Episode #236: Love Battle

May 19th, 2018
  • Ex Machina
  • True Romance

Movies with unique takes on 2 people who are fascinated with each other while up against the odds.  Pat Benatar was right.  Take it in, folks!!

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Episode #235: Pre-Finity War

May 1st, 2018
  • Deadpool
  • Guardians of the Galaxy vol. 2
  • mystery Marvel-icious treat

Feel the need for more comicbook movie discussion?  Hopefully, cause we sure did!!  Dig in as we load more Marvel onto our fork (with a dash of Fox in there, too!).  Are these 3 necessary before seeing Inifinity War?  No - but they are good examples of continued strength as Marvel keeps pushing heroes our way; also, all but Deadpool are almost surely in I-War.  

Something Matt forgot to mention aboot GotG2: overuse of single songs is a thing & was pushed with 1 especially - even as it applies to your story, don't overdo it!!  BUT here's a link to a fun sdtk video with The Hoff!

Other Links:  Ryan Reynolds: Van Wilder.  TJ Miller: Train ur Dragon.  Rhett Reese/Paul Wernick: Zombieland.  Tom Holkenborg (XL Junkie):  Fury Road.  Tyler Bates is also discussed in Dawn of the Dead & John Wick in the last 2 links here.

Kurt Russell: Bone TomahawkThe ThingStargate (has all other links).  Bradley Cooper: A-Team, Wet Hot American Summer.  Chris Pratt: briefly discussed in Jurassic World.

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Episode #234: No Ghosts Nor Shells

April 15th, 2018
  • Delirious (2006)/
  • Battle Royale/
  • Under The Skin/

To avoid an episode getting into Ghost in the Shell that many may avoid, we opted instead to look at other movies with some of the leads in them.  As a slapdash assortment, these 3 movies actually bounce off each well during the episode - which was nice!  Enjoy...

Note:  The Silenced was the Korean film Matt was struggling to think of.

 

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Episode # 233: TVsode III

April 1st, 2018

More TV.

How much more?  III !!!

NOTES:
Here is an interesting essay about Taiwan.  

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Episode #232: Somethin’ By the Ladies

March 19th, 2018
  • A League of Their Own/
  • Monster/
  • Hurt Locker/

 This episode puts a spotlight on women who direct.  Some amazing work with varied subject matter & genre, this was an adventure in watching as much as discussing the movies!  May you all enjoy it, and may the future be flooded with options for female directors with big films to discuss...

 LINKS:  Long Kiss Goodnight, Big, Greedy, Kung Fu Panda, Backdraft & Twister, Mad Max Fury Road, Million Ways to Die in the West, Prometheus, Beetlejuice/Addams Family & AF Values, Near Dark, L.A. Confidential.  

Notes:  Obviously Renner was noticed in Avengers by anyone who missed Hurt Locker, if that needs to be said.  One thing Matt didn't talk about was the fact that Bigelow's movie was a dude buffet with 2 (& change) scenes with Evangeline Lily.  A strong point that women do not struggle to make movies about men, with its own counterpoint that maybe a legitimate female presence is a good goal in a no-nonsense story?  As a minimal viewer of war films, he may have overshot on what is typical for them (after all, Maverick screws up & has to learn to win).

Ratings for League/Monster/Hurt Locker   

     imdb:  72/73/76
     Rotton Tomatoes:  League.  critic - 77% positive 68% avg.  audience - 84 positive 68% avg.
                                Monster.  critic - 81% positive 72% avg.  audience - 81 positive 70% avg.                                      Locker.    critic - 97% positive 85% avg.  audience - 84 positive 78% avg.

Here's some info on soldier armor in Iraq, though we couldn't find Petraeus' statements on the situation.  Here's something about ears: a frightening thread of possibility.

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Episode #231: Down with the Sillyness

March 3rd, 2018
  • Sundown (Bruce Campbell)
  • Freddy Got Fingered (Tom Green)
  • Rubber

 Get comfy as we bring you back to the softer side of Sears after a heavy previous episode.  We're bathing ourselves in stupid this week, dunking into the dumbness.  Join us a some talk about frivolity; a good amount of ado about nothing in 3 different shades!

Editorial Note:  Though it was a movie mentioned, it shouldn't go without saying that Micahel Angarano was the kid in Forbidden Kingdom.  We talked about him doing a FABULOUS job in Red State, so it was really young Michael we took issue with..  :)   

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Episode #229: Ready Panther 1

February 10th, 2018

GUEST HOST:  GODFREY!!

  • Captain America: Civil War/
  • Message From The King/

As we before the wave of badassery that is Black Panther coming out next week, we chose to tip the meter back over to Marvel side after looking at some of the DC animated films.  We were gonna do a Michael B Jordan film, but we stumbled on another with Chadwick Boseman while searching.  What luck?!  So this episode is essentially a chunk of Chad, & next Saturday we'll follow up with a chunk of Chead(le).  Join us, won't you?

Next weekend, we'll hopefully have a few words to offer about the Black Panther flick also!!

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Episode #228: Better Than BvS pt II - Dark Knight Returns

January 26th, 2018

This week we add a cowl to the cape in the 2nd half of our animated DC discussion.  Frank Miller has been a part of the public fabric since Sin City & 300, but the Dark Knight Returns didn't get the big screen treatment in the same way.  Matt discusses the 2-part animated films from 2012/2013 that present a marvelous depiction of Miller's dark take on the caped crusader.  So check it out - Mikey!!  The rest of you too!

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Episode # 227: Better Than BvS pt I - Superman Doomsday

January 15th, 2018

As superheroes are in the driver's seat for modern movie theater goers, so has the cartoon world reached a Renaissance in legitimacy for movie and series format.  Special effects have reached a near zenith where you'd expect a live-action version to be the best experience.  Is it though?  Over the next 2 episodes, Matt is here to tell you the answer is no.

Doomsday appeared in an interesting time slot:  before Iron Man & Dark Knight melted our child brains & created the superhero film series market, the need for capes & fancy suits had slept for almost 2 decades.  Our Sidelined Superheroes episode looked at the lack of lasting hype for Batman Begins in 2005.  Both DC titans had been dormant since the 90's except for tv, and cartoons are for kids, right?  Not anymore...

Next episode we'll do both parts of The Dark Knight Returns from 2012!

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Episode #226: Wait - Is This Real?

January 2nd, 2018

GUEST HOST:  GODFREY!!

  • Truman Show/
  • Golden Child/
  • Galaxy Quest/

 Our farewell to 2017 & welcome to 2018 is the longest episode yet.  Perhaps it was the escape that we all needed, so we soaked in it for a while.  Scowl at Matt for not having already seen all of these films before this week.  Hope the festive month was grand for everyone out there, thanks for another year with us!!

Notes:  As to outside budgets mentioned, Mallrats was 5 million (Clerks was under 30,000!); Jurassic Park was in fact nearly the same as Truman Show at 63 million.

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Episode #225: Hulu Shuffle

December 16th, 2017
  • The Hero/
  • Colossal/
  • Nerve/

You want new stuff?  You want things you can easily find?  You want minimal relation between the movies?  Well - all those things are placed before in this episode!!  3 movies that Matt had not seen prior to recording, an adventure for all.  Were they all good? All bad.  strap in & hear the results.

LINKS:  Hick, Natural Born Killers, Tombstone, 21 Jumpstreet, 500 Days of Summer.  

PS - Trance was the Danny Boyle movie Matt was trying to think of...

art modified for thumbnail:  X Inn Interior by Stoyan Stoyanov

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Episode #224: Turkey vs Reindeer

December 3rd, 2017

It's a Holiday Surprise!!  I mean, 2 of 'em, technically..

Anyhoo, enjoy a comparison episode about the monthly meals that seal up each year.  We would have done this before T-gives but didn't think of it in time.  Whoops!  2 vastly different films go head to head in this episode - 2 movies Matt had never seen, which was exciting.  Burn & log, have some nog, and tune in for this winter wonder-sode.

Links:  Holiday episodes - Pre-Season Warmup, Xmas in July.  Technically Misery has winter so there must be xmas in there somewhere!  The Iron Man 3 episode has all RDJ episodes done prior, including Weird Science in the Anthony Michael Hall episode (that episode has Edward Scissorhands too) !  
Holly Hunter: Copycat, Incredibles, Raising AZ.  Dylan McDermott: In the Line of Fire, Automata.  Charles Durning: Hudsucker Proxy, Muppet Movie.  Also - Short Circuit for the Guttenbergians out there - in Automata link ABOVE.  Also mentioned:  Fright Night, Gremlins, Sequel-sode (Hot Tub Time Machine 2)

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Episode #223: Wunderkind

November 13th, 2017
  • Leon (The Professional) (Natalie Portman)/
  • Firestarter (Drew Barrymore)/
  • I Am Sam (Dakota Fanning)/

Often times people speak up about annoying kids (why do you think we haven't done Six-String Samurai yet?! [Also, is there such a thing as too many parentheses?]), but do we always hear about kids when they do an amazing job?  The Triforce is here to fill that void for you by spanning the decades & genres in this episode.  Who did it best?  Take a listen, find out!!  

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Episode #222: Epic-sode XI: IT (mini-series)

October 28th, 2017

*Some broad comparisons to the 2017 movie as well, but not full-on or any spoilers.

It's amazing how much we can appreciate (& forgive) something we watched growing up until it is done better.  Ooops - episode spoilers!  It's not quite hatorade, but there may be some critiques of this 90's television mini-series when scary on tv was pretty safe.  We hope you'll find the deeper look at it almost as entertaining as the series itself was.  Perhaps more entertaining?  Who knows?  You will; after you listen...

 Links:  Carrie (writer).  Sling Blade (Ritter).  Legend, Clue, Rocky Horror (Curry).  Airborne (Seth Green).  

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Episode #221: Stupid I’d Rather Watch

October 24th, 2017

The Jerk vs. UHF

Steve Martin & Weird Al:  2 titans of tenacity when it comes to bizarritudeyness.  These were in fact the 1st starring roles for each of these performers in a major motion picture.  It wasn't the original thought to get 2 movies that featured non-actors crossing over, but that's the way it happened!!  Who wore it better?  Adjust those rabbit ears & find out -

Episodes mentioned:  Planes, Trains, & AutmobilesMulanBlade Runner/Blood Simple/Harry & the Hendersons.

Here's the trivia vid on production of The Jerk.  Here's a nice tribute to The Jerk by Jack Black.

 

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