Cowboy Bebop: Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door

It’s actually pretty difficult to find a movie cover or poster image in good quality. I can’t find my jewel case at the moment so it’s quite possible I got rid of it. Talk about bad timing.

Hey everyone! Mark D here and we’re watching some Anime! Cowboy Bebop is a universally beloved series and we’re going to go ahead and check out the movie which takes place near the end of the series–so we get all of our favorite characters. There’s going to be a lot of links in these show notes so check it out on for easier browsing.

First off–I made more than a couple of mistakes in this recording. Even after adding in the correction I think I made another mistake somewhere that was really dumb. I forget what it is at the moment. But I know it’s there. So please forgive me. I’m dumb but I also acknowledge that I’m dumb and constantly working on it 🙂 Not being dumb. Working on not being dumb. Not working on being dumb. That wouldn’t be productive but it certainly would be easier. Edit now I remembered. I said “Toonami” when I meant “adult swim”. What an idiot. [adult swim]. I really love the art direction of adult swim. It’s great.


So the above are all Cowboy Bebop videos that are pretty good to great. Give them a shot if you want to get a little deeper into the show. The STEVEM piece on Watanabe, “The Man Behind Cowboy Bebop,” videos are extremely thorough and will lend a lot of context to *waves hands* everything. The Steak Bentley video, “Cowboy Bebop and The West,” is also really interesting however it’s made in the style of YouTube so it takes a bit to get going and there’s some jokes in there that are visual in nature and distinctly idiosyncratic.

Just as an aside, Tim Rogers’ non-fiction film ACTION BUTTON REVIEWS PAC-MAN – YouTube is great. This has exactly nothing to do with the show notes I just like it. I’ve been home for basically 9 months at this point. If I was a baby I’d be born. It’s wild. I realized, visiting a doctor’s office, that I’ve forgotten how to navigate in-person interactions. It’s really weird. So just check in with yourself a little bit. There’s a lot of impact happening here that isn’t visibly obvious but hopefully we’ll be improving soon. <3

Also, John Cho Talks Upcoming Cowboy Bebop Netflix Series – YouTube. I was very not excited for this but I do think that John Cho would be the one to pull of Spike Spiegel. I think he’s a good actor and he definitely has a brand. He did get injured and this paused the production of the movie and now pandemic and all that but I’m definitely going to give it a shot. I think that trying to do it 1:1 might be a massive mistake because–being animation–you can definitely defy the medium of the motion picture that it is simultaneously projecting to you in delightfully inconsistent ways but when it’s live action it’s live action and when you get cute with the mechanics of the world or use excessive CG to replicate it that’s when things can go sideways. So I’m cautiously optimistic.


Do you like car chases and spy stuff? If so you’ll like Ronin. Probably. I like Ronin. I love Ronin. Ronin is my #3 favorite movie. There are car chases. And spy-like stuff. Heist-like stuff, too. You like heists, right? Don’t give me that face–I know you like heists. Spies doing heists? That’s even better.

I have the Ronin DVD but I watched it on Starz. It’s available for rent in a bunch of places. Tweet @coolmarkd and let me know what you thought.

Additionally Mark is going to be on theSUNSHINE SUMMIT 2019! The Sunshine Summit, hosted by Sunshine and PowerCuts’ Heather Welch. Mark will be appearing live March 12th at 8PM EST (March 13th 1PM NZT). You can see all of the info at!

Gone In 60 Seconds (1974)

If you ever wanted to watch a movie about stealing cars and running from the cops you probably came across GISS ’74. You probably didn’t learn a whole lot about stealing cars or running from the police but you may have realized that you came across the inspiration for Need For Speed:Most Wanted and countless of other movies.

Meet Eleanor and check out this crazy indie film for free on Amazon Prime and go ahead and listen to the episode. This isn’t an affiliate link–I’m just trying to make it convenient for you to follow along. That’s why I release on Sundays, you know. Give you a chance to watch the movie.

Spider-man 3

What’s better than two villians? THREE VILLIANS!!!!1 And that’s the main thrust of this Sam Raimi-directed web-fest chalk full of kinetic comic panels and quippy wall-walkers.

Lets go over this Sony-fueled ’00s nostalgia whiplash together as we wade through the mire of Spider-man 3’s script. Catch me @coolmarkd on Twitter and let me know what you though of it.

Spy Game

Check your assets and make sure your station chief has the latest status reports because this is the Tony Scott-directed spy thriller aptly titled Spy Game. Spy Game is perhaps one of the better movies in terms of addressing what spies actually did.

Robert Redford and Brad Pitt hit up various locales, do various things, in a really cool movie that is very unlike the others in its cohort (it came out in 2001). This is a movie that I used to watch quite often so go ahead and give it a look-see.

Spy Game is currently streaming on Hulu and you can watch it there. This isn’t an affiliate link.

@coolmarkd on Twitter. Let me know what you thought.

MARMOVCOL006 – Darkman

Turn of the lights–stay in the dark while watching Darkman! Darkman Darkman Darkman Darkman (whooo!) Darkman Darkman Darkman Darkman (whooo!) Let’s jump in to Sam Raimi’s 1990 super superhero creation Darkman–a pretty wild movie starring Francis McDormand and, ostensibly, Liam Neeson. Let’s lurk from shadow to shadow together on this journey into insanity.

You should definitely watch Darkman before listening to this podcast and you can check it out on Cinemax or on Amazon with this non-affiliate link. You can start a 7-day trial of Cinemax if you have Amazon Prime. I legitimately don’t know the details but that’s what it said for me.

Holla at me, young’n, @coolmarkd on Twitter. LMK wat u thot of dis flicc HMU fam. Lit AF. Servo AF.

MARMOVCOL005 — Pitch Black

The survival horror truck is rolling and it takes… Diesel. Vin Diesel, to be exact. Check out Vin Diesel’s launch to stardom in 2000’s Pitch Black–a survival horror Sci-Fi romp on an alien planet. Come on and watch this monster-filled dark romp through planet NuMetal (filmed in Australia) with Mark.

You can watch Pitch Black on STARZ or pick it up on Amazon. These are not affiliate links or anything–just trying to be helpful. Tweet @coolmarkd with what you thought of the movie.

MARMOVCOL004 – Swordfish

The one where Mark takes a look at a movie that he hasn’t seen in like 15 years and has little recollection of. Get a blast from the early 00’s with Swordfish starring Hugh Jackman, John Travolta, and Halle Berry. Take a ride on this sexy, exotic thriller (that basically takes place entirely in LA) that was released in 2001. This is Mark’s Movie collection where Mark goes through his collection of DVDs, HD-DVDs, Blu-rays, and VHS tapes and talks about these movies that have been following him around.

Let Mark know what you thought about Swordfish. @coolmarkd on Twitter. You can stream Swordfish right now on Amazon Prime. This isn’t an affiliate link–just convenience to watch along.

MARMOVCOL003 – The Bourne Identity

Who are you? Who am I? Who is Jason Bourne? We’ll not really find out with this HD-DVD of The Bourne Identity! Together. I also know who I am. I’m Mark D: dad, IT guy, and generally bad movie nerd. Let’s fight assassins and hang out through Europe and do stuff.

With Jason Bourne. On Mark’s Movie Collection.

If you haven’t seen the Bourne Identity yet, you can check it out on Amazon. These aren’t affiliate links–watch it where ever you want but go ahead and watch it to avoid spoilers.

MARMOVCOL001 – Top Gun

Welcome to episode 1 of Mark’s Movie Collection which features…. Top Gun. We’ll take a -4G dive into this testosterone-burning action flick which, we discover, is actually something else.


To be fair there is a bit of foul language in this one. It was really late at night and I was drinking. Tweet @coolmarkd to talk about this movie.


Check it out on Amazon