Episode #37 – The Marvel Cinematic Universe and Netflix’s Daredevil

Episode # 37

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The Marvel Cinematic Universe & Netflix’s Daredevil

For Episode #37, Erik, Nick and Chris tackle the massive Marvel Cinematic Universe as well as the Netflix streaming series, Daredevil. The guys give a brief history of the superhero genre from the eighties up to the present including commenting on the (somewhat controversial) acquisition of the Marvel brand by The Walt Disney Company in 2009. Netflix’s Daredevil has become a surprise hit (and better received than the 2003 film), and the guys spend some time exploring the details of superheroes served up weekly. This will be a great episode with some (perhaps) very surprising opinions and comments!



Review of Nick’s Book at Turner Classic Movies

Interview with Nick on Erik’s WET Podcast

Wikipedia article on the Marvel Cinematic Universe featuring a helpful chart

Article from the Guardian (UK) by Alan Moore on the “cultural catastrophe” of superhero movies

Article from the Guardian (UK) regarding Disney’s Marvel acquisition

How Marvel is killing the popcorn movie



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Episode #36 – Jurassic World & Jaws: 40th Anniversary.

Episode # 36


That’s a Wrap presents its Summer Blockbuster Extravaganza!

For their 36th episode the lads tackle 2015’s runaway summer juggernaut Jurassic World.  An exciting and insightful look at the franchise and its latest (record breaking) entry await you!  In the second segment, we perform our own “half-assed autopsy” on the original summer blockbuster, 1975’s JAWS.  From a historical standpoint, JAWS is likely the most “important” film of the 1970s and at 40 is still terrorizing beach patrons all over the world.

Additional Announcement:
Book Cover hi-resCo-host Nicholas Schlegel’s book: Sex, Sadism, Spain, and Cinema: The Spanish Horror Film has been released.

It’s currently on sale at 35% off at the publisher website, Rowman.com.  Just enter 15SUMSALE at checkout to receive the discount. Sale is good through August and is just  too good to pass up!  Congratulations Nick!


SNL Richard Dreyfuss “I was in JAWS!” 


*Jaws tribute poster by Kris Kirven

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Episode #35 – Top Ten Films of the 1980’s

Episode #35

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In this episode, the guys go totally 80’s with their top ten films from the decade that gave us hair bands, Ronny Reagan and zombies that danced to pop music. Join Erik, Nick and Chris as they discuss their favorite picks and spend a lot of time quoting one particular film about golf.

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Roger Ebert’s review of Blue Velvet




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Episode #34 – Remakes: Out of the Past & Against All Odds

Episode #34


In this episode, Erik, Nick and Chris introduce a new feature!! Original Films and Their Remakes. They inaugurate with the 1947 film noir classic Out of the Past and its updated version, Against All Odds from 1984.

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Here is the amazon page of Nick’s upcoming book! It will be released in July, 2015.

Here is the music video for Against All Odds by Phil Collins. It was written explicitly for the film and won the Grammy for Best Pop Vocal Performance in 1985. It was Collins’ first #1 hit!

Compendia Podcast Episode 9

This American Life episode in which Phil Collins discusses how to write the perfect breakup song.

The WET podcast episode where Erik discusses Patreon with Erica Castello

Episode #33 – Top Ten Films of the 1990s

Episode #33


It was, in retrospect (and despite the above image), a very good decade for film. The last gasp of a pre-blockbuster-superhero-dominated era when the new, “New Hollywood” (Kevin Smith, Quentin Tarantino, Robert Rodriguez – etc) found easy distributive flow from indie and import giant MIRAMAX.  Join Erik, Nick and Chris as they countdown their TOP 10 FILMS OF THE 1990s.  This episode was a lot of fun – we can’t wait to get to the 1980s!!

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Episode #32 – Christopher Nolan

Episode #32


That’s a Wrap! takes a look at the career of one of the most respected, profitable, bankable and just plain interesting directors of the last 20 years, Christopher Nolan.  We examine his films and analyze his career up to, and including, Interstellar.  Do we reach a consensus? Tune in!


Paddy Chayefsky clip at Oscars 

Dime for Scale Movie Club – O Brother Where Art Thou? Erik was guest on this episode.


Episode #31 – Special Guest: Film Historian Ted Okuda

Episode #31

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Happy New Year from That’s a Wrap!  We’re back for the new year and thrilled to have author and historian Ted Okuda wrap with us for Episode #31.  We talk about Ted’s books, the project of film history, the constant politicizing of films and upcoming projects.  It was a blast and we’re sure you’ll enjoy the show!

In Pickups, we also discuss documentarian Frederick Wiseman’s recent visit to Detroit and the Michigan premiere of his latest, The National Gallery. Nick and Erik attended the premiere and stayed for the Q&A afterwards. Nick was fortunate enough to have breakfast with Frederick the next morning where they talked about various subjects.


Detroit Film Theater Premier

Titticut Follies 

Episode #30 – XXX – Nymphomaniac! Pornography!

Episode #30



In this episode, we talk about Lars von Trier’s film Nymphomaniac, and pornography in general. If you haven’t seen the film, you can listen spoiler free until about the 50 minute mark, and then again at 1:20, when we start talking about porn in general.

Nymphomaniac, despite its polarizing reception, came in at #6 on the Cahiers du Cinéma Top 10 list for 2014.

We also put out a call for a new tagline to replace “Three guys with Ph.D.s talk about Film, Media and Culture.” Give us your suggestions down below, and if we end up with several good options, we’ll run a contest to choose the new tagline for 2015.

Episode #29 – The One I Love & SNL at 40!

Episode #29


Join Erik, Nick and Chris as they discuss Charlie McDowell’s “The One I Love.”  This 2014 release was mostly well-received. The guys agree and weigh in from a narrative and aesthetic perspective, but more importantly, they talk about the film’s economics and its distribution model.

In segment two, we list some of our all-time favorite skits from Saturday Night Live, which celebrates its 40th anniversary this year.

During pickups, the guys discuss Gone Girl for a few minutes. Here’s a more detailed explanation of why Erik didn’t like Gone Girl.

Links Mentioned:

KCRW’s The Business episode about Radius

The Fox and The Hedgehog



Nick Erik Chris
1 Jackie Rogers Jr. $100,000 Jackpot Wad (as discussed by Bill Hader) Joe Montana – Sincere Stu Schweddy Balls
2 I Need More Cowbell  Jim Carrey does Jimmy Stewart doing Jim Carrey on the Joe Pesci Show Elvis Costello + Samurai Delicatessan
3 Mokiki does the Sloppy Swish First Citywide Change Bank Debbie Downer Goes to Disneyland

Honorable Mentions:

Happy Fun Ball
Little Chocolate Donuts 


Sting in an elevator with Kevin Nealon and Dana Carvey


Hannukah Song

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Three passionate media scholars debate film, television and pop culture.