Now that Phase 4 is totally wrapped up and phase 5 is set to start this week, I thought it would be an excellent time to rank ALL OF THE MCU! As a constant critic of all things Marvel, my list might differ from some. Still, I can honestly say I don’t think they have released a truly bad product yet. Even if your favorite is way down the list, remember even at its worst, MCU delivers entertaining movies. So let’s get to it!
Note this list will only consider things that are still canon, so no Netflix shows or Agents of Sheild.
Welcome to another thrilling edition of Who What When Where and Why We Do in the Shadows, featuring the co-hosting talents of Bryan Dressel, Joel “Count von Count” DeWitte, Matt “Zombie Dog Count Duckula” Dykes, and Drew “Claudia” Staton. This week the gang shifts from the film to the pilot of the television series, which defies expectations and is quite fantastic. We get introduced to some new vampire housemates, who are all unique and hilarious in their own way and are introduced to the energy draining vampire Colin Robinson, who is an absolute delight. Great episode ahead, so buckle up.
Hi and welcome to Who What When Where and Why We Do in the Shadows, a podcast about the What We Do in the Shadows franchise. It all started in 2014 with the Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi directed film, and from there expanded into the delightful 2019 FX show. This first episode in our show will break down what was so amazing about the movie and give folks a look at what’s ahead. Joining Bryan in this bloody venture are co-hosts Joel “Blade” DeWitte, Matt “Zombie Dog Spike” Dykes, and Drew “Eric Northman” Stanton. Sorry. Staton. Emoji winky face.
Hi and welcome to NOT THE NEXT PODCAST JUST YET. Bryan is just coming off of a much needed vacation so the first episode of “Who What When Where and Why We Do in the Shadows” will air next week. In the meantime we’ve got another guest episode from our friends over at Super GG Radio. Alex Orona and Joel DeWitte sit down to talk about the Mortals Kombat. Or was it the Mortal Kombats? Either way, they discuss some absolute flawless filmmaking and you won’t want to miss a moment of the fun. You should probably go subscribe to them as well.
Binge Buddies is on hiatus for now, but in the meantime come take a listen to a podcast we recommend: Afterthoughts. In it, hosts Kelly DeWitte and her husband Joel catch up on movies, T.V. shows, and books. We thought we would share their most recent episode on the book and film “The Secret,” which joins them with special guests Alex & Beth Orona. Enjoy!
Unfortunately we’ve got a bit of a downgrade this week as we talk about Mortal Engines for our month of Hugo Weaving. There are things to like here, the setting being the chief among them. It’s an interesting world with some equally interesting lore, and it all looks absolutely gorgeous. Where the film loses us is with everything else. The plot is bland and at times nonsensical, and no one is giving much in the way of their performance. Hugo Weaving has almost nothing to work with here with his first draft villain Valentine, and line reads that should play with gravitas just fall flat. The leads have no chemistry, which makes the eventual “falling in love” that’s required of all YA feel like it comes out of left field. We discuss plenty more about it, but you’ll have to listen to find out what we say.
Remember, remember! The Fifth of November…for it is the beginning of Hugo Weaving Month here at Behind the Hype. To kick things off we’re starting with the flawed V For Vendetta, which boasts great performances from Weaving and others (see: Creedy), while not necessarily aging all that well. It’s tough to root for a a character who gaslights and tortures the female protagonist (Evey, played by Natalie Portman) in a movie with already so few women in it. Doesn’t help either that the character of Evey is so passive. That said, the Wachowskis wrote the script and you can feel their hand in a lot of what transpires onscreen.
We decided to wrap up our Jamie Lee Curtis retrospective by reviewing the classic horror film Prom Night, the film that has inspired many horror movies since it was released and continues to inspire today. What did we think about it? Well, perhaps we should have watched Terror Train instead? There’s some interesting stuff in Prom Night to be sure, but so much of it is either boring or just doesn’t work or is just plain confusing. We even brought in our pal Matt Dykes to help us work through this thing and he had similar problems.
But hey, if there’s anything we learned from this it is that Jamie Lee Curtis is a cinematic treasure. If nothing else, watch the movie for her…and then watch Terror Train.
We continue our Jamie Lee Curtis retrospective with Halloween H20: 20 Years Later, her celebrated return to both the horror genre and this franchise in particular. We have a lot to say about the film as it’s quite flawed and makes some odd choices throughout. The body count is low, and the mask changes partway through the film into something you might find at a pop up Halloween store. The film introduces Josh Hartnett and his messy hair baggy clothes combo to the world, and we see a young Joseph Gordon-Levitt get a skate to the face. Everything with Jamie Lee Curtis is quite good and she makes a traumatized Laurie Strode believable. Worth watching? Listen to find out.
We’re traveling back in time to 1994 to talk about True Lies, James Cameron’s take on Bond starring Arnold Schwarzenegger and our lady of the month Jamie Lee Curtis. It’s quite the adventure, filled to the brim with action, humor, and fun performances from everyone involved. The only weak link is Tom Arnold, but he manages to hold on to the harrier jet, as it were.
To assist us in our review of such a classic film we invited our pal Matt Dykes onto the show to give us his perspective.