Episode #263: Franchise-Fest

June 11th, 2019
  • Bride of Chucky/
  • Godzilla (2014)/
  • Terminator/

It is often said that Hollywood has no new ideas (have you used your Movie Pass/A-List to see indie films?!), so we leaned into that for this episode!  Even those who will avoid the new installments or reboots can enjoy a look at the times "when they were good."  This grouping accidentally became a nice mix of a brand new concept that still feeds Hollywood writing rooms, a reboot that spans 60 years back to the original, & a turning point where some fans gave up on a franchise after 10 years and 4 movies.  Hidey ho, let them fight, laundry day - yes.

 

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 #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 #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 #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 #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!!

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 #248: Afro Samurai

November 5th, 2018

This series finds a few ways to be outside of the box.  Some severe imagery, novel fusions of era/genre, topped with unique characters of both original & traditional design.  The combination may not suit all, but those who enjoy it are likely to be in deep.

To show the degree of approval, Matt has argued this series over Cowboy Bebop as he doesn't enjoy Eddie; it was argued in return that attempting to have all characters be the cool characters doesn't always work.  He does need to watch Bebop again, though.  

LINKS:  (coming soon)

This link is a quick read on the predator dynamic with deer populations & wolves.  We could find the local town version of the situation.

https://www.lcps.org/cms/lib/VA01000195/Centricity/Domain/16656/Deer_%20Predation%20or%20Starvation%20Key.pdf

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 #242: Unsung Heroes I

August 13th, 2018

GUEST HOST:  GODFREY!!

  • Ghostbusters I & II (Ernie Hudson)
  • Train to Busan (the conductor)
  • Terminator Genisys (multiple actors)

 A new idea that we hope to garner at least a few episodes from, we look at a particular character or group of characters (if necessary) to maybe shine a new light on some characters that may not be the leads but are still significant if not amazing within the flick.

There aren't many links as we skimmed the info for these movies, but we did mention Ghostbusters & T2.   

NOTES:  Funny thing - the actor portraying the T-1000 was a fave of Matt's:  Byung Hun Lee!!  We couldn't get a copy of the movie in time, so we had to shoot from the hip for that one.  He certainly would have noticed given the chance to see it this week.  

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 #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!!

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 #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.