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Now Playing Presents: The Incredible Hulk Retrospective Series

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The Incredible Hulk has been a staple in Marvel Comics since his first appearance in 1962, including a founding member of The Avengers. Now, as Now Playing starts its next leg of it's Marvel Comic Movie Retrospective, leading up to The Avengers, Jakob, Arnie, and Stuart are reviewing all the pre-Avengers series Hulk films starting with the 1977 TV Pilot film!




True Romance - A Podcast Skit & Preview

True Romance isn't directed by Quentin Tarantino, but it was his first script and the tale of two young lovers on the run from the mafia bears many similarities to Reservoir Dogs, Natural Born Killers and Pulp Fiction. With Top Gun and Beverly Hills Cop II director Tony Scott behind the show, and a star-studded cast, how does this 1993 film compare to Tarantino's own films? Thanks to your donation to Now Playing Podcast you can listen and find out!

Duration: 00:14:28

Reservoir Dogs - A Podcast Preview

Eight bad guys go from breakfast to a bloodbath in Reservoir Dogs. The film set the tone for crime movies in the 1990s and beyond. It also put the spotlight on indie cinema for that decade, opening doors for Robert Rodriguez, Kevin Smith, and other Miramax darlings. Most importantly, though, it introduced the world to writer/director Quentin Tarantino. The first time filmmaker became a critic's darling with his first movie, and launched an award-winning career that has spanned over two...

Duration: 00:07:50

Join us at for our STAR WARS Retrospective Series!

Star Wars. It twice became the biggest movie of all time. It has launched a billion dollar empire of movies, toys, and merchandise. It has even started a religion. But now, under the ownership of Disney, the Star Wars universe is set to expand infinitely with a new movie each year -- starting with Episode VII: The Force Awakens. Now Arnie, Jakob, and Stuart go back to where it all started -- the 1977 original George Lucas film Star Wars (a.k.a. Episode IV: A New Hope). Listen to this...

Duration: 02:30:40

Battle Royale - A Podcast Preview

The Japanese government has a new law to help deal with unruly, rebellious teens -- Battle Royale! Each year a class of students are put in competition to kill each other, and the last survivor wins. Based on the novel by Koushun Takamil, this ultraviolent film gained acclaim for its satire and its violence. It's also been speculated Hunger Games author Suzanne Collins used this story as the basis for her hit novel trilogy. Will the Now Playing hosts have a Battle Royale when reviewing the...

Duration: 00:10:24

Jurassic World - A Podcast Preview

After three failed attempts to open a dinosaur zoo, has Masrani Global Corp finally gotten it right? We find out in Jurassic World--the first new Jurassic Park film in over a decade! With Guardians of the Galaxy star Chris Pratt in the lead this film took a record-breaking bite out of the box office. How does it compare to the original trilogy? Donate to Now Playing to find out!

Duration: 00:11:34

The Incredibles -- A Now Playing Bonus Review

Pixar films including Toy Story, Monsters Inc., and Finding Nemo, had been smash hits. But could this success that worked on toys, fish, bugs, and beasts, work for a movie starring a roster of human characters? That was the risk they took with The Incredibles -- Pixar's first superhero film. The gamble worked and Pixar had another hit, but how does this film hold up more than 10 years later? Join Stuart, Arnie, and Jakob to find out!

Join us at for our Fast and Furious Retrospective Ser

An undercover police officer infiltrates a group of thieves, but can he resist the lure of the subculture and do his duty? No, we're not talking the Keanu Reeves/Patrick Swayze film Point Break--we're reviewing the 2001 car racing film The Fast and The Furious. Starring Vin Diesel, fresh off the success of Pitch Black, the film raced to box office success and launched a billion-dollar franchise. But is there more to this film than fast cars and attractive women? Join Stuart, Arnie, and...

Join us at for our Richard Linklater Before... Series

It is rare for a romance film to get a sequel, but Richard Linklater's Before Sunrise actually got two! Released in 1995, the movie tells of two strangers, Jesse and Céline, and their one night together in Vienna. But nine years later the couple returned in Before Sunset, and then in 2013 their story continued in Before Midnight. What is it about this saga that keeps the actors, director, and audiences coming back for more? Join Arnie, Stuart, and Jakob to find out!

Join us at for our new retrospective series: The Chri

As we lead up to November's Interstellar, join Arnie, Stuart, and Jakob as they look back at Nolan's early films.

Leprechaun 4: In Space - A Podcast Preview

No woman on Earth would want to marry the Leprechaun, so our Irish imp has gone to space to find his bride! Can Warwick Davis' Leprechaun bring the fun frights in this Aliens spoof? If you make a pledge and support Now Playing during their Fall, 2014 donation drive you can join Arnie, Stuart, and Jakob and find out!

Leprechaun 3 - A Podcast Preview

​​Las Vegas is a town full of folks hoping to strike gold, and where there is gold the Leprechaun can't be far behind! Leprechaun 3 takes the titular tiny terror and sets him loose in Sin City as he attempts to reclaim his missing magic shilling. Does the Leprechaun's magic work on the Vegas strip? What happens on the donation bonus podcast stays on the donation bonus podcast, so donate to Now Playing Podcast and find out!

The Lord of the Rings - The Return of the King -- A Podcast Preview

​​After three years Lord of the Rings fans finally had their epic conclude with Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King. Now Arnie, Stuart, and Jakob conclude their review of Jackson's original Rings trilogy. With huge battles and Frodo's personal battle of wills with the ring, this was Jackson's most ambitious film in the trilogy, and it took home plenty of Oscar gold. But will it also take home recommends from the Now Playing hosts? If you make a pledge in support...

Leprechaun 2 - A Podcast Preview

​​The Leprechaun is back, and now he wants two kinds of booty -- his gold and a bride! He'll kill anyone who gets between him and his desires, including young Cody and his drunk uncle Morty. ​It doesn't have the star power of the original, but is it magically malicious? Thanks to your donation to Now Playing you can listen and find out!

The Lord of the Rings - The Two Towers -- A Podcast Preview

​​Though the fellowship is broken the war of Middle Earth continues on in Peter Jackson's second Lord of the Rings​ film -- The Two Towers. Our heroes separated this film follows three parallel stories of heroism, and introduces new heroes and villains, including Gollum who may be either or both! There is also more action, including the intense battle at Helm's Deep. How does this middle chapter compare to the first, and does the fellowship of the podcast remain united in their views? If...

Leprechaun -- A Podcast Preview

In 1993 evil had a new, shorter face--that of the Leprechaun! Played by Willow star Warwick Davis, this magical meanie would maim and kill anyone who tried to separate him from his gold--including future Friends star Jennifer Aniston! The film spawned a franchise, including the new reboot Leprechaun: Origins, but how does the original hold up? Thanks to your pledge to Now Playing Podcast you can listen and find out!

The Lord of the Rings - The Fellowship of the Ring -- A Podcast Preview

​It was considered a risky move. New Line Cinemas put up the money for not just one, but three Lord of the Rings movies. All three were filmed simultaneously in a single fourteen month shoot in New Zealand, directed by Peter Jackson, a proven director but not one with a blockbuster history. If the films had not been successful it was likely New Line would have gone under. Yet the gamble paid off! The first film The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring was a massive hit that not only...

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes - A Podcast Preview

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes was one of 2014's most hotly-anticipated movies. That is quite a boost for the cerebral franchise that had lain dormant for 28 years before the disastrous 2001 remake. That all changed with 2011's Rise of the Planet of the Apes which introduced Caesar and his smart apes to a new generation of moviegoers, and excitement built in the past 3 years to launch this newest film to a strong opening and the next sequel already in development for a 2016 release. Could...

Cowabunga, Dude, Join us at NowPlayingPodcast for our TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA

The Teenage Turtles turn thirty this year and are getting a theatrical reboot to celebrate! Prepare for Turtle Power by joining Arnie, Jakob, and Stuart at as they review all the TMNT films leading up to the new release in August!

Rise of the Planet of the Apes - A Podcast Preview

More than a decade after Tim Burton's film failed to make audiences go Ape Fox tried again to revive their historic franchise. Rather than again revisit the story from the original novel writers Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver and director Rupert Wyatt decided to retell the story of how Apes began their conquest of Earth--a story previously told in 1972's Conquest of the Planet of the Apes. The result--Rise of the Planet of the Apes--was a critical success and box-office hit, leading to this...

Tim Burton's Planet of the Apes (2001)- A Podcast Preview

Planet of the Apes seemed to be lost in time after the fifth movie in 1973 and the failed, short-lived TV Series. To studio 20th Century Fox, however, the Apes were always an opportunity for a return, and attempts to revive the franchise went on for over a decade. They eventually settled on director Tim Burton, who had successfully modernized Batman just over a decade before. While profitable, audiences flung poo at the movie screens (metaphorically) and this rebooted vision terminated after...
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