Ep. 95: Hamilton feat. Bradley Rettler

Nate and Ryan welcome Ryan’s long-time friend Dr. Bradley Rettler to discuss Hamilton, the 2015 Broadway hit that made its film debut on Disney+ in 2020. Listen in as they discuss what there is to love about Lin-Manuel Miranda’s complex musical, what is different about watching the show 6 years later, and what the show’s legacy might be.

So how big a Hamilton fan are you? Has watching or listening to Hamilton changed since its early days? What’s your favorite song? Are you going to throw away your shot? Let us know!


For more context on the “Cancel Hamilton” controversy and other Hamilton criticisms we recommend this summary from the San Francisco Chronicle and this look at the historical record from the New York Times.

View the infographic Brad mentioned on the interconnectedness of Hamilton’s songs.

Hamilton Cast Reflect on Backlash and Criticism of Musical by David Crow. Den of Geek.


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Ep. 28: The Incredibles

Nate and Ryan discuss Pixar’s 2004 hit The Incredibles, directed by Brad Bird.  Though Nate and Ryan don’t disagree on many Pixar movies, they have never agreed on where The Incredibles fits into the overall Pixar universe.  With Inside/Out once again proving the Pixar can entertain children while bringing adults to tears, this seemed like the perfect time to revisit the Pixar catalog.

As with most Pixar movies, The Incredibles takes a fairly straightforward, well-known concept (superhero movies), and offers a different view (superhero family) that ends up teaching the viewers more about themselves than perhaps they thought an animated film would.  Now, just how successfully this is accomplished in The Incredibles is the source of this episode’s debate.

Let us know your thoughts on The Incredibles.  Where does it rank for you among Pixar’s movies?  What is your favorite Pixar movie?  What do you like or dislike in Pixar’s movies?

Episode 6: Pinocchio

n8v2ugyc3DPYiU68d0XqNKWNQIvEvan Mather joins us once again to discuss Pinocchio, the 1940 Disney Classic that was recently named by Time Out New York as the best animated movie ever made.  Since we hadn’t seen Pinocchio in a long time, we rewatched it to see if we agree with the experts who compiled the list.  We also discuss some of our favorite animated movies.

What do you think should have made the list that didn’t?  What was unjustly ranked too high or too low?  What would you put at number one?