A podcast about superhero movies, and some not-so-super hero movies. A funny, critical look at heroic fiction on screen from Republic serials to Imax blockbusters. If tights, capes, and close reads of pop culture are your thing, you're in the right place.
Episode 101 - Avengers: Infinity War (2018)
It's the superhero movie of the century (until the next one!) and Anthony and Andrew and dusting off the mics to tackle Marvel's The Avengers's: Infinity War!
Can anything stop the Grimace (from winning a best actor Oscar?) Would this all be better as a high-end tv show on some kind of exclusive Marvel app? How does E.T. smell? How awesome is that Hawkeye was jettisoned from this movie!?
Spoilers galore! But it's been out for like a month now, so y'know. We're back, moving to an intermittent schedule, for Infinity War!
ONE SHOT: Last Jedi and the Death of Fan Criticism
We've not been around for a while. Here's why!
We talk about Star Wars: The Last Jedi, the good, the bad, and the fan reaction that killed Andrew's interest in having a fan reaction.
And as such, we take a crack at it too. Is Last Jedi an deep cut into Star Wars lore that elevates the series? Is it a victim of conservative conspiracy? Or is it just an okay movie with some structural problems?
Episode 100 - Birdman (2014)
Holy centennial, Birdman! I mean, holy centennial. Birdman! For our 100th episode, we take on the only superhero movie ever to win Best Picture, 2014's Birdman, or (The Unexpected Virtue Ignorance).
Is there anything objectively more important about "high-art" theatre compared to "low-art" blockbusters? What is the relationship between love and truth? Is Michael Keaton actually just a real superhero pretending to be an actor this whole time?
Join us for our 100th episode special edition two-fisted, power-packed, knock down, drag out, cosmic collection of critical theory engaging with the metatext of the film as both mimesis and self-justified cultural artifact. With a Birdman in it.
Episode 99 - The Crow (1994)
Just by way of a trigger warning, we have a pretty frank discussion of rape in movies for a bit here. Which is basically what this dark, dark movie was about, so you probably knew that going in, but just to be aware.
It's Halloween, and we finally get to do the halloweeniest request we've ever got, and do the 1994iest superhero movie of all, The Crow!
How does this movie avoid the Hellboy pit with judicious use of a creepy sister? Is the crow The Crow, or is it the guy? Why is Devil's Night getting so commercial? ISN'T THERE ANY ONE... WHO KNOWS WHAT DEVIL'S NIGHT IS ALL ABOUT?
Also, how many Critters make up a Ghoulie? We'll find out today?
Episode 98 - Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990)
Awesome! Bodacious! Podcastic! We watched the most underrated comic book movie of all time, 1990's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
Is April actually a terrible reporter? Why the hell are they throwing their bloodied, comatose brother head first into a half-filled bathtub? How does Splinter both teach his family mindfulness and love, and then WEAPONIZE this to crush their enemies?
BONUS! Andrew reveals possibly the most embarrassing secret of his childhood. Classic pod!
Episode 97 - Mighty Orbots (1984)
WHO ARE/IS MIGHTY ORBOTS!? Andrew has no idea, he's never heard of this. But one of our listeners requested it, so we're diving into this extremely frenetic, bizarre, but immaculately rendered 80s cartoon.
Does putting on a change of clothes actually transform you into their purpose? What are the grammatical logistics behind plural names used for singular beings? Is this cartoon just a secret backdoor Scientology tract?
PLUS! Is this even a superhero thing, and if so are we opening a door to basically every 80s cartoon ever? We'll find out today!
I had no time to write a review.
Listen to this. It's good for you.
This is a podcast that gets played almost immediately after it downloads. The hosts, all three of them, have a great dynamic. They don't always agree, but they seem to have a good time.
They give blockbusters, flops, and forgotten heroes the same look and ask the same question, "Are the characters heroic?".
They reviewed TurboTeen for the love of all things holy. That was worth it's weight in platinum. They reviewed Condorman, and caused DVD distribution to go up by at least one.
Love the show, love the team, and I can't recommend them enough.
Great hero movie cast
I host a comic book podcast (Divisive Issues) that does movie episodes every once in a while. We're really bad at it. This show makes me feel even worse about how bad those episodes are.