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.
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: 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!
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.
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.'
Audy and Elvin debate over the alpha dog chemistry of The Nice Guys, then discuss Bryan Singer's allegorical slapdash of the 12 different sub-genres that made up X-men: Apocalypse and finally gush over the savage energy of The Jungle Book. Also the fellas discuss Daniel Craig possibly leaving James Bond and who could fill those large blue-eyed shoes.
Audy and Elvin discuss which team wore the Marvel Championship Belt better - Team Captain America or Team Iron-guy. Then they review the varying degrees of George Clooney's handsome face and how it hinders your plot in the toothless thrill Money Monster. Lastly, the fellas try to decipher just where in the hell all of the new Ghostbusters reboot hate is coming from. Also: Cinema Report Card with letter grades of all the Avengers' Civil War characters.
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