If Martin Scorsese’s new film The Irishman was a little too long for your tastes, here we offer a more abbreviated, 95-minute conversation to give you all you need to know about the film. That said, it’s a film well worth seeing and one filled with all kinds of juicy scenes and weighty themes that any Scorsese fan can enjoy. Since it sees three titans of the acting world coming together – Robert DeNiro, Joe Pesci, and Al Pacino – we break down each of their performances and how their characters add to the expansive world Scorsese paints, as well as how good their digitally altered old man faces look.
Hope everyone’s Thanksgiving and Black Friday were pleasant and free of family fighting. This week we’re talking about a different kind of family – a cyber family. Yes, after talking about the original Tron last week, we’re returning to the grid to talk about Sam Flynn’s odyssey to retrieve his long-lost father played by who else but Jeff Bridges, man. We compare how this sequel stacks up to the original, as well as the movie’s early, flawed use of de-aging technology. Weird stuff, man. Continue reading
This week, we’re hackin’ into Master Computer as well as Disney+ by reviewing 1982’s Tron. It’s a film that’s far from perfect, but also far ahead of its time in terms of its visuals and emphasis on the limitless possibilities of computers. It’s not just a fun conversation, but the episode even sees John making a new friend named Bit. Happy listening, users. Continue reading
Just in time for the weather to get a little more frigid and a Frozen sequel to blow into theaters, we’re talking this week about the original Frozen. While its popularity is unquestioned, the boys talk about what makes it so appealing and how it stacks up to the other Disney fairy tales it follows in the footsteps of. Also, we get in a decent-sized conversation about Terminator: Dark Fate for those of you looking for a follow-up to our Universal Soldier episode. Continue reading
Roland Emmerich has blown up the White House (twice!), ravaged Earth (twice!), and unleashed a giant lizard on Manhattan (once, that we know of). But Universal Soldier is where his road to action movie immortality started, by making a movie about PTSD-laden super soldiers trying to blow up each other. This all intersects with Emmerich’s Midway hitting theaters today, as well as Terminator: Dark Fate currently underperforming at the box office. As we’ll discuss, it turns out Universal Soldier is a pretty big knock-off of Terminator 2, but also pulls from many other action blockbusters that reigned over the movie landscape in the ’80s and ’90s. Continue reading
After a month of writing about people trapped in spooky houses with Shocktober, on this latest episode of The Pick we talk about the spookiest house of all. A house that’s a byproduct of capitalism! Parasite has been regarded by many as a film that is best enjoyed if you know as little going into it as possible. So in this episode, we don’t even try to make it a non-spoiler review. This is an episode for those that have already seen Parasite, and hopefully one that helps any viewer appreciate its many twists and turns and little details. Continue reading
Instead of writing another Shocktober post, today I’m putting up our latest episode of The Pick. Keeping with this year’s Shocktober theme, we’re talking about one of the truly immortal horror franchises of the 2010s – Goosebumps! Ok, so maybe it’s less of a horror movie than a wacky comedy that aims to introduce kids to the beats of a horror movie. But either way, we get a lot of Jack Black talk in, both in regards to his weirdly entertaining performance in Goosebumps and the lack of him in Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween. Also, we manage to fit our ice-cold Joker takes into this jam-packed episode. Continue reading