"Jelly Is Silly" - In this episode, we throw on some boxes and venture underground for our review of The Boxtrolls, praising many of its performers, particularly Ben Kingsley, as well as discussing whether or not it struck a good balance at appealing to both children and an older audience. Also: NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell makes a public statement regarding Ray Liotta.
"Shmelvis" - Things get weird as we talk about The Identical this week. Few movies have left us this confused and wondering how it actually got made. We talk about Ray Liotta’s involvement with the film, the bizarre non-plot, and much much more.
"Bob’s Basement" - It was a pity watching James Gandolfini’s final performance in The Drop, but we all agree that it came in a good movie. In our review of the crime drama, we analyze Tom Hardy’s complex character, chat about the strengths and weaknesses of the plot, and examine the connection between Gandolfini’s character and the theme before delving into spoilers to discuss the film’s ending.
"Bagpipe Fusion" - Our international journey through the world of motion pictures takes us to Ireland for our review of Calvary. Along the way, we praise the movie’s editing and cinematography, discuss what it has to say about religion, delve into the performances of Brendan Gleeson and his co-stars, and critique the pacing.
"Philosophizing" - What took Richard Linklater 12 years to make only takes us less than an hour to review as we discuss the director’s ambitious new movie, Boyhood, with guest Jonah Crismore. Along the way, we chat about the movie’s unique production history and its shift in pacing as it progresses. Also, we praise the use of pop culture and news stories to provide context and analyze the characters.
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"Robin Williams" - We pause to remember Robin Williams, chatting about films of his that we’ve revisited since his passing, such as The Fisher King and The Birdcage, before marveling at his range as an actor, making a surprising pick for his most essential movie, and more. In our main review, we discuss the movie that won him an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor, Good Will Hunting. Along the way, we debate the merits of the script and dig into the motivations of the characters with guest Ryan Pickard.
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