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The best laid plans of mice and men; a really fun show was planned to mock Kevin Durant's middle school social media usage and Kyrie's slow transformation into Kobe 2.0. Guest was gonna come on, tell some jokes and get out. But that was before Friday. That was before the highest office in the land was used as a bully pulpit to rile up public sentiment against athletes exercising their first amendment rights. Situations dictate actions, and I think that once again 45 has found himself in a situation he does not understand.

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Category:Sports -- posted at: 2:27pm EDT

We’re back with another Character Corner and this time we’re covering the Inhumans. First off, let’s make it clear that we’re mainly focused on the Royal Family of the Inhumans. The “Nuhumans” or the Inhumans created on earth due to the Terrigen bomb that Black Bolt sets off during the events of Infinity are definitely a separate category. We might cover some of the more famous “Nuhumans” in a later episode. But for this, we’re focused mostly on the Royals

Issues:

  • Fantastic Four
    • Issue #36 - First Appearance of Medusa
    • Issue #44 - First Appearance of Gorgon
    • Issue #45 - 48 - The rest of the Royal Family & first "appearance" of Inhumans
    • Issue #150 - Crystal & Quicksilver wedding
  • Thor #146 - 153
  • Inhumans vol 1
  • Marvel Knights Inhumans (1998 - 1999)
  • Inhumans Vol 3 - Inhumans vs The Kree
  • World War Hulk
  • The Illuminati
  • Son of M
    • Quicksilver loses his powers and steals Terrigen Crystals to get them back. Leads to the kick off of Silent War
  • The Silent War
  • Secret Invasion: Inhumans
  • War of Kings
    • Entire reading list is here
  • Realm of Kings
  • Infinity
  • Inhuman
  • Uncanny Inhumans
  • Death of X
  • Inhumans vs X-Men
  • Inhumans Prime
  • Inhumans: Once and Future King
  • Royals

 

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Category:general -- posted at: 1:18pm EDT

Welcome to a bonus episode of Secret Sauce! To celebrate the release of our 5th episode I thought it would be alot of fun to get the ladies of MTR together to discuss any and everything on our minds. We had a blast discussing sex, recommendations, comic books and Girls Trip but we were definitely missing an important member from the MTR Network...Coqui from Molecules and Shit. Come join the fun!

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Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 12:47pm EDT

We’ve definitely hit our Super Tuesday Recap groove cause we’re back already with a new episode. This time we bring in Rod from The Black Guy Who Tips to also share his thoughts on Secret Empire. We also wanted to do a follow up to our last episode on Secret Empire now that the wrap-up issue, Secret Empire: Omega, has come out.  In our last episode we speculated about what would be in Omega and it turns out, it was even better than we thought. Secret Empire: Omega really lays out the moral issue at the heart of the event: How much different was Hydra Steve from the previous government and people in place? Hydra Steve's methods were direct and easy to call fascist but he was only able to get as far as he did because the moral compass of America was already in decay. 

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Category:Entertainment -- posted at: 3:01pm EDT

Every week this NFL season, UDPod will be putting out a micro episode breaking down the week's action as only we can. Up first, week 2!.

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Category:Sports -- posted at: 7:23am EDT

I fought a hurricane and after 5 days without power, I won. And that means UDPod is back with more audio goodness, as we have ESPN alumni Nata Edwards back on to give an insider's look at what the hell happened with ESPN and Jemele Hill this week. On top of that, we talk the diminishing returns of Thursday Night Football, the overflow of bad quarterbacks, and all the happenings in college football including the dumbest football game of all time.

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Konata - @NataTheScribe - Uproxx

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Category:Sports -- posted at: 10:44am EDT

Kriss is joined by Aaron from the Black Astronauts podcast. It's a random and lighter show than the last several ones. We talk about Destiny 2 being addicting and why studios should stop putting their movies out around Star Wars (and other big blockbusters that always bury their films). We then talk about Kriss' simple tweet that went viral and what it says about what people think of when it comes to diversity in films. Why is white the default even for women? Why can't James Bond be black? We also hit the Jemele Hill ESPN issue and also discuss phone prices. Like I said...it was a random show.

Topics:

  • Destiny 2 is even more addicting than Destiny 1
  • Kathleen Kennedy had JJ Abrams in her back pocket
  • Stop putting your films near other blockbuster films
  • Kriss goes viral
    • Red Sparrow trailer
    • Why is the default always white?
    • There are no non-white people in Russia apparently
    • Why can't James Bond be black?
  • Arrow wants to do a Black Lives Matter episode (just no)
  • Jemele Hill and the mess ESPN created 
  • Calling White Supremacists 'White Supremacists' is more offensive than being a White Supremacist
  • The ESPN internal chat messages over ESPN's handling of the Hill situation
  • Do You Even Sci-Fi Bro?
  • Why the debate over phone prices explains the issues with getting Universal Healthcare.

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Category:Entertainment -- posted at: 5:24pm EDT

It’s the Super Tuesday Recap you’ve been asking us for. Kriss, Dpalm and Justin are back to discuss Nick Spencer’s Secret Empire. If we sound a bit animated during the show it’s because there has been an incredible amount of poorly written takes on this event. Now of course, not everyone is going to like or even agree with everything that happens in this event. That’s perfectly okay. What’s not okay though is when entire articles are written or discussions are had and basic facts are misconstrued or worse, ignored.

Read Secret Empire and the associated Captain America books. Reading what other people have written (even us) doesn’t do it justice. This is a great Captain America story, the best Sam Wilson story ever written and a pretty relevant book in light of recent events in America.

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Category:Entertainment -- posted at: 10:42am EDT

This week Kriss is joined by Rich Jones to talk about all the craziness in the world. We talk about a lot of topics starting with how group think and pressure to conform to traditions leads to people feeling forced into doing certain things. Kriss tells his own hilarious story about faking speaking in tongues. We then move on to talking about all the hurricanes and how vulnerable the certain people are. Then finally there's a discussion about the sexism powerful ambitious women face.

Topics:

  • Kriss tells the story of when he faked speaking in tongues as a kid in church
  • Some are too poor to evacuate hurricane Irma 
  • Why does the media cover disasters like outside observers instead of helping?
  • Asking if Kathleen Kennedy is the right person to lead LucasFilms is blatant sexism
    • Two films, grossing $3 billion but her credentials are questioned
  • Sexism in the 2016 election (and after)
  • Hillary Clinton needs to shut up (even though Bernie didn't and Mitt Romney didn't)
  • Hillary is actually right
  • Great Moments in White Privilege
  • Black Woman Shoutout

 

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Rich Jones - @richJones15 

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Category:Entertainment -- posted at: 9:42am EDT

Brandon and Kriss review the remake of the Stephen King's 'It'. 

A group of bullied kids band together when a monster, taking the appearance of a clown, begins hunting children.

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Category:TV & Film -- posted at: 6:23am EDT

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Let's start with an apology up front: Kriss was definitely out of control this episode. But again, this is why we don't get the whole Super Tuesday crew together for reviews. Anyway, we wrap up our Defender review with episodes 7 & 8. We talk about where we see the characters going in their respective solo shows, who Maggie is at the end and sprinkled throughout are various words of wisdom like why you should always fight and old person. Yeah its that kind of show. And we end it all with a discussion on The Punisher and why it might not be the show everyone thinks they want.

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Category:TV & Film -- posted at: 8:09pm EDT

Welcome back to episode 5 of Secret Sauce! To begin, we start with our very first review. Thanks Rich! Next we get to know someone special to the MTR Network, Attorney Susan Berry. Then a short segment on 'manhating' and finally we talk to Val Rich, a talented clairvoyant. Thank you for listening.

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Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 11:57pm EDT

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We're wrapping up our Peter Parker Character Corner with the third and final part. We go over (quickly) the introduction of Carnage and then Peter & Harry's final confrontation. Then its on the one of the most controversial storylines: The second clone saga. No matter where you fall in the debate, we can all agree things got a bit out of control. It's not all bad though since Ben Reilly has become a pretty popular character and so despite the mess, there were some good outcomes. We then get into Civil War, One More Day and where Peter is now. Our Rogue Wars character corner covers a lot of the later issues of Peter so you'll definitely want to check that out.

Issues:

  • Carnage
    • Amazing Spider-Man #344 - Cletus Kasady
    • Amazing Spider-Man #360-361 - First Appearance of Carnage
  • The Spectacular Spider-Man #200 - Harry Osborn Dies
  • The Second Clone Saga (won't list out all the issues, there are too many)
    • Amazing Spider-Man #418 - Return of Norman Osborn/reveals he was behind everything
    • The Clone Saga Mini-Series - 6 issues that follows the original script
  • Amazing Spider-Man vol 2 #38 - The Conversation
  • Marvel Knights Spider-Man 1 - 12
  • Doctor Octopus: Negative Exposure - Brian K Vaungh
  • Spider-Man The Other - gives him new powers
  • Civil War #2 - Peter reveals his identity to the world
  • Sensational Spider-Man Annual #1
  • One More Day - Peter & MJ make a deal to give up their marriage to save aunt May
    • The Amazing Spider-Man #544
    • Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man #24
    • The Sensational Spider-Man vol 2 #41
    • The Amazing Spider-Man #545
  • Amazing Spider-Man #638 - 641 - One Moment in Time 
  • Amazing Spider-Man #655 -656 - No One Dies
  • Superior Spider-Man
  • Spider-Verse
  • Spider-Men - 616 Peter meets Miles Morales
  • Clone Conspiracy 
  • Ultimate Spider-Man (the entire run)

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Category:Entertainment -- posted at: 3:27pm EDT

Finally, the time is here. After WAY too long, college football is back in our lives. Forget preseason watchlists and 3.6694 star recruits and satellite camps and the under compensated workforce, by god we've got real live college football to talk about. And to officially kick off season 2, we bring back the guest most likely to replace me, my Dad.

Topics:

  • A realistic take on the Falcons
  • Scraping the bottom of the NFL Quarterback barrel.
  • Georgia football is determined to kill me, I swear to god.
  • How bout dem Gators?
  • Bama remains the Death Star of college football.
  • Texas is 0-1. Charlie Strong is 1-0.
  • Injuries and the dark side of the game we love.
  • Read Spencer Hall's season opener. Every year it's amazing.

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Category:Sports -- posted at: 8:26am EDT

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On this Labor Day Weekend Insanity Check, Kriss is joined by Ashanti (DocuDrunks, Scarestalgia). We talk Joel Osteen and prosperity preaching, Antifa vs Neo-Nazis & the dangers of "both side-isms", Cops violating people's rights again and more. Oh and Ashanti gets her fun in by talking sports. Yes sports.

Make sure you stick around for the last 11minutes for a special message from Latoya about the FEMA response and how to get help because of hurricane Harvey.

Topics:

  • Joel Osteen is a scam artist
  • Prosperity Preachers are basically pimps
    • Juanita Bynum and her $5000 pen & $20,000 threshing floor
  • Antifa vs Nazis...its really not a choice
    • This is a bad article on "both side-isms"
    • Really say out loud the differences between Antifa & Nazis to see how silly it is
  • Cops being terrible
  • Great Moments in White Privilege

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Category:Entertainment -- posted at: 4:44pm EDT

Brandon and Kriss review Lake Bell's ensemble comedy film I Do...Until I Don't. 

An ensemble comedy about the meaning of matrimony.

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Category:TV & Film -- posted at: 11:05pm EDT

Phenom and Kriss review Patti Cake$. Phenom had every intention of going into this film to roast it but he emerged surprised that it's actually a good film. It's funny, Danielle Macdonald is great as Patti and it's not the cultural appropriation vulture movie the trailers make it seem like. 

PATTI CAKE$ is centered on aspiring rapper Patricia Dombrowski, a.k.a. Killa P, a.k.a. Patti Cake$, who is fighting an unlikely quest for glory in her downtrodden hometown in New Jersey.

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Category:TV & Film -- posted at: 6:27am EDT

We're back with another Super Tuesday Recap. This time we have the whole crew with us and it becomes very obviously, very quickly why we're all not allowed to do Super Tuesday Recaps together. We're reviewing episodes 4 (Royal Dragon), 5 (Take Shelter) and 6 (Ashes, Ashes) of Marvel's The Defenders on Netflix.  You're not going to want to miss this episode. There's plenty of corny jokes (mainly from Kriss), lusting over eye candy, Karen Page hot takes & defenses and more. 

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Category:TV & Film -- posted at: 11:47pm EDT

Welcome back to another artist spotlight from Awesome Con 2017. This time I sit down with Ashley Gonzales of Zeefa Studio, an artist whose fantasy based pieces find their way into your spirit.  We discuss her journey as an artist, her affinity for fantasy based pieces, Game of Thrones Season 7 Episode 6 (come on, EVERYONE is talking about THAT ending), her commission work, and the importance of family support in the life of an artist pursuing their dream.

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Category:Entertainment -- posted at: 6:30am EDT

The #PodcastWeek hangover is REAL, but we're back in the saddle talking about the Great White Hype, and all the other sports news worth talking about this week. We break down the 'fight' of the century, the dire prospects of the UFC going forward, the NBA's continued shift to a 12 month league, and when are we allowed to NOT stick to sports. Also, join our NFL Pick 'Em group over at ESPN to win prizes (maybe) or just lose to me (probably).

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Category:Sports -- posted at: 9:02am EDT

Leslie from Safety Pin Box is back on the Insanity Check with Kriss to give us an update on Safety Pin Box, white allies not "getting it", Trump's Friday new dump and how to navigate and reconcile wanting radical change but also dealing with the reality of what America is.

Topics:

  • Safety Pin Box Update
    • Netroots direct action
    • Book deal and navigating the publishing world as black women
    • Expanding Safety Pin Box
  • Daniel Radcliffe tells us racism isn't enough to end a friendship
  • The Friday Trump News Drop
    • Neo-Nazi sympathizer Sebastian Gorka is fired/resigns (but it doesn't matter)
    • Trump signs a memo telling military to ban transgender people
    • Trump pardons Joe Arpaio  
  • Reconciling wanting to end imperalism but also recognizing what the military is for transgender people
  • Joe Arpaio is a terrible human being
  • Yes we would have been better under Hillary Clinton, no we don't think she was our white savior 
  • How do we reconcile wanting radical change but also live in the reality of today?
  • Dems & the Left have an uphill battle because of gerrymandering 
  • What's the balance between activism and dealing with the reality of America and actually getting governing done?
  • Great Moments in White Privilege
  • Black Woman Shoutout
    • Dr. Zohra Aziza Baccouche is a Ph.D.-level theoretical physicist; one of a very few Black women, let alone blind Black women, theoretical physicists.  
      She's is currently raising funds for her next documentary called "Seeking Vision" and will be a guest on "Molecules & Shit" soon

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Leslie - @LeslieMac - Safety Pin Box

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Category:Entertainment -- posted at: 4:19pm EDT

We're back with a normal Super Tuesday Recap this week. We're reviewing the first three episodes of Marvel's The Defenders on Netflix. We're switching up our reviews for Netflix shows this time and we're breaking out our reviews of series into multiple episodes. This first review will cover the first three episodes (The H Word, Mean Right Hook & Worst Behavior). 

Overall we enjoyed the first three episodes, particularly how they bring the heroes together and carry on from where each hero left off in their solo adventures. Charlie Cox and Krysten Ritter are clearly the heavy hitters here in terms of acting and carrying their scenes. But we do think that Fin Jones is much improved in this series and pairing him with Michael Colter's Cage is when both characters shine the most. We also talk about the messiness of the relationships on the show, a possible better order for the solo movies to fit into Defenders better and what feels off about Simone Missick's Misty Knight. 

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Category:TV & Film -- posted at: 8:56am EDT

We took a little break but we’re finally back with another Character Corner. We still have to finish up our Peter Parker series but we wanted to take a bit of a detour from Marvel and head over to DC and cover one of the most confusing comic book character histories ever: Hawkman.

Now you may be asking yourself “Why Hawkman? Why now?” And that’s a very valid question. Why would we tackle one of the most confusing comic book characters of all time at this point? The answer is simple: Scott Snyder’s Dark Knights: Metal. Snyder wrote an incredible 52 issues of Batman during New 52 and he’s now back with a series that not only answers questions about Batman but also Hawkman, Nth Metal and the rest of the DC Multiverse. While it’s a daunting task to take on Hawkman’s history (one that rarely works out), Snyder definitely has our attention with the first issue of Metal, as well as the preludes Dark Days: The Forge and The Casting.

Key Issues:

  • Flash Comics #1 - First Appearances of Carter Hall and Shiera Sanders
  • Brave and the Bold #34 - First Appearances of Katar Hol and Shayera Thal/Hol
  • Crisis on Infinite Earths
  • The Shadow War of Hawkman
  • Hawkworld - Tim Truman's mini-series
  • Hawkworld - John Ostrander's ongoing series
  • Zero Hour: Crisis in Time - Merges Carter, Katar and Shiera
  • JSA Secret Files #1 - First appearance of Kendra Saunders
  • JSA
    • The Return of Hawkman (Issues #16 - 25)- Carter Hall returns
    • Black Reign
  • Hawkman Volume 4
    • Issues 1 - 25 Geoff Johns Run 
    • Issues #43- 45 - Charlie Parker reveals that Fel Andar was his father
    • Issues #47 - 49 - Rann/Thanagar War
    • Issue #50 becomes Hawkgirl
  • Hawkgirl
    • Issue #60 - Kendra/Shiera defeat Hath Set, ending the curse
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Category:Entertainment -- posted at: 9:00am EDT

 

Justin from Three Fifs Podcast is back on the Insanity Check with Kriss. We'd like to say this was an episode about nothing but fun stuff but thanks to having a white nationalist and racist man in the White House...well...things don't go that way.

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Category:Entertainment -- posted at: 4:20pm EDT

#PodcastWeek on the MTR Network comes to a triumphant end. Each day a new episode and UDPod is going to take on a different topic, and we end with a bang. Cam and Rich from PWTorch join us to wish Ric Flair well, rave about NJPW's G1, and break down what's turned into WWE's second biggest week of the year.

Cam - @CeeHawk - PWTorch - South Kongress

Rich - @Rich_Fann - PWTorch - Buffalo Wins

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Category:Sports -- posted at: 7:26am EDT

Kriss & Phenom are back to review The Hitman's Bodyguard starring Samuel L Jackson and Ryan Reynolds. We also discuss if Salma Hayek can act, what other films we're looking forward to seeing the next couple of months and why A Ghost Story still sucks. 

The world's top bodyguard gets a new client, a hit man who must testify at the International Court of Justice. They must put their differences aside and work together to make it to the trial on time.

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Category:TV & Film -- posted at: 7:12am EDT

#PodcastWeek on the MTR Network continues. Each day a new episode and UDPod is going to deep dive in to a different topic. Today we're continue our look at the NFL's upcoming season and the NFC is in the cross hairs. Nata from Uproxx is here partially to pick the over/unders, but mostly to troll me about how the Falcons season ended.

Konata - @NataTheScribe - Uproxx

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Category:Sports -- posted at: 6:36am EDT

#PodcastWeek on the MTR Network continues. Each day a new episode and UDPod is going to deep dive in to a different topic. Today we're dipping our toes into the upcoming NFL season. Because we're us, we drafted Justin from the Three Fifs Podcast to help preview the entire AFC in the only way that matters: through the eyes of a gambler.

Justin - @Ljay90 - Three Fifs Podcast

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Category:Sports -- posted at: 9:24am EDT

The first ever #PodcastWeek on the MTR Network is here. Each day, UDPod is going to deep dive in to a different topic, and today we're taking a look at the wider world of college football in 2017. Micheal Felder of Bleacher Report and Connor Tapp of 247Sports join the podcast as we swing through the ACC, SEC, Big 10, Big 12 and Pac 12 to try to make some sense of all the noise.

Michael Felder– @InTheBleachers – @ItsFelder - Bleacher Report

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Category:Sports -- posted at: 8:14am EDT

The first ever #PodcastWeek on the MTR Network is here. Each day, UDPod is going to deep dive in to a different topic, and you can't know where you're going until you know where you've been. That means going back to m y podcast roots and chatting with Chad Floyd about UGA Football's upcoming year. We talk strengths, weaknesses and predict out Coach Kirby Smart's second year in Athens.

Chad Floyd – @Chad_Floyd– DudeYouCrazy.net - Tar Heel Blog

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Category:Sports -- posted at: 9:06am EDT

On this episode of the Insanity Check, Kriss is joined by Joi from Black Girl Nerds and we talk about the murder and mayhem that happened in Charlottesville, VA due to white nationalists showing their asses. We push back against the narrative that "this isn't America" because the truth is, what happened in Charlottesville is very American.

Topics:

  • Rotten Tomatoes and white critic's narrow views
  • America treats Nazis & Hitler as end game bosses that were defeated long time ago
    • The Nazi summer camps for kids in 1930's America
    • Operation Paperclip
    • Wernher von Braun not only was a Nazi who became the head of NASA but almost got a Medal of Freedom
  • America has been the melting pot for racists from the KKK to Nazis for ever
  • The Myth of Robert E Lee
  • Trump has these people in his own administration
  • Extremism and the Military 
  • White Supremacists want to start their own tech companies
  • Do You Even Sci-Fi Bro?
  • Great Moments in White Privilege
    • Mom surprised other parents are upset she used her breast milk for brownies for the whole class
  • Black Woman Shoutout

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Category:Entertainment -- posted at: 3:54pm EDT

One of my goals at Awesome Con this year was to find and highlight creatives of color who were engaged in inspiring and interesting pursuits.  There were so many individuals at the convention this year involved in outreach and development.  I was able to sit down with two representatives from a few of these organizations.

PBS Media Creative Director Naseed Gifted talked to me about the organization and their new graphic novel PB Soldier, which Gifted created.  The novel is drawn and colored by Abel Garcia.

PB Soldier follows Nat Cummings, a hacker turned government operative who finds himself in the middle of an intrigue he must extract himself from before it is too late.  Billed as The Bourne Identity meets V is for Vendetta, Cummings' adventures takes him and the reader all over the world.  We also discuss the importance of representation and connecting youth with the material that they are interested in by cultivating their interest in creating art.  Find out more about their graphic novel and their outreach efforts by visiting their website at www.pbsmediastudios.com.

Art Way Alliance Communications Director Sierra Dangerfield-Harris sat down with me to discuss the mission of the nonprofit, it's diverse artist staff, and the importance of STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics) to the K-12 educational system and how their organization seeks to promote this creativity in youth of the D.C. area.  If you would like to assist or have their artists visit your venue, information is available at their website at www.artwayalliance.org.

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Category:Entertainment -- posted at: 9:25am EDT

A helluva a treat this week as we are joined not only by the editor in chief of The MTR Network, Kriss, but we also have the first appearance of the voice of The MTR Network, Jaxx. He talks about his new show on the Network, Ratchet and Drank, and drops some deep cut MTR trivia. We talk about all the sports matters of the day, focusing on Colin Kaepernick and the continued hypocrisy of the NFL. Plus we discuss Jon Jones, Beyonce, The Summer of Hugh and get ready for #PodcastWeek.

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Category:Sports -- posted at: 8:37am EDT

We're back from the two week break! We took some time off for San Diego Comic-Con but we're back now and here with a great episode you're not going to miss. Kriss is joined by the host of Unanimous Decision, Dpalm and...right out the gate things get out of hand. We mix the funny (Men taping their dick tips as an alternative to condoms) to the serious (Addressing and calling out transphobia) and finishing off with a recap of news out of San Diego Comic-Con. You're not going to want to miss this episode.

Topics:

  • Dpalm Strikes Back
  • American Vandal - #WhoDrewTheDicks
  • Jiftips - For the idiots who want raw sex and think scotch taping their dicks is smart
  • Being Transphobic isn't funny
    • Dave Chappelle opens with 20 minutes of transphobic jokes
  • The danger that Transgender men & women face from just admitting they're transgender
  • You can't #NotAllChristians the history of transphobia/homophobia away
  • Profiles in Courage
  • SDCC News
    • What's DC doing this time?
    • Will Ben Affleck stay on as Batman?
    • Is Flashpoint going to happen?
    • The Defenders and Inhumans
    • SKRULLS!!!!
    • Thor Ragnarok, Black Panther, Infinity War
  • Black Trans/Non-Gender Conforming Shoutout

This is a list that I got from Leslie from SafetyPinBox of transgender individuals and groups you can donate to. You can also sign up for the Marsha P Johnson Safety Pin Box for a list of ally tasks:

 

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Category:Entertainment -- posted at: 4:01pm EDT

Brandon and Ashley review the latest film from Halle Berry (that feels like its happened before), Kidnap

A mother stops at nothing to recover her kidnapped son.

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Category:TV & Film -- posted at: 6:53am EDT

Brandon and Ashley review Step.

STEP documents the senior year of a girls' high-school step dance team against the background of inner-city Baltimore.

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Category:TV & Film -- posted at: 12:10am EDT

On this Super Tuesday Special, Shanna and The Doctor are joined by friend of the show, Ejiro from Project Fandom to discuss the new Netflix movie, The Incredible Jessica James starring Jessica Williams. We also talk about the Supergirl news coming out of San Diego Comic Con.

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Category:TV & Film -- posted at: 12:06pm EDT

Rich Fann is back on the show, but not talking pro wrestling this time. Well, I mean pro wrestling comes up, but he joins us on a whip around the world of sports as the Summer of Hugh rolls on. We talk about Kyrie taking shots, NCAA transfer nonsense, Kaepernick still being unemployed, and the NFL shorting concussion research $16 million. Plus, after 2 and a half years of talking, Daniel Cormier has to take these Ls.

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Category:Sports -- posted at: 12:29am EDT

Detroit is a film that is well made, well acted but ultimately leaves you wondering who exactly this film was made for and why. We left the theater angry at what was shown in this film and while on the surface that might be viewed as the purpose of the film, that’s not good enough. The film is basically black torture porn where the villains (white cops) win in the end. There aren’t any moments where the past is tied to the present or a reflective call to arms for the audience. Instead it does what Kathryn Bigelow does best which is humanize white men who are terrible individuals while using black and brown people as punching bags. There are a lot of ways this film could have been made to address the tough subject matter without making it feel like an empty, deflating snuff film but that’s not what happened. The film makes a point to mention that there is debate over exactly what happened at the Algiers Motel that night yet it has no problem going into gory details drummed up from the filmmaker’s own mind.

Again, I have no problem with films that involve our (African Americans) history and the brutality that we’ve had to endure. I’m even one of the few who is on the fence about HBO’s Confederate (Granted, I have little faith in show runners who it took 5 seasons to finally figure out what rape is to do this right). But the problem with Detroit is that its really a film that treats black pain and death as a spectator sport with zero push back or fight. There's plenty of talk about the looters during the riot but none about WHY the people had been pushed over the edge. For 120 minutes we watch black people treated like animals. At one point early on in the film its implied that a little black girl is killed by the 50 caliber machine gun on the back of a tank rolling through the streets of Detroit. All of that is shown but when its time for the trials of the officers involved in the Algiers Motel murders, we get the abridged version in 10 minutes.

You can listen to our full review and why we can’t recommend this film. I honestly don’t know why anyone would want to see it.

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Category:TV & Film -- posted at: 8:47am EDT

Atomic Blonde is a film with great action and a great cast that will ultimately leave audiences feeling underwhelmed due to misleading promotion and a poor script. First off, the promotion of Atomic Blonde as the “First Female Bond” is not only misleading but doesn’t do the type of film Atomic Blonde is trying to be justice. Atomic Blonde is attempting to be a dark, gritty spy thriller set in the late 80’s with a more realistic feel to it. None of that describes any film starring James Bond. Trailers focused on the action in addition to David Leitch as director, may give audiences the impression that this is in the same vein as John Wick but that would also be a mistake. The John Wick movies are usually light on story and focused mostly on action. Atomic Blonde attempts to do more with its story, it just doesn’t do it well. And that’s a shame. With actors like Charlize Theron, James McAvoy, John Goodman, Toby Jones and others, the potential is there for an amazing story. Sadly, it’s just wasted potential. The acting is good, but that’s just because the raw talent in this film compensates for the script they were given.

Atomic Blonde isn’t a bad film. Anyone who wanted to see this film, definitely should. The action scenes are brutal and fantastic. Theron and McAvoy are great. But when the credits roll, there’s a good chance audiences might feel a little empty inside wishing there had been a more robust story.

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Category:TV & Film -- posted at: 8:27am EDT

These were supposed to be the quiet days of summer. The days where I finally watch Rick and Morty (loved it!) and ignore baseball with the greatest of ease, but no one told the rest of the sports world. The NBA, NFL and college football all had hot stories this week, and we had to cover them. Kyrie's asking for a trade, the Cowboys keep embarrassing themselves and of course, we have the Balled of Hugh Freeze.

Topics:

  • Somehow, there are still a billion baseball games left in this season.
  • The Ballad of Hugh Freeze.
  • Houston Nutt might not be done?
  • 13 million of y'all watched a parole hearing? Really?
  • Jerry better be right.
  • Not so Lucky Whitehead. I'm sorry.
  • Lonzo Ball might be a thing here.
  • Kyrie want's to be a headliner.

 

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Category:Sports -- posted at: 6:20am EDT

It's a very special UDPod as we have somehow tricked TheFinacee to join us this week. That's right, the future Mrs. DPalm has done the favors and graced the podcast with her presence. We talk about how you can play sports, but not love watching, and track her journey from a non fan to someone STILL broken up about the Falcons losing to the Patriots. Plus, we celebrate the return of America's 5th Major Professional Sport as MTV's The Challenge is BACK!

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Category:Sports -- posted at: 9:56am EDT

I know I know, we weren't supposed to have any more Insanity Check episodes this month. But then Buzzfeed dropped an article about what one of America's most infamous serial pedophiles is up to currently and well, fuckery happened. It's no secret that R Kelly is a pedophile but the way he's able to not only get away with it but thrive financially from it is sickening. And I'm tired of it. I'm tired of the defenses of him. I'm tired of him being able to get away with it. I'm tired of the blame going solely to black women. I'm tired of people acting like R Kelly is able to be a sexual predator because of the enablers around him.

So that's why there's a show. Its just me (Kriss) with a bit of a rant. But I needed to get this shit out of my head before I fly out to San Diego. Don't need this bullshit to follow me to the West Coast.

For those that can stomach it, the Village Voice article on all the claims against R Kelly.

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Category:Entertainment -- posted at: 11:06pm EDT

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Last Insanity Check before the break and it's a good one. We've been avoiding the politics talk for the last few episodes but its back this week with guest L Joy Williams. We spend most of this episode talking to L Joy about her new show, #SundayCivics and what's needed to change the discussion around getting involved in politics. So much of our politics has become binary and marked in terms of "winners and losers". But the reality is, we need to get back to basics and talk about how the educational system in this country, has eroded our foundation. People don't know what it means to be involved with civic action or how to even begin.

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Category:Entertainment -- posted at: 4:06pm EDT

Phenom and Ashley review The Book of Henry.

With instructions from her genius son's carefully crafted notebook, a single mother sets out to rescue a young girl from the hands of her abusive stepfather.

 

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Category:TV & Film -- posted at: 11:02am EDT

What could be worse than yet another Final Destination movie? How about an even lazier Final Destination knockoff? Wish Upon is what happens when you want to make another Final Destination movie but get told “No” so you try to find a way to make it happen anyway.

Now to be fair, going in, you probably already knew this movie wasn’t going to be good. Trailers for this film looked like the boilerplate, half-thought out teen horror film that we’ve seen before. But it didn’t have to be. Wish Upon could have bucked the norms but instead it just doubles down on the problems teen horror films always seem to have. Characters that the audience has no connection to are killed but their deaths are supposed to have impact. The film breaks its own rules halfway through about who dies. But most egregious of all the problems, the lead character is not only stupid but completely unlikable. Joey King plays Clare Shannon who quickly goes from a character you have some sympathy for, to a character you absolutely despise for how selfish and stupid she is.

The plot goes like this, after her mother’s suicide (which comes back later in the most obvious “twist” ever put to film), Clare is raised by her father Jonathan (Ryan Phillippe). Her father gives her a “wish box” not knowing what it is. Clare’s first two wishes are accidents that she thinks are just coincidences along with the deaths of two “people” (people is in quotes for a reason) close her. But by the third wish, Clare knows the box is real. By the 4th or 5th wish, she learns what the price of a wish is (the death of someone close to her….kinda). But she keeps making wishes. Not only does she keep making wishes but…her wishes are stupid, even for a young teenage outcast girl. And that’s why this film is just so terrible. It uses stereotypical tropes about teens and how they interact with each other (as friends and in relationships) that is just eye rolling bad. At one point she wishes that her dad would be less embarrassing. Yes. That is the wish she makes that costs someone their life. To have a less embarrassing parent.

The film feels like it was written and directed by the same baby boomers who write articles about how millennials are destroying the very fabric of reality. You have to start wondering if they've ever spent any significant time with anyone under the age of 30. 

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Category:TV & Film -- posted at: 5:59am EDT

We’ll be blunt: You’re not going to like A Ghost Story. Don’t waste your time or money for this film. It’s not made for you. David Lowery’s film falls into the same category as It Comes At Night. It’s not made for audiences to go and be entertained. Rather its made to give pretentious critics the opportunity to use a lot of words to heap praise and a ridiculous and boring movie.

A Ghost Story reminds me of those jokes about pretentious people in an art gallery looking at a stain on a wall and trying to one-up each other with what the “stain” really means. Then in walks a janitor with a rag and wipes away the stain saying “its not a piece of art, it was just throw up from a kid who walked by earlier”.

There’s nothing wrong with directors and cinematographers making movies that highlight certain artistic forms or allow them to “get weird” without feeling pressure to appeal to a broad base. But those experiments really don’t belong in the theater. Films like this are like tech demos video game studios make to show off cool new graphics. They have a specific technical purpose but everyone knows they lack the meat and potatoes to be actual games. That’s what A Ghost Story is. As a film, there can be some artistic quality to this that can spark conversations among film makers over techniques. But as a film for audience consumption, it’s insulting. Despite what some critics will have you think, there's nothing intriguing, thoughtful, intense about watching Rooney Mara eat an entire pie on the floor for 5 minutes while a man in a  sheet watches. It’s a child’s boogers smeared on the wall of an art gallery that people are trying to convince themselves is art.

The overall concept of this film is better suited for a short 10 minute film, not 92 minutes of mostly silence where you're stuck watching scenes where absolutely nothing happens. Yes, the film is about the enormity of time and how we conceptualize that. Yes, its an interesting concept to think about life/death/time from the perspective of a ghost/spirit and what that means. But execution matters here. Too many times film makers get caught up in their high level concepts or the technical accomplishments and forget about the simple purpose of: Will anyone want to actually watch this?

And for A Ghost Story? The answer is simple: No.

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Category:TV & Film -- posted at: 5:58am EDT

The third film in the Planet of the Apes rebooted series is by far the most emotional and best looking out of the bunch. War for the Planet Apes is so emotional and looks so good that at times you will forget that the main characters and actors are "apes". This series has slowly moved away from the humans and towards Caesar and the apes being the main characters with each progressing film. 2011's Rise of the Planet of the Apes introduced us to Caesar but still had James Franco carrying a heavy load. In 2014, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes put more responsibility on Andy Serkis and the actors playing the apes, but still had heavy human character influences. But War for the Planet of the Apes moves the humans to side characters. Almost every emotional scene in this film is carried by actors in motion capture portraying apes.

This film is truly a masterpiece. It will catch you off guard by how emotional it is and how much acting is done between the actors portraying apes. This film wraps serious discussions about revolution, slavery, war and racial dynamics into an entertaining film involving primates. One word of warning, the trailers were cut to purposely mislead and tell a completely different story than the one actually shown in film. And that's for the better.

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Category:TV & Film -- posted at: 10:43pm EDT


We're back. Kriss is joined in studio by Jaxx (@JaxxDynamite). Jaxx will be bringing his new podcast to the MTR Network and we need your help to decide on the name: Boom Goes the Dynamite or Ratchet & Drank. There will be a poll on Twitter soon and you can also email us what you think.

As for topics, we're able to avoid politics (for the most part) for the second week in the row. We talk about killing Nazis (in the virtual video game world), the word Blerd and the negativity sometimes surrounding it, nerds using being bullied to justify being terrible people, self driving cars and more.

Topics:

  • The Wolfenstein games are great (Plus you get kill Nazis)
  • The problem with "Blerds"
  • Smart black people who turn on other black people because they got picked on
  • Black male nerds who parrot the same problematic views of white nerds
  • Fox suspends Charles Payne for sexual harassment claims
    • That time Charles Payne whined about the black community to Glenn Beck
  • The Breakfast Club gets space for Dr Wesley Muhammed's idiocy
  • Do You Even Sci-Fi Bro
  • Great Moments In White Privilege
  • Black Woman Shoutout

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Category:Entertainment -- posted at: 4:24pm EDT

We like to save our wrestling podcasts for special occasions, but the current landscape calls for it. Thankfully, we've got real live wrestling media personality Rich Fann in the rolodex, and he took some time to chat with us. From the card this coming Sunday to the last 6 months of Kenny Omega to even celebrating the most reliable scammer of all time, we tackle it all.

Topics:

  • Rich Fann - hardest working man in sports entertainment!
  • Jeff Jarrett: Generational scammer.
  • NJPW comes to California.
  • Okada might be the best wrestler on the planet...
  • ...not named Kenny Omega.
  • Smackdown Live dropping the ball with the Women's Division.
  • Rap battle + Pro Wrestling = surprisingly lit.
  • Great Balls of Fire is a badly named event with a helluva card.

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Category:Sports -- posted at: 5:33am EDT

Our review of Spider-Man Homecoming is finally here. We've been sitting on this review for over a week now and we can finally release it. Marvel has gotten Sony back in the win column with Spider-Man Homecoming. We don't look forward to the nostalgia debate by those still holding onto Spider-Man 2 but to us, Spider-Man Homecoming is the best live action Spider-Man film to date. Tom Holland captures the essence of teenage Peter Parker perfectly. Robert Downey Jr. isn't overused as Tony Stark in this film (no, its not even close to Iron Man 4). And Michael Keaton is the perfect villain in this film.

The rest of the supporting cast is just as good. And the best part, its diverse. I know there has been some talk about the diverse characters in this movie being only supporting characters but I think there's a lot of room for them being elevated to bigger roles.  Also keep an eye out of a lot of cameos by characters that are known in Spider-Man lore, particularly his early years (Listen to our Teenage Peter Parker Character Corner for a heads up).

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Category:TV & Film -- posted at: 7:25pm EDT

 

This episode of Secret Sauce deals with the way the world seems to always shit on our (black) sheroes. From Lisa Durden being fired for keeping it real on Fox News to the police once again murdering a black woman who needed help, this is a pattern that needs to stop. For our interviews, meet Shayla Racquel the filmmaker behind Riverment which explores the evolving struggle for black rights and how that struggle affects families through generations. We also cackle with the ladies from Black Girl Squee, a podcast hosted by Inda & Didi that is dedicated to celebrating the achievements of Black girls and women.  Check out the episode and let us know what you think.
 
Also, if you're a black woman with a business/event/podcast/service that you would like promoted, please email us at BWBusiness@MTRNetwork.Net.
 
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Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 6:28am EDT

We’re back for part 2 of our Character Corner series on the history of Peter Parker as Spider-Man. Our first part covered the teenage years of Peter Parker, the death of Gwen Stacy and the original Clone Saga. This second part covers even more as Peter grows up and as Marvel increases the Spider-Man brand. By this time there are now four ongoing Spider-Man titles:

  • Amazing Spider-Man
  • Marvel Team-Up (1972)
  • Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man (1976)
  • Web of Spider-Man (1985)

This episode will take us through the Death of Jean Dewolff, The Hobgoblin Saga, Kraven's Last Hunt, all the way up to the first appearance of Venom.

Issues:

  • Peter’s Love Life
    • Black Cat
      • Amazing Spider-Man  #194
    • MJ
      • Amazing Spider-Man #183 – first proposal to MJ
      • Amazing Spider-Man #290 - Second proposal to MJ
      • Amazing Spider-Man Annual #21 - marriage
  • The Owl/Octopus War
    • Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man #73-79
  • The Death of Jean DeWolff - 
    • Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man 107-110
    • Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man #134 - 136
  • The Hobgoblin saga
    • Amazing Spider-Man  #238-239 - First Appearance of Hobgoblin
    • Amazing Spider-Man #244-245 - Sets up Lefty Donovan & gets Hobgoblin Osborn's formula
    • Amazing Spider-Man #249-251
    • Gang War
      • Amazing Spider-Man #284 - 289
    • Spider-Man: Hobgoblin Lives
  • Kraven's Last Hunt
    • Web of Spider-Man #31-32
    • Amazing Spider-Man #293-294
    • Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man #131 -132
  • The Alien/Black Costume
    • Amazing Spider-Man #252 - First appearance
    • Secret Wars #8 - origin
    • Amazing Spider-Man #258 - Gets it removed with help of the FF4
    • Spectacular Spider-Man #99 - Black Cat makes a black costume for Spider-Man
    • Web of Spider-Man #1 - Symbiote tricks Peter into putting it back on
    • Amazing Spider-Man #299 - Venom Cameo
    • Amazing Spider-Man #300 - Venom full appearance
  • Random issues
    • Amazing Spider-Man #229-230 - Nothing Can Stop the Juggernaut
    • Amazing Sppider-Man #248 - The Kid Who Collects Spider-Man

 

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Category:Entertainment -- posted at: 6:22am EDT

This week Kriss is joined by Rich Jones (@RichJones15) to talk about the craziness that happens in the world. Rich has gives his unique perspective as a 7th generation black man from Canada. He talks about how America looks from those outside the country as we're led down a deep dark hole with an idiot as President.

A large portion of this show talks about this video from the NRA and Dana Loesch. It's very clear that the NRA is a terrorist organization that pretends to "fight for the 2nd Amendment" but in reality is nothing more than funding and promoting white supremacy. We break down how the NRA handles acts of violence and how their responses always differ when it comes to the victims being black and the perpetrators being law enforcement. The NRA is the reason why gun violence in America won't go down and their violent and ridiculous rhetoric is why. The NRA for years has acted like a terrorist organization while trying to claim to be victims. Yet they actively work to provide cover for white supremacists that end up being domestic terrorists and never attempt o change. Listen to the whole show to find out why.

Topics:

  • Joe & Mika only care about Trump now because they're the victims
  • Hannibal Burress sends an imposter to the Spider-Man: Homecoming red carpet premiere
  • Dana Loesch claims her video doesn't incite violence against the left (it does)
  • Ten white supremacist terrorist attacks the NRA and Right don't address
  • Coon...I mean Colion...Noir says the NRA doesn't need to speak up about Philando Castile because they...hired him
  • Who funds the NRA?
  • That time the NRA boycotted Smith & Wessen for developing a smart gun
  • Do You Even Sci-Fi Bro
  • Black Woman Shoutout
    • Xandra Jackson - Portraits, paintings and photography. Check out her Instagram Page @XandraJackson

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Category:Entertainment -- posted at: 8:09pm EDT

Kriss, Phenom and Ashley review Despicable Me 3, the third (techncially 4th if you include the Minions movie) film in the Despicable Me series. Despicable Me is known for the way it balances appealing to not only kids but adults with certain references and the third film is no different. Steve Carell pulls double duty this film returning to not only voice Gru one more time but also Gru's long lost twin brother, Dru. He is joined by Kristen Wiig (Lucy) , Miranda Cosgrove (Margo), Dana Gaier (Edith) and Nev Scharrel (Agnes). Pierre Coffin is the voice of the mischievous (and lovable) Minions.

The standout in this film might be Trey Parker though who voices Balthazar Bratt, the villain in the film. Bratt is a former 80's child star turned villain who is upset that he was thrown to the side once he hit puberty. This leads to a plethora of 80's references and music throughout the film that should give adults plenty to laugh at alongside their kids. At one point Bratt conducts a heist while dancing and moonwalking to Michael Jackson's 'Bad'. It's fun for everyone.

In addition to reviewing the movie, Kriss & Phenom also have a discussion about this article from Wired that explains why Rotten Tomatoes (and Metacritic) are basically influencing what movies people see with fake information.

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Category:TV & Film -- posted at: 6:13am EDT

EMERGENCY POD! Christmas comes in June as the Knicks stopped punishing their fans and fired Phil Jackson. Sure, they gave him an extension on the way out, but it's not your money! Plus we talk Serena's grace while dealing with douchebags, the move from 'written content to engaging video', LeVar Ball coming home to the WWE, and ALL the NBA news.

Topics:

  • Serena is the GOAT, and she's asking nicely.
  • RIP Fox Sports Digital.
  • LeVar Ball + Pro Wrestling = MAGIC.
  • Congrats Russ.
  • Chris Paul heads to Texas.
  • Holy shit Knicks. This is the exact same topic as Sunday's show. I KNOW!

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Category:Sports -- posted at: 11:01pm EDT

On this episode, Shanna, The Doctor and their special guest Mo from the TV Movie Mistress podcast discuss AwesomeCon, NegroCon and what comics we're reading that you might want to dive into.

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Category:TV & Film -- posted at: 5:51am EDT

Edgar Wright’s Baby Driver is a fast past, fun heist movie that is both unique and fresh, while hitting the typical heist movie beats. You can always tell when a movie is a passion project of a great director because the level of detail and effort put in is hard to ignore. Baby Driver is Wright’s passion project come to life after 22 years as a concept in his head.

The most standout part of this film is the soundtrack and how it is integrated into this movie. Unlike most films where the music gets added in after the film is shot, because its importance, the music in Baby Driver was obtained first then had scenes shot around it. It makes for a thrilling film.

Our only real complaint about this film is that it seems like an odd time to release this film and that maybe later in the year would get it more attention. Listen to our full review to get all our thoughts on this film and leave us a comment to tell us what you thought.

Also the soundtrack was released last Friday and can be purchased on iTunes. Also released was the “Chase Me” music video by Danger Mouse featuring RTJ & Big Boi, so check that out as well.

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Category:TV & Film -- posted at: 9:46am EDT

Still nursing NegroCon hangovers, the Kriss and DPalm MTR Takeover Weekend continues as they tackle the sports news of the week. We get to break down the Mayweather/McGregor "fight", why this bodes poorly for the UFC, the new GLOW series on Netflix, an Ohio State recruit giving us a peek into the future of recruiting, head trauma in football, all things Kinckerbocker and the rest of the news and notes from the NBA offseason.

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Category:Sports -- posted at: 9:58pm EDT

We're BACK! We took a week off to pull of NegroCon 2017 and it was a huge success. Thanks to Rod & Karen from The Black Guy Who Tips as well as Phenom, Twan & Deirdre from Where's My 40acres. And a special thanks to all the fans who made it possible.

But onto the show! This week Kriss is joined by Dpalm from the Unanimous Decision and we have a lot to talk about. From why you shouldn't make your own whipped cream to hotep action figures, we cover a lot. You're not going to want to miss it.

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Category:Entertainment -- posted at: 3:41pm EDT

The crushing inevitability of unparalleled greatness has consumed our most dependable holiday season: LeBronukah 2K17 is now over. At least the last three games were super entertaining, and we get to face down the long summer wiht that age old question: what now? We take a look at the fortunes of both the Cavbs and the Warriors as they head in to the offseason, and cover the NCAA going after a kicker, 3 on 3 in the Olympics and the Penguins making history too.

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Category:Sports -- posted at: 6:55am EDT

Listen to Kriss & Dpalm talk about the teenage years of Peter Parker on their latest Character Corner for more details on the first 150 issues of Amazing Spider-Man as we talk about why teenage Peter Parker is so important. Also check out the Rogue War Part 2 Character Corner for more details on Spider-Man's villains.

Key Issues:

  • Amazing Fantasy #15 - First Appearance
  • Amazing Spider-Man
    • #1 - First appearance of Chameleon
    • #2 - First appearance of Vulture
    • #3 - First appearance of Doctor Octopus
    • #4 - First appearance  of Sandman
    • #6 - First appearance of Lizard
    • #9 - First appearance of Electro
    • #14 - First appearance of Green Goblin
    • #15 First appearance of Kraven
    • #31 - 33 - If This Be My Destiny (First appearance of Gwen Stacy & Harry Osborn)
    • #39 - 40 - Norman Osborn revealed as Green Goblin
    • #42 - First appearance of Mary Jane Watson
    • #50 - Spider-Man No More, first appearance of Kingpin
    • #90 - Death of Captain Stacy
    • #121 - 122 -The Death of Gwen Stacy (and Norman Osborn)
    • #129 - First appearance of The Punisher & Jackal
    • #139 - 150 - The Original Clone Saga

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In case you didn’t know, Tom King is currently writing the hell out of Batman over at DC. After turning in a stellar 12 issues on Vision of all characters over at Marvel, King got scooped up by DC to write Batman. He was taking over as writer for Scott Snyder who moved on to All-Star Batman. Snyder’s 52 issue run on Batman was an amazing run that set the bar high for King coming in (You can catch our Comic Book Book Clubs talking about Snyder’s run here, here, here and here). But King has knocked it out of the park.

Kriss and Dpalm discuss Tom King's run on Batman then talk about the crossover with The Flash, The Button and what it means for the future of DC in the Rebirth era.

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Category:TV & Film -- posted at: 11:27pm EDT

The ladies of MTR are joined by Joi of @BlackGirlNerds to discuss Wonder Woman, Themyscira and the joy of having a woman director on a big budget film. The Doctor and Shanna also give a quick reaction to the new Black Panther teaser trailer. 

 

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Category:TV & Film -- posted at: 6:08am EDT

Kriss & Dpalm put together a quick Super Tuesday Recap to talk about the Black Panther teaser trailer released by Marvel. The first black superhero of any major comic book publisher finally gets his own solo film and the first trailer looks amazing. We discuss the importance of this movie and why now is the perfect time for this movie to come out. 

We also talk about the importance of black women being in this movie in a significant way. It's been a long wait but because of that, we're getting the movie we deserve. Give the episode a listen and let us know how excited you are for this movie.

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Category:TV & Film -- posted at: 10:26pm EDT

Football has evolved in to the only true 12 month sport, evidenced by the number of topics we covered this wee with NFL Alum and SB Nation Analyst Stephen White. We talk about recruiting in 2017, making more people smarter about football, analyzing line play, and why quarterbacks aren't as smart as Y'ALL keep saying they are. Plus, we talk about the 17 Warriors playing ghosts, Ole Miss being real loose with their cheating, who asked for this Joe Paterno bio pic, Bob Stoops' shotgun retirement, and Colin Kaepernick's continued black balling by the NFL.

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Category:Sports -- posted at: 10:16pm EDT

Season 3 of SyFy's 12 Monkeys is a mixed bag. This season has had some really great acting performances of the cast. Emily Hampshire as Jennifer Goines continues to be a standout on the series. James Callis also adds in a great performance as Athan the last 3 episodes. But the show has struggled with consistency and breaking its own rules the entire season. The writing, which used to be the strong suit of this show, has become it's greatest weakness. The writers seem to change or ignore established mythos and rules when it fits their needs. Also the reveal of the "True Witness" just doesn't stick the landing due to inadequate build up throughout this season.

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  • Episode 8 - Mask
  • Episode 9 - Thief
  • Episode 10 - Witness

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Category:TV & Film -- posted at: 7:36pm EDT

We have a lot to discuss this week and thankfully, we didn't touch on Donald Trump's fuckery at all. Kriss is joined by John from the Decepticomics and Non-Productive Comedy Show. We touch on a lot of hilarious topics but the big one is, Marvel dropped the teaser trailer for Black Panther during Game 4 of the NBA Finals.

Show Topics:

  • Humans need natural predators to thin out traffic
  • Remembering Adam West
  • The Black Panther trailer is LIT!
  • Why now is the perfect time for Black Panther
  • Hoteps (fake Africans) are mad that Black Panther trailer has actual Africans/African culture
  • Kriss gets irrationally upset at a Hotep for calling a jet a spaceship
  • The perfect idea to keep sex robots from becoming a thing
  • US Company is working to reanimate the dead
  • Ice Cube confronts Bill Maher (Maher is still racist though)
  • Great Moments In White Privilege
  • Black Woman Shoutout
    • Shanita Hubbard - I want to partner with writers looking for assistance with finding their "voice". I provide one-on-one coaching to help scribes break down guards and develop a more intimate writing style.  I can also be booked for speaking events that center social justice, media or prison reform.

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Category:Entertainment -- posted at: 4:36pm EDT

It Comes At Night is a complicated film to review. The latest horror film produced by A24 is a technically sound film. Director Trey Edward Shults beautifully captures intense moments and suspense by using different lenses and playing with aspect ratios. Yet the actually story in the film leaves a lot to be desired.

It Comes At Night suffers from a few things. First, it is being marketed as a monster/horror film and it isn't. The title of the film suggests some creature or manifestation showing up. This type of false marketing is frustrating for audiences as they will spend most of the film with an expectation that is never fulfilled. But worse than false advertising, this film falls into the same problem that many "Art House" films do: It's completely unfulfilling as a form of entertainment.

Director Trey Shults admits to purposely leaving the audience without answers and while that can sometimes be acceptable for some films, it doesn't work here. The film drops us into a post-apocalyptic world ravaged by some mysterious illness. We aren't given many details in terms of time, place or even the specifics of the virus. All of that is fine for this film. But when it comes to the interactions of the two families in this film and the rules the film establishes up front, everything breaks down.

Joel Edgerton, Christopher Abbott and Kelvin Harrison Jr. all put in pretty solid performances. Harrison is particularly a standout as the 17 year old Travis, who seems to be the focus of much of this film. But their acting plus the suspense and tense brought on by the camera work and music, just aren't enough to overcome a pretty awful script. This leaves the film as being an enjoy film to admire for its technical aspects but pretty frustrating to watch as a form of entertainment.

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Category:TV & Film -- posted at: 11:04pm EDT

Hiroja and the Doctor continue their review of Season 3 of 12 Monkeys with the next 6 episodes:

  • Episode 2 - Guardians
  • Episode 3 - Enemy
  • Episode 4 - Brothers
  • Episode 5 -  Causality
  • Episode 6 - Nature
  • Episode 7 -  Nurture

The Good

The heist portion of Nature was the highlight of these 6 episodes. Once again Jennifer Goines uplifts the show and the season in general. Causality with Christopher Lloyd is the creepiest episode due to a very Children of The Corn vibe throughout. Todd Stashwick (Deacon) is also a standout acting-wise. The acting in general has been very good this season with everyone bringing their A game to the show. 

 

The Bad

The biggest problem with the show is the lazy writing and changing the rules as they go along. That becomes very apparent in this series of episodes. This shift in writing is dragging the entire season down and is losing all of the good will the show built up with the audience previously. We don't like that Cassie and Cole are keeping the secret of The Witness from the group since it causes more unnecessary problems.

Ramsey Death seems really convenient and the lack of effort on Cole's part to not try to save his " Brother " again speaks to the change in quality writing on the show.

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Category:TV & Film -- posted at: 5:36am EDT

We're back with a new episode of the Insanity Check. Joining Kriss this time is Latoya (Winter Reign) host of Secret Sauce on the MTR Network.

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  • Wonder Woman hits theaters and it's good...
  • Bill Maher back at it again
  • The DNC is ignoring Black Women and its a HUGE mistake
  • This Week in Trump
  • Great Moments In White Privilege
  • Black Woman Shoutout
    • Styles of Imagination - Diane Linston is a Fashion Designer from Cleveland Ohio. Maple Heights very own Fashion Designer, Diane Linston steps out as one of the most talented fashion designers in the state of Ohio. Linston, has been featured in more than 20 magazines; nationally and internationally. She was featured in Today’s Black Women September 2013 issues. Madame Noire Magazine, December 2013, issues Ohio Cleveland.com 2013 issue and a host of others. Linsotn has participated in New York and Washington DC Fashion-week. Linston’s NGU Collections garnered national attention and caused her to work with local and national celebrities. Her credits allowed her to work with Actress Jazmin Lewis, Dwight Eubank of the Atlanta Housewives, and the mother of Singer John Legend. Recently, Linston modeled for Maple Heights Mayor Elect Annette M. Blackwell, Blackwell is the First African American Woman to be elected to serve as mayor.  

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Category:Entertainment -- posted at: 5:46pm EDT


Kriss and Phenom are back to review Wonder Woman, the latest film in the DC Cinematic Universe. DC has had some struggles getting their Cinematic Universe up and running. Man of Steel split fans, Batman v Superman was universally panned and even Suicide Squad left a lot to desire. Beyond just getting the DCEU back on track, Wonder Woman also represents a 40 year wait to bring the most popular female superhero to live action. So does this film step up to the plate? Short answer: Absolutely.

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Before she was Wonder Woman she was Diana, princess of the Amazons, trained warrior. When a pilot crashes and tells of conflict in the outside world, she leaves home to fight a war to end all wars, discovering her full powers and true destiny.

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Category:TV & Film -- posted at: 11:32pm EDT

Seven. Seven straight summers that the road through to the NBA championship has had to go through LeBron James. And that doesn't look to change any time soon. It's the most wonderful time of the year.

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Category:Sports -- posted at: 12:16pm EDT

There's been a lot of talk about Hydra Cap and Secret Empire so we decided to look back to how we got here. Steve Rogers didn't just become "a Nazi". There's been an intricate and interesting story being told leading up to the Secret Empire event. Kriss & Dpalm are joined by Justin (3FifsPodcast) and Jeff (Nonstop Culture Podcast) to talk about the lead up to Secret Empire and what's made it a great read so far.

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  • All New Captain America #3 - Sin claims Red Skull made up Sam's whole background using the cosmic cube
  • Avengers Standoff: Assault on Pleasant Hill #1 -3
  • Civil War 2
    • Civil War 2: The Oath
  • Captain America: Sam Wilson
    • Issue #13 - Steve sent US Agent after Sam to get the shield back
    • Issue #14 - Steve sets Sam up to fail at saving a hostage
  • Captain America: Steve Rogers
    • Issue #2 - Reveals the new history that Steve believes is his reality
  • Secret Empire

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Category:Entertainment -- posted at: 6:29am EDT

We're back with another Character Corner, this time as a follow up to the Wolverine episode we did here. The first time we covered Logan, we didn't get a chance to go over in detail some of his recurring enemies. To be fair, most enemies of Wolverine end up dead (or resurrected only to be killed by him again). But we decided to do a quick rundown of them anyway. Most of the story details we cover in the first episode and here we just give a bit more background and talk about the problems with some of Logan's deadliest foes.

Enemies & Issues:

  • Lady Deathstrike & The Reavers
    • Daredevil #197 - First appearance as Yuriko Oyama
    • Alpha Flight #33-34 - First Appearance as lady deathstrike
    • Uncanny X-men #205
    • Uncanny X-Men #251
  • The Hell Fire Club
    •  Original - Uncanny X-Men #129 - #138
    • New Hell First Club (kids) -
      • X-Men: Schism
      • Wolverine and the X-Men
  • Viper/Madame Hydra
    • Captain America vol 1 #110 - First Appearance
  • Omega Red
    • X-Men #5 - First Appearance
    • The Omega Clan  - Uncanny X-Force (2010) #26
  •  Cyber
    • Marvel Comics Presents #85 - First Appearance
  • Lord Shingen & Silver Samurai
    • Wolverine Vol 1 1- 6
    • Daredevil #111 - Silver Samurai first appearance.
    •  Wolverine Vol 2 2-3
  • The Hand
    • Wolverine Vol 3 20 -25: Enemy of the State
  • Matsu’o Tsurayaba
    • Uncanny X-Men #255 - First Appearance
    • Wolverine Vol 2 #57 - Poisons and kills Mariko. Wolverine promises to take a body part from Tsurayaba on the anniversary of her death each year
    • Wolverine #175 - shows some of the times Wolverine kept his promise to take a piece of Matsu 
  •  Daken
    • Wolverine Origins #10 - First Appearance
    • Dark Avengers #1 - as Wolverine
    • Dark Wolverine
  •  Romulus
    • Wolverine Origins #39
  •  Mystique
    • Ms Marvel 16 -17 First Appearance
    • Messiah Complex
    •  Wolverine vol 3 62 -65 - Get Mystique 
    • All-New X-Men 
    • Mystique solo series by Brian K Vaughn
  • Sabretooth
    • Iron Fist 14 - First Appearance
    • Wolverine #10 - Retells First Wolverine-Sabretooth fight.
    • Wolverine #90
    • Origin II #5 - Reveals why Sabretooth haunts Wolverine on his birthday
    • Sabretooth mini-series - 1993/1994 - Contracted to kill Mystique,  learns that Graydon Creed is his son 
    • Uncanny X-Force (2010) #25 - 34 - Manipulates Daken forcing Wolverine to kill his own son
     

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Category:Entertainment -- posted at: 12:51pm EDT

Hiroja and The Doctor are back to review Season 3 of 12 Monkeys, which was released in a 3 day event by Syfy.  We will be reviewing the premiere episode, The Mother, and then in three more podcasts grouping the remaining episodes in trios.

Cole splinters to 2163 to desolate places seeking the whereabouts of Titan and  the missing Cassie. Cassie has to deal with the fact she is trapped in Titan and  in the Custody of The Army of The Twelve Monkeys as well as the revelation that she is the mother of the Witness.


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Category:TV & Film -- posted at: 6:01am EDT

Having a podcast means a lot of things, but today it means reconnecting with an old friend who is doing really dope things. We've got Stephen Satterfield of Whetstone magazine on this week about the journey from high school basketball to international wines and food. We also tackle the sports issues of the week like stadium grift, Colin Kaepernick's blackballing, Tom Brady's wife coming clean about concussions, and the inevitable (?!?) Warriors win.

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Category:Sports -- posted at: 9:33pm EDT

Arrow's 5th season wraps with what is probably the best episode CW has ever done. Lian Yu is not just a great season finale but it ends a 10 year arc for Oliver Queen's story (5 years of flashbacks & 5 years of present day story telling).  We say goodbye to a great character that's been a staple on the show while welcoming back Deathstroke. Everything lands this episode and returns Arrow to the top to claim its place among CW's DC shows.  We can't speak highly enough about this episode. Listen to our review as we break down what makes this episode so great.

Oliver assembles a group of unlikely allies - Slade, Nyssa, Merlyn and Digger Harkness - to engage in an epic battle against Chase and his army.

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Category:TV & Film -- posted at: 7:20am EDT

Welcome back! In this episode I discuss a letter penned by Solange to her teenage self. Then I speak to K.Bly from Vth Wall a comic book company based in science fiction.  My next guest is Laura Simpson who has a tabletop game called Companion’s Tale and a game design studio called Sweet Potato Press.  Tanya Depass joins me from a non profit organization called I Need Diverse Games. Finally I end the episode with my thoughts on the assault on Zoa Stigler.

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Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 7:52pm EDT

What the hell was that? Kriss and Dpalm are back to review, discuss and rip apart the season 3 finale of The Flash. Seriously, we’re almost at a loss for words at what we watched. Sure, this season has had some rough moments, but we still expected this finale to rise above all of that and give us at least a solid footing to defend the season. But it doesn’t. From the cop out with the Iris/HR switch to Barry trying to play nice with Savitar, none of it is executed well. We go over all the plot holes and issues and hope that Season 4 the show brings back it’s ‘A’ game.

With nothing left to lose, Barry takes on Savitar in an epic conclusion.

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Category:TV & Film -- posted at: 9:52pm EDT

Our war here at UDPod against the machines wages onward, but we have an ace up our sleeve this week: ESPN Alumni Nata joins us to talk all there is in sports...again. Technical difficulties notwithstanding, come to hear the DIY ethos that carried him all the way to Bristol and what lies next in the ever changing sports landscape. Plus, we talk NHL (I know), MLB (I KNOW!), and of course these NBA Playoffs. Topics:

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Category:Sports -- posted at: 10:44pm EDT

Shanna & The Doctor are here to review the season 2 finale of Supergirl, "Nevertheless, She Persisted" . Rhea and Supergirl face off for the fate of the Earth in a season finale that is entertaining and attempts to close loose ends, but winds up being mildly dissatisfying with the lack of inclusion of some characters and plot holes here and there.  That said, it was a much better season and season finale than last season, earning the season an overall grade of B.

Supergirl challenges Rhea to battle to save National City. Meanwhile, Superman returns and Cat Grant offers Supergirl some sage advice.

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Category:TV & Film -- posted at: 10:39pm EDT

Kriss is joined by Jax to review Baywatch starring Dwayne Johnson and Zach Efron. This definitely isn't a movie I would say a lot of people were looking out for. Obviously Baywatch was a popular TV show but I'm just not sure how that would translate to people being interested in a movie all these years later starring different people. Sure there are people that would go to see anything just because Johnson or Efron are in it. But dos that make it good? Well, in this case, the answer is yes. Baywatch doesn't take itself too seriously and takes the 21/22 Jump Street approach to bringing an old TV show to the big screen. And it's hilarious.

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Devoted lifeguard Mitch Buchanan butts heads with a brash new recruit. Together, they uncover a local criminal plot that threatens the future of the Bay.

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As usual, Arrow is going out one a strong not. "Missing" finds a way to remove Oliver from his team but not by pushing them away. Adrian Chase has Oliver right where he wants him and is forcing Oliver to confront his demands and the type of man he wants to be. Add in the promise of bringing back some old familiar faces and Season 5 really is bringing the entire show back to to the beginning. Listen to our full review and discussion.

Black Siren returns to give Chase help; Felicity plans a birthday party for Oliver; Lance is angry with Rene for missing the custody hearing about his daughter.

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Kriss is joined by Jax to review 'Sleight'. This film originally debuted at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival before it was picked up by WWE Studios and Blumhouse for distribution. There was a small amount of hype coming out of Sundance about this film. It has a black director/writer in J.D. Dillard as well as a black male lead in Jacob Latimore and was presented as almost an urban superhero origin story. Does it live up to that hype? Listen to us discuss the film to see if it does.

A young street magician (Jacob Latimore) is left to care for his little sister after their parents passing, and turns to illegal activities to keep a roof over their heads. When he gets in too deep, his sister is kidnapped, and he is forced to use his magic and brilliant mind to save her.

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The Agents of Shield review you've been waiting for! Kriss & Dpalm break down the season finale of Agents of Shield: "World's End". First of all, "World's End" is an action packed and emotional episode that sets up threads for next season. Credit should be given to Agents of Shield for being able  to do all of these things well in 42 minutes. And that doesn't even factor in bringing Ghostrider back. Robbie Reyes not only fit seamlessly into this episode but his inclusion also made sense.

And there's plenty more to love about this episode. The emotional moments with Mack, Hope & Yo-Yo. Also this episode ties the end of the season to the beginning with Daisy telling Fitz not to make the mistakes she did. Throw in a world seeded by LMDs now & somehow Coulson ending up in space and this was a monster of a finale.

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With the surprising emergence of Ghost Rider, Coulson and the team attempt to stop Aida from ending the world.

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Category:TV & Film -- posted at: 8:43am EDT

Our latest review & discussion of The Flash is here. One more episode to go before the season finale of The Flash. While we've been critical of this season, Infantino Street, is a pretty good episode. Bringing back Wentworth Miller's Snart and pairing him up with Barry is always going to be a good for this show. Not only do Miller & Gustin have great chemistry together but their characters are perfect complements. Throw in King Shark and its a great time. Also, in a move that is sure to upset many, Iris's fate was always sealed. While it probably doesn't stick, we still have to give them credit for pulling this move. Dpalm gives a simple explanation as to how to undo this and defeat Savitar.

Also is the show is losing more casual fans because of some of the crazy concepts (i.e. all the time travel)?

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Barry chooses to use any means necessary to save the woman he loves; The Flash turns to Captain Cold for help.

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Shanna & The Doctor are back to recap the latest Supergirl episode, S2E21 Resist.

The Daxamite invasion heralds the return of Cat Grant (Calista Flockhart) joining forces with Supergirl, President Marsdin (Lynda Carter, Wonder Woman) and Lillian Luther (Brenda Strong, Desperate Housewives). Meanwhile. Rhea shows she is the ultimate chess master, saving her best secret weapon for last when her plan to unite Lena and Mon El in an intergalactic marriage is foiled.

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Category:TV & Film -- posted at: 1:33pm EDT

The draft lottery is upon us, and the fortunes of WAY too many teams is in the balnace. Plus, we sift through the ashes of the Wizards and try to find a compelling series in the East, while Zaza has emerged as my all time playoff villian - and remember, I'm no Spurs fan. Plus, we've got an MVP of the week who successfully saved America's 5th major sport from disgrace.

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  • Lonzo Ball's family headed where?
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Category:Sports -- posted at: 11:15pm EDT

Kriss and Phenom review 'Alien: Covenant', the Prometheus sequel from Ridley Scott. It's very very important to realize that this is a Prometheus sequel and NOT an Alien film. Also, it is very important that you watch the crew prologue trailer because these scenes introduce the characters and are NOT part of the actual movie. Overall, 'Alien: Covenant' shows the struggle between 20th Century Fox and Ridley Scott. Fox wants an Alien film to calm the cries from fans and Scott wants to go down a separate path with his Prometheus storyline. The end result is a rushed, mashed together mess. Stream/Download our full review.

The crew of a colony ship, bound for a remote planet, discover an uncharted paradise with a threat beyond their imagination, and must attempt a harrowing escape.

 

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Category:Entertainment -- posted at: 9:09am EDT

We've been singing the praises of this Season of Arrow for good reason, it's been really good. This episode, while good, does have some puzzling choices in it. While it's great to see Oliver back in the suit, we were expecting a bigger deal to be made about it. Despite that and other small issues, the theme they've been pushing with getting Oliver to let go of the paste and move forward has been  great one. Listen to our break down of this episode and let us know what you think.

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Category:TV & Film -- posted at: 4:47pm EDT

 

Kriss and Phenom review King Arthur: Legend of the Sword directed by Guy Ritchie and starring Charlie Hunnam, Jude Law and a bunch of other people that ultimately don't matter. This movie just flat out isn't good and isn't entertaining in any way. We break down what ultimately fails this movie and what your options are. Spoiler Alert: Just go watch Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 again and play Shadow of Mordor. Stream/Download our review for the whole review. 

Robbed of his birthright, Arthur comes up the hard way in the back alleys of the city. But once he pulls the sword from the stone, he is forced to acknowledge his true legacy - whether he likes it or not.

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Category:TV & Film -- posted at: 7:51am EDT

Week after Week we sing the praises of Agents of SHIELD. There's really nothing left to say. They managed to bring Fitz back full circle with his feelings towards Ward from Season 1. They also manage to use a clever way of recapping the earlier storylines by having Coulson catch the real Agent May up on what she missed when she was replaced by a robot. We then got some great performances by Ian De Caestecker and Mallory Jansen this episode. We're not really sure of the mindset of Fitz until about halfway through the episode. And Jansen has done a great job all season as Aida and really shines playing a newly humanized Aida that is being flooded with new human emotions. 

There's so much in this episode. Stream/Download the episode to get our full recap and discussion.

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Category:TV & Film -- posted at: 8:23am EDT

We finally know who Savitar is. Well, if you've been even halfway paying attention this season it's been fairly obvious for a while now. This season has been plagued with some ill-timed breaks and pacing issues and that leads to some valid questions about this season as a whole and this episode. But Kriss & Dpalm see the bright side and point out some good things that work in this particular episode as well as give hope for how this season can finish strong in the last 3 episode. Also, Killer Frost does a better Iceman than the X-Men movies ever have.

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Category:TV & Film -- posted at: 8:00am EDT

Shanna & The Doctor are back to recap the latest Supergirl episode, S2E20 City of Lost Children.

James is thrust into unwittingly into the middle of Rhea's plans as he looks to help a young Phorian named Marcus (Lonnie Chavis, This is Us) whose mother attacks the city.  Rhea uses Lena to execute her plan to convert Earth to New Daxam.

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Category:TV & Film -- posted at: 12:08am EDT

 

We're finally ready to finish off the Green Lanterns. We continue with the rest of Geoff John's run through the War of Light, Blackest Night, Brightest Day all the way through New 52 and the DC Rebirth. We talk about some of the issues that happen with this run where it just starts to get to be too much. But there is also a lot of good that comes from it (the additional Corps along the color spectrum, a conclusion on Sinestro's run and the introduction of Simon Baz). Outside of Johns, we talk about how good the Green Lantern Corps book is and how it does a great job on telling stories outside of the Earth Lanterns. 

There's a lot to read here. We list the major books we read but also include links to the entire reading order for storylines like Blackest Night.

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The Unanimous Decision Podcast is back and better than ever. A week off only made the show stronger, and we've got Bleacher Report's Michael Felder on to prove it. We talk about the busy as hell last two weeks, including racist taunts directed at Adam Jones, the NFL Draft and what the hell some of these teams are doing, debating getting back into baseball, the NBA Playoffs and America's 5th major sport, the Real World/Road Rules Challenge. And he even leaves some cooking tips on the way out.

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This episode of Arrow could have been called "Just listen to women". This episode has Lyla & Felicity each standing their ground against their respective loved one. And it works. There's been a lot of projecting and hypocrisy on the part of Diggle and Oliver and this episode addresses that. It also shows that Arrow has been better at handling romantic relationships in an adult way over The Flash and the rest of the DC TV shows. Doesn't mean its perfect, but its been treating them much better. There's also some really great small details that might be missed here and it serves as a great way to get Oliver back in the suit. Give our full review/recap a listen

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Category:TV & Film -- posted at: 1:42pm EDT