The BPS gets political, finally taking a stand on . . . gerrymandering? Matt goes up Schitt’s Creek with his love for Catherine O’Hara. We weigh the pros and cons of bingeing the MCU for profit and fame, and how Iron Man 3 stands the test of time. But before we get to Endgame, we get to know the newest hero in the MCU family. Jesse renews his stake in the Skrulls, Dak doesn’t dig on a young Nick Fury, but Matt is feeling that 90s vibe.  The guys give Amanda free reign to get all of her Captain Marvel feels out and boy are there a lot feels. We get our Endgame anxieties out in the open. All of this, plus Jesse’s psychedelic folk guitar pick of the month.

We’re dishing on the latest flood of amazing trailers, and why we’re looking forward to a summer of great movies, and not. Amanda is hate-loving and love-hating on Quentin Tarantino, again. We lament the loss of Luke Perry. Matt wonders if Hellboy can satisfy while the rest of the gang gets excited for Shazam!. Jesse gets wrapped up in his Sandra Bullock and Winona Ryder daydreams, while Amanda’s waxing poetic on sandwiches. Matt plans on getting his yearly cry in with Toy Story. Dak finds his own doppelganger while watching Us, and wonders if he’s actually been a horror fan all along.

Amanda can’t come up with a recommendation, so Dak gives her an assignment.  Matt has a new approach to holiday decorating. The guys give Amanda the hard sell on Russian Doll, and try to decide if the binge model works. Amanda and Jesse take advantage of having two 410wned gamers on hand to get some free advice. We dig into the non-drama of Oscars So Boring. Jesse has had enough of fake biopics and enough of Queen. Amanda takes a shot at Tarantino, Vice takes shots at everyone, Dak takes a shot at all of Oscar noms, and Matt takes his shot at the whole darn thing.  Plus, it’s time for Dak to face the truth: he’s a horror fan.

We reflect a bit on our vices before jumping right back in on our favorite movies and television of 2018. How many superhero movies can we cram in? What does Jesse think is “a perfect movie?” Which movie gave Dak the big emotional release he needed?  Whose muscles jogged Amanda’s memory? Which superhero did Matt connect with?  And how in the world did a horror flick end up on Dak’s list? Find out all of that, plus who among us is the biggest movie cry baby of 2018?

2018 was a good year at the movies! (And we saw a lot of movies). We’re breaking down the highlights of our year at the movies, from the biggest surprises to our favorite flops. Matt gets reflective over documentaries, and Jesse is singing the praises of Buster Scruggs. Dak is deep in the Spider-verse, and Amanda is right, of course.  She’s a Ravenclaw. Things get a little fishy, but we’re pleasantly surprised by enough things to make it a great year. Plus, we fondly recall our favorite Austin Powers moment, and finish on a cliffhanger.

Under an impending snowstorm, Matt, Dak, and Amanda finally count down their top 5 movies, and our personalities are really coming through now. Dak sneaks in with another honorable mention and leads us down a long sci fi side street. Amanda summarizes. Tarantino finally shows up. Christopher Nolan stirs up controversy. Matt loves a montage. Jesse comes back in time to lend his thoughts. These are the movies that define us.

We’ve been working on our Top Ten lists for a while now, and finally ready to reveal them. There’s a lot to unpack in this one, so it’s a two-parter! Matt worries that his list could be classier (he shouldn’t be worried, it’s a good list), Amanda’s honorable mentions reveal an unexpected new hobby, and Dak tries hard to get a few more into his top ten. Is that how numbers work? We’re covering all the bases: time travel, zombies, monsters, romance, war flicks, new classics and timeless classics. You’ll see some of them coming a mile a way, but we’ve got some surprises too. We even sneak in a few recommendations. All of that, and Amanda learns something new.

 

December 24, 2018

Episode 36: A Christmas Story

Crack the eggnog and settle in: we're watching A Christmas Story! The gang shares some holiday cheer and gets nostalgic for the Christmas traditions we grew up on. 

The holidays: the time of year we all feel a little nicer . . . even Matt! After addressing the perils and pitfalls of the office holiday parties, family gatherings, and holiday travels, we dig into our seasonal favorites. We pick apart our favorite versions of A Christmas Carol and try to plot out a new National Lampoon’s holiday hit. We dig into North Pole sexual politics and gender roles and child labor laws. Dak finds the Christmas spirit with Ben Affleck and Billy Bob Thornton. We nearly come to blows over Love Actually, before we ACTUALLY come to blows over the greatest holiday tradition of them all: Hallmark Christmas Movies.

The guys felt left out of ranking the Chrises, so they pick their favorite Emmas for posterity. Matt wrote off the Star Wars Universe but finally saw Solo. Does young Han deliver redemption or is this the final nail in the SW coffin? The guys ponder the possibilities of a new Joker, a new Spiderman, video games vs movies, and a new Coen Brothers project. Matt makes a case for Jack Ryan and Jesse is intrigued by Manifest, but what does it take for an tv series to grab our attention? Then we play one our favorite games: Burt Reynolds or Tom Selleck? When is Amanda coming back?

(Note: Amanda wasn’t here for this episode, but she would like to state for the record that the guys are wrong about Captain Marvel. The Future is Female.)

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