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Topical current event discussion on the entertainment industry - covering movies, TV and American culture from a rarely heard point of view.

Topical current event discussion on the entertainment industry - covering movies, TV and American culture from a rarely heard point of view.

Location:

United States

Description:

Topical current event discussion on the entertainment industry - covering movies, TV and American culture from a rarely heard point of view.

Language:

English


Episodes

MGR Quarantine Movies epilogue: Listener comments/questions & trivia

5/19/2020
The news now tells us that by next week, every U.S. state will have lifted part(s) of their current quarantine conditions; at the MacGuffin Report, we’re betting more will still be social distancing for some time to come yet – so we hope you’ve found our Quarantine Edition shows useful. This time, an epilogue for co-hosts Raechel Wong and Os Davis to tie up a few loose ends. No movie reviews, but some listener comments/questions on the Indiana Jones movies and bad Bill Murray movies. Plus...

Duration:00:19:41

MGR Quarantine Movies #6 – Cloud Atlas and Tom Hanks movies

5/15/2020
In California and other states, quarantine conditions may be slowing winding down, but we’ll all have more time to kill yet – thus does The MacGuffin Report bring you episode 6, our last regular show within the mini-series Quarantine Movies featuring rewatchable and bingeable movies. And what actor has produced more movies ripe for the re-viewing than Tom Hanks? MacGuffin Report co-hosts Os Davis and Raechel Wong deep-dive into three Hanks movies: Cloud Atlas, That Thing You Do, and A...

Duration:00:35:20

MGR Quarantine Movies #5 – Ghostbusters plus Bill Murray and/or Wes Anderson films

5/13/2020
Social distancing and quarantining are crawling on, so The MacGuffin Report brings you episode 5 in our mini-series Quarantine Movies, featuring excellent films ideal for repeat viewing and for starting movie marathons. In this episode, MacGuffin Report co-hosts Os Davis and Raechel Wong deep-dive into three Bill Murray movies – Ghostbusters, Lost in Translation and The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou – run down Murray’s eminently bingeable filmography and, not incidentally, end up talking...

Duration:00:38:44

MGR Quarantine Movies #4 – Casablanca, Audrey Hepburn, Marx Brothers & classic films

5/6/2020
The social distancing, the quarantining, the time off, the fluctuating numbers of COVID-19 cases – they’re all still happening, so The MacGuffin Report has episode 4 in our mini-series Quarantine Movies, featuring excellent films ideal for repeat viewing and seeds for movie marathons. In this episode, MacGuffin Report co-hosts Os Davis and Raechel Wong travel back through time to exotic locales: They talk the all-time Hollywood flick Casablanca; Roman Holiday and Audrey Hepburn movies; A...

Duration:00:33:06

MGR Quarantine Movies #3 – Four weddings... & Richard Curtis movies

4/29/2020
Yes indeed, we’re still social distancing, still self-quarantining, still running down those streaming options -- The MacGuffin Report brings you a third episode in our limited series on Quarantine Movies, great films and movie-marathon fodder. This time out, MacGuffin Report co-hosts Raechel Wong and Os Davis discuss the movies of screenwriter Richard Curtis, including a deep dive into Four Weddings and a Funeral (spoiler: Andi McDowell’s the problem) plus takes on a pair of more recent...

Duration:00:33:02

MGR Quarantine Movies #2 – Rob Reiner and Jack Nicholson movies

4/25/2020
Still practicing appropriate social distancing, we hope! Just to keep you encouraged, the MacGuffin Report has its second of six episodes featuring Quarantine Movies, great rewatchable films and bingeable series. This time out, MacGuffin Report co-hosts Os Davis and Raechel Wong discuss the movies of Rob Reiner and Jack Nicholson, including deep dives on A Few Good Men and The Princess Bride. And between these two Hollywood alums, we've got 30 movies you'll want to watch – most probably...

Duration:00:20:32

s03e03: What we're watching during the pandemic

4/23/2020
You want recommendations for binge-watching or even one-time views? The MacGuffin Report’s got you covered. MacGuiffin Report co-hosts Raechel Wong, Walter Hong and Os Davis give the lowdown on their adaptation during lockdown, which naturally involves great gobs of viewing. Walter, the bingiest among us, goes deep on his latest favorite Korean drama, Itaewon Class (part of the recent collaborative production scheme of Netflix and JTBC), plus the Viki.com webtoons I’ll Go to You When the...

Duration:00:49:43

MGR Quarantine Movies #1: Indiana Jones and trilogies

4/22/2020
After a month of so of self-quarantine binge-watching, even the most receptive viewing is certainly running out of options. MacGuffins assemble! MacGuffin Report co-hosts Raechel Wong and Os Davis bring you this mini-series full of rewatchable classics and the marathones they may spawn. For episode #1, Raechel and Os take a deep-dive into Steven Spielberg's franchise-creating, megaclassic action-adventure flick Raiders of the Lost Ark, plus brief looks at Indiana Jones & the Temple of Doom...

Duration:00:44:18

s03e02: (Re)watching 1917, Parasite

3/29/2020
Recorded pre-coronavirus, this episode of The MacGuffin Report is devoted to deep dives into a couple of films from 2019: Oscar nominees for Best Picture, 1917 and Parasite. Quarantine gives you a good excuse to watch (or re-watch) this films again. MacGuffin Report co-hosts Walter Hong, Raechel Wong and Os Davis have surprisingly varied takes on last’s year top war epic and the Academy Awards’ biggest surprise in a looooooong time. Among the topics discussed are the problems inherent in...

Duration:00:45:13

s03e01: What should have won at the Oscars?

2/25/2020
The MacGuffin Report returns after celebrating the movie geek's Christmas, i.e. the Academy Awards, a.k.a. the Oscars. Raechel Wong, Walter Hong and Os Davis discuss the films nominated in this year's Best Picture category in the attempt to answer that classic post-Oscars question: What and who *really* should have won the trophies? That's right: The MacGuffins're second guessing the Academy -- and their choices might surprise you. So until next time, the MacGuffin goes to...

Duration:00:49:29

s02e08. Doctor Who and science-fiction movies

10/17/2019
The MacGuffin Report gets spacey (and timey-wimey!) in this episode devoted to science-fiction tv and film. MacGuffin co-hosts Raechel Wong and Walter Hong are shocked about as much as Sigourney Weaver and the gang when that bugaboo tore out of William Hurt’s chest to discover that there’s a television show that Os Davis admits to liking: Doctor Who. At relative levels of knowledge of and devotion to British’s biggest entertainment franchise, the MacGuffins dissect various aspects of Doctor...

Duration:00:58:15

s02e07. Documentaries including Knock Down the House, Free Solo

10/4/2019
The Macguffin Report gets real in this episode, with the focus squarely on documentaries. At front and center are Knock Down the House (currently available on Netflix) and, beginning at about 18:55, Free Solo (Amazon). And at 41:10, it's a free-for-all as co-hosts Rachel Womg, Walter Hong and Os Davis name-drop all their favorite documentaries including the recent pair of Fyre Festival documentaries, Warren Miller's works such as Layered and Endless Summer, Michael Moore's movies, Blood in...

Duration:00:53:43

s02e06. Quentin Tarantino, Once Upon a Time ... in Hollywood and *that* scene

9/25/2019
As Cliff Booth says, “And away we go.” MacGuffin Report co-hosts Raechel Wong, Walter Hong and Os Davis take on Quentin Tarantino, with specific attention on his latest, 9th and ostensibly penultimate film Once Upon a Time ... in Hollywood. The MacGuffins deep-dive into Once Upon a Time spans the talking points, including the generally fantastic acting, the historical retelling, the historical revisionism and, o yes, that Bruce Lee scene. Seriously, the three ask, what’s QT’s problem with...

Duration:00:42:58

s02e05. Toy Story 4, The Umbrella Academy and streaming recommendations

8/28/2019
The MacGuffin Report co-hosts Raechel Wong, Walter Hong and Os Davis break out a great big grab bag of hot takes and opinionating on a few choice pop culture items. At just about 1:00, the MacGuffins review Netflix’s The Umbrella Academy – finally a topic of unanimous agreement! While trashing a series is status quo for os, Walter may have found something he enjoyed less than Roma and Raechel has apparently found a series to confound her outstanding ability to find any socially redeeming...

Duration:00:52:25

s02e04. Talking Fleabag & Britcoms; Deadwood & Westerns

8/14/2019
In this episode, The MacGuffin Report deep dives into two disparate subject matters in American movies, tv and pop culture, namely the relative appeals of the British comedy and the old-timey Western. Co-hosts Raechel Wong, Walter Hong and Os Davis review Fleabug, touching on its handling of mental health issues, emphasis on breaking the fourth wall, and most of all that classic cringiness of British humor. Giving thrown into the reference mix thereafter are classic Britcoms like The...

Duration:00:52:14

s02e03. Asian-American cinema/tv including Always Be My Maybe, Kim’s Convenience

8/7/2019
The MacGuffin Report gives the ol’ Netflix subscription a real workout this week as we review the streaming service’s original production Always Be My Maybe (2019) and the Canadian TV series Kim’s Convenience based on Ins Choi’s 2011 theatrical production of the same name. Whereas MacGuffin Report co-hosts Walter Hong, Raechel Wong and Os Davis typically take pride in their deep dives, they may have outdone themselves this time. Get ready for some serious (and not so serious) analysis of...

Duration:00:51:57

s02e02. John Wick vs Keanuphobia vs action movies

7/30/2019
It’s lights, camera, action movies for the MacGuffin Report in this episode, as co-hosts Raechel Wong, Walter Hong and Os Davis take a deep dive into John Wick 3: Parabellum (2019). As a proper Wickan, Raechel drops a whole lotta information on the film’s preproduction as well as Halle Berry’s dog training and martial arts prep for the film. But is Raechel’s enthusiasm, even combined with Walter’s, enough to overcome Os’s Keanuphobia and convince him to give John Wick (2014)? As always,...

Duration:01:03:37

s02e01. The Beginning of Rom-Coms

7/18/2019
Shazam! The MacGuffin Report is back for another season of takes on American TV, movies and pop culture. This time, co-hosts Walter Hong, Raechel Wong and Os Davis reach back into Hollywoods’s past, to days before the expression “pop culture” was in common parlance; the MacGuffins take a look at 1934’s “It Happened One Night”, the Hollywood standard starring Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert which was released just seven years after the first full-length talkie. A viewing (and reviewing)...

Duration:00:51:10

s01e10. Horror Film Trauma, Irresponsible Movies, Us Review

6/18/2019
The MacGuffin Report digs deep this week into dark recesses of fear and psychological trauma. In episode 10, Walter Hong, Raechel Wong and Os Davis discuss movies, TV and American culture with regard to the rather peculiar phenomenon of horror films. The MacGuffins are thrown a few hardballs in this episode in examining the power of horror movies to cause trauma and the balance between irresponsible filmmaking and responsible viewing. Walter in particular demonstrates some fine amateur...

Duration:00:39:53

e01s09. Happy 80th Birthday, Batman!

5/29/2019
Na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, Batman! The MacGuffin Report wishes Batman a happy 80th birthday with a 100% Bat-filled episode 9. As always, Raechel Wong, Os Davis and Walter Hong discuss movies, TV and American culture, but this time it’s all through the lens of that iconic pulp character. The MacGuffins take a look at Batman in comics, television and film. The three kick around the relative merits of the Bat’s nine movies, with special emphasis on Adam West’s 1966...

Duration:00:34:28