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087: A Thanksgiving Interlude

11/21/2017
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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.

Duration: 00:32:09


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

11/14/2017
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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.

Duration: 00:52:38


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

11/7/2017
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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 TheCriticalBreakdownPodcast@gmail.com.

Duration: 01:07:21


084: Signs (2002) | M. Night Shyamalan | Mel Gibson, Joaquin Phoenix, Abigail Breslin | Alien Invasion

10/31/2017
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This week we're talking about Signs (2002). We both genuinely enjoy this M. Night Shyamalan film, so talking about it is pretty fun. We look at this Spielbergian take on War of the Worlds, before Spielberg even made his own War of the Worlds. Signs stars Mel Gibson, Joaquin Phoenix, Abigail Breslin, and Rory Culkin.

Duration: 00:58:18


083: Tombstone (1993) — Rated 73% on Rotten Tomatoes | Wyatt Earp & Doc Holiday | Kurt Russell & Val Kilmer | Western Film

10/24/2017
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This week we packed our bags and bought a one-way train ticket to the OK Corral! That's right, we're talking about Tombstone (1993). Directed by George P. Cosmatos after Kevin Jarre was fired, Tombstone was at least written by Jarre. Our favorite thing about this movie was probably the stars — at least Kurt Russell and Val Kilmer. Russell is as likable as always, but Kilmer was next level weird and fun in this film. Rounding out the cast is Michael Biehn, Powers Boothe, Dana Delany, Sam...

Duration: 01:06:20


082: Batman

10/17/2017
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This week is a treat — we're talking about Tim Burton's Batman (1989), starring Michael Keaton, Jack Nicholson, and Kim Basinger. As an iconic superhero film, we take a look at what made it successful, and how it holds up now that we have a new superhero movie every few months. Say what you will — Batman set the mold for generations to come. We end up torn about the inclusion of Prince, but agree that it at least makes the film memorable.

Duration: 01:16:38


081: Mrs. Doubtfire & Blade Runner 2049

10/10/2017
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This week we watched Robin Williams' classic comedy film Mrs. Doubtfire (1993). While the film is is a perfect example of the comedic and emotional range Williams brought to almost every performance, some aspects of the film haven't held up as much. Towards the end of the episode, we transition to a quick lightly spoiler-ish discussion about the fresh release Blade Runner 2049 (2017). We're both pretty excited about this film, so stick around for it if you have seen the film (or don't...

Duration: 01:11:51


080: Conan the Barbarian (1982)

10/3/2017
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This week we are talking about Conan the Barbarian (1982), a film by John Milius, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, James Earl Jones, Mako, and Sandahl Bergman. Conan is a kind-of outlier among fantasy films of this era, but it also creates a lot of tropes that follow. We talk about the genre of sword-and-sorcery, as well as a film titled The Sword and The Sorcerer, as well.

Duration: 01:08:40


079: Swiss Army Man & mother!

9/26/2017
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This week we preface our main show with a discussion about the latest film from Darren Aronofsky, mother! Spoilers: We both thought it was dumb, but one of us left the film with a more positive interpretation. After that we get a big whiff of Swiss Army Man. This indie fart dramadey can be divisive depending on the crowd, but we found plenty of joy in our viewing and discussion.

Duration: 01:03:53


078: Point Break

9/19/2017
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Point Break (1991) was directed by Kathryn Bigelow, written by W. Peter Iliff and stars Patrick Swayze, Keanu Reeves, Gary Busey, Lori Petty, John C. McGinley, Anthony Kiedis, and Tom Sizemore. We both recognize Point Break as one of the finest films ever made, so we had a great time talking about it. There's not just one tiny thing that makes it great, either. A lot of little things add up and allow this movie to be more than just a shallow action film. However, it's still a fun ride...

Duration: 01:02:52


077: Lawless

9/12/2017
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This week we are talking about Lawless (2012), directed by John Hillcoat with a screenplay by Nick Cave — yes, that Nick Cave. The film stars Shia LaBeouf, Tom Hardy, Jason Clarke, Guy Pearce, Jessica Chastain, Mia Wasikowska, Dane DeHaan, and Gary Oldman. We enjoyed this movie, even though it's simply good enough, and not great. There are some enjoyable moments, and we wander through them.

Duration: 01:00:17


076: The Rock

9/5/2017
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We know we promised you guys The Last Samurai, but due to every single reaction of our most trusted friends, we decided to roll with something universally agreed to be amazing — THE ROCK! Not Dwayne Johnson, though. We went with the famous film of the one, the only, THE Michael Bay. We end the episode by discussing both Scott & Max's Top 5 Guilty Pleasures!

Duration: 01:25:03


075: Watchmen feat. Eric Rivera

8/29/2017
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This week, we visited the 2009 film adaptation of one of Max's favorite comics — Watchmen. Watchmen was directed by Zack Snyder, written by David Hayter, Alex Tse, and based on Watchmen, a graphic novel by Dave Gibbons and Alan Moore. Watchmen stars Malin Åkerman, Billy Crudup, Matthew Goode, Carla Gugino, Jackie Earle Haley, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, and Patrick Wilson. This graphic novel is famous for changing how we examine superheroes culturally, and we aim to see if the film captures...

Duration: 01:24:58


074: Zoolander

8/22/2017
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This week, we watched Zoolander (2001), directed by Ben Stiller and written by Drake Sather, Ben Stiller, and John Hamburg. Zoolander stars Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson, Will Ferrell, Christine Taylor, Milla Jovovich, Jerry Stiller, Jon Voight. Share your Zoolander thoughts with us at TheCriticalBreakdownPodcast@gmail.com. Be sure to leave us a rating & review on iTunes or any podcatching service — we read the 5 star entries on the show!

Duration: 01:15:57


073: Starship Troopers

8/15/2017
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This week we're talking about Starship Troopers (1997), rated 63% on Rotten Tomatoes. Directed by Paul Verhoeven and written by Edward Neumeier, Starship Troopers stars Casper Van Dien, Dina Meyer, Denise Richards, Jake Busey, Neil Patrick Harris, Patrick Muldoon, and Michael Ironside. Unfortunately, we had some audio issues this episode so our mic quality isn't as high as normal. However, our content is so good, you'll quickly forget!

Duration: 01:18:52


072: Contact

8/8/2017
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On this week's episode, we talk about Contact (1997), rated 62% on Rotten Tomatoes. Contact was directed by Robert Zemeckis and based off a story by Carl Sagan and Ann Druyan. The film stars Jodie Foster, Matthew McConaughey, James Woods, John Hurt, Tom Skerritt, and Angela Bassett. We both found ourselves enjoying this film, even though it has its faults. Are you a contact fan? Email us at TheCriticalBreakdownPodcast@gmail.com and let us know!

Duration: 01:40:18


071: Pretty Woman

8/1/2017
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This week Max is joined by his wife Jodi (Scott was unavailable) to discuss Pretty Woman (1990), rated 61% on Rotten Tomatoes. Together they examine the highs and lows of the film, the lens it casts on sex work and workers, and the validity of the film in the realm of romantic comedies. Hey, while you're reading this — give us a rating & review on iTunes, Google Play, or any other podcatching service! Send us questions or feedback at TheCriticalBreakdownPodcast@gmail.com.

Duration: 01:06:25


070: Rush Hour

7/25/2017
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This week, we're talking about a film we both love — Rush Hour (1998), directed by Brett Ratner, written by Jim Kouf and Ross LaManna, and starring Jackie Chan, Chris Tucker, Tom Wilkinson, Chris Penn, and Elizabeth Peña. Rush Hour is a great odd-couple, buddy comedy that still stands the test of time. Let us know your thoughts on this comedy-action classic at TheCriticalBreakdownPodcast@gmail.com.

Duration: 01:00:48


069: A Rotten Retrospective

7/18/2017
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In celebration of finishing our last rotten film last week (59%), we held a Facebook Live event where we answered questions about the journey so far. Questions range from "What was the worst on screen pair?" to "What movie would you recommend?" Finally, we establish our first official Mister and Miss Breakdown! Excited for fresh movies? Let us know at TheCriticalBreakdownPodcast@gmail.com.

Duration: 01:15:19


068: Friday the 13th feat. Kara Leonard

7/11/2017
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What happens when a group of camp counselors are stalked and murdered by an unknown assailant while trying to reopen a summer camp which, years before, was the site of a child's drowning? Well, Friday the 13th (1980) happens. In this episode, we talk about Friday the 13th, Kevin Bacon, the Voorhees family, slasher films, and when horror goes meta. Got questions for The Critical Breakdown? Email us at TheCriticalBreakdownPodcast@gmail.com and ask away!

Duration: 01:01:39

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