Star Wars is over, again, and also not over at all. But the most recent trilogy has indeed ended with Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker. After taking in the movie somewhere between one and three times, your rebel alliance got together to talk about Rise of Skywalker, as well as the recently concluded first season of The Mandalorian. How did J.J. Abrams do in finishing off the trilogy he started, and the nine-film series he certainly didn't start? How much do we love Babu Frik? And how can we avoid comparing this new movie to The Last Jedi? The answers to these questions and more await you!

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Something a little different from the crew: a combination get-psyched mixtape (preferably to be listened to on your way to see STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER this weekend or beyond) and trivia game (guess the uniting factor behind all of the non-Star Wars songs and samples!). See for more info!

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From the mixtape archives: Here's a mix made back in 2015, when Star Wars: The Force Awakens was coming out.

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For a special holiday episode (and a rare new-release movie review!), Jesse is joined by podcast expert and horror fan Becca, to talk about all three versions of BLACK CHRISTMAS: The 1974 original, the 2006 remake, and the new 2019 version in theaters now!

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Continuing our ongoing 20th-anniversary celebration of assorted albums from the year 1999, we GET INTO IT about one of Beck's less universally beloved records, the party bomb Midnite Vultures. Who thinks it's Beck's best album? Who vehemently disagrees? And how do we define "serious"? Mix bizness with Rob, Jesse, Marisa, Ben, and Derrick to find out!

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Our play-through of 20-year-old albums continues with a double feature, as Marisa, Jesse, Rob, and Randy talk about The Unauthorized Biography of Reinhold Messner by Ben Folds Five and Utopia Parkway by Fountains of Wayne, two stylistically disparate records that nonetheless come from a similarly nerdy, suburban place.

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Continuing our look back at some of the most interesting and beloved albums of 20 years ago, Rob, Sara, and Jesse talk about Fiona Apple's second album, commonly referred to as When the Pawn. How does it hold up two decades later? Was Fiona ahead of her time? Is this world bullshit? LISTEN AND DISCOVER!

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As 2019 winds down, is looking back... to 1999 again! In a series of shorter, sweeter mini-episodes, we're dedicating individual discussions to some major albums from 1999 that mean a lot to us, then and/or now. First up is Emergency & I, the classic third record by the Dismemberment Plan. How did we love this album then and how do we love it now? Listen and learn, indie rock nerds!

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While loves to look back at pop culture from 20 years ago, we also try to pay attention to what is happening RIGHT NOW--especially in the world of independent cinema. Each summer for the past bunch of summers, we've capped the season with a look back at a bunch of cinematic indies, good and bad. For the 2019 edition, we cover over a dozen titles, providing an excellent guide for what to catch up with on streaming or VOD or DVD or whatever this fall!

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It's that time of year again, when the crew takes a look at where they were and what they (and the rest of America) were watching 20 years ago, examining a list of the highest-grossing box office attractions of summer 1999. Will Smith! Julia Roberts! Brendan Fraser! Jar Jar Binks! An apple pie! Pepe the Prawn?! All of your favorite 1999 stars are well-represented as Rob, Jesse, Nathaniel, Marisa, and Sabrina get deep into nostalgia mode.

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In the second part of our epic exploration of Quentin Tarantino's nine-or-ten-film career, we talk about all of his previous films, from Reservoir Dogs to The Hateful Eight to however many Kill Bills you count as one movie, and everything else in between, exploring connections between them, and to Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.

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With Quentin Tarantino's new film Once Upon a Time in Hollywood debuting to big business and an avalanche of thinkpieces, the core of's film team thought it would be a good time to take a look at the fullness of Tarantino's career so far, in a Grindhouse-like double feature. In the first episode, we talk about the new movie, and get into the ending right away, so the spoiler-averse should hold off! What did Marisa, Sara, Nathaniel and Jesse think about Once Upon a Time in Hollywood? LISTEN UP, because they all have a bunch of opinions about QT's latest.

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The X-Men movies are over (sorta), long live the X-Men movies (sorta)! With the release (and flop!) of DARK PHOENIX, the process of X-tricating the long-running X-Men movie series from Fox and integrating them into the MCU has presumably, to some degree, begun. But before they're gone and rebooted, we got some X-perts together to talk about DARK PHOENIX, and the X-Men movie series in general, and its ups and downs over the past 20 (!) years.

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We've done plenty of MCU-centric podcasts over the years, but we really brought out the big guns for the Phase 3 finale, as Marisa, Nathaniel, Jesse, and Ben discuss AVENGERS: ENDGAME, as well as INFINITY WAR, as well as our collective ranked list of all the Marvel Cinematic Universe films so far. Who loves AGE OF ULTRON way more than INFINITY WAR? Who thinks the rest of us underrate Thanos as a villain? Who hate the soul stone the most? Who has great ideas for what the MCU should do next? (Answer to that last one: ALL OF US.)

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Every year, the Saturday Night Live fans and loyalists at do a check-in on one of the only shows we all watch regularly, and assess on the show has been performing lately. This year, we timed our check-in to coincide with the return of former cast member Adam Sandler, hosting for his first time, 24 years after his unceremonious firing. We talk about what we thought of the Sandman, plus how SNL Season 44 is going as a whole. They're all gonna laugh at you!!!!!

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If there's one thing the editorial core of knows, it's not so much sports, or alcohol, but popular culture of the late 1990s. In what has now become an annual tradition, Rob, Jesse, and Marisa scour the Billboard Hot 100 for all of 1999 and discuss certain key selections (not specified ahead of time, but chosen on the fly by Marisa). Travel back to '99 with us and decide if you like girls who wear Abercrombie and Fitch!

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In a sequel of sorts to our all-Soderbergh episode from 2017, and also our sportsiest episode ever by far, Rob, Ben, Marisa, and Jesse all discuss the new Steven Soderbergh film High Flying Bird, now streaming on Netflix! It's a brisk assessment of Soderbergh, labor relations, sports, Moneyball, iPhone cameras, and more!

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As Oscar season heads into its final weeks, why not take a break from litigating the Academy's dumb choices and spend some time listening to Nathaniel, Sara, Marisa, and Jesse talk about their favorites of the year? We've got Best Picture nominees, we've got stuff no one else ranked this guy, and we've got outliers! This engaging discussion of the best movies of 2018 has got. it. all.

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The seventh (!) Spider-Man movie of the past 20 years came out last month with Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. To celebrate this occasion, the skeleton crew, including Spider-Man expert Rob, got together and did an impromptu group ranking of all Spider-Man and Spider-Man-adjacent movies, talking about each and every one! Maguire! Dunst! Franco! Garfield! Stone! Holland! Captain America! Doughy Peter Parker! Spider-Ham! We talk about 'em all on our brisk countdown! Some of our rankings may surprise and infuriate you!

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