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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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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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Halloween in September: Stephen King and the Walking Dead Return
Stephen King is everywhere, with It: Chapter 2 in theaters, his new novel The Institute on bookshelves and Kindles, and even the difficult-to-find but excellent TV show Mr. Mercedes back on TV. Plus, HQ Trivia recently hosted a King-themed game, which I won but for which I have not been paid! Still got bragging rights, though. In the meantime, AMC is ramping up promotion for the upcoming 10th season of The Walking Dead. There are new messages of unifying purpose, mission statements of sorts, both from the show’s cast of survivors and their arch rivals, the terrifying Whisperers. You can find the originals here - https://www.instagram.com/p/B2Mn0VwFysi - and here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9iH2Hr3byhg You can also see some promotional images and behind-the-scenes photos, including Thora Birch in full Gamma makeup, on The Walking Dead’s Instagram page: https://www.instagram.com/amcthewalkingdead/ 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
13:57
September 13, 2019
Matt's Mailbag September 5, 2019
It’s been a while since I’ve answered listeners questions on this show, so tonight is dedicated to catching up on your emails! You can ask me anything, anytime: send questions or comments to matt@mattsager.com or you can use any of the various ways to get in touch I’ll list at the end of tonight’s show. Also, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia is returning for a history-making 14th season! Check out the trailer here: https://youtu.be/zhbcZluEDNs 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
16:35
September 6, 2019
Marvel's Latest Disney Plus News
Continuing coverage of this weekend’s massive news dump, let’s turn to the new Marvel Disney Plus projects announced at D23. Sadly, the video promo for WandaVision has not been released publicly, but it’s been described to me and it sounds amazing. The promo image, which has been released, supports the narrative that we’re looking at the Dick Van Dyke Show as imagined, and quite possibly willed into one reality or another, by Wanda Maximoff. The Scarlet Witch’s actual love interest in the MCU is no longer with us as of Avengers: Infinity War, so this show promises a look at the true extent of Wanda’s powers, as well as her damage, which has been explored to great effect in Marvel comics going back to the ‘80s and was depicted as recently as Tom King’s Vision miniseries. Three new Marvel shows for Disney Plus were also announced over the weekend, and while I guessed one correctly, the other two are pretty surprising and very exciting. 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
16:48
August 28, 2019
Jesse Pinkman's Second Act
There is a lot to catch up on, so I’ll start with the most exciting news; the story I’ve been researching, investigating and reporting on for a year or more: the Breaking Bad movie, El Camino, is coming to Netflix on October 11! And oh yes, we have a trailer: https://youtu.be/lZKqMVPlDg8 Aaron Paul himself has some recommended viewing material to prepare you for El Camino, a very pivotal scene which he has helpfully embedded in this tweet: https://twitter.com/aaronpaul_8/status/1165686413918167040 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
17:29
August 27, 2019
Doctor Demented
We’re taking a brief detour from entertainment news and reviews, to discuss some personal life stuff. That’s always been part of my show, and if it was ever called for - wow! So, no disrespect to Robin Williams, laughter is not the best medicine. Especially if it’s terribly unfunny, but honestly anyone who treats patients should disclose if they have a - well, career is a major overstatement, but - if they spend their nights doing open mics specifically about their medical practice! If there is a .000001 percent chance that my health is going to be the subject of some hack’s open mic set, that’s .000001 too many.   So, since I have a podcast of my own, I discuss this latest goofy life development, and I’m taking referrals because, as a patient, I have made a hasty exit, stage left!  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
13:25
August 13, 2019
Liefeld Done with Youngblood
After an unannounced, unscheduled hiatus, the Matt Sager Podcast is back! And just in time to comment on 2 great streaming shows that have premiered in recent weeks: the revived Veronica Mars, whose season 4 is airing on Hulu, and Amazon’s adaptation of The Boys. Both shows are excellent, Veronica Mars surprising even me with how great it continues to be 15 years after the premiere season 1, while The Boys’ only imperfection has to do with timing, and the current over saturation of stories of this kind. Which does not mean it’s not great - it’s amazing, and if you haven’t watched it, you really should! Then we get into the strange story of Rob Liefeld and his nasty parting of ways with his early Image Comics super-team, Youngblood. The stranger-than-fiction story involves Andrew Rev, apparently once the mad king of the late indie publisher Comico. Both The Beat and Bleeding Cool dedicated a lot of time and effort into getting Rev’s side of the confusing tale, but neither was able to get anything intelligible enough to print. Never a great sign. You can see their earnest efforts here: https://www.comicsbeat.com/rob-liefeld-walking-away-from-youngblood/ And here: https://www.bleedingcool.com/2019/08/06/bleeding-cool-talks-to-andrew-rev-owner-of-elementals-and-publisher-of-youngblood-about-his-plans/ Liefeld, for his part, is apparently done with this collection of ‘90s cliches and I don’t think it’s anyone’s loss. Mullets, utility belts and shoulder pads do not a franchise make.  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
20:32
August 7, 2019
Hail Spidey
San Diego Comic-Con is underway, and already the news is starting to trickle in, as are awesome trailers like this one for the amazing-looking, if very bloody, It: Chapter 2! https://youtu.be/xhJ5P7Up3jA So I will continue to monitor the news from San Diego tomorrow and through the weekend, and keep you posted on the biggest and best news and announcements. In the meantime, if you saw a statue of red hands, with black stripes, shooting a viscous fluid from their wrists, do you really think that's satanic? I think that in this case, the problem is with the eye of the hilariously ignorant beholder, but CNN has the news out of Lincoln, Nebraska where one evangelical thinks that a Christian charity organization built a statue of Satan's hands and placed it in front of a children's zoo and park! Come back Dana Carvey, your only sin was underestimating how crazy some people really are: https://www.cnn.com/2019/07/18/us/spiderman-art-devil-horns-nebraska-trnd/index.html 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
14:42
July 19, 2019
Bond 25 Not Rushing the Whole Diversity Thing
To think that just a few months ago, there were semi-credible rumors of Idris Elba taking over as the venerable James Bond, in this creaky old film franchise. We do have a black, female, 007, but if the Daily Mail is to be believed, it is not only a fake-out, but one which seemingly pokes fun at both the concept of diversity and of women in general. I know that this has worked for the brand before, but it has grown very tiresome and now feels inappropriate, like a bunch of old white men laughing at the idea that they would ever permit progress, and I have more than enough of that in my daily news consumption. I have high hopes that the film might propel the career of actress Lashana Lynch, but I don't love the way her character is presented according to this article from the Daily Mail: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7244671/Thought-007-never-woman-black-shes-James-Bond-hand-number-over.html It's also day one of Amazon Prime Day (s), and I have a few thoughts on the pros and cons of this event. So, before you click that buy button, make sure that you listen to tonight's 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
16:06
July 16, 2019
HBO Max
WarnerMedia's long-awaited streaming service has been announced: HBO Max, launching in 2020, will include programming from all across Warners' massive catalog - including some programming from HBO, and DC Universe, among others. It's not clear how much will be pulled from each of these services, how much content will be exclusive to HBO Max, or how much any of this is going to cost. But we have a name, and a few details - so this is where the story starts.  Tonight's short episode of the Matt Sager Podcast establishes the little that we know based on the announcement, and from here on out I'll continue investigating and reporting on the service, its content, and how it will fit into the streaming landscape, as well as WarnerMedia's own gigantic media ecosphere. Watch the HBO Max announcement video here: https://youtu.be/LCS4CaZ9dwg 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
09:39
July 11, 2019
Joker and Negan, and How Much Does Source Material Matter?
While at Fan Expo, The Walking Dead's Cailey Fleming (Judith Grimes) and Cassady McClincy (Lydia) posted a super-cute photo of themselves in a yoga pose they call "the crawling walker." You can see it here: https://www.instagram.com/p/Bzqq4XvFeQ0/ Fleming also had some very interesting thoughts on TWD's upcoming 10th season, particularly about the future and fate of Negan. Speaking of enigmatic baddies transitioning from the page to the screen, director Todd Phillips says that his Joker has nothing at all to do with the comics - no lore, no canon, no continuity, and he anticipates a lot of fan outrage.  I think he's underestimating the fans, who happily accept deviations of characters from their source material as long as it's done in service of character and story. I mean, Avengers: Endgame had a lot of fan service and Easter eggs, but in many ways differed wildly from the comics and nobody minded. I think we'll extend the same latitude to a well-done Joker! 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
17:11
July 10, 2019
Preludes and Nocturnes
Yesterday was an especially crazy Independence Day here in the United States. No alien invasion, or - sigh - President Whitman, but there were some tanks and some stuff about air travel in the 18th century, which I did not know about. But hey, 1790, 1912, I don't sweat the small stuff! More importantly, this has been an incredibly eventful few days in the worlds of comics and television, and the ever shrinking Venn diagram that links them.  First off, as discussed on Tuesday's episode of the MSP, The Walking Dead published their final issue on Wednesday. I have some spoiler-free thoughts on that, and the future of the franchise. Meanwhile, Mad Magazine is on life support - barely. The news of the last few days is basically a death sentence for this amazing magazine, a cultural gem that taught so many of us about comedy and art. I can't tell you how much Mad meant to me, and so many of my peers and heroes. Finally, Neil Gaiman's Sandman - launched at the now-defunct Vertigo, and one of the most important, and beloved, comics in history - is going to be a streaming service! The show has major names attached as writers and potential showrunners, and a huge budget - so why is it going to Netflix? Does WarnerMedia's lack of confidence in DC Universe extend to their own upcoming streaming platform? It certainly seems that way to this podcaster. 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
20:42
July 6, 2019
A Huge Comic Ends Abruptly
A huge comic, which has spawned several TV shows, books, and soon movies, is very suddenly coming to an end tomorrow (Wednesday, July 3). The Walking Dead is known for having no limits: the only rule is that nobody, and nothing lasts, and we’re never prepared for their passing. This is probably as close as us viewers, and readers, can get to experiencing what life would be like in a zomb- sorry, in a walker apocalypse.  Creator Robert Kirkman has been very vocal about this, just as he's been insistent that one day, not only will all of the characters die, but the series itself could always end, any day. That day comes tomorrow. So on tonight's brief episode of the Matt Sager Podcast, let's try to understand why this is happening, why now, and what's next for the franchise. 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
11:39
July 3, 2019
The End of the Marvel Netflix Era
Over the weekend, I re-watched Avengers: Endgame, this time with 6 extra minutes, and - it was certainly long. 3 hours and 7 minutes is a long time to sit still, not counting the ads and trailers. And while it was great to see this epic again, I wouldn’t say that the extra minutes contribute much - they really belong on the DVD/Blu-ray/VOD release, on which they will almost certainly appear as bonus features. Now I’m heading out to see Spider-Man: Far From Home, but not before I talk about the final season of Jessica Jones, which I watched over the weekend, as well as re-watching the first 2 seasons. It’s a fitting end to the Marvel/Netflix era, in that it personifies the best and worst that the programming experiment had to offer. The show itself, like the entire Defenders experience, was decidedly mixed. The only constants were the incredible performances from the cast, particularly Krysten Ritter as Jones and Carrie-Anne Moss as Jeryn Hogarth. They, and the rest of the cast (and us viewers!) deserved a bit better. Still, it’s a bittersweet goodbye to a concept that looked great on paper. 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
18:50
July 2, 2019
About That Angel 20th Anniversary Reunion
Way back in April, I was hearing (and reporting - https://anchor.fm/mattsager/episodes/Joker-Trailer-Has-Arrived--Also-Happy-Birthday-to-RDJ--and-Angel-Anniversary-Reunion-Rumors-Persist-e3lhfg) rumblings about an Angel 20th Anniversary from David Boreanaz - which is ironic, as you’ll learn from tonight’s podcast. You’ll also learn that a reunion is indeed in full swing, with the cast reuniting for an Entertainment Weekly interview and photo shoot, and most of them convening right here in New York City for NYCC 2019! Check out the Angel Investigations gang in the current issue of EW: https://ew.com/tv/2019/06/20/angel-reunion-20th-anniversary And here's some more info on the NYCC reunion panel: https://www.syfy.com/syfywire/angel-celebrates-20th-anniversary-with-nycc-panel Here's the announcement video tweet, featuring Charisma, Amy, J. August and James, which I play on tonight's podcast: https://twitter.com/NY_Comic_Con/status/1141038559681531908 As a fan, it’s great to see the show come to get the respect it’s always deserved, in part because of what a massive influence it, and many of Joss Whedon’s other creations, have been so incredibly influential. In a lot of ways, Whedon has made an impact on the world so seismic, it has finally caused the world to catch up with the brilliance of his creations - granted, it took 20 years, but still. Progress is progress, and I’m very excited to see James Marsters, Alexis Denisof, Amy Acker, J. August Richards and Charisma Carpenter at NYCC in October. Yeah, you might have noticed one name missing there - not a typo. Everyone who the show is NOT named after will be appearing at NYCC. That’s alright, David Boreanaz is probably going to be too busy spending that sweet Bones settlement money (https://anchor.fm/mattsager/episodes/No-Bones-About-It--Fox-Is-Screwed-e3lhg3/a-af2pro) to attend. I’m sure that he’ll be there in spirit. 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
20:39
June 26, 2019
Swamp Thing Actor Discusses Cancellation
DC Universe briefly flirted with Swamp Thing, their third original show. In doing so, the streaming service was finally adding content and working towards building an app/streaming service with a bit of actual content. However, DCU only got 4.5 million over the legal limit in tax breaks to shoot in North Carolina. They thought thy could ill-get even more gains, and so rather than wait and give the series a shot, DCU has taken their ball and gone home. As for the actors, writers, directors, the cast and crew that thought they had a job?  Nope, they just packed up their lived and moved to North Carolina for nothing, for DC Universe to cancel it just six days after the well-reviewed, fun to watch, pilot. But having seen one episode, who’s going to stick around for a lame duck show that will end with a ton of plot threads and incomplete character arcs? I will, I guess, but the trust that DC has severed here - from its customers to the talent and creative team of Swamp Thing - is gone. As, I suspect, will DC Universe be in the near future. It’s bee a year and there’s barely any content, half of it is terrible - I’d be very surprised if we don’t see DCU shut down, and move it’s content over to the as-yet unnamed WarnerMedia streaming service. Hopefully the WB might recognize the good in Swamp Thing, and resurrect the show. I don’t really know that they are planning such a move, and I have no idea whether the cast and crew would sign up for this craziness again.  But you’ve heard me discuss this before, and if you missed it, check out this recent episode of MSP: https://anchor.fm/mattsager/episodes/Knives-out-for-the-Bumbling-Boobs-at-DC-Universe-and-Fox-e494r1 And I strongly suggest you listen to Mears' interview with Collider's Witching Hour podcast: https://youtu.be/28PFTVoFlGg 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
17:21
June 20, 2019
Jessica Jones Exits, Veronica Mars Returns
Netflix has debuted its third and final season of Jessica Jones, and I’m near the end of a great, but imperfect viewing. This bittersweet, final season marks the end of the Netflix/Marvel experiment, and it has much of what made the entire endeavor so occasionally brilliant, and also occasionally a bit of a slog. Basically, too many episodes and decompressed storytelling are a frustrating mixed bag in television, just as they are in comics. But so far, Krysten Ritter and the rest of the excellent cast appear to be sticking the landing.  Meanwhile, I forgot all about the Veronica Mars movie, but suffice it to say that Ritter will not be returning to Neptune for the show’s upcoming fourth season, coming to Hulu July 26. It does look great, however, there’s an exciting new trailer, which I discuss on tonight’s podcast and you can watch here: https://youtu.be/pt0QuaQ0huk T 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
17:39
June 18, 2019
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