Cinemaholics Review: Skyscraper, Eighth Grade, Sorry to Bother You

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Special guest Aaron Dicer of SiftPop and CinemaSins joins the show this week to talk about Skyscraper, the latest Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson blockbuster. We also found time to discuss some recent indie releases doing good box office in their own right. There’s the new A24 film Eighth Grade, directed by standup comedian Bo Burnham, and Sorry to Bother You, directed by musician-turned-filmmaker Boots Riley.

Two directorial debuts from two unlikely media personalities. Next week, you can probably expect BILL ACTION’s feature directorial debut.

Question for you: what was your initial reaction after seeing Sorry to Bother You? And if you haven’t seen it, do you plan on checking this one out?

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Cinemaholics Review: Ant-Man and the Wasp

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The year is half over, but weirdly enough we’ve already THREE Marvel films now with Ant-Man and the Wasp. Of course, this is the last MCU film of 2018, so enjoy that revolving logo while you can. This week on Cinemaholics, I’m joined by special “recurring” guests Kimber Myers and Alisha Grauso, filling in for Will and Maveryke while they enjoy their vacations.

We kicked things off with a conversation about some of our favorite movies of 2018 so far, then later we talked about Sorry to Bother YouHotel Transylvania 3GLOW Season 2 on Netflix, and a few more releases.

Question for you: What is YOUR favorite movie of 2018 so far?

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Cinemaholics Review: Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

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This week on Cinemaholics, I’m joined by special guest Jake Holland and my co-host Will Ashton to review Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. Is the “fallen kingdom” in question the state of the Jurassic Park franchise at this point? Well, according to the box office, definitely not. We had a great conversation about the series as a whole and leading up to this new film from J.A. Bayona, and we’ve even included a brief section for spoilers (with fair warning of course).

We opened this week’s show with some Off-Topics, including a rundown of Incredibles 2 breaking all kinds of box office records, plus how Solo: A Star Wars Story‘s utter failure at the box office has reportedly led to Disney and Lucasfilm putting future standalone Star Wars movies on hold. We also get into a fascinating segment about Gotti, which includes everything from a marketing campaign targeted at film critics to some seriously shady number crunching going on at Rotten Tomatoes. You’ll have to hear this one to believe it.

Last, we get into Mini Reviews as usual, but only a few this week. I give my thoughts on Luke Cage Season 2, which just dropped on Netflix, as well as the new romantic comedy Set It Up. And Will finally saw Thoroughbreds, one of my favorites of 2018.

Question for you: Aside from the original, which is your favorite Jurassic Park movie?

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Pixar’s New Short Film ‘Bao’ Is Weird, But Also Kind Of Essential

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I recently wrote up an explainer for Bao on The Young Folks:

Bao was directed by Domee Shi, the first woman to ever direct a Pixar short…Over the course of about eight minutes, we see a dumpling become a baby boy, growing up under his mother’s love until eventually becoming too old to stay home with her. Essentially, Bao is a Chinese retelling of “The Gingerbread Man.”

I saw Incredibles 2 for the second time last night with a large audience, and I was almost more curious about how Bao would come across in front of other people. In case you haven’t seen it, Bao has a very “Pixar” plot with an absolutely shockingly weird twist that almost lampoons Pixar. It’s probably genius?

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Marvel Cinematic Universe Breakdown (Part 2)

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Now that Avengers: Infinity War has finally been released, we were able to continue our breakdown of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). We start by catching up on Ant-Man, which we didn’t realize was part of Phase 2, followed by our breakdown of Phase 3 (so far). From Captain America: Civil War all the way to Avengers: Infinity War, we analyze, debate, agree, and disagree about the previous 7 installments of the MCU.

Question for you: Which phase of the MCU is your favorite? Comment below, email us at ataigpodcast@gmail.com, or follow us on Twitter: @AnywayCast. All feedback is hugely appreciated!

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Movies Worth Seeing With Family (Anyway, That’s All I Got)

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We’re back! And we decided to come back in a nostalgic, whimsical way by discussing the movies we watched with our families. Special guest Guy Simons joins us to reminisce about the viewing experiences we’ve had with various family members and how that compares with what we watch now.

It’s obviously a very nostalgic episode filled to the brim with tangents and bad jokes (mostly by Sam). We talk about The BirdcageBig FishPoint BreakPlanet of the Apes, and plenty more with special guest Guy Simons. We hope you enjoy listening, and we’d love to know what some of your most memorable viewing experiences are. It’s a very personal topic, so we’d be really happy to hear your input.

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Cinemaholics Review: A Wrinkle in Time and Thoroughbreds

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On the show this week, Will Ashton and I review A Wrinkle in Time, the new Disney family film based on the classic novel. The film opened at around Disney’s box office expectations, second only to Black Panther (which is still breaking records), but it’s become a divisive topic among critics and fans who found the adaptation disappointing while also championing the film’s representation.

For the most part, Will and I are on the same page with Wrinkle. It’s complicated. Later in the show, we take a look at Thoroughbreds, plus we opened this week’s episode with some discussion about the Oscars and ongoing coverage over at SXSW Film Festival. It’s a useful talk if you’re curious about some upcoming genre films set to release in 2018, just remember to take these early film reviews with a grain of salt. The rest of this week’s reviews include Atlanta Season 2, Jessica Jones Season 2, and Will Ashton’s reactions to Love, Simon (which guest Kimber Myers reviewed for us last week).

Question for you: Where do you stand on A Wrinkle in Time?

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