My Favorite Things: 2021

Another year, another swath of media to devour, process, and regurgitate in the form of bulleted lists.

Welcome To Geekdom 250: Alien (1979)

Jacob Tender and Mike Comite join Deanna Chapman to discuss Alien!Find the full show notes for this episode here....

My Favorite Things: 2020

As is tradition, here is a distillation of my favorite media—formatted into digestable bulleted lists for posterity.

My Favorite Things 2018: Everything

My lists are all short this year and I have a long holiday break to enjoy, so I’m going to combine this year’s My Favorite Things posts into one. I hope that’s cool. MusicI gave fewer releases...

David Lowery Q&A on Letterboxd

Directory David Lowery is promoting his new film The Old Man & the Gun, which has been getting great reviews. In the process however, he is beginning to realize that maybe it’s his last one that he will be...

Will Ferrell Interviews Joaquin Phoenix for Interview Magazine

Interview Magazine either gave Will Ferrell the opportunity to interview Joaquin Phoenix or Joaquin Phoenix the opportunity to be interviewed by Will Ferrell. FERRELL: I love everything. I was recently thinking about your role in Gladiator [2000], which is a...

Inside Spike Jonze’s Apple Ad

Adweek has a really neat look behind the scenes of Spike Jonze's ad for the Apple HomePod starring FKA Twigs and new music by Anderson .Paak. Incredibly, all of the wall movements were shot practically which meant a lot of...

BF 27: Young, Dumb, and Rebel Scum

Back again for a look at the Solo teaser trailers. In the twenty-seventh episode of Bantha Fodder, Mike and Jacob take a "quick" look at the Han Solo teasers aired during the Super Bowl.Find the show on Twitter and...

My Favorite Things 2017: Movies

In 2017, I made good on my promise to watch more movies than I did in 2016. In total, I watched 167 movies. Naturally, I watched nearly all of the Star Wars movies, some several times as needed for discussions...

BF 26: Things That I Buy: A Holiday Special

In 2013 A friend introduced me to Old Best Friends’s ‘Keep In Touch,’ an EP that changed my world. Over the next year Mike Comite and I became friends. In 2015, we started a podcast called Bantha Fodder. We’...

BF 25: I Just Word Vomited All Over You

Well, another Star Wars movie has arrived and I had some thoughts. This is the best place to get my initial reaction this year. In the twenty-fifth episode of Bantha Fodder, Mike and Jacob take their time on The Last...

The Last Jedi trailer breakdown

The trailer for The Last Jedi has arrived. Chapter two of the sequel trilogy is imminent and drawing ever closer. As I tend to do, I'm breaking down the trailer to pick out the nitty gritty details to draw any...

BF 17: Luke Will Have Lines

The title for Episode VIII is out, so Mike and I started picking apart what it could mean. We make a few plot predictions and talk about our favorite moments in our first year as Star Wars podcasters. Thank you...

Evazan and Baba: A Tale Of Misadventure and Cosmetic Surgery

The Cantina Cast has published a piece of mine on two of my favorite Star Wars "background" characters. This is a complete history of Doctor Cornelius Evazan and his mate Ponda Baba. These characters are the subjects of Bantha Fodder's...

Encore 141: Hobbies, Work, and Everything Between

First time on Encore, the Chorus.fm podcast. Thomas can no longer commit to a steady podcasting schedule, so Jason has been asking some folks to fill in as guests. I was happy to oblige. via Encore: On this week’...

BF 16: She Does Not Rebel

We both saw Rogue One, one more than the other. We pretty much talk about that. This is a great starter episode for anyone who hasn't checked out the show so far. In the sixteenth episode of Bantha Fodder, Mike...

My Favorite Things 2016: Movies

In 2016, I saw more movies in theaters than usual but less in film overall. Mae and I spent a lot of time watching older sagas like Star Wars, Oceans 11-13, Indiana Jones, and the Bourne saga. Otherwise, it's really...

BF 15: The Night After Jedha: A Holiday Special

Bantha Fodder is celebrating the holidays the only way they know how, with dorky references to background characters in their favorite science fiction franchise. In the fifteenth episode of Bantha Fodder, Mike and Jacob are up late waiting for Santa...

'Rogue One': My Initial Examination

This review contains spoilers. Reading beyond this paragraph means you’ve either seen the movie and care to read insights into the plot of The Force Awakens, or you simply want to ruin a possibly phenomenal movie-going experience for yourself....

Bantha Fodder Presents: "Rebellious Landino"

As mentioned previously, my Bantha Fodder cohost Mike Comite and I love audio production. I'd say that our podcast is about 75% about the Star Wars universe and the remaining bit is about trying new things with our format, mixes,...

BF 13: I Have A Bad Feeling About This

Increase the auxiliary thrusters and divert forward shield power to the hyperdrive, we're podcasting with a higher frequency! No promises, of course, but this is one of two episode we recorded last week to make up for our long gap....

Donald Glover cast as Lando Calrissian in Han Solo stand-alone film

Donald Glover (Community, Atlanta, the rap game) has been officially cast as Lando Calrissian in the Phil Lord and Christopher Miller directed Han Solo stand-alone film set for 2018, a role long rumored and greatly anticipated. The role of Han...

BF 12: Comic Books Have Crawls

It's been a few weeks, but here we are, waxing poetic about the greatest science fiction saga of all time yet again. In the 12th episode of Bantha Fodder, Mike and Jacob talk about traditions. Specifically "the crawl" and time...

Borrowed Time: a depressing short by Pixar animators

Through Pixar's Co-op program, animators Lou Hamou-Lhadj and Andrew Coats spent bits of spare time over the course of 5 years to create a six minute short telling the tale of an aged and depressed old-western sheriff. Hamou-Lhadj from the...

Rogue One Trailer #2

The second and final trailer for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story has arrived. A few observations: Mads Mikkelsen's role is much bigger than we previously anticipated.As is Forest Whitaker's hair.Jyn is likely imprisoned on Eadu, a new...

BF 11: I Am An Awful, Terrible Nerd

We're back! After a short hiatus imposed by our increasingly busy podcasting schedules and the sheer length of time it took to prepare and produce this episode, Mike and I haves something really special for you. We've had collecting on...

BF 9: It's All About Balance

I love The Clone Wars. Now that Mike has been working his way through the show, it's cool to have a chance to talk about it on the podcast. The Mortis story arc is vastly different to anything else you'll...

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story trailer breakdown

The time has finally come to get a glimpse of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, the first of at least 3 planned anthology movies that so far sit on the fringe of the episodic storyline we’re so far...

BF 6: It's Rey's Fault

This week I mentioned to Mike a theory that might ruffle a few feathers. In the sixth episode of Bantha Fodder, Mike and Jacob debate whether or not the death of a classic Star Wars hero was set into motion...

Why The Force Awakens Lightsaber Handoff Is Significant

After seeing The Force Awakens in theaters for a third time, I found myself thinking more and more about that last scene—the one where Rey and Chewie ride out to recover Luke from his self-imposed exile, trusty droid in...

Chris Miller's Analysis Of The Force Awakens series

Chris Miller (AKA Darth Hound) is several features into an insightful series on The Force Awakens and its characters on The Star Wars Report. According to the Visual Dictionary and the novelization, Snoke sees Kylo as the perfect embodiment of...

'The Force Awakens': My Initial Examination

This review contains spoilers. Reading beyond this paragraph means you’ve either seen the movie and care to read insights into the plot of The Force Awakens, or you simply want to ruin a possibly phenomenal movie-going experience for yourself....

Official photo released for the cast of 'Star Wars: Rogue One'

Lucasfilm announced this afternoon that principal photography had begun for Rogue One, the first anthology film to begin the process. Thing is, we're not calling in an anthology film anymore. The spin-off movies—those that don't have "Episode" in the...