New Substandard Podcast Tackles ‘Die Hard,’ Christmas Gifts

Pajama Boy Die Hard

Fantastic new episode of the Substandard podcast, in which JVL is wronger than usual (he both believes Die Hard is a Christmas movie (it isn’t) and thinks that A Christmas Story is a bad Christmas movie; he’s basically history’s greatest monster) and Free Beacon director of food and beverage services Vic Matus is bluer than usual (seriously, it was gross). Check it out:

Important Questions (About Movies) for Trump’s Incoming Treasury Secretary

Snyder, Zack. Neocon Jesus of Steel at Golgotha. 2016.

So, Steven Mnuchin is going to be Trump’s pick for Treasury Secretary. I don’t have particularly strong feelings about Dodd-Frank or anything like that—what do I look like, some kind of nerd?—but I do have very strong feelings about the fact that he has served as executive producer (read: financier) of a number of films over the last few years.

The State of the Animation Nation


As a member of the Washington Area Film Critics Association, it is my solemn duty during each and every awards season to engage deeply with art, to catch up on movies I’d missed, to truly experience the grand breadth of human wisdom and experience projected up on the big screen.

New Substandard Podcast Tackles ‘Arrival,’ Thanksgiving, Rest Stops


I don’t want to oversell it guys, but this is the best Weekly Substandard podcast yet. We discussed Arrival and alien invasion movies, Thanksgiving dishes, and, um, highway rest stops. (What is it with Jersey kids and their obsession with rest stops? I don’t get it.)

The Weekly Substandard now has its own iTunes location: you can download this week’s episode as well as previous episodes right here. Subscribe today! Or listen below. Or don’t do either, whatever. You probably have better things to listen to.

Scenes From a Reaction

Donald Trump

Jon, 38, enters a Nebraska Starbucks he had just last year sworn to boycott because its owner asked patrons not to carry firearms inside. Two weeks ago, Jon was complaining about triggers and safe spaces. Today, he wants to buy a latte (venti, triple, no foam) and demand that the woman at the counter (Elisha, 27, who, unbeknownst to Jon, voted GOP for the third straight cycle) write “Trump” on the cup in the hopes that she will refuse him service and he can claim a grievance against her and the company writ large. He hopes, like all good Americans, to “go viral.”