Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast is your weekly source for news, opinions and reviews. Michael, Jordan, Cliff and Seth provide hilarious off-the-cuff commentary about pop culture related to all the comics, television and movies we love. Join us for deep dives into television favorites like "Westwo…
Recently, our pal Jesse Starcher of The Source Material Comics Podcast piqued our interest with an anecdote about a potential goldmine of classic 80s G.I. Joe toys right in our own back yard, including the holy grail of our generation... the U.S.S. Flagg! So Detective Poobah took the case, discovered the truth and reveals his finding here for the first time. Length - 00:29:47 Language - PG-13. (Contains mild adult language.)
Christmas may be cool and the Fourth of July may be fun, but for some of us the most wonderful time of the year is actually Free Comic Book Day! The annual celebration of comics and the shops who sling 'em is almost here, so Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast has a preview of what you should be on the lookout for when visiting your friendly neighborhood comic shop on May 6th. Length - 00:24:48 Language - PG
We're talking record-setting examples of human endurance this week, and no, that's not a reference to how many hours Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast has spent discussing Riverdale. In Chapter 105 "Folk Heroes" Archie inspires the town with feats of strength and Cheryl is even hotter than usual when she discovers the power of pyrokinesis! Length - 00:48:30 Language - PG-13. (Contains mild adult language.)
Oh, snap... is that a pie chart?! Jordan has a much-too-detailed breakdown of the annual sales numbers that show the fascinating differences of what graphic novels are popular outside of the comic shop market, Seth takes an unsettling trip to the movie theater, a couple of our most-loved shows return and much, much more in this week's edition of Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast. Length - 01:28:01 Language - PG-13. (Contains adult language.) - - 0:03:22 - TV RECAPS & REVIEWS Anxiously awaited second season of horror mystery "Yellowjackets" arrives on Showtime, sampling "Star Trek: Picard" with a free week of Paramount+, "Quantum Leap" ends strong and renewed for more, finding your life's potential through the magical "The Big Door Prize," "Gotham Knights" has a surprisingly strong debut on the doomed CW lineup, "Superman & Lois" continues to mine family drama in season three, musical theater comedy "Schmigadoon!" returns and our favorite comedy "Dave" sends Lil Dicky on tour. - 0:37:05 - MOVIE NEWS Recent big screen releases "John Wick: Chapter 4" and "Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves" both entertaining times at the theater and the documentary "My Comic Shop Country" chronicles the unique retail experience of selling comic books. - 0:54:20 - COMIC BOOK NEWS "Insectakid" #3 available now from So Pro Comics, new novel "Secret Identity" set in comic industry of the '70s, "Captain America: Man Out of Time" an overlooked gem by Mark Waid and Jorge Molina, first appearance of Spider-Boy gets speculator senses tingling, the conclusion of Tom King and Greg Smallwood's "The Human Target" and the annual Bookscan sales charts reiterate the world of difference between comic store and mainstream bookstore sales patterns.
This week marks the 7th Anniversary of Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast and what better way to share our KPP-ness with you than an entire episode about one of our favorite topics... Star Wars! We've got lots of news from Celebration, lots of celebration due to some news, and detailed recaps of the latest from "The Mandalorian." Length - 01:20:22 Language - PG-13. (Contains mild adult language.) - 0:01:54 - STAR WARS Breaking news from Star Wars Celebration including the announcement of three new films, footage from Disney+ series "The Acolyte" and "Skeleton Crew" and full trailers for "Ahsoka" and "Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny." - 0:18:25 - PERLMUTTER Disney layoffs finally put an end to CEO Isaac Perlmutter's reign at Marvel and an oversight board appointed by Governor Ron DeSantis sidestepped by Disney lawyers. - 0:37:50 - THE MANDALORIAN Some final thoughts on "Star Wars: The Bad Batch" as it wraps up its second season and then SPOILER-filled recaps of "The Mandalorian" Chapter 21 "The Pirate" and Chapter 22 "Guns for Hire."
It's time for another Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast countdown! For this list, we're using our typical "competitive collaboration" system of nominating and vetoing picks until we end up with a definitive scorecard of all the best movies that include a number in the title. So count on it to be another fun debate! Length - 01:52:11 Language - PG-13. (Contains mild adult language.)
Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast is back and coming at you like... a moose in a hurricane? (Go home, A.I. chatbot; you're drunk.) This week we've got opinions on this year's Oscar winners, the finale of a beloved HBO drama and in-depth coverage of the latest "Star Wars" spinoff. Length - 01:29:27 Language - PG-13. (Contains mild adult language.) - 0:10:35 - MOVIE NEWS Celebrating the year in film with "The Oscars" and "The Film Independent Spirit Awards," "Scream 6" continues the horror franchise in the Big Apple. - 0:31:05 - TV RECAPS & REVIEWS The first season of "Shrinking" wraps up on Apple TV+, "The Last of Us" adapts the original video game into a satisfying conclusion. - 0:42:29 - THE MANDALORIAN A SPOILER-filled recap of Chapter 19 "The Convert" and Chapter 20 "The Foundling" from season three of The Mandalorian.
This week involved a trip to a local convention, the Classic Plastics Toy Expo, an encounter with a roofer named Merlin and the return of our favorite intergalactic daddy & son duo. So tune in to hear if Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast can pull this particular sword from the stone. Length - 00:58:31 Language - PG-13. (Contains mild adult language.) - 0:08:00 - THE MANDALORIAN Recapping the first two episodes of the Star Wars spinoff's third season, as Din Djarin attempts to fulfill his quest for redemption with a visit to the Mandalorian homeworld. - 0:38:50 - TV RECAPS & REVIEWS Hoping for more consistent quality from "Star Wars: The Bad Batch," the "Endless Summer Vacation (Backyard Sessions)" concert from Miley Cyrus on Disney+, DC artist Jim Lee appears on "The Masked Singer," trying to pinpoint the rural location of "Farmer Wants a Wife," Australian "Survivor" better than the U.S. version, searching for a new theater home after a "Creed III" screening and finishing up the first season of "The Big Brunch."
There are all the usual crazy things happening in this episode of Riverdale, including police shootings, possessed dolls, burning witches at the stake and yeeting Baby Anthony out the window. But the most important thing for us here at Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast in Chapter 104 "The Serpent Queen's Gambit" is that thanks to some absolute hero of a production designer we FINALLY know the exact geographical location of the town! Length - 01:00:36 Language - PG-13. (Contains adult language.)
A new Marvel movie means a new in-depth review from your pals at Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast, and we've got you covered with all our thoughts on the recent "Ant-Man & the Wasp: Quantumania" and where the MCU stands as a whole as we begin Phase Five. Length - 01:04:14 Language - PG-13. (Contains mild adult language.) - 0:09:30 - TV RECAPS & REVIEWS "Poker Face" mines Rian Johnson's past experiences for drama, Korean reality competition show "Physical: 100" pits different types of athletes against each other, golf documentary "Full Swing" and the upcoming "Quarterback" go behind the scenes of the sports world, Fox debuts new Joel McHale sitcom "Animal Control," giving award-winning comedy "Abbott Elementary" its due and "The Goldbergs" finally cancelled after ten seasons. - 0:23:34 - ANT-MAN & THE WASP: QUANTUMANIA Our SPOILERY review of the Marvel Cinematic Universe's sci-fi spectacular kicking off Phase Five, "Ant-Man & the Wasp: Quantumania."
It's been too long since we checked in on the Town with Pep. In fact, it's been so long we barely remember what's even happening on this nutty show. But that won't stop Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast from our divine calling of recapping every episode of Riverdale, continuing here with Chapter 103 "The Town." Length - 00:50:48 Language - PG-13. (Contains mild adult language.)
A recent Pedro Pascal sketch on "Saturday Night Live" really nailed how impossible it feels to try and keep up with Hollywood at the moment. But we assure you, all of the content mentioned in this episode of Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast is 100% real. (We think.) Plus, we hear about Cliff's dreamy trip to his favorite toy store and play a game where we try to guess the actor based on the characters they've played. Length - 01:11:36 Language - PG-13. (Contains mild adult language.) - 0:09:40 - TV RECAPS & REVIEWS HBO's prestige horror series "The Last of Us" off to a killer start, reboots of classic comedies with "Night Court" and "That '90s Show," Peacock builds buzz with true crime series about fraudster "Paul T. Goldman" and Natasha Lyonne's detective show "Poker Face," the holiday episode of Netflix's "Murderville" doesn't play by the rules, "Extraordinary" a British comedy about a world full of superpowers, Hulu's "Wu-Tang: An American Saga" dramatizes early years of hip hop legends, "Cunk on Earth" traces history of civilization in off-kilter comedy, "Star Wars: The Bad Batch" continues string of hit-or-miss entries, Dan Levy's laid-back cooking show "The Big Brunch," Jason Segel and Harrison Ford's "Shrinking" debuts, more new episodes of "Quantum Leap," the second season of animated fantasy "The Legend of Vox Machina," the final run of "The Flash" begins, "Beavis & Butt-Head" airing after the current season of "South Park" and more "Rick and Morty" in production even after firing of Justin Roiland.
Your friends at Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast were knocked for a loop this week, learning that our long-time hometown movie theater will be closing abruptly. This prompted a discussion about changing film-going habits before diving in to dissect DC's big announcement of ten new projects and some conflicted thoughts on a recent thriller. Length - 01:21:42 Language - PG-13. (Contains mild adult language.) - 0:04:28 - MOVIE NEWS Suddenly living in a town without a movie theater, Netflix tempts fate by introducing new restrictions on password sharing and AMC wants to charge different fees for different seats. - 0:35:14 - DC STUDIOS ANNOUNCEMENT DC Studios unveil first ten projects of James Gunn's tenure in charge, "Chapter One: Gods and Monsters." - 0:56:24 - KNOCK AT THE CABIN A SPOILER-filled discussion about M. Night Shyamalan's latest, "Knock at the Cabin."
Settle in for one of our favorite annual episodes, The Poobah Awards! Clocking in only slightly longer than the average Oscars, Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast recognizes and ranks EVERY film we saw in 2022! And new for this year, we've added 13 specific categories in order to highlight individual performances and standout moments that made this a special year at the movies. So skip the red carpet and come celebrate cinema with us! Length - 03:56:02 Language - PG-13. (Contains mild adult language.)
Since we're still stuck in holiday rerun season, Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast uses the opportunity to look back at some of the best television 2022 had to offer and sample a few things we missed streaming the first time around! Length - 00:52:55 Language - PG-13. (Contains mild adult language.) - Marietta Cinderella - 0:01:08 - TV RECAPS & REVIEWS The Poobah drops an impromptu unauthorized Top 10 of the best TV of 2022, the second season of "The White Lotus" presents another compelling mystery, catching up on Hulu series like the phenomenal "Reservation Dogs," meta sitcom "Reboot," docuseries "Dark Side of the 90s" and "Dark Side of the Ring" and the Stephen King time travel mini-series "11/22/63," Kumail Nanjiani stars in true story "Welcome to Chippendales," "Doom Patrol" keeps putting unique spins on DC heroes, more new animated episodes of "Star Wars: The Bad Batch," the finale of "Stargirl" begins to wrap up an era of the CW and NFL "Sunday Ticket" leaving DirecTV for YouTube.
We use this week to catch up on some of the huge stories everyone has been talking about in the new year, including the self-inflicted wound suffered by the world's most beloved role playing game, Warner Brothers continuing to nickel and dime the fans and the return of the Golden Globes. Then it's a Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast road trip recap as we recount the fun we had traveling to a recent comic con! Length - 01:05:05 Language - PG-13. (Contains mild adult language.) - 0:02:20 - GAMING Wizards of the Coast plan to end its Open Gaming License causes Dungeons & Dragons fan uprising. - 0:24:45 - MOVIE NEWS Warner Brothers removes original content from HBOMax, Henry Cavill ousting from Superman role turns Snyder Bros against James Gunn, Mike Flanagan has plans to adapt "The Dark Tower" and the results of this year's Golden Globes. - 0:47:20 - COMIC BOOK NEWS Reminiscing about our first trip to Galaxy Con in Columbus.
Happy New Year! As is our tradition here at Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast, we celebrate by looking forward at all of the movies we expect to enjoy over the next 12 months. Joined by special guest Neither Coach Nor Mayor Jared Lowe, we tease all of the films set for release this year and then compile a Top Ten list of our most anticipated flicks. Length - 01:22:13 Language - PG-13. (Contains mild adult language.)
Two things we love here at Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast are anecdotes about Cliff's butthole cat and Star Wars, and we've got both aplenty this week with a new adoption and the finale of "Andor." Length - 01:22:11 Language - PG-13. (Contains adult language.) - 0:08:10 - TV RECAPS & REVIEWS New fantasy series "Willow" continues the story of the charming 80s film, a phenomenal first season of "Andor" ends with a bang, animated "Tales of the Jedi" fills in some interesting character lore, Disney+ livestreams Elton John's "Farewell From Dodger Stadium" concert, "Mickey: The Story of a Mouse" documentary about the evolution of the icon over the years, Tim Allen looks for a successor in holiday series "The Santa Clauses," "Atlanta" concludes its groundbreaking run on a high note, HBO cancels "Westworld" before planned final season, "Yellowstone" built itself into the most watched show on TV and finally getting around to finishing "Locke & Key."
The holiday season is here whether we're ready or not, so this week Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast kicks off by playing The Feud! Somebody somewhere surveyed 100 people and we try our best to guess their answers on a wide array of seasonal silliness. Then it's a year-end barrage of movie trailers that have us hyped for what's on tap for 2023! Length - 01:18:03 Language - PG-13. (Contains mild adult language.) - 0:03:15 - GAMING We play a hastily constructed - but still holly jolly - round of Christmas "Family Feud." - 0:29:20 - MOVIE NEWS "The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special" injects the Christmas spirit into the MCU, the trailer for "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3" sets our expectations sky high for James Gunn's franchise swan song, more than meets the eye in the "Transformers: Rise of the Beasts" teaser, our first peek at "Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny," a more in-depth trailer for "The Super Mario Bros. Movie" and end-of-the-year screenings of some recent films like "Don't Worry Darling," " The Wonder," "Strange World," "The Black Phone," "Barbarian," "The Menu," "Glass Onion" and "The Fabelmans."
Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast kicks off this movie-centered episode with a brand new trivia game, then bids farewell to a legendary voice actor and reviews the two biggest superhero movies of the season. Whether you're from Wakanda, Kahndaq or Cleveland, KPP has got you covered! Length - 01:24:16 Language - PG-13. (Contains adult language.) - 0:00:52 - GAMING We try to stay "Culturally Relevant" with a new game guessing the influential films from their references in other works and cope with the passing of Kevin Conroy by diving into "Batman: Arkham City" a decade too late. - 0:24:20 - BLACK PANTHER: WAKANDA FOREVER Our SPOILER-y review of Marvel's long-anticipated return to Wakanda and its somber big screen goodbye to Chadwick Boseman. - 0:48:30 - BLACK ADAM The Rock finally gets to play superhero in DC's latest, and we have SPOILER-ish thoughts. - 1:00:05 - MOVIE NEWS The retro-flavored thriller "Don't Worry Darling" arrives on HBO, a new holiday family favorite with "A Christmas Story Christmas" and "Weird: The Al Yankovic Story" parodies the typical musical biopic to glorious results.
Cliff has (reluctantly) returned from his most recent vacation with the family to Walt Disney World Resort in sunny, hurricane-y Florida and is ready to share all his adventures with our Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast listeners. The many positives, the few negatives, the food, the attractions, the lines, the price gouging, the weather... you'll hear about it all! [Note: this episode was recorded a few days before the recent CEO shakeup.] Length - 00:50:56 Language - PG-13. (Contains mild adult language.)
It's way past time for an episode all about comic books, so that's what Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast is giving you this week. We've got some reviews for books we've been enjoying lately, a few news items and a bit of industry dirt. Plus - because no one demanded it - the return of our "One Job" segment! Length - 01:22:54 Language - PG-13. (Contains mild adult language.) - 0:04:27 - ONE JOB Deciding the single most iconic role for the Queen of Halloween, Jamie Lee Curtis. (Spoiler: It's not "Halloween.") - 0:39:55 - COMIC BOOK NEWS Solving puzzles in the pages of two current "Captain America" books, Dark Horse becomes the fourth major publisher to leave Diamond Comic Distributors, a funny gimmick for the 20th anniversary of "Invincible," cancellation of "Superman" title provides food for trolls, DC hints at 13 new Golden Age characters and more "Watchmen" ties, Alan Moore definitely for sure done with comics and a sample of some recent releases including "Batman: One Bad Day," "Miracleman: The Silver Age" and "A.X.E. Judgment Day."
Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast may not be the most advanced entertainment algorithm in the world but we've got a pretty good idea of what's got people talking, so join J.O.R.D.A.N., C.L.I.F.F. and S.E.T.H. as we discuss the latest Disney+ content, a new teen-targeted horror anthology and more. Length - 00:57:52 Language - PG-13. (Contains mild adult language.) - 0:01:30 - TV RECAPS & REVIEWS Marvel releases retro Halloween special "Werewolf by Night," the conclusion of "She-Hulk: Attorney at Law" pulls the rug out from under us, trying to build enthusiasm for "House of the Dragon," "The Midnight Club" provides more Mike Flanagan spookiness on Netflix, "Andor" keeps building on its complex and nuanced corner of the "Star Wars" universe, "Quantum Leap" expands its sci-fi scope, reality game show "The Mole" returns and season one of "Welcome to Wrexham" concludes with a pulse-pounding final match.
Like fanboy sultans being fed nerdy grapes by the fistful, we are living in a pop culture utopia. Therefore Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast tries to never feel ungrateful for the abundance of content crafted specifically to pander to us and our increasingly fickle tastes. Even when something is terrible, we just move on to the next thing. So here are all the "next things" on our list this week! Length - 00:59:37 Language - PG-13. (Contains adult language.) - 0:00:45 - MOVIE NEWS Netflix's "Father Stu" plummets to the bottom of our yearly lists, dark and divisive "Blonde" explores the fame and objectification of Marilyn Monroe and Tom Hanks goes all out for "Elvis." - 0:11:05 - CROSSING THE STREAMS Two competing series "House of the Dragon" and "The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power" each offer quality fantasy television, NBC's reboot of "Quantum Leap" honors the original with a compelling central mystery, season five of "Cobra Kai" keeps giving us what we want from this show, the first trailer for "The Super Mario Bros. Movie" has us thinking big, "DC League of Super-Pets" misses the mark for kids and comic fans alike, "Welcome to Wrexham" nears its end focusing closer on the players and fans, Steve Carell gives a standout performance in "The Patient" and preparing for the final run of "The Walking Dead" with anthology series "Tales of the Walking Dead."
Anecdotes abound as Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast reminisces about all the places we've traveled in the past month, including the world-famous Mothman Festival, meeting a legend at the Cincinnati Comic Expo and taking in a one-of-a-kind concert. Then stay tuned as we dive into the recent Disney+ Star Wars and Marvel offerings! Length - 00:59:18 Language - PG-13. (Contains adult language.) - 0:28:20 - ANDOR Our first impressions of the deliberately-paced "Star Wars" prequel spinoff starring Diego Luna. - 0:44:05 - SHE-HULK: ATTORNEY AT LAW The divisive superhero sitcom nears its end with a long-awaited cameo and a savage last-minute twist.
New shirts. Twerking superheroes. Pooping statues. Calls to overthrow capitalism. This episode takes a few turns. The "why" isn't always where you think, but the most incisive and irreverent television reviews are always right here at Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast. Pop some popcorn and enjoy it with your bestie. Length - 01:08:38 Language - PG-13. (Contains mild adult language.) - 0:06:33 - DISNEY DOINGS Cliff highlights all the early D23 Expo announcements, including an awkward new statue of Walt. - 0:22:48 - CROSSING THE STREAMS Jordan's subscriptions to Paramount+ and Showtime come to an end just as he finished "The Offer" and "Yellowjackets," "Beavis and Butt-Head" continues its run of great new episodes, Prime cancels comic adaptation "Paper Girls," true life prison drama "Black Bird" on Apple TV+, celebrity-adjacent game show "Claim to Fame" wraps up its first season, "Untold" Netflix documentaries tackle fascinating recent subjects, soccer docuseries "Welcome to Wrexham" leaves us wanting more and the twerk heard 'round the world makes waves on episodes #3 & 4 of "She-Hulk: Attorney at Law."
After a week of internet problems, Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast is back and way behind on our favorite shows as usual. So join us for recommendations and reviews on some of the latest small screen offerings, as well as a piece of major gaming news and a few terrifying tales of childhood trauma at the movies! Length - 01:36:26 Language - PG-13. (Contains mild adult language.) - 0:07:10 - YEAH YOU KNOW ME Deciding the perfect songs we'd use as our "entrance music" and the first movies we remember scaring us out of our wits. - 0:25:35 - TV RECAPS & REVIEWS "Better Call Saul" concludes its run with a masterful final season, Prime's "A League of Their Own" series addresses race and sexuality in ways the movie never could, sports docuseries "Welcome to Wrexham" an underdog soccer story, "TMZ Investigates: What Really Happened to Richard Simmons" delves into the rumors surrounding the fitness icon, AMC's "Dark Winds" depicts a 70s-era murder mystery within a Navajo population, subversive sitcom-skewering "Kevin Can F Himself" returns for final season, new episodes of high school comedy "Never Have I Ever" on Netflix, "Running with the Devil: The Wild World of John McAfee" a new documentary about an unstable tech mogul and superhero comedy "She-Hulk: Attorney at Law" arrives on Disney+. - 1:27:45 - GAMING "One D&D" debuting new rules and virtual components for classic tabletop adventure in 2024.
Don't leave your television viewing choices up to a cold, mysterious algorithm. Leave them to Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast! We have tons of shows to catch up on this week and several of them are even pretty good, so listen in as we swing from sex rooms to sitcoms, dark dreams to dumb-ass duos, animation, reality, documentary and at least one that completely defies description. Length - 01:25:01 Language - PG-13. (Contains mild adult language.) - 0:01:00 - TV RECAPS & REVIEWS Netflix teaches us the ins and outs of "How to Build a Sex Room," Neil Gaiman's dark fantasy series "The Sandman" makes its long-awaited TV debut, 80s teens take a trip through time in comic adaptation "Paper Girls," discovering mother / daughter dramedy "Better Things" after its run on FX, "The Old Man" sends Jeff Bridges on the run from his past, "Claim to Fame" a guessing game with relatives of big stars, backstabbing and blindsides on the 24th season of "Big Brother," "The Offer" chronicles the complicated production of "The Godfather," pro gamer mockumentary "Players," new episodes of "Beavis & Butt-Head" create big laughs, docuseries about the special effects wizards of ILM in "Light & Magic," animated family fun in the "Baymax!" solo series, the fourth season of "Westworld" remains impossible to follow, football season means the return of HBO's "Hard Knocks," Nathan Fielder's "The Rehearsal" shatters the fourth wall of reality TV and Harley and Ivy settle into their relationship in new episodes of "Harley Quinn."
We've been going places! Specifically, North America's largest gaming convention, Gen Con and America's mightiest toy show, Power-Con. After detailing all the excitement of these recent road trips, Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast dives into movie news, gauging our anticipation for a ton of Comic-Con Marvel reveals, streaming some animated comedies, catching a handful of terrific indies in the theater and reviewing the biggest monosyllabic sci-fi flicks of the summer, "Nope" and "Prey." Length - 01:25:09 Language - PG-13. (Contains mild adult language.) - 0:30:55 - MOVIE NEWS Recapping the biggest news and trailers revealed at this year's Comic Con International San Diego, mapping out Marvel's "Phase Five" timeline, "Predator" prequel "Prey" has everyone talking, Jordan Peele's "Nope" is a sci-fi cinema spectacle, "Bullet Train" is a fun action film packed with familiar faces, B.J. Novak writes and directs comedic murder mystery "Vengeance," "Marcel the Shell with Shoes On" adapts Jenny Slate's heartwarming viral videos to the big screen, cringe comedy "I Love My Dad" stars Patton Oswalt as an estranged father, "Beavis & Butt-Head Do the Universe" brings the dumb 90s duo to the present day and the animated Netflix family film "The Sea Beast" exceeds expectations.
The explosive final session of Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast's "Kids on Bikes" RPG adventure has arrived! Our GM Seth has steered all the action to this moment, as friend of the show Jesse Starcher of the Source Material Comics Podcast joins noob gamers Cliff and Jordan for the last chapter of "Grave Decisions." A horde of demons is approaching small town Marietta, Ohio in the early months of 1988, leaving Sam, Robert and Conrad precious little time to assemble an army of their own to face them in the last chapter, Episode Four: "Good Morning, Vietnam" Part Two. Length - 02:32:23 Language - R. (Contains adult language.)
It's time for a special behind-the-scenes bonus episode of Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast! These are the sorts of casual "cutting room floor" extras you normally only get by becoming a Patron, full of uncensored, unedited conversation before and between our recording sessions. This time, our excitement revolves around Jesse Starcher of the Source Material Comics Podcast finding an amazing auction full of rare vintage toys hiding in our own back yard. For more perks, check out our Patreon page at www.patreon.com/youdownwithkpp Length - 00:25:18 Language - R. (Contains adult language.)
Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast's inaugural "Kids on Bikes" RPG adventure is nearing its end. In this first half of the final session, Sam, Robert and Conrad take a field trip to Fenton Art Glass. But what they encounter in the sleepy city of Williamstown, West Virginia in 1987 might just scare the pants off of them! Listen in as our resident GM Seth guides Jesse Starcher of the Source Material Comics Podcast and rookie gamers Cliff and Jordan toward the conclusion of "Grave Decisions" with Episode Three: "Good Morning, Vietnam" Part One. Length - 02:11:15 Language - R. (Contains adult language.)
Remember when all we had all summer were boring old reruns? No more! Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast returns to wrap up our discussions on four of the biggest television series of the season. And to help, we kept Jesse Starcher of the Source Material Comics Podcast around to add his perspective. Length - 00:52:55 Language - R. (Contains adult language.) - 0:02:49 - TV RECAPS & REVIEWS A phenomenal fourth season of "Stranger Things" concludes on Netflix, "The Boys" pushes the superhero envelope in season three, engaging family drama makes up for so-so story in Disney+'s "Ms. Marvel" and more apocalyptic time-travel shenanigans on "The Umbrella Academy."
Our latest episode of Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast involves two epic tales. In the first, Seth recounts his recent journey to one of the best comic conventions in the country, Heroes Con in Charlotte, North Carolina and the multitude of legends he was able to rub elbows with. And then we spend the rest of the show reviewing Marvel's space viking action comedy, "Thor: Love & Thunder!" Length - 01:14:58 Language - PG-13. (Contains adult language.) - 0:29:10 - THOR: LOVE & THUNDER Our SPOILER-heavy thoughts on Taika Waititi's second superhero spectacle, how the villainous Gorr compares to his comic book counterpart and whether we need a concrete "plan" for where the MCU is heading to enjoy these things or not.
Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast is back for the second session of our "Kids on Bikes" RPG adventure! This time out, it's the weekend of the Sternwheel Festival in small town Marietta, Ohio in 1987, but with so much supernatural chicanery afoot, Sam, Robert and Conrad may not survive to see the famous fireworks show. So follow along with "Grave Decisions," Episode Two: "Who Ya Gonna Call?"as GM Seth guides Jesse Starcher of the Source Material Comics Podcast, gaming newbies Cliff and Jordan - and a super surprising guest player! - on the next leg of our nostalgic 80s escapade. Length - 03:28:01 Language - R. (Contains adult language.)
"Star Wars" fans have been waiting a long time for an Obi-Wan Kenobi prequel to reveal what the Jedi master was up to between the tragedy of Episode III and the new hope of Episode IV. Now, thanks to Disney+, we have it! And Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast has a SPOILER-filled review of the entire series along with another ambush Top Ten List of Cliff's favorite music from the saga. Yub Nub! Length - 00:54:04 Language - PG-13. (Contains adult language.)
Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast kicks off our inaugural RPG session of "Kids on Bikes!" It's the Labor Day weekend of 1987 in small town Marietta, Ohio and for Sam, Robert and Conrad all they have on their minds are bike races, parades and fair games. Will a little mysterious green goo and a spooky cemetery ruin their holiday fun? Tune in to "Grave Decisions," Episode One: "First Settlement" as GM Seth guides our guest Jesse Starcher of the Source Material Comics Podcast and gaming newbies Cliff and Jordan on a nostalgic adventure through their own back yards! Length - 02:30:02 Language - R. (Contains adult language.)
Our pal Jesse Starcher of the Source Material Comics Podcast stuck around after a long night of gaming to help us at Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast review some of the amazing television shows currently streaming into our homes on a non-stop basis. No one person can keep up with everything on the air... but four persons can come pretty close! Length - 01:13:25 Language - PG-13. (Contains adult language.) - 0:02:10 - CROSSING THE STREAMS Dropping in on Hawkins with the long-awaited return of "Stranger Things," the debut of a relatable new hero in "Ms. Marvel," "The Boys" is the perfect satire for our superhero-saturated times, the third season of "Barry" wades into even murkier morality, HBO's "The Time Traveler's Wife" blends relationship drama with a sci-fi conceit, Jon Bernthal leads a team of crooked Baltimore cops in "We Own This City" and Adam Sandler shines in the underdog sports story "Hustle" on Netflix.
Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast goes where we've never gone before... role playing games! Inspired by our love of "Stranger Things," listen as we dip our toes into the world of "Kids on Bikes," a collaborative world building RPG set in a 1980s small town full of big mysteries. In this first episode, total noobs Cliff and Jordan learn a few of the basics and create our characters with help from Jesse Starcher of the Source Material Comics Podcast and our resident GM and all-around Poobah, Seth. Length - 01:05:52 Language - PG-13. (Contains adult language.)
And now for the conclusion to our countdown of the twenty greatest time travel films of all time! If you thought Part One was combative, Part Two ratchets up the tension even more, edging closer to the top with fewer and fewer chances to make sure our personal favorites secure a spot on the list. So join Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast and our special guest Jesse Starcher of the Source Material Comics Podcast as we reveal picks #10-1 and celebrate the classic sci-fi movies that have impacted us the most. Length - 02:02:07 Language - PG-13. (Contains adult language.)
In a list that's been long in the works, we decide on our definitive picks for the twenty greatest time travel films of all time! In Part One, we lay out the rules and reveal our choices for #20-11. Things get contentious right away, as we each immediately begin jockeying to get our favorites included, so set your watches to join Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast and our special guest Jesse Starcher of the Source Material Comics Podcast as we scour the past, present and future to assemble our latest and greatest movie countdown! Length - 01:25:21 Language - PG-13. (Contains adult language.)
After the monumental multiversal madness of episode #100, Riverdale is back to what passes for normal, and Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast is back to covering every maple-soaked moment. Percival Pickens: Entrepreneur begins making moves against the town just as our kooky quartet discover they may be developing superpowers in Chapter 101 "Unbelievable" and Chapter 102 "Death at a Funeral." Length - 00:49:06 Language - PG-13. (Contains adult language.)
We skip ONE recording session and BAM, we end up dogpiled by new content. So indulge us as Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast plays catch-up, sifting through all the freshest, most recent offerings that tickled our fancy from television and film and hopefully finding something as cool and satisfying as a Marietta dole whip. Length - 01:36:23 Language - PG-13. (Contains adult language.) - 0:06:30 - TV RECAPS & REVIEWS "Riverdale" announces its final season amidst major CW shakeup, new "Daredevil" series coming to Disney+, our first look at "She-Hulk: Attorney at Law," more episodes of the racing docuseries "Formula 1: Drive to Survive," the ultra-sweet dating show "Love on the Spectrum," the social media-driven spectacle of "The Circle," Netflix's crime drama "Ozark" concludes, the "Workin' Moms" return for a sixth season, absurdist 90s comedy troupe "The Kids in the Hall" haven't lost a step in their Prime revival, an inadvertent and unauthorized Top 10 Sketch Comedy countdown, "This is Us" amps up emotion as it nears the finale, more "Real World" reunions on Paramount+, "Star Trek: Strange New Worlds" a buzzworthy sci-fi prequel full of positivity, a tweak in the format of the most recent "Survivor" and wrapping up the last two episodes of "Moon Knight." - 1:18:18 - MOVIE NEWS A modernized take on "Chip 'n' Dale: Rescue Rangers" is filled with cartoon cameos and Disney references, viking epic "The Northman" mixes fantasy and reality to strong effect and "Everything Everywhere All at Once" sends Michelle Yeoh into a Multiverse of Momness.
Marvel's latest blockbuster has arrived and - surprise! - it's a Sam Raimi horror flick. After catching up on some of the fun events we've gotten to attend over the last couple of weeks, Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast tackles "Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness." This episode features a full-length, SPOILER-filled review of the film, plus musings on how well it managed the unreal fan expectations and where it all might be leading us in the future. Length - 00:54:27 Language - PG-13. (Contains adult language.)
Holy Hollywood, Bat-Fans... Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast has a brand new approach to our usual list-making, as we try and compile the perfect Batman film by choosing elements from all the past versions to create one impossible mishmash of awesomeness. It's basically a fantasy football draft... but for our dream superhero movie. So tune in as we pick our favorite Batman, the most compelling villain, the coolest car, the most stylish setting and more, then let us know which of these three movies you'd most want to see! Length - 01:09:20 Language - PG-13. (Contains mild adult language.)
Our favorite fanboy holiday is just around the corner, so it's time for Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast's annual Free Comic Book Day preview, showcasing all the goodies that will be available at shops across the country on May 7th. Then stick around for opinions and reviews on a new superhero-themed RPG, a biting Stan Lee bio, Moon Knight, Thor, Disney boycotts and a whole lot more! Length - 01:14:45 Language - PG-13. (Contains mild adult language.) - 0:01:18 - COMIC BOOK NEWS A sneak peek at this year's offerings for Free Comic Book Day, the "Marvel Multiverse Role-Playing Game" introduces a new way to play as your favorite hero, recent biography "True Believer: The Rise and Fall of Stan Lee" digs for the facts behind the tall tales and the first teaser for "Thor: Love and Thunder" gets us excited. - 0:38:15 - TV RECAPS & REVIEWS "Moon Knight" lags through its halfway point, the amazing "Better Call Saul" returns for its sixth and final season, "Winning Time: The Rise of the Lakers Dynasty" succeeds by sacrificing reality for entertainment value, long-awaited new episodes of "Atlanta" deal with topical issues in an exaggerated style, Florida politics create swirl of controversy around Disney parks and a "This is Us" wedding gets the show back on the right emotional track.
We may not all be able to do a kickflip, but Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast can do a pretty serviceable job reviewing all the recent streaming content headed down the pop culture half-pipe. Comedies, dramas, documentaries and comic books adaptations, there is a little something of everything grinding its way across our screens this week. Length - 00:54:37 Language - PG-13. (Contains adult language.) - 0:01:30 - MOVIE NEWS Zack Snyder recognized by internet fan votes at the Oscars, some thoughts on this year's Academy Award winners, zero takes at all on the Will Smith controversy and calls for a Disney boycott put the boss in the hot seat. - 0:10:40 - CROSSING THE STREAMS The CW network renews many of their marquee shows, comic adaptation "DMZ" arrives on HBO Max, first season of "Severance" some mind-bending sci-fi, "Julia" dramatizes the life and career of celebrity chef Julia Child, the next Marvel series "Moon Knight" debuts on Disney+, the skateboard documentary "Tony Hawk: Until the Wheels Fall Off," quirky pirate comedy "Our Flag Means Death" entertains and the final episodes of "This Is Us" becoming a real drag.
It's a monumental milestone for Riverdale, with our favorite teen-sex-comedy-horror-soap-opera-mystery hitting episode #100. But far from being over the hill, the 'Dale managed to reward our longsuffering devotion to its breakneck twists and turns and refresh our excitement for what may still be coming next. Chapter 100 "The Jughead Paradox" is a messy, meta, multiversal mind-trip down memory lane that feels like it was specially made for us here at Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast. Length - 00:56:19 Language - PG-13. (Contains mild adult language.)
As the sixth season of Riverdale rolls on, we remain trapped in the horror-tinged alternate reality known as "Rivervale." This time out, Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast tackles Chapter 98 "Mr. Cypher" and Chapter 99 "The Witching Hour(s)," counting down to the landmark 100th episode with tales of devils and witches selling souls and switching Cheryls. Length - 01:01:19 Language - PG-13. (Contains mild adult language.)
Your friends at Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast are back with reviews and recommendations about all the most entertaining content on the airwaves at the moment. After tallying up some statistics about our recent Top Ten countdown, we dive into new shows about con artists, pornographers and basketball legends, and dodge a few landmines trying to criticize Pixar's latest movie in the least offensive way possible. Length - 01:13:19 Language - PG-13. (Contains mild adult language.) - 0:09:35 - TV RECAPS & REVIEWS Period piece "Minx" a comedy about smart people making dirty magazines, real-life grifters get the spotlight in pharmaceutical scandal "The Dropout," the socialite con-artist "Inventing Anna" and Jared Leto's "WeCrashed," Hulu's "Life & Beth" a bingeable comedy starring Amy Schumer, HBO's "Winning Time: The Rise of the Lakers Dynasty" a spirited chronicle of the NBA's heyday, big-name talent behind the animated shorts "The Boys Presents: Diabolical," and the Fox sitcom "Welcome to Flatch" finds the funny in small-town Ohio. - 0:47:56 - MOVIE NEWS Pixar's "Turning Red" streams on Disney+ to some critical controversy, "The Adam Project" sends Ryan Reynolds on a time travel adventure and a home invasion drama with a killer cast in "Windfall."
And now for the finale to Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast's countdown of our Top Ten Favorite Comic Book Covers of all time! The OJ, Mr. Jesse Starcher of the Source Material Comics Podcast returns as our special guest to unveil picks #5-1, along with a score of honorable mentions. And again, this particular episode is best enjoyed with the visuals, so we recommend watching the video version on our YouTube page. (Part One can be found here.) Length - 01:49:17 Language - PG-13. (Contains mild adult language.)