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PCR #105 - Highway to Hellboy

April 12th, 2019

In this episode, Travis and X put the spotlight on Guillermo Del Toro and Ron Perlman as they take a look back at the Hellboy movie franchise. They start off by going over how Del Toro got his start in Hollywood, his films leading up to the first Hellboy, the passion and patience he had for getting the movie off the ground, how he helped out Perlman with his early career and the friendship formed from it. They go into detail with the first film, discuss the characters, the actors, the makeup and visuals, and what went wrong with the plot of the film. They even bring up the animated films that came out in between the two films which included the original cast members. You can’t talk about guillermo without talking about Pan’s Labyrinth, so of course they do. They deep dive into the much beloved Hellboy sequel, the Golden Army, and talk about all the wonderful visuals and settings that Del Toro came up with throughout the film, the new characters introduced, the story elements that worked so well, and what was the unforeseen circumstance that caused it to fail at the box office. What were the plans for Hellboy 3 and why didn’t it ever get the greenlight. They wrap up by talking about their thoughts on what they’ve seen so far for the new movie and what they’re anticipations are for it. If you’re a fan of Del Toro, Ron Perlman, or the older Hellboy film franchise, then you don’t want to miss out on this one. Hit the download button and enjoy!

PCR #104 - The Marvelous Ms. Marvel

March 25th, 2019

In this episode, Travis and X talk all about Captain Marvel. This episode contains a bunch of spoilers, so fair warning if you haven’t seen the latest addition to the MCU. They start off by talking about just who is Captain Marvel, aka Ms. Marvel, aka Carol Danvers and how they were first introduced to the character. Before getting into the movie, they talk a little about the controversial comments made by Brie Larson before the movie even came out and how that affected the perception of the film going into it. They then go through the talking points of the film, and talk about the cast, the characters, the plot points, how it all connects to the bigger MCU picture, and also get into a bit of a talking point about how the film handled the Skrulls. How was Brie Larson as Captain Marvel? Did it bring the film down for them? What did they think of this version of Nick Fury? Was it de-aging or just good makeup? How did the 90s setting impact the movie, and was it too much? What did the story remind Travis of? How will she be integrated into the upcoming Avengers Endgame movie? Is she ready to be the “face” of the MCU going forward? Does she need more solo sequels? How could Marvel use Captain Marvel to introduce the X-Men into the MCU? They end the review by doing some dream-casting for Captain Marvel. They wrap up by talking some recent news on James Gunn coming back for Guardians 3, as well as the news that the big Fox/Disney deal is officially done and with that which characters they are most excited to see introduced to the MCU first. Xavier has a great idea for Hugh Jackman, and it’s not what you think.  This was a fun episode, so hit the download button and enjoy!

PCR #103 - A Glutton for Punisher

February 26th, 2019

War Journal entry #103. With the recent announcement that Netflix officially cancelled The Punisher, Travis and Xavier take a look back at all of the live action versions of Frank Castle aka The Punisher. They start off by taking a minute to look back at how they were first introduced to the character in the comic books back in the day growing up. They then give their thoughts on the first 1989 movie, the 2004 John Travolta film, and the crazy 2008 cult flick, War Zone. They look at why Dolph was missing the skull & was it really hiding in plain sight the whole time, what could have made Lundgren’s Punisher even better, what was up with those crazy opening credits of the 89 flick, what took so long to make a new movie, why does the 2004 film not work, what was the best tweak to his origin from that movie, did the Punisher actually sign a lease agreement?! Also, does a t-shirt actually ward off evil spirits, why is Punisher not killing anybody, how many bombs does it take to form a giant skull explosion, what change was made to the Marvel logo at the start of War Zone, how crazy was that opening scene, how over-the-top was everything else in that flick, what happens to people who parkour near the Punisher?
After recapping the films, they rank the movies and the actors who portrayed him. Who is the most "true-to-form" Punisher?  Which movie was the best? Which movie is the worst and why is it the 2004 one?
They then discuss the Netflix Punisher series by trying to remember what happened in season 1 before going into what worked and what didn’t work in season 2. What mistake was made between Daredevil season 2 to Punisher season 1? Can we get past what made Castle turn into Punisher? Why is Jigsaw still a pretty boy? Did they end up cramming two seasons into one with the last season? Does Jon Bernthal channel Shane from Walking Dead while he’s playing Castle? How does Bernthal stack up next to the other live action Punishers? How would they want to see Castle be introduced into the MCU and with who?  Hit that download button and enjoy!

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PCR #102 - A Universe of Elseworlds

February 11th, 2019

In this episode, it’s all DC as Travis gives his thoughts on the new DC Universe streaming app as well as doing an in-depth recap of the annual crossover event from the CW DC shows. Was Elseworlds all it was cracked up to be? What was the best thing from it? What was the most frustrating? Did he give up trying to watch it halfway through? He then talks about when he decided to sign up for the streaming app, what problems he add once he did sign up, how well did the app perform, and some of the content that can be watched. What’s his one complaint about it? How good is the comic reader part of it? He then gives his overall thoughts on the original live action series Titans, what worked, what didn’t work, and if he would recommend it to anyone. Young Justice is also back on the app, but does it live up to the hype? He wraps up by giving an up-to-date listing of all the movies, TV shows, and cartoons that are available on the app right now. If you’re a DC Comics fan then definitely give this one a listen!

PCR #101 - 2018 Rewind!

January 29th, 2019

It’s not too late for a 2018 year in review, is it? Travis and Chris finally sit down to discuss some of the movies and TV shows they’ve seen throughout the year. Is it too little, too late for the Walking Dead? What exactly went down between Netflix and Marvel/Disney to bring that experiment to an end? How does Travis prefer getting new content on streaming services? Full binge or one at a time? What did Travis want to see happen in Agents of SHIELD? What’s the problem with some of the comic book based TV shows right now? What made Travis accept Gotham for what it is? What were his favorite shows of the year? They didn’t play a lot of video games in 2018, but the ones they played were great. What’d they have the most fun playing? They run down all of the movies they’ve seen throughout the whole year. Did Chris finally overtake Travis in the number of films seen? What were their top five picks? Chris claims he didn’t watch any bad movies, but about Travis? What were the biggest box office winners and losers? What are some anticipations for 2019? They follow that up with a little review for the newly released feature film, Dragon Ball Super: Broly. They finally wrap up with a short discussion about the just-announced Oscar nominations for this year. Thanks for listening, hope you enjoy!

PCR #100 - Reviews & Remembrances

January 7th, 2019

Well it took over four years, but we finally made it to 100! In this special episode, Travis and Chris get all SPOILERY as they break down and talk about Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, Aquaman, and Bumblebee. Which one did they like the most? How does Aquaman rank in the DCEU? What was the most emotional moment in Spider-Verse? What was the biggest letdown in Bumblebee? Is it “jack & coke” or “coke & jack”? Before all that, they reminisce on how PCR got started, as well as a rapid-fire review of the PG-13 version of Deadpool 2, Once Upon a Deadpool. Thank you to anyone who’s downloaded an episode, interacted with us on social media, or left a review for us on iTunes!

2:36: Episode begins

3:45: How PCR got started

10:35: Once Upon a Deadpool talk

18:53: Aquaman Review

55:25: Spider-Verse Review

1:27:35: Bumblebee Review

2:07:25: Wrap up

PCR #99: I Got 99 Problems and This Episode is One

December 11th, 2018

In this episode, Travis and Chris unpack a few news items from the last couple of months in the world of pop culture. They open up with some discussion on the new Avengers Endgame trailer and what else they want to see from it before the movie comes out. With the recent passing of Stan Lee, they reveal some of their favorite cameos in movies and tv shows. They talk about Kevin Hart stepping down from his lifelong dream of hosting the Oscars, and what's going on in the “outrage culture” world nowadays. Does Black Panther deserve Best Picture nominations? Why is the Lion King being remade? The Marvel/Netflix alliance is coming to an end with the recent cancellation of Daredevil. So what happened, who caused the split, and what's going to happen? What's Chris’ suggestion for Netflix post-Marvel? They have some reactions to the new Sonic the Hedgehog movie poster as well as the new Super Smash Brothers video game. They wrap up by talking about some movies left to see this year and what Travis thinks about “Oscar bait” flicks.

PCR #98 - Deep in the Horror of Ghosts

October 30th, 2018

In this special Halloween episode, Travis is joined by the crew of the Deep in the Horror of Texas podcast as they discuss some great (and not so great) ghost movies. Movies that focus more on the designs and styles of bringing the ghosts to life (so to speak), and not just invisible specters that just throw stuff around. They countdown a top 10 list of the films including some honorable mentions from everyone. What was the most memorable ghost? What was the scariest? Which ones gave them goosebumps? How does everything tie back to Haunting of Hill House? Will Nathan ever get his microphone working?? This is a crazy episode that goes off the rails a few times but a great time was had! So hit the download button and enjoy!
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PCR #97 - Jurassic Rewind: Fallen Franchise

October 16th, 2018

In this episode, Travis is joined by a special returning co-host so they can breakdown the latest film in the Jurassic Park franchise, Fallen Kingdom! There were several flaws throughout the movie and they’re here to pick them all apart. They spend a little time talking about the previous films and the successes of each one, then do a breakdown of Fallen Kingdom starting with an overly complicated opening sequence, a ripped off title card, a gratuitous cameo, returning characters who act completely different from the last movie, useless sidekicks, predictably bad villains, lazy plots we’ve seen before, a terrible attempt at nostalgia feels, a lame subplot, an even more overly complicated scheme by the villains, trying to figure out how manly Chris Pratt’s character is, finding out dinosaurs have emotions, raptors who know how to do dramatic saves, and an ending that doesn’t bode well for mankind. So if you’ve seen Fallen Kingdom and had some questions, if you’ve liked it, or if you hated it, this is the episode for you.

PCR #96 - Transformers: More Than Meets the Movie

October 4th, 2018

The 1986 animated classic, Transformers: The Movie, was released for one day only and Travis and Chris were out in full force to watch it! In this episode, they talk about how this showing came to be, when they got their tickets, getting some freebies, the special features that played before and after the movie, how the video, audio, and how the overall presentation was. What was the best moment or scene to them, and what got the best reactions from the other moviegoers? What was awkward about the post-movie feature? They also talk about the upcoming Bumblebee movie by breaking down that awesome trailer that was just released showcasing a more nostalgic take on the live action franchise. Where does the franchise go from here? There are some new G1 classic toys that are starting to pop up, which ones and are they buying them? Find out how many versions of Transformers: The Movie does Travis own? Find out in this fun little episode!

PCR #95 - Conventions: From Comics to Chaos

September 24th, 2018

In this episode, Travis and Chris talk about how comic cons have evolved over the years but go off the rails a few times as they take on some news on the future of the X-Men and the MCU, the new Captain Marvel trailer thoughts and anticipations for the movie, Henry Cavill is out as Superman and what’s next for DC, and thoughts on the new Joker movie. Travis has something to say about the upcoming She-Ra Netflix series and wonders if it will be connected to a bigger universe. They give some rapid-fire reviews for Iron Fist season 2, Peppermint, The Nun, and the Predator. What movie did Chris love in the 90s? What are a couple 90s movies that have the worst special effects? Travis finally saw Won’t You Be My Neighbor, what was his criticism of it? They then talk about going to watch the one-time screening of Transformers: The Movie which quickly diverted into a wild rant of irritating movie theater pet peeves.

Travis went to the Fandemic Tour over the weekend and gives his thoughts on his visit and what his main reason for going was. This gets him going on his thoughts on professional Photo Ops versus getting autographs. What did he say to a guest celebrity? They go off the rails again as they discuss the rare collectible he found at the con that he couldn’t pass up.

Travis remembers his very first comic con experience from the late 80s. Did he even know what a comic convention was at that time? What was his find there?

He then discusses what he calls the “Hotel ballroom” comic conventions era from the mid-90s and why that was a special time.

From there it’s the Wizard World cons which was the early days of the “big” cons we see nowadays, and what aspects from this time he wishes would come back. There was a break after that when he got back into comic cons around 2009. What was different this time around and how has it affected every con to this day?

What is Chris’ suggestion for Travis? Is Travis a hypocrite for paying for photo ops? What does he want to see change in the future for the con scene?

They wrap up with talk about the upcoming Playstation Classic and online services for the Nintendo Switch and DC Universe.

PCR #94: Summertime Shakedown!

August 29th, 2018

In this episode, Travis and Chris take a look back at all of the movies they’ve seen during the summer movie season. Beware of potential spoilers on some of the films they discuss. Which ones did they like the most? What didn’t they like? Who saw more movies? They wrap up by listing some of the movies they are looking forward to that are coming out throughout the remainder of the year. Also, due to a technicality, Avengers: Infinity War is excluded from this episode. How’s that possible? You’ll have to listen to find out!

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PCR #93: SDCC Fallout! News, Reviews, Trailers & More

July 31st, 2018

In this episode Travis and Chris breakdown everything from this packed weekend during the 2018 SDCC!  They go into some pre-Con news items as James Gunn was fired from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 3 and go into a big discussion as to whether they think if Disney was in the right and the aftermath of the firing.  Also before the Con, there were a few details revealed for the new stand-alone Joker film starring Joaquin Phoenix.  Speaking of DC related projects, SDCC was home to several news items for DC, the first being an official name to the DCEU, as well as including the reveal of brand new trailers for Aquaman and Shazam.  They go into detail about their thoughts on both trailers, what worked and what didn't work, and which one are they looking forward to the most.  DC also revealed the line-up of upcoming animated movies.  DC also revealed more info for their upcoming streaming service, DC Universe, by releasing trailers for Young Justice and Titans (yes, we talk about that trailer) as well as how much it will cost.  After the DC stuff, they rapid fire their thoughts on some other trailers from the Con and then wrap up by talking about a neat little Uncharted fan film by Nathan Fillion, some Transformers talk, and then go really off the rails with some anime talk to tie the episode up.  This is another fun episode, so hit the download button and enjoy!

PCR #92: So-So for Solo

June 25th, 2018

In this episode, Travis goes it alone as he reviews and gives his thoughts on Solo: A Star Wars Story. He starts out by going over some of the history and backstory of the making and casting of the movie, and then reviews the movie from beginning to end. After that, he gives his thoughts on the cast, some of the moments of the film, what he liked and didn’t like, and then talks a little about the fallout of its release, from executive decisions to box office troubles. He wraps up by guessing where they can go next in the “Solo” series, if they wanted to expand on this one. Did you enjoy the movie? Should they further this series? Let us know what you think!

PCR #91: Live from Comicpalooza 2018

May 30th, 2018

In this episode, Travis and Chris are live at Comicpalooza pop culture convention in Houston, TX! What better time to talk about what got them into reading comic books! From the 1960’s Batman TV show running in syndication, to the X-Men animated series, to even watching movies, there’s always that one thing that gets you to crack open a comic. They also reveal some of the comic storylines that got them hooked into collecting them as well and then take to asking some fellow convention goers what got them into comics too. There’s also a big surprise and return to the show as Xavier drops by to join the conversation as well! Check it out and enjoy!
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PCR #90: To Infinity and Beyond

May 7th, 2018

In this episode, Travis, Chris, and Jeff (joining us from the Deep in the Horror of Texas podcast) give their thoughts and review on AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR! They get spoiler heavy, so if you’re the one person who hasn’t seen it yet, you may want to do so before listening. They break down the movie scene by scene and discuss the ins and outs of how everything has been building towards this film and what works and what doesn't work. They go off on some tangents here and there, including one talking about what’s going on with Fox and if/when the Fantastic Four will get involved at some point. Which character stood out the most to us? What emotions were we going through as soon as the movie ended? Why is Chris siding with Thanos?!
They also talk about their favorite moments, surprises, and team-ups during the movie, as well as seeing where Thanos ranks as a villain in the MCU (shouldn’t be a surprise). They give their “recommended viewing” Marvel movies to watch before going in to see Infinity War, what’s required and what’s missable. They also try their hand at predicting where Avengers 4 will go from here. They wrap up by doing a rapid fire on some other summer blockbusters coming up and which ones they’re looking forward to the most. This is a good one, so hit the download button and enjoy!

PCR Rewind #51 - Alien Spotlight Part 1: it’s Xenomorphin’ Time!

April 26th, 2018

**Enjoy this classic episode originally released on April 26, 2016.  Also be sure to check out the other 3 episodes of this spotlight in the archives**

In honor of #AlienDay, we board the Nostromo and set a course to LV-426 as we kick off our huge look back at the entire ALIEN franchise! In this episode we start where it all began with Ridley Scott’s iconic 1979 sci-fi horror film, Alien! From there we look at the action-packed 1986 sequel directed by James Cameron, Aliens! How well does the first film hold up? Just what the hell is a xenomorph? How much of a boss is Ripley? What’s the deal with “the company”? How awesome is Bill Paxton?! We answer all these questions and more as we take a look at our favorite moments from these tales of beauty and the Bitch! We’ll continue with the next two films in our next episode!

PCR #89: Player One is Ready

April 23rd, 2018

What?! A new episode?? In this episode, Travis goes over the movie, Ready Player One by running down a quick review of the film as well as give his thoughts on what he liked and didn’t like. How many references could he find? What was the name of the big company that was trying to take over? Where is the government and law enforcement in this world? How do you pronounce Parzival? After all of that, he’d like to know, what was the better video game movie: Ready Player One, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, Scott Pilgrim, or Wreck It Ralph? What do you think? Let us know!  So go ahead and hit the download button and enjoy the Oasis...

PCR Rewind #39 - The Askewed View of Kevin Smith

March 5th, 2018

That was a pretty scary close call with ol' Kev last week, and it made me think of this great episode we did in honor of his View Askew collection of films.  Check it out and enjoy!

"On our 39th episode (in a row?), Travis & Xavier do a spotlight on the View Askewniverse! What is the View Askewniverse you might ask? It’s the brilliant collection of films from Kevin Smith that became well known for the witty, sharp humor, controversial moments, and the interconnectivity between all of them that made this cinematic shared universe a cult classic. They discuss what impact these films had on them growing up, some of the stars that appeared in them, the soundtracks, the topics, the language, and of course…Jay and Silent Bob! Hit the download button, check it out, and tell us your favorite View Askew moment! Snoogins!"

PCR #88: 2017 REWIND!!

January 16th, 2018

It's that time again, Travis & Chris rewind the entire year of 2017 and talk about all the TV shows, video games, and of course, movies they enjoyed (and didn't enjoy) throughout the year.  What was their "must see" tv series, and which ones surprised them the most?  What was Travis' top 10 list of his favorite films he enjoyed this year?  Which ones does he consider the worst?  Chris has an interesting pick for one of his favorites, just listen to find out what it is! They wrap up by going over some movies that are coming out this year that they are eagerly waiting for.  What was your favorite film in 2017?  What TV show had you binging?  Hit the download button, check out the episode, and give us your thoughts!

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