On this latest micro episode, we discuss sugar and spice and all things pumpkin spice. Vic questions the origins of the Pumpkin Revolution. JVL educates his listeners on the flavors of each season—how on earth did grapefruit become the flavor of summer? Sonny loves grapefruit sprinkled with sugar—but not grapefruit-flavored beer. Ahem.

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On this latest episode, the Substandard grapples with the “monster” at the box office: Stephen King’s It. Why do horror flicks do so well? JVL loves his sweater vests, Sonny ranks sweaters, and Vic is mad as hell and isn’t going to take this anymore!

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On this latest episode of the Substandard we discuss the 40th anniversary of Close Encounters of the Third Kind and rank the Steven Spielberg oeuvre. Jonathan returns from hiatus, Sonny mourns the loss of his raison d’être, and Vic’s grill plan goes up in flames. Plus ice cream, surfing, and Pearl Jam—all on the latest Substandard!

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On this week’s episode, the Substandard reviews Logan Lucky and ranks the Soderbergh oeuvre. Sonny does Internet research, Mike goes mulching, Vic asks: What’s mulch? Plus: Sonny makes Old Fashioneds (and his own simple syrup) and Gene Shalit returns! All on this week’s “Dick York-Dick Sargent” episode of the Substandard!

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On this week’s episode, the Substandard discusses The Dark Tower, the best and worst Stephen King film adaptations—i.e., rankings!—and this summer’s box office doldrums. Sonny reveals himself as a Stephen King scholar. JVL thinks Tolstoy > Stephen King (he must be joking). Vic hated the deli slicer scene in Children of the Corn. Plus a trip to IKEA, a schnitzel recipe, and more horology—all on this week’s Substandard!

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On this latest micro episode, the Substandard discusses Fast Times at Ridgemont High, 35 years later (of course we mention Phoebe Cates). Plus the rise of mall culture and a mini ranking of the Cameron Crowe oeuvre. Which is better: Jerry Maguire or Almost Famous? Did someone just say Vanilla Sky?

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In this latest episode, the Substandard discusses Atomic Blonde, the trailer for Death Wish, and the decline of 3-D. Jonathan offers a ranking that’s simply titillating, Sonny trolls for free booze (we love you Old Forester!), and Vic discovers cosplay for … Jurassic Park? Plus science fiction novels, a restaurant obit, and the return of Gene Shalit, all on this week’s Substandard!

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In this latest episode, JVL and Sonny review Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets and rank the Luc Besson oeuvre. Meanwhile, Vic and Sonny rank their favorite Chinese buffet dishes—Sesame Chicken > General Tso’s! Plus JVL on his great baseball weekend and Sonny on his expanding Criterion Collection—all on this week’s Substandard!

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On this latest micro episode, the Substandard reflects on the late actor and playwright Sam Shepard. Vic remembers Shepard in The Right Stuff. Jonathan segues into G.I. Joe toys. Sonny has actually seen Days of Heaven.

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On this week’s episode, the Substandard reviews Dunkirk and ranks the Christopher Nolan oeuvre. Sonny hates the beach, JVL hates Tesla even more, and Vic discovers Game of Thrones. Plus Justice League woes and Gene Shalit goes to the IMAX, all on this week’s Substandard!

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On this latest episode, the Substandard reviews Spider-Man: Homecoming. JVL offers his take on Peter Parker 3.0 and his nerdified nemesis, Flash. Vic channels his inner Gene Shalit. And Sonny knows Amelia Earhart will never be found—but does he know his cured meats? Plus the best of In Search Of: Bigfoot, UFOs, and the Amityville Horror, oh my!

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There’s more than meets the eye on the latest episode of the Substandard. The hosts discuss Transformers: The Last Knight and the Michael Bay oeuvre. Sonny hates people who shoot off fireworks. Vic remembers drinking on the National Mall. And Jonathan explains his mysterious absence. All on the latest Substandard!

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On this latest episode, the Substandard unravels The Mummy and questions the feasibility of a Dark Universe. But what other Extended Universes would we like to see? A Garry Marshall Universe, of course! JVL praises Rafa Nadal, Vic enjoys Virgin America, and Sonny rants against avocado toast, all on this week’s Substandard.

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And another thing! The Substandard goes off on what drives us nuts in movie theaters. From cell phones to screen masking to the sticky floors of yesteryear, it’s an airing of grievances, all on this latest mini episode of the Substandard.

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In this new episode, the Substandard reviews Pirates of the Caribbean and Baywatch. Who’s more overrated? Johnny Depp or the Rock? JVL admits he’s a watchaholic, Vic has a soft spot for Donnie Brasco, and Sonny takes a hard line on thievery. Plus tales from the zoo, getting action at Action Park, and a Boss Baby update, all on this week’s Substandard.

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In this latest micro-episode, the Substandard salutes our military and our favorite war movies. Sonny Bunch loves Inglourious Basterds and … Aliens? Vic and JVL remember meeting R. Lee Ermey, who explained how he landed the role of a lifetime in Full Metal Jacket. All on the latest Substandard!

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Great Scott! In this week’s episode the Substandard discusses Alien: Covenant and the best (and not-so-best) of Ridley Scott. JVL admits he has “the sensibility of a 9-year-old girl.” Something hits Sonny in the head. You say ci-cay-da, Vic says ci-cah-da. Plus theme park terror and a word from our sponsor, all on this week’s Substandard!

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It’s Burger Time at the Substandard. In this micro episode, we discuss the Harris poll putting Five Guys at the very top, ahead of In-N-Out. Sonny says Fact-check: True! JVL defines what makes a great burger. Vic adds a bit of history, from White Castle to the Nile—all on this micro-episode of the Substandard!

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The Substandard reviews King Arthur: Legend of the Sword and the Guy Ritchie oeuvre—in other words, rankings! Sonny cleans his grill and suffers a terrible injury. JVL talks mages and +5 ice swords. Vic complains about breakfast in bed. Plus Powers Boothe and a word from our sponsor—all on this week’s Substandard!

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The Substandard discusses Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2—it was great, it was good, it was terrible! JVL gives us a rundown of the Substandard Season One, Sonny’s theory on chain restaurants is challenged—by Sonny! Vic’s not afraid of “street meat.” Plus pizza rankings and a word from our sponsor, all on this week’s episode of the Substandard!

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