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80 minutes | Nov 24, 2020
#94 – Catch Me If You Can – T. Hanks-giving Special
or: I Was At A Cracker Barrel, And I Was Like, ‘Yeah, I’ll Listen To This.’ IT’S A T. HANKS-GIVING MIRACLE!! The Dudes gather around the table to regroup, discuss what we’re all thankful for and discuss Steven Speilberg’s breezy 2002 Christmas Caper, Catch Me If You Can. SHOW NOTES 00:07:16 – Review – Catch Me If You Can 01:03:42 – Beer Pairing: Nitro Milk Stout by Left Hand Brewing Co. “The Thanksgiving Song” – Ben Rector 01:07:32 – Really Rad Recommendations Continue reading The post #94 - Catch Me If You Can - T. Hanks-giving Special first appeared on War Starts at Midnight.
75 minutes | Sep 10, 2020
#78 – The Darjeeling Limited (Rebroadcast)
or: The Estuary Between Order and Chaos Jacob ranks The Darjeeling Limited at the tippy top of Wes Anderson’s filmography and Chris ranks it dead last. Can we convince our co-hosts to reassess their respective positions on the Whitman brothers’ futile quest for enlightenment? PLUS! Get your fix of really rad recommendations, Chris’s Darjeeling beer pairing, and a full ranking of every Wes Anderson film to date (sans the ones mentioning Isles or Dogs in the title). SHOW NOTES 00:06:39 – Review – The Darjeeling Limited 01:01:27 – Beer Pairing: Alpha Hive by COOP Ale Works “Strangers (The Kinks Cover)” – Escondido 01:06:04 – Really Rad Recommendations Continue reading The post #78 - The Darjeeling Limited (Rebroadcast) first appeared on War Starts at Midnight.
91 minutes | Sep 2, 2020
#93 – The Darjeeling Limited – The Magnificent Andersons #10
or: That Bombay Talkie Theme Slaps! All aboard as The Dudes don their finest suits, hop on The Darjeeling Limited, and delve into one of Wes Anderson’s most contentious films to date. Everyone knows this is Wes Anderson’s worst movie, what this review presupposes is …maybe it isn’t? SHOW NOTES 00:09:38 – Review – The Darjeeling Limited01:16:40 – Beer Pairing: Bengali by Sixpoint Brewery“I Turned my Back on the Written Word” – Generationals01:20:45 – Really Rad Recommendations Continue reading The post #93 - The Darjeeling Limited - The Magnificent Andersons #10 first appeared on War Starts at Midnight.
139 minutes | May 21, 2020
#74 – CIVIL WAR: There Will Be Blood vs. No Country for Old Men (Rebroadcast)
or: I Have the Solution to Make Daniel Day-Lewis Happy Again Peterson Hill returns to The War Bunker to help The Dudes decide a victor in the toughest Civil War Showdown to date! It’s a brutal no-holds-barred brawl that’s been a decade in the making. In one corner, we have There Will Be Blood’s Daniel Plainview armed only with a verbal venom and a barbaric bowling pin. In the other corner, No Country For Old Men’s Anton Chigurh wielding a killer haircut and an oxygen tank… for emphysema or somethin’. Two films enter but only can be named the essentialiest motion picture of 2007 (and perhaps the entire 21st century). Sit back and sip on a stellar stout while Chris, Jacob, and Peterson go to epic lengths to survive this merciless movie matchup. SHOW NOTES 00:17:37 – Review – There Will Be Blood 00:45:39 – Review – No Country for Old Men “Wildlife Sculpture” – Generationals 01:25:45 – Civil War Showdown 01:58:59 – Beer Pairing: Yellow Belly by Omnipollo (in collaboration with Buxton Brewery) “Our Time (2 Shine)” – Generationals 02:05:43 – Really Rad Recommendations Continue reading The post #74 - CIVIL WAR: There Will Be Blood vs. No Country for Old Men (Rebroadcast) first appeared on War Starts at Midnight.
79 minutes | May 14, 2020
#92 – There Will Be Blood (The Magnificent Andersons #09)
or: Get Them All Liquored Up And Take Them To The Peach Tree Dance The Dudes brew up some healthy competition within themselves to revisit Paul Thomas Anderson’s 2007 oil-drenched epic, There Will be Blood. They wield their best (read: horrible) Daniel Plainview impressions to tackle this tale of early 20th century individualism set against the building blocks of America – capitalism and religion. On this rewatch, do they discover that Daniel Day-Lewis actually turns in a weak and overwrought performance? (No.) Does PTA’s world view further isolate Jake from fully embracing his idiosyncratic visions? () Does Peterson gush over this epic like a geyser of crude bursting from the ocean of oil under our feet? (Naturally.) SHOW NOTES 00:06:13 – Review – There Will Be Blood 01:03:48 – Beer Pairing: Barrel Aged Bible Belt by Prairie Artisan Ales & Evil Twin Brewing “Shakin” – Beau Jennings & the Tigers 01:09:03 – Really Rad Recommendations Continue reading The post #92 - There Will Be Blood (The Magnificent Andersons #09) first appeared on War Starts at Midnight.
89 minutes | Apr 29, 2020
#91 – The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou – The Magnificent Andersons #08
or: If You’re Not Against Me Don’t Cross This Line. The Dudes chart a course through unprotected waters and take a dive into Wes Anderson’s seafaring adventure-comedy, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou. Secure your sidearms. Slide into your speedos and red knit caps. And board our own submersible boat as we set out to slay this white whale Jaguar Shark. We discuss (and debate) the merits of Owen Wilson’s Kentucky accent Bill Murray’s impressive run of early 2000’s performances… and maybe even break out in a subtle dance to the dulcet tones of Mark Mothersbaugh’s music, well, some of us. SHOW NOTES 00:09:52 – Review – The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou 01:12:20 – Beer Pairing: Wee Beastie by Blue Owl Brewing “Cloud Nein” – Man Man 01:15:57 – Really Rad Recommendations Continue reading The post #91 - The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou - The Magnificent Andersons #08 first appeared on War Starts at Midnight.
106 minutes | Apr 15, 2020
#90 – Punch-Drunk Love – The Magnificent Andersons #07
or: A Riddle that I Wasn’t Trying to Solve The Dudes need some extra muscle to take onBarry Egan in PTA’s Punch-Drunk Love, so Casual Cinecast’s Justin Herring drops by to help them wax philosophical about the greatness of the one and only Philip Seymour Hoffman and examiners the varying flavors of male rage that PTA brings to this unconventional romcom. SHOW NOTES 00:09:30 – Review – Punch-Drunk Love 01:24:22 – Beer Pairing: Nuke the Whales by Eureka Heights Brew Co “Ain’t no Grave” – Smokey & the Mirror 01:28:44 – Really Rad Recommendations Continue reading The post #90 - Punch-Drunk Love - The Magnificent Andersons #07 first appeared on War Starts at Midnight.
78 minutes | Apr 8, 2020
#89 – The Royal Tenenbaums – The Magnificent Andersons #06
or: That’s Right, We’ve Got Another Body Buried Here This week, as we continue to conform to commands of quarantine, listen as The Dudes adorn themselves in printed shirts, double breasted suits, and exceptional bow ties to hash out their thoughts in the friscalating dusklight. Vamonos, amigos as we continue our exploration of the ouvere of two great American auteurs and get to the heart of one of Wes Anderson’s most Wes-Anderson-y films ever. SHOW NOTES 00:08:43 – Review – The Royal Tenenbaums 01:02:08 – Beer Pairing: Nature of the Beast by Yachats Brewing “Green” – Ben Rector 01:06:46 – Really Rad Recommendations Continue reading The post #89 - The Royal Tenenbaums - The Magnificent Andersons #06 first appeared on War Starts at Midnight.
81 minutes | Mar 25, 2020
#88 – Magnolia – The Magnificent Andersons #05
or: It Was Just Dogslaughter Come take a trip with the Masters of the Muff as we peel back the layers of PTA’s sprawling LA story, Magnolia. Do the dude’s dig into Tom Cruise’s tighty whities? Do they wax philosophical on the kindness of Philip Seymour Hoffman? Do they know the answers to the questions Quiz Kid Donnie Smith just can’t stop searching for? Can they forgive Julianne Moore in the midst of her chaotic nervous breakdown? And most importantly, does Jake think this is another dive into the desolation of PTA’s sadistic hatred for his characters or will he swing back around and find the tendrils of connection holding this opus together? This episode of The Magnificent Andersons is now available to you on Video and Audio Cassette to answer all of these burning questions and so many more! SHOW NOTES 00:05:12 – Review – Magnolia 01:07:54 – Beer Pairing: Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout from North Coast Brewing Co. “End of the World” – Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors 01:12:22 – Really Rad Recommendations Continue reading The post #88 - Magnolia - The Magnificent Andersons #05 first appeared on War Starts at Midnight.
85 minutes | Nov 12, 2019
#87 – Rushmore – The Magnificent Andersons #04
or: The One with an Hour of Scott Stapp Banter on the Cutting Room Floor Are The Dudes discussing Billy Shakespeare’s Hamlet …or did Jake just compare Max Fischer to the titular Shakespeare character? Can Peterson throw enough shade at Wes to provide Jake & Chris to attempt to smash him like a pancake with an elaborate tree-rigged booby trap? Join us for The Magnificent Andersons as we dissect Wes Anderson’s sophomore feature, Rushmore. We dive deep into the anger and misdirected frustrations of one of Wes’s most famous heroes. PLUS! Find out which frothy treat Chris pairs with this slice of Anderson whimsy and, of course, see what recommendations the gang pulled into the mix. SHOW NOTES 00:06:29 – Review – Rushmore 01:08:07 – Beer Pairing: Cask-It Series Barrel Aged DNR By COOP Ale Works “Cut Down a Tree” – Smokey & the Mirror 01:12:34 – Really Rad Recommendations Continue reading The post #87 - Rushmore - The Magnificent Andersons #04 first appeared on War Starts at Midnight.
81 minutes | Oct 30, 2019
#86 – Boogie Nights – The Magnificent Andersons #03
or: How much do you squat? The Dudes return to disect PTA’s breakout sphomore picture, Boogie Nights! Will Jake finally understand why PTA belongs in the discussion next to the likes of Wes Anderson? Will Peterson sing ‘The Touch’ in its entirety? Can Chris find a beer massive enough to pair with this 2.5 hour epic? Let’s find out! SHOW NOTES 00:05:48 – Review – Boogie Nights01:06:57 – Beer Pairing: 25th Anniversary Big Yeti by Great Divide Brewing Company“Kids (MPLS Version)” – Ben Rector01:11:49 – Really Rad Recommendations Continue reading The post #86 - Boogie Nights – The Magnificent Andersons #03 first appeared on War Starts at Midnight.
92 minutes | Aug 21, 2019
#85 – Bottle Rocket – The Magnificent Andersons #02
or: Through the Wes Anderson Prism This week The Dudes break out of the nut house to embark on a fulfilling life of petty crime. SHOW NOTES 00:07:40 – Review – Bottle Rocket 01L13:48 – Beer Pairing: Mostly Harmless by Eureka Heights Brew Co “Dairy Queen” – Beau Jennings and the Tigers 01:19:33 – Really Rad Recommendations Continue reading The post #85 - Bottle Rocket – The Magnificent Andersons #02 first appeared on War Starts at Midnight.
87 minutes | Aug 1, 2019
#84 – Hard Eight – The Magnificent Andersons #01
or: Shock-a-locka-do, Old Timer! The Dudes kick off the inogural episode of The Magnificent Andersons with a discussion of Paul Thomas Anderson’s first feature – Hard Eight. SHOW NOTES 00:10:14 – Hard Eight 01:09:00 – Beer Pairing: Oak-Aged Maple Pecan Porter Reserve by 903 Brewers “A List of the Virtues” – Generationals 01:13:52 – Really Rad Recommendations Continue reading The post #84 - Hard Eight - The Magnificent Andersons #01 first appeared on War Starts at Midnight.
84 minutes | Jun 23, 2019
#83 – Armageddon
or: Patriotic Pornography The crew adds a new member to the team, and Chris from the Casual Cinecast podcast joins the dudes (’cause we’re gonna need as much manpower as we can get) to discuss one of the most divisive films ever added to the Criterion Collection – Michael Bay’s Armageddon! SHOW NOTES 00:06:40 – Review – Armageddon 01:02:41 – Beer Pairing: DKML by Founders Brewing Co. “You’re Still the One (Live)” – Ben Rector 01:08:27 – Really Rad Recommendations Continue reading The post #83 - Armageddon first appeared on War Starts at Midnight.
70 minutes | Feb 28, 2019
The Ward • TCS-018
or: Sleep Tight, Sugar It’s the end of an era! Chris & Jake wrap up their epic journey into John Carpenter’s colossal canon with a surprising little gem. PLUS! We’ve got a big announcement for the next War Starts at Midnight limited series. SHOW NOTES 00:08:18 – Review – The Ward00:50:23 – Beer Pairing: Wake Up Dead Nitro by Left Hand Brewing Company“Drive” – Ben Rector00:56:53 – Really Rad Recommendations Continue reading The post The Ward • TCS-018 first appeared on War Starts at Midnight.
67 minutes | Dec 20, 2018
Ghosts of Mars • TCS-017
or: Something, Something, Megazord Jacob & Chris drill deeper into the core of John Carpenter’s filmography to discuss The Master’s penultimate film. SHOW NOTES 00:02:15 – Review – Ghosts of Mars00:50:30 – Beer Pairing: Karbachtoberfest by Karbach Brewing Co“What Kind of World Are You Living In?” – Dragon Inn 300:55:31 – Really Rad Recommendations Continue reading The post Ghosts of Mars • TCS-017 first appeared on War Starts at Midnight.
53 minutes | Dec 13, 2018
#75 – Star Wars: The Last Jedi (Reissue)
or: I Can’t Believe Luke Didn’t Kill All of the Bad Guys With a Light-Sword for Three Hours Surprise! While conducting some much-needed post-holiday-hibernation housekeeping, we found this entire long-lost review of Space Bear Star Wars: The Last Jedi. By now, you’ve already heard every hot take imaginable for this film – but where are all of the cinephile nerds diving into the relationships between The Last Jedi and the late work of John Ford and Akira Kurosawa? Right here, of course! SHOW NOTES 00:03:21 – Review – Star Wars: The Last Jedi 00:07:49 – SPOILERS – Star Wars: The Last Jedi 00:44:43 – Beer Pairing: Christmas Bomb! 2017 by Prairie Artisan Ales Continue reading The post #75 - Star Wars: The Last Jedi (Reissue) first appeared on War Starts at Midnight.
67 minutes | Oct 23, 2018
Halloween (2018) • TCS-016
or: A Brief Introduction to All of the John Carpenter Lagniappe We Have to Offer It’s finally here! A brand new Halloween film … and more importantly – a brand new John Carpenter score! The Dudes review David Gordon Green’s Halloween (the direct sequel to John Carpenter’s Halloween that has absolutely nothing to do with Rob Zombie’s Halloween), play Score the Score, and somehow find a way to connect The Lego Batman Movie to Michael Myers and Laurie Strode. PLUS Chris pairs this stylish slasher with a dark and boozy beer doubles down on the sweetness and bite. SHOW NOTES 00:05:32 – Review – Halloween (2018) 00:16:42 – SPOILERS – Halloween (2018) 00:49:46 – Beer Pairing: Curmudgeon’s Better Half by Founders Brewing Co. “Backstabber” – Dragon Inn 3 00:55:28 – Really Rad Recommendations Continue reading The post Halloween (2018) • TCS-016 first appeared on War Starts at Midnight.
62 minutes | Oct 18, 2018
Halloween (1978) • TCS-005 (Reissue)
or: All the parents are goin’ away. All the teenagers are babysittin’. And all the former child murders are murderin’. We’ve reached the end of an era. With this episode, we can no longer endlessly taunt Jake for one of the most shameful cinematic sins ever confessed on the War Starts at Midnight and The Carpenter Shop, because today Jake finally watched John Carpenter’s Halloween! Listen as we analyze this indie horror juggernaut, discuss the what does (or doesn’t) make The Master of Horror a certified auteur and debate who would win in a fight to the death between R.J. MacReady and The Shape (aka Michael Myers.) SHOW NOTES 00:03:39 – Review – Halloween Clash of the Carpenter – VOTE: Reigning Champion R.J. MacReady vs. The Shape (Michael Myers) 00:49:34 – Beer Pairing: Oktoberfest by Saint Arnold Brewing Company “Keep it Low” – Generationals 01:10:11 – Really Rad Recommendations Continue reading The post Halloween (1978) • TCS-005 (Reissue) first appeared on War Starts at Midnight.
64 minutes | Oct 1, 2018
Vampires • TCS-015
or: Campires Jacob & Chris hunt down the final movie in John Carpenter’s rocky 90s filmography and find out if it’s a hidden gem or a plague on the entire Carpenter Canon. With a name like Vampires, this has gotta be right in The Master of Horror’s wheelhouse, right? SHOW NOTES 00:02:56 – Review – John Carpenter’s Vampires 00:48:00 – Beer Pairing: Steel Reserve 211 High Gravity Lager by The Steel Brewing Company (aka Miller) “Days Alone” – Generationals 00:53:30 – Really Rad Recommendations Continue reading The post Vampires • TCS-015 first appeared on War Starts at Midnight.
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