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133 minutes | a day ago
33: Godzilla vs. Kong (2021)
Michael and Rob welcome some new AfterLUNCH voices to talk about Legendary Entertainment's MonsterVerse in general, while drilling deep into the Hollow Earth and the current Godzilla vs. Kong film. Joining the panel are a trio of giant monster super-fans: Sophie (a long-time friend of Michael who lives in the UK), Corinna Bechko (who not only writes cool comics like The Expanse and Smithsonian Dig It: Dinosaurs & Other Prehistoric Creatures, but also has a background in zoology and has worked professionally with both giant lizards and primates), and David May (Michael's son and frequent podcast partner).
200 minutes | 8 days ago
32: After Dinner Lounge, Apr 2021 (Jughead's Hat)
Michael, Rob, Evan, and Pax gather for another after dinner conversation sparked by what they've been listening to, reading, watching, and thinking about. Discussions start from the following topics, but meander: Podcasts like The Classic Tales, Writers/Blockbusters, Judge John Hodgman, and The History of Philosophy Without Any Gaps. The poetry of Emily Dickinson and Langston Hughes Books like The Exploits of Arsène Lupin by Maurice Leblanc, the Darth Bane trilogy by Drew Karpyshyn, and Marvel Classic Novels - X-Men and the Avengers: The Gamma Quest Omnibus by Greg Cox. Comics like the Thor Eternals saga, A Silent Voice, Vol. 1 by Yoshitoki Ōima, and Star Trek:Year Five. Movies like April Fool's Day, A Star is Born, and Godzilla vs Kong. TV series like Lovecraft Country, Bleak House adaptations, Resident Alien, and The Haunting of Hill House. And real talk about wedding rings, racism, pets, and staying young.
97 minutes | 15 days ago
31: Making Muppet Movies
Michael and Rob steal a popular Twitter meme with the help of both fresh and familiar voices. Michael's college pal Faith Regn makes her podcast debut alongside our good friend Kay and the Muppetational return of Carlin Trammel! Our sensational, inspirational, celebrational panel creates five new Muppet movies by picking existing non-Muppet films, keeping one or two human actors, and replacing the rest of the cast with Muppets. Tune in for new Muppet capers and mysteries and maybe even some Muppets in space.
59 minutes | 22 days ago
30: Mystery Movie Night - Planes, Puns, and Paramedics
The Mystery Movie Night podcast moves to AfterLUNCH! If you're new to the format, one of the panelists picks three movies with some sort of secret connection. Everyone watches the films and talks about them, then the other panelists try to guess the common element. In this inaugural AfterLUNCH episode, Evan Hanson picked Empire of the Sun (1987), Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (2003), and Sacro Gra (2013). For listeners who haven't seen all the movies and want to avoid spoilers, here are the time stamps for each review, including the guessing part in case you want to skip straight to that: 00:05:37 - Review of Empire of the Sun (1987) 00:23:18 - Review of Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (2003) 00:36:32 - Review of Sacro Gra (2013)) 00:49:49 - Guessing the Connection
157 minutes | a month ago
29: After Dinner Lounge, Mar 2021
Michael, Rob, Evan, and Pax gather for another after dinner conversation sparked by what they've been reading, watching, thinking about, and - new with this episode - listening to. Discussions start from the following topics, but meander: Relationships with music Books like the Don Camillo stories by Giovanni Gerserchi, the Jane Austen detective series by Stephanie Barron, Jim Butcher's Dresden Files, and The Ballad of Black Tom by Victor LaValle. Comics like Aster of Pan by Merwan Chabane and Joshua Williamson’s Flash run. Godzilla: King of the Monsters and movies about Queen Elizabeth I. TV shows like The Clone Wars, The Expanse Season 2, Jeremy Brett's Sherlock Holmes, Stanley Tucci’s Searching for Italy, Queen’s Gambit, WandaVision, and the 90s Flash series. And finally, real talk about Family, Loss, Identity, and Spring.
154 minutes | a month ago
28: Enterprise, Season 1
Having discussed humanity's first contact with the Vulcans, our Star Trek Trek panel reconvenes to talk about the souring of that relationship and how it affects Earth's first human-populated mission into deep space. Delaney, Evan, Michael, and Rob talk about how the first season of Enterprise fits into continuity while also getting around to what they think of the various characters and episodes.
68 minutes | a month ago
27: Greetings from SciFi World!
Michael and Rob are joined by Joanna from Bloody Popcorn and new-to-AfterLUNCH Dan Taylor to create a science-fiction-themed amusement park with lands devoted to Twilight Zone, Firefly, the works of Philip K Dick, and Planet of the Apes.
75 minutes | 2 months ago
26: Chatting with Kelly Thompson
Michael and Rob talk with one of their favorite writers. Kelly Thompson has written novels like Storykiller and The Girl Who Would Be King, but she's most known for great, funny, character-driven comics like Marvel's A-Force, Hawkeye, Black Widow, and Captain Marvel as well as series featuring popular characters like Jem and the Holograms, the Pink Power Ranger, Nancy Drew, and Sabrina the Teenage Witch. Kelly shares huge aspects of her writing process, but also geeks out about other things that she's enjoying watching and reading.
134 minutes | 2 months ago
25: After Dinner Lounge, Feb 2021
Evan, Michael, Pax, and Rob reconvene to talk about what they've been reading, watching, and thinking about. As always with the After Dinner Lounge, the conversation meanders, but topics begin with: Books like Carthage Must be Destroyed: The Rise and Fall of an Ancient Mediterranean Civilization by Richard Miles, Redwall by Brian Jacques, the Horatio Hornblower series by CS Forester, The Tournament by Matthew Reilly, and Storykiller by Kelly Thompson. Comics like The Eternals by Jack Kirby and Marvel's Killraven series. Movies like Mank, the Schwarzenegger Conan series, and Legendary Pictures' Godzilla and Kong MonsterVerse. TV shows like Ted Lasso. And real talk about Heist Stories, Separating Art from Artist, the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and Truffles.
112 minutes | 2 months ago
24: Star Trek Trek 1 - First Contact
Michael May, Rob Graham, Delaney Graham, and Evan Hanson begin their journey through the various movies and TV shows of Star Trek, in chronological order. In this first episode, they discuss humanity's introduction to the larger galaxy in 1996's First Contact. It's a controversial place to start since it's neither the first adventure of the time travelers who are trying to protect the historic meeting, nor is it the earliest time period that these travelers have visited. So our panel also discusses other Star Trek movies and TV episodes in which Starfleet crews (and the occasional Ferengi) go back in time.
95 minutes | 3 months ago
23: The Expendables of Period Movies
Lizzie Twachtman, John Vanover, and Jeeg join Rob and Michael to create an historical period film with an all-star cast of actors known for their historical period films. And if that's not enough for ya, stay tuned to the end for Real Talk about New Math and Arrested Development.
122 minutes | 3 months ago
AfterLUNCH 22: After Dinner Lounge, Jan 2021
Paxton Holley joins Michael May, Rob Graham, and Evan Hanson in the lounge for another meandering talk about what they've been reading, watching, and thinking about. Topics start from: Books of fairy tales and the works of Ray Bradbury and Italo Calvino Comics about Spider-Man and the third Green Goblin, Red Hood and the Outlaws, and The Shadow TV shows like Dickensian, The Expanse, The Great, Queen’s Gambit, and the eighth season of Mad About You Movies like Overlord and the Marvel films leading into WandaVision And real talk on Boat Names, Book Formats, Family, and Spheres of Influence
107 minutes | 3 months ago
21: The Mandalorian, Season 2
Annaliese Trammel, Paxton Holley, and Jeeg join Michael and Rob to hunt down Mandalorians and Jedi and -- ooh! side quest! -- on this in-depth, episode-by-episode symposium on the second season of The Mandalorian.
154 minutes | 4 months ago
20: Nerdstradamus 2021
After Michael May and Robert Zerbe check in on their resolutions and predictions from last year's Nerdstradamus episode, Rob Graham, Evan Hanson, Kay, and Paxton Holley join the fun to look back on the books, movies, and TV shows of 2020 and forward to what's potentially coming in 2021. This episode is full of resolutions, recommendations, and reckonings. And a little bonus something we like to call "Tea Talk." Opening song by Andrew Bird.
104 minutes | 4 months ago
19: After Dinner Lounge - December 2020
Michael May, Rob Graham, and Evan Hanson reconvene for another informal conversation about what they’ve been reading, watching, and thinking about lately. Topics meander merrily, but start from: Books like Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson, Charles Dickens' Christmas Books, The Devil’s Due by Bonnie MacBird, The Dresden Files by Jim Butcher, and Becoming by Michelle Obama. Comics like Silver Spoon by Hiromu Arakawa Movies like the original Black Christmas, this year's Fatman, and the documentary Pilgrims. TV shows like Dicktown and Truth Seekers And real talk on Holiday Traditions, Movie Theaters, and This Podcast.
108 minutes | 4 months ago
18: Christmas TV Episodes
Christian Nielsen and new guest Karen Flieger join Rob and Michael to talk about their favorite Christmas episodes of TV shows. In discussions of The Beverly Hillbillies, Bewitched, Friends, and Justice League, the Clampetts learn about the politics of gift-giving, the Stephens' help an orphan boy discover the spirit of the season, Ross tries to teach his son about Hanukkah after a lifetime of Santa, and Superman invites Martian Manhunter home for the holidays. Featuring music by Straight No Chaser.
79 minutes | 4 months ago
17: Fantastic Four Films
With Disney's recent announcement that there's a new Fantastic Four movie coming that will be part of the MCU, it's a great time to discover a lost podcast episode about the four FF films so far. From the no-longer-with-us Geek Fallout: The Comic Book Episodes, host Erik Johnson leads a discussion with Nerd Lunch/AfterLUNCH regulars Paxton Holley and Evan Hanson about Fantastic Four (2015), Fantastic Four (2005), Fantastic 4: Rise of the Silver Surfer (2007), and The Fantastic Four (1994).
71 minutes | 4 months ago
16: Lost Christmas Specials
Mike Westfall and Michael DiGiovanni join Michael May and Rob Graham to create Rankin-Bass stop-motion Christmas specials that never existed, but should have. Lots of holiday spirit AND SINGING in this episode, so gather the family, get some hot chocolate, and enjoy!
90 minutes | 5 months ago
AfterLUNCH 15: After Dinner Lounge, Part 1
In the first of hopefully many such discussions, Michael May, Rob Graham, and Evan Hanson have a very informal conversation about what they've been reading, watching, and thinking about lately. Topics lead to unpredictable places, but include: Comics like X of Swords, Batman: Three Jokers, and The Orville. Novels like The Optimist's Daughter by Eudora Welty, The Lock Artist by Steve Hamilton, and Bonnie MacBird's Sherlock Holmes series. TV shows like The Good Wife, Dark Shadows, and Police Squad!. Movies like the Omen series, Tremors: Shrieker Island, and The Gumball Rally. And real talk on Getting Old, Biblical Apocrypha, and COVID and Thanksgiving.
104 minutes | 5 months ago
AfterLUNCH 14: Lost in Space Story Editor Vivian Lee
On this very special episode, Rob talks with Vivian Lee, writer and executive story editor on Lost in Space (2018) about her behind-the-scene experiences helping to create the show.
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