Episode 240: ‘The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies,’ ‘Annie,’ Character Casserole

0:00-3:20 – Hi, howdy, the weather, whatever
3:20-23:30 – “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” review
23:30-24:50 – We had to choose between “Night at the Museum 3″ and “Annie”
24:50-35:30 – “Annie” review
35:30-37:00 – Year-end QOTW: what were your three (3) favorite movies of 2014? We’ll tabulate the results for the Jan. 2 show.
37:00-47:45 – A round of Character Casserole
47:45-53:10 – Scar (from “The Lion King”) has a real name; then there’s talk of Hitler and Jeff’s son; if toddlers ruled the world
53:10-57:25 – Recap and more convivial banter, including a Jeff Goldblum anecdote

QOTW: What were your three (3) favorite movies of 2014?

REVIEWS:
“The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies”: C- 7/10
“Annie” C- 7/10

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Episode 239: ‘Exodus: Gods and Kings,’ ‘Top Five’

[NOTE: There's a slight echo on Eric's voice on this one. We didn't know it was being recorded that way, and we couldn't remove it from the recording after the fact. We're sorry. You get used to it after a minute.]

0:00-1:50 – Hello! We are your hosts
1:50-13:05 – “Exodus: Gods and Kings” review
13:05-24:40 – “Top Five” review
24:40-26:15 – A sidebar on Aaron Paul
26:15-41:20 – QOTW (other Bible stories to make movies out of)
41:20-42:25 – No QOTW this week
42:25-44:35 – We gotta cut this one short; recap

QOTW: Let’s all brainstorm some Question of the Week topics, eh?

REVIEWS:
“Exodus: Gods and Kings”: C- 5/10
“Top Five”: B 6/10

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Episode 238: ‘Wild,’ ‘The Imitation Game’

0:00-4:30 – Intro, mystery balloons, ideas to make this show as popular as Serial
4:30-7:15 – The vagaries of movie release schedules; a debate over who is more special
7:15-21:00 – “Wild” review (B.S.-approved!)
21:00-33:55 – “The Imitation Game” review, ending in talk of a current trend
33:55-48:00 – QOTW was the Mt. Rushmore of holiday movies. Jeff makes Eric guess what the listeners voted for.
48:00-56:05 – Eric & Jeff’s Excellent Adventure takes us back in time to Dec. 5, 1997
56:05-57:40 – Recap of today’s lessons

QOTW: What other Bible stories should be made into movies? Casting suggestions, etc., welcome.

REVIEWS:
“Wild” B+ 8/10
“The Imitation Game” B- 7/10

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Episode 237: ‘Horrible Bosses 2,’ ‘Penguins of Madagascar,’ Pitch Me

0:00-2:55 – We say hello, talk about milestones
2:55-12:10 – “Horrible Bosses 2″ review
12:10-17:10 – “Penguins of Madagascar” review (Snider only)
17:10-29:50 – QOTW (movie families to spend Thanksgiving with)
29:50-36:40 – A round of Pitch Me
36:40-42:35 – Hey, What’d You Watch? (“The Burbs,” “Chef,” “The Boxtrolls”)
42:35-44:15 – Jeff thinks Eric should cover the “Wild” red carpet screening
44:15-46:20 – A summary of today’s lessons

QOTW: We’re choosing the Mt. Rushmore of holiday movies. Tell us your four (4) favorites.

REVIEWS:
“Horrible Bosses 2″            B    6/10
“Penguins of Madagascar” B    n/a

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Episode 236: ‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1,’ ‘The Theory of Everything,’ ‘Foxcatcher’

0:00-4:00 – Howdy, Jeff puts the bae in Bayer, egg nog
4:00-17:45 – “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1″ review
17:45-26:00 – “The Theory of Everything” review
26:00-39:00 – “Foxcatcher” review
39:00-52:40 – QOTW (movies that make you hungry or that ruined food for you)
52:40-55:30 – Next week’s QOTW, talk of Thanksgiving traditions, Turkey Bowl, etc.
55:30-1:00:00 – Hey, What’d You Watch? (“Babes in Toyland,” “Gentleman’s Agreement,” Jeff watched a TV cartoon)
1:00:00-1:01:10 – Recap of what we learned today

QOTW: What movie family would you like to spend Thanksgiving with?

REVIEWS:
“The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1″ B+ 8/10 (B.S.-approved!)
“The Theory of Everything” B- 8/10
“Foxcatcher” A- 8/10 (B.S.-approved!)

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Episode 235: ‘Dumb and Dumber To,’ ‘Rosewater,’ ‘Force Majeure’

0:00-4:15 – Hello, let’s read an iTunes review
4:15-14:15 – “Dumb and Dumber To” review
14:15-21:45 – “Rosewater” review
21:45-27:15 – “Force Majeure” review
27:15-46:45 – QOTW (sequels to 1994 films), with some talk of Eric’s LDS mission, leading to talk of a new movie called “Missionary”
46:45-51:00 Hey, What’d You Watch? (“Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex…,” some “Star Wars” thing), chit-chat, wrap-up, goodbye

QOTW: What movie makes you hungry, and for what? Or alternatively, what movie ruined a particular food for you?

REVIEWS:
“Dumb and Dumber To” C+ 5/10
“Rosewater” B- 7/10
“Force Majeure” B+ 8/10 (B.S.-approved!)

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Episode 234: ‘Interstellar,’ ‘Big Hero 6′

0:00-3:20 – Hello, have a drink
3:20-16:00 – “Interstellar” review
16:00-25:45 – “Big Hero 6″ review
25:45-27:05 – Nobody’s in a good mood
27:05-39:50 – QOTW (actors who need their own McConaissance)
39:50-47:40 – We can’t remember a movie title; we give up on the show; Jeff went on a brewery tour
47:40-50:15 – Next week’s QOTW
50:15-51:45 – Hey, What’d You Watch? (“Dumb & Dumber”)
51:45-54:20 – We recap, the show sinks into the ocean

QOTW: Besides “Dumb & Dumber,” what other movie from 1994 (here’s a list) should have a sequel? Feel free to elaborate.

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