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360. 1Upsmanship: Cyberpunk 2077 (Feat. Max Scoville)

February 23, 2021 14:00 - 1 hour - 126 MB

Max Scoville, another friend/host/podcaster from IGN, joins Michael and Adam to discuss the hopeful hit of 2020, Cyberpunk 2077. Months after the game’s launch, which was sensationalized by its bugs and recalls, can we look at the game with more objective eyes or will it never recover, kid? Well, Samurai, eavesdrop on whether or not this game was worth its decade-long development. Max Scoville: Michael Swaim: Adam Ganser: https:/...

359. Frame Rate: Wonder Woman 1984 (Feat. Seanbaby)

February 20, 2021 14:00 - 1 hour - 88.3 MB

Seanbaby joins the beans to discuss their collective disdain for the recent Wonder Woman movie! They pick apart its many plot holes, discuss the state of the union of DC and Marvel universes, but end up determining maybe they’re not the best people to determine the future of the Wonder Woman franchise. Though, we all agree that we need more and better female superhero movies. And it’s not all hate. Michael cried! Features: Seanbaby: Michael Swaim: https://t...

357. Rough Stuff - Third-Rate Romantic Hero: The Daniel O’Brien Story

February 13, 2021 14:00 - 1 hour - 84.3 MB

Daniel O’Brien, writer for Last Week Tonight and original gangster, joins Bridgett and Sarah for a candid discussion of how teenagers fall for the allure of playing the role of a protagonist in a tragic romance. Daniel starts with a tale where a teenage crush overheard his undying love via speakerphone and the punishment only endures for the next several years. Don’t worry, Daniel, you all have us fooled, we think you’re a real catch. Maybe leave your love sonnets in the box of notebooks you ...

356. I'll Show You Mine If You Show Me Yours: The Album That Changed You

February 09, 2021 14:00 - 1 hour - 91.5 MB

In this musical episode, the hosts each select the album in their lives that changed them. So we have two albums here. The artists are Dashboard Confessional and Bob Dylan. Close your eyes and guess who! Maggie and Adam get pretty in-depth about how music and lyrics can peer into your youthful soul and spit out a new fully-formed human. Witness the sonic metamorphosis. Also, the hosts discuss their lifelong problems with long hair and their recent texts to each other. Adam Ganser: https://t...

355. Directorpiece Theatre: The Insane Craftsmanship of House (1977)

February 07, 2021 14:00 - 1 hour - 115 MB

Abe walks us through the plethora of editorial, post-production, and camera tricks used by Nobuhiko Obayashi, the director of the Japanese horror comedy, House. From cutting out mattes and placing them directly on the frame, to rotoscoping, to practical effects, to editorial pacing, Obayashi is able to command a tone and humor entirely of his own creation. Abe talks about how the film influenced western directors and how technique and style define every filmmakers’ “voice.” Adam surprisingly ...

353. Kings of King: Maximum Overdrive

February 02, 2021 14:00 - 1 hour - 94.3 MB

The horror! The horror! Stephen King himself helms another cars-gone-mad sci-fi/action/horror narrative and the results are disastrous. The boys discuss the lazy filmmaking, slapped together scene work, inconceivable choices, and inexplicable acting of King’s only attempted feature. Oh, and the cocaine. Out of the white dust settles a picture that might be the worst Stephen King adaptation yet. Strap in and brace yourself for the wild ride that is Maximum Overdrive. Features: Michael Swaim: ...

352. 1Upsmanship: Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1+2 (Feat. Vanessa Gritton)

January 31, 2021 14:00 - 1 hour - 103 MB

Vanessa Gritton joins the co-hosts for the recent remastering of the OG and sequel of the classic Tony Hawk Pro Skater franchise. The gang reminiscences on the changes from the original releases and how brands change over time. Though, they all agree it’s worth letting the nostalgia do a sweet pop shove-it over your face. I know you wish you could choose Rodney Mullen, but you’re left with Michael, Adam, and Vanessa. Sorry. Also, Vanessa explains why she’s a wiener. Adam explains what being r...

354. Tales from the Pit: Autism, Depression, and Intersectionality During Covid (Feat. Alebrelle)

January 27, 2021 14:00 - 1 hour - 102 MB

Tales from the Pit returns with a COVID retrospective. Sitting down with Michael is Twitch Streamer, Creator, and Advocate Alebrelle. The two discuss what it’s been like during quarantine as an autistic and intersectional person. WARNING: there are lengthy discussions and specific examples each give about their depression and suicidal thoughts. Beware, all ye’ who enter here, thar be monsters. Everyone here is doing okay, and we hope you are too. Be well, everyone. Features: Alebrelle: https:...

351. Frame Rate - Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery (Feat. Sarah Griffith)

January 26, 2021 14:00 - 1 hour - 101 MB

Oh, behave. Sarah has joined the boys to discuss the 1997 Mike Myers film and its cultural impact on the United States, baby. Does it hold up after 24 years? Is it as horny as we all remember? Abe ruins the mood by bringing up the history of satirical espionage films. Features: Sarah Griffith: Michael Swaim: Abe Epperson: Support Small Beans and access Additional Content:

352. Directorpiece Theatre: How a Director Can Undermine A (Potentially) Good Script

January 23, 2021 14:00 - 1 hour - 102 MB

Adam chooses to examine 1998’s Murder of Crows, a forgotten Cuba Gooding Jr. vehicle. In the episode, we examine the work of Rowdy Herrington, also popular for Road House, and his directorial approach to this film. A very important part of directing is presenting a series of shots and performances so that the narrative is clear. “Clarity, then elegance,” as someone once said to me. Either due to an unparalleled series of filmic catastrophes or out of negligence, Mr. Herrington takes what coul...

351. I'll Show You Mine If You Show Me Yours: Movie Experience You Represent

January 20, 2021 14:00 - 1 hour - 148 MB

Here’s the premise. Maggie chose a movie for Adam and Adam chose a movie for Maggie. The goal was to choose a movie that encapsulates their co-host. Then, the chooser finds out if the other can decipher why they chose that film. For Adam, Maggie chose the 1998 British village film, Waking Ned Devine, about finding out who won a lottery. For Maggie, Adam chose the Kevin Spacey vehicle, The Life of David Gale. These are insane picks so listen and find out why. I don’t know what this show is any...

350. Frame Rate: Seven Psychopaths (Feat. Jordan Breeding)

January 16, 2021 14:00 - 1 hour - 98.6 MB

Michael, Abe, and the current head of videos at, Jordan Breeding, take a look at 2012’s Seven Psychopaths. They discuss the similarities of Quentin Tarantino’s films and the films of director Martin McDonagh, the joy of writing, and problematic aspects of the movie. It’s like if Tarantino and Charlie Kaufman (Adaptation, Being John Malkovich) made a movie. After this episode we’ll probably be cancelled and we talk about that a bit. Features: Jordan Breeding:

352. NOSIDE - Short Stories & Poems By Michael Swaim

January 13, 2021 00:39 - 3 hours - 276 MB

Written and read by Michael Swaim. Score by Davey Francis. Table of Contents: 0:00 - Introduction & Acknowledgements 2:00 - The Show Must Go On... 25:30 - ...And It Goes Like This (A Fable) 1:04:10 - Dear Jane 1:39:30 - Cosmosis 2:05:40 - Cost Of Living 2:50:40 - Serenity Prayer 3:13:40 - Selected Poems

348. Directorpiece Theatre: How Speed (1994) Is Sneaky Smart

January 09, 2021 14:00 - 1 hour - 90.6 MB

Yeah! Abe’s gonna talk about lines! Lines of Speed! Strap yourself into a chair and prepare to be lifted into the air at 50 mph! Alright, everyone calm down. It’s not that impressive. It’s just Abe talking about how the affinity of lines and visual motifs in this 90’s blockbuster classic are both thought out and thematically resonate. After which, you will hypothetically know how to frame camera in order to draw the audience’s eye and use camera and/or subject movement to build expectation an...

349. Rough Stuff - Adam Ganser: Growth Spurts and Christian Sex Ed

January 04, 2021 14:00 - 1 hour - 141 MB

The Rough Stuff gang invites Adam Ganser to share his awkward stories from days past. As a bonus, Adam and Sarah unwittingly foster a therapy session for Bridgett. The gang discusses how effective, or ineffective, rather, the sexual education of their formative years were. In any case, be assured that Sarah’s mother will text her once she listens to this episode. Rough Stuff: Email us your horrible tales: [email protected] Support Small Beans and ac...

345. 1Upsmanship: Death Stranding

December 30, 2020 14:00 - 1 hour - 101 MB

Get ready for Michael and Adam (the Uppers) to have some contention. Michael waxes poetic about the power of this video game’s story and the experience he had while playing it. Adam on the other hand hated the game. Uh oh. Depending on how you land on the game, hopefully, this discussion will elucidate the highs and lows of this apparently divisive title, pee and all. Honestly though, let’s just listen to Swaim talk about the beauty of the game. Michael Swaim: ...

343. Bewilderments & Scientifics: How Sound Works (Feat. General MacTavish)

December 29, 2020 16:27 - 1 hour - 88.3 MB

*We are releasing this show's pilot episode for public consumption. If you'd like to hear more, subscribe to our Patreon!* We here at Small Beans have reached out to Professor Scott Bug, Master of Ceremonies of Science at the Dumby Institute of Perfections, who kindly agreed to begin this podcast in the hopes of bringing scientific joy and wonder to all of us. Today, we discuss sound and have the sonic archeologist, General MacTavish along for the ride. Features: Professor Scott Bug: https:...

344. Kings of King: Christine

December 28, 2020 14:00 - 1 hour - 120 MB

Perhaps the most important evil car horror film you’ll ever see, John Carpenter directs the 1983 adaptation of King’s Christine. Michael and Abe talk about how they accomplished the car regeneration sequence and wax poetic about the simplicity of the story, albeit absolutely insane and dumb. Get up in this grill, ya shitters! Features: Michael Swaim: Abe Epperson: Support Small Beans and access Additional Content: https://www.p...

347. The Cast and the Curious - Fast and Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw

December 27, 2020 07:37 - 1 hour - 98.5 MB

A very special episode featuring the film that explodes the franchise into spin-off. This episode was recorded live on YouTube on Dec. 20th, edited now for your podcast format listening enjoyment. You can find the full version here, on the Small Beans YT channel: Bridgett and Sarah discuss the raw sex energy of the two leading men and leading lady, and how this film plays to the strength of the series’ criteria of family ...

346. I'll Show You Mine If You Show Me Yours: Family Movies

December 22, 2020 14:00 - 1 hour - 105 MB

Our patrons have spoken! This episode takes the family movies that were watched in their youth. Also, listen for a lengthy list of producers, so if you pay more than $10 here, hear your name read on the silver headphones. Maggie chooses a film from 1966 starring Don Knotts. Adam chooses an ice skating movie. So everyone’s all over the place. Lastly, ‘tis the season to take index of your life, so Mags and Adam discuss their careers for a bit too! Let’s listen and send our support/judgment. ...

341. Frame Rate: Bee Movie (Feat. Katie Goldin)

December 10, 2020 14:00 - 1 hour - 113 MB

Katie Goldin, host of the Creature Feature Podcast, joins the beans for an examination of the tropes of animated bug movies. Along with the absolute nonsense that is Bee Movie, the gang also talk about Antz and A Bug’s Life in order to see how these movies succeed or fail their basic premise and how their real life counterparts form socially. We ant to know: are you ready for bugstravaganza? Jerry Seinbee wants to know: do you like JAZZ??? Features: Katie Goldin:

342. Frame Rate: The Quick and the Dead (Feat. Katy Stoll)

December 07, 2020 14:00 - 1 hour - 105 MB

Our long time bean and collaborator, Katy Stoll, the producer of Some More News stops by the pod and talks about westerns, Sam Raimi, the 1990s, and how long it’s been since we last saw each other. Sam Raimi’s 1995 film released right at the beginning of the 90’s western revival but is unique in its homage to spaghetti westerns. The film is undeniably a gleeful mix of 30-year-old tropes and Raimi’s unique style, but it might not be his film as much as you’d assume. Sharon Stone’s work off-scr...

339. Kings of King: Thinner

December 06, 2020 14:00 - 1 hour - 98.2 MB

Thinner has 15% on rotten tomatoes. Is it that bad? Michael and I discuss how this film fails and how it actually succeeds, and they place it on their on-going ranked list of the Stephen King canon. Stephen King once again proves himself as the master of Americana horror, even though this film never resonated with audiences. Also, we talk about our thanksgiving dinners because we didn’t talk to each other last week. Hope you enjoy! Features: Michael Swaim: Abe...

340. Directorpiece Theatre: How a Good Director Fixes a Bad Screenplay

December 02, 2020 14:00 - 1 hour - 115 MB

Adam’s turn! He takes a look at the film Drive (2011) and examines how through the use of staging, editing, and deploying a clear tone, Nicolas Winding Refn took a mediocre script and made it worth watching. Drive demonstrates a mystique around its main character, a fast-paced story, and a truck-load of style. The soundtrack rips too. Abe sits back and cracks some yuks. Features: Adam Ganser: Abe Epperson: Support Small Beans ...

337. The Cast and the Curious: The Fate of the Furious

November 25, 2020 14:00 - 1 hour - 138 MB

In this episode, the franchise finishes its run with a $250 million movie and with it, the technical completion of this podcast. Bridgett and Sarah cover the movie and say farewell… OR DO THEY?! Actually, we have plans for Hobbes and Shaw, so it’s not really over, but let us all congratulate Sarah on becoming a fury-head like the rest of us. They both offer final thoughts on the main canon, look forward to all the planned spin-offs, and ask themselves, “why did we do this?” Features: Sarah G...

339. BOLD: Questions from the Mailbag

November 23, 2020 17:53 - 1 hour - 86.9 MB

Production note: This episode was recorded before the election. BOLD is a podcast about race and justice in America, and a collaboration between Small Beans and Showing Up For Racial Justice, produced by White People 4 Black Lives. In this special Mailbag Episode, co-hosts Dahlia Ferlito and Ivette Alé answer listener questions! Main Theme by Rachael Cantu and Melantopia. Art by Michael Vincent Bramley. USEFUL LINKS AWARE-LA (Alliance of White Anti-Racists Everywhere) https://www.awarela....

338. 1Upsmanship: Hades (Feat. Kevin Anderson)

November 20, 2020 14:34 - 1 hour - 94.3 MB

Michael and Adam are joined by Kevin Anderson, apparently the 3rd host. He hosts the podcast “Bleak in Review” on the Unpopular Opinion podcast network and now apparently this show! Today, the gang examines the indie game Hades from developer Supergiant. They discuss rogue-likes and game loops in general. Michael doesn’t want anyone from Supergiant to listen to this podcast. Kevin Anderson: Michael Swaim: Adam Ganser: https://tw...

336. I'll Show You Mine If You Show Me Yours: Movies That Need A Rewatch

November 13, 2020 17:48 - 1 hour - 146 MB

Our patrons have spoken! This episode covers films that are improved by a second watching. Adam’s approach examines how films seen in the right state of mind alters how it resonates with you. Maggie touches on how the marketing and expectation of a film will tarnish your initial viewing. This description writer’s takeaway is that we should never market films and only watch them when they’re relevant to your life. Adam made Maggie a cup of tea! Adam’s plants are doing okay, mostly! Email us s...

333. Directorpiece Theatre: Drag Me To Hell and the Raimi Horror Sequence

November 11, 2020 14:00 - 1 hour - 114 MB

Adam and Abe discuss Sam Raimi’s Drag Me To Hell. Abe walks us through a few sequences and the tactics Raimi uses to spook us time and time again. Adam asks the very important question: what’s with all the mouth stuff? Abe doesn’t so much answer as continue to talk about cool tricks one could use to make their own Raimi homage. Features: Adam Ganser: Abe Epperson: Support Small Beans and access Additional Content: https://www....

333. Directorpiece Theatre: Drag Me To Hell and the Raimi Horror Sequence

November 11, 2020 14:00 - 1 hour - 114 MB

Adam and Abe discuss Sam Raimi’s Drag Me To Hell. Abe walks us through a few sequences and the tactics Raimi uses to spook us time and time again. Adam asks the very important question: what’s with all the mouth stuff? Abe doesn’t so much answer as continue to talk about cool tricks one could use to make their own Raimi homage. Features: Adam Ganser: Abe Epperson: Support Small Beans and access Additional Content: https://www....

335. Frame Rate: Peep Show’s Episode “Wedding” (Feat. Alex Schmidt)

November 09, 2020 14:00 - 1 hour - 89.7 MB

In a rare TV-based Frame Rate, Alex Schmidt, host of the Secretly Incredibly Fascinating podcast, joins Michael and Abe to discuss the British sitcom Peep Show. We chose the secretly incredibly funny episode “Wedding.” The gang discusses how this show influenced their own comedy and why if you haven’t seen it, you probably should. Features: Alex Schmidt: Michael Swaim: Abe Epperson: Support Smal...

334. Rough Stuff: Lanny and Debbi Griffith (Sarah’s Parents)

November 06, 2020 14:00 - 36 minutes - 49.7 MB

Last month we talked with Bridgett’s parents so it’s only fair that we investigate Sarah’s youth by talking to the Griffiths. Bridgett takes over the podcast and discusses from whence Sarah was forged. We learn that all Griffiths are thespians, all very talented, and Sarah severely wanted to be a mail carrier before she found her true calling. Sarah’s parents determine that their child has no shame and “is not really balanced.” Truly, rough stuff that warms the heart. Rough Stuff: https://tw...

332. 1Upsmanship: Luigi’s Mansion 3

October 30, 2020 17:09 - 1 hour - 88.9 MB

Michael and Adam take a break from the real world and discuss the beautiful world of being the brother that will never be first place. They discuss how in this game you play as a lean, green, ghost-bustin’ machine who projects a goo-version of himself, which is what cum is! Michael believes that this episode suffers from the game being “good, but nothing to talk about.” Let’s see if Adam can bring the fire and convince Michael that there’s more than meets the eye (that follows you around). M...

330. Kings of King: Doctor Sleep

October 27, 2020 13:00 - 1 hour - 120 MB

The Shining tale continues with writer/director/editor Mike Flanagan’s Doctor Sleep. We didn’t know all along it’s Stephen King’s X-Men! Seriously, Danny and Abra running around solving ghost crimes and killing psychic vampires would be amazing. Michael and Abe breathe deep of the delicious movie steam and discuss what makes this film a success, how it differs from Kubrick’s The Shining, and the lore behind the saga. Features: Michael Swaim: Abe Epperson: https...

329. The Cast and the Curious: Furious 7

October 23, 2020 13:00 - 1 hour - 130 MB

The Race Wars are back, baby! Join Sarah and Bridgett in their examination of the 7th installment of the Fast and Furious franchise: Furious 7. Sarah argues that these are Star Wars movies. Bridgett realizes the podcast is entering the final stretch and Sarah will be just as Furious-knowledgeable as she is. Also, they’re making 11 of these movies. THE FURY WILL NEVER STOP. Features: Sarah Griffith: Bridgett Greenberg: Suppor...

328. Frame Rate: Nightcrawler (Feat. Jason Pargin)

October 19, 2020 13:00 - 1 hour - 137 MB

Jason “David Wong” Pargin joins Abe and Michael to discuss 2014’s Nightcrawler. Jason brings his knowledge of working for local news affiliates and the boys discuss the finer nuance of the sociopath Lou Bloom (Jake Gyllenhaal). Written and directed by Dan Gilroy, the film takes a snapshot of pure ambition, opportunism, and ultimately how they benefit abusers and destroy those in their wake. Also, Jake Gyllenhaal is a “hungry little coyote.” Features: Jason Pargin:

327. Directorpiece Theatre: Why Harry Potter’s Later Films Feel Like Fincher Movies

October 16, 2020 13:00 - 1 hour - 117 MB

Abe walks us through the early 2000's and the development of that era’s neo-noir look, how technology facilitated its dominance over the box office, and why Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince was both an adopter and a trailblazer in this visual movement. Also, Jim Broadbent was a chair in this movie. Name another movie that’s true. Thought so. The book that Abe references in the episode is “The Development of Post-war Literary and Cinematic Noir” by Lee Horsley. Features: Adam Ganser: h...

326. I'll Show You Mine If You Show Me Yours: Movies You Love To Hate

October 12, 2020 13:00 - 1 hour - 106 MB

Maggie and Adam dig deep and muster a couple of films that they love to hate and explain why they deserve such vitriol. Do you agree or do you love the films they love to hate? Or rather, do you hate that they love to hate them? Wait, do you hate-love, no. That’s not it. Jeepers, you got it the first time. Listen in and find out what the films are! Adam’s is Signs! Dag, I screwed up again. Topic brought to you by the Show Me Yours Producers patreon tier. If you want to vote for ISYMIYSMY top...

325. Frame Rate: Anomalisa (Feat. Brooks Brown)

October 09, 2020 13:00 - 1 hour - 123 MB

Brooks returns to discuss Charlie Kaufman’s second film as a director: “Anomalisa.” The gang tries to decipher its thesis and stacks it up against his other work. There’s a lot to love in this film: the voice acting, the stop-motion, and the production design, but all take a back seat to the story and meaning of the film. Does it work? Did you enjoy watching it? Is Abe an absolute snob? Everyone: thank Zac Schwartz for bringing this to your ears. Or if you hated it, scold him! Features:...

324. 1Upsmanship: Ghost of Tsushima (Feat. Zachary Ryan)

October 07, 2020 13:00 - 1 hour - 102 MB

Michael and Adam are joined by IGN’s Zach Ryan and tackle the moral implications, grind, and narrative of Sucker Punch’s Ghost of Tsushima. The group discusses genre as a whole and the combination of inspirations that made the game. Also, uncle-fathers. They talk a bit about uncle-fathers. Zachary Ryan: Michael Swaim: Adam Ganser: Support Small Beans and access Additional Content: https://www.patre...

325. BOLD - The Election Special

October 05, 2020 15:41 - 1 hour - 111 MB

BOLD is a podcast about race and justice in America, and a collaboration between Small Beans and Showing Up For Racial Justice, produced by White People 4 Black Lives. In this special Election Update, co-hosts Dahlia Ferlito and Ivette Alé discuss the impending vote, voter suppression, and how to make your voice heard in modern America. Main Theme by Rachael Cantu and Melantopia. Art by Michael Vincent Bramley. Email the show! [email protected] USEFUL LINKS in the episode's s...

323. Directorpiece Theatre: How Ace Ventura Was Built By Supporting Roles

September 28, 2020 13:00 - 1 hour - 122 MB

The casting of Ace Ventura was essential in building the insane rules and tone of the world, and while Jim Carrey is why the film worked, folks may overlook how the casting of everyone else was equally important. Adam elucidates how this was accomplished and what roles were key in the development of a narrative where the audience wouldn’t think about the fact that the main character is an absolute maniac. “Do go in here (the episode).” That’s the quote, right? We all remember that famous quot...

322. Rough Stuff: Missy and David Greenberg (Bridgett’s Parents)

September 25, 2020 13:00 - 28 minutes - 38.9 MB

You read that right. It’s time to hear the rough stuff from the parents of your own Rough Stuff co-host, Bridgett Greenberg! Sarah takes over the podcast and has a little chat with Missy and David about their little bundle of joy. What could possibly go wrong? We reached out for a quote from the Small Beans management and they responded: “we didn’t ask them to do this.” Frankly, we’re all better off not caring about what management says. Suck it, management! Rough Stuff:

319. I'll Show You Mine If You Show Me Yours: Sexual Awakening Films

September 23, 2020 19:41 - 1 hour - 111 MB

What films contributed to your sexual awakening? What film did you exclaim loudly to yourself, “Oh, dear. Oh, yes,” and clutch your pearls? Maggie and Adam discuss their love of pills, mask-donning crusaders, and slippery, greasy Kevin Costner. Listen at your own peril… or arousal. Topic brought to you by the Show Me Yours Producers patreon tier. If you want to vote for ISYMIYSMY topics, move on over to our tiers section and check out the Show Me Yours Producer tier. Adam Ganser: https://...

321. Kings of King: The Dead Zone

September 21, 2020 13:00 - 1 hour - 96.5 MB

Cronenberg and Walken. What can go wrong? Michael and Abe take a look at the story of a man who resurfaces from his coma only to find that he has psychic powers. He saves kids, solves crimes, and prevents nuclear war. The boys also discuss what makes for a good Stephen King premise and whether or not The Dead Zone is up to snuff. Features: Michael Swaim: Abe Epperson: Support Small Beans and access Additional Content: https://...

320. Frame Rate: Mean Girls (Feat. Bridgett Greenberg)

September 18, 2020 13:00 - 1 hour - 94.5 MB

Bridgett Greenberg arrives on the scene to give us the perspective of being in high school during its premiere. Its impact on comedy and adolescents are undeniable. The gang talks about how it influenced their comedy, timing, and editing. What’s the structure of this movie? How does Tina Fey’s screenplay work? Is it an homage to teen movies or just a series of sketches? Bridgett points out exactly what it is. Everyone: thank John and Laura for generously donating toward this episode. Present...

318. Frame Rate: The Thing (1982) (Feat. Cody Johnston)

September 11, 2020 13:00 - 1 hour - 113 MB

Cody Johnston of Some More News pops in to tell us his thoughts about John Carpenter’s The Thing. The director regards this as his favorite of his films. It did terribly at the box office, but has since become a cult film, generating video games and board games in its image. Abe tries to explain why it’s his favorite horror film. The others see his point, but I don’t know, it’s good, but best? They talk, you decide! Everyone thank Robot Crank for generously donating toward this episode. We l...

316. 1Upsmanship: Limbo & Inside (Feat. Daniel Vincent Gordh)

September 09, 2020 13:00 - 1 hour - 90.3 MB

New episode! New logo! All credit goes to Michael Vincent Bramley, our artist bean. Adam and Michael are joined by fellow actor, writer, and longtime bean: Daniel Vincent Gordh. This time they discuss TWO titles from the developer Playdead. It’s a double feature! The simplicity and efficiency of these games push the visual concepts to the forefront. Beautifully animated and designed, both games feature ambiguous plots and endings. Does this affect the enjoyment of the game? Can our 1uppers...

317. Tales from the Pit: Your Mileage May Vary (Feat. Jason Pargin and Jordan Breeding)

September 07, 2020 13:00 - 2 hours - 170 MB

The pit returns with a special episode. Michael speaks to Jason Pargin, former executive editor of and the current head of video, Jordan Breeding, about self-worth and career success. This conversation was partially inspired by Jason Pargin’s recent video regarding making yourself valuable ( When you’ve found yourself a value to others and you still haven’t reached the success you feel you’ve earned, what is the healthy way to proceed? Jason Pargin: ...

315. Directorpiece Theatre: How Patriot Games Ignores Its Own Rules

August 31, 2020 13:00 - 1 hour - 123 MB

CIA analyst Jack Ryan has become a multi-decade obsession. It keeps being remade. Adam argues that the rules set up by Patriot Games are not feeding the political drama we have come to expect. It’s actually designed to be a family drama, something its successors fail to grasp. Features: Adam Ganser: Abe Epperson: Support Small Beans and access Additional Content:


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