Franchise Fatigue
Avengers: Endgame

Avengers: Endgame

February 22, 2020

This week we dive into the epic culmination of the first 10 years of the MCU with Avengers: Endgame!

Captain Marvel

Captain Marvel

February 5, 2020

This week we explore the MCU's first female-led movie with Captain Marvel. A film that inspired massive controversies before its release, that were only matched by its runaway financial success. 

Was it worthy of either? Not really.

Favorite Films of 2019

Favorite Films of 2019

January 29, 2020

This week we take yet another short break from the MCU to talk about the films of 2019.

Ant-Man and The Wasp

Ant-Man and The Wasp

January 22, 2020

Back to the MCU this week, we move from the grim depression of Infinity War, back to the low-key, delightful quirkiness of the Ant-Man series!

 

Star Wars Resistance Season 1

Star Wars Resistance Season 1

January 16, 2020

This week we take a quick break from the MCU to dive into the first season of Disney's latest animated Star Wars show, Resistance!

Star Wars Ep. 9: The Rise of Skywalker(Minisode)

Star Wars Ep. 9: The Rise of Skywalker(Minisode)

December 24, 2019

We saw a Star War!

In this minisode James and Gabe come to terms with the final installment of The Skywalker Saga? Is it a worthy ending to The Sequel Trilogy? Or is it a tired rerun that undermines the previous films? A bit of both?

There's so much to discuss.

Infinity War

Infinity War

December 19, 2019

This week we are joined by our pal Sam Dodson for another mega-length episode exploring the Russo Bros. epic tragedy.

A bold, thrilling, and ultimately heartbreaking chapter of the MCU, that went places we could never have expected or imagined.

 

Black Panther(W/Emmanuel Noisette)

Black Panther(W/Emmanuel Noisette)

December 12, 2019

This week we travel to Wakanda to discuss Ryan Coogler's Black Panther. And to help us with that we are joined by Emmanuel Noisette from E-Man's Movie Reviews!

We have a long, in-depth discussion on what is one of the MCU's most ambitious films.

 

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Thor: Ragnarok

Thor: Ragnarok

November 21, 2019

This week we are joined by Quentin Irey from Common Candor to talk about Thor: Ragnarok. A film that took the flagging Thor series in a wild, fun new direction.

While the film's entertainment value is beyond doubt, does this new direction undermine the character's dramatic core?

 

You can find Quentin's work at...

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Spider-Man: Homecoming

Spider-Man: Homecoming

November 20, 2019

This week we are joined by Drew Dodgen of the Celcast to talk about Spider-Man's first solo film in the MCU. A delightful, John Hughes inspired romp, Homecoming gives us yet another excellent cinematic take on the classic character.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

November 14, 2019

This week we are joined by Josh Mesker to explore about this divisive sequel to the 2014 smash hit. While Vol. 2 boast some of the most emotionally effective bits in the MCU, does the rest of it quite live up to its predecessor?

Doctor Strange

Doctor Strange

November 7, 2019

After taking a long break from the MCU during the month of October, we are back with Scott Derrickson's Doctor Strange!

A thoughtful and emotional character piece that introduces us into the fantastical world of The Master of the Mystic Arts.

Scream 4

Scream 4

October 23, 2019

This week we wrap up the tour latest series with Wes Craven's final film, Scream 4.

A return to form for the franchise after the disappointing Scream 3. While it might not quite reach the heights of the first film, this one still has plenty of the charm, scares and clever commentary that made us love the series in the first place.

Scream 3

Scream 3

October 16, 2019

This week we talk about the least popular film of the series, Scream 3.

Scream 2

Scream 2

October 10, 2019

This week we talk about the first sequel to Wes Craven's classic spin on the slasher genre. Scream 2 is a worthy sequel that has the same fun, scariness and great characters that made the first one so great.

Scream

Scream

October 3, 2019

For the month of October we will be taking a break from the MCU to explore Wes Craven's Scream series!

Scream burst onto the scene in 1996 and gave new life to the then-stagnated horror genre. Does it still provide the same level of fresh commentary on the genre and genuine scares as it did at the time? We certainly think so!

Captain America: Civil War

Captain America: Civil War

September 25, 2019

This week we have an epic-lengthed discussion on the 3rd Captain America film.

A layered film, packed to the brim character development and themes alongside some of the best action in the MCU.

An all around fantastic chapter.

Antman(W/Byron Lafayette)

Antman(W/Byron Lafayette)

September 11, 2019

This week we are joined by our friend Byron Lafayette to discuss Peyton Reed's delightful heist comedy, Antman.

After the enormity of Age of Ultron, Antman's low stakes and breezy tone was a breath of fresh air for the MCU. Despite a very difficult production, Marvel managed to squeeze out yet another win.

 

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Avengers: Age of Ultron

Avengers: Age of Ultron

September 4, 2019

This week we dive deep into Joss Whedon's ambitious and flawed magnum opus. A film that reveals new layers and depth with every rewatch despite its loudly discussed imperfections.

It may not have been the film everyone wanted as a follow-up to the first Avengers film, but what we got is still a fascinating piece of filmmaking and storytelling with much to explore and discuss.

Guardians of the Galaxy

Guardians of the Galaxy

August 28, 2019

This week we rave about James Gunn's surprise smash-hit, Guardians of the Galaxy. Taking unknown characters and applying his unique style and charm, Gunn created one of the MCU's most popular and entertaining properties.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Captain America: The Winter Soldier

August 20, 2019

This week we explore the Russo Bros. homage to the classic conspiracy thrillers of the 70s with the absolutely fantastic Captain America: The Winter Soldier. This installment abandons the nostalgia of the First Avenger and gives us a tense, gritty tale that challenges everything Cap believes.

MCU One-Shots

MCU One-Shots

August 15, 2019

This week we take a look at the series of delightful One-Shot shorts that Marvel used to put out with every film.

We also discuss the tsunami of MCU news that came out of this year's San Diego Comic Con.

Thor: The Dark World

Thor: The Dark World

August 1, 2019

This week we dive into the much-maligned 2nd chapter in the Thor series.
Is there some hidden quality, or does this film deserve its mediocre reputation?

 

Iron Man 3

Iron Man 3

July 25, 2019

This week we tackle Shane Blacks controversial entry into the MCU.

A 90s conspiracy thriller to the core, Iron Man 3 pulses with Black's fun, darkly comic energy and deep understanding of the title character.

The Avengers

The Avengers

July 17, 2019

This week we complete Phase 1 of the MCU with Joss Whedon's game-changing smash hit, The Avengers.

A perfect blockbuster that combined incredible spectacle with wonderful human characters and drama.

Captain America: The First Avenger

Captain America: The First Avenger

July 10, 2019

This week we travel back to the 1940s with our introduction to the MCU's first and greatest hero!

Joe Johnston made a fun and extremely charming film that perfectly captures the noble spirit of its title character.

Child’s Play

Child’s Play

July 2, 2019

This week we take a quick break from the MCU to have a minisode discussion on the 1988 horror classic, Child's Play with Victims and Villains Podcast host Josh Burkey!

This is part of a special crossover with his show, so if you wanna hear us talking about the 2019 remake, you can listen to it over on the at the Victims and Villains Podcast feed https://www.victimsandvillains.net/

Thor

Thor

June 27, 2019

This week we explore the MCU's first foray into cosmic storytelling with Kenneth Branagh's delightful Shakespearean drama, Thor.

A bright, imaginative and open-hearted space fantasy that always kept its grand ambitions firmly grounded in the wonderful characters and powerful emotional arcs.

One of the MCU's most under-appreciated gems.

Iron Man 2

Iron Man 2

June 19, 2019

This week we tackle the deeply flawed, yet still highly entertaining third installment of the then fledgling MCU.

The Incredible Hulk

The Incredible Hulk

June 14, 2019

James couldn't make it this week. So Gabe is joined again by Ryan Wall to discuss this highly unique film in the MCU.

More akin to the action and chase films of the 90s than the modern Superhero genre, The Incredible Hulk doesn't quite fit in with this series.

And in our opinion, this slick, stylish action romp is all the better for it.

 

Iron Man

Iron Man

June 7, 2019

This we begin our exploration of the most successful film series of all time with Jon Favreau's 2008 hit, Iron Man.

A bold, intelligent and highly entertaining film that sparked a series that changed the film industry.

The Greatest Showman

The Greatest Showman

May 22, 2019

We take a break between franchises to talk about the a film that one of the hosts considers to be be highly Underrated. The Greatest Showman beat the odds in 2017, becoming something of a phenomenon among audiences despite a less than stellar reception from critics. 

Much like the critical and audience divide, there is a large difference of opinion on the qualities of this film between the hosts.

But there is one thing we can agree on, Hugh Jackman is the best!

Glass

Glass

May 15, 2019

In this episode we wrap up M. Night Shyamalan's comic-book trilogy with the highly controversial final installment, Glass.
A far more flawed film than the previous two, there is still much to love in this ambitious and idiosyncratic tale.

Split

Split

May 8, 2019

This week we dive into 2016's surprise sequel to Unbreakable, Split.

A tight, engaging thriller with a surprising emotional heft and one of the most satisfying final reveals we've ever seen.

Avengers Endgame(Minisode)

Avengers Endgame(Minisode)

May 1, 2019

Our episode on Split has been delayed, so Gabe and James had a quick impromptu discussion on the cinematic event of the decade, Avengers: Endgame.

Unbreakable

Unbreakable

April 24, 2019

This week we begin a new series with M. Night Shyamalan's celebrated proto-superhero film, Unbreakable. The first chapter in an unexpected trilogy.

The definition of "Ahead of Its Time", Unbreakable is Comic Book Movie that mastered the genre before it had even truly found its shape.

A beautiful movie.

Blade Runner 2049

Blade Runner 2049

April 16, 2019

This week we discuss the unlikely sequel, Blade Runner 2049 with the help of guest Quentin Irey.

A film that takes the themes, ideas and visuals of the original to new heights.

 

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Blade Runner

Blade Runner

April 11, 2019

This week we start a new series with the seminal Sci-Fi classic, Blade Runner.

A film's who's legacy and influence on Cinema is almost impossible to quantify. Yet despite its legendary status, it has received a somewhat mixed reception with audiences both at the time of its release and to this day.

There is even a bit a disagreement between Gabe and James on this episode about just how successful it is in telling its story and executing its enormous ambitions.

Maze Runner: The Death Cure

Maze Runner: The Death Cure

April 3, 2019

This week we discuss the much-delayed final chapter in the Maze Runner Trilogy .

The most ambitious film in the series, and in some ways the most flawed, The Death Cure still manages to deliver a thrilling and emotionally satisfying finale for this above-average YA franchise.

Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials(Minisode)

Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials(Minisode)

March 27, 2019

This week we have a brief discussion on the 2nd film in the Maze Runner Trilogy, The Scorch Trials.

A much more ambitious film than The Maze Runner, this chapter continues to impress with its great cast and fantastic direction from Wes Ball.

 

Our full Underrated episode on The Scorch Trials...

https://underratedpodcast.com/2017/05/01/episode-33-the-maze-runner-the-scorch-trials-review/

The Maze Runner(Minisode)

The Maze Runner(Minisode)

March 20, 2019

Before we finish up the Maze Runner Trilogy with The Death Cure next week, we go back to the film that started it all back in 2014.

In this minisode we revisit the Maze Runner and have a quick discussion on this well-made and highly entertaining YA offering.

 

Our Underrated Episode on this film...

https://underratedpodcast.com/2017/04/10/episode-30-the-maze-runner-review/

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader

March 13, 2019

This week we finish up our journey into Narnia with a massive disappointment. A desperate bid to regain the whimsy, magic, and most importantly, the massive box office revenue of The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe, Voyage of the Dawn Treader feels like a cobbled together mess.

Not a terrible movie, but one without much of an identity.

The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian(W/Brian Carnell)

The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian(W/Brian Carnell)

March 6, 2019

This week we are joined by Brian Carnell(AKA Glumpuddle) from Narniaweb and The Talking Beasts Podcast to discuss the 2nd chapter in the Narnia series.

A darker, more ambitious chapter, Prince Caspian provides much fodder for discussion on adaptation, storytelling and filmmaking.

 

 

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The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe

February 28, 2019

This week we are swept up in a fantastical adventure in the magical world of Narnia!

The Lion, The Witch, and Wardrobe is a childhood favorite for both hosts, so nostalgia abounds in our discussion of this excellent family film.

Mission Impossible: Fallout

Mission Impossible: Fallout

February 20, 2019

This week we complete our exploration of the Mission Impossible series with the 6th film, Fallout.

And to help us with our discussion of Christopher McQuarrie's 2nd chapter in the series, we are joined by our friend DJ Nichols.

Fallout is an incredible movie filled with some of the greatest action sequences ever filmed. But it also has a great story and some of the best character drama in the entire franchise.

Another great installment.

Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation

Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation

February 13, 2019

This week we praise Christopher McQuarrie's first entry into the Mission Impossible series.

McQuarrie took all the best elements from previous chapters and combined them into a film that exemplifies everything great about this franchise.

Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol

Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol

February 6, 2019

This week we are joined on this mission by our friend Keifer Wynn to discuss Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol!

This movie blew critics and audiences away back in 2011. But does Brad Bird's live-action debut still offer the same fun and thrills these years later? And how does it hold up against the previous installments in the series?

Mission Impossible III

Mission Impossible III

January 23, 2019

This week we spend nearly two hours raving about J.J. Abrams' directorial debut, Mission Impossible III.

What this film brings to the series is a narrative coherence and raw emotional heft that the previous two films never quite managed.

 

Mission Impossible II

Mission Impossible II

January 16, 2019

This week we are back into the Mission Impossible series with the highly controversial 2nd chapter from Hong Kong director John Woo.

There is some disagreements between the hosts as to how well Woo's over-the-top style works in this film and the overall series.

Whether you love or hate the film, there's a very interesting conversation to be had about it!

Favorite Films of 2018

Favorite Films of 2018

January 10, 2019

We take a quick break from the Mission Impossible series to talk about the films of 2018.

We run through several fun topics including Most Underrated and Biggest Surprises before going through our top ten films of last year.