To pay respects to Mr. Romero, we will pay homage to the genre he created, the zombie film. Romero wasn’t the first director to take on the undead in this form, but he was the one who popularized it by setting his horde against the backdrop of societal and systemic issues plaguing us at that time. We discuss the evolution of the zombie craze, its oversaturation, and why it seems to have stuck along far longer than anyone expected.

Also on this week’s podcast: Doctor Who gets a gender swap, Aaron reviews The Big Sick, John takes a look at new releases Dunkirk, Valerian, and Girls Trip, Scott offers a new What’s This Movie and VOD release dates, and Stump the HO makes a triumphant return!

After our normal episode, stick around as we discuss our thoughts on the Game of Thrones Season 7 premiere!

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War for the Planet of the Apes has arrived! Caesar, relegated to hiding from humans, takes the war to the man responsible for his personal tragedy, The Colonel. As Caesar begins to understand the weight of this war, he also begins to see a path to salvation for them all. 

For this special episode, we dive into the final film in the Caesar trilogy of the Apes saga. We discuss the themes and plot devices in the film, where the trilogy ends up, and the once again stellar performance of Andy Serkis. 

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We are deep into the heart of the Summer movie season, and there is no better time than now to dive into those clichés that drive us all nuts.

When we discuss clichés on this episode, that’s both good and bad. Sometimes a cliché can be a positive – things we love and cause a visceral reaction of joy. Other times, well, they’re Batman and Robin. Take a listen to our favorites on both side of that fence, and let us know any we missed in the comments.

Also this week, we debate if R-rated comedies are dying, discuss some significant anniversaries, offer our takes on better endings for favorite television shows, and much more.

After our normal episode, enjoy our Spider-Man: Homecoming reactions and spoilercast, as we try to spin our web-heads around Marvel and Sony’s team-up on everyone’s favorite wall-crawler.

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The Sabbatical follows James Pittman (James Whittingham), a professor who is forced to produce a photography book on his year off - publish or perish, as they say. With his wife (a charming Bernadette Mullen) busy working on a project of her own and his best friend submerged in family life, he makes fast friends with a carefree artist named Lucy (Laura Abramson). We follow James as he struggles to keep up with a much younger friend, and a mid-life crisis of sorts sets in.

The Sabbatical is a quirky character comedy that has a snarky, curmudgeon leading us through his crisis as he glides along with Lucy's free-spirit lifestyle. It’s a witty and charming ride as you grow to appreciate both characters as they learn a bit more about each other, and James about his own place in the world. 

Director Brian Stockton sat down with us to discuss his latest work, and and the unique take he and his fellow filmmakers took to bring The Sabbatical to life. We also discuss his journey in Hollywood, why a mid life crisis is the story he wanted to tell, touring his film in festivals, and much more. You can find more information at TheSabbaticalMovie.com

The Sabbatical is an engaging coming-of-age tale of a man well past his prime. Don't miss our exclusive interview with director, Brian Stockton.

The Sabbatical releases on VOD July 13, 2017. Find more info on the film at TheSabbaticalMovie.com 

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Game of Thrones has concluded Season 6 on HBO, and we are here yet again to break down this season in all of its glory. The story is hurtling towards an end game as numerous pieces are all now in play, so what did we ultimately think of how the board was set this past season?

The night is dark and full of spoilers on this special bonus episode of The Hollywood Outsider, as our 4 hosts discuss Season 6 of George R. R. Martin’s adaptation as a whole. What worked brilliantly, what didn’t, as well as predictions on who we believe will ultimately win this game. From a Three-Eyed Raven to Westeros to Meereen to Winterfell and The Battle of the Bastards, these are the many faced gods of podcast recaps you’re looking for.

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12 Feet Deep follows Bree and Jonna – sisters with a complicated past – as they meet up at a local indoor pool. Due to unforeseen circumstances, the cover is closed with the sisters inside, trapped until the pool opens again the following morning. Forced to contend with the elements, as well as a custodian with a grudge, the sisters fight together in order to survive a brutal night of possible tragedy.

As Bree and Jonna, Nora-Jane Noone and Alexandra Park carry the weight of this story while navigating a limited opportunity for any physicality in their performances. As the night grows seemingly exponentially longer for the pair, they each elaborate on their respective characterizations in subtly astute ways. A tiny inflection here, a nod to past indiscretions there, each of these descriptive choices combine to form a relationship the audience comes to believe in. After Clara (Diane Farr) enters the picture as a potential linchpin to the duo’s escape, Bree and Jonna finally begin to understand the fundamental strength lying within their relationship.

With 12 Feet Deep, co-writer and director, Matt Eskandari, sought to craft a film that takes a simplistic premise and explores the nuances of the human psyche as it faces certain death. The film is a taut thriller that benefits from both its skilled leads, as well as Matt’s rigid direction. For our interview, Matt discusses where the idea for the film emerged, casting the leads and Tobin Bell, as well as how he managed to create such an entertaining movie despite the obvious challenges of filming primarily in a covered pool.

12 Feet Deep is a harrowing tale from a director with a sharp eye for tension. Take a listen to our exclusive interview with director, Matt Eskandari.

12 Feet Deep is now available on VOD. Find out more at Facebook 

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Summer is the time of love, and nothing says love like an overprice celebration of romance. So, this week, we take a stab at Cupid with a look at the greatest weddings in the history of either television or film. Not only do discuss the best, we take a look also at the worst love has ever offered our fictional lovebirds. 

Also this week, we discuss the shocking Star Wars news of Han Solo replacing directors, Accountant gets a sequel, Andy Serkis deserves an Oscar, and even another installment of Movie Innuendo. We close out the episode with our review of Glow and our thoughts on Transformers: The Last Knight.

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In Beauty Mark, Angie is a woman marked by the cruel twists of life. A single mother with a limited education and a long history of bad decisions, Angie struggles to find the right path for her son. Adding to this dilemma is her live-in mother,  a boorish woman with her own track record of irresponsibility. Upon learning that their home is being condemned, Angie sets off on a desperate mission to find a suitable place to live before her family is cast out into the street. When every corner leads to rejection, she fixates her sights on settling the debt with the one person she feels owes her: the man who sexually abused her as a child.

Beauty Mark is an honest depiction of the toll sexual abuse can have on personal judgment. It delivers a protagonist whose plight might seem detestable to some, yet through the raw and unflinching performance of Auden Thornton as Angie, we witness a character whose pain and plight begins to resonate with each of us. Complemented by remarkable supporting performances from Catherine Curtin and Jeff Kober, Beauty Mark is a tragically beautiful tale of the damaged hearts left in the wake of abuse.

For this exclusive interview, writer-director Harris Doran discusses both his journey to Hollywood, as well as the road to Beauty Mark. He elaborates on why the topic of sexual abuse and the need to craft a narrative that spoke a brutal truth was so important in the making of his film. And why Auden Thornton was the perfect choice to bring his powerful tale to light.

A haunting story centered around an uncomfortable topic and filled with memorable performances, don’t miss our exclusive interview with Beauty Mark director, Harris Doran.

Currently playing at the LA Film Festival, you can find more info about Beauty Mark on Facebook or Twitter

 

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Ripped tells the story of two best friends, stoners, who stumble across some of the best kush available on the market. Actually, it’s not “available”, so much as earned. The hook for this particular brand of cannabis is that the CIA somehow harvested it out of somewhere in Area 51. That’s right, this is some top-secret alien weed.

As Harris and Reeves pass out in 1986, they awake 30 years later in the aged forms of Russell Peters and Faizon Love. Life has moved on, and the two friends are forced to confront their missed time by adapting to the leap in technology, opportunities that passed them by, and kicking off their own future. After reuniting with Harris’ long-lost ex (Alex Meneses), the guys decide to reinvest in their favorite pastime and open a restaurant that only serves chili…infused with pot.

For our interview, Ripped director Brad Epstein opens up about his decision to leave the studio exec lifestyle in his own past, and concentrate on his future as a filmmaker. As a producer on films like About a Boy and Dan in Real Life, Brad took a chance with his own career by pursuing Ripped and the world of independent cinema. We also discuss his reasoning for beginning this era of his career with a buddy pot comedy, casting Peters and Love, and where he wants to venture next.

A comedy about best friends coming to terms with the past, and a whole lotta ganja, take a listen to our exclusive interview with Ripped director, Brad Epstein.

Ripped is now available in limited theaters and on VOD. Find out more at RippedMovie.com

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Grab the helmets and strap on the armor, it’s time for our latest Movie Battle Royale!

This round, we’re looking at historical period pieces. What’s that mean? Well, it means different things to every voice, but we’re looking at it as any film involving historical events or people.

Our combatants vary from Amadeus to Dances with Wolves to Tombstone to unsinkable Titanic. With several more vying for the title, which film will be crowned the greatest period piece in the known HO universe? Listen in and find out!

Also this week, we debate The Conjuring’s growing universe, review Baby Driver, 47 Meters Down and 12 Feet Deep, discuss the impending retirement of Daniel Day-Lewis, and much more.

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