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24 – The 33 All-American Reasons to Hate the Coopers

This week we review The 33,  My All-American, and Love the Coopers. They’re. . .moving pictures! (Barely) Content warning: This episode may contain graphic descriptions of a horrible Christmas movie and includes Christmas music. . . luckily all by Stephen Colbert. Also, if you hate the Texas Longhorns football team. . .or coal mining. . . you have been warned.

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Love the Coopers – a Christmas movie about a family. And they’re all “wacky”– no, they’re just awful. And the dog narrates it? 0 stars. 0/10. The worst movie of the year.

My All-AmericanPlays more like a made-for-tv movie they would show to people to try to recruit them to come to the University of Texas football program. From the writer of Rudy and Hoosiers, so you can guess where this is going. Andy re-enacts the opening scene featuring a doe-eyed reporter from The Daily Texan student newspaper and old coach Aaron Eckhardt in old man makeup. We hate to call your life a cliche, Freddie Steinmark, but. . . Still, not terrible. Just not great. 4/10.

The 33 – True story of the Chilean miners trapped below ground. Should’ve been more heroic, but was mostly just boring. There’s still a few good things in here. 5/10

We don’t have any recommendations, except to go back and listen to last week’s episode. Because James Bond.

23 – The name is Brown. Charlie Brown.

This week we review The Peanuts Movie and SPECTRE, plus give our recommendations of other James Bond movies we like even more.

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The Peanuts Movie – It’s certainly a Peanuts film. Totally nail the vibe, the characters, the voices, and even how disconnected a lot of the little vignettes are from one another.  Inclusion of two modern songs is jarring and out of place. Otherwise a lot of fun for folks who like Snoopy and Co. Adam gives it 7/10, Andy gives it 7.5/10 and a more full review here. 

SPECTRE – This is Bond’s 24th outing, and possibly Daniel Craig’s last. Can basically be summed up as: “Not as good as Skyfall.” Andy enjoyed all of the homages to previous Bonds. They basically failed to really develop any of the villains. But dem Bond girls, tho. Adam give it 5/10, Andy gave it 7.5/10 and you can see a more full review here.

Better know a Bond movie:

Adam chose Goldeneye. It was his first Bond movie, plus that epic N64 game! Sean Bean as the villain. Famke Janssen as Xenia Onatopp.

Andy chose Skyfall because penance– his original review was ho-hum about it, but he blames having had to watch an internet screener on a tiny laptop. But he came around, including it in his top 10 movies of 2012 after seeing it on a big screen multiple times. IMAX. That theme song.

33 – Our Brand is Boring, Burnt Crisis

This week we review Burnt, Our Brand is Crisis, and Truth. They’re all a little bit boring, so we recommend better movies of the same type: Wag the Dog and Primary Colors.

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Burnt – Bradley Cooper channels Gordon Ramsay, and you would’ve been better watching 2 episodes of Hell’s Kitchen. This is instead like the food it’s about: overwrought and fussy, rather than being bold and powerful. Andy has a more full review here, but [spoiler alert] he gives it a 4/10.

Our Brand is Crisis – In a movie about politics being a fun, contact sport, why you gotta be so boring and uptight? We need more Billy Bob. Spoilers about the ending, but mostly that the ending is awful. Andy’s more full review here, he gives it a 5/10, Adam gives it a 3.5/10.

Truth – If you’re going to call your movie “Truth”, you better bring it. This did not. Don’t cast Robert Redford as Dan Rather. Don’t make a movie about such an interesting event and make it so boring. Don’t take such a talented cast and make them boring. Just don’t. Andy’s more full review here, but he gives this a 3.5/10.

All three of these movies are a little bit boring, so we recommend better movies of the same type: Wag the Dog and Primary Colors,  both of which came out within a year of one another and are both kinda sorta about Bill Clinton era politics.

 

21 – Rock the Steve Jobs

We review Jem and the Holograms, Rock the Casbah, and Steve Jobs, then Andy presents his favorite Disney Halloween scary movie and Adam presents his favorite funny horror movie.

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Jem and the Holograms – Who is this movie for? Not Jem fans. Not the rising generation. Not a bad film, just not a very good one. And not really a Jem movie. And why did it turn into The DaVinci Code and a heist movie for 30 minutes? Andy gives it 5/10

Rock the Casbah – This movie doesn’t know what it is or where it’s going.  Pick a theme and go with it. Bill Murray tries to do some schtick and it’s somewhat entertaining, but not enough to carry the movie — only one or two legitimately funny moments. Adam gives it 4/10, Andy 5.5/10.

Steve Jobs – It’s a Shakespearean Drama in 3 acts– and it’s just like Julius Caesar isn’t the history of Caesar’s death. So very Sorkin-y. Fassbender disappears into the role of Steve Jobs. And Seth Rogan can act! Who knew?!? Adam gives it 9/10, Andy 7.5/10- great movie but maybe not for all audiences.

Andy’s recommendation: Disney!! The Black Hole!!! Scary scientist! Cute robots! SUPER Scary robot! Trippy ending.

Adam’s recommendation: Horror Comedy!! Tucker and Dale vs. Evil! Hillbillies get mistaken for ax murderers, college kids keep accidentally falling into wood chippers, etc. Super gory and also just really funny.

PS– sorry for the lateness of this week’s episode. We both had hell for work.

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.