Ep. 20 – Rogue One and Best of 2016

Please note for this week’s episode: we recorded this podcast before Carrie Fisher’s death, so though we talk briefly about her role in this film, we don’t address this event or its impact on the series. Alright, with that out of the way, let’s dive into Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and our picks for the best pop culture of 2016. Spoilers for this episode: we’re talking about everything in Rogue One, so definitely check it out before listening here.

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Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Rogue One is the first of the “Anthology” films being made by Disney, and it sits outside of the main “Saga” films that we have seen before (i.e. Episodes I – VII).  As a very casual fan of this series, I admit to being very lost in the positioning of this particular story, and it’s something I felt the movie didn’t help me out with at all. As Jeff points out, these Anthology films are the future of the franchise, so it behooves Disney to work out some of these kinks for more casual fans. Jeff liked the movie more than I did, and maybe other super fans of the franchise felt served by the movie. We’d love to hear your thoughts.

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The 2016 Pop Culture Reference Awards for Excellence in Film or Something

2016 Pop Culture Reference Awards

The Academy Awards are today and, despite a few exceptions that prove the rule, listing off this year’s crop of nominees is like a schoolteacher taking attendance. “An American making tough choices at war time?” “Here!” “Man-versus-nature suffer-fest?” “Here!” “The courageous LGBT role, performed by a straight person?” “Here!” “Heart-wrenching family drama?” “Here!” “White people?” […]

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