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LanternCast Episode #300 – 9th Anniversary Spectacular!

The countdown ends here! Episode #300 is FINALLY here! Jim and Dan return to join Chad and Mark in a discussion of all things Lanterncast and Green Lantern! Myron Rumsey and Corwin Crowl also join the party, and everyone joins in to handle our deluge of listener feedback!  All that and some time to discuss “Thor: Ragnarok” as well (Yes, there will be spoilers)! 

So take a week off and start listening to this over-sized spectacular! Be sure to email us your thoughts or chime in on our voice-mail at 708-LANTERN!

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Jigsaw

 

The thing that strikes you from the very first scene of “Jigsaw” is how different the movie seems from the previous “Saw” films.  It looks and feels different.  Simply put, tonally, something is rotten in the state of Sawville.  While this was clearly done by design, at first, it bothered me.  Having a few days though to think about it, it makes perfect sense based on the story that we’re being given.

 

The basic plot is pretty simple, as more Jigsaw-like killings begin occurring 10 years after the death of John Kramer.  While no one really believes Kramer is the actual killer, certain evidence begins to mount that makes everyone involved in investigating the crimes have some doubt.  On this level, the movie reminds me of “Friday the 13th Part V: A New Beginning.”  Not just because the movie exists to create a new heir to the previously established killer, but because breadcrumbs are laid out purposely to make you doubt what logic tells you can’t be true. 

 

Following the great “Saw” tradition, we get a few twists along the way even before the grand reveal of how and why everything happened.  There are some hints regarding the actual timeline of the game we’re watching play out and that question, along with many others, get answered when John Kramer does finally take center stage.  I think the original title of this movie, which was “Saw:Legacy”, was more appropriate for this film, though “Becoming Jigsaw” also would have worked for several reasons.  One of those reasons being while we knew why John Kramer became Jigsaw, HOW exactly he became Jigsaw wasn’t really delved into before.  This movie begins to answer that question, and of course, by doing so, raises new ones.

 

The one thing that somewhat disappointed me was that the marketing for the movie played up the concept of the so-called “Cult of Jigsaw” being important to the plot, and other than one Jigsaw groupie, that marketing tactic or ploy didn’t really have much to do with the final product.

 

I would give “Jigsaw” 3.5/5 stars.

 

Mark J. Marble

 

The link to my original audio review is available here.

 

LanternCast Episode #299 – Green Lantern: The New Corps!

Chad and Mark turn back the hands of time to explore Kyle Rayner’s ill-fated attempt to relaunch the Green Lantern Corps in this two part Prestige Format story from 1999!  We also discuss Ragman #1 and the latest “The Last Jedi” trailer!  All that and listener feedback too!  Episode #300 is almost upon us!  Be sure to email us your thoughts or chime in on our voice-mail at 708-LANTERN!

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LanternCast Episode #295 – Alien: Covenant Commentary Track!

And now for something completely different (and hopefully, interesting)! Mark and Corwin Crowl tackle Alien: Covenant in this full-length commentary track!  With any luck, they can determine which crew was stupider: the Prometheus or the Covenant.  There might not be Green Lantern references in this track, but we certainly do have tons of other franchises that get mentioned.  Be sure to email us your thoughts or chime in on our voice-mail at 708-LANTERN!

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LanternCast Episode #287 – Mark and Chad “Go Ape”!

The boys return to discuss all things “Planet of the Apes”!  We finish off the Planet of the Apes/Green Lantern crossover with issues #3-6 before jumping into a lengthy, spoiler-filled, conversation about War for the Planet of the Apes!  There’s even some time left for more spoiler-centric talk about the Games of Thrones season premiere!  Be sure to email us your thoughts or chime in on our voice-mail at 708-LANTERN!

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LanternCast Episode #276 – Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #12-13!

Jim and Mark return to cover Hal Jordan & the Green Lantern Corps 12-13!  “Bottled Light” comes to a close and we get a glimpse of the future of the Green Lantern Corps!  What threats, new and old, await our heroes?  Take a listen and find out!  We throw in some Thor: Ragnarok and Last Jedi trailer talk, along with details of ANOTHER Target exclusive Funko misfire!  It’s a fun and varied episode, so sit back and enjoy! Be sure to email us your thoughts or share them on our voice-mail at 708-LANTERN!

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LanternCast Episode #270 – 2017 Movie Preview!

This is the big one as Chad and Mark record their 100th official episode! They came in with a list and celebrate with one, as they discuss their must see movies of 2017, along with the movies they are lukewarm about, and of course, the 5 pounds of monkey crap list!  Throw in some overdue “Rogue One” talk and you’ll be entertained.  We guarandamntee it!  What films are you most excited about?  Let us know your must-see and must-avoid lists are at lanterncast@gmail.com or on our voice-mail at 708-LANTERN!

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Blair Witch

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Part of what made 1999’s “The Blair Witch Project” so effective was that despite not seeing much of anything during the film, you suspected or knew what was going on based on the intelligent way the mythology had been laid out.  Not seeing anything actually made it creepier or spookier.  

“Blair Witch” tries to walk that fine line between doing what the original did so well, along with giving modern audiences more concrete or visual things to scare them.  Unfortunately, that approach is not very effective.

 

This third entry in the Blair Witch franchise focuses on James, who is the little brother of Heather from the original film.  He essentially has been obsessed with trying to find any clues to what actually happened to his sister (despite the fact he was only four at the time she disappeared).

 

A new piece of footage convinces James that Heather might actually be alive, so before you know it, James and friends go into the woods looking for clues and the mysterious house where Heather was last seen.

 

The early time spent in the woods is actually pretty good, but as things go south, the film surprisingly becomes less interesting.  We are given more sights and sounds to ponder than we had in the original, but it doesn’t make it scarier.  And despite having watched Heather’s original footage countless times, James seems way too willing to make the same mistakes his sister, Mike and Josh did.

 

One thing that is done well in “Blair Witch” is the use of time, or specifically, how time does or does not pass once you are in the Black Hills.  This concept was hinted at both in the original and even in the sequel, “Book of Shadows,” but it is really a major player this time around.

 

Most of the mythology remains the same, although one new piece is added, mostly for self-serving reasons, as it allows director Adam Wingard to finally put a face (and body) of sorts on the Blair Witch herself.

 

As a huge fan of the first film and even a fan of the much-maligned second, I was very excited when I heard the franchise was being revisited.  Sadly, this was not the trip back to Burkittsville that I had hoped for.  

 

I would give “Blair Witch” 2/5 stars.

 

Mark J. Marble

 

 

UPDATED:  So, now, according to the writer, Simon Barrett, despite changing the mythology for the sole reason to make us think the creature we see at the end was the Blair Witch… it really wasn’t.  It was someone else.  And maybe Elly Kedward wasn’t really the true source of the evil to begin with.  This makes me want to make the review one star now. Just a horrible way to trick viewers and also to crap on the mythology that had come before.

 

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LanternCast Episode #249 – Captain America: Civil War!

Chad and Mark take on Captain America: Civil War! The guys breakdown the movie, discussing pretty much everything, including character arcs and plot. So, of course, this is definitely not a SPOILER free episode!  Take a listen and share your thoughts about Civil War and the Marvel Cinematic Universe! Be sure to email us or chime in on our voice-mail at 708-LANTERN!

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LanternCast Episode #246 – Batman v Superman!

The first movie review episode of 2016 arrives as Chad and Mark discuss the good and the bad from Batman v Superman! The guys discuss the future of the DC Cinematic Universe, as well as how the fans and critics reacted to this divisive film. Be sure to email us or chime in on our voice-mail at 708-LANTERN!

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