In this special episode, Matt journeys to Nightmare on Edgewood, Indianapolis’ most intense haunted house to talk about the history of the haunt, and discuss the nature of fear and scary movies with the haunt’s marketing coordinator. Continue reading →
Filmmakers Michael Goldburg and Dave Chan return to the podcast to talk about their new crowdfunding campaign for their first feature film, SURE-FIRE. Long-time listeners will remember Michael and Dave from OV131and if you made it to last year’s Shocktober in Irvington, you saw their short film What’s Eating Dad?If you haven’t had a chance to see that, you should really check out the incentives the guys have lined up for their crowdfunding campaign!
For this special episode of the podcast, Matt talks to Allison Burnett, the writer and director of Ask Me Anything, an indie drama about a girl who blogs about her sex life in her one-year deferment from college after high school. Allison is also the author of Undiscovered Gyrl (the novel Ask Me Anything is based on), its sequel Another Girl among other things. Continue reading →
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In this special episode of the podcast, I (Matt) premiere my solo side-project podcast: Anthology. In this pilot episode, I introduce the concept for the podcast, its origin, and give some background on The Twilight Zone and my feelings about the show. I also review and analyze The Twilight Zone’s first two episodes: Where is Everbody? & One for the Angels.
The animation was good but other than that, I was bored out of my mind. The Grinch retells Dr. Seuss' stories without much heart or even energy. The movie felt like it was simply going through the paces without taking the proper care to develop the character past a dull exposition dump. The citizens of Whoville are given a couple passing one-note charac […]
Love, Simon reminded me a lot of 2010's Easy A. So much so, that by the end of the movie I started affectionately thinking of it as Easy Gay. I mean that as a high compliment because what Easy A got so right about the teen coming of age genre is exactly what Love, Simon excels at. Both movies are very witty, romantic, and treat teenage/high school cultu […]
I really liked the energy of Cheap Thrills. It's a dark comedy with a pretty sick plot that could have been played up for more drama. But that would have ruined the experience. We get the motivations for the characters to participate in Koechner's character's messed up game and that's really all we need to be strapped into the movie. The […]
The Tale is one of the year's most powerful movies. Lauren Dern and Isabelle Nélisse give truly gripping performances. Jason Ritter and Elizabeth Debicki are particularly haunting throughout the film. But I want to single out writer/director Jennifer Fox. The Tale is the true story of sexual abuse that Fox went through when she was 13 and how she recove […]
I have something of a love-hate relationship with Bill Murray. On a good day, I find his dry wit style funny and charming. On a bad day, I wish he would just try harder or at least be more emotionally present in his roles. Scrooged is a solid enough comedy for that. The standard emotional Christmas moments are performed well by him. But the lead up to those […]
Always only hits a couple marks when it comes to what makes Spielberg so great. The first act showing Dreyfuss and Hunter's relationship is classic Spielberg sentiment. Honestly, that worked well for me. I bought into the relationship and thought both actors were very charismatic. But once Always gets into its main storyline (Dreyfuss dies, his ghost co […]