THIS WEEK: WAKANDA FOREVER! Happy Black Panther Month! Audy comes back with a vengeance with the best Marvel movie ever made, or that is what he keeps telling himself. After a couple weeks off, Audy brings back his co-host, Elvin Jones, to discuss the impact of Black Panther. Audy thought the film was a triumph awarding the movie 4 stars and calling it a cultural celebration that blends effortlessly superhero, action, and historical elements to a rousing success. Elvin loved the film having seen it twice in its opening weekend and asserted that this film was able to work on every thematic level and have the same kind of awareness and cultural force that the mini series Roots had over 30 years ago. Next, Audy brings on his three guest co-hosts: Warren James, Sean Lindenmuth and producer Jessica "Peety Draws" Elliott to go over a deeper review on the 'Review Roundup Segment'. Each person gave their viewpoint with the movie and also talked about possible nitpicks, is this movie really great or will it be overrated like Avengers, and what does this film represent with the new film industry landscape. Lastly, the panel does its Black Panther Exit Survey, where Audy asks the guest host questions like "Best moment of the movie" "Favorite secondary character" and "Where does Black Panther rank in the MCU now?" Sit back, relax, laugh and listen to the beats and enjoy the show!!
THIS WEEK: Audy is back with two of his good friends and cinephiles Warren James, and Sean Lindenmuth. First, Audy and Warren review the Ridley Scott biopic/thriller All the Money in the World starring Christopher Plummer, Michelle Williams and Mark Wahlberg. Warren thought Christopher Plummer did a great job as Kevin Spacey's replacement as John Paul Getty but felt the movie could have been better in its screenplay. Audy commended Ridley Scott for making the decision to take Spacey out, replace him with Plummer, do re-shoots with the cast at the 11th hour, and still make a competent film but that is all that was positive with this serviceable, but unforgettable film. Next, Sean joins Warren and Audy to review the sci-fi/fantasy romance film The Shape of Water. Directed by Guillermo Del Toro and starring Sophie Hawkins and Doug Jones. Audy was immersed in the world and lauded all the technical aspects of the film, in particular Hawkins' performance, but felt the film played things too safe. Warren agreed, but felt that film did a great job of its 50's commentary on race, sexuality and paternalism and lauded Michael Shannon's performance. Sean respected the film, but felt the romance between its both leads were rushed, along with no seeming consequence of the character's actions within the plot along with the overall conceptual silliness of a woman and fishman falling in love.
THIS WEEK: Your favorite hosts Audy and Elvin are back to review three brand new films this award season. They first start off reviewing the sports biopic I, Tonya starring Margot Robbie (Wolf of Wall Street, Suicide Squad) Audy liked the whiplash, flippant style and its in your face attitude of the film, while Elvin thought this was an endearing movie that really showed Tonya Harding's career and life in a different life. Next, they review first time director, Aaron Sorkin's (Few Good Men, Social Network) Molly's Game, starring Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty, Interstellar) a movie about a former ski olympian that trades in her ski's after a horrific injury and finds herself setting up high profile card games for Hollywood's elite and the troubles that come with that lifestyle. Audy thought the film started off strong but got sloppy towards the end. Even though he loves Sorkin's works as a writer, he is still aways off from being an above average director. Elvin liked the film, but not admittedly without its flaws. Lastly the fellas review Alexander Payne's (Sideways, Election) sci-fi black comedy Downsizing. Audy didn't know what to do with this movie. He appreciated the directing and acting, but the overall premise was hard to take and lost some of its focus. Elvin didn't appreciate how the film was sold in the trailers but does a 180 when he watched the actual film which sunk its chances. Elvin did however render praise on supporting actress Hong Chau's performance as Matt Damon's love interest.
THIS WEEK: Your host Audy is back with his good friend and fellow cinephile, guest host Warren James. First they start of with Netflix's steaming pile of South Central/Midevil fantasy crap - Bright, directed by David Ayer (Suicide Squad, End of Watch, Fury) and written by Max Landis (Chronicle, American Fury). Audy felt the film's mashup of Lord of The Rings fantasy and Training Day just clashed and couldn't merge both genres strongly. Warren felt the film was lazy in its world building details and its racial/social allegory ridiculous and missed the mark. Afterwards, Audy and Warren run down the "Top 14 Eye Roll Moments" in Bright and really light the movie on fire. Next, they review Steven Spielberg's (E.T., Schindler's List) The Post. Warren loved the film praising its realism and acting between its two leads Meryl Streep (Devil Wears Prada) and Tom Hanks (Forrest Gump) while Audy liked the film. He felt it was filmed with too much reverence and didn't do enough to throw the audience in the moment as the plot was progressing in better like minded films such as Spotlight and All The Presidents Men. Lastly, Warren gives his two cents and reviews Star Wars: The Last Jedi. He agreed that there were some fantastic moments in the film, but felt overall that it was not epic enough and felt more like a side mission, even though he admired Luke's portrayal by Mark Hamill in this one a lot. And the show ends with Audy asking Warren his thoughts on Star Wars with questions such as "Is Snoke really dead"? and "Should have Finn died on Crait?"
Warren James (guest co-host)
THIS WEEK: Star Wars Episode 8 Attack of the Controversial Movie. On this episode, your hosts Audy and Elvin brought the party with them and are joined by three guest co-hosts and movie/Star Wars enthusiasts, Sean Lindenmuth, Bryant Foster, and the show's producer, Jessica "Peety Draws" Elliott. First thing's first, Audy and Elvin review The Last Jedi on a non-spoiler basis. Elvin says the force is strong with this latest entry, but it could have been stronger suffering from some story missteps, but ultimately pulls out a compelling ending. Audy felt it was good movie for the most part, and a great movie in other parts, feeling that the subversive direction at the expense of the franchise mythos was a great and much needed decision to battle the fatigue of the Star Wars franchise. Next Bryant, Sean and Jessica join to discuss spoilers and other elements like their feelings on Poe Dameron's character development, did the Canto Bight scene work, and thoughts of Luke Skywalker's long awaited return. Lastly, Audy conducts an exit survey where he asks the co-host questions like "Who is the movie's MVP?", "Best Moment of the movie?" and "Ws the franchise headed in the right direction?".
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Audy and Elvin review two worthy films, but with very different opinions. The first film they review is Lady Bird - directed by Greta Gerwig (Frances Ha), and starring Siorse Ronan (Atonement, Brooklyn) as a senior in high school on the brink of graduating, and dealing with her temperamental relationship with her working class mother played by Laurie Metcalf (Rosanne), Elvin respected the acting between both of the leads, but felt that there wasn't much else built around that dynamic, whereas Audy loved the film, giving it a Top 10 of the Year rating due to the authenticity in the acting and Gerwig's directing. Next, the fellas segue into reviewing The Disaster Artist, a film directed by James Franco (Spider-man, Pineapple Express) about a behind the scene's biopic of the greatest/worst film that was ever created called The Room - Franco plays the real life Tommy Wiseau as he is rejected from Hollywood, along with his friend Greg Sestero, played by James' brother Dave (21 Jump Street) start to embark in making the cult classic film or aka the "Citizen Kane" of bad movies. Lastly, both guys go over the 2018 75th Golden Globes nominations - Elvin is dumbfounded that Jordan Peele didn't get nominated for best director, or even best screenplay for Get Out, while Audy can't believe that Ansel Elgort's punchable face got nominated for best actor for Baby Driver, but both are still rooting for Daniel Kaluuya for Best Actor, and Get Out for Best Picture, even if it's in the "comedy" category.
Audy: 3.5 out 4 stars - Hell Yeah (Top 10 for the Year)
Elvin: 2.5 out of 4 stars - Hell No
The Disaster Artist:
Audy: 2.5 out 4 stars - Hell Yeah
Elvin: 3 out of 4 stars - Hell Yeah
THIS WEEK: Your two favorite film reviewers, Audy and Elvin, are back! They first review the Dan Gilroy (Nightcrawler) written and directed, Denzel Washington (Malcolm X, and Training Day) starring Roman J. Israel Esq. While Elvin appreciated Denzel's acting and movie star ability, the movie overall for him was quite weak and not really that good of a legal thriller, while Audy felt director Dan Gilroy couldn't quite nail down the characterization realistically of Roman along with feeling the entire film was unfocused and contrived in its drama. Next, the fellas rebound to review the dark comedy crime drama from Martin McDonognah (In Bruges, Seven Psychopaths) Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri. Both really loved the film and praised the direction, writing, and tour de force acting of Frances McDormand (Fargo and Burn After Reading), but also the acting efforts of costars Sam Rockwell (Moon) and Woody Harrelson (Money Train, White Men Can't Jump). Both state it's a must watch, and a Top 10 Film of the Year with strong chances of being a contender for best picture in the awards chase. Lastly, both guys review the new trailer for Avengers: Infinity War. Elvin loved it and can't wait for the film to come out, whereas Audy was not so impressed. He expected more since this movie is the whole validation of the MCU's overall existence of being for the past 10 years.
Roman J. Israel Esq:
Audy: 2 out 4 stars - Hell No!
Elvin: 2 out of 4 stars - Hell No!
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri:
Audy: 3.5 out of 4 Stars - Hell Yeah! (Top 10 for the year)
Elvin: 3.5 out of 4 stars - Hell Yeah! (Top 10 for the year)
Avengers: Infinity War trailer:
Audy: 2.0 out of 4 Stars - Hell No!
Elvin: 4 out of 4 Stars - Hell Yeah!
This Week: GET OUT! Audy and Elvin are joined by guest co-host, Warren James. All three fellas give different perspectives and predictions on GET OUT and its chances on actually landing any Oscar Nominations this year. With mainly focusing on the major categories (Sorry Sound Mixing/Editing) They first start off on Best Supporting Actor and Actress for Allison Williams and Laketih Stanfield (3:44) then they focus on Original Screenplay, Jordan Peele for Best Director (13:25) and end with assessing its Best Picture chances (32:17).
This week: Thor RagnaROCK YOUR WORLD! The fellas review the 17th Marvel Cinematic Universe film - the gut busting galaxy rocket ride, Norse God Thor Raganrok! Audy and Elvin bring on special guest host, Warren James, to go over Taika Waititi's about face, refreshing superhero comedy. First, the fellas start off with initial thoughts in which they all agree the film was a blast, with excellent, irreverent comedy led by Thor himself, Chris Hemsworth. Next, the fellas dive deeper and give a thorough review of the movie. Audy really liked how they revitalized the Thor character arc based off of Chris Hemsworth comedic ability from Ghostbusters, while Elvin gave a Wayne's World SCHWING!! to both Cate Blanchett and Tessa Thompson's badass, sexy performances. Next the fellas break down nitpicks of the film, such as shoddy CGI work in parts, and basic, generic action sequences. Lastly, Audy, Elvin and Warren vote on who is the film's MVP, had the funniest line, and what in the film will age the best and worst in five years . Also, Audy passionately, yet repeatedly, fails to convince the fellas that Matt Damon's cameo was #BestThingInThor and everyone laughing on hearing Elvin say the Devil's Anus with a straight face.
This week we get down with Jackie Chan in the Foreigner, Willem Dafoe in The Florida Project, and Michael Fassbender mean muggin' a Norwegian snowman in The Snowman. First, Audy and Elvin review the revenge/political action film, The Foreigner (4:28). Audy thought Jackie Chan showed a rewarding dramatic range that audiences had never seen before but felt the movie was overall incomplete with an outrageously silly plot, as Chan and co-star Pierce Brosnan rarely interacted. Elvin said the movie was fine, but offered very little to the action genre and that it was ultimately unforgettable. Then, the fellas review the independent, Cannes Film Festival darling, coming of age film, The Florida Project (15:13). Elvin appreciated the acting but was not feeling the documentary style and camerawork along with little to no plot presentation in the film. Audy on the other hand loved the film and named director Sean Baker's film the second best film of the year after Jordan Peele's social/racial horror Get Out. Audy praised the performances and the observational film structure along with the beautiful cinematography and examination of the movie's collection of flawed characters. Lastly, the fellas close out the podcast with a bang by reviewing Tomas Alfredson's serial killing film The Snowman (27:22), starring Michael Fassbender. Based upon the best selling book by Jo Nesbo, Audy and Elvin killed the film and labeled it one of the years worst films. From incomplete production, choppy editing and an obvious killer, The Snowman, according to Elvin is a "No" man! Plus it doesn't help that you have a disheveled performance from "dubbed voice" Val Kilmer. Both guys were almost convinced this movie was one big practical joke against them!
EPISODE 25 RECAP: This week trailers, trailers and more trailers! Audy and Elvin discuss the new official trailer of Marvel/Disney's The Black Panther movie. Both guys are so hyped from what they have seen and agree that February can't get here fast enough. Audy doesn't know if The Black Panther will be any good, but it just feels right and passes the eye test - which is good enough for him. Elvin is just stunned that Disney went H.A.M. and dropped two of the best trailers back to back and dropped the hammer on the industry. Next, your hosts are joined by special guest Warren James, and the show's producer, Jessica Elliott, to break down Star Wars Episode 8: The Last Jedi. First the panel goes over their initial impressions and gives a minute by minute rundown of each interesting moment in the entire trailer. Then Audy does an exit survey in which he asks everyone questions like "Best Moment in the Trailer" and "Kylo vs Leia, who ya got?" And finally the panel does a roundtable of predictions of the plot, will the Last Jedi be better than Force Awakens etc.
This week, your boys are back with three brand new movie review. First, the fellas review 80's new wave kickass thriller, Atomic Blonde, starring Charlize Theron. Elvin liked it and got lost in the movie's mix of pumped up 80's music and action, while Audy wanted to not like it but eventually came around with a brilliant action packed second half of the film. Next, both guys discuss 2017 Comic-Con and their overall thoughts of the event and give out their choices of winners and losers. Then, they review Christopher Nolan's, Dunkirk. Audy thought it was par for the course Nolan affair with his standard intense visuals and technical prowess, but felt a new found laziness in Nolan's latest film. Then they discuss Valerian and try to figure out why it completely bombed at the box office. Lastly, they review War for the Planet of the Apes. Elvin felt the trilogy went out respectable and connected with the fatherhood/protection aspect of Caesar's character to his family. However Audy felt the film relied too much on religious allegory that came across too hacky, too obvious, and the trilogy deserved to go out much better than that.
This Week: Your hosts Audy and Elvin are joined by their friends and fellow cinephiles,Bryant Foster and Warren James. First all four guys review Edgar Wright's new Heist/Comedy crime film 'Baby Driver' - Elvin, Warren and Bryant all give it a Hell Yeah because of its combination of visceral action scenes and usage of music, whereas Audy thought Edgar Wright was trying to hard to replicate Quentin Tarentino,and was a pale imitation to a much superior same genre movie 'Drive. Next Audy, conducts an exit survey of Baby Driver by asking questions to the rest of the panelists, such as exactly "On a scale of 1 to 10 how punchable is Ansel Egort's face?". Then Lastly, Warren, Audy and Elvin review the Columbia Pictures/Marvel Studios joint venture - "Spiderman: Homecoming. Warren and Elvin gave it a "Hell Yeah" review, while Audy gave it a "Hell No" and felt that Spider-man deserved a better movie than what was given with the disjointed action scenes, banal music score along with very rough amateur direction from Jon Watts.
This Week: Your favorite movie reviewers and podcasts hosts are back! and ready to kick in to gear the summer movies of 2018. First they review Universal Studio's reboot "The Mummy" Audy thought it was a complete waste of Sofia Boutella's talents, while Elvin thought the Dark Universe is off to a miserable start. Then they review the summer movies thus far and try to pinpoint just why movies like Alien Covenant and Guardians of the Galaxy just failed short of expectations and why dumb ass movies like Baywatch and Pirates 5 still get greenlit. Afterwards, they review Wonder Woman. Elvin praises the film saying its the "purest superhero movie since the original Christopher Reeves Superman. Next the fellas discuss the promising news of Joss Whedon taking over the Justice League movie and the implications it has on the DC Universe movie forward and Lastly -- The fellas split on "It Comes at Night" Elvin thought the movie was one gigantic false advertisement from peviews to screen, whereas Audy really appreciated its accomplished masterwork on a small budget to achieve its psychological and symbolic scope convincingly.
This Week: The fellas are joined by special guest and resident horror movie critic Sulla Black from trashtuesday.com and Wolf Wheel Productions. First off the bat, all three hosts review the 2017 Best Picture Nominee, neo-noir western Hell or High Water starring Jeff Bridges, Chris Pine and Ben Foster. Audy gave it a Top 10 best film's of last year rating, while Elvin thought it was good but slow and Sulla just not feeling it as it derived too much off No Country For Old Men. Next, Sulla puts his foot up Hollywood's ass for its dire need to get political during award shows in his "The Hills Are Burning" Segment. Then the fellas review M. Night Shyamalan's Blumhouse Production collaboration horror film Split, starring James McAvoy. Elvin and Sulla liked it and claimed Shyamalan was back, while Audy thought it was another exercise of hack work direction of the nth degree! Lastly, Sulla and Audy, rave about Denis Villeneuve's sci-fi, human condition/alien case study Arrival starring Amy Adams. Audy gave it a Hell Yeah, another Top 10 picture, and Sulla gave it a rare 4 stars review!
This Week: Academy Awards nominations are LIT!!! The fellas are joined this week by guest co-host none other then the show's producer, Jessica Elliott aka Peety Draws, to talk about the Academy Award nominations. First Audy and Elvin review Kenneth Longeran's Best Picture Nominee Manchester By The Sea. Audy felt it was just "fine" like a slice of cheese pizza, saggy in its own misery, while Elvin thought its dry humor missed the mark. Next, the fellas try to decipher Ben Affleck's stepping down as director from Warner Brother's stand alone movie The Batman. Afterwards, Jessica comes on with the hosts to determine what all the La La Land hype is about, if it's overrated or really is good as it looks. Lastly, all three hosts breakdown the top six Academy Award categories (Best Actor/Actress, Best Supporting Actor/Actress, Best Director and Best Picture) and break down each by "Who should win, Who they want to win, and Who will the academy choose."
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This week, Audy and Elvin dive right into the awards season and review three black prestige films that put #oscarssowhite on its ass! First, the fellas review the NASA biographical drama Hidden Figures. Both Audy and Elvin gave it a 3 Stars: Hell Yeah, but question the movie's merits on whether it's good enough to be nominated for Best Picture or not. Then they pay respects and pour an intergalactic 40oz out for Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher) and reflect on her legacy. Next, the fellas review Denzel Washington's Fences, and walk away amazed by its gripping, wrenching performances from its lead actors. After that, the fellas review Kevin Costner's performance in Hidden Figures and determine if he finally has earned his "Hood Pass." Lastly, your hosts split on Barry Jenkins, humanistic, coming of age, examination of sexual identity picture, Moonlight. Audy gave it a Hell Yeah, top 10 rating but Elvin was less enthused with its ambiguous emotional narrative.
This week Elvin is on vacation with the worst Wi-Fi in the history of free hotel rooms and Audy is battling the worst cold since Matt Damon in Contagion. They decided to overcome some technical difficulties and put together another great podcast for your listening pleasure. First the fellas review Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. While Audy praised the film from a character driven standpoint, Elvin was much less enthused but still rewarded the movie based upon its execution even though we already know how it ends. Following Assassin's Creed horrible box office performance, the hosts try to theorize on exactly why "videogames can't get their shit together" when it comes to film adaption. And lastly, they end the podcast with a review of the star-driven Sci-Fi, space romance thriller, Passengers, starring Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence.
Episode 15: Audy and Elvin are back for the fall season and ready to get back into the swing of things! First off they review The Girl on the Train and tell you how long it takes for it to go off the rails. Audy wonders who in their right mind would buy a house with a railway that passes in the backyard. Next they split on Birth of a Nation. Elvin, gives it a "hell yeah" go see it, while Audy has mild trepidation with its moments of brilliance, but uneven film direction. Then, it's all about the latest Rogue One trailer. Audy has already deemed it the "greatest Jedi movie ever, not to star any Jedi", While Elvin feels this one could really separate itself from the other Star Wars films. Lastly, the fellas both give The Accountant a "hell yeah" rating, with Ben Affleck channeling his best Batman C.P.A. to offset the movie's failure to stick the landing after a superb start.
This week: Squad goals! And no we're not talking Taylor Swift! Your favorite movie critics discuss the Warner Bros/DC hype beast, Suicide Squad. Audy struggled with the disjointed film and internal decision-making turmoil that created the final cut between David Ayer and Warner Bros., while Elvin gave the film an unprecedented rating from the strong leads of Will Smith and Margot Robbie. Also, the fellas bring on their friend and fellow cinephile, Bryant Foster, to discuss if Suicide Squad delivered the anticipatory hype, what the next step for this franchise is, and where the hell the artist formally known as Joker was in the whole movie.
This week your two favorite and handsome cinephiles split on Star Trek Beyond's episodically written, placid, action melodrama, but agree that while Matt Damon's Jason Bourne made a somewhat convincing comeback, it did nothing to reinvigorate the franchise with its predictable storyline. Next the fellas review 2016 San Diego Comic-Con and talk about the winners, losers and everything in between. Lastly, they decide if they want to answer the Ghostbusters' call to reboot worthiness behind Paul Feig's much needed improved upon direction.
This week your favorite movie reviewers give a solid appreciation to James Wan's good but toothless 'The Conjuring 2.' Then they discuss the buddy cop co-dependent viability The Rock and Kevin Hart need from one another to make 'Central Intelligence' passable. Afterwards, they assess if the rest of the summer is in bad shape for the movie industry and finally, slam the uber stupid magic kitsch-fest of 'Now You See Me 2.'