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2018 Time Capsule

This week, the last episode of 2018 (but releasing in 2019), it’s the 2018 Time Capsule! Each of us picks one thing to save in the time capsule and chuck it in there. Will Zac pick a movie? Will Ben pick a meme? Does Lauren choose nothing? Listen to find out! And don’t forget to keep coming back in 2019 as we continue to look back to the previous years (2009 & 1999) and review some of our most anticipated movies of this year. Thanks for listening! Download. Listen. Enjoy! 0:02:00 Thoughts On...


Middle of the Dial: Episode 007 Grant & Jon

Today's episode is a deep cut of Grant and Jon talking about their favorite tracks from 2018 (as of three months ago anyway). They also gab about their favorite artists, history, Eminem, and whether or not Jon has actually heard of the artists Grant has mentioned. Listen to full versions of the songs in Spotify playlist below and be sure to check both of the individual lists of their favorite music from 2018 (links below). Remember, the best songs are in the middle of the dial! Download....


Middle of the Dial: Episode 006 - Mae

This episode features a LONG overdue conversation I had back in July with the band Mae. We talked about their prevailing vision and purpose as a band and what it looked like to try and accomplish that throughout their tenure, from setting up elaborate stage props with fans in smaller clubs to using virtual reality in the Tower of David in the Middle East. We also talked about their single “5 Light Years” from their latest release “Multisensory Aesthetic Experience”. And of course, we argued...


We Leap Into Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse

Our last review of 2018, and our first full year completed as a podcast, is the film Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse! We all agree, again, that this one is worth seeing, but we find plenty of discussion about what we thought did and didn’t work for the animated Spider-People adventure. So tune your Spidey-Senses and leap into yet another Spider related dimension with us! Download. Listen. Enjoy! 0:01:00 Brief Thoughts On Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse 0:12:15 Spoilers For Spider-Man:...


Should You Visit Synecdoche, New York?

This week is our last flashback of 2018, to 2008’s Synecdoche, New York. This was my (Zac) pick and I think I’m the only one he likes this movie! We have some good conversation about the ups and downs of the rest of the crew’s first experience watching this mind bender, but I mostly just laugh at their confusion and pontificate over how amazing this film is. Charlie Kaufman! So head of to Synecdoche and enjoy one of Philip Seymour Hoffman’s best performances, or head the advice of everyone...


We Will Not Be Forgetting Sarah Marshall

This week, we flashback to 2008 to discuss Forgetting Sarah Marshall. The film was one of the early Apatow produced films and stands up to this day even if some people might not think the main character does. As loaded of a comedy cast as there has ever been, we pass out some praise to them while wishing the excellent female leads, Kristen Bell and Mila Kunis, had meatier parts for them to elevate even further. Oh yeah, Paul Rudd!!! So take a trip to Hawaii with us and laugh at the idea of...


We Audit American History X

This week, the podcast looks at the 1998 flashback American History X. Zac is out this week, so Jon leads Lauren and Ben through his pick, which was in his Top 5 films of all time! Will it stay there, find out and listen. The group discusses Norton’s arc, Edward Norton in general and how those hard scenes to watch stack up 20 years later. Download. Listen. Enjoy! 00:30 Overall Impressions 17:00 Earned Reformation 28:00 The Point Of View And Filmmaking Styles 34:00 Edward Norton And White...


Mulling Over Mulan

Disney’s Mulan is 20 years old and we flashback to 1998 to see how it stands up to the legacy of Disney Animation of the 90’s. I, again, find myself on an island of opposition, but there is more cold water being thrown on this than praise. We talk about if this is really a girl power movie, maybe an LGBTQ movie, and how to save yourself in an avalanche. So head to animated China with us and weigh in on whether Mulan still gets down to business. Download. Listen. Enjoy! 0:01:00 Disney...


Will You Follow This Overlord?

On this week’s episode, we discuss the new Bad Robot produced, Nazi zombies horror film, Overlord. I am on the outside looking in here, I think it’s terrible, and I wasn’t really convinced otherwise. Still, there is some support here from Ben, Lauren and Jon, and it is worth a listen to see what really stuck out in the film for them. So, strap in and get ready to dodge some bombs, as we discuss Overlord! Download. Listen. Enjoy! 0:02:00 Initial Thoughts 0:14:13 Spoilers For Overlord 0:14:30...


Suspiria Cast Its Spell

This week, the boys discuss Suspiria as Lauren is a bit under the weather. While we aren’t all over the moon about it, a range from Zac’s love to Jon’s curiosity, but I think we all enjoyed and appreciated the film. It is a film that isn’t for everyone, surely, but I think it can suck almost any viewer in to its mystery and mood. This might not be easy to recommend, but it is one of the most interesting experiences you’ll have with a movie this year. Take that for what you will. Download....


We Enjoy A Happy Halloween

On this week’s episode, we all enjoy the new sequel to Halloween! Disregard everything you know and dive into the discussion on the only two films that matter in the franchise anymore; the original and this 2018 sequel. We all like the movie again, SHOCKER!, even if Jon’s audio sounds like he is podcasting while being smothered by Michael Myers with a pillow. Spoilers for the original film throughout, and the new film after the 20 minute mark. Download. Listen. Enjoy! 0:01:00 Hitting The...


Middle of the Dial: Episode 005 – Matt Hinton

Hello and welcome to a special hybrid episode of Middle of the Row and Middle of the Dial. I’m calling it a hybrid episode because I’m talking today to a filmmaker who is additionally a musician. Matt Hinton is a guitarist in the band Luxury and he is also the director of the documentary “Parallel Love: The Story of a Band Called Luxury”. The film will be screening tomorrow at the St. Louis International Film Festival at the Stage at KDHX. We talked about everything from the origins of the...


We Had No Bad Times At The El Royale

This week we look at Drew Goddard’s latest, Bad Times At The El Royale! Everyone liked it! Zac might have loved it the most if he hadn’t been distracted by unfounded purgatory realities, but all in all, thumbs up from everyone here at the pod. A great cast, great music, great filmmaking; we throw around a lot of praise and avoid a number of Jon audio mishaps. Hopefully you don’t hear those... Anyways, enjoy the movie, take a listen to the podcast and give this film a little love, no one else...


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...