It's a special summer movie threeway! We chat about the hottest films of recent months, Chi and Tim destroy their friendship, and we come to the inevitable conclusion that Superman is a terrible, terrible superhero. With Richard Naik Chi Kong Lui, and Tim Spaeth.

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Richard Naik

Richard Naik

Born and raised in St. Louis, MO, Richard received his first console (the NES) at the age of six, and from that point on games have been an integral part of his life, whether it's been frittering summers away with the likes of Mario, Mega Man, and the Zerg or partaking in marathon sessions of Halo, Team Fortress 2 or Left 4 Dead. After being a longtime reader of GameCritics, Richard joined the staff in March of 2009, and over the years Richard grew into the more prominent role of part-time podcast host.

In 2016, he spearheaded a complete rebuild of the website, earning him the title of Chief Engineer.

His gaming interests are fairly eclectic, ranging from 2D platformers to old-school-style adventure games to RPGs to first-person shooters. So in other words, he’ll play pretty much anything.
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6 Comments on " Podcast Episode 94: GameCritics at the Movies"

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Pacific Rim pretty much rips from Neon Genesis: Evangelion with the whole “synchronize with a mech to fight giant monsters” idea. I’m pretty sure Evangelion was a much deeper, yet nonsensical take on the subject, however.

Good podcast discussion. I think way too much fealty is paid to the fan community. It is clear to me that fans run Hollywood these days. Fanboys aged 18-49 appear to be the primary summer blockbuster demographic, if not the primary movie demographic period. While I appreciate the thought and love that goes into the Star Trek reboot and the Marvel movies, I find the unceasing demands for fanboy fealty a little tiresome. So I take exception to Tim’s demands that Superman be more like the Christopher Reeve portrayal because that iteration is more “faithful” to the classic Superman persona.… Read more »
But I thought the first film covered that aspect in making it clear that this was a new timeline? Frankly as a huge trek fan I was overjoyed with the idea of it being completely fresh, surely that was the point in doing the whole timeline change anyway? So I thought it was a bit disappointing and unnecessary to have the Khan story,not just because it happens to be a huge fave of mine, but it just comes across as the writers running out of ideas, like using Khan was some sort of safe option. The use of Khan was… Read more »
Jeff Hohner
The scenes repeated from Wrath of Khan that Tim finds annoying were not just for fan-service but were necessary to create a parallelism with the events from the previous time-line. Yes, we’ve seen it before, that’s the point (aside from the touching reversal –Kirk sacrificing himself instead of Spock). The point is to underline (we hope for the last time) that the new franchise proceeds in its own, different universe, set apart, yet made of the same DNA as the beloved, but now irrelevant, canon. This gymnastic was necessary for the reboot of such a deep and studied IP. Kudos… Read more »
Damn, is there not any feasible method of ensuring Tim is always on the podcasts? ;p Of the films discussed I’ve only seen Man of Steel but my opinion differs to both Chi and Tim. I think Chi is waaay too caught-up in the explosive novelty of the film; it’s not that great. On the flip-side, Tim wants something from the film that is personal to him (which is not necessarily a bad thing, but is difficult for Snyder to achieve). For me Man of Steel was kinda okay. I liked the flashback scenes and thought that the action sequences… Read more »

I was very much looking forward to a new podcast, until I realized I haven’t seen any of the movies you’re likely talking about. Got some work to do…