Stephen Talks

May 21 2020 20 mins

My purpose is to offer my perspective on sci-fi and fantasy topics in such a way as to promote positive interactions, entertainment, and criticism.



...About Zack Snyder's Justice League
May 21 2020 • 33 min
After two and a half years of petitions and determination in the face of opposition that was almost as relentless as we are, they're finally going to release the Snyder Cut.


...Rewrites Star Wars (Part 1)
May 15 2020 • 44 min
As much as I love Star Wars, there are definitely things I would change about it. This is the first in my new "Stephen Rewrites" feature.


...About Prequels
May 08 2020 • 41 min
Once a story is told and you're wondering where to go next, sometimes the best place to go is back to the beginning...or even further.



...Recommends Star Wars (Ranking the Movies)
May 04 2020 • 44 min
On this day, May the Fourth, I am ranking all of the live-action Star Wars movies. May the Force be with me.


...About the Hobbit and Lord of the Rings Film Trilogies
May 01 2020 • 35 min
Peter Jackson did a phenomenal job of adapting J.R.R. Tolkien's "The Hobbit" and "The Lord of the Rings" for the big screen. Here, I share my thoughts about the extended editions of the two film trilogies.


...About Taking Coronavirus Seriously
Apr 29 2020 • 25 min
It's been six weeks since I asked the question "Are we overreacting to Coronavirus?" Unfortunately, I think we're underreacting.


...Recommends Movies and TV (Everything's Gonna Be Okay)
Apr 27 2020 • 12 min
Here are some movies and TV shows you can watch during quarantine.


...About Politics (Are We Overreacting to Coronavirus?)
Mar 17 2020 • 25 min
People's reactions to the coronavirus, COVID-19, range from denial to sheer panic. What's the proper reaction, though, on a national, state, or personal level?Here's the link to the Twitter video I mention in the podcast:https://twitter.com/davdchristmas/status/1239196410857340933


...About the Monte Awards (Horror and Animated Movies)
Mar 13 2020 • 16 min
Horror and animation both have long histories in film, and both face their own challenges in embracing that history while still innovating for future movies.


...About Politics (The Coronavirus, Biden vs. Sanders)
Mar 10 2020 • 30 min
We have a global pandemic that's causing whole countries to shut down. Donald Trump's "leadership" at this time is exactly why we need someone, either Joe Biden or Bernie Sanders, to replace him as soon as possible.


...Recommends TV (Carnival Row)
Mar 10 2020 • 3 min
Orlando Bloom and Cara Delevingne star in a fairy tale that is definitely not for children. "Carnival Row" is available to watch on Amazon Prime.


...About the Monte Awards (Comic Book and Video Game Movies)
Mar 05 2020 • 16 min
Comic books and video games are difficult to adapt into movies. Even with all the recent success, some still go unnoticed.


...About Politics (My Vote on Super Tuesday)
Mar 03 2020 • 16 min
My candidate in the Democratic Primaries, Pete Buttigieg, had to leave the race. What will I do now? For whom will I vote?



..About the Monte Awards (Fantasy and YA)
Feb 27 2020 • 14 min
Fantasy and Young Adult movies can tell us a lot about ourselves; particularly about the need to not lose your sense of wonder as you grow older.


...Recommends TV (Locke & Key)
Feb 24 2020 • 4 min
Young adult fiction, like other media, are shifting more towards streaming services. Today, I'm recommending Locke & Key on Netflix.


...About the 2020 Monte Awards
Feb 20 2020 • 13 min
The Monte Awards are a different type of awards show, one that shines a light on movies that don't get as much attention as blockbusters and Oscar-bait but still deserve it.This year's Montes will be awarded on March 19th. You can watch last year's show on my YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UjXP8wjyAV4


...About Politics (Assault Weapons, Nevada Caucus)
Feb 18 2020 • 26 min
A Rembrandt in Pennsylvania, a Jetpack in Dubai, Assault Weapons in Virginia, and more in this episode of Stephen Talks Politics.


...Recommends Movies (Sonic, Birds of Prey)
Feb 18 2020 • 6 min
Both of these movies have faced skepticism from their franchises' fans. So, which one do I recommend?


...About Love in Fiction
Feb 14 2020 • 28 min
Love in fiction is almost exclusively between one man and one woman. But there are many other types of love out there just waiting to be shown on screen.


...About Politics (Iowa and NH Results, Donald Trump)
Feb 13 2020 • 25 min
This week, I talk about the results of the Iowa Caucus and the New Hampshire Primary, and whether or not Donald Trump has learned anything from his impeachment.


...About the Star Trek Genre
Feb 10 2020 • 43 min
With the addition of Discovery and Picard to the decades-old franchise, I try to answer the question of what it takes to really be "Star Trek".


...About Politics (Coronavirus, Iowa Caucuses, and More)
Feb 04 2020 • 16 min
The coronavirus has spread to more than 20,000 people, the president is being impeached, and we don't know who won the Iowa Caucuses.


...Recommends Super Bowl LIV
Feb 04 2020 • 15 min
I talk about my favorite parts of Super Bowl LIV, including the commercials, the Halftime Show, and the Puppy Bowl.



...About Politics (Impeachment, Pete Buttigieg)
Jan 28 2020 • 43 min
This is my first podcast devoted to politics. I cover the impeachment of Donald Trump and my pick for the Democratic presidential nominee. Hopefully, we can all talk about the important issues of the day respectfully.


...Recommends TV Shows (The Witcher, Star Trek Picard)
Jan 27 2020 • 6 min
I'm expanding my Monday Recommends feature to include TV shows, books, and maybe more, along with movies. This week, I talk about The Witcher and the newest Star Trek series, Picard.


...About Changes in 2020
Jan 23 2020 • 9 min
New year, new things to talk about. I'll be expanding my podcast to cover a lot more topics, and I'll be starting broadcasts from my Twitch channel, https://www.twitch.tv/stephenmarkmonteith. I also have a new Twitter account for my horror, violent, and otherwise mature content, https://twitter.com/Hardcover_SM.


...Recommends Movies (Just Mercy, Little Women, Dolittle, and More)
Jan 21 2020 • 12 min
It's been a month since my last movie post. It's time to catch up on what I've seen and what I recommend.


...Recommends Movies (Aeronauts, Star Wars, Cats)
Dec 23 2019 • 8 min
My movie recommendations for this holiday season may surprise you.


...About Adam Driver
Dec 20 2019 • 21 min
Adam Driver recently was forced to leave an interview before it completed. I have a *lot* of thoughts about this.


...Recommends Movies (Black Christmas, Jumanji: The Next Level)
Dec 16 2019 • 9 min
Black Christmas and Jumanji: The Next Level are both the third installments in their franchises. How well do they stack up against what came before?


...About Streaming Services
Dec 12 2019 • 15 min
I could subscribe to five different streaming services and I'd have more shows and movies to watch than I could ever watch in my life. So why would I need cable?


...About Women In Action Movies
Dec 05 2019 • 18 min
Elizabeth Banks, director of the new Charlie's Angels movie, thinks that men don't like female-led action movies. Is she right?


...About Thanksgiving (Also Blade Runner and Other Dystopias)
Nov 28 2019 • 19 min
Happy Thanksgiving to all, and to all a good meal!



...Recommends Movies (Terminator Dark Fate, Charlie's Angels)
Nov 19 2019 • 9 min
Two popular franchises that have struggled at times are both back in theaters.


...About The Snyder Cut
Nov 14 2019 • 19 min
It's been two years since the Justice League movie was released in theaters. It is well past time for Warner Bros. to release the Snyder Cut.


...About Batman (Ranking the Movies)
Sep 20 2019 • 25 min
It's Batman's 80th anniversary this weekend, and I'm ranking all the Batman movies we've seen on the big screen.


...About DragonCon 2019
Aug 31 2019 • 4 min
DragonCon is an annual fan convention in Atlanta. Fans of what? Everything.


...Recommends Movies (Hobbs & Shaw, The Lion King, and More)
Aug 27 2019 • 14 min
A lot of movies have come out this summer. Which have I seen, and which do I recommend?


...About Spider-Man (Ranking the Movies)
Aug 22 2019 • 44 min
Spider-Man has always been the victim of executive meddling, whether in the comics or cartoons or cinema. Here are my feelings about the franchise and my rankings for each of the solo movies to date.


...About Remakes
Aug 15 2019 • 29 min
It seems that most of the movies produced these days are remakes or sequels or adaptations. But is that really a bad thing? Can they still be called "original"?


...About Critics
Aug 08 2019 • 35 min
Summer is still the biggest season for movies, and critics are still the biggest factor in how well a movie will do. But should you really listen to their opinions?


...Recommends Movies (Child's Play, Toy Story 4)
Jun 24 2019 • 4 min
Two movies about toys coming to life when their owners aren't around and having adventures (but very different types of adventures).


...Recommends Movies (Men In Black International)
Jun 17 2019 • 3 min
The Men In Black franchise has always had Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones at the core. But that doesn't mean they'll always need to be.



...About the X-Men Movies
Jun 14 2019 • 47 min
The X-Men movie franchise has had it's ups and downs, but I really feel it deserves more appreciation than it gets, especially now.


...Recommends Movies (Dark Phoenix, the X-Men Movie Franchise)
Jun 10 2019 • 4 min
Critics have been giving the X-Men movies grief for a long time, especially the latest one; but there are really only two X-Men movies I don't recommend. Which ones are they? Just listen.


...About the Human Element
Jun 06 2019 • 18 min
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? Remember to check out my website: http://stephens.website/


...Recommends Movies (Godzilla: King of the Monsters)
Jun 03 2019 • 3 min
Critics don't like "Godzilla: King of the Monsters". Audiences love it. How do *I* feel about it? Listen and find out. Don't forget to visit my website to find links to my social media and all my writing: https://stephens.website/


...About Story Twists
May 30 2019 • 24 min
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: https://twitter.com/ThePapermage


...Recommends Movies (Aladdin, Detective Pikachu)
May 27 2019 • 5 min
This is the first installment of my "Movie Recommendations" feature. I won't be reviewing movies or criticizing them, just telling you whether or not I recommend seeing them.


...About Live-Action Disney Remakes
May 23 2019 • 20 min
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
May 02 2019 • 24 min
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 in the MCU
Apr 25 2019 • 13 min
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
Apr 18 2019 • 16 min
We got our first official teaser trailer for "Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker" last week. In this podcast, I'm going to talk about why I'm the least-interested I've ever been in seeing a new Star Wars movie.



...About Origin Stories
Apr 11 2019 • 18 min
Characters are the most important part of any story, and the origin story is the most important part of any character.


...About Disney Owning Fox
Mar 21 2019 • 23 min
There are a lot of reasons to be concerned about Disney's recent acquisition of 20th Century Fox. But, there are reasons to be hopeful, as well. My website: http://stephens.website/My ebooks: http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/stephenmonteith


...About the Future of the DCEU
Mar 14 2019 • 35 min
Movies based on DC Comics have always had trouble finding their own identity; figuring out what movies to make and with whom. Here are my ideas for the franchise.


...About Being A Grown-Up Kid
Mar 07 2019 • 41 min
An adult is merely a kid who has reached a certain age, and a kid is merely an adult who hasn't reached that age. I've always liked cartoons and comics and even dressing up as characters from them. The fact that I'm about to turn 38 doesn't change that at all. No adult should feel bad about enjoying things that are "meant for kids". (In this podcast, I referenced a Twitter thread from author Catherynne Valente. You can find it here: https://twitter.com/catvalente/status/1089293175360028674 )


...About What He's Up To
Feb 28 2019 • 8 min
Just a brief explanation of what I've been up to the last few months and what I'll be doing the next few months.


...Live From DragonCon
Sep 01 2018 • 18 min
This week's podcast is live from DragonCon 2018 in Atlanta, GA, right before the annual parade. Look for parade pics on my Instagram @stephenmarkmonteith, and visit my website http://stephens.website/


...About Violence in Movies and TV
Aug 23 2018 • 48 min
There is, in each of us, a limit to the amount and type of violence we'll accept in our entertainment. Where do we draw the line? And why? I also share my thoughts about Ben Affleck's current situation, Kelly Marie Tran's article in the New York Times, and more.


...About Nostalgia
Aug 16 2018 • 32 min
Nostalgia can be a great thing, helping us remember the things we grew up with, the things that comforted us and helped make us the people we are. Nobody likes it when someone messes with our favorite franchises. But we need to be willing to let new versions of them grow so new generations can form their own sources of nostalgia.


...About James Gunn
Jul 26 2018 • 15 min
This wasn't the podcast I was planning to do, and it's one of the hardest I've had to record, but I feel it's important.


...About Justice League As An Ensemble Movie
Jul 19 2018 • 14 min
For the last decade, people have been saying DC should make movies the way Marvel makes them. But shouldn't DC do things their own way, the way that's worked for them for almost 80 years?



...About Wonder Woman
Jul 12 2018 • 14 min
Wonder Woman is a phenomenal character who was created to be the equal of other superheroes, and time has proven that she is.


...About Suicide Squad and Storytelling
Jul 05 2018 • 14 min
"Suicide Squad" is generally considered to be the weakest film in the DCEU continuity, mostly because of its unorthodox style of storytelling. But could that "weakness" actually be a strength?


...About Jesse Eisenberg's Lex Luthor
Jun 28 2018 • 14 min
A lot of people say Jesse Eisenberg's performance as Lex Luthor is one of the worst comic book movie performances ever. A lot of *other* people disagree, saying it's a layered, nuanced portrayal of one of comic book's greatest villains.


...About A Sequel To Man Of Steel (Part 2)
Jun 21 2018 • 14 min
There are so many elements from "Man Of Steel", from the worldbuilding to the background stories, that are just waiting to be used in a sequel. This is how they could fit into "Superman: Birthright".


...About A Sequel To Man Of Steel
Jun 14 2018 • 14 min
Although Henry Cavill has portrayed Superman in three films over the last five years, many people think there should be a "proper" sequel to the movie that started the DCEU. Here's a way they could do it that may just make everyone happy, fans and haters alike.


...About Haters
Jun 07 2018 • 14 min
You don't have to like something, but you don't have to hate it. You certainly don't have to hate the people who made it or the people who DO like it.


...About Avengers: Infinity War (Part 2)
May 31 2018 • 14 min
Infinity War is a phenomenally successful movie, the pinnacle of expanded cinematic universe movie efforts. But, narratively speaking, there are some big problems with it. Part 1 of this episode deals with how Marvel Studios could have led up to the movie, and this part covers changes they could have made to the movie itself.


...About Avengers: Infinity War (Part 1)
May 24 2018 • 14 min
The Marvel Cinematic Universe makes a big deal out of solo movies leading into team up movies. But this time, there's one solo movie they really shouldn't have skipped.


...About Why He Won't Buy the Justice League Movie
May 17 2018 • 14 min
Six months ago, Warner Bros. released "Justice League" in theaters...but it wasn't the movie fans were hoping for. Just like the Richard Donner Cut of "Superman II" and the Ultimate Edition of "Batman v Superman", we want the Zack Snyder Cut of "Justice League". It can be done. We'll wait.


...About Himself
Feb 18 2018 • 14 min
Stephen talks briefly about himself, the things that led him to make a podcast, and the purpose of the podcast itself.


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