Theories And Headcanons That Make Movies 1000x Better

What do you do when a piece of entertainment lets you down? Maybe you complain about it to your friends. Maybe you nail its flaws with a sly tweet, or share a damning critical review. If you use any of those forms of outrage, it’s probably because failed art can feel like it’s happening TO us, not for us. But what if we told you anybody can take ownership of their viewing experience? What if holding one fun idea in your mind throughout an okay movie can change it into unforgettable entertainment? And most amazing of all: what if that could make ‘Star Wars’ prequels kind of watchable?

On this week’s episode of The Cracked Podcast, Alex Schmidt is joined by comedian writer & memoir-master Guy Branum for a celebration of fan theories, headcanons, and other ways to read a movie better. They’ll re-discover everything from Julia Roberts’ heyday to Disney’s darkest hour. They’ll turn football movies into the Shakespearean tragedies they’ve always been. And if they can find the strength to do it, they’ll make ‘Entourage’ into something miraculously watchable.


My Life as a Goddess: A Memoir through (Un)Popular Culture by Guy Branum

Pop Rocket (Maximum Fun)

Effable (A Special Thing Records)

see Guy Branum LIVE at Laughing Skull Lounge (Atlanta), Oct 25-28 2018

4 Secret Messages That Turn Bad Movies Into Genius Ones (Cracked)

Headcanon (Know Your Meme)

An Oral History of Tom Hardy’s Love of Dogs (Vanity Fair)

Guy Branum in No Strings Attached (2011)

Governor Ratcliffe, from Pocahontas (Disney Wikia)

Waking Sleeping Beauty (2009) — Trailer

Lisa Vanderpump’s New West Hollywood Bar Looks Ready for Prime Time (Eater LA)

4 Reasons The Jedi Are Secretly The Bad Guys Of Star Wars (Cracked After Hours)

Why ‘Entourage’ Is The Most Elaborate Prank Of All Time (Cracked Video)

Banksy’s painting was meant to be shredded completely (CNET)

“I thought [artist Rabo] Karabekian with his meaningless pictures had entered into a conspiracy with millionaires to make poor people feel stupid.” — Kurt Vonnegut in Breakfast of Champions

“Vampire facials” are massively popular. And – surprise! – potentially dangerous. (Vox)

The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962) — Trailer

It’s Always ‘High Noon’ At the White House (New York Times)

Yuba City, CA (Wikipedia)

99% Invisible: “Making Up Ground”

Dalip Singh Saund (

Gurdwara (


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