MacGuffin Podcast

MacGuffin Podcast

The Movie Review Podcast that Dreams are Made Of.

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August 14, 2022 83 min

For this podcast episode, we discuss all of the movies in the Predator franchise and conclude with a full review of the latest entry, Prey. We also discuss the new Netflix adaptation of Neil Gaiman's The Sandman. And for our streaming homework, we review Hayao Miyazaki's 1984 anime epic, Nausica of the Valley of the Wind. 

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On this week's pod, we review the Netflix action-thriller, The Gray Man, starring Ryan Gosling and Chris Evans. We also talk in-depth about the Discover+ HBOMAX merger and the content changes scheduled for the app. Speaking of streaming platforms, for our streaming homework, we review last year's documentary, A Glitch in the Matrix. 

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July 31, 2022 87 min

For this week's episode, we review Jordan Peele's latest science-fiction horror film, Nope. And for our streaming homework, we discuss this year's buzzed-about Hindi action-musical, "RRR." Keith also gives us all the details about his weekend spent at San Diego's 2022 Comic Con.

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July 17, 2022 79 min

This week, we review the latest saga starring Chris Hemsworth as Marvel's nordic hero in Thor: Love and Thunder. We also suggest our fan casting for a hypothetical live-action Jetsons movie. Lastly, we discuss the 1984 Red Riding Hood-themed horror fairytale, The Company of Wolves, directed by Neil Jordan. 

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July 10, 2022 86 min

For this episode, we review Scott Derrickson's latest horror film, The Black Phone, starring Ethan Hawke. We also talk about movies with especially bad titles. And, from HBOMax, we discuss the 1990 sequel to Chinatown, The Two Jakes. 

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June 19, 2022 83 min

This week we discuss the best and worst of Adam Sandler's acting/producing career and we review his latest basketball movie, Hustle. For our streaming homework, we talk about the 2012 documentary How to Survive a Plague, which covers the activism around the early years of the AIDS epidemic. 

 

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June 12, 2022 77 min

This week, we review the long-awaited action sequel "Top Gun: Maverick," starring Tom Cruise and Miles Teller. We also cover the latest movie news, and for the streaming homework, we discuss James Mangold's 1997 crime-thriller, "Cop Land." 

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June 5, 2022 91 min

This week, we review Alex Garland's English countryside nightmare, Men, starring Jessie Buckley and Rory Kinnear. We also talk about sex scenes in movies that were necessary to the quality of the film. For our streaming homework, we ring in Pride month with the 2015 indie film, Tangerine. 

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May 22, 2022 74 min

This week, we review the latest adaptation of Stephen King's sci-fi thriller, Firestarter, starring Zac Efron. We also test Keith's knowledge of films that take place in Seattle. For our streaming homework, we review John Carpenter's Ghosts of Mars,  released in 2002. 

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For this week's podcast, we review Marvel's Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, and Keith review's the new Nicholas Cage comedy, The Unbearable Weight of Massive Tallent. We also talk about the history of the American rating system and debate the merits of the PG-13 blockbuster standard. From Amazon Prime, we review the 2002 British comedy, 24 Hour Party People, which details the rise and fall of Factory Record...

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This week we bring you two reviews of the creative action-comedy "Everything Everywhere All at Once" and Robbert Eggers' Viking epic, "The Northman." For our streaming homework, we also discuss the 1971 crime classic, Dirty Harry.

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April 17, 2022 84 min

For this week's episode, we review Judd Apatow's star-studded COVID-era comedy, The Bubble. We talk at some length about overlooked mid-budget movies made in the last ten years. Lastly, for our streaming homework, we discuss Ken Russell's 1971 controversial cult masterpiece, The Devils, starring Oliver Reed and Venessa Redgrave. 

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April 10, 2022 80 min

For this episode, we review Ti West's indie horror 70s exploitation homage, X, distributed by A24. We also discuss the casting news behind a possible reboot of The Crow, and at the end, we discuss the 1988 Steve Martin rom-com, Roxanne. 

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April 3, 2022 91 min

On this week's podcast, we review Disney and Pixar's latest animated feature, Turning Red. We also cover the winners of last week's Academy Awards broadcast, and of course, we talk about the media frenzy surrounding #TheSlappening. At the end of the program, we review our streaming homework, the 2018 Natalie Portman drama, Vox Lux. 

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March 27, 2022 188 min

This week, we celebrate our 100th episode with The MacGuffin. Patrick of the Consume Us Podcast helps us rank every live-action solo Batman film made since 1989, including a ranking and an official review of the latest iteration - Matt Reeve's The Batman. We go into everything that makes or breaks a Batman film, from screenplay and performances to the Batmobile and costume design. 

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February 20, 2022 82 min

This week, Macguffin manager, editor, and lead film critic Allen Almachar joins Cassidy to review the new Steven Soderbergh feature, KIMI, starring Zoe Kravitz. We discuss the history of controversial and contentious best picture winners, which leads us into a re-review of the Paul Haggis Oscar-winning drama, 2005's Crash. 

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February 13, 2022 75 min

For this week's episode, we catch up with Guillermo del Torro's gothic noir, Nightmare Alley. We also discuss the top Oscar nomination categories/snubs, and we cover some recent movie news. For the streaming homework, we take a look back at Disney's 2002 animated flop, Treasure Planet.  

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February 6, 2022 81 min

For this episode of the podcast, we discuss the highs and lows of the Coen brothers' body of films and we review Joel Coen's solo effort, The Tragedy of Macbeth. This week's streaming homework is the 1987 brat-pack dramedy, Some Kind of Wonderful, and we mull over the wild backstory behind the making of Kangaroo Jack. 

 

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January 23, 2022 90 min

For this week's episode, we review the coming-of-age drama, The Tender Bar, starring Ben Affleck and directed by George Clooney. We also attempt the impossible by recasting all of the principal lead characters in Back to the Future with modern actors. For our streaming homework, we examine the 2004 documentary, Metallica: Some Kind of Moster. In this segment, we ponder bad drum production, the merits of occupational group thera...

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January 16, 2022 69 min

For this episode, we review Disney's latest animated fantasy film, Encanto. We also play a new game in which we decide the definitive works of a handful of famous directors. At the end of the program, we discuss the 1967 crime drama, Le Samourai, by the French auteur Jean-Pierre Melville. 

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