Mildly Pleased’s Top Ten Movies of 2019

Now that you’ve seen our individual lists, it’s time for us to put together an overall list of the top ten movies of 2019. This year was undoubtedly a good year for movies, so much so that we didn’t see all of each other’s picks. Fortunately, there were a lot of movies we were able to agree on in terms of greatness, while we even sprinkle in a bit of Oscar talk throughout the podcast. Continue reading

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The Eighth Annual Mildly Pleased Awards

Another year in the books, another year of mildly pleasing pop culture. Though we may be living in a world of extremes, here we take a look each year at the most middling things that the year had to offer. 2019 had no shortage of things that struck our pleasure centers right in the middle, as this awards podcast sees us discussing the likes of revamped Sonic the Hedgehog, Keanu Reeves, and the 30-50 Feral Hogs that serve as a constant threat. Continue reading

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The Pick: The Rise of Skywalker

Ever since The Force Awakens came out 4 years ago, we’ve reviewed a Star Wars movie almost every year in podcast form (sorry Solo). And almost every time, our takes have been fairly cold, seeing as these movies often come out around the holidays, when its hardest to coordinate a podcast among Mildly Pleased’s contributors. Alas, here is our review of the final movie in the Star Wars sequel trilogy, The Rise of Skywalker. We’re joined by our friend and Star Wars superfan Matt Carstens for a lively (and long) discussion about went wrong with The Rise of Skywalker, what went right, and where things go from here. Continue reading

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The Pick: Love Actually

It’s that yule time of year, so we of course had to talk about a Christmas movie on The Pick. What John picked was Love Actually, a “Christmas classic” that he’s long had a beef with. This movie’s many flaws are discussed over the course of a somewhat cranky Christmas conversation, which sees us breaking up each of the film’s many storylines and dissecting them one-by-one. Also, keeping with the theme, we each share some holiday-related Little Picks. Continue reading

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The Pick: Training Day

In this penultimate episode before we go on a little hiatus from The Pick, we bring things full circle by talking about a film we all admitted to not having seen in the very first episode. Yes, we’re talking about crime thriller Training Day, the film that launched director Antoine Fuqua and writer David Ayer on their path of making pretty hit-or-miss tough-guy movies. We give a little bit of backstory of how the film was informed by LAPD’s complicated history, as well as general praise for Denzel Washington’s delightfully villainous turn as evil-doer Alonzo Harris. Continue reading

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The Pick: The Irishman

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.

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The Pick: TRON: Legacy

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

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