Friday, March 23, 2018

Needless Things Podcast 205 – Santa Clarita Diet Season 1

Recorded LIVE at Dragon Con 2018 for the Horror Track!

Just in time for the premiere of the sophomore season, Needless Things is proud to present E.J. Stevens, James A. Moore, and our very own Dave West discussing the first season of Netflix’s outrageous Santa Clarita Diet!

Thursday, March 22, 2018

9 Podcasts You Might Want to Listen To

By Jerry Chandler

Every so often I just want to promote a lot of the things I like, and this is one of those times.

I love podcasts. I’m a big podcast person. With my job, having a lot of podcasts to be able to turn to and play during the really long, slow shifts is almost at times an aid to retaining sanity, and, on a good day, ones where it’s not 34 degrees, windy, and pouring rain, they make good listening for a morning’s walk. So, yeah, I tend to need a lot of new content every week. These are a few of the podcasts I tend to have at the top of my daily playlists.

Monday, March 19, 2018

What I Did for Spring Break - Universal Orlando Part 1

By Dave

Thirteen years ago Mrs. Troublemaker and I spent enough time in Orlando to visit Walt Disney World, Universal Studios, and a few of the random lower profile attractions.

I can’t even imagine having enough time to do that nowadays.

Friday, March 16, 2018

Needless Things Podcast 204 – No Holds Barred Needless Commentary

Part of an ongoing series – the Needless Things Irregulars gather in the Phantom Zone to provide their own unique commentary on classic genre films!

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Assorted Musings - 3/15/2018 Edition

By Jerry Chandler

Marvel’s Netflix series Jessica Jones just had its second season drop in full last weekend. No matter your opinion on the first season, the second season is worth a look. There be some spoilers ahead. 

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Spy Con Preview

By Beth

I've been a fan of James Bond going back to my childhood. My dad was always into Bond so I learned to like it too. I was young in the 80's so I won't lie. I'll just come right out and admit that I liked A View to a Kill. I know, but it had Christopher Walken, and that great opening song by Duran Duran. Later, and still to this day, my favorite is Goldeneye. Yes, part of that is because it was one of the best video games of all time. Not all of it though. It's one of the first movies I remember seeing Sean Bean die in. He's died in a lot of stuff since, but that was my first so it matters more to me. I also thought that Pierce Brosnan was great in his first Bond movie. It's not totally his fault that his next Bond movies sucked. The writing was terrible. Denise Richards playing any kind of scientist is ridiculous to the point that if I roll my eyes up into my head about it one more time they may get stuck there. Some of the Roger Moore movies were okay, but he was better cast in The Saint than as James Bond. As much as I love the old movies I do enjoy the grittier and less quippy realism of Daniel Craig's Bond. I miss those gadgets though. But since we're probably only a few years away from being able to buy our own laser watches I think I'll miss them less soon.

Monday, March 12, 2018

Toy Review – One:12 Collective Suicide Squad Harley Quinn from Mezco

By Dave

I decided over a year ago that I wanted to review a bunch of different versions of Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn from Suicide Squad. I love the character design, which lends itself to plenty of variations between manufacturers. And there were plenty of manufacturers – Mattel, Medicom, Bandai, Funko, Hot Toys, and possibly more that I’m not thinking of.

Friday, March 9, 2018

Needless Things Podcast 203 – Devon Goldberg of Morricone Youth

Morricone Youth formed in New York City in 1999 with the mission statement of composing, re-interpreting, performing and recording only "music written for the moving image." 

Thursday, March 8, 2018

32 Years Later, There Can Still Be Only One

By Jerry Chandler

March 7, 1986, 32 years ago yesterday, a low budget film written and directed by no one most anyone had heard of hit American theaters with very little fanfare. For many people- one of whom was my father who took me to see it in theaters only because of the presence of this star -the only reason the film got their attention at all was Sean Connery, the 007 most of them had grown up on, being featured heavily in the ads. It went on to earn just under $6 million at the domestic box office at a time when successful movies were earning anywhere from $35 million to $50 million. In its inglorious domestic box office run, it was written off by critics and moviegoers alike, and was even beaten out by things like The Care Bears Movie 2 as a money earner. But in the decades to follow, the original Highlander would become one of the most popular and most loved cult films of its era. 

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Comic Book Wednesday – Previews March 2018: “Diamonds in the Stuff”

By Dave

If you don’t know, Previews is the catalog that Diamond Comic Distributors use to offer the products they distribute to comic book stores around the country. This is where you can view and order (through your favorite Local Comic Book Shop) comic books, trade paperback collections, t-shirts, books, media, and toys and other collectibles from hundreds of different vendors that deal in geek-oriented merchandise. The genius part is that you actually have to pay for your copy of Previews for the privilege of ordering other things to pay for.

It’s like the Ren Fest except without the horse poo smell.

So every month a new edition of Previews is sent out to comic book stores. Contained in the pages within are products that might be currently available or could be released anytime in the next year; but are typically about two months away. Most of this month’s offerings are scheduled to ship in May.

Now it’s time to discuss a few of the weird and/or wonderful items offered in this month’s edition!