Monday, July 16, 2018

Episode 70: Deadpool 2

Episode 70: Deadpool 2
Produced by Relevant to Our Interests
Hosts: John R. Belliston and Frank Shaw
Scripting by: Frank Shaw and John Belliston
Edited by: Frank Shaw

Graphic Design by: Nathan Newell and Frank Shaw
Intro Music: Morning Activities by F.G. Shaw
Outro Music: Morning Activities by F.G. Shaw


What can I say about Deadpool 2 that I haven't already? Well. I liked it. I liked the first one more, but I did enjoy it. I don't love it though. I don't love the character Deadpool. I think it's just too meta for my tastes and because of that the character falls flat. Which in some ways is sad as I love some of the humor of both the on screen and on page character. But something about the constant breaking of the fourth wall, and the awareness the character has for his own fiction doesn't click with me. 

That being said: there's a lot I do enjoy. Cable is great. Domino might be one of my favorite on screen comic characters (she certainly makes the top 5), and Firefist? I hope that young actor goes on to have a successful career, because he's fantastic!

One thing that John and I do bring up is the blatant trolling of theorists during the lead up to the release of the film. John and I like to throw out theories on the podcast because it's fun. Especially when we come up with crazy shit that is completely off the rails (it's better when we get from a different site, but hey it fun to make up your own.) We never take it seriously. We watch the stuff we watch for it's entertainment value first, then reflect on it after the fact. So for Deadpool, and Fox to troll the folks that take their fan theories a little too seriously was refreshing, and hilarious.

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Episode 69 Star vs. Season 3




Episode 69: Star vs. Season 3
Produced by Relevant to Our Interests
Hosts: John R. Belliston and Frank Shaw
Scripting by: Frank Shaw and John Belliston
Edited by: Frank Shaw

Graphic Design by: Nathan Newell and Frank Shaw
Intro Music: Morning Activities by F.G. Shaw
Outro Music: Morning Activities by F.G. Shaw


Star vs. The Forces of Evil season 3 really shifts focus from the first two seasons, taking and putting the action into the realm of the Mewmans and their allies, wrapping up the plot threads from the first couple of seasons with the first 5 episodes or so, and introducing ideas that appear and revealing secrets that were introduced with the second season as well. The plot reaches its darkest peak by the end of the season, concluding what I would assume is the penultimate season of this series (but maybe not) and setting up for an epic concluding season (but maybe not, this is just speculation). 

If it seems like I said a whole lot of nothing. It's because I did. Sure we spoil the season in the podcast, but go watch it first and come back to hear our take on it. John loves this series, and as it progresses I find myself becoming more and more fond of it as well. There's a certain amount of depth that is surprising for a children's cartoon. 

The two major themes that John brings up this episode are the costs of lies (from the second season) and the cost of honesty (from this season). Sometimes being honest has consequences too, and they aren't always good. This season really portrays that well, and it's definitely worth paying attention to as you watch. 

There are a number of fun "insane fan theories on this episode about Star vs. My personal favorite is that Ludo will be the ultimate hero. We'll see if it bears out, but it's still fun to think about. 







Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Episode 68: What's Interesting: Year in Review


Episode 68: What's Interesting: Year in Review
Produced by Relevant to Our Interests
Hosts: John R. Belliston and Frank Shaw
Scripting by: Frank Shaw and John Belliston
Edited by: Frank Shaw

Graphic Design by: Nathan Newell and Frank Shaw
Intro Music: Morning Activities by F.G. Shaw
Outro Music: Morning Activities by F.G. Shaw


It's our Year in Review! A show we like to do once a year to go over the podcast from the previous year. Go over our goals for the upcoming year, and note what we succeeded on and what we did not succeed in from the previous year. We always have lofty goals, and often fall considerably short. This year is no exception, from where we hoped to be, and where we hope to go. 

First up: we switched to a mostly weekly schedule, and we've kept it up for the most part, only taking off a few weeks here and there due to illness or unforeseen events. It's also something we plan to continue with an exception of a few weeks off in early to mid July (coming up here soon), and some time off during the holidays. 

Second: We did a couple of interviews, and as John said the one we did with gough from www.beernutsproductions.com was one of his favorites. And one of mine (in fact he's going to be on episode 72). We are hoping to be able to do more interviews and have more guests going forward. There are some technical issues that we are still trying to work out, but the next episode gives me hope going forward. 

Third: More animation! We are gradually narrowing the focus of the show to cover animation and comic book films and television, and horror movies. We will be covering Avatar the Last Airbender the end of the summer, and I'm excited. 

Fourth: Moving platforms. We will be moving platforms when we get started up again. I know where we will be moving, but when it actually happens I'll be announcing it here, twitter, facebook, google + and all the usual places. 

Finally: Something we didn't talk about. The YouTube channel. Yes we do have a YouTube, and yes there is some content. When we get started again at the end of July we will begin uploading again, though the animated vids will continue to be on hiatus until our video editor can sort out all the hardware issues they are currently having. 

I'm excited. We're still having fun, and quite honestly the last year has given me the energy I need going forward. John's projects will begin to appear, hopefully before the end of this year, and I'll be helping to produce those. I also have some projects that I'll be starting as well. The next year looks bright. 

We can't wait! 

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Episode 67: Avengers Infinity War



Episode 67: Avengers Infinity War
Produced by Relevant to Our Interests
Hosts: John R. Belliston and Frank Shaw
Scripting by: Frank Shaw and John Belliston
Edited by: Frank Shaw

Graphic Design by: Nathan Newell and Frank Shaw
Intro Music: Morning Activities by F.G. Shaw
Outro Music: Morning Activities by F.G. Shaw


Everybody and their dog has given thoughts to this film. Overall most fans, and casual movie goers liked the movie. John and I were no different. I would have liked to have seen this movie split into two films. I think it would have helped the pacing issues, and helped developed the Black Order a bit more. And like most people, John and I had an issue with some of the folks "dusted" at the end of the film.

But you can hear that, and more on our thoughts on Thanos in the episode. 

The fun stuff is the fan theories and this Bustle article pretty much sums up all of them quite nicely. (Much better than I could). I personally like Nebula killing off Thanos. I'm not a fan of the Soul Stone theory (I know, it's contrary to the comics). I'm not sure exactly where John lies, but I suspect he likes both theories quite a bit.

Regardless, I'm excited to see Avengers 4, and until then bring on Ant-man and the Wasp, and Captain Marvel

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Episode 66: A Series of Unfortunate Events Season 2



Episode 66: A Series of Unfortunate Events Season 2
Produced by Relevant to Our Interests
Hosts: John R. Belliston and Frank Shaw
Scripting by: Frank Shaw and John Belliston
Edited by: Frank Shaw

Graphic Design by: Nathan Newell and Frank Shaw
Intro Music: Morning Activities by F.G. Shaw
Outro Music: Morning Activities by F.G. Shaw


Playing catch up over the next few days with the show-notes/commentary. Not a lot for this one honestly. We both really like this series, and we both have not read any of the books. At this point I'm not inclined to read them until the series has ended so I am not spoiled by the ending. We have some theories how it's going to end, and thus, no real "Insane Fan Theories" on this episode. I love how as the series progress it dives deeper and deeper into Absurdism. The fact that the secret society are Volunteer Fire Department brings me no end of joy. The significant meaning given to mundane things is a nice subversion of theme to these sorts of stories. Also love the bit of meta that Neil Patrick Harris brings to the character of Count Olaf. I may be in the minority, but I also love the musical numbers. 

What can we say other than watch the show, then listen to the episode of the podcast. 

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Episode 64 and 65 What's Interesting and Interview with Rufusman!

Episode 64: What's Interesting: Another Video Game Episode
Produced by Relevant to Our Interests
Hosts: John R. Belliston and Frank Shaw
Scripting by: Frank Shaw and John Belliston
Edited by: Frank Shaw

Graphic Design by: Nathan Newell and Frank Shaw
Intro Music: Morning Activities by F.G. Shaw
Outro Music: Morning Activities by F.G. Shaw


These two episodes were originally planned to be one, but we suffered from some ill timed technical difficulties. So we released what was the first part, and then recorded the next episode with Rufusman!

First up: Dragon Quest. I love JRPG's. I get that it's a genre that has never been extremely huge here in the west, and only occasionally does a game get a lot of buzz and recognition, most recently Persona 5, but Final Fantasy 15, 10, and 7 in the past. Kingdom Hearts as well (which is an action JRPG). The Dragon Quest games are great though, and if you have a 3DS then I highly recommend you pick up Dragon Quests IV - IX. It's probably about 500 to 600 hundred hours easily of entertainment between all six games.

John chat's a bit about the Santa Clarita Diet, a dark horror comedy that is available to stream on Netflix. John touches on something he's touched on in the past a bit, and that is comedy, and how it's changed for the worse in many ways. We will eventually be doing an entire episode about that with many examples, but until then check out this show. It's one that I personally haven't watched, but if I like it, we may end up chatting about it soon here on the podcast. 


And of course Far Cry 5. There's been some controversy with the game and the message it's trying to portray. Or not portray. The game does sound fun though. Regardless of the plot. I really want the dog, the cougar and the diabetic bear as my best friends. I bet you do too. 


Episode 65: What's Interesting:Interview with Rufusman
Produced by Relevant to Our Interests
Hosts: John R. Belliston and Frank Shaw

Special Guest: Rufusman!
Scripting by: Frank Shaw and John Belliston
Edited by: Frank Shaw

Graphic Design by: Nathan Newell and Frank Shaw
Intro Music: Morning Activities by F.G. Shaw
Outro Music: Morning Activities by F.G. Shaw


And here we are! An interview with Rufusman! Rufus' Kickstarter is still going on for a few more days. I apologize about the audio with this one. It was rough and we had a number of technical issues capturing it. Some of the audio was edited for clarity. Rufus is fun to talk to, and John and I may be working (together or even separately) with him in the future. If you can support his Kickstarter. There's a couple of great comics, including Yahvi that was inspired by Rufus' daughter and is written for kids. 

http://kck.st/2HCnQNz



Monday, April 23, 2018

Episode 62: Jessica Jones now on YouTube.




It's Episode 62: Jessica Jones on YouTube! If you haven't listened to it yet, then you totally should! Listen to Frank and John while seeing their magnificent beards.