Optimism Vaccine’s panel of experts and idiots explore the dingy crevices between pop culture and forgotten trash in a never-ending quest to celebrate your guilty pleasures in the world of film, TV, music, and beyond.
Promising Young Mnuchin
Promising Young Woman just took home the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay and critics can't stop telling us how IMPORTANT it is. But is Emerald Fennell's brand of sanitized lily-white feminism truly what we need to navigate our neoliberal hellscape? More importantly, why would you bother watching it in the first place when a deranged auteur-driven Day-Glo nightmare like Me, You, Madness exists?
Maybe these aren't the films we need, but they're certainly the ones we deserve.
We're joined by Film Inquiry's Editor-in-Chief, Kristy Strouse, to determine once and for if Louise Linton should be the only person allowed to make movies anymore.
THIS WEEK: Promising Young Woman (2020) and Me, You, Madness (2021).
Podkast Kombat in The Khaosrealm
Kan you believe it's been over 25 years since the first Mortal Kombat film hit your lokal multiplex? Since then, we've had more games, kartoons, live aktion series, and films than any reasonable person kould ever hope to keep trakk of. If you're into komplex lore derived from the game that yells "toasty" while you spam upperkuts, well, I bet you're thrilled that the franchise has once again been rebooted. But kan the new Mortal Kombat stand tall alongside the kampy klassic films of the past? Or will it krumble under lofty aspirations and a self-serious tone?
The 58th Annual Academy Awards
The glitz! The glamor! The discourse!
That's right, it's Oscar season, and we're contractually obligated to discuss all of the bland prestige films that you'll completely forget about in another week. This year, we're broadcasting LIVE from your favorite left-of-the-dial AM radio station for a comprehensive breakdown of the 58th Annual Academy Awards with international film correspondent, Alistair Ryder.
THIS WEEK: Out of Africa (1985), Kiss of the Spider Woman (1985), Prizzi's Honor (1985), The Color Purple (1985), and Witness (1985)
For Your Ears Only 0028: For Y'ur Height Only
There's plenty of knockoff James Bond films, but how many have a filipino agent 007 under three feet tall?
Join us as we take another detour from the mainline Bond series and dip our toes into the world of Weng Weng; an unheralded cinematic superstar in the Philippines and arguably one of the greatest unofficial Bonds of all time.
Capitalism: The Real Monsterverse
Nothing brings us more joy than watching a big monkey and his lizard pal beat the shit out of some weird bugs, a dinosaur bird and maybe a robot. Plus, as true believers in the Hollow Earth Theory, it's nice to finally have a cinematic universe that represents people who know there's a whole jungle world to explore underneath the dumb dirt beneath our feet.
So how did we end up with a Monsterverse anyway? And, more importantly, do any of the contemporary Godzilla/King Kong movies satisfyingly scratch the "watch shit get demolished in a cool way" itch?
Apokolips Now Redux
For two long years, the Snyhard masses cried out to Warner Bros. for justice, and, against all odds, the impossibly dumb has become improbably real: #ReleaseTheSnyderCut has delivered us Zack Snyder's Justice League.
Now we can finally answer pressing questions like "Can doubling a bad film's runtime make it good?"
This week we're diving into The Snyder Cut, comparing it to Joss Whedon's 2017 Justice League hatchet job, and dissecting the cinema of Snyder to find the essence of his popular appeal.
Also, where the hell is spooky Jesus Joker, Zack? The promotional materials promised us spooky Jesus Joker.
THIS WEEK: Zack Snyder's Justice League (2021) and Justice League (2017)
This is a very good podcast. Very good and funny film chatting. It is delightful.
Best Rp I was ever banned from listening to !
Thanks OV !
Tears for Fears champs
As a huge TFF fan, I recently discovered these guys and just had a ball listening to them. They go through each album, song by song, and know all sorts of crazy trivia and background. They also discuss many of the B sides which many people probably never heard of and even I are now tempted to give them another listen. A must subscribe if you are a fan.