Chris and Dylan lock themselves in a haberdashery to hash out some discussion on The Hateful Eight – Quentin Tarantino’s eighth film. Chris thought Demian Bichir was Edward Norton, which is a crazy thing to think, but he did it anyways. Meanwhile, Dylan tells Chris all about Star Wars box office records, what film Tarantino really liked this year, which band did a theme song for Spectre, and can’t explain why Christopher Nolan’s next film is a WWII film. There are a handful of new releases, most notably Bone Tomahawk. Then Chris talks about Joy and Point Break, while Dylan explains his feelings on Making a Murderer. The show, not the act. Next week we’re back with the first of two end of the year podcasts that we are doing. It is very difficult for it not to be extremely compelling.
(2:12) The Hateful Eight Review
(29:14) The Hateful Eight Spoilers
(50:50) Tarantino really liked Mad Max: Fury Road
(53:01) Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens is still destroying the box office and its records
(55:07) New Releases
(61:45) Radiohead did a theme song for Spectre for some reason, and then released it.
(64:01) Christopher Nolan is doing a WWII film, because why not? That genre hasn’t been done to death.
(73:59) Making a Murderer (78:16) Point Break
(85:00) Closing Comments including what we’re doing next week. Hint: It’s End of the Year time.
It’s the end of a series as Chris and Dylan dissect the conclusion to The Hunger Games. Chris has seen all the film, and Dylan skipped the last one. Tune in to find out how that colours our opinions on the final act of the series. We also talk about some Riddick news, Zoolander 2‘s trailer, Mission Impossible 6 news, Netflix, and The Hateful Eight. Also there are once again new releases. Then Chris mentions that he saw Edge of Tomorrow again, but more importantly, Dylan talks about The Tribe – a film done entirely in sign language. Next week we will be taking a look at Creed, the spin-off from the Rocky franchise.
(1:47) The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 Review
(21:41) The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 Spoilers
(37:22) Mission Impossible 6 will probably have Christopher McQuarrie return to the director’s chair. And maybe Rebecca Ferguson.
(39:10) New Releases
(45:53) The Hateful Eight is going to cost theaters some serious money.
(47:11) Riddick is going to get another movie and a TV spin-off.
(49:45) Netflix’s most popular show is revealed. It is unfortunately not Bloodline.
(53:13) Zoolander 2 has a full-length trailer and its kind of terrible.
(55:29) Edge of Tomorrow
(56:18) The Tribe (61:33) Closing comments, some IMDB trivia, and reader mail.
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The Hunger Games franchise has lit up the cinematic conversation towards films directed for young people and women as an untapped market for large blockbuster films. Thanks to the surprisingly well done performances from Jennifer Lawrence across the board and some worthy direction by Constantine director and every Hunger Games film except for the first, Francis Lawrence (no relation to Jennifer), this franchise has tapped into the aforementioned market and made the series increasingly watchable for fans of these types of films. And after saying all of that, I should tell you that I have not enjoyed any of the prior Hunger Games films, nor gotten more than half an hour into the prior Mockingjay film. But I will also say that I was in for a surprise as to how much I found interesting in the final instalment. Continue reading →
Title: Silver Linings Playbook Genre(s): Drama, Comedy, Romance Director(s): David O. Russell Release Year: 2012 IMDB: 8.2/10 Rotten Tomatoes: 91%
‘Almost’ is the key word here. While watching Silver Linings Playbook, I felt like I was watching one of the best romantic comedies I had ever seen. Everything about it felt sincere, and each moment was ready to assault my emotions both brutally and pleasantly. Every performance was filled with the right amount of energy and every line was delivered as authentically as possible. Unfortunately, where this movie fell short was its entire third act, which had about as many cliches as possible thrown in there. There’s some moments that really work, but generally, I was cringing once the final act was set up. Besides that though, David O. Russell has made another really great film which tugs hard at your emotions (like he’s bound to do in all his films) and displays just how great of a filmmaker he is when it comes to displaying family dynamics and building a relationship between the unlikeliest of people.
The big pull factor of this film is going to be Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence, who both lead Silver Linings Playbook and give some of their best performances to date. Cooper plays Pat, who is coming home after being checked into a mental hospital after brutally assaulting a man he catches with his wife in the shower. It’s then revealed that he had an undiagnosed bipolar disorder. So naturally, Cooper is forced into giving a somewhat off-kilter performance, one that ends up feeling entirely realistic and propels Cooper into more than just a pretty face. This is his finest performance yet, but he is also acting alongside a slew of other stellar performances. Lawrence plays Tiffany who is afflicted with severe depression and sex addiction after the death of her husband. Naturally, these two characters have some witty and complex conversations as they try to help each other out, each for their own personal advantages. I also can’t avoid mentioning Robert De Niro who is great as the father who just wants to mend his relationship with his son, while dealing with his gambling addiction and OCD nature.