The Matt Sager Podcast

The Matt Sager Podcast

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By Matt Sager
Welcome to the podcast of Matt Sager, veteran broadcaster, voice actor, writer and producer from New York City.

I'm always on the lookout for callers, guests, and anyone who would like to participate in the show and join the fun. Send me an email to matt@mattsager.com, or call (646) 535-4788.

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First Trailer for Epix Alfred Begins Series, Pennyworth
Batman's best friend, father figure, and - well, butler - has an origin series, Pennyworth, coming to Epix July 28. In the first trailer, released today, we meet a young Alfred, who meets a young Thomas Wayne and kicks a whole lot of Cockney ass, setting himself up to be a butler to Thomas' son, a lunatic who lives out his own personal Die Hard every single night. Tonight, I play the trailer and discuss my first impressions of the show. You can watch the trailer here: https://youtu.be/hxpfg0oeIX0 Thanks for checking out tonight's episode - make sure to subscribe to the show, and to leave ratings and reviews! You can also leave me voice messages: https://anchor.fm/mattsager/message Come visit the show's Facebook page - http://www.facebook.com/mattsagerpodcast  - to stay up to date as the podcast continues to grow And be sure to check out my Patreon page: http://www.patreon.com/mattsager
17:25
June 13, 2019
Jessica Jones Suffers Foolkiler Gladly in Final Season
Jessica Jones' third and final season hits Netflix on June 14. Check out the trailer: https://youtu.be/7DBKS2qH51I And here's a video featuring Krysten Ritter in her behind-the-camera role as director: https://youtu.be/EVItgluTbvQ The reviews are mixed, and it's certainly sad to see the show end, but the Marvel/Netflix universe has ultimately been a failure. Like DC's movies, they skipped a few too many steps in their zeal to build up to the anticlimactic Defenders, and so as soon as Iron Fist debuted with a thud, the writing was sort of on the wall. Here's to a great future for Krysten Ritter, who I hope to see on Hulu's upcoming new season of Veronica Mars. As for her character, and those of the other street level heroes who have had a turn on Netflix, it's not likely we'll be seeing them again for a few years, unless we're watching reruns on Netflix. But in the meantime, Jessica Jones' last go-round sees her facing off against her friends, her family, her own demons, and a legitimately scary, obscure Marvel villain who is a straight-up violent psychopath.  Thanks for checking out tonight's episode - make sure to subscribe to the show, and to leave ratings and reviews! You can also leave me voice messages: https://anchor.fm/mattsager/message Come visit the show's Facebook page - http://www.facebook.com/mattsagerpodcast  - to stay up to date as the podcast continues to grow. And be sure to check out my Patreon page: http://www.patreon.com/mattsager
18:00
June 8, 2019
Knives out for the Bumbling Boobs at DC Universe and Fox
Tonight, neither of the big two is spared, as DC Universe has given us every possible sign that it has no intention of improving, that it is little more than a scam, and that their mistaken belief that shooting in North Carolina would net them $30 Million. Sadly, they ONLY got 16.3 million, which is actually 4.3 million more than North Carolina ever gives anyone, ever. But that’s why Swamp Thing was abruptly cut short a few weeks ago, why production was halted, and why today, 6 days after the well-received series premiere, Swamp Thing was cancelled.  So was my membership in DC Universe, which will not renew. What a pathetic reason to punish your cast, crew, and audience! Hi, remember us idiots who signed up for this garbage service? Yeah, we’re still here, but not for long. The greedy idiots behind DC Universe are fortunate that X-Men: Dark Phoenix has been released, and is so amazingly terrible on so many levels that it’s dominating the headlines.I have spoken with several people who worked on the film, as well as people who attended test screenings. I also went to several movies which featured the trailer for Dark Phoenix, and knew that the audience bursting out laughing at the most serious sequences was a bad sign. Even worse than the TV ads, which actually, literally, showed every single important story beat and plot detail. The movie itself, then, is only necessary if one wants to see a longer, more pointless version of this uncreative remake of X-Men: The Last Stand. Thanks for checking out tonight's episode - make sure to subscribe to the show, and to leave ratings and reviews! You can also leave me voice messages: https://anchor.fm/mattsager/message Come visit the show's Facebook page - http://www.facebook.com/mattsagerpodcast  - to stay up to date as the podcast continues to grow. And be sure to check out my Patreon page: http://www.patreon.com/mattsager
23:07
June 7, 2019
Upcoming Cancellations: iTunes, and (Maybe) Vertigo?
Apple had many announcements at this year’s WWDC, including upgrades to iOS and MacOS, and a new OS for iPads called iPad OS. I know, I have no idea where they get these amazing names from either! Then again, my podcast is just called The Matt Sager Podcast, so maybe I’m not really in a position to be calling out anyone on rather on-the-nose product names.   Apple’s other announcements included the launch of a beautiful cheese grater that costs several thousand dollars, and also edits video and audio like nobody’s business. The new Mac Pro, which really does look an awful lot like a cheese grater but I’d really advise against using it for that purpose. Most shockingly, at least at first, is the announcement that iTunes will be discontinued. It’s already been done on iPhones and iPads, but the new MacOS, Catalina, will eschew the bulky, unwieldy old iTunes in favor of separate apps for music, TV and of course, podcasts! Bleeding Cool is reporting that there may be another cancellation looming, which like iTunes may at first feel like the end of an era, but really may just be getting rid of some features which were no longer of much benefit to the corporation or its customers. That’s right, Vertigo may shut down, and honestly, looking at their current lineup, I have no problem with that. Then again, I have a lot of personal and professional respect for ousted editors Karen Berger and Shelly Bond, so I may have a bid of a grudge. I don’t think so, though. It’s been quite a while since I’ve enjoyed a Vertigo book, and Young Animal has already stepped in to do much of what Vertigo was originally designed for. Check out the story here: https://www.bleedingcool.com/2019/06/04/after-twenty-six-years-dc-comics-rumoured-to-close-vertigo Thanks for checking out tonight's episode - make sure to subscribe to the show, and to leave ratings and reviews! You can also leave me voice messages: https://anchor.fm/mattsager/message Come visit the show's Facebook page - http://www.facebook.com/mattsagerpodcast  - to stay up to date as the podcast continues to grow. And be sure to check out my Patreon page: http://www.patreon.com/mattsager You can also support the Matt Sager Podcast by donating at https://anchor.fm/mattsager/support
21:50
June 5, 2019
The Week in TV: Swamp Thing and Archer Premieres, Twilight Zone Finale
It's been a busy week for television/streaming shows: Swamp Thing had its series premiere - I like it, and encourage you to try it, but with some caveats which I discuss tonight.  I don't discuss anything that happens on the episode itself, because the Matt Sager Podcast, unless and until it is stated otherwise, is a spoiler-free zone. I will say, that if you are a DC Universe subscriber, it adds value to your membership. It's not a reason to start a new subscription, though. So, good but there's still not a service's worth of programming here. Archer, meanwhile, premiered it's 10th and apparently final season, subtitled Archer: 1999, on Wednesday. That too was a mixed bag, I didn't love it any more than I have these last few seasons, but if you've been enjoying the different genres explored in seasons 7-9 of Archer, you'll probably enjoy it a lot. It's still a great show, but in my opinion its past it's prime. And while I desperately wanted to thoroughly enjoy at least one show I watched this week - I'm not looking to be a cranky, negative podcaster - the Twilight Zone season finale was,  in my opinion, the worst of 10 uneven episodes that made for an overall mediocre series.  I'm not sure that this show should return, and it's hard to overstate how much of a Twilight Zone fan I am. I also love Jordan Peele, and so perhaps that's why I am so very irked by this show; it's mediocrity is reflected on it's host and executive producer, and on the original, Rod Serling-hosted, run. Peele and Serling are really dragged into this mess for the finale, a shocking piece of self-congratulatory writing and hopefully a swansong for this iteration of the Twilight Zone.  So no spoilers, and precious little in the way of compliments, on tonight's show - but I hope I can help by simply being brutally honest. With the exception of Twilight Zone, I can at least recommend most of the shows I discuss tonight - but with caveats, which I discuss.  Thanks for checking out tonight's episode - make sure to subscribe to the show, and to leave ratings and reviews! You can also leave me voice messages: https://anchor.fm/mattsager/message Come visit the show's Facebook page - http://www.facebook.com/mattsagerpodcast  - to stay up to date as the podcast continues to grow. And be sure to check out my Patreon page: http://www.patreon.com/mattsager You can also support the Matt Sager Podcast by donating at https://anchor.fm/mattsager/support
16:46
June 1, 2019
Archer Season 10 Premieres Tonight! Plus, Deadbeat Dad Professor X Stops by to Visit in New Legion Season 3 Trailer
Archer season 10, or Archer: 1999 brings back the crew that once comprised a bumbling, privatized group of intelligence operatives named I.S.I.S., a concept which, for several reasons, has not aged well. So, in keeping with the show’s recent seasons of new milieus each season, this go-round looks like a retro-futuristic, dystopian vision of the “future” of 1999, as imagined by 1970’s sci-fi movies, and TV shows like Space: 1999. Here are the 2 trailers I’m playing on tonight’s podcast:  https://youtu.be/VNUdKOrC20w and: https://youtu.be/AgFC21vh__E Archer premieres tonight (May 29) at 10:00PM on FXX. Plus, father of the year Charles Xavier takes center stage in the latest trailer for the third and final season of Legion, and he’s played by that guy from that show everyone used to love! Harry Lloyd has clearly not been affected by the poor reviews of the final season of Game of Thrones, as the former Viserys Targaryen plays Professor X, younger and still a complete disaster of a father. Seriously, who abandons their son in a psych ward so that they can talk Cyclops through puberty? Legion premieres June 24 on FX, and you can check out the trailer here https://youtu.be/-Emle81YZFQ Thanks for checking out tonight's episode - make sure to subscribe to the show, and to leave ratings and reviews! You can also leave me voice messages: https://anchor.fm/mattsager/message Come visit the show's Facebook page - http://www.facebook.com/mattsagerpodcast  - to stay up to date as the podcast continues to grow. And be sure to check out my Patreon page: http://www.patreon.com/mattsager You can also support the Matt Sager Podcast by donating at https://anchor.fm/mattsager/support
19:58
May 30, 2019
David Harbour Speaks out on Hellboy
Hellboy is ending its run theaters, not with a bang but with a whimper to the tune of $40 million worldwide. By contrast, the movie cost $50 million to produce, not including the expenses of marketing and promoting the film. So, between that and the dismal reviews, this has been a loss all around. Hellboy star David Harbour is finally speaking out about the film, which was said to be fraught with production issues including numerous personal battles between Harbor and director Neil Marshall, which included such fun as Harbour walking off the set in frustration, and rewriting his own scenes - also, one assumes, in frustration. But Harbour is keeping things very classy, and in fact a bit confusing as, to avoid burning bridges, he sort of blames it all on Marvel movies being the gold standard for all comic movies, an argument with a lot of holes which I discuss - but then Harbour goes into a whole weird rap about flavors of chocolate, and I sort of think he may be getting distracted and hungry. All this and more, on tonight’s steak and ice cream, I mean Matt Sager Podcast! Thanks for checking out tonight's episode - make sure to subscribe to the show, and to leave ratings and reviews! You can also leave me voice messages: https://anchor.fm/mattsager/message Come visit the show's Facebook page - http://www.facebook.com/mattsagerpodcast  - to stay up to date as the podcast continues to grow. And be sure to check out my Patreon page: http://www.patreon.com/mattsager You can also support the Matt Sager Podcast by donating at https://anchor.fm/mattsager/support
18:46
May 28, 2019
Tom King Departs Batman at Issue 85
Tom King had just told the Hollywood Reporter that Batman #85 would herald a twist that would "change the character for a generation” - a change which would unfold over the final 15 issues of King’s run - when word abruptly came down that, instead, King would depart the title at issue 85, as opposed to his original planned 100-issue arc. I hope we get to see what King had in mind someday, and I hope for nothing but the best for King. He’s an amazing writer, going through a rough patch that I think could be fixed by the right editor. That said, I’m sort of glad to see someone else take up the reins of Batman’s main title; King’s run was far too decompressed, and relied on every reader reading every single issue. Those and other problems were beginning to manifest in the title’s flagging sales. So, here's wishing the best, for both Batman and the very talented Tom King. Batman, and Heroes in Crisis, are not reflective of the writer from whom I've seen so many flashes of genius of in The Sheriff of Babylon, Vision, Omega Men, and of course Mister Miracle. So, here's to better things for us all: writers, readers, and even fictional characters. Thanks for checking out tonight's episode - make sure to subscribe to the show, and to leave ratings and reviews! Come visit the show's Facebook page - http://www.facebook.com/mattsagerpodcast  - to stay up to date as the podcast continues to grow. And be sure to check out my Patreon page: http://www.patreon.com/mattsager You can also support the Matt Sager Podcast by donating at https://anchor.fm/mattsager/support
20:52
May 23, 2019
Elizabeth Warren, AOC and Kirsten Gillibrand Hated the Game of Thrones Finale, Too
It's not just you, me, our friends and families, and every user of IMDb and Rotten Tomatoes who hated the Game of Thrones series finale. Political  superstars Elizabeth Warren and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez express their disappointment with the episode, and its message.  You can watch their video (spoilers, obviously) here: https://twitter.com/SenWarren/status/1130864643063328768 New York Senator and 2020 Presidential candidate Kirsten Gillibrand vents her own disgust with the finale in two videos, which you can watch here:  https://www.huffpost.com/entry/kirsten-gillibrand-game-of-thrones_n_5ce3e1c3e4b075a35a2d3e4d The silver lining to the Game of Thrones debacle? The Civil War alternate-reality drama Confederate, from GoT showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, may stay in turnaround where I think it belongs. And we can't say that Peter Dinklage didn't try to warn us! Just watch his eyes in this 2018 Entertainment Tonight interview, in which Dinklage's deadpan tone and rolling eyes are evocative of a hostage video, as he praises the vision and writing of the showrunners and tries to caution us that "you people are in for it": https://twitter.com/Cindtrillella/status/1128907443952660480 Some other fun Game of Thrones links, to celebrate the end of an era: here's the video I reference on tonight's podcast, in which George RR Martin asks Stephen King how he writes so fast: https://youtu.be/xR7XMkjDGw0 And here's Emilia Clarke's amazing story of survival, as she writes of her terrifying aneurysms in the New Yorker: https://www.newyorker.com/culture/personal-history/emilia-clarke-a-battle-for-my-life-brain-aneurysm-surgery-game-of-thrones But we don't have Game of Thrones to kick around anymore, so it's on to speculation as how HBO will add to their programming to maintain its status as the home for must-watch, prestige television. So far, it looks like they're betting big on Watchmen, and the third season of Westworld, which looks amazing in this new trailer, which aired ahead of the GoT finale, starring Aaron Paul: https://youtu.be/deSUQ7mZfWk And if you haven't watched it yet, the second season of Barry wrapped Sunday, as well. I highly recommend binging this series!  Thanks for checking out tonight's episode - make sure to subscribe to the show, and to leave ratings and reviews! Come visit the show's Facebook page - http://www.facebook.com/mattsagerpodcast  - to stay up to date as the podcast continues to grow. And be sure to check out my Patreon page: http://www.patreon.com/mattsager You can also support the Matt Sager Podcast by donating at https://anchor.fm/mattsager/support
15:54
May 22, 2019
Robert Pattinson Is Our New Batman
Well, we have some Batman casting news: Robert Pattinson is the next Dark Knight. Thoughts? Yeah, I'm still processing it all, too. It's certainly a conversation starter, so let's start the conversation, and hope for the best. Sorry, Armie Hammer, your Sisyphean quest to be the Bat has come to a close. I also know who the villains are - they're a blast from the past, and frankly the whole thing sounds like a huge disaster, but you never know. In any case, let's lay out everything we now know about The Batman, and start speculating about where all this is going.  Thanks for checking out tonight's episode - make sure to subscribe to the show, and to leave ratings and reviews! Come visit the show's Facebook page - http://www.facebook.com/mattsagerpodcast  - to stay up to date as the podcast continues to grow. And be sure to check out my Patreon page: http://www.patreon.com/mattsager You can also support the Matt Sager Podcast by donating at https://anchor.fm/mattsager/support
16:25
May 18, 2019
MSP is Back! Also Returning Soon, Black Mirror and Rick and Morty!
After a medical time out to deal with a feline emergency, my kitties are fine and the Matt Sager Podcast is back! Thank you for being patient, and I bring good news! I have both dates, and trailers, for the upcoming Black Mirror season 5 and Rick and Morty season 4! You can check out the Black Mirror trailer here: https://youtu.be/2bVik34nWws And here's the Rick and Morty season 4 teaser: https://youtu.be/dIdk61KN1to Thanks for checking out tonight's episode - make sure to subscribe to the show, and to leave ratings and reviews! Come visit the show's Facebook page - http://www.facebook.com/mattsagerpodcast  - to stay up to date as the podcast continues to grow. And be sure to check out my Patreon page: http://www.patreon.com/mattsager You can also support the Matt Sager Podcast by donating at https://anchor.fm/mattsager/support
20:02
May 16, 2019
New Trailers - Watchmen, It: Chapter Two
It's another big trailer day, as HBO's upcoming Watchmen series gets its first teaser, and the Loser's Club returns in the first trailer for It: Chapter Two. Watchmen has been described rather specifically by showrunner Damon Lindelof as neither a reboot nor a retelling, but a "remix." There's a lot of evidence of that methodology visible in the short trailer, as an army of Rorschachs and a police force almost entirely clad in strange yellow face masks suggests a different kind of story than the Watchmen graphic novel and it's film adaptation. There do seem to be a couple of references to the more recent portrayals of the Watchmen universe in the pages of DC Comics, specifically The Button and Doomsday Clock. You can watch the trailer here: https://youtu.be/zymgtV99Rko And then there's It. It takes a lot of guts to return to your lousy hometown, especially when it's actually the home of a supernatural, murderous, possibly immortal demon that wears the extra-scary guise of a clown. But then again, I guess there's a reason that the Loser's Club are heroes. Get a look at their return to Derry, Maine, as adults, and a taste of the fear to come, in this trailer for It: Chapter Two - https://youtu.be/zqUopiAYdRg Thanks for checking out tonight's episode - make sure to subscribe to the show, and to leave ratings and reviews! Come visit the show's Facebook page - http://www.facebook.com/mattsagerpodcast  - to stay up to date as the podcast continues to grow. And be sure to check out my Patreon page: http://www.patreon.com/mattsager You can also support the Matt Sager Podcast by donating at https://anchor.fm/mattsager/support
21:37
May 10, 2019
Legion Season 3 Trailer! Plus, Marvel Announces Release Dates of Next 8 Movies.
The trailer for Legion’s third and final season is up, and it looks like the underrated marvel mutant show is going out with a bang Highlights of the trailer are an appearance from poppa Charles Xavier, and David taking Cerebro for a spin. And some important questions are raised - is time travel possible, ethical, and smart for David to be attempting? For that matter, is David really the hero or the villain of this story? Check out tonight’s podcast, and watch the trailer here: https://youtu.be/D8Vl1fuGn1A Legion season 3 premieres on FX June 24. Plus, Marvel has announced dates for its next 8 movies, after the release of Spider-Man: Far From Home. No other information, like which movies these will be, but based on hints - and what we know of Marvel’s recent cinematic announcements like the development of an Eternals movie, and business moves like Disney’s acquisition of Fox, let’s speculate! Send my your thoughts and guesses: email matt@mattsager.com, call (646) 535-4788, or listen to the end of tonight’s podcast for more ways to get in touch with me. Thanks for checking out tonight's episode - make sure to subscribe to the show, and to leave ratings and reviews! Come visit the show's Facebook page - http://www.facebook.com/mattsagerpodcast  - to stay up to date as the podcast continues to grow. And be sure to check out my Patreon page: http://www.patreon.com/mattsager
14:06
May 9, 2019
Veronica Mars Trailer - Neptune Needs a Hero
Because we fans now have the mixed blessing of getting everything we ask for, Veronica Mars is returning for an 8-episode run on Hulu, a 4th season airing just 12 years after season 3! I am honestly thrilled at the prospect of returning to Neptune, and of seeing the cast back together, along with newcomers J.K. Simmons and Patton Oswalt. The trailer makes it look as though the danger is great, and the stakes are high, which always makes for compelling television, and was one of the things I loved most about Veronica Mars’ first run on television. I only hope that - in light of how Arrested Development’s return went so wrong, and - controversial opinion warning - The Twilight Zone isn’t really lighting my fire - that the dearly missed Veronica Mars doesn’t have the Pet Sematary effect: “sometimes dead is better.”  I am hopeful, and excited, for the return of Veronica Mars. Catch it when it premieres on Hulu July 26, and check out the trailer here: https://youtu.be/wuhCFAtFE-A Thanks for checking out tonight's episode - make sure to subscribe to the show, and to leave ratings and reviews! Come visit the show's Facebook page - http://www.facebook.com/mattsagerpodcast  - to stay up to date as the podcast continues to grow. And be sure to check out my Patreon page: http://www.patreon.com/mattsager
19:20
May 3, 2019
Crisis of Character
Tonight’s episode contains some spoilers for Heroes in Crisis, up to and including issue #8. I love it when you ask me questions - sometimes, like tonight, I dedicate an entire episode to the question of, have I come around to enjoying Heroes in Crisis? The short answer is “no,” the long answer is this episode of the Matt Sager Podcast. Enjoy, and remember you can ask me anything, any time! You can send an email to matt@mattsager.com, call (646) 535-4788, or listen to the end of this episode for more ways to get in touch with me. Thanks for checking out tonight's episode - make sure to subscribe to the show, and to leave ratings and reviews! Come visit the show's Facebook page - http://www.facebook.com/mattsagerpodcast  - to stay up to date as the podcast continues to grow. And be sure to check out my Patreon page: http://www.patreon.com/mattsager
19:25
May 1, 2019
Don't Spoil the Endgame! (Or Game of Thrones)
I saw Avengers: Endgame, and loved it - and I consider myself very lucky, not only because it was so very great but because all of my social media and news feeds are rife with spoilers. Even the articles, essays and videos I've seen with "spoiler warning" in their title, go on to give away huge plot points in the headline, and then really hammer it home with an accompanying thumbnail. Not cool, and while we're at it why do even legitimate news websites think it's OK to start posting similarly spoiling headlines within minutes of Game of Thrones airing?  Enough with the spoilers, please! When more of you have had a chance to see Endgame, and when I'm comfortable that I won't be contributing to the epidemic of spoiling, I'll give my full review. For tonight, I'm being very vague but I'm very happy to say it's the best of Marvel's films to date. For more details - not too many more, don't worry - listen to tonight's episode. And as I discuss in tonight's episode, here's the link to the video featuring the North Bergen, NJ High School's production of Alien: The Play, featuring an introduction and thanks from Sigourney Weaver: https://youtu.be/DX3VaFG7AvU Thanks for checking out tonight's episode - make sure to subscribe to the show, and to leave ratings and reviews! Come visit the show's Facebook page - http://www.facebook.com/mattsagerpodcast  - to stay up to date as the podcast continues to grow. And be sure to check out my Patreon page: http://www.patreon.com/mattsager 
19:07
April 30, 2019
Heading out to See Avengers Endgame, By-Eee
I’m heading out to go experience Avengers: Endgame, all 3 hours and 1 minute of the movie that currently has the highest Rotten Tomatoes score of any Marvel movie to date. And I haven’t read any of the guides as to when it’s safe to go to the bathroom, for fear of spoilers, but if you want to go in prepared, I certainly don’t blame you. Just do a Google search for “Avengers Endgame Bathroom Breaks,” there are tons of guides available, but be careful because they all give out some plot points, which is why I didn’t read them. No spoilers! And if you follow Robert Downey, Jr. on Twitter, you might have seen his tweet from Easter in which he’s sporting a bunny suit: https://twitter.com/RobertDowneyJr/status/1120020759563264000 Here’s the video that he pulled the still from, a 2016 clip, also from Easter-time, in which he announces the foundation of Random Act Funding, a wonderful charity that he launched with his wife Susan and announced in, um, colorful fashion: https://youtu.be/m9RY3SHyTjE Speaking of Stan Lee’s incredible legacy, Audible will release Stan Lee’s Alliances: A Trick of the Light on June 27. After you listen to tonight’s podcast, check out the full article, including a trailer, over at The Hollywood Reporter: https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/heat-vision/stan-lees-alliances-audio-drama-trick-light-unveiled-by-audible-1204522 Lastly, DC Universe has released the full version of the Swamp Thing teaser trailer, a few seconds of which were posted a few days ago to quell the rumors that began to surface, after the first season of the show was abruptly cut down to 10 episodes. We still don’t know exactly what caused that abrupt truncating of the show, but this trailer looks pretty amazing - I’ll certainly be watching when it premieres on May 31: https://youtu.be/mhtqTUZKzfM Thanks for checking out tonight's episode - make sure to subscribe to the show, and to leave ratings and reviews! Come visit the show's Facebook page - http://www.facebook.com/mattsagerpodcast  - to stay up to date as the podcast continues to grow. And be sure to check out my Patreon page: http://www.patreon.com/mattsager 
15:04
April 26, 2019
Early Reviews of Avengers: Endgame Suggest a New Standard of Greatness for the MCU
The reviews are in - mostly via Twitter, but people who have seen the premiere of Avengers: Endgame are gushing with praise. Tonight I share some of the glowing praise, and as I read the tweets there are a few actual reviews showing up, from The Hollywood Reporter and The Atlantic, but those are spoiler-ish, so I pretty much stick to the tweets. The consensus seems to be that these are going to be 3 amazing hours, after which the Marvel Cinematic Universe will never be the same again.  Speaking of Twitter, wouldn't you love to be a fly on the wall for the President's meeting with Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey? Will they limit their conversation to 280 characters worth of questions and answers? Thanks for checking out tonight's episode - make sure to subscribe to the show, and to leave ratings and reviews! Come visit the show's Facebook page - http://www.facebook.com/mattsagerpodcast  - to stay up to date as the podcast continues to grow. And be sure to check out my Patreon page: http://www.patreon.com/mattsager
16:10
April 24, 2019
Spider-Man: Far from Home Info Dump
There’s a lot of new information available about Spider-Man: Far from Home, not the least of which is that it - not Avengers: Endgame - is the last movie in Marvel Phase 3/The Infinity Saga. But that’s not all, there’s also new information about the specifics of Spidey's relationship with Nick Fury, some more speculation about Mysterio, the villains calling themselves The Elementals, and why Spider-Man’s biggest supporter/father figure appears to not be in this film. Plus, new promotional artwork shows a closer look at his new stealth suit, courtesy of Marvel/Hasbro artist Jerry Wilson: https://www.instagram.com/p/BwjtSzagIqG/?utm_source=ig_web_button_share_sheet Thanks for checking out tonight's episode - make sure to subscribe to the show, and to leave ratings and reviews! Come visit the show's Facebook page - http://www.facebook.com/mattsagerpodcast  - to stay up to date as the podcast continues to grow. And be sure to check out my Patreon page: http://www.patreon.com/mattsager
15:06
April 23, 2019
Swamp Thing Cut Short - Trouble at DC Universe?
Swamp Thing’s first season is still set for a May 31 premiere on DC Universe - however, it’s been abruptly cut short from 13 episodes to 10, and different reasons for this have been cited by different sources. Some say it’s a matter of creative differences, while others think that it’s a matter of Warner Bros. preparing to launch their own streaming service, and as owners of DC they may be preparing to scrap DCU and absorb its programming.  Personally, I don’t thing those reasons are mutually exclusive, and I actually think it’s a combination of the 2.  As for my current take on DC Universe? I love Doom Patrol, but I sort of hope that Warners does absorb the service. It is simply too light on content for me to recommend, although it’s always possible that their upcoming shows, including the truncated Swamp Thing, could change my mind. The very short teaser trailer shows us very little, but what there is looks pretty cool: https://youtu.be/5GbHFliGbPM  Thanks for checking out tonight's episode - make sure to subscribe to the show, and to leave ratings and reviews!  Come visit the show's Facebook page - www.facebook.com/mattsagerpodcast  - to stay up to date as the podcast continues to grow.  And be sure to check out my Patreon page: www.patreon.com/mattsager
20:32
April 19, 2019
Disappointment: Apple, Shazam and a Rough Couple of Days
It’s been a rough couple of days, for several reasons, a couple of which I need to vent just a bit: Apple’s support of it’s own products: iMacs, and iCloud, is so utterly incompetent and disinterested that I can’t help but wonder why they’re branching out into streaming, gaming and news while their actual computer business is essentially an empty shop in which someone forgot to turn off the lights. But as disappointments go, Apple has nothing on Hellboy - well at least Milla Jovovich and Mike Mignola are standing by this steaming heap, which is kind of admirable but also a bit pathetic and more than a little arrogant - we know we did a great job, it’s every single reviewer and audience member that failed to grasp our genius! I am in agreement with them that this will one day be a cult classic, but not for the reasons that they think it will. Think Rocky Horror, or better yet The Room. Thanks for checking out tonight's episode - make sure to subscribe to the show, and to leave ratings and reviews! Come visit the show's Facebook page - www.facebook.com/mattsagerpodcast  - to stay up to date as the podcast continues to grow. And be sure to check out my Patreon page: www.patreon.com/mattsager
20:53
April 17, 2019
Skywalker Rising
Star Wars Episode 9 has a new title, and a new trailer! You can watch it here: https://youtu.be/adzYW5DZoWs The trailer raises many questions, not the least of which is it’s very curious title, suggesting that Rey’s secret heritage may finally be revealed. But she’s not alone - Kylo Ren has his lightsaber back, and perhaps his helmet, too! Meanwhile, Luke Skywalker is giving her guidance, though perhaps as some disembodied Force spirit, or through teachings which he’s written or recorded for her? Mark Hamill himself warns of Star Wars fatigue, and has some less than kind things to say about the current state of LucasFilm, on the Hollywood Reporter’s 'Awards Chatter' podcast: https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/race/mark-hamill-podcast-interview-typecasting-star-wars-fatigue-emmy-contending-knightfall-role-1199983 Disney is clearly in agreement with Hamill on this, as Bob Iger's Disney Plus announcement also included a mention of, after closing out the Skywalker Saga with this movie, putting the franchise on hiatus, or taking a pause - various euphemisms, all with the same point: we're going to go dark for a little while, to regroup and reset, and give moviegoers some time to miss us: https://www.indiewire.com/2019/04/star-wars-films-pause-after-episode-ix-1202058116/ Thanks for checking out tonight's episode - make sure to subscribe to the show, and to leave ratings and reviews! Come visit the show's Facebook page - www.facebook.com/mattsagerpodcast  - to stay up to date as the podcast continues to grow. And be sure to check out my Patreon page: www.patreon.com/mattsager
14:45
April 13, 2019
Disney Plus Announcement: Date, Price, Programming and More!
Bob Iger's presentation to Disney shareholders today was livestreamed, and a lot more exciting than your average shareholders meeting. Iger took the stage at Disney's Buena Vista HQ to announce the details of their long-awaited upcoming streaming service, Disney Plus.  From the date, to the astonishingly low price, to programming and even a look at the interface. I took a lot of notes, and have followed the coverage, and I've got the details on this huge new multimedia platform on tonight's episode of The Matt Sager Podcast!  Thanks for checking out tonight's episode - make sure to subscribe to the show, and to leave ratings and reviews!  Come visit the show's Facebook page - https://www.facebook.com/mattsagerpodcast - to stay up to date as the podcast continues to grow. And be sure to check out my Patreon page: https://www.patreon.com/mattsager
12:48
April 12, 2019
Hellboy Panned by Critics
I often wish that I weren't correct, particularly when the film adaptation of a comic favorite looks terrible - as in Neil Marshall's reboot of Hellboy. The original films, directed by Guillermo Del Toro and starring Ron Perlman and Selma Blair, were groundbreaking, loyal to the source material, visionary, and fun! The new version is - not that. It's currently vacillating between 10-11% on Rotten Tomatoes, where reviewers are just pounding poor David Harbour, who is used to much better treatment in the press do in large part to his excellent performance on the Netflix hit Stranger Things. You can see the brutal reviews here: https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/hellboy_2019 I'll watch the film myself to see if I concur with pretty much every reviewer on Earth, and to see if the negative opinions I already held about the new Hellboy turn out to be accurate. Sadly, the reviews are only confirming what I already felt based on the trailer, and the weird, uncreative proclivities of Neil Marshall - which I discuss again on this episode - seem to be correct. But, I will see for myself because I'm apparently a glutton for punishment. Thanks for checking out tonight's episode - make sure to subscribe to the show, and to leave ratings and reviews! Come visit the show's Facebook page - https://www.facebook.com/mattsagerpodcast - to stay up to date as the podcast continues to grow. And be sure to check out my Patreon page: https://www.patreon.com/mattsager
13:31
April 11, 2019
The Ant-Man Theory
The Ant-Man theory, like many theories born on Reddit, is an insult to both science and religion. It also involves Thanos' butt, is gross, and has spawned a song, which - sigh - you can enjoy here: https://youtu.be/p0-SmLRq4Hw In other movie news, you need to hurry up and see Shazam and Pet Sematary, so that I can start talking about how amazing they are! Clearly I'm not the only one who saw them over the weekend, since they both raked in more than $50 million. Not too shabby, tabby! Plus, Alison Mack pleads guilty but will probably, hopefully, never see the outside of a prison cell. Little Chloe Sullivan is out of Smallville and grew up to be an absolute monster. Thanks for checking out tonight's episode - make sure to subscribe to the show, and to leave ratings and reviews! Come visit the show's Facebook page - https://www.facebook.com/mattsagerpodcast - to stay up to date as the podcast continues to grow. And be sure to check out my Patreon page: https://www.patreon.com/mattsager
19:13
April 9, 2019
Joker Trailer Has Arrived! Also Happy Birthday to RDJ, and Angel Anniversary Reunion Rumors Persist!
The first trailer for the Todd Phillips-directed Joker, starring Joaquin Phoenix, has arrived. There's a lot to unpack here, but what really caught my eye was a younger-looking Robert DeNiro, who is appearing in the Martin Scorsese-produced film, set in the early '80s as an eerily familiar looking late night talk show host. Sadly, this isn't Rupert Pupkin, but the imagery does ring true in this movie about a sad clown, and there are all kinds of Batman Easter eggs, though the movie itself looks like a combination of Alan Moore and Brian Bolland's version of the Joker's origin from Batman: The Killing Joke, with just enough differences that this could be an "Elseworlds" kind of story. You can watch for yourself here: https://youtu.be/t433PEQGErc  Also, Happy Birthday to Robert Downey, Jr.! He actually has a birthday present for us - a fun crossword puzzle, which you can see here: https://twitter.com/RobertDowneyJr/status/1113828746891370496  Also, the Angel 20th anniversary reunion rumors persist - the latest cast member to hint at exciting things to come? None other than J. August Richards, aka Charles Gunn!  Thanks for checking out tonight's episode - make sure to subscribe to the show, and to leave ratings and reviews! Come visit the show's Facebook page -https://www.facebook.com/mattsagerpodcast - to stay up to date as the podcast continues to grow.  And be sure to check out my Patreon page: https://www.patreon.com/mattsager
14:07
April 5, 2019
Avengers Endgame Breaks the Internet
A new trailer (or more specifically, a 'special look') for Avengers: Endgame was released today, driving enthusiasm for the movie to the point where AMC, Fandango and other websites that sell movie tickets, crashed! You can watch the trailer here (but be mindful of potential spoilers, and don't go crashing Fandango): https://youtu.be/KCSNFZKbhZE  The crashing of websites is by far the least disturbing topic on tonight's episode, because another new video dropped today - a truly chilling look at Pet Sematary, which looks as good and as terrifying as any Stephen King film adaptation to date. Watch the trailer here, if you dare: https://youtu.be/XakmsXltPkA  Plus, there's a brand new poster for the upcoming Joker movie, featuring an extra-creepy Joaquin Phoenix - check it out here: https://twitter.com/WarnerBros_ph/status/1113260437884219392  And another iteration of the Clown Prince of Crime is coming to Gotham for the series finale, and he too is a horror to look at, if also a bit silly. You can see the first promotional image, and a video teaser, here: https://screenrant.com/gotham-finale-joker-image-trailer/  Finally, Zac Efron portrays Ted Bundy - a truly chilling, ultimate evil monster - in this new trailer for Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile.  Thanks for checking out tonight's episode - make sure to subscribe to the show, and to leave ratings and reviews! Come visit the show's Facebook page - https://www.facebook.com/mattsagerpodcast - to stay up to date as the podcast continues to grow.  And be sure to check out my Patreon page: https://www.patreon.com/mattsager
14:37
April 3, 2019
Tom Holland Does Not Get the Script
This per Joe Russo, who at a premiere for Avengers: Endgame in India, went on to say that “Tom Holland has a hard time keeping his mouth shut.” It’s not entirely unfair , as you can see an entire timeline of Holland’s spoilage here: https://www.cinemablend.com/news/2452310/the-times-tom-holland-has-spoiled-marvel-secrets  Holland is hardly alone, though - check out Mark Ruffalo spoiling the end of Avengers: Infinity War next to a mortified Don Cheadle here: https://youtu.be/_A0UeT38CLo You can watch Russo’s tough-guy talk against your Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Actor here: https://www.instagram.com/indotcom/?utm_source=ig_embed  Also, there's some great new TV that you need to be watching: specifically HBO's Barry, season 2 of which premiered last night, and Jordan Peele's amazing new take on The Twilight Zone. The first two episodes are now airing on CBS All Access, and the first episode is available for you to watch now, free, on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=19GO8-Rrn0g&t=1s  Thanks for checking out tonight's episode - make sure to subscribe to the show, and to leave ratings and reviews! Come visit the show's Facebook page - https://www.facebook.com/mattsagerpodcast - to stay up to date as the podcast continues to grow.  And be sure to check out my Patreon page: https://www.patreon.com/mattsager
20:56
April 2, 2019
Comic Movies and TV Updates March 28, 2019
Tonight's episode is all about comic characters on screens big and small tonight, as a listener asks me for my thoughts on the Hellboy reboot, and well, based on what I've seen so far, I'm not terribly impressed. Hope springs eternal, however, and on that note Sophie Turner throws a little shade at X-Men: The Last Stand, saying that her titular role in the upcoming X-Men: Dark Phoenix is not just another take at the classic X-Men storyline, but that her version of the character is "done right." Oh, snap!  Meanwhile, Maisie Williams has no more hope than we do that we'll ever see the New Mutants movie, or in what form and on what platform. At least Gotham will be ending with what appears to be a pretty major bit of fan service, as the poster for the 2-part finale suggests we'll finally see Bruce Wayne suit up! You can see the full poster at Deadline: https://deadline.com/2019/03/gotham-fox-has-batman-and-100th-episode-on-the-way-1202584558/  Thanks for checking out tonight's episode - make sure to subscribe to the show, and to leave ratings and reviews! Come visit the show's Facebook page - https://www.facebook.com/mattsagerpodcast - to stay up to date as the podcast continues to grow.  And be sure to check out my Patreon page: https://www.patreon.com/mattsager
16:57
March 29, 2019
Midweek News Round-Up - Angelina Jolie Joins Eternals Movie, DC Cancels More Scheduled Trades
Angelina Jolie has reportedly signed on with Marvel, to play a character in their upcoming Eternals movie! Her character has not been named, but my money’s on Circe. Any other guesses? Agree or disagree, I’d love to hear from you so make sure to listen to the end of tonight’s podcast for all of my contact information.  Meanwhile, DC is reportedly yet again striking omnibuses, and other trade hardcover and paperback collections, which is always a downer. This one really hurts, as it includes an omnibus dedicated to the Bronze Age adventures of the best villain ever, and the later works of the inimitable Jack Kirby.  Thanks for checking out tonight's episode - make sure to subscribe to the show, and to leave ratings and reviews! Come visit the show's Facebook page - https://www.facebook.com/mattsagerpodcast - to stay up to date as the podcast continues to grow.  And be sure to check out my Patreon page: https://www.patreon.com/mattsager
17:32
March 28, 2019
Apple's Brave New World
Let's go over all the highs and lows of Apple’s many new services, from news to gaming to their new streaming service, Apple TV Plus! Also, now we know why Steven Spielberg has really been so down on Netflix, and it’s both exciting and tremendously disappointing. I mean, if you love his work as I do, it’s great, but if you respected him as I do - sort of - it’s a big let-down, and a clear conflict of interest. But - Amazing Stories!! So, it’s all exciting, if a bit huge and not yet entirely clear. The new Apple credit card sound amazing, although it is all sort of becoming a bit of a company store. So let’s go over all the highs and lows, and speculate on the many unknowns and hypotheticals, together! You can watch the announcement video for Apple TV Plus here: https://youtu.be/RrdbT4hpwBk Thanks for checking out tonight's episode - make sure to subscribe to the show, and to leave ratings and reviews! Come visit the show's Facebook page - https://www.facebook.com/mattsagerpodcast - to stay up to date as the podcast continues to grow. And be sure to check out my Patreon page: https://www.patreon.com/mattsager
25:35
March 27, 2019
It's Time for Zack Snyder to Stop Talking, Please
Oh, Zack Snyder - go home, you’re drunk. Snyder is still sticking with his vision of the DC Universe and championing a Batman who kills (and lies and commits atrocities in tandem with the government), which is frankly shocking. How anyone could create Man of Steel, Batman vs. Superman, and Justice League, and not be even a little embarrassed at their incompetence, poor storytelling, and near-universal panning from audiences and critics, and not feel a twinge of regret, is mind-blowing to me. But Snyder let fans have an earful of why superheroes are all monsters, and we should suck it up if we don’t like it. He also gets a little sexual and just generally awful and creepy. Watch the Dunning-Kruger Effect in action, in this video from Reddit: https://www.reddit.com/r/DC_Cinematic/comments/b4vrku/other_snyder_on_having_batman_kill_in_bvs/ Tomorrow night, I’ll discuss all of the Apple news announced today, after I do some research and take News Plus for a spin. Thanks for checking out tonight's episode - make sure to subscribe to the show, and to leave ratings and reviews! Come visit the show's Facebook page - https://www.facebook.com/mattsagerpodcast - to stay up to date as the podcast continues to grow. And be sure to check out my Patreon page: https://www.patreon.com/mattsager
13:05
March 26, 2019
Announcing Robot Mutant!
Sorry for the abbreviated week - the Matt Sager Podcast will either go weekly, or a few times a week at regular intervals, or resume nightly broadcasts next week. One of the reasons for the lack of episodes this week has been the recording and editing of Robot Mutant, my new show co-hosted by my old friend Bill Kates! Check out our pilot episode here: https://www.spreaker.com/user/mattsager/robot-mutant-pilot-episode Thanks for checking out tonight's episode - make sure to subscribe to the show, and to leave ratings and reviews! Come visit the show's Facebook page - https://www.facebook.com/mattsagerpodcast - to stay up to date as the podcast continues to grow. And be sure to check out my Patreon page: https://www.patreon.com/mattsager
02:15
March 23, 2019
Disney Acquires Fox
Disney continues to grow, changing the media landscape dramatically with today’s acquisition of Fox. For comics and movie fans, this is great news because the X-Men and Fantastic Four will be in far better hands, and a fully cohesive Marvel Cinematic Universe is in our future. For the world, mergers like this do tend to have some nasty blowback. Expect layoffs and other, unpredictable, side effects from this colossal merger, which enlarges Disney but shrinks the already dwindling set of corporate conglomerates that control all media in the U.S. and worldwide. I’m not trying to kill the mood, but I think we should be prepared - based on surviving a few mergers myself, I can speculate. As I said, I am fairly certain that the X-Men and Fantastic Four are going to be great. They could hardly be worse at this point, but Kevin Feige probably has great things in store, with the blowups and changes following Avengers: Endgame leading to a much larger stable of characters, for use in movies and of course to stream, possibly as ongoing series, on Disney Plus. For Deadpool's hot take on our new corporate overlords, check out Ryan Reynolds' Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/p/BvMTOabhIBH Thanks for checking out tonight's episode - make sure to subscribe to the show, and to leave ratings and reviews! Come visit the show's Facebook page - https://www.facebook.com/mattsagerpodcast - to stay up to date as the podcast continues to grow. And be sure to check out my Patreon page: https://www.patreon.com/mattsager Plus, you can now get Matt Sager Podcast Merch! Show your love for the MSP with T-shirts, hoodies, mugs, and stickers! https://www.wehavemerch.com/collections/the-matt-sager-podcast
17:39
March 21, 2019
Warners in Crisis
Kevin Tsujihara is out as Warner Bros. CEO, in the wake of a vile sex scandal involving Brett Ratner, his production partner James Packer, and an actress named Charlotte Kirk. There are no heroes in this tale, although I kind of already thought that Brett Ratner was kind of villainous. Kirk herself has seemingly swept up Neil Marshall, who has devoted his schedule post-Hellboy to booking work for her, and failing that, to create projects for her himself. Love is a funny thing, and love between narcissists is kind of grotesque. This is the same story that resulted in Bryan Singer being removed as director on Red Sonja, so the only ones left to be penalized for their gross behavior are Ratner and Packer. Let's see some consequences for the middle-men, which come to think of it would be a much more fitting name for their production company. Meanwhile, Ezra Miller is apparently trying to solidify his role as The Flash in the upcoming movie spotlighting the speedster, by writing a dark, unpleasant script that flies in the face of DC's stated mission of a less grim cinematic universe, as evidenced by Aquaman and the upcoming Shazam. So of course the brilliant Miller has partnered with Grant Morrison for a grim and gritty Flash script, and fighting with directors John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein. His deal to produce a script that everyone agrees on expires in May, and I'm willing to bet that we're going to find out about yet another DC re-casting sometime in early June. Thanks for checking out tonight's episode - make sure to subscribe to the show, and to leave ratings and reviews! Come visit the show's Facebook page - https://www.facebook.com/mattsagerpodcast - to stay up to date as the podcast continues to grow. And be sure to check out my Patreon page: https://www.patreon.com/mattsager Plus, you can now get Matt Sager Podcast Merch! Show your love for the MSP with T-shirts, hoodies, mugs, and stickers! https://www.wehavemerch.com/collections/the-matt-sager-podcast
24:08
March 20, 2019
Disney Gets Their Gunn
Disney made two very smart decisions today: they’ve rehired James Gunn to direct Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, and they’ve returned Danai Gurira to the Avengers: Endgame poster, and this time they included her name along with the rest of the characters, at the top of the poster. These were both very preventable errors, but at least Marvel and Disney are capable of recognizing, and correcting, their mistakes. If only Arrested Development fared as well. The final episodes of season 5, and probably the last of the series, trickled onto Netflix today and the once-amazing show, which should be thriving in the age of Trump, went out with a whimper. Thanks for checking out tonight's episode - make sure to subscribe to the show, and to leave ratings and reviews! Come visit the show's Facebook page - https://www.facebook.com/mattsagerpodcast - to stay up to date as the podcast continues to grow. And be sure to check out my Patreon page: https://www.patreon.com/mattsager Plus, you can now get Matt Sager Podcast Merch! Show your love for the MSP with T-shirts, hoodies, mugs, and stickers! https://www.wehavemerch.com/collections/the-matt-sager-podcast
14:53
March 16, 2019
Two Captain Marvels and Hawkeyes
I've noticed that even my trolls are pretty civil, so I'd like to thank you for that - it's very refreshing in this day and age to have someone disagree with you politely and - better yet - continue to subscribe to your podcast! And so, since even those who disagree with me have heard me out on Captain Marvel being a generally good film and not a threat to white men, here's the video I've referred to on recent episodes. It's from June 2018, and Brie Larson's acceptance speech for the Crystal Award (this is from the Crystal + Lucy Awards), she calls for more diversity among critics, and at no point does she say that she doesn't want men to see her movies, or for that matter even mention Captain Marvel. If this really upsets you, I'd advise therapy: https://variety.com/video/brie-larson-crystal-lucy-awards-critics/ Speaking of Captain Marvel, the character currently known as Shazam is on track to have the highest domestic box office earnings next week, and Pet Sematary should do quite well too, coming in second place: https://variety.com/2019/film/box-office/shazam-box-office-opening-weekend-early-tracking-1203162051/ Also - let's talk about the new trailer for Avengers: Endgame that dropped today: https://youtu.be/TcMBFSGVi1c Specifically, who's that girl getting archery lessons from Hawkeye? Hopefully he's not pulling the old William "Rick" Singer, getting her to pose with her bow and arrow in the hopes of getting a bogus ivy league archery scholarship. Speaking of, I finally have answers to the question I was asked last night, as to why Felicity Huffman's husband, William H. Macy, is not being charged while Huffman was arrested at gunpoint by the FBI. Thanks for checking out tonight's episode - make sure to subscribe to the show, and to leave ratings and reviews! Come visit the show's Facebook page - https://www.facebook.com/mattsagerpodcast - to stay up to date as the podcast continues to grow. And be sure to check out my Patreon page: https://www.patreon.com/mattsager Plus, you can now get Matt Sager Podcast Merch! Show your love for the MSP with T-shirts, hoodies, mugs, and stickers! https://www.wehavemerch.com/collections/the-matt-sager-podcast
19:06
March 15, 2019
Midweek News Round-Up
I’ve been getting loads of questions today about the actors who were caught up in the college admissions scandal, mentioned on last night’s podcast - http://tinyurl.com/y277jsuk - about why Felicity Huffman has been arrested, and both Lori Loughlin and her husband are being charged, but Huffman’s husband William H. Macy has so far avoided any legal troubles. I have to admit I’m puzzled, since Macy is actually named in the criminal complaint, but I’m happy to speculate. In the meantime, I'm very happy to report that Bryan Singer has been fired from Red Sonja. Another toxic entertainment business figure with decades of abuse scandals for which he hasn't even tried to repent, he has no place on a film set until there's been a full investigation of his many alleged crimes. Lastly, two shows are returning for the second half of their seasons on Netflix - one (Arrested Development) has aged terribly, while the other (The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina) is doing amazing, bold things with its characters and storytelling. Check out the poster for CAOS Part 2, coming to Netflix April 5, here: http://tinyurl.com/yxlylcn3 Thanks for checking out tonight's episode - make sure to subscribe to the show, and to leave ratings and reviews! Come visit the show's Facebook page - https://www.facebook.com/mattsagerpodcast - to stay up to date as the podcast continues to grow. And be sure to check out my Patreon page: https://www.patreon.com/mattsager Plus, you can now get Matt Sager Podcast Merch! Show your love for the MSP with T-shirts, hoodies, mugs, and stickers! https://www.wehavemerch.com/collections/the-matt-sager-podcast
22:44
March 14, 2019
Second Coming of Swamp Thing
Not long ago on this podcast (on the episode titled ‘Let Your Freak Flag Fly’) I mentioned several DC Comics cancellations that I found unfortunate. The axing of upcoming Vertigo series Second Coming was perhaps the most understandable, however unfortunate. Completely perplexing was the cancellation of the Absolute Swamp Thing Volume 1 trade hardcover, which would have collected some of the most-loved modern comics by titans like Alan Moore, Stephen Bissette, John Totleben, and Rick Veitch. I’m happy to report that Second Coming is getting a - well, a second coming, as it’s been picked up by Ahoy Comics, and DC came to their senses and re-scheduled Absolute Swamp Thing, which you can pre-order from Amazon (affiliate link): https://amzn.to/2TxoGok Meanwhile, truth continues to be stranger than fiction, as the FBI has arrested actress Felicity Huffman and has a warrant out for Lori Loughlin. The actresses are just 2 of the dozens nabbed by the FBI in a massive operation uncovering a ring of criminals using money and bribery to get their children admitted into Ivy League colleges. This looks like a huge deal, one that will cast a pall over academia at a time when the country really needs to embrace and trust its institutions like the press, and educational system. However, it is also a nice reminder that, while we may not hear about their daily activities, the feds are working behind the scenes to flesh out massive criminal conspiracies and shut them down, no matter how wealthy or famous. I think we all needed to be reminded of that. For more on this story, I suggest you check out this article and video from CBS: https://www.cbsnews.com/news/college-admissions-scandal-bribery-cheating-today-felicity-huffman-arrested-fbi-2019-03-12/ Thanks for checking out tonight's episode - make sure to subscribe to the show, and to leave ratings and reviews! Come visit the show's Facebook page - https://www.facebook.com/mattsagerpodcast - to stay up to date as the podcast continues to grow. And be sure to check out my Patreon page: https://www.patreon.com/mattsager Plus, you can now get Matt Sager Podcast Merch! Show your love for the MSP with T-shirts, hoodies, mugs, and stickers! https://www.wehavemerch.com/collections/the-matt-sager-podcast
21:35
March 13, 2019
Captain Marvel Dominates Box Office, But Goose Rules Social Media
I’m still working on my Captain Marvel review - I’ve got to find a way to spoiler-proof my thoughts on this movie, that may well be a Rosetta Stone of sorts to the past and future of Marvel movies. I do have some great box office news, however - the movie made tons of money, far exceeding projections both in the U.S. and internationally. It also has spawned a very cute meme. Which is good, because I need to look at pretty cats to calm me down - you see, I've watched Leaving Neverland. My takeaway is that although Michael Jackson is now beyond the reach of the criminal justice system, the parents of the children he abused deserve prison time. Trafficking your children is the most heartless act imaginable, and even their own self-serving retelling of events do not conjure sympathy so much as outrage and a desire for some kind of justice. OK, calm down - breath deep, think of Captain Marvel kitties. You can see some examples of my favorite new meme here: https://news.avclub.com/goose-the-cat-from-captain-marvel-is-the-star-of-a-ne-1833205576 Thanks for checking out tonight's episode - make sure to subscribe to the show, and to leave ratings and reviews! Come visit the show's Facebook page - https://www.facebook.com/mattsagerpodcast - to stay up to date as the podcast continues to grow. And be sure to check out my Patreon page: https://www.patreon.com/mattsager Plus, you can now get Matt Sager Podcast Merch! Show your love for the MSP with T-shirts, hoodies, mugs, and stickers! https://www.wehavemerch.com/collections/the-matt-sager-podcast
17:38
March 12, 2019
Friday Wrap-Up - Captain Marvel, Jussie Smollett and More
I’ve seen Captain Marvel, and I have some thoughts - basically that, as expected, it’s a very good movie. Beyond that, I’m going to think carefully before reviewing this movie that many trolls are trashing without cause, and some reviewers are tripping over themselves in an effort to please the bigwigs at Disney. There is a sane, happy medium to be had, and I’m determined to deliver it. Give me the weekend. In the meantime, I can confidently say that I recommend it very highly - so go see it!  Also, sadly, Jussie Smollett is back in the headlines, as a Chicago grand jury has indicted him on 16 felony charges, for lying to police and falsely reporting a potential hate crime. This, in addition to the federal charges that he was already facing. I wish I knew what he was thinking, but I think this is really about mental illness. I hope that justice is served, but I also hope that Smollett gets the help that he seems to need.  Also, check out the trailer for Cobra Kai season 2: https://youtu.be/N3RqajyxUco  And here's your first look at Jon Cryer as Lex Luthor, in this clip from Supergirl season 4, episode 15, airing Sunday March 15: https://ew.com/tv/2019/03/08/supergirl-lex-luthor-promo/  Thanks for checking out tonight's episode - make sure to subscribe to the show, and to leave ratings and reviews! Come visit the show's Facebook page - https://www.facebook.com/mattsagerpodcast - to stay up to date as the podcast continues to grow.  And be sure to check out my Patreon page: https://www.patreon.com/mattsager 
18:50
March 9, 2019
Idris Elba Joins The Suicide Squad
The Suicide Squad is shaping up to be as great as Suicide Squad, the original, was terrible. With James Gunn on board and the DC Extended Universe looking to move forward and continue their string of critical and commercial hit movies, the news today is even more exciting. Will Smith is out as Deadshot, which would be a shame - except he’s being replaced with Idris Elba, which immediately raises the excitement level for the Suicide Squad. They deserve a second chance, just as James Gunn does - and there’s a lot of real great story to be mined from the source material. With Gunn directing, Margot Robbie returning as Harley Quinn, and Elba brining his amazing acting chops to the table as Deadshot, this movie could redeem the Squad, the DCEU, and potentially be one of the best comic movies of the next decade. Thanks for checking out tonight's episode - make sure to subscribe to the show, and to leave ratings and reviews! Come visit the show's Facebook page - https://www.facebook.com/mattsagerpodcast - to stay up to date as the podcast continues to grow. And be sure to check out my Patreon page: https://www.patreon.com/mattsager Plus, you can now get Matt Sager Podcast Merch! Show your love for the MSP with T-shirts, hoodies, mugs, and stickers! https://www.wehavemerch.com/collections/the-matt-sager-podcast
26:57
March 8, 2019
Captain Marvel Reviews Have Begun - Oh and by the Way I Was Attacked!
In the wake of the world premiere of Captain Marvel, the first reviews have begun to arrive, and trolls are frothing over every negative word, as they continue obsessing over utterly inoffensive (and true) remarks made by Brie Larson. Nothing like an aggrieved white male. Speaking of, James Woods has called for a boycott and - I’m sure this is totally innocent - urging everyone to see a rather lousy looking action movie instead. I’m sure he doesn’t have any personal and/or financial interests in this, and that this isn’t just the worst kind of cynical opportunism. That said, I’m not going to take him up on the suggestion, or even participate in any of this nonsense. I’ll see the movie Friday, and if I like it I’ll say so. If I don’t like it, I’ll say that too. It’s not as though every great Marvel character has had stellar movies - see Thor 1 and 2, or Iron Man 2 and 3, and you’ll see what I mean. A great character can survive 1, or even 2 stinker solo films, and still go on to win your heart and brighten the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Oh and by the way I was attacked last night! I’m fine, and the attempted mugging was unsuccessful - but hey, some real life drama to go along with all this speculation about superhero movies and television, that’s always exciting. Thanks for checking out tonight's episode - make sure to subscribe to the show, and to leave ratings and reviews! Come visit the show's Facebook page - https://www.facebook.com/mattsagerpodcast - to stay up to date as the podcast continues to grow. And be sure to check out my Patreon page: https://www.patreon.com/mattsager Plus, you can now get Matt Sager Podcast Merch! Show your love for the MSP with T-shirts, hoodies, mugs, and stickers! https://www.wehavemerch.com/collections/the-matt-sager-podcast
24:49
March 7, 2019
Luke Perry, Gone Too Soon
Luke Perry has left us way too soon. Many people who worked with Perry, who died of a massive stroke at the age of 52, are heartbroken and grief-stricken. Riverdale has shut down so that the cast and crew can mourn Perry, who played Archie’s father Fred Andrews. I'm even broken up about it, and I met Perry once, for maybe 3 minutes, over 20 years ago. It turns out that it's way to easy for the good to die young, and while you should always appreciate your life and your friends and loved ones, read this if you're wondering why strokes are even more dangerous for young men like Perry than for the elderly, here's the very sad explanation: https://www.usatoday.com/story/life/people/2019/03/04/luke-perry-death-stroke-middle-age-adult-centers-disease-control/3057585002/ In happier news, the world premiere of Captain Marvel is tonight (even though there was already a world premiere in the UK, but everything on that side of the pond is a bit confusing at the moment - not that we in the US have any claim of normalcy). While they were overseas, Brie Larson and Samuel L. Jackson appeared on the Jonathan Ross Show. Ross, a lifelong comics fan, enjoyed Larson and Jackson's take on the song "Shallow" from A Star is Born. You can watch that here: https://youtu.be/3BucpXwaZHg And for the spoiler-ific concept art from Captain Marvel, that suggests a huge secret that could change everything about the Marvel Cinematic Universe's past and future, check this out: https://www.cbr.com/captain-marvel-concept-art-fury-skrull/ Thanks for checking out tonight's episode - make sure to subscribe to the show, and to leave ratings and reviews! Come visit the show's Facebook page - https://www.facebook.com/mattsagerpodcast - to stay up to date as the podcast continues to grow. And be sure to check out my Patreon page: https://www.patreon.com/mattsager Plus, you can now get Matt Sager Podcast Merch! Show your love for the MSP with T-shirts, hoodies, mugs, and stickers! https://www.wehavemerch.com/collections/the-matt-sager-podcast
19:24
March 5, 2019
No Bones About It, Fox Is Screwed
Despite James Murdoch allegedly confiding that Bones was, during its long run, Fox's biggest earner, Fox has been found guilty of fraud, lying and cheating the cast and creators of the show, and are going to have to pay $179 million for their, and I'm quoting the arbitrator here, "reprehensible" behavior. I know, who would have believed Fox would ever be capable of such a thing? I mean those lovely skeletons on Fox and Friends seem like lovely people to me, as does Laura Ingraham - but apparently there are some bad hombres over there, who somehow missed the memo that you don't ever want to tangle with David Boreanaz in a legal environment - did these executives somehow miss Angel season 5? In any case, and in all seriousness, I applaud the cast and creators of Bones for fighting the good fight, and congratulate them for their huge victory. For the complete story, here's an excellent summary from the Hollywood Reporter: https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/fox-rocked-by-179-million-bones-ruling-lying-cheating-reprehensible-studio-fraud-1190346 Thanks for checking out tonight's episode - make sure to subscribe to the show, and to leave ratings and reviews! Come visit the show's Facebook page - https://www.facebook.com/mattsagerpodcast - to stay up to date as the podcast continues to grow. And be sure to check out my Patreon page: https://www.patreon.com/mattsager Plus, you can now get Matt Sager Podcast Merch! Show your love for the MSP with T-shirts, hoodies, mugs, and stickers! https://www.wehavemerch.com/collections/the-matt-sager-podcast
20:31
March 1, 2019
Rotten Tomatoes Erects Troll Bridge
I had bit of rant on Friday’s episode - https://www.spreaker.com/user/7228931/episode-108-captain-marvel-speculation - against the weaponizing of Rotten Tomatoes against Captain Marvel. The film was being flooded with negative reviews, which is absurd because none of the reviewers had seen the film - they can’t, it’s not out yet! So, Rotten Tomatoes, by allowing this hate campaign - or, for that matter, accepting positive reviews - RT was not only allowing trolls to sabotage a major motion picture, but destroying their own credibility as a legitimate review site. Clearly my rant - and perhaps an angry phone call or two from Kevin Feige - had an impact, as yesterday Rotten Tomatoes purged the false reviews, and established some changes that will hopefully block trolls from the platform entirely. Read their statement here: https://editorial.rottentomatoes.com/article/making-some-changes/ Thanks for checking out tonight's episode - make sure to subscribe to the show, and to leave ratings and reviews! Come visit the show's Facebook page - https://www.facebook.com/mattsagerpodcast - to stay up to date as the podcast continues to grow. And be sure to check out my Patreon page: https://www.patreon.com/mattsager Plus, you can now get Matt Sager Podcast Merch! Show your love for the MSP with T-shirts, hoodies, mugs, and stickers! https://www.wehavemerch.com/collections/the-matt-sager-podcast
10:41
February 27, 2019
Oscar Thoughts
The 91st Academy Awards went much better than many - certainly better than I - expected. While there were no disasters of the sort the Oscars endured in 1989, the last time they went host-less, there were a few sad commentaries on the state of film, culture and politics, which is sadly not surprising in the least. However there was a lot to love, and I celebrate that - for instance, Black Panther won 6 out of the 7 awards that it was nominated for, shattering the notion that comics-based movies aren't Oscar-worthy. It's about time, and this movie more than any other comics inspired film - with the possible exception of the Dark Knight - represents everything great about the genre. Meanwhile, Spike Lee finally won an Oscar: Best Adapted Screenplay, for BlacKkKlansman, my favorite movie of 2018. He was graceful and joyful in his acceptance speech, and spoke of the potential and need for us all to be better versions of ourselves in these trying times. And wouldn't you know it, the president took this as a personal affront, and rage-tweeted about it. Like I said, that's unavoidable, and has nothing at all to do with the Oscars. It's all about that "executive time" spent watching television and raging at perceived slights. We must not let him take away from the generally, surprisingly wonderful 91st Annual Academy Awards - although Best Picture was a pretty huge, if predictable, letdown. Thanks for checking out tonight's episode - make sure to subscribe to the show, and to leave ratings and reviews! Come visit the show's Facebook page - https://www.facebook.com/mattsagerpodcast - to stay up to date as the podcast continues to grow. And be sure to check out my Patreon page: https://www.patreon.com/mattsager Plus, you can now get Matt Sager Podcast Merch! Show your love for the MSP with T-shirts, hoodies, mugs, and stickers! https://www.wehavemerch.com/collections/the-matt-sager-podcast
22:29
February 26, 2019
Captain Marvel Speculation
Captain Marvel is set to premiere, and with it, the next phase of the Marvel Cinematic Universe begins. So why are so many fans convince that Brie Larson hates white men, and review-bombing the movie on Rotten Tomatoes? For that matter, why are people who are actually excited for the amazing-looking movie allowed to leave reviews when none of these people have seen the movie? Kind of kills your credibility, RT - maybe wait until it’s possible that some of these people have actually seen the film, and developed an opinion rather than a bizarre conspiracy theory? I’m just saying. Meanwhile, there’s been some speculation - which, after a few hours, is of course being reported all across the internet as fact - which I actually do find interesting. It involves Captain Marvel and a nasty encounter with Rogue of the X-Men, which happened in the comics and which will be possible soon as Disney completes its takeover of Fox. I actually think there might be something to this, and if not there should be - it's a neat idea. Also check out my appearance on a terrific podcast, How Do You Solve a Problem Like Mariah. It's a great show with a terrific host, who was kind enough to interview me on her latest episode, about the weird but fun way in which I broke into the entertainment business, and got my first internship working for the Red Hot Chili Peppers. If you're using iTunes, you can find the episode here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/how-do-you-solve-problem-like-mariah-podcast-on-life/id1434487086?mt=2# Or if you're on another platform, check out the podcast's page here: https://www.stitcher.com/podcast/mariah-macinnes/how-do-you-solve-a-problem-like-mariah I'm featured on the most recent episode as of this writing, episode 13. Thanks for checking out tonight's episode - make sure to subscribe to the show, and to leave ratings and reviews! Come visit the show's Facebook page - https://www.facebook.com/mattsagerpodcast - to stay up to date as the podcast continues to grow. And be sure to check out my Patreon page: https://www.patreon.com/mattsager Plus, you can now get Matt Sager Podcast Merch! Show your love for the MSP with T-shirts, hoodies, mugs, and stickers! https://www.wehavemerch.com/collections/the-matt-sager-podcast
19:31
February 23, 2019
Fallen Empire
I can't believe that I'm talking about Jussie Smollett, but this is important. His false hate crime is an act of such stupidity, such selfishness and so dangerous, it may very well make it more difficult for real victims, in ways which we can only imagine. Just as Smollett was an actor I'd never heard of up until now, the devastating impact of his crime has propelled him to the spotlight, for all the wrong reasons, the fallout won't reveal itself until the next awful, and real, hate crime plays out in court. It would be nice to think that the victim won't face distrust and prejudice because of this one dumb guy, but we'll have to wait and see. Meanwhile, I'm still reeling from learning that Empire was co-created by Danny Strong, AKA Todd Krakow from Billions and Jonathan Levinson from Buffy! So, I hate to join the national conversation about this idiot, but it's too important to ignore. This will, I hope, be my last word on the Smollett story, but like so many of our national nightmares, it may linger. Thanks for checking out tonight's episode - make sure to subscribe to the show, and to leave ratings and reviews! Come visit the show's Facebook page - https://www.facebook.com/mattsagerpodcast - to stay up to date as the podcast continues to grow. And be sure to check out my Patreon page: https://www.patreon.com/mattsager Plus, you can now get Matt Sager Podcast Merch! Show your love for the MSP with T-shirts, hoodies, mugs, and stickers! https://www.wehavemerch.com/collections/the-matt-sager-podcast
18:01
February 22, 2019
A Tale of Two Empires
Jussie Smollett, known for his work on the television show Empire, is making headlines for all the wrong reasons. After making a police complaint alleging that he was attacked by two men, it has since been revealed that these attackers - who were imprisoned for 48 hours before the narrative began to dramatically change - were allegedly paid by Smollett, who trained and paid them for the staged "assault." But of course it gets weirder - the attackers, who are brothers, have both been featured extras on Empire, and one of them was also at one time the actor's personal trainer. And so the brothers, who cooperated fully with the police investigation, are free and now the police want to talk to Smollett - who has suddenly gone into seclusion, after first conducting a few interviews describing the rage and pain he felt over the attack. So as he hides from police, he is being written out of Empire - for the short term or for good, I imagine, is still yet to be decided, but it's very difficult to understand what he was thinking, or what he believed he stood to gain, from lying to police which could actually land him in prison. Meanwhile as the story develops, it's now been revealed that Smollett was convicted of providing false information to the police - along with a DUI charge - back in 2007. The other empire on my mind tonight is GOOP, Gwyneth Paltrow's nutty lifestyle website, which is allegedly worth $250 million. Paltrow will have more time to focus on it going forward, as it's confirmed that Avengers: Endgame will mark her final appearance in a Marvel movie. I wish her all the best, as long as she doesn't go back to selling giant jade eggs that she advocated placing someplace very uncomfortable. Selling a lifestyle is all well and good, as long as it's safe - if you ever catch Paltrow talking about "Yoni Eggs," however, I'd advise you run, don't walk, away from GOOP and towards whoever regulates that sort of thing. Thanks for checking out tonight's episode - make sure to subscribe to the show, and to leave ratings and reviews! Come visit the show's Facebook page - https://www.facebook.com/mattsagerpodcast - to stay up to date as the podcast continues to grow. And be sure to check out my Patreon page: https://www.patreon.com/mattsager Plus, you can now get Matt Sager Podcast Merch! Show your love for the MSP with T-shirts, hoodies, mugs, and stickers! https://www.wehavemerch.com/collections/the-matt-sager-podcast
19:41
February 20, 2019
The End of the Netflix Marvel Universe
I hate to be right, but anyone paying attention could see this was coming: Netflix has cancelled The Punisher and Jessica Jones, the latter of which will air its third and final season, and that will mark the end of the Netflix Marvel Universe. It was some of the best superhero TV I’ve ever seen - Iron Fist and, to a lesser extent, The Defenders, being the exceptions to the rule. I hope that the cast and crew of these shows end up working on great projects, and that these properties are given new life when Disney Plus premieres later this year. Thanks so much to Mike Colter, Charlie Cox, Jon Bernthal, Krysten Ritter, Finn Jones, and the massive, stellar casts of these great series - not to mention their amazing writers and showrunners - for elevating the art form, and hopefully influencing future shows of such high quality. Thanks for checking out tonight's episode - make sure to subscribe to the show, and to leave ratings and reviews! Come visit the show's Facebook page - https://www.facebook.com/mattsagerpodcast - to stay up to date as the podcast continues to grow. And be sure to check out my Patreon page: https://www.patreon.com/mattsager Plus, you can now get Matt Sager Podcast Merch! Show your love for the MSP with T-shirts, hoodies, mugs, and stickers! https://www.wehavemerch.com/collections/the-matt-sager-podcast
24:26
February 19, 2019
Let Your Freak Flag Fly
It’s a great day for freaky superheroes, as today sees the premieres of Doom Patrol on DC Universe, and Umbrella Academy on Netflix! Let’s talk about the past, present, and future of weird comics, and properties based on them. Let’s also speculate about why DC Comics has, over the past week or so, cancelled a ton of upcoming omnibuses, Absolute Editions, and other collections of comics that some of us were looking forward to! Thanks for checking out tonight's episode - make sure to subscribe to the show, and to leave ratings and reviews! Come visit the show's Facebook page - https://www.facebook.com/mattsagerpodcast - to stay up to date as the podcast continues to grow. And be sure to check out my Patreon page: https://www.patreon.com/mattsager Plus, you can now get Matt Sager Podcast Merch! Show your love for the MSP with T-shirts, hoodies, mugs, and stickers! https://www.wehavemerch.com/collections/the-matt-sager-podcast
21:04
February 16, 2019
5 Seasons and a Movie, Bitch! (Rebroadcast)
Happy Valentine's Day! I hope you had a lovely time with your sweetheart, and if you don't have one, I hope you were extra nice to yourself. In honor of the confirmed news about the Breaking Bad movie, discussed on last night's episode of the Matt Sager Podcast - https://www.spreaker.com/user/mattsager/episode-103-breaking-bad-movie-update - here's a rebroadcast of my first podcast reporting on the story, from November 2018. This episode featured a fair amount of speculation, much of which has now been confirmed to be fact. Not that I'm bragging! It's just kind of interesting that as a die-hard fan, with no connections to the show, I was able to telegraph some of the likely directions that the - no, you know what? I am bragging. Why lie? Also discussed on this episode is the horrible response from fans at BlizzCon regarding the announcement of Diablo Immortal, another story that's making headlines, as Activision and Blizzard made headlines this week for a massive round of layoffs: https://kotaku.com/the-fallout-of-activision-blizzard-s-massive-layoffs-1832597892 The first reporting of 2 huge entertainment news items were already on my mind way back in November, and they're both still developing. --------- Original episode description from November 8, 2018: There's going to be a Breaking Bad movie! The script making the rounds in Albuquerque, titled "Greenbrier" - almost certainly a working title, designed to avoid leaks like this one, is in fact a Vince Gilligan-helmed, 2-hour Breaking Bad movie! Whether it will be a prequel, sequel, or perhaps a bit of both like Better Call Saul, is unknown. The Hollywood Reporter has the news, albeit with very few details: https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/breaking-bad-movie-creator-vince-gilligan-works-1158881 The fact that this didn't totally dominate the news today is likely owed to the fact that the midterms were yesterday, Trump is firing people and banning journalists, so there's a lot going on in the world - none of which is as awesome as this news! Also, Lord Fluffy - also known as "the boo guy," featured on last night's episode of the Matt Sager Podcast, has more to say about his experience at BlizzCon: https://youtu.be/te-P2S4TvEY Thanks for checking out tonight's episode - make sure to subscribe to the show, and to leave ratings and reviews! Come visit the show's Facebook page - https://www.facebook.com/mattsagerpodcast - to stay up to date as the podcast continues to grow. And be sure to check out my Patreon page: https://www.patreon.com/mattsager Plus, you can now get Matt Sager Podcast Merch! Show your love for the MSP with T-shirts, hoodies, mugs, and stickers! https://www.wehavemerch.com/collections/the-matt-sager-podcast
11:24
February 15, 2019
Breaking Bad Movie Update
We finally have an update on the Breaking Bad movie, first announced on the Matt Sager Podcast way back in November 2018! Much of my speculation turns out to have been correct, and there are some new details about both the plot and distribution of the movie. Now, I want a date! And trailers! Ah well, all good things in time, insert platitude about patience here, etc. Movie me, bitch! Thanks for checking out tonight's episode - make sure to subscribe to the show, and to leave ratings and reviews! Come visit the show's Facebook page - https://www.facebook.com/mattsagerpodcast - to stay up to date as the podcast continues to grow. And be sure to check out my Patreon page: https://www.patreon.com/mattsager Plus, you can now get Matt Sager Podcast Merch! Show your love for the MSP with T-shirts, hoodies, mugs, and stickers! https://www.wehavemerch.com/collections/the-matt-sager-podcast
13:55
February 14, 2019
Trailers for Disney and Horror Movies (And One That Fits Either Category)
The trailer for Tolkien was released today - it’s the biopic that tells of a quiet, peaceful, solitary soul, called to a great adventure known as World War I. It’s clear that this movie is about how real events shaped the fantasy world of Middle-Earth that Tolkien would create upon his return home. You can watch it here: https://youtu.be/Girzu81oS8Q There are also several more recent trailers which I’ll catch you up on, and here are the links to watch them: Dumbo Trailer: https://youtu.be/rS1vFHUgiWs Aladdin ‘Special Look’ Trailer: https://youtu.be/6NqKrhmnVNY Child’s Play Official Trailer: https://youtu.be/ZFy8ZgLd574 Pet Sematary Trailer 2: https://youtu.be/zK0LNzU2TQI I also briefly discuss Rod Serling tonight, since he too brought back his experiences from war - in his case, World War II - which greatly influenced, among other things, The Twilight Zone. For further reading on this, I recommend this article: https://foreignpolicy.com/2011/07/06/memories-of-world-war-ii-the-event-that-sent-rod-serling-into-the-twilight-zone/ Thanks for checking out tonight's episode - make sure to subscribe to the show, and to leave ratings and reviews! Come visit the show's Facebook page - https://www.facebook.com/mattsagerpodcast - to stay up to date as the podcast continues to grow. And be sure to check out my Patreon page: https://www.patreon.com/mattsager Plus, you can now get Matt Sager Podcast Merch! Show your love for the MSP with T-shirts, hoodies, mugs, and stickers! https://www.wehavemerch.com/collections/the-matt-sager-podcast
13:02
February 13, 2019
Award Show Drama, New Marvel Series Coming to Hulu
And so begins the second hundred episodes of the Mat Sager Podcast! I’m still sick, I’ll tell you all about it, but more importantly lets talk about the drama we saw at the Grammys, which are doubtless going to pale before an even more tense Oscars broadcast. This could all be avoided, but then again so could these incessant awards shows, so clearly we - many of us, anyway - enjoy all the sniping and backbiting on some level. Also, Marvel has signed up with Hulu for 4 new animated series - 3 featuring one or two characters, and a 4th series, The Offenders, which sees our heroes, villains and ducks joining forces as a street-level superteam. Huh. I wonder if that isn’t a bit of meta commentary on some other streaming service that Marvel has teamed up with in the recent past - nah. This couldn’t be intended as a middle finger to Netflix, Marvel is WAY too classy for something like that. Thanks for checking out tonight's episode - make sure to subscribe to the show, and to leave ratings and reviews! Come visit the show's Facebook page - https://www.facebook.com/mattsagerpodcast - to stay up to date as the podcast continues to grow. And be sure to check out my Patreon page: https://www.patreon.com/mattsager Plus, you can now get Matt Sager Podcast Merch! Show your love for the MSP with T-shirts, hoodies, mugs, and stickers! https://www.wehavemerch.com/collections/the-matt-sager-podcast
22:51
February 12, 2019
Top 10 Best TV Shows of 2018 (Rebroadcast)
If you listened to last night's landmark 100th episode of the Matt Sager Podcast - https://www.spreaker.com/user/mattsager/episode-100-oscars-are-officially-host-l - then you know that I've been battling a cold, and I'm afraid that the cold won. I'm a lightweight, and also NYC has been vacillating between freezing and warm - we've literally had temperatures as low as -8, and as high as 60 degrees, all in one week - and that's when New Yorkers start getting sick. So long story short, I'm genuinely sorry that I'm not able to do episode 101 tonight. So here's a re-broadcast of episode 80, in which I recap the best television of 2018. If, like me, you're bed-ridden, you could do a lot worse than watching these great shows. Also, I aired this episode right between Christmas and my birthday, so you'll probably notice I'm a bit more dry and snarky than usual. That's because a family member had sent me a "birthmas" gift of a towel, which - what kind of message were they trying to send, exactly? Maybe they thought I was going hitchhiking around the galaxy? Original episode description from December 27, 2018: As the year draws to a close, here's a look back at the top 10 best television (including network, cable and streaming) shows of 2018. Agree? Disagree? Let me know, via email: matt@mattsager.com, or listen to the end of the episode for more ways to get in touch. Also, a reminder - I'd like your suggestions for the best and worst of 2018: year-end lists of movies, music, books or the topic of your choice. Thanks for checking out tonight's episode - make sure to subscribe to the show, and to leave ratings and reviews! Come visit the show's Facebook page - https://www.facebook.com/mattsagerpodcast - to stay up to date as the podcast continues to grow. And be sure to check out my Patreon page: https://www.patreon.com/mattsager Plus, you can now get Matt Sager Podcast Merch! Show your love for the MSP with T-shirts, hoodies, mugs, and stickers! https://www.wehavemerch.com/collections/the-matt-sager-podcast
18:06
February 7, 2019
Oscars are Officially Host-less, Plus News About Comics Coming to (and Leaving) FX
We’ve made it to 100 episodes! So pardon my voice, but I’m working through a cold - and, I think, using what might be the last few words I have left before losing my voice - because I just felt a need to celebrate, and to thank you for all you’ve done to make these first 100 episodes so special. Brace yourself for another 100, and please let me know if you're enjoying these nightly shows, or if you prefer a weekly format, or a few times a week, etc. Contact matt@mattsager.com, call (646) 535-4788, or listen to the end of the episode for more ways of getting in touch with me. Following up on a recent episode of this podcast (https://www.spreaker.com/user/mattsager/episode-88-starry-skits), ABC has officially confirmed that the Academy Awards will have no host for the first time in 30 years, and if you want to get tangled in logic knots, you can read the hilarious take on this disaster as a great thing, a huge victory even, from ABC Entertainment president Karey Burke. Yeah, the last time we tried this it was a huge success, nothing embarrassing in the 1989 Oscars at all! But really, if you want to follow along with me from just one bit of that disastrous show that I play tonight, you can find "The Stars of Tomorrow," which the Academy believed in 1989, hindsight being 20/20 and all that: https://youtu.be/uAQ9Taunh7w Plus, one of my favorite series is about to air it's last season on FX - but the network has also picked up a new series that promises to be amazing: Y The Last Man! If you're unfamiliar with this brilliant series, you buy it in paperback, hardcover, or digital for ComiXology here (affiliate link): https://amzn.to/2DUHOD3 Thanks for checking out tonight's episode - make sure to subscribe to the show, and to leave ratings and reviews! Come visit the show's Facebook page (facebook.com/mattsagerpodcast) to stay up to date as the podcast continues to grow. And be sure to check out my Patreon page: https://www.patreon.com/mattsager Plus, you can now get Matt Sager Podcast Merch! Show your love for the MSP with T-shirts, hoodies, mugs, and stickers! https://www.wehavemerch.com/collections/the-matt-sager-podcast
17:50
February 6, 2019
Netflix and Chilly (Rebroadcast)
It's bitter, brutally cold here in New York City, and it's even worse in many other parts of the U.S. So, this episode is, if anything, more relevant than it was when it first aired. So enjoy, while I make plans for the 100th EPISODE(!) of the Matt Sager Podcast for Monday. Among other things, I plan on giving you my top new picks for what's streaming in February, on Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu and more. So take the weekend to stay inside where it's nice and warm, and catch up on all these awesome titles that landed on Netflix in January. And if you need a suggestion to get you started, you can't go wrong with The Punisher season 2 and the Fyre documentary. They're both engaging and tragic, and one of them actually happened! What those Fyre people were willing to do for water will blow your, uh, mind. While you're at it, check out Fyre Fraud on Hulu, for an interview with Billy McFarland himself! ----------- Original episode description, from January 18, 2018: It's freezing in New York City, and a blizzard is heading our way - which means I can't go see the movie that made it to number one on my list of most anticipated movies of 2019, Glass. And, as the reviews keep coming in and getting worse, I do not mind the wait. Especially with so much great stuff now streaming - Punisher season 2, which also has decidedly mixed reviews but which I'm very hopeful will be lots of fun, debuted on Netflix today. Also new to Netflix is Fyre: The Greatest Party That Never Happened, which looks like a very interesting look at the disaster and the con men who organized it, although Hulu actually beat them to the punch, releasing their own documentary, Fyre Fraud, earlier this week. Here's the trailer for Fyre on Netflix: https://youtu.be/j8lNWj5Atu0 And here's the trailer for Fyre Fraud on Hulu: https://youtu.be/ljkaq_he-BU Thanks for checking out tonight's episode - make sure to subscribe to the show, and to leave ratings and reviews! Come visit the show's Facebook page (facebook.com/mattsagerpodcast) to stay up to date as the podcast continues to grow. And be sure to check out my Patreon page: https://www.patreon.com/mattsager Plus, you can now get Matt Sager Podcast Merch! Show your love for the MSP with T-shirts, hoodies, mugs, and stickers! https://www.wehavemerch.com/collections/the-matt-sager-podcast
16:26
February 2, 2019
Batfleck No More
Another of my predictions has come true - that’s twice this week. Time to either enroll in the Xavier Institute, or maybe get some training from Scatman Crothers in how to use my gift wisely. As I suggested would happen on a recent episode of this podcast (https://www.spreaker.com/user/mattsager/episode-97-black-panther-and-aquaman-tri), Ben Affleck has officially exited The Batman, Matt Reeves’ cinematic relaunch of the Dark Knight slated for release in 2021. Deadline reports, and Affleck has confirmed on Twitter, that The Batman will feature a younger Bruce Wayne, and will follow an origin story based on, or similar to, the classic Batman: Year One. You can read Deadline's scoop here: https://deadline.com/2019/01/the-batman-june-2021-release-date-ben-affleck-not-starring-1202545821/ Will Henry Cavill officially step down as Superman? And who will wear the mantle of the Bat? I'll do some thinking on it, and see if I can't come up with more eerily accurate predictions. Thanks for checking out tonight's episode - make sure to subscribe to the show, and to leave ratings and reviews! Come visit the show's Facebook page (facebook.com/mattsagerpodcast) to stay up to date as the podcast continues to grow. And be sure to check out my Patreon page: https://www.patreon.com/mattsager Plus, you can now get Matt Sager Podcast Merch! Show your love for the MSP with T-shirts, hoodies, mugs, and stickers! https://www.wehavemerch.com/collections/the-matt-sager-podcast
13:14
February 1, 2019
Viewer Mail 2
It's time for another round of What's in My Box, in which I answer questions on anything and everything. Tonight, people are wondering why I'm annoyed by Bill Maher once again, and here's a link to the video that set me off, and which I discuss tonight: https://www.rollingstone.com/tv/tv-news/bill-maher-stan-lee-real-time-785005. And on a much more enjoyable topic, I am asked for my opinions so far of the Boom Studios comics based on Joss Whedon's Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Firefly. I've been waiting for an excuse to remark on these comics, so strap in for my many thoughts on both series. Thanks for checking out tonight's episode - make sure to subscribe to the show, and to leave ratings and reviews! Come visit the show's Facebook page (facebook.com/mattsagerpodcast) to stay up to date as the podcast continues to grow. And be sure to check out my Patreon page: https://www.patreon.com/mattsager Plus, you can now get Matt Sager Podcast Merch! Show your love for the MSP with T-shirts, hoodies, mugs, and stickers! https://www.wehavemerch.com/collections/the-matt-sager-podcast
22:23
January 30, 2019
Black Panther and Aquaman Triumphant
Black Panther took home the SAG Award for outstanding by an ensemble - finally someone I voted for won! Check out Chadwick Boseman’s beautiful acceptance speech here: https://youtu.be/SgASaCn8XXs Meanwhile Aquaman is officially the highest grossing film of all time, and the start of a bold, exciting new direction for the DC Extended Universe. And speaking of the DCEU, check out this teaser trailer for Birds of Prey: https://youtu.be/ZmolALUrODI And here's the first trailer for Agents of SHIELD Season 6: https://youtu.be/DrAZA39RiHk Finally, Bill Maher continues to be irrelevant and begs to be put out to pasture - and did I accidentally curse Rent Live? If so, I apologize. Thanks for checking out tonight's episode - make sure to subscribe to the show, and to leave ratings and reviews! Come visit the show's Facebook page (facebook.com/mattsagerpodcast) to stay up to date as the podcast continues to grow. And be sure to check out my Patreon page: https://www.patreon.com/mattsager Plus, you can now get Matt Sager Podcast Merch! Show your love for the MSP with T-shirts, hoodies, mugs, and stickers! https://www.wehavemerch.com/collections/the-matt-sager-podcast
15:47
January 29, 2019
Bryan Singer Allegedly a Serial Child Predator
I tried to tackle this topic on Wednesday, and found myself so overcome with rage that I ran another episode instead. I've done some thinking on it, and while I'm no less outraged, I'm able to discuss the horrifying, damning coverage by The Atlantic of Bryan Singer's alleged decades of serial child sex abuse. You can read the piece here: https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2019/03/bryan-singers-accusers-speak-out/580462/ Like Kevin Spacey, Singer is piling onto his disgrace by defending himself as the victim of a witch hunt that's all about his open homosexuality. As excuses go, that is especially despicable as it conflates the LGBTQ community with a decades-long pattern of child predation. GLAAD is certainly offended, not to mention horrified, and they've removed Bohemian Rhapsody from consideration for Outstanding Film their upcoming GLAAD Awards. It will be interesting to see whether Rhapsody - which fired Singer for his allegedly toxic behavior just 3 weeks before wrapping production - will face similar penalization from the Academy Awards, and whether the Golden Globes will rescind their awards for the film. This is unprecedented, as the entertainment industry once again being held accountable for protecting alleged predators. I love Bohemian Rhapsody, and I don't think the people who performed in it, or worked on it, to suffer for the sins of Bryan Singer - but, none of that really matters compared to the damage suffered by his alleged victims. Here's hoping for some sort of justice, some sort of healing, and above all, now that this is out in the open, there's no excuse for Singer to be allowed near children. However, he is still attached as director for the upcoming Red Sonja film, as of this recording. Here's hoping they pull the breaks on that production, pending an investigation. Thanks for checking out tonight's episode - make sure to subscribe to the show, and to leave ratings and reviews! Come visit the show's Facebook page (facebook.com/mattsagerpodcast) to stay up to date as the podcast continues to grow. And be sure to check out my Patreon page: https://www.patreon.com/mattsager Plus, you can now get Matt Sager Podcast Merch! Show your love for the MSP with T-shirts, hoodies, mugs, and stickers! https://www.wehavemerch.com/collections/the-matt-sager-podcast
15:43
January 26, 2019
Black Thursday
It’s been a brutal day for media companies, who are laying off huge amounts of staff as they struggle to keep up with the ever-changing economy, to say nothing of technology and how to best attract readers and keep their advertisers happy. As the corporate boats at Verizon Media, BuzzFeed, DC Comics and others struggle to stay afloat, they are throwing staff overboard in massive numbers. Things aren’t looking great for Tesla employees, either. Welcome to Black Thursday, an ugly day in which Verizon alone dismissed 750 staffers - so far. Here’s hoping things get better for the corporations, and that the discharged employees find gainful, happy and stable work as quickly as possible. Thanks for checking out tonight's episode - make sure to subscribe to the show, and to leave ratings and reviews! Come visit the show's Facebook page (facebook.com/mattsagerpodcast) to stay up to date as the podcast continues to grow. And be sure to check out my Patreon page: https://www.patreon.com/mattsager Plus, you can now get Matt Sager Podcast Merch! Show your love for the MSP with T-shirts, hoodies, mugs, and stickers! https://www.wehavemerch.com/collections/the-matt-sager-podcast
20:07
January 25, 2019
Starry Skits (Rebroadcast)
After last night's episode about the 2019 Academy Awards nominees, which included the first-ever inclusion of a superhero movie as Best Picture (Black Panther, which is up for 7 Oscars in total), here's a reminder that the televised broadcast is going to go without a host for the first time in 30 years. There's a very good reason for that - the last time the Academy Awards were host-less was in 1989, and the show was such a complete disaster that literally ended some careers. So, here's hoping that this year's broadcast goes much better. Original episode description, from January 9, 2018: Kevin Hart won't be hosting the Academy Awards, and it looks at though the awards show will proceed without a host at all this year. This will mark the first Oscars since 1989 in which, instead of a host, the show instead features what Variety calls "starry skits," and the last time that happened it completely destroyed the career of both producer Allan Carr, and promising young actress Eileen Bowman. To see Bowman starring, along with Rob Lowe, Merv Griffin and others, in the most undignified, tasteless "starry skit" ever, the cringe lives on, on YouTube: https://youtu.be/9mronRVvdmw And you can read poor Eileen Bowman's account of the surreal event here: https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/oscars-rob-lowes-snow-white-422225 Here's hoping for some much more tasteful skits this year, and that we can find some stars to perform in them without a troubling social media past - or who, unlike Kevin Hart, either apologize or defend their old tweets. Anything other than Hart's pathetic attempt at portraying himself as the victim of his own words and actions. Thanks for checking out tonight's episode - make sure to subscribe to the show, and to leave ratings and reviews! Come visit the show's Facebook page (facebook.com/mattsagerpodcast) to stay up to date as the podcast continues to grow. And be sure to check out my Patreon page: https://www.patreon.com/mattsager Plus, you can now get Matt Sager Podcast Merch! Show your love for the MSP with T-shirts, hoodies, mugs, and stickers! https://www.wehavemerch.com/collections/the-matt-sager-podcast
17:12
January 24, 2019
2019 Academy Awards Nominees
The nominees are in for the 2019 Academy Awards, and history has been made! Black Panther is the first superhero film to be nominated for best picture - and it’s also up for 6 other Oscars! Also, Sam Elliott has finally been nominated, it’s pretty astonishing that it took this long, and as he good-naturedly joked to Deadline, “It’s about fucking time.” The Academy loved a lot of the same films that were listed on the Matt Sager Podcast’s “Best of 2018” lists, including Black Panther, BlackKklansman, Bohemian Rhapsody, and Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, to name just a few. Thanks for checking out tonight's episode - make sure to subscribe to the show, and to leave ratings and reviews! Come visit the show's Facebook page (facebook.com/mattsagerpodcast) to stay up to date as the podcast continues to grow. And be sure to check out my Patreon page: https://www.patreon.com/mattsager Plus, you can now get Matt Sager Podcast Merch! Show your love for the MSP with T-shirts, hoodies, mugs, and stickers! https://www.wehavemerch.com/collections/the-matt-sager-podcast
12:38
January 23, 2019
Who Ya Gonna Call?
A teaser trailer has emerged for Ghostbusters 3, to be directed by Jason Reitman, who literally grew up on the set of the original films. So of course this has to launch a huge kerfuffle on Twitter, this time from Leslie Jones who really should know better. While there are many rumors about the film, the only thing we know about it so far is that it brought out the worst in someone who has endured Twitter hostility over nothing, who is now behaving like a toxic, entitled fan. What a shame. Check out the trailer here: https://youtu.be/ZDnqiTuETkc In more movie news, there's another trailer out for Shazam! Watch it here: https://youtu.be/yJCbtNZ18O8 I also saw Glass, and I'm not quite ready to do a full review, though I will comment on it tonight. Thanks for checking out tonight's episode - make sure to subscribe to the show, and to leave ratings and reviews! Come visit the show's Facebook page (facebook.com/mattsagerpodcast) to stay up to date as the podcast continues to grow. And be sure to check out my Patreon page: https://www.patreon.com/mattsager Plus, you can now get Matt Sager Podcast Merch! Show your love for the MSP with T-shirts, hoodies, mugs, and stickers! https://www.wehavemerch.com/collections/the-matt-sager-podcast
18:02
January 22, 2019
Netflix and Chilly
It's freezing in New York City, and a blizzard is heading our way - which means I can't go see the movie that made it to number one on my list of most anticipated movies of 2019, Glass. And, as the reviews keep coming in and getting worse, I do not mind the wait. Especially with so much great stuff now streaming - Punisher season 2, which also has decidedly mixed reviews but which I'm very hopeful will be lots of fun, debuted on Netflix today. Also new to Netflix is Fyre: The Greatest Party That Never Happened, which looks like a very interesting look at the disaster and the con men who organized it, although Hulu actually beat them to the punch, releasing their own documentary, Fyre Fraud, earlier this week. Here's the trailer for Fyre on Netflix: https://youtu.be/j8lNWj5Atu0 And here's the trailer for Fyre Fraud on Hulu: https://youtu.be/ljkaq_he-BU Thanks for checking out tonight's episode - make sure to subscribe to the show, and to leave ratings and reviews! Come visit the show's Facebook page (facebook.com/mattsagerpodcast) to stay up to date as the podcast continues to grow. And be sure to check out my Patreon page: https://www.patreon.com/mattsager Plus, you can now get Matt Sager Podcast Merch! Show your love for the MSP with T-shirts, hoodies, mugs, and stickers! https://www.wehavemerch.com/collections/the-matt-sager-podcast
16:26
January 19, 2019
Glass Premieres Tomorrow - Also Some Thoughts on Spider-Man Far From Home Trailer
I'll finally be seeing Glass tomorrow, when it premieres in theaters. Sadly, I have even more bad reviews from online, and personal friends of mine with similar tastes, and let's just say I've lowered my expectations. I'm still ready to love it, but better to be pleasantly surprised than crushingly disappointed like some of those aforementioned reviewers. I also have some thoughts on the trailer for Spider-Man: Far From Home. You can watch that here: https://youtu.be/DYYtuKyMtY8 And while you're on YouTube, check out the brand new trailer for John Wick 3: https://youtu.be/xBxpAParVT8 Thanks for checking out tonight's episode - make sure to subscribe to the show, and to leave ratings and reviews! Come visit the show's Facebook page (facebook.com/mattsagerpodcast) to stay up to date as the podcast continues to grow. And be sure to check out my Patreon page: https://www.patreon.com/mattsager Plus, you can now get Matt Sager Podcast Merch! Show your love for the MSP with T-shirts, hoodies, mugs, and stickers! https://www.wehavemerch.com/collections/the-matt-sager-podcast
12:52
January 18, 2019
Top 10 Anticipated Movies of 2019 (Rebroadcast)
OK, fine. I've heard your requests for a re-airing of my top 10 most anticipated movies of 2019, just 48 hours before I go see Glass and, potentially, come off looking quite foolish for ranking it so highly. Or maybe, I'll be vindicated? Based on the reviews, I doubt it, but in either case here's the list I made on New Year's Eve (which is also my birthday), and I'm getting ready to eat some crow. Ah, well. The other 9 movies on this list look like they will justify my love, so I take comfort in that even as I prepare for a possible letdown from Glass, although again - maybe every single critic is wrong, and it's just so good that they can't wrap their heads around it's greatness. ... But I doubt it. Original episode description from December 31, 2018: With 2018 coming to a close, here's a look ahead at the 10 most highly anticipated movies of 2019. Agree? Disagree? Let me know, via email: matt@mattsager.com, or listen to the end of the episode for more ways to get in touch. Thanks for checking out tonight's episode - make sure to subscribe to the show, and to leave ratings and reviews! Come visit the show's Facebook page (facebook.com/mattsagerpodcast) to stay up to date as the podcast continues to grow. And be sure to check out my Patreon page: https://www.patreon.com/mattsager Plus, you can now get Matt Sager Podcast Merch! Show your love for the MSP with T-shirts, hoodies, mugs, and stickers! https://www.wehavemerch.com/collections/the-matt-sager-podcast Happy New Year!
20:14
January 17, 2019
Critics Smash Glass
The critics continue their onslaught of horrible reviews of Glass, which I went out on a limb and, even knowing how uneven M. Night Shyamalan can be, named my most highly anticipate movie of 2019 on an earlier episode of this podcast. I've gathered some particular brutal reviews, and while I won't let them prejudice me against the film which I will see when it premieres on Friday January 18, I'm certainly prepared for a film which, if it's awful, won't disappoint me. Of course, it's equally possible that I disagree with these many critics, and love Glass. I'm prepared to be pleasantly surprised, and also steeled for a 2-hour Shyamalanathon of disjointed, sloppy storytelling. Also, there are some great things you can watch now: True Detective season 3 premiered Sunday on HBO, and - talk about uneven storytelling - just forget season 2 ever happened, because this show is amazing again! Also, the teaser trailer for Spider-Man: Far From Home was released today! You can watch it here: https://youtu.be/VUFmhKpZKlE Thanks for checking out tonight's episode - make sure to subscribe to the show, and to leave ratings and reviews! Come visit the show's Facebook page (facebook.com/mattsagerpodcast) to stay up to date as the podcast continues to grow. And be sure to check out my Patreon page: https://www.patreon.com/mattsager Plus, you can now get Matt Sager Podcast Merch! Show your love for the MSP with T-shirts, hoodies, mugs, and stickers! https://www.wehavemerch.com/collections/the-matt-sager-podcast
25:32
January 16, 2019
Glass, Shattered?
So, the movie that made it to number one on my list of most highly-anticipated movies of 2019 - M. Night Shyamalan's Glass, in theaters January 18 - is taking a critical pounding. Whoops. Still, I'm withholding judgement until I see it myself, although I have noticed some problems and inconsistencies throughout Shyamalan's career which seem worth discussing here. Also, was Kevin Wendell Crumb's creepiest personality, other than the Beast, named for a character from It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia? I'd suggest you watch the season 5 episode "Mac and Charlie Write a Movie," then watch Split and take note of which of Crumb's personas goes about abducting teenage girls with a disturbingly thorough methodology. Thanks for checking out tonight's episode - make sure to subscribe to the show, and to leave ratings and reviews! Come visit the show's Facebook page (facebook.com/mattsagerpodcast) to stay up to date as the podcast continues to grow. And be sure to check out my Patreon page: https://www.patreon.com/mattsager Plus, you can now get Matt Sager Podcast Merch! Show your love for the MSP with T-shirts, hoodies, mugs, and stickers! https://www.wehavemerch.com/collections/the-matt-sager-podcast
18:25
January 15, 2019
Top 10 Best Movies of 2018 (Rebroadcast)
I'm still wrestling with this sinus infection, which, for those keeping score at home, has spread to my left eye,so life's a party. So, while I do my Nick Fury cosplay from bed, here's another requested re-broadcast of a recent episode, which aired the day after Christmas 2018 (original episode description below): As the year draws to a close, here's a look back at the top 10 best movies of 2018. Agree? Disagree? Let me know, via email: matt@mattsager.com, or listen to the end of the episode for more ways to get in touch. Also, a reminder - I'd like your suggestions for the best and worst of 2018: year-end lists of movies, music, books or the topic of your choice. Thanks for checking out tonight's episode - make sure to subscribe to the show, and to leave ratings and reviews! Come visit the show's brand new Facebook page (facebook.com/mattsagerpodcast) to stay up to date as the podcast continues to grow. And be sure to check out my Patreon page: https://www.patreon.com/mattsager Plus, you can now get Matt Sager Podcast Merch! Show your love for the MSP with T-shirts, hoodies, mugs, and coming soon, stickers! https://www.wehavemerch.com/collections/the-matt-sager-podcast
19:31
January 11, 2019
Starry Skits
Kevin Hart won't be hosting the Academy Awards, and it looks at though the awards show will proceed without a host at all this year. This will mark the first Oscars since 1989 in which, instead of a host, the show instead features what Variety calls "starry skits," and the last time that happened it completely destroyed the career of both producer Allan Carr, and promising young actress Eileen Bowman. To see Bowman starring, along with Rob Lowe, Merv Griffin and others, in the most undignified, tasteless "starry skit" ever, the cringe lives on, on YouTube: https://youtu.be/9mronRVvdmw And you can read poor Eileen Bowman's account of the surreal event here: https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/oscars-rob-lowes-snow-white-422225 Here's hoping for some much more tasteful skits this year, and that we can find some stars to perform in them without a troubling social media past - or who, unlike Kevin Hart, either apologize or defend their old tweets. Anything other than Hart's pathetic attempt at portraying himself as the victim of his own words and actions. Thanks for checking out tonight's episode - make sure to subscribe to the show, and to leave ratings and reviews! Come visit the show's Facebook page (facebook.com/mattsagerpodcast) to stay up to date as the podcast continues to grow. And be sure to check out my Patreon page: https://www.patreon.com/mattsager Plus, you can now get Matt Sager Podcast Merch! Show your love for the MSP with T-shirts, hoodies, mugs, and stickers! https://www.wehavemerch.com/collections/the-matt-sager-podcast
17:12
January 10, 2019
Top 10 Best Television Episodes of 2018 (Rebroadcast)
My sinus infection just won't go away. Fortunately I did a few great episodes in the run up to Christmas and New Year's Eve/Day, which I've actually received requests to rebroadcast. Like this episode from Christmas Eve, which lists my top 10 television/streaming episodes of 2018. I hope to be back with a new episode tomorrow, but thankfully I've got a ton of requests for these holiday-adjacent episodes, so worst case scenario, I'll still be able to give you a great show that many have asked for, AND also stay in bed recovering. It's a win-win for everyone! But, if given the option, I'll go with a new show. OK, I'm gonna go take some Mucinex,and talk to you very soon. Original episode description from December 24, 2018: As the year draws to a close, here's a look back at the top 10 best television (including network, cable and streaming) episodes of 2018. Agree? Disagree? Let me know, via email: matt@mattsager.com, or listen to the end of the episode for more ways to get in touch. Also, a reminder - I'd like your suggestions for the best and worst of 2018: year-end lists of movies, music, books or the topic of your choice. Thanks for checking out tonight's episode - make sure to subscribe to the show, and to leave ratings and reviews! Come visit the show's brand new Facebook page (facebook.com/mattsagerpodcast) to stay up to date as the podcast continues to grow. And be sure to check out my Patreon page: https://www.patreon.com/mattsager Plus, you can now get Matt Sager Podcast Merch! Show your love for the MSP with T-shirts, hoodies, mugs, and coming soon, stickers! https://www.wehavemerch.com/collections/the-matt-sager-podcast
21:38
January 9, 2019
Love, Death & Robots
Netflix has announced a new animated series from directors Tim Miller (Deadpool), and David Fincher (Fight Club, The Social Network). Each of the series' 18 episodes will feature a different team of animators, and will feature a variety of genres including fantasy, sci-fi, comedy and horror. I've got the scoop on this amazing-sounding series, and on a freezing cold day in New York I'm ecstatic at the prospect of more great animation to watch from my comfy, warm home on Netflix! No word yet on when the series will premiere, but you can see some of the amazing looking art at these links: https://tinyurl.com/y83oo42x https://tinyurl.com/ydafukho Thanks for checking out tonight's episode - make sure to subscribe to the show, and to leave ratings and reviews! Come visit the show's Facebook page (facebook.com/mattsagerpodcast) to stay up to date as the podcast continues to grow. And be sure to check out my Patreon page: https://www.patreon.com/mattsager Plus, you can now get Matt Sager Podcast Merch! Show your love for the MSP with T-shirts, hoodies, mugs, and stickers! https://www.wehavemerch.com/collections/the-matt-sager-podcast
08:52
January 8, 2019
Punisher Season 2 Release Date! Also, HQ Trivia Has Some Explaining To Do
Netflix has announced the release date for The Punisher Season 2! I've got that info, along with some analysis of the trailer, on tonight's episode. You can also watch the trailer here: https://youtu.be/j9nca9cktCI Also, it may be time to take HQ Trivia out to the woodshed. I've had my own problems with the ubiquitous app, but I was content to let them go until I read an article on Kotaku which describes a pattern of HQ not paying out prize money to winners. And as I go through it, a pattern starts to emerge of a company that spies on your mobile device activity and looks for ways to exploit your activity and open apps, as an excuse to withhold prize money. You can read the piece here: https://kotaku.com/hq-trivia-doesnt-always-pay-players-their-winnings-and-1831495451 Thanks for checking out tonight's episode - make sure to subscribe to the show, and to leave ratings and reviews! Come visit the show's Facebook page (facebook.com/mattsagerpodcast) to stay up to date as the podcast continues to grow. And be sure to check out my Patreon page: https://www.patreon.com/mattsager Plus, you can now get Matt Sager Podcast Merch! Show your love for the MSP with T-shirts, hoodies, mugs, and stickers! https://www.wehavemerch.com/collections/the-matt-sager-podcast
15:58
January 5, 2019
Mouse Takes Fox
Collectibles retailer Entertainment Earth got their hands on a letter sent out to Fox shareholders, with some rather revealing letterhead. It appears as though the timeline of Disney's acquisition of Fox is moving ahead much faster than has been reported - or conceivably it's been finalized, and for some reason they simply haven't announced it yet. Here's their post, and a pretty rough scan of the aforementioned letterhead that indicates that Disney may already have seized the reigns of power at Fox: https://news.entertainmentearth.com/2019/01/02/disney-fox-acquisition/ Thanks for checking out tonight's episode - make sure to subscribe to the show, and to leave ratings and reviews! Come visit the show's brand new Facebook page (facebook.com/mattsagerpodcast) to stay up to date as the podcast continues to grow. And be sure to check out my Patreon page: https://www.patreon.com/mattsager Plus, you can now get Matt Sager Podcast Merch! Show your love for the MSP with T-shirts, hoodies, mugs, and stickers! https://www.wehavemerch.com/collections/the-matt-sager-podcast
08:13
January 4, 2019
New on Netflix January 2019
Netflix has added many new titles, as they do every month. So far, it's only January 2 and they've already added The Dark Knight, Watchmen, Pan's Labyrinth, Pulp Fiction, and all of the Indiana Jones movies. They're going to keep adding great titles throughout January, and I've got the complete list. I'm going to stick to just the stuff that I know you want to see, so this is not a list of all new Netflix titles - just all the ones that you're going to want to watch. Thanks for checking out tonight's episode - make sure to subscribe to the show, and to leave ratings and reviews! Come visit the show's brand new Facebook page (facebook.com/mattsagerpodcast) to stay up to date as the podcast continues to grow. And be sure to check out my Patreon page: https://www.patreon.com/mattsager Plus, you can now get Matt Sager Podcast Merch! Show your love for the MSP with T-shirts, hoodies, mugs, and stickers! https://www.wehavemerch.com/collections/the-matt-sager-podcast
09:45
January 3, 2019
Intergalactic Sociopath
Netflix added Avengers: Infinity War to its library on Christmas, and many people were thrilled. A loud few, however, took great umbrage at the accompanying description, which correctly described Thanos as an "intergalactic sociopath." Why people freaked out this badly over a description, which is completely accurate, is a bit of a mystery. So, let's think it through - I've got a few thoughts and theories, which I share on tonight's episode of the Matt Sager Podcast. If you're curious as to where I'm getting my definition of sociopathy, it's this handy page that describes sociopaths and psychopaths, and how to tell them apart: https://www.healthyplace.com/personality-disorders/psychopath/psychopath-vs-sociopath-what-s-the-difference Welcome to 2019 - people are still crazy and quick to anger! Sigh. Thanks for checking out tonight's episode - make sure to subscribe to the show, and to leave ratings and reviews! Come visit the show's brand new Facebook page (facebook.com/mattsagerpodcast) to stay up to date as the podcast continues to grow. And be sure to check out my Patreon page: https://www.patreon.com/mattsager Plus, you can now get Matt Sager Podcast Merch! Show your love for the MSP with T-shirts, hoodies, mugs, and stickers! https://www.wehavemerch.com/collections/the-matt-sager-podcast
13:19
January 2, 2019
Top 10 Anticipated Movies of 2019
With 2018 coming to a close, here's a look ahead at the 10 most highly anticipated movies of 2019. Agree? Disagree? Let me know, via email: matt@mattsager.com, or listen to the end of the episode for more ways to get in touch. Thanks for checking out tonight's episode - make sure to subscribe to the show, and to leave ratings and reviews! Come visit the show's brand new Facebook page (facebook.com/mattsagerpodcast) to stay up to date as the podcast continues to grow. And be sure to check out my Patreon page: https://www.patreon.com/mattsager Plus, you can now get Matt Sager Podcast Merch! Show your love for the MSP with T-shirts, hoodies, mugs, and stickers! https://www.wehavemerch.com/collections/the-matt-sager-podcast Happy New Year!
20:14
January 1, 2019
Top 5 Best Comics of 2018
As the year draws to a close, here's a look back at the top 5 best comics of 2018. Agree? Disagree? Let me know, via email: matt@mattsager.com, or listen to the end of the episode for more ways to get in touch. Also, a reminder - I'd like your suggestions for the best and worst of 2018: year-end lists of movies, music, books or the topic of your choice. Thanks for checking out tonight's episode - make sure to subscribe to the show, and to leave ratings and reviews! Come visit the show's brand new Facebook page (facebook.com/mattsagerpodcast) to stay up to date as the podcast continues to grow. And be sure to check out my Patreon page: https://www.patreon.com/mattsager Plus, you can now get Matt Sager Podcast Merch! Show your love for the MSP with T-shirts, hoodies, mugs, and stickers! https://www.wehavemerch.com/collections/the-matt-sager-podcast
17:16
December 29, 2018
Top 10 Best TV Shows of 2018
As the year draws to a close, here's a look back at the top 10 best television (including network, cable and streaming) shows of 2018. Agree? Disagree? Let me know, via email: matt@mattsager.com, or listen to the end of the episode for more ways to get in touch. Also, a reminder - I'd like your suggestions for the best and worst of 2018: year-end lists of movies, music, books or the topic of your choice. Thanks for checking out tonight's episode - make sure to subscribe to the show, and to leave ratings and reviews! Come visit the show's brand new Facebook page (facebook.com/mattsagerpodcast) to stay up to date as the podcast continues to grow. And be sure to check out my Patreon page: https://www.patreon.com/mattsager Plus, you can now get Matt Sager Podcast Merch! Show your love for the MSP with T-shirts, hoodies, mugs, and stickers! https://www.wehavemerch.com/collections/the-matt-sager-podcast
18:06
December 28, 2018
Top 10 Best Movies of 2018
As the year draws to a close, here's a look back at the top 10 best movies of 2018. Agree? Disagree? Let me know, via email: matt@mattsager.com, or listen to the end of the episode for more ways to get in touch. Also, a reminder - I'd like your suggestions for the best and worst of 2018: year-end lists of movies, music, books or the topic of your choice. Thanks for checking out tonight's episode - make sure to subscribe to the show, and to leave ratings and reviews! Come visit the show's brand new Facebook page (facebook.com/mattsagerpodcast) to stay up to date as the podcast continues to grow. And be sure to check out my Patreon page: https://www.patreon.com/mattsager Plus, you can now get Matt Sager Podcast Merch! Show your love for the MSP with T-shirts, hoodies, mugs, and coming soon, stickers! https://www.wehavemerch.com/collections/the-matt-sager-podcast
19:31
December 27, 2018
Top 10 Best Television Episodes of 2018
As the year draws to a close, here's a look back at the top 10 best television (including network, cable and streaming) episodes of 2018. Agree? Disagree? Let me know, via email: matt@mattsager.com, or listen to the end of the episode for more ways to get in touch. Also, a reminder - I'd like your suggestions for the best and worst of 2018: year-end lists of movies, music, books or the topic of your choice. Thanks for checking out tonight's episode - make sure to subscribe to the show, and to leave ratings and reviews! Come visit the show's brand new Facebook page (facebook.com/mattsagerpodcast) to stay up to date as the podcast continues to grow. And be sure to check out my Patreon page: https://www.patreon.com/mattsager Plus, you can now get Matt Sager Podcast Merch! Show your love for the MSP with T-shirts, hoodies, mugs, and coming soon, stickers! https://www.wehavemerch.com/collections/the-matt-sager-podcast
21:38
December 25, 2018
Hellboy Redux
I'm closing out the week by reviewing the trailer for the rebooted Hellboy movie. I would have done this when it debuted on Wednesday December 19, but this week was spent recuperating from a sinus infection. So I'm getting a late start on new shows, and I've received a ton of requests to remark on this. Which is good, since as a longtime Hellboy fan I do have a take on the new version - one which you've got to listen to tonight's episode to hear. If you haven't seen the trailer yet, watch it here: https://youtu.be/dt5g5_1cKVk Also, a reminder - I'd like your suggestions for the best and worst of 2018: year-end lists of movies, music, books or the topic of your choice. Thanks for checking out tonight's episode - make sure to subscribe to the show, and to leave ratings and reviews! Come visit the show's brand new Facebook page (facebook.com/mattsagerpodcast) to stay up to date as the podcast continues to grow. And be sure to check out my Patreon page: https://www.patreon.com/mattsager Plus, you can now get Matt Sager Podcast Merch! Show your love for the MSP with T-shirts, hoodies, mugs, and coming soon, stickers! https://www.wehavemerch.com/collections/the-matt-sager-podcast
16:48
December 22, 2018
Making Lists
I'm back! After a week-long sinus infection, I'm so happy to be back with you, and I'm thinking about how best to wrap up 2018. I think I'll do some best and worst-of lists, for movies, music, books, games and more. I'd love your input on both which lists to compile, as well as what your votes would be for each category. So get in touch with your suggestions - email matt@mattsager.com, call (646) 535-4788, or listen to the end of tonight's episode for other ways you can get in touch with me. Thanks for checking out tonight's episode - make sure to subscribe to the show, and to leave ratings and reviews! Come visit the show's brand new Facebook page (facebook.com/mattsagerpodcast) to stay up to date as the podcast continues to grow. And be sure to check out my Patreon page: https://www.patreon.com/mattsager Plus, you can now get Matt Sager Podcast Merch! Show your love for the MSP with T-shirts, hoodies, mugs, and coming soon, stickers! https://www.wehavemerch.com/collections/the-matt-sager-podcast
14:58
December 21, 2018
Facebook's Shocking Negligence Revealed (Rebroadcast)
I'm still laid up with a sinus infection, but I'm on antibiotics and steroids. Hopefully I'll be back with with a brand new episode tomorrow - apologies in advance for any 'roid rage! No, but these aren't those kind of steroids. Still, it sucks to be sick, but good news/horrible news: this episode is still way too relevant, as Facebook has yet to plug its many, many holes. Just a couple of examples, from today's news: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/12/18/technology/facebook-privacy.html https://gizmodo.com/facebooks-post-cambridge-analytica-privacy-tool-is-stil-1831147798 https://9to5mac.com/2018/12/18/facebook-location-privacy-ads-settings/ https://www.cbsnews.com/news/logoutfacebook-the-social-media-giant-faces-naacp-protests-and-canceled-accounts/ Original episode description, from November 15, 2018: Facebook's security has always been lax, and their indifference to the problem has always been disturbing. But today's detailed report in the New York Times is actually shocking, in the way it exposes the many ways in which Mark Zuckerberg and Sheryl Sandberg ignore the problem, in defense of their egos and self-image, and of course Facebook's value, have led them to ignore, obfuscate, and lie about the hacks, security leaks, and the ongoing Russian propaganda. Check out the Times article here: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/14/technology/facebook-data-russia-election-racism.html?action=click&module=Top%20Stories&pgtype=Homepage And for more on Facebook's shameless dereliction of responsibility, have a look at this article from the Washington Post: https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-partisan/wp/2018/11/15/the-moral-and-ethical-rot-at-mark-zuckerberg-and-sheryl-sandbergs-facebook/?utm_term=.7054eaec3efd Thanks for checking out tonight's episode - make sure to subscribe to the show, and to leave ratings and reviews! Come visit the show's brand new Facebook page (facebook.com/mattsagerpodcast) to stay up to date as the podcast continues to grow. And be sure to check out my Patreon page: https://www.patreon.com/mattsager Plus, you can now get Matt Sager Podcast Merch! Show your love for the MSP with T-shirts, hoodies, mugs, and coming soon, stickers! https://www.wehavemerch.com/collections/the-matt-sager-podcast
17:16
December 19, 2018
Critics Love Spider-Verse and Aquaman (Rebroadcast)
Ugh. You remember how sick I was on Friday? I'm actually worse today. I spent the weekend developing a serious sinus infection, which means I'm utterly incapable of doing a show tonight. Not only that, I haven't had a chance to see Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse! Hopefully tomorrow, after I see my doctor. Here's hoping I get healthy enough to go to the movies, and do a new podcast episode. It sucks being benched like this. I hope that you're having a great holiday season, and that I talk to you tomorrow! Original episode description from November 28, 2018: I knew DC could pull itself out of its cinematic rut, and based on early reactions from screenings, James Wan's Aquaman - not long ago a punchline - is the movie that will give the DC Extended Universe a much-needed rebirth! Also, critics are falling over themselves to praise the story, animation and voice acting in Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. The Guardian in particular is quite, let's say, colorful in their recommendation. As a non-partisan fan who has been rooting for both franchises, I couldn't be happier - unless some studio exec decides to send me to some screeners, so I can review them on this podcast. There, that was nice and subtle, right? I should be getting those tickets any day, now. Thanks for checking out tonight's episode - make sure to subscribe to the show, and to leave ratings and reviews! Come visit the show's brand new Facebook page (facebook.com/mattsagerpodcast) to stay up to date as the podcast continues to grow. And be sure to check out my Patreon page: https://www.patreon.com/mattsager Plus, you can now get Matt Sager Podcast Merch! Show your love for the MSP with T-shirts, hoodies, mugs, and coming soon, stickers! https://www.wehavemerch.com/collections/the-matt-sager-podcast
21:49
December 18, 2018
DC Universe
I'm wrapping up the week of extra-short podcasts, working through a cold! I don't say this to complain, but because it's glaringly obvious how different I sound. I figured I'd best prepare you for that, in addition to another shorter episode than usual. I'll be back on Monday with longer shows, free from any major health issues, but for now let's celebrate that we've made it to episode 75 of the Matt Sager Podcast! Thanks to all of you, of course. You're the best. I hope you're having a wonderful holiday season. Oh, and I finally joined DC Universe - it's on sale, I couldn't resist. If you've been on the fence like me, I'd take the plunge now (and in fact, I did) - you still get 3 days to make sure you're satisfied before it becomes official, and you get charged. I'll check in next week with my impressions, and although I haven't enjoyed Titans so far, I'm pretty psyched for the season finale, which looks absolutely bonkers: https://youtu.be/O8bl2Vurk7M Thanks for checking out tonight's episode - make sure to subscribe to the show, and to leave ratings and reviews! Come visit the show's Facebook page (facebook.com/mattsagerpodcast) to stay connected and up to date, as the podcast continues to grow. And be sure to check out my Patreon page: https://www.patreon.com/mattsager Plus, you can now get Matt Sager Podcast Merch! Show your love for the MSP with T-shirts, hoodies, mugs, and coming soon, stickers! https://www.wehavemerch.com/collections/the-matt-sager-podcast
07:18
December 15, 2018
Bad Santa
So, you know how much kids love preserving their innocence, sitting on Santa's lap and asking him for gifts as Christmas draws near? This one British Santa literally ripped off his beard and ran around dropping F-bombs during a fire scare. Is he a hero, a menace, or both? Also, what we already knew has been made official: one third of all phone calls in 2018 were robo-calls, either "nuisance" or "dangerous," all of them irritating. Where is the FCC now? Oh that's right, they're busy killing net neutrality. This is a problem for another another administration. Thanks for checking out tonight's episode - make sure to subscribe to the show, and to leave ratings and reviews! Come visit the show's brand new Facebook page (facebook.com/mattsagerpodcast) to stay up to date as the podcast continues to grow. And be sure to check out my Patreon page: https://www.patreon.com/mattsager Plus, you can now get Matt Sager Podcast Merch! Show your love for the MSP with T-shirts, hoodies, mugs, and coming soon, stickers! https://www.wehavemerch.com/collections/the-matt-sager-podcast
13:48
December 14, 2018
Quickie
It's a quick one tonight, with me just checking in and sharing some funny stuff from the news, and some exciting developments behind the scenes here at Matt Sager Podcast HQ. Also, pardon the TMI, but I have serious TMJ from my recent dental surgery. So it's a quick one tonight, but worth the listen if only for the description of my surgery, a reminder to contact me - it's been a while since we've had a good game of "What's in the Box?" - and also, a great story about Christian Bale meeting Donald Trump, who apparently thought he was talking to Batman. The leader of the free world, everybody. We're all definitely doomed, but hopefully we'll last long enough for me to start working with a co-host. Thanks for checking out tonight's episode - make sure to subscribe to the show, and to leave ratings and reviews! Come visit the show's brand new Facebook page (facebook.com/mattsagerpodcast) to stay up to date as the podcast continues to grow. And be sure to check out my Patreon page: https://www.patreon.com/mattsager Plus, you can now get Matt Sager Podcast Merch! Show your love for the MSP with T-shirts, hoodies, mugs, and coming soon, stickers! https://www.wehavemerch.com/collections/the-matt-sager-podcast
09:20
December 13, 2018
Will Aquaman Sink or Swim?
The reviews are pouring in for Aquaman, in theaters December 21, and unlike the early hot-takes I reported on last week, the praise is not universal. It's largely liked - certainly more than most recent DC Extended Universe offerings - but both The Guardian and IndieWire have similar complaints about the movie, likening it to a watered-down Thor retread. I'm still excited to see it, it's just that the negative reviews were bound to surface once the review embargo was lifted. I still see it as a fresh start for DC, the first step in a bigger re-imagining of the shared cinematic universe which Amy Adams all but confirmed on Friday (December 7), telling Variety that “I think I’m out of the DC Universe now. I think they’re revamping that. I don’t know the details.” This, on the same day that the Hollywood Reporter announced that Warner Bros. is working on a Plastic Man movie, so expect a much more light-hearted approach from the Distinguished Competition moving forward. But if you want something that looks dark - and amazing - check out the trailer for the James Gunn-produced Brightburn: https://youtu.be/g6eB0JT1DI4 Thanks for checking out tonight's episode - make sure to subscribe to the show, and to leave ratings and reviews! Come visit the show's brand new Facebook page (facebook.com/mattsagerpodcast) to stay up to date as the podcast continues to grow. And be sure to check out my Patreon page: https://www.patreon.com/mattsager Plus, you can now get Matt Sager Podcast Merch! Show your love for the MSP with T-shirts, hoodies, mugs, and coming soon, stickers! https://www.wehavemerch.com/collections/the-matt-sager-podcast
14:33
December 12, 2018
Tread Lightly (Rebroadcast)
It's been over a month since we've learned that there is a Breaking Bad movie in production, but we still don't have the details! I find this every bit as maddening as you do, although in playing back this episode from November 8, it's easy to understand why the prevalent theory is that it's going to focus on the continuing adventures of Jesse Pinkman. Enjoy the rebroadcast, bitch! Oh, and the threatening emails? I'm still getting them. Also, Google Plus has notified me that I'm one of the over 52.5 MILLION users whose data was leaked. I'm deleting my account posthaste, and advise you to do the same. Talk to you tomorrow! Original episode description: Bryan Cranston confirmed the Breaking Bad movie on the Dan Patrick Show, but claims he hasn't received a script or any word as to who is in it. Rumors have it this may be the continuing adventures of Jesse Pinkman, but what that means for Walt - his involvement, or lack thereof - will be very interesting. I can't wait! Plus, I have some more details on the upcoming Disney streaming service, particularly how it will impact Marvel and Star Wars. Also, don't bother sending me emails threatening to send my secret porn to friends and family - they already know I'm a lost cause, and the one thing I won't do is deposit bitcoins to Belarus, so you just keep on sending me those threats. Special thanks to Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook for their massive data breach, which is why I'm dealing with this nonsense in the first place. Thanks for checking out tonight's episode - make sure to subscribe to the show, and to leave ratings and reviews! Come visit the show's brand new Facebook page (facebook.com/mattsagerpodcast) to stay up to date as the podcast continues to grow. And be sure to check out my Patreon page: https://www.patreon.com/mattsager Plus, you can now get Matt Sager Podcast Merch! Show your love for the MSP with T-shirts, hoodies, mugs, and coming soon, stickers! https://www.wehavemerch.com/collections/the-matt-sager-podcast
18:36
December 11, 2018
Endgame
Marvel continues to dominate the news, and this podcast, capping off the week with a trailer for the upcoming Avengers movie, including its title! Things are looking dire indeed after Infinity War and the snap heard 'round the world, or as it's officially now called, the Decimation. If you haven't seen the trailer yet, watch along with me: https://youtu.be/hA6hldpSTF8 There were some pretty major developments in world news today, too: the Mueller investigation produced some damning documents regarding former Trump associates Paul Manafort and Michael Cohen, and Heather Heyer's killer has been found guilty of first degree murder. So we've got truth, and justice - the American way can't be far behind! It's been a long and very eventful week, but here's to a great weekend for us all. Thanks for checking out tonight's episode - make sure to subscribe to the show, and to leave ratings and reviews! Come visit the show's brand new Facebook page (facebook.com/mattsagerpodcast) to stay up to date as the podcast continues to grow. And be sure to check out my Patreon page: https://www.patreon.com/mattsager Plus, you can now get Matt Sager Podcast Merch! Show your love for the MSP with T-shirts, hoodies, mugs, and coming soon, stickers! https://www.wehavemerch.com/collections/the-matt-sager-podcast
12:41
December 8, 2018
Blindsided
So, remember how I said that Daredevil's cancellation was probably totally unsurprising business, based on a planned move of Marvel's shows from Netflix to the upcoming Disney Plus streaming service? Well, let's all stop pretending that my moderately educated guesswork is reliable news reporting, OK? Because the writers were actually convening to begin breaking down season 4 when the word came in, quite suddenly and without much in the way of explanation, that the show had been pulled from Netflix despite being in its top 5 most popular shows. Asked for comment by Entertainment Weekly, star Charlie Cox, still reeling, described himself as "very saddened." Check out the complete story: https://ew.com/tv/2018/12/06/charlie-cox-daredevil-canceled-reaction/ In much better news, a new teaser trailer has been released for Game of Thrones season 8, and includes a song, ice, AND fire! Watch it here: https://youtu.be/NspqGM0DbbQ Also, we lost a punk rock icon today. RIP Pete Shelley, singer and guitarist of the legendary Buzzcocks. Thanks for checking out tonight's episode - make sure to subscribe to the show, and to leave ratings and reviews! Come visit the show's brand new Facebook page (facebook.com/mattsagerpodcast) to stay up to date as the podcast continues to grow. And be sure to check out my Patreon page: https://www.patreon.com/mattsager Plus, you can now get Matt Sager Podcast Merch! Show your love for the MSP with T-shirts, hoodies, mugs, and coming soon, stickers! https://www.wehavemerch.com/collections/the-matt-sager-podcast
14:03
December 7, 2018
More Updates, More Problems
It's that time again - time to update your iOS, macOS and even tvOS! Apple, you are killing me today! But it's better than wasting time with a silly podcast feud, which as an adult I'm embarrassed for my former co-workers who are attempting to goad me into. I won't take the bait, though I'm legitimately saddened by their need for attention, and the degree to which our former employers shun them. It took a lot of embarrassing, actionable behavior from these knuckleheads to make me unsympathetic towards their failed lives, but they pulled it off. I am sufficiently disinterested that I won't take the bait, and give them the attention they're craving. No, I'm quite busy updating all the computers, phones, tablets and streaming boxes, thank you very much. Also, I have a new favorite microphone: the CAD E100S. It's the microphone I've been using on this podcast for the last few weeks, and it has replaced the Sennheiser MKH 416 as my microphone of choice. I wish I'd discovered it sooner, since it's less than half the price as the 416. Check it out on Amazon (affiliate link): https://amzn.to/2QHRaJS Thanks for checking out tonight's episode - make sure to subscribe to the show, and to leave ratings and reviews! Come visit the show's brand new Facebook page (facebook.com/mattsagerpodcast) to stay up to date as the podcast continues to grow. And be sure to check out my Patreon page: https://www.patreon.com/mattsager Plus, you can now get Matt Sager Podcast Merch! Show your love for the MSP with T-shirts, hoodies, mugs, and coming soon, stickers! https://www.wehavemerch.com/collections/the-matt-sager-podcast
17:57
December 6, 2018
Trailer Park
The new Captain Marvel trailer debuted yesterday, but fans are angry that we won't get the preview at Avengers 4 that was allegedly scheduled to debut tomorrow. But all that Marvel cares about is that you're talking about these trailers - if you're so excited for Avengers 4 that you're angry at Marvel for withholding their trailer, that means that Marvel has us right where they want us: anxious and excited for their new releases! Speaking of, rumor has it that we'll see the first trailer for Spider-Man: Far From Home this week. Also, many of you have asked me what I didn't like about the excellent, but flawed, third and final season of Daredevil on Netflix, and tonight I give my answer. Vincent D'Onofrio's Wilson Fisk unintentionally hit the nail on the head in one of the most egregious examples of what I didn't like, when he said (or dubbed, in post-production): "Whatever this is." Thanks for checking out tonight's episode - make sure to subscribe to the show, and to leave ratings and reviews! Come visit the show's brand new Facebook page (facebook.com/mattsagerpodcast) to stay up to date as the podcast continues to grow. And be sure to check out my Patreon page: https://www.patreon.com/mattsager Plus, you can now get Matt Sager Podcast Merch! Show your love for the MSP with T-shirts, hoodies, mugs, and coming soon, stickers! https://www.wehavemerch.com/collections/the-matt-sager-podcast And here's the link to the new Captain Marvel trailer: https://youtu.be/0LHxvxdRnYc
18:13
December 5, 2018
'Sall Good, Man (Rebroadcast)
Another Monday repeat! I had oral surgery today, so I'm resting my mouth and binge-watching my favorite shows, including Better Call Saul. So it seems only appropriate that I air my original recap of the season 4 finale, "Winner." Obviously, spoilers - for seasons 1-4 of Saul, and for the complete series Breaking Bad! I'll be back tomorrow, for now I'm icing my aching jaw. This episode originally aired October 9, 2018. Thanks for checking out tonight's episode - make sure to subscribe to the show, and to leave ratings and reviews! Come visit the show's brand new Facebook page (facebook.com/mattsagerpodcast) to stay up to date as the podcast continues to grow. And be sure to check out my Patreon page: https://www.patreon.com/mattsager Plus, you can now get Matt Sager Podcast Merch! Show your love for the MSP with T-shirts, hoodies, mugs, and coming soon, stickers! https://www.wehavemerch.com/collections/the-matt-sager-podcast
34:39
December 4, 2018
Bleecker Bob
A legendary New Yorker, a father figure to me, and a man I was proud to know and call a friend has passed away. Bleecker Bob's was where I shopped for albums and where I discovered some of the music that shaped me, with help and friendly ribbing from Bob himself. Robert Plotnik's store was far more than my local. record store - Bob's customers included people who traveled from all over the world to make their pilgrimage to his store, where Robert Plant, David Bowie, Jimi Hendrix and others used to shop. It was heartbreaking in 2013 when Bob, who never towed the line or changed his store as New York grew more gentrified, finally shut the store down. Sadly, a major reason for that was his declining health. It's a devastating loss, but his life should be celebrated. The impact he had on so many, the contributions he made to music and culture, will live forever. On a lighter note, some exciting news as we head into the weekend - Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Firefly and Angel are all now available to stream for free (with some ads) on Facebook Watch! So if I don't answer the phone for the next few days, there's a decent chance that you can find me hosting a watch party - probably Angel season 2, for starters. Thanks for checking out tonight's episode - make sure to subscribe to the show, and to leave ratings and reviews! Come visit the show's brand new Facebook page (facebook.com/mattsagerpodcast) to stay up to date as the podcast continues to grow. And be sure to check out my Patreon page: https://www.patreon.com/mattsager Plus, you can now get Matt Sager Podcast Merch! Show your love for the MSP with T-shirts, hoodies, mugs, and coming soon, stickers! https://www.wehavemerch.com/collections/the-matt-sager-podcast
14:18
December 1, 2018
Crossing Streams
Yet another player has entered the streaming wars - AT&T, having acquired Time Warner earlier this year, has announced plans for a Warner Media streaming service, debuting late 2019. Between Warners, Disney, and the still-nascent DC Universe, a clear pattern is beginning to emerge: the streaming landscape is going to be crowded, competitive and expensive. And speaking of streaming developments, about which I've predicted but hoped in vain to be proven wrong - Daredevil is hanging up his horns. I would have been surprised if this weren't the case - Marvel wants to move all of its properties over to Disney's upcoming streaming service, and Netflix is extremely unhappy with the performance of its Marvel series. The viewership has been vanishing for each of these shows after season 1, and the critical failure of Iron Fist and The Defenders has meant this was a near-certainty. Sadly, it's now official. As fans, we can only hope that the last remaining Marvel/Netflix content - Jessica Jones season 3 and The Punisher Season 2 - see the light of day before this fun, if flawed, experiment in superhero television comes to a close. Thanks for checking out tonight's episode - make sure to subscribe to the show, and to leave ratings and reviews! Come visit the show's brand new Facebook page (facebook.com/mattsagerpodcast) to stay up to date as the podcast continues to grow. And be sure to check out my Patreon page: https://www.patreon.com/mattsager Plus, you can now get Matt Sager Podcast Merch! Show your love for the MSP with T-shirts, hoodies, mugs, and coming soon, stickers! https://www.wehavemerch.com/collections/the-matt-sager-podcast
13:02
November 30, 2018
Critics Love Spider-Verse and Aquaman
I knew DC could pull itself out of its cinematic rut, and based on early reactions from screenings, James Wan's Aquaman - not long ago a punchline - is the movie that will give the DC Extended Universe a much-needed rebirth! Also, critics are falling over themselves to praise the story, animation and voice acting in Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. The Guardian in particular is quite, let's say, colorful in their recommendation. As a non-partisan fan who has been rooting for both franchises, I couldn't be happier - unless some studio exec decides to send me to some screeners, so I can review them on this podcast. There, that was nice and subtle, right? I should be getting those tickets any day, now. Thanks for checking out tonight's episode - make sure to subscribe to the show, and to leave ratings and reviews! Come visit the show's brand new Facebook page (facebook.com/mattsagerpodcast) to stay up to date as the podcast continues to grow. And be sure to check out my Patreon page: https://www.patreon.com/mattsager Plus, you can now get Matt Sager Podcast Merch! Show your love for the MSP with T-shirts, hoodies, mugs, and coming soon, stickers! https://www.wehavemerch.com/collections/the-matt-sager-podcast
21:49
November 29, 2018
For Fox' Sake
Shots fired! Is a podcast war in the works? Absolutely not. A podcaster who I've declined to work with convened a panel to do a show about me, saying some scandalous, hateful and defamatory stuff but for some reason I'm not that interested. I don't want to give them the attention they're crying out for, and life is short. I'm especially cognizant of that today, Jimi Hendrix's birthday and the day after SpongeBob SquarePants creator Stephen Hillenburg passed away from ALS at the age of 57. Life is short, I do not have the time for anything but positivity and love. That's why my cats, Iggy and Bowie, are the thumbnail for this episode of the Matt Sager Podcast. Can you guess which one is Iggy and which is Bowie? Leave your best guess in the comments, I'll give you credit on a future episode if you get it right! Also, Fox News has debuted it's own streaming service for "superfans," but President Trump wants to take it a step further with a state-run worldwide America network, in which we only report all the great news that actual journalists don't cover because, well - they're not real news? I have said that the streaming landscape was poised to expand as we head into 2019, but I think I'm going to pass on this one. I'm also not sure how many Fox News "superfans" are hip to streaming, but if you love insane Clinton conspiracies and also have a Roku, you may just want to join Fox Nation! Have fun. Thanks for checking out tonight's episode - make sure to subscribe to the show, and to leave ratings and reviews! Come visit the show's brand new Facebook page (facebook.com/mattsagerpodcast) to stay up to date as the podcast continues to grow. And be sure to check out my Patreon page: https://www.patreon.com/mattsager Plus, you can now get Matt Sager Podcast Merch! Show your love for the MSP with T-shirts, hoodies, mugs, and coming soon, stickers! https://www.wehavemerch.com/collections/the-matt-sager-podcast
15:55
November 28, 2018
Netflix Hails Satan (Rebroadcast)
Happy Cyber Monday! Did you catch Friday's show? If not, you will now. Some of the providers that host my podcast got a corrupted file, and no matter how many different ways I tried to fix it, nothing worked. Which is fine - I'm grateful for the syndication - but I'm re-uploading the episode for continuity's sake. New episode tomorrow, talk to you then! Original description of episode, from Friday November 23, 2018: Netflix has come to a mutually amicable agreement with the Satanic Temple, because not even a teenage witch is immune to the fiendish ways of copyright law. And that's not the only piece of streaming news, as rumors began to surface yesterday that Apple may be working on a low-priced Apple TV Stick, as they prepare to launch their own streaming service, and they already have a deal for a comedy series executive produced by Rob McElhenney and Charlie Day (It's Always Sunny in Philidelphia)! The streaming world is getting more crowded by the day, so don't go crazy and spend all your money on Black Friday/Cyber Monday - you'll need it if you want to afford all this new content set for release in 2019. However, if you do want to to see what Amazon has on sale, check out their Black Friday Week sales here (affiliate link): https://amzn.to/2DUHohi Thanks for checking out tonight's episode - make sure to subscribe to the show, and to leave ratings and reviews! Come visit the show's brand new Facebook page (facebook.com/mattsagerpodcast) to stay up to date as the podcast continues to grow. And be sure to check out my Patreon page: https://www.patreon.com/mattsager Plus, you can now get Matt Sager Podcast Merch! Show your love for the MSP with T-shirts, hoodies, mugs, and coming soon, stickers! https://www.wehavemerch.com/collections/the-matt-sager-podcast
12:12
November 27, 2018
The Return (Rebroadcast)
It's Thanksgiving, so I'm saving my good stuff for tomorrow! I hope you had a fantastic Thanksgiving, and please remember to shop responsibly tomorrow and Monday (Black Friday and Cyber Monday, respectively). I asked whether or not you were interested in a new show from me today, and the overwhelming majority of you replied that you were going to be with family, and didn't plan to be spending time doing anything other than eating and spending quality time away from computers, smart phones, etc. Good for you! I've also been getting constant requests for a repeat of an early episode of the Matt Sager Podcast - episode 5, in which I emerge from a cold and remark on the terrible state of another podcast, a show called Opie Radio. This is the second re-airing of this, my most requested episode by far! Guess there aren't a whole lot of Opie fans out there, and I have to admit I'm right there with you. Here's the original description of the episode, which originally aired August 31, 2018: I'm over my infection, and I've watched everything anyone ever posted to YouTube - twice. Two weeks in bed and you start getting a bit stir-crazy. I even discovered a new show from my old employers at Westwood One, and honestly got a straight-up PTSD flashback. It's - not good. I'll strive to do better than Opie Radio at keeping you entertained, now that I'm recovered, rejuvenated and ready to put on a show! Thanks for checking out tonight's episode - make sure to subscribe to the show, and to leave ratings and reviews! Come visit the show's brand new Facebook page (facebook.com/mattsagerpodcast) to stay up to date as the podcast continues to grow. And be sure to check out my Patreon page: https://www.patreon.com/mattsager Plus, you can now get Matt Sager Podcast Merch! Show your love for the MSP with T-shirts, hoodies, mugs, and coming soon, stickers! https://www.wehavemerch.com/collections/the-matt-sager-podcast
53:21
November 23, 2018
Bill Maher - Sociopath, Autistic, or Just a Colossal Ass
New rule: fading, irrelevant comedians need to stop mocking a man's death to draw attention to themselves. And when they defend their hateful rhetoric, they need to stop pretending that they're making a point about society, and admit that they are making a broad statement about an art form that they know nothing about, that they don't even try to understand, and that of course they're cowards and bullies. How else would anyone describe Bill Maher's disgusting mockery of Stan Lee's death, his intellectually pathetic thesis that admiring Stan led to the election of Trump, and his proud display of ignorance on Larry King Now? It's definitely unfunny, which is par for the course where Maher is concerned - it's also incredibly stupid, and shows a startling lack of empathy that indicates the aging talk show host as a serious personality disorder, or maybe autism or some form of psychosis. Whatever the case, I'm done with him. I hope he shuts up about Stan Lee, so that I don't have to give him any further attention. What a buffoon. And on a lighter note - Happy Thanksgiving! Thanks for checking out tonight's episode - make sure to subscribe to the show, and to leave ratings and reviews! Come visit the show's brand new Facebook page (facebook.com/mattsagerpodcast) to stay up to date as the podcast continues to grow. And be sure to check out my Patreon page: https://www.patreon.com/mattsager Plus, you can now get Matt Sager Podcast Merch! Show your love for the MSP with T-shirts, hoodies, mugs, and coming soon, stickers! https://www.wehavemerch.com/collections/the-matt-sager-podcast
10:33
November 22, 2018
Elvis Has Departed from the Gazebo
Trump gave Elvis Presley the Medal of Freedom today, marking yet another bizarre moment between Elvis and an American President. Oh, did you not know that Nixon gave a sweaty, doped-up Elvis an honorary DEA badge? Yep, that really happened, but even that isn't as weird as pretending you were in the audience at a legendary Elvis concert and misquoting the announcer who said that "Elvis has left the building," with a pace and tone that sounds as though the president himself was more than a little medicated. Anyway, tonight I catch up on some stories we've covered in recent episodes, provide updates on the disastrous state of NBC, which has a Megyn Kelly problem that is going to cost them at least $30 million, and Facebook, which has a massive corporate malfeasance and privacy problem, the costs of which are still unknown - both to Facebook, and our democracy. Thanks for checking out tonight's episode - make sure to subscribe to the show, and to leave ratings and reviews! Come visit the show's brand new Facebook page (facebook.com/mattsagerpodcast) to stay up to date as the podcast continues to grow. And be sure to check out my Patreon page: https://www.patreon.com/mattsager Plus, you can now get Matt Sager Podcast Merch! Show your love for the MSP with T-shirts, hoodies, mugs, and coming soon, stickers! https://www.wehavemerch.com/collections/the-matt-sager-podcast
17:31
November 21, 2018
Mike Francesa, All Is Forgiven. Bill Maher, Step into My Office
Don't point that finger at me, Bill Maher - if it's anything like your head, it's been deeply up your ass. Maher, bitter and ignorant, decided to pen a blog post on Saturday linking the mourning of Stan Lee to the election of Donald Trump. It is intellectually lazy, conceptually stupid, and morally hateful. Bill, step into my office. We need to have a chat, especially since you're not much younger than Stan - yet far less popular and less intellectually curious, and more mean. How do you think you'll be remembered, Bill? To read what Bill's wea