With Thanksgiving looming, the Geek Out gang take the time to reflect on what each of them are thankful for. This includes reviews of the film Birdman, Super Smash Bros. for the Wii U, and Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham but also extends to things they are thankful for on a more personal level as they reflect on the year.

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Geek Out Commentary: Batman - Mask of the Phantasm

You were totally expecting Batman Forever this week, weren't you? Everyone forgets that Batman: The Animated Series was so popular that it had its own feature film that got a full theatrical release, much less that it was released before Batman Forever. So, in covering all of Batman's starring roles on the big screen for his 75th anniversary, we're taking the time to revisit the criminally overlooked Batman: Mask of the Phantasm. Trust us, it's better than the two films that come right after it.

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Chris and Jake go into detail about their experiences at the Concert for Valor in DC this past week celebrating Veterans Day. This leads to a discussion appreciating the work of Metallica (For the most part) and Sam talking about the Foo Fighters' latest release, Sonic Highways. Jake also talks about some new music with his impressions on the latest Weezer album, Everything Will Be Alright in the End, and about Weezer as a whole. Finally, Sam and Jake talk about their thoughts on Nightcrawler and how Jake Gyllenhaal plays one of the best on screen villains in years, springboarding into a larger discussion about great cinematic villains. Also, did somebody mention Five Nights at Freddy's 2...? 

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Geek Out Commentary: Batman Returns

The big debate the Geek Out guys face while watching Tim Burton and Michael Keaton's follow-up to their enormously successful Batman is which Tim Burton/Michael Keaton Batman film is the best? Batman Returns is a film that Sam particularly remembers being marketed heavily in 1992 and remains one of his favorite Christmas films of all time (Try to tell him it's not a Christmas movie and he very well may try to fight you to the death). Chris ponders whether Batman Returns is his favorite Batman movie overall and no, he's not joking. And Jake, ever the Burton/Keaton Batman enthusiast muses that while he doesn't like Batman Returns as much as Batman 1989, it's leaps and bounds better than what came next.

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As promised last week, the Geek Out gang discusses the latest Marvel Studios movie news. The conversation ranges from thoughts on the first official Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer to the announcement of Marvel's Phase 3 line-up of films through 2019 to the rumors that Benedict Cumberbatch may be cast as Doctor Strange! The trio also share their reviews of Interstellar and Big Hero Six and Jake urges everyone to go see the indie movie Frank! This week's episode is chock full of movie talk; it's a full-on cinema circus!

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Geek Out Commentary: Batman 1989

The 75th anniversary celebration of the creation of Batman continues with one of Masked Manhunter's biggest cinematic adventures. Batman 1989 was a return to dark and gritty form for the Bat in the mainstream media with then-up-and-coming director enlisting Michael Keaton and Jack Nicholson to launch the venerated superhero franchise on the big screen. It was a formative film for the Geek Out gang as they were all young when the film first debuted and had a particularly large impact on Jake who still cites the film as a favorite of Batman's big screen adventures, especially when nostalgia is factored into the equation.

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This week, the gang reviews the new Keanu Reeves action flick, John Wick, while Jake provides his review of the new World War II film, Fury. In doing so, it sparks a discussion between him and Sam about the merits of war film and its pervasiveness in today's culture. Finally, all three Geek Out guys discuss the music they grew up with in detail, the things that interest them the most musically, where their current interests lie, and that moment where they transitioned from listening to music prescribed by their parents to something much more contemporary.

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Geek Out Commentary: Batman 1966

This year marks the 75th anniversary of the creation of Batman and as the entire Geek Out trio are die hard fans of the Caped Crusader, they have decided to watch every single feature-length Batman film that was released theatrically. The first film on their list is a spin-off film of the popular 1960s television series starring Adam West and Burt Ward as they take on a team-up of their deadliest foes. The boys aren't prepared for how campy this cinematic cash-in is...

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Geek Out Commentary: Ghostbusters II

The Geek Out gang concludes October Rocktober Halloween Horror Month with a special Halloween commentary release celebrating the 25th anniversary of Ghostbusters II! Sam will always remember this as the third film he ever saw in theaters back in the summer of 1989 (A year that Jake refers to as possibly the greatest year for film). Chris is amazed by the 4K remaster of the film he grew up loving so much while providing a bit of New York trivia about the movie. Jake reveals his personal favorite scene in the film while Sam observes that while he enjoys the film as a whole, he is always let down by the movie's opening premise. The 2014 Halloween festivities end here but the commentaries continue to gain momentum as the gang prepares for another important anniversary next week...

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We were trying to be subtle about the title, we really were, but sometimes you just gotta let it all hang out. This week's episode has Jake and Chris revisit some horror films just before Halloween with middling results. Sam reflects on his schooling after a recent visit to his old alma mater. Chris, Sam, and Jake reflect on their fathers and the different familial values they established. And, true to the title, Sam and Chris recall a very different kind of memory...

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