On this episode of The Hollywood Outsider podcast, 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.

Also on this episode, our news roundup includes discussions on Netflix's move into game streaming and the Walking Dead lawsuit, spoiler-free reviews of Space Jam 2, Gunpowder Milkshake, and the Fear Street Trilogy, as well as the use of drones in filmmaking these days.

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On this episode, Aaron sits down for an interview with Nicholas Simon, the founder and Managing Partner of Indochina Productions. His company has worked on such projects as Da 5 Bloods, Extraction, Kong Skull Island, Avengers Infinity War and Avengers Endgame. During their discussion, they discuss line producing, filming on location, the Beloit International Film Festival, and much more.

Nicholas Simon via IndochinaProductions.com:

After graduating from Columbia University, Nicholas Simon re-located to Vietnam to pursue a career in journalism. Through networking and serendipity, Nicholas found himself producing Matt Dillon’s City of Ghosts and Act of Valor in Thailand and Cambodia.  Through his passion for storytelling and entrepreneurship, Nicholas founded Indochina Productions and now serves as a hands-on Executive Producer connecting international filmmakers throughout our South East Asian territories.

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How do you feel when TV shows or movies bring back characters from the dead?

On this episode of The Hollywood Outsider podcast, before we debate Marvel's Black Widow, we discuss ratings being reevaluated decades after release in Britain, then dive into this week's topic of bringing characters back from the dead. And we mean actually, truly, verified dead characters on a TV series or a movie that later comes back from the dead. Is this cliche? Is it a copout? Does this concept EVER work without lowering the stakes in whatever the property is? 

Then we hop into Marvel's latest superhero opus of Black Widow, which brings back Scarlett Johansson's Natasha Romanoff before her eventual death in Avengers: Endgame as she takes on a maniacal villain in the form of Ray Winstone's Dreykov. Throughout the film we learn more about Natasha's past, what happened in Budapest, and more about her estranged family including Yelena (Florence Pugh), Alexei (David Harbour), and Melina (Rachel Weisz).

Discussed on this episode

  • (0:00 – 28:05) Should ratings be reevaluated decades after release
  • (28:06 – 1:04:25) From the Outside In: Bringing Back Dead Characters
  • (1:04:26 – 1:10:40) Upcoming Releases | Recommendations
  • (1:10:41 - 2:04:08) Black Widow Spoiler Discussion
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On this compilation episode, we discuss great movie plots gone wrong, our fascination with serial killers, defunct TV shows in need of a movie reboot, and Amazon Prime's The Tomorrow War.

First up are those defunct TV shows that are completely off-air and that we believe deserve a movie reboot. We’ve all seen this done a bazillion times – Baywatch, Spencer Confidential, countless others – what is it about long dead television shows that make feature films so appealing to reboot them?

After our review of Chris Pratt's The Tomorrow War, we discuss our fascination with serial killers. True crime has exploded over the last few years between podcasts, Netflix series and documentaries, and films, but the societal obsession has always been there. What is it that makes us all so intrigued? Do we have a different response to fictional killers than we do to documentaries on real killers?

Finally, we debate great movie plots that went wrong. These are ones we thought were great in concept, but the execution – whether it be in production or performances – made us a sad panda. We’re looking at you,  Star Wars prequels, X-Men: The Last Stand,  and Lady in the Water to name a few.

Discussed on this episode

  • (0:00 – 39:35) Defunct TV Shows Needing A Movie Reboot
  • (39:36 – 55:43) The Tomorrow War Review
  • (55:44 – 1:30:35) Our Fascination With Serial Killers
  • (1:30:36 - 2:01:00) Great Movie Plots Gone Wrong
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Remember all of those times we joked about the Fast and Furious franchise needing to do only one thing, head into space? Well, for the 9th film and director Justin Lin's return to the franchise, they finally did just that. Dom, Letty, Mia, Roman, Tej, Ramsey, and even Han are back for more insane car stunts that defy the law of physics and even gravity in F9: The Fast Saga! Listen as we dissect and discuss the latest film in the seemingly never-ending Fast and Furious franchise.

This latest installment finds Dom and his loved ones facing the dilemma of whether that means all family or just the family you’ve chosen. F9 finds the core “family” group – Dom (Vin Diesel), Letty (Michelle Rodriguez), Mia (Jordana Brewster), Roman (Tyrese Gibson), Tej (Ludacris), Ramsey (Nathalie Emmanuel), and more – back together once again to battle imminent worldwide danger in the form of Dom’s estranged younger brother, Jakob (John Cena).

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What movies have stood up to the test of time? 

Jaws, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Jurassic Park. These are some of the first films you think of when you debate movies that have stood up to the trials of time. On this episode of The Hollywood Outsider podcast, we are discussing timeless movies. Those films that still hold up decades later, against modern effects and scrutiny. These aren't based on greatness or classic status, these are decided on by their ability to almost look and feel the same to you now as they did when you first saw them. 

Also on this episode, we reflect on the recent news that Steven Spielberg and Amblin Pictures have signed a deal with Netflix, spoiler-free reviews of Werewolves Within and Luca, upcoming releases, our weekly streaming recommendation, and a new revolving segment: I Know It's Weird, But It Bugs Me.

Discussed on this episode

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Amazing Race, Judge Judy, Keeping Up with the Kardashians, Survivor, The Great British Bake Off - all of these reality tv shows have garnered wild popularity. Yet, reality TV tends to be a love it or hate it endeavor. On this episode of The Hollywood Outsider podcast, we are diving into the various pockets of this genre of television, talking about what we like, dislike, and how it was a saving grace in the days of the writers strike. 

Also on this episode, spoiler-free reviews of The Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard and Infinite, news roundup including Megan Boone leaving The Blacklist, upcoming releases, our weekly streaming recommendation, and our HO Teachable Minute.

Discussed on this episode

  • (0:00 – 21:18) News Round-up
  • (21:19 – 35:06) Spoiler-free Reviews: The Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard, Infinite
  • (35:07 – 1:13:12) From the Outside In: Reality TV
  • (1:13:13 - 1:25:54) Upcoming Releases | Recommendations | HO Teachable Minute
  • Troy Heinritz can also be heard on The Blacklist Exposed
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Which TV cancellation hit you the hardest?

Do you remember a TV show you were such a fan of (Firefly, Prodigal Son, etc.), that when word came that it was cancelled far too early in its run, it affected you on a deeply personal level? On this episode of The Hollywood Outsider podcast, we are diving into the well of those beloved TV cancellations that took us completely off-guard and harshly impacted us. As well as, why do we still get affected by this random cancellations where there are so many options available?

Also on this episode, we take an in-depth look at Lin-Manuel Miranda's latest screen adaptation, the hotly anticipated musical production of Miranda's In the Heights, a celebration of Hispanic culture. As well as a review of The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It, upcoming releases, and a brief lesson on Movie Manners.

Discussed on this episode

  • (0:00 – 15:59) News Round-up 
  • (16:00 – 35:27) In the Heights Review and Discussion
  • (35:28 – 51:11) The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It Review
  • (51:12 – 1:32:26) From the Outside In: Unexpected TV Cancellations
  • (1:32:27 - 1:43:38) Upcoming Releases | Recommendations | Movie Manners: Phones in the Theater
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On this episode of The Hollywood Outsider podcast, we are discussing A Quiet Place Part II and Cruella. A Quiet Place Part 2 in particular has revitalized movie theaters with a monstrous opening weekend, while Cruella showcased Emma Stone as an actress capable of reinventing the most iconic of Disney villains into her own, specific character. Two films with drastically different audiences, yet both more than deserving of your time back in movie theaters.  

Troy Heinritz of The Blacklist Exposed podcast joins Aaron to first review Cruella, spoiler free. Emma Stone takes on the mantle of Cruella de Vil, the renowned skinner of puppies and masterful fashion designer gets her own origin story as she seeks a bit of revenge on Emma Thompson's Baroness for...reasons you will have to watch the film for. Does the film live up to the history of the famed animated film? 

Then, we shift to Emily Blunt and Cillian Murphy in John Krasinski's return to the Abbott family with A Quiet Place Part II. The film kicks off with a "Day 1" explanation of what occurred when the sound-induced monsters first arrived, from the point-of-view of the Abbott’s, while also serving as a perfunctory introduction of a new character in Emmett (Cillian Murphy). After this brief prologue, the sequel picks up immediately following the events of the first film.

First, our spoiler-free thoughts on the film overall. Then we dive into the details on the film, production, cast, and where we want to see this franchise go next.

Discussed on this episode

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What is your favorite movie trailer?

On this episode of The Hollywood Outsider podcast, we're discussing 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.

Also on this episode: upcoming releases, weekly streaming recommendation, our weekly game where this time we venture through the scenarios of A Quiet Place and Army of the Dead to determine "How Do You Survive?".

Lastly, our in-depth review and spoilercast of Zack Snyder's foray into Netflix territory with Army of the Dead, including a discussion on WHAT WAS KATE THINKING in the final act.

Discussed on this episode

  • (0:00 – 21:39) News Round-up
  • (21:40 – 1:18:01) From The Outside In: The Art of the Movie Trailer
  • (1:18:02 – 1:32:10) Upcoming Releases | Weekly Streaming Recommendation | How Do You Survive?
  • (1:32:11 - 2:07:56) Army of the Dead review and spoilercast
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On this episode of The Hollywood Outsider podcast, we're discussing the movies or shows that were hyped up and lived up to those expectations. Game of Thrones is a great example that bonded such diverse audiences together which grew in viewership from word-of-mouth. For some, getting hyped up for entertainment comes from a personal connection to the media.

Also on this episode: upcoming releases, weekly streaming recommendation, our movie innuendo game, and spoiler-free reviews of Spiral, The Woman in the Window, Those Who Wish Me Dead, and Sound of Violence.

Discussed on this episode

  • (0:00 – 56:33) News Round-up | Reviews: Spiral, The Woman in the Window, Those Who Wish Me Dead, and Sound of Violence
  • (56:34 – 2:07:06) From The Outside In: Entertainment That Lived Up to the Hype
  • (2:07:07 – 2:19:44) Upcoming Releases | Weekly Streaming Recommendation
  • (2:19:45 - 2:24:53) Closing | Movie Innuendo
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What summer movies are you most looking forward to?

On this episode of The Hollywood Outsider podcast, 2021 has finally arrived at the greatest point of every cinephile’s annual indulgence, the Summer movie season! But with so many films coming out at this time, how is any self-respecting fan supposed to know what to see when there are so many options available? We’re here to help with our 2021 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 out this summer. We also discuss some independent and streaming gems to look for this year, and reveal the Listener Top 10 Most Anticipated Films of Summer 2021.

Grab a pen and paper or your favorite app, because this is one episode you will want to take notes on. THIS is our 2021 Summer Movie Preview!

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What are the movies that made you love movies?

On this episode of The Hollywood Outsider podcast, we're discussing what movies overwhelmingly sparked our love for film before the age of 18. These films primarily influenced our appreciation for film, meaning these are our personal bedrock for our fandom or even obsession. They could be classics or ones that resonated with us for any given reason. These are the movies that made us love movies

Also on this episode: upcoming releases, weekly streaming recommendation, and spoiler-free reviews of Without Remorse and The Mitchell's vs. The Machines

Discussed on this episode

  • (0:00 – 18:11) Opening | Reviews: Without Remorse, The Mitchell's vs. The Machines
  • (18:12 – 1:40:09) From The Outside In: Movies That Made Us Love Movies
  • (1:40:10 – 1:57:25) Upcoming Releases | Weekly Streaming Recommendation
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What did you think of the 93rd Annual Academy Awards?

For this special Oscars 2021 wrap-up, Aaron and Amanda discuss the events, speeches, and winners of the 93rd Annual Academy Awards.

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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What did you think of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier or Mortal Kombat?

On this episode of The Hollywood Outsider podcast, we launch into our spoiler-filled reviews of the 2021 reboot of a video game classic, Mortal Kombat, as well as discuss the latest Marvel series from Disney+, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier. If you have not seen either, be wary of spoilers. 

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What do you consider the most beautiful moment in film?

On this episode, we are discussing the most beautiful moments in film. Think about moments in movies that have really moved you, impacted you, or affected you in a positive way. Not necessarily beautiful cinematography, but more about the context of the scene or the dialogue which spoke to you in a beautiful way.

Also on this episode: Classic Corner returns with a look at the John Wayne film Rio Bravo to determine if it truly is a "Classic", our news roundup including theater owners launching Cinema Week, Mads Mikkelson and Phoebe Waller Bridge have joined Indy 5, and studios and networks experimenting with implementing product placement in classic films, plus a spoiler-free review of Wildcat, our weekly streaming recommendation, and much more.

Click HERE to enter our 2021 Oscar Contest

Discussed on this episode

  • (0:00 – 19:01) Opening | News Roundup
  • (19:02 – 25:20) Reviews: Wildcat
  • (25:21 – 59:45) From The Outside In: Beautiful Moments in Film
  • (59:46 – 1:06:04) Upcoming Releases | Recommendations
  • (1:06:05 – 1:25:51) Classic Corner: Rio Bravo
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What is the most iconic episode of television?

Iconic is typically defined as widely recognized and well-established. Iconic episodes of television though are far and few between, because typically a series can only have one that would be called iconic, and how few episodes of any TV show are actually iconic? On this episode we discuss the very nature of reaching iconic status, as well as what episodes we would define as iconic. Sure, the usual suspects arrive in the form of Lost or Game of Thrones, but a few surprises await as well during an engaging discussion on a topic most of us know far more about than we realize.

Also on this episode: our news roundup including a Gundam Netflix adaptation, the closing of the Arclight Theater, and the Oscars giving essential worker waivers to their guests, spoiler-free review of Beast Beast, our weekly streaming recommendation, and much more.

Discussed on this episode

  • (0:00 – 16:02) Opening | News Roundup
  • (16:03 – 20:15) Reviews: Beast Beast
  • (20:16 – 1:07:46) From The Outside In: Iconic Television Episodes
  • (1:07:47 – 1:19:12) Upcoming Releases | Recommendations
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Ancient enemies, together again to have a straight up wrestling match on land and sea, the only cage match we needed to see this year, and the movie that might have just saved movie theaters.

So strap in to your HEAVs and get ready to talk about Godzilla vs. Kong, it’s time to save MOTHRA!

Find more info at https://www.thehollywoodoutsider.com/

 

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Who is your favorite lone wolf assassin in film and why do we love these movies so much?

Lone wolf assassin movies a.k.a. movies where one person (man or woman) is either exacting revenge by slaughtering evil doers in fantastic ways, or just does it because they are damn good at it. John Wick is the most tossed about example but really think on this: for examples, the 80s had Commando, Chuck Norris’ An Eye for an Eye, the 70s had Death Wish, also films like The Bourne Identity, Kill Bill, Peppermint, The Punisher, Leon The Professional, Wanted, etc. It’s a genre that has been around for decades, yet seems to always disappear for a year or two until someone – most recently John Wick and Nobody – brings it storming back to popularity. So what is it about someone murdering scores of thugs all on their own that keeps audiences coming back to the fold over and over again?

Also on this episode: our news roundup including Death on the Nile is relocated to 2022 and Godzilla vs. Kong director Adam Wingard takes on Thundercats, spoiler-free reviews of Nobody and Invincible, our weekly streaming recommendation, and much more.

Discussed on this episode

  • (0:00 – 14:50) Opening | News Roundup
  • (14:51 – 31:20) Reviews: Nobody and Invincible
  • (31:21 – 55:13) From The Outside In: Lone Wolf Assassin Movies
  • (55:14 – 1:06:38) Upcoming Releases | Recommendations | HO Teachable Minute
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The South by Southwest Festival is one of the largest of its kind in the world. Every year, thousands of fans arrive in downtown Austin, TX to partake in a couple of weeks of great music, technology, and film. For this special episode of The Hollywood Outsider, we take you along for our annual deep dive into the heart of the film festival portion, and even further into the films themselves.

Over the course of several days, the 2021 SXSW Film Festival screened over numerous features, many from first-time filmmakers (consisting of World Premieres, North American Premieres, and US Premieres), shorts, virtual reality exhibits, title design, and other works. These films were selected from thousands of overall submissions, and – while we can’t see them all – we have a nice sample to share with you of what came out of this stellar lineup of independent films. Over 30 films are on our docket this year, and we review them all.

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

Find a full list of the films reviewed on this episode here: https://www.thehollywoodoutsider.com/sxsw-2021-films-south-by-southwest/

 

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With Zack Snyder's Justice League released to the world, what do you think of his vision?

Determined to ensure Superman's ultimate sacrifice was not in vain, Bruce Wayne aligns forces with Diana Prince with plans to recruit a team of metahumans to protect the world from an approaching threat of catastrophic proportions. In HBO Max's Zack Snyder's Justice League, Darkseid arrives, Steppenwolf has a whole new look, Cyborg and Flash both have an actual backstory, and we’ve got over 3 hours of new-to-us material.

This is not 2017’s JOSStice League, the infamously Frankenstein'd version of Justice League that director Joss Whedon put together. This is essentially a brand new film, as Zack Snyder had enough material already for two movies on hand. At 4 hours, 3 f-bombs, an R rating stuffed with blood and decapitated heads; we have arrived at a much different destination than we took several years ago. For this episode, we’re discussing one of the most talked about movies of the year: Zack Snyder’s Justice League. Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Flash, Aquaman, and the return of Cyborg: The Age of Heroes has arrived!

#ForAutumn

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

  • Overall thoughts on Zack Snyder's Justice League and the changes in tone, plot, and character development
  • Each character’s arc: Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg, Flash, Steppenwolf, Darkseid, and Superman
  • Favorite Moments
  • Listen to our reactions podcast for the original Justice League
  • Read Aaron's review of the original Justice League HERE
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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences was founded in 1927 and is the world's preeminent movie-related organization, comprising more than 9,000 accomplished individuals working in cinema. The Academy Awards "recognize and uphold excellence in the motion picture arts and sciences, inspire imagination, and connect the world through the medium of motion pictures". Winners for the 93rd Oscars will be announced during the live, in-person event on April 25, 2021 at 7 p.m. CST.  On this episode of The Hollywood Outsider podcast, Aaron and Amanda discuss these Oscar nominations, stand-outs and disappointments, and overall thoughts on the prospective awards show given the tumultuous year of filmmaking. 

Find a full list of the Oscar nominees at https://wp.me/p40qTs-4tr

 

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Which TV Doctor is the Best? And Doctor Who doesn't count...

This month marks the anniversary of what became a national lockdown, a time when our first responders gained a much deserved renewed focus. Doctors in particular were on the front lines helping us all as the crisis took on a fever pitch. On this episode of The Hollywood Outsider podcast, we are celebrating these medical heroes by talking about our favorite TV medical doctors in one of our most beloved podcast segments: the Battle Royale. Joined by an actual Doctor, our guest Stan helps us break down which of our 8 finalists deserves to be crowned the greatest television doctor of all-time!

Also on this episode: spoiler-free reviews of Coming 2 America, Chaos Walking, Raya and the Last Dragon, Moxie, and much more.

Discussed on this episode

  • (0:00 – 7:49) Opening | News Roundup
  • (7:50 – 39:49) Pixie Giveaway | Reviews: Coming 2 America, Chaos Walking, Raya and the Last Dragon, and Moxie
  • (39:50 – 1:35:09) From The Outside In: TV Doctor Battle Royale
  • (1:35:10 – 1:57:05) Upcoming Releases | Recommendations | Let's See Where This Goes
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In this episode of WandaVision AfterHO, we're talking about episode 9 "The Series Finale", where the events of WandaVision come to a head, and the destinies of all who took part are determined. Wanda faces a final showdown against the person who has infiltrated her creation, while Monica and Jimmy fight to protect her as the series closes and Wanda's illusions begin to unravel.

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This is an episode of our Patreon Exclusive podcast, Bad Movie Night, where we discuss a film critics or audiences failed to love, but we felt was not such a bad movie. This episode centers around the Will Smith / Martin Lawrence / Michael Bay opus, Bad Boys!

You can support The Hollywood Outsider at https://www.patreon.com/thehollywoodoutsider

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In this episode of WandaVision AfterHO, we're talking about episode 8 "Previously On...", where Wanda embarks on a troubling journey revisiting her past for insight into her present and future.

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On this special episode, Aaron discusses the winners of the 2021 Golden Globes, which were announced on Sunday, February 28, 2021 on NBC. The Golden Globes are prestigious accolades given to honorees for their excellence in television and film, both domestic and internationally, on behalf of the members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.

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Great movie plots gone wrong: those films with such a fantastic concept flawed execution

On this episode of The Hollywood Outsider podcast, we're talking about great movie plots that went wrong. These are ones we thought were great in concept, but the execution - whether it be in production or performances - made us a sad panda. We're looking at you,  Star Wars prequels, X-Men: The Last Stand,  and Lady in the Water to name a few. We discuss our favorite examples of a wasted opportunity, before debating several listener choices.

Also on this episode: spoiler-free reviews of Cherry, I Care A Lot, and The Vigil, and upcoming releases. And of course, we close out the episode with our weekly streaming recommendation - this week from VOD - before Troy Heinritz from The Blacklist Exposed joins us to discuss the recent rerelease of the Lord of the Rings trilogy in IMAX.

Discussed on this episode

  • (0:00 – 16:50) Opening | News Roundup
  • (16:51 – 36:53) Reviews: Cherry, I Care A Lot, and The Vigil
  • (36:54 – 1:10:57) From The Outside In: Great Movie Plots Gone Wrong
  • (1:10:58 – 1:20:19) Upcoming Releases | Recommendations
  • (1:20:20 – 1:38:21) Lord of the Rings IMAX Rerelease
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In this episode of WandaVision AfterHO, we are discussing "Breaking the Fourth Wall" where Monica plots her return, Wanda navigates unsettling complications, and Vision forms a new alliance.

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Where do you stand on "cancel culture" in entertainment? Is it holding celebrities accountable or are we too quick to jump?

On this episode of The Hollywood Outsider podcast, we're talking about the daily news section called "cancel culture" and whether entertainment has a cancel culture or image problem. To define cancel culture, cancel culture (or call-out culture) is a modern form of ostracism in which someone is thrust out of social or professional circles - either online on social media, in the real world, or both. Those who are subject to this ostracism are said to be "canceled." Cancel culture refers to the popular practice of withdrawing support for (canceling) public figures and companies after they have done or said something considered objectionable or offensive. Cancel culture is generally discussed as being performed on social media in the form of group shaming. For those at the receiving end of cancel culture, the consequences can lead to loss of reputation and income that can be hard to recover from. Gina Carano, Joss Whedon, Armie Hammer, Kevin Spacey and many more are discussed as we debate whether or not Hollywood, in fact, has a cancel culture problem. 

Also on this episode: spoiler-free reviews of Silk Road, Tentacles, Judas and the Black Messiah, and To All the Boys: Always and Forever, and upcoming releases. Lastly, our "CANCEL IT!" segment has returned - fitting for this episode - where each host offers an old cliché in movies or TV that REALLY needs to be canceled (in a fun way). 

Discussed on this episode

  • (0:00 – 11:40) Opening | News Roundup
  • (11:41 – 32:19) Reviews: Silk Road, Tentacles, Judas and the Black Messiah, and To All the Boys: Always & Forever
  • (32:20 – 1:16:54) From The Outside In: Does Entertainment Have a Cancel Culture or Image Problem?
  • (1:16:55 – 1:28:56) Upcoming Releases | Recommendations | CANCEL IT!
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On this episode of WandaVision AfterHO, we are discussing episode 6 "All-New Halloween Spooktacular", when disturbances on Halloween separate Wanda from Vision, who looks into anomalous activity in Westview. 

The theories we present are based on Marvel comics connections we identify, outside of just Scarlet Witch and The Vision, as we know this will connect to Doctor Strange. Each week, we will dissect the true possibilities. Patreon supporters will receive early access at https://www.patreon.com/thehollywoodoutsider

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What Defunct TV Shows Would You Like to See Make a Return as Movie Reboot?

On this episode of The Hollywood Outsider podcast, we're talking about those older television shows that are completely off-air and that we believe deserve a movie reboot. We’ve all seen this done a bazillion times – Baywatch, Spencer Confidential, countless others – what is it about long dead TV shows that make feature films so appealing to reboot them?

Also on this episode: spoiler-free reviews of Clarice (series), Sator, and Greenland - including another giveaway! Lastly, our "What Would've Happened" segment, where one host posits the scenario of "What would've happened if John Doe never turned himself in?", and the other hosts offer their theory on what how that would have changed the course of the film.

Discussed on this episode

  • (0:00 – 14:35) Opening | News Roundup
  • (14:36 – 37:45) Reviews: Clarice (series), Sator, and Greenland Giveaway!
  • (37:46 – 1:17:35) From The Outside In: Defunct TV Shows That Deserve A Movie Reboot
  • (1:17:36 – 1:27:32) Upcoming Releases | Recommendations | What Would've Happened 
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On this episode of WandaVision AfterHO, we are discussing episode 5 where Wanda and Vision are struggling to grapple being new parents, the twins find new powers, S.W.O.R.D. attempts to reach Wanda in Westview, and Vision begins to question his reality. 

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Category:general -- posted at: 11:18am PDT
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What films did you love at Sundance 2021? Or do you spend most of your time re-watching movies you love?

On this episode of The Hollywood Outsider podcast, we're talking about our favorite Sundance 2021 films (including Land) and the process as a whole with a virtual festival. We talk about a handful of those films that sat most with us before we jump into our From the Outside In topic about re-watching movies. With as much new content as there is these days, when and why would anyone turn back to content that came out years ago?

Also on this episode: spoiler-free reviews of The Reckoning, The Little Things, and Land. Also, our "I Can't Believe We Thought That Was Cool" segment, where one host mentions a favorite film from their youth that now contains material that makes them very uncomfortable or is hilarious in hindsight. All this and much more on this week's episode!

Discussed on this episode

  • (0:00 – 16:40) Opening | News Roundup
  • (16:41 – 41:29) Reviews: The Reckoning, The Little Things, and Land
  • (41:30 – 1:03:25) Sundance 2021
  • (1:03:26 – 1:19:27) From The Outside In: Who Re-watches Movies?
  • (1:19:28 – 1:33:26) Upcoming Releases | Recommendations | I Can't Believe We Thought This Was Cool
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In this episode of WandaVision AfterHO, we are discussing episode 4 "We Interrupt This Program" where Monica Rambeau, tasked with a special assignment regarding sentient weapons, goes missing. Finally, we have some answers (if you've been theorizing along with us, some of that has come to fruition) and, of course, new questions. How could this tie back to Inhumans? Fantastic Four? What do the hexagons mean? All that and more!

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What is with Our Fascination with Serial Killers?

On this episode of The Hollywood Outsider podcast, we're talking about our fascination with serial killers. True crime has exploded over the last few years between podcasts, Netflix series and documentaries, and films, but the societal obsession has always been there. What is it that makes us all so intrigued? Do we have a different response to fictional killers than we do to documentaries on real killers? 

Also on this episode: spoiler-free reviews of The Night and Supernova, and our new monthly segment: Classic Corner. This is where we discuss a movie that is 30+ years old and collectively determine if it still holds up and if it deserves the title of "classic". For this episode, our Classic Corner is on Midnight Run - the 1988 film starring Robert De Niro as he hunts down his biggest bounty score. All this and much more on this week's episode!

Discussed on this episode

  • (0:00 – 21:01) Opening | Godzilla vs. Kong Trailer | News Roundup
  • (21:02 – 35:12) Reviews: The Night and Supernova
  • (35:13 – 1:10:49) From The Outside In: Our Fascination with Serial Killers
  • (1:10:50 – 1:17:02) Upcoming Releases | Recommendations
  • (1:17:03 – 1:31:06) Classic Corner: Midnight Run
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In this episode of WandaVision AfterHO, we are discussing episode 3 "Now In Color" where Wanda's pregnancy fritzes her powers as she and Vision prepare for an accelerated delivery. Joined by an international guest, we discuss the implications of Geraldine's boot out of false-reality, the potential connection to Secret War(s) in the MCU, and how grateful we are that pregnancy and labor doesn't happen this quick.

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On this episode of The Hollywood Outsider podcast, we're breaking down everything that's getting us excited in both film and television with our 2021 Movie and TV Release Extravaganza!  Now, you probably recognize a bunch of them, but that's because 2020 was damned, so anything that was postponed to 2021 we included. However, we also talk about all the NEW stuff in film and television with the premiere date, network, and a brief synopsis. Strap on your boots, we're taking a walk into the future!

Also on this episode: spoiler-free reviews of Outside the Wire and One Night in Miami, and more!

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On this episode of our WandaVision AfterHO, we discuss the debut of Marvel's new series and its first two episodes on Disney Plus, Scarlet Witch and Vision's reemergence, comic connections, the 50s and 60s sitcom devices, and where we think this is all headed.

Each week, we are going to come back to this special after show to talk all about Marvel's WandaVision, one episode at a time. We talk about what the HEX is going on, The Vision for the future of WandaVision, and also, the MCU, and break down the theories stemming from the comics and fans. 

Patreon supporters will receive early access at Patreon.com/TheHollywoodOutsider

 

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On this episode of The Hollywood Outsider podcast, we revisit 2020 as we present the 2021 Awards for the best we witnessed in film and television over the past year. From the continued explosion of quality content on TV and streaming services (Mandalorian, Ozark, The Boys, Schitt's Creek), to the implosion of mediocrity scattered about, to an overload of film greatness (Tenet, Promising Young Woman, The Trial of the Chicago 7) both at home and in theaters (though this year home theaters became an absolute must-have) – THESE are the only podcast awards you need to listen to!

* Be wary of potential mild spoilers for 2020 films and TV series

Discussed on this episode

  • (0:00 – 12:59) Opening
  • (13:00 – 48:56) Television Awards
  • (48:57 – 1:23:55) Film Awards
  • (1:23:56 – 1:28:19) Listener Top 10 | HO Streaming Network, TV Series, and Movie of the Year
  • (1:28:20 – 1:35:15) HO Teachable Moments of 2020
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Categories:

TV

• Best Special Effects and/or Stunts

• Favorite Supporting Character

• Favorite Villain or Badass

• Favorite Actor

• Best Specific Moment

• The Coherence Award – Best Little-Seen TV Series

• Top 5 TV Shows of 2020

Movies

• Delayed Release That Impacted You the Most

• Best Use of a Worn Out Cliche or Plot

• Best Physical Effect or Stunt

• Best Use of CGI

• Best Villain or Badass

• Best Supporting Character

• Favorite Actor

• The Coherence Award – Best Little Seen Film

• Best Specific Moment

• Top 10 Movies of 2020

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An irreverent weekly podcast where we put our own spin on all things film & TV related. Critically acclaimed, The Hollywood Outsider has been nominated for numerous awards, including winning for the nationally recognized Podcast Awards in the category of TV & Film.
 
A new episode releases every week and is available at our site, www.TheHollywoodOutsider.com, iTunes, Spotify, or wherever you find your favorite podcasts. 
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Cobra Kai is back at the dojo kicking off season 3 following the “karate riots” at the end of the last season. Immediately, we get to observe the effects of the fight on Sam, who is basically now mortal enemies with Tory, and is suffering from PTSD. Daniel and Johnny are also in emotional turmoil, as they struggle with guilt, anger, and accountability for the fight. Kreese rebuilds Cobra Kai in his own image, poisoning his students in the process. While Robby is running from law enforcement for the kick to Miguel, a horribly injured Miguel fights for his life in the ICU.
 
Consequences abound this season, Daniel makes a visit to his past via Okinawa, Johnny faces his own struggles with his son Robby and Miguel's injuries, and loyalties are tested throughout the season with both the younger and older characters of the show. This is our detailed and thorough examination of all the happenings of Netflix's Cobra Kai Season 3, good or bad.
 
***Audio courtesy of Netflix, Cobra Kai Season 3 official trailer
 
Also, here is the Cobra Kai panel Aaron moderated that is discussed in the episode.
 
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