Monday, June 25, 2018

Hail Hereditary

Hosts: Stephen & Danielle
with the Midnight Hounds: Xena, Duke, Rusty and Morty

Our hosts experiment withyoutube livestreamingtheir review. They briefly discuss protesting the horrors and cruelty inflicted by the worst president ever Trump. However, this episode is devoted to gushing all over the enthralling A24 horror filmHereditary

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Friday, June 22, 2018

Happy 25th and 20th Anniversary "Parable of the Sower" and "Parable of the Talents" by Octavia E. Butler (and Happy 71st Birthday Octavia!)

(c) Patti Perret/The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens
Today, in celebration of Octavia E. Butler's birthday, I would like to talk about Earthseed. 2018 marks the 25th and 20th anniversary, respectively, of Octavia E. Butler's landmark duology, Parable of the Sower (1993) and Parable of the Talents (1998) and not a moment too soon. The Earthseed Cycle, named for the fictional (but all too real) religion that forms the core of the story, is perhaps the most relevant work of fiction to the social and political landscape of 2018. The dystopian future that Butler extrapolates here is so realistic as to almost feel prophetic. At the very least, the Earthseed Cycle, set almost entirely between the years 2024 and 2035, is a cautionary tale of a future that does not seem very far off from being realized--indeed, in many ways, it feels a little too close for comfort. Which is even more staggering when you consider the words of best-selling, award-winning author of "The Fifth Season," N.K. Jemisin, who first read Earthseed when it first came out and thought it "seemed far-fetched."

Sunday, June 17, 2018

*A wHOLE lot of... Micro-hard Marvel Scum

Hosts: Stephen & Andres

In this podcast, Andres and Stephen reunite on the Sunday of E3 to talk topics like:  Cyberpunk 2077, Gears "Pop", "Modern Dark Age" aesthetics, etc. Andres rebels against Captain Phasma, Andres marvels at the glory of Thanos, as Stephen tries to avenge Justice League and provide cover for the Last Jedi.


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*First episode with updated art featuring Rusty and Morty the new Chiwi Bros, A wHOLE lot of... co-hosts Andres and Diego the Meza Bros and Stephen in human form, no longer represented by a Scrappy-Doo version of his deceased dog Tara.

Art as always by the gifted Nicholas Malara

Saturday, June 9, 2018

Solo A Review Story


Hosts: Stephen & Danielle
with the Midnight Hounds: Xena, Duke, Rusty and Morty



The #Reylo power couple Stephen and Danielle force bond over how much they appreciated the story of the new Solo films. They analyze the story and battle back against wave of internet fear mongering and nit picking. They also salivate at the concepts that could be behind future Star Wars films.

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Sunday, June 3, 2018

Solo with BBG Frank aka 12 Parsecs to Tacos

Hosts: Stephen & Blockbuster Guy Frank



The podcast's post-production team of Stephen and Frank continue their on going life debt to Star Wars by flying through the mean streets of Kendall to see Solo a Star Wars Story in theaters. This is their drive home review and conversation about the film and Star Wars, and even a bit on WWE. Also, of course the standard Taco Bell stop for Frank. 

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Thursday, May 31, 2018

GUEST STAR STEPHEN: Star Wars Legends Episode #23 Solo a Star Wars Story SPOILERS Review




I made an appearance on a fellow Star Wars podcast to defend the Disney Star Wars films and their place in Star Wars history. I had a great time and found them very amicable and entertaining and they had a a lot of cool stuff to talk about when they weren't contemptuous of Rey or Luke's storyline in episode 8. I realized what different types of fans we are in how we talk about stories but at the end of the day we are all Star Wars fans and as long as we act civil we have more in common than the things we don't have in common. Hope you enjoy and for some great info on EU novels and storylines check them out. 


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Star Wars Revenge of the F***boys

Hosts: Stephen & Danielle
with the Midnight Hounds: Xena, Duke, Rusty and Morty

Danielle and Stephen celebrate the highs and lows of these Star Wars based lives we lead. They vacation to Walt Disney World in Orlando to attend a Star Wars Galactic Nights event in Hollywood Studios. They also wade through the rabid Star Wars Sith fuckboy fans on this opening weekend of Solo A Star Wars Story, sow discord, doubt, and fear.




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Monday, May 28, 2018

DCFU Mr. J Forever

Hosts: Stephen and Mr. J




Stephen catches up with Mr. J who is hanging out in the trenches of the CW shows Black Lightning, Supergirl, Arrow, Flash, and Legends of Tomorrow. Mr. J also reviews on the hit film Overboard, Rampage Deadpool 2("the shit"-Mr.J), and Marvel Studio's Avengers Infinity War. As always we talk about Justice League and speculate on DC film news.

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Friday, May 18, 2018

Avenging Infinite Failed Oppurtunities


Hosts: Stephen & Danielle
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The Infinity Stones have been collected and Danielle and Stephen decide whether it seems like the culmination of theMarvel Cinematic universe has been worth the 10 year build up. 

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Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Open Mic Ennui in Not Yet Future York

Hosts: Stephen & Danielle
with the Midnight Hounds: Xena, Duke, Rusty and Morty

The Vundacast power couple still needs thinking time after Avengers Infinity War. They get into a bunch of the Whatever this show feeling the Solo hype and delicious pancake based marketing, Stephen discusses his open mic night experience at Little Hoolies bar, Danielle critiques the Rebel Wilson film Bachelorette, we find the humor in sad French news, and we invent the concept of Victorian American Pie.




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Thursday, May 10, 2018

LUCHA UNDERGROUND SEASON 4 TRAILER OMG YOU GUYS


So the first full length trailer for Lucha Underground's long-awaited fourth season (premiering June 13th on El Rey Network which is in 34 days not that I have my Google Chrome Countdown extension counting down the days or anything) has arrived and it...is...bonkers...

Let me try to break this down as best I can...

Monday, April 23, 2018

A wHOLE lot of... Predicting the Slaughter of Aquaman

Hosts: Stephen, Andres, & Diego

Andres and Stephen conduct the usual DC vs Marvel debate, the duo also make more Avengers Infinity War predictions. Diego joins them and they discuss the merits of curse words in PG-13 movies, and Ready Player One. Andres also gushes all over the Blumhouse classic Happy Death Day.

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Sunday, April 22, 2018

A wHOLE lot of...Infinite Speculation

Hosts: Stephen & Andres



Andres and Stephen engage in the never ending battle of DC vs  Marvel. They assemble some Avengers Infinity War predictions. In this episode they talk about films like The Disaster Artist, Ready Player One, Rogue One, Black Panther, etc. and also talk directors like Gareth Evans, Gareth Edwards, James Cameron, Spielberg, J.J. Abrams, and even more.

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Sunday, April 15, 2018

Krrish and Krasinski

Hosts: Stephen & Danielle
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Stephen and Danielle react to the 2006 Super-hero Bollywood classic Krrish and they also review the thrills and chills of John Krasinski's barefoot hipster family apocalypse film A Quiet Place(2018).Also after some technical difficulties they also have some Weird Wild Florida news involving dash cam footage.

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Friday, April 6, 2018

BREAKING NEWS: Lucha Underground Season 4 Premieres June 13th


Lucha Underground has just announced at Impact vs. Lucha in New Orleans (and on Twitter) that Lucha Underground has a premier date for Season 4: June 13th

Rest assured we here at Vundablog are counting the days (68 and counting according to my Countdown Clock extension on Google Chrome) until the return of the greatest wrestling show of all time. Stay tuned for tons of new Lucha Underground content over the next several months!

Happy 25th Anniversary Tool's "Undertow"


25 years ago today, my favorite band on the planet unleashed on the world an album so ahead of its time that even I never fully appreciated it until recently. Combining the punishing, groove-driven riffs of Helmet with deeper and darker melodies and rhythms, exploring themes of anger, despair, sexual and physical abuse, violence, BDSM, addiction, and more, this album established Tool as a creative force in heavy metal music and set the stage for its groundbreaking follow-up.

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Ready Player Glum

Hosts: Stephen & Danielle
with the Midnight Hounds: Xena, Duke, Rusty and Morty

 Stephen and Danielle dive into a spoiler soaked discussion about Spielberg's adaptation of the novel Ready Player One. The messaging, themes, style, and expectations of the film are analyzed. We react to this film directly after seeing it in cinemas and we unleash are nerd powers of hyper analysis all over this "movie"




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Friday, March 30, 2018

DCFU: 3 & a Half thumbs out of 5

Hosts: Stephen and Mr. J

The DCFU returns to talk Wonder Woman casting news, Shazam set photos. Mr. J reviews CW's Black Lightning, Black Panther(2018), Tomb Raider(2018), and Pacific Rim Uprising (2018). Mr. J and Stephen talk JDF as Lord Drakkon and we watch the trailer for nickelodeon's new TMNT show. Mr. J wanted more and here it is for you.



Thursday, March 29, 2018

Sketti 2 Split

Hosts: Stephen & Danielle
with the Midnight Hounds (Xena, Duke, Rusty and Morty)

Stephen and Danielle chat about the Deadpool 2 trailer. The duo discusses whether Netflix film's deserve to be nominated for Academy Awards after Spielberg's comments on his Ready Player One press tour. Ready Player One excitement is discussed as well as queer representation in film. This is all an elaborate introduction to some sleepy bonus audio content from the past when we first saw the M. Night Shyamalan film Split.






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Saturday, March 24, 2018

Sketti the Topic

Hosts: Stephen & Danielle
with the Midnight Hounds: Xena, Duke, Rusty and Morty
(No longer on instagram as @dukexenalife now @midnighthounds)


Stephen and Danielle talk about a wild Florida Story, Danielle reviews Jessica Jones Season 2 & The Last Jedi Novelization. The podcast also starts hammering out Anakin Skywalker's stand up comedy routine,  Sarah Connor's femininity and of course Ripley in Aliens...all while the Dogs try to settle down.

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Saturday, March 10, 2018

Recently Watched Round Up

Hosts: Stephen & Danielle
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(No longer on instagram @dukexenalife now @midnighthounds)





Stephen and Danielle make a big announcement about the Vundacast. Then Danielle controls the show and we review Black Panther, Annihilation, Red Sparrow, and Star Wars Rebels.

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Thursday, March 8, 2018

Happy International Women's Day: Lifting Up Women's Artistic Voices

So, since I do not identify as a woman (though I do accept female pronouns), I thought it would be best to lift up as many artistic women's voices as I can rather than write my own long-winded post about it. So here you go...

Women in Music

Against Me! - Back in my day (like literally 15 years ago, Jesus), Against Me! was just your average breakout Anarchist folk-punk band revolutionizing punk rock. Ho-hum. But in 2012, their singer, Laura Jane Grace (formerly Tom Gabel), came out as trangender and began the process of transitioning. Their recent album Transgender Dysphoria Blues deals heavily in themes affecting transgender folks, particularly the first two tracks, whose lyrics hit hard and deep on the need for acceptance. Truly powerful stuff.

Fifth Hour Hero - Amazing female-fronted pop punk band singing about working class and feminist struggles. Sadly defunct since 2007 but their legacy lives on in those of us who loved them in the short time they existed.

This Is My Fist! - Similar to Fifth Hour Hero but grittier and perhaps more overtly political. More punk than pop where FHH is more pop than punk.

Denali - Beautiful, ethereal, but, sadly, short-lived female-fronted indie/post-rock outfit. Dreamy, solemn, lush arrangements with soaring vocals. A very well-hidden gem.

Kesha - I wanted to keep this to mostly stuff that wasn't as ubiquitous but I couldn't do this without including these next two ladies who have made so many of us so proud with their most recent artistic statements. Kesha's courage in confronting her abuser on "Praying" is the stuff of legend.

Beyonce - Of COURSE Beyonce has to be on this list. "Lemonade" is a game-changer in so many ways. One of the most powerful artistic statements in music history and one we will be talking about for generations to come.

P.S. Grammy voters should be ashamed of themselves for snubbing "Lemonade" and "Rainbow" the last two years. SHAME!

Women in Literature

Ursula K. LeGuin - The godmother of speculative fiction and a pioneer of feminism in literature and of sci-fi/fantasy as a medium for imagining the world as it could be, as it should be, and as it may very well be if we don't change. Truly a giant in her field.

Octavia E. Butler - QUEEN. The Earthseed cycle (Parable of the Sower/Talents) is maybe the most important and relevant work of fiction in the current political landscape.

Toni Morrison - Perhaps the most gifted and relevant storyteller of a generation. An unflinching truth-teller. A prophet in the truest sense of the word. I've only ever read "The Bluest Eye" but it is a goddamn masterpiece and the fact that it was her first book continues to blow my mind.

Nnedi Okorafor - Nigerian queen of contemporary afrofuturism. Absolutely at the forefront of a genre that is poised to blow up--especially now, with the success of the Black Panther film. "Who Fears Death" and "The Book of Phoenix" rocked me to my core and the "Binti" trilogy is so incredibly beautiful and personal. This woman is a must-read.

N.K. Jemisin - Another powerful voice at the forefront of afrofuturism. The Broken Earth trilogy ("The Fifth Season," "The Obelisk Gate," and "The Stone Sky") will change you.

Naomi Novik - I have never read anything quite like "Uprooted." The magic is so real and organic, the characters are beautifully complex and powerful, the themes feel so ancient yet so relevant. Wow.

April Daniels - The Nemesis series ("Dreadnought" and "Sovereign" with more to come, hopefully!) is so dear to me and so important and sorely needed right now. It's the story of a transgender teenager who is given the mantle of the world's most powerful superhero, Dreadnought, as he dies, which not only gives her all the powers of Dreadnought but transforms her "male" body into the body she always dreamed of. So incredibly powerful and personal.

K.C. Alexander - Badass, in-your-face author of "Necrotech" and "Nanoshock," two action-packed cyberpunk romps starring a crass, obnoxious, sexy, foul-mouthed, tough-as-nails, queer woman protagonist. Ridiculously fun and intense!

Angie Thomas - I'm just about halfway through "The Hate U Give" right now but it is an absolutely breathtaking story of a girl from the "ghetto" (a label she hates but begrudgingly accepts) who is witness to her best friend--an unarmed young black man--being gunned down by police. This book is so much; everything that it needs to be and so important in these times.

Rainbow Rowell - Anyone who reads YA probably knows Rainbow Rowell but I have to include her because I LOVE HER SO MUCH. "Eleanor & Park" was just ME AF but "Carry On" was simply magnificent. If you love Harry Potter and queer stories, you MUST read "Carry On."

Women in Wrestling

I think what would probably be more useful than a list of artists for this section is a list of my favorite women's wrestling matches of the past several years:

Aztec Warfare III (from Lucha Underground; the first ever female heavyweight champion of a major North American wrestling promotion and perhaps the best and most empowering and inspiring women's wrestling story ever told)

Bayley vs. Sasha Banks (their first encounter at TakeOver: Brooklyn and their 30 minute Iron Man match are both classics)

Charlotte vs. Sasha vs. Becky Lynch (WrestleMania 32)

Paige vs. Emma (NXT; the very beginnings of the WWE Women's Revolution)

Sexy Star vs. Mariposa ("No Mas" match from Lucha Underground)

Charlotte vs. Sasha Banks (just pick from any of their many incredible encounters; especially their Hell in a Cell match and their match in NXT)

Sasha Banks vs. Becky Lynch (NXT)

The First Ever Women's Royal Rumble Match (won by a Japanese woman!)

Charlotte vs. Natalya (NXT)

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Taco Talking Wrestling Mini-Show with Blockbuster Guy Frank


 Hosts: Stephen & Blockbuster Guy Frank

Stephen and Frank do brief mini episode driving through parts unknown in Miami, while getting Frank some tacos for his sustenance. We discuss the 2018 Royal Rumble and Elimination Chamber all while experiencing the madness of Miami traffic

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Unlocked Vundacast Vault X-men Spectacular


Intro Hosts: Stephen & Blockbuster Guy Frank
Part1 Hosts: 2013 version of Stephen & Danielle
Part 2 Hosts: 2014 version of Stephen & Mr. J
Part 3 Hosts: 2014 version of Stephen, Danielle, &nD-rock

Stephen and Frank open up the Vundacast vault and introduce some X-men themed episodes. The 1st clip after the intro by Stephen and Frank is the very 1st episode of the Vundacast where Stephen has no idea how to podcast and Dani has to deal with it. The second is a never before heard discussion  with Mr. J and Stephen when they use to fly under the moniker of PCFC, they discuss their own personal X-men history, and X-men Days of Future Past(2014). Finally also released from the vault Stephen, Danielle, and D-rock discuss the X-men: Days of Future Past film after seeing it in theaters in 2014 and geek out hard.

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