There's Nothing Low-Key About Kate
The newish Netflix action film Kate stars Mary Elizabeth Winstead as an assassin in Japan, working for a mentor played by Woody Harrelson. It's full of tropes — the last job, the assassin who bonds with a young woman — but they worked for us. It's got bright lights, rampant anime influences, and great music. We just wish there was a little less backstory and a little more of Kate fighting Yakuza henchmen.
What If and the State of the MCU
Season 1, Ep. 107
We start this episode by talking about why we love Disney+'s What If, which scrambles and tweaks our favorite Marvel stories to imagine how they might have gone a little differently. The, inspired by What If, we think about the many directions into which the MCU could go — how will the X-Men come into play? What's up with the Spideyverse? And which of our predictions have come true so far?Then Tim makes his silly case for why Tom Cruise should play Wolverine.
Paper Tigers Review Featuring Sam
Season 1, Ep. 106
This episode: Paper Tigers! Featuring very special guest Sam from the Sam Said It podcast.
Suicide Squad and the Destruction of Plot Armor
Season 1, Ep. 105
James Gunn's The Suicide Squad doesn't give its characters much plot armor — that enchanted substance, created by corporations and screenwriters, that protects bankable characters from dying, no matter what.Will Bloodsport (Idris Elba) make it through the mission alive? Will Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie)? Rick Flagg (Joel Kinnamon)? Nothing is guaranteed, and it's no spoiler to say some of the characters we like most don't make it out of The Suicide Squad alive. Spoiler alert: The movie's called The Suicide Squad.We talk about how the scarcity of plot armor makes The Suicide Squad far more compelling than most comic-book movies — as well as the state of DC movies in general.
Jean-Claude Van Damme Kicks Ass Weirdly in The Last Mercenary
Season 1, Ep. 104
Jean-Claude Van Damme stars in The Last Mercenary, a new Netflix French film about a master-of-disguise mercenary named The Mist (Van Damme) who comes out of hiding when a bureaucratic error threatens the safety of his long-lost son. There's also a race to keep something called The Big Mac from falling into the wrong hands. But it's so much more needlessly complicated than that.The Last Mercenary makes you ask all the wrong questions you should be asking during an action movie, including: Could I beat up all these characters?