The Awesome Village
By The Village Elders
Years ago, 4 guys met while working at a movie theater and became friends. We love talking about movies, television, and all sorts of media, so we started a podcast.
Eastwood Ravine - Awesome Village Special Episode (9/22/2021)
With the release of Cry Macho, we offer up a double box set of the films of Clint Eastwood—one as an actor and one as a director.
September 22, 2021
We have returned after a natural disaster disrupted our usually scheduled programming. We catch you up on our activities during Ida and its aftermath, and try to bring some normalcy back to the Village.
September 15, 2021
Awesome Village Best Of The Decade (1/1/20)
*Since the Village is dealing with the aftermath of Hurricane Ida, feel free to enjoy this classic episode! We will be back before you know it!* It's a new year and also a new decade. Join us as we have a discussion about our individual lists of Top Ten Movies of the Past Decade. Sparks fly. Debates are had. The world turns a year old.
September 1, 2021
Ryan Loves Ryan-Awesome Village Episode 189 (8/25/21)
It's another sunrise over the Village and we sit down to go over the things you should watch or avoid. Disney+ offers up What If? and Star Wars: The Bad Batch. Starz introduces us to Heels. AppleTV+ continues offering up Ted Lasso and Paramount+ gives us another season of Star Trek: Lower Decks. We also continue the love story of our Ryan with Ryan Reynolds in our review of Free Guy. You don't want to miss an episode so make sure you hit that subscribe button and follow us on social media where you can tell us if you'd like to see a full episode devoted to Ryan's favorite actor.
August 25, 2021
Val - Awesome Village Special Episode (8/18/2021)
Inspired by the viewing of the documentary about his life, the Elders sit down discuss the life and career of Val Kilmer.
August 18, 2021
The Prodigal Puddy-Awesome Village Episode 188 (8/11/21)
Ryan is back for a remotely recorded episode where we catch you up on things you should watch or avoid. We report on how the Olympics are going so far. Glenn fills us in on Family Game Night. Greg catches us up on Ted Lasso and John takes us through White Lotus. Ryan revisits the John Candy classic, Only The Lonely and we bring you reviews of Willy's Wonderland, The Suicide Squad and Disney's Jungle Cruise. All that and this week's Awesome Villager. So hit that subscribe button and listen to this week's visit to the Village.
August 12, 2021
This Friggin' Guy: Get to Know an Elder 2.0 featuring Greg (8/4/21)
We're doing a second round of our series of focuses on getting to know a Village Elder. This go around, Greg is interviewed by Glenn and John. So sit back, relax and learn a little more.
August 4, 2021
The Sacred Timeline-Awesome Village Episode 187 (7/28/21)
It's another episode packed full of discussion as we sit down to tell you what to watch or avoid with your valuable time. We discuss The Movies That Made Us Season 2, the debut of Masters of the Universe: Revelation from Netflix and Kevin Smith. Glenn tells us about Disney's Behind The Attraction, CNN's History of the Sitcom and Apple's Schmigadoon! We also give the full season review of Loki and tell you whether you should watch Space Jam: A New Legacy, Snake Eyes: G.I.Joe Origins and Gunpowder Milkshake. All that, plus this week's Awesome Villager.
July 28, 2021
The Power of Family-Awesome Village Special Episode (7/21/21)
Now that the Dominic Toretto memes have taken the internet by storm, we sit down to decide the best family from pop culture. Could they go to space? Could they kick missles? Could they jump cars between skyscrapers? Could they beat an Infinity Gauntlet powered Thanos in combat? We don't know, but we have fun talking about it. So grab your favorite treat and make sure you subscribe so you don't miss another conversation here at the Village.
July 21, 2021
Save the Sharks, *#@% The Dolphins-Awesome Village Episode 186 (7/14/21)
It's Ryan's favorite holiday, Shark Week. As we take a break from dolphin year to focus on nature's slack-jawed, swimming, eating machine, the Elders also sit down to discuss the things we watched to help direct your viewing time. Glenn tell's us about the documentary, Shark Beach and John and Ryan discuss Sophie: A Murder in West Cork. Greg tells us about Batman: Gotham By Gaslight while Ryan revisits Luca and Boss Level. We also bring you reviews of Tomorrow War and Good on Paper before we settle in for the main event, our review of Black Widow. All that, plus the crowing of this week's Awesome Villager. You don't want to miss a moment, so sit back, relax and smash the like and subscribe buttons wherever you find them.
July 14, 2021
Wonder Women-Awesome Village Special Episode (7/7/21)
It's time to get the female perspective as the Elders are joined by a few wonderful ladies to chat with us this week. As the release of Black Widow looms over the horizon, we sit down for a conversation about female characters in film and television. We discuss their importance, impact and how we think they stack up in the overall pantheon of their genre. So sit back, relax, and welcome Crystal, Sondra and Heather as they join us for a meal and conversation and remember to hit that subscribe button so you don't miss out on future content.
July 7, 2021
The Legend of Dick Strawbridge and His Wife Angel-Awesome Village Episode 185 (6/30/21)
The Elders return with tons of content to help you decide what to watch or avoid. This week we discuss the season finale of Mythic Quest from AppleTV+, our three episode rule evaluation of Loki, our assessment of Kevin Can *$%# Himself and Greg goes over a show his grandmother recommended, Escape to the Chateau. We also bring you reviews of The Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard, Luca and Batman: Hush before deciding on this week's Awesome Villager. So sit back, relax and make sure you subscribe so you don't miss out on the conversation week in and week out.
June 30, 2021
No Small Parts-Awesome Village Special Episode (6/23/21)
The history of cinema is filled with memorable roles that had very little screen-time. This week, we take a deep dive into those roles as we discuss small parts with big actors. Join us for some fun and a few surprises as we decide which small amount of screen time had the most impact on a much larger story. Sit back, relax and make sure you subscribe so you don't miss out on the next visit to the village.
June 23, 2021
A Wild Lou Has Appeared-Awesome Village Episode 184 (6/16/21)
The Elders are joined by Ryan's sister, Louann to break down what is worthy of your valuable time on the big and small screens. We discuss the debut of Loki on Disney+ along with Tell Me Your Secrets and the new season of Kominsky Method. We also discuss the debut of Sweet Tooth on Netflix before diving into our reviews of Cruella, The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It and In The Heights. We also remember Ned Beatty. All that, plus this week's Awesome Villager.
June 16, 2021
Breaking Bread-Awesome Village Special Episode (6/9/21)
Hungry for another visit to the village? We've got you covered. This one's all about food. Best steak in a movie? Best feast? We've got you covered as we sit down for a meal and some conversation. So sit back, relax, grab your favorite dish and enjoy this visit to the village banquet table.
June 9, 2021
Does She Win The Election?-Awesome Village Episode 183 (6/2/21)
Summer is beginning at the Village and we sit down to give you another update on what you should watch or steer clear of in short and long form story telling. This week, John and Ryan discuss the finale of Mare of Easttown. Glenn tells us about his experience watching Marvel's M.O.D.O.K. on Hulu. We also tell you about our experiences watching the HBOMax Friend's Reunion before giving you our reviews of Army of the Dead and A Quiet Place II. All that, plus we crown this week's Awesome Villager. So sit back, relax and make sure you're subscribed so you can visit us weekly.
June 2, 2021
It's Instrumental-Awesome Village Special Episode (5/26/21)
Welcome back for another special edition week where we revisit an old, favorite feature: Does it Hold Up? We'll each dive into a movie we haven't seen from days of yore and let you know if it holds up today. We also go through a tournament to decide which tv series had the best instrumental theme song. So sit back, relax and make sure you subscribe for another visit to the Awesome Village.
May 26, 2021
Better Than John Wick-Awesome Village Episode 182 (5/19/21)
It's a jam-packed week of catching you up on all the things that deserve your attention or apathy. This week Ryan catches us up on some WWE antics before we dive into the serialized offerings like Season 2 of Love, Death & Robots. We also have Glenn take through Apple TV's adaptation of The Mosquito Coast. John takes us through the season finale of The Nevers and Mare of Easttown. Greg takes us through Apple TV's Mythic Quest and three of the group talk about the Netflix docu-series Sons of Sam. We also bring you feature length conversation and reviews on Stowaway, Nobody and Those Who Wish Me Dead. We also remember the life and career of Charles Grodin. All that, plus this week's Awesome Villager.
May 19, 2021
Everything's Better With Bacon-Awesome Village Special Episode (5/12/21)
He shares a name with one of the most versatile food items known to man and he's an equally versatile actor benefiting the landscape of entertainment as we know it. That's right, Kevin Norwood Bacon is the subject of this week's episode. Join us as we go through his filmography of some 95 projects and discuss how those projects makes the game "Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon" possible. We even play a few rounds of the game on our own. So sit back, relax, and enjoy some bacon on this week's trip to the Village.
May 12, 2021
Ryan's Least Favorite Jedi-Awesome Village Episode 181 (5/5/21)
The Elders sit down, break bread and discuss the things you should watch or avoid in the long and short form of media. We celebrate May the 4th by reviewing the first episode of Disney+'s The Bad Batch. We dive into the world of cults with reviews of Q:Into The Storm and Heaven's Gate: Cult of Cults both from HBOMax. Ryan gives you his take on Mortal Kombat and Glenn bring's us Without Remorse and Another Round. All that, plus this week's Awesome Villager. So sit back, relax and make sure you hit the subscribe button to enjoy future episodes.
May 5, 2021
Da Butt- Awesome Village Episode 180 (4/28/21)
Ryan has returned from the mountains, grizzled and stocked with moonshine which we try throughout the episode while catching you up on what you should watch or avoid. We give our season review of The Falcon and The Winter Soldier from Disney+. John and Glenn review the newly released Mortal Kombat film. Glenn gives us his review of this year's Best Picture, Nomadland. We discuss what a long, strange trip this year's Oscars were and we crown this week's Awesome Villager. So sit back, relax, and hit those like and subscribe buttons.
April 28, 2021
1 UP-Awesome Village Episode 179 (4/21/21)
Down a Ryan and ready to talk entertainment, the remaining Elders settle in to catch you up on what's worth your time or worth your scorn in television and film. We keep you updated on Falcon and Winter Soldier and bring you a review of the debut of the new, Disney+ series: Big Shot staring The Stamos. We also review the debut episodes of Amazon Prime's adaptation of the Robert Kirkman comic series Invincible. We also review Chaos On The Bridge and Kid 90 before we get to a tournament to decide the worst video game film adaptation. All that, plus this week's Awesome Villager.
April 21, 2021
Bars Are Loud-Awesome Village Episode 178 (4/14/21)
After taking a week off, we return to catch you up on what you need to see or avoid in film and television. Ryan and John tell you if the new iteration of Wipeout is worth your time. Glenn checks in on The Mighty Ducks: Game Changers. Everyone talks Falcon and Winter Soldier and John gets us some info on The Nevers and the season finale of The Walking Dead. We also bring you our review of Godzilla Vs. Kong. All that, plus this week's Awesome Villager.
April 14, 2021
The Puddy Cut-Awesome Village Episode 177 (3/31/2021)
An unprecedented event in film history has occurred and two director's have told the same story so we get to take a deep dive into the differences, and similarities between Joss Whedon's Justice League and the newly released Snyder Cut of the film. We'll give you our reviews, takeaways and our highlights and lowlights and discuss the future of the DCEU moving forward.
March 31, 2021
Boss Level-Awesome Village Episode 176 (3/24/21)
After last week's focus on the blue and gold ticket days, we return to tell you about what we've been watching and whether or not you should invest any time in it. On the small screen, we talk about Destination Back to the Future, Murder Among the Mormons, Q: Into the Storm, Allen v Farrow. We also talk about the debut of Falcon & The Winter Soldier and we give the verdict on the three episode rule of Superman and Lois. On the larger screen we review USS Indianapolis, A Score To Settle, Kill Chain, Boss Level and Aftermath. All that, plus this week's Awesome Villager.
March 24, 2021
Wow What A Difference-Awesome Village Episode 175 (3/18/21)
We make it a Blockbuster night as we review the Netflix documentary The Last Blockbuster and Glenn interviews the rest of the group about their days working at the remembered rental retailer. We also discuss the Academy Award Nominations for this year and what we think of them. So sit back, relax and subscribe for this and more visits to the Village.
March 18, 2021
The Death Nut-Awesome Village Episode 174 (3/10/21)
It's one for the Village history books as Ryan and Greg decide to attempt the Death Nut Challenge. First though, we talk about tv in the form of The Walking Dead, Age of Samurai, Debris, Superman & Lois and we discuss the finale of WandaVision. We also talk about movies with Raya and The Last Dragon, I Care A Lot and Coming 2 America. All that, plus the crowning of this week's Awesome Villager.
March 10, 2021
All Three Billboards Part 2-Awesome Village Episode 173 (3/1/21)
Part two of our maxi-sized episode focuses on the bigger screen with reviews of Judas and The Black Messiah, A Promising Young Woman, Little Things, and Nomadland. We also continue our newly minted tradition of mining the Nic Cage vault of low-budget, potential classics. All that, plus a film-related Awesome Villager.
March 1, 2021
All Three Billboards Part 1-Awesome Village Episode 172 (2/24/21)
It's all TV this time as we sit together and break the bread of fish sandwiches. We'll discuss Pixar Popcorn, Lupin, Kenan, Young Rock, Framing Britney Spears, Crime Scene: The Vanishing at the Cecil Hotel and the newest episode of WandaVision. It's an episode so full of conversation, we had to record a second one that you'll hear soon enough. All that, plus this week's Awesome Villager.
February 24, 2021
Hokey-Pokey & A Hammer-Awesome Village Episode 171 (2/10/21)
In the aftermath of this year's "big game" we sit down to try Oreos, discuss our thoughts and give you the skinny on what you should watch or avoid on your screens. This week we'll continue our analysis of WandaVision and bring you our thoughts on The Equalizer and Resident Alien's debuts. We'll review Mank, News of the World, The Dig and Glenn will tell you about his latest journey into the mind of Nic Cage with Mom and Dad. We'll also take you through the things that have aired directly after the Superbowl through the years. All that, plus this week's Awesome Vilager.
February 10, 2021
The Cell Is Gone-Awesome Village Episode 170 (2/3/21)
It's a long one, folks. We get together to discuss Queen's Gambit, Spycraft, and Time: The Kalief Browder Story from Netflix. We also take you through the game changing new episode of WandaVision from Disney+. We review The Little Things, Outside the Wire and The Runner before we dive into a massive tournament for the best cinematic serial killer outing. We also say goodbye to a group of entertainers who have left us and we crown this week's Awesome Villager. So sit back, relax, and make sure you subscribe and share while you enjoy this week's visit to the Village.
February 3, 2021
Title To Be Determined-Awesome Village Episode 169 (1/27/21)
After our Nic Cage focused episode, we sit down to go over the feedback and return to a bit of the normal routine. This week, we talk about the new season of Batwoman, Nightstalker and we break down WandaVision after three episodes to let you know if you should keep watching. We also bring you reviews of Mandy, Primal, Season of the Witch from the "Cage movies we haven't seen" library and we also review One Night in Miami, Godfather: Coda and Love and Monsters. All that, plus this week's Awesome Villager.
January 27, 2021
Cage Match-Awesome Village Episode 168 (1/20/21)
We promised and we delivered. This episode is 95.367% Nic Cage centered. We discuss the man, his background, his career. Ryan tries to pinpoint the exact moment the train that was his mind took a break from the tracks. We discuss our thoughts on a night out with Cage in New Orleans and what it would be like. We go over his filmography for a win/loss record and we build the Cage Essentials box set for your enjoyment. Enjoy the fun on this visit to the village.
January 20, 2021
Patrick Wilson vs Thanksgiving-Awesome Village Episode 167 (1/13/20)
We need a bit of levity this week and we'll gift it to you as well as you take another visit to the village. This week we'll discuss the watch-worthiness of The Stand on CBS All Access. We'll talk about the season finale of Star Trek: Discovery. We'll introduce you to the new game show, The Hustler and we'll tell you about our lessons from Professor Nic Cage with The History Of Swear Words on Netflix. We'll also bring you a review of Ma Rainey's Black Bottom from Netflix and we'll bring you a tournament to decide the most underrated thing in pop culture. All that, plus this week's Awesome Vilager.
January 13, 2021
Eagle Fang-Awesome Village Episode 166 (1/6/21)
It's a new year. It's a not so new us. We sit down for an in-depth discussion about the ending of 2020 and hopes for the new year. We also talk about the explosive, third season of Cobra Kai from Netflix, the naughty actions of Entertainment Weekly and we sit down for the annual battle to decide Awesome Villager of the year for 2020. Sit back, relax and makes sure you subscribe and share as we embark on another trip around the sun.
January 6, 2021
Shake It Off-Awesome Village Episode 165 (12/30/20)
We've made it to the last episode of 2020 and what an episode it is. We let you know whether or not Bridgerton is worth borrowing a Netflix password to watch or not. We break down the emotions of the season finale of The Mandalorian. We also bring you reviews of Midnight Sky, Wonder Woman 84, and Soul. We also crown the final Awesome Villager of this year before next week's decision as to who is the most Awesome Villager of a dismal year.
December 30, 2020
Awesome Village Holiday Special 2020 (12/23/20)
It's that season of the year where we sit down to reflect on the another year spent entertaining you all with silly conversations about pop culture, we would like to wish you and yours a wonderful collection of holidays over the next few weeks. Enjoy your time with your family and friends. Stay safe and hope for a new and better year. We'll see you soon.
December 23, 2020
Wrestling Or Bobby Moynihan-Awesome Village Episode 164 (12/15/20)
The holidays approach and we gather around to give you some idea of what you should watch or avoid with your time. Join us for our verdict on The Holiday Movies That Made Us on Netflix as well as Glenn and Greg finally sitting down to tell you about Star Trek: Discovery in its new season. We also review Alabama Snake and Baby God before we dive into all the things that Disney announced at their shareholders meeting. All that, plus the crowning of this week's Awesome Villager.
December 16, 2020
If A Wolf Were A Person-Awesome Village Episode 163 (12/9/20)
The Elders gather again to break bread and fill you in on what we've watched and whether or not you should waste your time with it. We'll talk about Teacher and Big Sky on the small screen and we can't seem to not talk about The Mandalorian because it can't stop being a great show with great episodes. We also bring you movie reviews of Run, Mulan, Happiest Season, and Underwater and we have a discussion about recent announcements from Warner Bros. and how they impact the movie theater industry. All that, plus this week's Awesome Villager is crowned.
December 9, 2020
Warmest Regards-Awesome Village Episode 162 (12/2/20)
We're all back. We're all in the same place. We're all ready to tell you what we saw and wether or not it's worth your valuable time. This week we talk about Ryan's completion of Schitt's Creek and the follow up documentary. We also review The Crown and The Flight Attendant before catching you up on this season of The Mandalorian (since Greg finally watched it) and we bring you Ryan's review of Christmas Chronicles 2. All that, plus this week's Awesome Villager.
December 2, 2020
The One That Should Be Out Already-Awesome Village Episode 161 (11/27/20)
This episode was supposed to be out on Wednesday, but the good folks at Anchor had some issues which delayed your visit to the village. Here we are, late but not dipping in quality as we bring you our take on all the things we watched so you don't have to. We discuss the revived Animaniacs and The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Reunion episode. We also review Lego Star Wars Christmas Special and bring you the tournament to decide what is the most overrated thing we can think of in pop culture. All that, plus this week's Awesome Villager.
November 27, 2020
Don't Do What Greg Does-Awesome Village Episode 160 (11/18/20)
While Glenn is still in quarantine, he joins us remotely so we can discuss all the things we watched so we can tell you if it's worth your time. This week we update you on the most recent episodes of The Mandalorian from Disney+. We talk about HBO Max's limited series The Undoing and more while bringing you John's review of the HBO Max remake of The Witches based on the Roald Dahl book. We also go over the career of Sean Connery and talk about the performances we remember the most. All that, plus this week's crowning of Awesome Villager.
November 18, 2020
Remote Transmission-Awesome Village Episode 159 (11/11/20)
After making it through Hurricane Zeta, we get back to the business of talking about media for your enjoyment. This week, we meet remotely and discuss how we fared in the storm and after and we also bring you a conversation about the debut of The Mandalorian Season 2 on Disney+. We remember Alex Trebek and Sean Connery and we talk about some things we have coming on the horizon for next week's episode. All that, plus this week's crowning of Awesome Villager.
November 11, 2020
Called On Account Of Rain-Awesome Village Episode 158 (11/4/20)
Three elders met one fateful day to record...then a hurricane came and so we didn't get to publish this episode or record this week. So you get to get caught up on what we discussed prior to Halloween including Glenn's experience with Schitt's Creek. Ryan watching two docu-series about sex cults. Greg gives us his review of Tenet after being the final Elder to see it. Glenn talks to us about On The Rocks from Apple TV+. We discuss Hubie Halloween with Ovi and we give you our review of Borat: Subsequent Moviefilm. All that and this week's Awesome Villager gets crowned.
November 4, 2020
Netflix & Thrill-Awesome Village Episode 157 (10/21/20)
It's that time again. We sit down to tell you all the things you should and shouldn't spend your valuable time watching. This week we give a final verdict of the latest Walking Dead spin-off as Glenn and John give it the three episode rule. We also discuss the new version of the classic gameshow, Supermarket Sweep hosted by Leslie Jones and Glenn and Greg talk Star Trek: Discovery Season 2 in preparation for the season 3 premiere episodes. We also bring you reviews of Babysitter: Killer Queen and The Outpost. For our main event this week, we do a battle royale between seven different streaming services and decide which one reigns supreme. All that, plus this week's Awesome Villager.
October 21, 2020
Watching Adam Sandler Movies Despite Seeing The Trailer-Awesome Village Episode 156 (10/14/20)
Ryan is back and we sit down to tell you all the stuff we got to see so you can decide if you should give it your valuable time. We talk about series like The Boys, Ted Lasso, Raised by Wolves, Song Exploder, The Right Stuff, Star Trek: Lower Decks and South Park. We also discuss feature length movies like Ryan's discovery of Timecop, American Murder, Enola Holmes, The Gentlemen and Da 5 Bloods. We also decide who wears the crown of this week's Awesome Villager.
October 14, 2020
Why You Holding the Mic Like That?-Awesome Village Episode 155 (10/7/20)
In a world, where Ryan is feeling ill...three Village Elders meet to continue the conversation...but they really haven't watched much. It doesn't stop them from having a conversation about things like The Walking Dead: The World Beyond and the sort of season finale of The Walking Dead. We discuss Netflix cancelling and renewing a pair of favorite shows, surprise Spider-man news, and the state of the movie theater industry. All that, plus this week's crowning of the Awesome Villager.
October 7, 2020
Taco Daddies-Awesome Village Episode 154 (9/30/20)
For being light on content we have a full slate for you. Glenn reports on finishing his binge of Cobra Kai and tells us about Ewan McGregor's Long Way Up. We also bring you reviews of Jay & Silent Bob Reboot, Enola Holmes and Father of the Bride 3ish along with breaking down what we think were the best seasons of some of our favorite tv series. All that, plus this week's Awesome Villager.
September 30, 2020
This Isn't The One That John Didn't See-Awesome Village Episode 153 (9/23/20)
It's a full slate of conversation this week as we dive in to what we've watched this past week. We'll bring you reviews of television series like Challenger: The Final Flight, Raised By Wolves and Away. We'll also give you an overview of the Emmy's and what series took home top honors from the unconventional ceremony. We'll also fire up the big screen to bring you reviews of The Devil All The Time, Class Action Park, #Alive and Hackers and we'll have a long conversation about the documentary The Social Dilemma. All that, plus this week's Awesome Villager.
September 23, 2020
Taco Bell Had A Burger-Awesome Village Episode 152 (9/16/20)
After narrowly avoiding mother nature, we meet again to mourn the Mexican Pizza and talk about movies and television. We discuss HBO's Lovecraft Country and the newly revealed Mandalorian Season 2 trailer. I'm Thinking of Ending Things Claims another victim as Glenn brings us his review of the movie Ryan dares everyone to watch. We also do a tournament to decide which discontinued menu item from fast food we miss the most and then Greg's computer restarts so we lost half the sound file and have to recap it for you. All that, plus this week's Awesome Villager.
September 17, 2020
A One For The Snow-Awesome Village Episode 151 (9/9/20)
As summer comes to a close, we gather to discuss things on the small and large screen that should get your attention or that you should steer clear from. We discuss the Season 2 premiere of Amazon's The Boys along with their adjusted release strategy. We revisit Bill & Ted Face The Music and The Conjuring and The Conjuring Two. Ryan and John tell us about "I'm Thinking Of Ending Things" and Glenn and John go to the newly opened, local AMC to see Christopher Nolan's Tenet. We also celebrate the 35th Anniversary of Nintendo's Mario with a news round up and our personal lists of our Top 5 video game characters. All that, plus this week's Awesome Villager is crowned.
September 10, 2020
Most Triumphant-Awesome Village Episode 150 (9/2/20)
After taking a week off due to Ryanlessness, the elders band together to catch you up on what you should know in pop culture. On the small screen, we discuss The Vow, HBO Max's animated Harley Quinn and the Netflix documentary series High Score. We also talk about the resurgence of interest in Cobra Kai now that it has found its new home on Netflix. We also bring your reviews of Gotti, Richard Jewel and Bill & Ted: Face The Music and we go over our reactions to some of the things from the first part of the DC Fandome event. We also remember the life and career of a local legend along with the life and career of Chadwick Boseman.
September 2, 2020
A 15 Year Old's Selection Of Snacks-Awesome Village Episode 149 (8/19/20)
It's another exciting week at the village as Heather joins the Elders to taste a ridiculous amount of snacks and tell you all about what's good and bad in film and television. We talk about Poldark and Hard Knocks on the small screen and then we bring you reviews of I Kill Giants, The Way Back, and Project Power and John revisits Midway. We also try a new feature where we put together a film of our own based on a cast whose birthdays are this week. All that, plus this week's Awesome Villager.
August 19, 2020
Perfectly Preserved-Awesome Village Episode 148 (8/12/20)
At full strength another week, the elders get together to tell you about a wide range of things to watch and avoid in film and television. Glenn will let you know his take on the premiere of Star Trek: Lower Decks on CBS All Access. Ryan and John discuss the Amazon Prime docu-series The Last Narc and Glenn and John dip their toes into the second season on Netflix's Umbrella Academy. We also bring you reviews of Jojo Rabbit, American Pickle, Bombshell, The Old Guard, Jumanji: The Next Level and Bad Boys For Life. All that, plus this week's Awesome Villager.
August 12, 2020
Sniper: Never Stop Never Stopping-Awesome Village Episode 147 (8/5/20)
John returns from the wilderness a hardened man with new skills and he uses them to help us tell you about all the things you should watch or stay away from. This week, we discuss, P. Valley, the new Muppets show on Disney+ as well as Ryan's recent dive into What We Do in the Shadows. We also bring you review of the 8th (yes, 8th) film in the Sniper franchise: Assassin's End and we tell you about The Current War: Director's Cut and whether it's worth a watch. We also evaluate the career of Charlize Theron with a win/loss record and decide who takes home the title of this week's Awesome Villager.
August 5, 2020
The Dad Bod-Awesome Village Episode 146 (7/29/20)
With John away, we have special guest Sondra come to talk with us about all the things you should be watching or should be avoiding. We discuss Down To Earth with Zac Efron on Netflix. The Syfy Channel documentary Todd McFarlane: Like Hell I Won't, and Ryan and Sondra discussing the latest iteration of The Babysitters Club. Ryan also brings us a review of Midway and we have a tournament to decide the best Disney villain song. All that and more plus this week's Awesome Villager.
July 29, 2020
This One Goes To Eleven-Awesome Village Episode 145 (7/22/20)
Welcome back to the village this week so we can talk about all the things we think you might want to know about. This week, you'll hear our take on the new streaming service from Universal, Peacock, and it's adaptation of Aldous Huxley's Brave New World. John will give you a run down on Schitt's Creek. Ryan and John discuss the movie, The Old Guard on Netflix. We also celebrate the birthday of the late Robin Williams by putting together an essential box set of his movies. All that, plus this week's Awesome Villager.
July 22, 2020
And No Alcohol-Awesome Village Episode 144 (7/15/20)
Glenn returns to discuss his take on Hamilton and we dive into a host of what's up in entertainment. We go to the small screen for our takes on Warrior Nun, Batwoman and the new Jim Jeffries Netflix Special: Intolerant. On the the larger screen we discuss, Artemis Fowl, Palm Springs, Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga, Bad Education and Greyhound. We also discuss the most iconic masks in entertainment, remember some people we lost this week and name this week's Awesome Villager.
July 16, 2020
The One Where Ryan Refuses to Throw Away His Shot-Awesome Village Episode 143 (7/8/20)
A Glenn-less set of Elders converge to recap their 4th of July adventures and all the things you should watch or avoid in movies and TV. We discuss the Netflix revival of the 80's/90's classic Unsolved Mysteries. John reviews the documentary about Adam Lambert and Queen, The Show Must Go On. And the main event is our discussion of the Disney+ release of Hamilton. We also discuss some of the recent losses in the entertainment community and we decide who will be named this week's Awesome Villager.
July 9, 2020
Living In The Shadow of Cameron Diaz-Awesome Village Episode 142 (7/1/20)
After Ryan returns from vacation, we meet to discuss The Floor Is Lava on Netflix and the Starz' adaptation of Neil Gaiman's American Gods in its second season. We also bring you reviews of a few movies Ryan caught up on like Knives Out, Ready or Not, Charlie's Angels, The Hunt, You Should Have Left and he and Glenn discuss My Spy. We go over some patriotic popcorn flicks in a battle royal to determine which movie you should watch on July 4th. We remember Carl Reiner and we name this week's Awesome Villager. All that and more on this week's visit to the village.
July 1, 2020
It Starts With The Dr. Pepper and Ends With The Creme Soda-Awesome Village Episode 141 (6/24/20)
Welcome back to the Village for another journey into the world of TV, Movies and Pop-culture. This week, a Ryan-less group of Village Elders talk about the Dave Chapelle video 846 and bring you reviews of the new game shows Don't and Jedi Temple Challenge. We also discuss Amazon Primes' 7500 and the new, Pete Davidson film, The King of Staten Island. We remember Ian Holm and the career of director Joel Schumacher by composing a boxset of Schumacher films you shouldn't miss. All that, plus this week's Awesome Villager.
June 24, 2020
Glenn Likes Game Shows-Awesome Village Episode 140 (6/10/20)
Another visit to the village is upon us all and we have sat down to tell you what's going on with movies and tv. We talk about The Wall and Quiz and Amy Schumer Learns To Cook while Greg desperately pleads his case about everyone needing to watch Billions. Ryan gives us a review of Ad Astra and Be Water while John takes on 6 Underground. We also discuss the newly released trailer for Bill & Ted Face the Music and we bring you this week's Awesome Villager.
June 10, 2020
Haku Machente-Awesome Village Episode 139 (6/3/20)
We are back again for another week of bringing you watch you should watch or stay away from in television and film. We talk about the documentary, Lance, the debut of Netflix's Space Force, HBO Max's Love Life, the return of Press Your Luck and Doom Patrol. Ryan also brings you a review of Sinister starring Ethan Hawke and we debut a new segment called "Elder Recommends" where we talk about other media you might want to check out. All that, plus this week's Awesome Villager.
June 3, 2020
I Just Wanted To Dance-Awesome Village Episode 138 (5/27/20)
In our second week back at the table, we bring you the latest on what you should spend your time watching or avoiding. This week we talk about Dead To Me on Netflix, the debut of Amazing Stories on AppleTV+, The finale of HBO's Run and we bring you reviews of The Lovebirds, That Guy Dick Miller and Ryan revisits Extraction from Netflix. We also dive into news about the Snyder Cut of Justice League and we talk about how we'd retool some finales that left people with a bad taste in their mouths. All that, plus this week's Awesome Villager.
May 27, 2020
Reunited-Awesome Village Episode 137 (5/20/20)
With our local stay at home order eased, we are able to get together for the first time in a while and sit with each other to tell you all about the things you should see in television and film. We’ll talk about Trial By Media on Netflix, the new Snowpiercer series and The Great. We also bring you a review of Extraction from Netflix. We also discuss the things we’re looking most forward to doing once everything is almost back to normal. All that, plus this week’s Awesome Villager.
May 20, 2020
Another week and we're here to help take your mind off your troubles by talking about what you should know in television and film. The week, we'll discuss whether you should spend your time watching things like Hollywood on Netflix, Upload on Amazon Prime, Brockmire, I Know This Much Is True, The Last Dance, and Westworld. We also bring you a review of the Elizabeth Banks directed Charlie's Angels and decide who is going to be this week's Awesome Villager.
May 13, 2020
Perhaps Some Almond Cookies-Awesome Village Episode 135 (5/6/20)
We meet again to bring all the villagers the things they need to know to entertain themselves and it's a big week this week. We discuss the finale of Star Wars Clone Wars as well as give you what we think of AMC's Creepshow and AppleTV+'s Trying. We also review the new Seinfeld special on Netflix: 23 Hours to Kill and talk about documentaries like Disney Gallery: The Mandalorian and Never Surrender: A Galaxy Quest Documentary. We also discuss our favorite and least favorite moments of the Disney stewardship of Star Wars in honor of May 4th. All that, plus this week's Awesome Villager.
May 6, 2020
Make It So-Awesome Village Special Episode (5/5/20)
While stuck at home, Glenn and Greg are joined by friend of the show and Star Trek fan, Neil to have a spoiler-filled discussion on the first season of Picard. We'll go episode by episode and discuss what we thought of the show and what we hope to see moving into the second season.
May 6, 2020
Long Time Listener, First Time Caller-Awesome Village Episode 134 (4/29/20)
After a long time of being referenced here on the show, our friend, Todd Berger joins us from Los Angeles to help us fill you in on what you should or shouldn't be watching this week. We'll tell you about Season 2 of What We Do In The Shadows, the first three episodes of HBO's Run, Season 2 of Netflix's After Life and keep you up to date on Star Wars: Clone Wars. We also bring you our review of The Platform on Netflix and discuss some games you can play with friends while isolated. All that, plus this week's Awesome Villager.
April 29, 2020
Tranquilizer-Awesome Village Episode 133 (4/22/20)
We're back for another socially distanced visit to the Awesome Village and this week we continue our responsibility of letting you know what's good and not so good out there in film and tv. This week we discuss the new season of HBO's Insecure along with bringing you up to date on the final season of Star Wars: Clone Wars and we review both Doctor Sleep and Uncut Gems. We also go back into the vault to tell you if we think four classic movies hold up today. All that, plus this week's Awesome Villager.
April 22, 2020
Sardine Oil-Awesome Village Special Episode (4/20/20)
It's finally here. We sit down for an in-depth discussion on the Netflix Phenomenon Tiger King. Joe Exotic. Carole Baskin. "Doc" Antle. Jeff Lowe. We discuss them all. So sit back, relax, and enjoy our take on Tiger King.
April 20, 2020
Shortened Beginning-Awesome Village Episode 132 (4/15/20)
Week two of our quarantine episodes comes and we are here to catch you up on some of the things you might want to spend your time doing. We cover the most recent season of Doctor Who as well as bringing you reviews of Blinded By The Light and Ready Or Not. All that, plus this week's Awesome Villager. As always, we hope you're safe in your village.
April 15, 2020
Majestic Potato-Awesome Village Episode 131 (4/8/20)
Since we're social distancing, we decided to do a conference call so we could still get to you this week with some light-hearted conversation to break the monotony of your day. This week we touch on the Netflix phenomenon Tiger King while we discuss this year's Wrestlemania, the continuing release of new Clone Wars episodes and the Season Finale of Picard. We also review the documentary Skywalker Legacy off the newly released The Rise of Skywalker disc. We also bring you some ideas of how to pass the time at home. All that, plus we crown this week's Awesome Villager.
April 8, 2020
Know A Village Elder-Greg (4/2/20)
Since we're all still stuck inside, we thought it would be a good idea to continue and complete our series on getting to know one of our Elders better. This episode, Ryan will interview Greg. So sit back, relax and make sure you subscribe and always, we hope you enjoy this visit to the Village.
April 2, 2020
Know A Village Elder- Ryan (3/25/20)
With everyone stuck indoors, we thought it might be a good time to let you guys know us a bit better. Today we have the third part of our series where you get to hear from one of us the entire time. Today we'll introduce you to Ryan and you'll get to hear him say a lot of things. Some heartfelt. Some funny. All of it genuine. Thank you all for listening. We hope you and those close to you stay safe.
March 25, 2020
Another Thing For You To Do-Awesome Village Episode 130 (3/18/20)
Being stuck inside isn't the greatest, but we're here to entertain you with another visit to the Village. This week we'll discuss the finale of HBO's Avenue 5 and bring you a review of Bloodshot along with some ideas we have for things you can do while you're hunkered down at home. All that, plus this week's Awesome Villager.
March 18, 2020
Ryan Needs To Watch Coco-Awesome Village Episode 129 (3/11/20)
Another sun rises over the village and we meet to talk about all you need to know in movies and television. We bring you our thoughts of High Fidelity and The Trials of Gabriel Fernandez. We also go to the cinema for reviews of Impractical Jokers and Onward before we sit down to do a tournament to decide the best Pixar villain. All that, plus this week's Awesome Villager.
March 11, 2020
The Legend of Skipper Kate-Awesome Village Episode 128 (3/4/20)
After Glenn goes on an eventful family vacation to Walt Disney World and survives, he returns to fill us in on his experience. We also catch you up on Picard from CBS All Access and Star War: Clone Wars from Disney +. We also give you our review of The Invisible Man. All that, plus this week's Awesome Villager.
March 4, 2020
The Fantabulous Emancipation of Ryan-Awesome Village Episode 127 (2/26/20)
After a week off, we return sans a Glenn to get you caught up on things that deserve your attention or disdain. This week, we'll discuss Narcos, Hunters and Love is Blind on the small screen before finally bringing you our review of Birds of Prey or Harley Quinn or whatever you choose to call it. We also discuss the local impact of Mardi Gras and decide on the title of this week's Awesome Villager.
February 26, 2020
Most Stuft-Awesome Village Episode 126 (2/12/20)
We invite you along for all of our most auspicious events and this week is no different as we taste test Oreos and leftover Oscar Party foods while bringing you the latest in film and TV. We discuss the series finale of Arrow and the midseason premiere of The Flash. We also tell you about the 30 for 30 documentary about Michael Vick, McMillions and The Pharmacist from Netflix and Ryan brings you his review of Parasite. All that, plus our recap of the Oscars and this week's Awesome Villager.
February 12, 2020
The M.C.Lou-Awesome Village Episode 125 (2/5/20)
In the aftermath of the Super Bowl (don't sue us), we sit down sans Glenn and plus a Louann to discuss the things you should watch or avoid this week. Join us as we discuss Avenue 5 from HBO, Sex Education and The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina from Netflix. We also bring you reviews of Parasite and The Rhythm Section before we dive into what Louann thought of the MCU after avoiding all the movies for ten years and them binging them all in a short period. All that plus this week's Awesome Villager.
February 5, 2020
There Are Four Mikes-Awesome Village Episode 124 (1/29/20)
Podcasts. The not really final frontier. This is a voyage of the Awesome Village. It's continuing mission, to talk about random things. To review movies and television. To boldly give you opinions you didn't ask for. Like this week, we give you reviews of Curb Your Enthusiasm and the newly minted Star Trek: Picard. We also revisit Knives Out and Ryan brings us the horror movies of The Turning and Cats. All that, plus this week's Awesome Villager.
January 29, 2020
We Are Not To Old For This-Awesome Village Episode 123 (1/22/2020)
Bad Boys dominate the box office and the Academy released the nominees for this year's Oscars and we are here to give your thoughts on not only that, but what you should and shouldn't be watching in movies and television. On the small screen, we bring you reviews of Avenue 5, Killer Inside: The Mind of Aaron Hernandez and the five-part Crisis on Infinite Earths crossover of the CW Arrowverse series. We also give your our review of Two Popes and do a tournament to decide on the best cops. All that, plus this week's Awesome Villager.
January 23, 2020
Rule Zero-Awesome Village Episode 122 (1/15/20)
Back for another week of telling you what you should and shouldn't watch in the world of movies and television. This week we bring you conversations about The Witcher, Dracula and Don't F**K With Cats from Netflix and The Loudest Voice from Showtime. Before the Academy releases this years Oscar Nominations, we tell you if we think Spies In Disguise and 1917 have a shot and we give you the win/loss record for Will Smith. All of that, plus this week's Awesome Villager.
January 16, 2020
Order 2020-Awesome Village Episode 121 (1/8/20)
The Elders speak! A chorus of voices send a message out across the interwebs from the hibernating Village Elders. Meanwhile, their listeners suddenly realize they haven't heard a review on the finale of The Mandalorian Season 1 or the review for Star Wars: Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker. In response the Elders decide to appease the fans by giving them both as well as the tournament to decide Awesome Villager of the Year 2019. (Camera tilts down as the yellow lettering disappears at the top of the screen).
January 9, 2020
Awesome Village-Get to Know An Elder: John (12/25/19)
Merry Christmas from all of us here at the Village. As you spend time with family, friend and loved ones, we thought you'd enjoy getting to know one of our family. Join us for the second in a series of episodes where you get to know us a little better. Enjoy your holiday and get to know John.
December 25, 2019
Awesome Village-The Theories Of Skywalker (12/18/19)
I assure you this show will be quite operational when the film arrives. So let's fire at will...or the rumors and theories heading into this movie before we all get to see it. We'll discuss, vote and theorize on our own as we anticipate the end of the Skywalker Saga.
December 18, 2019
Always A Lizard-Awesome Village Episode 120 (12/11/19)
As we head into December, we are still coming to you with new content. This week we discuss the premiere of the latest season of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, the most recent episode of The Mandalorian and the season finale of See. We bring you reviews of The Report and Marriage Story as well as tell you if some of the newest trailer releases have us excited to see those films. We also dive into the recently announced Golden Globe nominations. All that, plus this week's Awesome Villager.
December 11, 2019
Penguin Sounds-Awesome Village Episode 119 (12/4/19)
We come back with full bellies from the Thanksgiving bounties ready to clue you in on what to watch. On the small screen, we discuss The Crown, The Movies That Made Us and The Man In The High Castle. We also bring you reviews of The Irishman and Knives Out. All that plus this week's Awesome Villager.
December 4, 2019
I'm a Sucker for a Brussels Sprout-Awesome Village Episode 118 (11/27/19)
What are you thankful for? Before we dine on a bunch of comfort food, we thought we'd bring you our thoughts on the latest episodes of The Mandalorian, The World According to Jeff Goldblum and The Walking Dead. We also review Frozen 2 before we ponder the question of what is the greatest Thanksgiving side the way our ancestors did with a bracket. All that, plus this week's Awesome Villager.
November 27, 2019