"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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"Adrenaline" - The day Neal dreaded for nearly two years arrived when he stepped into a theater to watch Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Was it better than he expected… or worse than he feared? Guest Zack Kruse joins us to discuss Jonathan Liebesman’s reboot of Neal’s beloved childhood property. Along the way, we chat about the movie’s deviations from TMNT canon, listen as Neal rants about the turtles’ big lips, count the ways the movie feels strangely dated, and criticize Liebesman as a director.
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"Ku Klux Kree" - Five individuals came together to form the Guardians of the Galaxy, so it’s only fitting that five of us would be on hand to discuss their exploits. Special guests Mark Meer and Scott Carelli join us for a chat about Marvel’s latest movie, which sees us praise the cameos, evaluate the villains, appreciate the opening scene, chat about the dynamic between Rocket and Groot, and much more.
"Wilson" - In this episode, we board Snowpiercer, discussing its far-fetched premise that we all ended up buying in to, marveling at the production design, reflecting on some of the ideas, chatting about the brutal fight scenes and appreciating director Bong Joon-ho’s unique style. Also: We unveil a new segment.