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Weekly Recs: 28 Feb 2022

Editor’s Note: We have been recording our recommendations separately from our discussions of the films we discuss. This is designed to let the listeners decide if they would like to continue to get the recommendations or just start the movie discussion right away!

Dollface (2019-)

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Recently Christine has been catching up on Dollface season 2 on Hulu. She really enjoyed the first season, so when she saw the second season was out she was really excited. She was excited to see how the show delved into different areas of female relationships, and going into different directions with that. She also said that she loved Kat Dennings.

Attica (2021)

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Alicia watched a documentary nominated for best documentary this year, called Attica. It is about the uprising and aftermath at the Attica State Prison in New York, which she said she knew a small bit about, but mostly from “Attica!” Being chanted in the film Dog Day Afternoon. She thought it was a very well done doc, interviewing prisoners that were there at the time and lived through it. She said it was graphic in showing what ended up happening, and she learned a lot.

Terms of Endearment (1983)

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Nathan recommended a movie he said he probably should have watched years ago, Terms of Endearment. He said it was pretty good, but since he was interrupted a few times during the viewing, the emotional impact it might have had dissipated a little. He said he didn’t “sob big tears, like I kind of thought I was supposed to do.” He said he really enjoyed watching Shirley McClaine ham it up, Jack Nicholson playing himself, and he though Debra Winger was basically the early version of Zoey Deschanel.

The Afterparty (2022-)

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Josh has been watching The Afterparty on AppleTV. He said it had an all-star cast, and rattled off some of them such as Ben Schwartz, Tiffany Haddish, and Dave Franco. He said it’s about a high school reunion which ends with the murder of Dave Franco, and every episode is a detective interviewing a different person about what their experience at the party was. But, each episode is also a different genre, so the first episode is a romantic comedy, the second one is an action movie, there’s an animated movie, and a musical episode. He said it’s very fun, it’s directed by Lord and Miller, the guys who did The Lego Movie.

Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2022)

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Zak watched a film on Netflix called Texas Chainsaw Massacre. Not The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, but the 2022 film which got a big “Oh no, Zak,” from Dale. Zak led into his recommendation by stating, “It’s pretty standard horror, slasher flick. Nothing new.” He said he thinks they’re trying to do with this franchise what Halloween did with the 2018 film and subsequent sequels. He said he didn’t hate it, he thought people should check it out to compare it to the other films in the franchise. There was then a discussion about how you can’t go back and improve upon the original.

Castle (2009-2016)

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Recently Dale has been watching reruns of Castle with his wife on Lifetime. He prefaced this by saying his wife has always had a big crush on Nathan Fillion, so during their weekend together she suggested watching the show because she had always enjoyed watching it on basic cable. He said he couldn’t wait to watch more and “riff the hell out of them.”

Hudsucker Proxy

Hudsucker Proxy (1994) – dir. Joel Coen

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Alicia, Christine, Josh, Nathan, and Zak join Dale for the 1994 movie Hudsucker Proxy.

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Our deep dive into the Coen Brothers continues next time with Miller’s Crossing! We’ll be having discussions about the following films, and the entire filmography of one of the greatest writer/director teams working today: Joel and Ethan Coen.

Hail Caesar

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Hail Caesar (2016) – dir. Joel Coen and Ethan Coen

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Aaron, Christine, Josh, and Zak join Dale for the 2016 movie Hail Caesar.

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Our deep dive into the Coen Brothers continues next time with The Hudsucker Proxy! We’ll be having discussions about the following films, and the entire filmography of one of the greatest writer/director teams working today: Joel and Ethan Coen.

Bonus: The Beatles: Get Back

The Beatles: Get Back (2021) – dir. Peter Jackson

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Dale did a mini-review of the first episode of the 2021 series The Beatles: Get Back starring John Lennon, Paul McCartney, and George Harrison.

Synopsis: Documentary about the music group The Beatles featuring in-studio footage that was shot in early 1969 for the 1970 feature film ‘Let It Be.’

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I Don’t Feel At Home in This World Anymore

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Power of the Dog (2021)

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This week Josh watched the Netflix original film Power of the Dog. The film was directed by Jane Campion and starred Benedict Cumberbatch and Jesse Plemons. He was sure to point out that if Plemons was in the film, Kirsten Dunst was in it. They are, after all, a power couple. He also noted that Thomasin McKenzie, from Last Night in SoHo, had a small role in the film which he found surprising since she had just headlined an Edgar Wright movie. He talked about how Cumberbatch and Plemons played two brothers living on a ranch, Cumberbatch being the more rough-and-tumble of the two. And how Plemons’ character meets Kirsten Dunst and marries her before moving her and her sensitive son to the ranch. He said it’s “deeply moving”, and at around two hours, it’s not mega-long. Zak then went on to tell us about the time he delivered Postmates to Kirsten Dunst…who answered the door in a bathrobe.

What We Do in the Shadows (2016-)

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Aaron spent last week catching up on What We Do in the Shadows with his wife. He said when the show was first announced he was a bit skeptical because he thought they would try to use the same characters from the movie but with different actors in the roles because they obviously couldn’t use Taika Watiti in every episode. Then he went on to say, “but they somehow make it work,” lamenting only that the seasons were too short. He said he just found himself wanting more and more because when one episode ended, he just went right on to the next. He thought the interactions between the vampires and their familiar were just so good. Dale said that he and his wife ended up bingeing the show as well. Aaron commented that by the time he and his wife were a few seasons in they had to debate whether they wanted to keep watching or go to sleep.

Dexter: New Blood

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Dale decided to catch up on Dexter: New Blood after taking a brief hiatus from the epilogue series that he, Aaron, Brooke, and Zak, had Deeply Discussed prior. He stated that Michael C. Hall is back as Dexter, now in a different setting and ten years have passed since the eighth season. He stated that after he and Aaron guest-starred on Digging Dexter, they had a discussion on how the four of them would continue “deeply discussing” and hinted at a discussion sometime in the future. So, for now, you’ll have to take his word for it here. He stated that at first, he’d been cautiously optimistic because they’d brought Clyde Phillips who had done the first four seasons back, but after watching the first two episodes around the day they aired he wasn’t getting into it. He said he’d reached out to Brooke and she had felt the same way, but then he surprised himself by continuing. He said having Digging Dexter as a companion helped motivate him to watch further only to see what they had to say. And then he said the show clicked for him in a way it hadn’t previously. He said with what he’s seen in episodes three and four, he thinks New Blood is going to “Make Dexter great again.”

Hawkeye (2021-)

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Zak decided to talk about the Marvel show Hawkeye this week. He said among the new Marvel things on Disney+ that have come out recently, he enjoyed it a little bit more than The Falcon and The Winter Soldier. He said where The Falcon and The Winter Soldier were more of an extension of the films, this series was more “unique and unusual” and took you somewhere different much like WandaVision and Loki. He said while Hawkeye is straightforward, you would have to be an uber Marvel fan to put yourself through all the ridiculousness of the Marvel stuff because people just want to see the films. Josh asked Zak if he had read the Matt Fraction comics the show is based on, which Zak had not, but he had heard a lot about them and added that the Tracksuit Mafia was his new favorite Marvel Universe characters.

Locke & Key (2009-)

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Christine watched the first two episodes of Locke and Key season two. She said she watched season one when it first came out and really enjoyed it, but after watching the first episode of season two, she was not sure if she was into it. She said the second episode brought back a few more characters who had slightly significant roles in the first season, so it was a little like Dale was saying with New Blood, that she just had to make it past that point. She said she was really interested to see where the show went from there. Josh mentioned that he had seen the first episode of season two as well, but he had not tried to watch any more of it. Aaron brought up that he had attempted to watch season two because he liked the first season, but the recap did not do a particularly decent job and it felt like too much time had passed between the end of season one and the beginning of season two.

Falling Down

Falling Down – dir. Joel Schumacher

Aaron, Alicia, Christine, Josh, Nathan, and Zak join Dale for the 1993 movie Falling Down.

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Aaron has suggested I Don’t Feel At Home In This World Anymore (2017) – dir. Macon Blair.

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Wodehouse in Exile (2013)

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Christine watched a semi-biographical film about author PG Wodehouse’s time right before and slightly after his time in an internment camp during WWII. In typical Wodehouse fashion, he writes lightly of his time there and, under the guide of German sway, broadcasts a message of what he thinks will show his US supporters that he has been battered but not beaten. Of course, this is seen as treasonous by his fellow British citizens, and his name is never truly cleared. Since PG Wodehouse is one of his wife’s favorite authors, Dale was surprised that he never knew he was in an internment camp.

Additional recommendations to go here…

Tangents

Alive (1993) – dir. Frank Marshall

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Dale mentioned the 1993 movie Alive starring Ethan Hawke, Vincent Spano, and Josh Hamilton.

Synopsis: After crash-landing in the snowswept Andes, an Uruguayan rugby team has no choice but to turn to desperate measures in order to survive.

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Resident Evil: Afterlife (2010) – dir. Paul W.S. Anderson

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Dale mentioned the RedLetterMedia video excerpt of Rich, Mike, and Jay laughing at the end of a Resident Evil marathon that concluded with the 2010 movie Resident Evil: Afterlife starring Milla Jovovich, Ali Larter, and Wentworth Miller.

While still out to destroy the evil Umbrella Corporation, Alice joins a group of survivors living in a prison surrounded by the infected who also want to relocate to the mysterious but supposedly unharmed safe haven known only as Arcadia.

RedLetterMedia gets slap-happy at the end of a Resident Evil marathon

The Friends of Eddie Coyle

The Friends of Eddie Coyle – dir. Peter Yates

Alicia, Christine, Josh, Nathan, and Zak join Dale for the 1973 movie The Friends of Eddie Coyle.

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Zak has suggested Falling Down (1993) – dir. Joel Schumacher.

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Yellowjackets (2021) – airing on SHOWTIME

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This week Christine watched the SHOWTIME original series Yellowjackets. The series was created by Ashley Lyle and Bart Nickerson, and stars Melanie Lynskey, Tawny Cypress, and Ella Purnell.

Additional recommendations to go here…

Tangents

Alive (1993) – dir. Frank Marshall

IMDb | JustWatch

Dale mentioned the 1993 movie Alive starring Ethan Hawke, Vincent Spano, and Josh Hamilton.

Synopsis: After crash-landing in the snowswept Andes, an Uruguayan rugby team has no choice but to turn to desperate measures in order to survive.

Alive (1993) – Trailer
Resident Evil: Afterlife (2010) – dir. Paul W.S. Anderson

IMDb | JustWatch

Dale mentioned the RedLetterMedia video excerpt of Rich, Mike, and Jay laughing at the end of a Resident Evil marathon that concluded with the 2010 movie Resident Evil: Afterlife starring Milla Jovovich, Ali Larter, and Wentworth Miller.

While still out to destroy the evil Umbrella Corporation, Alice joins a group of survivors living in a prison surrounded by the infected who also want to relocate to the mysterious but supposedly unharmed safe haven known only as Arcadia.

RedLetterMedia gets slap-happy at the end of a Resident Evil marathon

Weekly Recs: 9 Dec 2021

Editor’s Note: Starting with this bonus episode, we are presenting our weekly recommendations separate from the movie discussion. This is designed to let the listeners decide if they would like to continue to get the recommendations or just start the movie discussion right away!

Power of the Dog (2021)

IMDb | JustWatch

This week Josh watched the Netflix original film Power of the Dog. The film was directed by Jane Campion and starred Benedict Cumberbatch and Jesse Plemons. He was sure to point out that if Plemons was in the film, Kirsten Dunst was in it. They are, after all, a power couple. He also noted that Thomasin McKenzie, from Last Night in SoHo, had a small role in the film which he found surprising since she had just headlined an Edgar Wright movie. He talked about how Cumberbatch and Plemons played two brothers living on a ranch, Cumberbatch being the more rough-and-tumble of the two. And how Plemons’ character meets Kirsten Dunst and marries her before moving her and her sensitive son to the ranch. He said it’s “deeply moving”, and at around two hours, it’s not mega-long. Zak then went on to tell us about the time he delivered Postmates to Kirsten Dunst…who answered the door in a bathrobe.

What We Do in the Shadows (2016-)

IMDb | JustWatch

Aaron spent last week catching up on What We Do in the Shadows with his wife. He said when the show was first announced he was a bit skeptical because he thought they would try to use the same characters from the movie but with different actors in the roles because they obviously couldn’t use Taika Watiti in every episode. Then he went on to say, “but they somehow make it work,” lamenting only that the seasons were too short. He said he just found himself wanting more and more because when one episode ended, he just went right on to the next. He thought the interactions between the vampires and their familiar were just so good. Dale said that he and his wife ended up bingeing the show as well. Aaron commented that by the time he and his wife were a few seasons in they had to debate whether they wanted to keep watching or go to sleep.

Dexter: New Blood

IMDb | JustWatch

Dale decided to catch up on Dexter: New Blood after taking a brief hiatus from the epilogue series that he, Aaron, Brooke, and Zak, had Deeply Discussed prior. He stated that Michael C. Hall is back as Dexter, now in a different setting and ten years have passed since the eighth season. He stated that after he and Aaron guest-starred on Digging Dexter, they had a discussion on how the four of them would continue “deeply discussing” and hinted at a discussion sometime in the future. So, for now, you’ll have to take his word for it here. He stated that at first, he’d been cautiously optimistic because they’d brought Clyde Phillips who had done the first four seasons back, but after watching the first two episodes around the day they aired he wasn’t getting into it. He said he’d reached out to Brooke and she had felt the same way, but then he surprised himself by continuing. He said having Digging Dexter as a companion helped motivate him to watch further only to see what they had to say. And then he said the show clicked for him in a way it hadn’t previously. He said with what he’s seen in episodes three and four, he thinks New Blood is going to “Make Dexter great again.”

Hawkeye (2021-)

IMDb | JustWatch

Zak decided to talk about the Marvel show Hawkeye this week. He said among the new Marvel things on Disney+ that have come out recently, he enjoyed it a little bit more than The Falcon and The Winter Soldier. He said where The Falcon and The Winter Soldier were more of an extension of the films, this series was more “unique and unusual” and took you somewhere different much like WandaVision and Loki. He said while Hawkeye is straightforward, you would have to be an uber Marvel fan to put yourself through all the ridiculousness of the Marvel stuff because people just want to see the films. Josh asked Zak if he had read the Matt Fraction comics the show is based on, which Zak had not, but he had heard a lot about them and added that the Tracksuit Mafia was his new favorite Marvel Universe characters.

Locke & Key (2009-)

IMDb | JustWatch

Christine watched the first two episodes of Locke and Key season two. She said she watched season one when it first came out and really enjoyed it, but after watching the first episode of season two, she was not sure if she was into it. She said the second episode brought back a few more characters who had slightly significant roles in the first season, so it was a little like Dale was saying with New Blood, that she just had to make it past that point. She said she was really interested to see where the show went from there. Josh mentioned that he had seen the first episode of season two as well, but he had not tried to watch any more of it. Aaron brought up that he had attempted to watch season two because he liked the first season, but the recap did not do a particularly decent job and it felt like too much time had passed between the end of season one and the beginning of season two.