Podcast August 12 – Christopher Robin, The Meg, Eighth Grade and A Very English Scandal

Despite a major bite out of the box office, The Meg did not fare well with the Interjections reviewers. Cory takes us through the latest animal attack adventure this week, but not before a handful of other new films:

Tristan joins in first with a catch-all review of Christopher Robinthe latest Disney live-action adaptation that features Ewan McGregor doing his best Robin Williams in Hook impression as the adult version of the titular character, who is in turn doing his best not to go mad when his childhood imaginary pals show up in post-war London.

Cory enlightens us on the fashionably popular indie film Eighth Gradethe debut feature from stand-up comedian Bo Burnham, a surprisingly astute look at adolescence at the point where we transition from middle school to high school. He also briefly touches upon a YA fantasy adaptation, The Darkest Minds.

Before diving into the Jason Statham shark flick, Tristan discusses Blake Lively’s foray into the genre from 2016, The Shallows. He also gives us his opinion of the 2012 young adult romance drama The Spectacular Nowstarring Miles Teller in what might be his best performance alongside Shailene Woodley and Brie Larson, all three future it stars. Wonder how they did?

Cory follows up with a double dose of Robert Redford, with a stellar performance in Brubaker, and a dense Best Picture winner in Out of AfricaTristan steps in with a Jenny Slate comedy Obvious Child, and Cory snuffs out expectations of cult classic Enter the Dragon.

Finally, we entertain the latest BBC mini-series, starring a sparkling Hugh Grant as PM Jeremy Thorpe: A Very English Scandal.

Listen to all this, plus a discussion of the new Oscars rules:

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Podcast July 27th – Mission Impossible: Fallout, Mamma Mia 2 and The Spy Who Dumped Me

Big week for Cory, as he saw several new films (and one classic):

The super story of the weekend will end up being Mission Impossible: Fallout, Tom Cruise’s latest attempt at near death in order to wow us. He also caught a preview week’s action comedy The Spy Who Dumped Me that pairs Mila Kunis with Kate McKinnon flailing their way through European escapades.

The other big release this week was the cartoon comic feature Teen Titans Go! to the Movies, which sees the Cartoon Network stars translate onto a much bigger screen than usual. A cash grab sequel of the jukebox musical Mamma Mia is discussed next, while Gus Van Sant returns in style with a simple biopic of Portland cartoonist John Callahan, Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot starring Joaquin Phoenix as the artist alongside a revelatory Jonah Hill.

The First Purge was a mistake to see, but Cory still decided to go ahead with it. One mistake you don’t have to make this week is hop onto HBO and witness the splendid documentary Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind that details the life of the beloved manic comedian.

Our classic films of the week are John Huston’s The Man Who Would Be Kingbased on a Rudyard Kipling tale and starring Sean Connery, Michael Caine and Christopher Plummer; and Cinema Paradisothe 1989 Foreign Film Oscar winner that focuses on Salvatore Di Vita and his projectionest mentor Alfredo (Philippe Noiret) in small-town Italy.

Finally, Tristan also pops in with a brief recap of the new HBO show Sharp Objectsfrom a novel by Gillian Flynn, and directed by Jean-Marc Vallee (Big Little Lies), as well as starring Amy Adams, Sophia Lillis and Patricia Clarkson.

If you even got through this brief recap, feel free to listen to us discuss everything, and more! It’s below, and don’t forget to comment responsibly:

Podcast July 20 – Sorry to Bother You, Soldado and The Equalizer 2

Sorry to bother you by missing our usual Friday podcast drop. Out of our control and because time is a flat circle, we at least recorded late Friday night but this made it to the internet proper just minutes ago.

Our main event is the mutual viewing of Boots Riley’s seminal work Sorry to Bother You starring Lakeith Stanfield and Tessa Thompson. Following that up Cory discusses one surprising sequel and one disappointing. You can decipher which between the two: Denzel Washington’s The Equalizer 2 and Sicario 2: Soldado.

We follow that up with a double dose of gangster classics: Paul Newman and Robert Redford’s reunion in The Sting and Sean Connery’s Oscar turn opposite Kevin Costner in The Untouchables.

Finally, Cory warns us to Leave No Trace alongside Ben Foster in Debra Granik’s return to cinema. Worth it? Listen in below and remember to always comment responsibly:

Podcast July 13 – Skyscraper and Hotel Transylvania 3

Blah! The summer heat is getting to Cory and Tristan, and they think it’s high time for a summer vacation…perhaps to Hong Kong?

Follow our intrepid critics as they brave the wilds of sequel animation in Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation and the dull effects of yet another brainless Dwayne Johnson action fest with Skyscraper.

Cory takes us back to the early Robert Redford years with a double feature: Barefoot in the Park (romantic comedy with Jane Fonda) and Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (classic western with Paul Newman).

Tristan wiles away his hours with two recent flicks: Guillermo del Toro’s Gothic horror Crimson Peak and a lost biopic of Harry Houdini starring Guy Pearce and Catherine Zeta-Jones: Death Defying Acts.

All this, some Emmy discussion and some fanboying over the early ’90s Tommy Lee Jones filmography, if you listen below:

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Music to Your Ears – Florence and the Machine, Gorillaz and Best of Spring 2018!

Distractions are no fun – with my birthday this past week and work consuming most hours, I fell behind on patching together the next handful of reviews. Let’s dive in to some recent music (really just stuff from the end of June):

Florence + the Machine – High as Hope

Cue the waterworks, Flo is on fire here. I think I mentioned in the preview review for stellar single “Hunger” that I think she’s an even better orator than Adele, pulling off her style with some flair. “Kiss with a Fist” seems a distant grungy memory now, with ten tracks dedicated to rough breakups, hardship, and finding hope in fellow female rock stars. The often serious lyrics are undercut by such melodious intonations that you’re taken aback by the craft presented by the South London performer. This is simply a must listen, an emotional sitdown with one of our most talented singers.

Key Tracks: Hunger / Big God / Patricia

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Podcast July 6 – Ant-Man and the Wasp, Gotti and Yellowstone

Tristan’s birthday film this year is Marvel’s latest blockbuster: Ant-Man and the Wasp. It’s a direct sequel to 2015’s Paul Rudd introduction to the MCU, and focuses on the gang from that film (including Michael Douglas and Evangeline Lilly) hoping to rescue the missing Janet Van Dyne (Michelle Pfeiffer) from the Quantum Realm.

He and Cory review that film, and how well it fits in with the overall timeline, before delving into other new projects, such as Taylor Sheridan’s Paramount Network show Yellowstone, starring Kevin Costner as a grumpy ranch owner.

Cory enlightens us as to what truly went wrong with John Travolta’s Gotti and the half-baked and misleading sequel Escape Plan 2, which doesn’t quite star Sylvester Stallone or Dave Bautista.

We take a trip down memory lane with board game comedy Clue and Walter Hill’s The Driver, following up with an Independence Day double feature MASH and Patton.

Listen in as we discuss all this, and what it truly means to be a film critic these days. Don’t worry, we don’t get too philosophical, but remember to consider what we say and comment responsibly.

Thanks for listening in!

Music to Your Ears: Nine Inch Nails, Bebe Rexha and Panic! at the Disco

Short on big releases this week, we have a trio for you:

Panic! at the Disco – Pray for the Wicked

Brendon Urie is at it again – his style blossoming further and further out there to orgasmic pop instrumentals. The higher his voice goes on any given track, the trumpets echo even louder, or the keyboards resound his vitality and virulence. The party has seemingly never stopped since his epic album Death of a Bachelor two years ago. Uberfans will be thrilled that its much of the same, and it’s not quite just a repeat of that album. While it’s heavy on the danceable downbeats, there’s a lightheartedness that even evaded that better album. For the past decade Urie has been trying to prove himself worthy of heading a band that once commanded an entire quartet. Like many of the best bands, this album feels influenced by all its previous efforts, but it feels most of all like Urie’s coming out party. He knows he’s fully succeeded at making the band his own, and the brand the first album indicated all four members had bought into. For a moment (Vice and Virtues) no one was sure he would be quite as capable at continuing the party, but this proves naysayers wrong. The range between ebullient confidence (“High Hopes”) and fear of failure (“King of the Clouds”) provides for a tapestry not seen since that first album, a moment that elevates Urie’s songwriting to permanent upper-crust status. Plus you can never go wrong with a funk-fueled trumpet dance-off (“The Overpass”). I’m certain this party can rage for years to come.

Key Tracks: High Hopes / Dancing’s Not a Crime / The Overpass

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