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The First Run is a weekly podcast featuring lively, spirited talk about film. We'll be discussing a wide variety of films including new releases, lost classics and perhaps a controversial opinion or two. So come join us for some animated conversation, that only occasionally devolves into rudimentary chimp-like poop throwing.

The First Run is a weekly podcast featuring lively, spirited talk about film. We'll be discussing a wide variety of films including new releases, lost classics and perhaps a controversial opinion or two. So come join us for some animated conversation, that only occasionally devolves into rudimentary chimp-like poop throwing.

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The First Run is a weekly podcast featuring lively, spirited talk about film. We'll be discussing a wide variety of films including new releases, lost classics and perhaps a controversial opinion or two. So come join us for some animated conversation, that only occasionally devolves into rudimentary chimp-like poop throwing.

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@TheFirstRun

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203-606-8631


Episodes

TFR Ep. 576: Halloween Kills, Tetsuo: The Iron Man, 5 Favorite Michael Myers Kills

10/22/2021
This week on The First Run, Chris and Matt don their bleached Bill Shatner masks and settle for the highest kill count for any Michael Myers film with, ‘Halloween Kills’. And brother does it ever. But does a high body count translate to a good film? Then the Body Horror Marathon continues with Japanese cult classic, ‘Tetsuo: The Iron Man’. What would you do if you hit a guy with your car that was obsessed with transforming his body with various metal objects and so much worse? How bad could...

Duration:00:43:02

TFR Ep. 575: No Time To Die, Rabid, 5 Best Bond Gadgets

10/15/2021
This week on The First Run, Chris’ long wait for the Daniel Craig’s final outing as James Bond is over as after multiple delays, ‘No Time To Die’ is finally here. Matt saw it too. After all this time and all the self-imposed hype by Chris, can it possible stand up to his lofty expectations and be the perfect send off for Craig? Then the Body Horror Marathon continues with David Cronenberg’s ‘Rabid’. If you ever wondered what would happen if you were in a bad motorcycle accident and had to be...

Duration:01:00:31

TFR Ep. 574: Venom: Let There Be Carnage, Titane, Tokyo Gore Police, TFR Libs

10/8/2021
This week on The First Run, Chris and Matt check back in with their old buddy Eddie Brock and his symbiotic pal, Venom in ‘Venom: Let There Be Carnage’! With the original being as flawed as it was, does director Andy Serkis right the ship and deliver a superior sequel? Or should we just head to the closest bell tower and be done with it? Chris shares his thoughts on that French horror film where the woman gets impregnated by a car. Is ‘Titane’ one of the best films of the year?!? Then our...

Duration:00:52:36

TFR Ep. 573: Copshop, The Empty Man, 5 Horror Double Features

10/1/2021
This week on The First Run, the bois chat about 'CopShop’. Gerard Butler and an almost unrecognizable Frank Grillo glare it up and make threats in this tough guy action-crime film. Then we kick-off the spooky season with ‘The Empty’ Man," a horror film that hits many different genre beats and ends up in a place completely different from where it started. Do we have an undiscovered horror cult classic in the making? We just might, gentle listeners. We just might. As always, Chris tells you...

Duration:00:52:20

TFR Ep. 572: Cry Macho, Karen, Who Dat?!?

9/24/2021
This week on The First Run, Chris and Matt discuss ‘Cry Macho’, as a now 91 year old Clint Eastwood directs and stars in this neo-Western, but has he aged out of the role? Then BET presents ‘Karen’. A horror film for our times? A misguided cry for action? Or a camp classic? There’s the thrilling review of the big releases on Physical Media, featuring the Streaming and Straight to DVD Picks of the Week. Matt and Chris then close out the show with another round of everyone’s favorite...

Duration:01:10:59

TFR Ep. 571: Malignant, Kate, 5 Favorite James Wan Scenes

9/17/2021
This week on the big show, Chris and Matt discuss James Wan's return to the horror genre, "Malignant." Is this the body horror-Giallo-80's-Euro Horror mash-up that EVERYbody has been clamoring for all these years or is this a case of too many ingredients spoiling the stew? Then our mini-marathon of films with a woman's first name kicks-off with Mary Elizabeth Winsted in "Kate," as MEW Jane Wicks her way across Japan in a Netflix exclusive action flick. As always. Chris runs down the "big"...

Duration:00:44:48

TFR Ep. 570: Shang-Chi And The Legend Of The Ten Rings , Stillwater, 5 Favorite MCU Villains

9/10/2021
This week on The First Run, Chis and Matt discuss the latest film in the MCU as Phase 4 continues with ‘Shang-Chi And The Legend Of The Ten Rings’. Wait, 10 Rings? Didn’t we see that in Iron Man 3? Does Shang-Chi escape its MCU template, or is it just another ride on the same merry-go-around, again? Then Matt Damon stars in Tom McCarthy’s ‘Stillwater’. After helming a Best Picture winner with ‘Spotlight’, then a Disney+ adaptation of the Timmy Failure book series, McCarthy returns with a...

Duration:00:51:17

TFR Ep. 569: Candyman, Harakiri, Samurai Marathon Awards

9/3/2021
This week on The First Run, Chris and Matt discuss the softest of soft sequels, Nia Dacosta’s ‘Candyman’. Does this new version live up to the bloody legacy of the first or is this yet another entry in the long line of films that should have been left well enough alone? Then our Samurai Marathon wraps up with Masaki Kobayashi’s ‘Harakiri’. This is apparently one of the best jidaigeki films ever made. Will your esteemed film scholar hosts agree? Most likely but listen to what we have to say...

Duration:00:56:03

TFR Ep. 568: Reminiscence, The Night House, Spider-Man: No Way Home Trailer, Ugetsu, 5 Favorite Flashbacks

8/27/2021
This week on The First Run, Chris and Matt discuss ‘Reminiscence’. Hugh Jackman stars in this sci-fi neo-noir as he looks for the missing wrong woman that captured his heart and then disappeared. Will he like what he finds? From the mind of Lisa Joy, one of the creators of HBO’s Westworld. Chris then shares his thoughts about Rebecca Hall and the horror film that’s not quite what you think it is, ‘The Night House’. The Samurai Marathon sort of continues with Kenji Mizoguchi’s ‘Ugetsu’. The...

Duration:00:56:01

TFR Ep. 567: Free Guy, The Tale Of Zatoichi, What Are The Odds?

8/20/2021
This week on The First Run, Chris and Matt discuss the Ryan Reynolds starred comedy, ‘Free Guy’. Reynolds plays a NPC who gains sentience and begins to long for something more. And it’s funny! Right?!? Then the Samurai Marathon continues with ‘The Tale Of Zatoichi’, the first film in the beloved and long-running series. After the cinematic hurricanes that were the first two entries in the marathon, we get a more contemplative film. Was that better? There’s the marvelous rundown of the big...

Duration:00:59:58

TFR Ep. 566: The Suicide Squad, Shogun Assassin, 5 DC Characters Deserving Their Own Movie

8/13/2021
This week on The First Run, Chris and Matt are joined by friend of the show, Sean to breakdown the DCEU’s potential soft reboot with James Gunn’s ‘The Suicide Squad’. Has the DCEU found their path forward? Or is a hard R rated superhero film not exactly the best way to obtain mass appeal? Then our Samurai Marathon continues with the mashup of the first two films in the classic Lone Wolf & Cub films series with ‘Shogun Assassin’. Can this American bastardization actually churn out an...

Duration:01:20:27

TFR Ep. 565: The Green Knight, The Sword Of Doom, Call It!

8/6/2021
This week on The First Run, Chris and Matt discuss David Lowery adaptation of a classic 14th century poem of Camelot with ‘The Green Knight’. Dev Patel stars as Gawain on his quest to become a knight and demonstrate all that title’s characteristics. Then our Samurai Marathon begins with Kihachi Okamoto’s ‘The Sword Of Doom’! A tale of a samurai slipping into not just madness, but something darker. There’s the venerable review of the big releases on Physical Media, featuring the Straight to...

Duration:00:49:36

TFR Ep. 564: Snake Eyes, Old, 5 Favorite GI Joe Characters

7/30/2021
This week on The First Run, Chris and Matt discuss the newest film in the GI Joe cinematic universe, ‘Snake Eyes: GI Joe Origins’. We finally get the story behind the franchise’s most popular character as Henry Golden steps into the role. So does the franchise finally get on the right track? Or have the rolled snake eyes again…? (sorry) Then it’s M. Knight Shyamalan’s latest, ‘Old’. In this thriller, a group of people find themselves on a secluded beach, aging very rapidly. How do the escape...

Duration:00:52:37

TFR Ep. 563: Pig, The Tomorrow War, TFR Libs

7/23/2021
This week on The First Run, Chris and Matt discuss the anti-John Wick non-revenge film ‘Pig’, featuring Mr. “Yes, I’ll Do It” Nicholas Cage. A man who doesn’t know how to say no to any project, sometimes may find the diamond in the rough. Could this be one of those times…? Then it’s on the Amazon Prime sci-fi actioner, ‘The Tomorrow War’. Chris Pratt leads a fight against aliens. In the FUTURE! So why has Chris Pratt’s favor begun to fall as he is now regularly dead last in the Hollywood...

Duration:00:59:41

TFR Ep. 562: Black Widow, Luca, 5 Marvel Characters Deserving Their Own Film

7/16/2021
This week on The First Run, the MCU experience returns for Chris and Matt as they discuss ‘Black Widow’. After 22 films, 7 of which she is featured, 1 of which she dies, Scarlett Johannsson’s Natasha Romanoff finally gets her own film. Or does she? Then our domination by Disney continues with Pixar’s latest, debuting exclusively on Disney+, ‘Luca’. Sea monsters, kids, Italy! What does the marvelous studio have in store for us this time? There’s the rundown of the big releases on Physical...

Duration:01:07:35

TFR Ep. 561: Zola, No Sudden Move, Who Dat?!?

7/9/2021
This week on The First Run, it’s EXTREME-casting. Tropical storm/Hurricane Elsa is bearing down on Florida and JC of Screenfix is here to once again drive Chris insane. First up, it’s the Twitter thread come to life black comedy road trip epic that is ‘Zola’. Primarily shot locally here in Tampa, Chris hopes to identify all the local spots and see if this whole thing actually works, but is quickly undone by JC’s unique, we’ll say, perspective. Then it’s on to Steven Soderbergh’s latest...

Duration:01:29:30

TFR Ep. 560: F9, Werewolves Within, 5 Films Improved By Adding Vin Diesel

7/2/2021
This week on The First Run, Chris and Matt put the pedal to the metal and discuss the latest film in the fast car go boom franchise with ‘F9: The Fast Saga’. What shenanigans can Vin and the family get into on behalf of America? And wait…there’s a long-lost brother?!? What about “family”?!? Then it’s on to the monster who-dun-it, ‘Werewolves Within’, featuring Sam Richardson and Milana Vayntrub. How many people could a werewolf kill if the werewolf could kill people? All of them I guess. But...

Duration:00:54:32

TFR Ep. 559: The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard, Prospect, 5 Worst Movie Dads

6/25/2021
This week on The First Run, Chris and Matt discuss the surprise sequel, ‘The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard’. All your favorites return, Ryan Reynolds, Sam Jackson, & Salma Hayek! We can only go up from here! Right…right? [Insert Anakin & Padme meme]. Then it’s on to the sci-fi thriller, ‘Prospect’, featuring First Run Favorite, Pedro Pascal. He’s a not-so-nice guy that ends up teamed with a young woman as they try and find their way home. In space. There’s the rundown of the big releases in...

Duration:00:57:02

TFR Ep. 558: In The Heights, The Woman In The Window, 5 Film Improved By Becoming A Musical

6/18/2021
This week on The First Run, Matt takes another week off, sunning in the Riviera. So The Lady Wan takes pity on Chris and joins him to discuss ‘In The Heights’. Can a musical save Hollywood, the theatrical experience, and America itself? Then The Lady Wan and Chris discuss adaption of the hit novel, ‘The Woman In The Window’. Just how many times can we remake ‘Rear Window’? This time, it’s Joe Wright’s turn, director of one of the best films of the aughts, ‘Atonement’. There’s the big...

Duration:00:54:08

TFR Ep. 557: The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It, Oxygen, 5 Horror Films Based On A True Story

6/11/2021
This week on The First Run, Chris and Matt spend a couple hours in Chris’s favorite decade, the 80’s. It’s 1981 specifically Start Me Up, Stop Dragging My Heart Around, Who’s Crying Now are on the radio. The theaters feature Time Bandits, Escape From New York, The Evil Dead, Stripes. And some whack job gets possessed and kills his landlord, sparking the trial the shocked America. That’s right, it’s The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It. The latest entry in the wildly successful, but...

Duration:00:48:46