As hard as it is to believe, this humble little site is now 15 years old. Before long, it will start asking to borrow the car and being constantly embarrassed by everything we do.
To celebrate, we thought we’d take a look back at 15 of our favorite features that ran on the site over the years (in no particular order):
One on One with Jessica Walter
While her characters on Arrested Development and Archer can be brutal if you get on their bad side, Walter herself couldn’t be more lovely. In 2016, we talked to her about season seven of Archer, the chances of another season of Arrested Development and the similarities between the two iconic matriarchs.
Positive Cynicism – Steven Spielberg’s entire career in one word
Aaron R. Davis’ friend Harlan came up with the following theory while watching Steven Spielberg’s films: “Penis symbolism is everywhere. Spielberg is terrified of not being able to measure up, so it’s all about either conquering it or mastering it. And that’s it.” Davis applies this theory to wide variety of Spielberg’s films in this fantastic column.
Getting to Know … Bane
Leading up to Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises, we interviewed Chuck Dixon and Graham Nolan, the comic book creators of Bane, and Dennis O’Neil, their editor at DC Comics, to talk about how one of Batman’s greatest foes came to be.
Hobo Radio – Star Wars: Remorse Awakens
Joel Murphy, Lars Periwinkle and Molly Regan get working lightsabers in this short film. Chaos ensues.
Overrated – Bob Dylan
When Ned Bitters wrote a column saying that people don’t actually like Bob Dylan’s music, they just pretend to like it to seem sophisticated, it opened the floodgates. Dylan supporters flocked to the site to take umbrage with Bitters’ claim. Whether you are pro-Dylan or anti-Dylan, the entire debate is highly entertaining to read.
Hobo Radio Interview – Pete Holmes
Joel Murphy sat down with Pete Holmes in his home to talk about his early days as a performer, his classic College Humor Batman sketches, his upcoming HBO projects and the state of modern comedy. Plus, as you’d expect, they veer off into a ton of enjoyable digressions.
Game of Thrones “Beyond the Wall” set to Queen’s “Don’t Stop Me Now”
If movie trailers have taught us anything, it’s that all you need is a catchy pop song to sell your story. That’s why we put together the video below, to show that all the “Beyond the Wall” battle was missing was a little inspiration from Shaun of the Dead. Watch how much better it works when score the skirmish to Queen’s classic “Don’t Stop Me Now.”
Murphy’s Law – Hawkeye’s lament
It’s tough being Hawkeye. Sure, he’s an Avenger, but he’s no Iron Man or Captain America or Thor. In 2014, Joel Murphy wrote this short piece of fiction that looks at his struggles for respect within the group.
Hobo Radio Interview – H. Jon Benjamin
Even if you don’t recognize his face, chances are you are familiar with H. Jon Benjamin’s smooth baritone voice. From Home Movies to Archer to Bob’s Burgers, Benjamin has lent his memorable pipes to a variety of colorful characters on quirky animated shows.
Poppin’ Molly – Nowhere special: a tribute to Gene Wilder
Molly Regan explains how watching Gene Wilder’s films helped her cope with her childhood eccentricities and her fear of death.
We’ve all been trying to make the best of the quarantine we all find ourselves in. Joel Murphy, with the help of Molly Regan, decided to make a short film where he comes face to face with his “evil” twin.
The Curioso/Hobo Radio Nicolas Cage crossover
Sometimes an actor is so fascinating, it takes a two-part collaboration with one of our fellow Peak Sloth podcasts in order to break down his career. Listen to Joel Murphy and Lars Periwinkle team up with Christopher Scarborough and Joe Taylor to talk all things Cage.
Bone and Blood – Last Days in Vietnam
Watching the PBS documentary Last Days in Vietnam caused Kim Le to reflect on her own family’s last days in South Vietnam as they headed to America to start a new life.
When HoboTrashcan launched in 2005, it featured this interview with Michael K. Williams, who at the time was playing Omar on The Wire. This interview set the tone for every interview to follow and helped legitimize the site. Fifteen years later, as Michael K. Williams continues to do amazing work, now on Lovecraft Country, it’s still one of our crowning achievements.