For the month of November we decided to watch some animated films and we start off with Donald’s pick of The Animatrix. An anthology type anime film telling 9 different stories detailing the backstory of the Matrix universe, including the original war between man and machines which led to the creation of the titular Matrix and also features a prelude to the events of The Matrix Reloaded. This film features Carrie-Anne Moss, Keanu Reeves and Clayton Watson returning for cameos as Neo, Trinity and Kid respectively. Come join us as we discuss this and the intricacies of the world of the matrix.
For our last week late review episode for Spooptober we watched the 1982 classic film The Thing. Directed by John Carpenter and starring Kurt Russell it tells the story of a group of American researchers in Antarctica who encounter the eponymous “Thing”, a parasitic extraterrestrial life-form that assimilates and then imitates other organisms. The group is overcome by paranoia and conflict as they learn that they can no longer trust each other and that any one of them could be the Thing. Also towards the end of the podcast we discuss extended vs theatrical editions of movies. Come join us!
We went to the theater for our 72nd episode to see the new 2018 Halloween film aka Halloween H40. Directed by David Gordon Green and written by Green, Danny McBride and Jeff Fradley this film follows Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) as she comes to her another confrontation with Michael Myers, the masked figure who has haunted her since she narrowly escaped his killing spree on Halloween night four decades ago. Retconning every other sequel in the franchise and dubbing this as the real sequel to the original 1978 film, find out if we think it lives up to the hype or if its just one big pile of garbage.
Happy Happy Halloween, Silver Shamrock!! For the 71st episode we watched a film starring Burt Selleck (Tom Atkins), the 1982 cult classic Halloween III: Season of the Witch. upon it’s release the film was met with scathing reviews by critics and fans alike for the absence of Michael Myers and the rest of the Halloween story as the producers wanted to turn the franchise into an anthology series and tell a new story every year. This film is set during Halloween and tells the tale about kids all over America want Silver Shamrock masks for Halloween. Doctor Daniel Challis seeks to uncover a plot by Silver Shamrock owner Conal Cochran. Over the years reception of the film has been much better and it has since found the audience it didn’t have during the initial release.
For this episode we watched and reviewed the 1990 cult classic horror film Frankenhooker and didn’t go waste our money to see Venom in theaters. Directed by Frank Henenlotter, a medical student, Jeffrey Franken, sets out to recreate his decapitated fiancee, Elizabeth Shelley, by building her a new body made from street prostitutes. This is the film Conor has been telling us would ruin his string of good movie suggestions so join us to find out if his assumption was proven correct.
For our 69th episode we decided to celebrate the 61st anniversary and watch The Bridge on the River Kwai. Directed by David Lean, after settling his differences with a Japanese POW camp commander, a British colonel co-operates to oversee his men’s construction of a railway bridge for their captors – while oblivious to a plan by the Allies to destroy it. With a cast of Jack Hawkins, Alec Guinness, William Holden and Sessue Hayakawa this film went on to win 7 Academy Awards and become a glorified classic and arguably one of the best pieces of cinema ever filmed. Come join us as we discuss this wonderful film.
For our 68th episode we watched the 2018 film Mandy. Starring Nicolas Cage and Andrea Riseborough, we follow Red and Mandy as they deal with an evil cult and their leader Jeremiah Sands. Written and directed by Panos Cosmatos, the soundtrack and colors provide a stunning atmosphere throughout the whole film. Come join us!
For our 67th episode we watched the 2014 film Whiplash. Written and Directed by Damien Chazelle and starring J.K Simmons and Miles Teller it portrays the story about a young and talented drummer attending a prestigious music academy finds himself under the wing of the most respected professor at the school; one who does not hold back on abuse towards his students. The two form an odd relationship as the student wants to achieve greatness, and the professor pushes him. Come join our discussion. Zach definitely won the bet!
This week Hereditary was released on 4K Ultra HD and Blu-Ray so we decided it was time to show Mark and Conor the film. Written and Directed by Ari Aster, when Ellen the matriarch of the Graham family passes away, her daughter’s family begins to unravel cryptic and terrifying secrets about their ancestry. The more they discover, the more they find themselves trying to outrun the sinister fate they seem to have inherited. With incredible performances from Toni Collette and Alex Wolff and a supporting cast of Milly Shapiro, Gabriel Byrne and Ann Dowd, they make this film a nightmare vision of a domestic breakdown and push this horror movie into a chilling new terrain with its shattering portrait of a heritage gone to hell. Come join us and hear our discussion.
Last night the Sons of Anarchy spinoff Mayans MC aired on FX. It has been 10 years since Creator Kurt Sutter built the complex narrative that spanned 7 seasons. The Sopranos for bikers, this Shakespearean-esque story centered around Jax Teller and the life he led as a father, friend, and outlaw. Born into a life inescapable chaos, Jax was never able to balance the scales of being a good man and a good outlaw. He loved his family and his club equally, and for that he paid the ultimate price.
Mayans MC takes place in the “Sutterverse” post-Jax Teller. The setting is Santo Padre a Southern California town close to the border where we follow EZ Reyes (JD Pardo): a Mayan prospect who was just released from Stockton State Prison. EZ is the son of Mexican immigrants, who worked very hard to get their sons to the American Dream they dreamed of. He got caught on the wrong side of the law ending his straight life for good. Now enveloped in the club life, EZ must choose where to go from here. Continue reading “Mayans MC Premiere And Initial Thoughts.”