When 24 hit the air many years ago, it was an eye-opener in terms of what television could do. For 24 consecutive episodes, this series told one single day’s worth of story. Each episode leading directly into the next, leaving little chance to jump into the show mid-season and have any idea what was going on. It was a novelty, and it was fantastic to watch unfold.

Flash forward to 2018, and it seems like EVERY show is doing this. Unless you’re a slave to CBS, television is dominated by the season-long arc. Some even take it a step further – like Breaking Bad or Walking Dead – and make the entire series one singular story. Has it gotten to be too much, though? Have we finally arrived at the breaking point? This week, our topic is simple: Is television getting TOO serialized?

Also this week: The Oscars add a category for Popular Achievement in Film, a Chicago cemetery has a movie night, Blade turns 20, reviews of The Meg and Crazy Rich Asians, and more.

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Blindspotting, which is in theaters now, follows the friends of Collin and Miles. Collin has only three days to go on his probation, and all he has to do is stay out of trouble. Unfortunately, his best friend Miles is a beacon for it. As Collin and Miles work together as movers, an event causes Collin to miss his mandatory curfew, and puts their friendship to an ultimate test.

Blindspotting was written by Daveed Diggs and Rafel Casal, who star as Collin and Miles, respectively, and the film skillfully highlights numerous factors within friendships, race and income disparity, all set against the backdrop of Oakland. And Michael Yezerski was given the task of meshing it all through an eclectic score covering several genres and styles.

For our exclusive interview, we discuss how Michael came into composing scores for film and TV, what it was like working on this film, and what he hopes to achieve next.

Blindspotting is now playing in theaters nationwide

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SHARK!!!

We’ve all been there, taking a dip in the ocean, relaxing. Then, something brushes our leg, a slithery something. We cannot see below the murky surface, but panic sets in our face, while hundreds of cinematic memories wash over us. Reflections to all of the victims of the greatest natural predator known to man: sharks.  

On this episode, we dive into the deep, discussing what it is about these demons with doll’s eyes that keeps us coming back to the theater for their horrific attacks. Why do we both love and fear the sheer terror that are sharks?

Also this week: Patrick Stewart revisits Star Trek and Picard, MoviePass makes more changes, we debate if Slender Man is wrong to profit off of, reviews of Christopher Robin, The Spy Who Dumped Me, Like Father, and much more.

 

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With Mission: Impossible – Fallout, Ethan Hunt yet again prevails over a mission that makes no logical sense, yet thrills us all. And that is our springboard for this week’s topic: Impossibly Impossible Missions.

Movies often require a suspension of disbelief, and often times, films with a mission at hand – i.e., a plan that benefits the greater good – require you to physically remove your brain from its holster in order to continue. This week, we’re looking at several missions that we believe could never have resulted in success in reality.  

Also this week: 24 reboots again, Star Wars welcomes back its Princess, Hardwick returns, reviews of Netflix’s Extinction, Castle Rock, a debate on the star power of Tom Cruise, and much more.

Join in on the conversation and listen to the latest episode of The Hollywood Outsider. 

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

  • (0:00 – 36:01)Film and TV Discussion: 24 develops a prequel series, Chris Hardwick returns to TV, Carrie Fisher will return for Star Wars: Episode IX and more | Tom Cruise: A Second Take  
  • (36:02 – 1:06:43) Reviews of Castle Rock, Extinction, and Mission: Impossible - Fallout | Upcoming Releases: The Darkest Minds, Christopher Robin, The Spy Who Dumped Me, Night Comes On, On Chesil Beach, Like Father
  • (1:06:44 – 1:41:07) From The Outside In: Impossibly Impossible Missions
  • (1:41:08 – 1:51:22) Recommendations and Closing | Outtakes
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The 2018 San Diego Comic-Con has come to a close, and that means it is time to dive into the biggest news and trailers released at this year’s convention. From DC’s Shazam and Aquaman, to Walking Dead and Doctor Who, to Fantastic Beasts 2 and the Jack Ryan Experience, and so much more – THIS is the podcast for you!

That’s not all, though. We also have reviews of The Equalizer 2, Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, and Unfriended: Dark Web. As well as discussing new theatrical and VOD releases, including Mission Impossible: Fallout.

You can find all of the discussed trailers here. And be sure to vote for us at the Podcast Awards!

 

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

  • (0:00 – 37:18)Amanda’s Panel: Fantastic Beasts 2, Rugrats, Legacies, Doctor Who, Godzilla: King of the Monsters  
  • (37:19 – 58:48) Scott’s Panel: Mega-Man, DC Streaming Service, Titans, The Clone Wars, Glass, Nightflyers
  • (58:49 – 1:36:33) Aaron’s Panel: Walking Dead, The Passage, Lego Movie 2, Alita: Battle Angel, DC Films – Aquaman, Wonder Woman 2, Shazam
  • (1:36:34 – 2:03:23) Kyle Nolan – Boots on the Ground Report | net
  • (2:03:24 – 2:36:56) James Gunn fired from Guardians 3, Buffy Rebooted | Reviews: The Equalizer 2, Unfriended: Dark Web, Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again | New Releases: Mission Impossible: Fallout, Teen Titans: GO! To The Movies, The Row, Kings, Extinction
  • (2:36:57 – 2:42:48) Recommendations and Closing | Outtakes
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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
  • Email topic suggestions or episode reactions to feedback@thehollywoodoutsider.com
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