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Michael, Abe, and the current head of videos at Cracked.com, Jordan Breeding, take a look at 2012’s Seven Psychopaths. They discuss the similarities of Quentin Tarantino’s films and the films of director Martin McDonagh, the joy of writing, and problematic aspects of the movie. It’s like if Tarantino and Charlie Kaufman (Adaptation, Being John Malk…
 
Yeah! Abe’s gonna talk about lines! Lines of Speed! Strap yourself into a chair and prepare to be lifted into the air at 50 mph! Alright, everyone calm down. It’s not that impressive. It’s just Abe talking about how the affinity of lines and visual motifs in this 90’s blockbuster classic are both thought out and thematically resonate. After which, …
 
The Rough Stuff gang invites Adam Ganser to share his awkward stories from days past. As a bonus, Adam and Sarah unwittingly foster a therapy session for Bridgett. The gang discusses how effective, or ineffective, rather, the sexual education of their formative years were. In any case, be assured that Sarah’s mother will text her once she listens t…
 
Get ready for Michael and Adam (the Uppers) to have some contention. Michael waxes poetic about the power of this video game’s story and the experience he had while playing it. Adam on the other hand hated the game. Uh oh. Depending on how you land on the game, hopefully, this discussion will elucidate the highs and lows of this apparently divisive…
 
*We are releasing this show's pilot episode for public consumption. If you'd like to hear more, subscribe to our Patreon!*We here at Small Beans have reached out to Professor Scott Bug, Master of Ceremonies of Science at the Dumby Institute of Perfections, who kindly agreed to begin this podcast in the hopes of bringing scientific joy and wonder to…
 
Perhaps the most important evil car horror film you’ll ever see, John Carpenter directs the 1983 adaptation of King’s Christine. Michael and Abe talk about how they accomplished the car regeneration sequence and wax poetic about the simplicity of the story, albeit absolutely insane and dumb. Get up in this grill, ya shitters!Features:Michael Swaim:…
 
A very special episode featuring the film that explodes the franchise into spin-off. This episode was recorded live on YouTube on Dec. 20th, edited now for your podcast format listening enjoyment. You can find the full version here, on the Small Beans YT channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xDjt5fUlBCc&t=1s&ab_channel=SmallBeans. Bridgett and S…
 
Our patrons have spoken! This episode takes the family movies that were watched in their youth. Also, listen for a lengthy list of producers, so if you pay more than $10 here, hear your name read on the silver headphones. Maggie chooses a film from 1966 starring Don Knotts. Adam chooses an ice skating movie. So everyone’s all over the place. Lastly…
 
Katie Goldin, host of the Creature Feature Podcast, joins the beans for an examination of the tropes of animated bug movies. Along with the absolute nonsense that is Bee Movie, the gang also talk about Antz and A Bug’s Life in order to see how these movies succeed or fail their basic premise and how their real life counterparts form socially. We an…
 
Our long time bean and collaborator, Katy Stoll, the producer of Some More News stops by the pod and talks about westerns, Sam Raimi, the 1990s, and how long it’s been since we last saw each other. Sam Raimi’s 1995 film released right at the beginning of the 90’s western revival but is unique in its homage to spaghetti westerns. The film is undenia…
 
Thinner has 15% on rotten tomatoes. Is it that bad? Michael and I discuss how this film fails and how it actually succeeds, and they place it on their on-going ranked list of the Stephen King canon. Stephen King once again proves himself as the master of Americana horror, even though this film never resonated with audiences. Also, we talk about our…
 
Adam’s turn! He takes a look at the film Drive (2011) and examines how through the use of staging, editing, and deploying a clear tone, Nicolas Winding Refn took a mediocre script and made it worth watching. Drive demonstrates a mystique around its main character, a fast-paced story, and a truck-load of style. The soundtrack rips too. Abe sits back…
 
In this episode, the franchise finishes its run with a $250 million movie and with it, the technical completion of this podcast. Bridgett and Sarah cover the movie and say farewell… OR DO THEY?! Actually, we have plans for Hobbes and Shaw, so it’s not really over, but let us all congratulate Sarah on becoming a fury-head like the rest of us. They b…
 
Production note: This episode was recorded before the election.BOLD is a podcast about race and justice in America, and a collaboration between Small Beans and Showing Up For Racial Justice, produced by White People 4 Black Lives. In this special Mailbag Episode, co-hosts Dahlia Ferlito and Ivette Alé answer listener questions!Main Theme by Rachael…
 
Michael and Adam are joined by Kevin Anderson, apparently the 3rd host. He hosts the podcast “Bleak in Review” on the Unpopular Opinion podcast network and now apparently this show! Today, the gang examines the indie game Hades from developer Supergiant. They discuss rogue-likes and game loops in general. Michael doesn’t want anyone from Supergiant…
 
Our patrons have spoken! This episode covers films that are improved by a second watching. Adam’s approach examines how films seen in the right state of mind alters how it resonates with you. Maggie touches on how the marketing and expectation of a film will tarnish your initial viewing. This description writer’s takeaway is that we should never ma…
 
Adam and Abe discuss Sam Raimi’s Drag Me To Hell. Abe walks us through a few sequences and the tactics Raimi uses to spook us time and time again. Adam asks the very important question: what’s with all the mouth stuff? Abe doesn’t so much answer as continue to talk about cool tricks one could use to make their own Raimi homage.Features:Adam Ganser:…
 
In a rare TV-based Frame Rate, Alex Schmidt, host of the Secretly Incredibly Fascinating podcast, joins Michael and Abe to discuss the British sitcom Peep Show. We chose the secretly incredibly funny episode “Wedding.” The gang discusses how this show influenced their own comedy and why if you haven’t seen it, you probably should.Features:Alex Schm…
 
Last month we talked with Bridgett’s parents so it’s only fair that we investigate Sarah’s youth by talking to the Griffiths. Bridgett takes over the podcast and discusses from whence Sarah was forged. We learn that all Griffiths are thespians, all very talented, and Sarah severely wanted to be a mail carrier before she found her true calling. Sara…
 
Michael and Adam take a break from the real world and discuss the beautiful world of being the brother that will never be first place. They discuss how in this game you play as a lean, green, ghost-bustin’ machine who projects a goo-version of himself, which is what cum is! Michael believes that this episode suffers from the game being “good, but n…
 
The Shining tale continues with writer/director/editor Mike Flanagan’s Doctor Sleep. We didn’t know all along it’s Stephen King’s X-Men! Seriously, Danny and Abra running around solving ghost crimes and killing psychic vampires would be amazing. Michael and Abe breathe deep of the delicious movie steam and discuss what makes this film a success, ho…
 
The Race Wars are back, baby! Join Sarah and Bridgett in their examination of the 7th installment of the Fast and Furious franchise: Furious 7. Sarah argues that these are Star Wars movies. Bridgett realizes the podcast is entering the final stretch and Sarah will be just as Furious-knowledgeable as she is. Also, they’re making 11 of these movies. …
 
Jason “David Wong” Pargin joins Abe and Michael to discuss 2014’s Nightcrawler. Jason brings his knowledge of working for local news affiliates and the boys discuss the finer nuance of the sociopath Lou Bloom (Jake Gyllenhaal). Written and directed by Dan Gilroy, the film takes a snapshot of pure ambition, opportunism, and ultimately how they benef…
 
Abe walks us through the early 2000's and the development of that era’s neo-noir look, how technology facilitated its dominance over the box office, and why Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince was both an adopter and a trailblazer in this visual movement. Also, Jim Broadbent was a chair in this movie. Name another movie that’s true. Thought so.T…
 
Maggie and Adam dig deep and muster a couple of films that they love to hate and explain why they deserve such vitriol. Do you agree or do you love the films they love to hate? Or rather, do you hate that they love to hate them? Wait, do you hate-love, no. That’s not it. Jeepers, you got it the first time. Listen in and find out what the films are!…
 
Brooks returns to discuss Charlie Kaufman’s second film as a director: “Anomalisa.” The gang tries to decipher its thesis and stacks it up against his other work. There’s a lot to love in this film: the voice acting, the stop-motion, and the production design, but all take a back seat to the story and meaning of the film. Does it work? Did you enjo…
 
Michael and Adam are joined by IGN’s Zach Ryan and tackle the moral implications, grind, and narrative of Sucker Punch’s Ghost of Tsushima. The group discusses genre as a whole and the combination of inspirations that made the game. Also, uncle-fathers. They talk a bit about uncle-fathers.Zachary Ryan: https://twitter.com/ZachariusDMichael Swaim: h…
 
BOLD is a podcast about race and justice in America, and a collaboration between Small Beans and Showing Up For Racial Justice, produced by White People 4 Black Lives.In this special Election Update, co-hosts Dahlia Ferlito and Ivette Alé discuss the impending vote, voter suppression, and how to make your voice heard in modern America.Main Theme by…
 
The casting of Ace Ventura was essential in building the insane rules and tone of the world, and while Jim Carrey is why the film worked, folks may overlook how the casting of everyone else was equally important. Adam elucidates how this was accomplished and what roles were key in the development of a narrative where the audience wouldn’t think abo…
 
You read that right. It’s time to hear the rough stuff from the parents of your own Rough Stuff co-host, Bridgett Greenberg! Sarah takes over the podcast and has a little chat with Missy and David about their little bundle of joy. What could possibly go wrong? We reached out for a quote from the Small Beans management and they responded: “we didn’t…
 
What films contributed to your sexual awakening? What film did you exclaim loudly to yourself, “Oh, dear. Oh, yes,” and clutch your pearls? Maggie and Adam discuss their love of pills, mask-donning crusaders, and slippery, greasy Kevin Costner. Listen at your own peril… or arousal. Topic brought to you by the Show Me Yours Producers patreon tier. I…
 
Cronenberg and Walken. What can go wrong? Michael and Abe take a look at the story of a man who resurfaces from his coma only to find that he has psychic powers. He saves kids, solves crimes, and prevents nuclear war. The boys also discuss what makes for a good Stephen King premise and whether or not The Dead Zone is up to snuff. Features:Michael S…
 
Bridgett Greenberg arrives on the scene to give us the perspective of being in high school during its premiere. Its impact on comedy and adolescents are undeniable. The gang talks about how it influenced their comedy, timing, and editing. What’s the structure of this movie? How does Tina Fey’s screenplay work? Is it an homage to teen movies or just…
 
Cody Johnston of Some More News pops in to tell us his thoughts about John Carpenter’s The Thing. The director regards this as his favorite of his films. It did terribly at the box office, but has since become a cult film, generating video games and board games in its image. Abe tries to explain why it’s his favorite horror film. The others see his…
 
New episode! New logo! All credit goes to Michael Vincent Bramley, our artist bean. Adam and Michael are joined by fellow actor, writer, and longtime bean: Daniel Vincent Gordh. This time they discuss TWO titles from the developer Playdead. It’s a double feature! The simplicity and efficiency of these games push the visual concepts to the forefront…
 
The pit returns with a special episode. Michael speaks to Jason Pargin, former executive editor of Cracked.com and the current head of video, Jordan Breeding, about self-worth and career success. This conversation was partially inspired by Jason Pargin’s recent video regarding making yourself valuable (https://youtu.be/wFBr685TjNs). When you’ve fou…
 
CIA analyst Jack Ryan has become a multi-decade obsession. It keeps being remade. Adam argues that the rules set up by Patriot Games are not feeding the political drama we have come to expect. It’s actually designed to be a family drama, something its successors fail to grasp.Features:Adam Ganser: https://twitter.com/therealganzAbe Epperson: https:…
 
We’ve begun lap six of nine. Real quick: name Gina Carano’s character in this movie. Bridgett knows! Sarah does not! While she continues to stan Han and Gisele, we still have to address that the number of characters in these films is getting ridiculous. Let’s break down what makes this installment of the franchise the fastest and most furious so fa…
 
If Pixar made a Chinese fable 6 years ago, it’d look a lot like this 2019 Chinese and American co-production. This most recent Pick the Flick takes us to the world of demons, humans, and utterly terrified dogs. Michael and Abe discuss the unique aspects of making an international kids film and how filmmakers will often water down narrative and char…
 
“The more I try, the harder it seems / But you’ve turned around, blocked me out, / deliberately trying to bloody my back / Falsely sweet words, masking your soul, / I’m trying to get past this. / Plastering on a fake plastic smile when all I want is to break down and cry.” - Teresa Lee, teenage poet. Bridgett and Sarah stare unblinkingly into the v…
 
What is charming about an underdog? What do movies do to make us love a good underdog story? Adam has an answer that’s pure jazz. Maggie has an answer that’s all style. This episode looks at the films Whiplash and Fantastic Mr. Fox.Adam Ganser: https://twitter.com/therealganzMaggie Mae Fish: https://twitter.com/MaggieMaeFishSupport Small Beans and …
 
This one takes us to the unfortunate year of 1990 and the world of made-for-TV movies as Michael and Abe tackle the 3-hour two-part miniseries “It.” The king beans haven’t gotten to check in with each other for a while and this episode starts with a selfish catching up of each others’ lives and reminiscing about our past. Just like It, except for t…
 
A new Frame Rate logo! Holy wow! Michael Vincent Bramley, our very own MVB has updated our logo and we think it’s the beans! This Parker Posey vehicle was widely unseen by everyone. Let’s let Abe and Michael determine if that was a shame. In any case, it’s available for streaming and is the only incestuous Jackie O drama/thriller that came out in 1…
 
Abe sets out to convince Adam that Demolition Man’s direction is sneaky complex, albeit flawed. Looking at camera, lighting, and production design, the past and the present are at odds in the film which begs the question: based on its own system of design who is the true hero of Demolition Man?Features:Adam Ganser: https://twitter.com/therealganzAb…
 
Betcha didn’t expect a brand-spankin' new podcast! This one takes us to the wonderful world of the physical. Science! Or whatever.Michael Swaim interviews actual scientist/engineer and lifelong friend, Griffin Rowell every episode about a topic that Griffin has researched and found does not get enough press. This episode takes us to 1666 and the “w…
 
Maggie’s Hidden Gem film is a fictional documentary. Adam’s choice is an Australian crime drama. Let’s all soak in their effervescence and hear their appeals as to why both of these films need to be in your library. Maggie got two cats!Topic brought to you by the Show You Yours Producers patreon tier.Features:Adam Ganser: https://twitter.com/therea…
 
No Gods or Kings. Only Beans. The 1Ups beans have returned to dissect the 2007 GOTY Bioshock. Let’s get into the story of the franchise and the Half-Life-esque game mechanics and determine for once and for all if it is kept or deleted. Michael Swaim: https://twitter.com/SWAIM_CORPAdam Ganser: https://twitter.com/therealganzSupport Small Beans and a…
 
Michael Swaim stops by with a possible interpretation of Marvel’s Doctor Strange, a film with early publicity regarding the whitewashing of Asian roles in the film. As Michael points out that Stephen Strange's and the Sorcerer Supreme's initials are SS, Strange uses a whip, he’s against the progress of time, and his main enemy is called “The Dark O…
 
Michael, Abe, and Dave are entranced by the 1973 animated French-Czechoslovakian film Fantastic Planet and its sci-fi, psychedelic landscapes. They deconstruct the larger metaphor of the film and stare into its general weirdness. It’s in the Criterion Collection, so it must be important!Everyone thank minefreak555 for generously donating toward thi…
 
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