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Ep. 365: Prisoners (2013)

April 30th, 2020

On Ep. 365 of the GenreCast, things get dark. We go back to 2013 to look at Denis Villaneuve's move into the American film scene with Prisoners. Hugh Jackman plays a desperate father whose daughter goes missing. Jake Gyllenhaal is the detective determined to bring her back. On the surface, it's very procedural. But there's a lot going on once you pull back the skin. We discuss the characters of Keller Dover and Detective Loki, dig into the war on God, evaluate the theology of the film, and much, much more in this oversized edition of the GenreCast. Tune in now!

Ep. 364: Pixar’s Onward (2020)

April 23rd, 2020

On Ep. 364 of the GenreCast, we're taking a look at the newest film from Pixar, the fantasy adventure Onward. Tom Holland and Chris Pratt voice Ian and Barley, two elven brothers on a quest to find their dad—kind of. When he gets a staff and a spell to bring his dead father back, Ian's attempt to cast magic fails. The brothers then set out to find the materials they need to finish the spell and see their dad. This week, we're diving deep into dead dads. We also bring up topics of nerd culture and Pixar's formula. So, grab your staff, let your hair down, and join us on a journey into uncovering what's really going on in Onward.

Ep. 363: Near Dark (1987)

April 16th, 2020

Episode 363 of the GenreCast features our annual Kathryn Bigelow discussion! This time around, we're talking all about vampires and lost boys with a discussion of her 1987 western-horror Near Dark. That's right, Adrian Pasdar, Bill Paxton, Lance Henriksen, and Jenny Wright are a troupe of renegade vampires cruising the south. Dealing with gender, outsiders, and style in ways that are uniquely her own, Bigelow's Near Dark is a fascinating early entry into her filmography. We tap into all of those elements as we look to flesh out the deeper pieces of Kathryn Bigelow's vampire tale Near Dark. 

Ep. 362: True Stories (1986)

April 9th, 2020

Thanks for tuning in to another edition of the GenreCast! This week's episode is a Patreon-awarded Patreon pick from Keithan. Keithan is a dear friend of the show, and always picks something outside of the box to make us think. This week, he picked the wholly original True Stories co-written by, directed by, and starring David Byrne of Talking Heads fame. This quirky vignette-driven musical romp puts life in a small Texas community under the microscope. We're talking cynicism, consumerism, love and marriage, and much more in this look at David Byrne's True Stories. If you're interested in joining our Patreon, head over to Thanks again, Keithan!

Ep. 361: The Mask of Zorro (1998)

April 2nd, 2020

Ep. 361 of the GenreCast takes you back to 1998 to discuss the original caped crusader, Zorro! That's right, we're talking Antonio Banderas, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Anthony Hopkins, and The Mask of Zorro. The masked hero's return to the big screen was a big hit. This time, it's a look at an aging hero and the man he trains to replace him. Tune in and enjoy our discussion of The Mask of Zorro. 


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