On this episode of The Hollywood Outsider podcast, we decided to dive into those little annoyances that take us out of a movie or TV series. Things like an open flame in space, or horror movies where no one does the most logical thing, or romances that are spawned from affairs. What are your most annoying nitpicks or cliches?

Furthermore, we discuss big entertainment news like Man on Fire getting the TV treatment, Practical Magic gets a sequel with Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman both returning, and reviews of Bad Behavior, Bad Boys: Ride or Die and Hit Man

Discussed on this episode

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On this episode of The Hollywood Outsider podcast, we decided it was time to discuss the constant negativity surrounding entertainment these days. Media sites and fandom in general seems to have become less of a positive thing and more likely incites others to clash and fight over every differing opinion. However, it wasn't so long ago that our differences made us relatable and brought us together. So what happened? Why can't fans be more positive? 

Of course, that's not all as we also debate an insane comparison from Netflix CEO Ted Sarandos using Barbie and Oppenheimer as reference points, Wake Up Dead Man: A Knives Out Mystery gets a fantastic cast, and more.

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Category:general -- posted at: 2:00am PDT

What are the most debated series finales on TV?

LOST, Dexter, How I Met Your Mother, Game of Thrones, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, The Sopranos, Seinfeld, and The Shield. Each of these shows have one thing in common and it’s not just people dying. They each created a massive divide among fans, and also between fans and creators, when their series finally ended. So we decided to head into the past and revisit some of these finales, and exclude any extension of these series that might now exist, and discuss if they are truly that bad? Let's debate the TV's most controversial series finales!

Editor's Note: This is specifically for TV shows that had an intended series finale rather than an abrupt, forced conclusion to the show.

Discussed on this episode

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Category:general -- posted at: 4:38am PDT

On this episode of The Hollywood Outsider podcast, with Furiosa hitting theaters, it's time to look at what we've been robbed of over the years as fans: what are the movie spin-offs we actually NEED?! So many franchises erode into sequel after sequel when there are fantastic characters withering away on the vine just waiting for their chance to shine. They deserve their own spin-off, so why haven't we gotten one yet?

There is so much more! We also review IF and The Strangers: Chapter 1, dive into Cannes 2024 and this odd practice of 10 minutes standing ovations, debate if ticket prices should come down, and then finally a hot-button topic: is it time to forgive Kevin Spacey? Listen to this episode of The Hollywood Outsider podcast and find out!

Discussed on this episode

  • (0:00 – 29:27) Opening | Entertainment News: Should Ticket Prices Come Down, Cannes 2024, Are Standing Ovations Ridiculous
  • (29:28 – 40:36) Forgiving Kevin Spacey
  • (40:37 – 1:09:31) Review: The Strangers: Chapter 1 and IF
  • (1:09:32 - 1:49:12) From the Outside In: Movie Spin-Offs We Need
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Category:general -- posted at: 4:46am PDT

On this episode of The Hollywood Outsider podcast, we are headed back to the land Charlton Heston built. Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes takes place generations after the events of "War". This time, a group of civilized primates are viciously attacked, which leaves one of their own - Noa - to set off on a journey to save his clan. The less you know of the story the better, but you can rest assured that director Wes Ball understands the respect the last trilogy carries with it, and this film honors both the heart and depth those films exacted. Humanity versus the lives of all those animals we force to do our bidding, and how the memories of our heroes can even be distorted into a manipulative tactic for dictatorship. All of this and more is on the table as we discuss Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes.

That's not all though! Entertainment news gets a once over as Lord of the Rings brings both Andy Serkis AND Gollum back, Roger Corman passes away, Disney merges with Max in the weirdest of ways, and Brandon Lee's The Crow celebrates its 30th anniversary. 

Discussed on this episode

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Category:general -- posted at: 2:00am PDT

On this episode of The Hollywood Outsider podcast, we head back to a debate that has been raging for years, but seems to have rounded a corner back to where we started: which is the best way to watch TV nowadays, binging or weekly? There are sooooo many options, especially in the world of streaming, but do we even still have time for all of this television? Let's dive into a healthy debate as we discuss binge vs weekly TV.

That's not all though! Entertainment news like The Rock's recent expose, Riddick gets another chance, a few choice movie ideas moving to production, upcoming attractions such as Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes, our review of The Last Stop in Yuma County, and more!

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Category:general -- posted at: 4:19am PDT

Inspired By A True Story is our spin-off podcast that dives into the world of true crime, specifically films that were inspired by true events, and detailing those actual crimes that occurred. On this special episode, we are sharing two of our favorite episodes: The Strangers and Mississippi Burning. Take a listen, and if you like what you here, head on over to Inspired By A True Story on your favorite podcast app and his subscribe so you can listen to every episode!

  • (0:00 – 3:03) Opening
  • (3:04 – 1:03:00) Mississippi Burning  
  • (1:03:01 - 2:07:35) The Strangers

Welcome to Inspired By A True Story, a podcast where every two weeks, our award-winning hosts and film critics discuss the genuine details that have inspired some of the most memorable true crime movies around. Each episode will break down the crime or crimes that inspired a specific film, and then discuss how factual that film is, versus how much is simply Hollywood magic.

Email your thoughts on this episode and/or suggestions of films to cover to Inspired@TheHollywoodOutsider.com

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Category:general -- posted at: 1:49am PDT

What summer movies are you most looking forward to?

On this episode of The Hollywood Outsider podcast, 2024 has finally arrived at the greatest point of every cinephile’s annual indulgence, the Summer movie season!! This year theaters are trying to kick back into gear with blockbusters like Deadpool and Wolverine, The Fall Guy, Bad Boys: Ride or Die, Inside Out 2, Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes, IF, Furiosa, Twisters, A Quiet Place: Day One, and also insightful smaller films like The Bikeriders, Hit Man, Trap, I Saw the TV Glow, Babes, and a whole lot more.  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 Summer Movie Preview 2024!

We discuss each month in detail and every major and many minor releases. May, June, July, and August all receive their fair due as we elaborate and debate on over 60 titles coming to theaters, as well as those independent and streaming gems to look for. 

Grab a pen and paper or your favorite app, because this is one episode you will want to take notes on. THIS is our 2024 Summer Movie Preview!

*Editor's Note: Release dates were based on the date of the recording, and are subject to change

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Category:general -- posted at: 1:00am PDT

John Hughes is a legendary writer and director in film. Not only have his films connected to multiple generations of audiences, but they remain classics in the hearts of movie fans everywhere. But what is the BEST John Hughes film? On this episode of The Hollywood Outsider podcast, it's time to answer that question! Therefore, we took 8 of John Hughes most famous films - including The Breakfast Club, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Christmas Vacation, Home Alone, Pretty in Pink - and whittled it down to one winner, the film that will be crowned the greatest of its kind in our John Hughes Movie Battle Royale!

That's not all though! With upcoming attractions plus reviews of The Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare, Civil War, and Fallout, this is an episode packed with a little bit of everything. 

That's not all though! With upcoming attractions plus reviews of The Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare, Civil War, and Fallout, this is an episode packed with a little bit of everything. 

Discussed on this episode

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Category:general -- posted at: 1:15am PDT

On this episode of The Hollywood Outsider podcast, it's time for reflection. Specifically, we want to look back at the impact of TV character deaths and why they hit us so hard. We spend so much time with these characters, so when writers take them away from us, it can truly throw a curveball into our lives. But which ones made the harshest impact? 

That's not all though! AMC Theaters takes it out on their Dune bucket, Tulsa King has a bit of drama all its own, reviews of upcoming movies The Long Game, Damaged, and Sting, and a whole lot more!

Discussed on this episode

  • (0:00 – 18:15) Opening | Movie and TV News Discussion: Tulsa King Drama, Dune Bucket, Matrix and Bridget Jones' Diary Return
  • (18:16 – 32:29) Reviews: The Long Game, Damaged, Sting
  • (32:30 - 37:59) Upcoming Releases
  • (38:00 – 1:29:49) From The Outside In: Impactful TV Character Deaths
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Category:general -- posted at: 4:42am PDT

On this episode of The Hollywood Outsider podcast, with Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire burning up movie theaters worldwide, we decided to take a look at monster mashups, why we love them, and then go about plotting our own take on films or TV monsters or villains that could make for an exciting versus or team-up movie all on their own. Thanos versus The Emperor? Shelob vs. Blue? How about E.T versus Cooper from Super 8? 

That's not all though! We also have a debate on when a franchise like Ghostbusters or Terminator should finally end, The Matrix turns 25, our review of Godzilla x Kong, and a whole lot more!

Discussed on this episode

  • (0:00 – 21:48) Opening | Movie and TV News Discussion
  • (21:49 – 37:37) Review: Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire
  • (37:38 - 46:42) Upcoming Releases
  • (46:43 – 1:14:25) From The Outside In: Monster and Villain Mashups in Movies and TV
  • (1:14:26 – 1:26:18) The Matrix Turns 25
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Category:general -- posted at: 1:04am PDT

On this episode of The Hollywood Outsider podcast, before we review Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire, we first have to do a bit of catching up. The past two weeks have been heavy on films, with our Oscars recap and deep dive into the SXSW Film & TV Festival, so it's time to get back to fluff. Therefore we discuss random topics such as where have all the movie songs gone, why are film credits so long, concerning streaming trends, which character would you be in The Breakfast Club, who would win between Cobra Kai and Sho Nuff, and a whole lot more. 

Then it is time to turn to our spoiler-free reviews. First of Liam Neeson's best film in years, In the Land of Saints and Sinners. Then it is time to fire up our proton packs and hit the streets of New York to debate the latest Ghostbusters film, Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire. If you need a fun podcast on movies or TV, who ya gonna call? 

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Category:general -- posted at: 4:21am PDT

The SXSW Film and TV Festival is one of the largest of its kind in the world. In a typical 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 2024 SXSW Film & TV Festival portion, and even further into the films themselves.

Over the course of several days, the 2024 SXSW Film and TV Festival screened numerous features, TV premieres, many from first-time filmmakers (consisting of World Premieres, North American Premieres, and US Premieres), shorts, virtual reality exhibits, AI advancements, 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 and popular films and television series. Over 25 films are on our docket this year, and we review them all (including The Fall Guy, Road House, Wondermind, and Black Box Diaries), as well as snippets from panels and a whole lot more!

So sit back and relax. You’re about to experience the SXSW Film and TV Festival from the comfort of your own home. 

Discover a complete list of all films, TV episodics, or events discussed on this episode HERE.

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Category:general -- posted at: 1:01am PDT

What did you think of the 96th Annual Academy Awards?

For this special Oscars 2024 wrap-up, Aaron and Amanda discuss the events, speeches, and winners of the 96th Annual Academy Awards, including a return of the five returning winners to present to current nominees, and Ryan Gosling's triumphant performance of "I'm Just Ken". All this and more are up for grabs as we recap this year's Oscars!

The Academy Awards (“Oscars”) are the most prestigious awards in filmmaking and showcase some of the greatest talent and work in motion pictures for that running year. The nominees and winners are selected by majority vote from members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Ballots are cast by members from within the industry and, in most categories, represent the corresponding branch (ex.: actors nominate actors).

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Category:general -- posted at: 7:40am PDT

Leah McKendrick's new film Scrambled stars McKendrick as Nellie Robinson, a single woman in her 30s who begins to feel like the clock is ticking, and she is running low on romantic prospects. So Nellie decides to freeze her eggs - setting her on an empowering journey to a brave new world where she ultimately discovers "the one" she's looking for might just be herself.

Scrambled is funny, sweet, charming, and heartwarming, and McKendrick put everything she had into the film, both in front of and behind the camera. As the screenwriter, director, and star of the film, we discussed all phases of the film in this exclusive interview with the burgeoning star (as well as that I Know What You Did Last Summer requel she is working on). Scrambled is now available on demand, and I really hope all of you take the time to watch it, because this is one of those films I feel like fans will want to share with other fans.

As always, we keep the film discussion spoiler-free, so listen and enjoy this interview with Leah McKendrick on her latest film, Scrambled!

You can find our previous interview with Leah as mentioned in this interview HERE.

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Category:general -- posted at: 7:43am PDT

On this episode of The Hollywood Outsider podcast, we head back to Arrakis and dive into Dune: Part Two, but first we need to discuss news and our topic of the week. A flip of our last episode, this time we want to discuss when we love a film so much, but no one else seems to get it. It's important to note, we don't mean guilty pleasures. We mean a film you truly believe is great for whatever reason, and the world at large just mostly thinks you're insane. 

Then we dive into Denis Villeneuve's return to spice up the theatrical experience with Dune: Part Two. First up is our spoiler-free review, and then Tomas Becks joins us to explain why the film is a masterpiece, and how we just don't understand. This is a conversation for every level of Dune fan, so we hope you enjoy it as much as we did. 

Discussed on this episode

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Category:general -- posted at: 4:46am PDT

On this episode of The Hollywood Outsider podcast, our main topic revolves around the struggle that occurs when it seems as though everyone loves a specific movie... but you. What do you do? Do you revisit the films later? Do you adjust your mood and watch it again? Do you question your own taste? We discuss this questions as well as dive into some of the films we have this experience with over the years, as well as a few popular listener choices on the subject.

Also on this episode, is our spoiler-free review of Netflix's Avatar: The Last Airbender. Does this live-action take finally get the essence of the original series right? Finally, Awards shows move to streaming, Fast and Furious comes to an end (finally?), and Denis Villeneuve rattles fans with a savage take on cinema as he states, Frankly, I hate dialogue. Dialogue is for theatre and television.

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Category:general -- posted at: 4:54am PDT

In Red Right Hand, Cash (Orlando Bloom) is trying to live an honest and quiet life while taking care of his recently windowed brother-in-law and niece, Savannah (Chapel Oaks). Nestled in the rural mountains of Odim county, this tight nit family tends to their family farm while trying to move on from their troubled pasts. Unfortunately, the region’s sadistic kingpin, Big Cat (Andie MacDowell) has other plans and forces Cash back into her services. In order, to protect his family, Cash is forced to complete three jobs which push him and his morality to the very brink. As the journey gets harder, Cash is drawn into a nightmare that blurs the lines between good and evil.

We interviewed the Nelms brothers in 2020 for Fatman, and these guys are a pair of our favorites. They make movies we at The Hollywood Outsider enjoy, and Red Right Hand is no exception. It's an entertaining, gritty, family revenge thriller and our hero is not a flawless badass. Orlando Bloom’s Cash is unlike his previous characters, he’s desperate to stay on the right path, but this world just won’t escape him, and Andie MacDowell’s Big Cat is a role we promise you have never seen her in. Red Right Hand is now available on demand or in limited theaters.

We keep the film discussion spoiler-free, so listen and enjoy this interview with Eshom and Ian Nelms as they break down their exciting new film, Red Right Hand.

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Category:general -- posted at: 8:44am PDT

On this episode of The Hollywood Outsider podcast, we decided it was time to return to a topic we haven't done in a few years and let's get controversial! We weigh in on a few of our unpopular opinions or theories in entertainment news. Is Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight trilogy overrated? Was 2016's Ghostbusters a better reinvention of the 80s classic than Ghostbusters: Afterlife? When does something count as woke? All of these and more are discussed and probed as The Hollywood Outsider gets controversial.

Discussed on this episode

  • (0:00 – 1:04:30) Let's Get Controversial! 2024 Edition
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Category:general -- posted at: 3:44am PDT

On this episode of The Hollywood Outsider podcast, we have three film reviews to discuss: Bob Marley: One Love  which stars Kingsley Ben-Adir as the iconic Bob Marley and Lashana Lynch as his wife Rita, in a retelling of Marley's assassination attempt and subsequent fleeing of Jamaica, all the way up until his One Love concert; Madame Web, which ventures into the Spider-Verse for a spin-off which stars Dakota Johnson as Cassandra Webb, a paramedic who survives a near-death experience only to find herself blessed with clairavoyant powers that lead her to protect three young women (Sydney Sweeney, Celeste O'Connor, and Isabela Merced) from the murderous Ezekiel Sims (Tahar Rahim); and lastly, Ordinary Angels, which stars Hilary Swank as Sharon Stevens, a complicated woman who devotes herself to helping Ed Schmitt (Alan Ritchson) raise money to pay for his daughter's liver transplant.

  • (00:00 – 07:25) Opening | Bob Marley: One Love Review
  • (07:26 – 20:36) Madame Web Review
  • (20:37 – 40:44) Ordinary Angels Review
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Category:general -- posted at: 9:01am PDT

On this episode of The Hollywood Outsider podcast, our main topic is LOVE in TV and film. For decades, audiences have been laughing and weeping along with our favorite characters on the big and small screen, but why do we connect so much with them? We debate the representation of love on screen, not just romantic but also friendships and familial love. It's an episode full of heart...and laughs. 

Also, Oscars has a new category, and it's NOT stunts, so we have a lot to say about that. Plus, Super Bowl LVII is over, but the trailers released have only just begun so we dive into many of them such as Twisters, Wicked, and especially Deadpool 3 aka Deadpool and Wolverine!

Discussed on this episode

  • (0:00 – 5:41) Intro
  • (5:42 – 31:10) Oscars New Category, WB Axes Coyote vs. Acme, Super Bowl LVII Trailers 
  • (31:11 – 1:23:56) From The Outside In: Let's Talk About Love in TV and Film
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Category:general -- posted at: 4:29am PDT

On this episode of The Hollywood Outsider podcast, we dive into the latest regarding our beloved streaming services. Disney/Hulu now joins the password crackdown. Amazon decides to shove ads into your current plan vs Netflix leaving your plan alone. The resurgence of SUITS has us asking what other old series do we want to see new audiences find, and which could be re-tooled to have new life.  Also discussed are thoughts on Tarantino's final movie ever plus we review Out of Darkness and Argylle.  

  • (0:00 – 5:28) Intro and Discussion 
  • (5:28 – 27:52) State of Streaming: Passwords and Ad Changes
  • (27:52 – 1:22:18) From The Outside In: Resurgence of Cancelled TV Shows
  • (1:22:18 – 1:37:25) Reviews: Out of Darkness and Argylle
  • (1:37:25 - 1:46:12) Closing and Open Mic
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Category:general -- posted at: 1:00am PDT

On this episode of The Hollywood Outsider podcast, it's time for our 1984 Movie Battle Royale! Not only do we discuss what a fantastic year at the theater 1984 was, but we all break it down to what is truly the greatest film to come out of that year. Which one had the most holding power, influence, is beloved the most? Could it be Ghostbusters, The Karate Kid, The Terminator, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, Gremlins, A Nightmare on Elm Street, The NeverEnding Story, Beverly Hills Cop, or something else? The answer might ultimately surprise you!

Discussed on this episode

Watch Aaron moderate a Cobra Kai panel with Ralph Macchio and William Zabka as discussed on the episode: https://youtu.be/nWASxKUS3yM

 

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Category:general -- posted at: 1:14am PDT

On this episode of The Hollywood Outsider podcast, we have several reviews to discuss: Griselda, Masters of the Air, Masters of the Universe: Revolution, Poor Things, and Zorro.

  • (00:00 – 8:46) Road House Trailer | Poor Things Review
  • (8:47 – 19:03) Masters of the Air, Masters of the Universe: Revolution, Zorro Reviews
  • (19:04 – 26:00) Griselda Review
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Category:general -- posted at: 6:00am PDT

On this episode of The Hollywood Outsider podcast, we are kicking things off with a breakdown and discussion on the 2024 Oscar nominations, from what should win to what was obviously “snubbed” in all of the major categories. Was Barbie treated fairly? Will Oppenheimer sweep? Is Godzilla Minus One going to beat blockbusters for that Visual Effects Oscar? It's time to dive in! The 96th Academy Awards will air Sunday, March 10, 2024 on ABC.

See the full list of Oscar nominees at  https://www.thehollywoodoutsider.com/96th-academy-awards-559/

What are your biggest Oscar snubs and surprises for 2024?

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Category:general -- posted at: 8:34pm PDT

On this episode of The Hollywood Outsider podcast, we have three reviews to discuss: I.S.S., Ariana DeBose faces a looming existential crisis aboard the International Space Station, Cult Killer pits Alice Eve against a serial killer, and Netflix's American Nightmare, which focuses on an insane story of a woman kidnapped in the middle of the night. 

  • (00:00 – 11:26) Opening | I.S.S. Review
  • (11:27– 14:05) Cult Killer Review
  • (14:06 – 21:23) American Nightmare Review
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I.S.S.: Tensions flare in the near future aboard the International Space Station as a conflict breaks out on Earth. Reeling, the U.S. and Russian astronauts receive orders from the ground: take control of the station by any means necessary.

Cult Killer: A private eye is murdered, his protégé is given the case and forms an unlikely alliance with the murderer. 

American Nightmare: After a harrowing home invasion and kidnapping in 2015, a couple is accused of staging the ordeal when the woman reappears in this true-crime docuseries.

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Category:general -- posted at: 4:22am PDT

What movie releases are you most looking forward to in 2024?

On this episode of The Hollywood Outsider podcast, we're breaking down everything that's getting us excited in film with our 2024 Movie Preview Extravaganza!  We talk about all the big movies coming to theaters and streaming this year with their respective release date and a brief synopsis. Blockbusters such as Deadpool 3, Inside Out 2, Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire, Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire, Furiosa, Twisters, smaller films such as Mickey 17, Civil War, Challengers, Drive-Away Dolls, and so many more. Last year was full of highlights, but 2024 is looking even more exciting. Let's take a walk into the future!

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Category:general -- posted at: 4:16am PDT

What did you think of the 75th Annual Emmy Awards?

For this special Emmys 2024 wrap-up episode of The Hollywood Outsider podcast, Aaron discusses the events, speeches, and winners of the 75th Annual Emmy Awards.

Direct download: HO_2024_Emmys.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:03pm PDT

On this episode of The Hollywood Outsider, we are breaking down our 2024 awards for both film and television. If you haven’t listened to our HO Awards before, we do ours a bit different, for example our "actor" category covers all genders, we do not separate it. For TV, network, cable, and streaming all count, it just has to have had at least 3 new episodes in 2023. For movies, theatrical, VOD, and streaming all count.

If you want to follow along, the categories are below, so let us know what your picks are on our social media channels. Each of us will award our winners in each category, and at the end, we’ll combine ours with listener picks to determine what was the HO TV series and Movie of the Year!

Take a listen to the 2024 HO Awards for TV and Film!

Be wary of potential mild spoilers for 2023 films and TV series

Discussed on this episode

  • (0:00 – 10:40) Opening
  • (10:41 – 1:14:07) Television Awards
  • (1:14:08 – 2:27:18) Film Awards
  • (2:27:19– 2:30:30) HO TV Series and HO Movie of the Year
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    TV Award Categories

    • Best Special Effects and/or Stunts on TV
    • Best Villain or Badass
    • Best Supporting Actor
    • Best Actor
    • Best Specific Moment on TV
    • The Justin Macumber Award: Little-seen or discussed TV series that just completely won you over and you hope more people find it in the new year. Named after the late Justin Macumber.
    • Biggest Surprise
    • The Top 10

    Movie Award Categories

    • Best Use of a Worn-Out Movie Cliché or Plot
    • Best Physical Effects or Stunts
    • Best Use of CGI in Film
    • Best Villain or Badass
    • Best Supporting Actor
    • Best Actor
    • Best Specific Moment in Film
    • The Justin Macumber Award: Little-seen or discussed film that just completely won you over and you hope more people find it in the new year. Named after the late Justin Macumber.
    • Biggest Surprise
    • The Top 10
Direct download: HO557_HO_Awards_2024.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:10am PDT

On this episode of The Hollywood Outsider podcast, we have four distinct topics to dive into as we revisit our most popular conversations of 2023: Movie Theater Memories, Audiences Struggle With Change, Dream Movie and TV Pairings, and Movie Sequels We Didn't Need.

Direct download: HO_2024_Best_of.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:00am PDT

On this episode of The Hollywood Outsider podcast, we have four mega reviews to discuss: Maestro, Bradley Cooper's love letter to Leonard Bernstein, Wonka, a wonderful revisiting of an iconic character, Rebel Moon: Part One - A Child of Fire, Zack Snyder takes on Star Wars, plus Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom, which leads to the end of the DCEU. 

  • (00:00 – 13:33) Opening | Maestro Review
  • (13:34 – 21:27) Wonka Review
  • (21:28 – 38:29) Rebel Moon: Part One - A Child of Fire Review
  • (38:30 – 1:05:58) Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom Review | End of the DCEU
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Direct download: HO556_Aquaman_Rebel_Moon_Maestro.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:43pm PDT

On this episode of The Hollywood Outsider podcast, it is our final podcast episode of the year as we are saying goodbye to 2023. It was a year of Barbenheimer, Taylor Swift, Matthew Perry, Godzilla, Jury Duty, and so much more. As it comes to an end, we prepare our final podcast episode of the year, recapping some of our favorite experiences and moments, and preparing for what's to come.

Take care, everyone, and see you in 2024!

Direct download: HO555_Goodbye_2023.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:00am PDT

On this episode of The Hollywood Outsider podcast, our Movie Battle Royale returns! If you have never listened before, we take eight finalists from any genre - this go-round is Holiday Spirit - and whittle them down until we come to one absolute winner, crowning that film as the greatest to ever exist in its respective genre! There are some fantastic films to choose from here as well, such as: National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation, Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, The Grinch, Scrooged, Die Hard, It's a Wonderful Life, and many more. So many gems, but only ONE winner of The Hollywood Outsider Movie Battle Royale!

Also, we return to our HO game, Movie Innuendo!

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Direct download: HO554_Holiday_Spirit_MBR.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:21am PDT

On this episode of The Hollywood Outsider podcast, we are reviewing three films that are being discussed widely in film circles: Nic Cage's wacky turn in Dream Scenario, Paul Giamatti's layered performance in The Holdovers, and a little $15 million monster movie that rivals some of Hollywood's biggest blockbusters for thrills, Godzilla Minus One!

  • (00:00 – 09:39) Dream Scenario Review
  • (09:40 – 16:10) The Holdovers Review 
  • (16:11 – 38:11) Godzilla Minus One Review
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Direct download: HO_Godzilla_Dream_Scenario.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:33am PDT

On this episode of The Hollywood Outsider podcast, it is time to break open the seal and open things up to listeners as we dive into our 2023 listener questions. Random facts or details our community has asked of us, and we shall deliver. Topics like wrestling in entertainment, movies that surprised us, podcast memories, favorite muppets, and so much more. 

Also on this episode, our spoiler-free reviews of American Fiction and Wish, as well as we discuss the chaos of Scream 7 and Disney's piss-poor 2023, plus much more. 

Discussed on this episode:

    • (0:00 – 32:10) Opening | Disney's Bad Year, Scream 7 Chaos
    • (32:11 – 39:38) Wish Review
    • (39:39 – 54:58) American Fiction Review | Movie or TV Recommendations
    • (54:59 – 1:37:06) From the Outside In Topic: Listener Questions
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Direct download: HO553_2023_Listener_Questions.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:47am PDT

Every year, we love to celebrate the holiday season with our listeners, and there is no better way to do that than with our 2023 Holiday Special!

It all started 9 years ago with a random idea: we 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 rekindle the past (and occasionally add a little something new), assembling some of the best moments from our hosts for the most fantastic holiday special ever! Debating what constitutes a Christmas movie and specials we love, what makes for a great Christmas movie, Christmas cliches we love, and bringing back Recasting the Classics with a look at how we would remake National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation!

That’s not all, oh no. 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 for as much St. Nick as legally allowed as Santa Claus drops by the studio to tell us just how naughty or nice we are, all throughout the episode!

With a special game from Amanda, Santa in his sleigh, John's obsession with puppets, Scott’s first Christmas Poem, and a lot of fun for everyone – This is the one podcast you don’t want to miss this holiday season!

Direct download: Annual_Holiday_23.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:13am PDT

On this episode of The Hollywood Outsider podcast, it's the time of year where we all celebrate what we are thankful for, and for many of us, that is entertainment. Therefore, we get a little personal and take a look at some of the movies and TV shows that have truly impacted us, that we are very thankful for. What movies or TV are you most thankful for?

Also on this episode, the SAG-AFTRA strike is over, so we discuss the details of their deal. We review Taika Waititi's latest film, Next Goal Wins, and then dive into our spoiler review of The Marvels, where we dissect exactly what went right and wrong with Marvel's newest super-team. Is it a return to form for the MCU, or a colossal miss? You might be surprised with our take...

Discussed on this episode:

    • (0:00 – 17:54) Opening | SAG-AFTRA Strike Ends, Australian Spoilers
    • (17:55 – 1:03:32) From the Outside In Topic: Movies and TV Shows We're Thankful For
    • (1:03:33 – 1:08:28) Next Goal Wins Review
    • (1:08:29 – 1:31:02) The Marvels Spoiler Review
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Direct download: HO551_Thankful_Marvels_SAG.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:30am PDT

On this episode of The Hollywood Outsider podcast, we take a look at why we as a society are so impacted by celebrity deaths such as Matthew Perry. For many, they are like family to us, though it is often hard to explain why.

Also on this episode, we discuss an expose that shed a light on Marvel's recent struggles and what that means for Disney and the MCU, plus the discovery that HBO's Casey Bloys has been having employees troll TV critics over unfavorable reviews. As well as spoiler-free reviews of It's a Wonderful Knife and The Marsh King's Daughter.

Best yet, we conclude this week's podcast with an interview with Carnivale creator Daniel Knauf as he discusses that show's 20th anniversary and his hopes for a revival, his stellar work on The Blacklist, his long career in Hollywood, and most importantly: his exciting new project, Gingerland, intended for families around the world. Daniel is as genuine a person as he is a talent, and this is a fascinating interview you won't want to miss!

The previous Daniel Knauf interview we mention in this episode can be found HERE.

Discussed on this episode:

    • (0:00 – 41:00) Opening | Marvel's Struggles, Casey Bloys on HBO Trolling TV Critics
    • (41:01 – 47:20) It's a Wonderful Knife
    • (47:21 – 50:40) The Marsh King's Daughter
    • (50:41 – 1:23:23) From the Outside In Topic: The Impact of Celebrity Deaths
    • (1:23:24 – 2:38:11) Daniel Knauf Interview: Carnivale's 20th Anniversary, The Blacklist Revelations, Gingerland
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Direct download: HO550_Celebrity_Deaths_Daniel_Knauf.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:45am PDT

This week, we're introducing our newest podcast, a mix of true crime and movie history. Inspired By A True Story is now available on your favorite podcast app!

November, 1991

Danny Rolling is charged with five counts of murder, crimes that occurred over the course of four days in August 1990 in Gainesville, Florida. His crimes extended to a triple homicide, sexual assault, and even an attempted murder.

He became known as the Gainesville Ripper.

In 1996, Wes Craven unleashed a new slasher film that flipped horror on its ear and launched a new franchise, this film was written by Kevin Williamson… who drew his inspiration from the crimes of one Daniel Harold Rolling.

Check your windows and lock your doors because Scream is inspired by a true story.

Email your thoughts on this episode and/or suggestions of films to cover to Inspired@TheHollywoodOutsider.com

Listen to all episodes of Inspired By A True Story at https://www.thehollywoodoutsider.com/inspired-by-a-true-story/

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Direct download: Inspired_by_a_True_Story.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:06am PDT

On this episode of The Hollywood Outsider podcast, there has much ado lately about film critics: how genuine are the reviews, should outside influences interfere with a review, how much studios interfere, etc. Well, this week, due to a recent onslaught of activity over an Amber Heard review for In the Fire, we are taking this topic head-on. 

Also this week, our spoiler-free reviews of Martin Scorsese's epic, Killers of the Flower Moon, SAG takes on Halloween costumes, Daniel Radcliffe creates a documentary on his former stuntman, and much more!

Discussed on this episode:

    • (0:00 – 15:11) SAG Cracks Down on Halloween, Daniel Radcliffe's Documentary on His Former Stuntman, Movie Move Again
    • (15:12 – 26:05) Killers of the Flower Moon - In Theaters Now
    • (26:06 – 1:10:08) From the Outside In Topic: What It Means To Be A Film Critic
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Direct download: HO549_Film_Critic_Flower_Moon.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:21am PDT

On this episode of The Hollywood Outsider podcast, we devote our entire episode to one topic: the history of movie theaters. From the sound to the implementation of color the eruptions of TV to blockbusters to ratings to streaming, and on and on. Movie theaters have lasted for over 100 years, and it's time to hop into our time machine and pay some respects to, as Martin Scorsese would say, cinema. Also, we take a look at recent events such as Taylor Swift's Eras Tour, and how that might change the movie theater experience yet again.

Take a listen to our newest podcast, Inspired By A True Story, now available on your favorite podcast app!

Direct download: HO548_History_of_Movie_Theaters.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:43am PDT

On this episode of The Hollywood Outsider podcast, The Exorcist has returned to theaters after a long break, and we have to ask: are demonic possession movies even still scary? Does this notion of an otherworldly force occupying our bodies work in a cynically jaded society? Do your personal beliefs amplify or decrease your fear? It's an intriguing discussion as we take out the crucifix and take a jab at this topic. 

Also this week, our spoiler-free reviews of Amber Heard's return to film with In the Fire, as well as Prime's Totally Killer, streaming prices are due for another hike, and we play another round of our game: How Do You Survive with a timed theme. All this and more!

Discussed on this episode:

    • (0:00 – 12:12) Opening | Streaming Price Hike
    • (12:13 – 20:35) In the Fire - In Theaters, On Demand, and On Digital: October 13, 2023
    • (20:36 – 29:30) Totally Killer - On Prime Video Now
    • (29:31 – 1:02:03) From the Outside In Topic: Are Demonic Possession Movies Still Scary 
    • (1:02:04 – 1:08:32) How Do You Survive?
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Direct download: HO547_Demonic_Possession_Movies.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:25am PDT

On this episode of The Hollywood Outsider podcast, we take a look at more of these tired franchises that keep popping back up. Sure, Saw X was well-received while Expendables 4 wasn't, but did we even need to get to this point? When IS a good time to end a franchise? Also, are we - the fans - truly the problem?

Also this week, our spoiler-free reviews take a look at both Netflix's The Fall of the House of Usher, out October 12th, and The Creator, in theaters now. We dive into why you should not sleep on either property this Fall. All this and more!

Discussed on this episode:

    • (0:00 – 21:34) Opening | Our Halloween BOO List | HO Teachable Minute
    • (21:35 – 32:09) The Fall of the House of Usher
    • (32:10 – 47:56) The Creator
    • (47:57 – 1:24:12) From the Outside In Topic: When To End A Franchise | Hot Take
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Direct download: HO546_Ending_A_Franchise.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:00am PDT

Russell Brand, Kevin Spacey, Bill Cosby, Mila Kunis, Drew Barrymore, and so many more. Entertainers have been accused of a variety of things over the years, with many on the internet screaming they should be cancelled or never work again. Therefore, we decided now was a perfect time to launch into a deeper discussion on separating the art from the artist. Why is it easier for some than others to separate these elements, and is anyone ever actually right when it's their own personal choice? This is our main topic this week, and it's a heavy one. 

Also this week, the WGA strike is finally over and we've got the details, plus an Office reboot looms just over the horizon. All this and more on a new episode of The Hollywood Outsider podcast!

Discussed on this episode:

    • (0:00 – 24:52) Opening | WGA Strike Is Over | Office Reboot
    • (24:53 – 1:29:40) From the Outside In Topic: Can YOU Separate the Art from the Artist?
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Direct download: HO545_Art_from_the_Artist.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:22am PDT

What movies are you most excited for this holiday season?

It’s time for our Fall and Holiday Movie Preview 2023! Every major theatrical and streaming release for the remainder of the year is on tap as we debate the best and worst of the upcoming season.  From Wonka to Flowers of the Killer Moon to Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom to The Color Purple, and everything in between!  Curious what's worth watching this holiday season? Then don't miss this episode of The Hollywood Outsider podcast!

Discussed on this episode:

    • (0:00 – 1:29:58) Holiday Movie Preview 2023
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Direct download: HO544_Fall_Holiday_2023_Movies.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:59am PDT

Want to know what new TV shows to watch this Fall?

On this episode of The Hollywood Outsider podcast, it’s time for our Fall TV preview 2023, including our most anticipated new and returning shows on the Fall television schedule. TV has evolved so much, and there are so many options, it becomes overwhelming every year to know what we should be spending our time on. Therefore we rolled up our sleeves, jumped in the water, and pulled out some of the best – and worst – that television has to offer this season. The Fall of the House of Usher, The Continental, Wilderness, The Irrational, Gen V, A Murder at the End of the World, and so many more shows are discussed and dissected on our annual plunge into the biggest season for television.

Discussed on this episode:

    • (0:00 – 1:14:23) Fall TV Preview
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Direct download: HO543_Fall_TV_2023.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:33am PDT

First up, our Movie Battle Royale returns! If you have never listened before, we take eight finalists from any genre – this time it is the horror sequel – and whittle them down until we come to one absolute winner, crowning that film as the greatest to ever exist in its respective genre! There are some fantastic films to choose from here as well, such as: Aliens, Hellraiser 2, Blade 2, Evil Dead 2, Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors, Doctor Sleep, Dawn of the Dead, Army of Darkness, A Quiet Place 2, Scream 4, Friday the 13th: New Blood, and so many more. So many gems, but only ONE winner of The Hollywood Outsider Horror Sequel Movie Battle Royale!

Then we reflect on a bit of lost history: commercials. Remember those? These little nuggets of cinema used to tell us what to buy and consume, and since streaming has taken over, we barely pay them any attention at all. What were your favorite commercials?

We conclude with discussing the perfect antihero, what makes one our favorite, and whether we have too many or too little of these characters in entertainment. Antiheroes seem to be the fan-favorites, so what is it about them that we love or connect to so much?

Discussed on this episode

    • (0:00 – 54:40) Horror Sequel Movie Battle Royale
    • (54:41 – 1:14:28) Favorite Commercials
    • (1:14:29 – 1:52:30) The Perfect Antihero
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Direct download: HOrror_Sequel_Commercials_Antiheroes.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:00am PDT

What were your favorite moments in entertainment from this past summer?

On this episode of The Hollywood Outsider podcast, we are presenting our Summer Entertainment Awards for 2023 and each category is for EITHER movies or TV. It’s our pick for the BEST in entertainment for the categories from May 1st through Labor Day weekend. The winners can be from any tv series (regardless of season) or movie, but had to be a new movie or aired that new episode between those dates. What did YOU love in entertainment this Summer?

Discussed on this episode:

Direct download: HO542_2023_Summer_Entertainment_Awards.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:18pm PDT

In case you missed it, franchises are everywhere. Not solely on theater screens, TV also holds numerous franchises, and that number is only expanding. On this episode of The Hollywood Outsider podcast, take a look at when franchise TV started, why it has continued, and even how it has exploded in recent years, as well as what are the best TV franchises out there. 

Also this week, our spoiler-free reviews of Gran Turismo, Bottoms, and The Last Voyage of the DemeterLastly we play our new game, HO NO!, where we debate some of the worst Hot Takes we've heard on the internet lately. 

Discussed on this episode:

    • (0:00 – 7:02) Opening
    • (07:03 – 46:50) From the Outside In Topic: The Era of TV Franchises
    • (46:51 – 1:07:22) Spoiler-Free Reviews: Bottoms, The Last Voyage of the Demeter, Gran Turismo
    • (1:07:23 – 1:23:09) HO NO! Our Take on the Worst Takes on the Internet
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Direct download: HO541_Era_of_TV_Franchises.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:33am PDT

We all live in an IP world, where everything seems to be made or spun off from an existing property. On this episode of The Hollywood Outsider podcast, take a look at the phenomenon of movie sequels we didn't need. Perhaps it made sense, but ultimately these choices to make a sequel ended up hurting the original films they were based off of.

Also this week, our spoiler-free review of The Meg 2: The Trench, Barbie cracks a billion, The Rock won't let Black Adam die, SAG strike continues with actors struggling with their own issues, The Sound of Freedom is summers biggest surprise hit and therefore we now have controversy, and much more.

Discussed on this episode:

    • (0:00 – 18:39) Opening | Barbie Cracks a Billion, Black Adam Won't Die, The Sound of Freedom Controversy
    • (18:40 – 31:51) SAG Actors Have Issues
    • (31:52 – 45:19) The Meg 2 Review | Recommendations
    • (45:20 – 1:16:18) From the Outside In Topic: Movie Sequels We Didn't Need
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Direct download: HO540_Movie_Sequels_We_Didnt_Need.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:52am PDT

Barbenheimer is an event in time, but one we have tackled plenty of times in the past. That being a moment when all of us seem to be collectively on the same page, at the very same time. On this episode of The Hollywood Outsider podcast, we diving into the most memorable of these pop culture moments, and why they stood out for us. Hamilton debuting during the pandemic, 1989’s Batman taking the world by storm, the O.J. trial, the Game of Thrones finale (despite what you ultimately thought of it), the now infamous Oscars slap, and so many more.

Discussed on this episode:

Direct download: HO539_Pop_Culture_Moments.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:56am PDT

On this episode of The Hollywood Outsider podcast, we head back to San Diego to look at Comic-Con 2023, dive into the SAG-AFTRA and WGA strikes and why do they matter, Barbenheimer is sweeping the world, and our spoiler-free reviews of Barbie, Oppenheimer, Talk to Me, and Sympathy for the Devil.

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Discussed on this episode:

        • (0:00 – 39:10) Opening | SAG-AFTRA and WGA Strikes | AMC Theaters and Netflix Change Course
        • (39:11 – 1:08:30) From the Outside In Topic: Comic-Con 2023
        • (1:08:31 – 1:15:45) Oppenheimer
        • (1:15:46 – 1:18:14) Talk to Me
        • (1:18:15 – 1:23:54) Sympathy for the Devil
        • (1:23:55 – 1:53:29) Barbie | The Barbie Reception
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Direct download: HO538_Comic_Con_2023.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:27am PDT

On this episode, we dive into the fascination with toys as movies. Barbie, Transformers, and on and on. Why do we flock to these stories long after our childhood, and what other toys would make for great entertainment?

Also, our spoiler-free review of Cobweb, TV series finales, summer movies, and more!

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Category:general -- posted at: 1:00am PDT

On this episode of The Hollywood Outsider podcast, it's time to discuss the elephant in the room: Thomas Cruise Mapother IV. He's a legend, both as an actor, producer, and now stuntman. He has remained at the top of his game for decades. So, why are people so conflicted about their feelings for him as fans? Tom Cruise is our topic this week, the last movie star standing. His career, the love from his crews, couch hopping, Scientology, and everything else is up for debate. 

Also this week, spoilers are everywhere, from Deadpool 3 to Superman: Legacy and we discuss the most impossible missions of film or TV. Reviews of Mission: Impossible - Dead Reckoning Part One, The Channel, and The Unseen. Plus interviews from the premiere of The Unseen. 

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Discussed on this episode:

    • (0:00 – 13:56) Opening | Spoilers Are Everywhere
    • (13:57 – 1:00:29) From the Outside In Topic: The Tom Cruise Effect
    • (1:00:30 – 1:06:43) Impossible Missions
    • (1:06:44 – 1:44:58) Spoiler-Free Reviews: The Channel, Mission: Impossible - Dead Reckoning Part One, The Unseen - Plus Interviews from the Premiere
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Category:general -- posted at: 4:17am PDT

Indiana Jones has returned to the world in a closing chapter to his storied franchise. Helena Shaw (Phoebe Waller-Bridge), Indy's estranged god-daughter, is on the hunt for the Antikythera, a mythical object that recognizes fissures in time. All the while, Jürgen Voller (Mads Mikkelsen) in on her tail with his minions in an attempt to reignite the Nazi regime. Can Indiana Jones save the world one last time? Or has the aging hero simply missed his window?

For this entire episode, we discuss director James Mangold's take on Harrison Ford's last journey in depth, and with all the love the franchise has earned over the years. Enjoy our spoiler review of Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny!

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Category:general -- posted at: 4:23am PDT

This is another full episode of The Hollywood Outsider podcast, and Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny hitting theaters, we decided to revisit our obsession with the past. Not just nostalgia, but also our own dire history. We always seem to be living in the past, so why is that? 

We also discuss the fire sales that seem to be taking place on Max, Paramount+, Disney+, and other streaming services, why San Diego Comic-Con may never be the same again, No Hard Feelings and the return of the raunchy comedy, and we end our episode by doing what Disney will inevitably do: recasting Indiana Jones!

Discussed on this episode:

    • (0:00 – 30:48) Opening | Streaming Fire Sale, Turner Classic Movies Frustrates, Comic-Con Struggles, Podcast Awards
    • (30:49 – 45:14) Review: No Hard Feelings and the Return of the Raunchy Comedy | Recommendations
    • (45:15 – 1:20:05) From the Outside In: Clinging to the Past
    • (1:20:06 – 1:29:37) Recasting Indiana Jones
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Direct download: HO534_Clinging_to_the_Past.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:22am PDT

This is a packed episode of The Hollywood Outsider podcast, and with The Flash releasing worldwide, we begin with the problem with time travel. It's a novel concept, going back to right the wrongs of the past. So why do so many film and TV properties get it horribly wrong? What works and what doesn't about the concept of time travel?

Speaking of time travel and multiverses, DC's The Flash has finally released to varying opinions and box office, but does it succeed at ending the DCEU on a high, or a whimper? We review the film initially spoiler-free before diving into the spoilers at the heart of what could be Ezra Miller's final run through a DC property.

Also this episode: Stuntpeople continue to be unappreciated, Pixar seems to be dying on the vine, Extraction 2, and much more!

Discussed on this episode:

    • (0:00 – 35:41) Click-Bait Actors, Is Pixar Dying, and Unappreciated Stuntpeople
    • (35:42 – 1:09:52) From the Outside In: The Problem with Time Travel
    • (1:09:43 – 1:16:32) Review: Extraction 2 | Recommendations
    • (1:16:33 – 1:43:24) DC's The Flash Review
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Direct download: HO533_Problem_with_Time_Travel.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:45am PDT

On this episode of The Hollywood Outsider podcast, as the hosts set off for HO Cruise '23, we decided it was a perfect time to debate what the best boats and ships entertainment of all-time is. Why did Speed 2 sink so deep, and Titanic ironically stayed upright? 

Also this week, we revisit 2007's Transformers. Michael Bay brought the live-action series to life over 16 years ago, so does that film hold up? Is it worth another watch? This is an episode of Bad Movie Night, which is available through our Patreon channel if you want to hear over 70+ additional episodes! Just visit Patreon.com/ TheHollywoodOutsider

Discussed on this episode:

    • (0:00 – 41:31) Opening | Boats and Ships in Entertainment
    • (41:32 – 1:31:00) Transformers - Revisiting Revisiting Michael Bay's 2007 film that started it all
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Category:general -- posted at: 1:46am PDT

On this episode of The Hollywood Outsider podcast, with Ted Lasso, Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Barry, Succession, and so many others ending their TV runs at the height of their success, we decided to dive into the concept of these shortened TV seasons. Do we love them? Do me miss the days of 10 years worth of 22 episodes every year? It's a deeper conversation than you would think. 

Also this week, we take a look at the MAX rebranding a couple weeks in, this recent surge of cliffhangers in theaters, our spoiler-free reviews of Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse and The Angry Black Girl and Her Monster, and our game: Let's Do It Better!

Discussed on this episode:

    • (0:00 – 30:51) MAX, Movie Theater Cliffhangers
    • (30:52 – 1:06:29) Review: Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse, The Angry Black Girl and Her Monster | Recommendations
    • (1:06:30 – 1:24:52) From the Outside In: Shortened TV Seasons 
    • (1:24:53 – 1:33:55) Let's Do It Better! | Closing
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Category:general -- posted at: 2:00am PDT

What Summer TV shows are you most looking forward to?

On this episode of The Hollywood Outsider podcast, 2023 has hit the midway point, and therefore it's time for our 2023 Summer TV Preview! This year streamers and networks are trying their best to keep viewers with a plethora of new and returning TV shows.  But with so many series coming out at this time, how is any self-respecting fan supposed to know what to watch? Take a listen as we break them all down.

We discuss each month in detail; every major new release, as well as our picks of the returning titles. May, June, July, and August all receive their fair due as we elaborate and debate on over 25 titles coming to your televisions this Summer.

Grab a pen and paper or your favorite app, because this is one episode you will want to take notes on. THIS is our 2023 Summer TV Preview!

Listen to our 2023 Summer Movie Preview HERE!

Discussed on this episode

Direct download: HO530_Summer_TV_2023.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:53am PDT

It's time for another round of the Fast and Furious family on a global adventure as Dom, Letty, and the rest of this mega-cast take on Jason Momoa's Dante, a foe set on the harshest revenge possible. This is our Fast X Spoilercast!

 

Direct download: Fast_X_Spoilercast.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:00am PDT

On this episode of The Hollywood Outsider podcast, we devote an entire episode to debating profanity and swearing in movies or TV. Is it truly necessary? What are our favorite instances of it? When is it too much? Listen now on your favorite podcast app!

Direct download: HO529_Swearing_in_movies.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:00am PDT

On this episode of The Hollywood Outsider podcast, with Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 hitting theaters and many proclaiming the film caps a "perfect trilogy", we decided to dive into that concept: what constitutes a perfect trilogy? Furthermore, do any already exist?

Also this week, the Writer's Guild of America (WGA) strike is in full-effect, our review of May 12's Robert Rodriguez / Ben Affleck team-up Hypnotic, and our spoiler-free review of Guardians before we launch into a full-on Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 spoilercast!

Be sure to listen to our recent interview with PETA on their stance on where we should be headed with animals in entertainment.

Discussed on this episode:

    • (0:00 – 12:05) The Writer's Guild of America Strike Continues On
    • (12:06 – 47:32) From the Outside In: The Art of a Perfect Trilogy
    • (47:33 – 50:29) Review: Hypnotic
    • (50:30 – 1:45:30) Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 Review and Spoilercast
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Direct download: HO528_Trilogy_Guardians_3.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:47am PDT

What summer movies are you most looking forward to?

On this episode of The Hollywood Outsider podcast, 2023 has finally arrived at the greatest point of every cinephile’s annual indulgence, the Summer movie season!! This year theaters are hopping again with blockbusters like Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, Mission Impossible: Dead Reckoning - Part One, Fast X, and The Little Mermaid, and also insightful smaller films like What's Love Got To Do With It, Hypnotic, and Talk To Me.  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 2023 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 40 titles coming to theaters, as well as those independent and streaming gems to look for. Before finally revealing the Listener Top 5 Most Anticipated Films of Summer 2023.

Grab a pen and paper or your favorite app, because this is one episode you will want to take notes on. THIS is our 2023 Summer Movie Preview!

Discussed on this episode

  • (0:00 – 1:31:41) Summer Movie Preview 2023
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Direct download: HO527_2023_Summer_Movie_Preview.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:36am PDT

Each month on our Patreon channel, we offer an exclusive episode of Bad Movie Night, where we discuss a film that many love to call ridiculous or simply bad, and we (or at least one of us) genuinely enjoy it. This is a full episode covering The Fast and the Furious series that hopefully entices you to support The Hollywood Outsider on Patreon.

So why are there such wildly different opinions about The Fast and the Furious series? Did Paul Walker's untimely departure hurt the series overall? And what happens in Furious Heaven? Has F9 setup the franchise for the insane conclusion that we all deserve? All this and more as we take on The Fast and Furious series! 

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Category:general -- posted at: 2:10pm PDT

On this special episode of The Hollywood Outsider podcast, we discuss animals in entertainment with none other than PETA, the organization formally known as People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.

A while back we did a segment on a horse that passed away on the set of Amazon Prime’s The Rings of Power, reportedly due to cardiac arrest. We made our comments, and riffed on PETA’s condemnation of the death. Well PETA heard this segment and reached out to us with an offer: let’s have an honest discussion about animals in entertainment with PETA on your podcast. So, Aaron and John sat down with Courtney Penley, PETA's Coordinator of Animals in TV and Film to discuss what it is that PETA wants Hollywood to do and what that means for the entertainment industry as a whole, as well as PETA's activism as a whole.

So you might walk into this interview with preconceived notions, maybe you support PETA or perhaps you struggle with how they convey their message. We would only ask that you approach this conversation as a whole with an open mind on all sides of these issue, and then listen as all of our hosts join up on the other side of this to discuss our thoughts on the interview as a whole.

Discussed on this episode:

    • (0:00 – 47:09) The PETA Interview with PETA Film & TV Production Coordinator, Courtney Penley
    • (47:10 – 1:41:54) Discussion on PETA, the Interview, and Animals in Entertainment
    • Contact PETA to report any questionable animal issues at 323-210-2233
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Direct download: HO526_PETA_Interview.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:00am PDT

On this episode of The Hollywood Outsider podcast, we dive into the fascinating world of angels and demons. Why do we love this concept so much? Is it because of religious ideology? Is it simply because we love to be both hopeful and terrified? And what are the best interpretations of these characters in film?

Also this week, Netflix DVD coming to an end, Max begins, Star Trek: Section 31 and Galaxy Quest returns, our review of Evil Dead Rise, and another go-round of our game, How Do You Survive?

Discussed on this episode

    • (0:00 – 30:32) Streaming with Max, Netflix Ends, Star Trek: Section 31 and Galaxy Quest Returns
    • (30:33 – 47:17) Reviews: Evil Dead Rise | Recommendations
    • (47:18 – 1:17:09) From the Outside In: Angels and Demons
    • (1:17:10 – 1:31:10) How Do You Survive? - Evil Dead Edition
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Direct download: HO525_Angels_and_Demons.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:09am PDT

On this episode of The Hollywood Outsider podcast, our Movie Battle Royale returns! If you have never listened before, we take eight finalists from any genre - this time it is the year 1993 - and whittle them down until we come to one absolute winner, crowning that film as the greatest to ever exist in its respective genre! There are some fantastic films to choose from here as well, such as: Jurassic Park, Philadelphia, Army of Darkness, The Firm, The Fugitive, Demolition Man, Tombstone, Nightmare Before Christmas, Mrs. Doubtfire, Hocus Pocus, and so many more. So many gems, but only ONE winner of The Hollywood Outsider Movie Battle Royale!

Also this week, we discuss all of the details from the 2023 Star Wars Celebration, plus our review of the juggernaut that is Super Mario Brothers! All of this and much more on the latest episode of The Hollywood Outsider podcast.

Discussed on this episode

    • (0:00 – 28:04) Star Wars Celebration 2023
    • (28:05 – 34:38) Reviews: Super Mario Brothers
    • (34:39 – 1:45:38) The 1993 Movie Battle Royale
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Direct download: HO524_1993_MBR.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:17am PDT

Which Streaming Service is winning the war and which is dead on arrival?

Netflix continues to cancel shows, HBO MAX’s content future is uncertain, Paramount’s app is wonky, and whatever even is a Shudder? With streaming now dominating our living rooms we discuss who is winning the Streaming Wars, and which service is our most and least favorite. Plus some tips and tricks you may not have realized.

Also on this episode, Super Mario is here and animated so what other properties should get the animated treatment. Paley Fest LA has a few surprises, including some new Mandalorian info. We review the movie Paint, plus we take questions from you all the fans.

Discussed on this episode

  • (0:00 – 14:12)Opening and Properties We Want Animated
  • (14:12 – 36:06)Paley Fest LA 2023 and Mandalorian News
  • (36:06 – 44:08)Paint Review and Recent Recomendations
  • (44:08 – 1:16:53)From The Outside In: Streaming Wars
  • (1:16:53 – 1:28:57) Listener Questions?

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Direct download: HO_StateofStreaming_20230405.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:08am PDT

Who has does the best building of worlds and mythologies in your eyes?

With John Wick: Chapter 4 and Dungeons and Dragons: Honor Among Thieves hitting theaters, we felt it was a perfect time to dive into what does it take for a film or TV series to excel at world building or creating a mythology? It's become much more prevalent these days as so many studios want their own expanded universes... but who does it the best? 

Also on this episode, Vertigo gets a remake, Jonathan Majors runs into trouble, PETA takes on Amazon, review of Dungeons and Dragons: Honor Among Thieves, and we take a bit of time to see which classes WE would be in that particular game, plus a lot more!

Discussed on this episode

  • (0:00 – 22:40) Opening | Vertigo Gets A Remake, Jonathan Majors Has An Issue, PETA Takes on Amazon
  • (22:41 – 37:56) Reviews: Dungeons and Dragons: Honor Among Thieves | Recommendations 
  • (37:57 – 1:12:35) From the Outside In: World Building and Mythologies
  • (1:12:36 – 1:32:05) Dungeons and Dragons: Which Class Would We Be?
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Direct download: HO522_Building_Worlds_and_Mythologies.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:27am PDT

The SXSW Film and TV Festival is one of the largest of its kind in the world. In a typical 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 SXSW 2023, the heart of the SXSW Film and TV Festival portion, and even further into the films themselves.

Over the course of several days, the 2023 SXSW Film and TV Festival screened numerous features, TV premieres, 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 and popular films and television series. Over 25 films are on our docket this year, and we review them all (including Dungeons and Dragons: Honor Among Thieves, John Wick: Chapter 4, and Evil Dead Rise), as well as snippets from panels and a whole lot more!

So sit back and relax. You’re about to experience the SXSW Film and TV Festival from the comfort of your own home.

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

    • Thoughts on the 2023 SXSW Film and TV Festival
    • Reviews of over 25 films and episodic premieres screened at the festival, titles listed below
    • Our personal awards from the film festival
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Direct download: HO521_SXSW_2023.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:22am PDT

What did you think of the 95th Annual Academy Awards?

For this special Oscars 2023 wrap-up, Aaron and Amanda are LIVE from SXSW 2023 to discuss the events, speeches, and winners of the 95th Annual Academy Awards, including a noticeable lack of professional slapping.

The Academy Awards (“Oscars”) are the most prestigious awards in filmmaking and showcase some of the greatest talent and work in motion pictures for that running year. The nominees and winners are selected by majority vote from members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Ballots are cast by members from within the industry and, in most categories, represent the corresponding branch (ex.: actors nominate actors).

Discussed on this episode

  • Oscars 2023 | The 95th Academy Awards winners, ceremony, and stand-out moments.
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Direct download: HO_2023_Oscars.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:34am PDT

Why do we love awful TV characters?

YOU just finished its fourth season, and people still LOOOOOOVE Joe. Why though? He's a horrible person who preys on women and murders fairly consistently. What is it about this awful TV characters that we just cannot stop loving? On the flip side, what about those TV leads that are just bad in general? There's a lot to unpack on this episode of The Hollywood Outsider podcast!

Also on this episode, Movie Innuendo returns with a SCREAM edition, thoughts on how many sequels are enough, reviews of Pinball: The Man Who Saved The Game and Chris Rock's Selective Outrage, and much more!

Discussed on this episode

  • (0:00 – 15:29) Opening | How Many Sequels Are Enough, The Slap Anniversary
  • (15:30 – 30:59) Reviews: Operation Fortune, Pinball: The Man Who Saved The Game, Chris Rock: Selective Outrage
  • (31:00 – 1:09:06) From the Outside In: Awful TV Characters We Love and Bad TV Leads
  • (1:09:07 – 1:13:50) Movie Innuendo: SCREAM Edition
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Direct download: HO520_Bad_TV_Characters_We_Love.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:57am PDT

Why do we love movies where animals are the hunters?

On this episode of The Hollywood Outsider podcast, we decide pry into the idea of why do we love watching animals and insects attack our fellow humans? With Cocaine Bear clawing up theaters, it's obvious people still love a good man vs. nature film, so why do we love this topic so much? And what, exactly, are we terrified of? Let's discuss!

Also on this episode, what is the appeal of boxing films, Hogwarts Legacy is sweeping the movie game market, Disney officially loses control of Reedy Park, plus reviews of Cocaine Bear and 2023's Children of the Corn!

Discussed on this episode

  • (0:00 – 8:11) Opening
  • (8:12 – 27:00) Boxing Films, Hogwarts Legacy, Disney Loses Reedy Creek
  • (27:01 – 39:57) Reviews: Cocaine Bear, Children of the Corn
  • (39:58 – 1:22:10) From the Outside In: Man vs. Nature and When Animals Attack!
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Direct download: HO519_Man_vs_Nature.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:10am PDT

On this episode of The Hollywood Outsider podcast, it's time to ask the big question: Is Marvel phasing out? Meaning, are they fading as a brand? Are they pumping out too much quantity, are they losing too much quality, what is going on with Marvel these days? Sure, there are still fans who love each and every thing Marvel does, but you have to admit those numbers are shrinking. So the question is: why? 

Also on this episode, we discuss Bruce Willis' recent update, our spoiler review of Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, and we respond directly to YOUR questions lifted straight off of Patreon.com!

Discussed on this episode

  • (0:00 – 9:47) Opening 
  • (9:48 – 44:16) From the Outside In: Is Marvel Phasing Out?
  • (44:17 – 1:08:36) Listener Questions from Patreon.com/TheHollywoodOutsider
  • (1:08:37 – 1:21:52) Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania Spoiler Review
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Direct download: HO518_Is_Marvel_Phasing_Out.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:32am PDT

Why do audiences struggle so much with change to their favorite properties?

On this episode of The Hollywood Outsider podcast, we decide to dive deep into a hot button topic: why do audiences struggle so much with change? Think about it, we all have it. Something beloved to us: James Bond, Superman, Peter Parker, Lord of the Rings, Star Wars - whatever it is, there is SOME property we feel should always remain just as we remember it. But why? It's time to discuss. 

And that's not all, as we also whine about bad manners when you're watching TV at home, a Patreon suggested topic on Superman 1 & 2, plus reviews of Devil's Peak, YOU Season 4 Part 1, and Titanic's 25th Anniversary re-release. 

Discussed on this episode

  • (0:00 – 14:13) Opening | TV Manners
  • (14:14 – 22:51) Patreon Topic on Superman 1 and 2
  • (22:52 – 45:26) Spoiler-Free Reviews: Titanic 25th Anniversary, Devil's Peak, YOU: Season 4 Part 1
  • (45:27 – 1:29:37) From the Outside In: Why Do Audiences Struggle With Change?
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Direct download: HO517_Struggles_with_Change.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:33am PDT

On this episode of The Hollywood Outsider podcast, we want to know why do audiences love an apocalypse so much? The Last of Us, Walking Dead, Station 11, there are so many TV shows and movies that take place in an apocalyptic scenario these days...but why? We discuss this phenomenon and why we are so in love with this concept, as well as how we think we would fare if it all came true. 

And that's not all, as AMC Theaters has unveiled a new pricing structure that feels guaranteed to piss off moviegoers who just fell back in love with going to theaters again. Plus review of Knock at the Cabin, recommendations, expanded universes, and more!

Discussed on this episode

  • (0:00 – 30:14) Opening | AMC Theaters Pricing Update and TV Expanded Universes
  • (30:15 – 39:30) Spoiler-Free Review: Knock at the Cabin | Recommendations - Mayfair Witches, That 90s Show, Poker Face
  • (39:31 – 1:01:571) From the Outside In: Why Do We Love An Apocalypse?
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Category:general -- posted at: 4:45am PDT

What are your dream film or TV pairings?

On this episode of The Hollywood Outsider podcast, we discuss who we would love to see paired up for a film or TV project. Think Eddie Murphy and Nick Nolte, Danny Glover and Mel Gibson, Martin Lawrence and Will Smith, Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy, etc. Those actors who somehow immediately gel despite never seeming to fit off the page. Who are your dream film or TV pairings?

And that's not all, as James Gunn and Peter Safran have unveiled their initial plans for the newly revamped DC Universe, or DCU. John and Aaron break down all of the news, and what it all means. 

Also on this episode: Our spoiler-free reviews of You People and 80 for Brady, plus a return to our game, How Do You Survive - Cocaine Bear and Knock at the Cabin editions!

Discussed on this episode

  • (0:00 – 7:50) Opening 
  • (7:51 – 46:40) Dream Film or TV Pairings
  • (46:41 – 56:08) Spoiler-Free Reviews: You People and 80 for Brady
  • (56:09 – 1:25:01) James Gunn and Peter Safran unveils the New DC Universe, aka the DCU
  • (1:25:01 – 1:35:40) How Do You Survive - Cocaine Bear and Knock at the Cabin Editions
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Category:general -- posted at: 6:04am PDT

What are your favorite movie theater memories?

On this episode of The Hollywood Outsider podcast, we are kicking things off with a breakdown and discussion on the 2023 Oscar nominations, from what should win to what was obviously "snubbed" in all of the major categories. Then we segue to a walk down memory lane as we barb back-and-forth on our favorite movie theater memories: those times IN a movie theater that have stayed with us for all of these years. What was your most memorable time at the cinema?

Also on this episode: Alec Baldwin is charged in the Rust tragedy, and our spoiler-free reviews of The Last of Us and Night Court!

Discussed on this episode

  • (0:00 – 40:07) Opening | 2023 Oscar Nominations | Rust Charges
  • (40:08 – 1:13:32) Movie Theater Memories
  • (1:13:33 – 1:27:13) Reviews of The Last of Us and Night Court
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Direct download: HO514_Movie_Theater_Memories.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:45am PDT

On this episode of The Hollywood Outsider podcast, we're breaking down everything that's getting us excited in film with our 2023 Movie Preview Extravaganza!  We talk about all the big movies coming to theaters and streaming this year with their respective release date and a brief synopsis. Flash, Fast X, Little Mermaid, Wonka, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny, and so many more. Last year was full of highlights, but 2023 is looking even more exciting. Let's take a walk into the future! 

Also on this episode: our spoiler-free review of Alice, Darling!

Discussed on this episode

  • (5:46 – 1:21:39) The 2023 Movie Preview Extravaganza
  • (1:21:40 – 1:32:11) Review of Alice, Darling
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Direct download: HO513_2023_Movie_Preview.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:23am PDT

What TV Releases Are You Most Looking Forward to in 2023?

On this episode of The Hollywood Outsider podcast, we're breaking down everything that's getting us excited in television with our 2023 TV Release Extravaganza!  We talk about over 30 NEW TV shows coming to television this year with the premiere date, network, and a brief synopsis, AND our favorites returning. Strap on your boots, we're taking a walk into the future!

Also on this episode: spoiler-free reviews of M3GAN, The Pale Blue Eye, and Skinamarink!

Discussed on this episode

  • (0:00 – 5:45) Opening 
  • (5:46 – 1:00:43) Most Anticipated TV Shows of 2023
  • (1:00:44 – 1:27:05) Reviews of M3GAN, The Pale Blue Eye, and Skinamarink
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Direct download: HO512_2023_TV_Releases.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:06am PDT

On this episode of The Hollywood Outsider, we are breaking down our 2023 awards for both film and television. If you haven’t listened to our HO Awards before, we do ours a bit different, for example our "actor" category covers all genders, we do not separate it. For TV, cable and streaming all count, it just has to have had at least 3 new episodes in 2022. For movies, VOD and streaming all count.

If you want to follow along, the categories are below, so let us know what your picks are on our social media channels. Each of us will award our winners in each category, and at the end, we’ll combine ours with listener picks to determine what was the HO TV series and Movie of the Year! Before we go, we will each leave you with our 2023 HO Teachable Minute.

* Be wary of potential mild spoilers for 2022 films and TV series

Discussed on this episode

  • (0:00 – 15:50) Opening | Best TV or Film Experience | Best News Item | Best Line in Film or TV
  • (15:51 – 1:08:25) Television Awards
  • (1:08:26 – 1:59:20) Film Awards
  • (1:59:21 – 2:07:30) Listener Top 10 | HO TV Series, and Movie of the Year | 2023 Teachable Minute
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TV Award Categories

  • Best Special Effects and/or Stunts on TV
  • Best Villain or Badass
  • Best Supporting Actor
  • Best Actor
  • Best Specific Moment on TV
  • The Justin Macumber Award: Little-seen or discussed TV series that just completely won you over and you hope more people find it in the new year. Named after the late Justin Macumber.
  • Most Disappointing TV Series
  • Best TV Flashback
  • The Top 10

Movie Award Categories

  • Best Use of a Worn-Out Movie Cliché or Plot
  • Best Physical Effects or Stunts
  • Best Use of CGI in Film
  • Best Villain or Badass
  • Best Supporting Actor
  • Best Actor
  • Best Specific Moment in Film
  • The Justin Macumber Award: Little-seen or discussed film that just completely won you over and you hope more people find it in the new year. Named after the late Justin Macumber.
  • Most Disappointing Film
  • The Top 10

 

Direct download: HO511_2023_HO_Awards.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:00am PDT

On this episode of The Hollywood Outsider podcast, it's the Best of 2022 as we assemble our most popular topics of 2022 in ONE episode: Controversy, Multiverses, and 80s Movie Soundtracks!

First up, we decided it was time to get a bit controversial and weigh in on a few of our unpopular opinions or theories in entertainment news. Is Wes Anderson vastly overrated? Should Star Wars have ended with Return of the Jedi? Is E.T. really an allegory for something deeper, perhaps a love story? All of these and more are discussed and probed as The Hollywood Outsider gets controversial.

Then we’re taking a journey through the multiverse. Specifically, the concept of multiverses as a storytelling device. While many might think this starts and ends with Marvel’s recent slate of films including Spider-Man: No Way Home, in fact, multiverses have been around for decades in various forms. As this backdrop of storytelling explodes in popularity, we take a look at it and discuss if it has a long-term future in modern filmmaking.

We conclude with our most popular topic of the year as we decided to look back at the original for inspiration and devote our topic to 80s movie soundtracks! Top Gun, Dirty Dancing, Purple Rain, The Blues Brothers, the list goes on and on and on. What was your favorite soundtrack from the 80s era?

Discussed on this episode

    • (0:00 – 49:16) Let's Get Controversial
    • (49:17 – 1:13:34) Journey Through the Multiverse
    • (1:13:35 – 2:05:12) 80s Movie Soundtracks
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Category:general -- posted at: 7:26am PDT

On this episode of The Hollywood Outsider podcast, it's time to head back to Pandora and witness the majestic views of the seas as imagined by James Cameron, as he returns to his biggest movie of all-time with Avatar: The Way of Water

Aaron and Troy first break down the story and experience as a spoiler-free review, before diving into the spoilers of Jake and Neytiri's burgeoning family who are now being hunted by a character familiar to all. This is blockbuster filmmaking at its most imaginative, but does the return to Pandora live up to expectations after 13 years away?

Discussed on this episode

    • (0:00 – 15:13) Avatar: The Way of Water Spoiler-Free Review
    • (15:14 – 45:06) Avatar: The Way of Water Spoiler Discussion
    • Please support The Hollywood Outsider and gain immediate access to bonus content, including Patreon exclusive podcast content like our Bad Movie Night by visiting Patreon.com/ TheHollywoodOutsider
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Category:general -- posted at: 4:54am PDT

Television has gotten so enormous that is near impossible to stay up-to-date on every TV show airing or streaming today. While we are swimming in the riches of content these days, there are still shows that are simply the BEST at consuming our every waking moment. These are not necessarily the greatest TV shows, but instead bingeable TV shows we are talking about. Your Breaking Bad, The Office, 24, Lost, Game of Thrones, Battlestar Galactica, Stranger Things, and many others are on tap as we discuss what are the most bingeable TV shows of all-time. 

Also on this week's show, we have spoiler-free reviews of The Apology and Adult Swim Yule Log. As well as discussion on the insanity happening over at Warner Brothers Discover and HBO Max, do the 2023 Golden Globes even matter, and Titanic turns 25 years old. This and more on the latest episode of The Hollywood Outsider podcast. 

Discussed on this episode

    • (0:00 – 23:40) Discovery HBO Max Chaos, Golden Globes 2023, Titanic Turns 25
    • (23:41 – 39:52) Reviews: The Apology, Adult Swim Yule Log | Recommendations
    • (39:53 – 1:36:30) From the Outside In: The Most Bingeable TV Shows Ever
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Direct download: HO509_Bingeable_TV.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:31am PDT

Every year, we love to celebrate the holiday season with our listeners, and there is no better way to do that than with our annual Holiday Special!

It all started 8 years ago with a random idea: we 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 rekindle the past while adding a little something new, and assembling some of the best moments from every host - Aaron, John, Amanda, Brian, Scott, and Justin - for the most fantastic holiday special ever! Debating what constitutes a Christmas movie and specials we love, what makes for a great Christmas movie, Christmas cliches we love, plus new segments where we review Violent Night and bring back Recasting the Classics with a look at how we would remake National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation!

That’s not all, oh no. 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 for as much St. Nick as legally allowed as Santa Claus drops by the studio to tell us just how naughty or nice we are, all throughout the episode!

With a special game from Amanda, Santa in his sleigh, John's obsession with puppets, Scott’s first Christmas Poem, and a lot of fun for everyone – This is the one podcast you don’t want to miss this holiday season!

Direct download: Annual_Holiday_Special.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:02am PDT

In recent years, directors Rian Johnson and Kenneth Branagh have revived the murder mystery format in a huge way with their respective franchises beginning with Knives Out and Murder on the Orient Express, respectively. We have discussed how much we all love murder mysteries on the podcast, but WHY do we love them so much? What is it about these puzzle games of murder that drive audiences back for repeat viewings, long after they have already deduced who the culprit is? We'll find out this week as our topic is what makes for a great murder mystery? 

Also on this week's show, we have spoiler-free reviews of Jenna Ortega as Wednesday Adams in Tim Burton's foray into television with Wednesday, plus Rian Johnson's return to the Knives Out franchise with Glass Onion. Furthermore, Quentin Tarantino has been getting a lot of press recently for his comments stating that Marvel actors are not movie stars, but is there truth in his statements? We discuss, and at the end of the podcast, revisit an earlier conversation we had on the end of the movie star era as a whole.

Discussed on this episode

    • (0:00 – 21:45) Opening | Quentin Tarantino and Marvel Movie Stars
    • (21:46 – 53:13) Reviews: Netflix's Wednesday and Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery | Recommendations
    • (53:14 – 1:15:45) From the Outside In: What Makes A Great Murder Mystery? 
    • (1:15:46 – 1:41:29) Is the Movie Star Era Dead? - (From Episode 490)
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Direct download: HO508_Murder_Mysteries.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:59am PDT

The world is abuzz with Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, as director Ryan Coogler was faced with a difficult question after beloved star Chadwick Boseman suddenly passed away: recast or move forward? On this episode of The Hollywood Outsider podcast, we discuss recasting film and television characters throughout the years, and when is the right or wrong time to do so. Or is it ever truly ok to recast a beloved character? Also this week, we discover an actor's gem through focusing on several rarely discussed films by some of our favorite actors.

After our topic, Troy and Aaron dive into Black Panther: Wakanda Forever! Be forewarned, this is a full-on spoilercast where we discuss all of the details Marvel and director Ryan Coogler decided to go with as they ventured back to Wakanda. Does Letitia Wright carry the film? Is Namor a formidable foe? Should they ultimately have recast King T'Challa? Why the hell isn't the stinger part of the ACTUAL movie?! All of this and more on our Black Panther: Wakanda Forever Spoilercast.

Discussed on this episode

    • (0:00 – 06:25) Opening
    • (06:26 - 48:33) From the Outside In: Recasting Film or TV Actors
    • (48:34 – 55:52) Discover an Actor's Gem
    • (55:53 – 1:35:03) Black Panther: Wakanda Forever Spoilercast
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Direct download: HO507_Recasting_Actors_Wakanda_Forever.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:17pm PDT

On this episode of The Hollywood Outsider podcast, we're talking about politics, and if the excessive and combative nature of the political landscape these days is ruining entertainment. Do you feel there is too much political ideology injected in today's entertainment? Do you remember when no one even discussed politics, where it was a taboo subject? Can you separate politics from your entertainment, or are politics ruining entertainment? We discuss it all on this rare episode where we let red and blue into our discussions. 

Also this week, HBO unceremoniously cancels Westworld (you can listen to the Beyond Westworld podcast here), Netflix with Ads premieres, reviews of Blamed, Weird: The Al Yankovic Story, Enola Holmes 2, Till, and I Am A Stalker. 

Discussed on this episode

    • (0:00 – 20:49) Opening | Movie & TV News: HBO Cancels Westworld, Netflix with Ads, MoviePass Fraud
    • (20:50 - 36:03) Reviews: Blamed, Weird: The Al Yankovic Story, Till, I Am A Stalker, Enola Holmes 2
    • (36:04 – 1:23:44) From the Outside In: Is Politics Ruining Entertainment
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Direct download: HO506_Politics_Entertainment.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:32am PDT

What movies are you most excited for this holiday season?

It’s time for our Holiday Movie Preview 2022! Every major theatrical and streaming release for the remainder of the year is on tap as we debate the best and worst of the upcoming season.  From Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery to Black Panther: Wakanda Forever to Avatar: The Way of Water, and everything in between!  Curious what's worth watching this holiday season? Then don't miss this episode of The Hollywood Outsider podcast!

Direct download: HO505_Holiday_Movie_Preview_2022.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:00am PDT

As Game of Thrones show runners breathe fire into their first spin-off in House of the Dragon, we’re here to discuss all of the comings and goings in the realm during this first season. On this special episode, we take the major happenings over the 20 year period from the show, 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 primary character and the main plot points as the war for the Iron Throne reigns on.

Targaryens, Valeryons, and Hightowers - oh my! The gang is all here, and we’re ready to tackle this season in the most cutthroat way possible. Take a listen to our House of the Dragon Reactions Podcast!

Discussed on this episode

  • Expectations vs reality, how House of the Dragon compares to Game of Thrones
  • This season, we go through a series of time jumps. What did you think of this progressive shift in not just story but also actors being recast?
  • More than anything, House of the Dragon is a show about multi-generational trauma and dismantling the patriarchy. Are these concepts becoming exhausting for you personally, or are you still satisfied?
  • Each character’s overall arc recapped and discussed
  • Best and least favorite moments and characters
  • Wants, needs, and predictions for House of the Dragon season 2
  • Email us your thoughts on the episode  feedback@thehollywoodoutsider.com or leave us a message at 818-814-6246
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Direct download: HO504_House_of_the_Dragon_S1.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:35am PDT

On this episode of The Hollywood Outsider, it's time to smell what The Rock is cooking up in the DCEU as Black Adam finally hit theaters, and critics and audiences are split down the middle on The Rock's interpretation of the fabled DC Universe villain. We discuss every aspect of the film, including that magnificent cameo. 

Also, Zack Parkerson of The Gaming Outsider stops by to discuss The Flash trailer, as he was part of a focus group on the trailer and has enormous insight into what we might see in DC's next franchise wannabe starter starring Ezra Miller. 

Discussed on this episode

    • (0:00 – 15:13) Opening | The Flash Trailer
    • (15:14 – 45:06) Black Adam Spoiler Review Discussion
    • Please support The Hollywood Outsider and gain immediate access to bonus content, including Patreon exclusive podcast content like our Bad Movie Night by visiting Patreon.com/ TheHollywoodOutsider
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Direct download: HO_Black_Adam_Review.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:12pm PDT

On this episode of The Hollywood Outsider podcast, we're talking about the perfect antihero, what makes one our favorite, and whether we have too many or too little of these characters in entertainment. Antiheroes seem to be the fan-favorites, so what is it about them that we love or connect to so much?

Also this week, we discuss Harrison Ford's entrance into the MCU, Amazon bringing NFL to their streaming platform and their Lord of the Rings hit, and good ole' Martin Scorsese complains again. And if you've seen Halloween Ends, Aaron and Amanda share their SPOILER thoughts on the trilogy's conclusion.

Discussed on this episode

    • (0:00 – 10:46) Opening | What's on our minds
    • (10:46 – 26:49 Movie & TV News | Recent Recommendations
    • (26:49 – 1:04:12) From the Outside In: The Perfect Anti Hero
    • (1:04:12 - 1:12:35) Closing | What Would Have Happened?
    • (1:12:35 - 1:43:58) Halloween Ends: Spoiler Filled Review
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Direct download: Anit_Heroes_Halloween_Ends.mp3
Category:Movie Podcast -- posted at: 4:36am PDT

On this episode of The Hollywood Outsider podcast, our Movie Battle Royale returns! If you have never listened before, we take eight finalists from any genre - this time it is horror sequels - and whittle them down until we come to one absolute winner, crowning that film as the greatest to ever exist in its respective genre! There are some fantastic films to choose from here as well, such as: Aliens, Hellraiser 2, Blade 2, Evil Dead 2, Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors, Doctor Sleep, Dawn of the Dead, Army of Darkness, A Quiet Place 2, Scream 4, Friday the 13th: New Blood, and so many more. So many gems, but only ONE winner of The Hollywood Outsider Movie Battle Royale!

Also this week, we discuss Marvel's revolving release dates, Hocus Pocus 2 demonizing children, TJ Miller tossing shade at Ryan Reynolds, Blockbuster nostalgia fading, and our spoiler-free review of Amsterdam. All of this and much more on the latest episode of The Hollywood Outsider podcast.

Discussed on this episode

    • (0:00 – 22:08) Opening | Movie and TV News: Marvel Dates, TJ Miller, Hocus Pocus 2 controversy, Blockbuster
    • (26:03 – 40:21) Reviews: Amsterdam, Luckiest Girl Alive | Recommendations
    • (40:22 – 1:35:06) The Horror Sequel Movie Battle Royale
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    • Follow us on Twitter @BuyPopcorn


Direct download: HO503_Horror_Sequel_Movie_Battle_Royale.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:25am PDT

On this episode of The Hollywood Outsider podcast, it is time to prep for All Hallows' Eve as we take to our own respective graveyards and dig up obscure Halloween movies. Trick r Treat has taken off in recent years, and there are many little unspoken gems like this one to get us all hyped up for the best movie season of the year for horror fans! Take a listen, and rest assured to walk away with at least a few new Halloween gems to watch this season of the witch. 

Also this week, we discuss physical vs. digital media as it once again joins the conversation, digital rights being sold off of our favorite actors, Deadpool 3, and reviews of Smile and Netflix's Blonde. All of this and much more on the latest episode of The Hollywood Outsider podcast.

Discussed on this episode

    • (0:00 – 22:08) Opening | Movie and TV News: Physical vs Digital Media, Digital Rights, Deadpool 3
    • (22:09 – 44:18) Reviews: Smile, Blonde
    • (44:19 – 1:30:37) From the Outside In: Obscure Halloween Movies
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Direct download: HO502_Obscure_Halloween_Films.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:59am PDT

Want to know what new TV shows to watch this Fall?

On this episode of The Hollywood Outsider podcast, it’s time for our Fall TV preview 2022, including our most anticipated new and returning shows on the Fall television schedule. TV has evolved so much, and there are so many options, it becomes overwhelming every year to know what we should be spending our time on. Therefore we rolled up our sleeves, jumped in the water, and pulled out some of the best and worst that television has to offer this season. Andor, Wednesday, Willow, Interview with the Vampire, Quantum Leap, The Midnight Club and so many more shows are discussed and dissected on our annual plunge into the biggest season for television.

Also this week: reviews of Don't Worry Darling, Bandit, On the Come Up, and much more.

Discussed on this episode

  • (0:00 – 1:04:09) Opening | Fall TV Preview 2022
  • (1:04:10 – 1:31:27) Reviews: Don't Worry Darling, Bandit, On the Come Up
  • Please support The Hollywood Outsider and gain immediate access to bonus content, including Patreon exclusive podcast content like our Bad Movie Night by visiting Patreon.com/ TheHollywoodOutsider
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Direct download: HO501_Fall_TV_2022.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:38am PDT

This is Episode 500 of The Hollywood Outsider podcast, where Aaron Peterson, John Davenport, Amanda Sink, and Troy Heinritz are joined by former hosts Scott Clark and Brian Williams to celebrate 500 episodes of our podcast. Strap in, this is a wild one. 

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Category:general -- posted at: 5:06am PDT

On this episode of The Hollywood Outsider podcast, we dive into the reveals of Disney's own Comic-Con with their D23 Expo. Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Pixar, and - of course - a ton of Marvel has been unveiled for all the world to see, and we debate the biggest news that sprung from a weekend of Disney love.  

Also this episode, our spoiler-free review of Cobra Kai Season 5, and then it's time to discuss one of our favorite filmmakers and personalities: Kevin Smith. With Smith bringing Clerks III to screens nationwide as well as a road tour, it's the end of an era for Smith of sorts. We discuss why people love Smith, as well as his recent work, before diving into our spoiler-free review of Clerks III, the finale to Kevin Smith's own personal trilogy. 

Discussed on this episode

    • (0:00 – 47:14) Opening | Disney's D23 Expo
    • (47:15– 50:14) Cobra Kai: Season 5
    • (50:15 – 1:37:22) A Discussion on Kevin Smith and Clerks III
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Direct download: HO_D23_Kevin_Smith_Clerks_3.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:14am PDT

On this episode of The Hollywood Outsider podcast, we debate psychological horror vs gore, the art of the movie trailer, and then finish it off with our TV doctor Battle Royale!

First up, we debate which is scarier: psychological horror or gore? When you think of TV or movie scenes that terrify you, what stands out as the most horrifying? Is it a casual conversation by Hannibal to Clarice that raises the hair on the back of your neck, or is a flesh wound more jarring to you as an audience member? It’s a dissection of the mind and body this week.

Then we discuss the art of the movie trailer. All of us have preferences when it comes to movie trailers, but there’s no denying that when they are done right, they sell tickets and create the ultimate hype and intrigue. We discuss what makes them good, bad, and examples of our favorites.

Then we conclude as we are celebrate our fictional medical heroes by talking about our favorite TV doctors in one of our most beloved podcast segments: the Battle Royale. Joined by an actual physician, our guest Stan helps us break down which of our 8 finalists deserves to be crowned the greatest television doctor of all-time!

Discussed on this episode

    • (0:00 – 29:02) Psychological Horror vs Gore
    • (29:03 – 1:20:56) The Art of the Movie Trailer
    • (1:20:57 – 2:14:03) TV Doctor Battle Royale
    • Please support The Hollywood Outsider and gain immediate access to bonus content, including Patreon exclusive podcast content like our Bad Movie Night by visiting Patreon.com/ TheHollywoodOutsider
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Direct download: HO_Horror_Trailers_TV_Doctor_BR.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:22am PDT

On this episode of The Hollywood Outsider podcast, we discuss a myriad of topics as our 500th episode was delayed due to unexpected events. MoviePass begins a relaunch, with a plan seemingly lacking on details, Regal Cinemas wrestles with the possibility of filing for Chapter 11, and Summer comes to a close. Then we move to streaming's recent conquest over cable, and answer Patreon listener questions in regards to our favorite movie buddy duos, our favorite movie theater experiences, and the best coaches in entertainment. 

After these topics, we dive into our spoiler review of the Game of Thrones prequel, House of the Dragon! Does it live up to the hype, was it worth the return to Westeros? All of this and much more on the latest episode of The Hollywood Outsider podcast. 

Discussed on this episode

    • (0:00 – 22:43) Opening | Movie and TV News: MoviePass returns, Regal Cinemas struggle, Summer movies come to an end
    • (47:19 – 1:18:35) From the Outside In: Streaming Beats Cable, Movie Duos, Favorite Movie Theater Experiences, Coaches in Entertainment
    • (1:18:36 – 1:55:49) House of the Dragon Spoiler Review
    • Please support The Hollywood Outsider and gain immediate access to bonus content, including Patreon exclusive podcast content like our Bad Movie Night by visiting Patreon.com/ TheHollywoodOutsider
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Direct download: HOTD_and_August_Bonus.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:25am PDT

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