On this episode I am joined by the host of Cinematic for the People, Ben Zuk, as we take a gamble on Adam McKay in THE BIG SHORT which inspires us to do some cinematic number crunching by revisiting the documentary STARTUP.COM and JC Chandor’s MARGIN CALL. But before that we see if this latest Michael Lewis adaptation crashes on the silver screen.
Wednesday, December 30, 2015
Monday, December 28, 2015
On this episode Todd Haynes' new film CAROL inspires NOT ONLY a conversation with Dave from Pop Culture Case Study on this Cate Blanchett/Rooney Mara romance, but ALSO a previous Haynes' movie in FAR FROM HEAVEN. That film was inspired by Douglas Sirk melodramas such as ALL THAT HEAVEN ALLOWS and for that particular Julianne Moore/Jane Wyman throwdown, I bring in the only podcaster I know with a Jane Wyman calendar on his wall, Andrew of the great AB Film Review!
Wednesday, December 23, 2015
On this episode we are joined Jairo of The True Bromance Film Podcast to tinker with Star Wars. First with the creator-approved tinkering of Star Wars: A New Hope the Special Edition and then with the fan fixing of Star Wars: The Phantom Menace in The Phantom Edit. But first, we see what type of fan service JJ Abrams provides to resurrect the franchise with Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
Monday, December 21, 2015
On this episode we make a home for those suffering from arrested development with Karly of Core Temp Arts and Ash Blodgett of Laugh Stache and the podcast Let’s Rewatch. The double feature we've selected to keep us young at heart stars Will Ferrell and Vince Vaughn in OLD SCHOOL as middle-aged men have a mid-life crisis and try to recreate frat glory days, and then Will Ferrell once again as one half of STEP BROTHERS who refuse to leave the nest. But first, Karly and I attempt to get along as SISTERS to kick off this podcast party.
Wednesday, December 16, 2015
On this episode Ben Zuk of Cinematic For The People joins the show to talk about sea beasts killing the movie star in JAWS and DEEP BLUE SEA. This particular pairing has been inspired by the new Ron Howard/Chris Hemsworth collaboration IN THE HEART OF THE SEA.
Saturday, December 12, 2015
On this episode we welcome the return of Andrew and Bernadette from THE AB FILM REVIEW for an episode inspired by new release BROOKLYN as we look at small defeats and victories between two worlds in CLERKS and ABOUT SCHMIDT.
Tuesday, December 8, 2015
On this episode we begin our second honeymoon phase after episode 200 with Andrew and Bernadette from The AB Film Review by taking an unfortunate trip to see BY THE SEA. Thankfully this film inspired a more interesting double feature with couples traveling through a marriage in REVOLUTIONARY ROAD where Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio plan to save their marriage by moving to Europe and in CERTIFIED COPY a couple who may or may not be married go through various stages of a relationship as they spend a day in Tuscany walking and talking.
Friday, December 4, 2015
On this episode we celebrate two hundred of these conversations by not only talking about the new film SPOTLIGHT with Jairo from the True Bromance Film Podcast, but also spotlighting some of our favorite shows and friends we’ve made on this podcasting journey. Big thanks to all of those podcasters for participating and an even bigger thanks to our guest Shannon Strucci of Strucci Movies for watching a double feature for this episode on journalists covering cover-ups in ALL THE PRESIDENT’S MEN and SHATTERED GLASS.
Wednesday, December 2, 2015
Ep. 199 - All Things Must Pass: The Rise and Fall of Tower Records (American Hustle vs. The Wolf of Wall Street)
On this episode we celebrate the rise and fall of capitalist ventures. Starting with the documentary from Colin Hanks on The Rise and Fall of Tower Records, ALL THINGS MUST PASS. This loosely inspired a look back at the con artists from AMERICAN HUSTLE who find themselves involved with too big of a con and Leonardo DiCaprio playing a man who can’t get big enough in THE WOLF OF WALL STREET.
Monday, November 30, 2015
On this episode we celebrate the kickoff of the Christmas shopping season by giving our listeners the gift of a late review of the summer hit THE GIFT. This inspires a conversation on the gifts of the bullied with CARRIE and HEATHERS being our double feature of choice. Make sure to stick around until the end of the show for a bonus segment with our expert on all things young and virile, as the younger Dan from A Tale of Two Dans provides insight on these two films from the millenial generation.
Thursday, November 26, 2015
On this episode we throw a Christmas party by watching a double feature of GREMLINS and THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS with Gillian and Jaclyn from The Following Has Been Approved podcast. But first, my good friend Peter from the Hydrate Level Four podcast joins me for a drug-fueled experience with THE NIGHT BEFORE.
Wednesday, November 25, 2015
On this episode we train for the new film CREED by talking with guest Peter from Hydrate Level Four and War Machine vs. War Horse featured player Tangible Teddy about two prior Apollo Creed stories in ROCKY 2 and ROCKY 3. As you will hear in that conversation, we're no experts on the Rocky mythology but Ryan Coogler’s take on the series has made new fans.
Tuesday, November 24, 2015
On this episode we bring in two extremely smart guys to talk about brainy films. First off, regular guest Dave from the podcast Pop Culture Case Study talks about the new to DVD STANFORD PRISON EXPERIMENT, and then we continue our little podcast experiment with Dwight from The Broken Brain podcast on Richard Kelly’s THE BOX and a relatively new film to VOD starring Peter Sarsgaard in EXPERIMENTER.
Wednesday, November 18, 2015
On this episode we get trapped in a small room with guest Daniel from the movie site A Tale of Two Dans. Thankfully we are also joined by the likes of Victoria Tennant OR Heather Graham in FLOWERS IN THE ATTIC and Jodie Foster in PANIC ROOM. But first, we talk about a great performance by Brie Larson in the new release ROOM.
Friday, November 13, 2015
On this episode we MAN UP with a new film starring Lake Bell and Simon Pegg, which inspires a conversation about movies with deceptive characters in love with MRS. DOUBTFIRE and THE TALENTED MR. RIPLEY.
Wednesday, November 11, 2015
On this episode we recruit Karly of Core Temp Arts and Dave from the Pop Culture Case Study podcast to track down SPECTRE, the new James Bond film from Sam Mendes that brings back that villainous organization, by looking at previous appearances of this gentleman's club in DR. NO and THUNDERBALL.
Also special appearance by fellow Following Films podcast Cinematic For The People!
Sunday, November 8, 2015
On this episode we leave the marital home to talk EYES WIDE SHUT and LOVE IS STRANGE. The conversation on these two films where married couples spend time apart and out of the homes they’ve made together has been inspired by new to video DIGGING FOR FIRE.
Monday, November 2, 2015
On this episode we get back in touch with nature and other creatures that call this planet home… by watching movies. Specifically documentaries, as we have Jamison Rabbit of the Real Films podcast as our guest, talking about the attempts of man and animal to coexist in GRIZZLY MAN and PROJECT NIM. This particular pairing has been inspired by the Alamo Drafthouse rerelease of ROAR.
Saturday, October 31, 2015
On this episode we track cannibals across a triple feature of films. First we posse up with Kurt Russell and his fantastic mustache for the new film BONE TOMAHAWK. We are then joined by friend of the show Derek Stewart who has no mustache but talks 1999’s RAVENOUS vs. 2013’s WE ARE WHAT WE ARE. In the former, Guy Pearce is adopted into a cannibal family of soldiers exiled from society, while the latter introduces us to a long line of cannibals under threat of exposure by a small town detective.
We also debate the leading man abilities of James Woods, who has nothing to do with any of these films.
Friday, October 30, 2015
On this episode we get BURNT with Bradley Cooper as we have a full course meal of films dealing with differences in the kitchen. In 1996’s BIG NIGHT, two brothers battle over the direction of their failing restaurant, one unwilling to bow down to local customer ignorance, the other afraid of returning home to a less exciting life. Whereas 2014’s THE HUNDRED FOOT JOURNEY sees an initial cultural clash between an Indian family and a French woman that produces a better experience by combining sensibilities of the two. Joining our show to provide some True Bromance Film Podcast sensibilities is the host of that show and returning guest Jairo.
Monday, October 26, 2015
On this episode we jump inside a pop culture bubble by living with Jim Carrey in THE TRUMAN SHOW and (unfortunately) Tobey Maguire in PLEASANTVILLE. Non from the great podcast Joy Sandwich joins us for that excursion, but first we take a look at a Sundance hit just now making its way to DVD with THE WOLFPACK.
Friday, October 23, 2015
On this episode we steal, like all great artists do, from the new Danny Boyle/Aaron Sorkin film STEVE JOBS by using our own three act structure focused on different movie launches on this man’s life. In the TNT television film PIRATES OF SILICON VALLEY, the focus is primarily on the battle Jobs and Apple had with Bill Gates and Microsoft, released at a time when Microsoft was the clear victor in this battle back in 1999. Then we jump ahead to a new documentary that arrived this year from Alex Gibney called STEVE JOBS: THE MAN IN THE MACHINE. This film questions the deification of Jobs by the general public and thus offends me as I type this on my iMac.
But first, returning guest Ben from the podcast Cinematic For the People joins me for a film that presents the deification of Aaron Sorkin in STEVE JOBS.
Wednesday, October 21, 2015
On this episode we talk about the much anticipated CRIMSON PEAK with our friend Web Bist from the podcast It’s Terrific and then we move on to Creepy Marriages with a Third Party by checking out Alfred Hitchcock’s REBECCA and the Stephen King film adaptation of A GOOD MARRIAGE with our friends over at the Plain Label Podcast, Eric and Rachel. But first, we are first in line for the latest socially acceptable chance to stare at Jessica Chastain for two hours.
Saturday, October 17, 2015
On this episode we give the people what they want, a PAN spectacular, as we discuss a film that has probably already been exiled from theaters, YET ANOTHER reimagining of the Peter Pan story, one that has been toyed with before as we see with HOOK where Peter Pan grows up, and in FINDING NEVERLAND where J.M. Barrie starts hanging out at the park with kids for inspiration. And yes, we realize how illicit that sounds. Thankfully Natasha from Kentucky Geek Girl joins us to keep things above board, but before that, Brendan from the InSession Film podcast paid his debt for many guest appearances on his show… by talking PAN.
Wednesday, October 14, 2015
Monday, October 12, 2015
We go on multiple movie home invasions inspired by Eli Roth’s latest, KNOCK KNOCK. First, a look at the American remake of FUNNY GAMES from 2007 where Naomi Watts and Tim Roth play an unsuspecting married couple vacationing at their summer home when two strange young men stop by to borrow some eggs and things escalate from their with horrific results. Then in THE PURGE, Ethan Hawke and his family think that they are well prepared and protected from the annual night of crime, death, and destruction sanctioned by the government. All of this because Eli Roth came knocking on our podcast door with his new film.
Wednesday, October 7, 2015
On this episode we attempt to survive in space with Hadas from the Common Room podcast, and thankfully we have a couple of movies on the subject to entertain us. In APOLLO 13, Tom Hanks, Bill Paxton, and Kevin Bacon rely on each other and the crew back on Earth to put together a plan to return home after a failed trip to the moon, whereas in GRAVITY it’s Sandra Bullock in a solo quest to return to our home planet, although George Clooney does provide a brief pep talk.
But before all that grim business, we express a little bit of joy with Jess and Non of the Joy Sandwich podcast, as we admire the humor with which Matt Damon approaches being stranded on Mars in new release THE MARTIAN.
Monday, October 5, 2015
On this episode we are joined by Tom from the podcast Second Class Cinema as we work to a decision on two workplace comedies: IN GOOD COMPANY and THE INTERNSHIP. In the former, a young, inexperienced Topher Grace becomes Dennis Quaid's boss, and in the latter Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson find themselves over their heads with their young, tech-savvy fellow interns at Google. Our own battle of old vs. young has been inspired by the new Nancy Meyers comedy THE INTERN, and Hadas of Common Room is hired on for her insight into the film.
Wednesday, September 30, 2015
Tuesday, September 29, 2015
Sunday, September 27, 2015
Wednesday, September 23, 2015
On this episode we are joined by Brad from the Movie Bears Podcast to help tackle the elements found in the 2010 horror movie FROZEN and the somber Liam Neeson survival film THE GREY. But first Ben from Cinematic For the People joins for a filmgoing summit of new release EVEREST.
Saturday, September 19, 2015
On this episode we take a trip to Boston with David from That Moment In on a mission to uncover some rats. Martin Scorsese's Best Picture winning THE DEPARTED has Matt Damon and Leonardo DiCaprio as a compromised cop and an undercover agent who are looking to reveal the other in a deadly game of cat and mouse. And in THE FRIENDS OF EDDIE COYLE we have movie god Robert Mitchum trades criminal contacts like baseball cards in an attempt to save himself, unaware of others playing the same game with his fate. These two cinematic crime classics do battle after new release BLACK MASS attempts to join their ranks.
Wednesday, September 16, 2015
On this episode we talk about one of our favorite films of the year, Andrew Bujalski’s RESULTS. This film is about two personal trainers played by Guy Pearce and Cobie Smulders whose lives are altered when a rich client arrives seeking to improve himself but finding the trainers themselves to be searching for something as well. This inspires a conversation on benefactors in film, and we start with the grandaddy of them all in Charles Dickens' GREAT EXPECTATIONS. It goes up against James Gray’s latest love triangle set in a world of crime, with Joaquin Phoenix and Jeremy Renner both promising a better life for Marion Cotillard in THE IMMIGRANT.
We also debate the effect that crickets and a computer fan can have on the sound quality of a podcast.
Friday, September 11, 2015
On this episode we go stay with some old people in a pair of horror films. BURNT OFFERINGS has us hosted by Karen Black, Oliver Reed, and Bette Davis as a family gets the deal of a lifetime with very cheap rent for a huge estate, with the catch being that they have to care for an elderly and extremely private woman in the attic. In the more recent THE SKELETON KEY, Kate Hudson's job as a caregiver sends her to the swamps of Louisiana as John Hurt plays a man who has suffered a stroke... and may be suffering in silence under the watchful eye of his creepy wife. This visit with creepy old folks in creepy old houses has been inspired by fallen director M. Night Shyamalan's new film, THE VISIT.
Tuesday, September 8, 2015
On this episode we celebrate the end of the 2015 summer movie season with a new to video release, one of my favorite films of not only the summer but the year in LOVE & MERCY. This inspires a conversation with Ben from the Cinematic For the People podcast on the films AMADEUS and I’M NOT THERE. We talk specifically on how both films are unconventional music biopics focusing primarily on identity.
Friday, September 4, 2015
On this episode we celebrate Labor Day by hitting the road with journalists developing a professional and personal relationship with their subjects. The first film is one of those that is perhaps too famous among cinephiles to talk about with any objectivity or fresh insight, Cameron Crowe’s modern classic ALMOST FAMOUS. Nevertheless guest Rod from The Listening Party podcast helps us do just that by sending the film that won Jeff Bridges an Oscar up to the War Machine Horse slaughter with CRAZY HORSE.
But first, regular collaborator and man crush, Dave from the Pop Culture Case Study podcast hits the road for new release THE END OF THE TOUR.
Wednesday, September 2, 2015
On this episode we bond during a breakdown with Karly from the podcast That Pop This Life. To comfort us during these troubling times, we watched Roman Polanski's REPULSION and Lars Von Trier's MELANCHOLIA, both about sisters dealing with trauma in very different ways. This lighthearted episode has been inspired by Alex Ross Perry's great new film, QUEEN OF EARTH.
Monday, August 31, 2015
On this episode, Greta Gerwig’s latest MISTRESS AMERICA has us talking about her influence in two prior starring roles in LOLA VERSUS and DAMSELS IN DISTRESS. In one, a breakup has her leaning on friends and in the other she seeks out people to help guide them to happiness. Britt from the pop culture blog Eclectic Pop guides us through The Greta Gerwig Effect.
But first, we talk with Sam Levy, director of photography for MISTRESS AMERICA, about his work with writer/director Noah Baumbach.
Wednesday, August 26, 2015
On this episode we are joined by guest Dan Lizette from The Podcast Digest, a show where Dan recommends and interviews producers of great podcast content, so I can not recommend this podcast enough to both listeners and podcasters alike. And since Dan attempts to wake up listeners to podcasts they may not be aware of, we will be discussing THE LONG KISS GOODNIGHT vs. THE BOURNE IDENTITY in which Geena Davis and Matt Damon awaken to skills and past lives that lead to knife fights and general good times.
BUT FIRST… we discuss the new film that is really just an excuse to get Dan and Jason Bourne on the show, with the new release AMERICAN ULTRA.
Thursday, August 20, 2015
On this episode: Tim from First Time Watchers helps us pick a side in the battle between kids and crooked cops as well as Leon: The Professional vs. Killer Joe. This family friendly double feature (which is to be served with fried chicken) has been inspired by the do-gooder attitude of Kevin Bacon in his new film Cop Car.
Special introduction by Jairo of the the True Bromance Film Podcast who manages to project as much podcast jealousy as possible in ninety seconds.
Wednesday, August 19, 2015
On this episode we are joined by Web Bist from the podcast It's Terrific in a quest to change for love. Inspired by new release PRINCE we do our selfishly romantic research by breaking out our copies of CHASING AMY and THE SHAPE OF THINGS.
Special introduction from Dave of Pop Culture Case Study who agreed to maintain our friendship by avoiding a clinical diagnosis of our love lives.
Monday, August 17, 2015
On this episode new to video BURYING THE EX inspires us to have a love affair with zombie films WARM BODIES and LIFE AFTER BETH. Helping us in this deadly quest for love is Rilla from the Soiled Restroom Cinema podcast.
Also thanks to Peter from Hydrate Level Four for providing the introduction to what is most assuredly the greatest podcast episode ever produced.
Thursday, August 13, 2015
On this episode we present part two of our MAMO themed week. A great podcast that recently celebrated its tenth year. Last time we had Matt Brown on the show to talk superhero reboots, this time it’s the other half of MAMO in Matthew Price who joins me for a theme of keeping murder in the family with two horror classics: PSYCHO and HALLOWEEN. You can find more from Mr. Price on this genre by checking out his other podcast, the aptly titled Let’s Scare Matthew Price to Death. But first, we discuss the inspiration for this particular battle of the horror titans, the second Gillan Flynn big screen adaptation in DARK PLACES.
Saturday, August 8, 2015
On this episode we talk superhero reboots on film with superhero film expert Matt Brown from Super Zero podcast and the long-running MAMO. We look at the best example of this tall but financially mandated task with Christopher Nolan’s BATMAN BEGINS going up against the much loathed Marc Webb’s AMAZING SPIDER-MAN. But speaking of being loathed, my co-host Emily Mackay and I recorded our day one responses to the long hated (even before its release) Josh Trank’s FANTASTIC FOUR.
Wednesday, August 5, 2015
On this episode we dive into a Tom Cruise Conspiracy with Christopher McQuarrie as this particular writer and actor combo worked together previously on VALKYRIE and JACK REACHER. And make sure to hang around at the end of the episode with a bonus discussion with one of our most popular guests, Shawn Pryor of The Black Box podcast. But first... we accept and impossible mission, one no other film podcast dare tackle, a review of MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE - ROGUE NATION.
Monday, August 3, 2015
On this episode we experience the triumph and tragedy of boxing... from the safe distance of a movie screen. New release SOUTHPAW inspires a trip to the movies with Karly from the podcasts That Pop This Life and Talking Shondaland, and we continue to talk boxing with two older films in FAT CITY challenging Best Picture winner MILLION DOLLAR BABY.
Tuesday, July 28, 2015
On this episode we are joined by Jessica & Non from the podcast JOY SANDWICH, to run away and recapture our youth with two films MOONRISE KINGDOM and THE KINGS OF SUMMER. But first, a road trip, tracking down clues for the new release PAPER TOWNS.
0:00 - War Machine vs. War Horse Theme
0:30 - Episode Intro
1:10 - Paper Towns trailer
3:30 - Paper Towns review
35:43 - Moonrise Kingdom/The Kings of Summer clips
37:06 - Discussion on missing kids in love movies with Jessica & Non of Joy Sandwich.
1:36:54 - Outro with music.
1:38:22 - Now what?
Saturday, July 25, 2015
On this episode we have TWO guests as Dave from the podcast Pop Culture Case Study was kind enough to accept my collect call from the awful state of Ohio, as we did a Trainwreck mini-review on the road to finish off our Sex With Judd Apatow triple feature that includes THE 40-YEAR-OLD VIRGIN or KNOCKED UP trying to seduce my co-host Shane Conner and Megan from the Screams and Moans podcast.
Thursday, July 23, 2015
On this episode we are inspired to think small with guest Paul from the Blokebusters podcast as we watch THE BORROWERS go up against ARRIETY in a battle of tiny thieves taking their orders from Marvel’s latest release ANT-MAN.
Monday, July 20, 2015
On this episode we are the weird old guys watching a kids movie with the new release MINIONS, but this does inspire a look back at decidedly more adult minions affair with the Coen Bros. MILLER’S CROSSING going up against Matt Reeves’ American remake of Let The Right One In in LET ME IN.
Thursday, July 16, 2015
On this episode Jairo from the True Bromance Film Podcast joins the show as we look at aging performers coming to terms with being replaced by younger artists in ALL ABOUT EVEN and A STAR IS BORN. But first, Jairo compares one host to Juliette Binoche in the new to video CLOUDS OF SILS MARIA, before we hate on A STAR IS BORN for being the Marvel movie of its time.
Saturday, July 11, 2015
On this episode, we lament the lack of dramatic weight in the new MAGIC MIKE XXL, so we harken back to the struggling economic stituation of the first film with a dancing battle between FLASHDANCE and THE FULL MONTY.
GUEST: Jim from the MOVIE BEARS PODCAST joins the show to talk Soderbergh, time capsules, and a bear in Game of Thrones.
Tuesday, July 7, 2015
We have the unfortunate task of hanging out with not one, not two, but three rebooted TERMINATOR films in a post-Cameron apocalypse. The newest version in TERMINATOR: GENISYS has us looking at the two prior models with an attempt to finish the Terminator trilogy in TERMINATOR 3: RISE OF THE MACHINES fighting the abandoned start of a new trilogy in TERMINATOR: SALVATION.
Guest: Peter of Hydrate Level Four joins the show as our time travel expert, because after all his podcast is named after an obscure BACK TO THE FUTURE reference.
Tuesday, June 30, 2015
On this episode we attempt to recreate favorite movie moments in podcast form by looking at films where characters recreate movie moments. SON OF RAMBOW and BE KIND REWIND provided a great opportunity for a guest appearance by David from THAT MOMENT IN to talk about what he looks for in film and how he talks about the art form. But before that, we love similar moments in ME AND EARL AND THE DYING GIRL, but have different reactions to this new release as a whole.
Friday, June 26, 2015
On this episode we are joined by Nick Antosca, writer on the critically acclaimed television series HANNIBAL, to talk about FRIDAY THE 13th, a film he knows a little something about as he is the writer behind the upcoming reboot of the series. The other movie we will be pairing up with that horror classic is another favorite of the genre in ON GOLDEN POND. Keep listening to the episode to see if Mr. Antosca will be taking over the reboot of that particular property.
This odd double feature of Film Families on the Lake has been inspired by Sarah Adina Smith’s new film THE MIDNIGHT SWIM, who was nice enough to talk with us about the inspiration for the script and the filmmaking techniques she used to put audiences in a character's head.
Tuesday, June 23, 2015
On this episode we are joined by actor Adam Guthrie to attend a cinematic party of CAN’T HARDLY WAIT and SUPERBAD. This extremely white pairing has oddly been inspired by the trailer for the Sundance hit DOPE which just went into wide release in America, and as you will see in our spoiler-free review of this film, there’s a lot more to it than just high school hijinks.
Friday, June 19, 2015
On this episode we celebrate our 150th episode by taking a journey within ourselves, which doesn’t get particularly deep as we just end up watching FANTASTIC VOYAGE and INNERSPACE. Those silly but classic films are inspired by what looks to be a new classic from Pixar in INSIDE OUT.
Wednesday, June 17, 2015
On this episode we take a look at the theme of revenge, something we know quite a bit about if you look at some of the movies we’ve made the other watch for this very podcast. In this particular instance we will be joined by guest Web Bist from the movie podcast IT'S TERRIFIC to watch anthology films filled with vengeance, such as the 1972 version of TALES FROM THE CRYPT going up against the George A. Romero/Stephen King collaboration in CREEPSHOW. This combination of vengeful short films has been inspired by the video release of the 2014 Academy Award Best Foreign Language Film nominee WILD TALES.
Friday, June 12, 2015
On this episode we return to Jurassic Park with the new release JURASSIC WORLD. Choosing the following double feature didn’t require too much thought, and some would say the same about watching the sequels THE LOST WORLD and JURASSIC PARK 3. So we instead reserve our deep thoughts for the footwear of Bryce Dallas Howard and Chris Pratt, pick on terrible child actors, and of course play a game of Hot or Not matchmaking with William H. Macy.
Tuesday, June 9, 2015
On this episode we look at films on talk show breakdowns. This comes naturally to us since we already have a failed talk show in this very podcast, so we watch two other gentlemen dealing with their own personal demons in the format. In Oliver Stone’s 1988 film adaptation of Eric Bogosian’s stage play, Bogosian plays Barry. A rude, contemptuous talk show host becomes overwhelmed by the hatred that surrounds his program just before it goes national.
Barry and Talk Radio go up against the shock jock Jack, played by Jeff Bridges in the 1991 movie THE FISHER KING, directed by Terry Gilliam and written by Richard Lagravenese. Here instead of a breakdown on air, we see the damage that can be done off air, as an offhand remark sends a listener into a restaurant with a gun, where he guns down a man’s wife and causes the husband played by Robin Williams to hide his grief by living in a fantasy world.
Heavy stuff, with strange doses of comedy make for a perfect double feature to followup new to video WELCOME TO ME.
Friday, June 5, 2015
On this episode we look at films set in small towns with big secrets. The 2007 action comedy HOT FUZZ from writer and director Edgar Wright stars Simon Pegg as an annoyingly straight-laced cop exiled by his less professional London colleagues to a small English village with very little crime… that is, crime that the townspeople recognize as crime.
Our second film is a mixture of a remake and a sequel to a 1976 horror film, sharing the same name of THE TOWN THAT DREADED SUNDOWN. In this new 2014 version, Alfonso Gomez-Rejon delivers a funny, scary, and stylistically cool slasher film about a masked serial killer stalking a small town in Texarkana, and the townspeople who dread reopening this decades long wound of previous murders.
But first, a smaller film that we have been looking forward to in this summer of disappointing big budget kids movies in WE ARE STILL HERE. The writer and director of that film Ted Geoghegan joined us to talk about his fun new horror film.
Tuesday, June 2, 2015
So this episode exists because co-host Chris Maynard was wronged into unnecessarily watching The Human Centipede for the podcast. And now we are about to wrong you the listener with a War Machine vs. War Horse special looking at the entire Human Centipede trilogy. To make this undesirable cinematic act more palatable I have tried to make this as much of a clip show as possible, with a little help from my barking dog during the recording process leading to ample opportunities to spotlight creative work I actually like and promote another podcast @FromPage2Screen. But first a look at the third Human Centipede.
Friday, May 29, 2015
On this episode we look at Cameron Crowe's repeated professional meltdowns, some leading to more cinematic success such as JERRY MAGUIRE and then the familiar formula not working in ELIZABETHTOWN. Peter from Hydrate Level Four and the Original Remake podcast joins the show to see if Crowe's new film ALOHA is a remake of the charm of his earlier work or the missteps seen in his later filmography.
Tuesday, May 26, 2015
For the remake of POLTERGEIST we look at two other cursed properties in cinema that were eventually remade way back in 1999. Along the way we answer the very important question of whether or not Catherine Zeta Jones "owned it" in THE HAUNTING and explain what happens when two people really love each other in the HOUSE ON HAUNTED HILL.
Friday, May 22, 2015
For TOMORROWLAND, we look at former animated film directors making the leap to big budget live action properties with Tim Burton’s very successful BATMAN going up against Andrew Stanton’s box office disaster JOHN CARTER. Hopefully with his new expensive summer film, Brad Bird continues to carry over his success from MISSION IMPOSSIBLE: GHOST PROTOCOL.
GUEST: Josh Dotson from the podcast PROJECTING FILM helps us project the fortunes of TOMORROWLAND, and warns of the peril of Bat-Dancing breaking out again.
Tuesday, May 19, 2015
On this episode a Kentuckian and an Arizonan look at the Apocalypse in Australia. This theme has us looking at the 1959 film warning of nuclear war in ON THE BEACH starring Gregory Peck and Anthony Perkins, going up against one of our favorite films of 2014 THE ROVER starring Guy Pearce and Robert Pattinson. But first, declare the summer movie season over as we have a champion in MAD MAX: FURY ROAD.
Friday, May 15, 2015
On this episode PITCH PERFECT 2 inspires a look back at the previous film and we have a battle of the band films with SCHOOL OF ROCK. Not stopping at music competitions in film, we continue to team up to bash Marvel movies for their gender inequality, listen to Emily Mackay's Joan Cusack impression, and bring a little TRUE GRIT to the PITCH PERFECT mythology.
Tuesday, May 12, 2015
On this episode we look at the comical life of vampires on film, a genre that doesn’t get much play in Hollywood, and many would say rightfully so. However no one can deny that it is a place for notorious overactors such as Nicolas Cage and Johnny Depp to let their freak flags fly in VAMPIRE’S KISS and DARK SHADOWS. This battle of fanged actors over who can ham it up the most is inspired by the new video release of WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS.
Friday, May 8, 2015
On this episode we are just three dudes, looking for some man on man action in a sub. And we get plenty of that with a triple feature inspired by the new video release BLACK SEA inspiring a submarine battle between two classics in THE HUNT FOR RED OCTOBER and CRIMSON TIDE.
We also give our listeners a glimpse of the process to our movie selection and how ROLLERBALL (the Chris Klein version) will be discussed on another podcast.
Tuesday, May 5, 2015
Friday, May 1, 2015
Inspired by the new video release of SELMA, we look at two older protest pictures with guest Jamie Dew of the great film podcast The Dew Over. The two older films of BATTLE IN SEATTLE and PRIDE have us debating when there is too much star power in supporting roles, and the always important social issue of men's hair. But first, an interview from Chris Maynard with SELMA actress Tara Ochs on her film career and work in Atlanta.
Thursday, April 30, 2015
Last episode we looked at kids seeking immortality through music, but this time we just skip all that hippie crap and get straight to how Blake Lively does it in THE AGE OF ADALINE. This inspires a look back at Meryl Streep and Goldie Hawn trying to conquer the aging process for reasons of vanity in DEATH BECOMES HER, going up against Hugh Jackman making the conquering of death the ultimate quest of love for Rachel Weisz and has him traveling through time and space in THE FOUNTAIN. Michael Denniston and Emily Mackay also debate the ending of THE WOMAN IN GOLD, coming to the conclusion that it should have ripped off the final scene of KILLING THEM SOFTLY.
Wednesday, April 29, 2015
On this episode, one of the creators of this podcast, Josh Dotson, joins the show to interview filmmaker Raf Moscatel about his kickstarter project THE LITTLE GIRL WITH THE BIG VOICE. This is just one of many spotlights on upcoming indie films that Josh will discuss on his upcoming podcast Projecting Film, which you can find on FollowingFilms.com
After that we get to our triple feature for the episode, as co-host Emily Mackay joins me to talk about yet another one of her Sundance experiences with GOD HELP THE GIRL, which inspires a battle of the bands with two older films in THAT THING YOU DO vs. NOT FADE AWAY.
And if that wasn’t enough, at the very end of the episode you will get a behind the scenes listen on how this very podcast came to be, as we present for the first time, our earliest recording of War Machine vs. War Horse, a trial episode that focuses on… NOT FADE AWAY.
Tuesday, April 28, 2015
In this episode we look at murder in paradise, more specifically the serial killer hunting children and being hunted himself by Tom Hardy in CHILD 44. This inspires a look back at the controversial rendering of paradise in Peter Jackson's film adaptation of THE LOVELY BONES vs. the troubling utopia portrayed in the more critically acclaimed film adaptation of NEVER LET ME GO.
GUEST: None this week, but we really could have used the analysis of Dave from Pop Culture Case Study. You can correct that mistake by checking out his great podcast.
Monday, April 27, 2015
In this episode we fake our way through a podcast about fake movies. Inspired by CLOSER TO THE MOON we look at an Academy Award winner for Best Picture, and a film that should have won that award in ARGO vs. BOWFINGER. Along the way we insult Marlon Brando, defend Frank Oz, get rejected by Scientology, begin our spec script for a new Sarah Jessica Parker career and reflect on that great time in the 90s when Janeane Garofalo was the box office champion.
Wednesday, April 15, 2015
On this episode we are joined by Howard Gorman of Cinema Chords to talk with Dan Bush, writer/director of the new film THE RECONSTRUCTION OF WILLIAM ZERO. This new release inspired a look back at two older films with twins plotting against each other in DEAD RINGERS and ENEMY. And in true Bad Twin fashion, we give in to our darker impulses and briefly (BRIEFLY) mention the Ant-Man trailer, objectify men, and end up at ROAD HOUSE as we always do.
Friday, April 10, 2015
On this episode we plot the perfect Hitchcockian murder with writer/director Christopher Presswell and talk about his homage to those films with his new movie, CANDLESTICK. This inspires a look back at two of The Master’s works where a perfect murder is planned with the added benefit of other parties helping to do the dirty work. Those two older films are STRANGERS ON A TRAIN vs. DIAL M FOR MURDER. Emily Mackay of Movies N' Mayhem joins me to debate those great works of art, and of course, another round of Movie Star Hot or Not.
Thursday, April 9, 2015
On this episode we have fast and furious taste of revenge as the seventh entry in that franchise, FURIOUS 7, brings back the older brother of the previous film’s villain to wreck havoc on our muscled out band of heroes and their muscle cars, which inspired us NOT to get in shape or go to a car show, but to instead watch 2001’s JOY RIDE where a prank leads to a deranged truck driver getting his revenge on Paul Walker and Steve Zahn, and 2003’s THE ITALIAN JOB where Mark Wahlberg and Charlize Theron deliver some payback to their former team member Edward Norton for double crossing them.
Tuesday, April 7, 2015
On this episode we debate how a silver fox and a handsome bear handle their professional and personal affairs in a very short and stressful period of time with Richard Gere in 2012’s ARBITRAGE vs. Tom Hardy in 2014’s LOCKE. This battle of businessmen trying to do the right or wrong thing was inspired by the new video release of A MOST VIOLENT YEAR, starring Oscar Isaac and Jessica Chastain, and ultimately you know that it's going to be The Chastain that wins out.
Thursday, April 2, 2015
Last episode we was a triple feature of men hunting or being hunted by bears with THE BEAR going up against THE EDGE, inspired by new horror film BACKCOUNTRY. On this episode we are inspired by another new horror movie in SPRING which has us looking back at 1982’s CAT PEOPLE and 2000’s GINGER SNAPS for other cinematic female transformations to furry creatures. But before we get into that, host Chris Maynard participated in a joint interview with Howard Gorman of Cinema Chords and Scream magazine to talk to the directors of SPRING, Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead.
Wednesday, April 1, 2015
Last episode we were on the search for our masculinity with a triple feature of MY OWN MAN, THE GRADUATE and FIGHT CLUB and since that didn’t do the trick, on this episode we continue to challenge our manhood, but only through a film experience with THE BEAR taking on THE EDGE. This decision to fight a bear and in this case two bear films fighting each other for our movie amusement has been inspired by the new horror film BACKCOUNTRY. Our own Chris Maynard was a part of a press junket where he got to talk with the film’s writer and director, Adam MacDonald.
Tuesday, March 31, 2015
On this episode the new Netflix documentary MY OWN MAN has us questioning our own manhood and the only answers we could find were by looking to our elders in cinema with 1967’s THE GRADUATE taking on 1999’s FIGHT CLUB. Hopefully Mrs. Robinson and Tyler Durden can drag us kicking and screaming into manhood, but before that, host Chris Maynard spoke with director David Sampliner about masculinity and his great new documentary film MY OWN MAN.
Wednesday, March 25, 2015
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Monday, March 23, 2015
On this episode we follow the first 2015 critical sensation IT FOLLOWS with two films that aren’t very much like IT FOLLOWS but have a following theme in WINGS OF DESIRE vs. FOLLOWING and are members of The Criterion Collection. But as you will see in our reviews of these three films, the new horror movie is by far the most deserving of that status.
We also shamelessly plug our website FollowingFilms.com.
Monday, March 16, 2015
On this episode we join up with three different cults, two are old hat at this point, both Sundance darlings of 2011 in MARTHA MARCY MAY MARLENE and SOUND OF MY VOICE. This extreme podcasting decision was made with the controlling guidance of new release FAULTS. But before we fully commit to this cult movie decision we try the Kool-Aid of Netflix's new original series UNBREAKABLE KIMMY SCHMIDT and let Tangible Teddy gripe about the death of video stores.
Thursday, March 12, 2015
We go on a writers' retreat with two older films and two sets of dueling writers, Michael Caine and Christopher Reeve in the comedic thriller DEATHTRAP going up against the sexy cat fighting led by Charlotte Rampling in SWIMMING POOL. This duel where the weapons of choice are typewriters and word processors has been inspired by a film new to DVD, Blu-Ray, and various VOD services in LISTEN UP PHILIP.
Sunday, March 8, 2015
On this episode we join strangers who arrive in small but equally strange communities and how they shape or are shaped by them. Unfortunately we are not talking ROAD HOUSE, but we do have a 1938 French film in PORT OF SHADOWS going up against Lars Von Trier's DOGVILLE. So... basically the same thing as ROAD HOUSE. This pairing has been inspired by the new release OCTOBER GALE from writer/director Ruba Nadda, who joins us to talk about her work.
Wednesday, March 4, 2015
On this episode we are inspired by THE TROUBLE WITH THE TRUTH, which recently hit Amazon streaming, to have a long talk about romance in films where couples have long talks. The two older films that we picked are Richard Linklater’s BEFORE SUNRISE and BEFORE MIDNIGHT, the first and third in a trilogy which perfectly fits our format as we debate how time has changed our perceptions of the two films and the characters as they have progressed. To do so we bring in the wife of one of our hosts to get a female point of view and to have our own version of a married couple having a long conversation in podcast form. But before all of that, we got to speak with the writer and director of THE TROUBLE WITH THE TRUTH, Jim Hemphill, about the inspiration for the project and his creative influences.
Monday, March 2, 2015
Ep. 118 - My Life Directed By Nicolas Winding Refn (Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse vs. American Movie)
In this episode we are directed by Nicolas Winding Refn to have a theme inspired by MY LIFE DIRECTED BY NICOLAS WINDING REFN. That direction leads us to the films HEARTS OF DARKNESS: A FILMMAKER'S APOCALYPSE and AMERICAN MOVIE, as we see that both someone at the top and bottom of their field can be driven mad by the passion and pitfalls of seeing their dream film through to completion.
Sunday, March 1, 2015
On this episode we are haunted by Hollywood, much like the characters in David Cronenberg's new film MAPS TO THE STARS. The only way we can see to exorcise these demons is by tackling two of the classics on this subject with Billy Wilder's SUNSET BOULEVARD taking on Robert Altman's THE PLAYER. Wilder. Altman. Cronenberg. The only clear winner in this episode is us.
Saturday, February 28, 2015
On this episode we attempt to con you into listening to our triple feature of con man movies, inspired by the new release FOCUS. Based on the premise of that film we look at how love blinds con men, like it blinded Will Smith by backing his son's acting career in AFTER EARTH, in Ridley Scott's MATCHSTICK MEN and Rian Johnson’s THE BROTHERS BLOOM.
GUEST: Peter from Hydrate Level Four joins us to work on a horror screenplay starring Bruce McGill.
Friday, February 27, 2015
On this episode we look at two 2001 movies trapped behind enemy lines with BLACK HAWK DOWN vs. the Academy Award Winner for Best Foreign Language Film in NO MAN’S LAND. This particular double feature was inspired by a film just now getting released here in the U.S. and starring Jack O’Connell in ’71. And we were privileged to have the director of photography for that film, Tat Radcliffe, join us to talk about this film and the great year he had professionally in 2014.
Thursday, February 26, 2015
On this episode we look at a comic book writer’s universe of creator-owned material making its way to the silver screen with various degrees of success. We are not of course talking about Alan Moore, because I mentioned the word successful film adaptations, and instead will move down a few tiers to Mark Millar with the adaptations of WANTED and KICK-ASS battling it out like a good comic book crossover. This is inspired by the new release KINGSMAN: THE SECRET SERVICE, and Bubbawheat from the sites Flights, Tights, and Movie Nights and Channel: Superhero will teams up with us to choose a winner.