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.
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.
The movie that gave us "Academy Award Nominee Sylvester Stallone," Rocky won the Oscar for Best Picture 1976. It was also nominated for 8 additional awards and spawn five sequels (with an additional reboot/sequel in the works). This movie is revered today and is featured on almost any "Best sports films" list you can find. Check out what the guys thought of this "classic."
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.
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.
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.
Something is rotten in Denmark. Is it 1948's Best Picture-winning adaptation of Hamlet starring and directed by Sir Laurence Olivier? You'll have to listen to this week's episode to find out!
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.
Daring. Strange. Hilarious. Original. This is what we talk about when we talk about Birdman, the new film from Alejandro G. Inarritu. Michael Keaton delivers the best performance of his career and is supported by an A-list cast who all deliver the goods. Check out what the guys thought of Birdman, one of the coolest and strangest films of year.
It is Halloween week! With that in mind, and with a special guest host in tow, the guys checked out the new horror film Annabelle, the spinoff from last year's hit The Conjuring. Actually, both films were watched and compared in order to maximize the scary, spooky, gory, horror, shock value from the episode. Sit down, strap on your adult diapers, and curl up under the covers and enjoy! Give the podcast a listen and comment below. Happy Halloween!