With the release of A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas, Kyle and Claire investigate the influences that led to the best selling first book in the series. It is almost literally a “tale as old as time”. Kyle relates the story of the 18th century book, Beauty and the Beast and the more popular adaptation that soon followed. Claire traces the arrival and impact of Young Adult Literature from the 1960s until today. They wrap up with their thoughts on A Court of Thorns and Roses, and the marvel of its 4000 year-old heritage.
In the wake of the film, X-Men: Apocalypse, Kyle and Claire get into the origins of the X-Men and the rivalry between Marvel and Fox Studios. Kyle breaks down the creation of the X-Men comics in the 1960s and 70s, and explains how the Civil Rights Movement influences their stories to this day. In addition to the juicy gossip of Marvel versus Fox, Claire examines the contributions of director Bryan Singer — “The Godfather of Superhero Movies”. They end the show with a discussion of the film itself, and how the talented Michael Fassbender can’t keep them from missing Ian McKellen.
With the release of its likely final installment, Claire and Kyle take a look at the Uncharted videogame series. It’s hard to see the main character, Drake, without thinking of Indiana Jones. Claire delves into the cartoon strips, B – movies, and adventure films that birthed one of America’s greatest fictional heroes. Along the way she traces the transformation of the archaeologist/treasure hunter over time–he didn’t always get the girl. Next, Kyle discusses the beginning of Naughty Dog Studios and the transition they made from 3D platform adventures with a bandicoot, to cinematic action/adventure games. They finish with their fond memories of Naughty Dog games, what the studio has achieved with Uncharted, and a few thoughts on how homage to classic films can go too far.
Podcasting deliciously is unsettling, frightening, and definitely worth it. Kyle and Claire discuss director Robert Eggers’ debut film, The Witch. Claire begins with the origins of sorcery in the Mediterranean. From there she covers the evolving relationship between Witchcraft and Christianity (surprise: it used to be good), and places the Puritan view in context. Kyle delves into the production, and how hard Robert Eggers worked to portray a detailed picture of Puritan fear. Our hosts finish with a few thoughts on the film’s performance’s, language, and creativity within limitations.
Kyle and Claire discuss the background and making of Captain America: Civil War. Kyle kicks it off with the comics behind the film, the theme of government as the enemy in comics, and who really stays dead in the Marvel Universe. Claire follows up with how Marvel Studios found the Russo Brothers, their approach to directing, and their goal for the larger franchise. Our hosts conclude with their thoughts and feelings on the film itself.