Podcast Jan 18 – Glass, Bird Box and True Detective

At long last, the unthinkable has emerged – a sequel to M. Night Shyamalan’s incredible hit Unbreakable has been created. With the smash comeback Split, Shyamalan garnered enough support for a crossover sequel where he pits the star of that film (James McAvoy) against Unbreakable‘s hero David Dunn (Bruce Willis).

The pivotal connective tissue is the namesake of the film, Mr. Glass (Samuel L. Jackson), who is stuck in an asylum run by Sarah Paulson. Join Cory and Tristan as they discuss the heavily anticipated Glass.

Next up, Cory took in the massive Netflix hit Bird BoxThe much talked about thriller stars Sandra Bullock as an apocalyptic survivor…with a blindfold.

Tristan takes us back to 1948 with one of their Best Picture nominees, The Red Shoesa ballet drama starring Moira Shearer – it’s one of Martin Scorsese’s inspirations as well.

Cory then uncovers some VOD gems – eerie Gerard Butler thriller The Vanishing and Jean-Claude Van Damme action drama The Bouncer.

We cap it off with a discussion of the first couple episodes of True Detective season 3.

All this and a big trailer discussion at the end! Tune in below, and remember to comment responsibly:

 

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True Detective Season 3, Episodes 1 & 2 Review

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The aphorism is “time heals all wounds” and with a sizable gap between seasons 2 and 3, I presume that the scars and misgivings from the underwhelming impact of Season 2 have subsided into the category of a sophomore slump. Season 3 hearkens back to the formula of Season 1- the cross-examination flashback narrative, an Oscar winner on the ascent (Mahershala Ali) and an indefatigable buddy dynamic between the leads.

Jeremy Saulnier is no stranger to brooding, atmospheric fare as he evinced in ‘Blue Ruin’, ‘Green Room’ and ‘Hold the Dark’. For instance, a bike ride between siblings is teeming with gut-wrenching suspense as leering delinquents in a Volkswagen Bug are voyeuristic towards them. The 1980 segments are percolated through the jaundiced-yellow filter of a tainted, aged photograph. A shot from beneath a watchtower is eerily labyrinthian like an M.C. Escher painting.

As opposed to season 1, Nic Pizzolatto playfully tinkers with our expectations early by brazenly conflating the temporal slipstream as “memory problems” for our potentially unreliable narrator, Detective Wayne Hayes (Ali). Hayes is mendacious to his questioners when he states that his partner, Roland West (Stephen Dorff), and he were scrutinizing a series of thefts, when, in reality, they were skeet-shooting at a junkyard. He also buttresses the timeline between the present day, a 1990 inquiry and the initial 1980 investigation.

Dorff has been largely unsung in the industry and it’s a pleasure for him to be so unbridled and recrudesced by his peers. West might be a callous, ne’er-do-well predator of foxes when not on duty but he is ferociously assiduous when dispatch blares. His conversations with Ali tingle with the literary richness and world-weary ethos (“General rule is that everyone’s lying.”) of a Raymond Chandler novel.

However, I do wish the showrunners had tunneled further into the relationship among the duo before being thrust headlong into the vanishing. Then Pizzolatto peels another riveting layer with a meta interview between Hayes and the True Criminal program. The overlapping perspective of Hayes is the series’ arrow in the quiver.

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Due to the seemingly linear nature of the case (the disappearance of two children), this season isn’t the orgiastic cornucopia of occult symbolism and red herrings that Season 1 and the Yellow King were. In fact, the show lampoons that theory when West verbally flogs a West Finger School student about a Black Sabbath shirt. Arkansas could be a laughingstock for the show but other than the flourishes of white-trash family turmoil and parental separation, Pizzolatto doesn’t rebuke them.

The factor that looms over Season 3 is whether the alcoves of Hayes’ mind are impedimentary impasses or aboveboard observations. It’s a tantalizing role for Ali who is remarkable at the three permutations of the characters (the somewhat callow pathfinder, the defensive subject and the addled geriatric).

Rating: 3.75 out of 5

Podcast Jan 11 – Escape Room and The Upside

I swear, we definitely recorded this podcast. It just didn’t escape our lips fast enough….maybe our editor had a different idea of “on time”. Either way, the upside is that you’ll have a double dose of entertainment to digest this week….

Cory and Tristan discuss two of the latest releases of January 11th: Escape Room, a horror-thriller based around the popular diversion and The Upsidestarring Bryan Cranston and Kevin Hart in the remake of French film The Intouchables.

They also discuss some news and a few trailers, but you’ll have to listen in below to find out which ones….don’t forget to comment responsibly (like, not a week later!)

Cory’s Most Anticipated Films of 2019

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  1. TRIPLE FRONTIER- Languishing in development hell for several years, this heist picture benefits from a machismo-heavy cast of male actors. The exotic locale of South American obviates the comparisons between this and Affleck’s own ‘The Town’. J.C. Chandor isn’t one to rest on his previous laurels and with his critical-darling clout, I highly doubt he would hitch his wagon to a doomed project that has hopscotched between Affleck brothers. Although it will premiere on the small screen of Netflix, the jungle cinematography is vibrantly verdant and burnished to a polished sheen in the vein of Michael Mann.Image result for it chapter 29. IT: CHAPTER 2- The 90’s TV miniseries condensed one of Stephen King’s most dense novels into a two-night event but it frequently crosscut between the Losers Club as children and as adults without much rhythmic crescendo. Since Chapter 1 was such a resounding success, the filmmakers have been afforded the opportunity to provide closure to the ghoulish story. Every inspired dream casting choice has come to fruition (beseech James McAvoy, Bill Hader and Jessica Chastain and ye shall receive). The dichotomy between films will not just be a demographic shift; it will differentiate what scares us as children as to what scares us as adults (From acne, prom dates and basement boilers to 401k saving depletions, chronic back pain and erectile dysfunction).

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Podcast Jan 4 – Welcome to Marwen, Holmes & Watson and Most Anticipated of 2019

After the mass cleansing of 2018, Cory and Tristan take a brief respite and collect themselves, delighting in what might be for the Interjections podcast as they enter the year 2019. Revel in their choices for Most Anticipated, which end up being (besides one) completely different, remarkably.

Before that, Cory regales us with the accords of two recent films, divisive to say the least:

Welcome to Marwen, starring Steve Carell as the victim of a brutal beating who overcomes his maladies by escaping into a world crafted by his miniature buildings and several dolls, populated by the voices and likenesses of several women in his life (Leslie Mann, Merritt Weaver, Janelle Monae, Eiza Gonzalez, Gwendoline Christie).

Holmes and Watson, the third pairing for Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly, which finds them in the Arthur Conan Doyle world, satirizing the Victorian era alongside Ralph Fiennes and a slew of references.

Take in the podcast this week and find out which of the two was a surprise charmer and which was as bad as everyone is saying! Tristan also talks about a classic Elizabeth Taylor film, BUtterfield 8 that he was gifted for Christmas.

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Tristan’s Most Anticipated Films of 2019

One of our favorite things to do each year is pick which films we look forward to the most in the upcoming year and by the time the next year rolls around, see how those ten films fared. Check out the podcast this weekend to hear us discuss how our 2018 picks ended up, and for now, read below for Tristan’s ten most anticipated films of 2019:

10) Knives Out (11/27)

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Not much is known about Rian Johnson’s follow-up to arguably the biggest film he’ll ever produce. He got a blank check to transform Star Wars into his image, and a lot of fans didn’t like it so much. He also spent so many years developing The Last Jedi that he ended up not directing anything since 2012’s Looper. While that film was a tad disappointing to me, I haven’t given up on him and I think most of that film was about meeting my expectations. With that being said, I’m excited to see him work his magic once more, and he’s assembled an incredible cast: Daniel Craig, Christopher Plummer, Lakeith Stanfield, Toni Collette, Michael Shannon and Chris Evans, to name a few. It’s said that it’s a modern murder mystery, which seems up Johnson’s alley – Brick was one of the best neo-noirs of all time. I think a step back in budget is just what the doctor ordered, and I can’t wait to see what comes of this.

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Good Sports: NFL Playoffs and Beyond

Hey all,

I’ve been thinking a lot about this blog and everything I put into it, which includes among other things, way too much time and energy. When I get behind, I either rush articles (like this year’s NFL and NHL previews) or end up miserable (all the Revolution Television previews for the fall). So I’m going to try and take a step back and look at what truly matters, only pushing articles that I feel worthwhile of my time. For previews of seasons or playoffs or fall schedules in TV, I’m expecting to be more conversational, less stating the facts of each show or team. We’ll see how this goes, but I think it’s more fun for me this way, and hopefully more interesting for you.

Without further adieu, here’s five predictions for the NFL playoffs, as well as my overall picks for who wins it all:

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1) Andrew Luck will surprise everyone by being the quarterback everyone had predicted at the start of his young career. After being sidelined for all of 2017, and being kind of awful due to a shoulder injury in 2015, Luck has shown that the surgery helped bring him back to life. Throwing for 39 touchdowns, only one less than his best year (2014), he also had 430 completions, a personal best that eclipsed his previous record by 50. He’s firing on all cylinders, and when he brings the Colts down to Houston this weekend, he’ll show why we can believe in him again.

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