Middle of the Row

Middle of the Row

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October 7, 2019 43 min

We are back, after some delays, with a sequel to a film we have already filmed on the podcast, IT Chapter Two! A new release that did perform as well as its original, this adaptation of the other half of Stephen King’s novel did go down a bit from the original in quality with everyone, except me. Jon’s down a bit, Ben too (though still LOVES!), Lauren is even, and I thought this was a huge step up. We discuss all of this, favorite ... Read more

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September 24, 2019 36 min

We flashback to 1999 the week, for the Spike Jonze & Charlie Kaufman head trip, Being John Malkovich! An amazing movie that has aged wonderfully, becoming more complex and sad with each subsequent viewing. This is Ben’s first crack at it, Lauren’s second, and I’ve lost count, which is why it is probably my pick! So open the door on the 7 & 1/2 floor with us, as we dive in and hope we don’t end up on the side of the New Jers... Read more

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September 12, 2019 40 min

It’s a new release! Our first post 100 episode dives into the horror comedy Ready or Not. Are feelings are across the board here, but we ultimately fall on a solid recommend on this one. The film is full of great moments, a great lead turn by Samara Weaving and a really fun premise, but it only came together in totality for Ben. Jon is less enthusiastic, but more appreciative than Zac and Lauren, who wish they could have gotten a b... Read more

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September 9, 2019 37 min

Episode 100! It’s been a crazy couple years, but we’ve reached episode 100 of Middle of the Row: The Podcast. We dive into 2009’s Watchmen, Ben’s pick that most of us appreciate still ten years later, in what has become an underrated film? Has it always been? We talk about a lot of things we like about the film, debate who is best in the film and all agree the Dr. Manhattan montage is tops for this film. So come, stay awhile, and w... Read more

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September 3, 2019 37 min

This week, we flashback to 1999 to watch Paul Thomas Anderson’s third film, Magnolia. One of Zac’s favorites from the year, and possibly his favorite filmmaker, this is one of his picks. The film is an epic, Altmanesque, drama about, everything? Amazing performances abound, Tom Cruise’s best ever?, Anderson just turns everything up to 11, everywhere. If you’ve never seen Magnolia, you should, and I think these two Magnolia first ti... Read more

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August 12, 2019 32 min

This week’s episode is a new release, Hobbs & Shaw! This is the first spinoff of the Fast & Furious franchise, excising it’s worst element (Vin Diesel) and building itself around two of its most fun. Ben and Lauren had fun, but do a lot of nitpicking, while Jon... Well, Jon saw some of the movie, and sometimes talks on this podcast. Zac is MIA, but he was thumbs down on this one overall. I think we can all agree, more Vanes... Read more

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August 8, 2019 77 min

Welcome to this bonus episode where three-fourths of the gang talk about Stranger Things season 3! After writing up his thoughts on the website, Jon really wanted to talk about it with Lauren and Ben, so that’s what they did! Lot’s of praise for this past season and the show in general, especially the per fun team-ups of El and Max, Dustin and Steve, and to a certain degree Hop and Joyce (although Hop is angry all the time for some... Read more

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This week, we dive into Quentin Tarantino’s latest, Once Upon a Time...in Hollywood! The film stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie and gives us plenty to talk about. Great acting, slighted characters, Manson murderers, this one has it all. Everyone is, ultimately, a fan of the film, but Lauren might have needed a bit of convincing? You get to hear her work through her feelings on this one. Also, Brandy, the bestest dog... Read more

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This week, we dive into Quentin Tarantino’s latest, Once Upon a Time...in Hollywood! The film stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie and gives us plenty to talk about. Great acting, slighted characters, Manson murderers, this one has it all. Everyone is, ultimately, a fan of the film, but Lauren might have needed a bit of convincing? You get to hear her work through her feelings on this one. Also, Brandy, the bestest dog... Read more

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July 31, 2019 44 min

This week, Jon beams us back to 2009 to watch J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek reboot! I love this movie, maybe more than everyone on the panel combined? Anyways, we meander quite a bit on this one. Zac has great takes on Stranger Things. We love Karl Urban. Simon Pegg beams a dog to nowhere. Lots to discuss. A great movie, but we give you a lot of content about other things... Download. Listen. Enjoy! 0:01:00 Why Star Trek (09) 0:05:00 Wy... Read more

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July 26, 2019 42 min

Deep Blue Sea! That’s the movie this week, as Ben and Lauren are big fans and both really wanted to flashback to it. Jon and Zac are Deep Blue Sea virgins, and they have doubts... Jon can enjoy it a bit more, but Zac is out; big surprise. Lots of reminiscing on nostalgic love from the fans, while the others struggle to figure out how this became the cult classic that it is. Download. Listen. Enjoy! 0:01:00 Why Deep Blue Sea? 0:11... Read more

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July 24, 2019 43 min

This episode takes us to Midsommar, Ari Aster’s latest horror masterpiece? Lauren says no, HARD NO!, but Zac thinks Aster is on to something. Ben and Jon have complicated feelings, though their feelings are growing? Aster is growing in this new film, but there is still a lot of grief and bodies to wade through as he deals with all that. So buckle up, head off to Sweden and don’t piss on the ancestral tree... Download. Listen. Enjo... Read more

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We take another trip into the MCU, the last time this year, as we examine the latest entry, Spider-Man: Far From Home! Everyone is on board with this one, but we spend more time discussing the post-credit scenes then the actual movie, is that a good sign? We don’t quite have fatigue for the franchise, but some of us wish things felt a bit more fresh. Still, if you like Spidey, none of us think you will be too disappointed here. D... Read more

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This week, we flashback to 1999 to discuss The Boondock Saints. Oh boy, this was an eye opener. Lauren never liked it. Zac has fallen to rock bottom after some younger appreciation. Jon’s not as far down the negativity hole since his youth love. And Ben, Ben is burying us with enjoyment, after he throws Rocco down with us. Oh, Rocco... How did this gain such acclaim. Are boys just dumb? (yes) Anyways, lively chat about the crappy f... Read more

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Posting another delayed episode, this time featuring Brianna Hunt of Many Rooms. She was touring with Copeland and From Indian Lakes on Copeland's Blushing tour. We talked about how she started the project, her debut album There is a Presence Here, and her latest single "99 Proofs". She just finished up a tour with As Cities Burn and All Get Out and will be heading to Europe in November. Many thanks to Many Rooms! Find... Read more

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The Decade’s Best Podcast is back! This week, we knock out three films, as Ben and I discuss the work of Edgar Wright over the past ten years. We dive into Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, The World’s End and Baby Driver, all worthy entries into the best films of the last decade. Wright is a special talent and we get into why we love these films, or don’t, and what makes them special. Download. Listen. Enjoy! 0:01:30 Setting Up Edgar... Read more

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July 12, 2019 35 min

This week on Middle of the Row: The Podcast, we take a look at Pixar’s latest, and their latest entry into their most fabled franchise, Toy Story 4. A lot of agreement that this is pretty great, but some debate over what the best parts are, which Toy Story film is tops and a bit of disappointment with what they do to Buzz in this movie. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, just like any good Pixar movie makes you do. Download. Listen. Enjoy!... Read more

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July 10, 2019 37 min

This week, we are flashing back to 2009 to discuss James Cameron’s Avatar. Do the characters hold up? How cool is Pandora a decade later? What about all of those effects? Some agreements and disagreements across the board here, with a lot of discussion on James Cameron sprinkled across the podcast. Where do you stand on Avatar all these years later, and before we get four more? Come find out what Lauren, Ben and Zac think. Downloa... Read more

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July 3, 2019 39 min

This week, we flashback to 1999 to discuss Lauren’s pick, The Mummy! This swashbuckler was one of the first blockbusters to really try to embrace a ton of CGI, but we don’t hold that against it. In fact, most of the podcast is filled with praise, as Ben and Lauren take a trip down nostalgia road. Zac can’t really join them though, but he does nod along when warranted and defends some of his favorite adventure films that nobody else... Read more

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This week, we check in with the monsters in the Monarchy Universe, this time with the sequel to 2014’s Godzilla, Godzilla: King of the Monsters! Ben thinks its on par with the other films in the franchise, Lauren is experiencing diminishing returns, and Zac, well, he called it “one of the worst movies I’ve ever seen in a theater.” So, pick your poison with this one, because it could be deadly. Come for the discussion on whether thi... Read more

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