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Monday, June 14, 2021

NTFB Supplemental: Alanna Kelly on recent MCU series

We were recently joined by friend of the show Alanna Kelly to record an upcoming episode, and after that recording was done she shared some of her thoughts on the recent MCU shows we reviewed in our last two episodes. It turned into a really interesting discussion, and we wanted to share it with you, so we've posted it as a public post on our Patreon site as the first ever Non-Toxic Fanboys: Supplemental. Alanna talks about the WandaVision finale, Isaiah Bradley, the rules of magic, and why her friendship with Glenn almost ended. We hope you enjoy this alternate perspective on our recent topics, and be sure you don’t miss our upcoming episode Alanna joins us to review her favorite movie!

https://www.patreon.com/posts/52474926

Tuesday, June 8, 2021

Episode 58: The Confused Messaging of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier

Is Karli Morgenthau a young idealist forced into a desperate situation by the heartless decisions of detached multinational elites? Or is she the chief architect of an escalating campaign of terror who disturbs even her staunchest allies with her thirst for mass murder? Is John Walker an unhinged menace with an inferiority complex the size of Steve Rogers's pecs, whose violent outbursts lead to the escape of his enemy, the death of his best friend, and literal blood on his hands? Or is he an exemplary soldier who only wants to do the right thing and one little mistake really shouldn't be held against him? Has Isaiah Bradley been so badly mistreated and abused by his country that there's no longer any hope of meaningful restitution? Or will a museum exhibit make things better?

The Disney Marvel MCU miniseries The Falcon and the Winter Soldier seems to answer all of these questions with an inconclusive whynotboth.gif, leaving Glenn & Scott a bit confused as they try to figure out exactly what the show is trying to say and what its characters actually believe. Along the way they also discuss the various Captains America, the role of Lemar Hoskins, Bucky’s online dating profile, the use of villainy in depicting villains, and how all of this is really Iron Man’s fault. Scott passionately defends the virtue of knowing things, while Glenn is horrified at potential injustices that may or may not be happening under the incredibly ill-defined and inconsistent government and legal systems. Also, follow along at home by counting how many things get stuck in Glenn’s craw! (Where exactly is one’s craw? Is getting things stuck there NSFW?)

You can support the show on Patreon at patreon.com/nontoxicfanboys or by shopping at Amazon using our Associates link https://amzn.to/2MLZaJ9. In our latest Patron-exclusive podcast, Glenn shares a very personal story about his own experience with grief and how it shaped his view of Wanda in her series. Come join us at patreon.com/nontoxicfanboys to hear it!

Every Monday night at 8pm Eastern time, Glenn & Scott stream video games live on twitch.tv/nontoxicfanboys. Come hang out with us in the chat, or catch the archive later on Youtube if you just want to watch us play games badly.

The theme music used in this podcast is Discovery by Alexander Nakarada
Link: https://filmmusic.io/song/5756-discovery
License: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license

Buy the score to The Falcon and the Winter Soldier by Henry Jackman reviewed in this episode:


Saturday, May 15, 2021

Episode 57: The Horrors of WandaVision

Now that they’re not on a podcast feed full of people with actual knowledge of comic books, Glenn & Scott branch out to examine the Disney Marvel MCU miniseries WandaVison. They examine issues like grief and selfishness, when metatext becomes too textual, and the pressure exerted by audience expectations and the ways creators respond to it. They do their best to determine who exactly the villain of this show is (is anybody on this show NOT the villain?), plus they review the show's score, because there haven’t been enough score reviews on this podcast lately.

You can support the show on Patreon at patreon.com/nontoxicfanboys or by shopping at Amazon using our Associates link https://amzn.to/2MLZaJ9. On this month's Patron-exclusive podcast, Glenn shares a very personal story about his own experience with grief and how it shaped his view of Wanda in this series. Come join us at patreon.com/nontoxicfanboys to hear it!

Every Monday night at 8pm Eastern time, Glenn & Scott stream video games live on twitch.tv/nontoxicfanboys. Come hang out with us in the chat, or catch the archive later if you just want to watch us play games badly.

The theme music used in this podcast is Discovery by Alexander Nakarada
Link: https://filmmusic.io/song/5756-discovery
License: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license

Musical selections from the WandaVision score by Christophe Beck:

  • "Wanda's Theme (End Credits from 'WandaVision')"
  • "Rings"
  • "Wanda and Vision (Love Theme from 'WandaVision')"
  • "Uncharted Waters"
  • "Genesis"

Buy the WandaVision soundtracks reviewed in this episode:

Monday, April 19, 2021

Non-Toxic Fanboys on Twitch?

We've mentioned before how our spree of claiming the name "nontoxicfanboys" on every site we could think of led to us deciding to actually use the sites we now have accounts on. And so now we present to you: twitch.tv/nontoxicfanboys.

Glenn & Scott will be doing their first stream tonight, April 19, at 8pm US Eastern time. Watch us play Doom II, and probably screw up a bunch because it's our first stream. Come ask us about today's episode or about past episode topics or about anything at all, really. We're kind of streaming into the void here.

Our plan is to stream every Monday night at 8:00 for around 3-4 hours. Our initial list of games to play are all games we already know we enjoy and can play in 2-player co-op mode, games we can have fun with on a stream without having to focus on being super competitive. If you have any games you would like to see us try out, let us know and we'll check it out!

So come join us at twitch.tv/nontoxicfanboys tonight at 8:00! Fun is sure to be had.

Episode 56: Sixth Annual Oscar Preview: Best Original Score 2020

It's that time of year again, and Glenn & Scott are here to review the five Oscar-nominated scores: Da 5 Bloods by Terence Blanchard, Mank by Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross, Minari by Emile Mosseri, News of the World by James Newton Howard, and Soul by Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross, and Jon Batiste. Listen as Scott decides which of these scores counts as music, marvel as Glenn tries to define jazz, be amazed when Scott actually has positive things to say about Oscar nominees! Plus, find out who they pick to win the award: Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, or Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross?

You can support the show on Patreon at patreon.com/nontoxicfanboys or by shopping at Amazon using our Associates link https://amzn.to/2MLZaJ9.

The theme music used in this podcast is Discovery by Alexander Nakarada
Link: https://filmmusic.io/song/5756-discovery
License: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license

Musical excerpts:

  • "Finding the Gold" from Da 5 Bloods by Terence Blanchard
  • "Otis and Tien Have Dinner" from Da 5 Bloods by Terence Blanchard
  • "There is No Time for Stories" from News of the World by James Newton Howard
  • "Arriving at Red River" from News of the World by James Newton Howard
  • "Dime Mountain" from News of the World by James Newton Howard
  • "Birdslingers" from Minari by Emile Mosseri
  • "All This Time (Happily Ever After)" from Mank by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross
  • "Welcome to Victorville" from Mank by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross
  • "Born to Play" from Soul by Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross, and Jon Batiste
  • "The Great Beyond" from Soul by Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross, and Jon Batiste

Buy the music reviewed in this episode:

Saturday, April 3, 2021

Non-Toxic Fanboys Patreon

TLDR: As officially announced on today's show, The Non-Toxic Fanboys is now on Patreon. In exchange for your generous support we offer early access to new episodes, varying levels of influence on the topics of future episodes, and an exclusive behind-the-scenes podcast. All the details can be found at patreon.com/nontoxicfanboys. There are already two episodes of our behind-the-scenes podcast up there, there's a poll running on what we should cover in our next episode after the Oscar Preview, and patrons could have listened to today's episode a week ago. If any of that interests you, then check out patreon.com/nontoxicfanboys and see what's available.

We originally registered on Patreon as part of Scott's cyber-squatting spree to claim the name nontoxicfanboys on every site we could. But at some point we decided, there's no reason to not open it up to potential patrons. We put some careful thought into what "perks" we could offer; we didn't want to promise anything that we might not be able to deliver. The episode polls seemed like an obvious option; the worst that might happen is if the end of the poll leaves us too little time to cover the topic that wins and we have to put it off until the next episode. Early access also felt obvious; it's very rarely that one of our episodes is time-sensitive, so posting stuff a week early for patrons is simple to arrange. And topic requests are almost a perk for us, letting us know exactly what people are interested in hearing from us about.

The place where we really had to stop and consider was the idea of exclusive content. We're really not popular enough that we could ask for money and not offer something, but what exactly was a bit of a stumbling block. There are a lot of podcasts that essentially double themselves, doing two episodes at a time and making one of them exclusive to the Patreon. We didn't want to do anything like that. We never want to be in a place where we're saying things like "Here's our review of Star Trek: Picard, and if you want to hear what we thought of Lower Decks then you have to pay us!" In our conception Patreon is about rewarding people who choose to support us, not about putting a paywall between us and our listeners. Less like an HBO subscription, more like a PBS pledge drive. Plus it'd be essentially double the work every month, and we already don't have a great track record of consistent releases. :)

Eventually, Scott got the idea of behind-the-scenes content from seeing the Patreon offerings of several Youtube channels he was watching. They often offer BTS stuff like studio tours, interviews with folks not usually on camera, teases of stuff they're working on or stories about ideas that didn't work out, etc. We obviously don't have a studio, and the "crew" is just the two of us, but that other stuff all seemed like stuff we could do. So that's why we offer a behind-the-scenes podcast: It involves no extra prep work so there's no reason why we wouldn't be able to get it out every month, and it keeps all of our regular episodes free for all listeners. In our first Patreon show we discuss our listening strategy for 2020 scores, talk about one score that got cut because it turned out to not be from 2020, and Glenn comes up with a name for the Patreon show, live on the Patreon show. You can't get more behind-the-scenes than that!

(We don't mean to speak badly of anyone who does do extra episodes exclusively on Patreon, BTW. Everyone has their own strategies and their own lines in the sand. This one just felt right to us.)

So that's the story of how two guys who barely broke double-digit listens with their last episode wound up with a Patreon. Again, that's patreon.com/nontoxicfanboys if you're interested in contributing. Thank you for your consideration.

Episode 55: National Film Score Day 2021: The Actual Best Scores of 2020

As is rapidly becoming tradition, Glenn & Scott celebrate National Film Score Day by reviewing scores they actually like. After a surprisingly long discussion of endorsement opportunities for the Quibi reboot of The Fugitive, they present their favorite scores of 2020. Glenn reviews a score written by the film’s director, Scott reviews a composer he discovered (within certain very specific contexts), and of course we can’t do a score show without talking about the Great Satan Zimmer.

You can support the show on Patreon at patreon.com/nontoxicfanboys or by shopping at Amazon using our Associates link https://amzn.to/2MLZaJ9.

The theme music used in this podcast is Discovery by Alexander Nakarada
Link: https://filmmusic.io/song/5756-discovery
License: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license

Musical excerpts:

  • "Enola Holmes (The Future Is Up to Us)" from Enola Holmes by Daniel Pemberton
  • "Enola Hollmes (Wild Child)" from Enola Holmes by Daniel Pemberton
  • "London Arrival" from Enola Holmes by Daniel Pemberton
  • "School Escape" from Enola Holmes by Daniel Pemberton
  • "Tick Tock" from Enola Holmes by Daniel Pemberton
  • "Fanny Lye Deliver'd" from Fanny Lye Deliver'd by Thomas Clay
  • "Approach of the Sheriff" from Fanny Lye Deliver'd by Thomas Clay
  • "The Sheriff's Rapture" from Fanny Lye Deliver'd by Thomas Clay
  • "Second Morning" from Fanny Lye Deliver'd by Thomas Clay
  • "March to Joy" from Fanny Lye Deliver'd by Thomas Clay
  • "Themyscira" from Wonder Woman 1984 by Hans Zimmer
  • "Wonder Woman Rescue" from Justice League by Danny Elfman
  • "Open Road" from Wonder Woman 1984 by Hans Zimmer
  • "Truth" from Wonder Woman 1984 by Hans Zimmer
  • "The White House" from Wonder Woman 1984 by Hans Zimmer
  • "Black Gold" from Wonder Woman 1984 by Hans Zimmer

Buy the music reviewed in this episode:

Friday, March 26, 2021

Feeling Good...For Now

Hello friends! While we prepare our next episode for National Film Score Day, you can also find Glenn in a new podcast venture along with a couple of friends of the show: in Feeling Good...For Now, Glenn joins Steve Wille & Jordan Duncan to find nuggets of positivity in the torrent of current events, offer pop culture recommendations, and give Spectacular Advice on maintaining one's mental health or whatever topics listeners write in about. Like The Non-Toxic Fanboys, the name is aspirational.

You can find Feeling Good...For Now on Podbean, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and Amazon Music; advice questions are always welcome at spectacularadvice@gmail.com.

Monday, January 25, 2021

Episode 54: The Podcast is Reborn

When in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the bands which have connected them with another, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation. So in this first episode under the Non-Toxic Fanboys banner, Glenn & Scott talk about why the show is under a new banner, why they've decided to strike out on their own, what exactly the show’s gender is, and what their plans are for the next 8 years of the show.

You can support the show on Patreon at patreon.com/nontoxicfanboys or by shopping at Amazon using our Associates link https://amzn.to/2MLZaJ9.

The theme song for the podcast is Discovery by Alexander Nakarada.
Direct Link: https://filmmusic.io/song/5756-discovery
License: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license

Tuesday, January 12, 2021

Relaunch Update

Non-Toxic Fanboys is officially available on more than a dozen different podcast platforms, including Apple and Google. All of our old Spectacular episodes can be found on any of those platforms. We're also @nontoxicfanboys on a ton of social media sites, most of which I have no idea what to do with. But if you'd be interested in hearing from us on any of them then follow us and let us know! New episodes of the podcast should be cross-posted to our accounts on Twitter, Tumblr, Facebook, Youtube, and this blog, as well as the podcast feed wherever you choose to subscribe, so there should nearly nowhere where you can't find our show. 

In terms of new episodes, we have several we're working on. The next episode will probably be a short one explaining why we rebranded and why we struck out on our own. We're also going to review Star Trek: Picard, Lower Decks, and Discovery Season 3, of course. We're also starting prep for this year's Oscar Preview, and probably something for National Film Score Day as well. Some day we'll watch The Mandalorian and I'm sure we'll have things to say about that. We may also start covering Marvel and DC movies now that we're not sharing a feed with 6 different comics-focused podcasts and won't be stepping on the toes of people way more knowledgeable than us. If there's a topic you'd like to see us cover, let us know on one of those social media sites, or you can email the show directly. 

So that's the plan for now. Subscribe and follow us wherever and however you wish, and watch out in the coming weeks for our first episodes under the new banner. Hopefully you'll be hearing from us soon.