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

On this episode of The Hollywood Outsider podcast, it’s time for our Fall TV preview 2021, including our most anticipated new and returning shows on the Fall television schedule. TV has evolved so much, and there are so many options, it becomes overwhelming every year to know what we should be spending our time on. Therefore we rolled up our sleeves, jumped in the water, and pulled out some of the best – and worst – that television has to offer this season. Hawkeye, The Book of Boba Fett, The Witcher, The Wheel of Time, Dexter, Foundation, Y: The Last Man, and so many more shows are discussed and dissected on our annual plunge into the biggest season for television.

Also this week: Norm Macdonald passes away, reviews of Malignant, Small Engine Repair, Kate, and much more.

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

On this episode of The Hollywood Outsider podcast, we are presenting our 2021 Summer Entertainment Awards and each category is for EITHER movies or TV. It’s our pick for the BEST in entertainment for the categories from May 1st through Labor Day weekend. The winners can be from any tv series (regardless of season) or movie, but had to be a new movie or aired that new episode between those dates.

Also on this episode, we discuss - with FULL SPOILERS - Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings.

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On this episode of The Hollywood Outsider podcast, we talk exclusively about the Fantasia International Film Festival. What the festival is, how it works, and especially, what movies we saw that you should keep an eye out for.  

The Fantasia International Film Festival is one of the largest international film festivals dedicated to genre films and is celebrating its 25th year in 2021. The festival is located in Montreal, Canada, and in a mostly digital format for movie-lovers and critics from August 5-25, 2021, including screenings, premieres, panels, and workshops. The festival took a heightened focus on Japanese cinema this year “in celebration of the key role that Japan’s culture has played across Fantasia’s history”.

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

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What unlikeable TV characters do you ultimately find quite loveable?

On this episode of The Hollywood Outsider podcast, the world has become enamored with Ted Lasso's Roy Kent and this has inspired us to discuss unlikeable TV characters which grew to become quite loveable. Perhaps it's only in your eyes or maybe the writing or performance evolved into a character with a deeper understanding. 

Also on this episode, we discuss our most anticipated movies coming this Fall, Stand By Me turns 35 and we ruminate on if this film is the perfect representation of childhood friendship, and spoiler-free reviews of No Man of God, Sweet Girl, and Reminiscence. 

Discussed on this episode

  • (0:00 – 34:15) Fall Movie Preview
  • (34:16 – 1:04:33) From the Outside In: Unlikeable Yet Loveable TV Characters
  • (1:04:34 – 1:10:04) Recommendations | Stand By Me at 35: Is this the best representation of friendship on screen?
  • (1:10:05 – 1:43:19) Reviews: No Man of God, Sweet Girl, Reminiscence
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The Comeback Kids!

On this episode of The Hollywood Outsider podcast, we discuss our favorite actors or directors who, at some point, were thought to have no career but came back to reprise their fame. We’ll also mention ones that we WISH would get their comeback.

Also on this episode, our news roundup includes LuLaRich docuseries about the LuLaRoe pyramid scheme, Hotel Transylvania 4 is skipping theaters and going straight to Amazon Prime Video globally after $100 million deal with Sony, and Field of Dreams getting a series adaptation; a spoiler-free review of Demonic, upcoming releases, and our What's This Movie? segment

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What villains would you team up for a battle royale to defeat Thanos?

On this episode of The Hollywood Outsider podcast, our latest Movie Battle Royale takes on a new form as each host forms a Suicide Squad of their own, 4 villains teaming up to defeat Thanos. Which combination wins the battle? Listen in to find out.

Also on this episode, our news roundup includes AMC and Warner Bros. agreeing to shorten the theatrical window, theaters considering mandating vaccinations for entrance, and 14 South Park movies and a series renewal through season 30; spoiler-free review of What If...?, upcoming releases, and our Movie Manners segment. Then after our normal show we dive into James Gunn's Suicide Squad.

Discussed on this episode

  • (0:00 – 27:59) Film & TV News Roundup: AMC and Warner Bros. agreeing to shorten the theatrical window, theaters considering mandating vaccinations for entrance, and 14 South Park movies and a series renewal through season 30
  • (28:00 – 34:32) Spoiler-free Review: What If...?
  • (34:33 – 1:04:07) From the Outside In: Villain Teams Battle Royale
  • (1:04:08 – 1:15:22) Upcoming Releases | Recommendations | Movie Manners
  • (1:15:23 – 1:55:17) The Suicide Squad Spoilercast
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On this episode of The Hollywood Outsider, we reunite all six past and present living podcast hosts - Aaron Peterson, Scott Clark, Brian Williams, John Davenport, Amanda Sink, Troy Heinritz, while honoring our long lost friend and former HOst, Justin Macumber - to celebrate 10 years of this insane podcast. Unlike previous reunion episodes, we are not going to sit around and reminisce. This year, we’re just going to have some fun, look back at the decade as a whole, and enjoy the journey.

To every listener, friend, and family member who has supported what was once just a crazy hobby, thank you from the bottom of our hearts. We love you immensely. 

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On this condensed episode of The Hollywood Outsider podcast, we review Jungle Cruise, The Green Knight, and Stillwater, as well as discuss the filmmakers of Stillwater centering their film around Amanda Knox's story without her actual involvement. 

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Who is your favorite film or TV sidekick?

On this episode of The Hollywood Outsider podcast, our main topic discusses what makes for a great sidekick, our favorite sidekicks in entertainment, and debate when they qualify for their own spin-off. Some you can only handle in small doses, but who wouldn't want a Rocket Raccoon spin-off flick?

Also on this episode, our news roundup includes Universal buying the rights to The Exorcist for $400 million and Comic-Con 2021, spoiler-free reviews of M. Night Shyamalan's Old, Snake Eyes, and Ride the EagleA Quiet Place 2 giveaway, upcoming releases, and one of our favorite games on the show: movie innuendo.

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

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

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

Nicholas Simon via IndochinaProductions.com:

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

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

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

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

Discussed on this episode

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

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

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

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

Discussed on this episode

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

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

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What movies have stood up to the test of time? 

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

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

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

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

Discussed on this episode

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

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

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

Discussed on this episode

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

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

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

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

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What is your favorite movie trailer?

On this episode of The Hollywood Outsider podcast, we're discussing the art of the movie trailer. All of us have preferences when it comes to movie trailers, but there's no denying that when they are done right, they sell tickets and create the ultimate hype and intrigue. We discuss what makes them good, bad, and examples of our favorites.

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

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

Discussed on this episode

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

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

Discussed on this episode

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

On this episode of The Hollywood Outsider podcast, 2021 has finally arrived at the greatest point of every cinephile’s annual indulgence, the Summer movie season! But with so many films coming out at this time, how is any self-respecting fan supposed to know what to see when there are so many options available? We’re here to help with our 2021 Summer Movie Preview!

We discuss each month in detail; every major release, as well as our picks of the smaller independent titles. May, June, July, and August all receive their fair due as we elaborate and debate on over 40 titles coming out this summer. We also discuss some independent and streaming gems to look for this year, and reveal the Listener Top 10 Most Anticipated Films of Summer 2021.

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

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What are the movies that made you love movies?

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

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

Discussed on this episode

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

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

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

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

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

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What do you consider the most beautiful moment in film?

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

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

Click HERE to enter our 2021 Oscar Contest

Discussed on this episode

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

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

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

Discussed on this episode

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

Discussed on this episode

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

#ForAutumn

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

Discussed on this episode

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Discussed on this episode

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

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

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

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

Discussed on this episode

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

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

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

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

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

Discussed on this episode

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

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What films did you love at Sundance 2021? Or do you spend most of your time re-watching movies you love?

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

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

Discussed on this episode

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

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What is with Our Fascination with Serial Killers?

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

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

Discussed on this episode

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

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

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

Discussed on this episode

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

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

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

 

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

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

Discussed on this episode

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

TV

• Best Special Effects and/or Stunts

• Favorite Supporting Character

• Favorite Villain or Badass

• Favorite Actor

• Best Specific Moment

• The Coherence Award – Best Little-Seen TV Series

• Top 5 TV Shows of 2020

Movies

• Delayed Release That Impacted You the Most

• Best Use of a Worn Out Cliche or Plot

• Best Physical Effect or Stunt

• Best Use of CGI

• Best Villain or Badass

• Best Supporting Character

• Favorite Actor

• The Coherence Award – Best Little Seen Film

• Best Specific Moment

• Top 10 Movies of 2020

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An irreverent weekly podcast where we put our own spin on all things film & TV related. Critically acclaimed, The Hollywood Outsider has been nominated for numerous awards, including winning for the nationally recognized Podcast Awards in the category of TV & Film.
 
A new episode releases every week and is available at our site, www.TheHollywoodOutsider.com, iTunes, Spotify, or wherever you find your favorite podcasts. 
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Cobra Kai is back at the dojo kicking off season 3 following the “karate riots” at the end of the last season. Immediately, we get to observe the effects of the fight on Sam, who is basically now mortal enemies with Tory, and is suffering from PTSD. Daniel and Johnny are also in emotional turmoil, as they struggle with guilt, anger, and accountability for the fight. Kreese rebuilds Cobra Kai in his own image, poisoning his students in the process. While Robby is running from law enforcement for the kick to Miguel, a horribly injured Miguel fights for his life in the ICU.
 
Consequences abound this season, Daniel makes a visit to his past via Okinawa, Johnny faces his own struggles with his son Robby and Miguel's injuries, and loyalties are tested throughout the season with both the younger and older characters of the show. This is our detailed and thorough examination of all the happenings of Netflix's Cobra Kai Season 3, good or bad.
 
***Audio courtesy of Netflix, Cobra Kai Season 3 official trailer
 
Also, here is the Cobra Kai panel Aaron moderated that is discussed in the episode.
 
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What did you think of Wonder Woman 1984?

On this episode of The Hollywood Outsider podcast, we dive head first into the pastel-colored waters of the 80s with an in-depth discussion on DC's return to the world of Gal Gadot's Diana Prince, Wonder Woman 1984. This time, Diana is forced to grapple with the power of wish fulfillment as she tangles with Kristen Wiig's Barbara Minerva / Cheetah and Pedro Pascal's Maxwell Lord. From the 80s fashion to bombastic homages to malls and Raiders of the Lost Ark to the problematic return of Chris Pine, everything is on deck as we debate 2020's most anticipated film.

Also, Troy Heinritz from The Blacklist Exposed joins Aaron to review the Disney+ release SOUL, as well as our review of director Emerald Fennell's nuanced take on a revenge thriller in Promising Young Woman. 

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In TENET, The Protagonist (John David Washington) is an agent who takes a cyanide capsule – which turns out to be a ruse – after an operation goes south, rather than turn on his government, which wins him favor with a secret organization in need of such fierce loyalty.

This is where The Protagonist learns about inversion; the ability to essentially rewind time and possibly save the world from destroying itself in the past, or from the future to the past, or is the past the future? The concept is fascinating and hilariously convoluted – brace yourself for exposition as clear as a Yoda TED Talk – yet ultimately clicks as we wade into the final act. Inversion is time travel for people who love to pine on about the complications and philosophies of the topic. Like Christopher Nolan, we imagine.

Now that Tenet is on home video, enjoy our review and spoilercast for Nolan's latest film.

Also, Aaron reviews the new On Demand thriller, Hunter Hunter, about a family living remotely who come to fear they are being targeted by a lone wolf in the wild. 

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It’s the 2020 HOliday 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 7th Annual Holiday Special!

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

Every year we do a little something different, so this year we’re celebrating going into our 10th year as a podcast by looking back at previous holiday specials and assembling some of the best moments from every host - Aaron, John, Amanda, Brian, Scott, and Justin - for the most fantastic holiday special ever! Debating what constitutes a Christmas movie - including a little Die Hard - and specials we love, taking our Movie Battle Royale and sprinkling some Christmas magic on it for a Santa Battle Royale, Christmas cliches we love, and so much more. 

That’s not all, oh no. The Christmas spirit kicks into overdrive as we open up and share our personal memories of the holiday season, stories that remind us of Christmas. And no holiday special would be complete without a visit from the big man himself, so get ready for as much St. Nick as legally allowed as Santa Claus drops by the studio to tell us just how naughty or nice we are, all throughout the episode!

With a special game from Amanda, Santa in his sleigh, 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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What do you think is the future of movie theaters?

Originally, HBO Max made a deal with a handful of theater chains to simultaneously release Wonder Woman 1984 in theaters and on HBO Max the same day and date. Both parties agreed to it, because of the circumstances of theaters currently during the Covid-19 crisis. Last week, Warner Brothers dropped the further news that they will be debuting ALL of their 2021 releases – Matrix 4, Conjuring 3, Godzilla vs. Kong, In the Heights, and more – on HBO Max and in theaters on the exact same day and date. Thing is, theaters haven’t – as of this recording – agreed to that. Also, the creatives and talent behind those films had no idea it was coming either. Christopher Nolan even lashed out and called HBO Max "the worst streaming service". Now, currently HBO Max is stating this is only for one year due to COVID, but the internet is already reacting as if this is the future of movies. Settle in and get your ears ready, because on this episode of The Hollywood Outsider podcast, we're discussing the entirety of this debate.

Also on this episode: Aaron's interview with a movie theater general manager on coping with the constant struggles that 2020 produced as well as his thoughts on the HBO Max news, recommendations and discussion on MANK, and our HO Teachable Minute!

Discussed on this episode

  • (0:00 – 07:21) Opening | Spider-Man 3 Update
  • (07:21 – 51:33)Warner Brothers, HBO Max, and the Future of Movie Theaters
  • (51:34 – 1:06:47) Interview: Movie Theater General Manager
  • (1:06:48 – 1:22:23) Recommendations | HO Teachable Minute | Outtakes
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FATMAN, newly available on demand, is a modern, gritty, almost realistic take on the Santa Claus legend, starring Mel Gibson and Marianne Jean-Babtiste as Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus.

While Santa - aka Fatman - deals with shrinking sales due to a noticeable lack of NICE in the world, little Billy (Chance Hurstfield) is obsessed with getting everything he wants. When Santa gives Billy a lump of coal because he’s been extremely naughty this year, Billy decides to hire Walton Goggins’ contract killer Skinny Man to hunt down the Fatman and take him out, once and for all.

It's darkly comedic, twistedly violent, extremely clever holiday thriller that features strong performances across the board.  Enjoy this interview with the writers and directors of Fatman, Ian and Eshom Nelms!

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Who are your favorite typecast actors that took a chance?

This week, we talk about our favorite typecast actors that branched outside their norm. A typecast actor is one who becomes strongly identified with a specific character, one or more particular roles, or characters having the same traits or coming from the same social or ethnic groups. For example, if you think of Jason Statham's acting career, you'd probably think of him as the straight-faced action-movie killer. However, he took a chance in the movie Spy where he played a humorous character. Adam Sandler is famously known for his man-child characters, yet with Uncut Gems, he proved yet again there are many layers wrapped into the Sandman. Others might include Robin Williams, Tom Cruise, Harrison Ford, etc.

Also on this episode: our HOT TAKE game where a host takes a movie that is universally loathed but that host loves it, spoiler-free reviews of The Christmas Chronicles 2, Buddy Games, The Hillbilly Elegy, and Fatman; a news roundup, new releases, and our HO Teachable Minute!

Discussed on this episode

  • (0:00 – 28:40) Opening | News Roundup | HOT TAKE! Christmas Edition
  • (28:41 – 55:22) Reviews: The Christmas Chronicles 2, Buddy Games, The Hillbilly Elegy, and Fatman | New Releases
  • (55:23 – 1:25:12) From The Outside In: Typecast Actors Who Took A Chance
  • (1:25:13 – 1:29:51) Recommendations | HO Teachable Minute | Outtakes
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What are some of your favorite childhood TV memories?

This week, we talk about some of our most memorable or impactful childhood TV memories, meaning those moments that you still reflect on even still many years later. Many of us enjoyed morning cartoons, some of us remember when MTV actually had music videos, and the many different experiences of watching with our families and alone.

Also this week: spoiler-free review of Freaky, Happiest Season, Dreamland, a news roundup including Cinemark's deal with Universal, WandaVision premiere date and what that means for the MCU and the Short Circuit remake, new releases, and dropping all negativity to share what we're thankful for in 2020!

Discussed on this episode

  • (0:00 – 40:48) Opening | News Roundup | Being Thankful in 2020
  • (40:49 – 103:18) Review: Freaky, Dreamland, Happiest Season | New Releases
  • (103:19 – 1:33:52) From The Outside In: Childhood TV Memories
  • (1:33:53 – 1:43:28) Recommendations | HO Teachable Minute | Outtakes
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How have your TV and movie watching habits changed over the course of 2020?

This week, we look back at 2020 and how our normal TV and movie viewing habits have altered throughout the year. No movie theaters, increased streaming availability, an endless supply of new content: what are we doing different now that we will continue to do in the future?

Also this week: spoiler-free review of Let Him Go, a news roundup including Johnny Depp's shocking departure from Fantastic Beasts 3 and Ontario's choice to ditch movie ratings altogether, listener questions, new releases, a round of HO Jeopardy, and more!

Discussed on this episode

  • (0:00 – 17:35) Opening | News Roundup | HO Jeopardy
  • (17:36 – 23:57) Review: Let Him Go | New Releases
  • (23:58 – 48:38) From The Outside In: How TV and Movie Habits Have Changed in 2020
  • (48:39 – 1:01:32) Listener Questions | Recommendations | HO Teachable Minute
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Who is your favorite President in movies or TV?

On this episode of The Hollywood Outsider podcast, we first take a look back at the legacy of Sir Thomas Sean Connery. Born on August 25,1930, Connery began acting in the '50s before he first launched to fame as James Bond in Dr. No. He went on to break away from Bond in films like Marnie and Robin and Marian, and then did a lot of ensembles and supporting roles in the 70s and 80s including The Untouchables (which is won an Oscar for), Highlander, and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. His career continued a box office resurgence as films like The Hunt for Red October, The Rock, Dragonheart, and Entrapment kept him on the A-list until he retired after A League of Extraordinary Gentlemen in 2003. He also won American Film Institutes Lifetime Achievement award in 2006.

We then shift over to Presidents in Entertainment. Whether it be from film or television, the greatest presidents in entertainment are - just like with any election - subject to personal tastes. Independence Day, 24, The West Wing, entertainment is full of fantastic representations of the United States Presidency. We discuss what constitutes being "presidential", how much movies and TV influences are opinion on actual presidents, and even play a few games with both real and fictional presidents. 

Discussed on this episode

  • (0:00 – 26:24) Opening | Sir Sean Connery
  • (26:25 – 58:46) From The Outside In: Presidents in Entertainment
  • (58:47 – 1:05:00) Recommendations | Closing | HO Teachable Minute
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Director John Maggio discusses his career and the timeliness of his latest film, The Perfect Weapon, centered around the growing use of cyberterrorism as the preferred warfare of the modern age. Maggio elaborates on many of the themes included in the film, such as the expansion of 5G and "Perception Hacks", as well as the challenges in bringing this riveting film to life. This is a fascinating interview every person needs to hear. 

Based on a best-selling book by New York Times national security correspondent David E. Sanger, The Perfect Weapon explores the rise of cyber conflict as the primary way nations now compete with and sabotage one another. ‌

Directed by Emmy-winning filmmaker John Maggio (Panic: The Untold Story of the 2008 Financial Crisis) and featuring interviews with top military, intelligence, and political officials on the frontlines of cyberterrorism, the documentary brings to light the combatants and innocent victims caught in the crosshairs of a hidden war that has been going on for decades — a war that America started, but has no idea how to finish.‌
‌ - HBO

The Perfect Weapon is now available on HBO and streaming on HBO Max. 

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After a horrible boating accident kills her family, shy, sullen Angela moves in with her eccentric Aunt Martha and protective cousin Ricky. One summer, Martha sends the kids to Camp Arawak. Soon after their arrival, bizarre, increasingly-violent accidents claim the lives of various campers. Who is the twisted individual behind these murders?

The disclosure of the murderer's identity is one of the most shocking climaxes in the history of American cinema...and you're going to hear our immediate reactions as we watch Sleepaway Camp LIVE!

If you want to follow along, watch the film on YouTube at this link (as of this recording)  https://youtu.be/OZSwckT_gvs

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On this episode, our news roundup leads into spoiler-free reviews of new films Borat 2 and Spell. 

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Happy, Happy Halloween, Halloween, Halloween...

Welcome tooooooooo The Hollywood Outsider Halloween special! On this episode, we've assembled some of our favorite discussions on horror films and anything related to Halloween! First we build a perfect horror movie, then dive into a bit of history on women in horror before director Darren Lynn Bousman discusses his favorite SAW traps, which leads perfectly into the most iconic villains in horror. To cap everything off, we have a little fun by sharing how we would survive a horror movie. Halloween might look a bit different this year for many of us, but that doesn't mean we can't still laugh and pontificate and the way things used to be. Enjoy our 2020 Edition of A Happy, Happy Halloween!

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Which 80s family movie do you consider the best of all time?

In this episode, we're determining which '80s family movie is the best, why we love them, and defending them with our last dying breath. Okay, maybe not that serious, but we are taking them into battle. Joined by our special Patreon guest who bought her way onto the show (yes, that is indeed a perk), Kristina Flores, the four of us each have two movies we bring to the ring and knock 'em down until we land on just one. Titles like Back to the Future, Raiders of the Lost Ark, The Goonies, and E.T. - you don't want to miss out on who takes home the title AND which one landed in the listener top 10 but just wasn't good enough for us.

Also on this week's episode: entertainment news roundup, spoiler-free reviews of The Haunting of Bly Manor, The Boys, The Wolf of Snow Hollow, Shithouse, and Love and Monsters, give-away winners announced for Spontaneous, new releases, and our HO Teachable Minute.

Discussed on this episode

  • (0:00 – 25:18) Opening | Movie and TV News Roundup | Should a Critic Review Any Genre | Spontaneous Give-Away Winners
  • (25:19 – 50:43) Spoiler-Free Reviews: The Haunting of Bly Manor, The Wolf of Snow Hollow, Shithouse, Love and Monsters, The Boys | New Releases | Patreon Thank you
  • (50:44 – 1:43:26) From The Outside In: 80's Family Movie Battle Royale
  • (1:43:27 – 1:56:18) Recommendations | Closing | HO Teachable Minute | Outtakes
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Here are three of our most popular topics from earlier this year: Bad TV Couples, Classic Movie Monsters, and the Perfect Summer Soundtrack. 

First up, from Episode 384: 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.

Next, we head to Episode 386: we’re discussing those movie monster classics such as Mummy (1932), FrankensteinWolf ManDraculaInvisible ManCreature 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, and why we love them despite being less of a razzle-dazzle than horror movies now.

Finally, we head to Episode 395: 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…

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

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What Do You Think of the Portrayal of Mental Illness in Entertainment?

As we close out September, which is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, and we’re approaching October 10th, which is World Mental Health Day, we thought it appropriate to take on a discussion about mental illness in entertainment. And this year it’s ironic, since so much of our personal mental health has been affected for better or worse by entertainment due to so many lockdowns across the country. We discuss what Hollywood gets right and what they get wrong about mental illness, the films or characters that opened our eyes to a particular mental illness, and our favorite movies, shows, and characters revolving around mental health. 

We also discuss our annual Fall TV preview, the shows returning we're looking forward to and new shows that we're anticipating. In this segment, we provide the premiere dates, the network, and the description, so don't miss out!

Also on this week's episode: entertainment news roundup, and reviews of Enola Holmes, Spontaneous, Kajillionaire, and The Curse of Audrey Earnshaw. 

Discussed on this episode

  • (0:00 – 15:55) Opening | Movie and TV News Roundup
  • (15:56 – 53:29) Fall TV Preview
  • (53:30 – 1:12:59) Spontaneous Giveaway | Spoiler-Free Reviews: Enola Holmes, Spontaneous, Kajillionaire, and The Curse of Audrey Earnshaw
  • (1:13:00 – 1:49:35) From The Outside In: Mental Illness in Entertainment
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Enjoy this sample of The Hollywood Outsider host Aaron Peterson's other podcast, Presenting Hitchcock, where he and Cory Metcalfe randomly break down a film a month in the filmography of the greatest directors of all-time, Alfred Hitchcock. This episode follows Psycho for its 60th anniversary, but be sure to subscribe to Presenting Hitchcock for the entirety of Hitchcock's work!

As mentioned on this podcast, be sure to pick up your copy of The Alfred Hitchcock Classics Collection and spend your time indoors watching some of the greatest films of all time: Psycho, Vertigo, Rear Window, and The Birds

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On this episode, we discuss the most satisfying TV character exits. The way a television series handles the exit of a beloved - or hated - character can make or break the relationship with fans. Sometimes they get it incredibly wrong, but other times, they get as close to perfect as fans could hope. Whether a despised character or a beloved one, we are looking back on the greatest character exits in television.

Also on this week's episode: our entertainment news roundup, TV Mash-up game, Psycho giveaway from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment, upcoming releases, reviews of The Broken Hearts Gallery, The Babysitter: Killer Queen, and the ever-so-controversial Netflix film, Cuties, and our HO Teachable Minute.

As mentioned on this podcast, be sure to pick up your copy of The Alfred Hitchcock Classics Collection and spend your time indoors watching some of the greatest films of all time: Psycho, Vertigo, Rear Window, and The Birds! And if you want a chance to win one of five digital copies of Psycho, courtesy of Universal Pictures Home Entertainment, be sure to listen to the episode for the Subject Line phrase and then email your name to PSYCHO@TheHollywoodOutsider.com before September 22nd, 2020 to be entered!

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What have been your favorite ambiguous endings?

Not every story has a concrete ending and not every writer tells their stories that way. These writers enjoy the continuous debate over what truly happened. Inception is just one example, fairly recent in the scheme of things, that created a ton of water-cooler controversy on whether the token was spinning at the very end... or did it drop? We'll be discussing how we feel about these ambiguous endings, with examples of some of our favorites and how we think they ended.

Also on this week's episode: we want to take time to honor the passing of Chadwick Boseman and why this loss has felt so detrimental, new releases, reviews of Nolan's latest film Tenet (stick around for our spoilercast after the regular episode!), The New Mutants, and Bill and Ted Face the Music, Disney's Mulan at a reduced price of FREE in December, and a new take on our HO Teachable Minute.

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Flavio Alves, the director and co-writer of the new film The Garden Left Behind, discusses his career, his film revolving around the trans experience, and much more on our latest exclusive interview. The Garden Left Behind is available in virtual theatrical locations now, and on VOD September 8th.

Carlie Guevara stars as Tina, an undocumented trans woman living with her grandmother, Eliana  in Queens. Eliana has brought Tina to America from Mexico, and though she both sternly and affectionately still refers to her grandchild by her birth name of Antonio, Tina’s relationship with her grandmother is one of unwavering love and devotion.

Tina is in the process of several major life decisions. She’s trying to juggle her shaky relationship with Jason, her job driving New York passengers to their next stop, and her burgeoning career as an activist following an assault on another trans woman; Tina is also confronting the very real possibility of gender reassignment. To fully become the person she knows she should be will take an enormous amount of support, which she has in her best friend Carol (Tamara M. Williams), as well as a hefty amount of cash, which she has far less of. The film revolves around Tina’s journey, and it’s equal parts sad and beautiful. The Garden Left Behind gives you an insight into the trans experience like few films have done.

Read our full review of the film HERE

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Movie theaters are back in business...are you ready?

This week began the reemergence of movies theaters across North America, as America catches up to the remainder of the civilized world. Having ventured out this past weekend to take in several films (including Russell Crowe's fiery Unhinged), Aaron and Amanda sat down to share their thoughts on experiencing movie theaters again, and specifically look at their safety precautions implemented. Did it feel safe? Did it feel like going to the movies always has? With several exciting titles hitting theaters soon, we are here to settle your nerves and inform your own decision on when theaters feel right for you. 

Also on this week's episode, we discuss DC's Fandome, a 24-hour event that covered numerous upcoming DC properties. These include The Suicide Squad, Wonder Woman 1984, Justice League: The Snyder Cut, and even Robert Pattinson's The Batman!

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What are those jobs in film-making that don't receive enough attention?

We know who the directors, actors, and even recognize the composers sometimes. However, we want to pay special attention to the people that make a film successful and remain an underappreciated job. These 7 jobs are not ones we pulled out of a hat, we actually reached out to three very successful individuals in the entertainment industry - the ones who are invested in the business and understand the work required to pull off that movie and TV magic we love so much.

Also on this week's episode: Movie and TV news, finding HOpe in movies and TV, spoiler-free reviews of Random Acts of Violence, Project Power, The Blech Effect, and Tesla, upcoming releases, and our HO Teachable Minute.

Discussed on this episode

  • (0:00 – 26:50) Movie and TV News | Finding HOpe in Movies and TV
  • (26:51 – 53:03) Reviews: Random Acts of Violence, Project Power, The Blech Effect, and Tesla | Upcoming Releases
  • (53:04 – 1:20:13) From The Outside In: Underappreciated Jobs in Entertainment
  • (1:20:14 – 1:28:57) Recommendations | HO Teachable Minute | Closing
  • Email topic suggestions or episode reactions to feedback@thehollywoodoutsider.com
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For this special episode, we are speaking with Ralph D’Amato, the producer and visionary for the documentary, Pretending I’m a Superman: The Tony Hawk Video Game Story.

Pretending I’m a Superman is a documentary that tells the story of how skateboarding became a part of the mainstream by focusing on the success of the “Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater” video game franchise. The film stars pro skateboarding legends Tony Hawk, Rodney Mullen, Steve Caballero, Chad Muska and Jamie Thomas.

Ralph started in production on the billion-dollar Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater video game franchise where he was a producer on the first 8 titles. During that time, his production tasks included character art, animation, legal, licensing and interacting with the skaters and their sponsors. His responsibility also included the soundtracks for the video games, one of which won the first ever MTV Video Music Award for Video Game Soundtrack, Tony Hawk’s Underground.

After departing the video game franchise, Ralph went on to become Director of New Media for Tony Hawk Incorporated. In 2017, Ralph founded an independent film production studio called D’Amato Productions, where he produced his first full-length, feature documentary –  Pretending I'm a Superman.

Ralph took some time to call in and discuss his career, why he wanted to tell the Tony Hawk story, and how this project came to be. Take a listen!

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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
  • Email topic suggestions or episode reactions to feedback@thehollywoodoutsider.com
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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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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
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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
  • Email topic suggestions or episode reactions to feedback@thehollywoodoutsider.com
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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!)
  • 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 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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