UNDERWATER, THE WAVE, THE GRUDGE, and LITTLE JOE on Episode #288

Kristen Stewart and Vincent Cassel sitin diving suits anxiously waiting in the movie Underwater
Little do Kristen Stewart and Vincent Cassel know the hell that awaits them in UNDERWATER

This week starts with a critique of how this year’s Oscar nominations (2:25) shamefully overlook women and people of color. Then Megan reviews three movies. First, LITTLE JOE (11:15), a sci-fi film with gorgeous cinematography. Second, UNDERWATER (21:25), a fantastic monster movie starring Kristen Stewart. Third, THE GRUDGE (32:45), a reboot that left her wanting more. Lastly, Dave and Evan take on THE WAVE (41:34), a convoluted sci-fi flick with Justin Long that never adds up.

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STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER, CATS, and BLACK CHRISTMAS on Episode #284

Rey holds her lightsaber by her side while she looks aggressively ahead in the movie Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker
How the heck does Rey even get over here to fight Kylo Ren? Who knows!

After an extensive discussion over whether soggy cereal is yay or nay proposition, Megan talks about the latest remake of BLACK CHRISTMAS (4:39). This one has a feminist bent that Megan welcomed. Then it’s CATS (19:54). No descriptions here – just listen. Finally, it’s STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER (29:37), about which the gang has lots and lots and LOTS of things to say about the story and how it stacks up against THE LAST JEDI and the movies that came before it.

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DOCTOR SLEEP, LAST CHRISTMAS, MAKING WAVES: THE ART OF CINEMATIC SOUND, and IFFBoston’s Fall Focus

Ewan MacGregor peers through an axe hole in a door originally featured in The Shining, in the movie Doctor Sleep.
HERE’S EWAN in DOCTOR SLEEP

This week we start off Catching up with Crean (TM) as he tells Megan and Dave about his experience watching PARASITE (2:52). Then Megan talks about several films IFFBoston’s Fall Focus, including WAVES (7:10), THE TRUTH  (9:48), CLEMENCY (11:29), and PORTRAIT OF A LADY ON FIRE (13:50). Then Megan talks about LAST CHRISTMAS (16:09) and Dave fills everyone in on Stephen King’s DOCTOR SLEEP (29:00). Finally, everyone talks about MAKING WAVES: THE ART OF CINEMATIC SOUND (44:55), a documentary about – wait for it – how sound in movies is painstakingly put together.

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IT CHAPTER TWO on Episode #269

Isaiah Mustafa, Bill Hader, James McAvoy, Jessica Chastain, and Jay Ryan stand in the middle of the street of their small town in IT CHAPTER TWO
The losers are back together in IT CHAPTER TWO…but this time…they’re famous adults

This week, we’ve got a deep dive on one movie and one movie only: IT CHAPTER TWO! The conclusion of 2017’s smash hit based on the Stephen King novel is in theaters now, and there’s a whole lot of it. Dave, Evan, and Kris look at the movie from a variety of angles, comparing it to its predecessor and weighing its strengths and weaknesses.

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GOOD BOYS, LUZ, SCARY STORIES TO TELL IN THE DARK, and Fantasia Highlights with Dede Crimmins on Episode #266

Keith L. Williams, Jacob Tremblay, and Brady Noon try to pilot a drone in the movie Good Boys
GOOD BOYS don’t, but they do

This week, returning guest/friend of the show/current Chicagoan Dede Crimmins returns via Skype to give us her top picks from this year’s Fantasia Festival in Montreal (3:35). Following that is LUZ (18:30), the German surrealist exorcism/hypnotism flick that everyone should see.  Dede then runs us through SCARY STORIES TO TELL IN THE DARK (29:14), based on the series of books that scared you silly as a kid. And the good news is, this one is also pretty dang creepy! The episode then closes with our take on tween coming-of-age comedy GOOD BOYS (43:00).

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ANNABELLE COMES HOME, MIDSOMMAR, and MIAMI VICE on Episode #259

Vera Farmiga locks up Annabelle the doll in a glass cage in the horror movie ANNABELLE COMES HOME
Who the hell did the fancy lettering on the sign for Annabelle’s cage?

Unclear restaurant hours can really throw a wrench in your morning, as Dave discovered this week. Once he finishes airing his grievances, he thanks Kris for his inspirational review of WAR AND PEACE from the previous episode, and proceeds to rip into Michael Mann’s MIAMI VICE (6:00), which takes the worst elements of the show and translates them into movie form. Next Kris breaks down MIDSOMMAR (15:11), the new film by Ari Aster, writer/director of HEREDITARY. According to Kris, this movie is very different, but also *not* very different from Aster’s previous work (i.e. he dug it). Lastly, everyone digs into ANNABELLE COMES HOME (39:45), a reasonably tense haunted house movie that throws several monsters at the wall to see what sticks. 

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NON-FICTION, BRIGHTBURN, MEETING GORBACHEV, and GODZILLA: KING OF THE MONSTERS with special guest “MovieBob” Chipman on Episode #255

On this week’s episode, Dave and Kris are joined by our friend, colleague, and returning guest Bob “MovieBob” Chipman! Kicking things off, Dave recaps Olivier Assayas’s new film, NON-FICTION (4:10), which if nothing else, is certainly French. Then Bob fills us in on BRIGHTBURN (14:46), the alternate take on superhero origin stories that imagines a Clark Kent-like character as a sociopath and killer. It’s essentially a B movie with a big budget and star power, but is interesting enough to seek out. Next up is Kris with Werner Herzog’s MEETING GORBACHEV (23:07), which is exactly what it sounds like, and is exactly why you should go see it. Closing out this episode is Bob and Kris barely containing their excitement for GODZILLA: KING OF THE MONSTERS (39:41), a drastic improvement on its predecessor that impresses in several ways — visuals, sound, just the right amount of lore, and putting the focus back on the monsters themselves.

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