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Jan 16, 2016
Episode 106 - 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi

Join us for our review and see how it compares with past Michael Bay efforts like Pain and Gain!

Jan 13, 2016
Episode 105 - Pain and Gain and Materialism

In this episode, sadly there is no Britt or Fangirl Fixation.  But, Dave discusses materialism, particularly regarding Self-Concept and Celebrity Worship. Then, Mike joins us again to talk about Michael Bay, Satire, Misogyny, and the Oscars.  As Mike would say, "Pain and Gain, Baby!!"


Materialism: 00:05:10

Pain and Gain: 00:18:55

Spoilers: 01:08:32

Jan 9, 2016

Dave is once again joined by Web of It's Terrific.  This time, they take on Inirritu's newest opus.  They talk about the movie, positives and negatives, and other topics.  These include the Oscars, the importance of actually "being there" in the elements, and how this one compares to other films like Gravity and Birdman.  Enjoy!


Spoilers: 0:20:30

Jan 6, 2016

In this episode, before The Revenant makes its wide release, Dave is joined by Tim from First Time Watchers!  But before that, Britt comes by for Fangirl Fixation to complain about the directing style of an Oscar winner.  Then, Dave discusses forgiveness.  Specifically, beliefs of counselors, the cost of forgiveness, and self forgiveness.  Finally, Tim shows up to discuss Inirritu, 21 Grams, and great acting


Fangirl Fixation: 0:03:53

Forgiveness: 0:15:20

21 Grams: 0:30:30

Spoilers: 0:57:34

Jan 2, 2016

The Hateful Eight, Quentin Tarantino's latest gem filled with violence and strong language, is finally released.  Dave was able to check out the 70mm roadshow and reports back with his friend Web from the sometimes podcast, It's Terrific!

Dec 30, 2015
Episode 101 - Pulp Fiction and Introspection

In this episode, Dave takes on another classic! Britt gives her less than glowing review of Pulp Fiction.  Then, Dave talks about the history of introspection and when it is helpful.  Finally, Mike joins us and talks (a lot!) about one of his favorite movies ever!


Fangirl Fixation: 0:03:30

Introspection: 0:17:54

Pulp Fiction: 0:29:35

Spoilers: 01:26:54

Dec 26, 2015
Episode 100 - Joy

Dave is joined by Mike to review David O. Russell's newest effort starring Jennifer Lawrence, Joy.  They discuss the strengths and weaknesses of the film, as well as discuss a bit about Russell's work and where this fits in.  Enjoy!

Dec 23, 2015
Episode 99 - Silver Linings Playbook and Stigma

Dave takes on an Oscar winner that everyone seems to like, Silver Linings Playbook.  Britt returns for Fangirl Fixation to discuss whether or not it is as great as everyone says.  Then Dave talks about stigma, specifically its definition and attitudes about bipolar disorder.  Then, Jamison from the Real Films Podcast joins us to talk about the movie!

Fangirl Fixation: 0:05:10

Stigma: 0:17:16

Silver Linings Playbook: 0:29:52

Spoilers: 01:07:35


Pat's Blog 

Dec 19, 2015
Episode 98 - Star Wars Episode VII - The Force Awakens

That's right folks, the day is finally here! Star Wars is back.  Whether you watched it or not, you can still listen to at least the first half!

Dec 16, 2015
Episode 97 - Star Trek (2009) and Psychological Stress

In this episode, Dave is joined by Shaun from No, Totally! But first, Britt shows up to bash on Zachary Quinto, and sing the praises of Karl Urban (mainly because he's hot).  Then, Dave talks about stress, specifically decision making and decision making styles,  Finally, Shaun joins us to talk about a first time watch for him.  Topics include drumming styles, cgi, how much he despises Zachary Quinto, and twitter games.


Note - sorry about any audio issues with fangirl fixation, we are still working out a new microphone situation!

Dec 12, 2015
Episode 96 - In The Heart of the Sea Review

Another review for you this week! Barry and I from True Bromance Film talk about In The Heart of the Sea in depth.  Specifically, we discuss how we would make it better (take that Ron Howard!), shirtless Chris Hemsworth, and even things that don't seem to apply to the movie, like The Walking Dead! Enjoy!

Dec 9, 2015
Episode 95 - Much Ado About Nothing and Reputation

As this was the week MacBeth was SUPPOSED to release nationwide, Dave invites Ben from Cinematic For The People to talk about Much Ado About Nothing.  But first Britt comes on to reminisce about the film without even watching it recently.  She also shares some stories about a performance we both saw.  She is also crafting during the recording (sorry about any audio issues)!  Then Dave examines reputation.  Specifically, the value of a good reputation, perceived reputation in the brain, measuring a woman's reputation, and male honor.  Finally, Ben and Dave discuss the movie from very different points of view but definitely share some similar views!


Fangirl Fixation: 0:02:31

Reputation: 0:14:35

Much Ado About Nothing: 0:28:03

Spoilers: 0:50:50



Dec 6, 2015
Episode 94 - Brooklyn (and Krampus?)

In this mini episode, Dave brings on Mike (again!), and because he did not see Krampus, they talk about a much better film, Brooklyn.  We talk about happy endings (not that kind), accents, acting with your eyes, and making Mike feel dirty for helping us advertise our Patreon Page

Dec 2, 2015
Episode 93 - Gremlins and Xenophobia

In this episode, Dave tackles a horror/comedy classic Gremlins, in celebration of the release of Krampus!  Britt stops by to discuss whether or not Gremlins holds up, as well as the state of comedy in film.  Dave talks about Xenophobia in terms of attitudes towards Muslim immigrants,  Spanish football, and hot dog vendors.

Finally Emily Mackay of Movies N Mayhem makes an appearance to share her memories of Gremlins!



Fangirl Fixation: 0:02:31

Xenophobia: 0:15:54

Gremlins: 0:27:40

Spoilers: 0:57:50

Nov 28, 2015
Episode 92 - Creed Review

Check out my review of the best new release of the week (by far!), Creed! Mike from War Machine vs. War Horse joins as well!

Nov 25, 2015
Episode 91 - Fruitvale Station and Police Brutality

In this episode, in conjunction with the release of Creed, starring Michael B. Jordan, Dave chose to look at Fruitvale Station!  First, Britt makes her regular appearance to discuss the movie and her personal experiences in the Bay Area.  Then, Dave talks about police brutality.  Specifically, how race affects allegations, fatal shooting of young black people by police, and how racism plays into police brutality.  Finally, Karly from That Pop This Life joins us to talk about the movie!


Race and Allegations

Fatal Shootings



Fangirl Fixation: 0:03:30

Police Brutality: 0:17:25

Fruitvale Station with Karly: 0:31:15

Spoilers: 01:06:59

Nov 21, 2015
Episode 90 - Spotlight Review

Join me and Paul from Screen Watchers Guild talk about new wide release Spotlight.  Does it deserve the Oscar buzz?  Find out now!

Nov 18, 2015
Episode 89 - Scream and Maternal Abandonment

In this episode, Dave, in connection with no new releases, talks about Scream.  Britt joins in to discuss how Scream is different after seeing some of the horror films it borrows from and laughs at the word taint.  Then Dave discusses maternal abandonment from a few angles, including psychiatric disorders, gender of remaining parent, the effects of death by cancer, and how abandoned kids relate to moms.  Finally, Travis the Grimm is our guest to talk about one of his favorite movies!


-Psychiatric Disorders

-Gender of Parent


-Abandoned Kids


Fangirl Fixation: 0:02:40

Maternal Abandonment: 0:16:23

Scream with Travis: 0:26:51

Spoilers: 0:53:10

Nov 14, 2015
Episode 88 - Room Review

Check out our review of Room, with Mike from War Machine vs. War Horse.  Plus, a spirited discussion on the movie industry.

Nov 11, 2015
Episode 87 - Mr. and Mrs. Smith and Marital Dissatisfaction

In this episode, Dave chooses the action flick, Mr. and Mrs. Smith, to be paired with By The Sea, another film about marriage with Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, although with totally different ways of approaching it.  Britt joins him after many drinks to talk about marriage and talk trash about Brad Pitt.  Then, Dave discusses marital problems related to feminism, psychiatric disorders, perceived power, and self-monitoring.  Finally Karly from That Pop This Life joins us to discuss the fun popcorn flick!

Feminism and Marriage

Psychiatric Disorders

Perceived Power



Fangirl Fixation: 0:03:41

Marital Dissatisfaction: 0:16:30

Mr. and Mrs. Smith: 0:27:53

Spoilers: 1:01:33

Nov 8, 2015
Episode 86 - Spectre Mini-Review

In our brand new type of episode, Michael from War Machine vs War Horse joins me to talk about the newest entry into the Bond series, Spectre!

Nov 6, 2015
Episode 85 - Skyfall and Obsolescence

In this episode, Dave talks about the new James Bond classic, Skyfall.  Britt shares her hatred of Pierce Brosnan and her love of the new Bond, as well as shedding some tears about a beautiful automobiile.  Dave discusses obsolescence in terms of CEO's, older adults, and therapy.  Finally, Dana from How is this Movie? joins the show to talk about his issues with Skyfall and his hopes for Spectre.


Fangirl Fixation: 0:04:00

Obsolescence: 0:19:02

Skyfall with Dana: 0:29:19

Spoilers: 1:03:53



Nov 1, 2015
Episode 84 - Fangirl Fixation Minisode – Halloween 2015

In this very special edition of Fangirl Fixation, Britt and Dave watch and discuss three horror movies that neither one of them have seen.   First, they watch the original version of Carrie, and find out if it’s worth your time despite its dated fashion and dialogue.  Next, they check out the remake from 2013. […]

Oct 31, 2015

In this episode, Dave matches the movie with the date, Halloween!    Then, Dave talks about evil!  Specifically, our brains and evil, what causes evil, and a discussion of evil acts vs. evil people.  Then Web Bist makes his triumpant return to talk about sex, evil, white masks, and the Shape! Neuroscience and Evil Causes […]

Oct 24, 2015
Episode 82 – The Crow and Loss of a Romantic Partner

In this episode, due to a lack of quality new releases, Dave watches a classic (?), The Crow.  Britt joins him to defend the quality of the film and discuss whether this one should be remade.  Then, Dave talks about the effects of losing a spouse, including physical health, how to recover, and whether or […]

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