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Episode #212 – Happy Thanksgiving!

HAPPY THANKSGIVING, unless you’re not listening to this on Thanksgiving, in which case HAPPY DAY OF LISTENING! We’re not talking about one specific movie this week, instead opting to talk about some movies and shows that interest us.

 

We’ve got some recommendations as well as blindspots and hopefuls for the rest of the year. It’s a super-chill episode that you can listen to on your holiday travels. Special thanks to you, our listeners, for making this show so much fun to do!

 

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Episode #211 – Animated DC Battle!

In celebration of Justice League coming out this week we’re pitting DC’s elite against each other in an animated film battle. Joining us in this epic fight is former co-host of the show Ryan James. Which film will reign supreme? You’ll have to listen to find out!

 

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Episode #210 – The Broadway Melody

This week we’re joined by Mackenzie Peykov to talk about the 1929 “Best Picture Winner” The Broadway Melody, which is a bit of a step down thanks to the advent of sound. We commiserate over the flaws and delve into the history. It’s a great episode that you won’t want to miss.

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Episode #209 – Baby Driver

This week it’s just the four of us talking about Edgar Wright’s latest film BABY DRIVER. We go through it all, praising what worked and discussing the parts that had us less than enthused. It’s quite the fun ride so steal yourself for the next hour and join us on a criminally fun look at the film that’s been kicking around Wright’s noggin for quite some time!

 

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Episode #208 – What We Do In The Shadows

QUEST CHOICE! We wrap up our spooktastic month with a deep dive into the comedically devious minds of Taika Waititi and Jemaine Clement who brought us What We Do In the Shadows. Special thanks to Zack Edwards for picking the film and joining us to talk about it!

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Episode #207 – An American Werewolf in London

GUEST CHOICE! This week we’re joined by special guest Mari Provencher to talk about the John Landis classic – An American Werewolf in London. The movie is a podcast favorite, and we spend the entire episode praising its wonderfully dark comedy and asking ourselves important questions like, “what’s the deal with that nurse and her taste in men?”

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Episode #206 – Demon Knight

GUEST CHOICE! Christopher Ortiz joins us once again to talk about the delightfully campy Tales From The Crypt: Demon Knight, starring Billy Zane, William Sadler, Jada Pinkett (before Smith) and Thomas Hayden Church. It’s a fun romp and we have a blast talking about what worked, what didn’t, and Jada Pinkett.

 

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Episode #205 – Romantic Horror Battle!

Happy October! Or should we say SPOOKtober? We kick off our month of horror with a battle of romantic horror films. Which film reigns supreme as the most horrific and the most romantic? We’ve got an amazing slew of movies to fight over so sit down, buckle up, and get ready for a frightfully awesome time. Special thanks to our guest Libby Ward for coming on our show!

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Episode #204 – Wonder Woman

We have a WONDERful episode for you this week as we talk about the Patty Jenkins-directed savior of the DCU Wonder Woman! Special guest Tamara Brooks joins us to share in the joy and excitement that is this movie. What a time to be a comic book fan!

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Review of Kingsman: The Golden Circle

Parts of this movie work so well, but others completely ruin the experience!

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I LOVED Kingsman, it was a refreshing take on both spy and comic book movies in a world where we have way too many spy and comic book movies.  But woof… that ending.  We get it, anal sex is funny, but I really didn’t need to see some one’s actual ass hole to get the joke.   So I’d my hopes were cautiously high the sequel.

 

And well… shit.

 

 

***SPOILER WARNING***

 

The parts of Golden Circle that work, work so well.  Its funny, its shot well, and I really feel like they started to understand the comedy of the world they are living in.   But what the fuck?  All of that good stuff is ruined by an insane lack of Channing Tatum, a false promise of Halle Berry being a bad ass, AND A FUCKING CGI PENETRATING SHOT OF A WOMAN’S VAGINA AS A DUDE FINGER BANGS HER?  REALLY?  You ruined your whole movie by making us feel SO uncomfortable that it’s hard to ever get back into it.  Whatever I may think of 90% of the movie, I can’t unsee this shot.  It’s not funny or clever.  It certainly doesn’t serve the plot of the movie (and I see a lot dudes defending it online… calm down dudes, you’re wrong)  If for some reason it was essential to have Eggsy finger bang that girl, it could have been handled better than depicting  a 15-year-old’s pervy wet dream.  I hate to say that these things added together ruined the whole movie, but they kinda did.

 

It would be a shame if my character doesn’t pay off in any significant way!

 

That doesn’t even mention how poorly underused Julianne Moore’s excellent villain Poppy was.  Why couldn’t she fight?  Everyone else is fighting in formal wear, why not her.  AND if she can’t fight why do people care who she is?  Why is she in power???  She played a character I was excited to see in action.  She had this sickening sweet attitude, like if cotton candy could be a person.  It made her scary in a way I didn’t expect.  So when the final show down started I was pumped…  then she gets smacked, given a heroin overdose, and dies… That is a wet fart of a character exit.  If this was the only problem I probably wouldn’t have had much to say… but this on top of everything else just left the taste of dirty dish water in my mouth (yes I know what that tastes like, college was weird).

***SPOILERS ARE DONE NOW***

 

All in all I’m just disappointed.  I’m disappointed in a franchise I thought I wanted more of.  I’m disappointed in a director I have so much respect for.  And I’m disappointed that this shit is still in movies today.

 

When it works it works and it’s a blast, but the bad severely out weighs the good.  If I had to score it… 4/10

 
 

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