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The Films of Shinya Tsukamoto - Part 3
Aug 6 • 73 min
We’re wrapping up our three-part Shinya Tsukamoto retrospective with a trio of films spanning three different decades of the director’s career. Noted Shinya Tsukamoto hater, Adam Miros, joins the podcast so he can either see the light or get bullied into…
Money Pain
Jul 30 • 74 min
We’re deep into Summer blockbuster season, so let’s kick back with the boys and let the power of new release cinema wash over us. What could be better than a hot night with a triple feature that includes “Money” Mel Gibson, Fraiser on a Zoom call, and…
The Films of Shinya Tsukamoto - Part 2
Jul 23 • 85 min
Part 2 of our Shinya Tsukamoto spectacular takes a look at the director’s mid-career work as he inches away from cyberpunk and into the world of psycho-sexual nightmares and creepy doppelgangers. Don’t worry though, there’s still a giant metal dong. THIS…
For Your Ears Only 0023: Casino Royale
Jul 16 • 81 min
Pierce Brosnan leaves the world of 007 behind him to make way for the first James Bond film of the contemporary era: Casino Royale. Does Daniel Craig have the chops to take on a serious adaptation of Casino Royale? Is he at least better than David Niven?…
The Films of Shinya Tsukamoto - Part 1
Jul 9 • 61 min
Shinya Tsukamoto’s cynical cyberpunk aesthetic might seem like a nightmare to some, but given the current state of the world, maybe it isn’t all that bad. Join the OV squad as we dissect his early films, discuss the pros and cons of growing a drill penis,…
The Magic of Groo
Jul 2 • 107 min
Celebrate the 100th episode of the Optimism Vaccine podcast by getting baptized in the life-affirming waters of Stephen Groo cinema. PLUS a bonus interview with the man himself.
SPORTS!
Jun 26 • 78 min
The smell of the ol’ bat. The feel of that dirty pigskin. Do you miss it? How can we survive in a world temporarily inconvenienced by the lack of sports? As we count down the days until the billionaire class marches their athlete armies back onto the…
For Your Ears Only 0022: Die Another Day
Jun 11 • 67 min
Die Another Day marks the fourth and final 007 outing for Pierce Brosnan, but how does it stack up to the previous films in the James Bond franchise? Dig the podcast? Support Optimism Vaccine by rating and reviewing us on iTunes - http://bit.ly/OpVacCast
Safe Indoors
Jun 4 • 79 min
Instagram influencers keep telling us that “nature is healing” but the Optimism Vaccine crew remains skeptical. A lifetime of indoor activities has taught us that the natural world is out to get us. The only way to know for sure is to watch some movies…
Apocalypse Then
May 21 • 80 min
With the world crumbling all around us, you have to wonder: What will things look like after we wake up from this apocalyptic nightmare? Clearly the only way to find the answer is to watch post-apocalyptic films until our brains ooze out of their skulls.…
For Your Ears Only 0021: The World is Not Enough
May 15 • 59 min
James Bond has been shot, beaten, tortured, and blown up but can he survive sharing the screen with Denise Richards as his Bond girl? Jake and Jack investigate the oft-maligned and frequently forgotten The World is Not Enough to find the answer. Dig the…
Mother’s Day
May 10 • 72 min
Whether your mother is an abusive old codger, a flesh-eating cannibal or a charming serial killer, we’re here to celebrate her valuable contributions to society. There’s no better way to say “thanks for letting me live in your basement, mom” than kicking…
Whoops
Apr 30 • 82 min
All good things must come to an end and, thankfully, all terrible things do as well. As we finish off the 2020 Whoopathon, we must ask ourselves, was it worth it? Absolutely not. But, who knows? Maybe we’ll return to the Whoopiverse again once we recover,…
Back in the Habit
Apr 23 • 86 min
The Whoopathon marches on with four more films from the Whoopi Goldberg comedic canon. Have our prospects of finding a good Whoopi Goldberg film improved? No, not at all, but we are coming closer to at least one host having a mental breakdown. THIS WEEK:…
The Whoopathon
Apr 18 • 92 min
As the global pandemic rages on, it has become necessary for one podcast to dissolve their sanity and do what no other podcast has ever attempted: Watch an obscene amount of Whoopi Goldberg films. Join us as we navigate the treacherous waters of Whoopi’s…
Essential Business
Apr 16 • 77 min
What is a massive live event like WWE’s Wrestlemania, and professional wrestling in general, like without an audience? A little bit weird and occasionally great, it turns out. PLUS hear our thoughts on the new season of Dark Side of the Ring and pro tips…
Corona Syndrome
Apr 9 • 74 min
With the rise of the Covid-19 Coronavirus, vast swathes of the world are faced with one, and only one, pressing issue: What should I watch? Thankfully, Optimism Vaccine is here with the cure…or maybe just a few recommendations and some films you shouldn’t…
For Your Ears Only 0020: Tomorrow Never Dies
Mar 31 • 63 min
The Pierce Brosnan era marches forward with James Bond taking on a media mogul hell bent on starting World War III. Does Tomorrow Never Dies deserve its reputation as a mediocre-at-best Bond film? That depends on how much you like motorcycle chases and…
My Dinner With Herve
Mar 15 • 70 min
The year is 2020: the Covid-19 Coronavirus has turned local multiplexes into desolate wastelands. The only studio releasing new films? Blumhouse. So hey, why don’t we break quarantine and talk about Invisible Man and Fantasy Island? Dig the podcast?…
For Your Ears Only 0019: GoldenEye
Feb 23 • 96 min
The James Bond franchise takes a six year hiatus, says goodbye to Timothy Dalton and hello to the Pierce Brosnan 007 era. One question remains: Is Brosnan’s Bond film debut as good as the Nintendo 64 game based on it? Only one way to find out. Dig the…
An Anti-Hate Satire
Feb 7 • 80 min
PART TWO of our Oscar extravaganza features the acclaimed film critic and international playboy Alistair Ryder, who was kind enough to call in from one of those little red English phone booths that are always full of pee and garbage. This episode we bite…
Longest Picture
Feb 2 • 84 min
Another year, another Oscar pod. OV discusses the first wave of best picture nominations in a single UNCUT 90 minute take in honor of Sam Mendes. In addition to 1917, we talk Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, Parasite, Ford vs Ferrari, Little Women, and,…
Reboot
Jan 26 • 75 min
Once again we’re neck deep in our favorite season, DUMPUARY. Dump Santa was kind enough to drop a cornucopia of classic cinema logs in our laps this year, including a new Grudge remake, a Kristen Stewart sea monster joint, and a Tiffany Haddish comedy so…
For Your Ears Only 0018: License to Kill
Jan 17 • 97 min
License to Kill is the final James Bond flick to star Timothy Dalton and the first to not use the title of an Ian Fleming story. It’s also the only film in the franchise that uses the British spelling of “Licence” in defiance of its own marketing…
Who Watches This Shit?
Dec 25, 2019 • 69 min
WHO WATCHES THE WATCHMEN? Optimism Vaccine, I guess. Don’t ever accuse us of not discussing something semi culturally relevant. The real question that remains is whether or not Damon Lindelof’s new take on the classic comic is any good. More importantly,…
For Your Ears Only 0017: The Living Daylights
Dec 15, 2019 • 111 min
Jake, Jack and special guest Steve Cuff discuss Timothy Dalton’s action-packed Bond debut, The Living Daylights. Dig the podcast? Support Optimism Vaccine by rating and reviewing us on iTunes - http://bit.ly/OpVacCast
Not That Kurosawa
Nov 14, 2019 • 70 min
The OV Crew examines the filmography of J-Horror G.O.A.T., Kiyoshi Kurosawa Dig the podcast? Support Optimism Vaccine by rating and reviewing us on iTunes - http://bit.ly/OpVacCast
Hooptober
Oct 17, 2019 • 59 min
The long and storied Optimism Vaccine tradition of exposing Shawn Glinis to horror auteurs every October continues with a look at American horror icon and all-around weird dude, Tobe Hooper. Join us for an in-depth discussion of Texas Chainsaws, Texas…
For Your Ears Only 0016: A View to a Kill
Sep 27, 2019 • 100 min
The aging Roger Moore delivers his seventh (and final) James Bond performance alongside Grace Jones and a bangin’ Duran Duran soundtrack. Dig the podcast? Support Optimism Vaccine by rating and reviewing us on iTunes - http://bit.ly/OpVacCast
Glinis Has Fallen
Sep 6, 2019 • 69 min
After squaring off against Griffin Newman—beloved star of Woody Allen’s A Rainy Day in New York—podcast pariah Shawn Glinis is OFFICIALLY canceled. The Optimism Vaccine editorial staff has decided to keep him on for this episode to talk about the latest…
For Your Ears Only 0015: Never Say Never Again
Aug 14, 2019 • 77 min
Sean Connery returns for his seventh and final appearance as 007 as the franchise adapts Ian Fleming’s Thunderball for a second time. Dig the podcast? Support Optimism Vaccine by rating and reviewing us on iTunes - http://bit.ly/OpVacCast
Midsomnolent
Jul 24, 2019 • 76 min
When Ari “Horror Elevator” Aster lulls you to sleep with a half-cocked Wicker Man homage, the only way to regain your senses is with a Child’s Play franchise binge, right? Right. Dig the podcast? Support Optimism Vaccine by rating and reviewing us on…
For Your Ears Only 0014: Octopussy
Jul 14, 2019 • 84 min
If cinematic greatness was measured by how much Roger Moore is shown in a gorilla suit, Octopussy would probably be considered the best film ever made. In reality, it may not even be the best Bond film released in 1983. Jack and Jake investigate. Dig the…
Luc Beston
Jun 30, 2019 • 77 min
The OV Boyz watch the latest film in the MCU (The Ma Cinematic Universe) and discuss noted action/thriller auteur and vile pedophile, Luc Besson. Dig the podcast? Support Optimism Vaccine by rating and reviewing us on iTunes - http://bit.ly/OpVacCast
Mektoub, My Ass
Jun 7, 2019 • 88 min
Special guest Alistair Ryder breaks down his trip to the Cannes Film Fest and Steve details his recent 4D theater experience. Vegan alert: four meaty hunks discuss John Wick 3.
Watch the Old Thing
Apr 16, 2019 • 89 min
Optimism Vaccine swims in the murky depths of the BLOCKBUSTER SEASON discourse after seeing Us and the Pet Sematary remake. PLUS: the latest from Harmony Korine and S. Craig Zahler slow burn Mel Gibson crime flick, Dragged Across Concrete. Dig the…
For Your Ears Only 0013: For Your Eyes Only
Apr 4, 2019 • 82 min
With the pseudo-Star Wars of Moonraker in the Aston Martin rear view, 007 returns to his roots with the classic James Bond film (and podcast namesake), For Your Eyes Only. Dig the podcast? Support Optimism Vaccine by rating and reviewing us on iTunes -…
Into the Blum
Mar 21, 2019 • 89 min
Blumhouse has their own horror anthology series on Hulu and no one seems to be watching. So, naturally, we just binged the first six episodes and cleansed our palates with the ultimate “Did this really need a sequel?” sequel, Happy Death Day 2 U. Dig the…
A Fish Called Justice
Feb 28, 2019 • 74 min
Dumpuary: The season that never changes and the one time of year that might drive the OV crew to the brink of insanity. This year, the boys are tasked with watching Liam Neeson’s latest “Like Taken but…” film, a pair of forgettable horror flicks, another…
For Your Ears Only 0012: Moonraker
Feb 13, 2019 • 75 min
Released in 1979 amidst Star Wars mania, Moonraker is a film that sends James Bond where he (and every character in any long-running franchise) was always destined to go: SPACE! Plus, Jaws has a girlfriend in this one. What’s not to love! Steve Cuff joins…
A Very Inclusive Oscar Omnibus
Feb 1, 2019 • 116 min
Oscar season is upon us, which means THE OFFICIAL Optimism Vaccine Oscar Omnibus™ has made its triumphant return. This year, a decidedly more sober OV crew dissects the best picture and best director noms. Imagine the sheer joy of sitting through films…
The Algorithm
Jan 6, 2019 • 95 min
DEATH TO THE ALGORITHM! LONG LIVE THE NEW FLESH! The OV Crew talks about our impending doom and the latest wave of direct-to-streaming cinema including Roma, The Other Side of the Wind, Bird Box, Cam, Illang: The Wolf Brigade and more. PLUS: The latest…
For Your Ears Only 0011: The Spy Who Loved Me
Dec 23, 2018 • 69 min
The Spy Who Loved Me threw out Ian Fleming’s original story in favor of an over-the-top tale of a megalomaniac trying to destroy the world and build a new underwater civilization. It’s also the world’s first introduction to a non-shark cinematic Jaws! But…
Infiria
Dec 9, 2018 • 88 min
Steve, Miros and Jake pick apart the latest Hollywood horror remakes and recap the first half of the latest season of 9-1-1, AKA THE GREATEST TELEVISION SHOW EVER. Dig the podcast? Support Optimism Vaccine by rating and reviewing us on iTunes -…
Australia
Nov 29, 2018 • 54 min
Optimism Vaccine all-stars Til Knowles and Stephen Kohlmann return to the OpVac Cast to talk about the state of stand up comedy. Dig the podcast? Support Optimism Vaccine by rating and reviewing us on iTunes - http://bit.ly/OpVacCast
Jean Rollin Rollin Rollin Rollin (What?)
Nov 1, 2018 • 83 min
Shawn’s spooktacular October journey concludes with an introduction to the films of Jean Rollin; the cinematic king of spooky vampires, lesbians and spooky vampire lesbians. Dig the podcast? Support Optimism Vaccine by rating and reviewing us on iTunes -…
Anthropopodcast
Oct 20, 2018 • 98 min
Optimism Vaccine continues the time-honored October tradition of introducing Shawn to great horror auteurs. This year, for really no good reason at all, we chose Joe D’Amato. Yeah, seriously. Join us as Shawn experiences classic like Beyond the Darkness,…
For Your Ears Only 0010: The Man with the Golden Gun
Oct 1, 2018 • 84 min
Upon its release in 1974, Guy Hamilton’s final bond film was derided for its lighthearted tone. Is Roger Moore enough to buoy this James Bond film, or is the The Man with the Golden Gun still a dud over 40 years later? Dig the podcast? Support Optimism…
Evolution
Sep 25, 2018 • 98 min
A rare ALMOST TIMELY episode from the OV crew. This week, we hit the local multiplex to check out critical darlings Searching and The Little Stranger. Oh and Shane Black’s new dumpster fire, The Predator, too. BONUS: dramatic reading of a classic David…
Unblended
Aug 16, 2018 • 87 min
The age of single screen horror is upon us! The OV crew talks Unfriended and its sequel, Unfriended: Dark Web as well as the lesser known Friend Request. BONUS: unfunny sex jokes and mocking alt-right internet figures. Dig the podcast? Support Optimism…
The Binge
Aug 6, 2018 • 94 min
The OV crew shares their experiences from THE BINGE: A one time event where all four Purge films are watched and discussed. Remember, government officials ranking 10 or higher must remain unharmed, the use of weaponry above Class 4 is forbidden and police…
For Your Ears Only 009: Live and Let Die
Aug 1, 2018 • 84 min
Roger Moore makes his James Bond film debut and special guest Adam Miros makes his For Your Ears Only podcast debut! Join the boys as they discuss Live and Let Die: A hodgepodge of blaxploitation cliches and Paul McCartney music. Dig the podcast? Support…
Luminaries
Jul 20, 2018 • 80 min
Spend too much time on POPULIST CINEMA and the art house crowd starts to cry out for more content. The OV Crew obliges. Join us as we talk about the best films of 2018 so far that might not make it to your local multiplex, including The Rider, Let the…
For Your Ears Only 008: Diamonds Are Forever
Jul 6, 2018 • 89 min
George Lazenby is OUT and Sean Connery is BACK (for the small price of a record-breaking salary). Jack and Jake settle in for this campy, divisive Bond flick featuring martinis and a moon buggy. What else do you need in film, really? Dig the podcast?…
Spooky Jack
Jun 27, 2018 • 78 min
A24 horror and Blumhouse RoboCop storm the cinema and the OV Boyz are here to tell you how to spend your hard earned money (or maybe just your daily MoviePass screening allotment). Dig the podcast? Support Optimism Vaccine by rating and reviewing us on…
For Your Ears Only Ep. 007: On Her Majesty’s Secret Service
May 27, 2018 • 101 min
New episode and a NEW Bond: Jake and Jack take a look at George Lazenby’s first (and only) appearance as James Bond in 1969’s On Her Majesty’s Secret Service. Dig the podcast? Support Optimism Vaccine by rating and reviewing us on iTunes -…
Lamps
May 11, 2018 • 79 min
Jim from The Office has declared that horror films are “elevated” now so it’s totally cool to take them seriously! The OV crew investigates by checking out A Quiet Place, Truth or Dare and Unsane. Dig the podcast? Support Optimism Vaccine by rating and…
Earnest Decline
Apr 6, 2018 • 95 min
When in the course of human events it becomes necessary for one podcast to dissolve their brains, they go to the local multiplex and subject themselves to Ernest Cline and Steven Spielberg’s Ready Player One. What you are about to hear is an unedited…
For Your Ears Only 006: You Only Live Twice
Mar 30, 2018 • 90 min
Jake and Jack return from their Casino Royale hangover to discuss the final film before Sean Connery’s first official Bond retirement, You Only Live Twice. Dig the podcast? Support Optimism Vaccine by rating and reviewing us on iTunes -…
Remember the Alamo
Mar 22, 2018 • 80 min
Shawn returns from Austin to talk about his experience at SXSW. PLUS: A review of the painfully mediocre Tomb Raider and the return of the 9-1-1 (BEST SHOW ON TELEVISION) recap. Dig the podcast? Support Optimism Vaccine by rating and reviewing us on…
Buddhism Vaccine
Mar 14, 2018 • 81 min
Inhale. Feel the energy of a disgraced film critic returning to the internet. Exhale. Listen to the OV crew try to figure out why he’s reviewing films again. Once your mind is in a tranquil state, continue to listen for reviews of Annihilation, Game Night…
Three Podcasts Outside Ebbing, Missouri: How Come, Jake Tropila?
Mar 3, 2018 • 109 min
Part three of our MEGA TURBO OSCAR COVERAGE EXTRAVAGANZA wraps up the 2018 award season with a discussion of the nominees for best cinematography, adapted and original screenplay as well as the best documentary, animated and foreign films. Dig the…
Three Podcasts Outside Ebbing, Missouri: And Still No Arrests?
Mar 2, 2018 • 80 min
Part two of the OV Oscar extravaganza continues with a discussion of the remaining Best Picture nominations, including Lady Bird, The Post, Get Out and Three BillBoards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. Dig the podcast? Support Optimism Vaccine by rating and…
Three Podcasts Outside Ebbing, Missouri: Shaped While Dying
Feb 28, 2018 • 157 min
The Optimism Vaccine annual Oscar spectacular kicks off this year with a discussion of the best picture and best director nominations, plus some in-depth discussion of best actor/actress and best supporting. Dig the podcast? Support Optimism Vaccine by…
The Long Con
Feb 26, 2018 • 81 min
Sometimes you need to interrupt your multi-part Oscar podcast plans to talk Clint Eastwood and his divisive new film, The 15:17 to Paris. This is one of those times. Dig the podcast? Support Optimism Vaccine by rating and reviewing us on iTunes -…
The Dumpuary Paradox
Feb 21, 2018 • 85 min
It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Join the OV crew as they celebrate the joyous dumpuary season while tackling tough questions like “Why is Cloverfield still a thing?” and “Who does Helen Mirren owe money?” Dig the podcast? Support Optimism…
For Your Ears Only 005: Casino Royale
Feb 8, 2018 • 84 min
Not a traditional Bond film but not quite a complete spin-off, the original 1967 Casino Royale was a baffling comedic ensemble film that failed to impress critics. How does it stack up today? Jake and Jack investigate with special guest Shawn Glinis. Dig…
Dial 911 to Save Cinema
Feb 1, 2018 • 74 min
SERIOUS INTERNET FILM WRITERS are convinced that movie theaters are dying and it’s entirely YOUR fault. Maybe they’re right. Maybe they’re just giant babies with overflowing diapers. Maybe none of this matters because the new TV series 9-1-1 is the only…
Birth. Movies. Bro.
Jan 10, 2018 • 112 min
Join the OV boyz as they reflect on the sweltering dumpster fire that was 2017. We talk shitty writers, shittier YouTubers, our favorite films and, of course, 2018 resolutions. Here’s to a brand new year where hopefully Logan and Jake Paul will both…
For Your Ears Only 004: Thunderball
Jan 5, 2018 • 77 min
Sean Connery is back in glorious widescreen Panavision for the most financially successful Bond film to date: 1965’s Thunderball. Join Jack and Jake as they marvel at cutting-edge special effects and puzzling long underwater action sequences. Dig the…
The Sandwich Artist
Dec 20, 2017 • 85 min
Nothing says “Merry Christmas” like a good discussion about good movies about bad movies. Or something. Steve C, Steve K, Jake and Miros talk The Disaster Artist and The Room as well as the first Oscar season film that introduced us to trash cinema, Ed…
For Your Ears Only 003: Goldfinger
Dec 7, 2017 • 79 min
Not to be confused with Austin Powers: Goldmember, Goldfinger is the action film tour-de-force that won the longrunning series its first Oscar and cemented the 007 legacy. Join Jake and Jack as they once again dissect all things James Bond. Dig the…
Spaghetti
Nov 29, 2017 • 91 min
His palms are sweaty, knees weak, arms are heavy. There’s vomit on his sweater already. THE KILLING OF A SACRED DEER, mom’s spaghetti. Pasta talk abounds as the OV crew dissects the latest film from cinematic provocateur, Yorgos Lanthimos and what…
Discourse from the Big Chair Ep. 14: Rule the World
Nov 26, 2017 • 58 min
Christmas arrives early this year with the release of a brand new, career-spanning greatest hits compilation from Tears for Fears featuring TWO brand new songs. Steve C. and Stephen K. look at how Rule the World stacks up to previous greatest hits…
For Your Ears Only 002: From Russia With Love
Nov 7, 2017 • 77 min
Sean Connery is BACK and battling a secret crime organization known as SPECTRE. Join Jake and Jack as they break down this classic Bond flick. Dig the podcast? Support Optimism Vaccine by rating and reviewing us on iTunes - http://bit.ly/OpVacCast
The Dario Podcasto
Nov 1, 2017 • 80 min
The Optimism Vaccine HALLOWEEN SPOOKTACULAR marches forward with a very special Dario Argento episode. So gather ‘round boys and ghouls and listen to the OV crew talk Suspiria, Deep Red, Tenebre, Opera and more! Dig the podcast? Support Optimism Vaccine…
The Carpencast
Oct 18, 2017 • 103 min
The Optimism Vaccine HALLOWEEN SPOOK-TACULAR kicks off with a loving tribute to John Carpenter, master of horror and current Destiny 2 enthusiast/old curmudgeon.
Field of Streams
Sep 27, 2017 • 83 min
Five years and 50 episodes later, The OpVac Cast has finally evolved from a dirtbag pop culture podcast with questionable audio quality to a dirtbag pop culture podcast with slightly better audio quality. The definition of progress. This week we celebrate…
For Your Ears Only 001: Dr. No
Sep 19, 2017 • 90 min
In the latest podcast series to be spun off from the regular OpVac cast, Jack Eason joins OV’s resident James Bond expert, Jake Tropila, as they dive into the world of all things 007. Their mission: watch and discuss every James Bond film ever made, once…
Cheney Flew the Planey
Sep 8, 2017 • 75 min
With noted 9/11 truther Charlie Sheen set to star in a forthcoming 9/11 film, the OV boys felt it was about time someone picked up all the LOOSE CHANGE and get to the bottom of why 9/11 movies are usually awful. SPOILER ALERT: Jet fuel can’t melt Nic…
A War Story
Aug 12, 2017 • 94 min
We’ve reached the halfway point of 2017 and already the silver screen has been graced with a war epic from Hollywood’s least empathetic filmmaker and a critically acclaimed movie starring a serial sexual harasser who stalks a woman after he dies. Fun! To…
Discourse from the Big Chair Ep. 13: Tears For Fears vs Hall & Oates
Jun 8, 2017 • 37 min
The Steves reunite once again to talk about their experiences seeing two of the biggest duos of the 1980s, Tears For Fears and Hall & Oates, LIVE during their co-headlining tour.
Twin Takes
Jun 1, 2017 • 58 min
Optimism Vaccine wraps up David Lynch month by talkin’ about the Twin Peaks legacy and how Twin Peaks: The Return stacks up to the original series. Hot takes abound and Jake passionately defends Fire Walk With me. What more could you ask for? Dig the…
Discourse from the Big Chair Ep. 12: Please Be Happy
Apr 17, 2017 • 57 min
Steve K. and Steve C. return to talk about the death and legacy of longtime Tears for Fears collaborator Alan Griffiths, as well as the band’s upcoming tour with Hall & Oates and brand new song.
The Boss Baby Pleasurecast
Apr 6, 2017 • 78 min
In a world overflowing with babies and bosses, what surreal, Lovecraftian nightmares emerge when these two abominations fuse together in a CGI children’s film? Is the titular Boss Baby a tiny boss or a smart baby? How badly does Steve Buscemi need a…
Furious
Mar 28, 2017 • 79 min
For over 15 years, the Fast and Furious franchise captured the hearts and minds of Vin Diesel racecar fans. With the 8th entry on the verge of release, the OV crew decided to take on the ultimate chest-bump, NOS-fueled film challenge and recap the entire…
Optimism Vaccine Ends Racism
Mar 21, 2017 • 81 min
The OV crew welcomes our newest contributor, Eric Bayley, the only way we know how: talking racism, horror and subversive exploitation films with a gaggle of white guys. On the docket this week, Get Out, Candy Man and Bone.
Oscar Omnibus 3.2
Feb 24, 2017 • 115 min
Like a bloated, prestige-filled corpse, the mighty OV Oscar Omnibus has once again floated to the top of your podcast feed. For part two, the boys cover the rest of 2016’s best picture nominations including Moonlight, Hidden Fences, Fencing Figures, The…
Oscar Omnibus 3.1
Feb 24, 2017 • 109 min
In a bold, ambitious move, the OV crew has committed to the biggest Oscar-centric podcast in the history of the internet. Tune in for part one to hear us talk Manchester, meat shields, Fences and fancy Gosling dancin’. IT’S ALL HERE AND IT’S ALL…
The Adios Amigo
Jan 31, 2017 • 90 min
This year, The Dumpuary Fairy has blessed our local multiplex with monsters who want to be trucks, a Vin Diesel who wants to be a younger Vin Diesel and an M. Night Shyamalan movie that wants to be a superhero franchise. BONUS: Whatever the fuck a Bye Bye…
A Dirty Year
Jan 17, 2017 • 82 min
Happy Dumpuary everyone! We’re kicking off the festivities by recapping the worst trash we sat through in 2016 for the good of all mankind (or at least the misanthropes who listen to this podcast). From Will Smith movies to more will Smith Movies and…
Bullshit Artists
Jan 11, 2017 • 107 min
The OV crew rings in the new year by recapping our favorite overlooked and underrated pop culture artifacts from 2016. We also make our resolutions for 2017 that we’ll inevitably break because we’re perennial disappointments, baby!
The Arrival
Nov 29, 2016 • 80 min
Optimism Vaccine is hip! With it! Tapped into the Zeitgeist! We saw Arrival; the cerebral sci-fi critical darling of 2016 starring Amy Adams. Not to be confused with that 90s movie where fat Charlie Sheen listens to SPACE RADIO. We also talk about piss…
Canuxploitation
Nov 19, 2016 • 63 min
In classic Optimism Vaccine fashion, Steve K, Steve C and Jake wrap up Canuxploitation month a solid two weeks late. But hey, who’s counting? This is Trump’s America now. We need to savor the flavor of Canadian weirdness for as long as possible. Tune-in…
The Cronencast Pt. 2
Nov 1, 2016 • 75 min
Steve and Miros get in the Halloween spirit and take Shawn on a tour of David Cronenberg’s rise in the 1980s from a low-budget genre film maverick to a slightly-higher-budget genre film maverick.
The Cronencast Pt. 1
Oct 9, 2016 • 115 min
In honor of Optimism Vaccine’s canuxsploitation month, Jake and Jack introduce Shawn to the weird world of early David Cronenberg horror films. Shivers! Scanners! The Brood! That armpit vagina vampire one about rabies… or something! We cover it all.
Discourse from the Big Chair Ep. 11: Live in Grand Rapids, MI
Oct 8, 2016 • 47 min
Steve C and Steve K braved the wild weather of west Michigan to bring you a full report of the Tears For Fears live show at the Meijer Gardens in Grand Rapids.
Discourse from the Big Chair Ep. 10: Emma Stone!
Sep 24, 2016 • 57 min
This week Steve K, Steve C and a special guest discuss their favorite tracks from each Tears for Fears record and talk about the upcoming show in Grand Rapids, MI. BONUS: No annoying audio issues this time! WOO HOO!
Discourse from the Big Chair Ep. 9: Tears For Fears On Screen
Sep 20, 2016 • 46 min
With every Tears For Fears album and B-side dissected what else could there possibly be for Steve and Steve to discuss? VIDEOS! This week we spend some quality time with Tears For Fears extensive music video backlog, as well as several live concerts and…
Discourse from the Big Chair Ep. 8: TFF Solo & Side Projects
Sep 12, 2016 • 69 min
Back by popular demand! With a live performance in Grand Rapids, MI looming, Steve K and Steve C dive into the fringe of Tears for Fears work and discuss the side projects and solo albums that we missed in episode seven.
The Eighth Circle of Hell
Sep 2, 2016 • 84 min
It’s hard to imagine a summer movie season without superhero movies. So what exactly were the stars of your favorite (and not-so-favorite) comic books up to in the 90s? Nothing good. Join us as we take you down a dark cinematic rabbit hole populated by…
Suicide Group
Aug 16, 2016 • 80 min
This week, the OV Crew briefly contemplates a suicide pact after sitting through David Ayer’s swan dive into a cinematic shit pool, Suicide Squad.
The Year of Keanu
Aug 11, 2016 • 66 min
1991 wasn’t just about the fall of the Soviet Union and the rise of Vanilla Ice. It was the year Keanu Reeves starred in three career-defining films which may or may not also star the Red Hot Chili Peppers.
The Breencast
Jun 23, 2016 • 70 min
Neil Breen isn’t just another filmmaker; he’s a visionary auteur with a deep love of canned tuna. Join us as we desperately try to understand the methods behind Breen’s madness.
Alternative Animation & Baking Banana Bread
May 4, 2016 • 98 min
This week, the OV crew slaughters Adam Miros to show our unwavering commitment to the Dark Lord . And lo, Beelzebub hath blessed us with an exciting discussion of some rad animated films that may have flown under your radar. Hail Satan.
The Patriarchy
Apr 2, 2016 • 54 min
Jeff Nichols: Boring white guy or underrated auteur? Only the fine gentlemen of Optimism Vaccine know for sure.
The Sinful Dwarf
Mar 16, 2016 • 61 min
The OV crew takes a deep dive into the notoriously sleazy world of The Sinful Dwarf and the strange mystery surrounding the film’s production. Forget exploitation, this week we’re talkin’ DWARFSPLOITATION!
Oscar Omnishortbus
Feb 25, 2016 • 84 min
The Optimism Vaccine Oscar Omnibus Returns! This time it’s leaner, meaner, Irish-er and full of boxed wine. God bless America. We answer all the tough questions like “What’s a better sedative, Spotlight or Bridge of Spies?” and “Tangerine wasn’t nominated…
Miracle Whip
Feb 3, 2016 • 67 min
This week, we celebrate the 20th anniversary of From Dusk Till Dawn while mourning the loss of Jacques Rivette and lamenting the existence of Four Rooms. Trust us, it’s required listening for fans of Quentin Tarantino, Robert Rodriguez and unconventional…
2015 Beyond Thunderdome
Jan 9, 2016 • 104 min
2015 was a great year for pop culture and an even better year for boring people writing the same top 10 lists as everyone else. You won’t get any of that here! This is 2016, baby, and Optimism Vaccine is telling you all about the cool shit you should have…
24 is the Highest Number!
Nov 25, 2015 • 72 min
This week the OV crew takes a microscope to the Mr. Show legacy and how well Bob and David’s humor has transitioned to their new home on Netflix. An inordinate amount of time is also dedicated to talking shit about that dweeb Sufjan Stevens. Seriously,…
Wet Hot American Pie
Nov 11, 2015 • 83 min
This week Steve Kohlmann hosts, Til makes her OpVac Cast debut FROM THE FUTURE and the OV crew talks Michael Showalter, David Wain and the return of Wet Hot American Summer.
Dame Judi Dench Sucks on a Lemon
Oct 25, 2015 • 71 min
Our Wes Craven themed month continues with an in-depth discussion of meta-horror and Craven’s influence on the horror genre.
Discourse from the Big Chair Ep. 7: LIVE! From (suburban) Detroit
Oct 10, 2015 • 58 min
Cuff and Kohlmann wrap up their Tears For Fears journey with a trip to Michigan to see the band live and also spend some time talkin’ B-sides, solo material and more!
POWDERCAST!
Oct 7, 2015 • 74 min
What do a magical albino boy, Jeff Goldblum and clown named Cheezo have in common? More than you think. This week the OpVac crew finally calls Steve Kohlmann’s bluff and watches the not-so-acclaimed 90’s drama, Powder.
Discourse from the Big Chair Ep. 6: Everybody Loves a Happy Ending
Sep 24, 2015 • 64 min
This week Cuff and Kohlmann tackle Tears For Fears’ most recent studio album, Everybody Loves a Happy Ending. Does magic happen when Curt and Roland reunite? Can a band still make a great record after playing together for 30 years? Is this the best (and…
Discourse from the Big Chair Ep. 5: Raoul and the Kings of Spain
Sep 14, 2015 • 65 min
Discourse from the Big Chair heads into the home stretch as the Steves take a look at Raoul and the Kings of Spain, the second post-Curt Smith Tears for Fears record.
Discourse from the Big Chair Ep. 4: Elemental
Sep 4, 2015 • 60 min
Discourse from the Big Chair marches forward into the ’90s and discusses the first post-Curt Smith Tears For Fears album, Elemental. Is Curt Smith the special sauce on the TFF Big Mac? Does Kohlmann break down in tears when Cuff compares the record to U2?…
CROWEDOWN! Venti Vac Cast - Adam Miros Loves Taken 3
Sep 2, 2015 • 73 min
IT’S THE 20TH EPISODE OF THE OpVAC CAST! Why not celebrate this joyous occasion by listening to a rousing discussion of Cameron Crowe spearheaded by the so-drunk-he-literally-had-to-leave-and-puke, Adam Miros! Aloha, motherfuckers.
Discourse from the Big Chair Ep. 3: The Seeds of Love
Aug 30, 2015 • 56 min
This week Kohlmann and Cuff take a look at Tears for Fears long-awaited follow-up to Songs from the Big Chair, The Seeds of Love.
Discourse from the Big Chair Ep. 2: Songs from the Big Chair
Aug 21, 2015 • 66 min
This week on Discourse from the Big Chair, Kohlmann and Cuff tackle the podcast’s namesake, Songs from the Big Chair. Will the multi-platinum follow-up to The Hurting leave Cuff cold, or will Kohlmann continue to slowly convert Cuff into a Tears For Fears…
Discourse from the Big Chair Ep. 1: The Hurting
Aug 15, 2015 • 66 min
Discourse from the Big Chair is a BRAND NEW podcast miniseries and (probably) the only Tears for Fears themed podcast on the internet! Steve Kohlmann loves Tears for Fears, Steve Cuff has never bothered to listen to them. Each week, the Steve’s will dive…
Five Guys
Aug 11, 2015 • 74 min
What the hell is hyperlink cinema? Shawn, Miros, Jake and the Steve’s, five seemingly unrelated people, come together to try and figure things out. Spoiler alert: In the end they all agree that Crash is a pile of hot garbage.
Artisanal Rice
Jul 28, 2015 • 75 min
Man ants! Shrinking children! Giant babies! Witness four men discuss the Honey I Shrunk the Kids sequels more than anyone in the history of film criticism
Opie Dick
Jul 16, 2015 • 59 min
Shawn, Miros and the Steves discuss what makes a great (or terrible) adaptation.
What’s Going On?
Jun 30, 2015 • 76 min
Four non-blondes from Optimism Vaccine talk Sense 8, Wayward Pines, and what happens when filmmakers cross over into the world of television.
Dinosaur World
Jun 15, 2015 • 77 min
What’s that? There’s a reboot of a wildly popular dinosaur themed franchise out this week? Fuck it. We’re talkin’ Clifford and other critically maligned, forgotten classics.
It’s a Mad Max Mad Men World
May 29, 2015 • 70 min
The OpVac crew discuses the Mad Men series finale and the Mad Max franchise with special guest Jake Tropila! Don’t miss Miros’ Fury Road hot take.
Sa Da Tay
May 13, 2015 • 57 min
The OpVac crew takes a deep dive into Louis C.K.’s directorial debut, Pootie Tang. Also featuring extended discussion of new(ish) robot movies and Daredevil!
THE BLARTCAST
Apr 28, 2015 • 72 min
The OpVac crew picks apart the long and storied career of Kevin James AKA The Zookeeper AKA The Boom (here he comes) AKA Paul Blart, AKA The King of Queens. Is Tall Shart Cod Blops 2 the worst movie of 2015?!?!? Tune in and find out.
Live From SXSW!
Mar 24, 2015 • 75 min
The OpVac Cast has finally made it big! Broadcasting VERY LIVE from the REAL city of Austin the guys talk about follow-up TV series, that new sequel to Short Circuit, and what happens when the WWE and The Daily Show collide
I Can’t Get Behind That
Mar 9, 2015 • 63 min
Shawn, Miros and The Steves talk about House of Cards, the underwhelming career of Kevin Spacey, and all of the things in pop culture that should appeal to us but just don’t.
Fifty Shades of F***ed Up
Feb 24, 2015 • 86 min
The Steves, Shawn and Miros talk kids movies, sexy movies, the SNL anniversary and more. We guarantee this is the only podcast in the world with an in depth breakdown of Heavyweights AND Fifty Shades of Grey.
Everyone in This Room is Now Dumber for Having Listened to it
Feb 9, 2015 • 86 min
Shawn, Miros and The Steves talk nostalgia, Adam Sandler, pop culture guilty pleasures, and play nu metal trivia
Oscar Omnibus
Jan 26, 2015 • 118 min
Shawn, Miros, and the Steves talk Oscar nominations, award show prestige and why we love (or love to hate) the big event.
Neo-noir Dad Rock
Jan 11, 2015 • 72 min
Steve C drinks too much free liquor while Steve K, Shawn and Miros discuss film noir, Inherent Vice, the 2015 Coachella lineup, Sinbad’s role as the titular house guest in House Guest AND MORE.
Ernestellar
Dec 15, 2014 • 77 min
It’s the Optimism Vaccine Holiday Spectacular featuring Marc Maron (maybe), Shawn’s Mom (definitely) and a sexual torture dungeon (probably). Shawn and the Steves talk bad Christmas movies, Chris Nolan, Interstellar and year end favorites while spreading…
Talkin’ More ‘bout Wrasslin’
Nov 28, 2014 • 57 min
What’s that? You want a NEW OpVac Cast? Too bad. WE’RE TALKIN’ WRASSLIN’. Survivor Series! The WWE Network! CM Punk’s tell-all with Colt Cabana! Your regularly scheduled media and pop culture podcast will return soon, we promise.
Hopelessly DEVOted to You
Sep 1, 2014 • 63 min
The OpVac Cast makes its triumphant return after a month long hiatus. Shawn and the Steves talk Dad movies, Devo, video games, the Simpsons marathon and underrated Robin Williams movies.
It’s Just Like the Ocean Under the Moon
Aug 1, 2014 • 60 min
This week on The OpVac Cast Shawn, Ethan and the Steves celebrate the 20th birthday of The Mask, talk about the found footage film genre, and share our mutual hatred for Zach Braff. Also dick windmills.
Talkin’ ‘bout Wrasslin’
Jul 27, 2014 • 63 min
A special (non-canon) wrestling-centric mini episode of the OpVac Cast. Our distinguished panel of experts talk about the Battleground pay-per-view, the WWE’s race problem and more. The best wrestling podcast on the internet (kayfabe).
Is That a Snow Cone Maker?
Jul 18, 2014 • 100 min
Steve C, Steve K and Shawn Glinis discuss the 20th anniversary of True Lies, movies that bum us out, media we’ve given up on, shitty SNL casts and more. Get hype.