27 minutes | Feb 23, 2019
Episode 42: Wakanda Forever @ The Academy
Gooooood morning!Hey Shifters -- do you think Black Panther deserves the Best Picture nomination at this year's Academy Awards? The 8AM Shift does. We recently came across American Psycho author and pop culture critic Bret Easton Ellis' disapproval of the nod and felt compelled to discuss it.The Academy Awards was not fair for a long time...[1:40]The revelation that The Punisher has been cancelled...just days after our Punisher episode!...[2:40]Creed never got the recognition it deserves; nor did Rocky IV...[4:19]Coogler's comeback...[5:14]What makes Black Panther stand out against other comic book movies...[9:20]Bird Box should have also...let me stop...[10:19]Make Ludacris a cop and Matt Dillon a street thug...[19:20]If Bret Easton Ellis has a problem with Wakanda worldwide, maybe he's the problem...[25:15] See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
34 minutes | Feb 18, 2019
Episode 41: The Punisher
Goooooood morning!We're back and we're talking about yet another fantastic Netflix MCU series that will likely get the axe: The Punisher. We've made mention of our infatuation with the Marvel character in previous but with season 2 having been released last month, we figure now was the time to dedicate an episode about Marvel's most well-known t-shirt logo. Sidenote: We recorded this around the time of the polar vortex so apologies if our references are a little dated.Shout-out to Jamila Rowser who signed a copy of her book Wobbledy 3000!, dedicated to the 8AM Shift!...[3:40]Joe's take on the recent Boston Globe podcast series Gladiator, which explores the life of Aaron Hernandez...[5:18]The time Joe saw a Punisher t-shirt...and quickly changed his mind...[10:20]What did we find on Wikipedia about The Punisher?...[11:50]The Batman logo...[14:50]Why isn't The Punisher going to be on the big screen as part of the MCU? (Hint: It's why Ghost Rider isn't there)...[18:40]The thin line meanings...[23:35]Words of wisdom from The Punisher...[30:37] See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
42 minutes | Jan 26, 2019
Episode 40: Netflix Hype Releases
Gooooood morning!Joe and Jordan are back from a brief hiatus to discuss the slew of hyped up Netflix releases. This includes the interactive Black Mirror movie, Bandersnatch, the Alfonso Cuarón feature, Roma, and the ultra meme-able Bird Box. Did they love each one? Did Jordan finish any of them? Find out in this jaw-dropping episode.What’s a high context content movie?…[6:05]Meme marketing and movies…[9:25]Why Joe didn’t watch Aquaman…[11:40] How was Bird Box constructed?…[13:00]Who thinks Bird Box is brilliant?…[14:10]Joe’s hang up about Bird Box…[23:30]Winter is coming…[29:30]THE SPIDER-MAN: FAR FROM HOME TRAILER OMG OMG…[36:13] See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
51 minutes | Dec 12, 2018
Episode 39: Bring Daredevil Back To Netflix
Gooooooood morning!Mike returns to the 8AM Shift to discuss the recent cancellation of Daredevil on Netflix, which is the latest Marvel Cinematic Universe TV series to get the axe. Mike and Jordan have both watched season 3 and can attest to the quality, which begs the question, why did they cancel a series that was getting better? The 8AM Shift gathers around a table in a cold room to examine this recent turn of events.VOTE FOGGY NELSON FOR MANHATTAN DA (yes it's a fake ad)…[00:04]Yeah, so they're cancelling MCU shows on Netflix :-(...[5:52]The Alan Sepinwall tweet-storm...[7:12]Nicholas Cage rage...[14:42]The biggest Marvel miss? The Inhumans...[16:25]Mike on Fuller House...[16:40]The Catholic sensibilities of Daredevil...[18:02]Mike and Jordan on the "Karen" episode...[22:08]The costumes...[26:49]America never stops...Captain America that is...[35:14]Acknowledging the incredible performances by POC actors and actresses in the Netflix MCU...[38:45]**Props to Jay Ali, Simone Missick, and moreJordan does a Harvey Keitel impression for no reason...[40:49]Follow us @8AMShiftFacebookInstagram#OnlyTheStrongest See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
29 minutes | Dec 6, 2018
Episode 38: Is Creed 2 Better Than Creed?
Goooood morning!Is Creed 2 a superior film? While most would show preference for the first one, Jordan caught the feels while watching the sequel. What was it that had him in the zone? Was it the heartwarming elements of fatherhood? The will to come back from a massive loss? Hearing "Going The Distance" again? Listen as Joe and Jordan give their hot takes on the box-office hit that will have you doing pull-ups at the gym for two weeks straight.Jordan had the feels...he also didn't watch Creed 1 in theaters...[1:47]How we got Creed the franchise....[4:45]The point when Joe got "swept up"...[6:57]Is Creed 2 the most meta Rocky movie?...[7:25]Is Rocky Balboa better than Rocky V?...[13:24]The Rocky Cinematic Universe...[18:36]Special thanks to the patrons of UA Court Street Stadium!Follow us @8AMShiftFacebookInstagram#OnlyTheStrongest See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
28 minutes | Nov 29, 2018
Episode 37: The Breaking Bad Sequel [BONUS EPISODE]
Goooooood morning!Hey Shifters — before we got sucked into Thanksgiving, we recorded an episode discussing the myriad of movies in the pipeline that are spin-offs of TV shows. This includes Breaking Bad, Game of Thrones, The Sopranos, The Walking Dead, Deadwood and possibly Peaky Blinders. Yet we had to ask: is this a good idea?WE ARE NOT IN DANGER…[00:47]The GQ article from 2013 that hinted at a sequel…[3:12]Joe’s Imogen Poots rabbit hole…[4:55]What would make Jordan be against a Breaking Bad movie? Hint: vomits in mouth…[11:25]The other sequel movies…[17:15]Will The Sopranos movie, The Many Saints of Newark, generate as many “woke” (vomiting in our mouths) clickbait headlines as we think?…[20:44]The proposed Peaky Blinders movie…[25:30]Follow us @8AMShiftFacebookInstagram#OnlyTheStrongest See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
31 minutes | Nov 21, 2018
Episode 36: Our Tribute to Stan Lee
Gooooood morning!Hey Shifters,As many of you know, we are huge fans of the Marvel universe and often reference their properties on this podcast. The recent passing of Stan Lee really touched us and we felt it was only right if we eulogized him in an episode. #RIPStanLee, you kept us inspired and gave us some of the best memories ever, from childhood to adulthood.Our earliest memories of Stan Lee…[1:37]Joe recounts his special memory tied to a specific trading card — the 1990 Mr. Marvel Trading Card!…[3:02]Apparently Joe thought it was Jake “The Snake”…[3:19]The “Marvel method”…[7:46]Sidenote: Joe mentions Daredevil but he meant Deadpool. ;-) Apparently there’s a petition to have him make cameos in Marvel movies…[12:43]Does Christian Bale love his fans the way Stan Lee loved his fans?…[16:32]The Hollywood Reporter ad from the cast of The Avengers…[17:30]Stan Lee and the Civil Rights movement…[20:03]Our thoughts on the Disney streaming service…[26:00]Jordan’s grad school paper and the Stan Lee memoir…[27:05]What is the one thing that Jordan wanted to ask Stan Lee? (Hint: it involves the writer James Baldwin)…[27:50]Follow us @8AMShiftFacebookInstagram#OnlyTheStrongest See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
31 minutes | Nov 10, 2018
Episode 35: America's Obsession with Outlaws
Goooooooood morning!Hey Shifters have you spent the last few weeks playing Red Dead Redemption 2? Did you watch the season finale of Mayans M.C. on FX? Are secretly yearning for the Deadwood movie to finally come out? Do you secretly wish for Westworld to become a real thing or at the very least an immersive VR experience that you would never have to leave? If the answer is yes to at least 1 of these questions, then you will probably like this episode. We're diving into the world of outlaws given the release of Red Dead Redemption 2 and we are asking: what is it about outlaw mythology that seems to capture peoples attention?Before that we speak on the recent midterm elections and the fun we had at the voting booth! Make sure to listen and like the 8AM Shift. Jordan didn’t vote…(SIKE)…[00:40]Joe and Jordan went to vote in their old neighborhood schools…[3:05]Was that Paul Provolone?…[4:20]Follow the 8AM Shift Facebook page…[6:40]Outlaw kick-off..[7:00]RED DEAD REDEMPTION 2 ANYONE???…[9:00]Outlaw culture…[11:48]The 12 elements of outlaw folklore…[14:06]Names associated with American outlaw folklore…[16:38]Was Robin Hood really a good guy?….[26:11]Follow us @8AMShiftFacebookInstagram#OnlyTheStrongest See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
14 minutes | Nov 3, 2018
Episode 34: Strange Days (1995) Review [BONUS Episode]
Gooooood morning!Question: If a movie starring Ralph Fiennes, Angela Bassett, and Juliette Lewis, directed by Kathryn Bigelow, with a screenplay co-written by James Cameron, came out in 1995, should it not have been a box-office smash? What is this movie was also a sci-fi dystopia in which Angela Bassett is a kick-ass heroine trying to shed light on a cover-up by corrupt officials?That's exactly what Strange Days is and was a brick when it dropped that year. However, Jordan watched it recently and had an epiphany that perhaps it deserves a cult renaissance. With 90's nostalgia in full swing and the idea that society is living out a political dystopia, why not take a moment to experience this Strange Days, which was way ahead of its time.Jordan’s fashion choices circa 1998…[1:04]Dystopian movies usually have a checklist…[1:54]James Cameron: more famous for Avatar?…[5:00]Kathryn Bigelow is an incredible director…[5:20]Strange Days — sequel in spirit to Blade Runner?…[6:35] (make sure to check out this referenced article from Pajiba)The hardest part about watching Strange Days…[10:45]End credit banter…[13:12]Follow us @8AMShiftFacebookInstagram#OnlyTheStrongest See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
56 minutes | Oct 31, 2018
Episode 33: Halloween at Hill House
Happpppy Halloweeeeen!What is the overlap between mental health and the supernatural? Conventional and modern medical wisdom tells us that there isn't any overlap, but the Netflix series The Haunting of Hill House definitely creates a world where those two issues can co-exist. That said, we are back and we're discussing this incredible family drama/horror series on this special Halloween episode.Also joining us on this episode is Joe's brother, Mike, who you may remember from our Dead President's episode. What’s really frightening? The talk around the new Clueless movie reboot …[1:30]But, who else wants Stacey Dash in this new Clueless movie?…[1:40]Special returning guest Mike, who also happens to run our Facebook account …[2:07]Jordan took his time with THOHH…largely because it wasn’t A Bronx Tale…[20:48]Joe gives us some gory details about a standout scene from Gerald’s Game with Carla Gugino…[23:45]Why did we love this series so much?…[34:08]Our favorite episodes…[36:41]Follow us @8AMShiftFacebookInstagram#OnlyTheStrongest See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
23 minutes | Oct 13, 2018
Episode 32: NY Comic Con 2018 Wrap-Up
Goooood Morning! Well it looks like we have ourselves a New York Comic Con recap episode. Joe and Jordan sit down to chat about the annual convention that has become a cultural touchstone in New York City. While Joe discusses his experience, Jordan becomes nostalgic about another comic book convention that originated in the city: The Big Apple Comic Con. While somewhat obscure now, it was at one point, one of the few comic book conventions in the city. So Shifters, hit that play button and take a journey down memory lane with Joe and Jordan. Joe does his Bane impression...[00:32]Jordan recounts the Big Apple Comic Con…[4:25]Gil Kane, William Tucci and Miran Kim are some of the artists Jordan’s met at the BACC…[4:39]The first time Joe met Chris Claremont…[10:00]What’s changed about Artists Alley at the NYCC?…[10:55]Joe and Mike met Bob Camp, the creator of Ren & Stimpy…[11:40]Game of Thrones spoilers…[17:05]A rant about The Walking Dead; just think in an alternate universe we get a version of Sorry To Bother You with Andrew Lincoln…[18:03]Follow us @8AMShiftFacebookInstagram#OnlyTheStrongest See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
31 minutes | Oct 6, 2018
Episode 31: A Bronx Tale - 25 Years Later (Pt. 1)
Gooooood morning!What is the greatest coming-of-age mafia movie of all time? The answer is simple: A Bronx Tale. Largely because it’s the only coming-of-age mafia film with one of the most unique twists for a movie in its category. September 29, 2018 marked the 25th anniversary of this cult classic and we, well, primarily Jordan, were more than excited to chat about it.So what’s so special about A Bronx Tale? It has memorable quotes, a unique love story and a riveting performance by Chazz Palminteri. So listen up because this is our hot take on Robert De Niro’s directorial debut.What is Jordan’s favorite A Bronx Tale quote?…[6:36]Watch out for a think piece on the movie…[8:20]Why do Old New Yorkers and the Hip-hop Generation love A Bronx Tale…[8:37]Chazz Palminteri was incredible…[19:45]Jordan attempts to perform a song from the A Bronx Tale musical soundtrack…[20:09]The president has a golf course in The Bronx…[24:07]And yes, we’re likely going to do a follow up episode at some point. Make sure to like and subscribe to find out when new episodes arrive.Follow us @8AMShiftFacebookInstagram#OnlyTheStrongest See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
52 minutes | Sep 29, 2018
Episode 30: Ozark vs. Breaking Bad vs. Oz
Goooood morning!Jumping right into we're discussing the hit Netflix series Ozark. It's been compared to Breaking Bad, which is arguably the greatest TV series ever, but is it really as good? That said, we jumped into a conversation about it with freelance writer Alex Bracetti. You may have seen his work on AskMen.com, which includes a portfolio of hits such as "Best Tequilas To Drink" and "A Man's Guide To Drinking Rosé". He's also one of the co-hosts behind The DPad Experience, a video game and pop culture podcast. On top of dissecting Ozark, we also show respect to the HBO series Oz, which is arguably the reason we even have Ozark in the first place.Episode HighlightsIntro to Alex Bracetti…[3:30]Joe and Alex are the last of a dying breed. Shout-out to all the Italian/Puerto Rocks in Brooklyn…[3:43]Joe really likes Wendy’s…[11:08]The Ozark conversation….[11:50]Alex watched the last episode of Breaking Bad before watching the full series…[13:30]Joe thought the last season of Breaking Bad was one of the weaker seasons…[14:22]Is Ozark unrealistic?…[20:24]Hey, anyone notice the camera style in Ozark looks a lot like the style in House of Cards?…[23:00]The Ozark vs. Oz debate…[30:40]Follow us...FacebookInstagramGiphy#OnlyTheStrongest See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
42 minutes | Sep 15, 2018
Episode 29: The Season 2 Preview
Gooooood morning!And we are back to a Saturday release schedule! We're also on our second season and in this episode we discuss what topics they will be running with for the next year or so. This may include...OzarkMayans MCOz90's RetrospectivesEpisode HighlightsJordan confesses that he didn't watch the entire Mayans MC season premiere [7:13]Joe watched The Nun and might be the only person to say something nice about it [9:15]Joe thanks Jordan's dad for convincing him not to ride a motorcycle [11:37]Sons of Anarchy and Mayans MC has lots of ads...but were these shows actually ads themselves? [12:20]Ozark talk [17:30]Joe and Jordan acknowledge the influence of the HBO series Oz [23:50]Our thoughts on Jack Ryan [28:43]Jordan watched Dunkirk in pieces [31:27]Jordan re-watched Boondock Saints, and um, yeah [34:30]It's been an amazing ride this past year and we hope you stick around for this new season. Make sure to follow us....FacebookInstagramGiphy#OnlyTheStrongest See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
53 minutes | Sep 6, 2018
Episode 28: Fear of a BlacKkKlansman
Gooooood morning!As mentioned in the description of the previous episode, this is the companion recording that we are releasing since we took a brief hiatus in August. This was recorded a week after the premiere of Spike Lee's BlacKkKlansman, which itself was released around the 1 year anniversary of the Charlottesville rally. We offer up our hot takes; what we enjoyed, what we could have done without and the takeaways we got from the film. We also revisit a recording that we did after the weekend of the Charlottesville rally in 2017 and we reflect on what has taken place in the last year or so.Also, this episode is the last one of the season. Yes, 8AM Shift has been around for a whole season! Join us for the next one, which we will discuss in the next episode.Follow us @8AMShiftFacebookInstagramGiphy#OnlyTheStrongest See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
46 minutes | Sep 6, 2018
Episode 27: Crazy Rich Azns
Gooooood morning!First off we want to apologize to all of the Shifters for our wonky schedule. To make up for being away for the last two weeks, we're dropping two episodes back-to-back. Yes, in addition to this episode, we have another one you can digest as soon as you're done with this one. So if you have a long commute or are stuck in traffic, now is a good time to sit back and chill as we give you our hot takes on two of the hottest movies of the summer.In this episode we discuss...What we've been watching or are attempting to watchHere's a shortlist of shows/movies which we share our thoughts on: Succession, Ozark, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Claws, Better Call SaulCrazy Rich Asians: The good, the bad and the "problematic" (vomitting in our mouths) elementsWhat we hope to see now that the movie has become a box office successOnce your done with this episode, stick around for our episode on BlackKklansman! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
43 minutes | Aug 9, 2018
Episode 26: Why You Should Watch Sorry To Bother You
Gooood morning!**Update: Joe and Jordan will be rolling episodes out mid-week moving forward! This means Wednesdays or Thursdays**What starts as a lengthy discussion about the recent Venom trailer slowly evolves into a set of hot takes about the Boots Riley film, Sorry To Bother You. While initially billed as a film about code switching, it's really a dark satirical look at what capitalism can do to those that are desperate for social mobility. For this episode we got to hear from a few of our ultra-cool friends.Chris Lee (of Gold Vibes Only -- follow them @gvo.fm)Karen Sepulveda (who you may remember from Episode 24 -- follow her @thekarensep)Atum Ra (who produced our intro music)After we launch into a brief discussion of MoviePass, which we both agree is a great idea that may not be able to last. Which begs the question, if MoviePass folds, who will take their place? See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
62 minutes | Jul 31, 2018
Episode 25: San Diego Comic Con Trailer Wrap Up
Goooood morning!Hey Shifters, we have a special three-person episode this time around. We invited Brooklyn-native and pop culture connoisseur DJ Treats to share his thoughts on the trailers that dropped during San Diego Comic Con last week. What starts off as a conversation about the Shazam trailer, turns into an interesting debate about...The return of Shaq (as in what the script for Blue Chips 2 would sound like)The Titans trailer (and our, ahem, collective thoughts on it)Why Batman: The Animated Series might be better than GothamThe possibility that the upcoming Joker movie (or movies?) might not be that good -- and why a Terry Gilliam a la Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas direction would be the way to goWhy Joe and Jordan teared up a little watching the Godzilla: King of the Monsters trailerMake sure to follow DJ Treats on Twitter and SoundCloud! Also check him out as the host of Parks Department right here. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
66 minutes | Jul 26, 2018
Episode 24: Karen, Rick and Morty
Gooooood morning!Have you ever re-watched a movie and TV show years later and said to yourself, "Man, this couldn't get made now." Well Shifters, it's the issue that Joe and Jordan have been dealing with when it comes to their media consumption. During their conversation, Jordan shares his thoughts on the hit Adult Swim series Rick and Morty, and what he hopes doesn't happen to it in the future.After the break we have a very special conversation with comedienne, actress and YouTube personality Karen Sepulveda, who shares with us her thoughts on terms like "content creator" and "woke", dealing with online hate and of course, Rick and Morty. She also opens up about what it means to be a mixed-race Dominican-American and the role her Latinx identity played growing up in the Bronx, NY.Watch and subscribe to Karen's YouTube channel HERE.Also follow and like her on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
48 minutes | Jul 14, 2018
Episode 23: The Dark Knight 10 Years Later
Gooood morning!In this episode we celebrate the 10th anniversary of The Dark Knight, a major touchstone film among older millennials and Gen X'ers everywhere. We discuss everything from the technical achievements of the film to the philosophical ones. It's a deep conversation that lends itself to discussions about today's political climate.Special thanks to...DJ Treats Liam Billingham...for sharing their thoughts on The Dark Knight.Super special shout-out to Atum for the music! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.