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Episode #221 – Bad Movie Battle!

This week it’s good to be bad as we battle for the title of “Best Bad Movie.” We’re joined by special guest and judge extraordinaire Amberlee Mucha, who does an expert job at pronouncing judgement on our questionable movie-watching choices. It’s an epic battle for some epically bad movies so don’t waste another minute and get to listening to this week’s episode!

 

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Hang On a Second: We Are the Problem

A few weeks back I saw the wonderful film Lady Bird with my wife and a friend.

 

All three of us were totally swept up by the performances, the script, the directing, and more than anything, the incredibly well told and convincing story.  As the lights came up, the audience started to stir and grab their coats (an action I find pointless in LA, you don’t need coats here ya bunch of wussies) and the conversation I overheard boggled my mind.  The room wasn’t even fully lit and the man in front of me started saying, “That was good, but doesn’t hold a candle to Three Billboards… yadda yadda yadda.” I’ve overheard this conversation many times but this was the first time it really stuck out to me.  Mostly because the movie we just saw addresses this very instinct to react to something the moment you’ve experienced it.  In the very beginning of the film Lady Bird and her mom are listening to an audio book, and when it ends Lady Bird goes to turn on the radio.  Her mom stops her and asks, “Can we just sit with what we’ve heard for a moment?”  I rolled my eyes and laughed with the audience, but I think there may be something to that.

 

 

We live in a world of instant gratification, and I think this may be a bad thing.  It seems to me that this is wholly changing the way we observe the world around us, but most importantly to a guy like me, the way we watch movies.   Recently on our show we had a friend of mine on, the amazing Johnny Recher, and he brought up a point that I find very interesting.  Movies that we grew up with were never our favorites on first viewing.  We watched everything we could get our hands on, and slowly but surely, found ourselves gravitating back to the ones we truly loved.

 

 

When I first saw Ghostbusters, it scared the hell out of me, but my sister loved it, so we kept watching it.  Over time I got used to the scary library ghost, and grew to love Bill Murray and the theme song, and the toys, and sequel, and well, everything.  The movies I loved I spent time with, I absorbed them, and they became a part of who I am today.  But now?  I feel like we have to decide on a movie RIGHT AWAY, and whatever we decide is our opinion for the rest of time.  

 

(Before you start screaming at me, “But what about film critics??”  They are professionals who watch movies for a living, is that what you do?  That’s what I thought.)

 

This whole wait and see approach is what first led Nick and me to start After the Hype in the first place, and I don’t think even then I fully understood why I was so obsessed with this point of view.  Why do we have to say where The Last Jedi ranks in the Star Wars saga?  It just came out, how can you even know?  You’ve (I’m assuming) seen the original trilogy a bazillion times, you’ve seen The Last Jedi, once? Twice maybe?  How could you ever know where it ranks with the other films.  More to that point, who cares?

 

 

 Why are we so obsessed with “better than”?  I’m 100% guilty of this too, I’m not trying to stand apart from the crowd.  But I’m growing more and more concerned with this mindset.  When I go to see a movie, I’m usually expecting/hoping for it to be good.  Sure you have your guilty pleasure bad movies, or your just for funsies films, but for the most part, we want them to be good.  However, I’ve been seeing more and more, we as a film going culture want movies to fail.

 

 

We collectively decide a films fate from the trailer.  I’m speaking in generalizations of course.  But as of this writing we have already decided that Solo: A Star Wars Film, is going to fail.  For crying out loud, an article, that I won’t link here, was posted at Forbes titled “Why I Want ‘Solo A Star Wars Movie’ to Fail.”  Although he states his argument very well, I disagree entirely and I can’t help but feel confused and annoyed at this sentiment.  And because of us, and people like that guy at Forbes, Disney has pulled funding and marketing and we are 4ish months away and still haven’t seen a single frame of that movie.  Who do we think we are?  

 

Film crews are huge

 

Hundreds of people, if not thousands, have worked tirelessly on that film.  They are excited to show their families where they have been for the past  two years, and are proud of the work they have done.  Then we come thundering along, see that there has been some turmoil behind the scenes, and decide it’s shit.  Maybe it is shit, maybe it’s, god forbid, just okay? (fear of being mediocre is for another article)   But we won’t know till we sit down and watch it for ourselves.  All this negativity gains us nothing but more hate.  And we are becoming a culture of hate, if we aren’t there already.  If you were hoping for a sound plan on how to curb that, I’m going to disappoint you here.  Because it’s this very thing that scares me now, and will undoubtedly lead to the end of this industry, and many others, if left unchecked.  

BOO!

 

I’ve always been the type of film goer who likes what I like, and that’s that.  I’ve had people tell me I have terrible taste in films, and some that say there is no rhyme or reason to anything I enjoy.  But as I’ve said many times, to all these people, I simply like movies.  I’m going to try and make an effort from here on out, and would ask you to do the same.  Let’s stop the “better than” culture.  I’m not saying cancel the award shows, or to stop making your top ten lists.  But maybe we can all take a step back from all this anger, and calm down for a few minutes.  

 

Let’s remember that mindset of a child.  Even if you don’t really care for a movie at first, maybe you’ll grow to love it on a second viewing?  Maybe you won’t, and that’s okay too.  But we have to stop being so vicious, or there really is no point to any of this.  One of my oldest friends, Craig McFarland, works on a podcast called The Front Row Movie Reviews, and their tagline is “A podcast for people who actually like movies.”  I may be a bit of a fool, but I think if everyone could just calm down and just enjoy films for what they are, maybe we can get them to change that tagline…  “A podcast for people who like movies”  A little less catchy I know, but it would be nice to not have to clarify “actually” don’t you think?

 

Bryan is the Host and Producer of After the Hype. He loves talking. About everything. But mostly Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Power Rangers, and Batman.
 
He also lives in Los Angeles and works in TV Post Production

Name That Movie For 1/29/18

Five movie stills to test your cinema knowledge!

Took a week off to manage catching up for a lost week of podcasting, but now we’re back and we’ve got five new movie stills to give you a run for your money. Let’s see how many of these you can get. As always, check out our leaderboards later in the week to see how you did.

Here are the rules!

1. First person to guess the correct movie gets 5 points, the second person to guess correctly gets 4 points, and everyone after gets 3 points. There’s no penalty for wrong guesses.

 

2. Submit answers by messaging our Facebook Page or by emailing us at athpodcast@gmail.com. You can answer in the comments below, but it’s visible for all to see and you might give away the answers!

 

3. Points will be tallied on the leaderboard at the end of the week and can be found HERE!

 

4. The rules will be revised and perfected over time, and we will honor the player should any dispute arise.

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Episode #220 – Valerian

Major Tom to Ground Control, we’re bringing you yet another episode to catch up for last week. We talk about the Luc Besson passion project VALERIAN AND THE CITY OF 1,000 PLANETS. Special guest Deneen Melody joins us to talk about the flawed yet fun Sci-Fi romp!

 

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A Grammys Musicapalooza!

A Spotify playlist inspired by the Grammys!

With the Grammys coming up this weekend, we thought we would celebrate by making a Spotify playlist featuring music from the previous winners. For this particular playlist we stuck with songs from the winning album, songs that won, and allowed for songs from the Breakout Artist of the Year, provided it was from the album that earned them the award. There’s a lot of fun music here this weekend so hop on over and give it a listen!

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Episode #219 – Dunkirk

Had a little hiccup in our schedule but we’re back and ready to go with a deep dive into Christopher Nolan’s war epic Dunkirk. Friend of the show Graham Mason joins us to discuss the nitty-gritty of such a unique film. You won’t want to miss this one!

 

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Name That Movie For 1/16/18

Can you guess the movies based on these stills!

The game is afoot with five new movie stills for you to guess. Think you’ve got what it takes? Put your movie knowledge to the test and then head on over to our leaderboards later in the week to see how you did.

Here are the rules!

1. First person to guess the correct movie gets 5 points, the second person to guess correctly gets 4 points, and everyone after gets 3 points. There’s no penalty for wrong guesses.

 

2. Submit answers by messaging our Facebook Page or by emailing us at athpodcast@gmail.com. You can answer in the comments below, but it’s visible for all to see and you might give away the answers!

 

3. Points will be tallied on the leaderboard at the end of the week and can be found HERE!

 

4. The rules will be revised and perfected over time, and we will honor the player should any dispute arise.

Let’s do this!

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A Foreigner’s Musicapalooza!

A Spotify playlist not from around these parts!

To celebrate the DVD release of The Foreigner, starring Jackie Chan, and to show our appreciation for everyone outside of these ol’ United States of America, we’ve compiled a playlist of music from bands and artists abroad. We’ve got stuff from Sigur Ros, Gogol Bordello, Pussy Riot, Junior Senior and Children of Bodom to name a few. It’s an amazing playlist so don’t wait another minute and queue this bad boy up!

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Episode #218 – mother!

We’re back from the long holiday and we’re itching to get our movie talk on. What better way to do this than with an in-depth discussion of Darren Aronofsky’s divisive opus mother! Special guest Johnny Recher joins us to help make sense of it all and to get to the bottom of what it all means. He also does a kick-ass breakdown. There’s a lot here and you don’t want to miss a moment of it!

PLUGS – You can find Johnny in all these cool places:

Unicorn Store, The Purge: Election Year, Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, Peppermint.

 

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