The Futile Podcast

Deconstructing 80's & 90's action movies. Relating them to comics, TV, and cartoons from then and now.

“I keep sayin’ yada yada.”

Oscar films reviewed (right click OR click)





Zack decides to start a rivalry with podcast Grammar Girl.  I explain my angle.  We read my friend Alex’s top ten movies of 2008 list and then review and discuss:

Frost/Nixon, The Wrestler, Slumdog Millionarie; among other things.




Millionaire – Slumdog Millionaire soundtrack

Underworld – Oh

Latikas Theme – Slumdog Millionaire soundtrack

Aajkai Ratt – Slumdog Millionaire soundtrack

“It wasn’t a choke and puke.”

Smokey and the Bandit review (right click OR click)


We discuss Burt at his best in the context of a variety of other films that take the Outlaw Western hero and reimagine him in the modern world.



Decpeche Mode – A Question of TIme

John Cafferty – Hearts on Fire



runtime:  0:23:59:23

“I kind of had to avoid eye contact.”

High School Musical 3 review (right click OR click)

That’s right this one is about musicals!  Zack gives his take on this delightful little Disney film and we discuss some of our favorite moments in musical history … which leads us into a discussion about the way race and gender issues come into play while casting a part, etc. 

Voting is still up so please keep doing it every 24 hours until Nov. 6th (Ha I said “doing it” boy I need a rest after a good chuckle about that one).  Vote Futile Podcast in General here:




Ween – Push th’ Little Daisies


runtime:  0:29:11:02

“Yeah Tree!”

Humboldt County the Movie review (right click OR click)

It’s where we are located and Ian worked on the movie as a PA so we figured we’d give it a review.  We take a break in the midst of this review to talk about Snakes n’ Barrels II and which sci-fi characters we’d like to have sex with.  email:


Iggy Pop – Lust for Life

Tricky – Hell is Around the Corner

“That’s not the Duckman I signed up for.”

X-files review (right click OR click)

We talk about the TV show and films and the nature of sci-fi on television and the problematic aspects of telling a convoluted story while still trying to deliver a dramatic narrative that has closure, etc.  But mostly this episode is about Krycek. 



Enigma – Shadows in Silence

Roxy  Music – More Than This

“umm … Adam Sandler is like…”

Don’t Mess with the Love Guru review (right click save as OR click)

Zack talks about these two crappy movies and his conclusion: “Bad dramas are hilarious but bad comedies are just embarrassing.”  email:


Kool & the Gang – Celebration

Prefuse 73 – Perverted Undertone * 


*damn I really like this track and these movies are beneath it but I edited this podcast like a month ago so them is the breaks.

“That’s the stunner.”

Pineapple Express review (right click to save and listen at leisure OR click and listen now)

We talk about this new Rogen/Apatow/Green joint while the women talk about shoes and boobs.  Though this movie has neither pineapples or trains (two of my favorite things) it’s still quite good.  email us with your complaints about how crude and awful we are:


Duran Duran – Drug (it’s just a state of mind)

Low Fidelity Allstars – Battle Flag (radio edit)