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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.

Defocused 320: Jumper

At least it’s only an hour and a half.

Defocused 319: Detective Pikachu

Maybe there are some issues with the writing.

Rocket Surgery: "Kill and Kill Again"

They don’t kill again. Hot Dog!

"Chariots of Fire" and "Amadeus"

We watch Best Pictures from the 80s! Also at the end we do some 2020 favorite films nonsense, if you’re into that sort of thing.

"WandaVision" season wrap-up

What are podcasts, but conversations persevering?

Saga of Rereading Epics: Magnificat & Wrap-up

This epic-length (see what I did there?) bootleg includes our episode about Magnificat as well as our series wrap-up episode.

Game Show: UK Triv VIII

How many twos can our North Americans roll while trying to answer questions from an original 1983 British edition of Trivial Pursuit? Two many.

Shakespeare Club: Taming of the Shrew

Billy Shakes, we have some script notes.

Defocused 318

The blazers weren’t the only things that were unstructured.

Porco Rosso

A flyin’ pig!

Defocused 317: Sonic the Hedgehog


"Buffy the Vampire Slayer" season 6

And also there was a musical.

Defocused 316: Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country

Dining on ashes.

"The Expanse" season 5

Marco Inaros is very bad.

Friendly Competition 5: None of This Is Helping Me

More Sarahs than you can shake a stick at.

Defocused 315: Sneakers

We’re joined by Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences Todd Vaziri!

Defocused 314: Kuffs

Dan saw this movie a long time ago and wanted an excuse to watch it again. Joe was not very happy about it.

Inconceivable!: Almost Finnish

They’re not umlauts!

Defocused 313: Face/Off

Dan ate some candy, and Joe says he doesn’t really have a sweet tooth. The movie is also discussed.

Bad Best Picture Draft

Priests! Irishness!

Defocused 312: Broken Arrow

Nuclear bomb things and boxing.


Pitter patter, let’s get at ‘er.

Lions, Towers, and Shields: The Fountainhead

A perfect spherical cow.