Tuesday, April 25, 2017

What is a Podcast? Episode 3 of our Claptrap Podcast is LIVE NOW!

What is a podcast? I've been wondering this to myself. The Claptrap Podcast hasn't been anything that can be easily defined. It's experimental, it's weird, and it's a hell of a lot of fun to make. We're not trying to be the best podcast on the market. But when you ask your friends for podcast recommendations please keep us in mind.

So the next time you think to yourself, "What is a podcast?" keep an open mind.

Watch the video by clicking the "play" button above or click the link below the video to download the official audio for free!



Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Claptrap - Episode 2

The second installment of Team Penny Candy's Claptrap Podcast is now live! Click the link above to listen. If you like it, be sure to drop a comment or a like!


Monday, April 17, 2017

Claptrap Podcast: Dramatic Readings of Stream of Consciousness

Claptrap Podcast Episode 1

Click the link above to listen to the first episode of the Claptrap Podcast! You can download the file for free!

How did this come about?

I have wanted to try my hand at a podcast before but wasn't sure what I wanted to do (I still don't, but that's besides the point). Every morning as a warm-up I set a timer for 25 minutes, close my eyes, and write the first thing to pop into my head. If it starts to take steps in a certain direction I let it, but I don't have any thoughts or ideas beforehand. I just let out whatever mess was next in line.

This was a ton of fun to make and I'll be sure to post every new episode here as well.

Thanks so much!


Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Netflix Marvel's Iron Fist Review

Iron Fist marks Marvel's fourth venture with Netflix soon to be followed by The Defenders later this year. Marvel has had great success and critical acclaim with their previous shows Daredevil, Jessica Jones and Luke Cage however the reception of Iron Fist has been mixed... with a dirty spoon. Putting all cries of white privilege and cultural appropriation aside, which shouldn't be a factor, the show is lacking in almost every aspect.

You can't make a good television show, movie, or play without a good script. It's the foundation that the rest of the production stands on. Iron Fist invokes the image of a first time yoga student attempting a tree pose. From its slow build to nothing and mind-numbing dialogue it's a wonder how I was able to sit through this show at all. The most believable moments, and my favorite to boot, all came whenever Danny Rand was telling people he was some warrior monk with mystical powers. The reactions were the most grounded, solid bits of dialogue throughout the entire season. Jones, who played the main character, Rand, had perhaps the worst lines out of any of the actors. This is no fault of his, as actors only have to say what is written for them. This left me indifferent to him as a character. I didn't really feel that anything he was saying was worth listening to. It was tough to binge more than two episodes at a time due to this and breaks were all but required after episodes with interaction between Rand and Colleen Wing.

The poor script doesn't leave much for the actors to work with, however I don't have confidence that Jones's performance wouldn't have come across as a first year theater student understudying the lead. In fact, most of the performances are lackluster, basic at best, and I'm not sure how much of that is attributed to the direction of the show. The most compelling character for me was Ward, played by Tom Pelphrey. He is given the most interesting arc, has the best dialogue, and gives perhaps the best overall performance the show has to offer. He's the leader of a multi-billion dollar company who secretly meets with his supposedly dead father only to be berated and emotionally manipulated. He falls into a downward spiral and eventually takes action to help himself. It felt as if I was watching a show about Ward with long, boring breaks to focus on Rand.

The production quality of the show is similar to the rest of Marvel's Netflix endeavors but the budget falls short in the worst possible areas. The Iron Fist is supposed to be the undisputed martial arts master of the Marvel universe but this Danny Rand seems like he would struggle against Happy Hogan. And I'm supposed to believe he stacks up to the likes of Captain America, Tony Stark, and Black Widow? Please. Much of the choreography would be made more enjoyable with sound effect “slap” sounds.

A weak script, an unbelievable lead, and a poor representation of kung-fu in a show all bout a guy who should be the best at kung-fu make Iron Fist a chore to watch. I can't help but wonder if this show was hastily made to make way for the upcoming Defenders. Let's all hope that Marvel doesn't drop the ball with their next Netflix project.


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We're prepared to provide our two cents on just about anything and everything that sparks our interest but it's only fair that we're completely honest up front. This is a learning experience. No one here is a professional. At least, until I can put 'asshole' on my resume.

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What is a Podcast? Episode 3 of our Claptrap Podcast is LIVE NOW!

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