Part-Time Characters: Movies About Making Movies

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This week in Part-Time Characters, we talk about movies about making movies, filmmaking and show business. In honor of the Disaster Artist, a movie about the production of The Room, we discuss our favorite movies that concentrate on the art of making a movie, the struggles behind the scenes and the final product the audience gets. Continue reading Part-Time Characters: Movies About Making Movies

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Cinemaholics Review: The Disaster Artist

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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: Justice League and The Punisher Season 1

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Is Justice League the last comic book movie of 2017? If so, what a bizarre ending to one of the most bizarre years in comic book movie history (at least in recent years). What should have been the biggest comic book movie since, well, The Avengers, has arrived with little-to-no fanfare, but we’re here to judge the movie on its own, removed from any hype it may attempt to earn by merit of its seven icons.

I’m joined this week by my trusty cohosts Will Ashton and Maveryke Hines, but also special guest Craig Hanks from the Legendarium Podcast. You may remember I guested on that show to talk about The Dark Tower back in August, and per the holy podcast networking laws hiding in plain sight, it’s only fair to have Craig on this week to share his thoughts on Justice League, the DCEU, and where this frenetic franchise is headed next.

Aside from Justice League, we talk about The Punisher Season 1, plus some new movies you might be interested in. Pixar’s Coco (full review next week), Last Flag Flying, and Wonder get a few minutes each, and we finished out the show with some banter about new movies to come over the Thanksgiving holiday.  Continue reading Cinemaholics Review: Justice League and The Punisher Season 1

Cinemaholics Review: Thor: Ragnarok and Stranger Things 2

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I always feel bad about writing the headlines for these because we reviewed a lot more than Thor: Ragnarok and Stranger Things Season 2. We also talked about WonderstruckThe Killing of a Sacred Deer, and Super Mario Odyssey (a game for once!), in addition to the heavy hitters you want to hear about.

On Thor: Ragnarok, we spent some time debating our opinions on the first two Thor movies, followed by a thorough discussion on this new film. Will Ashton and I had the most disagreement over the film, while Maveryke Hines had an opinion somewhere in the middle. As always, it made for a fantastic debate I’ll be curious to revisit in a few months when the dust has settled. For now, I can safely say that director Taika Waititi should be allowed to do whatever film he wants from now until the end of time.

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Cinemaholics Review: Only the Brave and The Snowman

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I’m on the show this week with Will Ashton and Maveryke Hines to talk about Only the Brave, starring Miles Teller, Josh Brolin, Jeff Bridges, Jennifer Connelly, and Taylor Kitsch. Based on the true story of the Granite Mountain Hotshots, this is one of the year’s best surprises. It’s a biographical film about wildfires, sure, but it’s packing some seriously good performances and quite a few gut punches.

We’re also reviewing the less impressive The Snowman, directed by Tomas Alfredson and starring Michael Fassbender and Rebecca Ferguson. Despite being one of our highly anticipated fall films, Snowman left Will Ashton in particular feeling quite…cold. His words.

The rest of our mini reviews this week include a revisit of MINDHUNTER on Netflix, now that Maveryke and I have finished the first season. And Will talks about 1922, a new horror movie on Netflix based on the Stephen King novella.

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Cinemaholics Review: The Florida Project and Happy Death Day

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We actually did more than review The Florida Project and Happy Death Day, but headlines can only be so long. This might be our biggest episode of Cinemaholics yet, with reviews for The ForeignerThe Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) on Netflix, The Babysitter on Netflix, and Mindhunter Season 1 on Netflix. In addition to all of that, I did a special On Tap segment with Alisha Grauso to discuss the Harvey Weinstein scandals and Hollywood’s sexual assault problem.

Needless to say, this is a Cinemaholics you don’t want to miss, especially because The Florida Project is gunning for my favorite film of the year, and from director Sean Baker no less, who also directed the 2015 gem, Tangerine. Keep your eyes on Baker for anything he does next, especially if it’s with A24.

Maveryke Hines and Will Ashton joined me on the show as always, and our reviews for The Foreigner and Happy Death Day were decidedly more divisive, but I wouldn’t have it any other way on this podcast.

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Retro Reviews 3: Yojimbo, Sound of Music & More

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This week on Part-Time Characters we delve into the old movie shelf and pick up some classic movies to talk about. Yup! It is time for our third Retro Reviews episode! Bridget talks about a sci-fi classic, The Day the Earth Stood Still, Jenny watched the strangest movie ever made, Fantastic Planet, Sam watched one of the most praised musicals, Sound of Music, and I (Maria) watched the great Mifune in Yojimbo.

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