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Dec 5, 2016
Episode 195 - Hell or High Water

In this episode, because new releases suck, Mike and Dave talk about one of the great movies we missed this year, HELL OR HIGH WATER.  Take a listen, unless you are one of those that Mike lovingly calls idiots.....

 

Spoilers: 0:18:47

Fangirl Fixation: 0:29:13

 

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Dec 1, 2016
Episode 194 - Sicario and Utilitarianism

In this episode, as we are bereft of any decent new releases, Dave decides to call an audible and pair our movie with the Bluray release of HELL OR HIGH WATER.  To do this, we chose a viewing of SICARIO, one of last year's best.  He brings back Berook, despite his questionable taste in classic science fiction to talk about Denis Villenueve's film.

 

Utilitarianism:0:05:38

Sicario: 0:16:40

 

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Nov 28, 2016
Episode 193 -Allied

In this episode, Mike bows out and is replaced by Jamison of Real Films and Movie Mojo Monthly.  He and Dave talk about ALLIED and if it lives up to the talent involved.  Britt returns for fangirl fixation to talk about the absolutely terrible movies coming out....

 

Spoilers: 0:16:42

Fangirl Fixation: 0:26:30

Nov 24, 2016
Episode 192 - Casablanca and Exile

In this episode, Dave steps in the time machine and takes on a classic, CASABLANCA.  All this to prepare for ALLIED!  But before that we talk about exile, and how this effects refugees, from a mental health perspective.  This episode features a new guest, author E. Ivan Infante, a man with an encyclopedic knowledge of classic Hollywood.  Give him a listen and enjoy the show!

 

Exile: 0:10:58

Casablanca: 0:21:55

 

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Nov 21, 2016
Episode 191 - The Edge of Seventeen

This week, we take a look at what we thought would be a big release, THE EDGE OF SEVENTEEN.  We disagree again!  Just guess who hated the teen movie?  You'll be shocked I tell you, shocked!

 

Spoilers: 0:16:29

 

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Nov 17, 2016

In this episode Dave talks about retributive justice.  Is an eye for an eye a good code to live by?  Do any of the characters in our movie this week actually use this style of justice?

 

Michael Denniston from War Machine vs War Horse joins us to talk about that and TRUE GRIT (2010).  All of this to get ready for Hailee Stenfield's latest movie, EDGE OF 17!

 

Retributive Justice: 0:08:59

True Grit: 0:21:34

 

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Nov 15, 2016
Episode 189 - Arrival

In this episode, Mike and I talk (argue) about Arrival!

 

Spoilers: 0:10:00

Fangirl Fixation 0:28:29

 

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Nov 9, 2016
Episode 188 - Close Encounters of the Third Kind and the Search for Meaning

In this episode, Dave talks about why we search for meaning and Victor Frankl.  Then, he is joined by Andrew (again!) to talk about one of his favorites, CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND.

 

Search For Meaning: 0:03:48

Close Encounters of the Third Kind: 0:20:10

 

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Nov 7, 2016

Dave and Andrew (from The Last New Wave) talk about MEL GIBSON's latest, HACKSAW RIDGE.  Can they get past their personal feelings about the director to enjoy this one?  Find out here!

 

Britt joins us to talk about relationships, MARVEL movies, and the new releases, including LOVING and ARRIVAL!

 

Spoilers: 0:25:17

Fangirl Fixation: 0:39:27

 

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Nov 3, 2016
Episode 186 - Bridge on the River Kwai and Honor

In this episode Dave talks about cultures of honor, specifically why they exist, as well as the positive and negative aspects of them.

 

Andrew joins us to talk about a classic, BRIDGE ON THE RIVER KWAI, calls Steven Spielberg a hack, and gets us ready for Mel Gibson's newest film, HACKSAW RIDGE!

 

Honor: 0:06:32

Bridge on the River Kwai: 0:18:42

 

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Oct 31, 2016
Episode 185 - American Pastoral

In this episode, Dave does the masterful scheduling job of choosing AMERICAN PASTRORAL, Ewan McGregor's directorial debut.  This supposed wide release is not available in Kentucky, so he brings in repeat guest Ben Zuk!

 

Britt is here for Fangirl Fixation, so we talk terrible cartoons (TROLLS), geekery (DR. STRANGE), and war films (HACKSAW RIDGE).

 

Spoilers: 0:19:58

Fangirl Fixation: 0:31:28

 

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Oct 27, 2016

In this episode Dave and Mike talk about the importance of where you are from, with Place Identity.  Then, they talk about Ben Affleck as a director, the beauty of Casey Affleck, and the not beauty of Boston residents!

 

Place Identity: 0:06:26

Gone Baby Gone: 0:18:46

 

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Oct 24, 2016
Episode 183 -Jack Reacher Never Go Back

In this episode Dave and Mike talk the critical disappointment that is JACK REACHER NEVER GO BACK.  They also talk about RESULTS and DEEP BLUE SEA.  Hey, its connected.  Kind of.

 

Britt returns to talk about two equally disappointing trailers INFERNO and AMERICAN PASTORAL!

 

Fangirl Fixation: 0:25:59

 

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Oct 20, 2016
Episode 182 - Jack Reacher and Stages of Moral Development

In this episode, Dave welcomes Shannon Strucci of the So You Wanna Be A Film Nerd series.  Dave talks about the stages of morality a la Kohlberg.  Then, he and his guest talk about JACK REACHER just ahead of the release of JACK REACHER: NEVER GO BACK!  They focus on Tom Cruise's stardom, how much Jai Courtney sucks, and the greatness that is Werner Herzog!

 

Stages of Morality: 0:03:50

Jack Reacher: 0:19:26

 

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Oct 17, 2016
Episode 181 - The Accountant

In this episode Mike and Dave enjoy the hell out of a dumb action flick that neither one saw coming, THE ACCOUNTANT.  Britt returns to talk about the new movies coming out especially JACK REACHER NEVER GO BACK!

 

Spoilers: 0:22:30

Fangirl Fixation: 0:34:26

 

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Oct 13, 2016
Episode 180 - Frank and Savantism

In this episode, Dave talks about savants, or those with specialized skills that we can't really explain!  Also,  he is joined by Jess and Non from Joy Sandwich to talk about FRANK, one of our favorites!  Enjoy!

 

Savantism: 0:09:42

Frank: 0:21:22

 

 

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Oct 10, 2016
Episode 179 - The Girl on the Train

In this episode, Mike and Dave return after a week off to talk THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN.  Along the way, Mike tries to convince Dave that 2016 isn't all that bad and to stop talking about movies altogether.

 

Britt returns for Fangirl Fixation to talk MAX STEEL, DESIERTO, and THE ACCOUNTANT!

 

Spoilers: 0:24:23

Fangirl Fixation: 0:36:20

 

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Oct 6, 2016
Episode 178 - Gone Girl and Manipulation

In this episode, Dave talks about manipulation and psychopathy at length, including how it is used in correctional facilities.  Then, return guest Christopher Maynard of Following Films shows up to talk about the best romance of 2014.  Yes, really.  Gone Girl is romantic.  Listen, and let us prove it to you!

 

Manipulation: 0:04:41

Gone Girl: 0:19:46

 

 

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Sep 29, 2016
Episode 177 - Casino Royale and Betrayal

In this episode, Dave brings in a brand new guest, Head of Section, from the Being James Bond podcast.  First, Dave talks about betrayal and how it effects us.  Then, he and his guest talk James Bond, masculinity, blonde Bonds, Eva Green, and CASINO ROYALE!

 

Betrayal: 0:04:02

Casino Royale: 0:15:00

 

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Sep 26, 2016
Episode 176 - The Magnificent Seven

In this episode, Mike returns to the show to talk about the new release this week, MAGNIFICENT SEVEN!

 

Britt and Dave (both very very drunk) discuss next week's new releases!

 

 

Spoilers: 0:20:52

Fangirl Fixation: 0:29:42

 

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Sep 22, 2016
Episode 175 - The Equalizer and Self-Efficacy

In this episode, Dave talks about our ability to believe in ourselves, or self-efficacy.  He then welcomes David Shreve of Audiences Everywhere to talk about his favorite movie, THE EQUALIZER.  Yes, really.  All this, just in time for Antoine Fuqua's remake of THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN in theaters this weekend!

 

Self-Efficacy: 0:04:27

The Equalizer: 0:16:41

 

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Sep 19, 2016
Episode 174 - Snowden

In this episode, Mike (obviously afraid of being tracked by the government) has gone missing again.  Luckily, Ben Zuk steps in yet again to talk Oliver Stone and SNOWDEN!

 

Britt then joins the show to talk about STORKS and THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN!

 

Spoilers: 0:23:48

Fangirl Fixation: 0:33:34

 

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Sep 15, 2016
Episode 173 - Nixon and Insecurity

 

In this episode, just in time for Oliver Stone's latest, SNOWDEN, Ben Zuk returns yet again to talk about one of his favorite movies ever, NIXON! Dave also talks briefly about insecurity and what we can do about it!

 

 

Insecurity: 0:03:20

Nixon: 0:13:53

 

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Sep 12, 2016
Episode 172 - Sully

Ben Zuk returns to talk SULLY!

 

Spoilers: 0:21:24

 

 

 

 

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Sep 8, 2016
Episode 171 - Captain Phillips and the Effects of Poverty

In this episode, Dave talks about poverty on a micro and a macro level.  Then, return guest Miranda Sajdak joins the show to talk about CAPTAIN PHILLIPS!

 

 

 

Effects of Poverty: 0:06:31

Captain Phillips: 0:18:26

 

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