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.
Writer/Director Jeff Nichols (Mud, Take Shelter) returns with Midnight Special, the story of a boy with special powers and two men on the run from government agencies and a religious sect bent on recovering the child. Filled with mood, intensity, and Michael Shannon angrily pretending to be a human, this movie seeks to connect us back to sci-fi stories such as Close Encounters of the Third Kind. Check it out.
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.
If your holidays are not complete without suffering through a few made-for-TV "Christmas" movies, then you'll love hearing all about this week's film - A Cookie Cutter Christmas. This Hallmark original is QUITE a doozie. It also proves that Alan Thicke is still alive! Check out the episode and leave your comments below.
Tom Cruise? In a sci-fi action movie? Didn't we JUST see this movie? Wasn't it called Oblivion? Or Minority Report? Or War of the Worlds? Or Edge of Tomorrow? Wait, that is this movie. They renamed it Live. Die. Repeat: Edge of Tomorrow. Why????!!!?? Check out the episode to hear what the guys thought of Tom's most recent sci-fi action film and sound off in the comments section to share your thoughts.
David Fincher's adaptation of the smash book Gone Girl gets an episode dedicated to it this week. Check out what the guys, both avid Fincher fans, thought of the new movie. You can also read some written reviews of the film on the Movie Outsiders Blog. Danny's review is HERE and Mike's review is HERE. Give the episode a listen and sound off in the comments section.
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.
Well, here it is. The one that started it all. The first picture to ever win the Academy Award for Best Picture (technically the second, but you'll learn about that in the episode) - The Broadway Melody from 1929. If you like "talkies" that double as silent films, or amateurish stage productions, or creepy sister-fiancee-sister relationship triangles then hold your hats. This one is for you. Give the episode a listen to hear what the guys thought of this golden oldie.
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.
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.
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!