The Bachelors stars JK Simmons as Bill, a calculus teacher who is still reeling from the death of his beloved wife, and mother to their son Wes (Josh Wiggins). The film opens with Bill at his son’s bedside, explaining they need to make a change. So they pick up their life and move to Los Angeles where they begin anew at a private school run by Bill’s old friend, Paul (Kevin Dunn).

Bill and Wes both welcome new women into their lives in the form of Julie Delpy’s French teacher, Carine, and a damaged recluse in Odeya Rush's Lacy. Bill struggles to move on with his life, while Wes desperately wants to live again, and both women play a part in waking them each up to letting go of the past and embracing the moment.

The Bachelors is a very sweet film that takes a look at what happens when two people lose the most important person in their lives. It’s about grief, love, loss, and life.

For this exclusive interview, writer and director Kurt Voelker stops by to discuss his latest film, why the topic spoke to him, keeping grief grounded, and how he came into the stellar cast that makes up his film. 

The Bachelors is now available On Demand and in select theaters. 

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Haze is director David Burkman’s take on fraternity and sorority hazing. Shortly after another pledge has died while being hazed, we follow Nick, a new pledge who takes us through this journey of humiliation, debauchery, and occasionally brotherhood. We also follow Mimi, Nick’s best friend who pledges to the affiliate sorority so she can be closer to Nick. Unlike Nick, this doesn’t mean as much to Mimi, it’s simply a way to keep them together. 

The film follows both of them as they engage in numerous obstacles, parties, and even crimes, all while forgetting to handle their studies, and ultimately leads up to Hell Week. Also, Nick’s brother Pete is trying to bust the fraternity doing anything that will bring them down. 

For our exclusive interview, writer and Director David Burkman dropped by to break down his new film and why college hazing was such a personal story to tell. We discuss making the film, as well as how realistic many of these hazing rituals actually are. Don't miss Haze, which is now available on VOD and in selected theaters, nor this interview with David Burkman.

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Fan theories have been around forever. When you’re watching your favorite TV series or movie, and you’re left with an unanswered question, where does your mind wander? To solutions, of course! This week, we discuss some of our favorite fan theories over the years, and even a few we are thankful never materialized.

Also on this week’s podcast: Marvel plots a Hulk trilogy in mysterious ways, a Settlers of Catan movie is underway, reviews of Happy Death Day, The Babysitter, Haze, upcoming releases, recommendations, and after our normal show, we discuss the fallout of the Harvey Weinstein accounts.

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  • (0:00 – 19:29) Movie and TV Discussion: Marvel is working up to a Hulk trilogy, Sony is putting together a Settlers of Catan movie, and more
  • (19:30 – 1:04:11) From The Outside In Topic: Favorite Fan Theories
  • (1:04:12 – 1:49:58) What’s This Movie | Reviews of Happy Death Day, The Babysitter, Haze | New Releases: Geostorm, Only the Brave, The Snowman, and Boo 2: A Madea Halloween | VOD Releases: Leatherface, Let Her Out, Jungle, Creep 2
  • (1:24:19 – 1:41:29) What’s Too Far | Recommendations | Closing
  • (1:41:30 – 2:08:28) The Harvey Weinstein Effect
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In Never HereMireille Enos stars as Miranda Fall, an installation artist who follows, photographs and documents total strangers for her respective pieces. Late one night after a show, her married lover Paul (Sam Shepard in his final role) witnesses a crime outside Miranda’s apartment. She then agrees to cover Paul’s witnessing of the crime as Miranda takes his place. After she partakes in a lineup - where she obviously cannot pick the offender - Miranda follows one of the curious men from the lineup and a new art project begins. As she comes to believe someone is stalking her, she ascertains that it could just be the man she believes to have committed the original crime, or is her own voyeurism finally getting the best of her?

Never Here is a film that wears it's shade of Hitchcock meshed with the more creative aspects of artistic expression proudly on its sleeve. It is very much a thriller, while at the same time serving as a thinking piece on voyeurism and many of our own beliefs that no one's privacy remains secret in this day and age.

Aaron sits down with the writer and director of Never Here, Camille Thoman. Camille has a unique canvas to showcase her film, as the basic construct is that of a thriller, yet there is much more at play here as it bleeds into feelings of paranoia and perhaps even shades of our own voyeuristic guilt. Camille elaborates on this blending of genres, why Mireille was the perfect choice for Miranda, and working with Sam on his final film.

Never Here releases in theaters October 20th, 2017.  Enjoy this exclusive interview with writer and director, Camille Thoman.

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What REALLY scares you? Not moments in TV or film, but actual and specific elements in entertainment that get us each and every time. This week, we discuss the things that unnerve or terrify us. Apparitions, pulled finger nails, bugs, and many other horrific items are about to be revealed.

Also on this week’s podcast: Harvey Weinstein becomes a scandal, Statham and Rock spin-off and out of Fast and the Furious, reviews of M.F.A., Better Watch Out, Blade Runner 2049, The Mountain Between Us, upcoming releases, recommendations, and much more.

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Crying while watching a movie can be a horrendously embarrassing experience, or it can be a cathartic release. It’s the most vulnerable moment we have as viewers, to let our guard down and expose what hits us right in the heart.

On this week’s podcast, the guys turn the show over to Amanda, Angela, Amy and Courtney for a week as they dive into what brings us to tears in the theater. Happy tears, sad tears, all the tears will be debated as our quartet lead you down the greatest tearjerker moments in film. It’s our podcast, and we can cry if we want to.

Also on this week’s podcast: which film genres do we wish we were into, movies or TV shows you no longer admire, does violence in TV or film reflect society, are we done with Sherlock Holmes, upcoming releases including Blade Runner 2049, The Mountain Between Us, Movie Innuendo, recommendations, and much more.

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What makes a great TV villain? Many believe it is the depths of evil one can go, while others believe it is how shrewdly a character can maneuver within the fabric of society, bending a weaker man’s will to their own.

On this week’s show, we debate who is the greatest villain on television over the last ten years, and many of our selections might just surprise you. Could Joffrey rule them all? Is Boyd Crowder just sly enough to eek out a victory? Ben Linus seems like a sure winner. But can you ever truly count out Rowan Pope? Find out on this week’s podcast, as we arrive at one ultimate winner for the Modern TV Villain Battle Royale!

Also on this week’s podcast: Tomb Raider finally showcases a trailer, Linda Hamilton returns to Terminator, release dates for John Wick and IT sequels, review of Friend Request, upcoming releases including American Made, Flatliners, and Till Death Do Us Part, recommendations, and much more.

After our normal show, we head back to Matthew Vaughn’s hyper-stylized take on spy flicks with Kingsman: The Golden Circle. Does the sequel cash in on the potential from the first film? Was Julianne Moore the right choice for Poppy? Is Eggsy evolving or is Harry weighing him down? We have different opinions on this one, so don’t miss the discussion.

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As the head of the makeup department, Anthony Pepe’s job is to bring all the crazy blood, deformity and loss of limbs to life that you see on television each and every week. Starting out wanting to be an animator for the likes of Walt Disney Animation Studio, on a whim he attended makeup school in Florida and found his passion in the ability to transform the human appearance. 

NBC's The Blacklist returns to TV September 27th, and we've got a special treat for you! Take a listen as Aaron is joined by his Blacklist Exposed co-host, Troy Heinritz, to talk with Anthony Pepe, the Special Makeup Effects head for The Blacklist! Anthony discusses his work as an artist, as well as some of the other films he's worked on (including Spider-Man and Hunger Games). He also shares how the Visual Effects team partners with him to leverage new and exciting to concepts to blend the use of the computer with the art of the practical. This and much more on this interview any fan of film or television should find fascinating. 

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Fall TV is finally here!  

We all love television, and fall is still the most popular time of year for new shows to release, giving us new obsessions to ponder for several months, as well as more than a few bombs to forget.

On this week’s podcast, Kyle Nolan from NoReruns.net joins us to break down this fall’s influx of new and returning shows. Law and Order, Lethal Weapon, Mindhunter, The Punisher, Ghosted, and Young Sheldon are just a few of the many TV shows we profile on this latest extended episode.

Also on this week’s podcast: Jamie Lee Curtis returns to Halloween, Liam Neeson retires from action films, Fatal Attraction and The Princess Bride turn 30, reviews of Mother, and the vitriol associated with it, as well as American Vandal, upcoming releases, VOD releases, recommendations, and much more.

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We all have those special places in our hearts for things we love. Puppies, beaches, clowns. And then Hollywood comes along and tosses Cujo, Jaws, and Pennywise into the mix, forever ruining these bastions of joy! This week, we discuss when entertainment ruins our happy place.   

Also on this week’s podcast: Star Wars gets a few more shakeups, Disney drops Netflix, Wonder Woman locks up Patty Jenkins, reviews of The Show, Little Evil, and The Orville, recommendations, and much more.

After our normal show, we turn our voices to Derry, Maine, as The Losers Club takes on Pennywise the Dancing Clown in Stephen King’s adaptation of IT. Does IT live up to the hype? Has faith been restored in the movie theater? Find out as we debate red balloons, the direction of the film, and the performances that everyone is talking about.

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