The Empire or Jedi Podcast
About This Show
Created by a group of ex-Hollywood Video employees; Empire or Jedi is a weekly podcast that reviews the latest films from Hollywood, and dissects the newest scoops from the entertainment world. If you ever wondered what a bunch of nerds working in the lowest tier of the movie industry thought about cinema, this is it.
Most Recent Episode
Empire or Jidaigeki #1 – Vendetta of a Samurai
Long ago, on a dark and stormy night, two wandering Podcasters found themselves in the same inn. Nicholas of clan Goathoof was the first to arrive. With him he brought the Goathoof family banner – a depiction of British actor Timothy Dalton dressed as the Green Power Ranger. Shortly after Nicholas finished his fourteenth round of sake, Mike, the one-hundred-and-eighty-second head of clan Blink, crashed through the main window of the quiet inn. Nicholas, abandoning his Star Wars Destiny Card game – even though he was about to resolve the special for two Thermal Detonators and get off six damage to all opponents – rushed to the aid of his new roommate. Brushing the glass off of his armor, Mike stood up, grabbed his podcasting equipment and calmly requested the innkeeper to bring him sake. Curious, Nicholas joined his fellow Podcast wanderer.
Though the two sat in silence for the first hour, by the twenty-second round of Sake, they had begun to develop a rapport. They bonded over a mutual love of Jidaigeki film, a Japanese genre that influenced filmmakers including Steven Spielberg, Quentin Tarintino, and George Lucas. Generally set between 1500-1900, Jidaigeki films are Japanese period pieces, often retelling folk stores as old as the settings themselves. Throughout the night, the two belligerently discussed the genre’s classics, obscure gems, and anime adaptations.
The two began their conversation with Vendetta of a Samurai. Released in 1952, this retelling of a famous legend was written by legendary filmmaker Akira Kurosawa, and stars much of the cast from the yet-to-be-released Seven Samurai. Despite its star studded backing, this film is largely forgotten – pretty much unavailable save for a bizarrely translated version on YouTube. Is Vendetta of a Samurai a forgotten classic or was history right to discard this like so much genre trash? Will Mike and Nicholas make it alive with their livers unscathed? Tune in to find out.
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Rated 5 out of
My #1 weekly staple
These guys keep me company at work. I've been listening for 3 years and we live a state apart but they would no doubt have refrigerator privileges at my house. David, Cody, Chad, and Ryan I don't always agree but I always love to hear your opinions on movies. My husband is a movie buff and this gives us some common ground. 10 years of marriage leaves you sparse on discussion topics. Thanks for the entertainment and interaction. I've enjoyed it so much I thought I'd take a moment to let everyone know. :-)
Date published: 2014-03-26
Rated 5 out of
Clerks - Verified
These guys are certainly clerks with a capital "C" and they're just polished enough to let you enjoy that fact, without being annoyed by it. Great geek-out fan show for all things movies, TV and the kinds of interests we had because we weren't dating... And I mean that as a compliment.
Date published: 2013-10-25