Needless Things Podcast 164 – Wonder Woman

June 8th, 2017
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The Needless Commentary team convenes live in the Phantom Zone to discuss DC's newest blockbuster – Wonder Woman!
 
The modern era of films based on the DC Universe has received mixed reviews, to say the least. Man of Steel, Dawn of Justice, and Suicide Squad while profitable, were far from universally loved. Even within the ranks of the Needless Things Irregulars.
 
To the point where discussion of said films is strictly verboten.
 
Fans saw Wonder Woman as an opportunity to leave behind the controversial style that Zack Snyder had brought to the DC films and start anew with a tone of hope, humor, and inspiration. Director Patty Jenkins and star Gal Gadot were almost literally carrying the weight of DC on their shoulders with this new film.
 
Listen in as Phantom, Rad Ranger, Ryan, and Arian figure out whether or not DC films are back on track in the newest episode of the Needless Things Podcast!
 
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Needless Things Podcast 161 – Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

May 18th, 2017
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In the newest episode of the Needless Things Podcast Phantom Troublemaker, Beth V, Head of Research Ryan, and the Rad Ranger break down the newest Marvel Cinematic Universe blockbuster!

 
James Gunn changed the game with Guardians of the Galaxy. He took the tone and ideals that had been established with the Marvel Cinematic Universe to a galaxy not-so-far away and thrust a group of unique and compelling characters into classic situations. It was a risky move to take characters that the general public hadn’t heard of and create a franchise around them, but much like Jon Favreau before him, Gunn pulled it off with style and skill. The first Guardians was a massive success.
 
Having earned the fans’ (and, perhaps more importantly, Disney’s) trust, James Gunn was given the ability to continue the story he sowed the seeds for in the first movie. The musically named Vol. 2 continues to develop the characters and the galaxy that Gunn introduced us to in 2014 while opening up the possibilities for more stories in this far-flung part of the Marvel Universe.
 
Listen in as Phantom, Beth, Ryan, and Rad Ranger discuss the highs and lows of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 in the newest episode of the Needless Things Podcast!
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“Guardians Inferno” by The Sneepers featuring David Hasselhoff

 
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Needless Things Podcast 159 – News Blitz w/ Ryan & Jay

May 4th, 2017
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Phantom Troublemaker, Head of Research Ryan Schweck, and the Belligerent Monkey take a look at the latest in pop culture goings-on!
 
New trailers for The Dark Tower and Defenders! DC’s Rebirth is still hot – or is it? Ridley Scott seemingly poo-poos Neil Blomkamp’s idea for Alienses! There’s plenty of genre news out there, and today on the show the Needless Things Irregulars convene to discuss these items and more!
 
Listen in as Phantom, Ryan, and Jay have a good, old-fashioned nerd jam in the newest episode of the Needless Things Podcast!
 
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“Procrastibate” by LeSexoflex.com 

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Needless Things Podcast 156 – Krull Needless Commentary

April 13th, 2017
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Part of an ongoing series – the Needless Things Irregulars gather in the Phantom Zone to provide their own unique commentary on classic genre films!

Special Guest Mr. Beau Brown chooses this month’s movie – the 1983 sci-fi/fantasy cult classic, Krull!

 
Thanks to Star Wars and Conan the Barbarian science fiction and fantasy were hot genres in the early 80s. Movies that blended the two were always exciting prospects for Hollywood, which is how an original idea like Krull ended up with a $47,000,000 budget, quite large for the time (equivalent to roughly $115,000,000 today).
 
Krull was not a critical success and bombed spectacularly at the box office, bringing in just 16.5 million dollars. Like many underappreciated films it has gone on to achieve cult status.
Listen in as Phantom Troublemaker, Rad Ranger, Arian, Ryan Cadaver, and special guest Mr. Beau Brown gather in the Phantom Zone to offer up their thoughts on this 1983 cult classic!
 
WARNING: This episode of the Needless Things Podcast may not be appropriate for some listeners. For example, those who really and truly love Krull with all of their hearts.
 
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Needless Things Podcast 132 – Dragon Con 2016 – Big Trouble in Little China

November 3rd, 2016
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A presentation of the Dragon Con American Sci-Fi Classics Track! It’s the final podcast from this year’s Dragon Con - a live panel celebrating the thirtieth anniversary of John Carpenter’s classic Big Trouble in Little China!

Also, Phantom breaks down the benefits of SupportPhantom.com and how you can help keep Needless Things independent and free.

Listen in as Phantom Troublemaker and a cast of Classic Track Irregulars as they discuss Jack Burton, Gracie Law, David Lo Pan, monsters, and Wang on the newest episode of the Needless Things Podcast!

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Needless Things Podcast 123 – Dragon Con 2016: The Horror Track

August 30th, 2016
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EARLY EDITION!

In order to bring you the final episode of Needless Things’ 2016 Dragon Con lead-ins before Con actually starts, we’re posting two days early!

On today’s episode Phantom Troublemaker talks to Derek Tatum, Director of the Dragon Con Horror Track!

For the first time ever, Phantom is working with the Horror Track in 2016! Since 2005 the Director, Derek, has been programming a mixture of literary and media-based panels for all stripes of horror fans. Learn how the modern Horror Track came to be, how panels and panelists come together, and how Derek injects his own personal taste into the programming while still brining everything that Dragon Con attendees love!

Listen in as Phantom and Derek discuss the ins and outs of Horror at Dragon Con!

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Needless Things Podcast 121 – Dragon Con 2016: Return of the Classics Track!

August 19th, 2016
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2016 Dragon Con coverage continues! Gary and Joe from the American Sci-Fi Classics Track return to the show! Plus a special segment with a whole other Gary; Gary Schaeffer updates us on the Outer Space Men toy line - a perfect fit for Sci-Fi Classics!

Every year the American Sci-Fi Classics Track strives to provide the best and most engaging entertainment at Dragon Con. From fan panels to exciting guests to game shows, Joe and Gary always have an eye towards not only entertaining Con-goers, but engaging them as well.

Listen in to today’s episode for a behind-the-scenes look at the process of scheduling the Track, as well as a preview of what 2016 has in store!

Be sure to join the Needless Things Podcast Facebook Group and get in on the conversation for this week’s episode! Let us know what you think!

Be sure to check out the Outer Space Men website and Mel Birnkrant’s fascinating Outer Space Men Archive!

“Procrastibate” by LeSexoflex.com

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If you’re here checking out Dragon Con stuff and haven’t visited Needless Things before, thanks for coming by. Me and my writers post five times a week about toys, movies, music, and all manner of pop culture dorkery. I do the Needless Things Podcast once a week. And definitely come back in October for our 31 Days of Halloween! It lasts all month long and everything on the site is thoroughly Halloweeny!

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Needless Things Podcast 117 – Big Trouble in Little China

July 21st, 2016
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It’s time for the Needless Things Podcast to pay tribute to Phantom Troublemaker’s all-time favorite movie!

In order to celebrate the thirtieth anniversary of Big Trouble in Little China Phantom Troublemaker hosted a special screening in the Phantom Zone, followed by a group discussion of the 1986 John Carpenter classic!

Listen in as Phantom, Sean Reid, Arian, and Ryan Cadaver from The Casket Creatures discuss John Carpenter and Kurt Russell’s weirdest and wildest collaboration!

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