Monkey Off My Backlog

A Pop Culture Productivity Podcast

About the show

A Pop Culture Productivity Podcast!
Every week Andy, Tessa, and Dr. Sam exorcise their personal pop culture demons by going through their media to-do lists one item at a time. Each week involves a spoiler-free discussion about the media they listened, watched, read, played, or experienced that week along with encouragement to continue tackling these backlogs.

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Episodes and Blog Entries

  • Ep. 112 - The Wachowskis: Bound, Speed Racer, Cloud Atlas, Jupiter Ascending

    Episode  |  August 8th, 2022  |  1 hr 20 mins
    bound, cloud atlas, david mitchell, jupiter ascending, keanu reeves, lana wachowski, lilly wachowski, speed racer, the matrix, the wachowskis

    This week, Melissa from 'Wild Pretty Things' joins us to talk about all the films directed by the Wachowskis that don't have "Matrix" in the title: 'Bound,' 'Speed Racer,' 'Cloud Atlas,' and 'Jupiter Ascending.'

  • Tessa Watches LOST - Episode 18

    Episode  |  August 5th, 2022  |  39 mins 48 secs
    bad robot, carlton cuse, damon lindelof, jj abrams, lost, recap, rewatch, tv

    This week, we're talking about "Cabin Fever" and "There's No Place Like Home, Part 1."

  • Ep. 111 - Camp! Barbarella, The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again

    Episode  |  August 1st, 2022  |  1 hr 17 mins
    abba, amanda seyfried, barbarella, camp, campy, cher, christine baranski, colin firth, films, gay, guy pierce, hugo weaving, jane fonda, jukebox musical, lily james, madonna, mamma mia, mamma mia! here we go again, meryl streep, musical, pierce brosnan, queen of the desert, queer, stellan skarsgÄrd, terence stamp, the adventures of priscilla, trangender, trans

    This week, we are joined by Matt to discuss camp.

  • Tessa Watches LOST - Episode 17

    Episode  |  July 29th, 2022  |  34 mins 24 secs
    bad robot, carlton cuse, damon lindelof, jj abrams, lost, recap, rewatch, tv

    This week, we're talking about "The Shape of Things to Come" and "Something Nice Back Home."

  • Ep. 110 - JOHN CHO - Selfie, Searching, Cowboy Bebop

    Episode  |  July 25th, 2022  |  55 mins 44 secs

    This week we talk about the one the only John Cho. Sam covers Selfie (#justiceforselfie), Dr. Tessa goes Searching, Andy talks about the well intentioned Cowboy Bebop live action show

  • Tessa Watches LOST - Episode 16

    Episode  |  July 22nd, 2022  |  37 mins 39 secs
    bad robot, carlton cuse, damon lindelof, jj abrams, lost, recap, rewatch, tv

    This week, we're talking about "Ji Yeon" and "Meet Kevin Johnson."

  • Ep. 109 - Rockumentaries and Concert Films! Amy, Awesome; I F*****' Shot That, No Direction Home

    Episode  |  July 18th, 2022  |  1 hr 3 mins
    a24, amy, amy winehouse, bob dylan, joan baez, martin scorsese, no direction home, pete seeger, the beastie boys

    That's right...Sam hosted this episode! We're talking rockumentaries and concert films. Because 'The Song Remains the Same' was so terrible. This week, we're talking about films centered on Amy Winehouse, the Beastie Boys, and Bob Dylan.

  • Tessa Watches LOST - Episode 15

    Episode  |  July 15th, 2022  |  41 mins 1 sec
    bad robot, carlton cuse, damon lindelof, jj abrams, lost, recap, rewatch, tv

    This week, we're talking about "The Constant" and "The Other Woman."

  • Ep. 108 - Jack Assigns! Dick, Wet Hot American Summer, Local Hero

    Episode  |  July 11th, 2022  |  43 mins 54 secs
    amy poehler, bradley cooper, christopher meloni, comedy, comfort films, dick, films, h jon benjamin, janeane garofalo, kirsten dunst, laughter, local hero, michelle williams, nixon, paul rudd, watergate, wet hot american summer

    In our second ever guest hosted episode, Jack assigns us three comfort films from his personal canon: 'Dick,' 'Wet Hot American Summer,' and 'Local Hero.'

  • Ep. 107 - Westerns! Fort Apache, A Bullet for the General, Yellowstone

    Episode  |  July 4th, 2022  |  1 hr 22 mins
    a bullet for the general, film, films, fort apache, henry fonda, john wayne, kevin costner, shirley temple, spaghetti western, the dollars trilogy, western, westerns, yellowstone

    This week, we are joined by Ryan to discuss a classic American genre: the western!

  • Tessa Watches LOST - Episode 14

    Episode  |  June 30th, 2022  |  30 mins 50 secs
    bad robot, carlton cuse, damon lindelof, jj abrams, lost, recap, rewatch, tv

    This week, we're talking about "The Economist" and "Eggtown."

  • Ep. 106 - Windfall, Night Teeth, Gunpowder Milkshake

    Episode  |  June 27th, 2022  |  55 mins 26 secs
    emily in paris, fargo, gunpowder milkshake, jason segel, jesse plemons, lily collins, netflix, night teeth, noah hawley, windfall

    This week, we're discussing three Netflix original films, 'Windfall,' 'Night Teeth,' and 'Gunpowder Milkshake.' Why? Because Netflix has been in the news so much lately for epic fail reasons that we thought we'd give some of their actual content that each of us has been putting off for a while.

  • Tessa Watches LOST - Episode 13

    Episode  |  June 23rd, 2022  |  38 mins 14 secs

    We're back with for Season 4 of 'LOST'! This week, we're talking about the first two episodes of the season, "The Beginning of the End" and "Confirmed Dead."

  • Ep. 105 - The Song Remains the Same, New Spring, These Three/The Children's Hour

    Episode  |  June 20th, 2022  |  54 mins 53 secs
    audrey hepburn, led zeppelin, lillian hellman, new spring, robert jordan, shirley maclaine, the children's hour, the song remains the same, the wheel of time, these three, wheel of time

    Tessa and Sam are back! Sam talks about the Led Zeppelin rock doc 'The Song Remains the Same,' while Tessa discusses both film adaptations of Lillian Hellman's play 'The Children's Hour' and Andy can't get enough of the Wheel with Robert Jordan's prequel 'New Spring.'

  • Ep. 104 - Stop Worrying! There Probably Is an Afterlife, Loop Hero, The State of Indie Games w/ ProbablyJacob

    Episode  |  June 13th, 2022  |  1 hr 10 mins

    Andy is joined by youtubist ProbablyJacob to talk about spirituality and the afterlife in academic book form with Stop Worrying! There Probably is an Afterlife, and Andy uses this as a chance to talk about Loop Hero!

  • Ep. 103 - Andy Assigns: Anime Rom-Coms

    Episode  |  June 6th, 2022  |  56 mins 15 secs

    Andy assigns Tessa, Loz, and Elyse some anime rom coms to watch - Kobayashi's Dragon Maid, Kaguya-Sama Love is War, Horimiya, and My Dress Up Darling