Ep. XXX - We Live in a Society: Joker & the Media

11Nov

In our 30th episode, we go all-out with the recently highest grossing R-rated film of all time, Joker (2019). Director Todd Phillips' DC Comics adaptation has received high praise and criticism that it has caused a divide among critics and audiences, which has created a fantastic philosophical and political conversation. Our topics include 1) society's responsibility for Arthur's actions and 2) the reflection of the media within the film.

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Ep. XXIX - The Rise of a Savior: The Dark Knight Rises & Redemption

21Oct

Our final episode on Christopher Nolan's Batman Trilogy is finally here! Today, we will be going over The Dark Knight Rises (2012), the final installment of the legendary DC Comics adaptation! Our topics include: Rising from the ashes, 2) Political symbolism, and 3) The Ending: Was it deserved?

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Ep. XXVIII - The Joke of Morality: The Dark Knight & Nihilism

19Aug

For our 28th episode, we are continuing Christopher Nolan's Batman Trilogy discussion as we focus on the sequel, The Dark Knight (2008). Being the first comic book superhero film to gross over $1 billion and having won 2 Oscars including Best Supporting Actor, The Dark Knight is recognized a cinematic masterpiece and one of the best portrayals of both Batman and The Joker. Our topics of focus include: 1) Nihilism and Chaotic Evil, 2) Peace Based on a Lie, and 3) the Making of a Great Villain. 

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Ep. XXVII - The Bat or the Man?: Batman Begins, Fear, & Dualism

5Aug

For the next three episodes, we will be going through most well-known Batman film series, The Dark Knight Trilogy, written and Directed by Christopher Nolan, Jonathan Nolan, and David S. Goyer. Our first of the three is on Batman Begins (2005), the origin story that contributed to the relaunch of superhero films and revived the Batman film popularity by focusing on a more darker and realistic tone. Our topics include 1) Existentialism and Fear, 2) Lawful Good vs. Lawful Neutral, and 3) the Dualism between Bruce Wayne and Batman. 

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Ep. XXVI - It’s Just an Empty Cup: Pixar’s Cars and Materialism

1Jul

For the past number of episodes, we have covered deep and rather dark topics found in deep and somewhat dark films. In our 26th episode, we chose to lighten the mood a bit by focusing on Disney/Pixar's first of three films, Cars (2006), which was nominated for best animated feature. Our topics include 1) Materialism & Status, 2) Meaningful Relationships, and 3) Slowing Down in Life.

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Ep. XXV - Divide Across America: Us & U.S. Immigration

17Jun

In our 25th episode, we delve deep into Director/Writer Jordan Peele's latest thriller film, "Us" (2019) with our largest podcast group yet. Our topics include 1) Privilege & Social Status 2) U.S. Immigration Parallels, and 3) Story-Telling/Plot Structure.

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Ep. XXIV - Excommunicado: John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum & World Building

3Jun

In our 24th episode, we continue the world building conversation in Keanu Reeves latest film, John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum (2019), the third installment of the John Wick franchise that earned over $56 million opening weekend. Our topics continue from the previous John Wick podcast episode: 1) World Building, 2) realism vs. over-the-top action, and 3) mythology. 

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Ep. XXIII - I Love You, 3000: Avengers: Endgame & Character Development

20May

In our 23rd episode, we finally cover Marvel Studios' 22nd film that became the most anticipated movie of the year, Avengers: Endgame! Earning $2.6 billion and counting, we dive in head first into spoiler territory! Our topics include: 1) Character Development, 2) Sacrifice, and 3) MCU Phase 4 Theories!

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Ep. XXII - I’m Not Racist, Buuut: Get Out & Systematic Racism

25Mar

In our 22nd episode, we cover Director Jordan Peele's 2017 Academy Award winning film "Get Out," a new take on horror that swept the country politically. Our topics include 1) Liberal/Systematical Racism, 2) Symbols of the South, and 3) Social Horror.

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Ep. XXI - We Are All Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse & Animation

11Mar

In our 21st episode, we cover the 2018 Sony Animations' mind-blowing superhero film, "Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse," the Marvel Comics film that recently received Best Animation at the Oscars. Our topics include 1) Mentorship between Peter B. Parker and Miles Morales, 2) Diversity and Representation Done Right, and 3) The Expansion of the Multiverse. 

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