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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Episode 12: Armageddon

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There’s a collision incoming to Earth! It’s an asteroid! It’s Bruce Willis! Oh wait, no, it’s a new Slumber Party Movie Night episode!!

This week we watched Armageddon. It’s the 20th anniversary of the movie this month and we think the best way is to watch Armageddon and then talk about it! But on a serious note…it’s be 20 years since this movie came out?! Come on, Earth, stop rotating so quickly.

“After discovering that an asteroid the size of Texas is going to impact Earth in less than a month, NASA recruits a misfit team of deep core drillers to save the planet.” This movie is directed by the explosive Michael Bay and stars Bruce Willis, Liv Tyler, Ben Affleck, and Billy Bob Thornton. With performances by so many other great actors it would be silly to list them all.

This week is our last week of the month so we also hold our monthly awards and choose the Best Actor, Best Screenplay, Best Cinematographer, and Best Film from our Disaster Movie month. And, of course, listen to the end to find out what movie we are watching next and what August’s theme is.

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Episode 11: The Impossible

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This week we watched another film by J. A. Bayona, The Impossible. Starring Naomi Watts, Ewan McGregor, and Tom Holland. This film tells the story of a family’s struggle to survive and find each other after the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami in Thailand. The family is there vacationing for Christmas and the tsunami hits land on Boxing Day. Each member of the family is thrust in a different direction. They must try to find each other amongst the chaos around them.

Typical of a Bayona film, this film is beautifully shot and well acted. Listen to the podcast episode to hear more of our opinions!

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Episode 10: Skyscraper

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Starring Dwayne Johnson and Neve Campbell and directed and written by Rawson Marshall Thurber. “A father goes to great lengths to save his family from a burning skyscraper.” Basically, The Rock climbs a huge, flaming skyscraper to save his family from destruction while he gets chased down by the police and it’s as ridiculous as it sounds.

It’s about family, it’s about fire, it’s about climbing, it’s about The Rock having a prosthetic leg, it’s about duct tape, it’s about a super rich asian man who just wants to build a really high skyscaper, okay? And hey, where the hell has Neve Campbell been? She was pretty great in this.

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Episode 9: Knowing

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Who doesn’t like a good ol’ Nic Cage movie? “M.I.T. professor John Koestler links a mysterious list of numbers from a time capsule to past and future disasters and sets out to prevent the ultimate catastrophe.” And this is a Nic Cage movie so you know things are likely to get crazy…and they do.

This is our first film in our disaster movie month! Directed by Alex Proyas who also did films like i, Robot, The Crow, Gods of Egypt, and Dark City, this film stars Nicolas Cage, Rose Byrne, Ben Mendelsohn, and Chandler Canterbury.

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Episode 8: Saving Private Ryan

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We’ve pretty much all seen it already but it’s always worth a rewatch. And, if you haven’t seen it, here’s your excuse to finally watch it! Saving Private Ryan stars far far too many people to actually list out and could ruin some fun cameos you get to stumble into along along the way so here are the actors listed on the poster: Edward Burns, Matt Damon, Tom Sizemore, and of course, Tom Hanks. This film is directed by Steven Spielberg and came out in 1998.

“Following the Normandy Landings, a group of U.S. soldiers go behind enemy lines to retrieve a paratrooper whose brothers have been killed in action.”

Since this is our last film of the Rescuing theme, we will be having a short discussion about the films we watched this month overall. We will also be choosing a winner, in each of our opinions, in the following categories: Best Performance, Best Cinematography, Best Screenplay, and Best Film.

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Episode 7: Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

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Our third movie for the rescuing theme this month is Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. This film stars Bryce Dallas Howard, Chris Pratt, Jeff Goldblum, and Ted Levine and directed by J.A. Bayona who directed other films like The Orphanage, The Impossible, and A Monster Calls. 

“When the island’s dormant volcano begins roaring to life, Owen and Claire mount a campaign to rescue the remaining dinosaurs from this extinction-level event.”

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Episode 6: Incredibles 2

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Finally! Incredibles 2 is out. Come on, Brad Bird, don’t keep us waiting so long next time. “Bob Parr (Mr. Incredible) is left to care for Jack-Jack while Helen (Elastigirl) is out saving the world.” Written and directed by Brad Bird, this film has so many great voice actors in it it would be silly to list them all, but here’s a few: Samuel L. Jackson, Holly Hunter, Craig T. Nelson, Catherine Keener, and Jonathan Banks.

We went to the earliest premiere showing we could find this Thursday and recorded the episode right after we saw the movie so you guys could have our thoughts, feelings, comments, and questions on this movie right away!

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