In our first double feature, we delve into Leslie H. Martinson’s Batman: the Movie and Tim Burton’s Batman! Mom doesn’t hold back in her varying descriptions of being unable to fathom anyone could take either movie seriously – yes, either – while I try to explain the remaining history of Batman movies. We get sidetracked by various celebrities I’ve never heard of and Mom wonders if she should show me a film from 1927. There are some more prejudices against Americans, but we also cover Italian, British, and Dutch obnoxiousness this time around!
As we inevitably return to the DCEU, we discuss Patty Jenkins’ Wonder Woman! This is therefore the first episode that requires a SPOILER WARNING as it’s about a movie that’s still in theaters. In it, Mom complains about being dragged into a 3D screening, tries not to swear despite being the cause of this podcast being explicit in the first place, wins an impromptu spelling bee, proceeds to swear, school me on history, and reprimand me for both getting too political and swearing.
Returning from our unplanned sabbatical, we have our long overdue talk about Luc Besson’s Léon: The Professional! We survive a troubled production that would’ve suited the Suicide Squad episode better, remember a surprising amount of names and years we totally didn’t look up, discover how French people are a lot weirder than, yes, even Americans, and Mom confesses she thinks things used to be better back in her day.
Returning to the world of Batfleck, I introduce my mom to a bunch of new characters in hopes of a better reception than BvS got. We discuss David Ayer’s Suicide Squad, I forget the name of Debbie Harry, my mom talks at length about my thigh, we ramble about other movies that are vaguely related, somehow get into analyzing the decline of the Roman empire, and I have one last surprise up my sleeve before we end things: a shiny new trailer for her to watch.
After general laziness helped us procrastinate, we return to discuss Luc Besson’s Lucy. We ignore Scarlett Johansson’s relations to Marvel for some reason, forget the title of Under the Skin, insult the French for a change, and generally stray from the topic at hand since we didn’t record all that soon after watching the movie. Hopefully you’ll enjoy our other tangents all the same.
Leaving the genre of comic book movies, we turn to a director most famous for his comic book movies and discuss Christopher Nolan’s Memento. We also remember a bunch of dead people you’ve never heard of and recommend a film you’ve never heard of by a director you’ve never heard of. In between desperately trying to stay on topic, we exchange theories on what happened in the story, before laughing about a story about laughing.
In this episode we continue to insult America, get sidetracked by politics, discuss different waves of feminism, I get confused while spelling words, and we talk with a lisp for a while. Also, in less conversational and more long winded fashion I walk my mom through Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice (Ultimate Edition) to fill in the gaps she either slept through or simply won’t get as a non-fan. Spoilers: she still isn’t a fan and I have to improvise a speech explaining why I am in fact a fan of intertextuality and challenging, ambitious movies. My mom also promised a prize on my behalf to anyone who got a relatively obscure reference without specifying what that would be, so if you want to win literally anything within reason…
Hi and welcome! This is the first episode of Stealing the Remote, a podcast where I make my mom watch whatever I want to! Please enjoy as I assess her complete lack of comics knowledge and introduce her to the world of DC Films through Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel. She in turn teaches me things I never knew about pop culture during the decades I didn’t live through, as well as kitchen appliances I hadn’t heard of. Together we struggle to find the word “spandex.” I hope you’ll like this fresh perspective of a first-timer entering the world of comic book movies, albeit at gunpoint.