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45 minutes | Apr 6, 2020
Nerdcore: Pulp & Parody
Nerds were not always cool, but after Weird Al won us over with pop parody hit after hit, a shift began. Who are our favorite nerdy musicians, and are they "nerdcore" or nah?
52 minutes | Mar 10, 2020
The Invisible Stan ft. Knives Out & Devs
The last days of winter simmered with suspense. We met the new Invisible Man, witnessed Rian Johnson's whodunnit, Knives Out, and shadowed two unusual sci-fi suspects: Devs and Alter Carbon (season 3.) Join authors Jon and Melissa Matos as they recount what stories kept them on the edge of their seat, and what palette cleansers helped cut the tension.
60 minutes | Feb 6, 2020
Picard, Parasite & Post-Con Pondering
We're back from a strange and exciting Evil Expo to talk multi-genre movies and TV. How does the Star Trek spin-off 'Picard' compare to the OG series or the new reboot? Also, does the Korean dark comedy 'Parasite' live up to the hype? What are you waiting for?? Find out!
51 minutes | Jan 6, 2020
Starry-eyed Sagas (ft. Star Wars IX & Little Women, 2019)
The cognitive bias is strong with these two! Much ado preceded the new Star Wars and Little Women, but did they live up to the hype? A new decade begins with some old stories ending and new binges beginning. Start the new year with some thoughts on story!
43 minutes | Dec 4, 2019
Disney Festivus ft. Frozen 2
Melissa and Jon take a quick break from binging the Mandolorian, Gargoyles and Tailspin to review Frozen 2. Is baby Yoda the best magic companion? Is Elsa skating around a personality disorder? Find out here first!
47 minutes | Nov 4, 2019
Mentalist Ghostbusters ft. Doctor Sleep
Leave your proton pack at the AA meeting? Your soul sister will help you cope AND catch ghosts! Join Melissa and Jon, author siblings and spiritual speculators, as they review the Shining sequel.
48 minutes | Oct 30, 2019
Siren Song: Ghostly Mysteries
Sirens aren't only the only allusions in cop dramas. Join authors Jon and Melissa Matos as they investigate mysteries with a flare for the supernatural.
46 minutes | Oct 23, 2019
Spooky Disney: Maleficent 2 & Toy Story 4
Put on your Mickey ears and grab your pumpkin pail: it's time for a Disney/Halloween movie mash-up! Fresh off a Disney Cruise voyage, Melissa and Jon discuss three scary sequels: Maleficent: Mistress of Evil, Toy Story 4 and Zombieland 2.
39 minutes | Oct 15, 2019
Best in Show: El Camino
On the heels of a Breaking Bad / Better Call Saul binge, El Camino drops on Netflix. Muscle cars and cat-and-mouse mischief? Sounds like a formula for fun.
35 minutes | Sep 30, 2019
Putting the Puzzle Together ft. The Westing Game
Pieces of this talk include: a mystery novel that feels like a puzzle, a brief discussion of how good theology can help fantasy writing, and what we're excited about in sci-fi and fantasy coming soon. Follow us on Facebook or Twitter @Unboxing Story!
53 minutes | Sep 25, 2019
Hipsterstellar ft. Ad Astra & Downton Abbey: The Movie
We packed in the feature presentations for this freestyle episode. Relax and enjoy our chat on Downtown Abbey (2019), Ad Astra, and the noir throwback, Sunset Boulevard.
38 minutes | Sep 16, 2019
Breaking Genre: Cats Don't Dance
Combine Zootopia and Sing! and you've got the 90s animated feature film Cats Don't Dance. Produced during the Disney Renaissance, Warner Bros wrote a love letter to old Hollywood while maintaining their brand of slapstick comedy. Join Melissa and Jonathan Matos as they discuss this forgotten gem and examine what makes it great.
35 minutes | Sep 9, 2019
Siren Song: Once (2007)
Provincial wisdom says roses from a street corner vendor aren't anything special, but the charming romantic drama 'Once' is anything but provincial. Discover the story of Guy and Girl, a vacuum repairman and flower girl who dream of making music. Melissa and Jon Matos take a break from humming the film's many soulful songs to discuss its blend of poetry and slice-of-life drama. Join Jon on January 24th - 26th for Evil Expo: The Convention for Villains! Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, or leave us a message on our homepage.
47 minutes | Sep 7, 2019
Magic Muppets ft. Netflix's Dark Crystal
Practical magic is tough in the age of visual effects. The Jim Henson Company recreates the world of Thra and make it look easy. Join Jon and Melissa Matos as they heap praise on one of their favorite studios, stories, and special effects.
50 minutes | Aug 26, 2019
Good Vibes ft. Another Life
File this one under "current affairs." Not only did Melissa get a sweetheart novelette published, but she got donors to raise some $ for Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. To celebrate these double convictions, your Boy & Gal Fridays eschew a topic for a chat about a dark but thrilling novel, Netflix's Another Life, and more. Pre-order the first Iron Sorcerer novelette! Follow us on Facebook and Twitter. You can also leave us a message here, a rating here or write to us at unboxingstory(at)gmail.com.
68 minutes | Aug 19, 2019
Fantasy Flops ft. MTV's Shannara Chronicles
The race to replace 'Game of Thrones' is underway, but after that ending, is sword and sorcery dead? Nearly a year after MTV cancelled Shannara Chronicles, Melissa and Jon Matos ask why it failed. Can new writers recapture the magic of the 80's fantasy renaissance, or is nostalgia killing originality?
58 minutes | Aug 12, 2019
Siren Song: Ice Queens ft. Huntsman: Winter's War
Fairytale retellings are here, and they're bad (but, like: Michael Jackson bad.) Huntsman: Winter's War builds on Universal Studio's expanded universe of evil queens by introducing Freya, a snow queen out to stifle all love. It's bad news for the two "Huntsmen" at the story's center, forcing these two orphans to rediscover their romance in the face of certain death. Melissa Matos of Momtoast.com opens the first full episode of "Siren Song," a series that will explore strong female characters and songwriters, by taking on the "Evil Queen," and how she has inspired songs like "You Should See Me in a Crown" by Billie Eilish and "Castle" by Halsey.
56 minutes | Aug 7, 2019
Breaking Genre: The Signal (2014)
If storming Area 51 sounds like a stupid idea now, in 2019, it'll seem bonkers after you see 'The Signal.' The film follows Nic, a track and field star who suffers a dire diagnosis, then gets abducted by aliens. Jon and Melissa Matos review this break in the "mystery box" formula, and highlight some horror / sci-fi classics.
60 minutes | Jul 31, 2019
Aah! Real Pathos ft. Good Grief
Good books make you feel things, but what if that's all they do? Melissa and Jon review a local author's book, Good Grief, and discuss how it achieves a high level of intimacy and honesty without becoming melodramatic. Can a novel survive without ninjas and 80's nostalgia, even if its protagonist grew up with similar pop culture touchstones? Find out inside...
51 minutes | Jul 22, 2019
Disney...! Live Action? | Live @ Philly Podfest
The magic of Disney animation is part of our DNA, so when it changes, has Disney changed or have we? Melissa and Jon recorded this special, nostalgia-filled episode at the 7th Annual Philly Podfest, thanks to the sponsors below and the lovely people at Indy Hall. Relive VHS tapes and discuss live-action Disney on our Twitter or Facebook, or leave us a voicemail. We'd love hear from you! The 7th Annual Philly Podfest was sponsored by: New Media Touring Tattooed Mom Indy Hall The National Liberty Museum Obie Media Click/Save Photography/Design Philly Podcast Studio T-House Screen Printing
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