Episode 166: Bumblebee

This week we’re catching up with a film from 2018 that was got over-shadowed by a few other big releases during the Christmas season, but that nonetheless has a surprising amount of heart and plenty for us to talk about. That’s right, the Transformers franchise reboot is off to a good start with this new prequel story from LAIKA Studio’s own Travis Knight.

Bumblebee Review – 0:00:52

The Connecting Point – 0:59:49


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FF+ John Wick 3, Cobra Kai S2, The Farewell, and Understanding Box Office Totals

In this week’s episode of FF+, we have three spoiler-free reviews and a conversation about the practice of assigning value to box office totals. Enjoy!

 

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Cobra Kai Season 2 0:01:17

The Farewell – 0:10:40

John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum – 0:17:45

 

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Understanding Box Office Totals – 0:25:08

 

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Episode 165: Lady Bird

“What’s in a name?” One of our favorite topics to discuss is the exploration of character identity and this film offers us plenty of opportunity to do so. We celebrate Mother’s Day with one of the best coming-of-age films of the decade. It is a joy to talk through the relationships in Lady Bird’s life and the beautiful love letter to Sacramento that first-time Director Greta Gerwig brings to the screen.

Lady Bird Review – 0:03:26

The Connecting Point – 1:09:19


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FF+ Pokémon Detective Pikachu, Tolkien, and Spoiler Culture

Aaron and Erynne unite for this week’s episode of FF+ that features spoiler-free reviews of two films we’ve both been excited about seeing. We also have a conversation about spoiler culture in 2019, the role social media and trailers play, and where the responsibility lies in preserving an unsullied movie-watching experience.

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Pokémon Detective Pikachu – 0:01:24

Tolkien – 0:17:37

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Spoiler Culture – 0:27:22

 

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Episode 164: Desperado

What better time than Cinco de Mayo than to celebrate one of the most exciting action films of the 90’s directed by a man who often shoots in Mexico and starring a Spanish actor and Mexican-American starlet. This film oozes style and kicks major ass, but has moments of poignancy and tenderness that elevate it above many similar films. We have a great conversation about what makes this particular movie special and we hope you’ll enjoy it.

Desperado Review – 0:00:57

The Connecting Point – 0:49:05

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Episode 163: Avengers: Endgame

This week we are of course talking about the final chapter in a story 10 years and 22 films in the making. We break down our reaction to this once-in-generation event, while also taking a look back at the past and contemplating the future. This is a wonderful conversation that we both thoroughly enjoyed and think you will, too.

Avengers: Endgame Review – 0:02:55

The Connecting Point – 1:31:05


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Episode 162: Snowpiercer

This month’s donor pick theme was comic book/graphic novel films not part of the Marvel or DC universes and our listeners still managed to get Captain America in the mix. We discuss this sci-fi, horror, dystopian, post-apocalyptic film with deep themes and kick-ass action and have a great time doing it.

Snowpiercer Review – 0:01:55

The Connecting Point – 0:54:24

 

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Episode 161: Singin’ in the Rain

We’re not podcasting in the rain this week, but we’re definitely happy again to be chatting about one of Aaron’s favorite films in celebration of both Spring and his birthday. We can’t speak for Don Lockwood, but we assure you that this conversation will be conducted with dignity… always dignity… and hopefully it will put a little smile on your face and even help you appreciate this lovely musical even more.

Singin’ in the Rain Review – 0:01:19 

The Connecting Point – 1:01:18


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FF+ The Curse of La Llorona, Little Woods, Okko’s Inn & The Rise of Skywalker

In this week’s episode of FF+, we have spoiler-free reviews of a new Conjuring Universe entry, a debut feature film starring Tessa Thompson and Lily James, and a new Studio Ghibli-esque anime. We also discuss episode three of the Jordan Peele produced reboot of The Twilight Zone. And lastly, we chime in with our thoughts on the first teaser trailer for Star Wars: Episode IX – The Rise of Skywalker.

 

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The Curse of La Llorona – 0:01:26

Little Woods – 0:10:56

Okko’s Inn – 0:17:32

The Twilight Zone Episode 3: “Replay” –  0:27:33

 

Trailer Talk

Star Wars: Episode IX – The Rise of Skywalker – 0:39:04

 

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Episode 160: Missing Link

LAIKA Studios is back with another beautifully animated and charming tale, this time a globe-trotting adventure with an unlikely trio of characters exploring not only mythical lands but themes such as identity and colonialism, as well. This film also gives us gut-busting laughs and endearing moments, plenty of material to discuss for this week’s conversation.

Missing Link Review – 0:02:31

The Connecting Point – 0:55:48


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