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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.




26 // Black Panther and Our Cultural Moment

Black Panther is a successful movie, but... ...it's also more than that. But what does "more than that" even mean? How does the new Black Panther movie fit into our cultural moment in America? And is it even a good movie? An entertaining movie? As per usual, we have a whole slew of opinions to haggle over. Welcome back inside our crazy brains. We've missed you. ("April Showers" by ProleteR is licensed under a Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives [aka Music Sharing] 3.0 International...


25 // Video Game Movies That Should Never Be Made

Why are all video game movies so bad? Video games are getting better and better at telling stories and keeping players engaged for dozens of hours at a time, but movies based on video games continue to be terrible. Tim Nester, co-founder of the Fathers of the Grind video game podcast, joins us to talk about bad video game movies and -- more importantly -- to list and rank the video games that we hope never get made into movies. ("April Showers" by ProleteR is licensed under a...


24 // Best Actresses of All Time

Who is the best actress ever? Who is *your* favorite actress ever? After the heated debate over the greatest actor of all time -- Paul being squarely in Daniel Day-Lewis' corner and Jake passionately making the case for Brad Pitt -- we knew we needed to dig into the best in class in the Greatest Actress of All Time debate. So we did... and, as usual, came up with very different lists. ("April Showers" by ProleteR is licensed under a Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives [aka Music...


23 // Most Entertaining Movies of 2017 (and What Movies Come Out in 2018)

What was the most entertaining movie of 2017? There were a lot of superhero movies in 2017... and a lot of indies... and a fair amount of kiddie movies... and... well, just like any year, there were a lot of all sorts of films. Some good, some bad, and quite a few ugly. Here, though, we talk about our individual Top 5 Movies of 2017 lists and break 'em down one by one. And, for kicks, we look ahead at a few options that are on the Upcoming Movies of 2018 slate. Episode Segments: 0:00 -...


22 // Star Wars: The Last Jedi (NerdOut with Spoilers)

What's up with the love/hate relationship between Star Wars: The Last Jedi and Star Wars fans on the Internet? WHO KNOWS?!? [Also, this episode contains spoilers for The Last Jedi.] Not us, but that didn't stop Paul Asay, Adam Holz, and Jake Roberson from getting a little breakfast... I mean... NERDY with it.


21 // Best Holiday Movies (and the Death of Movie Theaters)

What is your favorite holiday movie of all time? Die Hard? A Charlie Brown Christmas? Elf? We talk through our personal favorites (and honorable mentions) and surely step on a few toes along the way. Elsewhere, is the movie theater finally about to go the way of the dinosaur? Or does it have some surprising endurance that most people don't even realize? We talk about the history of movie theaters and what that has to do with their future. Show segments: 4:50 - Rank Geeks: Best Holiday...


20 // Justice League (and The Usual Suspects)

Does Wonder Woman save the Justice League? Does she save this podcast concept wherein we record remotely via Paul's Honda Fit? Our SPOILER-FREE discussion--because the only real spoiler for "Justice League" isn't really a spoiler at all since it was strongly foreshadowed in the closing moments of "Batman vs. Superman" AND in Justice League's own trailers--of DC's latest cinematic offering delves into the good, the bad, and the ugly. DC won't know what hit them. Elsewhere we wrap up The...


19 // The Inside Scoop on "Bad" Movies (and 2001: A Space Odyssey)

What makes a movie a "bad" movie? Is there any way to objectively determine what makes movies bad? Or is it all in the eye of the beholder? We dive into the murky waters of the good, the bad, and the ugly of the history of movie-making to talk about what sorts of things do (or do not) make for poor movie watching. Elsewhere, Jake exposes "2001: A Space Odyssey" for the terrible movie it truly is and Paul disagrees with vehemence. It's some of the most side-splitting AND insightful critique...


18 // Blade Runner 2049 (and The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly)

Do androids dream of electric sheep? Does Ryan Gosling dream of Harrison Ford? "Blade Runner 2049" and the meaning of life and humanity are at the center of our discussion in this episode as Fanboy (a.k.a. Paul Asay) gives a (SPOILER-FREE) break down of the epic new sci-fi movie from director Dennis Villaneuve--which itself is a sequel to Ridley Scott's "Blade Runner"... which itself is based on the writing of one Philip K. Dick. Elsewhere, in the Backlist Hall of Shame, Know-It-All...


17 // The Best Mind-Bending Movies (and Vertigo)

Is "Vertigo" really the greatest movie of all time? Is it even the best mind-bending movie of all time? We dive deep into Alfred Hitchcock's classic slow-burning thriller and break down not only the film's symbolism, but also what does--or does not--make the movie itself a masterpiece. (Like Jimmy Stewart's masterful turn and the mysterious allure of Kim Novak.) Inspired by "Vertigo," we turn our attention to the best of the best when it comes to trippy, mind-bending movies and make our...


15 // The Defenders (and Singin' In The Rain)

Is Singin' In The Rain overrated? Is Marvel's new Netflix series, "The Defenders," a *complete* train wreck? Paul and Jake dive into the new Marvel messaround featuring Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and the Iron Fist (oh, and Sigourney Weaver) and talk about the good, the bad, and the ugly in a fiery and passionate conversation that veers all over the emotional spectrum. Elsewhere, in our first Backlist Hall of Shame segment, Jake has finally checked the Gene Kelly/Debbie...


14 // Famous Movies We've Never Seen (and Annabelle: Creation)

What famous and/or classic movies have you just not gotten around to watching? What movies have you really wanted to watch but can't seem to squeeze in? What movies do your friends ridicule you for not having seen? In a brand new segment called "The Backlist Hall of Shame," we each reveal several famous movies that we really should have seen by now but haven't yet watched, and then start picking for one another the movies that we have to start catching up on. Elsewhere, Paul tries to...


13 // Best Actors Ever (and Detroit)

Is Brad Pitt the best actor of all time? One of us submits that Brad Pitt is indeed, beyond a shadow of a doubt, the best actor of all time. The other of us is wrong, but we haggle over the runners up anyway -- including Daniel Day-Lewis, Tom Hanks, Alec Guinness, Leonardo DiCaprio, Christian Bale, and more! Elsewhere, we dive into Kathryn Bigelow's explosive new film, "Detroit," and what it -- a historical retelling of a little-talked about incident that occurred during the Detroit Race...


12 // A Fanboy and a Know-It-All Talk Apes (and Best Animal Movies)

Andy Serkis deserves an Academy Award for Best Actor. Period But not everyone agrees -- not even within this show -- and there are many who, in spite of acknowledging his particular set of skills, believe he shouldn't get a Best Actor nomination for his work in "War for the Planet of the Apes." We dig into the final movie in the modern Apes trilogy (NO SPOILERS) and what the movies (and the series) have accomplished. Elsewhere, inspired by the impressive CGI apes, we lay down our list(s)...


11 // A Fanboy and a Know-It-All Talk the Death of Superhero Movies (and Baby Driver)

"Baby Driver" might just be the best movie of the summer. That's right, we said it, and so are more than a few others. (It's also a musical, basically.) Whatever you call it, it's the surprise hit of the summer, at least, thanks in no small part to the work of screenwriter and director Edgar Wright. In this episode, Fanboy, Know-It-All, and special guest Tim Nester (co-host of the Fathers of the Grind podcast) dig into The Cornetto Trilogy director's latest movie and what it is about the...


10 // A Fanboy and a Know-It-All Talk Weird Pop Culture Confessions

What are your weird pop culture confessions? Like... do you still dig Nickelback? Did you never stop loving Barney the Purple Singing Dinosaur? Were you forced to wipe away tears during Dumb and Dumber? We all have our weird and quirky pop culture obsessions and truths. Whether they are part of our past pop culture history or our current pop culture preferences, we all have skeletons in the closet. On this special edition episode marking their 10th Episode, Fanboy (Paul Asay) and...


9 // A Fanboy and a Know-It-All Talk Wonder Woman (and Upcoming 2017 Movies)

Step aside, boys, there's a new sheriff in town and she wields a whip and a sword. That's right, Gal Gadot aka Diana Prince aka Wonder Woman is here to stay and her new movie just might be better than 95% of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. In the latest episode of Pop Culture with Fanboy and Know-It-All, we take a spoiler-free deep dive into the latest summer blockbuster from DC directed by Patty Jenkins and starring Gal Gadot. There is a lot here to unpack, not the least of which being how...


Episode 8 // A Fanboy and a Know-It-All Talk Aliens (and Mr. Rogers)

Why is an atheist like Ridley Scott so obsessed with God? What's so terrible about face-huggers, anyway? What's more the stuff of nightmare—pincered worms that crawl into your ear canal, a la Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, or robot toasters? Jake and Paul grapple with these and other incredibly urgent, stunningly geeky questions on our newest podcast, where we explore Scott's spiritually robust Alien sequel/prequel and debate as to whether the movie's Christian captain was strangely...