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Sep 27, 2018

THIS WEEK: Your host, Audy is back with a brand new retro podcast where he focuses on two of the best films that represent early film noir and late film noir with The Maltese Falcon and Touch of Evil. Audy brings back his friend, and film noir aficionado, Andy Wolverton, to break down both films and celebrate their merits. First, the fellas start off with the 1940 film noir classic The Maltese Falcon. Audy fell in love with the film and claimed that John Huston's film is quintessential film noir at its best with Humphrey Bogart leading the way. Andy was impressed with the film especially since this was John Huston's first and how effortlessly he was able to capture that film noir spirit. Second is the 1958 film noir bravura, Touch of Evil, directed by and starring the incomparable Orson Welles. It was Audy's first time watching the film and like Welles' other films, Audy immediately fell in love with the film's direction, themes and seamless tonal shifts. Andy enjoyed the film and felt it represented film noir in the truest sense with its gritty, hardscrabble depiction of good vs. evil. After that, both guys discuss film noir's evolution and style differences, similarities of both films and how each, in the span of 20 years, still compliment each other, without really even trying. 

 

This week's guest: Andy Wolverton Andy Wolverton is a librarian at the Severna Park Community Library in Severna Park, Maryland (part of the Anne Arundel County Public Library system), where he co-hosts The Great Movies series the first Thursday of each month. Andy also writes for The Dark Pages: The Newsletter for Film Noir Lovers as well as his blog, Journeys in Darkness and Light. You can follow him on Twitter @awolverton77and on Letterboxd as awolverton.

 

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Audy Christianos 
Twitter: @cinesamurairiff
Instagram: @cinemasamurai 
www.cinemasamurai.net

Sep 5, 2018

THIS WEEK: Your hosts, Audy and Elvin, bring the heat with three new movie reviews to end the summer on a high note! First, the fellas start off with the Tom Cruise franchise money machine Mission: Impossible Fallout. Audy liked it a lot and felt that this movie was the best film of the summer, with an impressive all-around cast, highlighted with newcomer Henry Cavill. Elvin was equally impressed as the film/franchise seem to only get stronger with each entry of the series with this film possibly being the high point of the franchise. Next, they review the sensational, blockbuster rom-com Crazy Rich Asians. Audy felt the movie was going to be a shallow excuse of showing Asians in a superficial, materialistic light, but found himself surprisingly enjoying the film, appreciating its dramatic depth led by the regal Michelle Yeoh. Elvin had a fun time, and felt the movie was great, celebrating equally in its spoofy excesses and touching heart. Lastly, BlacKkKlansman, Elvin thought it was a strong film, with Spike Lee bringing the goods again, with a wry but unlikely story of a black cop in the 70's infiltrating the Colorado chapter of the KKK. Elvin appreciated the acting, but felt John David Washington, was a little slight in the main role and didn't quite measure up to his father, Denzel. Audy on the other hand thought the movie had a lot of potential to be a great film, but felt just short due to Lee's stale commentary and disingenuous intent that is sold itself a comedy when it really was not. Nevertheless, Audy still is stunned by Lee's directorial prowess which was in full effect in this movie regardless of its shortcomings. 

 
Mission Impossible: Fallout 
Audy 3.5 out of 4 stars - Hell Yeah *Top 10 of the Year 
Elvin 3.5 out of 4 stars - Hell Yeah 
 
Crazy Rich Asians 
Audy 2.5 out of 4 Stars - Hell Yeah 
Elvin 3.0 out of 4 Stars - Hell No 
 
BlacKkKlansman 
Audy 2.5 out of 4 stars - Hell No 
Elvin 3.0 out of 4 stars - Hell Yeah 
 
 
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Audy Christianos 
Twitter: @cinesamurairiff
Instagram: @cinemasamurai 
www.cinemasamurai.net

Elvin Jones
Twitter: @imthenerdfather 
Instagram: @imthenerdfather
www.thenerdfather.com

Aug 27, 2018

This week: FILMSTRUCK'S FRIDAY NIGHT DOUBLE FEATURE - Audy is back after a long hiatus and brought cohost Andy Wolverton with him. They discuss two romantic star-crossed lovers centric films: The Clock (1945) and Before Sunrise (1995). First, the fellas start by reviewing the film, The Clock, directed by Vincente Minelli, and starring his future wife, film powerhouse, Judy Garland, about a young couple/strangers that meet in New York City, and spend 48 hours getting to know each other and fall in love in the process before Robert Walker's character has to go back to War. Audy liked the film and praised Garland's performance and Minelli's direction but thought it was a little light in ambition. Andy agreed, and enjoyed the movie until the film starting manipulating the plot towards the end. Next film they review is Richard Linklater's Gen X love letter, Before Sunrise, where two star-crossed young people meet on a train and embark on a journey of interpersonal connection and spontaneous kismet that defies logic. Audy personally loves this film and that is all that needs to be said. Andy saw it for the first time and immensely enjoyed it and was surprised by the depth and charm the movie establishes from such a simplistic presentation. Then both end the podcast with connection themes/motifs/symbolisms that tie both movies together.  

 

This week's guest: Andy Wolverton Andy Wolverton is a librarian at the Severna Park Community Library in Severna Park, Maryland (part of the Anne Arundel County Public Library system), where he co-hosts The Great Movies series the first Thursday of each month. Andy also writes for The Dark Pages: The Newsletter for Film Noir Lovers as well as his blog, Journeys in Darkness and Light. You can follow him on Twitter @awolverton77and on Letterboxd as awolverton.

 

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Audy Christianos 
Twitter: @cinesamurairiff
Instagram: @cinemasamurai 
www.cinemasamurai.net

Jul 17, 2018

THIS WEEK: Upon Further Review - The Year 2000! Audy continues his new series by reviewing three films from that year. He brings on two guest co-hosts Warren James, and his producer Jessica Elliott, to walk through memory lane and review Almost Famous, Cast Away and Unbreakable. First, all three review the Cameron Crowe directed and written, coming of age drama, Almost Famous starring Billy Crudup, Kate Hudson and Frances McDormand. All three hosts thought that the movie was overrated, even though there was a benign sweetness tied to the characters. The movie ultimately did not age any better to due lack of strong character arcs. Second, is Cast Away, starring Tom Hanks, and Wilson the Volleyball. Directed by Robert Zemeckis, Cast Away was a popular film back in the day that all three admitted they entirely didn't get or didn't even want to get originally. Upon further review Audy loved it, Jessica really liked it and Warren came away really appreciating the film regardless of the heavy handed and ambiguous ending. Lastly, Unbreakable by M. Night Shyamalan starring Bruce Willis and Samuel L. Jackson. Audy couldn't stand this movie, and really wanted more. He further admitted that it had some potential but was very hallow in its concept. Jessica didn't think much of the film watching it again, but praised Bruce Willis' performance. Warren, unapologetically loved this film and after rewatching it still loves it and feels it's one of the best superhero movies ever, and definitely his favorite Shyamalan film. 

 

UPON FURTHER REVIEW Film Ratings 
 
Almost Famous 
2.0 out of 4 and "Hell No" (Audy)
2.0 out of 4 and "Hell No" (Jessica)
2.0 out of 4 and "Hell No" (Warren)
 
Cast Away 
3.5 out of 4 and "Hell Yeah" (Audy)
3.0 out of 4 and "Hell Yeah" (Jessica)
3.0 out of 4 and "Hell Yeah" (Warren)
 
Unbreakable 
2.0 out of 4 and "Hell No" (Audy)
2.0 out of 4 and "Hell No" (Jessica)
3.5 out of 4 and "Hell Yeah" (Warren)
 
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Audy Christianos 
Twitter: @cinesamurairiff
Instagram: @cinemasamurai 
www.cinemasamurai.net

Jul 5, 2018

This week: FILMSTRUCK'S FRIDAY NIGHT DOUBLE FEATURE - Audy is joined by regular co-host for the 4th time, Andy Wolverton. This week, both gentlemen discuss the double feature of Sisters and What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? Both films focus on the intertwined love/hate relationships and the psychological toll it takes between two different sets of sisterhood. The fellas start off with Brian De Palma's 1973 thriller Sisters, a film starring Margot Kidder as a set of conjoined twins where one sister is a successful model and the other a murdering psychopath. Audy felt the film had a sensational first half, but started to feel flat in the second once the film changes its character focus. Andy felt the movie did a great job of balancing different tones from beginning, middle and end, yet still paying a strong homage to classic Hitchcock films Vertigo, Psycho and especially Rear Window. Next they review, the Robert Aldrich directed "hag horror" film - What Ever Happened to baby Jane? The movie starring two of Hollywood's heavyweight leading actresses Bette Davis and Joan Crawford, shocked audiences with its tawdry horror, razor sharp commentary on the ugly side of show business, and horrific melodrama. Lastly, Audy and Andy end the segment with their summary of why both films were showcased together with their segment of themes/connections and motifs that arise in both films. 

 

This week's guest: Andy Wolverton Andy Wolverton is a librarian at the Severna Park Community Library in Severna Park, Maryland (part of the Anne Arundel County Public Library system), where he co-hosts The Great Movies series the first Thursday of each month. Andy also writes for The Dark Pages: The Newsletter for Film Noir Lovers as well as his blog, Journeys in Darkness and Light. You can follow him on Twitter @awolverton77and on Letterboxd as awolverton.

 

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Audy Christianos 
Twitter: @cinesamurairiff
Instagram: @cinemasamurai 
www.cinemasamurai.net

Jun 20, 2018

This Week: Audy wanted to try something different and do a retro review of three movies from 2014 that he originally reviewed. This episode, he brings on his regular co-host Elvin "The Nerdfather" Jones and other frequent collaborator, Warren James, to do a new podcast series: Upon Further Review. The first film from 2014 the fellas review is John Wick starring Keanu Reeves, Ian McShane and Willem Dafoe. Audy felt the movie started a new genre of bareknuckle, grounded, microbudget action film and resurrected Keanu Reeves' career. Warren thought the action scenes still held up regardless of the flat second half of the film. Second, is Christopher Nolan's time travel, sci-fi thriller Interstellar starring Matthew "Alright Alright Alright" McConaughey, Michael Caine, Jessica Chastain, and Anne Hathaway. Elvin thought the movie got better over time and felt that the "weightiness" of the material upon first review four years ago wasn't a sticking point at all for an otherwise great film and lauded that this movie showcased a Matthew McConaughey APEX performance. Audy and Warren initially and pensively gave the movie a 3-star "Hell Yeah" rating, but upon rewatching felt the movie is excellent and will go down as one of Nolan's top films. Lastly, Edge of Tomorrow, the little known movie starring a damaged goods movie star in Tom Cruise and then an unknown actress in Emily Blunt. Needless to say, upon further review, all three fellas felt the movie's writing, editing and humor is borderline brilliant especially in the first half of the film. It really made Emily Blunt the action heroine that the box office needed and paved the road for her career and role in Sicario. The movie, as great as it was, like John Wick went from a crashing halt, to a predictable and weak plot conclusion but still a strong and memorable film overall! 

UPON FURTHER REVIEW Film Ratings 

John Wick
2.5 out 4 and "Hell Yeah"  (Audy) 
2.5 out 4 and "Hell Yeah"  (Warren) 
3.0 out 4 and "Hell Yeah"  (Elvin) 
 
Interstellar
3.5 out 4 and "Hell Yeah"  (Audy) 
3.5 out 4 and "Hell Yeah"  (Warren) 
3.5 out 4 and "Hell Yeah"  (Elvin) 
 
Edge of Tomorrow
3.0 out 4 and "Hell Yeah"  (Audy) 
3.0 out 4 and "Hell Yeah"  (Warren) 
3.0 out 4 and "Hell Yeah"  (Elvin) 
 
 
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Audy Christianos 
Twitter: @cinesamurairiff
Instagram: @cinemasamurai 
www.cinemasamurai.net

Elvin Jones
Twitter: @imthenerdfather 
Instagram: @imthenerdfather
www.thenerdfather.com

Jun 4, 2018
EPISODE 39: FILMSTRUCK'S FRIDAY NIGHT DOUBLE FEATURE - This week Audy is joined by co-host Andy Wolverton for a third episode in a row! They chose to review and discuss the double feature of Black Sun and Elevator to the Gallows. Both films have jazz music as their emotional chord. The fellas start off with Black Sun, a 1964 Japanese new wave film directed Koreyoshi Kurahara, film about two outsiders, one Japanese Tokyo drifter and how he helps a Black American G.I. who commits a murder thus becoming outlaws and depiction of their growing bond as an alternately absurd and tragic culture clash. Next Audy and Andy dive into the masterclass of french crime thrillers, Elevator in the Gallows, the 1958 Debut film of french director, Louis Malle, starring the legendary Jeanne Moreau as a mistress to a  wealthy businessman who tries to plan the perfect crime with her French Hitman boyfriend played by Maurice Ronet all set to the moody and haunting jazz score by the prolific jazz legend, Miles Davis. They end the podcast with their summary of themes/connections and motifs with the symbolic and cinematic relationship between both films. 
 
This week's guest: Andy Wolverton Andy Wolverton is a librarian at the Severna Park Community Library in Severna Park, Maryland 
(part of the Anne Arundel County Public Library system), where he co-hosts The Great Movies series the first Thursday of each month. 
Andy also writes for The Dark Pages: The Newsletter for Film Noir Lovers as well as his blog, Journeys in Darkness and Light. 
You can follow him on Twitter @awolverton77and on Letterboxd as awolverton.
 
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Audy Christianos 
Twitter: @cinesamurairiff
Instagram: @cinemasamurai 
www.cinemasamurai.net

May 8, 2018

EPISODE 38: FILMSTRUCK'S FRIDAY NIGHT DOUBLE FEATURE - This week Audy is back after after talking about Marvel's roller coaster All-star movie Avengers: Infinity War by bringing on guest co-host Andy Wolverton to go over two great movies from Filmstruck: 'M' and 'Peeping Tom'. The fellas start off reviewing the slasher pscho-sexual brilliant deviancy of the 1960 Michael Powell directed Peeping Tom starring Karl Boehm as the main character Mark Lewis, who is a serial killer that murders prostitutes against the English 60's Mod/Soho backdrop. Then they discuss the the great Fritz Lang landmark crime thriller, 'M' starring the excellent Peter Lorre as a child killer in 1930's Berlin. Then they both tie the films together with their segment of film themes, motifs and connections where they break down exactly the cinematic connection both films share. 


This week's guest: Andy Wolverton Andy Wolverton is a librarian at the Severna Park Community Library in Severna Park, Maryland (part of the Anne Arundel County Public Library system), where he co-hosts The Great Movies series the first Thursday of each month. Andy also writes for The Dark Pages: The Newsletter for Film Noir Lovers as well as his blog, Journeys in Darkness and Light. You can follow him on Twitter @awolverton77and on Letterboxd as awolverton.

 

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Audy Christianos 
Twitter: @cinesamurairiff
Instagram: @cinemasamurai 
www.cinemasamurai.net

May 1, 2018

This Week: Audy is reviewing the biggest Marvel movie of them all: Avengers Infinity War! He brings his regular co-host Elvin Jones from Nerdfather.com and fellow movie lover and big Marvel nerd/fan Sean Lindenmuth to break down the enormity of the 19th movie of the MCU. First, the fellas start off with a non-spoiler review, in which Elvin thought the film was very good, but couldn't be truly great until he sees part two next year. Sean felt the film delivered on all of his expectations, from the great inter-dynamics of the characters interactions, to the slam, bam thank you ma'am action scenes, and epic flair! Audy didn't like the film as much as the other two, as he felt the movie lacked any real substance, even though it had moments of sheer thrills, yet still fell short due to its lack of any real suspense and its boring rinse and repeat screenplay/narrative structure. Next, Audy gets down and discusses spoilers and asks both guys "who was the MVP?", "Favorite Scene", and other surprises that they didn't see coming. Lastly, our hosts break down the ending, and try to create a theory on what actually happened as this film moves forward to Part 2 next year.

 

Audy - 2.5 stars and "Hell Yeah" go see it!
Elvin - 3.5 stars and "Hell Yeah" go see it!! 
Sean - 4.0 stars and "Hell Yeah" go see it!!
 
 
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Audy Christianos 
Twitter: @cinesamurairiff
Instagram: @cinemasamurai 
www.cinemasamurai.net

Elvin Jones
Twitter: @imthenerdfather 
Instagram: @imthenerdfather
www.thenerdfather.com

Apr 24, 2018

EPISODE 36: FILMSTRUCK'S FRIDAY NIGHT DOUBLE FEATURE - This week Audy is back after taking a break following the Hollywood award season. This episode, he brings on a new cohost cinephile and film noir lover, Andy Wolverton, to come on and review FilmStruck/Criterion Collection Friday Night's Double Features. The first film is the 1970 Arthur Penn directed Night Moves starring Gene Hackman and the second film the French New Wave Eric Rohmer directed film, My Night at Maud's. Starting off with reviewing Night Moves, the 1975 Neo Noir film where Los Angeles private investigator Harry Moseby (Gene Hackman) is hired by a client (Janet Ward) to find her runaway teenage daughter (a young Melanie Griffith in one of her first roles). Moseby tracks the daughter down, only to stumble upon something much more intriguing and sinister. Next, they both go over French New Wave philosophical/romantic exercise of morality My Night of Maud's which is about the rigid principles of a devout Catholic man (Jean Louis Trintignant) are challenged during a one-night stay with Maud (played by a brainy but sultry Fran├žoise Fabian), a divorced woman with an outsize personality. Then they both tie the films together with their segment of film themes, motifs and connections where they break down exactly the cinematic connection both films share. 

This week's guest: Andy Wolverton
Andy Wolverton is a librarian at the Severna Park Community Library in Severna Park, Maryland (part of the Anne Arundel County Public Library system), where he co-hosts The Great Movies series the first Thursday of each month. Andy also writes for The Dark Pages: The Newsletter for Film Noir Lovers as well as his blog, Journeys in Darkness and Light. You can follow him on Twitter @awolverton77 and on Letterboxd as awolverton.

 

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Audy Christianos 
Twitter: @cinesamurairiff
Instagram: @cinemasamurai 
www.cinemasamurai.net

Feb 23, 2018

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!! 

Jan 25, 2018

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. 


All the Money in the World
Audy - 2.5 out of 4 stars - "Hell No" Don't go see it!
Warren - 2.5 out of stars - "Hell No" Don't go see it!! 
 
The Shape of Water
Audy - 3 out of 4 stars - "Hell Yeah" Go see it! 
Elvin - 3 out of 4 stars -  "Hell Yeah" Go see it
Sean - 2 out of 4 stars - "Hell No" Don't go see it!
 
 
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Audy Christianos 
Twitter: @cinesamurairiff
Instagram: @cinemasamurai 
www.cinemasamurai.net

Elvin Jones
Twitter: @imthenerdfather 
Instagram: @imthenerdfather
www.thenerdfather.com

Jan 9, 2018

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. 

I' Tonya 
Audy - 3 out of 4 stars - Hell Yeah! 
Elvin - 3 out of 4 stars - Hell Yeah! 
 
Molly's Game 
Audy - 2.5 out of 4 - Hell No!
Elvin - 2.5 out of 4 - Hell No! 
 
Downsizing 
Audy - 2.0 out of 4 - Hell Yeah! 
Elvin - 2.0 out of 4 - Hell No! 
 
 
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Audy Christianos 
Twitter: @cinesamurairiff
Instagram: @cinemasamurai 
www.cinemasamurai.net

Elvin Jones
Twitter: @imthenerdfather 
Instagram: @imthenerdfather
www.thenerdfather.com

 
Dec 31, 2017

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?" 

 

Bright 
Audy: 2 out of 4 stars - Hell No! 
Warren: 1 out of 4 stars - Hell No! 
 
The Post
Audy: 3 out of 4 stars - Hell Yeah! 
Warren: 3.5 out 4 starts - Hell Yeah! (Top 10 Film of The Year) 
 
Star Wars: The Last Jedi (bonus review) 
Warren: 2.5 out of 4 stars - Hell No! 
 
This episode's hashtags
#fairieslivesdontmatter
#willsmithstonerhoodie  
 
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Audy Christianos 

Twitter: @cinesamurairiff
Instagram: @cinemasamurai 
www.cinemasamurai.net

Warren James (guest co-host) 
Soundcloud: @WarrenJ

Dec 19, 2017

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?". 

Star Wars: The Last Jedi
Audy: 3 out of 4 stars "Hell Yeah" 
Elvin: 3 out of 4 stars "Hell Yeah" 
Sean: 3 out of 4 stars "Hell Yeah" 
Jessica: 3 out of 4 stars "Hell Yeah" 
Bryant: 3.5 out of 4 stars "Hell Yeah" (Personally his favorite Star Wars film ever) 
 
This episode's hashtags:
#AssholeYoda
#KylosManTitties 

 

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Audy Christianos 
Twitter: @cinesamurairiff
Instagram: @cinemasamurai 
www.cinemasamurai.net

Elvin Jones
Twitter: @imthenerdfather 
Instagram: @imthenerdfather
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Dec 15, 2017

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. 

Lady Bird
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

 

 

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Dec 7, 2017

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!

 

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Nov 11, 2017

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).

 

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Nov 6, 2017

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.

Thor: Ragnorak
Audy/Elvin/Warren: 3 out 4 stars - Hell Yeah! 
 
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Oct 25, 2017

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!

The Foreigner
Audy: 2 out 4 stars - Hell No! 
Elvin: 2 out of 4 stars - Hell No! 
 
The Florida Project 
Audy: 3.5 out of 4 Stars - Hell Yeah! (Top 10 for the year) 
Elvin: 2.0 out of 4 stars - Hell No! 
 
The Snowman
Audy: 1.0 out of 4 Stars - Hell No! 
Elvin: .5 out of 4 Stars - Hell No! 
 
 
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Oct 18, 2017

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.

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Oct 11, 2017
EPISODE 24 RECAP: This Week: Your hosts Audy and Elvin are joined by their friend and fellow movie lover Warren James to review the long awaited BladeRunner 2049. The film starring Ryan Gosling, Harrison Ford, Jared Leto and Robin Wright is the 30 year old follow up film from the Ridley Scott 1982 sci-fi noir cult classic Blade Runner. The fellas really dive into things by starting off with a Non spoiler review which all three guys agree that this is technically impressive film led by strong direction by Denis Villaneuve and frequent collaborator cinematographer Roger Deakins but still felt collectively that the film came up short in a lot of other areas. Then they discuss Blade Runner 2049 underperformance in the box office. Next they do the spoiler review where they unpack a lot, and we do mean A LOT of the puzzling aspects of the film with its intended ambiguous and mysterious narrative. Lastly, Audy, Elvin and Warren ask the unanswered questions left at the end of the film and where the movie's franchise's next move in the story will go. 
 
Film Ratings: Blade Runner 2049 
 
Audy: 2.5 out of 4 stars - Hell No! 
Elvin: 3.0 out of 4 stars - Hell Yeah! 
Warren: 2.5 out of 4 stars - Hell Yeah! 
 
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Aug 2, 2017

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. 

 
Film Ratings 
Atomic Blonde
2.5 stars and "Hell Yeah" go see it! (Audy)
2.5 stars and "Hell Yeah" go see it! (Elvin) 
 
Dunkrik 
3.0 and "Hell Yeah" go see it! (Audy) 
3.0 and "Hell Yeah" go see it! (Elvin) 

War for the Planet of the Apes
2.0 and "Hell No" don't go see it (Audy) 
2.5 and "Hell Yeah" go see it! (Elvin)
 
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Jul 12, 2017

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's guests hosts: 
 
1. Bryant Foster 
2. Warren James 

Film Ratings
 
Baby Driver - 2.0 stars and "Hell No" don't go see it! (Audy)
                    3.5 stars and "Hell Yeah" go see it! (Elvin) 
                    3.5 stars and "Hell Yeah" go see it! (Bryant) 
                    3.0 stars and "Hell Yeah" go see it! (Warren) 
 
Spider-Man: Homecoming - 2.5 and "Hell No" don't go see it (Audy) 
                                         3.5 and "Hell Yeah" go see it (Elvin) 
                                         3.0 and "Hell Yeah" go see it (Warren) 

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Jun 20, 2017

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. 


Film Ratings 

The Mummy - 1.5 stars and "Hell No" don't go see it! (Audy) 
Wonder Woman - 3.5 stars and "Hell Yeah" go see it! (Elvin) 
It Comes at Night - 3.0 stars and "Hell Yeah" go see it! (Audy) 

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