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41 minutes | 5 days ago
Episode 319: The Father
The Father is the last Oscar-nominated movie and the only best picture nomination that we never heard of. We gave it a whirl and it’s a beautifully haunting portrayal of dementia in our elders. It’s also the first horror movie to be nominated for Best Pictures. Anthony Hopkins and Olivia Colman give a performance of a lifetime in this. If you just want a super existential sad we highly recommend watching this movie about your last days through the eyes of a dementia patient.
59 minutes | 12 days ago
Episode 318: Judas and the Black Messiah
Another Oscar nominated movie we watched, that’s supporting “depressing Oscar movies,” is Judas and the Black Messiah. Maybe it’s less depressing and more rage inducing. This is a movie based on a key moment Fred Hampton’s life, his assassination and the mole who helped it. If you want another reason to be mad at the United States goverment, have a listen.
41 minutes | 19 days ago
Episode 317: The Sound of Metal
Get your double bass pedals and earplugs out because the boys are talking about The Sound of Metal. This movie follows a metal drummer who begins to lose the one thing critical to his passion, his hearing. A strikingly grounded movie from a first-time director, Darius Marder.
48 minutes | a month ago
Episode 316: Nomadland
We continue trekking through the Oscar best picture nominations with Nomadland. A story about the fragility of human life, what it means to be human, and the best bucket to poop in when you’re living in an RV. Based on real people, Nomadland features Francis McDormand trying to heal from losing her job and husband. It’s absolutely beautiful.
52 minutes | a month ago
Episode 315: The Trial of the Chicago 7
It’s Oscar (multi) month y’all! It’s time for us to watch all the best picture nominations for the year 2021! We recorded this podcast before the nominations were announced, but we knew for sure Trial of the Chicago 7 would be an absolute shoo-in for the best picture nomination. It’s historical. It’s political. It’s Aaron Sorkin. Turns out we were right. But does Aaron Sorkin’s writing get a little too self-indulgent in his own politics?
51 minutes | a month ago
Episode 314: Alita: Battle Angel
Alita: Battle Angel is James Cameron’s technology baby, but does it hold up even when he can’t direct the movie? Robert Rodriguez brings us the American adaptation of the hit Japanese manga. The boys dive in and see if the plot holds up to the $170 million visuals.
52 minutes | 2 months ago
Episode 313: Venom
Sony takes their shot at one of the most popular Spiderman villains Venom. It was critically panned, but critics aren’t always right! The boys reexamine the Tom Hardy movie and see it is actually any good. Is this a stand-out Marvel movie that may actually have been ignored since it doesn’t tie into the MUC?
58 minutes | 2 months ago
Episode 312: Repo Man
A classic American punk, bizarre movie, Repo Man defines genres to create a movie that could have only been made during the ’80s. We follow suburban punk Otto (Emilio Estevez) as he gets recruited to become a repo man. From there the movie becomes so wild you’d have to hear us talk about it to believe it.
51 minutes | 2 months ago
Episode 311: Bonnie and Clyde
The boys watch a bit of classic American movie making Bonnie and Clyde. Does this movie still hold up in 2021? The answer may be more shocking than a tommy gun ambush!
56 minutes | 2 months ago
Episode 310: Blue Valentine
Won’t you be my Blue Valentine? The boys watch the “romantic” Blue Valentine for Valentine’s Day. It stars Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams as two people who fell madly in love. In fact, it has one of the best endings of a movie that we’ve seen in a while. So if you’re looking for love in all the wrong places, have a listen to this podcast episode.
49 minutes | 3 months ago
Episode 309: Locked Down
Locked Down is the first “full” movie to be released during the COVID-19 pandemic. Did you notice how I mentioned during and not after? This movie comes out so quickly to comment on the lockdown, yet it already feels dated. Even more out of touch, the movie follows Anne Hatheway and Chiwetel Ejiofor as an affluent couple in London who suffer in their super nice house and begin acting irrationally after only a few weeks in lockdown. Ethan has not been this mad at a movie in a long, long time.
44 minutes | 3 months ago
Episode 308: We Can Be Heroes
We Can Be Heroes is the latest kids movie from Robert Rodriguez and is actually a sequel/set in the same universe as Sharkboy and Lavagirl. (which we watched!) Weirdly it has almost nothing to do with Sharkboy and Lavagirl, but is more like Avengers for kids… and no one else. Robert Rodriguez made essentially a kids-only movie, so if you’ve already finished up puberty, I’d suggest staying away from it. Just listen to our podcast for the deep plot without the screaming kids.
74 minutes | 3 months ago
Episode 307: Tenet
Tenet is the first Christopher Nolan movie we watched for the podcast. Just like Tenet, the episode about it is an overloaded, bloated mess! We hope you enjoy it. If we ever get any facts wrong about the movie, just remember to feel it and not think too hard about it. Tenet stars John David Washington as “Protagonist”…. I can’t write a synopsis of this film. Not with a character name like that… you’ll just have to listen to the podcast.
55 minutes | 3 months ago
Episode 306: Steel Magnolias
Steel Magnolias has been on our watch list since we started the podcast. It’s time to finally dive into a movie that’s bound to make anyone cry…. unless you just watch the first half. The movie fits weirdly well along with our episodes of My Girl and Fried Green Tomatoes, movies made in the late 80s or early 90s set in the 50s when times were worse/better for some. Writing this out now, I realize it’s kind of similar to movies in the 2020s being nostalgic about the 80s. If this trend continues… expect to see some 90s movies coming out from Netflix, Disney, and whatever media companies remain after COVID ends.
58 minutes | 3 months ago
Episode 305: First Cow
First Cow was one of the most critically acclaimed movies to come out last year. Does it hold up to our two critic’s discerning eyes? The movie, much like this podcast, is about two guys trying to make their way in the barely settled wilderness during a gold rush. Sometimes you have to get your hands dirty in this cruel, uncaring world.
42 minutes | 4 months ago
Episode 304: New Year, New You
New Year, New You is a holiday horror movie all about how popularity and influencers can corrupt a friend group. It comes from the same director as Black Christmas 2019, Sophia Takal. It was apparently part of a series of Blumhouse movies called, Into the Darkness. We discuss the difference between her two films and Ethan launches his own health and fitness brand coupon code. Of course, it’s only for loyal listeners!
49 minutes | 4 months ago
Episode 303: The Knight Before Christmas
The Knight Before Christmas broke our streak of descent to good Christmas movies. Now we descend into the madness known as the Netflix Christmas Cinematic Universe. (NCCU for shore) These movies all have zero actual stakes. Characters with almost no actual real problems. No actual villains. Only cozy vibes allowed in these movies. Oh and Vanessa Hudgens I guess. She’s in most of them. Grab a cup of coco and tune in.
55 minutes | 4 months ago
Episode 302: Black Christmas (2019)
We reviewed the first Black Christmas movie for the podcast a whole four years ago. We decided to take a look at the third remake and much like our original episode, we came away divided. Maybe it even begs the question, are any of the Black Christmas movies good? Happy Holidays!
45 minutes | 4 months ago
Episode 301: Jingle Jangle
Jingle Jangle is the best Christmas present we can ask for! Not only is this not an abysmally bad Christmas movie, Jingle Jangle actually may have the chops to become a modern Christmas classic! Forrest Whittaker plays a disillusioned inventor, who needs the help of his granddaughter to save his workshop and his family’s relationship. A fantastic movie for the whole family on Netflix and no one is talking about it? SHAME.
56 minutes | 5 months ago
Episode 300: The Other Half
For our 300th episode, we watched The Other Half. We had no idea what this movie was going into it. Even afterward, we’re not quite sure what it was about. Listen to our discussion of both halves of The Other Half on The Other Half podcast feed. Listen to us talk about your standard love story about two lovers getting together and then realizing they’re both people with problems to work out. But this time it has an artsy little twist to it!
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