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Adam and Michael discuss the crunchy combat of this year’s Sifu by Sloclap! Both hosts found the game’s ability to create the feeling of becoming powerful incredibly satisfying. Unfortunately for them, it isn’t real fighting and they’re both still wimps in real life. Seriously, you could probably just push Swaim over and he’d just say “Left Stick U…
 
This is a fan-requested (Pick The Flick tier) episode on Soderbergh’s Solaris from 2002. A hearty Small Beans’ thank you to Tom D. for the request!Adam and Abe talk about his cinematographic and editorial approach to the story of a planet that psychologically terrorizes a human crew on a space station.Features:Adam Ganser: https://twitter.com/there…
 
It’s a Wes month. This time we discuss his 2001 film The Royal Tenenbaums which looks at familial grief and dysfunction. Wes Anderson’s style and charm is on full display with a stellar cast in what could be argued is a more formless narrative than movie goers were accustomed to. Abe and Mike disagree about Act 2 but who cares, it’s a good movie.Fe…
 
Another Pick the Flick by the audience! This time, we thank Phaedrus for the suggestion of 2009’s Moon! Danielle joins the hosts to discuss Sam Rockwell’s ass, director Duncan Jones, and the meaning of the ending of the film. Highly suggest a listen and a watch!Features:Danielle Radford: https://twitter.com/danielleradfordMichael Swaim: https://twi…
 
This show goes over the short stories of Michael’s favorite speculative fiction author and notable curmudgeon Harlan Ellison. Each episode Michael pairs (read: forces a friend to read) a short story with a guest that it “applies especially to.” This episode it’s the short story “Shatterday” and the guest is Abe Epperson. Michael Swaim: https://twit…
 
Another Pick the Flick by the audience! This time, we thank Zac S. for the suggestion of 2017’s The Death of Stalin! Daniel joins the hosts to discuss the film’s satire of the spineless cretins that attempted to usurp power in the wake of a tyrant’s death. All three suggest you watch this movie.Features:Daniel O’Brien: https://twitter.com/DOB_INCMi…
 
Hana Michels, who makes cat buttholes on Etsy and is a celebrated Small Bean, joins the pod for a special episode about cramming tiny animals into balls. They discuss the limits of the Pokemon lore, their shared joy of pelting things with apples, and Hana asserts her dominance as the one true trainer.Hana Michels: https://twitter.com/HanaMichels Mi…
 
In this episode, Bridgett and Sarah discuss Richard Linklater’s Before trilogy’s second film. They talk about cats, therapy, walkable cities, how they are both not “jewelry people,” how French people are, and how sexy sitting on a couch can be. I think there’s a movie also. Features:Bridgett Greenberg: https://twitter.com/BridgettTweetsSarah Griffi…
 
Another Pick the Flick by the audience! This time, we thank Phaedrus for the suggestion of 1992’s Cutting Edge! Soren joins the hosts in comparing rom coms and sports movies, talking about the fuck-den that is the olympic village, and imagining a figure skater projectile vomit on the ice.Features:Soren Bowie: https://twitter.com/Soren_Ltd Michael S…
 
As voted by our Show Me Producers, this month’s ISYM asks our hosts to bring songs they’d put on their wedding playlist. Maggie talks about her new play. Adam talks about the tiny, rage gumball Kirby.If you patronize us, feel free to email us suggestions for episodes at any time at magsandganz@gmail.com. Tell us your thoughts on Kirby.Adam Ganser: …
 
Our collective friend and honorary Small Bean Griffin Rowell walks us through the capitalist concepts driving the current metaverse, the companies to look out for, and the potential methods we can use to build it into something more open-sourced. Resident dummy Michael asks all the questions you may have had but were too afraid to (or just had no i…
 
Paul has returned. This time we discuss his 1999 film Magnolia which depicts 8 stories occurring in the San Fernando Valley in a 24 hour period. It’s mostly about grief, loneliness, forgiveness, loss, and coincidence. Michael and Abe decide it’d be apt to just kind of meander through the podcast, without really obeying the typical structure. God, w…
 
Why are Guy Ritchie films compelling? At the start of his career he made a name for himself with his quick, chaotic editing style. Adam walks us through it.Features:Adam Ganser: https://twitter.com/therealganzAbe Epperson: https://twitter.com/AbeTheMightySupport Small Beans and access Additional Content: https://www.patreon.com/SmallBeansCheck our …
 
Another Pick the Flick by the audience! This time, we thank nerdnumbers for the suggestion of 1995’s Hackers! Tom “The Rhyme Man” Reimann of Gamefully Unemployed joins us to discuss the very real need to hack the planet and the virtues of being a keyboard cowboy.Features:Tom Reimann: https://twitter.com/startthemachineMichael Swaim: https://twitter…
 
This show goes over the short stories of Michael’s favorite speculative fiction author and notable curmudgeon Harlan Ellison. Each episode Michael pairs (read: forces a friend to read) a short story with a guest that it “applies especially to.” This episode it’s the short story “The Beast That Shouted Love At The Heart Of The World” and the guest i…
 
Michael is the Halo hater. Adam is the Halo lover. This episode they talk about Halo Infinite and 343 Industries in some kind of red vs. blue deathmatch. See who wins the podcast. I bet it’s Adam. I don’t know why, that guy just seems like he has his shit together.Michael Swaim: https://twitter.com/SWAIM_CORP Adam Ganser: https://twitter.com/therea…
 
In this episode, Bridgett and Sarah discuss Richard Linklater’s Before trilogy’s first film. The hosts are very excited about this laugh-a-minute, light-hearted, poop-and-pee joke-filled trilogy. Sarah tells a Linklater story. Bridgett went to film school. Sarah proves she knows what a camera is.Features:Sarah Griffith: https://twitter.com/sk_griff…
 
No. Well, kind of. Blast From The Past is very much like Demolition Man. At least, the department heads and directors had the same approach to a very common film problem. Abe walks us through it. Adam tries to stop him. Only one prevails.Features:Abe Epperson: https://twitter.com/AbeTheMightyAdam Ganser: https://twitter.com/therealganzSupport Small…
 
Another Pick the Flick by the audience! This time, we thank nerdnumbers for the suggestion of 1989’s The Wizard! Lydia Bugg of 1-900-HOTDOG joins us to discuss this insane look at the child road movie, complete with shitty adults who ruin everything.Features:Lydia Bugg: https://twitter.com/YouKnowLydiaMichael Swaim: https://twitter.com/SWAIM_CORPAb…
 
In this episode of Tales, Michael invites musician and RAINN Speakers Bureau member Sammy Lynn into the Pit to discuss her experiences suffering and recovering from sexual assault, and share practical coping advice. If you or a loved one has survived such a despicable attack, please know that there is a community that supports you, even if you've y…
 
Everyone! It’s a FREE episode! We like to do that from time to time with the shows that are exclusive and this is that! If you forgot, this show takes a Futurama episode and thematically pairs it with an episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation, which works surprisingly well.This episode David and Michael discuss being a theater kid vs. being a te…
 
It’s time for Wes and his second film Rushmore! The hosts look at the film scene by scene and examine the larger themes of Anderson’s second feature. Let’s pack the shit out of these kids like so many Bill Murrays. Features:Michael Swaim: https://twitter.com/SWAIM_CORPAbe Epperson: https://twitter.com/AbeTheMightySupport Small Beans and access Addi…
 
It’s the first Pick The Flick in a bit! One person a month can choose the movie we cover and last month it was Thomas B! Thank you, Thomas B! You made this happen. And by this, I mean our conversation about a 2013 sci-fi animated/live action film starring Robin Wright, Paul Giamatti, and Jon Hamm! It’s a trippy ass film that 2 of the 3 talkers like…
 
We brought David Bell, big bean and famous pervert, to come talk about one of our GOTYs: Deathloop, a first person shooter with a groundhog day twist. All the 1Uppers enjoy this title and discuss what made it compelling. Is it’s simplicity a feature or a bug? How did the hosts’ play styles differ? Michael mined the story and embraced the puzzle str…
 
Adam walks us through how the phenomenon of 1999’s The Blair Witch Project informed all the filmmaker’s choices while making the film and how the atypical production designed a genre. Abe is there to help.Features:Adam Ganser: https://twitter.com/therealganzAbe Epperson: https://twitter.com/AbeTheMightySupport Small Beans and access Additional Cont…
 
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