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S2 E6: Joe Versus the Volcano and the Impossible


 This week Sam Sundquist and I used the 1990 bizzarro rom-com “Joe Versus the Volcano” to talk about some serious existential issues. Themes covered are: What would you do if you found out you had 5 months to live? When have you realized that there was more possible for you then you previously knew? Are people generally “good” or “bad”? We also admitted to some embarassing stuff from our youth.

Movies and stories are narrative for meaning in the world. We frame life and it’s purpose through the stories we tell. This is why I talk about film with different people. Through it we can get into all the major themes of religion, politics, romance, and justice.

I hope you enjoy the show!

Andrew Thomas Hackett

You know how I love the top 10 lists! Here are my top 10 rom-com’s. The rom-com is actually a hard genre to categorize actually by the way. But here’s my favorites:


  1. Joe Versus the Volcano
  2. Peggy Sue Got Married
  3. The Philadelphia Story
  4. Raising Arizona
  5. The Apartment
  6. Punch-Drunk Love
  7. The African Queen
  8. Broadcast News
  9. Midnight in Paris
  10. Grosse Pointe Blank
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