Cinemaholics Review: Paddington 2 and The Commuter

Paddington 2

Everyone’s favorite marmalade-loving bear is back for seconds in Paddington 2, the sequel to the film that utterly charmed me back in 2015. On the show this week, I review the film with cohosts Maveryke Hines (who never saw the original) and Will Ashton. The movie has an incredible 100% review aggregate on Rotten Tomatoes, but that doesn’t mean everyone on Cinemaholics agrees.

In our Mini Reviews segment, we covered a lot of other movies and shows you might want to check out. Will reviewed The Commuter, starring Liam Neeson. Maveryke and I talked about the The End of the F****** World, a binge-worthy new show on Netflix. Will recommended Blame, an indie gem directed by Quinn Shephard. Then we both dug into The PostMolly’s Game, and My Next Guest Needs No Introduction with David Letterman.

We also talked at length about the Golden Globes this week, but less about the actual awards and more about the impact of the MeToo and TimesUp movement, plus our plan to take part in the 52 Films By Women Challenge.

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Cinemaholics Podcast: Our Top 10 Movies of 2017

2017

2017 is over, but we’re just getting started. I’m not usually the biggest fan of conversations over general rankings (my yearly power rankings aside), but I do find them most useful years later, when I’m trying to remember what I thought of the filmgoing landscape with some perspective. That’s why I do rankings, period, and it’s triple effective when I get to hear Top 10s from my Cinemaholics cohosts.

Our lists do feature some expected overlap, including a clear Cinemaholics “winner,” if you want to call it that. Turns out Brigsby Bear had the most collective impact on me, Will Ashton, and Maveryke Hines, and hopefully some of you awesome listeners.

Enjoy the episode, and if you just can’t wait, here are our Top 10 lists written out below.

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Cinemaholics Review: Jumanji, The Greatest Showman, Bright, and Downsizing

I’ve been out of town for the last two weeks, so I haven’t had a chance to share all of our latest episodes of Cinemaholics. We’ve put out three since our review of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, and two of them have been bonus “Last Call” episodes. You can check out all of them above, and let me know in the comments if there’s anything else you want us to review in the coming weeks as we catch up.

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Cinemaholics Review: Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Star Wars

Star Wars: The Last Jedi is the only film we talked about on this week’s podcast, and boy did we talk for a while. Will Ashton and Maveryke Hines joined me for a three-pronged discussion.

First, we shared our thoughts on the entire Star Wars filmography so far in order to give an overall impression of where we’re at with these movies going into The Last Jedi. Next, our spoiler-free review of the film. Finally, we dove into a full spoiler discussion, so keep an ear out for our spoiler warning and transition music.

Because we recorded this episode on Friday, some of the negative backlash to the film had already come to light, giving us a chance to address some of it throughout our review. Agree? Disagree? Sound off in the comments.

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Cinemaholics: Winter Movie Preview 2017-2018

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On the show this week, I sit with Will Ashton and Maveryke Hines to discuss our most anticipated films of the Winter season. We each picked three specific films to highlight, listed out a few honorable mentions, and agreed to “share” our excitement for Star Wars: The Last Jedi, which we’ll be able to review in full next week.

We also got a chance to briefly discuss some movies we’ve seen over the last week, though we didn’t have enough time for Mini Reviews. I brought up what’s become one of my favorite films of the entire year, Bad Genius, which is available for rental on VOD. I heartily recommend it, along with The Shape of Water, Guillermo del Toro’s new film hitting a wider release this month.

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Cinemaholics Review: The Disaster Artist

disaster artist

On this week’s podcast, I’m joined by Will Ashton and Maveryke Hines to review The Disaster Artist, along with a lot of other new releases we saw this week like Marvel’s Runaways and The Man Who Invented Christmas.

Starring James Franco and his brother Dave Franco, The Disaster Artist (which Franco also directed) is a new film from A24 about the making of The Room, known to many as perhaps the “best worst” movie ever made. The film is getting a ton of love from audiences and critics alike, so naturally, we had a great discussion on what we think of the Oscar contender.

The rest of the show is devoted to a slew of Mini Reviews, from a new documentary about Jim Carrey and Andy Kaufman on Netflix to the Nightcrawler writer/director’s follow up film starring Denzel Washington. Plus a few more surprises.

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Cinemaholics Review: Pixar’s Coco

Coco

Coco is yet another major success for Pixar both critically and financially, and over Thanksgiving break we took some time on the podcast to review the film with special guest Matt Donato. We started the show with some discussion over the recent John Lasseter scandal and how that might affect (or have affected) the production of Toy Story 4. And we did find time to get into some spoilers for Coco with proper warning, of course.

In our packed Mini Review segment, Will Ashton and Matt Donato spoke at length about The Disaster Artist, the new A24 film starring James Franco, Dave Franco, and Seth Rogen. Will had a chance to finally share his thoughts on Darkest Hour, which is set to secure Gary Oldman an Oscar nomination for his portrayal of Winston Churchill. I managed to sneak in my thoughts on Star Wars Battlefront II, pointing out how some plot details in the campaign may pave the way for details in the upcoming movies. Lastly, Donato discussed his spontaneous thoughts on I Love You Daddy, the Louis C.K. film that has been dropped by the distributor, as well as The Shape of Water, Guillermo del Toro’s latest film being both praised and ostracized for its polarizing material.

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