Aug 17, 2017

Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast #65 The Dark Tower

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If the Man in Black flees across the desert, you know Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast is gonna follow!  It's a special review episode, as three big Stephen King fans sit down to discuss the recent film adaptation of "The Dark Tower."  Joining our kooky Ka-tet for our first ever long-distance palaver is Justin Lowe, a lifelong King reader and expert in all things Gunslinger.  We scrutinize the movie from every angle, and compare how well it reflects the novels, so there are some SPOILERS involved.  Thankee for listening, sais!

Length - 00:49:08

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

Aug 14, 2017

Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast #64

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With Cliff out on an important assignment, we recruit the Mayor, Jared Lowe, to step up and fill his seat, while Michael creates a new alter ego pretty much on the spot.  Jordan and Seth both happened to see the movie "Passengers," and feel the need to rake it over the coals a bit.  We've also got a lot of news, including the return of "Rick and Morty," some parting thoughts about "@Midnight," controversy in the comic book world and new trailers for "Justice League" and "Ready Player One."  So remember to #MakeMineKapow, because we are the Pop-Cultured Podcast that keeps you on the ledge of your chair!

Length - 01:38:32

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

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0:02:30 - ANIMATION NEWS

Season 3 of "Voltron: Legendary Defender," the long-awaited (for some) return of "Rick and Morty" and Usagi Yojimbo joins the animated Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

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0:08:58 - STAR WARS NEWS

Clint Howard gets work thanks to his brother's involvement with Han Solo movie.

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0:11:12 - TV RECAPS & REVIEWS

HBO hackers release "Game of Thrones" early, premier date for "Westworld," casting for the next "True Detective," the Duplass brothers' "Room 104" airs, M. Night Shyamalan wanted to remake "Tales from the Crypt," a requiem for "@Midnight," "Blood Drive" continues pumping and "Midnight, Texas" debuts.

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0:23:20 - CROSSING THE STREAMS

YouTube Red bringing back "The Karate Kid" 30 years later, "Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later" drops on Netflix, the unconventional crime story "Ozark," a movie to wrap up "Sense8" storylines, a murder mystery for the next season of "Arrested Development," "Gypsy" concludes with a frustrating cliffhanger, more "Stargate" on the way with 10-minute mini-episodes, a skeptic giving "Doctor Who" another look, all seasons of "Boardwalk Empire" now available on Amazon and "Don't Think Twice" hits a little too close to home.

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0:41:52 - MOVIE NEWS

The big screen experience of "Dunkirk," is IMAX cutting out 3D?, Gal Gadot can't quite fix "Keeping Up with the Joneses," the creepy robots of "Ex Machina," filling out the cast of "Ant-Man and the Wasp," a new "Justice League" trailer, "Flashpoint" as the plot for the solo Flash film, "Shazam" to be lighter and family friendly, a trailer for comic adaptation "My Friend Dahmer," first look at "Ready Player One," more details for "Captain Marvel," disturbed by the icky implications of "Passengers" and the one-hit wonders of "Opening Night."

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1:09:35 - COMIC BOOK NEWS

The rumored return of Wizard Magazine, Dwayne McDuffie's widow suing creators behind Milestone 2.0, the cancellation of "Suicide Squad: The Black Files," the #MakeMineMilkshake controversy, Black Mask's "Black" comic optioned, 30 variant covers celebrating "The Walking Dead" in October and bringing back collectible Marvel Value Stamps.

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1:28:20 - SPOILERS AHOY

Diving further into the tone-deaf romance and missed sci-fi opportunities of "Passengers" with a discussion containing heavy SPOILERS.

Jul 26, 2017

Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast #63

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In the midst of a barrage of nerdy news from both Disney's D23 Expo and San Diego Comic Con, we slow things down to cover the most pertinant of the bunch.  We also manage to work in spoiler-free reviews of "War for the Planet of the Apes" and the first episode of "Game of Thrones," share our thoughts on representation with the casting of a female Doctor Who and drool over the possibilities of the Star Wars land being built at Disney World.  All this and much more in this brand new episode of Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast!

Length - 01:30:45

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

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0:04:24 - MOVIE NEWS

"Baby Driver" jumps to the top of Michael's favorite movies, rave reviews for "The Big Sick," two opposable thumbs up for "War for the Planet of the Apes," is "Wonder Woman 2" set in the 80s?, high hopes for "Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets," more Batfleck drama, details for Harley Quinn's next film, Noah Hawley hints at a Doctor Doom project, "Dunkirk" opens and Tarantino to adapt the true story of the Manson Family.

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0:27:04 - ANIMATION NEWS

A far-out "Bob's Burgers" theory, Darkwing Duck a part of the new "DuckTales," lineup changes for "Young Justice," first looks at "Big Hero 6" and "Spider-Man" shows and family bonding over "Samurai Jack."

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0:37:53 - TV RECAPS & REVIEWS

The long-awaited return of "Game of Thrones," lots of Emmy nominations for our favorites, the depressing "Birth of a Nation," the alternate-history "Confederate," an unexpected backlash over the new female Doctor Who, a time-lapse tease for the next season of "The Walking Dead" and "Blood Drive" scratches that grindhouse itch.

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1:02:16 - STAR WARS NEWS

Lots of new information and our own speculation for 2019's "Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge" Disney attraction, plus balancing tradition with current pop culture trends in the constantly evolving Disney parks.

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.)

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