Mockingjay Part 2

In this episode of the Culture Conquistadors Podcast, Charles and James revisit the Hunger Games series one last time. Did the series close on a high note? Or was it another box office letdown? Does anyone get a happy ending? Listen in and hear their thoughts on Mockingjay Part 2.

Mockingjay Preview

In this episode of the Culture Conquistadors Podcast, Charles and James return to preview the last installment of The Hunger Games series, Mockingjay Part 2. The series started off a bit shaky but found it’s footing in Catching Fire. Can it maintain it’s careful balance between war story and political commentary? We ask these questions and more.

Spectre

In this episode of the Culture Conquistadors Podcast, Charles and James return to discuss their review of the latest Daniel Craig/Sam Mendes Bond film, Spectre. How did their predictions from their preview episode hold up? Is this the end of the line for Craig as Bond? Listen in and find out!

Spectre Preview

In this episode of the Culture Conquistadors Podcast, James and Charles try something new as they return to discuss SPECTRE. This episode is spoiler-free as they preview the movie and discuss the buzz surrounding the movie and setting up their own expectations.

Context Sensitive: Phantasma-gorier

It’s the Halloween episode of Context Sensitive. This week, one hour on the misunderstood Crimson Peak. Why do people expect it to be a certain type of scary, and why are they disappointed when its an altogether different sort of scary? To tackle that question, Charles takes a journey back through ghost stories like Paranormal Activity, The Others, and The Innocents, and wonders where Gothic texts like Jane Eyre and Rebecca sit in our modern consciousness.

 

What can you expect from this episode:
– An impassioned defense of Crimson Peak
– Really moving clips from the 2011 Jane Eyre
– Some Kate Bush
– Gossip about Mary Shelley, Percy Shelley, and a lady with nipples for eyes
– A really great moment from a horror movie trailer where a guy in the audience yells “OH… NO… Too Scary…”
– Lots of Haunted Mansion
– Charles doing not one but two British accents (but, notably, deciding not to try to do a Guillermo del Toro imitation)
– Lots of Guillermo del Toro sounding smart about stuff
– Vincent Price, of course
– Charles admitting he’s a fraidy cat, because he’s an honest person

Goosebumps

In this episode of the Culture Conquistadors Podcast, Charles and James watch Jack Black in Goosebumps and revisit their not-so-scary childhood. Was it a delightful trip down memory lane? Or a nostalgic money grab? Listen in to find out!

The Martian

In this episode of the Culture Conquistadors Podcast, Charles and James return to discuss one of their favorite subjects! No, not Marvel, Space! They see Ridley Scott’s latest movie, The Martian, starring Matt Damon. And wonder aloud about the red planet and speculative fiction.

The Martian

In the first episode of Context Sensitive, Charles takes a look at what led to The Martian being a bestselling novel and hit movie. The big question: “Can we finally put Mars back in movie titles again?” The answer ropes in George R.R. Martin, Bill Nye, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Gravity, xenomorphs, Prometheus, Marvin the Maritan, Europa Report, Edgar Rice Burroughs, and so much more.

Fantastic Four

In this episode of the Culture Conquistadors Podcast, James and Charles aim to figure out how this Fantastic Four movie got so off track in an age when most superhero movies – even the subpar ones – manage some level of inherent competence.