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Episode VIII: Young Frankenstein - Congrats! It's a monster!

Will and Maggie discuss 'Young Frankenstein' (1974), Mel Brooks's hat tip to classic Hollywood horror films, like James Whale's 1931 film 'Frankenstein.' While Brooks's comedy is loosely based on and rewrites many of the plot points in Mary Shelley's 1818 novel, it mostly plays with the tropes you often see in old monster movies. We're not sure if dads like old monster movies, but we've decided that dads can only bring themselves to approach a story like 'Frankenstein' through the humor of...

Duration: 00:46:59

Episode VII: National Treasure - That's How They Getchya

Will and Maggie discuss the 2004 adventure-heist film "National Treasure" with dad guest star Jack Walsh. As the film is pretty much just a vehicle for Nick Cage, we found that certain elements—like character development—leave something to be desired, but this could actually be what endears "National Treasure" to dads: All they're really looking for is a movie that's kid friendly and easy to follow along with, so they can tune in at any point. Much to Jack's disappointment, there is no...

Duration: 00:55:44

Episode VI - Who Watches Tom Cruise Films, Anyway?

In this special episode of the podcast, we watched the trailers for some of this summer’s most anticipated films to see which ones might be suitable for dads. Watch the trailers along with us! Baywatch Wonder Woman The Mummy Baby Driver Spider-Man Homecoming There are a few...

Duration: 00:55:30

Episode V: The Godfather—Dads and their Clubs

In this 5th episode of the podcast, we use our dadness lens to examine Francis Ford Coppola's 1972 masterpiece "The Godfather," starring Marlon Brando and Al Pacino. Very Dad Guest Star: Cris Gray Hosts: Maggie Blaha & Will Young Producer: Josh Pate Music: Kim Fenner, Logo: Aaron Scott Mercer, "Main Title (The Godfather Waltz)" from the 1972 soundtrack was written and performed by Nino Rota. Subscribe and listen on iTunes, Stitcher,...

Duration: 00:53:43

Episode IV: Is Jack Torrance just a victim of patriarchy?

In this episode, Maggie and Will examine Stanley Kubrick's 'The Shining' through a dadness lens. Hosts: Maggie Blaha, Will Young Producer: Josh Pate Edited by: Maggie Blaha Logo Design: Aaron Scott Mercer Music: Kim Fenner Three Stooges Scale: Making 'The Shining' by Vivian Kubrick: Room 237: Stories from the podcast: Sing up for our...

Duration: 00:46:09

#3 The Lord of the Rings - Fellowship of the Dad Movie

Episode III of the podcast is as rambling and unwieldy as its subject, Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring. Maggie and Will are joined by dad guest star Keith Gaspard, who confesses that he's seen all the LOTR and Hobbit films but has never cracked open any of the books. This episode includes a review from Will and Maggie, a one-on-one interview with Keith, and some scene-by-scene commentary. For stories from the podcast, be sure to check out our publication:...

Duration: 00:51:25

Extended Commentary on Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

Episode III will be available soon! For now, check out this extended commentary on Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring from hosts Maggie Blaha & Will Young, and Very Dad guest star Keith Gaspard.

Duration: 02:09:17

#2 Blazing Saddles - Do Dads Feel Like Underdogs?

Episode 2. Blazing Saddles: Do dads feel like underdogs? In this episode of the podcast, we examine Mel Brooks's 1974 Western satirical comedy Blazing Saddles through a 'dadness' lens. Special Guests: Chris Exantus, Eddie Young. Hosts: Maggie Blaha, Will Young. Producer: Josh Pate. Edited by: Maggie Blaha. Logo Design: Aaron Scott Mercer. Music: Kim Fenner. Show Notes. Three Stooges Scale: Interviews with Mel Brooks Mel Brooks discusses 'Blazing...

Duration: 00:49:14

#1: Blade Runner and what makes us human w/ Ian Campbell

Hosts: Maggie Blaha & Will Young Producer & Tech Wizard: Joshua Pate Logo Design: Aaron Scott Mercer Music (Eventually): Kimberly Fenner Very Dad Guest Star & Newsletter Contributor: Ian Campbell Read Ian's essay and newsletter #2 here: Sign up for the newsletter here: What is “dadness?” For the purposes of our podcast, we’ve come up with this definition: Relies on cheesy, almost innocent pun-based humor, which coats the complexity of the world in a manageable...

Duration: 01:00:00