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Mediasplode #4 – ‘That Thing You Do!’, Top 5 Tom Hanks Films, and Quarantine Streaming

Show Notes

Thanks to our awesome Patrons, we’re proud to present another episode of Mediasplode!

Running Time: 00:56:45

This month, Josh Flanagan and Conor Kilpatrick are joined by their original co-host Ron Richards to discuss…

Quarantine Streaming:
00:01:46 – Josh listened to Conan O’Brien Needs a Friend and watched Mythic Quest: Raven’s Banquet.
00:08:52 – Ron watched Mister Roger’s Neighborhood, Prop Culture, and Jeopardy!
00:13:15 – Conor watched Perry Mason, Parks and Recreation, and Queer Eye.

00:17:58 – That Thing You Do!
00:47:16 – Everyone picks their Top 5 Tom Hanks Films


What’s a Mediasplode? It’s a monthly special edition show in which we talk about what we are enjoying in media outside of the realm of comic books. It’s like our All Media Year End Round-Up but in a shorter, monthly format.

“That Thing You Do!”
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  1. Wrkngclasshero (@joinedtofollow) says:

    Thank you Conor for finally saying Joe vs The Volcano!!!!

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  2. 1. Apollo 13
    2. Big
    3. Sleepless in Seattle
    4. Saving Private Ryan
    5. Splash

    I’m not including the Toy Story films, since those would take up four of my spaces.

  3. So I just wanted to chime in and say I actually like Cloud Atlas. I think the book is absolutely worth reading. The movie is good as a companion to the book, but it does muddle the message a bit by changing things around and getting distracted with reusing actors and putting them in makeup. The conversation was about that rather than what the movie was actually saying.

    That said the message of Cloud Atlas is basically that we are all interconnected and when do harm to each other we are ultimately harming ourselves. When we show love and empathy toward each other we build toward a better future. Not exactly news, but it is probably something people should hear especially now.

    Also I think Tom does a great job in it. Also the Frobisher and Sixsmith story is not something you’d usually see in a big budget Hollywood flick. It’s definitely one of the stronger adaptations from the book.

  4. 1) Got to give a shout-out to The ‘Burbs. Underrated entry in the Hanks filmography.

    2) Here’s some trivia: in the first “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” films, the Wimpy Kid’s dad was played by Steve Zahn. In the continuation/reboot, the role was taken over by…Tom Everett Scott.

    3) So…Empire Records next time?

  5. The directors cut is even better!

  6. Great conversation. Here’s my list.

    5. Joe vs the Volcano
    4. Catch Me if you Can
    3. Forrest Gump
    2. Dragnet
    1. Apollo 13

    • I love Joe vs The Volcano. I think it’s a shame that it seems mostly forgotten now in pop culture. I might say that is my favorite Hanks film as well. It’s certainly the one from that era that I think back to the most.

    • Honestly i think a lot of Hanks early comedic work has become mostly forgotten by pop culture.

  7. Never mind, Apple TV+ is releasing a new Tom Hanks WW2 movie this month. THAT should be the next Mediasplode…

  8. I am super behind in my MediaSplode listening, but I here are my top 5 Tom Hanks films in (subject to change) order:

    The ‘Burbs
    Saving Private Ryan
    The Green Mile
    Sleepless in Seattle
    That Thing You Do

    This is a perfect example of “people like the things they grew up with” because, besides The ‘Burbs in ’89, they are all ’90s movies, and that is right when I was in high school and forming my own movie watching identity. Now I gotta go binge Tom Hanks movies!

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