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It is the near-future and genetic manipulation has polarized the rich/poor gap to an even more extreme extent. Michael and Abe along with Small Bean Sarah Griffith take a look at the prescient social commentary in this 1997 sci-fi starring Ethan Hawke, Jude Law, and Uma Thurman. Also Dean Norris. Michael reminds us that we cannot forget Dean Norris…
 
In this episode, Bridgett and Sarah discuss the Matrix “trilogy’s” third film. Completing the “trilogy,” the hosts point out what did and did not work for them. If you recall, we start the film with Neo using his Matrix Magic in the real world and covers the final battle between man and machine. Much like the film, the hosts must engage in their ow…
 
Our hosts end the year with their Top 5 Games of the Year! While this isn’t a review show, we thought we’d take a moment to tell y’all our picks. It was a great year and we won’t spoil their picks so just put our sound beans in your hear beans. Michael Swaim: https://twitter.com/SWAIM_CORP Adam Ganser: https://twitter.com/therealganzSupport Small B…
 
Written and read by Michael Swaim. Score by Davey Francis. Cover art by TokBlok and Von Doyle.Table of Contents:0:00 - Dedications0:35 - The House With No One In It37:00 - The Blessing44:45 - Semper Fi1:15:00 - Jacq & Gyll1:29:50 - My Story Needs No Title1:38:00 - The Queen, The Duke and Their Shadows2:01:20 - The End2:23:45 - Selected PoemsCheck o…
 
On the most important episode of 1Upsmanship yet, the hosts have Vanessa Guerrero on to discuss the cult hit Psychonauts 2. Vanessa, like Michael, loves this series. Adam thinks “it’s definitely a sequel.” Get ready for the what we’re already calling internally “the “‘Raz’zle-dazzle.” Also, witness a historic Speed Run.Vanessa Guerrero: https://twi…
 
The pit is back! Well, the podcast. Honestly, it’s been a while because things have been fairly positive in the lives of Michael Swaim and Katie Willert. It’s not all roses, but the two update us (and hopefully fellow addicts out there) how things are going now that they’re sober. No real trigger warnings this time: they discuss their relationship …
 
We welcome back the show based around the interests of our collective friend and honorary Small Bean Griffin Rowell. Basically, everyone here at the Small Beans find him fascinating so we felt you should hear him too. In this miniseries, Michael and Griffin look into the metaverse, the technology behind it, its inevitability, and the possible forms…
 
Episode 3 of our new deep-dive podcast that chronicles the films of Paul Thomas Anderson and Wes Anderson! This time the sons take a look at Paul Thomas Anderson’s 1997 rags to riches pornstar tale. The hosts look at the film scene by scene and examine the larger themes of Anderson’s second feature. It’s a cautionary tale of drugs, a celebration of…
 
In this episode, Bridgett and Sarah discuss the Matrix Trilogy’s second film. After almost 2 decades of distance from this movie, what makes it so disappointing? How should sequels deal with canon exposition? Also, there’s parts of this movie that absolutely rule. Join Keymaker Sarah and Keymaker Bridgett to unpack what still holds up.Features:Sara…
 
Love him or hate him, we acknowledge that Bay’s unique sense of motion and cinematic convention has led him to box office success. In this episode, Adam walks us through the story beats and intentions of Bay’s Armageddon work, how Bay’s cinematic tendencies become his strength, and ultimately how his style is designed to make you watch his movies i…
 
As voted by our Show Me Producers, this month’s ISYM has the two hosts in complete simpatico. It seems our hosts aren’t as dissimilar as we thought. They both can trash Christopher Nolan movies with the best of them. If you want to hear why Adam and Maggie think of Inception and Interstellar, you’re gonna get that.If you patronize us, feel free to …
 
This episode Adam has a secret agenda and forces Michael to cover a Call of Duty. They talk about the casual gaming aspect of the game, the try-hard competitive mentality, the battle royale format, and the children of Call of Duty. Oh, the children. With their open mics. Screaming into oblivion. Adam Ganser: https://twitter.com/therealganzMichael S…
 
Brooks has returned so this means we’re covering another Charlie Kaufman film, this time around it’s 2002’s Adaptation directed by Spike Jonze! The gang discusses the nuances of the meta narrative, the wild production of the film, and determines for themselves the value of its ending. How does it stack up against Kaufman's other films? How was this…
 
Episode 2 of our new deep-dive podcast that chronicles the films of Paul Thomas Anderson and Wes Anderson! This time the sons take a look at Wes Anderson’s buddy comedy debut Bottle Rocket which follows two bumbling criminals as they make their way through a “70 year plan” of heists. Our hosts look at the story structure, character archetypes, visu…
 
Ivette Ale (@dignityandpowernow, @justicelanow) and Dahlia Ferlito (@wp4bl) talk with Dean Spade (@deanspade) about Mutual Aid and Prison Abolition. This is a collaboration between Small Beans and Showing Up for Racial Justice, produced by White People 4 Black Lives. For SHOW NOTES, please find this episode over on the Small Beans Patreon page.…
 
In this spooky episode, Abe points out the two types of Final Destination deaths and breaks them down. The hosts discuss the slow decline of sequels and how a franchise’s choices try to keep their irrelevance at bay. Also, what’s Death’s deal? Can it operate machinery or not? Do a Rube Goldberg machine or not, Death, c’mon.Features:Abe Epperson: ht…
 
Zach introduces us to a unique title this time. A time-loop based, existential mystery game developed by a team of only six or so designers based on a Skyrim mod. Gameplay mostly involves deciphering the larger mystery by altering your choices each loop. While time-loop games are in this year, the group discusses the uniqueness of this title, it’s …
 
Clint Eastwood: writer, director, old conservative. Michael and Abe decide to take a film that's been called the best western ever and discuss how it’s not as advanced or progressive in the pantheon of westerns as one expects. This episode we dive into the themes, the cowboy ethos, and the concept of the western hero. It’s remembered as a big step …
 
This week the professor discusses the nature and future of Air. We are joined by “social media person” and free speech mogul Juliet Parker who discusses her award-considered project GirlAir. Professor Scott Bug endorses.Features:Professor Scott Bug: https://twitter.com/profscottbugCody Johnston: https://twitter.com/drmistercody Jamie Loftus: https:…
 
Tom Reimann and Abe Epperson, the “Spielboys,” have created a new podcast. They will examine the films of Steven Spielberg one by one. They discuss the development of Spielberg as an artist, the themes and execution of the movie, and the behind the scenes trivia you probably didn’t know. This series will alternate releases between the Small Beans n…
 
We begin our new trilogy set with 1999’s The Matrix! Oh boy oh boy, let’s go down this rabbit hole, baby! Bridgett and Sarah discuss the legacy, themes, and gender critique of the Wachowski Sisters’ smash hit.A lot of what we reference was specifically in regards to gender, and how the Wachowskis' coming out recontextualized this film for many, man…
 
Abe walks us through his theory about how the horror flick Don’t Breathe (2016) creates a sequence in the first 20-25 minutes that basically walks through the movie right in front of your eyes and you barely notice. Is this a good technique? Does it make the film more enjoyable? You know, write some stuff in the comments. Let’s get an algorithm goi…
 
The first episode of our new deep-dive podcast that chronicles the films of Paul Thomas Anderson and Wes Anderson. We start with the star-studded feature debut of PTA: the tale of an older scam artist who takes a young gambler who’s down on his luck under his wing, only to find that there’s always a cost. The hosts return to their patented format o…
 
Big Bean Jason Pargin, award-winning writer and professional podcaster, drops a deuce! By that we of course mean that he joins us for a second episode in a row! This time around the beans tackle the 8th installment of the Resident Evil franchise. They discuss the scares, the development of the series over time, and why don’t they allow you to kill …
 
We did it! We reached our 420th podcast (not including exclusives)! Join us in what will be forever remembered as “that movie you watch probably because you’re high!” David Bell sits down and discusses the legacy, the meaning, and the methodical production of undeniably the most influential space movie of all time. We also spend some time telling o…
 
Adam walks us through the directorial playbook of the film Full Frontal (2002) and how it’s message, the techniques Soderbergh uses, and it’s annoyingly elusive ending all point to how Steven Soderbergh was never comfortable making Hollywood blockbusters. Features:Adam Ganser: https://twitter.com/therealganzAbe Epperson: https://twitter.com/AbeTheM…
 
Today’s discussion covers the “breakup album” as in the album you would play during a breakup for whatever reason. The reasons and albums our hosts choose could not be more distant which is fascinating in its own right. Adam picked an album that is just as old as Maggie! Also, Maggie drops the knowledge that her dad is a big fan of Michael Swaim, s…
 
That’s right! It’s the KOK COC episode! So let’s talk about some murderous kids! Abe and Mike discuss King’s relationship with religious tales, the cult-y love for this film, the numerous sequels it birthed, and it’s rank along other King tales.Features:Michael Swaim: https://twitter.com/SWAIM_CORPAbe Epperson: https://twitter.com/AbeTheMightySuppo…
 
Big Bean Jason Pargin drops by to discuss the PS5 platformer Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart, the new PS5 installment in the series by Insomniac Games. The gang discusses the game’s ability to immerse you, the mechanical flaws of the game, and if the chaotic action of the game distracts from the narrative. Everything you’d expect from three men discuss…
 
We wrap up our first trilogy with the third installment of the 50 shades films. Listen as Sarah and Bridgett discuss how these movies are not actually stories but just series of things that happen, how communication would solve all of the protagonists’ problems in their relationship, and how Christian’s numerous red flags seem to be buried by Ana’s…
 
Ivette Ale (@dignityandpowernow, @justicelanow) and Dahlia Ferlito (@wp4bl) talk with Chanelle Gallant (@ChanelleGallant) about decriminalization and sex work. This is a collaboration between Small Beans and Showing Up for Racial Justice, produced by White People 4 Black Lives. You can find full show notes, including useful links and recommended re…
 
Big Bean Bridgett Greenberg sits in to discuss Tom Ford’s 2016 psychological thriller/noir Nocturnal Animals. With quick pacing and two simultaneous stories, this film is not a casual viewing experience, but is it a rewarding one? The group discusses the obvious metaphor surrounding the film, the scenes that made them tense, and how the outside lif…
 
Howdy dorks! This week Wife Dork discusses to fascinating documentaries; The Lost Leonardo and No Ordinary Man. Mouth Dork discusses he and Wife Dork’s continued journey through Tom Cruise’s filmography with the iconic Top Gun. And finally, Disco discusses satisfaction with the finale of the Evangelion reboot series in Evangelion 3.0 + 1.01 Thrice …
 
This time around Abe tells us about the paint-by-numbers approach of the direction of Jurassic Park 3. It’s not the franchise’s most memorable film by a mile, but the story of Joe Johnston’s artistic involvement in the project makes its production a very unique story. Features:Abe Epperson: https://twitter.com/AbeTheMightyAdam Ganser: https://twitt…
 
A unique game by many accounts: released as the first PS5 only major release during a pandemic and with few PS5s actually around. The boys discuss it’s repetitiveness and the uniqueness of a roguelike FPS Triple-A psychological horror game. Is this a new genre? Is this just Risk of Rain 2? Is the story anything? Adam says Adam things. Michael says …
 
HOWDY DORKS! That’s right ladies and gentlemen, the Dorks are back! This week Wife Dork discusses YA graphic novel Dragon Hoops. Mouth Dork discusses he and Wife Dork’s recent Tom Cruise filmography marathon! And finally, Disco briefly talks Marvel’s What If…. Follow the podcast @ITMODcast on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. Don’t forget to leave …
 
Usually a patreon-only release, we decided to bring the Professor Scott Bug podcast to you for free this week! Enjoy!For today’s lecture, Professor Scott Bug explains the sneaky nature of stars, constellations, and the creatures that make them. Abe and Scott are joined by Dr. Uvula Tardonis I who helps us put into perspective the unique lives and p…
 
After the events of “Bean Town, A 23 Minute Radio Play,” Trish and Barb float in the void that once was time and space. However, there seems to be remnants of the universe seeping into the void. So, in order to prevent boredom, they manifest a TV to watch their favorite program, Ads. What will become of Trish and Barb? What eerie presence seems to …
 
2006. Tom Skerritt, Ron Perlman, Steven Weber. A god-like earth spirit destroys a town and local motorists. Seems pretty straight forward. So why do Abe and Michael take an hour to discuss King’s fascination with the “outsider” trope in moral tales, the nature of faith in storytelling, and centrism in Hollywood? Because it’s Kings of King, baby!Fea…
 
Old came out this weekend so we wanted to look at Shyamalan’s approach to scene work and camera motivation. In this episode, Adam dissects Unbreakable and offers an explanation as to why some of his films don’t connect with the audience emotionally. Features:Adam Ganser: https://twitter.com/therealganzAbe Epperson: https://twitter.com/AbeTheMightyS…
 
As we learned, this franchise is not really a story as much as a continuous series of fantasy scenes. Good thing we have Sarah and Bridgett to walk us through it. At one point, Bridgett slams her leg on their table and like a classic dom, Sarah takes over the podcast. I’m just keeping track of how their status changes through these episodes. Anyway…
 
Friend of the pod, Daniel O’Brien, a man from the Garden State himself, joins Michael and Abe to discuss writer/director Zach Braff’s debut, Garden State. The gang talks about how the following years have turned against this once beloved film. As one of the seminal Manic Pixie Dream Girl trope films, they unpack it’s at times misguided narrative, i…
 
It’s a free episode! Tell your friends they can listen! This episode covers the topics: Why does the universe exist? What is morality? Do you believe in an afterlife? Are these all human creations? So pretty low stakes stuff for our podcast that pairs Futurama episodes to Star Trek: The Next Generation episodes. This show exclusively releases every…
 
Zach Ryan returns to discuss the 2015 masterpiece Bloodborne with the fellas. Grab your nearest blood-based weapon and down a few blood vials because it’s time to tackle some heated discussion over the legacy of the game. The hosts discuss its insane story, complexity of games in general, and everyone’s feelings on how good games do optional quests…
 
Abe and Michael examine the 95 minutes of the 2017 action/adventure film The Dark Tower. Based on an eight book saga, this "sequel" was critically panned and financially a sleeper. Why wasn’t it memorable for some? Does it hold up on a second viewing? Your dads, Abe and Michael, would never fight, but they definitely have a difference in opinion.Lo…
 
Adam exposes how The Day After Tomorrow dramatizes science, how it attempts to prepare the viewer for moments of emotional significance, and how Roland Emmerich reels in world-spanning plots into simple parables. As always, we have our theories as to why Emmerich uses specific lenses, staging, and POV to evoke a thesis and an emotional response fro…
 
The Casters are back and they’re more Curious than ever! Both of them haven’t seen this film yet! And spoilers, as it came out last week, you may have not seen it either! Episode starts with Bridgett and Sarah pre-Fast 9, then you have about an hour and a half of glorious post-Fast 9 clarity. Features:Bridgett Greenberg: https://twitter.com/Bridget…
 
In this Show Me Producer chosen episode, Adam and Maggie each bring the film they consume like comfort food. We check in with Maggie’s cat’s grooming situation. So, I think we’re all squared up.If you patronize us, feel free to email us suggestions for episodes at any time at magsandganz@gmail.com.Adam Ganser: https://twitter.com/therealganzMaggie …
 
This episode’s guest is streamer, cosplayer, and podcaster: Marina Reimann! Per usual for the pit, we have a disclaimer. We cover being queer, feeling impostor syndrome because we're in monogamous long-term relationships, and a bit of our sexual histories, including Marina's assault and how she came back from that.Features:Marina Reimann: https://t…
 
The Rei Man back, baby! Let’s get that going as a thing! The Rei Man! Did this recent update of the Doom franchise improve the basic game mechanics? Does the lore add much to the game? How do we all feel about “The Rei Man?” Most of these questions are answered and more! Tom Reimann: https://twitter.com/startthemachine Michael Swaim: https://twitte…
 
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