Episode 18: "Wiswell Solo-cast #1: The Man of Steel"

posted on June 15, 2013
John: I had a great experience at the Chinese restaraunt before the movie
Max: Do tell!
John: Do you remember the 70-something owner?
Max: I do.
John: As soon as I came in he ran over. He profiled me.
John: "You going to see Superman, right?"
Max: Hahahaha
John: "Yeah, I'm going to see Man of Steel after this."

"That's a shame. I think you'd like Superman!"

"No, that is the Superman movie. It is a dumb name though."

"Superman is awesome! Batman could never beat him."


And realize, this is a 70-year-old man who is clearly speaking a second language when he attests, "Superman too old. Batman can't do nothing."
Max: I can picture it so vividly.
John: Then he went back to the front
John: I hear, from behind the aquarium
Max: My heart is melting
Max: That's adorable.
John: I never in a million years would have thought that would happen

Mosey on over to John's site at http://johnwiswell.blogspot.com.

To donate to Vira Gunn's surgery fund (mentioned in the first few seconds of the podcast), head to http://viragunn.tumblr.com/post/52867526913/please-read-this-we-badly-need-your-help.

Click here to download in MP3 format (14.7MB, 30 minutes and 43 seconds).

Episode 17: "Star Trek Into Darkness"

posted on May 18, 2013

Yesterday John and Max boldly went where everyone else was also going: a Friday double-feature of Star Trek Into Darkness and Iron Man 3. They here present the first of a podcast two-parter, explaning the craft and appeal of Abrams' new Star Trek series. It opens questioning if this is really a reboot and moves swiftly into a half-hour of Spoiled! territory, as well as some shameless gushing over Karl Urban and also Karl Urban.

Click here to download in MP3 format (22MB, 47 minutes and 42 seconds).

Episode 16: "Consumedstuck"

posted on February 5, 2013

Starting with a visit to the hilarious post-apocalyptic cooperative shooter Borderlands 2, this episode of Consumed meanders leisurely across Tom Holt's Blonde Bombshell and then engages Mark of the Ninja in deadly podcast combat. After a brief detour to Tig Notaro's "Live", our intrepid casters brave the eldritch mysteries of Homestuck, a hilarious and singular webcomic that has captured Max's fragile thinkpan for the last couple of years.

Special thanks to Clark "Plazmataz" Powell for our delightful new theme song! (He takes commissions, ladies!)

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We love our new themesong
Why is Borderlands 2 a remarkably funny videogame?
Borderlands 2's gross flaws and why we don't care
John rambles about Tom Holt's Blonde Bombshell (book chat!)
No one wants to talk about Mark of the Ninja
Mark of the Ninja makes stealth fun
Tig Notaro's stand-up comedy about her own cancer; stand-up as an artform
The Boring Business Plan of Homestuck
What Homestuck is Actually About (God help us)

Click here to download in MP3 format (31.3MB, 65 minutes).

Episode 15: "BSG, JLA, Frog Fractions, or, We Thought We'd Be Laughing"

posted on January 3, 2013

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John is horribly offensive
Scott Lynch's Lies of Locke Lamora, and double-fisting cynicism
Jo Walton's Among Others, and good fictional teens
Shirley Jackson's The Haunting of Hill House, and her insane talent for voices
Battlestar Galactica is really cool and everyone loves it
Battlestar Galactica thinks you're stupid, is racist
Justice League Unlimited: the best cartoon?
John gets angry at Superman haters
Frog Fractions: the Tristram Shandy of videogames?
Is there a Frog Fractions of indie fiction? How would you find it?
Absurdism Vs. Romance genre requirements

Click here to download in MP3 format (45.2MB, 94 minutes).

Episode 14: "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, or, The Tolkien Minority"

posted on December 18, 2012

Three pasty white men congregate in the dead of night to discuss an epic film trilogy based on a children's story. It's always serious business on Consumed.

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Who the hell is Azog?
The incredible aesthetics of Middle Earth
Howard Shore, the soundtrack, and singing John actually likes
Too Many Openings?
No one likes Radagast the Brown
Too many points of view?
Fight Choreography Vs. Fight Cinematography
Is the aesthetic too cartoony?
Is this movie all setup for two superior sequels?

Click here to download in MP3 format (19.6MB, 81 minutes).

Episode 13: "Hashtag it; Get behind it; Think it through"

posted on November 23, 2012

For the first time in months all three boys are back together! John, Max and Nat return with an all-games-themed podcast, starting off with Wreck-It Ralph. Everyone thinks it's adorable and John obsesses over its inside jokes, but the gang discusses the difficulty of getting its premise to work as smoothly as it does, and its long road in development. They transition from one game movie to another, with Indie Game: The Movie, a documentary that moves John and Max to talk about how crazy you can go in long, intensive development on a project.

After that, the podcast boils over into discussing the explosion of attention indie games have gotten on services like Steam, PSN and XBLA, and three particular stand-out titles: Thomas Was Alone, Home, and Dust: An Elysian Tail. It's a roving conversation about the things smaller games can try, and the satisfaction that a $10 product gives that a $60 one doesn't. Unusual puzzles and narratives, amateur voice acting, and creative endings - is the art of games more alive on the indie circuit than in AAA development?

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0:45The cone of shame
2:38Wreck-It Ralph
18:27Spotlight on The Paper Man short film
19:25Can live action short films run in front of major movies?
27:30Indie Game: The Movie and Holocaust Humor
36:25Are videogames the hardest artform to make?
40:55Pricing for movies, games, apps.
48:46Indie game, "Home"
54:25The wit and ingenuity of Thomas Was Alone
1:00:45John tries to get people to play Frog Fractions, shuts himself down
1:02:40Dust: An Elysian Tail's unparalleled graphics, amateur voice acting, thrilling gameplay

Click here to download in MP3 format (19.6MB, 81 minutes).

Episode 12: "Halloweencast"

posted on October 31, 2012

On October 30th, 2012, John Wiswell and Max Cantor convened in an undisclosed basement to discuss fear itself. They began with The Perfect Host, a vicious and hilarious hostage movie that Max nicknamed "Silence of the Tea Parties." Then the boys got to the real Halloween goodies: vampires and zombies. Vampires were represented in John Ajvide Lindqvist's Let the Right One In, a superb Horror novel that is equal parts about the evils of vampirism and the inhumanity of children. They wrapped up with Telltale Games's The Walking Dead - not the comic book or TV show, but the superb videogame that turns morality into a game mechanic and generally uses zombies to make you feel like a bad parent. Happy Halloween!

Thanks to a few astute readers who have pointed out some issues with comment posting and the RSS feed; rest assured that Max is keeping his nose to the procrastination-stone on getting everything fixed. Seriously, just like one more level, and I gotta do the dishes I think, they'll be working in like five minutes. A couple hours. Before 2013, for sure. 2014. Before 2015. Definitely, final answer. Probably.

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00:20Why Halloween is the best time of the year, and why November 1st sucks
03:25The Perfect Host
15:00The Many Versions of Let the Right One In
19:00John hates children; Lord of the Flies somehow comes up
33:40Gender exploration in Let the Right One In, and other YA
40:40The Many Versions of The Walking Dead
45:00Why John is enthralled with The Walking Dead Game

Click here to download in MP3 format (15.2MB, 63 minutes).

Episode 11: "Paranormal Activity 4"

posted on October 21, 2012

Hey, a release-weekend podcast that actually went up on time!

John Wiswell and Max Cantor voyage to the cinema to partake in Paranormal Activity 4. Both were huge fans of the previous movies – Max will even defend Paranormal Activity 2. So why did they both come back so angry? There’s something about continuity, something about nothing being scary, and for a minute John loses his mind screaming about children. You know you’re in deep when the podcasts wraps up with Max refusing to pay for PA5 no matter what it’s like.

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01:30John's fetish for Found Footage movies
04:50Non-Spoiler chat about Paranormal Activity 4
08:30SPOILERS BEGIN: bitching about incoherent film structure
15:45Product placement and the Apple Cameras Everywhere
19:20Pacing and respect for the audience
40:25Closing: where does Paranormal Activity go from here?

Click here to download in MP3 format (11.4MB, 47 minutes).

Episode 9: "Like it or you're wrong, or, The Yahoo! Gulag"

posted on July 17, 2012

In Consumed Episode 9, we cover fantasy, physics and videogame tomfoolery as we discuss R. Scott Bakker's The Darkness That Comes Before, Walter Lewin's For The Love of Physics, and Saints Row the Third from THQ/Volition Games.

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3:00The Darkness That Comes Before by R. Scott Bakker (Overlook Press, 2004)
31:00For the Love of Physics: From the End of the Rainbow to the Edge of Time by Walter Lewin (Simon and Schuster Publishing, 2011)
49:00Saint's Row the Third (THQ/Volition Games, 2011)

Click here to download in MP3 format (18MB, 75 minutes).

Episode 8: "A racoon force-pulling a bear, or, Oops! You're racist."

posted on July 9, 2012

This two-hour behemoth podcast has been sitting on the backburner since February. In this episode, we swindled educator Ross Dillon into joining, having recently marathoned the entirety of Sorkin's third TV show, Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip. However, that's our thrilling conclusion. We start out with a brisk comparison of Skyrim and Dark Souls, finding them to be quite dissimilar, and break from video games to cover the racist undertones in the beautifully-animated film The Secret of Kells.

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36:30Dark Souls
1:19:20The Secret of Kells
1:43:01Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip

Click here to download in MP3 format (31.6 MB, 2 hours 11 minutes).

Episode 7: "Directed by the guy from Ask a Ninja"

posted on June 25, 2012

In this uncharacteristically succinct episode, we discuss conflict resolution in the season finale of Nickelodeon's Legend of Korra, take 60 desperate seconds each to pitch you Harvey, Motorcity and Dragonball, and wrap up by contrasting Blizzard's cataclysmic Battle.net peanut butter getting all up in their delicious Diablo 3 chocolate.

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0:00Legend of Korra
26:5060 second pitches
33:25Diablo 3

Click here to download in MP3 format (17.5 MB, 77 minutes).

Episode 6: "Prometheus: China is closed, or, Bloody buttcheeks."

posted on June 9, 2012

So we saw Prometheus (20th Century Fox, 2012), and that was a thing. We try to stay pretty positive on this podcast, but... Prometheus. Yeah.

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3:43"Working Class" Science Fiction
6:20Premise, introduction, character stereotypes
15:14Differences from Alien (pacing)
21:00Differences from Alien (characterization)
30:20Useless 3D
33:15Gratuitous Tentacle Rape
38:00David & Goliaths / Alternate Endings
41:25Max's favorite line & least favorite scene
45:45Male Gaze, Cyborg Nipples
48:45Engaging scenes

Click here to download in MP3 format (14.9 MB, 62 minutes).

Episode 5: "Come at me, bro!"

posted on May 19, 2012

In the illustrious Episode 5 of Consumed Podcast, Max watches his girlfriend play through all of Fez (2012, XBLA/Videogame, Polytron), a recently released indy game on XBox Live Arcade; John sings the praises of Peter V. Brett's The Warded Man (2009, HarperCollins/Voyager), and subsequently laments an incursion of dang teenagers in the movie theater where he saw Cabin in the Woods (2012, Lionsgate/Mutant Enemy Productions).

Click here to download in MP3 format (18.5 MB).

Episode 4: "Spoiled - Just don't. (Mass Effect 3)"

posted on March 28, 2012

In Consumed (Spoiled!) Episode 4, we delve into BioWare's controversial release Mass Effect 3. Come listen as John pines for Mass Effect 2, Nat praises BioWare's ambition for the Mass Effect series as a whole, and Max picks a fight with David Jaffe.

In honor of Mass Effect 3's feats of storytelling, Consumed (Spoiled!) Episode 4 is available in revolutionary Choose Your Own Podcastventure format, with three wildly divergent editions that reflect every choice you've ever made in your entire life, ever. Didn't give that dude in the men's room any toilet paper back in 1997? Watch out, man. Karma's a laser-firing, tentacle-waving, airhorn-reverbing bitch.

Episode 2: "Closer than the moon."

posted on October 25, 2011

Originally recorded in early September, but brought to you with special time-slowing technology today!

  • Archer Season 2 (TV series, FX, 2011)
  • Ostrov (movie, Pavel Lungin's Studio, 2006)
  • Winter's Bone (movie, Winter's Bone Pictures, 2010)
  • Fullmetal Alchemist: The Sacred Star of Milos (movie, Shochiku/Funimation, 2011)
  • Captain America (movie, Marvel Studios, 2011)
  • Sym-Bionic Titan (TV series, Cartoon Network, 2010)
  • Bastion (videogame, Supergiant Games, 2011)
  • The Informant! (movie, Participant Media, 2009)
  • I Saw the Devil (movie, Showbox/Magnet Releasing, 2010)

Click here to download in MP3 format.