Sam and Jake dive into what Jake considers his favorite Beatles album and a tremendous leap forward for the Fab Four. With an unexpected three months of free time in the studio, the band took the opportunity to experiment with songwriting and recording techniques. Listen as the duo discusses Paul McCartney's rise as the dominant songwriting presence within the band, the stylistic split between John Lennon and Paul with this album's sound, and the various anecdotes and inspirations from the Revolver sessions. Also listen to what Jake suggests may be his favorite Beatles song of all time and what Sam thinks of the song that inspired the title to this miniseries.

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Another text-based movie review by Sam:
 
While Richard Linklater broke into the mainstream with Dazed and Confused in 1993, he's been known for making much more serious and dramatic films as his career progressed, Boyhood and the Before Sunrise trilogy being the prime examples. Sure, he directed School of Rock back in 2003 and Bernie in 2011 but he also directed the Bad News Bears remake in 2005 which was maybe not the best thing in the whole world...
 
As advertised, his latest flick, Everybody Wants Some!! (The dopey title being a reference to Van Halen), is in many ways a spiritual sequel to both Dazed and Confused as the 1993 stoner-comedy took place in a high school in the suburbs of Austin during 1976 while this flick takes place at an unnamed Texas college in the final days of summer in 1980. There are also cues from Boyhood which ended with its main character arriving at college and meeting a girl (albeit in present day) which is approximately how Everybody Wants Some!! begins.
 
Blake Jenner plays Jake, an incoming freshmen moving into college on a baseball scholarship set in that golden, carefree weekend before classes actually begin. Jake moves into the baseball houses and finds himself in the midst of a pack of fun-loving alpha males that love competing amongst themselves, baseball, booze, and girls. And, as all the college students begin moving back in, every night features a different party with a different theme all set to Linklater's killer period-appropriate classic rock soundtrack.
 
College, in many ways, offers a fresh start after the years of calcification that the personality goes through through middle school and high school. It's usually a new environment and largely new cast of characters, the familiar trappings stripped away to allow for reinvention. We don't really know Jake and boys before college but we do see the common threads that bind them together immediately in college and we see them try on different variations of their college personas without altering their core (They're always looking to get drunk and fuck, guys) and always with that self-assured swagger.
 
Just like the weekend its characters are having, Everybody Wants Some!! is a hell of a lot of fun and very funny. Sure, there are the occasional moments of introspection that everyone has between (or during) a bender but Linklater doesn't dwell on them too much; he's more interested in having his characters and, by extension, the audience just have a great time and he totally succeeds on that measure. A rollicking look back at those days when every weekend of college felt like its own adventure without being weighted down by the drama that would occasionally show up. My favorite film of the year so far.
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This is a big humdinger of an episode as the gang invites Josh Williamson (Nailbiter, Ghosted, Birthright) on to the show to talk about his current books from his creator-owned Image Comics series, Nailbiter, to his miniseries for Disney's The Haunted Mansion. We also talk his upcoming run on The Flash for DC Comics, his past career as a comics retailer, and some of the bizarre sights in the backwoods of the Pacific Northwest.

Without missing a beat after the interview, the boys then talk about the life and legacy of His Royal Badness, Prince. The gang reflects on how his career impacted their lives along with some urban legends and anecdotes involving the Purple One. A very full discussion this week.

Nailbiter #21 is out in comic shops everywhere and on Comixology on Wednesday, May 4; the first four volumes collecting the series' first twenty issues are out now.

The Haunted Mansion #3 is out in comic shops everywhere and on Comixology on Wednesday, May 18.

 The Flash #1 is out in comic shops everywhere and on Comixology on Wednesday, June 22.

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Another text-based review from Sam!

There's something I find really cool and genuine about minimalist, relatively low budget sci fi films (Looper, Ex Machina, 10 Cloverfield Lane). They kind of capture that DYI aesthetic and science fiction rooted in emotion readily present in Bradbury books and sci fi flicks from the 70s and 80s (Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Starman, ET: The Extraterrestrial) that just aren't around all that much anymore and I connect with so much more than the bigger budget fare (Oblivion, Tomorrowland). Midnight Special definitely falls in the former group.
 
Midnight Special has wayward old friends Roy and Lucas (Played by Michael Shannon and Joel Edgerton, respectively) teaming up to covertly escort Roy's son, Alton, to an unspecified location in the American South. Roy's young son is capable of some particularly unique feats and he has a mysterious date with destiny that Roy knows his sickly son needs to make.
 
The furtive nature of their journey is one of necessity: Alton is being hunted by the federal government (Led by Adam Driver as bookish NSA agent, Paul) who view Alton as a weapon, a Waco-themed cult who view him as their savior, and local authorities who think Roy just up and kidnapped his kid from his adoptive couple. Roy and Lucas quietly brandish guns as every pair of headlights could be a different hunter. And those Texan roads sure seem to stretch on forever after dark.
 
At its core, Midnight Special is at once a story about ordinary people forced to deal with scenarios beyond their natural comprehension and a metaphor for parenthood; Roy has to protect his son from the outside world and then ultimately let him go for whatever fate has in store for him out of his control.
 
The entire cast brings their A-game and the film is expertly shot; the constraints on the film due to budget are never really felt, not even in the special effects shots. Midnight Special is a performance-driven chase film with sci fi influences running deep. Beautifully paced, shot, and performed, the film doesn't answer all the questions it asks but (I suppose like parenthood) that was never really the goal. A great low budget indie sci fi film (That was a lot of adjectives) and worth checking out if like that sort of sub-genre.
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This week, the boys talk about the first volume of Rebels by Brian Wood and Andrea Mutti and published by Dark Horse Comics. The book follows the story of a young couple drawn into the American Revolution; their remote homestead in the backwoods of Vermont not isolated enough to keep them from the horrors of the war between the Thirteen Colonies and the British Crown. Listen as the gang talks about the book and their own interests in the time period. 

 

Rebels Vol 1 collects the series' first ten issues and will be available in comic shops everywhere and on Comixology on Wednesday, May 4.

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After an interlude for Chris' birthday, the gang is back to doing commentaries for the X-Men films in anticipation of X-Men: Apocalypse this time with the franchise's first prequel, X-Men Origins: Wolverine! Upon its initial release in 2009, the Wolverine-centric flick divided audience's and came out under the cloud of a mass leak with the workprint going online ahead of the release. Now that seven years have passed (With another Wolverine solo film and reboot of Deadpool now out in the world) what do the boys think of it? Watch along and listen to find out!

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Jake is back to talk about Kiss' third studio album, Dressed to Kill, and he's brought his friend, Kyle, to go over the last record before Kiss really hit the big time. Listen as they discuss the album's production quality, the history (Kisstory?) behind some of the songs, and how they think the record holds up both musically and within the legacy of the self-proclaimed greatest band in the land as the album features a track that would go on to become Kiss' most widely recognized tune. Strap yourselves in for this month's latest Kisstory lesson!

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The boys are back talking about the first trailers for Star Wars: Rogue One and Doctor Strange and the latest trailer for Suicide Squad. Hear what trailers have the gang pumped so far this year and which...don't. Also, Jake talks about his experiences in Seattle for Emerald City Comic-Con and Josh compares Quantum Break to Tom Clancy's The Division! Chock full of geeky goodness this week!

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Jake and Sam are back with another advance book review for Image Comics, this time talking about Farel Dalrymple's Pop Gun War. The boys talk about the book's tone, surreal imagery, and Jake's great admiration for Dalrymple's art style. Listen to find out more what the boys think of the first volume of the emotionally resonant series.

Pop Gun War: Gift out in comic book shops and Comixology on Wednesday, May 11!

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As a birthday interlude in the middle of the X-Men commentaries, Chris has selected the Christopher Nolan's The Prestige as his birthday film of 2015 (And we still keep the Hugh Jackman streak going!). An adaptation of the Christopher Priest novel of the same name, The Prestige had been in development alongside Insomnia but Nolan tabled the film when he got the nod to do Batman Begins. Reunited with that film's Christian Bale and Michael Caine, he adapted the tale of dueling magicians in the late 19th century and convinced David Bowie to take what would be his final film role. Listen as the boys revisit this overlooked classic!

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Josh is flying solo this time around with the latest episode of Reminiscent Evil! After the success of Resident Evil: Degeneration, Capcom commissioned a second full-length animated film set in the same continuity as the popular video game franchise that inspired it. Listen as Josh recounts the events of the film, what he likes about it, and what he doesn't! After this, it's back to live-action with an upcoming RETRIBUTION!

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This is the first in what will hopefully become a series of text-based movie reviews. First up, Hardcore Henry:
 
Look, if you're coming to this Hardcore Henry review expecting a full-on serious meditation on film with measured critiques on its story and the thespian ability of its cast, I don't know what to tell you. If you've accepted that both of those components don't figure too prominently in this flick, let's continue.
 
As the promotional materials have suggested, Hardcore Henry takes place entirely from the first-person perspective of its title character filmed entirely using GoPro cameras as a tip of the hat to first-person shooter fans (Like the climax of Doom but good!). The film is a long chase of sorts with Henry escaping from the skybound lab he awakens to the streets of Moscow and the surrounding countryside. As such, when the action is firing on all cylinders, so is the film but when it isn't, it's usually an absolute drag as the movie sets up its next action set piece.
 
But where Hardcore Henry really excels is when it channels Mirror's Edge more than Call of Duty. The first-person shooter sequences are fine with a madcap gunfight in an abandoned building that looks like a used Expendables set being the particular standout but the parkour and free-running sequences are the set pieces that take the most advantage of the first-person perspective precisely because, as a remarkably low-budget feature, there's someone actually performing these stunts without the safety provisos of a big studio picture.
 
Obviously some edits and sequences are not exactly what they appear to be but some of the more notable ones (Landing on a motorcycle in the midst of a car chase, rappelling down the face of a building, engaging an enemy with a flamethrower) definitely are. As a sort of host to the proceedings is District 9's Sharlto Copley (Who also co-produced) ushering the protagonist through the events in a whole myriad of unhinged personas. If Spy Kids 3D had the Brotherhood of Evil Stallones, Hardcore Henry features the Legion of Sharlto Copleys each distinctly different from the last. I knocked the film in my opening paragraph for not having a whole hell of a lot of thespian cred (And outside of him, it definitely doesn't) but Copley is an absolute joy in the film and clearly having a blast as he elevates the material whenever he's on screen.
 
Less effective is the film's antagonist who basically fulfills the textbook definition of Eurotrash with long, bleached blonde hair, a thick accent, bad turtleneck, and an omnipresent sneer as he chews the scenery like an all you can eat buffet. Also, he has Force powers because why the hell not.
 
As a mainly Russian production, it features a lot of the tropes common in post-Soviet bloc cinema with graphic, unflinching violence, darkly lit cinematography, an electronic pulsating score, nihilistic undertones (And overtones, really), and a pitch black sense of humor. This is readily apparent from the stylized opening titles.
 
Hardcore Henry is an intense, brutal little flick (Though not without its own twisted sense of humor) that provides a very unique perspective (Pun somewhat intended) on the action genre. The story is perfunctory and whenever it focuses more on that instead of the action, it loses steam faster than a hot air balloon. Sharlto Copley injects some much-needed life into the flick with a wink and a raised middle finger (Sometimes literally). I don't know if this film will be heavily remembered for years to come but it does feel like an instant cult classic and offers a cool twist on the action genre, just don't expect too much outside of that core gimmick.
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The gang is back with another interview this time with John Layman, creator of the hit Image Comics series, Chew! John talks about the upcoming final arc of the series, working with co-creator Rob Guillory, and provides an update of sorts about the adaptation of the book. John also teases an upcoming project that is a dream crossover for the boys and talks about his experience working with Late Show host Stephen Colbert! Plenty of interview goodness this week!

Chew: Demon Chicken Poyo out on Wednesday, April 20! 

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Sam is flying solo with the advance book review this week this time taking a look at the debut issue of Peter Tomasi and Ian Bertram's House of Penance with Dark Horse Comics. Sam tries to keep this quick review as spoiler free as possible while discussing the historical influences of the book, Tomasi's comic writing career, and what Bertram's art reminds him of. 

House of Penance #1 is out in comic shops everywhere and on Comixology on Wednesday, April 13!

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X-Men: The Last Stand, while the most commercially successful in the series until X-Men: Days of Future Past, split audiences about the quality of the film itself. A lot of that criticism may have to do with the fact that three different directors were attached to the production of the film from script to screen which was rushed to theaters on Memorial Day weekend 2006. Sam and Chris both regard the film as watchable...but they've made that assertion before. Does the third X-Men film still hold up as well as they remember or as poorly as Jake and Josh remember? Watch along and listen to find out!

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Chris and Ken are back at it again! The theme of this episode: Time Travel! From Back to the Future to Bill and Ted, even all the way to The Terminator, these guys got them!

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As promised, the gang is back debating the merits of Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice and Daredevil Season 2! See which of the quartet loves the film, which enjoys it well enough, and which find it a middling effort at best. Find out which moment of the film induced tears in one of the Geek Out gang, which moment was Sam's favorite Superman scene in the whole film, and where the boys think the franchise will go next. Also, listen for a more extensive discussion on Daredevil's second season with more talk about the Punisher and Elektra!

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The gang is back with a new advance book review, this time with the Image Comics series I Hate Fairyland by superstar artist Skottie Young. I Hate Fairyland marks Young's debut with Image and the boys talk about the first volume collecting the series first five issues. Listen along and hear what the gang thinks of the book!

I Hate Fairyland, Volume 1 out everywhere and on Comixology on Wednesday, April 20!

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After the surprise success of 2000's success kicking off the revival of superhero movies in the mainstream, Bryan Singer returned with a bigger budget, more epic story, and larger cast to make the 2003 sequel. Inspired by one his favorite films, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, Singer thrust Marvel's Merry Mutants in a story that was darker, more violent, and have someone pay the ultimate price. Sam often regards this film as his personal favorite of the original trilogy but what do the rest of the Geek Out gang think of it? Watch along and listen to find out!

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Sam and Jake are back talking about the first album in what Sam refers to as the Fab Four's middle period. With touring beginning to wind down and Beatlemania subsiding, The Beatles began to grow more comfortable with pushing themselves in their songwriting and experimenting with different elements within the recording studio...experimenting with more drugs too! Rubber Soul marks John Lennon's last major presence as the dominant force within the band, the official songwriting debut of Ringo Starr, and the documented beginnings of George Harrison's love of Indian culture. Strap yourselves in, The Beatles are taking things to the next level!

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