The Protagonist Podcast #161: Kubo in Kubo and the Two Strings (Film 2016) “If you must blink, do it now.”

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This week, Todd and Joe are joined by returning guest Branden Ushio to discuss Kubo and the Two Strings. They talk about the Hero’s Journey, the beautiful stop motion, and issues of representation on the film.

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The Protagonist Podcast #160: Fantasy Box Office 2018 “So many bad films to choose from.”

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It’s time to look back at the 2017 Fantasy Box Office and look ahead to 2018. Find out who won last year’s event, then listen to Todd and Joe make their picks for their unique spin on a Guess the Box Office game.

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The Protagonist Podcast #159: The Entire Cast in The Importance of Being Earnest (Theater 1895) “The truth is rarely pure and never simple.”

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This week, Joe and Todd are going old school, as they discuss The Importance of Being Earnest. They talk about silly seriousness, the importance of the era to understanding some of the critiques, and Wilde’s tightly controlled farce.

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The Protagonist Podcast #158: Elise and Nick in The Mistletoe Promise (Film 2016) “Christmas rarely goes well for me.”

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Joe and Todd are talking about the movie The Mistletoe Promise. They’ve had enough fun with the formula that it was time to talk about an actual Hallmark Christmas movie. They talk about what characters they like, what doesn’t fully connect in the plot, and why these movies are so popular.

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The Protagonist Podcast #157: Jo March in Little Women by Louisa May Alcott (Novel 1869) “Women work a great many miracles”

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Todd and Joe are discussing a classic novel, Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women. They discuss parenting, realistic character, and audience expectations.

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The Protagonist Podcast #156: Kris Kringle and Susan in Miracle on 34th Street (Film 1947) “Oh, Christmas isn’t just a day, it’s a frame of mind.”

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Joe and Todd are tackling a Christmas classic as they discuss a Miracle on 34th Street. They discuss the weird history behind it’s release date, talk about faith and belief, and dig into Todd’s unexpected (for Joe) response to the film.

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The Protagonist Podcast #155: Christmas Special 2017 “That is like bringing a bazooka to a knife fight.”

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It’s The Protagonist Podcast Christmas Special 2017! Producer Andrew sent Joe and Todd the titles to 8 holiday specials they’ve never seen, and they each made up a plot summary (though Joe went overboard and shot well past a simple summary on one). Listen and let us know if you’d watch any of these made up movies.

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The Protagonist Podcast #154: Dave in “Dave Cooks the Turkey” and “Turkeys are Terrific” from The Vinyl Cafe (Radio 1994-2015) “Sir, are you looking for trouble?”

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Todd and Joe talk about Dave from “The Dave and Morley Stories” on the Canadian radio show Vinyl Cafe. They talk about the holidays, the creation of traditions, and tweaking what could be cliched character roles in just the right way.

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The Protagonist Podcast #153: The Gilmore Family in Friday Nights Alright for Fighting: S06 E13 of Gilmore Girls (TV 2006) “Dinner with Rory! How delightful! Well, spit-spot. Alert the corgis’.”

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Joe and Todd are joined by guest Kate Darowski to discuss Gilmore Girls. We talk about the charms of the show, the intergenerational family dynamics, and debate the merits of various boyfriends.

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The Protagonist Podcast #152: Hermione Granger in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azakaban (Novel 1999) “I solemnly swear I am up to no good.”

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Todd and Joe are joined by special guest Amy Champion to discuss Hermione Granger in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. Topics of discussion include character growth, the logic of the Time Turner and the Marauder’s Map, and the ethics of rule breaking at Hogwarts

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