Pop Culture Download: March 25, 2018

Pop Culture Download: March 25, 2018


On the Docket

Toys R Us founder Charles Lazarus has died at the age of 94. Coincidentally, it was just days after the company announced that it was liquidating its stores in the United States. – [CNN]

The Marvel News Desk channel on YouTube has compressed the Marvel Cinematic Universe into a twenty-minute video in preparation for next month’s Avengers: Infinity War. – [YouTube]

Deadpool 2 has a new trailer, one that definitely earns a red band. – [YouTube]

H. Wayne Huizenga, founder of the now defunct Blockbuster Video, has died at the age of 80. – [THR]

Disney Music Group is remastering the single-disc soundtracks for the first six Star Wars films – A New HopeEmpire Strikes BackReturn of the JediThe Phantom Menace, Attack of the Clones, and Revenge of the Sith – for release on May 4th. The remaining two-disc complete soundtracks for Episodes II and III are still missing in action. – [StarWars.com]

Keith DeCandido’s 4-Color to 35-Millimeter: The Great Superhero Movie Rewatch continues with a look at the first cinematic outing for the Incredible Hulk. – [Tor.com]


Into The Chronic Rift

The Chronic Rift: Episode 011 – In Review March 2018
Our monthly review episode is jammed packed with opinion pieces from old and new contributors to the Rift.  Keith DeCandido and Dan Persons are back with TV and movie reviews.  We welcome Denise Lhamon of The Weekly Podioplex as our book reviewer.  And for the first time ever on The Chronic Rift, we have a music reviewer in the form of J. Andrew World.  Add to it another look at pop culture by Ken Holtzhouser and you’ve got a new In Review episode of The Chronic Rift.

The Batcave Podcast – Episode 79: “Batman vs Two-Face”
How is it possible to top the success of last year’s The Return of the Caped Crusaders? You add William Shatner to the mix!  Shatner takes on the role of Harvey Dent/Two-Face in this new feature length film and just as with the previous film, the producers bring us an interesting take on the classic villain.  In this episode, we discuss Adam West’s final performance, just how couched in the first season this film is, and our thoughts on the possibility of the series continuing without its lead actor.

Joining John to breakdown this movie in a double-sized episode is Dan Greenfield of 13th Dimension, Billy Flynn of Geek Radio Daily, and Ben Bentley of the Batman 66 Message Board.

The Weekly Podioplex: March 20, 2018


The Watchlist

The Good Doctor
The Flash
Black Lightning
Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD
Legends of Tomorrow
Designated Survivor

Waiting room
Jessica Jones: Season Two
The 100 (Season Five premieres April 24)
The Orville (Season Two premieres Fall 2018)
Doctor Who (Series Eleven premieres Fall 2018)
The Good Place (Season Three premieres 2018/2019)
Game of Thrones (Season Eight premieres 2019)
Star Trek: Discovery (Season Two premieres 2019)

Catching up
Madam Secretary (via CBS All Access)
The Punisher (via Netflix)

Marvel’s Inhumans – Episodes 5-8


Movie Night

This week

Apr 27 – Avengers: Infinity War – (Marvel Cinematic Universe Phase III, Chapter 7)
May 11 – Life of the Party – (A close friend of mine was an extra with significant camera time on this project)
May 18 – Deadpool 2 – (X-Men series #11)
May 25 – Solo: A Star Wars Story
Jun 15 – The Incredibles 2
Jun 22 – Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
Jul 6 – Ant-Man and the Wasp – (Marvel Cinematic Universe Phase III, Chapter 8)
Jul 27 – Mission: Impossible — Fallout – (M:I #6)
Oct 5 – Venom – (Sony Spider-Man Universe revival)
Nov 2 – X-Men: Dark Phoenix – (X-Men series #12)
Nov 2 – Mulan – (Disney live-action remake)
Nov 16 – Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald – (Fantastic Beasts #2, Harry Potter #10)
Nov 21 – Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2 – 11/21
Dec 14 – Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse – (Sony Spider-Man multiverse)
Dec 21 – Aquaman – (DC Extended Universe #6)
Dec 25 – Mary Poppins Returns

Feb 2019 – The New Mutants – (X-Men series #13)
Mar 2019 – How to Train Your Dragon 3
Mar 2019 – Captain Marvel – (Marvel Cinematic Universe Phase III, Chapter 9)
Mar 2019 – Dumbo – (Disney live-action remake)
Apr 2019 – Shazam! – (DC Extended Universe #7)
May 2019 – Avengers #4 – (Marvel Cinematic Universe Phase III, Chapter 10)
May 2019 – Aladdin – (Disney live-action remake)
Jun 2019 – Gambit – (X-Men Series #14)
Jun 2019 – Men in Black Untitled – (Men in Black #4)
Jun 2019 – Toy Story 4
Jul 2019 – Spider-Man Homecoming #2 – (Marvel Cinematic Universe)
Jul 2019 – Top Gun
Jul 2019 – The Lion King – (Disney live-action remake)
Jul 2019 – Terminator sequel – (Terminator #6)
Aug 2019 – Artemis Fowl
Nov 2019 – Wonder Woman #2 – (DC Extended Universe #8)
Nov 2019 – Frozen 2
Dec 2019 – Star Wars: Episode IX
Dec 2019 – Wicked
Jul 2020 – Indiana Jones #5
Jul 2020 – Minions #2


Night at the Theater

This week

Coming soon
Something Rotten at The Fox Theater in Atlanta.


Literary Pursuits

Currently reading
Diving into the works of H.P. Lovecraft
Podcasting for Dummies (3rd Edition) by Tee Morris and Chuck Tomasi



On the Virtual Air




Adventures in Creative Criticality

The Timestamps Project
This week concluded The Trial of a Time Lord with The Ultimate Foe, and next week is the summary of the Twenty-Third Series and the Sixth Doctor’s run. After that, I’ll be taking a slight detour into a couple of Sixth Doctor extras before starting the Seventh Doctor’s tenure.

Other Musings

Upcoming Podcasts
I will be recording with The 42cast about Star Trek: Discovery.

Upcoming Appearances
May 5-7: WHOLanta 2018
Aug 30-Sep 3: Dragon Con 2018


Until next time, enjoy the journey.


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