Rank #1: The Superhero Board Game - Spotlight 9 (Guest Duncan Tuomi)
This week, listen to John and guest Duncan Tuomi discuss Duncan's superhero board game: Super. They discuss the notion of active vs. passive consumption, manifesting your love for superheroes in unique ways, and how a board game about superheroes is a ridiculously satisfying venture in the superhero movie age. Character art by Emily Hanson, find her at @emilyjoytheartist on Instagram!
Feb 05 2019
Rank #2: Shazam! Review - Episode 59
Big with superpowers? Count us in! Check out the gang's review of DC's newest feature, Shazam!
Apr 06 2019
Rank #3: Batman: Homecoming - Spotlight 14 (Guest Jim Miller)
Matt Reeves' "The Batman" starring Robert Pattinson will be our third Caped Crusader film franchise in recent history. How can this one stay fresh?
Jun 25 2019
Rank #4: Marvel Phase 4 - Episode 66
With San Diego Comic-Con 2019 in the rearview mirror the gang takes a look at Marvel Studio's upcoming slate of films for 2020 and 2021.
Jul 28 2019
Rank #5: Spider-Man: Far From Home Review - Episode 65
Far From Home has the exciting challenge of closing out the Infinity Saga, setting up the next phase of the MCU, and acting as a worthy sequel to the critically-acclaimed Spider-Man: Homecoming. Does it climb to the top or get tangled in its own web?
Jul 08 2019
Rank #6: Captain Marvel Review - Episode 57
The title says it all, we talk Captain Marvel!
Mar 15 2019
Rank #7: Avengers Endgame Review - Episode 61
May 05 2019
Rank #8: Valentine's Day Special - Episode 55
Another holiday special! For our Valentine's Day Special the trio talks shipping, how it works, how we use it to connect to characters, and how it functions in the superhero movie age.
Feb 11 2019
Rank #9: Hellboy Review - Episode 60 (Guests Shay Astor and Parker Hansen)
Does Lionsgate's reboot of the beloved Dark Horse Comics character rise above the negative buzz or fall deeper into the abyss? Check out our review.
Apr 21 2019
Rank #10: Figuring Out Flash - Spotlight 15 (Guest Brian Alexander)
With the news that Andy Muschietti will be helming the long-gestating Flash movie, John invites his Talkappella co-host and fellow Flash fanatic Brian Alexander to discuss the Speed Force, Pennywise, and everything in between.
Jul 21 2019
Rank #11: The X-Men Universe - Episode 63 (Guest Victoriana Dan)
With the release of Dark Phoenix looming and the Disney-Fox merger complete, our hosts take some time to reflect on the complicated (but fun!) legacy of the X-Men Cinematic Universe.
May 28 2019
Rank #12: Dark Phoenix Review - Episode 64 (Guest Victoriana Dan)
It's a bird! It's a train! It's... an average movie!
Jun 11 2019
Rank #13: Exploring Scores - Episode 58 (Guest Machado Mijiga)
Machado Mijiga is back on ALA! Listen to him and John go full music nerd on a number of notable superhero movie score examples, including The Prowler’s Theme from Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse by Daniel Pemberton, Killmonger’s Theme from Black Panther by Ludwig Göransson, and Superman March from Superman: The Movie by John Williams.
Apr 02 2019
Rank #14: Cinematic Universes - Episode 62 (Guest Ian Fox)
Reunion time! This week, former host Ian Fox joins John to talk all about cinematic universes in a continuation of their conversation from ALA's very first episode.
May 13 2019
Rank #15: Superhero Skeptics (Guests Sarah Prellwitz, Hailey Miller, and Matt Wasson) - Episode 56
This week, we're trying something different - each of us interviewed someone who is a bit worn out on superhero movies to get some outside perspective. We discuss the formulaic nature of superhero movies, their social value, and what they need to do to reach a wider audience. Thanks to our guests Sarah Prellwitz, Hailey Miller, and Matt Wasson for guesting on the show!
Feb 25 2019
Rank #16: Friendship - Spotlight 10 (Guest Sara Kolmes)
Why is it bad that Superman and Wonder Woman dated? Are Cap and Tony actually friends? How do platonic and romantic relationships function in the superhero movie age? Find out on Meredith's new spotlight episode, featuring guest Sara Kolmes!
Feb 17 2019
Rank #17: Glass Review - Spotlight 11 (Guest Cary Fenton)
This week, Ryan and guest Cary discuss the conclusion to M. Night Shyamalan's Eastrail 177 trilogy, Glass.
Mar 18 2019
Rank #18: Finales - Spotlight 13
Part of the journey is the end.
Jun 19 2019
Rank #19: Fan Theories - Episode 54
This week the gang discusses fan theories - what they are, how they work in superhero movies, and why they're so dang fun.
Jan 21 2019
Rank #20: Personal Exploration - Spotlight 8
It's Ryan's second spotlight, and John's here too! Listen to the guys talk about the deeper side of superhero movies and how studios could learn from films like Logan, Big Hero 6, and more!
Jan 15 2019