Episode #272: Dark Comedy II

October 15th, 2019
  • Dope/
  • Observe & Report/
  • Knights of Badassdom/

Some things will make you squirm while you giggle, and some comedies turn up the discomfort knob to 11.  Let's see how far it goes with this batch of movie brew.

Episode #271: Grab Bag

September 30th, 2019
  • Maze Runner
  • Simpsons Movie
  • The 'Burbs

Have no fear of something new - it's just another way to say "Shuffle-sode."  This time the flicks were truly grabbed out of a bag, so it seemed appropriate.  As we hope to start fires in your mind for movies to shove in your eyes, Matt enjoyed a newly kindled flame this episode.  See how these 3 decades brought their entertainment game...

Links:  Gremlins, Memoirs of an Invisible Man, Poltergeist, Basic Instinct, Secret of NIMH, Total Recall, Executive Decision, Mulan, Cloud Atlas, *League of Their Own (*has links for Big, Explorers, L.A. Confidential*), Blues Bros, Goonies, Lost Boys, Last Unicorn, Magnolia. 

Episode #270: 1 Works, 1 Doesn’t

September 17th, 2019
  • Hobbs & Shaw (Fast n Furious)
  • Mission Impossible:  Fallout

Taking a look at the last 2 summers for action, we compare the approaches to the genre.  A strong uptick over the last 5 summers has brought our expectations for action pieces to an extreme level, and not everyone can provide what some of us demand - as the title shows...

Matt forgot to mention plot struggles for the characters with MI vs. Hobbs & Shaw:  the MI film series has become infamous with difficult entry/espionage, usually with setbacks that are exciting to watch & wonder how they'll recover. While Michael Giacchino has done extraordinary things with the MI theme, Balfe really excels in this one!

Links: 

Episode #269: Xtreme Sports

September 3rd, 2019
  • Thrashin'/
  • Soul Surfer/
  • Rad/

 In this episode we cover some sports Matt was too lazy to ever get good at doing.  Actually, that's a wide list, but these were of interest while we sometimes settle for enjoying them through others or through movies that showcase them.  Incidentally a perfect choice to round out the summer & coincide with Matt seeing the Beach Boys live!!  Soak it in, fellow sluts!

Links:  Logan (has all Beltrami links).

Notes:  Thrashin' is actually 67%, the other 2 are 70%.

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 #266: Summery Summary

July 28th, 2019

Movies discussed:  Late Night, MIB International, & Stuber; a little is also said about Once Upon a Time In Hollywood, Midsommar, & Crawl.

An episode done without the usual prep with movies playing in theaters, so it's shorter in part to go further than normal to prevent spoilers.  Let us know if ya like it!!

A note:  Matt did peek after recording - Mindy Kaling in fact wrote the script for Late Night.  Solid enough for a 1st full length endeavor.

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 #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.

Links:  Freddy v Jason, The CrowHalloweenDune, LOTR: Fellowship, 2 Towers, Return o' KingRogue One, ExpendablesLast Samurai (also has Shawshank Redemption), InceptionBatman Begins, Dark Knight (also has Dark City)  Kick-AssOldboy, Fright Night, Arnold episodes I & IILast Action HeroTerminator Genisys (has T2 link), TombstoneAliens, Planet Terror, The Rock.

Episode #262: Kurosawa I

May 26th, 2019
  • One Wonderful Sunday/
  • Scandal/
  • I Live in Fear/

Taking a look at some films before his international infamy, we delve into the brilliant brain of one of Japan's most influential and epic directors.  Though 2 of his major hits came to America within 2 years of release, the 3rd movie discussed did not do so for 12!  Was it the subject matter?  Likely so.. 

Tune in while we focus on some genius work.

LINKS:  Yojimbo, Last Man Standing (based off Yojimbo story), 7 Samurai.

Notes:  To the hardcore people - it was in fact Kagemusha that Lucas & Spielberg financed, Scorcese & Coppola helped rally for his later films as well.

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 #260: Matt’s Cozy Films

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

Enjoy!

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.