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A weekly Movie and TV podcast where we discuss the latest news, review current films, look at upcoming releases and put our own comedic spin on movies and television.

A weekly Movie and TV podcast where we discuss the latest news, review current films, look at upcoming releases and put our own comedic spin on movies and television.
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A weekly Movie and TV podcast where we discuss the latest news, review current films, look at upcoming releases and put our own comedic spin on movies and television.






True Crime (with Kevin Flynn) | Ep 316

If you remember back in the 80s and 90s, television began the trend of discussing “True Crime” events through dramatizations on shows like Unsolved Mysteries or as docuseries such as Cops. There have always been shows devoted to investigative reporting, yet it seems as though this was the moment when the genre of “True Crime” truly began to percolate. The genre continued to explode, arriving at our current moment with juggernaut docuseries such as Making a Murderer and Evil Genius, and also...


Pixar Movie Battle Royale | Ep 315

In 1995, Pixar released their first feature-length film, the computer animated classic Toy Story. Soon after, A Bug’s Life and Toy Story 2 released in quick succession, with titles continuing to drop annually. The studio revolutionized animation for the modern generation, and in 2006 was purchased by the previous dominator in this arena: Disney. Over the past 20-plus years, Pixar has racked up billions in box office receipts, and even more in memories for movie fans. This week, four of...


The Yellow Birds | Interview with Director Alexandre Moors

Yellow Birds stars Alden Ahrenreich and Tye Sheridan as Brandon Bartle and Daniel Murphy, two young men whose bond is strengthened by their tour overseas in Iraq. But as often happens in war, tragedy strikes, and we then watch as Bartle leads us to the pieces of a looming mystery as to what exactly happened overseas. The film also stars Jennifer Anniston and Toni Collette. For this interview, Aaron sits down with director Alexandre Moors to discuss getting his film made, how he ended up...


Who Doesn't Love A Heist Movie?! | Ep 314

Who doesn’t love a heist?! Over the course of entertainment, one thing has been universally proven to be an absolute certainty: people wanna steal stuff! Ok, we know we shouldn’t, and most of respect the law and our personal freedom enough to never try. But movies and television afford us the opportunity to live vicariously through these outlaws as they proceed to get rich fast and easy. This week, we dive into heist movies and why we love them. We also discuss why it is no one seems to...


Hunting ISIS | Interview with Director Sebastiano Tomada and Producer Christopher Leggett

Hunting ISIS follows a group of veteran and civilian volunteers who smuggle themselves into Syria and Iraq to fight against ISIS alongside local militias. Through the eyes of American fighters embedded with the Kurdish YPG militia in Syria, and medics supporting a coalition of local forces in Iraq, Hunting ISIS follows these men as they begin the difficult push to retake ISIS’ capital cities. New episodes air Tuesdays at 10PM Eastern on the History Channel. What is most interesting about...


Franchises That Never Happened And Deadpool 2 Spoilercast | Ep 313

Have you ever been so excited for a film, you can just about taste the franchise potential? Maybe you left the theater giddier than you expected, or heard word on the internet that there would definitely be more of the world you fell in love with…only to never have it materialize? Our topic this week is Franchises That Never Happened. Shawn Fuller from Horribly Awkward joins us to discuss those films that seemed destined for sequels or continuations of some sort, only to fail to live up...


Surviving In A Dystopian Universe | Ep 312

Dystopian Relating to or denoting an imagined place or state in which everything is unpleasant or bad, typically a totalitarian or environmentally degraded one. On this week's podcast, we discuss how we would survive in a dystopian universe. What would your plan be? Are there any films that present this scenario in a completely plausible way? We also take a look at this genre in detail, as in: why do so many people enjoy films about the collapse of society as we know it? Also this week:...


The Evolution of Television Families | Ep 311

Mother’s Day and Father’s Day are both here, so what better time to discuss the evolution of television families? We all remember watching various families on our favorite TV shows, but why did we connect with some over others? What was it about this obviously fictional yet familial bond that, often times, felt more real than our own? This week, we discuss how our beloved TV families have evolved over the years, from safe sitcom messages of the moment, to modern-day issues where it seems...


Building A Marvel Cinematic Universe and Avengers: Infinity War | Ep 310

With the largest opening in history, everyone is talking about Avengers: Infinity War. So we thought, as we celebrate 10 years in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, let’s go back to the beginning and look at how we got here. This week, we discuss all of the films BEFORE Infinity War. We begin with Iron Man, and how Marvel gambled on a risky talent by the name of Robert Downey, Jr. While he is beloved worldwide for his portrayal of Tony Stark, as well as many other projects, he was very much...


Summer Movie Preview 2018

2018 has finally arrived at the greatest point of every cinemaphile’s annual indulgence, the Summer Movie Season! But with so many films coming out at this time, how is any self-respecting fan supposed to know what to see when there are so many options available? We’re here to help with our latest episode: the Summer Movie Preview! We discuss each month in detail; every major release, as well as our picks of the smaller independent titles. May, June, July, and August all receive their...


Can Any Crazy Plot Work With The Right Cast And Crew | Ep 309

This year, theaters are being treated to a monkey tearing down a skyscraper, an underwater hero who looks like a grunge rocker, and even Jason Statham quipping at a 70 foot Megalodon shark. In short, these films have plots that are insane. On this podcast, we discuss the very concept of absurdity – can ANY plot work with the right cast and crew? Is it easier to accept a giant gorilla or robot trashing downtown Chicago if you have The Rock or Shia LaBeouf on hand? How crazy is TOO...


Interview with Writer and Director Deon Taylor | Traffik

Traffik follows Brea (Paula Patton), a journalist recently sidelined due to a distinct lack of immersion into her reporting. The timing could not be better when her boyfriend, John (Omar Epps), whisks her away for a lush romantic hideaway, tucked in the solace of the wilderness. Happenstance meets tragic timing as Brea and John cross paths with a young woman seemingly pleading for help, and a conspicuous biker gang looking for trouble. After an intense encounter at a local gas station,...


Do We Have TOO MUCH Television? | Ep 308

40 years ago, television options were vastly different. Three channels, or maybe thirteen depending on where you great up, and not much else. If the President had a speech, your TV night was shot. As time rolled on, our entertainment options continued to gain traction, each decade taking another turn into more content. Once Netflix introduced streaming as a primary option, our choices exploded. By the time 2018 is over, there will have been around 500 scripted television shows on the...


The Steven Spielberg Movie Battle Royale and Ready Player One Reactions | Ep 307

Very few directors have shaped pop culture, but even fewer could argue against Steven Spielberg as leading that field. From his early days in the 70s, Spielberg has gifted us with so many timeless classics, it has become increasingly difficult to determine which one, of so many wonderful films, is truly THE BEST. Well, this week, we’re going to decide! Eight Spielberg films will enter the ring, each with their own case for the greatest. Could it be Jurassic Park, E.T., Saving Private...


When Is It Time For Our Hero To Walk Away | Ep 306

With two festivals in three weeks, we have watched a LOT of movies recently. So much that something dawned on us: in all of these journeys of the human spirit, why does the hero never walk away? Think about it, does it make a hero less heroic if they reach a point where it’s just too much for them? Were there moments in a movie or TV show where a hero going forward seemed to be the absolutely wrong choice? Our topic this episode revolves around this very concept of when is it OK for a...


SXSW 2018 | The Films of South by Southwest

The South by Southwest Festival is one of the largest of its kind in the world. Every year, thousands of fans arrive in downtown Austin, TX to partake in a couple of weeks of great music, technology, and film. For this special episode of The Hollywood Outsider, we take you along for our 5th annual deep dive into the heart of the film festival portion, and even further into the films themselves. Over the course of nine days, the 2018 SXSW Film Festival screened 136 features, consisting of...


Tomb Raider (2018) Reactions Podcast

Aaron is joined by Zack Parkerson of Smirk and The Gaming Outsider to discuss the latest iteration of Tomb Raider starring Alicia Vikander. From thoughts on the Angelina Jolie to the differences from the current game incarnations, this is an episode no Tomb Raider fan should miss! feedback@thehollywoodoutsider.comFacebook GroupFantasy Movie League Do your shopping via our Amazon Link! Listen and Subscribe for FREE to a new episode every week of The Hollywood Outsider Movie and TV...


Where Do Video Game Adaptations Go Wrong | Ep 305

Tomb Raider is finally here. A reboot of the Angelina Jolie franchise, many still have no idea that those films and now this new one are based on a very successful video game series. The problem is this: while books have numerous critically and commercially successful films adapted from their works, and comic books have followed suit the last decade, video game adaptations are notoriously deemed poor imitations at best. If not bad, mediocre, and if not mediocre, simply not respected. So...


Interview with Producer, Writer, and Actor Maddison Bullock | ICE

ICE follows Maddison Bullock's Bailey Grantham as her father allows a Russian coach to house her with a much wealthier skating partner in Peyton Shaw (Lisa Mihelich). The two women grow up together and become sisters of a sort, and are then forced into the world of competitive ice skating as they lunge towards a limited spot qualifying for the US Olympic team. Of course, there is a major obstacle along the way, which threatens to tear the two competitors and friends apart. For this...


Beloit International Film Festival and Oscars 2018 | Ep 304

The Beloit International Film Festival (BIFF) takes place annually in the city of Beloit, Wisconsin. Running for 10 days, typically at the end of Feb or the beginning of March, the festival plays 100+ films from over 25 different countries ranging from narrative features, to documentaries, to shorts, and even features a showdown between Illinois and Wisconsin filmmakers. The films screen in a variety of local venues, so not only is a festival where a vast assortment of films can be found,...