Episode #264: Summer Shuffle

June 24th, 2019
  • Sorry to Bother You (Tessa Thompson)/
  • The Hate U Give (Regina Hall)/
  • Addicted to Fresno (Aubrey Plaza)/

Once again we tumble scattered cinema into the dryer & see what shrinks.  Focused on some stars you may see on the big screen this month, we pulled from some recent movies that perhaps didn't get ALL the attention they deserved.

Note:  Matt was on the nose for Rotten Tomatoes critic score for Bother, but even the critics hated Fresno.  (shrug)

Episode #261: Price of Admission

May 14th, 2019
  • John Wick Ch 2/
  • Memoirs of an Invisible Man/
  • Swordfish/

Whether or not you believe everyone can enjoy a movie overall, sometimes there are parts of it that they need to witness that are pretty badass.  They can be a reason to deal with the other aspects.  Does that give you a reason to listen to the episode - uhhh, yah!

Links: John Wick, In Defense of Keanu Episode, (more links soon!)

Notes:  Matt completely blanked on Halle Berry being in the new Wick movie!!!  He also neglected to mention Shirley Walker scoring Memoirs:  She did Escape From L.A. with Carpenter, the Final films, & many superhero shows (Flash, Batman & Superman animated shows).  Don Cheadle in fact has 89 roles..

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 #258: PrEnd Game

April 2nd, 2019
  • Room (Brie Larson)
  • Atomic Blonde (James McAvoy)
  • The Soloist (Robert Downey, Jr.)

The title doesn't work as well as "Prefinity War," but hopefully you get the point...  This time we're giving you other movies some MCU stars have been in.  Xavier isn't likely in Endgame, but the uncertainty of X-men & their current stars is a hot topic with Fox purchased by Disney so a crossover is now possible.

3 very different genres.  3 splendid examples of how these actors are more than merely their Marvel counterparts.  We even included a movie based on real people.  Enjoy the departure as we finally take a break from directly talking about Marvel!!

LINKS:  Short Term 12 (has links for Scott Pilgrim, Don Jon & 21 Jump St), Manhunter, MagnoliaLaw Abiding CitizenIron Man 3 (has Kiss Kiss Bang Bang & RDJ links), Good Night & Good Luck, Spiderman HomecomingBeing John Malkovich, Capote, 40 Year-Old VirginMonster (has all Theron mentioned plus Prometheus & Die in the West links), X-Men Days of Future Past (also link for 1st Class), 10 Cloverfield Lane, Red State, Barton Fink (also Coens I: Raising AZ link), Star Trek Beyond, Halloween.

BTW:  Steve Lopez STILL writes about Nathaniel Ayers!  lookey here - 

https://www.latimes.com/local/california/la-me-lopez-ayers-20171227-story.html

Here's an article featuring an interview vid with Brie about the hubbub.

https://movieweb.com/captain-marvel-brie-larson-inclusion-controversy/

IMDB scores (in order):  67%/82%/67%

Episode #257: 3 Degrees of Chris Cooper

March 18th, 2019
  • Breach
  • Coming Through The Rye
  • Adaptation

So many actors aren't appreciated enough for their contributions to the film world.  Today, we hand out another merit badge for being a cool cat of cinema.

Episode #254: Shuffle Wrap-up

February 3rd, 2019
  • Absolutely Anything
  • Annihilation

The conclusion of the shuffle episode along with the Virgin Suicides (last episode), Matt tackles both ends of the spectrum with awe & disappointment.  Which was which, you ask?  Dunno - just listen.

Links:  Mixed Nuts, Shaun of the Dead, 22 Jump St, House of D, Hook, Good Morning Vietnam.  More links soon!!

Note:  my favorite mistake ever with Gavin Scott, who wrote a 2009 Beauty/Beast movie rated 32% on IMDB!!

Episode #253: Virgin Suicides

January 21st, 2019

Welp - another broken episode with the 1st segment that deserves it's own moment.  The other 2 films will be the next episode.  As it has heavy subject matter, a greater discussion beyond the film seemed necessary for all to ponder.  Feel free to reply on any of our platforms if you feel the need or if something felt remarkably wrong as stated.  Matt certainly doesn't seek to be the beginning & end of any topic..

Here's a 70's performance from Heart to show the haze of earlier film footage (even professional level) that the film recreated in select shots.  Ann gives it some great live flair to prove it isn't a recorded track...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mXOO7QVHgXs

Here is the page for the artist featured in the thumb nail.

http://ghoulnextdoor.tumblr.com/post/84066567540/bijou-karman-virgin-suicides

Episode #247: Fairy Tales - of DOOOM!!

October 22nd, 2018
  • Company of Wolves (1984)
  • Sleeping Beauty (2011) 
  • Snow White - A Tale of Terror (1997)

 We tap into the dark world of fairy tales without the Disney washout of hard edges.  A select few can or will appreciate all 3 of these movies as they tap into particular tastes while opposing others in no subtle way.

LINKS:  Interview with the Vampire, Last Unicorn, Manchurian Candidate, V for Vendetta, TronKiss Kiss Bang Bang, X2, Aliens, Copycat, Ghostbusters, Galaxy Quest, Jurassic Park, Event Horizon, Dangerous Liaisons.

Matt forgot about Chappie when talkin' aboot Sigourney episodes.  Here is that link

here's a link to the TMNT franchise podcast with Jas & John:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E99ghPX_15I

Here's some Robert Palmer artsy objectification!!

Episode #241: Numbers & Stuff

August 1st, 2018
  • 2 Days in the Valley
  • The Number 23
  • Lucky Number Slevin 

 A series we've wanted to do for years, this unifies varied movies by a linking factor of numbers.  Every one of these has significant spoilers that we avoided in talking about the plots themselves, but we dug deep into some of the concepts presented.  Enjoy!!

 Links:  MonsterLeonRed (has other Bruce Willis & Morgan Freeman links),

Here is the "Who's On 1st" routine from Abbott & Costello (NOT Laurel & Hardy, Matt's never watched movies from EITHER duo!! )

Rotten Tomatoes Scores for those who care but don't care to search:        - Valley: Critic 59% positive at 60% avg, Audience 54% positive at 60% avg.      - #23: Critic 8% positive at 35% avg, Audience 56% positive at 64% avg. 

- Slevin: Critic 51% positive at 59% avg, Audience 87% positive at 76% avg. 

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.

 

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 #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

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)

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!!  

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).