Recorded March 13, 2019 (for the most part): This week, Tiny and I review Jordan Peele’s new movie, Us. Then, in an earlier recording, we dive into an extended potpourri episode wherein we discuss Strange Days (1995), Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018), The Umbrella Academy’s first episode, Fifty Shades Freed (2018), Apollo 11 (2019), Senna (2010), Queer Eye, and more.
This week, Fekkes and I review the latest MCU movie, Captain Marvel! We also talk about the recent college admission bribery scheme news, updates on Amazon Prime’s upcoming Lord of the Rings series, Leaving Neverland, The Shield, and more.
This week, I sat down with new guest Manny Casillas (Crityrion on Letterboxd) to talk about Oscar snubs throughout history, further breakdown this year’s nominees, and attempt to dig up as much dirt on Kyrsten as possible.
This week, Tiny and I welcome special guest Ben Sears to the show! Ben is a patreon supporter who is known for his photography, going to elementary school (for a time) with Tiny, and paying us to be a guest on the podcast! In this special episode, we rundown this year’s Oscar nominees! Enjoy.
Premise: A legendary American war veteran is recruited to hunt a mythical creature.
I was pleasantly surprised by The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then the Bigfoot. I haven’t seen the trailer but the title, premise, and poster all feel like the movie is supposed to be a cheesy, ultra-violent genre movie. What the movie actually is is far from that. Instead, The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then the Bigfoot is a melancholic study of a man who has closed himself off from the world as he deals with what he did in the war. Continue reading →
Premise: Harry Crumb is a bumbling and inept private investigator who is hired to solve the kidnapping of a young heiress which he’s not expected to solve because his employer is the mastermind behind the kidnapping.
I grew up watching and enjoying a lot of John Candy’s work. Uncle Buck, Brewster’s Millions, The Great Outdoors, and Cool Runnings were all on heavy rotation in my house growing up. Who’s Harry Crumb?, however, is a movie I never saw. Now that I’ve seen it, (and although I didn’t necessarily “hate” it) I would have been okay having never seen it. Continue reading →
Premise: Dictator Adenoid Hynkel tries to expand his empire while a poor Jewish barber tries to avoid persecution from Hynkel’s regime.
Immediately after The Great Dictator ended, I rewound the movie and rewatched the five minute speech at the end again. Now, while sitting in the afterglow of my first viewing of the film, I am really hard-pressed to think of any movie moments that are as emotionally affecting, timeless in their relevance, and as intensely powerful as that speech was. I am not being the least bit hyperbolic when I say that with one viewing, I’m confident in saying The Great Dictator is a true masterpiece.
This week, Tiny and I review the Hulu and Netflix documentaries FYRE and Fyre Fraud. But first, we discuss the news regarding the latest Bryan Singer allegations. Later, in Potpourri, we talk about the documentary series QB1, RBG movie On the Basis of Sex, and briefly touch on Tiny’s rewatch of The Shield.
This week, Fekkes and I review M. Night Shyamalan’s latest film, the trilogy ending Glass. We also discuss the latest regarding the announcement of a new Ghostbusters movie, and chat about faith-based movies, trailers for A Dog’s Way Home, A Dog’s Journey, What Men Want, and Little.
Premise: Laurel and Hardy, the world’s most famous comedy duo, attempt to reignite their film careers as they embark on what becomes their swan song – a grueling theatre tour of post-war Britain.
Stan & Ollie dramatizes the waning days of Laurel & Hardy’s professional relationship with a quiet, almost sedated dignity. Embarking on a lengthy theatre tour in Britain, the aging comedy legends work to reclaim their comedic spotlight and secure funding for a Robin Hood film. This comes at the expense of their physical and mental health while also forcing them to come to terms with their celebrity status. Continue reading →
This week, Tiny and I review the Bryan Cranston, Kevin Hart comedy/drama The Upside. But first, we share some good news regarding Mike and myself, share a promo for a new podcast from our friends at Geeking in Indiana’s Family of Podcasts, and go through some news items. Later, in Potpourri, we talk about If Beale Street Could Talk, Neal Brennan’s 3 Mics comedy special, and Free Solo.
Premise: Six strangers find themselves in circumstances beyond their control, and must use their wits to survive.
Escape Room was a fairly decent thriller for about 2/3s of its runtime. For the other 3rd, it was pretty rote with underdeveloped characters, derivative set pieces, and an ending that felt like a first draft fever dream.
Premise: Security guard David Dunn uses his supernatural abilities to track Kevin Wendell Crumb, a disturbed man who has twenty-four personalities.
I can’t remember the last time I was so invested in 2/3s of a movie only to find myself struggling so hard to hold my interest in its final act. But such is the life of the audience member of an M. Night Shyamalan movie. As harsh as it may sound, there’s no denying that Shyamalan is one divisive and mercurial filmmaker. The Sixth Sense, Unbreakable, and Signs were all fantastic films in my opinion, and The Village was solid. But we had to suffer through the likes of The Lady in the Water, The Happening, and The Visit before he turned things around with Split in 2017.
Quite enjoyed it. Zachary Levi is an absolutely delight in this movie. It's such a good concept for a super hero, too. I have no connection or history with the comics, but what kids find appealing about super hero stories and comics is the wish-fulfillment it provides. And I feel like Shazam captures that wish-fulfillment feeling very well.
Total Recall always delivers on some good, campy fun. The Mars sequences look cool as hell, the violence is over the top and occasionally gruesome. It also includes the brilliant "Consider that a divorce" one-liner. Always a good time.