In this time of self imposed quarantine we need something to
take our minds off of the awfulness that is occurring in the real world. Not
surprisingly viewing habits seem to reflect the real world events, the number
of people watching films such as Contagion has skyrocketed. So here is my
Pandemic Pick for today which I have just finished binging for what is probably
the fiftieth time. Jericho.
I’ll preface this with saying this is going to be a brief unspoilery overview of why it’s a good watch as I plan on doing a more in depth article about the series at some point. I’m keeping this spoiler free because it is a really good show that you should go into without having things spoiled for you if possible.
Jericho is the story of a small town in Kansas trying to survive
the after effects of a series of nuclear blasts occurring all over the US which
has crippled the country. Not only was the series about survival but it was
also had an espionage twist and an aura of mystery surrounding several of the
characters. It also has some very chilling images, one of the most iconic from
the series was that of a young boy witnessing the mushroom cloud of a nuclear
blast. This image became heavily used in marketing and is on the cover of the
Complete Series DVD Set in the UK.
The Corona Virus means that we can’t record our Venture Bros wrap up, which in turn means we can’t quite get to our Frisky Dingo watch-through. Bummer, right? Well, not anymore, because we’re making lemonade out of a virus and doing a series about a bunch of different cartoons while we wait for this whole mess to blow over. We’re starting our “Corona Cartoons” with the Clerks animated series. Well, the first half at least.
Listen as Brok “squads up” with recurring guest Sam “Dpadgamer” and we thank the bus driver as we jump into the battle royal that is the gaming podcast scene. Did that opening make me sound cool and hip? no? Fortnite is an interesting story that just kind of exploded on the scene one day. How long is its staying power and will later generations be able to play it? Join us as we cover all that and more!
Special thanks to all the artists Fornite stole its dances from.
This week in our Dede Allen retrospective we take a sharp left turn from the tense crime dramas of Bonnie and Clyde and Dog Day Afternoon to the leisurely paced stage musical adaptation of The Wiz. It’s quite the shift and the results are…mixed. There’s a lot to like here, from the imaginative sets, to the strong choreography and impressive musical numbers. There’s also a lot that has us scratching our heads like the rough lighting and that unbearably slow dance number in the middle just before meeting the Wiz. Join us as we attempt to unpack what worked and what didn’t for us and enjoy a wholly unique and compelling take on The Wizard of Oz.
The Sky Ship Phoenix Blade reaches Edgewater and tries to figure out the best place to land to minimize scrutiny. Meanwhile, the party decides to test some loyalties while preparing for a trip into the city. With a lot of pieces in the air, everyone is anxious to get on the move.
Today we review the Sonic the Hedgehog Movie but like any good After The Hype Podcast we waited for the noise to die down a bit before we reviewed it. Bryan Dressel (Behind the Hype and Venture Bros Podcast) And Jonathan Hardesty (Demon Dayz) join us to discuss all things Sonic movie and wither or not it made us cry. Spoiler alert it only made Brok cry.
Special Thanks to Cyclops; you are a way better than Wolverine.
Our month of Dede Allen continues as we dive into the film that earned her an Oscar nomination for her powerful editing – Dog Day Afternoon. There are so many amazing things about this film, from Sidney Lumet’s masterful direction to Al Pacino’s intense performance, but it’s Allen’s pacing that really shines here for us. She takes a movie with relatively low action and raises the stakes by cutting at just the right time, or in some cases not cutting at all. With so many stand out moments, it was tough to pick a favorite.
Jon also had the chance to check out The Missouri Breaks, which caps off this series of movies about criminals nicely, although when the film came out no one was having it. But check it, the film stars Jack Nicholson, Marlon Brando (rocking an Irish accent like whoa), Randy Quaid, Harry Dean Stanton, and features music by John Williams.
Finally, we discuss some fun movies to pair this with and Chewie blows our minds with a startling revelation.
With Edgewater looming and the potential threat of familial retribution from a Rakshasa, the party plans their next course of action and tries to convince the captain that maybe going to Skypoint isn’t the best course of action.
Alas, dear listener. We’ve come to the end of series…for now. There are no more Venture Bros episodes for us to discuss and break down (poorly) so take in this last opportunity while you still can. “But Shownotes Writer,” you ask softly, “what comes after Venture Bros?” That’s a good question, and one that our heroes answer pretty quickly. All you gotta do is push that play button and just go to town on the audio. Like, listen the shit out of it
INTRO MUSIC COURTESY Bradley David Parsons inspired by J.G. Thirlwell