Comic Shop Talk is a video blog dedicated to Comics, and pop culture talk including movies, television, books, and more. Ken Lee is the author of our long-running comic blog The Crank File, Rob Goyer is our Cards and Counters game blog author, Tylor Hamel appears in many in-store livestreams and works at Great Stories Comics & Gaming, and Chris Mills is the owner of Great Stories.
0:00 We talk the latest developments in Marvel’s massive Secret Empire story.
14:30 Weapons of Mutant Destruction
19:00 Edge of the Venomverse
23:50 Spectacular Spider-Man
26:18 DC talk begins with Dark Days: The Forge
35:00 Batman regular series
38:00 DC/Looney Tunes crossover titles
42:35 Indie Comic Talk including Image Comics’ Redneck, Plastic, Kill the Minotaur, and Winnebago Graveyard
50:45 Movie talk begins with Ken and Tylor catching us up with their opinions on Wonder Woman, our anticipation for Spider-Man Homecoming, and The Transformer movie franchise
1:03:50 TV talk begins with Game of Thr0nes, Stephen King, Netflix Marvel shows, and some movies we caught on the small screen. Then we end it all with our reaction outside our local theater after seeing Spider-Man: Homecoming.
We hope you enjoy the show, and we’ll be back real soon with another installment!
Welcome to Trailer Snark, a weekly column covering trailers for movies that will be released this week with thoughts from our roster of bloggers (Jessica from The Female Perspective, Ken from The Crank File, Jim from The Front Row View, Eric from View from Above, Robert from Cards and Counters, Wayne from The Dope Sheet, and Great Stories founder Chris). Thanks for reading, and enjoy the previews!
Spider-Man: Homecoming (Sony) – Action/Adventure
Rated PG-13 for sci-fi action violence, some language and brief suggestive comments
Tag Line: None
Starring: Tom Holland, Michael Keaton, Marisa Tomei, Robert Downey Jr.
Plot: Several months after the events of Captain America: Civil War, Peter Parker, with the help of his mentor Tony Stark, tries to balance his life as an ordinary high school student in Queens, New York City while fighting crime as his superhero alter ego Spider-Man as a new threat, the Vulture, emerges.
Running Time: 133 minutes
Wayne: I’m buying this trailer. I think we are going to have our best Peter Parker yet. Jim: Been anticipating this since Tom Holland stole Captain America: Civil War. After the mess of Spiderman 3 and the two Andrew Garfield snoozefests, this is most welcome. Micheal Keaton, Marisa Tomei, Robert Downey…there’s almost TOO much entertainment! Chris: Oh gee…another Spider-Man movie. Heck yeah, I’m going to see it! Tom Holland rocked the Parker role in Civil War. Stroke of casting and scripting genius!
A Ghost Story (A24) – Drama/Fantasy/Romance
Rated R for brief language and a disturbing image
Tag Line: It’s All About Time.
Starring: Casey Affleck, Rooney Mara
Plot: In this singular exploration of legacy, love, loss, and the enormity of existence, a recently deceased, white-sheeted ghost returns to his suburban home to try to reconnect with his bereft wife.
Running Time: 92 minutes
Chris: I was not actually expecting much, but got a beautifully crafted trailer and compelling story. No Sheet! Jim: a beautiful trailer. This looks spooky, moody, and intelligent. Wayne: I’m buying this trailer. The idea of leaving a piece of yourself behind so that you live on after death is an interesting concept. The metaphor of the ghost is a great device. Looking forward to this one.
City of Ghosts (IFC Films) – Documentary/War
Rated R for disturbing violent content, and for some language
Tag Line: None
Starring: Real people
Plot: A documentary that follows the efforts of “Raqqa Is Being Slaughtered Silently,” a handful of anonymous activists who banded together after their homeland was taken over by ISIS in 2014. With deeply personal access, this is the story of a brave group of citizen journalists as they face the realities of life undercover, on the run, and in exile, risking their lives to stand up against one of the greatest evils in the world today.
Running Time: 90 minutes
Wayne: I’m buying this trailer. If this movie is as good as the trailer, I’ll be very satisfied. I enjoy a good documentary and this story is very relevant today. Chris: I see a trailer like this and just realize how thankful I am to have been born in the USA with all of the snowflakes and safe zones. Maybe Americans could use some perspective and watch this one? Jim: Too much real life. Pass.
Patti Cake$ (Fox Searchlight) – Drama
Rated R for language throughout, crude sexual references, some drug use and a brief nude image
Tag Line: None
Starring: Danielle MacDonald, Bridget Everett
Plot: PATTI CAKE$ is centered on aspiring rapper Patricia Dombrowski, a.k.a. Killa P, a.k.a. Patti Cake$ who is fighting an unlikely quest for glory in her downtrodden hometown in New Jersey.
Running Time: 108 minutes
Jim: I’m not a big fan of rap music, but I have to admit this looks pretty interesting, a lot of passion and arresting images. Wayne: It is a clean sweep, I’m buying this trailer and all trailers this week. Is this a white woman’s Eminem story? Looks fun and I love an underdog story. Hope to catch this one too. Chris: I wanted to dislike it, but just couldn’t. I’ll catch it on the small screen at some p0int.
Tickets Purchased: Three for Spider-Man, as if you didn’t already know?!
Release Date: July 7, 2017
Run Time: 2 hour 13 minutes
After Credit Scene: YES (and during credits) IMAX Viewing: NO 3D Viewing: NO Reviewer: Wayne Demers
The Dope Sheet Score: 9 out of 10
A Non-Spoiler Review
Spider-Man Homecoming is the movie of the summer and my favorite film of the year. It will take a lot to knock this one from the top of my list. If you saw Captain America: Civil War then you already have an introduction into who Peter Parker and Spider-Man is. Every actor pulls his or her weight in this film. Ver pleasantly surprised how characters were used and few I wasn’t expecting were revealed. Tom Holland and Michael Keaton had such great chemistry with their characters. Holland is Parker and Keaton is Vulture. It all works and works well. Marvel Studios has done it again!
What works: We didn’t need an origin story and we didn’t get one. EXCELLENT! The movie is very well written and met all my expectations of the film. It is funny where you expect it to be without going overboard. There is enough action to see Spider-Man spinning webs and jumping around. The casting was excellent. Even the supporting cast is loaded with names/faces we know and what a great job they did. The story takes some unexpected chances that I’m not certain how people will feel, but I like their decisions because they are trying to make Parker/Spider-Man relevant in 2017. Although the movie felt a little long, I’m fine with it because they gave us a very good Parker.
What doesn’t work: I’m not so certain that kids today in high school are listening to 80’s bands. I was expecting a bit more contemporary music; however, I’ll take my 80’s where I can get it. Although I listed this as a “what works,” taking chances on some of who the characters are is so risky. I may not mind, but purists may take a step back. Without spoiling anything, there are a few moments in the trailers that would have been better if kept for the movie only. It would have had a better impact.
I think most people who see this film will leave feeling happy with what they saw. Be sure to stay to the end of the credits as there is an after-credit scene worth seeing. Small little spoiler here, there is no Venom and no mention of Venom in the film. Good, no need for us to rush things with Spider-Man even though I’m aware that Venom is a Sony property, not Marvel.
My viewing was not in 3D nor IMAX, but I can only imagine how spectacular and amazing it must be (ya, I couldn’t resist).
On a scale of 1 to 10, 10 being the highest, I give Spider-Man: Homecoming a 9. It is worth seeing in the theater and a popcorn combo. I look forward to seeing it again very soon.