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20 – EHRMAGERD! Goosebumps, Crimson Peak, Bridge of Spies

EHRMAGERD! MAH FERVERITE MOVIES!!! 4 great films this week in Goosebumps, Crimson Peak, Bridge of Spies, and Beasts of No Nation.

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Beasts of No Nation – released in theaters and on Netflix the same day, this is a story about child soldiers in Africa starring Idris Elba. Go check it out in a local cinema if you want to cry in a theater, or on Netflix if you want to cry at home. Andy gives it 6.5/10

Bridge of Spies – Tom Hanks in a Spielberg movie written by the Coen Brothers, and it’s some of their best work ever. Our review at Big Shiny Robot every single person gave it a 10/10. Yes. It’s that good.

Goosebumps – Based on the books, this is almost more fun for adults than the kids, it includes all the monsters and stories we love and remember. Jack Black is even restrained! Adam has a more full review here and gives it 8/10

Crimson Peak – Sooooooo cool to look at! Absolutely gorgeous. And then it gets Game of Thrones-y. Andy’s full review is here, he gave it a 8.5/10, and Adam gave it 9/10.

19 – I got 99 Homes but a Pan ain’t one

We review the foreclosure Faustian drama “99 Homes” and the Peter Pan Prequel “Pan” along with our recommendation for best alien-themed Halloween movies.

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Pan – a bad prequel that doesn’t do what a prequel is supposed to do. Pan doesn’t even get his powers until the last five minutes. Why are the pirates singing Nirvana? Why is Rooney Mara a native princess? This was five different movies cobbled together and it gives you whiplash. Andy gives it 4/10 and a more full review here.

99 Homes – Andrew Garfield and Michael Shannon act the hell out of this movie, but it’s not quite Spider-Man vs General Zod. It’s better.  It’s a little date, but all the performances more than make up for it. Andy gives it 6/10, Adam gives it 8/10 and you can read more here.

Recommendations: This week’s theme is Aliens!!!

Andy – Attack the Block – go watch John Boyega protect his London block from weird glowy-teethy alien monsters. Funny and scary!

Adam – They Live – Mostly we just talk about all the things that ripped off They Live for the last 30 years. Duke Nukem, Devil May Cry, South Park, Futurama . . .

Go vote for this week’s theme: Disney vs. Comedies!

18.1 – Evil Dead: The Musical

We interview the director and cast members from Evil Dead the Musical, currently playing in Vegas. Get your tickets at  http://evildeadvegas.com/ NOTE: This episode contains all sorts of Evil-Dead-ish talk, including swearsies. NSFW!

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Featuring actual music from the musical! Thanks to Evil Dead the Musical!

18 – Sicario, The Walk, The Martian

This week we cover Sicario, The Walk, The Martian and begin discussing the first of our Halloween recommendations.  Go vote for this week’s themes: Aliens vs. Zombies– or suggest your own. http://www.facebook.com/BoredAsHellPodcast 

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Quickly, Stonewall: If you’re going to call it Stonewall, actually make it about the Stonewall riots. It had as much to do with the Stonewall riots as Stonewall Jackson. But not a terrible movie. Roland Emmerich shows restraint? 5/10

Sicario: Benecio del Toro. Not too early to start talking Oscars.  Incredibly tense. It’s like Apocalypse Now or Full Metal Jacket but with the drug war instead of Vietnam. Andy gives it 7.5/10, Brooks says 8 just for the performances.

The Walk: About a real-life walk between the World Trade Center towers on a tightrope. First hour is a little slow, but that last part with the actual walk between the towers is amazing. The accent. Matthew Lillard as Shaggy. Like a 6/10. Go watch Man on Wire, the documentary about the same event.

The Martian: One of the best movies of the year. Makes you feel good about things. Science! Exploration! The movie vs. the book. Ridley Scott. Everyone is at a 9 or 10.

It’s October, so we’re recommending Halloween-themed movies every week with a different theme chosen by you, the listeners. This week, it’s “Supernatural movies.” eg, demons, devils, etc.

Brooks chose The Orphanage

Andy chose Hellboy

Adam chose Evil Dead (the remake)

17 – Black Scorch Everest

We review Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials, Black Mass, and Everest. Also, we apologize in advance we will skip next week because of Salt Lake Comic Con and lack of new releases being screened. We’ll be back Monday, October 5 to start a month of Halloween-themed episodes!

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Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials picks up where the last one abruptly ends. Tried so hard to be the epic, dark, character-driven second episode in the trilogy but fails. It’s overstuffed. But at least it’s a vast improvement on the first movie. Andy gave it 3.5/10.

Black Mass tells the story of Whitey Bolger’s rise as the biggest crimelord in America. This is Johnny Depp’s movie. Amazing performances, but maybe tries to humanize him too much. This could’ve lost 20 minutes and been great. 8/10

Everest – the Utah pronunciation of the word “mountain.” It’s a disaster/survival movie, except real. Amazing cast. Kiwi accents. Andy wishes it was more like Jon Krakauer’s book, gave it 5/10.  Adam loved it, despite a first half that needed to pick up the pace, gave it 7/10.

Episode 16 – Sleeping With Other Shyamalans

We review M. Night Shayamalan’s The Visit and indie offensive rom-com Sleeping With Other People, including an interview with director/writer Leslye Headland at the end of the episode. Also, our favorite “politically incorrect” movies.

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The Visit had potential, and even has some good parts in it, but it’s clunky and has a trite ending. What happened to  M. Knight Shayamalan? Adam gives it 4/10 – you can read his full review here.

Sleeping With Other People is When Harry Met Sally for a-holes. Moustrap. Best use of David Bowie ever. We generally hate Jason Sudeikis, but he is awesome here. Andy loves Allison Brie. Adam gives it a 8.5, and Andy gives it a 9.

Political correctness. What’s the deal? Why you can’t have sacred cows. Context matters more than content. Here’s two incredibly offensive movies that we love:

Adam’s pick: Team America: World Police skewers all sides of the political spectrum. With puppets! That soundtrack.

Andy’s pick: Undercover Brother turns race relations on its head. There is an actual The Man and he’s keeping black people down, so here comes Undercover Brother and The Brotherhood, now with white intern Lance because of affirmative action! So many offensive jokes.

Happy Birthday, Zoolander!

Adam is on some panels at Comic Con. Don’t miss them!

Andy’s interview with Leslye Headland. It’s awesome.

Episode 15 – Is This Real Life?

We review A Walk in the Woods, Learning to Drive, and recommend movies “based on a true story”: Milk and All the President’s Men. Journalistic ethics. The shakeup at Marvel Studios.

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A Walk in the Woods is nice, beautiful shots of nature, but as charming as Redford is, it just doesn’t work.  Adam give it 5/10, Andy gives it 6/10.

Learning to Drive is incredibly thin.  Adapted from a magazine article and it feels like it. Ben Kingsley is great, but it thinks it’s deeper than it is. 5/10

Movies “based on a true story.”

Adam chose Milk, Andy chose All the President’s Men.

Journalistic ethics. At 29:30 we make a joke about sweater vests.

Why the shakeup at Marvel Studios/Disney is a good thing.

Episode 14 – In Memoriam: Wes Craven, No Escape, We Are Your Friends

We lost one of the great ones in Wes Craven. Our In Memoriam is tacked on the end of the episode because we heard right after we finished recording. We also review No Escape, We Are Your Friends, and talk about iconic movie soundtracks.

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No Escape – Owen Wilson, Luke Bell and family try to escape from violence-plagued unnamed country following an anti-Western coup. Intense, but unsatisfying. Technically well-done, but doesn’t let you breathe. Violence is over the top, Asians are treated like zombies. Pierce Brosnan’s heavy-handed political rant and Deus Ex Machina. Adam gives it 3/10, Andy gives it 4/10 — all of that is for Lake Bell. Andy’s full review here.

We Are Your Friends – Zac Efron wants to be a DJ. It’s more like a coming of age story. Great music if you like EDM. Adam gives it a 7/10. Full review here.

Soundtracks can take a movie from great to legendary. Andy’s recommendation is O Brother, Where Art Thou and Adam recommends Guardians of the Galaxy.

In Memoriam for Wes Craven, including Adam’s husband Eddie. He reinvented the horror genre several times.

Episode 13 – Hitman Get Whacked

Not much to see this week as the movie studios try to hide their films from critics. But we did see Hitman: Agent 47. And we were not impressed. So instead we talk about other good August releases to remind us the end of summer doesn’t have to be a crapfest.

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Hitman: Agent 47 is so boring. It would’ve been better to just play the video game for 90 minutes.  It’s basically Towelie from South Park. Adam gives it 3.5/10, Andy gives it 3/10. You can read Andy’s longer review here.

Why do studios send their bad movies to die in late August? Here are a few movies that broke that mold:

The Iron Giant – One of the best animated movies ever. We love Brad Bird.

Better Off Dead – (And a tribute to all the movies that came out in the Summer of 1985, especially August ’85, one of the best of which is this.) A lesser known John Cusack movie about a bad breakup. The side characters! The 80’s cliches! Happy birthday! You came out 30 years ago TODAY!

South Park makes fun of everything.

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Episode 12 – Straight Outta U.N.C.L.E.

We review indie comedy Fort Tilden, Guy Ritchie’s spy drama The Man from U.N.C.L.E. and the NWA biopic Straight Outta Compton.

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Fort Tilden won the Grand Jury prize at SXSW and there’s a reason for that. It’s hilarious and a great commentary on the whole hipster/bohemian/millenial thing. Two girls living in Brooklyn try to take a trip to the beach at Fort Tilden. And hijinks ensue. Watch the trailer. Available on Video on Demand and in theaters in limited cities. Andy gives it 7/10.

The Man from U.N.C.L.E. is Guy Ritchie’s take on the 1960’s spy tv show of the same name.  He nails the period piece aspect and the stars have amazing chemistry with each other. Andy wishes it was more Guy Ritchie-y, gives it 7.5/10. Adam liked it even more: 9/10.

Straight Outta Compton is awesome, but falls prey to a lot of the same problems of the biopic genre. The “Big 3” playing Dre, Cube, and Easy-E are amazing. Why does he look so much like Ice Cube?  Play another type of character, Paul Giamatti! Both Andy and Adam give this 8/10.

Stick around to the end to hear Andy rap. And then some dude named Jiminy Glick interviewed Ice Cube.