The Dorking Out Show

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Jul 10, 2017

Show Rundown: In this week’s episode, friend of the show Ben Weddell, host of Big Ben’s Movie Show, joins Chris for a review of “Spider-Man: Homecoming.” Why am I not reviewing it, too? Because I actually decided to wait to see it opening day. I’m not as inpatient as my co-host who just HAD to see it early and review it right away. OR maybe I have a life and I can’t stop everything to see yet another Spider-Man movie. Or maybe - just maybe - it’s a scheduling thing. In our second segment, we step into the ring and talk about Netflix’s new series “Glow,” about the Gorgeous Ladies Of Wrestling. And finally we end our show with what we’re dorking out about this week. 


Topic 1: Spider-Man: Homecoming Review (No Spoilers) and the Semi-Annual State of the Marvel Cinematic Universe

Well, a few weeks have passed, so that means a new movie in the octopus-like Marvel Cinematic Universe has been released.

But this one is a bit different. Spider-Man: Homecoming came out Friday, starring Tom Holland as Peter Parker and Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man and Michael Keaton as one of the few great Marvel villains seen on screen, The Vulture. Big deal, you may say. After all, Marvel is churning these movies out one every four months now. And who cares, you may say, this is the seventh major motion picture with Spider-Man since Sam Raimi’s original Tobey Maguire Spider-Man in 2002.

But this is the first time Spider-Man has had a whole movie all to himself in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and only the second time MCU uber-producer and Kevin Feige have worked with a rival studio, in this case Spider-Man rights holder Sony, to produce a movie for the MCU.

Was the wait and all the fanboy hype over the last two years leading up to this worth it? Joining me today to talk about Spider-Man Homecoming is friend of the show, Ben Weddell, host of Big Ben’s Movie Show and one of the biggest Marvel Zombies I know.


Topic 2: GLOW Season 1 Review and 'Slight' Gems of Netflix

Since Dorking Out has a no binge watching-required rule, we have waited long enough to talk about Netflix’s new series, “Glow,” about the Gorgeous Ladies Of Wrestling. Apparently this was a real syndicated show is the late 80s. I didn’t watch it, and I had never heard of it until I saw this show. This “Glow” is a fictionalized take on the creation of the show starring Allison Brie, Betty Gilpin and Marc Maron.

“Glow” is created by Liz Flahive and Carly Mensch, who worked on “Nurse Jackie,” “Weeds” and “Orange Is The New Black,” and those shows DNA is all over “Glow,” especially “Orange Is The New Black,” and I mean that in a good way.

It’s on Netflix. It stars a mostly female cast. And it’s loosely based on a true story. Like “Orange is the New Black” uses prison as its jumping off point, “Glow” is using wrestling to tell funny, interesting, touching stories about women from a variety of backgrounds. In “Glow” Allison Brie is an aspiring actress who thinks she’s kinda above this fake wrestling show, and kinda like Piper in “Orange Is The New Black” she discovers a lot about herself and that she is supposed to be there. I really like this show, and I’m excited to see season 2. 


What We’re Dorking Out About This Week:

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