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Musings on Movies, TV, and Pop Culture From the Fine Folks at Mr. Boy Productions.

Musings on Movies, TV, and Pop Culture From the Fine Folks at Mr. Boy Productions.
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Musings on Movies, TV, and Pop Culture From the Fine Folks at Mr. Boy Productions.




Episode 158: First Man & A Star is Born + Venom Fallout!

The fall season is upon us, and that means we have lots of quick takes on a whole host of new Awards Season releases, including a conversation on A Star Is Born that went a bit deeper than we planned, plus our mixed thoughts on First Man, and Brian’s take on Bad Times at the El Royale. But that’s not all! We also take stock of the massive, unexpected (by us) success of Venom, discuss ABC’s plans to revive NYPD Blue, continuing troubles for MoviePass, and much more! Plus: Listener Letters,...


Episode 157: Venom + A Star is Born

Is Venom poison? Find out in our latest episode as we share our thoughts on the Spider-Man-less Spider-Man spin-off from Sony. The Tom Hardy comic book caper is intended to launch a(nother) shared cinematic universe, and we let you know whether we think that will (or should!) happen. But that’s not all: Zaki gives some thoughts on why he was underwhelmed by Bradley Cooper’s directorial debut, A Star is Born, and we also have first details on the very first Star Wars live action TV series:...


Episode 156: The Joker Starts Filming

We confidently proclaimed it would never get made, but apparently Warner Bros. didn’t get the memo, because the Joker movie (based on the DC Comics villain) directed by Todd Phillips and starring Joaquin Phoenix is in production now, and we have some thoughts based on the early photos we’ve seen. But that’s not all in this freewheeling episode of the MovieFilm show! Hear our reactions to the new trailers for Captain Marvel, Creed II, and the latest (last?) X-Men epic from Fox, Dark Phoenix!...


Episode 155: The Predator

The Predator is back on the hunt with this weekend’s release of the space alien franchise’s fourth installment (or sixth, if you choose to include those two Alien vs. Predator crossover flicks), and the MovieFilm boys dig into writer/director Shane Black’s return to the franchise he started out with thirty-one years ago to see if it was worth the wait! In addition, we discuss word that Henry Cavill may have hung up his red cape and blue tights as Warner Bros. moves on from Superman. Plus:...


Episode 154: Summer Movie Season Recap

The passage of Labor Day means another summer movie season has come and gone, and as is tradition here at the MovieFilm Podcast, we’re taking the opportunity to look back and take stock. From Avengers: Infinity War to The Incredibles 2, from Solo: A Star Wars Story to Skyscraper, from Ocean’s Eight to The Meg, the summer was stocked mega-blockbusters, would-be-hits, pleasant surprises, and outright bombs, and we have some thoughts on the critical and box office fortunes of all of them. But...


Episode 153: Late Summer Catch-Up

After a lengthy late summer hiatus, the MovieFilm boys are back to take stock of the various-and-sundry goings-on in Hollywood over the past month! After offering quick takes on some recent watches, including Spike Lee’s latest, BlacKkKlansman, it’s down the line as we look at a whole slew of headlines: Has Star Trek 4 stalled in drydock? Clayne Crawford spills on his Lethal Weapon firing! What accounts for the crazy big grosses for Crazy Rich Asians? The strange story of Alec Baldwin’s...


The MovieFilm Commentary Track: The Fugitive

The MovieFilm boys celebrate the 25th anniversary of one of the greatest action movies of all time with a brand new commentary track for 1993's The Fugitive! Join the hunt as Brian and Zaki settle in to watch the Harrison Ford-Tommy Lee Jones thriller based on the classic television series, offering up plenty of production anecdotes as well insights into their own personal history with famous chase picture. Either watch along with us or listen on the go, but either way, catch it via the...


Episode 152: Mission: Impossible - Fallout

Tom Cruise is back in theaters as superspy Ethan Hunt, and the MovieFilm boys are ready to accept the mission to discuss Mission: Impossible - Fallout, the sixth entry in the globetrotting two-decade old action franchise. Listen in for a spoiler-filled talk about what we thought of this latest Mission, and if it’s a franchise best. But that’s not all! We also have some quick takes on a handful of new releases, reactions to the trailers for Shazam! Aquaman, and Venom, thoughts on the sudden...


The MovieFilm Commentary Track: Die Hard 30th Anniversary Special!

Yippee-ki-yay, MovieFilm-ers! One of the greatest action movies of all time — 1988’s Die Hard — turns 30 years old today, and to mark the occasion, Brian and Zaki set down for another of our MovieFilm commentaries! And for this edition we couldn’t be more excited it be joined by friend of the show and Die Hard mega-fan Paul Shirey, editor-in-chief of our favorite destination for entertainment news, for a fun and informative discussion into the history and making of the Bruce...


The MovieFilm Commentary Track: The Dark Knight 10th Anniversary Special!

The MovieFilm boys are back again for a special commentary marking the 10th anniversary of one of the most influential superhero movies in history: The Dark Knight! Christopher Nolan's 2008 epic starring Christian Bale as Batman and the late, lamented Heath Ledger in his Oscar-winning turn as the Joker reached rarified air upon its release a decade ago, and its estimation has only grown, with an entire genre striving to match its massive pop culture footprint. Listen as Brian and Zaki...


Episode 151 B: Ant-Man and the Wasp

The MovieFilm boys return for their second go-round this week as we dive in for a spoiler-and-all conversation about the latest blockbuster from Marvel Studios: Ant-Man and the Wasp! After Black Panther and Infinity War, it's easy to imagine the Disney superhero factory had maxed out, but we both had big fun with Marvel's littlest hero. Listen in for our takes on why we were so happy to see Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lily, and Michael Douglas back in franchise form as their superhero alter egos!...


Episode 151 A: Letters, Headlines, and More!

In the first dose of a MovieFilm doubleheader this week, Brian thanks his lucky stars for the existence of Moviepass as he catches us up on a whole host of new and recent releases. From there, it’s a deep dive into the mailbag as we offer thoughts on the impending (?) Disney/Fox merger and a window into our commentary track decision-making process. After that, it’s on to headlines: The Joker gets an origin! Doctor Strange gets a sequel! And it’s looking like a renaissance for octagenarian...


Episode 150: Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is roaring in theaters now, just in time for our big 150th episode! Join Zaki and Brian as they look at the latest installment in Universal’s “dinosaurs on the loose” mega-franchise and see how it stands up against its four predecessors. Also, word that Lucasfilm may be stopping development on their planned “Star Wars Story” movies after the relative failure of Solo. Plus: A spin-off rises from the ashes of Roseanne! Remembering the late Richard Alan Greenberg,...


The MovieFilm Commentary Track: Superman III

Today marks 35 years since one of the most baffling entries in Superman’s cinematic canon. Yes, Superman III -- teaming up Christopher Reeve’s Man of Steel with comedian Richard Pryor -- first hit screens on this day in 1983, and while it hasn’t aged particularly well, we thought it would be fun to take a look back in befuddlment at this bodyblow to the Reeve Superman series (which would be finished off for good four years later) and ask what the heck they were thinking. As it happens, this...


The MovieFilm Commentary Track: Jurassic Park

With Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom in theaters soon, the MovieFilm boys pause and take a look back at the origins of the Jurassic franchises with a special commentary track celebrating Steven Spielberg’s original classic, 1993’s Jurassic Park, first released 25 years ago last week. Settle in and listen as Brian and Zaki marvel once again at the transcendent special effects, point out interesting behind the scenes factoids and story development, and just generally have a grand old time...


Episode 149: Solo: A Star Wars Story Fallout

The sad story of the most financially unsuccessful Star Wars of all time continues in this week’s MovieFilm Podcast, as Brian and Zaki attempt to unpack why the franchise’s tenth entry flew So Lo. In addition to tracking the depressing downward trajectory of Solo: A Star Wars Story, hear Zaki’s thoughts on belated sequels Ocean’s 8 and The Incredibles 2, and a look at the trailers for the Transformers prequel/spin-off Bumblebee and Ryan Gosling’s Neil Armstong bio First Man. Plus:...


The MovieFilm Commentary Track: Star Wars: Attack of the Clones

As has become established MovieFilm tradition, a new Star Wars movie in theaters means a new Star Wars commentary track from us! For this go-round we continue our journey through the polarizing prequel trilogy of films and talk through 2002's Episode II - Attack of the Clones. This is generally considered one of the weaker entries in George Lucas' legendary saga, but we make a good faith effort to point out what works and ways in which we might have improved what didn't. So whether you watch...


Episode 148: Deadpool 2 and Solo: A Star Wars Story

It's two for the price of one here at MovieFilm as Zaki and Brian eschew all regular segments, and dive directly into their takes on two of the biggest films of the summer: Deadpool 2, and Solo: A Star Wars Story. In addition to their thoughts on both films, the fact that both underperformed at the box office leads to a discussion about franchise expectations, and the complicated, and occasionally scrutinized directions of recent, as well as upcoming, Star Wars films. As always, you can...


Episode 147: Cobra Kai + Avengers Fallout

Avengers: Infinity War is vacuuming up money by the bagful, and the MovieFilm boys reconvened to take stock of the records that have been laid waste in the wake of the Marvel Studios superhero extravaganza. But that’s not all! We also have our enthusiastic initial reactions to YouTube Red’s Karate Kid sequel series Cobra Kai. Plus: Superman Henry Cavill turns 35, and we have news of a new director interested in helming a Man of Steel sequel, the controversy over The Simpsons’ Apu, and the...


Episode 146: Avengers: Infinity War

Thanos has arrived! The MovieFilm boys get Infiinity Stoned with special guest Glenn Greenberg, former editor at Marvel Comics, for a fun, in-depth, and spoiler-filled discussion for the entire episode focusing on Avengers: Infinity War, the latest blockbuster from Marvel Studios! We discuss the plot, what we loved, what confused us, and much more! We had an absolutely blast recording this one, and we know you'll enjoy hearing it through the link below or at iTunes or Stitcher or Google...