The 602 Club: A Geekery Speakeasy
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

84: C-3PO Burlesque Show

Star Wars: Clone Wars.

In 2003, as Star Wars fans eagerly anticipated the last film in the saga, a surprise arrived on Cartoon Network, Clone Wars, a micro series of 20 episodes that gave a taste of what the war was like. With the success of the first 20, Lucas asked for 5 more episodes which would be longer and tell the story of the crawl from Episode III.

In this episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing is joined by Jedi Masters Bruce Gibson and John Mills to talk about Star Wars: Clone Wars. We discuss our Clone Wars experience, volume one, if it’s still fun, volume two, leading up to Episode III, voices, being over-written and doing yourself a favor.

Chapters
Something Fun to Do (00:03:10)
Clone Wars Experience (00:04:35)
Volume One (00:16:52)
Still Fun? (00:25:21)
Volume Two (00:28:42)
Leading Up to Episode III (00:39:27)
Voices (00:42:18)
Over-Written (00:47:14)
Do Yourself a Favor (00:52:47)

Host
Matthew Rushing

Guests
Bruce Gibson
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-084.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:30am MDT

83: Yes to the Mystique

X-Men: Apocalypse.

In the summer of 2000, Bryan Singer changed the landscape of superhero films with his first X-Men by having a movie that took it’s story, characters and world much more seriously than had previously been seen in a comic book movie. Fast forward sixteen years later and Singer and company are back with their latest in the X-franchise.

In this episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing is joined by fellow X-Men Suzanne Williamson to talk about X-Men: Apocalypse. We discuss the X-franchise, new mutants, Quicksilver, rounding out the trilogy, a blessing or a curse, hero?, our ratings and a quick side note.

Chapters
A Dragon’s Age (00:02:31)
The X-Franchise (00:03:26)
New Mutants (00:08:35)
Quicksilver (00:21:05)
Rounding Out the Trilogy (00:22:47)
A Blessing or a Curse (00:30:17)
Hero? (00:37:37)
Ratings (00:44:22)
Side Note (00:47:19)

Host
Matthew Rushing

Guest
Suzanne Williamson

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-083.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:00am MDT

82: Lupin on the Loose

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.

As Harry Potter fans impatiently waited for the fifth book in the series to be released, Hollywood was making the interim between installments bearable by releasing the third movie in the franchise.

In this episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing is joined by Hogwarts students Andrea Coffman and Tristan Riddell to talk about Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. We discuss a new director and direction, character focus, fully forming, new characters, creatures and wizarding world things, book vs. movie, the score and our ratings.

Chapters
New Director and Direction (00:04:11)
Character Focus (00:18:51)
Fully Forming (00:28:26)
New Characters (00:39:15)
Creatures and Wizarding World Things (00:49:33)
Book vs. Movie (01:00:36)
Score (01:07:07)
Ratings (01:10:19)

Host
Matthew Rushing

Guests
Andrea Coffman
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) Will Nguyen (Content Manager) Ken Tripp (Associate Producer) Davis Grayson (Associate Producer)

Direct download: tsc-082.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:00am MDT

81: Revisionist History

Star Wars: Bloodline.

The expanded universe of Star Wars has always helped to fill in the gaps and answer the questions fans had and the new line is no exception. With the release of The Force Awakens, fans have been clamoring to know what happened in the 30 year period between Return of the Jedi and the beginning of the new trilogy.

In this episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing is joined by Resistance members Bruce Gibson and John Mills to talk about Star Wars: Bloodline by Claudia Gray. We discuss the heir to the Empire, being in Vader’s shadow, world-building, romanticizing the past, new characters, the rise of the First Order and our ratings.

Chapters
Heir to the Empire (00:03:46)
In Vader’s Shadow (00:11:26)
World-Building (00:29:02)
Romanticizing the Past (00:48:45)
New Characters (01:03:58)
The Rise of the First Order (01:11:39)
Ratings (01:15:37)

Host
Matthew Rushing

Guests
Bruce Gibson
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-081.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:00am MDT

80: The Right to Choose

Captain America: Civil War.

The character of Steve Rogers has been on one of the most intense journey’s of any of the Marvel heroes. He’s gone from a scrawny man with a hero’s heart, to super soldier hero, to man out of time, to leader of the Avengers, all to come up against his greatest challenge, a world at odds with his worldview.

In this episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing is joined by fellow Avengers Megan Calcote, plus Bethany and Riley Blanton to talk about Captain America: Civil War. We discuss choosing side, team Iron Man, team Cap, team Ross, revenge, new heroes, hero against hero, the fight in Siberia, a few last things, a quick rundown and ratings.

Chapters
Choosing Sides (00:03:37)
Team Iron Man (00:05:23)
Team Cap (00:15:37)
Team Ross (00:28:46)
Revenge (00:31:09)
New Heroes (00:42:55)
Hero Against Hero (00:53:20)
The Fight in Siberia (01:02:24)
A Couple Last Things (01:06:07)
A Quick Rundown (01:11:46)
Ratings (01:13:28)

Host
Matthew Rushing

Guests
Bethany Blanton
Megan Calcote
Riley Blanton

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-080.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:30am MDT