With the threat of war from Russia making its comeback and media such as 24 in our past, where does the reality of espionage place classic pulp franchises like James Bond? The guys intermittently ask that question while watching 1995’s Goldeneye starring Pierce Brosnan and the X-Men!
This week the guys return to the topic of Zack Snyder, with their focus on his pre-DC action movies: 300 and Sucker Punch. What are the signs found in these that trace all the way towards the DCEU, and is our modern pop culture better or worse off?
Marvel. Predator. Comedies. Action Movies. Sometimes played straight, sometimes played sly, these are examples of media with dual purposes. The guys go over Donovan’s fanboy whining over Thor Love and Thunder, Harry’s ponderous musings over the original Predator film, and discuss the successes and failures of modern animation, action films, and various other “subversive” media.
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.
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)
Zack Snyder’s Justice League has arrived, but with it comes more questions than answers on the future of comic book media. What do hashtag campaigns mean for supply and demand? Who are those doing the demanding? What are the political ramifications of this movie? And who is Zack Snyder anyway?
Returning to the conversation of Media Violence, the guys chortle, chuckle and guffaw over the career of one Steven Frederic Seagal. The one-time Akido Instructor and current Russian citizen is discussed and “celebrated” in full, leading up to a commentary on the 1996 swing-and-a-miss cop thriller “The Glimmer Man”, co-starring Keenan Ivory Wayans!
In the far future of 2032, where does law and order converge with choice and free will? The guys ponder these heavy questions while watching and discussing the 1993 sci-fi actioner “Demolition Man”, starring Sandra Bullock and Wesley Snipes!
In a Post-Black Panther, Post-MCU, current-BLM world…precisely what impact did Blade land on the world in 1998? The guys ponder that during and after their commentary of the Wesley Snipes classic!