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The Incomparable is a weekly dive into geeky media we love, including movies, books, TV, comics, and more, featuring a rotating panel of guests and hosted by Jason Snell.

Jason Snell

    • Sep 30, 2022 LATEST EPISODE
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    634: Addicted to Sand

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 30, 2022 91:52

    Grab your helm, pouch, and ruby and watch out for dream vortexes! The classic Vertigo comic “The Sandman” has been adapted to a new Netflix show. What do we love about this modern retelling of the story—and what are we unsure about? Tony Sindelar with Dan Moren, Glenn Fleishman, Sarah Hendrica Bickerton, Chip Sudderth and Shannon Sudderth.

    633: Thor Family

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 24, 2022 70:58

    Russell Crowe! Christian Bale! Natalie Portman! Are they starring in a prestige film that we’re sure to hear about when Oscar time comes around? No, it’s “Thor: Love and Thunder!” But while this movie might not be able to live up to “Thor: Ragnarok,” there are a lot of things we appreciated about it. And also some things we didn’t. It’s all about tone. Jason Snell with Kathy Campbell, Tony Sindelar and Chip Sudderth.

    632: Time Bandit Titanic

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 16, 2022 69:40

    Mum, Dad, it’s evil, don’t touch it! The Summer of Time Travel reaches its end—or is it the beginning?—with 1981’s “Time Bandits,” a children’s fantasy written and directed and even featuring some Monty Pythons. Does it work for adults? Does the tone still work? We fall through a time hole and give our verdict. Jason Snell with Annette Wierstra, David J. Loehr, Monty Ashley and Shelly Brisbin.

    631: Time After Timecop

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 9, 2022 68:32

    What if H.G. Wells used a time machine to chase Jack the Ripper into the present day (of 1979)? It would look an awful lot like 1979’s “Time After Time,” we’re guessing. David Warner and Malcolm McDowell match wits! Mary Steenburgen is a modern lady looking for an old-fashioned man! Also Jason observes the film’s (pretty good) depiction of San Francisco geography and Jean confronts her young moviegoing trauma. Jason Snell with Jean MacDonald, Moisés Chiullan, Monty Ashley and David J. Loehr.

    630: Saunter in From the Future

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 2, 2022 68:02

    The Summer of Time Travel meets Rocket Surgery as we watch the very 90s, good-bad film “Timecop,” the movie that answers the question, “What would happen if you tried to kick time itself?” Jason Snell with Joe Rosensteel, Annette Wierstra and Monty Ashley.

    629: Bum Bag Beatdown

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 26, 2022 79:33

    We take a sideways break from the Summer of Time Travel by verse-jumping across realities to Everything Everywhere All At Once, the multiverse movie directed by The Daniels and starring Michelle Yeoh. Is empathy the superpower Doctor Strange needed all along? Too bad, because he isn’t in this movie! Moisés Chiullan with Brian Hamilton, Jean MacDonald and Sandra Wong.

    628: Dumbness is Timeless

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 19, 2022 69:14

    The Summer of Time Travel begins/ends/continues (pick one) with 1989’s “Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure,” in which two dumb guys collect some of history’s greatest figures and take them to the mall. Party on, dudes! Jason Snell with Steve Lutz, Lisa Schmeiser, Kelly Guimont and Moisés Chiullan.

    627: The Czech Office

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 12, 2022 107:58

    The days of appointment television are long gone, but what if you could create a streaming service broadcasting the best that TV had to offer in the 21st century? What shows would be on your marquee? We’ve got you covered, with our very first Peak TV draft (patent pending)! Will your favorite shows get drafted? Tune in to find out! Cicero Holmes with David J. Loehr, Jean MacDonald, Monty Ashley, Shareef Jackson and Moisés Chiullan.

    626: Don't Copy That Chip 'n Dale Floppy

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 5, 2022 95:48

    The release of the super-meta “Chip ‘n Dale: Rescue Rangers” with John Mulaney and Andy Samberg on Disney+ put us in mind of a movie from which it borrowed a hunk of its DNA: “Who Framed Roger Rabbit”. We first toon, er, tune our dial to that classic, groundbreaking 1988 Robert Zemeckis-directed film, then look at its 2022 chip off the old block. Forget it, Dale, it’s Toontown. Glenn Fleishman with David J. Loehr, Shelly Brisbin and Moisés Chiullan.

    625: Frisky Vulcans

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 29, 2022 90:41

    Thirty-three episodes of new live-action “Star Trek” have now concluded, and we’re going to talk about all of it. We bring some tough love for “Discovery” and “Picard”, which disappointed us. But all is not lost—there’s a lot of unabashed love for “Strange New Worlds.” Jason Snell with Jean MacDonald, Joe Rosensteel, Tony Sindelar and David J. Loehr.

    624: You Got Ludlumed

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 22, 2022 70:30

    On the occasion of the publication of “The Nova Incident,” Jason asks Dan a bunch of questions from readers (and listeners) about his writing career, techniques, tools, and more. Jason Snell with Dan Moren.

    623: Sand Tuna Thief

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 15, 2022 58:37

    Hello there! We discuss “Obi-Wan Kenobi” on Disney+, including Ewan MacGregor’s delight in the role, the return of Hayden Christensen, and balancing the needs of superfans with movies-only fans. Dan Moren with Kathy Campbell, Chip Sudderth, Tony Sindelar and James Thomson.

    622: The MacGuffin Twins

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 8, 2022 68:47

    Put on your flying cloak and load up on pizza balls, because we’re here to talk about “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.” This is an interesting one, because most of us agree that the movie is fun and inventive in a lot of enjoyable ways—but also entirely mishandles its villain. Can you love a movie that also make you angry? We try! Some of us fail. Jason Snell with Sarah Hendrica Bickerton, Erika Ensign, Lisa Schmeiser, Monty Ashley and Glenn Fleishman.

    621: They Built the Halos

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 1, 2022 69:21

    Let’s face it, there’s not a lot of evidence to support the cause of adapting video games for movies or TV. And yet we tried the “Halo” TV series from Paramount+ and… liked it? We discuss making the Master Chief a real character with a strong supporting cast, why the UNSC is not trustworthy, the origin of Cortana, and the show’s connections to Star Wars, Firefly, and… 2001?! Jason Snell with Moisés Chiullan.

    621: They Built the Halos

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 1, 2022 78:27

    Let’s face it, there’s not a lot of evidence to support the cause of adapting video games for movies or TV. And yet we tried the “Halo” TV series from Paramount+ and… liked it? We discuss making the Master Chief a real character with a strong supporting cast, why the UNSC is not trustworthy, the origin of Cortana, and the show’s connections to Star Wars, Firefly, and… 2001?! Jason Snell with Moisés Chiullan.

    620: Alien Donut Lady

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 24, 2022 78:27

    2022 Awards Book Club concludes with three Hugo-nominated novels: Andy Weir’s deep-space problem-solver “Project Hail Mary”; Shelley Parker Chan’s historical epic “She Who Became the Sun”; and Ryka Aoki’s alien-and-demon-packed “Light from Uncommon Stars.” Also, Erika and Jason highlight some of their favorite short-fiction Hugo nominees. Jason Snell with Erika Ensign, Aleen Simms, Scott McNulty and Dan Moren.

    619: Who Will Speak For Fish Police?

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 17, 2022 89:29

    From Duckman to Dicktown, this week we’re covering cartoons… for grown-ups. These animated series have an adult sensibility, and they don’t all feature obscenity, graphic violence, or sexual acts… though some do! Shows like The Legend of Vox Machina, Harley Quinn, Hit Monkey, and Invincible have an adult audience clearly or primarily in mind, while others, like Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law or The Tick require a deep well of cultural references that might leave children (and many adults) baffled. We discuss the overall trend, highlight shows past and present we love, and puzzle out how some shows (good and inexplicable) even came to be. Glenn Fleishman with David J. Loehr, John McCoy, Lisa Schmeiser, Moisés Chiullan and Tony Sindelar.

    618: Mars Monkey Dance Number

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 10, 2022 83:54

    Rocket Surgery takes a time machine back to 1930 for “Just Imagine,” a visionary view of the far future of 1980 that’s three movies in one—and feels like it. Then we jump to the real 1980 where, instead of evil martian twins, we find “Flash Gordon,” quarterback, New York Jets. Jason Snell with Steve Lutz, Moisés Chiullan, Shelly Brisbin, Monty Ashley and David J. Loehr.

    617: Group Therapy for One Guy

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 3, 2022 75:01

    Moon Knight—the butt of a thousand jokes on this very network who improbably made the Sweet Sixteen of our infamous Summer Superhero Spectacular—got his own limited series on Disney+. We talk about the Oscar Isaac of it all, the loving attention to modern Egypt, whether the show is well served by its near-total disconnection to the MCU, and how it might have held up as a ’90s syndicated actioner. (Think “Relic Hunter” production values. You can see it, can’t you?) Chip Sudderth with Dan Moren, Erika Ensign, Glenn Fleishman and Moisés Chiullan.

    616: Bad Decision Theater

    Play Episode Listen Later May 27, 2022 77:15

    Our Book Club continues its walk through the Hugo and Nebula nominees for Best Novel with three books, “The Galaxy and the Ground Within” by Becky Chambers, “A Master of Djinn” by P. Djèlí Clark, and “The Unbroken” by C.L. Clark. Jason Snell with Erika Ensign, Scott McNulty, Aleen Simms and Dan Moren.

    615: People-Positive Management Style

    Play Episode Listen Later May 20, 2022 72:20

    What do you get when you blend historical fiction, pirates and Taika Waititi? You get “Our Flag Means Death,” an ensemble romantic comedy featuring both ship battles and biting insults. Cicero Holmes with Annette Wierstra, Moisés Chiullan, Joe Rosensteel and David J. Loehr.

    614: Eternal Spotlight of the Sunless Mind

    Play Episode Listen Later May 13, 2022 92:19

    Step into this elevator and leave your personal biographical memories behind… Welcome, Listener I., you’re now part of Lumen, a Very Friendly Company that always has your best interests at heart. We discuss the Apple TV+ series “Severance,” and try to explain why you should watch it, what shows it resembles, and just how much we liked the twists and turns of its first season. Jason Snell with Erika Ensign, Lex Friedman, Glenn Fleishman and Dr. Drang.

    613: Kaiju Panda

    Play Episode Listen Later May 6, 2022 77:31

    Put on your toque and be sure you’ve got your 4*Town tickets—we’re here to discuss Pixar’s “Turning Red,” a delightful coming-of-age movie about a Chinese-Canadian girl whose body is undergoing some telltale adolescent changes—you know, becoming interested in boys, rebelling against her parents, and transforming into a giant fuzzy red panda. The usual. Jason Snell with Moisés Chiullan, Sandra Wong, Monty Ashley and Joy Piedmont.

    612: YABM: Yet Another Batman Movie

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 29, 2022 97:30

    Our panel of caped crusaders assemble to dissect 2022’s “The Batman.” The last thing we may have needed was another Batman movie, especially the grimmest, darkest, and longest one ever… but what if we actually liked it? We take apart the new approaches to classic batman stories, Robert Pattinson’s performance, souped-up batmobiles, and Gotham’s weather patterns. Tony Sindelar with Lisa Schmeiser, Guy English, Cicero Holmes and Dan Moren.

    611: Distributed Disinterested Dystopia

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 22, 2022 66:41

    Our annual shortlist book club is back! We read two novels that were nominated for Best Novel in the Nebula Awards! SB Divya’s “Machinehood” is a near-future story of gig workers, weak AI servants, and rebellious space stations. Jason Sanford’s “Plague Birds” is a post-apocalyptic story about strong AIs and gene-altered people that’s so far in the future that it feels almost like fantasy. Plus: We recommend other books we’ve enjoyed recently! Jason Snell with Erika Ensign and Scott McNulty.

    610: No, Mr. Blond, I Expect You to Die

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 15, 2022 76:20

    Cue the electric bass and the full brass section, we’re talking Bond, James Bond this week. We make time for “No Time to Die,” of course, and the rest of the Daniel Craig era. How does it hold up, where does it go from here, what would we like to see? How does the latest movie reset the table? Were we shaken, stirred, or something in between? David J. Loehr with Kelly Guimont, Nathan Alderman and Tom McGrath.

    609: Chekhov's Toy Store

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 8, 2022 82:49

    Old Movie Club returns with two films that imagine attempts to disrupt the United States government. In 1954’s “Suddenly,” Frank Sinatra’s going to try to kill the President. In 1964’s “Seven Days In May,” Burt Lancaster is plotting a military coup. Both films are in black and white from more than 50 years ago, and yet for some reason Phil thinks their themes may resonate even today… Jason Snell with Philip Michaels, Shelly Brisbin, Moisés Chiullan and David J. Loehr.

    608: A Centaur, Only for Cars

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 1, 2022 67:21

    Fire up your Bernoulli Conversionator and check your trunk for stowaways, because we’re entering the Wachowski sisters’ candy-colored 2008 road rally through the Uncanny Valley, “Speed Racer.” It’s an eye-searing acid trip of a movie, with groundbreaking storytelling, an earnest heart, and a curious void at its center. (There is also a chimp.) We’ll discuss how this film fits into the Wachowskis’ canon, the supporting character whose story is way more interesting than the lead‚ and the only other big-budget film since that has dared to get this stylistically weird. Nathan Alderman with Lisa Schmeiser and Shelly Brisbin.

    607: I Regret So Many Great Movies

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 25, 2022 111:42

    We’re back with our third Incomparable Film Festival! Nine of us are programming a day’s worth of films, all with secret themes which will be revealed as the podcast progresses! And while we are currently unable to pull off the Incomparable Film Festival in an actual movie theater, we encourage you to watch these great movies in the comfort of your own home. Jason Snell with Monty Ashley, Moisés Chiullan, Shelly Brisbin, Erika Ensign, David J. Loehr, Cicero Holmes, Steven Schapansky and Dan Moren.

    606: The Bears Did It

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 18, 2022 78:26

    We’ve drafted many things on many episodes of this podcast, but we’ve never drafted podcasts! You get it: Panelists share (and draft!) their favorite podcasts, in categories like Comedy, Narrative, Fiction, Entertainment, and more. Lex Friedman with Brian Hamilton, Monty Ashley, Shelly Brisbin and David J. Loehr.

    605: Apocalypse Doctoring

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 11, 2022 90:00

    Get out your pocket knife and stick to the Wheel—we’re a traveling band of podcasters who move from town to town to re-enact conversations from before the apocalypse! Or at least that’s who we’d be in our version of the HBO Max miniseries, “Station Eleven.” We discuss the moving, optimistic post-apocalyptic tale that is told in a fractured time sequence and features lots of Shakespeare and a suspiciously powerful self-published graphic novel. And though there’s definitely no “Station Twelve” on the horizon, we can’t help but imagine what other stories are there just waiting to never be told. Jason Snell with Aleen Simms, Annette Wierstra, Jean MacDonald and John Siracusa.

    604: Team Creepy

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 4, 2022 83:16

    Let’s hold hands and sneak through some eerie city ruins. Video game club is back in session to discuss “Little Nightmares II”, the creepy prequel to the beloved spooky platformer, Little Nightmares. We play as Mono, a bag-faced boy, as he and his companion navigate a world of puzzles and monsters lurking in the dark, only to be led to his own nightmare. Tiff Arment with James Thomson and Brian Hamilton.

    603: Witness for the Airship

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 25, 2022 81:58

    This episode features a book with fantasy zombies and a book with alien hive minds. Talk about range! Our Book Club reconvenes to discuss the fantasy mystery “Witness for the Dead,” a standalone book set in the world of “The Goblin Emperor”, and “A Desolation Called Peace,” the conclusion of the duology begun in the award-winning “A Memory Called Empire.” Plus: What are we reading? Jason Snell with Dan Moren, Glenn Fleishman, Scott McNulty and Erika Ensign.

    602: The Show You Think You Saw

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 18, 2022 67:18

    Remember that cool bounty hunter from The Empire Strikes Back? What happens when you give him his own show? “The Book of Boba Fett” is the answer—or is it? After all, parts of this show are really episodes of a different, arguably better show. Our panel discusses the seven-episode season and tries to figure out if this mess is hot or cold. Dan Moren with Erika Ensign, Chip Sudderth and Kathy Campbell.

    601: The Most Holden Move

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 11, 2022 80:18

    In this episode we break down the final season of Prime Video’s “The Expanse.” Was it too abrupt? What was all that Laconia stuff? Then, after a brief intermission for TV viewers to depart, we discuss “Leviathan Falls” and the end of the Expanse book series. One story, so many endings! Jason Snell with Dan Moren, Aleen Simms, Jen Burt and Chip Sudderth.

    600: The Machine Was a Vampire

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 4, 2022 115:31

    In this six-hundredth episode of The Incomparable, recorded across two separate sessions, we talk about a whole bunch of novels—namely, our picks for the best SF/F novels of the first decade of The Incomparable, the 2010s! For our purposes, we’re designating the “decade” as 2010-2019. Along the way, we may ponder the most important question a reader should ask: Are there Zeppelins? Jason Snell with Scott McNulty, Dan Moren, Glenn Fleishman, Aleen Simms, Erika Ensign and David J. Loehr.

    599: Have You Tried This Arrow?

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 28, 2022 76:48

    It’s time to channel that Tired Dad Energy, because we’re going to discuss Marvel’s “Hawkeye,” bro. Kate Bishop! Yelena! Echo! Surprise cameos, including one by an owl! It’s a TV series nobody watching “The Avengers” would have ever wanted, yet a worn and exasperated Jeremy Renner as the mentor to a young woman with strong archery skills ends up being a delightful holiday adventure. Jason Snell with Cicero Holmes, Dan Moren, Chip Sudderth and Lisa Schmeiser.

    598: Tropiest of Spaghetti Westerns

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 21, 2022 65:41

    We’ve rounded up a posse and are saddling up to discuss the Netflix original film “The Harder They Fall,” a revisionist western starring Idris Elba, Jonathan Majors, and Regina King. This movie is more ornery than a pole cat with a hangnail! We ride at noon! Cicero Holmes with Nathan Alderman and Shareef Jackson.

    597: Get Me Pictures of Seven Spider-Men!

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 15, 2022 66:41

    Get your college applications ready and prepare to gross out about organic web shooters—it’s time for us to discuss “Spider-Man: No Way Home,” the conclusion of Tom Holland’s origin trilogy as the web-slinging hero… and a surprisingly substantial follow-up to five other Spider-Man movies, too. It’s “Spider-Man: Endgame,” and with great podcasts, there must also come great responsibility… to talk about Spider-Man. Jason Snell with Dan Moren, Chip Sudderth and Kelly Guimont.

    596: Tom Bombadilification

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 8, 2022 91:21

    More than three decades since the Wheel of Time book series began, it’s arrived as a TV series on Prime Video. We discuss the first season with the help of our resident Wheel of Time book expert and three non-book-readers. How much is or isn’t it the “next Game of Thrones?” Why would it need to be be? And how does a book series that was wildly progressive for the 1990s approach a modern audience? Moisés Chiullan with Glenn Fleishman, John Siracusa and Kathy Campbell.

    595: I Didn't Have a Tab - The Best of 2021

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 1, 2022 114:20

    Hot dog! It’s time for our annual look back at the year gone by. And it was certainly a year! Some of us caught up on stuff, while others who usually abandon their lists as winter turns to spring decided not to bother making lists at all! As is traditional, our panelists and listeners pick favorite Incomparable episodes and moments in this episode. Did the best moment of the year happen in last year’s clip show? Are there multiple clip loops running now? Has The Incomparable finally ground Jason down into mush? The answers are within! Jason Snell with Steve Lutz, Erika Ensign, Jean MacDonald, Dan Moren, David J. Loehr, Monty Ashley and Moisés Chiullan.

    594: Money in His Underwear

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 24, 2021 67:38

    Merry Kilmas to all who celebrate the works of Val Kilmer! This year, our Kilmas selection is “The Saint,” a very 90s spy movie featuring surprise sweater reveals, tension-free water pipe escapes, and a wide collection of accents, wigs, and pseudonyms—all from Val Kilmer, of course. Jason Snell with Aleen Simms, Dan Moren, David J. Loehr, Jean MacDonald and Moisés Chiullan.

    593: The Beatles Need Me!

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 18, 2021 93:15

    We watched all eight hours of the Disney+ documentary “The Beatles: Get Back” and now we’re going to talk about it. Toast, vests, London Bobbies sucking on their chin straps, Debbie the receptionist, Paul as “second boss”, Yoko’s knitting, George Harrison’s pinstripes, and most importantly, the amazing view of a bunch of musical geniuses having a very difficult time creating anything at all. Jason Snell with Steven Schapansky, Monty Ashley, Guy English and Amy Gruber.

    592: A Glorious Mess

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 12, 2021 94:12

    Grab your Tamagotchi Baby Monitor, because it’s time to discuss “Doctor Who: Flux,” a six-episode season that had a lot of plot, a lot of characters, and a lot of questions, many of them unanswered! We discuss what worked this season and what didn’t, anticipate the 2022 run of specials to end Jodie Whitaker’s era, and ponder what Modern Doctor Who looks like when Russell T Davies takes over the show (again) in 2023. Jason Snell with Steven Schapansky, Erika Ensign, James Thomson and Antony Johnston.

    591: That Poor Pie

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 5, 2021 79:49

    We discuss Marvel’s weird and epic “Eternals,” which breaks a lot of Marvel-movie conventions while attempting to tell a different kind of story with a whole lot of new characters. It’s full of interesting choices, some of which pay off, while others end up amounting to not very much. Jason Snell with Moisés Chiullan, Quinn Rose and Chip Sudderth.

    590: The Car Explodes In Midair

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 21, 2021 58:27

    We’ve gathered the family around the table to celebrate F’sgiving, a thing we just made up in which we care enough to watch a film featuring F. Murray Abraham. In this case it’s “Last Action Hero,” a movie that Wikipedia claims is a cult classic. We don’t know about that, but it certainly is unjustly maligned. This is a big, loud action movie that is also a parody and celebration of big, loud action movies. Sure, it’s got its flaws—we’re looking at you, kid—but there’s a whole lot to like. Jason Snell with Moisés Chiullan, Erika Ensign, Steve Lutz and David J. Loehr.

    589: Sometimes Beige Is Beautiful

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 14, 2021 87:55

    Put on your stillsuit and prepare your sand compactor. We’re venturing out into the uncharted deserts of Arrakis with “Dune,” Denis Villeneuve’s cinematic take on the oft-filmed Frank Herbert novel. We do some comparing and contrasting with David Lynch’s version, question whether this adaptation is for fans for for people who know nothing about “Dune”, and basically stare at a bunch of big spaceships hanging in the air. Denis Villeneuve knows what we like. Jason Snell with John Siracusa, Jean MacDonald and Joe Rosensteel.

    588: All These Different Jackets

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 8, 2021 87:26

    Buy those bongos and make it a 30-piece drum set, because legendary one-season wonder “Freaks and Geeks” is finally available to stream. This is an amazing show with a fantastic cast about a bunch of geeks and burnouts in Michigan in the early 1980s. It’s a sweet and funny and awkward and painful story about growing up and trying to figure out who you are, while everyone else in the world wants to label you and make sure you never forget your label. We discuss our favorite ancillary characters, the richness of the world of “Freaks and Geeks”, and how upon rewatching the show 20 years later, we have gained even more appreciation for Mr. and Mrs. Weir. Jason Snell with Tiff Arment, Steve Lutz, Annette Wierstra and Marco Arment.

    587: Is Dracula the Frankenstein?

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 31, 2021 78:18

    Just in time for Halloween, our mega-sized Old Movie Club meets up in a spooky haunted house to discuss two horror-comedies that honor their source material more than you might think — it’s 1948’s “Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein” and 1974’s “Young Frankenstein.” We learn that werewolves can fly, quoting film dialogue on the playground can be cruel, and in the end it turns out that none of us are the doctor—we’re the monster. Jason Snell with Philip Michaels, Monty Ashley, Steve Lutz, Shelly Brisbin, Moisés Chiullan, Dr. Drang and David J. Loehr.

    586: Discotheques in Disused Churches

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 24, 2021 85:32

    We return to “Ted Lasso” to discuss the second season of the Apple TV+ comedy-become-dramedy, with an increased view into mental health, questions of relationship power dynamics, the power of Rom-Communism and Holiday Specials, and much more. [The original version had two minutes of weird audio at 18:30. You can press “forward 30 seconds” four times, or delete the file and re-download.] Jason Snell with Myke Hurley, Kelly Guimont, James Thomson and Dan Moren.

    585: Remember the Soup

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 16, 2021 84:01

    Our Book Club reconvenes to discuss two final 2021 Best Novel nominees, “Harrow the Ninth” and “The Relentless Moon.” We also discuss all the Hugo Award nominees for short fiction, rank the books, and recommend some books we’ve been reading lately! Jason Snell with Scott McNulty, Erika Ensign and Aleen Simms.

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