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?
It's Impossible to Talk Seriously About He-Man
Season 1, Ep. 103
A bold decision by Kevin Smith in the new Netflix series Masters of the Universe: Revelations has angered some fans of the original He-Man and the Masters of the Universe. We talk about how the decision actually solves a big problem with He-Man — and share a personal theory about why Adam has been less than honest with Teela for the last 40 years or so.There are also lots of '80s and '90s-focused side discussions this episode about Sonic the Hedgehog, Sailor Moon, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and everyone's favorite Saturday morning cartoon, Shirt Tails.
No Sudden Move
Season 1, Ep. 102
The very prolific Steven Soderbergh takes Don Cheadle, Benicio Del Toro, Ray Liotta, Jon Hamm, Julia Fox, Amy Seimetz, and many more top actors through a complicated scheme in 1950s Detroit, when society and the auto industry are on the brink of major change.All that time you've spent reading up on fuel emission standards will finally be rewarded.
Summer of Soul (Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised)
Season 1, Ep. 101
Summer of Soul, the directorial debut from Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson, takes us back to Harlem in 1969 for a series of concerts that included a who's who of brilliant Black artists, from Stevie Wonder to Nina Simone to Sly and the Family Stone to Mahalia Jackson, among many, many more.Tim, Aaron and Keith had pretty different reactions to the film, which almost never came to be: For more than 50 years, the footage languished, rejected by white executives who didn't think there would be a wide audience for a film about "the Black Woodstock."We also talk about the unrest in 1969 compared to the racial dynamics in America today, and why the George Floyd murder captured people's attention — at least for a time — when so many others didn't.Also: Tim wrote this about why Jimi Hendrix couldn't play the Harlem Cultural Festival, and Keith is sick of so many movies taking place in New York and L.A.
Dads Discuss Kevin Hart in Fatherhood
Season 1, Ep. 100
In this episode, dads Aaron and Tim and non-dad Keith discuss the Kevin Hart Netflix comedy Fatherhood, about a dad struggling to raise his very young daughter alone. We talk about diapers, dumb preschools, what the first steps look like, and lots of other dad stuff, and what we love and fear about raising kids.Also: Shoutout to a notorious Memphis roller coaster, the perfect metaphor for parenthood.