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Each week geek out with Victorino Matus, Jonathan V. Last and Sonny Bunch for a nerdcast on movies and pop-culture. The genesis for this podcast started way back in 2002 with Jonathan's seminal essay, The Case For the Empire: http://tws.io/casefortheempire. The debate continues today with The Weekly Substandard podcast.

Episode Date
The Substandard on Christopher Robin, Hook, and the Kenmore of Cars
52:39

On this latest episode, the Substandard discusses Disney's Christopher Robin. JVL gets the Kenmore of cars (or is it Whirlpool?). Vic heads to the Cape (no, the other one). And Sonny makes a difference on Twitter. Plus lots of dudes chattin'!

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Aug 09, 2018
The Substandard on Mission Impossible, Tom Cruise, and Fan Mail!
01:04:40

In this latest episode, the Substandard takes on Mission Impossible: Fallout. The cohosts rank the M:I series (they all agree on what's the worst). JVL returns from San Francisco, Vic's Bachelor Week comes to an end, and Sonny appears on another podcast. Plus love from the fans, a spirit of the week, and a song to round things out!

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Aug 02, 2018
The Substandard on Kubrick, 2001, and James Gunn
56:53

In this latest episode, the Substandard reflects on Stanley Kubrick and the 50th anniversary of 2001: A Space Odyssey. Sonny and JVL wade into the James Gunn tweet controversy. Vic is celebrating Civilization and its contents. Plus ladder golf and Carmine’s portions!

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Jul 26, 2018
The Substandard on Aquaman and Shazam!
13:19

In this latest micro episode, the Substandard breaks apart the trailers for Aquaman and Shazam! Everyone agrees Aquaman will be an unmitigated disaster. Sonny is betting Shazam! does great numbers. JVL strongly disagrees. Vic liked the version of Shazam! starring Shaquille O’Neal.

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Jul 23, 2018
The Substandard on Skyscraper, Disaster Flicks, and Baseball Cards
55:41

In this latest episode, the Substandard discusses the Rock's latest actioner, Skyscraper, and the disaster flick genre (The Poseidon Adventure > Beyond the Poseidon Adventure). JVL buys a ton of baseball cards. Sonny reappraises The Dark Knight III: The Master Race. And Vic reappraises Neve Campbell. Plus two film reviews!

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Jul 19, 2018
The Substandard on Blessed Prime Day 2018
08:58

In this latest micro episode, JVL, Sonny, and Vic share their wishes and wishlist on Prime Day 2018. But is it a Merry Prime Day or Happy Prime Day?

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Jul 16, 2018
The Substandard on Ant-Man, Cruising, and Dishwasher Trolling
01:06:47

On this latest mega episode, the Substandard discusses Ant-Man and the Wasp and how a film with such a small scope ends up a big winner. JVL gets trolled over his recent dishwasher purchase, quite literally a sound investment. Sonny talks Justice League and Zack Snyder. And Vic talks all things cruise-related, soup to nuts. Plus Tanzanite!

Jul 12, 2018
The Substandard on Steve Ditko and Supervillains
13:57

In this latest micro episode, the Substandard reflects on the passing of Marvel legend Steve Ditko, the reclusive illustrator behind Spider-Man, Doc Oc, and Dr. Strange, among others. The discussion of Ditko vs. Stan Lee turns into a full-on geekfest when JVL, Sonny, and Vic recall their favorite Spidey villains.

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Jul 11, 2018
The Substandard on Sicario and Sequels Ranked
01:05:13

In this latest episode, the Substandard discusses Sicario: Day of Soldado. Sonny goes off on all the ways it went wrong. JVL gets ready for a day of baseball with his mystery date. Vic gets ready for a tropical 5K "fun" run. Plus a ranking of best and worst sequels and a dishwasher update!

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Jul 05, 2018
The Substandard on LeBron
11:41

On this latest micro episode, the Substandard discusses LeBron James exiting Cleveland (again) to become a Los Angeles Laker. Wrestling analogies abound!

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Jul 02, 2018
The Substandard on Jurassic World, Dishwashing Drama, and Sand
56:58
In this latest episode, the Substandard takes on Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. JVL goes nuclear on Lowe’s. Sonny is back from the beach. And Vic has a gas at the movies. Plus a special guest appearance!
 
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Jun 28, 2018
The Substandard on Incredibles 2, Pixar, and Dishwashers
57:00

On this latest episode, the Substandard discusses Incredibles 2 and the future of Pixar—JVL ranks the worst Pixar movies. Sonny exposes A Wrinkle in Time. JVL goes shopping for a new dishwasher. Vic goes to a buffet.

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Jun 21, 2018
The Substandard on AMC vs. MoviePass
11:16

On this latest micro episode, the Substandard breaks down the battle between MoviePass and now AMC Stubs A-List. JVL insists AMC Stubs membership has its privileges. Sonny and Vic remain skeptical. And question! Are there really three good movies to see each week?

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Jun 20, 2018
The Substandard on Ocean's 8 and Gender Flipping
51:08

In this latest episode, the Subtandard discusses Ocean's 8 (spoiler alerts). But things get really interesting when Sonny asks Vic and JVL to come up with their own gender-flipped cast. Plus kid updates on baseball and tap dancing!

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Jun 14, 2018
The Substandard on Hockey, Soccer, and Parades!
11:31

In this latest micro episode, the Substandard discusses the Caps celebration and the upcoming World Cup. JVL expresses his true feelings about parades and hockey. Sonny reveals his love for Premier League soccer. Vic has fond memories of parades—in Germany.

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Jun 13, 2018
The Substandard Solo Redux
01:00:46

In this latest episode, the Substandard continues discussing Solo: A Star Wars Story—a story of a box office disaster. JVL explains exit velocity and Sonny's chair flips over. Vic gets saluted by the Swiss Guard. JVL and Vic explain confession to Sonny. Sonny explains 1337. (There's a lot of explaining going on.) Plus a book plug and fan music!

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Jun 07, 2018
The Substandard goes Solo!
01:13:41

With Vic sailing the Holy See, Sonny and JVL welcome a very special guest to unpack the disaster that is Disney's Solo: A Star Wars Story.

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May 30, 2018
The Substandard on Deadpool 2 and Grilling
52:55
In this latest episode, the Substandard breaks down Deadpool 2, much like breaking down a fourth wall. Vic gets grilled by JVL over his fancy new Weber. Sonny envisions Guy Ritchie's Aladdin. Plus the return of fanboy JVL and bonus bleeps!
 

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May 24, 2018
The Substandard on 80s Lyrics and Philip Roth
08:56

In what may be the worst micro episode of all time, the Substandard discusses the true meaning behind Warrant's "Cherry Pie" and other suggestive songs from the 1980s. Plus an attempted conversation on the passing of Philip Roth. We warned you!

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May 23, 2018
The Substandard on Summer 2018 Blockbusters
54:13

In this latest episode, the Substandard previews the blockbusters of Summer 2018—what are we looking forward to most? And what were the great movie summers of our past? JVL's son is already talking like an MLB player. Sonny reveals his star-rating system. Vic discovers corn hole. Plus problems pronouncing "Ethan Hunt"!

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May 17, 2018
The Substandard on Margot Kidder plus Lois Lane Ranked
11:55

On this latest micro episode, the Substandard reflects on the passing of actress Margot Kidder and provides a ranking of Lois Lanes. But what exactly is that ranking based on?

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May 16, 2018
The Substandard on Avengers, Baseball, and Buffets
01:03:12

In this latest mega episode, the Substandard tackles Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War. JVL reminds his son there’s no crying in baseball. Vic loves a good buffet and Sonny ranks them.

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May 02, 2018
The Substandard on Super Troopers, Stoner Flicks, and Kanye
53:16

On this latest episode, the Substandard discusses Super Troopers 2 and stoner flicks. JVL lectures on drug policy, Sonny has a hot take on Kanye, Vic embarks on a Reduced Gluttony Diet.

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Apr 26, 2018
The Substandard on Rampage, Dwayne Johnson, and Georgetown
58:49

On this latest episode, the Substandard discusses Rampage and the Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson's oeuvre. Is he truly a bankable star? Vic goes rummaging through his closet. JVL has a movie date with his mother in law. Sonny takes a stroll with William Friedkin through Georgetown.

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Apr 19, 2018
The Substandard on Chappaquiddick
12:19

In this latest micro episode, Sonny and Vic discuss the politics of Chappaquiddick (JVL is out of town). Sonny explains the difference between dead Democrats and dead Republicans. Vic remembers meeting Ted Kennedy.

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Apr 17, 2018
The Substandard on Isle of Dogs, Wes Anderson, and Baseball!
52:07

In this twee episode of the Substandard, our hosts discuss Isle of Dogs and the Wes Anderson oeuvre. Sonny gives us rankings. JVL goes back to the minors. Vic orients his kids with Chinese food. Plus "Gene" unleashed!

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Apr 12, 2018
The Substandard on the New Solo Trailer
10:38

On this latest micro episode, the Substandard discusses the second trailer for Solo: A Star Wars Story. It's actually pretty good (JVL wants more Donald Glover!). Sonny calls Emilia Clarke "a nothing." Vic uses the word "luscious." Plus a discussion of fonts!

Apr 11, 2018
The Substandard on Ready Player One and Close Shaves
01:01:08

On this latest episode, the Substandard discusses Ready Player One, which all four of them went to see. JVL prefers the book, Sonny prefers the movie, and Vic found all the pop culture references heart warming. Vic also gets a close shave and JVL remembers calling the Nintendo hotline.

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Apr 05, 2018
The Substandard on The Americans
11:09

In this latest micro episode, Sonny and Vic discuss one of their favorite shows, The Americans on FX. As the show enters its final season, Vic and Sonny look back on what makes it compelling television. It is also a JVLess episode because of schedule conflicts, but the gang should all back on Thursday!

Apr 02, 2018
The Substandard on Tomb Raider, Video Games, and Boneless Ribeyes
57:20

On this latest episode, the Substandard discusses the Tomb Raider reboot and video games that become movies—are they ever any good? Sonny ranks the good ones. JVL gets mistaken for a grandfather and Vic thinks his blood test results are fake news.

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Mar 29, 2018
The Substandard on the Final Four and Nuns!
13:11

On this latest micro episode, the Substandard celebrates a Duke-less Final Four. JVL and Vic are rooting for the Ramblers and love Sister Jean—Sonny, less so. Vic recounts punishment by the nuns at his grade school.

Mar 26, 2018
The Substandard on The Death of Stalin, Dark Humor, and Swingers
51:29

In this latest episode of the Substandard, Sonny reviews The Death of Stalin, a movie Vic did not see because he refused to pay for parking. The return of Jony Ive is met with skepticism. Recriminations are launched, profanities are hurled. It's the crankiest Substandard yet!

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Mar 22, 2018
The Substandard Bracket-Busting Episode
11:19

In this latest micro episode, the Substandard recaps the NCAA history-making defeat of 1-seed UVA at the hands of 16-seed UMBC. Sonny remains stoic, unfazed, and indifferent, despite being a UVA alumnus. (It helps that he really is not a fan of college basketball.) JVL asks Vic how Georgetown did.

Mar 19, 2018
The Substandard on Death Wish, the 1970s, and Girl Scout Cookies
01:01:05

In this deadly serious episode, the Substandard discusses Death Wish, the original versus the reboot—Sonny gives the latter a million stars (another reviewer liked it too). JVL reminds us of the general awfulness of the 1970s, but at least there was Charles Bronson. Plus Vic weighs the sin of gluttony versus the sin of waste.

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Mar 15, 2018
The Substandard Meat Lovers Episode
10:34

In this latest micro episode of the Substandard, sponsored by Casper Mattresses, JVL announces a life-altering event. Sonny and Vic want to get to the meat of the matter. The steaks couldn’t be higher!

Mar 14, 2018
The Substandard on Annihilation, Natalie Portman, and Oscar Predictions
52:04

In this latest episode, the Substandard discusses Annihilation and the Natalie Portman oeuvre. Vic suffers Xbox nausea. Sonny and JVL weight the future (or lack thereof) of Batgirl. Plus Oscar predictions!

 

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Mar 01, 2018
The Substandard on Traffic Cameras
10:33

In this latest micro episode of the Substandard, Sonny, JVL, and Vic are as mad as hell at speed cameras and they aren't going to take it anymore! The cohosts discuss the D.C. speed camera vigilante and his fight for truth, justice, and the American way.

Feb 26, 2018
The Substandard on Black Panther, Quinoa, and Career Advice
51:47

In this week’s super episode, the Substandard reviews Marvel’s Black Panther. JVL has plenty of questions, two of which aren’t rhetorical. Vic discusses his “blowout” lunch. Sonny reveals his own origin story. 

Feb 22, 2018
The Substandard on Lent
10:41

In this latest micro episode, the Substandard reflects on the Lenten season. What are the theological implications for the hosts? JVL and Sonny "grill" Vic about his Lenten sacrifice.

Feb 21, 2018
The Substandard on Clint Eastwood, North Korea, and 50 Shades of Vic
51:25

On this week’s episode, the Substandard discusses the Clint Eastwood oeuvre. Sonny reviews The 15:17 to Paris and finds himself strangely drawn to it. JVL tears into the coverage of North Korea at the Olympics. Why is Vic wearing a trenchcoat to the theater?

Feb 15, 2018
The Substandard on the Olympics
12:53

In this latest micro episode, the Substandard takes on the Olympics. How do the hosts feel about ice dancing? Vic is mildly interested in the winter games. JVL can't get enough. Sonny hates them.

Feb 12, 2018
The Substandard on Hostiles, Westerns, and Solo
55:34

On this week’s episode, JVL continues to bask in the glow of a Super Bowl victory. But how about those Super Bowl ads? What to make of Solo? Your cohosts list their favorites. Sonny reviews Hostiles. Plus a hostile review by “Gene”!

Feb 08, 2018
The Substandard Big Game Post Game Show!
21:48
Feb 05, 2018
The Substandard on Disney-Fox, Breakfast Samplers, and 'The Big Game'
54:03

On this latest episode of the Substandard, we talk about the impending Disney-Fox merger. Will the X-Men join forces with the Avengers? Will there finally be a definitive Fantastic Four? We also veer into a discussion of Lord of the Rings, JVL’s pregame jitters, Las Vegas, and the Breakfast Sampler at IHOP.

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Feb 01, 2018
The Substandard on the Aussie Open and Agassi's Hairpiece
12:29

In this latest micro episode, the Substandard discusses the Australian Open and the greatness of Roger Federer. Plus JVL professes his love for the Williams sisters, more Battle of the Sexes, and the time Agassi's wig almost came off.

Jan 29, 2018
The Substandard on 12 Strong, Eagles, and Rats
01:00:45

On this latest episode, the Substandard tackles (so to speak!) the playoff picture. JVL soars like an eagle. Vic hates getting interrupted. Sonny recounts his basement-dwelling years. Plus a discussion of post-9/11 war movies and a review of 12 Strong

Jan 25, 2018
The Substandard on the Oscar Nominees
13:09

In this latest micro episode, the Substandard discusses the nominees for this year's Academy Awards. Sonny thinks The Shape of Water is in great shape to win. JVL wonders if a movie that's not woke even has a shot. Vic fears that Darkest Hour and Dunkirk split votes? And where's Wonder Woman?

Jan 23, 2018
The Substandard on Paul Thomas Anderson, Favorite Restrooms, and Eagles Fanfiction
01:00:02

In this latest mega-episode, the Substandard discusses the works of director Paul Thomas Anderson—JVL reveals himself to be a PTA scholar. Sonny reviews Phantom Thread. Vic reveals his favorite bathroom in D.C. JVL is writing Eagles fanfiction. And Sonny still hates coconut.

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Jan 18, 2018
The Substandard Coconuts Issue
09:01

In this latest micro episode, things get hairy (and husky!) when the Substandard debates the merits of the coconut. Sonny goes on a hate-filled tirade against the drupaceous fruit. JVL and VIc rush to its defense. Who hasn't dreamed of eating Maryanne's coconut cream pie on Gilligan's Island? Who hasn't tried to drink Coppertone suntan lotion?

Jan 16, 2018
The Substandard on 'Bright' and the Future of Netflix
54:32

On this latest episode, the Substandard talks about Bright and the sustainability of the Netflix model. Where does all that money come from and how long can this last? Sonny and JVL break it all down. Vic explains his absence.

Jan 11, 2018
The Substandard on the Golden Globes
10:55

In this latest micro episode, the Substandard takes on the ultimate Hollywood farce—the Golden Globes! Did Best Picture really deserve to go to Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, Up a Hill But Came Down a Mountain, Back and to the Left? And what is the shape of water, anyway?

Jan 09, 2018
Substandard: In a World Without Vic...
51:56

On this Vic-less episode, listeners get a taste of life without JVL and Sonny’s congenial cohost as the two remaining Substandardites discuss the year that was in the movie biz, The Last Jedi’s box office success (and failure), and their favorite movies of 2017.

Jan 04, 2018
The Substandard Micro Christmas Episode
11:11

On this holiday micro episode, the Substandard discusses A Christmas Carol (apparently based on a book). Which version is your favorite? Who's the best Scrooge? And could the best version not even be called A Christmas Carol? Listeners' note: The Substandard is off next week so we encourage you to go back and listen to any one of our 87 illuminating episodes. Merry Christmas!

Dec 21, 2017
The Substandard on Star Wars: The Last Jedi (with Spoilers)
01:07:19

On this special year-end episode, the Substandard reviews (criticizes), dissects (tears limb from limb), and discusses (goes off on) Star Wars: The Last Jedi. JVL shares his thoughts on missed payoffs. Sonny tries to explain astral projection. Vic wonders why Snoke is wearing a gold lamé tunic. Plus a "Gene" review.

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Dec 19, 2017
The Substandard on 'Darkest Hour', Gary Oldman, and Watches
59:57

In this seminal episode, the Substandard discusses Darkest Hour. Is it better than Dunkirk (take a wild guess)? JVL explains to Sonny how watches work. Sonny recalls his Chris Farley-like interview with Gary Oldman. Vic's Elf on the Shelf turns into Annabelle. Plus JVL on the real Churchill and the return of "Gene"!

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Dec 14, 2017
The Substandard on Star Wars: The Last Jedi
13:17

In this latest micro episode, the Substandard gets ready to watch Star Wars: The Last Jedi. JVL hasn’t been this excited since Revenge of the Sith. Vic wonders if Luke will drive a Nissan. Sonny has already seen it—and what he reveals will leave you stunned. Set for stun!

Dec 12, 2017
The Substandard on The Disaster Artist and Cult Classics
47:13

On this disaster of an episode, the Substandard discusses The Disaster Artist and cult classics. From Kentucky Fried Movie to Office Space, what counts and what doesn’t? And speaking of episodes, one of the hosts suffers a major breakdown that leaves the studio in chaos. Plus tips on how to handle a Traveling Santa—all on this heavily edited and censored episode of the Substandard!

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Dec 07, 2017
Shazam! The Substandard on Jim Nabors and the Art of the Spinoff
12:51

In this latest micro episode of the Substandard, Vic and JVL discuss the life and times of Jim Nabors and reminisce about classic ’60s reruns and spinoffs. Sonny spent his youth watching ESPN and playing NES. 

 
Dec 05, 2017
The Substandard Loves Denzel Washington and Disco Fries!
54:08

On this latest episode, the Substandard discusses the works of Denzel Washington. Sonny reviews Roman J. Israel, Esquire. Vic expounds on the deliciousness of disco fries. And JVL loves his “Marwel” helicarrier. Plus an iWatch story that will leave you, um, drained.

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Nov 30, 2017
The Substandard on Justice League woes and ... hugs?
12:47

In this latest micro episode, the Substandard discusses the Justice League box office debacle. JVL and Sonny talk damage control—can a reboot save the day? We also chat about (yes, dudes chattin'!) the inappropriateness of hugs. Vic and JVL explain the magic of Silver Spoons to Sonny.

Nov 27, 2017
The Substandard on Justice League and Thanksgiving Bracketology!
01:10:47

In this week’s Thanksgiving episode, the Substandard takes on Justice League. But just how bad is it? Like, Suicide Squad bad? (JVL: Yes.) Sonny runs us through a Thanksgiving bracket: pecan vs. pumpkin pie? turkey vs. stuffing? Vic judges a whiskey competition (Sonny couldn’t have been happier for him!) and bids farewell to woodshop. All in this latest mega episode of the Substandard!

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Nov 21, 2017
The Substandard on Murder on the Orient Express, More Chinese Food, and Dowels
01:01:23

On this week’s episode, the Substandard discusses Murder on the Orient Express. Sonny and Vic are on board but JVL calls it a trainwreck! Sonny visits a Chinese buffet, JVL’s watch talks smack, and Vic gets all out of joint talking about dowels. Plus a “Gene” review, rejected Halloween candies, and getting excited for The Post!

Nov 16, 2017
The Substandard on Stranger Things
12:13

On this latest micro episode of the Substandard, Sonny and Vic discuss the greatest television show of all time, Stranger Things 2. At least it's the greatest show since Stranger Things, which was the greatest show since Game of Thrones, which was the best show since The Wire and The Sopranos. Which is exactly why JVL has refused to watch these shows. But Sonny warns him that overhyping doesn't mean it isn't good. Alas, JVL doesn't have the time to watch TV so what's the point?

Nov 13, 2017
Hammer Time: The Substandard on Thor, Fake Lego, and Drinking Tips
57:44

On this week’s episode, the Substandard takes on Thor: Ragnarok, Sonny lectures JVL on the immorality of buying fake Lego, and Vic fears his father-in-law has hijacked his woodshop class. Plus tips for day-long drinking!

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Nov 09, 2017
The Substandard on Tipping and Other Life Lessons
10:55

This latest micro episode of the Substandard takes a sudden detour (stay tuned for a future episode on Stranger Things 2!) when Vic discusses being spotted by a fan of the podcast. Sonny theorizes that Vic gets recognized because he genuinely likes talking with people while Sonny doesn’t. JVL takes a very hard line on tipping.

Nov 06, 2017
The Substandard on Suburbicon, Hollywood Smugness, and … another Candy Draft?
58:11

On this week’s 50th episode, the Substandard realizes there’s not much left to talk about. And yet: Sonny hates Suburbicon and JVL wonders when George Clooney will stop making movies. Vic operates a bandsaw (woodshop update!) and “Gene” reveals his top 10 candies.

Nov 02, 2017
The Substandard Halloween Leftovers Episode
10:55

In this latest micro episode, the Substandard talks about Halloween costumes and Halloween movies. Because we just can't get enough of Halloween.

Oct 31, 2017
The Substandard Halloween Candy Draft Episode
01:13:42

On this latest episode, the Substandard takes a break from movies to discuss a deeply personal subject: our favorite Halloween costumes and candies! For the latter we created a candy draft that goes 10 rounds deep. As “Gene” might say, it was Nutrageous! Plus JVL recalls his rowing days, Sonny ranks household injuries, and Vic learns to use a power drill.

Oct 26, 2017
The Substandard on Sparkling Wine vs. Champagne
07:48

This micro episode of the Substandard is a bubbly one! The hosts debate the differences between sparkling wine versus champagne. JVL could not care less. Vic explains Benson to Sonny. Plus Facebook Live Q&A!

Oct 25, 2017
The Substandard on Arby’s, Aging Action Stars, and the Apple Watch
01:03:48

The latest episode of the Substandard is a meaty one—we go on at length about sandwich joints and sandwich meats. Sonny discovers a steakhouse, JVL discovers Arby’s, but Vic discovers a woodshop class. We also discuss aging action stars—Sonny reviews The Foreigner. Plus Vic sounds like Edward Longshanks, JVL loves his new watch, and Sonny urges listeners to “get out of this hellhole while you can!”

Oct 19, 2017
The Substandard Ranks the Greatest Sports Wives, Ever
10:05

In this latest micro-episode, The Substandard argues about which sports wife is best—Jane Skinner, Kate Upton, or Brooklyn Decker—after they figure out what, exactly, is going on with the Facebook Live camera that has invaded their space.

Oct 17, 2017
The Substandard on Blade Runner 2049, Harvey Weinstein, and the Lost Episode
58:26

On this latest episode of the Substandard, we break down Blade Runner 2049. Sonny and JVL go deep on the movie’s true meaning. JVL and Vic share thoughts on My Little Pony. A discussion of Harvey Weinstein gets meta. Plus the return of “Gene” and a fan-service outtake!

Oct 12, 2017
The Substandard Breaks Down The Last Jedi Trailer
10:16

In this latest micro episode, the Substandard searches for meaning in the newest trailer for Star Wars: The Last Jedi. The music still soars, says Sonny. Who’s the adorable little furball next to the CGI’d Chewbacca, asks Vic? When will we stop paying money for this dross, asks JVL? 

Oct 10, 2017
The Substandard Bootleg Episode
59:40

Hey man, is that the Substandard? Well turn it up, man! (Yes, that's a Freedom Rock reference.) But seriously, you'll have to turn up the volume on this latest edition of the Substandard. Due to technical difficulties, the quality of audio is akin to the Maxwell House Coffee Time radio hour circa 1925. Actually worse. Like Marion Barry sting operation worse. But based on our scientific Twitter poll, listeners still want to give this a try. After all, we do talk about Battle of the Sexes, game-show hosts, and Tom Petty. But don't say we didn't warn you!

Oct 05, 2017
The Substandard on Kingsman, Layer Cake, and Free Samples!
01:01:41

On this latest episode, the Substandard discusses Kingsman: The Golden Circle and the Matthew Vaughn oeuvre, i.e., JVL on Layer Cake and lots of it. Sonny celebrates a big-league win, JVL stumbles across a LEGO home wrecker, and Vic loves free supermarket samples. All on this week’s Substandard!

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Sep 28, 2017
The Substandard Tackles Bobby "the Brain" Heenan
10:21

In this latest micro episode, the Substandard reflects on the life and times of the late wrestling legend, Bobby "the Brain" Heenan.

Sep 26, 2017
The Substandard on mother! Worst Movies Ever, and Ice Cream
01:03:55

On this latest episode, the Substandard discusses mother! and movies they never want to see again. Sonny admits he used to love Baskin Robbins bubble gum ice cream—two treats in one! JVL just might pay 7 euros for Irish ice cream. Vic refuses to pay $60 for steak. It’s a classic First World episode. Plus a word from our sponsor that’ll have you on the edge of your seat!

Sep 21, 2017
The Substandard on Pumpkin Spice—the Flavor of Fall?
10:37

On this latest micro episode, we discuss sugar and spice and all things pumpkin spice. Vic questions the origins of the Pumpkin Revolution. JVL educates his listeners on the flavors of each season—how on earth did grapefruit become the flavor of summer? Sonny loves grapefruit sprinkled with sugar—but not grapefruit-flavored beer. Ahem.

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Sep 18, 2017
The Substandard on It, Why Horror Sells, and a Sweater Ranking
59:09

On this latest episode, the Substandard grapples with the “monster” at the box office: Stephen King’s It. Why do horror flicks do so well? JVL loves his sweater vests, Sonny ranks sweaters, and Vic is mad as hell and isn’t going to take this anymore!

Sep 14, 2017
The Substandard Needs Therapy!
09:52

On this latest mini episode, JVL interrupts our Fall Sports segment with an airing of grievance—namely that the show is tearing apart the cohosts and destroying their friendships. Sonny and Vic are sure it's fine.

Sep 12, 2017
The Substandard on Close Encounters, ranking Spielberg, and Ice Cream!
01:07:07

On this latest episode of the Substandard we discuss the 40th anniversary of Close Encounters of the Third Kind and rank the Steven Spielberg oeuvre. Jonathan returns from hiatus, Sonny mourns the loss of his raison d’être, and Vic’s grill plan goes up in flames. Plus ice cream, surfing, and Pearl Jam—all on the latest Substandard!

Sep 07, 2017
The Substandard on Summer Box Office Blues
09:32
In this latest mini episode, Sonny, Vic, and JVL (he's back!) address the worst summer at the box office in years. Who's to blame? Fanboys, the lack of ideas at the studios, or China? Tune in (or download, really) to find out!
Sep 05, 2017
The Substandard on The Trip to Spain, Road Trip Movies, and ’90s Classic Rock
55:48

In this latest episode, the Substandard discusses The Trip to Spain and ranks road trip movies. We also debate if ’90s rock music counts as classic rock. Special guest host Mike Warren saw Smash Mouth live. Vic saw Bell Biv DeVoe. And Sonny saw Sponge. Plus The Dark Knight on IMAX, spray painting sidewalks, and a valediction to mulch. All on this week’s episode of the Substandard!

Aug 31, 2017
The Substandard on Logan Lucky, Soderbergh Ranked, and Dudes Chattin’!
01:00:45

On this week’s episode, the Substandard reviews Logan Lucky and ranks the Soderbergh oeuvre. Sonny does Internet research, Mike goes mulching, Vic asks: What’s mulch? Plus: Sonny makes Old Fashioneds (and his own simple syrup) and Gene Shalit returns! All on this week’s “Dick York-Dick Sargent” episode of the Substandard!

Aug 24, 2017
The Substandard on The Dark Tower, Stephen King, and Box Office Blues
57:05

On this week’s episode, the Substandard discusses The Dark Tower, the best and worst Stephen King film adaptations—i.e., rankings!—and this summer’s box office doldrums. Sonny reveals himself as a Stephen King scholar. JVL thinks Tolstoy > Stephen King (he must be joking). Vic hated the deli slicer scene in Children of the Corn. Plus a trip to IKEA, a schnitzel recipe, and more horology—all on this week’s Substandard!

Aug 17, 2017
The Substandard Looks Back on Fast Times at Ridgemont High
12:38

On this latest micro episode, the Substandard discusses Fast Times at Ridgemont High, 35 years later (of course we mention Phoebe Cates). Plus the rise of mall culture and a mini ranking of the Cameron Crowe oeuvre. Which is better: Jerry Maguire or Almost Famous? Did someone just say Vanilla Sky?

Aug 14, 2017
The Substandard on Atomic Blonde, Death Wish, and 3-D
59:12

In this latest episode, the Substandard discusses Atomic Blonde, the trailer for Death Wish, and the decline of 3-D. Jonathan offers a ranking that’s simply titillating, Sonny trolls for free booze (we love you Old Forester!), and Vic discovers cosplay for … Jurassic Park? Plus science fiction novels, a restaurant obit, and the return of Gene Shalit, all on this week’s Substandard!

Aug 10, 2017
Dunkin' but No Donuts?
11:18

The Substandard weighs in on bad franchise name-changes and the horror that is the Krispy Kreme sugar bomb.

Aug 08, 2017
The Substandard on Valerian, Luc Besson, and Chinese Buffets
01:02:25

In this latest episode, JVL and Sonny review Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets and rank the Luc Besson oeuvre. Meanwhile, Vic and Sonny rank their favorite Chinese buffet dishes—Sesame Chicken > General Tso’s! Plus JVL on his great baseball weekend and Sonny on his expanding Criterion Collection—all on this week’s Substandard!

Aug 03, 2017
The Substandard on Sam Shepard, Chuck Yeager, and G.I. Joe
09:37

On this latest micro episode, the Substandard reflects on the late actor and playwright Sam Shepard. Vic remembers Shepard in The Right Stuff. Jonathan segues into G.I. Joe toys. Sonny has actually seen Days of Heaven.

Aug 01, 2017
The Substandard on Dunkirk, Christopher Nolan Films, and more Tesla
01:05:51

On this week’s episode, the Substandard reviews Dunkirk and ranks the Christopher Nolan oeuvre. Sonny hates the beach, JVL hates Tesla even more, and Vic discovers Game of Thrones. Plus Justice League woes and Gene Shalit goes to the IMAX, all on this week’s Substandard!

Jul 27, 2017
The Substandard on Talking Apes, Star Wars Fantasies, and ‘Driverless’ Cars
01:01:56

On this week’s episode, the Substandard discusses War for Planet of the Apes. Should Andy Serkis get an Oscar nom for best actor? The hosts share their innermost Star Wars fantasies. Sonny scolds Vic for getting his son a graphic novel that’s extremely graphic. And JVL turns into Red Hulk when he shares his opinions on Tesla (the car, not the scientist or the band).

Jul 20, 2017
The Substandard Remembers George Romero and Martin Landau
10:14

On this week's mini episode, the Substandard looks back on the life and work of George Romero and Martin Landau. Sonny reflects on the zombie legacy of Romero, JVL remembers the time he met Landau, and Vic may or may not have played hours of Doom.

Jul 18, 2017
The Substandard on Spider-Man, Amelia Earhart, and Cured Meats
56:49

On this latest episode, the Substandard reviews Spider-Man: Homecoming. JVL offers his take on Peter Parker 3.0 and his nerdified nemesis, Flash. Vic channels his inner Gene Shalit. And Sonny knows Amelia Earhart will never be found—but does he know his cured meats? Plus the best of In Search Of: Bigfoot, UFOs, and the Amityville Horror, oh my!

Jul 13, 2017
The Substandard Amazon Prime Day Spectacular
09:47

On the latest micro-episode of the Substandard, Vic, JVL, and Sonny curse David Brooks for ruining Amazon Prime Day and suggest ways for the beneficent Jeff Bezos to improve the most wonderful time of the year.

Jul 11, 2017
The Substandard on Transformers, Michael Bay, and Fireworks!
56:17

There’s more than meets the eye on the latest episode of the Substandard. The hosts discuss Transformers: The Last Knight and the Michael Bay oeuvre. Sonny hates people who shoot off fireworks. Vic remembers drinking on the National Mall. And Jonathan explains his mysterious absence. All on the latest Substandard!

Jul 06, 2017
The Substandard on 'The Mummy,' Tennis, and Avocado Toast
57:57

On this latest episode, the Substandard unravels The Mummy and questions the feasibility of a Dark Universe. But what other Extended Universes would we like to see? A Garry Marshall Universe, of course! JVL praises Rafa Nadal, Vic enjoys Virgin America, and Sonny rants against avocado toast, all on this week’s Substandard.

Jun 15, 2017
The Substandard Ranks the Batmen
11:33

In this latest micro episode, the Substandard reflects on the passing of Adam West and ranks the Batmen from best to worst. Sonny and Vic embrace West’s campy take on the Caped Crusader. Jonathan has a slightly different take. Pow! Bam! Zap! All on the latest Substandard!

Jun 12, 2017
The Substandard Wonder Woman Episode
55:30

In this latest episode, the Substandard gets lassoed into reviewing Wonder Woman—is it the best thing to come out of the DC Comics Extended Universe? Is it better than Chav King Arthur? Jonathan brings a surprise to the studio—complete with sound effects! Sonny is not amused. Vic gets stranded in Texas—and rescued by Real Americans. All on this week’s Substandard!

 
Jun 08, 2017
The Substandard’s List of Movie Theater Grievances
11:05

And another thing! The Substandard goes off on what drives us nuts in movie theaters. From cell phones to screen masking to the sticky floors of yesteryear, it’s an airing of grievances, all on this latest mini episode of the Substandard.

Jun 05, 2017