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Character Ark Podcast

By Richard Bertelsen, Ted Hong
The Character Ark Podcast is an often funny, sometimes deep, look at characters and storytelling through our weekly movie podcast and monthly Dungeons & Dragons play podcast. www.CharacterArk.net
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Minari
We find a lot to debate in this underdiscussed movie about an immigrant family finding their place in America. 
29:13
March 2, 2021
Character Arcana (D&D) Ep. 7: The Solemn Scholar
Our heroes head deep into enemy territory. Armen does his best version of stealth, Ummon hears a chilling new voice, and Griffin digs in his heels. Join us on Patreon.com/CharacterArk for the after show! The titular Solemn Scholar was conceived with the help of @Micah_Monarch on Twitter. Dungeon Master: Nick Slaick Griffin Dadson/Editor (Human Druid): Richard Bertelsen Armen Hammer (Warforged Artificer): Theodore Hong Ummon Kowka (Tabaxi Sorcerer): Bret Larimer Find Art, Music and other endeavors by Bret @Sometimes_Family and @Maximus_Fancyman on Instagram Music from Youtube Audio Library: "Epic Journey" by Yung Logos "Dance of the U-Boat" by Aakash Gandhi "Magical Triumph" by Sir Cubworth "Decision" by The Tower of Light "Spirit of Fire" by Jesse Gallagher "Dark Toys" by SYBS
56:21
February 23, 2021
The Ani-Melee Podcast! The Seven Deadly Sins
We take a look at the popular Anime, The Seven Deadly Sins, and the conversation is immediately derailed, as per usual...
30:40
February 16, 2021
Character Arcana (D&D) Ep. 6: Frogs on the Loose
Our heroes embark on their first official mission as members of The Blood Ravens! Armen receives a special gift, Ummon is enthralled by his new employer, and Griffin gets caught in a dangerous situation.  Our surprise enemies were suggested by Patron @MoseyDM on Twitter. Join us for an exclusive chat after every episode on Patreon.com/CharacterArk where we go from talking about ass play to how ancestral languages influence a fantasy setting. Dungeon Master: Nick Slaick @CharacterArcana on Twitter Griffin Dadson/Editor: Richard Bertelsen @CharacterArk on IG Armen Hammer: Ted Hong www.CharacterArk.net Ummon Kowka: Bret Larimer @Sometimes_Family and Maximus_Fancypants on IG Music from Youtube Audio Library: "Epic Journey" by Yung Logos "Wandering Soul" and "Dream of the Ancestor" by Ashero Fulero "Dark Toys" by SYBS "Dance of the U-Boat" by Askash Gandhi
58:23
February 9, 2021
Aliens (1986)
A couple weeks ago we took a look back at one of the most influential sci-fi horror films ever made. This week we continue with that very same franchise to take a look at one of the most influential sci-fi action films ever made. Nick Slaick joins Ted and Richard once again as we re-watch the entire "Alien" franchise. In our Second installment, we watch "Aliens" (1986)
36:05
February 2, 2021
Character Arcana (D&D) Ep. 5: Jinx
Our heroes are officially inducted into The Blood Ravens Guild. A blacksmith strikes a chord with Ummon and hints at the ancient knowledge that powers Armen's weapons. Griffin must confront his past. The Blacksmith in this episode was named for, and inspired by, the excellent homebrew work of Jinx. You can find their amazing work at gjxjinx.wixsite.com @j.i.n.x.g on Instagram @GJX50215912 on Twitter Our Usual Player: Dungeon Master: Nick Slaick (@Characterarcana on Twitter) Griffin Dadson/Editor (Human Druid): Richard Bertelsen (@CharacterArk on Instagram) Ummon Kowka (Tabaxi Sorcerer): Bret Larimer (@Maximus_Fancyman on Instagram) Armen Hammer (Warforged Artificer): Ted Hong (Characterark.net) Music from Youtube Audio Library: "Epic Journey" by Yugos Logos "A Night Alone" by Tracktribe "Hero's Ascent" by Chris Hagen "The World's Fair" by Godmode "Kiss the Sky" by Aakash Gandhi "The Sleeping Prophet" by Jesse Gallagher "When Johnny Comes Marching Home" by Cooper Canell "Miyo San Kyoku" by Doug Maxwell / Zac Zinger
01:03:39
January 26, 2021
Soul
Pixar has proven again and again that they have the chops to deliver a powerful emotional punch, but they may have bitten off more than they can chew in their latest movie.
34:05
January 19, 2021
Character Arcana (D&D) Ep. 4: Family
Our heroes grieve a tragic loss in an epic battle. Ummon learns an uncomfortable secret, Armen makes a new friend, and Griffin must go Dad-to-dad with another dad. Check out our NPC friends on Twitter @TheSpellPod and @Waylays_Melees Join us at the table for a talk after the episode on Patreon.com/CharacterArk Featuring: Dungeon Master: Nick Slaick Griffin Dadson (Human Druid and Editor): Richard Bertelsen Armen Hammer (Warforged Artifcer): Ted Hong Ummon Kowka (Tabaxi Sorcerer): Bret Larimer (on Instagram @Sometimes_Family and @Maximus_Fancyman) Music from Youtube Audio Library: "Epic Journey" by Yugos Logos "Dance of the U-Boat" by Aakash Gandhi "Elegy" by Wayne Jones "The New Order" and "Christmas Homecoming" by Aaron Kenny "Communicator" by Reed Mathis "Snack Time" by The Green Orbs "Large Smile Mood" by Nico Staf Episode Art from Pixabay by the artist: Thommas68
01:02:24
January 12, 2021
Alien (1979)
Welcome to Aliencast! Between new releases, we're going back for a closer look at one of Sci-Fi and Horror's most influential film franchises! We're joined by Nick Slaick to talk about one of cinema's most storied franchises. 
40:13
January 5, 2021
Wonder Woman 1984
It's no secret that this movie has got some problems, and we're almost too angry to talk about it coherently... 
32:29
December 31, 2020
Character Arcana (D&D) Ep. 3: Lady Lordship
Ummon's dark secret is revealed, Griffin meets his heroes, and Armen aims to lure a new pet as our heroes learn of a grave new threat. Join us at the table after the show for a behind-the-scenes discussion of what happened in each episode by visiting Patreon.com/CharacterArk  Featuring: Dungeon Master: Nick Slaick Griffin Dadson/Editor (Human Druid): Richard Bertelsen Armen Hammer (Warforged Artificer): Ted Hong Ummon Kowka (Tabaxi Sorcerer): Bret Larimer (@Maximus_Fancyman and @Sometimes_Family on Instagram) Original Music: "Threat" by Richard Bertelsen Music from Youtube Audio Library: "Epic Journey" by Yugos Logos"Dark Toys" by SYBS "Spirit of Fire" and "Lord of Dawn" by Jesse Gallagher "Spirit of the Dead" and "Dance of the U-Boat" by Aakash Gandhi "Cartoon Bank Heist" by Doug Maxwell "Claim of Thrones" by RKVC "God Fury" by Anno Domini Beats
58:55
December 29, 2020
Tenet
I would warn about spoilers, but everything is so convoluted that I can't imagine it being a problem. Join two huge Christopher Nolan fans as they discuss his absolute worst film.
59:44
December 22, 2020
Character Arcana (D&D) Ep. 2: Gnomes in a Trench Coat
Our heroes continue on their quest to become Blood Ravens! Ummon shows off his skills, Griffin spots some unexpected guests, and Armen takes a tumble. Join us after the show on THE SECOND WIND where we discuss the appropriate height of gnomes, inner demons, and whether real boys feel pain... You can find The Second Wind at www.Patreon.com/CharacterArk Featuring: Dungeon Master: Nick Slaick (@CharacterArcana on Twitter) Griffin Dadson (Human Druid): Richard Bertelsen (@CharacterArk on Instagram) Armen Hammer (Warforged Alchemist): Ted Hong (CharacterArk.net) Ummon Kowka (Tabaxi Sorcerer): Bret Larimer (@Sometimes_Famliy on Instagram) Music from Youtube Audio Library: "London Fog" by Quincas Moreira "Epic Journey" by Yung Logos "I'll Remember You" by Jeremy Blake "Once Was" by Kwon "Magical Triump" by Sir Cubworth "Mission Start" by The Brothers Records "La Danse de Femme" by The Mini Vandals "Collapsing All Around" by Amulets "Ode to Joy" by Cooper Cannel "Dream of the Ancestor" by Asher Fulero "When We Found the Horizon" by Late Night Feeler "The New Order" by Aaron Kenny
57:09
December 15, 2020
Ani-Melee Podcast! The Promised Neverland
Ted introduces both Richard and Nick to the child-harvesting of "The Promised Neverland!"
31:50
December 8, 2020
Character Arcana (D&D) C2: Ep 1. The Blood Ravens
Our adventure starts here! Welcome to the city of Reyori! Three strangers make their way to the city's famous coliseum in order to earn their place as heroes of the local adventuring guild. NOTE: All future episodes of our Dungeons and Dragons Audio Adventure Podcast will be available in it's own podcast feed (search "Character Arcana" wherever you listen to podcasts).  Support us at Patreon.com/CharacterArk for bonus content! Featuring: Dungeon Master: Nick Slaick (@CharacterArcana on Twitter) Griffin Dadson (Human Druid)/Editor: Richard Bertelsen (@CharacterArk on Instagram) Armen Hammer (Warforged Artificer): Ted Hong (www.CharacterArk.net) Ummon Kowka (Tabaxi Sorcerer): Bret Larimer (@Sometimes_family on Instagram) Music from Youtube Audio Library: "Epic Journey" by Yung Logos "Morning Joe" by Patino "With a Rose in Your Teeth" by Nathan Moore "Tumbleweed Texas" by Chris Haugen "Dark Toys" by SYBS "Magical Triumph" by Sir Cubworth "Snack Time" by The Green Orbs "Cartoon Bank Heist" by Doug Maxwell/Media Rights Productions "Once Was" by Kwon "Cuckoo Clock" by Quincas Moreira "The New Order" by Aaron Kenney "Kiss The Sky" by Aakash Gandhi
01:01:59
December 1, 2020
The New Mutants
Lets talk about the black sheep of Disney's Marvel and Fox acquisitions! What went right? What went wrong? And how does "The New Mutants" fit into the future of superhero movies?
26:36
November 24, 2020
Character Arcana (D&D) Campaign 2: Ep. 0
WELCOME TO CAMPAIGN 2! We have a preview of the upcoming first episode of Season 2 followed by a discussion where you can meet the players and get special insight into our characters and the world of Feydrasil! The D20 necklace mentioned in the discussion portion of the episode came from http://stephenswoodworks.com/ Visit them for the coolest custom table top gaming hardware! Armen's custom weapon was inspired by a design by @j.i.nx.g on Instagram, @GJX50215912 on Twitter. Check them out for all your sweet homebrew goodness needs. Dungeon Master: Nick Slaick (@CharacterArcana on Twitter)  Griffin Dadson/Editor: Richard Bertelsen (@CharacterArk on IG)  Armen Hammer: Ted Hong(www.CharacterArk.net)  Ummon Kowka: Bret Larimer (@Maximus_Fancyman on IG)
39:34
November 17, 2020
Borat Subsequent Movie Film
Borat's back, and so are we to discuss his most recent adventure!
23:48
November 3, 2020
The Trial of the Chicago 7
Join us as we engage in a thoughtful discussion of this extremely important and timely new film from Netflix and Aaron Sorkin
33:25
October 26, 2020
The Ani-Melee Podcast! Re: Zero - Starting Life in Another World
Ani-melee is our new podcast where two anime lovers force their friend who doesn't like anime at all to watch all their favorite shows! In this episode Ted introduces both Richard and Nick to a whole new world as we watch "Re: Zero - Starting Life in Another World."
32:30
October 12, 2020
Character Arcana (D&D): Ep. 12: Peace. Love. The End.
CAMPAIGN ONE FINALE! Our heroes must face their greatest threat yet: The complete unraveling of the material realm. Can our heroes survive the wrath of the demon-lord Bael? Join us for the epic conclusion of Season One! Dungeon Master: Richard Bertelsen Mendell Sands: Nick Slaick Doug Saucepotts: Ted Hong Music from Youtube Audio Library: "The Long Night" by Quincas Moreira "The Last Train to Mars" by Dan Lebowitz "Lord of Dawn," "Angel Guides," "The Inner Sound," and "Spirit of Fire" by Jesse Gallagher "The Black Cat" by Aaron Kenny "Cartoon Bank Heist" by Doug Maxwell "Heist Me" by Everet Almond "Dark Toys" by SYBS "When We Found the Horizon" by Late Night Feeler "Confusing Disco" by Birocratic "Magical Triumph," and "First Sleep" by Sir Cubworth "Dance of the U-Boat," and "Heavenly" by Aakash Gandhi "Epic Journey" by Yung Logos "Anton" by Dan Bodan "I'll Remember You" by Jeremy Blake "Serenity" by Audionautix
01:47:08
October 5, 2020
The Devil All The Time
Join us this week as we talk about all the horrible stuff that went down to lil' Tommy Holland back in the 1960s.
30:27
September 28, 2020
The Ani-Melee Podcast! Soul Eater
We're back for another round! Two anime lovers try to convince their very skeptical friend that their favorite anime shows are actually good! This time we watch "Soul Eater"
30:40
September 21, 2020
Character Arcana (D&D) Ep. 11: Hoodwinked
Join us for the Penultimate Episode of Season One! Alabaster finds true love, Mendell starts a revolution, and Doug fights for the souls of his family. Dungeon Master: Richard Bertelsen Doug Saucepotts (Tiefling Rogue): Ted Hong Mendell Sands (Human Cleric): Nick Slaick Music from Youtube Audio Library: "Last Train to Mars" by Dan Lebowitz "I'll Remember You" by Jeremy Blake "Snack Time" and "Splashing Around" by The Green Orbs "La Danse Fetish de Femme" by The Mini Vandals "Anton" by Dan Bodan "Magical Triumph" by Sir Cubworth "Elli's Home Stretch" by The Great North Sound Society "The Long Night" by Quincas Moreira "Dark Toys" by SYBS "The Machine Assembly" by The Whole Other "Dance of the U-Boat" and "Serenity" by Aakash Gandhi "Lord of the Dawn" by Jesse Gallagher
01:29:05
September 14, 2020
Ex Machina
This week we get all wrapped up in a conversation about the only good science fiction film starring both Oscar Isaac and Domnall Gleeson.
27:20
September 7, 2020
Introducing: The Ani-Melee Podcast! Parasyte: The Maxim
Join us for our brand new podcast where two anime lovers try to convince their very skeptical friend that their favorite anime are actually good! First up: "Parasyte: The Maxim!" Featuring: Ted Hong, Richard Bertelsen and Nick Slaick Episode Art by Nick Slaick
33:52
August 31, 2020
Palm Springs
Join us as we discuss this hilarious gem of a film. You know the deal, this isn't a review, it's a discussion of the characters that make this movie so great. That means spoilers all around!
34:25
August 17, 2020
Character Arcana (D&D): Ep. 10: The Trickster God
In this brand new episode of our D&D adventure podcast: Alabaster finds herself a Thicc Boi and Mendell meets his maker, but Doug suspects foul play! Dungeon Master: Richard Bertelsen Doug Saucepotts: Ted Hong Mendell Sands: Nick Slaick Alabaster Chernobyl: Abby Bryington Music from Youtube Audio Library: "London Fog" by Quincas Moreira "Last Train to Mars" by Dan Lebowitz "Claim of Thrones" by RKVC "Dark Toys" by SYBS "Magical Triumph" and Monster at the Door" by Sir Cubworth "The Black Cat" by Aaron Kenny "Mer-Ka-Ba," "Angel Guides," and "The Lord of Dawn" by Jesse Gallagher "Snack Time" by The Green Orbs "Collapsing All Around" by Amulets Additional sound effects from Freesound.org
01:11:03
August 15, 2020
The Old Guard
This week, we discuss the new Netflix original movie, "The Old Guard." It's pretty good, but does any of it make any sense?
28:35
July 27, 2020
Tucker and Dale vs. Evil
THEATERS ARE STILL CLOSED! That means we get a perfect opportunity to revisit a cult classic. Join your usual band of heroes, along with special guest Nick Slaick, as we discuss the comedy/horror classic, "Tucker and Dale vs. Evil."
32:36
July 14, 2020
Character Arcana (D&D) Ep. 9: The Golden Dragon
As our heroes befriend a bizarre turtle man and face off against a mighty dragon, Mendell gets clever with his use of magic, Alabaster walks straight through the piss, and Doug has a master plan to try and claim the third and final totem. Dungeon Master: Richard Bertelsen Doug Saucepotts (Tiefling Rogue): Ted Hong Mendell Sands (Human War Cleric): Nick Slaick Alabaster Chernobyl (Dragonborn Paladin): Abby Bryington Music from YouTube Audio Library: “Claim of Thrones” by RKVC “Epic Journey” by Yung Logos “Spirit of Fire” by Aakash Gandhi “Confusing Disco” by Birocratic “Outside Visitors” by Sarah, The Illstrumentalist “London Fog” by Quincas Moreira “Last Train to Mars” by Dan Lebowitz Additional sound effects from Freesound.org
01:17:30
July 8, 2020
Doctor Sleep
This week we discuss the surprisingly impressive sequel to "The Shining." However, the film has just a few things that hold it back from being the true masterpiece that is its predecessor.
31:43
July 5, 2020
Onward
This week we discuss the pitch-perfect Pixar adventure that is bold enough to ask the question: What if you could bring your dad's dangly bits back for just one day?
25:26
June 23, 2020
Justice League Dark: Apokolips War
This week we are joined by Nick Slaick as we discuss the newest DC animated film! Go watch the movie first, because we dive into spoilers that include who of your favorite heroes get horrifically dismembered. Also, Dick Grayson's biggest fan has a few things to say about Nightwing representation.
29:24
June 15, 2020
Blow the Man Down
This week we watched a film with a unique and fascinating voice. Go and watch "Blow the Man Down" and then join us for our discussion!
25:11
June 8, 2020
Resident Evil (2002)
Movie theatre's are still shutdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Speaking of outbreaks, this week we took this opportunity to revisit a movie that we greatly anticipated when we were much younger and oh so naive.
22:18
May 29, 2020
Dungeons & Dragons: Wrath of the Dragon God (The Movie)
We've got another quarantine episode of the movie podcast! Did you know that there was a sequel to the Dungeons and Dragons movie? Of course you didn't! No one did! Let's talk about it.
37:60
May 24, 2020
Character Arcana (D&D): Ep. 8: Pandemonium
Mendell is caught in a war, and not the one he expected. Alabaster and Doug unearth an ancient evil.
01:08:48
May 23, 2020
Good Time
We use the quarantine to take a look back at the film that put the "Uncut Gems" directors, The Safdie Brothers, on the map. Does 2017's "Good Time" deserve the hype?
32:24
May 17, 2020
Bad Education
We manage to wrangle a new release in the time of COVID-19! Join us as we discuss the phenomenal construction of HBO's latest film release. You may never have known that you wanted to see Wolverine as a corrupt, low-level public servant, but you do... You do...
29:20
May 6, 2020
Extraction
Like a brooding Australian with a death wish, we dive into the new Netflix film, "Extraction," in which Chris Hemsworth absolutely destroys a group of children.  *We are in quarantine times, and there was quite the thunderstorm outside my house during part of this recording. It doesn't render anything difficult to hear, but it is that low rumble that you may pick up on from time to time. 
31:15
April 28, 2020
Dungeons & Dragons (The Movie)
This week we take a look back at Dungeons & Dragons, THE MOVIE. If you didn't know that this was a thing that happened, buckle up and have a listen. We are joined this week by special guest Mendell Sands. I mean, Nick Slaick.
35:36
April 21, 2020
The Frighteners
We've got a special bonus episode today where we navigate COVID-19 by watching an old favorite of ours. Join our more casual discussion of an unusual classic!
28:38
April 17, 2020
Character Arcana (D&D): Ep. 7: The Infernal Symbol
Our heroes are deep undercover! Alabaster tries to infiltrate the cathedral. Doug encounters an ancient mystery, and Mendell tries to win over The Paladins. Dungeon Master: Richard Bertelsen Alabaster Chernobyl: Abby Bryington Mendell Sands: Nick Slaick Doug Saucepotts: Ted Hong Music from Youtube Audio Library: "London Fog" by Quincas Moreira "Last Train to Mars: by Dan Lebowitz "Window Demons" by Roljui "Invitation to the Castle Ball" by Doug Maxwell "The Machine Assembly" by The Whole Other "The Long Ascent" by Cooper Cannell "Epic Journer" by Yung Logos
01:01:36
April 15, 2020
Mid90s
Caught in the Quarantine, this week we discuss a movie released before movie theater's shut down. Join us 90's kids as we look at a film that shines a light on growing up without a clear purpose. 
31:40
April 13, 2020
Guns Akimbo
We give you the lowdown on this ultraviolent showdown!
21:04
March 30, 2020
Character Arcana (D&D) Ep. 6: Shadeheart Manor
Mendell tries on a few disguises, Alabaster gets a new companion, and Doug learns the fate of his last surviving family member. Featuring: Dungeon Master: Richard Bertelsen Doug Saucepotts: Ted Hong Mendell Sands: Nick Slaick Alabaster Chernobyl: Abby Bryington Music from YouTube Audio Library: "The Long Night" by Quincas Moreira "The Last Train to Mars" by Dan Lebowitz "Candelabra" by Latasha "Monster at the Door" and "Magical Triumph" by Sir Cubworth "The Black Cat" and "The New Order" by Aaron Kenny "Goat" by Wayne Jones "Window Demons" by Rolijui "Invitation to the Castle Ball" by Doug Maxwell "Bloodkiss" by Hainbach Additional sound effects from freesound.org
01:09:10
March 18, 2020
Bloodshot
Okay, guys, let's talk about Vin Diesel's cold-dead eyes... Join us as we have a blast discussing this wild misfire of a movie. 
30:40
March 16, 2020
The Invisible Man
Join us for a brand new podcast about a strikingly effective psychological thriller! Please excuse my voice as I was a bit under the weather, but this movie is too interesting and practically begs to be discussed!
33:55
March 10, 2020
Downhill
"Downhill" wants to have a lot to say about relationships, but we found ourselves filling in the gaps.
33:47
February 24, 2020
Character Arcana (D&D): Ep. 5: Under The Sea
Doug violently opens the freezer, Alabaster discovers a new power, and Mendell faces his own mortality. Featuring: Dungeon Master Richard Bertelsen Doug Saucepotts Ted Hong Mendell Sands Nick Slaick Alabaster Chernobyl Abby Bryington Music from Youtube Audio Library: "The Long Night" by Quincas Moreira "Last Train to Mars" by Dan Lebowitz "Apprehensive at Best" by Biz Baz Studio "Collapsing All Around" by Amulets Additional sounds from Freesound.org
01:08:59
February 22, 2020
Sonic The Hedgehog
We're about to have a real serious conversation about this week's movie, "Sonic the Hedgehog," with special guest Nick Slaick.
32:19
February 17, 2020
The Gentlemen
Join us for a gentlemanly discussion of Guy Ritchie's new film, "The Gentlemen!"
29:37
February 3, 2020
Parasite
Join us this week for our discussion of the fascinating dark comedy "Parasite"
35:36
January 21, 2020
Character Arcana (D&D) Ep. 4: The Nightwalker
The fate of the Material Realm hangs in the balance, and a new soul must be attuned to a powerful totem! Alabaster is reunited with an old friend, Doug must return to the site where his family was slaughtered, and Mendell is touched by madness. Cast: Dungeon Master: Richard Bertelsen Doug Saucepotts: Ted Hong Alabaster Chernobyl: Abby Bryington Mendell Sands: Nick Slaick Music from YouTube Audio Library: "The Long Night" by Quincas Moreira "Last Train to Mars" by Dan Lebowitz "Prelude No. 14" by Chris Zabriskie "Anton" by Dan Bodan "Funky Disco" and "Apprehensive at Best" by Biz Baz Studio "Magical Triumph" by Sir Cubworth "When We Found the Horizon" by Late Night Feeler "Spirit of the Dead," "Kiss the Sky" and "Dance of the U-Boat" by Aakash Gandhi "God Fury" by Anno Domini Beats Additional Sound Effect from Freesound.org
01:21:15
January 14, 2020
1917
This week we talk about an impressive piece of cinema and a shoe-in for Best Picture, Sam Mendes' World War 1 epic, "1917"
46:24
January 12, 2020
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker
We hold nothing back as we dissect the final installment of The Skywalker Saga in this Super-Sized episode! SPOILERS! You have been warned!
01:04:25
December 21, 2019
Character Arcana (D&D): Ep. 3: The Massacre of Barrow Hill
The heroes venture deep into the Fariose Forest where tickling is torture. Mendell makes a squirrelly new friend, Doug learns the troubling truth about the death of his family, and Alabaster is reminded of an old companion. 
01:21:53
December 9, 2019
Knives Out
This week we talk about Rian Johnsons incredibly entertaining Whodunnit "Knives Out!"
29:50
December 3, 2019
21 Bridges
This week, Bad Guys kill Cops, Cops Kill Bad Guys, and then Cops kill Cops... The Movie! 
27:39
November 25, 2019
Jojo Rabbit
This week we talk about one of the best movies in recent years! Seriously, go see it!
29:20
November 18, 2019
Character Arcana (D&D): Ep. 2: Really Old Elf Stuff
Our heroes have been accused of murder! Find out what happens next on our monthly narrative D&D podcast! Mendell Sands is Nick Slaick, @Blurry_vision88 on Instagram Alabaster Chernobyl is Abby Bryington @Zombiemermaid84 on Instagram Dough Saucepotts and your Dundeon Master are Ted Hong of www.CharacterArk.net Music: "Last Train to Mars" by Dan Lebowitz "Dance of the U-Boat" by Akash Ghandi "London Fog" by Quincas Moreira Music and Sound Effects provided by YouTube Audio Library
01:12:28
November 15, 2019
Terminator: Dark Fate
This week we discuss the 6th, or 3rd, Terminator movie, depending on how you look at it. Turns out that this is the sequel you've been waiting for... It's just about 20 years, and quite a few bad movies, too late.
33:42
November 4, 2019
Gemini Man
Have you ever wanted to see Will Smith slap Will Smith with a motorcycle? The answer is obviously yes, so join us for an in-depth discussion about Will Smith versus Will Smith. A movie has literally never had more Smith-on-Smith action than the subject of this week's podcast!
34:27
October 28, 2019
Zombieland Double Tap
Deja Vu? Is it the same movie or just the same guest? Nick Slaick joins us as we talk about the Zombieland sequel.
42:06
October 20, 2019
Character Arcana (D&D): Ep. 1: The Signal Fire
Character Arcana is our new Monthly Dungeons & Dragons Play Podcast. Join our party of adventurers as they solve a murder that has the potential to start a war! Alabaster Chernobyl is Abby Bryington, a level 1 Dragonborn Paladin (@Zombiemermaid84) Doug Saucepotts is Ted Hong, a level 1 Tiefling Rogue (@CharacterArk) Mendell Sands is Nick Slaick, a level 1 Human Cleric (@Blurry_Vision88) Music and Sound effects by YouTube Audio Library: "The Long Night" by Quincas Moreira "Goat" by Wayne Jones "Mission Start" by The Brothers Records "Dark Toys" by SYBS "Last Train to Mars" by Dan Lebowitz "I'll Remember You" by Jeremy Blake
01:29:12
October 17, 2019
El Camino
We went rogue and watched a Netflix premier this week! Join us for a rather nitty-gritty discussion of the "Breaking Bad" movie. There's a lot to unpack. 
37:03
October 13, 2019
Joker
Ted and Richard have a conversation about how this movie both has a lot to appreciate, but also has a bit of an identity crisis.
30:58
October 7, 2019
Abominable
This week we dissect a movie with some good qualities, but that ultimately fails to hit the mark.
32:60
September 30, 2019
Hustlers
This week we shine a light on the fact that you might be missing some pretty damn good movies. 
43:49
September 16, 2019
It Chapter Two
This week we discuss the much anticipated second chapter of the most recent adaptation of Stephen King's "It."
45:30
September 8, 2019
The Peanut Butter Falcon
This week we discuss a charming indie drama that has more than a few shortcomings. Aaron Summers returns as our special guest!
40:24
September 2, 2019
Ready or Not
This week we talk about a movie that really delivers! Spoilers abound as Ted and Richard dissect one of the best horror/comedies of the year. 
46:20
August 25, 2019
Good Boys
This week we look at this summer's raunchiest comedy with special guest Aaron Summers.
48:20
August 19, 2019
Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark
This week we discuss the film adaptation of the classic book series with special guest Nick Slaick. 
49:41
August 10, 2019
The Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs and Shaw
This week we try to justify why this movie is actually one of the best things we've seen all year!
51:57
August 5, 2019
Once Upon A Time in Hollywood
This week we talk about the well-crafted, yet somewhat disjointed 9th film by Quentin Tarantino.
54:20
July 30, 2019
The Lion King
This week we dive into the remake of "The Lion King." We answer important questions like, who neutered the lions? Was Scar right the whole time? Why does this movie need to exist?
46:32
July 21, 2019
Crawl
This week we take a look at the surprisingly enjoyable suspense/thriller about how awful it is to live in Florida.
48:55
July 15, 2019
Spider-Man: Far From Home
This week Ted and Richard actually disagree about the ups and downs of Spider-Man: Far From Home. Episode contains SPOILERS as we get into this teenage super hero travelogue and Ted makes Spider-Man sounds with his mouth.
59:32
July 4, 2019
Yesterday
This week Richard and Ted discuss a pretty decent romantic comedy that has a lot of potential, even if it doesn't always live up to it.
55:00
July 1, 2019
Toy Story 4
Ted and Richard finally saw a movie that they both love. In this episode, we discuss why "Toy Story 4" is one of the finest examples of film this year. Like the movie itself, it gets a little personal. 
49:05
June 24, 2019
Men in Black: International
Ted and Richard struggle to talk about this very mediocre movie...
47:05
June 16, 2019
Maiden Voyage: Dark Phoenix
Welcome to the first official Character Ark Podcast! Ted Hong and I, RIchard Bertelsen, discuss the movie Dark Phoenix!
52:45
June 9, 2019