"Genocide of the Dachshunds" - Podcaster and Planet of the Apes enthusiast Scott Carelli joins us to discuss Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. We kick things off by commenting on the movie’s lack of clearly defined protagonists and antagonists, which we found refreshing. We also gush about the motion capture work that brought Caesar and his fellow apes to life, discuss the movie’s portrayal of guns, and much more. (Warning: Mild Spoilers)
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"Mudkips" - Instead of forcing ourselves to sit through Tammy this week, we decided to talk about another name-only-titled movie… Joe, with a role that many have called a return to form for Nicolas Cage. As we attempt to talk over the fireworks going on outside the studio, we dissect the performances and talk about what a strange place the south can be.
"Intergalactic Closet" - It’s the moment you’ve all been waiting for… Michael Bay’s next Transformers movie, even louder and longer than ever before! Also, it’s one of the worst movies we have ever seen.
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"Palo Altoids" - In a movie full of self-centered people doing questionable things, Joe and Neal found little to like in Palo Alto, by first time director Gia Coppola and adapted from short stories written by James Franco. Steve disagreed, however, and found more enjoyment from the film.
"Dragon Wars" - We divide and conquer in this episode, with Joe reviewing A Million Ways to Die in the West, Neal evaluating How to Train Your Dragon 2 and Steve assessing 22 Jump Street. Joe was less than enthusiastic about Seth MacFarlane’s follow-up to Ted, contending that the actor-director’s shtick is wearing thin, Neal calls out the strengths and weaknesses of the animation in the How to Train Your Dragon sequel, as well as some sour notes in the script, while Steve laments the preponderance of self-referential humor in the return trip to Jump Street.
"Pushup" - This week, we discuss the new sci-fi blockbuster Edge of Tomorrow. We were all pleasantly surprised after almost forgetting about this movie entirely! The performances from Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt are terrific, and the movie is engaging and most of all… not just a dumb action flick.
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"The Black Goo" - In a summer that’s given us new Spider-Man and X-Men movies, we decided it was time to finally take a look back at the movies that derailed both of those respective franchises, Spider-Man 3 and X-Men: The Last Stand. In our discussion of Sam Raimi’s third and final Spider-Man feature, we agree that the movie starts off promising, but goes downhill quickly once Peter Parker turns evil from the black goo. On the flip side, in our conversation about Brett Ratner’s filmic contribution to the X-Men universe, we concur that The Last Stand sucks from the get-go and that the script by Simon Kinberg and Zak Penn deserves plenty of blame. Also: Donald Sterling returns.