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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. 

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!


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?


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. 


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

Ep.406: Bend It Like Beckham (2002)

February 25th, 2021

Get to the pitch and square up, we're having a ball talking all about Gurinder Chadha's Bend It Like Beckham. That's right, we're talking sports, which only plays to about 33.3% of our strengths. This tale of two young women battling for their identity against their unique cultures is one of the most beloved sports movies of the last 20 years. But, does it hold up? We talk all about that, and then break it down to talk British Cinema, British Identity, feminism, kinetic editing, and much more. 


00:30 - Introductions and Synopsis

04:37 - Quick Bend It Like Beckham Reviews

14:30 - Expanding the Syllabus

38:37 - Analysis

1:06:08 - Shelf or Trash

1:08:01 - Wrap up and Next Week's Film


Ep. 405: Red Tails (2012)

February 18th, 2021

Things get back to normal this week on the GenreCast as we take a look at the 2012 historical war piece Red Tails. This LucasFilm production tells the story of the Tuskegee Air Men in World War II. Boasting an all-star cast of Black actors, the movie hits the skies with momentum, but can it soar or does it backfire? We discuss war movies and race, planes and evolving technology, the old practical vs CGI debate, and much more in this week's episode!


00:30 - Introductions and Synopsis

03:28 - Quick Red Tails Reviews

18:07 - Expanding the Syllabus

37:30 - Analysis

1:02:07 - Shelf or Trash

1:06:18 - Wrap up and Next Week's Film

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