WFTM Podcast Episode 11: Now With Better Sound!

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It’s the Working for the Mandroid podcast – now with better sound! Hopefully Leslie and Fernando’s voices are a little less squeaky as we discuss the return of John Constantine to television, some of the news from D23, and review Straight Outta Compton and the first season of AMC’s Humans. We also discuss the latest on Leslie’s reading list and a couple of our personal predictions for the upcoming week.

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So what’s in Episode 11?

News:

John Constantine will return to television… On Arrow!

First Look at Baymax in Kingdom Hearts III

Baymax and Sorra versus Nega-Baymax!

Baymax and Sorra versus Nega-Baymax!

Disney Announced a 14 Acre Star Wars Themed Addition to Their Parks

A Producer Talks Potential “Female Centric” League of Extraordinary Men Reboot

What We’re Watching:

Straight Outta Compton

Humans season 1 (spoilers starting around 31:42 through 48:54)

What Leslie’s Reading:

In The Unlikely Event by Judy Blume

Comic Con and the Business of Pop Culture by Rob Salkowitz

Swift, Brutal Retaliation by Meghan McCarron (short story on Tor.com)

What We Predict For the Next Week:

Fernando: He will be obsessed with British soccer

Leslie: She will be bored by Fear the Walking Dead and will fall into a deep hole of wedding planning 

Follow us on Twitter @WorkforMandroid and @fernborrego

Email your questions, concerns, thoughts and comments to WorkingfortheMandroid@gmail.com

 

Intro & Outro Music is “Robot Army” by Quiet Music for Tiny Robots, provided via freemusicarchive.org through a Creative Commons License

 

Random Tuesday: Mini Movie Review - The Amazing Spider-Man

The Amazing Spider-Man (2012)
Starring Andrew Garfield & Emma Stone

I love Andrew Garfield. I’m not entirely sure why, but somewhere about ten minutes into his introduction in The Social Network, I decided I needed to see everything he’s ever been in. That still hasn’t happened though I retrospectively realized I’d already seem him in an episode of Doctor Who. Despite that I was hesitant when he was cast as Spider-Man in yet another reboot. I wasn’t a huge fan of Tobey McGuire’s dopey version of Peter Parker, but it still seemed a little early to already reboot the entire universe.

And because of that The Amazing Spider-Man is both a fun and boring movie. As expected Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker is a perfect fit. He’s equal parts boyish science geek and believable bratty hero, who realizes that he can really help people if he tried. Emma Stone as Gwen Stacy is also a great fit, but then again Stone is one of the few females on my “I Would Watch Them in Just About Anything” list. Gwen comes across as a strong female without making stupid decisions or trying to weigh Peter down with guilt.

To be honest all the actors are pretty awesome as their respective characters, though Martin Sheen as Uncle Ben comes off a little heavy handed with his various lectures of responsibility. The problem with The Amazing Spider-Man is that it feels so familiar. While the writers attempted to do a new twist on the Spider-Man origin story, there’s only so much that you can do with a story that’s already so familiar. I enjoyed the training sequence involving learning skateboarding tricks and the fight on the subway, but some of the fight scenes, especially with the main bad guy, felt like I’d already seen it before.

In retrospect, I can pull out several scenes that I really enjoyed, probably because of Garfield’s performance, so I would probably end up liking this movie must more on a re-watch on a rainy Sunday afternoon. But immediately after viewing it seems a little forgettable. I hope that in the inevitable sequel, the writers take the story in a drastically different direction than the Tobey McGuire trilogy either in tone, visual aspects or plotting because the actors they’ve hired to play the main parts are spot-on. It’s the story and direction that needs a little more distinctive oomph.

 

And to make this Comic Con related, have a picture of adorable Andrew Garfield at 2011 Comic Con.

He's so FLUFFY!

Follow Friday (8) & TGIF (1): What I Have Done to Obtain Books and More Fangirling of Cinder

Follow Friday is hosted by Rachel of Parajunkee and Alison of Alison Can Read, who are both wonderful people and you should visit their awesome sites.

 

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Q:  What's the craziest thing you've ever done to get your hands on any particular book?

I don't think I've done anything that crazy for a book before.  Since I discovered that publishers give books away at Comic Con though, I've stalked booths, skipped panels to run down to the convention hall to pick up ARCs and carried around 20+ pound tote bags around for 12 or more hours at a time.  We brought an extra suitcase last year and it still wasn't enough space for all the swag and books we got.  So nothing too crazy about any one specific book, but kind of crazy stalker things for a bunch of different free books.

 

I've been meaning to start doing TGIF hosted by GReads! but I keep forgetting about it.  Not any longer!  The point of TGIF is to celebrate that it's Friday by answering a random question and then recapping everything that happened at your blog over the week.  So here goes...

Q: Recommend It: Which book from the last 10 you've read would you recommend to a friend.

Easy - Cinder by Marissa Meyer.  I've read a lot of independently published and small press books lately (as well as the door stopper that is A Game of Thrones), but nothing captured my imagination or transported me farther away than Cinder did.  You can read my full review of it here.

As for what's been happening around Working for the Mandroid this week:

- We finished up the Dreaming of Books giveaway hop and announced its winner as well as the winners of a few other contests here

- I reviewed Homelands, volume 6 of Fables, and The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux

- Fernando covered Random Tuesday by comparing both Sherlocks of the Cumberbatch and Downey variety

- A short In My Mailbox went up on Sunday and included some books I'm very excited about

- I also posted a new page that will keep track of all my 2012 reading challenges (currently signed up for eight)

 

And just a short look at next week: 

- We're hosting one (perhaps even two) stops on WH Buxton's tour for his inventive cyberpunk-meets- corporate-shenanigans Cyberlife.  A review will go up Monday with a possible interview on Tuesday.

- Resa Nelson, author of The Dragonslayer's Sword and The Iron Maiden, will be dropping by on Wednesday for a guest post about the research she had to put into her dragon fantasy.  There will also be some free stuff and a giveaway.

- As you can see from the side bar, I'm currently reading Robopocalypse.  Expect lots of fangirling about robots on Thursday.  Fernando just finished The Hunger Games, so I might get a review out of him as well.

 

And that's that.  I'll be making tweaks to the site over the weekend (hopefully) and making final decisions on a few other reader challenges that my eagerness wants to enter but my brain is preventing.  Have a great weekend and tell me something fun you're planning on reading or doing this weekend.