Episode #150 – Spider- Man: Into The Elseworlds Crossover

The guys have been busy with Holiday Shenanigans but still have time to talk to you about all the week’s entertainment news!

They’ve got stories like:

  • Mortal Engines set to lose $100m
  • Biggest flops/hits of 2018
  • Benicio del Toro joins Dora the Explorer?
  • Timeless finale promo
  • Stargirl casts Hourman, Starman and Wildcat
  • Letterman’s talk show renewed
  • Apple licenses Peanuts
  • More casting for The Mandalorian
  • James Wan not contracted for Aquabro 2
  • Netflix heroes are under contract for 2 years after their cancellation
  • The Elseworlds Crossover was good!

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Weekend Watch – 12/14/18

Welcome to the Weekend Watch. Where we try to point you towards the best ways to spend your viewing time (or, at least, steer you clear of the garbage).


Wide Release

Spider-Man Into The Spider-Verse

Loren: I legitimately wanted to watch this again right after seeing it on Tuesday. It’s so good.  Rick (who couldn’t make it this week) wanted to add: Dramatic (but fairly accurate) recreation of the crowd at the end of the screening Loren, The Lady, AJ, and I attended:  

Seriously. Arguably the best Spider-Man movie. 10/10.

RDT: Having serious FOMO here given a few of my cohorts already saw it. My weekend is pretty packed, but I will definitely try to see this sooner than later. It looks like an Amazing Spider-Man movie.

The Lady™: I cannot recommend this movie enough. I only know the basics about Spiderman (I’m an X-Men girl) and I still loved the absolute shit out of it.

Jen: This looks like a lot of fun – the scene from this movie that played after Venom was, by far, the best part of Venom. If I sat through that in the theater I can at least give this a chance. 

The Mule

Loren: I actually liked Gran Torino but hated his weird 2012 Superb Owl spot for Chrysler. I guess what I’m saying is I don’t care about old man, gravel voiced Clint Eastwood.

RDT: I’m super hit and miss with Clint. That being said, I am intrigued by this. And reviews are decent on Rotten Tomatoes (61% as of this typing). So, I’ll keep it on the radar.

The Lady™: The only way I’d watch this is if they did a shot for shot remake with Bill Hader playing Clint Eastwood.

Jen: There’s a great cast here (Michael Pena, Bradley Cooper, Dianne Wiest, Laurence Fishburne) but it seems like they all play second fiddle to Clint Eastwood. And I… just don’t love Clint Eastwood. I’m sort of over him and his gruff old guy trying to make amends for a life of bad decisions. I would be into this same movie if it were the story of his long suffering wife, though, a more original spin on this.

If Beale Street Could Talk

Loren: That looks like a powerful love story. So powerful in fact that I might search this one out. I am a little curious as to why they used the vocal track from the Fugees version of ‘Killing Me Softly’ instead of Roberta Flack’s but that’s the nitest of picks.

RDT: I thought Moonlight was great (though I would have intercut the 3 sections). So, I’m hoping to catch this in a screening or maybe borrow a screener.

The Lady™: That costuming alone would be totally worth the price of admission.

Jen: I’ve heard nothing but wonderful words about this and, frankly, Regina King is a gift to we mere mortals, I’m definitely checking this one out. Continue reading

Avengers: Endgame Teaser Trailer!!!

I’m not going to fully break this down until we get the story trailer. (Boooooo!!!!! I know). BUT there are some awesome things to pull out of this teaser.

First it’s official. Thanos wiped out 50% of all living organisms in the galaxy.

Next. RONIN!!!!! I can’t help but hope that this leads to a Hawkeye TV show based on Matt Fractions run a few years back streaming on Disney+ down the line.

Lastly it’s good to see that Scott Lang made it out of the Quantum Realm and just might be the key to stopping Thanos and if rumors are true… time travel.

It’s going to be a long four and a half months!

Avengers: Endgame hits theaters April 26th, 2019.

From Hollywood,

Weekend Watch – 12/07/18

Welcome to the Weekend Watch. Where we try to point you towards the best ways to spend your viewing time (or, at least, steer you clear of the garbage).


Wide Release

Ben Is Back

Loren: This one feels a little all over the place to me, but it most likely has some pretty good performances in it.

RDT: I’m intrigued. It’s been a while since I’ve seen a nice, adult drama. I doubt I’ll catch it in the theaters, but I’ll keep it on the radar.

Rick: There’s a lot going on here. It reminds me of Rachel Getting Married (2008) but with the added wrinkle of drug dealers. Honestly, that bit feels unnecessary. You could wring enough drama out of everything else going on in this movie. Call it a maybe.

Jen: Is this gender-swapped version of Beautiful Boy?

Mary Queen of Scots


RDT: I like Loren’s link better.

Rick: Oh yeah. Definitely.

Jen: Gimme, gimme, gimme!

Vox Lux

Loren: This is examples A, B, and C of why Natalie Portman should never get near another genre film. Do these. You excel at them and they clearly feed your passion.

RDT: I thought she was pretty good in Annihilation. As for this, looks weird. Not sure it’s my cup o’ tea, but I’ll give it a shot.

Rick: Oh, good. I’m not the only one who liked Annihilation. Also, I’m in for this. (For the record I liked Annihilation I just didn’t really consider it a genre film even though it totally is. – Loren)

Jen: I’ve watched this trailer a dozen times in the past week, I can’t wait! Natalie Portman looks great, it looks like a perfect double feature with A Star is Born, similar stories but told very differently.

Limited Release

The Party’s Just Beginning

Loren: I like Karen Gillan. I’m interested to see how her writing/directing chops stack up. I’d say I’m cautiously optimistic about this one.

RDT: I like Karen Gillan, too. But this just seems like it’s trying a little too hard. That being said, because of her, I’ll still give it a shot…..eventually.

Rick: I saw a short Karen Gillan wrote and directed a couple of years ago called Conventional (it’s on the YouTubes if you’re curious – https://youtu.be/oIWRI1g_NFE). It’s simple, but really effective horror. I’m anxious to see what she does with a bigger story and canvas to play with.

Jen: I would give this one a shot, if only for the accents. Karen Gillan is talented, no doubt, but will it translate to this bleak-looking black comedy?

The Tag Along: Devil Fish

Loren: Now I can use this as an excuse not to go fishing. Thanks movie!

RDT: Loren, I think I’ll…..tag along…..with you and also not go fishing (or watch this movie).

Rick: I know this isn’t a comedy, but I was laughing for the entirety of that trailer. It’s like they took some of the weirdest 70s Hong Kong black magic movies and cranked them up to 11. I want to see this just to find out how bananas it is. Also, apparently there are two more Tag Along movies, and this one is a prequel. I may need to track the other two down and marathon them. RIP my brain.

Jen: RDT – NO! Bad! Go think about what you’ve done

Swimming With Men

Loren: I like Rob Brydon but I don’t know that I need to watch an entire movie about the British Men’s Synchronized Swimming Team. I’ll just stick to panel shows he’s on.

RDT: I get real Commitments vibes from this. Not sure if that’s a good thing or not.

Rick: I rolled my eyes at the punny mid-trailer pull quote “A Splash Hit!”. Here’s one for you: It’s a Belly Flop!


Ruben Brandt, Collector

Loren: The new season of Bojack Horseman is CRAZY! Joking aside this looks so weird that it comes back around to awesome for me. I’ll search this one out.

RDT: This looks so weird that I’ll likely never see it.

Rick: The faces are a little off-putting, but I like the story. I’ll give it a whirl.

Jen: Well, you can’t say that nothing original is being produced. That is… something.

Mumbai Pune Mumbai 3

Loren: Nope.

RDT: I never saw the first two….

Rick: Negatory.

Jen: I already lived the pregnancy tropes and jokes. It wasn’t that colorful or song-filled.


Loren: Oof that looks pretty bad. It feels like it just hits every one of those “Hide the Cash, Come Back for it Later” thriller tropes. I actually like most of the people in the cast too, but this just looks so poorly made. Sorry movie, it’s gonna be a no from me.

RDT: I feel like I’ve seen this before….pass.

Rick: Ehhh. No thanks.



Loren: Might’ve been a fun concept if it looked even just the tiniest bit better. As it stands this looks to be at about the $5 bargain DVD bin at Walgreens level of movie.

RDT: A decent concept that deserves better attention,

Rick: It’s the Uncredibles! Pass.

Jen: Good idea, good cast, mediocre end product.

Divide and Conquer: The Story of Roger Ailes

Loren: Fuck Roger Ailes.

RDT: What Loren said.

Rick: I kind of think this guy might be the Devil, or at least in cahoots with him.

Jen: I might have to hold my nose and watch this. Know thy enemy.



Russell Brand Re:Birth

Loren: I’m not normally all that into Brand’s work, but that bit got a laugh out of me. If I’m up for it I’ll give this a shot.

RDT: I laughed.

Rick: I’ve never been a fan of Brand. I’m okay skipping this.

Jen: I, too, laughed and was surprised by it. I’ll give this one a watch.


Loren: That’s not for me necessarily, but could be cute. I’m sure the audience is there for it.

RDT: Shades of Drop Dead Gorgeous, but I liked it. If I ever catch up on other Netflix stuff, I’ll give it a watch.

Rick: This looks pretty good. If I need something light I’ll give it a go.

Jen: Luckily my husband is out of town for work, so a bowl of popcorn and I are watching this ASAP.

Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle

Loren: I’m sure Andy Serkis’ mo-cap is phenomenal but I don’t need another live action telling of the Jungle Book. It’s not a story I need to see in multiple facets.

RDT: Again, what Loren said.

Rick: I’ve been sour on Andy Serkis since he shit all over the VFX artists who have basically made his career viable. Even if I thought this had merit (I don’t), I wouldn’t bother to give it my time.

Jen: Yep, this looks like a fine version, but I’ve had my Jungle Book fill for the moment.

Nailed It! Holiday

Loren: I never got into Nailed It! but this could be a lot of fun. If I run out of TV during the Holiday (HA!) then maybe I’ll check into this.

RDT: I love good baking competition shows. I’m all set with this.

Rick: Baking shows are not my scene.


Neo Yokio: Pink Christmas

Loren: ??? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ ???

RDT: I’ll start by saying the usual “not an anime fan.” But if I was, I still feel like I’d be confused.

Rick: I watch my fair share of anime, and was interested in this when the first season debuted. Then I read the reviews, few of which were positive. Given all the other anime I’m trying to catch up on, I think I’ll skip this.

Jen: I, um, I think I’m going to watch this. As we know, I’m not generally and Anime fan, but this is so out there that I can’t resist giving it a watch just to see if I can figure it out.

Pine Gap: Season 1

Loren: Is there a contentious truce between The US and Australia that I didn’t know about? This show looks cheap. Like Christopher Eccleston 9th Doctor cheap. I doubt I’ll bother.

RDT: Too much tv.

Rick: I think I’d watch this if it were a two hour movie. I’m less interested in it as a series.

Jen: A little presumptuous calling it “Season 1,” aren’t they? Although with Netflix, anything can have a season 2 or more. See next entry.

The Ranch: Part 6

Loren: I love you Elisha Cuthbert (And Sam Elliott) but there’s nothing that’s going to get me to watch this show.

RDT: I love you Dax Shepard (he’s in this now, right?) but there’s also nothing for me that’ll make me watch this show.

Rick: Daredevil, the fourth most popular show in Netflix, has been cancelled. Yet this low-hanging fruit is still on. Bleh.

Jen: I love you Sam Elliott’s mustache, but there’s nothing that’s going to get me to watch this show either.


Into The Dark: Pooka!

Loren: I really liked the concept of Into The Dark when it first dropped but I haven’t watched a single one and they all look kinda shitty.

RDT: I will pass, thanks.

Rick: I can’t top Jen’s response.

Jen: Let’s just take a moment to review that flyer at the beginning, ACTOR WANTED, Casting Call in Hollywood? Two question marks after ‘are you ready for the part that will change your life’? Could it be any more cheaply made (did they use Print Shop for this project?) or vague? Any idiot who responds to this deserves whatever demon doll/furry suit they get.


The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel – Season 2

Loren: I kept meaning to watch Season 1 and then… *gestures at everything* the whole Amazon of it all. I’ll binge these back to back soon.

RDT: This is a show I desperately need to catch up on. Sooner than later.

Rick: This turned out to be one of my favorite shows last year. I’m so glad it’s back.

Jen: You bet your sweet bippy.



Loren: Jesus. That looks intense and incredibly well acted by such a young kid. Color me intrigued to say the least.

RDT: Even though there’s a lot of reading, I liked that trailer. Once I get HBO back, I’ll give it a watch.

Rick: Timely and super intense. I think I still have HBO. *checks Hulu account* Yes. I do. I haven’t watched it since Sharp Objects came out, but I’m still shelling out for it.

Jen: Wow. This feels like a film filled with rage and sadness but I will watch.


Counterpart: Season 2

Loren: I heard this show was very good but I don’t have Starz and didn’t watch season 1. You all know what that means at this point.

RDT: I heard season 1 was great. But….what Loren said.

Rick: I was interested when the first season dropped but, you know, not paying for Starz. Still not paying for Starz, but this still looks solid.

Jen: I DO have Starz now (thank you Outlander and Amazon) so maybe I’ll utilize that to check this out. JK Simmons is awesome. Two JK Simmons’s is doubly awesome.

So that’s your upcoming weekend in review. Let us know what you saw, liked and/or hated.

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–Loren, RDT, Rick, and Jen

Weekend Watch – 11/30/18

Welcome to the Weekend Watch. Where we try to point you towards the best ways to spend your viewing time (or, at least, steer you clear of the garbage).


Wide Release

Anna and the Apocalypse

Loren: That’s at least one too many genres. Like most everyone else I’m pretty Zombied out. I like that when my friends made an Apocalypse Movie, it was just the end of the world no Zombies in sight.

RDT: Jen, Rick and Loren covered it. I’m all set with zombies, musical or otherwise.

Rick: Ugh. So burned out on zombies. If you must have some zombie-related entertainment, throw on V/H/S 2 and skip to the second segment, “A Ride in the Park”. It’s a clever (and darkly funny) exercise in both the found footage and zombie genres.

Jen: Too many zombies!

Limited Release


Loren: I haven’t really been into Anime since college but this gives me total Studio Ghibli vibes, and that’s a really good thing. If it pops up streaming at some point I’ll give it a go.

RDT: Anime? More like aniyou!!! (I’m so, so sorry…..)

Rick: Yep. In. This also reminded me I still need to watch Wolf Children.

Jen: Too much anime!

Meow Wolf: Origin Story

Loren: I feel like this is something I’d much rather experience than watch a doc about.

RDT: For some reason, this makes me want to go back to the Museum of Ice Cream. **shrugs**

Rick: I’m with Loren. I’d rather make the pilgrimage out there and experience the art first hand.

Jen: I suppose if it’s good enough for George RR Martin, it’s good enough for me to check out at least. Continue reading

Weekend Watch – 11/21/2018

Welcome to the Weekend Watch. Where we try to point you towards the best ways to spend your viewing time (or, at least, steer you clear of the garbage).


Wide Release

Creed II

Loren: I should probably watch some Rocky movies before this. (I know, I know).

RDT: This is the sequel I’ll be seeing this weekend.

Rick: I’m a little skeptical, honestly. This has the potential to wind up like the lesser Rocky sequels. I’m hoping it maintains the tone set by the first movie. *fingers crossed*

Jen: It’s going to be a strong slate of movies this Thanksgiving, isn’t it? I’m so curious how they handle the Drago return, I can’t wait to see Michael B. Jordan’s body this film.

Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2

Loren: The first was cute enough but I’m not sure I need to rush out to the theater for this sequel.

RDT: The gamer in me wishes they went to consoles before diving into the internet. But still, I enjoyed the first one, a lot. So, I’ll keep this on the radar.

Rick: I enjoyed the first one and this one looks just as fun. I rarely see animated movies in the theater anymore, though. This’ll be a Saturday afternoon on the couch experience.

Jen: Another great looking sequel. In! What is happening this week?

Robin Hood

Loren: I’m kinda into this for some reason. Like, I know it won’t be good but maybe it will be. It won’t. But maybe…

RDT: Everything I do, I do it for you…. except probably seeing this movie.

Rick: I feel like this is going to be at the quality level of the recent King Arthur movie no one was asking for. Props to Taron Egerton for actually learning archery for the role, though.

Jen: Ah, well, can’t win ‘em all. Although, even this re-tread of a re-tread doesn’t look terrible. But sorry Jamie Foxx, you’ll have to hold off on that boat. Continue reading

Episode #146 – Crazy Dope

The guys head back to the Hollywood Fishbowl to talk all the Entertainment News from the week. They’ve got stories like:

  • Detective Pikachu Trailer
  • Full Dumbo Trailer
  • A24 producing movies for Apple
  • Chris Pratt in talks to play The Saint
  • William Goldman passes away
  • Stan Lee passes away at 95
  • Agents of SHIELD renewed for 7th season ahead of season 6
  • NBC adapting The Bone Collector
  • Jon Cryer is our new Lex Luthor… for some reason
  • Elseworlds Crossover promos/info
  • Jack Reacher being redeveloped as a series
  • Young Justice Outsiders teaser, will debut Jan. 4th 2019 Apokolips will be involved
  • Criterion streaming service will replace Filmstruck
  • Sony pulls out of E3 2019
  • Pedro Pascal is The Mandalorian, Gina Carano joins the cast
  • Amazon Prime users get to see Aquaman early
  • Cassandra Cain cast in Birds of Prey
  • The Flash movie, that’s never going to happen, is going to be crazy-dope
  • Just like the rest of us, Oscar Isaac was not a fan of Apocalypse
  • Travis Knight rumored for Guardians 3

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Weekend Watch – 11/16/18

Welcome to the Weekend Watch. Where we try to point you towards the best ways to spend your viewing time (or, at least, steer you clear of the garbage).


Wide Release

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald

Loren: It’s not getting the best early buzz but I’m in for this. I actually enjoyed the first one of these and if nothing else want to see where the story is going. Plus, you guys know I love me some world building so this is right up my alley. The one thing I wish they did was recast Johnny Depp. The character is a shapeshifter, it would have been so easy!

RDT: I love me some Potter-verse. Hell, I’ve declared that if I ever have twin boys, I’m naming then Fred and George. But still, I just can’t get into this new franchise. I didn’t love the last one. And nothing about the trailers for this one has intrigued me.

Rick: Not being a tremendous HP fan, I had little interest in these movies from the get-go. Given that they’re getting mediocre to bad reviews, I’m okay skipping them.

Jen: The first time I watched the initial FB offering, I fell asleep. I gave it another shot and while it dragged in the beginning, I got into it toward the end and really loved some of the characters they’ve created (Queenie is my spirit animal). If nothing else, like Loren, I want to see where it goes.


Loren: There’s a shitload of talent behind this and I do like a good heist movie. Here’s to hoping it actually pulls it off. Tentatively in on this one for sure.

RDT: I’m super in for this. Probably not this weekend. I have some old apartment cleaning to do. But sooner than later, I’ll check it out.

Rick: I love me a good heist movie, and I love that Steve McQueen (Hunger, 12 Years a Slave) is taking a crack at a genre picture. Very much in.

Jen: That’s a heck of a lot of talent there. I would absolutely watch these ladies pull off a heist. Is it wrong that I’m hoping for a flashback sexy scene with Liam Neeson and Viola Davis? Hot!

Instant Family

Loren: This is probably saccharine sweet but I’ll never find out. You know, because of the *fart noise* of it all.

RDT: Looks harmless enough.

Rick: Hardest of nopes.

Jen: This looks like it’s probably sweet but I don’t need to give Mark Wahlberg any more of my money. Continue reading

Episode #145 – Money! with special guest host Rick!

Ryan had some real life stuff to take care of so Rick jumped in to help and don’t worry he’s just as verbose! The guys had a ton of stuff to cover this week with stories like:

  • Chris McKay will direct live action Johnny Quest reboot
  • Next Kingsman is confirmed to be a prequel, Taron Egerton not involved
  • Greg Berlanti tapped to direct Rock Hudson biopic
  • Will Ferrell to star in Prince of Fashion for Amazon Studios, Gus Van Sant will direct
  • Jessica Henwick joins Godzilla vs. Kong
  • John Boyega & Leticia Wright cast in Hold Back the Stars
  • Universal is rebooting Shrek & Puss n’ Boots
  • Night of the Living Dead sequel is being made
  • Willy Wonka is getting a prequel
  • The Color Purple is going to be a musical movie
  • All the people are back for The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard
  • Bill Hader really wants FilmStruck to stick around (and so do thousands of other people)
  • It took 46 years, but we’re getting an Aretha Franklin doc
  • Sorority Girl Who Saved Your Life going to series
  • Brooklyn 99 season 6 set to premiere on January 10, 2019
  • Fox is re-re-re-adapting War of the Worlds
  • CW picked up some shows I bet neither one of you watch for full season
  • Kelly Ripa takes guest starring role on Riverdale Season 3
  • Tyler Hoechlin reveals Superman & Lois Lane from Elseworlds
  • Jeremy Irons is an older Ozymandias & Jean Smart is Agent Blake in the HBO Watchmen series
  • Post-Breaking Bad movie to start shooting soon
  • 1985’s Explorers is coming to TV
  • Rashida Jones making a sitcom for AMC
  • Deadwood movie is finally shooting. It’s only been 12 years.
  • AMC won’t let Rick Grimes die, plans three Walking Dead movies with the character
  • The new Disney streaming service is called Disney+ and it will premiere in late 2019.
  • Disney looking to further invest in Hulu
  • Hulu orders Kat Dennings series Dollface
  • Veronica Mars series keeps casting people
  • Satanists are suing Netflix and the makers of Sabrina
  • Apparently Lionsgate thinks we need an Orange is the New Black sequel series
  • Pacific Rim and Altered Carbon anime shows are coming to Netflix
  • Michelle Yeoh might get her own spinoff from Star Trek: Discovery
  • Red Dead 2 sold more copies in 12 days than the original did in seven years
  • Cassian Andor show confirmed for Disney+
  • Aquaman is ready for theaters
  • Loki show confirmed for Disney+
  • Avengers 4 is three hours long

All of that, a HUGE Weekly Watched, and a bunch of the tangents you know and love!

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Weekend Watch – 11/09/18

Welcome to the Weekend Watch. Where we try to point you towards the best ways to spend your viewing time (or, at least, steer you clear of the garbage).


Wide Release

The Girl in the Spider’s Web

Loren: I’ve never watched any of the Lisbeth movies. Originals or American remakes. I feel like I should start with those first. That said this looks like so many other vigilante movies. Meh?

Rick: I’m in for this. Maybe this will finally push me into watching the expanded versions of the original trilogy.

Jen: I feel like I’m over the Lisbeth Salander saga, but Claire Foy is awesome so I’m willing to check this out, but I’ve lowered my expectations.

The Grinch

Loren: No, thanks. I’m good with the original 60s animated version.

Rick: ButWhy.gif

Jen: Why does this exist, exactly?


Loren: Damnit Jen! The video game thing was going to be my take on this. Conversely though, I would play this game and now maybe I’m going to download Wolfenstein.

Rick: I have zero interest in this movie. Can we stop with the zombies already? Please, I beg of you, horror filmmakers. Try something new. Or at least something we haven’t seen in a while. Like vampires. Or werewolves. Or fucking insect people. Just something that isn’t a zombie.

Jen: This feels strongly like a video game and not a movie. And not a game I’d want to play. Continue reading