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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.
Chadwick Boseman takes on the role of legendary NAACP lawyer (and later, Supreme Court Justice) Thurgood Marshall in this story of an early case where he defended a black man on trial for raping a white woman. Forced by a racist system and intolerant judge to only act as an advisor for the case, he has to make the reluctant Josh Gad, a good insurance lawyer but one with no criminal trial experience, act as his mouthpiece. Featuring roles from Kate Hudson, James Cromwell, Dan Stevens, and Sterling K Brown, there’s a lot to like about this film that takes on such a pivotal trial about such a legend like Marshall, but, it still felt more like a TV film to Chris and Marco. Listen to their review here.
Jackie Chan takes a turn for the dramatic (but don’t worry kids, he still kicks some arse) in this moody thriller from director Martin Campbell. When his teenage daughter dies in an IRA bombing in London, with nothing left to lose he reassumes old skills and starts harassing a former IRA member turned British government official played by Pierce Brosnan. What starts off looking like just another Taken clone ends up having a lot more subtlety and ‘adulting’ going on than you might expect. Listen to Chris, Marco, Michael, and Zach with their review.
Happy Death Day
So you take 3 parts Groundhog’s Day, add a healthy covering of 90’s post-Scream slasher films, and lovingly garnish it with Heathers…what do you get? More or less, Happy Death Day. And I mean all of that largely in a good way. Following the travails of a college sorority girl caught up in that Bill Murray-esque quandary (there’s, like, a floating cloud of time loop going around these days or something) only her day keeps ending when she gets murdered by a masked figure. No time to learn the piano or ice sculpture, she’s got to figure out who her killer is, and probably stop being such an awful person herself in the process. While we get that this seems…obvious, we were all rather surprised that we had as good a time as we did. Listen to Chris, Frank, George, and JC break it all down for you. And then go back to the start and do it again. And again. And again…
The Mountain Between Us
Kate Winslet and Idris Elba are strangers but they both have important dates they can’t miss so when their flight is canceled because of weather conditions, they team up to hire a small plane to fly them to Denver together. Oops. Crash. Mountains. Snow. Mountain lions. Romance? Survival film love story is the name of the game as these two acting giants battle the elements and hoary tropes to get to the end. Chris, Frank, and Elliott tell you all about it.
Blade Runner 2049
I never, ever, EVER, thought this day would come. Even if I allowed myself to fantasize that it would, realistically speaking it was hard not to think that it would be a nightmare, not the sequel to 1982’s classic Ridley Scott sci-fi film that I would often envision in my dreams.
Ok, yes, I (chris) am more than just a casual fan of Blade Runner. There’s a poster of it in my living room. I own two different versions of the Blu-Ray set with five different versions of the film in it. So, I am both the person most suited to love a sequel, and least suited to. Which meant that a lot of people who know me well told me, “I’m waiting to be excited or not based on what you think”. The wait is over. The review is here. I am joined by Richard, Sarah, Lara, and George. We discuss the film at length and yet, we think, manage to avoid spoilers. And you’re just going to have to listen to it to see what we thought. No spoilers for our opinions in the text here either.
The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected)
Director Noah Baumbach returns with another dramedy about a dysfunctional family. Shocker. But are we complaining? No, because nobody does these things better than he does. This time around, Adam Sandler (yes, Adam Sandler) and Elizabeth Marvel play brother and sister who are reengaging with their half-brother (Ben Stiller) when their irascible artist father (Dustin Hoffman) needs them. Anger come to the surface with years of simmering paternal resentment on all sides and there’s as much hurt as humor. But how does it stack up to the rest of Baumbach’s filmography? Listen to Chris, Marco, Kim, and Ian to find out.
Director Doug Liman and Tom Cruise team up again to tell this story of an airline pilot who ended up working for the CIA smuggling guns to the Contras and smuggling cocaine for the Medellin cartel at the same time. So outrageous you either laugh or get mad, this true story is a keeper. Or, at least, so says Chris, Lara, and Frank. Listen to their review here.
Kirsten Dunst is sad. Her mother just died, and she’s got all sorts of angst about it because she assisted her and that’s gotta be hard on anybody. So, she mopes around a lot, gets high, like, constantly, and floats in the forest. I think that about covers it. Regardless, Chris and Frank have some fun in their review.
Battle of the Sexes
Back through the mists of time in the fantastical world of America in 1973, folks got all kinda beside themselves over a big media circus of a tennis match between women’s champion Billie Jean King, here played by Emma Stone, and former men’s champ Bobby Briggs, played here by Steve Carell. It turned into “WOMEN’S LIBBERS VERSUS MALE CHAUVINIST PIGS!” and despite the silliness around it, was indeed a turning point for equal rights. So now here’s the movie. Listen to Chris, Lara, Beau and Zach discuss the vagaries of tennis, equality, and the yuks.
Kingsman: The Golden Circle
Matthew Vaughn’s silly-fun spy caper film Kingsman: The Secret Service got a sequel and we were REALLY excited to see it…what with Julianne Moore as new super-villain Poppy, Channing Tatum, Jeff Bridges, Pedro Pascal and Halle Berry as members of the American equivalent of their group, The Statesman, and the mysterious return of a certain cast member from the original. However, perhaps we were TOO excited as we all ended up feeling like this sequel left something to be desired. Check out Kyle, Zack, JC, and Chris talkin’ spy stuff.
The Lego Ninjago Movie
The Lego brand makes it’s third theatrical outing, this time taking from their Ninjago (IE: Ninjas) brand of locking block toy sets and adding a similar formula to their surprisingly accessible and funny first two entries. But does it hold up to the quality of those films? Is third time the charm or does it do harm? Chris, Scott, and Marco investigate and Chris privately wonders when we’re getting that Erector Set movie series he’s been waiting for.
First off, this isn’t a Hunger Games movie. I know, I know, it’s America’s new sweetheart, Jennifer Lawrence, in the lead, but this is a film…not for everybody. That’s exactly what you should expect from a director like Darren Aronofsky. His new film features Lawrence as a submissive wife to writer’s-blocked poet Javier Bardem. They live in a big house in the middle of nowhere, she fixes it up, he struggles with not being able to put a pen to paper. Then one day two strangers appear, married couple Ed Harris and Michelle Pfeiffer, and Bardem invites them in and to stay. From there, things get REAL weird.
I don’t know how much I CAN say without spoiling Aronofsky’s desired effect and I don’t know how much I can say and feel certain I’m really describing the film accurately either. Suffice it to say, this was a hard film to review and a challenging one to watch. Our thoughts on it came across as rather diverse which makes it good that we had a sizable pack or critics to take it on: Chris, Beau, Richard, Patience, Phil, and Robert. And even then, we’re not entirely sure we got this one down right. It’s just that kind of movie.
Twin Peaks The Return: The Final Three Episodes
It’s been a great ride but now it’s done, as Chris, Ian, Betty, and Scott talk about the last three episodes in Twin Peaks Season 3, their Grand Unified Twin Peaks theories, and feelings overall about the season.
IT is here. IT is what you have been waiting for. IT is the IT movie of the…erm…post-summer. IT is where IT’S at. I could go on like this all day and keep annoying all of you but the upshot is, we loved the hell out of this new adaptation of Stephen King’s coulrophobic novel. Listen to Chris, Patience, Phil, Beau, and Marco rave on.
Game of Thrones Season 7
Review is Here. The Game of Thrones Season 7 review, that is. We talk about all the ups and downs of this penultimate adaptation of George R.R. Martin’s sublime fantasy series. Oh yeah, and we also make predictions for season 8. Check out Chris, Beau, Harris, Cat, and Kim giving this topic their best geek-out.
The Defenders Season 1
All of Netflix’s superhero shows finally collide together at the end of their Phase 1 in The Defenders, as the implausibly long-awaited team-up between Jessica Jones, Daredevil, Iron Fist, and Luke Cage happens. Together, they fight The Hand (immortal ninjas), Elektra, and Sigourney Weaver as the evil(ish) head of the long-lived organization. But, after all this time did it live up to the hype? Chris, Zach, Elliott, Kyle, and Ian give their takes on the show.
Twin Peaks Episodes 14-15
Peaksians rejoice! The answers are finally arriving. I mean, in that Lynchy way. And we love it. We especially loved these last two episodes and it makes for a fitful discussion of what we’ve learned and what appears about to happen as we head into the final stretch.
Getting so you can’t trust anyone in Hollywood who says they’re ‘retired’ anymore. Steven Soderberg only took a five year break from directing films after his announcement before he came back but it seems like we’re all happy about it regardless. His latest, Logan Lucky, is a southern-boys heist comedy film starring Channing Tatum, Adam Driver, Riley Keough, Daniel Craig and more which sounds like exactly the ticket for a quality commercial Soderberg vehicle. But, some of us were more crazy for this than others. Listen to Chris, George, and Marco give their reports.
NYC has often been visualized as a fantasy land, a nightmarish landscape, or even hell itself, and the film Good Time definitely puts the city into the ‘almost a character in the film itself’ category. Robert Pattinson (yes, that one) has a brother who is mentally handicapped but he refuses to admit there’s anything wrong with him. When he makes him go on a bank robbery with him, his brother is captured by the police and Robert spends a hellish night desperately looking for any solution as a way to free his brother.
Directors Ben and Josh Safdie have created something really unique here and kind of insane. Even as it reminds one of Dog Day Afternoon or After Hours, it’s so clearly its own thing. But, that Movie Movbeing said, some people liked it a whole lot more than others. Listen to Frank and Chris hash it out.
Ingrid Goes West
Ingrid (Aubrey Plaza) is a bit on the obsessive side. To put it mildly. She’s seriously into fantasizing about having a friendship with an Instagram influencer (Elizabeth Olsen) who lives on the other side of the country. So she packs up and moves out there to insinuate herself into her life and then, of course, everything will be wonderful when she is besties with such a wonderful lady! Or not. Yes, things go deeply wrong for Ingrid’s best laid crazy plans but deeply right for those watching this film, also starring great performances by O’Shea Jackson Jr and Wyatt Russell. Chris and Richard give you what you need to know.
The Hitman’s Bodyguard
Darius Kincaid (Samuel Jackson) is one of the world’s deadliest hitmen, now captured by Interpol and agreeing to give evidence against a despotic Eastern European ruler (Gary Oldman). But Interpol has a mole inside and can’t protect him on their own. That’s when agent Rousell (Élodie Yung) calls in her estranged ex-boyfriend Michael Bryce (Ryan Reynolds), a top-notch bodyguard (but one currently dealing with career issues) to protect him.
Problem: Kincaid and Bryce have a history of trying to kill each other.
Advantage: goes to the audience who love the old mis-matched buddy action comedies back when they used to be fun.
Chris, Lara, Elliott, and Frank give you the low-down on this love-letter to films like Lethal Weapon.
The Glass Castle
The writer/director of the often overlooked (but wonderful) Short Term 12 teams up with Brie Larson again to tell the story of the seriously dysfunctional Walls family. Woody Harrelson is an optimistic drunk and Naomi Watts is a kooky artist and they’re not so great as the parental units in this nomadic tribe they have together. Switching back and forth in time, Brie Larson plays the older version of their child Jeannette who has to deal with her nonconformist parents still, a yuppie fiance, and her writing. Sounds complicated, right? Well, Elliott, Lara, and Frank explain it to you.
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