We saw a Star War!
In this minisode James and Gabe come to terms with the final installment of The Skywalker Saga? Is it a worthy ending to The Sequel Trilogy? Or is it a tired rerun that undermines the previous films? A bit of both?
There's so much to discuss.
This week we are joined by our pal Sam Dodson for another mega-length episode exploring the Russo Bros. epic tragedy.
A bold, thrilling, and ultimately heartbreaking chapter of the MCU, that went places we could never have expected or imagined.
This week we travel to Wakanda to discuss Ryan Coogler's Black Panther. And to help us with that we are joined by Emmanuel Noisette from E-Man's Movie Reviews!
We have a long, in-depth discussion on what is one of the MCU's most ambitious films.
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This week we are joined by Quentin Irey from Common Candor to talk about Thor: Ragnarok. A film that took the flagging Thor series in a wild, fun new direction.
While the film's entertainment value is beyond doubt, does this new direction undermine the character's dramatic core?
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This week we are joined by Josh Mesker to explore about this divisive sequel to the 2014 smash hit. While Vol. 2 boast some of the most emotionally effective bits in the MCU, does the rest of it quite live up to its predecessor?
After taking a long break from the MCU during the month of October, we are back with Scott Derrickson's Doctor Strange!
A thoughtful and emotional character piece that introduces us into the fantastical world of The Master of the Mystic Arts.
This week we wrap up the tour latest series with Wes Craven's final film, Scream 4.
A return to form for the franchise after the disappointing Scream 3. While it might not quite reach the heights of the first film, this one still has plenty of the charm, scares and clever commentary that made us love the series in the first place.
For the month of October we will be taking a break from the MCU to explore Wes Craven's Scream series!
Scream burst onto the scene in 1996 and gave new life to the then-stagnated horror genre. Does it still provide the same level of fresh commentary on the genre and genuine scares as it did at the time? We certainly think so!
This week we are joined by our friend Byron Lafayette to discuss Peyton Reed's delightful heist comedy, Antman.
After the enormity of Age of Ultron, Antman's low stakes and breezy tone was a breath of fresh air for the MCU. Despite a very difficult production, Marvel managed to squeeze out yet another win.
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This week we dive deep into Joss Whedon's ambitious and flawed magnum opus. A film that reveals new layers and depth with every rewatch despite its loudly discussed imperfections.
It may not have been the film everyone wanted as a follow-up to the first Avengers film, but what we got is still a fascinating piece of filmmaking and storytelling with much to explore and discuss.
This week we explore the Russo Bros. homage to the classic conspiracy thrillers of the 70s with the absolutely fantastic Captain America: The Winter Soldier. This installment abandons the nostalgia of the First Avenger and gives us a tense, gritty tale that challenges everything Cap believes.
This week we take a quick break from the MCU to have a minisode discussion on the 1988 horror classic, Child's Play with Victims and Villains Podcast host Josh Burkey!
This is part of a special crossover with his show, so if you wanna hear us talking about the 2019 remake, you can listen to it over on the at the Victims and Villains Podcast feed https://www.victimsandvillains.net/
This week we explore the MCU's first foray into cosmic storytelling with Kenneth Branagh's delightful Shakespearean drama, Thor.
A bright, imaginative and open-hearted space fantasy that always kept its grand ambitions firmly grounded in the wonderful characters and powerful emotional arcs.
One of the MCU's most under-appreciated gems.
James couldn't make it this week. So Gabe is joined again by Ryan Wall to discuss this highly unique film in the MCU.
More akin to the action and chase films of the 90s than the modern Superhero genre, The Incredible Hulk doesn't quite fit in with this series.
And in our opinion, this slick, stylish action romp is all the better for it.
We take a break between franchises to talk about the a film that one of the hosts considers to be be highly Underrated. The Greatest Showman beat the odds in 2017, becoming something of a phenomenon among audiences despite a less than stellar reception from critics.
Much like the critical and audience divide, there is a large difference of opinion on the qualities of this film between the hosts.
But there is one thing we can agree on, Hugh Jackman is the best!
This week we begin a new series with M. Night Shyamalan's celebrated proto-superhero film, Unbreakable. The first chapter in an unexpected trilogy.
The definition of "Ahead of Its Time", Unbreakable is Comic Book Movie that mastered the genre before it had even truly found its shape.
A beautiful movie.
This week we discuss the unlikely sequel, Blade Runner 2049 with the help of guest Quentin Irey.
A film that takes the themes, ideas and visuals of the original to new heights.
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This week we start a new series with the seminal Sci-Fi classic, Blade Runner.
A film's who's legacy and influence on Cinema is almost impossible to quantify. Yet despite its legendary status, it has received a somewhat mixed reception with audiences both at the time of its release and to this day.
There is even a bit a disagreement between Gabe and James on this episode about just how successful it is in telling its story and executing its enormous ambitions.
This week we discuss the much-delayed final chapter in the Maze Runner Trilogy .
The most ambitious film in the series, and in some ways the most flawed, The Death Cure still manages to deliver a thrilling and emotionally satisfying finale for this above-average YA franchise.
This week we have a brief discussion on the 2nd film in the Maze Runner Trilogy, The Scorch Trials.
A much more ambitious film than The Maze Runner, this chapter continues to impress with its great cast and fantastic direction from Wes Ball.
Our full Underrated episode on The Scorch Trials...
Before we finish up the Maze Runner Trilogy with The Death Cure next week, we go back to the film that started it all back in 2014.
In this minisode we revisit the Maze Runner and have a quick discussion on this well-made and highly entertaining YA offering.
Our Underrated Episode on this film...
This week we finish up our journey into Narnia with a massive disappointment. A desperate bid to regain the whimsy, magic, and most importantly, the massive box office revenue of The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe, Voyage of the Dawn Treader feels like a cobbled together mess.
Not a terrible movie, but one without much of an identity.
This week we are joined by Brian Carnell(AKA Glumpuddle) from Narniaweb and The Talking Beasts Podcast to discuss the 2nd chapter in the Narnia series.
A darker, more ambitious chapter, Prince Caspian provides much fodder for discussion on adaptation, storytelling and filmmaking.
This week we are swept up in a fantastical adventure in the magical world of Narnia!
The Lion, The Witch, and Wardrobe is a childhood favorite for both hosts, so nostalgia abounds in our discussion of this excellent family film.
This week we complete our exploration of the Mission Impossible series with the 6th film, Fallout.
And to help us with our discussion of Christopher McQuarrie's 2nd chapter in the series, we are joined by our friend DJ Nichols.
Fallout is an incredible movie filled with some of the greatest action sequences ever filmed. But it also has a great story and some of the best character drama in the entire franchise.
Another great installment.
This week we praise Christopher McQuarrie's first entry into the Mission Impossible series.
McQuarrie took all the best elements from previous chapters and combined them into a film that exemplifies everything great about this franchise.
This week we are joined on this mission by our friend Keifer Wynn to discuss Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol!
This movie blew critics and audiences away back in 2011. But does Brad Bird's live-action debut still offer the same fun and thrills these years later? And how does it hold up against the previous installments in the series?
This week we spend nearly two hours raving about J.J. Abrams' directorial debut, Mission Impossible III.
What this film brings to the series is a narrative coherence and raw emotional heft that the previous two films never quite managed.
This week we are back into the Mission Impossible series with the highly controversial 2nd chapter from Hong Kong director John Woo.
There is some disagreements between the hosts as to how well Woo's over-the-top style works in this film and the overall series.
Whether you love or hate the film, there's a very interesting conversation to be had about it!