Stealing the Remote
Welcome to the podcast where I force my girlfriend to watch the movies I like. Who hasn't always dreamed of stealing the remote? Write in at StealingTheRemote@gmail.com, find us on Facebook or tweet us at @RemoteStealing!
info_outline S02E01 - Megamind (2010) 11/21/2020
S02E01 - Megamind (2010) Welcome back to the new and possibly improved but probably equally middle-of-the-road Stealing the Remote! For season two I have asked, manipulated, and/or bribed my lovely girlfriend Mijntje to join me on my quest to make people watch movies I like. Somehow, she then tricked me into watching a movie she liked: Tom McGrath’s Megamind!
info_outline S01E26 - Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018) 08/06/2019
S01E26 - Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018) We return with the fifth installment in the Jurassic Park franchise, J.A. Bayona’s Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom! In our second take on this movie, we decide whether to let nature take its course or save the dinosaurs, I wonder if Hollywood isn’t just an island, and Mom remembers my toy dinos fondly. Bryce Dallas Howard’s running on heels is scrutinized, Mom steals my jokes and we briefly mention the chapter on The Silence of the Lambs in my bachelor’s thesis because Ted Levine plays a dinosaur den
info_outline S01E25 - Girl (2018) 03/01/2019
S01E25 - Girl (2018) After an unplanned hiatus, we return with a movie nobody has heard of: Lukas Dhont’s Girl! We discuss the casting controversy while I’m breathing heavily from running up and down a single flight of stairs before recording, Mom remembers the music video for Wrabel’s “The Village”, I start ranting about the writer-director in a monologue that will go down in this podcast’s history as the longest time I’ve gone on uninterrupted, and we go through every problematic scene, as well as the ones we fo
info_outline S01E24 - Kingsman: The Secret Service (2014) 08/28/2018
S01E24 - Kingsman: The Secret Service (2014) Back for another comic book movie, I lure Mom in with promises of Colin Firth without spoiling/warning that he violently kills dozens of people! In our episode on Matthew Vaughn’s Kingsman: The Secret Service we talk for a bit about my mom’s legs, she confuses the first scene for the second scene and vice versa, and I rely completely on what she tells me about Pygmalion; the Shaw play, not the myth, as there are decidedly fewer statues to fall in love with. Somehow, we briefly mention Donald Trump, bec[
info_outline S01E23 - X-Men (2000) 08/20/2018
S01E23 - X-Men (2000) We make our triumphant return to form with a superhero film that requires me to explain the history of the genre in order to make Mom understand this wasn’t actually that mediocre for the time it was released: Bryan Singer’s X-Men! Having been on vacation to Israel, where we visited Yad Vashem, we get into our happiest episode yet, as we extensively discuss the Holocaust and when it is appropriate to use that as character motivation, especially in the case of a Jewish villain. We also discuss the probl[
info_outline S01E22 - Trainspotting (1996) 04/28/2018
S01E22 - Trainspotting (1996) We’re back with a movie that’s my own age! We explain where we’ve been for a month – the answers are disappointing, I assure you – and dive into Danny Boyle’s Trainspotting. We earned the Explicit rating on this one. Mom brags about her memory and recalls her high school students watching this wholly appropriate film about heroin, while I mistake the amount of boys in my elementary school for the amount of girls (trust me, it was relevant in the context of the episode) and forget everything she
info_outline S01E21 - The Avengers (2012) 03/29/2018
S01E21 - The Avengers (2012) Welcome back to your regularly scheduled episode where Effie is in charge! (Well, almost regularly scheduled.) Mom talks about our recording time for a bit, as well as those other Avengers you may have heard about, and her childhood Halloween dreams from before Halloween was a thing here. The word coiffure gets thrown around, so on behalf of Mom: please excuse her French. More apologies are also issued about her English – feel free to let her know she’s doing fine, by the way – as well as a “you’r
info_outline S01E20 - Doctor Zhivago (1965) 03/21/2018
S01E20 - Doctor Zhivago (1965) It’s Mom’s turn again in this episode! We know she promised a funnier film, but what you got is David Lean’s Doctor Zhivago. After joking around about Mom’s new boyfriend wrecking our recording schedule, we get into the credits, the music, and the general handsomeness of Omar Sharif. We discuss some Russian history, Boris Pasternak, and whatever a Stadtpalais is in German. Also included is a short reminder on what a stepsister actually is and whether or not you should fuck, marry or kill yours – j
info_outline S01E19 - Children of Men (2006) 02/26/2018
S01E19 - Children of Men (2006) This time we discuss Alfonso Cuarón's Children of Men, yet another dystopian vision of the future, because the ultimate goal of this podcast, as it turns out, is to depress Mom. She shares some childhood memories and we conclude I am a likeable person. Mom drags in Son of Man, Soylent Green, and Sophie's Choice and I try to understand how films I've never heard of are related to the subject matter at hand. She gushes over some of the actors she loves that are in this film, albeit for a short while. Mos[...
info_outline S01E18 - Blade Runner 2049 (2017) 02/19/2018
S01E18 - Blade Runner 2049 (2017) This week we get around to Denis Villeneuve’s Blade Runner 2049, the most expensive arthouse sequel ever! I was suffering from a sore throat and had no voice after a night out; don’t worry, I edited out most of the painful coughing I had to deal with.
info_outline S01E17 - Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017) 02/12/2018
S01E17 - Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017) Welcome back for our episode about Martin McDonagh’s Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri! If in your culture it’s still acceptable to wish you a happy New Year in February, happy New Year; if not, have a nice Tuesday, I guess. After putting our New Year’s resolution out there to upload more consistently from now on, we venture into remembering what our target audience even was. Don’t worry, we still spoil basically everything, so figured we’re not suddenly aiming at people who haven’t seen
info_outline S01E16 - Thor (2011) & Captain America: The First Avenger (2011) 12/11/2017
S01E16 - Thor (2011) & Captain America: The First Avenger (2011) Today mom and I discuss Kenneth Branagh’s Thor and Joe Johnston’s Captain America: The First Avenger! After the shortest coming out I’ve ever done, given how there’s no room for asking questions immediately in this one-way street of a medium, we dive into the local weather. In our end segment What Did We See Without Being Forced?, we talk about A Ghost Story, Suburbicon, Bordertown, The Punisher, and Murder on the Orient Express.
info_outline S01E15 - Justice League (2017) 11/20/2017
S01E15 - Justice League (2017) Right on time for our latest episode, Zack Snyder’s (or let’s be real, Joss Whedon’s) Justice League is finally here! I took my mom along for my third viewing and we’re here to give our opinions: mom was glad that she liked one of my comic book movies again, but didn’t know what she signed up for, as I have a lot of issues to work through with this film. In a truly legendary role reversal of our usual good cop-bad cop, I ask mom about her overall thoughts before explaining the troubled production
info_outline S01E14 - Batman Begins (2005) 10/10/2017
S01E14 - Batman Begins (2005) In this episode we finally get to Christopher Nolan’s Batman Begins! That is to say, after we talk about protecting your children from scary movies, my little brother’s school trip, and our own future traveling. We also confuse Mr. Bean and Johnny English, try to make sense of Batman’s “no killing” rule, mom insults Cillian Murphy’s face for a bit, we review Morgan Freeman’s beer commercial, and look forward to the guy from Brokeback Mountain in the next installment. I try to explain the horro
info_outline S01E13 - The Incredible Hulk (2008) & Iron Man 2 (2010) 09/27/2017
S01E13 - The Incredible Hulk (2008) & Iron Man 2 (2010) We continue the MCU with Louis Leterrier’s The Incredible Hulk and Jon Favreau’s Iron Man 2, and as if mom didn’t have a hard enough time trying to remember two films she slept through parts of, she’s also getting sick. To cheer her up, I try to explain comic connections and tell her trivia about the productions of the just-okay part of Marvel’s Phase One, before we delve into Andrés Muschietti’s It, Darren Aronofsky’s Mother!, Stephen Frears’ Victoria and Abdul, and Matthew Vaughn’s King
info_outline S01E12 - The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (Extended Edition) (2001) 09/09/2017
S01E12 - The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (Extended Edition) (2001) We get started on The Lord of the Rings epic with Peter Jackson’s The Fellowship of the Ring! First I had to say sorry for misrepresenting the movie I showed mom, then we recap all our experiences with The Hobbit trilogy and the Harry Potter octology for some reason. A friend of mine is with us in spirit, even if she didn’t want to actually be on the show to profess her love for the books in English. Mom recommends Edgar Allan Poe to me, mentions Predator out of nowhere, we argue about statues and whet[
info_outline S01E11 - Iron Man (2008) 08/22/2017
S01E11 - Iron Man (2008) We finally tackle a Marvel movie, starting off with the MCU and therefore Jon Favreau’s Iron Man! As we discuss the film that kicked off the cinematic universe craze, I struggle to keep mom from switching to other films she happens to have seen before the end of the episode and ultimately fail, we discuss ancient technology from the eighties and of course the whining of Pepper Potts.
info_outline S01E10 - Stand By Me (1986) 08/11/2017
S01E10 - Stand By Me (1986) As mom gets to host her first episode, she steals the remote to make me watch Rob Reiner’s Stand By Me! She also assumes “an Android” is just as clear of a description as “an iPhone” for listeners who want to know what kind of phone she has, doesn’t appreciate my synopsis of the film, calls me negative for calling something the film doesn’t even do “bad writing”, and together we confuse some scenes. I plead guilty on charges of misandry, mom still isn’t sure if issues of representation j
info_outline S01E09 - Star Wars IV: A New Hope (1977) 07/30/2017
S01E09 - Star Wars IV: A New Hope (1977) In our episode on George Lucas’ Star Wars, mom explains how much it made her laugh, she confuses Peter Cushing with Christopher Lee without even knowing the latter ended up in the franchise as well, we speculate on the history of hologram invention without any knowledge on the topic, mom relates the production design to the Cold War, I try to avoid spoilers everyone on the planet knows already but she might not, we extensively discuss Princess Leia’s breasts, recap her introduction to MCU properties, a[
info_outline S01E08 - Batman (1966) & Batman (1989) 07/16/2017
S01E08 - Batman (1966) & Batman (1989) In our first double feature, we delve into Leslie H. Martinson's Batman: the Movie and Tim Burton's Batman! Mom doesn't hold back in her varying descriptions of being unable to fathom anyone could take either movie seriously - yes, either - while I try to explain the remaining history of Batman movies. We get sidetracked by various celebrities I've never heard of and Mom wonders if she should show me a film from 1927. There are some more prejudices against Americans, but we also cover Italian, British,[...]
info_outline S01E06 - Léon: The Professional (1994) 06/11/2017
S01E06 - Léon: The Professional (1994) Returning from our unplanned sabbatical, we have our long overdue talk about Luc Besson’s Léon: The Professional! We survive a troubled production that would’ve suited the Suicide Squad episode better, remember a surprising amount of names and years we totally didn’t look up, discover how French people are a lot weirder than, yes, even Americans, and Mom confesses she thinks things used to be better back in her day.
info_outline S01E05 - Suicide Squad (2016) 03/27/2017
S01E05 - Suicide Squad (2016) Returning to the world of Batfleck, I introduce my mom to a bunch of new characters in hopes of a better reception than BvS got. We discuss David Ayer's Suicide Squad, I forget the name of Debbie Harry, my mom talks at length about my thigh, we ramble about other movies that are vaguely related, somehow get into analyzing the decline of the Roman empire, and I have one last surprise up my sleeve before we end things: a shiny new trailer for her to watch.
info_outline S01E04 - Lucy (2014) 03/12/2017
S01E04 - Lucy (2014) After general laziness helped us procrastinate, we return to discuss Luc Besson’s Lucy. We ignore Scarlett Johansson’s relations to Marvel for some reason, forget the title of Under the Skin, insult the French for a change, and generally stray from the topic at hand since we didn’t record all that soon after watching the movie. Hopefully you’ll enjoy our other tangents all the same.
info_outline S01E03 - Memento (2000) 02/23/2017
S01E03 - Memento (2000) Leaving the genre of comic book movies, we turn to a director most famous for his comic book movies and discuss Christopher Nolan's Memento. We also remember a bunch of dead people you've never heard of and recommend a film you've never heard of by a director you've never heard of. In between desperately trying to stay on topic, we exchange theories on what happened in the story, before laughing about a story about laughing.
info_outline S01E02 - Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice (Ultimate Edition) (2016) 02/14/2017
S01E02 - Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice (Ultimate Edition) (2016) In this episode we continue to insult America, get sidetracked by politics, discuss different waves of feminism, I get confused while spelling words, and we talk with a lisp for a while. Also, in less conversational and more long winded fashion I walk my mom through Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice (Ultimate Edition) to fill in the gaps she either slept through or simply won't get as a non-fan. Spoilers: she still isn't a fan and I have to improvise a speech explaining why I am in fact a fan of inter[...]
info_outline S01E01 - Man of Steel (2013) 02/07/2017
S01E01 - Man of Steel (2013) Hi and welcome! This is the first episode of Stealing the Remote, a podcast where I make my mom watch whatever I want to! Please enjoy as I assess her complete lack of comics knowledge and introduce her to the world of DC Films through Zack Snyder's Man of Steel. She in turn teaches me things I never knew about pop culture during the decades I didn't live through, as well as kitchen appliances I hadn't heard of. Together we struggle to find the word "spandex."