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2019 Oscar Primer: A Star is Born

10/10/2018
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Our Oscar Primer miniseries continues, this time taking a look at one of the most talked about movies of the season, Bradley Cooper's remake of A Star is Born. Led by powerhouse performances from Lady Gaga and Cooper, it's a emotional, thrilling, and heartbreaking look at the rise and fall of stardom. Join us as we discuss performance, filmmaking, and what nominations we think it could capture! (1:04) A Star is Born Story, Plot, and Relevance (11:35) Standout Directing and Acting (22:30)...

Duration:00:38:54

Ep. 61 - Venom

10/8/2018
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WE. ARE. VENOM. The Popcorn Diet takes on the symbiotic alien antihero as we discuss Sony's latest superhero attempt: Venom. Join us as we talk about the differences between a good movie and an enjoyable movie, Tom Hardy's commitment to the role, and when a single part of a film elevates it as a whole. David is all in on Woody. Rick wants more prestige actors in goofy movies. All that and more! (0:58) Is Venom Even Cool? (6:04) The History of the Symbiote on Screen (13:46) Non-Spoiler...

Duration:00:55:33

2019 Oscar Primer: Blackkklansman

9/25/2018
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Awards season is in full swing, and The Popcorn Diet will be with you every movie along the way with our new 2019 Oscar Primer miniseries. Join your good movie buddies as we break down this years biggest contenders for the Academy Awards. This episode, we take a look at Spike Lee's topical, controversial, and entertaining Blackkklansman. Join us as we discuss performance, filmmaking, and what nominations we think it could capture! (0:42) Welcome to our 2019 Oscar Primer Miniseries (2:54)...

Duration:00:37:36

Ep. 60 - The Predator

9/19/2018
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If it bleeds, we can reboot it. The Popcorn Diet goes head to head with Shane Black's The Predator this week. Join us for our latest episode where we break down Predator mythology, talk about our favorite jokes, freak out about Subreddits, and try to make sense of the various plot holes. Rick goes off on a major rant. David doesn't like the kid. All that and more! (1:05) Recapping The Predator Franchise (6:38) Do We Need Expanded Predator Mythology? (14:20) Spoiler Free Reaction to The...

Duration:01:00:05

Ep. 59 - Goodbye Summer, Hello Awards Season

9/11/2018
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As the sun sets on the summer movie season, it rises for the fall, for Awards Season. Join The Popcorn Diet as we take a look back at our favorite parts of the summer, disappointments, as well as biggest surprises. Then we change direction to offer way, way too early Oscar predictions in all of the major categories! Rick forgets about the Summer competition. David is bullish on Black Panther. All that and more! (0:45) Summer Movie Season Sendoff (13:44) Rick Forgets the Box Office...

Duration:00:45:00

Ep. 58 - Celebrating Football in Film

9/4/2018
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Football season is back and The Popcorn Diet is here to celebrate the return to the gridiron by looking back at some of the best Football movies ever. Join this unique episode as Rick and David debate what makes a Football movie, break down some of the greats, and pick our favorite and least favorite parts of the genre! Rick talks himself into circles about football and sports. David brings the stats and the history. All that and more! (0:42) The Return and History of Football on Film (4:42)...

Duration:00:50:02

Ep. 57 - The Happytime Murders

8/28/2018
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The latest episode of The Popcorn Diet is up and it is No Sesame, All Street as we talk about The Happytime Murders. The boys get together to wallow in disappointment that the movie didn't go far enough, but point out the things they really liked, their favorite gags, and what they were looking for that would've improved the film for them. Rick thinks inbred puppet abominations are hilarious. David wants to be more fulfilled with the world. All that and more! (1:18) Naughty Cartoons &...

Duration:00:49:57

Ep. 56 - Crazy Rich Asians

8/21/2018
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We're mixing things up this week with what might be one of the biggest RomComs of the year in Crazy Rich Asians! Our special guest cohost Jeremy Nakano joins us to talk bout Asian culture, representation, his own crazy rich asian story, and what makes the film such a damn delight. Rick is here for the comfort food. Jeremy embraces being the token Asian. All that and more! (0:53) Mixing it Up, Crazy Rich Asian Style (3:15) Representation and Quality in Hollywood (8:37) RomComs and Low Degrees...

Duration:00:55:18

Ep. 53 - Mission: Impossible - Fallout

7/31/2018
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Mission: Impossible - Fallout is out and it's being regarded as one of the best movies of the summer and maybe one of the best action movies ever. Join The Popcorn Diet on the episode as we recap the franchise and sing the praises of Tom Cruise, the stunts, and a relentless sixth film in the franchise! Rick introduces The Sweat Scale. David breaks down the running stats. All that and more! (0:45) The Mission: Impossible Franchise Recap (23:15) Is Tom Cruise Our Greatest Action Star? (36:50)...

Duration:01:01:51

Ep. 52 - Comic Con Aftermath and Reactions

7/24/2018
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San Diego Comic Con is all wrapped up for 2018 and The Popcorn Diet is here to recap all the biggest reveals from footage and discuss the biggest trailers that came out over the weekend. Join us and watch along as we break down offerings from Universal, Warner Brothers, and more! Rick finds his next Free Refills theme. David is a scorned DC viewer. All that and more! (0:34) San Diego Comic Con is in the Books (3:36) Recapping Audience-Only Footage and News (13:13) Watching and Reacting to...

Duration:00:57:28

Ep. 51 - Skyscraper and Future President The Rock

7/17/2018
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It's The Rock vs. Terrorists AND a burning building as The Canadian Machine David Mehlhorn returns to talk about SKYSCRAPER! Join us as we discuss our love for Dwayne Johnson, how the film offers great disaster elements and healthy family dynamics, but how it's almost all derailed by a weak terrorist element. Rick is ready to campaign for President The Rock. David is thankful for the sleeping babies. All that and more! (1:50) Future President The Rock / His Brand / Skyscraper (12:48) Good...

Duration:00:52:53

Ep. 50 - Ant Man and The Wasp

7/10/2018
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Go small or go home! The Popcorn Diet welcomes very special guest good movie buddy and brother-in-law Matt Theodosis to discuss Ant-Man and The Wasp! Join us as we discuss refreshing, smaller scale action, antagonists vs. villains, and where the MCU goes in 2019. Rick always wants more Goggins. Matt wants to make changes to the popcorn rating system. All that and more! (0:29) Introducing Matt Theodosis / Returning to the Quantum Realm (8:17) Do Ant-Man and The Wasp Matter? (13:27)...

Duration:00:54:50

Ep. 49 - Welcome to Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

6/26/2018
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The park is gone! The Popcorn Diet takes on those majestic and dangerous dinosaurs as we discuss the newest entry in the Jurassic Park franchise, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. We take a stroll down memory lane as we reminisce about the original JP, then talk about the newest entry. Do we get more of the same? Or is it a totally different monster? Rick is into the carnage. David needs more money. All that and more! (0:54) Dinosaurs & Growing Up with Jurassic Park (8:05) Dissecting the DNA...

Duration:01:03:54

Ep. 48 - Incredibles 2 & Growing Up Pixar

6/18/2018
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Fourteen years after The Incredibles was released, we finally get the long-awaited sequel! Join The Popcorn Diet for our latest episode as we welcome Incredibles 2 back into our lives. We discuss the successes of the film both as an animated film and as a superhero film, look at it's box office impact, and go off on maybe the most random tangent in the history of the podcast. Rick is terrible at math. David relates to Mr. Incredible. All that and more! (0:59) Fourteen Years Later... (8:20)...

Duration:00:55:38

Ep. 47 - Ocean's 8

6/12/2018
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Coming to you from the place that started the Oceans franchise, The Popcorn Diet is here to talk about Ocean's 8 straight from their hotel room in Las Vegas! Rick and David, a little worse for wear, discuss the newest spinoff film and talk about the great cast, the slightly underwhelming heist, and our favorite parts of the film. Rick is looking for a little more villainy. David has plans for the franchise. All that and more! (1:11) The Ocean Capers Continue On (10:20) The Cast of Cons &...

Duration:00:46:23

Ep. 46 - Upgrade and Low Budget Cinema

6/5/2018
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This week, podcast is on the road again, coming to you from New Orleans! That doesn't stop The Popcorn Diet from talking about movies, and we went and saw the newest Blumhouse production Upgrade! Join us as we discuss successful low budget qualities, the bloody good time the movie is, and if we're afraid of growing technology! David doesn't trust driverless cars. Rick gets creeped out by malfunctions. All that and more! (2:19) Upgrade and Blumhouse's Track Record (10:08) Low Budgets and Low...

Duration:00:46:02

Ep. 45 - Solo and the State of Star Wars

5/29/2018
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The Popcorn Diet heads back to a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away to talk about the latest Star Wars Story: Solo. Alliteration aside, we bring in our guest good movie buddy Dallas Nichols to discuss what we liked about the film, the highly-publicized behind the scenes issues, and where Star Wars can go from here. David brings in the casting trivia. Dallas makes great aesthetic points. Rick is feeling grumpy at the fanboys. All that and more! (1:49) Solo, May Release, and Box Office...

Duration:01:06:46

Ep. 44 - Deadpool 2

5/22/2018
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The Merc with a Mouth returns for his first ever sequel and The Popcorn Diet is here to reference all the references. Join us as we talk about Ryan Reynolds and Deadpool 2, including spoiler free talk, then spoilers about our favorite bits, cameos, jokes, and easter eggs. The boys ponder Deadpool's regenerative powers. Rick thinks DiCaprio was a Ninja Turtle. David comes prepared with Easter Eggs. All that and more! (0:51) The Merc with the Mouth Returns (13:30) X-Men & Deadpool Stats...

Duration:01:00:11

Ep. 43 - Summer Movie Preview!

5/15/2018
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With Thanos in the rearview mirror, The Popcorn Diet turns it's sights to the summer movie season. Join us as we discuss the movies we're most excited for in the summer, as well as who we think will win the summer box office for the season, and for each weekend. Rick matches David beat for beat. David makes some wild card choices. All that and more! (1:31) Summer Movie Preview (2:19) What Movies We're Hyped For! (8:34) The Original Films We Want To See (16:57) Why Aren't We Talking About...

Duration:00:58:02

Ep. 42 - Infinity War Spoiler Discussion

5/2/2018
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SPOILER WARNING! Avengers: Infinity War has been in theaters for nearly a week and The Popcorn Diet is here to talk about all the spoilers. Join us as we go spoiler details on characters, deaths, surprises, and more. What character groupings did we like? Who got a bit shortchanged? Who won the movie? Saying anything else... would be a spoiler! Rick clarifies his stance on sympathetic villains. David understands the need for rests between the action. All that and more! (0:38) Infinity War...

Duration:00:50:17