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 #255: Space - The Bechdel Frontier I

February 17th, 2019

 GUEST HOST:  VALKYIRE!!

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

 So much of science fiction represents society that has grown past our petty distinctions into a better world.  The question is how successful are the stories themselves in getting past some of the same obstacles?  We take a step back from some of our favorite things to see if they hit the mark from a particular perspective.  It shouldn't be hard to meet the expectations, but do all 3 movies do that?  Part one gets the ball rolling...

Notes:

Strange that we'd somehow bypass the Mads of Mikkelsen.  Fear not, here's an entire episode about him.

Here is the Death Star Canteen bit with some lego animation.

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 #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 #240: Flubisode V Sector II

July 15th, 2018

More screwups, need we say anything else?

Matt finally made another flub mix track for the end as well!!

Episode #238: Flub-isode V - Dead Men Tell No Flubs

June 17th, 2018

- DO NOT listen to this as a 1st episode, pick ANY other post without the word Flub in it!! :)  

Our fifth installment of mistakes that we make while recording.  Also some things that for various reasons were cut out of episodes we've done.

NOTES:  Even in the introduction segments there were errors!!  This is in fact the 5th flubisode (counting the sound checkisode with David) not the 6th.  Matt forgot to mention the times when he is swearing at thumping - that's the ridiculously loud upstairs neighbors that are loud enough to pick up on the mic.  There is also some swearing when trying to get things right; here's a compilation of the Friends cast with similar foul flub struggles.  Those really paying attention, Matt meant to say he has raging boners for soundtracks.  He neglected to finish the thought, so it sounded like he just admitted to hard-ons while recording!  Not MOST days, for the record...

Episode #237: Stranger Things 2

June 4th, 2018

Stranger Things was a mammoth of a series when it debuted.  It seems most saw the 2nd season when it appeared, the the hubbub quickly died down despite it doing a pretty durned fantastic job in creating another strong arc for the characters we've come to love & some noobs as well.  We wanted to dig deeper than Matt's last TVsode when he almost scratched the surface with a drive-by thumbs up for ST 2.  Really looking at the overall structure, it deserves far more credit than it got for changing it up without becoming something else.

Links:  IT, TVsode III.

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 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.  Iron Man 3 has Downey links.  Michael Keaton: Batman Returns, Spotlight, Robocop, Beetlejuice, Much Ado About Nothing.

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

Episode # 233: TVsode III

April 1st, 2018

More TV.

How much more?  III !!!

NOTES:
Here is an interesting essay about Taiwan.  

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!!

Episode #212: Shuffle of Death pt II - Labyrinth

June 3rd, 2017

GUEST HOST:  GODFREY!!

Join us for the exciting conclusion of our death discussion.  Excitement for the movies, not for death & dead people.  You know what we mean, consarn it.  Labyrinth is a cornerstone of many a childhood.  As Matt was limited in his praise for The Last Unicorn (here's a link), you will find him unlimited in his love for this one.  

As we sadly witness the Muppet Show disappear as fast as it returned recently, we still have a strong catalog of Jim Henson creations to adore.  As a fantasy film, there is only a small amount of overt time references that help it retain potency.  We aren't saying it isn't drenched in 80's but hey, so is Blade Runner & that's timeless, right?  If you ever liked it, you will probably still dig it as an adult.  We would venture that kids growing up now will like it & each generation will come to gain respect for the fireball of beautiful ambiguity that is David Bowie.  We forgot to mention that his songs have been used almost 600 times in movies/television (probably a lot more in the next few years.)

We didn't speak of it, but the writing actually doesn't slant Sarah as a 'girl' character.  It is a teenager hanging onto youth.  The character could have been a boy with almost no alteration in the script, which is significant in making it a rather universal character because that aspect doesn't really affect their story.  Yet another subtlety in this movie that seems simple on the surface.   

LINKS:    Bowie: Prestige.  Jennifer Connelly: Stuck in Love (all links on that post). Muppet episode, Dark Crystal.  Trevor Jones: Last of the Mohicans (all links on that post).     Also, here's the Yankee Rose video!

Episode #211: Shuffle of DEATH!!

May 21st, 2017

GUEST HOST:  GODFREY!!!

  • Frailty/
  • Red State/

 It's not always the answer to discuss the recently deceased, but sometimes you just dive in headlong to confront the loss.  Immediately after hearing about Powers Booth, Godfrey & Matt rewatched Tombstone.  It then became clear what we needed to do.  

These 2 films are connected beyond (now) dead actors by sharing a religious driving force behind terrible actions.  The 3rd movie that will in turn be its own episode next week is more about questioning reality.  You could also say it comes from Satan - so there's your religious tie-in.  

Links are forthcoming, as the need to get this episode out is the most important part.  Exhaustion wants your host to get away from the computer chair after massive bouts of editing & re-recording additional material. 

NOTES:  Here's the kangaroo puncher link.  Sweet ass!!  
Just to be crystal clear:  we love Christian Bale & have said so in multiple episodes.  Here we speak of him in Reign of Fire as the only source of talent at that moment for Matt.  If you doubt our love, here are links: Batman Begins, Dark Knight, American Psycho, The Prestige, Equilibrium.

LINKS:  Powers Boothe: Rapid Fire, Sin City, Tombstone (also Paxton).  Bill Paxton: Weird Science, Twister, True Lies, Near Dark, Aliens, Predator 2.  Matthew McConaughey: Mud, Dazed & Confused.  Kevin Smith: Clerks II, Dogma.

Here is the link to the full song for Seasons  (a great recent live version) that ended the episode: a beautifully crafted song.  RIP

Episode #204: Sequel-sode I Hot Tub Time Machine & others

February 10th, 2017

Moviegoers are drowning in sequels, reboots, origins, and recycled ideas.  Sometimes it feels right, sometimes it's too soon (lookin' at you, Spider-Man!!).  Sometimes a sequel is a huge gamble after too much time has passed.  On the other hand, some franchises won't let a year go by without another installment (Speed & Anger-ous, anyone?).  Looking specifically at the Hot Tub Time Machine movies, we also cover a handful of titles that are abound in recent times.  

Franchises mentioned:  Star Trek, Ghostbusters, Gremlins, Zoolander, Mad Max, Indiana Jones, Planet of the Apes, Terminator, and Pirates of the Carribbean.  Alright, 2 handfuls.

Links:  

Episode #203: Animal-sode

January 29th, 2017
  • Mr. Pig/
  • Zootopia/
  • The Beaver/

Adding an animal to a movie usually pushes a button that puts us at ease, as do cartoons and puppets.  This episode looks at all those things!!  It is also an adventure through having 3 movies unseen before this week.  It's not often a great idea, but it brought together 3 totally different approaches to storytelling.  It also led to some examples of how writing can limit or cripple important moments.

Though Matt forgot to say it, Mr. Pig was his favorite, through remarkably cheaper in its budget.  Big does not always mean best.

Links:  Danny Glover: Lethal Weapons & Predator 2.  Maya Rudolph: MacGruber.

J K Simmons: Spider-Man 2, Burn After Reading, The Gift, The Ref.

Jodie Foster: Silence of the Lambs.  Anton: Anton Yelchin Episode.  also Fright Night.

Mel Gibson: (LW above) Payback, Braveheart, Road Warrior.  

Jennifer Lawrence: X-Men 1st Class.  Joel Murray: God Bless America, Scrooged.

Michael Giacchino: Super-8, 50/50, Incredibles