As the Oscars approach tonight, we give our predictions on who we want to win and who we think will get the awards. This past year saw many strong films hit the big screen, while some didn’t make the list of nominees, others will be showcased during one of the biggest events in film of the year.
It has finally arrived! 2018 was one of the strongest years in filmmaking, filled with original content, adaptations and a few nostalgic franchises that were dusted off. We sit down and talk about our top ten films of 2018, everything from “Widows”, “The Sisters Brothers” and “Bad Times at the El Royale”. We discuss the films we loved and even make time to discuss a few disappointments of the year.
When Jake Gyllenhaal first came on to the acting scene he could have been categorized as an actor destined for big budget, hollow, movie roles, but he has taken a completely different creative path. During the early stages of his career he took on the role of Donnie Darko, which was a risk in itself for that time in Hollywood. In the past decade we’ve seen him take even more diverse and unique roles that are able to show his dedication and range. We sit down and talk some of the best Gyllenhaal roles and give our thoughts on the new Dan Gilroy film, “Velvet Buzzsaw”.
Before big budget superhero films were box office smashes, M. Night Shyamalan set out to create his own superhero universe with a realistic twist with “Unbreakable”. At the time we had no idea it was a universe until his follow up “Split” and now the conclusion of the series, or so it seems with “Glass”. This episode we talk all things M Night Shyamalan, the good, bad and all the twists in between.
When we think of up and coming directors and writers in the film industry, Yorgos Lanthimos is one of the names that is at the top of the list. As the filmmaker has transitioned his films for American audiences, they still maintain that dry and dark humor with a meaningful subplot. Fresh off seeing his new film, “The Favourite” in theaters we discuss his latest three films.
As Creed 2 arrives in theaters we run through the entire anthology of “Rocky” and the franchise spin off, “Creed”. This is one franchise that made it through the ‘80s with barely any black eyes sans the Tommy Gunn debacle and we discuss it all. From overconfident champions, street brawlers who want their shot and superhuman Russians, this franchise has everything. Apollo, this one is for you.
As Halloween comes to a close, we finish up the holiday horror season with a Stephen King classic, Silver Bullet. A film based on the short story “Cycle of the Werewolf”, we see how the film matches up to the source material. Witness Gary Busey in all his eccentric glory as he helps Corey Haim create a silver bullet and take on the local werewolf.
David Gordon Green’s “Halloween” has arrived in theaters and has received a generally positive response compared to the rest of the franchise. We sit down to discuss our thoughts, critiques and vent on our thoughts as the credits rolled. While it is pretty much a certainty that we will see the masked stalker back in another sequel the question becomes, where do we go from here?
Throughout the past decades of horror films we’ve seen many horror icons created into pop culture icons. Freddy, Jason and Michael Myers have solidified themselves on top of a “Slasher Mount Rushmore” of sorts. That fourth spot becomes more subjective and we are here to discuss it and if we will see another capable slasher posse or if Hollywood is dead set on remaking and rebooting the old gang for a new audience.
When John Carpenter created a simple story of an escaped mental patient stalking babysitters on Halloween night, no one knew the twists and odd turns this franchise would take. As we inch closer to the newest incarnation of Halloween hitting theaters, we take a look at the Halloween universe as a whole. The ones we have to remember, the ones we’re told to forget and of course, the ones we wish we could forget. Take a listen as we dive into the franchise with our Halloween retrospective!
The horror genre has gone through cycles of subgenres since the beginning of cinema. One of the most popular subgenres in horror are the “slasher” films that have produced horror icons from Jason Vorhees to Leatherface. Whether you prefer a machete, chainsaw or just a good ol’ butcher knife, everyone has a favorite masked psycho killer. Whatever your choice there is no denying that there is one film that started it all, “John Carpenter’s Halloween”. One of the most successful independent films of all time, no one knew it would redefine a genre. Watch along with us as we discuss one of the greatest horror films that was ever released on the big screen.
When you think movie monsters the likes of The Wolfman, Dracula or Frankenstein come to mind. That definition was redefined in 1987 with the action classic “Predator”. Audiences expected another Schwarzenegger helmed action skeptical, and while that’s what they got, the film added a sense of horror and suspense with great storytelling. One filmed spawned a rich history of lore, but in later films directors and writers had trouble recapturing that magic. We discuss the trilogy of films and the newest addition into the franchise “The Predator”.
There are great actors and great directors and throughout the history of cinema we’ve seen some great actor/director pairings. Directors can take the untapped potential of an actor and bring it to a performance like many others can’t, but when is enough, enough? Sometimes great pairings turn into disasters when audiences are subjected to the same performances over and over. With the potential to find that untapped potential comes the possibility of complacency and paint by numbers performances. We discuss some of the most current actor/director pairings and other budding pairs for years to come.
What do you get when you take one Jason Statham, add a giant prehistoric shark and some CGI? The return of the giant shark movie to the box office. We’ve seen “The Meg” and we give our spoiler free thoughts, as well as take a look at the entire franchise that started it all, “Jaws”. For better or worse we talk about all four shark attack films and where it all went wrong, from a masterpiece of a film to one of the most unwatchable sequels in cinema history.
Lots of sequels to many hit films have made their way to the theaters this summer, but many criticisms are they just don’t live up to the originals. That stigma has followed sequels for decades and more often than not, lives up to its unfortunate stigma. The “Mission Impossible” franchise seems to be an outlier and as its sixth installment hits theaters it has proved it is only getting better with time. Join us as we discuss what makes both a good and bad sequel as run through the “Mission Impossible” franchise.
Marvel’s “Avengers: Infinity War” was one of the biggest releases to kick off the summer. With such a juggernaut of a release in the MCU, how do you even follow it up? There is only one answer, Paul Rudd and his humorous quips as Scott Lang. While not a sequel, it is the newest installment in the MCU and delivers a more grounded universe for Marvel fans to clean their pallets.
With all the summer blockbusters looming, we’ll be treated some very good movies, but some very bad movies. One of the strongest movies to get traction in 2018 was Wes Anderson’s newest film, “Isle of Dogs”. Cinematically beautiful as usual, Anderson tackles a different culture and some political issues as well. This week we discuss his filmography, how we were introduced to Wes Anderson and how influential his style has become in cinema.
We discuss some of the latest independent and small budget films that have hit theaters in the recent months. With so many big budget films out in theaters, we talk about how sometimes you need to find that balance between big and small budget to appreciate both types of films. With “Lady Bird” getting stellar reviews we give our thoughts on both the positives and negatives the film offers.
With the release of Blade Runner 2049 in theaters, director Denis Villeneuve is quickly gaining recognition for his unique film style. We take a look at his American filmography and discuss what makes Villeneuve one of out favorite directors from the most recent years. From the independent film “Enemy” to the big budget film “Arrival” learn what makes Denis Villeneuve a director you have to keep an eye on!
Join us for a special episode as we commemorate the late Tobe Hooper as we provide commentary for his most iconic work, “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre”. We discuss Leatherface, the Sawyer family, remakes and prequels and our first impressions of the film. Stream the movie or pop in the blu-ray and watch Leatherface terrorize a group of kids for an hour and a half.