Cinemaholics Podcast Review: UPGRADE

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Last week, we asked you (the listener) which movie we should do for our featured review. And it turns out Upgrade was the clear winner, and we couldn’t be more thankful. Upgrade turned out to be a blast of a movie with plenty for us to discuss. If you haven’t checked out this sci-fi action horror from Blumhouse (and director Leigh Whannell, one of the minds behind the Saw and Insidious franchises), consider giving our spoiler-free review a listen and seeing this one for yourself.

In addition to our main review, we opened the podcast this week with our reactions to Solo: A Star Wars Story getting trounced in the box office, plus my recent experience at Pixar Fest, a seasonal celebration of all things Pixar at Disneyland in California. And as always, we did some mini reviews, which include Adrift (the movie we almost did for our featured review), Disobedience (an indie gem), The Tale (an HBO film that premiered at Sundance), and Arrested Development Season 5 (on Netflix).

If you’re not sure what to check out in theaters next week, stay tuned for our Coming Soon segment, where we briefly discuss what’s about to release. And next week, we’re giving the entire show over to a guest cast to review Ocean’s 8. For more info on that, be sure to listen to our Off-Topics segment at the top of the show.

Question for You: should Star Wars make more spinoffs of characters we’ve already seen? Why or why not?

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Star Wars Breakdown (Part 2) – Anyway, That’s All I Got

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Disclaimer: Our normal recording device crashed at the end of the episode (go figure), so we were forced to use a backup recording of slightly lesser quality. We apologize for the inconsistent sound of this episode.

Solo: A Star Wars Story has finally been released, and we’re concluding our conversation on the entire cinematic Star Wars franchise. After a quick appetizer of a discussion on the animated Clone Wars movie from 2008, we go on a deep dive into the current era of Star Wars. From The Force Awakens all the way through the newly-released Solo, we engage in some of the most impassioned debates and disagreements we’ve ever had. After that, we all propose our own ideas for the unlikely Star Wars Anthologies we want to see, and they might not be what you expect. Enjoy!

Question for you: What’s a Star Wars Anthology you would want to see on the big screen? Also, what are your views on the Disney era of Star Wars?

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Cinemaholics Review – Solo: A Star Wars Story

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Special guest Catrina Dennis joins the podcast this week to help us unpack the latest Star Wars anthology prequel, Solo: A Star Wars Story. It’s a movie with just as much drama taking place outside the context of the movie, with production problems galore and an unfolding narrative surrounding its underperformance at the box office as of opening weekend. But as for the movie itself, we chat at length about whether or not it’s simply “fine” or perhaps a bit better than some are giving it credit.

We only did a few mini reviews, but the first one absolutely makes up for it. Maveryke and I go on a tear about 13 Reasons Why Season 2, now on Netflix. Will talks about the new Adult Swim show he can’t stop watching, Joe Pera Talks With You, and I finish things out with my tribute to New Girl in light of its series finale.

Question for you: What should we review next week? AdriftAction PointUpgrade, or something else?

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Solo: a Star Wars Story – Review and Spoiler-Free Analysis

Going into Solo: a Star Wars Story, I had my own fair share of reservations due to production shakeups and even the very idea of this movie. Maybe you’ve heard this before: “No one asked for a Han Solo movie.” “Disney is ruining Star Wars.” “Jon Negroni’s YouTube channel is a disgrace.”

All of these points are valid, but for me, Solo happens to be a genuinely satisfying summer movie, and even one worth analyzing. In the video above, I give a spoiler-free review and analysis of the movie, spending most of my time discussing my personal baggage with Han as a character in the original trilogy, plus a lot of what you can expect overall from his adventurous origin story.

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The LIGHTSABER Theory: Rey Is Not A Skywalker, Solo, Or Kenobi

Rey’s parents and backstory have already been explained in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The lightsaber is the key.