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PCR #135 - 2020 Rewind: Pop Goes the Culture

December 31st, 2020

Final episode!  That's right, we're wrapping up the show along with our recap of 2020.  We talk about the biggest thing to ever hit pop culture like never before: COVID-19.  We go into how it's affected our lives, the movie industry, and everything in between (including what type of zombies Travis thinks we'll turn into).  We then talk about some of the movies that did manage to actually see this year, and how we watched them.  We talk about some of the other headlines, TV shows we watched, and some of the celebrities we lost this year.  After that, we talk about why the show is ending and what the future holds for PCR.  Thank you to all of our listeners and anyone who's helped out with the show, we had a good time! 

And of course, always remember to pop...your...culture!

PCR #134 - There’s Profit to be Had

December 30th, 2020

In this episode, Travis & Chris talk about all the huge reveals from the recent Disney Investor Day presentation.  Loads of new movies and TV shows were announced for every brand under their umbrella.  New projects from Disney Studios, FX, Lucasfilm, Disney Animated and Pixar, and of course Marvel Studios.  Shut up and take my money!

PCR #133 - Blunder Woman 84 Review

December 29th, 2020

In this episode, Travis and Chris give their spoiler-filled thoughts and review for the highly anticipated superhero flick, Wonder Woman 84.  They go over whether they watched it at home or in the theater, talk about their initial thoughts, what worked, what didn’t work, the plot, wasted opportunities, the villains, the overall perception of the film, and how it compares to other DC films.  Did it live up to the hype?  Did we like it?  Hit the download button and tell us what you thought of it as well.  Enjoy!

PCR Chapter 132: This is the (Mandalorian) Way

December 28th, 2020

In this episode, Travis and Chris are back to finally review the smash-hit Star Wars live-action series, The Mandalorian.  Yes, spoiler alerts ahead!  They start off by giving their overall thoughts of the show from their own perspectives, followed by a breakdown of season 1 including thoughts on “the Child”, building their own lore, and how smart it was to try to distance themselves from the main Skywalker Saga.  After some praise for Jon Favreau, they go into the characters, the cast who plays them, the landscape of the show, and closing on a high note of a finale.  For season 2, they get right into all of the huge moments that made this season even better than the first.  From the live-action debuts of Ahsoka Tano and Bo-Katan, to the redemption story of Boba Fett, to the ultimate surprise in the finale, they touch on just about everything that they liked from the show.  They wrap up by trying to figure out where they go for season 3 and if it’s time for a shake-up to the status quo.  This one took a little longer to come out, but it’s a good one, so hit that download button and enjoy.  This is the way.
I have spoken.

PCR #131 - Those Stinkin’ New Muties!

September 2nd, 2020

In this episode, Travis gets interrupted by a pesky intruder and then rambles about the new(?) movie from the old X-Men franchise, New Mutants.  Beware of lots of spoilers.  Also discussed is the recent passing of Chadwick Boseman.

PCR #130 - Beyond the DC Fandome

August 24th, 2020

In this episode, Travis rambles about all the news and announcements from the first-ever DC Fandome event.


02:08 - The Batman 

12:40 - Wonder Woman 1984

14:42 - Black Adam

15:35 - Shazam

16:55 - Static Shock

18:13 - The Flash

21:49 - Gotham Knights

25:03 - Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League

28:10 - The Suicide Squad

30:40 - Justice League: The Snyder Cut


PCR #129 - I Ain’t Dead Yet, #*%$#@!!

August 10th, 2020

In this episode, Travis rambles about some of the recent news and happenings in the world of movies, TV, and nerd culture.

2:53 - AMC & Universal go on a break

10:53 - VOD releases and the Mulan price controversy

17:28 - SDCC @ Home

20:32 - (New) New Mutants trailer

25:47 - Bill & Ted Face the Music trailer

26:43 - Star Wars upcoming TV Shows

32:54 - WB/DC update

37:57 - Transformers movie news


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PCR Rewind #32 - Evolution of the X-Men (Part 1)

July 14th, 2020

In honor of the 20th anniversary of the premiere of the first X-Men movie, which debuted on July 14th, 2000, check out this classic episode of us breaking down the original trilogy of films in the franchise!

<<August 18th, 2015<<

Travis and the Professor X himself are back with another huge breakdown of a movie franchise, this time it's the X-Men cinematic universe!  In this first part (of two), they go into the cast, characters, costumes, plots, deaths, and directors of X-Men, X2: X-Men United, and X-Men: Last Stand.  They may even mention Wolverine once or twice.  Find out what they liked the most, what they liked least, and what they would have liked to have seen in the films but didn't.  So hit the download button, check it out, and come back here for the next episode where they wrap everything up!

PCR Rewind #36 - Back to the Future

July 3rd, 2020

Hey buttheads! In this episode we celebrate the 35th anniversary of the classic film, Back to the Future! On July 3rd 1985, Robert Zemeckis brought us a film that changed the way we look at time travel. Things get heavy as we discuss the impact the franchise has had on pop culture over the years, as well as the cast, crew, characters, the fashion, and of course all the wibbly wobbly timey wimey stuff (that's right I said it). So grab your Pepsi Perfect, put up your hover board, undo those power laces on your NeeKays and load up your copy of the movie as we do our own running commentary while we watch it!  Great Scott!

PCR Rewind #19 - 30 Years of TURTLE Power

May 30th, 2020

**To celebrate 30 years of the first live-action Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie, enjoy this classic PCR episode we recorded way back in March 2015.**

Travis & Xavier are back with another special commentary episode! Keeping with the theme of 80's cartoon franchises, this time they set their sights on the 1990 smash-hit, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles! Throughout the movie they reminisce their favorite scenes, moments, and one-liners! They also touch on the sequels that follow the movie as well. Before they get the movie going, they do a quick review of the highs and lows of the Michael Bay-produced 2014 movie. Now let's start the show! The class is Podcast 101, your instructor is Pop Culture Rewind!

2:57 - Michael Bay/Transformers/TMNT
4:10 - Age of Extinction
7:10 - 2014 TMNT reboot
13:13 - 1990 Commentary begins

PCR #128 - Revenge of the Clone Wars

May 25th, 2020

In this episode, Travis breaks down and reviews (with spoilers) the final season of Star Wars: Clone Wars.  He spends a little time recapping the first two story arcs, which deals with the "Bad Batch" of Clone Troopers, followed by the return of Ahsoka Tano and what happened to her after she left the Jedi Council in season five.  The real detailed review starts with the final four episodes, which deal with the "siege of Mandalore".  He goes into detail of how these episodes have a unique tone and style different from the rest of the series, the improved voicework, a new technique used in one sequence, and how it all ties-in to Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith.  He wraps up by giving his final thoughts on the season as a whole and the mastermind behind it all, Dave Filoni.

Download it, enjoy it, and "may the Force be with you.  Always."

PCR #127 - The Different Seasons of Stephen King

April 23rd, 2020

Stephen King may be the master of horror, but in this episode, Xavier and Travis take a look back at some of his best work that shows he’s also a master of character stories as well. They discuss and breakdown three adaptations from the book “Different Seasons” which you may have heard about: SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION, APT PUPIL, and STAND BY ME. They take a look at the cast from each of them, the characters, what worked for the movies and what didn’t translate very well, a connected universe within the books, the memorable moments and scenes, how they were received at the box office, the lasting effects of growing up with Stand By Me, and much more. They wrap up by ranking all three movies and getting a little sidetracked by some talk about IT (both the 1990 and current versions) and how Pet Sematary possibly caused psychological damage to X back in the day. If you’re a fan of Stephen King or just a fan of Stand By Me and/or Shawshank, hit the download button and enjoy!

PCR #126 - The One Where They Talk About Movies During the Coronavirus

March 25th, 2020

It’s the end of the world as we know it, so Travis and X had some time to catch up on some recent movies that they finally got around to seeing and give their reviews for them. Oh, and there’s a stupid virus out there causing all kinds of problems for everyone, so they talk about that as well.

02:15 - Thoughts on Coronavirus and toilet paper shortages
10:06 - Once Upon a Time...in Hollywood
21:55 - Jay & Silent Bob Reboot
36:32 - Knives Out
44:39 - How COVID-19 is affecting the movie industry
48:14 - Samara Weaving mini-spotlight
50:04 - Rosario Dawson as Ahsoka Tano/Mandalorian talk
55:38 - Ford v Ferrari and other car movies
1:03:49 - Superman: Red Son
1:14:47 - Charlie’s Angels (what?!)
1:28:28 - Birds of Prey
1:38:50 - Jumanji: The Next Level
1:43:24 - Kristen Stewart: yay or nay?
1:46:06 - Sonic the Hedgehog
Stick around to the end for some more bonus talk on the ‘Rona as well as the Walking Dead and….One Tree Hill?!

Be safe out there everyone, and stay inside. Take the time to watch a movie or two.

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PCR #125 - The Rise of a Retaliation!

March 13th, 2020

Just in time to help combat all this coronavirus hysteria, we have a brand new GIANT-SIZED episode for you to enjoy.
In this episode, Travis & X talk all about the live-action GI JOE films, Rise of Cobra and Retaliation! There have been quite a few recent GI Joe news items they open up with first and then get into the 2009 movie Rise of Cobra. They talk about the portrayal of the characters and performances of the cast (including Channing Tatum, Sienna Miller, Joseph Gordon-Levitt (#JGLs), Marlon Wayans, Dennis Quaid, and Rachel Nichols), military inaccuracies, unnecessary backstories that insult longtime fans, knocking off Iron Man, how Brendan Fraser got a cameo, a somewhat faithful telling of the history between Snake-Eyes and Storm Shadow (even though Snake-Eyes had lips!), and of course what’s the first natural thing to say when your face gets covered in metal.
From there they take on Retaliation (starts @ 1hr 56min) and discuss the differences in the tone and direction of this film. They also talk about the uselessness of Flint, the wonderful assets of Lady Jaye/Adrianne Palicki, the chemistry between Dwayne Johnson and Channing Tatum, the greatness of one Walton Goggins, brining in Ray Stevenson as Firefly, the awesome new look of Cobra Commander, the Joes being on the run (and similarities to Renegades), continuing the Snake-Eyes/Storm Shadow story by including Jinx and the RZA, the new look of Snake-Eyes, what Cobra’s scheme is, & a big mistake made at the end of the movie.
They wrap up with final thoughts, box office numbers and ratings, an argument over The Rock’s career, and of course one last question: GI Joe or Transformers?
So hit the download button and enjoy. Yo Joe!

PCR #124 - Attack of the Clone Wars!

February 28th, 2020

In this episode, Travis and X prepare for the return of Clone Wars by recapping their favorite moments of the fan-favorite Star Wars animated series. They get spoiler heavy in their thoughts for the show (and for Rebels as well). Travis just got finished watching the series recently for the very first time, and they go into why it took him so long to finally watch it and what were some of his initial reactions upon viewing. From there they go into the more mature tone of the series as well as the storytelling, the amazing voice cast, the connections to the movies, their thoughts on Ahsoka Tano (and what is she better than?), a nice tangent on Mandalorian, Mandalore, and the Darksaber, the original format of the show and how it changed over the seasons, and the issue over the correct viewing order of the series. From there Travis gives his top ten story arcs from the series. After that, they go back and forth on some other cool moments and episodes they both enjoyed. They talk a little about the shorts series Forces of Destiny and how it tries to clear up some plot holes. They wrap up with their final thoughts and what they like better: Clone Wars or Rebels...

PCR #123 - Crossover Crisis on Infinite CW’s

February 11th, 2020

In this episode, Travis goes solo and breaks down the big five-part CW crossover event, Crisis on Infinite Earths, based on the groundbreaking series from DC Comics.  He goes into recapping each episode (yes, spoilers!) with his thoughts on what worked, what didn't, which parts were taken straight from the comics, and what were some missed opportunities.  After summarizing the event as a whole, he lists his top 5 moments from it and gives his thoughts on what CW has done with their shows "post-Crisis".  How did Green Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl, Superman, and everyone else fair?  Hit the download button and find out!

PCR #122 - Bad Boys….For Life!

January 29th, 2020

Whatcha gonna do, when Travis and X talk all about BAD BOYS? They start the conversation off by explaining why the 1995 movie means so much to them and then breaks down their favorite parts of the film and goes into discussion on the key plot points, being the first movie directed by Michael Bay and how that affects the overall feel of the franchise, and then breaks down the cast and characters. They switch gears for the 2003 follow-up film, Bad Boys II. Their opinions start to diverge a little on what they like and dislike, but do have some complaints that they share about the film that should’ve ended the franchise. That gets them to the newest flick, Bad Boys For Life, and they give their full spoiler-filled review of the film. They talk about the changes (or lack thereof) to the characters over the course of 17 years, the new cast of characters introduced, and where the series goes from here. They wrap up by ranking all three films from their favorite to worst. The results might be surprising. So sit back, have a Coke and a smile, and enjoy!

PCR #121 - 2019 Rewind!

January 20th, 2020

In this episode, Travis and Chris recap the year of 2019! Some of the topics they touch on include Star Wars ending the year with a movie, video game, and TV show all doing very well; the streaming wars between Netflix, Disney+, DC Universe and more; the breakup and makeup between Marvel and Sony; #ReleasetheSnyderCut; the ending of some big franchises like Game of Thrones, Big Bang Theory, the “Skywalker” and “Infinity” Sagas; some of their favorite TV shows they’ve watched; a breakdown of all the movies they’ve seen throughout the year and name their Top 5 worst films, followed by their Top 10 favorite films they’ve seen. All this and more, so hit the download button and enjoy!

PCR #120 - The Last Awakening of Skywalker

January 13th, 2020

It’s the end of an era as the final installment of the Skywalker Saga was just released, and in this episode, Travis and X discuss all the ins and outs of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. They first open up the episode by recapping their thoughts on all of the other current era Star Wars flicks, from Rogue One, Solo, Last Jedi, and Force Awakens, followed by their thoughts on JJ Abrams and his filmography. They then get into the actual movie by breaking down the movie in chronological order and discussing the key points of the film. Some of the topics they go over throughout are the return of Emperor Palpatine and the Empire, adding in lazy plot devices, course-correcting just about every aspect from Last Jedi, unnecessary character developments, the unforgivable amounts of “Mary Sue” aspects of Rey, how they dealt with Leia/Carrie Fisher, the “surprise” of seeing Billy Dee Williams back on screen, character deaths and sacrifices not meaning anything, who or what were the Knights of Ren supposed to be, the lazy writing from JJ that isn’t justified, the Goonies scene, and just why does everyone feel the need to start asking Rey what her last name is. All this and more are discussed. Also, X has a wonderful tribute for Wedge Antilles that has to be heard. This is a doozy of an episode, so hit the download button and may the Force be with you!

PCR #119 - A Decade of Superheroes

December 30th, 2019

Happy New Year! Just in time to close out the 2010s, Travis and Chris have a fun little countdown of their personal Top Ten picks for the best superhero movies of the past decade. You can probably guess some of the picks, but Chris has some picks that will leave your head scratching (Travis is still trying to figure one out). After that, Travis does some extra credit and names his Top Five superhero TV shows of the decade as well. Do you agree with their picks? What was your favorite superhero movie from the 2010s? Hit the download button and let us know! See you in 2020!

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