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Iron Man and Race/Gender Swapping in Comics

Today on the podcast Arune Singh joins me again to begin our trek through the Iron Man franchise in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. How well does a superhero movie from 2008 hold up in 2017? Where did they go right and wrong? How did Marvel turn a B-level hero into the launchpad of the biggest film franchise in history not named Star Wars? The themes of the movie also led us into a talk about race and how representation in comics is a constant struggle, and why it's important.

Duration: 00:56:59

Conor McKenna and Game of Thrones Season 7

Today on the podcast Conor McKenna came over to talk about the latest season of Game of Thrones, delving into the differences between the show and the books, the changes we've seen in the show's evolution, and what to expect going forward.

Duration: 01:11:33

Arpon Basu The Athletic MTL

I had the absolute pleasure of having Arpon Basu on the podcast to talk about his new venture to bring The Athletic, the prominent subscription sports journalism service, to Montreal this September, and we got into a wide range of topics. From what kind of content The Athletic MTL will be, to the challenges it faces in defining itself in both languages, to how the Montreal Canadiens have changed and what to expect next season, to the tragedy in Charlottesville that has shown how serious...

Duration: 02:08:03

Furious 6 & 7

Arune and I are finally back to finish off the Fast and Furious franchise (at least for now) as we tackle the final two movies from the Paul Walker era. Strap in and enjoy the podcast.

Duration: 00:59:26

Fast Five

This week on the podcast Arune Singh and I are continuing our trip through the Fast and Furious franchise with Fast Five, arguably the peak of the series. The Rock joins the cast as every movie brings it's best characters into a team up heist film that leaves no ridiculous stunt undone. Buckle in and listen as we talk about what we like and don't like about this movie.

Duration: 00:54:32

Fast and Furious 3 and 4

On today's podcast Arune Singh and I are continuing our venture through the Fast and Furious franchise by going over The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift, and Fast and Furious, the third and fourth movies in the franchise. We do the podcast a quarter mile at a time, so strap in!

Duration: 00:56:14

The Perception of P.K. Subban and Fast and Furious 1 & 2

On the podcast this week Arune Singh is back on with me to talk about the first two movies in the Fast and Furious franchise, but before we got into that we needed to talk about P.K. Subban, his personal success, and the perception of him around the NHL. With the hockey stuff out of the way, we got into two movies from the early 2000's that frankly, aren't very good, but spawned a powerhouse franchise. What about them was so special that people were compelled to keep coming back?

Duration: 01:05:39

Denis Gorman

On today's podcast Denis Gorman joined me for a quick hit to talk about the hit that may have taken Sidney Crosby out of the playoffs, and the reaction to it around the NHL from players, fans, media, and Pittsburgh in particular. We also chatted about the New York Rangers' series against the Ottawa Senators, and the coming out party of Brady Skjei, then shifted to Nashville to talk about the NHL's consistent failure to promote P.K. Subban.

Duration: 00:21:19

Garret Hohl and Analytics

This week on the podcast I'm joined by the managing editor of and the CTO of Hockey Data Inc.; Garret Hohl. Garret is a big proponent of hockey analytics, as am I, although he works more with public data whereas I work with Sportlogiq, a private company that uses proprietary data. We tackle the public understanding of statistics, how great Patrick Laine can be, the pros and cons of binning, and the need for some to throw out analytics whenever they don't perfectly mesh...

Duration: 01:01:33

Captain America

Arune Singh is back on the podcast this week to talk about the Captain America trilogy, going through The First Avenger, Winter Soldier, and Civil War point by point with some sprinkling in of other films from the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Duration: 01:37:40

Dimitri Filipovic and PLAYOFFS

The man, the beard, the legend; PDOcast host Dimitri Filipovic joined me to talk about the early returns on the 2017 NHL playoffs, going through it series by series, but not before I tell an embarrassing story.

Duration: 01:03:13

The Dark Knight

For the first time on the non-hockey version of the podcast, Arune Singh and I vehemently disagree on something, and that something is Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight trilogy. I believe it's arguably the greatest trilogy in cinema history, and Arune disagrees pretty strongly. It's another deep dive examining one of the most beloved characters in all of fiction; the goddamn Batman.

Duration: 02:17:31

Giant Sized X-Men Podcast

On today's podcast Arune Singh and I are taking a deep dive on the X-Men cinematic universe. We start from where our perspectives come from, the definitive run of X-Men comics from Chris Claremont, and the early 1990's X-Men Cartoon with the greatest intro of any cartoon ever. After establishing our perspectives, we go into detail on why we're so critical of the original X-Men trilogy, despite it being a trailblazer for the medium, and our problems with the newer trilogy and how it failed...

Duration: 01:54:13

Episode 9 - Eric Engels

On today's podcast Sportsnet's Eric Engels joins the show to talk about the Montreal Canadiens post trade deadline and coaching change. For a good portion of the podcast Eric and I discuss Max Pacioretty's evolution as a hockey player and a leader, and what that means for the Canadiens going forward. We also talk about why the Habs' powerplay still looks awful, why Alexei Emelin keeps getting chances to play, whether Charles Hudon will get the chance he's earned, and why Eric is wrong...

Duration: 01:13:20

Trade Deadline, P.K. Subban, and John Wick 2

Arune Singh joins me once again, and originally we were going to talk about Fox's X-Men movies this week, but since Logan came out and I haven't seen it yet, we felt it wouldn't be right to do it without being completist. I did however, see John Wick 2, so that's the topic for this week's podcast. Before we got int that though, we had to touch on the firing of Michel Therrien and hiring of Claude Julien, the trade deadline, and the return of P.K. Subban to the Bell Centre. After a few...

Duration: 01:22:06

Star Wars

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Duration: 01:34:37

Episode 7 - Conor McKenna and Game of Thrones

It's Ice Level reunion number two on the podcast this week, as I welcome Conor McKenna onto the new show. Conor and I start by discussing the Habs recent struggles, from injuries to offseason preparation, and what we think this season will ultimately be. Is Phillip Danault a fit for the top-six of the future for the Canadiens? Did they do enough in the offseason to insulate themselves from injury? Conor and I get into it. After that, we move on to what everyone expected; Game of Thrones...

Duration: 01:54:35

John Wick

Arune Singh joins the podcast again for a bit of a spin off episode where we talk about one of the best action movies to come out over the last several years: John Wick.

Duration: 01:12:48

Episode 6 - Mike Johnson and Leadership

It's a short one this week because he's a busy man, but former NHL player and current NHL Network analyst Mike Johnson joins the podcast to talk about some issues in hockey and hockey coverage. Mike and I discuss one of the hotter topics in Montreal over the last couple seasons, the issue of leadership and how that's covered in the media. Is Max Pacioretty a good leader now? Was he a bad leader before? How much does the media know about what actually goes on in locker rooms. Further to...

Duration: 00:30:42

Episode 5 - Arune Singh and comics

After a couple weeks off to enjoy the holidays, the podcast is back with special guest Arune Singh, former executive director of TV communications for Marvel, and current VP of marketing for BOOM Studios. Arune is a Habs fan from Toronto now living in Los Angeles, so of course we had to talk about the Montreal Canadiens this season, the trade of P.K. Subban to the Nashville Predators, and feelings about the team going forward. From there we moved on from hockey to talk comics, touching on...

Duration: 01:42:48

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