Mar 2, 2018

Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast #95 Top Musical Movie Moments

The lights have dimmed, the orchestra has tuned and it's time to raise the curtain on another Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast Top Ten list!  This week, we reveal our favorite musical moments from movies.  More than just iconic scores or killer soundtracks, we remember the actual on-screen performances that made us laugh, cry or just tap our feet.  From Oscar-winning household names to offbeat cult classics, through comedy, drama, musicals, animation and muppets, we (along with helpful suggestions from some loyal Facebook fans!) hit every corner of pop culture to find the songs that have had the biggest impact on us over the years.

Length - 01:39:37

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

Feb 24, 2018

Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast #94

Everybody secure door two and don't jettison your Schwan's into space, because we have a jam-packed episode for you to enjoy.  We've conquered all the imaginary cyber-bullies and Larry has okayed spoilers, so listen in as we dicuss those Super Bowl trailers for "Solo: A Star Wars Story" and season two of "Westworld," along with a full review of Netflix's "Cloverfield Paradox," "Celebrity Big Brother," the latest episode of "Riverdale" and everything else we can squeeze into this brand new episode of Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast!

Length - 01:57:31

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


0:07:39 - GAMING

"Red Dead Redemption 2" delayed until October and checking out the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles in "Injustice."



The Groundhog Day-style romance "When We First Met," the dance flick "Step Sisters," the return of "Woody Woodpecker," a new season of "Love" coming to Netflix, a Chris Rock comedy special, reviewing the Super Bowl surprise "The Cloverfield Paradox," a second recommendation for "Devilman: Crybaby," a full trailer for "Incredibles 2," the first look at "Cobra Kai" on YouTube Red and the National Lampoon biopic "A Futile and Stupid Gesture."


0:39:56 - STAR WARS NEWS

Breaking down the "Solo: A Star Wars Story" trailer, the "Game of Thrones" creators attached to a brand new trilogy, a release date for the "Last Jedi" Blu-ray and a "Thrawn" comic book mini-series begins.



A peek at season 2 of "Westworld," rebooting "Greatest American Hero," the final season of "The Americans" begins in March, a flashback episode of "The X-Files," appreciating the schmaltz of "This is Us," sampling some "Celebrity Big Brother," "Supergirl" goes on hiatus, "DC's Legends of Tomorrow" returns with a Constantine guest appearance, a prison break on "The Flash" and a new hero emerges on "Black Lightning."


1:15:58 - RIVERDALE

Betty and Jughead help clean up a mess at the Cooper house while Archie gets in even deeper with the Lodge criminal empire in "The Tell Tale Heart," episode #13 of the twisty second season of "Riverdale."

Feb 21, 2018

Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast #93 The 2017 Poobah Awards

You can throw your Oscars in the dumpsters, cram the Golden Globes in a chifforobe and stuff your BAFTAs up in the rafters, because Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast has your definitive list of the year's best films: The Poobah Awards.  Seth, our resident cinephile and list-maker has spent all year watching everything from blockbuster superhero movies to micro-budget indies, traveling the region to screen, rent and stream the very best Hollywood had to offer in 2017.  And you can hear all his picks - along with our usual distracting tangents from the peanut gallery - counting down nearly 100 entries until we arrive at the best of the best.

Length - 02:18:18

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

Feb 15, 2018

Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast #92

We may never figure out which "Sex in the City" character we each correspond with, but that doesn't mean this episode of Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast is a total letdown.  Listen in as we celebrate the start of that New Testament film franchise we predicted, chime in on the ugly "Black Panther" backlash, Michael finally sees "The Last Jedi," Jordan starts his year-long countdown watching 100 essential movie classics and as much other pop culture wittiness as we can squeeze into a show.  Go for it!

Length - 01:25:38

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


0:06:44 - MOVIE NEWS

Cliff hops in to "Maze Runner: The Death Cure" with zero knowledge of the franchise, the second coming of Jim Caviezel for the "Passion of the Christ" sequel "Resurrection," Chris Pratt in the comic adaptation "Cowboy Ninja Viking," "You are my Friend" starring Tom Hanks as Mr. Rogers, The Rock taking Disney's "Jungle Cruise" for a ride, Jordan updates his January list of essential movies, rumors of Mario coming to the big screen, a "Black Dynamite" sequel and new trailers for "I Kill Giants" and "Ant-Man and the Wasp."


0:34:06 - STAR WARS NEWS

Michael finally sees "The Last Jedi" and a comic book one-shot reveals how DJ landed in prison.



Stan Lee has a brief health scare, catching up on recent issues of DC's "Dark Nights: Metal," lackluster stories counting down to "Action Comics" #1000 and news on Bendis's Superman takeover.



Emotional answers to a long-running mystery on "This is Us," Steven Soderbergh's experimental "Mosiac" on HBO, "The Goldbergs" 90s spinoff a misfire, a new season of "Baskets," lovable ensembles on "Superstore" and "The Good Place," "The Gifted" wraps up its first season, doing hard time on "The Flash," "Black Lightning" strong despite a familiar story, fighting the famous Luthor battle suit on "Supergirl," a vapid millennial romance "Alone Together" on Freeform, "Happy!" concludes its twisted Christmasy first season and a hilarious Mandela effect episode of "The X-Files."

Feb 9, 2018

Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast #91 Riverdale S2 Ep11-12

We have two week's worth of "Riverdale" to dissect and twenty minutes allotted to do it in this episode of Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast, episode 11 "The Wrestler" and episode 12 "The Wicked and the Divine."  Archie is getting pulled further into the Lodge family's dirty deeds, Betty is following her brother Chic to the dark side, Jughead is torn between his friends and his Serpent family and Junkyard Steve has a junkyard to run.  So dress in your finest Catholic chic and let us fireman carry you through the fun and absurdity of another wonderful "Riverdale!"

Length - 01:18:18

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

Feb 1, 2018

Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast #90

Welcome to another exciting episode of Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast!  Come for Cliff's amazing story about trying to stuff a cat inside a box, and stay for discussions of David Letterman's excellent new Netflix show, the debut of "Black Lightning" to the CW's superhero lineup, full details about the unprecedented anniversary issue Action Comics #1000 and much, much more.  Our rap skills may be wack, but our podcast game is tight!

Length - 01:43:50

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



Reviewing the "Runaways" season finale, "Fun Mom Dinner" spotlights female comedians, Letterman's "My Next Guest Needs No Introduction" expands on the talk show format, the dark British import "The End of the F***ing World," Amazon moving away from aquiring indie films, another appeal for "American Vandal," the quirky "Schitt's Creek" and a gonzo R-rated anime "Devilman: Crybaby."



A high-volume "Superstore," Fred Armisen joins "The Last Man on Earth," the more adult spin-off "Grown-ish," pitch-black comedy "Corporate" debuts on Comedy Central, "LA to Vegas" is Michael's new favorite show, the Legion of Super-Heroes backs up "Supergirl," the trial of "The Flash," "Black Lightning" debuts on the CW and a ghost-hunting comedy from Nick Frost and Simon Pegg in development.



Brian Michael Bendis survives a deadly infection, the red trunks return in Action Comics #1000, Stan Lee coming to Cleveland for Wizard World, the U.S. ski team dressing as Marvel heroes in upcoming Olympics, Frank Miller's "300" follow-up "Xerxes," Alan Moore's "Promethea" joining the JLA, the comic nominees for this year's GLAAD media awards, "The Walking Dead" gets a price bump and a new storyline, the "Captain America" road trip stalling out, the weekly "Avengers" story "No Surrender" introduces Voyager, DC's New Age of Heroes begins with "Damage" and TV ads, the "Old Man Logan" prequel "Old Man Hawkeye" launches, Jean Grey returns in "Phoenix Resurrection," "Star Wars Forces of Destiny" one-shots celebrate female heroes and listing the retailer-voted 2017 Diamond Gem Award winners.


1:25:38 - MOVIE NEWS

A surprise teaser for "Dundee," changing release dates for "Deadpool 2" and "New Mutants" casting Drago's son for the "Creed" sequel, rumors of Jake Gyllenhaal as Batman and a Kitty Pryde film, still unsure of Spider-Man's role in "Venom," starting to scratch off Jordan's 100 Essential Films poster, the destruction of a priceless Stephen King collection and a trailer for the finale of "Star Wars: Rebels."

Jan 25, 2018

Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast #89 Riverdale S2 Ep10

What was supposed to be a "quick" recap of "Riverdale" season 2, episode 10 "The Blackboard Jungle" turns into our typical long winded deep dive into the most recent insanity featured in the Town with Pep.  But how do you expect us to just gloss over an hour that finds Archie sporting a blazer and joining the FBI, Betty whipping out a pink can of mace, Jughead refusing to shed his skin and Sweet Pea in a turtleneck!?  So if you're down with KPP, flash us your fangs and tune in to this fresh episode of Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast.

Length - 00:48:40

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

Jan 18, 2018

Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast #88

Not only do we debut our next chart-topping hit "Sith Don't Lie" in this episode, but we thank our number one new patron and discuss some guerilla marketing tactics at a recent trivia night.  We also get our first look at the new Doctor Who, give a spoiler-free review of the Netflix blockbuster "Bright" and debate Dave Chappelle's divisive brand of comedy, along with all the usual news and notes you expect from us here at Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast.

Length - 01:07:41

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


0:7:34 - GAMING

Some Christmas vacation gaming with our families.



New episodes of "Animaniacs" on the way and a different direction for the next iteration of "Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles."



"The Gifted" renewed for a second season and the "Doctor Who" Christmas Special introduces the new Doctor.



"Sabrina" casts its teen witch, Dave Chappelle reveals a generation gap in two new stand-up specials, David Letterman's new show to debut with guest Barack Obama, reviewing the big-budget Netflix fantasy cop drama "Bright," getting Perlmuttered in space in new episodes of "Black Mirror" and "Runaways" nears the end of its first season.


0:56:22 - MOVIE NEWS

Seeing "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" yet again and the brutal Vince Vaughn prison movie "Brawl in Cell Block 99."


"Sith Don't Lie"
Oh, it’s on tonight
You know the Sith don’t lie
And they’re itching for a fight
All the cloning, the training
Don’t you see baby, Dark Side is gaining

I never really knew that Sith could rise like this
They make a man wanna learn Aurebesh
You’ve got your Darth Maul (si), Tyranus (si) Sidious and Plagueis

Oh Kylo when you killed your dad
You made the Jedi so mad
They regrouped and kept on
Fighting the ball on the Falcon

Hey Rey, I can see your saber glowing
And it’s driving me loco
And I didn’t have the slightest idea
That you might have been a Solo

I never knew the Sith were always two
Chasing the rebels from Hoth to Jakku
From Endor, Kamino, Mustafar, and Naboo

Jan 9, 2018

Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast #87 2018 Movie Preview

Slather some butter on your popcorn and settle in for Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast's annual Movie Preview!  We go month by month, breaking down all the films - both big and small - scheduled for 2018.  Stay until the end to hear us each declare which one we are most anticipating, as well as bold predictions about which will end up being our favorite flick of the year.  We also keep up the tradition of letting Michael try and guess the plots of any of the really obscure ones.  If your resolution is to see more great movies, then we have your next twelve months planned right here!

Length - 02:03:21

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

Jan 4, 2018

Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast #86

Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast wraps up the year with a brand new episode, where Michael regales us with a story about being attacked by an elderly dog and we copyright the word "podcast."  There's also some stuff about another underwhelming finale for "The Walking Dead," a nostalgia-fueled documentary on Netflix, a slew of new comic book releases and a peek under the mask of "Riverdale's" Black Hood killer, but really, it's all a bit anticlimactic after the geriatric dog stuff.  Happy New Year, Jesses, and here's to a 2018 even more down with KPP!

Length - 01:32:00

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



Robert Kirkman's "Secret History of Comics" retells the origin of Image Comics, "The Walking Dead" stumbles with another cliffhanger, the 35th season of "Survivor" ends with a twist and the CW to re-air "Crisis on Earth X."



Netflix documentary "The Toys That Made Us" takes a look back at our favorite action figures, Tubi streaming app has lots of classic Transformers and G.I. Joe cartoons, binging some older seasons of the latest Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles series, taking another look at Jim Carrey in "Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond," prepping for new episodes of "Black Mirror" and the star-studded holiday bigfoot comedy "Pottersville."



Sold-out "Metal" issues get new printings from DC, fallout from the San Diego Comic Con lawsuit, 2018 Free Comic Book Day titles announced, Marvel planning "World War Hulk II" and canceling several solo books, catching up on new releases like "Marvel 2-in-1," "30 Days of Night," "Witchblade" and "Quantum & Woody," podcast "Wolverine: The Long Night" coming soon and animated Justice League shorts on Youtube.


0:55:55 - RIVERDALE

Diving deep into season 2, episode 9 "Silent Night, Deadly Night," as the mid-season finale (possibly?) reveals the Black Hood killer, Archie gets the finger, Betty digs up trouble and Jughead undergoes some tattoo removal.

Dec 27, 2017

Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast #85 Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Three is most definitely company, as the trio of Jordan, Cliff and Seth gather to review "Star Wars: The Last Jedi."  SPOILERS abound, because we zealously break down every moment worth breaking down, thoroughly dissecting the plot, the characters and the themes.  For a big budget franchise film, it's surprisingly divisive and controversial, spawning both unrealistic petitions from fans and scholarly examinations from critics.  So, in one of Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast's longest and most passionate movie reviews, we strive to slice through the hoopla and honestly examine where we've come from and where we might be headed in our favorite galaxy far, far away.

Length - 01:56:25

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

Dec 18, 2017

Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast #84 An Illustrious Case of “Push ‘Em Tongue” discussing Riverdale S2 Ep6-8

In our slap-happiest episode ever, we tried to squeeze a quick "Riverdale" recap in after our previous recording.  But after already doing a full episode, then 45 minutes of political debate, a case of beer, some cold fish and a freezer full of delicious Push 'Ems, it was almost 2 AM by the time we called it quits and the results are a bit... let's say... unhinged.  But we do our sleep-deprived best to cover season 2, episodes #6-8, "Death Proof," "Tales from the Darkside" and "House of the Devil" as thoroughly as this terrific show deserves in this one-of-a-kind go-round of Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast.

Length - 01:23:47

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

Dec 13, 2017

Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast #83 Drunk on Schwan’s

We get a little long-winded in this brand new episode of Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast (and at least one of us gets a little tipsy as well).  But how can you blame us, with so many exciting things to cover!  It starts by catching up with Michael and his new life on the road as a Schwan's man, recapping Seth and Jordan's almost-record breaking trivia night and a few more thoughts about the "Justice League" movie.  Then it's diving into reviews of Hulu's "Runaways," the epic CW crossover "Crisis on Earth X" and Cliff's divided loyalties when it comes to the potential Disney deal with Fox and how it might not be such a great thing for fans.  So drop a quarter in our swear jar because it's Batuu or Bust for your pals at Ka-Pow!

Length - 01:50:46

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



Catching up on more "Punisher," the debut of Marvel's "Runaways," Hulu's Tonight Show-set dramedy "There's... Johnny!," gritty Western "Godless" premiers on Netflix, Jim Carrey's method acting on "Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond" and Youtube's Adam the Woo tours the "National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation" locations.



More episodes of "Transformers: Prime Wars Trilogy," digging the "Justice League Dark" animated film and new cartoon versions of female Marvel heroes in the works.


0:37:43 - MOVIE NEWS

Bucky embarks on a Youtube journey to watch the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe, a nice response to our Facebook movie game and more movement on the billion dollar deal between Disney and Fox.


1:08:18 - STAR WARS NEWS

A long running time for "The Last Jedi" and Disney's Star Tours incorporating the new planet Batuu.



A Christmas episode of "Superstore," SyFy's twisted comic book adaptation "Happy!," the season of "Nathan For You" ends on a high note, AMC's "Secret History of Comics" explores some interesting new corners, "Big Little Lies" returning to HBO for a second season, "Inhumans" wraps up its run, "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." premiers with a twisty two-parter, the character moving from "The Walking Dead" to "Fear the Walking Dead" revealed, a schedule shake-up for the CW and the superhero crossover craziness of "Crisis on Earth X."

Dec 7, 2017

Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast #82.5 Wonder & Coco

Cliff sits down with himself to talk about recently seeing the holiday family movies "Wonder" & "Coco."
"Wonder" stars Jacob Tremblay, Julia Roberts, and Owen Wilson about a boy born differently starting school for the first time.
"Coco" is the latest Disney/Pixar film about a boy journeying to the land of the dead and discovering his own family's history.

Length - 00:32:44

Language - PG

Dec 2, 2017

Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast #82

Wrapping up our Thanksgiving holidays, the Ka-Pow team begins this over-stuffed episode by revealing a few of the things we are thankful for, the Illustrious One gets his name changed by the West Virginia DMV and we groove to some Bell Biv Devoe.  Then it's on to the news, where we share our initial (but mostly spoiler-free) reactions to "The Punisher," prep for the big CW superhero crossover and give away a few of the secrets of the "Watchmen" sort-of sequel, "Doomsday Clock."  So clock in and check out this brand new edition of Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast!

Length - 01:51:03

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



A new "Stretch Armstrong" series on Netflix, Cliff weirded out by the film "Nine," Pixar's "Coco" releases to rave reviews, "Big Hero 6" premiers on Disney XD and the first teaser for "The Incredibles 2."



"Mystery Science Theater 3000" renewed for another season during annual marathon and our first impressions of "The Punisher."



"The Walking Dead" to cross over a character with "Fear the Walking Dead," hilarious relationship comedy "Hot Date" jumps from the web to TV, Mon-El returns to "Supergirl," gathering the Council of Wells on "The Flash," "DC's Legends of Tomorrow" trying to split up Firestorm, filling Ollie's shoes on "Arrow," preparing for the CW event "Crisis on Earth X," a debut date for "Black Lightning" and a flashback introduces some familiar mutants on "The Gifted."



An instant sell-out for Watchmen continuation "Doomsday Clock," editor-in-chief Axel Alonso out at Marvel and DC editor Eddie Berganza fired for sexual harrassment allegations.

Nov 28, 2017

Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast #81 Justice League

Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast is back, bringing you an episode-length review of DC's "Justice League."  Beware massive SPOILERS, because we cover the entire film from top to bottom, with opinions on the actors, costume designs, strengths, weaknesses, all the easter eggs we could spot and much, much more.  We even finish up by ranking all the comic book movies released this year from best to worst, so make sure your Mother Box is tuned in to KPP and share us with all your DC-loving super-friends!

Length - 01:21:50

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

Nov 24, 2017

Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast #80

Join us for a completely "Riverdale"-free Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast!  That's right, by not talking about our favorite show for an ENTIRE episode, it frees up plenty of time for the four of us - and returning guest, the Mayor Jared Lowe - to share our thoughts on the impact of all these Hollywood scandals, a brand new "Star Wars" trilogy, more on "Stranger Things 2," all those other CW shows and the earth-shaking defection of Brian Michael Bendis from Marvel to DC Comics.  We catch up on an awful lot of news here, so stock up on the spicy pepitas!

Length - 01:21:51

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


0:02:03 - MOVIE NEWS

The stunning trailer for "Black Panther," Rob Liefeld warns Fox not to sell to Disney, Deadpool guest-editing the holiday issue of Good Housekeeping, casting Drago's son for "Creed 2," Zachary Levi bulking up to play "Shazam," Universal's connected Dark Universe films go kaput and Kevin Spacey edited out of true-crime story "All the Money in the World" weeks before release.



First look at new Doctor Who in costume, "The Deuce" and "Vice Principals" wrap up their seasons, "The Good Place" keeps surprising, "The Gifted" starts to drag, heartbreak for Alex on "Supergirl," Elongated Man stealing the show on "The Flash," Ollie passes the mantle on "Arrow," Damien Darhk returns to torment "DC's Legends of Tomorrow," "Walking Dead" muddled down by action scenes and "The Orville" continues to evolve.


0:38:56 - STAR WARS NEWS

Our hopes for Rian Johnson's spin-off trilogy and a live-action Star Wars show coming to Disney streaming service?



After 17 years at Marvel, Brian Michael Bendis signs an exclusive deal with DC, "Dark Nights: Metal" spin-offs delayed, Super Hero Girls' huge sales success could mean expanded young reader imprint and Captain America reboots for Marvel Legacy with issue #695.



Further thoughts about "Stranger Things 2," "Punisher" set to debut, Amazon Prime orders eight episodes of "The Boys," "New Warriors" fate still up in the air, Jordan Peele bringing "Twilight Zone" to CBS streaming, "The Magic Order" set to be first Netflix property from Mark Millar and "At Home with Amy Sedaris" shares our love of pepitas!

Nov 17, 2017

Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast #79 Riverdale S2 Ep5

Join us as we take another wrong turn down the dark streets of Killerdale!  That's right, this entire show is devoted to "When a Stranger Calls," season 2, episode 5 of "Riverdale."  A masked killer is stalking the Town with Pep, and EVERYBODY is a suspect.  We break down our theories, try to get a handle on the 'shipping phenomenon and answer a super spooky phone call on this episode of Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast.

Length - 00:50:00

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

Nov 16, 2017

Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast #78 Thor: Ragnarok

It's hammer time, as Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast - along with special guest, the Mayor Jared Lowe - reviews the latest Marvel Cinematic blockbuster, "Thor: Ragnarok."  We dissect the film from beginning to end, so beware of SPOILERS, as we point out the hilarious high notes we loved as well as where we felt it fell a little short.  So if ye be worthy, press play and possess the power of Ka-Pow!

Length - 00:38:09

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

Nov 8, 2017

Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast #77 Stranger Things 2

With Michael M.I.A. and the rest of us trespassing in his house, we keep things lean on this episode of Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast, starting with the details of Seth's meet and greet with author Joe Hill, then moving on to our patented ultra-detailed "Riverdale" recap and finishing up with an enthusiastic (and a tad bit SPOILERY) review of "Stranger Things 2."  So if you are on a curiosity voyage, consider us your podcast paddles!

Length - 01:25:15

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



In "The Town That Dreaded Sundown," episode 4 of "Riverdale," Archie goes hunting, Veronica gets in the t-shirt business, Betty loosens her ponytail and we break down all the action scene by scene.



Jordan checks out the first volume of "The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina" in anticipation of the supernatural spinoff headed to the CW.



A full, SPOILER-filled recap and review of the second season of "Stranger Things," Disney is in talks to purchase some of 21st Century Fox's entertainment properties, Netflix officially drops Kevin Spacey from "House of Cards" and the documentary "Too Funny to Fail" is indeed required viewing for comedy fans.

Nov 2, 2017

Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast #76

Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast is back for another trip around the television dial, catching up on tons and tons of TV in order to give you a sense of what you should be watching (like "Stranger Things," "Riverdale" and a new gem from Amy Sedaris) and what you can skip (sorry "Ghosted" and "The Mist," maybe in reruns!).  We also run down some of the recent happenings in comics, with overviews of many of the newest DC and Marvel offerings.  So strap on your Binge Racing helmet, pop in your earbuds and geek out with us!

Length - 01:23:43

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



A revealing documentary about Dana Carvey's short-lived show "Too Funny to Fail," trying once more to finish "The Mist," our first taste of "Stranger Things" season two, "American Vandal" renewed for a second season, a triple-good review for horror-comedy "The Babysitter," Apple keeping their streaming service PG and a new "Runaways" trailer.



Digging deeper into DC's "Dark Nights: Metal," a sampling of storylines from Marvel's renumbered "Legacy" titles, heading to the West Virginia Book Festival to meet author Joe Hill, an episode list for Robert Kirkman's "Secret History of Comics," female indie creators cameo on "The Simpsons" and Valiant Comics unearthing authentic 90s cover gimmicks.



IMAX CEO admits "Inhumans" screening a disappointment, more hints at a live-action "Star Wars" show, Trek vs. Wars on "The Goldbergs," Taika Waititi still working on a "What We Do in the Shadows" series, a likable cast in the blah comedy "Ghosted," "Adam Ruins Everything" spoils the "War of the Worlds" radio panic story, "At Home with Amy Sedaris" showcases a hilariously warped version of homemaking, "I'm Sorry" provides another worthy TruTV comedy, daddy issues on a powerful episode of "Supergirl," bad luck strikes the cast of "Flash," new villains arrive on "DC's Legends of Tomorrow" and the third episode of "Riverdale" introduces Toni Topaz, the Goolies gang and a dangerous exercise routine for Kevin Keller.

Oct 30, 2017

Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast #75

Welcome back to another fresh episode of Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast.  Sure, "Riverdale" may dominate the conversation, but there is plenty more to enjoy, including a discussion on streaming habits that leads to a brand new song and quite possibly the most butchered name Michael has ever mispronounced.  Plus, it's our very first episode recorded in Ka-Pow's podcast bunker version 4.0 and you can almost taste the claustrophobia!

Length - 01:33:44

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



Saving Pops' on the second episode of "Riverdale," season eight of "The Walking Dead" premiers with the start of All Out War, more details from the AMC's "The Secret History of Comics," exploring Kara's fears on "Supergirl," running away to the circus on "DC's Legends of Tomorrow," more villains on the way to hassle "Flash," roster shake-ups on "Arrow," a blossoming love triangle on "The Gifted" and a documentary about the career of Steven Spielberg on HBO.



Finishing up the most recent "Voltron: Legendary Defender," Patton Oswalt gets personal in his new standup special "Annihilation," viewership data from Netflix gives us the term "binge racers" and the top 20 series with the most "launch day finishers," "Mindhunter" is an excellent serial killer drama, "The Meyerowitz Stories" with Ben Stiller and Adam Sandler, slowly finishing "House of Cards" and "Black Mirror," Ryan Reynolds' twisted comedy "Voices" and Nick Kroll's crude cartoon "Big Mouth."



Information about this year's Halloween Comic Fest and Rob Liefeld's feud with Diamond Comic Distributors.

Oct 18, 2017

Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast #74

It's a big week for us here at Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast.  The return of the CW lineup of television shows means more "Riverdale" to lose our minds over, a trailer for "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" gives us plenty to chew on and a modern sci-fi masterpiece in "Blade Runner 2049" keeps us thinking about it even a week later.  So tune in for our distinctive mix of in-depth analysis and stream-of-consciousness seat-of-our-pants faking-it-as-we-go content!

Length - 01:18:46

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



"Riverdale" is back for another season of ridiculous fun, the CW shows return, including a broken-hearted "Supergirl," "DC's Legends of Tomorrow" mixing it up with Caesar and a slimmed-down "Flash" cast, "The Gifted" keeps up the quality and Michael is forced to watch "This is Us," but happy to tune in to "American Housewife," "Kevin Probably Saves the World" and "Once Upon a Time."


0:38:33 - MOVIE NEWS

A second viewing of "Blade Runner 2049," progress on a new "Bill and Ted" movie, the horror-tinged "New Mutants" trailer, "Gambit" back on the schedule, dissecting the "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" trailer and "Thor: Ragnarok" screens early for critics.



"Black Mirror" to take on "Star Trek," "Voltron: Legendary Defender" drops new episodes, the "South Park" kids play superheroes the modern way, "Cube" now on Netflix, "Mindhunter" premiers, "American Vandal" spoofs true-crime documentaries and a teaser for the Stephen King mash-up "Castle Rock."



A trailer for Pixar's "Coco," more familiar faces show up in "DuckTales" and the new "Spider-Man" cartoon treads new ground.

Oct 11, 2017

Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast #73

After a lively weekend of wedding officiating and bigfoot-hunting, the entire Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast team is back and ready to get caught up on the week's happenings.  We've got many of our favorite TV shows ready to return and a lot of exciting comic books hitting the shelves, not to mention spoiler-free reviews of "Blade Runner 2049," "The Inhumans" and "The Gifted."  And if you end up learning how to drop a few Buddha-words like "karuna" into casual conversation, then that's just a podcast bonus!

Length - 01:14:55

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



Danny Glover joins "Locke & Key" cast, Joe Hill to be a guest at the West Virginia Book Festival, a price increase for Netflix, five new movies a year for Disney's streaming service, a trailer for Hulu's "Runaways" and Philip K. Dick's "Electric Dreams" anthology series coming to Amazon.



"The Good Place" continues to evolve, the final season of blue-collar comedy "The Middle," new episodes of "The Last Man on Earth" and "Blackish," premier of the X-Men spin-off "The Gifted" shows promise, "The Inhumans" premier undeserving of its harsh reviews, second season of "Westworld" shooting episodes simultaneously, "Riverdale" close to returning and Jordan binges on HBO shows during his free weekend.


0:45:27 - MOVIE NEWS

The dazzling "Blade Runner 2049" continues the sci-fi saga, a remake of "Flight of the Navigator" in the works, a trailer for "Pacific Rim: Uprising," Jenny Slate may be joining "Venom" film and Jared Leto hopes to reboot "Tron."



Milestone is coming back, doing the math on comic renumbering, the first wave of Marvel Legacy titles arrive and DC's "Metal" creates organic reader excitement.

Oct 5, 2017

Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast #72

The wedding episode!  By the power vested in him by the internet, the Illustrious One skips town to marry two people we hope NEVER listen to this podcast, leaving the rest of us to imagine what an amazing ceremony it will be.  We also get a detailed report on Cliff's trip to Disney World, the state of his favorite bathroom, the Avatar ride that twirled his ponytail and his failed porg smuggling ring.  Enjoy all that, plus the nerdy news of the week in this ceremonial episode of Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast, no RSVP required!

Length - 01:34:55

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



Premiering "Bluff Creek" #2 at the Hocking Hills Bigfoot Conference, the "Marvel Legacy" one-shot sets up multiple story lines, "Generations: Captain America" ends Nick Spencer's run with a bang, the JLA finds Ray Palmer and Mr. Oz's identity revealed.


0:38:08 - GAMING

A trailer and new information for "Red Dead Redemption 2."



Impressed by "Gerald's Game" on Netflix, Greg Rucka's "Lazarus" picked up by Amazon and Apple on the hunt for content.



Free HBO gives Jordan a taste of "The Deuce" and a disdain of "La La Land," Disney won't let "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." die, comic "Deadly Class" coming to SyFy, a strong second episode for "The Good Place" and the return of a lot of other network sitcoms, "Star Trek: Discovery" doesn't particularly float our space boat, "The Walking Dead" gets to say the F-bomb and big budgets for the final episodes of "Game of Thrones."


1:07:34 - MOVIE NEWS

A bit of improv on the set of "It," no big secrets on the "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2" commentary, terrific reviews for "Blade Runner 2049," a sequel to "Coming to America," first peek at Wes Anderson's "Isle of Dogs," the star-studded trailer for "Annihilation," a disturbing teaser for "The Killing of a Sacred Deer" and the novel "Artemis" coming to the big screen.


1:19:11 - STAR WARS NEWS

"Star Wars: From a Certain Point of View" novel collects short stories starring peripheral characters, J.J. Abrams directing Episode IX moves release dates and more "Forces of Destiny" episodes released.

Sep 28, 2017

Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast #71

We try very hard to make this episode as top-notch, informational and professional as possible, in case anyone who discovered us at the recent River City Comic Con is tuning in for the first time.  But after recapping the fun we had at the show, we fail pretty badly at all that and just end up steamrolling anything Michael wants to talk about in favor of jokes about necks.  Oh, well, you win some and you lose some here at Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast!

Length - 01:06:09

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



The debut of our very own So Pro Comics, things getting darker in DC's "Dark Nights: Metal," the grating intro of the Princess in "The Walking Dead" and a quick memory of Len Wein.



The next batch of "Voltron: Legendary Defender" about to drop, an extremely strong season of "Rick and Morty," "Stretch Armstrong" coming to Netflix and the next "Lego Movie" continuing where the first left off.



"Blood Drive" is over and we're done talking about it, a diverse mix of Emmy winners take home statues, casting news for the second season of "Westworld," jumping in on the "Game of Thrones" novels to kill time before the finale, the first two episodes of "The Deuce" impress, HBO greenlights a pilot for "Watchmen," a supernatural "Sabrina" spin-off of "Riverdale" headed to the CW, a new season of "The Good Place," divisive reviews for "The Orville," enjoying "Better Things" on FX and Jim Carrey reteaming with Michel Gondry for Showtime's "Kidding."



Finally getting a look at Alan Tudyk's "Con Man," learning new phobias from "Channel Zero," Nate Corddry coming to "Locke & Key," "The Boys" moves to Amazon, a killer trailer for "The Punisher," the zombie comedy "Dead Set" and more "Cobra Kai" details.


0:49:56 - MOVIE NEWS

Our spoiler-free reactions to "It," Taika Waititi rumored to be involved with a live-action "Akira," actors returning for the "Unbreakable" sequel "Glass," Linda Hamilton coming back for more "Terminator," "The Cult of Chucky" resurrects the killer doll, and a teaser for "Tomb Raider" that turns into an argument about necks.


0:59:01 - GAMING

Taking video game "What Remains of Edith Finch" for a spin and more SNES Classics to try and fill demand.

Sep 21, 2017

Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast #70 Trivia at River City Comic Con

Recorded LIVE in Marietta, Ohio during our panel at the River City Comic Con, Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast teams up with Jesse Starcher from the Source Material Podcast on the Radulich in Broadcasting Network to test the mettle of the fans in attendance with some comic book trivia questions.  Eleven brave souls step up to the mic, trying to etch their name in legend.  How many succeed?  How many fail, publicly and spectacularly?  Can a long-time trivia rivalry finally be settled on our stage?  Are we adding Doug as our new co-host?  You'll have to tune in to this special episode to find out who is really tougher than the toughies and smarter than the smarties!

Length - 00:55:07

Language - PG

Sep 14, 2017

Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast #69 where Michael skips the recording to watch “It”

A man short this week because Michael had a last-minute emergency desire to go see the movie "It" instead, the rest of us soldier on, promoting our panel at this weekend's River City Comic Con, deciding on a new name for Disney's Hollywood Studios and talking way more about "Blood Drive" than we ever will again.  So if - unlike Michael - you feel a stronger commitment to us than you do to a warmed over sewer clown, tune in to this latest episode of Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast!

Length - 01:06:26

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



Disney's streaming service pulling content from Netflix, the trailer for Stephen King's "Gerald's Game" and finally getting around to "Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp."


0:18:06 - STAR WARS NEWS

Episode IX needs a new director, a Captain Phasma comic book reveals her fate and "Star Wars Adventures" launches an all-ages monthly series.


0:31:30 - GAMING

Upcoming South Park video game takes on racial issues, two great games from Gen Con in "Codenames Duet" and "Downforce" and looking forward to the Columbus Toy Show and Gaming Expo.



The conclusion of "Blood Drive" leaves room for more, HBO's "Hard Knocks" pumps us up for the NFL season and a celebrity version of "Big Brother.


0:45:44 - MOVIE NEWS

Hoping "It" can revive a terrible weekend at the box office, a prequel to "Dracula" from a Stoker relative, "Blade Runner 2049" releases shorts to fill in the timeline, Nicholas Cage captivates in "Army of One," the first clip for the comic adaptation "I Kill Giants" and a cool scratch-off movie poster for film buffs.

Sep 7, 2017

Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast #68

Step into that magical train station just like our hero H.P. Hufflepuffnstuf, and enter the wizarding world of Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast!  We start off with a little "Force Friday" fun, then dive into the most recent seasons of "Game of Thrones" and "The Defenders" before swinging back around to comic books and a pretty terrific review of "Secret Empire," then cap it all off with a deep discussion about fan culture, and what feeling like you contribute to the conversation through fan art, fan fiction, cosplay and *ahem* podcasts means to today's consumer.

Length - 01:31:37

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


0:04:25 - STAR WARS NEWS

Force Friday II brings an array of Porgs, an evil BB-8 and a fancy new Lego set, reshoots on Han Solo movie leave Michael K. Williams on cutting room floor and John Boyega's Carnival kerfuffle.



Satisfying season ender for "Game of Thrones," multiple time periods for "True Detective" season 3 and a crazy plot twist on "Blood Drive."



"The Tick" drops on Amazon, giving "The Defenders" another look, more casting news for "Locke & Key," James Gunn confirms "Starsky and Hutch" rumors and the "Titans" have their Dick Grayson.



A new charity for comic book retailers in need, Marvel's lenticular cover fiasco, a strong non-spoilery review of "Secret Empire," early opinions on "Dark Nights: Metal" and DC's celebratory Jack Kirby one-shot specials.



Robert Kirkman's tweet on Jack Kirby's birthday about not drawing other people's characters stirs some Deep Thoughts about creativity, and what expressing yourself through fan art, fan fiction and cosplay means to modern pop culture.

Aug 29, 2017

Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast #67

While Michael sits out due to a severe case of late-onset acute tummy ache, the rest of the team tries to right the ship after the silliness of the previous episode.  Jordan shills for lots of exciting new comic books!  Cliff disses James Franco and defends Disney!  Seth returns from Gen Con with a full report about how he is definitely not a reptilian alien in disguise!  All this and more, from your pals at Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast!

Length - 01:17:24

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


0:00:42 - GAMING

Seth reports on his recent trip to the gaming mecca of Gen Con.



Director of "Cube" signs on for "Tremors" pilot, fan service pays off for "Game of Thrones," "Room 104" renewed for second season, a new trailer for "The Deuce," James Gunn writing "Starsky & Hutch" reboot, "Riverdale" gets a return date (and a visit from Supergirl?), a live-action "Jetsons" for ABC and "Preacher" goes there.


0:22:42 - MOVIE NEWS

Disney Land's "Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission Breakout" shakes things up for Halloween, lots of bells and whistles on the "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2" Blu-ray, hopes for a gritty "Knight Rider" movie, a slew of new Jokers coming to the DCEU, a "Garbage Pail Kids" documentary, talk about "Gremlins 3," Patty Jenkins asks for a raise and James Cameron knocks "Wonder Woman."



Seth doesn't share our love of "DuckTales," a Jerry episode of "Rick and Morty," "Gotham by Gaslight" being adapted to animated film and the powerful stop-motion brilliance of "Anomalisa."



Digging deeper into "The Defenders," more absurdity in "Wet Hot American Summer: 10 Years Later," new "Black Mirror" episodes announced, more seasons confirmed for "GLOW," "Ozark" and "Stranger Things" but not "Gypsy," a strong ending for season one of "Ozark," the Western series "Godless" from Steven Soderbergh, Neil Gaiman's "Good Omens" heading to Amazon Prime, casting news from "Castle Rock" and "Locke & Key" and waiting on details for Disney's streaming service.



Still no sign of the Fantastic Four for Marvel Legacy, rumors swirl about Batman being a metahuman and catching up on recent releases from the comic shelf.

Aug 24, 2017

Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast #66

There is no adult supervision this week with Seth off at Gen Con, so when the Poobah's away, Ronald P. Tramp will play!  That's right, our favorite dimension-hopping, conspiracy-spouting guest returns, bringing along a dire warning about the end of the world (and his never-before-seen sidekick, Pepitas).  We've also got reviews of "DuckTales" and "The Defenders," along with some big waves on the streaming front, but really, with an army of reptilian aliens on our doorstep all this TV stuff feels a little trivial.  Now get out there and rate Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast five stars on iTunes before it's too late!

Length - 01:21:00

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



"The Defenders" drops on Netflix, binging on "Voltron: Legendary Defender," comic writer Mark Millar sells Millarworld to Netflix, Robert Kirkman's Skybound Entertainment makes deal with Amazon and files lawsuit against AMC and Shonda Rhimes moves into streaming.



"The Guest Book" leads slate of original comedy programming on TBS, "Riverdale" season two teaser hints at obscure character, NOT watching the leaked "Game of Thrones," a live Muppets event and longtime Kermit performer fired, "Preacher" introduces its deplorable villain and "Blood Drive" shifts gears as it nears the end.



The "DuckTales" premier really wows us and "Rick and Morty" stays super dark in season three.


0:46:44 - STAR WARS NEWS

Obi-Wan Kenobi solo film in early development and a potential Jabba the Hutt origin movie.



Ronald P. Tramp and his sidekick Pepitas storm in to warn us of the impending apocalypse and a global conspiracy concerning five warring races of aliens in this sneaky "backdoor pilot" for his potential spin-off podcast, "The Tramp Files."

Aug 17, 2017

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

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

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.)



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.


0:08:58 - STAR WARS NEWS

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



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.



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.


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."



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.



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

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.)


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.



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."



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.


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

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

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.)


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.



"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."



"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.



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


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

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.)


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.


0:18:18 - STAR WARS NEWS

Director shake-up for the Han Solo film.


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."



"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."



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

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.)



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.



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."


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.


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

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.)



"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."



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."


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.



"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

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

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

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

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.)



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



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.



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



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


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.



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

'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.)



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.


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.



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



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.



"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

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.)


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.


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."



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

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.)


0:04:14 - STAR WARS NEWS

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



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."



"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."


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."



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



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



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

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.)

Mar 31, 2017

Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast #49 “Good Enough”

In this whirlwind episode of Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast, we celebrate finally becoming a blip on Larry Hama's radar, announce a t-shirt giveaway for next week's one year anniversary and get a visit from Ronald P. Tramp in support of Brad's wife.  And all that is before we even get to a metric ton of comic book news, more opinions on "Iron Fist," trailers for what are shaping up to be a couple of the best movies of the year and a momentous Star Wars showdown.  Is it our best episode ever?  Maybe not.  But, as always, it's good enough.

Length - 01:29:47

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



Iconic artist Bernie Wrightson passes away, R.L. Stine writing an offbeat "Man-Thing" mini-series, Comic Con Center for Popular Culture museum opening in San Diego, Emerald City Distribution tries to figure out a model for indie distribution, "Quantum and Woody" speculation begins after TV deal announced, the cause of Thor's unworthiness revealed, a first tease for DC event "Dark Days," gauging the interest for Marvel's "Secret Empire," and "Superman: Reborn" effectively ends the New 52.



Inventive zombie movie "Train to Busan," two Dave Chappelle stand-up specials hit Netflix, getting further into "Iron Fist," and a documentary about musicals "Best Worst Thing That Ever Could Have Happened."



"DC's Legends of Tomorrow" go from the earth to the moon, Supergirl joins "The Flash" for a musical episode, storylines come together on "Arrow" and "Baskets" wraps up its season with a strong finale.


0:57:19 - MOVIE NEWS

More actors rumored to play Cable, possible movies for Black Cat and Silver Sable, the long-awaited sequel "The Girl in the Spider's Web," trying to connect the dots of the Cloverfield universe, red band trailers for "Wilson" and "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri" and Robert Rodriquez rebooting "Escape from New York."


1:11:28 - STAR WARS NEWS

Confirmation that Carrie Fisher's death will not affect plot of Episode VIII, more details about the Han Solo origin film and Obi-Wan faces Darth Maul in the season finale of "Star Wars: Rebels."

Mar 21, 2017

Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast #48

We here at Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast pride ourselves on sharing our honest opinions, but things may get a little too honest in this episode.  After our spoiler-free review of "Kong: Skull Island," we dip into the latest entertainment news, get emotional over some heart-tugging television and debate the value of movie theaters in this post-Netflix world.  And stick around until the end to learn what all the well-dressed Jesses will be wearing this season!

Length - 01:21:59

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



Our review of the star-studded monster movie "Kong: Skull Island," and the benefits of seeing it in IMAX.


0:15:50 - MOVIE NEWS

The "Transformers: The Last Knight" trailer confuses us, rumblings of a Venom solo film, "Baby Driver" premiers to raves at SXSW, a third "Guardians of the Galaxy" confirmed, "The Batman" pushed back while "Man of Steel 2" eyes a director, more Matrix movies and guessing the plot of the upcoming "Space Race."



"Crashing" and "Big Little Lies" debut on HBO, having a good cry with "This is Us" and "Nashville," a sneak peek at "American Gods" and picking our favorite character on "Powerless."



Early impressions of the critically-divisive "Iron Fist," Netflix ratings changing from stars to thumbs as they try and de-emphasize the theater-going experience, second seasons for "Love" and "Master of None," identifying with "I Don't Feel at Home in this World Anymore," trying to figure out Savitar's endgame on "The Flash," Teri Hatcher joins cast of "Supergirl," "DC's Legends of Tomorrow" among a glut of time travel shows and the return of the "Amazing Stories" anthology.

Mar 19, 2017

KPP Movie Review: Beauty & The Beast

Cliff & his co-host wife Elisha of The Mickey Bars Podcast sit down to discuss their thoughts & opinions of Disney's Beauty & The Beast live action 2017 film starring Emma Watson.

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