Episode 311: ‘X-Men: Apocalypse,’ ‘Alice Through the Looking Glass,’ ‘Pele,’ Character Casserole

0:00 – Introduction, bad radio voices
2:05 – We saw “X-Men: Apocalypse” really early, which didn’t help us at all
3:25 – “X-Men: Apocalypse” review, ending with a disagreement over whether or not we disagree on the movie
12:35 – “Alice Through the Looking Glass” review
20:15 – “Pelé” review (Snider only)
23:20 – QOTW (movie products you’d like to own)
34:40 – Summer Box Office Challenge update
37:15 – A round of Character Casserole (Joker, Anakin Skywalker, Mad Hatter)
46:30 – Recap, more debate about “pretty good” vs. “not very good,” the end

QOTW: We’re compiling the Mt. Rushmore of sports movies. Tell us your four (4) favorite sports movies (order doesn’t matter).

X-Men: Apocalypse: C+ 6/10
Alice Through the Looking Glass: D 3/10
Pele: C n/a

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Episode 310: ‘The Nice Guys,’ ‘Neighbors 2,’ ‘The Angry Birds Movie,’ ‘A Bigger Splash’

0:00 – Hello; Snider’s apathy toward sparkling water, which Bayer loves
3:25 – iTunes review
4:50 – “The Nice Guys” review
15:40 – “Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising” review
23:40 – “The Angry Birds Movie” review (Snider only)
31:30 – “A Bigger Splash” review (Snider only)
34:10 – QOTW (pitches for movies based on apps)
42:30 – Hey, What’d You Watch? (“Sweet Smell of Success,” “Mary Poppins,” “The Wicker Man”)
51:00 – Recap, a few more words about the movies, the end

QOTW: What fictitious product from a movie would you like to own?

The Nice Guys: B+ 8/10 (B.S.-approved!)
Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising: B+ 8/10 (B.S.-approved!)
The Angry Birds Movie: D- n/a
A Bigger Splash: B n/a

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Episode 309: ‘Money Monster,’ ‘Being Charlie,’ ‘The Meddler’

0:00 – Hello; iTunes review
2:50 – Our sponsor this week: the Practically Culture podcast, about movies, TV, video games, etc.
5:15 – “Money Monster,” but first, what if movies with “Money” in the title were “Monkey” instead??
6:30 – “Money Monster” review for real this time
17:05 – There’s also a movie called “The Darkness,” but they wouldn’t show it to anyone; check out Eric’s site for a review
17:40 – “Being Charlie” review
25:50 – “The Meddler” review (Snider only)
31:15 – Summer Box Office Challenge: some interesting stats about past contests, plus the announcement of this year’s stakes
38:15 – QOTW (things that happened to you that would make good movies, including stories from our own lives)
59:00 – Recap of this week’s show

QOTW: In honor of “Angry Birds,” make up a good idea for a movie based on an app.

Money Monster: C 4/10
Being Charlie: C 5/10
The Meddler: B+ n/a

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Episode 308: ‘Captain America: Civil War,’ ‘The Man Who Knew Infinity,’ Pitch Me

0:00 – Hello!
2:35 – “Captain America: Civil War” review
19:00 – “The Man Who Knew Infinity” review
25:00 – QOTW (worst movie experiences with moms)
40:50 – A round of Pitch Me
48:20 – The Summer Box Office Challenge officially begins this weekend; we’ll have the terms of the bet arranged by next week
49:30 – Recap and goodbye

QOTW: Pitch us a movie based on a (TRUE) event in your life.

Captain America: Civil War: B 7/10
The Man Who Knew Infinity: C+ 5/10

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Our picks for the 2016 Summer Box Office Challenge

As drafted on this week’s show, here are our picks for this year’s contest. Remember, we’ll only be counting opening weekend (Fri-Sun) box office. Who do you think will win?

Captain America: Civil War (5/4)
Ghostbusters (7/15)
Finding Dory (6/17)
Angry Birds (5/20)
Star Trek Beyond (7/22)
The BFG (7/1)
The Secret Life of Pets (7/8)
Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising (5/20)
Warcraft (6/10)
Me Before You (6/3)
Independence Day: Resurgence (6/24)
Suicide Squad (8/5)
X-Men: Apocalypse (5/27)
Jason Bourne (7/29)
TMNT: Out of the Shadows (6/3)
The Conjuring 2 (6/10)
Ice Age: Collision Course (7/22)
Central Intelligence (6/17)
Alice Through the Looking Glass (5/27)
Pete’s Dragon (8/12)

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Episode 307: ‘Keanu,’ ‘Sing Street,’ ‘Mother’s Day,’ 2016 Summer Box Office Challenge draft

0:00 – It’s draft day, and Bayer is already making excuses
3:30 – “Keanu” review
10:40 – “Sing Street” review (from SXSW)
14:20 – “Mother’s Day” review (Snider only)
29:55 – QOTW (best use of diegetic music in movies)
42:00 – The Summer Box Office Challenge draft, beginning with a brief explanation of what that is
51:10 – Recap and goodbye

QOTW: What’s the worst movie experience you’ve ever had with your mother?

Keanu: B- 5/10
Sing Street: A- 9/10 (B.S.-approved!)
Mother’s Day: F n/a

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Episode 306: ‘Green Room,’ ‘Elvis & Nixon,’ ‘The Huntsman: Winter’s War,’ ‘Miles Ahead,’ Interview with Jeremy Saulnier and Anton Yelchin

0:00 – It’s a special show because we have an interview
2:00 – “Green Room” review
14:45 – Interview with “Green Room” writer-director Jeremy Saulnier and star Anton Yelchin
33:35 – “The Huntsman: Winter’s War” review, ending in a discussion of the ethics of using regular-sized actors to play dwarfs
48:15 – “Elvis & Nixon” review, including a factual detail that Snider couldn’t accept and a reminder that the MPAA rating system is useless
59:00 – “Miles Ahead” review
1:02:25 – QOTW (food you’ve smuggled into the movies)
1:17:15 – We’re doing the draft for the Summer Box Office Challenge next week, so let us know if you have any (feasible, realistic) suggestions for what the stakes of the bet should be
1:19:20 – Recap and goodbye

QOTW: What’s the best use of diegetic* music in a movie? (Diegetic music: music that is actually heard by the characters in the movie, and not just on the soundtrack. A good example: “Stuck in the Middle with You” playing on the radio during the ear-slicing scene in “Reservoir Dogs.”)

Green Room: A- 10/10 (B.S.-approved!)
The Huntsman: Winter’s War: D 3/10
Elvis & Nixon: B+ 8/10 (B.S.-approved!)
Miles Ahead: n/a 7/10

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Snider’s ‘Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2’ diary

As part of my punishment for losing last year’s Summer Box Office Challenge, I, Eric D. Snider, had to watch “Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2” three nights in a row and keep a running diary. Here is that diary.


1:40 – The wife that Paul Blart got at the end of the first movie left him after six days of marriage, which is longer than you’d think.

2:50 – A kid at the mall slaps Paul Blart in the face.

3:05 – Paul Blart’s mom gets run over by a truck. Man, EVERYBODY from the first movie is getting out of this one as fast as they can.

4:15 – Paul Blart gets invited to some security guard conference in Las Vegas, which is totally a thing, I’m sure. His daughter Maya gets accepted to UCLA but declines to tell him for reasons I don’t understand.

6:15 – Paul Blart is punched playfully but painfully in the throat by a colleague.

9:35 – Paul Blart has a vibrating fork to make him eat slower.

11:00 – Paul Blart thinks the hotel manager, Divina, is flirting with him because she’s offering him the hotel services he paid for.

14:20 – It’s a Sony movie, so the bad guys wear Sony watches, which look like Apple watches with “SONY” written on them.

15:00 – Paul Blart dumbly bets at the craps table according to whatever the dealer tells him. Because he’s an idiot.

15:45 – Maya is embarrassed to have Paul Blart spying on her when she’s talking to a cute boy, and Paul Blart’s feelings are hurt by this. Because he’s a child.

17:00 – Due to an offhand remark, Paul Blart thinks he’s giving the keynote speech at tonight’s conference, even though nobody asked him to and they don’t have people give keynote speeches by just calling them out of the crowd. What does he think a “keynote speech” is?

18:55 – Paul Blart is hit by a car while showing off on the Segway.

26:00 – Maya tells cute valet Lane that her dad doesn’t support her, which is nonsense. Why are you trying to make conflict where none exists, movie?

26:30 – When Paul Blart gets back to the hotel room and Maya isn’t there, he assumes she’s been abducted and calls hotel security, because he’s a panicky idiot.

31:00 – Another mall cop and his wife tell Paul Blart how sad he’ll be when Maya goes to college.

32:15 – They’re trying to make me feel sad for Paul Blart, and this makes me angry.

32:45 – White-haired suit-wearing criminal and his crew are planning to steal a Van Gogh from the casino/hotel. They have a guy “on the inside.”

33:50 – Paul Blart mansplains to a woman why it’s OK for Officer Panero to keep hitting on her even though she said no.

34:55 – Officer Panero, who’s actually the keynote speaker, is passed out drunk, so Paul Blart will get to give a speech after all, just like he imagined in his crazy fantasy world.

35:40 – The hotel manager has to keep telling Paul Blart that she isn’t hitting on him.

36:05 – Paul Blart is wildly overconfident with this woman. WHY? WHO TOLD HIM HE WAS GOOD AT ANYTHING?

39:20 – Paul Blart is beaten up by a peacock.

41:00 – The emcee says everyone was expecting to hear Panero’s speech, which means it was public knowledge who the keynote speaker was.

42:55 – Oh, now Paul Blart gets to be sad because Maya isn’t there to hear the speech that she didn’t know he was giving.

49:15 – Big, dumb, hypoglycemic Paul Blart is revived from a stupor by a few drops from a girl’s melting ice cream cone.

50:40 – Paul Blart punches a very elderly maid in the gut.

53:30 – Maya has been taken by the bad guys, and Paul Blart is on the case like a porky Liam Neeson.

54:30 – A hotel employee named Muhrtelle eats a very brown banana for no reason other than to gross Paul Blart out.

56:50 – Hidden in a bulletproof suitcase, Paul Blart rolls down stairs and crashes through a window into a pool.

58:00 – Paul Blart spots a fake security guard because the buttons on his uniform are a kind that the uniform manufacturer doesn’t use anymore.

1:04:45 – Paul Blart runs into a sliding glass door.

1:06:25 – Maya and Lane are locked in the bad guy’s suite, but she uses some MacGuyver-ish trick her dad taught her to unlock the door.

1:06:50 – Villain mentions casually that he’s DEATHLY ALLERGIC TO OATMEAL.

1:14:00 – I laughed! Paul Blart and the villain are both trying to out-crazy the other, and Paul Blart says, “I will crawl inside you and lay eggs!”

1:16:15 – “Non-lethal. I get it now.” Wait, he thought he was KILLING all those henchmen? Good grief.

1:23:00 – Yep, there’s Chekov’s oatmeal.

1:23:15 – “Always bet on Blart.” That’s what Paul Blart says as his tagline after he defeats the villain. Because it’s Las Vegas, see, where there’s gambling. And because it sounds like “always bet on black,” which is what Wesley Snipes said in that one movie.

1:25:35 – Divina kisses Paul Blart on the cheek but goes back to Eduardo. A kiss on the cheek is all you get, fatty!

1:26:45 – Maya says she’s going to turn down UCLA, stay in New Jersey and go to community college so she can be with Paul Blart!!

1:27:00 – Oh, good, Paul Blart refuses to let her do this. She’s going to UCLA. Whew.

1:28:55 – Paul Blart is kicked by a police horse.



1:30 – Actually, I bet they wrote Jayma Mays and Shirley Knight out of the movie because the characters weren’t necessary, not because the actresses didn’t want to be in it.

1:50 – I mean, I’m sure they didn’t want to be in it, either.

2:45 – The mall mom looks like Felicity Huffman but isn’t.

4:00 – Paul Blart says he thinks they’re finally “honoring him” at this convention, but they aren’t. He’s just invited, along with hundreds of other security guards.

5:45 – “Surprise keynote speaker.” IF IT WERE YOU, YOU WOULD KNOW IT WAS YOU!

9:00 – Did they ever explain why caucasian Paul Blart’s daughter Maya is Latina?

9:35 – Why would a vibrating fork make you eat slower?

13:00 – “Security is a mission. Not an intermission.” I don’t think that means anything.

16:40 – Fellow mall cop Sol Gundermutt has a black brace on his left forearm that they never explain.

20:20 – See, I think what it is, is they don’t know what a “keynote speech” is. They think it’s an award or something.

25:45 – Seriously, just because Maya’s not in the room, Paul Blart assumes she was abducted. How does someone this stupid get around?

27:20 – Why does Maya call Paul Blart on the hotel room phone instead of his cell?

28:40 – If Maya wanted to keep her UCLA acceptance a secret from Paul Blart, why did she bring the acceptance letter with her to Las Vegas?

36:45 – They’ve got exact replicas of all the artwork they’re stealing. That takes foresight.

42:30 – I might have spent the last several minutes reading Twitter.

42:45 – I returned just in time for Paul Blart to be sad that Maya isn’t at the banquet that she had no reason to be at.

43:45 – The mall cops at this convention all believe that being a mall cop is a calling. This is sad, right?

47:35 – Paul Blart falls asleep mid-threat, due to hypoglycemia.

48:25 – Lane the valet comes looking for Maya. All this gun-pointing and skulduggery is happening in a huge suite that’s connected to several other rooms, including one where Lane is throwing a party. The luxury suites at the Wynn casino are expansive.

54:20 – Why the rotten banana? It’s funny because it’s gross, but why is it there?

59:30 – The obligatory part in any dumb comedy where the clumsy hero stumbles into a live stage performance.

1:00:10 – This is Cirque du Soleil, or whatever the Wynn Resort equivalent is.

1:02:30 – Paul Blart plugs his vibrating fork into a random electrical wire he finds, then uses a stage-prop bow to shoot it like an arrow into Ramos’ chest.

1:09:45 – Paul Blart does a somersault off a Segway where it’s clearly him, not a stunt man. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, Kevin James is agile for a big guy.

1:12:20 – I bet it’s fun to play the villain in movies like this. You get to be snarky to the idiots around you.

1:13:30 – The argument over who’s crazier is still funny.

1:15:45 – “Why are you wearing a cape?” “I came straight from a haircut.” I missed this last night. That’s funny.

1:23:00 – Oatmeal facial scrub saves the day.



2:30 – He says, “Like the song says, I’ve been to paradise, but I’ve never been to me.” He doesn’t sing it or anything, he just quotes the line, but it’s still listed in the music credits at the end. Did they have to pay for that?! That’s jacked up.

6:40 – Paul Blart insists on being called “Officer.”

9:50 – Oh, OK. The vibrating fork starts vibrating every few seconds, and when it does, you have to stop eating until it stops. Fair enough.

10:30 – The scene where Paul Blart thinks Divina was flirting with him is excruciating, more so the third time.

19:40 – Paul Blart says dismissively, “Cops think they’re all that.” Does he ever have a run-in with a cop? Does this pay off? (Spoiler: no.)

22:00 – How could you work on this movie as editor or sound mixer or any other job that would entail watching parts of it over and over again? Wouldn’t you go mad?

28:10 – “They don’t have time to help you play out your fantasies of being a real cop,” says Divina’s boyfriend, who Paul Blart perceives as his rival. The guy is totally right, but I don’t think the movie is making fun of Paul Blart.

31:30 – I don’t like that Ana Gasteyer is in this.

36:20 – So Divina actually is in love with him, she just doesn’t realize it. But he does. Because he’s so perceptive.

44:20 – “If being a security officer was easy, anyone could do it,” Paul Blart says. “Anyone CAN do it,” mutters Divina’s boyfriend. Once again, it’s funny because it’s true, but the movie doesn’t realize it.

44:45 – Supposedly there are security guards of all kinds here, but everything Paul Blart says is about mall cops specifically.

46:50 – If Maya hadn’t clumsily dropped the pepper spray, this would be over immediately.

1:06:20 – Copper wiring from light-up snowglobe, plus extra cell phone battery shorts out the electronic lock on the door. Good to know.

1:07:20 – Paul Blart just yells his room number and “Charge it, please,” as he shoplifts a drone from a store.

1:28:00 – You know, this isn’t too bad, and it’s not really violating the terms of the bet, if you just stare slightly above the TV and play circus music in your head instead of paying attention to the movie.

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Episode 305: ‘The Jungle Book,’ ‘Everybody Wants Some!!,” ‘The Invitation,’ ‘Barbershop: The Next Cut,’ ‘Criminal’

0:00 – Hello; an iTunes review
3:35 – “The Jungle Book” review
15:30 – QOTW (making live-action versions of animated films)
25:15 – “Everybody Wants Some!!” review
31:25 – “The Invitation” review
39:05 – “Barbershop: The Next Cut” review (Snider only), ending with strong words about unibrows
45:30 – “Criminal” review (Snider only)
50:30 – Recap and goodbye

QOTW: What is the most shameful (most elaborate, most outrageous, etc.) food or beverage you’ve smuggled into a movie theater? We will also accept stories about things that people other than you smuggled in, as long as you attest that you personally witnessed it with your own eyes/nose.

The Jungle Book: B- 7/10
Everybody Wants Some!!: B- 7/10
The Invitation: B+ 7/10
Barbershop: The Next Cut: B- n/a
Criminal: C+ n/a

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Episode 304: ‘Hardcore Henry,’ ‘The Boss,’ ‘Demolition,’ ‘Mr. Right’

0:00 – Hello there, here is an iTunes review
4:10 – “Hardcore Henry” review
12:55 – “The Boss” review, beginning with an exploration into the mystery of Melissa McCarthy’s hidden neck
25:50 – “Demolition” review
32:00 – “Mr. Right” review
39:15 – QOTW (bad bosses you’ve had, and bad bosses we’ve had)
50:10 – The Listeners Ask Us Things® (how to enjoy movies while analyzing them)
55:10 – Recap and goodbye

QOTW: In honor of “The Jungle Book,” give us your casting and other suggestions for a live-action version of an animated classic.

Hardcore Henry: D 3/10
The Boss: C 3/10
Demolition: C+ 6/10
Mr. Right: C- 5/10

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Episode 303: ‘Midnight Special,’ ‘I Saw the Light,’ ‘April and the Extraordinary World’

0:00 – It’s our sixth anniversary! There is some discussion of gifts
2:50 – iTunes review
4:15 – We can’t review the new wide releases (“Meet the Blacks” and “God’s Not Dead 2”) because they are Hollywood’s Shameful Secrets
5:30 – “Midnight Special” review
15:35 – “I Saw the Light” review (Bayer only)
21:10 – “April and the Extraordinary World” review
25:50 – QOTW (movie characters who are similar to you)
38:25 – The segment where you ask us questions. This time it’s about our cars
41:40 – Recap, more anniversary talk, and goodbye

QOTW: Tell us a story about a boss you’ve had that would make a good movie.

Midnight Special: B 9/10
I Saw the Light: n/a 4/10
April and the Extraordinary World: B 7/10

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Episode 302: ‘Batman v Superman,’ ‘My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2,’ ‘Hello, My Name is Doris,’ ‘The Bronze,’ Pitch Me

0:00 – Welcome; iTunes review; Jeff wants too much; pronoun trouble
4:15 – “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” review
16:00 – “Hello, My Name Is Doris” review (from SXSW 2015)
20:30 – “The Bronze” review (from Sundance 2015)
22:50 – “My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2” review (Snider only)
33:20 – QOTW (movies that embarrass you because of how they portray a part of your identity)
46:05 – A round of Pitch Me
55:10 – Recap, goodbye

QOTW: What movie character is the closest to being you, in terms of personality, temperament, worldview, etc.?

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice: C- 4/10
Hello, My Name Is Doris: B+ 8/10 (B.S.-approved!)
The Bronze: C+ 5/10
My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2: C n/a

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Episode 301: SXSW, ’10 Cloverfield Lane,’ ‘The Brothers Grimsby’

0:00 – Hi, we’re back, we went to South By Southwest, here are some movies we saw:
3:10 – “Hush”
7:45 – “Demolition”
10:40 – “Slash”
16:25 – “Born to Be Blue”
20:15 – “My Blind Brother”
25:30 – “Hunt for the Wilderpeople”
28:10 – “War on Everyone”
33:40 – “Don’t Think Twice”
37:15 – “Sing Street”
41:00 – “Midnight Special”
42:20 – Some thoughts on SXSW in general
45:30 – “The Brothers Grimsby” review
50:00 – “10 Cloverfield Lane” review
55:25 – QOTW rolled over to next week, so send in your responses; goodbye

QOTW: What movie embarrasses you because of the way it portrays a part of your identity (hometown, subcultures, religion, interests, etc.)?

The Brothers Grimsby: D+ 4/10
10 Cloverfield Lane: B+ 7/10

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No show this week (3/11)

BREAKING NEWS: No show this week, but it’s not our fault! It’s the studios’ fault. Of the four new movies opening Friday, three of them — Sony’s THE BROTHERS GRIMSBY, Focus’ THE YOUNG MESSIAH, and Lionsgate’s THE PERFECT MATCH — aren’t being screened for critics. The one that is screening (Paramount’s 10 CLOVERFIELD LANE), we’re going to miss because of SXSW travels. So we’ll return on March 18 with a SXSW wrap-up and (hopefully) a CLOVERFIELD review. We’re sorry — sorry the movies are apparently so bad that they don’t want anyone to see them. 🙁

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Episode 300: ‘Whiskey Tango Foxtrot,’ ‘London Has Fallen,’ ‘Zootopia,’ Interquel

0:00 – Hello, it’s our 300th episode, whatever
2:15 – “Whisky Tango Foxtrot” review
16:50 – “London Has Fallen” review, which we definitely recorded at the same time and place as the rest of the show, for sure
26:45 – “Zootopia” review (Snider only)
35:20 – QOTW (minor details that ruined a movie for you)
49:30 – A round of Interquel (“Fantastic Mr. Fox” and “Princess Bride”)
55:15 – Recap and goodbye

QOTW: What movie embarrasses you because of the way it portrays a part of your identity (hometown, subcultures, religion, interests, etc.)?

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot: B 7/10
London Has Fallen: C 4/10
Zootopia: B+ n/a

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Episode 299: ‘Eddie the Eagle,’ ‘Triple 9,’ ‘Gods of Egypt’

0:00 – Greetings; then Jeff tricks Eric into talking about sports
2:45 – “Eddie the Eagle” review
15:30 – Jeff didn’t see the other movies, but he’s not crying about it
16:30 – “Triple 9” review (Snider only)
20:15 – “Gods of Egypt” review (Snider only)
27:20 – QOTW (movie quotes you use in everyday life)
37:30 – What’d You Watch? (“Oslo, August 31”; “Spaghettiman”)
40:35 – Recap and goodbye

QOTW: What seemingly small or dumb thing has completely ruined a movie for you? (Ex: the lead actress running from dinosaurs in high heels.)

Eddie the Eagle: B+ 7/10
Triple 9: C- n/a
Gods of Egypt: D n/a

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Episode 298: ‘Race,’ Character Casserole

0:00 – Greetings! We talk about our new TVs and Eric’s new sleep apparatus
9:45 – “Race” review
21:45 – “Risen” opens this week but wasn’t screened in Portland; “The Witch” was screened, but scheduled against something else; why don’t distributors like Portland anymore?
23:15 – “The Witch” review (repeat from Fantastic Fest)
28:20 – Eric is at the Oxford (Miss.) Film Festival this weekend
31:30 – It’s almost Oscar time! Here’s how to play Oscar Bowling
37:15 – A new Question of the Week! @MovieBS on Twitter is also discussed
42:30 – Hey, What’d You Watch? (“Horace and Pete”)
47:05 – A round of Character Casserole (“House of Wax,” “Pinocchio,” “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”)
55:25 – Recap and goodbye

QOTW: What quote from a movie do you use most regularly in everyday speech?

Race: B- 5/10
The Witch: B+ 6/10

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Episode 297: ‘Deadpool,’ ‘Zoolander 2,’ ‘How to Be Single,’ ‘Where to Invade Next’

0:00 – Hello
1:25 – iTunes review
3:00 – Our lunch sponsor: “The Little Scary Book,” horror short stories by Kevin Duncan. Just 99¢ on Amazon Kindle!
5:55 – “Deadpool” review
15:15 – “Zoolander 2” review
25:20 – “How to Be Single” review
36:45 – “Where to Invade Next” review
47:00 – QOTW is still on hiatus (thanks for the ideas so far!), but here’s its counterpart, Somebody Asked Us a Thing® (about our rating scales)
53:50 – Recap and goodbye

Deadpool: B 7/10
Zoolander 2: C- 4/10
How to Be Single: B- 5/10
Where to Invade Next: B 7/10

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Episode 296: ‘Hail, Caesar!,’ ‘The Choice,’ Pitch Me

0:00 – Intro; Eric’s cat and Jeff’s baby
2:50 – “Hail, Caesar!” review
20:20 – We didn’t see “Pride & Prejudice & Zombies” because it was screening at the same time as “Hail, Caesar!”
22:00 – “The Choice” review (Snider only, and the Sparks Rule is invoked, which means full spoilers)
31:30 – Eric briefly reviews “Fifty Shades of Black” (boo) and “The Boy” (meh?), then relates an anecdote about a bum at the theater
38:30 – QOTW (the Coen Brothers question that nobody was interested in)
42:40 – That Thing Where We Take Questions from Listeners®
47:50 – A round of Pitch Me
55:45 – Recap and goodbye

QOTW: We’re putting QOTW on hiatus for a couple of W’s while we think of good Q’s. Do you have any suggestions for good discussion questions? Please send them to us!

Hail, Caesar! B 6/10
The Choice: C n/a

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Episode 295: ‘Kung Fu Panda 3,’ ‘Son of Saul,’ ‘The Finest Hours,’ Sundance

0:00 – Eric’s at Sundance; Jeff has a new baby and misses being at Sundance;

3:45 – Our lunch sponsor: “Windswept: My Hair-Raising Adventure,” a picture book written and illustrated by Andy Peterson

5:20 – Jeff has to know what’s going on at the Sundance condo, which leads to an anecdote from the party
8:50 – “Kung Fu Panda 3” review
14:00 – “Son of Saul” review
18:40 – “The Finest Hours” review (Bayer only)
23:40 – Snider’s Sundance report, with specific reference to: “AbracaDeborah”; “Manchester by the Sea,” which Snider hadn’t seen; “The Birth of a Nation”; “The Intervention”; “The Fundamentals of Caring”; “Yoga Hosers”;
plus more anecdotes about our Sundance press pals with a cameo by Sam Fragoso, plus lots of questions from Jeff about people’s hair
41:35 – QOTW (your Oscar votes)
45:05 – A Listener Asked Us Something® about screenwriting
49:35 – Recap, goodbye

QOTW: Give us your remake (casting, story, etc.) of a Coen brothers movie. (Purely hypothetical, of course. No heresy intended.)

Kung Fu Panda: C+ 7/10
Son of Saul: B 7/10
Finest Hours: n/a 7/10

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