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This week on the show, we have two very special guests, Cathy and Matt McCabe. In honor of a new McCabe about to enter the world, we are discussing the movies they will pass onto their child. We also talk about many of our own experiences of watching movies when we were young. Enjoy!
What do you look for in a good movie fight? We try and decide and pick our favorites
10 years ago, when this podcast was in its infancy, we reviewed Source Code along with Black Death. While I have never had any interest in watching one of those movies again, Ryan decided that revisiting Duncan Jone’s follow up to Moon would be a good way to spend an evening together. We got lucky in that half of us had never seen it, so there are new and old opinions. If you have a movie that you would like us to watch and review, all in one night, please just let us know. Enjoy!
There will be an upcoming episode where we talk about the best and worst movies of 2020, but for now, here is an episode about everything else we watched this year. We watched older movies we’d never seen before, we rewatched movies that we had tucked away in the recesses of our minds, we binged watched season upon season of television. This was life for many people in 2020, and so we wanted to take a minute, or a 100, and discuss. Enjoy!
Christmas has come and gone, but we aren’t done with our celebrating. So here is one more Christmas movie to tide you over until 2021. This week we are watching and discussing Sean’t selection, All I Want for Christmas. Just because this is the last Christmas movie we are doing this year, doesn’t mean it it is the least. The terrible story…that’s why it’s the least.Enjoy!
It really is the most wonderful time of year as the four of us get together (virtually) to talk about all the Hallmark movies that we watched this year. There are highs and there are lows, but good times are had by all. If you want to know what’s in store for you, these are the are the titles we went with:-One Royal Holliday-The Most Wonderful Time of the Year-A Nashville Christmas Carol-If I Only had Christmas -Pride, Prejudice, & Mistletoe -A Christmas in Vermont-On the 12th Date of Christmas-Christmas Waltz-Feliz Navidad It’s an impressive list, but nothing but the best for our listeners.Enjoy!
Netflix can run a franchise into the ground just as well as the established studios
Sticking with the holiday theme, this week Roy asked us to watch the perhaps forgotten gem from 1994, Trapped in Paradise. This was a hot minute before Nicholas Cage took over the late 90’s, and you can just start to see the beginnings of those tale-tell Cage mannerisms. So sit back with a big mug of hot chocolate, then grab a big bottle of bourbon cream, now mix it all together while watching Trapped in Paradise. Enjoy!
Fatman…what can we really say about this strange satire/action/comedy about Santa and the over-commercialization of Christmas? My guess is we can say about 35 minutes worth of things…on this episode…because this is a podcast where we talk about movies. I really thought you would have figured that out by now. Enjoy!
This Thanksgiving we are thankful that we can are finally at the end of Fox’s run of The X-Men. We’ve had some good times along the way, and more than a few disappointments. But before the curtain drops on this franchise, one last film is finally seeing the light of day, The New Mutants. This may not be the movie we were promised, or the movie we hoped for, but it feels like a movie that could only come out in 2020. So sit back, relax, and enjoy our thoughts on the last X-Men movie to be released…by Fox…because Disney will surely release at least a dozen more. Enjoy!
We are doing it old school this week, where we just talk about a couple of random things that we have watched lately. So you get a little comedy and a little “horror”, though maybe there are some disagreements about whether the comedy was funny, or if the horror was scary. Yep, just another 2020 night, as we talk about the minutia of movies that a lot of people don’t really care about. Enjoy!
For this week’s random Movie Night, Ryan chose the 1985 cult classic, Re-Animator. Most of us had seen this at some point already, but that did not take away from the jaw-dropping madness that unfolded before us. One of us also consumed way too much whiskey to see if that made this movie any better. All the data isn’t in yet, but right now it appears to be an entertaining watching, sober or not. Enjoy!
This week we did another random movie night. Sean chose the 1990 comic adaptation, Dick Tracy. This movie is much much MUCH different than we all remembered. Apparently you could get away with a lot in you PG film in 1990, even though there was a perfectly good PG-13 rating sitting right there for anyone to use. If you’ve not seen this movie, or not seen it lately, please do yourself a favor and seek it out. If you don’t have it handy, you might also watch Batman 89 and just imagine it with more colors. Enjoy!
On this very special director spotlight edition of COtR, the four of us break down almost the entire career of John Carpenter. The movies we love, the movies we hate, the movies that surprised us, and James Woods not being a very good actor…all of it is on the table. Is it possible that one of us doesn’t like one of Carpenter’s absolute classics? Is it possible this happens more than once? Yeah, I mean I probably wouldn’t have asked if the answer was no. We hope everyone has safe, socially distanced, Halloween. Enjoy!
We really couldn’t have picked two more different things to talk about this week. The cast of West Wing got back together for a special performance of one of their best episodes to raise awareness about the importance of voting in the upcoming election. As fans of the show, we were thrilled by this. Then we talk about Utopia, a show about a pandemic and the very worst that our society can be. As people living in a pandemic and seeing the very worst of society, this show was a gut punch. Enjoy!
Due to being a little under the weather, we were unable to record an episode for this week. So to tide you over until our next new episode, here is one of our favorites from a couple of years ago. We know that there are a lot of horror movies to be found in the world, but here are some of our favorite “family friendly-ish” ones. Though really, by the end of this, you may just start to worry about what used to be considered PG. Enjoy!
Are we really calling these kids ninjas?!
Our immediate reactions to this oft forgotten sci fi gem.
A look at the 1998 and 2020 versions of Disney's Mulan
We are trying something a little different this week. Instead of just talking about one movie, or a particular theme, we are answering a series of “this or that” questions where we pit two things against each other, and discuss why we’d choose one thing over the other. Just trying to come up with different idea, since we aren’t ready to go to a theater to see New Mutants. If you have any suggestions for show ideas, please let us know. Enjoy!
This week we discuss some of the news to come out of the DC event, DC Fandome. We can all agree that the name left something to be desired, but did Warner Bros give us enough new information to get us excited about Wonder Woman 84, The Batman, The Suicide Squad, and the Snyder cut of Justice League? We even dive into the first looks of some of the new video games being release from DC. So much on the horizon, so much of it looks dull. Enjoy!
The movie that we’ve all been waiting 29 year for has finally be gifted to the world. This is a franchise that has sparked many debated among us at COTR, with some loving them, others liking them, and maybe some people actively dislike them. So in the these crazy times, could Bill & Ted manage to build a bridge between our preconceived notions about this particular property? I mean…maybe? I guess you’ll just have to tune in and find out. Enjoy!
This week we bring you another Director Spotlight episode. For John McTiernan the highs were very high (Die Hard, Predator, The Hunt for Red October) but my god were his lows some of the absolute worst (13th Warrior, Rollerball). Join us as we discuss the complete works of someone we thought was a legend, only to discover that maybe he’s human, just like the rest of us.Enjoy!
If you’ve seen the trailer for Palm Springs it would be easy to compare it to other films that use time loops as a narrative device. Obviously everyone wants to make a comparison to Groundhog’s Day and just write it off as such. This romantic dramedy, starring Andy Samberg and Cristin Milioti, is so much more than trailer lets on. So go and watch this movie on Hulu, and then come back and listen to this episode.Enjoy!
Sometime, while we were all mostly stuck in our homes, a small science fiction movie was released on Amazon Prime called The Vast of Night. Sometimes the movies released in these crazy times feel more special than they are just because we are all desperate for anything new. Does The Vast of Night fall into this category, or is it actually a good, if not great, sci-fi entry. Guess you should probably listen to this episode to find out. Enjoy!
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Created by
Drew Martin
Podcast Status
Apr 22nd, 2010
Latest Episode
Jan 13th, 2021
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