We Are Listening - Dear White People Season 2

June 28, 2018

Eli and Jeremy explore the excellent second season of Dear White People from Netflix. The show talks about race in serious and funny ways, and we are listening and watching closely. We look at the real life trolling and political climate that informed the latest season. Plus we break down some of the varied and strong elements at work in the show, from social commentary, politcal thriller, melodrama, noir, and surrealism.

Theme Music by Analogue Rex


Rip-Roaring - Solo: A Star Wars Story with Professor Colin Burnett

June 15, 2018

Professor Colin Burnett returns to the show to discuss the latest Star Wars film. The spoiler-iffic conversation covers the look of the new film, the characterization of beloved stars, and the future of the Star Wars universe. Having a few weeks to process the release of the film, we speculate on the film's perception as a failure and what it means for Disney/Lucasfilm going forward.


The Long Con - Avengers: Infinity War

June 7, 2018

In arguably the greatest team-up ever, Jeremy and Eli break down and take down the culmination of a decade of Marvel movies in Avengers: Infinity War. The coversation covers how the superhero characters come together, the villiany of Thanos, and the future of the Marvel cinematic universe. This film sets a precedence of translating a comic book format into a cinematic format. Does it succeed?


Influences: Volume II

May 24, 2018

Jeremy and Eli continue their exploration of the films that have influenced them creatively and personally. Jeremy shares how The Lord of the Rings helped him process his emotions growing up and inspired his own storytelling. In the conversation are a wide range of topics including documentaries, Bollywood films, High Fidelity, Greek Mythology, and Wong Kar-Wai films.


Influences: Volume I

May 10, 2018

On this episode Eli and Jeremy talk about the films that have influenced them creatively and artistically. Talking more as filmmaker and artists, they share stories of the films that inspired their development. Some of the films they discuss include work by Scorcesse, Spike Jonze, David Gordon Green, Damien Chazelle, Terrence Malick. We look at documentary and meta films as well, such as the work of Erol Morris, Anand Patwarden, and the film Spellbound.

Don't forget to check out Volume II!


Strategy - Netflix Originals: Cloverfield Paradox, Bright, Mute, Jessica Jones

May 3, 2018

On this episode Jeremy and Eli explore the release and marketing strategies of some recent Netlix original movies, including Cloverfield Paradox, Bright, and Mute. Plus Netflix orginal series we actually enjoyed are discussed, such as Jessica Jones season 2, Babylon Berlin, and Voltron.

Also, a warning about the audio quality of the first 35 minutes of this episode: Because of some technical difficluties in our recording, the beginning sound is lower quality than we prefer and the last half is normal.


Escapism - Ready Player One

April 19, 2018

Jeremy and Eli discuss the backlash and the heritage of Ready Player One. How does this movie handle pop culture and video game fandom? Where does this movie fit into Spielberg's career? Let the Easter Egg hunt begin?


The Insiders - Annihilation

March 30, 2018

On this episode we talk about Eli's favorite film of the 2018 so far, Annihilation. There is a lot to discuss as the film leaves much open to interpretation. Jeremy talks about the book and Eli relates it to Stalker. What does the ending mean? What is Area X? What happens inside? Of course there will be spoilers! 


The Other - The Shape of Water, Oscar Talk

March 22, 2018

Eli and Jeremy take a close look at the frisky fish flick, The Shape of Water. How does it stand up to the other Best Picture Oscar nominees that it beat out? Is this Del Toro's best film?


New Heroes - Black Panther Rises

March 21, 2018

Jeremy and Eli continue their conversation on Black Panther and share some of their own thoughts and experiences with the film. How does Black Panther and the villian Killmonger fit into the Marvel cinematic universe and the broader superhero genre?