Ep. XXXVII - There is Still Hope: The Two Towers & Courage

5Oct

Continuing our coverage of The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, our 37th episode is on The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002), the Academy Award-winning adaptation of Tolkien's second book of the trilogy. Our topics of coverage include: 1) Storytelling through the Battle of Helm's Deep 2) Gollum, Smeagol, & Dualism, and 3) Hope & Courage according to Samwise Gamgee. 

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Ep. XXXVI - A Ring Bearer’s Burden: The Fellowship of the Ring and the Will to Power

8Sep

In our 36th episode, we'll be starting our 3-part series on Director Peter Jackson’s Award winning adaptation of The Lord of the Rings Trilogy! To kick things off, we will be starting with The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001), the origin of the trilogy that earned 4 Oscar Awards, including Best Original Score and Best Cinematography.

Our topics for include: 1) Sauron and Nihilism, 2) Film Score Storytelling, 3) The Ring and Temptation

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Ep. XXXV - A Forced Finale: The Rise of Skywalker & Rehashing

3Aug

In our 35th episode, we are covering the conclusion of the Star Wars saga, Star Wars: Episode XI - The Rise of Skywalker (2019). Despite its box office earnings of over $1 billion, The Rise of Skywalker came under heavy criticism from both fans and critics, causing its final chapter to be more controversial than memorable. Our topics include 1) Story vs. Plot, 2) Rehashing, and 3) Avengers: Endgame vs. Star Wars: TROS. 

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Ep. XXXIV - A Host to Latch Onto - Parasite & Class Struggle

20Jul

After 4 months in quarantine, we are back at the podcast studio! In our 34th episode, we will be covering the Academy-Award winning film Parasite (2019), written and directed by Bong Joon-ho. Being the first foreign film to win Best Picture, Parasite earned 3 more Oscars in 2020; Best Foreign Film, Best Original Screenplay, and Best Director. Our topics include: 1) Class Divide and Behavior, 2) American Imperialism, and 3) Symbolism and Imagery.

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Ep. XXXIII - Power to the People: V for Vendetta & Government

13Jan

In our 33rd episode and our first episode of the 2020 new year, we will be diving head first into the politics and philosophy of V for Vendetta (2005), the graphic novel adaptation on the vigilante known as "V" and his attempt to overthrow the Neo-Fascist Government of England known as Norsefire.

From the tensions between the U.S. and Iran to the Hong Kong protests, we saw it best to cover this film in order for listeners to remain informed about the dangers of totalitarianism and the balance between security and freedom. Our topics include: 1) When is a revolution justified? 2) Lies to tell the truth, and 3) What is freedom according to Evey Hammond? 

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Ep. XXXII - A Divide in the Force: The Last Jedi & Subverting Expectations

16Dec

With Star Wars Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker around the corner, our 32nd episode will be covering Star Wars Episode VII: The Last Jedi, the controversial film that divided critics, moviegoers, and long-time fans and continues to today. Our topics include: 1) Subverting Expectations, 2) Luke Skywalker's Character Development, and 3) the handling/mishandling of new characters. 

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Ep. XXXI - If You Just Believe: The Polar Express & Faith

10Dec

For our 31st episode, we are covering our first Christmas film, The Polar Express (2004), the adaptation of the same-titled book by Chris Van Allsburg! From the bold animation risks to the heart-felt story, we go through the deep thinking parts of this film that make it the wonderful, timeless Christmas film that it is. Our topics include: 1) Facing the Unknown, 2) Overcoming Doubt, and 3) The Significance of Faith.

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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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