Grumpy Young Men (Comedy)

Today we’re talking about Serpico, where Al Pacino plays the real-life lamplighter who exposed corruption in the New York City police force. We discuss the complicated character of Serpico, the incredible 70s style, and where this one fits in the pantheon of “based on a true story” films.

Also, why we hate when people ignore questions. (Recorded September 28th, 2022.)

Direct download: Ep._337_Serpico.mp3
Category:Comedy -- posted at: 2:31pm EDT

Today we review one of the most iconic gangster films, Scarface. This is a first-time watch for the both of us, so we discuss how we might have come to this one too late. We also discuss the cheesy dialogue, the insane runtime, and the undeniably wonderful (albeit problematic) performance from Al Pacino.

Also, why we hate audio-only GPS. (Recorded September 14th, 2022.)

Direct download: Ep._335_Scarface.mp3
Category:Comedy -- posted at: 1:49pm EDT

Today we’re talking about our top five favorite actors. Actors that we don’t necessarily think are the best, but whose work we will always seek out. We discuss everything from classic British actors, voice actors in every new Disney release, Mr. Music, a former child star turned dimension-jumping action star, and much more.

Also, why we hate the fluoride varnish painting. (Recorded August 3rd, 2022.)

(Also also, brief correction: when discussing Judas and the Black Messiah, Henry says Fred Ward a couple of times, but of course the activist's name was actually Fred Hampton.)

Direct download: Ep._329_Top_Five_Favorite_Actors.mp3
Category:Comedy -- posted at: 6:45pm EDT

Today we’re talking about Alien, the iconic sci-fi horror film from 1979. We discuss the impeccable style throughout the film, the great control of tension, and praise (and ponder) some of the biggest questions this movie sets up. 

Also, why we hate apartment parking, (Recorded July 20th, 2022.)

Direct download: Ep._327_Alien.mp3
Category:Comedy -- posted at: 1:40pm EDT

This week we’re reviewing Bad Education, Cory Finley’s sophomore feature starring Hugh Jackman as a corrupt superintendent. We discuss some of our mixed feelings on the character portrayals, praise the film’s airtight script, and go on an extended rant about respect for teachers and the parents that don’t give them any.

Also, why we hate rewiring our brains. (Recorded July 15h, 2022.)

Direct download: Ep._326_Bad_Education.mp3
Category:Comedy -- posted at: 1:03pm EDT

Today we’re recapping and reviewing the latest season of Barry, Bill Hader’s deeply dark comedy about a hitman-turned-actor. We dissect all eight episodes and try to unpack why we feel so mixed about this show that is largely made up of arcs and artistic choices we both really enjoy.

Also, why we hate cancelling subscriptions. (Recorded July 6th, 2022.)

Direct download: Ep._325_Barry_Season_3.mp3
Category:Comedy -- posted at: 4:22pm EDT

This week we’re talking about RRR, one of the most insane and entertaining movies we’ve seen recently. We discuss the crazy antics and action sequences, the less-than-stellar romance subplots, and also we sing a big song at the end.

Also, why we hate right-of-way hesitation. (Recorded June 29th, 2022.)

Direct download: Ep._324_RRR.mp3
Category:Comedy -- posted at: 1:24pm EDT

The sixth Rant Day is upon us. In this all-rant filled special episode, join us as we talk about camping chairs, error messages, back pain, broken shorts, Woop Slap, and effort inertia. PLUS Henry’s incredibly long trial of ripping a DVD box set.

Also, if you wanna avoid the blood story, skip roughly 5:00 to 13:00. (Recorded June 8th, 2022.)

Direct download: Ep._322_Rant_Day_VI.mp3
Category:Comedy -- posted at: 12:46pm EDT

This week we’re talking about Men, the latest nightmare from Alex Garland that we both pretty much hated. We discuss the confusing thematic elements, the grotesque final act, and the 40% retention rate of Samuel’s viewing audience.

Also, why we hate seat-stealing cats. (Recorded May 30th, 2022.)

Direct download: Ep._321_Men.mp3
Category:Comedy -- posted at: 11:00am EDT

Today we talk about Face/Off, the 90s action movie that has defined the careers of both of its stars. We discuss the intense overacting, the ridiculous style, and wonder how a movie like this gets made at all.

Also, why we hate today’s Wordle answer. (Recorded May 23rd, 2022.)

Direct download: Ep._320_Face.Off.mp3
Category:Comedy -- posted at: 11:00am EDT

This week we’re reviewing the $3 indie sensation that’s sweeping the nation, Vampire Survivors. We discuss the addicting and delightfully simplistic gameplay, the obtuse mechanics, and have a larger conversation about the price of video games today.

Also, why we hate Friday the 13th (aka Samuel got a flat tire). (Recorded May 16th, 2022.)

Direct download: Ep._319_Vampire_Survivors.mp3
Category:Comedy -- posted at: 8:08pm EDT

Today we’re talking about the video game worlds we inhabit, all the levels and maps and cities and fields and event a planet or two. We discuss our favorite level design techniques, what we like to see in more open-world style games, and Henry gets put on a list for enjoying murder.

Also, why we hate phone shopping. (Recorded May 2nd, 2022.)

Direct download: Ep._318_Video_Game_Levels.mp3
Category:Comedy -- posted at: 11:00am EDT

This week we’re reviewing Taika Waititi’s darling little coming of age comedy, Hunt for the Wilderpeople. We discuss bad eggs, the overall b-tier quality applied to almost every single part of this movie, and haikus.

Also, why we hate pre-ordering in a pandemic. (Recorded April 25th, 2022.)

Direct download: Ep._317_Hunt_for_the_Wildpeople.mp3
Category:Comedy -- posted at: 11:00am EDT

Today we’re talking about some of the most interesting characters ever portrayed in film. These are characters we wanted to see more of, or we thought were fascinating, or there was just something incredibly authentic about them. Join us as we discuss oil men, psychopathic teenagers, French New Wave singers, Vietnam soldiers, hotel managers, music teachers, and much more.

Also, why we hate when the apartment floods. (Recorded April 18th, 2022.)

Direct download: Ep._316_Top_Five_Most_Interesting_Movie_Characters.mp3
Category:Comedy -- posted at: 11:00am EDT

This week we’re talking about Everything Everywhere All at Once, the latest film from Daniels and the highest rated film on Letterboxd. We discuss the maximalist style of the film, the core themes that resonated with the both of us, and the terrific performances from the entire cast. 

Also, why we hate the lack of scrubs in our modern culture. (Recorded April 11th, 2022.)

Direct download: Ep._315_Everything_Everywhere_All_at_Once.mp3
Category:Comedy -- posted at: 11:00am EDT

Today it’s all about the journey, not the destination. We’re talking about all manner of travel, discussing everything from train travel, plane rides, cruise ships, and some of our favorite road trips. (We also go on lots of different tangents cause this topic idea was honestly pretty loose.)

Also, why we hate the curiosity of cats. (Recorded April 4th, 2022.)

Direct download: Planes_Trains_and_Automobiles.mp3
Category:Comedy -- posted at: 1:35pm EDT

This week we’re reviewing the Academy Award-winning film The Power of the Dog. We discuss the masterful directing by Jane Campion, the wonderful acting from our four leads, and do our best to try and answer some of the many questions the film left us with.

Also, why we hate the Oscars. (Recorded March 28th, 2022.)

Direct download: Ep._313_The_Power_of_the_Dog.mp3
Category:Comedy -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

This week we’re talking about The Batman, the latest big-screen adaptation of the Caped Crusader. We discuss Robert Pattinson’s performance, the questionable mystery elements, and admire just how downright silly some parts of this film are.

Also, why we hate movie ratings. (Recorded March 15th, 2022.)

Direct download: Ep._311_The_Batman.mp3
Category:Comedy -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

Today we’re wrapping up our series on Denis Villeneuve by going through and ranking his movies. We each come to the table with our own list of ten, and discuss the director’s filmography as a whole.

Also, why we hate shower heads. (Recorded March 10th, 2022.)

Direct download: Ep._310_Denis_Villeneuve_Ranked.mp3
Category:Comedy -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

This week we’re reviewing Arrival, the final Denis Villeneuve we have yet to talk about. We discuss our experiences watching this the first time, get into the philosophical questions this movie raises, and also spoil everything almost immediately, so maybe make sure to watch it first in this case.

Also, why we hate Nintendo not being inclusive with their controls. (Recorded February 28th, 2022.)

Direct download: Ep._309_Arrival.mp3
Category:Comedy -- posted at: 11:00am EDT

Today we’re looking back on eight of the most significant years of their lives, our time on a FIRST Robotics team. We go over our 4 years of FLL, 4 years of FTC, some of the high and lows, and shocking revelations are made about how we first met.

Also, why we hate enthusiastic marketing. (Recorded February 21st, 2022.)

Direct download: Ep._308_FIRST_Robotics.mp3
Category:Comedy -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

This week we are reviewing Sicario, the 2015 film about drug cartels, government agencies, and a hitman at the center of both. We discuss the fantastic style, the marvelous tension, and go over some of our problems with the ultimate takeaways form this movie. 

Also, why we hate getting Coronavirus. (Recorded February 19th, 2021.)

Direct download: Ep._307_Sicario.mp3
Category:Comedy -- posted at: 11:00am EDT

Today we are looking to the future and each predicting six things that will definitely happen in the next year. Join us as we discuss everything from the royal family, cat games, GPUs, Coronavirus, Disney sequels, and blue people movies.

Also, why we hate consolidation in the video game space. (Recorded January 31st, 2022.)

Direct download: Ep._306_2022_Predictions.mp3
Category:Comedy -- posted at: 11:00am EDT

(CW: This episode contains brief mentions of sexual assault throughout.)

This week we’re covering Incendies, which is somehow Denis’ darkest movie so far. We cover the dual past/present narrative of the film, the brilliant use of themes, and also theorize a secret global society of notaries. 

Also, why we hate western-facing windows. (Recorded January 25th, 2022.)

Direct download: Ep._305_Incendies.mp3
Category:Comedy -- posted at: 12:57pm EDT

Today we’re looking back on 2021 in the most positive way we can, by shouting out some of our favorite art that came out that year, Join us as we discuss football plays, fantasy movies, true crime podcast TV shows, hitting men, cookbooks, DLC for the greatest game ever made, and so much more.

Also, why we hate 2021’s supply chain shortages. (Recorded January 17th, 2022.)

Direct download: Ep._304_Best_Art_of_2021.mp3
Category:Comedy -- posted at: 11:00am EDT

(CW: This episode contains discussions of school shootings and gun violence throughout.)

This week we’re tackling 2009’s Polytechnique, and it’s one of the most difficult things we’ve had to review on this show. We discuss the style of the film, the things that were changed from the real life tragedy, and wonder what the benefit is in making a movie like this.

Also, why we hate ripped pants. (Recorded January 10th, 2021.)

Direct download: Ep._303_Polytechnique.mp3
Category:Comedy -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

Today we’re finally getting around to reviewing Arcane, the popular League of Legends TV show on Netflix. We discuss how all the champions were portrayed, some of our favorite stylistic choices, and also make an obvious comparison to the Pixar movie Ratatouille. 

Also, why we hate dry hands. (Recorded January 3rd, 2022.)

Direct download: Ep._302_Arcane.mp3
Category:Comedy -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

This week we’re checking out Denis’ sophomore film, Maelström. We try to unpack what’s going on with that fish, what’s going on with that woman, and also try to figure out what you’re supposed to do if you’re in a car in the water.

Also, why we hate gloves. (Recorded December 30th, 2021.)

Direct download: Ep._301_Maelstrom.mp3
Category:Comedy -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

It’s Episode 300! And we’ve got something very special to celebrate. Join Henry and Samuel as we listen through the very first episode of this podcast. We cringe along at the things that’ve changed and the ways we’ve grown, but also cringe at the things that’ve stayed the same. Also there’s some soundboard shenanigans!

Also, why we hate gift wrapping. (Recorded December 20th, 2021.)

Direct download: Episode_300.mp3
Category:Comedy -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

This week we’re going all the way back to Denis Villeneuve’s first movie, August 32nd on Earth. We discuss what the unique title means to us, the interesting shot composition, and our complete shock at some parts of the ending.

Also, why we hate the smoke in Kansas City. (Recorded December 15th, 2021.)

Direct download: Ep._299_August_32nd_on_Earth.mp3
Category:Comedy -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

Today we’re reviewing the second season of Barry on HBO. We discuss how the characters have changed between seasons, how the comedy feels more tight and quotable, and we discuss what season three could potentially hold.

Also, a follow-up on posteriors on pastries. (Recorded December 6th, 2021.)

Direct download: Ep._298_Barry_Season_2.mp3
Category:Comedy -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

This week we’re continuing our series on Denis Villeneuve’s films with Enemy, where Jake Gyllenhaal plays two men that look exactly like each other. We talk about the color of the movie (yellow), the feel of the movie (sick), and get to the bottom of what the heck those spiders are all about.

Also, why we hate assertive birds. (Recorded November 29th, 2021.)

Direct download: Ep._297_Enemy.mp3
Category:Comedy -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

Today we’re talking about season 1 of Barry, the HBO show about a hitman who just wants to be an actor. We discuss the crazy cast of characters, the sharp balance of comedy and drama, and also wonder why those reporters had so many questions about Kurosawa. 

Also, why we hate the “War on Thanksgiving” crowd. (Recorded November 22nd, 2021.)

Direct download: Ep._296_Barry_Season_1.mp3
Category:Comedy -- posted at: 3:48pm EDT

This week we’re reviewing the 2013 film Prisoners, and it’s… a lot. We discuss the brilliant performances from our two leads, the unique themes and undertones, and also all of the very strange plot holes because… we have a lot of questions.

Also, why we hate Fight Club Syndrome. (Recorded November 15th, 2021.)

Direct download: Ep._295_Prisoners.mp3
Category:Comedy -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

Today we conclude our ranking of the ten greatest films of the 2010s. We debate over what makes it into the top ten, where we rank some of our personal favorites, and come to a pretty clean consensus on the top three or so. Henry also gets the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to break some crucial casting news to Samuel.

Also, why we hate feature film sorting on movie database sites. (Recorded November 8th, 2021.)

Direct download: Ep._294_Top_Ten_Movies_of_the_2010s_Part_2.mp3
Category:Comedy -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

This week we’re traveling to the desert planet of Arrakis to cover Denis Villeneuve’s latest sci-fi epic, Dune. We talk about everything we loved about this movie, and how a lot of the things it changed from the book made sense for movie format. We also probably get a ton of lore stuff wrong, so that’s fun!

Also, why we hate the mediocre success of sci-fi epics. (Recorded November 1st, 2021.)

(Also also, here’s a link to the essay mentioned around 55 minutes in. It’s really long, but definitely worth the read if you have the time.)

Direct download: Ep._293_Dune.mp3
Category:Comedy -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

Today on the podcast, we’re creating a list of the ten greatest films of the past decade. Join us as we go through a list of thirtyish potentials, and decide what has truly impacted the both of us, and what needs to unfortunately be left behind.

Also, Henry’s experience carving a pumpkin this year. (Recorded October 25th, 2021.)

Direct download: Ep._292_Top_Ten_Movies_of_the_2010s_Part_1.mp3
Category:Comedy -- posted at: 3:50pm EDT

This week we’re reviewing Logan, the much-revered superhero film that everyone seems to have forgotten about. We discuss some of this movie’s obvious inspirations, the pretty good performances, and our feelings on this film having seen (practically) no X-Men movies.

Also, why we hate unusual power supply shapes. (Recorded October 18th, 2021.)

Direct download: Ep._291_Logan.mp3
Category:Comedy -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

Today we’re talking about puzzles, the classic challenges that tickle your brain and make you go “ah-ha!”. Join us as we discuss everything from crosswords, Rubik’s Cubes, and the classic story of five pirates that don’t know how to split up treasure.

Also, why we hate rain delays. (Recorded October 11th, 2021.)

Direct download: Ep._290_Puzzles.mp3
Category:Comedy -- posted at: 4:57pm EDT

This week we’re talking about Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, the latest and (in Samuel’s opinion) greatest Marvel movie. We discuss the dynamic action throughout, the fantastic main antagonist, and complain about all the stuff that drags it down (hint: it’s all the normal Marvel stuff).

Also, why we hate new TVs. (Recorded October 4th, 2021.)

Direct download: Ep._289_Shang_Chi.mp3
Category:Comedy -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

Today we’re concluding out lists of top ten TV episodes, by each rattling off our top five. Join us as we talk through ski lodge hi-jinks, devil robot’s hands, German contractors, a singing moose played by Art Garfunkel, and of course, horse funerals.

Also, why we hate that our younger siblings are better at chess than us. (Recorded September 20th, 2021.)

Direct download: Ep._288_Top_Ten_TV_Episodes_Part_2_-_10221_3.40_PM.mp3
Category:Comedy -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

This week we’re talking about Sonic Mania, sometimes regarded as the greatest Sonic game in this century. We discuss the Sonic series as a whole, the questionable gameplay in this game, and posit the age-old question: is Sonic actually good?

Also, why we hate the undefinable genre of Sonic. (Recorded September 20th, 2021.)

Direct download: Ep._287_Sonic_Mania.mp3
Category:Comedy -- posted at: 11:46pm EDT

Today we’ve each prepared a list of our top ten favorite episodes of television! Join us in this first part as we go through science fiction gates, annoying flies, hospitals that look like sitcoms, depressing stop-motion animation, and, inevitably, anime.

Also, our thoughts on The Matrix Resurrections trailer. (Recorded September 13th, 2021.) 

Direct download: Ep._286_Top_Ten_TV_Episodes_Part_1.mp3
Category:Comedy -- posted at: 3:47pm EDT

This week we review the newest addition into Netflix’s Witcher universe, The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf. We discuss the unoriginal art style, the surprisingly intricate ideas and philosophies within this story, and inevitably get several facts about the Witcher lore incredibly wrong. Don’t write us. 

Also, why we hate creativity-free jokes. (Recorded Sept 6th, 2021.)

Direct download: Ep._285_The_Witcher-_Nightmare_of_the_Wolf.mp3
Category:Comedy -- posted at: 12:58am EDT

Today we are talking all about cars, the 2006 movi—wait, sorry, we’re actually just talking about cars as a subject. Join us as we discuss our favorite kinds of cars, what we like to drive, and we recount some of our own terrifying stories of car accidents and ownership.

Also, why we hate Samuel’s “utter incompetence.” (Recorded August 30th, 2021.)

Direct download: Ep._284_Cars.mp3
Category:Comedy -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

This week we’re back recording in the same room together! And on top of that, we’re reviewing one of the most highly anticipated films of the year, The Green Knight. We talk about the strange and surreal plot, Samuel’s love of the sound design, and Henry’s fascination with a certain set of characters that appear.

Also, why we hate semi-moving. (Recorded August 16th, 2021.)

Direct download: Ep._283_The_Green_Knight.mp3
Category:Comedy -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

Today we’re talking all about writing, covering everything from our writing habits to how and where we honed our writing skills. We discuss writing in academic settings, writing just for fun, and Samuel reveals the strange thing he does with the letter O.

Also, why we hate eating melty ice cream. (Recorded August 2nd, 2021.)

Direct download: Ep._282_On_Writing.mp3
Category:Comedy -- posted at: 1:18am EDT

Today is the culmination of all of our Bong Joon-ho reviews! Now that we’ve seen each of his films, we go through and rank order them from worst to best, covering everything we liked and disliked about this terrific director’s filmography. 

Also, why we hate when you're washing your hands and you bring your hands together too quickly so the foamy soap splashes and it hits your pants and it looks like you peed your pants. (Recorded July 19th, 2021.)

Direct download: Ep._280_Bong_Joon-ho_Ranked.mp3
Category:Comedy -- posted at: 11:00am EDT

This week we finish off our Bong Joon-ho review with his 2003 film Memories of Murder. We discuss the nuanced portrayal and development of our two main characters, the dark and existential themes at play, and ponder why this one continues to be one of Bong Joon-ho’s finest.

Also, why we hate the Vin Diesel meme. (Recorded July 13th, 2021.)

Direct download: Ep._279_Memories_of_Murder.mp3
Category:Comedy -- posted at: 1:10am EDT

Today we discuss the art of collecting, a necessary component of any good hobby. Join us as we cover everything from Samuel’s miniatures, Henry’s un-opened Blu-Rays, the wide world of board games, and some of the more gruesome details of the Deltora series. 

Also, why we hate the new Switch model and Covid supply chain problems. (Recorded July 12th, 2021.)

Direct download: Ep._278_Collections.mp3
Category:Comedy -- posted at: 11:00am EDT

This week we’re reviewing Okja, Bong Joon-ho’s 2017 film for Netflix about a girl and her super-pig. Between the two of us we have some mixed feelings about this movie, so listen on as we discuss the themes, the characters, our own stances on animal rights, and the dubious portrayal of ALF in this film.

Also, why we hate the Dune headlines. (Recorded June 30th, 2021.)

Direct download: Ep._277_Okja.mp3
Category:Comedy -- posted at: 11:00am EDT

Today we’re back with our fifth, semi-annual Rant Day, born from the ashes of last week’s lost episode. We rant about tragically losing Samuel’s recording, training, generations, knives, parking, sports stars with guns, and a whole lot more.

 

(Recorded June 21st, 2021.)

Direct download: Ep._276_Rant_Day_V.mp3
Category:Comedy -- posted at: 11:00am EDT

This week we’re back on the Bong Joon-ho review-a-thon, this time talking about his 2009 film Mother. We discuss the stunning cinematography, the captivating whodunit elements, and why we ended up feeling so mixed on this movie’s main characters. 

Also, why we hate our massive Steam libraries. (Recorded May 31st, 2021.)

Direct download: Ep._275_Mother.mp3
Category:Comedy -- posted at: 11:00am EDT

(CW: there are brief mentions of sexual abuse during the discussion of Sonnie’s Edge and Good Hunting.)

Today we’re reviewing the first “volume” of one of Netflix’s oddest cult favorites, Love, Death & Robots. We go episode by episode and discuss some of the show’s themes, which ones were our favorites, and also this show’s portrayal of women at times because it’s… not great. 

Also, why we hate people’s need to assign blame. (Recorded May 24th, 2021.)

Direct download: Ep._274_Love_Death_and_Robots.mp3
Category:Comedy -- posted at: 11:00am EDT

This week we’re covering one of the most unique freeware games out there, Cosmo D’s Off-Peak. We discuss everything that makes this 20-minute game special, including the story, the cast of characters, and the trippy vibe throughout the experience.

Also, why we hate road rage. (Recorded May 18th, 2021.)

Direct download: Ep._273_Off-Peak.mp3
Category:Comedy -- posted at: 11:00am EDT

Today we’re discussing the end of the pandemic, and specifically what activities we’d like to return to now that Henry and Samuel are both fully vaccinated. Topics include lazy Saturdays, movies theaters, eating at restaurants (and desks?), and some nerdy convention in Chicago.

Also, why we hate the current state of mask wearing. (Recorded May 10th, 2021. So, yeah, it’s a pretty outdated rant.)

Direct download: Ep._272_Top_Five_Post_Quarantine_Activites.mp3
Category:Comedy -- posted at: 11:00am EDT

This week we’re reviewing what is often regarded as the greatest Batman movie ever made, The Dark Knight. We go over the plot and discuss why some moments are still impactful 13 years later, while also dissecting each character and performance to figure out what this movie is ultimately trying to say. 

Also, why we hate The Dark Knight trilogy’s naming scheme. (Recorded May 3rd, 2021.)

Direct download: Ep._271_The_Dark_Knight.mp3
Category:Comedy -- posted at: 11:00am EDT

Today we’re discussing our home office setups, and the little improvements we’ve made to make our office spaces just that much more comfortable. We discuss everything from our chairs to our monitors, to our keyboards and mice, and Samuel reveals the terrifying place he keeps his PC. 

Also, why we hate the Oscars. (Recorded April 26th, 2021.)

Links to some of the stuff we discussed:

Henry’s Mouse

Henry’s Keyboard

Henry’s Wireless Headphones

Samuel’s Wireless Headphones

AutoHotkey

Pikatea Macropad

Direct download: Ep._270_Office_But_Home.mp3
Category:Comedy -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

This week the Bong Joon-ho movie we’re reviewing is The Host, his 2006 monster movie hit. We talk about some of our mixed feelings on the movie, compare it to other action and monster films, and Henry has to try and defend a terrible CGI fish creature. 

Also, why we’re happy Discord isn’t being bought. (Recorded April 20th, 2021.)

Direct download: Ep._269_The_Host.mp3
Category:Comedy -- posted at: 11:00am EDT

Today we’re finally reviewing the TV show that everyone was talking about two months ago, WandaVision. We talk about the fun dedication to its sitcom format, the parts of this show that really didn’t work, and repeatedly mention how long the closing credits are (it’s seven minutes).

Also, why we hate Disney Plus’s interface. (Recorded April 12th, 2021.)

Direct download: Ep._268_WandaVision.mp3
Category:Comedy -- posted at: 9:49pm EDT

This week we’re continuing our review series of all of Bong Joon-ho’s movies, this time with his first feature, Barking Dogs Never Bite. We discuss the copious amount of dog violence, the clever parallels of the two main characters, and dissect why an old lady spitting is so dang funny. 

Also, why we hate the car wash. (Recorded April 6th, 2021.)

Direct download: Ep._267_-_Barking_Dogs_Never_Bite.mp3
Category:Comedy -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

Today we’re talking about Geoguessr, the popular browser game where you have to figure out where you are in the world. We discuss the ingenious design of the game, share some of our favorite tips and tricks, and even play a game live at the end of the episode (and we do better than you might think).

Also, why we hate Microsoft buying Discord. (Recorded March 29th, 2021.)

Direct download: Ep._266_Geoguessr.mp3
Category:Comedy -- posted at: 7:57pm EDT

This week we’re kicking off a review series of all of Bong Joon-ho’s movies, starting with his 2013 film Snowpiercer. We discuss the brilliant themes behind this movie, the star-studded cast, and get two bald guys mixed up.

Also, why we hate Loki. (Recorded March 22nd, 2021.)

Direct download: Ep._265_Snowpiercer.mp3
Category:Comedy -- posted at: 3:23pm EDT

Today, we’re talking about phones and all the different things they do for us, and we ponder a great question: do they do things better than the objects they replace? Join us as we compare phones to notebooks, flashlights, portable gaming devices, and much more.

Also, why we hate fingertip band-aids. (Recorded March 15th, 2021.)

Direct download: Ep._264_Phones_vs_the_Field.mp3
Category:Comedy -- posted at: 6:55pm EDT

This week we’re getting into sports! We talk all about the vehicular soccer game Rocket League. We discuss why this game works so well as a casual multiplayer game, go over the significantly worse side modes, and wonder how long it will take to actually get good at aerials. 

Also, why we hate Samuel’s Steam. (Recorded March 8th, 2021.)

Direct download: Ep._263_Rocket_League.mp3
Category:Comedy -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

In our most tangent-filled episode yet, we discuss weather and seasons. We talk about all four seasons, discuss some of our favorite aspects of weather, and go on many tangents about teeth, lab locations, large bodies of water, and when we’ll actually put a human on Mars.

Also, why we hate cheek biting. (Recorded March 1st, 2021.)

Direct download: Ep._262_Weather.Seasons.mp3
Category:Comedy -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

This week we’re talking about Shadow, a Chinese martial arts film from a couple years back. We discuss the brilliant visual style of this movie, the old-school storytelling elements, and make an obvious comparison to a Wii game from 2009.

Also, a new COVID Corner. (Recorded February 22nd, 2021.)

Direct download: Ep._261_Shadow.mp3
Category:Comedy -- posted at: 6:52pm EDT

Today we discuss all manner of topic surrounding game controllers. We get into many debates, such as Playstation versus Xbox controller, keyboard and mouse versus controller at all, and Samuel briefly forgets what ring fingers are called. 

Also, why we hate Missouri’s winter weather. (Recorded February 15th, 2021.)

Direct download: Ep._260_Video_Game_Controllers.mp3
Category:Comedy -- posted at: 11:55pm EDT

This week we review one of Bruce Lee’s most beloved films, Enter the Dragon. We talk about the terrific martial arts sequences, the cultural impact of this film and its star, and marvel at how truly dated the 1970s look.

Also, why we hate our most downloaded episodes. (Recorded February 8th, 2021.)

Direct download: Ep._259_Enter_the_Dragon.mp3
Category:Comedy -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

Today we are looking back one final time at 2020 to talk about some of our favorite art to come out of that godforsaken year. We cover movies, games, Youtube videos, Magic cards, a “Samuel Hamburger,” and something about bees.

Also, why we hate the name Robinhood. (Recorded February 2nd, 2021.)

Otz speaks Spanish for 1 game | Dead by Daylight

when you slip on a banana peel

Damnation

Direct download: Ep._258_Best_Art_of_2020.mp3
Category:Comedy -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

This week we’re reviewing one of the most popular asymmetric multiplayer games, Dead by Daylight. We discuss all the different mechanics and systems at play, the amount of time we have dedicated to this game in quarantine, and Henry laments that he’ll never be able to do a fast vault.

Also, why we hate the Kansas City Chiefs’ name. (Recorded January 25th, 2021.)

Direct download: Ep._257_Dead_by_Daylight.mp3
Category:Comedy -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

Today we’re talking about the user interfaces we use every day, specifically the ones that make our lives harder. Join us as we rant about game launchers, streaming services, Chess.com, and heap endless praise onto a certain app that rhymes with Miscord.

Also, why we hate apartment deliveries. (Recorded January 18th, 2021.)

Direct download: Ep._256_Bad_User_Interfaces.mp3
Category:Comedy -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

We’re back! And we’re talking about one of the most exciting games of the past year, Hades. We discuss the tantalizing gameplay loop, the fun mythological characters, and how this game might cause Samuel to do something he’s never done in a video game before.

Also, why we hate 2020. (Recorded January 11th, 2021.)

Direct download: Ep._255_Hades.mp3
Category:Comedy -- posted at: 2:44pm EDT

This week we’re reviewing the criminally under-nominated film, Uncut Gems. We discuss the films sporadic, anxiety-inducing elements, praise Adam Sandler’s performance, and ultimately conclude there isn’t a single likable or decent person in this movie.

Also, another COVID Corner. (Recorded June 12th, 2020.)

Direct download: Ep._254_Uncut_Gems.mp3
Category:Comedy -- posted at: 4:25pm EDT

Today we talk about the new Netflix sitcom, Space Force. We discuss the fun ensemble cast, talk about the moments and episodes that really don’t work, and try and pick apart how the show has such an overall optimistic tone.

Also, another COVID Corner. (Recorded June 3rd, 2020.)

Direct download: Ep._253_Space_Force.mp3
Category:Comedy -- posted at: 12:43am EDT

This week we’re reviewing Akira Kurosawa’s 1958 film The Hidden Fortress. We discuss the overall fun, adventurous tone of this movie, the casual sexism that has not aged well, and theorize about some of the things that directly influenced a little indie film called Star Wars.

Also, yet another COVID Corner. (Recorded May 25th, 2020.)

Direct download: Ep._252_The_Hidden_Fortress.mp3
Category:Comedy -- posted at: 2:56pm EDT

Today we talk about one of the most revered children’s shows, Avatar: The Last Airbender. We discuss the wonderful world-building, the strong anti-violent messages, and talk about how much of a lasting impression this show left on both of us.

Also, another COVID Corner. (Recorded May 21st, 2020.)

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Direct download: 251_Avatar.mp3
Category:Comedy -- posted at: 3:05pm EDT

This week we’re reviewing on of the greatest action movies in recent memory, Mission: Impossible - Fallout. We talk about the incredible action sequences, the more video game-y aspects of the film, and Henry gives his thoughts on the franchise as a whole.

Also, yet another COVID Corner. (Recorded May 11th, 2020.)

Direct download: Ep._250_Mission_Impossible_Fallout.mp3
Category:Comedy -- posted at: 3:37pm EDT

Today we're talking about a series of comedy specials recently released on Netflix, Middleditch & Schwartz. We talk about what makes the improv comedy work so well in this long-form environment, shower endless praise onto both Thomas Middleditch and Ben Schwartz, and we share some of our favorite bits throughout the three episodes.

Also, why we hate meat production disruption.

Direct download: Ep._249_Middleditch__Schwartz.mp3
Category:Comedy -- posted at: 2:34pm EDT

This week we review a cult classic of the science fiction genre, Blade Runner 2049. We discuss the fascinating world development between the two Blade Runner films, the drop-dead gorgeous visuals, and a Harrison Ford performance that feels at least somewhat not-phoned in.

Also, another COVID Corner. (This one was recorded April 20th, so it’s not really relevant anymore. Oops. Sorry.)

Direct download: Ep._248_Blade_Runner_2049.mp3
Category:Comedy -- posted at: 3:15pm EDT

Today we’re back with some general Coronavirus talk, but this time we’re discussing our own personal quarantines, and what we’ve been doing to keep busy. We recommend various YouTube channels, games, movies, and general hobbies to get into. (Recorded May 6th, 2020.)

 

Links to some of the stuff we talked about:

Henry’s music

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Jon Bois

https://www.youtube.com/user/jonbois

Joseph Anderson

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCyhnYIvIKK_--PiJXCMKxQQ

The Witcher Critique

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Something Witty Entertainment

https://www.youtube.com/user/SWEabridged

Tom Scott

https://www.youtube.com/user/enyay

This Video Has 10,670,068 Views

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XKCD Comic

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Play League of Legends

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Direct download: Ep._247_How_to_Stay_Busy_During_Quarantine.mp3
Category:Comedy -- posted at: 8:41pm EDT

This week we review one of the most revered movies of this century, There Will Be Blood. We discuss the masterful acting on display here, the beautiful and lush cinematography, and Henry drinks Samuel’s milkshake. He drinks it up!

Also, a slightly dated Coronavirus update. (Recorded April 9th, 2020.)

Direct download: Ep._246_There_Will_Be_Blood_copy.mp3
Category:Comedy -- posted at: 10:44pm EDT

Today we discuss one of our favorite film series, Indiana Jones. We talk about what we love so much about these films from our childhood, talk about why a lot of aspects are pretty problematic, and we go on an extended rant about the ESRB and MPAA.

Also, another COVID Corner. (Recorded April 14th, 2020.)

Direct download: Ep._245_Indiana_Jones_Series.mp3
Category:Comedy -- posted at: 2:32pm EDT

This week we’re reviewing one of the most underrated suspense films in recent years, Burning. We talk about the film’s unique characters, the ambiguity layered throughout, and also come up with several metaphors.

Also, a(nother) Coronavirus update. (Recorded March 31st, 2020.)

Direct download: Ep._244_Burning.mp3
Category:Comedy -- posted at: 12:32am EDT

Today we’ve got another music episode! This time we’re listened to Jeff Tweedy’s Warm and The Amazing Devil’s Love Run. We go through song-by-song and discuss the beautiful lyricism on display, and for some reason The Beatles come up a lot.

Also, a Coronavirus update. (Recorded March 24th, 2020.)

Direct download: Ep._243_Jeff_Tweedy_and_The_Amazing_Devil.mp3
Category:Comedy -- posted at: 3:41pm EDT

This week we’re reviewing one of the most beloved platformers in recent years, Celeste. We discuss the surprisingly touching story and characters, the amazing gameplay, and go over the unique design and mechanics of each level.

Also, Henry chastises Samuel for how poorly he played this game.

(Recorded March 10th, 2020.)

Direct download: Ep._242_Celeste.mp3
Category:Comedy -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

Today we’re discussing the topic that’s on everyone’s minds, COVID-19, better known as the Coronavirus. Samuel goes in-depth on what exactly the virus is, what we can do to prevent the spread, and we talk in-depth about how its affecting our and everyone else’s lives. This was recorded March 16th, 2020.

Also, why we hate having to do another serious episode.

Direct download: Ep._243_COVID-19.mp3
Category:Comedy -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

This week we’re gushing over one of our favorite multiplayer games in recent years, Ultimate Chicken Horse. We cover the brilliant mechanics, the floaty controls, and share some of our fondest memories playing.

Also, why we hate out video game backlogs.

Direct download: Ep._240_Ultimate_Chicken_Horse.mp3
Category:Comedy -- posted at: 6:38pm EDT

Today we review a show we’re both pretty mixed on, Netflix’s The Witcher. We talk about the muddy storytelling, the old-fashioned style and theming, and the copious and unnecessary amount of female nudity.

Also, why we hate inconclusive elections. (Recorded February 9th, 2020.)

Direct download: Ep._239_The_Witcher.mp3
Category:Comedy -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

This week we’re reviewing one of the most talked-about films this awards season, 1917. We talk about how well the one-shot trick works, the large amount of stuff that happens in just a day, and also we (accidentally) spoil it in the first minute, so, you know, watch out.

Also, why we hate spilling water.

Direct download: Ep._238_-_1917.mp3
Category:Comedy -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

Today we’re reviewing The Mandalorian, the hit Star Wars television program. We go through the entire season arc, our favorite episodes, and of course, Baby Yoda.

Also, why Henry hates his setup (and USB-C lies).

Direct download: Ep._237_The_Mandalorian.mp3
Category:Comedy -- posted at: 3:27am EDT

This week we’re reviewing one of the most beloved superhero movies possibly ever, Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse. We discuss the highs and lows of the visual style, the fantastic characters, and the cookie-cutter plot.

Also, why we hate lightbulbs.

(Recorded November 2nd, 2019.)

Direct download: Ep._236_Spider-Man-_Into_the_Spiderverse_-_2920_4.03_PM.mp3
Category:Comedy -- posted at: 5:08pm EDT

Today on the podcast we have our top ten MEMEs. Join Henry and Samuel as they discuss all manner of funny cats, bois, WoW exclamations, voice line spamming, and… is this a pigeon?

Also, why we hate the Be Like Bob meme.

(Recorded December 14th, 2019.)

Direct download: Ep._235_Top_Ten_MEMES_128_2.mp3
Category:Comedy -- posted at: 4:18pm EDT

This week we’re reviewing MINION MASTERS, an auto-playing/free-to-play/board game/strategy/deck-building video game. We discuss the simple gameplay elements, the light strategic decisions, and the 2005-looking graphics.

Also, why we hate nuclear anxiety. (Recorded January 3rd, 2020.)

Direct download: 234_Minion_Masters.mp3
Category:Comedy -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

We’re getting personal this week! Henry and Samuel look back on the decade that was, and rank the top ten years of the past decade (2010-2019). We discuss what made these years great, and what made them terrible. It gets pretty introspective.

Also, why we hate the YouTube double ad.

Direct download: Ep._233_Top_Ten_Years_of_the_2010s.mp3
Category:Comedy -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

Today we review the conclusion to the Skywalker Saga, Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker. We discuss what we liked about the film (not a lot!) and also what we didn’t like about the film (a lot!), as well as some general thoughts on this sequel trilogy now that it’s completed.

Also, some follow up on comic strips and The Far Side.

Direct download: Ep._232_Star_Wars_IX-_The_Rise_of_Skywalker.mp3
Category:Comedy -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

Samuel is back for the holidays! We've got an exciting review of a certain War film coming out on Sunday, but in the meantime here's a bonus episode where Samuel gives some spoiler-filled thoughts on the Rian Johnson movie Knives Out, among other things. We talk about what we liked and didn't like about the film, as well as a lot of the politics of the film. 

Also discussed: bots, bots talking to bots, the movie Her, and Jojo Rabbit.

Direct download: EXTRA_EPISODE_-_Bots_and_Her_and_Knives_Out_and_Immigration.mp3
Category:Comedy -- posted at: 4:54pm EDT

This week we’re reviewing Martin Scorsese’s monstrously long epic, The Irishman. We discuss the brilliant performances, Scorsese’s unique and off-the-wall directing choices, and the questionable special effects. 

Also, our thoughts on Martin Scorsese’s comments regarding superhero films. 

Direct download: Ep._231_The_Irishman.mp3
Category:Comedy -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

Today on the podcast we are tackling the subject of comic strips. Everything from the funnies of yesteryear, to these new-aged “web” comics, we discuss some of our favorites and talk about what does and doesn’t work with the format. 

Also, why we hate trying to open the image in Google Images. 

Direct download: Ep._230_Comic_Strips.mp3
Category:Comedy -- posted at: 3:53am EDT

This week we’re reviewing the greatest film of the year (and maybe the best of the decade), Parasite. We discuss the perfect tonality, the intricate and comical plot, and the brilliant metaphors.

Also, why we hate the lack of recognition that foreign films get. 

Direct download: Ep._229_Parasite.mp3
Category:Comedy -- posted at: 3:51am EDT