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"La La Land" [S2: Episode 01]

It's a brand-new season and we're kicking things off with a tribute to classic Hollywood! From Singin' in the Rain, to Rebel Without a Cause, to Pulp Fiction, Bobby, Anthony, and Garrett discuss movie musicals, emotional endings, and the difference between an homage and a reference. It's another day of sun: we're back in The Story Cauldron with La La Land!


Episode 27 - 300

It's been almost 2500 years since King Leonidas made his last stand at the Battle of Thermopylae, but how accurately have our movies and comic books portrayed that story? Today, we dive into the history of a history movie (well, a 20-percent-history movie, at least); go tell the Spartans, passerby - it's 300!


Episode 26 - Groundhog Day

The blizzard has ended and it's TIME (get it?) for the Story Cauldron guys to take a look at everything from The Twilight Zone and Nietzschean thought experiments to religious philosophy (Purgatory? Reincarnation? The Devil as an insurance salesman?) and folk legends about magical rodents; it's (sure as heck-fire) Groundhog Day!


Episode 25.5 - The State of the Podcast 2018

We're at the end of our sixth month of The Story Cauldron Podcast, so Bobby and Anthony take a few minutes to update everyone on how things are going (and where we're headed next)! Another huge thank-you to YOU for supporting us by listening and sharing these episodes!


Episode 25 - The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou

This week, the Story Cauldron guys dive into a different kind of pond to explore how the unique stylings of auteur filmmaker Wes Anderson spin out a new version of Moby Dick as a tribute to Jacques Cousteau; no need for revenge here - it's The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou!


Episode 24 - Treasure Planet

Everyone loves pirates; everyone loves space ships - put them together, and you've got a basic equation for something spectacular! This week, we dive deep into a steampunky interpretation of one of Robert Louis Stevenson's classics (which some nods to Shakespeare, Poe, and Douglas Adams along the way). This one's got the makings of greatness for sure - it's Treasure Planet!


Episode 23 - The Princess Bride

It's a new year, but an old movie on this episode of The Story Cauldron! By listener request ("As you wish!"), we're exploring historical pirate legends, medieval romance genres, polydactyly, and Anthony's new favorite word: 'bildungsroman.' This one's not inconceivable, folks - it's The Princess Bride!


Episode 22 - Frozen

To round out 2017, the Story Cauldron guys pick a fight with each other about the lasting merits of the mega-wave animated sensation that mixed two parts Hans Christian Andersen with one part Disney magic (and a twist of contrapuntal narrative structuring) to make literally billions of dollars. Can Garrett thaw Anthony's icy heart? Find out this week (and hear two very special guest spots!) - it's Frozen!


Episode 21 - Die Hard

Now we have a Christmas episode, HO-HO-HO! In the spirit of the holiday season, we're talking about action heroes, Shakespeare, Stanley Kubrick, and the Night Before Christmas. Come out to coast, we'll get together, have a few laughs: it's the greatest Christmas movie ever made - Die Hard!


Episode 20 - Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope

Have you bought your tickets for the new Star Wars movie yet? Well, get set for The Last Jedi by returning to the roots of our favorite galaxy far-far-away! This week, the Story Cauldron guys dive into Eastern philosophy, Kurosawa films, Joseph Campbell's Monomyth, and the dark, twisted confines of George Lucas' creative mind - it's Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope!


Episode 19 - The Indiana Jones Series: Part Two

We're still surrounded by ancient artifacts and biblical lore this week as we continue to explore the background of everyone's favorite adventure-archaeologist. Many thanks still go out to Jay Sherer of The Story Geeks Podcast (produced by The Reclamation Society) for co-hosting our special two-part episode (be sure to check out Part One from last week). You have chosen wisely indeed - it's Part Two of the Indiana Jones Series!


Episode 18 - The Indiana Jones Series: Part One

This week, The Story Cauldron tries something new: instead of just one film, we're taking a look at an entire series (filled with biblical artifacts, Indian cultural icons, Arthurian grail lore, and a nuke-proof fridge), so we split our conversation into two hour-long episodes. To help us out, we welcomed Jay Sherer from The Story Geeks Podcast (produced by The Reclamation Society). This episode might belong in a museum - but it belongs in your ears first - it's Part One of the Indiana...


Episode 17 - Hercules

This week's episode of The Story Cauldron Podcast shows what happens when you shake two parts Greek mythology with one part Judeo-Christian worldview and inside a Disney animator's imagination. It's a movie where a God-man heroically sacrifices himself to save people from the Devil so that he can return to Heaven to be with his father, so we're okay with saying we're in love this time - it's Hercules!


Episode 16 - Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice

We're getting ready for this week's premiere of Justice League by diving into the origins of our favorite superhero characters (and dancing a bit with some Nietzschean aesthetic theory while we're at it). And we're excited to have Daryl from The Story Geeks Podcast (a project from The Reclamation Society) on as a guest host to share his expertise on comic books and superhero movies. Don't let anyone kill Martha - catch this week's episode on Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice!


Episode 15 - Easy A

On this episode of The Story Cauldron, the guys travel back to high school English class to explore a film that channels the spirit of Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter. By arguing about John Hughes movies and pondering Sartrean existentialism, they crack open the 90s-movie-with-the-heart-of-an-80s-movie that is Easy A.


Episode 14 - Thor

For the first - but certainly not last - time, The Story Cauldron Guys set their sights on the Marvel Cinematic Universe to discuss Norse myths, Shakespeare, and the Bible (so, obviously, we talk about squirrels). Are you excited for Ragnarok to release this Friday? Because we're talking about Thor!


Episode 13 - Hocus Pocus

Happy Halloween! In the spooky spirit of the season, Bobby and Garrett introduce Anthony to one of their favorite Fall-time films while the guys discuss witches, magic, books bound with human skin, and Mary Poppins. This episode also features our first Story Cauldron guest: Bobby's wonderful fiancee (and fellow Sanderson-Sister-fanatic) Melissa! Light those candles, virgins - it's Hocus Pocus!


Episode 12 - Van Helsing

We're getting into the Halloween spirit in the Story Cauldron this week as the guys take a look at a fun mash-up of Universal Pictures' classic movie monsters and the folktales behind creatures like vampires, werewolves, and Frankenstein's monster. Bram Stoker, Anne Rice, Mary Shelley, Norse (and Roman) mythology, Robert Louis Stevenson, the Bible; there's a lot to talk about here - it's Van Helsing​​​​​​​!


Episode 11.5 - Minisode #1: "13"

Between college classes, theater productions, and publication deadlines, October is a busy month for the Story Cauldron guys, so this week Bobby's flying solo to serve up a minisode on the lore around the number 13 and some of our favorite scary movies. We'll be back next week to talk about your favorite Halloween movie monsters, but until then, enjoy something a little different!


Episode 11 - Blade Runner

What does it mean to be "alive"? To get ready for the release of Blade Runner 2049 this weekend, the Story Cauldron guys jump back to the original Blade Runner first released in 1982. Weaving and winding around Philip K. Dick's science fiction, John Searle's philosophy of mind, and the history of film noir, Garrett confronts his fear of A.I. once again as Bobby and Anthony muse on the meaning of life. Catch this episode before it's lost in time - like tears in the rain.