Podcast: Andor (reprise), Spirited, & The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special

Andor, Spirited, & The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special

Greetings, programs, and welcome to a very special Awesome Friday Podcast. This week we’re covering three things: First, we’re headed back to Ferrix to revisit Andor, which might be the best Star Wars thing in a long while. Following that, we’re kicking off the holiday season with a look at Ryan Reynolds and Will Ferrell in AppleTV+’s new holiday musical Spirited, and then a quick trip out to Knowhere for Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special. This episode is jam-packed, so what are we waiting for?

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Podcast: Werewolf by Night & All Quiet on the Western Front

Werewolf by Night & All Quiet on the Western Front

Greetings programs! This week the Awesome Friday Podcast is back with a look at two new streaming titles. First up is the latest Marvel experiment, the Halloween special Werewolf by Night. Following that, we look at the new adaptation of All Quiet on the Western Front, produced by Netflix.

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Bonus Podcast: Our Favourite Marvel Movies, featuring over a dozen of our friends

Marvel Cinematic Universe

Greetings, programs, and welcome to a special bonus episode of the Awesome Friday Podcast. In our main episode this week, we asked over fifty of our friends to contribute their top ten Marvel Cinematic Universe entries and used those to establish a consensus top ten.

We also asked everyone if they would be willing to record a short audio clip about their favourite with the intent of sprinkling those into the show. Well, we didn’t get one from everyone, but we did get a level of response that made that plan a little untenable. So we used them to build this special bonus episode.

We’d very much like to thank everyone who contributed to the project and this episode specifically. It has been a lot of fun and rewarding to see our community come together.

We’re going to start with Simon and me speaking about our number one Marvel movie from our recent episode and then jump right into our friends talking about theirs. We hope you enjoy it.

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Podcast: Marvel Extravaganza! Ms Marvel, Thor: Love & Thunder, Our MCU Top Ten(s), and The Ultimate MCU Top Ten

Ms Marvel, Thor: Love & Thunder, Marvel Top Ten

Greetings, programs, and welcome to our one year anniversary! It’s hard to believe we relaunched the podcast a year ago to the day but here we are a year later. We are so grateful for all of you, for your listening and engagement, and for the community that we’re starting to build.

It’s fitting that this week saw the release of two new Marvel Cinematic Universe entries because that’s how the show began. Last year we covered the Disney+ series Loki and the film Black Widow. We decided to make an event of it, so this is a super-sized episode –nearly 2 hours long. Not only do we discuss the new Disney+ series Ms Marvel and the new film Thor: Love & Thunder, but we also break down both Simon and my MCU top ten lists, and then we asked over fifty of our friends to contribute to a consensus top ten list. That’s right, the top ten MCU entries as decided by over fifty people.

Below are streaming links powered by JustWatch for both of the new entries we discussed, a breakdown of the methodology used to determine the consensus top ten, an embedded player for the episode, and a complete listing of over 30 podcast networks you can find us on.

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Podcast Grab Bag: The Oscars, Moon Knight, Halo, & The Canadian Film Festival

Oscars, Halo, Moon Knight, Canadian Film Fest

Greetings programs and welcome back to the Awesome Friday Podcast. This week is a little different than most weeks, instead of two things we are covering a whole bunch of things in a grab bag format. There have just been too many things to narrow it down you see, so join us for brief discussions about The 94th Oscars and the slap heard ‘around the world, Halo, Marvel’s Moon Knight, and the films of the Canadian Film Festival.

There are streaming links for the films and series discussed here on this page, and the episode is live wherever you listen to podcasts (including an embedded player also on this page). Join us!

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Marvel’s Moon Knight is a bit disjointed

Moon Knight

Comics are weird. There’s no denying this simple fact, and there’s no use trying. This fact is universal and can be a barrier to entry for new fans. Sometimes 50 years of lore is a lot to wrap your head around. One of the great strengths of Marvel’s ongoing cinematic universe is that initially, at least, it distilled all that lore into something easier to swallow. Twenty-plus films later, its greatest strength is that when a new character walks onto the screen and says, “I’m a man with split personalities, one of whom in the warrior avatar of the Egyptian moon god Khonshu and I’m here to punish the wicked” most people’s reaction will be “sure, that makes sense.”

Of course, this can also be a flaw –as it is with Marvel’s latest series– in which there is so little explanation that there is almost no reason to care. There is no trial by which Oscar Isaac’s Marc Spectre obtained his powers or much in explaining his back story; he walks on-screen fully formed. Well, half-formed, because if you glossed over it in the previous paragraph, this is a man with multiple identities. This show is, in a word, a lot.

Being a lot isn’t necessarily a deal-breaker, but while there are many things to love in this series, there are just as many that make it a complicated watch.

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Podcast: Spider-Man: No Way Home & The Outfit

Spider-Man No Way Home & The Outfit

Welcome back to Awesome Friday, on a Sunday! In this week’s episode, we speak at length about a little movie you might have heard about from last year, Spider-Man: No Way Home, which has finally come to home video. Then it’s onto a new release from Focus Features, The Outfit, a single location mystery thriller starring Mark Rylance and Zoey Deutch. Join us!

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Home Video: All the Spider-Man Movies and where to Buy, Rent, or Stream them

Spider-Man No Way Home

Spider-Man: No Way Home is hitting theatres this week. This will be Peter Parker’s sixth appearance in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but it’s also the 9th stand-alone Spider-Man movie since Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man debuted in 2002. Now seems like a perfect time to catch up with your favourite web-head, so here’s where you can buy, rent, or stream all the stand-alone Spider-Man movies.

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Awesome Friday Games Podcast: ‘Marvel’s Guardians Of The Galaxy’ & ‘Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 2’

Podcast Guardians of the Galaxy & Modern Warfare 2

Hello there, and the warmest of welcomes to this week’s Awesome Friday Games Podcast!

This week Simon takes a dive into why ‘Marvel’s Guardians Of The Galaxy’ makes such a strong case for game of the year, and also looks into the endless thrills of the Spec OPs missions in ‘Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 2’.

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Review: ‘Hawkeye’ premiere episodes are lighthearted fun

Hawkeye

The main complaint about Clint Barton’s Hawkeye as a character, at least when it comes to the MCU version, is that he’s boring. I’ve never quite thought that myself, but it’s easy to see where it comes from: he’s a spy that shoots good, and in most of the films, that’s kind of all he is.

What the new Disney+ series Hawkeye proposes is: what if that’s ok?

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Awesome Friday Movie Podcast: ‘Candyman’ and ‘Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings’

Awesome Friday Podcast Candyman & Shang-Chi

Greetings programs! it’s that time of the week: Awesome Friday, on a Sunday. On this weeks episode of the podcast we’re taking on two new theatrical releases: Candyman, from director Nia DaCosta and Marvel’s Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings from director Destin Daniel Cretton.

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