Tomhanksgiving 2020: Cast Away – Popcorn Not Included

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For Tomhanksgiving 2020 we watch the ultimate social distancing movie: Cast Away. This year has sucked, but we can all be thankful that we’re not stuck alone on an island with just a volleyball for companionship. So there’s that.

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Cast Away

Directed by: Robert Zemeckis
Produced by: Steve Starkey, Tom Hanks, Robert Zemeckis, Jack Rapke
Screenplay by: William Broyles Jr.
Edited by: Arthur Schmidt
Cinematography: Don Burgess
Music by: Alan Silvestri
Starring: Tom Hanks, Helen Hunt, Nick Searcy
Distributed by: 20th Century Fox

Ford v Ferrari – Popcorn Not Included

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Matt Damon and Christian Bale star in the daddest of dad movies. Does it work for non-dad types and/or non-car people?

Ford v Ferrari

Directed by: James Mangold
Produced by: Peter Chernin, Jenno Topping, James Mangold
Screenplay by: Jez Butterworth, John-Henry Butterworth, Jason Keller
Edited by: Michael McCusker, Andrew Buckland
Cinematography: Phedon Papamichael
Music by: Marco Beltrami, Buck Sanders
Starring: Matt Damon, Christian Bale
Distributed by: 20th Century Fox

10 Cloverfield Lane – Popcorn Not Included

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It’s October so we’ve dipped a hesitant toe into the realm of (slightly) scary movies. In this episode, we discuss the pseudo-sequel to Cloverfield.

10 Cloverfield Lane

Directed by: Dan Trachtenberg
Produced by: J. J. Abrams, Lindsey Weber
Screenplay by: Josh Campbell, Matt Stuecken, Damien Chazelle
Edited by: Stefan Grube
Cinematography: Jeff Cutter
Music by: Bear McCreary
Starring: Mary Elizabeth Winstead, John Goodman, John Gallagher Jr.
Distributed by: Paramount Pictures

Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order and The Mandalorian are backwards – DEBUG MODE

When I watched The Mandalorian last fall, the template for a video game version was apparent almost immediately. Around the same time, I played Jedi: Fallen Order which has so much story potential that a TV adaptation could be amazing. This video explains how those things could be adapted into the other medium.

I’ve had this idea for a while but with Mandalorian Season 2 on the way, a new Star Wars game just released, and rumors of possible Fallen Order DLC, this sure seems like a good time to talk about it since I missed the initial window.

Since the inauspicious conclusion of the “Skywalker Saga”, I’ve been really curious about the direction the franchise will take now that they got their nostalgia-driven movies out of the way. I hope Fallen Order and the Mandalorian are signals about the direction things are headed in because they’re both pretty solid.

The Realistic Escapism of Microsoft Flight Simulator – DEBUG MODE

The new Microsoft Flight Simulator is an amazing thing. It isn’t magic, but it is frequently magical. Rather than a more straightforward review or discussion of the game, I wanted to make something that was more of a general essay.

In a lot of ways, Flight Simulator transcends normal video games. It’s a way to experience a version of the real world – and realistic aviation if that’s you’re interest. Although I thought about getting a new flight stick (my ancient Logitech Wingman Attack 2 didn’t seem to be working all that well), I ended up being more interesting in touring the world than learning how to fly so the video is entirely “cinematic” – no UI or menus; no in-depth discussion of controls or options. That was a nice change of pace.

Above all, I wanted to put something out into the world that was positive, uplifting, and uniting. It’s been a rough year for just about everyone. Flight Simulator offers a bit of an escape from that while also allowing us to step back and appreciate how far technology has come to simulating and imitating the beauty of nature.

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The Workshop #63 – Selectively edgy

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On this episode we attempt to keep things lighthearted by not to talking about this garbage fire of a year, but we can’t totally avoid it. Garbage fires spread. Nevertheless, there’s some good old fashioned random banter, the censorship bleep joke, and also discussion of an obscure nautical term! Truly this episode has it all. All of those things I mentioned.

Tenet – Popcorn Not Included

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We braved the theater to see Christopher Nolan’s latest spectacle. Was it worth it?

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Directed by: Christopher Nolan
Produced by: Emma Thomas, Christopher Nolan
Screenplay by: Christopher Nolan
Edited by: Jennifer Lame
Cinematography: Hoyte van Hoytema 
Music by: Ludwig Göransson
Starring: John David Washington, Robert Pattinson, Elizabeth Debicki, Dimple Kapadia, Michael Caine, Kenneth Branagh
Distributed by: Warner Bros. Pictures

The Revenant – Popcorn Not Included

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On this episode we discuss the movie that finally got Leo his Oscar. Is Leo really great in it? Oh, and how’s the actual movie?

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The Revenant

Directed by: Alejandro G. Iñárritu
Produced by: Arnon Milchan, Steve Golin, Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Mary Parent, Keith Redmon, James W. Skotchdopole
Screenplay by: Mark L. Smith, Alejandro G. Iñárritu
Based on: The Revenant by Michael Punke
Edited by:
Stephen Mirrione
Cinematography: Emmanuel Lubezki
Music by: Ryuichi Sakamoto, Alva Noto
Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Domhnall Gleeson, Will Poulter
Distributed by: 20th Century Fox

Jaws – Popcorn Not Included

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Our discussion of the classic shark attack movie meanders through talk about the filmmaking, Spielberg’s catalog, and fun debate over a theoretical remake.

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Jaws

Directed by: Steven Spielberg
Produced by: Richard D. Zanuck, David Brown
Screenplay by: Peter Benchley, Carl Gottlieb
Edited by: Verna Fields
Cinematography: Bill Butler
Music by: John Williams
Starring: Roy Scheider, Robert Shaw, Richard Dreyfuss, Lorraine Gary, Murray Hamilton
Distributed by: Universal Pictures

Inception – Popcorn Not Included

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Inception recently turned 10 and since we can’t see Christopher Nolan’s new movie yet, we thought this was the perfect time to revisit Inception… that dream within a dream… within a dream.

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Inception

Directed by: Christopher Nolan
Produced by: Emma Thomas, Christopher Nolan
Screenplay by: Christopher Nolan
Edited by: Lee Smith
Cinematography: Wally Pfister
Music by: Hans Zimmer
Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Ken Watanabe, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Marion Cotillard, Ellen Page, Tom Hardy, Cillian Murphy, Tom Berenger, Michael Caine
Distributed by: Warner Bros. Pictures