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Apr 6, 2016
Episode 127 - Nightcrawler and Psychopathy

In this episode, Britt makes an appearance to discuss another one of Dave's "weird movies."  Additionally, she talks about the abusive relationship inherent in the movie.  Next, Dave talks about psychopathy, specifically how it changes with age, how it has been represented in movies. Finally, we are joined by Tangible Teddy to talk about our movie this week, Nightcrawler!


Fangirl Fixation: 0:01:18

Psychopathy: 0:17: 48

Nightcrawler: 0:34:14

Spoilers: 01:26:33

Apr 2, 2016
Episode 126 - Hello My Name is Doris

Check out our new release episode on the opposite end of the spectrum from last week!

Mar 30, 2016
Episode 125 - About A Boy and Maturity

In this episode, an ill and punchdrunk Britt returns for Fangirl Fixation to talk about About A Boy, Mad Max fanboys, and a bit about Maturity.  Speaking of maturity, Dave tells the audience the psychological definition of that.  Finally, Dwight from the Broken Brain Podcast joins us to talk about one of his favorite movies!


Fangirl Fixation: 0:01:28

Maturity: 0:18:30

About A Boy: 0:29:34

Spoilers: 01:09:20

Mar 26, 2016
Episode 124 - Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

This week, Mike bows out of the conversation, so Dave invited Web Bist of It's Terrific to talk Man of Steel, twitter culture, and, of course, Batman v Superman.  Check it out!

Mar 23, 2016
Episode 123 - 300 and Duty

Welcome to our milestone episode! We made it to Episode 100! To celebrate this, we are watching Zack Snyder's best film by a mile, 300.  Britt stops by to tell us about the hell that is being on this show, before Dave attempts to not laugh when he talks about Duty.  Finally, Jamison from Real Films shows up to talk about the movie.


Featuring special appearances from It's Terrific, Coretemparts, InSession Film, the True Bromance Film Podcast, and War Machine vs. War Horse




Fangirl Fixation: 0:6:00

Duty: 0:26:18

300: 0:44:10

Spoilers: 0:01:25:08

Mar 16, 2016
Episode 122 - Looper and Potential

To celebrate the pseudo-release of Midnight Special, Dave decides to tackle a great recent science fiction flick, Looper.  But first, Britt joins us once again to talk about Looper, time travel, Star Wars and the MCU.  Then, Dave talks about potential in regards to psychology, and how we can measure it.  We close off the show with a new guest, Berook from the Cinemabun Podcast! We discuss Rian Johnson brilliance and then, of course, get really confused by time travel.  Listen up!


Fangirl Fixation: 0:01:30

Potential: 0:19:04


Spoilers: 01:21:56

Mar 12, 2016
Episode 121 - 10 Cloverfield Lane

Dave and Mike review 10 Cloverfield Lane.  Is it as good as all of the critics think?  Or is this a case of being fooled by another JJ Abrams Mystery Box?  Tune in to find out!


Spoilers: 0:14:41

Mar 9, 2016
Episode 120 - Cloverfield and the Hawthorne Effect

In this episode, Dave brings Britt back for more abuse on Fangirl Fixation, then he talks about a well-known subject in psychology, the Hawthorne Effect.  Finally, he brings on two guests he has been looking forward to having on, Andrew and Bernadette from the AB Film Review.  They talk about all manner of subjects including Andrew's love of bad Tom Cruise movies, Bernadette's fear of cameras, oh and Cloverfield.  They also touch on the new release 10 Cloverfield Lane.


Fangirl Fixation: 0:01:18

Hawthorne Effect: 0:15:20

Cloverfield: 0:25:25

Spoilers: 01:12:48

Mar 5, 2016

In this episode, Mike and Dave share their love of Casey Affleck and their disappointment with one part of pretty solid ensemble action flick, Triple 9!


Spoilers: 0:25:20

Mar 2, 2016
Episode 118 - The Town and Parental Imprisonment

In this episode, we are sadly sans Britt and Fangirl Fixation.  However, we still have a really interesting episode where we talk about the effects of parental imprisonment (spoiler: it's not good).  To help me discuss that, along with the movie The Town, Dave brings in J.D. from InSession Film!


Parental Imprisonment: 0:01:35

The Town:0:14:38

Spoilers: 0:48:52

Feb 27, 2016
Episode 117 - The Big Short Review

To finish our Oscars prep, Dave and Mike talk about the dark horse, The Big Short.  Join us!

Feb 24, 2016

The Pop Culture Case Study Awards are finally here! Join me, the True Bromance Film Podcast, Joy Sandwich, and War Machine vs War Horse to celebrate 2015!!



Best Screenplay: 0:02:58

Best Supporting Actor: 0:21:11

Best Supporting Actress: 0:36:20

Best Actor: 0:52:20

Best Actress: 01:15:45

Best Director: 01:36:43

Best Film: 02:00:31

Feb 20, 2016
Episode 115 - The Witch Review

In this episode, Dave and Mike take on another film festival darling, The Witch!


Spoilers: 0:19:49

Feb 17, 2016
Episode 114 - The Crucible and Groupthink

In this episode, in celebration of the release of The Witch, Dave searches for other signs of the devil, or just the first movie with witches that he could think of.  Britt shows up to show her disdain for uber religious folks.  Then, Dave talks at length about the symptoms of groupthink, as well as how to prevent it.  He is then joined by Sarah Jane to talk about The Crucible!


Fangirl Fixation: 0:02:23

Groupthink: 0:16:10

The Crucible:0:30:33

Spoilers: 0:58:07

Feb 13, 2016
Episode 113 - Deadpool Review

Check out our review of Deadpool, featuring our brand new consistent cohost!

Feb 10, 2016

In this episode, after Britt joins us for an exhausted Fangirl Fixation, Dave discusses Volition. Then he is joined by Amanda from the Cinema Geeks to talk about Green Lantern!



Fangirl Fixation: 0:04:36

Volition: 0:17:44

Green Lantern:0:28:37

Spoilers: 01:01:50

Feb 6, 2016
Episode 111 - Hail, Caesar

On this new release review, I invite Nick from the French Toast Sunday podcast to talk the Coens and their newest release Hail, Caesar!

Feb 3, 2016
Episode 110 - Fargo and Gender Roles

In this episode, Dave brings on Britt to talk about "that weird movie" from the Coens.  Next, Dave talks about gender roles, specifically gender roles at work.  Finally, Chris Crespo joins us to worship at the altar of the Coen Brothers!


Fangirl Fixation: 0:03:38

Gender Roles: 0:16:01

Fargo: 0:30:07

Spoilers: 01:05:15

Feb 2, 2016
Episode 109 - The Finest Hours

In this episode, we have a great time reviewing a movie that has not been critically acclaimed, The Finest Hours.  But seriously, this episode is fun whether or not you have seen the flick.  Check it out!



Spoilers: 0:24:13

Jan 27, 2016
Episode 108 - The Perfect Storm and Courage

In this episode, Dave watches a movie he has never seen before, The Perfect Storm. But first, Britt talks about her hatred of “fish stories.” Dave talks about courage briefly, specifically theories of courage, anxiety, and professional courage. Finally, Jess and Non from the Joy Sandwich podcast discuss yet another movie with over the top Boston accents!


Fangirl Fixation: 0:03:44

Courage: 0:14:34

The Perfect Storm: 0:27:04

Spoilers: 01:01:44


Jan 20, 2016
Episode 107 - When Harry Met Sally and Platonic Relationships

In this episode, Britt makes her triumphant return for her first watch (!) of When Harry met Sally.  She also talks a bit about the beginnings of her relationship with Dave.  Then, Dave discusses platonic relationships, specifically on men and women being friends and romantic escalation in friendships.  Finally, Jairo from the True Bromance Film Podcast makes a special appearance to talk about one of his favorite movies ever!


Fangirl Fixation: 0:03:17

Platonic Relationships: 0:16:11

When Harry Met Sally: 0:24:35

Spoilers: 0:59:49

Jan 16, 2016
Episode 106 - 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi

Join us for our review and see how it compares with past Michael Bay efforts like Pain and Gain!

Jan 13, 2016
Episode 105 - Pain and Gain and Materialism

In this episode, sadly there is no Britt or Fangirl Fixation.  But, Dave discusses materialism, particularly regarding Self-Concept and Celebrity Worship. Then, Mike joins us again to talk about Michael Bay, Satire, Misogyny, and the Oscars.  As Mike would say, "Pain and Gain, Baby!!"


Materialism: 00:05:10

Pain and Gain: 00:18:55

Spoilers: 01:08:32

Jan 9, 2016

Dave is once again joined by Web of It's Terrific.  This time, they take on Inirritu's newest opus.  They talk about the movie, positives and negatives, and other topics.  These include the Oscars, the importance of actually "being there" in the elements, and how this one compares to other films like Gravity and Birdman.  Enjoy!


Spoilers: 0:20:30

Jan 6, 2016

In this episode, before The Revenant makes its wide release, Dave is joined by Tim from First Time Watchers!  But before that, Britt comes by for Fangirl Fixation to complain about the directing style of an Oscar winner.  Then, Dave discusses forgiveness.  Specifically, beliefs of counselors, the cost of forgiveness, and self forgiveness.  Finally, Tim shows up to discuss Inirritu, 21 Grams, and great acting


Fangirl Fixation: 0:03:53

Forgiveness: 0:15:20

21 Grams: 0:30:30

Spoilers: 0:57:34

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