Do you remember that one time, at Summer Camp?

Summer camp movies are not completely rare, but the good ones arguably are. And we're not here to talk about movies that mention summer camp or simply take place during summer, but rather films that have the particular setting of summer camp. Examples like the iconic Friday the 13th, more kid-friendly options like SpaceCamp and Addams Family Values, and of course - the raunchy ones like American Pie: Band Camp and Wet Hot American Summer. Because we're fun and wish we could go to summer camp - or do anything, really - we figure, what better time than now to discuss these flicks.

Also on this week's episode: our "How Do You Survive?" game returns with a 2020 edition, reviews of I Used To Go Here and The Umbrella Academy: Season Two, a discussion on AMC and Universal's controversial and historical deal, Mulan hits Disney Plus instead of a planned theatrical release, and our HO Teachable Minute.

Discussed on this episode

  • (0:00 – 31:17) Movie & TV Discussion: Mulan comes to Disney Plus, AMC and Universal's historical deal
  • (31:18 – 55:48) How Do You Survive? Game | Reviews: I Used To Go Here and The Umbrella Academy: Season Two | Upcoming Releases
  • (55:48 – 1:18:14) From The Outside In: Summer Camps in the Movies
  • (1:18:15 – 1:25:26) Recommendations | HO Teachable Minute | Closing
  • Email topic suggestions or episode reactions to feedback@thehollywoodoutsider.com
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As medical examiners Luis and Charlie explore a curious cadaver known only as John Doe, The Living Dead opens with the beginning of the end...and what happens after. An epic conclusion to the world created by legendary filmmaker George A. Romero (Night of the Living Dead, Creepshow) and completed by celebrated author Daniel Kraus, this novel serves as the definitive cap on Romero's legacy of the undead. Visceral violence, taut emotions, and the magnitude of a clash of classes and identities permeate throughout this landmark accomplishment that finds its inherent themes as timely as ever. THIS is The Living Dead.

For our exclusive interview, Aaron sits down with author Daniel Kraus (The Shape of Water, Blood Sugar, Rotters) to discuss how an invitation from Romero's wife, Suzanne Desrocher- Romero, morphed into Daniel taking George A. Romero's story and utilizing his own words to bring this journey to a fitting conclusion. Romero created and popularized the modern zombie film, and the constraints of filmmaking limited his final vision for his world. Kraus, a vastly talented purveyor of fictional worlds in his own right, discusses molding this final novel from a glorious combination of visions from both artists into a seamless closure of five decades of societal horror. As well as his journey from a high school dreamer through many of his personal works, including the lauded stories conceived for The Shape of Water and Trollhunters, Romero's films and their impact on both society and Kraus himself, and much more. A candid discussion with an undeniable talent, our interview with Daniel Kraus is one you will not want to miss!

The Living Dead terrorizes book readers everywhere on August 4, 2020. Pre-order your copy before Aug 4th and upload your receipt HERE to receive an exclusive poster of The Living Dead created specifically for this release!

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The San Diego Comic-Con At Home for 2020 has officially come to a close!

This year, the San Diego Comic-Con had to adjust, and for the first time ever, brought the convention home to us all! With the greatest event in popular geek culture finishing its 2020 run, it’s time for us to dive into the biggest news, panels, and trailers released at this year’s convention. Spotlighted on this special episode are details from Comic-Con 2020 on HBO’s Lovecraft Country, Star Trek galore, The Boys' new aftershow, Keanu Reeves' Bill and Ted afterglow, Walking Dead's World Beyond, NASA and Space abound, The Blacklist, the Dresden Files, Charlize Theron's ascension to action star, and so much more. If you’re a fan of entertainment, THIS is the podcast for you!

Don’t forget to listen to recent episodes like our Movie and TV Character Team Battles or our look at what makes a great movie dance sequence. Come back later this week for an interview with The Living Dead author Daniel Kraus as we discuss completing George A. Romero's legacy!

You can find more on Troy Heinritz at TheBlacklistExposed.com and Kyle Nolan at NoReruns.net.

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What makes a great movie dance sequence?

We've all been there, watching a movie, getting absorbed into the proceedings...and then it happens! Music kicks up, toes start tapping, hips start moving, and before you know it, we're grooving along with a fantastic dance sequence that almost forces us to join in! Dance sequences don't always work, but when they do, it's some of the most exciting and joy provoking experiences a film can deliver. On this episode, we're discussing what we love about them, and even bring up some of our favorites like Dirty Dancing, Saturday Night Fever, Magic Mike, and so many more!

Also on this week's episode: our new game Cancel It!, reviews of Yes, God, Yes and Cursed, a discussion on Tenet's latest delay and what it means for movie theaters, our HO Teachable Minute, and a special message from Psych's Dulé Hill.

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In this week's episode, we're taking teams of movie or TV characters and pitting them into a fight of sorts - however we want! The concept of this topic originated in our Facebook group from a listener of who would win between the crew of Alien vs the crew of Predator. We decided to expand this idea into a great topic on the show, taking our own battles and listener battles to the ring. With $3 billion dollars in cash getting stuffed into the little bit of clothing that’s left, between Hustlers and Magic Mike XXL, who takes home the most? When Shawn and Gus (Psych) and Monk and Natalie both end up on scene, who solves the mystery first? Can the Power Rangers fend off the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles or will they face demise?

Also on this week's episode: reviews of The Old Guard, Dirt Music, and Relic, and The HO Teachable Minute. Don't forget to sign up to become a Patreon member so you can receive all of the bonus content that is only available on Patreon, like our "Raunchy Movie Night" for July on Wedding Crashers.

Discussed on this episode

  • (0:00 – 24:43) From The Outside In: Movie and TV Character  Team Battles: Part 1
  • (24:44 – 39:39) Reviews: The Old Guard, Dirt Music, Relic
  • (39:40 – 1:03:16) Movie and TV Character Team Battles: Part 2
  • (1:03:17 – 1:09:06) Recommendations | HO Teachable Minute | Outtakes
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What Are Your Favorite TV Catchphrases?

This week, we want to kick back, relax, and chat about our favorite TV catchphrases together. Every TV show has that great one-liner that sticks with us and we find ourselves repeating it in everyday life. The Simpson's "D'oh!", the infamous "How you doin'?" from Joey on Friends, and even more recent ones like "Come on son!" and "You know that's right" from Psych. Also on this week's episode: the movie hero game, reviews of Hamilton, Psych 2: Lassie Come Home, Unsolved Mysteries, The Beach House, The Outpost, and The HO Teachable Minute.

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An adventure 9 years in the making, THIS is the 400th episode of The Hollywood Outsider Podcast!

On this grossly over-sized episode, we drop the usual strict adherence to format and simply speak about the changes in entertainment since the show’s inception, as well as the evolution of the podcast itself as Aaron, John, and Amanda join up with former HOsts Scott Clark and Brian Williams to discuss all the years and memories of The Hollywood Outsider, as well as pay respects to the late Justin Macumber.

Complete with scattered compilation clips from the best episodes throughout the years, we make sure to give you an episode full of laughs, memories, and inappropriate humor.

400 is one episode you do NOT want to miss.

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

  • (0:00 – 1:01:01) Opening | Film and TV Discussion: How movies and TV have evolved since 2011, the evolution of streaming, and movie recommendations that moved us over the years, collections of outtakes from 400 episodes.
  • (1:01:02 – 1:31:51) Brian Williams and Scott Clark join to discuss the past 400 episodes
  • (1:31:52 – 3:08:48) Host Discussion | Thanks for the Memories
  • (3:08:49 – 3:17:22) Outtakes of the past 100 episodes
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  • Please support The Hollywood Outsider and gain immediate access to exclusive bonus content, including a BONUS monthly episode and Bad Movie Night, by visiting Patreon.com/ TheHollywoodOutsider
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Controversial Debates in Film and TV

Did Rose really have enough room on the door for Jack? Was that Karate Kid kick illegal? Did Scarlett Johansson get a fair shake in Ghost in the Shell? Is the Snyder Cut really a good thing? Is replacing controversial actors or canceling shows over difficult themes the right course of action? The controversial debates in film and TV are infinite and we are definitely diving right into the thick of many of them on this special episode.

Also on this week's episode: debating how to handle controversial films, reviews of Perry Mason, You Should Have Left, and The King of Staten Island.

Discussed on this episode

  • (0:00 – 28:09) Recasting in the MCU, did Rose have room for Jack, our stance on AMC Theaters vs. Universal studios
  • (28:10 – 43:56) Reviews: Perry Mason, You Should Have Left, The King of Staten Island | Upcoming Releases
  • (43:57 – 1:42:15) From The Outside In: Controversial Debates in Film and TV
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Which Summer Franchise of the 2000's is the Best of the Best?

Movie Battle Royale is back, but this time: Summer Franchise Edition. We wanted to talk about those franchises released in the 2000's that kept us going back to the theater for the next. The rules are limited: the franchise must have had at least 3 films release in the summer (May-August), they must have occurred within the 2000's, and the MCU films must be broken down (Captain America, Iron Man, Avengers, etc.). Will Mr. Potter survive the ApesCan Spider-Man swing faster than Fast and the Furious can vroom-vroom? Will Tom Cruise's Mission Impossible be able to take on the Avengers?

Also on this week's episode: debating how to handle controversial films, reviews of Da Five Bloods, Artemis Fowl, The Family Tree, and The HO Teachable Minute.

Discussed on this episode

  • (0:00 – 31:06) Movie & TV Discussion: Controversial Themes
  • (31:07 – 47:28) Reviews: Artemis Fowl, and Da 5 Bloods | Upcoming Releases
  • (47:29 – 1:37:39) From The Outside In: Movie Battle Royale - Summer Franchise Edition
  • (1:37:40 – 1:42:25) Recommendations | HO Teachable Minute | Closing
  • Email topic suggestions or episode reactions to feedback@thehollywoodoutsider.com
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What Are Your Favorite Opening Sequences?

On this week's episode of The Hollywood Outsider podcast, we wanted to talk about those incredible movie intros. Whether it's an action-filled car chase, a terrifying phone call from someone in your house, or a bank robbery with triple-crossing and a mysteriously ominous character whose identity remains unknown, we're talking about it all. Of course, we also have to talk about those films with a stellar opening sequence that ultimately led to disappointment.

Also on this week's episode: debating movie theater reopening requirements, You Can Do It!,  spoiler-free reviews of Becky, Shirley, and Darkness Falls, and The HO Teachable Minute.

Discussed on this episode

  • (0:00 – 32:07) When Should Movie Theaters Reopen | You Can Do It!
  • (32:08 – 48:22) Reviews: Becky, Shirley, and Darkness Falls | Upcoming Releases
  • (48.23 – 1:29:21) From The Outside In: Memorable Cinematic Opening Sequences
  • (1:29:22 – 1:42:44) Recommendations | HO Teachable Minute | Outtakes
  • Email topic suggestions or episode reactions to feedback@thehollywoodoutsider.com
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Enjoy a selected episode of the SMIRK podcast, more episodes are now available in your favorite podcast app or at SmirkPodcast.com.

On this episode of Smirk, grab a notepad and settle in…for murder! We’re trying something a little differing this time, as our story reveals itself as a full-fledged murder-mystery. Only after we discuss and dissect our love for the genre will we reveal the killer. Can you guess it before the murderer’s identity is unmasked?

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Aaron sits down to share a few thoughts and ask one simple question: Are we listening?

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Aaron sits down with director Matt Eskandari to elaborate on his new Bruce Willis and Chad Michael Murray thriller, Survive the Night. Matt discusses isolating in L.A. while waiting for filming to resume, casting his film, and working with an icon in Bruce Willis. 

Survive the Night is now available on streaming platforms. 

Read Aaron's full review of Survive the Night HERE

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How do you feel about "predictable" plot devices?

On this week's episode of The Hollywood Outsider podcast, we wanted to talk about those regurgitated and predictable plots and devices that every movie has reused at this point. We discuss some of our favorites predictable plot devices, as well as the ones that drive us NUTS! Of course, a debate emerges as we even discuss the negative connotation behind the word "predictable". 

Also on this week's episode: our news roundup, significant anniversary: 40th anniversary of Friday the 13th,  spoiler-free reviews of Hammer, Scoob!, and Survive the Night, and The HO Teachable Minute.

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What Are The Craziest TV Premises You've Ever Heard of or Seen?

On this week's episode of The Hollywood Outsider podcast, we're discussing those wacky, crazy TV show premises. There are some TV shows that are so bonkers, you cannot believe a group of someones were high enough to green-light them. A lot of them involve animals, because who doesn't love a plot revolving around talking monkeys, but many of them are supposedly deep thinking dramas or even reality based. Sure ideas like My Mother the Car and ALF make the list, and Cop Rock hits among top ranks, but even shows like The Bachelor / The Bachelorette have a spark of insanity to them.

Also on this week's episode: our news roundup, spoiler-free reviews of Valley Girl and season one of TNT's Snowpiercer, #EntertainmentContainment recommendations, and The HO Teachable Minute.

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The Perfect Summer Movie Soundtrack

What are the best songs or themes from movies to crank up once Summer hits? Instead of dwelling on it all, let’s just make our perfect playlist. We each get 10 songs – they can be themes, songs from a movie soundtrack, or just synonymous with a movie – and make our own perfect summer movie soundtrack! That means you could see yourself, windows down, hair flowing, driving or jogging or whatever to our Spotify playlist, The Hollywood Outsider Perfect Summer Movie Soundtrack. Bonus points if you know the chorus…

Also on this week's episode of The Hollywood Outsider: our news roundup, spoiler-free reviews of The Wretched and Upload, tons of recommendations, and The HO Teachable Minute.

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What are the most prominent TV cartoons from your childhood?

You've heard it before: morning cartoons were everyone born before 2005's jam. Maybe you loved all the superhero character cartoons like Batman or Spider-Man, or preferred The Flintstones, Scooby-Doo or Looney Tunes, and later on you loved Rugrats, or perhaps you just only love the filth of South Park. Whatever it is, we have all been exposed to cartoons at some point, and childhood memories are often the fondest of memories, so we wanna talk about it.

Also this week: news roundup, including AMC Theaters taking on Universal Pictures over Trolls 2, Oscar rule changes, #EntertainmentContainment reviews extend to Netflix's Extraction, HBO's Bad Education, and new to VOD The Flood, new releases - YES! we do still have some - and the HO Teachable Minute.

Discussed on this episode

  • (0:00 – 24:05) News Roundup | AMC Theaters vs Universal Pictures | Oscar Rule Changes
  • (24:06 – 44:40) Entertainment Containment Reviews - Extraction, Bad Education, The Flood | Upcoming Releases
  • (44:41 – 1:24:34) From The Outside In: The Cartoons We Grew Up On
  • (1:24:35 – 1:30:51) Recommendations | HO Teachable Minute
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What movie scenes make you laugh the absolute hardest?

Everyone has a slightly different sense of humor, so which movie scenes - in ANY MOVIE - do find the most hilarious? Are you a bit more refined with your tastes so you lean into Monty Python and the Black Knight's flesh wound? Maybe a little less so and prefer the wildly inappropriate antics of Bridesmaids or The Hangover? Surely you might be serious about Airplane and the like? Well on this episode of The Hollywood Outsider, we discuss the funniest movie scenes of all-time, including a Listener Top 10!

Also this week: our news roundup makes a triumphant return, we recommend a few items from our #EntertainmentContainment, and the HO Teachable Minute.

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What are the most debated series finales on TV?

LOST, Dexter, How I Met Your Mother, Game of Thrones and more... Each of these shows have one thing in common and it's not just people dying. They each create a massive divide among fans, and also between fans and creators. This is specifically for TV shows that had an intended series finale rather than an abrupt, forced conclusion to the show.

On this week's episode of The Hollywood Outsider, we are joined by co-host of The Blacklist Exposed and 84 other TV podcasts, Troy Heinritz, to bring some passionate heat to the podcasting studio.

Also this week: where we stand on the movie theater experience, spoiler-free reviews of Stray Dolls and Faith Based, and the HO Teachable Minute.

Discussed on this episode

  • (0:00 – 20:02) Missing Movie Theaters
  • (20:03 – 31:39) Reviews: Stray Dolls, Faith Based | Upcoming Releases
  • (31:40 – 1:52:25) From The Outside In: Debating TV's Most Controversial Series Finales - Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Dexter, Battlestar Galactica, The Sopranos, Seinfeld, How I Met Your Mother, Game of Thrones, The Shield, Lost
  • (1:52:26 – 1:58:01) Recommendations | Closing | HO Teachable Minute
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Since many of us are stuck in quarantine, we decided to have a little fun and watch a movie people are talking about, Outbreak. But instead of the typical back and forth on the film, we watched it while recording our LIVE commentary. So either go off of memory or sync up your Netflix accounts, because this is our Outbreak Movie Commentary Track!

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Who is the Best Anti-Hero in Television History?

An anti-hero or anti-heroine is defined as a main character in a story who lacks conventional heroic qualities and attributes such as idealism, courage and morality. Often, an anti-hero is unorthodox and might flaunt laws or act in ways contrary to society's standards. Who among those on TV does this best?

On this week's episode of The Hollywood Outsider, we return to one of our favorite segments as we decide, once-and-for-all, who is the BEST! Walter White, Dexter Morgan, Frank Castle (The Punisher), 24's Jack Bauer...the list goes on and on, but only can claim the title of "Best TV Anti-Hero"! We took a poll on our Facebook group to gather four of the eight in our latest Battle Royale and it's finally time to find out who is the winner.

Also this week: a news roundup, and spoiler-free reviews of Ozark season 3 and Tiger King.

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What movies or TV shows do you watch when you're feeling down?

On this episode of The Hollywood Outsider podcast, we are discussing movies and television that pick us up when things are dire. With everything currently affecting the world, and millions of people across the globe enduring isolation or quarantine, we decided what better time to talk about the films or TV we turn to in order to turn our frowns upside down. We discuss the current entertainment predicament - theater closures, production shutdowns, release delays - and how we're coping with it.

Also this week, we elected to kick corona to the curb and bring back a little South By Southwest festival action! Despite the SXSW 2020 Film Festival being canceled due to the coronavirus, we reached out to many filmmakers with films that had been officially selected for the festival and reviewed them on this very episode. We would have loved to have had more, but with times the way they are, we did what we could. If you want to learn more about all of the films from the festival, be sure to visit SXSW.com, and make a plan to attend next year's event!

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FBI Profiler Illeana Scott (Angelina Jolie) has been called in to help hunt down an elusive serial killer known for taking the lives of his victims. When a witness to an attack arrives in James Costa (Ethan Hawke), Illeana finds herself caught up in a desperate game to stop the killer before he claims yet another victim. Or herself. 

A serial killer thriller that has grown in cult status over the years, we've been fans of the film for some time. Therefore it was perfect for this selection of a film critics might not appreciate, but we find to be a pretty good movie. And joining us to discuss a wealth of behind-the-scenes info, as well as his research into FBI profiling, serial killers, and how Illeana Scott connects to Liz Keen in The Blacklist, is the screenwriter of Taking Lives AND the creator of The Blacklist, Jon Bokenkamp!

You won't want to miss this episode!

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On this episode, we're discussing what YOU want us to! A wide range of submitted questions from what it takes for us to walk out of a movie to remakes, from foreign language film favorites to a hypothetical Kurt Russell experience. We've got a lot for you, including laughs and the craziest thing (or person) we've snuck into a theater.

Also this week: news roundup, including the unfortunate news that SXSW is canceled due to coronavirus concerns, spoiler-free reviews of Spenser Confidential, Onward, and The Way Back, upcoming releases, The HO Teachable Minute, and spoilery-goodness on HBO's The Outsider.

Discussed on this episode

  • (0:00 – 32:10) News Round-up | Coronavirus vs SXSW and Entertainment
  • (32:11 – 52:38) Spoiler-free reviews: Spenser Confidential, Onward, The Way Back | Upcoming Releases
  • (52:39 – 1:33:05) From The Outside In: Dealer's Choice - Listener Questions
  • (1:33:06 – 1:41:44) The HO Teachable Minute | Closing
  • (1:41:45 – 1:58:14) HBO's The Outsider Finale Discussion (spoilers!)
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  • This month's Patreon-exclusive Bad Movie Night is Space Jam
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How Do You Feel About "Inspired By" In Film?

On this episode, we're discussing where we stand on "inspired by". Coming out this past week was Wendy, a film about a group of kids lost on an island that is “inspired by Peter Pan”. Once Upon A Time In Hollywood and 1917 were inspired by true events, namely the Manson Murders and World War 1. Just Mercy was a film that recently was inspired by very true events.  So many films use this as a way to sell their movies, even when they play fast and loose with the original details they claim inspired them. We have numerous serious films that are “inspired by” works of fiction, as well as real life people and cases, but veer pretty far from the source material. So where do we stand on this: Necessary marketing tactic, or cheap gimmick to garner legitimacy, or something else? 

Also this week: spoiler-free reviews of The Invisible Man, Guns Akimbo, and All the Bright Places, a fun game called How Do You Survive?, upcoming releases, The HO Teachable Minute, and our coverage of the Beloit International Film Festival.

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Do You Love Classic Movie Monsters?

On this episode, we're discussing those movie monster classics such as Mummy (1932), Frankenstein, Wolf Man, Dracula, Invisible Man, Creature of the Black Lagoon, etc. These classic horror movies are the beginning drivers for what we know horror movies and horror characters to be today and their visionary masters still reside in the horror hall of fame. We decided - with the upcoming release of The Invisible Man - we need to discuss these classic monsters: how they scared us, our favorites, why we love them despite being less of a razzle-dazzle than horror movies now, and what we would bring back if we could.

Also this week: spoiler-free reviews of The Call of the Wild, Blood on Her Name, Just One More Kiss, and Hunters, a delightful surprise in the form of an Eric Roberts interview, upcoming releases, The HO Teachable Minute, and much more.

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On this episode, we're discussing CGI characters, from our first memory of them to our top favorites, joined by guest HO, Troy Heinritz from The Blacklist Exposed. While CGI characters are computer generated, so many of them have had a substantial impact on us, sometimes for inspiration and other times emotionally. Characters like Caesar from Rise, Dawn, and War of the Planet of the Apes, and Rocket and Groot from Guardians of the Galaxy, for example, have so much charisma, personality, and complexity that they connect on a deeper level with us. We figure with the expansion of CGI use and the recent release(s), that now is better than ever to discuss these effects we remember for years to come.

Also this week: spoiler-free reviews of Sonic the Hedgehog and Fantasy Island, upcoming releases, What's This Movie?, The HO Teachable Minute, and much more.

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What are the most dreadful TV couples?

On this episode, we're discussing bad TV couples. Anyone who loves television has a favorite couple, or even several favorites. But have you ever loved a show and two characters getting together just ruined it for you? Are there shows where you just dread any potential romantic couplings - like it just doesn't belong? We will be discussing all of this and giving our top 3 worst TV couples we've experienced.

Also this week: reviews of Harley Quinn: Birds of Prey and Netflix's Locke and Key, upcoming releases, News Roundup is here to stay, John tackles The HO Teachable Minute, and much more.

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For this special Oscars 2020 wrap-up, Aaron and Amanda discuss the events, speeches, and winners of the 92nd Annual Academy Awards. Find more information at TheHollywoodOutsider.com

The Academy Awards 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.

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What is the best film from all of the Academy Award 'Best Picture' nominees from 2010-2019?

Oscar season is very real and hits full effect in January/February when the nominations go live and awards are presented, but what about those 'snubs'? Movies that should've but didn't, or maybe you agree with the Oscar contenders!

We're selecting the best of the best, as defined by the Academy, for this week's episode of The Hollywood Outsider, as we return to one of our favorite segments. We will decide, once-and-for-all, what the is the BEST! Could it be 12 Years a Slave, or possibly 2019's Parasite? Will the War Rig of Mad Max: Fury Road out-run Beasts of the Southern Wild? Can Hacksaw Ridge make it to the end without a single shot? Is Jennifer Lawrence (American Hustle) better than Jennifer Lawrence (Silver Linings Playbook)? Find out the winner with our Movie Battle Royale: Oscars 2010s Edition!

Also this week: a news roundup, upcoming releases, HO Teachable Minute, and much more.

Discussed on this episode

  • (0:00 – 20:43) Opening | News Roundup 
  • (20:44 – 27:59) Make The Case | Upcoming Releases
  • (28:00 – 1:18:39) From The Outside In: Movie Battle Royale - Oscars 2010s Edition
  • (1:18:40 – 1:26:45) Recommendations | The HO Teachable Minute | Closing
  • Email topic suggestions or episode reactions to feedback@thehollywoodoutsider.com
  • Please support The Hollywood Outsider and gain immediate access to bonus content, including Patreon exclusive podcast content, by visiting Patreon.com/TheHollywoodOutsider.
  • This month's Patreon-exclusive Bad Movie Night is Heartbreakers, and our exclusive Bonus Episode is a fun roundtable of getting to know the hosts.
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  • Join our Fantasy Movie League! Find our league, then use the password ‘buypopcorn’
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On this episode of The Hollywood Outsider podcast, we revisit 2019 as we present the 2020 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, to the implosion of mediocrity scattered about, to an overload of greatness both at home and in theaters – THESE are the only podcast awards you need to listen to!

Discussed on this episode

2020 Categories:

TV

• Best Special Effects and/or Stunts

• Favorite Supporting Character

• The Biggest Badass

• Favorite Actor

• Favorite TV Villain

• Best Single Moment

• The Coherence Award - Best Little-Seen TV Series

• Top 5 TV Shows of 2019

Movies

• Best Line

• Best Villain

• Best Use of a Worn Out Cliche or Plot

• Best Physical Effect or Stunt

• Best Use of CGI

• Best Supporting Character

• Best Badass

• Favorite Actor

• The Coherence Award – Best Little Seen Film

• Best Specific Moment

• Top 10 Movies of 2019

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What do you want from TV in 2020?

On this episode, we're discussing television in 2020. Specifically, with over 500 scripted TV shows in 2019, what more could we possibly want from the medium over the next several months? Genres? More baking, true crime, cheerleaders, what do we want from TV in 2020? We follow that up with our 15 most anticipated TV shows of 2020, and why they stood out to us.

Also this week: reviews of Bad Boys for Life, Dolittle, News Roundup makes a return, we find the positive aspects to negativity in You Can Do It, a new section titled The HO Teachable Minute, and much more.

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This is our 2020 Movie Release EXTRAVAGANZA!

On this year's episode, we break down the most anticipated releases of the 2020 movie calendar, including ours and listener picks as well. And with the year already in full swing, it’s finally time to look ahead at all of the exciting releases still to come in 2020!

We kick things off with the most anticipated film releases. Titles such as Wonder Woman 84, A Quiet Place 2, Free Guy, Dune, Ghostbusters: Afterlife, Tenet, No Time To Die, Top Gun: Maverick, Black Widow, and a whole lot more.

All of those titles are just the tip of the iceberg, as we also review the stunning films 1917 and Just Mercy.

We’re discussing over 35 new movies releasing in 2020 on this episode, so bring a notebook because we’re about to help you plan your entire year in entertainment!

Editor's Note: Scroll to the bottom of The Hollywood Outsider post on this episode for the entire wide release film schedule for 2020.

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As we take the week off, here are three of our most popular topics from last year: Classic Films, Childhood Heroes Brought Back To Life, and the Most Quotable Movies. The HO will return with our 2020 Movie Release Extravaganza on January 15, 2020!

First up, from Episode 361: We discuss the concept of classic films and what defines them for us. We also debate what we miss about these films, and especially what we don’t.

Next, we head to Episode 363: We take a look at those moments when our own childhood heroes are sprung back to life. Not all of these resurgences went as smoothly as we would have hoped, yet that does not take away from the excitement we felt as we all approached opening day or the first time a new episode hit the airwaves. Our favorites, the ones that crushed our dreams, and maybe even one or two that had us questioning our own childhood memories.

Finally, we head to Episode 358: If you’re a fan of entertainment, then odds are you randomly drop movie or TV quotes as breadcrumbs to identify your fellow die-hards.  “I’ll be back”, “Ouch”, “You can’t handle the truth!” – these are just a few of the quotes people use all the time, often without even realizing they’re doing it. For this section, we discuss why it is we do this practice of using established pop-culture language to handle the conversing for us, as well as what our favorite movie quotes are, as well as the movies we most often find ourselves referencing seemingly every day of our lives.

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

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On this special episode, Aaron discusses the winners of the 2020 Golden Globes, which were announced on Sunday, January 5th, 2020 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 93 members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.

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J.J. Abrams returns to Star Wars with The Rise of Skywalker, and to end a 9-film saga. For this go round, Rey (Daisy Ridley), Finn (John Boyega), and Poe (Oscar Isaac) have been tasked with locating a hidden planet that contains the key to bringing down the entirety of The First Order, now led by Kylo Ren (Adam Driver). Still conflicted with his connection to Rey, Kylo – aka Ben Solo – struggles and pontificates on his place in this world, as Rey continues to force forward towards completing her journey and saving the galaxy. And yes, Rey and Kylo continue their back-and-forth psychic shenanigans about who is worth redemption, and who is truly pulling whom into the Dark Side.

On this episode, we dive head-first into the final film in this epic series (for now), and specifically what we loved and loathed about this latest attempt to satisfy fans worldwide. Is it too safe? Does it wrap up all of those insane loose ends? Does Kylo care about Rey as more than just a frenemy, or would Finn be better suited? Also, what's up with all those cameos?! We have a lot to discuss, and limited time to do it, so this is one podcast you do NOT want to miss!

Find more information on the episode HERE

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What were your entertainment highlights of 2019?

On this special of The Hollywood Outsider podcast, it is time to say goodbye to the year! Though we have one more episode planned for next week, this is our last regular-esque episode of the show. And for it, we review Jumanji: The Next Level, 6 Underground, discuss Richard Jewell and The Garden Left Behind as well as our thoughts on HBO’s Watchmen finale, and then we close the year with our thoughts on the best this year had to offer.

After our goodbyes, we have attached our anniversary episode of Remake This Movie RIGHT from earlier this year. To celebrate Star Wars week, enjoy as Aaron and friends debate the best way to remake The Phantom Menace in proper fashion.

For two decades, Star Wars: The Phantom Menace has, much like the Empire, lay in hiding while waiting for the right time to strike. Midi-chlorians, Trade Federations, and Jar Jar Binks have kept this series from its own potential for far too long. Since Disney seems to be in no hurry to correct this wrong, it is left up to our Cinematic Architects to roll up our sleeves and return to work: We’re going to Remake Star Wars: Episode 1 – The Phantom Menace RIGHT!

Clips selected from 1999’s Star Wars: Episode 1 – The Phantom Menace.

Discussed on this episode

  • (0:00 – 31:02) Reviews: Jumanji: The Next Level, 6 Underground, Richard Jewell, The Garden Left Behind, Watchmen
  • (31:03 – 57:15) Goodbye 2019
  • (57:16– 2:07:46) Star Wars: Episode 1 - The Phantom Menace - Remake This Movie RIGHT
  • Email topic suggestions or episode reactions to feedback@thehollywoodoutsider.com
  • Please support The Hollywood Outsider and gain immediate access to bonus content, including Patreon exclusive podcast content, by visiting Patreon.com/TheHollywoodOutsider.
  • This month's Patreon-exclusive Bad Movie Night focuses on SOLO - A Star Wars Story, while last month's focused on Taking Lives and featured an exclusive interview with writer Jon Bokenkamp
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  • Join our Fantasy Movie League! Find our league, then use the password ‘buypopcorn’
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What were your favorite films and television shows of the 2010s?

On this week's episode of The Hollywood Outsider podcast, we are discussing a decade's worth of film and television content. We know - it's a lot. Reflecting on the changes in entertainment over this past decade in film and television, our top 10 films and TV shows that released 2010-2019, our favorite entertainers, writers, and directors of the decade, experiences, and much more. So strap in, because we're about to go through a wealth of entertainment history!

Discussed on this episode

  • (0:00 – 29:54) Reflecting on a Decade in Film and Television
  • (29:55 – 1:23:45) Best Films of the 2010s
  • (1:23:46 – 1:57:05) Best Television Series of the 2010s
  • (1:57:06– 2:23:56) Best Experiences and Surprises | Best of Decade Awards | Listener Top 10 for Movies and TV 
  • Email topic suggestions or episode reactions to feedback@thehollywoodoutsider.com
  • Please support The Hollywood Outsider and gain immediate access to bonus content, including Patreon exclusive podcast content, by visiting Patreon.com/TheHollywoodOutsider.
  • Recent Patreon-exclusive Bad Movie Night episodes on Taking Lives will feature an exclusive interview with writer Jon Bokenkamp and also SOLO - A Star Wars Story
  • Be sure to join our Facebook Group
  • Join our Fantasy Movie League! Find our league, then use the password ‘buypopcorn’
  • Do your shopping via our Amazon Link!
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It's the 2019 HOliday Podcast Special!

Every year, we love to celebrate the holiday season with our listeners, and there is no better way to do that than with our 6th Annual Holiday Special!

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

Every year we do a little something different, so this year we're taking our Movie Battle Royale and sprinkling some Christmas magic on it for a Santa Battle Royale. That's right, who will survive as the best Saint Nick to EVER grace our screens? Only one way to find out.

That’s not all, oh no. We also talk about our standards on when decorating can begin, the best holiday movie of the last decade, and the best holiday TV episode of the last decade. The Christmas spirit kicks into overdrive as we open up and share our personal memories of the holiday season, stories that remind us of Christmas. And no holiday special would be complete without a visit from the big man himself, so get ready as Santa Claus drops by the studio to tell us just how wrong (or right) we are all throughout the episode!

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

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Director Tara Wood wastes no time introducing us to her intentions with QT8: The First Eight; this is – first and foremost – a celebration of the works of Quentin Tarantino. It is an important anecdote to note, because if you were hoping for a shockingly tawdry expose plunging into Tarantino’s childhood – ripe with family secrets explaining his fascination with the criminal underbelly, gimps, and a vernacular so profane it might make Richard Pryor blush – then prepare for disappointment. Tara Wood, like so many of us, is a fan.

Instead, QT8 takes us on a journey through the past 21 years of Tarantino’s filmography, from Reservoir Dogs to The Hateful Eight, and specifically acts as our guide through the creation and release of those films. How he turned his residuals from The Golden Girls into a feature film career, his inspirations and motivations, most of all his unrivaled knowledge of cinema history.

On this special episode, director Tara Wood discusses the intricacies of getting her film made, assembling an exciting cast of actors of Tarantino's films (including Samuel L. Jackson, Kurt Russell, Michael Madsen, Diane Kruger, and many more), how she chose to elaborate on Harvey Weinstein's involvement and Uma Thurman's ill-fated stunt, and why she chose Tarantino to profile. If you're a fan of Quentin Tarantino, this is one interview and film you won't want to miss!

Read our full review of the film HERE
QT8: The First Eight releases on VOD December 3, 2019

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Anna, Elsa,and Olaf search out the origins of Elsa's magical powers by journeying to an enchanted land in Frozen 2. Hardened writer Lloyd Vogel is assigned to profile Tom Hanks' Mr. Rogers for an article on heroes, and Lloyd learns about forgiveness along the way in A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood. And Daniel Craig leads an astounding ensemble cast in Rian Johnson's clever mystery, Knives Out. All three films are reviewed, spoiler-free, on this latest episode of The Hollywood Outsider podcast!

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What movies are you most excited for this holiday season?

On this special episode of The Hollywood Outsider podcast, it’s our Holiday Movie Preview 2019! Every wide release for the remainder of the year is on tap as we debate the best and worst of the upcoming season. From Knives Out, 21 Bridges, and Frozen 2, to Jumanji: The Next Level, Cats, and Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, and everything in between! Not only theatrical, but we also offer several streaming originals you won’t want to miss in the overstuffed holiday season.

Also, Disney Plus has finally arrived! With new original series such as The Mandalorian, Encore, and The World According to Jeff Goldblum; and original films such as Lady and the Tramp and Noelle, as well as a catalog ranging from Disney Classics to Star Wars to Marvel to Pixar and so much more - the biggest bullet in the streaming war has officially been fired. We also review Last Christmas and QT8: The First Eight, as well as our news roundup, and more!

If you want to write a service person this holiday season as Amanda discussed in this episode, please send your letters to:
AFSP
Attn: Amanda Sink
PO Box 178
Roscoe, IL 61073

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Do you feel our nostalgia for classics causes us to be TOO respectful of these films?

On this week's podcast, instead of a typical topic of the week, we field several intriguing listener questions and topics. From the aforementioned debate on if we're too nostalgic to where the film business is headed after 2019, movies to describe our dream lives, why some franchises get stale and others do not, to what is the funniest nude scene in film. There's a lot here to cover, and it's a lot of fun.

Also this week: reviews of Doctor Sleep, His Dark Materials, Terminator: Dark Fate (along with the future of the franchise), and much more.

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Have we finally reached the PEAK of television - the best it is and will ever be?

With streaming platforms and content being announced every day, how does today's television rank with history? Is this the best it'll ever be or could it be better? A conversation centered on the topic of television at its height, hosts Aaron, John, and Amanda talk about their thoughts on this and so much more on this week's episode of The Hollywood Outsider Podcast.

Also this week: news roundup, Stump the HO makes a return, reviews of Dolemite is My Name, The Wrong Todd, Making Waves and much more.

Discussed on this episode

  • (0:00 – 21:54) News Roundup | Stump the HO
  • (21:55 – 44:09) Reviews: Dolemite is My Name, The Wrong Todd, Making Waves | Upcoming Releases
  • (44:10 – 1:17:18) From The Outside In: Has Television Peaked?
  • (1:17:19 – 1:28:05) Recommendations | Closing
  • Email topic suggestions or episode reactions to feedback@thehollywoodoutsider.com
  • Please support The Hollywood Outsider and gain immediate access to bonus content, including Patreon exclusive podcast content, by visiting Patreon.com/TheHollywoodOutsider.
  • Next month's Patreon-exclusive Bad Movie Night on Taking Lives will feature an exclusive interview with writer Jon Bokenkamp
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What are your rules for needing a sequel?

This past weekend, another crop of sequels hit theaters with Maleficent 2 and Zombieland: Double Tap. One movie fans have clamored for a sequel for the past decade, and the other had crickets chirping when you mentioned another chapter. So what determines when a sequel should get made? Is it always just success? Shouldn't there be more to it?

On this week's episode of The Hollywood Outsider, we debate when a sequel SHOULD be made. And in following the spirit of Zombieland, we're going to handle this via our own collection of rules, this time those rules that are necessary to green-lighting a proper sequel.

Also this week: news roundup, another round of Movie Innuendo, reviews of HBO's Watchmen and Zombieland: Double Tap, and much more.

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What is the scariest movie in history?

Every Halloween, fans around the world debate the scariest moments and characters in entertainment. Those scenes that leave fans terrified of a finger-knifed murderer haunting their dreams or a masked boogeyman terrorizing their neighborhood. We each have our own life experiences which feed our fears, but what singular movie is truly the greatest of them all?

On this week's episode of The Hollywood Outsider, we return to one of our favorite segments as we decide, once-and-for-all, what the is the BEST! Could it be The Exorcist, or possibly Poltergeist? Could A Nightmare on Elm Street out-slash The Blair Witch Project? Is Paranormal Activity more ghastly (and ghostly) than The Ring? Do exploding stomachs out-scare the horrific haunting that takes place in The Conjuring? Find out the winner with our Scariest Movie Battle Royale!

Also this week: a news roundup, reviews of Gemini Man and El Camino, and much more.

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What popular character do you wish there was an alternative take on?

With JOKER taking over theaters worldwide, we decided this was a prime time to debate whether or not it is ever acceptable to deviate from the source material and offer an alternative take on a popular character. Many people find this to be sacrilege, to even consider changing the motives or backstory of a firmly established character. But what if someone has a brilliant idea? Should they be hindered from realizing their vision simply because we're reluctant to change?

After our normal show, we dive into the film itself, JOKER. For months, media outlets have been speculating and predicting various outcomes of the release to this Joaquin Phoenix starring take on the Clown Prince of Crime. No Batman, only Joker. Does it live up to the hype? Is this a direction we could use more of? We discuss the film in its entirety with our JOKER spoilercast.

Also this week: a news roundup, John offers up a movie everyone seems to hate yet he loves with his "HOT TAKE", and more.

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Was 1999 the greatest year in movies?

Two decades ago, an absolutely hella fly year in entertainment took hold in 1999. Classics like The Matrix, Star Wars: The Phantom Menace, The Sixth Sense, The Mummy, The Blair Witch Project, and Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me hit theaters. Not to be outdone, Who Wants To Be A Millionaire, Angel, ER, Friends, Touched By An Angel, and Law and Order: Special Victims Unit took over our television sets. It was a prime time for entertainment.

Much has changed since then, but what is even more interesting is how much remains the same. For this special episode, we’re not only going to look back at the year in film and television – complete with commercials and Breaking News segments direct from the year itself – we are going to settle the longstanding debate on if 1999 truly IS the greatest year in movie history! With the magic of technology and time travel, we hope you enjoy yet another in our annual series of Hollywood Outsider Time Capsule podcasts.

Welcome back to 1999!

Discussed on this episode

  • (0:00 – 37:48) Opening | 1999 Related Movie and TV Discussion
  • (37:49 – 46:43) What's This Movie | In Memoriam | The Top 10 of 1999 in Film and TV
  • (46:44 – 1:30:40) From The Outside In: 1999 - A Year In Movies And Television
  • (1:30:41 – 1:41:51) 1999 Sing-Out | Closing
  • Listen to our previous Time Capsule episodes for 1987, 1988, and 1997
  • Email topic suggestions or episode reactions to feedback@thehollywoodoutsider.com
  • Please support The Hollywood Outsider and gain immediate access to bonus content, including Patreon exclusive podcast content, by visiting Patreon.com/ TheHollywoodOutsider
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What life skills have you learned from movies and television?

The Karate Kid inspired millions to stand up to their bullies. You know what else it did? It taught people useful tools like waxing on, waxing off, and using chopsticks. Countless movies and TV shows have taught us so much over the years that it might be inconceivable to identify any one specific lesson we learned. But we're going to try anyway.

On this week's episode of The Hollywood Outsider, original host Brian Williams returns to debate the crucial life lessons we've learned from years of watching movies and TV shows. From our childhoods to the ever present, from social to dating to survival skills, it's all on tap for a very fun discussion on the parents that lived inside our screens.

Also this week: a news roundup, we discuss the emergence of Downton Abbey, and fan favorite "Sylvester Stallone" drops by to discuss and review Rambo: Last Blood with Aaron personally.

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On this special episode, Tony Moran - the Michael Myers in John Carpenter's Halloween - stopped by to discuss working on that film, its legacy, and even clears up the confusion with Nick Castle's Shape. It's an interview any fan of Halloween will love!

 

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

It's time for our Fall TV preview 2019, 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. The Morning Show, The Mandalorian, Evil, Watchmen, His Dark Materials, The Witcher, and so many more shows are discussed and dissected on our annual plunge into the biggest season for television.

Also this week: MoviePass says goodbye, reviews of Hustlers and Unbelievable, a game of What Would've Happened, and much more.

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Have movies ever forced you to face your fears?

What are you afraid of? Slashers in the woods? Bees? Spiders? Clowns? Do you willingly seek out movies or TV shows that showcase these fears, or avoid them like a Ritchie dodges Paul Bunyan? On this week's From The Outside In topic, we spin off of IT into a discussion on when movies forced us to throw away childish things and face our own innate fears head on, for better or worse. And why it is that movies can sometimes help with this trauma.

Also this week, twenty-seven years after their first encounter with the terrifying Pennywise, the Losers Club have grown up and moved away, forgetting everything that happened the first time around. When they each receive a phone call from Mike saying Pennywise is back in Derry, they all reunite to confront their fears and destroy Pennywise once and for all. After our normal show, Wayne Henderson from Castle Rock Zone (and our IT Remake This Movie RIGHT episode) joins Aaron and Amanda to drop down into the sewers and discuss the conclusion to Stephen King's magnum opus, IT: Chapter Two.

Also this week: a news roundup, Face/Off gets a reboot and we offer our favorite duos, and our spoiler-free reviews of Freaks.

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As we take the week off, here are three of our most popular topics from earlier this year: Television's most unappreciated supporting characters, our Stephen King Movie Battle Royale, and TV crossovers we need. 

First up, from Episode 351: We discuss the most unappreciated supporting characters on television, as well as what unappreciated even means to us. From shows like Fringe, Sons of Anarchy, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and many others, we debate why we love these respective characters and the actors who portray them, as well as why we think audiences never quite appreciated them.

Next, we head to Episode 347: We take a look at the movie adaptations of arguably the greatest horror author in history, Stephen King. For several decades now, both readers and audiences have been terrified by the works of Stephen King, in all forms of entertainment. As with anything, not all of his adaptations click, and occasionally the results are scarier than the source material. But those that do, have become classic films that have horrified generations. Because we love King, we left it to our listeners to decide the final eight films with which we’d handle our latest Movie Battle Royale, and the nominees are all great in their own way: Pet Sematary, The Mist, Misery, Shawshank Redemption, The Green Mile, Stand By Me, IT (2017), The Shining. But which of them is the greatest Stephen King adaptation of them all? Find out on our Movie Battle Royale!

Finally, we head to Episode 346: We take a look at that weirdly connective phenomena which is known as the “TV crossover”. Networks have utilized these for years as examples as to how to sell their television shows to people who might not be watching them: Mulder and Scully went to COPS, Angela Lansbury headed to Magnum P.I., and the CW combines an entire DC universe once a year. These events can often be nothing more than publicity stunts, but often times they create something beautiful. And we’re going to throw our two cents in the mix, crossing over TV shows to create several brand new properties! Oh, we have some ideas.

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

A summer full of movies and TV shows are in the bag, so how was it? Many people have complained that this season has been overrun by sequels and franchise films, was it really that bad though? Or are moviegoers suffering from too much awesome? We’re about to find out as we break down the best (and worst) this season had to offer with our 2019 Summer Entertainment Awards!

We debate the summer of 2019 at length – where it stood, what was lacking, what caught our eye on television, and even our own favorite summer film or television experiences. Avengers: Endgame, Hobbs and Shaw, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, Annabelle Comes Home, The Boys, Stranger Things, and much more are discussed on this annual special episode.

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

  • Where does this summer end up, overall or vs last year
  • Best and worst summer movie experiences
  • Is summer still the biggest season for movies?
  • Summer TV standouts

HO Award Categories
Most Memorable Scene of the Summer
Best Overall Line
Best Summer Viewing Experience (home or theater)
Worst Summer Viewing Experience (home or theater)
The Head-Slam-Against-A-Wall scene (worst or most nonsensical)
Best Action or Stunt Sequence
Best Use of CGI / Special Effects
The Darwin Award | Most Idiotic or Annoying Character
Best Supporting Character
Biggest Badass
Most Engaging Actor of the Summer
Most Disappointing Property
Most Original Premise
Box Office Top 10
Top 5 Summer Properties
Listener Top 10

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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What makes a great buddy action duo?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Discussed on this episode

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

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Do you love drive-in movie theaters?

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

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

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

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What are the most quotable movies in history?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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What is the greatest vacation themed movie in history?

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

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

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

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What makes a great monster movie?

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

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

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

Discussed on this episode

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Summer at the movies.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Discussed on this episode

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Discussed on this episode

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Discussed on this episode

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

Discussed on this episode

  • (0:00 – 13:36) Opening 
  • (13:37 – 56:55) Television Awards
  • (56:56 – 1:30:41) Film Awards
  • (1:30:42 – 1:37:21) Listener Awards | HO TV Series and Movie of the Year | Closing
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2019 Categories:

TV

• Biggest TV News Story

• Favorite Supporting Character

• The Biggest Badass

• Favorite Actor

• Next MUST-SEE Series

• Best Single Moment

• Series You Finally Gave Up On

• Top 5 TV Shows of 2018

Movies

• Biggest News Story

• Best Line

• Best Specific Moment

• Best Use of a Worn Out Cliche or Plot

• Best Physical Effect or Stunt

• Best Use of CGI

• Best Supporting Character

• Best Badass

• Favorite Actor

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

• Worst Movie

• Top 10 Movies of 2018

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

First up, from Episode 317: Hollywood has been inundated with scandal and sadness for the last long while, therefore on this segment, we’re bringing forth the joy! We are going to share some of our favorite stories we’ve found revolving around Hollywood. Possibly a celebrity doing something for a child, a fascinating story behind a production, or a celebrity’s personal triumph. This is about sharing some favorite Hollywood behind-the-scenes stories!

Next, we head to Episode 323: When 24 hit the air many years ago, it was an eye-opener in terms of what television could do. For 24 consecutive episodes, this series told one single day’s worth of story. Each episode leading directly into the next, leaving little chance to jump into the show mid-season and have any idea what was going on. Flash forward to 2018, and it seems like EVERY show is doing this. Unless you’re a slave to CBS, television is dominated by the season-long arc. Some even take it a step further – like Breaking Bad or Walking Dead – and make the entire series one singular story. Has it gotten to be too much, though? Have we finally arrived at the breaking point? Is television getting TOO serialized?

Next, we head to Episode 315: In 1995, Pixar released their first feature-length film, the computer animated classic Toy Story. Soon after, A Bug’s Life and Toy Story 2 released in quick succession, with titles continuing to drop annually. The studio revolutionized animation for the modern generation, and in 2006 was purchased by the previous dominator in this arena: Disney. Over the past 20-plus years, Pixar has racked up billions in box office receipts, and even more in memories for movie fans. On this segment, our four hosts pick our two favorite Pixar classics, and break down what is the greatest Pixar film in history!

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

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

Discussed on this episode

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

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

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

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

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

Discussed on this episode

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

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

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

Discussed on this episode

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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  • (0:00 – 43:54)Film and TV News: Pirates of the Caribbean reboots without Depp, what celebrities owe us, social media’s impact on TV | You Can Do It
  • (43:55 – 1:01:11) Reviews: Curvature and Mid90s | Upcoming Releases
  • (1:01:12 – 1:38:17) From The Outside In Topic: When TV Shows Go On Too Long
  • (1:38:18 – 1:44:42) Recommendations | Closing
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