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Aug 29, 2016
Episode 168 - Don't Breathe

In this episode, with Mike off again, Britt joins the show to review DON'T BREATHE.  Of course, she returns to fangirl fixation as well, to talk about MORGAN and A LIGHT BETWEEN OCEANS

 

Spoilers:0:09:49

Fangirl Fixation:0:24:14

 

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Aug 25, 2016
Episode 167 - Evil Dead 2013 and Acute Withdrawal

In this episode, Dave talks about acute withdrawal from drugs, particularly focusing on opioid dependence.  We tie this topic in with Fede Alvarez's 2013 film, EVIL DEAD.  This is just in time for his latest release, DON'T BREATHE.  Dave is joined by Chris Maynard of Following Films to talk about a number of topics, including drug addiction, horror movies, remakes, and overdoing the gore!

 

Acute Withdrawal: 0:05:15

Evil Dead: 0:19:57

 

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Aug 22, 2016
Episode 166 - War Dogs

In this episode, Mike shows up to talk WAR DOGS.  And to talk trash about Marvel and animation in general.  

 

Britt also stops by to talk about next week! Specifically, THE MECHANIC: RESURRECTION, HANDS OF STONE, and DON'T BREATHE!

 

Spoilers: 0:22:36

Fangirl Fixation: 0:34:12

 

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Aug 18, 2016
Episode 165 - Dog Day Afternoon and Perspective Taking

In this episode, Dave talks about how difficult it can be to take another person's perspective, and just how complex the brain is.  Ben Zuk also joins us to talk about one of his favorite directors, Sidney Lumet and DOG DAY AFTERNOON!

Perspective Taking: 0:03:07

Dog Day Afternoon: 0:15:22

 

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Aug 15, 2016
Episode 164 - Cafe Society

In this episode, Mike returns to review a non-comic book movie, in CAFE SOCIETY.  They also discuss Woody Allen, Miles Teller, gender dynamics, and what taking two weeks off does to their rapport.

 

Britt joins for fangirl fixation.  They talk about BEN-HUR, KUBO OF THE TWO STRINGS , and WAR DOGS!

 

Spoilers: 0:18:21

Fangirl Fixation: 0:29:41

 

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Aug 11, 2016
Episode 163 - Match Point and Classism

In this episode, Dave tackles the topic of class discrimination.  Included are the definition, how it affects students, and how it affects psychotherapy.

 

Next, Dave brings in War Machine vs War Horse founding member Jared Dotson to relive his podcast glory days to talk about Woody Allen's MATCH POINT, just in time for a release of his new film, CAFE SOCIETY!

 

Classism: 0:05:52

Match Point: 0:21:30

 

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Aug 8, 2016
Episode 162 - Suicide Squad

In this episode you get a double dose of Britt!  First, we discuss the seemingly reviled SUICIDE SQUAD to find out if the DCEU can actually make a good movie.  Also, we talk about Margot Robbie's amazing ass.  Hey, it's who we are.

 

Then, Britt takes on her usual role on Fangirl Fixation, and we dive into PETE'S DRAGON, FLORENCE FOSTER JENKINS, SAUSAGE PARTY, and CAFE SOCIETY.  We talk in detail about both Britt's infantile sense of humor and the difficulty of supporting great art by terrible artists

 

Spoilers: 0:14:21

Fangirl Fixation: 0:28:09

 

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Aug 4, 2016
Episode 161 - Fury and Justice

In this episode, Dave discusses Justice in its many forms, both in normal society and in the military.

 

More importantly, he is joined by Berook of the Cinema Bun Podcast to talk about David Ayer's opus, FURY,  just in time for the release of SUICIDE SQUAD!

 

Justice: 0:05:44

Fury: 0:17:10

 

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Aug 1, 2016
Episode 160 - Jason Bourne

In this episode Mike and Dave review JASON BOURNE, and talk about the Doug Liman/Paul Greengrass Battle!

 

Then, Britt joins us to talk about STANLEY KUBRICK, NINE LIVES, and SUICIDE SQUAD

 

Spoilers: 0:17:14

Fangirl Fixation: 0:31:53

 

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Jul 28, 2016
Episode 159 - Mission Impossible Rogue Nation and Power Struggles In Relationships

In this episode, I am joined by Miranda Sajdak, director of the upcoming feature, NO TRACE.  But first Dave talk about how power struggles affect relationships in both positive and negative ways.

 

Miranda and Dave talk about her new project, action films, and in particular, MISSION IMPOSSIBLE: ROGUE NATION!

 

Power Struggles in Relationships: 0:10:48

Mission Impossible Rogue Nation: 0:22:17

 

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Jul 25, 2016
Episode 158 - Star Trek Beyond

In this episode, Dave and Mike take on STAR TREK BEYOND!  Could this possibly be a positive review?  Don't worry, even if it is, Mike takes shots at JJ Abrams and Simon Pegg, while Dave gets Chris Pine in his sights.

 

Britt joins the show to share her "excitement" over NERVE, BAD MOMS, and JASON BOURNE!

Spoilers: 0:20:32

Fangirl Fixation: 0:29:01

 

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Jul 21, 2016
Episode 157 - Aliens and Commericialism

In this episode, Dave talks about commercialism, both the good and the bad.  Then, he is joined by Matt, one of the hosts of CinemaJaw!  He and Dave talk about ALIENS and the difficulty of creating a sequel of someone else's material.

 

Commercialism : 0:03:41

Aliens: 0:16:08

 

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Jul 18, 2016
Episode 156 - Ghostbusters

In this episode, Dave and Mike take a look at GHOSTBUSTERS and try to put their liberal politics aside for a moment.

 

Then, Britt joins us to talk about ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS, ICE AGE, and STAR TREK:BEYOND!

 

 

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Jul 13, 2016
Episode 155 - Prometheus and Faith

In this episode, we are joined by Shane of War Machine vs. War Horse fame!  But first, Dave talks about Faith in psychological terms.  In honor of GHOSTBUSTERS, Dave and Shane talk about PROMETHEUS in all of its glory

 

Faith : 0:03:52

Prometheus: 0:16:40

 

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Jul 11, 2016
Episode 154 - Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates, Swiss Army Man, and Ghostbusters

In this episode, Mike rejoins the show to talk about our movie, MIKE AND DAVE NEED WEDDING DATES.  Additionally, we talk about our wives/fiances.  No, seriously.

 

Britt joins us to discuss her utter confusion over SWISS ARMY MAN and her weariness towards GHOSTBUSTERS!

 

Spoilers: 0:21:32

Fangirl Fixation: 0:37:29

 

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Jul 7, 2016
Episode 153 - Neighbors and Transition to Parenthood

In this episode, Dave talks about the difficult transition for young parents when they have their first child.  He is joined by Ryan from the Filmbeef Podcast to talk about a surprise comedy from a few years ago, NEIGHBORS.  This week we pair it with the new release MIKE AND DAVE NEED WEDDING DATES!

 

 

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Jul 4, 2016
Episode 152 - The BFG The Secret Life of Pets and Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates

In this episode, Andrew from AB Film Review steps in for Mike after seeing THE BFG.  

Britt joins us for fangirl fixation to talk  THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS and MIKE AND DAVE NEED WEDDING DATES.  She is recording on her birthday, what a trooper!

 

Spoilers: 0:18:17

Fangirl Fixation 0:33:02

 

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Jun 30, 2016
Episode 151 - E.T. and Alienation

In this episode, Dave talks about alienation and it's history to help us understand another great movie.

Then, the Australian Invasion continues with Andrew of the AB Film Review appears to talk about the Spielberg classic, E.T.: THE EXTRA TERRESTRIAL to celebrate the opening of THE BFG!

 

Alienation: 0:07:20

E.T: 0:18:36

 

 

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Jun 27, 2016
Episode 150 - Free State of Jones, Tarzan, The Purge Election Year, and The BFG

In this episode, Mike rejoins the show to talk about the box office bomb that is FREE STATE OF JONES.  We talk about Matthew McConaughey, how good actors were wasted, and whether or not this movie will end my podcast.

 

In the absence of Britt, Mike takes over Fangirl Fixation to talk about TARZAN, THE PURGE: ELECTION YEAR, and THE BFG!

NOTE: NO SPOILERS IN THIS EPISODE

Fangirl Fixation: 0:28:50

 

 

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Jun 23, 2016
Episode 149 - The Patriot and Pacifism

In this episode, we talk about Pacifism, and whether our movie supports it or condemns it.  Speaking of said movie, we invite Bernadette from the AB Film Review to talk about the great American/Australian film THE PATRIOT.  All this to prepare for this week's release of FREE STATE OF JONES!

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Jun 20, 2016
Episode 148 - Finding Dory, Hunt For The Wilderpeople, Independence Day Resurgence, and Free State of Jones

 

Britt joins us to talk all of the movies, especially FINDING DORY.  Enjoy!

 

Spoilers: 0:10:51

Fangirl Fixation: 0:24:46

 

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Jun 16, 2016
Episode 147 - Toy Story 2 and Abandonment

In this episode, for the release of FINDING DORY, we take a look at an older PIXAR movie, TOY STORY 2!  First however, we talk about our theme of abandonment.  Then, Dwight of The Broken Brain Podcast returns to talk about how much he loves Pixar movies that inspire strong emotion in him.  Dave reveals how much he despises a character in this beloved movie in the midst of the review.  

 

Abandonment: 0:08:06

Toy Story 2: 0:19:37

 

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Jun 13, 2016
Episode 146 - Warcraft, Clown, Central Intelligence, and Finding Dory

On this new release episode, Dave brings on Pat (Read his blog, it's great!)  We talk about Warcraft and discuss if its a movie for fans of the game or for everyone.

 

Britt joins us to gush about Kevin Hart and The Rock.  Yes, Seriously.

 

Spoilers: 0:21:25

Fangirl Fixation: 0:43:01

 

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Jun 9, 2016
Episode 145 - Moon and Loneliness

This week, Dave talks about loneliness all alone.  Luckily, Brendan from Insession Film stops by to talk about MOON.  Check this movie out before you brave WARCRAFT!

Jun 6, 2016
Episode 144 - Me Before You, Now You See Me 2, The Conjuring 2, and Warcraft

In this episode, Web Bist returns to rekindle our podcast romance by reviewing ME BEFORE YOU.  Can these two actually agree this time?

 

Britt joins us to bitch about sequels and video game movies, as next week's arrivals include NOW YOU SEE ME 2, THE CONJURING 2, and WARCRAFT!

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