This week the guys talk martial arts, with the look forward in a post-Shang Chi MCU and backward at a post-Enter the Dragon film genre. Surrounding the film commentary are discussions on the immediate aftermath of Bruce Lee’s passing, successors to his throne, “Brucesploitation”, Asian stars, and how things might’ve been different had Lee lived.
*CW*: child sex abuse and pedophillia. At the end of August 2021, frequent guest of the show Noah Berlatsky was cancelled online for partnering up with Prostasia, an organization whose goals and methods for realizing those goals inflame passions to say the very least. The guys pull apart the discussions of harm reduction, fostering allies, … More How Do You Know You Are Doing the Right Thing?
Battling tech issues, Stella returns along with a new angle on the conversation of Cancel Culture, analyzing specific case studies for examples of “good” and “bad” behavior. Do we leave those we used to love behind? Is it helpful to look up to others as aspirational? Comics, Sports, Comedians and Confederates are all discussed!
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)