Infinity War: Very Good Gay Dads

Surprise, surprise – we’re talking about the latest MCU movie.

A decade of build-up has brought us to Avengers: Infinity War, the two-part opus of Marvel’s (Disney’s) Cinematic Universe. In this episode, your hosts reflect on Part 1. Of course, there are a ton of spoilers about the movie itself. But here is a bonus spoiler about the episode as a whole: Jackson and Daniel actually agree on something for once.

It is nearly impossible to live up to the fan expectations that come with a project as drawn out as the MCU – but Infinity War does an admirable job of trying to please. While it is certainly an impressive spectacle, your hosts dig in deeper to find out if there is any bang behind the flash.

They also toss out some recommendations:

This week you should watch A Quiet Place

This week you should play Monster Prom 

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Podcasts: One Episode Late

And we’re back!

Yes, it is a little later than planned (which was oddly foreshadowed in the episode), but here we have an episode about podcasts. Jackson realized that it has been 4.5 years that he and Daniel have been producing Player’s Guide and – as is a loosely-held tradition here – on milestones we get meta.

This episode is discussing the medium of podcasts in general. Both of your hosts are regular listeners of a few, as well as producing their own. In addition to delving into why the medium seems to be so popular these days, what makes a good podcast, and what some of their favourites are – they wax a little sentimental about what doing this show means to them and why they keep doing it month after month.

As always, they also have some top-notch recommendations for you:

This week you should read It Devours! by Joseph Fink and Jeffery Cranor

This week you should watch A Place Further Than the Universe

Theme tune: http://www.purple-planet.com

Magical Girls: Who is Moonlight Knight?

Hey everyone,

We are back with a TV-oriented episode. This week we are discussing the genre of Magical Girls – a very popular, very trope-y anime mainstay. Series such as Sailor Moon and Card Captor Sakura had a very large impact on Daniel as a youth and he wants to educate Jackson on their ins-and-outs.

Beyond a discussion of the impact of cartoon girls in skirts, your hosts also have some recommendations:

This week you should watch Jane the Virgin 

This week you should watch Netflix’s relaunch of Queer Eye for the Straight Guy

Also a small correction: In the episode, Daniel identifies Sailor Jupiter and Sailor Uranus as the two sailor scouts with an implied relationship. This was a mistake, he meant to say Sailor Uranus and Sailor Neptune.

Theme tune: purple-planet.com

Player’s Guide Presents: The Slow Pitch Podcast

Welcome to Slow Pitch, the better movie podcast,

On today’s episode, the dream-team of Shelby, Jackson, Daniel, and Zach breakdown some unsuccessful shows from the 90s and rebuild them as the beautiful, edgy, and deep pieces of art they always deserved to be.

We hope you enjoy!

Theme music from: http://www.purple-planet.com

 

Black Panther: The Best Q

Hey everyone, we’re back with the content you crave:

Two white dudes talking about Black Panther.

Both Daniel and Jackson agree that this is the best of the MCU so far, and warranted a full episode. There is a lot of important cultural context for this movie as well, and while we’re not fully equipped to discuss that at length, we are gonna do our best to convince you that this is not only a great movie, but an important one you should see.

We also have some recommendations:

This week you should read The Best of Richard Matheson 

This week you should listen to Weird Al Yankovich’s Poodle Hat

 

Theme Music: Anime Shame Corner

Hey everyone!

We are back again. This time Jackson and Daniel are rolling sans-guest. Your two perennial hosts are discussing music in media for the third time. In this episode they focus on the idea of the theme song – whether that song is used as an opening theme, a closing theme, or a character’s leitmotif.

In addition to exploring music as an extension of character, presenting uniformed opinions about Japanese animation, and reciting tone-deaf acapella show tunes – your hosts also present some excellent recommendations:

This week you should watch Westworld

This week you should revisit Square Soft’s amazing musical back catalogue 

This week you should listen to Metroid Metal’s Varia Suite

As for our own theme, it comes to us from: http://www.purple-planet.com

Canadiana: Merlobsters

Hello everyone,

We are back with another episode. This week we take a look at some of the media that has been churned out of Canada’s entertainment industry over the years. We try our best to cover everything from TV to movies to music, but still only end up scratching the surface.

Returning guest Shelby joins us on our journey as we discuss our country’s obsession with the survival narrative, reminisce over vintage YTV, and expound on the virtues of Canadian hip-hop.

While Canada is definitely in focus this episode, you should also check out these recommends:

This week you should play The World Ends With You

This week you should read In Cold Blood by Truman Capote

This week you should listen to the podcast Happier by Gretchen Rueben