Episode 28

Jurassic Park

June 11, 2018

Few movies can match the wonder, terror, and cinematic splendor of Jurassic Park (1993). Twenty-five years after its release the movie remains an iconic benchmark in pop cinema, outshining the latest blockbusters by a T-Rex sized margin. We all remember the dinosaur effects, the music, and the Goldblum, but there’s a lot more to admire in this beautifully crafted summer movie. Hold onto your butts and join the Vultures for a podcast 65 million years in the making.

Episode 27

Tron Legacy

May 28, 2018

Everyone remembers the score by Daft Punk, but the 2010 film Tron Legacy can be admired for a lot more than the music. Director Joseph Kosinski delivered a visual triumph that took the ideas from the original 1982 film and updated them for the 21st century. It’s far from perfect, but Tron Legacy possesses many qualities that most of today’s blockbusters lack. Enter the grid with the Vultures to talk about this flawed delight of a film.

May 14, 2018

The Vultures are back with the first ever Pop Vultures Guilty Pleasure Debate (PVGPD), in which Pat, Chris, and Eli each propose a different movie as the superior guilty viewing pleasure. While no one would call these movies art, many would call them highly enjoyable. Listeners will determine the winner, so pop in your earbuds and pull up your debate pants. We also have a special announcement at the end of the episode!

April 25, 2018

The 2018 comedy Game Night and the 1997 thriller The Game are two wildly different movies separated by genre that actually share a lot of similarities under the surface. Listen as the Vultures discuss what they liked about these two overlooked movies, both featuring premises designed to make you question what is real and what is part of… the game.

Episode 24

Ready Player One

April 9, 2018

Steven Spielberg slides back into the blockbuster driver’s seat for the adaptation of Ernest Cline’s 2011 novel Ready Player One. Is it really just nostalgia porn, or merely the latest target of superficial hipster chiding? The Vultures sit down to discuss the overlooked craftsmanship of the film, the book’s baggage, and the movie’s place in the contemporary blockbuster scene. Begun the hipster war has.

March 26, 2018

There are cult classics and then there are cult classics, and then there’s The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension. The Vultures sit down to discuss this endlessly quotable, charming oddball of a film.

March 12, 2018

Some movies live or die by how well they walk the tight-rope of tone, and few do it better than Barry Sonnenfeld’s action / comedy / sci-fi mashup, Men In Black (1997). Suit up, throw on your shades, hit the red button, and join the Vultures as they look back at the inner workings of MIB – from Will Smith’s masterclass on charm, to Tommy Lee Jones’ perfect deadpan delivery, to Vincent D’Onofrio’s hilarious villain. Here come the MIB.

Episode 21

Waterworld

February 5, 2018

The Vultures take a swim in Waterworld and discuss why you shouldn’t write off this post-apocalyptic action-adventure epic. At one time the most expensive movie ever made – and unfairly picked on by critics before its release – Waterworld is a fascinating piece of film history. So dive in and give Kevin Costner’s Mariner another shot – webbed feet, gills, and all. 

Episode 20

Titanic

January 22, 2018

For a year in the late 90s James Cameron’s Titanic conquered the box-office, the Oscars, the hearts of countless teenage girls, and Debra from accounting saw it twenty times. While many of us remember that horrible song, or it being our first experience with PG-13 boobs, what about the actual filmmaking? In this episode the Vultures take a look at Titanic.

Episode 19

Year-end Wrap Up

January 8, 2018

Happy New Year everyone! In this episode the Pop Vultures take a look back at some of the major trends in pop culture in 2017 – despite our best efforts, Star Wars comes up again. We also take a peek at what the Vultures have in store for 2018.

Episode 18

Christmas Special

December 26, 2017

For those who celebrate Christmas the holiday comes with a bevy of traditions, not the least of which are the movies we watch to get in the holiday spirit. Everyone has their favorite from the ultra classics, to something a little more Die Hard. Listen as the Vultures share a selection of their favorite Christmas movies, drink enough spiked egg nog to kill a small horse, and argue over the merits of A Christmas Story. From the Pop Vultures to you, Happy Holidays, and yippee-ki-yay motherf**kers.

December 18, 2017

After two years of anticipation and waiting cliffside to see what Luke Skywalker does with the return of his lightsaber, the latest installment of the Star Wars saga has arrived. With Episode VIII, Rian Johnson (writer, director) has delivered a critically acclaimed but fiercely divisive entry in the saga.

In this episode the Vultures discuss Star Wars: The Last Jedi and attempt to answer the tough questions — did it meet expectations, where does it fit in the larger saga, and did anyone else get turned on by the thing Luke milked?