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The Snyder Cut: Zack Snyder’s Justice League (2021)

We end our month of “Snyder Cuts” with THE Snyder Cut. That’s right, we’re talking about Zack Snyder’s Justice League, which had the unfortunate task of building an entire league of superheroes in 4 hours and somehow did it better than anyone could have possibly imagined. Naturally, we had to have an extra-long podcast to discuss how this all happened and why this film is proof positive that the world has been wrong about Zack Snyder. And naturally, we had to bring Matt “Zombie Dog” Dykes back to help. Guys, let’s talk about some Justice League!


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The Snyder Cut: Batman v Superman DOJ:UE (2016)

It’s a bird! It’s a plane. No, it’s our deep dive into Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice: Ultimate Edition. BvS is the film that really kicked the anti-Snyder sentiment into high gear, and we try to grapple with why that is while pointing out that the movie in its extended form is actually quite good. The acting is top notch, and the re-inserted scenes with Clark give him a story arc and explain just why things happen the way they happen. Don’t believe the hype on this oneā€¦the movie is actually good. Let’s talk about it, shall we?

Special thanks to Matt “Zombie Dog” Dykes for joining us to talk about the film.


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The Snyder Cut: LOTG: The Owls of Ga’hoole (2010)

This week on the show we’re continuing our deep dive into the “Snyder Cuts” by looking at a film that could have really used a longer cut – Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’hoole. As you watch the film you can see why Zack Snyder directed this. Beautiful landscapes, vivid characters, punchy pop songs – it’s all there! The big problem is that it’s an adaptation of a popular children’s book series, and like with most of these things, the problems stem from trying to cram as much stuff in as short a runtime as possible. Still enjoyable? Find out in the episode!


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The Snyder Cut: Sucker Punch (2011)

This week we’re taking a look at perhaps one of the most hated films in the Zack Snyder filmography: Sucker Punch. It’s been dismissed as exploitative, and has been derided for its depiction of women. It also features more special effects, explosions, and those darn slow-mo shots people keep making fun of all the time online. So, what if we told you that the Extended Cut solves most, if not all of those problems, and that maybe some of those problems were but projections of an already biased audience? Let’s get into it, shall we?

When you get a chance you should also check out the following youtube video which shares a lot of similar thoughts and explains what Snyder was going for and why there’s more to it than meets the eye.


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The Snyder Cut: Dawn of the Dead (2004)

Here at Behind the Hype we’ve decided that it’s time to take a deep dive into one of the more divisive filmmakers out there today: Zack Snyder. People either love his work or hate it, and no matter where you fall on that spectrum you can’t deny that he is a visionary filmmaker. We’re going to be discussing his “Snyder Cuts” this month, starting this week with his “director’s cut” of Dawn of the Dead.

The DC isn’t all that much longer than the theatrical version and it doesn’t significantly change the quality of the movie, but it’s an indicator of what’s to come for this filmmaker and hopefully gives some insight into how he approaches his films. Special shout out to James Gunn, who wrote the film and paired so well with Snyder. Seriously, they should work together again.


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Showa Era Godzilla: Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla (1974)

While we’re sad to bring our month of Showa Era Godzilla films to a close, we’re glad we picked Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla as our last film to discuss. It’s got ape-like aliens trying to conquer earth, interpol agents disguised as muckraking journalists, a musical number, and a monster named King Caesar who helps Godzilla kick the ever-loving ish out of the titular villain. Try not to grin like a goof-ball at any given moment. We dare you.

Also in this episode we discuss plans for next month. Here’s a hint: Director’s Cuts.


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Showa Era Godzilla: Destroy All Monsters (1968)

The next film in our month of Showa Era Godzilla films is Destroy All Monsters, which features all your favorite monsters and then some as they terrorize all the major cities of the world. But what has caused them to go on such a unified rampage? Aliens. That’s right, an all-women race of aliens called the Kilaaks have bent all the monsters to their will and it’s up to a fearless space captain to set things right. To say that this film is a blast is a bit of an understatement. It may not be as uniquely humorous as Son of Godzilla, but it’s still a great time at the movies.


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Showa Era Godzilla: Son of Godzilla (1967)

We continue our delightful dive into the Showa Era Godzilla films this week with the energetic Son of Godzilla. It’s a cheeseball film that delights in the silly antics of its titular character and only really manages to stumble when it comes to the human story. The costumes, props, puppets, and miniatures are in top form here and it’s hard to not watch this with a grin on your face. This one goes out to all you reporters out there who parachute to mysterious islands to find the big stories.


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The Week in Review: 3/07/21-3/13/21

Hey guys! Hope your week has been excellent. If you haven’t had a chance to check out our podcast lineup this week, I highly recommend you do so. We’re getting close to the end of the Resident Evil rewatch over on the Binge Buddies feed, and we’ve just started up the Showa Era Godzilla films over at Behind the Hype.

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Showa Era Godzilla: King Kong Vs. Godzilla (1962)

Godzilla is such a pop culture icon that we thought it would be a great idea to dive into some of his more iconic outings this month on Behind the Hype, starting with the third film in the series: King Kong vs. Godzilla. Apart from one problem spot, the film is quite a delight and features everything fun you would expect from a showdown of two pop culture titans.


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