The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018)

Professor Bo Bonner makes his long-awaited return to the podcast to discuss the considerable merits of the fantastic new Netflix-produced Western anthology film from the beloved Coen Brothers, The Ballad of Buster Scruggs.

Star-studded and varied, the six stories come together in thematically meaningful ways. To say it is one of the very best films of the year is an understatement – but listen to find out why.


As always, intro and outro music is Wastecnology by Jahzzar, Betterwithmusic, CC BY-SA. Photo fair use from Wikipedia.

Gangs of New York (2002)


TheTimMan returns from exile to discuss the sprawling, somewhat problematic, messy masterpiece – Martin Scorsese’s 2002 epic, Gangs of New York, starring Daniel Day-Lewis and Leonardo DiCaprio.

My last post on this movie abruptly disappeared, so I am reposting it here for posterity’s sake – if anyone can explain why that would happen, please comment and let me know!


As always, intro and outro music is Wastecnology by Jahzzar Betterwithmusic, CC BY-SA.


For our fabulous fifteenth podcast, the Brewmaster General and I tackle the controversial 2016 film Silence.  Directed by Martin Scorsese and based on the Shusaku Endo novel of the same name, the film tackles big issues: faith, love, evil, acculturation, martyrdom, and apostasy.

Silence is a beautiful, gruesome, depressing, hopeful, infuriating, enlightening, and all-around difficult film;  one which is neither the anti-Catholic (or apostasy encouraging) screed nor faith-affirming propaganda some reviews would have you believe.  For the well-formed conscience, it presents many worthy ideas for consideration, meditation, and discussion; but does it satisfactorily resolve them?

Forewarned is forearmed – this movie spoils the movie and the book in a major way, but I think this is a movie/book that is actually better to have spoiled before watching/reading.


As always, intro and outro music is Wastecnology by Jahzzar Betterwithmusic, CC BY-SA.  Painting of the Nagasaki Martyrs by the Cuzco School [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons.