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Ep. 417: The Invitation (2015)

May 20th, 2021

We enter week 3 of "Welcome to the Family" (on time, I might add) with the Karyn Kusama directed thriller The Invitation. This under-the-radar thriller is set in one location and focuses on only a handful of characters, some of whom have bought into a new movement, called The Invitation. On this week's episode, we're going deep on social interactions, technical elements, the dangers of proselytizing, grief and working through pain, and much more. 


00:30 - Introductions and Synopsis

04:39 - Quick The Invitation Reviews

22:19 - Expanding the Syllabus

40:09 - Analysis

1:12:58 - Shelf or Trash

1:13:32 - Wrap up and Next Week's Film

Ep. 416: Midsommar (2019)

May 19th, 2021

Sorry for the delay, we got held up at a local summer celebration. We're continuing our "Welcome to the Family" marathon this week with a look at Ari Aster's follow up to Hereditary, which is Midsommar. The movie plays opposite to Hereditary in many ways. Another story about grief, this tale takes place primarily in the light. Bringing horror and trauma out into the open. We talk all about moral relativism, cultural practices, Aster's techniques, grief, folk horror and much more. 


00:30 - Introductions and Synopsis

04:07 - Quick Midsommar Reviews

14:36 - Expanding the Syllabus

39:02 - Analysis

1:06:25 - Shelf or Trash

1:09:05 - Wrap up and Next Week's Film


Ep. 415: Children of the Corn (1984)

May 10th, 2021

Welcome to a new month and a new marathon! We would love for you to gather with us as we kickoff "Welcome to the Family", a marathon devoted to movies about cults. We're starting off with a cult (no pun intended) classic from 1984, Children of the Corn. The Stephen King adaptation stars a Pre-Terminator Linda Hamilton as one half of a couple who get stuck in a ghost town in Nebraska, only to find the remaining townspeople are under the age of 19. This week, we talk He Who Walks Behind the Corn, cults, generational gaps, the Satanic Panic, and much more as we dive into cults, films, and films about cults. 


00:30 - Introductions and Synopsis

06:32 - Quick Children of the Corn Reviews

19:58 - Expanding the Syllabus

37:32 - Analysis

1:01:58 - Shelf or Trash

1:02:46 - Wrap up and Next Week's Film

Ep. 414: Ghost (1990)

April 30th, 2021

Grab your clay and your potter's wheel, we're singing Unchained Melody as we talk Ghost. That's right, the 1990 cinematic juggernaut starring Patrick Swayze, Demi Moore, and Whoopi Goldberg is hitting the analysis table. And the highest grossing film of 1990 is no slouch. We're talking all about male gaze subversion, yuppies, frat guys, life after death, but never taxes! So, tune in now as we bring the Oscar Winning romance Ghost to your ears. 


00:30 - Introductions and Synopsis

06:35 - Quick Ghost Reviews

22:27 - Expanding the Syllabus

42:41 - Analysis

1:08:19 - Shelf or Trash

1:10:47 - Wrap up and Next Week's Film

Ep. 413: Shrek (2001) — 20 Years Later

April 23rd, 2021

Welcome to the swamp, fam! We're here this week with a very special birthday, our main meme'd Ogre is turning 20. It seemed only apt that we bring the bad boy and his sidekick to the analysis table. That's right, we're talking about the animated classic Shrek. It's Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, Cameron Diaz, John Lithgow in the farce of the century (?). This week, we dive deep into the impact and legacy of Shrek on animation, including comedy and acting. We discuss the movies approach to pastiche and post-modernity. And, we wrap up with some quick hits on gentrification? All of that and more in this 20th anniversary discussion of Shrek!


00:30 - Introductions and Synopsis

05:14 - Quick Shrek Reviews

17:49 - Expanding the Syllabus

33:09 - Analysis

55:45 - Shelf or Trash

57:19 - Wrap up and Next Week's Film

Ep. 412: Joint Security Area (2000) with Caleb Masters

April 15th, 2021

Welcome back dear listeners to a special episode of the GenreCast! This week, thanks to a Patreon-awarded pick from Keithan S., we've been tasked to talk about Park Chan-wook's early feature Joint Security Area. And, to add to the fun, we're joined by former co-host Caleb Masters. Caleb took some valuable time out of his schedule to join us on this episode. We're having fun talking the psychology of war, Park's use of suspense, the film's approach to murder mystery and victimhood, and much more. Join us now, and don't forget to look for Caleb at The Cinematropolis or listen to The Cinematic Schematic. Thanks again to our Patreon supporters, and if you're interested in making us watch a movie, go to 


00:30 - Introductions and Synopsis

03:56 - Quick Joint Security Area Reviews

17:29 - Expanding the Syllabus

44:53 - Analysis

1:13:12 - Shelf or Trash

1:16:08 - Wrap up and Next Week's Film

Ep. 411: Godzilla vs Kong (2021)

April 11th, 2021

Hello dear listeners! We're back on Wrestlemania weekend with a matchup for the ages as two beloved Kaiju go to war in the newest entry in what has been dubbed the Monsterverse. Since a relaunch in 2014, the legendary Godzilla has been set on a course to take down the immovable object himself, Kong. This new release from HBO Max is oversized fun, but does it have any substance at all? We take a look while talking too long about conspiracies. 


00:30 - Introductions and Synopsis

04:27 - Quick Godzilla vs Kong Reviews

21:26 - Expanding the Syllabus

33:21 - Analysis

1:10:53 - Shelf or Trash

1:12:20 - Wrap up and Next Week's Film

Ep. 410: Life of Brian (1979) with The Praisedown

April 1st, 2021

Happy Good Friday to ye! We're back this week to celebrate the season with our sweet friends over at The Praisedown with a discussion of Monty Python's Life of Brian. This satire is a sideways look at the life of Christ through the lens of Brian Cohen — a young man born on the same night as Jesus and trying to find his way in Judea. This week, we're joined by Heath and Alex from The Praisedown to talk all about this satirical look at politics and religion. Does this cult classic stand the test of time? Can we look on the bright side of life? Tune in to find out!


00:30 - Introductions and Synopsis

03:25 - Quick Life of Brian Reviews

19:04 - Analysis

56:03- Shelf or Trash

57:50 - Wrap up and Next Week's Film

Ep. 409: Searching (2018)

March 29th, 2021

Welcome back dear listeners as we make our delayed return this week. We're here talking the 2018 thriller Searching staring John Cho and Debra Messing. This stylized thriller is established as a screen picture found footage mystery. When David's 16 year old daughter goes missing, he turns to the internet to look for leads—and discovers a daughter he only thought he knew. This week, we talk long about the ethics of serial killer content, found footage, screen capture, social media, fatherhood, and much, much more. 


00:30 - Introductions and Synopsis

02:38 - Quick Searching Reviews

14:46 - Expanding the Syllabus

38:36 - Analysis

1:10:31- Shelf or Trash

1:13:01 - Wrap up and Next Week's Film

Fired Up & Unfriended (2014): A GenreCast Special Presentation

March 18th, 2021

Hello everyone!

This week, we were supposed to be talking about 2018's Facebook/Facetime movie Searching. However, due to some personal reasons, the whole band couldn't get together. So, Dalton and Arthur sat down to put out some special filler content to buy some time. 

On this fun bonusode of sorts, Arthur and Dalton look back at the first major studio Screen Capture Found Footage movie, Unfriended. Dalton informs us early on that there were a few similar efforts prior to do something in this vein, but Blumhouse and Universal made a big splash with this internet horror story. 

It also felt like a nice appetizer for next week's film, Searching.

After talking all about Unfriended, we do something we haven't done in a long time — we talk about what has us fired up in pop culture: including, Piers Morgan, WandaVision, Saturday Night Live, and much, much more.

So, join us now for this off-the-path adventure, and we'll be back next week with Searching. 

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