This week John and Bob argue over the reasons (association) football is vastly superior to basketball while Gus wisely stays out of it. We talk guilty pleasures, the enjoyment of works of… art that we know really aren’t up to much in the grand scheme of things.
This week we kick back and relax with no real topic in mind, but end up talking about television quite a bit. Everything from what we’ve been watching to consumer reports (John ends up shilling for Amazon, unintentionally; guys, if you want to sponsor us retroactively that’s fine with me), and odd British television station names. Naturally, we conclude with a discussion of 2001’s truly odd cgi-fest Final Fantasy: Spirits Within.
We record the long awaited first installment in our Michael Keaton Series this week, during which we actually talk about our love of America’s Finest Actor for a while after discussing a near-embarrassing social situation concerning Star Trek, The Wolf of Wall Street and John’s arrival at the pinnacle of human achievement. He cleared Spelunky HD! This was probably the best part of this week’s episode, really. (Guess who writes these summaries?)
Game of Thrones books we can’t remember the name of, a good Judge Dredd film we decide not to talk about, Robocop 2 (which we do talk about), and assorted complaints about recent Die Hard movies. All of that before we even get to our topic of the week! We’re talking disappointing movies, and the first in the series is the film that some claim “killed” Star Trek.
We’re back, finally! Happy New Year all, and what a year we have in store. We get together and talk about some of the cultural goliaths trundling our way this year. There is of course plenty of talk about Marvel films, some chatter about video games on the horizon and finally some teasing about the Michael Keaton podcast we’ve been promising for months.
God bless us, every one!
The guys get together for a Christmas ‘cast to round out the year, and much is discussed. Bob and John picture Nat King Cole in various historical scenarios, Gus talks about Home Alone and a good time is had by all. Along the way we talk about Christmas movies and what they’re all about, from the gothic atmosphere of Batman Returns to Albert Finney as a musical Ebenezer Scrooge.
We get together to talk about our favourite films and television of the year with some video games, random Rocky references and a brief discussion on the 2006 Rose Bowl game thrown in. John likes giant robots (no surprise), Bob likes clever British comedy from the 1980s (no surprise) and Gus is extremely anti the eating of moms’ faces (…no surprise).
Three uninformed adult men discuss young adult fiction this week! The Hunger Games, Twilight, Starship Troopers, it’s all there. This is the kind of podcast that discusses Robert Heinlein in the context of young adult fiction, because we’re cool like that. Along the way John and Gus chat about Brave New World, but don’t worry as we don’t spoil one of the great classics of modern science fiction because John hasn’t finished reading it yet, and Bob very briefly gets into some Marxist theory and empowerment.
This week, we discuss developments from the world of prestidigitation with Gus' Magic Corner and Bob and John try to convey why THE CABIN IN THE WOODS is so damn good without spoiling the film. You should all just watch THE CABIN IN THE WOODS if you haven't already. The main topic this week is popular music and its transitions from the 1990s through to today. Is Katy Perry's success that our civilization has long since begun to fall, or is the state of pop music now business as usual?
Gus is Robocop and Bob has been busy roaming the Caribbean in Assassin's Creed IV. John... is still reading The Belgariad. This week we talk about 1995... was it the end of creativity as we know it, or just the end of the 1990s as a culturally valid era?
No central topic this week, so we take a break to catch up and chat. Gus talks trailers, John gets his terrible WOLVERINE sequels mixed up, and Bob brings us up to date on his visit with NPR and a very cool upcoming project.
This week we have links!
The Appendix (and also @appendixjournal)
We talk about duos in film this week, from BAD BOYS to TWINS and all around in between. Also featured: tales of being a nerd in Vermont, THE GREAT GATSBY and shifty magicians.
We take on prison break films this week: everything from a film celebrating a Christ-like figure refusing to buckle under the system (COOL HAND LUKE) to a film celebrating a Christ-like figure refusing to buckle under the system (THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION). The merits of the TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES films are also debated.
We decide to have a chat about THE WALKING DEAD now that it's back on the air. Mostly we're trying to figure out... why is it so popular? And why are Bob and Gus still watching it? Also in this episode: we jinx Trey Parker and Matt Stone, John tries (and mostly fails) to explain why he likes Spelunky and Bob discusses some of forty seven films he watched over the weekend.
We sit down to discuss the movies that we need to see but haven't, including Psycho, The French Connection, and The Big Lebowski (it really ties the room together). Bob mixes American Football with Thelonious Monk; John watches Agents of Shield; Gus worries about SNL.
We lay out some of our Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. anxiety and Bob proposes the best possible Commissioner Gordon spin-off idea before we get down to talking about Apollo Creed and other “bad guys” that have won our hearts (or entertained us, at least).
We talk about the Emmys and GTA V before moving on to our favourite “development hell” projects. John and Bob dream of Halo while Gus holds strong to the classics. You know, dinosaurs and ghosts.
We talk all kinds of television topics this week, from House of Cards to Ironside with some SNL in between. Numerous topics for possible future podcast episodes that may or may not ever happen are also discussed. Also, if you like hearing an Irishman and an American describe Key & Peele sketches in detail for no apparent reason, we’ve got you covered.
We look back at some of the films of the summer, but not before commenting on Eddie Murphy’s return to the recording studio. How could we not? We also briefly have a Star Trek nerd-off (Gus wins) and Bob reveals a dark, dark secret.