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Defocused 331: Hot Rod

Shifting gears back to silly, and light after ‘The Lighthouse’


So many variants, and an infinite amount of time.

Defocused 330: The Lighthouse

Fond of me lobster.

Are You The Spy? (V)

We’re back and better(??) than ever. Quinn only makes one mistake with the rules, but it is a brand new mistake, because we like to keep things interesting around here.

Black Widow

It’s a brand extension! It’s an action movie! It’s a delayed-by-pandemic hit! It’s on your TV! We say goodbye to ScarJo and hello to Black Widow 2.0 and the rest of the family.

Defocused 329: Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar

And soda fountains.

Defocused 328: The Punisher


Close Encounters of the Third Kind

Boo bee boo boo boo.

Attack the Block

Mayhem and Probs would allow it!

2021 Awards Book Club, part 2

The Midnight Bargain, Murderbot V: Network Effect, Mexican Gothic, and What Are We Reading? (Erika’s reading a lot.)

Defocused 327

No movie this week. Coffee! Espresso! Corndog problem-solving!

Friendly Competition 6

Will you listen if we reveal that there’s no 20 Questions round this time?

Muppet Movie Pitches

Muppet movies we’d like to see.

Trivial Retreat 2

We can’t remember how this works, but it’s certainly trivial.

Defocused 326: Next

We talk about the very bad Nicolas Cage movie “Next” for 57 minutes, and then we have an aftershow where we talk about the “recipes” section of the Wonder Bread website.

"Invincible" (season 1)

Contains pre-spoiler horn for those interested in hearing why you should watch.

Defocused 325: Source Code



No you can’t!

Novel Shortlists Book Club, Part 1

“The City We Became”, “Black Sun”, and “Piranesi.” Plus: What are we reading?

Defocused 324: Tenet

It’s safe to say that this wasn’t Christopher Nolan’s best work.

Defocused 323: Palm Springs

Like Groundhog Day but with more stuff.

Low Definition XXII

Who wants a rounded dowel?

The Falcon and the Winter Soldier

They’re just a couple of guys.


Fun, intense movie, but why is it a franchise?

Defocused 322: Paycheck

There is some colorful (blue) language in this episode.

Auteur Superhero Mad Libs Pitch Session

It’s the highest of concepts.

Defocused 321

No movie this week. Talking about stuff and things - and food. Always food.

Miyazaki Club Finale

One more look back on the films of Hayao Miyazaki.

Helene Wecker and "The Hidden Palace"

A lot of stuff happened between the publication of “The Golem and the Jinni” and the forthcoming release of “The Hidden Palace.” We take a journey through building a book with Helene Wecker.

(Fair warning: there are some very minor spoilers in this podcast. We think you can handle it, but if you are entirely spoiler averse, look away!)

Pre-order The Hidden Palace on Amazon or via a local independent bookstore.

"Star Trek VI"

One Klingon to read the rules, another to carry the box.