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The Joy of Geek Podcast, Episode 47: 
Review of "It" and Top 3 Horror Films

On this Horror-fueled episode of The Joy of Geek Podcast, we (Rich and Kevin) talk about the new film It, based on the novel by Stephen King, and starring Bill Skarsgard as the iconic Pennywise, The Dancing Clown. And although this version of It underwent some significant creative reshuffles during development (with changes made to the script and director, among other things) it has proved to be a massive hit with audiences and critics, and has broken the record for the highest-grossing opening weekend for a Horror movie. We discuss all aspects of the film, including the ensemble cast, the tone, the plot, and of course, the titular shape-shifting alien clown.

And the jump scares don't stop there. With Halloween right around the corner, it’s an ideal opportunity for us to discuss the Horror genre as whole. We each choose our three favorite Horror movies of all-time - as well as some particularly chilling honorable mentions - and consider what it takes for a horror movie to stand out in today’s crowded media landscape. There’s also a bit of recent film news to discuss, including Star Wars Episode IX drama (with Colin Trevorrow out and J.J. Abrams in), Jamie Lee Curtis’ return to the Halloween franchise, the first images from the set of the Hellboy reboot, and more.

So join us, as we try our best to stay out of the sewers in Derry, Maine, and tell Bill Denbrough that we’re sorry we lost the paper boat he made, but there’s just no way we’re reaching our hand in there. This...is the Joy of Geek!


The Joy of Geek Podcast, Episode 46:
Dunkirk Review and Christopher Nolan Retrospective

On this episode of The Joy of Geek Podcast, we (Rich and Kevin) take a look back at the work of Christopher Nolan, a film director who has redefined the modern blockbuster and increased our capacity for wonder and awe with each of his ten films. His latest film is Dunkirk, which - through its use of three interwoven stories and a unique chronology - attempts to redefine the war movie genre in the same way Nolan redefined the Science Fiction and Superhero genres in years past. We take an in-depth look at Dunkirk - exploring its cast, story, structure and direction - and offer our thoughts on its overall success.

But first, we take this excellent opportunity look back at Nolan’s complete filmography, from his low-key debut Following, to his backwards-chronological noir-thriller Memento, to his dark (yet refreshing) new take on the Batman mythos in The Dark Knight Trilogy, to the sci-fi blockbusters - most notably Inception and Interstellar - that have defined his career. We take a look at each film, celebrating their individual triumphs, offering critiques on the aspects that don’t work as well, and choosing (or at least attempting to choose) our absolute favorites.

So join us, as we adventure beyond time and space, enter a bat-infested cave, go splash in a magician’s tank, enter a fractured world of dreams and desperation, and...go to war.  This...is the Joy of Geek!


The Joy of Gaming Podcast, Episode 65:

Kingdom Hearts Re:Everything and Persona 5

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On this episode of The Joy of Gaming Podcast, we (Rich and Jordan) continue our deep dive into all things Kingdom Hearts, discussing KH 1.5 and 2.5 Final Mix, Re:Chain of Memories Final Mix, 358/2 Days and Re:coded, while also trying to put our finger on exactly what makes their unique mix of mechanics and lore so compelling. And now that we're both a lot further into the 100-hour journey that is Persona 5, we judge Atlus' latest story-heavy RPG/High-School Sim on its own merits, as well as in comparison to Persona 4.

We also discuss a few more games that have made it onto the radar - including Downwell, Yakuza 0, and Overwatch - as well as some interesting news from across the industry, including: Sonic Mania's release, Valve's new Dota 2 card game Artifact, Permadeath in Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice, Deathmatch coming to Overwatch, new info about Call of Duty WWII's Zombies Mode, the future of Hello Games' No Man's Sky, and more.

So join us, as we take time away from our incessant Heartless-slaying and confidant-leveling to talk about...those exact same things. This...is the Joy of Gaming!



The Joy of Geek Podcast, Episode 45:

The State of Streaming & Our Top Five from Netflix, Amazon and Hulu

On this episode of The Joy of Geek Podcast, we take a look at the current state of streaming services like Netflix, Amazon Prime and Hulu, and explore the incredible rise and recent explosion of this increasingly dominant way to enjoy television. This is a medium that is growing and evolving so quickly that we actually had to break out an iPhone to record an additional news segment (which you'll find at the end of the podcast) to discuss a few big news stories that broke since we recorded.

Therefore, we start and end the podcast by talking about some of the latest streaming-related news stories - including the new trailer for David Fincher's Mindhunter, the debate over the size of Netflix's current debt, and the latest Stranger Things news, as well as some late-breaking stories about Disney's streaming plans, Netflix's acquisition of Millarworld, and Robert Kirkman's decision to take his future TV projects to Amazon

And for the main topic this week, we count down our current favorite original shows from the big three streaming sources (although the majority of our choices come from Netflix, as it happens). We each offer up our top-five favorites, along with some honorable mentions (and one or two shows to be avoided at all costs). Oh, and shows that joined Netflix later in their runs like Black Mirror and The Killing are also fair game, in case you were wondering. 

So join us, as we celebrate the best that TV has to offer, even when it's not technically "TV". This...is the Joy of Geek!

EDITOR'S NOTE: As you may have noticed, the numbering scheme of the episodes has recently changed - we will explain why on a future episode. Also, stay tuned after the end of the episode for some late-breaking news stories.


The Joy of Gaming Podcast, Episode 64:

Nintendo 64 Retrospective and Kingdom Hearts

On this, the 64th episode of The Joy of Gaming Podcast, we (Rich and Jordan) take this ideal opportunity to discuss the Nintendo 64 console in all of its glory (and infamy). From Nintendo's seemingly-stubborn decision to stick with game cartridges in the age of CD-ROM, to the controversial controller design, to the many groundbreaking and genre-defining titles that were released in its lifespan - we discuss all aspects of the platform that brought us Super Mario 64, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, Goldeneye: 007, and so much more. 

But first, we keep our feet firmly planted in the present to talk about the latest gaming news (Pokemon GO Fest, anyone?), as well as the games we've been playing recently. Our conversation includes: Kingdom Hearts: Final Mix and Chain of Memories, Splatoon 2, Life is Strange, Crash Bandicoot: N-Sane Trilogy, Final Fantasy XIV, Uncharted 2: Among Thieves and more. We also discuss the newest Telltale Games announcements, and if you're a fan of Dark Knights and Big Bad Wolves, you will probably be pleased. We certainly were. 

So join us, as we discuss a simpler time in gaming's past - when controllers had one (incredibly uncomfortable) analog stick, shooters had four-player split-screen, and CA-CA-CA-Combo-Breakers were the order of the day. This...is the Joy of Gaming!


The Joy of Geek Podcast, Special Edition:

3rd Annual San Diego Comic-Con 2017 Extravaganza

On this very special episode of The Joy of Geek Podcast, we (Rich and Kevin) take a whirlwind tour through this year's San Diego Comic-Con to discuss all the latest news, trailers and announcements from the convention. From the latest Justice League trailer and DC's ridiculously large slate of announced films, to the new trailers for Defenders and Inhumans over at Marvel, this year's SDCC provided us with a generous supply of pop-culture fodder to dive into and discuss. 

In addition to the news coming out of Marvel and DC, this year's event featured some groundbreaking trailers for comics-adjacent properties, including Bright, Ready Player One and Star Trek Discovery (to name a few). We offer our thoughts on those trailers, manage to squeeze in some SDCC news items that are actually about comic books, and share some of the best books we've been reading lately, including Clean Room, Motor Crush, lots of new DC Rebirth titles, and more.

So join us, as we dodge and weave our way through the year's biggest pop-culture extravaganza, and celebrate the fine art of superhero movie trailers. This...is the Joy of Geek!


The Joy of Gaming Podcast, Episode 63:

E3 2017 Impressions and an Embarassment of Gaming Riches

On this episode of The Joy of Gaming Podcast, we (Rich and Jordan) are back and armed with our impressions of the 2017 Electronic Entertainment Expo and a massive backlog of games to talk about. In other words, the Summer gaming season is upon us.

On the E3 2017 front, it's been a few weeks since the press conferences and wall-to-wall media coverage, and we've had some time to collect our thoughts about which announcements really stood out from the rest. From Metroid Prime 4 and Beyond Good & Evil 2, to Anthem and Madden 2018 - these are the games and stories we're still talking about now that the E3-hype train has left the station. 

Meanwhile, it's been quite some time since we've had a chance to talk about the games we've been playing, and it's grown into quite an impressive list. Our conversation includes: Crash Bandicoot: N Sane Trilogy, Prey (2017), The Wolf Among Us, Batman: The Telltale Series, Diablo 3's Necromancer, Mafia 3, Injustice 2, Uncharted Collection, Kingdom Hearts 1.5 Final Mix, Final Fantasy IV and IV, Life is Strange, and more. Oh, and there's some big Playstation news brewing in Kansas.

So join us, for another perilous adventure into gaming's past, present and future. This...is the Joy of Gaming!


The Joy of Film Podcast, Episode 15:

Summer Film Extravaganza, Featuring Spider-Man: Homecoming, Wonder Woman and Alien: Covenant 

On this episode of The Joy of Film Podcast, we (Rich and Kevin) discuss some of the biggest summer movie releases, including: Marvel's Spider-Man: Homecoming, DC's Wonder Woman, Ridley Scott's Alien: Covenant, Edgar Wright's Baby Driver and more. It's been an amazing year so far for superhero and genre films, so expect a spirited conversation. 

We also discuss the recent drama surrounding the thus-far-unnamed Star Wars Young Han Solo film - including the "firing" of directors Lord and Miller, hiring of Ron Howard, Alden Ehrenreich getting an acting coach, etc. - and try to make sense of the conflicting rumors swirling around. Oh, and Kevin shares some of the best stories from a recent evening spent in the presence of Kevin Smith

So join us, as we discuss one of the best summer film seasons in recent memory, and in the process, try to prove to Tony Stark that that we deserve a place on The Avengers. Will we choose the glitz and glamour of superhero stardom, or remain your friendly, neighborhood podcast? Join us to find out. This...is the Joy of Film!


The Joy of Comics Podcast, Episode 17:

Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 2 and Runaways Graphic Novel Book Club

On this episode of The Joy of Comics Podcast, we (Rich, Jordan and Kevin) discuss the latest in the world of comics and comics-related media, and there's a lot to talk about. First, we dive into Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 2, the latest entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and discuss all aspects of the film - from the plot and structure, to the characters and performances, to the enigmatic new character EGO the Living Planet - and weigh in on the film's overall success as a sequel.

Next, we bring you our second entry in our Graphic Novel Book Club series, this time setiing our sights on the first volume of Runaways by Brian K Vaughn and Adrian Alphona. With the recent announcement of a Hulu original series based on Runaways coming in 2018 and its briefly leaked teaser trailer (which looks amazing by the way), now seemed like the perfect time to revisit the original comic and explore the tremendous impact it has had on comics and popular media since its debut in 2003.

We also discuss some of the other comics we've been reading lately, including a number of DC Rebirth titles, Descender, The Fuse, Black Hammer, Grayson, Harbinger, Spider-Man Dead No More: The Clone Conspiracy, X-Men: Legacy and Gold, R.L Stine's Man-Thing, and more. And to round out the proceedings, we touch on some recent comic book news.

So join us, as we leave behind everything we ever knew, grab the Staff of One, Fistigons and a companion dinosaur named Old Lace, and take on the evil that is The Pride. This...is the Joy of Comics!


The Joy of Gaming Podcast, Episode 62:

Yooka-Laylee, Persona 5 and Breath of the Wild 

On this games-centric episode of The Joy of Gaming Podcast, we (Rich and Jordan) discuss the games we've been playing over the past few weeks - among which are some of 2017's most anticipated titles. From Playtonic's retro-inspired 3D platformer Yooka-Laylee, to the stylistically-incredible first few hours of Persona 5, to a much deeper-dive into the incredible world of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, there's something here for fans of all genres, and a whole lot to discuss.

We also dive into some of the latest gaming news, including Splatoon 2's Salmon Run "Horde" mode, a new character announcement for the thus-far-underwhelming A.R.M.S, Sonic Forces and Mania updates, Call of Duty's return to World War II with, well, Call of Duty: WWII, Battlefront 2's single-player story campaign (not a typo), Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice, and much, much more.

So join us for a journey across the gaming industry, brought to you with tremendous aplomb by two titans of the industry. Or rather, by two guys at a coffee table who really love talking about games. This...is the Joy of Gaming!


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