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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. 

Timestamps

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. 

Ep. 408: The Shadow (1994)

March 11th, 2021

What darkness lies in the heart of Dalton? Only The Shadow knows! 

That's right, dear listener, we're taking a look at the bizarre 1994 pulp comic adaptation The Shadow with Alec Baldwin and a host of other names you know. This in-the-wake-of-Batman attempt at a franchise is a bit of an oddity, and we're cracking it open for you now!

This week, we talk the impact of Batman, franchises, racism, adaptation, and much more as we dive into the forgotten film The Shadow!

TIMESTAMPS

00:30 - Introductions and Synopsis

04:13 - Quick The Shadow Reviews

20:25 - Expanding the Syllabus

41:04 - Analysis

1:00:08 - Shelf or Trash

1:02:54 - Wrap up and Next Week's Film

Ep. 407: Johnny Mnemonic (1995)

March 4th, 2021

Welcome to 2021 circa 1995. That's right, we're looking at the cyberpunk tale Johnny Mnemonic. It's 2021, a virus is ravaging the earth, and we've all turned on each other. Is that the plot or the current cultural and political climate?

IT'S BOTH.

When a mnemonic courier gets his head filled with sensitive data, he must go on the run from a lot of people who want him dead. It's Keanu Reeves, Ice T, Udo Kier, and many more saving and threatening the future.

We talk cyberpunk, politics, adaptation, and much more as we dissect this William Gibson-penned picture. 

TIMESTAMPS

00:30 - Introductions and Synopsis

02:50 - Quick Johnny Mnemonic Reviews

18:22 - Expanding the Syllabus

37:35 - Analysis

1:01:24 - Shelf or Trash

1:02:36 - Wrap up and Next Week's Film

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