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

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

 

Just Mercy – Popcorn Not Included

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Just Mercy is currently free to watch on a variety of platforms. As we discuss the film, we do our best to grapple with the difficult issue of systematic racial injustice in America. Viewing dramatized versions of real events is not the same as digging into the truth of what really happens in our world, but dramas like this can be a helpful and humanizing starting point.

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Just Mercy

Directed by: Destin Daniel Cretton
Produced by: Gil Netter, Asher Goldstein, Michael B. Jordan
Screenplay by: Destin Daniel Cretton, Andrew Lanham
Based on: Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson
Edited by: Nat Sanders
Cinematography: Brett Pawlak
Music by: Joel P. West
Starring: Michael B. Jordan, Jamie Foxx, Brie Larson, Rob Morgan, Tim Blake Nelson, Rafe Spall
Distributed by: Warner Bros. Pictures

Alien – Popcorn Not Included

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Does this sci-fi classic hold up in 2020? We discuss. Plus – hear Maggie’s reaction to seeing Alien for the first time.

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Alien

Directed by: Ridley Scott
Produced by: Gordon Carroll, David Giler, Walter Hill
Screenplay by: Dan O’Bannon
Edited by: Terry Rawlings
Cinematography: Derek Vanlint
Music by: Jerry Goldsmith
Starring: Tom Skerritt, Sigourney Weaver, Veronica Cartwright, Harry Dean Stanton, John Hurt, Ian Holm, Yaphet Kotto
Distributed by: 20th Century Fox