20th Century Pop! is a podcast that tries to understand the present by living in the past.  Each week hosts Bob and Tim take a sociological look at the pop culture of the '80s and '90s.  Its a ruining of their childhood that hopefully explains how they became adults.

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HOW DID I MISS THIS?: “When Hanksy met Ryan … is not something to be proud of having typed.” (1990) Pop podcaster Jarf Hardin returns to the show bearing a bubbling hot mess near and dear to his heart. Its a movie Bob and Tim fully remember happening yet fully managed to avoid for the past 29 years. But all that changes today as they follow Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan up an erupting fissure and down into the darker depths of the 1990’s rom-com question mark, Joe Verses The Volcano.

00:00:00  UNLICENSED AUDIO - spell-check on flibbertigibbet 
00:00:29  IT’S BOB AND TIM WITH … Jarf Hardin, host of the upcoming Joe Verses The Minute podcast
00:03:16  JARF MENTIONS THE VOLCANO - and how he arrived at it
00:08:17  THE HANKS SUCKER PROXY  - and popping our pithy expectations
00:19:22  THREE RYANS OUTSIDE ROMCOM CONVENTION - and why couldn’t we have followed THIS character?
00:31:29  CLOUDED ATLAS - maybe pull back a little on the backstory
00:37:00  YOU’VE GOT MELANCHOLY - and a sort-of-shout-out to Toys 
00:41:39  QUESTIONABLY CAST AWAY - and a spoiler about that volcano
00:46:36  SURREAL-LESS IN SEATTLE - dispelling the magic (and no Larry Crowne pun)
00:49:46  CHASING RYAN - Jarf proposes a final question 
00:53:23  ADDICTED TO PLUGS - where to find Jarf and his podcast(s)
00:55:26  SO HOW DID WE MISS THIS? - and how does Tim pronounce “dichotomy?” 
01:00:18  CLOSINGS - contacts, plugs and no catch phrase

Support Jarf Harden’s upcoming minute by minute podcast exploration of today’s topic JOE VERSES THE MINUTE by following @JoevsMinute on Twitter. There you can interact with both him, fellow fans of the film as well as subscribe to the show when it premieres this Fall.

You can also catch Jarf (when he’s there) alongside his co-host (and fellow, former 20pop guest) Brad Mendenhall on THE COSMIC GEPETTO PODCAST, a weekly discussion into all things pop culture, avaiable on ITUNES, STITCHER and SPOTIFY 

See as much of the movie as Bob and Tim had prior to today’s episode with the ORIGINAL THEATRICAL TRAILER TO JOE VERSES THE VOLCANO.

Take a deeper dive into the belly of this beat with THE UNLIKELY PHILOSOPHY OF JOE VERSES THE VOLCANO by Leah Schnelbach as originally featured on the scifi website TOR.com.

Learn a bit more about all that luggage mentioned out of context in the episode with this JOE VERSES THE LUGGAGE SALESMAN scene from today’s movie.

Hear what a couple of renowned critics thought of the film at its time of release with this REVIEW OF JOE VERSES THE VOLCANO FROM SISKEL AND EBERT AT THE MOVIES.

Hear how cinematographer Stephen Goldblatt threw himself into the movie with this 2012 EBERTFEST PANEL ON JOE VERSES THE VOLCANO.

And, finally, observe why John Patrick Shanley hates Mondays with the version of this story a much younger Tim DID see with GARFIELD IN PARADISE .

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“Super Poupi ” (opening theme), “Time For The Walk Of The Day” and "Poupi Great Adventures: The Arcade Game" (closing theme) performed by Komiku from the 2018 album POUPI'S INCREDIBLE ADVENTURES available at Freemusicarchives.org.   Cleared for public domain use through Creative Commons under a CCO 1.0 Universal License.   

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20TH CENTURY POP! will return in two weeks with the best and worst of that jerk Ross.