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The Fear of God: The Purge

5 Jun

In this episode, Nathan and Reed discuss James DeMonaco’s The Purge.

Recognition, by Bob Connally

3 Jun

“The brains of people are more interesting than the looks, I think.” – Hedy Lamarr, 1990

One of the fascinating aspects of loving movies from Hollywood’s “Golden Age” is noticing how certain stars of the past are widely remembered today while others go largely forgotten, even if they were huge in their time. Even people who have never seen a Katherine Hepburn movie could probably tell you she was a popular actress of the 20th century. It’s likely they’ll have at least heard of Bringing Up Baby or Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner. Throughout the 1940s, Hedy Lamarr was considered by a great many people to be “the most beautiful woman in the world.” However, films such as Algiers, Boom Town, Ziegfeld Girl, and Dishonored Lady are really only known today by the most dedicated classic film aficionados. Lamarr herself is no longer widely known as a classic film star. But based on Alexandra Dean’s new documentary, Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story, the Austrian woman born Hedwig Kiesler would probably be delighted to know that she is now remembered for something far bigger. Something for which she was denied recognition during her lifetime.

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Two Geek Soup: Spider-Man: Homecoming

2 Jun

In this episode, John and Chad discuss Jon Watts’ Spider-man: Homecoming.

Listen to “Ep. 16 “That’s stupid and too obvious, even for this show”” on Spreaker.

The Fear of God: Creep

29 May

In this episode, Reed and Nathan discuss Patrick Brice’s Creep.

By The Numbers, by Reed Lackey

25 May

Star Wars as a franchise seems to have a complicated relationship with telling the beginnings of stories. The highly divisive and frequently maligned prequels to the original trilogy remain the low bar by which all other entries in the franchise are measured. It’s even riskier, then, for the franchise to begin to tell even more “stories-before-the-stories” with their recent entry Rogue One, and the latest installment: Solo.

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The Fear of God: Oculus

22 May

In this episode, Reed and Nathan discuss Mike Flanagan’s Oculus.

Maximum Effort, by Bob Connally

22 May

Two years ago much was made about the surprisingly massive success of Deadpool. Many attributed it to the film being a highly irreverent and decidedly R-rated superhero comedy that subverted expectations. This somewhat reductive view made me concerned that we would begin to be inundated with knockoffs made by people who didn’t really understand just what it was that made Deadpool work. I could practically hear studio heads saying, “A superhero who swears a lot and makes pop culture references?! That’s gold, baby! We gotta get us one of those!”

On top of that, Deadpool wasn’t even the first highly irreverent, decidedly R-rated superhero comedy that subverted expectations. It wasn’t even the first this decade. Both Kick-Ass and Super (which was directed by a pre-Guardians of the Galaxy James Gunn) had gone that route relatively recently. What made Deadpool special and such a wildly funny and entertaining movie was the passion and personality that star Ryan Reynolds brought to it.

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The Fear of God: Happy Death Day

15 May

In this episode, Reed and Nathan discuss Christopher Landon’s Happy Death Day.

The Fear of God: The Lottery

8 May

In this episode, Reed and Nathan discuss Shirley Jackson’s short story The Lottery.

Two Geek Soup: Guardians of the Galaxy, vol. 2

3 May

In this episode, John and Jeff discuss James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy, vol. 2.

Listen to “Ep. 15 “It’s too bad he’s just on an asteroid now and not a planet”” on Spreaker.