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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.

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English


Episodes

71: The Time Traveler’s Wife (2022) Season 1 Apparently?

7/7/2022
Glenn and Scott complete their coverage of The Time Traveler's Wife with a review of the new HBO series adaptation. They discuss how the characters changed between the book and the screen, how the story fares in a visual format, how the series relates to Moffat Discourse (TM), the performances of the actors, the technological aspects of the historical setting, the choice to replace half of Episode 6 with a trailer for an as-yet-unannounced Season 2, and how this series made Scott doubt his...

Duration:01:09:57

70: The Many Failings of The Time Traveler’s Wife (2009)

6/2/2022
In anticipation of the new Time Traveler's Wife series on HBO, Glenn & Scott take a look at the 2009 movie adaptation. They discuss the tightrope walked by the novel's main love story and how the movie fails to maintain that balance, how the main characters feel different in the movie versus the book, how the secondary characters mostly disappear, and how everybody has their idiosyncrasies filed off. (This episode contains SPOILERS for the entire novel and the 2009 movie, so for anyone...

Duration:00:39:32

69: National Film Score Day 2022: Our Favorite Scores of 2021

4/3/2022
Glenn & Scott once again celebrate National Film Score Day by talking exclusively about scores they actually like. This year's recommendations include a Finnish nature documentary, a French score that's seven minutes long, and of course the new Giacchino Spider-Man, which was surprisingly *not* Scott's favorite MCU score of the year. Along the way they also discuss cassingles, ASMR, the virtues of brevity, and this weird circumstance where the MCU has good scores now. You can support the...

Duration:00:37:22

68: Seventh Annual Oscar Preview: Best Original Score 2021

3/21/2022
It is Oscar season, and despite the Academy banning the category from the telecast the Best Original Score award still exists, and Glenn & Scott are here to cover the nominees. After already examining Hans Zimmer's Dune score in the previous episode, now they review Encanto by Germaine Franco, The Power of the Dog by Jonny Greenwood, Don't Look Up by Nicholas Britell, and Parallel Mothers by Alberto Iglesias. Along the way they discuss how each score is helped or limited by its film, how...

Duration:01:11:22

67: Dune Scores, Part 2

2/8/2022
Glenn & Scott close out DuneWatch by reviewing the final two adaptation scores, Dune (1984) by Toto and Dune (2021) by Hans Zimmer. They discuss the drastically different takes on the source material offered by the two scores and which, if either, feels appropriate. Scott shocks the world by actually enjoying a Zimmer score, and Glenn shocks no one by inferring story resonances that may actually be too abstract to express in music. Glenn struggles with how to describe the orchestration of a...

Duration:00:48:12

66: Dune Scores, Part 1

1/14/2022
In honor of Dune (2020) finally opening in 2021, DuneWatch 2021 rolls on into 2022 with a transition to DuneListen, where Glenn & Scott review the scores from the Dune adaptations they’ve been watching lately. First up are the two miniseries scores, Frank Herbert’s Dune by Graeme Revell, and Frank Herbert’s Children of Dune by Brian Tyler. They cover the major themes of each score, discuss how the music relates to the setting and character drama in each series, and take a whirlwind tour of...

Duration:01:00:09

65: The Golden Path - Children of Dune (2003)

1/7/2022
DuneWatch continues as Glenn & Scott review the 2003 miniseries Frank Herbert’s Children of Dune, adapting the novels Dune Messiah and, well, Children of Dune. How well does this miniseries translate the story of the books to a television audience? What changes worked, and which didn’t? Is enjoyment of an adaptation helped or hindered by how well you remember the source material? What is the legal status of gholas? Who was this miniseries’ Celebrity Stunt Casting Who Was Featured In All Of...

Duration:01:12:33

64: So Far, So Good? - Dune (2020) (2021)

12/6/2021
DuneWatch continues as Glenn & Scott review the newest Dune movie. They discuss what aspects of the story this movie emphasizes and what it leaves out all together, what it handles better than any previous adaptation and what it handles arguably even worse than the 1984 film. They evaluate the performances, the characterization, the production design, the color grading, and the relative importance of Duncan Idaho. Glenn has an estimate of when it might be safe to go back to movie theaters,...

Duration:01:01:25

63: The Saga of Dune (2000)

11/7/2021
DuneWatch continues as Glenn & Scott review the 2000 Sci-Fi Channel miniseries Frank Herbert's Dune. How does this series compare to the 1984 movie, how does it compare to the 1965 novel, and which one does it draw more inspiration from? They discuss how the miniseries handles the prophecy storyline, explore changes it made to the book story and whether or not they work, evaluate the acting performances, and Scott names two random products that were for sale in 2000. Glenn compares the Baron...

Duration:00:41:30

62: Dune (1984) Is A Terrible, Terrible Movie

10/7/2021
Glenn & Scott prepare for the upcoming release of the new Dune movie by reviewing the first Dune movie. They evaluate it as a movie and as a Dune adaptation, and find it severely lacking on both counts. Along the way they discuss the various versions of the movie, what story elements survived the adaptation process and what story elements did not, the pitfalls that many book adaptations fall into, the use and appropriate placement of camp, the sexual politics of the Baron Harkonnen, and...

Duration:00:56:23

61: "Raising" the "Stakes" - U.S. Marshals

8/8/2021
Glenn & Scott close out their journey through the The Fugitive Cinematic Universe with a look at the 1998 film U.S. Marshals. Tommy Lee Jones is back, and so is special guest Alanna Kelly to help us decide if this movie is as careful and intelligent as its predecessor. Does it copy the previous film, does it grow and evolve from the previous film, or does it merely try to one-up the previous film? And does it succeed at whichever of those it attempts? Along the way they also discuss Samuel...

Duration:00:52:27

60: The Fugitive (1993) - Much Better Decisions!

7/22/2021
In a tradition going back to Episode 4 of this podcast, friend of the show Alanna Kelly has demanded a follow-up to our last episode. So after our review of the 2020 Quibi series The Fugitive, Glenn, Scott, and Alanna gather to review the 1993 Harrison Ford movie The Fugitive. They cover the film’s plot structure, the mystery at the heart of the film, its four major action sequences, and Glenn & Scott spend perhaps too much time disparaging the series some more. Scott compliments how awful...

Duration:01:19:16

59: Extremely Poor Decisions - A Review of The Fugitive (2020) and of Quibi (Sort Of)

7/8/2021
The 2020 streaming series The Fugitive, and the Quibi streaming service it was produced for, are both stories of people making the worst possible decisions at every turn. Series protagonist Not Richard Kimble tries to prove his innocence by going on a violent crime spree, while Quibi founders Jeffery Katzenberg and Meg Whitman launched a streaming television service that people couldn't watch on their televisions. Now that Quibi content is resurfacing on Roku, Glenn & Scott follow up on...

Duration:00:43:19

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: Our Favorite 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