The biggest superhero movie of the year hit HBO Max (and... movie theaters?!) on Christmas, and took the internet's biggest complainers by storm! But the nerds at have some bones to pick with the bone-picking, and also their own fresh and wonderful thoughts on this ambitious mixed bag of a sequel. Listen up as Rob, Jon, Jesse, and Marisa talk everything WW84!

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Category:movies, comics -- posted at: 9:49pm EST

Robert Zemeckis put out one of the more disappointing sorta-big movies of 2020 with The Witches, so we convened a special career-spanning episode of the podcast to talk about his career in greater depth--both how the new movie falls short, and why we had high expectations for it to begin with. Join Marisa, Jesse, Nathaniel, and Jeremy as we talk about EVERY Zemeckis movie so far!

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Category:movies -- posted at: 6:29pm EST

With the recent release of Sofia Coppola's latest movie On the Rocks, the crew decided it was time for a comprehensive career review, discussing all seven of her films (including her new one), plus various ephemera. Bill Murray! Kirsten Dunst! ScarJo! Andy Garcia?! They're all here for this lively discussion and appreciation.

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Category:movies -- posted at: 1:44am EST

Look, it's been a long sort-of quarantine for everyone, including your friends at, and we haven't all completed the projects we thought would be our silver linings for this extended period of inactivity. For example: Thinking we could all use some laughs during a pretty dark time, a bunch of us recorded a comedy-centric podcast about what makes us laugh, back in the spring, when it seemed like maybe we'd be dealing with a pandemic through the summer. Jesse's neglect in editing this long but fun-filled episode turned out to be prescient, as it's now almost six months later, and here we still are, dealing with the pandemic, and maybe still in need of laughs? So here's Marisa, Jesse, Nathaniel, Sara, Jeremy, and Jon talking about, and analyzing, the kind of comedy (well, mostly comedy) that makes us laugh now, has made us laugh in the past, and we hope will make us laugh again in the future.

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Category:general -- posted at: 12:49pm EST

In the long-awaited, long-delayed conclusion of our 1999 Albums saga, Marisa, Jesse, and Magnetic Fields expert Ben take a look at the band's most acclaimed and best-known work. But is it actually their best album? Ben's complex answer may surprise you!

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Category:music -- posted at: 10:34am EST

To celebrate the recent release of long-awaited trilogy-creator Bill & Ted Face the Music, your pals at got together to talk about the new Bill & Ted movie, discuss our wide range of opinions of how well it works, and then have a broader discussion about the state and mechanics of movie trilogies these days.

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Category:movies -- posted at: 2:33pm EST

Well, after two and a half years of blown release dates and rumored (but not actual) reshoots, the final installment in the original X-Men movie series is here, as THE NEW MUTANTS debuts in movie theaters mid-pandemic. Four core members of the crew saw the movie--safely and not in traditional public screenings!--and decided to send off this series by doing what we always do: talking extensively about the X-Men.

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Category:movies, comics -- posted at: 3:08pm EST

One of our most popular recurring episodes is our annual trip back 20 years to discuss the high-grossing summer movies of yore, so we figured: why not try 30 years? In an effort to fill out our coverage of every summer of the '90s, we've done just that: a deep dive into the highest-grossing movies of Summer 1990. Swayze & Demi! Mel & Goldie! Warren & Madonna! And some non-high-grossing favorites to boot! It's an epic of nostalgia and confusion!

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Category:movies -- posted at: 1:10am EST

Usually, we do a seasonal episode about the various indie movies of the summer, and then an episode in January about the best movies of the preceding year. But honestly, who the hell knows what the rest of 2020 has in store for us? So this year we've decided to call the year over, and just talk about some of the best movies of 2020 at the end of the summer. Would TENET have made our informal list? Who knows?! But we talk about plenty of other good movies that you can watch at home without getting a coronavirus!

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Category:movies -- posted at: 12:39am EST

In one of our popular recurring episodes, the gang gets together for a selected journey through the Billboard Hot 100 Songs of twenty years ago -- that's right, it's Billboard 2000! Which atrocious pop-country songs make the list? Where in the evolution of Destiny's Child and Britney Spears do these charts find them? Who has TWO of the top three songs of the year?!? Listen in to your favorite ex-DJs and find out!

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Category:music -- posted at: 6:15pm EST

Our podcast doesn't often review single movies but sometimes something comes along and we just feel compelled to talk about it in full. We were so moved recently when Desperados, a movie starring SNL player Nasim Pedrad, appeared on Netflix seemingly without warning. So in this episode, Jesse talks to culture writer LaToya Ferguson about Desperados from a place of serious Nasim Pedrad and SNL fandom!

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Category:movies, tv -- posted at: 4:22pm EST

Yes, it's that time of the year again: The gang is back together to reminisce about the summer movies of 20 years ago. There may not be a summer movie season to speak of in 2020, but in 2000 business was a-booming with gladiators, mutants, car thieves, dinosaurs, and impossible missions! Take a detailed yet fast-paced trip down memory lane with us, replete with bizarre personal anecdotes!

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Category:movies -- posted at: 9:09pm EST

The gang returns for the second half of our recommendation bonanza, focusing on titles available on Disney Plus, Hulu, and Apple Plus. Stay home, watch TV!

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Category:movies, television -- posted at: 4:48pm EST

Several friends & fam are regular reviewers of the NBC late-night comedy-variety series Saturday Night Live, and we make it our business to check in with the show every season to see how it's progressing. This season was a particularly strange one, as the show switched to non-live, socially-distanced compilation specials for its final three episodes of an abbreviated 18-episode run. Nathaniel, Michael, Marisa, and Jesse got together (virtually) to talk about how these episodes switch up the SNL dynamic, and other highs and lows of Season 45.

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Category:television -- posted at: 5:46pm EST

Well, it's been a few months and many of us are still at home in some manner of quarantine, which means we're all looking for shows and movies to stream. In this multi-part special, a all-star crew goes around and recommends a whole bunch of #content for you to enjoy while stuck at home. This installment covers primarily Netflix and Amazon Prime offerings. Part 2 is coming soon!

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Category:movies, television -- posted at: 3:52pm EST

Following an A.V. Club Q&A about favorite-ever mixtapes, the mixtape braintrust got together to reminisce about our mixtape past: tips, tricks, mishaps, and more from a different era of music consumption. So root around your closet, fish out your favorite, and listen along!

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Category:music -- posted at: 6:29pm EST

Our belated 20th-anniversary tour of notable 1999 records marches on as Rob, Jesse, and Sara discuss Sleater-Kinney's change-of-pace record The Hot Rock, in the context of the band's career and their 2019 change-of-pace record The Center Won't Hold! What does it mean for Sleater-Kinney to change pace, turn down the guitars, or possibly sell out? LISTEN IN AND FIND OUT!

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Category:music -- posted at: 1:02pm EST

Our 20th anniversary series on the albums of 1999 continues well past the 20-year date with our 21st-birthday-and-change celebration of Keep It Like a Secret by Built to Spill. Are BTS (no, the other BTS) hippies? Hobos? A jam band? We get into these questions and more on our latest bite-sized indie rock episode!

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Category:music -- posted at: 2:20pm EST

On the heels of our Best Movies of 2019 podcast, the movie crew stuck around for a quick, loose discussion of this year's Academy Award nominations: who we were happy to see, who was SNUBBED, and who might emerge victorious on Oscar night.

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Category:movies -- posted at: 7:21am EST

2019 may be well and over, but your pals at aren't quite done talking about the best movies of the year. To tie in with our collective list of our 20 favorites, Marisa, Nathaniel, Jesse, Sara, and Jeremy got together for a lengthy but snappy conversation about why we chose the movies we chose (and where we disagree with our own list!).

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Category:movies -- posted at: 11:50pm EST