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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.