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. 101 - Lone Wolf and Cub: Sword of Vengeance, In The Mouth of Madness, Cosmic Horror Vol 2 WITH TOREN!

    Episode  |  May 23rd, 2022  |  45 mins 18 secs

    Andy joins Toren Atkinson, lead singer of Darkest of the Hillside Thickets in discussing the 1972 classic action film series Lone Wolf and Cub. We also talk Sam Neil in John Carpenter's In The Mouth of Madness and talk cosmic horror

  • Ep. 100 - Spring Anime, Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance, Inventing Anna, The Dropout

    Episode  |  May 16th, 2022  |  1 hr 8 mins
    anime, anna delvey, anna sororkin, ascendance of a bookworm, elizabeth holmes, inventing anna, oldboy, park chan wood, spy x family, stoker, sympathy for mr. vengeance, the dropout, thirst, tomodachi game, ya boy kongming

    It's our 100th episode! We look back on the past 99 episodes and talk about what's to come. Also, Andy gives us a spring anime rundown, Tessa watches 'Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance,' and Sam watches 'Inventing Anna' and 'The Dropout.'

  • Ep. 99 - Nigel Assigns! The Mountain Goats, Help! I'm a Fish, Bridge of Clay

    Episode  |  May 9th, 2022  |  1 hr 23 mins
    albums, animated, book, books, bridge of clay, film, help! i'm a fish, literary fiction, markus zuzak, music, tallahassee, the mountain goats, zopilote machine

    In our first ever guest hosted episode, Nigel assigns each host pop culture content that is important to her: The Mountain Goats, 'Help! I'm a Fish,' and 'Bridge of Clay.'

  • Ep. 98 - Marvel's Avengers, Last Night in Soho, The Witch

    Episode  |  May 2nd, 2022  |  1 hr 17 mins

    Sam and Tessa fly back from their late night trip to Soho in order to play the live service game Marvel's Avengers, while Andy prepares for The Northman by finally watching The Witch.

  • Sam Watches Star Trek - Episode 15 (A Pod-wraiths Takeover)

    Episode  |  April 28th, 2022  |  1 hr 36 mins
    anton yelchin, chris pine, film, idris elba, john cho, justin lin, karl urban, kelvinverse, kirk, leonard nimoy, mccoy, movie, recap, shohreh aghdashloo, simon pegg, spock, star trek, star trek beyond, the original series, tos, zachary quinto, zoe saldana

    Sam Watches Star Trek - Episode 15 (A Pod-wraiths Takeover)

  • Ep. 97 - Pitchfork's 200 Best Albums of the Last 25 Years, Part 2

    Episode  |  April 25th, 2022  |  1 hr 45 mins
    fiona apple, madvillain, music, neutral milk hotel, pitchfork, radiohead

    Sam and Tessa are joined by friend of the pod Lozy to break down Pitchfork's 200 Best Albums of the Last 25 Years. Why do so many people hate joy?

  • Ep. 97 - Pitchfork's 200 Best Albums of the Last 25 Years, Part 1

    Episode  |  April 25th, 2022  |  1 hr 20 mins
    frank ocean, kendrick lamar, music, pitchfork, sufjan stevens, tame impala, the strokes, vaporwave

    Sam and Tessa are joined by friend of the pod Jarret to break down Pitchfork's 200 Best Albums of the Last 25 Years. Turns out we're not through with vaporwave just yet!

  • Sam Watches Star Trek - Episode 14

    Episode  |  April 21st, 2022  |  52 mins 46 secs
    alice eve, anton yelchin, benedict cumberbatch, captain pike, chris pine, eric bana, film, jj abrams, john cho, karl urban, khan, khan noonien singh, kirk, leonard nimoy, mccoy, movie, pike, recap, simon pegg, spock, star trek, star trek: into darkness, the original series, tos, zachary quinto, zoe saldana

    Sam Watches Star Trek - Episode 14

  • Ep. 96 - Free Guy, The Flight Attendant, Blasphemous

    Episode  |  April 18th, 2022  |  1 hr 16 mins

    Ryan Reynolds eat your heart out as Tessa watches the 2021 film Free Guy with Deadpool himself - Ryan Reynolds. Sam watches the HBO Max Murder Mystery Thriller Comedy Drama with Harley Quinn Herself Kaley Cuoco. Andy plays some awesome indie game called Blasphemous

  • Sam Watches Star Trek - Episode 13

    Episode  |  April 15th, 2022  |  57 mins 25 secs
    anton yelchin, captain pike, chris pine, eric bana, film, jj abrams, john cho, karl urban, kirk, leonard nimoy, mccoy, movie, pike, recap, simon pegg, spock, star trek, the original series, tos, zachary quinto, zoe saldana

    Sam Watches Star Trek - Episode 13

  • Ep. 95 - Alfred Hitchcock - Sabotage (1936), Rear Window, Family Plot

    Episode  |  April 11th, 2022  |  1 hr 22 mins
    alfred hitchcock, alma reville, cinema, family plot, film podcast, filmmaking, films, grace kelly, hitchcock, horror, jimmy stewart, rear window, sabotage, the master of suspense, thriller

    This week, Tessa and Sam are joined by Matt to discuss films from three different eras of the Master of Suspense: 'Sabotage' (1936), 'Rear Window,' and 'Family Plot.'

  • Sam Watches Star Trek - Episode 12

    Episode  |  April 8th, 2022  |  54 mins 19 secs
    deforest kelley, film, george takei, james doohan, kirk, klingons, leonard nimoy, mccoy, movie, nichelle nichols, recap, spock, star trek, star trek vi, star trek vi: the undiscovered country, the original series, the undiscovered country, tos, walter koenig, william shatner

    Sam Watches Star Trek - Episode 12

  • Ep. 94 - X-men (the animated series), Platinum End, Coming to America

    Episode  |  April 4th, 2022  |  1 hr 10 mins
    90s x-men, animation, anime, arsenio hall, bad anime, beast, comedy, comics, coming to america, cyclops, eddie murphy, film, james earl jones, jean grey, jubilee, marvel, marvel comics, movie, platinum end, professor x, rogue, romantic comedy, storm, tv, tv series, wolverine, x-men, x-men the animated series

    This week, Sam goes back for more 'X-men' by watching the 1992 animated series, Andy watches the "banime" 'Platinum End,' and Tessa finally watches the Eddie Murphy classic 'Coming to America.' Plus, pop culture coming out in 2022 that we are looking forward to putting on our lists.

  • Sam Watches Star Trek - Episode 11

    Episode  |  March 31st, 2022  |  46 mins 58 secs
    deforest kelley, film, george takei, james doohan, kirk, leonard nimoy, mccoy, movie, nichelle nichols, recap, spock, star trek, star trek v, star trek v: the final frontier, the final frontier, the original series, tos, walter koenig, william shatner

    Sam Watches Star Trek - Episode 11

  • Ep. 93 - Video Games! Hades, Ghost of Tsushima, Don't Starve! (Together)

    Episode  |  March 28th, 2022  |  1 hr 1 min

    Playstation 5 and Nintendo Switch game time! We play Ghost of Tsushima, The amazing Hades, and Don't Starve!

  • Sam Watches Star Trek - Episode 10

    Episode  |  March 24th, 2022  |  45 mins 54 secs
    deforest kelley, film, george takei, humpback whales, james doohan, kirk, leonard nimoy, mccoy, movie, nichelle nichols, recap, spock, star trek, star trek iv: the voyage home, the original series, the voyage home, time travel, tos, walter koenig, whales, william shatner

    A podcast devoted to Sam watching Star Trek.