In this episode – a transparent documentary about the success of and struggles that resulted from the athletic game show competition AMERICAN GLADIATORS which aired from 1989-1996, including a fascinating search for the truth about who deserves credit for its creation. We also have a conversation with director Ben Berman about how he became involved in this project, his approach to truth-telling in documentary, the long grind of filmmaking, and much more. Then Aaron and Patrick wrap up with a brief chat about whether they think the show could work today and if a film adaptation could be successful.
In this episode – a CIA agent on a secret mission in Afghanistan fights alongside his Afghan interpreter in an effort to get out of the country safely after this cover is blown. Also, my interview with director of the film, Ric Roman Waugh. In this conversation, he discusses his relationship with frequent collaborator Gerard Butler, his film style influences, what it was like shooting on location in the Middle East, and much more!
In this episode – a gardener with a sordid past meets a young woman who helps him move forward on his journey for redemption, and a mermaid who wishes to experience life on land and relationship with humans gives up her voice to make it happen.
In this episode – a dominatrix and her client have a disagreement about the end of their relationship and sexy mind games ensue, and the Toretto family is haunted by their past as a psychotic vengeful son rains down chaos upon them.
In this episode – the chronicle of a billionaire couple turned conservationists efforts in South America, a magical realism infused re-imagining of a famous operatic tragedy, and the tale of how a revolutionary smartphone went from conception, to successful status symbol, to non-existence.
In this episode – David Lowery adapts another beloved classic into live-action for Disney, this time hoping to find new magic in the Peter Pan story, and James Gunn sends off one of the weirdest and coolest cinematic superhero teams we’ll ever see with a deeply emotional and crazy mission to save a friend.
In this episode – a retired Finnish war hero runs into a Nazi Death Squad who wants his gold, leading to a brutal series of interactions, and a megalodon terrorizes a small Mexican town and in particular a leaky oil rig just off the coast.
In this episode – an American Marine in Afghanistan has his life saved by a local interpreter and then returns to the country to try and return the favor. Also, some thoughts on what I’ve been watching lately.
In this episode – an animated adaptation of one of the most beloved video game series of all-time where a small plumber and Princess face off against a giant fire-breathing lizard, the story of a girl who goes on a countryside road trip to close magical doors that are releasing natural disasters on the land, and a group of environmental activists are on a tension-filled journey as they attempt to disrupt the oil industry with an act of major destruction.