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PCP Episode 079: Bleach

9 Aug

You guys thought that we’d never get around to actually doing this episode, didn’t you? Yep, another in our long line of “red herring” episodes bites the dust here as we finally tackle the second in the big 3 of Shonen. Well, we do eventually anyway. Truth be told, we have a lot of fun at the expense of the series, but we do get into how we fell into the franchise, our favorite characters and the highs and lows of the story.

Chronicle! Is! Awesome!

4 Feb

PCP Episode 061: Best of 2011 Avery Awards

26 Jan

At long last, we present to you the 2nd annual PCP: Best of the Year Awards. Also known as the Averys. Prepare to be ticked off as we run down the best in movies, video games, anime/manga, TV, comics and music that came out in 2011. Some are mired in controversy and others are plain obvious here. But that’s not the point. These awards are all about you guys telling us how wrong we are for the decisions that were made and that’s what we’re looking forward to reading from you all at home. Categories will be trickling out slowly.

Movies

Best Comedy: The Muppets, Hangover II, Bridesmaids, Cedar Rapids, Super, A Very Harold and Kumar Christmas

Best Drama: Drive, Warrior, 50/50, Midnight in Paris, Limitless, Ides of March

Best Action: Harry Potter 8, Fast 5, Battle: Los Angeles, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Hanna, Attack the Block

Best Animated Movie: Rango, Rio, Adventures of Tin Tin, Kung Fu Panda 2, Winnie the Pooh, Puss in Boots

Best Comic Book Movie: Thor, Captain America, X-Men: First Class, Green Hornet

Video Games

Best Console: Xbox 360, Playstation 3, Wii, 3DS, PSP, PC

Best New IP: Bulletstorm, LA Noire, Shadows of the Damned, Catherine, Dead Island, Rage

Best Shooter: Gears of War 3, Battlefield 3, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, Resistance 3, Killzone 3, Portal 2

Best RPG: Disgaea 4, Skyward Sword, Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, Deus Ex: Human Revolution, Dragon Age 2, Pokemon: Black & White

Best Action/Adventure: Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception, Dead Space 2, Batman Arkham City III, Saint’s Row the Third, Ratchet & Clank: All 4 One, inFamous 2

Best Studio: Ubisoft, Rocksteady, BioWare, Sucker Punch, Grasshopper Manufacture, Rockstar

Anime and Manga

Best Shonen: Naruto, The Breaker, One Piece, Medaka Box, Kenichi, Bloody Monday

Best Alternative: Sun Ken Rock, Gantz, Deadman Wonderland, Wolf Guy, Zetman, I Am Hero

Best Manga Adaptation: Bakuman, Beezlebub, Mirai Nikki, Blue Exorcist, Deadman Wonderland, Usagi Drops

Best 12 Episode Anime: Baka to test, Mayoi Chiki, Ano Hana, Infinite Stratos, Kore Wa Zombie Desu Ka, Stein’s Gate

Best Ongoing Anime: Guilty Crown, Fate Zero, Persona 4, Tiger & Bunny, Marvel Anime, Penguin Drop

Television

Best Cancelled/Ended Show: Smallville, Star Gate, The Hard Times of RJ Burger, Entourage, Lights Out

Best New Show: Being Human, Alphas, Death Valley, Awkward, New Girl, Hell on Wheels

Best  Returning Show: Breaking Bad, Supernatural, Psych, Community, Justified, Vampire Diaries

Best Animated Show: Young Justice, Regular Show, Adventure Time, Avengers, South Park, Archer

Best Premium Program: Game of Thrones, Spartacus, How to Make it in America, Boardwalk Empire, MisFits

Comic Books

Best Marvel Book: Thunderbolts, X-Force, Journey Into Mystery, Avengers Academy, Future Foundation, Iron Man

Best DC Book: Justice League, Wonder Woman, Batman, Animal Man, Swamp Thing, Aquaman

Best Event: Flashpoint, Fear Itself, Spider Island, Death Of Spiderman, New 52, Artifacts

Best Independent Book: Chew, Invincible, American Vampire, The Unwritten, Scalped, Morning Glories

Best Writer: Scott Snyder, Jason Aaron, Jeff Parker, Geoff Johns, Jonathan Hickman, Nick Spencer

Best Artist: Ivan Reis, Jimmy Cheung, Humberto Ramos, Francis Manapul, Rafael Albuquerque, Stuart Immomen

Music

Best Album: Camp by Childish Gambino, Section 80 by Kendrick Lamar, Take Care by Drake, Goblin by Tyler the Creator, Bon Iver by Bon Iver, Mylo Xylo by Coldplay

Best Artist: Kanye & Jay-Z, Coldplay, Lady Gaga, Drake, Childish Gambino, Adele

Best Song: Niggas In Paris by Kanye & Jay-Z, Rolling In The Deep by Adele, Yonkers by Tyler the Creator, Novacane by Frank Ocean, Marvin’s Room by Drake, Heartbeat by Chidish Gambino, Paradise by Coldplay, Fuck Your Ethnicity by Kendrick Lamar

Best Music Video: Our Deal by Best Coast, Otis by Kanye & Jay-Z, Words I Never Said by Lupe Fiasco, All Of The Lights by Kanye, Bonfire by Childish Gambino, Iron by Woodkid

Best Soundtrack: Drive, Attack The Block, Saints Row the 3rd, Fight Night Champion, Hanna, The Muppets

PCP Episode 050.5: Fun ‘n Games

26 Oct


We wrap up the last hour of our special two-parter with a few laughs from a couple of games. We take in a couple of rounds of Would You Rather (the results are expectedly disturbing) and top things off with What am I Thinking (object: two people have to read each other’s mind by way of saying the same word at the same time). Listen, it makes sense over radio, trust us.

PCP Episode 050: Email

24 Oct


It’s an episode about nothing in particular so consider this our homage to Let’s Do This. We wanted to do something special for our 050th episode but, we decided to just chat things up. Things go all over the place in this first of a two-parter. We discuss Marcus’s job woes, babies that will look like Sasquatch, Thurnis and Mathew tell homeschooling stories, strange punishments and read emails that go everywhere as well. The DC52, our dreams/aspirations and some of the more intense moments in PCP history.

PCP Episode 049: Yu-Gi-Oh!

12 Oct


Someone needs to stop the nostalgia train that has been running along with PCP these past few weeks because it is out of control. We’re actually, finally talking about Yu-Gi-Oh! and it is a good one. We all at the Pop Culture Podcastle or Brownstone (whatever we call that basement now) had a love for fighting with cards at one point and we are here to skewer it. The melodrama, the kidnappings, the sheer ridiculousness…it’s all on the table for us to lampoon. If you watched the show, share some hearty laughs with us (we guarantee that we won’t break your souls).

PCP Episode 047: Dragonball

28 Sep


The amount of ridiculousness contained within the Dragonball franchise is virtually immeasurable. With a roster of characters that continues to grow, increasingly convoluted stories and some downright gratuitous animation, Dragonball is a mighty beast. If you wanted a podcast to summarize the series for you…look elsewhere. This is an episode for nostalgia. This is buddies just reveling in the hilarity and awesome that Dragonball was and is as we recount Dragonball, Dragonball Z and Dragonball GT.

PCP’s Weekly Dose: Transformers 3 Review

4 Jul


Happy birthday America! What a better way to spend your 235th birthday than with a nice, tall glass of Pop Culture Podcast? Seriously, we have a lot of shout-outs to give as usual in this one before we get in to our signature delivery of entertainment news. What’s it this week? We talk more Thor in 2013, Tom Hanks (hopefully) trolling us, Marcus’s Gamefly woes and the secrets of DC relaunch lying within a shot-glass. We’re also test a restructured anime/manga section. This week includes Bleach, Deadman Wonderland, A Fairytale, Medaka Box, Tokyo Hitman Reborn and more. Yes, more! In tv, we discuss CM Punk’s delivery of the greatest promo ever. We close things up with our review of Transformers: Dark of the Moon. Beware, there are spoilers. We’ll be posting our 035: Devil May Cry this Wednesday so be sure to come back for that.

PCP’s Weekly Dose: Ocarina of Time 3D Review

27 Jun


Congratulations to Spill on Spill Dot Con and to New York on basic human rights. Still, the rent is too high and the crew is in full effect! After a couple of, let’s call them more intimate episodes, all six of us are back to record. What’s more? We bring the funny and plenty of news after 10 minutes of shout-outs to you, our friends and listeners. We talk McDreamy as Dr. Strange, The Hobbit and smell-o-vision in movie news. We talk news PS3s and Arkham City DLC in video games. We’ve got plenty of comics news as well as the return of our anime & manga section. In TV news we have 100 Bullets being adapted, FX’s Powers development and the upcoming Green Lantern series. We wrap this one up with a review of Ocarina of Time’s 3DS port. Don’t forget to check back in Wednesday for 034: Transformers in prep for the upcoming movie. If you don’t know Transformers beyond the the Bay flicks, check it.

PCP Episode 025: The New Class

3 May


As previously indicated, the structure for the Pop Culture Podcast has been reformatted. Though all members of the old cast are not in communication having cited “creative differences” as the cause. However, they did agree to individually meet with Carol from HR for brief one-on-sessions to discuss the falling out. We present this “Behind the Podcast” as an apology and fond farewell to the old crew. We hope that this will somewhat compensate for the inconvenience of the show’s rebuilding. You will be happy to find that a substitute cast, all friends of the old one, has been formed. We’d like to introduce you to Rob, Sam, Mat and Omega’s pilot episode as they make up for the delayed Weekly dose.