The movie "Book Club" offers up a great cast of leading women, explores things we don't always see in movies, and then hampers the whole thing by tossing in a little bit of "50 Shades of Grey." The unnecessary addition seems like a silly gimmick to get folks into seats rather than being truly germane to the story.
"Avengers: Infinity War" is out on Blu-ray next week, and that means it's time for us to sit down and talk about the MCU once more. Has this monolithic connected universe changed Hollywood, and if so, has it done it for the better or for the worse?
Oh, and is "Infinity War" any good?
A likable cast and an enjoyable soundtrack isn't enough to make 2018's "Overboard" a good movie. On the other hand, there's really nothing there to make it a bad movie either. It just kind of blah. It is the sort of movie that makes Josh utilize one of his new least favorite words/phrases: nothingburger (or nothing burger or nothing-burger, if you prefer).
If Josh created a list of his favorite films for the first half of 2018, "A Quiet Place" would definitely make the cut. A smart, stripped down horror tale of a family trying to survive a monster apocalypse, the John Krasinski directed movie shows the importance not just of visuals in storytelling but of sound design as well.
For 22 years, Tom Cruise has been playing Ethan Hunt and as we gear up for the latest installment in the "Mission: Impossible" franchise to be released later this month, it is time to take a look back at the first five movies. Plus we toss in a little Jack Reacher as well, because the first of those movies, along with "M:I" are now all out on 4K UHD.
Tyler Perry's "Acrimony," the latest from the prolific writer-director, is now out on Blu-ray. If you've seen the ads for the film, you're going to go into it expecting a certain kind of story. What you're going to get, however, is something entirely different.
Are there any takeaways there? You bet there are!
Armando Iannucci's "The Death of Stalin" doesn't only have things to say about the death of Stalin, but modern day political struggles as well. While an exceptionally funny film, it isn't too kind to either Stalin or what is happening today, and that's for a good reason.
Listen as we break it down for you.
"Sherlock Gnomes," the sequel to "Gnomeo & Juliet" is out this week on Blu-ray and while Josh doesn't love it as much as he loves the first entry in the franchise, he does hope that it helps shows the way forward and that more gnome movies are on the horizon.
Listen as he explains.
This week sees new blu-ray releases of "Trading Places" and "Coming to America" as the movies are celebrating their 35th and 30th anniversaries, respectively. They are, undoubtedly, comedy classics, but is all well within them?
There may be sadness just beyond the horizon...
Next week both "Terminator: Genisys" and "Forrest Gump" arrive on 4K UHD. Both these films play with history, the former with its own timeline and the latter wit the history of the United States. Whether or not it works in either (or both) cases, it does lead to some interesting questions about right and wrong.
For Josh's money, "Peter Pan" is one of the best classic Disney animated films and so he couldn't be more excited today as on the podcast he talks to Kathryn Beaumont, the voice of Wendy Darling. She is joined by Mindy Johnson, an author and historian who literally wrote the book on Tinker Bell.
What was filming like? How do these two women see the legacy of the movie? We delve into those questions and more.
Spy stories, be they told on the big screen, the small, or in books, have intrigued people for decades. One of the masters of the genre is John Le Carre, and "Red Sparrow," which is currently out on Blu-ray and based on book by Jason Matthews, definitely has the feel of a Le Carre Cold War tale.
The question, then, is how well does the updating of such a story work. Listen as we explore the issue.
On this week's podcast, Josh focuses on "Annihilation," the latest sci-fi epic from "Ex Machina" director Alex Garland. Josh may not know everything that's going on in the movie, he may not have all the answers, but he loves it anyway. Listen to him explain his adoration of the film.
Josh speaks quickly today during the podcast and that's because he has not one, not two, but three movies to discuss. And, despite all that fast-talking, he still goes a little longer than usual.
But forget that, "Black Panther" is out on Blu-ray this week and both "Gladiator" and "Braveheart" are on 4K UHD. It is therefore time to explore the similarities and differences between the films. And, there are indeed things worth comparing.
Is "Black Panther" the best of the lot? It just might be.
Are some lives intrinsically more valuable than others? That is one of the big questions at the heart of Steven Spielberg's "Saving Private Ryan," which is home video shelves this week in a 20th anniversary edition.
The movie is big and beautiful and small and awful. It is an incredible creation and worthy of all the accolades it has ever received and more.
Featuring a character going back to his hometown and meeting up with his high school friends, Dan Gregor & Doug Mand's "Most Likely to Murder" is steeped in nostalgia.
The two men, who wrote the movie (Gregor also directs & Mand appears in the film), are on the podcast this week to talk about the old days. What from the past must be left behind? What can be kept? What reminds them of their high school years?
Ashley Bell has directed a new documentary called "Love & Bananas: An Elephant Story." The film documents her traveling on an elephant rescue. But, it goes deeper as well, telling us about the plight of the Asian Elephant in general.
Today, we have her on the podcast to tell us what she learned, why it's important to her, and what everyone out there can do to save this species.
"Grease" may be 40 years old, but the movie musical is still iconic and enjoyable. That doesn't mean, however, that our fearless leader likes everything about it.
In this week's episode, Josh runs down some of what works and what doesn't and, in the end, decides that "Grease" is still pretty slick.
Rather than focusing on a movie or movies or a director or a writer or a star today, we're going to be tackling one of Josh's least favorite subjects -- running.
He claims it's one of his least favorite subjects anyway, but he does it a whole lot? Why exactly? Maybe he can tell us.
There are some weeks that the blu-ray releases are just outstanding, and this is one of them with "Molly's Game," "Phantom Thread" and "Up in Smoke" all arriving on store shelves.
So, in this week's podcast we exam their differences, similarities, and just how great they are. The emphasis may be on "Molly's Game" and "Phantom Thread" but that's only because "Up in Smoke" finds itself cloudy in some sort of haze.
Directors Sarita Khurana and Smriti Mundhra spent years putting together their documentary, "A Suitable Girl." The film looks at three different Indian women and their roads to, and sometimes in, marriage.
We talk to the directors about shifting cultural norms, the difficulties in filming for so long, and what it means to sit there and film as someone goes through some pretty important personal moments.
Alexander Payne's "Downsizing" is (at least) two movies in one. The first of these films is definitely worth watching, but it can also lead to a profound sense of disappointment -- why is the rest of the movie something entirely different?
And yet, despite that disappointment, there is still a very important lesson to learn...
Rachel Israel's new film, "Keep the Change," is a story of people with autism and features a number of cast members who have autism.
On this week's podcast, we delve into how her process for making the movie shifted from the way movies are traditionally made and whether she plans to continue pursuing films in this fashion.
Additionally, we acknowledge the best of all "Thor" movies, "Thor: Ragnarok," which is currently out on Blu-ray.
When Richard Levine bought the rights to Francine Prose's "Blue Angel," there was no #MeToo movement. There was no moment when he wrote the screenplay. There was no movement when he filmed the movie.
By the time the film's release rolled around, however, there was a movement. So, this movie about a college professor, played by Stanley Tucci, making a bad decision with a student, played by Addison Timlin, has changed. Or, at least, the way we see it has changed.
Levine talks to us about all that and more on this week's podcast, and just to give you whiplash, we throw in a bit of "Coco" as well.
The arrival of a reborn Lara Croft on the big screen offers a great opportunity for a new release of the first two "Tomb Raider" films on the little. So, as of this week, both of the Angelina Jolie takes on the character are available on 4K UHD.
Are they worth your time and effort? We're going to take a look.