Hosts: An Ever-Rotating Lineup of OOU.Net’s Unusual Suspects
That’s right, your favorite geek conglomerate website is now doing audio movie reviews! The cast of reviewers is subject to change even movie to movie, we have a whole rogues gallery of cinema outlaws, but one thing you can always count on is that these funny and insightful film reviews will always be, in some way, Highly Suspect.
Pride And Prejudice And Zombies
Jane Austin but with zombies. These are indeed the end times. I mean, the book was a pretty big hit, sure. I don’t think anyone expected it was going to spawn a niche fiction with other classic literary works rewritten to include monsters. But there ya go. I certainly didn’t expect that we’d see a MOVIE version. But here ya go. I know what you’re thinking. Chris, shut up with your ranting and let us get on with listening to the review. Is it any good or not?!? Kinda both. You gotta listen to me, Beau, JC and Sarah to get the complete story…
Kung Fu Panda 3
Jack Black returns as Po, the titular panda bear, now a hero of his city and of kung-fu in general. But things get tough for him when his master insists that he become a teacher and learn the secrets of chi. And then there’s a new big bad, voiced by J.K. Simmons who is stealing the chi of masters around China (even the dead ones). A solution seems to have been found when Po’s long lost biological father shows up out of nowhere (Bryan Cranston) and tells them of his hidden Panda village where everybody knows how to manipulate chi. Problem solved, right? Not so much. But not as big a problem as making the entertainment value of these characters stay steady for three animated films. Sarah, JC, Chris and Elliott tell it like it is.
The Finest Hours
When your giant ship at sea is split in half by a huge winter storm and the half with the radio is the part that went down, my standard behavior is to curl into a ball and start whimpering. Not so Casey Affleck, the ship’s alpha mechanic who gathers his men into a physics-fighting force to buy them time until hopefully somebody notices they’re missing. Insert Chris Pine on shore as a shy member of the Coast Guard who is ordered to take some men out on a tiny boat and see what they can do….basically a suicide mission. But, this is a true story and it’s from Disney so ya know….Elliott and Chris do their best to come to a consensus on this one.
Where To Invade Next
Michael Moore himself doesn’t even really consider his films documentaries, per say. I mean, they are, but he also understands that he’s creating leftist, populist propaganda as entertainment more than, strictly speaking, documentaries. Doesn’t make the films any less true, but certainly slanted. However, his latest film, which Chris, Ashley, Richard and Sarah review here, is…ok, it’s more of that.
One of the oddest, and arguably most genius, writers in Hollywood (Charlie Kaufman) returns with this uncomfortably but beautifully animated film about a guy (David Thewlis) having more than just a bit of a mid-life crisis during a work trip who meets a young fan (Jennifer Jason Leigh) and starts to reconsider his life. You’ve certainly heard by now how this has been on a lot of best-of lists for the year, but is all that praise deserved? The Unusual Suspects have a bit of a different take on this film from most of the reviews you’ve heard and the only way we could really get into it was by making this a spoiler review. Sarah, Chris, Beau and newcomer Kat (not the other one) make their thoughts known.
13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi
Who exactly thought it was a good idea to let Michael Bay direct a film about a still current and upcoming election issue hot button like the story of the attack on the American Diplomatic Compound in Benghazi, Libya? Yeah, that’s kinda a rhetorical question. But still, with John Krasinski (still trying to reinvent his image) as the newest member of a badass security team protecting the compound(s) and some typically over-the-top Bay carnage, there’s no question this is going to put butts in seats. But what did the crew think?
Leo grabs again for that brass ring (or gold statue, as it were) with his desperate and downright uncomfortable looking performance in The Revenant. Playing a trapper who ends up mauled by a bear and then left for dead by Tom Hardy, he crawls and gradually heals himself across the wilderness of early America with one thing on his mind…REVENGA! Chris, Beau, Sarah, Richard and JC give their thoughts.
On the surface, a biopic about the woman who invented the Miracle Mop and other HSN type household helpers doesn’t exactly seem like box office dynamite. But, make that woman Jennifer Lawrence and add Bradley Cooper and Robert De Niro to the cast, and hmm, yes, well, more interesting. Then put director David O. Russell in charge of it all and ok, fine, yes you should go see it, right? But then we saw it and…holy crap, you REALLY should go see it. Listen to Chris, Beau and Herman speak fondly of a film you’ll be hearing a lot more about, we suspect, come Oscar nomination time.
Will Smith discovers that football players probably shouldn’t bang their heads around so much. Go figure. We figure that this Oscar hopeful is largely worth ignoring. Chris, Sarah, JC and Richard discuss and Sarah gets PISSED. Gotta hear her rant. We’ll always hold it as a treasured oneofus moment.
It’s Christmas time in the 1950s and Rooney Mara plays a young lady working in a department store. She meets a customer, Carol, played glamorously to the hilt by Cate Blanchett. The two become fast friends and then…something more. Tis the season for LGBT films and Carol might very well be the best of the Oscar-hopeful lot. Chris and Beau review.
Let the pain begin as Chris, Ashley, and Beau suffer the torments of hell as they relive the experience of sitting through Mark Wahlberg and Will Ferrell compete for the attention of some kids. Not even kidding. This section of oneofus.net will forever be plagued with spooky stories of the agonizing wails of our three reviewers as their souls burnt away from the white-hot flame of evil. Be prepared.
The Hateful Eight
Tarantino is back with another western….or is it The Thing? Shades of The Thing anyway as Kurt Russell is looking kinda shaggy as he and the rest of the cast experience paranoia in a small enclosed space with an impassible winter storm outside. He is joined in his snow covered retreat by Sam Jackson, Jennifer Jason-Leigh, Walton Goggins, Demián Bichir, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen and Bruce Dern. Not a nice one among ’em. But Tarantino seems to have made a nice movie…maybe one of the best in his career? Ok, Chris, Richard and Herman don’t agree on this one at all, but you gotta hear the deets.
Star Wars The Force Awakens: SPOILER REVIEW
We threatened you with it, and now it is here: the spoiler review for the new Star Wars movie. GAWD we were dying to talk about the details here. Because, let’s face it…just like every other geek in the country we were obsessing over said details. For this one we brought out Chris, Sarah, Beau, JC, Herman and even Jason Murphy! Ok, so it gets a little bit chaotic at points, but it’s still one of the most fun reviews to record we’ve done this year. Check it out!
The Big Short
Banking scandals, thieving yuppies and a nearly nude Margot Robbie. We’re talking about The Wolf of Wall Street, right? Nope. We’re talking about The Big Short, a sorta, kinda, docu-drama dense with information about the financial crisis of 2007-2010 due to collateralized debt obligation and the people who saw that bubble was going to collapse and bet against it. Sound dry? Thanks to a stellar cast of folks like Steve Carell, Brad Pitt, and Christian Bale, and a wry, pitch black sense of humor, this educational film ended up being one of the most strangely funny and entertaining watches of the year. At least for some of. Chris, JC, Beau, Elliott and Sarah describe the proceedings.
The Danish Girl
Academy favorite Tom Hooper directs this tale of an artist living in Copenhagen in the early 1920s (Eddie Redmayne) with his also-an-artist-but-not-as-successful wife (Alicia Vikander) and all is well. That is, until one day she asks him to model for her as a woman and he likes it. A lot. So much so that he decides that he wants to be a woman. Tragic stuff ensues. Listen to Beau, Ashley, and Chris weigh in.
Tina Fey and Amy Poehler play two very different sisters who nonetheless, are the best of friends. When their parents announce that they’re selling the girls’ childhood home, the two decide to throw one last huge party in the house to give Poehler the chance to cut loose the way she never got to when she was younger. And then things go terribly wrong. Or terribly right? Depends on your perspective on huge parties, I guess. But Chris, Ashley and Beau say that as a movie, pretty much everything goes terribly right here. Listen to them rave about what they call ‘the best giant party comedy since Old School‘.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Is there any sort of lead-in here that I can give that anyone requires to understand what movie I’m talking about? I didn’t think so. What I can tell you is that this is the first of two reviews our site is going to do for this anticipated film. This is our spoiler free review. Which was no easy task. Chris, Richard and Ed all dove in with the dedicated intent of spoiling as little as possible. While saying that, understand that we had to give at least a bit of first act plot and character set-up description that some will certainly feel is more than they want to know until they see it. So enter with caution those of you who want to know absolutely nothing. Stay tuned for our spoiler filled review!
I wondered how long it was going to be before Hollywood caught on to the resurgence in popularity (what, it’s only been a few hundred years) of the Krampus monster, the dark shadow of Santa Clause. And here we go. Because when you get the Trick or Treat helmer in charge of your seasonal horror film, Weta Works to design your monsters, you release that shit wide. Chris, Michael and Herman review.
Even Batman has never been this grim. Since we’re reviewing the Scottish play (shh, don’t say it out loud) we had to bring in our two scotsmen. Basically, Chris sits back and lets Beau and Richard tell you all about Macbeth and the pros and cons of this Michael Fassbender/Marion Cottilard adaptation of Shakespeare’s classic play. Not that he has much of a choice. Let’s just say that Chris knows when he’s out of his league.
In the Heart of the Sea
Chris Hemsworth is a whaler who fights for his own survival when the big ‘un ends up fighting back. Ron Howard directs this meta-take on Moby Dick, as the film is narrated by a survivor years after the fact with Herman Melville taking notes from it for his novel. More or less based on a true story, In the Heart of the Sea will have you believe that a whale can cry! …and men will die. Chris and Richard take a stab at the review.
We got a giant crew to come out and talk in-depth (and I mean, for over an hour) about Marvel’s latest television series on Netflix, Jessica Jones, adapted from Brian Michael Bendis’ comic series Alias. Discussing are: Chris, Elliott, Sarah, Harris, Beau, Herman and Randy. Sit back and enjoy our spirited and spoiler talk discussion of this great show!
It’s been awhile since we’ve had a narrative Spike Lee film worth talking about. There’s no question that there’s going to be a lot of talking about his latest film. In Chi-Raq, Lee takes the Greek comedy of Lysistrata and moves it to present day Englewood in Chicago, or Chi-Raq, as its natives call it, for the extreme amounts of violence that take place almost daily on its streets. The two biggest culprits are two gangs led respectively by Nick Cannon and Wesley Snipes. When a side-effect of one of their drive-bys is that a little girl is left for dead, the gang’s women, and the women of the entire area, band together in a pact to stay celibate until their men put down the guns. Oh, and did I mention that the bulk of the movie is in rhyme? Chris, Richard and JC review.
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