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Each week geek out with Victorino Matus, Jonathan V. Last and Sonny Bunch for a nerdcast on movies and pop-culture. The genesis for this podcast started way back in 2002 with Jonathan's seminal essay, The Case For the Empire: http://tws.io/casefortheempire. The debate continues today with The Weekly Substandard podcast.

Each week geek out with Victorino Matus, Jonathan V. Last and Sonny Bunch for a nerdcast on movies and pop-culture. The genesis for this podcast started way back in 2002 with Jonathan's seminal essay, The Case For the Empire: http://tws.io/casefortheempire. The debate continues today with The Weekly Substandard podcast.
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Each week geek out with Victorino Matus, Jonathan V. Last and Sonny Bunch for a nerdcast on movies and pop-culture. The genesis for this podcast started way back in 2002 with Jonathan's seminal essay, The Case For the Empire: http://tws.io/casefortheempire. The debate continues today with The Weekly Substandard podcast.

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Episodes

The Substandard on Green Book, Italian Accents, and Vic's Picks

12/6/2018
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In this latest episode, the Substandard discusses Green Book—Sonny shares his disdain while Vic lavishes praise. JVL and Sonny ask Vic if there's any movie he doesn't like. Sonny and Vic do their worst Italian impressions. Vic takes questions about his recent gout flare up. The Substandard is sponsored by Mrs. Fields. What’s the worst or weirdest holiday gift you’ve ever gotten? Don’t you wish they’d have just given you cookies instead?For over 40 years, Mrs. Fields has made delicious...

Duration:00:55:35

The Substandard on Creed II, Ricky Jay, and Dimming Zones

11/29/2018
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On this latest episode, the Substandard takes on Creed II and the Rocky oeuvre. JVL buys a flatscreen, Vic remembers seeing Ricky Jay, and Sonny talks about standing "on" line. The Substandard is sponsored by quip, the new electric toothbrush. quip starts at just $25, and when you go to getquip.com/substandard, you'll get your first refill pack free! The Substandard is sponsored by Casper. Casper is a sleep brand that makes expertly designed products to help you get your best rest, one...

Duration:01:06:22

The Substandard on Widows and Meeting the SSEU

11/20/2018
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On this week's episode, the Substandard discusses Steve McQueen's Widows. JVL calls it No Country for Old Women. Vic and Sonny liken it to Lady Heat. The hosts talk about meeting the Substandard Expanded Universe (SSEU) for the first time, aged rum, and Beaver Nuggets. Happy Thanksgiving! The Substandard is sponsored by Warby Parker. Try their home try on program, and order five pairs of glasses and try them on for five days. There's no obligation to buy and it all ships free, including...

Duration:01:02:58

The Substandard on Stan Lee, The Good Place, and Fanta

11/15/2018
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On this week's episode, the Substandard reflects on the death of Stan Lee and the greatness of The Good Place. JVL has an origin story—about Fanta. Vic hates philosophy. And Sonny Bunch returns! The Substandard is sponsored by quip, the new electric toothbrush. quip starts at just $25, and when you go to getquip.com/substandard, you'll get your first refill pack free! The Substandard is sponsored by ExpressVPN. Every day you use the internet without ExpressVPN, you're putting sensitive...

Duration:01:05:57

The Substandard on Bohemian Rhapsody and Postelection Analysis!

11/8/2018
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On this week's return episode, the Substandard takes on Bohemian Rhapsody. Special guest Mike Warren fact-checks and gives us a Queen ranking. JVL gets into queer theory and Vic recounts his New York City bar crawl. Plus a special review and trenchant analysis of Election 2018! The Substandard is sponsored by Casper. Casper is a sleep brand that makes expertly designed products to help you get your best rest, one night at a time. After all, you spend one third of your life sleeping, so...

Duration:01:15:39

The Substandard on Halloween and Exotic Swing Sets

10/25/2018
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On this latest episode, the Substandard discusses Halloween and the blockbuster horror genre. JVL goes on a babymoon with his ... best friend? Sonny investigates a strange-looking swing set at a playground. And Vic enjoys the symphony—while watching The Empire Strikes Back. Plus JVL's decibel war continues and a horror ranking! The Substandard is sponsored by Warby Parker. Try their home try on program, and order five pairs of glasses and try them on for five days. There's no obligation to...

Duration:00:59:33

The Substandard on First Man and Concierge Bee Keepers!

10/18/2018
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On this latest episode, the Substandard reviews First Man, which Sonny and Vic enjoyed. JVL begs to differ. Vic goes to an all-you-can-eat Balkan restaurant. JVL enlightens us on the concierge bee-keeping industry. Plus a ranking of NASA-ish movies! This episode of the Substandard is sponsored by Audible.com. Start your 30 day free trial at audible.com/substandard, or text "substandard" to 500500. The Substandard is sponsored by Calm.com. For a limited time, Substandard listeners can get...

Duration:00:58:38

The Substandard on Venom, Texas, and Watches

10/11/2018
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On this latest episode, the Substandard takes on Venom (plus a Tom Hardy ranking!). JVL unveils his latest watch, Sonny asks why the watch has no numbers, and Vic barely survives his eating adventure in Texas. The Substandard is sponsored by Casper mattresses. Get $50 toward any mattress purchase by visiting Casper.com/substandard and using promo code SUBSTANDARD at checkout. The Substandard is sponsored by quip, the new electric toothbrush. quip starts at just $25, and when you go to...

Duration:00:59:33

The Substandard Oscar Draft!

10/4/2018
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On this latest episode, the Substandard goes out on a limb and picks the nominees and winners for the next Oscars (which don't take place til, ahem, February). Sonny is confident he will win again. JVL explains the VORM. Vic hopes his choices are as successful as his candy draft. Plus team loyalties, bookshelf logic, and Hoya Saxa! This episode of the Substandard is sponsored by Audible.com. Start your 30 day free trial at audible.com/substandard, or text "substandard" to 500500. Subscribe...

Duration:01:26:15

The Substandard on YA Adaptations and Pillow Talk

9/27/2018
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On this latest episode, the Substandard discusses The House With a Clock in Its Walls and the YA adaptation genre. Does anyone want to watch a Harry Potter movie without Harry? JVL reveals his pillow obsession. Sonny asks about the existence of a Dark Sleep Web. Vic recounts watching Coma. The Substandard is sponsored by Calm.com For a limited time, Substandard listeners can get 25% off a Calm Premium subscription, including unlimited access to all of Calm’s amazing content. Get started...

Duration:00:55:09

The Substandard on The Predator and Captain Marvel

9/20/2018
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On this latest episode, the Substandard discusses The Predator and how on earth it ever got the green light. JVL makes the case for Chav King Arthur. Sonny hates his free earphones. And Vic is concerned about street walkers. Plus a review of the new Captain Marvel trailer! The Substandard is sponsored by Calm.com For a limited time, Substandard listeners can get 25% off a Calm Premium subscription, including unlimited access to all of Calm’s amazing content. Get started today at...

Duration:01:06:11

The Substandard on Peppermint, Jennifer Garner, and Serena!

9/13/2018
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On this latest episode, the Substandard discusses Peppermint and the curious career of Jennifer Garner. Sonny bids farewell to his favela, JVL shares his thoughts on Serena Williams, and Vic recounts his recent marathon (actually a 5K). Plus a Flash update, 1980s ninja movies, and tales from the Expanded Universe! The Substandard is sponsored by Casper mattresses. Get $50 toward any mattress purchase by visiting Casper.com/substandard and using promo code SUBSTANDARD at checkout. The...

Duration:00:56:35

The Substandard on Tom Clancy, 5Ks, and Practice!

9/6/2018
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On this latest episode, the Substandard discusses Amazon's new series, Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan. The cohosts rank Tom Clancy movies and JVL ranks the books. Flash gets benched, Vic prepares for a 5K, and Sonny gets a new pair of shoes. Plus a review that is too hot to handle! The Substandard is sponsored by Calm.com For a limited time, Substandard listeners can get 25% off a Calm Premium subscription, including unlimited access to all of Calm’s amazing content. Get started today at...

Duration:00:53:21

The Substandard Summer Clip Show

8/23/2018
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In this JVLess episode, Sonny and Vic discusses Crazy Rich Asians at the box office. Sonny does an Oreo pairing and Vic tries to put the fix on his blood test. As a special treat to listeners, the second half is a clip show—enjoy and see you after Labor Day! Join the Substandard community on Facebook and follow on Twitter!

Duration:00:54:33

The Substandard on The Meg and Summer Box Office 2018

8/16/2018
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In this latest episode, the Substandard discusses the surprise hit The Meg and looks back on the summer box office—what we got right (a few things) and wrong (a lot). JVL gets called a nerd, Vic explains slot machines to his nephew, and Sonny's dog gets into a sticky situation. Plus Warner Bros. DC debacle and Sonny's Star Wars card collection! The Substandard is sponsored by The Black Tux, the easy way for guys to rent suits and tuxedos online. Suits usually retail for $1,200, start at...

Duration:01:18:29

The Substandard on Christopher Robin, Hook, and the Kenmore of Cars

8/9/2018
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On this latest episode, the Substandard discusses Disney's Christopher Robin. JVL gets the Kenmore of cars (or is it Whirlpool?). Vic heads to the Cape (no, the other one). And Sonny makes a difference on Twitter. Plus lots of dudes chattin'! The Substandard is sponsored by Casper mattresses. Get $50 toward any mattress purchase by visiting Casper.com/substandard and using promo code SUBSTANDARD at checkout. The Substandard is sponsored by ExpressVPN. Every day you use the internet...

Duration:01:06:33

The Substandard on Mission Impossible, Tom Cruise, and Fan Mail!

8/2/2018
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In this latest episode, the Substandard takes on Mission Impossible: Fallout. The cohosts rank the M:I series (they all agree on what's the worst). JVL returns from San Francisco, Vic's Bachelor Week comes to an end, and Sonny appears on another podcast. Plus love from the fans, a spirit of the week, and a song to round things out! The Substandard is also sponsored by quip, the new electric toothbrush. quip starts at just $25, and when you go to getquip.com/substandard, you'll get your...

Duration:01:19:57

The Substandard on Kubrick, 2001, and James Gunn

7/26/2018
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In this latest episode, the Substandard reflects on Stanley Kubrick and the 50th anniversary of 2001: A Space Odyssey. Sonny and JVL wade into the James Gunn tweet controversy. Vic is celebrating Civilization and its contents. Plus ladder golf and Carmine’s portions! The Substandard is sponsored by The Black Tux, the easy way for guys to rent suits and tuxedos online. Suits usually retail for $1,200, start at just $95 at The Black Tux! To get $20 off your first purchase, visit ...

Duration:00:50:30

The Substandard on Aquaman and Shazam!

7/23/2018
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In this latest micro episode, the Substandard breaks apart the trailers for Aquaman and Shazam! Everyone agrees Aquaman will be an unmitigated disaster. Sonny is betting Shazam! does great numbers. JVL strongly disagrees. Vic liked the version of Shazam! starring Shaquille O’Neal. The Substandard is sponsored by The Black Tux, the easy way for guys to rent suits and tuxedos online. Suits usually retail for $1,200, start at just $95 at The Black Tux! To get $20 off your first purchase, visit...

Duration:00:14:39

The Substandard on Skyscraper, Disaster Flicks, and Baseball Cards

7/19/2018
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In this latest episode, the Substandard discusses the Rock's latest actioner, Skyscraper, and the disaster flick genre (The Poseidon Adventure > Beyond the Poseidon Adventure). JVL buys a ton of baseball cards. Sonny reappraises The Dark Knight III: The Master Race. And Vic reappraises Neve Campbell. Plus two film reviews! The Weekly Substandard is sponsored by Casper. Casper is a sleep brand that makes expertly designed products to help you get your best rest, one night at a time. After...

Duration:00:42:13