The Connect

The Connect Podcast

Jason Concepcion and Shea Serrano discuss two movies and the things that connect them. Each episode will focus around a theme. That theme can be anything from characters from similar movievations, merciless mentors, and killer robots. They will then break down the connections of that main theme through a series of segments and games to share their love for not only these two movies, but cinema and its themes as a whole.

THE CONNECT: Bad TV Appearances
We'll do it live! San Diego's top news anchor sort of learns the meaning of diversity, and a mentally ill man goes on a murder spree. Jason and Shea find the connections between ‘Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy’ and ‘Joker.’ Hosts: Shea Serrano and Jason Concepcion...

THE CONNECT: Cool Mask!
Nobody cared who they were before they put on the mask. A group of friends from Los Angeles go on a bank-robbing spree, and a team of spies race to stop a terrorist with weapons of mass destruction. Jason and Shea connect 'Set It Off' and 'Mission: Impossible—Fallout.' Hosts: Jason Concepcion and Shea Serrano...

THE CONNECT: Say Yes to Drugs
Take a trip with us! The world of narcotics never seems as helpful as when two cops take down a Cuban drug ring and a never-been writer develops superhuman intelligence. Jason and Shea connect ‘Limitless’ and ‘Bad Boys II.’ Hosts: Shea Serrano and Jason Concepcion...


THE CONNECT: Movies You Shouldn't Watch on a Plane
Get off my plane! 'The Connect' takes to the skies and examines movies that you shouldn't watch on a plane. A Mexican teenager in Los Angeles hits the big time, and a United Nations field agent searches for a cure for zombies. Jason and Shea connect 'La Bamba' and 'World War Z.' Hosts: Jason Concepcion and Shea Serrano...

THE CONNECT: Mean Mentors
Get ready to learn through tough love. An influential fashion magazine editor lectures her assistant on the importance of punctuality and the origins of cerulean, and a music conservatory instructor commits battery on his students. Jason and Shea connect 'The Devil Wears Prada' and 'Whiplash.' Hosts: Jason Concepcion and Shea Serrano...

THE CONNECT: Aww, Man! Why'd You Do That?
Welcome to a world of increasingly poor decisions! A career bank robber falls hard for a federal agent, and four friends have a falling out when one gets addicted to the power of the gun. Jason and Shea connect the movies 'Juice' and 'Out of Sight.' Hosts: Shea Serrano and Jason Concepcion...


THE CONNECT: I Thought This Computer Was My Friend
Jason and Shea take a look at the dangers of artificial intelligence and explore the connections between 'Ex Machina' and 'Upgrade.' A sentient robot seduces a human engineer, and a man brought back from paralysis thanks to an implanted AI chip goes on a rampage. Hosts: Jason Concepcion and Shea Serrano...

THE CONNECT: Work Friends
Getting through the day is better when you have your friends. Jason and Shea discuss the connections between ‘Office Space,’ a comedy where friends face off against unreasonable bosses and unruly printers, and ‘Scarface,’ an epic tale of best friends discovering the importance of work-life balance on the mean streets of Miami. Hosts: Jason Concepcion & Shea Serrano...

THE CONNECT: Trailer
Welcome to ‘The Connect’! Join Jason Concepcion and Shea Serrano as they discuss movies and what connects them. In each episode, they will focus on two movies that have a shared theme. They will break down the similarities between the two films through a series of segments and games. It’s a show about Jason’s and Shea’s love of the featured films, and of cinema as a whole....


WITH A PENCIL: The Action Movie Hero Hall of Fame
By the time this final episode of 'With a Pencil' is over, you will have a definitive list of inductees into the Action Movie Hero Hall of Fame. Or maybe you won't. Shea is joined in the deliberation by writers Justin Halpern and Patrick Schumacker....

WITH A PENCIL: 'John Wick: Chapter 3—Parabellum'
It's finally here! 'John Wick: Chapter 3—Parabellum' is released, and we can finally talk about it. What was the hardest part of the movie to watch? Who has the best cameo? Who gives the best performance? Shea is joined by director Oz Rodriguez and writer Jamil Smith to get to the bottom of these questions and more....

WITH A PENCIL: 30 Tiny Things
Ira Madison III and Chris Ryan join Shea on a journey to dissect 'John Wick: Chapter 2.' Each of them brings up tiny moments in the movie that they loved or noticed and the panel discusses....


WITH A PENCIL: John Wick Chapter 2
Is Common a good actor? Why does John kill Gianna D'Antonio instead of just letting her kill herself? And does Laurence Fishburne or John Leguizamo have the best cameo? All of these questions and more are answered on this week's episode of 'With a Pencil.' Shea is joined by Juliet Litman and Rembert Browne to discuss....

WITH A PENCIL: Who’s the Better Tough-Guy Movie Dog Owner?
Shea Serrano is joined by authors Lilliam Rivera and José Olivarez to decide who’s the best tough-guy movie dog owner. The three options: Bob Saginowski and Rocco from 'The Drop,' John Wick and Daisy from 'John Wick,' and Robert Neville and Sam from 'I Am Legend.' Lilliam's young adult novel 'Dealing in Dreams' and José's book of poetry 'Citizen Illegal' are both out now!...

WITH A PENCIL: John Wick
Shea Serrano is back from podcast retirement to host 'With a Pencil.' In Episode 1, he sits down with Sean Fennessey and Judnick Mayard, two people who love the franchise as much as he does, to talk about John Wick, Chapter 1....


VILLAINS: Chong Li Q&A
On this last bonus episode of the season, Shea answers questions about Chong Li from Bloodsport. We find out what what Jean Claude Van Damme’s best movie is, whether Chong Li is actually deaf and which villain from our entire series would win in a death match against Chong Li....

VILLAINS: Chong Li From ‘Bloodsport’
We are closing out the first season of 'Villains' with the most terrifying martial arts movie villain: Chong Li. Shea is joined by The Ringer’s John Gonzalez and Kevin Clark to discuss his dirty fighting tactics and massive muscles....

VILLAINS: Nino Brown Q&A
Shea is talking Nino Brown from 'New Jack City' on this week’s bonus episode of 'Villains.' We’ll find out who Shea is more scared of: Nino Brown or Alonzo Harris from 'Training Day.' Are Nino Brown and N’Jobu from 'Black Panther' working toward the same goal? Who would Shea cast as Nino in the 2019 version of 'New Jack City'? Plus, Shea tells us a ghost story. Thank you to Soul Candle for the music played during the ghost story. You can find more of their music at soulcandlemusic.com....


VILLAINS: Regan MacNeil Q&A
This week we’re celebrating the new year by answering questions about Regan MacNeil from William Friedkin’s ‘The Exorcist.’ We’ll also hear from some very special guests on what they would do if they needed to be exorcised....


VILLAINS: Amy Dunne Q&A
This week, Shea answers questions about Amy Dunne from 'Gone Girl.' Does Nick and Amy’s baby have a chance of growing up like a normal child? Did Amy actually ever intend to kill herself? Is 'Gone Girl' the worst movie to see on a first date? You’ll find out in this episode....

VILLAINS: Ernesto de la Cruz Q&A
Shea answers questions about Ernesto de la Cruz from 'Coco.' He tells us why Mamá Coco didn’t recognize "Remember Me" as her father’s song, if Mamá Imelda is actually the villain in 'Coco,' and whether Ernesto de la Cruz is supposed to be Vicente Fernández or Pedro Infante....


VILLAINS: Ernesto de la Cruz from ‘Coco’
Micah Peters and young adult novelist Lilliam Rivera join Shea to discuss the charismatic villain in Disney Pixar’s ‘Coco.’ We used music from Rod Hamilton and Tiffany Seal in the episode. Check them out here!...

VILLAINS: Killmonger Q&A
Shea answers questions about last week’s episode on Killmonger from 'Black Panther.' We find out why he chose Killmonger over Heath Ledger’s Joker for the ultimate supervillain, what kind of movie it would have been if Killmonger was from the South, and who would win in a fight: Killmonger or Adonis Creed....


VILLAINS: Regina George Q&A
On this week's bonus episode, Shea and Larami discuss what they would do if one of their children brought home a "Regina George type" to meet the family, Cady's most villainous moment in the movie, and the rap song Kevin Gnapoor would dedicate to Regina George....

VILLAINS: Regina George from 'Mean Girls'
This week Shea Serrano, Amanda Dobbins, and Juliet Litman head back to high school to discuss Regina George from ‘Mean Girls.’ Music from Rod Hamilton and Tiffany Seal is featured in this episode. Check them out here!...

VILLAINS: Hannibal Lecter Q&A
This is the first of eight bonus episodes this season. Every Tuesday, Shea will take your questions on the previous week’s episode. This week, we find out which character from 'The Office' would be cast to play Hannibal Lecter, who would be Hannibal's NBA coach, which part of the body Shea would eat if he suddenly became a cannibal, and much more....


Villains: With Shea Serrano
What's the most villainous thing that Regina George does? Is there any way to sympathize with Hannibal Lecter? Could Eric Killmonger have been rehabilitated? In season one of VILLAINS, Shea Serrano answers those questions and more, exploring eight of the most interesting, most intimidating, most undeniable movie villains that have ever been....