Grumpy Young Men (general)

This week we’re reviewing the critically acclaimed Netflix movie Marriage Story. We go through the movie and discuss the excellent acting, the deep and varied characters, and ponder why the son is named after one of our hosts.

Also, why we hate the IMDb page for Marriage Story (and IMDb in general). (Recorded July 26th, 2021.)

Direct download: Ep._281_Marriage_Story.mp3
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Today on the pod, we go back an look at 2017 and discuss some of the best and worst things about this year. The good things? We got a lot of great movies and video games. Plus, our podcast got professional. The bad things? Basically everything else.

Also, why we hate the new table tennis table. 

Direct download: Ep._176_2017_in_Review.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:48am EST

Today we continue our Review Review series, where we take a look at all the stuff we’ve reviewed in the past and rank order it for no reason at all. And this time, we’re taking a look at books. There are robotics teams! Nuclear fallouts! Demons! Cats and dogs living together!


Here’s the list thus far (spoilers!)


The Bartimaeus Trilogy 

The Hobbit

The Book Thief 

Wolf in White Van


Gregor the Overlander

The Great Gatsby


Rot & Ruin

True Grit

The Hunger Games


Ender’s Game

Percy Jackson



Lost in the River of Grass

The Name of This Book Is Secret 


After the Bomb


Direct download: Ep._163_Book_Review_Review_Part_1.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:07pm EST

This week, Henry and Samuel cover the ultra-violent western film Django Unchained. We cover the well-cast and well-written characters, complain about a lack of substance, and try to define what an “artsy” movie is.


Also, why we hate technological blight.

Direct download: Ep._114_Django_Unchained.mp3
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Join Henry and Samuel as we talk about our favorite movie of 2015, The Big Short. We talk about how well this movie handles its confusing plot, praise the “artsy” editing style, and wish the characters were fleshed out a little more.


Also, why we hate broken traffic lights. 

Direct download: Ep._110_The_Big_Short.mp3
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SPECIAL EPISODE #23, wherein Henry and Samuel discuss the Marvel Cinematic Universe. We talk about the pros and cons of all of these movies being interconnected, the quality of said movies, and rank our favorites and least-favorites. 


Also, why we hate Spiderman. 

Direct download: Ep._104_Marvel_Cinematic_Universe.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:48am EST

Join Henry and Samuel as we rave about a game that isn’t even out yet, Overwatch. We go over the unique and diverse characters, point out all the little things this game does right, and figure out why all multiplayer games aren’t quite this fun right off the bat.


Also, why we hate dew.

Direct download: Ep._103_Overwatch.mp3
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SPECIAL EPISODE #6. Henry and Samuel have both prepared lists of their top five characters from popular media. So join us as we go through that list, argue a bunch, then spend far too long talking about some honorable mentions.

Also, why we hate most t-shirts that have references.

Direct download: Ep._36_Characters.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:40am EST

Join Henry in Samuel in critiquing and over thinking Christopher Nolan's latest (but not greatest), Interstellar.

Also, why we hate battery life.

Direct download: Ep._35_Interstellar.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:23am EST

Henry and Samuel were both big fans of Super Smash Bros. Brawl. Does the new one for the Wii U live up to their lofty expectations?

Also, why we hate plastic figures for video games.

Direct download: Ep._34_Super_Smash_Bros._for_Wii_U.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:16pm EST

Join Henry and Samuel in talking about the young-adult survival book, Lost in the River of Grass.

Also, why we hate New Year's Resolutions.

Direct download: Ep._33_Lost_in_the_River_of_Grass.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:03pm EST

Merry Christmas to all, and to all a grumpy night. Join us in our 5th Special Episode as we discuss everything Christmas, including music, traditions, shopping, mall Santas, and more.

Also, why we hate sequels.

Direct download: Ep._32_Merry_Christmas.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:47pm EST

Join Henry and Samuel in talking about the Gamecube classic, Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door. A game Henry likes far more then Samuel. For good reason.

Also, why we hate people misinterpreting song meanings.

Direct download: Ep._31_Paper_Mario-_The_Thousand-Year_Door.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:48pm EST

Join Henry and Samuel in talking about the insane, hilarious, unpredictable, and also really really offensive book that is Lunatics.

Also, why we hate poorly made erasers.

Direct download: Ep._30_Lunatics.mp3
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Join Henry and Samuel in talking about the unpredictable thriller movie, A Simple Plan.

Also, why we hate yippie dogs.

Direct download: Ep._29_A_Simple_Plan.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:04pm EST

SPECIAL EPISODE #4. For this one, Henry and Samuel each chose an album for the other to listen to and talk about here. Samuel chose Boston's "Boston," and Henry chose Neutral Milk Hotel's "In the Aeroplane Over the Sea." Join us as we talk about each album track by track and come up with theories about everything. (Apologies for the poor audio quality this week, it won't happen again.)

Also, why we hate coming up with things to review.

Direct download: Ep._28_Boston_and_Neutral_Milk_Hotel.mp3
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Join Henry and Samuel in talking about the clearly horror series, Gone. (Spoilers ahead!)

Also, why we hate people who cannot fathom picky eaters.

Direct download: Ep._27_Gone.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:14am EST

Join Henry and Samuel in talking about the Gamecube classic, Super Mario Sunshine.

Also, why we hate ambiguous answers in political campaigns.

Direct download: Ep._26_Super_Mario_Sunshine.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:46am EST

Join Henry and Samuel in (finally) talking about the latest Marvel movie, Guardians of the Galaxy.

Also, why we hate repeating commercials.

Direct download: Ep._25_Guardians_of_the_Galaxy.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:36am EST

Join Henry and Samuel in talking about LEGO Star Wars, and the LEGO video game series in general.

Also, why we hate when people compare different varieties of media (e.g. movies are better than books).

Direct download: Ep._24_LEGO_Star_Wars.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:54am EST

Join Henry and Samuel in talking about John Darnielle's debut novel, Wolf in White Van.

Also, why we hate the shrinking size of instructional manuals in modern video games.

Direct download: Ep._23_Wolf_in_White_Van.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:54am EST

Join Henry and Samuel in talking about the 1992 "comic heist action thing", Sneakers.

Also, why we hate people who say realistic graphics in video games are more important than aesthetics.

Direct download: Ep._22_Sneakers.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:58am EST

SPECIAL EPISODE #3. In this one, we play through the entirety of Journey, a game Henry loves, and one Samuel is pretty sure he'll hate.

Also, why we hate sand (again).

Direct download: Ep._21_Journey.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:32am EST

Join Henry and Samuel in talking about the peak of Luigi's existence, Luigi's Mansion.

Also, why we hate Random Rants.

Direct download: Ep._20_Luigis_Mansion.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:06am EST

Join Henry and Samuel in talking about the Robin Williams movie, Good Morning, Vietnam.

Also, why we hate unconditional brand loyalty.

Direct download: Ep._19_Good_Morning_Vietnam.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:12pm EST

Join Henry and Samuel in talking about Unstoppable by Tim Green, a book that practically drowns in its own stereotypes.

Also, why we hate horoscopes.

Direct download: Ep._18_Unstoppable.mp3
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Join Henry and Samuel in talking about the bizarre little darling, Mushroom Men: Rise of the Fungi.

Also, why we hate people that refer to this year as "Two-Thousand-and-Fourteen".

Direct download: Ep._17_Mushroom_Men.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:35am EST

Join Henry and Samuel in talking about the 2011 superhero movie, Captain America.

Also, why we hate purses, and their complex relationship with pockets.

Direct download: Ep._16_Captain_America.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:12pm EST

In this episode, Henry and Samuel talk about Samuel's all-time favorite book series, The Bartimaeus Trilogy.

Also, why we hate people in online games that refuse to surrender.

Direct download: Ep._15_The_Bartimaeus_Trilogy.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:51pm EST

In honor of our second special podcast, we talk about the ups and downs of the Harry Potter franchise, from the movies to the books to the cult following.

Also, why we (mostly Henry) hate fiddling.

Direct download: Ep._14_Harry_Potter_Franchise.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:22pm EST

Join Henry and Samuel in talking about the classic 90s movie, Groundhog Day.

Also, why we hate pop music. (Part 4: Shock Value.)  

Direct download: Ep._13_Groundhog_Day.mp3
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Join Henry and Samuel in talking about the sic-fi thriller, Variant.

Also, why we hate pop music. (Part 3: Radio Stations.)

Direct download: Ep._12_Variant.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:22am EST

Join Henry and Samuel in reminiscing about the very bizarre DS game, Ninjatown.

Also, why we hate pop music. (Part 2: Repetitive.)

Direct download: Ep._11_Ninjatown.mp3
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Join Henry and Samuel this week in talking about the awful Michael Bay movie, Transformers.

Also, why we it when people say pop music is relatable.

Direct download: Ep._10_Transformers.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:34pm EST

Join Henry and Samuel in talking about the zombie apocalypse book, Rot & Ruin. (WARNING: In this one, we spoil a lot plot-wise. If you want to read this book, do NOT listen.)

Also, why we hate it when people say eSports isn't a sport.

Direct download: Ep._09_Rot__Ruin.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:44pm EST

Join Henry and Samuel in talking about the classic Nintendo game, Metroid Prime.

Also, why we hate headphones and earbuds.

Direct download: Ep._08_Metroid_Prime.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:30pm EST

We've decided every seventh episode is going to be a special episode where we don't talk about and review any particular piece of media, we just talk about our opinions and views on a certain subject. So today, join Henry and Samuel in talking about Nintendo multiplayer, specifically Mario Party, Mario Kart, and DS Download Play, and Super Smash Bros. Brawl.

Also, why we hate modern art.

Direct download: Ep._07_Nintendo_Multiplayer.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:43pm EST

Join Henry and Samuel in talking about the great World War II era book, The Book Thief.

Also, why we hate Life.

Also also, sorry we didn't upload this on Sunday, we had some technical issues.

Direct download: Ep._06_The_Book_Thief.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:15pm EST

Join Henry and Samuel in talking about the sci-fi puzzle video games series, Portal.

Also, why we hate time estimates on loading bars.

Direct download: Ep._05_Portal.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:01pm EST

Join Henry and Samuel in talking about the classic Sonic game Sonic Adventure 2 Battle, which even with nostalgia for it, it's rough by today's standards.

Also, why we hate sand.

Direct download: Ep._04_Sonic_Adventure_2_Battle.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:26pm EST

Join Henry and Samuel in talking about the awful, awful book that is Ungifted, by Gordon Korman.

Also, why we hate books with weird fonts.

Direct download: Ep._03_Ungifted.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:17pm EST

Join Henry and Samuel in talking about the 1999 action movie The Matrix.

Also, why we hate Chocolate Chip Ice Cream.

Direct download: Ep._02_The_Matrix.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:11pm EST

Join Henry and Samuel in talking  about what we like and dislike about the 1994 movie Forrest Gump.

Also, why we hate birds.

Direct download: Ep._01_Forrest_Gump.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:29pm EST