Matthew Vaughn (Layer Cake, X-Men: First Class) adapts Mark Millar's (Kick Ass) comic Kingsman in this winter's release Kingsman: The Secret Service. It is loud, fast, violent, and obnoxious - BUT not without its considerable charms. Colin Firth channels James Bond and Obi-Wan Kenobi while Samuel L. Jackson adds to his repertoire of outrageous villains and weirdos. Check out what the guys thought of the film and sound off in the comments.
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.
Last week, the guys proved that two heads are really bad but three heads are ridiculously good. Well, how about FOUR heads?!? Or two sets of doubles? Thus, a double feature. One film is The Double starring Jesse Eisenberg playing two roles and the other is Enemy (based upon a book called The Double) with Jake Gyllenhaal as two characters. See how Hollywood's obsession with actors playing multiple roles holds up in these two films from 2013.
Anyone out there love Star Wars? How about Obi-Wan Kenobi? Anyone interested in seeing Sir Alec Guinness play a starched military commander who goes slightly bonkers while being held in captivity? This week, the guys discuss the 1958 Best Picture Academy Award Winning Film The Bridge on the River Kwai. This movie ranks 13th on the AFI's Top 100 Movies of All Time. It won a total of 7 Oscars. Check out the episode to hear what the guys thought of it and sound off in the comments section below.
This week's episode finds the guys discussing the 2013 British film Locke starring Tom Hardy. In the film, Hardy's character - Ivan Locke - finds himself having one hell of a bad night. If you enjoy watching people drive, deciphering car speaker phone conversations in heavy British accents, and stress, this movie may be your ticket. Find out what the guys thought by listening to the episode and then sound off in the comments section below.
This week the guys took the opportunity to watch and discuss Good Morning, Vietnam - the movie which earned Robin Williams his first Academy Award nomination for Best Actor. He was nominated three times in four years, ultimately winning Best Supporting Actor years later for Good Will Hunting. Whether you are seeing it again for the first time in a while (like Danny) or seeing it for the very first time (like Mike), the movie is worth discussing. Check out what the guys thought of it and leave any comments below.
Were you a fan of this year's summer hit Godzilla? Did you wonder how in the heck writer/director Gareth Edwards got the job making that film? And how he parlayed that into a gig in the new Star Wars Universe? Either way, we've got you covered this week. The guys take a look at the 2010 micro-budgeted sci-fi film Monsters written and directed by Gareth Edwards. Enjoy the episode and voice your opinion in the comments section below!
The August box office record holder for biggest opening weekend gets a sniff from the guys this week. Danny wrote a review of Guardians of the Galaxy last week which you can find here but to really dig into the latest Marvel Studios film, check out this week's episode. Does Mike get past his distaste for big, blockbuster spectacles? Does Danny stop geeking out long enough to take a full breath? Find out and then sound off in the comments section below.
As part of the effort to watch and discuss all of the Academy Award-winning Best Pictures, this episode finds the guys discussing the 1947 Best Picture winner Gentleman's Agreement. The film won two other awards for Best Director and Best Supporting Actress. It was nominated for five additional Oscars. Check out the episode to hear what the guys thought of this film and whether they thought the Academy "got it right" in 1947.
If your ears are tired, you can also read a review of the film by Danny on the Movie Outsiders blog found here.
What does it take to get a gig writing and directing a $200 million motion picture? Apparently, this. This week the guys discuss the 2006 horror-comedy Slither, written and directed by James Gunn the force behind Marvel Studios' latest hopeful-blockbuster The Guardians of the Galaxy. With only one other full-length feature on his resume, Gunn earned the right to write and direct the huge franchise flick (and its recently announced sequel in 2017). Check out what the guys thought of this directorial debut and leave your thoughts behind in the comment section.
This week the guys discuss one of the biggest, longest, most-celebrated movies of all time. Gone with the Wind won the Academy Award for Best Picture (along with 9 other Oscars) in 1939. The book it is based upon won the Pulitzer Prize and is one of the best selling novels of all time. Even now, 75 years after its release, this movie (adjusted for inflation) is the all-time domestic box office champion. Check out the episode to hear what the guys thought of it and feel free to sound off in the comments section below.
Want to discuss a Korean adaptation of a decades-old French science fiction graphic novel? No, no, wait, come back!! What if I told you it stars Captain America? And everyone loves Octavia Spencer! Check out this week's episode to hear what the guys thought of the new sci-fi action film Snowpiercer available in theaters and on demand. Like the movie itself, you should give the episode a try.
OK, so this movie is pretty crazy. In addition to having one of the best movie posters in recent memory, Escape From Tomorrow boasts definite guerrilla bona fides. The movie, shot illegally at Walt Disney World and Disneyland, tells the story of one man losing his grip on reality while vacationing with his family at the theme park. Prepared to be thoroughly creeped out. Check out the episode to hear what the guys thought of it and leave your thoughts in the comments section.
Curious about Wes Anderson's latest? Take a number. Get in line. The Grand Budapest Hotel is the biggest box office hit of his career, boasts a usual-for-Anderson all-star cast, and received stellar critical reviews. This week, the guys check out the film which has recently been released on digital streaming services and on DVD/Blu-Ray. Check out the podcast and leave your thoughts in the comments section below.
The guys share their love for Spike Jonze while discussing the 2013 Academy Award winning film Her. Warning: You may fall in love with your podcast while listening to this episode. You have been warned.
This movie has it all - horrific inaccuracies regarding air travel, red herrings galore, supposedly-inspiring speeches that strain all patience and credulity, AND Liam Neeson in badass mode. So...it works. Give the podcast a listen and hear how two men who have each seen thousands of movies give this a thumbs up. Then follow up by checking out Neeson's latest and greatest. Sound off in the comments section....
This week the guys discuss 2013's Spring Breakers starring James Franco, Selena Gomez, and Vanessa Hudgens. Come for the crazed, scantily-clad, insane party sequences and stay for the gonzo, crazed, insane James Franco performance. Also, hear about Mike's spring break trip to his business organization's annual conference! Bonus!!
This week's movie was released in 2006, stars Hugh Jackman and Scarlett Johansson, features a stage magician, and is NOT The Prestige. The guys discussed that film back on Episode 16 and discovered this little-seen Woody Allen picture in the process. This murder-investigation-comedy features a journalist who escapes death's clutches, Scarlett Johansson in a swimsuit, and two character actors from Game of Thrones. Also, Woody Allen plays a neurotic, nebbishy guy who mumbles and rambles - what a departure!
Be sure to let us know what you think of Woody Allen's films in the comments section!
Are remakes necessary? Do they correct fundamental flaws in the original telling of excellent stories? Or are they created solely to cash in on a base level of brand recognition and familiarity? The guys discuss this question using the 1998 version of Godzilla and the new 2014 version as examples.
This means we sat through both versions of Godzilla. It also means you do not have to.
You. Are. Welcome.
This week the guys discuss Brazil, Terry Gilliam's bizzaro comedy masterpiece. The movie came out almost 30 years ago, has a great cast filled with character actors (including Bob Hoskins and Robert De Niro), and is just nuts. If you have not seen this epic work, listen to the podcast and find out why you really need to see this one before you die.
Which could be today.
I'm just saying.....