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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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Podcast June 25 – Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom and Won’t You Be My Neighbor?

Two big releases this past weekend unfurled before us – the heavily anticipated follow-up to Colin Trevorrow’s incredible blockbuster Jurassic World, one that reignited everyone’s love of Michael Crichton and Steven Spielberg’s massive 1993 hit Jurassic Park.

Does Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom hold up to those standards? You’ll have to listen in to our podcast below, where we also take some time to reflect on the life and career of one Fred Rogers, the entreprenurial children’s PBS host who had tons of love to dole out to each and every one of us. That documentary, as many know, is Won’t You Be My Neighbor?

In addition, Cory saw three older films – 1972 animal horror Frogs, late Don Bluth “film” The Pebble and the Penguin and the classic musical starring Frank Sinatra and Marlon Brando: Guys and Dolls.

Tristan caught up a little bit more on 2017’s missed list with Tom Cruise’s latest, American Made.

All this, and well..actually just all this, if you click below and listen in! Remember to comment responsibly:

Music to Your Ears – Nas, Dave Matthews Band, Christina Aguilera and Mike Shinoda

With the World Cup last week, it became apparent that I was only going to get one article done. I chose that timely sports highlight, and figured I could compound the last two weeks together. In fact, there was really enough from both weeks to fill one week, so it all worked out just fine. Here’s what we’re listening to for the dog days of summer:

Dave Matthews Band – Come Tomorrow

Our first stop, which came last week, was the highlight of my week for two reasons – I went to both of his Philly shows over the weekend! Truly I became immediately enraptured with this latest work from Dave Matthews and his band, and it is considerably well produced in light of following two lesser albums from the group. I wonder if there’s something to do with the bravado this band exudes in the face of darkness surrounding us in the outside world. For two nights in the BB&T Pavilion, it felt like Dave’s music could still save us and left us with hope for a better and more peaceful world, in spite of what was happening in the country around us. That’s what this album represents, and with intricately sublime guitar magic alongside his longtime fellow members Carter Beauford (drums), Stefan Lessard (bass) and Tim Reynolds (lead guitar). Dave stretches his voice in the remarkable “That Girl Is You” but he never overextends his welcome, easing back into the instrumentals on the intro to “Black and Blue Bird” – the incomprehensibly titled “bkdkdkdd”. Never doubt the fun this band has, even if it’s a language all their own.

Key Tracks: Samurai Cop (Oh Joy Begin) / That Girl Is You / Do You Remember

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Podcast June 15 – The Incredibles 2, Tag, Hereditary, First Reformed, Ocean’s 8 and Hotel Artemis

June is one hell of a month this year. On what is now the Interjections Third Anniversary podcast, Cory and Tristan discuss a mere thirteen films on the way to one of their biggest episodes yet.

That’s right, June 13th was the inception of the Interjections discussions (and it also happens to fall on Cory’s birthday). With that in mind, and a bit of busy work days last week, we decided to pack two weeks into one for a blockbuster conversation. On top of that, several films we’d been clamoring to see dropped all at once. In order, we cover:

1) Tag – Jeremy Renner and his team of pals have been playing a game of tag for thirty years in this comedy also starring Jon Hamm, Ed Helms, Jake Johnson and Hannibal Buress.

2) The Incredibles 2 – The long-awaited sequel to what some say is Pixar’s greatest film. Was it worth the wait? Meet back up with the Parr family as they take on the last fifteen years of superhero films, and Mr. Mom.

3) Ocean’s 8 – Sandra Bullock recruits seven like-minded ladies for the perfect heist – a super-expensive diamond necklace at the Met Gala. She uses her genetic skills to craft the perfect crime (turns out, she’s Danny Ocean’s hereto unforeseen sister.)

4) Social Animals – an Austin set romantic comedy starring Noel Wells and Josh Radnor as they navigate how hard it is to actually make a good romantic comedy.

5) Ibiza – Netflix ponied up the money for Gillian Jacobs, Vanessa Bayer and Phoebe Robinson to take a vacation in Barcelona and the nearby island of Ibiza. They meet super-hunk DJ Richard Madden there.

6) Action Point – Jackass patriarch Johnny Knoxville pulls off some pranks in this loosely comedic romp in the fictional Action Point theme park, based on the shoddy Action Park from 1970’s northern NJ.

7) Book Club – The nonagenarian set will love this female-driven version of Last Vegas starring Candice Bergen, Diane Keaton, Jane Fonda and…Last Vegas star Mary Steenburgen.

8) Hotel Artemis – This zany action thriller stars Jodie Foster and Sterling K. Brown as they attempt to stave off mercenaries led by Jeff Goldblum. I was sold at zany.

9) 211 – Nicolas Cage gets roped into another half-baked straight-to-video thriller, this one about burglary or some such nonsense.

10) Blade Runner – Tristan finally watched the movie that launched a thousand director’s cuts! Harrison Ford might be a robot, or he might just have had a close shave at the barber! What did Tristan think?

11) Adrift – A surprisingly well crafted lost at sea picture starring Shailene Woodley and Sam Claflin.

12) First Reformed – Ethan Hawke dazzles in this soft-spoken drama about the pastor in a pre-Revolutionary war church who must confront a member who is having second thoughts about bringing a child into the world. What follows is one of Hawke’s best performances.

13) Hereditary – The horror picture everyone’s talking about was Cory’s birthday film, so it’s fittingly final in our massive podcast. Is it worth seeing in person? Is it too scary to see alone? Is the ending too divisive to even bother? Let’s unpack this.

Last but not least, we dive into not just one, but 25 new trailers that debuted in the past week and a half. What, did they dump everything for the fall just now? Rapid fire suggestions ensue.

Without further adieu, here’s the podcast:

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