Infinite Respawncast – Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens

Chris and Dylan made it back from Jakku to talk about the newest Star Wars film, Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens. But first, Chris has some beef with Palm Bay. But then they go into full spoilers on Star Wars, so do not listen to this if you HAVE NOT seen the film yet. That is your final warning. There is a lot of discussion of JJ Abrams as a director, the franchise as a whole, and the strengths/weaknesses of The Force Awakens. Not to belittle the rest of the podcast, but the guys also discuss some news and new releases (there might as well not be any). Chris saw Brooklyn, and then both Dylan and Chris discuss 2015 in television.

Show Notes:

(2:45) Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens Review (WITH SPOILERS!)
(64:54) Star Wars broke domestic box office records and no one is surprised. Yet it’s still kind of insane.
(67:46) New releases happened again.
(71:16) Quentin Tarantino hates Disney because of Star Wars being a bigger deal than The Hateful Eight.
(75:25) Chris saw Brooklyn.
(81:00) What’s the best stuff that has happened on TV this year? Well, Chris and Dylan discuss what has stood out.
(101:35) Closing comments as Chris and Dylan prepare for The Hateful Eight in 70mm.

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A Most Violent Year Review

The 1970’s were a great time for the crime drama. Issues, ideas, violence, and sex were used and explored in abundance during this era. The French Connection, Serpico, Death Wish; the movies that showed the inner city and the look it had on its people were incredibly popular. They showed characters who weren’t willing to sit down and let their lives be decided by the economy around them. A Most Violent Year, while being the antithesis to that idea, is an immediate callback to those days. The days where pacing wasn’t entirely important, as long as the characters and morality were brought into play. While the movie amazes with the indelibility of its cast and crew on modern cinema, the audience is left to wonder why they’d care about these people at all. Continue reading