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Happy 500th podcast! We did it! Celebrate by finding the closest bean and lighting it on fire! AHHHHH!!!! The sacrifice has been made!!!On that note, we have another patron-chosen episode! This episode dives into the movies that defined friendship for our hosts. You know, what you’re looking for in a friend. The hosts as always choose two different…
 
Michael and Abe have been looking forward to covering a Satoshi Kon film and we figured we’d get one of our good friends, Zach Sherwin, who hadn’t seen it to come and discuss it with us! The film covers three unhoused citizens of Tokyo who find a baby in a dumpster and spend the entire film trying to find her parents, despite the night having a dif…
 
The year is 1964. Cold War tensions are high. “Funnyman” Stanley Kubrick tells an entire generation: “Wait, I can make this hilarious.” Somehow, this movie is a classic. Three dorks, including our longtime friend, novelist and comedian Clint Gage, sit down to talk about what makes this dark comedy work and what doesn’t hold up. Features:Clint Gage:…
 
It’s a Paul month. This time we discuss his 2002 film Punch-Drunk Love which reframes the traditional romantic comedy. The grating sound scape, anxiety-inducing scene work gets you right into Barry Egan’s (Adam Sandler) world. The boys talk about how choice direction and editing makes you feel something, for better or worse.Features:Michael Swaim: …
 
This week the professor discusses the nature of Hell and demons. We are blessed, I guess, to have with us the Devourer of Soul-kin, Grief Incarnate, and Demon of the 5th realm of Hell, his Majesty, the Acolyte of Damnation: Lycus, Author of all calamities and sinful pleasure. The conversation does not go well.Features:Professor Scott Bug: https://t…
 
In this episode, Bridgett and Sarah discuss Richard Linklater’s Before trilogy’s final film. They talk about Jesse’s evolution, casting kids that look like their parents, being a Sagittarius, how Europeans initiate “sexy time” (Bridgett’s words), and cheating protocols. Consider this trilogy wrapped! Next trilogy coming soon. Expect cuteness and pu…
 
Adam and Abe talk about how Die Hard’s John McTiernan secretly has the soul of an artist, adjusting a heist movie into a drama. We go through his techniques and script changes that tell a far more interesting story than just a run-of-the-mill action thriller.Features:Adam Ganser: https://twitter.com/therealganzAbe Epperson: https://twitter.com/AbeT…
 
This show goes over the short stories of Michael’s favorite speculative fiction author and notable curmudgeon Harlan Ellison. Each episode Michael pairs (read: forces a friend to read) a short story with a guest that it “applies especially to.” This episode it’s the short story “The Silver Corridor” (from Ellison Wonderland) and the guest is Bridge…
 
1Upsmanship is leveling up. This is the final episode of 1Upsmanship on Small Beans. For the continued madness, please search the show through iHeartRadio, where you’ll find all new episodes! Also, look for a new show here on Small Beans featuring Adam and Michael!To see it off, the hosts decided to take a review of the celestial hard drive. How do…
 
Another Pick the Flick by the audience! This time, we thank A. Ron, Defender of the Galaxy for the suggestion of 1990’s The Hunt for the Red October! Cristian joins the hosts to discuss the unique nationalism of the film, the trends of action movies, and proper protocols for pooping.Features:Cristian Ramirez: https://twitter.com/fanboycristianMicha…
 
This is a fan-requested (Pick The Flick tier) episode on Soderbergh’s Solaris from 2002. A hearty Small Beans’ thank you to Tom D. for the request!Adam and Abe talk about his cinematographic and editorial approach to the story of a planet that psychologically terrorizes a human crew on a space station.Features:Adam Ganser: https://twitter.com/there…
 
Adam and Michael discuss the crunchy combat of this year’s Sifu by Sloclap! Both hosts found the game’s ability to create the feeling of becoming powerful incredibly satisfying. Unfortunately for them, it isn’t real fighting and they’re both still wimps in real life. Seriously, you could probably just push Swaim over and he’d just say “Left Stick U…
 
It’s a Wes month. This time we discuss his 2001 film The Royal Tenenbaums which looks at familial grief and dysfunction. Wes Anderson’s style and charm is on full display with a stellar cast in what could be argued is a more formless narrative than movie goers were accustomed to. Abe and Mike disagree about Act 2 but who cares, it’s a good movie.Fe…
 
Another Pick the Flick by the audience! This time, we thank Phaedrus for the suggestion of 2009’s Moon! Danielle joins the hosts to discuss Sam Rockwell’s ass, director Duncan Jones, and the meaning of the ending of the film. Highly suggest a listen and a watch!Features:Danielle Radford: https://twitter.com/danielleradfordMichael Swaim: https://twi…
 
This show goes over the short stories of Michael’s favorite speculative fiction author and notable curmudgeon Harlan Ellison. Each episode Michael pairs (read: forces a friend to read) a short story with a guest that it “applies especially to.” This episode it’s the short story “Shatterday” and the guest is Abe Epperson. Michael Swaim: https://twit…
 
Another Pick the Flick by the audience! This time, we thank Zac S. for the suggestion of 2017’s The Death of Stalin! Daniel joins the hosts to discuss the film’s satire of the spineless cretins that attempted to usurp power in the wake of a tyrant’s death. All three suggest you watch this movie.Features:Daniel O’Brien: https://twitter.com/DOB_INCMi…
 
Hana Michels, who makes cat buttholes on Etsy and is a celebrated Small Bean, joins the pod for a special episode about cramming tiny animals into balls. They discuss the limits of the Pokemon lore, their shared joy of pelting things with apples, and Hana asserts her dominance as the one true trainer.Hana Michels: https://twitter.com/HanaMichels Mi…
 
In this episode, Bridgett and Sarah discuss Richard Linklater’s Before trilogy’s second film. They talk about cats, therapy, walkable cities, how they are both not “jewelry people,” how French people are, and how sexy sitting on a couch can be. I think there’s a movie also. Features:Bridgett Greenberg: https://twitter.com/BridgettTweetsSarah Griffi…
 
Another Pick the Flick by the audience! This time, we thank Phaedrus for the suggestion of 1992’s Cutting Edge! Soren joins the hosts in comparing rom coms and sports movies, talking about the fuck-den that is the olympic village, and imagining a figure skater projectile vomit on the ice.Features:Soren Bowie: https://twitter.com/Soren_Ltd Michael S…
 
As voted by our Show Me Producers, this month’s ISYM asks our hosts to bring songs they’d put on their wedding playlist. Maggie talks about her new play. Adam talks about the tiny, rage gumball Kirby.If you patronize us, feel free to email us suggestions for episodes at any time at magsandganz@gmail.com. Tell us your thoughts on Kirby.Adam Ganser: …
 
Our collective friend and honorary Small Bean Griffin Rowell walks us through the capitalist concepts driving the current metaverse, the companies to look out for, and the potential methods we can use to build it into something more open-sourced. Resident dummy Michael asks all the questions you may have had but were too afraid to (or just had no i…
 
Paul has returned. This time we discuss his 1999 film Magnolia which depicts 8 stories occurring in the San Fernando Valley in a 24 hour period. It’s mostly about grief, loneliness, forgiveness, loss, and coincidence. Michael and Abe decide it’d be apt to just kind of meander through the podcast, without really obeying the typical structure. God, w…
 
Why are Guy Ritchie films compelling? At the start of his career he made a name for himself with his quick, chaotic editing style. Adam walks us through it.Features:Adam Ganser: https://twitter.com/therealganzAbe Epperson: https://twitter.com/AbeTheMightySupport Small Beans and access Additional Content: https://www.patreon.com/SmallBeansCheck our …
 
Another Pick the Flick by the audience! This time, we thank nerdnumbers for the suggestion of 1995’s Hackers! Tom “The Rhyme Man” Reimann of Gamefully Unemployed joins us to discuss the very real need to hack the planet and the virtues of being a keyboard cowboy.Features:Tom Reimann: https://twitter.com/startthemachineMichael Swaim: https://twitter…
 
This show goes over the short stories of Michael’s favorite speculative fiction author and notable curmudgeon Harlan Ellison. Each episode Michael pairs (read: forces a friend to read) a short story with a guest that it “applies especially to.” This episode it’s the short story “The Beast That Shouted Love At The Heart Of The World” and the guest i…
 
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