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Ep. 369: The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (2003)

May 28th, 2020

Episode 369 of the GenreCast sees the gang diving back into the early aughts first attempts at comic book franchises with the lovably forgettable The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. This super team-up of literatures biggest heroes (and villains) seems Allan Quartermain, Dr. Jekyll, an Invisible Man, and more join forces to take on a terrorist known as The Phantom. But, is it as silly as it's oft remembered? Or is there something deeper going on? We submerge into the world of LXG to discuss British patriotism, Mina Harker, and the much more interesting movie this could have been. So, join us as we tackle the greatest literary cinematic universe that never was. 

Ep. 368: Molly’s Game (2017)

May 21st, 2020

Producer's Note: Dustin's mic goes wonky at about 15 minutes, which changes his sound, this coupled with additional file issues made the edit rougher than normal. But, I think I got everything worked out. 

Are you ready to go all in? We try to understand the cards we've been dealt in the form of Aaron Sorkin's adaptation of Molly's Game. This 2017 drama recounts the true story of Molly Bloom who ran lucrative celebrity poker games on both seaboards. But, as with all good things, it comes to an end—leaving Molly in quite a legal predicament. This week, we're talking all about noted scribe Aaron Sorkin and his first turn as director. We flesh out what makes him tick as a creator while also grappling with Molly as a woman and a character. Pull up a chair and ante up, it's time to play Molly's Game. 

Ep. 367: Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991)

May 14th, 2020

Grab your bow and grab your quiver! This week, we're traveling back to 1991 to look at one of the second biggest movie of the year, Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves. While Arnie and the T-800 owned the year, Kevin Costner was hot on his heels as the titular Robin Hood. This age old story receives the blockbuster treatment from Kevin Reynolds as Robin seeks to steal from the rich and give to the poor. As we cut to its core, we take a look at the films approach to race, religion, and diversity in the early 90s, we discuss the film's approach to class, as well as the evolution of the character and how it reads today. Finally, we debate the appeal of Kevin Costner. Tune in now! And let us know your thoughts on the show, the movie, or Kevin Costner. 

Ep. 366: Sam Raimi’s The Gift (2000)

May 7th, 2020

Episode 366 of the GenreCast takes a look back at the 2000 psychological thriller from Sam Raimi and co-written by Billy Bob Thornton, The Gift. When small town psychic Annie Wilson begins having visions of a horrifying nature, she finds herself caught up in deep-rooted drama circling a mysterious disappearance. On this week's show, we're discussing the slate of spiritual/religious horror that hit at the turn of the millennium. From there, we look at the portrayal of women and men in this small town and discuss their sexuality. Finally, we briefly look at the character of Buddy and the performance by Giovanni Ribisi. Tune in now as we take a deep dive into the 9th feature effort from Raimi. 

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