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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.
Oscar Isaac dons the heavy blue makeup to become Apocalypse, the first mutant who wants to recreate the world into one where only the strong survive. Standing in his way are all the usual suspects (yes, I made a Bryan Singer pun) from X-Men: First Class and X-Men: Days of Future Past, and a lot of new ones…or at least, new young versions of heroes the franchise started out with. But…does it work? Well, we’ve got very mixed feelings about that. Listen to Herman, Richard, Elliott, and Chris express them.
Captain America: Civil War
In the wake of massive destruction and a sizable death toll, the world is beginning to become unsure about the decision making abilities of the superheroes that seem to be multiplying like tribbles. Strong feelings run on both sides. No more so than between Tony Stark and Steve Rodgers: CIVIL WAR …which brings in ALL the characters, pretty much, in a Marvel film that felt for sure it would feel overcrowded like Age of Ultron did to some, and yet…
KITTEH!! OMG KITTEH!! LOOK AT THE KITTEH!! This was Chris during this film who actually required a slap to the back of the head to stop squeeing about how cute the titular star of this film was. We all (JC, Chris, Herman) agreed the kitten was the best part of this new (and first) Key & Peele film. Take from that what you will. The story involves Key & Peele, playing decidedly not gangster badasses, having to pretend to be gangster badasses so they can get their kitten back from Method Man. So yes, an extended Key & Peele show sketch. Reactions were…mixed. Check out our review. AND LOOK AT THE KITTEH!
Huntsman: Winter’s War
Chris Hemsworth returns in this prequel/sequel (yeah, it kinda wraps around) to Snow White and the Huntsman. This time we get to see where the Huntsman came from and why he’s so badass, get introduced to his lady love who may be even more badass that he is (Jessica Chastain) and watch everyone involved get pounded by Emily Blunt as Charlize Theron’s ice-powered cold-hearted sister. But, of course, Charlize shows up to chew some scenery too. All this and more dwarves, of course. But is it any good? Chris, Sarah, Herman and JC tell you like it is.
Daredevil Season 2
So, it wasn’t like we didn’t want to do this review sooner. It’s just that life was crazy for pretty much everyone and it took awhile for our crew to find the time to go through the entire second season of Netflix’s Daredevil. But, I think in the end, we’re all glad we did. Listen to Chris, Elliott, Harris, Cat, Herman dissemble the third season in Netflix and Marvel’s television partnership.
The Jungle Book
While we’re certainly aware that Disney of late hasn’t had the greatest track record when it comes to live action adaptations/reconsiderations of their classic animated films, it looks like Jon Favreau might be just the director to change that. His new adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book definitely is causing a positive stir in critical circles. And who couldn’t love Bill Murray as Baloo the Bear? I’m smiling just thinking about it. Check out Richard, Chris, Sarah and Herman on the review talking all about it…
While Hardcore Henry might not have much of a plot, it certainly delivers visceral entertainment in spades and in a way you’ve never seen before…well, at least not in a movie theater. Basically, YOU play Henry, a guy whose memories are now gone who was in some sort of accident and has awakened to find a female scientist attaching bionic parts to him. She informs him she’s his wife. But almost immediately, BOOM, bad guys show up and the film goes into overdrive as Henry tries to save his wife from evil by killing everyone in sight…for pretty much the entire rest of the running time. And did I mention Sharlto Copley is playing a ton of different roles here? Ok, so it’s action packed, super-violent, and funny. What’s the problem? Well, It’s all filmed first-person go-pro. Yes, this will be a problem for the whole “I don’t want to watch someone play a video game for an hour and a half” crowd. But a lot more of you are gonna lose your minds over this thing. Listen to Chris Herman and Chris Cox explain…
Melissa McCarthy plays Michelle, a business tycoon and self-help icon for the greedy set whose career of stepping on people to get where she wants to be bites her in her tukas when an old flame she screwed over (Peter Dinklage) gets her arrested for fraud and she loses everything. Forced to fall back on the one person in her life who will give her the time of day, her former personal assistant Claire (Kristen Bell) she starts from the bottom again to work her way back up to the top, only will she change her nefarious ways?
Everybody Wants Some
It’s been 23 years since director/writer Richard Linklater’s seminal “Dazed and Confused” remembered so distinctly the last day of high school in 1976. But in his new “Everybody Wants Some”, it’s like only 4 years have passed as he takes a new group of talented young actors and places them in the first few days before college begins in 1980. Cited as a spiritual sequel to “Dazed” (and to “Boyhood” to boot), this story follows the members of a college baseball team as they suss out college life before classes even start. And to give you the full spectrum of age-related responses, reviewing the film we have Chris Herman (too young to remember when any of this was happening) and Chris Cox (just the right age to remember all of it).
Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice
It’s finally here. The moment fans have been waiting for. The heavens will shake when Batman and Superman finally clash on screen…mainly because the music is ridiculously loud. Ok, so no, we weren’t big fans of Zach Snyder’s latest entry in DC’s movie universe. A whole bunch of us felt, to varying degrees, let down. But we honestly had trouble deciding how to really express everything we felt about the film without heading deeply into spoiler territory. So, what you get is a spoiler review. If you DON’T want this film spoiled for you, PLEASE wait till after you’ve seen it to listen. I suspect even the comments will contain spoilers. And probably don’t listen at all if you come from the viewpoint of “Screw you guys, this movie is going to be the best thing ever no matter what anyone says.” No point in driving up your blood pressure. So, with all that being said, here’s Chris, Herman, JC, Richard, Joe, Elliott and Beau with their review…
My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2
n the category of counter programming, because there’s got to be something new playing in theaters for people who have no interest in Batman V Superman (which by now, should be all of you), sadly we present, My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2. Personally, I’m still mystified by the success of the first one. But here we are, over a decade later and BANG…Nia Vardalos needs a paycheck. Do I sound like a bitter guy? I am, a bit. I couldn’t even bring myself to pretend to be keeping an open mind about this one. I didn’t go. So, in my stead, I sent JC, Davis, and Sarah to their likely doom. I sit down to interview them here about how they managed to get out alive.
Melissa Rauch plays former Olympics gymnast bronze medalist Hope who lives with her dad (Gary Cole) in her small hometown and won’t let anyone who lives there forget that she’s the one memorable thing that ever came out of it. To the point and beyond of obnoxiousness. Thoroughly unpleasant to anyone in her path, when she discovers there’s a new Olympics hopeful gymnast training under her old coach, she is…displeased. And then that coach dies unexpectedly and leaves a promise to give Hope a LOT of money if she trains the young girl herself all the way to the games.
10 Cloverfield Lane
Mary Elizabeth Winstead gets into a car accident and wakes up in an underground bunker where John Goodman has brought her and claims that there’s been some sort of ‘attack’ on America and outside is unlivable. Seems fishy, no? Maybe it is, maybe it isn’t. Regardless, Mary really goes through the wringer trying to figure out what’s going on here. And yes…this is arguably in the same universe as Cloverfield (which has been stated officially by JJ Abrams, so NOT a spoiler), but to find out how and when this happens in the film you’ll have to stick around after the final thoughts as Chris, Kat, Davis, Herman, and JC dissect it thoroughly with their post-review spoilers.
What would happen if man had never evolved and instead, the animal kingdom had been allowed to grow without our toxic interference and become upright and intellectually capable? It seems unlikely the entirety of said animal kingdom would have all evolved as such, but hey, who am I overthinking a Disney cartoon, right? You gotcher fluffy bunny (Ginnifer Goodwin) who wants to break away from rabbit stereotypes and join the largely predator-staffed police force. You’ve got the sly con man fox (Jason Bateman) who wants nothing to do with the bunny but gets conned by the cop into helping her. And you’ve got a police force that is embarrassed by the very presence of a bunny on it. The last thing this fluffy bunny is gonna do is put up with that so she takes on a big missing persons (erm, mammals) case to try to prove herself. As does JC, Herman and Chris as they take on this film review.
London Has Fallen
Because, I guess, SOMEONE demanded it, Gerard Butler is back as that security guy who frat bros around with the President (Aaron Eckhart) from Olympus Has Fallen. This time the two have to go to London for the funeral of the Prime Minister when a terrorist group takes out all the other leaders of the world there and only Eckhart and his broham are still alive. With a race across the city for survival as it blows to pieces, the USA must remain TRIUMPHANT!
When a group of cops and ex-special forces guys find themselves being forced to do an impossible heist for the Russian mob, extreme measures are called for…the triple 9. That’s when you kill a cop and pretty much every cop in the state ignores everything else in order to get to the scene. But, best laid plans and all.
This is brought to you by director John Hilcoat who helmed such great pics as The Proposition, The Road and Lawless so already some major cred there. Add in this crackerjack cast: Casey Affleck, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Anthony Mackie, Aaron Paul, Norman Reedus, Woody Harrelson, Kate Winslet, Clifton Collins, Jr., Michael K. Williams, Teresa Palmer, and Gal Gadot…I mean, wow. But does this twisty crime thriller match the pedigree of its stars? Listen to Chris, Elliott, JC and Herman give you the low-down.
Eddie the Eagle
Take one Taron Egerton with questionable sanity and facial rictus, add wildly miscast Hugh Jackman as drunk former champion with heart of gold, mix well into olympics fever, and you get this grandma-pleaser of a film, Eddie the Eagle. Which isn’t to say it’s bad, per say, (at least, some of us weren’t saying that). It’s not gonna fill you with many surprises though. However, our REVIEW might as Chris, Herman, JC and Sarah kinda dogpile on Richard a bit (not for a difference of opinion, but just for being so damn British).
The story follows a puritan family in New England from the early settler days who’ve been kicked out of their own puritan group for some mild deviation of belief and find themselves having to make a go for it on their own out in the woods. As it turns out, bad idea. The newborn of the family disappears and suspicions rise…is the teenaged girl of the family practicing witchcraft? Of course, it’s all more complicated than it sounds, at least subtextually, and our reviewers (Chris, JC, Kat, Sarah, Richard and Herman) delve deep into said complexities while reminding you…goats are evil, m’kay.
How To Be Single
It would seem that this Valentine’s Day timed romantic comedy, starring Alison Brie, Rebel Wilson, Dakota Johnson, and Leslie Mann is angling to be an anti-romantic comedy, a deconstructionist romantic comedy, if you will. And it is…sort of. Until it falls into the same traps it’s decrying. At least that’s what our reviewers are saying. Those reviewers being, Elliott, and appearing for the first time on our website, his lovely and learned better half Stacee. We figured, who better to review a romantic film for Valentine’s Day than a couple (also, I couldn’t get anyone else to go). JC and Chris show up to ask the questions.
Just in time to be able to tell your friends during the Superbowl that you’ve already heard it’s cooler than Bobby Drake in a meatlocker, here’s our super-rare Sunday release of our review for Deadpool! Surpassing all expectations, our crew raved about the merc (now featuring a mouth) as Ryan Reynolds returns to the super, erm, dude, role but much mo’ better. If you were worried they weren’t gonna get Deadpool from the comics right, worry no more. More like Deadon. Your review crew today will be Chris, JC, Beau, Richard, Diva and Herman.
I can’t believe I’m saying this, but this Coen brothers’ movie needed more Channing Tatum. There, now my Charming Potato journey is complete. Their latest film features the tater in a relatively small, but unforgettable role, but that’s true of most of the starpower attached to the movie (and there is a lot). The story, such as it is, follows Josh Brolin who plays a ‘fixer” for a major Hollywood studio. He keeps stars from getting in trouble, makes sure the pictures come in on time…whatever needs doing on the spot, basically. But when the star (George Clooney) of their latest high profile pic is kidnapped by communists, he’s got to find him and get him back on set before the pic starts shooting again.
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