"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.
"Magic Johnson" - Before he takes on Superman as Lex Luthor, Jesse Eisenberg takes on a dam as a radical environmentalist in Night Moves. In our review of Kelly Reichardt’s indie thriller, we analyze what she has to stay about environmentalism and its followers, discuss the three distinct phases of the movie, and much more. Also: Donald Sterling returns in the final part of his epic trilogy.
"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.