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A podcast about writing, for new and aspiring writers. Hosted by Anthony Falcone and Andrew Wheeler.




Episode 058: The Defenders

Anthony and Andrew break down the highs and lows of Marvel's Defenders series on Netflix, bringing together the characters from Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and also Iron Fist. It was a bold television experiment, but did it work?

Duration: 00:37:49

Storybeater Episode 057: Spider-Man Homecoming

Breaking down the heroes, villains, and world-building of the latest Spider-Man movie.

Duration: 01:00:54

Episode 056: Guardians of Wonder

Anthony and Andrew offer their belated story-related thoughts on Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, and DC's Wonder Woman.

Duration: 01:24:41

Storybeater Episode 55: The F8 of the Furious

We recorded this podcast a quarter mile at a time. (And then uploaded it super late.)

Duration: 00:59:24

Storybeater Episode 054: Iron Fist

Breaking down (almost) everything wrong with Netflix's Marvel's Iron Fist. Plus, what we're reading and what we're writing!

Duration: 01:11:09

Storybeater Episode 053: Oscars 2017

Anthony and Andrew offer their thoughts on this year's Academy Award nominees for Best Original Screenplay and Best Adapted Screenplay, including La La Land, The Lobster, Manchester By The Sea, Arrival, Hidden Figures, Lion, and Moonlight. Plus, what they're reading and what they're writing!

Duration: 01:33:19

Storybeater Episode 052: Rogue One

Breaking down the strengths and flaws of Gareth Edwards' Rogue One.

Duration: 01:25:45

Storybeater Episode 051: Doctor Strange

Anthony and Andrew break down the story elements and the successes and failures of the new Doctor Strange movie, including its use of tropes, its treatment of women, and the question of how sympathetic its lead character is meant to be. Plus, what we're reading, and what we're writing!

Duration: 01:08:00

Storybeater Episode 050: Luke Cage

Anthony Falcone and Andrew Wheeler break down the storytelling, heroes, villains, women, and cultural significance of Cheo Hodari Coker's Luke Cage show as best as they are able! Plus; what they're writing, and what they're reading!

Duration: 01:36:06

Storybeater Episode 049: The Magnificent Seven

Anthony and Andrew look at the strengths and problems of the latest version of The Magnificent Seven, starring Denzel Washington and Chris Pratt. How does it compare to previous versions, and to other "build the team" and "defend the castle" movies? Plus, in What We're Reading, Anthony talks about Raina Telgemeier's Ghosts, and Andrew talks about the podcast My Favorite Murder.

Duration: 01:10:25

Storybeater Episode 048: Suicide Squad / The Get Down

Anthony and Andrew tackle Suicide Squad, a movie that just begs to be rewritten, and check out the first six episodes of Baz Luhrmann's The Get Down on Netflix. Spoilers ahead! Check us out at Fan Expo in Toronto, September 1-4.

Duration: 01:38:42

Storybeater Episode 047: Ghostbusters 2016

Andrew and Anthony talk about Paul Feig's 2016 reboot of the Ghostbusters franchise, starring Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Leslie Jones and Kate McKinnon. What worked, what didn't, and how did the weird controversy around the movie shape our appreciation for it? Plus, what we're writing and what we're reading!

Duration: 01:21:44

Storybeater Episode 046: Storybeater Apocalypse

Anthony and Andrew go in-depth on the latest X-Men movie, X-Men: Apocalypse, and take a detour into another Biblical comics adaptation, AMC's Preacher. Plus, the latest look at what they're writing and what they're reading.

Duration: 01:26:41

Storybeater Episode 045: Captain America: Civil War

Anthony and Andrew discuss the secrets behind the success of Captain America: Civil War, including its place in the Marvel Cinematic Universe canon and the establishment of new characters Black Panther and Spider-Man. Plus, inevitably, they compare Civil War to Batman v Superman. Also in this episode: TCAF, I Hate Fairyland, and Thomas King.

Duration: 01:54:09

Storybeater Episode 044: Batman v Superman

Anthony and Andrew watched Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and even with a lot of time to digest it, there's still a lot to talk about. A lot. Plus, what we're reading, and what we're writing!

Duration: 01:26:23

Storybeater Episode 043: Daredevil Season 2

Anthony and Andrew have a spoiler-filled discussion of the second season of Marvel's Netflix's Daredevil, discussing the structure of the series, the approaches to Elektra and Punisher, and the ongoing conversation about superhero morality. Plus, they talk about their experiences having their own work out in the world, and they endorse the Ennis/Dillon Punisher and The CW's Crazy Ex-Girlfriend.

Storybeater Episode 042: Oscars 2016

Anthony and Andrew talk about the screenwriting challenges and successes in this year's Oscar-nominated movies, including The Martian, The Big Short, Carol, Spotlight, Brooklyn, Ex Machina, Inside Out, Bridge of Spies, and more.

Duration: 01:19:27

Storybeater Episode 041: Diamonds Are Forever

After the disappointment of Spectre, Anthony and Andrew decide to revisit one of their favourite Bond movies to try to understand why the rest of the world hates it so much. Diamonds Are Forever marked Sean Connery's brief return to his most famous role, with a flamboyant Vegas setting, some extremely quirky henchmen, and Charles Grey's triumphantly camp performance as Blofeld.

Duration: 01:05:32

Storybeater Episode 040: Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Anthony and Andrew share their spoiler-filled thoughts on the storytelling of The Force Awakens, from the points of view of both a superfan and a skeptic. What works, what doesn't, and what do we expect to see next? They also look back at their writing accomplishments of the year, and compare and rate some of the year's big pop culture works. 00:00:00 - 00:13:00 - Writing year-in-review 00:13:00 - 01:49:30 - The Force Awakens 01:49:30 - 02:1845 - Pop culture year-in-review

Duration: 02:18:43

Storybeater Episode 039: Jason and Jessica

In a giant-sized holiday special double bill, Anthony and Andrew look at the classic Ray Harryhausen movie Jason & The Argonauts, and the recent Marvel/Netflix show Jessica Jones. The discussion covers mythology, inspiration, superpowers, ensembles, and so much more.

Duration: 01:42:22

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