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Jason Concepcion and Shea Serrano discuss two movies and the things that connect them. Each episode will focus around a theme. That theme can be anything from characters from similar movievations, merciless mentors, and killer robots. They will then break down the connections of that main theme through a series of segments and games to share their love for not only these two movies, but cinema and its themes as a whole.

32 Episodes
We'll do it live! San Diego's top news anchor sort of learns the meaning of diversity, and a mentally ill man goes on a murder spree. Jason and Shea find the connections between ‘Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy’ and ‘Joker.’ Hosts: Shea Serrano and Jason Concepcion



Nobody cared who they were before they put on the mask. A group of friends from Los Angeles go on a bank-robbing spree, and a team of spies race to stop a terrorist with weapons of mass destruction. Jason and Shea connect 'Set It Off' and 'Mission: Impossible—Fallout.' Hosts: Jason Concepcion and Shea Serrano
Take a trip with us! The world of narcotics never seems as helpful as when two cops take down a Cuban drug ring and a never-been writer develops superhuman intelligence. Jason and Shea connect ‘Limitless’ and ‘Bad Boys II.’ Hosts: Shea Serrano and Jason Concepcion
Get off my plane! 'The Connect' takes to the skies and examines movies that you shouldn't watch on a plane. A Mexican teenager in Los Angeles hits the big time, and a United Nations field agent searches for a cure for zombies. Jason and Shea connect 'La Bamba' and 'World War Z.' Hosts: Jason Concepcion and Shea Serrano
THE CONNECT: Mean Mentors

THE CONNECT: Mean Mentors


Get ready to learn through tough love. An influential fashion magazine editor lectures her assistant on the importance of punctuality and the origins of cerulean, and a music conservatory instructor commits battery on his students. Jason and Shea connect 'The Devil Wears Prada' and 'Whiplash.' Hosts: Jason Concepcion and Shea Serrano
Welcome to a world of increasingly poor decisions! A career bank robber falls hard for a federal agent, and four friends have a falling out when one gets addicted to the power of the gun. Jason and Shea connect the movies 'Juice' and 'Out of Sight.' Hosts: Shea Serrano and Jason Concepcion
Jason and Shea take a look at the dangers of artificial intelligence and explore the connections between 'Ex Machina' and 'Upgrade.' A sentient robot seduces a human engineer, and a man brought back from paralysis thanks to an implanted AI chip goes on a rampage. Hosts: Jason Concepcion and Shea Serrano
Getting through the day is better when you have your friends. Jason and Shea discuss the connections between ‘Office Space,’ a comedy where friends face off against unreasonable bosses and unruly printers, and ‘Scarface,’ an epic tale of best friends discovering the importance of work-life balance on the mean streets of Miami. Hosts: Jason Concepcion & Shea Serrano



Welcome to ‘The Connect’! Join Jason Concepcion and Shea Serrano as they discuss movies and what connects them. In each episode, they will focus on two movies that have a shared theme. They will break down the similarities between the two films through a series of segments and games. It’s a show about Jason’s and Shea’s love of the featured films, and of cinema as a whole.
By the time this final episode of 'With a Pencil' is over, you will have a definitive list of inductees into the Action Movie Hero Hall of Fame. Or maybe you won't. Shea is joined in the deliberation by writers Justin Halpern and Patrick Schumacker.
It's finally here! 'John Wick: Chapter 3—Parabellum' is released, and we can finally talk about it. What was the hardest part of the movie to watch? Who has the best cameo? Who gives the best performance? Shea is joined by director Oz Rodriguez and writer Jamil Smith to get to the bottom of these questions and more.
Ira Madison III and Chris Ryan join Shea on a journey to dissect 'John Wick: Chapter 2.' Each of them brings up tiny moments in the movie that they loved or noticed and the panel discusses.
Is Common a good actor? Why does John kill Gianna D'Antonio instead of just letting her kill herself? And does Laurence Fishburne or John Leguizamo have the best cameo? All of these questions and more are answered on this week's episode of 'With a Pencil.' Shea is joined by Juliet Litman and Rembert Browne to discuss.
Shea Serrano is joined by authors Lilliam Rivera and José Olivarez to decide who’s the best tough-guy movie dog owner. The three options: Bob Saginowski and Rocco from 'The Drop,' John Wick and Daisy from 'John Wick,' and Robert Neville and Sam from 'I Am Legend.' Lilliam's young adult novel 'Dealing in Dreams' and José's book of poetry 'Citizen Illegal' are both out now!
Shea Serrano is back from podcast retirement to host 'With a Pencil.' In Episode 1, he sits down with Sean Fennessey and Judnick Mayard, two people who love the franchise as much as he does, to talk about John Wick, Chapter 1.



On this last bonus episode of the season, Shea answers questions about Chong Li from Bloodsport. We find out what what Jean Claude Van Damme’s best movie is, whether Chong Li is actually deaf and which villain from our entire series would win in a death match against Chong Li.
We are closing out the first season of 'Villains' with the most terrifying martial arts movie villain: Chong Li. Shea is joined by The Ringer’s John Gonzalez and Kevin Clark to discuss his dirty fighting tactics and massive muscles.
Shea is talking Nino Brown from 'New Jack City' on this week’s bonus episode of 'Villains.' We’ll find out who Shea is more scared of: Nino Brown or Alonzo Harris from 'Training Day.' Are Nino Brown and N’Jobu from 'Black Panther' working toward the same goal? Who would Shea cast as Nino in the 2019 version of 'New Jack City'? Plus, Shea tells us a ghost story. Thank you to Soul Candle for the music played during the ghost story. You can find more of their music at
This week, writer Jamil Smith and The Ringer’s John Gonzalez join Shea to discuss Nino Brown, the gangster movie villain from 'New Jack City.'
This week we’re celebrating the new year by answering questions about Regan MacNeil from William Friedkin’s ‘The Exorcist.’ We’ll also hear from some very special guests on what they would do if they needed to be exorcised.
Comments (10)


My phone was at exactly 18% when he said that... Amazing!

Sep 4th

Fred Kass


Jun 2nd

Matthew Deneuville

Wait till you see Chapter 3 you love it n 1st time I'm listening to your podcast

May 15th

Tristan Chua

waiting for season 2... mawrrr

Mar 17th

Joshua Gutierrez

Chong Li has stoic charisma. He is a bad mofo you just never mess with at anytime. If you are willing to inflict pain and suffering just for the hell of it, then there is no shot at redemption. Chong Li may be the worst villain in these episodes because he simply does whatever is necessary to get his way and hurt people. We all can have sympathy for the morally complex villain who tears down only to try and rebuild for a better tomorrow. There is something so absolutely terrifying to me when someone who is just bigger and stronger than you can hurt you just because he feels like it.

Jan 21st

Ahmad Thomas

you guys missed one important point. G Money was Nino's half brother. great podcast as always....tho

Jan 3rd


Great Podcast Series

Nov 23rd

Ryan Wheeler

it's Shea Serrano, the voice of the people. Cool to add Villains to my podcast rotation.

Nov 16th

Joseph Sanchez-Aguilar


Nov 9th


Best podcast ever!

Nov 8th
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