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An Entertainment Podcast for the Nerd in All of Us Two guys -- an intelligent Fanboy who happens to be a professional movie reviewer and an overeager, unqualified, and complete wackjob of a Know-It-All -- take on a world saturated in movies, television, and myriad pop culture tropes.

An Entertainment Podcast for the Nerd in All of Us Two guys -- an intelligent Fanboy who happens to be a professional movie reviewer and an overeager, unqualified, and complete wackjob of a Know-It-All -- take on a world saturated in movies, television, and myriad pop culture tropes.
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An Entertainment Podcast for the Nerd in All of Us Two guys -- an intelligent Fanboy who happens to be a professional movie reviewer and an overeager, unqualified, and complete wackjob of a Know-It-All -- take on a world saturated in movies, television, and myriad pop culture tropes.

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The Best TV Finales Ever (and all the fuss over the Game of Thrones finale)

6/2/2019
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What is the best TV finale ever? Funny or sad, tidy or mysterious, simple or complex, there are more than a few ways to wrap up a TV show. And, depending on the show, any number of approaches to a finale could be the right one... which is just one reason why TV finales can be so complicated to pull off. Very rarely is every fan satisfied with the approach chosen by those behind the show, and it's unlikely that that will ever change. All that being said... what is your favorite TV finale?...

Duration:00:56:31

Is "Avengers: Endgame" the Perfect Ending to the MCU's Infinity Saga? [SPOILERCAST]

4/24/2019
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WHAT DID YOU THINK OF "AVENGERS: ENDGAME"?? As the end of the Marvel Cinematic Universe's so-called "Infinity Saga" is upon us all, Fanboy and Know-It-All have taken it upon themselves to sit down with you, our friends, and unpack "Avengers: Endgame" in its entirety (INCLUDING ALL THE SPOILERS). Is the film any good? Did it complement or undercut "Avengers: Infinity War"? How does it wrap up the "Infinity Saga"? What happens to Tony Stark/Iron Man? What happens to Steve Rogers/Captain...

Duration:00:55:56

Endgame Predictions, Post Malone's Origin, and Films That Rocked Our Faith

4/17/2019
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How do you predict Avengers: Endgame will go? End? Continue? Fanboy and Know-It-All haven't seen Avengers: Endgame yet, so they bloviate about what they think will happen instead. Their predictions are *writer disintegrates into nothing* The real bloviation, though, is saved for ranking the top films that have impacted our faith. The lists are varied and surprising, as one might expect, and feature far fewer explicitly Christian films than you might expect (or maybe that's exactly what you...

Duration:01:15:56

Shazam!, the Worst Disney Cartoons, and Zack Snyder's Bad Batman Hot Take

4/3/2019
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Can 'Shazam!' put DC movies back on the map? Fanboy and Know-It-All dissect Zachary Levi's turn as a DC comics superhero onscreen, and whether or not the movie works overall. Elsewhere, inspired by Disney's live-action remake of the "classic" Walt Disney Animation Studios film 'Dumbo,' the ambiguously dynamic duo ranks the worst Walt Disney Animation Studios films of all time. Blows are traded. Feelings are hurt. Alliances are severed. Great content is made. Also, according to one of us,...

Duration:01:01:43

Top Fantasy Worlds, a Pop Culture Ambush, and Hollywood's Academic Fraud

3/20/2019
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What fantasy world(s) would you love to escape to? Or, alternatively, what fantasy world is the deepest, richest, and most fully realized (even if you personally don't want to visit... we're looking at you, Westeros)? With Game of Thrones on its last leg, Fanboy and Know-It-All use Westeros as a springboard into a Rank Geeks conversation about their favorite fantasy worlds of all-time. Let's just say, their lists were... disparate. Elsewhere, Fanboy blindsides and assaults Know-It-All with a...

Duration:01:12:26

Captain Marvel and the Top Action Movie Heroines Ever, Ranked

3/6/2019
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Is Captain Marvel too late? No, no, not for Avengers: Endgame, we know she's here in plenty of time for that. But is she appearing too late in the Marvel Cinematic Universe? Here, Fanboy and Know-It-All break down the last standalone Marvel flick before Avengers: Endgame drops and talk about 1) its own merits, 2) how it fits in the broader MCU, and 3) what it could mean for earth's mightiest heroes come time for the rematch with Thanos. Elsewhere, our dynamic duo ranks their Top Five Female...

Duration:01:10:24

LEGO Movie 2, Oscars 2019 ft. Christian Toto, and Kyler Murray's Career Choice

2/20/2019
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Does 'The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part' live up to the lofty expectations set for it by 'The LEGO Movie' and 'The LEGO Batman Movie'? Are all LEGO movies just giant, fancy commercials? Does it matter? We break it down, as we like to do, and elsewhere the illustrious Christian Toto (of Hollywood in Toto fame) joins us for a look at what's broken with the Oscars... and/or celebrities... and/or Hollywood in general. ("April Showers" by ProleteR is licensed under a...

Duration:01:03:52

The Worst Actors Ever, Ranked

2/6/2019
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Who is the worst actor of all time? At first glance, it seems like an easy question. But then you start to try to answer it and all of a sudden the problem grows ever more complex until the lines between terrible and brilliant are blurred almost beyond comprehension. Fanboy and Know-It-All square off against one another in Rank Geeks in order to hash out who is the lamest of the suckiest actors to ever stumble across the silver screen. They almost come to blows. Elsewhere, determined to help...

Duration:01:05:06

Netflix's Roma (and Other Awesome Movies with Subtitles)

1/23/2019
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The best movie on Netflix in 2018, according to Fanboy, wasn't in English. Roma is taking movie award season by storm, and Fanboy finally forced Know-It-All to watch it. Herein, then, the dynamic movie watching duo discuss what works (and doesn't) in Alfonso Cuaron's new Netflix Original film. Elsewhere, inspired by the experience, Fanboy and Know-It-All talk about their favorite movies that have to be watched with subtitles--including a Guy Ritchie flick. ("April Showers" by ProleteR is...

Duration:01:07:57

Black Mirror: Bandersnatch

1/9/2019
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What if your choices aren't your own to make? What if there are an infinite number of alternate timelines for your life? Netflix dropped a surprise on audiences at the end of 2018 by releasing a previously-unannounced episode of the hit sci-fi/thriller of a TV show, Black Mirror. But it wasn't just any old episode of this philosophical cousin of The Twilight Zone, it was a unique Choose-Your-Own Adventure story that pushes the boundaries between TV shows and video games. That's right, Black...

Duration:01:11:49

The Best Pop Culture of 2018 (According to Us)

12/26/2018
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What was your favorite piece of pop culture in 2018? Was it a song? A video game? A television show or, maybe, a Netflix comedy special? As the close of one year gives way to the dawn of a new year, we human beings seem to enjoy reflecting on the past and the things from it that have moved us the most--be it to laughter or to tears. Fanboy and Know-It-All are no exceptions. In this episode, Paul and Jake open up about their favorite bits of pop culture from 2018 in hopes of uncovering a...

Duration:00:54:47

Mary Poppins Returns, Best Christmas Characters, and Digital Piracy

12/13/2018
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Does "Mary Poppins Returns" deserve the praise it's getting? Who are the best Christmas characters of all-time? Best *fictional* Christmas characters, we should qualify. We know that the everyone in the second chapter of Luke would sweep the podium if we opened up the voting to non-fictional characters. So we narrow it down and rank our Top Five. Elsewhere, Know-It-All spills the tea on "Mary Poppins Returns" AND "Spider-man: Into the Spider-Verse" and breaks down why one lives up to the...

Duration:00:51:31

Daredevil S3, a PG-13 Deadpool, and a Painful 80s Flick Called "Hawkeye"

11/28/2018
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Who is Daredevil's greatest enemy? Who is Alexander Hawkimoto? Who decided to make a PG-13 version of Deadpool? No, this isn't an episode about Jeopardy. It's an episode where we dive into subjects related to those three questions, tho... ("April Showers" by ProleteR is licensed under a Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives [aka Music Sharing] 3.0 International License.)

Duration:01:07:15

Battlefield Earth, The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, and a Thanksgiving Feast of Pop Culture Proportions

11/14/2018
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Is "Battlefield Earth" as bad as the legends say? (And did Scientologists try to erase it from existence?) Is Netflix's "The Ballad of Buster Scruggs" the next triumph for the Coen Brothers? Can you make a Thanksgiving feast out of pop culture artifacts? We say yes. ("April Showers" by ProleteR is licensed under a Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives [aka Music Sharing] 3.0 International License.)

Duration:00:55:49

Mortal Kombat, Disney Princesses, and the Politics of Pop Culture

10/31/2018
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Hollywood actresses are cutting Disney princesses out of their children's media consumption diets. Terrible video game movies are making tens of millions of dollars. Pop culture is simultaneously getting better and worse at politics. Welcome to the jungle. ("April Showers" by ProleteR is licensed under a Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives [aka Music Sharing] 3.0 International License.)

Duration:01:07:44

Racist Vampires, Sunday School Musical, and Taylor Swift's Politics

10/19/2018
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Halloween is meant for vampires who are... racist? [EDITOR'S NOTE: No. No, it is not.) But we watched the very first Dracula movie ever made, "Nosferatu," and--surprisingly for a silent movie--had a thing or two to say about it. We had more than one or two things to say about the first movie from our new Hurts So Good segment, "Sunday School Musical," and BOY HOWDY DID IT HURT... but did it hurt so good? That is the question of the episode. Taylor Swift and her politics also emerge--in real...

Duration:01:06:15

Fantasy Movie Awards Draft (and Christmas Serial Killers)

10/4/2018
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Ready to be a part of history?? We hope so, because we thought it was high time we created some. That's right, Paul and Jake (a.k.a. Fanboy and Know-It-All [who like to refer to themselves in the third-person]) have invented and launched the world's very first ever Fantasy Movie Awards game!! And in this episode, we launch and battle our way through the First Annual 2018 Pop Culture with Fanboy and Know-It-All Fantasy Movie Award Season Draft (or the FA2018PCwFBKIAFMASD for short)....

Duration:00:59:14

Nostalgia in Pop Culture (and the Best Remakes)

9/19/2018
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What makes you feel like a kid again? Saturday morning cartoons? Reruns of Family Matters? Calvin & Hobbes comic strips? Star Wars? We dig into the why behind what makes us nostalgic, and talk about why nostalgia can make us feel warm and fuzzy or angry and betrayed. After that, though, we rank the best pop culture remakes of all time. ("April Showers" by ProleteR is licensed under a Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives [aka Music Sharing] 3.0 International License.)

Duration:01:06:33

The Best Movie Cars, Ranked (and The Italian Job [1969])

9/6/2018
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What movie car do you dream about at night? We rank the best cars to ever grace the silver screen and argue about the merits, or lack thereof, of the original 1969 version of The Italian Job starring Michael Caine, Michael Caine, and Michael Caine. ("April Showers" by ProleteR is licensed under a Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives [aka Music Sharing] 3.0 International License.)

Duration:01:01:59

Popular Oscars Snubs (and Good Will Hunting)

8/22/2018
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What was the best movie to not win Best Picture at the Academy Awards? Paul and Jake tackle this contentious topic in light of the Academy's announcement that they will create a new Oscars category for "Best Popular Film." In the Backlist Hall of Shame, Jake finally scratches Good Will Hunting off of his dance card before going on to wax eloquent about mobile video games. ("April Showers" by ProleteR is licensed under a Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives [aka Music Sharing] 3.0...

Duration:01:06:19