Episode 21: The Predator

Predator app (screen grab) CR: 20th Century Fox

Our theatre release film for this month is The Predator! Directed by Hawkins from the first Predator film, Shane Black, this film follows, you guessed it…a group of people fighting the predator. “When a young boy accidentally triggers the universe’s most lethal hunters’ return to Earth, only a ragtag crew of ex-soldiers and a disgruntled science teacher can prevent the end of the human race.”

We had a guest on this week, Rob Livings. For our regular listeners, he was the filmmaker that joined us for our Jaws episode. And we were happy to have him on again for this episode, the discussion got heated!

Starring Boyd Holbrook, Olivia Munn, Trevante Rhodes, Jacob Tremblay, Keegan Michael Key, Thomas Jane, and Sterling K. Brown. So watch along with us and tell us if you think this star studded cast and Shane Black created a worthwhile installment in the Predator franchise! And try to avoid the internet in general if you want to go in with no expectations.

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Episode 20: Unbroken

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We watched Unbroken directed by Angelina Jolie. Written by the Coen brothers, Joel and Ethan Coen, and starring Jack O’Connell, Domhnall Gleeson, Miyavi, and Finn Wittrock it’s hard not to go into this movie with high expectations. And some of the film’s aspects live up to those expectations, others….not so much. “After a near-fatal plane crash in WWII, Olympian Louis Zamperini spends a harrowing 47 days in a raft with two fellow crewmen before he’s caught by the Japanese navy and sent to a prisoner-of-war camp.”

Tune in to listen to us discuss this film, we disagreed this week on our judgments of it and it makes for some interesting talk!

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Episode 19: Get Out, Part 2

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Here it is! I know you guys have been waiting with bated breath for Part 2! (Especially after that interesting edit by Randy that cut us off in the middle of a sentence….) We get more into our discussion about society and the racial issues this film tries to tackle. It all makes for some really interesting conversation I think you guys will enjoy.

We’d love to hear what you guys think of this conversation and how the film approaches these issues, please comment below to let us know what you think!

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Episode 18: Get Out, Part 1

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Our first movie review episode of the month. This month’s theme is Actors Turned Directors so we will be watching movies that are directed by people that started out as actors (or still continue to be). And we are starting with a interesting one, Jordan Peele’s Get Out. 

This one’s a two parter! We had so much to say this episode that we couldn’t shut up so we split this in to two parts for you guys! The second part will be out sometime later this week. We had some really great discussion about the themes of this film and their relevance in American culture. So come back for Part 2 to be a part of that! We would LOVE to hear your thoughts on what we talked about, so please comment below or email us to let us know what you guys thought of this movie and our discussion.

“A young African-American man visits his white girlfriend’s parents for the weekend, where his simmering uneasiness about their reception of him eventually reaches a boiling point.” Written and directed by Jordan Peele, this movie is his break out from the comedy stuff we were all used to seeing from him. Whether or not you like this film, I think you gotta recognize it as a really strong directorial debut!

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Episode 17: Monthly Movie Draft

It’s our Monthly Movie Draft! We decided it would be more fun to let you listeners in on our decisions on what movies we are watching for the next month and what theme we are choosing. So listen in as we discuss what the theme options are for October and what movies were chosen. We will be releasing a Monthly Movie Draft episode every month from now on so we can all be in this process together!

How it works:

Each of us picked a different theme to go along with the theatrical release for the month, Venom. Then we discussed the merits of each theme. We then assigned a playing card to each of us and chose randomly! Tune in to find out whose theme got chosen.

Aaaaand for October, there are five Mondays so all you listeners out there get to choose the last slot! We are so excited to hear all your suggestions so please email us at slumberpartymovienight@gmail.com or comment on Facebook, Instagram or here! to let us know what movies you think would best pick the theme!

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Episode 16: The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl

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LIVE WATCH. Guys! Guys! We did this one live while recording so we could all watch together as cute little slumber party pals. We watched on HBO Go, but quick, go find this movie and get ready to start it along with us. Cause we both know every time you watch a movie now you think to yourself “why can’t the Slumber Party Movie Night podcast hosts because talking over this entire movie while I watch?”. Well, the wait is over! We will talk over this entire movie as you watch and it’s a good one to talk over, because oh my….this movie. Oh my…..

“A young boy is recruited by his imaginary friends Sharkboy and Lavagirl to help save their planet.” Starring Cayden Boyd, Taylor Lautner, Taylor Dooley, and George Lopez. See if you can find all the character that George Lopez is voicing! Oh and of course, directed by Robert Rodriguez, written by Robert Rodriguez, story by his son, Racer Rodriguez. It doesn’t stop there, he also worked on composing the music, VFX, and more! Stick around for the credits to find out and hear more from us about what our next month’s theme will be.

This week we have our filmmaker friend, Paul Bestolarides, on with Samantha and Michael.

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And after you finish the movie tweet at us or comment or message us on facebook or email us and tell us: what the hell are the bubble things? Why are they laughing?? Are they sentient? Is Sharkboy simply a casual murderer? Is this movie really just the depiction of a thoughtless killer wreaking havoc on a group of citizens trying to live peacefully on Plant Drool? Do we need to start a petition for bubble people rights? Please, someone tell me. I have to know.

Episode 15: The Meg

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This episode we watched The Meg! What more could you want from a cheesy shark movie than a Megalodon coming out of extinction to try and eat Jason Statham? “After escaping an attack by what he claims was a 70-foot shark, Jonas Taylor must confront his fears to save those trapped in a sunken submersible.”

Starring Jason Statham, Bingbing Li, Rainn Wilson, Cliff Curtis, and Winston Chao. Directed by Jon Turteltaub of National Treasure fame! Now, I don’t think this movie could live up to the fun of National Treasure, but watch it with us and find out. Me and Michael are both here this week but we had a filmmaker friend, Manuel Crosby on as our co-host.

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Episode 14: Jaws

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“A local sheriff, a marine biologist and an old seafarer team up to hunt down a great white shark wrecking havoc in a beach resort.” Starring Roy Scheider, Robert Shaw, and Richard Dreyfuss. Most of us know it, most of us love it. And if you haven’t seen it, do yourself a favor and watch it! And it’s directed of course, by the great Steven Spielberg.

The epitome of a summer movie, it’s the perfect time to watch and then listen along with us! In fact, this is the movie that started summer movies! Randy is out this week and we have a guest on to discuss the film with us, Rob Livings, an Australian filmmaker. He graces us with all his film knowledge from working at Blockbuster for 7 years and being a filmmaker himself. We have some great discussion about the film and what we are watching this week! And of course we have some tangents along the way.

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Episode 13: Shark Tale

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We watched Shark Tale! The first movie in our shark month this month! If for nothing else, this movie is worth watching for all the cheesy fish and under the sea puns. Although Michael didn’t appreciate them. But he’s wrong so you should watch it, laugh at all the great puns, and listen along with us.

And it boasts a great voice cast! Robert Dinero, Jack Black, Angelina Jolie, Will Smith, Martin Scorsese, and Renee Zellweger! “When a son of a gangster shark boss is accidentally killed while on the hunt, his would-be prey and his vegetarian brother decide to use the incident to their own advantage.”

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