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Brothers Glenn and Scott Butler (and sometimes guests!) approach media from the perspective of actually trying to enjoy the things we love. Primary areas of interest include movie scores, science fiction, science fiction movie scores, and whatever else strikes our fancy. Formerly known as The Glenn Butler Podcast Hour Spectacular, now an independent podcast. NOTE: The "explicit" tag is because we tend to use bad words. Well, mostly Scott.

Brothers Glenn and Scott Butler (and sometimes guests!) approach media from the perspective of actually trying to enjoy the things we love. Primary areas of interest include movie scores, science fiction, science fiction movie scores, and whatever else strikes our fancy. Formerly known as The Glenn Butler Podcast Hour Spectacular, now an independent podcast. NOTE: The "explicit" tag is because we tend to use bad words. Well, mostly Scott.

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Brothers Glenn and Scott Butler (and sometimes guests!) approach media from the perspective of actually trying to enjoy the things we love. Primary areas of interest include movie scores, science fiction, science fiction movie scores, and whatever else strikes our fancy. Formerly known as The Glenn Butler Podcast Hour Spectacular, now an independent podcast. NOTE: The "explicit" tag is because we tend to use bad words. Well, mostly Scott.

Language:

English


Episodes

58: The Confused Messaging of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier

6/8/2021
Is Karli Morgenthau a young idealist forced into a desperate situation by the heartless decisions of detached multinational elites? Or is she the chief architect of an escalating campaign of terror who disturbs even her staunchest allies with her thirst for mass murder? Is John Walker an unhinged menace with an inferiority complex the size of Steve Rogers's pecs, whose violent outbursts lead to the escape of his enemy, the death of his best friend, and literal blood on his hands? Or is he an...

Duration:01:28:46

57: The Horrors of WandaVision

5/15/2021
Now that they’re not on a podcast feed full of people with actual knowledge of comic books, Glenn & Scott branch out to examine the Disney Marvel MCU miniseries WandaVison. They examine issues like grief and selfishness, when metatext becomes too textual, and the pressure exerted by audience expectations and the ways creators respond to it. They do their best to determine who exactly the villain of this show is (is anybody on this show NOT the villain?), plus they review the show's score,...

Duration:00:45:28

56: Sixth Annual Oscar Preview: Best Original Score 2020

4/19/2021
It's that time of year again, and Glenn & Scott are here to review the five Oscar-nominated scores: Da 5 Bloods by Terence Blanchard, Mank by Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross, Minari by Emile Mosseri, News of the World by James Newton Howard, and Soul by Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross, and Jon Batiste. Listen as Scott decides which of these scores counts as music, marvel as Glenn tries to define jazz, be amazed when Scott actually has positive things to say about Oscar nominees! Plus, find out who...

Duration:01:06:31

55: National Film Score Day 2021: The Actual Best Scores of 2020

4/3/2021
As is rapidly becoming tradition, Glenn & Scott celebrate National Film Score Day by reviewing scores they actually like. After a surprisingly long discussion of endorsement opportunities for the Quibi reboot of The Fugitive, they present their favorite scores of 2020. Glenn reviews a score written by the film’s director, Scott reviews a composer he discovered (within certain very specific contexts), and of course we can’t do a score show without talking about the Great Satan Zimmer. You...

Duration:00:57:51

54: The Podcast is Reborn

1/25/2021
When in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the bands which have connected them with another, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation. So in this first episode under the Non-Toxic Fanboys banner, Glenn & Scott talk about why the show is under a new banner, why they've decided to strike out on their own, what exactly the show’s gender is, and what their plans are for the...

Duration:00:18:07

53: National Film Score Day 2020

4/3/2020
In their latest episode, Glenn and Scott try to wash the taste of another disappointing slate of Oscar scores out of their mouths. In honor of National Film Score Day, they review ten scores they’ve never covered on the show before, selected for no reason other than that they’re good. These aren’t legendary scores or universally-acknowledged classics - one of the selection criteria was “Scott can’t just pick Superman” - but they make the case for why these ten scores deserve a listen from...

Duration:01:54:03

52: Fifth Annual Oscar Preview: Best Original Score 2019

2/3/2020
In this year's Oscar preview Glenn & Scott cover the distinctly different moods expressed in the scores for Joker, Marriage Story, 1917, Little Women, and The Rise of Skywalker — a Star Wars score by John Williams, something never before discussed on this podcast. In part 2 they discuss the one 2019 score Scott actually liked, some highlights Glenn found noteworthy, and the best single track from any score in the last five years. Glenn feels the joy of eucatastrophe, while Scott searches...

Duration:01:37:30

51: Star Wars Scores: The Final Chapter

1/5/2020
Star Wars Month (observed) comes to an end as Glenn and Scott finish their examination of the franchise’s scores. First, they review the new score for The Rise of Skywalker, examining the use of new themes and old, as John Williams takes his final bow as a Star Wars composer for the third time. After the ad break, discussion turns to the franchise as a whole, as Glenn & Scott rank all 11 scores and cover topics like the best end title suite and the three best tracks from each score. Glenn...

Duration:02:10:28

50: The Skywalker Is Risen

12/29/2019
The Star Wars sequel trilogy has come to an end with The Rise of Skywalker, and we are ON IT. Podcast diad Glenn & Scott welcome Alanna Kelly back to the show to cover all aspects of the new film, starting with a non-spoiler review to open the show. After that, they discuss how this movie treats its many characters, which storylines worked and which ones didn’t, and whether or not this is a satisfying conclusion to The Skywalker Saga. Don’t miss Alanna’s reaction to certain character...

Duration:02:02:33

49: Star Wars Scores: And the Rest

12/15/2019
In the latest installment of Star Wars Month on The Glenn Butler Podcast Spectacular, Glenn & Scott take a whirlwind tour of the musical landscape of the Star Wars franchise outside of the first two trilogies, starting with the Disney era as John Williams returns for the sequel trilogy and other composers start to make their mark on the film franchise. Then they move on to other media from the breadth and depth of the Star Wars musical legacy, including television projects from the Caravan...

Duration:02:01:52

48: Star Wars Scores: The Prequel Trilogy

12/8/2019
Star Wars Month continues as Glenn & Scott examine the epistemological quagmire that is John Williams’ scores for the Star Wars prequels. How hard was Williams trying to replicate the magic of his older Star Wars scores, and did he succeed? How did the music editing in The Phantom Menace affect his work on Attack of the Clones? Does Williams’ Revenge of the Sith score carry the emotional weight of that story, even when the movie largely fails to do so? What is the backbone of each score?...

Duration:02:08:16

47: Star Wars Scores: The Original Trilogy

12/1/2019
Glenn and Scott kick off Star Wars Month on PTBN Pop by examining John Williams’ scores for the original Star Wars trilogy the only way they know how: at great length. They take in three of the most widely beloved and influential scores of the past 40 years, and find more to say about them than they expected. Topics include the semiotics of thematic usage, temp-tracking, which themes lived beyond their introductions and which ones didn’t, and which themes introduced in The Empire Strikes...

Duration:03:16:32

46: Stranger Things 3

7/16/2019
Glenn and Alanna are back for another season of Stranger Things, as The Glenn Butler Podcast Hour Spectacular examines all of your favorite characters in an effort to decide who was well served and who wasn’t, who got their look right, rhymes that keep their secrets, and much more! You can support the show on Patreon at patreon.com/nontoxicfanboys or by shopping at Amazon using our Associates link https://amzn.to/2MLZaJ9. Musical Selections: Buy the music excerpted in this...

Duration:01:17:01

45: Despair on the Eve of a Debate

6/25/2019
Glenn and Scott attempt to examine the wide array of yahoos contending for the Democratic presidential nomination, but keep getting sidetracked by the garbage fire our political system has become and whether or not capitalism should be thrown onto the pyre. Which candidate serves at the mercy of Twitter teens? Which candidate has a plan for first contact with space aliens? All of the biggest candidates are covered, including Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, Randy Steve Bullock, John McAfee,...

Duration:02:18:20

44: Fight the Future — Star Trek: Discovery Season Two

5/13/2019
Glenn & Scott are back to discuss Star Trek: Discovery’s second season, including the show’s new old characters, its whirlwind tour of Original Series episodes & concepts, and the priorities of the show’s writers. How did the show shift its focus from the first season, and how do its plot developments impact the bumper crop of spinoff shows on the horizon? Scott has things to say about the finale; Glenn has things to say about character deaths. Should you want bare-bones thoughts on the...

Duration:01:48:58

43: Fourth Annual Oscar Preview – Best Original Score 2018

2/12/2019
Glenn and Scott are back in the Oscar vault, on time and as expected! They're breaking down the nominees for the Best Original Score Oscar: Black Panther by Ludwig Göransson, If Beale Street Could Talk by Nicholas Britell, BlacKkKlansman by Terence Blanchard, Isle of Dogs by Alexandre Desplat, and Mary Poppins Returns by Marc Shaiman. Best Original Score is one of the categories that's actually being awarded on the broadcast this year, so you know it's a big one. There are major digressions...

Duration:01:05:43

42: Negative-15th Annual Oscar Preview – Best Original Score 2000

2/4/2019
In the midst of Oscar season, Glenn & Scott take a detour to discuss the Best Original Score nominees from the year 2000! On the docket are Gladiator by Hans Zimmer, Malèna by Ennio Morricone, The Patriot by John Williams, Chocolat by Rachel Portman, and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon by Tan Dun. Come for the celebrity guest star, stay for the Butler Brothers’ amazement at a genuinely compelling Zimmer score! This edition also boasts a discussion of when the last couple of decades ended, and...

Duration:01:23:24

41: Third Annual Oscar Preview – Best Original Score 2017

1/14/2019
At long last, Glenn & Scott return to the Oscar vault to run down the nominees for best score of 2017! They discuss Phantom Thread by Jonny Greenwood, Dunkirk by Hans Zimmer, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri by Carter Burwell, The Shape of Water by Alexandre Desplat, Star Wars: The Last Jedi by John Williams, and the definition of music. Stay after the break for their thoughts on selected non-nominated scores from 2017 as well. You can support the show on Patreon at...

Duration:01:18:31

40: Tell Me Something Good

10/22/2018
Glenn Butler and Steve Wille focus on the positive and tell each other some things that are good. Along the way they touch on the legend of Cat Grandpa, the This Old House Cinematic Universe, other low-stakes TV, and butter cheese cheese. If you have something good you want to tell us about, reach out! You can support the show on Patreon at patreon.com/nontoxicfanboys or by shopping at Amazon using our Associates link https://amzn.to/2MLZaJ9. Musical Selections: Buy the music excerpted in...

Duration:00:30:15

39: Are We Klingon, Or Are We Dancer? — Star Trek: Discovery Season One

7/30/2018
Glenn and Scott are back with a somewhat belated discussion of the first season of Star Trek: Discovery. They discuss what worked for them and what didn’t, why the show went too fast and felt too slow, and whether anyone was buried. They each have opinions, and Scott thinks you should ignore one of them. You can support the show on Patreon at patreon.com/nontoxicfanboys or by shopping at Amazon using our Associates link https://amzn.to/2MLZaJ9. Musical Selections: Buy the music excerpted...

Duration:01:45:02