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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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Episodes

TFR Ep. 583: Ghostbusters: Afterlife, The Harder They Fall, What Are The Odds?

11/26/2021
This week on The First Run, Chris and Matt see if you really can go home again. The latest attempt to revive a beloved franchise, or at least that first film, is helmed by the son of the original director, features appearances of the original cast, and is overstuffed with homages. That’s right, it’s Ghostbusters: Afterlife. Does it capture the magic of the 1984 original and justify its existence? Then it’s on to the Netflix original, featuring current Hollywood ‘It Guy’, Johnathan Majors as...

Duration:00:50:20

TFR Focus Ep. 23: National Treasure(s), 5 Best Nic Cage Films

11/24/2021
On this special episode of TFR Focus, Chris and Matt are joined by Gomez of Playlist Wars to discuss one of his favorite actors and franchises, Nic Cage and National Treasure! It’s guest’s choice this time as Gomez wants to breakdown Nic Cage and Disney’s National Treasure films. Not only that, but then the guys tick off their 5 Favorite Nic Cage Performances! All this and more on the latest episode of The First Run Focus! 00:00-31:56: Intro/National Treasure 31:57-51:11: National...

Duration:01:20:00

TFR Ep. 581: Red Notice, Finch, 2021 Holiday Gift Guide

11/19/2021
This week on The First Run, Chris and Matt discuss the Netflix blockbuster, per Netflix, ‘Red Notice’. Featuring 3 of today’s biggest stars! Has a new action franchise been born? And is that a good thing? Then AppleTV+ has their own premiere, featuring America’s Dad, Tom Hanks in a heart-warming tale about the apocalypse. It’s ‘Finch’! There’s the deliriously entertaining rundown of the big releases on Physical Media, featuring the Straight to DVD and Streaming Picks of the Week! Then it’s...

Duration:00:49:20

TFR Ep. 580: Eternals, The French Dispatch, 5 Best Wes Anderson Characters

11/12/2021
This week on The First Run, Chris and Matt discuss ‘Eternals’, the latest film from the MCU, directed by your most recent Best Picture and Director winner, one Ms. Chloé Zhao. Initially concerned it was going to be a gorgeous looking bore, with it also being the lowest rated MCU film on Rotten Tomatoes, can it actually be…good..? Then Wes Anderson returns with his latest project filled with whimsy and quirk, ‘The French Dispatch’. Featuring his typical all star cast, does Anderson deliver...

Duration:00:51:19

TFR Ep. 579: Last Night In Soho, Antlers, Dead Ringers, Body Horror Marathon Awards

11/5/2021
This week on The First Run, Chris and Matt have another triple feature in store for all you! First Up, TFR favorite Edgar Wright deliver’s his version of the giallo with a possible dusting of time travel thrown in with, ‘Last Night In Soho’, featuring Thomasin McKenzie and Anya Taylor-Joy. Wright has yet to make a bad film, could this be the first one? Then it’s on to the horror film, ‘Antlers’, featuring an interesting monster and a dash about eco-horror. From there the Body Horror Marathon...

Duration:00:49:20

TFR Ep. 578: WNUF Halloween Special, V/H/S/94, Halloween Streaming Picks

10/31/2021
On this special Halloween episode of The First Run, Chris and Matt discuss two Shudder exclusives. First up it’s the possibly soon-to-be cult classic, the ‘WNUF Halloween Special’. A film designed to look like a bootleg VHS copy of a local news Halloween Special that goes horribly wrong. Then the V/H/S anthology series returns with 4 new stories with ‘V/H/S/94’. Can the series conquer the anthology film trap of being terribly uneven with this latest entry? And finally as Halloween night is...

Duration:00:34:04

TFR Ep. 577: Dune, The Last Duel, Lamb, The Incredible Melting Man, Call It!

10/29/2021
Guys. Holy crap guys. This week, the show is simply bursting with content. First, Chris and Matt discuss the much-anticipated Dune: Part 1, the passion project of First Run favorite Denis Villeneuve. Is it gorgeous? Is it exciting? Is it as weird as its source material? Only one way to find out. Well, two if you count watching yourselves. The guys then give you not one, but two, bonus discussions on Ridley Scott's latest sword and shield historical epic, The Last Duel, and an Icelandic...

Duration:01:12:22

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