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119: Fargo

7/17/2018
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This week we're watching Scott's 93% rated pick — Fargo! This film is iconic for toeing the line between amoral crime flick and heartwarming fairytale — like in a fable way, where you learn a lesson at the end. Here's a challenge — can you describe Steve Buscemi's facial features? Give it a shot. Synthwave by Ryan Andersen is licensed under a Attribution-NonCommercial License. Jason Brown did our theme music and Josh Rivera did our artwork. Our email address is...

Duration:01:02:43

118: Jurassic Park

7/10/2018
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Here it is! The podcast boys take on Jurassic Park (1993) — as voted by you, the listeners! We have a REALLY fun time talking this cinema classic, so plug in those ear buds and let's get podcastin'. Synthwave by Ryan Andersen is licensed under a Attribution-NonCommercial License. Jason Brown did our theme music and Josh Rivera did our artwork. Our email address is podcast@thecriticalbreakdown.com. Send us your thoughts! If you want to follow our social media presence, check us out on...

Duration:01:16:58

Prelude to Jurassic Park - Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

7/3/2018
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This week, Scott and Max take time to review some films they've been watching, which includes all of the Jurassic Park and Jurassic World franchise films, as well as some sports rivalry movies. Synthwave by Ryan Andersen is licensed under a Attribution-NonCommercial License. Jason Brown did our theme music and Josh Rivera did our artwork. Our email address is podcast@thecriticalbreakdown.com. Send us your thoughts! If you want to follow our social media presence, check us out on twitter...

Duration:00:53:30

116: The Spectacular Now feat. Myles of The More You Nerd & Cosmic Crit

6/26/2018
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For our second 92% film, we're joined by Myles Griffin of The More You Nerd and Cosmic Crit to talk about A LOT of things, including The Spectacular Now, Coming of Age movies, and why people want us to review bad movies again. Synthwave by Ryan Andersen is licensed under a Attribution-NonCommercial License. Jason Brown did our theme music and Josh Rivera did our artwork. As we previously, our new email address is podcast@thecriticalbreakdown.com. Send us your thoughts! If you want to...

Duration:01:27:26

115: FACE/OFF — John Woo, John Travolta, and Nicolas Cage

6/19/2018
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For our first 92% film, we're talking about John Woo's 1997 masterpiece FACE/OFF. Starring John Travolta and Nicolas Cage, this movie asks what happens when a hero and villain LITERALLY swap faces. Synthwave by Ryan Andersen is licensed under a Attribution-NonCommercial License. Jason Brown did our theme music and Josh Rivera did our artwork. As we previously, our new email address is podcast@thecriticalbreakdown.com. Send us your thoughts! If you want to follow our social media...

Duration:01:08:14

114: There WIll Be Blood | Hereditary | Riverdale | Arrested Development Season 5

6/12/2018
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You guys chose it, so we watched it! We got treated to Paul Thomas Anderson's There Will Be Blood thanks to our fan voters! We have a good time talking about this Daniel Day Lewis powerhouse, which is maybe the most quoted movie whenever someone orders a milkshake. Synthwave by Ryan Andersen is licensed under a Attribution-NonCommercial License. Jason Brown did our theme music and Josh Rivera did our artwork. As we previously, our new email address is podcast@thecriticalbreakdown.com....

Duration:00:59:24

113: The Witch | Mission Impossible 3, The Book of Henry, and Girls Trip

6/5/2018
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This week we look at Max's choice for a 91% film, The Witch (2015). As a supernatural horror that's also a period piece, this film challenges the audience to delve into a sense of dread that builds up over time. Does it pay off? And why is everyone so obsessed with Black Phillip? Synthwave by Ryan Andersen is licensed under a Attribution-NonCommercial License. Jason Brown did our theme music and Josh Rivera did our artwork. As we previously, our new email address is...

Duration:01:06:21

112: SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY Review — VOTE ON OUR POLL

5/29/2018
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VOTE ON OUR LISTENERS' CHOICE POLL HERE. We know we promised you guys The Witch — and that's coming next time — but with the release of Solo: A Star Wars Story, we decided to switch gears and talk about the movie nobody asked for and only half of your friends went to see. Solo: A Star Wars Story had a troubled path to the screen, but also presents a path for the anthology "Story" series to continue with — fan-service remixed from new angles. But it all comes down to these questions — was...

Duration:01:03:38

111: The Departed | New Listeners' Choice Poll!

5/22/2018
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Our episode this week is about Martin Scorsese's The Departed (2006) — chosen by Scott as his 91% selection. The Departed is a remake of a Hong Kong film, Infernal Affairs, and is one of Scorsese's most iconic pictures. With a cast that includes Leonardo DiCaprio, Jack Nicholson, Matt Damon, Alec Baldwin, and Mark Wahlberg, it's a star studded event of a movie that keeps you on the edge of your seat. It's also time to open the poll for the 91% Listeners' Choice episode. Vote on that here....

Duration:01:02:44

110: Galaxy Quest — Listener's Choice 90%

5/15/2018
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You guys voted for it, and here it is! The Critical Breakdown takes on GALAXY QUEST (1999)! Both Scott and Max are big fans of this movie, and watching it this time around gave us a chance to expand on what makes it so great. Galaxy Quest isn't just a Star Trek parody, but a legitimately fun film that celebrates pop culture, fandom, and being your most authentic self. Read our show notes here. Next week, we jump to 91%. You ready?

Duration:01:04:35

109: Avengers: Infinity War

5/8/2018
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Even though this episode is releasing later than normal, we wanted to still get it out this week — We spend some time discussing our spoiler-free thoughts and tear into the juicy details around 16:39. Join us next week for GALAXY QUEST, as selected by you guys! Synthwave by Ryan Andersen is licensed under a Attribution-NonCommercial License. Jason Brown did our theme music and Josh Rivera did our artwork. As we previously, our new email address is podcast@thecriticalbreakdown.com. Send...

Duration:00:52:25

108: The Fighter | Announcing the Winner of 90% Listener Poll

4/24/2018
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For Scott's 90% selection, we watched David O. Russell's The Fighter (2010). While we had a bad experience with Russell's work on here before, we both enjoyed this film that examines the life of boxer Mickey Ward and his drug addicted brother Dicky Ecklund. We also announce who won from our Listener's Choice Poll — Doctor Strange, An American Werewolf in London, Galaxy Quest, or Zombieland! Synthwave by Ryan Andersen is licensed under a Attribution-NonCommercial License. Jason Brown did...

Duration:01:01:21

107: Summer Movie Preview 2018 feat. Kara Leonard

4/17/2018
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As summer approaches, we find ourselves once again streaming endless movie trailers and predicting the outcome. We're joined by show regular Kara for the third time in order to guide you guys through the major releases of summer 2018! Synthwave by Ryan Andersen is licensed under a Attribution-NonCommercial License. Jason Brown did our theme music and Josh Rivera did our artwork. As we previously, our new email address is podcast@thecriticalbreakdown.com. Send us your thoughts! If you...

Duration:01:36:25

106: Blade Runner | Ready Player One, Justice League, Isle of Dogs, A Quiet Place, Coco

4/10/2018
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Here we are — the 90 percent zone! We're kicking off our top run here with Max's pick, Blade Runner (1982). We really get into this one, discussing what makes Blade Runner such a good film, but also take time to discuss the flaws at hand. We also take a few moments to look at how this film's sequel, Blade Runner 2049 (2017) holds up in comparison. Synthwave by Ryan Andersen is licensed under a Attribution-NonCommercial License. As we previously, our new email address is...

Duration:01:12:19

LIVE EPISODE: The Critical Breakdown Reaches 90% on Rotten Tomatoes!

4/3/2018
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In honor of finally reaching the 90th percentile of Rotten Tomatoes, we held a live show on Facebook! On this episode, we discuss what we will be doing that's a bit different than before. Best of all, you're all able to join us! Synthwave by Ryan Andersen is licensed under a Attribution-NonCommercial License. As we previously, our new email address is podcast@thecriticalbreakdown.com. Send us your thoughts! If you want to follow our social media presence, check us out on twitter...

Duration:00:55:03

089: When Harry Met Sally | Power Rangers & Dragon Ball | Dating in the Modern World

3/27/2018
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When Harry Met Sally is kind of a rom-com standard, capturing the hearts of cinema-goers for years. But does it still hold up? For us, it wasn't the best watch this time around, but it's not a terrible movie. Some of it just seems so outdated and forced, but there are some great moments still. The backstory behind the actual film is way more interesting than the overall story, though. We also spend some time talking anime and the MCU, because why not! Synthwave by Ryan Andersen is...

Duration:01:08:34

ANNOUNCEMENT: Live Episode, Tuesday, March 27 at 8pm EST.

3/22/2018
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Just a quick update as we move into the freshest of the fresh. We are doing something different in the 90th percentile, and you as our listeners can be involved! Tune in Tuesday, March 27th at 8pm EST on Facebook for a LIVE episode. We will also try to stream on a few other platforms if possible.

Duration:00:00:53

Cinema Challenge: Baahubali: The Beginning & Baahubali 2: The Conclusion

3/20/2018
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We're excited to drop this one — it's our Baahubali Mega-Episode! Last week we challenged you to watch the films on Netflix, and maybe you did. If you didn't, you should listen to this until you realize your mistake. Then you can pause and come back later! We do a good old fashioned plot breakdown and discuss our favorite parts — which are almost every single plot beat. Let's just get to it, then! Synthwave by Ryan Andersen is licensed under a Attribution-NonCommercial License. As we...

Duration:01:38:45

TCB Cinema Challenge — Baahubali: The Beginning & Baahubali 2: The Conclusion

3/12/2018
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So this is gonna sound weird, but we want you guys to watch two movies with us, and then send us your thoughts! We are pushing back our new episode one week to hear from YOU! That's right, all you have to do is watch Baahubali: The Beginning and Baahubali 2: The Conclusion on Netflix, and then send us your thoughts at podcast@TheCriticalBreakdown.com. Both films are streaming in multiple languages, including Hindi, Telagu, and Tamil! The Baahubali series is hard to explain, but it is one...

Duration:00:06:52

102: Inglourious Basterds | Quentin Tarantino's World War II Revenge Thriller | Can we separate art from artist?

3/6/2018
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Well, we finally did it. The two of us sat down and we watched us a Quentin Tarantino movie — 2009's Inglourious Basterds, specifically. We take time to really tear into this one, what works, and what feels a bit TOO Tarantino. We also ask if it is possible to view Tarantino in the same light after Uma Thurman's story, as well as his apparent dismissal of Harvey Weinstein's heinous ways. We have fun with this episode, taking our time to really get into it. Say what you will about...

Duration:01:18:47