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Author and comic book fan Perry Constantine is your guide into the world of superhero film and TV! In each episode, Perry and a guest tackle a different movie or TV show and go into detail about what works and what doesn't, trying to focus on the stuff they enjoy as opposed to ranting about the stuff they hate.
 
In 2001, Marvel's X-Men comics had just gone through ten years of stagnation. In sharp contrast to the monumental changes Chris Claremont routinely introduced to the characters, the X-Men had become a safe comic afraid to take risks. In an attempt to finally shake things up, Marvel tapped Grant Morrison, writer of JLA and The Invisibles, to reinvent the X-Men for a new generation. And for the first time since Claremont's initial run, Morrison introduced sweeping and controversial changes, th ...
 
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The U-Men are back after their appearance in the 2001 Annual, everybody at the mansion has the flu, and we're introduced to Angel Salvadore, who is probably best described as the anti-Kitty Pryde. All this and more in the first part of Germ-Free Generation. This issue is collected in New X-Men by Grant Morrison: Ultimate Collection Volume 1 or New …
 
From best to worst. In the second part of this double-feature, Greg Dunn is back to discuss the last of Fox's main X-Men films—2019's Dark Phoenix. They discuss the issues with the FoX-Men films and why both attempts at adapting The Dark Phoenix Saga were such spectacular failures. Buy or rent this movie on Amazon This episode is sponsored by Audib…
 
In the final episode of the season, Kota of the Against Japanism podcast brings his extensive knowledge of Japanese politics and the Japanese left-wing to bear in this discussion of Nagisa Oshima's Night and Fog in Japan. Buy this movie on Amazon This episode is sponsored by Audible, where you can listen to thousands of audiobooks, podcasts, and or…
 
In the epilogue to E is for Extinction, we get our first fill-in artist, there are some love triangle twists, and we're introduced to the freaky new students of the Xavier School. This issue is collected in New X-Men by Grant Morrison: Ultimate Collection Volume 1 or New X-Men by Grant Morrison Volume 1: E is for Extinction. Website Instagram Twitt…
 
In another double-feature, X-fan Greg Dunn makes his debut appearance on the show to talk about the best adaptation of the classic X-Men story, The Dark Phoenix Saga. It wasn't one of the movies, but the four-part story that appeared in season three of the 1992 animated series! Perry and Greg reminisce over their memories of the show, how it got th…
 
In the penultimate episode of the season, Perry is joined by Japanese film buff Nathaniel de Bel to discuss the classic Japanese film, The Yellow Handkerchief starring the late, great Ken Takakura. Buy this movie on Amazon This episode is sponsored by Audible, where you can listen to thousands of audiobooks, podcasts, and original content. Get a 30…
 
The first and only annual of Morrison's run introduces a new format. The X-Men team up with Domino in China to find out the secrets of Feng Tu and its mysterious mutant prisoner, Xorn. This issue is collected in New X-Men by Grant Morrison: Ultimate Collection Volume 1 or New X-Men by Grant Morrison Volume 1: E is for Extinction. Website Instagram …
 
Voice actor David Ellis joins us this episode to talk about the animated Batman vs Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles! We discuss the history of the Turtles, the comic this movie was based on, and how these two seemingly disparate worlds unite in a fun way. This episode is sponsored by Audible, where you can listen to thousands of audiobooks, podcasts, a…
 
In the wake of the Sentinel attack, 16 million mutants are dead and Genosha is a wasteland, Magneto appears to be dead, and Emma has undergone some changes. Morrison's first arc comes to a dramatic close. This issue is collected in New X-Men by Grant Morrison: Ultimate Collection Volume 1 or New X-Men by Grant Morrison Volume 1: E is for Extinction…
 
The Suicide Squad improved on pretty much every aspect of the original film, but we still found plenty to go back-and-forth on in this episode. Adam Lance Garcia returns to Superhero Cinephiles and he brought Steele Filipek as a date. NOTE: Steele's audio couldn't be heard in an earlier upload. That's been fixed now and you should be able to hear t…
 
Cyclops and Wolverine get attacked by Cassandra Nova's wild Sentinels, Jean has questions for the Professor, and Genosha's in for a surprise. This issue is collected in New X-Men by Grant Morrison: Ultimate Collection Volume 1 or New X-Men by Grant Morrison Volume 1: E is for Extinction. Website Instagram Twitter Email…
 
Today is a special episode of Superhero Cinephiles. A long while back, Perry and Derrick once discussed doing an episode focused on politics and superheroes, but unfortunately never got around to it. But in light of some recent controversies over politics in comic books, Perry has invited Van Allen Plexico—superhero author, host of the White Rocket…
 
In 2001, Grant Morrison took the reins of the X-Men comics and began a run that remains controversial and impactful to this day. Now 20 years later, three X-fans look back on his run, going issue-by-issue and discussing it in depth. Listen to E For Evolution: X-Amining Grant Morrison's X-Men at eforevolution.transistor.fm, Apple Podcasts, or whever…
 
The first issue of the Morrison run reintroduces the core team to new readers, establishes the status quo, and sets up a bold new threat. This issue is collected in New X-Men by Grant Morrison: Ultimate Collection Volume 1 or New X-Men by Grant Morrison Volume 1: E is for Extinction. Website Instagram Twitter Email…
 
In the debut of E For Evolution, Perry, Oscar, and Pat talk about how they became X-fans, discuss the state of the X-Men titles just before Morrison's run, and go through the "Morrison Manifesto," Morrison's initial pitch document for his X-Men run. Website Instagram Twitter EmailBy Perry Constantine, Oscar Owens, Patrick Lagua
 
In 2001, Grant Morrison took the reins of the X-Men comics and began a run that remains controversial and impactful to this day. Now 20 years later, three X-fans look back on his run, going issue-by-issue and discussing it in depth. Listen to E For Evolution: X-Amining Grant Morrison's X-Men at eforevolution.transistor.fm, Apple Podcasts, or whever…
 
Kelen "B-Hyphen" Conley is back for the second part of our double feature and in this episode, we discuss The Amazing Spider-Man 2! And despite some great performances from Garfield and Stone, the rest of this movie is pretty much a total mess. Buy or rent this movie on Amazon This episode is sponsored by Audible, where you can listen to thousands …
 
Podcaster and musician Kelen "B-Hyphen" Conley joins Perry for a double-feature! In their first movie, they watch The Amazing Spider-Man, a movie Kelen was prepared to eviscerate. But you know what they say about best-laid plans... Buy or rent this movie on Amazon This episode is sponsored by Audible, where you can listen to thousands of audiobooks…
 
Demond Thompson of the Demond Does Podcast stops by the show for a discussion about the first Guardians of the Galaxy movie. But in true Superhero Cinephiles fashion, we also go on a number of tangents about Milestone Comics, memories of Derrick, and many more! Buy or rent this movie on Amazon This episode is sponsored by Audible, where you can lis…
 
Mike Blanchard of the GeekCast Radio Network is the show's latest guest, here to discuss what is certainly the best Batman/Superman movie ever made—the three-part team-up that originally aired as part of Superman: The Animated Series. Perry and Mike talk about how the film nails the relationship between Superman and Batman, as well as the DCAU and …
 
Japan On Film is back with a new season! Perry is joined by new guest Dan to discuss Takashi Miike's adaptation of the Yakuza video game. This episode is sponsored by Audible, where you can listen to thousands of audiobooks, podcasts, and original content. Get a 30-day free trial with Audible, which includes one free audiobook and two free Audible …
 
No one can replace Derrick, but he would have wanted the show to continue, and so it does. In the first episode of this new format, Perry is joined by author and video producer Adam Lance Garcia and they tackle the Snyder Cut. And in true Superhero Cinephiles fashion, there's plenty of other digressions about Falcon and the Winter Soldier, the DCEU…
 
Superhero Cinephiles continues to celebrate the life of the better half of its host. In this special episode, Perry is joined by Thomas Deja, who hosted the Better in the Dark podcast with Derrick for seven years. They share their memories and stories of Derrick, what they loved about him, and how we can all honor his memory. If you would like to s…
 
Derrick Ferguson, who had appeared on several episodes of Japan On Film and also co-hosted Perry's other podcast, Superhero Cinephiles, passed away on April 4, 2021. To honor his memory, we're releasing a supercut episode of Derrick's appearances on Japan On Film, discussing Seven Samurai (and its western remake, The Magnificent Seven) and Unforgiv…
 
Derrick Ferguson passed away on April 4, 2021. Perry shares some of his thoughts and memories of his friend and co-host. If you would like to share your own memories of Derrick, please send audio and/or video recordings to superherocinephiles@gmail.com. We are currently unaware of any funds or memorials set up in Derrick's name, but will pass on th…
 
We've had some scheduling difficulties this week, so even though we've both seen Zack Snyder's Justice League, we haven't had a chance to sit down and talk about it. So instead, we're re-broadcasting our episode discussing the theatrical cut of Justice League. Listen again to prepare yourself for our upcoming discussion of the Snyder Cut! ★ Support…
 
Now that WandaVision is complete, we revisit the film that introduced the Vision and Scarlet Witch. We talk about why even though many consider it the redheaded stepchild of the Avengers films, we both love it. We praise James Spader's underrated performance, discuss how Hawkeye is the glue of the Avengers, and explain why we think Aaron Taylor Joh…
 
With the Snyder Cut release upon us, we look back at the Ultimate Edition of Batman v Superman and find it's still pretty much as terrible as the theatrical cut. From everyone in this movie being a total asshole to the plot holes and the head-scratchingly bizarre portrayal of Lex Luthor, the only real bright spots are Ben Affleck, Jeremy Irons, and…
 
Batman Ninja is an anime take on the Dark Knight in feudal Japan and it was met with near-universal acclaim. We did not feel the same. While there were things we liked about the movie, ultimately it felt like a lot of poor storytelling by people who have never read a Batman comic matched with some pretty visuals. Buy or rent this movie on Amazon Th…
 
Our black superhero spotlight continues as we watch Project Power, the recent superhero film from Netflix. There's a new drug on the streets of New Orleans called Power, which gives users superhuman abilities for five minutes. Although billed as a Jamie Foxx and Joseph Gordon-Levitt movie, the real star is Dominique Fishback's performance as aspiri…
 
1992's Minbo is a satire of Japanese criminals trying to strong-arm a hotel. It so angered the real yakuza that they mounted a direct assault on director Juzo Itami. Japanese cinema professor Patrick returns to the show in order to discuss the film's multiple layers and its clever subversiveness. This episode is sponsored by Audible, where you can …
 
Wonder Woman 1984 has debuted on HBO Max and we can't really understand why Patty Jenkins would set this in the 80s and then not really use the era to her advantage. We also have comments about Pedro Pascal's Trumpian Maxwell Lord and critiques about a bunch of choices made in this movie. But it's not all bad—we've got some positive thoughts about …
 
In a belated Christmas gift, Derrick picked Deadpool 2 for this week. We talk about why we think this is an improvement on the first film, address the issue of fridging Vanessa, and praise the character interactions. On another note, we also discuss the current controversy over the Punisher's logo. Now when can we get Zazie Beetz in a Domino movie?…
 
What if you could kill with the stroke of a pen? That's the concept behind the internationally popular Death Note franchise. In the latest episode, Perry is joined again by Ken of the Ongaku To You podcast (and Death Note fan) to discuss the first live-action Death Note film. This episode is sponsored by Audible, where you can listen to thousands o…
 
We had some unexpected technical difficulties this week so we weren't able to record a new episode. Instead, since our next movie is Deadpool 2, we decided to rebroadcast episode 9 where we covered the first Deadpool movie. Enjoy and we'll be back soon with our episode on Deadpool 2! Buy or rent this movie at the film's website This episode is spon…
 
For our first documentary, we talk about The Death of Superman Lives: What Happened. For those who don't know, an adaptation of The Death of Superman story called Superman Lives was supposed to be directed by Tim Burton and feature Nicolas Cage, but after a long and torturous production, the plug was pulled. This documentary goes into the movie's d…
 
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