Cinematic Universe

The podcast that makes sense of the comics behind the movies.

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  • Episode 165: Kamikaze Girls (2004)

    James, Rhys and Joe take a look at Tetsuya Nakashima's 2004 movie, KAMIKAZE GIRLS, but before any of that, there's chat about movies and TV we've been enjoying (such as X-Men '97) and not enjoying (in the case of both Star Trek Discovery and The Acolyte.) There's also a deep(ish) dive on, er, the Venom 3 trailer!

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  • Episode 164: Design for Living (1933)

    Joe, James and Rhys take a look at Ernst Lubitsch's 1933 polyamory romcom, Design for Living, based (very loosely) on a Noel Coward play. And for those who prefer stuff released this century, we also have a big old chat about Fallout and the Deadpool & Wolverine trailer!
  • Episode 163: Tick, Tick... Boom! (2021)

    Joe, James and Rhys welcome Caroline Siede to discuss her selection, Lin Manuel Miranda's 2021 Netflix movie, TICK, TICK... BOOM! - an adaptation of the stage show based on Jonathan Larson's Rock Monologue. PLUS: talk about Hadestown, Late Night with the Devil, Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire, Three Body Problem, Perfect Days, Blackberry, Dumb Money, Taylor Swift's Eras Tour, and more!
  • Episode 162: Reds (1981)

    Rhys, James and Joe have watched Warren Beatty's REDS, a three hour movie about Communism made in 1981.
  • Episode 161: Shortcomings (2023)

    James, Rhys and Joe take a look at Randall Park's directorial debut, 2023's Shortcomings - which actually is based on an Adrian Tomine comic and therefore could have been a reviewed under the old format, but that's what happens when you ask James what he wants to talk about. PLUS: chat about Coyote Vs. Acme, Kevin Smith's Masters of the Universe, and True Detective.Also available ad-free on Patreon at
  • Episode 160: Poor Things (2023)

    Joe, James and Rhys begin a new era for the podcast, looking at Yorgos Lanthimos' 2023 movie, Poor Things - a movie that stars the Green Goblin, Gwen Stacy and the Incredible Hulk. PLUS: Thoughts on Echo, Wonka, and (we'll keep doing it for as long as Rhys is annoyed by it) the latest Marvel Snap changes. Remember to listen to the very end to find out what movie we're covering next episode!Remember, you can always hear the latest episode ad-free, as well as any bonus content, by signing up to our Patreon at
  • Episode 159: The Cuppies 2023

    James, Rhys and Joe look back over the best and worst of 2023, as well as presenting the all-important hall of fame inductees. Will anyone from Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania make it in? Or will they be turned away at the door never to darken its presence again? The answer may surprise you...