A vigilante is any person who takes the law into their own hands to avenge a crime. When you mention the word, a few names immediately pop into mind: Batman, The Bride, Paul Kersey, The Equalizer. Film vaults are stock full of men and women who have been wronged for one reason or another, and chose to journey outside of the law to avenge those wrongs. Yet in the scheme of things, the facts are simple: these people are criminals.

This week, we discuss what it is about vigilantes that excite audiences around the world. Why do we love what these people do? Is it right to applaud mass murderers? Are vigilantes fundamentally justified? It's an interesting topic about a group of people we often applaud, without really considering what it is we're applauding.

Also this week: Our reviews of Skyscraper and Netflix's How It Ends, new releases including The Equalizer 2, Unfriended: Dark Web, Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again, and more; news including Joss Whedon returning to TV via HBO, Zombieland 2 is a go, and much more.

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The corridors of film and television are filled with choices made for a character that seem either odd or possibly even bold. Who would have thought Heath Ledger's reptilian approach to the Joker would work? Can you believe Disney approved a drunken buffoon as their lead pirate? This week, we explore some of the weirdest or most intriguing character choices in film and television. Those ones that stood out to us as notable.

Also this week: Our reviews of Won't You Be My Neighbor and Netflix's The Legacy of a Whitetail Deer Hunter, upcoming releases including Hotel Transylvania 3 and Skyscraper, Alien is going to be a TV series now, Idris Elba joins Hobbs and Shaw, and much more.

To cap off our show, we take a large look at the world's smallest superhero in our Ant-Man and the Wasp Spoilercast! We discuss our thoughts on the original film, it we ever wanted a sequel, where this latest took us, who stood out, the cast, the jokes, and if we want anymore adventures in this franchise. Has Marvel done it again?

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As we take the week off, here are three of our most popular topics from earlier this year, as well as our review of The First Purge AND major Top Gun 2 news. Also, visit PodcastAwards.com and vote for The HO in People's Choice and TV/Film!

First up, from Episode 301, it's the most emotional relationships on television. We discuss some of those relationships in TV that either broke or healed our aching hearts. Perhaps they filled our cups with joy, or maybe their angst flowed over into our own realities. It’s an intriguing conversation and there is no better time to discuss it.

Next, we head to Episode 299 where we debated the best way to defeat an iconic movie hero! The villains rarely win, which means heroes are far more difficult to bring down. Therefore, on this episode we put ourselves firmly in the shoes of supervillains and megalomaniacs everywhere and determine exactly how we would bring down iconic movie heroes such as Iron Man, Batman, Harry Potter, James Bond, and even Luke Skywalker!

Finally, we come to Episode 306 and when it's time for the hero to walk away. Think about it, does it make a hero less heroic if they reach a point where it’s just too much for them? Were there moments in a movie or TV show where a hero going forward seemed to be the absolutely wrong choice? Our topic this episode revolves around this very concept of when is it OK for a hero to walk away?

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Dark River stars Ruth Wilson as Alice, a woman who departed her family ranch in North Yorkshire many years ago. After earning a living as a contracted sheep-shearer, Alice returns home 15 years later upon hearing of the death of her father, Richard (Sean Bean). Her intention is not to mourn, but to claim the family land from her brother Joe (Mark Stanley). Refuting her assertion on the grounds that she abandoned her rights by leaving, Joe and Alice begin a tale of siblings separated by trauma and abuse, while delving into the psychological scars that are left, for everyone involved.

Following her acclaimed project, The Sheltered Giant, director Clio Barnard stops by to discuss her latest. Dark River is a dour tale of a family plagued by the sins of their father, containing stellar performances from leads Ruth Wilson and Mark Stanley, which are enhanced by Barnard’s atmospheric direction. Each landscape and background emerges as a deeper character in this sorrowful immersion into familial bonds and tragedy.

For our exclusive interview, Clio Barnard discusses how Dark River came to be, assembling her top-notch cast of actors, and how her canvas is as much of a character as Alice is.  This is one film and interview you won’t want to miss!

Dark River releases to theaters June 29, 2018.

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Hollywood has been inundated with scandal and sadness for the last long while, therefore this episode, we’re bringing forth the joy! We are going to share some of our favorite stories we’ve found revolving around Hollywood. Possibly a celebrity doing something for a child, a fascinating story behind a production, or a celebrity's personal triumph. This is about sharing some favorite Hollywood behind-the-scenes stories!

Also this week: Our review of Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, MoviePass vs. AMC, July 4th classic films, Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl turns 15, a special HO announcement, and much more.

Discussed on this episode of The Hollywood Outsider Movie and TV Podcast:

  • (0:00 – 43:04) Film and TV Discussion: July 4th classics, MoviePass vs. AMC, and Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl 15th Anniversary
  • (43:05 – 1:02:23) Review of Jurassic World | Upcoming Releases: Sicario: Day of the Soldado, Ant-Man and the Wasp, Uncle Drew, Mohawk, Legacy of the Whitetail Deer Hunter
  • (1:02:24 – 1:35:23) From The Outside In: Favorite Behind the Scenes Stories
  • (1:35:24– 1:45:42) Recommendations | Announcement | Outtakes
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If you remember back in the 80s and 90s, television began the trend of discussing “True Crime” events through dramatizations on shows like Unsolved Mysteries or as docuseries such as Cops. There have always been shows devoted to investigative reporting, yet it seems as though this was the moment when the genre of “True Crime” truly began to percolate.

The genre continued to explode, arriving at our current moment with juggernaut docuseries such as Making a Murderer and Evil Genius, and also scripted true crime shows revolving around the O.J. case and Versace. As both a writer and podcaster in the world of True Crime, Kevin Flynn of …These Are Their Stories and Crime Writers On drops by to discuss the explosion of “True Crime” over the last few years.

Also this week: reviews of Tag, Killing Eve and Flint Town; Doctor Sleep and Dolemite casting updates; S-Town launches into film; new releases, and much more.

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In 1995, Pixar released their first feature-length film, the computer animated classic Toy Story. Soon after, A Bug’s Life and Toy Story 2 released in quick succession, with titles continuing to drop annually. The studio revolutionized animation for the modern generation, and in 2006 was purchased by the previous dominator in this arena: Disney.

Over the past 20-plus years, Pixar has racked up billions in box office receipts, and even more in memories for movie fans. This week, four of pick our two favorite Pixar classics, and break down what is the greatest Pixar film in history!

Also this week: DC loses Geoff Johns, Anthony Bourdain and the legacy of food in entertainment, Matthew Vaughn reboots Kick-Ass, reviews of Hereditary and Ocean’s Eight, and much more.

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Yellow Birds stars Alden Ehrenreich and Tye Sheridan as Brandon Bartle and Daniel Murphy, two young men whose bond is strengthened by their tour overseas in Iraq. But as often happens in war, tragedy strikes, and we then watch as Bartle leads us to the pieces of a looming mystery as to what exactly happened overseas. The film also stars Jennifer Anniston and Toni Collette.

For this interview, Aaron sits down with director Alexandre Moors to discuss getting his film made, how he ended up with such a stellar cast full of actors from such recent films as Han Solo, Ready Player One and Hereditary, and why this story was an important one to tell.

The Yellow Birds arrives in select theaters and on demand on June 15th, 2018

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Who doesn’t love a heist?!

Over the course of entertainment, one thing has been universally proven to be an absolute certainty: people wanna steal stuff! Ok, we know we shouldn’t, and most of respect the law and our personal freedom enough to never try. But movies and television afford us the opportunity to live vicariously through these outlaws as they proceed to get rich fast and easy.

This week, we dive into heist movies and why we love them. We also discuss why it is no one seems to feel too bad for the person actually being robbed, and conclude our thoughts by discussing the best and worst heists in film history.    

Also this week: the fallout from Roseanne, Netflix is getting greedy, Top Gun 2 and Legally Blonde 3 gain traction, Jurassic Park turns 25, Walking Dead loses Rick Grimes, upcoming releases, and much more.

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Hunting ISIS follows a group of veteran and civilian volunteers who smuggle themselves into Syria and Iraq to fight against ISIS alongside local militias. Through the eyes of American fighters embedded with the Kurdish YPG militia in Syria, and medics supporting a coalition of local forces in Iraq, Hunting ISIS follows these men as they begin the difficult push to retake ISIS’ capital cities. New episodes air Tuesdays at 10PM Eastern on the History Channel.

What is most interesting about Hunting ISIS is these brave men are not doing it for pay, they’re doing it because they believe in the cause. Each and every day, they wake up to face the possibility of death or imprisonment, and they continue forward. Not only does the series showcase the mission of these men, it also directs audiences to additional information about the conflict, and what it means for the world at large. 

For this exclusive interview, host Aaron Peterson sits down with  director, Sebastiano Tomada and Deirio Films producer Christopher Leggett to discuss developing and filming Hunting ISIS, where the threat of war loomed over every frame.  

This is one interview you won't want to miss!

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