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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...


Does Slumdog Millionaire Still Feel Rich 10 Years Later?

Slumdog Millionaire was the best picture winner of the films released in 2008, but does it still stand up ten years later? Lauren had never seen the film, and is taken with it as many of the audiences were back then, but Zac and Ben aren't quite as sure anymore. Jon tells his life story in case you were curious about that, too. So jump in the hot seat, and revisit Slumdog Millionaire Download. Listen. Enjoy! 0:01:00 Jon Monologues About Slumdog Millionaire 0:08:30 Lauren Discusses Being Our...


We Take A Bite Out Of The Meg

When Zac is away, the giant killer fish come out to play. For this week's episode, Ben, Jon and Lauren strike out on the high seas (or, super low seas), as they sink to the deppest trench of the world's oceans. But They're not alone down there. At this depth the ocean is dark and full of ancient terror and one of them is hangry. Come along and...sea...how The Meg fares with this crew. Download. Listen Enjoy! 0:09:51 Spoilers for The Meg @middleofrow #nothe


Is Christopher Robin Your #1 Or Pooh

This week we wander into the 100 Acre Wood and review Christopher Robin! Hook meets Winnie the Pooh, Disney dives into the IP bank and tries to bring it to a new, live action, generation. I was out on this, but the film has some strong defenders too. We can find plenty to appreciate as a whole here and I think your mileage will probably be great than mine with the tone. So put on your kid shoes and dive back into the world of Winnie the Pooh. Apologies for all the Pooh puns. Download. Listen...


The Mission: Impossible - Fallout Is Great

This week we take our first trip to IMF with Mission: Impossible - Fallout! I have always been a big fan of this series and the latest delivers more of the goods, giving the top spot a run for its money. The action is incredible and Tom Cruise is doing all of it, what more can you ask for. We don’t perform any stunts while recording, but we hope you find this belated episode enjoyable. Download. Listen. Enjoy! 0:01:00 General Thoughts On The Mission: Impossible Franchise 0:03:25 Thoughts On...


Where Does Speed Racer Place For You?

This week’s episode flashes back to 2008 for the Wachowskis’ Speed Racer! Zac’s excited, Ben and Lauren aren’t, and Jon, well, he’s not quite sure. I still love it, but I don’t really have a lot of luck turning anyone to my side. Still, if you are a fan, or not, we have a lot of fun going back and forth on this. Plus, there is some Michael Giacchino score in there. Download. Listen. Enjoy! 0:01:30 Some General, Positive, Thoughts On Speed Racer 0:09:15 Some Negative Thoughts On Speed Racer...


No Need To Apologize, Sorry To Bother You

New Pod! This week, we are discussing Boots Riley's Sorry To Bother You! The film is great, inventive, hilarious and full of ideas to chew on. There is a lot to get into with this one, but you really should see the film first before checking out this podcast; we get into spoilers fast. But, you REALLY should see this movie! So what are you waiting for, check it out and come back and listen. Download. Listen. Enjoy! 0:01:20 Quick Spoiler Free Takes On Sorry To Bother You 0:11:33 SPOILERS!!!...


Ant-Man and The Wasp Don't Need An Infinity War

New Marvel Podcast! This week we look at Ant-Man and The Wasp, the sequel and third appearance by Ant-Man in the MCU. We are all Marvel fans here, and we are all fans, but there are some nits to pick in this latest entry. We discuss Ghost, The Quantum Realm, and praise the cast and comedy. Download. Listen. Enjoy! 0:01:30 Thoughts On The Original Ant-Man 0:06:50 Does Being Away From The Infinity War Hurt These Films? 0:13:00 Spoiler Free Ant-Man and The Wasp Thoughts 0:23:45 Spoilers!!!...


The Fall Still Stands Tall

This week on the podcast, we flashback to 2008 for a look at Tarsem Singh’s The Fall. This was where Lee Pace got one of his first big breaks, well, if anyone had seen it. Half of the pod hadn’t seen The Fall and we discuss the style over substance knock against Tarsem; and whether that is fair. This is an underseen gem of imagination and adventure. A film that can be watched by all and is Tarsem’s best film to date. If you haven’t seen it yet, seek it out, and come back and listen to our...


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...