On a rare daytime recording of QNA, Donovan and Harrison reconsider a late 20th-century “classic,” The Matrix. Does it hold up after all these years? Long ago, we were saturated by Matrix imitators and parody — but times have changed. Maybe old wounds have healed, and indeed, we’re seeing more Matrix on the horizon. Is this reality? … More [Don’t] Dodge This! The Matrix Commentary
Joshua Lapin-Bertone returns, along with the topic of reboots – this time focusing on television series revamps and reimaginings. Are some changes made for the sake of diversity always for the better? *NOTE* This episode contains spoilers for the Black Widow film.
This week the guys ponder the meaning and utilization of the hood movie as they watch the film debut of one Tupac Amaru Shakur in 1992’s “Juice”, co-starring Omar Epps.
Donovan and Harry discuss the national conversation of Critical Race Theory, specifically the nature of its detractors and how the discourse lines up with progressive efforts from centuries past.
This week the guys welcome Alex Jaffe and Professor Chris Ceary to talk about Asexual Representation in Media. The gang discusses personal exploration, the inevitability of romantic storytelling, harmful stereotypes and which characters are Ace but don’t know it.
Per Donovan’s demands, Harry joins him in watching 1989’s martial arts sports film “Best of the Best” starring Eric Roberts, James Earl Jones and Sally Kirkland…or does it? The guys discuss what ended up being a vehicle for Martial Arts Master Phillip Rhee, the dynamics and tension of Korean Americans fighting Koreans, acceptable storytelling losses … More Trojan Horse Representation? (Best of the Best Commentary)
*CONTENT WARNING* This episode discusses sexual abuse and violence against children . Listener discretion is strongly advised The guys discuss the oddities of the East once again, this time joined by Trevor from the TROOTH web channel! Specifically, the three men discuss the contrasting marketability between what’s allowed in Japan vs. what’s sold to Americans. … More Why is Anime so Weird ROUND 2: Guest-Starring TROOTH!
What happened?! Tonight, Donovan and Harrison don their shades and dusters for a viewing of A Better Tomorrow 2, a true knockout — but for all the wrong reasons? A sequel to a bona fide classic, this semi-reluctant follow-up, with its tale of emotional amnesia, psychiatric rehabilitation, and killing 100 people in a house, is a bewildering ride. Through the eyes of director John Woo, we investigate themes of masculinity, foreign cool, and action violence. … More BestFellas: A Better Tomorrow 2 Commentary
Noah Berlatsky returns to discuss the progress made so far in Joe Biden’s first term as president. Has he done better than expected? Worse? What should he be focusing on? And what else lies in wait from the evil Republicans..? … More How is the Biden Administration Doing? (Guest starring Noah Berlatsky!)