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With The Fate of the Furious roaring through movie theaters and stars Vin Diesel and Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson roaring through the gossip pages, we decided to consider whether reports of the death of movie stars (in favor of special effects, superheroes, or other brand names) has been exaggerated. Listen in as Marisa, Jesse, and Nathaniel discuss the new Fast & Furious sequel, its stars, along with other big names like Anne Hathaway, Will Smith, Tom Hanks, Adam Sandler, Nicole Kidman, Will Ferrell, and, of course, Jai Courtney.

Direct download: SportsAlcoholPodcastFateofMovieStars.mp3
Category:movies -- posted at: 11:52pm EDT

Lena Dunham's divisive thinkpiece magnet Girls ended its six-season HBO run this week, and four of SportsAlcohol.com's regular podcasters are dedicated fans. So Marisa, Sara, Nathaniel, and Jesse got together to discuss the show: the finale, the season that led up to it, the series as a whole, and rejecting the conceit of who on the show is the worst. This conversation is a must for any Girls fans still mourning the loss of their favorite show -- or hatewatchers wondering what the fuss was about.

Direct download: SportsAlcoholPodcastEndofGirls.mp3
Category:television -- posted at: 11:25pm EDT

At the end of our recent podcast about Trainspotting 2, Marisa, Sara, Nathaniel, and Jesse each took the opportunity to make some pitches for years-later sequels we'd like to see. What '90s and '00s favorites would we like to see revived? This minipodcast bonus track answers that question. Nathaniel guessed what Jesse's would be about 30 seconds after he thought it up.

Direct download: SportsAlcoholMIniPodcastLateSequelPitches.mp3
Category:movies -- posted at: 11:01pm EDT

Over 20 years after the release of the seminal British junkie dramedy Trainspotting, Danny Boyle and his crew of aggrieved Scottish addicts are back with T2: Trainspotting. Marisa, Jesse, Nathaniel, and Sara went and saw Trainspotting 2 and then talked about the movie and how it fits into the larger Danny Boyle filmography, and how it functions as a 20-years-later sequel.

Direct download: SportsAlcoholPodcastTrainspotting2andBoyle.mp3
Category:movies -- posted at: 1:38pm EDT

  1. The first three weekends of March 2017 saw the release of three successive movies that are all, in some ways or another, franchise films about beastly men or manly beasts: Logan, about everyone's favorite member of the X-Men; Kong: Skull Island, a new take on the giant ape; and Beauty and the Beast, a sorta-live-action remake of the 1991 animated classic. X-Men/Kong/animation enthusiasts Nathaniel, Jesse, Marisa, and Rob got together to talk about all three movies and the beasts contained therein.
Direct download: SportsAlcoholPodcastBeastsofMarch.mp3
Category:movies -- posted at: 12:07pm EDT

Sometimes you just record a podcast episode out of pure indie-rock geekery. Founding editors Rob, Marisa, and Jesse are nuts for the U.K. indie rock act Los Campesinos! so on the occasion of their new album Sick Scenes and their recent North American tour, we got together, along with relative newbie Sara, saw their show in Brooklyn, and had a wide-ranging conversation about the band, our favorite songs, our baseless speculation about their personal lives, and if indie rock circa 2008 really was so special. Indie rock fangirls and fanboys everywhere may relate.

Direct download: SportsAlcoholPodcastLosCampesinos.mp3
Category:music -- posted at: 11:31pm EDT

A few of SportsAlcohol.com's founding editors are longtime Saturday Night Live viewers and fans, so we like to occasionally get together and check in with how the show is doing. SNL is getting record ratings this season, with special guest stars like Alec Baldwin doing his Donald Trump impression and Melissa McCarthy dropping by to play Sean Spicer. We discuss those sketches and more: what this means for a larger-than-average core cast, how Weekend Update is faring in the Funny News landscape, how this year's group of hosts has measured up, and what sketches we feel have been overlooked in all of the political hubbub. This conversation, recorded immediately following the most recent, Baldwin-hosted episode, is a must-listen for any SNL fan.

Direct download: SportsAlcoholPodcastSNLcheck-in2017.mp3
Category:television -- posted at: 7:57am EDT

With this year's more diverse Oscars trying to make up ground lost by the #OscarsSoWhite debacles of previous years, and issues of representation getting more attention than ever (especially in Trump's America), your friends at SportsAlcohol.com decided to sit down and have a conversation about representation and identification issues in popular culture. Marisa, Sara, Jon, Jesse, and Nathaniel talk about media that's spoken to us for those reasons, try to differentiate between representation and identification, and talk about all manner of movies and TV shows, past and present, including Hidden Figures, Moana, Manchester by the Sea, Moonlight, and many more. It's one of our longest and widest-ranging conversations, but we think it's well worth listening to!

Direct download: SportsAlcoholPodcastRepresentation.mp3
Category:movies, television -- posted at: 10:59pm EDT

Just in time for Oscar season, the core movie crew at SportsAlcohol.com -- Marisa, Jesse, Nathaniel, and Sara -- get together and talk about our group list of the best movies of the year, an eclectic group of critics' favorites, awards honorees, and weirder choices. We chat about what we loved, what we didn't get, what our outliers were, and how these 20 great movies relate to each other.

Direct download: SportsAlcoholPodcastBestMoviesOf2016.mp3
Category:movies -- posted at: 9:33pm EDT

So do movie series just go on forever now? After watching the new Star Wars spinoff Rogue One, Rob, Sabrina, Marisa, Jesse, and Nathaniel got together to discuss the franchise, the new movie, and whether keeping stories going forever and ever is a sustainable model. Also listen up for a barrage of Star Wars spinoff pitches.

Direct download: SportsAlcoholPodcastRogueOneForever.mp3
Category:movies -- posted at: 7:57am EDT