Episode #295: Epic-sode XIII - Black Panther

September 14th, 2020

Photo credit: Chicago Sun Times article.

Matt watched this the day we lost Chadwick Boseman.  There was no way it'd feel good to put it out that weekend, but a postive part of grief paying tribute to those we lose.  Technically part of (& the fulcrum of) the "We Need To Talk" series, it tells a superhero story while scrutinizing the ongoing story of relationships among races and nations.  We think it's actually a good gateway to talking about such things with family & friends, which is why we recommend everyone watch it (again) to maybe gain some empathy toward what others go through.

Note:  The score DID win an Oscar, as did Costume & Design; Kendrick Lamar was nominated.
  Here is the crucial part of Chadwick's Howard speech.  This might be the most inspiring 14 minutes you'll hear this year...

Links:  Boseman: 42 (also has 12 yrs a Slave for Lupita Nyong'o), Message From The King (also Capt Amer Civil War).  Michael B Jordan: Creed.  Angela Bassett:  Boyz in the Hood (Malcolm X link on that post).  Daniel Kaluuya: Widows.  Andy Serkis: LOTR 1/2/3, Planet o' Apes trilogy  Forest Whittaker: Phone Booth, Street Kings, Good Morning Vietnam.  

Episode #292: In Defense of Adam Sandler

August 3rd, 2020
  • Punch-Drunk Love
  • Spanglish
  • Uncut Gems

It isn't even easy to defend the funny Sandler movies in recent years, but he has broken that loop a few times over his career.  If you know what we've already covered, then the 3 choices are easy; if not...  I mean, listen either way!  3 times where he wowed the crowd.  Have at it.

Their IMDB scores are 73, 64, and 74.  Does that help? 

Links:  Happy Gilmore, Wedding Singer (i guess i love not saying which Sandler flix i discuss!), Reign Over Me, 50 1st Dates, Magnolia (has other Phillip Seymour Hoffman links), Equilibrium (has links for Red Dragon and Cold Souls), Traffic, Bone Collector, Mysterious Skin, Eternal Sunshine..., Lady Bird, Short Term 12, Sorry to Bother You, Selma, Straight Outta Compton

Episode #284: Racing-sode

April 8th, 2020

GUEST HOST:  GODFREY!!

  • The Wraith
  • Rat Race
  • One Crazy Summer

A chill episode about wacky movies; 2 slices of 80's with cheese & a millennial approach to ensemble road movies.

LINKS:  Sherilyn FennThrashin' (also Rad),  Nick Cassavetes/J Peter RobinsonBlind Fury,  Randy QuaidXmas Vacation, Breckin MeyerGo,  Cuba Gooding JrBoyz in the Hood (has links for Outbreak, Losing Isaiah),  Amy SmartButterfly Effect, Wayne KnightJurassic Park,  John PowellEvolution, Shrek, I am Sam,  John CusackHigh Fidelity, Grosse Pointe Blank (also Young Guns for Sheen), Being John Malkovich, Hot Tub Time MachineJoel MurrayGod Bless AmericaWhoopi Goldberg/Demi Moore/Jerry ZuckerGhostCurtis ArmstrongRisky Business, Bobcat Goldthwait:  Scrooged (also God Bless America above). 

Also, here is the Robot Chicken Boba Fett sketches.

Episode #280: Snippet-sode (Red 2)

February 8th, 2020

Description & links pending - just listen!!

 

LINKS:  Red (has Bruce Willis links, also Mirren, Malkovich except Penguins, A-Team and G.I. Joe), Galaxy QuestTraffic
Anthony Hopkins: Silence o' Lambs, Red DragonDracula, Titus, Meet Joe Black.

Episode #279: Action Shuffle

January 28th, 2020
  • Widows/
  • Alita: Battle Angel/
  • Wonder Woman/

Our 1st shuffle-sode of the decade!!  With varying levels of financial success, all 3 of these movies are tremendous to us.  May they all gain the notoriety they deserve as quality entertainment.

 - The Sia song is actually from Wonder Woman, not Alita, so watch THOSE credits with your kids!

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 #265: Pile-Ups & the Po Po

July 8th, 2019

GUEST HOST:  GODFREY!!!

  • Smokey & the Bandit/
  • Beverly Hills Cop/
  • Blues Brothers/

We give you a playing in the sandbox smashing stuff together episode.  Steering (mostly) away from real serious things, we just take a dip in the memory hot tub with some fun-lovin' classics with crashes.

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 #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), Home for the HolidaysGood 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 #256: Space - The Bechdel Frontier II

March 5th, 2019

GUEST HOST:  VALKYIRE!!!

  • The Cloverfield Paradox
  • Star Trek Beyond

The battle royale continues with space franchises fighting for feminine favor.  As they should:  neglecting half of any public is a bad idea, no?  This skirmish felt like a David & Goliath situation, but maybe not the way some of you were thinking.  Give it  listen!!

Links:  Death at a Funeral, Guardians of the Galaxy, GotG v2, Red (has links for LOTR episodes), 

Notes:  We breezed right past Don Cheadle/Terence Howard as well as Tessa Thompson, Idris Elba & Chewitel Ejiofor in Marvel before Black Panther.  That still only brings the total to 8 with Zoe Saldana.

Here is a vid of Tenacious D doing the Trek Theme w/lyrics for those who want to hear all of the ending track we used.  Pretty "stellar"!!!

Episode #251: Our SNIKT to Stan III

December 17th, 2018

GUEST HOST:  GODFREY!!!

  • Logan

Do we need to say anything else?!  The answer's NO, Bub.

ARTWORK:  lordmesa.com.  Check out their other amazing stuff!!

Links:  *Hugh Jackman - Days o Future Past (has link to 1st Class), Prestige, The Fountain (ep 36 is spoiler-sode in same month), Swordfish.   
*Marco Beltrami - The Wolverine, Carrie, The Thing, Die Hard (& this episode), Hurt Locker, Red Eye, I Robot(also Chappie), Flight of the Phoenix, Hellboy (has link for X2), 
*The Lookout & Minority Report for the writer.

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 #249: Our SNIKT to Stan I

November 20th, 2018
  • The Wolverine

Welp - We reckon it's bound to happen that Marvel movie talks run long.  It happened before & here we are again.  The good news:  you're gonna hear a lot about Stan Lee's good works over the next 3 weeks.  The bad news:  you'll have to wait to see what the other 2 movies are (though it shouldn't be hard to guess).  Enjoy our 1st of 3 excavations into the Major Man of Marvel that has brought us so much joy, entertainment, and thought-provoking narratives through superhero allegory.  This one ends abruptly as it was SUPPOSED to just be 1 episode..  we opted out of further recording to just push this baby out before the other triplets come.

Links:  Ottman, Hurt Locker (Beltrami)

Notes:  Matt hit a triple-oopsie with Ben Foster, messing up the title for Panic Room - which is also Leto, not Foster, then mixing up Firewall with Hostage.  This is why we take notes so we don't screw up on the fly!  The Total Recall we are cutting down is the remake, not the original.  This IS Rila Fukushima's 1st film!  ooh ooh - Matt also screwed up the shakuhachi flute for the shamisen that the Yoshida Brothers use.  Negative points all around!

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 #235: Pre-Finity War

May 1st, 2018
  • Deadpool
  • Guardians of the Galaxy vol. 2
  • Spider-Man Homecoming

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 WilderTJ Miller: Train ur DragonRhett Reese/Paul Wernick: ZombielandTom Holkenborg (XL Junkie):  Fury Road.  Tyler Bates is also discussed in Dawn of the Dead & John Wick in the Zombieland & Fury Road links here.  Iron Man 3 has Downey links.  Michael Keaton: BatmanBatman Returns, Spotlight, Robocop, Beetlejuice, Much Ado About Nothing.

Kurt Russell
: Bone TomahawkThe ThingStargate (has all other links).  Bradley Cooper: A-Team, Wet Hot American SummerChris Pratt: briefly discussed in Jurassic WorldZoe Saldanaoriginal GotG.

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