We may have found our favorite director so far in Lexi Alexander with installment 28 of our Merry Marvel Movie March, the 2008 movie Punisher: War Zone. Too bad the movie was hamstrung by studio notes and then buried with basically no advertising at Christmas time. Oh well, I'm sure the Marvel Movie Universe will have another female director sometime soon! Let's take a look.... hmmm... uh well I guess it took 11 years to get a female co-director again.
At least it appears that some folks have finally found this movie. After reading this, I truly wish I existed in the universe where this was successful enough that Lexi Alexander was given the reins for Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets.
We all know that "April Fool's Fatigue" is a real thing, so we keep it short, sweet, and earnest in episode 135. Well, as much as usual anyway!
Hey, James Gunn is back, and he gets to direct even more than before! Since he ultimately has more work, I'm not sure what the lesson is here. Draw your own conclusions I guess?
Oh Taika, you devil you! On a related note, can I please get a job writing articles about celebrity tweets?
One Day at a Time was actually pretty entertaining and tackled weightier subjects than its premise required, for which I give it credit. Netflix, however, doesn't deserve that credit anymore.
Here's a Matt Nathanson performance, and I'd just love to see Jason King try and stop us from posting it. HAHAHAHAHA!!!!
They didn't do the full song, but the Top of the Pops appearance for "This Town Isn't Big Enough For Both of Us" is really amazing. Just watch Ron Mael (the keyboardist). The legend is that when this aired in 1974, John Lennon called up Ringo and told him to turn it on, because Marc Bolan (of T.Rex) was on Top of the Pops with Hitler.
In case you weren't aware, it is the third month of the year. That means we're smack dab in the middle of Merry Marvel Movie March Madness! Hence, our newest episode is a review of the 2008 film The Incredible Hulk. This movie is so ambitious, it attempts to be all genres simultaneously!
Paul mentions that many high quality films carry a wheat symbol on the promotional material, or symbols from other organizations attempting to confuse the average film goer. Turns out this is a Palme d'Or palm branch, not wheat. But as Paul clarifies, it really is just the presence of wheat in the movie itself that impresses him, so no harm no foul.
Adam clues us in to a Rick Jones reference in the film's intro. Here's who that is in case you are interested. He's a professional sidekick - no shame in that!
We've got a LOT of guests in installment 26 of our Merry Marvel Movie March as we review the 2008 movie Iron Man. That's no surprise - it's a beloved movie and may denote a general upward trend in the March! Our worst days may be behind us, as long as we live in willful ignorance of things like Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance and Fant4stic...
Ike Perlmutter finally lost control of Marvel Studios in 2015, and he wasn't well-liked. Good riddance!
And another article from Joanna Robinson over at Vanity Fair, this time an interview with Kevin Feige, Jon Favreau, Avi Arad, and Robert Downey Jr., looking back at the making of Iron Man!
Iron Man kills people - it's documented fact!
Terrence Howard is a unique fella, and has developed the science of Terryology. I mean, I don't get it, but you do you, Terrence.
And in case you didn't know who the Corruptor was when Doug mentioned him, well, now you do!
We've nabbed our most famous guests ever as the members of the 70's anthem band Cuiin join us in episode 132! Well, I suppose the ghost of Aaron Burr is pretty famous, now that he's the co-subject of a popular musical. And Frankie Muniz is no slouch either! I guess we've been attracting some exciting folks onto the show recently...
By the way, the gag order in place that kept us from talking about those lawsuits and playing those songs has been lifted! Maybe next time we have Cuiin on they'll be a little more forthcoming about their activities. More of a "yes and" attitude, perhaps.
Before you feel compelled to post pics of your Super Bowl dip on social media: a cautionary tale.
And it just wouldn't be a full episode if we didn't talk about multiple memes, so here's Big Chungus!
Our Merry Marvel Movie March is right on the cusp of the MCU, but first we've got to get through our episode on Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer. Not sure why they call the movie that? Neither are we, so we spend more time than is probably required speculating on just that subject!
The movie's director, Tim Story, talked a bit with ScreenCrush in 2014 about the tone of superhero movies and the fact that he may not have been able to go full Galactus in this iteration of the franchise.
Oh yeah, remember when Charlie was doing webcomics for Adam's birthday? We still have those, and one is currently relevant to this episode!
For those of you nostalgic for the old Tobey Maguire Spider-Man after watching either Venom or Into the Spider-Verse, our Merry Marvel Movie March has got you covered with episode 130, all about Spider-Man 3! Not the movie you were hoping for? Well at least the movie is only... 2 hours 19 minutes?!
And while we may have decided Spider-Man 3 isn't the worst of all movies, apparently Sam Raimi doesn't agree! But at least Thomas Haden Church had a good time, as this interview from 2018 makes clear. (Although the interviewer somehow neglects to talk to him about Wings...)
We've probably mentioned this before, but it bears repeating: Emo Spider-Man Without Music!
Charlie finally did it; he deleted an account! Aren't you excited? Well you can get his intense take on social media in episode 129, and hopefully you won't be quite as dismayed as Adam!
Are you juicing Limes or Birds? Enquiring minds want to know!
And we know that you rely on us for all your breaking ROM news, so read this article, and this one! And that sweet Pokemon meme ca. 2016, just in case you'd rather see the visual representation than listen to Paul's description.
Welcome back, ALF-coholics! We've finally made it!! This week on ALF-a and Omega, Chip and I review "ALF's Special Christmas", my favorite episode of the series! This one also contains two of my "Top Five Most Heartwarming ALF Moments", but you'll have to wait for our end-of-the-year round up to see which moments those are. Which are YOUR favorite moments?? Send us some Tweets or Instagrams to let us know, or send your pick on a postcard to the usual P.O. box that we announce at the end of each show.
I'm sorry that it took this episode so long to get to you; I had some ransomware I had to deal with for several months. A very special THANK YOU to my parents who let me use their Mastercard to unlock my laptop! During the Holiday Season it's always good to remember that bad credit is temporary, but the love of your son is forever! <3
I am also proud to announce that in the New Year ALF-a and Omega is starting its very own Patreon account! We are hoping that we can reach our goal of $1500 per month so that we can continue to deliver content to you at the same stellar quality that you've become accustomed to. Guest fees for someone like "Dimebag" Dennis aren't cheap, and I've found that they also sometimes accidentally leave with my audio recording equipment. Oh well, it's really my fault for not telling him not to take it!
Apparently we needed a little break after X-Men: The Last Stand, but we're back in episode 127 to talk about Ghost Rider, the 23rd edition of our Merry Marvel Movie March! The actual MCU is right around the corner, so thanks for hanging in there with us! Not that you don't love all these movies too, of course.
In this installment of "Paul's Meme corner": The Cop Who Likes Space Jam
Adam says no one really asked Charlie what he meant when he referred to the "comic book style" of the film Ghost Rider. He was referring mostly to the overall visual aesthetic, especially color palette and color tone. While not going as far as the literal "panelling" of Ang Lee's Hulk or as stark color contrast as something like Sin City, the influence of the illustrated page definitely seemed to be there. At least, in his opinion.
Here's an article about different extended cuts that you might find interesting (and at the very least explains why we passed on watching the extended cut of this movie, even though we went to the trouble watching the director's cut of Daredevil).
The newest Skype update appears to have bridged the gap between various realities, which is on display in episode 126. Now if they'd just bring back the old GUI it might not be a horrible program!
Alex makes reference to an Anthony Jeselnik routine, and we always give proper attribution!
Ah yes, Tay, the Microsoft conversation bot! Proving once again that there's nothing that trolls can't ruin in 16 hours!
Now that I'm aware Ed Balls Day exists, we'll probably have to commemorate it on the podcast in April.
We've gotten into the habit of having fun conversations BEFORE we start the podcast proper, but luckily Charlie is always recording! That's how we got our latest clips episode, so it's all for your benefit! And while he also does keep all incriminating sound bites, he saves those as potential blackmail, so you won't find any of that here. Maybe in episode 175...?
And you may have noticed that this, our third tag show, is called "Tag Show 2". This is definitely because we don't consider episode 50 to be a true tag show and most assuredly not at all because Charlie forgot about that episode when he named this one.
The Aqua Teen Hunger Force movie played in 877 theaters - United Passions only played in 10. And to be fair, Solo: A Star Wars Story did better than both of those.
Here's that link again for the despecialized versions of the Star Wars trilogy.
If you missed one particular day in Twitter history, you can read about the "funded" "remake" of The Last Jedi.
And finally, the full sandwich chart that you see above.
In an attempt to fight against the ceaseless tide of the Merry Marvel Movie March we present to you episode 124! It's not nearly our highest-rated film, but it is certainly the next chronologically. You would have a hard time arguing with that!
Here's that Juggernaut proto-meme that Paul knows so much about. It turns out we stumbled into a segment of "Paul Explains the Internet" and didn't even realize it!
Doug mentioned it in the podcast, but we ended up cutting it for time, so here's a piece of info for you: Shohreh Aghdashloo, who plays Dr. Kavita Rao (one of the mutant cure scientists) would go on to play Agent Madani's mother Farah in the Netflix series The Punisher, thus continuing her Marvel connections! Oh, and you may have seen her in Star Trek Beyond (she's the commander of Starbase Yorktown) or The Expanse – so now you know why she seems familiar to you!
While none of the Fantastic Four films is a top tier Marvel movie, it is interesting to see which one will be the best of the bunch. Is it the 2005 version? Listen to the episode to see what we think! Or I guess you could just look at our Merry Marvel Movie March scorecard which is easier but less entertaining...
Simpsons reference alert! Here's the Juice Loosener!
We don't know much about Phase 4 of the MCU, but we do know that one of the projects actively being worked on is an Eternals movie. Eternals! That alone should give hope to the thought of some day doing 2099 stuff...
How will we ever explain the never-ending pantheon of failed junk food products to our children? I guess episode 122 is a good start. And along the way they can learn about "Nancy" and "Marmaduke".
Although Charlie was joking, it appears the original formula for Coca-Cola had coriander oil in it. So it WAS cilantro-based!
Pepsi Blue is still available in Indonesia! We have a Reddit link to prove it!
We'd like to point out that "Disenchantment" runs about 25 minutes per episode, with about 3 minutes after that of strictly international credits. More importantly, by the end of the first season Doug was a big fan!
Arby's actually has a secret menu. That the public can access via their website. In any case, here is the fabled Meat Mountain. It isn't actually listed in their nutrition facts but the individual items are, so you can add them up yourself! Nothing like a little calorie accounting to build up your appetite and make you aware of your own fragile mortality. However, the Arch Deluxe only has a Wikipedia page to continue its legacy. (I assume; I'm too lazy to actually go looking.)
Our Merry Marvel Movie March carries on with a special BONUS episode: that's right, our 20th installment of the March covers the 2005 direct-to-Sci-Fi-Channel "hit" Man-Thing! Should the movie have gone to theatres, the way they originally intended? Absolutely not, and we have a grand time discussing why! The movie may have sucked, but our discussion was a success!
And yes, this is a bonus episode, partly because we didn't want to devote a regularly-timed episode to such a poor film, but also because we wanted to try and gain some ground in the March. Well, it's always nice to dream, I feel. But hey! Somewhat surprisingly, our Merry Marvel Movie Song-Off is back! How was the song? Listen and judge for yourself!
There was indeed a comic called Giant-Size Man-Thing! Sometimes it's the sophomoric joys of life that make it all worthwhile...
So given that he seems to be a hybrid of man and plant, why isn't he just called Plantman? Well, probably because the name was already taken.
And in case you're not up to speed on your Papa Roach memes, we're here to help.
You asked for it, and now you've got it! The Gobeskis Report returns with not-special guest Charlie Wallace from the podcast Cinematic Respect. Haven't heard The Gobeskis Report before? Perhaps you've stepped into the wrong universe. So whatever portal you passed through, or genius invention gone awry you've used, or evil witch you've double-crossed... just do the opposite of that and you should be back to where you came from. Or succumb to some fate worse than Death, but in either case it won't be our problem anymore!
And of course, we only get this episode out AFTER Laura Dern and Steven Spielberg save the Earth, yet again. Take that, general movie-going public!
The identity of the Masked Magician has finally been revealed! And as is custom amongst the magic community, he was beheaded for his Crimes Against Illusion. But beheaded in the "Magic Show" sense, so he's just fine.
Installment 19 of our Merry Marvel Movie March has us reviewing the 2005 film Elektra and Adam had our expectations set low on this one. But, I think it's safe to say this movie exceeded those expectations! Just barely!
Here's a little primer on Typhoid Mary, though I'm not sure it's necessary since the movie has a character who is nothing like this.
At the beginning of the episode, we hear some "Neko Atsume" in the background. It's a fun adorable mobile cat game, and definitely more worthwhile than Elektra.
I talk about the intro to Dracula Untold which is actually interesting visually, but pretty stupid from a screenplay standpoint. Work it into the script, dummies!
Alex Clark is back to tell us about his new book Trivia Showdown in episode 118! Adam and Charlie go head to head in a no-holds-barred trivia brawl! Only one can end up in the winner's circle: who will be victorious?? (Probably the Rock.)
And yes, obviously you should buy Trivia Showdown! Charlie put his money where his mouth is and bought his copy last week, so you should too! And we'll make sure to let you know when Volume 2 arrives next month!
Want to annoy your pedantic friends? Well now you can do so without saying a word with an annoying shirt!
We considered linking to the "Remake the Last Jedi" campaign, but decided at best it would be "feeding the trolls", at worst "feeding the delusional fanboys". You can Google it if you really care to find it.
Remember when Charlie talked about Henry Cavill's mustache in another episode? Here's the story behind that, and sorry for the late link!
Our most recent Merry Marvel Movie March installment comes to you thanks to frequent guest Doug Gobeski, who graciously allowed us to hang out with him for the weekend and record episode 117. As a result, there were a lot of bits that weren't recorded and simply went out into the aether. What a waste, right? If the Surveillance State picked up any of that and could give us a copy it would be much appreciated.
Here's that AV Club article where Patton Oswalt talks about the production of Blade: Trinity. He makes it sound like fun though!
As we mention in the show, Ryan Reynolds did his own fight scenes and was slammed into a concrete floor multiple times. Why not a rubber floor you ask? Because it didn't look believable! I think it woulda looked cool if he had bounced a few times though. I mean, he IS fighting against a vampire!
Wesley Snipes memes courtesy The AV Club again. I don't see Blade IRL yet though! We'd better get started though, it is the logical progression of things.
After looking it up, Adam now knows that Stealth is not really "The Fast and the Furious with planes", though you'd be hard pressed to make the distinction simply from the trailer.
I have no idea what the Skarp Laser Razor is, but it sure is fun to say out loud!
And proof that "izzle" was at its height around 2005. Don't ever say we aren't expert trend archivists!
We come up with a stable, profitable business model in episode 116 but it's not without its problems. After all, there's a lot of overhead in those sweet transparent screen overlays. Plus, you want just the right level of crappy coffee to keep your customers jacked-up on caffeine and irritable!
In case you need conversation topics, here's Topix! If I knew I could have made a living photoshopping fake animals, that's what I'd be doing right now, but c'est la vie.
Ever wonder what the world would be like if humans were replaced with pigeons? And you had to date them? Hatoful Boyfriend is the game that no one asked for, but we all need in times like these!
Turns out that you have to be an avid reddit user to understand this episode. Here's the context for "milk truk just arive". And an article on the state of Japan's video game bars will help provide some additional context.
Tony makes a quick reference to searching "Jeremy-style", which refers to an acquaintance who thought that his search history couldn't be accessed as long as he never typed anything into the search bar. Thus he would find his way to YouTube videos by clicking through the suggested other videos until he found the one he wanted. (So searching via dead reckoning, essentially.) If it were only so...
The bonkers trailer for Mandy is widely available. It really is something.
Tim Allen may have forgotten about his Home Improvement family, but now you'll never forget about him with this Tim Allen Doom mod!
There is only one TV show ever, and this proves it!
We continue our Merry Marvel Movie March with episode 115, in which we discuss Spider-Man 2! Once again, this is one that is vying for best-reviewed Marvel movie so far! Is it better than the first Spider-Man film because Peter Parker's angst is more justified this time around? Or is it those sweet octopus arms, which are arguably more impressive than nuclear fusion?
If you're wondering what the difference is between the extended and theatrical cuts of the film, you can check that out right here. And it turns out that pivotal Hal Sparks scene is different in the original version versus the extended version! Just more Hal Sparks coming at ya!
Oops, we forgot that Aisha Tyler hosted "Talk Soup" for a bit, before it was converted to "The Soup" with Joel McHale. Also, the first host was Greg Kinnear, which we never really brought up but we thought was cool!
The podcasts we talk about in the show are called "U Talkin' U2 To Me?" and "R U Talkin' R.E.M. RE: ME" (all of it is in the same podcast feed). In those shows, Scott and Scott run down everything you need to know about those two bands, including the names of all the members!
Hooray, it's Piscopo Day once again and we're celebrating with our newest episode! And we've got a very special guest who's a clone of one of our other guests. It almost seems like too much to pack into one episode. I assure you though, IT IS NOT!
If you are some sort of monster who doesn't have every panel of every Calvin and Hobbes comic memorized, here is what Adam refers to in the episode.
Paul mentions Uma Musume which an anime that chronicles "the story of aspiring Horse Girls". Umm, "aspiring"? So they aren't already horse girls? Then how does one become a horse girl? Is it the result of intense training, or some sort of magical spell...? OR BOTH? I can see why this is so compelling!
Adam's mention of Jet Bradley is from Tron 2.0, so here's a little context. I guess it's short for Jethro, so maybe there are more Jets out there than we thought!
And when you want Ted Cruz schadenfreude, where better to go than HuffPo?
Turns out audiences went for The Bourne Supremacy over Catwoman for some reason... who knew? If only they hadn't come out on the same weekend, presumably all those people who saw Bourne would've watched Catwoman instead and made it a huge success! It's the only possible explanation!
Doug apparently made a jet-ski reference that none of us picked up on. Here's the context, though the advice contained within seems somewhat obvious to me...
Yes, Ben Affleck is keen to dismantle the things that made him famous, including this takedown of Armageddon. Geez, the guy gets ONE Best Picture win and it goes to his head!
We step out of our wheelhouse with episode 112, which sees us talking about icing, vaping, and other subjects we don't actually know anything about! We also discuss lying to strangers in order to avoid feelings of shame in front of them, which unfortunately IS a situation we're all too familiar with...
You may not remember the hottest frat trend of 2010, but the White House Office of Presidential Personnel does! And while it seems that the Bros Icing Bros website itself only lasted for about 71 days, some people still carry the flame. And fortunately for you, Know Your Meme has you covered. I particularly like the Ice Block, mainly because of the absurdity of frat boys being forced to constantly carry bottles of Smirnoff Ice around with them.
You may not know who Boris Johnson is, but the short version is that he's a former mayor of London who became the UK Foreign Secretary and was pro-Brexit. This link might be more useful; the most surprising thing to me was the correlation with Taylor Swift fans...
Adam's pretty sure this was the story he read about the problems with digital film preservation. He also wanted to make it known that Paul's mention of a "social credit score system" reminded him of this episode of The Orville, as well as this episode of Community. (Yep, it's MeowMeowBeenz; was there really any doubt?)
Last updated: April 15, 2019