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PopFilter Podcast Episode 195

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On the 195th episode of the PopFilter Podcast, Ryan and Jason discuss the merits of a 1970’s made-for-TV movie in Duel and then try to decide why Happyish is a show that exists. They also continue their “actionbusters”(tm) Mt. Rushmore with the four best action stars from 1991-1995 being carved into a badass mountain. After all of that, they scream at each other about some shit that’s getting to big for its britches, telling everyone what to settle down about.

Aaaaaaaaand they get pretty drunk.

The Super Hero Hour Hour 5/1

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This week, Ryan and Jason really dig into The Flash. And I mean REALLY dig into it. They also talk about all the amazing television shows based on comic books! Is it awesome? Of course. How dare you even ask.

PopFilter Versus: Their 2005 Selves

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The Taste Buds get caught in a time loop and have to face their 2005 selves in a mind-bending, death defying battle royale! Or you know, they all countdown the 5 things they’re fans of now that Them ten years ago would hate to find out. This time, like it always is with time-travel, it’s personal.

PopFilter Podcast Episode 194

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The taste buds are back and better than ever! This week, they tackle “Behind the Iris” by Canadian musicians Braids and the new Yahoo Screens show Other Space! They then attempt to bring a new member into the coveted PopFilter Hall of Fame. And as if that isn’t enough, they also find the time to build a mountain to the greatest action stars from 1986-1990. It was sculpted using only punches and kicks.

And dynamite.

Enjoy!

The Super Hero Hour Hour 4/25

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This week, Ryan and Mike talk about all of the amazing television shows that are based on comic books! The board thought it would be funny to make them really dig in to Powers, so they do. Spoiler alert: Powers is not the best. Sorry.

PopFilter VS. March TV

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On this episode, the taste buds (plus Stephanie Rose!) widdle down the 16 television premiers in March to one champion of them all! It doesn’t just get weird…it gets super weird.

PopFilter Podcast Episode 193

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This week, the taste buds get into some the most important discussion of their life as they are given a fictional opportunity to create a network that airs all of the best television shows that were cancelled too soon!

They were not told it was fictional…it gets heated.

The Super Hero Hour Hour 4/17

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Daredevil has finally debuted on Netflix. Mike and Ryan bemoan the fact that they are going to watch one episode a week instead of binge it like the rest of America. They also cover all of the other new episodes that came out this week, including Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD, Arrow, The Flash, iZombie, Powers, and Gotham. Who will be number one?

 

As a bonus here’s the video Ryan mentions:

 


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THE 2015 POPFILTER TV CHALLENGE: MARCH MADNESS

iZombie

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Bloodline

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Here we sit, on the precipice of the climactic battle that is The Pop Filter Television Challenge: March Madness Bracket. This penultimate battle pits Bloodline against iZombie. The winner goes on to fight the good fight against The Last Man on Earth. The loser will be forced to eat an entire bag of dicks. We don’t mean to be hyperbolic in saying this, but nothing has ever mattered more in the history of human existence ever and fuck your face if you disagree. This battle is a tough one, so buckle up.

 

To begin with, iZombie gives us an in-depth look at the life of a doctor-turned-morgue-worker-so-she-can-humanely-consume-brains that is shockingly poignant. Using its unique voice, iZombie actually has something to say. Its message is delivered through sound writing that makes us not mind how formula-driven the plot is and strong actors who are able to deliver the absurdly cheeky dialogue. The character development and chemistry is not just crucial to the fabric of the show, but is also wholly organic. And if it seems remarkably well-put together for a freshman show, it’s because iZombie is a daughter to Veronica Mars. It has the same creator/head writer Rob Thomas and both share writer Diane Ruggiero. Thomas and Ruggiero benefit from the fact that they have already spent three seasons figuring out a style that portrays a strong female character within the confines of a formula driven plotline with quippy dialogue.  Liv Moore (I know, it’s so good it can get away with that shit) makes decisions entirely on her own while never coming across as distant or aloof. Ya know, like an actual lead character. What these two learned during their stint at Veronica Mars bleeds through in iZombie. And much like its “mother,” iZombie can look forward to having a cult-following of die hard fans. These demonstrations of agency, pathos and abject loneliness all go to give this comedy about a zombie/fake psychic seen in a one-and-done police procedural a heretofore unseen amount of watchability and depth.

 

But you guys, like, Bloodline, though. Watching this show is mind-melting. Over the course of these first three episodes, you have to remind yourself to breath. A lot. This show grabs you by the dick (we assure readers of all genders that you don’t need a dick in order to be metaphorically grabbed by it) and refuses to let go. Scenes are fraught with tension, anger and passion bubbling so slightly below the surface that it becomes difficult to tell how deeply into depression any given character has fallen. We could probably write about Danny, the ne’erdowell brother, for another 5,000 words alone and still have barely scratched the surface as to what makes him monstrously good or tragically bad. The same can be said for his onlydowell cop brother, John. And that’s two of ten characters that make this show so compelling. This show’s treatment of its characters is so remarkably complex that this fictional family’s story plays out like an exposè on the actual dynamics of human interaction. It’s never clear-cut who the good-guys and who the bad-guys are. The cast defies the characteristics that classic-storytelling demands in the best possible way–by being too authentic. It’s the most psychologically honest show we have ever seen. But the most complimentary thing I can say about this show is that it closely resembles the winner of the last bracket, Transparent, with its nuanced and graceful universe building, only without a whiff of comedy. And though a balance between comedy and drama  is ordinarily very important, it totally does not fucking matter for shit here. This show is scene after gut-wrenching scene that refuses to even attempt to make you laugh. And it works. In short, this is a wholly remarkable television show.


We, Jason and Stephanie, kick out a show as amazingly entertaining and beautifully constructed as iZombie to move on the more deserving Bloodline. The Last Man on Earth, you better watch yourself. This show is not fucking around.

 

 

PopFilter Podcast Episode 192.2

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It’s the exciting conclusion to Jason, Ryan and Mike getting a lesson on the non-negotioable genius of Charlie Chaplin and his films. Listen in as Peter Ackroyd leads the taste buds on the second half of their magnificent adventure!

Don’t forget to check out Charlie Chaplin by Peter Ackroyd for more about the personal struggles and triumphs throughout the life of Charles Chaplin.

PopFilter Podcast Episode 192.1

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There’s only so much babbling bullshit any group of people can put out into the world, so every once in awhile the Taste Buds hunker down and learn a thing or two about a thing or two. In this edition of PopFilter 101, Mr. Peter Ackroyd takes Jason, Ryan, and Mike to school to learn all about the Little Tramp and the reverberations through film and comedy that his legacy still leaves today. Check back on Thursday for the exciting conclusion!

And check out Charlie Chaplin by Peter Ackroyd for more about the personal struggles and triumphs throughout the life of Charles Chaplin.

The Superhero Hour Hour 4/10

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Guys! Daredevil isn’t out! But Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD is, so Mike and Ryan breakdown all of the Inhuman things that are happening to Skye, before getting to new episodes of Powers and iZombie. It is, of course, a very special episode of the Superhero Hour Hour.

PopFilter Versus: Workout Mixtape

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Oh Filterinos, we know you listen every week and just wonder at the physiques of the 3 disembodied voices that float into your earholes. All comes apparent when you hear Jason, Mike, and Ryan stumble and stutter their way through trying to talk about what music people should work out to. If nothing else, there are a lot of high-energy songs!

THE 2015 POPFILTER TV CHALLENGE: MARCH MADNESS

Follow the Tournament Here!

Round Two

Weird Loners

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Bloodline

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Hello all you beautiful Filterinos! In a fight that will go down in history as being almost too close to call, Weird Loners faces off against Netflix’s very own Bloodline. It’s exciting. It’s amazing! It’s tremendous…ly one sided. You see, sometimes you have two weak turds trying to out turd each other for a spot (re: last week’s battle between Weird Loners and Younger). Sometimes you have two painfully heavy hitters that make you vomit blood because one has to lose (re: The Unbreakable Kimmie Schmidt vs. The Last Man on Earth). And then you get a battle like this one. A real David vs. Goliath, but in this one Goliath wins because fuck you, that’s how the world works.

Last week, I spoke of the middling merits of Weird Loners. The show contains a base level of charm that almost makes up for its painfully regurgitated story lines and old school sitcom tropes. In this episode, the vaguely East Indian girl channels the man-child’s dead father and they have a nice day together. Meanwhile, bitter hot girl and shitty douche guy pull a fast one on Nana. And for the second week in a row, David Wain is left holding his comedy dick, wishing that he hadn’t have been seen killing that hooker by a hack-fuck comedy writer. Oh David, you always need to take care of the witnesses.

And then there’s this Netflix show called Bloodline. On the second episode, everything ever happens all the time. But, it’s reined in performances and pitch–perfect direction make it feel like nothing has happened at all. This show is full of intrigue, family drama, dark pasts and will, by the end of its run, equate to a 13-hour episodic film that blows your dick off. Or so I would assume. After two epis, that kind of seems like the direction this show is going.

So the winner is clearly Bloodline. And though it may be trite to say, this battle really came down to one thing: which of these two shows was remarkably better. You can try to tell me that the chemisty is building between the leads on Weird Loners. You can try to tell me that Bloodline might go the way of the True Detective and be so good early that no ending can live up to it. You can try to tell me that Nate Torrence is doing interesting things with the man-child character (even though Will Forte has now destroyed anyone else’s chances of doing anything with that particular trope). In all three instances, however, you would be powerfully wrong. Stop being a dodo bird, you dodo bird. Bloodline takes its rightful place in the final four.

 

With Love,

Jason R. Noble

 

NEXT UP…BLOODLINE VS iZOMBIE!

IT’S THE FINAL FOUR, BITCHES!

 

 

PopFilter Podcast Episode 191

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This week, the taste buds discuss the best mountain ever to be built in honor of physical comedians of their time. As if that isn’t enough, they also dig into Imitation of Life and give what can only be called an “even-handed” review of the new Fox sitcom Weird Loners. And just because they love all of you so much, they unleash a brand new game upon the world.

Buckle up, Filterinos. It’s gonna be a wild ride.

The Super Hero Hour Hour 4/3

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This week Ryan and a special guest discuss the season finale of The Walking Dead!

P.S. – The special guest is none other than the host of the second hottest podcast on the internet, The PopFilter Podcast, the official podcast of yourpopfilter.com, the one, the only J-son! (His name is Jason)

P.P.S. – They also talk about everything else. Blah blah blah.

PopFilter Versus: Breakfast Cereals

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Another day, another Bracketology as the old saying goes. In this edition, Ryan and Jason lead an all-out blood bath that leaves only one classic breakfast cereal to take the crown. The glory. The competition. The blood, sweat, and milk. Who will be the ultimate breakfast champion?!

THE 2015 POPFILTER TV CHALLENGE: MARCH MADNESS

Follow the Tournament Here!

Round One

Weird Loners

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Younger

 

Hello everyone. My name is Jason R. Noble and I have just watched the pilots to both Weird Loners and Younger. When I signed up for this TV challenge I thought, “Oh what fun it will be to have a dialogue about all of the new television shows being unleashed upon society. What a great mouth piece this will be to shout about the height of human achievement, watching and discussing shows that have survived the onslaught of garbage to make it all the way to a premier on actual television.” And then I pulled the Weird Loners/Younger battle. Fuck me, right?

 

All is not lost. There are highs and lows to everything and these two shows are good reminders that it is not always an even distribution of extremes. First, we have Weird Loners, a show about four single people that, through incredibly coincidental circumstances, seem to form a group. There is the 33 year-old weirdo, the 36 year-old douche, the 34 year-old artist and the 37 year-old pretty white lady. They all fear commitment/growing up/being people and it is through this bond that they are able to forge an us-against-the-world gang of misanthropes. It is tired. It is hackneyed. It has the best masturbation joke of the last 5 years of network television.

 

 

And then there’s Younger, the show that proves that TV Land deserves the title of “Network That Definitely Produces Television Shows!”. The show, as it is, focuses on a 40-something mother that is trying to get a job after a painful divorce and 15 years out of the work force. She is talked down to, turned away, and psychologically beaten up to the point of giving up. As luck would have it, some tattooed idiot in a bar hits on her and makes her think that there is a chance that she might be able to pretend to be in her 20’s again, therefore worthy of an assistant position. She works under a character that is so broad that Meryl Streep’s Devil Wears Prada character would say she might need to tone it down. Hillary Duff, however, proves that she can almost pretend not to be a hateable-if-stereotypical 20-something millennial, walking a thin line between overly concerned with others and pulling away as soon as a real person might have to emerge.

 

Sad though it is, this battle breaks down to two unexpected things: Hillary Duff’s resurgence as a television darling and a fantastic moment between two characters about masturbation. Thought both of these shows certainly deserve whatever shit will be heaped upon them, Weird Loners is able to get past the stone cold rigidity of its pilot and make you think that watching the second episode will not make you bummed. Sadly, the same cannot be said for Younger. Though both shows are not going to win Emmy’s anytime soon, Weird Loners takes the first round.

 

NEXT UP…BLOODLINE VS WEIRD LONERS!

EXCITEMENT ABOUNDS!

 

 

THE 2015 POPFILTER TV CHALLENGE: MARCH MADNESS

Follow the Tournament Here!

Round One

 

Big Time in Hollywood, Fl

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Florida is a sulfurous hell-hole. It isn’t even prejudiced to hate this awful place. In fact it is your civic duty as an American to feel ashamed to share a federal government with this gigantic, godless swamp. Both of the shows going head-to-head in this round take place in it, what we shall refer to as the holy-crap-it-looks-like-a-penis state. Big Time in Hollywood Florida is about two 30-something-year-old aspiring filmmakers, both brothers and man-children. The pilot episode is all about the hijinks these characters get into after their parents kick them out of the house for being losers. These character’s personalities and story arcs are almost entirely lifted from Step-Brothers, but without the charm and innocent exuberance that made those characters likable. Much of this story seems borrowed from other places. It is as if the people who made this show have seen these kinds of stories done, and done well, and copied what they saw. Only with this show you aren’t left with something that works, you’re left with something that feels like a copy of a copy. Even a cameo from Ben Stiller, one of the funniest on-screen personalities of all time, feels hollow.

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The timing of the jokes are off. There is a lack of chemistry between the characters. Nothings jives, nothing fits. It’s a mishmash of things we’ve all seen before. There is no identity, no soul. Just some kind of Frankenstein’s monster masquerading as a sitcom.

Our other Floridian contender is Bloodline. Bloodline is a Netflix original series. It stars Sissy Spacek, Linda Cardellini, and Kyle Chandler (COACH!! IT’S COACH FROM FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS, EVERYBODY!*) This is about a family who owns a hotel in the Florida keys and the chaos that ensues when their troubled eldest brother returns. This show is remarkably well-balanced because its individual parts fit  together like a jigsaw puzzle with each piece intimately connected to the whole. It gives the show its soul. It’s not just that these characters have a well-developed connection to each other, their surroundings, or the action of the plot; it’s that it all fits perfectly together to create a larger picture. There is a palatable connection between the members of family, the environment of the keys, and the insanity being foreshadowed by the end of the pilot. This is a great start to what I predict will be a great series. So it shouldn’t come as any shock that Bloodline is moving on. It is the standout of the bottom half of round one, and stands a pretty good chance at taking this entire bracket.

 

NEXT UP!!! WEIRD LONERS VS YOUNGER

SAME POPFILTER TIME

SAME POPFILTER CHANNEL

*Clear eyes, full hearts, can’t lose!

 

PopFilter Podcast Episode 190

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This week, the taste buds all build a mountain in honor of all the best fictional movie musicians. Sound fun? It is! They also dig into Cries and Whispers as well as Big Time in Hollywood, FL. They also decide, much like the entirety of society, that one of those two is way better.

 

Spoiler alert, it’s the 40 year old movie.