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At the Movies #76: Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019)

Nuclear families (hyuck, hyuck), boat-cars, and Transformers, oh my! In today’s episode, Shaun Duke, Paul Weimer, Alex Acks, and Jen Zink tackle the giant roaring beast(s) that is Godzilla: King of the Monsters! There are definitely opinions in this episode, y’all. LOTS OF OPINIONS! We basically took the Kaiju plot of King of the Monsters […]


At the Movies #76: Unicorn Store (2017)

Crazy paint, unicorns, and post-graduation life, oh my! Alex, Stina, and Trang join forces to take a look at Brie Larson’s feature length directorial debut, Unicorn Store (2017)! Together, they discuss the deep metaphors of the film’s central concept, the way it elicits strong personal reactions that make us think about our own lives, the […]


At the Movies #75: Captain Marvel (2019)

Goose, goose, and GOOSE, oh my! Look, I’m not going to lie and tell you this is an entire podcast dedicated to the glory that is Goose, but… we really like Goose, OK?! Jen, Daniel, Alex, and Paul sit down for a rousing good chat about how much fun Captain Marvel is, but, more specifically […]


At the Movies #74: Blade Runner (The Final Cut) (1982/2007)

Origami, abused toys, and kissing daddy, oh my! Since it’s finally 2019, the year that Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner takes place, it was time for us to finally discuss one of the most influential science fiction films of all time. As such, Shaun, Jen, and Paul, sit down to have a chat about the biggest […]


At the Movies #73: Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018)

Family, bagels, and toe-shoes, oh my! Our first 2019 episode of At the Movies is basically Becca, Alex, Julia, and Stephen doing a lot of squeeing, shedding a few tears, but mostly just the squealing. I’m pretty sure Alex actually squeaks with joy at one point. That’s how much they loved Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. […]


At the Movies #72 – The Christmas Chronicles (2018)

Crime, creepy Gremlin elves, and Marxist critiques of late capitalism, oh my! It’s the holidays, and that means it’s time to wax lyrical about holiday movies. This year, Shaun, Paul, Alex, and Mike join forces to discuss the brand new smash hit, The Christmas Chronicles. They talk about Netflix’s approach to the holidays, the film’s treatment […]


At the Movies #71 – Daughters of the Dust (1991)

Colorism, root work, and history you should already know, oh my! Join Jen and Teri with special guest, Eden Royce, as they discuss the 1991 Julie Dash independent film, Daughters of the Dust. This is an incredibly intense and languid film about a Gullah family from Saint Helena Island and their preparations to migrate to […]


At the Movies #70 — The Meg (2018)

Hamster balls, giant squid, and Jason Statham’s biceps, oh my! Join Jen, Alex, and David as they discuss the summer blockbuster hit and totally Jason Statham-y film, The Meg! While some people might hate fun, we certainly don’t. With our happy hats on, we explore The Meg‘s fulfilled promises, its subversion of popcorn action film […]


At the Movies #69 — A Quiet Place w/ Zin E. Rocklyn

Sign language, killer aliens, and polar bears, oh my! In today’s episode of At the Movies, Shaun, Alex, David, and the lovely Teri (a.k.a. Zin E. Rocklyn) discuss the science fictional horror film, A Quiet Place, which is probably the only film produced by Michael Bay that doesn’t have anything blow-up… except the fireworks. Damn […]


At the Movies #68: Annihilation (2018) w/ Zin E. Rocklyn

A biologist, a geologist, and some other awesome people walk into a podcast… In today’s episode of At the Movies, Alex, Paul, Mike, and Daniel are joined by the lovely Teri (a.k.a. Zin E. Rocklyn) to discuss Alex Garland’s adaptation of the Jeff Vandermeer novel of the same name, Annihilation. They mostly talk about how […]


At the Movies #67: Black Panther (2018) w/ Faridah Gbadamosi, Justina Ireland, and Brandon O’Brien

We know Black Panther has been out for a month, but we wanted to make sure you had a chance to see it at least two or three times before you listened to our amazing line-up of guests discuss the film. In this episode, Jen and Trish are joined by Faridah Gbadamosi, Justina Ireland, and […]


At the Movies #66: The Shape of Water (2017) w/ Caitlyn Paxson

It’s finally here. The Show Formerly Known as Shoot the WISB returns with its new name: At the Movies. In today’s episode, we’re joined by Caitlyn Paxson in a riveting discussion of the much-acclaimed Guillermo Del Toro fantasy, The Shape of Water. The crew looks at how the film examines folklore, its approaches to marginalized identities, where […]


#65. Star Wars VIII: The Last Jedi — A Shoot the WISB Subcast

Space heroism, Porgs, and grumpy Jedi, oh my! In our last Shoot the WISB episode of the year, Shaun, Jen, Alex, Mike, and Daniel join forces for the most anticipated movie of the year, Star Wars VIII: The Last Jedi. We talk about Rian Johnson’s direction, the film’s tribute to Carrie Fisher, the core themes of […]


#64. Blade Runner 2049 (2017) — A Shoot the WISB Subcast

Digital loves, twisted techbros, and bees, oh my! Shaun and Paul join forces with special guest Marissa VU to discuss the long-anticipated Blade Runner 2049. They discuss the film’s “big questions,” what it means to love in a decaying world, Villeneuve’s remarkable ability to create visual spectacles, and so much more. Plus, we find out if […]


#63. Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977) — A Shoot the WISB Subcast

Pinocchio, man-children, and mashed potato towers, oh my! In honor of the film’s 40th anniversary digitally remastered theater release, Shaun, Jen, David, and Joyce discuss the 1977 Spielberg classic, Close Encounters of the Third Kind. They explore how this film still evokes the science fictional “sense of wonder”, how it fits into Spielberg’s career within […]


#62. The Girl with All the Gifts (2016) — A Shoot the WISB Subcast

British stoicism, hungries, and fungi towers, oh my! Alex, Mike, and Paul discuss the most recent British foray into the zombie film, The Girl with All the Gifts, an adaptation of the book by M.R. Carey. The team discusses the differences between book and film, including the pros and cons of each format, how the […]


#61: Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (2017) — A Shoot the WISB Subcast

Rampant misogyny, batipi, and failed plots, oh my! Shaun, Paul, and Alex join together to absolutely destroy the mess that is Luc Besson’s newest film, Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets. They REALLY hated this movie, guys. From the wish-fulfillment misogyny of Valerian himself to the wasted potential of Rihanna’s character (and virtually […]


#60. Wonder Woman (2017) w/ Michi Trota — A Shoot the WISB Subcast

Intersectionality issues, forced romances, and origin stories, oh my! Julia, Trish, and Stina discuss the DCEUs only decent movie so far, Wonder Woman, with special guest, Michi Trota! This is an all woman review because we really wanted to get into what this film means to women. The team dives right into all of their […]


#59. Alien: Covenant (2017) w/ Jeannette Ng — A Shoot the WISB Subcast

Byron, Shelley, and Wagner, oh my! Shaun, David, and Jen, discuss Ridley Scott’s newest edition to the Alien universe, Alien: Covenant, with special guest, Jeannette Ng! The group travel deep into the weeds of the literary and theological references in the film (dragging Shaun along kicking and screaming), Ridley Scott’s ambitious vision, and David’s (not […]


#58. Night Watch (2004) w/ Juan Sanmiguel — A Shoot the WISB Subcast

Gloom travels, Shadowrun, and post-soviet-collapse Russia, oh my! Shaun, Jen, and Paul, discuss the Russian urban fantasy blockbuster film, Night Watch, with special guest, Juan Sanmiguel! The group discuss American audience prejudice against foreign genre films, the fact that they’re probably missing a lot of cultural clues, and how Night Watch does a better job portraying […]