Fri, 17 April 2015
Mat, Thrasher, Jersey Jason, BJ, and special guest Alexander Miller (writer for Pulp365 and Film Inquiry) look back at the entire five-year run of the Sequelcast podcasts, talk about which movie series they would have liked to cover in retrospect, and get rather emotional in this final episode of the Sequelcast podcast.
Whether I was struggling to stay awake while watching Highlander: The Source or editing a podcast early in the morning before work, the Sequelcast has been a huge part of my life for the past five years. I give a hearty thanks to all listeners of the show past and present. To any guest that came on the show, thanks for popping by.
All things must come to an end, and so does this podcast. We recorded over 200 episodes on dozens of franchises, and that's not even counting the video game and special shows.
It's been an honor and a pleasure to have produced and hosted all the episodes for you listeners.
Please download the episodes of the Sequelcast while you still can. They will be available through the end of April 2015!
To quote the late Douglas Adams, so long and thanks for all the fish.
Thu, 9 April 2015
Mat and Thrasher discuss Another 48 Hrs. in this episode of the Sequelcast podcast. The money train was something Eddie Murphy and company couldn't resist, so Another 48. Hrs. came to pass. Despite having much of the same cast of the original, even down to the minor supporting roles, Another 48. Hrs. lacks the vim and vigor of the original. Eddie Murphy comes off as bored. So does the audience.
Mat is skeptical about the new Deadpool movie in production given how obnoxious Ryan Reynolds was playing the character in X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Thrasher mourns the passing of cult actor Rob Zidar. Thrasher expresses mild interest in The X-Files making a short miniseries comeback to TV.
Mat gives two thumbs up to Life Itself, an unflinching documentary on the life of the late film critic Roger Ebert. Thrasher thinks the TV show Backstrom is a tired procedural. Despite it's Portland, Oregon setting, the show is shot in Canada.
Thu, 9 April 2015
Mat and Thrasher discuss video games based off the Star Wars movies in this episode of the Video Game Sequelcast podcast. From the arcade to just about every console, Star Wars games have entertained and let down players for decades. They have covered every genre from racing (Star Wars Episode I: Racer) to real-time strategy (Star Wars: Force Commander). They also speculate on the upcoming Star Wars: Battlefront reboot for the PC, PS4, and Xbox One.
Thrasher has sunk more hours into Dragon Age: Inquisition than he cares to admit. He feels there are too many side quests that distract from the main story. Mat has played a ton of Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare and complains about the clunkiness of the menu interface. If you purchase a Season Pass, shouldn't it download the new DLC automatically when it comes out? That would make too much sense.
Mat and Thrasher close out the show by going on a rant about the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy books by the late Douglas Adams.
Fri, 3 April 2015
Mat and Thrasher discuss 48 Hrs. in this episode of the Sequelcast podcast. Coming off the success of The Warriors, director Walter Hill (Johnny Handsome) directed this action-comedy starring Nick Nolte (Jefferson in Paris) and Eddie Murphy (Daddy Day Care). Murphy was still a castmember on Saturday Night Live at the time. The film was a big hit. Before too long, Murphy would play starring roles instead of being saddled with a white co-star.
Mat thinks Horrible Bosses 2 is an OK movie with a great Chris Pine (People Like Us) performance. Thrasher thinks Season 6 of Community improves as it goes along. Both enjoy the surreal humor of The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and Broad City.
Mat and Thrasher rant on the publicity photo of Jesse Eisenberg (The Squid and the Whale) as Lex Luthor for the upcoming film Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice.
Fri, 27 March 2015
Mat and Thrasher discuss Starship Troopers: Invasion in this episode of the Sequelcast podcast. Perhaps bolstered by the success of their direct-to-DVD CG Resident Evil feature films, Sony released the animated Starship Troopers: Invasion in 2012. The main characters from the original film are older and back in a new adventure that features bugs attacking the outside and inside of different spaceships. The satire is not the focus this time around, but the action is arguably gets crazier than in any of the live-action films.
Thrasher laments the passing of the TV producer/writer Sam Simon. Mat thinks Tim Burton is a decent choice as the director for a live-action Dumbo film; just think of the clown sequences!
Mat likes the intimacy between the subject and the director in the documentary Paul Williams Still Alive. Thrasher thinks the Dungeons & Dragons 5th Edition Player's Handbook is a great revision to a classic tabletop game.
Wed, 18 March 2015
Mat and Thrasher discuss Starship Troopers 3: Marauder in this episode of the Sequelcast podcast. Screenwriter Ed Neumeier makes his directorial debut with this flick. The satire and humor is amped up compared to Starship Troopers 2: Hero of the Federation, but the budget it still quite limited. Its reach might outreach it grasp, but at least the titular troopers are trying this time around.
Mat is sad how modern the costumes look for Guy Ritchie's upcoming King Arthur film, reportedly the first in yet another massive franchise. Thrasher is intrigued by an Indiegogo campaign for Con Man, a web series starring Nathan Fillion and Alan Tudyk of Firefly fame.
Thrasher thinks Earth To Echo could have been better. Mat enjoys the fluffiness of Netflix's new series The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.
Fri, 13 March 2015
Mat and Thrasher discuss Starship Troopers 2: Hero of the Federation in this episode of the Sequelcast podcast. Special effects legend Phil Tippett directed this direct-to-video sequel which features a greater element on horror than one might suspect. A mostly humorless affair, the highlight of the film is an opening news reel mainly consisting of footage from the original!
With Marvel Films jamming Spider-Man into the upcoming film Captain America 3: Civil War, Thrasher wonders how big Spidey's role will be. Mat and Thrasher enjoy how the season finale of Star Wars Rebels features a character from Star Wars: The Clone Wars.
Mat enjoys the new sitcom Fresh Off The Boat for its offbeat humor. Thrasher rants about how boring Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Agent Carter are. Here's hoping Marvel's upcoming slate of live-action TV shows for Netflix fare better.
Fri, 6 March 2015
Mat and Thrasher discuss Starship Troopers on this episode of the Sequelcast podcast. Although it had modest box office returns given its budget, the flick has been a perrenial best seller on a multitude of home video formats. Director Paul Verhoeven (Hollow Man) added a healthy dose of satire to the mix which many people miss on their first viewing.
Mat thinks the plot synopsis for Creed, the upcoming Rocky spin-off film focusing on Apollo's son, is a bit banal. Thrasher is tickled by a new Tomb Raider movie in the works inspired by the recent reboot video game that takes Lara Croft back to her origins.
Mat enjoys a bit of retro comedy with the John Landis (Animal House) classic Trading Places. Thrasher chuckles at the Saturday Night Live: 40th Anniversary Special that recently aired.
Fri, 6 March 2015
Mat, Thrasher, and Jersey Jason discuss the long career of Leonard Nimoy in this episode of the Sequelcast Special podcast. He was an actor, poet, photographer, and director. Best known for playing the role of Mr. Spock on the original Star Trek TV series, Nimoy also was a regular on Mission: Impossible for two seasons playing the role of Paris. Nimoy's dulcet tones provided narration to documentary TV series (In Search Of) and video games (Seaman, Civilization IV) He passed away recently, leaving behind a legion of roles that were quirky, warm, and often full of emotion.
The Nimoy family has also asked that, in lieu of flowers, people consider making a charitable donation in Nimoy’s memory.
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Fri, 27 February 2015
Mat and Thrasher discuss Escape From L.A. in this episode of the Sequelcast podcast. John Carpenter returns to direct this sequel to Escape From New York with a bigger budget than the original, yet the whole enterprise feels cheaper due to shoddy mid-1990s special effects. Bruce Campbell (Oz the Great and Powerful) has a dandy cameo as a master plastic surgeon.
Mat and Thrasher delight in Neill Blomkamp being chosen as a director for Alien 5, but wonder if the film will actually make it into production. Mat is still enjoying Gotham even though more time in Arkham Asylum would have been appreciated. Thrasher has a marathon of sorts watching the four Starship Troopers movies.