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Are you a movie addict? Do you get the shakes if you're not at the theater every weekend? Does your spirit long for cinematic enlightenment? If so, don't worry. We're here to help you get your fix.



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Jan 23, 2014 Andrew Johnson, Monica Castillo
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It's been a month since the last Cinema Fix episode, but don't worry! Andrew and Monica are back with a vengeance to discuss over a dozen movies that were released over the holidays. They talk everything from potential Oscar winners to movies that January forgot: Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, Her, American Hustle, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, Saving Mr. Banks, 47 Ronin, Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones, Inside Llewyn Davis, August: Osage County, The Legend of Hercules, Jack Ryan:...
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Dec 23, 2013 Andrew Johnson, Monica Castillo
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Wake up and smell the desolation! In this episode, Andrew and Monica discuss how The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug functions as a standalone film, particularly when compared to the previous movies. Are the additional subplots worthwhile? What’s up with the Ring and the Arkenstone? And how do the Hobbit films differ from the Lord of the Rings movies on a visual level? Tune in for all that and more! SHOW NOTES: 0:22 - Intro 4:00 - Smaug! 6:45 - Tauriel and additional conflict 11:24 - Ending...
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Dec 18, 2013 Andrew Johnson, Monica Castillo
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Andrew and Monica both had mixed feelings about the first installment in the Hobbit film series, and they also agree about the second installment. Is it an improvement over its predecessor? Does the new material not taken from the source material feel relevant? Tune in to find out. SHOW NOTES: 0:22 - Intro 2:58 - General thoughts on The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug 12:37 - Show close DON'T FORGET: You can contact the show by emailing cinemafix@filmgeekradio.com or leaving a voicemail at...
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Dec 16, 2013 Andrew Johnson, Monica Castillo
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In this special bonus episode, Andrew and Monica have a casual interview with author, activist and film critic Gareth Higgins about life, movies and his new book, Cinematic States. In the book, Higgins examines American cultural myths through the lens of its movies, going state-by-state throughout the U.S. and exploring what films set in those states reveal. They discuss the process of writing the book, the state of film criticism, the inherent morality of art, the need for non-violent forms of...
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Dec 14, 2013 Andrew Johnson, Monica Castillo
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Special guest Gareth Higgins, the author of Cinematic States, joins Andrew and Monica to discuss what makes Dallas Buyers Club so much better than it could have been. In what ways is the film restrained? How is it different from films that aim to elicit a cathartic emotional response? What single type of shot reveals that the director knows what he's doing? SHOW NOTES: 0:22 - Intro 6:16 - Gareth's overall thoughts on Dallas Buyers Club 8:43 - Staying restrained, avoiding cathartic tears...
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Dec 12, 2013 Andrew Johnson, Monica Castillo
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In this episode, Andrew and Monica give some general thoughts on Dallas Buyers Club. The film stars Matthew McConaughey as Ron Woodroof, a man diagnosed with AIDS who decides to fight FDA regulations and smuggle illegal medications into the country. Does it deserve all the acclaim? Tune in to find out. SHOW NOTES: 0:22 - Intro 3:21 - General thoughts on Dallas Buyers Club 9:51 - Show close DON'T FORGET: You can contact the show by emailing cinemafix@filmgeekradio.com or leaving a voicemail at...
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Dec 2, 2013 Andrew Johnson, Monica Castillo
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Are the odds in Catching Fire's favor? In this episode, Andrew and Monica discuss the difficulties of adapting a series like the Hunger Games books to the big screen, and how the film industry by its nature ends up undermining the themes of the film. Is Katniss a good feminist figure? Does the film effectively convey the book's critique of the media? Do these films practice what they preach, or are they just another example of Capitol-esque propaganda? Tune in to find out. SHOW NOTES: 0:22 -...
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Dec 2, 2013 Andrew Johnson, Monica Castillo
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In this episode, Andrew and Monica give their general thoughts on the second installment of the Hunger Games film adaptations. Does Catching Fire improve upon the first film in any ways? Does it live up to the book? Tune to find out. SHOW NOTES: 0:22 - Intro 1:55 - Feedback on 12 Years A Slave 6:20 - General thoughts on The Hunger Games: Catching Fire 14:48 - Show close DON'T FORGET: You can contact the show by emailing cinemafix@filmgeekradio.com or leaving a voicemail at 336-793-2509. Thanks...
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Nov 19, 2013 Andrew Johnson, Monica Castillo
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It's time for another spoiler-filled talk about a slavery movie, so you know what that means... Craig Lindsey! Craig returns to Cinema Fix to discuss whether 12 Years A Slave is worth the hype. Is it an "important" film? Is McQueen's style too distancing? Does he make suffering too photogenic? Why aren't there more movies about the hierarchy among slaves? Are any of the slave masters "good" or are they all evil? Tune in to find out. Plus, a tangent about twerking. SHOW...
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Nov 18, 2013 Andrew Johnson, Monica Castillo
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Sometimes it's hard to figure out the context in which to critique a film that's deemed "important" for whatever reason, but Andrew and Monica do their best. Is Steve McQueen's 12 Years A Slave the great film about slavery we need? Is that even a fair question? Tune in to hear their general thoughts on the film. SHOW NOTES: 0:22 - Intro 3:00 - General thoughts on 12 Years A Slave 14:48 - Show close DON'T FORGET: You can contact the show by emailing cinemafix@filmgeekradio.com or...
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Nov 13, 2013 Andrew Johnson, Monica Castillo
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For the second part of their Thor: The Dark World review, Andrew and Monica are joined by Rod Morrow to discuss Marvel mythology and whether the film competently expands it. If you thought their Man of Steel discussion got heated, you haven't seen anything yet. Andrew gets snarky, Rod bites back, and Monica just tries to stay out of it. Are the Dark Elves' motives and background adequately explained? Does the Aether makes sense? Has Loki been completely watered-down as a character? Does Thor...
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Nov 10, 2013 Andrew Johnson, Monica Castillo
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The latest installment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe is here! Is Thor: The Dark World a fun superhero romp that builds on the mythology, or just a confusing mess of ideas and plot devices? In this episode, Andrew and Monica give their spoiler-free thoughts on the film. Also: Monica really hates Dutch angles, apparently. SHOW NOTES: 0:22 - Intro 3:25 - General thoughts on Thor: The Dark World 15:00 - Show close DON'T FORGET: You can contact the show by emailing...
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Nov 6, 2013 Andrew Johnson, Monica Castillo
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In this episode, Andrew and Monica discuss the weighty events of Ender's Game and how well they're communicated in the film. What stuff from the book didn't make the cut? Are the Battle Room sequences effectively portrayed? Does the movie do a good job of getting inside Ender's head? How is Ender different in the film, and is it a good change? Tune in to find out. SHOW NOTES: 0:22 - Intro 2:54 - Lack of weight, unclear passage of time 7:16 - The Mind Game, Ender's psychology, the ending...
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Nov 5, 2013 Andrew Johnson, Monica Castillo
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After spending 25 years in development hell, the film adaptation of Orson Scott Card's bestselling sci-fi novel Ender's Game is finally in theaters! In this episode, Andrew and Monica give their general spoiler-free thoughts on the translation from page to screen. Monica hasn't read the book, but Andrew is a big fan--does that impact how they each responded to the film? Tune in to find out. SHOW NOTES: 0:22 - Intro 3:03 - General thoughts on Ender's Game 13:44 - Show close DON'T FORGET: You can...
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Oct 30, 2013 Andrew Johnson, Monica Castillo
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Cormac McCarthy's work is always bleak and pessimistic, but that's not always a bad thing. Is The Counselor a subversive masterpiece or too distant to be effective? In the second part of their review, Andrew and Monica discuss everything from the depiction of women to whether or not there's political subtext. Is there anything special about how Ridley Scott presents violence? Is the Counselor a symbol of America? And does Andrew's response towards some of the dialogue reveal some unintentional...
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Oct 30, 2013 Andrew Johnson, Monica Castillo
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Cinema Fix Overdose is back with an extra bonus set of reviews! Monica and Andrew discuss a variety of films both old and new, and offer some recommendations for films that were released on DVD/Blu-Ray during the month of October. Plus, they also get into a small discussion about target demographics and how to treat a film aimed at a group to which you don’t belong. Titles discussed include: The Naked City, Baggage Claim, Instructions Not Included, Rush, The Canyons, Masters of Sex and a...
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Oct 29, 2013 Andrew Johnson, Monica Castillo
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The Counselor is the latest film directed by Ridley Scott, and the first theatrical screenplay written by Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Cormac McCarthy. It also boasts an ensemble cast including Michael Fassbender, Brad Pitt, Penelope Cruz, Cameron Diaz and Javier Bardem. But is it worthy of all the talent involved? Tune in to hear Andrew and Monica give their spoiler-free thoughts. SHOW NOTES: 0:22 - Intro 2:54 - General thoughts on The Counselor 10:30 - Show close DON'T FORGET: You can...
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Oct 22, 2013 Andrew Johnson, Monica Castillo
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Special guest Charlie Nash stops by to help Monica argue with Andrew about Kimberly Peirce's version of Carrie. Is the film really a total waste of time? How is Carrie different in this version? What are the main themes it's exploring this time? Are the supporting characters better drawn in this version or the original? Tune in to find out. NOTE: There's a lot of talk about the De Palma film, so beware of a few spoilers if you haven't seen it! SHOW NOTES: 0:22 - Intro 4:06 - Comparisons to...
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Oct 22, 2013 Andrew Johnson, Monica Castillo
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There have now been three screen adaptations of Stephen King's debut novel, Carrie, most notably a 1976 version from director Brian De Palma. The latest one is directed by Kimberly Peirce and stars Chloe Grace Moretz in the role famously performed by Sissy Spacek. How does this version compare? Is it even fair to judge it in light of the De Palma movie? Andrew and Monica give their general thoughts. SHOW NOTES: 0:22 - Intro 1:47 - Listener feedback/question 4:57 - General thoughts on Carrie...
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Oct 15, 2013 Andrew Johnson, Monica Castillo
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Andrew and Monica are joined by special guest Kenji Fujishima from In Review Online to discuss how Captain Phillips depicts true events and the degree to which an artist should be judged for how a film touches on (or doesn't touch on) real-life issues. Is Paul Greengrass' approach an objective one? Is not taking the stand actually a stand itself? Does the film fully humanize all of its characters? Tune in to find out. SHOW NOTES: 0:00 - Intro and clip 4:05 - Kenji's thoughts on Captain Phillips...
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Oct 15, 2013 Andrew Johnson, Monica Castillo
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In this episode, Andrew and Monica give some spoiler-free thoughts on Captain Phillips, the new film directed by Paul Greengrass that stars Tom Hanks as a commercial shipping boat captain whose vessel is hijacked. Does it do the real-life story justice? Tune in to find out. SHOW NOTES: 0:22 - Intro 2:46 - General thoughts on Captain Phillips 12:48 - Show close DON'T FORGET: You can contact the show by emailing cinemafix@filmgeekradio.com or leaving a voicemail at 336-793-2509. Thanks for...
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Oct 9, 2013 Andrew Johnson, Monica Castillo
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In this episode, Andrew and Monica analyze the different themes running through Gravity. There's a lot of religious symbolism and rebirth imagery. Does that fit with the primary arc? Is it a movie about hope or coming to terms with death? Is there such a thing as too intense? Tune in to find out. Plus, they pitch some pretty artsy ideas for a sequel in Reboot This! SHOW NOTES: 0:22 - Intro 2:20 - Too intense? Not knowing how it will end 5:50 - The primary character arc 9:29 - Themes of rebirth...
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Oct 7, 2013 Andrew Johnson, Monica Castillo
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It's been seven years since Alfonso Cuarón's last film, Children of Men. His new film Gravity follows two astronauts (Sandra Bullock and George Clooney) who find themselves floating in space after a debris storm cuts off their communications and destroys their shuttle. Is it another masterpiece? In this episode, Andrew and Monica give their spoiler-free thoughts. SHOW NOTES: 0:22 - Intro 3:50 - General thoughts on Gravity 13:07 - Show close DON'T FORGET: You can contact the...
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Sep 28, 2013 Andrew Johnson, Monica Castillo
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Prisoners clearly wants to be viewed as a "serious" movie with "serious" performances in order to attract awards attention, but Andrew and Monica aren’t sure it’s deserving of that recognition. In fact, they aren’t really sure they can explain the convoluted plot of the film. In this episode, they break it down and try to figure out the multiples layers on which it’s attempting to function. Is there any political subtext commenting on post-9/11 America? Does the Bob...
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Sep 25, 2013 Andrew Johnson, Monica Castillo
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If there's one thing you should never do, it's kidnap the daughter of Wolverine. In this episode, Andrew and Monica give their spoiler-free thoughts on Prisoners, the new drama from director Denis Villeneuve starring Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal. This has the look and feel of a prestigious award-worthy drama, but does its quality extend beyond the surface? Tune in to find out. SHOW NOTES: 0:22 - Intro 3:49 - General thoughts on Prisoners 10:58 - Show close DON'T FORGET: You can contact the...
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Sep 19, 2013 Andrew Johnson, Monica Castillo
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James Wan has already released one critically-acclaimed horror film this year in The Conjuring. Now, he's back with the sequel to his 2010 film Insidious. Josh Lambert (Patrick Wilson) isn't acting the same since he returned from The Further--has something evil come back with him? Tune in to hear Andrew and Monica give their general, spoiler-free thoughts. SHOW NOTES: 0:22 - Intro 1:46 - Brief thoughts on Riddick 3:10 - General thoughts on Insidious: Chapter 2 11:46 - Show close DON'T FORGET:...
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Sep 19, 2013 Andrew Johnson, Monica Castillo
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If you thought the third act of the first Insidious was too over-the-top, you might not be ready for Chapter 2. In this episode, Andrew and Monica try to figure out just what exactly is going on. How does Josh’s possession work? Is The Further a time machine, an Inception-style dream machine, or a bit of both? What’s up with all the gender identity issues and ghost psychology? Tune in to find out. Plus, Reboot This! SHOW NOTES: 0:22 - Intro 2:30 - What’s going on with Josh, exactly? 7:22...
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Sep 6, 2013 Andrew Johnson, Monica Castillo
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Just when you thought Film Geek Radio couldn't get any cooler... we did. This is the first of a monthly series of bonus episodes of Cinema Fix! Are you a true movie addict looking for recommendations on what to check out and what to avoid? Don't worry: Andrew and Monica OD'd on movies so you don't have to. In Cinema Fix Overdose episodes, they'll discuss other movies they've seen over the past 30 days, plus provide some DVD recommendations for the upcoming month. This month, they discuss...
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Sep 3, 2013 Andrew Johnson, Monica Castillo
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Ethan Hawke and Selena Gomez star in Getaway, which follows Brent Magna, an ex-racer who is forced to follow the instructions of a mysterious stranger when his wife is kidnapped. He races through the streets of Bulgaria, destroying everything in sight, but is this movie as much fun as it sounds? Tune in to hear Andrew and Monica give their spoiler-free thoughts. SHOW NOTES: 0:22 - Intro and clip 3:18 - General thoughts on Getaway 11:46 - Show close DON'T FORGET: You can contact the show by...
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Sep 3, 2013 Andrew Johnson, Monica Castillo
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Ethan Hawke and Selena Gomez star in Getaway, which follows Brent Magna, an ex-racer who is forced to follow the instructions of a mysterious stranger when his wife is kidnapped. He races through the streets of Bulgaria, destroying everything in sight, but is this movie as fun as it sounds? Tune in to hear Andrew and Monica give their spoiler-free thoughts. SHOW NOTES: 0:22 - Intro and clip 2:15 - Wait, that's not Jon Voight's voice? 4:35 - A Cabin in the Woods-style genre critique? 7:30 - The...
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Aug 30, 2013 Andrew Johnson, Monica Castillo
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You know it's gonna be a good episode when Monica starts dusting off her sociology textbooks. In Part 2 of their discussion on You're Next and The World's End, she and Andrew dive into all the various layers of subtext that exist beneath both films. Is You're Next a critique of the political left? Are Adam Wingard and his filmmaking buddies trying to make a statement about the state of the industry? Is The World's End a critique of Hollywood remake culture? How does it critique free-market...
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Aug 28, 2013 Andrew Johnson, Monica Castillo
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Andrew and Monica are doing something new this week--they're giving you two movie discussions instead of one! In this episode, they give their general thoughts on the home invasion horror film You're Next before moving on to the new comedy from Edgar Wright, The World's End. Which of these films is worth your time to see? Tune in to find out. SHOW NOTES: 0:22 - Intro and clip 3:08 - General thoughts on You're Next 12:00 - General thoughts on The World's End 22:58 - Show close DON'T FORGET: You...
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Aug 21, 2013 Andrew Johnson, Monica Castillo
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Film critic Simon Abrams from RogerEbert.com joins Andrew and Monica to discuss the original Kick-Ass comics and how the film adaptations compare. Does Millar succeed in making a satirical point? Is the film version of Kick-Ass 2 an improvement in any way? What's up with the class warfare allegory? And is Hit Girl an example of a strong female character? Tune in as they try to find the answers to all these questions and much more. Plus, you'll definitely want to hear what Simon pitches for a...
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Aug 19, 2013 Andrew Johnson, Monica Castillo
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In this episode, Andrew and Monica give their general thoughts on the sequel to the adaptation of the comic book Kick-Ass, which followed a normal high school student who decides to become a superhero. Is Kick-Ass 2 an effective follow-up? Tune in to find out. SHOW NOTES: 0:22 - Intro and clip 13:47 - General thoughts 12:28 - Show close DON'T FORGET: You can contact the show by emailing cinemafix@filmgeekradio.com. Thanks for listening!
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Aug 11, 2013 Andrew Johnson, Monica Castillo
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Neill Blomkamp's follow-up to the critically-acclaimed District 9 stars Matt Damon as a working man in the future who decides to take on the wealthiest members of society who live in a space station high above Earth. Does Sharlto Copley make a good villain? Just how exactly does this futuristic government work? And is Matt Damon a hippo or a meerkat? Tune in to find out. SHOW NOTES: 0:22 - Intro and clip 4:09 - General thoughts 11:22 - The character of Kruger 23:45 - Jodie Foster and her...
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Aug 7, 2013 Andrew Johnson, Monica Castillo
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Andrew and Monica discuss the racial politics of Hollywood and how an interesting script can sometimes get lost in the execution in their spoiler-filled analysis of 2 Guns. What's up with Paula Patton's character and her decision to do nudity? How is the relationship her character has with Denzel's one of the more tragic in recent memory? And is the movie's depiction of Mexicans offensive or just a symptom or a larger institutional problem? Tune in to find out. Plus, Hollywood would be wise to...
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Aug 5, 2013 Andrew Johnson, Monica Castillo
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Spoiler: There are more than two guns in this movie. In this episode, Andrew and Monica give their general thoughts on 2 Guns, a new buddy-cop thriller starring Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg. Is there anything fresh here, or is it just the same thing we've seen a million times before? Is it possible to be both? Tune in to find out. SHOW NOTES: 0:22 - Intro and clip 2:39 - General thoughts 10:09 - Show close DON'T FORGET: You can contact the show by emailing cinemafix@filmgeekradio.com....
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Jul 29, 2013 Andrew Johnson, Monica Castillo
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So much of The Wolverine works so well that the parts that don't work well are extra frustrating. In this episode, Andrew and Monica discuss what they liked about the film and then break down the problematic third act beat by beat. Why is the opening scene so effective? How come Yukio disappears so much? Why are people suddenly switching loyalties, and just what was the big conspiracy after all? Tune in to find out. Plus, they examine the mid-credits scene and pitch a few sequels in...
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Jul 28, 2013 Andrew Johnson, Monica Castillo
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In this episode, Andrew and Monica give their spoiler-free thoughts on the latest installment in the X-Men film franchise, The Wolverine. Is it better than his last solo outing? Is the PG-13 rating appropriate? And why does this feel so much different from superhero movies like Iron Man 3 and Man of Steel? Tune in to find out. SHOW NOTES: 0:22 - Intro and clip 2:57 - General thoughts 10:28 - Show close DON'T FORGET: You can contact the show by emailing cinemafix@filmgeekradio.com. Thanks for...
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Jul 23, 2013 Andrew Johnson, Monica Castillo
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In this episode, Charlie Nash from Avenging Angels and Your Magazine Emerson stops by to discuss The Conjuring. Or rather, he drops in to help Monica explain to Andrew why he's wrong. Are "rules" necessary for this sort of horror film? Do its parallel character threads fully mesh together? And just why is it called The Conjuring anyway? Tune in to find out. SHOW NOTES: 0:22 - Intro and clip 3:10 - Charlie's general thoughts 5:20 - Andrew nitpicks the title 7:38 - James...
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Jul 21, 2013 Andrew Johnson, Monica Castillo
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Who needs the Ghostbusters when you've got the Warrens? James Wan's latest horror film The Conjuring is based on a supposedly true story about a real-life haunting and the couple that made a living exorcising demons. Is it as creepy as his previous efforts? Tune in to find out. SHOW NOTES: 0:22 - Intro and clip 3:55 - General thoughts 10:28 - Show close DON'T FORGET: You can contact the show by emailing cinemafix@filmgeekradio.com. Thanks for listening!
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Jul 16, 2013 Andrew Johnson, Monica Castillo
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The epic battle between Jaegers and kaiju is finally here! Guillermo del Toro's Pacific Rim is one of the most highly-anticipated films of the year--at least by geeks online--but is it a fitting entry into his filmography? Does this battle for humanity impress, or is it just as exhausting as all the others we've seen this summer? Tune in to find out. SHOW NOTES: 0:22 - Intro and clip 3:23 - General thoughts 15:46 - Show close DON'T FORGET: You can contact the show by emailing...
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Jul 16, 2013 Andrew Johnson, Monica Castillo
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In this episode, Andrew and Monica discuss what makes Pacific Rim such an enjoyable summer movie and what could have been done to make it even better. How does the action direction distract from the flaws of the script? What's the one major plot hole? Could the emotional arcs have contributed to some of the tension? Tune in to find out. Plus, they give their ideas for a prequel, sequel or franchise cross-over! SHOW NOTES: 0:22 - Intro and clip 3:16 - Fighting through an avatar 5:05 -...
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Jul 4, 2013 Andrew Johnson, Monica Castillo
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Monica is angry. Very angry. In this episode, she and Andrew have a passionate debate about the extent to which good intentions can save a movie that in certain respects, yeah, is pretty racist. How does The Lone Ranger attempt to package a non-mainstream message in a mainstream movie? Is Johnny Depp's Tonto really a racist and damaging depiction of Native Americans? Why is cannibalism a dominant motif? And can Hollywood please give Armie Hammer another chance? Plus, Reboot This! SHOW NOTES:...
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Jul 3, 2013 Andrew Johnson, Monica Castillo
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Hi-Ho Silver, Away! In this episode, Andrew and Monica give their general thoughts on The Lone Ranger. Armie Hammer and Johnny Depp star as the iconic masked hero and his Native American sidekick, respectively. Has director Gore Versinski made another great popcorn movie in the vein of Pirates of the Caribbean? Tune in to find out. SHOW NOTES: 0:22 - Intro and clip 3:49 - General thoughts 11:39 - Show close DON'T FORGET: You can contact the show by emailing cinemafix@filmgeekradio.com. Thanks...
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Jun 29, 2013 Andrew Johnson, Monica Castillo
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In this episode, Andrew and Monica get their degree in the Scare Program at Monsters University! Is Pixar's latest sequel an improvement from their last few offerings? Does it change how one might view Monsters Inc.? And how is it a radical departure from the vast majority of family entertainment? Tune in to find out. Plus, Reboot This! SHOW NOTES: 0:22 - Intro and clip 4:37 - General thoughts 12:12 - Spoilers: The ending 18:30 - Thematically different than most family entertainment 23:57 -...
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Jun 20, 2013 Andrew Johnson, Monica Castillo
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In this episode, Rod Morrow from The Black Guy Who Tips joins Andrew and Monica to debate the merits of Man of Steel. How important is it to have character development along with action? What's up with Clark's dad? Is Zack Snyder improving or getting worse? And is this the worst Lois Lane we've ever seen on the big screen? Plus, a tangential conversation about the nature of film criticism, and you won't believe what everyone pitches in this week's edition of Reboot This! SHOW NOTES: 0:22 -...
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Jun 18, 2013 Andrew Johnson, Monica Castillo
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It's a bird, it's a plane... but is it a good movie? In this episode, Andrew and Monica give some quick spoiler-free thoughts on Zack Snyder's reboot of the Superman film series, Man of Steel. Is this a refreshing new take on the DC superhero? Tune in to find out. SHOW NOTES: 0:22 - Intro and clip 3:16 - General thoughts 12:46 - Show close DON'T FORGET: You can contact the show by emailing cinemafix@filmgeekradio.com. Thanks for listening!
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Jun 13, 2013 Andrew Johnson, Monica Castillo
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In this segment, Andrew and Monica figure out where This Is The End goes right and wrong. Does the religious stuff work? When is rape humor not offensive? Could they be declaring an end to this type of comedy? Tune in to find out. Plus, as always, Reboot This! SHOW NOTES: 0:22 - Intro and clip 3:04 - General thoughts 12:32 - Rape humor, and when/whether it works 19:56 - On penises and how funny they are 23:00 - References to their previous films 28:02 - Craig Robinson and urine 31:28 - Cameos...
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Jun 12, 2013 Andrew Johnson, Monica Castillo
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Seth Rogen, Jay Baruchel, James Franco, Jonah Hill, Craig Robinson and Danny McBride are not exactly who you might want to hang out with during the Apocalypse. But that's the set-up for This Is The End, a new comedy directed by writing team Evan Goldberg and Seth Rogen. Is this movie rapturously good or 100 minutes of hell? Tune in to hear Andrew and Monica give their spoiler-free thoughts. SHOW NOTES: 0:22 - Intro and clip 4:30 - General thoughts 13:53 - Show close DON'T FORGET: You can...
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Jun 3, 2013 Andrew Johnson, Monica Castillo
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In this episode, Andrew and Monica discuss the ways in which After Earth is both Shyamalawful and Shyamalawesome. How bad are the first 20 minutes? Does Jaden Smith have the potential to surpass his father as an actor? How does the film handle its central theme about fear? Tune in to find out. Plus, as always, they figure out how to make a franchise work in Reboot This! SHOW NOTES: 0:22 - Intro and clip 2:39 - The opening 20 minutes 4:46 - The passage of time 6:54 - Holes in the world-building...
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Jun 1, 2013 Andrew Johnson, Monica Castillo
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Director M. Night Shyamalan had a string of hits in the late 90s and early part of the millennium, but his last few offerings have been critically reviled. His latest film is After Earth, which stars Will Smith and Jaden Smith as a father and son in the future who crash land on Earth, which is now inhospitable to humans. It's a tale of survival, but were Monica and Andrew able to survive the 100 minutes it took to sit through it? Tune in to hear their spoiler-free thoughts. SHOW NOTES: 0:22 -...
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May 24, 2013 Andrew Johnson, Monica Castillo
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Vroom vroom! In this episode, Andrew and Monica are joined by EDGE Boston's Jake Mulligan to discuss Fast & Furious 6. Jake claims to be a "connoisseur" of the franchise, so does he think this installment lives up to the ridiculous action insanity of Fast Five? Tune in to find out. SHOW NOTES: 0:06 - An explanation 3:09 - Intro and clip 6:47 - General thoughts 8:53 - Sexism, or appropriate? 13:18 - Plot and action 24:15 - Show close DON'T FORGET: You can contact the show by...
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May 24, 2013 Andrew Johnson, Monica Castillo
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Beam us up! In this episode, Andrew and Monica give their spoiler-free thoughts on the newest installment of the re-imagined Star Trek series, Star Trek Into Darkness. Does J.J. Abrams' sequel live up to the highly-praised 2009 reboot? After all the secrecy, does the villain pay off? Tune in to find out. SHOW NOTES: 0:22 - Intro and clip 3:58 - General thoughts 18:01 - Show close DON'T FORGET: You can contact the show by emailing cinemafix@filmgeekradio.com. Thanks for listening!
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May 24, 2013 Andrew Johnson, Monica Castillo
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Andrew and Monica have a lot to say about Star Trek Into Darkness. In what may be their longest discussion of a single film ever, they talk everything from character arcs to political subtext. What's up with the super-blood? Does the film's race-bending really matter that much? Is the depiction of Carol Marcus sexist and offensive? Are all the references to a previous Trek film really necessary? And just wait until you hear Andrew's epic pitch for the plot of the sequel! SHOW NOTES: 0:22 -...
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May 22, 2013 Andrew Johnson, Monica Castillo
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Hey there, old sport! After an unexpected week-long hiatus, Andrew and Monica are back with a review of Baz Luhrmann's adaptation of The Great Gatsby. This episode isn't split into two parts--there's a brief spoiler-free chat followed by the usual in-depth analysis. Does the film do the novel justice? What's up with the framing device? Is the use of modern music on the soundtrack justified? Tune in to find out. Plus, in Reboot This!, Andrew and Monica do the unthinkable and pitch a sequel to...
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May 7, 2013 Andrew Johnson, Monica Castillo
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You wouldn't like Andrew when he's angry. He really hated Iron Man 3. In this episode, he rants for nearly an hour about everything wrong with the film, while Monica occasionally chimes in to provide perspective. Are the villains compelling? What are the driving themes of the film? Is Pepper developed in a compelling way? Tune in for some passionate thoughts on all these issues and many, many more. And be sure to stick around to hear what ideas they pitch for a remake and a sequel in Reboot...
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May 7, 2013 Andrew Johnson, Monica Castillo
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Summer blockbuster season is officially here! In this episode, Andrew and Monica give their general spoiler-free thoughts on the latest Marvel superhero movie, Iron Man 3. Robert Downey Jr. is back as Tony Stark, who this time finds himself dealing with anxiety attacks and an intimidating new villain known as The Mandarin. After a disappointing second outing, does this recapture the magic of the original? Tune in to find out. SHOW NOTES: 0:22 - Intro and clip 3:47 - General thoughts 14:02 -...
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May 7, 2013 Andrew Johnson, Monica Castillo
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Oh, Michael Bay. When will you learn? In their breakdown of Pain & Gain, Andrew and Monica discuss just how the filmmaker's worst tendencies weaken a strong idea. Why is The Rock's character the only multi-dimensional one? Why does Michael Bay seem to hate so many people? Does the racism, sexism and homophobia actually work as satire in this situation? Is there a way this script could have been salvaged? Tune in to find out. Plus, asteroids and bodybuilding collide in this week's...
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May 5, 2013 Andrew Johnson, Monica Castillo
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There are no Transformers to be found in the latest Michael Bay film, unless we're counting Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson. Is Pain & Gain a return to form for the action auteur, or just another in a long list of disappointments? In this episode, Andrew and Monica give their spoiler-free thoughts. SHOW NOTES: 0:22 - Intro and clip 3:00 - General thoughts 12:02 - Show close DON'T FORGET: You can contact the show by emailing cinemafix@filmgeekradio.com. Thanks for listening!
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Apr 25, 2013 Andrew Johnson, Monica Castillo
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In this episode, Andrew and Monica figure out where Oblivion went right and where it went wrong. How much do great visuals make up for occasional logic gaps? Is there some sort of political or religious allegory lurking beneath the surface? And what's going on with that ending, anyway? Tune in to find out. Plus, they figure out what a sequel might look like as an existentialist meditative drama in Reboot This! SHOW NOTES: 0:22 - Intro and clip 2:57 - Tom Cruise! Lots of Tom Cruise! 7:27 -...
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Apr 24, 2013 Andrew Johnson, Monica Castillo
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It's not every day we see an original big-budget sci-fi movie turn up in theaters. In this episode, Andrew and Monica give their spoiler-free thoughts on Oblivion, the new Tom Cruise vehicle set in a post-apocalyptic future. Is this a step in the right direction? Tune in to find out. SHOW NOTES: 0:22 - Intro and clip 4:13 - General thoughts 13:39 - Show close DON'T FORGET: You can contact the show by emailing cinemafix@filmgeekradio.com. Thanks for listening!
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Apr 19, 2013 Andrew Johnson, Monica Castillo
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Let the disagreement begin! Andrew and Fox have wildly differing opinions on 42, so it's up to Monica to find middle ground. How much does historical accuracy matter? Is Harrison Ford's performance Oscar-worthy? To what extent are broad characterizations okay? Tune in to find out. SHOW NOTES: 0:22 - Intro and clip 3:29 - Educational about Robinson? 7:05 - Great supporting performances 9:47 - Impact on individuals 12:20 - Broad characterizations 19:20 - Pacing and structure, goal (or lack...
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Apr 18, 2013 Andrew Johnson, Monica Castillo
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Fox from the Geek Scholars Movie News podcast stops by to join Andrew and Monica in discussing the new biopic (or is it?) of Jackie Robinson. In this segment, they give their general spoiler-free thoughts. Is it a formulaic sports movie or an informative and entertaining look at one of America's most important athletes? Tune in to find out. SHOW NOTES: 0:22 - Intro and clip 4:10 - General thoughts 15:19 - Show close DON'T FORGET: You can contact the show by emailing cinemafix@filmgeekradio.com....
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Apr 6, 2013 Andrew Johnson, Monica Castillo
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The dead are coming back to life! Oh wait, it's just another remake. In this segment, Andrew and Monica figure out whether the new Evil Dead film is as groovy as it claims to be. Does the infamous "tree rape" scene work well in this version? Does it capture the spirit of the original? Is this new drug element effective? Tune in to find out. SHOW NOTES: 0:22 - Intro and clip 3:04 - Tree rape, possible thematic subtext 9:12 - Difficulties in adapting a classic 11:33 - "I can't...
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Apr 5, 2013 Andrew Johnson, Monica Castillo
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The Evil Dead is a horror classic, but Uruguayan filmmaker Fede Alvarez has helmed a remake that hits the big screen this weekend. It's a dead serious gorefest that has audiences squirming. Does it deserve the acclaim? In this segment, Andrew and Monica give some spoiler-free thoughts on whether this is a fresh take on old material. SHOW NOTES: 0:22 - Intro and clip 4:40 - General thoughts 15:00 - Show close DON'T FORGET: You can contact the show by emailing cinemafix@filmgeekradio.com. Thanks...
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Apr 4, 2013 Andrew Johnson, Monica Castillo
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In this episode, Andrew and Monica figure out if The Rock is enough to save any film. In the second film in the G.I. Joe series, he leads a squad of America’s finest soldiers against the evil forces of Cobra that are bent on world domination. Is Retaliation at least better than The Rise of Cobra? Tune in to find out. SHOW NOTES: 0:22 - Intro and clip 3:06 - General thoughts 13:26 - Show close DON'T FORGET: You can contact the show by emailing cinemafix@filmgeekradio.com. Thanks for listening!
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Apr 4, 2013 Andrew Johnson, Monica Castillo
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In this episode, Andrew and Monica figure out if The Rock is enough to save any film. In the second film in the G.I. Joe series, he leads a squad of America’s finest soldiers against the evil forces of Cobra that are bent on world domination. Is Retaliation at least better than The Rise of Cobra? Tune in to find out. SHOW NOTES: 0:22 - Intro and clip 3:06 - General thoughts 13:26 - Show close DON'T FORGET: You can contact the show by emailing cinemafix@filmgeekradio.com. Thanks for listening!
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Mar 30, 2013 Andrew Johnson, Monica Castillo
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There's so much going on in Spring Breakers that Andrew and Monica barely know where to begin. In this episode, they turn their attention to several of the themes and ideas Harmony Korine seems to be exploring. Is the film's depiction of blackface racist? What does the film seem to be saying about this generation? Does the ending transform it into a tale of feminist empowerment, or does Korine take his objectification of women too far? Tune in to find out. SHOW NOTES: 0:22 - Intro and...
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Mar 27, 2013 Andrew Johnson, Monica Castillo
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Spring Break For-evah! In this episode, Andrew and Monica give their spoiler-free thoughts on Harmony Korine's latest mindtrip, Spring Breakers. James Franco gives one of his weirdest performances ever and icons of innocence are corrupted in this dreamy tone poem of debauchery. Is it worth checking out, or just a more shocking version of Project X? Tune in to find out. SHOW NOTES: 0:22 - Intro and clip 2:50 - General thoughts 12:00 - Show close DON'T FORGET: You can contact the show by emailing...
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Mar 21, 2013 Andrew Johnson, Monica Castillo
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Steve Carell stars as an arrogant magician who finds himself upstaged by a new up-and-comer in the new comedy The Incredible Burt Wonderstone. It also stars Olivia Wilde, Steve Buscemi and Jim Carrey, so what could go wrong? Well, maybe more than you might think. Tune in to find out what Andrew and Monica thought of the film. SHOW NOTES: 0:22 - Intro and clip 3:04 - General thoughts 11:30 - Show close DON'T FORGET: You can contact the show by emailing cinemafix@filmgeekradio.com. Thanks for...
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Mar 21, 2013 Andrew Johnson, Monica Castillo
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In this episode, Andrew and Monica try to figure out why a movie about magic doesn't seem very magical. How does the movie's approach to directing disrespect the profession? Does the ending work? Andrew also reveals he perhaps likes magic more than he should. Plus, the return of Reboot This! SHOW NOTES: 0:22 - Intro and clip 1:58 - Why is Alan Arkin here? 4:50 - A disappointing depiction of magic as an art and profession 10:55 - Explaining how magic tricks are done 14:52 - The funniest scene in...
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Mar 15, 2013 Andrew Johnson, Monica Castillo
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Monica might be away at SXSW, but never fear! We've still got an episode for you. The wonderful Corey Atad drops by to debate the merits of Sam Raimi's pseudo-prequel to The Wizard of Oz. How does it compare to the original? Are its flaws merely the result of poor casting? Are the gender politics sexist? And just how great is China Girl, anyway? Tune in to find out. SHOW NOTES: 0:22 - Intro and clip 3:18 - General spoiler-free thoughts 13:34 - Beginning of spoiler section; Oz as both...
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Mar 6, 2013 Andrew Johnson, Monica Castillo
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It turns out there's more to discuss about Jack The Giant Slayer than it might first appear. In this episode, Andrew and Monica give their spoiler-free analysis of the movie and try to figure out why it feels tonally inconsistent. Did the film really deserve a PG-13 rating? Does the ending reveal a deeper subtext about monarchy and human nature? Why is Jack so stupid? And what's up with those monks, anyway? Tune in to find out. SHOW NOTES: 0:22 - Intro and clip 2:05 - Character...
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Mar 6, 2013 Andrew Johnson, Monica Castillo
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It's been a long time since director Bryan Singer delivered a great film. In this episode, Andrew and Monica give their general thoughts on his latest effort, Jack the Giant Slayer, which reboots the classic fairy tale into a sorta-violent, kinda-adult-but-not-really fantasy epic. Does it work, or is it just a tonal mess? Tune in to find out. SHOW NOTES: 0:22 - Intro and clip 3:10 - General thoughts 12:20 - Show close DON'T FORGET: You can contact the show by emailing...