Jan 29, 2019

Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast #134 The 2018 Poobah Awards

Coming at you from sunny Marietta, Ohio, the film capital of the world, Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast presents the 2018 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 2018.  Counting down over 100 entries, this enormously overstuffed episode is the final word on our favorite films this year.


Length - 02:36:03

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

Jan 23, 2019

Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast #133 Riverdale S3 Ep9 Veggie’s Happening

"Riverdale" returns from its holiday hiatus with "No Exit," episode nine of season three, and Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast is all over the action.  This hour has bear maulings, cat burglings, gargoyles jacking jalopies and even a little Shakespeare lesson, so miss it at your own peril.  And remember to vote for us for Best Local Podcast in the "Arts & Culture" category at ClutchMOV.com!

Length - 01:02:42

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

Jan 15, 2019

Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast #132 Big Brother

Nothing goes together better than reality TV and minor celebrities.  Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast is going for that same kind of ratings boost, utilizing the simulator found on www.brantsteele.net to binge through an entire make-believe season of "Big Brother," starring familiar faces from our show!  Expect the unexpected as you get all the twists and turns, betrayals and blindsides you enjoy from the real thing, just starring (mostly) imaginary people.



Length - 01:54:05

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

Jan 7, 2019

Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast #131 2019 Movie Preview

A new year means it's time for Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast's annual Movie Preview!  Along with special in-studio guest, Coach Mayor Jared Lowe, KPP combs the entire 2019 calendar for films both big and small we hope will wow us over the next twelve months.  We also reveal which single flick we are most anticipating and go out on limbs predicting which one will end up being our favorite.  Forget those resolutions that involve going to the gym and instead promise to spend the year with us at the nearest theater.

Length - 01:45:14

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

Dec 29, 2018

Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast #130 Riverdale S3 Ep8 Weak Suss

The winter finale of the most amazing show on television gave us a ton of new information to suss, so Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast is back to recap "Outbreak," the eighth episode from season three of "Riverdale."  Let us be the big spoon and you'll hear a theory we think cracks this whole storyline open, the coining of a patented new 'ship name and exactly how Archie's quest parallels a beloved holiday classic!

Length - 01:24:28

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

Dec 27, 2018

Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast #129 Jukebox Bisselling

Pop culture doesn't slow down for the holidays, so neither does Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast!  Join us for this brand new episode where we put a lid on a few of the streaming seasons we've been following, recap the CW crossover event "Elseworlds" and review the spectacular "Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse."

Length - 02:11:06

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



The Dad rock concert film "Springsteen on Broadway," finishing up "She-Ra and the Princesses of Power," a "Chilling Adventures of Sabrina" holiday special, a documentary on the Just For Laughs comedy festival, "Inside Jokes," thoughts on the first season of "Titans" and new pictures of "Doom Patrol," the cast of "Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance" revealed and "Voltron: Legendary Defender" wraps up its outstanding run.



Recapping "Elseworlds," the annual CW crossover between "The Flash," "Arrow" and "Supergirl."


0:49:47 - YEAH YOU KNOW ME

Sharing stories about our first jobs.


1:01:45 - ONE JOB

Eulogizing Penny Marshall by picking her one immortal contribution to pop culture.


1:13:36 - MOVIE NEWS

Trailers for "Men in Black: International" and "Hellboy" and November's batch of Essential Films.



Our SPOILER-heavy review of the new animated theatrical release.

Dec 19, 2018

Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast #128 Riverdale S3 Ep6-7 Le B’unceur

When the world blesses us with a gem as rare as "Riverdale," then Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast has a duty to dissect each one into a thousand fragments in order to fully appreciate their every aspect.  This time around, we cross the tracks and wind up in episodes 6 and 7 of the third season, "Manhunter" and "The Man in Black," where we make a pit stop in Athens for a shave, end up meeting royalty (both of the Gargoyle and Rock 'n Roll variety) and conclude with an unexpected new 'ship.  Things get pretty hot and heavy in the bunker this time around, so strap in and enjoy!

Length - 01:53:33

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

Dec 12, 2018

Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast #127 Forgive Us Captain Ron

As some of our favorite television shows skid into their holiday hiatuses, we're here to recap all the major twists and turns.  We also have some spoiler-free reviews of the new films "Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse," "Ralph Breaks the Internet" and "The Christmas Chronicles," along with a debate about Kurt Russell's most iconic movie role.  (Forgive us, Captain Ron.)  So you tell 'em Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast is coming and hilarity's coming with us, you hear?


Length - 01:49:36

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


0:02:40 - YEAH YOU KNOW ME

Recounting our glory days (or lack thereof) in youth sports.


0:10:05 - MOVIE NEWS

An advance screening of the amazing "Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse," family fun at "Ralph Breaks the Internet" and trailers for "Avengers: Endgame" and "Captain Marvel."


0:39:15 - ONE JOB

Debating the definitive role in the bad@$$ career of Kurt Russell.



Feeling holly jolly with "The Christmas Chronicles" on Netflix, a live action "Cowboy Bebop" in the works, some final thoughts on "The Haunting of Hill House" and sampling other Mike Flanagan works like "Gerald's Game" and "Hush."



The fight against alien prejudice on "Supergirl," a time-hacking 100th episode of "Flash," more timeline shenanigans on "DC's Legends of Tomorrow," "Preacher" greenlit for a fourth season, the odd departures of Andrew Lincoln and Lauren Cohan from "The Walking Dead," topical new episodes of "Adam Ruins Everything" and a documentary about the unavoidable mix of sports and politics, "Shut Up and Dribble."

Dec 5, 2018

Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast #126 The Search for Jesses

It's a big week for news around these parts, and Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast is here to cover as much of it as we can.  Things kick off by saying goodbye to Stan Lee, recounting what he meant to the world at large and to us in particular.  Then we peruse the most recent Netflix releases like "She-Ra" and an off-kilter Western from the Coen Brothers, catch up on some of our favorite superhero shows and prepare for this year's upcoming Poobah Awards by watching as many recent movies as possible.  All that and a Perlmutter story about bribing dirty cops makes for one heckuva show.  Excelsior!

Length - 02:01:51

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



Isaac Perlmutter named in NYPD bribery scandal, eulogizing Stan Lee and deciding on the One Job we'll most remember him by.


0:31:47 - GAMING

Recounting a dominating performance during Marvel night at our local pub trivia, tending our share of pretty horses in "Red Dead Redemption 2" and beginning The Search for Jesse in a long-running game of Dragon Age.


0:44:03 - MOVIE NEWS

A long-winded title for the "Birds of Prey" movie, Amazon Prime members can watch "Aquaman" early, seeing Spike Lee's "BlacKkKlansman" in preparation for this year's Poobah Awards, checking off October's list of Essential Films and getting out to see the recent movies "Creed II," "Bohemian Rhapsody" and "Widows."



"The Ballad of Buster Scruggs" debuts on Netflix, sampling "She-Ra and the Princesses of Power," new episodes of "Mystery Science Theater 3000," Adam Sandler gets sentimental in "100% Fresh" standup special, "Remastered 2: Tricky Dick and the Man in Black" tells a timely story about Johnny Cash performing at the White House, cooling off on "House of Cards," Julia Roberts comes to the small screen in "Homecoming" and "The Romanoffs" anthology nears its end.



Kelly Ripa cast in "Riverdale," the surprisingly popular "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." renewed, recapping the unpredictable recent episodes of "DC's Legends of Tomorrow," lots of new villains on "The Flash," a taste of "Titans" and the rest of the DC app, the first season of British spy series "Killing Eve" and critical acclaim for the latest "Doctor Who."


Nov 29, 2018

Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast #125 Riverdale S3 Ep4-5 Good Droppings

Monica Posh rides again, with two more thrilling hours of "Riverdale" to enjoy!  First, we reveal the identity of Archie's new bae from the landmark 700th issue of the original comic book, then we sink our Baby Teeth into episodes 4 and 5 of the third season, "The Midnight Club" and "The Great Escape."  We've been waiting on this flashback episode to the parents' high school years for a long while, and the answers it would provide to the origins of Gryphons & Gargoyles.  So pop a couple of Fizzle Rocks and listen in as Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast breaks it all down.  Capisce?

Length - 01:30:24

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

Nov 7, 2018

Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast #124 Klemt Klatanberg

Saddle up, cowboys, because Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast has a lot to cover this week.  Not only do we stumble on the most obvious name ever for a new segment (and reveal our first celebrity crushes!), but we learn a few secrets about what it's like during game night at Castle Poobah, enjoy our first taste of "Red Dead Redemption II," get the willies from "The Haunting of Hill House" and make lots of juvenile jokes about a bare-naked Batman as DC's new boss scrambles to erase any and all controversy, plus plenty more in this brand new episode.

Length - 01:46:28

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


0:08:25 - GAMING

A new illustrated history book "Dungeons & Dragons: Art & Arcana," a peek behind the curtains of one of Seth's game nights and playing cowboys in "Red Dead Redemption II."


0:17:28 - MOVIE NEWS

Checking out recent films like the musical drama "Hearts Beat Loud," the documentary "Three Identical Strangers," the con artist story "A Crooked Somebody," the thriller "Revenge," "The Kindergarten Teacher" with Maggie Gyllenhaal and the martial arts action flick "The Night Comes for Us."


0:24:56 - ONE JOB

Struggling to decide on our favorite role from a listener suggestion, Tom Hanks.



Finishing the second season of "Ozark," getting creeped out by "The Haunting of Hill House," "Daredevil" season three drops, more "Making a Murderer," the spoof "American Vandal" canceled, and a new film from Jeremy Saulnier, "Hold the Dark."



The animated "Constantine: The Legend Continues" promos the CW Seed movie, a new supernatural mission for "DC's Legends of Tomorrow," a strong political point of view on "Supergirl," the troubled "Heathers" finally makes it to the screen, a who's who of horror geeks on "Eli Roth's History of Horror," orders upped for the "Batman: The Animated Series" blu-ray release and different versions of an "Alfred Hitchcock Presents" classic for Halloween.



Archie cancels their line of Marvel Digests, Hip Hop variant covers to grace actual albums, checking in on DC's "Heroes in Crisis" and other recent releases and behind the scenes waves caused by the "Batman: Damned" kerfuffle.

Oct 31, 2018

Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast #123 Riverdale S3 Ep2-3 Baby Teeth

Hang up your totems and chug that Blueberry Fresh Ade, because "Riverdale" is in the midst of a serious game of Gryphons & Gargoyles and Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast is keeping track of it all.  We start off with our spoiler-free first impressions of its Netflix sister-series, "The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina," then move on to covering all the crucial highlights of episodes 2 and 3 of the third season, "Fortune and Men's Eyes" and "As Above, So Below."  And stick around to the very end, where we manage to squeeze in a stealth edition of One Job, picking our favorite role from a beloved member of the 80s Brat Pack!

Length - 01:46:31

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

Oct 24, 2018

Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast #122 Purge Purge Purge

It's an overstuffed episode of Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast, as the arrival of fall has filled our days with dozens of new shows and returning favorites to sink our teeth into.  We sample several debuting pilots, including the rebooted "Magnum P.I.," the Jim Carrey dramedy "Kidding," Netflix's brain-bending "Maniac," the animated "Star Wars: Resistance" and much, much more.  Plus, we introduce a new segment where we get to know each other a little better by revealing our favorite Halloween costumes we've ever worn.

Length - 01:59:00

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



The "Marvel Rising" movie kicks off kid-friendly superhero adventure, "Batman: Bad Blood" on Netflix, a weirdly controversial trailer for the rebooted "She-Ra and the Princesses of Power," "DuckTales" ends its first season on a high note, "Star Wars: Resistance" premiers on Disney Channel and the crude "Big Mouth" defies expectations.


0:37:49 - MOVIE NEWS

A big box office but mixed reviews for "Venom," Lady Gaga shines in award contender "A Star is Born," scratching off more movies from our list of 100 Essential Films, an extended trailer for "Aquaman" and plans for a sequel and an English language remake of "Train to Busan."



Hours of classic "Monty Python's Flying Circus" come to Netflix, Emma Stone and Jonah Hill star in "Maniac," Maya Rudolph and Fred Armisen re-team for "Forever," historical fiction anthology "The Romanoffs," introducing "Mr. Bean" to a new generation, skateboarding documentary "Minding the Gap," a smart second season of "American Vandal" and lots of new songs on "Flight of the Conchords: Live in London."



Quality drama on HBO's "Succession," checking out the fall pilots "Magnum P.I.," "Murphy Brown," "The Neighborhood," "Happy Together," "The Cool Kids," Jim Carrey's "Kidding" and USA's "The Purge," season four of "Better Call Saul" wraps up, the finale of the quirky "Lodge 49," a new speedster and a new big bad on "The Flash," the return of "The Goldbergs" and "This is Us" and the ninth season of "The Walking Dead" ups the quality but sheds viewers.

Oct 17, 2018

Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast #121 Riverdale S3 Ep1 Tall Baby

Summer vacation is over and the "Riverdale" gang is back!  And Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast are right along with them, doing our usual obsessive overview of the first episode of season three, "Labor Day."  Heading to their junior year after wilding through the South Side, Archie's pals are already dealing with a murder trial, a sick tat and a creepy new nemesis, so there's a lot to examine right out of the gate.  Plus, Cliff recaps his week at Disney World, his first trip to Toy Story Land and everything he could glean over the fence to Batuu and the construction of "Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge."

Length - 01:19:44

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


Sep 19, 2018

Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast #120 Fisty Brickleberry

With Jordan MIA on his hunt for the Mothman, favorite Lowe child Justin Lowe returns to fill his shoes.  We celebrate the career of Burt Reynolds by deciding on his One Job, give some initial reviews on recent releases like "Iron Fist," "Jack Ryan," "Ozark" and "Castle Rock," and speculate on the risks both DC and Disney are taking by launching their own streaming services.  Download and enjoy this episode of Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast before some pesky Man in Black shows up to erase it.

Length - 01:30:17

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


0:03:53 - MOVIE NEWS

Persistant rumors about "Top Gun 2," "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3" put on hold by Disney, Ethan Hawke's clergy drama "First Reformed," the retro slasher flick "Summer of 84," the clever webcam thriller "Searching" and horrible reviews for "The Happytime Murders."


0:15:52 - ONE JOB

Picking our favorite role from the dearly departed film idol, Burt Reynolds.



Hulu's "Castle Rock" excites Stephen King fans, John Krasinski is the new "Jack Ryan," strong women take the spotlight in the second season of "Ozark," the confounding street magic of "Magic for Humans," Sean Penn heads to Mars in "The First," a documentary about the real-life stars of "GLOW," Netflix picking up "Designated Survivor" for a third season, more "The End of the F------ World," a trailer for the new season of "The Man in the High Castle," the animated comedy "Paradise PD," "Iron Fist" improves with new episodes, documentary "Perfect Bid" exposes a "Price is Right" phenom, DC Universe streaming service is active, the financial risks for Disney's streaming plans and a surprising double eviction on "Big Brother."

Sep 13, 2018

Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast #119 Top Ten Animated Movies part 2

Be our guest for the second half of Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast's brand new countdown, revealing our choices of #5 through #1 on our lists of the Top Ten animated movies of all time!  Joined remotely by special guest, Disney expert Justin Lowe, our picks end up being varied and wide-ranging, with a bushel of honorable mentions that didn't quite crack the lists, and even the films we agree on tend to be for different reasons.  So refresh your memory with Part One, then settle in here for the finale.

Length - 02:23:48

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

Sep 5, 2018

Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast #118 Top Ten Animated Movies part 1

It's a piping fresh Top Ten episode, as Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast counts down our favorite animated movies of all time.  Not necessarily the best or most acclaimed films, instead we talk about the ones that have stuck with us longest, moved us or made us laugh like no other.  Styles run the gamut from traditional hand-drawn animation to CGI, anime and stop-motion and from childhood favorites to powerful recent indies.  In part one, we reveal #10 through #6 from our lists, joined by special remote guest - Disney expert and favorite Lowe child - Justin Lowe.  Heigh-Ho, Heigh-Ho, it's off to podcast we go!

Length - 01:19:03

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

Aug 29, 2018

Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast #117 I’ll Be Dipped

The mainstream media finally catches up to our years of Perlmutter reporting in this hard-hitting expose where we blow the lid off the 1,546,045th biggest scandal to ever hit Washington D.C.!  After that, we cover all the news generating headlines in the comic book world, finally get some intriguing details on HBO's version of "Watchmen," review a couple of recent films and decide on the One Job that should define the career of Geena Davis.  I'll be dipped if I ever skip an episode of Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast!

Length - 01:34:01

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



Questions arise concerning Marvel honcho Isaac Perlmutter's powerful role in the Department of Veterans Affairs, Fifth Annual Batman Day almost here, hubbub over Bruce Wayne's "atheism," a graphic novel about George Takei's time in an internment camp on American soil, the return of the Marvel Knights imprint, Grant Morrison revamping Hal Jordan for "The Green Lantern" and a rundown of recent comic releases.



Another unexpectedly strong finish for "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.," a teaser for "Runaways" season two, "Yellowstone" ramps up the action and the first details for HBO's "Watchmen."


0:48:40 - MOVIE NEWS

Checking out "Hotel Transylvania 3," excellent indies "Tully" and "The Rider" and crossing the halfway point on our list of essential films.


1:15:32 - ONE JOB

Debating the one iconic part Geena Davis should most be remembered for playing.

Aug 22, 2018

Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast #116 Little Guys

Trust us when we say this is a fun episode, because the fellas of Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast play a little game to prove how very bad we are at lying.  Because you demanded it (apparently) we cover recent developments on "Big Brother," dip our toe into Matt Groening's latest animated comedy, test out a few new tabletop games, declare the One Job for which the world will remember composer John Williams and plenty more.  So listen in as we celebrate the love... yub nub!

Length - 01:10:28

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


0:01:26 - GAMING

An expansion for tabletop game "Room-25," adding miniature terrain by backing the Dwarven Forge Kickstarter, adding a rookie player to the Poobah's Dragon Age RPG game, a wild endurance competition on "Big Brother" and a quick game of "Win, Lose, or Banana."



Matt Groening's new Netflix comedy "Disenchantment," first trailer for the animated "Star Wars: Resistance," digging in to season seven of "Voltron: Legendary Defender," giving the cult horror indie "Cube" a shot and the marching band documentary "Marching Orders."


0:45:22 - ONE JOB

Picking the single most iconic work from the many immortal scores created by film composer John Williams.

Aug 16, 2018

Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast #115 Anklets and Ochmoneks

This week we are joined by special guest, Coach Mayor Jared Lowe, who details his greatest triumph as an actor and proves his chops in the inaugural edition of "Ka-Pow Theater."  We also review the new Disney film "Christopher Robin" and the indie darling "Eighth Grade," continue to gush about "Mission: Impossible Fallout," wade into the for-whatever-reason-controversial casting of Batwoman and settle Tommy Lee Jones' one job.  There's a speed limit in this town, and Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast is totally gonna ignore it!

Length - 01:32:18

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


0:02:02 - KA-POW THEATER

Reinacting a saucy scene from the film noir classic "Double Indemnity."


0:12:33 - MOVIE NEWS

An exciting trailer for "Godzilla: King of the Monsters," a review of the other Pooh movie, "Christopher Robin," watching "Mission: Impossible Fallout" in IMAX, the recent indie movies "Sorry to Bother You" and "Eighth Grade," the twisty new Netflix original "Extinction" and being thirty years too late to "The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension."



A strong season of "Big Brother" continues, the Cleveland Browns star in a new round of HBO's "Hard Knocks," the fourth season of "Better Call Saul" begins, the debut of AMC's whimsical "Lodge 49," missing the boat on the historical horror of "The Terror," information on the upcoming season of "Fargo," Ruby Rose coming to "Arrow" as Batwoman, the reboot of "ALF" we've all been waiting for, Amy Poehler & Nick Offerman's reality competition "Making It," getting hooked on "Yellowstone," the loving Robin Williams documentary "Come Inside My Mind" and new episodes of CNN's "The History of Comedy."


1:10:18 - ONE JOB

Deciding the most enduring role ever played by Tommy Lee Jones.

Aug 13, 2018

Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast #114 Serpent Draft

This episode is all about gaming, as the Poobah regales us with tales of a weekend spent at the longest-running game convention in the world, Gen Con, and Restoration Games announces a remake of the classic 80s fantasy game Dark Tower.  Then things get tense as we draft our teams for a round of "Running 'Round Riverdale" to be played live on an upcoming episode.  Tune in as Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast and special guest, Coach Mayor Jared Lowe, are on the clock and choosing squads of our favorite characters from the Town with Pep!

Length - 00:36:23

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

Aug 1, 2018

Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast #113 Winnie the Poohin’

Still trying to catch up with all the head-spinning headlines from this year's San Diego Comic Con, Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast talks movies for this entire episode.  Things kick off with a long, loving review of "Ant-Man & the Wasp," then we decide on the career-defining role of Ms. Janet Van Dyne herself, Michelle Pfeiffer.  With that business settled, then it's on to other news, trailers, the James Gunn mess and a Winnie the Pooh movie (no, not that one, the other one).  Things are a little lax and loony this week, so if you have to listen at x2 speed, we totally get it.

Length - 01:49:11

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


0:05:05 - ANT-MAN & THE WASP

Our full-length review of Marvel's other summer superhero blockbuster is full of SPOILERS, esoteric comic history and Paul Rudd man-crushing.


0:37:24 - ONE JOB

We take a close look at Michelle Pfeiffer's big hits in order to decide which role history will best remember her for.


0:50:06 - MOVIE NEWS

Cliff watched "Baywatch" for some reason, our first look at M. Night Shyamalan's "Glass," the Comic Con "Aquaman" trailer, James Gunn fired from "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3," seeing "2001: A Space Odyssey" on the big screen, seven more Essential Films scratched off Jordan's list, getting multiple Winnie the Pooh movies confused with "Goodbye Christopher Robin" and the warmhearted Mister Rogers documentary "Won't You Be My Neighbor?"

Jul 23, 2018

Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast #112 Foot Butt

We recorded this episode smack dab in the middle of this year's San Diego Comic Con hoopla, and attempt to cover as many of the major stories breaking over the weekend as possible.  Some news about what's coming to our television screens wowed us and some confounded us, but Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast is here to try and make sense of it all.  And if you haven't completely zoned out by then, we conclude by bestowing One Job on Vinnie Barbarino himself, Mr. John Travolta!

Length - 01:16:56

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



Prices set for DC's streaming app, a polarizing "Titans" trailer, a closer look at "Young Justice: Outsiders," "Star Wars: The Clone Wars" returning to conclude the story, more info on the Stephen King anthology "Castle Rock" and a peek at "Iron Fist" season two.



"Bob's Burgers" coming to the big screen, the Thirteenth Doctor makes the rounds at Comic Con, a rebooted "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," confirming some "Walking Dead" rumors, a new Captain Pike for "Star Trek: Discovery," Batwoman coming to the Arrow-verse, the premier of "Bobcat Goldthwait's Misfits & Monsters," "Sharp Objects" debuts on HBO, the engrossing PBS retrospective "This is Bob Hope," an interview with Conan O'Brien about the changing talk show landscape and rooting for our favorites on "Big Brother."


0:49:05 - GAMING

Preparing for all the new games at this year's Gen Con and two new Heroclix sets featuring the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Batman: The Animated Series.


0:57:25 - ONE JOB

An attempt to narrow down John Travolta's comeback-laden career to his single most enduring role.

Jul 19, 2018

Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast #111 Westworld S2 Ep10 Chekhov’s Brain Balls

Today, Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast presents our "Westworld" wrap-up.  We use a deep-dive into episode #10, "The Passenger," as a way to share our thoughts and theories on Season Two as a whole.  The Poobah's Little NotebookTM is full of information, and on a show with so many twists and reveals, expect SPOILERS as we attempt to trace the timelines.

Length - 01:20:52

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

Jul 14, 2018

Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast #110 Bread

In an effort to lure Michael back to the podcast, we invited his arch-enemy, carbs, to sit in with us.  So join Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast and our new loaf of bread co-host as we discuss all the most recent topics making waves in the entertainment world.  Along with new seasons of "GLOW" and "Luke Cage," the passing of Spider-Man's co-creator and DC's recent marketing missteps, we even find time to declare "one job" to define Kevin Costner's entire career.  So if you knead a good laugh with content that's never stale, you butter tune in and join us in a toast to our newest episode!

Length - 01:45:11

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



Freeform's "Cloak & Dagger" turning out to be a winner, Season 20 of "Big Brother" adds a robotic wrinkle, prestige drama "Yellowstone" shows potential, "Preacher" returns with Angelville storyline, better-late-than-never wrap-ups of "Flash" and "Supergirl" and a new Sacha Baron Cohen ambush comedy coming to Showtime.



Binge-racing through a spoiler-free look at "GLOW" season two, the true crime series "The Staircase" on Netflix, a premier date for the second season of "Ozark," first impressions of new "Luke Cage" episodes, "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel" lives up to the hype, holding out hope for "Locke and Key," season six of "Voltron: Legendary Defender" gets dark and thinking deep thoughts with "Joseph Campbell and the Power of Myth."


0:53:38 - ONE JOB

Determining the most iconic performance from Kevin Costner's long career.



The passing of legendary artist Steve Ditko, another lawsuit between Perlmutter and Peerenboom, digital comics added to upcoming DC streaming app, angering retailers with exclusive Wal-Mart comics, DC spoils the story days ahead of Batman's wedding, new "Firefly" stories on the way and the possibilities of a licensing agreement between Netflix and Dark Horse, beginning with "Stranger Things."

Jul 12, 2018

Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast #109 Top Ten Video Games part 2

Concluding our countdown of Top Ten Video Games of all time, this episode covers #4 through #1, along with a boatload of honorable mentions and a few favorites provided by our Facebook fans.  The picks get even more personal and nostalgic as we reach the top of the list, so catch up with Part One, then join Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast and our in-studio guest Russ Casseday as we reveal the games that captured our imaginations as kids and kept us hooked to the screen as adults.

Length - 01:17:25

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

Jul 3, 2018

Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast #108 Top Ten Video Games part 1

It has been too long since our last Top Ten episode, so we picked a topic a little bit out of left field from our normal conversations and are counting down our Top Ten Video Games.  Most of us are what you would call "casual gamers" at best, so this isn't a comprehensive list of critical darlings and all-time greats.  Instead, these are the games we had the best time playing with a room full of friends or the childhood favorites that always hit our nostalgia triggers.  From Atari to Xbox, arcade to console, Pong paddles to cutting-edge online gaming, part one of our countdown reveals picks #10 through #5 from each member of Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast and our special guest, Russ Casseday.  Stay tuned for part two, coming as soon as Cliff unplugs his joystick and gets back to editing!

Length - 01:27:08

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

Jun 27, 2018

Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast #107 Jordan Almost Died

Have we got some stories to tell!  From Michael's grueling new exercise regimen, to the Poobah's trip to Origins Game Fair, to our team's return to the local trivia scene, to Jordan's sudden, scary fight against pneumonia, there's been a lot going on here at Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast.  But we've still made time to see plenty of movies and keep abreast of everything popping in popular culture.  So pull up a chair and let us tell you a tale or two in this week's brand new episode!

Length - 01:46:02

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


0:30:31 - MOVIE NEWS

Getting into a fight at "Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom," reviewing the long-awaited "Incredibles 2," the 100 Essential Films of April and May, checking out "Upgrade" and "Hereditary" in theaters, more big name Tarantino casting new, the comedy "Fist Fight" on cable and confusion over the future of the "Star Wars" franchise.


1:14:43 - ONE JOB

Deciding on the one iconic role to forever define the career of divisive movie star Tom Cruise.



Closing in on the end of the second season of "Westworld," a local artist returns for the All-Star cast of SyFy's "Face Off" and the Disney purchase of Fox assets appears to be a done deal.

Jun 20, 2018

Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast #106 It Is Known

In order to graduate nerd school and move on to our summer vacations, our pal Jesse Starcher of the Source Material Podcast and The Unspoken Decade returns to administer our final exam: Wizard Magazine's Comic Book Intelligence Quotient from June of 1993.  Listen in as we flash back 25 years and struggle to answer questions about Valiant and Image and all the other trendy fanboy topics of the day.  Plus, we have our biggest disagreement yet during a special "One Job" segment, choosing only one immortal work from the prolific director suggested by Jesse.

Length - 01:21:44

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

Jun 16, 2018

Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast #105 Barrel of Cheryls

There is a lot of information to cover in any given week, and we here at Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast try to get to as much as humanly possible.  But some pop culture events have a much bigger impact than others, and deserve our full and undivided attention.  That is why we are devoting this entire episode to just three recent spectacles: "Deadpool 2," "Solo: A Star Wars Story" and, of course, the season two finale of "Riverdale."  SPOILERS abound from the very beginning, so be sure you've seen them first, then join us for our in-depth reviews.

Length - 01:29:15

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


0:01:09 - DEADPOOL 2

Hoping to recapture the feeling of the Merc with a Mouth's first blockbuster film, Ryan Reynolds returns for more over-the-top action and R-rated humor, bringing Cable and Domino along for this bigger, brasher sequel set in the X-Men Universe.



More impressive than the astronomical odds of picking the same two showtimes as Bucky, this prequel officially introduces our word "kashyyykee" into Lucasfilm canon.  Oh, and there's also Kessel runs and sabacc games and unrefined coaxium and Lando and stuff.


0:49:05 - RIVERDALE

Season two of our favorite teen soap opera concludes with Episode #22, "Brave New World," wrapping up some major storylines and giving us hints of what's to come next year, both on screen and on the shelves of our local Hot Topic.

May 31, 2018

Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast #104 Riverdale S2 Ep20-21 Chebby

The last few episodes of the second season of "Riverdale" have hit as hard as getting wanged with a shovel.  So leave it to the faithful crew at Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast to cover every moment, big and small, from episode #20 "Shadow of a Doubt" and #21 "Judgement Night."  Featuring some of the most exciting television of the year, the town is in flames, the Black Hood is revealed (we think) and Cheryl has donned her hunting cloak.  So listen in as we go door to door with Archie to check out every pair of eyes in Riverdale.

Length - 01:51:23

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

May 26, 2018

Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast #103 Cobra Kai Never Die

Recorded live from the velvet tables of Castle Poobah, we wrap up this year's Free Comic Book Day festivities, introduce a new segment called "One Job" where we choose a performer's most iconic role, give our initial opinions of the 80s-centric "Cobra Kai," then conclude with a SPOILER-filled review of the blockbuster "Avengers: Infinity War."  So join us for yet another trip into the entertainment stratosphere with Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast.

Length - 01:19:28

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



"Tremors 6: A Cold Day in Hell" drops on Netflix just as the first clip of the canceled Kevin Bacon series is leaked, the outstanding "Cobra Kai" debuts on YouTube Red, "The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina" the official name of the "Riverdale" spinoff, Dan Trachtenberg to direct "The Boys," a remix version of "Arrested Development" in anticipation of the new season, an interesting line-up for the second series of "The Toys That Made Us," John Mulaney's new standup "Kid Gorgeous at Radio City" and the movie score performances "Hans Zimmer Live in Prague."



"What We Do in the Shadows" picked up for ten episodes on FX, a pro-wrestling documentary starring Andre the Giant and "Last Man on Earth," "Lucifer," "The Mick" and "Brooklyn 99" canceled by Fox.



Seventy new episodes of "Rick and Morty" on the way and recording sessions complete for "Young Justice" voice cast.


0:29:11 - MOVIE NEWS

Our new segment "One Job"where we choose a performer's most iconic role beginning with Russell Crowe, the cast filling out for Tarantino's next movie and confirming Seth's number one pick for last year's best film.



And we conclude with all our spoiler-filled opinions on the Marvel movie that still has everyone talking.

May 7, 2018

Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast #102 Riverdale S2 Ep16-19 Jangle Noggin

For all the "Riverdale" fans who have been waving their mourning pom poms in our direction for slacking on our coverage recently, we get up to date with this discussion of the last four episodes.  From the mayoral election drama of "Primary Colors" to Cheryl's institutionalization in "The Noose Tightens" to musical-themed murder in "A Night to Remember" to the return of the Black Hood in "Prisoners," we cover episodes #16-19 of season two.  So dial us up, even if you have to crawl across the floor like Nana Rose, because Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast is ready to make our bones.

Length - 01:35:30

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

May 3, 2018

Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast #101 Schwan-El

After that massive episode #100, Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast is back doing what we do best, bringing you news and reviews for as much pop culture as we can possibly squeeze out of a week.  Free Comic Book Day is almost here again, and we preview a lot of the titles that will be available at your friendly neighborhood comic shop this weekend.  Plus, Cliff reports on scaling the berm to check out the Star Wars construction at Disney, we highlight the new "Lost in Space," talk "A Quiet Place" and "Ready Player One" and are actually pretty chill about "Westworld" coming back.

Length - 02:07:45

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



A Free Comic Book Day 2018 preview, this year's Eisner nominations announced, creator of Thanos throws shade at Marvel, reviewing the momentous "Action Comics" #1000 and a wild Batman / Booster Gold team-up.



Season two of "Westworld" debuts, a rapid-fire rundown catching up on "Flash," "DC's Legends of Tomorrow" and "Supergirl," Neil Gaiman guests on "The Big Bang Theory," "Ash vs Evil Dead" canceled, the premier of "Barry" on HBO, a four-way conversation about "Superstore," "Last Man on Earth," "New Girl" and "UnREAL," "The Americans" approaches its end, consistantly confounded by "Legion," Joe Hill's "NOS4A2" picked up by AMC and the anime-inspired "Star Wars: Resistance" announced.



A spoiler-free first look at Netflix's "Lost in Space," "Love" concludes with a strong ending, the twisty indie "Radius," "Locke & Key" not picked up by Hulu, a "Stand" mini-series for CBS All Access and a massive "Star Trek: Discovery" spoiler, truth is stranger than fiction in "Wild Wild Country" and Allison Mack's arrest, Mike Judge's animated "Tales from the Tour Bus" and a historical documentary about the Roosevelts.


1:28:38 - MOVIE NEWS

A half-dozen more Essential Films scratched off Jordan's poster, a strong recommendation for "A Quiet Place," a sneak peek at "Cobra Kai" during a "Karate Kid" Fathom Event and a light-on-spoilers review of "Ready Player One."


1:56:45 - GAMING

Getting the old Atari 2600 out of storage for a Barnes family gathering.

May 1, 2018

Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast #100 Anniversary Clip Show

Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast has hit the century mark, and we have decided to celebrate with a clip show!  In an ambitious endeavor, we collected and curated the very best moments from our time starting out as the So Pro Podcast up through the first fifty episodes of our current iteration.  So whether you're a long-time Jesse here to relive some of your favorite moments or a more recent listener learning the origins of our recurring references and best running gags, this mega-sized anniversary celebration has a little something for everyone.  We even end the show with extended flashbacks to our four favorite episodes, including an owl-filled Facebook intervention, a Ho-Ho-Holiday roundtable, trading barbs with a roomful of other podcasters and the unbelievable tale of "Crisis on County Road 10."  So for Michael, Jordan, Cliff, Seth, all the family that puts up with our long nights recording and all the fans who have ever given us a listen, from the bottom of our hearts, we thank you for always being down with KPP!

Length - 03:06:40

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

Apr 19, 2018

Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast #99 Riverdale S2 Ep14-15

We have somehow fallen behind in our crazy-obsessive "Riverdale" coverage, so it's time to play catch up!  Join us as we explore every moment of the season two episodes "The Hills Have Eyes," in which the gang make a real weekend out of it at lakeside Lodge Lodge, and "There Will Be Blood," where Senior Archie jumps into the cutthroat town mayoral race.  And luckily, just as the show throws politics and a shifty set of twins at us, we are joined by real-life holder of an elected office and father of twins, Coach Mayor Jared Lowe.  Plus, get a few hints at our ambitious plans for next week's one hundredth episode from the pals and gals at Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast!

Length - 01:37:55

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

Apr 9, 2018

Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast #98

With Cliff off enjoying himself at Disney, it's up to the Mayor, Jared Lowe, to fill his seat.  We get to hear a harrowing tale of Michael's life-threatening big toe injury, say goodbye to Toys 'R Us, recap the fun at a local comic convention and witness Jordan bow to technological peer pressure, along with all the other news and reviews you expect.  At Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast, you can count on us to cover everyting from A to B!

Length - 01:18:45

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



Stopping by the Classic Plastics Toy & Comic Expo in Parkersburg, WV, Seth picks up the Absolute version of "Identity Crisis" from a struggling retailer, cartoonist Ed Piskor's "X-Men: Grand Design," worrying about Stan Lee's health and circling vultures, South by Southwest gives away red Superman trunks, a variant cover for Tom Beland's touching "Black Panther" art, Bruce Banner returns as the Immortal Hulk, Norman Osborn becomes the Red Goblin, Marvel's "Infinity Countdown" begins, "Jim Henson's Labyrinth: Coronation" reveals the origin of the Goblin King and the first issue of Robert Kirkman's sci-fi "Oblivion Song."



Joel McHale's Netflix show improving, the third and final season of "Love," new episodes of "Jessica Jones," Annabella Sciorra cast as "Luke Cage" villain and Jordan joins the 20th century by switching cable providers.



The "Westworld" experience dazzles at South by Southwest, Melissa Joan Hart returning for more "Clarissa Explains it All," recontextualizing "Saved by the Bell" with the "Zack Morris is Trash" shorts, the first table read for final season of "Game of Thrones," more money equals more problems on "Atlanta" and "The Walking Dead" struggling to tie all the threads together.


0:57:34 - MOVIE NEWS

Michael finally gets out to see "Black Panther," classic comic moments in the second trailer for "Avengers: Infinity War," reshoots for "Deadpool 2," a recommendation for the comedy "Game Night," the serious sci-fi of "Annihilation," revisiting some Hitchcock classics, the first reviews for "Ready Player One" and special features on the "Star Wars: the Last Jedi" include Laura Dern's unique blaster form.

Mar 14, 2018

Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast #97

It's time to catch up on all the news you need to know!  This week, we cover everything from "Celebrity Big Brother" to the final few hours of "Star Wars: Rebels" to Marvel shaking up the release schedule of "Infinity War."  Then we take a deeper dive into the comic book market, how it's structured and how a new digital pre-order system could change things for your favorite local shop.  Equally informational and irreverent, Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast is happy to have you along for the ride!

Length - 01:58:34

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



Szechuan sauce returns to McDonald's, the second season of "Atlanta" begins, video game fanboys invade "Superstore," some final thoughts on "Celebrity Big Brother," the true-life mini-series "Waco," a new sci-fi wrinkle added as "Star Wars: Rebels" nears its end, "The Walking Dead" returns for its second half with a long goodbye and better late than never to IFC's "Brockmire."



"Lost in Space" headed to Netflix, Joel McHale's familiar-looking show, season five of "Voltron: Legendary Defender" drops, Paul Rudd's "Mute" disappoints, the first three episodes of Hulu's political drama "The Looming Tower" released, a funny second teaser for "Cobra Kai," a "Dark Tower" series headed to Amazon, a new generation of "Queer Eye" debuts and another season of the reality-skewering "UnREAL."


0:46:16 - MOVIE NEWS

Marvel moves "Infinity War" up a week, Disneyland Paris announces new Marvel and Star Wars lands, Joss Whedon drops out of "Batgirl," the first look at Zachary Levi as Shazam, Kristen Wiig as Cheetah?, casting for Tarantino's next movie, "Annihilation" opens in theaters, catching all the Oscar nominated shorts on the big screen and Jordan unveils the Essential Films he caught in February.



Reviewing DC's "The Terrifics" #1, Jonathan Hickman returning to Marvel?, DC launching out-of-continuity "Black Label" line, Neil Gaiman creating his own Sandman universe with four new titles, Bendis adds two new creator owned titles to his workload, Marvel rebooting their line with a "Fresh Start" and Diamond announces a digital pullbox service for local shops.



Is there a better way to market comic books to "civilians" outside of the direct market and the typical fan press?

Mar 9, 2018

Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast #96 Black Panther

Armed with brand new microphones, a mixer and Carly's headphones, we are geared up for an in-depth review of the groundbreaking Marvel mega-blockbuster, "Black Panther."  We begin with a quick history lesson, placing T'Challa's first appearance in the proper context of the comic book landscape of 1966 and trace how slowly diversity crept through the industry in his wake.  Then it's on to the movie, and plenty of SPOILERS as we break down the film's many high points and criticize the few places where it deserves it.  So revisit Wakanda with Ka-Pow the Pop Cultured Podcast.  We never freeze!

Length - 00:49:07

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

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.)

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