Episode 34: January Movie Draft

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As we come to the end of our year, we have to decide our January movies and what better way to do it through a draft!

Check out our short draft episode, that has undergone a new format. There is a lot of screaming and a lot of fumbling around, as we try and figure out January’s theatrical release and what monthly theme to base around it.

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Episode 33: Gremlins

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Gremlins! An cult classic film that takes place at Christmas but doesn’t seem very Christmas like, as this small town is overrun by gremlins. It features the adorable Gizmo, which is basically a Furby that is allergic to water and eats chicken wings.

None of our hosts have watched Gremlins before, so will the hype live up to their expectations?

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Directed by Joe Dante and written by Chris Columbus. Starring: Zach Galligan, Phoebe Cates, Hoyt Axton, Corey Feldman and Keye Luke.

“A boy inadvertently breaks three important rules concerning his new pet and unleashes a horde of malevolently mischievous monsters on a small town.”

Episode 32: Kiss Kiss Bang Bang

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It’s December! It’s a new month and a new theme! We know what you’re thinking… Christmas movies, right? Well, we thought we’d mix it up and do a theme of Non-Christmasy Christmas Movies, a bit of a mouthful but you get the idea!

To kick of this month we decided to do, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, a film that has been referred to several times during this podcast and one of Michael’s favorite films. Everyone has seen this film, except Randy. Will it live up to his expectations? He’s already seen The Nice Guys, so he already knows what to expect.

This is also our second Shane Black film of this podcast and probably a better one after The Predator (yuck…). Listen along with us, as we add a bit of holiday flair into this month, with a new segment replacing our usual “What Have You Been Watching”!

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Directed by Shane Black and starring: Robert Downey Jr, Val Kilmer and Michelle Monaghan.

“A murder mystery brings together a private eye, a struggling actress, and a thief masquerading as an actor.”

Episode 31: Ralph Breaks the Internet

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Ralph Wrecks the Internet! Sorry… Ralph BREAKS the Internet, is our theatrical release and our final film for our video game month! (Ralph Wrecks the Internet works so much better…) This episode we our joined by both our first female and family member guest, Normae Nundlall!

It has been a pretty underwhelming month movie wise, this month but probably our most entertaining and tense, will this movie top off a great month?

We can’t believe that it has been six years already, since the first Wreck it Ralph came out! Where did time go? Six years ago, Randy was still living in the UK, Samantha was debating being a vegetarian and Michael was still giving poor scores for movies.

How will Normae do this episode? Will she be as grumpy as her brother and will she give a score higher than everyone else?

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Directed by Phil Johnston and Rich Moore. Starring: John C. Reilly, Sarah Silverman, Gal Gadot, Taraji P. Henson, Jack McBrayer, Jane Lynch, Alan Tudyk, Alfred Molina and Ed O’Neill.

“Six years after the events of “Wreck-It Ralph,” Ralph and Vanellope, now friends, discover a wi-fi router in their arcade, leading them into a new adventure.”

Episode 30: Ready Player One

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This week, the big boys and girl decided to tackle one of the biggest films of 2018 and that is… Ready Player One! And we are joined again by our favorite guest, Paul Bestolarides!

Ready Player One is known for it’s elaborate and well made CGI but does the film itself have any other redeeming elements? The film was directed by Steven Spielberg and we all love him at SPMN, so we were excited to see this film by him! Based on the novel of the same name written by Ernest Cline and the screenplay was also co-written by him too! Did he do it justice?

On this episode, we discussed the spectacle, countless movie references (we even have a long list of references that Michael did, we sped it up for you though, don’t you worry), we even have an argument or two, but what less do you expect?

Did Michael enjoy watching this film on his fourth viewing? Listen in this week to find out!

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Directed by Steven Spielberg. Written by Zak Penn and Ernest Cline. Starring: Tye Sheridan, Olivia Cooke, Ben Mendelsohn, Lena Waithe, Mark Rylance and Simon Pegg.

“When the creator of a virtual reality world called the OASIS dies, he releases a video in which he challenges all OASIS users to find his Easter Egg, which will give the finder his fortune.”

Episode 29: Assassin’s Creed

Assassin’s Creed, a film hated by the fans of the video game and the critics too but was it really that bad…? We were joined this episode by our favorite audio man, Donovan Murphy!

Jumping between past and present (mostly in the present), the film couldn’t seem to balance the two well. This episode caused some beef between our hosts and sent Michael on a heated rant. Will the hosts make up? Only one way to see! (If you don’t see anymore episodes, it was this film that did it).

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Directed by Justin Kurzel and starring: Michael Fassbender, Marion Cotillard, Jeremy Irons, Brendan Gleeson, Charlotte Rampling, Ariane Labed and Michael Kenneth Williams.

“Callum Lynch explores the memories of his ancestor Aguilar de Nerha and gains the skills of a Master Assassin, before taking on the secret Templar society.”

Episode 28: Street Fighter

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It is November and that means a new theme! This month’s theme is dedicated “Video Game Movies” and what an absolute delight it is to start off with the infamous, cult classic: Street Fighter (1994).

The film that is revered for it’s over the top cheesiness, terrible fight scenes and brilliant acting from it’s stellar cast, led by Jean-Claude Van Damme and Raul Julia. This film is the epitome of why video game films have a certain reputation.

Jean-Claude Van Damme’s believable performance as the all American, Colonel Guile. Raul Julia’s emotional performance as the misunderstood villain, M Bison. An assortment of characters that are too many to name. If these aren’t enough to convince you to watch the film, we don’t know what it is.

Listen along to hear our hosts talk about the film with our guest, Paul Bestolarides (that you may remember from our episode of The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lava Girl, another great film, might we add). As they talk about traditional Chinese garments, fight choreography, Asian temples and listen to Randy moan about the lack of research and authenticity to the real Street Fighter game.

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Directed by Steven E. De Souza. Starring: Jean-Claude Van Damme, Raul Julia, Ming-Na Wen, Kylie Minogue, Byron Mann, Damian Chapa and Wes Studi.

“Col. Guile and various other martial arts heroes fight against the tyranny of Dictator M. Bison and his cohorts.”

 

Episode 27: Slither

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We asked, you answered! The audience choice movie this month is Slither!! October had an extra week this month so we tossed the option over to you guys and your top choice was James Gunn’s Slither. Starring Elizabeth Banks, Michael Rooker, Nathan Fillion and Greg Henry, this science fiction, horror comedy was mostly a fun watch for us! Although of course, Randy had some differing opinions. Listen along to see what we had to see about this movie.

As usual, since this is the last week of the month, we gave away our awards this episode. We discussed the Alien Parasite theme overall and gave away Best Cinematography, Performance, Screenplay, and Film. We gave away an extra special award for this month and you’ll have to listen to the episode to find out what it is!

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Okay guys, now that this is our second horror-comedy movie on the podcast, we need to decide on a combo word for the genre. Everyone knows there’s rom-com and dramedy, but we think horror comedy deserves its own snappy nickname. Homedy? Corror? Those just don’t seem good enough. Comment below or email in to let us know your ideas!

Episode 26: The Faculty

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The cast of this movie is so weird, guys. Usher, Josh Hartnett, Jordana Brewster, and Elijah wood are all in the same movie?  Also Clea Duvall, Laura Harris, Salma Hayek, Famke Janssen, Piper Laurie, Bebe Neuwirth, Robert Patrick, Christopher McDonald, and JOHN STEWART. What is this movie. I know that’s a lot of names to throw at you, but I feel like it’s important to start to understand the strangeness of this movie.

This ended up being a great pick for us this month, so many references to other alien parasite movies here! So if you have been keeping up with this month you’ll notice and especially enjoy those.

Directed by the great Robert Rodriguez “Students suspect that their teachers are aliens after bizarre occurrences.”

Watch this movie along with us this week and comment below who your favorite faculty member was!

Also make sure you listen until the end of the episode where we announce what the audience choice movie will be for next week to finish off our alien parasite month!

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