Two Geek Soup: The Handmaid’s Tale

20 Jul

In this episode, John and Marilette discuss season one of The Handmaid’s Tale.

Listen to “Ep. 21 “You can’t ‘clean up’ human nature”” on Spreaker.

The MTOL Top 50: Singin’ in the Rain

19 Jul

In this minisode, Tyler and Josh discuss Stanley Donen and Gene Kelly’s musical masterpiece Singin’ in the Rain.

The Towering Inferior, by Bob Connally

17 Jul

As I write this it is 30 years to the day since the release of the definitive shoot ‘em up action movie, Die Hard. Anyone who remembers the period between its release on July 15, 1988 and the arrival of The Matrix 11 years later is well aware of the effect that John McTiernan’s masterpiece (yes, I’m going to use that word) had on action cinema for the next decade. Seemingly every American action movie of the ‘90s was “Die Hard in/on a blank.” Even 1990’s Die Hard 2: Die Harder was a shameless knockoff of its predecessor, only set at an airport. Perhaps this is why putting Die Hard style movies on a plane was such a popular choice (Passenger 57, Executive Decision, Turbulence, Con Air, Air Force One, etc.). There was also a bus (Speed), a ship (Under Siege), a hockey arena (Sudden Death), and even Alcatraz (The Rock), and that doesn’t even come close to naming all of them. So pervasive was this trend that it gave birth to one of my favorite may or may not be true Hollywood stories. It is the tale of a man who sometime during the ‘90s pitched an action film premise as, “It’s like Die Hard…in a building!” Now 30 years later, long after the trend has died we get Skyscraper which is like Die Hard…in a building… A really tall building… thaaaat’s… on fire! Yeah, that’s it!

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The Fear of God: Predator

17 Jul

In this episode, Reed and Nathan discuss John McTiernan’s Predator.

Episode 213: Avengers: Infinity War

12 Jul

In this episode, Tyler and Reed discuss the Russo Brothers’ Avengers: Infinity War.

Too Little, Too Late, by Tyler Smith

12 Jul

Peyton Reed’s Ant-Man and the Wasp is a pleasant enough diversion, with some clever sequences, but never really adds up to anything more than a placeholder within the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Perhaps that’s okay, though. With the weight of everything that has been going on in the MCU, maybe a light, effects-heavy romp is just what the doctor ordered. Certainly, one of the interesting elements of this franchise is that we can have different tones from one film to another, with the Captain America films feeling notably different than the Guardians of the Galaxy movies, for example. However, ten years in and we’ve been trained to understand that everything affects everything else and that no hero, regardless of how isolated he may seem, is ever truly alone. So while Ant-Man and the Wasp is often a very amusing film – sometimes downright funny – it’s hard to reconcile it with the current tone of the larger franchise. And so the feel of the film is somewhat diminished and I found myself adopting a fatalistic mindset, wondering what the point of all this is, knowing what we do about the larger universe.

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The Fear of God: Jaws

10 Jul

In this episode, Reed and Nathan discuss Steven Spielberg’s Jaws.

The MTOL Top 50: The Princess Bride

5 Jul

In this minisode, Tyler and Reed discuss Rob Reiner’s The Princess Bride.

The Fear of God: Rope

3 Jul

In this episode, Reed and Nathan discuss Alfred Hitchcock’s Rope. 

Episode 212: with special guest Paul Walter Hauser

28 Jun

In this episode, Tyler is joined by actor Paul Walter Hauser to discuss his faith and career.