On this episode of The Hollywood Outsider podcast, we decided to dive a little deeper into the history of movie and TV ratings. Where did they come from, who uses them in modern times, why do they use them? We especially take a look at if we should possibly reevaluate how reliable and seemingly flexibly inconsistent ratings tend to be. It's an in-depth and enlightening discussion on how society looks at movie and TV ratings. 

Also on this episode, our Movie Manners topic returns to look at theater distractions, viewers watched over 4 trillion minutes of TV during the 21-22 season, TV's Bloody Friday strikes again, Star Wars gains another series, and much more!

Discussed on this episode

    • (0:00 – 34:34) Opening | Movie and TV News Discussion - The Dark Universe Anniversary, Star Wars, 4 Trillion Minutes of TV Watched, TV's Bloody Friday
    • (34:35 – 43:37) Recommendations
    • (43:38 – 1:40:51) From the Outside In: Movie and TV Ratings
    • (1:40:52 - 1:47:12) Movie Manners | Closing
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Category:general -- posted at: 1:00am PDT

On this episode of The Hollywood Outsider podcast, we discuss every single aspect - spoilers and all - of the biggest movie of the year thus far, Marvel's Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness

Following the events of the Disney+ series WandaVision and Spider-Man: No Way Home where Dr. Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) cast a forbidden spell that opened the doorway to the multiverse, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness finds Strange protecting a young girl from unseen forces, including alternate versions of himself, whose threat to humanity is too great for the combined forces of Strange, Wong (Benedict Wong), and Wanda Maximoff aka Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen). WARNING: This is wholly a horror film, especially for the MCU. 

Marvel’s Multiverse opens up even further, and fan service takes a collect call direct from Kevin Feige’s and Marvel's seemingly infinite options of potential cameos. 

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Category:general -- posted at: 9:44am PDT

On this episode of The Hollywood Outsider podcast, we discuss annoying TV Tropes. Those little things in modern TV shows that just get under your skin. Maybe it's people never saying goodbye as they hang up, maybe it's something else. Maybe it’s production related, maybe it’s story related. What are your most annoying TV tropes?

Also on this episode, Fast X deals with a little Vin Diva drama as they replace Justin Lin, TNT and TBS cease scripted television, our spoiler-free review of Bosch Legacy and much more.

Then, after our normal show, Scott Clark from The Gaming Outsider drops by to discuss Netflix's Ozark series finale. The Byrdes and Langmores have clashed with the FBI and the cartel, but how does it feel now that all of the dust has settled and the series has reached its conclusion? Strap in, as we're about to break down the hellaciousness of it all in this spoiler filled discussion on all things Ozark. 

Discussed on this episode

    • (0:00 – 18:42) Opening | Fast X Director Replaced, TNT and TBS Eliminates Scripted Television, FOX Cancels Fall Upfronts
    • (18:43 – 1:05:06) From the Outside In: Annoying TV Tropes
    • (1:05:07 – 1:14:09) Reviews: Bosch: Legacy | Recommendations
    • (1:14:10 - 2:08:58) Ozark: Series Finale Spoiler Discussion
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Direct download: HO487_Annoying_TV_Tropes_Ozark.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:00am PDT

What summer movies are you most looking forward to?

On this episode of The Hollywood Outsider podcast, 2022 has finally arrived at the greatest point of every cinephile’s annual indulgence, the Summer movie season! This year we are finally back with blockbusters like Top Gun: Maverick, Thor: Love and Thunder, Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness, NOPE, and Bullet Train, and also insightful smaller films like Men, Happening, and Bodies Bodies Bodies.  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 2022 Summer Movie Preview! We discuss each month in detail; every major release, as well as our picks of the smaller independent titles. May, June, July, and August all receive their fair due as we elaborate and debate on over 40 titles coming to theaters, as well as those independent and streaming gems to look for. Before finally revealing the Listener Top 10 Most Anticipated Films of Summer 2022.

Grab a pen and paper or your favorite app, because this is one episode you will want to take notes on. THIS is our 2022 Summer Movie Preview!

Discussed on this episode

  • (0:00 – 13:30) Summer Movie Preview 2022
  • (13:31 – 1:33:34) Summer Movie Preview 2022
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Category:general -- posted at: 5:07am PDT

On this episode of The Hollywood Outsider podcast, we debate a dish best served cold: REVENGE! Why do we love this concept of avenging the wrongs of the world through violence, especially when we claim to be such a civilized society? We discuss the myriad of revenge films, what our personal favorites are, and dive into the specifics of why so many fans just love to watch another human be treated to a delicious helping of primal justice. 

Also on this episode, we are discussing Netflix axing password sharing and adding an ad-supported tier, Warner Brothers Discovery overhauling DC (and new wrinkles with Ezra Miller and Flash), fans who prejudge entertainment, review of Fantastic Beasts 3, and more.

Discussed on this episode

    • (0:00 – 27:47) Netflix Axes Password Sharing | Warner Brothers Discovery Overhauls DC 
    • (27:48 – 45:45) Fans Prejudging Entertainment
    • (45:46 – 1:02:20) Reviews: Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore | Recommendations
    • (1:02:21 - 1:30:26) From the Outside In: Revenge Movies and Why We Love Them
    • (1:30:27 – 1:34:36) Closing | TV Mash-Up
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Direct download: HO485_Revenge_Movies.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:38am PDT

On this episode of The Hollywood Outsider podcast, we take a look at the world of movie and TV heroes. But instead of daring acts of valor, we discuss those heroes who truly aren't very heroic. We're not talking anti-heroes either. Maybe these alleged good guys didn't actually save anyone, or maybe they caused more damage than the villain, or maybe they were constantly bailed out by their friends at Hogwarts. Luke Skywalker, Frodo, Glenda the Good Witch, Rose, and the names keep coming. Whatever the case, we taking a sharp look at whether many of these protagonists deserve the title of "hero".

Also on this episode, we are discussing why we need so many thumbs for Netflix, how far deepfake technology has come, reviews of DUAL, All the Old Knives and Ambulance, and much more.

Discussed on this episode

    • (0:00 – 25:19) Netflix Updates Ratings | The Death of Network TV | Deepfake Technology Expands
    • (25:20 – 42:43) Reviews: Dual, Ambulance, All the Old Knives | Recommendations
    • (42:44 - 1:21:35) From the Outside In: Movie and TV Heroes Who Aren't Heroic
    • (1:21:36 – 1:36:00) Do We Prefer Short Ass Movies? | Closing | Outtakes
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Direct download: HO484_Bad_Heroes.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:05am PDT

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

Also on this week's episode, we discuss Bruce Willis' recent decision to retire from acting to focus on his personal health. We discuss his iconic career, his evolution from TV star to movie star, and what his roles have meant to us. We follow this discussion with an interview from director Matt Eskandari who has worked with Willis recently. As well as reviews of Everything Everywhere All at Once and Morbius, and the latest on the slap heard round the world between Will Smith and Chris Rock. 

  • Discussed on this episode

    • (0:00 – 12:04) Opening | Sherlock Holmes 3 | The Crow Remake 
    • (12:05 – 49:00) Bruce Willis Retires | Director Matt Eskandari on Bruce Willis
    • (49:01 – 1:07:44) Reviews: Morbius, Everything Everywhere All at Once | Recommendations
    • (1:07:45 - 1:31:59) From the Outside In: A Journey Through the Multiverse
    • (1:32:00 – 1:50:07) Closing | Will Smith and Chris Rock Redux
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Direct download: HO483_Multiverse_and_Bruce_Willis.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:01am PDT

What did you think of the 94th Annual Academy Awards?

For this special Oscars 2022 wrap-up, Aaron and Troy discuss the events, speeches, and winners of the 94th Annual Academy Awards, including the slap heard round the world between Will Smith and Chris Rock.

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).

Direct download: HO482_2022_Oscars.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:40am PDT

The South by Southwest Festival is one of the largest of its kind in the world. In a typical year, thousands of fans arrive in downtown Austin, TX to partake in a couple of weeks of great music, technology, and film. For this special episode of The Hollywood Outsider, we take you along for our annual deep dive into SXSW 2022, the heart of the South by Southwest film festival portion, and even further into the films themselves. 

Over the course of several days, the 2022 SXSW Film Festival screened 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 25 films and episodics are on our docket this year (including The Lost City, Everything Everywhere All at Once, Halo, Shining Girls, and many more), and we review them all, as well as snippets from panels, an interview with Tony Hawk, and much more!

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

For the complete list of titles discussed on this episode, visit https://www.thehollywoodoutsider.com/sxsw-2022-episode-481/

 

Direct download: HO481_SXSW_2022.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:33am PDT

On this compilation episode, we discuss bringing characters back from the dead, cliffhangers in movies, unlikeable yet loveable characters, and weird casting choices.

On this episode of The Hollywood Outsider podcast, we’re talking about several topics, the first of which is 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 after a short discussion on cliffhangers in movies, we move on to ROYYYYY KEEENNNNNNNT! The world has become enamored with Ted Lasso’s Roy Kent as have we, and this has inspired us to discuss unlikeable yet loveable TV characters. Perhaps it’s only in your eyes or maybe the writing or performance evolved into a character with a deeper understanding. Either way, our topic this week revolves around these fascinating characters on television who ultimately turned your frown upside down.

Then we move on to some of the weird casting choices to come out of Hollywood – the good and the bad – like a 30 year old playing teenager Evan Hansen, Tom Cruise playing the 6′ 5″ Jack Reacher, Gary Oldman playing a dwarf in Tiptoes, or Miles Teller playing pretty much anyone. Weird is a relative term, and we debate these odd choices, for better and worse.

Discussed on this episode

  • (0:00 – 36:53) Bringing Characters Back from the Dead
  • (36:54 – 49:48) Cliffhangers in Movies
  • (49:49 – 1:20:26) Unlikeable Yet Loveable Characters
  • (1:20:27 - 1:55:45) Weird Casting Choices
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Direct download: Reviving_Characters_Cliffhangers_Unlikeable_Weird.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:37am PDT

On this episode of The Hollywood Outsider podcast, it's time to discuss DC's latest reboot, The Batman!

With echoes in tone of films like Klute, The French Connection, Seven, and Zodiac, The Batman stars Robert Battinson – sorry, Pattinson – as billionaire Bruce Wayne. You might have heard that his parents died when he was a child, and his whole life has been consumed with grief and anger over their loss, causing him to don a cape and cowl and torture criminals on the streets as The Batman.

The Batman begins in Year 2 of his crusade and shades of The Long Halloween take root as the mayor is murdered on Halloween. The Batman has been beating low level thugs and now a series of murders are riddled with clues left specifically for him. Who is this masked man murdering all of these elitist “white priviledged assholes”? Well, it’s the Riddler, and he’s a creepy unknown who wants Bruce on his side for some reason, and now The Batman must team up with Commissioner Gordon to track him down before he kills again. And also, uncover the secret as to why…

We end the podcast by revisiting a conversation on vigilantes, and why we love them.

Discussed on this episode

  • (0:00 – 23:56) The Batman - Overall Thoughts | Matt Reeves' Direction | Michael Giacchino's Score
  • (23:57 – 55:33) Characters - Batman, Catwoman, Commissioner Gordon, Penguin, Falcone, Alfred, and The Riddler
  • (55:34 - 1:05:30) Highlights | Final Thoughts
  • (1:05:31 – 1:37:08) Vigilantes: Why We Love Them
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Direct download: HO480_Batman_and_Vigilantes.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:30pm PDT

On this episode of The Hollywood Outsider podcast, we change course and dedicate the episode a simple topic: "Hollywood, let's just stop..." Insert your own conclusion to that statement. For instance, "Hollywood, Let’s just stop remaking every property you can think of", etc. It could be cliches, story points, actors, ideas, awards, whatever. What do YOU think Hollywood and entertainment should just STOP doing?
Direct download: HO479_Hollywood_Lets_Just_Stop.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:37am PDT

On this episode of The Hollywood Outsider podcast, we revisit a topic that simply fails to change much, video game movies. It's been decades since Hollywood began cranking out video game adaptations, but unlike other mediums, movies cannot seem to find that sweet spot that appeals to both gamers and film fans alike. It's rare that Hollywood even approaches a good movie with these properties. So this episode we discuss this struggle, and answer the most important question: why can't video game movies get it right?!

Also this week: movie and TV news including a discussion on the evolution of binge watching and coming back to weekly releases, intellectual properties taking over content, as well as spoiler-free reviews of Uncharted and Dog.  Then we are joined by the Executive Director of the Beloit International Film Festival to discuss the event, which runs from Feb 25 - Mar 6, 2022. All this and more on this week's all-new episode of The Hollywood Outsider podcast.

Discussed on this episode

Direct download: HO478_Video_Game_Adaptations_BIFF.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:01am PDT

On this episode of The Hollywood Outsider podcast, we decided we would come together as a unified group and do the one thing that no one else on the planet seems willing to do anymore: we're going to admit we were WRONG! You know how it is these days, every conversation you have online or with friends on your movie or TV show of choice always ends up with people treating their opinions as facts, and no one seems capable of admitting they might just be incorrect. So on this episode, we each dive into our own treasure chest of opinions over the years and admit a few things we were definitely wrong about.

Also this week: movie and TV news including MoviePass attempting a comeback and Marvel's Netflix shows leaving the service, Entertainment Weekly and the death of print media, as well as spoiler-free reviews of Death on the Nile and Kimi.  All this and more on this week's all-new episode of The Hollywood Outsider podcast.

Submit your votes for our 2022 Oscars Contest here!

Discussed on this episode

  • (0:00 – 27:29) Opening | Movie and TV News Discussion
  • (27:30 – 41:59) Review: Kimi and Death on the Nile  | Recommendations
  • (42:00 - 1:39:40) From the Outside In Topic: We Admit We Were Wrong
  • (1:39:41 – 1:54:57) Entertainment Weekly and the Death of Print Media| Closing | Outtakes
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Category:general -- posted at: 12:01am PDT

On this episode of The Hollywood Outsider podcast, we’ll be discussing 2022 Oscar nominations, our spoiler-free review of Moonfall, and our main topic this week is ridiculous movie plots that still entertain us.  Also this week: movie and TV news including Reacher getting renewed for a second season, Scream 6 is on the way, the upcoming episode of The Masked Singer which prompted two celebs to walk offstage and refuse to engage, and our "What Would've Happened" game, where Troy messes with our brain. All this and more on this week's all-new episode of The Hollywood Outsider podcast. 

 

Discussed on this episode

  • (0:00 – 40:32) Opening | Movie and TV News Discussion | 2022 Oscar Nominations
  • (40:32 – 55:55) Review: Moonfall  | Recommendations
  • (55:55 - 1:17:07) From the Outside In Topic: Ridiculous Yet Entertaining Movie Plots
  • (1:17:07 – 1:24:32) What Would've Happened| Closing
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Category:general -- posted at: 2:00am PDT

On this episode of The Hollywood Outsider podcast, we are discussing impactful TV episodes, those specific shows that affected us directly. Beginning with a pair of twisted tales from The Twilight Zone, through Buffy the Vampire Slayer's addressing of death in The Body, the tragedy of M.A.S.H., the mistake of fan-service in Moonlighting, to the mind-blowing finale of The Leftovers; there is a lot to discuss. What is it about television that can cause us to delve deep into our souls for a bit of retrospection? And why is it so rare? 

Also this week: our spoiler-free review of Last Looks and The Woman in the Window Across the Street from the Girl in the Window, movie and TV news including Jason Momoa joining Fast 10 and the Halo trailer, and D.A.R.E. comes after Euphoria, prompting a debate on what is the responsibility of art? All this and more on this week's all-new episode of The Hollywood Outsider podcast.

Discussed on this episode

  • (0:00 – 34:50) Opening | Movie and TV News Discussion | The Responsibility of Art
  • (34:51 – 51:04) Reviews: Last Looks and The Woman in the House Across the Street from the Girl in the Window  | Recommendations
  • (51:05 - 1:46:35) From the Outside In Topic: Impactful TV Episodes
  • (1:46:36 – 1:55:12) Movie Manners | Closing
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Category:general -- posted at: 2:00am PDT

Jack Reacher is a retired military investigator who simply wants to now live his life however he sees fit. But after a murder is pinned on him and things somehow get even more personal, Reacher sets off for justice by using the little details that matter to find those responsible and – if possible – burn them all to the ground. He’s a man who never bluffs, never quits, and he never backs down. On this episode, REACHER star Alan Ritchson sits down with Aaron from The Hollywood Outsider to discuss bringing Lee Child's iconic character of Jack Reacher to the streaming masses with this new series, available on Prime Video beginning February 4th.

Alan Ritchson is an actor, writer, and director who you might know from his roles in Blood Drive, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, not to mention his beloved roles as Thad in Blue Mountain State or Hawk in Titans. In this interview, we discuss Alan’s take on the role, what Reacher means to fans, how genuine those insane fights scenes are, which Reacher book he would love to see made for a future season, and a lot more.

Enjoy this interview with Alan Ritchson, and be sure to stay tuned after the interview as we deliver our spoiler-free review of REACHER: Season 1, which begins streaming February 4th on Prime Video. Scroll down for the video interview. 

Direct download: Reacher_Alan_Ritchson_Interview.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:17am PDT

On this episode of The Hollywood Outsider podcast, it's time to discuss the future of movies and television. So much has changed over the past few years, from how we consume content to what kind of content we consume. But what does that mean for the future of film and TV, where do we go from here? Holograms? 4DX screenings? More streaming channels, less cable? It's a lengthy discussion on a myriad of ideas in entertainment. What do YOU think is the future?

Also this week: our spoiler-free review of HBO Max's The Fallout, movie and TV news including fans suing for misleading trailers, Paramount moving Mission Impossible 7 and citing the pandemic, A Christmas Story gets a sequel, plus our latest game: Guess The Review. All this and more on this week's all-new episode of The Hollywood Outsider podcast.

Direct download: HO474_Future_of_TV_Film.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:00am PDT

What Films and TV Shows Are You Most Looking Forward to in 2022?

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 2022 Movie and TV Release Extravaganza!  The past couple of years have abused our hearts with postponements galore, but now we actually have difficulty narrowing down our list. We talk about all the NEW content in film and television with the premiere date, network, and a brief synopsis, AND our favorites returning. Strap on your boots, we're taking a walk into the future!

Also on this episode: spoiler-free reviews of Scream and Ozark season 4: part 1!

Direct download: HO473_2022_Movie_TV_Extravaganza.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00am PDT

On this episode of The Hollywood Outsider, we are breaking down our award winners for both film and television. If you haven’t listened to our HO Awards before, we do ours a bit different, for example our "actor" category covers all genders, we do not separate it. For TV, cable and streaming all count, it just has to have had a new season in 2021. For movies, VOD and streaming all count.

If you want to follow along, the categories are below, so let us know what your picks are on social media. Each of us will award our winners in each category, and at the end, we’ll combine ours with listener picks to determine what was the HO TV series and movie of 2021! Before we go, we will each leave you with our 2021 HO Teachable Minute.

* Be wary of potential mild spoilers for 2021 films and TV series

Discussed on this episode

  • (0:00 – 25:51) Opening | Best TV or Film Experience | Personal News Item
  • (25:52 – 1:16:14) Television Awards
  • (1:16:15 – 2:03:13) Film Awards
  • (2:03:14 – 2:11:08) Listener Top 10 | HO TV Series, and Movie of the Year | 2021 Teachable Minute
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TV Award Categories

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

Movie Award Categories

  • Best Use of a Worn-Out Movie Cliché or Plot
  • Best Physical Effects or Stunts
  • Best Use of CGI in Film
  • Best Villain or Badass
  • Best Supporting Actor
  • Best Actor
  • Best Specific Moment in Film
  • The Coherence Award: Little-seen or discussed film that just completely won you over and you hope more people find it in the new year. Named after the late Justin Macumber.
  • Most Disappointing Film
  • Best Movie Flashback
  • The Top 10
Direct download: HO472_2022_HO_Awards.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00am PDT

Cobra Kai is back at the dojo kicking off season 4 following the union at the end of the last season. Immediately, Daniel and Johnny struggle with molding their distinct fighting styles with each other, causing a ripple effect that runs through the season. John Kreese rebuilds Cobra Kai in his own image, bringing in his old war buddy, Terry Silver, to help mentor the students.

Elsewhere, Danny's kids, Sam and Anthony, are dangerously teetering on becoming bullies themselves, Robby utilizes all of his teachings to help Cobra Kai as well as mentor Kenny Payne, Hawk embarks on a path of redemption, and much more.

Consequences abound again this season, 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 4, good and bad.

Direct download: HO471_Cobra_Kai_S4.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:57am PDT

Introducing The Hollywood Outsider Presents: Bad Movie Night, where hosts past and present from The Hollywood Outsider podcast unite monthly to discuss a film that critics or audiences have deemed a "bad" movie to give them another look. There's no such thing as a bad movie, just movies that aren't good enough for you!

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Direct download: Bad_Movie_Night_Trailer.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:41am PDT

On this episode of The Hollywood Outsider podcast, we discuss every single aspect - spoilers and all - of the biggest movie of the entire year, Spider-Man: No Way Home

Tom Holland returns for the conclusion of his trilogy which began with Spider-Man: Homecoming as director Jon Watts pulls out all of the stops. Peter Parker's choices, returning villains, navigating potential franchise missteps, the strange choices of Doctor Strange, stellar surprise casting, and enough heart-filled Marvel nostalgia to power a DeLorean. Nothing is out of bounds on our latest spoilercast. 

Following the events of Far from Home, where Mysterio outed Peter’s true identity on his deathbed, his life is becoming straight-up chaos. His identity upends everyone’s life that he cares about: Aunt May, Ned, MJ, Happy. Peter (Tom Holland) gets the questionable idea of reaching out to Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) and asking him to throw down a little spell that forces the world to just forget about ole Spidey’s identity and needless to say, things do NOT go as planned. Marvel’s Multiverse opens up, and fan service takes a collect call direct from Kevin Feige’s cinematic prison. Also, the true Peter Parker finally emerges.

Direct download: HO470_SpiderMan_No_Way_Home.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:00am PDT

On this episode of The Hollywood Outsider podcast, we're discussing the 20th anniversary of the beloved cinematic nerd achievement Lord of the Rings, the beginning of one of the ballsiest choices Hollywood has ever made: filming a fantasy trilogy, all at once, when fantasy like this was not popular at all. And make no mistake, you can thank this series for Game of Thrones, Wheel of Time, Witcher, and numerous other fantasy shows getting greenlit. It showed there was an audience for it as long as you did it right.

Also this week: we say goodbye to 2021 by discussing Kevin Feige and Disney's inconsistency on whether the Netflix Marvel shows are connected to the MCU, the disaster that is known as entertainment journalism, and podcasting officially becoming mainstream by showing up in film & television, as well as Movie Innuendo returns for a Christmas edition.

Also announced on this episode, The Hollywood Outsider presents... Bad Movie Night! Coming to your podcast feed on December 20, 2021 from the vault.

Discussed on this episode

Direct download: HO469_Goodbye_2021_Lord_of_the_Rings.mp3
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What's your favorite scary movie?

For millions, it's Wes Craven's SCREAM! Take a listen to this special episode of The Hollywood Outsider podcast as we discuss the 25th anniversary of this classic, and our thoughts on the upcoming 2022 film.

On December 20, 1996, director Wes Craven re-invented the slasher-horror genre with this funny, clever and scary film that spawned a legacy of its own. After a series of mysterious deaths, an offbeat group of scary movie fans become the target of a masked killer. As the body count begins, it's clear that the rules must be followed, and everyone's a suspect. Neve Campbell, David Arquette, Courteney Cox, Matthew Lillard, Rose McGowan, Skeet Ulrich, and Drew Barrymore star in this original film that launched a franchise and, in many ways, saved horror.

Direct download: Scream_25th_Anniversary.mp3
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Every year, we love to celebrate the holiday season with our listeners, and there is no better way to do that than with our 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 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, building a perfect holiday movie, 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!

Direct download: 2021_Holiday_special.mp3
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On this episode of The Hollywood Outsider podcast, each HOst brings a topic to the table for discussion. Disney Animation vs Pixar, which genres of film we're drawn to depending on our mood, "journalism" in entertainment these days, and each of our all-time favorite actors.

Also this week: we discuss the science behind Thanos' infamous snap, Spider-Man trilogy confirmation with Tom Holland; spoiler-free reviews of Silent Night, 8-Bit Christmas, House of Gucci, and Agnes; upcoming releases and recent recommendations; and our Reel Movie Title game, where each host picks a movie and gives it a title reflective of what the movie is REALLY.

Have you been contemplating subscribing to our Patreon for exclusive bonus content and voting rights? Now's the time!
From now until next Wednesday, December 8, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. CDT, you can get 30% off our Patreon subscriptions for most tiers when you elect for an annual subscription! Already a supporter? We love you too! Just change your tier selection and you get in on the discounts too. www.patreon.com/TheHollywoodOutsider
 

Discussed on this episode

  • (0:00 – 08:20) Opening | Movie News Discussion
  • (08:21 – 34:54) From the Outside In Part 1: Pixar vs. Disney, Movie Moods
  • (34:55 - 1:01:27) Spoiler-free Reviews: Silent Night, 8-Bit Christmas, House of Gucci, and Agnes
  • (1:01:28 – 1:28:07) From the Outside In Part 2: Entertainment "Journalism", Favorite Actors
  • (1:28:08 - 1:42:59) Upcoming Releases | Recommendations
  • (1:43:00 - 1:50:31) Reel Movie Title Game | Outtakes
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Category:general -- posted at: 6:41am PDT

On this episode of The Hollywood Outsider podcast, we discuss the concept of fan service. HBO Max is bringing back Mel and Danny for Lethal Weapon 5, rebooting Under Siege, Ghostbusters: Afterlife basically echoes the plot of the first one, Blade Runner and Aliens are both coming back with new TV series, Spider-Man: No Way Home is bringing back characters from other franchises, and Star Wars has been steeped in serving fans for the past decade. So when is it TOO MUCH fan service, and when do they hit it just right? 

Also this week: we return to Movie Manners with our thoughts on kids in theaters, reviews of The Wheel of Time, Tick, Tick... BOOM, and Psych 3: This Is Gus. Then we launch into a lengthy, spoiler-laden discussion on the recent nostalgia explosion that is Ghostbusters: Afterlife.

Discussed on this episode

  • (0:00 – 35:39) From the Outside In: When Is It Too Much Fan Service?
  • (35:40 – 43:02) Movie Manners: Kids in Theaters
  • (43:03 - 1:01:06) Reviews: The Wheel of Time, Tick, Tick...BOOM, Psych 3: This Is Gus
  • (1:01:07 - 1:32:19) Ghostbusters: Afterlife Spoilercast
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Direct download: HO467_Ghostbusters_Fan_Service.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:02am PDT

Twenty years later and it feels like there couldn't have possibly been a time when Harry Potter didn't exist.

The books, the core films, the spin-offs, the actors, the score, the endless consumerism - there is hardly anything the Potter-verse hasn't touched in some way or another. More than anything, though, the impact on the lives of children and adults alike. The youths who read the books and could fantasize about receiving their own letter; the children who were the same age as the characters and actors and literally grew up together; and the adults and parents who watched their children and their children's children grow up and explore the world of magic.

Regardless if you adore or couldn't care less of the franchise, it's impossible to deny that it is truly remarkable.

On this episode of The Hollywood Outsider podcast, we discuss all things Harry Potter, including the books' translation to film, the impeccable casting for the films, our preferred Dumbledore, how/if J.K. Rowling's recent controversy has impacted our enjoyment, and acknowledgment that it's our (Americans) fault we can't have anything nice.

Direct download: HO466_Harry_Potters_20th_Anniversary.mp3
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On this episode of The Hollywood Outsider podcast, we discuss the concept of movie stingers, those post-credits scenes so many Marvel films love to throw at us these days. A stinger is typically short clip that appears after all or some of the closing credits have rolled and sometimes a movie has seemingly ended. But is this trend getting a bit tired? Or has it become a movie necessity? Also, AfterCredits.com is a great tool for determining which films have stingers attached, per Troy's recommendation in this episode.

Also this week: our news round-up touches on the loss of Dean Stockwell and Disney's IMAX-enhanced Marvel films for Disney+, reviews of The Feast and Clerk, and then a lengthy discussion on Marvel's latest blockbuster, Eternals.

Discussed on this episode

  • (0:00 – 17:56) Opening | Movie & TV News
  • (17:57 – 43:32) From the Outside In: Post-Credits Scenes aka Stingers
  • (43:33 - 1:10:52) Upcoming Releases and Recommendations | Reviews: The Feast and Clerk
  • (1:10:53 - 1:50:34) Marvel's Eternals Spoilercast
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Direct download: HO465_Eternals_Stingers.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:27am PDT

Every holiday season, we discuss those family-filled, festive films and what we like or loathe about them. Not all can be as perfect as Die Hard, after all. And every year, Hollywood doesn’t listen. But what if we held the power? The power to make you believe in the magic of Christmas (or a non-denominational winter holiday)? It’s time to put up or shut up, because on this episode of The Hollywood Outsider podcast, we are each going to build our own perfect holiday movie! And yes, these stories are copyrighted.

Also this week: we discuss the Boondock Saints III news, spoiler-free reviews of Violet, Ida Red, Last Night in Soho, The Beta Test, Antlers, upcoming releases including the Eternals, and movie/tv recommendations from the hosts.

  • Discussed on this episode

    • (0:00 – 18:11) Opening | Movie & TV News
    • (18:12 – 49:35) Spoiler-Free Reviews: Violet, Ida Red, Last Night in Soho, Antlers, The Beta Test
    • (49:36 - 1:32:35) From the Outside In: Building a Perfect Holiday Movie
    • (1:32:36 - 1:41:38) Upcoming Releases | Recommendations
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Direct download: HO464_Building_a_perfect_holiday_movie.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:47am PDT

On this episode of The Hollywood Outsider podcast, Dune and the concept of cliffhangers in film. Denis Villeneuve’s Dune is truly only half of the story as the film builds right up to an understated cliffhanger, therefore the majority of this film is setting up the characters and the story for what’s to come. Villeneuve has a plethora of talent to pluck from, as there is not an actor present not bringing their A-game to the occasionally confounding vernacular inherent to this world. Visually stunning, but is it a great film? Take a listen as we dissect the overall film, as well as debate the concept of ending your film on a bonafide cliffhanger.

Also this week: we discuss the recent walkout in response to Dave Chappelle's Netflix special, The Closer, and the absolute tragedy that took place on the set of the independent film, RUST, where a senseless accident claimed the life of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins.

Discussed on this episode

  • (0:00 – 7:42) Opening | Sequels and Remakes since the 90s
  • (7:43 – 31:51) Rust Tragedy | Netflix's Dave Chappelle Walkout
  • (31:52 - 54:34) Dune Review
  • (54:35 - 1:08:30) From the Outside In: Cliffhangers in Movies
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Direct download: HO463_Dune_and_Cliffhangers.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:13am PDT

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 discuss when movies have forced us to face our personal fears, then dive into a bit of history on 1978's Halloween with a segment from our interview with the original Michael Myers, Tony Moran. What a perfect segue to our spoiler-free review of October's favorite boogeyman in Halloween Kills!

Next up, a throwback to our roots with a segment from many years ago called the Horror Movie Survival Guide, where we discuss all of the Dos and Don'ts in horror movies . To cap everything off, we have a little fun by sharing our thoughts on psychological horror vs. gore: what scares us, as well as what is a complete turnoff in the genre.

Enjoy our 2021 Edition of The Hollywood Outsider: A Happy, Happy Halloween!

Discussed on this episode

Direct download: HO462_Halloween_2021.mp3
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On this episode of The Hollywood Outsider podcast, we have devoted our entire show to one man: Bond, James Bond. From Dr. No through No Time To Die, we debate who of the original James Bonds has worn the tux the best. Sean Connery or Daniel Craig are easy favorites, but what about Pierce Brosnan, Roger Moore, George Lazenby, and Timothy Dalton? Where is their love? And don't forget about David Niven. We discuss each iteration of this classic character in detail, as well as our appreciation for what each of them brought to the role.

But we are not stopping there! Our Movie Battle Royale returns as we whittle down 8 wonderful choices for the role of James Bond to determine who should be the next 007! Maybe Idris Elba or Richard Madden? Perhaps Tom Hardy or James McAvoy? You'll have to listen to find out who is ultimately determined to be the next great James Bond!

As we wrap-up our show, we finally dive into Daniel Craig's last foray as the greatest spy to ever live in No Time To Die. There is much to discuss on his latest film, and we can't wait to share our thoughts on Craig's concluding chapter.

Discussed on this episode

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On this episode of The Hollywood Outsider podcast, we're discussing actors who have played multiple roles in the same property. Whether it be twins or just multiple parts ala Mike Meyers, Eddie Murphy or Tom Hardy, actors playing dual roles in films has been a Hollywood staple for decades. We discuss our best examples of an actor playing multiple parts that worked fantastically, and the worst examples of it, where it painfully did not work.

Also this week: we discuss the revival of movie theatres, Scarlett Johansson's win over Disney, upcoming releases including Daniel Craig's No Time to Die, The Manor, Detention, and American Insurrection; spoiler-free reviews of South of Heaven and Venom: Let There Be Carnage before getting spoiler-y; and the return of our "How Do You Survive?" game, horror edition.

Discussed on this episode

  • (0:00 –24:15 ) Opening | Scarlett Johansson Settles Her Landmark Lawsuit | Movie Theaters Return to Prominence 
  • (24:16 – 59:06) From the Outside In: Actors Playing Dual Roles
  • (59:07 - 1:24:34) Upcoming Releases | Recommendations | How Do You Survive?
  • (1:24:35 - 2:02:01) Reviews: South of Heaven, Venom: Let There Be Carnage
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Direct download: HO460_Actors_Multiple_Roles_Venom_2.mp3
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On this episode of The Hollywood Outsider podcast, we're discussing some of the weird casting choices to come out of Hollywood - the good and the bad - like a 30 year old playing teenager Evan Hansen, Tom Cruise playing the 6' 5" Jack Reacher, Gary Oldman playing a dwarf in Tiptoes, or Miles Teller playing pretty much anyone. Weird is a relative term, and we debate these odd choices, for better and worse. 

Also this week: we dissect the daunting lawsuit from Marvel to its creators as a means of retaining the rights to Avengers characters from copyright termination, discussion on Netflix's TUDUM event, movie & tv news, upcoming releases including Venom: Let There Be Carnage, Black as Night, and spoiler-free reviews of Coming Home in the Dark, Witch Hunt, and Flanagan's new Netflix series Midnight Mass, and Troy posits a "What Would've Happened" scenario for the group.

Discussed on this episode

  • (0:00 – 38:26) Opening | Movie & TV Discussion: Marvel Sues Its Creators, Netflix's TUDUM Event
  • (38:27 – 1:14:40) From the Outside In: Weird Casting Choices
  • (1:14:41 - 1:22:52 ) Upcoming Releases | Recommendations | What Would've Happened
  • (1:22:53 - 1:57:11 ) Spoiler-free Reviews - Midnight Mass, Witch Hunt, Coming Home in the Dark | Outtakes
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Direct download: HO459_Weird_Casting_Choices.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:03am PDT

What did you think of the 73rd Annual Emmy Awards?

For this special Emmys 2021 wrap-up, Aaron and Amanda discuss the events, speeches, and winners of the 73rd Annual Emmy Awards. 

The Emmy Awards recognize excellence within various areas of television and emerging media. They are administered by three sister organizations, which focus on various sectors of television and broadband programming:

  • Television Academy (primetime)
  • National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (daytime, sports, news and documentary)
  • International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (international)
Direct download: HO458_Emmys_2021.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:47pm PDT

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

On this episode of The Hollywood Outsider podcast, it’s time for our Fall TV preview 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.

Discussed on this episode

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Category:general -- posted at: 6:54am PDT

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.

Discussed on this episode

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Category:general -- posted at: 6:17am PDT

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.

Direct download: HO455_Fantasia_Fest_2021.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:57am PDT

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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Direct download: HO454_Fall_Movies_Unlikeable_TV_Characters.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:50am PDT

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

Direct download: HOcomebackkids_final.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:59am PDT

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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Direct download: HO452_Villain_Teamup_Battle_Royale.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:08pm PDT

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. 

Direct download: HO451_10_Years_of_HO.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:16am PDT

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. 

Discussed on this episode

Direct download: HO450_Jungle_Cruise_Green_Knight_Stillwater.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:38pm PDT

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.

Discussed on this episode

Direct download: HO449_Sidekicks.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:53am PDT

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.

Direct download: HO448_Psychological_horror_vs_gore.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:21am PDT

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.

Direct download: Nicholas_Simon.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:30pm PDT

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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Direct download: HO447_Black_Widow_Dead_Characters.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:00am PDT

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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Category:general -- posted at: 3:00am PDT

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).

Direct download: HO446_Fast_9.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:14am PDT

What movies have stood up to the test of time? 

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

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

Discussed on this episode

Direct download: HO445_Timeless_Movies.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:35am PDT

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
  • Please support The Hollywood Outsider and gain immediate access to bonus content, including Patreon exclusive podcast content like our Bad Movie Night by visiting Patreon.com/ TheHollywoodOutsider
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Direct download: HO444_Reality_TV.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:43am PDT

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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Direct download: HO443_TV_Cancellations_In_The_Heights.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:08am PDT

On this episode of The Hollywood Outsider podcast, we are discussing A Quiet Place Part II and Cruella. A Quiet Place Part 2 in particular has revitalized movie theaters with a monstrous opening weekend, while Cruella showcased Emma Stone as an actress capable of reinventing the most iconic of Disney villains into her own, specific character. Two films with drastically different audiences, yet both more than deserving of your time back in movie theaters.  

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

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

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

Discussed on this episode

Direct download: HO442_A_Quiet_Place_2_Cruella.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:25am PDT

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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Direct download: HO441_Movie_Trailer_Army_of_the_Dead.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:54am PDT

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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Direct download: Entertainment_That_Lived_Up_to_the_Hype_Spiral_Woman_in_the_Window.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:15pm PDT

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!

Direct download: HO439_Summer_Movie_Preview_2021.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:22am PDT

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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Direct download: HO438_Movies_That_Made_Us_Love_Movies.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:23am PDT

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).

Direct download: HO437_Oscars_2021.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:00am PDT

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. 

Discussed on this episode

Direct download: HO436_Falcon_Winter_Soldier_Mortal_Kombat.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:02am PDT

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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Direct download: HO435_Beautiful_Moments_in_Film.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:18am PDT

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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Direct download: HO434_Iconic_Television_Episodes.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:38am PDT

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/

 

Direct download: HO433_Godzilla_vs_Kong.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:30am PDT

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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Direct download: HO432_Lone_Wolf_Assassins.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:31am PDT

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/

 

Direct download: HO431_SXSW_2021.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:00am PDT

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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Direct download: HO430_Zack_Snyders_Justice_League.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:28am PDT

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

 

Direct download: HO429_Oscar_2021_Nominees.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:43am PDT

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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Direct download: HO428_TV_DOCTOR_BATTLE_ROYALE.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:45am PDT

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.

Direct download: WandaVision_AfterHO_The_Series_Finale.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:08am PDT

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

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

Direct download: BMN_Bad_Boys_Patreon.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:56pm PDT

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.

Direct download: WandaVision_AfterHO_E8_Previously_On.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:41pm PDT

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.

Direct download: Golden_Globes_2021.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:19am PDT

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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Direct download: HO427_Great_Movie_Plots_Didnt_Work.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:57am PDT

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.

Direct download: WandaVision_AfterHO_Breaking_the_Fourth_Wall.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:01am PDT

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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Direct download: HO426_Cancel_Culture.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:37am PDT

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

Direct download: WandaVision_6_All_New_Halloween_Spooktacular.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:20am PDT

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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Category:general -- posted at: 5:44am PDT

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. 

Direct download: WandaVision_On_A_Very_Special_Episode.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:18am PDT

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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Category:general -- posted at: 6:02am PDT

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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Category:general -- posted at: 12:36pm PDT

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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Category:general -- posted at: 7:15am PDT

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.

Direct download: WandaVision_Episode_3_Now_In_Color.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:08am PDT

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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Category:general -- posted at: 5:35am PDT

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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Category:general -- posted at: 4:24am PDT

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

Direct download: HO421_2021_HO_Awards.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:36pm PDT

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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Category:general -- posted at: 12:00pm PDT

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.
 
Direct download: HO420_Cobra_Kai_S3.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:51am PDT

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. 

Discussed on this episode

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

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. 

Direct download: Tenet_review_and_spoilercast.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:11am PDT

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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Category:general -- posted at: 7:48am PDT

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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Direct download: HO417_Warner_Brothers_Future_of_Theaters.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:20am PDT

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!

Direct download: Fatman_Directors_Ian_and_Eshom_Nelms.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00pm PDT

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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Direct download: HO416_Typecast_Actors.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:58am PDT

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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Direct download: HO415_Childhood_TV_Memories.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:22am PDT

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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Direct download: HO414_TV_Movie_Habits_2020.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:39am PDT

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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Category:general -- posted at: 6:41am PDT

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. 

Direct download: John_Maggio_The_Perfect_Weapon.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:49am PDT

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

Direct download: Sleepaway_Camp_Commentary.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:09am PDT

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

Discussed on this episode

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Category:general -- posted at: 6:50am PDT