Self-proclaimed geek, Dave Clements, explores the pop culture we love and love to hate, including comics, film, and television. All with minimal nerd rage.


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Self-proclaimed geek, Dave Clements, explores the pop culture we love and love to hate, including comics, film, and television. All with minimal nerd rage.






A Decade of Geek This! A Penultimate Goodbye?

It's time to make that episode. The one where we lay the show to rest. It's not the final goodbye, just because we really want both Dave and David to say goodbye together. In this episode, Dave gives shares why Geek This! had to end and what could be on the horizon.


Werewolf By Night: A Marvel Special Presentation

It's the first official episode of To The Movie & Back! We review the new Marvel Studios Special Presentation, Werewolf By Night, which was directed by Michael Giacchino. We also touch on his amazing career as a composer and touch on two other shorts he made, Monster Challenge and Short Trek: Ephraim and Dot. (Ephraim and Dot is exclusive to Paramount+ subscribers.) Dave also shares his distaste for The Wizard of Oz, David gives some thoughts on where we might see this short tie into the rest of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, ponder if Ghost will sponsor us, and if it was John. A lycanthrope superhero fights evil using the abilities given to him by a curse brought on by his bloodline.Werewolf By Night Synopsis IMDB Listing Werewolf By Night Official Trailer Monster Challenge Short Film Follow the show on Letterboxd! Subscribe to To The Movie & Back!


NEW SHOW! To The Movie & Back

Yes indeedy! David Hunt and Dave Clements are getting back together behind microphones in order to talk about movies!


Brief (?) Words About New Video Game Consoles

It's been a week since I got my Xbox Series S and I thought I'd talk about it. This one's rambly, like always, but in the near future I'm hoping to have some friends - new and old - join me in a discussion about all three of the new generation of consoles!


Pulling Back The Curtain: Thoughts on the Future of Geek This!

David Hunt and I are having discussions on bringing the podcast back! I decided to sit down behind the microphone by myself to share my thoughts, give a glimpse of what may be coming and why it matters. I've also asked for your input as a listener, so please let me know by getting in touch via the contact form or social media! My Twitter is @mrdaveclements and that's a good place to find me on the internet. Can't wait to start things up again and hear your feedback and ideas! Contact Form: Twitter:


Video Games & Staying Sane in Isolation

A lot of us are stuck at home right now and it might be rough for you. For me, there's not a lot of difference in my day-to-day, but the current situation can take its toll, for sure, no matter who you are. That said, I thought I'd hop on the mic and talk about video games. Oddly enough, I may be playing less than I had previously. Weird, right?


Minimal Nerd Rage & Creative Control

I had some things on my mind that I felt the need to share regarding the way we, as pop culture fans, handle changes to franchises and characters we love. I hope you enjoy this impromptu rant. I'd love to know what you think, too! Let me know on Twitter: Thanks for listening.


The Golden Age: Action Comics #1 & Marvel Comics #1

Two companies stand at the forefront of comics book publishing. While this is common knowledge, a good majority of readers may not have experienced the seminal issues that laid so much of the groundwork for what would come in the 80+ years that were to follow. This time on The Cape Gauntlet we'll be going back to the late 1930's. We'll be taking a look at Action Comics #1 from National Allied Publications and Marvel Comics #1 from Timely Comics. While Action Comics debuted Superman, Marvel...


Ocean’s Eleven (2001) – Heistmas

As we enter the Christmas season, it was only fitting to review some of my favorite heist movies. It is the biggest time of year for consumerism, so why not celebrate like this!? For my first installment of Heistmas, I'm talking about Ocean's Eleven, which will always hold a special place in my thief-movie-loving heart. The original Ocean's Eleven starred The Rat Pack - Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, and Sammy Davis, Jr - and was released in 1960. That, however, is not the movie I’m talking about today. I’m referring to the 2001 Steven Soderberg-directed film starring George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Julia Roberts, Matt Damon, Bernie Mac, Eliott Gould, Casey Affleck, Scott Caan, Don Cheadle, Shaobo Qin, and Carl Reiner. What a cast! If you’ve somehow missed Ocean's Eleven, the plot is simple: Danny Ocean (played by George Clooney) is released from prison after serving 4 of his 5-year sentence for felony fraud. Within 24 hours, he and his old partner, Rusty (Brad Pitt), put together a plan to rob three big-time Las Vegas casinos simultaneously. I know there are better heist movies out there but this movie holds its place of my favorite in the heist genre because the reveal at the end was something I had never seen before. In addition to that, the complexity of weaving the storylines of each character into the overall plan Danny and Rusty have required a lot of planning on writer, Ted Griffin’s part, as well as Soderberg’s as the director. The casting for Ocean's Eleven is spot-on and I can’t think of any other people who would have been better in any of the roles, aside from possibly Andy Garcia. I would have rather seen Al Pacino in that role, but we do get him in the second sequel, Ocean's Thirteen, so I guess it’s better than not getting him at all. Music tends to play a big part in my enjoyment of movies. Luckily the music here fits the mood of the entire film and rings back to the original from 1960. The one song that always pops into my head when thinking of Ocean's is “A Little Less Conversation” by Elvis Presley. While it’s easy to get stuck on well-known songs like that, David Holmes’ original music has the right energy and truly sets the tone for this particular heist. It’s cool, energetic, and keeps your attention during the montages where the crew is setting up or pulling off the job. The only problem I have from a music standpoint is that I can’t listen to the music without some of the lines from the movie when I pull it up on a streaming platform like Spotify. Nevertheless, I still love the feel it adds to the movie and, in a way, is a character itself. What are your thoughts on Steven Soderberg’s Ocean's Eleven? Have thoughts about this episode? I'd love to hear them! Use the contact form or hit me up on Twitter! Use the promo code GEEKTHIS for a free month at Coming to you this week from the Friendlies + Co Studio in Logansport, Indiana.


El Camino: Revisiting Breaking Bad

With the recent release of El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie on Netflix, I decided it was time to share my impression of Breaking Bad as whole, with a brief overview of the show, touching on Better Call Saul, and a short piece on El Camino itself.


The Golden Age: An Introduction

Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster brought the superhero comic into the mainstream when they debuted Superman's story in 1938 with Action Comics #1. In fact, they launched what would become the Golden Age of superhero comics, but what does that mean exactly?


The Cape Gauntlet (Trailer)

Golden. Silver. Bronze. Modern. All of these are eras in comic book history that had their own stories to tell and over the course of the last 80 years, there have been hundreds of thousands of issues published between the main two publishing companies - Marvel Comics and DC Comics - alone. They have pushed what we know about characters beloved for decades and, at times, have published story lines that have had dramatic and long-lasting effects on their universes. Sadly, we’re not super humans, so attempting to read every issue ever published is an impossibility. But what if you could go through the ones that mattered? The ones that set new precedents, created alternate timelines, ret-conned some of our favorite moments, and in some cases, changed the landscape of the comic industry as a whole? In this monthly series, I’ll be exploring many of those stories and getting a better grasp on how the issues, story arcs, and events shaped what we know, love, and hate. It’s important to know where our heroes came from so we can understand where they might be headed.


Disney/Fox Merger Complete

It only took $72 billion dollars to bring the X-Men and Fantastic Four rights to Disney. So what’s next and what could the impact be on Disney’s new intellectual properties? At the end of 2017, a battle began for the acquisition of rights to many of 21st Century Fox’s assets. The ones we’re immediately interested in here at GEEK THIS were, of course, those surrounding the X-Men, Fantastic Four, and other Marvel intellectual property. For most of us, this was one of those things that seemed unimaginable – all of the Marvel characters under one roof, with the ability to produce live-action versions of our favorite comic book storylines and scenes. After spending $72 billion and fighting with Comcast, The Walt Disney Company is now holding the rights to many of Fox’s assets. One thing was 30% of Hulu, which is interesting, due to the upcoming debut of the Disney+ streaming platform. With this particular acquisition, it actually gives Disney a majority of control, at 60% (they had a 30% share before the deal). No one is sure of those ramifications, but there are, of course, suspicions. It will be interesting to watch, to say the least. Episode photo courtesy of Ryan Reynolds Links from this episode “Disney and Fox Merger Officially Closes” – “Disney-Fox Deal Update: The Fox Movies and TV Shows Disney Now Owns” – Polygon “What’s going to happen to Hulu now that Disney owns it?” – Polygon Connect with us Facebook Twitter Support the show Make a donation via PayPal Buy a Shirt


Maybe This Isn’t For You

Season 6 of GEEK THIS! officially starts, comic writer Tom Taylor shuts down some Captain Marvel haters, and I share my newest ideology about geek culture. Episode Links Tom Taylor’s Twitter Thread Bandrew Says – Episode 159 As I return from the hiatus from what I now consider “Season 5” of the podcast, I’ve taken some time to think about the purpose of the show. That led me to start thinking about toxic fandom, something that has been more and more present within geek culture over the last few years. One of the biggest showings of toxic fandom was after Star Wars: Episode VIII – The Last Jedi was released in 2017. With this episode, I wanted to give a recent example of this situation. I also wanted to share a way for us as fans to battle the toxicity, which is what I now call the “Not For Me Ideology”. The short and sweet explanation of this is to simply understand that not everything is made for you. Thankfully, Tom Taylor did a great job of talking about this in the tweet I shared. Consider supporting GEEK THIS by donating.


Trailer Reaction – Avengers: Endgame

POTENTIAL SPOILER WARNING! For the first time in the history of the podcast, I’m breaking down a trailer! Back in April, Thanos snapped his fingers at the end of Infinity War and removed half of everything. Since then, we’ve all been wondering what will happen in the next chapter of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. A lot of fans took it upon themselves to try and guess the title of the film. On December 7, 2018, we not only received the answer to their questions and assumptions, but we got a trailer! My initial reaction to this trailer was pure excitement. Marvel Studios did a good job at keeping things close to their collective vests when it comes to the particulars of this film. There are secrets within the trailer and I was perfectly fine waiting until the movie was released to find the answers. That didn’t stop me from digging deeper into what was revealed within! Listen to the full episode to hear the break down, as well as some theories on what some of Marvel’s secrets are. Avengers: Endgame is set to release on April 26th, 2019. Consider supporting GEEK THIS by donating.


The Final Excelsior: Remembering Stan Lee

Stan Lee passed away on November 12, 2018, due to cardiac arrest triggered by respiratory and congestive heart failure. He was an icon in the comic book industry. He co-created some of the most popular characters alongside the likes of Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko, and so many other artists. Sadly, his life ended in turmoil. Even so, he was part of a legacy of amazing creators that encouraged all of us in one way or another. He inspired some of us to write or draw or create our own things. His appearances in Marvel films – and even his wonderful Teen Titans Go! to the Movies cameo – have become a staple for us. He’s made quite an impression on us and he will be sorely missed. I happened to be lucky enough to get my photo taken with Stan back in 2016, right alongside David Hunt and his wife. While it was an extremely quick experience, it has to be one of my favorite moments as a comic book fan. (He smelled exactly like you’d think he would.) Dave, Stan, Sabrina, and David at Cincinnati Comic Expo in 2016


Child’s Play (1988)

Chucky the Doll terrified me on multiple levels as a kid, so it took a lot of psyching myself up in order to watch Child’s Play. I have to say that I’m very glad I did, because I overcame my fear and laughed at myself in the process. Also, in this episode, I share the story that really spawned the fear of the demon doll! For those of you who haven’t seen My Buddy or Chucky compared directly, this is the horror I had to deal with as a kid. EPISODE LINKS Child’s Play Trailer My Buddy TV Spot Subscribe to GEEK THIS! CONNECT WITH US Facebook Twitter SUPPORT THE SHOW Become a Patron Buy a Shirt


Shaun of the Dead (2004) & Halloween (2018)

David Hunt returns, along with Michael Myers, as we chat about the 2004 modern zombie classic, Shaun of the Dead. After that, we jump into a conversation about our recent Halloween double-feature! Every time David is on the show, it’s a fun time for me. Hopefully it’s the same for you, too! If you want to hear more of David Hunt on GEEK THIS, leave a comment and let me know. And of course, I’d love to hear your opinion on any of the movies we talk about in this episode. EPISODE LINKS Shaun of the Dead Trailer Halloween (1978) Trailer Halloween (2018) Trailer Halloween Series Explained Subscribe to GEEK THIS! CONNECT WITH US Facebook Twitter SUPPORT THE SHOW Become a Patron Buy a Shirt


Cursed Comics Cavalcade #1

DC Comics has given us a horror-inspired 80-page giant in Cursed Comics Cavalcade #1. Since it’s October, I figured it’s only appropriate to talk about it! Also, I’ve brought back the Pull List segment back. If you’d like to check out my pull list, you can see it below, as well as following me over at League of Comic Geeks. It’s one of the best ways I’ve found to manage my own list while finding more books. Did you like the return of the Pull List segment? Yes Yes Submit EPISODE LINKS Purchase Cursed Comics Cavalcade #1 Ben Avery’s Website Huluween Playlist Subscribe CONNECT WITH US Facebook Twitter SUPPORT THE SHOW Become a Patron Buy a Shirt THIS WEEK’S PULL LIST


Huluween Film Fest (2018)

Huluween, if you’re oblivious, is Hulu’s month-long Halloween celebration. They have loads of featured horror films and TV shows plastered to the front of the website and their apps. In addition to this, they’re showcasing eight independent short films. Those are going to be what I’m covering today. If you’d like to watch these before I talk about them, you can watch them in an official playlist here. If you’d like to support GEEK THIS and get a free trial of Hulu, please use my affiliate link here. I’ll receive a small monetary kickback for each person who continues their service after the trial is over. URN – Directed and written by Ben Steiner; Produced by Dan Dixon THE RIZZLE – Directed by Josh Tanner; Written and produced by Josh Tanner & Jade Van Der Lei THE HUG – Directed, written, & produced by Jack Bishop and Justin Nijm THE BOX – Directed by Santiago C. Tapia; Written by Jessica Curtright & Santiago Tapia; Produced by: David Moore LIPPY – Directed & written by Lucy Campbell; Produced by Garry Paton HAUNTED, HORRIFYING SOUNDS FROM BEYOND THE GRAVE – Directed by Rodney Ascher; Written by Basil Quartermass; Produced by Tyler Glodt THE GILLYMUCK – Directed & written by Dan Samiljan; Produced by Noelle Hubbell CARVED – Directed & written by Justin Harding; Produced by Kris Elsley, Dale Andrews, Rob Brunner & Jason Kennedy