The X-Men movies are over (sorta), long live the X-Men movies (sorta)! With the release (and flop!) of DARK PHOENIX, the process of X-tricating the long-running X-Men movie series from Fox and integrating them into the MCU has presumably, to some degree, begun. But before they're gone and rebooted, we got some X-perts together to talk about DARK PHOENIX, and the X-Men movie series in general, and its ups and downs over the past 20 (!) years.
We've done plenty of MCU-centric podcasts over the years, but we really brought out the big guns for the Phase 3 finale, as Marisa, Nathaniel, Jesse, and Ben discuss AVENGERS: ENDGAME, as well as INFINITY WAR, as well as our collective ranked list of all the Marvel Cinematic Universe films so far. Who loves AGE OF ULTRON way more than INFINITY WAR? Who thinks the rest of us underrate Thanos as a villain? Who hate the soul stone the most? Who has great ideas for what the MCU should do next?...
Every year, the Saturday Night Live fans and loyalists at SportsAlcohol.com do a check-in on one of the only shows we all watch regularly, and assess on the show has been performing lately. This year, we timed our check-in to coincide with the return of former cast member Adam Sandler, hosting for his first time, 24 years after his unceremonious firing. We talk about what we thought of the Sandman, plus how SNL Season 44 is going as a whole. They're all gonna laugh at you!!!!!
If there's one thing the editorial core of SportsAlcohol.com knows, it's not so much sports, or alcohol, but popular culture of the late 1990s. In what has now become an annual tradition, Rob, Jesse, and Marisa scour the Billboard Hot 100 for all of 1999 and discuss certain key selections (not specified ahead of time, but chosen on the fly by Marisa). Travel back to '99 with us and decide if you like girls who wear Abercrombie and Fitch!
In a sequel of sorts to our all-Soderbergh episode from 2017, and also our sportsiest episode ever by far, Rob, Ben, Marisa, and Jesse all discuss the new Steven Soderbergh film High Flying Bird, now streaming on Netflix! It's a brisk assessment of Soderbergh, labor relations, sports, Moneyball, iPhone cameras, and more!
As Oscar season heads into its final weeks, why not take a break from litigating the Academy's dumb choices and spend some time listening to Nathaniel, Sara, Marisa, and Jesse talk about their favorites of the year? We've got Best Picture nominees, we've got stuff no one else ranked this guy, and we've got outliers! This engaging discussion of the best movies of 2018 has got. it. all.
The seventh (!) Spider-Man movie of the past 20 years came out last month with Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. To celebrate this occasion, the SportsAlcohol.com skeleton crew, including Spider-Man expert Rob, got together and did an impromptu group ranking of all Spider-Man and Spider-Man-adjacent movies, talking about each and every one! Maguire! Dunst! Franco! Garfield! Stone! Holland! Captain America! Doughy Peter Parker! Spider-Ham! We talk about 'em all on our brisk countdown! Some...
The new movie Second Act starring Jennifer Lopez is opening on December 21st! Jesse and Ben caught an early screening and discussed how it works as a non-rom-com, a zany business movie, and a Jennifer Lopez star vehicle. It's the latest in our mini-series where Ben talks about business movies.
WARNING: There are SPOILERS for the movie Second Act around the halfway mark of this episode.
Jesse and Nathaniel, the only two people you know who think Rocky V is better than Rocky IV, got together to discuss how the newest Rocky-ish movie, Creed II, stacks up against the original, as well as other Rocky sequels. Controversial takes abound! (See above RE: Rocky V.)
In addition to our group discussion of our site's Best Songs of the 2000s, Rob, Jesse, and Marisa sat down so we could talk about Rob's particularly arduous list-making process, and address some more quirks of our group list. A must for all of you fastidious music nerds out there!
After pulling together 20-plus ballots from various writers and music fans to form our definitive list of the BEST SONGS OF THE 2000s, the SportsAlcohol.com podcast crew convened a small panel of those writers to talk about the list: what we thought of the final product, the songs we love and the songs we hate, as well as how we constructed our individual ballots. Join us for a sometimes-contentious, always entertaining look back at a decade of disparate pop music!
With the release of the second Fantastic Beasts film, The Crimes of Grindelwald, now upon us, Marisa, Nathaniel, and Jesse got together to assess the state of the Wizarding World: Where this new series still holds promise, how it falls short, and what the hell is up with Eddie Redmayne. Accio takes!
For the fourth year in a row, SportsAlcohol.com's movie crew of Jesse, Marisa, Sara, and Nathaniel got together for a long talk about the many indie movies that came out in May, June, July, and August of 2018. We hit over a dozen major titles, from Hereditary to Eighth Grade to BlackKklansman to Skate Kitchen to Sorry to Bother You to First Reformed and on and on and on! Get your rental suggestions for fall with this wide-ranging discussion!
One undisputed bright spot of this year's crop of summer movies was Mission: Impossible -- Fallout, the sixth (!) movie in the deathless Mission: Impossible franchise. After Nathaniel, Jesse, Marisa, and Jon all caught up with the latest mission, and watched/rewatched previous entries in the series, we all sat down to talk about Fallout, and how the series got where it is today. Come for the Fallout discussion, stay for the geeking out over MI 1 through 5, and stay even longer to hear what...
It's that time of year again. In our longest running recurring episode, the SportsAlcohol.com crew takes a look back at the top-grossing movies of summer 1998, and recall what we thought then, what we think now, and where the hell we were in our lives when we first saw the American remake of Godzilla. Among others. Join Marisa, Rob, Nathaniel, Jesse, and Sabrina for a ruefully nostalgic and nostalgically rueful look back at blockbusters from 20 years ago.
Incredibles 2 is Pixar's 20th feature film, so this felt like a good point to talk about not just one of the most-anticipated sequels of the year but also all of the Pixar movies that preceded it. A supersized panel including Marisa, Jesse, Nathaniel, Ben, Jon, and Sara talk through our personal highlights and lowlights from the Pixar canon, including our reactions to Brad Bird's latest!
The Soderbergh-free but all-star Ocean's 8 is currently heisting away plenty of money at the box-office, so Sara, Marisa, and Jesse got together to talk about the movie, how it measures up to the previous Ocean's films, and how it fits into the film careers of the many actresses involved: Sandra Bullock! Anne Hathaway! Cate Blanchett! Sarah Paulson! And more!
The founders of SportsAlcohol.com have stuck with Riverdale through an overlong rollercoaster of a second season and we have THOUGHTS about it: about the Black Hood, about the mafia's foothold in Riverdale, about just how stupid Archie is supposed to be, about the darkness inside Betty, about Veronica's real age, and about Jughead's mysterious double. We discuss all that and more in this full-season examination of why the hell we are still watching Riverdale!
In the second part of our comprehensive discussion of Steven Spielberg's career, we talk about Spielberg movies we recently saw for the first time, picks for overrated and underrated Spielberg projects, and make some varying cases for the Indiana Jones sequels.
Whether you're a fan of Steven Spielberg or not, his work looms large and moonlike over the cinematic landscape. On the occasion of his new movie Ready Player One (his fourth in the span of 2.5 years!), we got together to talk about both his newest foray into the world of sci-fi and his career as a whole. This wide-ranging discussion has been split into two episodes; this one, the first, covers Ready Player One as well as some of his trademarks as a filmmaker.