Ep 2: Die Hard

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Celebrate the Holidays with Jeff and Dan as they break down the greatest Christmas movie ever made: Die Hard. Jeff mostly yells and drops names from his 90s acting career while Dan crushes “Approach to the Inmost Cave” and raises the bar on episode-themed libations.


Show Notes & Links
  • Yippee-Ki-Yay Whisky from High West Distillery
  •  Sinatra as McClane?! Mind = blown. As we mentioned, the screenplay for Die Hard was based on the 1979 Roderick Thorp novel Nothing Lasts Forever.What we didn’t mention is that Nothing Lasts Forever is the sequel to Thorp’s 1966 novel, The Detective, which was made into a film of the same name in 1968. Frank Sinatra played the protagonist, Joe Leland, who was renamed John McClane for Die Hard. So, basically, Sinatra was the original McClane. But, he did it hiiiss waaaayyy.
  • How did McClane know it was Hans?  Dan found this article, published after we recorded the episode, in which screenwriter Steven E. deSouza explains the plot hole.
  • FOX DVD!!!!!!

Corrections & Retractions
  • Jeff frequently shanked Mr. Takagi’s name during this episode, mispronouncing it as “Ta-GA-ki.” He blames Dan and begs your forgiveness.
  • “Hammer Down” is not a thing. Jeff meant “Simmer Down,” and was trying to allude to this SNL sketch.
  • Both hosts (mostly Jeff) constantly mispronounce Al Powell’s first name, calling him “Owl” Powell. If you think you can do better, record yourself saying “Al Powell” ten times fast and post a link in the comments. We’ll name you in a future episode.

Owl Powell

  • Jeff’s “Out manned, out numbered, out planned” comment references this song from Hamilton.



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The Handmaid's Tale

Ep 1: The Shawshank Redemption

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There’s disagreement from page one as Dan & Jeff discuss the classic film The Shawshank Redemption (based on the Stephen King novella Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption) through the lens of Joseph Campbell’s The Hero With a Thousand Faces.


Show Notes & Links

Redemption Rye

Dan's Bullet Whiskey Glass
Dan’s Bullet Whiskey Glass
Corrections & Retractions:
  • Did we get anything wrong? Let us know in the comments.


Ep 0: Call To Adventure

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In this inaugural episode, hosts Jeff Garvin and Dan Zarzana introduce the concept of The Hero’s Journey using examples from Star Wars and Harry Potter.


Show Notes & Links

San Fernando Brewing Company  (Imperial Death Star Stout!)

Solid Walls Just Pretending by 7k

Star Wars Throne Room Scene Without Music


Corrections & Retractions:
  • Jeff spoke about Joseph Campbell in the present tense–but, in fact, he is no longer with us. He passed away on October 30, 1987, 30 years before this podcast was released. We miss him deeply.
  • Okay, technically Harry doesn’t actually cast priori incantatem–it’s just a magical side effect created by the collision of his spell with Voldem… You-Know-Who’s.
  • Yes, Jeff totally intended to say “out of the belly’s whale.” It’s a thing.