“Die Hard” > Episode 4 Part 1

Die Hard Part 1

“Die Hard” > Episode 4 Part 1
Season 1

00:00 / 39:42

Back by unpopular demand, we jump right into the action to review the 1988 blockbuster, “Die Hard”.

In Part 1, we’ll make fists with our toes to dig deep into every moment of Gruber’s sinister setup, McClane’s lack of shirts, and our fondness of Theo and Argyle.

We’ll be back in one week to continue this three-part shoot-down. Until then, why not visit http://patreon.com/shockedandapplaud and see how you can load us up for next year’s advertising goals?  We’re growing because you’re sharing, not just listening.

Intro moment this week is the audio property of Comcast and NBC, from “Brooklyn Nine Nine”.

Guillermo del Toro’s “Pan’s Labyrinth” > Episode 3 Part 3

Pan's Labyrinth Part 3

Guillermo del Toro’s “Pan’s Labyrinth” > Episode 3 Part 3
Season 1

00:00 / 48:08

We finally encounter the Pale Man.  Ophelia uses her five-finger discount. The rebels emerge with extra Pedro Points.  All of this and more, as we conclude our review of Guillermo del Toro’s “Pan’s Labyrinth”.

All caught up and ready for more? As a Patreon Applauder, you get access to high quality unrated episodes, blog archives, and that little bit of satisfaction in knowing you’re helping us grow that amazing shock value into something much larger.

We’ll be back with Episode 4 Part 1 in only one week!  Who are we, *Santa?

*Not recognized by Interpol as any identity known as Santa

Guillermo del Toro’s “Pan’s Labyrinth” > Episode 3 Part 2

Guillermo del Toro’s “Pan’s Labyrinth” > Episode 3 Part 2
Season 1

00:00 / 41:26

Ophelia continues her rebel girl ways, following the Fawn’s direction into some incredibly questionable, if not fantastic, scenarios.

Vomiting toxic frogs? Cool. Amputations? Yes please. Finding out Pedro isn’t married? Definite points, Del Toro.

We’re only two thirds of the way through, so stick with us until December 4th for the conclusion of our review of this immensely dark and entertaining film.

Achieving Peak Peculiarity | 100 Listens!

Stats for 11/23/2018

Hey, Applauders!

We’d like to thank you on this Black Friday, for opening your Podcast apps as you travel from shop to shop (or browser tab to browser tab).

You can see in our listener stats overview that we’ve reached parity of listens for Part 1 of Guillermo del Toro’s “Pan’s Labyrinth” when compared to listens for Tim Burton’s “Batman Returns”.  You’re amazing! Thanks for venturing into the woods with us, and into more rebel encampments.

Also, with the addition of “Pan’s Labyrinth”, we have also had over 100 listens! Woohoo for you!  Woohoo for everyone.

Want to help boost our signal? Use your sharing thumbs to let your friends know about our off-color cinema rants, to help this woman-owned startup climb those podcasting search engine ladders.

May the algorithms ever be on your side, Applauder.

The Shocked & Applaud Team

A Love Letter to Stories

My Dearest Stories; 

How long has it been since we first met? Truly, I can’t remember the first time we took to the space of the mind to form an experience out of the world we were left in. Your beautiful prose flew my spirit to another realm of emotions giving me a way to think and grow outside of making real world mistakes with real people that I would have spent my real-life regretting.  

Stories about small people over coming impossible odds or that love and hope conquers all. Then they morph into something more complex and nuanced that, if you are paying attention, reflect the world we all live in. A story starts to form in my life about personal villains whose reason seem sound on the surface until you dig just a little deeper. Or how the hero can turn into the villain so quickly unless they do pay attention. 

These are the stories that help shape who I am and who I want to be. They come in all forms and use different language to convey a feeling or many feelings in their single work. I hold them in my heart. They remind me of Home and the comfort I seek when I am away. 

Thank you, my lovely Stories. You have sharpened my mind with your complexity and strength my conviction. I will forever be grateful for the moments you gave me. 

 Forever in Love, 


Guillermo del Toro’s “Pan’s Labyrinth” > Episode 3 Part 1

Guillermo del Toro’s “Pan’s Labyrinth” > Episode 3 Part 1
Season 1

00:00 / 42:49

We relentlessly dive into this macabre and surreal film by Spanish director, Guillermo del Toro. Where are you going? Wait, we’re still funny!

Are you ready for ol’ turkey hands? Well, we won’t get there quite yet, but we wanted to give you something to listen to if you still perform the ancient art of Black Friday shopping.

Join us as we discuss our nerd ignorance in foreign cinema, rant about Ophelia’s need for a responsibilibuddy, gush on Doug Jones as the Fawn, and lead into Part 2, where creepy Herculean feats of courage will guide us into encounters with del Toro’s fantastic beasts of a different anthology.

Ready for the scary stuff? We’ll be back on 11/20/18 with Part 2!

Tim Burton’s “Batman Returns” > Episode 2 Part 3

Batman Returns Part 3

Tim Burton’s “Batman Returns” > Episode 2 Part 3
Season 1

00:00 / 36:43

We conclude our review of Tim Burton’s “Batman Returns”, including (mostly) everything from the lighting of Gotham’s Christmas tree to the final march of the Penguin.

Cat got your tongue-in-cheek humor? We’ll keep milking our Batman puns right to the very end. We’ll even throw in a horrible Christopher Walken impression and a Rocket Man parody, just to keep it lively.

Want more shock value in the future? Part 1 of Episode 3 releases in just one week, 11/20! Yes, we’re going weekly all the way through the holidays, come snow or creepy circus.

From those of us at Shocked & Applaud, thank you for patroning the peculiar!

Episode 2 Part 3 Releases Tomorrow!


Part 3 of our review of Tim Burton’s “Batman Returns” releases tomorrow, 11/13!

If you haven’t already, make sure you’re caught up on parts 1 and 2, available through podcast.shockedandapplaud.com.

We’ve already received great feedback and can’t wait to add your tips to future recordings. Also, we’ll be moving to a weekly format starting November 20th, just in time for you to dredge the beginning of Thanksgiving weekend.

Mmmmm … dark meat … Batman’s favorite part of the turkey.


Tim Burton’s “Batman Returns” > Episode 2 Part 2

Batman Returns Part 2

Tim Burton’s “Batman Returns” > Episode 2 Part 2
Season 1

00:00 / 32:32

In episode two part two, we get cat scratch fever for our review of the second act of Tim Burton’s “Batman Returns”.

Snoot biting mayoral candidates? We nose them. Salvation by kitty litter? We has it. Keaton brooding over News coverage? It wouldn’t be Batman without bad bro brooding!

Come along with us from the introduction of the Penguin to the public, to the Gotham Christmas tree lighting, by means of a falling Ice Queen’s cold, dead body. Super sick!

Want more? Wheh, wheh, wheh! Sorry, bad penguin impressions … We’ll be back November 13 with part 3!