It's that time of year again! Yes, that's right, it's Oscar season and the Tower of Babble Crew is back for their second annual Oscars Preview Show! Julian, Daniel and Jeremy sit down and talk about some of the year's best movies and predict who will take home the golden statues. From Best Actor to Best Adapted Screenplay the guys give their take on the major categories, but at the end of the day its all about Best Picture. Each Best Picture nominee is broken down and discussed in an effort to fully understand what's at stake for film's biggest prize.
Its just Julian and Dan this week as the two of them cover some of the latest in geek news. Including: Ben Affleck stepping down from directing Batman and who's on the short list to replace him, CW's Riverdale, James Cameron's opinion on some of his old franchises and much more.
Its been awhile since everyone has sat down and really drilled into the latest in geek news. But with Julian now settled (somewhat) back onto the island, the ToB Crew can return to their old routine. Starting with a whole pile of stories and rumours coming from WB about seemingly every one of their upcoming superhero projects. The Oscars also released their list of nominees for the upcoming ceremony so of course the big categories are discussed. On the TV side, news comes out that the Coen brothers will be trying their hand at the small screen for the first time and that Fox has ordered another X-Men series with Brian Singer attached. Over with video games, the guys talk about some rumours about the next Batman game as well as the future of Marvel in the games space now that they've inked a deal with Square Enix. Finally, the big Nintendo Switch conference was only a short time ago so every detail from price to the launch game lineup are covered.
Part Three of my Oscar review series features Kenneth Lonergan's Manchester by the Sea.
The first time I tried watching Manchester by the Sea I was onboard a plane returning to Canada. I got about 15 minutes in and had to turn it off. I couldn’t do it. Maybe it was me, but I couldn’t get into it. That was over a week ago and I’ve watched two other Oscar nominated films since. From what I’d seen and heard I knew it could be a bit of a downer so I waited for the right moment before trying again. I’m glad I waited.
Part Two of my Oscar review series features David Mackenzie's Hell or High Water.
Hell or High Water is a true modern western. A genre that’s received a boost over the last few years and, with the success of shows like HBO’s Westworld, is seemingly making a bit of a comeback. Chris Pine and Ben Foster play hard on their luck brothers in this film with a relationship that felt genuine, but also too often resembled something you might see from the Winchester brothers on CW’s Supernatural.
Oscar season is here and with the release of our annual Tower of Babble Podcast Oscar Preview Show it's time to start rolling out the written reviews. Leading up to the big ceremony on Sunday I'll be publishing a new review for each of the Best Picture nominees. Part One takes a look at the Damien Chazelle musical, La La Land.
When Marvel releases a new Netflix series everything stops. I become a hermit for a few days as I binge the entire season in an unhealthy amount of time. This continued to be the case with the release of Marvel’s Luke Cage. I shut myself off from the world, and much like a child that eats too fast, I ingested the entire 13-hour run in just over two days. I’ve spent the time since then actually digesting it. But unlike the kid who eats too quickly, it didn't leave me feeling sick to my stomach. Instead, I thought it was a fun ride even if it was, if you’ll allow me to continue the food analogy, somewhat undercooked.
Playstation brought their VR headset to town so I swung by their demo booth to check it out. From underwater shark encounters to 3D puzzle games Sony came with a diverse line-up of VR titles. Not everything blew me away though, check out my impressions to learn more about my experience with what many people are calling "the future of gaming".
Pokémon GO has taken the world by storm. It’s boosted Nintendo’s stock by over 25% and it hasn’t even been released worldwide. With over 10 million daily active users and growing it’s quickly become the newest mobile gaming craze, and one that looks to stick around a lot longer than Flappy Bird. Having only just been released in Canada on July 17th, we here at the ToB Podcast are about a week behind the phenomenon that’s been sweeping the US. But now that it’s here and I’ve had just under 48 hours to sink my teeth into it I’m ready to document my experiences going forward. Stay tuned to this blog post, as I’ll be updating it as the days go by with my latest thoughts and new screen grabs as I try to catch em’ all.
I lay out my thoughts on the upcoming Academy Awards and give my brief impressions on each of the Best Picture nominated films. Plus, Is The Revenant really the frontrunner to take home the golden statue? Do all the Best Picture nods deserve their nominations? Find the answers to those questions and more below...
The internet hordes that fill the comment sections and message boards across the web tend to come across as a somewhat bipolar. You see the extremes of people's opinions everywhere. You either love something or hate something, it’s either the best or the worst, right or wrong. You get the idea. And lately the internet commenters have turned their divisive gaze towards Marvel and DC...
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