Culturezoo: A mighty guild of geeks!
By Levi Nunnink
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Culturezoo is an audio podcast brought to you by One Drawing a Day. Your hosts Levi Nunnink and Rosalyn Lee will read a comic, watch a movie, or read a book and discuss it in detail. Think of it like a book club but with movies and comics too. Being aspiring artists, we also will be sure to cover the artistic merits of whatever we're discussing. We keep every family-friendly so kids are welcome to listen.
||CleanOut of the Silent Planet – Chapters 10-12||In these chapters Ransom gets to know the “natives” and discovers a culture that is both remarkably similar and different from anything on Earth. Conversations about life, death, religion, and pleasure ensue. Subscribe to Culturezoo on Apple or Stic||6/20/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanOut of the Silent Planet – Chapters 7-9||Ransom makes it to Malacandra and promptly flees. After wandering through the Malacandran landscape and fighting off fits of madness, he has his first real encounter with one of the native, sentient species, a Hross. Subscribe to Culturezoo on Apple or||6/13/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanOut of the Silent Planet – Chapters 4-6||Ransom goes from terror to courage, Earth to Malacandra this week and things get theological as we tackle the next three chapters of Out of the Silent Planet. Subscribe to Culturezoo on Apple or Sticher||6/6/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanOut of the Silent Planet: Chapters 1-3||It’s time for our Culturezoo summer series! For the next seven episodes we’re going to do a bi-weekly book club where we read three chapters of a book and… um… talk about it. The book we’ve picked is Out of the Silent Planet, by C.S. Lewis. In||5/30/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanStar Wars Blitz||In what may be an act of extreme foolhardiness, Levi, Rosalyn, and Zach attempt to review the entire Star Wars Disney canon, even movies that haven’t come out yet. We spend most of our time talking about The Force Awakens, Rogue One, The Last Jedi, an||5/20/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCulturezoo Junior: Zita the Spacegirl by Ben Hatke||This is a special Culturezoo episode where we are joined by Sam (11), Jane (9), Lucy (8), and Charlie (6) and talk about one of our family’s favorite comic trilogies, Zita the Spacegirl by Ben Hatke. We cover all three books Zita the Spacegirl, Legend||4/28/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPrincess Kaguya||This podcast about Princess Kaguya is being released on the day that it’s director Isao Takahata passed away. This is his final film and maybe his best. We spend a lot of time trying to wrap our heads around this beautiful, thought-provoking film and||4/5/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanRevenge of the Sith, Part 3||The circle is now complete and just in time for the Last Jedi. The Culturezoo team tackles the final act of Revenge of the Sith and give our final thoughts on the series as a whole.||12/10/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanRevenge of the Sith: Part 2||On today’s Culturezoo Levi, Rosalyn, and Zach cover act 2 of Revenge of the Sith. Does this film finally break our and become the shining exception of the terrible prequel trilogy or does it crumble into mediocrity? We certainly have our opinions…||11/24/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanRevenge of the Sith: Part 1||Back after a long absence, Levi, Roz, and Zach finally dive into the final film of the Star Wars prequel trilogy: Revenge of the Sith. In this episode we cover the first act from the opening to the end of the space battle.||11/2/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe films of Miyazaki ranked by Team Culturezoo||Ranking an artist like Miyazaki’s work is an inherently stupid endeavor. But nobody said we were geniuses. So without further ado, we present Levi and Rozalyn’s rankings of the Miyazaki films. Note: We don’t include The Castle of Cagliostro for so||10/30/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Wind Rises||After a two month delay, which included bouts of sickness and trips across oceans and continents, Culturezoo is back to cover the last Miyazaki film: The Wind Rises. The Summer of Miyazaki has poetically turned into the fall and then Winter of Miyazaki.||12/23/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPonyo||The Summer of Miyazaki has turned to fall and we discuss his penultimate work, Ponyo and this time around we’re joined by fellow Ghibli-fan, Sadie Hartmann. Where does Ponyo rank in the films of Miyazaki? It certainly an amazing artistic achievement b||10/20/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHowl’s Moving Castle||Well, better late than never. Work and sickness once again conspire to make this Episode in the Summer of Miyazaki late and actually miss summer altogether. Nevertheless, we had a great time discussing the later Miyazaki film, Howl’s Moving Castle. Th||10/5/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSpirited Away||The summer of Miyazaki’s Spirited Away podcast is finally here. Camping, sickness, and work all conspired to make this podcast extra late. Sorry about that. We dig into Ghibli’s big American debut and talk about how this blew our minds when we first||9/8/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPrincess Mononoke||After a bit of a delay we finally get to Miyazaki’s fantasy epic, Princess Mononoke: a film that is basically environmentalist propaganda, right? Err, not quite. Levi and Rosalyn discuss the intricate plot and end with some of our interpretations and||8/10/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhisper of the Heart||This time on the Summer of Miyazaki we discuss a film written, storyboarded but not directed by Hayao Miyazaki: Whisper of the Heart. So maybe, technically, it shouldn’t be here but it’s such a great film, we couldn’t resist. In this episode we ta||7/22/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanProco Rosso||On this podcast we continue the Summer of Miyazaki by discussing one of his more personal, adult and idiosyncratic films: Porco Rosso. It’s the classic story of a dashing hero, an innocent young damsel, and a brute-headed villain. Except this is Miyaz||7/13/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanKiki’s Delivery Service||On this Culturezoo we talk about the 1989 Miyazaki film, Kiki’s Delivery Service. We spend some time comparing the ideas and details of this film to other magical stories like Harry Potter and spend some time discussing the importance of vocations an||6/26/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMy Neighbor Totoro||We’re back with the Summer of Miyazaki and this time we’re talking about the 1988 classic “My Neighbor Totoro”. Roger Ebert called this one his Great Films and we’re incline to agree. This film is a uniquely beautiful, subtle gem that comes wi||6/14/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCastle in the Sky||The summer of Miyazaki continues with his second full-length feature and first with Studio Ghibli: Castle in the Sky. In addition to discussing the film, Levi and Rosalyn get existential and end up spending a lot of time talking about the world’s prob||6/9/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanNausicaä of the Valley of the Wind||Welcome to the Summer of Miyazaki! We’re doing something special on the Culturezoo Podcast this summer and we’re going to discuss all the films of animator/writer/director Hayo Miyazaki. Each week we’ll be going through his films in chronological||5/31/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanOver The Garden Wall||On this episode of Culturezoo we discuss the Cartoon Network animated miniseries, Over the Garden Wall. It’s one of our favorite cartoons in recent memory. Heavy spoiler alert for this podcast. After going through the episodes we chat about the hidden||5/10/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanJonny Crossbones by Les McClaine||On this Culturezoo Rosalyn and Levi discuss one of their favorite comics, Jonny Crossbones by Les McClaine. In an age of Frank Millers, Rob Liefelds and countless imitators, Les McClaine and his wonderful Jonny Crossbones is a breath of fresh air. We op||4/12/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAttack of the Clones, Part 3||It’s finally here after two weeks of sickness, plague, and business delayed this episode, it comes to your waiting ears as if delivered from the lips of friendly spirits: The final episode in our analysis of Attack of the Clones where Levi, Roz, and Z||3/21/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCulturezoo XII: Star Wars, Attack of the Clones, Part 2||Cultruezoo returns with more in-depth analysis of the second act of George Lucas’s romantic space-opera: Attack of the Clones. On this episode we do expert exploratory surgery on each scene to under stand the root causes of why things just don’t wor||2/13/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanStar Wars, Attack of the Clones: Part 1||Zach is back on Culturezoo and it’s for another prequel. This time we’re talking about the first act of the squirm-inducing, exercise in awkwardness named Attack of the Clones. This podcast covers from the start of the film up to Anakin and Padme’||1/23/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCulturezoo X: The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien||Me and Roz geek out in a big way over The Hobbit by J.R.R Tolkien. This is book that is responsible for kindling our imaginations as children and has only gotten better with age. Do you crave our dulcet voices reading passages from Tolkien? Look no furt||1/7/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCulturezoo IX: Waiting for The Force to Awaken||For this episode the guild of geeks goes on the road and records from the line and the theater as we wait for The Force Awakens. We chat with fellow geeks in line, we speculate (spoiler-free) about we think might happen in the movie, and finally we head||12/20/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCulturezoo VIII: Batman, Year One||On this week’s Culturezoo, Levi and Rosalyn back away from Star Wars for a bit to discuss the 1987 mini-series comic, Batman: Year One, by Frank Miller and David Mazzucchelli. We open with a brief discussion of the various incarnations of Batman over||11/25/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCulturezoo VIII: Star Wars, The Phantom Menace: Act III||The final episode of our in-depth analysis, discussion, and group therapy on Star Wars, The Phantom Menace is here. Levi, Roz, and Zach tackle the four-part finale that even had George Lucas scratching his head in confusion. Finally we end the episode w||11/5/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCulturezoo VII: Star Wars Episode 1, The Phantom Menace. Act 2.||In this Culturezoo, Levi, Roz and Zach dissect the second act of Star Wars The Phantom Menace. We puzzle over the interesting direction this movie takes in the second act: namely, no direction. Over about an hour of screen time our heros accomplish noth||10/20/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCulturezoo VI: Star Wars, The Phantom Menace. Act 1.||Today we begin the run-up to The Force Awakens by discussing the Star Wars that broke a million geek’s hearts: The Phantom Menace. Special guest Zach Glenn joins us to enliven the conversation. The recording of this episode literally took hours so w||10/5/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCulturezoo V: Tintin, The Blue Lotus||On this podcast we dive into the wonderful world of Herge’s Tintin, starting with his first masterpiece The Blue Lotus. We stumble over French pronunciation like true Americans. We talk about Herge’s unique “Linge Claire” style. We ponder the my||9/21/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCulturezoo IV: Jeff Smith’s Bone||Back after a bout with the the stomach flu! On today’s episode we discuss the first third of Jeff Smith’s comic book masterpiece Bone. (There’s way too much to cover in one episode.) Outline: 8-year-old Sam gives his thoughts on Ant-Man. A quick d||9/5/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCulturezoo 3: Bloom County||On today’s episode we dive into Berkeley Breathed’s award-winning, newly-revived comic strip: Bloom County. Show outline: 0-6 minutes: we chat about the comic All-Star Superman with one of our younger guild members Jack Nunnink. 6-60 minutes: we ope||8/18/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCulturezoo II: Ridley Scott’s Legend (1985)||On this episode the mighty guild of geeks discuss the 1985 classic film, Ridley Scott’s Legend, starring Tom Cruise, Tim Curry, and Mia Sara. Thrill as Levi and Rosalyn try to make their way through the simple yet somehow complex plot: unicorns are t||7/28/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCulturezoo I: Spider-Man, The Sinister Six.||It’s the first episode of Culturezoo: A mighty guild of geeks! The podcast brought to you by One Drawing a Day where we discuss comics, movies, books from the perspective of geeks and artists. On this episode we discuss in detail Spider-Man Annual #1,||7/14/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
A great show!
Give it a listen. These guys really know their stuff and I had a lot of fun listening. Looking forward to more episodes.
Fun commentaries/reviews on all the things I enjoy.
Love the chemistry of this brother/sister team. Funny, serious, thoughtful, insightful. The things they see in the pieces they consider always blow me away. The "Rabbit-trails" are the best-- where they wander off-topic and siimply discuss what makes various genres bad, good, great, horrible. They also have a knack for discovering gems to watch or read that I have never heard of. One of the biggest pluses is the squeaky cleaness of the discussion---this would be a fun podcast for the pre-teen and older as well as adult.