September 22, 2023

Episode 218 - BLADE

Just as poorly-received pulp serials and campy eye candy threatened to drain the superhero genre of its box office life force, new blood appeared in the form of a human-vampire hybrid with a serious vendetta against so-called "suckheads." Based on a character from Marvel's 1970s horror titles, Blade not only reimagined its titular antihero, but also set a stylish new standard for comic book action movies in the next decade and beyond.

We're thrilled to welcome new guest Ryan Davis, who helps us debate the origins of pureblood vampires, explain the methodology behind a good GameFAQs walkthrough, and ponder why some MFers are always trying to ice skate uphill.

Blade (1998)
Directed by Stephen Norrington
Written by David S. Goyer
Based on characters created by Marv Wolfman and Gene Colan
Starring Wesley Snipes, Stephen Dorff, N’Bushe Wright, Donal Logue, Udo Kier, Sanaa Lathan, and Kris Kristofferson

August 25, 2023

Episode 217 - THE PHANTOM

The Summer of Serials comes to a rousing conclusion with The Phantom, in which a bemused beefcake is surrounded by campy and/or deadpan scene partners gobbling up the exotic scenery. This underrated swashbuckling adventure capped the '90s revival of pulp heroes, and also sowed the seeds of the truly global big-budget superhero productions that were yet to come.

Jake Beal helps us Slam Evil!™ as we unravel the mysteries of the Ghost Who Walks. Hang on to your skintight purple bodysuits, listeners, because this one is un-be-liev-ableeeeee!

The Phantom (1996)
Directed by Simon Wincer
Written by Jeffrey Boam
Based on characters created by Lee Falk
Starring Billy Zane, Treat Williams, Kristy Swanson, James Remar, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, and Patrick McGoohan

July 21, 2023

Episode 216 - THE SHADOW

The Summer of Serials continues with The Shadow, a flashy showcase for perhaps the granddaddy of urban crime-fighting vigilantes (including a certain nocturnal crusader in a cape). Combining Art Deco decadence with the angsty theatrics of the MTV generation, The Shadow revives the lurid spirit of prewar crime fiction with a delectable garnish of camp.

Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men? John Parton knows! And he's the perfect guide for this morally gray journey, as we fire off opinions faster than a terrified hoodlum empties a tommy gun at an invisible adversary.

The Shadow (1994)
Directed by Russell Mulcahy
Written by David Koepp
Based on the character created by Walter B. Gibson
Starring Alec Baldwin, John Lone, Penelope Ann Miller, Peter Boyle, Ian McKellan, Tim Curry, Sab Shimono, and Jonathan Winters

June 30, 2023

Episode 215 - DICK TRACY

The podcast gets pulp-y as we launch the Summer of Serials - a celebration of Hollywood's infatuation with the heroic icons of pre-WWII comic strips, radio dramas, and matinee serials. First up is Dick Tracy, as Warren Beatty dons the canary yellow overcoat and fedora to battle goons and gangsters blessed with easily distinguishable physical features.

We call up Alex Rodriguez on our trusty two-way wrist radio to celebrate the film's embrace of the comic aesthetic and marvel at Detective Tracy's staying power in pop culture for nearly a century.

Dick Tracy (1990)
Directed by Warren Beatty
Written by Jim Cash and Jack Epps Jr.
Based on the characters created by Chester Gould
Starring Warren Beatty, Al Pacino, Glenne Headly, Charlie Korsmo, William Forsythe, Ed O’Ross, Dustin Hoffman, Mandy Patinkin, Dick Van Dyke, and Madonna

May 26, 2023


Underneath its bubbly pop-punk tunes and girl power trappings, Josie and the Pussycats is a sly satire of conformity and commercialism that zips along with fun, campy energy. It also marks an inflection point in pop culture: a crowning burst of late '90s/Y2K frivolity with winking humor and a kickass soundtrack.

DuJour means friendship on this totally jerkin' episode, as we rock out retro-style with Kristal Bailey and celebrate an endearingly clever and creative adaptation.

Josie and the Pussycats (2001)
Written and Directed by Harry Elfont and Deborah Kaplan
Based on the comic and the TV series Josie and the Pussycats created by Dan DeCarlo
Starring Rachael Leigh Cook, Rosario Dawson, Tara Reid, Alan Cumming, Parker Posey, Gabriel Mann, Missy Pyle, Paulo Costanzo, and Carson Daly

April 26, 2023

Episode 213 - WATERWORLD

Massive in scale, ego, and budget, Waterworld has been synonymous with grand cinematic boondoggles for nearly three decades. But dive beneath its surface, and you'll find a plethora of more interesting stories - and inspired examples of practical filmmaking - than the dominant narrative about the overreach of a supposed turkey.

So is the movie actually seaworthy, or are attempts at revisionism all wet? Daniel Borders-Ashe climbs aboard for an expansive discussion as we marin(er)ate in the one-of-a-kind worldbuilding and prescient climate warnings of Waterworld.

Waterworld (1995)
Directed by Kevin Reynolds
Written by Peter Rader and David Twohy
Starring Kevin Costner, Dennis Hopper, Jeanne Tripplehorn, Tina Majorino, Michael Jeter, Gerard Murphy, R.D. McCall, Kim Coates, and Jack Black

March 24, 2023


Our March bracket tradition continues with Memory Alpha Madness, as we boldly go into the world of Star Trek movies. And it's our biggest bracket yet - a field of the first ten Trek films, which encompass many highlights (and a few lowlights) of the franchise's headiest, silliest, and most thrilling storytelling.

We've beamed up a bona fide Trekspert, Charles Benimoff, for a three-way mind-meld to determine which movie is ultimately the most...fascinating. Memory Alpha Madness, engage!   

Movies featured in Memory Alpha Madness:
Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979)
Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982)
Star Trek III: The Search for Spock (1984)
Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986)
Star Trek V: The Final Frontier (1989)
Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991)
Star Trek: Generations (1994)
Star Trek: First Contact (1996)
Star Trek: Insurrection (1998)
Star Trek: Nemesis (2002)