e323. The Complex Legacy of Barbie: Gender, Fashion & Identity

So how about that Barbie? No, not THAT Barbie… we did a show on the movie last year. No, what we want to talk about is enduring legacy of the concept of Barbie. Starting with the doll and going through to the movie, Barbie is just… always there. Or at least she has been for…

e313. PCA2024: Adapting X-Men

On this week’s special epsiode we take one last look at this year’s Popular Culture Association conference in Chicago with a look at papers from one of the panels in the Comics Studies group. Mav is joined by Joseph and John Darowski who will be appearing with him in the upcoming book Adapting X-men from…

e293. Soundtracks, Scores & Race in the Superhero Film (Remastered)

(Note: Previously a corrupted version of the audio of this file was uploaded. This was due to a mistake in the mix that has now been corrected to the best of our abilities. Therefore, we are reuploading this week’s episode. Our apologies for the earlier issues.) You always know it’s a great episode when the…

e293. Soundtracks, Scores & Race in the Superhero Film

(Note: Previously a corrupted version of the audio of this file was uploaded. This was due to a mistake in the mix that has now been corrected to the best of our abilities. Therefore, we are reuploading this week’s episode. Our apologies for the earlier issues.) You always know it’s a great episode when the…

e252. Velma and Pouring Some Edgy on It!

Everyone is talking about Velma. It’s not exactly clear why. Most people don’t seem to like it that much. But if you don’t pay attention to what anyone is saying, and you just judge sheerly based on attention that they By sheer numbers of think pieces you might think that Velma is the most popular…

e251. Eating the Rich! (on film)

A curious set of movies have been racking up nominations on the film circuit this awards season. Glass Onion, the Menu, and Triangle of Sadness. Each of these films has a peculiar thing in common… they’re basically about eating the rich… ok if not eating them than at least killing rich people… largely just because…

Call For Comments: Pouring some “edgy” on it

From Mav: Last year, we did an episode that I called “pour some gritty on it” which was all about the recent trend of doing gritty reboots of classic media IP. The obvious example there was shows on the CW like Riverdale and Nancy Drew. Shows where the idea is that it takes place in…

Call for Comments: Eating the Rich… Cinematically!

From Hannah: In 2019 — when I still went to the theater every week — I noticed a pattern with a release every few months. Starting with Us, then the horror-comedy film Ready or Not, and then with Knives Out I was struck by how class conscious these films were. How unrelentingly they worked to…

e241. Wakanda Forever & MCU Diversity

Wakanda Forever, the sequel to Black Panther, is finally here. Obviously we have to talk about it. Due to the unfortunate passing of Chadwick Boseman, this movie sort of had built in cultural appeal from the very start. We knew that going in. However, it also somehow managed to be a lot more than that.…

Call For Comments: Doctor Who – It’s Bigger on the Inside!

“Time and space are modes by which we think and not conditions in which we live.”– Dimitri Marianoff,  Einstein: An Intimate Study of a Great Man From Wayne: I came to Doctor Who fandom fairly late, which, considering my hobbies and interests, is strange. Even so, I feel like I have always been aware of…