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!

REVIEWS:
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.)

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

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Episode 294: ‘Ride Along 2,’ ‘Moonwalkers,’ ‘Anomalisa’

0:00 – Hello; Jeff’s wife is about to have a baby, so no show next week
4:40 – iTunes review
5:50 – How we chose which movie to see (they were screening at the same time)
6:55 – “Ride Along 2″ review
13:40 – “Moonwalkers” review
20:10 – “Anomalisa” review (repeat from “Fantastic Fest”)
25:05 – Eric talks about but doesn’t really review “Boy and the World”
27:30 – QOTW (movies that you are disappointed someone you love loves)
42:55 – David Bowie and Alan Rickman movie tributes
46:20 – Question Time® about how we met and became critics, plus old emails
56:00 – Recap, goodbye

QOTW: What would your votes be for Best Picture, Best Actor, and Best Actress at the Oscars? You have to choose from the actual nominees, too.

REVIEWS:
Ride Along 2: C+ 5/10
Moonwalkers: B- 8/10
Anomalisa: B+ 8/10 (B.S.-approved!)

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