Episode 21: American Hero

Episode 23 · April 21st, 2014 · 1 hr 21 mins

About this Episode

Screeners welcome a new guest host to the team while Josh plays hooky…apparently having a baby takes precedence over movie talk with his Screener pals. We see how it is, Josh. Without the balance of Josh’s contrary perspectives, will the Screeners be able to restrain their positivity about the latest installment from the Marvel universe? We shall find out.


We begin with the question that is surely on the minds of all Screeners podcast listeners… what else are these people doing to entertain themselves in the world of media? Our answers might shock you… or perhaps not.

Chad informs the Screeners that movie theaters are losing their younger demographics of viewers and they are blaming those newfangled mobile devices! How dare anyone suggest that the industry may have to adapt?

Next up, it appears that NBC has completely run out of imaginative ideas and will be outsourcing their show writing to anyone with a computer and a creative concept! Will one of the Screeners be the next big thing on NBC?

Chris can’t let an episode go by without drawing our attention back to our mobile devices. The Screeners discuss Google’s new Project Ara, a modular smart phone (aka: a “Lego-lover’s pipe dream”).


Captain America: The Winter Soldier – is this one of the best Marvel superhero films of all time? Or is it just another in a long line of lackluster flicks that leave us less and less entertained? Find out which Screeners can still find the magic, and which ones are beginning to suffer from superhero burnout.

The Mailbag Lives!

And Josh returns from the delivery room! (Actually we just recorded this segment last week. But it’s still good to have his happy, optimistic voice join the conversation.)

The majority of Screeners listeners are a reticent lot so far, but we do still get a question every now and then.

For this episode, fans have posed some real doozies (or not, depending on who’s answering). We’ll find out what movie(s) each Screener would remake if they had the chance, get a sampling of their favorite books of all time, and hear about some TV shows that may be past their prime, but that come highly recommended by our hosts.

Thanks to Mike, Maria, and Samantha for the questions; as for the rest of you (you know who you are), if you ever have a nagging curiosity, idle musing, or burning rage that you want to let us know about, we have an email address, Facebook page, and comments section. Where findest one all these wondrous resources, you may ask? You’ll have to listen to the podcast to find out!