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69 minutes | a month ago
Storybeater Episode 091: Lovecraft
For this year's Halloween episode, Anthony and Andrew dig into the horror style and influence of H.P. Lovecraft, and look at the recent HBO series Lovecraft Country and the novel that inspired it.
88 minutes | 3 months ago
Storybeater Episode 090: The Super Team
Anthony and Andrew count down their favourite superhero and supervillain teams and talk about what makes a team dynamic work! Plus, what we're writing and what we're reading!
70 minutes | 5 months ago
Storybeater Episode 089: The Cowboy
Anthony and Andrew discuss the cowboy archetype in fiction, including the tropes, classic and modern interpretations, masculinity, America, and the archetype's relationship to politics and privilege.
53 minutes | 6 months ago
Storybeater Episode 088: Hercules
Anthony and Andrew explore the legend of Hercules, what he represents, and how his stories have been told. Plus, they talk about what they're reading and what they're writing.
85 minutes | 7 months ago
Storybeater Episode 087: Inward & Onward
Anthony and Andrew get together (remotely) to talk about writing in the age of Covid-19. How are they adapting, what are their coping mechanisms, how do they think this will shape their work, and do they feel an obligation to produce great works during lockdown? (Spoiler: No!) They also talk about the new Disney Pixar movie Onward, released direct to Disney+ following the movie theatre shutdown, and they talk about what they're been reading and distracting themselves with in quarantine!
137 minutes | 8 months ago
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, by Lewis Carroll
Due to the current and ongoing crisis, we're not recording new episodes of Storybeater at present. Instead, Andrew has read and recorded the full text of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, by Lewis Carroll -- because in difficult times, we need great stories! Enjoy this reading, and check out some of our past episodes if you're looking for more entertaining distractions, including our episodes on detectives, Mary Poppins, Robin Hood, Marvel movies, and more. Thanks for listening!
92 minutes | 10 months ago
Storybeater Episode 086: Oscars 2020
Anthony and Andrew share their thoughts on this year's nominees for Best Original Screenplay and Best Adapted Screenplay at the Academy Awards, including Jojo Rabbit, The Irishman, Little Women, Joker, The Two Popes, 1917, Knives Out, Once Upon A Time in Hollywood, Parasite, and Marriage Story. Plus, what we're writing and what we're reading!
58 minutes | 10 months ago
Storybeater Episode 085: Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker
This month, Anthony and Andrew were meant to talk about Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker... And then Andrew decided he couldn't face it. But the show must go on! So, while Andrew shares his reasons for not going to see the movie, Anthony talks about what it gets right and what it does wrong. Andrew also talks about the new Netflix hit The Witcher. Plus, Anthony and Andrew talk about what they're writing and what they're reading!
57 minutes | a year ago
Storybeater Episode 084: The Christmas Episode
In the first ever Storybeater Christmas episode, Anthony and Andrew discuss sentimentality, Hallmark, the best and second best Christmas stories, Santa Claus world-building, how Christmas stories ate pagan stories, the true meaning of Christmas, and the meaning that writers can bring to "Christmas". They also talk about what they've written in 2019, and in the "What We're Reading" section they discuss The Mandalorian and Knvies Out!
58 minutes | a year ago
Storybeater Episode 083: Women Who Kick Ass
To mark the release of a new Charlie's Angels movie, Anthony and Andrew put together their own squads of women who kick-ass, drawing from all of movies, TV, video games and literature! Plus, what we're reading and what we're writing!
58 minutes | a year ago
Storybeater Episode 082: Zombies!
Fantasy zombies. Fast zombies. Colonial zombies. Consumerist zombies. Brainless zombies. Vengeful zombies. Zombies as us. Zombies as them. For the annual Storybeater Halloween episode, Anthony and Andrew discuss the changing meaning and significance of zombies in fiction, from White Zombie to The Walking Dead and beyond. Plus, what we're reading and what we're writing!
70 minutes | a year ago
Storybeater Episode 081: The Detective
Anthony and Andrew discuss the detective archetype in fiction, from Sherlock Holmes to Jessica Fletcher. What are the tropes, what are the types, and what do detectives really represent? Plus, what we're reading and what we're writing!
53 minutes | a year ago
Storybeater Episode 080: Hobbs & Shaw
Two bald men discuss two bald men as Wheeler and Falcone break down the tropes, cliches, triumphs and failings of Hobbs & Shaw, the latest installment in the beloved Fast & Furious franchise. Plus, what we're writing and what we're reading!
80 minutes | a year ago
Storybeater Episode 079: Disney Villains
Anthony and Andrew count down their personal top five Disney villains and unpack what makes Disney's villains so effective and iconic. Plus, what we're writing and what we're reading!
46 minutes | a year ago
Storybeater Episode 078: Game of Thrones
On this month's episode, Anthony and Andrew offer a post-mortem look at one of the biggest TV shows of all time, Game of Thrones. The ending let a lot of people down, but where did the show go wrong? Can a story that sets out to subvert storytelling conventions ever deliver a truly satisfying ending?
65 minutes | 2 years ago
Storybeater Episode 077: Avengers: Endgame
Anthony and Andrew discusss the storytelling successes and failures of Avengers: Endgame and the entire MCU narrative project.
59 minutes | 2 years ago
Storybeater Episode 076: Five Years of Storybeater
To mark the fifth anniversary of Storybeater, Anthony and Andrew look back over the past five years and answer some questions about the podcast and about writing, including dream projects, writing processes, and memories of some of their favourite episodes!
56 minutes | 2 years ago
Storybeater Episode 075: Captain Marvel
Anthony and Andrew talk about the latest installment in the MCU series, and the first with a female solo lead, Captain Marvel. The structure, the villainy, the comedy, the politics; it's time to break it all down! Plus, what we're reading and what we're writing!
77 minutes | 2 years ago
Storybeater Episode 074: Oscars 2019
Anthony and Andrew discuss the ten nominees for best original screenplay and best adapted screenplay at the 91st Academy Awards in the fifth annual Storybeater Oscars special, including: The Favourite First Reformed Roma Green Book Vice The Ballad of Buster Scruggs Can You Ever Forgive Me BlackkKlansman If Beale Street Could Talk and A Star Is Born. Plus, what we're writing and what we're reading!
83 minutes | 2 years ago
Storybeater Episode 073: Batman and the Vigilante in Fiction
On the occasion of Batman's 80th anniversary, Anthony and Andrew look at how the character has evolved over the decades, and at his contributions to the archetype of the vigilante in fiction. Why do we keep revisiting Batman's origin story? What makes Gotham unique? Why is Batman's core supporting cast so huge? What are the essential Batman tropes? Where do vigilantes fit in to our moral view of the world? And how do writers approach the tension between "campy Batman" and "macho Batman"? Anthony and Andrew break it all down, plus they reveal what they're writing and what they're reading!
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