Episode 2 – Cars

Lightning McQueen and Chick HicksDan Lankford and Matt Robison talk about the 2006 Pixar movie, Cars.

Some of the topics we discuss are old-school American cars, NASCAR (the good and the bad), the need for mattresses in this weird universe, the parallel character arcs of Lightning McQueen and Doc Hudson, respect for earlier generations, merchandising, the tenuous likability of Owen Wilson, what does a truck of recycled batteries actually represent in a universe of sentient automobiles, the laziness of Cars 2, and whether Cars 3 will be the Rocky 5 of Pixar.

For the reference to the Oak Ridge Boys, check out this live performance.

About Dan:

A Christian. A husband. A father. And a someone who thinks about stuff.

Episode 1 – The Iron Giant

The Iron Giant Flies past Hogarth's mom

Steve Akers and Matt Robison talk about the 1999 movie, The Iron Giant.


Some of the topics covered are the Superman motif and the archetypal makeup of the Justice League, Brad Bird’s understanding of boyhood, comparisons to ET and other films, self-important bureaucrats and their place as villains, favorite individual scenes, and one of the main questions of the movie: what if a gun had a soul?

This scene was referenced, in regard to the giant making a pose like Superman after hearing a cry for help. He’s about ready to pull back the metal on his chest and reveal the “S” underneath.

The Giant hears a call for help

About Steve:

Christian. Husband and father. VP of Engineering at Appriss. Amateur TV philosopher. Lover of movies.