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
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.
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.
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 Françoise 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.
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).
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.
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.
Movie review for Star Wars - The Force Awakens
Movie reviews for Spectre, The Assassin, Sicario
This episode, Audy Christianos and Elvin Jones disagree about the utilization of horror (or lack of thereof) that Guillermo Del Toro chose for the haunted estate in Crimson Peak, then try to determine just how stupid Vin Diesel’s nerd passion project, The Last Witch Hunter, really is. Lastly, they debate if Rosemary’s Baby is a deserved classic or flatly overrated.
Movie reviews for The Walk, The Martian, Beasts of No Nation
Movie reviews for The Man from U.N.C.L.E, Straight Outta Compton, American Ultra
Movie reviews for Ant-Man, Trainwreck, and Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation