Middle of the Row

Middle of the Row

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September 7, 2020 44 min
A new release this week, this time from Neon and writer/director Amy Seimetz, She Dies Tomorrow. This black comedy/thriller thing is one of my favorite films of the year (knocked from the top spot since we recorded), but the rest of the crew isn’t quite as one over. Yet we agree on most of the film’s strengths. I don’t know... It feels like Ben and Lauren wanted something the film wasn’t trying to be, while Jon and I were a bit mor...
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Flashing back to 2000 for Disney Animation Studios entry, the much beloved The Emperor’s New Groove. I was a first timer to this one, and I can not join in on the praise, but the rest of the crew still adores this film. They commiserate about their favorite bits, love of Kronk and where this stands in the Disney Animated canon. Download. Listen. Enjoy! 0:02:00 Why The Emperor’s New Groove? Should Have Been A Musical? 0:10:00 Rede...
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August 20, 2020 44 min
A new release, this time from Amazon Studios, and that is the film Radioactive. The Marjane Satrapi film is an inventive biopic about the scientist Marie Curie, and while it won over Zac, the rest of the crew had a hard time finding its glow. Pike is good, Satrapi makes some flourishes, but most here weren’t won over. Still, we discuss lots of other biopics, what makes them good, and a few other random diversions. Download. Liste...
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August 10, 2020 51 min
We flashback to 2010 for Denzel walking the earth in The Book of Eli. The genre mash up has plenty to stick up for, plenty to be disappointed in, and made us feel a broad range of feelings; or none. Everyone has a different take on this one, so it’s a good listen for a variety of takes from us four. Jon made the pick, guess why?, but I can confidently say this, we are the only podcast that will compare The Book of Eli to Angels in ...
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August 5, 2020 37 min
We have another new release, this time thanks to Neon and Hulu, as they have released the Sundance favorite, Palm Springs, on the service. Palm Springs stars Andy Samberg and Cristin Milioti and J.K. Simmons, stuck in a high concept romantic comedy. Don’t peak down if you want to avoid any minor spoilers, but we all agreed on this one! Not as emphatically across the board, but, a strong positive consensus nonetheless. We talk favor...
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July 31, 2020 43 min
We review another “new release” this week, and that is the 2016 original cast recording of Hamilton on Disney+. Ben said no to this, so I watch with two Hamilton virgins (for the most part) and we are all blown away! Surprising no one. It’s Hamilton, it’s great!, but we get into how the set and stage direction works to enhance the show, how seeing the close ups adds to the performances, and heap endless other amounts of praise ...
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Another Netflix new release, this time with Will Ferrell's entry to the platform, with Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga. I wasn’t here for this one, but I would have probably thrown more negativity into this one! Still, Ben was the lowest on it, but only has praise to be parsed out after his initial thoughts, so maybe it is worth your time. I’m probably a curmudgeon. They praise the performances, recount their fa...
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July 24, 2020 33 min
Another Netflix new release, Wasp Network, splits the pod down the middle. Jon and Zac enjoy the fast paced, if surface, docudrama, but Ben and Lauren were BORED. We all agree on the cast, disagree on the filmmaking, and we also learn where exactly Guantanamo Bay is! Next to Hidden Beach. A fun episode, with some solid back and forth on this one, from the often great Olivier Assayas. Download. Listen. Enjoy! 0:01:00 Spoiler Free...
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July 21, 2020 32 min
We flashback to 2000 for the awkward family comedy, Meet The Parents! A big hit back in the day, two whole sequels, Foker jokes. Jon picked this, and no one else can really get on his or the film’s wavelength. The film has some agreeable moments, but, as a whole, just doesn’t come together. Still, a solid talk, about a not so solid movie. Download. Listen. Enjoy! 0:01:00 Why Meet The Parents?, Justice For Naomi Watts, They Are A...
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July 17, 2020 34 min
Another flashback, to 2010, to review the Norwegian import Trollhunter. This found footage genre bender has a lot of fun bits, some genuine funny moments and some surprisingly solid special effects. The film hits everyone a bit different around here, but we still manage to find plenty to appreciate across the board. Check it out! Download. Listen. Enjoy! 0:01:00 Why Trollhunter?, What Worked And Didn’t 0:11:00 Nitpicks, Good Humo...
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Flashing back again to 2010, this time for Scott Pilgrim vs. The World! The Edgar Wright classic has a lot of fans on this pod, and we talk a lot, and trade favs, and heap plenty of praise. It’s a lovefest, even if Jon tries to fight it. Also, everyone, but Lauren’s, audio kind of sucks this week, I don’t know what happened, we’ll do better! Anyways, if you are a fan, this is a fun listen! Download. Listen. Enjoy! 0:01:00 Why Sco...
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Our first ever game review on the podcast?, I think it might be, and you couldn’t ask for a much better game: The Last of Us: Part II. We (Lauren, Ben and I) all love the game, but we have a pretty fantastic discussion about what makes this game so special, while keeping realistic hype trains in check. That doesn’t mean we don’t praise it to high heaven, we do, but that’s because this is one of the greats. If you’ve played the game...
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June 29, 2020 35 min
A new release! The dumped to Netflix comedy, The Lovebirds. Everyone, besides Jon, couldn’t really get into it, but we find some areas to appreciate in the film. A laugh or two here, a solid performance there, but all and all it feels like a missed opportunity; especially with the talent involved. Oh well? Not a trainwreck, but it feels like a solid what could have been. Download. Listen. Enjoy! 0:01:00 Spoiler Free Thoughts On ...
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We flashback to another 2000 Oscar film, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. This time, Zac is doing the picking and he loves this film a whole lot 20 years on. The rest of the crew isn’t as high, and found diminishing returns, but Zac stands up for the excellence and beauty of the picture. Jon tag teams a couple sections with him, who puts his wire-fu issues behind him, Lauren though... A good convo for a great movie! Damnit! Downlo...
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June 16, 2020 36 min
We are flashing back to 2010 to review, for some reason, The Switch. This Jason Bateman/Jennifer Aniston dramedy forces a couple of us to rethink our 2010-selves, while making us wonder how the hell we ever could have found Jason Bateman appealing in this film. Jon, who picked the film, remains unphased, while Ben and Zac call the child character an asshole; repeatedly. That’s the kind of episode we have here. Download. Listen. E...
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June 5, 2020 38 min
We flashback to 2000 for Ben’s favorite movie, Gladiator. The Ridley Scott sword and sandals epic swept the movie world 20 years ago, but how does it stack up all these years later? Ben is, obviously, still on board, as is Lauren, but Jon and Zac are having diminishing returns. How much? Listen to find out! We do agree there is some greatness in here, regardless of the returns, and the movie is iconic for a reason, even if some of ...
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June 3, 2020 32 min
Another week of Covid-19, another flashback! This time, to 2010, to watch Never Let Me Go. I recently placed this high in my best movies of the last decade, and having rewatched a couple times in the past few months, it stands up as an underseen gem. We discussed the greatness of Carey Mulligan, sad feelings, world building, more sadness, compared it to Michael Bay’s The Island, and did I mention sadness. So, if this one is a blind...
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Ben and I take one last trip to Star Wars: The Clone Wars universe to review the final season that just wrapped up. We spend a lot of time praising the third group of episodes, but take a look at the pluses and minuses of the first two arcs. We are on the same page for the most part, with discussions on Maul and Ahsoka’s greater arcs being the highlights. Anyways, if you are a fan of Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Ben and I had a good ...
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May 12, 2020 33 min
We are flashing back to the futuristic TRON: Legacy! An almost great reboot that wanted to make a new series, but never quite got there. The score! The action! The effects! There is a lot to like, but what got in the way? Generic story? Generic characters? Where was the creative muscle put into the look when it comes to the story? At least we all agree Olivia Wilde is a blast and watching The Dude (Jeff Bridges) perform biodigital ...
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May 6, 2020 26 min
Flashback time in Covid-19 takes us to 2000 for Bring It On! Lauren picked this cheerleading comedy and we aren’t quite sure what to think about it. Kirsten Dunst and Eliza Dushku star, and try their best, but time hasn’t been kind to the film’s sense of humor. There is some decent stuff in here, a good movie even, maybe, but we can’t quite give what we got that credit. Still, a fun conversation to be had. Download. Listen. Enjoy...
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