It's time for the 8th Anniversary of The Hollywood Outsider podcast!

Back in June, we put together one of our most memorable events since we started this podcast: The 2019 Hollywood Outsider Cruise! To celebrate our 8th year, for one entire week, each host since our inception (Aaron Peterson, Scott Clark, Brian Williams, John Davenport, Amanda Sink, and even Justin Macumber in spirit) gathered with dozens of friends and listeners on Royal Caribbean's Harmony of the Seas for a week-long excursion of fun and amazing memories. We had numerous gatherings and outings on the ship, and we also had a special, live recording! 

For this episode of our show, we're taking you on the ship with us, presenting you with the live recording of the actual gathering of every host as we reminisce, recollect, and most of all reflect on what it has been like to be part of the show. Whether you're a new listener or have been here since the beginning, this is a lighthearted and jovial time you won't want to miss...and it's delivered to you straight from international waters!  

Be sure to come back next week for our 2019 Summer Entertainment Awards!

 

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Do you remember the first time one of your childhood heroes came back to life?

Maybe it was first seeing Michael Bay's Transformers, and realizing modern technology can bring Optimus Prime roaring back to life. Or perhaps it was witnessing either Obi-Wan or Luke Skywalker returning to screens after decades away. Could it be Ghostbusters, or My Little Pony, or even the Power Rangers as new life was flushed through them with new creative minds behind the camera? Or could it have been seeing a scruffy archeologist back for more whip-cracking adventure spanning multiple continents?

On this week's From The Outside In topic, we take a cue from Dora the Explorer's return and take a look at those moments when our own childhood heroes are sprung back to life. Not all of these resurgences went as smoothly as we would have hoped, yet that does not take away from the excitement we felt as we all approached opening day or the first time a new episode hit the airwaves. Our favorites, the ones that crushed our dreams, and maybe even one or two that had us questioning our own childhood memories.

Also this week: a news roundup, The Hunt becomes the latest casualty in an ages old issue, MoviePass was shadier than we even knew, and our spoiler-free reviews of Good Boys, Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, and Dora and the Lost City of Gold.

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Michael Pressman has been a filmmaker for decades, navigating the Hollywood system wearing various creative hats. Most notably, Michael has directed film classics such as Boulevard Nights, Some Kind of Hero, Doctor Detroit, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze. As well as the best in television with projects ranging from Picket Fences to Justified to Law and Order to Sneaky Pete to his current work in Chicago Med. 

On this exclusive interview, Aaron sat down with Michael to discuss his versatile career, working with legends like Richard Pryor and Dan Aykroyd, and how television continues to change. 

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What makes a great buddy action duo?

Throughout history, actors have been paired up in an effort to double up on fanbases, bringing in a larger audience to watch these heroes take on the evil in the world while quips fly between them. It's a tale as old as time. But why do audiences love these bickering blowhards so much? What is it about a pair of bickering action heroes that enrapture audiences for sequel upon sequel, franchise after franchise?

On this week's From The Outside In topic, we take a look at a sub-genre: the buddy action duo. With Fast and Furious unleashing their first spin-off in this very genre with Hobbs and Shaw, it seemed the perfect time to examine the intricacies of these films. Yin and yang, banding together to take down some sadistic bad guy while spectacularly blowing shit up. Usually they're cops or some type of anti-hero. Why do we love them, and who did it the best?

Also this week: a news roundup, a new game called What Would've Happened?, and our spoiler-free reviews of Hobbs and Shaw and Velocipastor. Come back next week as we discuss TV anti-heroes!

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What Constitutes a Classic Film and What Do We Miss About Them?

Any movie buff worth their salt is familiar with the term 'classic film', yet that term carries a completely different meaning for each and every fan. Does classic mean from the '60s or before? Do movies from the '80s and '90s qualify as classics?

On this week's From The Outside In topic, we discuss the concept of classic films and what defines them for us. We also debate what we miss about these films, and especially what we don't. Inspired by Once Upon A Time In Hollywood's time capsule approach to storytelling, we decided there is no better time to jump down this rabbit hole.

Speaking of Hollywood, after our normal show we open up Quentin Tarantino's latest film and debate if the choices Tarantino made here were warranted. Much has been written on this latest film, about the performances of Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, and Margot Robbie, as well as Tarantino's penchant for revisionist history, and as fans of the film we felt it deserved proper attention. So be sure to stick around for our Once Upon A Time In Hollywood spoiler discussion.

Also this week: a news roundup, how much we should pay for streaming channels, our spoiler-free review of Amazon Prime's The Boys, and much more. Come back next week for our next topic, Buddy Action Duos, and our review of Hobbs and Shaw!

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Heather, Josh, and Mike are wannabe documentarians who head to Maryland on a mission to decipher the legend of The Blair Witch. The three went into the woods for a 2 day hike to find this local urban legend, and one year after they disappeared, their footage was found. This movie was that footage.

As we release this, it is the 20th anniversary of The Blair Witch Project. If you find a list of the greatest horror films, you’ll find this now classic on that list. $250 million made worldwide, popularizing an entire genre and inspiring countless filmmakers across the globe, and even earned a Guiness world record for top budget to box office ratio – Blair Witch has earned the title of classic. And for the film’s 20th anniversary, we wanted to sit down and discuss the film and its legacy with one of the filmmakers directly responsible for it, Eduardo Sánchez.

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The 50th anniversary of San Diego Comic-Con 2019 has officially come to a close!

With the greatest event in popular geek culture finishing it's 2019 run, it's time for us to dive into the biggest news, panels, and trailers released at this year’s convention. Spotlighted on this special episode are details from Comic-Con 2019 on HBO's Watchmen, Westworld, and His Dark Materials, Star Trek's Picard, Snowpiercer as a TV series, Netflix's The Witcher, Walking Dead's move to theaters, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, Top Gun 2, and so much more. If you're a fan of entertainment, THIS is the podcast for you!

Don't forget to listen to recent episodes like our Drive-In Theater discussion or our recent spoilercast on 2019's The Lion King. Come back next week for an interview with Blair Witch director, Eduardo Sanchez, and our thoughts on Quentin Tarantino's Once Upon A Time In Hollywood!

You can find all trailers discussed on this episode here, and the interviews Kyle Nolan referenced at NoReruns.net

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  • (0:00 – 48:59) Opening | Amanda's Panel: Watchmen, Game of Thrones panel, Marvel Phase 4
  • (49:00 – 1:10:54) Kyle Nolan - Man on the Street Report - NoReruns.net
  • (1:10:55 – 1:31:07) John's Panel: Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, Star Trek: Picard, Battle of the Planets and Grimjack, Dark Crystal, His Dark Materials
  • (1:31:08 – 1:53:26) Aaron's Panel: Snowpiercer, The Orville, The Witcher, Terminator with Top Gun: Maverick trailer, Westworld Season 3, Walking Dead: The Movie  | Closing
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On this special episode, Aaron and Amanda sit down to discuss the ups and downs of Jon Favreau's attempt to reimagine The Lion King for 2019's audiences. From the animation to the voices to the singing that combines it all - take a listen to our latest spoilercast!

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Do you love drive-in movie theaters?

If you're a movie buff who has been on this planet for any length of time, then you know what a drive-in movie means. Cars full of family and friends, loaded up with chairs, drinks, and snacks, all parking in the middle of a gigantic lot in order to indulge in a double-feature of cinematic goodness under the stars. Many of us have been going to drive-in movies since we were children, and passing that experience down to our children. But in this day and age of hustle, does the average moviegoer have a desire to even watch films this way?

On this week's From The Outside In topic, we discuss drive-in theaters and whether or not there is still a place for them in today's environment of bombastic entertainment that demands a crisp screen and state-of-the-art sound system, as well as our favorite memories of drive-ins of the past.

Also this week: a news roundup, thoughts on characters randomly breaking into song, our spoiler-free reviews of Veronica Mars' Hulu revival, Crawl, Point Blank, and much more. Come back next week for our 2019 Comic-Con Wrap-Up!

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What are the most quotable movies in history?

If you're a fan of entertainment, then odds are you randomly drop movie or TV quotes as breadcrumbs to identify your fellow die-hards. The devoted amongst us love to utilize the work of far better writers than ourselves to broaden conversations on a daily basis, occasionally even making new friends in the process. "I'll be back", "Ouch", "You can't handle the truth!" - these are just a few of the quotes people use all the time, often without even realizing they're doing it.

On this week's From The Outside In topic, we discuss why it is we do this practice of using established pop-culture language to handle the conversing for us, as well as what our favorite movie quotes are, as well as the movies we most often find ourselves referencing seemingly every day of our lives.

Also this week: a news roundup, Netflix wages war on smoking after the internet protests, our spoiler-free reviews of Stranger Things Season 3, Spider-Man: Far From Home, Midsommar, and much more.

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As we take the week off, here are four of our most popular topics from earlier this year: Cult Films, Building a Perfect Found Footage Movie, Shipping Our Favorite Characters in Movies and TV, and Politically Incorrect Comedies.

First up, from Episode 338: We discuss the world of cult films. Specifically, what defines a movie as a “cult” film? Is it a fluke, or perhaps the right material at the right time? Do popular films ever reach cult status? Why do films like Rocky Horror Picture Show and The Room carry on for decades, while thousands of other films disappear never to be heard from again? We tackle this, as well as what cult films defined us personally as Bill Fulkerson (director of Survival of the Film Freaks) joins in on a topic many of us debate on a daily basis.

Next, we head to Episode 341: Found footage is a subgenre in which all or a substantial part of the film is presented as if it were discovered film or video recordings. The events on screen are typically seen through the camera of one or more of the characters involved, often accompanied by their real-time, off-camera commentary. The footage may be presented as if it were “raw” and complete or as if it had been edited into a narrative by those who “found” it. We discuss the highs and lows of found footage, what works and what turns us off about the entire genre. We also each put together our personal takes on the genre itself and build a perfect found footage film.

Next, we head to Episode 340: The actual term “shipping” saw its origin around 1995 by fans of the TV show The X-Files, who believed the two main characters, Fox Mulder and Dana Scully, should be or were engaged in a romantic relationship. They called themselves “relationshippers,” at first; then R’shipper, ‘shipper, and finally just shippers. The concept has spawned passionate fans of all types of media, resulting in everything from online arguments to full-on fan fiction. For this topic, we take a look at our favorite characters in both movies and television that we would love to see “get together”, as well as discuss the ones who finally have and might not have worked out as positively as we had hoped.

Finally, we come to Episode 343: Did you grow up on films like Airplane, Blazing Saddles, or There’s Something About Mary? Films that often made light of race, gender, sex, handicaps, and all other manners of things that shouldn’t be mocked? If you’re like us, you remember laughing at things that you knew, deep in your soul, were horrible to make light of. Yet, at the same time, these inappropriate outbursts of comedic inspiration broke down even the strongest composure, and even occasionally sparked a conversation that was previously too uncomfortable to have.  This topic revolves around politically incorrect comedies, and specifically if the concept of such is currently as dead as the western.

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In an era of outrage, entitlement, and overwrought petitions, we wanted to spend one entire episode devoted to the joy of fandom. So for this special episode, we have a very open and candid discussion on the positivity and passion of fandom as we’ve experienced it. In hopes that this podcast will shine a light not on sensationalism in search of the next big outrage, but instead on the very fandom that binds us all together.

This podcast discusses a multitude of fan-related topics such as building communities, conventions, cosplay, the impact of fan reactions on storytellers, save TV campaigns, as well as several personal experiences directly related our various podcast endeavors.

We hope you find this discussion endearing and appreciative of fandom as a whole. For we're all fans too.

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What is the greatest vacation themed movie in history?

It is officially Summer, and you know what that means: VACATION! All across the globe, people are planning or taking a long week to relax and unwind from the stresses of the world. Therefore, we decided this was a perfect opportunity for another Movie Battle Royale! This time, 8 films decided on by a listener poll - all with a vacation theme - are vying for the title of The Greatest in the known universe!

But which will it be? There are cases to be made for all of our finalists: Jaws, The Great Outdoors, Cabin in the Woods, Forgetting Sarah Marshall, EuroTrip, What About Bob, and the two-handed punch of National Lampoon's Vacation and sequel, Christmas Vacation. Any one of them could be a winner, so take a listen as we debate, argue, and vote our way to the winner.

Also this week: a news roundup, a review of Star Wars Galaxy's Edge, 1989's Batman turns 30, our spoiler-free review of the latest X-Men film, Dark Phoenix, and much more. Come back next week for a special episode centered around the positivity and passion of fandom.

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What makes a great monster movie?

There is something uniquely special about walking into a movie and watching enormously overpowered beasts wreak absolute havoc and mayhem, occasionally even destroying a city or two in the process. It's exciting and cathartic. But why do we enjoy rooting for these gigantic beasties? What is it about these types of films and their wonton destruction that appeals to our basic human nature?

This week, we dive into the concept of monster movies, specifically what makes for a great one. We also debate what actually constitutes a monster movie - does Jason or Freddy count, and what about werewolves or vampires - and our favorite memories while watching them.

Also this week: a news roundup, reviews of Good Omens and Rocketman, a Disney version of Movie Innuendo, and then stick around after our normal show for a Godzilla: King of the Monsters spoilercast! Come back next week for a special episode centered around the positivity and passion of fandom.

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  • (0:00 – 17:10) Opening | News Roundup | Movie Innuendo
  • (17:11 – 34:06) Reviews: Good Omens, Rocketman | New Releases
  • (34:07 – 1:02:19) From The Outside In: What Makes A Great Monster Movie?
  • (1:02:20 – 1:31:58) Godzilla: King of the Monsters Spoilercast
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When does fan outrage become entitlement?

Here are just a few of the thing fans have expressed outrage about recently: Star Wars: The Last Jedi was apparently so horrendous fans petitioned for a remake, fans petitioned to rehire James Gunn for Guardians 3 after Disney dumped him over Twitter issues (which Disney did, in fact, do), Sonic the Hedgehog had teeth that terrified fans and filmmakers took it to heart by pushing the film back to February 2020 to alter the design, once again fans petitioned for a new Batman after Robert Pattinson was cast in the role, and fans that didn’t care for the final season of Game of Thrones famously petitioned for a remake of the season to the tune of 1.5 million plus signatures and counting. Oh,  and to connect it all, they also demanded that Thrones creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss be banned from Star Wars.

Therefore, this week our topic revolves around this sometimes toxic and other times necessary aspect of fandom. Specifically, we debate when does fan outrage become nothing more than entitlement?

Also this week: a news roundup, reviews of Aladdin, Brightburn, Booksmart, Slasher Season 3, new releases, and much more. Come back next week for our topic, what makes a great monster movie, and Godzilla: King of the Monsters Spoilercast.

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As Game of Thrones has completed its official journey through HBO's adaptation of George R. R. Martin's classic novels, A Song of Ice and Fire, it is time for us to venture back and discuss the final season of one of the most celebrated series in television history. On this special episode, we discuss the major happenings over the course of this final season, and debate what we loved or loathed about our favorite heroes and villains - and heroes that became villains - as they struggled to defeat the Army of the Undead, the Night King, Cersei, and themselves all in the pursuit of the ultimate symbol of power: the Iron Throne!

Unlike many podcasts, we will not be breaking things down chronologically. Instead, we're taking the story from The Great War that has been prophesied for years, all the way to the Last War. From Winterfell to Dragonstone to King’s Landing and back to The Wall – plus thoughts and awards on the complete series - it’s all here in this exciting Season 8 and complete series wrap-up podcast.

Jon, Daenerys, Cersei, Jamie, Tyrion, Bran the Broken, Sansa, Arya, Euron, Brienne, even The Hound! The gang’s all here, and we’re ready to tackle this season in the most cutthroat way possible. Take a listen as we break down the final season of one of the greatest TV series of all-time, Game of Thrones!

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Summer at the movies.

All of us that are entertainment fans love this time of year. The biggest movies, full of spectacle and big-screen excitement, always seem to land right here. Though times have changed and summer keeps getting bigger, that does not always mean it's getting better. So this week, we take a look back at how the summer movie experience has changed over the years.

More than just reflection, we are going to break down our discussion by decade: the 80s, 90s, and early 2000s. How have our trips to the cinema changed over past several decades? Ticket prices have surged, sure. But there is so much more that begs to be remembered and discussed. So get your nostalgia goggles ready, we're going back in time!

Also this week: a news roundup, TV cancellations, our review of The Hustle, and a round of 'You Can Do It', where we each take a film we're not fond of and add a positive spin. Come back next week for our Game of Thrones Season 8 Spoilercast!

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All of our favorite television shows have supporting actors we get behind: Jesse on Breaking Bad, Tyrion on Game of Thrones, Norm on Cheers, George Costanza on Seinfeld. Whenever you discuss the shows you love with friends, these are the supporting characters that will always float to the top of conversation. But what about the other supporting characters? Those that don't often find themselves on Best Of lists?

On this episode of The Hollywood Outsider podcast, we discuss the most unappreciated supporting characters on television, as well as what unappreciated even means to us. From shows like Fringe, Sons of Anarchy, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and many others, we debate why we love these respective characters and the actors who portray them, as well as why we think audiences never quite appreciated them.

Also this week: a news roundup, spoilers forget the rules, directors are lashing out at critics, reviews of Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile and The Intruder, and much more. Come back next week for our discussion on How Summer Movies Have Changed!

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This week, Tony Stark, Captain America, and the rest of the team take on Thanos for one last shot to save half of humanity. On our special spoilercast, we look at the highs and lows of the final chapter in this portion of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, stone by stone. And say goodbye to a few favorites. 

Read our full review and more at https://www.thehollywoodoutsider.com/

 

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2019 has finally arrived at the greatest point of every cinemaphile’s annual indulgence, the Summer movie season! But with so many films coming out at this time, how is any self-respecting fan supposed to know what to see when there are so many options available? We’re here to help with our latest episode: the Summer Movie Preview!

We discuss each month in detail; every major release, as well as our picks of the smaller independent titles. May, June, July, and August all receive their fair due as we elaborate and debate on over 50 titles coming out this summer. We also discuss some independent and streaming gems to look for this year, and reveal the Listener Top 10 Most Anticipated Films of Summer 2019.

Grab a pen and paper or your favorite app, because this is one episode you will want to take notes on. THIS is our 2019 Summer Movie Preview!

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Lost, Breaking Bad, Battlestar Galactica, Dexter, Friends, etc. Hit shows have to eventually come to an end, and typically when they do, our expectations are high. We have endured this journey for years, and because of that, we each have a conclusion somewhere in the back of our minds. But when we finally reach that last episode, and anticipation has overtaken our own internal logic, how many TV shows actually end perfectly?

On this episode, we take a look at audience expectations on TV series finales. With Game of Thrones set to end in just a few weeks, millions of fans are gearing up for what they expect to be an amazing conclusion...but is that fair? Do the show-runners owe us a fantastic conclusion, or should they be allowed to tell the story as they see fit?

Speaking of Game of Thrones: after our normal show, be sure to listen to our new Patreon exclusive podcast covering the final season! We have released the first episode here to whet your appetite, and every week after until the finale, you will be treated to a new episode. Be sure to sign up to keep listening at Patreon.com/ TheHollywoodOutsider

Also this week: a news roundup, a listener asks us to rid the world of one actor each, review of Hellboy, and much more. Come back next week for our 2019 Summer Movie Preview!

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Set in West Virginia, Back Fork takes a brutal look at the opioid crisis affecting millions of people every day. Josh Stewart stars as Waylon and A.J. Cook portrays Nida, a married couple dealing with an overwhelming family tragedy. When coping proves impossible, pills find their way into Waylon's life to dull the pain. When he finds himself in a place he never thought possible, Waylon is forced to face his inner demons or surrender to his addiction forever.

You’ve seen Josh Stewart in films like The Collector, The Dark Knight Rises, and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, as well as numerous TV projects like Criminal Minds, Dirt, and most recently Shooter and as that viciously likable foe John Pilgrim in the final season of The Punisher.

Stewart is also a writer and director, and his first project, The Hunted, revolved around a pair of hunters trapped in the West Virginia mountains with an unseen force. With his latest film, Back Fork, he returns to West Virginia and takes on a much more serious horror: opioid addiction.

On this exclusive interview, we sit down with writer-director-star Josh Stewart as he discusses a myriad of topics including his career, why the story of Back Fork was an important one to share, and why he loves shooting in West Virginia. This is an enlightening interview with a rising talent you won't want to miss!

 

Back Fork is now available on VOD everywhere. Listen or read the full interview https://www.thehollywoodoutsider.com/

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On this week's episode, we take a look at the movie adaptations of arguably the greatest horror author in history, Stephen King. For several decades now, both readers and audiences have been terrified by the works of Stephen King, in all forms of entertainment. As with anything, not all of his adaptations click, and occasionally the results are scarier than the source material. But those that do, have become classic films that have horrified generations.

Because we love King, we left it to our listeners to decide the final eight films with which we'd handle our latest Movie Battle Royale, and the nominees are all great in their own way: Pet Sematary, The Mist, Misery, Shawshank Redemption, The Green Mile, Stand By Me, IT (2017), The Shining. Which will end up as the greatest Stephen King adaptation of all-time?

Also this week: a news roundup, Amsterdam takes on 5D, a Stephen King iteration of Movie Innuendo, reviews of Pet Sematary and Shazam, and much more.

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As Game of Thrones sets sail for their final season, we have arrived to wrap up the past as we discuss all of the comings and goings in Westeros during Season 7. On this special episode, we take the major happenings over the past 7 episodes and discuss what we loved or loathed about our favorite heroes and villains in the Seven Kingdoms.

Unlike many podcasts, we will not be breaking things down chronologically. Instead, we take on each territory as we inch toward The Great War that has been prophesized for years. From Dragonstone to the Citadel, From the Twins to winter finally hitting King’s Landing, from Winterfell to the destruction of The Wall – it’s all wrapped up in this exciting series recap.

Jon, Dany, Cersei, Jamie, Euron, Tyrion, Sansa, Arya, even The Hound! The gang’s all here, and we’re ready to tackle this season in the most cutthroat way possible. Take a listen to our Game of Thrones Season 7 Recap and Reactions Podcast!

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

  • Each territory covered on the series, and the happenings of the characters within each
  • The show has greatly sped up travel time, did it affect your enjoyment?
  • The special effects this past season as situations amp up
  • Is the show maintaining its strength now that the showrunners, David Benioff and D.B. Weiss are in full command and George R. R. Martin's work remains unfinished?
  • Best and least favorite moments
  • Wants, needs, and predictions for Game of Thrones to come
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On this week's episode, we take a look at that weirdly connective phenomena which is known as the "TV crossover". Networks have utilized these for years as examples as to how to sell their television shows to people who might not be watching them: Mulder and Scully went to COPS, Angela Lansbury headed to Magnum P.I., and the CW combines an entire DC universe once a year. These events can often be nothing more than publicity stunts, but often times they create something beautiful. And we're going to throw our two cents in the mix, crossing over TV shows to create several brand new properties! Oh, we have some ideas.

At the end of our show, we then tackle Jordan Peele's latest opus, US. A film which follows Lupita Nyong'o as Adelaide, a wife and mother headed back with her family to Santa Cruz, a place where tragedy struck her decades earlier. As they grow closer to the beach where everything happened, Adelaide begins to sense things are very wrong. When four strangers arrive that night in the driveway of their remote home, the terror of US begins to unfold.

A follow-up to his wonderful debut, Get Out, Jordan Peele again tackles societal discussion under the guise of horror to mixed results. Take a listen as we dive deep into Peele's complex mythology and debate what works and what doesn't in our US spoilercast!

Also this week: a news roundup, Apple TV+ is announced for the Fall, and The Matrix turns 20 years old.

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Discussed on this episode

  • (0:00 – 22:49) Opening | News Roundup, Apple TV+ Announced
  • (22:50 – 50:11) Significant Anniversary: The Matrix Turns 20 | New Releases
  • (50:12 – 1:17:08 From The Outside In: Television Crossover Ideas
  • (1:17:08 - 2:06:33) Jordan Peele's US Spoilercast
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  • Please support The Hollywood Outsider and gain immediate access to exclusive bonus content, including a BONUS monthly episode and Bad Movie Night, by visiting Patreon.com/ TheHollywoodOutsider
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The South by Southwest Festival is one of the largest of its kind in the world. Every year, thousands of fans arrive in downtown Austin, TX to partake in a couple of weeks of great music, technology, and film. For this special episode of The Hollywood Outsider, we take you along for our annual deep dive into the heart of the film festival portion, and even further into the films themselves.

Over the course of nine days, the 2019 SXSW Film Festival screened over 130 features, many from first-time filmmakers (consisting of World Premieres, North American Premieres, and US Premieres), shorts, virtual reality exhibits, title design, and other works. These films were selected from thousands of overall submissions, and – while we can’t see them all – we have a nice sample to share with you of what came out of this stellar lineup of independent films. Over 20 films are on our docket this year (see below for a complete list), and we review them all…with more than a few surprises along the way.

So sit back and relax. You’re about to experience South by Southwest from the comfort of your own home.

Find complete details on the movies discussed at https://www.thehollywoodoutsider.com/sxsw-2019-south-by-southwest-345/

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On this week's episode, we take a look a several superhero movies that we feel didn't quite work. Was it a moment, or an entire script that broke that respective film? Whatever it was, can it be fixed? From there, we offer a few minor tweaks that possibly could have saved a franchise or too. That's right, we're going to fix a superhero movie!

At the end of our show, we then wade into the waters of Marvel's latest attempt at launching another hero: Captain Marvel! Brie Larson stars as Carol Danvers, who essentially wakes up unaware of who she is, or why she has so many powers. The film follows Carol's journey of self-discovery as she partners up with Sam Jackson's Nick Fury to, you know, save the planet. We discuss Marvel's latest introduction of a major character, what works and what doesn't, and where we want Captain Marvel to go next.

Also this week: Review of Triple Threat, listener questions, and much more.

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Did you grow up on films like Airplane, Blazing Saddles, or There's Something About Mary? Films that often made light of race, gender, sex, handicaps, and all other manners of things that shouldn't be mocked? If you're like us, you remember laughing at things that you knew, deep in your soul, were horrible to make light of. Yet, at the same time, these inappropriate outbursts of comedic inspiration broke down even the strongest composures, and even occasionally sparked a conversation that was previously too uncomfortable to have.  Our topic for this week revolves around politically incorrect comedies, and specifically if the concept of such is currently as dead as the western.

Then we turn our focus to the Beloit International Film Festival (BIFF), which takes place annually in the city of Beloit, Wisconsin. Running for 10 days, typically at the end of Feb or the beginning of March, the festival plays 100+ films from over 25 different countries ranging from narrative features, to documentaries, to shorts, and even features a showdown between Illinois and Wisconsin filmmakers.

The films screen in a variety of local venues, so not only is it a festival where a vast assortment of films can be found, but it also supports the local economy and involves residents working as volunteers as well. On this episode of The Hollywood Outsider, we turn a spotlight to BIFF and our thoughts on the festival, as well as reviews for several of the films we screened there.

Also this week: Trailer spoilers rage on again, Steven Spielberg takes on Netflix, a special guest drops by for a major announcement, our review of A Madea Family Funeral, and much more.

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For our first Movie Battle Royale of 2019, we decided to climb aboard the Oscar train and look at some of the Best Picture winners of decades past. If you took a single decade, and looked at all 10 winners, which film would stand the test of time to be crowned the greatest film of that respective decade?

So this week, we’re discussing the Best Picture winners of the 2000s. A decade ripe with classics, but only 10 verified winners of The Academy Award’s top prize. Previous guest Scott Calgaro joins us to debate and decide on which one film rises above the others to win the title of the Best Picture of the aughts! ! Will it be Gladiator, Slumdog Millionaire, The Hurt Locker, Crash, Chicago, A Beautiful Mind, Million Dollar Baby, No Country for Old Men, Gladiator, The Departed, or Lord of the Rings: Return of the King? You’re about to find out.

Also this week: Rotten Tomatoes comes to their senses with audience scores; A Quiet Place 2, Escape Room 2, and The Haunting of Hill House Season 2(now known as The Haunting of Bly Manor) are all happening; and we discuss our reactions to this year's Oscar ceremony. From the winners, to the shocks, to the ceremony itself.

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Found footage is a subgenre in which all or a substantial part of the film is presented as if it were discovered film or video recordings. The events on screen are typically seen through the camera of one or more of the characters involved, often accompanied by their real-time, off-camera commentary. The footage may be presented as if it were "raw" and complete or as if it had been edited into a narrative by those who "found" it.

While it wasn’t the first, The Blair Witch Project is the movie that truly launched found footage into the stratosphere, as many people believed that these “TAPES” were real, and that these kids had disappeared in the woods. Other films like Paranormal Activity and Cloverfield took the genre to varying heights, and countless others proved that it was the cheapest possible option to make a movie on an indie budget. Like any genre, found footage is stacked with pluses and minuses.

On this week's podcast, we discuss the highs and lows of found footage, what works and what turns us off about the entire genre. We also each put together our personal takes on the genre itself and build a perfect found footage film.

Also this week, Netflix and Marvel officially parts ways plus a slew of entertainment news. Reviews of How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World and Alita: Battle Angel, a peek at new releases, and much more.

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Shipping, initially derived from the word relationship, is the desire by fans for two or more fictional characters (in film, literature, television etc.) to be in a romantic relationship.

The actual term "shipping" saw its origin around 1995 by fans of the TV show The X-Files, who believed the two main characters, Fox Mulder and Dana Scully, should be or were engaged in a romantic relationship. They called themselves "relationshippers," at first; then R'shipper, 'shipper, and finally just shippers.

The concept has spawned passionate fans of all types of media, resulting in everything from online arguments to full-on fan fiction. On this episode, we take a look at our favorite characters in both movies and television that we would love to see "get together", as well as discuss the ones who finally have and might not have worked out as positively as we had hoped.

Also this week, Shaft and Child's Play finally receive trailers, Avatar begins live-action production, and Superman is taken to task for his building relocation skills. Our feature this week is Discover An Actor's Gem, where we discuss an unheralded film in a favorite actor's filmography and why it deserves a watch. Reviews of Cold Pursuit, The LEGO Movie 2, The Man Who Killed Hitler and the Bigfoot, a peek at new releases, and much more.

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Television spin-offs are everywhere. Once a TV show garners success, an executive somewhere is trying to figure out a way to borrow a few of those characters, toss them into another setting, and see if they can duplicate those numbers. Often times, it crashes and burns. But there are many success stories along the way, including The Jeffersons, Young Sheldon, Benson, and Frasier. There have also been a few film characters spun off into their own successful shows, recently Cobra Kai completely redefined how many think of The Karate Kid. So this week, our hosts discuss the world of TV spin-offs, and even come up with several spin-off ideas they'd like to try themselves.

Also this week, The Batman has been a project with an excessive amount of speculation, and finally director Matt Reeves and current Batman Ben Affleck have elaborated on the details, Hobbs and Shaw's first glimpse of the Fast and Furious spin-off has hit, Y: The Last Man finally moves to series. Another round of Movie Innuendo arrives as we determine which lines in The LEGO Movie aren't quite as innocent as they seem. Reviews of Velvet Buzzsaw and Russian Doll, a peek at new releases, and much more.

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On this week's episode, we discuss the world of cult films. Specifically, what defines a movie as a "cult" film? Is it a fluke, or perhaps the right material at the right time? Do popular films ever reach cult status? Why do films like Rocky Horror Picture Show and The Room carry on for decades, while thousands of other films disappear never to be heard from again? We tackle this, as well as what cult films defined us personally as Bill Fulkerson (director of Survival of the Film Freaks) joins in on a topic many of us debate on a daily basis.

Also this week, TV show remakes are hitting overdrive as Starship Troopers, Resident Evil, and Child's Play all receive television reboots, Amazon offers big paydays at Sundance, and Universal retools their Dark Universe plans. Reviews of Polar and Wretch, a peek at new releases, another round of I Can't Believe We Thought That Was Cool where we ponder if Chasing Amy's antics would play to today's audiences, and much more.

Discussed on this episode

  • (0:00 – 21:36) Opening | News | I Can't Believe We Thought That Was Cool
  • (21:37 – 31:17) Reviews of Polar and Wretch | New Releases
  • (31:18 – 1:34:30) From The Outside In: Cult Films | How Does A Movie Become One and What It Even Means
  • (1:34:30 – 1:51:49) Listener Comments | Closing | Outtakes
  • Bill Fulkerson can also be heard on the Outside the Cinema podcast
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On this week's episode, we dive into our 2019 Television EXTRAVAGANZA! We break down the most anticipated new TV shows of 2019, as well as our returning favorites.

We kick things off with the most anticipated TV releases. Titles such as The Passage, I Am the Night, Good Omens, Watchmen, Deadly Class, The Umbrella Academy, and a whole lot more. Troy Heinritz of The Blacklist Exposed joins us to

All of those titles are just the tip of the iceberg, as we also discuss Oscar nominations, our spoiler-free review of The Punisher Season 2, and more. Everything comes to a close as we break down M. Knight Shyamalan's latest opus, the conclusion of a trilogy which began with Unbreakable and Split, in Glass. David Dunn, Kevin Crumb, and Mr. Glass are each discussed as their character arcs culminate in a film almost two decades in the making!

We’re discussing over 20 new TV shows releasing in 2019 on this episode, so bring a notebook because we’re about to help you plan your entire year in entertainment!

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One of our most popular podcasts each year is our Movie Release EXTRAVAGANZA! On this year's episode, we break down the most anticipated movie releases of the entire year. And with 2019 in full swing, it’s finally time to look ahead at all of the exciting releases still to come in 2019!

We kick things off with the most anticipated film releases. Titles such as Star Wars: Episode IX, Toy Story 4, Captain Marvel, Avengers: Endgame, IT: Chapter Two, John Wick: Chapter 3, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, The Irishman, and a whole lot more.

All of those titles are just the tip of the iceberg, as we also discuss the Oscars going without a host for the first time in 20 years, Mission: Impossible getting two sequels, and reviews of The Upside and On the Basis of Sex.

We’re discussing over 30 new movies releasing in 2018 on this episode, so bring a notebook because we’re about to help you plan your entire year in entertainment!

Discussed on this episode

  • (0:00 – 17:45) Opening | Mission: Impossible earns two sequels, Spider-Man: Far From Home's trailer dropped, and Oscar goes without a host for the first time in 30 years
  • (17:46 – 1:03:59) The 2019 Audience Most Anticipated Movie Releases
  • (1:04:00 – 1:21:06) Host Most Anticipated Releases
  • (1:21:07 – 1:34:12) Reviews: The Upside and On the Basis of Sex | Closing | Outtakes
  • Email topic suggestions or episode reactions to feedback@thehollywoodoutsider.com
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On this episode of The Hollywood Outsider podcast, we revisit 2018 as we present the 2019 HO Awards for the best (and worst) we witnessed in film and television over the past year. From the continued explosion of quality content on TV and streaming services, to the implosion of mediocrity scattered about, to an overload of greatness both at home and in theaters – THESE are the only podcast awards you need to listen to!

Discussed on this episode

  • (0:00 – 13:36) Opening 
  • (13:37 – 56:55) Television Awards
  • (56:56 – 1:30:41) Film Awards
  • (1:30:42 – 1:37:21) Listener Awards | HO TV Series and Movie of the Year | Closing
  • Email topic suggestions or episode reactions to feedback@thehollywoodoutsider.com
  • Please support The Hollywood Outsider and gain immediate access to exclusive bonus content, including a BONUS monthly episode and Bad Movie Night, by visiting Patreon.com/ TheHollywoodOutsider
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2019 Categories:

TV

• Biggest TV News Story

• Favorite Supporting Character

• The Biggest Badass

• Favorite Actor

• Next MUST-SEE Series

• Best Single Moment

• Series You Finally Gave Up On

• Top 5 TV Shows of 2018

Movies

• Biggest News Story

• Best Line

• Best Specific Moment

• Best Use of a Worn Out Cliche or Plot

• Best Physical Effect or Stunt

• Best Use of CGI

• Best Supporting Character

• Best Badass

• Favorite Actor

• The Coherence Award – (little-seen or unheard of film)

• Worst Movie

• Top 10 Movies of 2018

 

 

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The year is ending with a bang, as Aquaman, Mary Poppins Returns, and Bumblebee all hit theaters for the holiday season. One, an enormously charismatic hero with the ability to communicate on a deeper level with every living being while simultaneously saving lives. The other two, Aquaman and Bumblebee. On this special episode, we explore each of these three behemoths and their respective plots and details.

First up, we trip a light fantastic as we sashay into Mary Poppins Returns! Emily Blunt picks up the umbrella and returns to theaters just in time to put that stoic narcissism and delightful penchant for a song to the test and save the Banks family from certain ruin. Joined by Hamilton star Lin-Manuel Miranda, Blunt grasps ahold of Mary Poppins and makes it her own, but does it live up to the original? Poppins, music, insanity, and family - we explore a world of imagination as Aaron and Amanda discuss Mary Poppins Returns.

Next, Bumblebee. Set in 1987, Hailee Steinfeld stars as Charlie, a young girl who has recently lost her father and her inner light. She’s a mechanic like her dad, and she’s desperate to repair her father's car when frustration leads her to an old bug. Which happens to be Bumblebee after his unfortunate voice incident. The two become fast friends before having to fend off both an irrational government, and a pair of rowdy Decepticons dead-set on information Bumblebee has on Optimus Prime.

Lastly, we dive into DC's latest hero, Aquaman. Born a son to an underwater Queen (Nicole Kidman) and a human, Arthur Curry learns he is destined to rule the underwater kingdom of Atlantis. Along the way, he must challenge his brother Orm, and fend off the villainous Manta. For this section, Aaron is joined by John Davenport and Brian Williams to debate Arthur Curry's journey towards his rightful place as King, Jason Momoa's entry into the DC Universe, Amber Heard's hair, Patrick Wilson's flair, and James Wan's direction.

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As we take the week off, here are four of our most popular topics on our final Best of 2018 compilation: Behind-the-Scenes Hollywood Stories, Pixar Movie Battle Royale, Is Television Getting TOO Serialized, and Let's Puppet Up A Movie. As well as a short collection of outtakes from our January special on former host, Justin Macumber.

First up, from Episode 317: Hollywood has been inundated with scandal and sadness for the last long while, therefore on this segment, 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!

Next, we head to Episode 323: 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. 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? Is television getting TOO serialized?

Next, we head to Episode 315: 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. On this segment, our four hosts pick our two favorite Pixar classics, and break down what is the greatest Pixar film in history!

Finally, we come to Episode 324: What is the deal with puppets? Are we running out of human actors? Then why do we enjoy puppets so much? On this segment, we discuss the world of puppets, if we prefer the humorous or horrific brand, and most importantly: what movies would instantly improve with the addition of puppets?

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On this episode of The Hollywood Outsider, we discuss how we find new television shows in a climate where there are 500+ scripted shows across all mediums. Also, Netflix and Disney's pissing contest, the UK is taking up for scarred villains, we recast Die Hard with modern actors, and then wrap up the show by saying goodbye to 2018 with our last regular episode of the season. 

Discussed on this episode

  • (0:00 – 28:26)Opening | The UK takes on facially scarred villains, Netflix and Disney come to a head, and more
  • (28:27 – 43:44) Recasting the Classics – Die Hard | Upcoming Releases
  • (43:45 – 1:15:15) From The Outside In Topic: How Do You Find New TV Shows In 2018
  • (1:15:16 – 1:44:45) Saying Goodbye to 2018
  • (1:44:36 – 1:49:54) Closing | Outtakes
  • Email topic suggestions or episode reactions to feedback@thehollywoodoutsider.com
  • Please support The Hollywood Outsider and gain immediate access to exclusive bonus content, including a BONUS monthly episode and Bad Movie Night, by visiting Patreon.com/ TheHollywoodOutsider
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Every year, we love to celebrate the holiday season with our listeners, and there is no better way to do that then with our 5th Annual Holiday Special!

It all started with a random idea, as Aaron and Scott were big fans of holiday specials, yet podcasts seemed to skip over the idea completely. Therefore, we decided we can do whatever we want here at The Hollywood Outsider, so let’s create our own tradition and the Annual Holiday Special was born!

Every year we do a little something different, so this year we are discussing Christmas movie clichés. Not in a negative way though, we are talking about clichés we love to see in our favorite holiday films.

That’s not all, oh no. We also throw out recent additions to our holiday movie rotations and debate how difficult it is to make a holiday special or movie in today's climate.  The Christmas spirit kicks into overdrive as we open up and share our personal memories of the holiday season, stories that remind us of Christmas. And no holiday special would be complete without a visit from the big man himself, so get ready as Santa Claus drops by the studio to read a few HO listener letters!

With a special game from Amanda, a little whimsy from Aaron, Scott’s annual Christmas Poem, and a lot of fun for everyone – This is the one podcast you don’t want to miss this holiday season!

Discussed on this episode

  • (0:00 – 49:49)Opening | How difficult is it to make a holiday movie
  • (49:50 – 1:11:40) What’s This Movie | Holiday Recommendations | Amanda’s HO Game
  • (1:11:41 – 1:23:29) From The Outside In Topic: Christmas Movie Clichés
  • (1:23:30 – 1:49:07) Scott’s Annual Christmas Poem | Closing
  • Email topic suggestions or episode reactions to feedback@thehollywoodoutsider.com
  • Please support The Hollywood Outsider and gain immediate access to exclusive bonus content, including a BONUS monthly episode and Bad Movie Night, by visiting com/ TheHollywoodOutsider
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Football has become the American pastime. A team sport that is equal parts sheer brutality and entertainment. Any given Sunday, the country is enthralled by the NFL and its merry band of outlaws, tossing a leather ball back-and-forth on a field playing a kid’s game, and we eat it up. And because of that, we also love a great football movie!

But what defines a “football movie”? Does it require rah-rah speeches? Does the actual sport need to be played? Most importantly, what IS the greatest football movie of all-time? Well, strap on your helmet, because we’re hitting the gridiron this week and aiming for a touchdown: this is our Football Movie Battle Royale!

Also this week: discussion of recent films including Boy Erased, Robin Hood, Astral, The Christmas Chronicles, and the Ballad of Buster Scruggs. Another round of Movie Innuendo, what franchise would we most want to see have another film, and much more.

Discussed on this episode

  • (0:00 – 19:52)Film and TV News: Movie franchises that lose a star and what stalled franchise would we most want to see rejuvenated
  • (19:53 – 44:10) Recommendations | Movie Innuendo
  • (44:11 – 1:49:52) From The Outside In Topic: The Football Movie Battle Royale
  • (1:49:53 – 1:54:19) Closing | Outtakes
  • Email topic suggestions or episode reactions to feedback@thehollywoodoutsider.com
  • Please support The Hollywood Outsider and gain immediate access to exclusive bonus content, including a BONUS monthly episode and Bad Movie Night, by visiting Patreon.com/ TheHollywoodOutsider
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The Crimes of Grindelwald is a direct sequel to Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them, and a prequel to the beloved Harry Potter franchise. The worlds are vastly interconnected and we begin to see their ties more and more as the Beasts world progresses. In follow up to the last, after being recruited by Albus Dumbledore, we are to follow Newt Scamander, Tina, Jacob, and Company as they fight the battle against Grindelwald (Johnny Depp) – one of the most powerful wizards who seeks to dis-empower muggles (non-magic folk) by using Credence (Ezra Miller)…once we truly understand who he is, that is.

On this bonus podcast episode, we discuss what we think of the Wizarding World to this point, our spoiler-free thoughts on The Crimes of Grindelwald, and then we move in to spoiler territory - with a fair warning - to break down the main characters, the weaknesses, and the strengths of this sequel. The Crimes of Grindelwald is vastly splitting the J.K. Rowling fandom world, so listen in to find out why!

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Shocking news hit the world this week as Marvel legend Stan Lee was pronounced dead at 95. A hero to the dreamer in all of us, Stan Lee entertained millions around the world with his amazing creations such as Spider-Man, X-Men, Iron Man, and the list goes on and on. On this episode of The Hollywood Outsider, we reflect back on what Stan Lee has meant to us, as well as his legacy.

After that emotional journey, we dive into our every single major theatrical release that will be discuss for the remainder of the year, as we whittle through the muck to share what gems away all of us in cinemas this winter season. This is our Holiday Movie Preview 2018!

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On this bonus episode, we discuss Netflix's recent series, The Haunting of Hill House. Just like the show itself, we bounce through the characters of the Crain family and dissect what it is about this show that captured our attention so greatly. Take a listen!

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This month marks the 25th anniversary of Mrs. Doubtfire. A movie revolving around a divorced dad who was simply not allowed to see his kids whenever he wanted. So in an effort to spend more quality time with them, he dressed up like a nanny and landed a job inside his ex-wife’s house to help raise these kids.

In 1993, Robin Williams sold us on this premise as whimsical, charming, even oddly supportive. But in 2018, Mrs. Doubtfire is terrifying! This week, we look at films that featured a plot or subplot that we initially found sweet, but after taking off our nostalgia goggles, we find it quite disturbing.

Also this week: reviews of Bohemian Rhapsody and Mail Order Monster, debate if this R-rated comic book genre is getting carried away, discuss how John Carpenter’s They Live has endured for 30 years, and much more.

Discussed on this episode

  • (0:00 – 32:04)Film and TV News: Reboots and sequels aplenty, Walking Dead launches a new universe, Birds of Prey takes on an R-rating | They Live Turns 30
  • (32:05 – 49:39) Reviews: Bohemian Rhapsody and Mail Order Monster | Upcoming Releases
  • (49:40 – 1:22:22) From The Outside In Topic: Nostalgic Movie Plots That Are More Disturbing With Age
  • (1:22:23 – 1:32:55) Recommendations | Closing
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Television is stuffed with content these days, and the quality supports the excess. But what happens when we as an audience become hooked on a series, and it continues even after the quality and ratings drops? What happens when our favorite TV shows go on too long?

This week we dive into this very real problem of fandom: when to leave your favorite shows. With TV series staples like Walking Dead and The Simpsons seeming to live forever, at what point is it time for us to cut and run?

Also this week: reviews of Curvature and Mid90s, social media is dictating the future of TV, Pirates of the Caribbean reboots without Johnny Depp, a new game, and much more.

Discussed on this episode

  • (0:00 – 43:54)Film and TV News: Pirates of the Caribbean reboots without Depp, what celebrities owe us, social media’s impact on TV | You Can Do It
  • (43:55 – 1:01:11) Reviews: Curvature and Mid90s | Upcoming Releases
  • (1:01:12 – 1:38:17) From The Outside In Topic: When TV Shows Go On Too Long
  • (1:38:18 – 1:44:42) Recommendations | Closing
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Halloween is a special time of year, especially for fans of entertainment. As long as we have it, film and television has supplied audiences with an endless array of boogeymen and women to terrify us into that Halloween spirit.

This year, we devote an entire episode to the festivities. From what we love about the holiday – including tricks, treats, and costumes – to a review of the 2018 version of Halloween to our own Must-See Halloween movie lists, this episode has a little something for everyone this year. And you won’t want to miss our own personal plans for escaping various killers in the night!

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On this exclusive interview, we sit down with Jim Cummings, the writer-director-star of Thunder Road. Jim's new film follows a police officer who has just lost his mother, and is now forced to come to grips with her legacy, his role in law enforcement, and his own relationship with his daughter.   

Jim discusses a myriad of topics, including the genesis of Thunder Road, shooting an extended scene uncut, marketing and releasing his own film, and even landing Bruce Springsteen's approval. It's an exciting interview with a rising talent you won't want to miss! 

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Three decades ago, an absolutely rad year in entertainment took hold. Classics like Die Hard, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Rain Man, and Scrooged hit theaters. The Cosby Show, Cheers, Roseanne, and Murder, She Wrote took over our television sets. It was a prime time for entertainment.

Much has changed since then, but what is even more interesting is how much remains the same. For this special episode, we’re not only going to look back at the year - complete with sponsor breaks and Breaking News segments - we are going BACK to 1988! With the magic of technology and time travel, this podcast is being presented to you directly from our HO Time Capsule vault. 

This IS 1988! 

Discussed on this episode

  • (0:00 – 28:00)Film and TV Discussion: Wrestling takes hold, Die Hard redefines action films, Roseanne dominates the airwaves, Shark Week is introduced, and video stores surge.
  • (28:02 – 33:07) What’s This Movie | The Top Movies and TV Shows of 1988 | In Memoriam
  • (32:58 – 1:03:24) From The Outside In Topic: Best and Worst of Film and TV in 1988
  • (1:03:25 – 1:12:28) Soundtrack Sing-a-long | Closing
  • Listen to our previous Time Capsule episodes for 1987 and 1997.
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Villains.

Cinema is stocked to the brink with great villains, as well as mediocre and even ridiculous ones. Some of these are so iconic, we spend countless hours contemplating further adventures with these foes, perhaps even plotting them against heroes in other universes.

On this episode, with Venom conquering the box office, we decided to look at other villains that could benefit from a solo film or franchise. Surely there are more than just Eddie Brock’s alter ego?

Also this week: James Gunn to write Suicide Squad 2, Chris Evans retires as Captain America, Dresden Files and Chronicles of Narnia come to TV, and much more. Then we close out our episode with our Venom spoilercast, as we take a look at all aspects of the latest Marvel offering in the Spider-Man universe.

Discussed on this episode

  • (0:00 – 29:35)Film and TV Discussion: James Gunn is moving to DC, Chris Evans hangs up his shield, The Dresden Files and Chronicles of Narnia come to TV, aren’t fun films considered good? | Movie Innuendo - Villains
  • (29:36 – 39:44) Review of Thunder Road | Upcoming Releases: Bad Times at the El Royale, First Man, Goosebumps 2, Apostle
  • (39:44 – 1:12:55) From The Outside In Topic: Villains That Deserve Their Own Franchise
  • (1:12:56 – 1:18:00) Recommendations and Closing
  • (1:18:01 – 1:59:20) Venom Spoilercast
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Over the past several months, we’ve talked a lot about we’ve talked a lot about FOX’s Lethal Weapon replacing Clayne Crawford’s Riggs with Seann William Scott’s Cole. They aren’t the exact same character, but in this instance they might as well be, as both occupy the position of co-lead in a buddy-cop relationship. So, in the spirit of replacing original actors, we thought it was a great time to discuss if maybe, sometimes, it’s actually not so bad after all.

Cinema’s history books are riddled with cases where an actor needed to be recast for one reason or another. Whether it’s due to temperament, personal issues, or sheer lack of talent, it just becomes necessary at times. Even the most famous film series have taken their stabs at it (most notably James Bond and Dumbledore), and occasionally TV series will just need to swap actors out between seasons. On this episode, we debate if these situations could actually improve the properties, as well as our picks for the best and worst examples of recasting.

Also this week: Netflix wants you to choose your own endings, you could see a PG-13 Deadpool, reviews of A Star Is Born and Hell Fest, Halle Berry’s career, and much more.

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On this exclusive interview, Aaron sits down with Roxanne Avent, CEO of Hidden Empire Film Group. So far this year, she’s produced Traffik with Paula Patton, The Intruder with Dennis Quaid, Meagan Good and Michael Ealy, Meet the Blacks 2 with Mike Epps, and is currently in the midst of shooting Fatale starring 2 time Oscar winner Hilary Swank, as well as several TV projects, including The Thrill with Snoop Dogg.  

We discuss how Roxanne came into the business, building HEFG's diverse brand, the state of modern-day Hollywood amidst the #MeToo movement, and where she hopes to take things next.

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Serial killers have terrorized film since its inception. The idea of an unknown stranger, hiding in the dark, plotting an innocent character’s demise – it’s one of the most terrifying concepts in cinema. Yet, at the same time, audiences are fascinated with this despicable hunters of humans.

For our latest Movie Battle Royale, we take 8 of the most sadistic serial killers on film, and determine whom is the most horrific of all-time! Hannibal Lecter, John Doe, Billy and Stu, Martin Vanger, and even Norman Bates are all in the mix. Take a listen, and see if you agree with our choice for the greatest serial killer in film.

Also this week: Mel Gibson takes on a Wild Bunch, Birds of Prey gets a release date, Kate McKinnon stretches her wings, we debate Life Itself, and much more.

Discussed on this episode

  • (0:00 – 22:21)Film and TV Discussion: Mel Gibson to remake Wild Bunch, Kate McKinnon goes dramatic, Birds of Prey takes flight | I Can’t Believe We Thought This Was Cool – Revenge of the Nerds
  • (22:22 – 33:26) Review of Life Itself | Upcoming Releases: Hold the Dark, Hell Fest, Night School, and Smallfoot
  • (33:27 – 1:24:03) From The Outside In: Movie Battle Royale – Most Horrific Serial Killers
  • (1:24:04 – 1:33:31) Recommendations and Closing | Outtakes
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Fall TV is rapidly approaching and to get YOU ready for it, we break down what’s new, what’s coming back, and what just needs to go away.

On this episode, we discuss our Fall TV preview, Veronica Mars confirmed for a revival, CBS CEO Les Moonves departs after harassment allegations, and are iTunes digital movie purchases really yours to keep?

Also this week: Spoiler-free reviews of Predator and A Simple Favor,  Upcoming Releases for the week of 9/21, and our monthly movie giveaway Patreon winner! Who doesn’t want to win a copy of Avengers: Infinity War or Deadpool 2?

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

  • (0:00 – 18:42)Film and TV Discussion: iTunes digital movie purchases disappearing, CBS CEO Les Moonves out after harassment claims – is Hollywood finally changing?, and Veronica Mars is making a comeback! |
  • (18:43 – 1:30:11) From The Outside In: Fall TV Preview – Most anticipated new shows, Most anticipated returning shows, Shows we loved but are desperately ready to see end, Predictions, and Listener picks
  • (1:30:12 – 1:49:39) Spoiler- free reviews of Predator and A Simple Favor | Upcoming Releases: Fahrenheit 11/9, Life Itself, A House With a Clock In Its Walls, I Think We’re Alone Now, Beyond the Sky, and Private Life
  • (1:49:40 – 2:03:01) Recommendations and Closing Thoughts
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As we take the week off, here are four of our most popular topics from earlier this year (Too Much TV, Marvel, Gender Swapping, and Unsung Franchises), as well as quick recap of Peppermint, Searching, Ozark Season 2 and Jack Ryan.

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Take Two stars Rachel Bilson as Sam Swift, a disgraced actress who is struggling to rebuild her career. Researching a role, she shadows private detective Eddie Valetik (Eddie Cibrian) and eventually finds out that her history as a TV cop might prove beneficial at solving actual crimes. Therefore, in the spirit of The Thin Man and Moonlighting, these two team up to solve crimes every week on ABC.

For our exclusive interview, creators Andrew W. Marlowe and Terri Edda Miller join us to discuss their history in Hollywood, including their initial start in the industry. From there, the conversation shifts to their time on their hit series Castle, the current climate of television storytelling, how they came to create Take Two, and why they love doing shows like this. 

You will not want to miss this enchanting, candid conversation with two stalwart talents, Andrew W. Marlowe and Terri Edda Miller .

Take Two airs Thursday nights at 10PM EST/9PM CST on ABC. 

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The summer movies of 2018 is in the bag, so how was it? Many people have complained that this season has been overrun by sequels and franchise films, was it really that bad, or are moviegoers suffering from too much awesome?

We debate the summer of 2018 at length – where it stood, what was lacking, which franchises were born, the biggest news stories in entertainment, what caught our eye on television, and even our own favorite summer movie experiences. Avengers: Infinity War, Crazy Rich Asians, Deadpool 2, The Meg, Mission: Impossible -Fallout, Ocean's 8, and much more are discussed as we cap the entire episode off with our annual Summer Movie HO Awards!

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

  • Where does this summer end up, overall or vs last year
  • What was lacking?
  • Best and worst summer movie experiences
  • Which franchise was born this summer
  • Biggest news story in entertainment
  • Summer TV standouts

HO Award Categories
Most Memorable Scene of the Summer
The Head-Slam-Against-A-Wall Scene (worst or most nonsensical)
Best Action Sequence
Best Use of CGI
The Darwin Award | Most Idiotic or Annoying Character
Best Supporting Character
Biggest Badass
Mr. Summer: Most Engaging Actor of the Summer
Ms. Summer: Most Engaging Actress of the Summer
Most Disappointing Film
Worst Summer Film
Top 5 Summer Movies
Listener Top 10

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What is the deal with puppets? Are we running out of human actors? Then why do we enjoy puppets so much?

On this episode, we discuss the world of puppets, if we prefer the humorous or horrific brand, and most importantly: what movies would instantly improve with the addition of puppets?

Also this week: YouTube pulls The Nun ad for being too terrifying, summer movie clichés, reviews of Mile 22 and Netflix’s To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before, Movie Innuendo, and more.

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

  • (0:00 – 24:28)Film and TV Discussion: YouTube pulls The Nun ad, summer movie clichés | Movie Innuendo: The Muppets
  • (24:29 – 40:54) Reviews of Mile 22 and To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before | Upcoming Releases: The Happytime Murders, A.X.L., Summer of 84, Operation Finale, Kin
  • (40:55 – 1:06:56) From The Outside In: Let’s Puppet Up A Movie!
  • (1:06:57 – 1:09:15) Recommendations and Closing
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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
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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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Have you ever been so excited for a film, you can just about taste the franchise potential? Maybe you left the theater giddier than you expected, or heard word on the internet that there would definitely be more of the world you fell in love with…only to never have it materialize?

Our topic this week is Franchises That Never Happened. Shawn Fuller from Horribly Awkward joins us to discuss those films that seemed destined for sequels or continuations of some sort, only to fail to live up to expectations in some matter, and therefore a franchise was dead before it ever had a chance to live.

Later on in the show, we dive into everything Deadpool 2! What we loved, what we shook our heads at, and what we want to see next from the Merc with the Mouth. If you’re a Deadpool fan, you won’t want to miss this.

Also this week: Zombieland 2 is on the horizon, TV networks keep crushing our dreams, upcoming releases, and much more.

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Dystopian

Relating to or denoting an imagined place or state in which everything is unpleasant or bad, typically a totalitarian or environmentally degraded one.

On this week's podcast, we discuss how we would survive in a dystopian universe. What would your plan be? Are there any films that present this scenario in a completely plausible way? We also take a look at this genre in detail, as in: why do so many people enjoy films about the collapse of society as we know it?

Also this week: Lego movie possibilities, gender flipping in remakes, a round of Movie Innuendo that will turn you Inside Out, new releases including Deadpool 2, and much more.

Join in as Aaron and John take the week off while Amanda Sink, Angela Wallock, can Courtney Davenport take over The HO on this latest episode of The Hollywood Outsider!

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

  • (0:00 – 55:40) Film and TV Discussion: Movie trailers with false advertising, gender flipping in remakes, LEGO possibilities, and more } You Just Don't Get It
  • (55:41 – 1:10:29) Movie Innuendo | What's This Movie | Upcoming Releases: Book Club, Deadpool 2, Show Dogs, Cargo
  • (1:10:30 – 2:04:37) From the Outside In: Surviving In A Dystopian Universe
  • (2:04:38 – 2:18:00) Recommendations | Closing | Outtakes
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Mother’s Day and Father’s Day are both here, so what better time to discuss the evolution of television families?

We all remember watching various families on our favorite TV shows, but why did we connect with some over others? What was it about this obviously fictional yet familial bond that, often times, felt more real than our own?

This week, we discuss how our beloved TV families have evolved over the years, from safe sitcom messages of the moment, to modern-day issues where it seems every family has a criminal mastermind behind it. 

Also this week: Movie trailers and their lies, why do we still care about box office records, reviews of Tully and Anon, and much more.

Join in on our 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 – 24:19)Film and TV Discussion: Bill Cosby is kicked out of the Academy, movie trailers keep lying to us, and why are box office records still a thing  
  • (24:20 – 41:10) Spoiler-free reviews of Tully and Anon | Upcoming Releases: Breaking In, Life of the Party, Dark Crimes, The Escape, and Revenge
  • (41:11 – 1:20:16) From the Outside In: The Evolution of the Television Family
  • (1:20:17 – 1:37:42) Let’s See Where This Goes | Recommendations | Closing
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With the largest opening in history, everyone is talking about Avengers: Infinity War. So we thought, as we celebrate 10 years in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, let’s go back to the beginning and look at how we got here.

This week, we discuss all of the films BEFORE Infinity War. We begin with Iron Man, and how Marvel gambled on a risky talent by the name of Robert Downey, Jr. While he is beloved worldwide for his portrayal of Tony Stark, as well as many other projects, he was very much an actor studios were leery of. By staking the entirety of their future on him, they hedged what turned out to be one of the greatest bets in cinematic history.

From here we move on to discuss everything else Marvel has attempted to do in the past 10 years. From their struggles – recasting Bruce Banner and War Machine – to their insane successes (what’s a Guardian of the Galaxy again?), we tackle it all on this extra-Marvelous episode that any film fan won’t want to miss.

AFTER this discussion, we take off the Spoiler Gauntlet and jump into Avengers: Infinity War! What we loved, what we loathed, favorite moments, personal experiences, and especially: what we thought of that ending! There is a lot to talk about this week, so take a listen.

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

  • (0:00 – 1:07:27)Building A Marvel Cinematic Universe
  • (1:07:28 – 1:12:01) Avengers: Infinity War (Spoiler-Free)
  • (1:12:02 – 2:15:27) Avengers: Infinity War Spoilercast
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2018 has finally arrived at the greatest point of every cinemaphile’s annual indulgence, the Summer Movie Season! But with so many films coming out at this time, how is any self-respecting fan supposed to know what to see when there are so many options available? We’re here to help with our latest episode: the Summer Movie Preview!

We discuss each month in detail; every major release, as well as our picks of the smaller independent titles. May, June, July, and August all receive their fair due as we elaborate and debate on over 50 titles coming out this summer. We also reveal the Listener Top 10 Most Anticipated Films of Summer 2018.

Also on this week’s show: The Blacklist’s Amir Arison stops by to discuss his film 20 Weeks, which has just released to VOD, and why he felt it was such an important film to make.

Grab a pen and paper, because this is one episode you will want to take notes on. THIS is our 2018 Summer Movie Preview!

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

  • (0:00 – 30:19)Opening | May Releases | Say It Like It Is
  • (30:20 – 48:13) June Releases
  • (48:14 – 1:13:09) July Releases | What’s This Movie
  • (1:13:10 – 1:37:29) August Releases
  • (1:37:30 – 1:49:31) 20 Weeks Discussion with Actor Amir Arison
  • (1:49:32 – 2:01:26) Recommendations | Closing
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Summer Releases

May

4/27 Avengers: Infinity War

5/04 Overboard, Tully

5/11 Breaking In, Life of the Party

5/18 Book Club, Deadpool 2, Show Dogs

5/25 Solo: A Star Wars Story

 

June

6/01 Action Point, Adrift

6/08 Hereditary, Ocean’s 8

6/15 The Incredibles 2, Superfly, Tag

6/22 Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, Under the Silver Lake

6/29 Sicario 2: Day of the Soldado, Uncle Drew, The Hustle

 

July

7/04 The First Purge

7/06 Ant-Man and the Wasp, Sorry to Bother You

7/13 Hotel Transylvania 3, Skyscraper

7/20 The Equalizer 2, Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again

7/27 Mission Impossible: Fallout, Teen Titans GO! To The Movies

 

August

8/03 Mile 22, Disney’s Christopher Robin, The Darkest Minds, The Spy Who Dumped Me

8/10 The Meg, BlacKkKlansmen, Dog Days

8/17 Alpha, Crazy Rich Asians, The Happytime Murders, Captive State

8/24 Replicas, Slender Man

8/31 Kin

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This year, theaters are being treated to a monkey tearing down a skyscraper, an underwater hero who looks like a grunge rocker, and even Jason Statham quipping at a 70 foot Megalodon shark. In short, these films have plots that are insane.

On this podcast, we discuss the very concept of absurdity – can ANY plot work with the right cast and crew? Is it easier to accept a giant gorilla or robot trashing downtown Chicago if you have The Rock or Shia LaBeouf on hand? How crazy is TOO crazy? 

Also this week: Summer movie going habits, when do we quit TV shows we love, are TV revivals going too far, reviews of Traffik and Rampage, upcoming releases, and much more.

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Traffik follows Brea (Paula Patton), a journalist recently sidelined due to a distinct lack of immersion into her reporting. The timing could not be better when her boyfriend, John (Omar Epps), whisks her away for a lush romantic hideaway, tucked in the solace of the wilderness.

Happenstance meets tragic timing as Brea and John cross paths with a young woman seemingly pleading for help, and a conspicuous biker gang looking for trouble. After an intense encounter at a local gas station, the couple arrive at the picturesque retreat where a weekend of indulging awaits. An ill-timed visit from mutual friends (Laz Alonso and Roselyn Sanchez) proceeds a horrific development: Brea has found the desperate woman’s phone in her bag. As fate would have it, she has just arrived demanding the phone back. And she is not alone.

Traffik sets the board as any number of thrillers, as our heroes find themselves trapped in an isolated locale with a group of sadistic outlaws bent on their demise. What sets the film apart, are the very intense stakes at play for our characters amid the backdrop of sex trafficking. As tensions escalate, a tragic everyday truth emerges from beneath the fiction, and Traffik take an enthralling, yet decidedly pointed look at this modern true horror.

Traffik is pulse-pounding entertainment with an underlying message. And to elaborate on that message, as well as the film itself, is writer and director Deon Taylor. Responsible for the hit, Meet the Blacks, as well as its soon-to-be-released sequel, and the upcoming Dennis Quaid thriller, Motivated Seller, Taylor has been a filmmaker on the rise for several years. With Traffik, he veers into a complicated field of thriller meets education as our characters confront a very existential threat in today’s world: sex trafficking.  

Enjoy our exclusive interview with writer and director Deon Taylor as he discusses his new film, Traffik, releasing nationwide on April 20, 2018.

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40 years ago, television options were vastly different. Three channels, or maybe thirteen depending on where you great up, and not much else. If the President had a speech, your TV night was shot. As time rolled on, our entertainment options continued to gain traction, each decade taking another turn into more content. Once Netflix introduced streaming as a primary option, our choices exploded.

By the time 2018 is over, there will have been around 500 scripted television shows on the air. Between network TV, cable, premium, and now streaming, have we finally arrived at the place where we simply have TOO MUCH television?

Also this week: Westworld trolls its audience, The Rock opens up about his beef with Vin Diesel and we discuss how these dramatic tiffs influence us, Rogue One reshoots explained, reviews of A Quiet Place and Blockers, and much more.

 

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Very few directors have shaped pop culture, but even fewer could argue against Steven Spielberg as leading that field. From his early days in the 70s, Spielberg has gifted us with so many timeless classics, it has become increasingly difficult to determine which one, of so many wonderful films, is truly THE BEST.

Well, this week, we’re going to decide! Eight Spielberg films will enter the ring, each with their own case for the greatest. Could it be Jurassic Park, E.T., Saving Private Ryan, Jaws, or maybe even Raiders of the Lost Ark? After much debate, a final winner will emerge. This winner will be crowned The Greatest of All-Time! THIS is the Steven Spielberg Movie Battle Royale!

Also on this week’s show, we stay with the Spielberg theme by taking a look at his legacy, the variety in his filmography, and what he meant to us directly. We also dive into Ready Player One with our thoughts on his latest film, as well as offer a special announcement by show’s end. You won’t want to miss this magical episode of The Hollywood Outsider!

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

  • (0:00 – 31:09)Opening | Steven Spielberg and his legacy in film, Dramatic Spielberg vs Magic Spielberg, Spielberg’s effect on us | Movie Innuendo
  • (31:10 – 1:32:00) The Steven Spielberg Movie Battle Royale
  • (1:32:01 – 2:04:52) Ready Player One Reactions
  • (2:04:53 – 2:15:20) Recommendations and Announcement | Closing
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With two festivals in three weeks, we have watched a LOT of movies recently. So much that something dawned on us: in all of these journeys of the human spirit, why does the hero never 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?

Also this week: Lord of the Rings TV is going to be very expensive, Steven Spielberg doesn’t believe Netflix should be eligible for Oscars, reviews of Pacific Rim: Uprising and Unsane, upcoming releases, and another wrong of You Just Don’t Get It.

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The South by Southwest Festival is one of the largest of its kind in the world. Every year, thousands of fans arrive in downtown Austin, TX to partake in a couple of weeks of great music, technology, and film. For this special episode of The Hollywood Outsider, we take you along for our 5th annual deep dive into the heart of the film festival portion, and even further into the films themselves.

Over the course of nine days, the 2018 SXSW Film Festival screened 136 features, consisting of 89 World Premieres, 13 North American Premieres, and 6 US Premieres, with 49 first-time filmmakers. 98 shorts and 20 music videos will screen as part of 12 curated shorts programs. These 250+ films were selected from 8,183 overall submissions, consisting of approximately 2,476 features and 4,433 shorts. And - while we can't see them all - we have a nice sample to share with you of what came out of this stellar lineup of independent films. 25 films are on our docket this year, and we review them all...with more than a few surprises.

So sit back and relax. You're about to experience South by Southwest from the comfort of your own chair.

Find full details on the films discussed at  http://www.thehollywoodoutsider.com/sxsw-2018-films-south-by-southwest/

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Aaron is joined by Zack Parkerson of Smirk and The Gaming Outsider to discuss the latest iteration of Tomb Raider starring Alicia Vikander. From thoughts on the Angelina Jolie to the differences from the current game incarnations, this is an episode no Tomb Raider fan should miss!

 

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Tomb Raider is finally here. A reboot of the Angelina Jolie franchise, many still have no idea that those films and now this new one are based on a very successful video game series. The problem is this: while books have numerous critically and commercially successful
films adapted from their works, and comic books have followed suit the last decade, video game adaptations are notoriously deemed poor imitations at best. If not bad, mediocre, and if not mediocre, simply not respected. So the question is this: Why can studios not seem to grasp how to properly adapt a video game to the screen?

Also this week: Walking Dead’s waning numbers, OJ Saying it wasn’t me it was the one armed man. Reviews of Thoroughbreds, Strangers, and Jessica Jones Season 2.


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

(0:00 – 25:22) Film and TV Discussion: Walking Dead’s waning numbers and when should we give up on shows, OJ’s imaginary friend may have been the killer, Let's see where this goes

(25:23 – 42:13) Review‖ Thoroughbreds, The Strangers Prey at Night, and Jessica Jones Season 2 , Upcoming movies

(42:14 – 1:10:50) From the Outside in: Where did Video Game Adaptations go wrong?

(1:10:51 - 1:14:15 ) Closing thoughts

 

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ICE follows Maddison Bullock's Bailey Grantham as her father allows a Russian coach to house her with a much wealthier skating partner in Peyton Shaw (Lisa Mihelich). The two women grow up together and become sisters of a sort, and are then forced into the world of competitive ice skating as they lunge towards a limited spot qualifying for the US Olympic team. Of course, there is a major obstacle along the way, which threatens to tear the two competitors and friends apart. 

For this exclusive interview, Maddison Bullock drops by to discuss her passion project, the obstacles to getting ICE made, and what it means to be a skater for your entire life.

ICE releases exclusively via Amazon VOD on March 17, 2018. Now, listen to our interview with the writer and star of ICE, Maddison Bullock. 

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The Beloit International Film Festival (BIFF) takes place annually in the city of Beloit, Wisconsin. Running for 10 days, typically at the end of Feb or the beginning of March, the festival plays 100+ films from over 25 different countries ranging from narrative features, to documentaries, to shorts, and even features a showdown between Illinois and Wisconsin filmmakers.

The films screen in a variety of local venues, so not only is a festival where a vast assortment of films can be found, but it also supports the local economy and involves residents as volunteers as well. On this episode of The Hollywood Outsider, we turn a spotlight to BIFF and our thoughts on the festival, as well as reviews for over 20 films we screened there.

Also on this week’s show, we discuss Oscars 2018. Thoughts on the show, Jimmy Kimmel as return host, the winners, and we also reveal the winner of our own annual Oscar contest. It’s a packed episode with many great film recommendations that you won’t want to miss!

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For our first Movie Battle Royale of 2018, we decided to climb aboard the Oscar train and look at some of the Best Picture winners of decades past. If you took a single decade, and looked at all 10 winners, which film would stand the test of time to be crowned the greatest film of that respective decade?

So, this week, we’re discussion the Best Picture winners of the 1990s. A decade ripe with classics, but only 10 verified winners of The Academy Award’s top prize. Amanda Sink from SMIRK joins us to debate and decide on which one film rises above the others to win the title! Will it be Dances with Wolves, Silence of the Lambs, Unforgiven, Schindler’s List, Forrest Gump, Braveheart, The English Patient, Titanic, Shakespeare in Love, or American Beauty? You’re about to find out.

Also this week: fans can now have a Friday the 13th vacation, The Dark Tower and Blair Witch head to TV, another round of You Just Don’t Get It, and spoiler-free reviews of Mute, Game Night, and Annihilation.

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

 

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The Lodgers takes place in Ireland in the early 1900s. A family curse holds orphaned twins Rachel (Charlotte Vega) and Edward (Bill Milner) hostage, sectioned off from the outside world as punishment for the mistakes of their long-deceased kin. The rules are simple: be in bed by midnight, allow no one past the gates, and if either of them attempts to escape, the other will be met with a vengeful retribution. There are spirits both within and surrounding the walls of their estate to ensure these rules are enforced at all times. When Rachel’s fate intertwines with Sean (Eugene Simon), a local war hero, she begins to believe it might just prove feasible to risk it all.

While Rachel and Edward’s plight is similarly horrific, they vary on the appropriate way to address it. Edward clings to his life, no matter how pointless it might seem, as Rachel grows stronger every day in the belief that it is a richer existence to taunt the prospect of death than to live solemnly on the outskirts of life. Vega’s performance perfectly captures a tortured soul on the cusp of maturity, dangerously on the precipice of rebellion. Milner’s character is much more desperate, losing his grasp on reality as he clings to his pitiful life of solitude and despair. Simon’s Sean spends most of his screen time both enraptured with Rachel, while bewildered at her conundrum.

Having the entirety of The Lodgers engulfed within a gothic atmosphere – bleak color aesthetic, tragic circumstances, ominous fog – affords director Brian O’Malley the opportunity to compliment his sleek visuals with meticulous audio cues that accent the dread carried within every frame. The film also bears the distinction of being partially filmed at Loftus Hall, an infamous “haunted house” in Ireland, whose natural look evokes feelings of paranoia both on screen and off.

For our exclusive interview, director Brian O’Malley discusses the complexities and inner workings of filming The Lodgers. He explains how writer David Turpin came to take part in scoring the film, deciding that Charlotte Vega and Bill Milner completed his fateful pair, and what it was like filming within the walls of a bona fide haunted house.

Take a listen to the interview below, and be sure to catch The Lodgers in select theaters and on VOD beginning February 23, 2018.

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Every so often, media and internet clickers come along to determine a movie coming out is “important”. Occasionally it’s very true, and other times it’s just an opinion or hype. With Black Panther now in theaters, and the general consensus seeming to be that it is an important film for many, it felt a good time to ask a simple question: When IS a movie important? Both to society, and to us personally.

Also this week: Television officially heads to VR via Robert Rodriguez and Darren Aronofsky, Fangoria magazine is reborn, another round of Movie Innuendo, and a spoiler-free review of new VOD thriller, The Lodgers.

For the second half of our show, we dive deep into the world of Wakanda! Marvel’s Black Panther has taken over cinemas across the globe, and it is time to decipher just what it all means. Is this the film many touted it to be? Or just another overhyped superhero flick? Find out as we discuss every aspect of this juggernaut of a film.

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

 

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It’s February. The month of love and heartache. And we’re a podcast focused on entertainment. Put those together and what do you get? An episode focused on the most emotional relationships in television, of course!

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.

Also this week: Star Wars gets another trilogy, Deadpool once again leads the charge in marketing strategy, reviews of Entanglement, The Ritual, and 15:17 to Paris, and much more.

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

  • (0:00 – 29:24)Film and TV Discussion: The Game of Thrones showrunners take on Star Wars, Fifty Shades of Grey’s trilogy is complete, and Deadpool 2 teaches studios how to market
  • (29:25 – 47:41) You Just Don’t Get It | Spoiler-free Reviews of Entanglement, The Ritual, and The 15:17 to Paris
  • (47:42 – 54:29) Upcoming Releases: Black Panther, Mad to Be Normal, The Housemaid, Mom and Dad | What’s This Movie
  • (54:30 – 1:30:49) From the Outside In Topic: The Most Emotional Relationships on Television
  • (1:30:50 – 1:46:15) Recommendations | Closing
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On their first date, Alex and Zoe (Rachele Schank and Luke Brandon Field) adventure out to see a movie at a local theater. After the film, the couple find themselves trapped inside the theater for the night. Their adventure starts out light and comical as they search for an escape and quickly find themselves falling for one another. As they search for an escape, an unexpected twist abruptly changes the course of the night.

For this exclusive interview, Aaron sits down with the director of "One Last Night", Anthony Sabet. An up-and-coming filmmaker, Anthony discusses his path from abroad to LA, his pursuit of his dream to create this film, as well as how a personal event helped shaped this story that now exists.

One Last Night is releasing to film festivals currently, and look for it soon in other release options. Take a listen to our interview with director, Anthony Sabet.

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300

An adventure almost 7 years in the making, THIS is the 300th episode of The Hollywood Outsider Podcast!

On this grossly oversized episode, we drop the usual strict adherence to format and simply speak about the changes in entertainment since the show’s inception, as well as the evolution of the podcast itself.  

Also, we each pay tribute to all of the hosts of The HO, from the original run up until now, complete with scattered compilation clips from the best episodes throughout the years.

300 is one episode you do NOT want to miss.

THIS IS THE HO!

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

  • (0:00 – 54:05)Opening | Film and TV Discussion: How movies and TV have evolved since 2011, the evolution of streaming, and movie recommendations that moved us over the years.
  • (0:54:06 – 1:17:27) John Davenport
  • (1:17:28 – 1:50:17) Brian Williams
  • (1:50:18 – 2:34:54) Justin Macumber
  • (2:34:55 – 2:54:50) Scott Clark
  • (2:54:51 – 3:11:33) Aaron Peterson
  • (3:11:34 – 3:41:18) Closing Thoughts | Thanks for the Memories
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Last year, we debated on how, if we were to drop ourselves into a movie, we could defeat an iconic movie villain. It was a difficult task, though with a little creativity and a box of flies, we were able to fend off evil fairly successfully.

This year, we wanted to turn the tables. 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!

That’s not nearly everything. We also have a report from RRStar.com reporter Adam Poulisse on Sundance and films Hereditary, Minding the Gap, and Piercing; discussion on Oscar snubs, Netflix’s goal to change the industry, MoviePass’ latest move, and Breaking Bad’s anniversary; as well as reviews of Open House and Hostiles.

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One of our most popular episodes of each year is our film and television release extravaganza, the episode where we break down the most anticipated movies and TV series debuts of the entire year. And with 2018 in full swing, it’s finally time to look ahead to these exciting releases still to come in 2018!

And for that, we have two guests to help wind our way through this cavalcade of entertainment. We kick things off with Shawn Fuller of the Horribly Awkward podcast, as we dive into anticipated films like Solo: A Star Wars Story, Ocean’s Eight, Tomb Raider, Avengers: Infinity War, Jurassic World 2, Deadpool 2, and a whole lot more.

Then, we move over to television as Troy Heinritz of The Blacklist Exposed and Beyond Westworld joins in to debate shows such as: Sharp Objects, Castle Rock, Jack Ryan, The Alienist, Maniac, and even the return of Roseanne.

All of those titles are just the tip of the iceberg! We’re discussing over 40 new movies and TV shows releasing in 2018 on this episode, so bring a notebook because we’re about to help you plan your entire year in entertainment!

Join in on our 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 – 38:59)Opening | Top 10 Audience Most Anticipated 2018 Film Releases
  • (39:00 – 1:18:32) Host Most Anticipated Releases | Bold Predictions | What’s This Movie
  • (1:18:33 – 1:51:24) Top 10 Most Anticipated New Television Shows of 2018
  • (1:51:24 – 2:25:21) Host Most Anticipated TV Shows of 2018 | Bold Predictions | Closing
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Aaron introduces his latest podcast, Smirk, now available on your podcast app of choice, or at SmirkPodcast.com

Magic. Wonder. Endless possibilities. This week, Amanda tells a story about a young boy, who imagination has awoken a spark of sorts. By the time she hits the hyperdrive to reach her moral, we will all recall that blinding innocence we held as a child. 

Welcome to Smirk. A podcast that covers society and culture through a storytelling lens. Part creative writing, part discussion, and always interesting. Each week our hosts brings a story to the show, a story they wrote themselves. These stories can cover any topic the host wants to discuss, it can be lighthearted or more serious. No one but the author knows if these tales are truth or fiction, and part of the fun is guessing while you're listening before the reality is made clear.

We want to hear from you! If you want to share YOUR story, join the conversation by writing in to mystory@smirkpodcast.com, and include your moral, or you can let us guess at it. This is the podcast that looks at truth, fiction, and reality. With a Smirk. 

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This week, we decided to delay our previously scheduled format until next week, as a member of The Hollywood Outsider family has passed on. We did not feel it appropriate to air a normal show, given the circumstances, so instead Aaron and Scott sit down to share their thoughts on the loss of a founding member of the show. We conclude with a respectfully edited re-airing of Justin Macumber's farewell episode, and we encourage you to dive into his collection of books and articles.

As you listen to this episode, several of our hosts also wanted to share their thoughts on Justin with his audience. You can find those below.

John

My experiences with Justin started as a listener of the Hollywood Outsider. He was the voice that I loved disagreeing with…but most often he made me crazy when I had to agree with him. His insights and appreciation for pop culture helped make the show what it is today. It was a pleasure and an honor to share the few episodes I could with him. A great wealth of knowledge has been lost, fare thee well Justin.

 

Brian

My involvement with The Hollywood Outsider has afforded me countless unique experiences, laughs, and friendships over the years. One of those treasures was Justin Macumber. (My God, he would never let me forget that compliment lol).

If there was one thing Justin and I were guaranteed to have a good time doing together, it was making Aaron frustrated. We would finish the pre-show greetings and sound checks. Everybody’s ready to get started. All’s quiet. Aaron would inhale and then…

“UTINNI!!!”

The Star Wars sound bite that would trip up Aaron’s focus enough to the point of having to do multiple retakes. It never quit being funny (even though Aaron would say otherwise). Justin’s cackling laughter always made it worth the cost of whatever eye rolling I could feel Aaron sending my way. His honest laughs were so infectious that you could not help but join in and I knew comedy gold was struck when I heard that loud laugh.

Things weren’t always fun and games. There were heated moments for sure. There were times I would feel like FedEx-ing a throat punch to him. As with any family, you have your ups and downs. The Hollywood Outsiders are no different. But by the end of the night, there was usually a priceless and hilarious discussion that never seemed to get recorded. He was always in the middle of it – if not leading it. And a “goodnight” to everybody that sometimes included a “love you guys”.

It’s hard to believe I write this having spent hundreds of hours with Justin, yet never even had lunch with him in person. That’s one of the interesting things about the time we live in. You can have a meaningful bond with someone you’ve never physically met. We got to see him chase his dream of being a published author. Consoled him as he worried about his wife’s own health scare. Shared Christmas gifts with one another. And now he’s gone. It’s not fair.

We’ll never get to hear his squeaky chair; hear him softly sing “It’s Been Awhile” anytime that phrase was said; or introduce himself with his own theme music again. And that is a hole that’ll never be filled (that’s what she said *wink*).

We love you.

We miss you.

Farewell, my friend.

 

Aaron

Many years ago, we were putting together a podcast to talk about entertainment, and we needed a voice. Someone distinct, insightful, contemplative, occasionally combative, and passionate. Scott knew a fella who had already established himself in the podcast community with his show catering to writers, and his name was Justin Macumber.

With Brian in the mix, we all clicked almost instantly, each of us taking swipes at each other’s tastes, and often Justin and I specifically would engage in heated debates that would ultimately end in no winner declared, but everyone listening laughing hysterically. Or ironically. One of those. The truth of the matter is, there were times we each probably wanted to lock each other in the LOST hatch, but more times than not, we were smiling and over it in minutes. We are both very passionate about the things we love, and as a person who loves a good debate, Justin was always a stellar sparring partner.

Along the way, he also became a friend. He loved to tell me when I was wrong, and no topic was off limits. I recall once we even had a hefty argument over my parenting choices, which in hindsight was pretty hilarious because of how ridiculously inappropriate his advice was. At the same time, there were numerous instances where Justin and his “so left he’s leaning sideways” manner helped me see sides to a subject I never would have considered, had he not persisted in only that way he can.

We ended up bonding over numerous interests, and we even did a few side projects together. Those efforts led directly to my friendships with Troy, Wayne, Darrell, and many others. Looking back, it’s amazing to think of the many branches a single relationship leads to. It all culminated in a trip to SXSW where we spent 5 days together watching movies and having a lifetime of experiences.

Over the past two years, I have witnessed his hardships and struggles, and the impact they took on both his body and his unwavering soul. Even things he loved with every fiber of his being – Krista, Star Wars, Superman, his books – ceased being everyday topics of discussion. For a man so in love with dreams and the limitless possibilities in the stars, life’s harsh realities were taking a toll.

I have been trying to put the words together to express what it means to lose a friend you have public discussions with every week, but too many of you already know. Over the past day, such an amazing arsenal of support in every corner of the internet has popped up, reminding those who knew him who he was, and those who didn’t what they missed.

But unlike so many of our friends and family who have passed, Justin is not lost to the ether. He has left an indelible mark on his community of fans in numerous forms. Between his work on Dead Robots Society and The Hollywood Outsider, his passionate voice can live on. With his many published books, his vision, words, and artistic drive can live on. And with the family, friends, and fans he has left behind, his memory will live on.

Even though he doesn’t believe in an afterlife, I pray there is one. So he can look down and see all of this praise, because you know he would absolutely love it. I also want him to read this and know that I was so looking forward to him healing and coming back for another episode, debating with vigor those things we each love. I will miss having that sparring partner. But mostly, I want him to see that I finally used his stupid Oxford comma in this post reasonably, often, and appropriately.

As you would always tell me, Justin: For that, you are welcome.

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On this episode of The Hollywood Outsider podcast, we revisit 2017 as we present The 2018 HO Awards for the best and worst we saw in film and television. From the explosion of quality content on TV, to the implosion of mediocrity scattered about, to an overload of greatness in theaters – THIS is the only podcast awards you need to listen to!

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

  • (0:00 – 26:56) Opening | Television HO Awards
  • (26:57 – 40:07) In Memoriam | Hollywood Outsider Podcast Awards
  • (40:08 – 1:23:44) Film HO Awards
  • (1:23:45 – 1:32:30) Listener Awards | HO TV Series and Movie of the Year
  • Email us your thoughts on the episode, answer our ‘What’s This Movie?’, or suggest a topic to feedback@thehollywoodoutsider.com
  • Please support The Hollywood Outsider and gain immediate access to exclusive bonus content, including a bonus monthly episode and Bad Movie Night, by visiting Patreon.com/ TheHollywoodOutsider
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Follow along with the show as we discuss the following categories:

Television 

  • The Next MUST SEE show
  • Favorite Actor
  • Worst Actor
  • Biggest Badass
  • Worst Show
  • Top 5 TV shows

 In Memoriam - Which celebrity death hit you the hardest?

 The HO Podcast Awards

  • Favorite Topic of 2017
  • Least Interesting Topic of 2017
  • Favorite HO-related Memory of 2017
  • Favorite overall episode of The Hollywood Outsider of 2017

Film

  • Best Line
  • Best Use of a Tired Cliche
  • The Best Physical Effect or Stunt
  • Best Use of CGI
  • Worst stunt or CGI
  • Best Badass  
  • Entertainer of the Year
  • Worst Actor 
  • The Coherence Award (Best Unknown Film)
  • Worst Film
  • The Top 10  

 Listener Awards for 2017 

  • Top 5 TV Series  
  • Entertainer of the Year 
  • Top 10 Films  

HO TV Show of the Year  

HO Movie of the Year

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We are taking the week off to prep for next week's The Hollywood Outsider Awards, but that does NOT mean you will not receive something to ring in your new ears! For this extended bonus episode of our show, we look back on four of our most popular topics from this past year.

We kick things off with our Marvel Sidekicks Movie Battle Royale from episode 270. Everyone has their favorite hero from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but what about those underserved heroes BEHIND the heroes? Listener Reece joins in and by the end of our debate, we will have crowned our own champion.

Then we turn to television, as we discuss who maintained the strongest father-child relationships on television from episode 275. It's a heartfelt discussion with plenty of laughter, as Aaron's SMIRK podcast co-hosts join him to debate which TV dads have done the best job of creating a bond with their brood.

Our most popular episode of this past year, was also our most controversial as we hopped into a Delorean and headed back to 1987 to discuss our favorite movies and TV from that era.

And finally, we close out with SONG! What is the greatest original movie title song of all time? Could it be Ghostbusters? Or Purple Rain? You're about to find out as long-time listener Tammy joins in to help us crown a lyrical champion in another smashing Movie Battle Royale!

If you are new to the show, this is a highlight reel of what listeners enjoyed earlier in the year. And if you are a long-time listener, enjoy four of your favorite topics all in one episode! And be sure to come back next week, for our 2018 HO Awards!

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

 

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