Category Archives: Pop Culture

The Greatest Superhero Movie of All Time Poll!

Yes, it’s back! Though in a slightly different and more sophisticated form this time around. Round 2 of the Great Comic Book Superhero Movie of All Time poll, this time with seedings based on actual data and a slightly larger scope.


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Here’s how the field and seeds were determined.

We pulled the world wide box office numbers for Superhero movies from Box Office Mojo as of the week of May 20 and used those to determine the 64 films in the field. We then ranked the films by box office, Rotten Tomatoes aggregate critical score, and RT aggregate audience score to determine the seeds. Ties were broken by box office ranking. You can see the seeding and date here: Rankings.

We will start our voting out this week with the first round of the Jack Kirby bracket, which features an intriguing first round matchup between 5th seeded Iron Man and the #12 seed Hellboy.

Let your voice be heard again, and help us determine the Great Superhero Movie of All Time (GSMOAT)!


Prince Has More Songs Than You

Hey, 2016. Can we talk? I’m not gonna lie to you (ding!), you’re starting to piss me off. First Bowie, then Phife, now bloody Prince? Really? Enough already. As others have already said:

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Anyway, you probably don’t need me to tell you that Prince was great. He was arguably the greatest solo artist in the history of music. Not only was he a phenomenal songwriter, performer, guitar player, multi-instrumentalist and producer, you could make a reasonable argument that he was the best of his generation at all of those things.

For proof of the talent that seemingly oozed from every pore, you can make a better than average playlist of songs that he wrote (or, in the case of Stevie Nicks, inspired and elevated to another level) and gave away to other artists. Well, I did in fact make said playlist. Most artists would kill to have 10 songs this good, soulful and funky as their career top 10.

Maybe a few decades down the road, you’ll meet some youngster that doubts what a great musician Prince was. In you find yourself in this situation, show them these videos, especially the first one.

In typical Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame fashion, a bunch of older white guys have achieved the near impossible, turning a Beatles song into a complete bore. That is until Prince digs in around the 3:30 mark and absolutely blows the doors off the room with his solo. AND WHERE DOES HIS GUITAR GO AT THE END? Waiting for him in heaven is what I have to assume.

If that wasn’t amazing enough, he also managed to turn one of the most boring events of the years, The Super Bowl halftime show, into one of the most thrilling live performances anyone has ever seen. And he did it in howling wind and pouring rain, with live mics and guitars. Unbelievable.

And there’s this. Prince was so famously protective of his music and image that few if any of his songs or performance have made their way up on the YouTubes. He even tried to have this divine cover of Radiohead’s Creep removed, until Radiohead gently reminded everyone involved that this was, in fact, their song, and Prince didn’t have the power to have it removed. Watch the guitar playing in the last couple of minutes. We overuse the word amazing, I know, but I think it’s quite applicable here.

RIP to another one of the greats. I look forward to the new album from you (featuring Bowie, Lemmy, Phife and a slew of others) that will inevitably follow telling how funky and groovy the afterlife is.



Episode 41: A 2016 Preview

Greetings, and welcome to episode 41 of the Mundanity podcast. This week we preview the TV and film that we are most looking forward to in 2016, I give you my most anticipated albums of the upcoming year, and we review The Revenant (spoiler-free), including input from our returning special correspondent, Emily. We wrap up with our weekly recap of Downton Abbey (S6, episode 3), including our list of those characters most likely to be killed off by Julian Fellowes before the end of the season.

Cheers all, and thanks for listening!

Jim and Shawn


Episode 40: Hans Gruber and The Goblin King

Greetings and thanks for checking out Episode 40 of the podcast. This week, we spend most of our time talking about the passing of two greats, David Bowie and Alan Rickman, and what they meant to us personally. As per usual these days, Shawn relays a story about Bowie that relates to another formative childhood trauma, but really, does that surprise you by now?  We wrap things up with our weekly visit to the Crawley household, discussing all the doings from last week’s Downton Abbey episode.

If you have not already, you check out our career spanning David Bowie playlist on Spotify.

Cheers, and thanks very much for listening!

Jim and Shawn


Episode 37: Return of the pub

Hey listeners, guess what? It is the week you have been waiting for. Star Wars: The Force Awakens is out this week. Are you exited? You can bet your lightsaber that Mr. Tabor is. In honor of this momentous week, we return to our conversation at The Pub in Tampa with our good friend, Nick Parrucci. We continue our discussion of the commodification and commercialization of geek culture, what makes a “geek” or a “nerd” and how those definitions have changed over time, and get Nick’s long-time fan take on the new film, and what his hopes and fears are for the series going forward. It is a really fun conversation, and one that we had a blast doing.

Our thanks again to the fine folks at The Pub for putting up with us, including our fantastic server, Brittany. And a very special thanks to our special guest and voice of the listener, Nick.

Cheers, and thanks for listening. And enjoy the movie!

Jim and Shawn

Episode 36: Soiled kimono

Soiled kimono. How is that for an enigmatic title? Well, once you have seen Bill Murray’s gloriously bizarre Christmas special, A Very Murray Christmas, it will make perfect sense. We talked about that slice of holiday fried gold, as well as the unfortunate but unsurprising demise of Scott Weiland, our favorite Christmas specials, the underwhelming Batman v. Superman trailer, and the uneven wrap to this series of Doctor Who. Would somebody please get Peter Capaldi some scripts worthy of his prodigious talent? There are some spoilers here for the season finale of Doctor Who, so you have been warned.

As always, we thank you for listening.

Jim and Shawn

Episode 34: Black Friday

Hello, and a happy Thanksgiving to all of you! We hope you are able to spend some time with your family and friends before heading out to demolish the malls this weekend. In episode 34, we talk all about the ever-encroaching and all-encompassing Holiday shopping season, including the non-existent Starbucks cups “controversy”, Black Friday shopping traditions, and when is too soon to crank up the Christmas machine. I quiz Shawn in a rousing new game entitled Horror or Hallmark, where he tries to tell the difference between actual Hallmark Channel Christmas movies and Christmas-themed horror films (it’s harder than you think). We round out the hour with some talk about the excellent new Jessica Jones series on Netflix, as well as a few words about Master of None and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (no spoilers).

Cheers, and thanks for listening!

Jim and Shawn

Episode 33: Connnnnn!

Hey, it is another edition of Mundanity pod live! We are continuing the conversation from The Pub at International Plaza in Tampa, this time focusing on the “con” experience with our resident nerds, co-host Shawn and our friend Nick, both veterans of San Diego Comic Con and the Star Wars Celebration events. The conversation stems from a really interesting article about the geek convention experience called Ron Weasley Made Me Sad, which we’re posting here (be sure to read the comments as well for the full experience). It raises some really interesting points and resulted in a great conversation with much fun and hilarity. This is part one of the conversation; part two will air as episode 37 the week of December 14 to get you good an ready for Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

Here is a link to the article.

This is part one of the conversation; part two will air as episode 37 the week of December 14.

Cheers, and thanks for listening!

Jim and Shawn (and Nick)

Episode 30: The Force Awakens

Not much need for a description today. This episode is pretty much dedicated to one thing: The Force Awakens.

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You may have heard mention of this movie once or twice. Maybe.

We break down the recently released trailer, and give our predictions about what is to come on December 18 when the movie finally hits theaters. And by “we”, I really mean “Shawn.” I’m just along for the ride on this one. Also, we get a surprise return visit from Emily when Shawn goes to investigate the source of some background music in his house, with hilarious results.

Cheers, and thanks for listening!

Jim and Shawn

Episode 28: Let’s do the time warp

With a bit of a mind flip, you’re into a time slip! It’s time warping podcast potpurri this week, as we wrap up Shawn’s trip to Orlando last week, including our visits to the Orlando Interactive Experience (OrlandoiX), Cloak and Blaster, billed as the “gaming pub for geeks,” and the new brick and mortar ThinkGeek store. We look forward to the premieres of Ash v. Evil Dead, The Returned (The original, French subtitled version! Accept no substitutes, people!), the new season of the excellent Fargo, Jessica Jones, and The Man in the High Tower. Then we look back at two significant October anniversaries, the 40th of the timeless Rocky Horror Picture Show and the 15th of Radiohead’s seminal record, Kid A.


Jim and Shawn