May 30, 2019
By the time this final episode of 'With a Pencil' is over, you will have a definitive list of inductees into the Action Movie Hero Hall of Fame. Or maybe you won't. Shea is joined in the deliberation by writers Justin Halpern and Patrick Schumacker.
May 23, 2019
It's finally here! 'John Wick: Chapter 3—Parabellum' is released, and we can finally talk about it. What was the hardest part of the movie to watch? Who has the best cameo? Who gives the best performance? Shea is joined by director Oz Rodriguez and writer Jamil Smith to get to the bottom of these questions and more.
May 16, 2019
Ira Madison III and Chris Ryan join Shea on a journey to dissect 'John Wick: Chapter 2.' Each of them brings up tiny moments in the movie that they loved or noticed and the panel discusses.
May 9, 2019
Is Common a good actor? Why does John kill Gianna D'Antonio instead of just letting her kill herself? And does Laurence Fishburne or John Leguizamo have the best cameo? All of these questions and more are answered on this week's episode of 'With a Pencil.' Shea is joined by Juliet Litman and Rembert Browne to discuss.
May 2, 2019
Shea Serrano is joined by authors Lilliam Rivera and José Olivarez to decide who’s the best tough-guy movie dog owner. The three options: Bob Saginowski and Rocco from 'The Drop,' John Wick and Daisy from 'John Wick,' and Robert Neville and Sam from 'I Am Legend.' Lilliam's young adult novel 'Dealing in Dreams' and José's book of poetry 'Citizen Illegal' are both out now!
April 25, 2019
Shea Serrano is back from podcast retirement to host 'With a Pencil.' In Episode 1, he sits down with Sean Fennessey and Judnick Mayard, two people who love the franchise as much as he does, to talk about John Wick, Chapter 1.
January 15, 2019
On this last bonus episode of the season, Shea answers questions about Chong Li from Bloodsport. We find out what what Jean Claude Van Damme’s best movie is, whether Chong Li is actually deaf and which villain from our entire series would win in a death match against Chong Li.
January 10, 2019
We are closing out the first season of 'Villains' with the most terrifying martial arts movie villain: Chong Li. Shea is joined by The Ringer’s John Gonzalez and Kevin Clark to discuss his dirty fighting tactics and massive muscles.
January 8, 2019
Shea is talking Nino Brown from 'New Jack City' on this week’s bonus episode of 'Villains.' We’ll find out who Shea is more scared of: Nino Brown or Alonzo Harris from 'Training Day.' Are Nino Brown and N’Jobu from 'Black Panther' working toward the same goal? Who would Shea cast as Nino in the 2019 version of 'New Jack City'? Plus, Shea tells us a ghost story. Thank you to Soul Candle for the music played during the ghost story. You can find more of their music at
January 3, 2019
This week, writer Jamil Smith and The Ringer’s John Gonzalez join Shea to discuss Nino Brown, the gangster movie villain from 'New Jack City.'
January 1, 2019
This week we’re celebrating the new year by answering questions about Regan MacNeil from William Friedkin’s ‘The Exorcist.’ We’ll also hear from some very special guests on what they would do if they needed to be exorcised.
December 20, 2018
‘Halloween Unmasked’ host Amy Nicholson and film critic Monica Castillo join Shea to discuss the gross terror of Regan MacNeil from ‘The Exorcist.’
December 18, 2018
This week, Shea answers questions about Amy Dunne from 'Gone Girl.' Does Nick and Amy’s baby have a chance of growing up like a normal child? Did Amy actually ever intend to kill herself? Is 'Gone Girl' the worst movie to see on a first date? You’ll find out in this episode.
December 13, 2018
This week, 'Villains' meets 'Binge Mode' as Mallory Rubin and Jason Concepcion join Shea to discuss Amy Dunne from 'Gone Girl.'
December 11, 2018
Shea answers questions about Ernesto de la Cruz from 'Coco.' He tells us why Mamá Coco didn’t recognize "Remember Me" as her father’s song, if Mamá Imelda is actually the villain in 'Coco,' and whether Ernesto de la Cruz is supposed to be Vicente Fernández or Pedro Infante.
December 6, 2018
Micah Peters and young adult novelist Lilliam Rivera join Shea to discuss the charismatic villain in Disney Pixar’s ‘Coco.’ We used music from Rod Hamilton and Tiffany Seal in the episode. Check them out here!
December 4, 2018
Shea answers questions about last week’s episode on Killmonger from 'Black Panther.' We find out why he chose Killmonger over Heath Ledger’s Joker for the ultimate supervillain, what kind of movie it would have been if Killmonger was from the South, and who would win in a fight: Killmonger or Adonis Creed.
November 29, 2018
This week Shea sits down with Chris Ryan and writer Kara Brown to discuss 2018's most discussed supervillain: Killmonger from ‘Black Panther.’
November 27, 2018
On this week's bonus episode, Shea and Larami discuss what they would do if one of their children brought home a "Regina George type" to meet the family, Cady's most villainous moment in the movie, and the rap song Kevin Gnapoor would dedicate to Regina George.
November 21, 2018
This week Shea Serrano, Amanda Dobbins, and Juliet Litman head back to high school to discuss Regina George from ‘Mean Girls.’ Music from Rod Hamilton and Tiffany Seal is featured in this episode. Check them out here!
November 20, 2018
This is the first of eight bonus episodes this season. Every Tuesday, Shea will take your questions on the previous week’s episode. This week, we find out which character from 'The Office' would be cast to play Hannibal Lecter, who would be Hannibal's NBA coach, which part of the body Shea would eat if he suddenly became a cannibal, and much more.
November 15, 2018
Shea Serrano is joined by Sean Fennessey and Jason Concepcion in this inaugural episode to discuss one of the greatest movie villains of all time: Hannibal Lecter in ‘The Silence of the Lambs.’
November 6, 2018
What's the most villainous thing that Regina George does? Is there any way to sympathize with Hannibal Lecter? Could Eric Killmonger have been rehabilitated? In season one of VILLAINS, Shea Serrano answers those questions and more, exploring eight of the most interesting, most intimidating, most undeniable movie villains that have ever been.
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