The Pick: Cloud Atlas

Merry Hanksmas! So… the last movie in our Hanksgiving trilogy of episodes took us a little longer to finish. Some of this could be due to how long Cloud Atlas (and the movie we reviewed before it) is, and some of it could be due to the fact that we’re just not very good at scheduling these things. Anyways, just like this movie, we go in a lot of different directions, which includes the movie’s questionable make-up decisions, the movie’s less questionable use of parallel storylines, Tom Hanks’ forgotten pair of Dave Eggars adaptations, and whatever’s going on with Christmas crackers. Continue reading

The Pick: The Green Mile

Hanksgiving continues with what might be Tom Hanks’ longest movie (don’t quote me on that), The Green Mile. We dive into its Steven King origins and how director Frank Darabont has been one of King’s more successful adaptors, even if he can’t seem to get a movie made these days. We also have a little bit of Tom Hanks trivia to take the place of John’s Rogue’s Gallery after sprinkling plenty of Green Mile trivia throughout the podcast, which includes imagining a considerably worse film that starred John Travolta and Shaq. Continue reading

The Pick: The ‘Burbs

Happy Hanksgiving, everyone!

That’s right. Throughout the month of November, we’ll exclusively be reviewing Tom Hanks movies on The Pick, since why not spend some time with America’s Dad before you’re forced to do the same with your own family in a few weeks? We start things off with The ‘Burbs, a movie that came at the end of Hanks’ shaggy ’80s, where he was still finding his footing as a leading man. We talk about the “hang-out” quality of the movie, as well as our various ideas that could’ve made it a little better, which includes giant two-headed dogs, an underground society of mole people, and recasting that includes George Wendt and Ray Charles. Continue reading

The Pick: Venom

With Venom: Let There Be Carnage hitting theaters this week, we’re taking a look back at the original film, the rare case of a superhero movie that we all basically just ignored. It’s hard to say whether Venom convinced us to see this new installment, but at the very least it gives us a reason to see whatever bizarre acting choices Tom Hardy will be up to this time. Apart from Hardy’s madcap performance, we talk about the character’s history, its relation to the overall Spider-verse, and why Sony can’t help but milk it for all it’s worth. Continue reading

The Pick: Rock ‘n’ Roll High School

We just wanna have some kicks, we just wanna get some clicks! This week, in honor of the return of school that accompanies any September, we’re enrolling at Rock ‘n’ Roll High School. Coming from the same blog/podcast feed that hosted a show called Rokk Talk, we can’t help but get into talking about the Ramones and how it’s both strange and amazing that they got to be such an integral part of a delightful little comedy. We also talk a bit about the Roger Corman production company and ethos that birthed the movie, as well as the unsung story of director Allan Arkush and his Letterboxd feed. Gabba gabba hey! Continue reading

The Pick: A Touch Of Zen

Another week has gone by and Shang-Chi and The Legend of The Ten Rings is once again at the top of the U.S. box office. Who knew that releasing a Marvel movie in theaters without the option of streaming could actually make you a bunch of money? While touching on Shang-Chi a bit in this episode, the bulk of it is dedicated to a different kind of martial arts film. A film often considered the first “arthouse martial arts movie” as well as the high point of director King Hu’s career, 1971’s A Touch of Zen. We talk about Hu’s career as well as the complicated conception of Zen, its lasting impact on its genre, and even make room on the show for a new segment. Continue reading

The Pick: Candyman

Don’t say his name 5 times, but feel free to listen to this podcast 5 times (you know, in case you miss some of the nuances). In lieu of the Candyman remake that came out last week, we’re taking a look at the original 1992 film while also offering a few thoughts on how the two movies compare. We also get a bit into the character’s background and how it’s kind of a miracle how effective this character is (even if his mythology is inherently a little inconsistent). Also, if that isn’t scary enough, John offers his take on a mutant hybrid of a snack concocted by Pringles and Wendy’s. Continue reading