Geek Out Commentary: Licence To Kill

The countdown to Spectre continues with a wrap-up of the classic Bond series and Timothy Dalton's swan song to the venerable franchise. Licence to Kill is often regarded as one of the darkest films in the series and unfortunately didn't click with audiences when first released in 1989 but has since earned its fair share of fans since, including Jake who regards it as one of his favorite Bond films of all time. Listen as the gang watches one of James Bond's toughest, meanest adventures in Licence to Kill!

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Geek Out Commentary: The Spy Who Loved Me

The countdown to Spectre continues with the gang delving into the film that saved the James Bond franchise in the 70s with Roger Moore's The Spy Who Loved Me! A favorite of many a Bond fan and Jake's favorite outing with Roger Moore, the 1997 film propelled the British super spy back into relevancy and would serve as the template for Moore's Bond for the rest of his tenure. Listen as the gang watches the introduction of the iconic Bond villain Jaws, a stunt that was originally suggested by George Lazenby (That almost cost the stuntman his life), and the legacy of this film with the franchise!

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Geek Out Commentary: On Her Majesty's Secret Service

The Geek Out countdown to Spectre continues with the oft-overlooked On Her Majesty's Secret Service. Notable for being the only official appearance of George Lazenby as James Bond and the first film in the series without the original 007, Sean Connery, On Her Majesty's Secret Service has enjoyed a second life of being hailed as the greatest Bond film by filmmakers like Christopher Nolan, Steven Soderbergh, and Bruce Timm. It also stands as Sam's personal favorite James Bond film for its impressive cinematography and a plot that hews the closest to the original Ian Fleming source material. Listen along as the boys watch the film that proved the franchise could survive without its original Scottish leading man.

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Geek Out Commentary: Goldfinger

The next great Geek Out Commentary marathon is here! With James Bond's 24th official film, Spectre, coming out this year, we've decided to follow the model set by the lackluster video game 007 Legends with our own set of lackluster commentaries! In keeping tradition with that, we'll be doing our favorite James Bond film from each actor to officially portray the role. This week we start with the man most would still recognize as the quintessential James Bond actor, Sean Connery, in what many would hail his greatest film in the franchise: Goldfinger! It all starts here, gang...

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Geek Out Commentary: The Phantom

Jake's birthday pulp series ends this week with the commentary for The Phantom! The Phantom was the final major entry in the major movie studios attempting to launch their own Batman/Indiana Jones in the 1990s which is a shame because this one is really good! Listen as Sam outlines the rules for a good fight scene. Hear Jake and Sam single out which performer in the film doesn't seem to belong. And hear the gang talk about skull rings. You ready to SLAM EVIL?!

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Geek Out Commentary: The Rocketeer

Jake's birthday pulp series continues with The Rocketeer! This, along with the previously commentated Batman 1989, ranks among the films that loomed the largest in Jake's childhood and started a lifelong love of the character and genre. As such, this is a pretty big commentary and really comes from a place of great affection and appreciation. Watch along and listen as we dive into one of the most underrated superhero films of all time, The Rocketeer!

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Geek Out Commentary: Dick Tracy

We've long teased doing a series of commentaries on pulp features from the 1990s and Jake has decided to pick a trilogy from the genre for his birthday! Kicking it off is the 1990 Dick Tracy starring Warren Beatty. After the runaway success of Batman in the summer of 1989, every studio wanted their own franchise. But instead of identifying Batman's success with superheroes, they thought it tied to the franchise's 1930s pulp origins! Thus, a revival of pulp properties with Dick Tracy leading the charge began? But how does the film hold up? What line from the film does Jake still quote semi-regularly? What technical aspect of the film grinds Chris' gears? Which actor was nominated for an Academy Award for his work in the film? Listen and find out!

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Geek Out Commentary: Who Framed Roger Rabbit

Sam's very first memory is watching Who Framed Roger Rabbit in theaters in July of 1988 and, just in time for his birthday, he's picked it for our latest commentary! Roger Rabbit was a once in a lifetime film where numerous studios agreed for a one-off occasion to license their respective characters to show up together in a feature length movie. Of course, there were strings attached and the boys get into that over the course of the commentary. Listen to hear how the film impacted the gang at an early age and how well it stands up today!

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Geek Out Commentary: Rocky Balboa

We close our our commentary countdown to Creed with a commentary for the most recent film in the Rocky franchise, Rocky Balboa. Given the legacy of Rocky V and Stallone's increasing age, a sixth Rocky film didn't seem to be in the cards but, just like the Italian Stallion, Stallone was determined to give his greatest creation one last ride and end the series on a high note. Listen as Chris and Josh watch the film for the first time and Jake and Sam bid a fond farewell to their favorite boxer...for now...

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Geek Out Commentary: Rocky V

For weeks, we've talked about our contempt and disdain for the fifth film in the Rocky series, a sentiment echoed by the series creator, Sylvester Stallone, himself. But, for the sake of completion as we prepare for Creed, we just had to do it too. Generally regarded as the weakest in the series critically and commercially, Rocky V was an attempt to bring the Italian Stallion back to his working class roots. I guess it succeeds in that endeavor but what do the boys actually think of it? Is it really as bad as they've made it out to be? Watch and listen along with us and find out...

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