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Sup Doc is the #1 Podcast about Documentaries! This lively show features comedy, commentary & recaps with classic and not-so-classic documentaries! On each episode comedians Paco Romane and George Chen give actual analysis while hilariously discussing the documentary with their wide array of amazing guests, plus games and film clips. These hosts hit the right tone of funny and thoughtful. Sup Doc has been described as "a fun way to pore over docs" by Vulture, a "great idea" by Boing Boing an ...
 
In southern California, just outside Hollywood, there is a most unusual hotel. A hotel dedicated to the golden age of cinema and the departures of its most influential and notorious players. It is a destination that spotlights the manners in which these men and women of Hollywood perished. The rooms are decorated with an array of evidence and clues, unique to each death, and fitted with a cast of department store manikins which stand in for the major roles involved - Forensic precision made ...
 
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Today we wrap up the docuseries THE VOW on HBO, the story of the whistleblowers who left the cult group NXIVM, started by “the smartest man in the world” Keith Raniere. We are again joined by the very funny comedian Johnny Pemberton, who loves cult-leader stories. Directed by Jehane Noujaim (Control Room, The Square) and Karim Amer (The Square, The…
 
It's JAC-tober! On episode 157 we recap the 2014 documentary Jaco currently streaming on Hulu. Jaco, the doc, is about the brief, brilliant and brutal musical career of the legendary electric bass player Jaco Pastorius a self-taught musician who changed the course of modern music. Never-before-seen archive footage plus interviews unveil the story o…
 
Today we cover the docuseries THE VOW on HBO, the story of the whistleblowers who left the cult group NXIVM, started by “the smartest man in the world” Keith Raniere. After a decade as a leader in NXIVM, Sarah Edmondson finds herself blindfolded and branded as part of an inner ring of women called DOS. Grooming women and controlling their weight Sa…
 
Today we recap an all-time classic, Capturing The Friedmans, and get into a lively debate about how this documentary stacks up in today’s world. Was director Andrew Jarecki irresponsible in how he handled the footage and information he had? Was there a bias towards helping Jesse? Will our guest Curtis Cook and Paco ever see eye-to-eye on this doc? …
 
Paco and George are pleased to have on today’s guest Tylor Norwood the director of Robin’s Wish. This documentary centers around the final years of Robin Williams and the confusion around why this comedy icon killed himself in 2014. After his death, the media narrative skewed the facts surrounding why Williams died. It wasn’t until a coroner’s repo…
 
Today Paco and George are joined by Dakin Hardwick to recap the new Showtime documentary The Go Go’s. Notably the first all-femme band to write their own songs, play their own instruments, and snag a #1 US album. Directed by Allison Ellwood, this straightforward music documentary looks at the LA group's rise, reign and breakup, along with youthful …
 
Paco and George are excited to have Rachel Mason, the director of Circus of Books, as their guest on the podcast. Rachel’s parents, Barry and Karen, ran a gay bookstore and porn distribution company out of Los Angeles for over three decades, all while maintaining their tight-knit family, battling the FBI, and living through the AIDS crisis. Her fil…
 
We look at the 2016 documentary A Genuine Forger (Un Vrai Faussaire) directed by Jean-Luc Leon. Available on Amazon Prime. Our guest is comedian and podcaster Scott Simpson. This doc profiles Guy Ribes, one of the world's most notorious art forgers. For over three decades Ribes scored major deals selling works by Picasso, Matisse, and other legends…
 
Episode 150! We’re commemorating by taking a look back at one of our favorite documentaries, the 2010 Jeff Malmstein documentary Marwencol. After recovering from a brutal attack that left him in a coma, Mark Hogancamp builds a miniature World War II-era town in his backyard and creates photographic stories of its intrigues. This is a story about ha…
 
Paco and George recap the 2008 documentary Anvil! The Story of Anvil directed by Sacha Gervasi, who was a teenage Anvil fan and roadie in the '80s. This doc is tragic brilliant and hilarious and is as close to the real life Spinal Tap as possible (and even involves a player named Robb Reiner). Canadian heavy-metal band Anvil delivered an influentia…
 
Paco and George look back at one of our favorite docs, Werner Herzog's Grizzly Man (2005). Pieced together from Timothy Treadwell's own video footage, this is a remarkable examination of the calling that drove Treadwell to live among a pack of wild grizzly bears in Alaska. A devoted conservationist with a passion for adventure, Treadwell believed h…
 
Hosts Paco and George review the 1989 Michael Moore debut Roger & Me. Foundational to modern American documentary, this is a biting, vital, and angry film that is sadly still relevant today. Michael Moore demands answers when General Motors suddenly closes the doors of all its auto plants in the Flint, Michigan, the city where he grew up. With over…
 
This episode we watched Jeffrey Epstein: Filthy Rich a four-part Netflix docuseries directed by Lisa Bryant. Based on James Patterson’s 2016 book, Filthy Rich takes a look at the stories of Epstein’s abuse survivors, so - Trigger Warning! Our guest is Haley Hoffmeister an actor and comic from Eugene, Oregon currently living in Los Angeles. She can …
 
To conclude our Munchie May series on food documentaries we watched FAT: A Documentary by Peter Curtis Pardini (2019). Trainer-to-the-stars Vinnie Tortorich exposes the history behind widespread myths regarding healthy eating, fat, and weight loss. Is the American Obesity epidemic a product of culture, government intervention, corporate greed, or l…
 
We roll on with our fifth anniversary and Munchie May, our food documentary theme month. Our guest is the director of one of our favorite ever food documentaries, City of Gold. Filmmaker Laura Gabbert joins the show to talk about the film and the legacy of the late Jonathan Gold. Jonathan Gold was the Pulitzer Prize winning food critic who came up …
 
This is our Munchie May series on food documentaries. We watched Les Blank’s 1980 classic film Garlic Is As Good As Ten Mothers. Blank celebrates the virtues of garlic from Berkeley's Chez Panisse to the Gilroy Garlic festival. It’s a short but thorough look at the cultural stereotypes and medicinal qualities of the stinking rose, down the supply c…
 
May 2020 is the five-year anniversary of Sup Doc. To celebrate we’re talking food documentaries all month long for Munchie May, our brand new theme series. We talk to comedian Derek Sheen about his pick, NOMA: MY PERFECT STORM (Pierre Deschamps 2015). For three years running, Noma in Copenhagen was voted the "Best restaurant in the world." This put…
 
What were you doing in 2007? Mike Ott was starting his first teaching job as a film professor at a community college in Southern California. There he meets a bafflingly confident 18 year old Leigh Harkrider, who thinks his student film, “Enslavence” is going to send him to stardom. What feels like a fictional sitcom is filled with unforgettable cha…
 
In this TIGER KING aftershow, Joel McHale talks with Jeff, Saff, Erik and more to get their reactions to the series, their portrayals and their new fame. Did we need this 8th episode? Did Joel McHale need this? Paco and George are joined by super-producer and Oklahoma native Will Scovill. Plus doc pitches, what we've been watching, and next episode…
 
George Chen spoke with directors Puloma Basu and Rob Hatch-Miller about their 2019 film, Other Music. Other Music was a record store in New York for twenty years and a played a central role in the life of the city’s music scene. The store closed in 2016 and this documentary captures the last month and a half of the store’s activity, with former emp…
 
TIGER KING: Murder, Mayhem and Madness. This is the show that is getting us through quarantine. Director Eric Goode stumbles on a story that is well-known in weirdo Americana true crime circles, but there are more than 7 hours worth of conflicting stories in this feud between big cat lovers. So many mysteries remain. Who do you trust, and who can p…
 
Like most great capers this one also started with a Post-it note. The note simply read: “McDonald’s Monopoly Fraud?" This is when we are introduced to the breakout “star” of the series, FBI agent Doug Mathews. He was bored and snatched the Post-it off a senior agent’s desk, an investigation began that would eventually lead to greed, deceit and the …
 
How did the innocuous indie comics character Pepe the Frog turn into a meme of the alt-right and join the Anti-Defamation League's list of hate symbols? Chilled out artist Matt Furie learns the hard way how a meme can run out of control and along the way we learn about the culture of 4chan and the evolution of trolling in Arthur Jones' debut featur…
 
This week Jessica & Jacob hit these hot topics: The All-New X-MEN reboot overview Jacob sees Sonic Jessica sees Birds of Prey Batman's new duds The Auteur getting a movie adaptation? Netflix's Locke & Key review and so much more! In a giving mood? Help the Escapist Comics Podcast by donating to our Patreon (https://www.patreon.com/escapistcomics)! …
 
On Ep 136 host Paco Romane sits down with comedian Brooke Heinichen to recap and discuss the Netflix documentary Miss Americana. Brooke guides Paco thru the life and albums (seriously, Brooke made a album to album synopsis) of Taylor Swift. They also talked about being a woman in entertainment, technology, ageism, Brooke’s pet peeve and you get to …
 
It's 2020. We're back. Did we miss anything exciting? As the new year dawns so too does the Escapist Comics Podcast emerge from its winter cocoon and dry its newly formed MP3s in the late winter sun. And with late winter comes groundhogs, the big game, and lots and lots of commercials. This week we look at Disney's prime-time pigskin kickoff of all…
 
Paco and George watched Killer Inside: The Mind of Aaron Hernandez on Netflix, directed by Geno McDermott. This three-part series really speculates on the motivations of the fallen sports star, but since he committed suicide in prison, there is no definitive interview to explain what happened. Nonetheless it's a twisting tale that touches on NFL cu…
 
On Ep 134 Hosts Paco Romane and George Chen recapped the twisty and terrifying Netflix documentary Don’t F**K With Cats (like we don't know what "F**k" means) with the hilarious and insightful Tara Jepsen. We had no idea that there was such a thing as “Rule Zero” of the Internet. It makes sense, especially because cute cat videos have been the best…
 
George is joined by Brian Miller of Deathbomb Arc, Foot Village, Rose for Bohdan, etc to discuss the only doc he taped off of PBS, Frederick Wiseman's 1968 classic High School. High School took a look at a a month of footage from a Philadelphia high school that was miles removed from the Summer of Love and splays open the ongoing generational confl…
 
Paco and George look back at a year in documentaries as Sup Doc entered its 4th year. We also reveal the secrets of the pee tape, Disney Plus True Crime, Casey Kasem, Christopher Walken, and E-40. Docs we are looking forward to covering: The Confession Killer Don’t F*ck With Cats The Devil Next Door Frankie G (nee Peterson)'s show at The Pack is Ni…
 
On this episode of Sup Doc host Paco Romane sits down with comedian and musician Phil Johnson to rcap the 2019 Netflix documentary ReMastered: The Lion's Share. To put it bluntly the music business is brutal. From royalties and demanding record labels to artists being sued for copyright infringement, it’s sometimes difficult to remember a time when…
 
This week Jacob & Jessica are stuck recording on Jacob's laptop which reminds us to remind you about our Patreon (https://www.patreon.com/escapistcomics)! Pay us any amount and we'll be able to upgrad our stuff and get back on a regular schedule.This week we review:- DC/Young Animal: Far Sector- Image: Family TreePLUS: What's cookin' with The Rock,…
 
On episode 130 hosts Paco and George recap the new Eddie Murphy biopic Dolomite Is My Name about Rudy Ray Moore currently streaming on Netflix. It has been quite awhile since Eddie Murphy has been cast in a R-rated movie with so much swearing as he frequently employs in “Dolemite Is My Name,” and it’s a welcome sight. It’s not just the triumphant r…
 
We’re recapping THE GREAT HACK (2019). Wish there was a simple way to understand what Cambridge Analytica did that will take less than two hours? It turns out they experimented on a bunch of countries before bringing their psychographic meme warfare to the Trump and Brexit campaigns. Directors Karim Amer and Jehane Noujiam do their best following C…
 
This week Jessica & Jesse review two from DC's Black Label plus dig into news from The Batman, HBO Max, and we watch The Witcher trailer!In a giving mood? Help the Escapist Comics Podcast by donating to our Patreon (https://www.patreon.com/escapistcomics)!Produced by Will Scovill & The Escapist Comic BookstoreFind more episodes of the Escapist Comi…
 
This week Jacob Rubin hops back on the mic and trots alongside Jesse & Jessica as they run thru some recent entertainment news including new series on The CW, upcoming Disney+ stuff, reboots we don't need, and more!In a giving mood? Help the Escapist Comics Podcast by donating to our Patreon (https://www.patreon.com/escapistcomics)!Produced by Will…
 
Did you watch Jawline? Liza Mandelup's 2019 Hulu documentary was a Sundance hit, capturing a scene of teenage influencers and influencer kingmakers, and to a lesser extent the girls that pay to interact with them. Without a heavy-handed narration it's all shot in a gauzy dream-like way. Protagonist Austyn Tester is from a small Tennessee town and p…
 
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