#63 - Marvel’s The Avengers (2012)
Brian and Shaun are rejoined by film reviewer and gadfly Diego Crespo to discuss the triumphant culmination of the first phase of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Although all three are fans of the films and comics (to varying degrees), Shaun puts on his contrarian hat and goes after fan-favorite character Agent Coulson.
#62 - In Bruges (2008)
Film nerd and all-around great human Shannon of Strucci Movies joins Shaun to talk about her favorite movie.
#61 - Broadcasting and How to Talk with Mike Pesca
Mike Pesca, perhaps known to some as an infamous Jeopardy choker, has additionally been a broadcaster for nearly 20 years, including appearances on some of NPR’s most prestigious and popular shows: On the Media, Planet Money, On Point, Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me, and on and on.
#60 - Short Films and Creepy Dreams with Charlie Pieper
Shaun finds common ground with Los Angeles-based writer and multimedia filmmaker Charlie Pieper, whose short films often communicate the creepiness and anxiety of life.
#59 - Acting, Directing, and Loss with Wonder Russell
Actor/director/writer/producer Wonder Russell joins Shaun to talk about her upcoming short film “See You on the Other Side.” Wonder spoke eloquently about her acting process, her transition from actor to director, and the loss of her father inspiring the film.
#58 - Cinematography with Steve Gainer, ASC
Cinematographer Steve Gainer, ASC has an impressive Hollywood filmography: he’s worked with Joseph Gordon-Levitt, James Gunn, and previous guest Lexi Alexander. Even more impressive, though, is how open Steve is about his process, both next to and away from the camera. Shaun talked to Steve about a range of topics, including one sneaky way to get a job, and where you’ll most likely find your crew.
#57 - Rear Window (1954)
Brian and Shaun try to make the case that a time-traveling Alfred Hitchcock invented reality television, and zombie Grace Kelly is called out for child abuse. By special request from Patreon supporter Anna!
#56 - Arranged Marriage with Web Bist
Like many Americans, Web Bist feels a deep responsibility to his parents and culture. Unlike many Americans, however, this fealty has led Web into accepting an arranged marriage.
#55 - Music for a Living with Jenny Owen Youngs
Shaun talks with singer/songwriter/personal hero Jenny Owen Youngs about skinning a cat, the mysterious relationship between musician and producer, and making art for a living.
#54 - Activism with Lexi Alexander
Lexi Alexander, director of the underrated PUNISHER: WAR ZONE (2008) joins Shaun to talk about activism in Hollywood, pigeonholing, storytelling, Twitter, and what sex has to do with social consciousness.