Sock Talk Episode 64: It Doesn’t Matter

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Welcome back to Sock Talk! This week Phil Healy and Jon Caron, the producers of the documentary  “My Name Is Jonah”, chat, argue, laugh, and love. It’s the beginning of the end. Listen, won’t you?

Music intro and outro: Provided by The Blues Dream Box

If you’d like to donate to Sock Talk Jon’s animated project you can do so here:

Phil Healy Website: I Hunger Productions
Jon Caron Website: Jon Caron Art

Sock Talk Goes To TerrifiCon

Episode Runtime: 00:17:42

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Welcome back to Sock Talk! In this snippet, Sock Talk Phil, one of the producers and directors of the documentary  “My Name Is Jonah”, interviews Mitch Hallock. Mitch is the organizer of one of Connecticut’s biggest comic conventions, TerrifiCon. It’s a bit nerdy and perhaps a bit more sincere than Sock Talk Phil would’ve liked, but he did it. He did it and you need to love him for it! Also, please forgive him for soundy ASMR-ish in the outro.

Music intro and outro: Provided by Glow Power

If you’d like to donate to Sock Talk Jon’s animated project you can do so here:

Phil Healy Website: I Hunger Productions
Jon Caron Website: Asylum Studios Photography + Design

Sock Talk Podcast Episode 62: Grandma’s Peach Tea

Episode Runtime: 1:29:13
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Welcome back to Sock Talk! This week Phil Healy and Jon Caron, the producers of the documentary  “My Name Is Jonah”, come back after a two month long hiatus and discuss the vibrant and colorful world of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Hugs!

Music intro and outro: Provided by Timothy Fife (Progenitor Soundtrack)

If you’d like to donate to Sock Talk Jon’s animated project you can do so here:

Phil Healy Website: I Hunger Productions
Jon Caron Website: Asylum Studios Photography + Design

Film Review: Ant-Man (spoiler free)

“This is not some cute tech like the Iron Man suit!”

Admittedly I was skeptical of Marvel’s latest in their ongoing movieverse…for one, I’m not a very big fan of Ant-Man in the comics; I recognize him as a imperative member of the Avengers, but I just never really liked him as a character. That, coupled with the fact this movie has had a tough time in the production end of things, starting initially as an FX test, the brainchild of writer/director Edgar Wright, to Marvel ultimately falling out with Wright altogether and Ant-Man winding up in the hands of lesser known director Peyton Reed. Typically when a film has such a sordid history behind it, it suffers because of it. Gladly, that is not the case here.

Ant-Man is a lot of fun.

Once again, Marvel has made the right choice of film to show directly after one of their more action heavy and weighty spectacles (Avengers: Age of Ultron). Ant-Man is actually one of the most enjoyable of the Phase 2 films and is right up there with Guardians of the Galaxy as far as a good time is concerned. There’s just a lot to enjoy here…the shrinking and sense of scale to everything is really well done. The smallest objects get tossed around with such a sense of weight and danger, only to fall harmlessly like the toys they are. It really keeps things both intense and lighthearted all at once. On a more fascinating technological front, at the beginning of the film, we see a digitally age reduced Michael Douglas and it is really, REALLY believable…that technology sure has come a long way since the waxy looking Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen in X-Men 3.

To nitpick a little bit, it seems like it just wouldn’t be a Marvel film at this point without another weak villain and we certainly get that here with Yellowjacket. Just sort of another cliche villain, who you don’t really care about and I would really like to see Marvel give a little more depth to the bad guys with their films.

All in all, Ant-Man is a nice way to wrap up Phase 2, all while dropping numerous hints at what to expect in the upcoming Phase 3 slate of films. There is even mention of a certain “wall-crawler” who we all know will be making his appearance with Captain America: Civil War!

This is a really exciting time to be a Marvel fanboy, unlike other comic book companies trying to make movies (cough, cough DC), Marvel truly understands what makes their characters tick. For me to be able to go see a movie about a character who shrinks and can control ants and for it to be fun and enjoyable is a testament to the mighty Marvel machine and their love for their properties.

As always, make mine Marvel!

-Sock Talk Jon-

*Insignificant Spoiler Alert!!!
When Yellowjacket fires his lasers they are a sound effect from the AT-AT’s from Star Wars. Ya know, part of the privileges of that whole Disney/Lucas/Pixar/Marvel world domination thing.

Spoiler Free Film Review: Avengers Age of Ultron

“Fortunately, I am mighty…

Any film this eagerly anticipated and that has to follow the level of spectacle of the first Avengers outing, has a lot going against it right away…fortunately, Age of Ultron kicks things right off with the team all together and battling bad guys in a grandiose display as fantastic as anything Marvel has put to film so far. Age of Ultron starts things off dialed in at 11 and never really deviates from that setting, resulting in a 141 minute adrenaline rush that almost leaves the viewer a bit over stimulated…

I walked out of Avengers 2 exhausted. Not Michael Bay Transformers level exhausted, but my senses were pushed to the max and seeing this much nerdery on display at once was too much to process even for me. I can’t imagine going into this a comic book rookie, it would likely make your head explode with so many references and nudges to the ribs happening here.

After the past two Marvel films, Captain America: Winter Soldier and Guardians of the Galaxy, managed to keep the story the focal point and the spectacle more subtle (but no less grand), Age of Ultron goes kind of the opposite direction, but I don’t think anything really suffers because of it. These films are reaching the tipping point where the stakes are now so incredibly high and the team so vast, that the limitations of doing a superhero film in the confines of a two and a half hour format are just now becoming evident. The beauty of Marvel’s recent Daredevil Netflix show, was that it had the luxury of being able to spread it’s story across 13 one hour long episodes and take it’s time to establish the threat and flesh it out. Age of Ultron however, feels like a bump in the road on the way to a destination that’s still a few years down the line. But what a destination that’s going to be…this is all leading up to something so unimaginably grandiose that I can’t fault this film whatsoever for it’s minor stumbling points. This is all such new territory cinematically, bringing an almost decade long connected comic/movie universe into fruition. It’s beyond admirable what has been accomplished by Marvel/Disney so far and I think that shouldn’t be taken for granted.

As far as the quality of the spectacle on display here is concerned, its unbelievable. The team works so well together, using super moves and delivering spot on dialogue like the well oiled machine they’re supposed to be. James Spader absolutely chews the scenery as the villainous Ultron and though late to the game, Paul Bettany as Vision was so incredible to see. Everyone gets a chance to shine, although a few elements do feel a little shoehorned in, such as Nick Fury’s return and the Hulk/Black Widow love story.

Overall, I think that Age of Ultron is in many ways a far superior film to the first Avengers, but the limitations of the cinematic format are beginning to become somewhat evident in something this grandiose storytelling wise…but it makes it no less amazing to watch transpire competently on screen.

Oh and that rumor of there being NO post credit stinger is true, there isn’t. But you’ll stick around anyway. We all did. And we all will. Now and forever, make mine Marvel.

-Sock Talk Jon-

Sock Talk Podcast Episode 46: You’re Welcome

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Welcome back to Sock Talk! This week Phil Healy and Jon Caron, the producers of the documentary  “My Name Is Jonah” come back after a 3 month hiatus to discuss the importance of taking good “selfies” and appropriately hashtagging them for maximum exposure of your highly important and eagerly viewed online existence.

Music intro and outro: Provided by Jared Creighton

Phil Healy Website: I Hunger Productions
Jon Caron Website: Asylum Studios Photography + Design

Film Review: Guardians of the Galaxy

Fuck. You. Star Wars.

Seriously. Just don’t even bother anymore, Marvel has already done better in one movie than you can ever possibly hope to with another trilogy. After the prequels and manipulated originals ruined Star Wars for me forever (sans Empire), Guardians of the Galaxy finally made me forget about that franchise’s existence at all.

I cannot begin to gush enough over just how great GOTG is…this is possibly one of the greatest sci-fi action films ever made. A truly monumental space opera if there ever was one. Marvel, outdid themselves earlier this year with Captain America: Winter Soldier (topping even the Avengers) and now they’ve outdone themselves again with GOTG.

When this movie was announced a couple years back, I became it’s biggest cheerleader. Not because I’m particularly partial to the GOTG comics, but because of what this film in particular represents. A whole other aspect of the infinitely vast Marvel universe, the cosmic. I am literally watching characters I’ve loved for almost 30 years of reading comics, come to life. And the best part? It’s being done so beautifully and without any shame whatsoever. We’re talking about a film where two of the main characters are a talking raccoon and a tree that only says “I am Groot”. And yet, it’s totally believable, sincere and best of all, it exists in the same universe as gods, superhumans and mortals alike.

Everything in this film from the soundtrack, pacing, color palette, acting, art direction, is so meticulously crafted and honed to utter perfection. This isn’t just a good comic book film, it’s a really great film in general. It’s a testament to Marvels love and understanding for their characters (you could learn something here DC) who are personified flawlessly by Chris Pratt, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Zoe Saldana and Dave Batista. There is a real chemistry onscreen with all of them and under the direction of the great James Gunn (Slither, Super) each character gives you so many reasons to love them and understand their motivations.

When this all started with Iron Man back in 2008, I never thought I’d be seeing a 10 year plan to get to Avengers 3, or what is essentially going to be The Infinity Gauntlet, which is easily my favorite Marvel Comics story of all time. But now that it’s happening, all I can do is wait with baited breath, as with each new movie the tension mounts, the Infinity Gems are being acquired, and the final showdown with the mad titan Thanos awaits.

Marvel is doing something completely unprecedented in the history of cinema, they are building a cohesive and expansive universe. A universe of gods and men, talking raccoons, titans, celestials, and you know what? It’s working. My god, it’s working.

Star Wars episode wha?

-Sock Talk Jon-

Bonus Features:

A Rocket Raccoon painting I did earlier this year while frothing at the mouth in anticipation for this movie. Enjoy!