Here’s to all the naughty foods that stuck by us all these years.

Look we all love food here in the PodCavern, but sometimes you don’t feel like cooking and need some reliable food that’s quick, dirty, and cheap. So join Tuong La and Instant Food Experts Laura Gordon, Taylor Fleming and Shannon Leis as they get their microwave/toaster oven ready to rank Top 5 Lazy Comfort Foods!

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Ground Rules

The food nominations for this episode are described (loosely) as follows:

  • Student budget food
  • Lazy Stoner food
  • Food that you’d eat after a long day and the last thing you want to do is make yourself a meal
  • Food with very minimal preparation (if any) and doesn’t take too long to “make”. NOTE: You don’t necessarily have to “make” the food, it can just be in a box or bag (ie snacks)
  • NO FAST FOOD
  • The “comfort” aspect of this is subjective. The spirit of this episode is food that isn’t good for you (high carbs, naughty food) but nominations can be “healthier” if you’d like as long as it is “comfort” to the nominator.
  • Not looking for “best food on a budget”. (ie what kind of “fancier meals” can I make with X amount of money). We are more looking for the type of cheap foods you can buy at a grocery store.
  • Looking for nominations with “Set it and Forget it” cook times like throwing something in the microwave for 2 minutes or putting it in the oven for 20. AKA Minimal prep work. Note:  The prep time is a factor but the cook time is not.

*Spoilers* Below is our Top 5 list from this episode as well as our own personal unordered  lists.

Group Top 5

5. Chicken Fingers

4. Instant Noodles

3. Mac and Cheese

2. Grilled Cheese

1. Frozen Pizza

Tuong’s List

  • Pizza Pops
  • Mac and Cheese
  • Frozen Pizza
  • Pogos
  • Bagels with Cream Cheese
  • Instant Noodle Soup
  • Grilled Cheese
  • Chips
  • Halloween Candy
  • PB &J
  • Asian Hot Dog Buns (pigs in a blanket with a sweet bun)
  • Ice cream
  • Frozen Meatballs
  • Naan Bread
  • Perogies
  • Store bought croissants
  • Tater Tots
  • Bagel Bites
  • Cracker nachos (melt cheese in the microwave on top of soda crackers)

Laura’s List

  • Instant Mashed Potatoes
  • Canned Soup
  • Peanut butter
  • Baguette
  • Noodles and Butter
  • Eggs and Soldiers
  • Cheese
  • Tortilla Pizza (tortilla with tomato sauce and cheese)
  • Pizza Crackers  (ritz crackers with tomato sauce and cheese)
  • Pogos
  • Fried Bologna Sandwich
  • Ice Cream
  • Chips

Taylor’s List

  • Bologna sandwich
  • Instant Noodles
  • Chicken Fingers
  • PB & J
  • Pasta with oil and garlic
  • Uncle Bens
  • Leftovers!!
  • Mini Pizza
  • Naan and Hummus

Shannon’s List

  • Pigs in a blanket
  • Grilled Cheese
  • Nachos
  • Eggo Waffles
  • Lean Cuisine
  • Popcorn
  • Nutella
  • Lunchables

Angus and Sal are visited by Colonel Freedom! While filling out his record they get to learn more about Super City’s #1 hero than they expected. Should you ever really meet your heroes?

Featuring Special Guest: The Making Box’s/PodCavern’s Tuong La

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We made it to 2020!

A brand new decade of PodCavern is here and the gang is prepared for yet another year of Top 5 Lists! But before we can properly ring in the new year, as per every year, we must give some love to video games. At the outset, it seemed like 2019 would be an underwhelming year for games as the world prepares for a new generation of consoles in 2020. Turns out we were delightfully wrong! 2019 not only had some wild gaming moments but it also gave us meaningful free-to-play/subscription serviced games, expansions that felt like full games, and remakes of games that were built from the ground up that went above and beyond. So join Tuong La and Game Guru’s Matthew Whalley, Angus MacDonald, and Ethan Howieson as they celebrate the best games of 2019!

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Also check out Ethan Howieson’s music as Dead Sect right here!

Ground Rules

  • Games must have come out in 2019
  • Expansions of games DO count so long as they bring in full game size experiences
  • Remakes of games DO count so long as they add something new, drastic, and is not just an uprezzed version of an older game. (ie counts if the remake was built from the ground up and had some obvious attention of detail added to it)
  • Free to play games count if they came out in 2019

Group Top 5

5. Apex Legends

4.Monster Hunter World: Iceborne

3. Outer Wilds

2. Devil May Cry 5

1. Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice

Tuong’s Top 10 List (ordered)

10. Tetris 99

9. Apex Legends

8.  Heave Ho

7.  Pokemon Sword/Shield

6.  Outer Wilds

5.  Resident Evil 2 Remake

4. Super Mario Maker 2

3. Ring Fit Adventure

2. Devil May Cry 5

1. Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice

Honorable Mentions: Borderlands 3, Sayonera Wild Hearts, What the Golf?, Grindstone, Kingdom Hearts 3, WoW Classic

Games I wish I played this year: Fire Emblem: Three Houses, Luigi’s Mansion, Death Stranding, Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order

Matthew’s Top 5 List (ordered)

5. Borderlands 3

4. Luigi’s Mansion 3

3. Remnant: From the Ashes

2. Monster Hunter World: Iceborne

1. Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice

Angus’s Top 5 List (ordered)

5. Death Stranding

4. Borderlands 3

3. Heave Ho

2. Monster Hunter World: Iceborne

1. Devil May Cry 5

Ethan’s Top 5 List (ordered)

5. A Short Hike

4. Control

3. Outer Wilds

2. Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice

1. Apex Legends

 

To cap off the decade in the PodCavern, Tuong takes Talkin’ Tuong to a Galaxy Far Far Away (Ottawa) and gets talkin’ about ALL things Star Wars with Master Samantha Leggatt from the Jedi Council and Darth Angus MacDonald the Sith Emperor! We also had a certain Force Ghost call in to make an appearance…tune in to find out!

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Time Stamp

Intro/News 0:00 -30:00

Rise of Skywalker

 30:00 -57:45

The Mandalorian

57:45 – 1:11:30

End

1:11:30 – End

 

While recovering from a city wide cold, Angus and Sal are visited by Eustache Henge a career henchman who has worked for some of Super City’s worst villains. But he seems like such a nice guy!

Featuring Special Guest: Outtake Improv’s Jonas McLean

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Come under our musical mistletoe this Christmas!

It’s that time of the year again for the Ranked Christmas/Holiday special! It’s also that time of the year where you cannot escape the magic of holiday music everywhere you go! While many (MANY) artists have put out their own renditions of holiday classics and originals, only some songs have stood the test of time and found a special way in our hearts (and playlists) year to year. Join Tuong La and his band of Merry Elves James Beattie, Kierstyn Beattie, and Laura Gordon as they jingle all the way to come up with a list of the Top 5 Christmas Songs!

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Ground Rules

  • The nominations are specifically “Christmas Songs” not “Holiday” or “Winter” Songs. These songs must reference Christmas.
  • No accidental Christmas songs ie The Theme from Die Hard
  • We are nominating the song AND accompanying artist who performs that song (ie Which version of Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer)
  • Can nominate multiple versions of the same song

Playlist

We compiled a nifty HOLIDAY playlist of all the songs that we nominated and in our honourable mentions for your listening pleasure! Check it out and enjoy!


*Spoilers* Below is our Top 5 list from this episode as well as our own personal unordered  lists.

Group Top 5

5. Cold December – Michael BublĂ©

4. Merry Christmas, Happy Holiday – N’Sync

3. O Holy Night – Trombone Shorty

2. White Christmas – Otis Redding

1.All I Want for Christmas – Mariah Carey

 

Tuong’ List

  • Merry Christmas, Happy Holiday – N’Sync
  • All I want for Christmas is You -Mariah Carey
  • Mistletoe – Justin Bieber
  • Like it’s Christmas – Jonas Brothers
  • My Only Wish (This Year) – Britney Spears
  • Christmas Tree Farm – Taylor Swift
  • Grown up Christmas List – Amy Grant
  • Count on Christmas – Bebe Rexha
  • White Christmas – Michael BublĂ©
  • It’s Beginning to Look A Lot like Christmas – Michael BublĂ©
  • You’re a Mean One Mr.Grinch – Thurl Ravenscroft
  • Make it to Christmas – Alessia Cara
  • Underneath the Tree – Kelly Clarkson

James’s List

  • O Holy Night – Trombone Shorty
  • Muppet Christmas Overture – The Muppets Christmas Carol
  • Christmas Time is Here – Vince Guaraldi Trio (Charlie Brown)
  • Overture – The Nutcracker Suite (Duke Ellington)
  • Old Toy Trains – Matt Anderson
  • Almost a Full Moon – Hawksley Workman
  • It’s a Jordan Christmas – 30 Rock
  • Huron Carol – Tom Jackson
  • Silent Night – Hawksley Workman
  • Must be Santa – Raffi

Kierstyn’s List

  • Cold December Night – Michael BublĂ©
  • Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) – Michael BublĂ©
  • Blame is On the Mistletoe –  Kendall Schmidt
  • Underneath the Tree – Kelly Clarkson
  • River – Joni Mitchell
  • Ring Out Solstice Bells – Jethro Tull
  • Santa Claus is Coming to Town – Jackson 5
  • 3 Generations – Hawksley Workman
  • Another Year to Wait – The Good Lovelies
  • Step into Christmas – Elton John
  • White Christmas – The Drifters
  • Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree – Brenda Lee
  • Rudolph the Red-Nose Reindeer – Diana Ross and the Supremes
  • A Spaceman Came Travelling – Chris De Burgh
  • Merry Christmas Everyone – Shakin’ Stevens
  • Little Saint Nick – The Beach Boys
  • Christmas Time – Bryan Adams
  • Let it Snow – Boyz 2 Men
  • Merry Christmas Baby – Bruce Springsteen
  • Throw Another Log (On the Fire) – Chic Gamine
  • Christmas Can-Can – Straight No Chaser
  • Christmas Eve/Sarajevo – Trans-Siberian Orchestra

Laura’s List

  • White Christmas – Otis Redding
  • All I want for Christmas is You – Mariah Carey
  • Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas – Judy Garland
  • Mistletoe – Justin Bieber
  • O Holy Night – Josh Groban
  • Hark! The Herald Angel Sings – Vince Guaraldi Trio
  • Wrapped in Red – Kelly Clarkson
  • Last Christmas – Wham!
  • Where Are You Christmas – Faith Hill
  • Fairytale of New York – The Pogues
  • Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) – Darlene Love
  • Believe – Josh Groban
  • Merry Christmas, Happy Holiday – N’Sync
  • Joy to the Mountain – Hanson
  • This Christmas – Donny Hathaway
  • Christmas Lights – Coldplay
  • Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer – Jack Johnson
  • Someday At Christmas – Jackson 5
  • Maybe this Christmas – Ron Sexsmith

 

Angus and Sal are visited by Marge O’Donnell a talent agent for Super Heroes who is desperate for clients. If you are available she is interested!

Featuring Special Guest: The Improv Embassy/ Shit Hot Shit Show’s Sarah Conway

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10 years of movies, that can’t be THAT hard to Rank right?…right?

The 2010 decade is coming to an end and, looking back, the movie landscape has shifted and changed drastically in the last 10 years. The Twenty-Tens gave rise to streaming, obligatory sequels, reboots, and shared universes; while many smaller indie films struggled to break through the box office. The amount of content we face these days is endless so coming with a list of our favorites was a tough one (especially since it’s been such a great decade for movies).  So join us as Tuong La and Sassy Cinephiles Taylor Fleming, Stephanie Ridgeway, and Sean Mulhern pull out all their movie knowledge and rank down the behemoth of a list that is Top 5 Movies of the 2010 Decade!

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Ground Rules

  • For this list “Top” does not necessarily mean just the “Best” movies. It is a combination of being great and influential to the decade. ie: “When I think of what movies really shaped the 2010 decade, I think of [insert movie here]”.
    • NOTE: The reasoning behind this is this podcast episode could have gone a number of different ways on what we consider the “top”. Giving it this extra set of criteria helped us narrow down a list that goes beyond just our personal favorites (because we obviously loved all our nominations)
  • Some movies are great on their own but movies that had a big cultural impact and were influential to the movie industry will be more heavily considered opposed to movies that could have happened in any decade.
  • Movies that came out between 2010-2019 are eligible for nomination
  • This podcast was recorded on November 20, 2019 so if somehow movies that came out after that are the best of the decade well..SORRY.

*Spoilers* Below is our Top 5 list from this episode as well as our own personal unordered  lists.

Group Top 5

5. Bridesmaids

4. Inside Out

3. Get Out

2. Inception

1. Avengers: Endgame

Tuong’s Top 10 Ordered List (and some honourable mentions)

10. Lady Bird

9. The Social Network

8. Parasite

7. Get Out

6. Jojo Rabbit

5. The Lego Movie

4. Inside Out

3. Inception

2. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

1. Avengers: Endgame

Honourable Mentions:Whiplash, John Wick, Boyhood, Creed, Captain America: Winter Soldier, Black Panther, Logan, Toy Story 3, Mad Max: Fury Road, Moonlight, Eighth Grade, El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie, IT, Inside Llewyn Davis, Hunt for the Wilderpeople, Paddington 2

Taylor’s List

  • Drive
  • Inception
  • Mad Max: Fury Road
  • Ex Machina
  • The Florida Project
  • The Raid
  • Whiplash
  • Parasite
  • Hereditary
  • Leave no Trace
  • Hunt for the Wilderpeople
  • Blue Valentine
  • Scott Pilgrim Vs The World
  • Babadook
  • Paddington (1&2)
  • 50/50
  • Avengers
  • Girls Trip
  • The Master
  • The Witch
  • Booksmart
  • The Social Network
  • Toy Story 3
  • Sing Street
  • Fast Five

Steph’s List

  • Inside Out
  • Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
  • Bridesmaids
  • Hunt for the Wilderpeople
  • Coco
  • Eighth Grade
  • Ex Machina
  • The Florida Project
  • Toy Story 3
  • 21 Jump Street
  • Thor: Ragnarok
  • A Star is Born

Sean’s List

  • Inception
  • Get Out
  • Hell or High Water
  • Bridesmaids
  • Winter’s Bone
  • Grand Budapest Hotel
  • Inside Llewyn Davis
  • Roma
  • Baby Driver
  • Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
  • Senna
  • Leave no Trace

While building some new office equipment Angus and Sal are interrupted by one of Super City’s Dark Protectors. The power dynamic shifts as it becomes unclear who is the one asking the questions.

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This month on Talkin’ Tuong, we take the PodCavern all the way to the West Coast (Vancouver, BC) to visit a regular recurring podcast guest who has only ever skyped in…till now!  Listen as Tuong and Taylor Fleming discuss some big pop culture news from November and get chattin’ about Taika Waititi’s Jojo Rabbit, Bong Joon Ho’s Parasite, and a certain Disney Plus show that has something to do with Stars and Wars? Listen and find out!

PS. No live stream this episode as we couldn’t lug all our heavy live stream podcast gear on the airplane because ..well… no thanks.

PPS.  We also recorded this episode in the middle-ish of November so we definitely would have missed some news in the later half of the month; so don’t worry we are well aware that people still love Frozen.

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Time Stamp

Intro/News 0:00 -34:00

Jojo Rabbit

34:00 – 40:06

Parasite

40:06 – 45:35

The Mandalorian

45:35 – 56:02

END

56:02 -END