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

  • 9 Days of Fast & Furious: Fast 5

    Episode  |  December 20th, 2020  |  1 hr 4 mins
    dwayne johnson, elsa pataky, fast & furious, gal gadot, jordana brewster, justice for han, ludacris, michelle rodriguez, movies, paul walker, sung kang, the rock, tyrese gibson, vin diesel

    Tessa and Sam count down to Christmas Day with the 'Fast & Furious' franchise and spread some holiday cheer. Friend of the podcast Megan Spell stops by to help discuss the fifth film in the franchise, 'Fast Five.'

  • 9 Days of Fast & Furious: Fast & Furious

    Episode  |  December 19th, 2020  |  36 mins 45 secs
    fast & furious, gal gadot, jordana brewster, justice for han, michelle rodriguez, movies, paul walker, sung kang, vin diesel

    Tessa and Sam count down to Christmas Day with the 'Fast & Furious' franchise and spread some holiday cheer. Today they're talking about the fourth film in the franchise, 'Fast & Furious.'

  • 9 Days of Fast & Furious: Tokyo Drift

    Episode  |  December 18th, 2020  |  40 mins 49 secs
    bow wow, fast & furious, justice for han, locas black, movies, sonny chiba, sung kang, tokyo drift, vin diesel

    Tessa and Sam count down to Christmas Day with the 'Fast & Furious' franchise and spread some holiday cheer. Friend of the podcast Martha Pietruszewski stops by to help discuss the third film in the franchise, 'The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift.'

  • 9 Days of Fast & Furious: 2 Fast 2 Furious

    Episode  |  December 17th, 2020  |  30 mins 2 secs
    2 fast 2 furious, devon aoki, eva mendes, fast & furious, ludacris, movies, paul walker, tyrese gibson

    Tessa and Sam count down to Christmas Day with the 'Fast & Furious' franchise and spread some holiday cheer. Today they're talking about '2 Fast 2 Furious.'

  • 9 Days of Fast & Furious: The Fast and the Furious

    Episode  |  December 16th, 2020  |  48 mins 44 secs
    fast & furious, jordana brewster, michelle rodriguez, movies, paul walker, the fast and the furious, vin diesel

    Tessa and Sam count down to Christmas Day with the 'Fast & Furious' franchise, spreading some holiday cheer along the way. Friend of the podcast Colby Waddell stops by to help discuss the first film in the franchise, 'The Fast and the Furious.'

  • Monkey: Nights - The New Mutants

    Episode  |  December 15th, 2020  |  19 mins 33 secs
    anya taylor-joy, blu hunt., charlie heaton, josh boone, maisie williams, movies, the new mutants, x-men

    The first episode of our new spin-off series, 'Monkey: Nights'! Today we're talking about the long-delayed film, 'The New Mutants.' Is it the disaster we expected? Could this film be...good?

  • Ep. 29 - Clueless, High Fidelity, The Great British Bake Off

    Episode  |  December 14th, 2020  |  44 mins 49 secs
    alicia silverstone, clueless, emma, high fidelity, hulu, movies, netflix, nick hornby, paul hollywood, the great british bake off, the great british baking show, tv, zoe kravity

    The classic 1995 adaptation of 'Emma,' 'Clueless'; Hulu's unjustly cancelled series 'High Fidelity'; holiday episodes of 'The Great British Bake Off.'

  • Ep. 28 - Marvel 1602, Gone Home, The Reckoners

    Episode  |  December 7th, 2020  |  38 mins 2 secs
    books, brandon sanderson, comic books, comics, gone home, marvel 1602, marvel comics, neil gaiman, the reckoners, video games, ya, young adult literature

    Neil Gaiman's 'Marvel 1602,' Fullbright's 'Gone Home,' and Brandon Sanderson's 'The Reckoners' trilogy. Plus, previews of new content coming to MoMBl ('Monkey off My Backlog') soon!

  • Ep. 27 - Mr. Robot, Fiddler on the Roof, Head

    Episode  |  November 30th, 2020  |  52 mins 50 secs
    head, les bi honest, movies, mr. robot, music, podcasts, the monkees, tv. fiddler on the roof

    'Mr. Robot,' 'Fiddler on the Roof,' The Monkees' feature film 'Head.' While Andy is spending time with his new baby, Tessa and Sam are joined by James McKeon of the 'Les Bi Honest' podcast.

  • Review: ‘Instant Karma’ by Marissa Meyer

    Article  |  November 28th, 2020
    By Sam Morris
    books, instant karma, john lennon, magical realism, marissa meyer, music, netgalley, reviews, the beatles, ya, young adult literature

    For the adolescent reader who has their own turntable, Instant Karma is a must-read. I imagine, though, that anyone who enjoys a good young adult romance will want to give Meyer’s new novel a try.

  • Rank that List! (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Star Wars, the Beatles)

    Episode  |  November 26th, 2020  |  51 mins 56 secs
    buffy the vampire slayer, star wars, the beatles

    New father Andy wanted to do a "Rank that List" episode, so we did. Listen to hear our rankings of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Star Wars, and the Beatles.

  • Ep. 26 - Miss Americana, The Monkees, The White Album, The Social Dilemma w/Heinrich Arnold

    Episode  |  November 23rd, 2020  |  1 hr 1 min

    We're joined by Heinrich Arnold of the melodic death metal band Aether Realm! 04:59 Heinrich talks about the documentary The Social Dilemma. 17:27 Tessa reflects on watching the 1960s TV show The Monkees. 28:22 Sam discusses the 50th anniversary...

  • Ep. 25 - Money Heist, The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, A Fish Called Wanda, American Animals

    Episode  |  November 16th, 2020  |  57 mins 26 secs

    Welcome to Heist Week! 01:22 What makes a movie or a TV show a heist movie/show? 11:10 - We argue about the definition of "heist-adjacent" as we discuss The Treasure of the Sierra Madre. 24:03 - Did you know that MoviePass made a movie? Andy talks...

  • Ep. 24 - The Golden Compass, Artemis, My Own Private Idaho

    Episode  |  November 9th, 2020  |  59 mins 36 secs

    00:55 - Choosing what pop culture to consume when you have limited emotional energy.  11:00 - Andy reads Andy Weir's new novel Artemis. 22:05 - Sam keeps the Keanussaince going with Gus Van Sant's My Own Private Idaho. 36:00 - Tessa jumps back...

  • Ep. 23 - Kipo and the Age of the Wonderbeasts, Spirited Away, Cobra Kai, Richard III w/Colby Waddell

    Episode  |  November 2nd, 2020  |  59 mins 50 secs

    We talk with Colby from The Four Nations Report! Andy reveals an embarrassing story. 11:00 Colby talks about Kipo and the Wonderbeasts 19:45 Tessa talks about Miyazaki's Spirited Away 32:35 Sam talks about Cobra Kai (and The Karate Kid) 45:08 Andy...

  • Bonus Episode - Is Pop Culture Okay?

    Episode  |  October 29th, 2020  |  41 mins 42 secs

    Is pop culture okay? That was the question on my mind, and it ended up being a forty-minute discussion about TV, movies, and music. So we decided to present it to you as a bonus episode! What's bugging us about pop culture right now? What are we...