Episode 246: Sundance Film Festival

0:00-3:40 – We’ve been at Sundance all week! Here are the movies we saw:

3:40 – A Walk in the Woods
6:50 – Knock Knock
10:20 – The Bronze
12:40 – Entertainment
15:00 – Stockholm, Pennsylvania
20:00 – Strangerland
23:25 – Cop Car
27:50 – The Stanford Prison Experiment
31:25 – Results
35:00 – The D Train
40:35 – Hot Girls Wanted
42:15 – Digging for Fire
48:15 – Turbo Kid
49:30 – I Am Michael
51:30 – It Follows
52:45 – ’71
54:30 – Mistress America
59:45 – The Overnight
1:02:05 – Experimenter
1:05:05 – Misery Loves Comedy
1:05:50 – James White
1:09:05 – Dope
1:11:05 – Sleeping with Other People
1:13:00 – Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead: The Story of The National Lampoon
1:14:40 – Mississippi Grind
1:16:00 – Me and Earl and the Dying Girl
1:18:20 – Call Me Lucky

1:20:05-1:21:20 – QOTW, and goodbyes

QOTW: What movie were you most excited for that turned out to be the biggest disappointment?

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Episode 245: ‘Black Sea,’ Character Casserole, Johnny Depp

0:00-2:00 – Hi, Jeff’s mom is visiting (him, not the show)
2:00-5:25 – This week’s wide releases went largely unscreened
5:25-15:05 – “Black Sea” review
15:05-20:35 – “The Interview” is coming to Netflix; Jeff is suspicious of everyone’s story; he re-watched “Grand Budapest Hotel”; Eric pretends to listen
20:35-30:50 – QOTW (what should Johnny Depp do?)
30:50-42:25 – Some of the Sundance movies we’re looking forward to
42:25-53:10 – A round of Character Casserole
53:10-56:10 – A little more Sundance pre-talk, then the recap and goodnight

QOTW: What should we do at Sundance (happening now)?

REVIEWS:
“Black Sea” B- 8/10

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Episode 244: ‘Blackhat,’ ‘American Sniper,’ ‘The Wedding Ringer’

0:00-5:00 – Hello, for some reason Gamergate, what if we did traffic reports?
5:00-20:10 – “Blackhat” review
20:10-28:25 – “American Sniper” review
28:25-29:30 – We’ll review “The Wedding Ringer” later in the show
29:30-45:50 – QOTW (remakes but in a different genre)
45:50-50:00 – Sundance is coming up and we are excited to see movies and other critics
50:00-1:07:40 – “The Wedding Ringer” review, as prophesied
1:07:40- Recap, Navy SEALs, the end

QOTW: What should Johnny Depp do?

REVIEWS:
“Blackhat” C- 3/10
“American Sniper” C+ 8/10
“The Wedding Ringer” C- 3/10

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Episode 243: ‘Selma’

0:00-1:50 – Oh hey, how’s it going?
1:50-4:50 – “Taken 3″ was kept from critics, so we made up some other stuff instead, then talked about critics in the U.K.
4:50-7:20 – Then we made up some more “Taken”-based stuff, resulting in an unplanned game of Pitch Me
7:20-8:45 – iTunes review
8:45-24:00 – “Selma” review (B.S.-approved!)
24:00-26:55 – Letting everyone know how much you agree with a movie
26:55-41:00 – QOTW (how movies will be different 10 years from now)
41:00-51:15 – A round of Eric & Jeff’s Excellent Adventure
51:15-53:25 – Recap, more blather

QOTW: What movie should be remade but in a different genre? Tell us how it would change the story, who should be in it, etc.

REVIEWS:
“Selma” B+ 10/10

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Episode 242: Our Top Ten Lists

0:00-2:20 – Happy New Year!
2:20-3:30 – iTunes review
3:30-7:25 – It was a good year of movies; pre-top 10 wagering
7:25-47:00 – Our top 10 lists
47:00-53:40 – QOTW: your favorites of 2014
53:40-57:35 – We saw “The Interview”; other things we watched
57:35-59:15 – We’ll do another show next week

QOTW: How will movies be different 10 years from now?

Snider’s list:

10. “Cheap Thrills”
9. “Calvary”
8. “Birdman”
7. “Ernest & Celestine”
6. “The Babadook”
5. “Foxcatcher”
4. “Listen Up Philip”
3 “Boyhood”
2. “Under the Skin”
1. “Whiplash”

Bayer’s list:

10. “The Skeleton Twins”
9. “Fury”
8. “John Wick”
7. “Boyhood”
6. “22 Jump Street”
5. “Birdman”
4. “The Congress”
3. “Selma”
2. “Inherent Vice”
1. “Whiplash”

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Episode 241: ‘Inherent Vice,’ ‘Into the Woods,’ ‘Two Days, One Night,’ ‘Big Eyes,’ ‘Unbroken,’ ‘Belle’

0:00-3:00 – Hello! It’s the day after Christmas! We had a great Christmas, probably
3:00-17:20 – “Inherent Vice” review
17:20-30:10 – “Into the Woods” review
30:10-43:30 – “Two Days, One Night” review, including a Dardennes anecdote from Telluride
43:30-52:35 – “Big Eyes” review
52:35-1:01:40 – “Unbroken” review
1:01:40-1:05:05 – “Belle” review (Bayer only)
1:05:05-1:06:10 – Reminder on QOTW (your 3 favorite movies of 2014). We’re tabulating the results!
1:06:10-1:10:25 – Recap, goodbye, see you next year

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

REVIEWS:
Inherent Vice: B+ 10/10
Into the Woods: B+ 5/10
Two Days, One Night: B+ 9/10
Big Eyes: B- 6/10
Unbroken: B- 7/10
Belle: N/A 9/10

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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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