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The Cassian Series

The Cassian Series
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Kris and Ian dive deep into the rebellion with the announcement of Cassian Andor getting his own series on the Disney+ streaming service. They talk news of said streaming service, the passing of comic book legend Stan Lee, using General Grievous in Battlefront II, and talk about what they learned in the Star Wars universe. So strap in and prep the hyperdrive!

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SH S5E04: Overwatch Fancast

It’s our first crossover episode of 2018 as we bring Jon from Gamer Heroes on to help us fan cast a live action Overwatch film! We each selected five characters and paired actors with them for our Overwatch movie!

This episode has been cross-posted to both the Screen Heroes and Gamer Heroes feeds. We hope you enjoy!

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SH S2E27: Rogue One – A Star Wars Review

The first of the Star Wars Anthology films has hit theaters! Rogue One has landed and we break down the whole film from plot to characters to special effects. We discuss how the film lived up to or missed our expectations. Plus, we break down how Rogue One impacts the original trilogy and existing Star Wars canon. Be prepared, there are spoilers. You have been warned!

Then, we talk a little bit about our plans for 2017 that include new podcast series coming to the Heroes Podcast Network! So listen in and enjoy! Then, let us know your thoughts on Rogue One in the comments or social media!

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SH S2E23: Disney’s Moana Review

We’ve got a big episode for you today! Yes, we are reviewing Disney’s Moana but we have so much more! We kick things off by talking about next week’s First Annual Screen Heroes Awards which airs live on Tuesday, December 6th at 8PM CST on Twitch. You can join us live for the awards and discussion at twitch.tv/heroespodcasts! Be sure to follow our channel so you get notifications when we go live. We will be bringing back lots of previous guests, announcing the winners of our 17 TV and film categories, plus, we’ll be giving stuff away to people who join us live!

We’ve also got a very special episode later this week! Join us live Thursday, December 1st at 8PM CST directly after DC’s Legends of Tomorrow! We will be recaping and breaking down the CW\DC Crossover event that is currently in full swing. The event spans Supergirl, The Flash, Arrow, and DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, so we’ll be discussing the whole event! Join us live at 8PM CST at twitch.tv/heroespodcasts to be part of the conversation!

Then, of course, our main event! We review Disney’s Moana which is now in theaters starring newcomer Auli’i Cravalho and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson! There will be spoilers from Moanaso you have been warned! We talk about the animation style, tone of the film, characters, actors, and music, along with anything else that pops into our heads.

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SH S1E17: Rogue One A Star Wars Story

The first trailer for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story dropped last week and everyone is talking about it, including us! Rogue One is the first of the Anthology films set in the Star Wars universe. This film takes place prior to Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope and focuses on the theft of the original Deathstar plans, no Bothans here. With me out of the commission for the evening, Rae and Ryan are joined by returning guest Ian from Haus of Turner Cosplay to talk about the trailer, their thoughts for the film, and some of the possibilities for the next two planned Anthology films, the next of which focuses on Han Solo.

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Con Man, the Web Show Review

 

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The Gist

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Con Man is a crowd funded show found on Vimeo. Its about life on the other side of the convention table, you know from that actor who is stuck in a rut. From the comedic mind of Alan Tudyk (Wash; Firefly), this web comedy is about an actor of a sci fi cult classic called Spectrum, that is exactly like Firefly. Tudyk’s character deals with the convention scene and his failures of trying to reinvent himself professionally. While many of his other peers have moved on to greater things, he is going nowhere and he knows, and unlike other celebrities who have found a niche for themselves in the convention scene, Tudyk’s character can’t even do this. He is a failure and this show is all about poking fun at it. You see Tudyk’s character can’t even do conventions right.

The Pros

-Guest Stars: The show has a speckling cult classic of stars that can often be found as satires about their real life selves. Most notably is a cool and relaxed Nathan Fillion (Firefly) who has not only moved on past the show Spectrum (or “Firefly“) but has become greater than he ever was before, all the while looking cool while he does it. Every 10 minute episode has several guest stars that are often either cast against type or are commentary on the comic con phenomena.  Actors such as Tricia Helfer (Battlestar Galactica) who is nutty and neurotic, Felicia Day as an over obsessed fan, and Michael Dorn as Shakespearean actor who forcefully inserts his theater onto fans. This show is basically a who’s who of the cult classic comic con scene. Even the smallest of roles is an opportunity for a cult classic actor to drop in unexpectedly. Seeing these actors not only cast against type but as commentary of what an average sci fi fan can only assume what is going through their favorite actor’s minds. Above all else seeing almost everyone from Firefly make an appearance is incredible. You haven’t seen anything until you’ve seen Kaylee wait in line for an autograph, dressed as Cpt. Reynolds, waiting to meet depressed Tudyk.Kaylee Space Cowboy
-Comedic Style: This show is sharp and witty. It never fails to come at you from unexpected angles such as seeing Tudyk’s character finally giving up and admitting to his fans “you know what, I hate Sci Fi” breaking all of their hearts. The writing of the scenes works well with the talent they have and the scenes are expertly setup, often building on established jokes and adding layers for good measure. One my favorite scenes has a gay actor, playing a man pretending to be gay just to attract conservative women who he hopes to “turn him straight.” Seeing veteran actor Leslie Jordon faking masculinity to sell this joke is priceless.

-Acting: Alan Tudyk in this is hilarious as you get to see him really cut loose. And that’s the wonderful thing about the whole indie/crowd funding; you get see actors that you know from some of your favorite sci fi, doing something very different than what your used to. A cult classic show is like a double-edged sword; you love it so much but it boxes in an otherwise talented actor. Seeing Tudyk and others be something new is a great idea. I wish I could see more of this. You often have to justify your conception of what the actor has done in the past with what he is doing now in this scene. This amplifies that punch line when its given.

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The Cons

Seinfeld Comedic Style: It often takes a heavy level of “willing suspension of disbelief” to swallow many of the joke build ups. The pay off for going along with the ridiculous setup, and it’s often worth it, but not always. In one scene you see Tudyk desperately trying to play along with a nutty woman who has a doll obsession, many times putting his foot in his mouth while going along with the charade. In another scene you have to believe that Tudyk actually believes that a ridiculous sounding charity is a real one. Many of the jokes are hard to swallow but if you go along with it, it’s a pretty good comedy. Let’s say if you just can’t swallow the Seinfeld method this show may not be for you. It’s not to say that it’s as good as Seinfeld, it just employs that 90s method. Kinda dated comedy.

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-A Bit Overpriced: With 13 short 10 minute episodes the total running time for the entire first season comes in at about an hour and half. You can rent it for $14.99. Considering most DvD films cost far less than this and this is about a month and half worth of a Netflix subscription, I can’t really justify the cost of it. Not just for one show.

Conclusion

Though Con Man is clever, fresh, and original, I can’t recommend it to everyone just yet. If you want a nod to Firefly or cult classic fandom in general then it may be worth the price. I felt this show would have fit much better as a part of another provider’s monthly deal. Maybe not good enough on its own but would’ve been a great way to sweeten the deal, with say something like CBS or Amazon’s services.

 

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Con Man, the Web Show Review

Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials Review

If you’re fifteen, you probably already know this, but Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials came out this past Thursday.  The movie tacks a sequel adventure to the surprisingly highly successful film adaption to the book The Maze Runner by James Dashner.  While the first film truthfully attempted to follow the book’s plot line and stay somewhat true to the original, the second deviates a great deal. Far more than I had expected. In fact, I’ve been saying that it is only inspired by James Dashner’s The Scorch Trials.

scorch trials hangYou could call myself a fan of James Dashner, I suppose.  I don’t really care for his writing style, but his story is truly captivating.  So watching the movie  hurt my heart as his plot was reduced to a mere attempt at a blockbuster teen horror/action/suspense/romance dystopian movie.  It took me about five minutes in to realize that the film makers were going to completely abandon Dashner’s plot. I was moderately upset, but expected as much since in the first film they left out some crucially important plot details for the sequel to actually work.  Something had to be done.  It’s almost as if the film makers were like, “WHAT!!!?? MAZE RUNNER ACTUALLY PULLED A PROFIT???? WE HAVE TO MAKE THE SCORCH TRIALS NOW???? ……crap.

They essentially shot themselves in the foot after they deviated in the first one.  Dashner’s story was simply impossible, so they made a movie simply inspired by his original story.  Honestly, if I view the film in this light it helps me enjoy it a little more…..but I’m still mad.

Let’s talk about what was done well.

  1. The Cranks were nearly perfect.  Although they changed how the virus was passed along (now it’s more or less transferred in old school zombie fashion….through the blood). So the humans in the Scorch are not all already infected.  In fact, neither Brenda nor Jorge are infected when the Gladers run into them. Unlike most deviations, this one makes more sense for a film audience.  It would have taken too long to explain the complex process of the virus contraction and how it’s processed in stages.  By making it a normal zombie infection, they essentially bought themselves more time for crappy action sequences.  And what’s a crappy teen movie without crappy action sequences? f1716018a2e15b616df341a3293d7fed377d1ed4f816fbe403651b4e0b2ba824_large
  2. Jorge. Giancarlo Espocito was the best choice for this role and he easily outshines each and every actor/actress on the screen.  I was very much a fan of his performance and I feel he was the only character who was really kept true to their alternate identity in the book canon.
  3. Brenda.  Once again, Rosa Salazar was an excellent choice for the new love interest.  She blows Kaya Scodelario, who plays Teresa, out of the water. She doesn’t rock a short hairdo as well as…well….Emma Watson, Natalie Portman, or Anne Hathaway, but her decent performance makes up for it.  As long as she’s not screaming.  Seriously her screams are really annoying throughout the entire film.
  4. Alan Tudyk.  Do you really need a reason? Ok ok ok, I’ll give you one.  He as high as a kite for his whole performance, and it’s wonderful.

The Bad is an extremely long list, unfortunately, so I’ve listed a few of what I’m calling the “unforgivables.”

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  1. Aidan Gillen’s American accent. It’s horrible.  Like really bad. I go into great detail here in the article I wrote for the trailers last month. It’s even worse in the film. It would make a great drinking game. Every time Aidan’s Irish accent peeps through, you get to take a drink! Finish your drink if there wasn’t even a hint of an attempt!
  2. Aidan Gillen’s character.  He plays an interpretation of who the Gladers ill-affectionately call Rat Man in the novel.  However, he isn’t graced with this name at all in the movie.  His character is poorly written in general and I was very disappointed with someone so highly respected in the acting community.scorch trials building
  3. The multiple mazes. FILM AND BOOK SPOILERS AHEAD: In the book they discover the existence of another maze. One other maze.  It is full of girls and one boy. Thomas’ maze, of course, contained the opposite. These two maze teams are set up as competitors in the trials. In the movie, however, they discover that there are multiple mazes. Probably around like five. This felt like an attempt to ‘one up’ Dashner. It didn’t sit well with me. END SPOILERS
  4. The final and perhaps greatest sin this movie put forth is the name. In the newly structured plot, the Gladers are not tested at all by WICKED. This made me wonder why they even kept the name Scorch Trials.  Why call attention to a trial when there isn’t one? Maze Runner: The Scorch probably would have been easier to bill anyway, and it sounds way cooler to me anyway.

In the end, this movie really isn’t worth the trip to the theater.  If you really want to see it, wait for Redbox.

Did you see Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials? What did you think? Do you agree? Leave your comments below.

Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials Review

D23 News: Disney and Pixar

This last weekend was the annual D23 convention, which, if you are not familiar with, is a magical time filled with everything Disney. It’s truly the best time of the year.

Now, we’ve already brought to you all the amazing Star Wars news (which you can find here). Today, we’re on all of the remaining Disney animation and Pixar news.

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First off, Disney gave us updates on Zootopia, a film featuring cute anthropomorphic animals in a modern civilization slated for 2016.  Ginnifer Goodwin, known as Snow White on ABC’s Once Upon a Time, helped introduce us to her character, an adorable little bunny named Judy who is trying really hard to be a cop (a position normally reserved for larger animals like rhinos). While fighting her way to the top, she comes across Nick, a con artist fox, voiced by Jason Bateman.  The combination between con and cop, fox and rabbit will undoubtedly bring some light-hearted fun to the Disney cannon.  Look for this film out March 2016.

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Also slated for a 2016 release is Moana, the epic story of a strong young girl from the South Pacific.  Already on board as voice cast is Dwayne Johnson as a demi-god Moana meets on her travels, and Alan Tudyk, a Disney favorite, in a unnamed role.  D23 released multiple concept pictures as well as one beautiful image of Johnson’s character in full (pictured above).  Expect to see Moana join the popular Disney Princess franchise in 2017.

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Lastly, D23 was the place to announce new projects this year, including the latest addition to the Disney cannon, Gigantic, what is promised to be a Disney reworking of the classic tale Jack and the Beanstalk.  The 2018 release plans to be set in Spain during the “Age of Exploration” where the titular Jack meets a young girl giant and promises to help get her home.  With Nathan Greno helming and the Lopez couple responsible for the popular Frozen soundtrack behind the score, the film is already set for massive success.

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On the Pixar side of things, we got loads of announcements!  The teaser posters for four new sequels were revealed.  While movies like Finding Dory and The Incredibles 2 had been previously announced, they also confirmed Toy Story 4 and Cars 3.  Toy Story 4, written by Will McCormack and Rashida Jones, was said to be focused on a romance between Woody and Bo Peep.  Hopefully they’ll explain her absence during Toy Story 3. Joining comedian Ellen DeGeneres in Finding Dory is a wide variety of stars including Always Sunny in Philadelphia actress Kaitlin Olson, and Modern Family alum Ed O’Neill and Ty Burrell.  This sequel has long been championed by DeGeneres through her daytime talk show.

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Pixar also released information regarding an original story in the works entitled Coco, a film inspired by Mexico’s Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) holiday. The brief synopsis for the film follows a 12 year old boy named Miguel in Mexico who sets off a chain of events that will change him forever on Day of the Dead.  The artists claim to be inspired by the gorgeous visualizations of the holiday.  While the film has not been slotted for a release date, Pixar has dates in November 2017 and 2018 reserved.

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Lastly, D23 celebrate the anticipated return of Kingdom Hearts with related announcements for Kingdom Hearts 3 and Disney Infinity, 3.0.  Kingdom Hearts 3 will feature the transformable keyblade, available for every keyblade in the game. Each will have its own unique transformation(s) that should enhance both the weapon and the gameplay.  Some featured transformations included keyblades to projectiles, larger attacks, or more power.  The big news for KH3, however, were the reveals of two new worlds to visit: Tangled and San Fransokyo from Big Hero 6.  The keyblade will also be available as the newest weapon in Disney Infinity, 3.0 along with a special edition King Mickey figure.

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Disney Infinity, 3.0 focused on many of their newest additions, including upcoming figures from The Good Dinosaur and Zootopia. They’re introducing a completely new Marvel Playset entitled “Marvel Battlegrounds” featuring the brand new playable characters of Ultron and Hulkbuster Iron Man.  While most news regarding the Star Wars figures had already been announced, they did get all the fanboys in a twist by revealing that there would be limited special edition figures with light-up light saber capability once placed on the game pad.  Star Wars: The Force Awakens actors John Boyega and Daisy Ridley were presented with their own playable figures of their characters’ likenesses, the first from the new anthology of films.

Obviously there are tons of reasons to be pumped for the next few years at Disney.  Between Star Wars parks, and 5 Pixar films, and Kingdom Hearts 3, and so many new figures for Disney Infinity…I’m going to be so broke.

How about you? What are you most looking forward to from Disney? Comment below!

 

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