Tomhanksgiving 2021: Road to Perdition – Popcorn Not Included

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Tom Hanks plays a violent gang enforcer in 2002’s period crime drama Road to Perdition and he still comes out likable because Hanks.

Road to Perdition

Directed by: Sam Mendes
Produced by: Richard D. Zanuck, Dean Zanuck, Sam Mendes
Screenplay by: David Self
Based on: Road to Perdition by Max Allan Collins & Richard Piers Rayner
Edited by: Jill Bilcock
Cinematography: Conrad L. Hall
Music by: Thomas Newman
Starring: Tom Hanks, Paul Newman, Jude Law, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Stanley Tucci, Daniel Craig
Distributed by: DreamWorks Pictures

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring – Popcorn Not Included

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After a long, unintended hiatus, we’re back!

The seminal movies of our generation are 20 years old this year. Join us as we discuss the film that kicked it all off and changed the way we thought about movies and stories forever. We talk about the impact this film had on us as kids, how it holds up today, and answer the eternal fan question: theatrical or extended?

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

Directed by: Peter Jackson
Produced by: Barrie M. Osborne, Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh, Tim Sanders
Screenplay by: Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, Peter Jackson
Based on: The Fellowship of the Ring by J. R. R. Tolkien
Edited by: John Gilbert
Cinematography: Andrew Lesnie
Music by: Howard Shore
Starring: Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen, Liv Tyler, Viggo Mortensen, Sean Astin, Cate Blanchett, John Rhys-Davies, Billy Boyd, Dominic Monaghan, Orlando Bloom, Christopher Lee, Hugo Weaving, Sean Bean, Ian Holm, Andy Serkis
Distributed by: New Line Cinema

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.

I HAVE MADE FIRE!

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.

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