Dr. Strange, the 14th (!) entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, boasts an impressive and well-pedigreed cast, amazing visuals, and a complete lack of comic-book-required-reading. This sci-fi, fantasy trip is fun, loose, and whip-smart. Benedict Cumberbatch headlines as the titular hero who is shown the powers of the universe (and infinite other universes) and who must gather his strength and new skills to battle Mads Mikkelsen, the third actor to portray Hannibal Lecter who has gone on to star in a Marvel film. Tilda Swinton rocks full-Bowie to play The Ancient One and steals most of her scenes. The action is tight, the effects impressive, and the music even memorable. Check it out. Also, check out Danny's written review HERE.
Forrest Gump, the inoffensive, scoop of vanilla Best Picture winner from 1994 took that honor from Pulp Fiction, The Shawshank Redemption, and Quiz Show. Think about that while listening to this episode or to Tom Hanks' now-cliche Southern drawl and slow-witted delivery.
Summer's first actually FUN movie arrives in the form of the much-dreaded, much-maligned, unnecessarily-feared remake of Ghostbusters starring Melissa McCarthy, Kristin Wiig, Leslie Jones, and Kate McKinnon. Full of wacky humor, energetic performances, and (possibly too many) winks to the original film, Ghostbusters is worth your time and your money!
Writer/director Shane Black (Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, Iron Man 3) returns to noir form with his latest buddy/crime comedy, The Nice Guys. Russell Crowe tries his hand at comedy and Ryan Gosling squeals like a small child. Matt Bomer and Kim Basinger round out the cast.
George Clooney radiates smug charm and Wall Street savvy in Jodie Foster's thriller Money Monster. Supported by Julia Roberts and Jack O'Connell, Clooney plays a finance TV show host held hostage by a jilted investor who is forced to put the U.S. free market system on trial. If you've ever harbored secret fantasies about kidnapping Jim Cramer, this could be the movie for you.
OK...Los Angeles, you have some brand maintenance to attend to. This week we watched two films featuring dinner parties in Los Angeles that go horribly awry. The Invitation, a newly released thriller oozes dread and drips paranoia, while The Overnight, available on Netflix, ramps up the awkward and makes you SOOOOOO glad that you aren't watching this one with Mom. Check out what the guys thought of these two films and think about whether you have EVER been to a dinner party this crazy. Or if you ever want to.
Writer/director Richard Linklater's follow up to his 12-years-in-the-making opus Boyhood has arrived and, apparently, Everybody Wants Some!! This "spiritual sequel" to Dazed and Confused has plenty of laughs, pot smoking, dudes being dudes, and hanging out. Check out what the guys thought of his latest laid-back flick.
#OscarsSoWhite indeed! 12 Angry Men, a subscriber suggestion, boasts a great cast made entirely of white men. They certainly don't make them like this anymore. And, no, this film did NOT win the 1957 Academy Award for Best Picture. That honor went to The Bridge on the River Kwai, which we reviewed HERE.
Aaron Sorkin and Danny Boyle have created, in Steve Jobs, a fascinating, electric, scary portrait of a difficult famous subject. Turning the idea of a "bio-pic" on its head, Sorkin's whip-smart dialogue and brilliant plot structure, provide a glimpse into a hyper-stylized version of the Apple co-founder without walking note-by-note through his life story. Wounded early and fiercely protective of his accomplishments, Michael Fassbender's Steve Jobs, terrorizes friends and foes alike moments before taking the stage at three pivotal product launches. Boyle and Sorkin capture lightning in a bottle and paint a picture of a frustratingly demanding and often cruel icon whose status as Genius or Charlatan will be long debated.
Listen to this episode to hear the guys discuss:
What they liked:
- The incredible screenplay
- Powerful performances all around (even Seth Rogen was great!)
- Boardroom backstabbing filmed as palace intrigue and life-or-death important
What they did not like:
- This movie was about seven hours too short
- Fitting the film into the three-act play structure has some minor limitations
- Seeing Fassbender's Jobs wash his feet in a public toilet
Steve Jobs has drastically underperformed at the box office this year and has only recently scraped past the 2013 film Jobs starring Asthon Kutcher. Both Danny and Mike agree that this is a terrific film and one that deserves to be on your must-see list for 2015. Check out the episode and leave your comments below.
Just what the hell is a Babadook?!? Great question. The Babadook is one of the best reviewed horror movies in the last few years. Check out this week's episode to find out if the guys feel that is warranted and feel free to sound off in the comments section.
Amy Schumer arrives on the big screen with her major motion picture debut - Trainwreck. She wrote it, she stars in it, she will mess you up in it. Bill Hader joins in as the straight man who woos the walking mess. LeBron James is in it for some reason.
Pixar's Inside Out is one of the boldest, funniest, warmest films they have made in years. This comedy, ostensibly for children but really for anyone with a heart, a mind, and human feelings, is among the best movies released this year. Check out the episode and enjoy the discussion of Pixar's return to form.
A sequel to the third-biggest box office hit of all time, The Avengers: Age of Ultron seeks to be the biggest, baddest, most "ultimate" comic book movie ever made. With a cast swelling to more than a dozen heroes and villains, this mega-movie is poised to dominate the box office and be all that your 8-year-old nephew will talk about for the next 7 months. Watch it so you'll have something to talk to him about. Then listen to the podcast so you'll have something to talk to your adult friends about.
It Follows is a genuinely creepy film. The film sticks with you long after you see it, oozing dread. The film is also a time capsule, a snapshot of American B-movie horror cinema, that transports you as it squeezes the breath from your lungs. Be sure to check this one out and to sound off in the comments section below.
Terry Gilliam convinces a cavalcade of Hollywood stars and serious actors to walk through his latest train wreck. In The Zero Theorem, Christoph Walz stars as a seriously troubled data entry analyst obsessed with waiting by the telephone for a call that may never come. The movie also has a big subplot regarding virtual reality - so, it's timely. Anyway, check out the episode and please feel free to sound off in the comments section.
Bradley Cooper headlines Clint Eastwood's take on American Sniper, an adaptation of the autobiography of Chris Kyle whom some have called the deadliest sniper in American military history. This movie, nominated for 6 Academy Awards, came on like a tank at the box office breaking records and becoming the highest grossing war film in decades. Check out the episode below to hear what the guys thought of this polarizing film.
- Still in theaters
Steve Carrell moves from "the guy from The Office" to the "Academy Award nominee Steve Carrell" in the latest slow burn from director Bennett Miller. This film was nominated for 5 Academy Awards in 2014. Check out the episode and see what all the fuss was about.
Three years ago, the entire world fell in love with this homage to Hollywood's silent era. People were charmed by Jean Dujardin, swooned for Berenice Bejo, and were tickled by Jack the Dog (played by three different dogs). This movie won 5 Academy Awards including Best Picture, Director, and Actor. It won another 156 awards and was nominated for an additional 146 You probably loved it. Your aunt probably loved it. The movie guy at work probably thought it was a masterpiece of cinema and a love letter to a bygone era. What's that? You don't remember it?! You have absolutely no recollection of this movie at all?!? Well, give the podcast a listen hear what the guys thought of one of the most forgettable Best Picture winners in a long time.
Benedict Cumberbatch stretches himself by playing a genius who is also an asshole in the World War II film The Imitation Game. Starring as Alan Turing, Cumberbatch (who also plays a bastard-genius Sherlock Holmes on the BBC show Sherlock) turns in an Academy Award nominated performance along with Keira Knightley (who also earned a Best Supporting Actress nomination), Mark Strong, and Matthew Goode. The film has been nominated for a total of 8 Academy Awards and 9 BAFTAs and is the subject of the podcast this week. Check out what the guys thought of the movie and leave your comments below.
Twelve years in the making, Richard Linklater's Boyhood stands as a testament to the power of film and the dedication of a serious artist. It also punches you in the nuts with how fast life flies by. Check out one of the best reviewed films of the year and hear what the guys had to say about it in this week's episode.