Jon welcomes Phil back from a long hiatus to talk horse movies, specifically Dream Horse, Jockey and Secretariat. Phil's deep knowledge leads to a marathon podcast where Jon pieces together what 'dosage' means in equine world. Listen closely for Phil doxxing his employer.
Jon and JR chat about NASA movies with Apollo 10 1/2, The Right Stuff, and Contact. It's up for grabs which subject Jon rambles on about for longer: his love for Carl Sagan or the loss of reckless freedom that American kids used to have. JR's a good sport and only tells him he's full of shit once or twice.
Jon, Pierce, and JR are overwhelmed with the amount of great TV currently on the air and had to get together to throw out a dozen shows worth watching. Jon raves about The Dropout, JR's knocking out seasons of Better Call Saul over the course of a long evening, and Pierce is itching to get started on Tokyo Vice.
Jon and JR break down three Black female director debuts with Eve's Bayou, Daughters of the Dust, and The Watermelon Woman. Jon reiterates the bottomless charm bomb that is his white-hot hatred of superstition.
Jon and Pierce were given a gift, namely the permission to cross a TV show off their list of things to watch. They break apart the second season finale of Euphoria and the many annoying choices made therein. Pierce shores up the future of humanity by insisting that the teens he knows (he's a teacher, it's fine) are just as dismissive of this trash as we are.
Jon and JR compare and contrast three takes of Shakespeare's Macbeth. Joel Coen's Tragedy of Macbeth proves to be the clear winner, with Justin Kurzel's Macbeth and Akira Kurosawa's Throne of Blood in its rearview. We missed Pierce and his English degree for all kinds of fun Elizabethan detail, but we cover up that loss with a lot of laughs about dead babies, thus staying on brand.
Jon and Pierce get back together to run through the nine films of their mutually favorite director, Paul Thomas Anderson. Frog rainstorms, roller girls, pudding scams, waterbed shops, all that and more in an epic length episode that features more than one multi-minute monologue extolling the virtues of one of the best American filmmakers.
Hands are waved and voices are raised as Jon, Shane, JR, and Pierce get into it about Power of the Dog, Matrix Resurrections, and No Sudden Move. Strong feelings are had about who's the moron in the newest Matrix sequel, who's smart and who's dumb in Power of the Dog, and whether or not Brendan Fraser's reemergence is overdue.
Jon, Shane, and Pierce praise and lament some of the best and worst of what's been a pretty great year for movies. Space Jam: Legacy, with its cameos for dystopian English rapists, gets mentioned, but you'll have to listen to find out if it was in the Best or Worst category.
Jon and JR have a great back-and-forth going as we break down Shang Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, Hero, and The Grandmaster. They both love the wu xia style of martial arts movies, though Jon's less into the politics of Hero. Maggie Cheung is also defined as the anti-goop. Listen for whatever that means!