Stephen Talks

…About the Human Element

The most important part of any story, even more so than the plot itself, is the characters.  We need to be able to empathize with them if we’re going to continue reading about and watching them.  But do the characters need to be humans for us to care what happens to them?

…About Story Twists

In a lot of cases, the “twist” is the most famous and popular part of a story. For me, though, it’s my least favorite part. (My Twitter account, as promised: https://twitter.com/ThePapermage )

…About Live-Action Disney Remakes

A lot of people have a cynical attitude about Disney remaking their older animated movies in live-action. It’s really just part of the larger cynical attitude against remakes in general. I give my thoughts about them in this episode.

 

…About Spoilers

A lot of people care a lot about movies and TV shows.  Do they care too much, though?  When do you cross the line between “fan” and “fanatic”?

I mention an article about spoilers in this podcast.  You can read it here:  http://nerdbastards.com/2019/04/29/nerdom-and-the-bizarre-culture-around-being-spoiler-free/

…About His Favorite Phase of the MCU

The Marvel Cinematic Universe is over 20 movies long with a dozen TV shows and miniseries to its name. It’s about to finish its third “phase” and move into a new one. But Phase One still is and probably will remain my favorite phase.

…About Star Wars Episode IX

This is a podcast not about how *good* each of the Star Wars movies are or even about how much I personally like them, but about how excited I’ve been for each of them…and why the movie I’m least excited to see is “The Rise of Skywalker”.

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