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Does The Waterboy Quench Your Comedy Thirst?

This episode we flashback to 1998 and discuss the Adam Sandler hit, The Waterboy. Ben elected this film, and is the only one to genuinely like it. Jon musters some support, but Lauren and I come out fighting. Still, we have some interesting talk about the portrayal of Bobby Boucher, Forrest Gump and the rubbing of nipples. Take a listen and see if The Waterboy holds up for you 20 years later... Download. Listen. Enjoy! 0:01:30 Discussing Sandler’s Box Office Clout 0:03:10 Ben Tells Us, Why...


Should The Spirit Be Redeemed?

This week’s episode is another 08 flashback to Frank Miller’s adaptation of Will Eisner’s The Spirit! I sort of get left on an island here, but I think this film got unfairly maligned and, ten years later, deserves another look. Still, not everyone agrees here, and I find myself defending the film like The Spirit defends his city. The rest of the crew isn’t without their fair points, but give the film a watch and come back and see whose side you are fighting on. Download. Listen. Enjoy!...


Venom Is So Good, It's Good

Ben and I deliver another bonus episode of the pod, this time discussing the new release Venom! It really is good guys, and not in a so bad it’s good way. I hate that term, nothing you like is bad, something is good about it and we should appreciate that more. Tom Hardy is a treasure, and worth of the price of admission on this new superhero franchise, but the film as a whole knows what Venom is; a comedy. Ben and I discuss that and get very excited for the sequel, so Spoilerphobes beware!...


Assassination Nation Misses The Mark?

This week on the podcast we dive into a possible cult classic in the making, Assassination Nation. Ben is the only one right out on the movie, but I think you will find that this film offered up a lot to be discussed and analyzed; both on filmmaking and social commentary levels. The characters are also rather complex at times and we had a lot of back and forth on that as well. Anyways, a film worth seeing for the discussion alone, and a podcast worth listening to even if you haven’t seen the...


Fear Watching The Predator

This week, Lauren, Jon and Zac take on The Predator and come out victorious against this garbage fire of a movie. Ben isn’t here to defend the dumb fun of it all, Jon attempts his own defense, but the movie serves as mostly a punching bag of disappointment. Shane Black, what happened? Also, Jon hates Sterling K. Brown... Download. Listen. Enjoy! 0:01:00 Predator Backgrounds And Some Alien Talk 0:05:00 Talking The Predator 0:08:30 How Bad Is This Movie? *SPOILERS* 0:15:30 Jon Thinks Sterling...


Don't Mess With Mandy

It’s a Bonus Episode! Ben and I take a look at the new film by Panos Cosmatos, Mandy! Ben is a super fan, I think it’s worth a watch, but we discuss what works and doesn’t in the film for me. Is Nic Cage really awesome in this? Why is Andrea Riseborough not in everything? How are Jesus Freaks so terrifying, every, time?! We discuss in a short bonus episode! Download. Listen. Enjoy! 0:01:00 What The Fuck Is Mandy? 0:05:00 First Half Vs. Second Half 0:09:30 Appreciating The Craziness/World...


Babe: Pig In The City Is Not A Safe Space

This week we flashback to 1998 again for Babe: Pig in the City! The sequel to the Oscar winning film is directed by Mad Max’s George Miller, has some decent set pieces and traumatized Lauren enough for her to turn off the movie! Jon and Zac fill her in on what she missed and discuss some of the morals and parables of the film. Good talk, interesting movie. Download. Listen. Enjoy! 0:01:30 The Morality Of Filmmaking In Babe: Pig in the City 0:08:00 The Themes Of The Babes 0:14:00 Why Was...


Pleasantville Stays The Same After All These Years

The gang is down a member this week in Zac, as Jon, Lauren and Ben flashback to 1998’s Pleasantville! The film held up for this crew, but there are some things to get into along the way. Like, where are all the POC’s and what happened to Reese Witherspoon halfway through the movie? Still, new viewers and old still enjoyed this one and the crew had a nice discussion about everything that does, and doesn’t, work in the film. Download. Listen. Enjoy! 0:02:10 General Thoughts On Pleasantville...


The Mask Of Zorro Is Still Sharp

This week we flashback to 1998 again, this time to discuss The Mask of Zorro! Hopkins! Banderas! Zeta-Jones! Stunts! The movie is packed, but maybe with a bit too much drama? Either way, Lauren enjoyed this growing up and I think most of us still do, quibbles and all. So throw on that mask and join us in one of the last big practical action blockbusters of the 90’s. Download. Listen. Enjoy! 0:01:00 Why Zorro, Batman Connections And Banderas! 0:09:45 Martin Campbell And What Is Working...


Middle of the Dial: Episode 004 - Erik Button

Hello and welcome to “Middle of the Dial” the music podcast for the entertainment website “Middle of the Row”. I’m Jonathan Rahul, and today I’m featuring an interview with Erik Button, the lead singer and songwriter for the band Dollar Signs. The self described “student-loan core” band will release their second album “This Will Haunt Me” on A-F Records this Friday. We talked about the formation of the band and the tension between being having a normal job and playing in a punk band. We also...


Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom Should Stay Down

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is our latest episode of the pod, and, well, it’s not good. Don’t tell that to Jon though, but well, he doesn’t really defend the film either. Regardless of your love of the franchise, I don’t know how you could be crazy about this one, but listen and prove us wrong! Download. Listen. Enjoy! 0:01:00 Spoiler Free Thoughts on Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom 0:10:36 Spoilers!!!!!!! @middleofrow #nothe


Does Incredibles 2 Stay Incredible?

We are back with another episode of the podcast! We dive back into Pixar with their latest sequel, Incredibles 2. I was SUPER excited for this one and while I was a bit of a nitpicking nancy here, I am still a big fan; especially after a 2nd viewing! A lot of agreement here, maybe our most agreeable since Blade Runner 2049?, but good conversation comparing and contrasting the two Incredibles films. Also, we talk a lot about the new Pixar short, Bao, before the spoiler break; but beware of...


Middle of the Dial: Episode 003 - Jason Rosenbaum

Today I’m featuring a interview I did a WHILE back with Jason Rosenbaum, a political reporter with St. Louis Public Radio. He's spent roughly 12 years as a professional reporter, with most of the focus on Missouri state politics. He is the host of Politically Speaking, the longest running episodic podcast about Missouri politics. Most recently he has been featured on national news outlets to discuss the political scandals surrounding former Missouri Governor Eric Greitens, but we connected...


You Should Summon Hereditary

We're back again! This week we review the new release from A24, Hereditary! This family tragedy takes some twists into the horror genre and we have questions. Maybe some answers. Either way, lots of theorizing here as we try to break down just what the hell happened. We share some spoiler free thoughts for the first few minutes before going deep on the pandemonium. Download. Listen. Enjoy! 0:01:00 Spoiler Free Hereditary Thoughts 0:14:00 Spoilers For Hereditary 0:14:30 How Powerful Is The...


Flashback Double Feature: Saving Private Ryan and The Thin Red Line

We're back! This week we are talking about the two big WWII movies from 1998, The Thin Red Line and Saving Private Ryan. It's a good talk that gives each film their own space, while also finding plenty of room to compare and contrast the two. Bottom line, they are both beautifully crafted and take a look at the horrors of war from different angles; the cerebral and the physical tolls. Download. Listen. Enjoy! 0:02:30 Patriotism and Anti-War Nature Of The Films 0:06:00 Tonal Shifts in The...


Deadpool 2 Is A Grower And A Shower

We are back with another superhero adventure, this time it's the sequel for the Merch With The Mouth, Deadpool 2. My opinion really grew on this one, from the original, and the whole crew came together and liked the movie for once. A good conversation that gets at just about everything going on in Deadpool 2. Download. Listen. Enjoy! 0:01:00 General Thoughts On Deadpool OG And Zac Defends Some X-Men Origins: Wolverine 0:11:00 Deadpool 2 Thoughts Spoiler Free 0:17:56 Spoilers for Deadpool 2...


The Big Lebowski Is Still, Like, Good, Man

We flashback to 1998 this week, to revisit the Coen Brothers Comedy Classic, The Big Lebowski! Lauren and Jon hadn't seen it before, which I find remarkable, and we have a good conversation between Ben and I dropping quotes. Also, if you think Jon is more quiet this episode, it's because he had a few, early, technical difficulties; which you shouldn't notice. But, know that he wasn't being punished for rambling on about The Dark Knight viral marketing last episode. Download. Listen. Enjoy!...


Does The Dark Knight Still Stand Atop The Superhero Heap?

This week we are flashing back to 2008 for more superhero fun, this time with Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight. This, along with Iron Man, heralded in a new era of films, where comic book films would become the biggest studio films for the next ten years on. We have a great conversation that focuses on just about everything, and it's not all praise for this one either. So come listen to see how The Dark Knight stands up after a decade of superhero films! Download. Listen. Enjoy! 0:07:14...


Avengers: Infinity War Should Have Dusted?

We Are Back! We are going to dive in one more time into Avengers: Infinity War, that is unless I have to write an article about how The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2 did this ending better?, with a full podcast breakdown of the film. A good conversation with Zac and Lauren on one side and Ben and Jon on the other. It's a good talk, guys. So keep getting those MCU jones taken care of with one more discussion on Infitiy War! Download. Listen. Enjoy! 0:02:00 General Thoughts - Spoiler...


Embrace The Space Dementia And Avoid Armageddon?

Flashing back to 1998 again, this time to the year's big summer blockbuster Armageddon! We all enjoyed the rewatch, but I don't know if we are all recommending you dive back in. Either way, we had a lot of fun talking about this one and might have proclaimed it to have the greatest line in movie history. So flashback with us and see how far Michael Bay has come in 20 years; or hasn't? Download. Listen. Enjoy! 0:03:35 Is Owen Wilson Stealing This Movie? 0:06:00 A Strong Start? 0:10:00 SPACE...