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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 Buttons

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 Buttons, 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...


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...


MOTD - Ep 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 Stands 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...


Ranking the MCU With The Marvel Movie Bracket

This week on the podcast we go all in on the MCU! We ranked all of the films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and then pushed them through a bracket to decide which film we will crown champion! There are spoilers here for just about everything, so watch out for those, and come back next week for our discussion on the latest MCU film, Avengers: Infinity War! 0:01:43 The MCU Bracket Play-In Games! Play-In 1: 16 The Incredible Hulk vs. 17 Iron Man 2 Play-In 2: 15 Iron Man 3 vs 18 Thor: The...


We Can't Shut Up About A Quiet Place

Welcome to another episode of Middle of the Row: The Podcast! This week, Lauren, Ben and Jon discuss A Quiet Place and they all really love it! As for me, let's just say I wish I could have been on this episode. I would have provided a nice counter to the discussion as I thought this movie was not good, and actively got worse with the runtime. Maybe there will be room for me to have my say on the podcast some other time. But know I am in the minority on this one and the group has a great...


Steven Spielberg Double Feature: Part 2 - Ready Player One

Part 2 of our first foray into discussing Steven Spielberg! We split the episode into two parts, the second one here focusing on the new release, Ready Player One! If you missed our episode on Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, you can find that in your podcast feed or on the site! I didn't enjoy Ready Player One, but I'm kind of alone on this one. Check out our discussion for more. Download. Listen. Enjoy! 0:01:15 Ready Player One General Thoughts 0:03:00 Olivia Cooke is...


Steven Spielberg Double Feature: Part 1 - Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

Our first pod discussing the Bearded One, Steven Spielberg! (Those other bums didn't want to watch The Post!) We split the episode into two parts, the first one here focusing on the flashback to 2008, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull! A movie I still love, but most others don't. I think we cover a lot of good discussion here and give the film a fair chance from both sides of the love/hate spectrum. So check it out, and expect Part 2 on Ready Player One soon! Download....