Episode #268: Into The Lego-verse vol II

August 19th, 2019
  • Lego Batman
  • Lego Movie:  the 2nd Part

Rounding out last week's episode, we look at the rest of an unofficial trilogy: one that will be altered when the 2nd Lego Batman (& likely 3rd Lego Movie) come out.  Dig in - 

Note: The budgets in fact increased with every movie, so Batman had more money than the initial Lego Movie.  The sequel financially performed the worst of the three.

Episode #267: Into The Lego-verse vol I

August 12th, 2019

We dive into the mighty world of Lego as it has bled into our visual entertainment as well as getting stepped on & lost under beds around the globe.  'Nuff said - just listen!

Note:  Matt was wrong as this wasn't traditional stop-motion with physical Lego pieces, it's more like South Park with digitized versions of practical designs (blocks) animated that way.

Links:  Wet Hot Amer. Summer, Zack & Miri, Passengers (has Guardians 2 episode link, Guardians (+ 22 Jump st), 1m Ways to Die in West, Krull, Red (+Batman Begins, Excalibur, A-Team,  Morgan Freeman links), Wes Anderson episode.

Episode #260: Matt’s Cozy Films

April 29th, 2019
  • Pee-Wee's Big Adventure/
  • Kiss of the Dragon/
  • a surprise Adam Sandler flick!/

Enjoy!

Episode #259: Movie Theatah Roundup I

April 15th, 2019
  • Wandering Earth
  • Green Book
  • Arctic
  • Alita Battle Angel
  • Captive State
  • Gloria Bell
  • Us
  • Hotel Mumbai
  • Shazam
  • Hellboy

Bite-sized glimpses of flicks in theaters at the moment as Matt maximizes his A-List membership.  Trying this on as a once-in-a-while departure, so let us know what you think!!

 

Notes:  Just under $6 million of the total earnings for Wandering Earth was U.S. ticket sales, not $2 million.  It still deserves more of our money...   
As a modern comparison of current film budgets - Creed II, a boxing movie, spent the same amount of money as Hellboy.  

Episode #252: Stocking Stuffer-sode

January 6th, 2019

A Plot:  Mixed Nuts


B Plot:  Batman Returns

C Plot:  Creed

D Plot:  Into the Spiderverse

A tasty treat to sum up the remainder of 2018 for the Sluts.  1 movie is the focus, but the others are touched upon for recommendation or due credit purposes.  Not an epic-sode, other movies really needed to be in there to give it some heft.  May the new year bring you what you deserve & more lovelies!!!

LINKS:  the Jerk, Planes Trains & AutomobilesChumscrubberHickClue, Manchurian Candidate, Spotlight, the Hurricane, Company of Wolves (also has link for Dangerous Liaisons).

Episode #250: Our SNIKT to Stan II

December 3rd, 2018

GUEST HOST:  GODFREY!!!

  • X-Men:  Days of Future Past

a 2nd serving of service to Stan, we talk aboot the sequel to 1st Class by Matthew Vaughn (link for that HERE).  Starting with The Wolverine last month, we have 1 more entree coming up.  Come back to us for a strong finish.  Though you do have to clean your plate before we offer dessert...

Links:  Kick Ass link in 1st Class episode above - also links for Flatliners, Fassbender, & Fury Road (Hoult).  John Ottman links are on the page for episode 247 HERE, though we forgot to link 8-Legged Freaks.

Artwork:  Rich Davies.  Some other sweet art at 

http://cromeyellow.com/x-men-days-of-future-past-by-the-poster-posse/

Episode #244: Remakes for Debate - Ocean’s 11

September 10th, 2018

1960 vs 2001 vs 2018*

In a rare moment, we're able to talk about remakes while considering a new entry still in theaters (though it's a sequel to the 3 newer movies). 
*Obviously the 2018 discussion is brief as it's current - though we say go see it for yourself as it is a good time!

This was fun because it'd been so long since Matt had viewed the remake & had never gotten around to the original.  Why?  Dunno, maybe he answers it during the episode...

LINKS:   Fight Club (has other Pitt links), Feb 18 (both Cheadle), Traffic (also features Matt's favorite), Iron Man 3, Reign Over MeDogma (has other Damon links), Good Night & Good Luck, Burn After Reading, Fantastic Mr. Fox, Confessions of a Dangerous Mind (Clooney & Roberts), HookManchurian Candidate, Batman, All Quiet on the Western Front.  Also, here's our Cate Blanchett episode in case you doubt our devotion

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!

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!

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).  

Episode #194: & Now More News - part II

September 25th, 2016

GUEST HOST:  JOE OLSON

  • Spotlight

Were you wondering why we did not get into newspapers?  It was a result of the subject matter for this movie.  We already spent many hot minutes talking about Good Night & Good Luck alongside The Social Network.  Then we got super deep for the 3rd one featured here..   As always, we strive to avoid spoilers - so you can listen to this without seeing Spotlight to hear some reasons for finding it.  Anything we talk about is in the basic description for it, and we get into the overall topic of modern media and how we absorb our news.  It's kinda fascinating.  You doubt us?  Well listen: we defy you to not learn a lil' sumthin'.

 

If you haven't listened to the previous episode, some of the references to the other 2 films may feel a bit strange.  This one stands alone, but hey! - you should be listening to ALL our quality programming!!  :) 

Episode #191: Flubisode IV - Live Free or Flub Hard

August 15th, 2016

The time for mistakes is upon you!!  Never heard us screw up, you say?  Well then, you have more episodes to seek out on the Podbean.com page!

As the struggle of schedules, guests, and locations continues, it seemed the right moment to hit you with an overdue Flubs episode.  The clips here go all the way back to episode 152, so you've got plenty of Chris & David along with some guest host bits from the last year & change.  

Just to keep us honest, there were only 88 clips to be wrangled into this tasty mess-up meal.  Don't spoil your dinner and tell your friends!  But tell them to listen to other episodes before listening to this one...  This isn't the place to nurture a new person's love for us.  

For those who adore the fails & extras - here are the 1st 3 flubisodes: 4898151.

- One of the longest 'unknown noise' moments is actually stomach grumbling, just in case anyone imagines something more sinister.

Here's a clip for most of us who don't know/remember who the hell Robert Vaughn is: Magnificent Seven  Vaughn speaks at 1:30.  
also - here's an interview & some lawyer commercials:  Vaughn 2

Episode #181: Epic-sode IX Lawrence of Arabia

April 3rd, 2016

ONE MAN...    ONE MATCH...   ONE CROSSFADE TO ONE SUN...

Peter O'Toole is Hollywood royalty, notorious both on and off screen.  Sit down with us as we talk about the movie that started it all.  As long movies from earlier eras go, some get too self-indulgent and don't necessarily have the writing to hold up in modern times.  If they do, the casts don't always have the performance to make it all work.  See our discussion of Ben Hur as an example.  We can still comfortably claim before it comes out that the original will be better than the upcoming remake with 300-style yelling added.  
 
Lawrence of Arabia lives up to its hype.  Is it lengthy?  Yes, but rings & potters taught us to sit for long periods again..  This is an amazing feat in presenting a world not looked at much in films at the time (how much Africa or African culture was in Casablanca?), yet is somewhat universal and still important in seeing how we argue and fight, sometimes over small differences. 
Maurice Jarre: School Ties, Ghost, Fatal Attraction
Peter O'Toole:  Lion in Winter
For those who really want to know:  Matt didn't watch the Alec Guinness version of Great Expectations in school...

For those who love math:  IX is correct, as we accidentally labelled 2 episodes as IV; now it is your fault for not telling us for nearly 2 years!!

Episode # 179: Resurrection I’d Rather Watch

February 29th, 2016

Flatliners vs. The Lazarus Effect

Some tales are told constantly in film:  the star-crossed lovers, the underdog sports team, the guy who invented Islam (Zuckerberg or Al Gore, can't remember).  Why beat a dead horse when you can just Bring it Back to Life?!  1990 dukes it out with 2015 to see who is better at loving the dead.  

Here is the link for Joe's Falling Down Episode with us.

Here are links for Kiefer: Phone Booth, Lost Boys, and Young Guns.  
Kevin Bacon: full links on Episode 186.  Julia Roberts: Confessions of a Dangerous MindCloser, and Hook.

Episode #176: Sound Check-isode

January 17th, 2016

- No particular movies, but there is a moment or two about Star Wars (no spoilers) -

Along with Star Wars, we spoke of a few things out at the end of the year.  Catch some smatterings/recommendations for CreedThe RevanentThe Hateful 8.   
A degree or two from a flubisode, we spent some time making sure the new setup worked after a bad audio file made our job super hard in editing.  This episode is essentially a spontaneous conversation, but also a peak into how it makes sense that we do this podcast about movies (and maybe not some of the provocative things we discuss here..) .  We gave it an introduction so you don't feel like you were dropped in the deep end.  The 'outro' risked being as long as the original file once we got going!  
The same love went into putting this together, so we hope it feels like it belongs among the rest.  Enjoy!
Not quite deleted material, not quite behind the scenes, you may yet come away with some value from listening to our ranting.  Heck, you're here and read along this far, right??