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Violence and Hypermasculinity in Film

“But it’s just so unrealistic. It doesn’t work that way in real life.”


As an avid fan of romances, romantic comedies, and other chick flicks, this is a constant refrain from my friends. The thing is, I am an adult woman with a couple LTRs (Long Term Relationships) under my belt and a string of less-than-glamorous personal and romantic mistakes. I am fully aware. What is maddening for me, a grown human with a functioning brain who can separate fantasy from reality, is that I never hear this same criticism lobbied at action films. Romantic comedies are all but dead and buried, largely in part because of this constant asinine chorus designed to question my and other fans’ credibility. But in a world where women fight for their voices to be heard, for bodily autonomy, for equal pay, I’d say we’re doing a lot better at separating our fantasy lives from our real ones than we’re given credit.


We live in a world where a man can rape a woman and leave her unconscious behind a dumpster and engender sympathy from a judge. I, and many of you readers, live in a country where mass shootings happen at an alarming rate — all at the hands of men. Boys are discouraged from showing emotion, and even women, in their quest for equality, aspire to be “badass” and “tough” and, ultimately, more like men. Perhaps romance is not the fantasy we should have killed. Instead, we should look at the violence and hypermasculine themes so pervasive in every blockbuster and consider how that impacts us.

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1.04: Eeny Meeny Miny Magic

This week on the show Bryan and Nick “Freed The Man” discuss the next episode of the show – “Eeny Meeny Miny Magic,” which introduces the character of Dr. Orpheus.


Bradley David Parsons inspired by JG Thrilwell




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Episode #234 – The Last Jedi

Get ready to let the past die, and kill it if you have to because we’re talking about The Last Jedi this week. Special guests Samantha Garrison and Paul Krueger join us to talk about Rian Johnson’s take on the Star Wars saga and what that means for the future of the franchise. It’s a great episode, so don’t waste another minute and give it a whirl.


Get Paul Krueger’s book: Last Call at the Night Shade Lounge!



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A Midnight Musicapalooza!

A Spotify playlist about the night, inspired by Midnight Sun!

After such an epic and adventurous playlist last week, we thought we would slow things down a bit and base our latest playlist off of the romantic film MIDNIGHT SUN, starring Bella Thorne and Patrick Schwarzenegger. Maybe not the most obvious choice considering there’s an epic robot movie out this weekend, but we’ve got some great tunes compiled under our “songs about the night” theme that we think you will enjoy.

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Episode #228 – Lady Bird

This week we’re talking about the Greta Gerwig written and directed LADY BIRD, starring Saoirse Ronan. It’s a great episode about a great movie, so you won’t want to miss it. Special thanks to Mackenzie Peykov for joining us this week!



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An Adventurer’s Musicapalooza!

A Spotify playlist inspired by the Tomb Raider reboot out this weekend!

The reboot of Tomb Raider is out this weekend, and so we thought it would only be fitting to make a Spotify playlist of songs that inspire adventure. We’ve got a little bit of everything here, and all of it action-packed. Stuff from John Williams, Klaus Badelt, Michael Giacchino, Howard Shore, and more! Enjoy!

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Episode #227 – Lara Croft: Tomb Raider 1 & 2

This week we’re talking about both Angelina Jolie Tomb Raider films in celebration of the reboot coming out this weekend. They’re…certainly movies! Special guest Tom Ford joins us in our deep dive into some movies that have not held up well over time. Should be fun!



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Name That Movie For 2/27/18

Five movie stills to test your cinema knowledge!

A new movie game is here and ready to challenge your geekdom. Think you know your cinema? Well, let’s see what you’ve got. Head on down and check out our newest movie stills. Remember: we’ve updated the rules ever-so-slightly so you’ll want to check those out before sending us your answers.


As always, check out our leaderboards later in the week to see how you did.

Here are the rules!

1. Guess the movie correctly on the first try and get the full 5 points, with a potential for 25 points per week. Guess correctly on the second try for 4 points, with the potential reduced to 20. Subsequent guesses reduce the potential of each right answer after that, with a guaranteed minimum of 1 point per correct guess.


2. Submit answers by messaging our Facebook Page or by emailing us at athpodcast@gmail.com. You can answer in the comments below, but it’s visible for all to see and you might give away the answers!


3. Points will be tallied on the leaderboard at the end of the week and can be found HERE!


4. The rules will be revised and perfected over time, and we will honor the player should any dispute arise.

Let’s do this!

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A Psychedelic Musicapalooza!

A Spotify playlist inspired by the movie Annihilation!

This week it’s hail to the king as we celebrate the much-anticipated release of Black Panther with a royally awesome Spotify Playlist. We’ve got songs from Kendrick Lamar, Kanye West, Run-D.M.C., Jimi Hendrix, Janelle Monae, Lil’Kim and more. You won’t want to miss this one!

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