Oh, what a tangled web we Weavers! For this month’s Four-Color Flashback, Paul and Arlo trap Eric Sipple in their web once more, this time to discuss Simon Spurrier & Dylan Burnett’s Lovecraftian mob story Weavers. Despite being big fans of Spurrier’s (author of past FCF favorites Six-Gun Gorilla and The Spire), Paul and Arlo aren't quite sure what to make of this one, while Eric has some thoughts on why the book is an interesting failure. One thing they can all agree on is Burnett’s vibrant, stylish art–and how it elevates everything else on the page.


NEXT: Paul and Arlo will return.




  • “Itsy Bitsy Spider” by Itsy Bitsy Spider (2015)

  • “Boris the Spider” by The Who, A Quick One (1966)





Direct download: Episode_509.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:42pm CDT

As they say, don’t drink and podcast, but here Paul and Arlo are talking about 2004’s Sideways for another round of That Was Then. Alexander Payne’s acclaimed dramedy follows alcoholic wine connoisseur Miles as he takes his bonehead best buddy Jack on a road trip through Santa Barbara the week before Jack’s due to get hitched. It is the Fox Searchlight movie, and the boys discuss what that means, how the performances bring forth certain emotional notes in the script’s body, and why somebody could come away from a first viewing not understanding 20 years’ worth of hype. Plus, Arlo goes into uncomfortable detail about his middle school career.


NEXT: enough old movies, let’s talk old(-ish) comics! This month’s Four-Color Flashback sees Eric Sipple joining Paul and Arlo for Si Spurrier and Dylan Burnett’s Weavers.




00:00:45  -  Intro / Guest

00:29:46  -  Main Topic

01:35:36  -  Outro / Next




  • “Scenes from an Italian Restaurant” by Billy Joel, The Stranger (1977)

  • “A Case of You” by Joni Mitchell, Blue (1971)





Direct download: Episode_508.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:51pm CDT

We’re speeding away at breakneck speed with another installment of our That Was Then series. This time Paul and Arlo are witnesses to The Taking of Pelham One Two Three, a 1974 subway heist thriller that is exactly what it says on the tin. Not that there’s anything wrong with that! But our boys do struggle to find much to say, choosing to highlight David Shire’s jazz-funk score and Owen Roizman’s gritty cinematography while mostly being puzzled by the script’s wasted potential. It’s a fun Noo Yawk movie, and that’s okay, folks!


NEXT: NO FUCKING MERLOT! That’s right, it’s another That Was Then, this time focusing on Alexander Payne’s 2004 buddy dramedy Sideways.




00:00:30  -  Intro / The Year That Was 1974

00:21:38  -  The Taking of Pelham One Two Three

01:20:30  -  Outro / Next




  • “Sure Shot” by Beastie Boys, Ill Communication (1994)

  • “Crazy Train” by Ozzy Osbourne, Blizzard of Ozz (1980)





Direct download: Episode_507.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:30am CDT





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