Geek Out Commentary: The Dark Knight

Man, I feel like most people were waiting this entire 75th anniversary celebration of Batman to get to this commentary. Largely recognized as one of the greatest comic book films OF ALL TIME, The Dark Knight is a film that transcended its origins to become this huge culturally significant film (And the first film since Titanic to gross over $1 billion at the box office). Rightfully remembered for Heath Ledger's scene-stealing performance as The Joker, listen as the Geek Out gang remembers when they first saw this monumental film during the summer of 2008, Eric Roberts' weird mobster voice, and the scene the guys wish would never end. This is the big one, guys.

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The big news this week is the unveiling of the nominees for the 2015 Golden Globe Awards. The Geek Out boys chime in with their own votes to see who should win among all of the nominees. The gang also addresses what they think are the biggest snubs this year. Also, the latest trailer for Mad Max: Fury Road drops and everybody goes completely bananas.

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Geek Out Commentary: Batman Begins

Man, after a couple weeks of absolute cinematic crap, we finally get back to some GOOD movies. Batman Begins succeeded in bringing back the Caped Crusader to the big screen in a meaningful way and, while often overlooked compared to its immediate sequel, stands as one of the best comic book films ever made and is largely responsible for the current Marvel and DC comic book movie strategies. It is a deeply personal film for Sam and is the movie that Jake regards as his personal favorite of the Christian Bale's trilogy of appearances as the Dark Knight.

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As the holiday season goes into full swing, the boys share what their favorite and least favorite Christmas movies are. Also, the gang talks about a wave of casting news from Doctor Strange to Netflix's AKA Jessica Jones. The real centerpiece of this little discussion is the first trailer for Terminator Genisys which leads to the boys sharing their thoughts on the Terminator franchise as a whole including which film is their respective favorite and which they find to be the worst. Finally, did someone say...SPECTRE...?

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Geek Out Commentary: Batman and Robin

I think on some level, we've all been waiting for and dreading this at the same time. That being said, Sam and Jake both argue that Batman and Robin is a better film than its predecessor because, unlike Batman Forever, it knows exactly what it is and completely embraces the franchise's campiness, aided largely by Arnold Schwarzenegger's over-the-top performance as Mr. Freeze. Now we're not saying it's a good movie but, well, just listen in for yourself as the gang dives into the end of the pre-Christian Bale Batman films with the infamous Batman and Robin...

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The Geek Out gang reassembles to share how each of their respective Thanksgivings went whether it be Jake growing fonder of the holiday over time, Chris contemplating what to discuss at the dinner table, and Sam arriving late as usual. The trio also reveal their thoughts on the first Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Jurassic World trailers. Jake reviews The Theory of Everything and South Park: The Stick of Truth. Finally, the gang reflects on their grandfathers and the impact they had on their lives. Equal parts banter and sentiment this week, folks.

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Geek Out Commentary: Batman Forever

For all those that REALLY wanted Batman Forever to be last week's commentary, here it is this week as we continue our celebration of Batman's 75th anniversary by doing commentaries for all big screen films starring everyone's favorite Dark Knight (And we'll get to that one too!). Batman Forever was a film that figured prominently in the Geek Out gang's childhood (Well, really just the summer of 1995) and is responsible for Seal's chart-topping smash single "Kiss from a Rose", but how is the movie itself. Jake goes into the movie excited; he remembered loving it as a kid...will the sentimental nostalgia hold up or will he be bitterly disappointed?

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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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