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Join us for in-depth reviews and commentary on some of your favorite movies, both new films in theaters as well as reviews of every installment of some of Hollywood's longest running franchises.

Join us for in-depth reviews and commentary on some of your favorite movies, both new films in theaters as well as reviews of every installment of some of Hollywood's longest running franchises.
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Join us for in-depth reviews and commentary on some of your favorite movies, both new films in theaters as well as reviews of every installment of some of Hollywood's longest running franchises.

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English


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Death Wish 3

10/17/2017
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Paul Kersey has returned to New York (or London). He didn’t come intending to fight a gang war, but he finds his war buddy gunned down. It’s a fight Kersey didn’t start, but he intends to finish it in Death Wish 3. It’s the first Death Wish that is officially a Cannon film. Does their Over the Top aesthetic help Charles Bronson’s franchise? Join the Now Playing Podcast hosts to find out!

Duration: 01:32:50


Get Out - A Podcast Preview

10/16/2017
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Before February, 2017 Jordan Peele was best known as the comedian partner of Keegan-Michael Key. But his unexpected feature directorial debut Get Out–a horror film–was a smash hit that changed how fans thought of Peele. It was a critical success, and broke several box-office records. Now the Now Playing hosts Get In on the conversation. Now Playing Patrons can hear their review of the year’s most-talked-about horror film. You can get this review now and help support Now Playing! It is...

Duration: 00:15:40


Phantasm: OblIVion - A Podcast Preview

10/13/2017
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The fourth Phantasm film was shaping up to be major. Written by Pulp Fiction Academy Award Winning writer Roger Avary, the film would be a post-apocalyptic action film starring Bruce Campbell! But…that’s not the film that was made. Unable to find the money for that film, Don Coscarelli and company made a film that didn’t go to the future, but instead to the past. Is this The Tall Man’s Oblivion? Donate to Now Playing and hear all about the film that was made, and the film that wasn’t!

Duration: 00:15:02


Blade Runner 2049

10/10/2017
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In the early ’80s, the dawn of home video, it would be easy to think movies had a lifespan of only four years. But Ridley Scott’s creation Blade Runner escaped box-office failure to find its own life. Its imagery still influences artists 35 years after being released, and it’s spawned novels, video games, and more. But now this dystopian vision returns to big screens with a sequel: Blade Runner 2049. Harrison Ford returns as Deckard, a man with secrets sought after by a new Blade Runner...

Duration: 01:54:47


Phantasm III: Lord of the Dead - A Podcast Preview

10/6/2017
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After Phantasm II the series’ theatrical releases came to an end, but that didn’t stop The Tall Man’s plot. Here in the third Phantasm the cast has grown, the gore is more graphic, and original star A. Michael Baldwin is back. Is the third time the charm for this sci-fi horror series? Donate to Now Playing to find out!

Duration: 00:13:24


Death Wish II

10/3/2017
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Paul Kersey has lived a peaceful life for years in Los Angeles with his girlfriend, his daughter, and his housekeeper. Yet his tranquil existence will once more be shattered by a group of criminals who will assault his family. Now Paul is back on the streets, stalking the streets of Skid Row, looking for revenge. Does this Death Wish hit as hard as the original? Listen to this episode of Now Playing to find out!

Duration: 01:26:04


Phantasm II - A Podcast Preview!

9/29/2017
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Nine years had passed since Mike’s first dream of The Tall Man in 1979’s Phantasm. Now, thanks to the seemingly endless appetite of fans for horror franchises, “the ball is back”–with a 10x bigger budget! Under Universal Pictures there was more money, and a new actor as Mike. Does this ball shine greater than the original? Thanks to your donation to Now Playing Podcast you can join Arnie, Stuart, and Jakob to find out!

Duration: 00:15:12


Bloody Birthday

9/26/2017
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Three children were all born during the solar eclipse. Does that mean these little sociopaths have no soul? Their birthday wish…is for you to die! That’s the plot of Bloody Birthday, a 1981 film “so shocking” it couldn’t see wide release until 1986! How does this Birthday surprise stack up against similar-themed slashers? Wish co-host Stuart a happy birthday as we cut into this Patron-selected film!

Duration: 01:14:05


Kingsmen: The Golden Circle & Phantasm - A Podcast Preview!

9/22/2017
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Phantasm was a horror hit in 1979, standing out among a slew of Halloween horror trend followers. But Phantasm’s success belied its indie production, shot on weekends for a meager $300,000 budget. The film’s legacy endures nearly 40 years later with a fifth film recently released. Does this first movie have the balls to still work decades after its release? Donate to keep indie podcast Now Playing going and find out!

Duration: 00:18:47


Death Wish (1974)

9/19/2017
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In 1974 Charles Bronson made his entry in the self-defense/revenge genre with Death Wish. The film is a gritty look at a New Yorker who is pushed to the breaking point by the city’s rampant crime. Based on a novel, is this just another grim exploitation flick, or does it Wish to be something more? Load up with Stuart, Arnie, and Jakob as they begin their series reviewing all the Death Wish films–ending with the Eli Roth/Bruce Willis reboot this November!

Duration: 01:31:57


Happy Birthday to Me

9/12/2017
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First came Halloween. Then Friday the 13th. Soon after, no holiday was safe! New Year’s Evil, Mother’s Day, Graduation Day. Prom Night…all became occasions for slasher fests. Then in 1981 it was time to blow out the candles with Happy Birthday to Me, a murder-mystery slasher starring Little House on the Prairie’s Melissa Sue Anderson, and Superman’s dad Glenn Ford. It’s Now Playing co-host Arnie’s birthday today, and listener Matt has chosen this to be his gift! Is it all he wished for?...

Duration: 01:31:15


Inhumans

9/2/2017
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Marvel’s Inhumans are the result of combining alien DNA with humans. In that way they’re neither human nor alien, they’re inhuman. Likewise Marvel’s Inhumans is a halfbreed–it’s neither television nor film. It is the TV series pilot premiering this weekend on IMAX screens. Is it worth the IMAX ticket price to see a shorter version of network television four weeks early? Join Arnie, Stuart, and Jakob in this hair-raising review to find out!

Duration: 01:33:43


Radio Free Albemuth

8/29/2017
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Philip K. Dick’s novel Radio Free Albemuth was published in 1985, three years after the author’s death and nine years after the book was written. Yet with the author’s name as propellant, this discarded novel was optioned for a low-budget movie. After lengthy post-production the film Radio Free Albemuth was released direct-to-VOD in 2014. Can the acting (and singing) of Alanis Morissette help audiences swallow this film’s extra-terrestrial premise? Listen to find out!

Duration: 01:09:39


Total Recall (2012)

8/22/2017
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Do you remember Arnold Schwarzenegger’s 1990 movie Total Recall? If not, Columbia Pictures will remind you with their wholesale retelling of that film. Featuring Colin Farrell in the lead this movie was quickly forgotten in theaters. But now, after much listener demand, the Now Playing hosts give Len Wiseman his props! So join Stuart, Brock, and Jakob for this return to our Philip K Dick Retrospective Series!

Duration: 00:58:49


Annabelle: Creation

8/15/2017
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Annabelle was a prequel to The Conjuring. Now we go even further back in time with Annabelle: Creation–the story of the doll’s manufacture and first possession. These films hit big at the box office, but can this demonic doll break the curse of getting no recommends from the Now Playing hosts? Listen to find out!

Duration: 01:32:00


The Dark Tower

8/8/2017
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Over the span of 34 years Stephen King wrote his Dark Tower saga of books, amassing more than 4,000 pages of lore. The story features the last legendary Gunslinger on a quest to ward off evil forces and reach The Dark Tower. The story has often been called “unfilmable” but, after nearly two decades of trying, the story has come to the screen. Is it an epic fit for King, or another dark tale that didn’t survive the leap from page to screen? Join Stuart, Jakob, and Arnie on their quest to...

Duration: 01:43:37


Dunkirk

8/1/2017
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Christopher Nolan’s latest film tells of the English army’s rescue from German assault at Dunkirk. The director is relying on visual spectacle over star power, choosing mostly unknown actors for many of the lead roles. But what can Nolan’s unique film-making and storytelling style add to distinguish Dunkirk from other World War II films? Jump on the boat with Arnie, Jakob, and Stuart to find out!

Duration: 01:42:18


T2: Trainspotting

7/25/2017
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Trainspotting was a breakthrough film, gaining acclaim for both director Danny Boyle and star Ewan McGregor. Now, twenty years after their original tale of Scottish heroin addicts, the stars and director come together to catch up on the lives of Rent Boy, Spud, Sick Boy, and Franco. Who kicked the habit, and who hasn’t? And what consequences are due for Renton stealing the £16,000? Choose life! Choose to listen to Now Playing and find out!

Duration: 01:25:11


War for the Planet of the Apes - A Podcast Preview

7/19/2017
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Hail Caesar! The smart ape and his herd return to the big screen for the final battle: War for the Planet of the Apes. Starring Woody Harrelson as a human Colonel who spent years hunting the apes…but may have a secret mission besides. Fans seem to be going ape for this latest film in this prequel series. Donate to Now Playing to find out if our hosts thought this was a War worth fighting!

Duration: 00:13:24


Trainspotting

7/18/2017
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In 1996 director Danny Boyle exploded on the indie film scene with his octane-fueled heroin comedy-drama Trainspotting. Based on the eponymous novel by Irvine Welsh, the film has a unique vibe, a killer soundtrack, and turned Ewan McGregor into a star. Can the 20-year-old film give the Now Playing hosts the same high it once did? Choose life. Choose Now Playing. Inject this into your ears now!

Duration: 01:18:09

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