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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


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