MAD UNREAL

From Marvel movies to Star Wars and DC, to James Bond, black heroes, super women, and dope villains: we talk about movies and characters that are beautifully UNREAL.

About the show

From Marvel movies to Star Wars and DC, to James Bond, black heroes, super women, and dope villains: we talk about movies and characters that are beautifully UNREAL. Listen as Arthur Turnbull and Isaac Perry go mad deep on the most exciting news involving your fav comic book films and cinematic universes!

Episodes

  • 007 AND COUNTING Episode #11 — The World Is Not Enough

    September 24th, 2021  |  1 hr 18 mins
    bond, elektra king, judi dench, pierce brosnan, renard

    The Mad Unreal countdown to No Time to Die is in its final two weeks! This week on ‘007 And Counting’ we’re taking a close look at Pierce Brosnan’s penultimate turn as James Bond in a film named after the Bond family motto: 1999’s The World Is Not Enough. In a movie that deftly highlights some of Brosnan’s most notable contributions to the Bond persona, TWINE also gives us one of the series’s most intriguing and under-appreciated villains, along with what may be Bond’s most thrilling pre-titles sequence yet.

  • 007 AND COUNTING Episode #10 — On Her Majesty's Secret Service

    September 17th, 2021  |  1 hr 11 mins
    007, blofeld, bond, george lazenby, spectre

    "No Time To Die" is inching ever closer, which means we’re nearing the end of Mad Unreal’s countdown to the 25th James Bond film. What better way to keep things interesting than to take a look at what could be the most unique Bond film of them all: 1969's "On Her Majesty’s Secret Service"? In George Lazenby's one and only outing as 007, we’re introduced to a similar yet drastically different Bond—one who loves just as hard as he lives. Join us as we explore a movie that stands proudly apart from the rest of the cannon and ignites yet another fascinating Mad Unreal discussion.

  • 007 AND COUNTING Episode #9 — 'The Living Daylights'

    September 10th, 2021  |  1 hr 11 mins
    bond, kamran shah, koskov, necros, pushkin, timothy dalton, whitaker

    In 1987, a new James Bond film was poised to introduce an actor who appeared to be the archetype of the Bond character; a man who fit the description millions of fans already had in mind. But before The Living Daylights could shoot its first scene, fate intervened—and Pierce Brosnan was out. Enter Timothy Dalton. Would Dalton’s interpretation of the legendary spy erase the public’s appetite for Brosnan? Could the film keep pace with the success rate of the previous Roger Moore movies? Join Mad Unreal as we continue our countdown to No Time To Die by debating the finer points of one of the greatest Bond films ever.

  • 007 AND COUNTING Episode #8 — 'Thunderball'

    September 3rd, 2021  |  1 hr 15 mins
    007, blofeld, bond, domino, largo, sean connery, sharks, spectre
  • 007 AND COUNTING Episode #7 — 'Live and Let Die'

    August 27th, 2021  |  1 hr 28 mins
    bond, geoffery holder, jane seymour, kananga, roger moore, tee hee, whisper, yaphet kotto

    With the often rescheduled No Time to Die now set to open in just over a month, Mad Unreal is bringing back our special “007 And Counting” James Bond series. Last year, we discussed Daniel Craig’s epic tenure as the world’s most famous spy, while also examining the complications of being a Black Bond fan. This year, we’re diving into six random films and breaking them down as only we can. First up? Roger Moore’s Live and Let Die, a movie that brings Black culture into the Bond series like never before. But did they get it right? Join us for a brand new episode of our countdown to the 25th James Bond film.

  • 44: The Bad Batch Season 1: You can get with THIS, or you can get with THAT

    August 20th, 2021  |  1 hr 52 mins
    bad batch, clone force 99, lucasfilm, star wars

    Take 6 “black sheep” clones and throw them into a 16-episode story arc where the action of choice is the underlying theme, and you get season 1 of Star Wars: The Bad Batch. On this special, extended episode of Mad Unreal, we explore the choices that have formed the crux of the series and combined to create a powerful narrative. What happens when the choices we make are indelibly tied to the choices that have been made for us? And how do you handle the fallout from both?

  • 43: What if we applied “WHAT IF…?” to James Bond & Star Wars?

    August 13th, 2021  |  1 hr 16 mins
    007, ahsoka tano, james bond, mcu, star wars

    To celebrate the debut of the MCU’s first animated series, we’re kidnapping Jeffrey Wright’s The Watcher and transporting him to two very different universes. First, we journey to the Bond-verse and ask: WHAT IF Vesper Lived? Next, we dip over to the galaxy far, far away and wonder: WHAT IF Ahsoka Never Left the Jedi? Join us as the multiverse takes a turn even The Watcher didn’t see coming…

  • 42: Special Summer Recap & Fall Preview

    July 30th, 2021  |  1 hr 23 mins
    dune, kang, loki, shang-chi, star wars visions, suicide squad, what if

    Summer is winding down and autumn is just around the corner, so there’s no better time for Mad Unreal’s exclusive Fall Preview! But first, we take a quick look back at what made this summer unique, while also discussing a few upcoming highlights. From there, we dive into Unreal film and television content coming this fall from Marvel, DC, Warner Brothers, Star Wars, James Bond and more!

  • 41: Richard Donner and the importance of making the ‘Unreal’ real

    July 21st, 2021  |  32 mins 20 secs

    In light of the recent passing of Richard Donner—the director behind 1978’s Superman: The Movie, which gave us a tangible, groundbreaking comic book film—Mad Unreal takes a moment to examine the believable worlds fictional characters exist in. From DC, to Marvel, Bond, Blade, Daredevil, Mission Impossible, Batman, and many more: Why is it so important to make the “Unreal” seem real?

  • 40: What does Black Widow say about the future of the MCU?

    July 14th, 2021  |  1 hr 1 min
    black widow, florence pugh, marvel, mcu, scarlett johanssen

    Black Widow—the first MCU theatrical release in two long years—has finally dropped. The film has been well-received, but what does it tell us about the future of Marvel’s cinematic universe? Will we see more Phase 1 Iron Man-style world building, or will interconnected storylines and multiverse plans thrust new characters into pre-established arcs? Join hosts Arthur Turnbull and Isaac Perry as they give Mad Thoughts on Natasha Romanoff’s solo outing, while also asking: is Black Widow the swan song for Marvel’s meticulous character development?

  • Mad Thoughts: The Bad Batch! Loki! PLUS: Arthur vs. The Multiverse

    June 16th, 2021  |  1 hr 13 mins
    gugu mbatha-raw, loki, marvel, mcu, multiverse, owen wilson, tom hiddleston

    It’s time. In previous eps of Mad Unreal, co-host Arthur Turnbull has expressed his distaste for a common Unreal trope, The Multiverse. Now, in Round 1 of what’s sure to be an epic battle, Arthur goes up against this time-honored concept and explains why multiple realities just ain’t his thing. PLUS: we give Mad Thoughts on the mid-season status of Star Wars: The Bad Batch and the series premiere of Loki!

  • Is James Bond the most important franchise in cinema?

    June 9th, 2021  |  1 hr 7 mins
    amazon, daniel craig, eon, james bond, mgm, no time to die

    Amazon's recent purchase of MGM has made the tech giant a partner with Eon—the studio behind the James Bond film franchise, and subsequently sent shockwaves through the fan community. As speculation about a potential “Bond Universe” continues to grow, Mad Unreal asks: does all of this attention (and worry) prove that Bond is the most unique and important franchise in cinema? Join us as we dive into 007’s past and potential future.