Episode 152: Once Upon a Time…In 1969

The latest film from Quentin Tarantino is a hotbed of takes from his view of history to the treatment of his female characters. Erik Childress is joined by Peter Sobczynski of RogerEbert.com to go deep into his view of a changing Hollywood and both the real and fictional people who inhabit his latest creation. Don’t be spoiled if you have not seen the film yet as they discuss the film’s various twists, key scenes and even offer a different perspective on its radical climax. Though both agree that this is a major work from one of our best filmmakers.

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James Laczkowski
Episode 151: WHY IS THIS NOT ON BLU-RAY? (Chapter 3, Part 2)

Episode 150 continues with another ten titles still only available in the DVD format. Sports and nostalgia certainly come up again, in particular to moviestar worship. Some matinee and cable favorites from the youths of Erik Childress and Sergio Mims go along with a film currently on the remake path, an Amblin-produced film from the ‘80s, a pair of prison films and amazement that one particular star has not been given the home video tribute he truly deserves.

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James Laczkowski
Episode 150: WHY IS THIS NOT ON BLU-RAY? (Chapter 3, Part 1)

The bi-annual question is back. Where are our Blu-rays? Where are the filmmakers’ Blu-rays? Erik Childress and Sergio Mims once again select ten titles each that are still not available in an HD format, at least in the U.S. On this episode alone they recommend upgrades for comedies, westerns, horror, limited TV series, a political thriller, one about the black experience in America and a cult classic about white guys and their everlasting cycle of nostalgia

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James Laczkowski
Episode 149: It’s Not You, It’s Us

On the latest Blu-ray edition of the podcast, Erik Childress and Sergio Mims reminisce on some classic TV, their updates and just how many incarnations of the Brady Bunch there were. They also look back on the origins of the Kevin Costner film, No Way Out, some classic sci-fi from Shout Factory and show disdain for the new Pet Sematary remake. But there is also some serious praise a NASA documentary, an animated sequel, a wrenching true-life survival tale and the latest masterwork from Jordan Peele.

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James Laczkowski
Episode 148: Spider-Man Plays People For Fools (Box Office Mini-Episode)

Coming off of the long July 4 holiday week, Erik Childress examines how people getting burned on Toy Story 4 led them to underestimate the chances of Spider-Man: Far From Home; a film he has been saying for weeks was headed for an Avengers bump. Somebody was proven right. As we head into a go-between week at the movies while everyone waits for The Lion King, Erik analyzes the successes of what are likely to be the top two films again this week and delights at the titles most comparable to the responses to Ari Aster’s Midsommar

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James Laczkowski
Episode 147: This Island Disney

Erik Childress travels back with Sergio Mims to catch up on the releases from Disney this year and has them contemplating the value of their Movie Club where other previously unreleased Blu-rays exist. Then they bring you into the present to look at some newly released classics from Criterion involving music, dance and the Russians. In-between the discussion looks into a pair of cult titles from Shout Factory and the legacy of the sci-fi classic (depending on who you ask) known as This Island Earth.

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James Laczkowski
Episode 146: Toy Story 4 A Disappointment? Don’t Be Dumb (Box Office Mini-Episode)"

Catching up on two weeks worth of box office, Erik Childress examines the re-written headlines after Toy Story 4 did not live up to the guesstimators. Are people now low-balling Spider-Man: Far From Home as a result? He also looks at Danny Boyle’s biggest opener to date as well as how the latest horror remakes and sequels are doing and urges you to check out an original one hitting theaters this summer.

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James Laczkowski
Episode 145: We’re A Long Way From America, Spidey

Comic book expert Erik Laws returns to the podcast to discuss the final chapter of the current phase of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Spider-Man: Far From Home. What are the origins of Jake Gyllenhaal’s Mysterio character and how does he fit into Peter Parker’s story? Spoilers are certainly abound in this episode as the Eriks dive deep into the numerous twists and turns of this latest adventure including how such a fun series may have a darker political undercurrent running through it. That leads to some less favorable thoughts about Todd Phillips’ Joker film in what is an otherwise pretty joyful conversation about the direction of Tom Holland’s Spider-Man.

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James Laczkowski