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

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...


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

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 Both films are streaming in multiple languages, including Hindi, Telagu, and Tamil! The Baahubali series is hard to explain, but it is one...


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

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 Tarantino,...


101: The Shining feat. Albert Dubreuil

Well, we've hit a milestone by reaching a Stanley Kubrick film — one that is based on the book of the same name by Stephen King. Yes, we're talking about The Shining (1980) this week. It's pretty obvious the kind of conversations we would have around the plot of this film — almost everyone knows what this movie is about. It's a haunted hotel, right? Or is it cabin fever? Maybe it's about something deeper — like Native American genocide, or the Holocaust. Uhh, it could also be about...


100: Inception — Voted on by you!

This week we are talking about Christopher Nolan's Inception (2010), and that's because of listeners like you who took to the internet to vote on our first poll! We had four good choices — Mulan, Heat, and Steve Jobs — but our listeners were dying for us to share a dream with Leonardo DiCaprio. Inception is a great film. It's an original science fiction action thriller that keeps you at the edge of your seat. The story also appeals to your own experiences, because we've all experienced the...


099: The 40 Year Old Virgin | The Cloverfield Paradox | DVDs & Blu-ray Opinions

This week we watched one of Max's favorite movies — The 40 Year Old Virgin (2005). This Judd Apatow comedy blends gross-out sex comedy with a character driven romance with heart. Sure, it may have aged just a bit, but the charm is so strong here that it still packs a powerful punch. It's quotable, it's lovable, and it's definitely worth revisiting from time to time. Just from the cast alone, you can watch this and be amazed at how many of these performers had small cameos and non-speaking...


098: Deadpool feat. Taylor Phillips | Marvel Comics | MCU | Ryan Reynolds | X-Men

Let's talk about Deadpool. A smash hit, this movie was only a pipe dream for a while. But once it came out, it smashed expectations. Why is that? What gives it the so-called magic that it has? We're joined by Taylor (of Charlie St. Cloud and Dune fame), our resident X-men X-pert to talk through this one.


097: Mean Girls | Feat. Julia Vickerman, Sarah Tennant, Kara Leonard, and Jodi Herring

If you ask us what our favorite episodes are, we always bring up the Sex and The City episode we let our friends host for us. With that in mind, we sought out another film for them to critique and let us listen in on — this time it was Mean Girls (2004). We all feel this film doesn't hold up like it used to, although it still has some great one-liners. There may be some nostalgia keeping you in there, but it's not the great picture we once thought it was. It's definitely NOT fetch.


096: Scott Pilgrim vs. The World | Edgar Wright | Bryan Lee O'Malley

On this episode, we discuss Scott Pilgrim vs. The World (2010) directed by Edgar Wright based on a comic series by Bryan Lee O'Malley. We're both big fans of this movie and it shows! We end up kind of just gushing about our favorite moments, which is fun for everyone — trust us.


095: The Big Lebowski | The Coen Brothers | Jeff Bridges, Battlestar Galactica, and The Challenge: Vendetta

Let's talk about The Big Lebowski (1998) — it's a cult classic, and its easy to see why. This week, we are talking about what works and what doesn't in this off-beat film. We also talk about what we've been watching, which includes Battlestar Galactica, How to Steal a Million, Murder on the Orient Express, and The Challenge: Vendettas.


094: The Royal Tenenbaums | Wes Anderson | I, Tonya, Moana, Black Mirror

We're back and we're in that feel-good 2018 mood! Join us as we discuss The Royal Tenenbaums (2001), directed by Wes Anderson. Before getting into what makes this movie so great, we spend time catching up on what we've been watching, which includes I, Tonya, Moana, and Black Mirror. What's your favorite Wes Anderson film? Leave us a review and let us know!


093: Near Year, New Interlude

With the holiday madness (and one of the hosts moving into a new house), our schedule got thrown a bit. We took a few minutes to have a silly chat. We'll return next episode with THE ROYAL TENENBAUMS.


092: A Christmas Interlude

Let's face it — you're gonna be busy on catching up on everything after Christmas day, so let's not hold you back with a long episode. Scott and Max catch up on some holiday questions this week in our CHRISTMAS INTERLUDE.


091: Scream | Star Wars: The Last Jedi Spoiler Free Reaction | Wes Craven, Drew Barrymore, Neve Campbell, Courtney Cox, Rose McGowan, Matthew Lillard | Horror Films | Satire

Let's talk about Scream — a 1996 horror film that became an instant smash hit. Not only because it's just that, horrifying, but also because it's smart, funny, and a refreshing film that still holds up. We also give at least one spoiler-free reaction to Star Wars: The Last Jedi, but we don't dive deep.


090: Munich | Steven Spielberg | Eric Bana, Daniel Craig, Ciarán Hinds, Ayelet Zurer | The Munich Massacre carried out by Black September Olympic

Based on the true story of the Black September aftermath, Munich (2005) tells the story of five men who were chosen to eliminate the masterminds responsible for that fateful day. Spielberg shot this film on a very fast schedule, and turned it out fast enough to qualify for that year's award season — but the question is, did he make a good movie? We also discuss more Halt & Catch Fire and Bojack Horseman, as well as our excitement over future releases like Star Wars: The Last Jedi and I,...


089: Big Fish - Tim Burton, John August | Ewan McGregor, Albert Finney, Jessica Lange, Helena Bonham Carter, Allison Lohman

This week we are talking about Big Fish (2003), a film directed by Tim Burton and written by John August. It stars Ewan McGregor, Albert Finney, Jessica Lange, Helena Bonham Carter, Allison Lohman, and Danny Devito. We both love this film, and we get to spend the episode talking about why. It's a fun one!


088: The Prestige | Christopher Nolan | Christian Bale, Hugh Jackman, Scarlett Johansson | Batman, Wolverine, Black Widow | Magicians

This week we're watching one of our mutual favorite Christopher Nolan movies, The Prestige (2006). We also discuss a few of this year's best, including Lady Bird,Get Out, and The Disaster Artist, as well.


087: A Thanksgiving Interlude

We take a break from the Rotten Tomatoes climb to catch up during the crazy holidays — this is a casual, what we've been watching episode.


086: Cool Runnings | Jamaican Bobsled Team | John Candy & Doug E. Doug | Olympics | 1988 Winter Olympics

Things get exciting as we head to Jamaica to craft our own Bobsledding team! Oh wait, that's just the plot of Cool Runnings (1993). We both enjoyed this film, and saw it as a step up from our previous beloved family film — Space Jam. While not entirely historically accurate, this film captures the fun and spirit of the Jamaican bobsled team, while upping the drama just enough to make it work. We also pitch our ideas for Cool Runnings 2, and boy are they good.


085: Top 5 Alien Invasion Movies | Alien Contact | Extra Terrestrials | UFOs | Movies About Aliens

This week we're diving deeper into the alien contact & invasion genre to bring you Scott & Max's Top 5 Alien Invasion/Contact Films. Now, our rules were that we can't just list movies we've watched (Sorry, Mac & Me), and that it has to at least be partially set on Earth as a Human-Focused Story. We bend these rules when we need to, of course. What is your favorite alien contact/invasion movie? Let us know at