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52: The Polka King

In this Movie-Go-Round Netflix Roulette, we got our first Netflix Original movie – The Polka King. It was a biopic, and there was a lot of good polka music, and Jack Black and Jenny Slate were in it. Guests Ericca Long and Cole Roulain of The Magic Lantern podcast joined Brett, David, and Nicole in watching it for you. We all dug deep into pertinent questions such as: Why did we think this was released directly to Netflix? Does the movie try to do too much? Not enough? Has the subject...


51: The Magnificent Seven

In this Movie-Go-Round New to Two, David introduced Brett and Nicole to an older Western. The Magnificent Seven may have been a remake of a Japanese movie and bombed at the box office, but over the years it has become an American classic. What has made this movie endure so well over time? What is it about the characters that makes them so compelling? Is there a stealth gay character? How is it that a 1960 movie featuring Mexican villagers is so moderately non-racist? Tune in to hear us hash...


50: The Bodyguard

In this Movie-Go-Round, You Did This to Us! Brett made the fatal mistake of railing against The Bodyguard on an earlier show, so our perverse listenership decided we just HAD to see it. It's filled with pop ballads, "cool" masculine tropes, illogical behavior on the part of just about everybody, and a lot of Kevin Costner flying through the air. Did Nicole, Brett, and David survive? Did they find any redeeming value in this claptrap? Tune in to find out! Next week we're watching David's New...


49: Pan's Labyrinth

In this Movie-Go-Round Around the World, David, Brett, Nicole, and special guest Phil Rood of the Brokebot Mountain podcast dove in to a dark and fantastic world in their discussion of Pan's Labyrinth. Listen to us "faun" over the awesomeness of actor Doug Jones, dissect the directorial flair of Del Toro, and ponder the big questions: Is this the real life? Is this just fantasy? Next week we'll be back to You Did This to Us! Your pick? The Bodyguard. And EYEeeeEYE will always love...


48: Attack the Block

In this Movie-Go-Round Future Classics, Brett brought David and Nicole a fast-moving genre flick with thick accents and thicker…fur? In Attack the Block, hidden amid the fireworks of Guy Fawkes night, aliens drop in at high speed into a low-income apartment tower block. John Boyega makes his film debut and shows what “star quality” means, as he and his gang of teenage hooligans team up with the future 13th Doctor to tackle issues of crime, class, race, and how to survive a pack of...


47: Avatar

In this Movie-Go-Round Netflix Roulette, the team watched Swordfish, the awful John Travola film you definitely shouldn't watch. This was our last week before switching a bunch of equipment, however, so we wanted to put something else in your feed in its stead that was higher quality and featuring the same guest! They're blue, reproduce with their tail-braid-things, and the story is 100% original: it's Avatar! Join the team as they join up with David Ginsburg of Tales From the Fandom to...


46: Out of Sight

In this Movie-Go-Round New to Two, Nicole went for a change of pace, choosing a 1998 film with a tight script, playful cinematography, solid performances from a host of "Hey, it's that actor I like!" people, a cool jazzy soundtrack, and sizzling sexual chemistry between the two leads. Steven Soderbergh is one of the few directors who could carry off this mix of caper flick and forbidden attraction, and he does a great job with Out of Sight. What did Brett and David think? How long did Brett...


45: Starship Troopers

This week's Movie-Go-Round was originally going to bring you Legally Blonde - that's what you voted for on You Did This to Us. The Great Hard Drive Crash of 2018 came and went, though, and Legally Blonde looks like it was the last episode to get caught in the undertow. So, we dug back into the Geek Cinema Society Archive to remaster an episode and bring it to the Movie-Go-Round audience for one more week! If you haven't ever listened to Geek Cinema, you can find it on all podcasting...


44: The Rocky Horror Picture Show (+ Suspiria)

This week's episode of Movie-Go-Round is a special one! (In part, because a hard drive crashed and we had to get creative...) While we unfortunately lost our discussion of Suspiria, we decided to record some thoughts on the film again, which you will hear at the top of this program. After that, you'll be tuned into an episode of Geek Cinema Society, the first film program the three of us did together. This particular selection was our discussion of The Rocky Horror Picture Show. We picked...


43: The Cabin in the Woods

For our second Movie-Ghoul-Round episode, David got to choose a Future Classic, and his pick was 2012’s The Cabin in the Woods. Simultaneously a critique of and love letter to modern horror-movie tropes, this Drew Goddard/Joss Whedon joint featured a young Thor and host of fantastic character actors. Join Brett, David, and Nicole as they rhapsodize about Bradley Whitford, pick their favorite villains, and debate how much free will can be involved when people are forced to override their...


42: Pay the Ghost

You could call this Netflix Roulette horror movie by its name, Pay the Ghost, but you might as well call it “Pay Nic Cage’s Bills.” This tale of a vengeful ghost features missing children, CG vultures only a few steps up from Birdemic, at least three exposition dumps, and a sleepwalking Cage. Join Brett, David, Nicole, and guest Greg Tilton of Rumor Files and Jack of Trades as we discuss this movie and speculate if it was written by an artificial intelligence, a horror film cliché generator,...


41: I'm Not There

To start our ninth go-round, Brett brought in a film that was New to Two (Nicole and David). His choice was an unconventional biopic by a filmmaker who began his career with a biopic of Karen Carpenter enacted with Barbie dolls. While Todd Haynes used actual humans in his portrait of Bob Dylan, he felt the need to use six of them in I'm Not There, to show the stark differences among the facets of the performer. How well was the music used in this movie? Did David and Nicole have a favorite...


40 - The Emoji Movie

You Did This to Us. Again. You were super nice last time and we got complacent. Our hubris cost us, big-time. The needle swung way back to the other side on the quality indicator and we ended up watching The Emoji Movie. Our guest, Bandrew Scott of the Bandrew Says podcast and YouTube channel Podcastage, was game AF and even played devil's advocate in favor of the movie, and in the end... well, you'll have to listen to find out! We debated this movie's lack of logic, the futility of the...


39: El Mariachi

Brett made the pick for "Around the World" this time, and chose Robert Rodriguez's debut film, El Mariachi. This $7,200 movie was shot for the Mexican home video market, but Columbia Pictures picked it up for distribution and turned it into an indie hit. Brett, David, and Nicole dug into this homemade potluck dish, wondering if its technical quality hurts its longevity, what has become of its writer/director's career, and if it has the greatest possible ending, especially for its storyline...


38: WALL-E

For Future Classics this round, Nicole chose the 2008 film, WALL-E. Pixar pulled off two major feats with this movie: making mountains of garbage look beautiful, and making audiences empathize with a mobile trash compactor within a few minutes of the opening music. We picked through topics such as the influence of past sci-fi characters like E.T. and R2-D2, homage paid to major classic movies, and the old chestnut of what it means to be human and the question of if humanity is even necessary...


37: Memoir of a Murderer

This round's "Netflix Roulette" yielded an unexpected hidden gem: Memoir of a Murderer. In this movie, Byung-Soo grapples with the confusion of encroaching Alzheimer's, memories of his past as a Dexter-style serial murderer, and the threat of a newly emerged serial killer who's after Byung-soo's daughter. David, Brett, and Nicole had a good time dissecting this puzzle, discussing the symbolism of a bamboo grove, the anatomy of the human skull, and the crime-drama tropes this story...


36: Ingrid Goes West

For this round’s New to Two pick, David chose a rather oddball film that came out just last year, Ingrid Goes West. Ingrid is ragingly insecure, tying her self-worth to how close she can get to people with “perfect” lives and how much of their approval she can earn. She does not take rejection well. While Nicole and Brett weren’t sure how much they liked the film, there was a lot of meat to dig into here, and we had some good, deep discussion about mental illness, the role of social media in...


35: What We Do in the Shadows

What happens when you put an ancient monster, a ruthless impaler, an 18th-century dandy, and a 19th-century bad boy together in the same apartment? People stop being polite, and start getting real. You also get our “You Did This to Us” pick for this round, What We Do in the Shadows. You guys were sooooo good to us this week! Nicole, David, and Brett had a ball talking about this supernatural takeoff on the house-sharing reality show genre. Come join us! Head on over to...


34: The Raid

David has been using his “Around the World” picks to introduce Brett to quality martial arts films and prepare him for this week’s choice. But really, is there any way to prepare for The Raid? This 2011 movie, made in Indonesia by a Welsh writer/director, took the action and martial arts genres and dialed them up to 11 and beyond. David, Brett, and Nicole had a very excitable time digging into this movie, and hope you guys will be just as excited to listen to our episode. Next week is You...


33: Skyfall

“Future Classics” week is back, and Brett’s proposed film this time was the big 50th anniversary film in the James Bond franchise, "Skyfall." Featuring themes of past sins, death, rebirth, and redemption, this was the emotionally heaviest of the Bond films. Join us as Brett, Nicole, and David dig in to topics such as the return to classic tropes, Javier Bardem’s entrance (with its flirtation and flair for drama), the gorgeous Oscar-nominated cinematography, fortunate casting and disastrous...