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."

Apr 24, 2017

Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast #52

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With Cliff's horrible kidnapping ordeal behind him, we are finally at full strength and able to dive into all the cool stuff that came out of the recent Star Wars Celebration.  We also review two of the biggest comic launches of the year, stoke our exciting new rivalry with that other podcast and get a visit from a famous plumber.  Bon appetit, Jesses!

Length - 01:10:00

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

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0:01:40 - STAR WARS NEWS

Cliff catches us up on all the Star Wars Celebration news we missed, including some of the important panels and plans for the Disney parks, director says "The Last Jedi" is singular, confirmation that Carrie Fisher will not appear in Episode Nine, the next spin-off still undecided, new animated shorts starring popular female characters, this year's Disney Legends inductees, "Battlefront 2" video game announced and Taika Waititi wants to make a Jabba the Hutt origin film.

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0:36:50 - GAMING

Mario pops in to confirm the NES Classic has been discontinued and the first chapter of "Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series."

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0:41:41 - COMIC BOOK NEWS

Reviewing the big releases from Marvel and DC, "Secret Empire" #0 and part one of "The Button," announcements of upcoming pop culture tie-in comics, information about DC's artist-driven title launches "Dark Matter," and full solicitations for Marvel's "Generations" revealed.

Apr 21, 2017

Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast #51

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We haven't covered any news for a couple of weeks, so there is plenty to dig into in this episode of Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast.  (And we have to do it all a man down, as a Mad Libs-style ransom note was left for the missing Cliff!)  Be sure and stay tuned to the whole thing, because we also draw the name of the winner of a stylish new Ka-Pow t-shirt in a completely random spot, and save all the spoilers for the star-studded new streaming film "The Discovery" until the very end.  And away we go!

Length - 01:25:36

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

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0:04:14 - STAR WARS NEWS

A teaser for "The Last Jedi" and some hints from Star Wars Celebration.

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0:08:47 - CROSSING THE STREAMS

The inventive zombie movie "Train to Busan," the updated version of "Mystery Science Theater 3000" launches, Louis C.K. has a new comedy special, the deaths of Charlie Murphy and Don Rickles, a second season of "Master of None" to begin soon, life-after-death movie "The Discovery" sparks debate, the buzzworthy comedy "Catastrophe," and the low-budget geeky sci-fi charm of "Dimension 404."

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0:30:38 - TV RECAPS & REVIEWS

"Man Seeking Woman" canceled by FX, season three of "Better Call Saul" brings back some familiar faces, a trailer for the new season of "Preacher," the finale of "Big Little Lies" impresses, the conclusion of HBO's "Girls," hints about a third season of "True Detective," "Legion" wraps up a stunning first run of episodes, a teaser for "Fargo's" new season, "The Walking Dead" ends its latest storyline with mixed results, "DC's Legends of Tomorrow" ends with a cliffhanger, Michael once again tries to convince us to watch "Arrow," has a "Flash" theory and recommends the reality-show skewering "Unreal," "New Warriors" coming to Freeform and an update on "Stranded with a Million Dollars."

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1:01:58 - MOVIE NEWS

The "Thor: Ragnarok" trailer excites, Josh Brolin cast as Cable, Joss Whedon directing "Batgirl" for Warner Brothers, Robert Kirkman's "Invincible" greenlit for a film, an adaptation of Brian Michael Bendis' "Torso," a new trailer for "Atomic Blonde," the first extended look at "Justice League," a creepy new version of "It," and a potential reboot of "G.I. Joe."

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1:11:54 - ANIMATION NEWS

"The Real Ghostbusters" streaming on Netflix and season three of "Rick and Morty" sneaks up on us.

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1:15:18 - COMIC BOOK NEWS

Bart Sears brings his classic art tutorials to Kickstarter and Watchmen-centric storyline "The Button" beginning in "Batman" and "The Flash."

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1:19:02 - SPOILERS AHOY

Seth and Michael discuss the spoilery aspects of "The Discovery" and the impact of its ending.

Apr 7, 2017

Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast #50 Top Heroes

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Coinciding with our One Year Anniversary, this extra-special extra-long fiftieth episode of Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast finds the guys sharing their own unique lists for their Top Ten Favorite Heroes of All Time!  After our Top Villains episode, we got several requests for the flip side.  So, by popular demand, here they are!  Coming from all corners of pop culture, these are the (mostly) fictional characters that define bravery, strength and heroism for us.  The characters that impacted our lives in positive ways.  The characters who captured our imagination as kids or inspired us as adults.  These, ladies and gentlemen, are our heroes.

Length - 02:18:30

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

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