After perhaps the most bizarre year of all our lives to date, we decide to catch up with old friends Alex and John in episode 188. It's been over 100 episodes since John was last on the podcast, but some things never change (as evidenced by the blog photo).
Charlie couldn't decide whether comparing John to Bean Dad was too mean or not... but when in doubt, leave it in the podcast and have the public decide!
Turns out Shrimp Tail Guy, in addition to being Topanga's Husband, is also a Milkshake Duck. We're sure he's got a real name too, but who can be bothered in this day and age?
Alex brought the old memes to the show this week (explicit lyrics warning); we're sure Paul would approve.
We invite ol' Big Brother technology into our home, and all he can muster the energy for is targeted advertisements in our "smart" televisions? We were promised the Panopticon! Oh well, here's how to disable that junk.
And finally, as much as we are loath to link to rival podcasts (we consider ALL podcasts to be in direct competition with us), here is a link to the Plague Inc interview Adam mentions in the episode.
Adam is still threatening to do a Merry Marvel Movie March Appendix, which would potentially include Doctor Mordrid. So familiarize yourself with it now!
Since recording, Another Round has been nominated for Academy Awards in the "Directing" and "International Feature Film" categories. Charlie recommends it, and Doug probably will soon too!
We didn't really discuss how Rachel McAdams's character isn't even a Doctor Strange character: Christine Palmer's from a short-lived 70s book called "Night Nurse" (meant to appeal to female readers), and then she doesn't make another appearance until 2004's "Nightcrawler" book (and basically nothing since then). It's not really clear why she was picked for the movie at all, unless they just went with a Marvel character who was a nurse. But we love Rachel McAdams, so who cares!
We've hit the middle (nadir?) of Merry Marvel Movie March Madness with our review of the 2016 film X-Men: Apocalypse. But it's maybe not the low point of the X-Men franchise, so we all have that to look forward to in the future. We wouldn't want the post-pandemic world to look too rosy, now would we?
Generally we wouldn't advocate for adding more scenes of teenagers at the mall, but here we might make an exception. See, it's not bad, right?
You missed your chance to be a graduate of Xavier's School for Gifted Youngsters. Of course, why you'd want to go to a school that gets attacked or destoyed every few months is beyond us...
But 50 cents off White Castle? Sign us up!
And just a reminder that Steve Ditko was doing psychedelia before it was cool.
It just so happens that the episode release schedule allows us to get in three episodes for Merry Marvel Movie March Madness this year! What better way to kick that off than by reviewing the 2016 team-up extravaganza Captain America: Civil War? Some sort of elaborate team sports tournament involving schools from all over the nation? This ain't that type of podcast, dummy!
Another major milestone in the March: we're finally free of Ike Perlmutter!
Here's the link to Team Thor to watch at your leisure. It's directed by Taika Waititi, so we assume you now feel compelled to view it!
Oh yeah, and thanks, Paul for giving us the opportunity to bring this up again!
This week, Charlie couldn't be bothered to show up, but luckily we were apparently able to get Tim Daly and Steven Weber of "Wings" fame to talk with us in episode 184 at the last minute! Like the rest of us, their lives are currently filled with a plethora of tragedies and opportunities. Unlike the rest of us, that includes unusually high water bills and 500 foot tall sentient sponges.
Hopefully we'll see a "Frasier" reboot greenlit soon, but if not, it's nice to know there are plenty of opportunites for Kelsey Grammer to play a sky pirate if he so chooses (including on the "iCarly" reboot, we assume).
It turns out "The Daly Show" is a thing, so we're not sure how "The Daly Weekly Monthly" fits into the puzzle. I guess we'll have to ask Tim the next time he's on the show.
Also, be a little less douche.
Merry Marvel Movie March installment number 52 covers the 2016 movie Deadpool, and it couldn't have come at a better time. And by that, we mean a week late! Sorry for the delay, sometimes quality takes time! But we'll be back right on schedule with another episode next week, with two very special guests and one notable absence...
Here's the leaked test footage of Deadpool, which just goes to show that you can run afoul of NDAs as long as the suits are happy with the results!
And because we mention Tony's "woo" again, here you go. If we post it enough, maybe it'll eventually be the first Google hit for "startled Miles Teller".
There's a brief conversation that was cut from the podcast about Negasonic Teenage Warhead's powers. Here's a CinemaBlend article that goes over that in detail.
Also, marvel at the success of this film despite the slashed budget!
It may be worth brushing up on your Cable history before we get to Deadpool 2.
And we'd have to deep-dive a bit more to find out why Deadpool and Wolverine might be feuding in the comic universe, but here's a little background on how their respective actors brought that feud into real life.
We ostensibly get together to talk about Christmas presents in episode 182, but reality gets in the way. But don't worry - we presently assure you of the presence of present presentation within the present episode.
The fate of Parler is still in flux. Since the episode, the service was thrown out of multiple app stores, had its Amazon web-hosting shut down, and then has found a new home. So a hearty "well done" to the folks who tried to capitalize on the few days in that timeline where "Parler loaded" phones were relevant. We will not link to any of those things nor should you search for them. We're only mentioning it at all because it came up in the podcast and maybe you're in the future doing a history report on the Capitol Insurrection and for some reason you've decided to use us as a source? I mean, we're flattered, but you might want to rethink your scholarly research strategies.
The Obama Library is pretty on brand, in that it earns both the genuine and sarcastic intonations of the phrase "Thanks, Obama".
And finally, the sort of schadenfreude we live for.
What to say about the 2015 film Fant4stic? That it's the 51st movie in our Merry Marvel Movie March? That's just about the best thing it has going for it! We guess it does have Tim Heidecker in it, technically (just make sure you don't blink). But I guess what do you expect from a movie called Fant4stic? What's that, it's technically called Fantastic Four? Not according to any posters or $2 used Blu-rays WE'VE seen!
Oh yeah, the film did make this classic Tony Huff moment possible! (In that Miles Teller is an actor who is sometimes invited onto television talk shows!)
Apparently it was Vox, not AV Club, who called Fant4stic an "unmitigated garbage fire". We regret the error, albeit not the sentiment.
A lot has been speculated in writing about why this movie failed, although it's not really clear that Josh Trank's tweet is what sank it. A little time has given some perspective to both the world and the director (even to the point of Trank reviewing his own film on Letterboxd!), and we're happy to report that the reviews for Capone were... marginally better than for Fant4stic. Keep at it, fellow white male! You're bound to strike gold again on the 7th or 8th try!
Episode 60 of our Wings review show brings us another Nantucket Christmas, this time without the music licensing problems that make the season 2 Christmas episode inaccessible via most legal methods. As usual, it has us pining for the days where whole physical seasons of TV series were available for rent at video stores.
Yes, the Feast of Seven Fishes is a real thing! Once again, the writers of Wings are extremely committed to cultural accuracy and in no way are playing on broad stereotypes. No easy laughs here!
Phil Buckman actually is a very talented bassist, and you can contact him here via his LinkedIn profile.
We're finally on installment 50 of our Merry Marvel Movie March and we can hardly believe it! Thanks for sticking with us over the years; your reward is listening to us talk about Gregg Turkington for longer than probably necessary in episode 179 while discussing the 2015 film Ant-Man.
On Cinema has its own universe, which is nearly impenetrable to the uninitiated. Luckily, Vulture tries its best to help!
Per Wikipedia, Doug has the correct pronunciation of Dastmalchian. Apologies for cutting the discussion of that from the podcast - riveting stuff, but something had to go!
Here's that "so-famous-we-didn't-know-it-existed" SNL sketch of Garrett Morris as Ant-Man. [Charlie, you're a philistine. -Adam]
Paul Rudd was great in Ant-Man, but he's at his greatest in short-form videos and sketches. Check out some of his greatest hits, including Anyone Can Quantum (and the Star Trek Beyond sequel Quantum is Calling!), the "Ants! Ants! Ant-Man!" promo, Celery Man, and a whole playlist of Mac and Me trolls.
It's a very special day as Adam cajoles us into celebrating the 57th anniversary of Doctor Who today! Will you watch some classic Doctor Who on Pluto TV to celebrate? Will you listen to some audio stories? Or will you simply hope that Doug comes by holding a TV playing the latest season above his head? The choice is yours!
Despite Adam's best efforts, however, we actually spend most of the episode discussing the 49th installment of our Merry Marvel Movie March, the 2015 film Avengers: Age of Ultron! Sure, it's a sequel to the previous Avengers movie, but what about all the other MCU movies in between? And how does it stack up against the rest of the MCU? Listen to hear what we think!
It turns out Doug's disdain for Ultron's plan is more widely held and therefore justifiable.
And maybe we're gonna get a "do Scarlet Witch and Vision copulate?" answer next year?
We're here to prove it's never too late for a Halloween themed episode - or maybe never too early? I guess that depends on your perspective. Look, if you listen to episode 177, you'll get a peek into our darkest nightmares, so that should be motivation enough for you to join us!
We always complained that potato chips had too many nutrients. Turns out iron may be the worst offender and also the cause of Charlie's surprise chip update.
More Tim and Eric comin' at ya with "Tim's Test Kitchen". Spoiler: he never adds a reuben.
In case you were confused like Adam was, here's a video where Howie Mandel sticks a glove on his head and blows it up... not sure we have much to add to that description.
RIP Quibi, we hardly knew ye.
Buy your own copy of the X-Files book Adam mentions! (And actually Adam is in every Outside In book so far if you want to complete the set!) And it's worth reminding you to also buy Alex's books Trivia Showdown Vol. 1 and Trivia Showdown Vol. 2!
Adam has a point about Logan Marshall-Green looking similar to Tom Hardy, so he'll probably mention it every episode from now on just to annoy Doug.
Doug's assertion about the varying levels of spice in Cheetos Flamin' Hot bags bears out in this Cracked article. The true reason is still a mystery though!
Felix Baumgartner's world record space jump is quite impressive, but he conspiciously never shot a rocket at an orbiting satellite. Amateur!
It really seems like just yesterday that we were passing off cut material as new content... but here we are again dropping our very own October Surprise with "A Beautiful Tag Show"!
But seriously, thanks to everyone who has participated in our show over the years. Their names are in the archive page on every episode, if you haven't had a chance to peruse that yet.
For all y'all who were wondering what Charlie's mom thought of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker: on a scale of "Awful" to "Best Movie Ever", she rated it slightly below "Meh". Sounds like she agreed with the popular critical reception!
Wes mentions a Chris Farley SNL sketch about switching coffee, which we present here for your viewing pleasure.
Unfortunately, Charlie miscounted, and so we only had 5 guests for our Merry Marvel Movie March episode about Big Hero 6. Fortunately, we did have Aislinn, who had not only seen the movie many times but was much closer to the target demographic for the film. Not that we don't recommend it to everyone; besides the bird-maiming technology depicted, it's fun for all ages!
The box office numbers for New Mutants aren't great. WHO COULD HAVE PREDICTED??
Adam and Fred from Big Hero 6 both seem to have a special place in their heart for Monark Starstalker. So now you know what the deal is!
And finally, "Where's My Chippy" (or at least one of them) for reference. Totally worth the 28 seconds.
More movie discussion coming at ya in episode 173. If you're not into that, we're not sure how you've made it to episode 173! But seriously, as self-deprecating as the description of the episode is, we had a lot of fun discussing Kiss Me Deadly and World on a Wire, and we think you'll have fun listening!
As much as we swoon over the Criterion Collection, Black directors are significantly underrepresented. Here's a recent NYT article addressing the problem which they will hopefully move to rectify soon.
Turns out Mike Nichols has an EGOT! Though none of those awards were for the movie Regarding Henry, to Charlie's disappointment.
We apologize for the delay on the traditional Recounting of the Gifts - Birthday Edition 2020. As an act of contrition, Adam reviews the breakfast cereal no one knew they needed, Cinnamon Toast Crunch Churros! Because whenever we eat churros, we always wonder why we can't eat them immediately when we wake up. But now we can.
It's not a question of whether Wisconsin Republicans are dickheads at all, it's more a question of what took them so long?
Adam ate Jet's Pizza for his birthday dinner. Make note of it.
Tony and Paul do a great job of helming the ship in episode 171, the 46th installment of our Merry Marvel Movie March! And they manage to keep our unruly guest Otto in line (well, most of the time). Also, we are well aware that we've already reviewed Guardians of the Galaxy, but the old episode is heavier on providing background about the comics, whereas the new episode has our thoughts that fit within the framework of the March. We think you'll find them quite complementary!
The specific scene from the blooper reel Adam mentions is here, but watch the whole thing whydoncha?
Reason #35 why it's sad that the Sega Dreamcast folded: Power Stone.
The Princess Bride "fan-film" is available on Quibi, so I guess it's destined to remain unviewed by anyone ever (I would say that Jeffrey Katzenberg might watch it, but he's on record as not actually watching any TV). Oh, and TIL: the score for the original film was arranged by our second-favorite Knopfler! (Mark)
We have an old-fashioned chat in episode 170, where we just sit around and talk about things. But we bring topics (and editing), so we hope you find it as enjoyable a diversion as we did in these uncertain times.
Looks like our Chinese fans have finally taken note and decided to symbolically insult Ted Cruz rather than take any actual action against him. Effective? No. Fun? Most definitely!
Apparently, Topix (which you might remember from episode 116) was a website "where community members could go and post local news and gossip relevant to their own town" and "for your town's latest news and hottest takes". We can only assume they were run out of business by Nextdoor.
If you would like to murder computers, you can play the awkwardly punctuated 2000:1: A Space Felony here.
We mention an episode of Sherlock, so here's the relevant Wikipedia article. As of this post, it's also available on Netflix and we highly recommend it! Plus some info on Stalker and The Conqueror as it relates to crew members maybe getting cancer from the experience.
Dear listener, you too can listen to the Sparks album Adam mentions on YouTube for free! Although, if you're Swedish, I'm sure you already knew that.
We humbly propose that the East Lansing bar Harper's change its name to Super Spreaders.
Updates from Adam re: the Criterion Sale!
Good news update! I found "The War of the Worlds" (as the blog photo makes clear), and that's a story in itself! See, I'd been checking the Barnes & Noble website to see if any of the stores had gotten it back in stock, and I saw there was one, but it was out in Phoenix, like 40 minutes away. So I said to Brianne (it was her day off), "Aww, there's one in stock but it's 40 minutes away." And she said, "So? It'd be an excuse to get out of the apartment during this pandemic and go do something!" So I reserved it online, we took a nice leisurely drive to just north of Scottsdale, and I was able to pick it up! And when I did the guy working said, "This just came in, 'cos someone called asking for it yesterday and we didn't have it in stock." And then some old guy in I think a Korean War veteran hat was also standing in line, buying that Mary Trump book, and I smiled to myself. And then we listened to the first episode of the Sandman audio adaptation. Good times, good times. I didn't find Stalker though.
We exhausted ourselves to bring you the newest episode in our Merry Marvel Movie March, our discussion of 2014's X-Men: Days of Future Past. We watched the theatrical cut AND the Rogue Cut in order to be as informed as possible. That's over 270 minutes of X-Men! And that doesn't even count the episode recording (we won't reveal how much material we cut from the episode, but we can assure you it was more than 11 minutes).
Nixon did visit the Lincoln Memorial to talk to protesters, rather than retreating into the White House bunker. However, early press reports described him as an "exhausted and overwrought president engaging students in nonsensical banter". So some comparisons to the current president still hold.
After an intense legal battle, we were finally able to release episode 168 with the express written consent of Dru Karey. After that, Shaun White had no problem rescinding his request that we not break his confidence. We found it surprising that Dru had no idea what "The Price is Right" is, and that he lives in Portland, Maine. What a commute!
"The Price is Right" hasn't taped since March, so I'm not sure what Shaun White has been doing... maybe they just roll without turning on the camera to keep him busy? As long as he's entertaining folks at CBS Television City by playing old video games, I guess everyone wins! Oh, and he no longer needs to hot swap those PS2 discs!
It's also worth noting that the actual world record right now is a quad cork 1980. Shaun insists that he skip right to that 2700 though. If you achieve actual liftoff though and never land, it counts as a perfect run (rotation is infinite) – at least this is one of the potential rule changes that is proposed by Muniz Industries.
Whether you celebrated June 17th by relaxing and eating a quintessential New Jersey treat, or reading an SNL skit of your own, I think that we can all say it was a successful Piscopo Day! And here's an episode that records our revelry, as usual!
Alex mentions in the episode that he took part in the "n-1" annual Piscopo celebration. But he did not! It was in fact n-4, but we can see why he may have been so traumatized that he's relived it every year since! This seems consistent with the behavior of the Ghost of Piscopo Past, who is quite the trickster. Hopefully his participation this year won't haunt him!
If you're anything like us, you can never get enough ALF. Enjoy!
Someone made a Criterion Closet playlist for us. It's actually kinda fun to watch sometimes, if you're into that sort of thing! (You can watch Bill Hader be fun or Michael Cera be smug!)
As much as we are loath to promote any news to do with Martin Shkreli, there's the counterbalance of seeing him get more comeuppance that forces us to link to this article.
It's back-to-back episodes for our Merry Marvel Movie March with 2014's The Amazing Spider-Man 2! We discuss how this movie tries to get a full cinematic universe off the ground and fails at it rather spectacularly! I suppose it just wouldn't be a bad Spider-Man movie if it weren't overstuffed with villains and an excessive running time!
The reasons as to why this movie failed are rather extensive, but Andrew Garfield has suggested that the original storyline may have gone through too many changes. Was there originally an explanation why Max Dillon, apparently a gifted electrical engineer, was also doing low-level maintenance work? I guess we'll never know!
Still, it also seems like the part of the reason this movie didn't launch a franchise was due to...jet lag???
Unsure what Paul's talking about when he mentions Junji Ito and "it was made for me"? Good thing Know Your Meme's got you covered!
And finally, the oral history of Cabin Boy that Doug mentions. It's genuinely worth your time, so check it out!
It's Memorial Day, so it's only fitting that we should celebrate by reviewing Captain America: The Winter Soldier for our Merry Marvel Movie March! It was certainly not a random coincidence that this episode came out today... no sir! Is this Charlie's favorite movie of all time? You'll have to listen to find out, but all we're saying is that maybe Mission: Impossible – Fallout should be worried...
It may not be clear what the bullet count is in The Winter Soldier, but here's a video suggesting the body count at least is 177! Impressive, Cap.
Turns out Tony wasn't just all talk in the tag. When confronted about his mask use at his local golf course, he did indeed tell the offender to go f*** themselves! He rose to the challenge in a way that would make Steve Rogers proud, and for that we salute him!
The bits come flying at you pretty fast in episode 164, so strap in! You'd better expect an intense experience when the essence of 5 days of Shenanigalactica is compressed into less than an hour. Some say it's a blessing, others a curse. But rest assured, it's an experience like no other, thanks to Adam's fastidious notetaking. No bit was lost, even the ones that were relegated to Shenanifailedza.
If the blog post photo is to be believed, it appears that Paul and Tony may have already set a record! No relevant results appear under Grand Canyon or defecation! However they fell just a little short of the largest peaceful gathering ever (2 vs 60 million) and the slightly more obscure record of largest gathering of people dressed as landmarks (0 vs 684).
Our respective stay-at-home orders may have slowed the release of Marvel films, but they haven't slowed our Merry Marvel Movie March! This means we may catch up yet! In that spirit, please listen to episode 163, in which we discuss Thor: The Dark World. I mean, what else have you got to do?
Behind-the-scenes drama was a bit more heightened than usual (though not to Blade: Trinity levels). Natalie Portman was furious over Patty Jenkins' departure, while the erstwhile director herself explains while she chose to leave. And the always plain-spoken Christopher Eccleston did not hold his tongue about his disdain for his hours spent in makeup. (Although he's not the only somewhat disgruntled MCU actor.) And as we mentioned in the episode, it turns out audiences refused to believe Loki died.
Cut from this episode: references to the Adult Swim Show Beef House! If a Tim and Eric multi-cam sitcom sounds appealing to you, you will likely be satisfied.
And finally once again Adam has made a meme for us below, so please credit us if you use it!
Last updated: April 12, 2021