Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life – Popcorn Not Included

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If you’re subscribed to our podcast because you want to hear us talk about Gilmore Girls, you’re in luck! We’re doing that again.

If you’re subscribed to our podcast and you’re sick of hearing us talk about Gilmore Girls, you’re in luck! This is the last time we’re going to do that (unless there’s more new episodes in the future)!

If you’re not subscribed, you could do that with the links above! We’d appreciate it.

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Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life

Created by: Amy Sherman-Palladino
Starring: Lauren Graham, Alexis Bledel, Melissa McCarthy, Keiko Agena, Yanic Truesdale, Scott Patterson, Kelly Bishop, Edward Herrmann
Composer: Sam Phillips
Executive Producers: Amy Sherman-Palladino, Daniel Palladino, Gavin Polone
Original network: Netflix
Original release: 2016

Why I Stopped Playing Animal Crossing: New Horizons – DEBUG MODE

Is it possible? Two Debug Mode videos in such a short span? Nay, three videos! What new devilry is this? Only the wild year that is 2020 could bring about such unprecedented events!

Animal Crossing: New Horizons one of the biggest game releases of the year and in this video I explain why I quit playing. I do like the game though – especially in the midst of all the insanity this year. It’s extremely well made and very inviting – it’s just got fairly major design issues that push me away.

This is the first video of the kind of new format I’d like to continue exploring – not a comprehensive review, nor a list, but a vehicle for me to talk about just a subset of things about a particular game that I find interesting. Maybe it’s a particular mechanic, the evolution of the series, or an analysis of the story. I have more videos in the works and I’m hoping there will be two more out before the end of the summer which would be a big deal considering the historical upload pace of this channel. Then I’ve got to get back to the Arkham retrospective because there’s probably going to be a new one of those out in the near future.

XCOM: Chimera Squad review – DEBUG MODE

This is the first single-game review I’ve done in five years (the Arkham Asylum video from last fall was more of a retrospective). I’ve shied away from doing traditional game reviews for a variety of reasons – mostly because I find that uninteresting. My current philosophy with the Debug Mode channel is to do videos on whatever sparks my interest – thus we have this Chimera Squad review/discussion thing.

I really wasn’t sure if I’d like this game. A lot of the changes sounded like love-it-or-hate-it kind of things. I haven’t looked into what the community’s reaction has been. While I’m not a hardcore XCOM player, I do like the series a lot and have been following it ever since Enemy Unknown back in 2012.

Knives Out – Popcorn Not Included

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We discuss Knives Out, Agatha Christie, detective stories, and murder mystery films.

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Knives Out

Directed by: Rian Johnson
Produced by: Ram Bergman, Rian Johnson
Screenplay by: Rian Johnson
Edited by: Bob Ducsay
Cinematography: Steve Yedlin
Music by: Nathan Johnson
Starring: Daniel Craig, Chris Evans, Ana de Armas, Jamie Lee Curtis, Michael Shannon, Don Johnson, Toni Collette, Lakeith Stanfield, Katherine Langford, Jaeden Martell, Christopher Plummer
Distributed by: Lionsgate

Just Mercy – Popcorn Not Included

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Just Mercy is currently free to watch on a variety of platforms. As we discuss the film, we do our best to grapple with the difficult issue of systematic racial injustice in America. Viewing dramatized versions of real events is not the same as digging into the truth of what really happens in our world, but dramas like this can be a helpful and humanizing starting point.

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Just Mercy

Directed by: Destin Daniel Cretton
Produced by: Gil Netter, Asher Goldstein, Michael B. Jordan
Screenplay by: Destin Daniel Cretton, Andrew Lanham
Based on: Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson
Edited by: Nat Sanders
Cinematography: Brett Pawlak
Music by: Joel P. West
Starring: Michael B. Jordan, Jamie Foxx, Brie Larson, Rob Morgan, Tim Blake Nelson, Rafe Spall
Distributed by: Warner Bros. Pictures

Games of the Decade: 2010 – 2019 – DEBUG MODE

Like most of my videos, it took me longer to put this together than I intended. Needless to say, this year hasn’t been what anybody’s wanted so even though there are a billion things more important than video games – especially right now – it’s still worth taking a break and celebrating the medium before we get too much further into the new decade with all that it will bring.

I’m probably going to move away from these sorts of list videos. They’re fun to put together and they allow me to bounce around between all sorts of different games and genres, but they’re also incredibly time consuming. I’ve never done this channel for the views. I’d have stopped a long time ago if that were the case. Even so, I’d like to try my hand at subjects that have a better chance of sparking a conversation – focusing on individual mechanics, games, tends.

I’ve got several irons in the fire right now. My goal is to have more videos out this year than I’ve ever done before. That’s not a high bar, but considering my usual pace for these videos and the number of other things I’m also trying to do… well, I’m trying to push myself in a realistic way.

Gilmore Girls (seasons 2 – 7) – Popcorn Not Included

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We watched Gilmore Girls – the rest of it. Join us as we recap our journey through seasons 2 – 7. If you missed it, here’s our discussion of season 1.

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Gilmore Girls (Seasons 2  – 7)

Created by: Amy Sherman-Palladino
Starring: Lauren Graham, Alexis Bledel, Melissa McCarthy, Keiko Agena, Yanic Truesdale, Scott Patterson, Kelly Bishop, Edward Herrmann
Composer: Sam Phillips
Executive Producers: Amy Sherman-Palladino, Daniel Palladino, Gavin Polone, David S. Rosenthal
Original network: The WB (seasons 2 – 6); The CW (Season 7)
Original release: 2001-2007

Alien – Popcorn Not Included

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Does this sci-fi classic hold up in 2020? We discuss. Plus – hear Maggie’s reaction to seeing Alien for the first time.

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Alien

Directed by: Ridley Scott
Produced by: Gordon Carroll, David Giler, Walter Hill
Screenplay by: Dan O’Bannon
Edited by: Terry Rawlings
Cinematography: Derek Vanlint
Music by: Jerry Goldsmith
Starring: Tom Skerritt, Sigourney Weaver, Veronica Cartwright, Harry Dean Stanton, John Hurt, Ian Holm, Yaphet Kotto
Distributed by: 20th Century Fox

Galaxy Quest – Popcorn Not Included

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We talk about fandom, Star Trek, and intentionally cheesy comedy in our discussion of the cult classic Galaxy Quest. Also contains gushing about Alan Rickman because he deserves it.

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Galaxy Quest

Directed by: Dean Parisot
Produced by: Mark Johnson, Charles Newirth
Screenplay by: David Howard, Robert Gordon
Edited by: Don Zimmerman
Cinematography: Jerzy Zielinski
Music by: David Newman
Starring: Tim Allen, Sigourney Weaver, Alan Rickman, Tony Shalhoub, Sam Rockwell, Daryl Mitchell
Distributed by: DreamWorks Pictures