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What's new, folks? If you're in the mood to listen to Arthur Howell (creator of the blog 2 Cents Critic) give his thoughts on books, movies, and TV shows, then join in! Podcast Twitter and Instagram: @two_centscritic Personal Twitter, Goodpods, StoryGrap

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    #88 - Netflix's Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery | Directed by Rian Johnson (with Shawn Allred of Cheapseat Reviews)

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 11, 2023 106:15


    Tune in as Shawn Allred (Cheapseat Reviews) drops by for a breakdown of Netflix's Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery, the 2022 whodunnit movie that serves as the sequel to 2019's Knives Out. That's right, master detective Benoit Blanc is now going from the wealthy Drysdale family to tech billionaire Miles Bron and his band of so-called “disruptors.” The ensemble of suspects who are as privileged as they are unlikable, the subversions of what we expect from a whodunnit, the incredibly timely social commentary—Arthur and Shawn will be covering all that and more in this episode. Spoilers start at 19:00 Written and directed by Rian Johnson (Looper), Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery stars Daniel Craig, Edward Norton, Janelle Monáe, Kathryn Hahn, Leslie Odom Jr., Jessica Henwick, Madelyn Cline, Kate Hudson, Dave Bautista, Noah Segan, Jackie Hoffman, and Dallas Roberts. Good Word: • Shawn: Anna and the Apocalypse • Arthur: Clue (the 1985 movie, not the board game) Reach out at email2centscritic@yahoo.com if you want to recommend things to watch and read, share anecdotes, or just say hello! Be sure to subscribe, rate, and review on iTunes or any of your preferred podcasting platforms! Follow Arthur on Twitter, Goodpods, StoryGraph, and Letterboxd: @arthur_ant18 Follow the podcast on Twitter and Instagram: @two_centscritic Follow Arthur on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/144101970-arthur-howell --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/arthur746/message

    #87 - Top 10 TV Shows of 2022 (with Brandi and Mindy of Drunk Bitches Be Like)

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 4, 2023 185:35


    Tune in as return guests Brandi and Mindy (Drunk Bitches Be Like) team up with Arthur to list off their top ten TV shows of 2022 (a few of which are even shared between the three of them). Deeply geeky celebrities, casting Tom Holland in a theoretical Cocktails reboot, media that attempts to appeal to Gen-Z audiences, a surprisingly overt homage that Black-ish gave to The Matrix, and plenty more juicy topics are brought up in this super-sized episode. Good word: • Brandi: Disney+‘s The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special • Mindy: Knives Out, Netflix's Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery, and Violent Night • Arthur: The Cabin at the End of the World by Paul Tremblay Reach out at email2centscritic@yahoo.com if you want to recommend things to watch and read, share anecdotes, or just say hello! Be sure to subscribe, rate, and review on iTunes or any of your preferred podcasting platforms! Follow Arthur on Twitter, Goodpods, StoryGraph, and Letterboxd: @arthur_ant18 Follow the podcast on Twitter and Instagram: @two_centscritic Follow Arthur on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/144101970-arthur-howell --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/arthur746/message

    #86 - The Santa Clause | Directed by John Pasquin (with Misty Rose)

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 28, 2022 118:05


    Tune in as my friend Misty Rose joins the show for the fourth and final episode of Christmas Month 2022, where we cover The Santa Clause, the 1994 Disney Christmas classic starring Tim Allen as a cynical dad who gets contractually roped into the legendary role of Santa Claus. A few of the included talking points are all the intense pressure and guilt that can accompany Christmas, Allen's sarcastic charisma, the Popo Gigio backstory, and how Disney+‘s The Santa Clauses retcons the first movie. Directed by John Pasquin (Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous), The Santa Clause stars Tim Allen, Judge Reinhold, Wendy Crewson, Eric Lloyd, David Krumholtz, Larry Brandenburg, Mary Gross, Peter Boyle, and Paige Tamada. Spoilers start at 16:15 Good Word: • Misty: Black Christmas (1974) • Arthur: Prime Video's A League of Their Own Reach out at email2centscritic@yahoo.com if you want to recommend things to watch and read, share anecdotes, or just say hello! Be sure to subscribe, rate, and review on iTunes or any of your preferred podcasting platforms! Follow Arthur on Twitter, Goodpods, StoryGraph, and Letterboxd: @arthur_ant18 Follow the podcast on Twitter and Instagram: @two_centscritic Follow Arthur on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/144101970-arthur-howell --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/arthur746/message

    #85 - While You Were Sleeping | Directed by Jon Turteltaub (with Ryan Conner of Millennial Coffee Break)

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 21, 2022 87:00


    Tune in as Ryan Conner (Millennial Coffee Break) comes back to 2CC for the third episode of Christmas Month 2022, where we're sharing our thoughts and feelings on While You Were Sleeping, the 1995 Christmas-y rom-com starring Sandra Bullock as a lonely train station tollbooth worker who falls for a man, then falls for his family—but only after she saves him from getting run over by a train, then gets herself tangled up in a huge lie about her being his fiancée. A few of the topics that Arthur and Ryan comment on are characters breaking numerous moral and ethical boundaries in WYWS, the theoretical importance of leaning, farcical comedy's love of the miscommunication trope, and movie titles getting dropped with varying levels of clumsiness somewhere into the dialogue. Directed by Jon Turteltaub (National Treasure), While You Were Sleeping stars Sandra Bullock, Bill Pullman, Peter Gallagher, Peter Boyle, Jack Warden, Glynis Johns, Micole Mercurio, Jason Bernard, Michael Rispoli, Ally Walker, Monica Keena, Ruth Rudnick, Marcia Wright, and Dick Cusack. Spoilers start at 14:00 Good Word: • Ryan: Netflix's Wednesday • Arthur: Guillermo del Toro's Pinocchio on Netflix Reach out at email2centscritic@yahoo.com if you want to recommend things to watch and read, share anecdotes, or just say hello! Be sure to subscribe, rate, and review on iTunes or any of your preferred podcasting platforms! Follow Arthur on Twitter, Goodpods, StoryGraph, and Letterboxd: @arthur_ant18 Follow the podcast on Twitter and Instagram: @two_centscritic Follow Arthur on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/144101970-arthur-howell --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/arthur746/message

    #84 - Netflix's Klaus | Directed by Sergio Pablos (with Dustin Holden of Dustin Can Read & Watch and The Rewatch Recap)

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 14, 2022 90:59


    Tune in as Dustin Holden (Dustin Can Read & Watch and The Rewatch Recap) visits the show for a discussion on Klaus, the 2019 Netflix Christmas movie starring Jason Schwartzman and J.K. Simmons in a Santa Claus origin story that's set in 19th-century Norway. Similarities between Klaus and The Nightmare Before Christmas, themes of selfishness and selflessness, bringing back hand-drawn animation in the modern age, and Klaus's horror movie beats are just a few of the subjects that Arthur and Dustin touch on here. Written and directed by Sergio Pablos (Despicable Me), Klaus stars Jason Schwartzman, J.K. Simmons, Rashida Jones, Joan Cusack, Will Sasso, Norm Macdonald, Neda Margrethe Labba, and Sergio Pablos. Spoilers start at 13:50 Good Word: • Dustin: Doctor Who, NBC's Quantum Leap reboot, A Christmas Story, HBO Max's A Christmas Story Christmas, F**K My Work Life, Mina and the Undead by Amy McCaw • Arthur: Guillermo del Toro's Cabinet of Curiosities on Netflix Reach out at email2centscritic@yahoo.com if you want to recommend things to watch and read, share anecdotes, or just say hello! Be sure to subscribe, rate, and review on iTunes or any of your preferred podcasting platforms! Follow Arthur on Twitter, Goodpods, StoryGraph, and Letterboxd: @arthur_ant18 Follow the podcast on Twitter and Instagram: @two_centscritic Follow Arthur on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/144101970-arthur-howell --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/arthur746/message

    #83 - A Merry Little Meet Cute by Julie Murphy and Sierra Simone (with Torry of Ready to be Petty)

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 7, 2022 147:44


    Tune in as returning guest Torry (Ready to be Petty) drops by 2CC for the first episode of Christmas Month 2022, where we're kicking things off by reviewing and recapping A Merry Little Meet Cute, the 2022 Christmas rom-com novel by Julie Murphy (Dumplin') and Sierra Simone (Priest). Equal amounts of sugar and spice can be found in the romance that plus-size porn star Bee Hobbes and former boy band member Nolan Shaw try to keep secret while shooting the Hallmark-esque Christmas movie Duke the Halls. On top of unpacking all that, Arthur and Torry chat about subjects like Edward and Bella's kiss at the end of Twilight, the book's handling of the surprisingly numerous societal issues that it brings into the narrative, screenwriting troubles, and the misogyny and other forms of bigotry that tabloid culture promote. TW: sexual content, fatphobia, body shaming, misogyny, biphobia, bullying, mental illness, a brief instance of recreational drug use Spoilers start at 19:20 Good Word: • Torry: Meet Me in Los Feliz by Kelly D. Reynolds • Arthur: Disney+'s The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special and Apple TV+'s Severance Reach out at email2centscritic@yahoo.com if you want to recommend things to watch and read, share anecdotes, or just say hello! Be sure to subscribe, rate, and review on iTunes or any of your preferred podcasting platforms! Follow Arthur on Twitter, Goodpods, StoryGraph, and Letterboxd: @arthur_ant18 Follow the podcast on Twitter and Instagram: @two_centscritic Follow Arthur on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/144101970-arthur-howell --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/arthur746/message

    #82 - It Starts with Us by Colleen Hoover (with Saba)

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 30, 2022 112:49


    Tune in as my bestie Saba comes back to the show for a discussion on It Starts with Us, the latest novel by Colleen Hoover. This is the sequel to what's arguably one of her most popular books, It Ends with Us, which even has its very own episode in the 2CC catalog. ISWU isn't nearly as dark as IEWU, but it still treads into some heavy territory while following the rekindled romance between Lily Bloom and Atlas Corrigan, the challenges that Lily has to confront thanks to the persistent presence of her ex-husband Ryle Kincaid, and the unexpected changes in Atlas's personal life. Whether or not this sequel is necessary, an explanation of the tragic opening scene in Finding Nemo, and the sinking ship that is Twitter are just a few of the subjects that Arthur and Saba chat about here. TW: abandonment, emotional abuse, gaslighting, toxic relationships, child abuse, domestic abuse, sexual content, a brief reference to sexual assault Spoilers start at 16:50 Good Word: • Saba: Chainsaw Man (specifically the manga) • Arthur: Coraline (not only the movie, but also the Neil Gaiman book) Reach out at email2centscritic@yahoo.com if you want to recommend things to watch and read, share anecdotes, or just say hello! Be sure to subscribe, rate, and review on iTunes or any of your preferred podcasting platforms! Follow Arthur on Twitter, Goodpods, StoryGraph, and Letterboxd: @arthur_ant18 Follow the podcast on Twitter and Instagram: @two_centscritic Follow Arthur on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/144101970-arthur-howell --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/arthur746/message

    #81 - You by Caroline Kepnes (with Laura Petro and Meggie Gates of YA, We Read It!)

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 23, 2022 146:19


    Tune in as Laura Petro and Meggie Gates (YA, We Read It!) hang out with Arthur for a review and recap of You, the 2014 debut novel by Caroline Kepnes. This psychological thriller is quite the wild ride, following bookstore clerk Joe Goldberg as he endeavors to show aspiring writer Guinevere Beck just how much he loves her and wants to take care of her—so much so that he's willing to stalk, kidnap, and murder his way into her heart. The chillingly fleshed-out layers that Kepnes has written for the monstrous Joe, the many literary and film references, reimagining Werner Herzog as a food critic, and the parts of the story that play out like a rom-com are just a few of the topics that the hosts cover. TW: stalking, murder, toxic relationship, misogyny, sexual content, drug abuse, infidelity, mentions of suicide, brief self-harm Spoilers start at 26:00 Good Word: • Meggie: Season 3 of Netflix's Love Is Blind • Laura: Season 31 of Survivor • Arthur: The House Across the Lake by Riley Sager Reach out at email2centscritic@yahoo.com if you want to recommend things to watch and read, share anecdotes, or just say hello! Be sure to subscribe, rate, and review on iTunes or any of your preferred podcasting platforms! Follow Arthur on Twitter, Goodpods, StoryGraph, and Letterboxd: @arthur_ant18 Follow the podcast on Twitter and Instagram: @two_centscritic Follow Arthur on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/144101970-arthur-howell --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/arthur746/message

    #80 - Bloodmarked by Tracy Deonn (with Sam Cabrera-Dixon of Hardcover Hoes)

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 16, 2022 77:41


    Tune in as Sam Cabrera-Dixon (Hardcover Hoes) returns to 2CC for a discussion on Bloodmarked, the second book in the Legendborn Cycle by Tracy Deonn. The first book, Legendborn, had plenty of goodness to offer fantasy readers as a contemporary YA retelling of Arthurian legend. Is Bloodmarked a worthy follow-up (spoilers: it is)? Comparing the intricate worldbuilding to that of the Blood and Ash series, taking a minute to remember a specific Taylor Swift song, and diving into the layered dynamic between Bree and Sel are just a few of the things that Arthur and Sam do on this episode. TW: Death of a parent and traumatic grief, combat/battle flashbacks, alcohol consumption, mind control/memory manipulation, drugging/medical abuse, forced captivity, racist macro and microaggressions, emesis (vomiting), blood, ritual magic self-harm to access blood (via hands with safety pin and sword), mild gore, torture, combat/interpersonal violence, murder, death, and mention(s) of: physical abuse, racist violence, sexual violence. Spoilers start at 12:15 Good Word: • Arthur: Netflix's Falling for Christmas • Sam: Midnights (3am Edition) by Taylor Swift and Christmas by Michael Bublé Reach out at email2centscritic@yahoo.com if you want to recommend things to watch and read, share anecdotes, or just say hello! Be sure to subscribe, rate, and review on iTunes or any of your preferred podcasting platforms! Follow Arthur on Twitter, Goodpods, StoryGraph, and Letterboxd: @arthur_ant18 Follow the podcast on Twitter and Instagram: @two_centscritic Follow Arthur on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/144101970-arthur-howell --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/arthur746/message

    #79 - The Deal by Elle Kennedy (with Dawn Marie of Opinionated Lushes)

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 9, 2022 131:35


    Tune in as Dawn Marie (Opinionated Lushes) stops by the program to break down The Deal, the New Adult contemporary romance by Elle Kennedy (Briar U, Avalon Bay). As the first entry in her Off-Campus series, it follows the banter, the tutoring, the sparks, and the vulnerability between music major Hannah Wells and hockey captain Garrett Graham at Briar University. Breaking Bad, the importance of consent, and using overly cruel words to dump your partner are just a few of the topics that Arthur and Dawn touch on throughout the episode. TW: discussion of rape, domestic abuse, child abuse, parental death, and cancer; there's also quite a bit of sexual content, specifically in the second half of the book. Spoilers start at 21:10 Good Word: • Dawn: Still Beating by Jennifer Hartmann • Arthur: Carrie Soto Is Back by Taylor Jenkins Reid Reach out at email2centscritic@yahoo.com if you want to recommend things to watch and read, share anecdotes, or just say hello! Be sure to subscribe, rate, and review on iTunes or any of your preferred podcasting platforms! Follow Arthur on Twitter, Goodpods, StoryGraph, and Letterboxd: @arthur_ant18 Follow the podcast on Twitter and Instagram: @two_centscritic Follow Arthur on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/144101970-arthur-howell --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/arthur746/message

    #78 - Bungo Stray Dogs, Coffee, and Cats | A Japanese Literature Discussion (with Saba)

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 5, 2022 99:01


    Tune in as previous guest Saba comes back to the show for her second episode, where she and Arthur open up a discussion on the works of Japanese literature they've collectively read. Limited time travel, familial angst, and bleakly written self-insert characters are just a few of the topics that get coverage here. Japanese literature read by Arthur and Saba: • No Longer Human by Osamu Dazai • Before the Coffee Gets Cold by Toshikazu Kawaguchi • The Travelling Cat Chronicles by Hiro Arikawa Japanese literature read by Arthur: • Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami Japanese literature read by Saba: • Tales from the Cafe by Toshikazu Kawaguchi • The Setting Sun by Osamu Dazai TW: rape, death, suicide, suicide attempt, addiction, pregnancy, miscarriage, terminal illness, animal cruelty, possible incest(?), misgendering, pedophilia Spoilers start at 28:50 Good Word: • Saba: A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini • Arthur: Twenty-Five Twenty-One Reach out at email2centscritic@yahoo.com if you want to recommend things to watch and read, share anecdotes, or just say hello! Be sure to subscribe, rate, and review on iTunes or any of your preferred podcasting platforms! Follow Arthur on Twitter, Goodpods, StoryGraph, and Letterboxd: @arthur_ant18 Follow the podcast on Twitter and Instagram: @two_centscritic Follow Arthur on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/144101970-arthur-howell --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/arthur746/message

    #77 - Kung Fu Panda | Directed by Mark Osborne and John Stevenson (with Joey DiCarlo of So Wizard Podcast)

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 26, 2022 101:53


    Tune in as Joey DiCarlo of So Wizard Podcast hangs out with Arthur to break down Kung Fu Panda, the 2008 DreamWorks Animation movie that follows an enthusiastic and bumbling panda named Po as he goes on an unlikely-hero's journey to become the Dragon Warrior. On top of discussing one of Arthur's favorite animated movies of all time, the two hosts also touch on subjects like the recent teaser trailer for The Super Mario Bros. Movie, the animation industry's habit of filling their casts with big stars, and James Hong's extensive filmography. Directed by Mark Osborne (The Little Prince) and John Stevenson (Sherlock Gnomes), Kung Fu Panda stars Jack Black, Dustin Hoffman, Angelina Jolie, Jackie Chan, Lucy Liu, Seth Rogen, David Cross, Ian McShane, Randall Duk Kim, James Hong, Dan Fogler, Michael Clarke Duncan, and Wayne Knight. Spoilers start at 17:50 Good Word: • Joey: Netflix's The Mitchells vs. the Machines • Arthur: Last Night in Solo Reach out at email2centscritic@yahoo.com if you want to recommend things to watch and read, share anecdotes, or just say hello! Be sure to subscribe, rate, and review on iTunes or any of your preferred podcasting platforms! Follow Arthur on Twitter, Goodpods, StoryGraph, and Letterboxd: @arthur_ant18 Follow the podcast on Twitter and Instagram: @two_centscritic Follow Arthur on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/144101970-arthur-howell --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/arthur746/message

    #76 - Disney+'s She-Hulk: Attorney At Law | Helmed by Jessica Gao and Kat Coiro (with Guy Bradford)

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 19, 2022 165:52


    Tune in as returning guest Guy Bradford joins Arthur for a review and recap of She-Hulk: Attorney At Law, the newest Marvel Cinematic Universe series to premiere on Disney+. With its sitcom format, meta comedy, and fourth-wall breaks, how did it fare at introducing viewers to Jennifer Walters, a single 30-something lawyer and cousin of Bruce Banner/The Hulk who faces new obstacles in her personal and professional life after gaining Hulk powers via cross-contamination with Bruce's blood? On top of covering all that, Arthur and Guy chat about topics like knockoff merchandise, the ridiculous burdens that VFX teams are continuing to endure, the two middle fingers that She-Hulk gives to misogyny and incels, and the surprising end to a relationship arc in the finale of Boston Legal. Created by head writer Jessica Gao and leader of the directing team Kat Coiro, She-Hulk: Attorney At Law stars Tatiana Maslany, Jameela Jamil, Ginger Gonzaga, Mark Ruffalo, Josh Segarra, Mark Linn-Baker, Tess Malis Kincaid, Tim Roth, Megan Thee Stallion, Benedict Wong, Renée Elise Goldsberry, Jon Bass, Rhys Coiro, Griffin Matthews, Patti Harrison, Steve Coulter, Charlie Cox, Brandon Stanley, and Drew Matthews. Spoilers start at 21:40 Guy: Hulu's Hellraiser (2022) Arthur: Disney+‘s Werewolf By Night Reach out at email2centscritic@yahoo.com if you want to recommend things to watch and read, share anecdotes, or just say hello! Be sure to subscribe, rate, and review on iTunes or any of your preferred podcasting platforms! Follow Arthur on Twitter, Goodpods, StoryGraph, and Letterboxd: @arthur_ant18 Follow the podcast on Twitter and Instagram: @two_centscritic Follow Arthur on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/144101970-arthur-howell --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/arthur746/message

    #75 - Collateral | Directed by Michael Mann (with Josh and Ryan of Millennial Coffee Break)

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 12, 2022 144:07


    Tune in as Josh and Ryan (Millennial Coffee Break) hang out on the show to discuss Collateral, the 2004 neo-noir action thriller in which humble and street-smart cabbie Max is being forced by ruthless assassin Vincent to drive him around L.A. so that he can commit several hits. The topics you'll hear include villain role suggestions for Tom Cruise, Bruce McGill's filmography, the task of naturally weaving movie titles somewhere into the dialogue, and the alternate ending that Josh whips up for Collateral. Directed by Michael Mann (Heat), Collateral stars Jamie Foxx, Tom Cruise, Jada Pinkett Smith, Mark Ruffalo, Javier Bardem, Barry Shabaka Henley, Peter Berg, Bruce McGill, Irma P. Hall, and Jason Statham. Spoilers start at 23:30 Good Word: • Josh: Netflix's Cyberpunk: Edgerunners • Ryan: Surrender by Maggie Rogers • Arthur: Jackbox Games | HOME - Jackbox Games and https://jackbox.tv Reach out at email2centscritic@yahoo.com if you want to recommend things to watch and read, share anecdotes, or just say hello! Be sure to subscribe, rate, and review on iTunes or any of your preferred podcasting platforms! Follow Arthur on Twitter, Goodpods, StoryGraph, and Letterboxd: @arthur_ant18 Follow the podcast on Twitter and Instagram: @two_centscritic Follow Arthur on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/144101970-arthur-howell --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/arthur746/message

    #74 - Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs | Directed by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller (with Larry Fried of My Favorite Movie is…)

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 5, 2022 133:07


    Tune in as Larry Fried (My Favorite Movie is…) hangs out with Arthur for a deep dive into Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, the 2009 animated movie that was loosely adapted from Judi and Ron Barrett's 1978 children's book of the same name. A few of the topics that the hosts chat about include subverting the Manic Pixie Dream Girl stereotype, animating scrumptious-looking food, praising the cast's top-notch vocal performances, and dreaming of using the FLDSMDFR to solve world hunger. Directed by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller (21 Jump Street), Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs stars Bill Hader, Anna Faris, James Caan, Andy Samberg, Bruce Campbell, Mr. T, Bobb'e J. Thompson, Benjamin Bratt, Neil Patrick Harris, Al Roker, Will Forte, and Lauren Graham. Spoilers start at 18:40 Good Word: • Larry: The Woman King • Arthur: Get Out Reach out at email2centscritic@yahoo.com if you want to recommend things to watch and read, share anecdotes, or just say hello! Be sure to subscribe, rate, and review on iTunes or any of your preferred podcasting platforms! Follow Arthur on Twitter, Goodpods, StoryGraph, and Letterboxd: @arthur_ant18 Follow the podcast on Twitter and Instagram: @two_centscritic Follow Arthur on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/144101970-arthur-howell --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/arthur746/message

    #73 - Thor: Love and Thunder | Directed by Taika Waititi (with Livvy)

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 28, 2022 124:58


    Tune in as Discord buddy Livvy hangs out with Arthur for a breakdown of Thor: Love and Thunder, the 29th movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Overhyped and underwhelming queer rep, whether it was worth it to bring back Jane Foster, and conflicting takes on those screaming goats are just a few of the subjects that get coverage on this episode. Directed by Taika Waititi (Jojo Rabbit), Thor: Love and Thunder stars Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Christian Bale, Tessa Thompson, Taika Waititi, Russell Crowe, and Jaimie Alexander. Spoilers start at 14:00 Good Word: • Livvy: HBO Max's Our Flag Means Death and Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston • Arthur: Portrait of a Lady on Fire Here's the link to Livvy's Discord server, Queer Book Talk: https://discord.gg/zgSNcsvpBk Reach out at email2centscritic@yahoo.com if you want to recommend things to watch and read, share anecdotes, or just say hello! Be sure to subscribe, rate, and review on iTunes or any of your preferred podcasting platforms! Follow Arthur on Twitter, Goodpods, StoryGraph, and Letterboxd: @arthur_ant18 Follow the podcast on Twitter and Instagram: @two_centscritic Follow Arthur on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/144101970-arthur-howell --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/arthur746/message

    #72 - Netflix's Do Revenge | Directed by Jennifer Kaytin Robinson (with Brandi and Mindy of Drunk Bitches Be Like)

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 21, 2022 175:21


    Tune in as Brandi and Mindy (Drunk Bitches Be Like) hang out on 2CC for a deep dive into Netflix's Do Revenge, the 2022 modernized twist on Alfred Hitchcock's Strangers on a Train. This incredibly campy throwback to 90s and 2000s teen cinema provides a foundation for the three hosts to chat about plenty of topics: the school life, the cheating capabilities of WhatsApp and Snapchat, the countless felonies and misdemeanors committed by characters in Do Revenge, the upcoming live-action reboot of The Little Mermaid, and more. Spoilers start at 26:50 Directed by Jennifer Kaytin Robinson (Netflix's Something Great), Do Revenge stars Camila Mendes, Maya Hawke, Austin Abrams, Rish Shah, Talia Ryder, Ava Capri, Jonathan Daviss, Alisha Boe, Sophie Turner, Rachel Matthews, Fay the Lizard, and Sarah Michelle Gellar. Good Word: • Brandi: Netflix's Fate: The Winx Saga • Mindy: The Library of the Dead by T.L. Huchu, followed by its sequel Our Lady of Mysterious Ailments • Arthur: Malignant Reach out at email2centscritic@yahoo.com if you want to recommend things to watch and read, share anecdotes, or just say hello! Be sure to subscribe, rate, and review on iTunes or any of your preferred podcasting platforms! Follow Arthur on Twitter, Goodpods, StoryGraph, and Letterboxd: @arthur_ant18 Follow the podcast on Twitter and Instagram: @two_centscritic Follow Arthur on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/144101970-arthur-howell --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/arthur746/message

    #71 - Free Guy | Directed by Shawn Levy (with Jessica and Saunya of Opinionated Lushes)

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 14, 2022 141:27


    Tune in as Jessica and Saunya (Opinionated Lushes) collaborate with Arthur for a deep dive into Free Guy, the 2021 action-adventure comedy that follows the happy-go-lucky bank teller Guy as he realizes he's an NPC (non-player character) inside a MMOG (massively multiplayer online game) called Free City. Are we being oversaturated with Ryan Reynolds's presence? How big of a role does the Manic Pixie Dream Girl stereotype play in the movie? Should we be concerned over Christopher Nolan‘s upbringing? The hosts chat about all that and more on this episode. Directed by Shawn Levy (the Night at the Museum trilogy), Free Guy stars Ryan Reynolds, Jodie Comer, Lil Rel Howery, Utkarsh Ambudkar, Joe Keery, and Taika Waititi. Spoilers start at 31:30 Good Word: • Jessica: Unmask Alice: LSD, Satanic Panic, and the Imposter Behind the World's Most Notorious Diaries by Rick Emerson • Saunya: Death Road to Canada • Arthur: La La Land Reach out at email2centscritic@yahoo.com if you want to recommend things to watch and read, share anecdotes, or just say hello! Be sure to subscribe, rate, and review on iTunes or any of your preferred podcasting platforms! Follow Arthur on Twitter, Goodpods, StoryGraph, and Letterboxd: @arthur_ant18 Follow the podcast on Twitter and Instagram: @two_centscritic Follow Arthur on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/144101970-arthur-howell --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/arthur746/message

    #70 - Take a Hint, Dani Brown by Talia Hibbert (with Sarah Thompson)

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 7, 2022 104:14


    Tune in as BookTokker and Bookstagrammer Sarah Thompson joins in to shower praise on Take a Hint, Dani Brown, the fake-dating contemporary romance novel by Talia Hibbert. This is also the second standalone novel in her Brown Sisters trilogy, with its first book, Get a Life, Chloe Brown, having been the focus of a recent episode. Spunky grandma appreciation, support for emotionally self-aware men, and wrapping up a rom-com with a subversive grand gesture are a few of the subjects that get coverage here. TW: an on-page depiction of an anxiety attack, sexual content, discussion of parental and sibling death, and brief mentions of a past car accident Spoilers start at 20:10 Good Word: • Sarah: Twilight by Stephenie Meyer • Arthur: I'm Glad My Mom Died by Jennette McCurdy Reach out at email2centscritic@yahoo.com if you want to recommend things to watch and read, share anecdotes, or just say hello! Be sure to subscribe, rate, and review on iTunes or any of your preferred podcasting platforms! Follow Arthur on Twitter, Goodpods, StoryGraph, and Letterboxd: @arthur_ant18 Follow the podcast on Twitter and Instagram: @two_centscritic Follow Arthur on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/144101970-arthur-howell --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/arthur746/message

    #69 - Everything Everywhere All At Once | Directed by Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert, AKA Daniels (with Torry of Ready to Be Petty)

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 31, 2022 174:39


    Tune in as past guest Torry (Ready to Be Petty) returns for a thorough breakdown of Everything Everywhere All At Once, the multiversal film that's been sweeping up all the love and fame. The many overwhelming emotions swirling through this multilayered narrative, figuring out what footage to leave on the cutting room floor, Letterboxd Easter eggs, and Netflix's First Kill are just a few of the subjects that Torry and I cover here. Directed by Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert, AKA Daniels (Swiss Army Man), Everything Everywhere All At Once stars Michelle Yeoh, Stephanie Hsu, Ke Huy Quan, Jenny Slate, Harry Shum Jr., James Hong, Jamie Lee Curtis, Tallie Medel, and Biff Wiff. Spoilers start at 29:30 Good Word: • Torry: Back to the Beach with Kristin and Stephen • Arthur: Netflix's The Sandman Reach out at email2centscritic@yahoo.com if you want to recommend things to watch and read, share anecdotes, or just say hello! Be sure to subscribe, rate, and review on iTunes or any of your preferred podcasting platforms! Follow Arthur on Twitter, Goodpods, StoryGraph, and Letterboxd: @arthur_ant18 Follow the podcast on Twitter and Instagram: @two_centscritic Follow Arthur on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/144101970-arthur-howell --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/arthur746/message

    #68 - Dune (2021) | Directed by Denis Villeneuve (with Karyn Cooper of Chick-Lit)

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 24, 2022 139:10


    Tune in as Karyn Cooper (Chick-Lit) hops in to break down the 2021 film adaptation of Frank Herbert's 1965 space opera novel Dune—or at least the first half of the epic book, a crucial detail that Warner Bros. failed to clarify in the film's marketing campaign. This is one of the many subjects that Arthur and Karyn cover alongside their desire to see Zendaya star in a rom-com, the fact that Oscar Isaac should have earned an Emmy nomination for Moon Knight, the movie‘s choice to steer away from the source material's morally gray depiction of House Atreides, and Julia Garner's accent mastery. Directed by Denis Villeneuve (Blade Runner 2049), Dune (2021) stars Timothée Chalamet, Rebecca Ferguson, Oscar Isaac, Josh Brolin, Stellan Skarsgård, Dave Bautista, Stephen McKinley Henderson, Zendaya, David Dastmalchian, Chang Chen, Sharon Duncan-Brewster, Charlotte Rampling, Jason Momoa, Javier Bardem, and Babs Olusanmokun. Spoilers start at 26:00 Good Word: • Karyn: Killing Eve • Arthur: Netflix's The Sea Beast Reach out at email2centscritic@yahoo.com if you want to recommend things to watch and read, share anecdotes, or just say hello! Be sure to subscribe, rate, and review on iTunes or any of your preferred podcasting platforms! Follow Arthur on Twitter, Goodpods, StoryGraph, and Letterboxd: @arthur_ant18 Follow the podcast on Twitter and Instagram: @two_centscritic Follow Arthur on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/144101970-arthur-howell --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/arthur746/message

    #67 - Pixar's The Incredibles | Directed by Brad Bird (with Matthew of That's SO Matthew)

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 17, 2022 140:18


    Tune in as Matthew (That's SO Matthew) hangs out on 2CC to talk about Pixar's The Incredibles, the 2004 animated superhero movie that gives you all the alarm-button red super-suits, golden jazz, and Fantastic Four energy you could ever want. The viral TikTok fame of Michael Giacchino's splendid score, the concept of the mundane versus the fantastic, and the casting process for animated movies are a few of the topics that get coverage on this episode. Written and directed by Brad Bird (Ratatouille), The Incredibles stars Craig T. Nelson, Holly Hunter, Sarah Vowell, Spencer Fox, Jason Lee, Samuel L. Jackson, Elizabeth Peña, Brad Bird, Bud Luckey, Wallace Shawn, Dominique Lewis, Bret Parker, and John Ratzenberger. Spoilers start at 19:20 Good Word: • Matthew: Netflix's Diana: The Musical • Arthur: the Aunties series by Jesse Q. Sutanto Reach out at email2centscritic@yahoo.com if you want to recommend things to watch and read, share anecdotes, or just say hello! Be sure to subscribe, rate, and review on iTunes or any of your preferred podcasting platforms! Follow Arthur on Twitter, Goodpods, StoryGraph, and Letterboxd: @arthur_ant18 Follow the podcast on Twitter and Instagram: @two_centscritic Follow Arthur on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/144101970-arthur-howell --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/arthur746/message

    #66 - Get a Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert (with Kait and Renata of Worst Bestsellers)

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 10, 2022 99:45


    Tune in as Kait and Renata (Worst Bestsellers) collaborate with 2CC for a discussion on Get a Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert (Take a Hint, Dani Brown; Act Your Age, Eve Brown). The 2019 contemporary romance novel, which is the first standalone entry in the Brown Sisters series, revolves around Chloe Brown, a sharp-mouthed web designer who has fibromyalgia, and Redford “Red” Morgan, her tattooed superintendent whose artistic inclinations emerge in the form of painting. Plus, this book breakdown features topics like support for fat representation, adoration for lovable and loyal families, and a reminder that friendship is magic. TW: chronic illness, discussion of past domestic abuse, classism, anxiety attacks, mentions of ableism and racism Spoilers start at 18:30 Good Word: • Kait: Disney's The Owl House • Renata: Remixed Classics book series • Arthur: House of Cinema (both the podcast and the Discord server, the latter which you can join by clicking on this invite link: https://discord.gg/FYwFeUhufE) Reach out at email2centscritic@yahoo.com if you want to recommend things to watch and read, share anecdotes, or just say hello! Be sure to subscribe, rate, and review on iTunes or any of your preferred podcasting platforms! Follow Arthur on Twitter, Goodpods, StoryGraph, and Letterboxd: @arthur_ant18 Follow the podcast on Twitter and Instagram: @two_centscritic Follow Arthur on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/144101970-arthur-howell --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/arthur746/message

    #65 - Daisy Jones & the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid (with Anya and Isabel of Book Expectations)

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 3, 2022 122:28


    Tune in as Anya and Isabel (Book Expectations) hang out with Arthur for a deep dive into Daisy Jones & the Six, the 2019 historical fiction novel by Taylor Jenkins Reid (The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, Carrie Soto Is Back) about a ‘70s rock band that gives off Fleetwood Mac vibes. This makes sense, considering they had been a major inspiration for TJR during the writing of this book. The hosts' expectations for the upcoming Netflix series adaptation of TSHOEH, the pronunciation of “Rhysand” and “Feyre,” and the perks of listening to the audiobook version of DJ&TS are just a few of the topics that are brought up on this episode. TW: drug abuse, alcoholism, infidelity, abortion, eating disorder, parental death, and brief mentions of domestic abuse and suicidal ideation Spoilers start at 20:50 Good Word: • Anya: Netflix's Our Beloved Summer • Isabel: Boy Erased by Garrard Conley and One Last Stop by Casey McQuiston • Arthur: The Travelling Cat Chronicles by Hiro Arikawa Reach out at email2centscritic@yahoo.com if you want to recommend things to watch and read, share anecdotes, or just say hello! Be sure to subscribe, rate, and review on iTunes or any of your preferred podcasting platforms! Follow Arthur on Twitter, Goodpods, StoryGraph, and Letterboxd: @arthur_ant18 Follow the podcast on Twitter and Instagram: @two_centscritic Follow Arthur on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/144101970-arthur-howell --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/arthur746/message

    #64 - Disney+'s Ms. Marvel | Helmed by Bisha K. Ali and Adil & Bilall (with Guy Bradford)

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 27, 2022 113:12


    Tune in as previous 2CC guest Guy Bradford comes back around for a breakdown of the newest Disney+ Marvel Cinematic Universe series Ms. Marvel. It follows Kamala Khan, a 16-year-old Pakistani-American who lives in Jersey City, prides herself on her Captain Marvel geekery, and ends up getting thrown into a journey of self-discovery involving her newfound superpowers and her mysterious family history. Additional topics that Arthur and Guy open up include monstrous depictions of British colonialism, Islamophobic and misogynistic IMDb review-bombers, the burdens of VFX teams, and the stark contrast between the wholesome optimism of the MCU and the vulgar cynicism of The Boys. Spoilers start at 17:00 Created by head writer Bisha K. Ali (Loki) and leaders of the directing team Adil & Bilall (Bad Boys for Life), Ms. Marvel stars Iman Vellani, Matt Lintz, Yasmeen Fletcher, Zenobia Shroff, Mohan Kapur, Saagar Shaikh, Laurel Marsden, Azhar Usman, Rish Shah, Arian Moayed, Alysia Reiner, Laith Nakli, Nimra Bucha, Travina Springer, Adaku Ononogbo, Samina Ahmad, Fawad Khan, Mehwish Hayat, Farhan Akhtar, and Aramis Knight. Good Word: • Guy: Prime Video's The Boys (Season 3) • Arthur: Netflix's RRR Reach out at email2centscritic@yahoo.com if you want to recommend things to watch and read, share anecdotes, or just say hello! Be sure to subscribe, rate, and review on iTunes or any of your preferred podcasting platforms! Follow Arthur on Twitter, Goodpods, StoryGraph, and Letterboxd: @arthur_ant18 Follow the podcast on Twitter and Instagram: @two_centscritic Follow Arthur on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/144101970-arthur-howell --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/arthur746/message

    #63 - Disney+'s Obi-Wan Kenobi | Directed by Deborah Chow (with Brojem)

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 20, 2022 135:52


    Tune in as gamer Brojem hops onto 2CC for a breakdown of the Disney+ Star Wars series Obi-Wan Kenobi, which follows the eponymous Jedi ten years after the events of Revenge of the Sith. While covering this expansion of the Star Wars universe, Arthur and Brojem chat about topics like the dangers of recklessly flashing your lightsaber, the desire to steer clear of droid slavery, how apparently easy it is to survive getting stabbed in the stomach, and the ultramenacing portrayal of Darth Vader. Spoilers start at 25:15 Note 1: Reva Sevander was not in Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order. The character to whom Brojem referred is Trilla Suduri, who does resemble Reva quite a bit. So far, it seems like the similarities are purely coincidental. It's still interesting, though. Note 2: Disney has pulled down all the public download links for the two-hour cut of Obi-Wan Kenobi. Directed by Deborah Chow, Obi-Wan Kenobi stars Ewan McGregor, Hayden Christensen, James Earl Jones (that is, the synthesized A.I. version of his voice à la Mark Hamill), Moses Ingram, Rupert Friend, Sung Kang, Vivien Lyra Blair, Kumail Nanjiani, Indira Varma, O'Shea Jackson Jr., Joel Egderton, Benny Safdie, Flea, Jimmy Smits, and Zach Braff. Good Word: • Brojem: The Stormlight Archive by Brandon Sanderson • Arthur: Everything Everywhere All At Once Reach out at email2centscritic@yahoo.com if you want to recommend things to watch and read, share anecdotes, or just say hello! Be sure to subscribe, rate, and review on iTunes or any of your preferred podcasting platforms! Follow Arthur on Twitter, Goodpods, StoryGraph, and Letterboxd: @arthur_ant18 Follow the podcast on Twitter and Instagram: @two_centscritic Follow Arthur on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/144101970-arthur-howell --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/arthur746/message

    #62 - Netflix's The Power of the Dog | Directed by Jane Campion (with Gabi and Margot of Oceans Apart)

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 13, 2022 203:38


    Tune in as Gabi and Margot (Oceans Apart) join Arthur for a deep dive into Netflix's The Power of the Dog. Adapted from Thomas Savage's 1967 novel of the same name, the much-lauded 2021 Western (or anti-Western, which is debated on the podcast) psychological drama provides plenty of meaty material for the hosts to analyze with its Montana-set exploration of toxic masculinity, queerness, and emotional abuse. The intriguing ways in which Savage drew inspiration from his life for the novel, Arthur's vehement frustration with Blade Runner 2049, and an amusing little anecdote about the movie Antichrist make up some of the additional chatter you'll hear on the show. Written and directed by Jane Campion (The Piano), The Power of the Dog stars Benedict Cumberbatch, Kirsten Dunst, Jesse Plemons, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Thomasin McKenzie, Genevieve Lemon, Keith Carradine, Frances Conroy, Peter Carroll, and Alison Bruce. Spoilers start at 48:45 Good Word: • Gabi: the guests' Oceans Apart podcast and Who Thought This Was a Good Idea? And Other Questions You Should Have Answers to When You Work in the White House by Alyssa Mastromonaco with Lauren Oyler • Margot: The Power by Naomi Alderman • Arthur: Sorry to Bother You Reach out at email2centscritic@yahoo.com if you want to recommend things to watch and read, share anecdotes, or just say hello! Be sure to subscribe, rate, and review on iTunes or any of your preferred podcasting platforms! Follow Arthur on Twitter, Goodpods, StoryGraph, and Letterboxd: @arthur_ant18 Follow the podcast on Twitter and Instagram: @two_centscritic Follow Arthur on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/144101970-arthur-howell --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/arthur746/message

    #61 - Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness | Directed by Sam Raimi (with Franklin Cota of Teen Girl Talk)

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 6, 2022 186:56


    Tune in as Arthur invites Franklin Cota (Teen Girl Talk) onto the program for a deep dive into the 28th film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. There's been plenty to look forward to in this movie, especially since it marks Sam Raimi's return to the director's chair since the 2013 James Franco-led megaflop Oz the Great and Powerful. Aside from discussing movie elements like Wanda Maximoff's arc and the cheesy horror vibes, the hosts chat about Doctor Doom being Franklin's favorite Marvel character, their shared love for Ms. Marvel, and the underrated status of Dreamworks in comparison to an animation rival like Pixar. Directed by Sam Raimi (the Tobey Maguire Spider-Man trilogy), Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness stars Benedict Cumberbatch, Elizabeth Olsen, Xochitl Gomez, Benedict Wong, Rachel McAdams, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Jett Klyne, Julian Hilliard, and Michael Stuhlbarg. Spoilers start at 25:20 Good Word: • Franklin: The Bad Guys and the D&D podcast Dungeons and Daddies • Arthur: Comfort Me With Apples by Catherynne M. Valente Reach out at email2centscritic@yahoo.com if you want to recommend things to watch and read, share anecdotes, or just say hello! Be sure to subscribe, rate, and review on iTunes or any of your preferred podcasting platforms! Follow Arthur on Twitter, Goodpods, StoryGraph, and Letterboxd: @arthur_ant18 Follow the podcast on Twitter and Instagram: @two_centscritic Follow Arthur on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/144101970-arthur-howell --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/arthur746/message

    #60 - The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers (with Chelsee and Christina of The Bi Pod)

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 29, 2022 112:20


    Tune in as Chelsee and Christina (The Bi Pod) collaborate with Arthur for Pride Month 2022, during which queer content will be featured throughout June. For the fourth and final episode of the month, the focus is on the The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet, the 2014 space opera debut novel by Becky Chambers. As the first entry in her Wayfarers series, it boasts quite a few merits, including (but not limited to) the Found Family trope, an extensively queer view on gender and sexuality, and detailed yet accessible worldbuilding. Along with breaking down all of this, the hosts mix up Treasure Planet with Atlantis: The Lost Empire, discuss romantic relationships between humans and A.I., and comment on Twitter toxicity. Spoilers start at 14:40 • Chelsee: Two Rogues Make a Right by Cat Sebastian • Christina: Netflix's Heartstopper • Arthur: Before the Coffee Gets Cold by Toshikazu Kawaguchi Reach out at email2centscritic@yahoo.com if you want to recommend things to watch and read, share anecdotes, or just say hello! Be sure to subscribe, rate, and review on iTunes or any of your preferred podcasting platforms! Follow Arthur on Twitter, Goodpods, StoryGraph, and Letterboxd: @arthur_ant18 Follow the podcast on Twitter and Instagram: @two_centscritic Follow Arthur on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/144101970-arthur-howell --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/arthur746/message

    #59 - Netflix's The Half of It | Directed by Alice Wu (with Dr. Terry Dornak of Hello Wonderful Podcast)

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 24, 2022 122:46


    Tune in as Dr. Terry Dornak (Hello Wonderful Podcast) stops by the show to chat with Arthur about Netflix's The Half of it, the 2020 coming-of-age movie that follows introverted teenager Ellie Chu as she pens love letters on behalf of inarticulate jock Paul Munsky and sends them off to his crush Aster Flores. The catch: Ellie herself has caught feelings for Aster as well. On top of breaking down this queer and contemporary spin on Cyrano de Bergerac, Arthur and Terry address the usage of media like films and podcasts to process life experiences, the conservative attitudes that drive bigotry and ignorance in small-town communities, and the smell of freshly baked flour. Written and directed by Alice Wu (Saving Face), The Half of It stars Leah Lewis, Daniel Diemer, Alexxis Lemire, Collin Chou, Wolfgang Novogratz, Becky Ann Baker, Catherine Curtin, and Enrique Murciano. Spoilers start at 32:30 • Terry: Saving Face • Arthur: Netflix's First Kill Reach out at email2centscritic@yahoo.com if you want to recommend things to watch and read, share anecdotes, or just say hello! Be sure to subscribe, rate, and review on iTunes or any of your preferred podcasting platforms! Follow Arthur on Twitter, Goodpods, StoryGraph, and Letterboxd: @arthur_ant18 Follow the podcast on Twitter and Instagram: @two_centscritic Follow Arthur on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/144101970-arthur-howell --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/arthur746/message

    #58 - Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas (with Ria and Valli of Queerily Ever After)

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 15, 2022 134:22


    Tune in as Ria and Valli (Queerily Ever After) hop onto 2CC for Pride Month 2022, during which queer content will be featured throughout the month of June. For the second episode, the spotlight is on Cemetery Boys, the 2020 YA contemporary paranormal novel by Aiden Thomas (Lost in the Never Woods, The Sunbearer Trials). The journey of self-acceptance that Yadriel, a 16-year-old trans Latinx boy who lives in a traditional brujx cemetery community in East L.A., goes on while also trying to help out Julian Diaz, a rambunctious and deceased (possibly even murdered) classmate whose spirit he accidentally summoned, provides plenty of material for the hosts to discuss. Plus, you can hear them talk about subjects like Portrait of a Lady on Fire being the best lesbian movie, double-checking the pronunciations of words like “brujx” and “Riordan,” the traits of water signs, and Western society's terrified view of the afterlife. TW: transphobia, deadnaming, grief, murder, parental death, homophobia, racism; and brief mentions of animal death, self-harm, cultural appropriation, child abuse, and a car accident Spoilers start at 35:40 Good Word: • Valli: HBO Max's Our Flag Means Death • Ria: Taylor Swift, particularly “seven” from folklore • Arthur: Hannah Gadsby's Netflix standup comedy specials Nanette and Douglas Reach out at email2centscritic@yahoo.com if you want to recommend things to watch and read, share anecdotes, or just say hello! Be sure to subscribe, rate, and review on iTunes or any of your preferred podcasting platforms! Follow Arthur on Twitter, Goodpods, StoryGraph, and Letterboxd: @arthur_ant18 Follow the podcast on Twitter and Instagram: @two_centscritic Follow Arthur on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/144101970-arthur-howell --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/arthur746/message

    #57 - Love & Other Disasters by Anita Kelly (with Bruce and Renee of The Novel Queers)

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 8, 2022 206:41


    Tune in as Bruce and Renee (The Novel Queers) join 2CC for Pride Month 2022, during which queer content will be featured throughout the June. For the first episode, the hosts kick things off by breaking down Love & Other Disasters by Anita Kelly. Having been published just back in January, this contemporary romance revolves around a cooking competition on reality TV, where sparks fly between London Parker, who has come out as the show's first openly nonbinary contestant, and Dahlia Woodson, a klutzy and quirky divorcee with huge hair. Aside from diving into the book itself, this particularly lengthy episode diverges onto some tangents, such as the giant size and weird flatness of halibut, The Lake House being a comfort watch despise its blatant plot holes, and Bruce quoting The Magnus Archives's Alexander J. Newall. TW: enbyphobia, transphobia, homophobia, biphobia, deadnaming, gender dysphoria, panic attacks Spoilers start at 33:00 Good Word: • Bruce: Spy x Family and Consorting with Dragons by Sera Trevor • Renee: Welcome to Demon School! Iruma-kun • Arthur: Hulu's Fire Island Reach out at email2centscritic@yahoo.com if you want to recommend things to watch and read, share anecdotes, or just say hello! Be sure to subscribe, rate, and review on iTunes or any of your preferred podcasting platforms! Follow Arthur on Twitter, Goodpods, StoryGraph, and Letterboxd: @arthur_ant18 Follow the podcast on Twitter and Instagram: @two_centscritic Follow Arthur on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/144101970-arthur-howell --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/arthur746/message

    Off the Cuff #2 | A Colleen Hoover Discussion (with Saba/@saidsabaaa)

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 4, 2022 98:28


    Finally, 2CC is back from its unplanned hiatus! The situation looked rocky for a while, what with the dead computer and the initially malfunctioning replacement computer (I blame the Mercury Retrograde), but everything is in working order now. Here's a new episode in the bonus 2CC series Off the Cuff, which Arthur recorded two weeks ago with his Discord book-club mate Saba. The two of them discuss the work of author Colleen Hoover, who typically writes contemporary romances but also pens thrillers every now and then. Two of her books, It Ends with Us and Verity, have already been covered on the podcast, and now you'll get to hear the hosts give their opinions on even more of them. They also dive into topics like the cultural impact of Fifty Shades of Grey, the pressure that the Perfect Mother stereotype puts on moms, and step-sibling incest. CoHo books read by Arthur: • November 9 • Ugly Love • It Ends with Us • Verity • Too Late • Maybe Someday CoHo books read by Saba: • It Ends with Us • Verity • Reminders of Him • Ugly Love TW: domestic abuse, child death, child abuse, murder, quasi-incest revolving around step-siblings, a brief mention of an incest-tinged dynamic between blood siblings in a certain YA fantasy series Spoilers start at 44:00 Note: after recording the podcast, Saba informed Arthur that he'd been mispronouncing her name the whole time. It's “sab-AH,” not “SAH-ba.” Arthur is deeply sorry for making that blunder. Note 2: Arthur double-checked the names after recording the podcast, and it turns out that both “Sebastian” and “Jonathan” are technically right. You'll understand when you reach that part. Note 3: I'd given my Good Word for Chip ‘n Dale: Rescue Rangers before John Mulaney let Dave Chappelle pop in for a surprise appearance at his recent show in Ohio and make transphobic and homophobic jokes. I just want to clarify that I still recommend the movie, but I don't support the dive that Mulaney seems to be taking into his own toxic sludge pit. I'm not crazy about the gross connection I just learned this movie has to the original Peter Pan voice actor Bobby Driscoll, either. I recommend looking into his story, but only if you're ready for tragedy. Good Word: • Saba: The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom • Arthur: Disney+'s Chip ‘n Dale: Rescue Rangers Reach out at email2centscritic@yahoo.com if you want to recommend things to watch and read, share anecdotes, or just say hello! Be sure to subscribe, rate, and review on iTunes or any of your preferred podcasting platforms! Follow Arthur on Twitter, Goodpods, StoryGraph, and Letterboxd: @arthur_ant18 Follow the podcast on Twitter and Instagram: @two_centscritic Follow Arthur on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/144101970-arthur-howell --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/arthur746/message

    Interview with Author Kristen O'Neal (Lycanthropy and Other Chronic Illnesses)

    Play Episode Listen Later May 11, 2022 69:46


    Joining the show on this fine day is Kristen O'Neal, author of the contemporary YA werewolf novel Lycanthropy and Other Chronic Illnesses, which just had its paperback release on May 10th. Tune in to hear her and Arthur discuss a multitude of subjects, including their shared love for Jurassic Park, their equally shared displeasure for Jurassic World, chronic illness representation, the role that Discord plays in LAOCI, and time travel. Kristen's website: https://www.kristenonealwrites.com Kristen's Tumblr: https://kristenoneal.tumblr.com Kristen's Twitter: @Kristen_ONeal Good Word: Everything Everywhere All At Once Reach out at email2centscritic@yahoo.com if you want to recommend things to watch and read, share anecdotes, or just say hello! Be sure to subscribe, rate, and review on iTunes or any of your preferred podcasting platforms! Follow Arthur on Twitter, Goodpods, StoryGraph, and Letterboxd: @arthur_ant18 Follow the podcast on Twitter and Instagram: @two_centscritic Follow Arthur on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/144101970-arthur-howell --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/arthur746/message

    #56 - Disney+'s Moon Knight | Helmed by Jeremy Slater and Mohamed Diab (with Guy Bradford)

    Play Episode Listen Later May 11, 2022 118:57


    Tune in as comedian Guy Bradford returns to the show for a conversation about Moon Knight, the six-episode Marvel Cinematic Universe series that ran on Disney+ from March 30th to May 4th. As part of Phase 4 of the MCU, it adopts quite the dark, almost psychological thriller-esque mood in comparison to the rest of the franchise. Considering its mild-mannered museum gift shop employee lead Steven Grant (Oscar Isaac) becomes increasingly uncertain as to the boundary between his reality and his imagination, then gets caught up in his dissociative identity disorder (DID) and the vengeful zeal of the Egyptian moon god Khonshu, the tonal shift makes complete sense. On top of breaking down the show, the hosts also chat about The Umbrella Academy, the horror trope of motion-sensing lights, and the MCU's usage of comedy. Helmed by creator-head writer Jeremy Slater and director Mohamed Diab, Moon Knight stars Oscar Isaac, May Calamawy, Karim El Hakim, F. Murray Abraham, Ethan Hawke, David Ganly, Khalid Abdalla, Gaspard Ulliel, Antonia Salib, Fernanda Andrade, Rey Lucas, and Saba Mubarak. Spoilers start at 15:00 Note: Arthur repeatedly calls the Duat, the Egyptian afterlife, “the Dust” in this episode. Sorry for the mix-up! Disney+'s Moon Knight blog review: https://2centscritic.com/2022/05/08/my-2-cents-on-disneys-moon-knight/ Good Word: • Guy: Nickelodeon's Are You Afraid of the Dark? • Arthur: donating to abortion rights organizations and educating yourself on how important it is to fight for access to abortion Planned Parenthood Action Fund: https://www.plannedparenthoodaction.org National Network of Abortion Funds: https://abortionfunds.org ACLU: https://action.aclu.org/give/now Indigenous Women Rising: https://www.iwrising.org Women's Reproductive Rights Assistance Project: https://wrrap.org Access Reproductive Care Southeast: https://arc-southeast.org Midwest Access Coalition: https://midwestaccesscoalition.org Reach out at email2centscritic@yahoo.com if you want to recommend things to watch and read, share anecdotes, or just say hello! Be sure to subscribe, rate, and review on iTunes or any of your preferred podcasting platforms! Follow Arthur on Twitter, Goodpods, StoryGraph, and Letterboxd: @arthur_ant18 Follow the podcast on Twitter and Instagram: @two_centscritic Follow Arthur on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/144101970-arthur-howell --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/arthur746/message

    #55 - The Midnight Library by Matt Haig (with Laura Petro and Meggie Gates of YA, We Read It!)

    Play Episode Listen Later May 4, 2022 120:40


    Tune in as Laura Petro and Meggie Gates (YA, We Read It!) hang out with Arthur for a recap of The Midnight Library by Matt Haig. This 2020 magical-realism take on the now-beloved Multiverse subgenre of speculative fiction follows 35-year-old Nora Seed as she ODs to escape her depressing life, which sends her off on a journey to navigate the countless versions of her life that have branched through the aforementioned multiverse. A few of the topics that the hosts chat about are mental health rep, the smell of menstrual blood being able to attract bears, multiverse media like Everything Everywhere All At Once and Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, and whether or not abortion should have been pursued in the Domhnall Gleeson romance About Time. TW: suicide attempt, suicidal thoughts, suicide, mental illness, depression, panic attacks, parental death, cancer, animal death, grief, alcoholism, drug abuse Spoilers start at 13:00 Good Word: • Laura: Timecrimes • Meggie: Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia • Arthur: Prime Video's As We See It Reach out at email2centscritic@yahoo.com if you want to recommend things to watch and read, share anecdotes, or just say hello! Be sure to subscribe, rate, and review on iTunes or any of your preferred podcasting platforms! Follow Arthur on Twitter, Goodpods, StoryGraph, and Letterboxd: @arthur_ant18 Follow the podcast on Twitter and Instagram: @two_centscritic Follow Arthur on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/144101970-arthur-howell --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/arthur746/message

    #54 - Gallant by V.E. Schwab (with Jodie and Laura of The Island Library Podcast)

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 27, 2022 89:11


    Tune in as Jodie and Laura (The Island Library Podcast) collaborate with Arthur for a recap of Gallant, the 2022 supernatural fantasy YA novel by V.E. Schwab (the Shades of Magic series, The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue). Coldhearted orphanages, the moment when you realize books that you thought were YA have actually been targeted at general audiences the whole time, Arthur mistakenly referring to one dead dad by the name of another dead dad, and more are all included in this episode. TW: parental death, animal death, child death, ableism, bullying, mental illness, suicide, self-harm Spoilers start at 12:45 Note: apologies for the janky audio on Arthur's side of the podcast. He cleaned it up as best as he could, but it still isn't as smooth as he would like it to sound. Good Word: • Laura: Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor • Jodie: House of Hollow by Krystal Sutherland and Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia • Arthur: Hulu's The Dropout and Netflix's Heartstopper Reach out at email2centscritic@yahoo.com if you want to recommend things to watch and read, share anecdotes, or just say hello! Be sure to subscribe, rate, and review on iTunes or any of your preferred podcasting platforms! Follow Arthur on Twitter, Goodpods, StoryGraph, and Letterboxd: @arthur_ant18 Follow the podcast on Twitter and Instagram: @two_centscritic Follow Arthur on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/144101970-arthur-howell --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/arthur746/message

    Interview with Author Eric Berlin (The Puzzling World of Winston Breen)

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 13, 2022 66:40


    Joining the show for today is Eric Berlin, who wrote The Puzzling World of Winston Breen and its two sequels, all of which belong to the small group of puzzle-themed middle-grade books that Arthur had devoured as a child. On top of that, Eric creates puzzles for a living, having whipped up crosswords and variety puzzles for the New York Times, concocted entire puzzle hunts, and launched the puzzle subscription website Puzzlesnacks. Tune into this conversation if you want to hear him chat with Arthur about the similarities between writing books and creating puzzle hunts, the unnecessary sanitization of antiheroes, Everything Everywhere All At Once, and more. Note: due to scheduling snafus, 2CC won't be uploading review episodes for the next couple weeks. But don't worry, because the podcast agenda will revert to normal on the week of the 27th. Eric's website: https://www.ericberlin.com/ Puzzlesnacks website: https://puzzlesnacks.com Eric's Twitter: @puzzlereric Good Word: the Parker novels (particularly Flashfire) by Donald Westlake under his pseudonym of Richard Stark Reach out at email2centscritic@yahoo.com if you want to recommend things to watch and read, share anecdotes, or just say hello! Be sure to subscribe, rate, and review on iTunes or any of your preferred podcasting platforms! Follow Arthur on Twitter, Goodpods, StoryGraph, and Letterboxd: @arthur_ant18 Follow the podcast on Twitter and Instagram: @two_centscritic Follow Arthur on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/144101970-arthur-howell --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/arthur746/message

    #53 - Marvel's Runaways | Created by Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage (with Matt Cole of Debate This!)

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 6, 2022 183:37


    Tune in as Matt Cole (Debate This!, Avenge This!) takes a seat at the table to chat about Marvel's Runaways, the MCU-adjacent three-season TV show that follows a group of six high schoolers as they learn about a murderous scheme that their seemingly upstanding parents have been committing together for years and proceed to do all they can to thwart it. Having premiered in 2017 on Hulu before ending in 2019, it was promoted as a Marvel Studios property despite never giving nods to Iron Man, Hulk, Infinity Stones, or anything of the sort once (though the Darkhold, which you may recall from WandaVision, does pop up). On top of breaking down this under-the-radar series, the hosts arch their eyebrows at the questionable category of comedy that punches down on activism, comment on the upcoming animated series Marvel's Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur, and repeatedly lament how much the show should have lasted one or more seasons. Created by Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage (Gossip Girl), Runaways stars Rhenzy Feliz, Lyrica Okano, Virginia Gardner, Ariela Barer, Gregg Sulkin, Allegra Acosta, Annie Wersching, Ryan Sands, Angel Parker, Ever Carradine, James Marsters, Kevin Weisman, Brigid Brannagh, James Yaegashi, Brittany Ishibashi, Elizabeth Hurley, Clarissa Thibeaux, Kip Pardue, and Julian McMahon. Spoilers start at 15:00 Good Word: • Matt: Disney+'s Moon Knight • Arthur: educating yourself on Florida's “Don't Say Gay” bill Florida's Law limiting LGBTQ discussion in schools, explained: https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2022/04/01/what-is-florida-dont-say-gay-bill/ Tell Florida Lawmakers to Oppose "Don't Say Gay" Bill: https://act.eqfl.org/a/oppose-dont-say-gay-bill How Disney fell flat in fight over LGBTQ talk in Florida's schools: https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/2022/04/01/disney-dont-say-gay-bill/ Reach out at email2centscritic@yahoo.com if you want to recommend things to watch and read, share anecdotes, or just say hello! Be sure to subscribe, rate, and review on iTunes or any of your preferred podcasting platforms! Follow Arthur on Twitter, Goodpods, StoryGraph, and Letterboxd: @arthur_ant18 Follow the podcast on Twitter and Instagram: @two_centscritic Follow Arthur on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/144101970-arthur-howell --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/arthur746/message

    #52 - Happy 1st Podiversary!!!

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 30, 2022 100:09


    Tune in as Arthur celebrates the 1st podiversary of 2 Cents Critic. Yep, it's one year old! Over this period, many lessons were learned, varied content was consumed, and discussions and banter were shared with guests. All of this amounted to the total of fifty-seven episodes that have been uploaded to the podsphere. Thank you to all the listeners who discovered this show. Thank you to all the listeners who put the episodes on while they're cleaning the house, going out for long drives, taking walks, etc. Thank you to all the listeners who promote 2CC through word-of-mouth. It's been such an enjoyable and educational journey, and there's only more to come. Here's an additional huge thank-you to all the special guests who were generous enough to join 2CC over the past year: Ryan LaPlante, Tyler Hewitt, Beth, Maddie, Judith Bracamontes, Roxana Robledo, Liam Gareau, Mom, Manda Collins, Guy Bradford, J.W. Friedman, Chris Collision, Lacie Waldon, Desirée Calderón de Fawaz, Jody Feldman, Raye, Johnna Scrabis, Sabrina B. Jordan, Sam Frontera, Shelby Schwieterman, Sam Dixon, Sammi Skorstad, Torry, Alysha, and Jackson Leight. Good Word: Netflix's The Lost Daughter Reach out at email2centscritic@yahoo.com if you want to recommend things to watch and read, share anecdotes, or just say hello! Be sure to subscribe, rate, and review on iTunes or any of your preferred podcasting platforms! Follow Arthur on Twitter, Goodpods, StoryGraph, and Letterboxd: @arthur_ant18 Follow the podcast on Twitter: @two_centscritic Follow Arthur on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/144101970-arthur-howell --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/arthur746/message

    #51 - Rooster Teeth's RWBY Volume 1 | Created by Monty Oum (with Jackson Leight)

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 23, 2022 183:58


    Tune in as Jackson Leight (creator of the satirical RWBY news website https://bumbleby.com) teams up with Arthur to dissect Volume 1 of RWBY, the American anime web series that online entertainment company Rooster Teeth premiered in 2013. RWBY has been lasting for eight seasons so far, and now 2CC (which already dropped a brief episode on Volume 8 back during the podcast's text-to-voice days) is returning to where it all started in the world of Remnant when teenage Huntresses-in-training Ruby Rose, Weiss Schnee, Blake Belladonna, and Yang Xiao Long started their combat schooling at Beacon Academy to learn how to fight the Creatures of Grimm. The anime physics, the many weapons that can transform into guns, the superficial racism allegory, and the time that Arthur spends obsessing over the proper term for a chess piece's color are just a few of the topics addressed by this episode. Created by Monty Oum (Red vs. Blue), RWBY Volume 1 stars Lindsay Jones, Kara Eberle, Arryn Zech, Barbara Dunkelman, Miles Luna, Jen Brown, Samantha Ireland, Monty Oum, Shannon McCormick, Gray Haddock, Taylor McNee, Kathleen Zuelch, Michael Jones, Adam Ellis, Ryan Haywood, Joel Heyman, Caiti Ward, Jessica Nigri, and William Orendorff. Spoilers start at 24:00 Good Word: • Jackson: Rooster Teeth's Camp Camp • Arthur: Hulu's Plan B Reach out at email2centscritic@yahoo.com if you want to recommend things to watch and read, share anecdotes, or just say hello! Be sure to subscribe, rate, and review on iTunes or any of your preferred podcasting platforms! Follow Arthur on Twitter, Goodpods, StoryGraph, and Letterboxd: @arthur_ant18 Follow the podcast on Twitter: @two_centscritic Follow Arthur on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/144101970-arthur-howell --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/arthur746/message

    #50 - Pixar's Turning Red | Directed by Domee Shi (with Alysha/@alypil_aja)

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 16, 2022 99:45


    Tune in as Booktwt buddy Alysha (@alypil_aja) stops by for a review of Pixar's latest film, Turning Red! Even before Disney+ started streaming it on March 11, it had already garnered quite a bit of positive reception surrounding its subtext on puberty for adolescent girls and menstruation, which have long been social taboos. On top of breaking down all this and more, the hosts chat about complex mother-daughter dynamics, the 2000s-era fad fame of Tamagotchi and Cube World, and Rayaari's romantic vibe. Directed by Domee Shi (Oscar-winning Pixar short Bao), Turning Red stars Rosalie Chiang, Sandra Oh, Ava Morse, Maitreyi Ramakrishnan, Hyein Park, Orion Lee, Wai Ching Ho, and James Hong. A mild spoiler pops up at 7:50, then the spoilers officially start at 15:40. Turning Red blog review: https://2centscritic.com/2022/03/14/my-2-cents-on-pixars-turning-red/ Good Word: • Alysha: West Side Story (2021) • Arthur: Netflix's tick, tick… BOOM! Reach out at email2centscritic@yahoo.com if you want to recommend things to watch and read, share anecdotes, or just say hello! Be sure to subscribe, rate, and review on iTunes or any of your preferred podcasting platforms! Follow Arthur on Twitter, Goodpods, StoryGraph, and Letterboxd: @arthur_ant18 Follow the podcast on Twitter: @two_centscritic Follow Arthur on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/144101970-arthur-howell --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/arthur746/message

    #49 - The Spanish Love Deception by Elena Armas (with Torry of Ready to Be Petty)

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 9, 2022 150:38


    Tune in as Torry (Ready to Be Petty) visits the show to cover The Spanish Love Deception, the 2021 contemporary romance by debut author Elena Armas. Having originally been self-published by Armas and won the Goodsreads Choice Award for Best Debut Novel of 2021, TSLD's enemies-to-lovers/grumpy x sunshine/fake dating/slow burn love story between engineering coworkers Catalina Martín and Aaron Blackford has enjoyed plenty of BookTok fame over the past year. Does it hold up for Arthur and Torry? In addition, they climb up on their soapboxes for issues like sexism and fatphobia, question the necessity of bachelor auctions, and reopen the previous episode's chat about Twilight's Cultural Touchstone status before segueing into the infamy of Game of Thrones. TW: misogyny, past teacher-student relationship that involved a college student who was over 18 and is prominently discussed in the present, eating disorder, body shaming, alcohol, parental death, sexual harassment, panic attacks, cancer Spoilers start at 18:30 Good Word: • Torry: Skin of the Night by C.K. Bennett • Arthur: Netflix's The Power of the Dog Reach out at email2centscritic@yahoo.com if you want to recommend things to watch and read, share anecdotes, or just say hello! Be sure to subscribe, rate, and review on iTunes or any of your preferred podcasting platforms! Follow Arthur on Twitter, Goodpods, and StoryGraph: @arthur_ant18 Follow the podcast on Twitter: @two_centscritic Follow Arthur on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/144101970-arthur-howell --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/arthur746/message

    #48 - Legendborn by Tracy Deonn (with Sam Dixon and Sammi Skorstad of Hardcover Hoes)

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 2, 2022 183:57


    Tune in as Sam Dixon and Sammi Skorstad (Hardcover Hoes) take their seats around the table for a thorough breakdown of Legendborn by Tracy Deonn. Arthur had put this 2020 YA contemporary fantasy on hold for the longest time in his digital library with the intention of covering it on 2CC. Now, it's quite gratifying to reach the point where everyone can talk about 16-year-old Bree Matthews's quest to infiltrate a secret society with Arthurian roots at UNC-Chapel Hill and unearth the truth about her mother's car accident. The three hosts also cover the infuriating and insidious nature of microaggressions, TikTok sounds that mystify the TikTokless Arthur, and the cultural touchstone that Twilight has become. TW: grief, racism, misogyny, death of parent, car accident, slavery, colonialism, anxiety attacks, war; brief mentions of alcoholism, rape, and transphobia Spoilers unofficially start at 9:00 because of a massively spoilery story beat that was accidentally dropped right after that point. Note 1: Bloodmarked, the second entry in the Legendborn Cycle, will release on November 8, 2022, not July. Note 2: did you know that Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky used to be a stand-up comedian? Good Word: • Sammi: An Absolutely Remarkable Thing and A Beautifully Foolish Endeavor by Hank Green • Sam: Bad Luck Bridesmaid by Alison Rose Greenberg • Arthur: supporting

    #47 - A Knight's Tale | Directed by Brian Helgeland (with Shelby Schwieterman and Sam Frontera of The Rom Complex)

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 23, 2022 69:53


    Tune in as Shelby Schwieterman and Sam Frontera (The Rom Complex) hang out on 2CC to cover the 2001 rock ‘n roll medieval sports adventure, A Knight's Tale. They also chat about Nike product placement, the aural creativity of foley artists, and whether or not Rufus Sewell always plays villains (considering Arthur looked up The Man in the High Castle post-recording and found out that he does indeed play the main antagonist as the Reichsführer of Nazi America, let's say the answer is “yes”). Directed by Brian Helgeland (42), A Knight's Tale stars Heath Ledger, Shannyn Sossamon, Rufus Sewell, Paul Bettany, Alan Tudyk, Mark Addy, Laura Fraser, Berenice Bejo, James Purefoy, and Christopher Cazenove. Spoilers start at 12:00 Note: Arthur was mistaken. Helgeland's Legend is a gangster movie, not a spy movie. Good Word: • Sam: ABC's Abbott Elementary • Shelby: House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski • Arthur: Love and Monsters Reach out at email2centscritic@yahoo.com if you want to recommend things to watch and read, share anecdotes, or just say hello! Be sure to subscribe, rate, and review on iTunes or any of your preferred podcasting platforms! Follow Arthur on Twitter, Goodpods, and StoryGraph: @arthur_ant18 Follow the podcast on Twitter: @two_centscritic Follow Arthur on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/144101970-arthur-howell --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/arthur746/message

    #46 - Disney+'s The Book of Boba Fett | Created by Jon Favreau

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 16, 2022 127:55


    Tune in for Arthur's dissection of The Book of Boba Fett, the Disney+ Star Wars spinoff series that takes place after the events of Season 2 of The Mandalorian. For the first time ever, fabled bounty hunter Boba Fett is in the lead role as he—with the aid of assassin ally Fennec Shand—endeavors to take control of the criminal empire that had once been ruled by Jabba the Hutt and then Bib Fortuna. Yep, this means more time on the desert planet of Tatooine. In addition, Arthur touches on the 2022 Oscar nominees, gripes about TBOBF pulling a Ulysses Klaue, and gets some amusement out of trying to figure out what a “gonk's scomp jack” might be. Created by Jon Favreau, The Book of Boba Fett stars Temuera Morrison, Ming-Na Wen, David Pasquesi, Jennifer Beals, Sophie Thatcher, Jordan Bolger, Matt Berry, Carey Jones, Stephen Root, Danny Trejo, and Thundercat/Stephen Lee Bruner. Spoilers start at 20:00 Disney+'s The Book of Boba Fett blog review: https://2centscritic.com/2022/02/12/my-2-cents-on-disneys-the-book-of-boba-fett/ Resources: Polygon's “Book of Boba Fett is so much better when you realize Boba Fett is the series villain” by Tasha Robinson - https://www.polygon.com/star-wars/22929592/book-of-boba-fett-hero-vs-villain Good Word: X-Men: First Class Reach out at email2centscritic@yahoo.com if you want to recommend things to watch and read, share anecdotes, or just say hello! Be sure to subscribe, rate, and review on iTunes or any of your preferred podcasting platforms! Follow Arthur on Twitter, Goodpods, and StoryGraph: @arthur_ant18 Follow the podcast on Twitter: @two_centscritic Follow Arthur on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/144101970-arthur-howell --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/arthur746/message

    #45 - Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn (with Johnna Scrabis and Sabrina B. Jordan of Mean Book Club)

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 9, 2022 89:11


    Tune in as comedians and podcasters Johnna Scrabis and Sabrina B. Jordan (Mean Book Club) join the show to unpack their thoughts and feelings on 2012's Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn (Dark Places, Sharp Objects). What is quite possibly one of the most iconic examples of domestic noir—you could also just call this genre “psychological thriller”—to have been published over the past decade is reaching its 10th birthday this May, so it's fitting that 2CC is finally diving into all things Nick and Amy Dunne, Cool Girls, and deeply toxic marriages. Along the way, the hosts also try to figure out what Gone Girl-esque movie starred Casey Affleck, determine the difference between sociopaths and psychopaths, and compare Desi Collings to You's Joe Goldberg. TW: murder, self-harm, parental neglect and abuse, sexism, emotional and psychological strain within a marriage, teacher-student affair, kidnapping, discussion of rape, discussion of domestic abuse, mention of a past suicide attempt, mention of suicidal ideation, mention of a deceased parent Spoilers start at 15:00 Additional spoilers: The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck, The Hating Game by Sally Thorne Good Word: • Sabrina: Gone, Baby, Gone and Paramount+'s 1883 • Johnna: Scream (2022) • Arthur: The Duchess Deal by Tessa Dare Reach out at email2centscritic@yahoo.com if you want to recommend things to watch and read, share anecdotes, or just say hello! Be sure to subscribe, rate, and review on iTunes or any of your preferred podcasting platforms! Follow Arthur on Twitter, Goodpods, and StoryGraph: @arthur_ant18 Follow the podcast on Twitter: @two_centscritic Follow Arthur on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/144101970-arthur-howell --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/arthur746/message

    #44 - The Maid by Nita Prose (with Raye of Not Before Coffee! a Bookish Podcast)

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 2, 2022 179:53


    Tune in as Arthur teams up with Raye (Not Before Coffee! a Bookish Podcast) to discuss The Maid, the murder mystery novel that longtime editor and debut author Nita Prose just published on Jan. 4, 2022. It follows 25-year-old hotel maid Molly Gray as she finds business mogul and one of her workplace's most loyal guests Mr. Black dead in his room, then gets wrapped up in the ensuing investigation. The question of whether or not Prose intentionally coded Molly as neurodivergent, the difference between cream tea and tea with cream, and a debate over the inclusion of trigger warnings in books are just a few of the talking points that the hosts add to the conversation. Spoilers start at 29:30 Good Word: • Raye: Circe by Madeline Miller • Arthur: The Chronicles of Narnia film trilogy, particularly The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe; and Prince Caspian Reach out at email2centscritic@yahoo.com if you want to recommend things to watch and read, share anecdotes, or just say hello! Be sure to subscribe, rate, and review on iTunes or any of your preferred podcasting platforms! Follow Arthur on Twitter: @arthur_ant18 Follow the podcast on Twitter: @two_centscritic Follow Arthur on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/144101970-arthur-howell --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/arthur746/message

    Interview with Author Jody Feldman (The Gollywhopper Games)

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 2, 2022 71:00


    Stopping by for a conversation is Jody Feldman, author of The Gollywhopper Games series (a childhood favorite of Arthur's), The Seventh Level, and the upcoming YA thriller No Way Home, which will be published on August 2, 2022. She chats with the giddy fanboy that is Arthur about her character-naming and puzzle-creating processes, being a flashlighter rather than a plotter or a pantser, the one possession she needs to throw out, the influential legacies of The Matrix and Inception, and more. Note: the picture book of which Arthur couldn't recall the name is Sleepy Dog by Harriet Ziefert. Jody's website: https://jodyfeldman.com/ Jody's Twitter: @jodyfeldman Jody's Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jodyfeldman Jody's Instagram: @jodyfeldman Good Word: State reading lists (e.g. the Sasquatch list for Washington and the Bluebonnet list for Texas) and banned books Reach out at email2centscritic@yahoo.com if you want to recommend things to watch and read, share anecdotes, or just say hello! Be sure to subscribe, rate, and review on iTunes or any of your preferred podcasting platforms! Follow Arthur on Twitter: @arthur_ant18 Follow the podcast on Twitter: @two_centscritic Follow Arthur on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/144101970-arthur-howell --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/arthur746/message

    #43 - Eternals | Directed by Chloé Zhao

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 26, 2022 178:40


    Tune in for Arthur's coverage of Eternals, the 26th film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. More importantly, it's the MCU flick that features the most diverse cast thus far in contrast to all the straight white men who have dominated the majority of this superhero franchise for the longest time. But it also received gobs of critical backlash and currently holds the spot of being the lowest-ranked MCU movie on the Tomatometer with a critic score of 48% (by the way, it does have an audience score of 78%). How much of the criticism is bull and how much of it is valid? Aside from talking about that, Arthur goes on to heap praise on Michael Giacchino's theme for The Batman, slam the white cishet male critics who abhorred the inclusivity of Eternals, and weigh in on the necessity of fleshed-out depictions of mental health. Directed by Chloé Zhao (Nomadland), Eternals stars Gemma Chan, Richard Madden, Kumail Nanjiani, Lia McHugh, Barry Keoghan, Lauren Ridloff, Salma Hayek, Don Lee, Angelina Jolie, Brian Tyree Henry, Kit Harington, Harish Patel, Bill Skarsgård, and David Kaye. Spoilers start at 43:45 Good Word: Bullet Train by Kōtarō Isaka Reach out at email2centscritic@yahoo.com if you want to recommend things to watch and read, share anecdotes, or just say hello! Be sure to subscribe, rate, and review on iTunes or any of your preferred podcasting platforms! Follow Arthur on Twitter: @arthur_ant18 Follow the podcast on Twitter: @two_centscritic Follow Arthur on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/144101970-arthur-howell --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/arthur746/message

    Interview with Author Desirée Calderón de Fawaz (Quetzalli's Last Song)

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 26, 2022 46:14


    In the house today is microbiologist-turned-author Desirée Calderón de Fawaz, who wrote and illustrated the 2017 picture book Tata's Earrings, then penned her debut novel Quetzalli's Last Song, the first entry in the Brum Hesles Series. Listen to Arthur chat with her about topics like her former work in microbiology, the gorgeous illustrations in QLS, the strides that have (and haven't) been made in regard to representation, and the importance of educating ourselves on climate change. Desirée's website: https://www.desireecalderondefawaz.com Desirée's Twitter: @DesireeGhandour Desirée's Facebook: https://www.desireecalderondefawaz.com Desirée's Instagram: @calderondefawaz Desirée's Good Word: Duolingo Reach out at email2centscritic@yahoo.com if you want to recommend things to watch and read, share anecdotes, or just say hello! Be sure to subscribe, rate, and review on iTunes or any of your preferred podcasting platforms! Follow Arthur on Twitter: @arthur_ant18 Follow the podcast on Twitter: @two_centscritic Follow Arthur on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/144101970-arthur-howell --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/arthur746/message

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