack that extra hour on the DVD. Please God, let them tack that on. I wanted to see more of my heroes here, but everything happened so fast. It was like a guy standing there holding a sign with arrows and hastily sharpied words telling us what every character was about in two lines or less then standing aside for the dogfight scenes.
So, TL;DR, I’ll sum it all up here with the pros and cons.
~ The CGI was typical Roland Emmerich… bad ass and sophisticated on another level from Hollywood’s usual fare.
~ Excellent action.
~ Rockin’ dog fights that make Top Gun look like my three year old throwing a paper airplane.
~ The movie never takes itself too seriously and has lots of good humor thrown in.
~ I’ve seen better emotional content in an IKEA directions packet.
~ Lots of needless destruction that pushes the story out of the way.
~ You never really get to know anyone, you’re just supposed to assume they’re good at what they do and you’re safe in their capable hands.