Episode 424: ‘A Star Is Born,’ ‘Venom’

0:00 – Hello, let’s get to it
1:00 – “A Star Is Born” review
15:10 – “Venom” review
22:30 – “Little Women” mini-review (Snider only)
25:40 – This week’s DVDs, including a couple that Agents can win
28:40 – Eric’s report on the Dr. Pimple Popper videos Jeff made him watch
41:30 – “What About Dick” on Netflix, an Eric Idle-conceived “radio play”; we also watched “Aladdin”
46:45 – Recap and good day

REVIEWS
A Star Is Born – B+ B+ (BS-approved)
Venom – C C-

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Bonus BS: Eric’s Puke & Explode Victory

Jeff and Eric discuss Eric’s participation in the Fantastic Fest eating contest in great deal. You can listen to this by itself, or you can sync it up with the video of the event as a sort of audio commentary.

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Episode 422 – Fantastic Fest 2018

0:00 – Hello, we’re at Fantastic Fest, Eric cut himself shaving and also wore a singlet for three days; here are our reviews so far:
6:30 – “Donnybrook”
11:50 – “Keep an Eye Out”
17:45 – “Chained for Life”
24:20 – “One Cut of the Dead”
33:10 – “Hold the Dark”
41:30 – “Suspiria”
50:25 – A few other movies that one of us saw that we hope the other one will see so we can talk about them; general Fantastic Fest discussion; recap and good day

REVIEWS:
Donnybrook: B B
Keep an Eye Out: B+ B
Chained for Life: B+ B+
One Cut of the Dead: B+ B
Hold the Dark: B B-
Suspiria: B B-

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Episode 421 – ‘The Predator,’ ‘White Boy Rick,’ ‘A Simple Favor,’ Fantastic Fest preview

0:00 – Hello, let’s get to it
1:20 – “The Predator” review
14:20 – “White Boy Rick” review
24:10 – “A Simple Favor” review (Snider)
29:00 – This week’s DVDs, plus a giveaway of “Solo: A Star Wars Movie” for Agents
31:20 – We watched “The Endless” on iTunes, but Jeff had seen it before
39:30 – What we’re looking forward to at Fantastic Fest
48:10 – Recap and good day

REVIEWS:
The Predator: B- C
White Boy Rick: B+ A- (BS-approved)
A Simple Favor: B n/a

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Episode 420 – ‘Peppermint,’ ‘Searching,’ ‘We the Animals,’ ‘Kin,’ ‘Operation Finale,’ ‘The Nun’

0:00 – Hello, we took a week off, now we are back
2:00 – “Peppermint” review
8:35 – “Searching” review
17:15 – “We the Animals” review
22:30 – “Kin” review
30:10 – “Operation Finale” review (Snider)
33:45 – “The Nun” review (Snider)
37:45 – Eric’s brief Telluride report, including hanging out with Emma Stone
52:00 – New DVD releases, including a giveaway of “Hereditary” for Agents
54:00 – Update on the Fantastic Fest punishments Eric will endure for losing the Summer Box Office Challenge
1:00:50 – Recap and good day

REVIEWS:
Peppermint: C B-
Searching: B- B
We the Animals: A- B
Kin: C C
Operation Finale: B n/a
The Nun: C+ n/a

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Episode 418: ‘Crazy Rich Asians,’ ‘Alpha,’ ‘Mile 22,’ ‘Far from the Tree’

0:00 – Hello, summer’s almost over, we like August, here’s an iTunes review
4:45 – “Crazy Rich Asians” review
17:30 – “Alpha” review
26:30 – “Mile 22” review (Snider)
32:40 – “Far from the Tree” (Bayer)
37:30 – This week’s DVDs
40:20 – Hey, What’d You Watch? (“Papillon,” “Harry and the Hendersons”)
46:00 – Recap, more on “Harry and the Hendersons,” things that make Jeff cry, and good day

Crazy Rich Asians: B A-
Alpha: B B-
Mile 22: D+ n/a
Far from the Tree: n/a B

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Episode 415: ‘Mission: Impossible — Fallout,’ ‘Teen Titans Go! To the Movies’

0:00 – Hello, let’s get to it!
1:30 – “Mission: Impossible — Fallout” review
20:20 – Eric gathered a lot of “Mission: Impossible” statistics
36:30 – Summer Box Office Challenge update
41:00 – “Teen Titans Go! To the Movies” review (Eric)
45:00 – We told you this week’s DVDs last week, whoops; recap and good day

REVIEWS (Eric, Jeff):
Mission: Impossible — Fallout: B+ B
Teen Titans Go! To the Movies: B- n/a

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Episode 414: ‘Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again,’ ‘The Equalizer 2,’ ‘Unfriended: Dark Web,’ ‘Blindspotting’

0:00 – Hello, Eric is back from Montreal, here’s an iTunes review
2:40 – “Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again” review
19:55 – “The Equalizer 2” review (Eric)
24:50 – “Unfriended: Dark Web” review (Eric)
30:25 – “Blindspotting” review (replay from Sundance)
37:15 – Summer Box Office Challenge update
40:10 – This week’s new DVDs, recap and good day

REVIEWS (Eric, Jeff):
Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again: B- B
The Equalizer 2: B n/a
Unfriended: Dark Web: C+ n/a
Blindspotting: B+ B+ (BS-approved!)

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Episode 412: ‘Ant-Man and the Wasp,’ ‘The First Purge,’ ‘Sicario: Day of the Soldado,’ ‘Uncle Drew’

0:00 – Hello, we were off last week but now we are on; here’s an iTunes review
3:10 – “Ant-Man and the Wasp” review
11:20 – “The First Purge” review
20:10 – “Sicario: Day of the Soldado” review
26:00 – “Uncle Drew” review (Snider)
32:20 – Eric saw the Mr. Rogers documentary and agrees with Jeff that you will love it
33:10 – Summer Box Office Challenge update
36:40 – This week’s DVDs include “A Quiet Place” (which an Agent can win); continued giveaways on the “Mission: Impossible” set and the Jerry Lewis 10-movie set
38:45 – Our favorite movies from the first half of 2018
40:50 – Recap and good day

REVIEWS (Eric, Jeff):
Ant-Man and the Wasp: B B
The First Purge: C+ D
Sicario: Day of the Soldado: D+ C
Uncle Drew: C n/a

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Final Results of the 2018 Summer Box Office Challenge

Opening weekend box office (Fri-Sun) only. Numbers refer to draft order. Each player must choose exactly three films from May, three from June, three from July, and one from August.

2018 Winner: Bayer
Overall Record
Snider 3 – Bayer 4

Jeff Bayer

1) Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (6/22)
$148,024,610
4) Incredibles 2 (6/15)
$182,687,905
6) Ocean’s Eight (6/8)
$41,607,378
8) Skyscraper (7/13)
$24,905,015
10) Life of the Party (5/11))
$17,886,075
12) Book Club (5/18)
$13,582,231
14) Show Dogs (5/18)
$6,023,972
16) Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation (7/13)
$44,076,225
18) The Equalizer 2 (7/20)
$36,011,640
20) Christopher Robin (8/3)
$24,585,139
TOTAL:
$539,390,190

 

Eric D. Snider

2) Solo: A Star Wars Story (5/25)
$84,420,489
3) Deadpool 2 (5/18)
$125,507,153
5) Ant-Man and the Wasp (7/6)
$75,812,205
7) Mission: Impossible — Fallout (7/27)
$61,236,534
9) Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (7/20)
$34,952,180
11) The Meg (8/10)
$45,402,195
13) Tag (6/15)
$14,947,396
15) Overboard (5/4)
$14,711,101
17) Sicario: Day of the Soldado (6/29)
$19,007,566
19) SuperFly (6/13)
$6,870,740
TOTAL:
$482,867,559

 

DIFFERENCE: $56,522,631

THE STAKES:

– The loser will wear a wrestling singlet for three days of Fantastic Fest.
– The loser will watch something awful of the winner’s choosing and discuss it on the show.
– The loser will do something food-related (to be determined).
– Maybe more if we think of them.

 

Episode 410: ‘Incredibles 2,’ ‘Hereditary,’ ‘The Seagull,’ ‘Won’t You Be My Neighbor?,’ ‘SuperFly’

0:00 – Hello, Jeff’s still in Iowa, morale is low, golf dads
4:40 – “Incredibles 2” review
15:30 – “Hereditary” review
26:40 – “The Seagull” review
30:10 – “Won’t You Be My Neighbor” review (Jeff)
35:00 – “SuperFly” review (Eric)
39:50 – Summer Box Office Challenge update
44:45 – If you’re in Portland, check out Hollywood Theatre’s 70mm series
46:40 – This week’s DVDs include “The Death of Stalin,” then the recap and good day

REVIEWS (Eric, Jeff):
Incredibles 2: B- B
Hereditary: A A (BS-approved!)
The Seagull: B B
Won’t You Be My Neighbor? n/a B+
SuperFly B- n/a

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Episode 409: ‘Ocean’s Eight,’ ‘Hotel Artemis,’ ‘Hearts Beat Loud’

0:00 – Hello, Jeff is in Iowa, an update on last week’s iTunes review
3:25 – “Ocean’s Eight” review
12:50 – “Hotel Artemis” review
20:50 – “Hereditary” is open, and you should see it, but we’re not going to fully review it till next week
25:20 – “Hearts Beat Loud” review
31:15 – Summer Box Office Challenge update
33:10 – This week’s DVDs
35:00 – Recap and good day

REVIEWS (Eric, Jeff):
Ocean’s Eight: B B
Hotel Artemis: B- B-
Hearts Beat Loud: B+ A (BS-approved!)

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Episode 408: ‘Action Point,’ ‘Upgrade,’ ‘Adrift’

0:00 – Hello, we were guests on a bonus episode of ’80s All Over
3:20 – iTunes review
5:00 – “Action Point” review
13:50 – “Upgrade” review
21:40 – Jeff brings up poker for some reason
22:30 – “Adrift” review (Eric)
28:00 – This week’s DVDs
30:25 – Summer Box Office Challenge update (it was a bye week)
32:15 – Recap and good day

REVIEWS (Eric, Jeff):
Action Point: C+ D+
Upgrade: B+ B+ (BS-approved!)
Adrift: C n/a

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Episode 406: ‘Deadpool 2,’ ‘Book Club,’ ‘Measure of a Man,’ ‘Revenge’

0:00 – Hello, Eric’s car keeps getting pooped on (by birds)
4:20 – “Deadpool 2” review
15:00 – “Book Club” review
25:30 – “Measure of a Man” review
30:50 – “Revenge” review
35:50 – Summer Box Office Challenge update
37:20 – This week’s DVDs, including a giveaway for Agents of “Red Sparrow”
38:40 – Ali Wong’s “Hard Knock Wife” (on Netflix) is a very funny companion piece to “Tully”
41:30 – Eric wrote a thing about not going to press screenings anymore
42:25 – Recap and good day

REVIEWS (Eric, Jeff):
Deadpool 2: B B
Book Club: D+ B-
Measure of a Man: C+ C+
Revenge: B B

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Episode 405: ‘Life of the Party,’ ‘Breaking In’

0:00 – Hello, iTunes Review and “Road House”
3:45 – “Life of the Party” review
14:50 – “Breaking In” review (Snider)
18:00 – This week’s DVDs, and we’re giving away a 40th anniversary edition of “Grease” that includes a commemorative jacket and nail polish. Agents have till 5/16 to enter.
22:30 – Streaming recommendations on Netflix and Hulu
28:50 – Summer Box Office Challenge Update
30:20 – Recap and good day

REVIEWS (Eric, Jeff):
Life of the Party: B+ B-
Breaking In: C+

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Episode 404: ‘Tully,’ ‘Overboard,’ ‘Bad Samaritan’

0:00 – Hello, here is an iTunes review
2:35 – “Tully” review
13:10 – “Overboard” review (Snider)
19:20 – “Bad Samaritan” review (Snider)
25:15 – Summer Box Office Challenge is off to a limp start (but Eric is winning)
27:00 – We watched “The Lost Boys” on Netflix (and also part of the “The Week Of” starring Adam Sandler)
36:30 – This week’s DVDs, and we’re giving away a 40th anniversary edition of “Grease” that includes a commemorative jacket and nail polish. Agents have till 5/16 to enter.
39:30 – Recap and good day

REVIEWS (Eric, Jeff):
Tully: B+ A (BS-approved)
Overboard: C n/a
Bad Samaritan: C+ n/a

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Episode 402: ‘Rampage,’ ‘Truth or Dare’

0:00 – Hello, pay your taxes, here’s an iTunes review
3:55 – “Rampage” review
20:00 – “Truth or Dare” review (Snider)
26:15 – This week’s DVDs, and a giveaway for Agents of the “Grease” 40th anniversary edition, and discussion of an obscure 1980s home video technology
32:00 – We travel through time back to this week in 1999
40:45 – Recap, no show next week, some preliminary talk of this year’s Summer Box Office Challenge rules

REVIEWS:
Rampage: C+ C-
Truth or Dare: C n/a

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Episode 401: ‘Blockers,’ ‘A Quiet Place,’ ‘Chappaquiddick,’ ‘Acrimony’

0:00 – Hello, we’ve begun the second half of our 800-episode community service
2:50 – iTunes review
4:40 – “Blockers” review
16:00 – Jeff has an existential crisis about his grading scale
18:20 – “A Quiet Place” review
33:20 – “Chappaquiddick” review (Snider)
40:10 – “Acrimony” review (Snider), with the Nicholas Sparks Rule in play (which means we reveal the entire plot)
58:30 – This week’s DVDs and streaming recommendations
1:02:30 – Recap (including our MVPs) and good day

REVIEWS:
Blockers: B C
A Quiet Place: B+ A (BS-approved!)
Chappaquiddick: B-
Acrimony: D

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Episode 400: ‘Ready Player One,’ ‘Isle of Dogs,’ ‘7 Days in Entebbe’

0:00 – Hello, it’s our 400th episode AND our eighth anniversary!
5:10 – “Ready Player One” review
23:35 – “Isle of Dogs” review
28:45 – “7 Days in Entebbe” review (Snider)
33:00 – More discussion of why “RPO” didn’t work for us
35:30 – This week’s DVDs and some streaming recommendations
44:20 – Jeff’s nephew was in town, they watched some movies
46:00 – Recap and good day

REVIEWS:
Ready Player One: C 6/10
Isle of Dogs: C 9/10
7 Days in Entebbe: C n/a

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Episode 399: ‘Pacific Rim Uprising,’ ‘The Death of Stalin,’ ‘Sherlock Gnomes,’ ‘Flower,’ ‘Unsane’

0:00 – Hello, Jeff dooms the show to failure
1:20 – “Pacific Rim Uprising” review
8:40 – “The Death of Stalin” review
15:30 – “Sherlock Gnomes” review (Snider), and then what could happen to Michael Caine next
19:00 – “Flower” review (Bayer)
21:50 – “Unsane” review (Snider)
26:00 – This week’s DVDs are “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” and “The Last Movie Star,” leading to a discussion of Burt Reynolds and “Star Wars”
28:10 – How the listeners feel about the new schedule, with ideas for improvements including a Spanish episode
30:50 – What’d You Watch? (“Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice”), with discussion of separate beds and Jeff’s casino plans with his nephew
36:40 – Recap and good day

REVIEWS:
Pacific Rim Uprising: C 5/10
The Death of Stalin: A- 9/10 (BS-approved!)
Sherlock Gnomes: C n/a
Flower: n/a 7/10
Unsane: B- n/a

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