Jul 19, 2017

Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast #62 Spider-Man: Homecoming

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We dedicate the full episode to reviewing the latest film incarnation of Marvel's wall-crawler in "Spider-Man: Homecoming."  Joining us in the studio for a more youthful opinion are two of Michael's favorite imaginary friends, the returning Bucky and Corbin, the mystical intern and co-founder of the Geek Room Youtube channel.  This one is heavy with SPOILERS, so pop in your headphones, pull your pants up as high as Aunt May's and enjoy a brand new Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast!

Length - 00:54:01

Language - PG-13.  (Contains mild adult language.)

Jul 14, 2017

Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast #61

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With Michael out seeing the world in an RV, it is up to the rest of the team to muddle through a nearly unhashtagable episode.  Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast is up for the task, however, as Seth reveals some family history with comic book ties and admits when he's wrong, Cliff hurts his chances at becoming a Disney Legend and Jordan watches more movies in a week than he's done in years, yet still just wants to talk about "Tremors."

Length - 01:02:10

Language - PG-13.  (Contains mild adult language.)

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0:09:14 - MOVIE NEWS

A brief review of Edgar Wright's excellent "Baby Driver," a trippy trailer for "Brigsby Bear," Nick Fury to appear in "Captain Marvel," Ivan Drago teased for "Creed II" and big plans for the Batman franchise.

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0:20:03 - ANIMATION NEWS

"Star Wars: Forces of Destiny" shorts now online, better-late-than-never fans of "Rick & Morty," the hardcore "Castlevania" drops on Netflix and a recommendation for "Cowboy Bebop."

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0:30:55 - TV RECAPS & REVIEWS

"Tremors" series still on track, "Game of Thrones" episodes getting feature-length running times, Erica Durance cast on "Supergirl," a live-action "Jetsons" and the drug drama "Snowfall" premiers.

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0:37:24 - CROSSING THE STREAMS

A killer first season of "GLOW" concludes, hopes for the future of "Better Call Saul," the modern fable "Okja" and catching up on "Shameless."

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0:50:42 - GAMING

The Super Nintendo Classic announced and checking out "What Remains of Edith Finch" on the PS4.

Jul 6, 2017

Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast #60

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Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast is back for another rip-roaring roundtable discussion of the week in entertainment.  Some of our favorite shows wrap up and some promising new ones have started, Seth reports on his first trip to Origins Game Fair, we marvel at Adam West's impact on the culture and even Mario stops by to chat.  'Tis a worthy podcasting effort even the Amazon warriors of #tiaramascara would salute!

Length - 01:36:05

Language - PG-13.  (Contains mild adult language.)

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0:01:30 - GAMING

A recap of Seth's trip to Origins Game Fair, Super Nintendo World coming to Universal Studios Japan, Disney files a patent for a "shield-throwing experience" and Jack Kirby a late addition to this year's list of Disney Legends.

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0:18:18 - STAR WARS NEWS

Director shake-up for the Han Solo film.

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0:26:46 - MOVIE NEWS

James Gunn hinting at Quasar for "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3," Jessica Chastain rumored for future X-Men role, "Venom" news keeps changing, an underwhelming poster for the next Jurassic Park, Daniel Day Lewis ready to retire, Michael Keaton gives another great performance in "The Founder" and Michael's week-late opinions on "Wonder Woman."

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0:42:27 - CROSSING THE STREAMS

"GLOW" debuts on Netflix, confusing distribution for new "Star Trek: Discovery," "Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later" gets a trailer, a likable cast playing unlikable characters in "Friends From College," the serial killer-y "Mindhunter" from David Fincher, getting deja vu from the "Happy Death Day" trailer, checking out the horror movie app Shudder and getting depressed by "The Handmaid's Tale."

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1:01:11 - TV RECAPS & REVIEWS

Remembering Adam West with his appearance on the canceled "Powerless," a captivating first season for "American Gods," the season wraps up on "Better Call Saul," questions remain after a "Fargo" season finale, "Watchmen" in development at HBO, an epic new trailer for "Game of Thrones" season 7 and premiers for "The Mist" and "Blood Drive."

Jun 20, 2017

Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast #59 Wonder Woman

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This episode is all about chicks, man, as we suddenly get woke to that feminine mystique and mansplain just how important a film "Wonder Woman" was to the future of nerd culture.  Listen to four cisgender bros check our privilege to congratulate Patty Jenkins and Gal Gadot for smashing the on-screen superhero patriarchy and set our male gaze on reviewing the record-setting, crowd-pleasing blockbuster.

Length - 01:52:22

Language - PG-13.  (Contains mild adult language.)

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0:02:58 - COMIC BOOK NEWS

Celebrating Wonder Woman Day in comic shops and the character's growing importance to little girls, Bruce Wayne proposes to Catwoman in the pages of "Batman" and the first issue of "Darth Vader" reveals why Sith sabres are red.

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0:23:29 - TV RECAPS & REVIEWS

The gone-but-not-forgotten "Vinyl," "Gotham" season finale hints at a big new villain for next year, a satisfying end to "The Leftovers," binging on "The Americans," a new season of "House of Cards," "Snowpiercer" coming to TV, the offbeat "Room 104" headed to HBO, the second season of "Ash vs. Evil Dead" surpasses the first and getting hooked on "American Gods."

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0:49:05 - MOVIE NEWS

Big thumbs up for Jordan Peele's "Get Out" and the extended cut of "Suicide Squad" doesn't fix its flaws.

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0:55:39 - WONDER WOMAN

The biggest female-fronted superhero film in history is setting box office records and receiving universal praise.  We break down the film in a SPOILER-filled review, laying out exactly where it met - or surpassed - our high expectations and what we hope its success could mean for a more feminist-minded pop culture future.

Jun 10, 2017

Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast #58

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We seem to be lacking some luster in this most recent episode of Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast, but have no fear, because we've always got plenty to talk about even when we're luster-less.  Join us as we wrap up all the CW superhero season finales, try to find some logic in a far-flung theory about "Gotham," and learn which celebrity's face Cliff hates the most.  (Hint: It rhymes with James Blanco.)

Length - 01:14:15

Language - PG-13.  (Contains mild adult language.)

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0:02:44 - ANIMATION NEWS

"Injustice 2" cut scenes edited into a film, "Red Dead Redemption" sequel pushed to Spring, Greg Rucka's "Lazarus" becomes an RPG, an animated "Deadpool" in production at FXX and looking for more "Justice League Action."

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0:13:48 - TV RECAPS & REVIEWS

Season finales for CW superhero shows "Arrow," "Flash" and "Supergirl," a wild theory about "Gotham," binging "The Americans," a pilot for Joe Hill's "NOS4A2," final season of "Game of Thrones" delayed until 2019, T.J. Miller leaving "Silicon Valley," a teaser for HBO's "The Deuce," another podcast who loves "Riverdale" as much as us, a "Purge" television show, Kevin Costner coming to the small screen's "Yellowstone," the grindhouse "Blood Drive" for SyFy and a compelling trailer for "Black Lightning."

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0:45:30 - MOVIE NEWS

Zack Snyder drops out of finishing "Justice League" over family tragedy, another "Spaceballs" in the planning stages, thoughts on Universal's connected monster universe, our first look at "Murder on the Orient Express" and Tom Hardy as Venom.

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0:56:44 - CROSSING THE STREAMS

"The Get Down" canceled, season two of "F is for Family," the excellent new season of "Master of None," the end of "Sense8," political documentary "Get Me Roger Stone," a stand up special from Hasan Minhaj (not Aasif Mandvi), a fifth season of "Arrested Development" and a "Dark Crystal" prequel.

Jun 3, 2017

Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast #57 Wizard Quiz

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In this nostalgic episode, quickly-forgotten mascot Poof the Wizard zaps us with his wayback machine and Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast is trasported a quarter century into the past!  In-studio guest Jesse Starcher of the Source Material podcast on the Radulich in Broadcasting Network unearthed a copy of Wizard Magazine dated May of 1992 and convinced us to take the 25-year-old quiz contained inside.  Listen as we test our trivia mettle against questions old enough to rent a car, place some unrealistic wagers, argue over vaguely-worded clues and try to tone down the domestic squabbles in front of company.

Length - 01:11:41

Language - PG-13.  (Contains mild adult language.)

May 26, 2017

Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast #56 Top Current TV Shows Part Two

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And now the conclusion, covering #5 through #1 on our Top Ten lists of the best television currently on the air.  The discussion becomes a little more intense and the love for each show becomes even more passionate as we climb to the very top of the heap.  After refreshing your memories by re-listening to Part One, find out what we each consider the best of the best, along with plenty of honorable mentions that didn't quite make our lists.  Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast came here to chew bubblegum and watch TV... and we're all out of bubblegum.

Length - 01:24:54

Language - PG-13.  (Contains mild adult language.)

May 24, 2017

Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast #55 Top Current TV Shows Part One

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Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast covers television nearly every week, reviewing, recapping and keeping track of dozens of shows.  But which ones are our favorites?  Which series do we set our DVRs for or binge the minute they become available for streaming?  Find out in this brand new Top Ten countdown, as each member of the cast unveils their ten absolute favorite shows that are currently on the air or in production.  Part One covers lists from #10 up through #6, with the conclusion coming soon, same Ka-Pow time, same Ka-Pow channel!

Length - 01:06:46

Language - PG-13.  (Contains mild adult language.)

May 18, 2017

Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast #54 Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

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It's time for another one of Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast's patented movie review episodes, featuring one of the most highly anticipated superhero films in years: "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2."  We break down what we loved most about the latest feather in Marvel's cinematic cap, so spoilers abound.  Before that, though, there's "Riverdale" craziness, a couple of great documentaries, some dystopian futures, and a bunch of recently-canceled television shows we weren't watching to chat about.  This episode may be a tad unfettered, but it's pretty beautiful.  (On the inside.)

Length - 01:19:18

Language - PG-13.  (Contains mild adult language.)

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0:06:04 - TV RECAPS & REVIEWS

The "Riverdale" season finale kicks the weird back up a notch and the History Channel documentary "Superheroes Decoded" drops some knowledge.

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0:15:10 - CROSSING THE STREAMS

The secret history of Batman in the "Batman and Bill" documentary, "The Handmaid's Tale" debuts with a unique release schedule on Hulu and the insider comedy "Don't Think Twice" now on Netflix.

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0:23:03 - COMIC BOOK NEWS

A major death rocks "The Walking Dead" and an oversized artist edition of "Renato Jones" excites Michael.

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0:28:30 - UNFETTERED NEWS!

"Dredd: Mega City One" television show in development, Image Comics' "Happy" coming to SyFy and "Black Lightning" added to the CW slate.

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0:32:40 - MOVIE NEWS

Booking a room at the "A Christmas Story" house, Wolfsbane and Magik cast for "New Mutants," the first trailer for "The Dark Tower" creates debate and the underrated "Edge of Tomorrow" gets a sequel.

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0:48:40 - GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2

A SPOILER-filled review and discussion of Marvel's new blockbuster.  We declared the first film the best comic book movie of the modern age, so can the sequel possibly hope to live up to that standard?  Or is it... even BETTER?

May 5, 2017

Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast #53

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'Tis the season to be jolly, because fandom's very own holiday, Free Comic Book Day, has come around again!  This week, the team from Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast previews many of the titles that will be available free of charge at comic shops around the world this May 6th, and tease the secrets you'll find inside their covers.  We also witness an awkward peek at Mario's longstanding beef with Link, hear about Jordan's sort-of brush with fame, and catch wind of a party for which we are most certainly not on the guest list.  So enjoy the holiday weekend, be good for goodness sake, and listen to this brand new episode!

Length - 01:20:22

Language - PG-13.  (Contains mild adult language.)

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0:01:37 - COMIC BOOK NEWS

A preview of this year's Free Comic Book Day releases from all the major publishers, "Legacy" promising to restore classic feel of the Marvel Universe, distinguishing between Hydra and Nazis.

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0:23:38 - MOVIE NEWS

Wrestler The Miz wants to be Booster Gold, Jeff Goldblum joining "Jurassic World 2," a black & white version of "Logan," an excessive number of post-credits scenes in "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2," the title of the next Avengers movie still unrevealed, sequel to "Unbreakable" officially on the calendar, fifth "Indiana Jones" delayed, another "Chronicles of Narnia" adaptation on the way, sci-fi time travel heist film franchise in the works, "live action" Disney movies add to their casts, betting against the time tables of the "Avatar" sequels and hoping for more Obi-Wan adventures.

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0:44:48 - ANIMATION NEWS

"Sing" touches Michael's crybaby side, "The Flintstones" comic gets dark, barely remembering "Popeye & Son" and an animated R-rated "Watchmen" in the works.

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0:52:10 - TV RECAPS & REVIEWS

Outlook for "Powerless" not looking good, "Kong: Skull Island" for the small screen, more "X-Files" episodes, new season of "Fargo" laying the groundwork for another Midwestern mystery, "Better Call Saul" inches closer to its "Breaking Bad" roots, the backstabbing finale of "Stranded with a Million Dollars," a leaked trailer for "Krypton" and "Riverdale" close to revealing its murderer.

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1:03:39 - CROSSING THE STREAMS

"Locke & Key" gets a Hulu pilot, "The Handmaid's Tale" debuts, a full season on Amazon for "The Tick" and thumbs up for Netflix's "Love."

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