Episode 337: ‘Allied,’ ‘Manchester by the Sea,’ ‘Moonlight,’ ‘Jackie’

0:00 – Hello, there are so many movies in the next several weeks
2:30 – “Allied” review
11:50 – “Manchester by the Sea” review
18:40 – “Moonlight” review
27:50 – “Jackie” review
38:30 – The wide releases weren’t screened; this week’s new DVDs (“Ab Fab: The Movie,” “Don’t Breathe,” “Pete’s Dragon”); recap, and more musings, good day

REVIEWS:
Allied: B 7/10
Manchester by the Sea: B+ 8/10 (B.S.-approved!)
Moonlight: A 9/10 (B.S.-approved again!)
Jackie: A- 9/10 (What?? B.S.-approved!)

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Episode 336: ‘Bad Santa 2,’ ‘Nocturnal Animals,’ ‘Rules Don’t Apply,’ ‘Moana’

0:00 – Hello, happy Thanksgiving, we hope there was no bloodshed, here is an iTunes review
5:20 – “Bad Santa 2” review
13:15 – “Nocturnal Animals” review
22:00 – “Rules Don’t Apply” review
28:00 – “Moana” review (Snider only)
34:30 – Here’s what’s on DVD now (“Finding Dory,” “Hands of Stone,” “Hell or High Water,” “Kubo and the Two Strings,” “Mechanic: Resurrection,” “War Dogs”), plus are there a million movies? There are probably a million movies
41:00 – Hey, What’d You Watch? (“Sausage Party,” “Bulworth,” “The Addams Family”), recap and good day

REVIEWS:
Bad Santa 2: C+ 6/10
Nocturnal Animals: B+ 8/10 (B.S.-approved!)
Rules Don’t Apply: C 4/10
Moana: B n/a

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Episode 335: ‘Fantastic Beasts,’ ‘Bleed for This,’ ‘The Eagle Huntress,’ ‘The Edge of Seventeen’

0:00 – Hello, here are two iTunes reviews, one displeased
4:50 – “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” review
17:20 – “Bleed for This” review
22:30 – “The Eagle Huntress” review
27:50 – “The Edge of Seventeen” review (Snider only)
32:30 – Hey, What’d You Watch, featuring retroactively B.S.-approval, “Airplane!” with millennials, “Shut In,” “Almost Christmas”
43:30 – Recap and good day

REVIEWS:
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: C+ 5/10
Bleed for This: C 6/10
The Eagle Huntress: B+ 8/10 (B.S.-approved!)
The Edge of Seventeen: B+ n/a

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Episode 334.5: ‘Arrival’

No show this week. Two of the three new movies weren’t screened for critics, and the one that was, “Arrival,” we already reviewed at Fantastic Fest. So here we are talking about it again for a few minutes, with the FF review tacked on at the end. Back next week with a real show.

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Episode 334: ‘Doctor Strange,’ ‘Hacksaw Ridge’

0:00 – Hello, no iTunes review, and whose fault is that?
2:10 – “Doctor Strange” review
12:30 – Why Jeff didn’t see “Hacksaw Ridge” (it involves the Cubs, somehow)
15:20 – “Hacksaw Ridge” review (Snider only)

25:00 – An update on our oldest listener
27:10 – New DVDs this week: “Star Trek Beyond,” “Bad Moms,” “Nine Lives”
31:05 – What’d You Watch? (baseball, Eric’s parents’ visit, “The Fog,” “A Woman Under the Influence”)
35:40 – Recap and good day

REVIEWS:
Doctor Strange: B+ 8/10 (B.S.-approved!)
Hacksaw Ridge: B- n/a

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Episode 333: ‘Inferno,’ ‘Ouija: Origin of Evil’

0:00 – Introduction, then we get right to it
1:50 – “Inferno” review
15:45 – “Ouija: Origin of Evil” review (Snider only)

21:25 – Halloween plans, and a trip back in time to the movies that were playing on Halloween 1995.
31:15 – New on DVD this week: “Captain Fantastic,” “Men & Chicken,” “Lights Out,” “Nerve”
34:50 – A few items of housekeeping, plus some TV talk, then good day

REVIEWS:
Inferno: C 4/10
Ouija: Origin of Evil: B+ n/a

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Episode 332: ‘Jack Reacher: Never Go Back,’ ‘Keeping Up with the Joneses,’ ‘Certain Women’

0:00 – New theme song by Ken Kraylie! Check him out at Bandcamp and on YouTube
2:10 – “Jack Reacher: Never Go Back” review
15:00 – “Keeping Up with the Joneses” review
21:10 – “Certain Women” review
31:30 – Discussion: how is movie-going different in other countries? What local differences are there in customs and behavior? We seek your input on this matter

37:50 – Eric saw “Kevin Hart: What Now?” and “Max Steel”
40:45 – New DVDs this week (“Independence Day: Resurgence,” “Cafe Society,” “The Good Neighbor”)
44:00 – Hey, What’d You Watch? (“Catch Me If You Can,” “Hook,” “Ghostbusters [2016]”), plus the new Christopher Guest movie “Mascots”
54:30 – Closure on Jeff’s dubious story about having seen “The Blair Witch Project” before anyone else, and then how he didn’t like “The Ring”
57:40 – Recap and good day

REVIEWS:
Jack Reacher: Never Go Back: C 5/10
Keeping Up with the Joneses: C+ 5/10
Certain Women: B 4/10
Kevin Hart: What Now?: B- n/a
Max Steel: C n/a

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Episode 331: ‘The Accountant,’ ‘Christine’

0:00 – Hello, the theme songs are back (for now)
2:30 – “The Accountant” review
10:40 – There are some other movies opening, but they weren’t screened
12:50 – “Christine” review
21:30 – Listener feedback we’ve gotten so far, our youngest listener, and some terrible remarks about old people

28:05 – New on DVD this week: “Ghostbusters,” “Ice Age: Collision Course,” “The Legend of Tarzan,” “The Infiltrator”
31:00 – The Cubs, for some reason
35:25 – Recap and good day

REVIEWS:
The Accountant: B 7/10
Christine: B+ 6/10

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Episode 330: ‘The Girl on the Train,’ ‘The Birth of a Nation’

0:00 – Hello, we got haircuts, Jeff is trying a beard
4:10 – “The Girl on the Train” review
16:00 – We wonder who our youngest and oldest listeners are. Are they you?
17:15 – “The Birth of a Nation” review
26:20 – The baggage attached to “Birth of a Nation”
33:35 – We need your feedback on how to evolve the show into a more powerful juggernaut. Also, Eric might become an angry alcoholic husband to Dogcat.

38:15 – A few more tidbits from Fantastic Fest, including the Satanic Panic room
45:35 – Movies out on DVD/Blu-ray/iTunes/Redbox this week
49:20 – Recap, more blathering, good day

REVIEWS:
The Girl on the Train: C+ 5/10
The Birth of a Nation: B 7/10

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Episode 329: Fantastic Fest, ‘Deepwater Horizon,’ ‘Queen of Katwe,’ ‘Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children,’ ‘American Honey’

0:00 – Hello, we’re at Fantastic Fest!
2:05 – “Deepwater Horizon” review
10:20 – “Queen of Katwe” review
14:05 – “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children” review
21:05 – “American Honey” review
28:45 – “Arrival” review (not out till November; we’ll talk about it some more then)

36:10 – Rapid-fire Fantastic Fest reviews, as follows:

– “The Girl with All the Gifts”
– “Raw”
– “Buster’s Mal Heart”
– “Safe Neighborhood”
– “Red Turtle”
– “Split”
– “The Dwarves Must Be Crazy”
– “Toni Erdmann”
– “Science Fiction Volume One: The Osiris Child”
– “A Dark Song”
– “Don’t Kill It”
– “They Call Me Jeeg Robot”
– “The Lure”
– “Playground”
– “Rats”
– “Elle”
– “Age of Shadows”
– “Down Under”

1:09:45 – Recap, farewell to Fantastic Fest, and good day

 

REVIEWS:
Deepwater Horizon: C+ 6/10
Queen of Katwe: C+ 6/10
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children: B 7/10
American Honey: B+ 8/10
Arrival: A- 10/10
The Girl with All the Gifts: B+ 7/10
Raw: B+ 9/10
Buster’s Mal Heart: B- 5/10
Safe Neighborhood: B- 7/10
Red Turtle: n/a 5/10
Split: B n/a
The Dwarves Must Be Crazy: n/a 3/10
Toni Erdmann: B+ n/a
Science Fiction: n/a 5/10
A Dark Song: B n/a
Don’t Kill It: n/a 5/10
They Call Me Jeeg Robot: B n/a
The Lure: n/a 5/10
Playground: C- n/a
Rats: n/a 7/10
Elle: B+ n/a
Age of Shadows: n/a 8/10
Down Under: B+ n/a

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Episode 328: ‘The Magnificent Seven,’ ‘Other People,’ ‘The Good Neighbor,’ ‘Mr. Church,’ ‘Operation Avalanche,’ ‘Max Rose,’ Fantastic Fest preview

0:00 – Hello, drinking, an iTunes review, a cute story about Dylan
4:10 – “The Magnificent Seven” review
14:30 – “Other People” review
26:30 – “The Good Neighbor” review

32:30 – “Mr. Church” review
39:35 – “Operation Avalanche” review
45:40 – “Max Rose” review (Bayer only)
48:40 – What we’re looking forward to seeing at Fantastic Fest
56:50 – What’s new on DVD this week
1:01:50 – Recap and good day

REVIEWS:
The Magnificent Seven: B+ 8/10 (B.S.-approved!)
Other People: B- 7/10
The Good Neighbor: B- 7/10
Mr. Church: C 5/10
Operation Avalanche: C+ 5/10
Max Rose: n/a 5/10

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Episode 327: ‘Blair Witch,’ ‘Bridget Jones’s Baby,’ ‘The Hollars,’ ‘Snowden’

0:00 – Hello, cat barf, iTunes review
3:00 – Housekeeping items: renewed call for new theme songs; our Patreon campaign
6:10 – “Blair Witch” review
15:00 – “Bridget Jones’s Baby” review (Snider only)

25:25 – “The Hollars” review (Snider only)
30:35 – “Snowden” review (Snider only)
37:20 – QOTW (movies from 2001 that deserve sequels)
45:00 – We’re putting QOTW on hiatus, doing some other retooling
46:25 – Bayer’s report on being a Mormon for a week
55:05 – Recap, good day, and a delightful outtake

REVIEWS:
Blair Witch: B- 5/10
The Hollars: D+ n/a
Bridget Jones’s Baby: B- n/a
Snowden: C n/a

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Episode 326: ‘Sully,’ Character Casserole

0:00 – Hello, Jeff’s on vacation, maybe you can drink out of a pelican?
3:15 – “Sully” review
15:45 – Some other movies that are opening that they didn’t show anyone

18:40 – QOTW (great scenes that are BOATS [based on a true story]), discussion of microwave vs. blender in terms of preferred method of death
26:20 – A round of Character Casserole
34:30 – Recap, maybe go watch a Gene Wilder movie, and good day

QOTW: In honor of “Bridget Jones’s Baby,” what other movie from 2001 deserves a sequel? (Here’s a list: 2001 films.)

REVIEWS:
Sully: C+ 7/10

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Final Results of the 2016 Summer Box Office Challenge

2016 Winner: Snider
Overall Record
Snider 3 — Bayer 3

Eric D. Snider

1) Captain America: Civil War (5/4)
$179,139,142
4) Ghostbusters (7/15)
$46,018,755
6) Finding Dory (6/17)
$135,060,273
8) The Angry Birds Movie (5/20)
$38,155,177
10) Star Trek Beyond (7/22)
$59,253,211
12) The BFG (7/1)
$18,775,350
14) The Secret Life of Pets (7/8)
$104,352,905
16) Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising
$21,760,405
18) Warcraft (6/10)
$24,166,110
20) Me Before You (6/3)
$18,723,269
TOTAL:
$645,404,597

 

Jeff Bayer

2) Independence Day: Resurgence (6/24)
$41,039,944
3) Suicide Squad (8/5)
$133,682,248
5) X-Men: Apocalypse (5/27)
$65,769,562
7) Jason Bourne (7/29)
$59,215,365
9) TMNT: Out of the Shadows (6/3)
$35,316,382
11) The Conjuring 2 (6/10)
$40,406,314
13) Ice Age: Collision Course (7/22)
$21,373,064
15) Central Intelligence (6/17)
$35,535,250
17) Alice Through the Looking Glass (5/27)
$26,858,726
19) Pete’s Dragon (8/12)
$21,514,095
TOTAL:
$480,710,950

 

DIFFERENCE: $164,693,647

THE STAKES:

1) The winner will personally give the loser a haircut at Fantastic Fest, to be worn throughout the fest.
2) The loser will spend a week living the winner’s lifestyle. To wit:
– If Snider loses, he will spend a week as a full-time stay-at-home dad (early mornings, middle-of-the-night awakenings, other inconveniences TBA).
– Is Bayer loses, he will spend a week as a Mormon (no coffee, tea, alcohol, or tobacco; no profanity; must go to church on Sunday).

ACTUAL TOP 20 OPENING WEEKENDS:
*movies that neither of us chose

1) Captain America: Civil War (5/4)
$179,139,142
6) Finding Dory (6/17)
$135,060,273
3) Suicide Squad (8/5)
$133,682,248
14) The Secret Life of Pets (7/8)
$104,352,905
5) X-Men: Apocalypse (5/27)
$65,769,562
10) Star Trek Beyond (7/22)
$59,253,211
7) Jason Bourne (7/29)
$59,215,365
4) Ghostbusters (7/15)
$46,018,755
2) Independence Day: Resurgence (6/24)
$41,039,944
11) The Conjuring 2 (6/10)
$40,406,314
*) The Legend of Tarzan (7/1)
$38,527,856
8) The Angry Birds Movie (5/20)
$38,155,177
15) Central Intelligence (6/17)
$35,535,250
9) TMNT: Out of the Shadows (6/3)
$35,316,382
*) Sausage Party (8/12)
$34,263,534
*) The Purge: Election Year (7/1)
$31,515,110
17) Alice Through the Looking Glass (5/27)
$26,858,726
*) Don’t Breathe (8/26)
$26,411,706
18) Warcraft (6/10)
$24,166,110
*) Now You See Me 2 (6/10)
$22,383,146

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Episode 325: ‘Morgan,’ ‘The Light Between Oceans,’ ‘Complete Unknown’

0:00 – Greetings, an iTunes review, Jeff’s ears
4:15 – “Morgan” review
11:50 – “The Light Between Oceans” review

20:20 – “Complete Unknown” review
29:00 – Everyone’s favorite and least favorite movies of the summer
37:00 – Next week’s QOTW, and boats and BOATS, and a fave/least fave we forgot
41:10 – Recap and good day

QOTW: What are some great scenes that are BOATS (based on a true story)? (Bonus points if the BOATS scenes take place on boats.)

REVIEWS:
Morgan: C+ 6/10
The Light Between Oceans: B 8/10
Complete Unknown: B 7/10

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Episode 324: ‘Don’t Breathe,’ ‘Southside with You,’ Pitch Me

0:00 – Hello, here is an iTunes review
2:10 – “Mechanic: Resurrection” and “Hands of Stone” may or may not be real movies
5:00 – “Don’t Breathe” review (Snider only)

12:00 – “Southside with You” review, beginning with a digression on BOATS and Twitter (shoutouts to @filmdrunk and @mattsinger)
19:00 – QOTW (birthday stories that would make good movies; shoutout to @jcdeleon1)
34:10 – A round of Pitch Me (shoutout to @rejects)
41:40 – Recap, good day

QOTW: Tell us your 1 favorite and 1 least favorite movie of summer 2016.

REVIEWS:
Don’t Breathe: B+
Southside with You: B- 5/10

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Episode 323: ‘War Dogs,’ ‘Kubo and the Two Strings,’ ‘Ben-Hur,’ Summer Box Office Challenge final results

0:00 – Welcome to the show; an iTunes review en español
2:30 – “War Dogs” review
14:00 – “Kubo and the Two Strings” review
20:20 – “Ben-Hur” review
30:20 – An interesting “Ben-Hur” fact

31:50 – QOTW (pre-1960 movies that should be remade, and how they would be different)
43:25 – The official conclusion of the 2016 Summer Box Office Challenge; a recitation of what Bayer’s punishments will be; there is much negotiation concerning the haircut
50:50 – Recap and good day

QOTW: In honor of Eric’s birthday (Aug. 26; gifts and tributes welcome), tell us a true story about one of your birthdays and we’ll make it into a movie.

REVIEWS:
War Dogs: C 5/10
Kubo and the Two Strings: B 8/10
Ben-Hur: C 4/10

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Episode 322: ‘Hell or High Water,’ ‘Florence Foster Jenkins,’ ‘Don’t Think Twice,’ ‘Sausage Party,’ ‘Nine Lives’

0:00 – Hello, brought to you by honest lemonade
1:55 – “Hell or High Water” review
12:15 – “Florence Foster Jenkins” review
21:50 – “Don’t Think Twice” review



31:25 – “Sausage Party” review (Snider only)
38:40 – “Nine Lives” sort of review (Snider only)
43:40 – QOTW (bad movies that could be remade well)
54:00 – Recap, additional commentary, good day

QOTW: What pre-1960 movie should be remade, and how would it be different today?

REVIEWS:
Hell or High Water: B+ 8/10
Florence Foster Jenkins: B+ 7/10
Don’t Think Twice: B+ 8/10
Sausage Party: B n/a
Nine Lives: C- n/a

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Episode 321: ‘Suicide Squad,’ Character Casserole

0:00 – Hello, “folks”
1:00 – One of this week’s movies was hidden from critics, if you can imagine
4:45 – “Suicide Squad” review
24:55 – QOTW (superhero stories that have yet to be told), including discussion of Jeff’s TV snobbery



33:30 – Some more “Suicide Squad” complaining, reiteration of call for new theme songs
39:00 – A round of Character Casserole
46:50 – Recap and goodbye

QOTW: What’s a bad movie that could be good if it were remade properly?

REVIEWS:
Suicide Squad: D 4/10

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Episode 320: ‘Jason Bourne,’ ‘Bad Moms,’ ‘Nerve,’ ‘Star Trek Beyond’

0:00 – A quick hello and an iTunes review
3:00 – “Jason Bourne” review
14:35 – “Bad Moms” review
24:25 – “Nerve” review



33:15 – “Star Trek Beyond” review
37:45 – QOTW (other “bad” versions of good occupations)
48:00 – A report on birthdays, specifically the one Jeff just had
52:35 – A brief Summer Box Office Challenge update, recap, goodbye

QOTW: What superhero story has yet to be told?

REVIEWS:
Jason Bourne: C 9/10
Bad Moms: B- 6/10
Nerve: C+ 5/10
Star Trek Beyond: B- 8/10

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