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SH122: Ant-Man and the Wasp Review

SH122: Ant-Man and the Wasp Review
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Sure, Thanos got his snap in, but that won’t stop Marvel from releasing a new Ant-Man movie that takes place beforehand! That’s right, this week we’re reviewing Ant-Man and the Wasp! But first, tons of movie and TV news. We start things off on a sad note discussing the death of Steve Ditko. Then, we’re off to discuss the first look at Aquaman’s Manta, Shazam Gate 2018 with Djimon Hounsou’s new casting in the Shazam movie, a bit about the new Mortal Kombat movie, Joaquin Phoenix is officially the Joker, Indiana Jones 5 and the rest of Disney shuffle release dates, and finally, Gal Gadot visits children as Wonder Woman!

What did you think of Ant-Man and the Wasp? How did it live up to the first Ant-Man film? What about as the first post-Infinity War MCU movie to release? We want to know!

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SH122: Ant-Man and the Wasp Review

Top 10 Movies in Need of Reboots

Movies are all about the reboots now. Only, it seems, that the ones deserving them never get picked up. Instead, production companies opt for classics or movies NO ONE WAS ASKING FOR A SECOND TIME (I’m looking at you Point Break.)  In fact, some of the reboots have been so unsuccessful, they’ve killed any chances of the re-ignition of the franchise as a whole (The Great and Powerful Oz would have been much better with Robert Downey, Jr.). So here are 10 movies that either had great potential they never reached or have been shoved back into the vault, collecting dust. Just so you know, this is all strictly opinion and not any insider Hollywood news.

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10. The Last Starfighter

This movie was a gem among 80’s sci-fi flicks, coming in under the radar and never quite living up to the E.T. or Tron hype. However, the kids that did find it, loved it.  Now, with myself, I didn’t see the film until my twenties (we all have those films that slip through our fingers) and I enjoyed it. But I wasn’t fully saturated in the movie magic it had because I didn’t have (what I call) the nostalgia glasses on to forgive the lackluster CGI and poor practical effects. Set in modern time with all the advances in both computer graphics and the gaming industry, a remake could make this movie valuable for more generations. The only trouble would be not to lose the heart of the original.

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9. Mortal Kombat

Yes, I’m completely aware that this was turned into a web series starring Michael Jai White and Jeri Ryan. That series makes me want a full-length film again. It was my favorite video game growing up and the movies hold a special place in my heart. Not because they were good by any means. No, no, no. But because they were so bad they were good. You plan this one out to be a series, trilogy, whatever. You have whole chunks dedicated to certain characters. There’s very little reason to have them all meet up beforehand and become besties. You start the tournament in the first film, having the villains change from Shang Tsung to Shao Khan to Shinnok. Lastly, the movies have to be rated R. You have to show some violence. You just have to.

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8. Masters of the Universe

Ever wonder why Courtney Cox was such a huge part of that movie? Yeah, me too.  It’s a tongue-in-cheek film of a tongue-in-cheek cartoon but missed the mark on being as loved as the source material. While Dolf Lundgren did his part well, he could not save the rest of the film from just looking silly. Now take our current and glorious movie scene and apply that to Masters of the Universe. All of a sudden you have big, hulking actors with the talent to show heart without cheese, special effects placing you directly in Skeletor’s palace, and no more Courtney Cox.

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7. Super Mario Bros.

The original is so bad. Just awful. But it had a few things that would be worth keeping and translating over. Instead of the weirdest Toad ever and this visually awkward dystopian Mushroom Kingdom, we should get the bright colors and the insane adventures with as many nods to the games as possible. Make it live action. Make it CG animation. I don’t care. The fact that the original film was able to convey a fun believable brotherly relationship between the main characters means there’s enough of a story there to do this right. If you want to hear us fancast our Super Mario films, you can listen to our podcast here.

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6. Land Before Time

I am well aware that this series has been producing a straight-to-DVD film every year (seriously, one was made this year), but the original remains a classic in our hearts. That is, until you watch it as an adult. The run time is only 61 minutes, yet the time drags on. Each character could use a little more adventure in order to grow more as individuals and friends. Updating it with a more exciting journey to the Great Valley and more detailed animation will ensure that this movie stays out of the $5 Wal-Mart bin.

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5. The Last Airbender

This one is fairly important to me because of what the original series means to its fans. It’s fantastical world set in an alternate Earth where more than half of the population can wield the power of the elements. One person, the Avatar, is capable of wielding all four elements and it’s that person who must keep the world balanced. The film was released in 2011 and was absolutely abysmal. Unnecessary changes were made to things as innocuous as the characters’ names and the martial arts heavy story was forgotten. This movie needs an update badly, but instead of another attempt at the big screen, this would be better suited to a live action series very similar to Game of Thrones.

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4. Witches of Eastwick

I love magic, but I’m an adult and I love grown up magic too.  This 80’s flick was a potential Halloween staple that just fell a little bit short. Now, it’s a forgotten favorite of mine that could use some dusting off and updates.  The premise of three struggling women falling simultaneously in love with the Devil himself doesn’t seem like it could have a lot of potential, but the four of them lived in a mutually beneficial quad-relationship that was healthy…until you know, the Devil is the Devil. This film could be a dark and sexy comedy with incredible special effects and a talented cast cherry picked from the incredible actors of today.

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3. Clue

What is an unbelievably good film, Clue has received cult status over the years, praised for its comedic timing and brilliant cast. That’s not why it should be updated. The fascinating thing about the Clue board game is its ability to create new story lines each time you play. Update the timeline (maybe try the 70’s this time or even place it earlier, like the 1910’s), update the weapons, change the casts. A reboot as well as the original can coexist without one hurting the other. If the reboot were to distance itself from the beginning and have the story play out differently, then comparisons would be few and far between.

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2. Spawn

Please bring back Spawn! Please! It’s an example of a movie that was so good but under appreciated. Spawn told the story of a man who was killed and sold his soul for new life. He came back scarred, but powerful, and fought his way through numerous demons just to protect his widow. Hollywood’s capabilities are almost immeasurable now. They can bring back Michael Jai White as the titular character or cast my personal favorite Idris Elba.  The best way to handle this one is to acknowledge the first one, much like Incredible Hulk did with Hulk, and continue the story. What is the demon fighter up to now? I know I’m curious.

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1. The Crow  

I know this one isn’t fair and could catch me a lot of hate. But it has to be done. Brandon Lee did a great job as The Crow during the 90’s, and his on-screen (and real life) death is beyond tragic, but the story is one that is so powerful that it should continue. And I don’t mean with The Crow 5: Demon Destiny or whatever the hell they’ve been working on. No, start fresh. Adapt the James O’Barr comic once again and pay some small homage to the first one without disrespecting all the little goth kids (who are now big goth grown ups).

What do you think of my list? Do you have any reboots in mind? Do you think we’ve had too many reboots and should focus on new content?

Comment below!

Top 10 Movies in Need of Reboots

GH13: March Madness Showdown – Part 3

Welcome to our Video Game March Madness Showdown Quarterfinals! We’re down to our final 8 contenders but only four remain after this week’s battles. Before we dive in, we talk some news, specifically what’s going on with Microsoft’s Project Scorpio? We’ve got technical specs and more info about the fall console release. Then it’s on to Overwatch as we discuss some  possibilities for next week’s big April 11th reveal. Will the game be getting a single-player mode? You’ll have to listen in.

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Master Chief vs Gordon Freeman

Sonic vs Sonya Blade

Fenix vs Nova

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GH12: March Madness Showdown – Part 2

Part 2 of our March Madness continues the first round of our Sweet Sixteen bringing in Nova, Sonic, Sonya Blade, Lara Croft, and more! First, we cover some news including plans for Star Trek Online’s First Contact Day celebrations, the Yooka Laylee Switch situation, thoughts on Splatoon 2 after the global test fire, plus a bit on the Starcraft 4K restoration. Then, we battle out the second four match-ups: Crash Bandicoot vs Sonic, Lara Croft vs Fenix, Spyro vs Sonya Blade, and Nova vs Big Daddy. We talk abilities, weapons, fighting styles, opportunity, and more until we determine a winner for each of the four matches. You’ll have to listen in to see who moved on to the quarter finals.

0:35 – Star Trek Online’s First Contact Day Celebration Details

5:40 – Yooka-Laylee’s Nintendo Switch Delay

7:40 – Splatoon 2 Global Testfire Thoughts

13:35 – Starcraft 4K Remastered Announced

18:20 – March Madness Part 1 Recap and Bracket Updates

21:10 – Crash Bandicoot vs Sonic the Hedgehog

31:10 – Tomb Raider’s Lara Croft vs Gears of War’s Fenix

50:30 – Spryo vs Mortal Kombat’s Sonya Blade

58:10 – Starcraft’s Nova vs BioShock’s Big Daddy

71:15 – Part 2 Recap and Quaterfinal Preview

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GH12: March Madness Showdown – Part 2

Gamer Heroes 06: Street Fighter Goes First Person

Pokemon Go finally releases some Gen 2 Pokemon along with some other gameplay changes. Crash Bandicoot returns this summer. Street Fighter enters the FPS world for some reason. Bethesda looks to make us all Prey, and finally, what’s the deal with DLC? All this and more on this week’s episode!

1:30 – Street Fighter Goes FPS

18:30 – Pokemon Go Gen 2 Update

25:15 – Crash Bandicoot’s Return

31:15 – Bethesda’s Prey

21:30 – Handheld Gaming: Nintendo DS & PS Vita

41:45 – DLC’s Taint on Video Games

57:45 – WoW and the MMO Tangent

1:02:10 – Closing

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SH S3E05: Video Game Movie Adaptations

Sure, there’s been plenty of bad video games based on movies but we’ve also had our fair share of terrible movies based on video games. Jon of the Gamer Heroes podcast joins Ryan and myself to talk about some of the best and worst video game movie adaptations. We go back to the days of Super Mario Bros and Street Fighter all the way up to 2016’s Warcraft and Assassin’s Creed. See which ones we thought pulled it off and which ones we think were better left in the cartridge.

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SH S2E19: Mortal Kombat Fan-Cast

In addition to some big announcement this week, we fan-cast a live action Mortal Kombat movie featuring a slew of characters from Sub Zero and Scorpion to Sonya Blade and Mileena. We cover over 15 different characters from across the video game franchise’s history trying to leave no stone unturned. We cast big name actors, martial arts experts, and a few fan favorites.

Before we kick off the main discussion we want to announce some big brand changes here at The Grid Daily. Due to our love for podcasting and such, we are now the Heroes Podcast Network, producers of Screen Heroes. The Grid Daily name is being phased out so we can focus more on podcast and video content, with less reliance on written, blog-style content. We’re still the same people and Screen Heroes will continue to record live every Tuesday night at 8PM CST on Twitch!

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