The Plotaholics Podcast: Movie Reviews

The Plotaholics Podcast: Movie Reviews

We are The Plotaholics! Each week, Shane Wilson and Bryan Tann break down one film from the perspective of two authors. Each episode offers a deep dive into the storytelling elements that make a movie a pleasure to watch...or a chore to get through. The Plotaholics also provide insight into the cast and production history of each film as well as a long-form analysis of story, character, world-building, and theme. Pop open a cold one or pour a stiff drink and let the Plotaholics tell you how many shots it takes us to get through your favorite films.... Show More

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February 28, 2021 75 min

This week, Bryan and Shane review the first Spike Lee Joint in the history of The Plotaholics with 2018's BlacKkKlansman, starring That Guy from Tenant, Kylo Ren, Eric Foreman, The Other Buscemi,  RoboCop 3, and New Mike's Girl from Rescue Me.

This biopic sees black undercover police officer, Ron Stallworth (portrayed by John David Washington) as the voice behind an undercover operation into the KKK.

This film CRIMINALLY di...

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February 21, 2021 99 min

This week, Bryan and Shane go back to the land of yesteryear, 1993, to visit the epic crime drama Blood In, Blood Out'. This film has a literal all-star cast (even if some of the stars aren't all-stars per se), and they deliver all-star performances. This all-star cast includes Benjamin Bratt (Law and Order, Dr. Strange), Danny Trejo (Desperado, Bad Ass), Billy Bob Thornton (Bad Santa, Sling Blade), Delroy Lindo (X, Crookly...

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February 14, 2021 75 min

It's Valentine's Day! To celebrate this day, and our 5,000th download, we have a special guest for this episode!

This week, the Plotaholics welcome chick lit author, and Ms. Chin-Up-Tits-Out herself, Miranda Oh, of the Quill and Ink podcast. Miranda joins Shane and Bryan to discuss the 1986 John Hughes film Pretty in Pink, starring Molly Ringwald, THE Jon Cryer, James Spader, Andrew McCarthy, Annie Pots, and an appearance by...

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February 7, 2021 107 min

Oh, the rails! How we go off of them in this episode!

This week Shane and Bryan break down the 2000 romantic comedy Loser, starring The Pie F'er, Jason Biggs, The American Beauty, Mena Suvari, Matt Damon's conjoined twin, Captain Amazing, Monk, Jimmy the Cop, and one of the McPoyles.

In this film, Biggs stars as small town kid, Paul, who gets into NYU on a full academic scholarship (and a meal plan!). He learns just how she...

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January 31, 2021 99 min

The Plotaholics are still taking on the 80s! This week we take a dive back to 1984 with the raunchy John Hughes classic Sixteen Candles

This 90-minute romp has a ton of unlikable characters. Samantha Baker’s sweet sixteen is completely forgotten about so her older sister can get married. Poor dear!

This episode covers:

  • The problematic aspects of this film, from the casual racism to the casual date rape.
  • How comedy has evolved to the ...
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    January 24, 2021 87 min

    GREAT SCOTT, PLOTAHOLICS! This week the guys embark on a time travel adventure that takes them back to 1955 with the help of Doc Brown's time machine! That's right! We are discussing the 1985 Robert Zemeckis time-travel comedy Back to the Future starring Michael J. Fox and Christopher Lloyd. 

    This film sees a young man accidentally sent back in time in his friend's time machine where he accidentally interferes with his p...

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    January 17, 2021 71 min

    It’s another week of The Plotaholics Podcast, and today, Shane and Bryan explore Stanley Kubrick’s 1987 military dark comedy, Full Metal Jacket.

    In this week's episode, we discuss what feels like two separate films edited together to make a two-hour film classic starring Matthew “Just as good as McConaughey and Broderick” Modine, Vincent “Kingpin” D’Onofrio, Adam “Not related to Alec” Baldwin, and the late, great R. Lee Ermey.

    D...

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    January 10, 2021 74 min

    This week the Plotaholics remain in the 1980s as they pick apart a film about when a young Bruce Wayne and a young Rachael Maddow went to college that one time and learned under Walter Peck about how to build a laser beam for Captain Knauer.

    That's right! We are talking the 1985 film, Real Genius--starring Val Kilmer, Gabriel Jarret, Jon Gries, and William Atherton. 

    This film is a pretty straight forward college angst film compl...

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    January 3, 2021 91 min

    Happy New Year, Plotaholics!

    Today's episode kickstarts our 2021 programming, and we are starting off with a super doozy! If you've already binged all of Cobra Kai Season 3 (or even if you haven't), why not go back to where it all started? That's right! View the film that started a rivalry that's spanned four decades, which is not as sad as it sounds! 1984's The Karate Kid, starring Ralph Macchio, William Za...

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    December 27, 2020 94 min

    In the final episode of The Plotaholics Podcast for 2020, Shane and Bryan decided to become the next duo to face off against Gal Gadot's Wonder Woman! That's right! Wonder Woman 1984 released in theaters and HBO Max on Christmas Day, and The Plotaholics are here to discuss!

    Wonder Woman 1984 stars Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Kristin Wiig, and Pedro Pascal (sans mustache). The film fast forwards from 1918 to 1984 where Diana Princ...

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    December 14, 2020 78 min

    The Plotaholics holiday magic continues as Shane and Bryan pick apart the 1988 holiday classic, Scrooged starring Bill Murray, Dan A...wait. Wrong movie...Bill Murray, Harold Ram...WHOOPS!

    Bill Murray, Alfre Woodard, Bobcat Goldthwait, and Karen Allen star in this modern-day retelling of the Charles Dickens classic, A Christmas Carol. Murray stars as Frank Kross, the youngest television network president in history, who has stepped ...

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    December 13, 2020 68 min

    The Plotaholics holiday continues as Shane and Bryan dig into the 1984 holiday classic that is, sadly, not the movie they wanted it to be.

    They wanted Gremlins to be a one-woman-war against reptilian monsters. Instead they got a film about a man-child who gets Howie Mandel in a furry costume. Not only that, but this furry is part vampire, has horrible personal hygiene, and has strange dietary restrictions. This adult child receives...

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    December 6, 2020 88 min

    The Plotaholics Holidays are in full swing! This week, Shane and Bryan go back to the final city on Earth in 1992--Tim Burton's gothic circus vision of Gotham City.

    In this Tim Burton classic, Christopher Walken joins forces with the son of a millionaire industrialist (and horrible parent) in a fiendish plot to build power plant designed to provide MORE POWER to Gotham. But Walken's Max Shreck is a dirty liar. His power pla...

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    November 29, 2020 107 min

    We are coming into the holiday season, Plotaholics listeners! So let's get this season started with another action-packed romp--1987's buddy-cop Christmas film (Shane doesn't agree), Lethal Weapon. This film stars Mel Gibson, Danny Glover, and Gary "Big Teeth Scary Mind" Busey. 

    In this film, Gibson plays a suicidal cop that's partnered with the level-headed family man, played by Danny Glover. When the two (w...

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    November 22, 2020 88 min

    Happy Thanksgiving from The Plotaholics! This week, we’ve gone to the classics for some Thanksgiving week content!

    This week, we take a look at the 1987 John Hughes Thanksgiving Classic, Planes, Trains and Automobiles, starring Steve Martin as Marketing executive Neal Page who is on a mission to get home to his family for Thanksgiving following a business trip. Neal runs into one horrible situation after another when he meets good-...

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    November 15, 2020 78 min

    Well, sometimes in this business you need to call an audible. Unfortunately, our original advertised content, 1991’s Dutch wasn’t available, so we went with a criminally unknown 2018 film--The Oath, starring Ike Barinholtz and Tiffany Haddish. 

    This dark comedy/ political thriller finds Chris (Barinholtz) and his wife, Kai (Haddish), looking to host Thanksgiving with Chris’s family in the midst of political unrest due to a controver...

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    November 8, 2020 67 min

    Well, that week was the longest year ever! So, let The Plotaholics ease your nerves by discussing a modern classic from 2006.

    This week, the guys talk the Martin Scorsese gem, The Departed, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Jack Nicholson, Matt Damon, and Vera Famiga. 

    In this film, Leonardo DiCaprio stars as Billy Costigan, an undercover cop tasked with infiltrating the criminal organization headed by Frank Costello (Nicholson). What Bil...

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    November 1, 2020 58 min

    This week, The Plotaholics want to show our civic-minded spirit in the anticipation of Election Day 2020 by taking a look back at the 1996 political comedy, Black Sheep, starring Chris Farley as the simple-minded younger brother of a Gubernatorial candidate that just can't seem to get his well-intended methods to mesh with his brother's political advancement. 

    Joining Farley, again, is David Spade in this "comedy" th...

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    October 25, 2020 85 min

    It's a bittersweet time, but the Plotaholics Listeners' Choice Halloween has come to an end (sad face!). But we are happy to conclude this month with one of our best episodes to date! 

    The Plotaholics are joined once again by the Award-Winning and Critically Acclaimed Lord Erik Kristopher of Myersville, Member of the Clan Myers, Lord of his own square foot of Scottish Land, the internet's angry step grand-uncle, and now,...

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    In this very special bonus episode of The Plotaholics Podcast, we sit down with writer/director/actor Erik Kristopher Myers to discuss his film, Butterfly Kisses.

    Butterfly Kisses is a high-concept found footage horror film that serves as much as a deconstruction of that genre as it does an example of the genre. Butterfly Kisses tells the story of Gavin Yorke, an aspiring filmmaker who finds a box of tapes containing the raw footage...

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