MS. MARVEL: Kamala Khan, EMBIGGENING, and Positive Representation – That Thing You Like #114

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MS. MARVEL, specifically Kamala Khan, is f*cking amazing. Not to put too fine a point on it. It’s everything comics you remember from your childhood have ever offered – Adventure! Fun! Humour! Memorable characters! Great action!

But, unlike much of mainstream media, MS. MARVEL does it all while being progressive as all hell. Showcasing the experiences and upbringing of a young Muslim-American woman, this is a rare outsider story that is at once highly specific, yet relatable. In short, it’s everything the two white men hosting this podcast have always wanted!

On this ep, we talk about the characterization, team-ups, and instant classic-feeling of Ms. Marvel. We also talk about how much we want a Ms. Marvel movie like, right now. And also talk about the ridiculous levels of whiteness in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Happy listening!

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OBVIOUS CHILD: Jenny Slate, and a Hilarious Abortion Comedy – That Thing You Like #113

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OBVIOUS CHILD is a 2014 GEM of a comedy, starring Jenny Slate (Kroll Show! Parks and Recreation! Marcel the Seashell with Shoes On!), and written/directed by Gillian Robespierre. And it’s hilarious! It’s also about abortion. But in a really progressive way! It actually makes a point to normalize the procedure, keep the focus on Jenny Slate’s choice, and break down social stigmas. But again, in a funny way.

We spend 40 minutes celebrating the great script and great performances, plus talk about how this gets at the nature of being a stand-up comedian much more than Judd Apatow’s Funny People ever did. Enjoy!

(And stick around for a bonus chat about the Entourage movie existing vs. Avengers: Age of Ultron? It’ll make sense.)

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LUMBERJANES REVIEW: All Ages Comics, Female Creators, Friendship to the MAX! – That Thing You Like #112

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LUMBERJANES, the hit Boom Studios comic about ladybros and their fantasy-genre girl scout adventures, is a breath of fresh air! Created by Shannon Waters, Noelle Stevenson, and Grace Ellis, the five Lumberjanes have stormed their way into the world’s pop culture heart, and has even been optioned for a big hollywood movie. But we’re here to answer the real question: Is it any good?

Well, yeah. Yes. Yes, it’s super good.

On this episode we’re joined by dear (dear, dear, DEAR) friend of the show Jenna Reid, who’s a real life girl guide leader! Which makes her the closest thing we could have to a real life Lumberjane on the show. We talk about our favourite Lumberjane badges, which Lumberjane we identify with, and sing the praises of the gorgeous art, great character design, and hilarious writing. Enjoy!

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MAD MEN FINALE: Don Draper, Peggy Olson, Life, and Happiness – That Thing You Like #111

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MAD MEN just ended, and Brian and Chris have many thoughts about it. Thoughts about masculinity, life, the nature of happiness, human connection, redemption, and Peggy Olsen being a badass. Too many thoughts to handle alone, so we’re joined by fellow Mad Men superfan Andy Shirlaw of The 4 Eyed Forecast to bid a fond farewell to one of the greatest shows of all time. Did we like the finale? Yes. Did we like the last season? Also, yes.

But we still have a lot to say. Plus, the long awaited return of the TTYL POWER RANKINGS.

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MAD MAX FURY ROAD: Action, Feminism, and Charlize Theron Forever

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MAD MAX FURY ROAD! George Miller’s feminist action spectacular! God, what a breath of fresh air this movie was. Tom Hardy stars as the titular Max, but who cares, because this is Charlize Theron’s film as the incredible Imperator Furiosa. Sisters are doing it for themselves!

We’re joined by Tyler Heppell and Jenna Reid to talk a world driven insane by toxic masculinity, the need for feminine ideas to be given as much credit as traditionally male ones, and the way this movie uses balls-to-the-wall incredible action sequences to rail against the status quo. Let us know what you think: Is Mad Max the pro-woman action blockbuster we’ve all been waiting for? Did you hate it? Love it? (We hope you loved it.)

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HITCH: Will Smith, Sexism, and the Normalization of Harmful Gender Roles

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HITCH was a smash-hit romantic comedy for Will Smith, Eva Mendes, and Kevin James back in 2005. But what if we told you that this seemingly inoffensive, charming movie about a “Date Doctor” finding love is actually super weird and harmful? Aside from having a main character who’s a proto-pick up artist, HITCH reads like a how-to guide on the basics of devaluing female personhood and agency.

So if you like it when Brian and Chris talk about media theory, hegemony, representation, and how frustrating it can be when pop culture reinforces a system of control, this is the episode for you! (We promise it’s not dry and joyless and angry.)

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AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON REVIEW: Whedon character greatness vs. 1000 plot points

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AVENGERS AGE OF ULTRON is finally here. And it’s loaded with the classic Joss Whedon take on character-based action that took the world by storm in 2012! Except that, this time, Whedon also has to do so much heavy plot lifting. So. Much. Plot.

So, it’s not as much of a perfect summer movie as the first AVENGERS. And that’s okay – especially because it gave us enough material to podcast for two hours. We talk about the character arcs we still liked (Black Widow and Hulk! Hawkeye! Some Iron Man stuff!), and try to parse how the muddled plot held the rest of it back. But, we still loved James Spader! And Thor was still a charming goofball.

In conclusion, Black Widow needs her own movie, the end. Agree with our takes? Disagree? Let us know in the comments or on Twitter! It’s a huge movie event, and we’d love to hear from you.

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