Every month, we geeks are spoiled by so much… STUFF! News, updates, movies, shows, podcasts, games, books and comics! In this article, Fanboy Lu takes a look back at what he’s consumed this past month, and shares his thoughts on what was good, the bad, and all the meh in between! To help organize my thoughts, items will fall under one of the following three categories:
Lu’s Dues – the good stuff! Fanboy Luis gives the good things in pop their due
Lu’s Boos – Oof. The doldrums of fandom. Not all parts of geekdom are smiles and sunshine, sometimes it’s frowns and creepy clowns.
Lu’s Snooze – Creators make things to incite some kind of reaction. So what’s worse than a bad reaction? No reaction.
With that out of the way – let’s take a look back at the month of August 2019!
BOOS: Spider-Man: Far From Over
On August 20, news dropped that almost broke the internet: sources said that due to a breakdown in contract negotiations, Spider-Man will no longer be part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe! Its two giant studios worth billions, fighting over our favorite web-swinger and his worth. Your appreciation for MCU’s version of Spider-Man may vary, but it is a little disheartening to know that a spat between companies can deny this generation a big screen Spidey. We talked about this more, and more on episode 98 of our podcast: http://2fanboys1casual.com/?p=1565
DUES: Happy Jail on Netflix
On the subject of episode 98: Happy Jail! I might be biased, but I loves me a premiere. The ‘Boys got to go out to Hipster LA and saw the first few episodes of the great series “Happy Jail” and walked away thoroughly engaged and entertained. Its a well made show and a heartbreaking look at what was prison life is like for the viral “Dancing Inmates”. We talked about it too on podcast 98, and we posted lots of pics from our Facebook page from the event: facebook.com/2FanboysAndAFilthyCasual
DUES: Fatman Beyond with Kevin Smith & Marc Bernardin
August was a busy month for the Fanboys & Casual crew! We got to watch the live recording of Kevin Smith and Marc Bernardin’s show “Fatman Beyond” at the Scum & Villainy Cantina in Hollywood. It was an absolute blast. There’s dozens of bars on Hollywood, and Scum & Villainy definitely sticks out. The decor, the menu, the service – it definitely takes you to a place long ago in a galaxy far, far away. The show itself was awesome. If you listen to their podcast, you know what you’re in for: nerdy news, unique perspective from two of the industry’s finest, and tons of laughs. That episode was no exception, and we had an added bonus of having two sets of guests! Kevin & Marc first brought out the writing staff for their upcoming Masters of the Universe Netflix series, and then brought out BB-8’s puppeteer, Brian Herring! Bonus for the ep- we got to put our swag out on the bar for all their followers to see! And yes, you too can get this swanky shirt! Just send us a message!
Long story short: definitely recommended if you’re in the LA area.
DUES: The Fast and the Furious Present: Hobbs & Shaw, Based on the Novel “Push” by Sapphire
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is a superstar, full stop. He’s guaranteed top box office gold, and any movie that even sniffs his presence will get notice. Hobbs & Shaw is no exception. This was definitely a ‘shut your brain off and enjoy the ride’ kinda flick, with action so far out John Woo has to pause and a plot so contrived that John Woo has to pause a second time. I’m happy The Rock has his new flashy franchise. Me and the ‘Boys thought way back when that he had the potential to be a star, and I’m glad to see it happen.
BOOS: Halloween Stores in August
Stop it. Just… stop it.
DUES: Dave Chappelle’s “Sticks & Stones”
I really am on the fence for this one. I loved Chappelle’s Show. LOVED Chappelle’s Show. The day after a new episode dropped on Comedy Central, you knew every dude on campus was repeating it at the Student Union. On that note, I don’t love this new special. There’s some genuine laughs in there, but there’s other material that I can best describe as ‘cringe-inducing’. I get that a comedian is supposed to push the boundaries, and that jokes are personal, and humor is relative. Some of the jokes didn’t sit well with me, yet some of the others made me legitimately laugh out loud. So yeah. In conclusion – see it. Not because I say its great, but because its definitely something to talk about.
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