The 602 Club: A Geekery Speakeasy
93: Comic-Booking it Up

Suicide Squad.

With the DC Comic movie universe being started in Man of Steel and then continued in Batman v Superman, the third film would be something a bit different as it would not focus on heroes but the villains and finally bring to the screen some of the worst heroes ever.

In this episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing is joined by the villainous Tristan Riddell to talk about Suicide Squad. We discuss our head space coming into the movie, the cameos, the connective tissue, the characters, themes production and ratings, plus announce the winner for our iTunes review contest!

Chapters
A Couple DC Housekeeping Questions (00:02:35)
Not Really Heroes (00:08:53)
How it Connected (00:16:14)
Batman (00:22:20)
Connective Tissue (00:24:58)
A Motley Crew (00:27:01)
The Joker & Harley Quinn (00:27:11)
Viola Davis (00:35:47)
A Side Note (00:38:57)
Can’t Blame Jai Courtney (00:46:09)
Shades of Badness (00:49:23)
Leverage and Blackmail Against Friendship (00:56:09)
Production (00:58:30)
The Ending (01:04:32)
The Man His Due (01:07:01)
Ratings (01:10:38)
Contest Winner (01:17:47)

Host
Matthew Rushing

Guest
Tristan Riddell

Production
Matthew Rushing (Editor and Producer) Norman C. Lao (Executive Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Charlene Schmidt (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Ken Tripp (Associate Producer) Davis Grayson (Associate Producer)

Direct download: tsc-093.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:38am MDT

92: Out of Mothballs

Jason Bourne.

In 2002, Doug Liman and Matt Damon brought Robert Ludlum’s spy thriller, The Bourne Identity to the silver screen and every few years after that, a successive story in Ludlum’s trilogy would find it’s way to theaters. Starting in 2012, the movie team ran out of Ludlum’s books and have been crafting new stories ever since.

In this episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing is joined by fellow spy Alice Baker to talk about Jason Bourne. We discuss the previous movies, being re-Bourne, revenge destruction, the character of Bourne, privacy vs security, Nicky, new players, production and our ratings.

Chapters
Remembering Identities (00:03:22)
Re-Bourne (00:09:44)
Revenge Destruction (00:18:48)
The Character of Jason Bourne (00:23:27)
Privacy vs Security (00:27:55)
Nicky (00:35:12)
New Players (00:40:44)
Comparing to Bond (00:43:16)
Production (00:47:16)
Ratings (00:49:21)

Host
Matthew Rushing

Guest
Alice Baker

Production
Matthew Rushing (Editor and Producer) Norman C. Lao (Executive Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Charlene Schmidt (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Ken Tripp (Associate Producer) Davis Grayson (Associate Producer)

Direct download: tsc-092.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:35am MDT

91: Don’t Explain the Pants

The Avengers.

When Marvel released Iron Man in 2008 it started on an epic experiment of bringing a comic book universe to life, in which each film would build on a common story but also tell it’s own story culminating in a conclusion film for the different phases of the storyline.

In this episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing is joined by S.H.I.E.L.D Agents Alice Baker and Daniel Proulx to talk about Marvel’s The Avengers. We discuss ending Phase One, the center, goodness and badness, secrets have secrets, villains and philosophy, music, action, Hulk’s Pants and our ratings.

Chapters
Finally Reached Avengers (00:03:25)
Phase One Ends (00:04:45)
The First (00:14:27)
The Center (00:19:55)
Goodness and Badness Levels (00:27:57)
Secrets Have Secrets (00:33:21)
Loki as Villain (00:39:38)
Meant to be Ruled (00:42:49)
Music, Action, Hulk’s Pants (00:47:48)
Ratings (00:59:08)

Host
Matthew Rushing

Guests
Alice Baker
Daniel Proulx

Production
Matthew Rushing (Editor and Producer) Norman C. Lao (Executive Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Charlene Schmidt (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Ken Tripp (Associate Producer) Davis Grayson (Associate Producer)

Direct download: tsc-091.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:30am MDT

90: Awkward Stage Potter

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.

In the summer of 2000 J.K. Rowling delighted her fans by releasing the longest book in the Harry Potter series to date, which meant as the films reached the fourth installment, a lot of choices had to be made as to what they could leave out and still tell the story well.

In this episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing is joined by fellow Muggle Megan Calcote to talk about Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. We discuss being back at Hogwarts, new character, a bigger world, the looming threat, old magic vs. brute strength, the music and our ratings.

Chapters
Harry Potter World (00:03:12)
Back at Hogwarts (00:07:32)
New Characters (00:15:32)
A Bigger World (00:36:02)
The Looming Threat (00:47:36)
Voldemort (00:49:52)
Old Magic vs. Brute Strength (00:56:07)
The Music (00:59:33)
Ratings (01:02:57)

Host
Matthew Rushing

Guest
Megan Calcote

Production
Matthew Rushing (Editor and Producer) Norman C. Lao (Executive Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Charlene Schmidt (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Will Nguyen (Content Manager) Ken Tripp (Associate Producer) Davis Grayson (Associate Producer)

Direct download: tsc-090.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:47pm MDT

89: Indelible Mark

Superman.

There are very few things that remain popular for 75 years, that are able to worm their way into the zeitgeist of the entire world so that no matter where you are there will be two things someone there will know, the symbol of the cross and the shield of the House of El.

In this episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing is joined by John Mills to talk about the first superhero, Superman. We discuss what keeps us coming back, his endurance, different interpretations, what the truest expression of him is, nature vs. nurture, public and personal personas, reinvention rejection, if he’s been explored enough and some comic recommendations.

Chapters
It’s Superman (00:03:41)
What Keeps Us Coming Back (00:04:52)
That is Superman (00:07:42)
Endurace (00:10:56)
Different Interpretations (00:14:58)
What is the Truest Expression (00:22:26)
Nature vs. Nurture (00:33:03)
Public and Personal Persona (00:37:17)
Reinvention Rejection (00:41:45)
Explored Enough (00:46:07)
Comic Recommendations (01:00:39)

Host
Matthew Rushing

Guest
John Mills

Production
Matthew Rushing (Editor and Producer) Norman C. Lao (Executive Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Charlene Schmidt (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Will Nguyen (Content Manager) Ken Tripp (Associate Producer) Davis Grayson (Associate Producer)

Direct download: tsc-089.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:00am MDT

88: The Sword in the Stone

The Last Starfighter.

The 1980s saw a boom in films that would go on to become cult classics with The Princess Bride, Highlander, Spaceballs and so many others capturing hearts when they came out, but more importantly finding an audience in the new home release market.

In this episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing is joined by fellow Starfighter Norman Lao to talk about cult classic The Last Starfighter. We discuss something old and something new, a familiar story, the cast, the effects, the soundtrack, does it hold up and our ratings.

Chapters
iTunes Contest and Review Thanks (00:01:55)
Something Old, Something New (00:04:09)
A Familiar Story (00:12:51)
The Cast (00:26:56)
The Effects (00:47:51)
The Soundtrack (00:55:23)
Does it Hold Up and Ratings (00:59:59)

Host
Matthew Rushing

Guest
Norman Lao

Production
Matthew Rushing (Editor and Producer) Norman C. Lao (Executive Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Charlene Schmidt (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Will Nguyen (Content Manager) Ken Tripp (Associate Producer) Davis Grayson (Associate Producer)

Direct download: tsc-088.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:30am MDT

87: The Search For More Money

Independence Day: Resurgence.

Following the massive success of the original Independence Day many people assumed that a sequel would be forthcoming quickly. The filmmakers worked for years trying to make the story work but could not find the right way to continue, leaving the film languishing in development hell for years, until Emmerich came upon a thought that lead him to beginning planning two more films to create a trilogy.

In this episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing is joined by Michael Schindler and Richard Marquez to talk about Independence Day: Resurgence. We discuss before Resurgence, why add a sequel, the story, the cast, a soft reboot, to sequel or not to sequel, effects and our ratings.

Chapters
Review Thanks and Contest (00:01:54)
Before Resurgence (00:03:17)
Why Add a Sequel (00:10:26)
The Story (00:14:10)
The Cast (00:32:18)
A Soft Reboot (00:42:09)
To Sequel or Not to Sequel (00:44:14)
Effects (00:46:47)
Ratings (00:55:01)

Host
Matthew Rushing

Guests
Michael Schindler
Richard Marquez

Production
Matthew Rushing (Editor and Producer) Norman C. Lao (Executive Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Charlene Schmidt (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Will Nguyen (Content Manager) Ken Tripp (Associate Producer) Davis Grayson (Associate Producer)

Direct download: tsc-087.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:00am MDT

S20: Rebirth

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Ultimate Edition.

Very few movies have been as polarizing as Batman v Superman with the fans and the critics, in fact as it came out in theaters, word reached the internet that there would be an extended cut of the film released on blu ray and digital, which Zack Snyder had really wanted as the theatrical cut, but was forced to trim.

In this supplemental episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing is joined by Bruce Gibson to talk about Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Ultimate Edition. We discuss first impressions, a good question, where it is better, do we feel the three hours?, Wonder Woman, little things and ratings.

Chapters
An Interesting Time (00:03:16)
First Impressions (00:04:10)
Good Question (00:06:24)
Where is it Better (00:14:11)
Feel the Three Hours (00:35:14)
Wonder Woman (00:40:00)
Little Things (00:43:19)
Ratings (00:44:20)

Host
Matthew Rushing

Guests
Bruce Gibson

Production
Matthew Rushing (Editor and Producer) Norman C. Lao (Executive Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Charlene Schmidt (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Will Nguyen (Content Manager) Ken Tripp (Associate Producer) Davis Grayson (Associate Producer)

Direct download: tsc-s20.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:12pm MDT

86: Classified Wi-Fi

Independence Day.

Every so often a movie comes out that takes the world by surprise at just how big it becomes. Star Wars did this in 1977 and recently and recently it happened with Jurassic World, but in the summer of 1996 it happened again with a movie no one could have predicted.

In this episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing is joined by Michael Schindler and Richard Marquez to talk about Independence Day (ID4). We discuss our recollection of 1996, bringing back the disaster film, the cast, impressive effects, if it holds up and our ratings.

Chapters
ID4 (00:02:44)
Remembering 1996 (00:04:41)
Bringing Back Disaster (00:14:55)
The Cast (00:28:29)
Impressive Effects (00:43:18)
Does it Hold Up? (00:51:16)
Ratings (01:00:51)

Host
Matthew Rushing

Guests
Michael Schindler
Richard Marquez

Production
Matthew Rushing (Editor and Producer) Norman C. Lao (Executive Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Charlene Schmidt (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Will Nguyen (Content Manager) Ken Tripp (Associate Producer) Davis Grayson (Associate Producer)

Direct download: tsc-086.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:30am MDT

85: Bond is the Pawn

From Russia With Love.

After the success of Dr. No the producers immediately began planning their next film in the Bond saga and landed on From Russia With love, which coincidently had just been named one of John F. Kennedy’s favorite books in an interview with Life magazine. What could go wrong?

In this episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing is joined by 00 agent John Champion to talk about From Russia With Love. We discuss continuing Bond, changes from the book, women and villains, a troubled shoot, heightened realism, behind the scenes heroes, great moments and our ratings.

Chapters
Live from Goldeneye (00:02:05)
Continuing Bond (00:04:40)
Changes from the Book (00:16:49)
Women and Villains (00:20:30)
A Troubled Shoot (00:42:47)
Heightened Realism (00:47:53)
Behind the Scenes Heroes (00:55:14)
Great Moments (00:57:53)
Ratings (01:05:30)

Host
Matthew Rushing

Guest
John Champion

Production
Matthew Rushing (Editor and Producer) Norman C. Lao (Executive Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Charlene Schmidt (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Will Nguyen (Content Manager) Ken Tripp (Associate Producer) Davis Grayson (Associate Producer)

Direct download: tsc-085.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:30am MDT