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Small Beans Podcasting is a place for beans of every sort to come bean it up. Free your soul, eh? Be a frijole.

Episodes

  • 369. 1Upsmanship: Psychonauts

    23/03/2021 Duration: 01h13min

    Child Michael Swaim visits this episode of 1upsmanship and demands that his co-host plays his favorite game from his formative years. Adam, who wants everyone to know that he does not like Final Fantasy and “sparkly anime boys,” and while that has nothing to do with Psychonauts, would not play this game if left to his own devices. Will Adam break child Michael’s heart and hate this game or will the stars in Swaim’s eyes win over his cold heart? Or is Michael completely wrong and this game can be deleted from history? Listen to find out! Michael Swaim: https://twitter.com/SWAIM_CORP Adam Ganser: https://twitter.com/therealganz Support Small Beans and access Additional Content: https://www.patreon.com/SmallBeans Check our store to buy Small Beans merch! https://www.teepublic.com/stores/the-small-beans-store?ref_id=22691

  • 368. Directorpiece Theatre: Limiting Yourself Into Creativity (It Follows)

    21/03/2021 Duration: 01h25min

    This episode examines the extremely lean production of It Follows (2014) and how choosing specific directorial tactics can both keep the budget reasonable and make for satisfying artistic choices. Director David Robert Mitchell takes advantage of his lens package, camera support, editorial strategy, and musical arrangements in order to make a consistent vision that speaks to the themes of the film. What results is a gratifying story that feels stylistically and tonally centered. Abe walks us through it! If you’re an artist yourself, you won’t want to miss this one. Features: Abe Epperson: https://twitter.com/AbeTheMighty Adam Ganser: https://twitter.com/therealganz Support Small Beans and access Additional Content: https://www.patreon.com/SmallBeans Check our store to buy Small Beans merch! https://www.teepublic.com/stores/the-small-beans-store?ref_id=22691

  • 366. Frame Rate: Labyrinth (Feat. Teresa Lee)

    18/03/2021 Duration: 01h11min

    Teresa Lee returns to Frame Rate! In this episode, the gang discusses the philosophical and symbolic efforts of Jim Henson’s Labyrinth. Why is Jareth doing this? What are the goblins? What does the Bog of Eternal Stench represent? It couldn’t be as simple as buttholes, right? I mean, it really seems like it philosophically represents somebody’s butthole, but we should go deeper. Teresa’s there to take us on the journey of how Labyrinth can still influence and impact adults, as it was her first viewing! Abe and Michael, to no one’s surprise, wore out VHS players with this tape. Features: Teresa Lee: https://twitter.com/leresatee Michael Swaim: https://twitter.com/SWAIM_CORP Abe Epperson: https://twitter.com/AbeTheMighty Support Small Beans and access Additional Content: https://www.patreon.com/SmallBeans Check our store to buy Small Beans merch! https://www.teepublic.com/stores/the-small-beans-store?ref_id=22691

  • 365. I'll Show You Mine If You Show Me Yours: The Pump-Up Playlist

    14/03/2021 Duration: 02h01min

    A very special 2-hour episode for our Show Me Patrons! In this one, Maggie talks about building a Catio for her cats and declares war on YouTube commenters of this show. Adam dubs himself America’s Dad and America agrees. Also today, we’re teaching you a game that Adam and his brother created to curb indecision and the rules are as follows: Each player introduces six songs. Each player eliminates (or vetoes) two songs. Each player introduces a new song to be the final entries in the playlist (***CATAPULT ROUND***) By the end of this process, you will have a joint playlist that will absolutely pump you up. Like, you won’t be able to pump any higher, you’ll be so pumped. After listening to this, you will not be able to pump. Enjoy the playlist while you listen: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/1SkLGxmaG1uVcBqL3m6l3r?si=S4WMMIIQRsymlHmeTCimnw If you patronize us, feel free to email us suggestions for episodes at any time at magsandganz@gmail.com. Adam Ganser: https://twitter.com/therealganz Maggie Mae Fish:

  • 363. Kings of King: The Green Mile

    13/03/2021 Duration: 01h15min

    Some episodes of Kings of King are very different from our typical approach to unearthing the symbolism and meaning of Stephen King’s adaptations. This is one of those episodes. The movie is Frank Darabont’s The Green Mile (1999). It has a star-studded cast, a competent director, and a critically-acclaimed photographer. Thomas Newman writes another amazing score. Michael hates this movie. Let’s all listen to him rip it a new one. Features: Michael Swaim: https://twitter.com/SWAIM_CORP Abe Epperson: https://twitter.com/AbeTheMighty Support Small Beans and access Additional Content: https://www.patreon.com/SmallBeans Check our store to buy Small Beans merch! https://www.teepublic.com/stores/the-small-beans-store?ref_id=22691

  • 367. BOLD: On State Surveillance and Repression (Feat. Hamid Khan)

    08/03/2021 Duration: 51min

    BOLD is a podcast about race and justice in America, and a collaboration between Small Beans and Showing Up For Racial Justice, produced by White People 4 Black Lives. In this episode, co-hosts Dahlia Ferlito and Ivette Alé sit down live with Hamid Khan, an activist, speaker, organizer, and outspoken advocate for maintaining YOUR rights in the face of invasive state surveillance programs.

  • 364. Rough Stuff: Gretchen Dawson, Unenthusiastic Marionette Puppeteer

    06/03/2021 Duration: 01h02min

    Actor and sketch writer/producer Gretchen Dawson jumps on the mic for this episode! Gretchen tells us tales of her childhood with her accidentally woke bullies and her split lives at home and school. In this episode, we examine how older siblings define what is cool for the younger siblings, like, let’s say marionette puppets. Like the coolest thing in the world are marionette puppets. And now you’re into marionette puppets and doing marionette puppet shows. We’re all fine here. Features: Sarah Griffith: https://twitter.com/sk_griffith Bridgett Greenberg: https://twitter.com/BridgettTweets Gretchen Dawson: https://www.gretchendawson.com/ Support Small Beans and access Additional Content: https://www.patreon.com/SmallBeans

  • 362. Directorpiece Theatre - Steadicam: The Hero Christopher Nolan Needed in The Dark Knight

    27/02/2021 Duration: 01h35min

    Adam tells us the history and classic use of the Steadicam so we can better understand how Christopher Nolan uses it. Not only is he unique in his deployment of the tool but Nolan’s signature speed and momentum exaggerate both the power and flaws of his films. Not only should you be able to identify his approach to camera movement but you’ll more deeply understand why he makes these choices as a director. Also, our new MC seems to have been killed? I don’t know what’s going on with that whole situation. Features: Adam Ganser: https://twitter.com/therealganz Abe Epperson: https://twitter.com/AbeTheMighty Support Small Beans and access Additional Content: https://www.patreon.com/SmallBeans

  • 361. Tales from the Pit: Just Two Divorced Guys (Feat. Cristian Ramirez)

    25/02/2021 Duration: 01h05min

    Two of the warmest hosts to bless this podcast network take a moment to reflect on some of their coldest days. Both Michael Swaim and Cristian Ramirez have gone through divorces. Cristian, the more recent single, tells Michael about the hardships and eventual self-betterment involved in his experience. Michael in-kind reflects on his own behavior and past circumstances that made him the man he is today. It’s just two divorced guys, everyone. Features: Cristian Ramirez: https://twitter.com/FanboyCristian Michael Swaim: https://twitter.com/SWAIM_CORP Support Small Beans and access Additional Content: https://www.patreon.com/SmallBeans

  • 360. 1Upsmanship: Cyberpunk 2077 (Feat. Max Scoville)

    23/02/2021 Duration: 01h32min

    Max Scoville, another friend/host/podcaster from IGN, joins Michael and Adam to discuss the hopeful hit of 2020, Cyberpunk 2077. Months after the game’s launch, which was sensationalized by its bugs and recalls, can we look at the game with more objective eyes or will it never recover, kid? Well, Samurai, eavesdrop on whether or not this game was worth its decade-long development. Max Scoville: https://twitter.com/MaxScoville Michael Swaim: https://twitter.com/SWAIM_CORP Adam Ganser: https://twitter.com/therealganz Support Small Beans and access Additional Content: https://www.patreon.com/SmallBeans

  • 359. Frame Rate: Wonder Woman 1984 (Feat. Seanbaby)

    20/02/2021 Duration: 01h04min

    Seanbaby joins the beans to discuss their collective disdain for the recent Wonder Woman movie! They pick apart its many plot holes, discuss the state of the union of DC and Marvel universes, but end up determining maybe they’re not the best people to determine the future of the Wonder Woman franchise. Though, we all agree that we need more and better female superhero movies. And it’s not all hate. Michael cried! Features: Seanbaby: https://twitter.com/Seanbabydotcom Michael Swaim: https://twitter.com/SWAIM_CORP Abe Epperson: https://twitter.com/AbeTheMighty Support Small Beans and access Additional Content: https://www.patreon.com/SmallBeans

  • 357. Rough Stuff - Third-Rate Romantic Hero: The Daniel O’Brien Story

    13/02/2021 Duration: 01h01min

    Daniel O’Brien, writer for Last Week Tonight and original gangster, joins Bridgett and Sarah for a candid discussion of how teenagers fall for the allure of playing the role of a protagonist in a tragic romance. Daniel starts with a tale where a teenage crush overheard his undying love via speakerphone and the punishment only endures for the next several years. Don’t worry, Daniel, you all have us fooled, we think you’re a real catch. Maybe leave your love sonnets in the box of notebooks you keep in the darkest corner of your closet, though. Features: Sarah Griffith: https://twitter.com/sk_griffith Bridgett Greenberg: https://twitter.com/BridgettTweets Daniel O’Brien: https://twitter.com/dob_inc Support Small Beans and access Additional Content: https://www.patreon.com/SmallBeans

  • 356. I'll Show You Mine If You Show Me Yours: The Album That Changed You

    09/02/2021 Duration: 01h06min

    In this musical episode, the hosts each select the album in their lives that changed them. So we have two albums here. The artists are Dashboard Confessional and Bob Dylan. Close your eyes and guess who! Maggie and Adam get pretty in-depth about how music and lyrics can peer into your youthful soul and spit out a new fully-formed human. Witness the sonic metamorphosis. Also, the hosts discuss their lifelong problems with long hair and their recent texts to each other. Adam Ganser: https://twitter.com/therealganz Maggie Mae Fish: https://twitter.com/MaggieMaeFish Support Small Beans and access Additional Content: https://www.patreon.com/SmallBeans

  • 355. Directorpiece Theatre: The Insane Craftsmanship of House (1977)

    07/02/2021 Duration: 01h23min

    Abe walks us through the plethora of editorial, post-production, and camera tricks used by Nobuhiko Obayashi, the director of the Japanese horror comedy, House. From cutting out mattes and placing them directly on the frame, to rotoscoping, to practical effects, to editorial pacing, Obayashi is able to command a tone and humor entirely of his own creation. Abe talks about how the film influenced western directors and how technique and style define every filmmakers’ “voice.” Adam surprisingly did not hate the film, dashing Abe’s hopes for a combative podcast. Features: Adam Ganser: https://twitter.com/therealganz Abe Epperson: https://twitter.com/AbeTheMighty Support Small Beans and access Additional Content: https://www.patreon.com/SmallBeans

  • 353. Kings of King: Maximum Overdrive

    02/02/2021 Duration: 01h08min

    The horror! The horror! Stephen King himself helms another cars-gone-mad sci-fi/action/horror narrative and the results are disastrous. The boys discuss the lazy filmmaking, slapped together scene work, inconceivable choices, and inexplicable acting of King’s only attempted feature. Oh, and the cocaine. Out of the white dust settles a picture that might be the worst Stephen King adaptation yet. Strap in and brace yourself for the wild ride that is Maximum Overdrive. Features: Michael Swaim: https://twitter.com/SWAIM_CORP Abe Epperson: https://twitter.com/AbeTheMighty Support Small Beans and access Additional Content: https://www.patreon.com/SmallBeans

  • 352. 1Upsmanship: Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1+2 (Feat. Vanessa Gritton)

    31/01/2021 Duration: 01h14min

    Vanessa Gritton joins the co-hosts for the recent remastering of the OG and sequel of the classic Tony Hawk Pro Skater franchise. The gang reminiscences on the changes from the original releases and how brands change over time. Though, they all agree it’s worth letting the nostalgia do a sweet pop shove-it over your face. I know you wish you could choose Rodney Mullen, but you’re left with Michael, Adam, and Vanessa. Sorry. Also, Vanessa explains why she’s a wiener. Adam explains what being rad is. Vanessa Gritton: https://twitter.com/nesgritton Michael Swaim: https://twitter.com/SWAIM_CORP Adam Ganser: https://twitter.com/therealganz Support Small Beans and access Additional Content: https://www.patreon.com/SmallBeans

  • 354. Tales from the Pit: Autism, Depression, and Intersectionality During Covid (Feat. Alebrelle)

    27/01/2021 Duration: 01h14min

    Tales from the Pit returns with a COVID retrospective. Sitting down with Michael is Twitch Streamer, Creator, and Advocate Alebrelle. The two discuss what it’s been like during quarantine as an autistic and intersectional person. WARNING: there are lengthy discussions and specific examples each give about their depression and suicidal thoughts. Beware, all ye’ who enter here, thar be monsters. Everyone here is doing okay, and we hope you are too. Be well, everyone. Features: Alebrelle: https://www.twitch.tv/alebrelle Michael Swaim: https://twitter.com/SWAIM_CORP Support Small Beans and access Additional Content: https://www.patreon.com/SmallBeans

  • 351. Frame Rate - Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery (Feat. Sarah Griffith)

    26/01/2021 Duration: 01h13min

    Oh, behave. Sarah has joined the boys to discuss the 1997 Mike Myers film and its cultural impact on the United States, baby. Does it hold up after 24 years? Is it as horny as we all remember? Abe ruins the mood by bringing up the history of satirical espionage films. Features: Sarah Griffith: https://twitter.com/sk_griffith Michael Swaim: https://twitter.com/SWAIM_CORP Abe Epperson: https://twitter.com/AbeTheMighty Support Small Beans and access Additional Content: https://www.patreon.com/SmallBeans

  • 352. Directorpiece Theatre: How a Director Can Undermine A (Potentially) Good Script

    23/01/2021 Duration: 01h14min

    Adam chooses to examine 1998’s Murder of Crows, a forgotten Cuba Gooding Jr. vehicle. In the episode, we examine the work of Rowdy Herrington, also popular for Road House, and his directorial approach to this film. A very important part of directing is presenting a series of shots and performances so that the narrative is clear. “Clarity, then elegance,” as someone once said to me. Either due to an unparalleled series of filmic catastrophes or out of negligence, Mr. Herrington takes what could have been an interesting idea and turns it into a mind-bogglingly nonsensical film. Adam takes us through it. Features: Adam Ganser: https://twitter.com/therealganz Abe Epperson: https://twitter.com/AbeTheMighty Support Small Beans and access Additional Content: https://www.patreon.com/SmallBeans

  • 351. I'll Show You Mine If You Show Me Yours: Movie Experience You Represent

    20/01/2021 Duration: 01h47min

    Here’s the premise. Maggie chose a movie for Adam and Adam chose a movie for Maggie. The goal was to choose a movie that encapsulates their co-host. Then, the chooser finds out if the other can decipher why they chose that film. For Adam, Maggie chose the 1998 British village film, Waking Ned Devine, about finding out who won a lottery. For Maggie, Adam chose the Kevin Spacey vehicle, The Life of David Gale. These are insane picks so listen and find out why. I don’t know what this show is anymore, but it’s charming as fuck. Email us suggestions for episodes at magsandganz@gmail.com. Adam Ganser: https://twitter.com/therealganz Maggie Mae Fish: https://twitter.com/MaggieMaeFish Support Small Beans and access Additional Content: https://www.patreon.com/SmallBeans

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