The Comic Book Film Revue
A monthly discussion on a film based on a comic book or graphic novel, hosted by comic book fans for fans of the movies!
info_outline Episode 39: Avengers Endgame 05/01/2019
Episode 39: Avengers Endgame Four years to the day that the last episode was released, the guys come out of their dust-filled exile in the cosmos to give their thoughts on the second half of the Phase Three MCU Infinity Saga! How does Endgame serve to finish the main heroes plot lines? How much did Captain Marvel influence their viewing experiences? What are the politics of the film? Were some characters served well by the tone of the movie? All this and more is answered, so join Crazy Chris, Bertone and Don for a review that's practically the length of the film itself!
info_outline Episode 38: Avengers Infinity War Review 05/05/2018
Episode 38: Avengers Infinity War Review The time has finally come! The gang reviews the culmination of the MCU/Iron Man 7/Gamora 4/Nick Fury 12/insert your own sequel pun here, and discuss the actions of Thanos, the fate of the heroes, the inclusion of the Guardians and Spider-Man, the best of the online memes, and how the story compares to the Infinity series of Marvel Comics! Will the shocking cliffhanger remain intact by Avengers 4? Was it brutally spoiled by Mark Ruffalo and/or Tom Holland months before? Stay tuned to find out the review for next month, grab your Infinity Gauntlet and get to downloading!
info_outline Episode 37: Black Panther Review 02/21/2018
Episode 37: Black Panther Review A cultural event fifty-two years in the making, Black Panther wowed audiences and shattered box office records in its opening President's Day weekend. What do the guys think about it? Well this time it's not just the guys, as newcomer Jan gives her voice to topics included in the film's discussion such as the many powerful black female characters, the honor of Incumbent King T'Challa, the antics of Andy Serkis' Klaw and Martin Freeman's Everett K. Ross, and the unassailable motivations of Killmonger. Did Marvel Studios first all-black film meet expectations? Find out how they surpassed them by downloading!
info_outline Episode 36: Justice League Review 12/05/2017
Episode 36: Justice League Review The culmination of the DC Extended Universe has arrived, and the CBFR gang is here to give their thoughts! Justice League will go down as one of the more notorious film productions in comic book movie history, with it's myriad of behind-the-scenes issues leading up to its release, so how did that affect the viewing experiences of our hosts? Does the film have coherent continuity from its previous series entry? What did the guys think about newcomers Aquaman, Flash and Cyborg? How similar is this movie to The Avengers? Is this the final curtain for Batffleck, and if so what's everyone's say on him? Does this give DC a strong foot forward into the future? All this plus timeline theories, suggestions for different villains to use, and a breakdown of the differences between Zack Snyder and Joss Whedon's versions of the film!
info_outline Episode 35: Kingsmen: The Golden Circle Review 10/24/2017
Episode 35: Kingsmen: The Golden Circle Review The Kingsmen are back, and Don and Josh duke it out in discussing the sequel's flaws and virtues. Does the wiping out of the previous film's character add to the film or detract from it? What do the guys make of the Statesmen? How screwed up is the American government (in this film)? All this plus more comparisons to James Bond, tangents galore, and a special announcement regarding the future of the podcast. Lasso up and get to downloading!
info_outline Episode 34: Professor Marston and the Wonder Women (Guest Starring Noah Berlatsky) 10/16/2017
Episode 34: Professor Marston and the Wonder Women (Guest Starring Noah Berlatsky) A stop-gap between regular episodes, Donovan invites writer Noah Berlatsky onto the podcast to discuss Professor Marston and the Wonder Women. The two men go over the historical accuracy of the film, how it achieved the spirit of the Marston Wonder Woman comics, the queer themes of the story, The weirdness and racism of the original comics, and whether or not this film serves as a companion piece to the DCEU Wonder Woman movie earlier in the year. This is a very special, one of a kind episode, so take your seat in the classroom and get to downloading!
info_outline Episode 33: Atomic Blonde Review 08/25/2017
Episode 33: Atomic Blonde Review For the first time ever, the gang is left completely befuddled by the film of the month! Atomic Blonde, the film adaptation of the Oni Press Graphic Novel The Coldest City, sees Charlize Theron as an MI6 agent investigating Berlin during the eve of the Berlin Wall falling. That's about as much as the guys can ascertain, as questions of loyalty, character motivation and the meaning of certain twists make their heads spin. Think you can clear the air of misunderstanding? Download to find out, then email in at email@example.com!
info_outline Episode 32: Spider-Man: HOMECOMING 07/12/2017
Episode 32: Spider-Man: HOMECOMING After years of watching and discussing plenty of uncharted territory, the guys roll up their sleeves and dive into the once character that they definitively claim to be experts on: Spider-Man! The Web-Slinger's first true return to Marvel in its Cinematic Universe is under the microscope as Don, Bertone and Crazy Chris put on their fanboy hats and talk about their likes and dislikes about this special film. Through the episode the guys brag about how much Spider-Man they've read, compare Tom Holland to his predecessors, weight the pros and cons of the supporting cast, spot references to other Spidey moments from the comics, and debate the presence of Tony Stark in the film. Is this the best Spider-Man film to date or the worst? Must it be either/or? Refill your web-shooter and get to downloading!
info_outline Episode 31: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2 Review 05/18/2017
Episode 31: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2 Review Strap in and prepare for Warp Drive as the guys discuss the sequel to their second episode. Guardians of the Galaxy vol.2 gets discussed by everyone who enjoyed it, and Donovan! He, Chris and Josh talk about their ignorance of the source material, how the sequel compares to the first film, favorite lines and moments and the film's irreverent tone! Did new characters Ego and Mantis stand up against the return of fan favorites Star-Lord, Gamora, Rocket, Drax, Yondu and (Baby) Groot? Download to find out!
info_outline Episode 30: SUPERMAN: THE MOVIE REVIEW 04/27/2017
Episode 30: SUPERMAN: THE MOVIE REVIEW What constitutes a classic? How do you view things through the perspective of shifts in time? Do people give passes on a film unjustifiably because of its legacy? That's what's at stake here in this title match of an episode, as its Crazy Chris vs. Donovan Grant in the case for Superman: The Movie! Is the film a truly great movie that survives the test of time, or does it fail badly? Are the gender politics and racial representations forgivable for its time? Does the wonky science actually make sense? And what of the lauded portrayals of Superman, Lois Lane and Lex Luthor? All this and more in a NO-HOLDS-BARRED comic book movie debate that can destroy all of fandom as we know it! Find a phone booth and take to the skies, and get to downloading!
info_outline Episode 29: Logan Review 03/31/2017
Episode 29: Logan Review What defines a superhero film? Do the constraints of the Comic Book Movie genre inhibit great storytelling? That's one of the queries that challenges the gang as Stella leads the charge into discussing the final appearance of Hugh Jackman as Wolverine in Logan. Is this the best X-film/Wolverine film? Does its bleak tone work against it? How does the timeline match up with the other movies? Stay until the end for a special announcement, and write in feedback at firstname.lastname@example.org!
info_outline Episode 28: Scott Pilgrm Vs. the World 02/17/2017
Episode 28: Scott Pilgrm Vs. the World Don brings to the table a notable entry in the history of comic book film adaptations: Scott Pilgrim vs. the World. Originally meant to be reviewed back in 2014, what does he and Chris think of it now? How does Stella take to the film's video game aesthetics having not read the source material? Are the characters likeable, and if not do the performances make them more palatable? To find out, get to downloading!
info_outline Episode 27: The Phantom Review 01/13/2017
Episode 27: The Phantom Review Stella, Chris and Don join their magic skulls together and rap about the 1996 Billy Zane bonanza The Phantom! One of comic's oldest icons, how does the Ghost Who Walks fare in mid-90s comic movie translation? What sets this film apart from other pulp adaptations at the time it was released? What psychological trauma did Chris and Stella suffer at the hands of this movie? How many other works of the actors' can the gang list, and how many has Don not seen? All this plus slam poetry, callbacks to previous episodes and swooning over both the hero and villain!
info_outline Episode 26: Doctor Strange 11/11/2016
Episode 26: Doctor Strange Don your floating cape and dive into a world of unimaginable madness as the gang reviews the second Phase Three Marvel Cinematic Universe movie Doctor Strange! What does the gang make of Benedict Cumberbatch as the (not quite) Sorcerer Supreme? What do they make of Tilda Swinton as the Ancient One? Can this film break the curse of bad Marvel love interests and lame villains? Which "Catwoman" actor makes a surprise guest appearance? To learn these burning questions, sneak into the forbidden library, open a scroll and get to downloading!
info_outline Episode 25 - Batman: Mask of the Phantasm 10/14/2016
Episode 25 - Batman: Mask of the Phantasm Donovan leads this month in what might be the most gushing love fest episode to date! He, Chris and Stella return to their childhoods and review Batman: Mask of the Phantasm, recalling their history with Batman: the Animated Series and when they first watched the theatrical film. In this critically acclaimed one-off story, what are the few things that hold the film back for the hosts? Does this surpass Batman and Robin as Stella's favorite film? How did the Joker survive the ending? Which of the B:TAS creators doesn't think highly of the movie? Which of the hosts gives a surprise personally development, shocking their co-hosts? Is this the best Batman film to date? The answers to these and more quizzical queries can be found by downloading, so get down to it!
info_outline Episode 24: Watchmen Review 09/24/2016
Episode 24: Watchmen Review Chris invites us on a journey back to both 2009 and 1985 where "Watchmen" hit both the comic reading world and the comic book movie viewing world! The third in the Zack Snyder series of reviews for the show, how does this "R" rated adaptation strike the gang? Which of the three saw the film before reading the source material? Which actors did the best job and which didn't as much? Play along and take a shot every time Donovan whines about things not being the same as they were in the comic book!
info_outline Episode 23: Suicide Squad Review 08/18/2016
Episode 23: Suicide Squad Review Returning after a busy month's absence, Stella brings the show back with a bang in heading up the discussion on "Suicide Squad"! The second of the DCEU 2016 films to be received poorly by the masses, how did the Revue gang take to a film lead entirely by bad guys? Did Stella's coverage of the original comic series written by John Ostrander and Kim Yale excite her for the film going in? Did Don fully understand the plot? Who were Chris' favorite characters, and which ones failed to leave an impression? All this plus deadly Comic-Con adventures and a sneak peek into Don's upcoming new podcast! *NOTE* Apologies for the audio issues in the beginning
info_outline Episode 22: The Mask Review 06/24/2016
Episode 22: The Mask Review S-s-s-s-SMOKIN'! It's another blast from the past as the Revue crew return to the 90s and talk about the 1994 Jim Carrey hit based on the Dark Horse Comic series. Which of the panel still likes the film and which one don't? The answer won't surprise, but what might are the list of random actors seen in other things, which Doctor Who most resembles Jim Carrey in features and performance, and the darker, more gruesome nature of the original comic! Toss your cheesy pajamas in the closet, pop on your bright yellow fedora, and get to downloading!
info_outline DC TV PODCASTS: SPINAL CORD RESEARCH FUNDRAISER ON JUNE 11! Podcasters assemble to help cure spinal injuries in a live marathon event 06/08/2016
DC TV PODCASTS: SPINAL CORD RESEARCH FUNDRAISER ON JUNE 11! Podcasters assemble to help cure spinal injuries in a live marathon event Tuesday, May 31, 2016 - The DC TV Podcasting Network is teaming up with the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation to help cure spinal cord ailments on Saturday, June 11, 2016. Founded by the late Man of Steel himself, the mission of the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation is to discover and fund innovative research as well as improving the quality of life for people who live with paralysis. We here at DC TV Podcasts couldn’t be more proud to be partnering up with the Foundation for this important cause in advancing research for spinal cord injuries. Here is how you as a listener can help and participate on Saturday, June 11, 2016, while also enjoying your favorite DC television podcasts for Arrow, The Flash, Gotham, Supergirl, Legends of Tomorrow as well as DC Movies. The podcasting fundraising event will be hosted via Mixlr at mixlr.com/dctvpodcasts and will begin at 11 AM PST/2 PM EST. The event will feature the great minds of DC TV Podcasts with hosts from Quiver: The Green Arrow Podcast, The Flash Podcast, Legends of Gotham, Supergirl Radio, Legends of Tomorrow Podcast and DC Movies Podcast. The event will continue from 11 AM PST/2 PM EST into the evening with all six individual shows. The marathon will then conclude with a special DC TV Podcasts Assemble show featuring hosts from all six podcasts. Here is the following schedule for when all the live shows will begin: Quiver: The Green Arrow Podcast at 11 AM PST (2 PM EST) with Michael Cohen and Amanda Konkin. DC Movies Podcast at 12 PM PST (3 PM EST) with Chris Doucher and Ashley Robinson. Supergirl Radio at 1 PM PST (4 PM EST) with Rebecca Johnson, Carly Lane and Morgan Glennon. The Flash Podcast at 2 PM PST (5 PM EST) with Andy Behbakht, Lauren Gallaway and guest host Jason Inman. Legends of Tomorrow Podcast at 3 PM PST (6 PM EST) with Morgan Glennon and TBA hosts Legends of Gotham at 4 PM PST (7 PM EST) with Bill Meeks and Anne Marie DeSimone DC TV Podcasts: Assemble Show at 5 PM PST (8 PM EST) with multiple hosts of DC TV Podcasts TBA. Starting today, as well as during the marathon, head over to DCTVPodcasts.com/Fundraiser to find out how you can make a donation to the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation. We at DC TV Podcasts hope to see you in the live chat and enjoy all the exciting programming we have in store for you! Nothing would make us happier than our listeners donating to this significant cause and joining us at DC TV Podcasts in helping the Foundation in funding cures and research for paralysis. DISCLAIMER: Any podcasts that are represented on DC TV Podcasts are fan podcasts and are not affiliated with DC Comics, Warner Bros. TV, Warner Bros. Pictures, DC Entertainment, The CW, and FOX. About the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation: The Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation is dedicated to curing spinal cord injury by funding innovative research, and improving the quality of life for individuals living with paralysis through grants, information and advocacy. For more information, please visit https://www.christopherreeve.org/ About DC Television Podcasts: DC TV Podcasts is a podcast network that features a collection of high-quality and popular podcasts devoted to DC Comics television series, such as The CW’s Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, FOX’s Gotham, as well as the DC Movies in the DC Extended Universe! Join the hosts of Quiver Podcast, The Flash Podcast, Legends of Gotham, Supergirl Radio, Legends of Tomorrow Podcast and DC Movies Podcast every week for news, commentary and opinions about these comic book shows as well as DC Comics films. Be sure to check out the main site and give if you can.
info_outline Episode #21: Captain America: Civil War Review 05/20/2016
Episode #21: Captain America: Civil War Review CHOOSE A SIDE! The gang joins in talking about the hottest comic book movie of the month based on the Marvel Comics miniseries of which they all have good/bad memories! Civil War sees the introduction of the Black Panther, the introduction of Spider-Man into the MCU, the return of the Winter Soldier plot from the previous Cap film, all while juggling the discussion of super hero accountability in a rift between Avengers Captain America and Iron Man! Which sides do the CBFR gang fall on? How does this compare to the source material? What did die-hard Spidey fans think of Tom Holland? Does this contrast with Dawn of Justice, or should it? All this plus Marvel Comics history via audio files from yesteryear!
info_outline Episode 20 - Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice Review 04/08/2016
Episode 20 - Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice Review The World's Finest grudge match has hit theaters and the Comic Book Film Revue has more than a few things to say about this much talked about movie! Don's not happy in the least, but what does Stella think? Chris doesn't think much of superhero films catering to kid audiences, but Josh has a different opinion due to his day job. Is the gang united with the rest of the 70% of film goers in saying this movie is a mess, or will Josh's analysis bring them to differing conclusions? And what of Ian Wilson, the Comic Reel-lief host who offers up specific talking points that ponder over the wider nature of comic book movies in general? Will his audio feedback (the show's first!) position the film in a more understandable light? Feel free to send the show any feedback via the new email address at email@example.com, and check out Don's initial thoughts when first seeing the film with friends at Michael Bailey's Views From the Longbox Podcast episode 228!
info_outline Episode 19: Ghost World Review 03/20/2016
Episode 19: Ghost World Review Ghost World, the 2001 film adaptation of the 1990s comic series by writer/artist Daniel Clowes, gives the CBFR gang their biggest challenge yet in that it's unlike anything they've come up against before! The four dive into a world of existential crisis, 50s diners, art classes and Adult shops and come out with varying opinions of the movie centering around two highly cynical teenagers. Which of the hosts are positive and which are negative? Which do they prefer, the comic or the film? How do they take to the first comic book movie in the podcast's history that stars Steve Buscemi? The only possible way to find out is to download!
info_outline Episode 18: Deadpool Review 02/23/2016
Episode 18: Deadpool Review The Merc with the Mouth gets his due in this month's episode headed up by Stella! She leads the gang in a discussion of expectations for the film during it's lead-up, background familiarity with the source material, thoughts on the film's love story and villains, and hopes for the hopeful sequel! Was everyone amused by Deadpool charms, or did some appreciate the movie more than others? Which actor keeps finding themselves in comic book genre media? How does the movie work as an X-Men film? These and more scintillating questions are answered, or questioned! So suit up, wolf down a chimichanga and get to downloading! (NOTE: Plz excuse some of the audio inconsistencies)
info_outline Episode 17: Iron Man 3 Review 01/22/2016
Episode 17: Iron Man 3 Review The CBFR gang is back, and for the first review of 2016 Chris leads the team in discussing the debatable 2013 Marvel Phase Two opener Iron Man 3! Lots of meaty talk is had going from topics including Stark's characterization throughout the film, characters new and old, the film's tone and most expectantly the Mandarin! Does this movie finish off Tony Stark's character arc successfully? Is the mental challenge a suitable enough demon for RDJ to contend against? Can the gang manage a complete discussion on the film without having read the source material? Suit up and get to downloading!
info_outline Episode 16: The Peanuts Movie Review 12/04/2015
Episode 16: The Peanuts Movie Review Throwing a curve-ball at the Revue panelists for the Winter of 2015, Josh leads up talk on the latest entry in a long running and classic franchise: The Peanuts Movie! How will the gang tackle a film that doesn't involve gaudy costumes, violence or general inhumanity? What's the background in getting this film made and was it against the late Charles Shultz's wishes? Does the tone jive with the memories of the cartoons from yesteryear? All this plus mile-a-minute edutainment from the worlds of copyright law, etymology, modern children sensibilities and more!
info_outline X-Men Review 10/23/2015
X-Men Review In a world of prejudice and uncertainty, you have to be careful who to trust...so trust the Comic Book Film Revue! Join Don as he leads the trio of himself, Chris and Stella on a journey back in time to the year 2000 where superhero films were on the verge of a renaissance and the X-Men franchise was only just beginning! Reviewing the first of a long-running series, how does the original hold up today? Who was the actor originally cast to play Wolverine? Do dated effects make or break a viewing experience? Which character is best cast and worst cast? Is Don the only man on the planet who actually likes Cyclops? All this plus recollections of the various X-Men video games and comic book storylines in what may prove to be the geekiest episode of CBFR to date! Hop into the X-Jet and get to downloading!
info_outline Episode 14: 300 09/24/2015
Episode 14: 300 PREPARE FOR GLORY!!! STAVING OFF DEATH FROM A DEADLY VIRUS, STELLA LEADS HER TROOPS INTO THE PAST DURING THE BATTLE OF THERMOPYLAE TO DISCUSS THE 2007 ZACK SNYDER HIT 300! JOURNEYING BACK INTO THE BRAIN OF FRANK MILLER, HOW DOES THIS MEMORABLE FILM STAND THE TEST OF TIME?! IS THE DELIBERATE "EPIC" NATURE OF THE MOVIE RIDICULOUS OR PERFECTLY APPROPRIATE?! HOW DOES IT COMPARE TO THE ORIGINAL MILLER COMIC, OR THE ACTUAL HISTORICAL EVENTS FOR THAT MATTER?! CAN JOSH STAND ANOTHER ROUND OF "SPOT THE CELEBRITY"?! ALL THIS PLUS IN-DEPTH DISCUSSIONS ON THE MEN'S SEXY ABS AND BODIES IN THIS, YOUR ONE-STOP SHOP FOR ERUDITE CONVERSATION AND THOUGHTFUL PROVOCATION! TO VICTORY!!!
info_outline Fantastic Four (2015) Review 08/28/2015
Fantastic Four (2015) Review After a critical mauling and utter failure to perform at the Box Office, Josh Trank's Fantastic Four has one more gauntlet to endure before it is quietly lost in the annals of history...being discussed on the Comic Book Film Revue! The Fantabulous Foursome of Josh, Stella, Chris and Donovan have much to say to both the film and the online community who was so eager to condemn the movie before its release. But as for the movie itself, is it worthy of the hate it's gotten? Was the cast good or bad? Why can't any of the film adaptations get Dr. Doom right? All this plus more comic book history and theater experiences! Light the "4" Signal and get to downloading!
info_outline Episode 12: Ant-Man Review 07/31/2015
Episode 12: Ant-Man Review The second of three Marvel Comis based films in the summer of 2015, Ant-Man marks the culmination of a long process that involved the coming and going of one Edgar Wright as well as additions in the names of Michael Douglas and Paul Rudd. How does the finished product come together for the Comic Book Film Revue? The gang has a number of things they both liked and disliked throughout, from superfluous Avengers cameos to dodgey stereotypes, and every film trope and cliche Josh can name under the sun! With a wacky history from the comics, did Marvel translate their tiny hero to new heights? Download to find out!