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Pop Vultures is an experiment, really. Just three dudes talking about the stuff they love: movies and tv (with the occasional book or album). We're not experts—but nobody is. You'll probably disagree with us at some point, but that's a good thing. So join us in discussing the greatest art and entertainment our world has to offer. Hopefully we make you laugh, revisit preconceived opinions, and even cry. We'll have critiques, defenses, and plenty of questions for you.
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The Vultures are back from spring break and are ready to discuss Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, Academy Award winner for best animated feature. With the flood of all things superheroes, where does this animated movie fit in? Where does it stand in the pantheon of Spider-Man movies? Listen as the Vultures answer these questions and realize that with great power comes great commerciality.
Interstellar

Interstellar

2019-02-1300:40:06

Humanity searches for a new home and Matthew McConaughey cries a lot in Christopher Nolan’s sci-fi epic Interstellar (2014). The blend of real science, human drama, stunning effects work, and ambitious filmmaking make this blockbuster worth celebrating and rewatching. Launch this episode, turn your humor settings up 10%, and journey with the Vultures through the very fabric of... this film.
Galaxy Quest

Galaxy Quest

2019-01-2800:33:49

Galaxy Quest (1999) serves as both loving tribute and thoughtful sendup to all things Star Trek. A stellar cast deliver the laughs in this Three Amigos-esque science fiction comedy that pits washed up TV actors against a real alien threat. Beam aboard with the Vultures as they discuss this gem from the 90’s, the merits of fandom, and their love of Star Trek in this episode.
Black Mirror: Bandersnatch

Black Mirror: Bandersnatch

2019-01-0700:33:48

Netflix’s Black Mirror: Bandersnatch delivers an interactive choose-your-own-adventure experience that allows viewers to make decisions for Stefan, a young computer game designer adapting a novel that drove the author insane. Listen (or choose not to and deal with the consequences, loser) as the Vultures discuss the limits of interactive storytelling, and compare their respective experiences of Bandersnatch.
The Pop Vultures have finally arrived at journey's end – Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King. The epic conclusion to the Rings trilogy ups the ante in terms of scale and heart... and bucks the trend of having just one ending by adding nine more. Join the Vultures as they discuss this Oscar-winning fan favorite — highlighting what works, what misses the mark, and where they place it in the ranking of the three films. My friends, you bow for no podcast.
The Vultures continue their journey through Middle Earth with the second film in the Lord of the Rings trilogy, The Two Towers. How does this fan favorite from 2002 hold up? What are the challenges of adapting Tolkien for this middle chapter? Should you ever toss a dwarf? These questions and more are discussed in this epic episode.
Hairy feet, little people, jewelry, and magic are the ingredients to many a fantasy... and The Lord is the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring is no exception – the first of Peter Jackson’s epic trilogy adaption of JRR Tolkien’s fantasy masterwork that took pop culture by storm and brought Hobbits into the cinematic zeitgeist. Join the Vultures as they journey through Middle Earth to discuss part one of a trilogy so good that you won’t want to keep it secret, keep it safe.
Muppet Treasure Island

Muppet Treasure Island

2018-11-1200:28:18

Muppet Treasure Island (1996) saw our favorite felt puppets star in a retelling of Robert Louis Stevenson’s story of pirates and buried treasure. Grounded by Tim Curry’s performance as Long John Silver and helmed by Brian Henson (son of Muppet creator Jim Henson) the film arguably marked the last time the Muppets really felt like themselves, with the signature balance of heart and absurdism. Join the Vultures as they set sail to rediscover this long buried childhood treasure.
Halloween Special – 2018

Halloween Special – 2018

2018-10-2900:43:02

John Carpenter’s Halloween (1978) was a turning point for horror cinema. The low budget independent film tells the simple story of an expressionless killer stalking babysitters on Halloween night. The resulting movie was so iconic, it has lasted four decades and spawned numerous sequels and reboots in an attempt to recapture the magic and mystery of Michael Myers, the latest of which is Halloween (2018) — a direct sequel to the original that ignores everything else. Does this latest movie make the cut? Join the Vultures for this years Halloween... Halloween special!
Murder, cannibalism, and furniture made out of people are just a few of the reasons Tobe Hooper’s horror classic The Texas Chain Saw Massacre gets under our skin. The movie spawned 8 sequels/remakes/prequels, including the 2003 remake from Marcus Nispel. Hitchhike with the Vultures as they compare and contrast the original with the remake, and debate among themselves what works and what doesn’t. Put on your best face, and join us for this delicious episode.
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