FORTRESS OF BAILEYTUDE SHOWCASE PRESENTS… THE HUNT FOR RED OCTOBER

Fortress of Baileytude Showcase Presents… The Hunt For Red October

This time out the show finally lives up to the original premise that I had for it several years ago. Instead of talking comics I am talking movies, because I like movies and thought, “Hey, why not talk about them from time to time?”  My first subject is a film that I just love to pieces…The Hunt For Red October.  And I am not alone!  Joining me to talk about this cracker jack of a movie is none other than Zaki Hasan.  Zaki co-hosts The MovieFilm Podcast and hosts Nostalgia Theater: A MovieFilm Podcast.  He is also a movie reviewer and has written reviews for a number of newspapers and sites.

For a little over an hour we focus in on the cast of The Hunt For Red October.  The story is pretty simple, but it’s the performances that really make the film memorable and we go over the main cast, which includes but is not limited to Tim Curry, Sam Neil, Alec Baldwin, and, of course, Sean Connery.  What makes their performances so good?  What are the best scenes?  How many times does Mike lapse into a Sean Connery impersonation?  Listen and find out!

A huge thanks to Zaki for coming out to play on this one.

Next Time: If everything goes to plan I’ll have a special Fourth of July episode for your listening pleasure.

FOB SHOWCASE PRESENTS…CAPTAIN AMERICA 1979

FOB Showcase Presents…Captain America 1979

Back in 1979, CBS and Universal took a stab at giving Captain America his own television series.  Two pilot films were produced and aired, but a series didn’t follow like it did with the Incredible Hulk.  Why?  Well, there are a lot of reasons for that and that’s what this episode of Fortress of Baileytude Showcase Presents is about.

Joining me to talk about, discuss, dissect, celebrate, and sometimes take cheap shots at these films is Joe Crowe (co-director of the American Sci-Fi Classics Track at DragonCon) and Kevin Eldridge (fellow Classic Track Irregular and co-host of the FlopCast) and boy did we have a good time talk about these movies.  We go into how we first saw these movies as well as why we are in such an awesome place when it comes to super-hero entertainment.

This was very much like one of the panels we would put on at DragonCon, just not recorded in a conference room.  We may not have a cool van with a motorcycle that rockets out of the back so we can jump your jeeps, but we get by.

I wanted to thank Joe and Kevin for joining me on this journey.  It was a lot of fun.  Stay tuned until after the end music for a special clip just for Joe.

FOB SHOWCASE PRESENTS – MIKE AND RACHEL VS MARVEL PHASE 3 PART 4

Mike and Rachel vs Marvel Phase 3 Part 4 – Spider-Man: Homecoming

Welcome to the fourth installment of a Fortress of Baileytude Showcase Presents mini-series… Mike and Rachel vs Marvel Phase 3!  The premise of this series was simple; Mike and his wife Rachel watch one of the Marvel Phase 3 films and then talk/argue about them.  This is all a part of the Fortress’ desire to catch a few new listeners based on the upcoming release of Avengers: Infinity War.

At least that was the theory.  Then real life got in the way.  But the recordings are still there, so I can release them whenever.

Like when a new Spider-Man film comes out.

This time out Mike and Rachel discuss Spider-Man: Homecoming and as opposed to the previous episode where things were wrapped up in a little over twenty minutes this one run well over an hour.

Apparently the Baileys had some things to say about this one.

One of those things was Iron Man’s involvement in the movie.  Mike has a very particular opinion about this and goes into detail about why he didn’t have a problem with it.  Rachel liked the movie but had some quibbles and most of those issues had to do with Peter jet setting around the world with little to no repercussions.  There’s also a discussion about how the movie Spider-Man came to be compared to his comic book roots and why certain problems people had with this film don’t matter in the context of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.  The Baileys also gush over Michael Keaton’s performance.  Because it was awesome.

And there is a discussion involving self-love towards the end.  Heads up.

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Next Time: Thor: Ragnarok.  When I get to editing it.

FOB PODCASTING NETWORK 2018 HOLIDAY SPECTACULAR FINALE

The Fortress of Baileytude Podcasting Network 2018 Holiday Spectacular Finale

Happy Holidays, one and all, and welcome to the seventh and final day of The Fortress of Baileytude Podcasting Network 2018 Holiday Spectacular!  DC Comics recently published a 100 page comic titled World’s Greatest Super-Heroes Holiday Special through their distribution deal with Wal-Mart.  I liked the cut of the comic’s jib and thought it might be fun to get together with a few friends to discuss the seven stories inside.  The Irredeemable Shag, one of the co-founders of The Fire and Water Podcast Network, invited me to their giant new headquarters, called The Bunker, and so Eliza(my assistant from Views From The Longbox) and I hopped into the car and headed north.

No, Andy, it wasn’t to ski.

For this final installment of The Fortress of Baileytude Podcasting Network 2018 Holiday Spectacular I am once again joined by Alan and Em Middleton to talk about the Green Lanterns story that closed out the World’s Greatest Super-Heroes Holiday Special.  This story takes place during The Feast of the Epiphany (or Twelfth Night, as it is also known) and deals with Simon Baz and Jessica Cruz, two of the Green Lanterns in Sector 2814, leaving the Three Kings celebration at the home of Jessica’s family to deal with an alien incursion.  The aliens (there are three of them) bring a test and if the Lanterns pass the test they will given a great gift.  Simon and Jessica accept and face the challenges given to them.  Alan, Em and I talk about who these Green Lanterns are, the continuity of the Feast of the Three Kings, and more.

As this is the final installment of this series there is no next time to discuss, so I wanted to take the opportunity to thank everyone that helped to make this Spectacular possible by telling you where you can find them if you weren’t familiar with their shows.  I am assuming that you already are familiar with them but just in case you weren’t aware of  the amazing shows these people host here they are.

Also a big thank you to Shag for buying me the copy of World’s Greatest Super-Heroes Holiday Special when the local Walmart didn’t get it until a week after Shag and I recorded his segments.

I hope everyone enjoyed these episodes.  They were a lot of fun to put together and no matter what you celebrate I hope your holiday season is filled with warmth and/0r family and/or love and/or whatever else makes you happy.

FOB PODCASTING NETWORK 2018 HOLIDAY SPECTACULAR PART 6

The Fortress of Baileytude Podcasting Network 2018 Holiday Spectacular Part 6

Happy Holidays, one and all, and welcome to the sixth day of The Fortress of Baileytude Podcasting Network 2018 Holiday Spectacular!  DC Comics recently published a 100 page comic titled World’s Greatest Super-Heroes Holiday Special through their distribution deal with Wal-Mart.  I liked the cut of the comic’s jib and thought it might be fun to get together with a few friends to discuss the seven stories inside.  The Irredeemable Shag, one of the co-founders of The Fire and Water Podcast Network, invited me to their giant new headquarters, called The Bunker, and so Eliza(my assistant from Views From The Longbox) and I hopped into the car and headed north.

No, Andy, it wasn’t to ski.

This time out I am sticking with Xum Yukinori to discuss the Harley Quinn story from this 100 Page GiantHarley has discovered that she has a gray hair, which leads her on a quest to find Father Time so she can prevent him from dying, which will birth the new year and thus stop the aging process.  Things get wacky and, not to spoil things, this might actually be the best story in the book.  Xum and I also discuss Harley in general, specifically how she is perceived both in terms of her relationship with The Joker and on her own.

Next Time: The final story!  I circle back to The Middletons and we discuss the Green Lanterns story from this special!

FOB PODCASTING NETWORK 2018 HOLIDAY SPECTACULAR PART 5

The Fortress of Baileytude of Podcasting 2018 Holiday Spectacular Part 5

Happy Holidays, one and all, and welcome to the fifth day of The Fortress of Baileytude Podcasting Network 2018 Holiday Spectacular!  DC Comics recently published a 100 page comic titled World’s Greatest Super-Heroes Holiday Special through their distribution deal with Wal-Mart.  I liked the cut of the comic’s jib and thought it might be fun to get together with a few friends to discuss the seven stories inside.  The Irredeemable Shag, one of the co-founders of The Fire and Water Podcast Network, invited me to their giant new headquarters, called The Bunker, and so Eliza(my assistant from Views From The Longbox) and I hopped into the car and headed north.

No, Andy, it wasn’t to ski.

This time out I head on over to the office of Xum Yukinori to discuss the Batwoman story from this 100 Page Giant.  Things are a little fuzzy for me right when I got there and I’m not quite sure what happened but eventually Xum invited me into his office and we got to work.  We switch gears from all of the Christmas talk and discuss a story set during one of the nights of Hanukkah.  Kate Kane is approached by a hooded man at a diner, which leads her having to become Batwoman to take down a supposed legitimate corporation, which is secretly running an illegal gun operation.  Xum and I also discuss Batwoman as a character and reveal our thoughts on how she was portrayed in the recent CW crossover.

Next Time: I stick around Xum’s office and we chat about the Harley Quinn story set on New Year’s Eve!

FOB PODCASTING NETWORK 2018 HOLIDAY SPECTACULAR PART 4

The Fortress of Baileytude Podcasting Network 2018 Holiday Spectacular Part 4

Happy Holidays, one and all, and welcome to the fourth day of The Fortress of Baileytude Podcasting Network 2018 Holiday Spectacular!  DC Comics recently published a 100 page comic titled World’s Greatest Super-Heroes Holiday Special through their distribution deal with Wal-Mart.  I liked the cut of the comic’s jib and thought it might be fun to get together with a few friends to discuss the seven stories inside.  The Irredeemable Shag, one of the co-founders of The Fire and Water Podcast Network, invited me to their giant new headquarters, called The Bunker, and so Eliza(my assistant from Views From The Longbox) and I hopped into the car and headed north.

No, Andy, it wasn’t to ski.

During this installment I play a song that is Christmas related but not actually from a Christmas album before heading over to The Fire and Water Podcast Network cafeteria and meet up with Alan and Em Middleton.  We talk about the Batman story from the World’s Greatest Super-Heroes Holiday Special 100 Page Giant and because that has to do with the introduction of the latest version of Ace the Bat Hound we end up talking about dogs in general and the differences between dogs and cats.  We also discuss how service animals can help people and why they are a bi-partisan idea.

There is also the mention of an omelette bar, which makes me want another omelette right now.

Next Time: A Batwoman story with Professor Xum Yukinori!

FOB PODCASTING NETWORK 2018 HOLIDAY SPECTACULAR PART 3

The Fortress of Baileytude Podcasting Network 2018 Holiday Spectacular Part 3

Happy Holidays, one and all, and welcome to the third day of The Fortress of Baileytude Podcasting Network 2018 Holiday Spectacular!  DC Comics recently published a 100 page comic titled World’s Greatest Super-Heroes Holiday Special through their distribution deal with Wal-Mart.  I liked the cut of the comic’s jib and thought it might be fun to get together with a few friends to discuss the seven stories inside.  The Irredeemable Shag, one of the co-founders of The Fire and Water Podcast Network, invited me to their giant new headquarters, called The Bunker, and so Eliza(my assistant from Views From The Longbox) and I hopped into the car and headed north.

No, Andy, it wasn’t to ski.

This time out I head back to Shag’s office in The Fire and Water Bunker to talk about another story from the World’s Greatest Super-Heroes Holiday Special 100 Page Giant from DC Comics.  On the way I go through some of the songs on my 2018 Christmas playlist because originally this was supposed to be one special so the fact that the conversation with Shag is really short doesn’t work anymore because putting out a 25 minute special would throw off the rhythm of a seven part series holiday music is always fun to go through. Then, I finally arrive at Shag’s office and we talk about the Supergirl story from this anthology.  We also discuss the version of Supergirl that appears in this tale (including how inappropriately she was presented when she was introduced in 2004) and how this particular Kara was treated before Sterling Gates and Jamal Igle turned her around.

Next Time: I head off to grab something to eat and maybe run into a podcasting duo that is not actually part of The Fire and Water Podcast Network.  Also…Batman.

FOB PODCASTING NETWORK 2018 HOLIDAY SPECTACULAR PART 2

The Fortress of Baileytude Podcasting Network 2018 Holiday Spectacular Part 2

Happy Holidays, one and all, and welcome to the second day of The Fortress of Baileytude Podcasting Network 2018 Holiday Spectacular!  DC Comics recently published a 100 page comic titled World’s Greatest Super-Heroes Holiday Special through their distribution deal with Wal-Mart.  I liked the cut of the comic’s jib and thought it might be fun to get together with a few friends to discuss the seven stories inside.  The Irredeemable Shag, one of the co-founders of The Fire and Water Podcast Network, invited me to their giant new headquarters, called The Bunker, and so Eliza(my assistant from Views From The Longbox) and I hopped into the car and headed north.

No, Andy, it wasn’t to ski.

During this installment I hang out with Chris Franklin for about an hour to talk about a classic Superman Christmas story, Metropolis Mailbag.  Superman has a tradition; once a year, around the holidays, he visits the main branch of the Metropolis Post Office to sort through the mail that gets sent to him.  This time he brings Lois and she helps him not only go through the mail but choose which letters might require his attention.  Chris and I also chat about this era of Superman in general, why it was so important and what the sequel to this story was like.  Before all of that, though, I get a bit lost in the Fire and Water Bunker hallways, so you get to hear what that was like too.

Next Time: Alfred has a Christmas present for Batman.  Let’s see if he notices.  With two surprise special guests.

FOB PODCASTING NETWORK 2018 HOLIDAY SPECTACULAR PART 1

The Fortress of Baileytude Podcasting Network 2018 Holiday Spectacular Part 1

Happy Holidays, one and all, and welcome to the first day of The Fortress of Baileytude Podcasting Network 2018 Holiday Spectacular!  DC Comics recently published a 100 page comic titled World’s Greatest Super-Heroes Holiday Special through their distribution deal with Wal-Mart.  I liked the cut of the comic’s jib and thought it might be fun to get together with a few friends to discuss the seven stories inside.  The Irredeemable Shag, one of the co-founders of The Fire and Water Podcast Network, invited me to their giant new headquarters, called The Bunker, and so Eliza (my assistant from Views From The Longbox) and I hopped into the car and headed north.

No, Andy, it wasn’t to ski.

During the first part of this seven part extravaganza I meet up with the previously mentioned Irredeemable Shag and after he saves me from a sticky predicament (you’ll have to listen to see what that’s about) and shows me around the facility we head to his office to discuss the first story in this 100 page Giant.  Actually, we talk about the Wal-Mart 100 Page comics in general and then talk about the first story in this book.  This one is a Flash tale where Barry Allen has to deal with a prison riot on Christmas Eve.  Who is behind such a dastardly act and which unlikely ally shows up to help out The Flash?  Listen and find out!

Next Time: A certified classic Superman Christmas story with special guest Chris Franklin!