MARTY! • Episode 16 • ‘Safety Not Guaranteed’

WE’RE BACK! After almost a year, Mike & Rus have recorded a new episode of MARTY! Apologies for the delay, and apologies if you can hear the katydids outside the window of Mike’s childhood bedroom; he recorded from upstate New York where he’s helping out his parents for a few weeks. Such a good son, that Mikey.

Before listening to this episode, we highly recommend you watch the movie being discussed, Safety Not Guaranteed, starring Aubrey Plaza, Mark Duplass, Jake Johnson, and Karan Soni. You’ll thank us.

MARTY! • Episode 15 • ‘Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure’

bill-and-teds-excellent-adventure-posterMike and Rus have returned! This episode was actually recorded in August, but Rus only recently got it edited up and ready for your ear-holes. The main topic this time around is one of the guys’ favorite movies, Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure! 

So step into the time-traveling phone booth and prepare to put history at your fingertips, party on, and be excellent to each other!

Rus makes one of his erroneous claims about an actor again, and there’s some talk about, Robbie Rist, aka Cousin Oliver on The Brady Bunch (and successful voice actor and musician). Then Mike forces Rus’s hand, and Rus explains the Danny Cooksey incident, previously mentioned in the Terminator MARTY episode. Danny Cooksey was Sam on Diff’rent Strokes and Tim in Terminator 2, and like Robbie Rist, he’s had a long, successful career as a voice actor.

MARTY! • Episode 14 • ‘The Flash’ Season 2 Finale

Screenshot 2016-05-27 02.20.08Mike & Rus are back, just in time to discuss the time-travel riddled Season 2 finale of The Flash! Apologies for the poor quality of Rus’s audio; he apparently doesn’t know how to work his mic.

Spoilers follow…

With at least 5 speedsters in this episode and at least 3 instances of time-travel by at least 2 of those speedsters, Rus needs Mike’s help to get up to speed on both The Flash in DC Comics and on Barry Allen’s actions and motivations in this episode. The two discuss the implications of Flash’s actions on the growing CW’s DC superhero universe, and Mike threatens to turn his back on the show if there’s too much soap opera type human interactions in the Season 3 premiere this fall. Rus is all geek-giddy seeing 1990’s TV Flash, John Wesley Shipp, suited up as The Flash once again, but this time as Earth 3’s Jay Garrick Flash, who is inspired by DC Comics’ golden age Flash.

Run, Barry, run!

MARTY! • Episode 13 • ‘11.22.63’

112263_franco_russ_martinMike & Rus finally return after about two months, with an all-new time-travel related podcast. This time around, they discuss the new Hulu Original mini-series 11.22.63, based on the 2011 novel by Stephen King, starring James Franco & Sarah Gadon. Make sure you’ve either read the book or watched the series (8 episodes in all) before listening, because many spoilers are discussed as they debate the pros and cons of going back in time to change a huge historical event or just pursuing a romantic relationship with someone in the past.

MARTY! • Episode 12 • ‘Run Lola Run’

Screenshot 2016-02-03 15.34.28Mike & Rus finally sat down again for another episode of MARTY! This time around they discuss the excellent 1998 film from Germany, Run Lola Run (originally Lola Rennt in Germany) starring Franka Potente (The Bourne Identity, Heaven). Mike doesn’t think it qualifies as a time-travel story, but Rus does his best to make the case that it does qualify. Let us know what you think. Spoilers and tangents abound! And be sure to follow us now on Twitter: @MARTYpodcast!

MARTY! • Episode 11 • Disney’s ‘The Kid’

the-kidMike & Rus finally sat down to discuss Disney’s The Kid, a feel-good film about Russ Duritz (Bruce Willis), a grumpy, lonely man who’s about to turn 40, who is visited by his younger self, Rusty (Spencer Breslin), who’s about to turn 8. No time machine needed in this story, just good old-fashioned magic! This is one of Rus’s favorite movies, and not just because the main characters share his name (or because of the lovely Emily Mortimer or the consumate Lily Tomlin). Why? You’ll have to listen to the podcast to find out.

And if you haven’t seen the movie, watch it first, then listen to our podcast (as usual, duh). And check out the DVD commentary with director Jon Turtletaub and star Spencer Breslin (age 8), one of the best commentary tracks there is (according to Rus). The Kid was written by Audrey Wells (Under the Tuscan Sun, Shall We Dance).

MARTY! • Episode 10 • Terminator!

MARTY! Ep 10 • Terminator

MARTY is back! For our 10th episode, we tackle the entire Terminator series! Find out how we rank the films from best to worst, and what we think is going on in the convoluted tapestry that is Terminator, T2, Terminator 3, Terminator: Salvation, and Terminator: GenysisWe don’t discuss the television series The Sarah Conner Chronicles, mainly because we haven’t seen it, but also because this episode runs almost 2 hours as it is. Rus has mic issues (not Mike issues), so he sounds a bit like he’s in a tin can, but this will still be a fun episode for any time travel geek or Terminator fan.

MARTY! • Episode 9

hot-tub-time-machine-2-This is probably our worst episode yet, but we had fun. And if you listen — when you listen — we hope you have fun as well. Break out the bubbly, or maybe a few cans of Chernobly Energy Drink, because it’s time to jump in the hot tub — the Hot Tub Time Machine, and Hot Tub Time Machine 2, of course! Neither of these movies represent anything near the best in stories about time travel, but they do offer a few fun ways of looking at the idea. Enjoy, you nerd…

MARTY! • Episode 8

butterflyeffectMike and Rus are back… from the past! This time around we discuss the 2004 time travel film starring Ashton Kutcher & Amy Smart, The Butterfly Effect. Rus loves this movie, and while Mike enjoyed it, he has problems with the flick, and he tries to ruin it for Rus with his cogent and solid criticisms. Damn you, Fasolo!

Spoilers abound, as always, so you might want to check out the movie before listening.

MARTY! • Episode 7

groundhog-day-drivingWe’re back! We recorded this episode a couple weeks ago, but Rus only now got around to editing it and getting it online for all to hear. This episode deals with two different time travel related films, Groundhog Day and Edge of Tomorrow. We also talk a little Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.