Rating: 3/5

Russ is joined by Logan Bretschneider and Dan Fecteau to talk about the new Netflix film, Invader Zim: Enter the Florpus.

You can find us (and a number of other awesome podcasts) on the ACPN family of shows.

The Emerald City Video Podcast is a periodic podcast hosted by entertainment journalist Russ Burlingame, with a rotating cast of hosts who used to work at the Emerald City Video store in East Syracuse, New York. The store was once awarded by the Video Software Dealers of America as the best small video store in the U.S. Though it closed in 2009, the store’s legacy still touches the daily lives of a lot of the people who used to work there, and the Syracuse community as a whole still has a lot of fondness for its memory.

The idea behind the podcast, which launched in 2016, was to bring the discourse you would get at a video store — talking with real humans about your movies, rather than trusting in an algorithm — back to…well, if not the world, or even Syracuse, at least to the guys who maybe missed that human connection the most: a bunch of pop culture junky loudmouths who used to run a really cool video store. Over the years, the Emerald City Video banner has flown over a number of themes, including specific episodes about TV series like Riverdale and Psych.

If you like what we’re doing here, you can become a patron of the Emerald City Video Podcast, which comes with fun perks. You can also follow us on Twitter and Facebook. We also have Instagram and Vero accounts where we share images, photos, memes, and nonsense. You can support us on Patreon, too, and do things like requesting custom episodes and the like.

Be back for more by noon on the fifth day, and please — always remember to rewind your videocassettes.

November 30, 2018

Employee Picks: Television!

Hello, and welcome to the Emerald City Video Podcast.

Today, we’re bringing in a very special episode of the show, featuring Employee Recommendations.

This is something we have done before, usually when one person wants to spotlight a particular movie. This time around, we’re instead doing it on behalf of a…well, we’ll call her a video store customer.

On her Instagram story the other day, an acquaintance of mine posted that she was looking for new shows to watch after a long day at work. She gave the following guidelines:

The show should be intelligent, but not too heavy. It cannot be a superhero show OR a CW show — so Legends of Tomorrow is out, even though that means her life will not be as full and rich as it otherwise might be. Being funny is a bonus but not a necessity, although she did say she preferred a feel good show, and does not want to cry every episode. She also said nothing too artsy.

I don’t want to name this person, since the episode is being done without letting her know, but she also told me once that she is not SUPER film literate. Between that and the fact that I do not know her well, I figure I will just assume that she hasn’t seen anything we’re going to recommend, and that will give us the opportunity to talk a little bit about the things that make the shows special.

She did provide a little more guidance, in the form of a list of shows she likes: Shameless, The Haunting of Hill House, The IT Crowd, Sabrina — which I take to be the Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, since it’s new, although obviously the ‘90s version is a lot more “feel good” — Friends, and Outlander.

That gives us a pretty good range of emotion to work with, so let’s see what we come up with.

You can find us (and a number of other awesome podcasts) on the ACPN family of shows.

If you like what we're doing here, you can become a patron of the Emerald City Video Podcast, which comes with fun perks. You can also follow us on Twitter and Facebook. We also have Instagram and Vero accounts where we share images, photos, memes, and nonsense.

Be back for more by noon on the fifth day, and please -- always remember to rewind your videocassettes.

In which Russ and Zach go to the heart of why the Emerald City Video Podcast exists, and explore how terrible Netflix, Amazon, and other digital video services are at actually recommending movies you might actually want to watch.

A rant.

Russ Burlingame and Zach D. Roberts discuss the pilot episode of the reborn Mystery Science Theater 3000 on Netflix.

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