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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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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