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!!

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Episode #239: Epic-sode XI - Magnolia

July 7th, 2018

After years of movie talk, we finally get to one of the artsy directors so many were probably screaming for us to do!!  Thanks for your patience, we hope it paid off for you.  A strong episode talking about a strong movie for you deep diggers of film out there.

ARTWORK by Justin Reed

Notes:  Matt forgot to mention in talking something about the multiple sides nature of this flick.  A sympathetic cop character with his professional & personal struggles is needed now more than when the movie came out; a difficult job to be sure.  Most people are not happy to see you...
Plus the solid COPS show association.  WaHOO!!

LINKS:  Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.  Julianne Moore: Don Jon (also has Harry & the Hendersons), Evolution, Carrie.  Jason Robards: Philadelphia, Something Wicked This Way Comes.  Phillip Seymour Hoffman: Twister, Red Dragon, 3 Degrees episode.  Melinda Dillon: a Xmas Story, Reign Over Me, Harry & The Hendersons.  William H. Macy: Psycho, Fargo.  Melora Walters:  Butterfly Effect.  Tom Cruise:  Last Samurai, Vanilla Sky, Minority Report, also Interview w/Vampire, Legend, & Risky Business.  

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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...

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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.

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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!!

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Episode #235: Pre-Finity War

May 1st, 2018
  • Deadpool
  • Guardians of the Galaxy vol. 2
  • mystery Marvel-icious treat

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.

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

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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.

 

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Episode # 233: TVsode III

April 1st, 2018

More TV.

How much more?  III !!!

NOTES:
Here is an interesting essay about Taiwan.  

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Episode #232: Somethin’ By the Ladies

March 19th, 2018
  • A League of Their Own/
  • Monster/
  • Hurt Locker/

 This episode puts a spotlight on women who direct.  Some amazing work with varied subject matter & genre, this was an adventure in watching as much as discussing the movies!  May you all enjoy it, and may the future be flooded with options for female directors with big films to discuss...

 LINKS:  Long Kiss Goodnight, Big, Greedy, Kung Fu Panda, Backdraft & Twister, Mad Max Fury Road, Devil's AdvocateMillion Ways to Die in the West, Prometheus, Beetlejuice/Addams Family & AF Values, Near Dark, L.A. Confidential.  

Notes:  Obviously Renner was noticed in Avengers by anyone who missed Hurt Locker, if that needs to be said.  One thing Matt didn't talk about was the fact that Bigelow's movie was a dude buffet with 2 (& change) scenes with Evangeline Lily.  A strong point that women do not struggle to make movies about men, with its own counterpoint that maybe a legitimate female presence is a good goal in a no-nonsense story?  As a minimal viewer of war films, he may have overshot on what is typical for them (after all, Maverick screws up & has to learn to win).

Ratings for League/Monster/Hurt Locker   

     imdb:  72/73/76
     Rotton Tomatoes:  League.  critic - 77% positive 68% avg.  audience - 84 positive 68% avg.
                                Monster.  critic - 81% positive 72% avg.  audience - 81 positive 70% avg.                                      Locker.    critic - 97% positive 85% avg.  audience - 84 positive 78% avg.

Here's some info on soldier armor in Iraq, though we couldn't find Petraeus' statements on the situation.  Here's something about ears: a frightening thread of possibility.

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Episode #231: Down with the Sillyness

March 3rd, 2018
  • Sundown (Bruce Campbell)
  • Freddy Got Fingered (Tom Green)
  • Rubber

 Get comfy as we bring you back to the softer side of Sears after a heavy previous episode.  We're bathing ourselves in stupid this week, dunking into the dumbness.  Join us a some talk about frivolity; a good amount of ado about nothing in 3 different shades!

Editorial Note:  Though it was a movie mentioned, it shouldn't go without saying that Micahel Angarano was the kid in Forbidden Kingdom.  We talked about him doing a FABULOUS job in Red State, so it was really young Michael we took issue with..  :)   

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Episode #230: Ready Panther 2

February 17th, 2018

GUEST HOST:  GODFREY!!!

Hotel Rwanda 

Maybe the most serious we've allowed ourselves to get, as this movie is based on actual events.  Though not an easy watch, it is of great importance that people know this story as a part of the larger chapter in our history where so many were murdered & no one came to their aid.  Chock full of strong performers, this is somewhat relevant to Black Panther in ways we did not anticipate.  

We also give a brief response to Black Panther in this episode.  Go See It!!

LINKS      Cheadle as Captain Planet, also pt II, pt III, & pt IV (which we didn't even know about!!!).  The Slap Trailer.  Also, here is a Slap spoof Trailer.   Matt could not find the Hotel Rwanda Featurettes on YouTube.

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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!!

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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!

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Episode # 227: Better Than BvS pt I - Superman Doomsday

January 15th, 2018

As superheroes are in the driver's seat for modern movie theater goers, so has the cartoon world reached a Renaissance in legitimacy for movie and series format.  Special effects have reached a near zenith where you'd expect a live-action version to be the best experience.  Is it though?  Over the next 2 episodes, Matt is here to tell you the answer is no.

Doomsday appeared in an interesting time slot:  before Iron Man & Dark Knight melted our child brains & created the superhero film series market, the need for capes & fancy suits had slept for almost 2 decades.  Our Sidelined Superheroes episode looked at the lack of lasting hype for Batman Begins in 2005.  Both DC titans had been dormant since the 90's except for tv, and cartoons are for kids, right?  Not anymore...

Next episode we'll do both parts of The Dark Knight Returns from 2012!

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Episode #226: Wait - Is This Real?

January 2nd, 2018

GUEST HOST:  GODFREY!!

  • Truman Show/
  • Golden Child/
  • Galaxy Quest/

 Our farewell to 2017 & welcome to 2018 is the longest episode yet.  Perhaps it was the escape that we all needed, so we soaked in it for a while.  Scowl at Matt for not having already seen all of these films before this week.  Hope the festive month was grand for everyone out there, thanks for another year with us!!

An Honorable Mention award to Stranger than Fiction - one of the few Will Ferrell movies that Matt enjoys, largely because of a dramatic performance that is pretty decent.  Plus, Emma Thompson!

Notes:  As to outside budgets mentioned, Mallrats was 5 million (Clerks was under 30,000!); Jurassic Park was in fact nearly the same as Truman Show at 63 million.

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