Television

Stark Contrast: Episode 10 “Mother’s Mercy”

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Season 5 of Game of Thrones concludes with “Mother’s Mercy,” a crowded episode that delivers in some ways while squandering potential in others. In our discussion, Josh talks about how the television Game of Thrones universe seems to not only tolerate but reward evil. We then both commend and debate Cersei’s (Lena Headey/Rebecca Van Cleave) walk of shame. I also […]

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Stark Contrast: Episode 8 “Hardhome”

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If last week’s “The Gift” represented a shift in the right direction for Game of Thrones, “Hardhome” is the fullest realization of its potential. From clever use of narrative symmetry to payoffs in nearly every major storyline, this week was the show at its very best. Josh and I parse out each thread before culminating in […]

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Stark Contrast: Episode 7 “The Gift”

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Following last week’s ho-hum episode, Game of Thrones returns to form this week with “The Gift.” Sansa’s characterization resumes while Stannis is faced with a tough decision and Cersei’s machinations finally backfire on her. While not everything landed this week—romantic subplots faced something of a nosedive at The Wall and in Meereen—most of the stories managed to keep […]

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Stark Contrast: Episode 3 “High Sparrow”

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“High Sparrow” picks up where “The House of Black and White” left off, giving us a much better look at The Faceless Men. This episode indicates we’re nearing the second-half spike that we usually see in Game of Thrones as Jon, Tyrion and Sansa’s storylines all leap forward at a healthy pace. Josh and I comment on the irony of […]

Op-Ed

Søren and Josh’s Oscarcast 2015

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2015 was a year of meager expectations when it came to the Oscars. While controversy surrounded the nomination process, we generally knew who’d take home the major awards. No one gasped in amazement when Birdman took Best Cinematography, or when Patricia Arquette was named Best Supporting Actress for Boyhood. Yet sometimes there is intrigue to be found […]

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Ember Island Airwaves: Episode 18

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In what may be the last Ember Island Airwaves podcast ever, Josh and I take some time to look back on The Legend of Korra as a series. We discuss Korra’s arc from a more brazen and hot-tempered to a more peaceful and diplomatic Avatar. That journey starts in Book One: Air amidst Korra’s conflict with Amon and […]

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Ember Island Airwaves: Episode 17

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It seems like just yesterday scenes from the first episode of The Legend of Korra leaked all over Tumblr. Fast forward a couple of years and Korrasami is canon, Hiroshi Sato is a martyr and Zhu Li and Varrick have officially declared their mutual affection. Needless to say, things have changed a bit since we were “Welcome(d) to Republic […]

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Ember Island Airwaves: Episode 16

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Wow – now that was an episode! Both Josh and I loved “Kuvira’s Gambit,” an easy highlight of both Book 4 and the rest of The Legend of Korra. Kuvira continues to build herself up (literally!) as a truly intimidating opponent for the Avatar and her allies. She arrives on the front steps of Republic City with an army […]

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Ember Island Airwaves: Episode 14

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“Beyond the Wilds” marks a return to the main plot of Book 4: Balance after last week’s tangential clip show. Korra continues to work through her traumatic past with Zaheer. Meanwhile, the spirit vines in Republic City react violently to Kuvira’s assault on the swamp and the banyan grove tree. Josh and I begin our conversation speculating […]

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Ember Island Airwaves: Episode 13

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Bryan Konietzko and Michael Dante DiMartino deliver a clip episode this week in the form of “Remembrances.” Next to nothing happens with regard to plot and we’re left reminiscing about the good and bad in The Legend of Korra. Nevertheless, the showrunners and their crew do what they can to make the episode fun and […]

Movie Review

Interstellar with Nate and Søren

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Nate’s Review Interstellar surprised me. I walked into the theater expecting to see a bombastic space exploration flick. I did not expect the film to bring me to tears, but it did. The plot is centered on the final frontier, but Christopher Nolan’s latest is more than that. There’s a soul beneath the science-fiction spectacle. […]

Movie Review

Birdman with Josh and Søren

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Josh’s Review Birdman comes close to greatness. Cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki’s execution of the long take is so successful it almost makes me forget about everything else in the film. I love how it moves from supposed fantasy to supposed reality without cuts, removing the objectivity that comes with a shot change. Watching fantasy elements shift into reality within a […]

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Ember Island Airwaves: Episode 12

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After a brief hiatus last week, Ember Island Airwaves is back with an all new episode covering the latest in The Legend of Korra. This week, Josh and I discuss both “The Battle of Zaofu” and “Reunion.” These episodes function as filler to some degree with Bolin and Varrick taking center stage. Concurrently, the Avatar […]

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Ember Island Airwaves: Episode 11

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The Legend of Korra is back with the deeply plot-driven episode, “Enemy at the Gates.” Kuvira has arrived at Zaofu with her army and Korra is back in the picture as Suyin tries to decide how she’s going to deal with the incursion. Meanwhile, Bolin and Varrick discover Kuvira may skew more evil than they’d anticipated […]

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Ember Island Airwaves: Episode 10

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The Legend of Korra continues to impress with Book 4: Balance. Following last week’s major political bent, “The Calling” took a more personal approach to the story. Jinora, Meelo and Ikki head off in search of Korra and their presence lends a distinctly Avatar: The Last Airbender tone to the show. We also finally see a resolution to the Phantom […]

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Ember Island Airwaves: Episode 9

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This week’s episode of The Legend of Korra puts the focus on Prince Wu, the heir apparent to the throne of the Earth Kingdom. As leaders of the four nations gather to watch Kuvira relinquish power, Korra trains with Toph in the swamp. Things quickly go awry as Kuvira – perhaps unsurprisingly – doesn’t play by the rules. […]

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Ember Island Airwaves: Episode 8

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Book 4 of The Legend of Korra continues to impress with its second episode, “Korra Alone.” After missing the Avatar almost entirely last week, this episode catches us up on her goings-on since the showdown with the Red Lotus. Josh and I begin our conversation talking about Avatar: The Last Airbender, and speculate whether Zuko is as […]

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Ember Island Airwaves: Episode 7

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The Legend of Korra returns for its fourth and final season. The premiere, titled “After All These Years,” takes place long after the finale of Book 3: Change. Republic City is in the midst of a revamp, new power player Kuvira looks to be shaking things up and Team Avatar is scattered around the world. Yet one question […]

Op-Ed

Edge of Tomorrow Versus the World

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You might remember an op-ed I published a few days ago in defense of Edge of Tomorrow‘s title. As I expected, not everyone agreed with me. In fact, my friend and podcasting veteran Teague Chrystie from Friends in your Head was so emphatic about his disagreement that he suggested we record a short podcast about the issue. You can listen […]

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Ember Island Airwaves: Episode 6

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Well, here we are. Perhaps the best season of The Legend of Korra to date has come to its inevitable conclusion. Josh and I were spectacularly wrong about most of our predictions, but the finale generated some fascinating speculation about Book 4. Will Korra ever be able to access her past lives again? Has Suyin finally esablished her allegiance to the […]

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Ember Island Airwaves: Episode 5

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In this week’s installment of Ember Island Airwaves, Josh and I discuss the incredibly draining experience of watching “The Ultimatum.” We explore classism and how the protagonist/antagonist relationships in The Legend of Korra directly contrast with those in Avatar: The Last Airbender. Josh and I then speculate about the fate of Tenzin and the other airbenders as well as […]

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Ember Island Airwaves: Episode 4

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It’s been awhile since our last episode of Ember Island Airwaves. In the interim, I had the chance to interview the fantastic Stephen Stanton (the voice of Old Wan and the Air Lion Turtle in “Beginnings, Part 2”). In addition, some major news about The Legend of Korra was dropped at San Diego Comic Con. Last week saw the birth […]

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Ember Island Airwaves: Episode 3

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  Having left Republic City, The Legend of Korra has seized an opportunity to flesh out its characters, its world, and its story. The world of Avatar has always been predicated on its unique bending systems and the cultural evolution thereof. The show has built on this by taking daring and paradigm-shifting new turns in the latest season, […]

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Ember Island Airwaves: Episode 2

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The world of Avatar is remarkable not only for its entertainment value, but for its remarkable maturity. Avatar: The Last Airbender deals with themes of death, destiny, and classism, all of which have been brought forward into and magnified in The Legend of Korra. These thematic ideas tie into structural similarities to anime and separate this franchise from its Western counterparts. Josh […]

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Ember Island Airwaves: Episode 1

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With Season 4 of Game of Thrones all wrapped up, Josh and I have turned our attention to an old favorite: The Legend of Korra. Korra is a sequel series to Avatar: The Last Airbender, a show that deservedly won numerous awards (including a Primetime Emmy) during its 2005-2008 run. As a follow-up to that legacy, The Legend of Korra has likewise met with mostly positive reviews […]

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Game of Thrones Season 4: “The Children”

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Game of Thrones concludes its fourth season with the jam-packed episode, “The Children.” But although it was filled with shocking parent-offspring confrontation, the finale left audiences divided. Some, myself included, really enjoyed this episode for its plot-driven conflict and paradigm-shifting reveals. For others, like Josh, it lacked the whiz-bang potential of the final moments of A Storm of Swords. […]

Op-Ed

Superhero Madness, Part 3: DC

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DC has been making waves in the industry these past few weeks. With the revelation that Ben Affleck is playing a Frank Miller-inspired Batman, speculation on the upcoming Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice has run rampant. Will Jason Momoa be playing Aquaman? Is David S. Goyer the absolute worst person to be handling this superhero […]

Op-Ed

Superhero Madness, Part 2: The MCU

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Marvel has made cinematic history with their foray into the movies. Although the rights to two of their most valuable properties – X-Men and Spider-Man – respectively belong to Fox and Sony, Marvel has nevertheless created the most profitable franchise of all time. And along the way, they’ve made some of the best superhero movies […]

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Superhero Madness, Part 1: X-Men

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Superhero films have been a point of contention between Josh and me in recent months. For example, although I completely agreed with Okwudili’s review of Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Josh was less than thrilled with the film. And while I really enjoyed X-Men: Days of Future Past, Josh claims that it represents everything that’s wrong with these franchises. Recently, Josh and […]

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Game of Thrones Season 4: “Mockingbird”

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Game of Thrones prepares for a two-week hiatus with a milestone episode this week with “Mockingbird.” Josh and I delve into some monumental paradigm shifts for Tyrion and Sansa, as well as a few important relationship-building moments for Arya/The Hound and Podrick/Brienne. Please note that there will be spoilers in this episode up through Season 4, Episode 7. ~ […]

Movie Review

Godzilla with Josh and Søren

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Søren’s Review Most of us went through that phase in our life where we liked to break things. We would build big cities or towers out of Legos or blocks, and then we would walk through them like giants. With this in mind, the old Ishirō Honda and Toho films engaged with the audience on […]

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Game of Thrones Season 4: “First of His Name”

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The fifth episode of HBO’s Game of Thrones featured a tonally positive but somewhat uneventful. Josh and I delve into Cersei’s humanity, Littlefinger’s secrets, and Tommen Baratheon’s newfound kingship in this week’s podcast. Note that our discussion will contain spoilers through Season 4 Episode 5. ~ Søren You can listen to this podcast either online or by downloading […]

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Game of Thrones Season 4: “Oathkeeper”

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Following last week’s controversial episode, director Michelle MacLaren steers the show away from its rocky past. “Oathkeeper” was an exciting and important for show watchers and book readers alike. Josh and I discuss the bombshells dropped in this week’s episode and speculate on how they’ll impact the future of Game of Thrones. As always, this podcast will contain […]

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Game of Thrones Season 4: “Breaker of Chains”

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Game of Thrones stirred up controversy this week with their new episode, “Breaker of Chains.” Josh and I delve into the questionable scene and attempt to parse out where the showrunners went wrong. We then conclude with a recap and discuss the rest of the episode. Remember, we won’t spoil anything that hasn’t already happened in the show. […]

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Game of Thrones Season 4: “The Lion and the Rose”

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Game of Thrones Season 4 picks up steam with its second episode, “The Lion and the Rose.” As Joffrey Baratheon and Margery Tyrell prepare to marry and unite two incredibly powerful houses, the streets of King’s Landing are abuzz with excited gossip and whispers of treachery. As we reel from the twisted events that occur therein, Josh and I take a look […]

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Game of Thrones Season 4: “Two Swords”

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In our previous podcast, Josh and I discussed the first three seasons of the massively popular HBO series Game of Thrones. This week, we dive into “Two Swords,” the jam-packed Season 4 premiere. Please be aware that this podcast includes spoilers for the show up through Season 4 Episode 1. Happy listening! ~ Søren You can listen […]

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Game of Thrones Seasons 1-3 Recap

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In adapting George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series to television, HBO created a cultural phenomenon. Game of Thrones has become a franchise spanning books, video games, television, and more. Featuring unprecedented production value, it has set a new bar for dramatic storytelling.  Josh and I discuss the first three seasons of the show, […]

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Søren and Josh Discuss House of Cards

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House of Cards has been a runaway success for Netflix, its characters permeating American culture from the Oval Office to the Oscars. Star Kevin Spacey plays Frank Underwood: a heartless, sociopathic politician gunning for power in Washington, D.C. But how long can a character like that be interesting? And how does the “binge-watching” structure of the […]

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Josh and Søren Discuss True Detective

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True Detective has been something of a phenomenon. Featuring top-notch acting and intense character-driven mysteries, the show quickly gained a following and has seen record high ratings and critical acclaim over the course of its first season. On Sunday March 9, 2014, the tales of Rust Cohle (Matthew Mcconaughey) and Marty Hart (Woody Harrelson) came to an […]