It’s the end of the year, so we’re recounting the ten best works of media we experienced — movies, TV shows, books — and this time with a twist! Donovan and Harrison are joined by Stella of Batgirl to Oracle, who would’ve figured into the backstories of a number of entries anyway. Donovan starts us off with notes on two legends, the recently departed screenwriter Keiko Nobumoto and comics artist George Perez, diagnosed with terminal pancreatic cancer. From there, we cover the things we missed before starting with our Top Ten lists, and then taking a detour to discuss a key Worst of the Year. … More Year End Review 2021 Part I
You know he says “The battle for the mind of North America” because it’s a Canadian film, right? This week, we take a look at the highway collision of media criticism and online discourse, so spawning a term for a new age: “media literacy.” Maybe you’re seeing it a lot, too. … More What is Media Literacy?
Alien casts a world of cosmic horror that flips the script on sexual assault, and cuts through it with the strange journey of a lone heroine. Donovan plays moderator in a debate between two diehards on their most contentious issue: Alien Resurrection. Which side will he choose? … More At the Base of a Crucifixion: Alien Resurrection (1997) Commentary
We may not be experts on the subject, but the least we [ought] do is recount our own experiences with the September 11 attacks and the 20-year aftermath. … More Are We Post-9/11?
Funds, petitions, information, and who to follow on the latest tragic chapter of Afghanistan’s ongoing postcolonial crisis … More Afghanistan
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
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
We know what the verdict will be, and that’s frustrating. It’s infuriating, but specifically, it’s frustrating. It’s that same feeling from the doldrums of the Trump presidency, when the solution to impeachment or a probe into illegal dealings with a foreign adversary is to ignore them. I had never even considered that “ignoring a subpoena” was an option, but I’ll have to keep it in mind for next time. Throughout the last four years, I’d often think about how they keep winning — not just getting away with crimes, but cheating the systems, rolling back civil liberties, getting away with crimes (we’d had more “bombshells” dropped on us than Southeast Asia) and not losing voters. It just seemed like, “Wait a minute?” If the Republicans are as dumb as we say they are, and their voters are as dumb as we know they are, why can’t we figure out how to use that to our advantage? How do we look at the pieces they’re playing with and rearrange them to our benefit, because they’re juggling dynamite! … More Impeachment 2
On tonight’s QNA: State of the Union (starring Ice Cube), the two podcasty boys are joined by a third! It’s Peter from Dead Times, with a most unfortunate field reporting on the other pandemic, the talky-type conspiracy hydra. In the immediate aftermath of the Trump presidency, the Republican Party is no less a threat, already off to the races blocking Biden’s policy rollout like they block phosphodiesterase 5, is nevertheless split between some unknown “old-school” establishment centrism and the existential (but so frustrating dumbass) violence of the fringe-o’s. For some of us, that war has hit home. So we ask, is QAnon the new hotness or does it have deeper roots? Who saves us from the Democratic pedophile endocrine takers? 9/11 is real. Worst doomsday cult ever. But like the Cyclones, They Have A Plan. … More Republicans: Where Are They Now?