NO SUDDEN MOVE, FALSE POSITIVE, and THE ICE ROAD on Episode #365

Don Cheadle talks on the phone from a phone book while Benicio del Toro waits anxiously outside it in the movie No Sudden MoveIn this week’s edition of “We Should Have Known Better,” we cover Liam Neeson’s latest Old Man Neeson actioner, THE ICE ROAD (3:05), this year’s early winner of the “It Wants to be ‘The Wages of Fear’ or even ‘Sorcerer’ but it’s Really Just a Turd” award. Perhaps that’s harsh, but as scary as Canadian ice roads are in April, even scarier is the prospect of a movie filled with half-baked ideas, crummy special effects, and a villain who has more lives than the Energizer bunny. It’s just wretched. But man, was it fun to talk about! Next is FALSE POSITIVE (19:12), which star Ilana Glazer wrote with its director, John Lee. Who doesn’t love pregnancy horror? (Actually, one of us loves pregnancy horror, but sadly, not this film.) In this case, two of us. As Dave puts it, this is a movie that offsets each good idea it has with a bad one. But one of us liked it! (And though he didn’t mention it in the episode, Dave likes Pierce Brosnan’s beard.) Lastly, it’s NO SUDDEN MOVE (40:20), the new Steven Soderbergh thriller starring lots of his favorite people, including Don Cheadle and Benicio Del Toro. It has a little bit of everything, and screenwriter Ed Solomon is a loooong way from Bill & Ted. And in this week’s Patreon exclusive audio, we talk about WHO’S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF?

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THE MARKSMAN, HUNTED, DON’T TELL A SOUL, and MLK/FBI on Episode #340

Liam Neeson holds a rife and looks into the sight in the movie The Marksman

For a movie called THE MARKSMAN, we expected a lot more marksmanship

Megan and Evan start this week’s show with MLK/FBI (3:55), Sam Pollard’s compelling documentary about the FBI’s despicable campaign to intimidate and discredit Martin Luther King Jr. during the Civil Rights movement. Next, they cover Alex McAulay’s DON’T TELL A SOUL (12:52), a crime drama thriller about teen brothers (Fionn Whitehead and Jack Dylan Grazer) matching wits with a man (Rainn Wilson) at the bottom of the well. Then, Dave, Megan, and Evan review Vincent Parronaud’s HUNTED (26:44), a wild, modern horror take on the Little Red Riding Hood tale; a woman (Lucie Debay) meets a friendly man (Arieh Worthalter) and is kidnapped and chased. And lastly, they wrap up with the latest Liam Neeson January action movie, THE MARKSMAN (45:16), about a rancher veteran who begrudgingly helps a Mexican boy (Jacob Perez) pursued by a drug cartel. This week’s Patreon bonus audio is a Patron’s choice: Iain Softley’s 1995 cyberpunk film HACKERS.

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HONEST THIEF, EVIL EYE, NOCTURNE, and THE MORTUARY COLLECTION on Episode #327

Liam Neeson in the film Honest Thief

This week, we start with Evan and Dave reviewing THE MORTUARY COLLECTION (1:08), Ryan Spindell’s horror anthology available on Shudder. Next, Megan and Evan cover NOCTURNE (13:54), Zu Quirke’s horror film about music and sibling rivalry from Amazon’s Welcome to the Blumhouse series, with a fantastic lead performance by Sydney Sweeney. Then, Dave and Megan discuss HONEST THIEF (26:59), Liam Neeson’s latest action film about a robber trying to go legit after finding love. Lastly, we dig into EVIL EYE (37:49), a horror/thriller about an Indian mother (Sarita Choudhury, giving a wonderful performance) trying to protect her daughter from a suspected abusive boyfriend, also from Amazon’s Welcome to the Blumhouse. On this week’s Patreon exclusive audio, we review John Carl Buechler’s 1986 film TROLL, by patron request.

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SHE DIES TOMORROW, LA LLORONA, I USED TO GO HERE, and MADE IN ITALY on Episode #317

Kate Lyn Sheil faces the camera, tinged in blue light in the film She Dies Tomorrow

This week in COVIDville, we kick off the show with an email from one of our longtime listeners. SHE-RA, anyone? Then it’s off to the movies! Megan and Dave cover MADE IN ITALY (6:36), a drama starring Liam Neeson and his real-life son (Micheál Richardson) as an estranged father and son renovating a family home and dealing with the death of a loved one. Then Megan and Evan discuss the tragic Guatemalan horror film LA LLORONA (14:46), about a former dictator on trial for genocide, ghosts, and a mysterious Indigenous housekeeper. The whole gang talks about I USED TO GO HERE (25:42), writer/director Kris Rey’s warm comedy about a maybe-failed novelist (Gillian Jacobs) revisiting her college and getting caught up in the lives of its students. Finally, it’s Amy Seimetz’s SHE DIES TOMORROW (38:25), a tense film that defies categorization, starring Kate Lyn Sheil, Jane Adams, Chris Messina, and a blink-and-you’ll-miss-her Michelle Rodriguez. On this week’s Patreon exclusive audio, we discuss Brian Yuzna’s body horror film, SOCIETY, picked by one of our Selectpiece patrons.

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WIDOWS, BOY ERASED, PRIVATE LIFE, and more with special guest Megan Kearns on Episode #226

Viola Davis stands in a trenchcoat holding a Post-it note, while Cynthia Erivo stands leaning against a punching bag in workout clothes in the Steve McQueen film Widows

Viola Davis and Cynthia Erivo are incredible in Steve McQueen’s heist film WIDOWS

This week, our friend Megan Kearns returns to the show! She kicks things off with PRIVATE LIFE (3:02), a frank and moving depiction of a couple’s attempts to conceive. Next is Evan with LIFE WITHOUT BASKETBALL (7:37), a documentary about a Muslim American woman who faces discriminatory rules regarding dress, preventing her from advancing her basketball career. Then, Kris runs us through SALEM’S LOT (11:31), the classic spooky miniseries based on the Stephen King story, as well as Orson Welles’s THE OTHER SIDE OF THE WIND (15:33), a film forty years in the making. It’s a true masterpiece, argues Kris, and you should all see it on Netflix now. Then, Kris and Evan look at BOY ERASED (21:48), Joel Edgerton’s film about  gay conversion therapy, with some good qualities but an unfortunate amount of overlap with THE MISEDUCATION OF CAMERON POST. Last up, all three get less and less enthusiastic about Steve McQueen’s WIDOWS (40:11).

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PHANTOM THREAD (Paul Thomas Anderson), and Liam Neeson in THE COMMUTER on Episode #183

Ah, this scene, with Reynolds Woodcock (Daniel Day-Lewis) fitting a dress for Alma (Vicky Krieps), goes in many different directions.

Evan is sunning himself on a beach somewhere – or maybe not. But he’s in Florida, which means he’s warmer than Kris and Dave. And that means there’s a special guest filling in, friend-of-the-show Greg Vellante! After a brief discussion about why Greg works seven full days a week, he breaks down the latest Liam-Neeson-kills-people-in-January movie THE COMMUTER (6:03). Kris lets everyone know how’s he’s doing with his Letterboxd account, and then they’re into tha main event: Paul Thomas Anderson’s PHANTOM THREAD, starring Daniel Day-Lewis and Vicky Krieps. One word of advice: See it on film if you have the opportunity.

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RUN ALL NIGHT, CINDERELLA, and IT FOLLOWS (HORROR) on Episode #35

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Liam Neeson in RUN ALL NIGHT

This week’s bullshit segment is brought to you by: horse shit. We all wonder how the special effects guys in BACK TO THE FUTURE III made the manure look so real, and then Dave points out something that Kris never noticed in the first film. Kris is under the weather, but he soldiers through as we discuss RUN ALL NIGHT, CINDERELLA, and IT FOLLOWS. Dave heaps some hate on RUN ALL NIGHT and other Liam Neeson films that piss him off. He mixes up who is Danny and who is Mike in the movie, but it doesn’t matter. All he knows is that one looks like a low rent, Ryan Gosling. Kris gets inspired to start a fairy tale metal band before he and Dave talk about how surprised they are by all the praise CINDERELLA is getting. Their description of it reminds Evan of a SIMPSONS reference. Finally, Evan and Kris talk about how creeped out they were while watching the horror flick IT FOLLOWS. Neither of them scare easily, so you know it has to be good.

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TUSK, A WALK AMONG THE TOMBSTONES, and THIS IS WHERE I LEAVE YOU on Episode #10

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Big day on Spoilerpiece Theatre! Kris waxes animalistic about TUSK; Evan reveals that the animal he identifies with most is a turtle; Dave then brings up ENTOURAGE, which makes Kris nuts; Evan gives the deets on THIS IS WHERE I LEAVE YOU; and Kris and Dave talk about the many finer and many lesser points of A WALK AMONG THE TOMBSTONES. This episode is brought to you by BIG-ASS TANGENTS: When you want to get somewhere…but not yet.

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