Listed below are websites, YouTube channels and podcasts focusing on movies, TV, books and comics that we recommend for your further surfing, viewing and listening enjoyment:
20,000 Songs Can’t Be Wrong (music blog) — John’s buddy Todd listens to his entire CD collection and writes about it from different angles. For example: the all-time best Track No. 2s.
Aliens vs. Predator Galaxy (“Aliens,” “Predator” and “AvP” website) — This fan site features the latest news in the “Aliens,” “Predator” and “AvP” franchises, plus coverage of the movies, games, comics and novels.
BuffyWorld (“Buffy”/ “Angel” website) — This oldie-but-goodie site has all your basic research needs for the televised era of the franchise, including teleplay scripts and episode trailers.
Eat the Corn (“The X-Files” website) — If John’s level of obsessiveness in his “X-Files” flashback reviews is too tame for you, check out this site. These analyses of “X-Files” episodes, comics, etc., are much more informative than you’d get from Deep Throat or Mr. X. Plus, the site offers an archive of rare interviews with the cast and crew.
The Forbidden Zone (“Planet of the Apes” website) — This excellent “Apes” fan site gathers the latest news and covers almost every aspect of the saga, but has a blind spot for some of the comics.
Gilmore Guys (podcast) — Kevin, Demi and usually a guest banter about every episode of “Gilmore Girls” and “Bunheads,” plus the pilot episode of “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.” They also interview key players from “Gilmore Girls” in bonus episodes. And in the follow-up, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel Goys,” Kevin and Alice break down every episode of Amy Sherman-Palladino’s new series.
Hero Movie Podcast (superhero movies and TV shows podcast) — Three adults who are kids at heart engage in lively discussions of new and old superhero films and TV series. It’s funny yet family friendly, geeky yet accessible. You can listen on the site, via iTunes or via YouTube.
How Did This Get Made? (movie podcast) — Comedians banter about bad movies. It’s almost worth watching the bad films just to hear them make fun of them.
Hunter’s “Planet of the Apes” Archive (website) — Another great “Apes” fan site, it features tons of fun stuff from the saga’s history, including a thorough collection of merchandise images, and regularly adds material in new posts.
I Was There Too (movie podcast) — Matt Gourley conducts short, accessible interviews with cast and crew who had a small part to play in a big movie.
Klayton Fioriti (“Jurassic Park” YouTube channel) — Klayton Fioriti serves up the most anayltical videos about the “Jurassic Park” franchise you’ll find anywhere. He covers the novels and movies in detail, and also branches into the comics and video games.
The Leaky Cauldron and MuggleCast (“Harry Potter”/ Wizarding World websites and podcasts) — TLC (which features PotterCast) and MuggleCast have been the leading “Potter” sites from the days when we anticipated the next book to the current era of “Fantastic Beasts” films.
Mars Investigations (“Veronica Mars” website) — This fan site features tons of details about every episode, including the mysteries and the music. It also chronicles the behind-the-scenes journey of the 2014 movie from a Kickstarter campaign to a theatrical film.
Matt’s Expanded Universe (“Star Wars” Legends YouTube channel) — In a series of YouTube videos, Matt Wilkins reviews the entire run of Legends books and comics in chronological order, “as best he knows how.” John doesn’t always agree with his reviews, but he does share his passion for old-school “Star Wars” and disinterest in Disney’s work. Matt is a key player in keeping Legends alive.
Nathan Butler (“Star Wars” YouTube channel) — An uber-fan of both Legends and Disney “Star Wars,” Nathan has YouTube video series devoted to the screen works (“From the Star Wars Home Video Library”) and the bookshelf (“From the Star Wars Library”). This channel is a great source for analytical reviews of the whole history of GFFA entertainment.
No Line Cinemas (“Star Wars” Legends audio dramas) — Although we don’t always say it loudly, some of us actually like the original Marvel run of “Star Wars” comics. If you’d like to delve even further into those stories, check out this site featuring fan-made audio dramas. Of particular interest are the “Star Wars Marvels” tales, which adapt storylines from the 1977-85 series.
Pipeline Comics (“Valerian and Laureline” reviews) — Augie De Blieck Jr. reviews lots of comics at his site, but of particular interest to John are his in-depth reviews of this classic series that led to a blockbuster film 50 years after it began.
“Planet of the Apes” official website — The 50th anniversary site covers every aspect of the “Apes” saga, but leans toward the most recent stuff.
Reviews From My Couch (movie and TV blog) — When Shaune isn’t writing for Cold Bananas, he writes additional movie and TV posts and tracks his viewing habits and ratings at his home site.
Starkiller Sound (“Star Wars” audio dramas) — John has lamented that there weren’t enough “Star Wars” audio dramas produced in the Legends days. If you feel the same way, here are a ton of fan-produced stories that prove the medium is still alive and well in the internet age. Friendly to both Legends and Disney fans.
TMNT Entity (blog) — If John’s level of obsessiveness in his “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” flashback reviews is too tame for you, check out this site. Mark Pelligrini digs into old and new “TMNT” comics (and other products) with the zeal of a fan and the eye of a critic, and also provides handy indexes to help you with your reading order and filling out your collection.
We Hate Movies (movie podcast) — Four friends banter about bad movies. It’s almost worth watching the bad films just to hear them make fun of them. John listened to the “TMNT II: The Secret of the Ooze” episode twice, and he actually kind of likes that movie.