Venom and A Star is Born Review – Cinemaholics Episode #85

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This week on the podcast, I’m joined by Will Ashton and Maveryke Hines to discuss Venom, Sony’s latest exploration of the Spider-Man mythology, this time focusing on the symbiotic nightmare played here by Tom Hardy. This is a double feature episode, so we also dive into A Star is Born, Bradley Cooper’s first foray into direction and co-starring with Lady Gaga in this third remake of the 1937 classic film. Afterward, hear our exclusive interview with legendary actor Joe Morton, star of the new CBS show “God Friended Me.”

Next week: Once again, we’re planning on doing a double feature episode, this time reviewing both First Man and Bad Times at the El Royale. Help us decide which review comes first by voicing your opinion in the comments. You can also become a patron and vote your decision in our exclusive Patreon poll.

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Maniac and Smallfoot Review – Cinemaholics Episode #84

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We had a packed show this week. First we reviewed Maniac, the new Netflix limited series starring Jonah Hill and Emma Stone. We also reviewed the new animated film Smallfoot, and right before that you’ll hear my interview with Karey Kirkpatrick, the director of the film. For mini reviews, we also covered The Hate U GiveHell Fest, Night School, and more.

Next week: We’re planning on doing a double feature of Venom and A Star is Born. Help us decide which review comes first by voicing your opinion in the comments. You can also become a patron and vote in our poll.

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The House with a Clock in Its Walls Review – Cinemaholics Episode #83

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Did Eli Roth’s first foray into children horror films tick us off? Or were we spellbound by the performances of Jack Black and Cate Blanchett? Tune in to hear our thoughts on The House with a Clock in Its Walls, a new adaptation of the popular book series from the 1970s. And stick around as we also review Mandy, Assassination NationLife Itself, and more.

Next week: Should our feature review be Maniac on Netflix, or the new animated film Smallfoot? Help us decide by voicing your opinion in the comments. You can also become a patron and vote in our poll.

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The New Wreck-It Ralph 2 Trailer Finally Gives Us A Plot

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Disney’s Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2 (yes, that is the full title) gives us a lot to chew on with its latest trailer. While the earlier teasers focused on the general conceit of a Disney-fied internet, this second official trailer introduces a fully baked story and some actual…ideas.

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The Predator Review – Cinemaholics Episode #82

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Franchise, franchise, franchise! The Predator aims to be a revival of the late 80s action franchise continued by a direct sequel, two spin-off crossovers, and a previous attempt at reigniting the hunt. Directed and co-written by Shane Black (who appeared in the first Predator), this latest imagining of the alien horrors is an action horror…comedy? On Cinemaholics this week, I discuss how that works with Will Ashton of Cinemablend and Maveryke Hines, our sound producer.

Mini reviews this week include A Simple FavorBojack Horseman Season 5, White Boy RickThe NunPeppermint, Marvel’s Spider-Man for PS4, Iron Fist Season 2, Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan Season 1, and The Dragon Prince Season 1.

Next week: Should we review The House with a Clock in its Walls or Life Itself? Let us know which you’d prefer in the comments!

We also have a big announcement…

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Why Pixar Doesn’t Have a ‘Mission Statement’

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“Why the president of Pixar doesn’t believe in mission statements” – from Simone Stolzoff at Quartz:

Mission statements get plastered on office walls and then forgotten about, which is why Ed Catmull, the president of Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios, doesn’t believe in them.

At messaging company Slack’s annual summit last week, Catmull told the crowd that Pixar, which he cofounded, doesn’t have a mission statement. “When you come up with a mission statement, you come up with an answer,” Catmull said. “And an answer is the wrong place to start a discussion.”

If you’ve been following the recent controversies surrounding Pixar and its treatment of employees, you have cause to be worried about the future of the animation studio. But the above is a good point for Catmull to make. He explains that any “mission statement” for a business should be an “ongoing dialogue among employees,” as Stolzoff describes it.

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Which Pixar Plot Twist is the Best? (And Worst)

Pixar movies aren’t really known for having great plot twists. But there are still a few good ones here and there that we can appreciate.

So which Pixar “plot twist” is the best? This isn’t an easy question to answer, and obviously Pixar fans will spar and disagree over the top 5, let alone the very best. That said, I’ve devised my own rating system for each of Pixar’s most relevant plot twists, and to answer this question for myself, I’m breaking down the Pixar filmography movie by movie to assign these ratings and form my own conclusion accordingly.